Last night, after losing yet another primary election to Donald J. Trump (this one in Indiana), GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz suspended his bid for the White House. In his concession speech, Cruz told his supporters: “Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got. But the voters chose another path.” His departure virtually eliminates any threat to Trump’s now-presumptive nomination. And even though Ohio governor John Kasich, as of now, remains in the race, the GOP side appears to be shifting already toward the general election. There, however, things aren’t as clear. Even though Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton still holds a large delegate lead over her opponent Bernie Sanders, last night she lost to him in yet another state primary. Discuss
This morning, Kanye West called in to Steve Harvey's radio show, Steve Harvey in the Morning. And because it was a Kanye interview, he basically talked about everything—Vulture called it Kanye’s TED Talk. The "conversation" even landed on Kanye’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the forever-ago VMA awards. This was the big moment of the show, because Kanye shed new light on why he didn’t let T-Swift finish her speech. You see, he had to stop her; it was activism. And it has something to do with bringing MTV to justice, but that part isn’t as clear. Here’s what he said (as transcribed by Vulture):
As soon as Britney shaved her head and they saw the money going down, they had already marked what that award was gonna be that night. But they didn't expect no activist that had just lost his momma a year [earlier] sitting there with a bottle of Hennessy. The only reason why I drank the Hennessy in the first place was because I said, 'I'ma have to just get drunk to deal with all the lies I'm about to see.
It was his duty to society. What was Ye supposed to do? Discuss
The wildly popular, hip-hop-historical musical “Hamilton” received 16 Tony Award nominations today. That’s the most in the history of Broadway. The show got a nod in just about every category, including acting, dance, design, directing, music and writing. On top of that, seven actors received nominations for their performances—and some of them will even compete against each other.
Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Phantom of the Opera," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Jesus Christ Superstar") summed up the Hamilton dominance best. Talking to The New York Times, he said: “We call it the HamilTonys."
According to the Times, “Hamilton” is already the largest Broadway success in years. And the show extends beyond typical Broadway circles and attracts attention within popular culture in ways only a few other shows have. One of the praises you hear about “Hamilton” is the radically diverse cast, which is actually a broader theme on Broadway. The Times reports: “Of the 40 acting nominations, 14 went to black, Hispanic and Asian-American actors. The nominee diversity is a particular point of pride for Broadway this year, when Hollywood has been convulsed with controversy over the lack of Oscar nominations for non white performers.” Discuss
Makers of upcoming summer blockbuster Independence Day: Resurgence have released this new faux news report, which sets the stage for the sequel to 1996's Independence Day. As the video shows, it’s been 20 years since aliens first attacked earth, and now, a united humanity stands ready for their return. OK, this is cheesy, but let’s be honest, we’re all very excited about this movie. Discuss
Well, folks, we may have reached peak Trump. The Donald earlier today suggested that fellow-GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s father fraternized—conspired?—with Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassin killed President John F. Kennedy. Trump’s source appears to be a National Enquirer picture of Rafael Cruz passing out pro-Fidel Castro literature with Oswald. The gregarious candidate said on Fox News:
His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being—you know—shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.
I mean, what was he doing—what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.