Culture Creators

[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.

300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.

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LIST OF HONOREES

Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS

Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.

ENZI

Alt-pop-rock singer/songwriter ENZI backs up her dynamic stage presence with a voice of startling power, range, and expression. With a sound that’s youthful with an aggressive edge, her music rides an emotional range from ethereal to audacious. Her provocative lyrics, infectious hooks, and driving rhythms borrow attitude from rock but are grounded in earnest emotion.
ENZI’s 2016 EP, Echoes, released under her born name Kenzie Culver, is the result of a Denver talent search in which she was chosen from hundreds of competitors. Her enthusiastic online following has resulted in nearly 100,000 of YouTube views on her first music video, “Are You with Me”. The track is an anthem for a generation on the rise and for those, like her, who have struggled with serious health issues. “I’m a firm believer that music heals the soul,” ENZI says.

After her debut, ENZI has had the privilege of opening for national headliner’s such as Blue October, Parachute, Night Riots and TONIC.
ENZI’s recent single, “Afraid of Being Saved,” earned her semifinalist status in the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition, International Songwriting Competition and Music City Song Star. Additional awards include first place in both the Colorado You Got Talent Competition and the Keptone Battle of the Bands, advanced band division. She also earned the Stars of Tomorrow People’s Choice Award and was named the Colorado Ambassador for music therapy charity Blue Star Connection. She has played prominent venues throughout Colorado, including the famed Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Ryan Seacrest’s Denver Seacrest Studio, New West Fest, The UMS, and People’s Fair.
ENZI’s soon to be released song, “Flipside” just earned her a top 5 spot for iHeart Radio KTCL 93.3’s Big Gig 2018 show where she will share the day with 30 Seconds to Mars, K.Flay, Walk The Moon and more!
ENZI’s pop-alternative empire continues to grow with frequent airplay, streaming, and performances all around the state of Colorado, and soon across the nation.

JUKE ROSS x Fresh Roses

Today, Guyanese singer/songwriter JUKE ROSS returns with his latest single “Fresh Roses” via Republic Records.

Listen HERE.

“Fresh Roses” is JUKE ROSS’ first single following his debut EP “Grey.” “Like a Fresh Rose needs rain and nurturing so does new love. The song is about being caught in the space between trying to latch on to the bliss of new love while escaping the sting of the past,” say JUKE“Fresh Roses” showcases his signature acoustic style and sets the tone for what Juke has in store for 2018.

Located on South America’s northern mainland, the celebratory and life-affirming spirit of Guyana remains an undercurrent of JUKE ROSS’s songwriting. The youngest of 14 siblings, he can recall falling in love with music at a young age. The family radio played everything from Caribbean standards to Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, and he would sit and listen for hours on end. Inspired by his nurse mom, he enrolled in medical school. In the midst of his studies, guitar beckoned to him. JUKE feverishly began penning music. Among those early compositions, he created “Colour Me, which became an independent phenomenon, landed him a deal with Republic Records, and positioned him as one of 2017’s most exciting artists to watch!

Teyana Taylor

TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS

K.T.S.E. (KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY) PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY KANYE WEST
LISTEN TO KTSE HERE

(June 22, 2018 – New York, NY) R&B superstar, dancer/choreographer, actress, model, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, K.T.S.E. today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Produced entirely by Kanye West, the seven-track album is the fifth and final installment in the historic weekly series of G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases this month.

K.T.S.E.– Keep That Same Energy – is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s VII, Teyana’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam debut album. VII’s top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T has collected over 16 million YouTube views to date.

K.T.S.E. was unveiled Thursday night at a livestreamed listening event on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles. Universal’s famed “New York” set was transformed into Taylor’s native Harlem, with street signs pointing to 141 Street and Lenox Avenue, while mock-NYPD cruisers flashed their blue and red lights into the Hollywood night. The event was livestreamed on Twitter, and featured merch designed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. Teyana Taylor merchandise is available now at her exclusive online store: https://shop.teyanataylor.com/

Teyana Taylor is one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a variety of fields. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale coming in as the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in BET’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10, with upcoming movie The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently in addition to her ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line. Her recent Pretty Little things x Karl Kani collaboration sold out in a whopping 19 minutes.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became a global viral sensation, attracting 100 million + YouTube views, and won the 2017 MTV VMA for “Best Choreography”.

