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A Crowd Gets A Spontaneous, Magical Performance From Violinist Lindsey Stirling.

A crowd of people walking through a shopping area had no idea the musical treat they were in for.

In a video posted online by violinist and YouTube celebrity, Lindsey Stirling, she completely stuns a crowd of bystanders with a spontaneous performance of her hit song Master of Tides. Her surprise performance was powered by 25 wireless speakers set around the area and captured on 15 hidden cameras.

Watch it here below:

(Source: Lindsey Stirling)

Lindsey has performed countless song covers and arrangements on her violin, but this is one of the most magical. Involving others in her gift was a wonderful idea. Share this magical performance with your friends below.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/violin-flash-mob/

‘My anus fell out:’ Sarah Silverman classy as ever on #AMAs red carpet

https://twitter.com/TheAMAs/status/404778781761499137/photo/1

She may have cleaned up sartorially, but crude left-wing comedienne Sarah Silverman brought her filthy mouth as usual to the American Music Awards red carpet. Does she ever give it a rest?

You can put lipstick and Swarovski crystals on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

http://twitter.com/#!/Rojjy/status/404768913751556096

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/24/my-anus-fell-out-sarah-silverman-classy-as-ever-on-amas-red-carpet/

Shirt happens: Twitterers try to make sense of Major Garrett’s shirty business

Major Garrett is upset about something. Like, really upset. We caught him lobbing F-bombs at someone about “shirty business.” Now, he claims the profanity-laced tweet was the product of a slow pre-State-of-the-Union Monday, but he still hasn’t clarified what he meant by “shirty business.” Thankfully, Twitterers are all over it:

The day will come when I will misfire a DM and it will be shirty business indeed.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) February 11, 2013

The First Rule of Shirty Business is you do not talk about Shirty Business.

— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) February 11, 2013

I like to imagine that Major Garrett is yelling at his dry cleaner. #ShirtyBusiness

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 11, 2013

Someone needs to do a #ShirtyBusiness music video set to “Dirty Laundry.”

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 11, 2013

@daveweigel You’ve got a shirty business, you didn’t build that.

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 11, 2013

I’m giving up swearing on Twitter for Lent. Thanks to @majorcbs I’ll say “shirt” instead of shit!! πŸ˜€

— Redness (@mchastain81) February 11, 2013

Know what this tells me? That @majorcbs don’t skirt the #shirtybusiness and get’s sh*t done, son.

— Brandon Morse (@CnservativePunk) February 11, 2013

“Shirty Business” is an underrated EPMD album.

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 11, 2013

No honey, that’s number two. RT ‏@mushkat One Is The Shirtiest Number That You’ll Ever Do #ShirtyBusiness

— Debbie M. (@mosesmosesmoses) February 11, 2013

I’m not going to take your shirt anymore. I’m done. #ShirtyBusiness

— Rachael (@x_1013_x) February 11, 2013

Tomorrow, BHO will tell us we need to in-vest in #shirtybusiness to sleeve the economy, because he’s tacked to #Jibs again.

— Smitty (@smitty_one_each) February 11, 2013

Gotta get my shirty business on. #caring

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 11, 2013

Right now, I imagine Garrett just gave a certain dealer in shirty business an extra Godfather smack. “And *that* is for the Tweet!”

— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) February 11, 2013

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. That was some #shirtybusiness.

— DiploMatt (@mdrache) February 11, 2013

I saw #ShirtyBusiness open for James Taylor back in ’79.

— Jim J (@anthropocon) February 11, 2013

There’s no business like #ShirtyBusiness.

— Ed LaRose (@metaphorsbwithu) February 11, 2013

Ain’t that the truth!

That’s a win MT @scotscajun: Shirty just got real.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) February 11, 2013

Twitter lost a Pope but was given Shirty Business in return #LordWorksInMysteriousWays

— S.M (@redsteeze) February 11, 2013

Sorry for your rough morning @majorcbs. Shirt happens.You just have to keep pushing and tell haters to duck off.

