Cory Henry’s Plea To Music Fans


Frankly, I was starting to worry about Cory Henry. The musician and songwriter known for his gospel-infused organ and piano with the band Snarky Puppy and on his own solo efforts, has recently taken to social media to voice what sounded like existential despair.

On Threads last month he wrote, “This will be my last year of touring for a living… I’ll still play shows…but #ThisIsTheLastDance.” The posts that followed were a little more vague: “GOD takes care of me… I never have to worry,” he wrote. Then: “I really just wanna put out music.” Soon after that came, “It’ll be amazing if musicians got deals with music companies like pro sport players do with shoe deals…” Something was going on, professionally or personally, and it didn’t sound happy. Fortunately this week, things sounded a little brighter. “Along the way I’ve lost my way many times… But somehow I always find my way back … Thank GOD.”

Social media is terrible at letting you know what’s truly going on inside a person’s mind and heart but live performance gives you a better idea. Last night at the Masonic Lodge on the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, it was clear from the start—whew!—that Henry had full and total access to his sense of joy. He told the crowd how good he was feeling and had a sparkle in his eyes that said all you needed to know about his psychological well-being. Clearly, the guy just wants to play music and reap the rewards he deserves (more on that second point in a moment).

“I’ve been playing piano since I was two years old and I really just wanted to get back to it,” Henry said by way of introduction to a two-hour set of stripped-down gospel, funk and soul songs all played without accompaniment at a baby grand. The show was part of a U.S. and European tour to support Henry’s latest album, “Live at the Piano.”

Here’s the very good news: From the opening gospel slow-chords of “Amazing Grace,” and for the next couple hours of delight, Henry was the picture of contentment and bliss. On songs like “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Inner City Blues,” Henry made those classics his own with deep appreciation for the magic of the originals but with unpredictable nuances: Speeded-up riffs here, a thumping bass line there, jubilant vocals throughout. Songs from 50 years ago suddenly found new ground.

Seeing Henry play his own compositions, like “Happy Days,” “Icarus” and “Dedicated,” you got the sense that his music is made to be experienced in person—close up and in community like this. So what that we were gathered at a Hollywood cemetery? Wherever Henry plays, you’re immediately at church.

Those Threads posts of his made more sense at the end of the evening when Henry stopped to explain the economics of the contemporary music business to the audience. “I don’t know if you know this, but every time we use our streaming sources it’s giving the artist 0.004 cents per stream, and given those calculations, it will take another 30- or 40,000 plays until I can go back to H&M and buy another T-shirt.”

The crowd laughed, but you got his point. As Henry went on to say, if you go to a store and they gave you half a penny as change, you would first wonder how they ripped the penny, but then you’d say, well, that’s not very much money at all.

The answer is to support musicians not just by streaming (”although if you’re going to stream, please listen to every song on my new album 5, 6, 7 and 8 times,” Henry said to more laughs). Go see musicians live, he said. Buy the vinyl, buy the t-shirts, get the hoodie, tell all your friends. This is how musicians make money today, and it’s how we as fans can continue to safeguard experiences as sublime as this one, watching Henry play live in a small venue, and with endless soul and spirit.

It turns out Henry is doing just fine. It’s the rest of us who need to rethink our priorities when it comes to how we support talented artists.

Here’s where to see Cory Henry as the tour continues.

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20 Amazing Bodies of Iconic Women in Music —


Getting in shape isn’t just about looking good for the biggest stars on the Billboard chart. After all, spending hours on the stage singing and dancing takes a lot of strength and endurance. From clean eating to rigorous workouts, the most successful singers spend a lot of time and energy devoted to daily exercise, nutritious diets, and other healthy habits in order to keep them ready for go time. Here are 20 amazing bodies of iconic women in music and their stay-fit secrets. 


Alicia Keys is famous for having some of the strongest abs in the biz. In a YouTube video shared in May 2020, she revealed one of her workouts with trainer Jeanette Jenkins, which involves tons of ab exercises. Cat-cows, bird-dog, upward dogs, side planks, hip dips, and side crunches are all part of her routine. “The core is involved in everything,” Jenkins says in the background.


Janelle Monae maintains that she dances her way to a hot body. “I do a lot of heavy sweating up on stage,” the performer told Black Doctor. “We do 90-minute shows — I’m moving around and it’s very high-energy. That often becomes my workout, just performing and being onstage. I guess you can say I exercise a lot, but really, I don’t realize I’m getting a workout while I’m dancing onstage because I’m always having so much fun.”


Camila Cabello works out with a personal trainer, Jenna Willis, three times a week. She recently told Shape that their workouts involve minimal equipment and focus on strength, HIIT, and balance, including complex movements that target the whole body. Most importantly, she enjoys herself. “We end up getting in an added ab workout because of how much we end up laughing,” Willis the magazine. “Somehow she manages to keep me on my toes and turn every cardio move into an incredible-looking dance move.”


In a 2018 Tumblr post, Billie Elish revealed why she went vegan in 2014. There were a lot of reasons,” she wrote. “I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. Leave animals alone. Damn. Also, I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin and my skin is VERY aware of that.”

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Taylor Swift is a big runner. “For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am,” the singer explained to WebMD. “I’m very much out in the world, and I love exploring the places we go when we tour. It’s important for me to live a full life.” If she isn’t running outdoors, she will hit the treadmill for an hour. 

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Lizzo is all about exercise. “I want people to realize that fitness doesn’t have a look or an aesthetic or a weight. Fitness is a very personal thing that’s between you and your doctor,” the star told Billboard. “To have a big black girl singing about how she’s working on the calisthenics – because mind you, I be in the gym everyday, but people don’t believe that … I think that it’s empowering for young girls, to see that it’s okay to work out and not have a six-pack.” 


Miranda refuses to go on strict diets. “I did [Nutrisystem] for a month, and then got tired of it. You get tired of any diet. I’ve tried everything,” she told Women’s Health. She recently changed things up and focuses on eating healthy, balanced meals.. “I just literally would make grilled chicken breast, sweet potato salad. There was no miracle.” She also eats veggies, enhanced with flavor. “I like broccoli with cheese, and carrots with ranch dressing,” she added. “It’s just how I eat.” She gets her greens in with green juice. “So if I don’t eat anything else green that day, I feel like I’ve got my green in.”

