Zolita does it all.
Best known for her music, she grew up in Southern California and attended film school at NYU. In fact, she says some of her songs start as video ideas. As writer, director, and producer, she has developed a distinct visual style filled with colorful sets and creative camera movement. You can see this in the recent trilogy of music videos that included “Somebody I F*cked Once,” “Single In September,” and “I F*cking Love You." Her latest, "Ruin My Life," is a mini movie complete with a Netflix-style plot description below the video. it continues the narrative of "20 Questions."
After spending time with her, it feels like Zolita would be just as comfortable running a production studio or fashion magazine. Her confidence as an artist comes partly from the six years she spent in New York. Not only did she shape her visual style, she also learned to embrace her identity as a queer woman.
As she preps the EP Falling Out / Falling In (and headlining tour!) slated for February 10, Zolita talks to Demi Ramos about the intersection of music and film, and moving from darker sounds to the upbeat pop she produces today. Watch the interview and the music video for "Ruin My Life" below.
Zolita | The Demi Ramos Show
Zolita - Ruin My Life (Official Music Video)
The Falling Out / Falling In Tour
February 18 – Songbyrd – Washington, D.C.
February 19 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
February 21 – Baby’s All Right – New York, NY
February 22 – Sonia – Boston, MA
February 28 – Voodoo Room – San Diego, CA
March 1 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
March 2 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
The Bitch Era means business
By: AWNewYork/Shutterstock; Emily Ratajkowski, NYT Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur, and Model
I once wrote about how the world was not yet ready for Revenge Emily Ratajkowski. But that was three months ago. And I – and Emily – have changed. I’m no longer fearful of a woman-scorned Emily Ratajkowski but of Bitch Era Ratajkowski.
During the three months since I initially jested that we should keep our eyes on Pete Davidson during Rata, post-divorce, it appears that no one kept their eyes on Davidson. His undefeated, unmatched, and frankly unbelievable streak of pulling continues even after he literally branded himself for Kim Kardashian. DeuxMoi has spoken, and Pete and Rata are together.
To which I say, of course. Have we forgotten her late-night appearance with Seth Meyers from over a year ago when she gushed about the Davidson effect? Where she defends him against Seth?!
“I think you’re being a little mean! He’s got the height. Obviously, women find him very attractive.” She then continues on to say that it’s only men who simply don’t understand ‘what that guy’s got’:
“He seems super charming. He’s vulnerable. He’s lovely. His fingernail polish is awesome. He looks good. He’s great.”
The devil’s in the details and these details have Davidson all over them.
But the Bitch Era is about far more than just men and ass-less chaps. It’s about the ability to do it all without giving a f*ck.
Ratajkowski graces the November ‘22 covers of both Elle UK Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar where she discusses everything from babies to politics to sexism and racism. These explosive pieces mark the end of Ratajkowski as a one-dimensional poster-girl plastered all over boys’ bedrooms. Here is a multi-faceted businesswoman and writer with something to say.
I hate to be that person that says I told you so, but I was right to be fearful of Revenge Rata – she just calls it her Bitch Era.
- Protest Leads to Arrest for Comedian Amy Schumer and Model/Actress Emily Ratajkowski ›
- Hell Just Got Hotter ›
Home of celebrities and neo-nazis, Twitter has it all. With nearly 400 million users globally — half of them active — the social networking and micro-blogging platform remains the central spot for 280-character musings.
Known for its fandoms, spam bots, garbage discourse, and the tantalizing opportunity to respond directly to even the most famous of people, it’s now going to be known for Elon Musk’s desecration of it.
The multi-billionaire — ex-husband of Grimes — and purchaser of the title of “founder of Tesla” boasts 100 million+ Twitter followers, 20k+ tweets, and the title of CEO as of 2022.
Despite the goal of redefining Twitter as an innovation of grand proportions and as a “free speech” haven, Musk’s tyrannical management style may cause the platform to grind to a screeching halt any moment. Instead of a slow sinking ship, Musk crashed into the iceberg and then set off rocket launchers at the escaping boats.
