We're thrilled to announce that the new issue of RELEVANT is here. In this issue, we go inside the incredible rise and startling fall of Invisible Children, and find out why the group's co-founder Jason Russell says "I feel like Kony won."
We also talk to Angelina Jolie and the Lone Bellow, and bring together a panel of experts for our annual discussion about the year in music. Check it out here ... Discuss
Questions are swirling in the aftermath of what looked like a simple hit-and-run in Pittsburgh, Penn. about just how police handled a man who fled the crash. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police chased and apprehended a 23-year-old fugitive named Devon Davis who crashed into a car in downtown Pittsburgh and then fled police on foot. The Post-Gazette says police they found Davis "severely injured in a pool of blood" and that though his leg was broken, "it was not clear whether it was broken in the car accident or foot pursuit."
However, witnesses say Davis actually sustained his injuries from police, who tackled and then beat and kicked Davis while he was on the ground. DailyKos quotes one witness as saying, "as [Davis] lay pinned to the ground, the officers began beating him viciously with batons while yelling to ‘stop resisting.’ He wasn’t resisting, and he kept saying ‘I’m not doing anything.’ They beat him for a long time and when they were done, he was laying in a pool of his own blood with what news reports say is a broken leg."
Pittsburgh officials are now seeking an independent review of the incident. "The Office of Municipal Investigations is the city's lead investigative agency and is doing an independent review of this matter," Tim McNulty, spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto, told the Post-Gazette. "As with all use of force cases where impropriety is alleged, OMI will seek an outside review by a third party expert as part of its investigation" ... Discuss
Leonard Nimoy, the legendary sci-fi icon who portrayed Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series, has passed away in his home in Bel Air. He was 83. His wife confirmed that he had succumbed to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition Mr. Nimoy had announced he had last year.
Nimoy was a poet and photographer in addition to being an actor, but his Mr. Spock was one of pop culture's most celebrated figures. A deeply logical, almost robot-like member of the Starship Enterprise, his inability to process emotion endeared him to his crew and his millions of fans. Indeed, he was the only member of the original cast J.J. Abrams asked to join the blockbuster reboot. William Shatner may have been the face of the landmark series, but Nimoy was undeniably its heart and soul—rather ironic, given his character's temperament. He lived long. He prospered. Discuss
You’ve likely seen selfies of social media friends with big red X’s on their hands today. The awareness efforts are part of the End It campaign, an initiative to fight human trafficking around the world, help victims and teach others about the terrible realities of modern human trafficking. Along with the selfie campaign, activists are encouraging others to make a $7 donation (or collect groups of friends in teams who will donate), that will go to support projects that rescue and restore victims and help fund the fight against global human trafficking. Organizations like World Vision, IJM, Not For Sale and The Salvation Army are just a few of the groups working with End It to help victims and take down trafficking rings. You can head over to EndItMovement.com to learn about the campaign, check out some the leaders (Bob Goff, Louie Giglio, NBA star Kyle Korver and others) who are assembling teams now, or set up your own team to raise support for the End It movement ... Discuss
The Mumford & Sons hiatus appears to be over. The band posted a short video on Twitter, teasing some sort of “big news” that will drop on Monday. In addition to ending a lengthy break, the short clip was notable for another reason: It appears the famously-folk outfit has ditched their acoustic guitars and banjos, and have gone electric ... Discuss
After splitting the Internet in a bitter fight that divided households, pit brother against sister and neighbor against neighbor, the debate has been settled. The actual makers of “The Dress” have spoken, and there should be no more discussion on the matter. Just for a little context, last night, a photo of a lacey, striped patterned dressed made some seriously insane rounds on the Internet, setting a new record for Buzzfeed traffic. Because of some weird optical anomaly, some people saw the two colors of the dress as white and gold. Others, saw it as blue and black. Finally, after a long night arguing, debate and a shocking number of science think pieces, the war is over, and team BlueAndBlack has won. At 3:36 am, last night, the makers of the infamous dress, Roman Originals, tweeted out this image and message: “We can confirm #TheDress is blue and black! We should know!” That settles it. Apologies accepted, gold-seers ... Discuss