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Chaya Kumar and Shivani Bhagwan, the creators and founders of BhangraFunk and BollyFunk, have quickly become a worldwide phenomenon, known as BFUNK. Their viral YouTube dance videos featuring students from their sold-out classes in Los Angeles have caught the attention of many. They have collaborated with the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan and received co-signs from other Bollywood superstars like Diljit Dosanjh, Arjun Kapoor and esteemed choreographers Geeta Kapoor and Tricia Miranda. With over 200 million cumulative views on their dance videos, Shivani and Chaya have built an enormous fan base around the world. (#FUNKFAM) This has allowed them to travel and teach workshops internationally and bring a new style of dance to many renowned dance studios. They are pushing boundaries with their messaging and proving that dance can be a career.
360 had the opportunity in joining #BFUNK for a special dance class focused on crafting background dancers and the proper techniques during an on-stage live performance. The crossover between Bollywood and Hip-Hop formed powerful combos and an overall fluid routine that both choreographers taught. The whole experience felt like joining a family dance camp. Kumar and Bhagwan made it comfortable to ask questions, repeat steps and took the time to identify common mistakes. Hearing how proud they were of the class and watching them interact with familiar and unfamiliar faces showcased their passion for others to succeed. Classes are perfect for dancers of any experience and background, with this class emphasized on dancers breaking into the industry. Surprise guest and recording artist, Raja Kumari (whose song the routine covered), was invited as an example of how one should perform alongside a known performer.
“As South Asians, there exists no system of representation for an industry dancer to be booked on a professional job within their niche. In this class, we provided our students the opportunity to back up an artist, as it would be on stage. It is our hope that this venture will create a clatter and foreshadow new beginnings for South Asian dancers.”
Kumar and Bhagwan will continue to foster a positive environment in their classes and relentlessly strive to change the conversation, eliminating labels and discussing dance as simply, dance. At age 26, their careers only continue to skyrocket into new heights.
By Bob Cal
New York Fashion Week was graced with a message of self love and inclusivity during the launch of the lingerie brand—Liberte. A model for over 17 years, most notably one of the stars of Aire’s ‘Real’ campaign in 2013, Amber Tolliver founded the lingerie line Liberte to promote self love and positive body image to women of all sizes. Tolliver’s life as a thin model–and not being able to find lingerie in her size–was a big inspiration to creating and launching this brand.
The Liberte brand held their official product launch amidst New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019. Throughout the pop-up shop location, signs reading “, Love your self,” and “, Hey there beautiful,” branded the event space. On the wall hung a large portrait of the brand’s main campaign photo of four women, of all shapes and colors, wearing Liberte’s luxury laces.
Carrying 14 sizes, ranging from 32C to 38H bra sizes and small to 2XL panties, Liberte is committed to making lingerie that is comfortable, luxurious and most importantly, size inclusive.
Every year, designers showcase their latest designs and forecast the next big trends on the catwalk, which we can incorporate into our own clothing collections. Staying up to date with the latest fashion trends can be hugely important, whether you work in fashion or you simply just like to look current!
At the end of 2018, fashion weeks across the world displayed SS19 collections, giving a nod towards some striking trends. One such style you’ve probably seen before, but it’s here to stay in a big way.
The neon trend was a prevalent feature across the board in last year’s catwalk shows, and it’s not going anywhere just yet. Made popular by the likes of Kim Kardashian, high street fashion and luxury fashion houses, neon can now be seen everywhere. So, are you ready to embrace a brighter colour palette this year?
How to wear neon
Neon can be a daunting shade to adopt, but realistically it’s just brightened versions of your favourite colours. Think lime, lemon, tangerine and fuchsia; these are your basic neon colours and you can play around with them as boldly or subtly as you like.
You may want to consider pairing a neon top or trousers with a muted counterpart and simple accessories to ease your way into this top trend. Recent seasons have featured very neutral colour palettes, so neon could be the perfect way to overhaul your collection for 2019. On the other hand, if you’re feeling brave then go for a head-to-toe ensemble; think neon power suit or dress for a bold statement.
Neon works incredibly well when paired with other key trends. Incorporate the latest designs in one by wearing neon streetwear, or neon snake print. Casual wear in particular can look great in neon, by making something quite simple look extraordinary.
Consider the seasons; neon can work through the year in various guises. Think neon jumpers for the winter, and neon beachwear in the summer.
Neon style inspiration
There are many different ways you can incorporate the neon trend into your clothing collection, from day to night. As mentioned earlier, neon knitwear can work perfectly when paired with your favourite jeans for off-duty, weekend style; likewise, a muted top with neon trousers can create an effortlessly on-trend appearance.