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) February 11, 2013

Better luck tomorrow, Major.

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Update:

It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Major Garrett’s shirty business is also inspiring future cinematic masterpieces:

Shirty Hard #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Rachel Veronica (@rachelveronica) February 11, 2013

Mr. Magorium’s Shirty Emporium. #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) February 11, 2013

Get Shirty #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— LMH (@laurenmarie10) February 11, 2013

Weekend at Shirty’s #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Lloyd bin Laden (@lloydbin) February 11, 2013

Shirty Seconds over Tokyo #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Michael J Sandoval (@mjasandoval) February 11, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and The Shirty #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— TXN_1st (@Prairie_Patriot) February 11, 2013

The Shirty Dozen#replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Sassy Pants (@nicoleb977) February 11, 2013

Zero Dark Shirty #replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) February 11, 2013

Shirty Dancing#replaceamovietitlewithshirty

— Shoebox (@Shoeboxnre) February 11, 2013

Thank you, Major, from the bottoms of our shirty hearts.

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Update:

Check out the new single from Misfit Politics’ Brandon Morse. A real treat for the ear-holes:

@twitchyteam “Writin’ Shirty” soundcloud.com/brandon-morse/…

— Brandon Morse (@CnservativePunk) February 11, 2013

Heh.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/11/shirt-happens-twitterers-try-to-make-sense-of-major-garretts-shirty-business/

Madonna to concert-goers in La., Texas: ‘Vote for Obama'; Fans report boos

Oh, yes, this happened.

Madonna made an appeal for concert goers in New Orleans to vote for Obama, and was greeted with boos and a walkout. #StupidLiberalPerformers

— db (@CoachDB18) October 28, 2012

Madonna, desperately and bitterly trying to cling to relevance, told concert-goers that she doesn’t care who they vote for, as long as it’s Obama. Fans responded with, “Shut up and try to sing” in the form of boos and walk-outs.

Wow. Fans walked out of Madonna’s concert & booed her after she told concert goers to vote for Obama @mittromney 2012

— Jon Regas (@Jonx13) October 28, 2012

Friend at Madonna Concert in New Orleans tonight -Said Madonna plugged BO, telling crowd to vote for him – BOOS were long & deafening #tcot

— Elisabeth Adair (@EMAdair225) October 28, 2012

Way to go Louisiana!! Go Romney!! News from @ap: Madonna booed after touting Obama in La. Concert. apne.ws/SNH3eJ%0A

— Hillary Pate (@HillaryPate) October 28, 2012

Concert attendees reported from the pitiful scene.

A friend of mine attending Madonna concert in NOLA complaining on FB about Madonna drivel about Obama during concert. Predictable

— Dave Schwickerath (@DaveSchwick) October 28, 2012

@blockheadliv the only time Madonna got booed when she said she doesn’t who we vote for, (unless its Obama)

— Tania (@JoeMacGirlnLA) October 28, 2012

“@abaiamonte: Alight Madonna, we understand you like Obama.. Now STFU!” 😂😂😂 I’m sooooooooo bored. Come save me

— vanessa (@BjsSgk11) October 28, 2012

Boredom was a running theme. As always, rock stars (term used loosely) think that they are super edgy and cool when, in reality, they are oh-so-tired and predictable. This concert-goer sums Madonna’s “performance” up.

Just back from the #Madonna concert in #NOLA. WASTE of time & money. 2 hrs late, then BORING 1st half. I fell asleep multiple times. #NoJoke

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

Then she encouraged everyone to vote. Didn’t care for whom…as long as it was Obama. Crowd cheered big, then boo’d bigger. #madonna #NOLA

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

Then many people got up & left the concert. They were the lucky. My group was separated, couldn’t hear phone calls to go. #Madonna #NOLA

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

The rest of the concert was pretty boring as well. She made Brittany Spears look like the music concert show biz benchmark. #Madonna #NOLA

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

My 1st & last #Madonna concert. SO glad I didn’t waste my money on it. Ticket was a birthday gift. Heard how overpriced tickets were. #NOLA

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

Just wanted to see #Madonna in concert before she got too old & broke a hip or something. Should have skipped it. #Madonna concert #NOLA

— Monique (@MoniNewOrleans) October 28, 2012

Other concert attendees report a similar experience.

