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Beyoncé, netflix, Homecoming

Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

Beyoncé, Netflix, Homecoming

Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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‘Music for Men’ Tour July 2019

UK/European 10 Year Anniversary

‘Music For Men’ Tour – July 2019 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 29TH MARCH AT 9AM HERE

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their break through record and cult album ‘Music For Men’, Gossip are reuniting for a special UK/European tour. The shows will bring the band together on stage for the first time since going on hiatus in 2012. The ‘Music For Men’ anniversary tour kicks off in France on July 4th, and wraps up in Dublin August 18th. The UK leg of the tour will also see stops in London, Glasgow & Manchester.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday. Described as “a raised fist of a record” (Guardian), “the disco record of the year” (Uncut) and “The greatest punk rock ‘n’ roll disco soul band on the planet”(NME); Gossip hit their prime with the release of critically acclaimed album ‘Music For Men’ in 2009. Produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and recorded at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu, ‘Music For Men’ sold over 1.5 million copies and expertly captured iconic frontwoman Beth Ditto’s powerful righteous vocals and the Gossip’s fiery sound. Lead single ‘Heavy Cross’ remains a favourite to this day racking up thousands of streams a month. The trio’s blistering brand of soulful swagger brought queer politics to the mainstream, confronted body politics head on and singularly refused to be pigeonholed or ignored, landing magazine covers around the world. Ahead of their time they garnered huge critical acclaim and cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting and relevant must-see live bands. Set against Nathan Howdeshell’s jagged riffs, slabs of synth and Hannah Billie’s pulsing drums, Beth Ditto’s voice remains a thing of wonder; tender, but also capable of unleashing a ferocious range and exuding star power.

 It feels like the perfect moment for these straight-talking rebel rousing icons to embark on a tour at a time when the political, cultural, gender and sexuality issues that fired and inspired Gossip’s anthems are so much a part of our daily currency. “We can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the release of Music For Men!  We are beyond excited to reunite with our Gossip family and fans.  We’ve truly missed playing these songs and connecting with our amazing and inspiring crowds. It’ll be a sweaty, outrageous time for sure. Can’t wait to see y’all in Europe in July!” says Gossip.  

 TOUR DATES:

04/07 – Herouville Saint Clair, France – Beauregard Festival

05/07 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium

06/07  –  Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

08/07 – Paris, France – Salle Pleyel

12/07 – Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive Festival

15/7 – Luxembourg – Den Atelier

16/07 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradisco

19/07 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanizers Yard

20/07 – Manchester, UK – Academy

21/07 – London, UK – Somerset House

18/8 – Dublin, Ireland – Love Sentation 2019

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Bea Miller & Dreamers Lollapalooza 2019

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DREAMERS AND BEA MILLER SET TO PERFORM AT LOLLAPALOOZA 2019!

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Durango SRT 392

By Tara McDonough x Vaughn Lowery

Durango SRT 392

Starting at the base price of $62,995, the Dodge Durango SRT 392 reinvents the idea of what an SUV is capable of. Recently, 360 MAGAZINE took the Durango from LA to Vegas, toting Diesel, a 200 lb English Mastiff with room to spare. This three row truck not only provides enough space for a family of up to seven, but entertainment options to keep kids busy as well. Among the numerous technology options provided in the SRT is an 8-speed automatic transmission and the ability to tow up to 8,700 lbs.

PERFORMANCE

This remote start system is fit with large mirrors and optional blind-spot warning to provide exceptional visibility. While maintaining the heavy feel of a truck, the Durango provides a composed and planted drive, free of any harsh motions or jiggling. It can reach a higher volume at full throttle, but when cruising noise remains at a peaceful minimum due to its active noise canceling system. This allows the Durango to provide a perfect setting for a family road trip. Under its vented hood lies a 475 hp worth of Hemi V-8 driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic, permitting the Durango to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and braking from 60 mph in 125 ft. The Brembo six piston high-performance brakes feel moderate to soft with long-travel strokes. It is precise and weighted, able to perform quick U-turns and maintains a comfortable slack at freeway speeds. The Durango has 7 SRT drive modes which include street, sport, track, snow, tow, valet, and eco. It’s 4-wheel drive, traction control and low-range gearing provide real off-road capabilities as well. With an annual fuel cost of $3,000, the Durango uses 6.7 gallons per 100 miles.

