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Designing for a good cause…

Way back when -- and by that we mean in 2006 -- (RED) was founded as an effort to bring businesses and people together in the battle against AIDS. Since then, the organization has raised a ton of money and partnered with some pretty amazing brands -- Apple, Starbucks, Converse, and The Coca-Cola Company, just to name a few. Now, in a collaborative effort, Adobe and (RED), along with legendary artist Futura, have crowned the winner of the Student Design Competition aimed at creating the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES 2 album cover.
27-year-old Ramona Ring was chosen from over 400 submissions and recently appeared alongside Futura at an Apple Soho store event, where they discussed their creative process for the eventual design that will grace the cover. The album will be released prior to the December 1st date of World AIDS Day, so keep an eye out as Futura and Ramona Ring utilize Adobe Creative Cloud tools to design the 2013 Dance (RED), Save Lives album artwork. Every time an album is purchased, a portion of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS.
Learn more about the movement HERE.
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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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