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Katy Perry has her own version of the 80/20 method of eating. “Let’s be honest,” she told Prevention, “it’s 60/40.” Per PopSugar, Katy eats healthy, balanced meals including soups, grilled chicken, quinoa, asparagus, fresh-pressed juices, and coconut water. She also makes sure to move. “I have had a dance with depression, and hot yoga helps clear it all out,” Katy told Prevention. One of her favorites? CorePower Yoga, which she can do wherever she is. “You always know what you’re going to get,” she says. “If you have a healthy body, it helps you have a healthy mind.” 


Cardi B skips lunch. “I also only eat twice a day,” the rapper dished in an Instagram story. “I eat a big breakfast and then I eat a big dinner.” 

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Mariah Carey maintains a healthy diet, trying “to stick with the proteins,” she told E! News. “It’s the worst.” Her diet consists of a lot of salmon, which she says gets a tad boring, “But it works!” she added. In another interview with Shape, she emphasized the importance of diet, claiming that “90 percent of losing weight is my diet.”


Megan Thee Stallion recently shaped up by starting her own “Hottie Bootcamp,” workout on social media, a calorie-blasting and toning routine blending strength and cardio workouts, including squats and kettlebell exercises. “These kettle bell work outs are hard…I really hate them butttt they get the job done,” she captioned one of her videos.


Jennifer Lopez’s husband, Ben Affleck, recently gushed over his wife on the The Drew Barrymore Show. “She’s the most gorgeous woman in the world and she looks spectacular.” He also revealed that she doesn’t diet. “Let me tell you something that’s going to upset you,” he said. “Jennifer just eats whatever she wants and whatever she wants; cookies, ice cream, everything.” However, he did confesse that she spends a lot of time exercising. “She works out. I mean, I work out too, but I don’t magically appear to be 20 years old you know what I mean? With perfect skin and the whole thing,” he joked. “There’s no taking away the work ethic. The work ethic is real, the discipline is very real, but also the superhuman thing is real. She’s the most gorgeous woman in the world, she looks spectacular.”

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Christina Aguilera has added some swerve to her curves over the years. “I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny,” she recently confessed. “Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty. I’ve always said that women are way more interesting to look at than men! I have a hard time looking at the early pictures of myself because I remember feeling so insecure. I would never want to relive my 20s—you’re so in your own head and finding your confidence. As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your own body and owning it.”

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During a 73 Questions interview with Vogue Dua Lipa revealed that she “always, always” travels with her yoga mat. “What’s the most difficult yoga pose that you’ve mastered?” the interviewer Joe Sabia asked her. She responded that it was Crow pose into a headstand, which involves balancing your knees on your elbows as you crouch forward on your hands, eventually transforming into a headstand. She then demonstrates the pose, wearing heels and jeans.


Lady Gaga is one of the many stars who works out with Harley Pasternak. He recently revealed her exercise routine to Shape. It includes Bicycle Crunches (six sets of 20) which “train(s) her abs from every direction,” and ab rotations (AKA seated Russian Twists) which help with love handles. Sometimes she will even hold a five-pound medicine ball or dumbbell at chest height while doing them. She also does an exercise sequence consisting of a basic crunch, modified into reverse crunches and ending in a double crunch. Dumbbell side bends, which also tone love handles, are another of her moves. She adds 25-minute cardio circuit sessions five times a week. 

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Craig Smith, Madonna’s trainer and the creative director of her Hard Candy Fitness clubs, told Glamour that his star client hits the gym almost every day, “Madonna does five to six workouts weekly that vary on a daily basis and focus on a variety of methods and training modalities,” she said. 


Saweetie’s favorite part of her body to train? “Well, I love legs and I was an athlete since I can ever remember. I come from an athletic family. My grandfather played for the San Francisco 49ers and my uncles played football as well. My aunties ran track. We’re all really athletic. So when it comes to fitness, I love working on my legs,” she told Women Fitness. “I think if you have good legs, you look good overall. So, I would say squats and leg presses. Even, mixing in some dance moves like squatting and dancing. I’ve been trying to practice it more and more, It’s a really good exercise!”

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In a video shared on Instagram in 2021, Britney Spears revealed some of her get-fit secrets. One of them? Clean eating and being “mindful” with her food. She also spends a lot of time, yes, dancing. 

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Beyoncé promotes a plant-based diet, which was introduced to her by her nutritionist, Marco Borges. “We know the power of vegetables,” Borges said in a video of the singer’s vegan journey to Coachella. “Plant-based is really about eliminating all of the overly processed foods that don’t do us any good anyways. When you’re eating plant-based you will definitely have more energy.”

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Adele majorly transformed her body, revealing to American Vogue that her drive to exercise was more about her mental health than physical. “It became my time,” she said about exercise. “I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.” She trains at Heart & Hustle, a no-frills private gym in West Hollywood. Her exercise sessions consist of intensive weightlifting and circuit training sessions. She also spends time on the elliptical machine while at the gym.

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Entertainment News | Veteran Bollywood Lyricist


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 26 (ANI): Veteran Hindi film lyricist Dev Kohli passed away in Mumbai on Saturday, He was 80. 

Kohli is famed for his songs over 100 films including ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya,’ ‘Baazigar,’ ‘Judwaa 2,’ ‘Musafir,’ ‘Shoot Out At Lokhandwala,’ and ‘Taxi Num 911.’ He has collaborated with music directors like Anu Malik, Raam Laxman, Anand Raaj Anand, Anand Milind among others. 

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Kohli’s spokesperson Pritam Sharma confirmed the lyricist passed away at his home early this morning. He had ailing for some months now and had been admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai before being brought home around 10 days ago, Sharma said.     

Kohli’s last rites will be conducted in Jogeshwari West around 6 pm today.

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Close friends Anand Raaj Anand, Anu Malik, Uttam Singh along with stars from Bollywood will attend his funeral.

Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan into a Sikh family, Kohli relocated to Dehradun following Partition.

Kohli’s close friend composer, lyricist and playback singer Anand Raaj Anand told ANI,  “In 1995, when I first arrived in Mumbai and got my first project, I wanted to open a bank account but bank personnel said they could not do so unless i produced somebody who would vouch for me. At that moment, a sardar ji intervened and helped me. It was Dev Kohli ji. He told me You’re into music, and I write music. Therefore, don’t worry and he signed for me.”

