T-Pain Meets T-Desk

“This is weird as hell for me.”

That’s how T-Pain, the undisputed King of Auto-Tune, started his Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. Pain sits in front of the now-famous bookshelf with nothing more than a keyboardist. “I know everyone is wondering where the Auto-Tune is going to come from,” he jokes. “I got it right here in my pocket.” Turns out he doesn’t. And he never needed it.

When Moms And Their Sons Meet On Facebook

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Started From The Bottom

Drake is a big deal. And he undeniably uses his status to elevate that of his home and native land, Toronto, Canada. Toronto is known for a lot of great things, but as of late, the success of its many professional sports teams hasn’t been one of them.

The Toronto Raptors’ mascot, “Raptor” is an exception. Raptor is revered throughout the NBA, and as Grantland explained last year, is basically the toast of the annual NBA mascot meeting, which is a real thing. That’s why this vine is so special. Two of Toronto’s finest meeting in the recesses of the Air Canada Centre. And yes, it’s also delightfully silly looking.

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Minimalist Ceiling Fan

Leslie Jones On Crazy Bitches

Leslie Jones is the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live, and she’s quickly becoming the show’s most exciting, unpredictable, and funniest commentator:

Wild Heart

If you haven’t heard Stevie Nicks sing while someone tries to apply make-up to her face, you’re missing out.

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Must. Befriend. Youngster.

Let’s Start A Band Called Beach Batman

Too Many Cooks

Perhaps the finest viral video of 2014 (The Year of Our Gourd):

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Issa Rae Built An Awkward Empire But She Just Wants To Rap

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Issa Rae spent most of her youth feeling awkward, and she’s never gotten over it. The awkwardness started in Senegal, where her father was from, and continued once she moved to the suburbs of Washington, DC. “Coming from West Africa to Potomac, Maryland, was pretty jarring, and I just didn’t know how to be black,” she says. She felt like a token minority at school, and her older brothers would tease her, “‘You’re kind of a white girl, a Jewish girl.’” Then she went to a predominantly black school in Los Angeles and didn’t know how to fit in there.

Those awkward interactions were formative for Issa Rae – and they were gold. She channeled them into sketch comedy, uploading videos she made with her friends to YouTube. In 2011, the first episode of her web series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl made her internet famous.