For eveningwear, say goodbye to those jewelled tones of last year and say hello to your favourite bright shades. Royal blue, deep purple and emerald are quickly making way for more vivid hues, and they can easily be worn in the form of a mini, midi or maxi dress. Just remember to accessorise accordingly; simple hair and makeup goes best with this kind of look. Look out for extra enhancements like sequins and prints for something a little more unique.
Of course, for those of you who still aren’t convinced that neon is the way to go this year, why not think on a smaller scale? Handbags and shoes make a perfect way to experiment with the trend, creating a striking look without going over the top!
Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Through singles “Mute,” “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You,” and her latest “I Did It,”as well as her debut EP, The Come Up (the cover features an image of Kumari with her head draped in both a gold tikka and an American flag), Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says. “Because those were the onlydesires I had as a child.”
Born Svetha Rao in Claremont, Calif., to Indian parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the ’70s, Kumari was 13 when she had a vision that she calls “a memory of the future.” “I was in my room and I had this image of me standing on a stage,” she recalls. “I couldn’t see myself. I was looking out from my own eyes at a sea of 100,000 people and I could feel their energy. Suddenly I snapped out of it and said out loud, ‘How do I get there?’ My entire career has been about trying to answer that question, ‘How do I become that woman and how do I touch people?’ That became my life’s purpose.” Her answer is music and dance. “I feel like I’m a seed from the motherland that was sent across the world,” she says. “Culture is part of my identity because we, as Indian-Americans who grew up away from India, have to be the vessels of culture. We have to hold on because it’ll be lost within one generation. That’s why it so heavily influences my music and look. It’s not a gimmick to me. It’s an expression of a lifetime of trying to preserve it.”
Kumari set upon her artistic journey at age five when she began learning classical Indian dance, spending seven hours a day practicing with a dance guru who lived with her family for 10 years. Kumari studied several styles and, at age seven, made her debut in front of an audience that included Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who declared her a child prodigy. By the time she was ten, Kumari was touring the U.S. and India, performing for massive audiences and raising substantial sums of money for charity, including enough to build a meditation hall and a new wing for a hospital in India.
Kumari listened to nothing but classical Indian music until she was nine, but then her older brother gave her a copy of The Fugees’ The Score, and her love for hip-hop was born. “That was the genesis of me as an artist,” she says. “Indian music is based on the mathematics of rhythm, so very quickly, as a little Indian kid who was not using her brain to be scientist, I used it to decipher the mathematics of hip-hop and realized that the rhythms of rap felt similar to the jathis and taals of Carnatic music. Hip-hop felt like a bridge.” Kumari also noted the large platforms that her favorite pop acts, like Britney Spears and *NSYNC, had to reach fans. “I was like, ‘How do I get my dance on that type of stage?’ And I realized that the only people who have stages like that are pop stars.”
At 14, Kumari recorded her first song professionally, started a hip-hop duo with a friend, and adopted her stage name, which means “princess” in Sanskrit. “That’s when I personified this strong, female goddess character called ‘Raja Kumari,’ the daughter of the king, and the king was God. So in my mind, I was the daughter of God.” She began writing her own songs as an act of rebellion. “I felt that everybody was expecting me to continue dancing and,like every other good Indian girl, marry a doctor,” saysKumari, whose father is a radiation oncologist. “I felt this path being set up for me and music became my way of doing something that was just for me.”
Kumari developed her writing skills and spent every day instudio sessions and attending songwriting camps all over the world. As she tried to crack the music industry code, she realized that the artists she looked up to started out as songwriters. “They had to prove they could sell millions of records, so that became my focus, too,” she says. “I put my artist project aside for two years to concentrate on learning.” As she found herself in in rooms with such heavyweights as Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, J.R. Rotem, and, at one point, Dr. Dre, Kumari soaked up everything she could about writing and vocal production. Her first placement came in 2012 when a song she co-wrote called “Change Your Life” wound up on Iggy Azalea’s Grammy-nominated album The New Classic. “Suddenly, I had credibility,” Kumari says.
Kumari signed with Pulse Recordings and went on to co-write hit songs for Fall Out Boy (the 4x-Platinum “Centuries,” which earned her a 2015 BMI Pop Award), Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, Dirty South, Lindsey Stirling, and Gwen Stefani (Kumari co-wrote six tracks on Stefani’s most recent album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like). Ironically, it was seeing Iggy Azalea wearing a gold kiritam in her “Bounce” video that fueledKumari’s determination to introduce authentic Indian culture to the masses. “To see my culture being put on as a costume — it woke me up,” she says. “I realized that if I didn’t do it, no one will.” Along the way, Kumari earned a degree in comparative religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.
