Thanks To The Internet, D.W. Read Is Finally Getting The Spotlight She Deserves

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Arthur, who?

Throughout my journey to adulthood, I have always been on the hunt for a role model. I searched near and far for her, turning from the pages of the books I meticulously read to the channels on the television screen that I was glued to and the music from my growing CD collection. Little did I realize that the girl who best represented my values was right in front of me all along: Dora Winifred "D.W." Read.

Of all the characters in Marc Brown's Arthur series, I've always identified most with D.W. There was something about her cute bossiness that had resonated with me as an only child. I also loved that she had a signature pink dress, which is to this day my favorite color. Arthur wore glasses, but it was clearly all for show—D.W. was the real brains, in pre-school at that, in this aardvark family.

Now at the age of 23, I find myself relating to D.W. even more. You could even say that it has developed into a strong kinship. There is something about D.W. that I see in myself. She is assertive, but not bitchy. She wants to be in charge, but she's not a complete attention whore. She is a little superficial, but not overwhelmingly materialistic. She is also extremely unapologetic, but will admit when she has done something wrong. (Which is very rare, might I add.) Oh, and we are both more gullible than we would like to admit.

So when screenshots of D.W. began making rounds on Twitter and Tumblr, I was beside myself. It was absolutely thrilling to see her turn into a meme. In a way, it is like an untold version of D.W.'s so-called life, and I am so here for that. At long last, D.W. is center stage and getting the recognition she truly deserves.

Check out some of my favorite D.W. moments in the gallery, below.


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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.