EXTERIOR

In this newest model appearances can be deceiving, similar to a Transformer in its versatility and markings and easily passing as Bumblebee’s cherry colored cousin. While the Durango is a perfect family car, it maintains a sporty and bold exterior. The model is equipped with 20-inch x 10-inch black noise wheels and 295/45ZR20 BSW all season tires. The clean lines and seamless stitching of the Durango are refined and reminiscent of European auto offerings. The style of this SUV is edgy, racy and customizable as well.

INTERIOR

Inside are three rows of leather-trimmed bucket seats with suede inserts. The driver’s seat is supportive and adjustable. The Durango is one of the most spacious three-row SUVs, ideal for children, as well as adults, to fit comfortably in all of the cabin’s seating positions. Second row seats flip and fold in order to gain access to third row seats, which provide a surprising amount of space; optimal for families spending ample amounts of time in the car. Front and second row seats are also equipped with heating and ventilation options.

SAFETY

As for safety, this vehicle offers; Blind-Spot Monitoring, illuminating a light on either of the Durango’s side mirrors; Forward Collision Warning, which helps prevent collisions by sounding an alert when the Durango detects an imminent collision; and Lane Departure Warning Plus, which sounds a warning if the Durango begins to drift from its lane without a turn signal being activated. The Durango received great results when tested for side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection / head restraint.

TECHNOLOGY

Among the amenities of this vehicle are Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display, SiriusXM traffic plus, a 4G LTE Wi-fi Hot Spot, and 9 Alpine amplified speakers with subwoofer. The media hub also comes with Apple Carplay and Google Android Auto capabilities.

A current tech option available for the Durango is an 825-watt Harman/Kardon sound system boasting 19 speakers. The sound system provides a listening experience similar to sitting front row at a concert with your favorite artists singing right into your ear.

Additional options include; rear DVD entertainment center with blu-ray compatible dual screen video and rear seat video system, a power sunroof, a second-row console with armrest and storage including 1 USB charging port, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, third-row full-console floor mat and illuminated rear cup holders, and a hand-wrapped dashboard and live stitch with real carbon fiber interior accents.

The Durango SRT 392 is a highly successful crossover SUV combining high end speed and design with durability, space and safety for the family. It gives off a muscle-car attitude wrapped in a family-friendly package, causing the model to embody two cars in one. The Durango combines the best of both worlds for parents who want to ride in style and make sure their children are happy and comfortable. With it’s roaring Hemi V-8 and dual-purpose nature, the Durango can do no wrong. The Durango remains one of the most capable and well-rounded three-row crossovers you can buy, making it possible to please every member of the family.

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Jon Bellion’s “Stupid Deep” Video

JON BELLION SHARES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “STUPID DEEP”

Single Is From His New Album, Glory Sound Prep

North American Headline Tour Kicks Off June 12

Today, Jon Bellion revealed the official video for his current single, “Stupid Deep.” The New York-based artist partnered with director Daniel Brown (ODESZA, Portugal. The Man) to weave a mythic tale of self-discovery that is set at sea. Bellion did all the visual effects himself. View “Stupid Deep”  HERE.

Bellion will launch an extensive North American amphitheater tour on June 12 at The Met in Philadelphia. The summer headline run, produced by Live Nation, will include a July 12 concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and an August 10 hometown show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available here.

“Stupid Deep” is from Bellion’s new album, Glory Sound Prep (Capitol Records/Visionary Music Group), which includes collaborations with GRAMMY-winning producer Quincy Jones, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz and Travis Mendes. Billboard said, “Bellion seamlessly intertwines sounds of pop, R&B, hip-hop and rock through his electrifying songs.” AllMusic praised it as “Epic in scope” and noted, “Glory Sound Prep sees Jon Bellion again alternating effervescent dance-pop, melodic reflections, and more fractured, urgent hip-hop. This time, he draws on an even broader sound palette that incorporates synths, strings, horns and more.”

Glory Sound Prep is the follow-up to his RIAA Gold-certified 2016 debut album, The Human Condition, which has sold more than 1.5 million adjusted albums and amassed upwards of 1.7 billion cumulative streams. “All Time Low,” the lead single, was a Top 10 hit at Top 40 radio and is now certified 3x Platinum.

Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs all recorded in his parents’ basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014’s The Definition and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours. Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced “Trumpets” for Jason Derulo and co-wrote the GRAMMY Award winning, 10x-Platinum hit “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna. He co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera’s 2018 single, “Fall in Line” featuring Demi Lovato.

