Chocolate Is Going Extinct So Eat All Of It Right Now

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We just can’t win, can we?

Despite the fact that our president doesn't believe in climate change, and actually thinks that global warming means every day will be warm from here on out, it is a real phenomenon and actually means that erratic and drastic weather changes will result in glaciers melting, habitats deteriorating, species dying out, and now, possibly, no more chocolate. According to Business Insider, chocolate could go extinct in 40 years. Can't we have anything good?

Because cacao plants are limited to “a narrow strip of rainforested land roughly 20 degrees north and south of the equator, where temperature, rain, and humidity all stay relatively constant throughout the year," Business Insider reported, they are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. And, in 2010, Scientific American also predicted that fungal diseases could kill cacao trees.

In an effort to save the world's most precious resource, Mars, the company behind Snickers, M&M's, etc., is working with scientists at UC Berkeley to create disease-resistant cacao plants that will be able to grow at various elevations. And they're using the gene-editing technology CRISPR in order to do so. 

While the geneticist who invented CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, acknowledged some risk inherent to the technology, which could potentially eradicate human diseases, she said it could have a big impact on the food we eat. "Personally, I’d love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer,” she said. 

So, what's a little gene splicing if it means saving all of the chocolate on the face of the earth? Do what you gotta do, scientists. We need this. 

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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.