In 2015, Kumari signed to Epic Records and released her debut single “Mute,” which addressed the challenges she faced when people in the industry advised her to tone down her ethnicity. (In the song’s opening line, she declares: “I had to put ‘em on mute / Thought that the curry was soup / I had to feed these fools / Had to go home and regroup.”)Kumari felt she had hit a roadblock in America and decided to decamp to Mumbai, where she was based for two years.
“I got there and everybody understood me,” says Kumari, who is also signed to Sony Music India. “I didn’t have to explain my bindi. I didn’t have to explain anything, really. People were so open to everything I was doing as an artist.I just wanted to prove that my music is worthy and that there are people who want to hear it. The validation from my people made me no longer crave validation from anyone else. When I walk into a room and someone tells me something can’t happen, I don’t even listen, because I already know what’s possible.”
Kumari wrote her latest single, “I Did It,” about that feeling. “It’s about me taking a leap,” she says. “It’s about how I didn’t do it the way everyone wanted, but I did it with integrity and that can’t be taken away from me. No one can tell me it won’t work, because it is working. I feel that the music is unstoppable now and that’s such a crazy feeling, because even today, my dad will say, ‘You know, you can just go back to medical school.’ They are still waiting for me to take the emergency exit. But I don’t feel like I’m allowed to quit because there are too many people, little girls like me, who didn’t see themselves represented in culture, who need it. I didn’t have anybody like me. I feel like I’m becoming the person I needed when I was growing up.
By Katelynn Dunn
DowntownDC BID held its second District of Fashion Runway Show hosted by Paul Wharton at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at 1250 New York Avenue NW in Washington, DC. This Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show showcased ten local designers of clothing and jewelry. The beautifully curated event also featured local lighting design and décor; catering by local ramen bar Jinya, Blume Honey Water, ThinkFoodGroup, Green Hat Gin, Beam Global Spirits & Wine; and a floral installation. The surprise is that the event was free with open bar to those who RSVPed – a real treat for the DC fashion community.
Featured designers included Paloma Correal, Sincerely KAJ, Fashions by Le Tam, Cheero Citizen, Corjor International, DiDomenico, Grindstone Universal, Carmen Eliam Jewelry, Peruvian Connection, Upstairs on 7, and Christopher Schafer Clothier.
Music by Leather & Porridge and DJ Yani.
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair Announces Exhibitors for Inaugural Edition
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) announces the exhibitors for its inaugural, 2019 edition presenting works by significant modern and contemporary artists. Taking place on April 4-7, 2019 at The 23rd Street City Troop Armory (22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia), PFAF brings 34 international galleries, featuring 300 established artists, to the City of Brotherly Love.
“Galleries were carefully selected to showcase the best examples of each genre and kind of artist. Though international in scope, we do also provide an emphasis on local artists. Fairgoers will be able to view and acquire works by a refined selection of emerging, mid-career and blue chip contemporary artists,” says Fair Director Rick Friedman. “Best of all, there are ‘must have’ treasures for every budget. Wearing my collector hat, I can’t wait to have a shot at these gems.”
Embracing the city’s history and passion for visual arts, the galleries presented at PFAF represent the longstanding cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia .The exhibitors hail from 19 cities, featuring renowned artists from around the world, including Cuba, Latin America, and Europe. The PFAF exhibitors represent acclaimed talent from all around the world, while giving an international perspective in a local setting,
PFAF is thrilled to be able to host the regional fair in a location that aligns with the city’s past. Held in the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, a centrally located fortress, the armory was originally built to house the men who helped keep the city safe for centuries, reflecting the fierce loyalty locals hold for their city. The building’s history will complement the work being featured by PFAF’s international roster of exhibitors and provide a unique environment for fair patrons to enjoy.
Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY
Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA
Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, FL
Corridor Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
David Rothermel Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM
Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York, NY
Fremin Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Fledermaus, Chicago, IL
Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
Gilles Clement Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Haviland Reed, Southampton, NY
Janet Lehr Fine Arts, East Hampton, NY
JSF Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Merritt Gallery, Haverford, PA
MM Fine Art, Southampton, NY
Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, NY
Rockelmann & Partner, Berlin, Germany
Rojas Ford Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
Roman Fine Art, East Hampton, NY
Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL
Sudden Contemporary, by Aureus Fort Collins, CO
The Hunt Gallery, Sandwich, UK
Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA
Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY
The Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) is an international, contemporary art fair that seeks to engage the strong, local art scene Philadelphia has developed. For its inaugural year, PFAF is hosting a roster of exhibitors who are presenting significant works of modern and contemporary art. Under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman, PFAF is the newest addition to the luxury, regional fine art fairs Friedman is known for producing in cities including the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Silicon Valley. PFAF is dedicated to supporting, contributing and furthering the artistic goals of the cultural community of Philadelphia.
