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Sitting Shiva for Kobe: On the Complicated Nature of Grief, and Humans

If there’s anything the movie This Is Where I Leave You taught me — besides that Tina Fey should not do accents — it’s about shiva, the Jewish tradition in response to the death of an immediate family member. I’d heard of shiva before but for the first time saw it dramatized in the film, […]

Another Week Ends: AKB48, More Super Bowl, Seeing Cézanne, Failed Rehab, Humanity According to 30 Rock, Presumption vs Grace, and Creepy Lance Armstrong

1. In the “mea culpa” world this past week, Minami Minegishi of the hit Japanese band AKB48 was publicly lambasted and forced to apologize on YouTube, where people have watched her tearful confession roughly 5 million times, for the crime of staying a night with her boyfriend. No one’s ever done a fantastic job with managing celebrity […]

Christmas Rapping (live 1980)

Christmas is almost here, just like Kurtis Blow’s switch to full-time ministry was “almost here” in 1980, when this clip was filmed:

But what do you have to say about the Bible, Rev. Blow? “While reading the Bible one day, I got so into it that I couldn’t put it down…” Nice, right?

You can read more about his Hip Hop Church, his new group Kurtis Blow & The Trinity, and their sophomore album Father, Son, & The Holy Ghost, thanks to these two NPR articles: Rapper Turned Minister Kurtis Blow and Worshipping Through Hip-Hop