Drake may be the softest rapper in the game, but there’s something to be said for Wheelchair Jimmy’s heart of gold. Ohio woman Anna Angel was working her shift at the local Burger King when a blaze tore through her trailer home, killing her boyfriend and their five young children. Drake and fellow rapper The Game, who recently pledged $1 million to The Robin Hood Project, have promised to donate the full $22,5000 fee required for the funeral of Angel’s tragically lost family. Drake posted a picture of the family to his Instagram on Tuesday, writing alongside the photo, “Myself and @thedocumentary are donating a total of $22,500 to Ana Angel.. who lost her boyfriend & their 5 children in a house fire on behalf of @therobinhoodproject #therobinhoodproject … What @thedocumentary is doing will never be forgotten. Honored to be able to help people along side my brother.” Good work, boys. [Gossip Cop]
Finally, research proves I’m not an unhappy person! For years, my friends have constantly criticized my choice of sad Vanessa Carlton tunes, always encouraging me to listen to happier, more uplifting music, but I have consistently declined. But according to a new study, listening to sad music can actually make you happy!
The study, conducted by scientists at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, claims that listening to sad music may trigger the opposite feeling it is meant to evoke. Researchers were curious to figure out why humans continued to listen to sad music if it only bummed them out. Keep reading »
There is no way to discuss this in a manner that’s particularly comfortable or even couth, so I’ll start with the facts: Martha Corey-Ochoa, an 18-year-old Columbia University incoming freshman, was found dead on Monday at around 11 p.m. following a fall from her 14th-floor dormitory on Manhattan’s West 114th Street, where her parents had dropped her off and helped her move in earlier in the day. Valedictorian of her graduating class at Dobbs Ferry High School in New York, the violinist and writer had planned to double major in English and mathematics. Her death was pronounced a suicide. Keep reading »
If nothing else, Amber Rose is chock full of perseverance. She’s been going for it hard both with her strange style and her attempts at a modeling career since she became Kanye West‘s ambiguous female friend a year or so ago. The most recent play in her apparently ill-fated search for supermodel-dom is a spread in YRB magazine. Head capped in a cheap-o wig that makes her look sort of like Marilyn Monroe on crack, Rose works it in various sparkly dresses and crazy faces. More images after the jump. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
The service for close friends and family for designer Alexander McQueen took place this morning in the U.K. and, based on images from outside the ceremony, it’s the best-dressed funeral ever. While that may seem like an odd thing to comment on in light of the tragic circumstances surrounding his death, given that McQueen dedicated his life to beauty, we can’t help but feel that it’s the sort of detail that would make a man like him happy. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: McQueen truly was a design force to be reckoned with and he will be missed.
Though today is his funeral, the fashion industry will say their final goodbye on March 9, when his show is staged in Paris. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
This video gave me the mega Monday sadsies. Last night, just a few days after her brother’s death, Janet Jackson stepped out to give thanks to his fans at the BET Awards. For a minute, she was able to keep her composure. “To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family,” she said. “And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.” Then her voice got shaky. Although a few days have passed, his death is still evoking sadness of epic proportions. [CNN] Keep reading »
Hold on to your Prozac, because women who suffer from depression have 1/3 more sex than their “normal” counterparts. Finally, some news to cheer up my sad sisters! A study of 107 women, published in the British Medical Journal, found that when you’re down, you put out — no matter whether you’re in a committed relationship or ho-ing the road alone. Dr. Sabura Allen, who headed the study at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, says, “When people are depressed they feel more insecure about their relationships and concerned that their partner may not care about them or find them valuable.” So they overcompensate to feel secure by getting naked, and as often as possible. As for the single girls they studied, researchers found they were more inclined to let loose and have adventurous casual sex. They make depression sound like Spring Break, without the hassle of traveling! [NY Daily News] Keep reading »