White artists were welcome, too, provided they were deemed to have soul. In 1975 Elton John, who personally requested to appear, was followed by a sketchy, skeletal David Bowie, who received an off-camera scolding from Cornelius for his sloppy lip-syncing. Cornelius had a good relationship with most artists – in a memorable 1977 episode he played basketball with Marvin Gaye, refereed by Smokey Robinson – but liked to maintain a professional distance. “He always talked about being careful about getting to know artists really well,” says Tony, “because when they need something and you can’t give it to them, you’ve lost a friend.” … [Read more...] about ‘An ad for blackness’: how Soul Train made America do the Hustle
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9:02 a.m. UC Berkeley eases lecturers’ job fears: UC Berkeley officials abruptly changed course and will exclude more than 750 lecturers from a campus-wide hiring freeze, which went into effect April 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move, posted Thursday night on the university’s website, creates a clearer path for lecturers with six years or less of experience to return to their roles for the fall semester. Read the full story by Ron Kroichick. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Six more cases tied to Mendocino church outbreak
Like many of us, I have my misgivings about the new opt-out organ donation scheme introduced in England this week. The fact that the state can take control of your body the second you have gasped your last is chilling. But let’s not be squeamish, let’s embrace the opt-out future with a good heart, if we are lucky enough to have one. Consider that this week, 2,772 people are on the UK organ waiting list; people living half-lives, decimated by ill health, stuck in the shadows of existence, not really living. To give them the years you don’t have a use for any more? Surely that is the humane way forward. … [Read more...] about JAN MOIR: Hey, Steve Coogan, get down off that moral high ground!
3:37 p.m. Santa Cruz County investigates Mother’s Day and other family COVID-19 clusters: County public health officials are looking into “multiple clusters of COVID-19 cases involving family gatherings” between separate households, including “a multigenerational Mother’s Day gathering” and a large one involving people who came from out of state. The county is urging people to follow social distancing and shelter-in-place orders over the Memorial Day weekend. The four clusters under investigation are in the South County area, officials said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Florida police break up ‘larger than normal’ beach crowds
6:47 a.m. When eviction protections are lifted, how will people afford to pay accumulated rent? The coronavirus is an unprecedented scourge that requires radical action. There’s much yet to be learned about the virus, but here’s one thing we know for sure: stable housing is necessary to protect public health. So how in the world are jobless renters and homeowners going to catch up? Read the full story by Otis R. Taylor Jr. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Trump says push for mail-in ballots is a ‘scam’