Show Of Support of the Day: When 24-year-old Odd Future member Frank Ocean admitted on Tumblr last week to falling in love with a man, it was quite the shock to the hip-hop world, notorious for its tendency to disparage gays.
Nonetheless, Ocean’s bandmate Tyler, the Creator tweeted a classy congrats, and Def Jam’s Russell Simmons said Ocean “changed the game” for hip hop in a positive way.
Now, industry royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z have joined the ranks of Ocean’s supporters.
Beyoncé, whose track “I Miss You” was written by Ocean, posted a pic of Ocean to her site over the weekend. The overlay reads:
Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration.
Beyoncé’s show of support was one-upped only by hubby Jay-Z — his powerful missive to Ocean on his site is more than worth a full read, but here’s the money excerpt:
We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Remember Scott Widak, the man with Down syndrome who was terminally ill with liver disease, and whose nephew Sean O’Connor posted Widak’s address to Reddit this past spring?
“One of my uncle’s favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up.”
Widak died Saturday, and O’Connor returned to Reddit with an update – and with a beautiful Imgur album that captures the last months of Widak’s life, and the letters and gifts he received from all over the world:
Thank you reddit for thinking of my uncle. He will surely be missed… His general cheerfulness did decline a bit as he got more ill, but his happiness didn’t fail to shine through at times no matter how sick he got.
Credit & Copyright: Star Shadows Remote Observatory and PROMPT/CTIO
Yummy. Eggplant and lentil stack with ricotta and cornbread with chilli butter. (Taken with Instagram)
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Meet Ramen Noodle, a teacup poodle puppy who’s managed to thrive despite losing his front legs, and who is the subject of a new photo series by famed animal photographer Carli Davidson, known for past series Shake, Fetch, and Pets With Disabilities.
He was probably a mill puppy, inbred to achieve his tiny size. When he was 8 months old, his first owner brought him to the vet, with a broken arm. Unfortunately, the owner did not properly care for his injury, she didn’t come back to get the cast checked until nine weeks later. At that point, to no one’s surprise, the arm was nearly eaten away by gangrene. By then, Ramen Noodle was listless and refused food. It was a wonder he survived.
Jaime Salata Van Tassel, his clinic caretaker, ended up adopting him. But Ramen Noodle’s struggles weren’t over.
A second injury cost Ramen his other front leg; this time he jumped of a chair and broke the bone. Again, one of the effects of interbreeding dogs for small size is week bone, so his single teacup poodle arm broke so badly it could not be mended. While Jaime was devastated, Ramen surprised everyone and bounced back.
“Ramen gets around the house on his hind legs,” Jaime says. “I’ve watched him run at full-speed for toys, and to play with other dogs, he is essentially unrestricted despite his lack of front arms. … it’s like it never happened.”
Sammy (Taken with instagram)
Kickass Comestibles of the Day: Donna @ Apron Strings has a special place in her culinary cardiovascular system for cracking eggs into veggies. Back in December she experimented with eggs in avocado slices, and last week she gave Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs a shot.
This is a great version of the eggs in veggie ring molds – sauteed onions are so delicious, and give a nice tang to the eggs. And they are, of course, beautiful on a plate!
If you’re feeling egg-venturous (sorry), you can follow Donna’s instructions here and make your own.