Being a white artist in a predominantly Black art form, Vanilla Ice was under more scrutiny than his contemporaries. He’d been hounded for sampling Queen’s “Under Pressure”, which only contributed to a laundry list of alleged transgressions against hip-hop. From being a “musical…[and] economic phenomenon”, his fall was cemented after the airing of Jim Carrey’s “White, White Baby” and a brutal interview with Arsenio Hall in quick succession, which had called his blatant whiteness to attention.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here