Kanye West's Harvard Lecture

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Today in celebrity gossip: Kanye gave a speech to the smarties in Cambridge, it will cost you millions of dollars to talk about one of Justin Bieber's parties, and Alec Baldwin's daughter defends him.

Before playing a show at the TD Garden in Boston last night, Kanye West stopped by the Harvard Graduate School of Design to give a brief talk to the students about his philosophy on design and creativity and all that general stuff. This wasn't a specific lecture about technique or anything like that, it was just kind of a pep talk, really. He said things like, "I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be 'architected.'" Stuff like that. Like, "If I sit down and talk to Oprah for two hours, the conversation is about realization, self realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you." OK, so the Oprah thing may not be all that relatable to the students, but the general message is good. Take your creativity seriously, be excited about it, care about it. All that stuff. Good for Kanye West. There's video of the speech if anyone's interested. One person who was interested was Kanye's fiance, Kim Kardashian, who took an Instagram photo of West as he spoke. Though, she was off to the side, wasn't she? Maybe she got bored at some point and wandered off, out of the building, across Cambridge Street and onto the Yard. Kim Kardashian at Harvard! Just imagine. Looking at all the kids scurrying to and from buildings, heads down, brains swirling with facts and theories and ideas about the world. Kim sighing, pulling her jacket tighter against the New England cold, and finding herself at Widener library, awed at its proud augustness, its steps and columns. She walks in, past the security guard who waves her through with a few students, and wanders into the stacks, rows and rows of books, about so many things. There's so much to learn! Kim thinks, a little excitedly, a little sadly. She runs her fingers along the books' spines and smells that distinct library smell, paper and leather and a cozy dryness. Kim breathes it in deep, closes her eyes, begins to form a new idea of herself, what she might become, what she could do, what she will learn. It's all looking lovely and thrilling and new until her phone rings and it's Khloe with some damn problem and Kim says "Hold onnnn, I don't get any service in this stupid old liberry." And then she leaves. Oh well. [Us Weekly]

Listen, if you wanna party with Justin Bieber and then talk publicly about that party after the fact, that's fine. It's just going to cost you. How much? A cool $3 million. Bieber apparently had some sort of "Gatsby party" this weekend and he made guests sign an agreement saying that they would not tweet or text or Instagram or even talk about what happened at this epic shindig. How epic was it? TMZ says the police were called three times with noise complaints. Sounds like a sick party, JB! Loudness rules. I am curious, though, what made it a "Gatsby party." Does TMZ just mean it was big and crazy like a Gatsby party? Or was it Gatsby-themed? Because nothing seems funnier to me than some 19-year-old doofus holding a Roaring '20s-themed party. "Look, I'm a '20s dude!" Justin Bieber says, walking out of his bedroom looking like a newsie wearing drop-crotch pants. Girls wearing Bebe slips that only sort of look like flapper dresses. Just a bunch of half-assed dumb stuff like that. I hope that's what happened. If only one of the guests had an extra $3 million lying around, they could tell us. [TMZ]

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Ireland Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, has rushed to her father's defense in the wake of his suspension from MSNBC after being caught on tape hurling anti-gay slurs at a paparazzo. Ireland took to Twitter to say of her father, "For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist." This is from the girl whom Alex notoriously called a "little pig" in a voicemail that was leaked some years ago. So, she's forgiven him. Maybe we should too? Though, it seems like he has one of these outbursts every few months, doesn't? So how much growing has he really done? We'll never really know, but I guess it's a good sign that his daughter is willing to defend him. I don't know. Why is Alec Baldwin so angry? What's there to be all that angry about? Things seem to be going pretty well for him. Just cool down, Alec Baldwin. Maybe move to the country. Go buy a house in the Berkshires and raise a well-heeled country baby. You can go to Tanglewood in the summertime and see some plays, hell do some plays, and read and relax and it'll be great. There aren't paparazzi in Lenox! At least not many, I wouldn't think. That's my suggestion. Just go find a more zen life. Because all this spitting and yelling is dumb and requires your teenage daughter to go on Twitter to defend you. I think you'd agree that that's dumb. [Us Weekly]

Now that Nick Jonas is a free man — the Jonas Brothers have broken up, yes, but also they arrested some drifter for that string of disappearances, so it looks like Nick got away with it (Nick Jonas has a lot in common with Adam Levine, if you catch my drift) — he has decided to buy his own sweet pad to chase around with a hammer entertain the ladies in. It's a $3.2 million home in the Hollywood Hills, with stunning views and a grotto-like pool. (Homeowner's tip, Nick: There's too much flora around the pool, it will be dark and not warm enough and you'll have to clean it all the time. So clear that stuff out.) Oh the times he'll have in this home! Having dinner parties and watching the Oscars with friends and game nights and who knows what else! It's going to be great and in no way will the walls soon tremble with the screams of people lured into Nick Jonas's mansion of horrors. That would never happen. He's building that person-sized cage for the very big bird he plans to buy. That's all. It's nothing to worry about. It's really nothing. [Daily Mail]

Yeesh. Brittany Murphy may have been poisoned, according to a new toxicology report. Her father had some tests run and they showed evidence of heavy metal poisoning, which could suggest someone had been feeding her rat poison. So... This story could be about to get a whole lot crazier and more depressing than it already is. [Jezebel]

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