See Willie Nelson, Gary Clark Jr.'s 'Night Life' Tribute to B.B. King From 'ACL'

The second half of Austin City Limits‘ 42nd season resumes with a special New Year’s Eve episode featuring an all-star lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr.

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Barack Obama Says He 'Absolutely' Faced Racism In Office

President Barack Obama opened up about racism he faced throughout his presidency in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday.

“Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign ― the other? Are those who champion the birther movement feeding off of bias?” Obama asked rhetorically. “Absolutely.”

.@POTUS to @FareedZakaria in #ObamaLegacy: Are there people whose primary concern is that I seem foreign? Absolutely https://t.co/VLBUR6m6es

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Ava DuVernay's 13th: It's About Hope, Not History

Before you sit down to watch 13th, Ava DuVernay’s new film about mass incarceration, take off your historian’s hat. This is no scholarly lesson about the past. Instead, DuVernay takes us on an exploration that she hopes will, first and foremost, shock. Once it has your attention, 13th mobilizes the power of the visual and the sonic, along with human stories, to teach about hope and our capacities to make change in a way that no historical text could.

13th is foremost an act of visual politics. It is cultural resistance. When the narrator explains how images can “shock,” we learn some of what the film hopes to accomplish. The shock of horror, of recognition, of awakening to a system of racialized, inhuman degradation is what the film hopes to provoke. There is a history to this, DuVernay reminds us. Like anti-slavery advocates who used gruesome images – the former slave Gordon and his scarred back – 13th makes us feel as well as think our way to action. As the civil rights movement relied upon images broadcast on the nightly news – young protesters set upon by fire hoses and police dogs – so too does 13th bring the inhumanity of mass incarceration into living rooms, where the sight may mobilize us. This is an African American tradition that historian Aston Gonzalez explains has its roots in the prints and photographs of early 19th century black artist-activists.

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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele

Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards

Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations will be announced throughout the day. 

Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017:

Album Of The Year

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Historic 'End White Supremacy' Sign Reinstalled In New York City

In 1963, a protestor scrawled the words “End White Supremacy” onto a sign and carried it during a civil rights march in New York. Over 50 years have passed and, disgracefully, the message pleading for the most essential of human rights remains just as relevant. 

In 2008, digging through archival photographs, artist Sam Durant found an image of the ‘60s sign. Durant creates large-scale lightboxes featuring language culled from various protests and demonstrations throughout history, often focusing on the Civil Rights Movement and Black Panther protests. He gravitates towards words whose relevance is not bound up with any one time or event, whose message resounds regardless.

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Watch Cyndi Lauper, Billy Corgan Cover Crystals at Benefit Gig

Cyndi Lauper hosted her annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert Saturday, with guests like Aloe Blacc, Grace VanderWaal, Sharon Van Etten and Billy Corgan joining the singer onstage at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

With the Smashing Pumpkins singer, Lauper covered the Crystals’ 1961 single

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Donald Trump Blasts 'Totally Biased' 'SNL' On Twitter For 3rd Time

Just change the channel already.

President-elect Donald Trump has once again tweeted how angry he is about Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live.”

Following this weekend’s episode, Trump didn’t waste any time in blasting the show as “unwatchable,” “totally biased” and “not funny” ― while saying Baldwin’s impersonation “just can’t get any worse.”

Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad

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Watch Madonna's Sultry Cover of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' at Art Basel

Madonna covered Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” taunted Donald Trump, twerked with Ariana Grande and reunited with ex-husband Sean Penn during an event Friday at Miami’s Art Basel that raised $7.5 million for the singer’s Raising Malawi charity.

Billed as a “Night of Art, Mischief &

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Madonna’s Sultry Cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ at Art Basel

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