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Serious Question: Does Drake Get Lost In His Own Boujee House?

The NBA-standard basketball court is one of the more low-key items.

Forget about Justin Bieber’s ugly mansion, have you seen Drake’s house?

Sure, Drake is probably one of the most famous musicians in the world right now. He’s just dropped a new single, which is projected to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and it already has a TikTok dance. And so, if you were wondering how rich a person with that kind of cultural relevancy is, we’ve got you covered. 

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Architectural Digest has taken us inside the homes of Jessica Alba, David Dobrik, Zedd and others, but none have been as impressive as Drake’s. Measuring 50,000 square feet, the Canadian rapper’s home is more luxe than any other celeb home we’ve ever seen.

He has a Takashi Murakami-designed piano, an Alexander McQueen hummingbird tapestry and not to mention, an NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court with a 21-square-foot pyramidal skylight. Let’s just say, we don’t think this social-distancing thing is affecting him too much. 

But, we have a serious question for Drake, does he ever get lost in his house? And if not him, surely his guests do? Considering the array of entertainment spaces, we can’t help but imagine the times that Drake has called for his guests to meet him in the “living room”, and for them to be confused as to which one he meant. 

When talking about his home to Architectural Digest, Drake said “Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel… It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.” Well, you certainly did that Drake. 

Love this kitchen, Mr. Champagne Papi!

Drake calls his place ‘The Embassy’, not because it looks like one (although… maybe?), but because it takes inspiration from traditional Beaux-Arts architecture. The interior designer for this home, Ferris Rafauli said, “In form, materials, and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion. But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner… This isn’t stucco, paint, and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do.”

Looking like the NGV with these KAWS figurines!

So, if anyone is invited to Drake’s ‘Toosie Slide’ single launch, and has a plus one, I’d love to go with you… I’ll meet you at the basketball court!

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Try Getting Through J.K. Rowling's Tribute To Alan Rickman Without Crying

Always and forever, Professor Snape.

Over a decade after the final Harry Potter hit bookstores, J.K. Rowling is still moving audiences with her words.

While J.K. Rowling made headlines for all the wrong reasons last year, she didn’t fail to bring tears to her followers’ eyes with her latest Tweet. Today, the author has just taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Alan Rickman, who played the role of Professor Severus Snape in the films. 

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It all started when a Harry Potter fan Tweeted out, “Tonight in Italy they air “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2”. As always, I’m NOT ready to say goodbye to Severus Snape Thank you @jk_rowling for this unique character and for convincing Alan Rickman to portray him – we had the perfect Severus Snape.”

To which, J.K. Rowling replied, in the most touching way possible. She said, “In Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Snape makes his first appearance with his back to the audience. At the dress rehearsal I saw him in his long black wig & my eyes filled with tears because, for a split second, my irrational heart believed when Snape turned around, I’d see Alan.”

I’m not crying, you are.

J.K. Rowling had a connection with Alan Rickman that was stronger than any other cast member in the Harry Potter series. Rickman was actually on J.K. Rowling’s original shortlist to play Snape. Not to mention he was one of the few actors involved the movie who was able to chat with Rowling about the future of their characters.

Sadly we lost the incredible Alan Rickman in 2016 after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed away at the age of 69 in London. In an interview published after he had passed away, Rickman reflected on the role of Snape. He said, “It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be doing other things but always come back to that, and I was always aware of my place in the story even as others around me were not…”

If you’re a Harry Potter fan make sure you check out the Harry Potter At Home Hub. Also for more on Alan Rickman, make sure you check out this op-ed.

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Coronavirus Quarantine May End Up Saving The Panda Population

Looks like someone isn’t social distancing…

If you’re single and horny, I’m sorry to break it to you but even pandas are getting it on during the coronavirus pandemic.

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In news that’ll warm your horny heart, two pandas at a Hong Kong theme park have mated for the first time in over 10 years! Ying Ying (the female panda) and Le Le (the male panda) sealed the deal at 9 am local time on Monday at the Ocean Park theme park. The two pandas had displayed signs that they had both entered their hormonal estrous cycle late last month – love that for them!

The two 14-year-old, giant pandas are notoriously bad at breeding, so this news has got the staff at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park thrilled.

In a statement, the executive director of zoological operation and conservation, Michael Boos, said:  “Since Ying Ying and Le Le’s arrival in Hong Kong in 2007 and attempts at natural mating since 2010, they, unfortunately, have yet to succeed until this year upon years of trial and learning… The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.”

Boos continued, “If (the pregnancy is) successful… hormonal level fluctuations and behavioural changes may be observed as early as late June, though there is always a chance that Ying Ying could experience a pseudo-pregnancy.” Vets at the zoo have been monitoring Ying Ying and Le Le closely and will continue to do so in the hopes that they are pregnant. 

While panda numbers in the wild aren’t great, they are slowly increasing. In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature placed pandas in the vulnerable category instead of the endangered category, a shift up due to a 17% in the decade from 2004. 

Look pregnant or not, we’re just happy that these two are giving it a go, and we’re also happy that it was all caught on camera. The park has been closed since the 26th of January, because of COVID-19 concerns, so perhaps all they needed was a bit of privacy!

For more, did you know that a tiger tested positive for COVID-19 in New York? Check out the story here.

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