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  Justin Bieber: How Selena
Gomez ‘Inspires Him To Be A
Better Person’

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  With Selena back in his life, Justin
seems to be on a more productive and
positive path. In fact, an insider reveals to Hollywoodgossipforteens.pressword.com EXCLUSIVELY that the
famous Canadian has been raving about his
on-again GF and how she’s helping him stay
focused on what’s most important in life.
Gratitude, unconditional love and prayer — these
are just a few ways Selena Gomez , 21, is helping
Justin Bieber, 19, become the best person
possible. Though the Biebs was in an apparent
downward spiral for months, he has begun to turn
things around — and a source tells Hollywoodgossipforteens.pressword.com

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exclusively that he’s giving all
the credit for that to Selena.

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Selena Gomez biography

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Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) [3] is
an American actress and singer. Gomez first
made her debut appearing as Gianna in Barney
& Friends , lasting from 2002 to 2004.
Following this, Gomez had cameo roles in films
such as Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005). In
2006, Gomez appeared as a guest star on an
episode of the Disney Channel series The Suite
Life of Zack & Cody , as well as Hannah
Montana . Following this, Gomez starred in the
Disney Channel television series Wizards of
Waverly Place. The series was a critical and
commercial success, earning Gomez numerous
awards and nominations. Gomez later
appeared in numerous Disney Channel series
and films including Jonas Brothers: Living the
Dream (2008) and Disney Channel Games
(2008). In 2009, Gomez appeared in the films
Princess Protection Program and Wizards of
Waverly Place: The Movie before releasing her
first studio album as Selena Gomez & the
Scene , titled Kiss & Tell. The album was a
commercial success, peaking inside the Top 10
of the Billboard 200.
Following this, Gomez appeared in the film
Ramona and Beezus , one of her first roles
outside of Disney. Gomez & the Scene released
their second studio album, A Year Without
Rain, later that year. The album entered the
Top 5 of the Billboard 200, and spawned two
Top 40 hits. Gomez began appearing in more
films such as Monte Carlo (2011) and The
Muppets (2011). Gomez, along with her band,
later released their third and final studio
album, When the Sun Goes Down , in 2011. The
album spawned the hit single ” Love You Like a
Love Song “, which was certified 4× Platinum
by the RIAA. Following the release of the
album, Gomez confirmed she would be taking
a musical hiatus to focus on her acting career.
She then went on to appear in the films Hotel
Transylvania (2012) and Spring Breakers
(2013), the latter of which saw Gomez
portraying a more adult role.
Despite her early comments of a musical
hiatus, Gomez confirmed in October 2012 that
she was working on her solo debut album. The
lead single, ” Come & Get It “, was released in
April 2013. It became her first Top 10 hit on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was certified
double platinum by the RIAA. The album’s
second single, ” Slow Down “, was released in
June. Gomez has since announced plans of a
second musical hiatus following the release of
Stars Dance in July. Outside of her work in the
entertainment industry, Gomez is involved in
philanthropic activities through charity work
and various social and environmental causes.
[4]
Life and career
1992–2006: Early life and career
beginnings
Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie,
Texas ,[3] to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former
stage actress Amanda Dawn “Mandy” Cornett.
[5][6][7] Gomez was named after Tejano singer
Selena, who died almost three years after
Gomez was born. [8] Her father is of Mexican
descent while her mother, who was adopted,
has some Italian ancestry. [9][10][11]
Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has
stated, “My family does have Quinceañeras ,
and we go to the communion church. We do
everything that’s Catholic, but we don’t really
have anything traditional except [that we] go
to the park and have barbecues on Sundays
after church.” [12] Her birth parents divorced
when she was five years old, and she was
raised as an only child by her working mother,
who had her when she was 16. [5][13] This led
to the family having financial troubles, with her
mother struggling to provide for them. [14] On
the situation, Gomez stated “I was frustrated
that my parents weren’t together, and never
saw the light at the end of the tunnel where
my mom was working hard to provide a better
life for me. I’m terrified of what I would have
become if I’d stayed [in Texas].” [15] On June
12, 2013, Mandy and her second husband
Brian Teefey had a daughter named Gracie
Elliot Teefey. [16][17]
Gomez met Demi Lovato while they were
auditioning for Barney and Friends .[18] The
two became close friends and would later
participate in various roles together. [19][20]
She earned a high school diploma through
homeschooling in May 2010. [21] Gomez
officially earned her first role in 2002 when she
was selected to appear on the children’s
television series Barney and Friends as the
recurring character Gianna. [22] She appeared
in a total of sixteen episodes, with her final
appearance being in 2004. Gomez later stated
that her age had led to her departure from the
show, with producers feeling she was getting
too old. [23] In 2003, Gomez made a cameo in
the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, making it
her film debut. [24] Following this, Gomez
began appearing in various commercials. In
2005, she had a cameo role in the television
film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire as
Julie. Gomez later guest starred in an episode
of the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of
Zack & Cody in 2006. [25]
2007–08: Breakthrough and musical
beginnings
In 2007, Gomez appeared in three episodes of
the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana .
Gomez portrayed the character Mikayla, the
rival of the series’ title character. [26] During
this time, Gomez filmed pilot episodes for two
potential Disney Channel series; the first, titled
Arwin! , [27] was a spin-off to the Suite Life
series, while the second was a spin-off to the
series Lizzie McGuire .[28] Gomez later starred
in the Disney Channel series Wizards of
Waverly Place, portraying the lead role of Alex
Russo . [23] Gomez’s character, along with the
rest of her family, were wizards who owned a
restaurant in New York; during the course of
the series, the characters learned various
spells and abilities that were useful to them.
[29] The series proved to be an immediate hit,
giving Gomez mainstream success. [30]
Wizards earned Gomez numerous awards and
nominations.

