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  • Wandering Eye: On Kendrick Lamar's new video, Dan Deacon weighs in on the Orioles, and more

    Wandering Eye: On Kendrick Lamar's new video, Dan Deacon weighs in on the Orioles, and more
    We've been thinking a lot more about video on our mobile site this week, mostly because it's something that the website can finally handle after many readers rightfully complained that the clip of Bill Cosby being heckled was unavailable on the mobile website. On Wednesday, rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose masterful new album "To Pimp A Butterfly" was released last month (he plays Merriweather's Sweetlife Festival on May 30-31), put out a video for 'King Kunta,' a defiant, catchy James Brown homage ("Something's in the water/ And if I gotta brown nose for some gold/ Then I'd rather be a bum than a motherfucking baller"). The video follows Lamar around his hometown of Compton, full of slices of life pulled equally from hip-hop generation iconography such as 1995's movie "Friday" and the iconic video for Juvenile's 'Ha,' and the '70s Los Angeles neorealism of black films like "Killer of Sheep" and "Bush Mama." It's great. What's particularly interesting about the clip, though, is that it has been shot to conform to the aspect ratio of a smartphone, as if the video were shot by someone who didn't think to keep the phone shooting it horizontal. Of course, it's on purpose in this case. The spirited, celebratory video is for the smartphone. It's an interesting example of how technology affects art and changes it and opens it up to more possibilities, adding to the sense that Lamar and his hometown are too big for the frame. It's also but one more way that Lamar expresses solidarity with those who grew up like him, black and poor with way fewer options. Research says people in poor communities use smartphones as substitutes for computers, which are too expensive. In every way, Kendrick Lamar has made a video just for people like him. (Brandon Soderberg)
  • Wandering Eye: Goucher takes the pulse of Marylanders, a college becomes a benefit corporation, and more

    Wandering Eye: Goucher takes the pulse of Marylanders, a college becomes a benefit corporation, and more
    Goucher College's pollsters tend to pose interesting questions of Marylanders, and the poll released yesterday was no exception. It shows, among many other things, that 72 percent support making schools start after Labor Day, 75 percent want to make...

    Hopkins professor, CP co-founder accused of racism

    Hopkins professor, CP co-founder accused of racism
    Late last month, City Paper received an unsigned email drawing attention to what the writer described as "anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hate speech" by Craig Hankin, a Johns Hopkins professor and director of the Hopkins Art Workshops. Hankin was City Paper'...

    Wandering Eye: Why Kevin Plank's donation is what's wrong with higher ed, 'Speaking While Female,' and more

    Wandering Eye: Why Kevin Plank's donation is what's wrong with higher ed, 'Speaking While Female,' and more
    A University of Maryland alumnus says Kevin Plank’s $25 million gift to his alma mater—and what the school is doing with it—exemplifies what's wrong with higher education. "The 'New Cole Field House' has little to do with academics and...

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Kurt L. Schmoke

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Kurt L. Schmoke
    Yes, “free tuition” is an attention-getting headline. But it is more than a gimmick: It’s a strategy in place in cities such as Chicago and in the entire Tennessee state community college system, part of a coordinated public-policy...