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Rosa Parks Day!

News of the Day:

+ 'Tis the season for year-end mash-ups! This 118-song compilation by Andy Wu is one of the best we've heard in a while. Titled "Perfect Struggle," the mix features a ton of your favorite releases broken down into six categories―cultivate, struggle, heal, intensify, relive, and perfect. Give it a listen, below. 

+ Speaking of this year in music, Genius just unveiled a new merch line based on this year's best lyrics. The collection features lyrics from songs like "Slide," "HUMBLE.," and "Despacito" on a series of tees and hoodies. All items range from $30 to $60 and are available online at Genius.

+ Calling all Brooklynites! Lifestyle site Passerbuys just teamed up with Urban Outfitters to create an in-store market featuring gifts and items under $100. From December 2 to 3 at Williamsburg's Space Ninety 8, you'll be able to get a headstart on your Christmas shopping—all while supporting local vendors, such as Thinx and Society6, as well as the community health care organization Americares. Check out the full details here

+ Burger King just announced that it will be releasing an all-new Flaming Hot Mac n' Cheetos menu option, a spin-off of the original Creamy Mac n' Cheetos the fast food chain released last year. ICYMI, Mac n' Cheetos are basically mozzarella stick-like snacks filled with mac 'n' cheese and covered with Cheetos (or in this case Flamin' Hot Cheetos) dust. If you're curious as to how they might taste, you can get them for a limited time at your local Burger King for only $2.69. 

+ We were all happy to hear the news about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement this week, but no one seems to be more excited than Cardi B, who told Britain's Capital Xtra station that she would be willing to perform at the wedding for free. "Why would you charge them? I'll just do it, 'cause it's like, oh, snap. Have you performed for the future king?" the rapper says. She has a point here. Check out the clip, below.

Deal of the Day:

Our favorite direct-to-consumer brand Everlane has some exciting news! It's opening its first permanent store in New York City's Nolita neighborhood. With a focus on community—there is a lounge area up front where shoppers can hang out—and innovation—pick up the headphones stationed and hear factory facts about what goes into making, say, an Everlane t-shirt—the new Everlane store uses unique elements like wallet-less shopping and changing room buzzers (that alert you when a room opens up) to maximize the customer experience. Check out the all-new shop at 28 Prince Street starting today. 

Advice of the Day:

"You don't have to get really good at all this shit to have value. You have value because you are." —Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

GIF of the Day:

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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.