As Asian Hip Hop Rappers Rise, So Does The Problem of Race

In a 2016 reaction video to Indonesian rapper Brian Imanuel’s “Dat $tick,” Wu-Tang Clan member Dennis Coles, who raps as “Ghostface Killah,” couldn’t believe the then 16-year-old’s grasp on the type of Southern hip-hop popular online. But not everything about Imanuel’s debut and subsequent success, including 10 singles and multiple tours, has been positive. He has been criticized for cultural appropriation, stirring up controversy to...

When You Play This Song Backwards, You Can Hear Satan. Play It Forwards, and It Hijacks Siri, Alexa

Speech recognition systems seduced by masked messages Computer science boffins affiliated with IBM and universities in China and the United States have devised a way to issue covert commands to voice-based AI software – like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana – by encoding them in popular songs. They refer to these tweaked tunes, which issue mostly inaudible...

Hollywood Loves ‘Black Panther’ After Debut Screenings

“Incredible” and “kinetic” are just a few of the loving words that people are using to describe and praise Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The film from director Ryan Coogler had its first screenings Monday night and a premiere in Los Angeles. Official reviews won’t go out until Feb. 6, but audiences at the select screenings were able to share non-spoiler reactions...