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COMMON TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LET LOVE

GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings.

Pre-order it HERE.

In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video entitled “Hercules” [feat. Swizz Beatz]. On the track, he serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick [Weezer] sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

Watch the action unfold HERE.

“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. Not only did the song amass over 1 million cumulative streams and 339K views on the Savanah Leaf-directed music video within a week, but it also received widespread critical acclaim. VIBE called the song “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years.” Rolling Stone added that it was “Common’s homage to hip-hop”, and OkayPlayer professed that it’s “his most impactful body of work yet.”

Download “Hercules” HERE.

About the album, he shared, “This album is inspired by the book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” which gave me a path to write about things I had never written about before. It forced me to go deeper and because I opened up about so many things in the book, I was charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music. Production-wise, I knew that the music had to have depth, soul and dimension to it. I wanted the musicianship and the spirit of what live music brings, but it also had to have something raw and basement about it. When my team said, “You should do some music revolving around the book,” I just took that energy and went running into my artistry without focusing on anything else. No movies, no commercials, no parties (well, I don’t do that too much anyway) and I just worked on music. So this album is the culmination of this journey, this passion and this Divine Love that I have for one of GOD’s greatest gifts – MUSIC.”

COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29. Each pair of tickets on the second leg of tour dates will come with new music—details to be emailed to ticket holders.

Get tickets HERE.

Be on the lookout for more soon!

The official digital and CD release date is August 30, 2019, with vinyl to follow on October 11, 2019.

Let Love Track List:

1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes

2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele

3. Dwele’s Interlude

4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz

5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47

6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak

8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes

9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes

10. My Fancy Free Future Love

11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds

Let Love First Leg Tour Dates: 

7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center

7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore

7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield

7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery

7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center

7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Let Love Second Leg Tour Dates: 

8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*

8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater

8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre

8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia

8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium

8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater

8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*

8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh

9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene

9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA

9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre

9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk

9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra

9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda

9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut

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ABOUT COMMON:

COMMON is an artist, actor, activist and, most recently, a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his latest memoir, “Let Love Have The Last Word.” With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, an Emmy® Award, a Golden Globe®, and an Academy® Award for the song “Glory,” which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. He recently finished work on a new album, Let Love, which is slated for release on August 30, 2019.

Catt Sadler is Speaking Up to ‘Change This STAT’ on Cervical Cancer Screening

Questions for 360 Magazine with Catt Sadler on 6-20-19 on Cervical Cancer.

Question: Talking about cervical cancer. Why are women less likely to be screened?

Catt Sadler: Well, I think there’s a plethora of reasons why women are not getting screened. Sometimes it’s just that they’re so incredibly busy. You know, we forget we’re in the fast lane. We have so many obligations that we’re just not making our annual exam a priority. I also think that, a lot of women just aren’t armed with the information. The statistics are alarming. They’re shocking. One woman every two hours is dying of cervical cancer. One in five women are not getting screened for cervical cancer. More than half of the new cases of cervical cancer are in women who are rarely getting screened or aren’t getting screened at all. So we want to empower women with this information to go out and do what they need to do because cervical cancer is so very preventable, right? So if I can use my voice and be aligned with this initiative to help women get to the doctor and we can in fact change these statistics, then I will have done my job.

Question: Great. Is health insurance not taking preventative measures or is health insurance taking preventative measures for this?

Catt Sadler: It’s my understanding that health insurance is very on board with this cause. Obviously we want to eliminate the deaths associated with cervical cancer in general. So most insurance policies are covering the HPV and pap test together as part of the well visit. I understand that the Affordable Care Act also covers this particular screening. But there’s a wealth of information on changethisstat.com/ for more specifics on how it might pertain to you and whatever plan that you have personally.

Question: And what made you want to be part of this discussion?

