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Plastic Crown Worn By Notorious B.I.G. Sells For $594k In Sotheby’s First Hip-Hop Auction

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The prestigious auction house Sotheby’s held its first ever sale of hip-hop memorabilia tonight in New York, featuring items such as a one-of-a-kind Def Jam jacket and a DJ triptych by Fab 5 Freddy. One noteworthy object on sale was a plastic crown once worn by the Notorious B.I.G. Originally purchased for $6 at a novelty store, the crown fetched $594,750 at auction.

In an interview with the New York Post, Brooklyn-based photographer Barron Claiborne recalls picking up the crown at a store on Broadway called Gordon’s for a shoot featured on the cover of Rap Pages magazine in 1997, just three days before Biggie’s death. He recalls, “I’m not sure that I even got paid for it. I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. I did this because I liked taking pictures of Biggie.”

According to Claiborne, the photo almost didn’t happen due to objections from Sean “Puffy” Combs, who owned Biggie’s label Bad Boy Records. “He said it would make Biggie look like Burger King,” Claiborne said. “But Biggie didn’t listen. He wore it anyway. And nobody’s ever told me that they look at the photo and think the crown is plastic… His power cancels out the fact that it is a novelty crown.”

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Emmy episode analysis: Jason Bateman (‘Ozark’) struggles through couples therapy in ‘Su Casa Es Mi Casa’

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Jason Bateman has his third consecutive Best Drama Actor nomination for leading “Ozark” as cartel launderer Mary Byrde. He has submitted the episode titled “Su Casa Es Mi Casa” for Emmy judging. Best Drama Directing nominee Ben Semanoff helmed the 58-minute installment, which was written by co-producer Paul Kolsby. It debuted March 27, 2020 on Netflix as the sixth episode of the third season. The official log line reads, “Marty and Wendy tell each other how they really feel, Ruth confronts Wyatt, Darlene lets her ambitions be known and Ben’s past comes into focus.”

Can Bateman win this Emmy? Let us look at the pros and cons.

SEE Jason Bateman interview: “Ozark.”

PROS

Bateman won Best Drama Directing for “Ozark” last year and is nominated again for Best Drama Series in his role as executive producer. The Emmys love awarding triple-threats for starring in their series, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) being the most recent example. Bateman is also a triple-threat in the sense that he has three bids this year, including a Best Drama Guest Actor citation for “The Outsider,” which he also directed and executive produced.

Bateman represents the sole nomination for “The Outsider,” which suggests that his bid might have manifested from a surplus of support from the acting branch for him as an individual, as opposed to adoration of that new drama. This is reminiscent of when Ann Dowd won Best Drama Supporting Actress for Best Drama Series victor “The Handmaid’s Tale” three years ago; her simultaneous Best Drama Guest Actress citation for “The Leftovers” represented the only citation for that series’ run.

SEE Ben Semanoff interview: ‘Ozark’ director

CONS

It is dubious whether Bateman is positioned better in the Best Drama Actor race than he was last year. The second season of “Ozark” had enough support among actors for Julia Garner to win in supporting and for Bateman himself to prevail at SAG, yet he lost the Emmy to Billy Porter (“Pose”), who is nominated again. The Emmys have nominated him six times for acting, but he is not exactly overdue after his victory last year for directing.

“Ozark” admittedly has twice as many Emmy nominations as last year, but it failed to make gains with the actors’ branch. It seems unlikely as such that it would sweep all three of its acting nominations, and Bateman has worse odds than Garner and Best Drama Actress front-runner Laura Linney.

The loud performances of his co-stars overshadow the deliberate restraint of Bateman’s performance, which his submission exemplifies. “Su Casa es Mi Casa” opens with Marty at counseling with his wife (Linney). Whereas Linney more theatrically raises her voice as she verges on tears, Bateman characteristically stays closer to a simmer as he discusses his wife’s actions from more of an empirical than an emotional standpoint. The rest of the episode is largely business as usual for the character, interacting with his children and law enforcement and not even figuring into the installment’s literally explosive climax.

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Lizzo and Kamala Harris Discuss Voting on Instagram Live

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In honor of National Black Voter Day on Friday, Lizzo chatted with Sen. Kamala Harris about the importance of voting, the vice presidential candidate’s dedication towards the Black community, and how to fight Black voter suppression. The singer interviewed the senator on her Instagram Live, asking honest questions about the anti-Black policies of her past and what advice she has for Black people who feel discouraged to vote.

