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This Documentary Will Expose The Harmful Side Of Online Dating

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‘Swiped: Hooking Up In The Digital Age’ comes out on September 10

HBO’s newest documentary will take a deep dive into the ways that dating apps have transformed the way that people navigate sex and relationships. Swiped: Hooking Up In The Digital Age will talk to 20-somethings, as well as experts in the field, to discuss the potential consequences of dating in the digital age.

Currently, the online dating industry is valued at $2.5 billion and, according to the film, users between the ages of 18 and 30 spend about 10 hours per week swiping. Judging by the clip, Swiped will unpack some of the problems dating apps have. For one, the value of appearance over all else. "I'm so caught up in how I look, and then I'm also caught up in how they look,” admits a female user in the clip. The doc also brings up the focus on "that-night hookups" and the "requirements" users have, satirized in the clip by a male user as, “No fat women, no black, only 18 to 25...”

Swiped: Hooking Up In The Digital Age comes to HBO on September 10. Watch the trailer, below.


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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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