Too Short
American rapper
Too Short
Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, producer, and actor who started his career at the age of fourteen in, Oakland, California.
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In Praise Of Women Who’ve Explored — And Conquered — On Foot
Huffington Post - 4 days
In Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Lizzy Bennett scandalizes her norm-abiding acquaintances when she walks three miles through rain and mud to tend to her sick sister. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley find the act absurd, but do their best to contain their contempt for her dirty stockings. Jane, on the other hand, regards a rainy day walk lightly. “I do not wish to avoid the walk,” she said, declining a horse-drawn carriage. “The distance is nothing when one has a motive.” Not everyone of her day would agree, as writer Lauren Elkin points out in her new book Flâneuse, part memoir, part social history of women exploring cities on foot. Elkin thinks of herself as a flâneuse, the female version of a flâneur, or a dandy who fills his days with wandering and observation. But, the book’s introduction notes, there’s no entry for flâneuse in most dictionaries. That’s because, until the 19th and 20th centuries, women didn’t typically go on walks in urban areas, and those who did were pr ...
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Stop Telling Me How To Be A Widow
Huffington Post - 8 days
Before you start tossing around the “H” word ― hussy, the brazen variety ― let me assure you that I deeply loved the man I was married to. But 10 days after his death last month, I became that cliche: The new widow who runs out and buys a hot red car. This car, she’s a beauty. She came fully equipped with all those high-tech bells and whistles; she listens to my voice and actually does what I tell her ― something my late husband, rest his soul, never did with any regularity. She has a panoramic sunroof that highlights the red in my hair and hell, she even parallel parks herself so that I won’t get stressed out having to do it. I first laid eyes on this red bad girl around New Year’s when my husband was in a nursing home. The kids and I were breaking up the awfulness of caregiving by stopping in at car dealerships and pretending to be in the market for a new car. And there she was. She was primping and staring at her reflection in the windows of a dealership and I swear she n ...
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Mostly Free Ideas For Celebrating Valentine's Day Throughout The Year
Huffington Post - 13 days
Valentine's Day ... I never truly understood it. As history would have it, loved ones exchange flowers and candies in the name of St. Valentine. It's supposed to be this big day of romance. But, my philosophy is: when you love someone, you shouldn't need a holiday to tell you to do nice things for them; we should have our own Valentine's Days throughout the year whenever we feel like it. Life is too short to not let your loved ones know you love them and let them know often, be it a parent, sibling, significant other, pet -- anyone! If you ask me, Valentine's Day should be celebrated throughout the year. I also believe that showing someone you love them does not need to be extravagant especially if you don't have the funds for that and thus, here are some of my ideas on how to "celebrate Valentine's Day" throughout the year. 1. Say it in a text message. Send a loved one an unexpected text message to show them you love them and are thinking of them. Insert cute emoji, maybe a ...
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Video Premiere: How a Song Helps Em Rossi Fill an 'Empty Space' in Her Heart
Huffington Post - 16 days
People take many life-altering courses of action to deal with loss. But when Em Rossi was a 15-year-old aspiring singer in 2014, she found a way to handle grief naturally, solemnly and maturely, in a manner that belied her age. In April 2014, "the most universal person" Rossi had ever known, the man with whom she shared her most personal thoughts and fears in life while growing up in Petaluma, Calif., died. Her father Robert Brockman, a landscape architect, artist and amateur musician, was 50 years old. The day after his death, Rossi went to her room and began composing her thoughts. Those thoughts turned into words for "Empty Space," which turned into a beautifully made music video that the wise-beyond-her-years artist premieres exclusively today (Feb. 7) at The Huffington Post. "Heartbreak changes people," Rossi, now 18, wrote last week as part of an email Q&A for the article accompanying the video premiere starring one of the most promising young American singer-son ...
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Autonomous vehicle demonstrates the future at Heathrow
Huffington Post - 22 days
Recently Japanese carmaker Nissan announced that it would use London as the first European city for real-world trials of self-driving cars. The company will be testing a version of the electric LEAF car that has been modified to be autonomous. "With future models secured and cutting-edge innovation being developed right here in the UK, we're looking forward to a strong future of designing, engineering and manufacturing in the country for customers right across the world," said Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox. Initial speedbumps Of course, whilst these kind of trials are undoubtedly fascinating, there remain a number of issues that need to be resolved before driverless cars take to the roads. For instance, studies have examined how pedestrians might respond in a world where they know that the autonomous vehicle will always cede to them in the interests of safety. It posits that because driverless vehicles are designed to be risk averse, it will create an environment ...
