The White House Correspondents Are Rightly Being Called "Cowards"


They're not having a comedian host their dinner this year

For the first time in years, a comedian will not be hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Instead, historian and author Ron Chernow will speak at the April event.

It seems that 2018 host Michelle Wolf commenting on Sarah Huckabee Sanders' eyeshadow was just a step too far for the ultra-sensitive Trump administration. Earlier this year, when Wolf performed a really beautiful roast of Trump and his cronies, it sent many in both the administration and the media into a frenzy. While this year's dinner probably won't have the same hilarious outcome, Wolf's jokes remain (unfortunately) still relevant, and still funny enough to watch over again for a good laugh.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chernow was selected in order to, Chernow said, "make the case for the First Amendment." The historian, whose work includes biographies of Alexander Hamilton and Ulysses S. Grant, added, "My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as people, and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory." He also suggested he may try to keep things a little lighthearted, so as to not come across as a complete bummer as he breaks tradition, adding, "While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won't be dry."

In response to this selection, Wolf tweeted, "The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn't be prouder."

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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.