Jon Bellion 2019 North American Headline Tour

6/12 Philadelphia, PA The Met

6/14 Washington, DC MGM National Harbor

6/15 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater

6/19 Atlanta, GA State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

6/21 Orlando, FL CFE Arena

6/22 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater

6/23 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater

6/25 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre

6/28 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

6/29 Houston, TX Revention Music Center

6/30 Austin, TX HEB Center

7/2 Albuquerque, NM Villa Hispana Pavilion

7/5 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

7/6 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

7/10 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union OAT

7/12 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

7/13 San Francisco, CA The Masonic

7/16 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater

7/17 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

7/18 Portland, OR Moda Center (TOTC)

7/20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Pavilion

7/21 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium

7/24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl

7/25 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater

7/27 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

7/28 Minneapolis, MN The Armory

7/30 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheater

7/31 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center

8/2 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn

8/3 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

8/6 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

8/8 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

8/10 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

8/11 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavilion

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DETROIT × SUMMER 2019

Celebrate Summer in The D
Things are heating up this summer in Detroit. Events like the Ford Fireworks, Woodward Dream Cruise and Detroit Jazz Fest draw visitors from across the country. Need inspiration for your next travel story? You’ve come to the right place. Summer Sports
Gentleman, start your engines! The
 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear races into the Motor City for its 30th year May 31-June 2. New this year–paddock access for all ticketholder, so you can get close to teams and drivers in the garage area and experience the excitement of the winner’s circle.

There are few better ways to spend a summer afternoon than at the ballpark. Root for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, with games April through October. At Jimmy John’s Field in Utica, Mich., the United Shore Professional Baseball League delivers a fun family entertainment experience and great value.

The PGA comes to Detroit for the first time this June 24-30 for the PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club. Related attractions and festivities are planned throughout the city.

The third annual Detroit Cycling Championship rolls into town July 13. Top cyclists from across the country race through a downtown course to compete for top prize. 

The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic, hosted August 29-31 at Wayne State University in Detroit, is Michigan’s season-opening high school football event. This event showcases some of the Midwest’s top student-athletes, with multiple games happening on a single day.

 

Summer Music
Detroit Music Weekend happens June 7-9 in the city’s entertainment district and nearby cultural organizations, restaurants and retail establishments. Free music, dance and theater performances showcase up-and-coming artists. 

Detroit’s own Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band bring their farewell tour to DTE Energy Music Theater June 6, 8 and 12. The hits keep on coming all summer long, with tour stops by Thomas Rhett, June 20; Rascal Flats, Sept. 19 and Jason Aldean, Sept. 28. Rob Thomas plays Meadow Brook Amphitheater June 1. Stadium concerts at the new Little Caesar’s Arena this summer include Jennifer Lopez, July 5; Queen & Adam Lambert, July 27 and Shawn Mendes, Aug. 5. 

Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak this Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) is heavy on the beats, with performances by local and national acts from a variety of music genres. Stroll through rows of paintings, sculptures and photography by talented artisans and grab some grub in a food tent or one of several local restaurants. 

The Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) is the perfect way to close out the summer. Hundreds of international and local jazz acts perform on multiple stages throughout several city blocks in downtown Detroit. Best of all, it’s FREE.

 

Summer Events
The Ovation Yacht’s 8-date Summer Cruise Series returns, starting with A Night in Havannah-themed cruise of the Detroit River June 4.

The Motor City Pride Festival draws 40,000 participants to Hart Plaza to celebrate LGBTQ pride June 8-9, with a parade through downtown on Sunday.

GM River Days—an annual celebration of Detroit’s Riverwalk taking place June 21-23, with activities on both land and water offers fun for all ages. 

The Ford Fireworks light up the night sky over the Detroit River June 24. This awesome international display dazzles thousands of families in both Detroit and Windsor. 

Hydroplane racing has been a summer tradition on the Detroit River for more than 100 years. This year’s Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest, Aug. 23-25, will feature H1 Unlimited hydroplanes reaching 200 mph along with automotive powered HRL Grand Prix hydroplanes topping speeds of 150 mph. This new format has not been seen in the modern era of the sport, bringing an additional level of excitement to this year’s event. Free Friday testing and qualifying, with race days Saturday and Sunday.

The Michigan State Fair mixes rides, games, agriculture and farm animals for a whole lot of family fun Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

No visit to the Motor City would be complete without a taste of The D’s automotive heritage. Events like Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition, June 16 at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores; Concours d’ Elegance of America, at Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, July 26-28 or the nostalgic Woodward Dream Cruise, Aug. 17 in Oakland County are some of the most popular ways to immerse yourself in the local car culture.