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LeaderShift: How to get the Career you want
Huffington Post - 23 days
Until recently, I had a pretty fancy-schmancy gig going for me. A corner office in a swanky downtown high-rise building. A well-respected and established law firm with over 150 attorneys statewide. Amazing co-workers who were like family. This was the place where my husband and I both had major life changes. Moving into our first home. Having both of our children. He took the plunge and started his own small business. I started a lifestyle and parenting blog. My boss was a true mentor. He was (is) an honest attorney (yes, they do exist!) who genuinely cared about developing his associates into thoughtful, strategic, analytical litigators. The work environment was pretty much ideal. As my first job out of law school was in an unprofessional, oftentimes abusive environment among those who were both personally and professionally bankrupt, I felt working at this new firm was karma's way of catching up with me. Despite everything good that was going for m ...
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Lawmakers reject EU laundering blacklist, want tax havens included
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers rejected on Thursday an EU blacklist of ten countries at risk of facilitating money laundering or terrorist financing on the grounds that the list is too short and needs to be expanded to include tax havens. In a bid to cut terrorist funding after January 2015 attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the EU adopted stricter rules against money laundering and began naming countries with legal loopholes that could be exploited by militant organizations to get funding. North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Laos, Syria, Uganda, Vanuatu and Yemen are in the latest EU blacklist drafted by the EU executive commission.
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Wanting Another Baby
Huffington Post - about 1 month
When it comes to making decisions, I wouldn't exactly say I'm good at it. Indecisive is definitely a word I would use to describe myself. I'm always worried I'm going to make the wrong decision and that the decision I do make will have catastrophic repercussions. Perhaps my anxiety disorder plays a part with this, as I'm someone who will always play out the worst case scenario in my head, no matter the circumstance. The decision around having another child is something that plays on my mind a lot. 6 months ago I was resolute in my decision I didn't want to add to my family. An opinion that was shared by my other half, in fact he was probably even stauncher with this attitude than I was. We considered permanent methods of contraception and discussed the best course of action for us. 9 months ago I was even contemplating sterilization. That's how confident I was that another child wouldn't be on the agenda. More recently the subject of a vasectomy was mooted. Research inform ...
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Parents furious after Ebbsfleet Academy headteacher sends schoolgirls home for skirts '5cm above the knee' - Evening Standard
Google News - about 2 months
Evening Standard Parents furious after Ebbsfleet Academy headteacher sends schoolgirls home for skirts '5cm above the knee' Evening Standard pa-29613676.jpg A group of Ebbsfleet Academy students who were among the group of girls sent home for failing to obey the uniform policy. PA Wire/PA Images. Angry parents have criticised a Kent school's no-nonsense headteacher for sending home ... Parents' fury as schoolgirls sent home from school because their skirts are too shortMirror.co.uk Headteacher defends sending home girls over short skirtsDaily Mail Kent school head defends sending home girls in too-short skirtsThe Guardian Telegraph.co.uk -Express.co.uk -Daily Star -Yahoo Finance all 10 news articles »
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Playboy son of E.Guinea leader goes on trial in France
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The playboy son of Equatorial Guinea's leader, notorious for his extravagant taste in cars, homes and Michael Jackson memorabilia, went on trial Monday in France accused of plundering his country to fund his jetset lifestyle. Teodorin Obiang, his country's vice-president, is suspected of using more than 100 million euros ($106 million) of state money to buy a mansion on one of the swankiest avenues in Paris as well as a collection of Italian supercars. The time to prepare his defence was "far too short," his lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny told the court.
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Police Officer Stops Speeding Student, Then Fixes His Tie
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Another Person To Love
Huffington Post - 2 months
It's early October in Southampton New York and the usually packed dining room is sparse, the summer brunch crowd waned. It's been a good weekend, 8 friends joking, catching up on kids, husbands and divorces and drinking lots of wine. We're winding down our trip with some eggs and last laughs when my phone rings. It's my 6-year-old daughter Emily. As she rattles on about her weekend with my ex husband my throat tightens and tears run down my face. My breakfast is left untouched. I'd shed many tears during my marriage, more during its dissolution and even more on the nights when my kids were with their dad, leaving our house, and me, empty. I ceased to be amazed that there were always more at the ready, welling up and overflowing without warning. This time was different, of all the tears shed behind closed doors; this was my first public display. My friends were staring, surprised by such blatant emotion. I owed my group an explanation. My voice quivered "The kids spent the night at ...
