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That Time Drake Was in 'Harry Potter'

By Anne Cohen

When I was in 5th grade, I had a deep dark secret. Upon turning 11, I fully expected to receive a letter by owl post, summoning me to join my class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Judging by the picture Drake posted to Instagram this weekend, it seems I wasn’t the only one.

The Jewish Canadian rapper captioned this little gem: “Me at Hogwarts scheming on Hermoine #DrakeOMalfoy #CantStandMuggles”

But Drake — come on: It’s HerMIOne, not HerMOIne.

Swish and flick on out of here.

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Why Drake Isn't Having Sex

By Anne Cohen

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Poor Drake. Apparently, the Canadian rapper is so wrapped up in his creative process that he doesn’t have time for sex.

Or at least that’s what he recently told GQ in their July 2013 issue.

“You know the way fighters don’t f–k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities,” the 26-year-old explained.

But have no fear ladies: if you win his heart, he’s up for the ride. “If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party,” he added.

It may be worth it. From what we can tell, he throws a great fiesta

For more fun Drake tidbits — including the dish on his feud with Chris Brown, and some kind advice from Will Smith — check out the July 2013 issue of GQ.

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Drake to Star in New 'Anchorman'

By Chavie Lieber

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Sleep with one eye open, Ron Burgundy—there’s competition on the set.

Jewish hiphop bombshell Drake is slated to star in the Anchorman sequel, alongside Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate.

Drizzy was spotted with the filming crew this past weekend in New York City, rocking the classic 1970’s look with an afro, classic sideburns, and leather-bomb jacket, according to the New York Daily News.

Other guest stars expected in “Anchorman: the Legend Continues,” out December 20, include Mr Kim Kardashian Kanye West, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Harrison Ford, and Jim Carrey.

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A Viral Video, Courtesy of Drake

By Anne Cohen

Ever wondered what Toronto at 5 a.m. looks like? The answer is: nothing. The bars are closed, doors are shut, and the city is pretty much deserted. But Drake, being Drake, decided to give you the grand tour anyway, in what he decided is a viral video.

No helicopter cat, eagle swiping a baby, or auto-tuned crime news spot for Drake. No, no. That’s classless. Viral means mood-lighting, empty streets and women playing slow-motion volleyball.

Ok, Drake. You’re cool, we get it.

Check out the video below:

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Jewish Rapper Drake Scoops Grammy

By JTA

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The Jewish Canadian singer Drake won a Grammy Award, his first, for Rap Album of the Year.

Also, the indie pop band fun. won Song of the Year with “We Are Young” and Best New Artist at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Its lead singer, Jack Antonoff, is Jewish, and he thanked all the band’s fans after fun. won in the latter category.

“We’ve been touring for 12 years and we haven’t made money for a very long time,” he told the crowd, extending a shout-out to girlfriend Lena Dunham.

For Drake, his album “Take Care” brought him the Grammy before the televised portion of the show began. He beat out Lupe Fiasco, Nas, The Roots and Rick Ross.

Drake had been nominated 10 times before breaking through this year. He also was nominated for Best Rap Performance for his song “HYFR” and Best Rap song for “The Motto.”

Fun. also performed at the Grammys, playing its hit “Carry On” during a staged indoor rainstorm at the Staples Center.

In his introduction of the group, actor Neil Patrick Harris said, “As legendary gangsta rap icon Katharine Hepburn once said, ‘If you obey all the rules, you don’t have any fun.’ “

Other notable Grammy winners were the English folk band Mumford & Sons, who won Album of the Year for “Babel”; Gotye, whose hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” won for Record of the Year; and Adele, who won her seventh Grammy for her live performance of “Set Fire to the Rain.”

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Rap Star Drake: I'm the Best Jew

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

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Hip-hop, rap and R&B star Drake is sure proud of his Jewish roots. And he’s a pretty good Jew too, at least according to him.

When a TMZ cameraman asked Drake “Who do you think’s a better Jew, you or [TMZ creator] Harvey Levin?,” the pop star responded, “I don’t know. I’m one of the best Jews to ever do it, ever.” Whatever that means.

Drake — nee Aubrey Drake Graham— was raised Jewish by his Canadian-Jewish mom, was Bar Mitzvahed and even went to Jewish Day School in Canada. Not your average rap star, huh?

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