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Alicia Keys’ ‘ALICIA’ Tracklist Calls On The Likes Of Khalid, Tierra Whack, Miguel And More

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Alicia Keys was slated to drop her seventh album, ALICIA, earlier this year but the coronavirus pandemic forced her to delay its release. Prior to the delay, she shared a trio of singles, including “Show Me Love” with Miguel. Despite the delay, Alicia didn’t struggle to stay in the limelight, as fans were able to watch her on Verzuz, the NFL’s kickoff event, and more. Earlier this week, nearly six months after the album’s original release March 20th date, Alicia Keys announced that the album will arrive this Friday, September 18. On Wednesday, the singer returned to deliver its tracklist.

Over 15 tracks, Alicia Keys calls on Tierra Whack, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Jill Scott, and more to file guest spots. The announcement comes days after she delivered her latest single, “Love Looks Better,” which premiered at the NFL’s kickoff event last Thursday. Eight songs total off the album are currently available. Among those, “So Done” and “Perfect Way To Die” appear as singles, while “Gramercy Park” can only be heard through her NPR Tiny Desk set from back in June.

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01. “Truth Without Love”
02. “Time Machine”
03. “Authors of Forever” ⁣
04. “Wasted Energy” Feat. Diamond Platnumz
05. “Underdog”
06. “3 Hour Drive” Feat. Sampha
07. “Me x 7” Feat. Tierra Whack
08. “Show Me Love” Feat. Miguel
09. “So Done” Feat. Khalid⁣
10. “Gramercy Park”
11. “Love Looks Better”
12. “You Save Me” Feat. Snoh Aalegra
13. “Jill Scott” Feat. Jill Scott
14. “Perfect Way To Die”
15. “Good Job”

ALICIA is out 09/18 via RCA. Pre-order it here.

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Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Teases Her Memoir ‘Crying In H Mart’

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Back in 2018, Japanese Breakfast vocalist Michelle Zauner published the poignant essay Crying In H Mart in the New Yorker. The story detailed her experience growing up as one of the only Asian kids in her Eugene, Oregon hometown, and how she honors her late mother’s memory through food. Zauner transformed the essay into a full memoir, and she has now shared its release date: April 20, 2021.

Described as an “exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance,” the book is set for an official release next April. Alongside her announcement, Zauner described the life events which eventually led to Crying In H Mart:

“My mother passed away almost six years ago and ever since, my life has felt folded in half, divided into a before and after her death, my identity and my family having been fractured in the wake of her loss. I’ve spent the past six years processing grief in the best way I knew how — through creative work. I wrote two albums worth of material in an attempt to encapsulate all of that heavy darkness, confusion and loneliness, and then I spent another three years writing pages and pages to try and capture my mother’s brilliant character and spirit, what it was like to be raised by a Korean immigrant in a small west coast town with very little diversity, the intense shame I felt towards my mixed race identity and how my embrace of Korean food and culture helped me come to terms with that upbringing, allowed me to reconnect with her memory.”

After sharing the news on social media, Zauner posted a heartfelt interaction between her and an Instagram user who used to serve her mother at her hometown’s Olive Garden.

Check out the Crying In H Mart cover art below.

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Crying In H Mart is out 4/20/2021 via Knopf. Pre-order it here.

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GoFundMe to investigate Project Veritas-backed fundraiser for phony insider

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Project Veritas, the undercover organization headed by right-wing activist James O’Keefe, is pushing its supporters to donate to a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of Omar Jamal, the star of its Minnesota “ballot harvesting” video.

GoFundMe told the Daily Dot that the fundraising company’s “Trust & Safety team” is currently investigating the fundraising page in Jamal’s name.

As the Daily Dot reported on Monday, Jamal is the whistleblower at the center of O’Keefe’s latest sting operation, claiming to be a Minnesota expert on Somalia. But Jamal only published his “Somali Watchdog Group” advocacy site in August 2020, right around when Project Veritas was assembling footage for their piece.

It does not appear the group existed before Project Veritas found Jamal for its video.

Jamal has been called an unreliable grifter and criticized for presenting himself as a spokesperson for the Somali community.

“I can confirm that our Trust & Safety team is investigating this fundraiser and has reached out to the organizer for more information,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told the Daily Dot.

The spokesperson added that the funds raised “are being safely held by our payment processor and will only released once we know how the funds are being spent and how the funds are being delivered.”

The GoFundMe spokesperson also shared with the Daily Dot that the funds potentially going to Jamal are back by the company’s “GoFundMe Guarantee,” which “ensures that donations are protected if campaign funds…are misled by a campaign organizer or beneficiary. “

“It’s important to know that the platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means funds are guaranteed to go to the right place or donors will get a refund,” the company spokesperson concluded.

On GoFundMe, Jamal has already raised over $30,000.

In the video, the Veritas ballot harvesting “insider” claims he works with local police, a claim the Daily Dot was unable to verify.

According to the “insider,” his goal is to raise half a million dollars to “fight any legal challenges I may be presented with and establish a baseline of financial stability for my family for the next year.”

What legal challenges he may face as a result of his “whistleblowing,” if it is legitimate, is unclear. When asked what legal needs Jamal might have, a Project Veritas spokesperson could not provide any.

Jamal added in his plea to potential donors: “I’m asking for your donation to further fund this ongoing, important project, that I’m collaborating with Project Veritas.”

Project Veritas and O’Keefe have been extensively pushing the campaign across their social media platforms.

“This story was made possible thanks to a BRAVE insider willing to wear an undercover camera and work with Veritas,” the right-wing group tweeted. “If you can, please support Omar Jamal. He has risked everything to help us blow the lid on this massive voter fraud scheme.”

When Project Veritas communications director Neil W. McCabe was reached for comment by the Daily Dot, he initially distanced Veritas from the page, before beginning to ask this reporter questions.

“I think you would agree … don’t you think that America is a better place with Project Veritas in it, then not in it?” McCabe asked.

Asked why the Project Veritas “whistleblower” was seeking to raise half a million dollars and what legal fights Jamal had to foot the bill for, McCabe failed to address the question.

“Do you know my title … I’m not the communications director for his GoFundMe page, so if that’s what he said, I will take it at face value, I have no reason to believe that’s untrue, do you?” McCabe stated.

Asked if he stood by the GoFundMe page, McCabe stated that he stood by Project Veritas’ social media posts.

Jamal did not return the Daily Dot’s request for comment.


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*First Published: Sep 30, 2020, 1:43 pm

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Zachary Petrizzo is an undergraduate student at George Mason University and a Washington, D.C. based journalist.

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People Are Sharing The Most Unflattering Pics Of Their Dogs And It’s Hilarious (50 Pics)

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Yes, dogs might be the cutest, the most perfect, and the most adorable creatures on the face of the earth. But we’ve gotta admit—even these seemingly flawless creatures don’t always look their best in the photos taken of them. That’s just how life is. Sometimes, cameras simply enjoy messing with us and there’s nothing we can do about it. However, even in the most unflattering pictures, fluffers still somehow manage to look incredibly cute, and this post is here to prove it.

Someone has recently started a challenge on Facebook called #unflatteringdogphotochallenge inviting dog owners to share the most unflattering photos they’ve ever taken of their woofers. Yes, the perfect challenge for 2020. Spoiler alert, all the photos are absolutely adorably hilarious.

Without further ado, Bored Panda invites you to look through some of the most iconic contestants from the #unflatteringdogphotochallenge and vote for your favorites.

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