“After two days I called him on his landline as I was excited and things were proceeding in a in a laid-back manner. Kohli ji invited me to sing as we got started playing. I informed him that I had also composed songs and he told me that he would write for me when I made it big. A few years later, his predictions came true and we ended up performing numerous tunes together. I only ever collaborated with one or two other lyricists apart from him.”

“I first met him a week ago, and I visited his house to touch his feet in order to receive his blessing. He requested that I sing a song about Radha Krishna, which bestowed blessings upon me, and urged me to start over and succeed in my career,” Anand Raaj Anand said.

Arriving in Mumbai in 1964 Kohli began looking for film work. With the release of the movie ‘Gunda’ in 1969, he debuted in the Bollywood industry. His first big break came with the song ‘Geet Gaata Hoon Main’ from the 1971 movie ‘Laal Patthar.’

He wrote lyrics for several hit songs like ‘Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate,’ ‘Kabootar Ja Ja Ja,’ ‘Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee,’ ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’

He and Anu Malik formed a spectacular partnership in the 1990s, working together on songs like ‘Dekho Dekho Jaanam Hum’ in Ishq and ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen’ in ‘Baazigar.’ (ANI)

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala’s


  • South Africans are gearing up to get a closer understanding of the life and career of the late great Joseph Shabalala
  • The star is popular for founding the Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Back Mambazo
  • The upcoming documentary Music Is My Life – The Story of Joseph Shabalala is set to air on SABC 1 on 28 August

Music lovers are counting down the days until the release of the documentary about Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala’s documentary ‘Music Is My Life’ to premiere on SABC 1. Image: Getty Images
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Joseph Shabalala’s documentary to drop soon

A new documentary detailing the life, career and times of the late great star Joseph Shabalala is set to hit our television screens soon. The star is known for founding one of the country’s biggest exports, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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The South African reports that the documentary titled Music Is My Life – The Story Of Joseph Shabalala will look at the star’s life from his humble beginnings to being on the international stage which earned him many accolades including Grammy Awards. It’s a tale of talent, passion, and perseverance that touched the souls of millions.

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The highly anticipated show will be airing on SABC 1 on 28 August 2023.

What can fans expect from Music Is My Life

Mzansi can look forward to getting an up-close and personal view of one of the country’s biggest exports. The documentary will explore his private and public lives, exclusive interviews, footage that has never been seen before and anecdotes from his close family and friends.

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People will also get to see his remarkable contribution to Paul Simon’s groundbreaking Graceland album shot him to fame.

Zola 7 set to release Eponym: The Zola 7 Documentary as legendary Kwaito star charts his musical journey

In more entertainment news, Briefly News reported that South African music icon, Zola 7, sent waves of excitement through his fans when he announced the forthcoming release of his documentary called Eponym: The Zola 7 Documentary.

Zola 7, known for his impactful contributions to the music industry, expressed his profound gratitude for the journey he’s undertaken and the influence his career has had.

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Dave’s Hot Chicken to open first Triangle area


North Hills and Kane Realty Corporation announced this week that True Food Kitchen, an award-winning full-service restaurant and bar serving wholesome food made with quality ingredients, will be opening in the Main District of North Hills in early 2024. This will be the brand’s first restaurant to open in the state of North Carolina (they have 44 restaurants in 17 states) and will be located on the street-level of the 5-story 4114 Creative Offices building. It will feature a large outdoor dining space. True Food Kitchen was founded in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2008 by integrative medicine specialist Dr. Andrew Weil. Look for everything from the juiciest organic grass-fed burgers and brick-oven fired pizzas, to decadent brunch towers and hearty grain bowls topped with wild-caught salmon. Start getting familiar with True Food Kitchen here.

Wake County Restaurant News

In addition to the above-mentioned True Food Kitchen, Kane Realty Corporation also announced other restaurants for the Main District Expansion project. Those will include Restoration Hardware (RH) Gallery rooftop restaurant and wine bar, Limani Grille, Mia’s Bakery, Village Tavern plus the reopening of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Once completed, the expansion will include a 12-story high-rise residential building, 346,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Openings are scheduled to begin in late 2023 and continuing into 2024. Visit RH here, Limani Grille here, Mia’s Bakery here, Village Tavern here and Ruth’s Chris here.

Monday, Aug. 28 is the eagerly awaited grand opening date for Taco Bamba’s Raleigh location. Located in The Ridgewood Shopping Center on Wade Ave, this will be their first spot outside the Washington, D.C. metro area. Widely known for its inventive and generously-stuffed tacos and tortas, deep mezcal-focused bar, and bold design and soundtrack, Taco Bamba began ten years ago as a hole-in-the-wall Northern Virginia strip mall carryout. They have grown to over ten locations in the D.C. suburbs and Raleigh, with future openings planned in Nashville, Richmond and a return to D.C. proper. To celebrate its opening, they will be giving away a free taco a week for a year to the first 100 guests who place an order in person. Start getting familiar with them here.

The newest location of Burrito Shak, at 1310 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh (Quail Corners) will hold their Grand Opening on Friday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. The event will feature buy one, get one burritos and bowls. Check them out here.

321 Coffee is heading back to their roots. Started by two NCSU students in 2017, they announced this week that they would open their newest location on NC State’s Centennial Campus. 321 Coffee is a local coffee shop and roaster that employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Projected to open in early 2024, the newest shop will be 321 Coffee’s fifth location across the Triangle. Visit 321 here.

Speaking of coffee. Raleigh Coffee Company had a very vague posting on their Facebook page this week about an upcoing new location. They posted a picture – go see if you recognize where this is. Anyway, we will keep an eye on it. Here is their Facebook post.

And over in Village District, Cafe Carolina made short order of moving into their new space, just around the corner. They are now open at 2130 Clark Avenue in the spot formerly occupied by SoCa. The bakery’s new larger space is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit them here.

Down in Holly Springs, one of our readers shared the news that signs are up and work is being done for Dave’s Hot Chicken at the recently closed Mason Jar in Holly Springs. This will be their fourth location in North Carolina, but the first in the Triangle. No word on an open date. Get to know Dave’s here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

Durham’s Beyu Caffe continues their growth with the announcement this week that they have opened locations in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at RDU International Airport. Be sure to visit them the next time your travel plans take you through the airport. Visit Beyu here.

