Fast Company Innovation Festival - Day 2

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Pharrell Sends Legal Notice to Trump Over Use of ‘Happy’

The Trump administration received a cease and desist from Pharrell Williams’ lawyers after they reportedly played the single ‘Happy’ at a rally hours after the shooting at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” read the Cease and Desist. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted to your use of this song for this purpose.”

Ava DuVernay Takes On Prince Docuseries at Netflix

The brilliant filmmaker is at it again—this time involving one of the most brilliant musical minds of our time. Ava DuVernay will be writing the docuseries on Prince for Netflix.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” the Oscar-nominated filmmaker told Deadline. “He was like no other. He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

Cardi B Responds to Nicki Minaj’s Claims

The beef ain’t over yet—yesterday after Nicki Minaj’s allegations on Queen radio about the beef with her and Cardi, the Bronx native took to Instagram to tell her side of the story.

Bardi discussed all things in relation to Rah Ali, saying that there were so many cameras present and videos were taken that showed Rah was not the one to lay hands on her. She also addressed drama with collabs for songs like “Krippy Kush,” “Motorsport,” and even Minaj’s latest feature on Little Mix’s “Woman Like Me.”