Sami Al-Arian, the subject of Line Halvorsen’s real-life, Kafkaesque nightmare doc The U.S.A. vs. Al-Arian, is a highly regarded professor with a loving wife named Nahla, three daughters, and two sons, who happens to be an outspoken advocate of Palestinian rights (unsurprisingly since he and Nahla were raised refugees, displaced when Israel came into being). He’s also one of the many residents of the United States who found himself on the wrong side of the Patriot Act after 9/11, held for two and half years in maximum security, awaiting trial on flimsy, terrorism related charges.
Pusha T, “King Push”: After several delays, Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name will finally drop on October 8th. Watch the music video for the opening track,’ “King Push,” which was produced by Kanye West, below:
Julio Bashmore featuring Jessie Ware, “Peppermint”: Bristol native Julio Bashmore, who was introduced to many in the U.S. at this year’s Coachella Festival, has dropped a delicious new house track featuring follow Brit Jessie Ware on vocals.
Blood Diamonds, “Osaka”: The title track from Los Angeles producer Michael Diamond’s new EP is deceptively chill, morphing into dubstep almost two minutes in before kicking into high gear halfway through. Osaka is out tomorrow.