*TMZ cameras caught up with Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son Earvin Johnson III, a.k.a. EJ, as he was walking down Sunset Blvd. hand in hand with his boyfriend.
EJ, who has rarely been spotted by the paparazzi, was dressed in a black fur coat and toted a red bag as he graciously fielded questions from the TMZ cameraman.
A while back, Magic told TMZ how proud he is of his son.
“Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way. We’re very proud of him.”
EJ, one of Magic’s three kids, is just as supportive of his pops. In addition to being an obvious Lakers fan, he told TMZ he’s been “hoping and praying” for his dad’s baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, ever since Magic and his business partners took over the franchise.
In August, Magic visited his son at NYU, where he is attending college. Afterward, the NBA legend tweeted, “Thx to my son EJ for hosting me at NYU. Look forward to taking him to dinner tonight in the city.”
*Bay Area rapper Lil B’s long-awaited lecture at New York University has come and gone.
The rapper, who shocked many when he announced he would be lecturing at the university, lived up to his wackiness according to many who were there.
The lecture lasted 80 minutes and was unscripted.
Below are 3 of the top 10 quotes:
Lil’ B Loves Animals: “You know I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. You know I adopted straight from the ASPCA, you feel me? Just breaking the boundaries, man…”
Lil’ B Was Self-Conscious: “You know, you grow up. I remember when I was younger, I didn’t know how to walk. I was so young, I was wondering how I was walking. Am I walking weird? Something’s in my butt? You know what I mean? But really so conscious, though. So hard on myself.”
Lil’ B Isn’t Prejudiced: “Stop giving negative words so much power. Instead of saying, ‘Hey, look at him, he’s black,’ just say, ‘Hey, where are you from? What is your nationality? Just take two seconds instead of generalizing, because, I promise you, I looked up what black means online, and black means something like coal, you feel me?”
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*Swizz Beatz has been given the honor of teaching students at New York University as the school’s first producer in residence. He says while he’s teaching, he’ll be helping students launch their careers.
“For me, the music comes last,” Swizz reveals. “Well, in my heart the music comes first. But living in this world and being realistic, the music comes last and the business comes first. You might have a hot single, and you might not be prepared for it.”
The producer’s goal is to be real with the students and help them set realistic goals while listening to their work.
“I still have my plan, by the way!” Swizz says, regarding a drawing he made of himself in a DJ booth with a compass at the age of 17, indicating his intention to expand beyond the horizons of the South Bronx neighborhood he grew up in. “Ninety-six percent of the students here are not ready to go off to the races, as you can see … I know they want me to sit here and jam to these beats and have me tell them, ‘That was hot!’ But I feel I’d be wasting their time.”
In being real, Beatz is encouraging his students to get CDs made to hand out to their local hangouts and register their music with ASCAP. He shared his thoughts about the hustle aspect of the game and plans to show the kids the ropes. He wants to not only nurture their talent, but also to help them make some money along the way.
*It is amazing how much going to the bathroom is a key part of our life, yet we rarely sit down and talk about how it affects us and how we co-exist as men and women segregated by our bathrooms.
A professor of sociology at NYU who edited the book “Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing” gives us a number of essays on the topic by “urbanists, historians, sociologists and other cultural analysts,” according to Salon.com
Professor Harvey Molotch touched on fascinating issues stemming from toilet use during an interview with Salon. He talked about who had the best toilet and best restroom. He said that Japan has a toilet with (more…)
*Music producer, rapper and newlywed Swizz Beatz has been named the first producer-in-residence at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts.
New York University said the appointment for the current academic year is immediate, reports the Associated Press. Beatz will offer students one-on-one sessions, group lectures, songwriting critiques and mentoring.
Born Kasseem Dean and married to Alicia Keys, the South Bronx native has created hit songs for such artists as Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Metallica and Jay-Z.
The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.