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Today is...

National Day of Silence! 

News of the Day:

+ Get ready to live your '90s throwback fantasy, all thanks to Steve Madden. Remember the Slinky, those stretchy black flatform slides everyone just had to have? Well, they’re back, and more glorious than ever. Snag your pair now at SteveMadden.com.

+ Another day, another Kardashian making headlines. This time, it's regarding religious appropriation. Yesterday, Kim Kardashian West tweeted out some of her new KIMOJI items, including an $18 candle that features her own face in lieu of La Virgen's (Mary, the mother of Jesus), a sacred symbol in Mexican Catholicism. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how the Twitter universe handles this one. 

+ FORM Arcosanti and WeTransfer just partnered to release a free compilation album to get us hyped for their upcoming festival, which takes place in Arcosanti, Arizona, May 12 to 14. The 18-track playlist features most of FORM's performing artists and will include tracks from Father John Misty, Noname, Kelela, How to Dress Well, Weyes Blood, Shamir, and more. The album can be downloaded at FORM’s WeTransfer Plus page here.

+ Beginning today, some lucky people will be able to immerse themselves in the animated world of Gorillaz. In collaboration with Sonos, the band is creating three Spirit Houses in celebration of their new album, Humanz. These spaces will use music, art, and digital projections to create a unique experience for fans in New York City, Berlin, and Amsterdam. 

+ Every time we open Facebook it says, "What's on your mind?" Well, pretty soon, we may not even have to tell it. At the annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, Facebook announced that they are working on technology that would allow users to control computers directly with their brains. Freaky, right? The goal of this super-advanced technology would be to get our eyes off of our screens once in a while. 

Deal of the Day:

Calling all New York-based beauty lovers: Shen Beauty will be hosting an Earth Day event this weekend, so get ready to shop and simultaneously help save the planet. Bring in an old cosmetic jar to recycle and receive 10 percent off your purchase that day. In addition to that, select items will be 30 percent off. On Sunday, they'll be offering mini-manicures at the shop from one 1pm to 5pm. You can book an appointment through their website

Advice of the Day:

"Follow your instincts and do not let other people's opinion of you become your opinion of yourself." —Sarah Jessica Parker 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

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