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Is Drake bringing an OVO store to New York City?

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+ In a semi-cryptic tweet, Drake has hinted that an OVO flagship store will be coming to the Big Apple. Directed by Ben Solomon, the video shows some dreamy shots of various spots around New York, including the Bowery Houston Mural just around the corner from NYLON’s offices. All we currently have is the hashtag #NYWELCOMEOVO, but we’re sure that details will come rolling in. Till then, we’ll be trying to predict where OVO will set up shop, and just when we should start camping out front.

+ In a somewhat unprecedented move, casting director James Scully said what we’ve all been thinking: the fashion industry is racist AF. In a talk at an industry insider event for The Business Of Fashion, Scully discussed his history at Calvin Klein, where he was casting predominantly black women, not just for their race but because "you took from the most beautiful girls you could find.” He went on to state that the industry has been “hijacked” by casting directors, stylists, and photographers who seem to be doing the most to fight diversity, rather than welcoming it. In fact, he claims that casting directors are specifically instructed not to hire diverse models, including black and Asian women. While this announcement certainly isn’t ideal, it does give us hope that more people will continue to speak up. As more people highlight racism and exclusion, the fashion industry can change in a real way.

+ For all those moments when you need a good burger, but just don’t feel like typing it out, Google has launched a new feature on Twitter where users can tweet at the company with the emoji of what they want for a Google search to appear directly on the app. For example, if you were to tweet at Google with an emoji of a lipstick, Sephora would pop up. Two birds, one stone! 

+ In the aftermath of the devastating party warehouse fire in Oakland, California, which has so far seen 36 casualties, people around the country are banding together to offer support to survivors. To raise funds for victims, Brooklyn, New York-based venue SISTERS will be hosting a fundraiser tonight from 7pm to 2am “in honor of our devastated community and family in Oakland.” The event will be hosted by Maya Mones and Chromat, and feature sets from Venus X and LSDXOXO amongst many others. Suggested donations range from $5 to $50, and you can find out more info on the event or donate directly to the relief fund here.

+ The feminist entrepreneurs behind Conscious Period and Faircloth + Supply have teamed up to create a limited-edition This Is Not A Luxury Tee to raise awareness on the unfair tampon and feminine hygiene taxes in America. For every purchase, Conscious Period will also donate pads to homeless women across the U.S. Rock an important statement and help out those in need because, when it comes down to it, access to period products is a human right, not a luxury. 

Deal of the Day:

Just in time for the holiday season, our fave recycled fashion line Libertine has released their first ever handbag collection, and, with it, a leather patched-tote bag we didn't know we needed until now. It may be a little out of our personal price range, but the unique patchwork and fun embroideries and embellishments can definitely serve as some DIY inspo. 

Advice of the Day:

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." —Annie Leibovitz 

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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.