Here’s a timeline of Musk’s acquisition and subsequent murder of Twitter:
Most recent news at the top — scroll down and read up for a full chronological timeline (this will be updated frequently)
November 18, 2022: Twitter in trouble
Teams responsible for Twitter’s basic functioning have been laid off or fled for the hills. Critics posit that the site could cease to exist any day now.
Musk closes all office sites — even after stating that all employees were required to work in the office, or resign.
November 16, 2022: Go hardcore or leave
Musk issues an ultimatum for the remaining Twitter staff to be “hardcore” and “exceptional” employees or leave. Effectively creating a cult-like environment for employees willing to work with such a toxic boss, his ultimatum draws criticism.
November 11, 2022: Blue checkmarks for all!
Ignoring Twitter’s Trust & Safety team, Musk rolls out the purchase of the blue verification checkmark.
The checkmark, which is also used on Instagram and TikTok, was originally a verification system to distinguish legitimate account holders — such as celebrities, publications, and organizations — from posers or parodies. However, Musk’s latest policy changes make it a status symbol, and a free for all when it comes to posing as brands or established entities.
November 4, 2022: Musk lays off half the company
Employees are alerted by being locked out of their computers.
November 3, 2022: Musk has beef with renowned horror writer, Stephen King
Musk announces his plan to charge $20 for the blue checkmark of verification. King tells him he’ll leave the platform, and Musk backtracks to $8.
⭐️ October 27, 2022: Musk buys Twitter
Musk becomes CEO for $44 billion and announces himself “Chief Twit.” He takes the company private, so it’s no longer listed with the New York Stock Exchange.
Musk’s number one priority is to make Twitter a haven for “free speech.” This will not end well for him.
October 3, 2022: Musk agrees to buy Twitter
During the Twitter vs. Musk trial, he was unable to prove that Twitter mislead him by misrepresenting the platform.
September 13, 2022: Twitter shareholders vote in favor of the Musk acquisition
Musk privately offers to purchase Twitter at a reduced price of $31 billion, but they reject his lower offer.
July 12, 2022: Twitter formally launches a lawsuit against Musk
Twitter requests that the trial be moved from September 19 - September 22, right before the deal's "drop dead" date on October 24.
July 8, 2022: Musk threatens to terminate the contract
Citing that he’d been misled by Twitter's bot numbers and security features, Musk threatens to terminate the contract, ensuring legal action.
May 13, 2022: The Deal’s on hold
According to Musk, the deal’s put on hold due to the high amount (5%) of spambots on Twitter. This announcement causes Twitter’s stock to plunge by 10%.
April 25, 2022: Twitter accepts
Because Musk’s offer is much higher than what Twitter is deemed worth and he has the cash, Twitter accepts, with caveats. If Mr. Musk wants to back out or disparages the company while the deal is closing, there’s a $1 billion termination fee.
⭐️ April 13, 2022: Musk offers to buy Twitter
“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.
However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.
As a result, I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54% premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.
Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.”
It’s rumored that the “420” in $54.20 is a reference to the cannabis slang for smoking daily at 4:20pm.
April 11, 2022: Musk rejects his spot on the Board
Joining the Board would have meant protecting the interests of Twitter, and therefore not criticizing the brand. There also would be a cap on his shares.
April 5, 2022: Musk is asked to join the Twitter Board
Musk’s announcement causes a major spike in Twitter’s stock prices — and a dip in Tesla stock prices. But Twitter invites him to join the board, even amidst concerns. Musk accepts the invite and extends an invite to Jack Dorsey, who declines.
April 4, 2022: Musk becomes Twitter’s largest shareholder
By investing $2.64 billion into Twitter’s stock over the course of the last few months, Musk gains 9.2% of shares, making him the largest shareholder.
January - March 2022: Musk shares his Twitter grievances
Musk’s tweets gain attention for his multiple complaints about the social media platform’s bot problem as well as its crypto scammers. He also placed a poll for his followers on whether or not Twitter’s code should be open-source — meaning available for anyone to view and rework themselves.
December 21, 2017: Musk shares his love for Twitter
I love Twitter
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2017
Then-CEO Jack Dorsey replied, “Same.” A user suggested the multi-millionaire should buy Twitter and Musk replied, “How much is it?” So technically, this dumpster fire has been 5 years in the making.