Catt Sadler: Well, I’m a champion of women in general. I have spoken out on a lot of issues. I believe in standing up and using our voices. I’ve done that in regards to pay inequality. I work with a foundation, Women Like Us, where I’m supporting women-led causes all around the world. And so when this was brought to my attention that cervical cancer was killing so many women and that it was so preventable, it just seemed like such an easy formula that if I could use my voice and put it out there and tell women what they can so easily do to make change. It was really a no-brainer.

Question: And are there any dietary measures women can take to lessen their chances of contracting this disease?

Catt Sadler: I’m not sure about that. I am not a medical expert. But I do know that again, the website answers those very specific medical questions. I would say to go to changethisstat.com/. There is a lot of information out there all over the Internet, but not all of it is particularly accurate. I’m confident that what you will find on

changethisstat.com/ is really the best information out there for women in regards to that.

Question: And last question, can self-diagnosis help or are there any early signs women can be on the lookout for?

Catt Sadler: Not really. No. I mean, that’s what’s kind of scary about cervical cancer in particular. It’s not like you start feeling a different way necessarily. You might feel as if you’re in perfect health. There aren’t any real glaring signs necessarily, and it can happen so quickly. Hence the encouragement of going to your doctor annually and regularly, you know. It doesn’t matter your age. It doesn’t matter how you’re feeling. It’s just all of the experts in all of the research is pointing to going and getting this particular screening at your doctor.

Question: Okay, thanks. Give me that website one more time.

Catt Sadler: It’s changethisstat.com/

Question: Perfect. Thanks, Catt.

Catt Sadler: You’re welcome. All right. Take care. Bye. Bye.

Cathy Hughes x Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame

Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes made history as the first African American woman to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame on April 8, in Las Vegas. To date, there have only been three women inducted into the NAB’s Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame in its 42-year history. 
Reflecting on the honor, Hughes said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the peers in my industry and I thank God for this incredible blessing as well as the National Association of Broadcasters.”
A self-made media pioneer, activist and philanthropist, Hughes grew Urban One, parent company of Radio One, Inc., into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. Radio One, Inc. will celebrate 40 years in 2020. Urban One is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. Hughes also became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by her son
The NAB Hall of Fame event was hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Kevin Frazier, with an induction ceremony where media, entertainment and technology professionals gathered to honor those who have made radio and television a vital part of the American lifestyle – earning them a place in broadcasting history. The event also recognized broadcasters’ commitment to innovating and creating new opportunities to deliver their highly valued content to their audiences. Other honorees included the landmark football pre-game show “FOX NFL SUNDAY,” which was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame; and Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, who received The Digital Leadership Award.

Moby to Be Honored at Adopt the Arts

ADOPT THE ARTS TO HONOR MOBY WITH THE SOUND AND VISION AWARD AT 7TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA ON MARCH 7, 2019

ADOPT THE ARTS HONORS: MOBY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS!

ADOPT THE ARTS is honored to announce MOBY as the 2019 recipient of the ADOPT THE ARTS SOUND AND VISION AWARD for his contribution to the music and arts industry throughout his lifetime. The musician, artist, activist and author has impacted music lovers for decades, selling more than 20 million of his own records worldwide and playing more than 3,000 concerts throughout his career, wowing fans with his musical genius. MOBY will officially be honored at this year’s benefit gala, ADOPT THE ARTS HONORS: MOBY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS, on March 7, 2019, at THE WILTERN in Los Angeles, with the VIP after-party to be held at THE LINE HOTEL with special guest DJ Shepard Fairey.

The Los Angeles-based charity, ADOPT THE ARTS, co-founded by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Award-winning musician MATT SORUM (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), activist ABBY BERMAN and founding board member, Golden Globe® Award and Emmy Award-winning actor JANE LYNCH, hosts the annual gala to raise funds to support their mission of preserving arts programs in U.S. public elementary schools. Additional live performances and special guests appearing at the annual gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Matt and I have felt that for the long-term sustainability of Adopt the Arts, we needed to broaden our base,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS co-founder Abby Berman. “By moving in another direction musically, we feel that we can appeal to a new audience. Moby seemed like a great first step in that direction for many reasons, including the fact that his music resonates with a broad and wide range of people, he has collaborated with many of the top names in the industry, and he has been using his voice for good for years for many philanthropic causes. I couldn’t think of a more deserving artist to be honored this year.”