@scottwalker6 just left Madonna concert I Nola…totally sucked! She took opportunity to tell us how to vote! Boo

— Kaci Ramirez (@Kaciwag) October 28, 2012

Madonna just professed her support for Obama. There were so many boos in the arena. I’m like…did you know which concert you were going to?

— Matt Armato (@mattarmato) October 28, 2012

Madonna needs to shut her mouth abou Obama and sing

— Maddi Cairns (@maddicairns) October 28, 2012

It seems this is a new pattern for the “Material Girl,” who is actually now utterly immaterial. Fans report a similar Madonna fail in Texas.

I wonder if Madonna anticpated all the boos she got when she tore off her shirt in Houston to reveal “Obama” written on her back?

— ANDREA YANG (@ANDREAYANG2) October 26, 2012

Tramp stamp fail.

Madonna just tried to support Obama boos started coming from everyone in the crowd #texas

— Maddy Kelly (@mskelly411) October 26, 2012

Madonna may as well just end every concert with a sickening serenade to Obama featuring “Crazy for You.”

Thankfully, concert-goers are responding with a hearty “We are just not that into you, President Obama.”

Related:

Gutsy call: Madonna endorses Obama via body paint

Madonna flaunts Obama tramp stamp again, waves toy guns in Denver

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/28/immaterial-girl-madonna-tells-concert-goers-in-la-texas-vote-for-obama-fans-report-boos-walk-outs/

#AMAs loser: ‘WTH!’ Luke Bryan’s bedazzled blazer befuddled fans [pics]

Oh dear.

Luke Bryan performed at the American Music Awards Sunday night.

Snort.

He won the award for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Bryan may be a hit, but his blazer was not.

http://twitter.com/#!/gonerunningg/status/404817456117874688

Yes. Yes it was.

Baffling.

No worries! Talking quickly ensued. And by “talking,” we mean mocking. Like the wind!


http://twitter.com/#!/dpb_rtr/status/404815069785382912

https://twitter.com/ItsJennygirrll/status/404860416242642944


http://twitter.com/#!/jhuckz/status/404860396785254400

And this viewer offered an exit suggestion for Bryan, via a personal fun fact.

Good call!

Related:

Miley Cyrus’ giant, lip-syncing kitten freaks out viewers of #AMAs [pic, Vine video]

‘President Kelly’: Lady Gaga and R. Kelly channel JFK and Marilyn Monroe at #AMAs 

Jennifer Lopez shakes her maracas at #AMAs, looks smoking hot at 44 [photos]

Viewers: #AMAs presenter Bill Maher rolls eyes when Rihanna’s mom thanks Jesus [photo, video]; Update: Maher tweets

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis lecture #AMAs about racial profiling and Trayvon Martin 

P.C. at the #AMAs: Geisha-clad Katy Perry’s performance condemned as ‘racist’ 

Perez Hilton gently shades Ariana Grande at #AMAs; fans on verge of nervous breakdown

Some #AMAs viewers wonder why show is being hosted by ‘non-American’

‘Adorable’: Mark Cuban grooves to Ke$ha and Pitbull at #AMAs [Vine]

‘Her hair is wrapped’: Viewers marvel at Rihanna’s #AMAs ‘do

‘Worst awards show host of all time’: Viewers of #AMAs questioning choice of Pitbull for emcee

‘Apocalypse’: Viewers cringe at Pitbull’s #AMAs twerking opener; bonus Justin Timberlake reaction shot [photos]

‘My anus fell out:’ Sarah Silverman classy as ever on #AMAs red carpet

Viewers of #AMAs thankful Miley Cyrus found her eyebrows [pics]