 

Summer Fun
The Detroit Zoo is one of Detroit’s most visited attractions. Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Polk Penguin Conservation Center and Butterfly Garden.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation inspires year-round with stories of America’s greatest inventors. See the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit May 11 – Sept. 2. The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village, 80-acres of immersive American history, opens for the season April 14. While exploring seven historic districts, visitors can ride in a Model T or a real steam-powered locomotive, watch 1867 baseball or enjoy a meal from an 1830s lunch menu. Catch the Motor Muster, June 15-16.

Time travel to a 16th century English village, where you’ll meet knights, fire jugglers and sword swallowers at the Michigan Renaissance Fest, weekends mid-August through September.

GiGi Cesare

GiGi, is a passionate award-winning actress and recording artist with multicultural roots. She is currently in the studio recording her debut tracks with hopes to emerge as the first teen EDM Trap Pop recording artist. GiGi’s sound is unique and captivating and her stunning vocals are just as intuitive. Influenced by pop stars as diverse as Lil Miquela, Post Malone and George Michael, GiGi has conceived a unique blend of R&B, soul and trap pop music with a twist. Even at the young age of 13, she is already making headlines, not only as a musician, but also as an actress. Last year, she received an unprecedented nomination at the Imagen Awards for Best Actress in a feature film competing against fellow nominees Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria. She plays principal roles in two films currently in post production, a dramatic comedy Space Captain and Callista and comedy, Go With The Flow. Learn more about GiGi, and do not miss out on her upcoming releases.

For all things GiGi go here.

MAD MUSEUM

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents an annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry called LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. Returning this spring (April 9 – 13), it will feature work from 55 artists from 18 countries (South Korea, UK, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Spain, France, Italy to name a few). These hand-picked artists specialize in different techniques and use unique materials such as glass, wood, metal, embroidery, horse hair and latex. Open to the public during museum hours – April 9th – 13th from 10am – 6pm.

For more information visit their site here.

Lexus IS 350 F Sport

By Tara McDonough × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE took a road trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in the new 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport. The Friday midday drive took around 3 hours with heavy traffic and the Lexus handled like a dream, providing a comfortable and quiet ride.

With a red carpet ready exterior combined with the public presentation and speed of a cheetah, the $53,000 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport effortlessly combines luxury and performance. The clear and alluring looking vehicle makes a bold statement for Lexus brand sedans. The vehicle is intuitive and dynamic with brakes that feel stronger and suspension that feels tighter.

PERFORMANCE

The IS 350 F Sport gets a combined 23 mpg city/hwy. It uses 4.3 gallons per 100 miles. With a 311 horsepower and 280 pound-ft of torque, the Lexus leaps across the pavement, while maintaining a smooth ride. The vehicle is fitted out with a 3.5-liter V6 24-valve, dual overhead cam, direct injection, adaptive variable suspension and variable timing intelligent wide intake and exhaust. It boasts an 8-speed sport shift transmission with driving modes such as ECO, normal, sport and snow. The visibility and force in a car this size is impressive combined with less road vibration and responsive brakes. Very reminiscent of the 2003 Infiniti G35, Lexus really does it all in this 2019 IS 350 F Sport.

EXTERIOR

The appearance of the IS 350 F Sport combines dark chrome with a pronounced mesh grille which pairs nicely with its large black 18’’ split 5-spoke wheels. The motorcar is a compact and speed oriented vehicle enhanced with triple beam headlights.

INTERIOR

The inside holds a geometric style allowing for a sturdy yet cozy appearance. The sharp black interior is matched with leather and imitation grain wood paneling. It’s bolstered F Sport seating is heated and ventilated as well. In addition to its leather stitching, the left and right positions of the steering wheel are manually heated as well. This model comes with the classic F Sport gauge which which is controlled by the tinge of a button. Back seats fold down for additional storage, making the IS 350 F Sport the only Lexus Sedan model with the option.

SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport received government 5-Star Safety Ratings in Overall Vehicle Score, Frontal Crash, Side and Rollover. It owes its safety capabilities mainly to the technology implanted into it.

Just a few aspects of the Lexus’s technology which works to ensure the safety of passengers are it’s blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, it’s intuitive parking assist and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect & Service Connect. Other mentionable features include the Lexus Safety System+ which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, high speed-dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and intelligent high beam headlights. This model also takes into account the safety of our environment with a Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating of 5 due to it’s eco mode gas saver. Due to this feature the 360 team was able to race from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and back with animalistic stamina and no need to refill the tank.