ADOPT THE ARTS Chair and Co-founder Matt Sorum adds, “With more than two decades of an incredible music catalog and his journey selling over 20 million records worldwide, Moby has gained International acclaim. Along with his activism for Global Warming and Animal Rights, among other causes he stands for, Moby also advocates Music Therapy as a healer. He continues to lead in music and art, but his vision and voice for a better planet is what helped with our decision at Adopt the Arts to honor him at our event this year.”

Ticket prices for the ADOPT THE ARTS event are below and all donations are tax deductible:

VIP LEVEL 1 – $7,500/TABLE – UP TO 10 GUESTS

·        One Front & Center VIP Table with access for up to 10 guests

·        Pre-show Artist Meet & Greet

·        Private parking lot with complimentary valet

·        Private underground entry with direct access to exclusive VIP Lounge/Cocktail Party

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Autographed limited edition concert poster by Shepard Fairey (1 per guest)

·        Tickets to private After-Party at Line Hotel for up to 10 guests (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Premium hosted bar throughout the night

·        Premium hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Dedicated cocktail service during event

·        (2) bottles Premium Champagne per table

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 2 – $5,000/Table – Up to 10 Guests

·        One Premium Center VIP Table with access for up to 10 guests

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Access to exclusive VIP Lounge/Cocktail Party

·        Autographed limited edition concert poster by Shepard Fairey (1 per guest)

·        Tickets to private After-Party at Line Hotel for up to 10 guests (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Premium hosted bar during event

·        Premium hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Dedicated cocktail service during event

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 3 – $350/Guest

·        See the show from some of the best seats in the house!

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Pre-show complimentary Cocktail Party

·        Complimentary hosted bar during event

·        Complimentary hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Ticket to private After-Party at Line Hotel (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 4 – $250/Guest

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Pre-show complimentary Cocktail Party

·        Complimentary hosted bar during event

·        Complimentary hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

GA/Balcony Tickets

·        $89 Balcony Front/Loge

·        $59 Balcony Upper/Mezzanine

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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ABOUT ADOPT THE ARTS

In collaboration with well-known artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and the general public, Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making music and art. ATA is focused on developing strategic relationships with educators, administrators and board members to ensure that most underserved schools in the district are identified and ultimately, helped. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, hopes, dreams and imaginations of our children. To date, ATA has donated more than 1000 instruments to 30 LAUSD schools and fully funded the music program at Rosewood Avenue and Westminster Elementary. Each school has been “adopted” by a celebrity or public figure, exposing children to inspirational people who have worked hard for their successes. The interaction between the children and adoptee creates a sense of responsibility and shared commitment for all of those involved.

 

ABOUT MOBY

Moby was one of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s, helping to bring the music to a mainstream audience both in England and in America. Moby fused rapid disco beats with heavy distorted guitars, punk rhythms and detailed productions that drew equally from pop, dance and movie soundtracks. His music differed from both the cool surface textures of ambient music and the hedonistic world of house music. He remained one of the most recognizable figures within techno.

Born Richard Melville Hall, Moby received his nickname as a child, derived from the fact that Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is his great-great-grand uncle. Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal Connecticut hardcore punk group the Vatican Commandoes when he was 13. He started DJ’ing after leaving college and was a fixture in the late 80’s New York house and hip-hop scenes. 

He released his first single, “Go” in 1991 (listed as one of Rolling Stones’ best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold more than 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he has also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others. 

He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including “Heat,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The Beach,” among others. 

Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including The Humane Society and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and in 2007 he launched Mobygratis, which provides free music for independent film makers. Moby is known for his strong political and religious views and for his animal rights activism.

On March 7, 2019, Adopt the Arts Foundation is honored to welcome Moby as our 2019 ATA Honoree for his contribution to the music and arts industry throughout his lifetime. This will be an amazing night with live performances and special guests.