Durham’s Alley Twenty Six (located at 320 East Chapel Hill St. in Durham) is offering an Island Relief cocktail to help raise money for those affected by the wildfires in Maui. Three dollars of each Island Relief cocktail sold between now and Sept. 10 will be donated to the Hawaii Community Foundation to assist in disaster response and recovery. Alley Twenty Six’s Island Relief cocktail contains white rum, pineapple, banana, orange, lime and Angostura bitters. Direct donations can be made here. Visit Alley Twenty Six here.

And a kudos to hand out. Queeny’s was named one of the South’s best new restaurants of 2023 by Southern Living, the only Triangle restaurant – and one of only two restaurants in the state – to make the list! Restaurants all over the region were evaluated by Southern Living editors based on their food, of course, but also on service, hospitality and how the restaurant supports and treats its staff and the wider community. Visit Queeny’s here. Read the article here.

And over in Carrboro, David Glass shared on the Chapel HIll Carrboro Foodies Group page that a Pelican’s Snoballs is opening soon in Carrboro. It will be located at 505 W. Main Street, between Lanza’s and O2 Fitness. No word on an open date. Visit them here.


None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

The next Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is Sunday, Sept. 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. The final rodeo of the season will be Oct. 29. All the rodeos are from 12 to 4 p.m. Giddyup! Here is the link.

Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.


A couple of big street festivals are happening this weekend featuring plenty of food and beverages. First up is Packapalooza on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 2 to 10 p.m. on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. The event is free, so gather your pack and head over for a day of music, food, special events, and NC State pride. And in Cary they will host their annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Head on over to Academy St. where nearly 300 artists from 16 states, plus a beer garden, interactive art activities, a children’s area, food and more. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Get all the details on Packapalooza here and Lazy Daze here.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Prohibitive in Cary’s Matthews House (317 W Chatham St.) will host a Wine & Cheese Pairing where guests will be tasting through five delicious and refreshing Italian wines paired with five light cheese dishes. The event begins at 6 p.m. and costs $55/person. Make your reservation now (Pro Tip: Use code Cheese23 to receive 15% off).

Sam Jones BBQ is hosting a special BBQ & Bourbon event from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 12 at their Raleigh location. The event includes a three-meat barbecue buffet, swag bags and special guest Justin Hampton of Diageo who will offer a guided tasting of Bulliet, Balcones, Blade and Bow, George Dickel and IW Harper 15 year bourbons. Tickets are $125. Get all the details here.

Heights House Hotel, in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood, announced its newest hospitality driven amenity geared towards both the Raleigh resident and the visiting overnight guest. Afternoon Tea will be available at The Parlor at Heights House, beginning Sept. 15 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Get all the details here and make reservations here.

The 10th annual Sola Hot Mini 5K race is Saturday, Sept. 16 at Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. Thus far, the race has raised over $450,000 in the fight to end ALS with a goal to raise $200,000 more this year. Get details and register here.

The USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is coming to Raleigh on Saturday, Sept. 16, and will be held at Dorothea Dix Park (Flowers Field). Attendees will explore a Raleigh culinary adventure that celebrates the best local food and drink, enjoy endless food and drink samples, attend demonstrations and interact with exhibitors in a beautiful outdoor setting for a single admission price. Get tickets and all the details here.

Saturday Sept. 23 is Bull City Burger and Brewery’s OctoBullFest, guaranteed to be the best WURST day of the year. It’s an annual street festival including live music, food, beer, games, and a kids’ area featuring a bounce house, bubbles, Balloon Man Mike, and more. Did we mention the food? We sell our 100% pasture-raised beef burgers, house-made veggie burgers and feature our authentic bratwurst for the event, all served on house-baked buns. Not to mention soft pretzels, and OctoBullfest Mustard/Mushroom Fries. There is always wine and beer available, including our Octoberfest lager aptly named “Stierstadt” (German for Bull City) which is brewed once yearly for the event. We welcome kids, adults, families, dogs, and smiles to East Parrish Street. Proceeds support Durham Habitat. The website should be updated soon with this year’s details, but last year’s info still gives a general sense.

The folks over at Acme are bringing back Salt & Smoke on Saturday, Oct. 28. This year’s event will be held at The Barn at Sonark Media (located just off of Old 86 in Hillsborough). If you are not familiar with the event, it is a full afternoon and evening of live music, whole hog barbecue, raw oysters, roasted clams and plenty of the right beverages to wash it all down – local beer, wine and cocktails. And if you get your tickets now, through the end of this month there is a $25 discount for all tickets purchased (just use the code FINALLY when checking out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina doesn’t have enough to eat. Your tax-deductible gift helps provide food and hope to families, children, and seniors right here in our community. Together, we can help people in our community during their greatest time of need. Give here. Every $10 you donate provides 50 meals! #noonegoeshungry

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Business News | Icon Music Presents Ricki



Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 25: Renowned Punjabi singer Ricki Dhindsa has once again captivated music lovers with the release of his latest track under the prestigious Icon Music label. The new song, titled Pindan Waley, is a testament to Dhindsa’s artistic prowess and his ability to create a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary musical elements.

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Ricki Dhindsa, a name synonymous with soul-stirring melodies and poignant lyrics, has consistently pushed the boundaries of Punjabi music. His distinctive style has garnered him a dedicated global fanbase, and his latest offering is poised to cement his position as a trailblazer in the industry.

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Pindan Waley is a musical journey that transcends genres, seamlessly fusing Punjabi folk influences with modern sounds. The song’s lyrics penned by Kebi Dhindsa, delve deep into themes of love, longing, and life’s complexities, resonating with listeners on a personal level. Dhindsa’s emotive vocals are complemented by the track’s rich instrumentation, which showcases his meticulous attention to sonic detail. Ricki has lent his vocals and also composed the song. The project is digitally powered by B4U.

In a statement about the release, Ricki Dhindsa expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “This song describes the comparison between traditional village life and Western modern-day living. There is a message for the listeners who relate to the song that people should never forget their roots.” His passion for music and his gratitude towards his fans shine through his words, reflecting the sincerity that he infuses into his compositions.

He further stated that the song is inspired by traditional folk music. The instrumentation used is very roar. An instrument called a Dilruba is used after the chorus along with a heavy trap beat, combining both old and new sounds together. The clothing worn in the music video is also very old school. Again keeping it very in touch with the Punjabi culture.

Sharing about the song, Ricki said, “Tractors and jeeps were also used in the video to emphasise the folk nature of the song. As these vehicles are Punjabi’s pride and joy. The chorus is repeated quite a lot throughout the song and is very catchy for the listener to remember.”

