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Lil Nas X: Inside The Rise Of A Hip-Hop Cowboy

“It was the first song I genuinely formulated,” Lil Nas says. “I was like, ‘I gotta make it short, I gotta make it catchy, I gotta have quotable lines that people want to use as captions.’ Especially with the ‘horses in the back’ line, I was like, ‘This is something people are gonna say every day.’ ” Already, he was thinking about the memes.

Via: Rolling Stone

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Green Shoots In The Future Of Voting

Uncompromising resistance to voter suppression has to go hand-in-hand with proactive efforts to extend the franchise. If we are only engaged in the fight against suppression, “we are only doing half of what’s possible.” Lowering the voting age to 16, different kinds of civics education, the availability of modern voting systems that provide paper back-up and the positive results of automatic and same-day voter registration are all increasing turnout.

Via: WhoWhatWhy

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Michigan Political Maps Must Be Redrawn Because They Were Illegally Rigged To ‘Historical Proportions’

The blockbuster ruling requires Michigan to conduct special state Senate elections for certain seats next year. The “predominate purpose” of the redistricting plan approved by the Michigan Legislature in 2011 “was to subordinate the interests of Democratic voters and entrench Republicans in power,” said the unanimous decision from the three-judge federal panel.

Via: The Detroit News

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We’ve Got A Long Way To Go, But Tennessee Rises to 44th In Voter Turnout After 2018 Midterms

Last month, Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project released a report that looks at all 50 states turnout in 2018. History was made as voters across the country turned out in numbers not seen in a midterm election in over 100 years. When measured against voting eligible population, voter turnout was 50.3%, the largest increase in turnout from the previous midterm ever.

Via: Nonprofit Vote

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Ranked Choice Voting in Nashville? Council Votes To Move It Forward

Voters would rank candidates in order of preference and a candidate who receives a majority of first-preference votes would win. It would apply in elections for mayor, vice mayor, council member-at-large and district council member. Voters would rank candidates in order of preference and a candidate who receives a majority of first-preference votes would win.

Via: The Tennessean

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Most Tennesseans Support Restoring Voting Rights For Felons, New Poll Finds

According to the poll from Secure Democracy, 67% of Tennessee voters support legislation that would allow people with felony convictions to vote again after they’ve completed their sentences and paid their court fees. Secure Democracy is a nonpartisan group that works on election issues. That support holds among voters affiliated with both political parties.

Via: The Tennessean

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Of Figurative Paintings And A First Lady

Amy Sherald found her niche in figurative painting, a genre that called to her because of the absence of black faces in museums’ portrait collections. Sherald has made it her mission to expand the art historical narrative by painting black people from all walks of life. Most notably, she was selected to paint Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery.

Via: Bitter Southerner