American Hurdler Kendra Harrison Just Broke A Major Record

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You go girl!

After the current record stood in place for 28 years, the world record for one of track and field’s most formidable events, the 100-meter hurdle, was smashed by 23-year-old American Kendra Harrison.

On Friday, the runner finished the hurdle course at the Diamond Meet in London at just 12.20 seconds, beating the record of 12.21 seconds, set by Bulgarian runner Yordanka Donkova in 1988. Harrison’s achievement is truly a staggering victory—but unfortunately, she won't take her incredible ability to the Olympics this year. After finishing sixth in Olympic trials, she did not make the hyper-competitive U.S. track team, which only accepts the top three competitors (even though she finished this race a full quarter-second ahead of three women who will compete in Rio).

When Harrison first finished the race on Friday, she didn’t realize that she had broken a world record—as Deadspin noted, a clock error made her time appear to be 0.3 seconds slower than it actually was. Once it was all sorted out, her reaction was priceless.

"After not making the Olympic team I wanted to come out here and show what I could have done," she told BBC Sport after the race. "I came out here with a lot of vengeance. I knew I had it in me. I've still got a lot left in me—I'm definitely going to try and drop that time this season."

Olympics or not, Harrison has proved herself to be a world-class athlete and an inspiration for many. With a world record under her belt, she’s surely headed towards even more success.

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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.