Kicking off a three-show run at San Francisco, CA’s The Fillmore last night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood paid tribute to fallen Beatle John Lennon on the anniversary of the his death with a cover of “Come Together.”The two-set show featured CRB originals such as “Roan County Banjo,” “Burn Slow,” and “Sweet Sweet Lullaby,” as well as additional covers of Leon Russell‘s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” Bob Dylan‘s “Tough Mama,” and a show-closer of The Velvet Underground‘s “Rock & Roll.” Take a listen to “Come Together” below, courtesy of Stuart Levine.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA |12/8/16\Set 1: Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Roan County Banjo, Tornado, Precious, Precious, Tulsa Yesterday, California Hymn, Burn Slow, Poor Elijah / Tribute to JohnsonSet 2: Stranger in a Strange Land, Forever as the Moon, Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor, Never Been to Spain, Tough Mama, Sweet Sweet Lullaby, Leave My Guitar Alone, RideEncore : Come Together, Rock & Roll[via JamBase]
Esmeralda Bermudez, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, told students speaking two languages made her feel powerful growing up in the United States after immigrating from El Salvador. (Julia Rosher | Daily Trojan)In April, Los Angeles Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez was confronted by a women for speaking Spanish to her daughter at the park. “You’re confusing the poor girl,” the woman told her.The alumna and journalist returned to campus Wednesday to speak about discrimination and the importance of language and culture. Nearly 30 students attended the event at Mark Taper Hall of Humanities.“You would’ve seen when I left the park, I was in tears and later that night and for about two weeks, I was in tears,” Bermudez said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “I just couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t understand why, I just knew that I had this anger.” What the woman who confronted her that day did not know, Bermudez said, is that her daughter is trilingual and learning a fourth language. Bermudez is raising her daughter to speak English, Spanish and Armenian. The five-year-old is also learning French. The journalist said the incident brought back feelings of inferiority and insecurity from her past when she immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. “She made me feel like an outsider,” Bermudez said. “I instantly felt she was superior. Everything about me, from my dresses to my heavy, heavy accent did not belong and was not American.”Bermudez explained she wanted to ensure her daughter had a strong foundation in language since she grew up not speaking English fluently. Despite her insecurities, Bermudez now considers language her “superpower.” “It made me feel 10 feet tall speaking two languages because I was a resource for my family,” Bermudez said. She also said language became “a window to a whole other culture” when she married her Armenian husband.Bermudez initially tweeted about her experience at the park, which has now garnered nearly 400,000 likes. When it first began to go viral, her editor encouraged her to write about the experience for the L.A. Times.Bermudez said she is inspired to share her story to motivate others to stand up for themselves and speak out. “Let people know that you have a voice, whatever it is,” Bermudez said. “No one should make you feel like you’re not whole as a human being.”
A protester yells at police officers in riot gear after being forced off the motor way in front of the the Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. Several hundred protesters, including members of the New Black Panther party, blocked the road causing police to close the road and move the crowd with riot police. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) United States authorities has urged its citizens to be vigilant and avoid certain areas in the Bahamas.CrimeNew ProvidenceA Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Bahamas 2017 Crime and Safety report, has classified New Providence, the country’s most populous island, as a “critical” threat location for crime targeting or affecting US Government interests.The report claims that despite a 26 per cent drop in serious crimes in 2016, New Providence has witnessed violent crimes in locations more commonly frequented by US tourists.Grand BahamasGrand Bahama also received a failing grade as the Bureau claims violent crime there had increase and gangs were on the rise.“Gangs are present. There has been targeted gang-related violence, including a drive-by shooting that resulted in one death and two injuries next to Embassy-owned residential properties,” it stated.The report also highlighted that home invasions, theft, and robbery are not confined to a specific part of Grand Bahama.It raised concern that “upsurge in criminal activity has led to incidents that could place innocent bystanders at risk.”It claimed the US Embassy had received “reports of assaults, including sexual assaults, at residences, hotel rooms, casinos, outside hotels, and on cruise ships. In some sexual assault incidents, the victim reportedly had been drugged.Other areas of concern cited in the report include The Sand Trap and inner-city communities referred to as “Over-the-Hill”.Americans were urged to avoid these areas, especially at night.Bahamas police commended The report, was however kind to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, saying it was receptive to reports of crime and it addressed the issues facing tourists seriously.But it also noted that the police response was limited by lack of resources and other issues.“Police have limited emergency vehicles, and streets and houses are generally unmarked, inhibiting responders from locating affected residences. To ensure quick response to a residence, victims may have to go to the local police station and provide transportation to the site,” it said.