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The Long and the Short of Creating Better Content
Huffington Post - 2 months
Marketers are working hard to convince you to buy their products in the home stretch of this Holiday shopping season. While working hard is important, working smart is more effective. To work smart, marketers need to better understand how to create more effective marketing content. Those that dive more deeply into what creates better content discover that they have been operating under some serious misconceptions. Short sells better than long = a misconception One of the most common misconceptions is that people will not pay attention to ads or communications that have more than a minimal amount of ad copy. When asked, marketers (and the buying public) overwhelmingly believe that short copy sells better than long. Measured results tell a different story. Why so many believe short copy sells better The reasons most commonly given to support the notion that short copy sells better include people... Do not like to read. Have short attention spans. Are in the habit ...
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"Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life" Has That Graham Girl and That Is Enough For Me
Huffington Post - 2 months
TV Review - Jackie K Cooper "Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life" (Netflix) For years I have avoided watching "Gilmore Girls". All through its original run I dismissed it as something I wouldn't enjoy and something I had no interest in whatsoever. But then along came "Parenthood" and I became fascinated by Lauren Graham. I found her to be an enchanting actress and a bright personality in real life. She was the main reason I watched every episode of that show during its too short run. So when I heard she was doing an "update" of "Gilmore Girls" my interest was piqued. Here was a chance to see Graham again. I hesitated for a few weeks but then I plunged into it and bingewatched all four ninety minute episodes of the revival of "Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life". It wasn't bad, and Graham was very, very good. For those of you who are in my boat and didn't know anything about these characters before this show, Graham plays Lorelai Gilmore, mother of Rory ...
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50 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight
Huffington Post - 2 months
It’s fair to say that 2016 wasn’t a popular year (to put it mildly). But while we may be ready to embrace 2017 with open arms, there’s one mistake many of us will probably bring into the New Year: focusing on the wrong resolution. If data published in 2015 is any indication, many of us will pledge to lose weight. However, the problem with focusing solely on the scale is that it isn’t necessarily beneficial or indicative of our well-being. Not to mention the fact that concentrating on a pants size may make us ignore all the other aspects of wellness (like self-esteem or empathy, for example). Of course, if losing weight is imperative to your physical health, it’s necessary to complete those goals and follow a plan outlined by a doctor. But if you’re searching for a way to prioritize wellness, there are additional options.  We’ve rounded up some healthy resolutions that have nothing to do with dropping pounds. Check them out below and then vow to make 2017 your best year yet. ...
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Why We All Need An Impromptu Dance Party In Our Lives
Huffington Post - 2 months
The music could be heard throughout our home, as my daughter turned up the volume for her favorite singer. Justin Timberlake's popular song created a catchy beat my child couldn't resist. As I was busy whipping up lunch in the kitchen, I heard Peyton hollar at me, "Mom! Come dance with me!" I was too busy, my mind set on our schedule of when to eat, when to sleep and when to shower or brush our teeth. As I raced to get lunch on the table at our normal time, I felt a tug at my sweater. "Mom! I want to dance!" I looked at my child's face, her excitement and love for music wrapped up in her giant smile. At that moment, I dropped what I was doing and skipped over to the family room. Hands flailing in the air, I jumped around with my daughter to the chorus of "Can't Stop The Feeling". Several minutes later, as we collapsed on the ground in laughter, I had an epiphany: We all need a toddler dance party in our lives! Dance parties are a fairly new thing in our household and it took s ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Too Short
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In 2013, it was announced he will be collaborating with Lady Gaga on a song entitled "Jewels n' Drugs" for her upcoming album Artpop.
