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No More Politics for Kanye

His "eyes are now wide open" and he's staying out of politics…at least until his next tweet.

Kanye West has decided it's time to hang up his "Make America Great Again" cap.

He has declared he's "distancing" himself from (most) things politics and getting back to being creative. Trump must be miffed since mid-terms are right around the corner.

Taking to Twitter (where else?), West went on a bit of a tirade as he came to the conclusion that he has "been used to spread messages" he doesn't believe in. Used by whom? That's up for debate.

But what about West's ideas about changing up the constitution by "abolishing the 13th amendment? He came back to claim he meant to suggest amending it, but perhaps West's confusion and lack of political perspective are the reasons he decided politics are not his strong suit.

Naturally, Trump thought he hit the jackpot when he found a staunch supporter in West. Standing up for the president's platform, laughing and lunching in the White House, and orating in the Oval Office was just what Trump needed from a guy as popular as West. In Trump's (and West's) world, any publicity is considered a plus, so the Trump-West bromance was a match made in 'how-did-we-get-here?' heaven.

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Now that West has stirred up social media with his promise/threat to cease chiming in on politics, what happens to his role in the Blexit movement? The clothing he created for the campaign is already out there, but we probably won't be seeing it on runways next Fashion Week. He tweeted:

So, West has seen the light. "West for President" won't be in the cards but maybe a new album will come out of this. He thanked his loved ones for supporting him and gave a shoutout to those who serve and protect the U.S.A. But does he still support Trump? For West's sake, he'd better stay on the tweeter-in-chief's good side, otherwise we know a public put-down will be posted at 2 AM.

Good luck Kanye. Politics isn't for everyone.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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Sinead O'Connor Converts to Islam

She now goes by the name "Shuhada' Davitt"

Well-known for hits like "Nothing Compares 2 U" as well as public displays of criticism against the Catholic Church, Irish singer Sinead O' Connor, 51, is always one to make her voice heard.

This time, it's her announcement that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada' Davitt.


Along with her announcement, Twitter followers can see a new profile photo – the Nike logo with a message: "Wear a hijab just do it." And People notes, "Additionally, her Twitter bio now reads in all caps, "Please be aware that if you post racist or anti muslim rhetoric on this page you will be blocked."

According to CNN, "Last year, O'Connor changed her name to Magda Davitt, a name she took to be 'free of parental curses.'" Since her conversion to Islam, she has changed her first name again to Shuhada', which means "martyrs" in Arabic.

Davitt is documenting her journey on social media, recently posting her rendition of the Azan – the Islamic call to prayer and worship. She has stated that she's joyful, and yesterday tweeted, "Thank you so much to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah (the Muslim community) today on this page. You can't begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me."


Since her announcement, Davitt has received both criticism and support for her decision to convert to Islam. It was only a few years ago that the singer was struggling with mental health issues. As per USA Today, "In November 2015, she made a suicide threat on Facebook over child-custody issues. The following May, she went missing for a day before turning up in a Chicago suburb. In 2017, she sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil on his daytime talk show, where she revealed that her emotional troubles had been triggered by the hormonal effects of a radical hysterectomy."

Follow Davitt's journey on Twitter as she continues to update her feed and post photos. Just don't expect to see her in her very first hijab.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.



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Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj

Minaj's "Sorry" is a "Baby Can I Hold You" rip-off

Move over Cardi B, Nicki Minaj found another celeb to mess with.

While Minaj's catchy tune "Sorry" wasn't included on Queen, the tune was recorded and played on Hot 97 and Charlamagne Tha God's The Breakfast Club, and Tracy Chapman is not happy.

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So, what's the big deal? Turns out, Minaj uses the vocal melody and half the lyrics of Chapman's 1988 single, "Baby Can I Hold You" in"Sorry." All would be fine if Minaj had the singer's clearance to license the song, but Chapman just wasn't into it. TMZ reports, "Chapman says in June 2018, Minaj and her reps made multiple requests to license 'Baby Can I Hold You' and all requests were rejected."

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Now, Chapman is suing Minaj for copyright infringement since the song was recorded and made public, even though it wasn't included on Minaj's album. As per TMZ, "Tracy is suing for an order prohibiting Nicki and her team from releasing the song again. She also wants damages in the form of loot."

Additionally, it's very clear that Minaj was aware that she was using much of "Baby Can I Hold You" without Chapman's blessing. According to The Muse, "(Minaj) admitted herself that the singer-songwriter denied (her) requests for the sample in a since-deleted tweet." TMZ notes, "The day the track ("Sorry") was played, Nicki tweeted, 'Sis said no,' which, according to the lawsuit, refers to Chapman's denial to her request to use 'Baby Can I Hold You.'"

