Jampaign 2016 : North Carolina – When Art Takes Action

By Mandy Freebairn, Staff Writer As you’ve probably heard by now, the state of North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2 (HB2), a bill that essentially strips the LGBT community of their right to protection against discrimination. The bill is an atrocity that has sparked outrage across the country. But this outrage hasn’t been limited…

Jampaign 2016 IX: NYU Divest on The Art of Occupation

By Mandy Freebairn, Staff Writer The past few days have been a whirlwind for NYU Divest, a student organization aimed at urging NYU’s Board of Trustees to divest from fossil fuel companies. The group’s members began occupying an elevator in Bobst Library at 8am on Monday, and stayed overnight despite the threat of disciplinary action…

Jampaign 2016 VIII: Bernie Sanders’ Counterculture Conglomeration

By Mandy Freebairn, Staff Writer Ahead of the New York primary next week, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has announced that he will be speaking at a rally in Washington Square Park this Wednesday evening. If that weren’t enough, the rally will also feature an impressive roster of special guests: Vampire Weekend, Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Shailene…

Jampaign 2016 VII: A Playlist For Your Democratic Debate Pregame

By Mandy Freebairn, Highlighter staff columnist Campaign officials announced yesterday that there will be a democratic debate held next Thursday, April 14, right here in New York. The debate, which will take place in Brooklyn, comes just before the New York State primary on April 19th. In honor of Bernie and Hillary facing off right…

Jampaign 2016 VI: How Rolling Stone Let Me Down

By Mandy Freebairn, Highlighter staff columnist I was in class when it happened. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed during a particularly dull lecture, my mouse settled on the latest post from my favorite magazine, Rolling Stone. The headline was only four words long: “Hillary Clinton for President.” In the article, Rolling Stone owner and co-founder…

Jampaign 2016 V: Should We Ask Musicians about Politics?

By Mandy Freebairn, Highlighter staff columnist Earlier this month, “Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore introduced a new segment on the show called “2 Chainz Explains,” wherein rapper 2 Chainz explains political phenomenon. In the segment’s two installments thus far, 2 Chainz has discussed campaign suspension and brokered conventions—in his own words, of course. The segment,…

Jampaign 2016 III: Rating the 2016 Candidates on Their Music Taste

One of the things that interests me the most about both politics and art is the power they share to bring like-minded people together. Whether you’re chanting at a rally or moshing at a concert, there’s nothing like being surrounded by people who like the same crazy stuff that you do. So, fresh off the…

Jampaign 2016 II: Why Politicians Should Be More Like Lil B

If you were to ask me, “which popular musician do you think best exemplifies the values we look for in our elected representatives?” rapper and twitter sensation Lil B would probably not be my first choice (why you would ever ask me this question in the first place, I don’t know; but if you catch…

Jampaign 2016 I: This Land Is… Ours?

Welcome to the first installment of Jampaign 2016, wherein I, Mandy Freebairn, will be documenting music news as it pertains to the 2016 presidential race. Why? First and foremost, because it’s fun. But more importantly, we seem to be at a strange cultural moment where we are more inclined to listen to the celebrities we…