    More Details Hide Details Also featured on the song are T.I. and Twista. Too Short runs his own record label—Up All Nite Records. Artists on the label include The Pack, Dolla Will, Boo Ski, Li'l J & Boi Payton, FX. In addition to creating Up All Nite Records, Too Short has been a mentor at Youth UpRising, a group serving at-risk youths for several years. Too Short played the role of Lew-Loc in the film Menace II Society. Too Short has also worked in the adult film industry, with the 2003 film Get In Where You Fit In. Too Short was an interviewee in American Pimp. Too Short starred in and performed the music for America's Sexiest Girls 2003. Too Short has also appeared in an episode of The Game. Too Short made a cameo appearance in Jay-Z's video for the hit single Big Pimpin'. Too Short was in VH1's Rock Doc, "Planet Rock". Too Short made a cameo in the feature film Stop Pepper Palmer with Scott Schwartz. Too Short released two straight-to-DVD films as well, 2001's Too Short Uncensored, produced by Jarrod Donoman and Terrell Taylor, the DVD Live Nationwide, and 2003's Too Short Presents.Titty City again produced by Taylor & partner Co Garrett.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    On February 10, 2012, a video by Too Short was posted on XXLMag.com, a hip-hop website published by Dennis Page.
    More Details Hide Details In the video, Too Short gives "Fatherly Advice" to late middle-school and high-school boys. Specifically, he offers "a couple of tricks" for "when you start feeling a certain way about the girls." The video caused immediate outcry and was soon taken down by XXL, which issued an apology. Studio albums Collaboration albums
    In 2012 Too Short along with E-40 released two collaboration albums on the same day titled History: Mob Music and History: Function Music.
    More Details Hide Details Both charted in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Too Short has said the best verse he has ever recorded is a verse for a song on Dr. Dre's Detox called "Man's Best Friend (Pussy)".
  • 2011
    Age 44
    He also collaborated in Snoop Dogg's 2011 album, Doggumentary in the song "Take U Home" and on the 50 Cent song "First Date".
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz Dillinger, Lil Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, the rapper was featured on Wiz Khalifa's song "On My Level".
  • 2008
    Age 41
    On October 7, 2008 Too Short was honored by VH1 at the fifth annual "Hip-Hop Honors" along with Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's Get Off the Stage, have not been as successful.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    For his next album, 2006's Blow the Whistle, Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland.
    More Details Hide Details This saw somewhat of a resurgence for Too Short as it peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, much better than each of his previous three releases.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    In 2004, his earlier 1990 single "The Ghetto" appeared on popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos.
    More Details Hide Details Given that this was an incredibly popular game at the time, the featuring was acclaimed as a success for Too $hort, both in publicity and in the fame generated by the song.
  • 1999
    Age 32
    With the 1999 release of Can't Stay Away, Too Short fully came out of retirement and released a number of new albums within the next few years, most of them taking on a crunk or Dirty South type sound, as he had become involved in the Southern rap scene. However, he didn't totally give up on his trademark funk grooves or sexually explicit style. New albums released 2000-2003 were You Nasty (2000), Chase the Cat (2001), What's My Favorite Word? (2002), and Married to the Game (2003).
    More Details Hide Details These albums all charted fairly well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard 200, but they didn't do quite as well as Too Short's earlier 1990s releases as none of them reached the top 10.
    He also appeared on TWDY's hit single "Player's Holiday" from their 1999 debut album Derty Werk as well as the Priority Records compilation Nuthin but a Gangsta Party.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 27
    Too Short relocated to Atlanta in 1994, but he did not begin working with a more diverse variety of Southern artists until 2000, when he collaborated with Lil Jon.
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  • 1989
    Age 22
    With his 1989 release, Life Is Too Short, he began using replayed established funk riffs (rather than samples) with his beats.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent work was primarily collaborative, including work with Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, and Pimp C. One of his notable collaborations during this period was on the track "The World Is Filled " on the classic Notorious B.I.G. album Life After Death; he comes in on the third verse after Diddy and Biggie. Being featured on the album introduced him to a wider audience as well, due to his typical style contrasting greatly with the Mafioso theme of the album.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    In 1985, Too Short and Freddie B. formed the label Dangerous Music to regionally distribute his music and with others formed rap group The Dangerous Crew.
    More Details Hide Details Dangerous Music became Short Records, and then Up All Nite Records.
    In the mid 1980s, Shaw produced custom songs (called "special requests") for people with his high school friend, Freddy B. In 1985, Too Short had his first release, Don't Stop Rappin' which, along with the following three releases, featured raw, simple drum beats from a LinnDrum drum machine.
    More Details Hide Details This was also one of the first hip hop records to use the word "bitch" - a word which became one of the rapper's trademarks and was the focus of subsequent raps such as Ain't nothing but a word to me. In the early 1990s his beats came from mostly a TR-808 and from mid-to-late 2000s, a TR-909 was used.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on April 28, 1966.
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