Black Swan Headlines

  • Middle Eastern Black Swans Dot China's Belt & Road

    Authored by James Dorsey via MidEast Soccer blog, Edited remarks at the RSIS Book Launch of China and the Middle East; Venturing into the Maelstrom (Palgrave 2018), 20 September 2018. A podcast version of this story is available at If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with...

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  • Norwegian Power Trader Facing Bankruptcy After Massive "Black Swan" Loss

    The saga of Einar Aas, the Norwegian trader whose 15-year golden run came to a calamitous end earlier this month when he was caught on the wrong side of a stunning blowout in power-price spreads, has ended, as many anticipated, with the liquidation of Aas' estate and an expected bankruptcy filing.  According to Reuters, Nasdaq’s Nordic commodities exchange has reached an agreement with Aas' attorneys on the sale of Aas' assets that will allow him to cover a 114 million euro ($134 million) hole...

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  • Blood Orange builds a refuge for black stories on the exquisite Negro Swan

    Controlling the context of your creation is something of a fantasy for any artist, but especially a black artist. Though we remain the wellspring of culture in America, the musings of black people are never just left for us alone. Yet it is precisely this control of narrative that makes Blood Orange such a singular artist. With his newest LP, Negro Swan, Dev Hynes explores the contradiction of a high-visibility life without ownership or control of how your actions are interpreted and the...

  • Blood Orange Exposes the Tenderness Beneath Black Pain on 'Negro Swan'

    4.0/5.0 The timing of the release of a new Blood Orange album always weirdly aligns with the landscape of the socio-political climate and current events that are happening around the globe. Many artists are influenced by the state of their surroundings so sometimes the material seeps out of them without really thinking about it, but […]

  • Natalie Portman Is Giving Serious Black Swan Vibes in First Teaser for Vox Lux

    Natalie Portman makes her way to a cheering crowd in the first teaser for her latest movie. In the upcoming music drama Vox Lux, the Oscar winner, 37, stars as Celeste, a 21st century music superstar who reaches stardom after finding herself in some unusual circumstances. In the teaser, a caped Portman slowly makes her way to the stage as she gets ready to perform. The movie features original songs written by Sia and costars Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Jennifer Ehle and Stacy Martin. A first-look...
  • Aretha Franklin was 'black girl magic before there was black girl magic'

    Speaking at Aretha Franklin's funeral, Georgetown Sociologist Michael Eric Dyson talked about how Franklin was "black without apology or excuse."