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The success of the series prompted many
critics to compare Gomez to the highly
successful Disney star Miley Cyrus.[33] She
was later named one of the “Eight Hot Kid
Stars To Watch” by Forbes magazine. [34]
Gomez recorded the theme song for the series,
titled “Everything Is Not What It Seems”,
making it her first musical release. [35] Wizards
aired for a total of four seasons, lasting until
2012. [36][37]
In October 2008, Gomez launched her own
production company, July Moon Productions,
and partnered with XYZ Films. As part of the
agreement, Gomez had the opportunity to
option articles, hire writers and create talent
packages to shop to studios. [38][39] Also as
part of the deal, Gomez was announced to be
working on a film titled What Boys Want, in
which her character could hear the thoughts of
men. [40] Ultimately, the film was never
released. That same year, Gomez began dating
fellow Disney star Nick Jonas. [41] This led to
Gomez appearing in the music video for the
song ” Burnin’ Up”, performed by Nick’s band
Jonas Brothers. [42] The couple later broke up
in 2009. [43] During this time, Gomez began to
focus more on music. She performed a cover
of the song ” Cruella de Vil” for the compilation
album DisneyMania 6. [44] Gomez later
recorded the song “Fly to Your Heart” for the
soundtrack of the animated film Tinker Bell.
[45] Gomez provided guest vocals on the
Forever the Sickest Kids’ single ” Whoa Oh! (Me
vs. Everyone) “, which serves as Gomez’s
official debut musical release. [46] The single
failed to have much success, though it peaked
at number 78 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart in
the United States. [47]
Also in 2008, Gomez had the lead role in the
Direct-to-DVD film Another Cinderella Story
alongside Drew Seeley. [48] Gomez portrayed
Mary Santiago, a young girl who hoped to
someday become a dancer. [49] The film was
released to generally positive reviews, and won
the 2010 Writers Guild of America Award for
Children’s script-long form or special. [50] For
the soundtrack, Gomez recorded three songs.
[51] The song “Tell Me Something I Don’t
Know” was released as a promotional single
for the album, with Gomez filming a music
video for the release. [52] “Tell Me Something I
Don’t Know” became her first song to chart on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number
58. [53] Later that year, Gomez had the
supporting role of Helga in the animated film
Horton Hears a Who! . [54] The film was a
commercial success, and went on to gross
nearly three hundred million dollars worldwide.
[55] She later appeared in the reality series
Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream and Disney
Channel Games , as well as the series Studio
DC: Almost Live .[56]
2009–11: Selena Gomez & the Scene and
television

