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Katy Perry has a major announcement

Today is...

National Butterscotch Pudding Day!

News of the Day:

+ Katy Perry took to Twitter to inform the world that she follows a new religion: Chance The Rapper. We're not quite sure what caused this epiphany, but preach girl. Maybe this confession will lead to the next "E.T."?

+ A Muslim teenager has taken emoji diversity into her own hands by designing a woman wearing a headscarf. If approved by the Unicode Consortium, Rayouf Alhumedhi's creation could be coming to a keyboard near you by 2017. Representation matters, even in the tech world!

+ Black students at American University are reportedly being harrassed on campus. A banana was thrown at one student inside her dorm room while other black girls reported that banaas were left outside their doors, which were also vandalized. The identities of the hecklers are being protected, but the university claims that it is investigating the incidents.

+ The owners of Fabric have launched an online fundraiser to cover the necessary legal fees they need to fight the appeal that forced them to close. If you want to help #savefabric by reaching their £500,000 goal, donate directly to the cause here.

+ Marc Jacobs has only made matters worse with his comments in defense of his NYFW presentation. Hopefully, his latest apology post on Instagram will be the last for a while.

Deal of the Day:

Verb has teamed up with The Sill, S.W. Basics, Birds Barbershop, and W3LL People for a VIP trip to Austin City Limits music festival from September 30 through October 2! Enter to win the giveaway here.

Advice of the Day:

"I work very hard and I'm worth every cent."- Naomi Campbell

GIF of the Day:

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.