ABOUT SHEPARD FAIREY

In 1989, while at Rhode Island School of Design studying for his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration (which he earned in 1992), Shepard Fairey created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that later evolved into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. In 2008, his portrait of then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama became an internationally recognized emblem of hope. Since then, Fairey has painted nearly 100 public murals, become one of the most sought- after and provocative artists in the world, and changed the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape.

DRØME MAGAZINE

DRØME is excited to announce the cover star of the third annual issue of DRØME’s print magazine is actor Ashton Sanders. The issue will become available on Thursday, October 25th, 2018.

Dubbed the “Fantasy” issue, Volume III features cover star and “Moonlight” actor Ashton Sanders, musical wunderkind Billie Eilish, performance artist, poet, and LGBTQ rights activist Alok Vaid-Menon, fashion designer Christian Siriano, ballet dancer Michaela DePrince, and model Salem Mitchell.

DRØME Magazine is a queer positioned media platform dedicated to the representation of alternative voices across an ever-expanding community. By thrusting a diverse representation of young artists and enervators into the mainstream, DRØME Magazine strives to become and embody the alternative voice of a generation.

An in depth interview accompanies each editorial spread — typically conducted by DRØME Co-Creative Director’s Satchel Lee and Gorman – highlighting each artist’s creative journey, subtly exploring their experience with the concept of fantasy.

“Ashton Sanders was an obvious choice for the cover of DRØME’s third print issue. His poise and quiet intensity pull those around him in closer. He follows his gut and makes his fantasies a reality, and does so with grace and a true understanding of who he is and who he strives to be.” – Satchel Lee, DRØME Co- Creative Director

“Through its theme, ‘Fantasy’, DRØME Volume III explores the power of imagination and its ability to transcend our physical realm through creative thought.” – Caroline D’Arcy Gorman, DRØME founder and Co-Creative Director

DRØME Volume III retails for $25 USD and will be available at select retail partners including McNally Jackson, Bluestockings, Casa Magazines, Mulberry Iconic, and Bouwerie Iconic in New York City, Arcana Books on the Arts in Los Angeles, MagCulture in London and via the DRØME website, www.wearedrome.com

SUPERWOMEN × REBECCA MINKOFF PODCAST

Rebecca Minkoff announces Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff Podcast

Rebecca Minkoff launches Superwomen with RM, a podcast dedicated to celebrating female multidimensionality, and the many women who surround our everyday lives.

As women, we have so many sides to ourselves—Storyteller. Caretaker. Money maker. Activist. Sister. Mom. Leader. From CEOs to chefs, entrepreneurs to instructors, Rebecca Minkoff utilizes the podcast, to speak with a collective of Superwomen who have found success, shaped culture, changed the world, and lifted each other up along the way.

“With the podcast, Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff, we want to shift the conversation from celebrating individual female heroes to celebrating those that make them heroes every day. Simultaneously, emphasizing female camaraderie in entrepreneurship and in life,” states Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder and Creative Director.

Each episode of Superwomen celebrates collective success by exploring how thought leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and advocates achieved their goals without sacrificing their multidimensionality. In intimate, share-all interviews, Rebecca takes listeners on a journey, but uncovering the many sides of powerful women and learns how they are encouraging the women around them.

The podcast launched on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 with episodes featuring Jill Manoff, EIC of Glossy, Hillary Kerr of Clique Media Group and Eden Grinshpan, Chef/Co-Founder of The Dez. Future guests include but not limited to: Ibtihaj Muhammed, Olympic Medalist; Adrienne Weir, of Mother’s Milk Cooperative; Dawn Ostroff of Spotify; Samantha Barry of Glamour; Sarah Sophie Flicker, Activist; Coco Rocha, Model; Ariane Goldman, Hatch; Anne Fulenwider, Marie Claire; Michelle Lee, Allure; Christene Barberich, Refinery29; Amirah Kassem, Flour Shop, among others.

New podcast episodes will air every week on Tuesday. Rebecca Minkoff will be soliciting questions from Rebecca Minkoff’s consumer and fan base, answering them at the end of each episode.