“The dialogue at the end of the spoken song is very touching. It states that we are from the village Dhindsa, we are very proud people, we have big dreams and work hard for everything we do. Our look and style are unique, and we will stand out from the rest,” artist said.

Pindan Waley is accompanied by a visually stunning music video that adds another layer of depth to the song’s narrative. The video is a visual feast that transports viewers into the world of the song, enhancing the overall experience.

Fans and music enthusiasts have eagerly awaited Ricki Dhindsa’s latest release, and the initial reception has been overwhelmingly positive. The track’s popularity on streaming platforms and social media is a testament to the artist’s ability to strike a chord with his audience.

As Punjabi music continues to gain global recognition, artists like Ricki Dhindsa are at the forefront of this cultural movement. With Pindan Waley, Dhindsa not only delivers an exceptional musical composition but also reinforces the significance of preserving traditional roots while embracing innovation.

In conclusion, Ricki Dhindsa’s collaboration with Icon Music on Pindan Waley is a musical milestone that exemplifies his creative genius. The track’s ability to evoke emotions and connect with listeners ensures that it will remain a cherished piece in the mosaic of Punjabi music for years to come. As Dhindsa’s fanbase grows and his influence extends, there’s no doubt that his artistic journey will continue to inspire and resonate with music lovers worldwide.

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How Music City became the ‘It City’


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — While downtown Nashville development is currently booming, it hasn’t always been this hot. News 2 spoke with a Nashville historian to find out what key decisions got us to this success. 

“The money has come here locally, nationally, and internationally to build buildings here,” said David Ewing, Nashville historian.

But downtown Music City hasn’t always been this world-famous. Rewind to the 1960s—Ewing said many started giving up on downtown; shopping, churches, and people all left for the suburbs.

“But, the biggest final nail in the downtown coffin during that day was when the Grand Ole Opry left their historic home at the Ryman in 1974 and moved to a brand new building,” said Ewing. 

For two decades, downtown sat relatively stagnant. But, the 1990s ushered in a new mayor—Phil Bredesen—and a renewed vision: if the public sector invests in downtown, the private sector will soon follow.

Nashville built a new stadium, a library, art museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bredesen called these buildings “civic furniture.”

“It was the cart before the horse, so if you build it, they will come. We even built our arena without a professional sports team. You would never do that today,” said Ewing. 

The 2000s brought the cranes, the television show, the tourists, and the title as the “It City.” The developers’ dollars poured in, land prices went up, and developers had to start thinking outside the box to find land. 

“The prices. The prices have driven people to build on smaller lots but higher,” said Ewing. “In Nashville, developers build tall buildings because they pay a premium for the land, and the way to get their return, you have to build 20 stories, 30 stories, 40 stories, so that’s happening.” 

Those new glimmering towers now dwarf the L&C building, which was once one of the tallest in the south. 

Ewing said he loves the history of old Nashville, but he also says that we can’t go back, and must accept a growing population while also making sure Nashville stays affordable for the creatives who make this city shine.

“It’s the musician who lives on Lower Broadway, it’s the artist that creates something – and we want those people to stay here, because we might be missing the next big star of country music if that person can’t move here and afford to live here.” 

The city of Nashville built The Ryman Lofts in the 2000s to provide affordable housing to artists and musicians. Ewing would like to see more affordable housing investments in areas of the city where people want to live.

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Music Producer Provides a Creative Space at


For exercise, Stephen Brown leaves his home early in the mornings to collect trash around the Briarwood community. During every trip, he would walk past the dilapidated building between a run-down gas station and Alpha Investments. He lived in the neighborhood for six years, and it was always vacant.

Over the pandemic, the property grew worse in appearance as trash and grocery-store carts decorated the property. People slept under the awnings. Last summer, he spotted a “For Lease” sign in front of the building, and out of curiosity, he called the owners for a walk-through.

Turns out, the Alpha Investments owners, an elderly couple, also own the building and a few other properties across the metro area. At one point, the building was an abortion clinic and later a daycare.

Exterior view of the Briarwood Arts Center. It's a white brick building with blue roof and door
Stephen Brown signed the lease for the Briarwood Arts Center on Sept. 10, 2022. After nearly a year, the center has seen visitors from across the state including cities like Brandon, Clinton, Grenada and Kosciusko. Photo courtesy Acacia Clark

Brown invited the bulk of his family to the walk-through, hoping they could use the space as a family compound due to their various businesses. The building owners had been using the building for storage, so old refrigerators and ovens sat throughout the space. The insulation and tiles were falling from the ceiling, and mold and rust were present in certain areas.

Nevertheless, as Brown stepped from room to room, he looked past all the wear and tear, and the gears in his head started to turn. He visualized putting a small studio equipped with recording devices in one room, turning another into an arts and painting room, and setting up a pop-up shop in the next space.

After talking it over, Brown and other members of his family signed a lease for the building in September. However, one by one, cosigners began to drop out of the lease, citing reasons such as financial constraints or bad timing. Eventually, Brown was the last name on the lease, though he said he would have never signed for the building had he known he would have to manage it alone.

Following some self-reflection and prayer, Stephen Brown accepted his fate and soon afterward opened the Briarwood Arts Center. Approaching its one-year anniversary, the center provides art education and workspace for creatives to hone their technical skills and to develop greater business acumen. The community center also hosts workshops, mentorship programs, events and other offerings.

Attendees color the inside copies of Kenya Clark’s new coloring book while partaking in merlot, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks at the Color & Sip event at the Briarwood Arts Center on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Photo courtesy Acacia Clark

Briarwood Arts Center is an idea factory open to members of the community who have ideas, but do not necessarily have the space to explore them, Brown explained. At the center, getting started is as simple as picking a date and coming in to work toward progress.

“It’s not that experts are not welcome here, but this space is kind of designed for folks who are still trying to figure it out,” he said. “(The Briarwood Arts Center is) for those who have a genuine curiosity about something, but are afraid to dip their toe in the water because they’re like, ‘What if I don’t get it right?’ But we’re like, ‘Come here and screw up!’”

‘I Am Because We Are’

Stephen Brown splits his time between his full-time job at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Briarwood Arts Center. After his usual shift at the museum, he drives to the center to teach a music-production workshop, and then he records the Vibe Controls podcast in the music-production lab. Once he has finished, Brown will plan for the next program, which could be an ACT-prep class or the mentoring program, all while simultaneously being a full-time dad and music producer.

