Then there was only Trump. Barely 12 hours since Ted Cruz dropped out of the GOP presidential race, Ohio governor John Kasich has done the same, according to several sources. And that makes it official: Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald J. Trump is running for the GOP nomination unopposed. The AP is reporting that Kasich will make an official announcement soon. Even though he lasted until what you could call a second-place finish, the governor never really caught on with voters. Even this morning's Kasich Star Wars Day video somehow couldn't help. Calling him “a conventional candidate in an unconventional race,” the The New York Timesreport suggests that Kasich's longevity was more of “a testament to his unbending refusal to drop out” than any momentum behind him as a candidate. Discuss
Star Wars star Daisy Ridley wants to wish you a happy “Star Wars Day,” and encourage fans to continue to give to their Force For Change charity campaign. The CrowdRise initiative is raising money for several big charities (including Make a Wish, the Red Cross, Unicef and the Boys and Girls Club of America), and is offering fans a chance to actually hang out with some of the cast. Check it out, and May the 4th Be with You. Discuss
Yesterday, the band that made the soundtrack to your youth-group years dropped a hint. dc Talk updated its Facebook cover image to a basically black graphic with the number "2017" across it. Of course, it's not totally clear—and things with dc Talk are always up in the air—but this can't be anything if not a hint at new music or maybe a reunion tour coming next year. Imagine that, the year of President Donald J. Trump (we're just saying, it could happen) could also see dc Talk back together. What a time to be alive. Discuss
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