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Partial stage collapse at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival injures several

The Ultra Music Festival doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, but several were injured tonight at Miami Bayfront Park after part of a stage collapsed. The Miami Herald reports that the accident occurred as the stage was being erected, but it was unclear if those injured were workers.

The scene at #Ultra, where a structural collapse has left several injured. Photo via @jave305: twitter.com/Jave305/status…

— The Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 15, 2013

Asking ppl to pray. An LED wall fell on 4 ppl on Ultra main stage. Not our stage. I know at least one person is critical.

— anah logos (@one_logos) March 15, 2013

@_loveandlabels looked bad, I happened to be looking at the stage as it happened :/

— Jaime V (@Jave305) March 15, 2013

Here’s what Ultra had to say yesterday:

2013 ULTRA Music Festival: the Most Technically Advanced Main Stage Design in History– hrld.us/10GR69K

— Ultra Music Festival (@ultramusic) March 13, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/14/partial-stage-collapse-at-miamis-ultra-music-festival-injures-severa/


In MTV interview, president talks global warming, Facebook, his iPod playlist

Appearing for a live, sit-down interview this afternoon with MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, President Obama answered questions submitted via Facebook and live through a video feed with students at Georgetown University.

Interviews president, wears a hat. twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 26, 2012

Obama: “I like to think of myself as a man”

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 26, 2012

We’d like to think that too. Is appearing on MTV the way to do it?

After q’s for POTUS on jobs+education, Sway asks if POTUS more worried about Malia getting drivers license/going on a date/going on facebook

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 26, 2012

what does Obama worry about most — Malia driving, dating or on Facebook? Obama says facebook

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 26, 2012

Obama: I haven’t had time to update my iPod. Sway: “I’ll hook you up.”

— Naureen Khan (@naureenindc) October 26, 2012

Obama remembers listening to Bob Marley in college. Though “not necessarily agreeing with the philosophy.” OK…

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 26, 2012

Obama loves hip hop. OMG. Can you believe it? As a young person I feel that he gets me.

— Eli Lake (@EliLake) October 26, 2012

In response to an MTV question, Pres Obama said he’d like to see more explicit discussion of the issues in contemporary music.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

We’re sure Katy Perry will be getting right on that request as part of the re-election effort.

Pres Obama noted that a lot of the music of the 70s reflected a sense of engagement about the Vietnam war and civil rights.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

“You can set the world on fire in a positive way,” said the president about messages on the Internet and music.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

Asked about his daughters lives if he’s re-elected, Pres Obama says he’s more concerned about Facebook than about their going on dates.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

For security and privacy reasons, Pres Obama says his daughters are not on Facebook.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

MTV’s viewers might not know what a broken record sounds like, but it goes something like this:

Obama just said again on MTV that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 26, 2012

3rd time in past 2 weeks he has lied on national TV about this. MT @buzzfeedandrew: Obama on MTV: Planned Parenthood provides mammograms.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 26, 2012

Pres Obama says US “not moving as fast as we need to” on global warming. Says young people including MTV viewers will have to deal with it.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 26, 2012

All I can think of watching this MTV interview of POTUS is that it’s very obvious it’s been awhile since he was between 18 and 29 years old.

— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) October 26, 2012

MTV notes that it has extended a similar offer to Mitt Romney, who has not committed to an appearance.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/26/in-mtv-interview-president-talks-global-warming-facebook-his-ipod-playlist/


Kanye’s Brits Performance Actually Featured Top UK Grime Artists

It wasn’t just a few random guys.

1. At the Brits, Kanye West gave an epic performance of “All Day”, a new track.

ITV

2. But afterwards, a number of Twitter users started complaining about it.

5. Other Twitter users have been calling out those complaints as racist.

If you actually think Kanye’s performance yesterday promoted gang culture etc, I acc fear for the human race.

— DGAF_JOSH (@woe$)

If Kanye’s performance encourages gang culture then Bobby Beale encourages murder. Pipe down please.

— ImAllThatJazz (@Jasmin)

8. Anyway, grime artist Skepta tweeted this on the night of the performance, and it quickly went viral, as most of the people on stage for Kanye’s performance are significant figures in UK grime.

#BRITs2015 Shout out big bro @KanyeWest â¤ï¸

— Skepta (@SKEPTA)

9. Shorty from BBK was there, and posted this excited Vine shortly after the performance.

10. Hip-hop duo Krept & Konan were on stage.

11. Jammer, who has released three full-length albums since 2010, performed as well.

Jammer and Kanye crouching together like Kanye knows who Murkle Man is, never thought Ill see the day

— OhYeahGuy (@O’YeahCinco)

12. Novelist, who was nominated for a Best Grime Act MOBO in 2014, was involved.

 

13. As was Stormzy.

Tristan Fewings / Getty Images

15. And, finally, Skepta.

That video, incidentally, cost only £80, according to his acceptance speech.