360 × Shade Room

360 was featured on the Shade Room starring Jacquees! View the post HERE. Jacquees is an American singer and songwriter from Georgia, currently on a tour with Chris Brown. He has been signed under Cash Money Records since 2014 and he recently released his debut album 4275 on June 16, 2018. His album is out now and is inspired by his experiences and lessons he learned while growing up. The album’s catchy name is also named after his old street address, since his home was the start to all the dreams and his neighborhood was the place that motivated him to do what he has become today.

Culture Creators

Written by McCellies Mason II

Edited by Vaughn Lowery

Photo by Krishan Narsinghani

Remy Martin and The Mane Choice presented the 3rd Annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders awards brunch in Beverly Hills. Attendees were treated to a wonderful brunch alongside of mimosas and pastries as the stars filtered into the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other sponsors for the ceremony included Morgan Stanley and Beats by Dre.

The two 2018 honorees were Host and Master of Ceremonies A.J. Calloway, Mistress of Ceremonies Tanika Ray. Other award winners were: Sylvia Rhone [Icon Award], Jemele Hill [The Defiance Award], Lauren Wesley Wilson [Business Award], Fatima Robinson [Dance/Art Award], Brea Stinson [Fashion Award], Charles D. King and Kenya Barris [Film +Television Awards], Rashaun Williams [Finance Award], Shawn Gee and Tunji Balogun [Music Awards], Jana Fleishman [Public Relations Award], Kristi Henderson [Social Activism Award], Carlos Fleming [Sports Award] and Rodney Williams [Technology Award].

Other guests included: Will.i.am, Draya Michelle, Tank, Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera, Tika Sumpter, BJ the Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosius, Luke James, Ray-J, Yandy Smith and Erica Campbell amongst many more.

Culture Creators was founded by Joi Brown, who is also Sr. Veep of Marketing & Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records. “We must create a door that stays open for people of color, while reaching back and pulling forward our future generation of leaders,” Brown said in a statement to Billboard. “Our goal is to not only praise those behind the scenes who are real ‘culture creators’ but to further the conversation on diversity, opportunity, fiscal responsibility and investment, community building and dream defining. We want to ensure that we are creating space for more leaders in various industries who are empowered to be the curators of black culture and business globally.”

Will.i.am, Culture Creators

SIX SENSES BHUTAN

Six Senses Bhutan Prepares for October 2018 Opening

Reservations now being accepted for booking from November 3 onward with special opening offer

Six Senses Bhutan, which is gearing up for an October 2018 opening, is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment, and experiences.

Beginning with the capital and the largest of the lodges, Six Senses Thimphu places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, giving it the name of Palace in the Sky. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amidst rice fields.

Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey which is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its main bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.

Traveling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual center with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest and with its immersive tree and garden interior design theme, it is fondly referred to as the Forest in a Forest. The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to ancient dzong stone ruins, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.

The Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018. The Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.

Rates & Reservations and Special Opening Offer: Suite rates start at $500 USD for double occupancy and as a special opening offer until February 28, 2019, Six Senses Bhutan will offer an inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner (restaurant dining or picnic). For stays between November 3, 2018 and February 28, 2019 for five consecutive nights at one or more of the resorts, Six Senses Bhutan will offer guests a car and driver plus a guide during their stay at Six Senses Bhutan.

“There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural, and spiritual beauty making it a compelling destination. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,” said General Manager Mark Swinton.

“Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan. The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) who act as guides and assist guests in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the valley; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”

Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Center with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang, to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasized with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.

Getting There: Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservation team at reservations-bhutan@sixsenses.com.