Social tags include: #RMSuperwomen, #MyRM #IAmMany. Listen to Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff for free Apple Podcasts or wherever podcasts my be downloaded on any given device.

Link to download and listen:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/superwomen-with-rebecca-minkoff/id1426026971?mt=2 

or via www.RebeccaMinkoff.com at https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/pages/superwomen

Honoring Mandela in South Africa

2018 is a momentous year for South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Centenary marking what would have been 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth.

Officially July 18, 2018 – Mandela Day – marks this historic milestone as throughout the nation, and across the world, people celebrate South Africa’s first black President who was an inspirational anti-apartheid revolutionary and one of the greatest human rights advocates the world has ever seen. This year, South African Tourism invites US travelers to explore his legacy.

In Mandela’s honor, national celebrations will see a series of high-profile events and memorials. In New York, the One World Trade Center’s spire will be lit with the colors of the South African flag to honor the occasion.

On July 17, a day before Mandela Day, former US president Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. The theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World,” and will honor the centennial of Mandela’s birth.

In other recent news, The Global Citizen Festival will expand from its regular location in New York City to Johannesburg for a special Mandela 100 edition this December, with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin as headliners in honor of his legacy.

In Cape Town’s City Hall, a life-sized statue of Madiba will be unveiled on 24th July in the place where he had his first speech upon release from his imprisonment in Robben Island.

Internationally, the world’s largest musical tribute will also take place on Mandela Day through a series of charitable concerts held live across the world in support of improving literacy among poverty- stricken children. This important musical tribute is organized by Mandela Concerts with the goal of raising millions of dollars towards various projects including building 100 new library units in South Africa’s most vulnerable schools, developing a high school skills program, and providing 200 Toddler Trolley library programs for 5 to 6 year-old South African children by 2021.

Travelers interested to follow in Mandela’s footsteps can download Madiba’s Journey app. South African Tourism, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, recently re-launched the app to include 100 historic landmarks and sites that influenced Mandela’s life. From the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg to Cape Town and beyond, the app allows users to customize their own itineraries and helps guide them through key landmarks, offering context, photos and curated audio narration about Mandela’s life and the 27 years he spent as a political prisoner. A few notable landmarks are highlighted below:

The Eastern Cape: Explore Nelson Mandela’s birthplace – an area of outstanding rugged beauty with pristine coastline, virgin bush and subtropical forests.

Robben Island: Tour the jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. Many tours are led by ex-political prisoners.

Constitution Hill in Johannesburg: Formerly used as a prison, it was here where hundreds of political prisoners were held, including Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. Constitution Hill is now a living museum and home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg: Acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, the museum tells the apartheid story.

KwaZulu-Natal: Visit this province to see the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. After being on the run for 16 months, Madiba was captured and arrested here in August 1962.

Voting Line Sculpture in Port Elizabeth: A tribute to the thousands of South Africans who participated in the nation’s first democratic elections in 1994.

South African Tourism encourages travelers to celebrate, honor and explore the legacy of Mandela through Mandela themed travel packages.

To book a Nelson Mandela inspired trip, speak to your travel agent or advisor. As a sample, South African Airways Vacation is currently offering a 10-day Mandela’s Journey to Freedom which gives visitors a first-hand, cultural experience following his footsteps as founding father of the New South Africa. Starts at US $2,999* per person. *Terms and conditions apply*

Legalise Medical Cannabis symposium

Held at Portcullis House, Westminster at 7pm on Wednesday 27th June, the symposium took place ahead of the 2nd reading of the debate on the proposed bill of legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) in the House of Commons scheduled for July 6th.

In light of Sajid Javid’s intervention last week, granting permission for two mothers to legally use cannabis to treat their children in the UK and launching a review into medical uses of cannabis, the symposium of experts deliberated the benefits of cannabis-based medicine and called for change in the legal status of the drug for medicinal use in the UK.

The symposium consisted of five individuals invested in changing this law: Damian Jr Gong Marley, Professor Green, Norman Lamb MP, Dr Frank D’Ambrosio and Change.org activist Kate Rothwell.

