Seth Meyers Grilled Kellyanne Conway Last Night And It Was Heroic


“That’s a pivot right there, Kellyanne”

If there was every any doubt that Seth Meyers has become one of the most potent critics in the Trump era, then check out his dizzying and triumphant interview from last night with the Trump Whisperer herself, Kellyanne Conway. Meyers, who has found his voice as the host of Late Night by frequently mocking the president-elect, has always tempered his Trump-bashing with an air of seriousness and genuine concern. That tricky balance was on full display as he grilled Conway on the upcoming administration's many absurdities and hypocrisies, while still managing a respectful and, at times, funny demeanor. He has rarely been this locked in.

Meyers opened the interview by congratulating Conway on being the first woman to ever successfully run a presidential campaign and, then, in a reference to the #NotMyPresident hashtag, assuring Conway that he does see Donald Trump as his soon-to-be president. “He’s my president so much it’s keeping me up at night,” he joked.

That’s when Meyers began the interview for real, asking Conway about the just-breaking news that a dossier had leaked to the press that Donald Trump was compromised by the Russian government, because of some incriminating information they had about him. When she insisted that Trump had not been briefed by intelligence on the report, Meyers contradicted her directly with the truth, reminding her that he, in fact, had.

“Nobody has sourced it. They’re all unnamed, unspoken sources in the story, and it says it was based on a Russian investigator, to begin with,” she insisted.

“I think it was based on an MI6 British investigator,” Meyers said, correctly.

The interview reached a high point when Meyers brought up Trump’s response to the Russian hacking. “But shouldn’t we care if the Russians tried to interfere?” Meyers asked. “Whether it informed the election or not. I sometimes fear that the president-elect has no curiosity as to the amount they tried.”

“That is completely false,” Conway said. “He has enormous curiosity. I’m there every day with him. He has a number of different meetings every day — briefings and otherwise. He was curious enough to figure out America. He knew America when many other Republicans did not.”

“That’s a pivot right there, Kellyanne,” Meyers said, to the delight of the audience. “And by the way, no one does it better,” he added.

In that moment, Meyers had done what so many reporters before him had failed to, which is directly call out Conway for her role in the Trump administration, which is to distort the truth with a steady drip of false promises and misinformation. Watch the entire exchange 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.