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In 2009, Gomez continued to work on her
acting career. She appeared in an episode of
The Suite Life on Deck, portraying the
character of Alex Russo. Her appearance
served as a crossover between the series,
Wizards of Waverly Place, and Hannah
Montana , with all of the series’ main
characters appearing in the episode. [57]
Gomez later guest starred as herself on an
episode of the Disney series Sonny With a
Chance , which stars Gomez’s good friend
Demi Lovato . [58] Gomez later provided the
voice of Princess Selenia in the animated film
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard .[59]
Gomez, along with Lovato, starred in the
Disney Channel film Princess Protection
Program , which aired in June 2009. The film
was a critical success, [60] and had a total of
8.5 million viewers during its premiere. [61] For
the film, Gomez and Lovato recorded the song
“One and the Same”, which was later released
as a promotional single with a music video.
[62] The song had minor success, peaking at
number 82 on the Hot 100 chart. [63] On
August 28, 2009, Gomez starred in Wizards of
Waverly Place: The Movie , a television film
based on the series. [64] The film premiered to
an audience of 11.4 million viewers becoming
cable’s No. 1 scripted telecast of 2009 and
Disney Channel’s second most-viewed film
premiere after High School Musical 2. [65] The
film won the series its second consecutive
Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Program” at
the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards .[66]
Gomez had been working on her debut album
since signing with Hollywood Records in 2008,
[67][68] and later announced that she had
formed a band known as Selena Gomez & the
Scene .[69] In August 2009, the band released
their debut studio album Kiss & Tell.[70] The
album proved to be an immediate hit, debuting
inside the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart in
the United States. [71] Kiss & Tell went on to
receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, and
spawned the Platinum certified single
” Naturally “. [72] While the band began working
on their second studio album, Gomez
continued to work in film. In 2009, Gomez
signed on to star as one of the two female
leads in Ramona and Beezus , a film adaption
of the children’s novel series by Beverly Cleary.
[73][74] Gomez stated that she felt no
pressure in taking more adult roles, saying “I
think I’m fully aware of my audience and I’m
still just a kid myself. I wouldn’t do a role I
don’t feel comfortable doing or that my
audience wouldn’t feel comfortable
seeing.” [75] The film premiered on July 23,
2010 and was met with generally positive
reviews. [76] Gomez was part of Sears ‘ back-
to-school fashion ad campaign. [77] As part of
the campaign Gomez was featured in the
television commercials. In August 2009, Gomez
also hosted the “Sears Arrive Air Band Casting
Call” – to select five people for the first-ever
“Sears Air Band”, which performed at the 2009
MTV Video Music Awards . [78] Gomez was a
spokesperson for Borden Milk , and was
featured in the campaign’s print and television
ads. [79] She was also a spokesperson for
State Farm Insurance and appeared in
numerous television commercials, which air on
the Disney Channel, to raise awareness of
being a safe driver. [80] Gomez later began
dating film star Taylor Lautner, though the
couple broke up after a few months of dating.
[23]

