Avril Lavigne And Nicki Minaj Just Made A New Feminist Pep Rally Anthem

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And possibly trolled fans who think Lavigne is dead

Avril Lavigne is back with "Dumb Blonde," a pop bop sure to set the soundtrack for an all-girls viewing of the next female-led comedy. She's dragged Nicki Minaj (back) across the genre line as a collaborator on the track that insists that, just because she's cute and sweet, doesn't mean she incompetent.

It's an upbeat record vocally reminiscent of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" with layered vocals on the hook that sound like a pep rally chant. But Lavigne has not turned her back on rock as heavy guitar riffs set "Dumb Blonde" apart. With feminist lyrics like, "I'm a babe, I'm a boss and I'm makin' this money/ I can flip like a switch and I cut like a blade/ I can sting like a bee, but I'm sweeter than honey/ And I'm quick as a whip so get outta my way," it's the exact kind of song I expect to hear on an episode of The Bold Type, a Rebel Wilson movie, or even at the next Women's March.

There's another line on the track that really stands out. It comes from Nicki when she says, "I am the prototype, the Pinkprint/ And no, I don't want no frauds, wink, wink." Obviously, this is a reference to Minaj's 2017 single "No Frauds" with Drake and Lil Wayne. But could it also be a playful *wink wink* at the rumor Lavigne died at some point and was replaced with a doppelganger?

Listen to "Dumb Blonde" and decide for yourself, below.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.