Donald Glover Spoofs Kanye Shitstorm As SNL Host, Childish Gambino Debuts Tracks As Musical Guest [Watch]

first_imgOn Saturday night, multi-talented writer/actor/musician/entertainment Renaissance man Donald Glover (known in the music world as Childish Gambino) entered a rare club, becoming one of a short list of performers to serve double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Just as he does with all his various, separate projects, Glover put his best foot forward in both roles, showing that he doesn’t just do a bunch of different things–he does a bunch of different things really well.On SNL, Glover starred in his silliest, wittiest comedic form in the episode’s wealth of priceless sketches, and fully transformed into his Gambino alter-ego for his incredible musical performances, both of which were debuts. For his opening monologue, over smooth jazz in the key of D, Glover joked about being hung up on his two failed SNL auditions back in the day. Playing on the frequent comments about the breadth of his talent, he sang about how “I really can do anything” while asking cast members what they did for their auditions and failing at menial tasks with pronounced hubris.As a bit of self-aware commentary at the end of the monologue, Glover didn’t stray from the script customarily read by the host to welcome the musical guest, despite the unusual circumstances: “We have a great show for you tonight, Childish Gambino is here.” That distinction was proven valid throughout the show, as Donald, the Emmy-winning actor/director, and Gambino, the Grammy-winning musician, both shined in their respective, separate duties.Donald Glover – SNL Opening MonologueAmong Glover’s most amusing segments was a pre-canned sketch riffing on Kanye West‘s recent deluge of inflammatory public comments in a parody of the critically acclaimed new horror film, A Quiet Place. In the sketch, titled “A Kanye Place,” a group of would-be victims is attempting to sneak through a cornfield undetected by the monsters trying to eat them, but despite their attempts to stay quiet, Kanye keeps tweeting outlandish shit and they can’t help but talk about it–which turns out to be their downfall. It’s a sublime send-up of the media circus that’s surrounded West in the last couple weeks and the perplexing process the public has gone through of denouncing, deliberating, and endlessly debating the significance of this metaphorical dumpster fire. Check it out below:A Kanye Place[Video: Saturday Night Live]Serving as Childish Gambino in another pre-filmed clip, titled “Friendos”, Glover, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd portray a hilarious spoof of mumble-rap superstars Migos. Under the guise of a hot club banger music video, the Friendos do maintenance on their group relationship by going to therapy with Dr. Angela, played with a steely deadpan by Cecily Strong. A$AP Rocky even makes a surprise cameo. Watch the video below:Childish Gambino ft. A$AP Rocky – “Friendos“Glover also put on his Childish Gambino “mask” for a theatrically choreographed performance of a new track, his first since his universally-acclaimed 2016 album, Awaken, My Love! The performance was introduced by (and featured the dance moves of) Zoë Kravitz. You can watch the SNL debut performance of “Saturday”, the appropriately-titled new track, below:Childish Gambino – “Saturday”For Childish Gambino’s other musical performance, he debuted another new song, “This Is America”. The SNL video of that performance was not released with the others, but today he released an official music video for the track, which strikingly juxtaposes the joyful machismo and the harrowing violence and fear that come along with being a black man in America. The track also features backing vocals by Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo of Migos, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, and BlocBoy JB. Check out the music video below:Childish Gambino – This Is America[Video: Donald Glover]You can see an assortment of other clips of Donald Glover/Childish Gambino on SNL below. For more information on Childish Gambino’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Check out some more hilarious clips of Donald Glover on Saturday Night Live below:Cleveland Cavaliers Promo (Cut For Time)Barbie InstagramPrison Job80’s Music VideoLando’s SummitCourtroomDirty Talklast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts First Year Parents’ Weekend

