Pastel Papi

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Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things


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The words or the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought

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Ed Cervone's Boyz In The Mood

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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious

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Well, you're not exactly Superman, but you're awfully available

TIRED OLD
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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen have a musical filled day singing and dancing to the tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin in Michael Curtiz’s White Christmas (1954).

Along for the festivities are Oscar winner Dean Jagger and the irascible and hysterical Mary Wickes. It’s a Technicolor, musical extravaganza that will have your holiday hearts singing into the New Year!  Steve Hayes

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world


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Shaun Akanbi

A little over six years ago, on Boxing Day 2012, I read in the news about a young black man who had been found murdered in his flat. He wasn't some anonymous stranger. I knew him. Several years earlier, Shaun and I had been, briefly, together.

In the weeks and months that followed, I would learn he had been stabbed to death, and his belongings stolen, by 20-year-old Moroccan Achraf Jandara, who he had met online and invited into his home.

It’s now six years since Shaun was murdered on 22 December 2012. The pain hasn’t eased. If anything, it’s worse.

I can't pretend we were close when he passed. We no longer spoke. In May 2009 he contacted me, out of the blue, to ask if I'd write something for him. I was annoyed that he had only reached out when, it seemed at the time, he wanted something. Annoyed, I ghosted him.

We didn't speak again.

It can feel like there is no one to talk to about the gnawing grief, the sense of loss, the futility of his death. The guilt at snubbing him. No one likes to talk about grief, least of all someone else's. So you dwell on it, alone, and the grief metastasises.

In my darkest moments, I find myself fighting back thoughts of what his last minutes must have been like; what it must have been like with this stranger he invited into his home. Was it quick? Did he suffer? Sometimes my mind lurches, involuntarily, to the worst possible scenarios. I find myself almost gasping for breath, my heart racing. I stifle a sob. He was just a little guy, five foot nothing, looking for some fun with another cute boy, not... whatever happened. Not that. I don't want to know exactly what happened, how it happened. I couldn't stand that.

In the days after reading of his death, I wrote, clumsily, about the afternoon we spent in Shepherd's Bush market. The incident with the kid's tracksuit still makes me smile, but something that happened afterwards has slowly taken hold in my memory of him. We were walking along Goldhawk Road, past a sportswear store. Across the road, two black youths, walking in the other direction, were staring menacingly. I asked Shaun if he knew them. He replied no. They know I'm not from this area, he said, darkly. Looking back, it was almost like a premonition.

I once Googled his name, and stumbled on various articles about his death. Some on Nigerian "news" outlets, and on forums and message boards. Don't do it. The comments are beyond vile, the worst homophobic bile you can imagine.

His Twitter page is still there. So is his Instagram. His last Tweet, two days before he died, is about Kat Slater, a character in EastEnders. That will always be his last Tweet, a young boy's musings on a soap queen. Kat Slater's story ended for him that Friday night. He didn't live to see Monday's episode. But Kat Slater is still on our screens, and every time I see her, I'm reminded of Shaun.

I keep getting drawn back to his Twitter page. It's still there, exactly the way he left it. His voice echoing across the years. One of these days it might disappear, and then it really will be like he's gone. I don't know what I'll do then.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious

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B2K

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Long before the Raz B sex abuse allegations - and #MeToo - Chris Stokes cashed in on Christmas had his sexiest decorative baubles drop a Christmas album. Here's the lead single. Uh huh...



Santa Hooked Me Up is out now.

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for

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MNEK

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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“I stopped believing in Santa when you said goodbye, love... was watching watching the snow fall when you called to say we were through.”

MNEK knows Christmas ain't a bundle of laughs for everyone. For some, it's an annual reminder of heartbreak and grief, at a time when you're expected to paint on a smile and join in the celebrations. Have you stopped believing in Santa?



Stopped Believing In Santa is out now. Language is out now.

Ed Cervone's Boyz In The Mood

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If something does not exist, then it makes it very difficult to give it a definition

MASS IN MOTION
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Enigma

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Following 1990's MCMXC a.D., and it's follow-up The Cross of Changes (1993), Michael Cretu returned in 1996 with his third (and best) Enigma album, Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! The first single was the magical, and mesmerising, Beyond The Invisible.



Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! is out now.

When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change

MASS IN MOTION
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My Friend Shawn

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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L.O.V.E., new music from 17-year-old Miami artist My Friend Shawn. His EP, Sorry, I Got Caught Up With A Girl, is out soon. Get it.

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

MASS IN MOTION
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Jerome Thomas

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Bruises, new music from London artist Jerome Thomas. His EP, Mood Swings, is out February 2019. Get it.



Bruises is out now.

Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity



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Rickstar

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Six Feet Under, from Rickstar's new EP Rick-ochet. Get it.



Rick-ochet is out now.

Ed Cervone's Boyz In The Mood

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If you've never done anything wrong it's probably because you have never tried anything new

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Muzi

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Questions with South Africa's Muzi, in a video shot in Johannesburg. Get it.



Questions is out now.

Ed Cervone's Boyz In The Mood

ART SKOOL
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A man can do as he will, but not will as he will

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Karnage Kills

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Level Up with gay grime artist and Dickmatiser at large Karnage Kills. More Karnage on KAOS. Read his interview with VICE here. Get it.



Level Up is out now.

If you've never done anything wrong it's probably because you have never tried anything new

MASS IN MOTION
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VINCINT

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Philadelphia's VINCINT takes us to church in his video for Marrow. There's a great interview with him here. Get it.



Marrow is out now.

 
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