How much "loot" Chapman is suing for has not been released, but with the money Minaj makes, the payout, if Chapman wins her case, could be significant. In case you missed Hot 97 or The Breakfast Club playing"Sorry," you can listen to the controversial song below!

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Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.



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From extreme diets of oat milk and narcissism, to untenable workout routines made up entirely of instagrammable glute exercises, the rich and famous are always preaching new weight loss strategies.

The latest trend in reducing your physical form until you're only sentient butt cheeks, is simple: sweat. We know what you're thinking, you too can sweat — and for free — simply by coming home to your fifth-floor walk up with groceries or by accidentally liking your ex's Instagram from 58 weeks ago, but that's poor people sweat and it's disgusting so keep it to yourself, you toad.

What we are referring to is expensive sweat, celebrity sweat. At Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, you can pay $40 a session to sweat out your ugly! All kinds of stars — Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Lea Michele, Mandy Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Ashley Graham and more — have come to the New York and Los Angeles locations of Shape House to burn calories, improve their skin, sleep, and mood, and boost their energy levels.

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Miss Chiche told ET that clients come in for lots of different reasons, saying, "When Abel [Tesfaye] comes, which is The Weeknd, he likes the way he feels, that he can go on tour and have all this energy and feel like he doesn't need to do as much to relax after a concert.

In addition to Abel, Selena Gomez is also a frequent customer at Shape House, and told Elle that, "It's changed my skin, it's kind of changed my body as well, so it feels really good." That that sentence is entirely devoid of meaning is irrelevant, stop thinking about it, you don't deserve to think about Selena Gomez.

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Shape House describes their mission as follows: "We believe that the more people sweat, the more people are at peace. The more people are at peace, the more the world is at peace. That is the moving force behind all that we do."

Obviously, the founders of Shape House have never tried to eat a scone in a winter coat on an 85-degree L train with seven strangers in simultaneous physical contact with their body and an eczema flare up that could put the sahara to shame. That kind of sweat brings no peace, only shame.

If you're wondering who had the wildly disconnected understanding of everything from human biology to politics necessary to imply that the road to world peace is actually a river of sweat, the answer is, "entrepreneur, optimist, Harley rider, and sweat activist Sophie Chiche." That description made it increasingly clear that Sophie Chiche is either an evil genius capitalizing on rich people's desire to look like Bratz dolls, or a trust-fund-bred human Ugg boot who actually thinks she invented sweat.

Either way, it's hard not to kind of respect the absurdity of it all.


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Congrats Julia Louis-Dreyfus!

Actress awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

This past Sunday, the Kennedy Center for the performing arts in Washington D.C. was filled with celebrities, all there to show their support for actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

According to the Kennedy Center, "The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain."

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With eleven Emmys under her belt, Louis-Dreyfus is no stranger to award ceremonies, but this particular award stood out as a reminder that laughter is the best medicine. During her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus discussed her battle with breast cancer, "Last year, I was lucky enough to get an Emmy award for my performance on Veep, which was an incredible thrill – and it set some kind of a record for the most Emmys by somebody for doing something or other. Then about 12 hours later, I was diagnosed with cancer, another hilarious turn of events. I'm only half-kidding, of course. Cancer isn't at all funny, but a big part of dealing with it has been finding the funny moments," she shared with the guests.


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Best known for her roles on Seinfeld and Veep, Louis-Dreyfus is a small screen sensation, bringing her specific brand of humor to the characters she plays. Many of Louis-Dreyfus' peers praised her during the award ceremony, applauding her talent and sharing their personal and professional stories about the actress.

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Fellow Veep star Tony Hale said, "It's been a privilege getting to know her creative process — the way she works with writers, her commitment to finding the right joke. She consistently handles it with grace and integrity." Tina Fey remarked, "It's her ability to appear completely effortless and natural on the surface while being a stone cold machine of timing underneath it. Julia is a Terminator robot of comedy." "I couldn't get enough of her," former co-star Jerry Seinfeld said. He added, "I never said or did anything inappropriate. But that whole time — nine years — I was not acting. I couldn't." Some other famous faces in the crowd included Bryan Cranston, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Keegan-Michael Key, Ilana Glazer, Jack Johnson, Kumail Nanjiani, and Abbi Jacobson.

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"Everybody needs laughs. So, the fact that I have had the opportunity to make people laugh for a living is one of the many blessings that I have received in my life," Louis-Dreyfus told the crowd while holding back tears of joy and gratitude.

Louis-Dreyfus is the 21st person to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The event will be aired on November 19th on PBS.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.



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