first_imgOver the weekend, Saint Mary’s welcomed first-year parents to the campus as a part of its annual First Year Parents’ Weekend. First Year Parents’ Weekend began in 2015 as a way for students and their parents to spend quality time together on and off campus after students’ first semester of college. The event was hosted by the first year class council.The weekend kicked off Friday night with registration and an opening reception. Saturday morning, parents and students enjoyed go-karting and bowling at Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center. Saturday afternoon consisted of a “Surviving Sophomore Year” seminar and mass at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto. The weekend closed with dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday evening. First year class council representative Emma Berges said she was excited to show her parents around campus and introduce them to her friends and their parents as well. “My parents traveled from Fairfield, Conn.,” she said. “They’ve visited me here before, but this weekend was a lot more fun because all the other parents were here too. It was exciting to introduce them to my friends’ parents.”First year Abby Schreck also said she was eager to have her parents experience part of her daily life at the College.“I was most looking forward to introducing them to more people and spending time eating out together,” Schreck said. “It was also fun because my mom went to Saint Mary’s and my dad went to Notre Dame, so we spent a lot of time comparing our college experiences.”First year Emily Mack said she believes First Year Parents’ Weekend is an important opportunity to bond with one’s family.“It’s important because our parents play a big role in our lives,” she said. “Parents support and encourage us to do our best in school. This weekend gives us a chance to have them support us while having fun.”Mack said she was able to spend quality time with her mom while also having fun, with the highlight of her weekend being the trip to Strikes and Spares and go-karting with her mom. “I miss my mom so much already,” Mack said. “I almost cried when I gave her a goodbye hug.”First Year Parents’ Weekend not only allows students to spend quality time with their parents, but also gives students an opportunity to show their parents their lives at college. First year Olivia Morrissey recently redecorated her room and said she was excited to show her mom.“Even though my mom helped me set up my new room and get settled in at the beginning of the semester, she was really excited to see it a few weeks later after it had been lived in and felt like my new home,” Morrissey said. “The rug had fluffed out, the TV was set up, and new pictures had been put on the walls. She was really glad to see my new space and I was glad to show her around.”Tags: First Year Parents’ Weekend, First-Year Class Council, Saint Mary’s Class Councillast_img read more

Prepackaged lunches

first_imgPrepackaged lunches are just so convenient and so appealing to kids. But are they nutritious? Are they a good buy? For that matter, are they really easy for your child to take to school?No, no and no, says a University of Georgia nutritionist.”They’re pretty low on the totem pole when it comes to lunch foods for school children,” said Connie Crawley, a UGA Cooperative Extension food, nutrition and health specialist after a review of products such as Oscar Meyer’s Lunchables.Nutritious? For the most part, “they don’t even pretend to be,” Crawley said. “Generally, they’re very high in sodium, low in fiber and very high in fats, particularly saturated fats.”Some of the products have as much as 50 percent of the daily value for saturated fats. “And that’s the daily value for adults,” she said. “That’s a lot of saturated fat to be feeding a child.”Pros?Crawley was asked to study the pros and cons of such products but found few pros to point out. “They’re a good source of sugar,” she offered. Of course, so is candy.The nutrition content of the products varies greatly, she said, but all on the poor end of the scale. Most are low in calcium, an important nutrient for growing children.”They have no milk,” she said. “Some of the products have chocolate pudding for dessert, but most have some kind of candy. Some have cheese, but it’s processed cheese.”Prepackaged lunches are notable for what they don’t have. “They generally have no vegetables, if you don’t count salsa, and no fruit,” she said. “The drinks are mostly sugary fruit drinks instead of fruit juice.”What they have is a lot of processing. Nutritionists tend to be leery of food products with more than five ingredients. “Some of these have 30,” Crawley said. “They’re highly processed.”All that processing isn’t cheap, either. The products Crawley checked were $2.50 apiece if you bought two. “You can buy a lot of good food for $2.50,” she said.For the cost of these products, she said, the buyer gets more package than food. “You’re definitely not getting a bargain,” she said.But Crawley sees an obvious flaw in even the fancy packaging. “Most of them need to be kept cold, but they wouldn’t fit easily into any insulated lunch box,” she said.Besides all that, “they’re not even appetizing,” she said. “And they’re hard to eat without making a mess.”So what’s a parent to do? “First, establish good eating habits at home,” Crawley said. “Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer salty foods.”Then when you pack your child’s lunch, include some raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cherry tomatoes. “Kids will enjoy those if they grow up eating them,” she said. “And fruit is one of the most portable foods there are.”Include nonfat or low-fat milk with a cold source in an insulated lunch box, she said. Or have your child get milk at school.Leftovers can be good lunches, too. So can a cheese sandwich, peanut butter and jelly or a bagel with cheese. “Kids like plain, basic foods with some variety,” Crawley said.That’s not the fare in prepackaged lunches. Checking for nutrition information on Lunchables, Crawley visited the product Web site, www.kraftbrands.com/lunchables/index.aspx?area=HOME. But it offers no nutrition information and hardly anything even about Lunchables.”It doesn’t say anything about the food at all. There’s nothing there but video games for kids,” she said, laughing. “The home page does have a little food pyramid icon, but when you click on www.kraftbrands.com, you leave the site.The site seems to say, “Want to know about nutrition? Don’t look here.”last_img read more