“It’s like all the stuff kind of overlaps,” he said.

The center offers various spaces for creativity such as Cole’s House #2. Named after Brown’s dog who was tragically murdered, the small music-production lab is where Brown teaches lessons on songwriting, music production, recording basics and the music business.

A craft kitchen houses sewing machines, embroidering machines, vinyl cutters, T-shirt presses and candle-making equipment. Volunteers, nicknamed the Craft Cartel, can also teach classes in the room.

“Instead of us just trying to shove programming down their throat, we want to know what it is they want, and then we basically go find somebody to teach it,” Brown said.

Headshot of Stephen Brown AKA 5th Child against a neutral backdrop
Stephen Brown works full-time at the Mississippi Museum of Art while balancing being a father, operator of the Briarwood Arts Center and a music producer under the moniker, 5th Child. Photo courtesy Stephen Brown

The building includes a remote office for people who work remotely, but do not want to lease a long-term office space. The office has its own keyboard and mouse, Wi-Fi, and wireless printing. The boardroom in the back of the building is used for small group meetings like firearm-safety classes and gatherings of a local anime club.

Additionally, a branding lab has a backdrop for photoshoots or professional headshots. “There’s a photography studio called 242 Creative, and they’ve done a headshot gathering here where they just posted up with all their lights and filters and stuff and invited people to come and get headshots done,” Brown explained.

The e-learning center is for SAT and ACT prep, financial-aid advice, college planning, career coaching, and GED and GRE prep. The center has an art studio, a room for vendors to do a pop-up shop, and the Ubuntu room.

“Ubuntu means ‘I am because we are’; this is our general community meeting space,” Brown said. “This is where we have our youth-mentorship programs, photography workshops, financial-literacy workshops, mural painting, hip-hop cardio, Afro-Caribbean dance classes, the krumping dance class called Groove Moves and Vibe Sessions.”

Looking For Community

Bernadette Milnick lived in Tennessee before she retired and relocated to Jackson after her son, who lives in the capital city, asked her to move. She arrived last year in August, having no friends in the community for the first few months. One day while she was in her kitchen, she overheard a news story on her TV about the Briarwood Arts Center.

She paused her task and thought that maybe she would be able to find a sense of community there. She mentioned it in a conversation with her son, who coincidentally knew the owner.

“Mom, that’s my friend, Stephen Brown,” the son said at the time. “Oh, OK,” Milnick responded. “Call him,” her son continued. “He would love for you to come by and see him.”

So, she visited the Briarwood Arts Center and met with Brown. “I really like him,” she told the Mississippi Free Press.

By volunteering with the center, the Jackson transplant says she has finally found the feeling of community she had wanted. Milnick mainly helps at the front desk and occasionally hosts meetings, though she hopes to teach craft classes in the future.

Christian Vance speaking inside a room with blue-grey walls
Jackson Police Department Precinct 3 Commander Christian Vance started the Firm Foundations with his childhood friends and father as a way to help guide and mentor Jackson’s young men. Photo by Malcolm Morrow

Milnick has been helping to plan the art center’s first “birthday” on Sept. 10, along with other volunteers like Braden Luckett, who has a platform called Urban World that he uses to support local artists throughout the state.

Luckett has other clients across the South in states like Georgia and Texas, but he said he feels called to do work in Jackson. “Music has always been a part of my life,” he told the Mississippi Free Press inside the Briarwood Arts Center lobby. “It’s just right now, I feel like I’m supposed to help build here.”

Through personal conversations with Brown, Luckett has determined that people can often get too caught up in needing other people to create opportunities for them instead of simply going out and pursuing their dreams on their own.

“Sometimes, you just do it yourself,” Luckett said. “(Brown has) talked about toxic self-reliance because you don’t want to feel like you can’t depend on anyone. If you want your dreams to come true, just go do it.”

‘Firm Foundations’

The smell of Little Caesar’s pizza wafted through the room on the day this reporter visited the center before Jackson Police Department Precinct 3 Commander Christian Vance rounded the corner carrying the stack of orange boxes. The Firm Foundations, a nonprofit that mentors boys between the ages of 7 and 15, was hosting its youth-mentorship night. School had just started back, so the meeting was not as packed as it normally would be, but it proceeded as usual.

Inside the meeting room, foundation founder Christian Vance stood at the white board, initiating a game of hangman with the five youths in attendance. The category was candy and a few boys took some guesses at what the candy could be while Stephen Brown was having a discussion with another mentee about being a sibling.

A mentee stands at the whiteboard playing hangman with the rest of The Firm Foundations’ mentees inside the Briarwood Arts Center on Aug. 9, 2023. Photo by Malcolm Morrow

When Vance was 27-years-old, he wanted to find other avenues to positively affect his community, so he got together with his other childhood friends and his father to create The Firm Foundations. The program ran out of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for five years before the pandemic slowed the program down, he said.

“Steven, who is the greatest human being that you’ll ever meet in your life, called me, and he’s like, ‘Dude, I got this thing going on,’ and it was automatic: ‘Dawg, I got you,’” Vance told the Mississippi Free Press.

The nonprofit founder also coaches basketball through the police academy, so some of his mentees are also his players. He gets to maintain regular contact with his mentees through these various avenues. It’s all about consistency, Vance said.

“A lot of these things are symptoms and not the disease,” the JDP officer explained. “A lot of times the disease is low quality of life. And we attack the low quality. That’s the root. If we can attack the low quality of life, then we’ll start seeing the fruit on the tree again.”

A sign that defines Ubuntu: the belief that we are defined by our compassion and humanity towards others
Ubuntu, which means “I am because we are,” is the motto at Briarwood Arts Center, and the phrase hangs on the walls of the room used for the mentorship program, dance classes and other events. Photo courtesy Acacia Clark

Many of Vance’s mentees do not have fathers around, so he endeavors to act as a positive male figure in their absence. As to what his mentees get from the program, he believes they may not see their own growth just yet.

“We talk about adversity, goals, feelings, And a lot of times, I’ll come up with a topic, and we’ll just talk through it. What is adversity? What does adversity do? How does it make you feel? What are the choices it gives you? What determines the choices you make?” the founder listed.

And at times, the conversations can get so personal and vulnerable that kids will burst into tears, mentors as well. Vance said he will never give up on Jackson. His hope and prayer is that if he does not see the city become what he believes it is supposed to be, he will at least help raise and guide the next generation of youth who will live and prosper here.

