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Kendrick Lamar: 'I Can't Change The World Until I Change Myself First'

Even with To Pimp A Butterfly's success, Lamar is still conflicted about his place in music. "How am I influencing so many people on this stage rather than influencing the ones that I have back home?"

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Do You Speak Health Insurance? It's Not Easy

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Trylon Yaron Herman Trio
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The Mountain in G Minor Yaron Herman Trio
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Reporter's Notebook: Settling In In Seoul

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Fallen Arches Tokimonsta

A U.S. Coast Guard crew (foreground) with six Cubans who were picked up in the Florida Straits in May. A larger Coast Guard vessel is in the background. The number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. has soared in the past year. Many Cubans believe it will be more difficult to enter the U.S. as relations improve, though U.S. officials say there will be no rule changes in the near term. Tony Winton/AP hide caption

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Cuban Immigrants Flow Into The U.S., Fearing The Rules Will Change

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Bibisa Roberto Fonseca
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El Soñador Está Cansado Roberto Fonseca
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Firewalker Jungle Fire
Dueling Banjos Hayseed Dixie
Fake Fealty Balmorhea
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Kendrick Lamar: 'I Can't Change The World Until I Change Myself First'

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King Kunta Kendrick Lamar
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A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void Thundercat
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A Go Go John Scofield
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50 Shades of Pop DJ Earworm
Eve II (Odesza Remix) Emancipator
The Contest The Calm Blue Sea
The Cave The Calm Blue Sea
True North You. May. Die. In. The. Desert

Clockwise from top left: General Mills, Nestle, Dunkin Donuts, Panera, Tyson Chicken and McDonald's, among other big food companies, made commitments in 2015 to change the way they prepare and procure their food products. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty; Justin Sullivan/Getty; Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg/Getty; Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty; Paul Sakuma/AP; Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty hide caption

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The Year In Food: Artificial Out, Innovation In (And 2 More Trends)

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TWIN Christian Scott
Of a New Cool Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Shroud The Stars Max Tannone

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