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Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom

When I meet Boots Riley at an art studio in Downtown Oakland, he’s wearing a little bit of everything. On top, a checkered blazer over a cardigan and a white dress shirt open to the fourth button; below, salmon pants and bright white sneakers. His outfit is accented by a pocket square, and by his unruly signature mutton chops and mustache. Trying too hard is frowned upon in Oakland, and Riley was brought up in The Town, so while the first-time filmmaker may be making Hollywood inroads, his mismatched mise-en-scene…

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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Eminem: Elton John got me off drugs

The rapper has revealed that he relied on Elton Johns support while battling an addiction to painkillers Eminem, while struggling with drug addiction and celebrity, found solace in an unexpected confidant, he revealed this week. The controversial rapper is “friends”, it seems, with Sir Elton John. “Me and him have had similar lives and stuff,” Eminem explained in an interview with the Detroit Metro Times. “We became friends and I talk to him about things, career-wise.” Em and El didn’t always seem so sympathetic, however. The artists’ first meeting, at…

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