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Degrassi will outlive us all. While he's now known as Drake, any fan of the Canadian teen soap Degrassi knows the rapper by his real name: Aubrey Graham. You see, Drake didn't start from the bottom. No, he started from Degrassi, as Jimmy Brooks, the star basketball player who became known to fans as "wheelchair Jimmy" after a horrific school shooting left him paralyzed in the show's most infamous episode. Sure, he's gone on to sell millions of albums, date Rihanna and headline a world tour, but the people of Toronto haven't forgotten Drake's eight-season stint as wheelchair Jimmy. And if they have, someone has decided to put stickers of his face on wheelchair signs around »
The internet is a beautiful, magical, and sometimes strange place. We all use it to check our social media accounts, get up on the latest news, or educate ourselves on things we had no access to 15-20 years ago. Technology companies and public figures advocating for an acceptance of our high-tech future have endlessly harped on about the limitless possibilities of science and technology when it comes to changing the world we live in, and they’re absolutely right. Thanks to these tools, we as a species are on the cusp of greatness and true enlightenment for the first time in our long history. Some of us are using these tools to actively build a better future for everyone in an attempt to usher in a new stage for humanity.
So naturally the large majority of us use the internet for pictures of cats with bits of bread on their faces, »
- Christopher Harty
The 27-year-old wrote Friday on his blog: “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone” putting the actor on the cover. He calls Hoffman “legendary.”
The rapper adds that he was frustrated and says Thursday was “an emotional day.” He titled the post “Tough Day at the Office.”
Drake tweeted Thursday that he was “disgusted” that Rolling Stone put Hoffman on its cover and he was finished doing magazine interviews. He also said the magazine misquoted him when Kanye West came up, which he didn’t mention in his Friday post.
The magazine’s new issue hit newsstands Friday.
- Associated Press
Drake -- who's graced the covers of GQ, Vibe, XXL and (THR sister publication) Billboard in the past year alone -- says he's "done" with magazine interviews after getting incensed at Rolling Stone for his treatment in the latest issue. The hip hop star lashed out at the music mag for choosing feature the recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover instead of his profile and took issue with the way he was quoted commenting on Kanye West. "I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone," Drake wrote in a series of tweets (two of which have since
- Erik Hayden
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
When a boy of the Jewish faith hits age 13, he has a bar mitzvah to celebrate the transformation into manhood. Highly influential emo-rapper Drake, who is known to be Jewish, had the kind of year in 2013 that saw him go through a transformation of his own. He went from being one of the most famous, best-selling rappers of the moment to someone even more famous and best-selling, but with the kind of cultural cachet that results in Anchorman 2 cameos. Given that he might now also appear in more funny things in the future, last night's Saturday Night Live hosting gig could be considered Drake's comedic bar mitzvah. And just like a regular bar mitzvah — something we've actually seen footage of for Drake — it was endearing, awkward, and, at times, kind of tedious.Comedy is not inherently made for winners. For every cocky Daniel Tosh type, there are legions »
- Joe Berkowitz
Sasheer Zamata made her highly anticipated debut on Saturday Night Live and was featured prominently throughout the show. The 27-year-old comedian, who is the first female black cast member since Maya Rudolph left the sketch comedy show in 200, appeared in several sketches alongside host and musical guest Drake on Jan. 18. During the opening monologue, Drake reflected about his Bar Mitzvah and focused on his multi-cultural roots—his mother is Jewish and his father is African American. Cue the flashback sequence: Drake (at the time Aubrey Graham) as an adorable 13-year-old boy becoming a man, Jay Pharoah and Vanessa Bayer as his parents, Kenan Thompson as his uncle and Zamata as his »
It's always kind of a relief when the musicians who host "Saturday Night Live" also have some sort of acting ability -- you know they won't embarrass themselves, so you don't have to worry about cringing through an entire hour and a half. Since Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, spent his formative years acting on a Canadian teen soap opera, he not only fully committed to every skit, he also had the acting chops to pull it off.
This one's not online, for some reason, but Drake got started with the jokes early as a not-very-apologetic Alex Rodriguez speaking with Taran Killam's Piers Morgan and trying to blame his steroid abuse on autocorrect, Jackie Robinson and the dictionary -- basically, everyone but himself. Kate McKinnon also played an excellent, constantly posing Justin Bieber.
Drake Bar Mitzvah Monologue
After a quick joke about being from Toronto, "the »
Drake kicked off 2014 for Saturday Night Live with a flashback to his bar mitzvah. The host and musical guest, whose mother is Jewish and father is black, played off his multicultural roots in an opening monologue that saw him travel back to 1999. It was the day he became a man and changed is name from Aubrey Graham (his actual name) to Drake. Sundance Video: Watch Kristen Stewart's Story About Meeting Robert Redford -- So Nervous 'I'm S----ing My Pants' “I’m black and Jewish don’t be so foolish,” he rapped to his bar mitzvah crowd, which included both
- Aaron Couch
After months of controversy and a nationwide talent search, "Saturday Night Live" finally hired a black female cast member. Sasheer Zamata made her debut on the Jan. 18 episode with host and musical guest Drake.
Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, was an actor (on Canadian teen soap "Degrassi") for many years, so the show was bound to be good -- or at least have a little more life than the typical double threats with little acting experience.
Zamata made her first appearance during Drake's monologue in a flashback to his Bar Mitzvah. She had one line -- "Mazel Tov!" -- as Drake's uncle's girlfriend. But still! It was great to see her face in the first few minutes of the show.
She also made it into the second skit of the night as Rihanna dancing through the "Blossom" credits -- and although that sounds really minor, it was hilarious. A »
Started from the Dot and now they're here. Sure, some people may just know Drake as the Grammy award-winning Canadian rapper set to host Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, but to Degrassi: The Next Generation fans, he'll always be Jimmy Brooks, the school's star basketball player who was confined to a wheelchair after a tragic school shooting. But Drake (ahem, Aubrey Graham for longtime fans of the TeenNick series), isn't the only actor to break out from the Canadian teen soap, known for tackling tough topics and sensitive subjects, such as teen pregnancy, suicide, drug abuse and more. You name it, Degrassi has done a very special episode about it (it goes there). The Vampire Diaries' star Nina »
Did Jimmy break up with Ashley after she got high on ecstasy and made out with Sean at the end of the school year, prompting her to reinvent herself for Grade 9 as an artsy goth chick with a pixie cut? (The answer to this question, like the previous one, is “yes.”)
Drake, of course, is more than a former teen star; he’s also an accomplished rapper, and an able straight man »
- Hillary Busis
12 items from 2014
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