Damian Jr Gong Marley, the legendary Grammy award winning reggae artist, and youngest son of Bob Marley is an advocate of the medical benefits of cannabis. In 2016 Damian partnered with Ocean Grown Extracts to buy a former prison in California, the Claremont Custody Centre, to turn it into a farm producing cannabis oils, extracts and other products for medicinal use.The music video for Damian’s recently released single Medication, which features his brother Stephen Marley, was shot in the former prison and stars former inmates and includes testimonials from people who’ve been helped by the plant including as US Marine Crops Sergeant Sean Major who uses cannabis for brain trauma and PTSD.

Damian Jr Gong, Marley spoke on the growing scientific evidence for the benefits of cannabis: It’s been a big part of my culture from ever since. A big part of Jamaican culture, reggae music and my faith as a Rasta. Itߣs a big part of my culture. Even before proof of the medical benefits of the plant, we were always endorsing the plant. We use it as a spiritual sacrament and recreationally. We have a saying in Jamaica that: The herb is the healing of the nation. With it becoming legal in various places, there’s now slowly more research that proves there is evidence of that.

Representing the political establishment Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk and chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, called on Theresa May to legalise cannabis, particularly in the wake of recent news stories about how children like Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, who suffer from seizures, could benefit from using cannabis-based medicine.

Norman Lamb MP spoke on the significance of recent cases, the importance of medicinal legalisation and the potential for full legalisation: I’ve always said that you have to get medicinal use legalised first, and I think last week was a very significant moment because it was the first time a government has reacted by saying: We’re reviewing it. That’s not nearly enough, and we need to keep pushing them constantly to go the whole way, but that was a big breakthrough for this government to do that, and it was because children’s lives were seen to be at risk. They thought: There’s political embarrassment here. If we can get medicinal use legalised, just as has happened now in the majority of US states, then you can have a rational debate about full legalisation, which I strongly support.

UK Rapper, documentary maker and activist Professor Green (AKA Stephen Manderson) brought his passion and insight to the panel following his critically acclaimed BBC documentary on the subject, Is It Time to Legalise Weed?

Professor Green&#a0;spoke on British attitudes to cannabis: I think it’s a generational thing, to be honest, and I donߣt think we have a very liberal attitude to much. What happens with that is you have a lack of education because things aren’t spoken about. We’re less liberal when it comes to many things when you compare us to other parts of the world, and what we get from that is many more problems. It doesn’t help anything, all it does it cause more problems. If somethingߣs underground, it’s not spoken about. It’s all the scaremongering in the media. How many times do you see cannabis psychosis in the newspapers?

Dr Frank D’Ambrosio delivered his expertise to the debate. As one of the USA’s leading voices for medicinal cannabis policy reform his knowledge of how successful medical marijuana has been in the US proved invaluable.

Dr Frank spoke on California’s experience with legalisation: California is doing just fine. I don’t think anybody needs to worry about California. We’ve had medical cannabis legalised since 1996, we passed the Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 15, Senate Bill 420. So for 20 years we’ve had patients getting access to medicine. Although the underground market still existed, people were using the dispensaries and they were able to get their medicine. Two years ago we voted for legalisation for the recreational end. Recreational only means intent. Just because youߣre intending to use the cannabis to achieve the psychoactive effect of the THC, doesn’t mean you’re not still getting the benefits. Even though it’s called recreational, you’re still getting the medical benefits.

Kate Rothwell, who started this petition via Change.org provided both a personal story and more systemic ask, calling for legalisation for medical use in the UK, and for it to be available on the NHS. Inspired by the experience of her 11-year-old cousin, Oliver, who has severe epilepsy that is alleviated by cannabis oil, she highlighted the predicament faced by many parents where doctors are forced to withdraw medical help on the NHS if patients are using cannabis oil. Leaving families having to choose between medical care or an increase in seizures.