The Opening Night Preview
Thursday, April 4, 6pm-10pm
Friday, April 5, 11am-7pm
Saturday, April 6, 11am-6pm
Sunday, April 7, 11am-5pm.
General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures presents the FIRST OFFICIAL TRAILER and POSTER for THE HUSTLE Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson
Want to see how this trailer made its way online? Check out how Joanne the Scammer helped Anne and Rebel get their hands on the trailer!
See the Joanne The Scammer Video HERE.
THE HUSTLE is in theaters EVERYWHERE May 10, 2019
In the hilarious new comedy THE HUSTLE, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.
Director: Chris Addison
Screenplay By: Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning and Dale Launer and Jac Schaeffer
Producers: Roger Birnbaum p.g.a., Rebel Wilson p.g.a.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp
On Sunday morning, high-end car dealership O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills hosted its first Sunset Granturismo of 2019, bringing LA’s car community together to enjoy a morning of cars and coffee at Sunset Plaza. To kick-off the new year with a twist, O’Gara hosted a “Porsche Takeover Edition”, spotlighting four Vintage 90’s Porsche cars among others alongside classics from the O’Gara Coach family including Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. In addition, car aficionados had the chance to view an original Lancia Stratos from the swinging 1960s.
In celebration of the first Sunset GT of the year, car lovers were given the opportunity to mingle while admiring the incredible line-up of 201 luxury cars, including 85 Porsche, 35 Ferrari, 30 Lamborghini in an extravagant color palette, 25 McLaren including the 720S, 10 Roll-Royce, 8 Aston Martin, 7 Bentley and 1 Lancia Stratos.
Upon arrival, car enthusiasts were guided through 4 rows of hypercars and rare classics including the 1969 Porsche 911S and three 1997 993S, two Carrera GT’s and two 918 Spyder hypercars, and a Ferrari GTC Lusso and 488 GTB. Driving in, guests were mesmerized with quite the visual spectacle beginning with the Porsche GT, Cayman and Boxter, onto the Porsche and Lamborghini hypercars, over to Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin for the more classic fans, and ending with a rainbow of Vintage 911s and McLaren’s.
Sunset GT welcomed over 500 spectators and special appearances from musicians Macklemore and Laura Wilde, who arrived at the event with her Porsche Cayenne and hosted a live stream takeover on the O’Gara Coach and Sunset GT Instagram account.
Finding a way to add excitement to a relationship is something that many couples are keen to do. There are various different ways in which people do this, such as making more of an effort when it comes to romance, dressing up, using adult toys, and making up scenarios to fit in with their fantasies.
There is another option you can consider if you want to spice things up in your relationship, and this is to try a threesome. Of course, this is not something that will be right and acceptable for every couple and you may even find that one partner wants to try it and the other doesn’t. This is why you need to ensure you have a frank and thorough discussion before you take any steps toward arranging a threesome, as it has to be something you are both happy with.
What to Do if You Decide to Try a Threesome
If you and your partner have a discussion and decide to try and threesome in order to spice up your relationship, there are various factors you have to keep in mind. One of the key factors you need to consider is whether you want to find a male or a female to join you for the threesome. Again, this is something you have to be very careful with, as you don’t want your partner getting jealous because the person is the same sex as them.
You also need to discuss how far you want to take things when it comes to the threesome. For instance, you may decide to go all the way with the person that joins you and your partner. Alternatively, you may simply want them to join you for some fun and turn to sex toys such as using a dildo. This is something that you may feel more comfortable with if you have never tried a threesome before or it may be something your partner feels more comfortable with.
Once you have decided on these factors, you need to find a willing participant. While you may have someone you already know in mind, many couples prefer to choose someone they do not know to avoid future complications or embarrassment. There are various online dating sites that cater to those who are interested in arranging or taking part in a threesome. This is, therefore, a great place to start your search.
Before you actually book the person, you need to learn more about them and see what they are like by chatting online and looking at photos. In addition, you also need to ensure they are happy to partake in the activities you have in mind for the threesome.
Enjoy a New Experience
For some couples, having the odd threesome or even having them on a regular basis helps to add some real excitement to the relationship. When you try this for yourself, you can look forward to a whole new experience.