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           Gomez during the We Own the
Night Tour , 2011
Gomez and her band released their second
studio album, A Year Without Rain, on
September 17, 2010. [81] The album continued
the success of their previous effort, becoming
their first album to reach the Top 5 of the
Billboard 200. [82] A Year Without Rain
spawned two singles, ” Round & Round ” and
the title song, both of which entered the Top
40 on the Hot 100 chart. [83] It became the
band’s second album to receive a Gold
certification from the RIAA. [72] In October
2009, Gomez announced her plan to launch her
own fashion line, called “Dream Out Loud by
Selena Gomez”. The clothing line launched in
the fall of 2010. [84][85] The collection
consisted of and featured bohemian dresses,
floral tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and
hats, all made from recycled or eco-friendly
materials. [86][87] Gomez said that the line
reflected her own personal style and described
the clothing as being “pretty, feminine, and
bohemian”. She was later quoted as saying,
“With my line, I really want to give the
customer options on how they can put their
own looks together […] I want the pieces that
can be easy to dress up or down, and the
fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super
important […] Also, the tags will all have some
of my inspirational quotes on them. I’m just
looking to send a good message.” [84][87]
Gomez teamed up with designers Tony Melillo
and Sandra Campos, both who have worked
with big-name fashion houses .[85] Gomez said
of the partnering, “When I met Tony and
Sandra, I was instantly comfortable with them
and now they are just like family to me …
They are so creative and I love how I can just
call them up whenever and talk to them about
everything, even if it’s just about changing a
button … They’ve been so cool about
everything.” [84][85][86][87] The brand was
manufactured by, Melillo and Campos teamed
with New York-based Adjmi Apparel and
formed by Adjmi CH Brands LLC, the holding
company for the brand.[88]
On February 27, 2011, Gomez attended the
2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party with Canadian
singer Justin Bieber , [89] confirming several
months of media speculation about a romantic
relationship between the pair. [90] The couple
quickly gained much media attention, and were
labeled “Jelena” by online sites. [91] In March
2010, Variety reported that Gomez was set to
star as one of the three lead roles in Monte
Carlo , a film produced by Nicole Kidman,
alongside Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy.
[92] In the film, Gomez plays Grace, a girl
who’s “mistaken for a socialite while on a trip
to Paris.” [93] To prepare for the role, Gomez
learned how to play polo and also took two
weeks of vocal training to learn two different
British accents. [94][95] The film was released
on July 1, 2011. That same year, Gomez
appeared in a cameo role for the film The
Muppets ,[96] and appeared in the Disney
series’ So Random! and PrankStars . [97] On
June 28, 2011 Gomez and her band released
their third and final studio album When the
Sun Goes Down . [98] The album became their
highest peaking album on the Billboard 200,
and went on to receive a Gold certification
from the RIAA. [72] The album’s second single,
” Love You Like a Love Song “, went on to
become the band’s most successful single,
receiving a 4x Platinum certification from the
RIAA. [72] It was announced on July 14, 2011,
that Gomez had signed a license agreement
with Adrenalina, an extreme sports and
adventure-themed lifestyle brand, to develop,
manufacture, and distribute the actress’
fragrance. Chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina,
Ilia Lekach , said, “We are incredibly enthused
to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal
more details pertaining to the fragrance as we
get closer to the launch date.” [99] Gomez later
released the self-titled perfume. [100]

2012–present: Film projects and Stars
Dance

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Gomez during the Stars
Dance Tour , 2013. 

In January 2012, Gomez announced that she
would put her music career on hold in order to
focus on her acting career, and that the band
would be taking a hiatus: [101] “[M]y band and
I are going our separate ways for a while. This
year is all about films and acting and I want
my band to play music wherever with whoever.
We will be back but, it will be a good
while.” [102] She first appeared in Hotel
Transylvania , an animated film, voicing the
character of Mavis, alongside Adam Sandler
and Steve Buscemi. The film premiered at the
37th annual Toronto International Film Festival
and was released on September 21, 2012. [103]
Next, Gomez appeared in the Harmony Korine
film Spring Breakers , alongside James Franco .
[104] The film premiered at the 69th Venice
International Film Festival . A change from her
previous work Gomez ‘had a bit of a meltdown
on set’ but praised the director with ‘not many
people will take the chances, not like Harmony
did’ by casting her in a coming-of-age film.
[13] It was announced on July 30, 2012, that
Gomez would partner with Case-Mate as part
of its upcoming “Right Case, Right Occasion”
marketing campaign. [105] She will be teaming
up with Fergie and Common to create
fashionable custom phone cases for a good
cause. In early November 2012, it was widely
reported that Gomez and Bieber had ended
their relationship after approximately two years
together. [106][107] They reconciled later that
month. [108][109][110]
Despite her earlier statements, Gomez
confirmed in October 2012 that work had
begun on an upcoming album. [111] The
album’s lead single, ” Come & Get It “, was
released on April 8, 2013. [112][113] The song
received a 2x Platinum certification from the
RIAA in the US and Canada as well receive
gold in three other countries. It peaked at
number six on the US Billboard Hot 100
becoming her first song to reach the Top 10.
Gomez later confirmed that the album would
be her solo debut album, rather than her
band’s fourth album. [114][115] Gomez’s debut
album, Stars Dance , was released on July 23,
2013. [116] It debuted at number one on the
US Billboard 200 becoming her first album to
do so as well as having the highest first week
sales of any of her albums. Gomez has since
confirmed that she plans to take another
musical hiatus following the release of Stars
Dance , and hopes to focus on her acting
career. [117]
Gomez had a cameo role in Aftershock, a
thriller starring Eli Roth , which premiered at
the 37th Annual Toronto International Film
Festival . Gomez also appeared in the thriller
Getaway , with Ethan Hawke , Jon Voight and
Bruce Payne, [118] which was released on
August 30, 2013 in the United States. Next,
Gomez is set to star in the film adaptation of
the Ric Browde novel While I’m Dead… Feed
the Dog opposite Dylan McDermott and Nat
Wolff .[119] The film, titled Behaving Badly , will
be directed by Tim Garrick. Gomez also
reprised her role as Alex Russo in a one-hour
special titled The Wizards Return: Alex vs.
Alex , that began production on October 22,
2012, and finished filming on November 10,
2012. It aired on Disney Channel on March 15,
2013. [120][121] In April 2013, Gomez joined
William H. Macy’s directorial debut
Rudderless . [122] Filming began the same
month. [123] In October 2013, she reported her
decision to not be focusing in just one thing
and still doing both acting and singing instead
of her past decision to just be focused on
acting after the release of Stars Dance .[124]
In December 2013, Gomez announced the
cancellation of the Australian-Asian leg of her
Stars Dance Tour and stated that she would
be taking a short hiatus to spend time with
her family. [125] Starting on January 5, 2014,
Gomez spent two weeks at Dawn at The
Meadows, a treatment center in Wickenburg,
Arizona that specializes in treating addiction
and trauma in young people. Her
representative stated that she had spent time
there “voluntarily […] but not for substance
abuse.” [126][127]
Artistry
Gomez names Bruno Mars as her major
musical influence and idol, saying she is
influenced in everything he does from “his
style of music, his style in general, the way he
performs, the way he carries himself.” [128]
Gomez also cites Beyoncé and Rihanna as
influences. [129][130] Gomez’s debut solo
album Stars Dance (2013) was prominently
influenced by singers Britney Spears , Taylor
Swift and Skrillex.[131]