Mine closures in Wyoming cause hundreds of layoffs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:A Powder River Basin coal mine suddenly ceased operations and sent about 300 workers — a majority from Wyoming — home indefinitely Thursday, over permit disagreements between Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality and the mine’s new owner.Out-of-state coal firm Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) recently assumed ownership of the Spring Creek Mine in southern Montana from bankrupt coal company Cloud Peak Energy.But the ownership transfer stalled this week when Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality denied the new operator a permit due to outstanding legal concerns. In response, NTEC shut down the Spring Creek facility Thursday, leaving hundreds of Wyoming workers, many who commute to the Montana mine, suddenly in the dark.According to Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, NTEC, which is a Navajo Nation tribal entity, could potentially protect itself from future liabilities using its sovereign immunity. If NTEC violated mining laws, the company’s sovereign immunity could shield it from state or federal jurisdiction, the state agency reasoned.Shiloh Hernandez, a staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, says sovereign immunity could shield the company from not just environmental laws, but also labor and tax laws.The Navajo Nation extended partial sovereign immunity to NTEC when it assumed ownership of a coal mine and power plant on the Navajo Nation in 2013. The corresponding indemnity agreement placed the Navajo Nation government potentially on the hook for about $463 million in cleanup costs (attached to the Navajo Nation coal mine and Four Corners Power Plant), if NTEC failed to fulfill its reclamation obligations.More: Spring Creek coal mine closure affecting hundreds of Wyoming workers Mine closures in Wyoming cause hundreds of layoffslast_img read more

Coastal Dynamics 2017 Conference Takes Place in June

first_imgThe Coastal Dynamics 2017 Conference will take place from June 12-16, 2017 in Helsingør, just north of Copenhagen, Denmark.The Coastal Dynamics conference series advances the community’s understanding of recent applied and basic research concerning coastal waves and currents, interactions between wind, water and sediments and morphology changes in different morphological environments (with and without structures) such as sandy, rocky and muddy coasts, inlets and estuaries, the organizers stated.The conference documents research and applications treating these coastal dynamics at the short, medium and large/long spatial and temporal scales of the climatic drivers and coastal responses.Approaches include theoretical formulations, field and laboratory observations, and numerical simulations.Short coursesTwo short courses will be given on 12 June by staff members of DHI, Danish Coastal Authorities, Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen:Open coasts, hard structures and spits – Modelling shoreline evolution using new MIKE modelling tools;Climate change and coastal adaptation – Solving erosion and flooding problems.[mappress mapid=”23424″]last_img read more

IMCA Weekly Racing, rookie feature winners receive Speedway Motors support again in 2015