Most coveted #AMAs job ever: Niall Horan’s lint roller

Lady Gaga arrives at #AMAs red carpet on white ‘horse’…with black attendants

Nerd couture: Katy Perry shows off Webster’s dictionary purse at #AMAs

‘This kid stole the show’: Actress Chloe Bennet says move over, Gaga and Miley 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/25/amas-loser-wth-luke-bryans-bedazzled-blazer-befuddled-viewers-pics/

This Is A Quiz For Dumb Kids Who Know Nothing About ’90s Rock

It’s time to learn about some cool and important stuff.

  1. 1. What did this guy do back in the ’90s?

    1. He was the singer in Seven Mary Three
    2. Night manager at a Denny’s in Ohio
    3. Was studying to become a dentist, but was like “fuck it, I gotta rock” and started a band
    4. Played drums in Nirvana

  2. 2. Which band was like “FUCK YOU I WON’T DO WHATCHU TELL ME!!!!!”

    1. Pearl Jam
    2. Alice In Chains
    3. Silverchair
    4. Rage Against the Machine

  3. 3. What band is this guy in?

    1. R.E.M.
    2. Toad the Wet Sprocket
    3. Live
    4. The Smashing Pumpkins

  4. 4. Did people think Weezer was cool when they first came out in the mid ’90s?

    1. Yes, definitely
    2. Hahaha, no
    3. Kinda cool for a corporate rock version of Pavement, maybe
    4. Trick question, Weezer weren’t around back then

  5. 5. Which band was like “I WANT TO FUCK YOU LIKE AN ANIMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    1. Yo La Tengo
    2. Pulp
    3. The Prodigy
    4. Nine Inch Nails

  6. 6. Which rock star did Courtney Love marry?

    1. Anthony Kiedis
    2. Kurt Cobain
    3. Steven Tyler
    4. Eddie Vedder

  7. 7. Who did this guy heroically fight against in the ’90s?

    1. The shampoo industry
    2. TicketMaster
    3. His manager at the gas station
    4. THE MAN

  8. 8. Which lady singer was like “I WANT TO BE YOUR BLOWJOB QUEEN!!!!!”

    1. Drew Barrymore
    2. Lisa Loeb
    3. Shirley Manson
    4. Liz Phair

  9. 9. What were the Beastie Boys’ names?

    1. MC Ravage, DJ Peanuts, and Adam X
    2. Cuppy, Dr. Dollarsign, and Vince Bloat
    3. MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D
    4. Mikey C, Phil Jackson, and Tuggy J

  10. 10. Which band was Gwen Stefani a member of back in the ’90s?

    1. 311
    2. Veruca Salt
    3. No Doubt
    4. No Diggity

  11. 11. Which band was like “THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    1. The Smashing Pumpkins
    2. Sonic Youth
    3. Soul Asylum
    4. Stone Temple Pilots

  12. 12. Who were the enemies of Oasis?

    1. Blur
    2. Bush
    3. Rush
    4. Lush

  13. 13. Which band was like “DO YOU WANNNNA DIIIIEEE???”

    1. Sunny Day Real Estate
    2. Toadies
    3. Sponge
    4. Marilyn Manson

  14. 14. What did people think of Green Day when they first got big in the mid ’90s?

    1. Wow, these guys are so good, they’re gonna be around forever!
    2. This is the most legit punk music since Fugazi!
    3. This is obviously a band who will one day headline arenas!
    4. These guys are total one-hit wonders.

  15. 15. What fruit did the Presidents of the United States of America like best?

    1. Lump
    2. <span class

      Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/perpetua/this-is-a-quiz-for-dumb-kids-who-know-nothing-about-90s-rock

Exclusive! Charlie Daniels identifies IRS official responsible for scandal

While IRS officials are busy passing the blame buck, country music legend Charlie Daniels has located the individual who ultimately bears responsibility for the agency’s targeting of conservative groups:

Mystery solved!

http://twitter.com/#!/Rogerjmunson/status/345222378302869504

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/06/13/exclusive-charlie-daniels-identifies-irs-official-responsible-for-scandal/

50 Surprising Facts In Black Music History

James Brown’s dance moves don’t mean what you think they mean.