Gomez was involved in the UR Votes Count
campaign which encouraged teenagers to learn
more about 2008 presidential candidates
Barack Obama and John McCain.[132] In
October 2008, Gomez participated in St.
Jude’s Children’s Hospital “Runway For Life”
benefit. [133] She is the ambassador of
DoSomething.org after being involved with the
charity Island Dog, which helps dogs in Puerto
Rico . [134] She got involved while filming
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in Puerto
Rico. [135] Gomez is also involved with the
charity RAISE Hope For Congo, an initiative of
the Enough Project, which helps raise
awareness about conflict minerals and violence
against Congolese women.[136] From 2009 to
2012, Gomez was involved in Disney’s Friends
for Change, an organization which promotes
“environmentally-friendly behavior”, and
appeared in its public service announcements .
[137] Gomez, Demi Lovato , Miley Cyrus , and
the Jonas Brothers recorded ” Send It On”, a
charity single with all of its proceeds to the
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. [138]
[139] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at
number 20. [138] Also in 2009, Gomez made a
surprise visit to a Los Angeles elementary
school as part of the “A Day Made Better”
program that was sponsored by OfficeMax.
During her visit, Gomez gave the school an
award and $1,000 worth of school supplies,
and talked to students about the importance of
giving back to the community. [140][141] On
January 22, 2010, Gomez participated in the
Hope for Haiti Now Telethon with a number of
other celebrities. [142] In April 2012, Gomez
was named ambassador to the Ryan Seacrest
Foundation. [143]

