Trump Admin Might Let The White House Council On Women And Girls Die A Quiet, Slow Death

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To the shock of no one

Just one day after Donald Trump attacked a female journalist on Twitter, calling her "crazy" and commenting on her plastic surgery, and two days after he sexually harassed a reporter in the Oval Office, Politico released a report that shows the Trump administration is debating whether or not to keep the White House Council on Women and Girls. The office was created under former President Barack Obama to focus on gender equality.

In other words: Things are not looking good for women in the U.S. right now. Established in 2009, the Council reviewed policy proposals in order to protect gender equality and met with women's groups and federal agencies in order to encourage gender equality concerning things like pay and healthcare. Former President Bill Clinton also had his own version of the group, the Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach, but George W. Bush later absorbed the group into a larger office.

At this point, it's unclear whether the Trump White House will keep the Council in some form or get rid of it completely. But if we had to guess, we'd go with the latter. “We want the input of the various agencies to understand the assets they have so that we make this office additive, not redundant,” White House spokesperson Hope Hicks told Politico. She said the administration is "evaluating the best positioning of this office going forward (and other legacy Obama offices).” 

Former director of Obama’s White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen explained that the office served as a sign to staff that they needed to consider equality gaps. “It shows the priority you place on the issues surrounding women and girls,” she said. “They have business councils, and other councils. That’s how you demonstrate to everyone in the agencies where their efforts should be focused.”

National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill, whose organization has partnerships with over 200 women’s groups, said she and others haven't had a point person in the White House. “I see no evidence, zero, that Donald Trump has anyone in his orbit to advocate for women and girls,” O’Neill told Politico. "We need a real office that would really advocate.”

Trump's administration was originally going to keep the Council and Kellyanne Conway was expected to oversee it. In April, Ivanka and aides launched an internal review of the office, saying that it would be completed in May. There's been no indication that the review is complete or if the White House has made a decision about the organization's fate. This could be due to the fact that Ivanka is now staying out of politics

This might be the administration hoping the White House Council on Women and Girls dies a slow and quiet death that no one notices, or maybe Trump will shock the world and strengthen and rebuild the council. But if you asked any of the 15 women he assaulted, I bet they'd say that's not very likely. 

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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.