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FLOTUS finally responds to those begging her to run for POTUS

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National Fast Food Day! Go get yourself a burger.

News of the Day:

+ In the days following the election of Donald Trump, people have been calling on Michelle Obama, one of the best First Ladies this country has seen, to run in 2020. After a zealous fan yelled out, “Run for president,” during a speech addressing Veterans’ homelessness yesterday, FLOTUS responded amusingly, “You be quiet back there,” with a finger wag to match. It’s not a yes, but it’s not exactly a no, either… Luckily, there is ample time for her to change her mind.

+ As the presence of hate on the internet seems to grow day by day, various social media networks have been searching for new tactics to drown the negativity out. Taking a cue from Instagram, Twitter has released various features to combat harassment and provide support for targeted accounts in the form of an expanded mute button. Now, Twitter allows users to not only mute specific accounts, but also “keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations you don’t want to see notifications about.” Just in the nick of time.

+ All has been quiet on the A Wrinkle In Time production front since filming began two weeks ago. But Storm Reid, Deric McCabe, Rowan Blanchard, and director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to announce the film’s release date in the best way possible: an on-set #MannequinChallenge. Swapping out Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles for some classic Disney orchestrations, the entire cast and crew stood frozen for two full minutes to announce the film will be out on April 6, 2018. With all the effort they put in, don’t forget to mark that date down on your calendars.

+ It’s felt like a lonely and quiet month with the absence of Joanne the Scammer’s boisterous antics consuming social media timelines. Perhaps having sensed our longing for her, Ms. Prada is teaming up with Super Deluxe to release “Get Out Of My Caucasian House” doormats. And if you aren’t sold just yet, 50 percent of proceeds will go to the ACLU. A win-win for all. 

+ In honor of her upcoming album, Nelly Furtado has released her first single, titled “Pipe Dreams,” about the false hopes of dreams when entrapped in a personal fantasy. Stream the track hereThe Ride is out on March 3.

Deal of the Day:

In collaboration with L.A.-based brand Solé Bicycles, Wildfox has created “A Wild Ride,” a limited-edition collection of beautiful bicycles with custom petal and intricate leather detailing. Upgrade your ride on Wildfox’s website and at retail sites.

Advice of the Day:

"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society." - Angela Davis

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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.