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Your February Horoscopes Are Here

Culture
Illustrated by Jihyang Lim

What the stars have in store for you this month

Move Over, Cupid!
Candy companies, jewelry storefronts, and Hallmark should all be sending out praises to the cosmos this February. Yes, it’s the month of roses, Valentines, and all things Cupid, but February is poised to be a hot one on the romance front, regardless of Saint Valentine’s Day’s yearly arrival.

Love, sex, and a luxurious-yet-assertive boost to many signs’ earnings can be expected as early as February 3, thanks to sensual Venus hooking up with her ancient celestial lover, Mars, in his home sign Aries. This Bonnie and Clyde-style planetary pairing will stay entwined in a passionate embrace all month, influencing nearly every other stellar aspect ahead. The scorching flames of passion from these two planets show no signs of being extinguished, despite a gradual slowdown at month’s end in preparation for Venus’ rare slumber when she travels retrograde in March. Hey, a girl’s gotta sleep sometime!

The headline news this month lies in two dynamic eclipses bookending the month and kicking off a pearl-strand of unusually gentle, favorable eclipses throughout 2017. The series begins with a fiery Lunar Eclipse in Leo the Lion on February 10, fanning the lusty flames of our deepest sense of emotional satisfaction, especially in connection with personal creativity, true love and romance, as well as children and parenthood. Our faith in ourselves and the transcendent power of love and creativity is only deepened as the month continues, culminating in a powerfully optimistic Solar Eclipse in imaginative Pisces on February 26. The last week of the month is ideally set up for initiating a new creative venture or committing to a project employing your most personal—even secret—artistic skills and talents, however that manifests in your life. Don’t waver in your sense of self-assuredness: Personal, private faith in your own power is the only weapon you need.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Some Like it Hot
February is on fire for you, Aries, so where January might’ve left you feeling flat—or just plain baffled—this month offers a do-over. Late last month, Mars, your ruling planet, made himself at home in your sign, and on February 3, Venus will shimmy over to your sign to meet her cosmic lover. This planetary power couple will be dancing cheek-to-cheek to their own sultry tune all month long—and you Rams will reap every last benefit.

Firstly, expect a much-needed (and well-deserved!) swell of self-confidence after the 3rd. Most deliciously, luxurious Venus will ensure you’re feeling more beautiful and desireable than you have in ages. Add assertive Mars’ influence, and you’ve got a powerful-yet-sophisticated surge of ambition and an uncanny ability to manifest anything quickly and easily. You’re incredibly persuasive throughout the month: Your cup runneth over with a self-starting, entrepreneurial spirit. Thinking of launching a new business, freelancing, or expanding existing self-employment? Tackle it in February.

Professional success and wild earning potential inspire new magnetism and act as aphrodisiacs, translating to wildly exciting developments in your love and sex lives. Thanks to Mars’ self-assured nature, you’ll have the courage to pounce, infusing your libido with a new boldness. A dazzling Lunar Eclipse in friendly fire sign Leo illuminates your true love sector while in a tender, loving angle to Jupiter in your 7th House of Commitment on February 10. Anticipate harmony between you and your sweetheart—the cosmic conditions are ideal for leveling up. Exclusivity, cohabitation, and even engagement are all in the stars mid-month. Already married? Baby could make three (or more!), so be vigilant with practicing safe sex through February if you’re not ready for that. It’s not just your potential that’s extra fertile this month!

 

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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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