When Pharrell coined the term "New Black" earlier this year, he clearly didn't anticipate the backlash. Sitting across from billionaire Oprah Winfrey, riding the success of a worldwide number one record and a couple Grammy wins, the singer/producer was eager to dismiss the idea that being black had ... More >>
It's been a full four months since then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly headed to Brown University to deliver a lecture on "proactive policing," and instead was driven from the stage by student hecklers displeased with his policies on stop-and-frisk. Kelly has since moved on, working as a "distinguis ... More >>
On October 29th, Ray Kelly was scheduled to deliver a public lecture at Brown University. Student protestors -- upset over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, wiretapping of Muslim communities, and other perceived abuses of power -- shouted down the NYPD commissioner. The event was cancelled and Kelly ... More >>
Stop-and-frisk is an ineffective, wasteful, sinister program, and now there's data to prove it. New York's Attorney General released a report on Thursday describing in painful detail just how profound a policy failing Commissioner Kelly's pet program is. (The Village Voice would venture that's a mor ... More >>
The sweet victory some Brown University students tasted last week when they successfully drove NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly from the stage during a campus appearance is about to sour -- administrators look poised to bring the hammer down on the students involved. In a letter addressed to the Brown U ... More >>
Ray Kelly arrived at Brown University yesterday prepared to speak about the "proactive policing" policies he has implemented as NYPD commissioner, including stop-and-frisk. Brown students, it's clear from video shot in the auditorium yesterday, were equally prepared to keep him from speaking. Every ... More >>
By Gabriel San Roman Ten years ago this week, "Shock and Awe" airstrikes by U.S. forces in Iraq marked the onset of another invasion of that country. President George W. Bush led a so-called "Coalition of the Willing" mocked by anti-war activists as a "coalition of the shilling" into hostilities un ... More >>
This weekend, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take over Williamsburg for the fifth year running. (So it's technically the Williamsburg Electronic Music Festival, but who's counting when you're drunk and dancing to Nick Catchdubs at 4 a.m.?) Last year's Festival brought Matthew Dear, Beat ... More >>
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Columbia's marching band was banned (and subsequently un-banned) from performing at Saturday's football game against Brown for pointing out the simple fact that Columbia hasn't won a game all season. After every game, the band plays the school fight song "Roar, Lions, Roar." But after the tea ... More >>
Alkhawaja: Beaten in BahrainLeading Bahraini human-rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja was beaten bloody and dragged out of his house by government police over the weekend in Manama, his daughter (and former Fulbright Fellow at Brown University) Maryam Alkhawaja tells the Voice. Abdulhadi Al ... More >>
"A lot of the instruments I know how to play, I don't really know how to play." New York's own Nicolas Jaar has been creating a stir in electronic-music circles since he was a teenager; now, at 21, he's released his first full-length CD, Space Is Only Noise, on his own Clown and Sunset label ... More >>
As the wave of unrest roils through the Middle East, news organizations like the New York Times have been scrambling to get information out of places where reporters are scarce. For news from Bahrain, the paper of record has frequently relied on Maryam Alkhawaja, a 23-year-old human rights ac ... More >>
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Recent Brown University graduate Erinn Phelan, 22, who was hired in June as a coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg's NYC Civic Corps initiative, has been identified as one of the victims in an early-morning hit-and-run accident in Prospect Heights. Police sources tell the News that Phelan, who was ... More >>
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Rep. Patrick Kennedy is scheduled to speak Monday at Brown University about healthcare. This marks Kennedy's first public appearance since he and then Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin went public with their conflict over abortion. -- Police in Sunset Park, Brooklyn had to cut open a burning car to ... More >>
Peter Bellamy It's been a big theater season for playwright Craig Lucas. In November, his Prayer for My Enemy made its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons, and now comes The Singing Forest, currently in previews at the Public Theater. The new piece--directed by Mark Wing-Davey and featuring O ... More >>
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