5 Lunchtime Links: Joe Biden to introduce Gaga

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at St. Paul's Union Depot on Feb. 18, 2016 to praise the successes of the federal stimulus program that the administration used to help lift the country out of the Great Recession in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at St. Paul's Union Depot on Feb. 18, 2016 to praise the successes of the federal stimulus program that the administration used to help lift the country out of the Great Recession in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at St. Paul’s Union Depot on Feb. 18, 2016 to praise the successes of the federal stimulus program that the administration used to help lift the country out of the Great Recession in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

1. Joe Biden to introduce Lady Gaga at the Oscars.

Maybe one of the stranger headlines you’ll read today, but nonetheless true. Vice President Joe Biden will attend this Sunday’s Oscars during which he will introduce Lady Gaga before she performs her nominated song “Til It Happens To You,” the Associated Press reports. So… why? Biden says he will take the opportunity to speak out against sexual assault, as Gaga’s song is about her own experience with sexual assault and featured in a documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” about the subject. Biden, who has long been vested in the issue of domestic violence, will also support the administration’s “It’s On Us” campaign.

2. Why we don’t need to start a San Antonio vs. Austin feud.

What you gotta say S.A.? The American Statesman’s Eric Webb took a stand in the burgeoning Austin/San Antonio feud to both “bury the proverbial tortilla-wrapped hatchet” (this argument, like many before it, is rooted in a taco-controversy) and call the city’s prized and historic Alamo “an old adobe shed that takes 10 minutes to stroll through.” Even when we’re not fighting we’re fighting. Webb’s piece was in response to a “10 reasons to hate Austin” list compiled by the San Antonio Express-News, and offered instead, 175 reasons to love the city — none of which are its proximity to the home of the River Walk.

3. “black-ish” takes look at police violence.

ABC’s comedy “black-ish” took a hard look at a hard subject when it addressed police discrimination and brutality in its Wednesday night episode, the Associated Press reported. The shows executive producer Kenya Barris said the episode is intended to get people talking about how they address the issue when speaking with their children about “the world they’re living in and they can’t avoid anymore.” The episode revolves around a fictional case of police brutality against a black man in Los Angeles and the different family members response to the situation.

4. J. Cole to play Obama fundraiser during SXSW.

J. Cole will return to Austin, after a popular performance at last year’s South by Southwest, to make a guest appearance at President Barack Obama’s Democratic National Committee fundraiser the first day of the Interactive Festival, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reported Wednesday. No word yet on whether or not the “Dreamville Takeover” artist will perform at the festival, as his appearance is scheduled four days before the music festival actually begins, but here’s to hoping.

5. David Bowie gets the Lorde tribute he deserves at BRIT Awards.

Anyone who wasn’t fully satisfied with Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute at the Grammys has Lorde to lean on. The 19-year-old gave an emotional and moving performance of Bowie’s “Life on Mars” during the 2016 BRIT Awards Wednesday night in London, Time reports. Among those who couldn’t get enough of Lorde as Bowie? The late artist’s son who took to Twitter to voice his appreciation.


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