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The Evolution of the Emcee: Akala at TEDxSalford

Akala is a renowned English rapper, poet, and journalist. Emerging from London's hip-hop underground, in 2006 Kingslee 'Akala' Daley) won the MOBO 'Best Hip-Hop' award for his debut album "It's Not A Rumour". Since then he has released his second album "Freedom Lasso" and toured extensively in the UK and around the world. He has also found the time to take his own energetic and original workshops all over the country working for clients such as the BBC, London Metropolitan Archives, Times BFI London Film Festival and various schools/youth clubs around the capital. Breaking down the culture of cliché and stereotype that smothers the genre he loves is a major part of the mission he's taken on, and gives impetus to this third album of pointed, perceptive hip hop music from the convention-defying emcee. Akala has performed at various UK festivals including V Festival, Wireless, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Parklife and Isle of Wight. Credits: Camerawork: Nathan Rae & Team - Post production: Elliott Wragg - Audio restoration : Jorge Polvorinos - Head of IT and Design Vlad Victor Jiman - Intro: Mike Wood - In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small <b>...</b>

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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the “Luminarias,” a [...]

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In Friday’s Pictures in the News, Filipinos brave strong winds blowing rubbish in Manila, Indian soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso wears a wig in a slalom race, and Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops as a tear gas canister flies overhead during a weekly protest against the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, near Nablus, the West Bank. There’s more.

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Participants danced on a float during the annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, on Oct. 31. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal)

Sophie Orenstein, 9, participated in Faye Rogaski’s social-skills workshop at the New York Junior League. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

This 1960s townhouse on East 63rd Street is now listed for $38.5 million. Here, looking down into the main living room area. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Mac Cosmetics makeup artists Chantel Miller and Armando Guajard painted reporter Marshall Heyman’s face as ‘The Incredible Hulk.’ (Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal)

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather and his entourage shopped for jewelry on 47th Street in Manhattan on Nov. 3. (Matthew Craig/The Wall Street Journal)

More than 120 of Maurizio Cattelano’s artworks dangle from the ceiling of the Guggenheim Museum for the artist’s career retrospective, ‘All.’ (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

A fallen tree rested on power lines in Glastonbury, Conn., on Oct. 30, a day after a major snowstorm hit the Northeast. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

The Turducken Meatloaf Sandwich at William Hallet, at 36-10 30th Ave. in Astoria, Queens. (Liz Barclay for The Wall Street Journal )

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The Metropolitan Opera held its final dress rehearsal for ‘Satyagraha’ on Nov. 2. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Children played in Central Park on Nov. 3 after the New York Road Runners ‘Run with Champions’ event. About 1,000 children participate in 400-meter and 1-mile races at the annual event before the New York City marathon this weekend. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

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Most of us don't get enough sleep. "As the world is getting faster and crazier, I've noticed sleepers around the streets, just everywhere," writes photographer Romain Philippon. "Of course, I also see some poetry and dreamings in all of that, but the contrast is so interesting to me, people trying to escape to their condition…" Philippon is self-publishing a book on the topic called "Inconscience". The first eight photographs in this entry are from that book. Collected here as well are more photographs of people everywhere lucky enough to find a few winks. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)
Delivery man, in front of a shop, Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon

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This weekend, more than 175,000 music fans gathered at Worthy Farm near Glastonbury, England, for the 2011 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. The attendees, who set up tents and braved the mud, were treated to performances by U2, Wu-Tang Clan, Crystal Castles, Paul Simon, Ke$ha, and many more. The five-day festival wrapped up last night with glowing reviews for the performances by headliners Beyonce and Coldplay. Today, volunteer clean-up crews are out in full force, tidying up the trampled farm grounds. Gathered here are some scenes from this year's festivities in Glastonbury. [44 photos]

A couple embraces among the tents on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, on June 24, 2011. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

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With one month of the season left before the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, take a look at the cold, snowy days of the last couple months.

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