News Brief

Big Surprise: Trump's Supreme Court Pick Supported Apartheid, Trolled Student Protestors

Trump's appointee for SCOTUS once trolled his classmates for protesting South African apartheid.

Is it really a surprise that Trump's pick for the Supreme Court is another garbage-ass individual? No it is not. His nominee is Colorado-native and former law-clerk, Neil Gorsuch who, despite being a younger judge at 49, has been a cantankerous old troll for quite some time.


While attending Colombia University, where he graduated from in 1988, he wrote a column in the Colombia Daily Spectator in which he fabricated a story about a student activist, and criticized fellow students who protested American companies that monetarily benefited from South African apartheid. He questioned why students would oppose such actions since it "paid for our need-blind admissions policy," Daily News reports.

He also expressed that he didn't find anything wrong with gentrification. “Is it because such arguments would be immoral, false and heartless? Or is it because it is not fashionable at Columbia to be anything other than a pro-Sandinista, anti-Reagan, ADHOC, uranium-pilfering protester?" he wrote in another column.

This information—along with his white maleness—makes it painfully obvious why he's Trump's ideal choice.  Homeboy's alternative fact telling skills are top notch. "Immoral, false and heartless" sounds about right though.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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