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 19) – America’s Oldest Speed Shop continues invaluable roles supporting drivers in all IMCA divi­sions this season.Speedway Motors returns to title sponsorship of IMCA Weekly Racing, a special awards program for rookie feature winners and of the biggest dirt track racing event in the nation in 2015, IMCA’s Centennial Season. “Speedway Motors is proud of its longstanding affiliation with IMCA and is excited to continue its tradition of support and sponsorship into the 2015 season and beyond,” said Speedway Motors President Clay Smith. “This relationship has been so strong for so long because Speedway Motors and IMCA share so many core values, namely keeping weekly dirt track racing accessible, affordable and safe for all racers. All of us at Speedway Motors are thrilled to further this mission.” Affiliated with IMCA since 1950 and recognized most recently with a length of sponsorship award during the 2014 national banquet, the Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor main­tains a high profile at all sanctioned tracks through its IMCA Weekly Racing program.In the third year of its latest five-year program, Speedway Motors again provides jackets, tech official shirts, flags and banners, plus discounts on tech inspection equipment to help IMCA tracks defray costs of weekly shows. Drivers filling out and returning rookie application forms to the IMCA home office receive $100 gift cards, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following career-first feature wins in their respective divisions. Seventy rookie feature winners received gift packages last season. And most notably, Speedway Motors returns as title sponsor of Super Nationals. More than 860 cars and 30,000 fans are expected to converge on Boone Speedway for the 33rd annual event Sept. 7-12. The original five-year Weekly Racing Series agreement with Speedway Motors covered the 2008-2012 race seasons. The current pact runs through 2017. Post-season awards are also part of the Speedway Motors program as the highest eligible finisher in Modified and Stock Car regional standings, and Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of Tru Coil springs.Drivers in all four divisions must fill out and return the sign-up form they receive in decal packets to be eligible.The Speedway Motors website is www.speedwaymotors.com.“The Speedway Motors program has been instrumental on a variety of levels and they continue to be the longest tenured IMCA marketing partner,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “The relationship between America’s oldest and largest sanctioning body and America’s oldest and largest speed shop is no coincidence, and we’re proud to share those distinctions.”last_img read more

Turkington in seventh heaven

first_img He guided his BMW 1 Series home by a three-second winning margin in race one, taking the lead from lap two and then setting a scorching pace. Worcestershire driver Rob Austin, who held pole position, had to settle for third following a thrilling battle with runner-up Gordon Shedden. Turkington took pole for race two, and after building a steady early lead he never looked back. Austin and Shedden, meanwhile, swapped finishing positions from race one. “The car was just a pleasure to drive. It just got better and better ,” Turkington told www.autosport.com After his race two win he added: “The car is really on rails today. “It was good at Croft and we thought that was something like peak performance but it feels even better today. There’s no feeling like being out at the front.” Race three saw Turkington complete a fine day with fourth place as Andrew Jordan led from start to finish. Jordan produced a flawless drive ahead of series leader Matt Neal to now trail him by nine points in the standings. The final podium place went to Rob Collard. Northern Ireland’s Colin Turkington dominated the seventh round of the British Touring Car Championship by winning the first two races at Knockhill in Scotland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Doorbell Surveillance Company Partners with 500 Police Agencies

first_imgWith crimes being solved increasingly using evidence from surveillance video, doorbell-surveillance camera company Ring has announced that it is now partners with 500 local police agencies across the nation.Ring’s partnership allows police agencies to request video recorded by homeowners’ cameras at a certain time and area.Officers will not receive ongoing or live-video access, and homeowners have the option of whether to grant access or not.According to Sergeant Josh Kloster of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Ring has helped his staff solve crimes more quickly. He adds, “We see it all the time, catching suspects in the act of committing a crime. Whether they’re walking up to the front door of a home to see if anybody’s there, stealing packages or checking car door handles at night.”On the other hand, the police partnerships have prompted more than 30 civil rights organizations to raise concerns about privacy. Those groups are asking lawmakers to end the police partnerships.For its part, the company has issued a response to those concerns. It states:“Ring has taken care to design these features in a way that keeps users in control and believes open communication is an important step in building safer, stronger communities.”last_img read more