“The role of a man in society is to be a repairer of the breach,” Vance said. “And that means not only am I fixing this thing that’s broken, I’m taking you through safely while I fix this thing that’s broken. And then when I fix this broken thing, I’ll find another problem to solve.”

‘Just Do The Work’

Stephen Brown said the hardest challenge that comes with running the Briarwood Arts Center can be toxic self-reliance, which can lead to burnout. “Toxic self-reliance is, ‘Man, I’m the only one who cares about this neighborhood. If I don’t pick this up, nobody’s gonna pick it up … Nobody else cares about this neighborhood, and I’m the only one who has to do it,’” he explained.

Dealing with the habit of self-reliance has been a personal struggle for the music producer, who is learning to better lean on other community members to assist him with registration, mentorship and other things. He is learning to be a better leader, he said.

“It’s an ongoing process, but thankfully I have people that have grace with me and that understand that that’s something I’m overcoming—(people who) know if they have to snatch it outta my hands to help me for the greater purpose of BAC and the greater purpose of the community, then I have to get outta my own way,” Brown said.

Most of the programming and events at the Briarwood Arts Center take place in the evenings or on weekends to make it easier for people to attend. Photo courtesy Acacia Clark

From his first year operating the center, Brown has learned to document everything, to not overthink as much and to not take things personally—that last point being of extreme importance as he struggles to get the Briarwood community to buy into the center. People within the immediate neighborhood rarely show up to anything, he said.

The center does, however, draw in people from Grenada, Brandon, Clinton, South Jackson, Ridgeland, Madison, Kosciusko and various other cities and zip codes across the state. The center has been on the news and people in the community know him as the man that picks up trash on the street with his trash grabber, yet he still struggles to bring them to the center.

“I don’t allow myself to take it personally. I don’t worry about who is showing up. We’re not called to be impressive. We’re called to be obedient,” Brown said. “Just do the work and leave it. Eventually, in the grand scheme of things, I have to find a better way to market what we’re doing to the Briarwood community.”

His short-term goal is to own the building instead of leasing it. Acquiring the building should take around $65,000, which the music producer does not readily have on hand at this moment.

Though experts are welcome, Stephen Brown said the Briarwood Arts Center is primarily designed for people who have a genuine curiosity for art, but who are afraid to dip their toes in the water. Photo courtesy Acacia Clark

“We are registered as a 501(c)(3) as the Briarwood Arts Foundation,” Brown said. “We got all the building permits, fire inspections. We’ve been doing everything the right way. We just wanted to show people for a full year this is what we can do with no funding. Now imagine if you were to give us some operating funds.”

Despite the center being self-funded, it has more money in its account now than it did when it first opened. In year two, Brown hopes to apply for more grants and funding now that he has shown that his business model indeed works.

“What we would want is some group of people in Shady Oaks to say, ‘Hey, there’s an abandoned building here in our neighborhood, too. Let’s get together and buy it and start the Shady Oaks Center,” he explained.

To learn more about Briarwood Arts Center, visit briarwoodartscenter.com. To keep up with the various programs and events at the center, follow their Instagram and Facebook pages. To donate or sign up for volunteer opportunities at the center, click here

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Plane crash believed to have killed Russian mercenary chief seen as Kremlin’s revenge

Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and top officers of his private military were presumed dead in a plane crash that was widely seen as an assassination, two months after they staged a mutiny that dented Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority. Russia’s civil aviation agency said that Prigozhin and six of his top lieutenants were on the business jet that crashed Wednesday soon after taking off from Moscow, with a crew of three. Rescuers quickly found all 10 bodies, and Russian media cited sources in Prigozhin’s Wagner private military company who confirmed his death. U.S. and other Western officials long expected Putin to go after Prigozhin, despite promising to drop charges in a deal that ended the June 23-24 mutiny.

Trump set to surrender at Georgia jail on charges that he sought to overturn 2020 election

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump is set to surrender to authorities in Georgia on charges that he schemed to overturn the 2020 election in that state, a booking process expected to yield a historic first: a mug shot of a former American president. Trump’s arrival comes on the heels of a presidential debate featuring his leading rivals for the 2024 Republican nomination, a contest in which he remains the leading candidate despite accelerating legal troubles. His presence in the state, though likely brief, is expected to swipe the spotlight at least temporarily from his opponents in the aftermath of a debate in which other candidates sought to seize on Trump’s absence to elevate their own presidential prospects.

Vivek Ramaswamy takes center stage, plus other key moments from first Republican debate

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have dominated the Republican presidential nomination fight for much of the year. Neither dominated the debate stage Wednesday night. Trump skipped the GOP’s opening presidential primary debate. DeSantis showed up, but he was overshadowed for much of the night by political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy has crept up in recent polls, leading to his position next to DeSantis at center stage. And he quickly showed why when he showcased his ready-for-video, on-message approach. His rivals, however, attacked him for his lack of political experience and his view that the U.S. should stop supporting Ukraine.

China bans seafood from Japan after the Fukushima nuclear plant begins its wastewater release

OKUMA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. In a live video from a control room at the plant Thursday, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings showed a staff member turn on a seawater pump, marking the beginning of the controversial project that’s expected to last for decades. China responded by banning seafood from Japan, effective immediately. But the Japanese government and TEPCO say the water must be released for the plant to decommission and to prevent accidental leaks. They say the treatment and dilution exceeds international safety standards. Still, some scientists say the long-term impact needs attention.

Gunfire at a California biker bar kills 4 people, including the shooter, and wounds 5 more

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say three people were killed and five others were wounded in a shooting at a Southern California biker bar. The gunman was also killed by deputies. The shooting occurred after 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cook’s Corner in rural Trabuco Canyon in Orange County, a popular longtime watering hole for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts who gather for live music and other events. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the gunman was dead four minutes after reports of the shooting first came in. Six others were taken to a hospital, including five with gunshot wounds. The hospital said two were in critical condition.

Fire renews Maui stream water rights tension in longtime conflict over sacred Hawaiian resource

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — During the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, a developer of land around a threatened Maui community urgently asked state officials for permission to divert stream water to help fight the growing inferno. In letters reviewed by the AP, the developer suggests approval was delayed while the state sought the OK from a taro farmer downstream. The dispute highlights tensions over water rights that date to Hawaii’s mid-1800s plantation era. The executive who wrote the letters says he wants stream water for fire suppression. Native Hawaiians worry the developer is using the fires to reduce overall caps on their water use.

