Ellen Page Is The Queer Voice We Need In Her New Docu-Series ‘Gaycation’

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Of all the shows set to debut on Vice's upcoming stand-alone TV channel Viceland, none looks as promising as Gaycation, the docu-series following Ellen Page and her best friend Ian Daniel, as they visit LGBT communities and explore queer cultures around the world. Page as you'll recall, came out in 2014, and has since emerged as one of the most outspoken members in the gay community—a fact highlighted in the show's first trailer, in which Page confronts Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair. "Being gay is not a choice," she tells the Republican Senator and presidential hopeful. "The amount of people that struggle so much because of the shame they feel or the fear of being oppressed or hurt or killed. Why would someone make that choice?"

The trailer also gives us glimpses of the pair's upcoming travels to Brazil, Jamaica, and Tokyo, a city whose gay district the actress admits she was once "too closeted" to ever visit. But this is a different Ellen Page, one who has come to terms with her own identity, after struggling in an industry that often oppresses people in the LGBT community. That's what makes her the perfect person to shine a light on other people's stories of courage in the face of oppression. 

"At the end of the day, we hope to expand people’s minds and their hearts," the duo told BuzzFeed. "I don’t know if that sounds cheesy but it’s just that simple."

Gaycation premieres Wednesday, March 2, at 10pm. Watch the trailer above.

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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.