Smith stays in Madison

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin football team leaves for Las Vegas Friday, Lance Smith will not be on the plane. The sophomore reserve running back has been suspended for five games, athletic director Barry Alvarez and Dean of Students Lori Berquam announced Wednesday.Smith’s suspension stems from a July altercation with his girlfriend that resulted in him being charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. He was originally reinstated to the team in time for the first practice of fall camp, but shortly thereafter it was determined he would be subject to a subsequent suspension.”About two weeks away from our opening game, it became apparent to me — I was told by university officials we would lose Lance for a certain number of games,” Bielema said. “It basically got down to when those games were going to be and how they were going to be determined.”Smith will not serve the five-game sentence consecutively. Instead, he will be suspended for all five of UW’s road games, including this Saturday’s game at UNLV and four Big Ten conference games. “It was one week before the Washington State game where [university officials] came up with the plan with the assumption it would allow Lance to concentrate — he wouldn’t have to travel — on his academics,” Bielema added.Smith, who rushed 11 times for 60 yards in Wisconsin’s 42-21 win over Washington State Saturday, will be replaced on the running back succession by true freshmen Zach Brown and John Clay. Brown ran for 13 yards Saturday, while Clay hasn’t seen any action on offense. Both will likely see at least some time Saturday and in upcoming road games. While both are largely or entirely unproven on the college level, now is their opportunity to gain some experience.”A lot of times guys get their first opportunity when something happens on the field,” Bielema said. “A guy goes down, and somebody gets to step in and have their chance to perform and their chance to take advantage of.”Really, from a running back standpoint, this is an opportunity for the next man in to step up and show what he does.”Smith will now face the challenge of having to deal with extended stretches of time when he is not in the UW gameplan and does not receive many practice repetitions. Since Smith was made aware of the situation, Bielema said he has been a model of positivity.”Since the time of that incident, I can say Lance has probably been as good in this program, in this building, as I’ve ever seen him,” he said.The decision to resuspend Smith was out of Bielema’s hands. For someone who has a history of giving players a second chance and for reducing suspensions on players who respond positively to discipline as Smith has, Bielema was less than thrilled with the decision.”I wasn’t really involved,” he said. “The one thing I wanted to establish in this program is, I’ll handle discipline on my own, very, very well. I don’t need outside people coming in and determining what happens.”Before the season started, I threw off what possibly could be our best defensive end, based on what I believed was in the best interest of our team,” Bielema continued. “I’m not afraid to make a decision based on the facts in front of me.”Last season, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu’s discipline following an alleged robbery was handled internally, as was linebacker Elijah Hodge’s, which came from an incident involving the rightful ownership of a scooter. Charges are still pending in the Ikegwuonu case; Hodge’s case was resolved shortly thereafter.This time, however, the Offices of the Dean of Students was involved.”From what I understand, and I won’t get into specifics, it involved a student with a student,” Bielema explained.last_img read more

Opal Curless’ journey from small hometown led her to bigger stage for Syracuse women’s soccer

