There Is Now A Street in Queens Named After The Late Great Phife Dawg

first_imgEarlier this year, a mural went up on the same street corner. The significance of the mural, outside of being a beautiful tribute to Tribe and “hip-hop hieroglyphics” as mural co-organizer Theron Smith calls it, is that it is also where the group filmed the video for “Check The Rhime” in ’91, on top of the Nu-Clear Dry Cleaners laundromat roof. “Check The Rhime” – Back in the day on the boulevard of Linden….a tribe called quest – check the rhime-ddc-720p-x264 from Jermane Hollinsworth on Vimeo.[H/T Pitchfork / Photos via @geedg] A Tribe Called Quest is in the midst of a huge and final comeback. Just over a week ago, they released their final masterpiece:We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service with plans for one ultimate world tour. The album was conceived when the group reunited in 2014, and it was no surprise to see it released just three days after the Presidential election. Race and social injustice are main themes of the new album, addressed with the lyrical eloquence for which ATCQ is known. This new record features recorded verses from Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.Last week, remaining members of the group Q-Tip, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad played a tribute performance on Saturday Night Live, and this week, the memorials continue. At the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street in Queens, NY, Phife Dawg has been immortalized in form of a street sign. Linden Boulevard is now also known as Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way.Friends and family were all there for the momentous occasion, including Jacobi who commented, “[People] get murals and tributes to them all over the place… but to have a mural on the very block, the very street that we walked every day? Wrote rhymes up and down this block, battle people, have people come from other neighborhoods to battle me and Phife—you know, all kinds of stuff.”last_img read more

U.S. shale producers still struggling to find a profitable path

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 financial struggles of the U.S. shale industry are becoming increasingly hard to ignore, but drillers in Appalachia are in particularly bad shape.The Permian has recently seen job losses, and for the first time since 2016, the hottest shale basin in the world has seen job growth lag the broader Texas economy. The industry is cutting back amid heightened financial scrutiny from investors, as debt-fueled drilling has become increasingly hard to justify.But E&P companies focused almost exclusively on gas, such as those in the Marcellus and Utica shales, are in even worse shape. An IEEFA analysis found that seven of the largest producers in Appalachia burned through about a half billion dollars in the third quarter.Gas production continues to rise, but profits remain elusive. “Despite booming gas output, Appalachian oil and gas companies consistently failed to produce positive cash flow over the past five quarters,” the authors of the IEEFA report said. Of the seven companies analyzed, five had negative cash flow, including Antero Resources, Chesapeake Energy, EQT, Range Resources, and Southwestern Energy. Only Cabot Oil & Gas and Gulfport Energy had positive cash flow in the third quarter.The sector was weighed down but a sharp drop in natural gas prices, with Henry Hub off by 18 percent compared to a year earlier. But the losses are highly problematic. After all, we are more than a decade into the shale revolution and the industry is still not really able to post positive cash flow. Worse, these are not the laggards; these are the largest producers in the region.The outlook is not encouraging. The gas glut is expected to stick around for a few years. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has repeatedly warned that unless there is an unusually frigid winter, which could lead to higher-than-expected demand, the gas market is headed for trouble. “A mild winter across the northern hemisphere or a worsening macro backdrop could be catastrophic for gas prices in all regions,” Bank of America said in a note in October. [Nick Cunningham]More: Shale’s debt-fueled drilling boom is coming to an end U.S. shale producers still struggling to find a profitable pathlast_img read more

Police cite five protesters at Biden office in Des Moines

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police cited five people Monday night who refused to leave the Des Moines campaign office for Democrat Joe Biden after demanding to talk to him about health care and his campaign donors.Police say the five were among about two dozen people who’d entered the building and remained for at least three hours despite requests that they leave. When officers showed up, all but five protesters left. They were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and then released at the scene with summonses to appear in court later.A news release from the Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund said the five were members of the organization or Iowa Student Action. The two groups were demanding an audience with the former vice president to challenge what they said were his lies about the Medicare for All proposals being advanced by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two other candidates remaining in the Iowa caucuses campaign.Community Improvement Action Fund has endorsed Sanders in the Democratic race to face President Donald Trump in November.The two groups also criticized Biden’s ongoing support from wealthy donors and special interests.A Biden spokeswoman said Tuesday that she couldn’t immediately comment.last_img read more