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Bill Maher Blames Trump's Election On Stan Lee

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Today in opinions no one asked for, Bill Maher is blaming the work of the late Stan Lee, who died last Monday, for the election of Donald Trump. Basically, his argument is that comic books have rotted adult brains, and since Lee's Marvel Comics universe is so popular, Lee is responsible for... making people vote for Trump.

In an opinion article titled "Adulting" published on his TV show's blog, Maher mocked the fact that America mourned for Lee: "Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie, I guess." Maher claims that comics were for children when he was growing up and that once you reached a certain age, you were expected to "[move] on to big-boy books without the pictures."

He then says that, due to Lee's Marvel, "adults decided they didn't have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature." He continues to say that finding worth in comics led to degradation in the academic world: "And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer."

In the last sentence of his article, Maher also suggests that the work of Lee may have directly impacted the Trump election because he thinks that the rise of comic books was a step backward for intellectuals. "I don't think it's a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important."

Actually, maybe Trump could only get elected in a country that allows a privileged white man who said the N-word on his show to keep working. Thanks, Bill, but you can keep your dumb opinion.

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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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