Kevin Winter / Getty Images

1. Prince reportedly sent Weird Al Yankovic a telegram back in 1986, commanding the comedian to avoid eye contact with him during the entirety of the American Music Awards show.

2. Though little was known about eating disorders in his heyday, Louis Armstrong showed signs of bulimia. He binged and purged with the help of laxatives; he was often pictured with his laxative of choice, Swiss Kriss, and recommended it to his friends with the catchphrase “Satch says: Leave it all behind ya!

3. As a teen, Gil Scott-Heron wrote a number of short detective stories in the vein of Agatha Christie.

4. Snoop Dogg reportedly sold weed to Cameron Diaz back when the two attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

5. Lil Wayne‘s debut album The Block Is Hot, released when the rapper was only 17 years old, is nearly profanity-free because of his mother’s wishes.

6. Nas almost had Jesus in a headlock on the cover for his 1994 album Illmatic.

7. B.B. King named every guitar he owned Lucille after an incident at one of his performances. Two men had a physical altercation over a woman named Lucille; during the scuffle, they knocked over a barrel of kerosene that heated the venue and subsequently set the venue on fire. All persons inside were evacuated, but King ran back into the burning building to rescue his $30 Gibson guitar. The guitar thus became known as Lucille, as a reminder to King never to run into burning buildings or fight over women.

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8. At the height of McCarthyism in the ’50s, Lena Horne was blacklisted as a Communist over her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and her friendships with fellow activists Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois.

9. Getting fired from Office Depot inspired Janelle Monae to write “Letting Go,” the song that would reach the ears of OutKast‘s Big Boi and launch her career.

10. When a drunken emcee announced The Sledge Sisters as “Sister Sledge” on stage, the quartet rolled with it and went on to use the error professionally.

11. James Brown‘s famous dance moves were coded directions for his stage band; every hand movement meant Brown had noticed a bum note or had seen a pair of unshined shoes.

12. Jimi Hendrix often switched up the frequently misheard lyrics to “Purple Haze” in his live performances; he swapped out “kiss the sky” for “fuck the sky” during a Seattle rainstorm, and for “kiss this guy” during another performance as he pointed to drummer Mitch Mitchell.

13. Using a modified board with elevated squares, Ray Charles frequently played chess with friends and band members. In 2002, Charles faced off against (and lost to) chess grandmaster Larry Evans.

14. Chuck Berry supplemented his musician’s income by working as a trained beautician.

LaFace

LaFace

 

15. Billie Holiday was inspired to write “God Bless the Child” after she and her mother had an argument over money.

16. Marvin Gaye once shaved his head in protest of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s wrongful murder conviction.

17. In The Last Days of Left Eye, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC voiced her objection to the glorification of revenge-cheating in the group’s hit single “Creep.” Left Eye threatened to wear pieces of black tape over her mouth during the filming of the music video, but she let her resentment creep away.

18. Stevie Wonder led the campaign to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday designated as a national holiday.

19. Mary J. Blige‘s debut album title What’s the 411? was a shout-out to her former job as a directory assistance operator.

20. Despite his lyrics to “In Da Club” and “P.I.M.P.,” 50 Cent abstains from alcohol and drugs, citing a “bad experience” with alcohol and an outsider’s view of what drugs can do to a person.

21. Remember that video of a fresh-faced Nicki Minaj acting out a monologue? Before her rap career blew up, Nicki Minaj pursued acting and was cast in the off-Broadway play In Case You Forget.

Sal Idriss / Redferns

Sal Idriss / Redferns

 

22. Gloria Gaynor won the first and only Grammy for Best Disco Recording with “I Will Survive”; the recording academy discontinued the category after disco fell out of public favor.