16. So basically, Kanye brought most of UK grime on to play his new track with him.

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And flamethrowers as well. They were pretty important.

17. Kanye even ended his show by thanking Skepta.

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18. And he’s not the only one — just last week Drake thanked Skepta in the liner notes for his most recent mixtape.

“This tape would not be possible without @Skepta.” – Drake.

— _LeeUK (@Lee.)

19. So it’s been a great couple of weeks for UK grime, and Skepta in particular.

Skepta is doing a lot for us still, he created a wave in America and turned it into a tidal. Im excited for his album campaign.

— KingPMoney (@P Money)

20. Wiley recognised the performance the following morning, and acknowledged Kanye for supporting the scene.

Last Night A Statement Was Made . @Skepta & @kanyewest made it . My brothers was on stage at the Rarsclart Brit Awards . Thank u God.

— WileyUpdates (@Chasing The Art .)

Kanye Knows The Brits Ain’t letting dons in there like that so he kicked off the door for us.Imagine 1 of us saying Yeh I’m bringing 20 dons

— WileyUpdates (@Chasing The Art .)

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukebailey/kanye-and-grime


19 Reasons Not To Visit The Miami Area

Welcome to EWWW / Bienvenido a OOOOOF.

1. The sunsets look like this everywhere, right? Boring.

Elido Turco / Creative Commons / Flickr: elidoturco

Sunset over the Miami skyline.

2. The only thing to do there is go to cheesy nightclubs. Everyone knows this.

The Hanging Gardens at PAMM

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MOCA

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The Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium

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“Hanging garden” at the PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and “touching the orb” at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science.

3. If you’re not a beach person, you’re out of luck, because there’s NOTHING else to do there.

Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons / Flickr: wallyg

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts consists of the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, and the Carnival Studio Theater.

4. No one there even reads.

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A look at the annual Miami Book Fair International.

5. The people are shallow. They only care about clubbing and shopping and getting a tan.

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2006 immigration rally.

6. And it’s just all… the same. You’ve seen one palm tree, you’ve seen ‘em all. Zzzzzzzzzz!

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Multi-colored bougainvillea at Fairchild Tropical Garden.

7. People there basically subsist on overpriced cocktails.

Mark Mathosian / Creative Commons / Flickr: markgregory

A beautiful little jolt of Cuban coffee.

8. It’s positively swarming with gators!

Rick Webb / Creative Commons / Flickr: lizstless

Watch out! It’s the dreaded(edly adorable) Florida manatee.

9. The official bird of South Florida is the mosquito, or so I’ve gathered from many a Facebook joke.

Jorge Elías / Creative Commons / Flickr: italintheheart

Peacocks roam streets and rooftops alike across Miami.

10. Not to mention all the corny “tourist traps.”

Junior Henry / Creative Commons / Flickr: jr8henry

A nighttime view of the Vizcaya mansion.

11. Rumor has it that the only songs that play there are by Will Smith or LMFAO.

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A music-themed mural in Little Havana.

12. Yup, just “Welcome to Miami,” blaring from every corner.

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Boukman Eksperyans perform at Big Night in Little Haiti.

13. It’s an ugly, plastic area.

Kenneth Garcia / Creative Commons / Flickr: kennethgarcia

Vine-covered oak branches reach out to one another across Coral Way.

14. It’s just so… tacky.

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Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower, the “Ellis Island of the South.”

15. The art scene there is just an excuse for pretentious people to throw parties.

Mural by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra / Via Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons / Flickr: wallyg

Eduardo Kobra mural is just one example of Miami’s accessible art scene.

16. The food there is gross and boring and I want to vom just thinking about it. YUCK.

Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons / Flickr: wallyg

Sally Taylor / Creative Commons / Flickr: sataylor

Dan Goldman / Creative Commons / Flickr: burningdove

 

A Cuban frita from El Rey de las Fritas, Colombian patacón and empanada at Bolivar, and a Trinidadian-spiced curry roti roll from Christine’s Roti Kitchen.

17. The Miami area simply lacks any sense of history.

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Miami Beach’s Holocaust Memorial.

18. It’s aggressively basic, with no sense of originality or weirdness.

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violinha / Creative Commons / Flickr: violinha

 

The mysterious Coral Castle was built with over 1,100 tons of coral rock quarried, carved, and assembled through unknown means by one man, Edward Leedskalnin, as a monument to his lost love. Or it was built by aliens. One can never be too sure.

19. Everything has to be loud and showy! There’s no place for quiet moments.

VISIT FLORIDA Editor / Creative Commons / Flickr: visitflorida

The view from the Deering Estate at sunset.

UGH. Don’t ever visit. You’ll hate every delicious, musical, inspiring, sun-drenched, ocean breeze-kissed moment.

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The sun rises over the Miami skyline, as seen from Matheson Hammock.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexalvarez/homesick-tbqh