Plus: Jazmine Sullivan announces tour dates on Instagram, Toni Morrison's new short story and more!
TGIF! Here are the hot topics that are keeping us warm on this wintry Friday:
"Humans of New York" goes to Washington! After blogger Brandon Stint shared a pic of 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet praising his supportive principal, Nadia Lopez, on his blog, which features everyday New Yorkers, the post went viral. Thousands of people donated more than $1 million to the Brooklyn middle school, which takes its students on an annual visit to Harvard. Since gaining national fame, Vidal has appeared on The Ellen Show, and yesterday, the middle schooler and Lopez were invited to meet with President Obama. The pair even got to cozy up with Mr. President in the Oval Office! [Humans of New York]
Warm up your singing voices: Jazmine Sullivan is coming to a city near you. The sultry songstress announced her tour dates for "The Reality Show Tour" on Instagram earlier this week. The tour kicks off on March 1 in New Orleans and concludes March 29 in Las Vegas. We know where we will be during the month of March. [Instagram]
We spy a new short story from the great Toni Morrison. The Beloved author quietly released a new short story in this week's New Yorker magazine as a teaser to her upcoming novel, God Save the Child. The short story tackles a theme that we've come to know and love from Morrison: the complicated family dynamics that exist in so many of our lives. Now, excuse us while we go pick up a copy [The New Yorker]
Everyone's favorite pint-sized philosopher just dropped a new EP. The 16-year-old Jaden Smith hit us with three new track, downloadable for free. In collaboration with Daniel D'artiste, the wise teen released "Scarface," "4 My 1" and "Weekend in Atlantis," all soulful tunes that are perfect when you want to zen out. Download them and let us know what you think [Rap-Up]