Kesha's Hyped Up Billboard Performance Gets Torpedoed, Plus More

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1. Kesha's Hyped Up Billboard Awards Performance Gets Torpedoed

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The Short of It:

It looks like Kesha won't be performing at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday after Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Records rescinded their approval of allowing her to sing.

The Longer Version of It:

Kesha’s highly buzzed about performance at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday —which many have speculated might be a “statement performance” about her alleged sexual abuse by producer, Dr. Luke— has reportedly been called off.

Dick Clark Productions, which will be producing the award show, explained in a statement that the singer had accepted an invitation to perform at the show with the written approval of Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Records. They went on to describe how the record label later rescinded its approval of the performance after a media report released last Wednesday, May 11, regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs. "Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show.” The production company said.

The Takeaway:

Since filing a lawsuit against the music producer in October 2014, Kesha has faced a continued legal battle against Dr. Luke and his recording label. Whether or not the stalemate between the two artists will affect her perform at the Billboard Music Awards remains to be seen, but unfortunately it looks like the singer still has a long road ahead of her.

2. Ben & Jerry Churns Out Empower Mint

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The Short of It:

The ice cream giant announced a new flavor as part of an effort to register voters in states where new rules have limited eligible voters from putting in a ballot.

The Longer Version of It:

The Vermont-based ice-cream brand is known for getting involved with politics, taking on global warming and equality with flavors like “Bernie’s Yearning" in support of Bernie Sanders, "Yes Pecan” released after the election of Barack Obama, “Hubby Hubby” after the legalization of gay marriage in Vermont. Their new flavor, which pushes for more democracy, aims to restore the Voting Rights Act, and raise awareness of restrictive voting laws and policies in states that make low income and minority voters jump through hoops to cast their ballots.

The Takeaway:

🍦Ice-cream🍦. The mint ice cream has swirls of fudge and chunks of brownie AND encourages voter empowerment. 'Nuff said.

3. Clinton Goes Up On A Tuesday, Kentucky Gets Choosy

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The Short of It:

Last night, Hillary Clinton took home a win she really needed — by the skin of her teeth.

The Longer Version of It:

After significant financial investments from the Clinton campaign, Hillary won the Kentucky Democratic primary by half a percentage point over by her not-so-easy to be swatted away opponent, Bernie Sanders. Sanders on the other side, pulled off a win in Oregon, by large margins. In the end, Tuesday's primaries didn't do much to transform the state of the Democratic primary. Sanders might have walked away with more delegates than Clinton, but she still holds an overall lead of roughly 280 pledged delegates over Sanders.

In GOP news, Trump's still the presumptive nominee. Shocker.

4. One Of The Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls Has Been Found

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The Short of It:

On Tuesday night, one of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram was rescued in Nigeria after having been missing for two years.

A Bit of Backstory:

Boko Haram, which translates to "Western education is forbidden", is an Islamic terrorist group based in northeastern Nigeria that is strongly against Western education. The group has target schools since 2010, and killed hundreds of students. In 2015 it joined forces with ISIS and now refers to itself as ISIS's "West African province."

In April 2014 276 female students at a school in Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants. Nearly 50 escaped within hours, but 219 remained missing. Yesterday, that number went down to 218, when the girl, now 19, was reportedly found in the forest near the Sambisa Forest, close to the Cameroon border in northeast Nigeria, where the kidnapped school girls were suspected have being taken.

Why We're Tweeting #BringBackOurGirls:

You might remember the #BringBackOurGirls campaign which Michelle Obama and celebrities like Amy Poehler and Cara Delevingne supported in the days following the 2014 kidnapping. Bring Back Our Girls activists have continue to fight to find the missing schoolgirls, and are set to have a march to support finding the remaining lost girls support of finding them in April. The rescued kinapped girl brings back hope for other girls left behind.

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