Work with UNICEF
      In October 2008, Gomez was named UNICEF ‘s
spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for
UNICEF campaign, which encouraged children
to raise money on Halloween to help children
around the world. [144] She said that she was
“extremely excited” to “encourage other kids to
make a difference in the world.” [144] In August
2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the
youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, passing
fellow songstress Hayley Westenra, who was
18 when she was chosen. In her first official
field mission, Gomez traveled to Ghana on
September 4, 2009 for a week to witness first-
hand the stark conditions of vulnerable
children that lack vital necessities including
clean water, nourishment, education and
healthcare. [145][146] Gomez explained during
an interview with Associated Press that she
wanted to use her star power to bring
awareness to Ghana: “That’s why I feel very
honored to have a voice that kids listen to and
take into consideration […] I had people on my
tour asking me where IS Ghana, and they
Googled it […] and because I went there, they
now know where Ghana is. So it’s pretty
incredible.” [146][147] Gomez said of her role
as ambassador that: “Every day 25,000
children die from preventable causes. I stand
with UNICEF in the belief that we can change
that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we
can achieve this because every moment,
UNICEF is on the ground providing children
with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure
zero becomes a reality.” [145]
Gomez was named spokesperson for UNICEF’s
2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign, for the second
year in a row. [148] Gomez, who raised over
$700,000 for the charity in 2008, stated that
she hopes to be able to raise 1 million dollars
in 2009. [146] Gomez participated in a celebrity
auction [149] and hosted a live web cast series
on Facebook in support of the Trick-or-Treat
for UNICEF campaign. [150] Gomez returned as
the UNICEF spokesperson for the 60th
anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
campaign in 2010. [151] In celebration of the
60th anniversary, Gomez and her band, The
Scene, held a benefit concert donating all
proceeds to the campaign. [152] In February
2011, Gomez traveled to Chile to witness and
meet with the families of UNICEF’s supported
program, “Programa Puente” which helps
families better understand and develops skills
to deal effectively with early childhood
education, development and other issues
related to raising children. From her field trip
experience, Gomez said “UNICEF is helping
Chilean families get out of poverty, prevent
violence within the home and promote
education. To witness first hand these
families’ struggles, and also their hope and
perseverance, was truly inspiring.” [153] In
March 2011, Gomez participated in the UNICEF
Tap Project’s “Celebrity Tap Pack” limited-
edition, custom-made water bottles featuring
tap water from the homes of each celebrity
advocate, in order to raise funds and increase
profile for the clean water and sanitation
programs. [154] She is also featured in videos
promoting the campaign

On Drake; or, private media

Noel Jackson

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In the artist of all kinds I think one can detect an inherent dilemma, which belongs to the co-existence of two trends, the urgent need to communicate and the still more urgent need not to be found.            – D.W. Winnicott

Do people write appreciations of Drake anymore? A lot of the discourse about him is pretty negative these days. Just as Drake arrives as one of the undisputed leaders of contemporary hip-hop, his reputation seems to diminish considerably. Could Drake, of all people, require a defense?

Of course, one suspects that this kind of attention suits a figure like Drake just fine. It is not necessary for us, after all, to like Drake, so long as we keep hearing and listening to his songs. The Drake Product needs only to remain in the awareness of others; the specific content of our feelings is…

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the girl that people hardly ever gets called
beautiful is probably the most beautiful girl
in the world shes the one who dosnt need
compliments to make her happy, and when
she gets them..she cherishes them.

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Rappers on bicycles

Noel Jackson

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As an enthusiast of both rap and cycling, I’ve been interested in rap music’s intermittent engagement with that alternative means of transportation, the bicycle. Make no mistake: in hip-hop, the car is king. Rappers have made household names of luxury brands such as Maybach and Bugatti — but what of Colnago or Cervelo?

First of all, forget road bikes and drop bars. The BMX bicycle is the conveyance of choice, sometimes slung low like Harleys with high-rise handlebars.

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Not surprisingly, these miniature bicycles inspire considerable nostalgia in the artists who rap about them. The bicycle is associated with fond memories from childhood; Jay-Z boasts how he “[u]sed to wheelie bicycles since I was six.” The boy on a bicycle is the starting point of the rapper’s story — a boy on the come up. The bike itself becomes at times a symbol of the slender means one has moved past…

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Gongs, Long Hair and Chewing Gums

Remember Singapore

What do gongs, long hair and chewing gums have in common?

They were all part of a list of items that were either permanently banned or disallowed in public for a period of time in Singapore. Some banned items contained dangerous elements, while others were associated with excessive contents of sex and violence that challenged the society’s moral standards. Banning of certain publications was common. For example, a Hong Kong comic, popular among Singapore students who would spend their pocket money to buy at the roadside stalls, was banned in 1966 due to its undesirable storyline filled with violence, gangsterism and fantasy.

So other than drugs and gambling, what had been banned in Singapore since the sixties?

Playboy Magazines

As part of the “anti-yellow” drive at the start of 1960, the Playboy magazine and its Playmate calender was officially banned in Singapore. Costing $2.10 per copy, the monthly magazine from Chicago…

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