James West

James West

Senior Digital Editor

James West is senior digital editor for Mother Jones, and before that, the senior producer for its reporting project Climate Desk. He wrote Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008). James has a masters of journalism from NYU, and has produced a variety of award-winning shows in his native Australia, including the national affairs program Hack.

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In one of the most widely expected wins of the night, Leonardo DiCaprio took out Best Actor at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night for his role in The Revenant. DiCaprio used his acceptance speech to call out global leaders for climate inaction—capping off a night that was already fueled by the biting and brilliant political performance by moderator Chris Rock.

"Climate change is real, it is happening right now," DiCaprio said, to applause. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

He went on: "We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations." Watch the clip below:

Kendrick Lamar performs Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Kendrick Lamar won best rap album for his 2015 masterpiece, To Pimp a Butterfly, at Monday night's 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. That win came after Lamar already had picked up four other awards during the pre-televised portion of the night. Lamar even got a shout-out from the highest office in the land:

But that was all prelude to Lamar's powerful, politically charged onstage performance, starting with "The Blacker the Berry," which he sang, at first, while wearing chains and standing against the backdrop of a prison. That was followed by "Alright," a defacto anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was staged in front of an enormous bonfire.

Watch the full performance below:

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