Sonequa Martin-Green Is Forging A New Path In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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The highly-anticipated show premieres Sunday

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Before you’re permitted to speak with Sonequa Martin-Green, CBS sends you a politely worded email informing you that they will all but repossess your reproductive organs if you so much as think about tweeting out any spoilers for her upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery. But she’s used to the whole hush-hush routine from her days on The Walking Dead, another creative property boasting a wide and intense fandom. The first thing she does after greeting you with a warm bear hug is joke about the nondisclosure agreement, and from there, she’s off. Her next stop: the final frontier. 

Under Lock And Key: “I came to Discovery from another show that was highly secretive, so I was used to that. But Star Trek is locked all the way down. I couldn’t confirm or deny any rumblings about what might happen on the show. I look forward to the point when everyone knows—it’s more fun to engage! But I’ve gotten good at talking around stuff in public situations, finding ways to fully answer questions without really saying anything. You just pick one single aspect to expound on while leaving out the rest of the question. I could probably do all right in politics.” 

A New Generation: “What makes Discovery distinct is how far we’re taking serialized storytelling. We’re building this show chapter by chapter as if it were a novel. Other iterations have had aspects of serialized storytelling, but we’re going all the way with it. Aside from that, the interpersonal dynamics that we’re tapping into set this apart. You can’t explore the outside world without exploring the interiors of these characters, and this show finds the connective tissue between those two parts.”

Forging Ahead: “The progress we’ve seen [in representation for women of color in the entertainment industry] is admirable, and we’ve got to at once celebrate that progress while continuing to press forward. A healthy discontent, I call it. Because you can’t tip too far either way. You can’t feel so pressed for change that you fail to recognize the change that’s already taken place, but you can’t get too complacent, either.” 

Zzz-List: “If sleeping was a hobby, that’d be [mine]. I like to play with different times, too. The ideal nap scenario is that you get a break midday for some reason, like your schedule suddenly opened up. When does that happen, right? You go home, it’s warm outside, there’s a bit of a cool breeze so you can open your window. But there’s no traffic outside, no cars making loud noises. Maybe just birds, and the faint sounds of children playing. Throw in a wind chime. And you just play some nature sounds, turn on your white noise machine, and you get 30 good minutes. Just long enough to reset, and then when you wake up, you have food somehow.”

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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.