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8@8: Your Morning Scoop

Jay Z is finally addressing those rumors

Today is...

Cinco de Mayo!

News of the Day:

+ Well, this might be the worst idea we will hear all day: Jay Z is reportedly plotting a "response album" to Beyoncé's Lemonade. A source close to the couple revealed that Jay wants to share his side of the story after his wife's album set the world aflame with cheating allegations. Will he actually win over any members of the Beyhive?... We'll see. In the meantime, Beyoncé is busy speaking out against the discriminatory LGBT law in North Carolina.

+ Margaret Cho—and a huge group of other Asian and Asian-American activists—are speaking out against Marvel's chronic whitewashing, including Scarlett Johansson's lead role in the anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell and, now, the casting of Tibetan mystic The Ancient One as a "Celtic" Tilda Swinton. Cho announced her forum, #WhitewashedOut, to discuss the systemic issue.

+ Stella McCartney just posted the second installment in the Double Act series, a set of videos focused on modern styling and wardrobing. This segment features Greta and Cosima Bellamacina, two sisters from London who write poetry and illustrate children's books, respectively. Watch the video, below: 

+ Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o responded to Vogue's speculation that she copied Audrey Hepburn's hairstyle for the Met Gala by posting clear photos of her true inspiration: soul singer Nina Simone, as well as other African women. Schooled.

+ R&B singer Lion Babe has just graced us all with a smooth new remix of "Jungle Lady" featuring Angel Haze. The track will be listed on DJ Kitty Cash's upcoming mixtape, Love The Free, Volume 3. Before that drops, you can catch Lion Babe on their just-announced tour (dates listed here).

Deal of the Day:

Today, Cole Haan launches its newest dual-gender collection, GrandPrø Tennis. The lightweight, vintage-inspired shoes are available online, now.

Advice of the Day:

"In the end, I believe in true love and destiny and that what’s meant to be, will be, and that gets me through the hardest days." —Princess Pia Mia

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