first_img Published on October 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon couldn’t believe the trek his freshman midfielder made to practice each week during high school.Five hours there. Five hours back. Twice per week.“I thought she was crazy,” Wheddon said.The trips forced Curless to decide if soccer was something she wanted to dedicate her life to. She always traveled and had to fine-tune her time management skills to stay on top of sports, academics and her social life. But Curless’ top priority was a Division I soccer scholarship and making the biweekly trip was her way of attaining it.Her skills gained exposure and allowed her to contribute as a freshman center midfielder for Syracuse (8-7-3, 1-6-2 Atlantic Coast) this season. With the Orange, she’s made appearances in all 18 games, including seven starts, and has recorded 10 shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe former Maine Gatorade Player of the Year is now a 580-mile drive from her home in Mount Desert Island, Maine. But Curless played her club soccer career for the FC Stars in Boston, where Curless will return on Thursday at 7 p.m. when Syracuse faces Boston College in its final game of the year.Mount Desert Island isn’t the sports hub that Boston is.“It’s a different culture up here,” said Michael Curless, Curless’ father. “People don’t care about playing Division I sports. It’s not as ambitious.”Curless’ parents knew she wouldn’t have the competition she needed by playing only in Maine. They explored prep schools as an option but as they searched, the family realized it didn’t want Curless away from home.The next closest option was the Stars, whose facility is in Acton, Massachusetts, almost 300 miles away from where Curless grew up.“People probably thought she was crazy,” said Abigail Curless, Curless’ mother. “I thought I was crazy. What kind of parent signs up for that?”Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorTwo days a week for four years, Curless and her mother made the 5-hour journey to Acton. Curless would leave school at 1 p.m. on days she had FC Stars practice and often wouldn’t get back until 2 a.m.The two developed a routine for every Tuesday and Thursday. They stopped at Whole Foods on the way to Acton, and at Chipotle on the way back.“We were always the last to order,” Abigail Curless said. “We’d always get there just before it closed.”The drive was expensive. There and back took a tank and a half of gas, Michael Curless said. The family is currently on its second Toyota Prius, he said. Even with the gas mileage a Hybrid offers, there was just so much driving.Curless bonded with her mom during the drives. Curless often did her homework in the car, but they also talked a lot with each other, called family, and rented books on tape.“We listened to the whole Anne of Green Gables series,” Abigail Curless said, referencing the classical novel series.Curless learned to drive during the journeys. While she had her permit, she would do much of the Maine portion of the trip and her mom would take over in Massachusetts. Her parents let her get her license as soon as possible so that she could do more of the drive.On one occasion Curless and her mom drove all the way to Acton, only to have the practice get rained out. After about 15 minutes of practice, a thunderstorm started, Curless said.“I just turned to my mom and said ‘Sorry,’” Curless said.Since Curless left school early in order to get to practice on time, she had to organize her classes around her practices and make arrangements with teachers to make up for time.Matt Lawson, Curless’ history teacher, helped her career. Lawson understood the complacent culture of the area because he was one of the few people who escaped the small town environment many locals are consumed by.You can practically see tumbleweed cross the street in the winter, Lawson joked. Kids don’t go to a high school with more than 500 students, and they don’t drive on a four-lane highway.“People want to leave,” Lawson said. “People want to go and see the rest of the world but this place is doable and this place is navigable. The rest of the world is scary.”At Syracuse, Curless is surrounded by more than 20,000 students and Interstate-81 cuts through the middle of the city. She went from living in an island town of 10,000 to a city with a population 14 times that.“Everyone you encounter is going to be bigger, faster, and stronger,” Lawson said. “You have to raise yourself to that level to compete.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorLawson helped Curless stay on track with her classes and helped her with schoolwork if she needed, but he was mostly there for advice.They talked about what it’s like going out into a big city and experiencing a new world outside of their small bubble.“Just because you’re from a small town doesn’t mean you can’t compete,” Lawson said.Traveling and playing for the Stars helped Curless gain exposure. The Stars have consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the country. Her play for the club attracted the attention of Syracuse in only her sophomore year of high school and she committed to the Orange in March 2013.“She has all the characteristics you need to play at this level,” Wheddon said. “And her travel showed the level of commitment she has to the game.”She now plays in a much bigger place and on a much bigger stage. The Stars helped Curless get out of her bubble of Mount Desert Island, Maine.But even a nationally-ranked club team is not the same as Division-I. The quality is better, the commitment is greater and the lights are brighter.Still, Curless has shined. She’s on her own now, in a whole different world from what she had ever known before. But she likes this new world. It’s why she drove all that way.“I was really ready for a new experience,” Curless said. “Syracuse has really become my second home.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more