“One of the reasons we know we need to vote, is to honor the ancestors, those who shed their blood for our right to vote,” Kamala explained, adding that while white women were guaranteed the right to vote by the 19th amendment, Black women gained the right 45 years later through the Voting Rights Act. But more importantly, the senator stressed that there are so many issues at play right now, including healthcare and the lack of access to capital, that can be changed by way of voting.

“Let’s not let anybody take our power.”

“Black folks have to sit back and ask a question, which is, ‘Why are so many people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote?,'” Kamala said. “The answer is this: because when we vote, things change. When we vote, we have a say in who our leaders are, so part of what I just want to remind everyone on this National Black Voter Day, is let’s not let anybody take our power.” The two also discussed food justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and the senator and Joe Biden’s commitment to naming a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Above, watch their full IGTV discussion.

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This Adorable Tiny Kitten Found On The Side Of The Road Surprisingly Has A Uniquely-Colored Coat (30 Pics)

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Today, let us introduce you to one recent internet sensation named Janie. She’s a tiny (and super adorable) kitten who, a couple of months ago, was rescued after being found abandoned on the side of the road in Ontario, Canada. Why do people adore her so much, you ask? Well, first of all, she’s absolutely adorable. And secondly, she has this uniquely-colored fur that makes her look like a tiny baby raccoon.

After being found, the kitten was brought to the Tiny but Mighty Kitten Rescue. According to Melissa, the founder of the rescue, the kitty was quite active and vocal despite weighing only 82 grams. Melissa had a plan to keep Janie in an incubator for 2 weeks, bottle-feed her, and when she was proven to be medically clear, introduce her to the cat mommy named June, who was rescued as a pregnant cat a few weeks prior. And that’s exactly how it all went.

Janie is now a strong and active kitten adored by thousands of people all around the world. Turns out, the silvery coat that stole pretty much everyone’s heart is known as a “fever coat” and it typically occurs when the mother is ill while being pregnant. There’s nothing dangerous about it to the kitten, though! However, the cat will probably lose the color once she grows up.

Bored Panda invites you to sit back and enjoy some of the most adorable photos of little Janie. Besides, we had a chance to ask Mellissa some interesting questions, so make sure to look for her answers down below.

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“Janie was found all alone on a sidewalk. The people who found her told me she was screaming for her life. She was left in the full sun which resulted in some pretty bad burns on her back paws,” Mellissa told Bored Panda. “Janie is now 8 weeks! She was about 24 hours old when I rescued her.”

“Her personality is so special! She’s extremely friendly, sassy, fearless and very affectionate! She’s constantly going around purring!” Mellissa told us. “I think people fell in love with her because she looks “different”. Janie was born with a fever coat which can happen when pregnant cats are sick or stressed. People also love her story because she got to join my other fosters, June and her 4 babies.”

According to Melissa, little Janie was already catching the attention of the mother June while she was still in the incubator. June would sit there and watch Melissa feed the baby through a large window, anxiously wanting to help. “She wanted that baby so bad and kept crying at the incubator,” Melissa told Love Meow. “June immediately accepted Janie as her own as soon as I was able to safely introduce them. June had to lick and clean her for a good 10 minutes, and then she cuddled up with everyone while June’s babies were nursing. It was such a sweet moment to witness.”

When asked, how she first got into rescuing kittens, Mellissa told us this: “I started a rescue on my own back in 2017. I was a previous volunteer for my local OSPCA in Cornwall, Ontario. Each weekend I was there I would witness people bringing in tiny newborn kittens and the staff would stick them in a room and close the door. I eventually connected the dots. They were euthanizing them instead of trying to save them. It really upset me! I cried for months and tried to figure out a way for them to let me foster. I was denied even though I offered to fully fund the care they needed. I also offered to bring the kittens back when age appropriate for adoption so they could still make on their adoption fee. No luck! I ended up fostering for another rescue for a few months and then decided to start my own rescue.”

“The best part of rescuing is watching my foster babies grow and thrive in my care. It’s extremely rewarding!” the founder of the Tiny but Mighty Kitten Rescue told us. “It’s also so awesome to get to watch their adoptive families fall in love with them! I’m super fortunate that majority of my adoptive families stay in touch and constantly share updates. Some have even made Instagram accounts for all my followers and supporters can continue watching them grow!”

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