Six Senses Thimphu, the capital, places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds.


Six Senses Paro is located at a stunning height overlooking the Paro Valley.

About Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan will move you – to pause and think. This colorful Himalayan Kingdom lives by its ethos of Gross National Happiness. Journey through western and central valleys, and you can’t help but find meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn. That’s why our guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Each has a unique character and all embrace our Six Senses guiding principles, which include a Six Senses Spa and Wellness Center, mindful eating, sleep and self-discovery. Visit one, or any combination, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s spirituality, heritage and hospitality. 

About

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 16 hotels and resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love. 

Delivering the Hype

Delivering the Hype was founded in November 2017 by Thomas Gigante a Business and Management student at the University of Kent (UK). At the time he started proposing his business plan and calling selected business contributors to become team members and since then the business’s main purpose has been to provide exclusive services to the public; such as the most famous one, the VIP service. It all started by analysing the markets of the sneaker and streetwear industry, which are notoriously competitive. The gap in the market was the difficulty in obtaining a certain product from brands like Supreme, Palace and other similar brands. The main goal of the successful company is to provide highly limited sneakers and streetwear clothes to the public, at a fair, reasonable as well as competitive price. The name is easy to find and eye-catching; by now anybody who is passionate about hyped brands or in the streetwear community knows and easily recognises what Delivering the Hype is all about; delivering “hyped” products to the client. The DH team is formed by people who have different backgrounds, cultures and come from all over the world. Thomas says: “ We’re constantly growing, and we are always improving our website and services. In the future DH expects new services to be opened, a greater clientele and to expand our team. Our VIP service is very easy to use, like the other services, you just need to fill in the form that is given on the page, giving us the right info on the product you want (what is it, date of release etc.) and by filling in and sending the form we will do the rest. We have got a large number of trusted clients who always buy from us”.
For more info, just visit the website:www.deliveringthehype.com

STANAJ “DIRTY MIND” VIDEO

STANAJ RELEASES VIDEO FOR “DIRTY MIND” FEATURING TY DOLLA $IGN WATCH HERE

THE VIDEO PREMIERED EARLIER TODAY VIA COMPLEX AND MTV

“If this doesn’t put you in the summer mood, we don’t know what will….it’s a glossy video that pairs incredibly well with the upbeat track about young love and desire.” – Complex

Since arriving in 2016, New York-born and Los Angeles-based Albanian-American singer, songwriter, producer, and rising star STANAJ has consistently floored audiences with his powerhouse voice. He earned a bona fide hit with “Romantic” (NOTD Remix)—which clocked 100 million Spotify streams—as he regularly averaged over 2 million monthly listeners on the platform. A pair of EPs, The Preview and From A Distance, both bowed in the Top 10 of the iTunes Top Pop Albums chart. Moreover, he unassumingly transformed everyone from Drake and Chris Brown to NBA star Brandon Jennings and Kim Kardashian West into fans as they gave him love on social media in viral posts. He has toured with JoJo and Jessie J in addition to making his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Justin Timberlake who went on to also give a co-sign.

During 2018, he locked himself in the studio resulting in his new single “Dirty Mind” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. Lush and lively production underscores playful and head-turning lyrics before his show-stopping falsetto takes hold.  Meanwhile, Ty drops by for a striking and soulful cameo of his own. Check it out HERE.

There are many more big moments to come from STANAJ as he prepares his full-length debut album—stay tuned.

Watch a profile of how STANAJ came up via Complex HERE.

Watch STANAJ’S debut television performance on Fallon HERE.

Dave Matthews on Fallon

Dave Matthews appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night. First, Dave Matthews covers hit trap songs including Migos’ “Stir Fry,” Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” Following the segment, Dave Matthews Band performs “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” from their new album, “Come Tomorrow.”

Dave Matthews Sings Cardi B, Lil Pump, Migos

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yEMyY7C8Xg

Dave Matthews Band: Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoYpQxZs8bY

“The Tonight Show” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.