“GINGERBREAD MARSHMALLOWS? WHAT IS THIS STRANGE NEW CHIMERA OF SEASONAL DELIGHTFULNESS? Behold: the love child of a gingerbread man and a marshmallow. It is orgasmic.” (What Emily Ate)
“Hip-hop pioneer Heavy D died suddenly early yesterday afternoon after being rushed to the hospital from his Beverly Hills home. Arguably the most beloved rapper ever, Hev was quickly and widely mourned by his fans and music industry peers.
Barely out of high school, Heavy D and the Boyz signed a record deal with Andre Harrell‘s new label Uptown Records. His 1987 debut, Mr. Big Stuff became an anchor album for the label, whose mission was part lifestyle, and made Heavy a star. His early collaborations with Teddy Riley began an R&B and hip-hop mashup that persists in both genres today. His early insistence that he was a sex symbol made him one and paved the way for big men like Fat Joe and The Notorious B.I.G.” (Life and Times)
03. R. Kelly’s Memoir Soula Coaster Is Not Coming Out Next Week. And Maybe Not At All?
“This isn’t a surprising development, but it’s an unfortunate one. There seems to be some unexplained drama with the R. Kelly life-changer Soula Coaster: Diary of Me, the cover of which made the rounds this morning. Online bookseller Indigo has the title listed for pre-sale, along with the release date of next Tuesday, November 15. But Soula Coaster has been pulled off Amazon with the ominous “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock” disclaimer. And the project’s co-author David Ritz, a celebrity biographer who not only released books with Grandmaster Flash, Ray Charles, and Tavis Smiley (plus Snoop from The Wire!), but famously co-wrote “Sexual Healing” with Marvin Gaye, confirmed via email that the title wouldn’t be released next week.” (Village Voice)
04. Why Are College Kids Defending Joe Paterno?
“Wednesday night I was watching ESPN’s coverage of the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno (an event whose magnitude one announcer just compared indirectly to the Kennedy assassination), and wondering how I’d feel if my child was standing on Paterno’s lawn, or on the streets of State College, supporting a man who could hear a graphic description of a sexual assault on a young boy and then choose to walk away. I’d like to hear one of those students support the argument that the coach deserves “one more game.” And then I’d like them to tell me how they’d explain it to a 10-year-old.” (NY Times)