The Ideas We Aren’t Hearing: Africa? India?

Big Think makes the case: ‘Non-European thought is often underrepresented in philosophy. The rich histories of India, China, the Islamic world, and Africa are often seen as footnotes and side ventures to the thinkers of Europe. While European thought is of great use, the influence of African ideas on Freud, the influence of Maoism on many French philosophers, and the refinement of Greek ideas by Islamic thinkers cannot be denied.”’

Will Jennifer Holliday Do The Matinees?

The London revival of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical “Dreamgirls” is headed to Broadway next season. This new production, which incorporates material from the 2006 film version (namely the song “Listen”), is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!). The London cast is led by Glee and The Wiz star Amber Riley (pictured), who stars as Effie White, the role originated on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday and on screen by Jennifer Hudson. LemonWade’s spies in London say that while Amber was real great, the rest of the cast wasn’t, so they will probably do some recasting for Broadway.

Quotation Of The Day

“I’ve been planning this since I was 4.” That’s Lady Gaga, talking about her upcoming Super Bowl show.

“24” Returns Without Jack Bauer

I never much cared for “24,” starring Kiefer Sutherland: it symbolized the torture-endorsing years of Bush/Cheney. But maybe I’ll give “24: Legacy,” the new iteration, a try: Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is gone, and Corey Hawkins (pictured) is now the focus. The Guardian calls the first episode, which premieres on February 5, after the Super Bowl, “incredible.”

Curtis Mayfield Gets A Definitive Biography


Pitchfork offers: ‘One of the most remarkable things about the new, definitive Curtis Mayfield biography, “Traveling Soul,” is that it took this long for someone to write one. In terms of influence and popularity, Mayfield’s stature in the 1960s through early ’70s easily puts him in the same conversation as such R&B icons as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown. Yet somehow, his life has never been as lavishly chronicled. Read more »

Mariah & Elton Perform For Russian Wedding

Mariah Carey and Elton John got hired for a wedding gig over the weekend … and it wasn’t cheap. The singers raked in $4.2 million after a Russian billionaire and Putin buddy named Valery Kogan footed the bill for his granddaughter’s wedding over the weekend in London. The astonishing nine-hour reception at The Landmark hotel featured Mimi dedicating “We Belong Together” to the new couple. The bride — 19-year-old Irene Kogan — and her hubby requested Mariah’s appearance. She was flown in from the U.S. Sir Elton John kicked things off with an impressive 12 song set. Mariah sounded significantly better than she did on New Year’s Eve.

Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum To Red Square Has Fled Russia For Asylum In France

The St Petersburg-based protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky (pictured), famous for nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square, has fled to France where he plans to apply for political asylum. The radical artist left Russia in mid-December with his partner, Oksana Chalyguina, and their children, after the opening of a criminal investigation brought against him for sexual assault. On Monday, 16 January, Pavlensky told the Russian opposition television channel Dojd that a complaint had been filed against him and his partner by the theatre actress, Anastasia Slonina. Pavlensky denies any guilt and describes the complaint as a Read more »