Jaden Smith Shares New, Rock-Heavy Track ‘Watch Me’ and Roc Nation Collab

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Watch him. A month after dusting off the all-white Batman suit he usually reserves for casual events like prom or Kim and Kanye’s wedding for his “Batman” music video, Jaden Smith is back at it again with a new single called “Watch Me.” With a guitar-heavy production reminiscent of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” the new track has a chanting hook and a sound fit for arena shows, which he might be headed toward.

To say that the gender-defying young rapper, artist, and water bottle entrepreneur is having a big moment lately is an understatement. Besides the two new singles for his upcoming Syre album, Smith has also been busy teasing the debut of a K-POP single and establishing a partnership between Roc Nation and his art collective MSFTSrep, the art collective he runs with his sister Willow.

As part of the new deal, the Smith siblings and their friend Harry Hudson (currently the only three artists in the collective) will produce music under the Roc Nation name. The news is surprising given that the collective has been intentionally vague since its inception in 2013.

In typical Jaden Smith fashion, the website describes the group as “a creative work force dedicated to supporting and waking up the population of planet earth, through attaining knowledge and personal growth. But even that puts it into a box. Anything that could be put into words puts it in a box, because MSFTSrep is more of an expression rather than an explanation.”

Why Isn’t This Muslim Teen’s Murder Being Investigated as a Hate Crime?

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Early Sunday morning, tragedy struck the Muslim community in Sterling, Virginia. It was around 3:30AM, according to Buzzfeed, that two men emerged from a car wielding baseball bats and targeted a 17-year-old Muslim girl named Nabra Hassanen and her two friends as they walked back to an all-night prayer session at the Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center. The three friends fled the scene but lost Nabra when they reunited.
Nearly twelve hours later, police found Nabra’s body beaten to death and floating in a pond and a discarded baseball bat nearby. Within hours, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres was arrested and charged him with murder in connection to the case. He had been eating at the same McDonalds restaurant the friends were at as they ate breakfast before beginning their fast at sunrise for Ramadan.


As Yufra Abdelmuid, a family friend of Nabra’s, explained of the events, “He was at the McDonald’s eating at the same time and he followed them in his car. He threw a beer bottle at them and they started running to the Bowl America parking lot nearby and he got out of his car with a bat and hit [Nabra] over the head.”
The girls had all been wearing traditional Muslim clothing called abayas that night and “definitely stood out,” Abdelmuid added. Yet, despite these details about the case, the Fairfax Police Department made a statement today announcing that the case was not being investigated as a hate crime.


What happened to Nabra is a tragedy that comes at a time of increased violence towards the Muslim community. Last month, a man murdered two people in Portland, OR, who jumped to a Muslim woman’s defense on a bus when he began shouting Islamophobic slurs at her.
Under a presidency that has tried and failed to ban Muslims from entering the country, hate crimes have skyrocketed and, last year, they jumped twenty percent. In the three-month span between Election Day and February 9th, 2017, Think Progress recorded 261 hate crimes—with 11.8% of those targeting Muslims. From January 1 to March 31, The Council on American-Islamic Relations received 1,597 reports of potential bias against Muslims.
Details are still emerging in Nabra’s case but The ADAMS Center has released a statement decrying the murder and Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring responded with a tweet stating, “The unspeakable murder in Sterling feels like an assault on our entire community. Love and respect must overcome hate.”

You can donate to Nabra’s funeral fund here.

iLoveMakonnen Just Dropped A New EP: Fun Summer Vol. 1

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ILoveMakonnen just dropped a surprise 7-track EP called Fun Summer Vol. 1, so you don’t have to only listen to “Sign Of The Times” on repeat anymore.

Fun Summer Vol. 1 was announced over Instagram with the caption “New Vibes” – and it appears he’s really taking that concept to heart, since he deleted all of his previous posts and has his bio set as “NEW Makonnen.”

New Vibes Link in bio. Leave comment of which songs is favs.

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Makonnen also asked listeners to name their fave new song of the set in the comments, and upon scouring the reactions it seems “Dark Blue” and “Kiss For Me” are the early frontrunners for new summer jams, both songs about young love and parties.

Take a listen to the entire Fun Summer Vol. 1 below:


Makonnen most recently released last year’s Drink More Water 6:

He also did a duet in 2016 with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig:

Julia Roberts Is Taking Over TV With Two HBO Projects

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We may still be pulling ourselves together after HBO’s Big Little Lies miniseries wrecked our hearts and taught us how to love rich white California moms in a way we didn’t know was possible, but hope is on the horizon. Julia Roberts—the Oscar-winning actress and 90s rom-com queen of our hearts—is in talks to star in Homecoming, an HBO adaptation of the hit podcast series that wasn’t about about an elusive home workout guru.

In its original form, Homecoming was a political thriller told through a collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions and overheard conversations and centered on a caseworker at a secret government facility, her supervisor, and a soldier trying to adjust to life off the battlefield. While the original series featured the vocal talents of Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross, the new TV adaptation has yet to name the cast members who’ll undoubtedly create our next obsession but it’s in good hands. The new series is being written by the original podcast writers and will feature the magic of Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

Alongside this high-profile project, Roberts is also set to make her starring role in another HBO show called Today Will Be Different. The limited series is based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel and follows a single day in the life of Eleanor Flood as she tries valiantly to be her best self and get her life together while navigating modern life. Between Today Will Be Different and Homecoming, HBO is proving that the only thing better than one Julia Roberts show is two.

Harry Styles Stops Concert to Give Heartfelt Speech About Manchester Attack

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Performing in Mexico last night, Harry Styles stopped his show to address a crowd of adoring fans with a somber tone.

