This week, Jay-Z released a (fantastic) new album (that you should definitely check out), NASA remained wonderful, and ESPN gave us another heartwarming story.
Magna Carta Holy Grail
Although Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," was available last week for Samsung users, it was officially released on Tuesday and immediately became his 12th platinum album. He collaborated with artists like Justin Timberlake, Beyonce (of course), and Frank Ocean, and producers like Timbaland and 16-year-old girl Ebony Oshunrinde aka Wondagurl. There's been plenty of hype surrounding the album, especially because RIAA changed one of its rules in order to certify "Magna Carta Holy Grail" platinum even before it was released to the public. Then, of course, Jay-Z took to Twitter to do an impromptu Q&A with his followers, where he addressed his favorite cereal growing up (Cap'n Crunch); ranked MCHG as his fourth best album (behind "Reasonable Doubt," "Blueprint," and "The Black Album"); shared his favorite track ("Oceans"); and ended most tweets with #factsonly and #mylaugh. It's been a pretty good week for Jay-Z.
Dexter the Astronaut
After 7-year-old Dexter heard that NASA would be sending two people to Mars, he wrote to NASA to ask about becoming an astronaut. "Dear NASA, My name is Dexter. I heard that you are sending two people to Mars, and I would like to come, but I'm 7. So I can't. I would like to come in the future. What do I need to do to become an astronaut?" Imagine his surprise when he received a reply from NASA. The letter encouraged Dexter to explore space camp, get good grades and continue "reaching for the stars." They also sent him some pretty cool Mars swag. Hopefully someday Dexter can check out Mars in person and we'll all be like, "Aww, remember when he wrote to NASA?!"
ESPN's 'Carry On'
The story of Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett, two students on Lincoln-West High School's wrestling team, first emerged in 2009. The two were featured in an ESPN piece — produced by Lisa Fenn — that told the tale of "the wrestler who couldn't walk, carried by the one who couldn't see." (See video at left.) After the program aired, many viewers wanted to donate to the two young men, and a college trust fund was established with Lisa's help. She also helped them apply to college, manage their finances, and — even after she left her job with ESPN — continued to assist Leroy and Dartanyon however she could. This new ESPN segment, "'Carry On': Why I Stayed," is an update on their lives and is just as awesome as the first. It's 20 minutes long, but totally worth it.
What were you talking about this week?