Amandla Sternberg Debuts A Short Film

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Watch the video that got her into NYU

Amandla Stenberg hasn't even gone to her freshman orientation at NYU yet, and she's already presenting the World Wide Web with her first film. Our favorite activist and actress posted an announcement on Instagram last night regarding the release of her debut short film, Blue Girls Burn Fast. "It's a short I wrote, directed, shot, and edited," Stenberg stated. "It was also my NYU application film. I made it with my best friends (@bailey_wait assisted directed, @novemberskyys was the boom operator) with a DSLR camera and lots of love. It's very personal to my heart. I hope you enjoy!"

Blue Girls Burn Fast is a beautifully shot cinematic short starring Leeza Lester, Julia Rocha, Kelley Smith-Wait, Duke Nicholson, and Kyleigh Booker. The video's description reads "Sometimes our emotions are our best friends." The film is also under 20 minutes, so you can watch it on your morning commute—there's honestly no better way to kick off your day. It gave us major Ghost World vibes.

For anyone who didn't want to give Stenberg credit for being accepted into NYU's prestigious film program for reasons beyond her clout in Hollywood, this video provides solid proof of her potential to accomplish big things in the future. (In case you forgot, she has a powerful mind and is one of the most woke teens on the planet.) See for yourself in the footage, below.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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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.