“I wanted to celebrate with you. But tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.”

Styles explained that the first show he had ever attended had been at the arena where 22 have lost their lives due to a terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

“We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world,” Harry went on, “and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico, we will be back with a full show, but tonight, if it’s OK with you, we’re going to play a small acoustic set. I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”

Styles shared this Tweet after the incident in Manchester:

Take a look at the speech below:

Ariana Grande has officially suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour through at least June 5, Her management said in a statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.”

Robyn Debuts New Track on Last Night’s ‘Girls’

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Last night’s episode of “Girls” delivered us more than reactions to Hannah’s pregnancy and clips from Adam and Jessa’s god-awful movie: we also got to hear the dulcet and much-needed tones of a new Robyn song. “Honey” (the song’s title, according to Shazam) plays as the episode, titled “Full Disclosure,” comes to an end, and has already been ripped from HBO Go and posted to SoundCloud, with minimal dialogue from the episode still present.

“Honey” marks the first new piece of Robyn music since last year’s RMX/RBN, a remix album reworking some of the artist’s biggest hits. Here’s to praying the single is part of a larger new record!

The Swedish songstress had teased that something fun might be coming on last night’s “Girls” in a Facebook post and corresponding fun little photo shoot:

Luka Sabbat and Noah Dillon Present Their Provocative Photo Collab, ‘Hot Mess’

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After posing for what must have been the thousandth photo in twenty minutes, Luka Sabbat looked restless. You could feel his frantic energy filling the lobby of Milk Studios Sunday afternoon, as he moved between a clothing rack, video installation, and navigating endless handshakes. He was presenting his first exhibition, Hot Mess, a collaborative effort with photographer Noah Dillon more than two years in the making. After years on the fashion scene, the 19 year-old model, influencer, and certified cool teen presented his first non-fashion related project—a series of photos documenting youth in LA, New York, Paris, and, somewhat randomly, Durango, Colorado.

Durango is Dillon’s hometown, where he lived up until 2015, when Sabbat discovered his work through Twitter. A couple of direct messages later and Dillon was on a flight to Los Angeles, where the two connected and began what eventually became Hot Mess. The series of photos, shot by Dillon and styled by Luka, explore aspects of global youth, using models so obscure that the duo professed they can no longer find them on social media.

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Alongside the photos were a number of poems by writer Curtis Eggleston, a childhood friend of Dillon’s. While studying in Sao Paulo, Dillon sent Eggleston the completed photos, and Eggleston crafted poems in response. The final product depicts the millennial generation honestly and brutally—girls with acid green hair in woozy states of bliss, blurry shots of “Jesus Saves” neon signs, and endless cigarettes.  Apart from the photos, all for sale, was a small clothing rack. The “merch,” as Sabbat reffered to it, included patched denim and tees emblazoned with “HOT MESS,” as well as some Vetements-esque sweats that were for sale “by appointment only.”

Sabbat and Dillon said they hoped to transition Hot Mess into a creative agency similar to DONDA, Kanye West’s creative imprint. If the exuberant crowd was any indication, they have a fair chance.

Diesel’s SS17 Campaign: ‘Make Love Not Walls’

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Diesel’s powerful spring ’17 campaign sends a much-needed message of hope, unity and acceptance amidst Trump’s deeply divisive administration. The clip and accompanying imagery, directed by iconic photographer David LaChapelle, features a gay wedding, diverse cameos and, naturally, a rainbow-colored tank.

Notably starring in Diesel’s latest is transgender model Laith Ashley, who appeared on Whoopi Goldberg’s reality show Strut, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3 alumnus Raja and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, among others.

“At Diesel, we have a strong position against hate and more than ever we want the world to know that,” said Nicola Formichetti, Diesel’s creative director. “Love and togetherness is crucial in creating a society we all want to live in, and the future we all deserve.”

Check out the full campaign, below.

#MakeLoveNotWalls #Diesel #SS17

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We’re with cupid. #MakeLoveNotWalls #Diesel #SS17

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It’s the season of love. See it. Celebrate it. Spread it. #MakeLoveNotWalls #SS17 #Diesel

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5 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

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2016 was rough, and 2017 is already seeming like a dark, daunting sequel. But there are several films coming out next year we’re excited about, not least of which are these five flicks we intend to see at their midnight premieres.

Snatched – May 12

What do you get when you combine comedy god Amy Schumer, legendary Goldie Hawn, and a South American island vacation gone horribly wrong? Snatched, which looks to be the raunchy irreverent followup to Trainwreck. 

The Circle – April 28

Beauty and the Beast isn’t Emma Watson’s only big film hitting theaters in the New Year – she’ll also star in The Circle, a creepy tech thriller that’s assembled an impressive cast including Tom Hanks and John Boyega. It might be time to start putting tape over our laptop cameras after watching this trailer.

The Book of Love – January 13

Maisie Williams stars as a homeless child alongside Jason Sudeikis, a suburban architect trying to help her out. We’re excited by the casting, which also includes a long-absent Jessica Biel, although we’re still trying to come to terms with Williams’ accent for the role. Is it Southern? Still British? We need answers.

Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 15

This is perhaps the movie we’re most itching to see next year – no word yet on any additional title, although it’s rumored Tom Hardy will join the cast as a Stormtrooper. And we know Carrie Fisher had already wrapped filming for her role as General Leia Organa.

Murder on the Orient Express – November 22

Ok, wow. Daisy Ridley. Johnny Depp. Kenneth Branagh as the calculating Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie. We’ve just named the four people we’d like to be stranded on a desert island with, as well as the cast and minds behind next year’s film incarnation of one of our favorite murder mysteries of all time.