At least 1 person is dead and 2 are missing as Tropical Storm Franklin batters Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Franklin is unleashing heavy floods and landslides in the Dominican Republic after making landfall in the country’s southern region. The Civil Defense agency said the storm killed one person on Wednesday. The storm began to slowly spin away from the island of Hispaniola that the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti after dumping heavy rain for several hours.  Forecasters say Franklin could dump up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain, with as much as 16 inches for Hispaniola’s central region. Officials are most concerned about the storm’s impact in Haiti, which is vulnerable to catastrophic flooding because of severe erosion from deforestation.

Zimbabwe’s election extends to a second day after long ballot delays. Some slept at polling stations

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Voting is still underway in Zimbabwe. Hourslong delays in distributing ballot papers forced the president to extend the general election by a day at dozens of polling stations. Some frustrated voters slept at polling stations, snuggling under blankets or lighting fires to keep warm. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who seeks a second term, used his presidential powers to extend voting to Thursday night at dozens of polling stations. Some people shoved and shouted at election officials and police officers after being told ballot papers had run out. The lead opposition candidate claims that the delays are aimed at disenfranchising voters in his urban strongholds.

3 small Palestinian villages emptied out this summer. Residents blame Israeli settler attacks

AL-QABUN, West Bank (AP) — United Nations monitors say three small Palestinian herding villages have emptied out over the past four months, with residents blaming mounting violence by Israeli settlers. The most recent departures took place in al-Qabun, a Bedouin village in the heart of the occupied West Bank that once had 89 residents. For Palestinians, the recent wave of evacuations is emblematic of a new stage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as settlers use shepherding as a tool to seize land with little effort. U.N. officials warn the trend is changing the map of the West Bank and entrenching unauthorized outposts.

Jailed WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich arrives at a hearing on extending his detention

MOSCOW (AP) — Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was detained on espionage charges, arrived at a Moscow court Thursday for a hearing on a motion by the prosecution to extend his arrest. A 31-year-old United States citizen, Gershkovich was arrested in the city of Yekaterinburg while on a reporting trip to Russia in late March. He and his employer deny the allegations, and the U.S. government declared him to be wrongfully detained. Russian authorities have not provided any evidence to support the espionage charges. Gershkovich is the first American reporter to to face espionage charges in Russia since September 1986, when Nicholas Daniloff, a Moscow correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, was arrested by the KGB.

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Iggy Azalea shows off her insane curves in a silver bikini to promote her new single as she makes a comeback to music after OnlyFans controversy

Iggy Azalea is back with a bang. 

The Australian rapper, 33, is releasing a new song for the first time in over two years and she has been very busy promoting it. 

Money Come will debut on August 25, and Iggy posed for a very raunchy photoshoot to go with it this week. 

For the shoot, the Fancy singer showed off her stunning curves in a skimpy silver bikini. 

Posing on a table in an office with several women in the background, the blonde bombshell showed off her tiny waist and cleavage in the swimsuit. 

Iggy Azalea (pictured) is back with a bang. The Australian rapper, 33, is bringing out a new song for the first time in over two years and she has been very busy promoting it

Iggy Azalea (pictured) is back with a bang. The Australian rapper, 33, is bringing out a new song for the first time in over two years and she has been very busy promoting it

She completed the look with a long bright pink coat and knee-high black boots, and accessorised with a pair of black sunglasses and a silver chain. 

The musician placed her long bleach blonde locks up in a ponytail and was made up with a glamorous palette and a nude lip. 

Iggy announced the news of her new single a couple of days ago.

Iggy Azalea, 33, will release her highly-anticipated new single Money Come on August 25

Iggy Azalea, 33, will release her highly-anticipated new single Money Come on August 25

‘Have you ever seen five bad b*tches at ya door?! Clear your schedule for August 25th,’ she wrote alongside the cover art for Money Come. 

Some fans were shocked by the cover, which showed Iggy brandishing a silver gun while bills of money rained down around her. 

In another promotional image from the single, Iggy is seen riding what appears to be a male music executive down a hallway as she fires hundred dollar bills into the air.

The song and its upcoming music video may be a reference to the rapper taking control of her career by joining OnlyFans.

In an interview with the High Low with EmRata podcast in March, Iggy said that her decision to join OnlyFans was so that she could make money off of her body instead of having record labels and other companies commodify her. 

‘I made record labels so much money off my body. I made a lot of people so much money off my body. And I got the smallest cut off my own f**king body and my own work and my own ideas,’ she said.

In a promotional image from the single, Iggy is seen riding what appears to be a male music executive down a hallway as she fires hundred dollar bills into the air

In a promotional image from the single, Iggy is seen riding what appears to be a male music executive down a hallway as she fires hundred dollar bills into the air

'I made record labels so much money off my body. I made a lot of people so much money off my body. And I got the smallest cut off my own f**king body and my own work and my own ideas,' she previously said

‘I made record labels so much money off my body. I made a lot of people so much money off my body. And I got the smallest cut off my own f**king body and my own work and my own ideas,’ she previously said

‘I don’t think I have to say sorry about the fact that I want to commodify my own s**t,’ she continued.

‘It’s been commodified and I wasn’t even the main f***ing benefactor of it, so f**k this. And I enjoy it. I’m going to do it anyway.’

While the Fancy hitmaker has refused to reveal exactly how much she’s made on OnlyFans, the figures are believed to be in the millions. 

She charges $25 a month for an entry-level subscription to her page, but then users need to spend even more to access racier photos and videos. 

Iggy is estimated to have made millions of dollars from her OnlyFans stint

Iggy is estimated to have made millions of dollars from her OnlyFans stint

In February, Iggy admitted her subscribers sometimes pay her large sums of cash in exchange for voice messages, in which she humiliates and degrades them. 

‘Men pay me to tell them that they’re a piece of s**t,’ she boasted during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

‘They’ll send me like six hundred dollars just to send a voice note like, “I’d never suck your disgusting little f***ing d**k! Is that even a d**k? I wouldn’t even let my dog lick that d**k.”

‘And they’re like, “Ugh. $200. $300.” And I’m like, I like this game! I like to sit in bed at night and tell men how [inaudible] and they pay me for it.’ 

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