23. UPenn graduate John Legend turned down admission offers from Harvard and Georgetown at the tender age of 16.

24. Aretha Franklin‘s fear of flying kept her from attending her Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

25. In spite of his fame and wealth, Ludacris drove his ‘93 Acura Legend for over a decade, racking up over 244,000 miles on the vehicle.

26. Biggie Smalls learned that another rapper had trademarked the name “Biggy Smalls” years earlier, so he changed his moniker to The Notorious B.I.G.

27. When presented with the instrumentals for eventual hits “Are You That Somebody?” and “Try Again,” Aaliyah initially didn’t like them, but recorded the songs.

28. Ol’ Dirty Bastard once saved a 4-year-old girl who was trapped under a car that hit her; Dirty and his friends lifted the car off the girl, who was then rushed to the hospital for her injuries.

Sebastien Bozon / AFP / Getty Images

29. Smokey Robinson got his stage name from his childhood nickname Smokey Joe, a “cowboy” nickname bestowed upon him by his uncle.

30. Miles Davis performed with his back to the audience; it made it easier for him to give his band signals.

31. Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav can play 15 instruments, from French horn to oboe to xylophone.

32. Kanye West was ~internationally famous~ before The College Dropout hit store shelves. He lived in China for a year as a child — his mother Donda was a visiting professor.

33. Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton recorded “Hound Dog” and “Ball ‘n Chain” long before Elvis or Janis Joplin did.

34. Frank Ocean credited his Bernese mountain dog Everest as the executive producer of his critically acclaimed album Channel Orange.

35. Missy Elliott accidentally filmed “Work It” while drunk; director Dave Meyers forgot to replace the wine glass in the restaurant scene with water. After the shot had been filmed seven times, Missy was thoroughly inebriated.

AFP / Getty Images

36. As a student at the Baltimore School of Arts, Tupac Shakur took ballet classes.

37. Jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Illinois Jacquet were all arrested for gambling in a racially motivated sting set up by the vice squad of Houston’s police department.

38. Salt-N-Pepa‘s “Push It” began as a joke. Producer Hurby Azor came up with the synth line: Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl James and Sandra Denton found it “corny” and added the now iconic “Ooh, baby, baby” to mock it.

39. Michael Jackson‘s groundbreaking music video for “Billie Jean” was the first music video by a black artist to appear on MTV.

40. Janet Jackson initially balked at the idea of collaborating with brother Michael, citing a desire for her own fame separate from the Jackson name, but eventually caved in. Thankfully she changed her mind; the siblings went on to give us “Scream.”

41. Dizzy Gillespie‘s signature cheek pouches, caused by his blowing techniques, are now considered a medical condition.

42. Beyoncé, who is now recognized as a style icon for her red carpet looks, was a staunch tomboy who refused to wear dresses as a child.

RB / Redferns

RB / Redferns

 

43. As a high school sophomore, Lauryn Hill appeared on daytime soap As the World Turns as Kira, a troubled teen.

44. Erykah Badu was fined $500 and charged with a misdemeanor for public nudity during the filming of her music video for “Window Seat.” Badu intended her nudity to be a statement of liberation against groupthink.

45. At the height of its popularity, Chubby Checker‘s “The Twist” was explicitly forbidden in New York City Catholic schools because of the song’s “un-Christian” nature.

46. Mariah Carey‘s high school nickname was “Mirage,” thanks to her many absences.

47. Nat King Cole was the first black American to have his own television show. The Nat King Cole Show ran without national sponsors on a network-supported basis, and was eventually done in by a lack of financial support.

48. Contrary to popular belief, Jay Z‘s stage name does not come from the J and Z lines that run by his childhood home in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects. Jay Z had been known as Jazzy, but he adopted his current moniker after Jazzy became too “glittery.”

49. The phone number in Alicia Keys’ “Diary” was her old phone number, which led to a number of headaches for Georgia resident J.D. Turner, who had Keys’ old number (albeit a different area code.)

