When I started to review Eminem’s record I immediately poo-pooed my own objectivity, given my die-hard devotion to the rapper. Then it suddenly hit me — I used to hate the guy. In fact, I remember putting on my princess crown and preaching that his raps were disrespectful, disturbing, and down-right offensive. Then I grew up, listened to every album in full, and converted to his kingdom.
For years, I and many others have pondered what Eminem would produce when he became less angry. He’s been honest about his new-found sobriety and his subsequent attitude change, and it’s a common suspicion that happiness often kills creativity. But after listening to his most moving song, ‘Headlights,’ where he makes peace with his mother, it became instantly clear that nothing kills Eminem’s creativity — and he’s fully capable of presenting every emotion in every song. Though the anger that made him famous is still prevalent on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2,’ so is his healthy new state of mind, and that variety has created perhaps his most powerful album yet. Listen to ‘Headlights,’ below.
AOL On Originals, launched its newest documentary series, city.ballet, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the New York City Ballet’s premium dancers. Having danced ballet for the majority of my life, it became immediately clear to me that the series delivers on its promise to portray the many sacrifices made by professional dancers.
Conceived by executive producer and NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker, and produced by Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production, the series takes you through each step of a dancer’s journey, from the moment of graduating ballet school to the most-coveted position as a principal dancer in a major ballet company. With each step comes a different role with a different set of challenges, including apprentice, corps member, soloist, and finally, principal dancer. While I gave up my pursuit of professional dancing, it’s still very close to my heart, and this series was a wonderful reminder of all the details associated with my journey. Watch the intriguing documentary by CLICKING HERE.