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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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:

Here in New York City, roads are now shut down to non-emergency traffic, and authorities are telling drivers they'll get fined if they don't comply. Above-ground parts of the subway system are about to close. The storm, stronger than forecast up here in New York, will continue until late into the night and dump even more snow—making it a storm likely to earn a place in the record books (though where it will rank for snowfall we won't know until it's all over). Slate is reporting that at the time of writing Washington, D.C.'s total snowfall stands at 14.9 inches. There's coastal flooding in New Jersey (watch the footage here.) CNN is reporting that 9000-plus flights have been canceled.

Even though it may be beautiful and exciting, all this nature gets old really fast. With so little to do right now but snack and surrender to television coverage, find some relief in these amazing Instagram videos of dogs having a wonderful time in the snow. Enjoy.

 

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PS: A little fact-checking note from my editor: “That poor little Bichon appears to be hating it. (I have one and he is suffering too!)"

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