A Tribe Called Quest‘s final album, We Got It From Here….Thank You 4 Your Service, has officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album, which sold 135,000 in its debut week, marks the second time the iconic hip-hop group has reached the top spot in their career, and first time since Beats, Rhymes, and Life came out over twenty years ago.Social Consciousness And Racial Inequality Are Front And Center On A Tribe Called Quest’s Surprise Comeback Album [Review]According to Billboard, We Got It From Here…. surpasses Jeezy‘s stint as the longest gap between #1 albums in the hip-hop category, while only Lionel Richie‘s 2012 album, Tuskeegee (which took 25 years for Richie to reach #1 again) surpassed Tribe’s wait among all genres. The new ATCQ album has received accolades from across the musical spectrum, and witnessed the group bring back that socially conscious old-school vibe from the genre’s Golden Era, which has been lacking in recent years.The group recently appeared on Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle for a two-song performance, and has announced preliminary plans for a highly-anticipated final World Tour, with details still to come. Check out the group’s video for “We The People….” below:[via Billboard]
Boston will soon have its first new mayor in 20 years. Longtime state legislator Martin J. Walsh defeated City Councilor John R. Connolly in Tuesday’s election, leveraging the support of labor groups and a significant cross-section of residents throughout the city. He will take office in January.Steven Poftak, the executive director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, talks about Walsh’s victory and what this means for the city of Boston.QUESTION: Are you surprised by the results?POFTAK: These results are not surprising. The race was close and competitive throughout. During the last few weeks, it felt like the momentum was moving toward Walsh. His campaign seemed to be controlling the narrative and they seemed to be attracting large numbers of enthusiastic participants to their events. Plus, he had a significant advantage in spending on his behalf, close to $1 million more than Connolly with outside groups included. More critically, spending on behalf of Walsh was more efficient, spread across the weeks in between the preliminary and the final, not concentrated in the final two weeks.On Election Day, the Walsh ground troops were everywhere and it suggested that this was Walsh’s day.QUESTION: What unique qualities will Martin J. Walsh bring to City Hall?POFTAK: Walsh brings a very personal narrative to the office — son of immigrants, working-class roots, cancer survivor, recovered alcoholic, shooting survivor, union leader, state representative, and, now, mayor. Voters clearly connected with that narrative and found Walsh personally appealing.QUESTION: What are the biggest challenges facing the new mayor?POFTAK: Continuing the trajectory of education reform will be an important challenge for the mayor. There are persistent pockets of underperformance in the Boston Public Schools that need to be addressed. In addition, the district is facing a facilities planning problem, with under-capacity in the lower grades and overcapacity in the upper grades, as well as implementing a new school assignment system. Walsh will get to appoint a new superintendent to grapple with all these issues.Another challenge will be to nurture continued economic growth and innovation, while also promoting that growth across the neighborhoods. Walsh ran on a platform of equity, so I would expect to hear a lot about this.Lastly, Walsh’s policy proposals have a lot of detail and new programs but every mayor grapples with limited revenues, with little statutory power to change that. He will be challenged to find a balance between fiscal stability and developing new programs.QUESTION: How will Walsh govern?POFTAK: Walsh’s public-sector experience has been in the legislative branch, so it will be interesting to see how that transfers over to an executive position. One of his most striking traits is his ability to build bonds across different interest groups, particularly for a white, Irish guy from a historically conservative section of Dorchester. A key to Walsh’s victory was a string of key endorsements from other preliminary election candidates that gave him great credibility across many neighborhoods that were not his original constituency.Walsh also faces the challenge of taking over for a long-serving mayor who has been in charge while the vast majority of city workers were hired. It remains to be seen how aggressive Walsh will be in replacing appointees with his own people.QUESTION: How will Walsh differentiate himself from Mayor [Thomas M.] Menino?POFTAK: Many of Walsh’s major endorsers appear poised to take positions in the new administration where they would be high-profile public figures. This would contrast with the more centralized style of the current mayor.However, I think Walsh will continue to take an active, neighborhood/constituent service-focused mayoralty that has been a signature of Menino. This election did not represent a repudiation of any ideology, but rather a transition in leadership, so I would not expect Walsh to dramatically differentiate himself.
Hamilton, bidding for a sixth world title to move within one of Michael Schumacher’s record seven, topped all three free practice sessions before making it four-out-of-four during qualifying. His dominance in qualifying in Melbourne is unsurpassed with Ayrton Senna, on six poles, the next in line. Hamilton complained after pre-season testing in Barcelona that Ferrari was much quicker, but it appears to have been mind games with business as usual resumed this week. Mercedes and Hamilton have been dominant in Formula One in recent years, winning the drivers’ and constructors’ titles five years in a row and Ferrari — and Vettel — are desperate to catch up. While the German won in Melbourne last year and backed it up with victory at the next race in Bahrain, Hamilton roared back to sweep 11 of the remaining 19 Grand Prix to comfortably be crowned champion. All Vettel’s world titles came at Red Bull, from 2010-2013, while Ferrari haven’t won a constructors crown since 2008 and no driver at the Italian outfit has tasted championship success since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. Hamilton topped Q2 in 1:21:014 from Bottas and Verstappen, with Vettel running into the gravel at Turn 12, kicking up dirt and dust and telling his team on the radio that the “floor, front wing” would need to be checked. Daniel Ricciardo was a big casualty in Q2, finishing 12th in his first outing for new team Renault after moving from Red Bull. His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg also missed the cut, as did Toro Rosso pair Daniel Kvyat and Alexander Albon. Leclerc topped Q1 with 1:22:017 ahead of Hamilton and Bottas. Red Bull newcomer Pierre Gasly was among those who failed to get out of Q1 along with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll. Robert Kubica, who clipped the wall and sustained a puncture in his Williams, was last. Lewis Hamilton has secured pole in Australian Grand Prix in every race since 2014.Hamilton is bidding for his sixth world championship.Hamilton has won twice in Australia, winning in 2014 and 2015. Melbourne: Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last year to reassert his authority and snatch a record-extending eighth pole position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. The Briton clocked a fastest lap of one minute 20.486 to narrowly pip team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third, but well off the pace on 1:21.190. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth and Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc fifth. The 34-year-old is the pole master in Melbourne, claiming it eight times and every year since 2014, although he has only twice, in 2008 and 2015, won a race at Albert Park. He knocked out his rivals with a blistering lap at the death to claim an 84th career grid-leading time in his 230th race. “I’m shaking, it was so close out there,” said Hamilton. “Coming from testing we had no idea where we would be, but the guys in the factory have been working so hard towards this weekend. Valtteri did an exceptional job, it was so close.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.