The IS 350 F Sport Model also comes equipped with a Mark Levinson audio which includes a navigation System with 10.3-in Color Multimedia Display, Mark Levinson 15 speaker and 835 Watt, 5.1-channel Surround Sound Audio System. In addition to the audio package the model comes with voice command, siri eyes free and Scout GPS Link TurnStrem(™).

CONCLUSION

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is a vehicle made for successful self-motivated individuals who have a strong appreciation for extremely dynamic vehicles while additionally having the capabilities to comfortably seat five. Nevertheless, Lexus truly has found a means to win back car enthusiasts with this newly imagined entry level sports sedan.

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Finance Trends for 2019 and Beyond

Trends That Will Impact the Finance Industry 2019 – 2020 and Beyond

It is undeniable that the pace of technological advancement is the major force behind the changes happening in the global financial services industry (FSI). Financial institutions are left with no choice but to adapt their business models accordingly to remain competitive in the markets they operate.

FSI outlook reports for 2019 to 2020 and beyond by various top financial consulting firms in the world, PwC , Cooper Parry and Deloitte, show that FinTech, digitization of operations, data analytics, client self-service, and blockchain are the most likely sources of disruptions in the financial services industry over the next two years. This article captures the real-world implications of these changes and provides insight on how organizations can prepare to win in the increasingly dynamic playing field.

FinTech to Steer the new Business Model

Today, there is nothing more disruptive in finance than FinTech. Using service-oriented innovative technology, FinTech start-ups have finally become the unopposable tools for breaking into financial services. A recent Global FinTech Survey by PwC showed that traditional players are worried of losing about 25% of their business to standalone FinTech start-ups within the next 5 years.

In a smart move to remain competent in the industry, incumbents are smartly embracing disruptions. Large to small financial institutions have come to the realization that it is no longer about integrating technology into business operations but using financial technology as a central facet of new business models.

Analytics: Key Decision-making Tool

Data has never been more critical to businesses like it is today. Data analytics combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning will be key technological trendsetters for the financial services industry in 2019 and beyond.

Business analytics is continually becoming an essential tool for truly transforming financial institutions into data-driven organizations. Financial institutions are expected to invest in technologies surrounding data analytics to realize the massive power of data on hand and that which they can collect (big data). 2019 and 2020 will therefore witness massive increase in data utilization by these institutions. Even institutions that offer products for Forex trading for beginners are keen to use advanced data utilization technologies to ensure that their customers are able to make profitable Forex trades from the onset of their careers.

Mainstream Digitization

Retail banking, payments, insurance, and wealth management are areas in which digitization of operations is already taking place at great lengths industry-wide. With internet development and continuous technological advancement, financial institutions are putting more investments into digitization of more and more business operations to achieve more efficiency.

The e-commerce way of doing things has become the new normal in financial services. This is evidenced by the tendency by financial organizations to transform traditional operational units into e-business units. This trend has also caught pace in financial regulatory institutions.

Shift to Client Self-service and Increasing Value of Customer Intelligence

Delivering superior client experience is one of the major competition grounds for banks, insurance companies and investment management firms. Every other day, these organizations are looking for new technologies to provide more relevant services to their clients and in the most seamless ways. Self-service platforms are especially growing in popularity.

As services become digitized, financial institutions are keen to provide technology-based solutions that add value and enhance client experience. It is no longer just increase the number of self-service functionalities.

Of critical importance is making sure that technological capabilities being developed are customer-intelligent. Customer intelligence deals with how an organization interacts with its customer as it seeks to meet the client’s needs. Being customer intelligent is a key trend that will potentially drive FSI revenue and profitability going forward.

Blockchain Will Become an Integral Part of Financial Institutions

Just recently, one of the world’s biggest banks, HSBC, reported how using a blockchain-based system enabled it to make significant cost savings on Forex transactions. It is evident that blockchain has started shaking things up in financial services. There is a surge in funding and innovation in FinTech and blockchain. There are convincing signs that the use of blockchain is likely to become a crucial part of financial institutions’ operational and technological infrastructure.

Adaptability: How to Win in Financial Services

Future winners in FSI are institutions that can envision and execute initiatives at a faster pace than the speed of change. The institution must have an evolving mindset and culture to enable it acquire the right talent and capabilities that will help to develop flexibility and innovativeness. It must also be prepared to invest adequately in securing its brand as a technology leader among its competitors. This is the only way to gain sustainable growth in the increasingly digital future.