Kate Rothwell spoke on her cousin Oliver and the family situation which inspired her to start her petition: About 18 months ago, my aunt and uncle spoke to the hospital who said: You can try cannabis oil. We’re not allowed to prescribe that because obviously it’s not legal as a medication here. They bought it online and were delivering it at home, a couple of drops, and the symptoms dropped massively. He was having 20 seizures a day and that dropped down to just a handful, which was completely lifechanging for him and for our whole family, really. About a month ago, the doctors turned around and said: We’re really sorry, we thought it was going to become legal sooner than this and our hands are completely tied. You’re going to have to stop giving him the medication. They had to, because the NHS couldnߣt give them any other medication if he was still on cannabis oil. He came off it, and within 48 hours he had a drop seizure and knocked out his teeth. He’s been having really severe seizures ever since. It’s absolutely devastating, and none of us really knew what to do.

The symposium can be viewed in full on NME.com Friday 29th June 2018.

W Hotels of NY

On Tuesday, June 19th:
From 10pm-2am, W Hotels of NY will host No Shade at W New York – Times Square, a ball to celebrate voguing culture. Attendees will be invited to partake.
Ballroom categories include (for those wishing to compete):

– Old Way vs. New Way – In a tracksuit.
– Runway – All American vs. European.
– Foot & Eye – In a colorful combo. Designer not required, just be FIERCE.
– Face – Pride Queen/King with all five rainbow colors on your face.
Music by MikeQ. $1500 in cash prizes and two night weekend stays at the W Hotels of New York will be at stake. Open to the public with tickets for $15.

On Thursday, June 21st:
From 6:00-8:30pm, W NY – Union Square will host What She Said: Gender Identity, an open-format panel discussion. What She Said: Gender Identity will open the floor to a panel of activists, business owners, models and actresses to share their personal journeys with gender identity, fluidity, and sexuality. Free and open to the public.
The panelists will be:

Elliott Sailors, androgynous model, award-winning actor and LGBTQIA activist.

Rob Smith, founder of Phluid Project, the world’s first genderless retail space
Jess Miller, queer activist and model
Anita Dolce Vita, Editor-in-Chief of dapperQ, a leading online queer style magazine
Serving as the moderator is Jane Mulkerrins, a journalist whose work covers the topics of sexuality, gender, politics, and race; and where it intersects with Hollywood. The event is part of W Hotel’s What She Said global speaker series focused on empowering women. Link: http://www.whotelsnewyork.com/events/what-she-said-gender-identity/

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking 

As the headlines warn of a world seemingly taking steps backward, behavioral scientist Dr. Kristen Lee shares a new psychology of thinking to move you forward with a new mindset and patterns of behaviors that inspire connection, collaboration, proactivity, and creativity.

Based on twenty years of clinical practice and neuroscientific research, Dr. Kristen Lee teaches us how to see the world―and its most difficult situations―through a series of different lenses, to steer our brains to cultivate “upward spiral habits.” This is what psychologists call “The Good Life”—living mindfully and consciously regardless of what is going on around us. Instead of falling into common behavioral traps which lead to perpetual patterns of shutting down, numbing out, binding up, and staying stuck.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking helps us find the thinking and behavioral agility to work toward better outcomes for all.

* Rethink the many forms of social conditioning to reduce mindlessness, ignorance, and compulsions towards insularity, hatred, bias, and fear.

• Advance human progress through empathy, curiosity, familiarity, and unconditional regard.

* Avoid the 4 common downward spiral behavioral traps: Sleepwalking, Perfectionism, Centricism, and Lockdown.

* Learn how to become impact-driven instead of performance-obsessed.

* Discover how to work with “collective efficacy” that is less I-focused and more we-focused, to facilitate positive social impact at a time when it’s desperately needed.

• Refuse to be held hostage by bigotry, ignorance and polarization, and instead link arms in solidarity to find common ground and get to the Good Life together.

About the Author:

Dr. Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW, is a recovering perfectionist and clinician, researcher, educator and activist with twenty-two years of experience. She is lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston and author of Indie Book Award’s 2015 Motivational Book of the Year, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress. To learn more follow on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat).

Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher contact:

(800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking

Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW

February 2018

ISBN-13: 9780757320576

$15.95