50. Whitney Houston nearly became a member of the Huxtable clan. She auditioned for the role of Sondra Huxtable, the eldest daughter on The Cosby Show, but lost the role to Sabrina LeBeauf.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/moniquemelendez/50-surprising-facts-in-black-music-history

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: The Yid Army, Sia And Two Guys Named Steve

This week for BuzzReads, David Peisner considers a British soccer club’s anti-Semitic nickname and explores whether chanting it should be made illegal. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and the rest of the web.

1. The Yid Army Goes to War — BuzzFeed

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Is Tottenham Hotspur’s nickname an anti-Semitic slur that should get its fans arrested, a misunderstood tradition, or a rousing cry for Jewish pride? Whatever the answer, it has become a flashpoint for discussion of free speech, civility, and the public image of an increasingly lucrative sport. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. The Internet Is Being Protected By Two Guys Named Steve — BuzzFeed

Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

Chris Stokel-Walker reports on how the Heartbleed bug has put the spotlight on OpenSSL, the security toolkit used by many of the internet’s biggest sites and looked after primarily by two men who’ve never met in person. For the first time, Steve Marquess and Stephen Henson speak about how they became the overworked, underpaid stewards of our online security. Read it at BuzzFeed.

3. “Ugh. I miss it.”Washington Post

Photograph by Matt McClain for the Washington Post

A haunting portrait by Eli Saslow of a veteran trying to acclimate to civilian life, and the numerous challenges he faces. “Like so many vets, they missed the camaraderie. And as with so many vets, their lives at home were defined less by togetherness than by isolation, which took on many forms.” Read it at the Washington Post.

4. What Michael DidToronto Star

Amy Dempsey reports on a Ontario family ripped apart twelve years ago when the grown middle child, a schizophrenic, murdered his mother. “How does a family learn to live with a loss of such magnitude while occupying conflicting roles: husband, daughter and sons of the victim, and also father, sister and brothers of the killer?” Read it at the Toronto Star.

5. Inside Bryan Singer’s Wild Hollywood World — BuzzFeed

Herman / Splash News (Egan), Tommaso Boddi / WireImage (Singer)

Known for surrounding himself with beautiful young men, X-Men director Bryan Singer has found his private life under intense scrutiny due to a lawsuit alleging sex abuse. Adam B. Vary investigates Singer’s tangled network of power, money, sex, and gay Hollywood. Read it at BuzzFeed.

6. Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop StarNew York Times

Illustration by Jenny Morgan, based on a photograph by Cindy Ord / Getty Images. / Via nytimes.com

Steve Knopper profiles the reclusive musician who has struggled with addiction and doesn’t crave fame. “Writing for others allowed Furler to hide in plain sight for years.” Read it at the New York Times.

7. Enduring GuiltESPN The Magazine

Illustration by Alexander Wells for ESPN The Magazine

Ten years ago athlete-turned-soldier Pat Tillman was accidentally killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Mike Fish explores how that happened, and how the lives of his family and those implicated in his death are still intertwined. Read it at ESPN The Magazine.

8. The Mind ReadersMedium

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In an article that originally appeared in Mosaic Science, Roger Highfield discusses the doctors working to free apparently vegetative patients who, brain scans reveal, can still think and feel: “The number of patients with disorders of consciousness has soared in recent decades, ironically, because of the rise and success of intensive care and medical technologies.” Read it at Medium.

9. Mystery Science 3000: The Definitive History of a TV MasterpieceWired

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Creator Joel Hodgson, eventual host Mike J. Nelson and more lend their perspectives on the cult television program. Brian Raftery writes: “At a time when depictions of geekery were limited mostly to Urkel and Comic Book Guy, the denizens of the Satellite of Love were brazenly brainy—which explains why MST3K’s fan base reportedly included such meganerds as Al Gore and Patton Oswalt.” Read it at Wired.

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