With humble beginnings as a professional salsa dancer in the Bronx, New York, Jaina Lee Ortiz set her sights on her dream of becoming an actor. After moving to Los Angeles, California, she made her television debut in Amazon’s “The After,” created by Chris Carter (“X-Files”). Shortly thereafter, Ortiz starred as the female lead in Fox’s “Rosewood,” then completed a major recurring arc opposite Ryan Phillippe in the second season of the USA hit series “Shooter.”
Currently, Ortiz stars as Andy Herrera on ABC’s drama “Station 19.” The series from Shonda Rhimes follows a group of heroic firefighters in Seattle.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Victoria Konefal knew she wanted to be an actress at the age of seven. Her journey into the entertainment industry began in the fourth grade when she went on a class trip to see an off-Broadway production of The Hobbit. During the show, she was so captivated that her mother had to keep her from standing up to join the performance. After the curtain closed, they sought out the director who invited her to audition for a production of The South Pacific. She quickly booked the role and went on to perform with the theater company for six years. In an effort to hone her craft, Konefal attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia Performing Arts High School in New York City where prestigious actors such as Ansel Elgort, Timothee Chalamet, Jennifer Aniston, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Al Pacino, Sarah Paulson, Adrian Grenier and Liza Minnelli also studied. Shortly after graduation, she made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time.
Konefal’s big break came when she was cast asCiara Brady, the daughter of power couple Bo and Hope, on the Emmy-winning soap opera Days of Our Lives. A fierce young woman who has overcome issues with the law and her parents tumultuous relationship, Ciara is making her mark on Salem as she matures. Konefal’s portrayal of Ciara earned her a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category. Other television credits include dramatic performances in the Lifetime movies The Wrong Crush alongside Vivica A. Fox and Lesli Kay as well as Deadly Exchange with fellow soap actress Lindsay Hartley. She was also seen with a guest role on the hit ABC comedy Modern Family. In addition to her work on the small screen, Konefal brought her talent to the world of film in Circus Kane, opposite Jonathan Lipnicki. She will further showcase her acting chops in the upcoming horror thriller Fog City.
When she is not busy acting, Konefal enjoys working out, traveling, camping, hiking, biking, and writing music. She loves to be outdoors enjoying nature and a good game of basketball or softball. A passionate environmental advocate, she lends her support to organizations dedicated to conserving our planet. Konefal currently resides in Los Angeles with her beloved Miniature Schnauzer, Lola.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Eliza Pryor knew that she would eventually move out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. While her two brothers are more of the athletic type, Eliza has always been an artist. She began singing at a young age and falls more in love with it every year.
Her big break came when she landed a lead role on Netflix’s Team Kaylie. The show follows a wealthy teenager who tries to prove herself after she’s been forced outside of her comfort zone. Eliza’s character, Valeria, is an eccentric self-proclaimed witch. She is an excellent team-player because she is mischievous but also very lovable. Other TV credits include Alexa & Katie, Raven’s Home, and Clique Wars. She is also set to guest star on the highly-anticipated Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told, alongside Emmy Award winner Ron Cephas Jones.
She is no stranger to the big screen. Eliza played Zelda in the feature film Spinning Man. She has also made her mark on the music industry. In 2017, Eliza had the opportunity to perform God Bless America at at Texas Legends basketball game which is not an easy feat. Then, not too long after posting a video of herself singing an acapella cover of Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold,” Eliza landed a spot in the music group Acapop! Formed by the creators of Pentatonix, they are releasing episodes on YouTube. She has also brought her talent to the voiceover world as Sherry Birkin in the popular video game Resident Evil 2.
Outside of acting and singing, Eliza has a strong appreciation for fashion. She loves creating new outfits and hopes to pursue fashion in the future. She also enjoys aerial silks and horseback riding. Eliza is a true philanthropist in the making as she spoke at the Los Angeles Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of her great-grandfather and supports causes which aim to end childhood cancer.
Dolls Kill is an online boutique featuring a rebellious spirit and attitude, mixed with a bit of punk rock, goth, glam and festival fashion.
The Buschhhhh Cooler Stocking is a five-foot-long, fully-insulated stocking that can keep its dozen beers as cold as the North Pole for up to four hours. Launched just in time for the holiday season, the stocking is the perfect gift for all the beer lovers on your list this year, and is available now for $20 while supplies last.
The MTGB1000XBD-1 will retail for $1,100 and will be available for purchase beginning in November at standard G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.
Revo introduces new 1985 all-glass lense collection that features six styles ranging from 80’s retro-inspired frames with unique metal detailing to a classic sport wrap. Each frame will come in special Revo 1985 packaging. The retail price for the collection ranges from $249 to $279. Durable, lightweight and sporty.
Scarflings is known for having a reputation for providing luxurious high quality scarves, wraps and shawls. The company offers free shipping on orders over $200. Their collection is made to mix and max with your existing wardrobe, offering people a great designer look. The company aims to be environmentally responsible, using natural, compostable and recyclable materials whenever possible. To learn more about Scarflings, or to see their full catalog of products, go HERE.
Double-Insulated Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo. Developed for those in colder climates. This year they’ve been completely re-engineered so they are able to withstand much colder temperatures thanks to a unique triple-layered construction.
The 6th Clothing Co 2019-2020 FW is now exclusively available on their site HERE. Their creed is about reinforcing positivity through action. They donate a small percentage of proceeds to select non-profits on a monthly basis. Free shipping for orders over $50.
Actor, producer and musician; two-time Academy Award® nominee; four-time Grammy nominee and winner; Will Smith is releasing the second collection under his new apparel brand, Bel-Air Athletics.
Solely on sale at belairathletics.com from Tuesday, November 26, and running through mid-December, the limited collection features more than 40 new items of unisex apparel and accessories. Every item in the collection is limited edition and only available as part of this limited sale.
Just in time for the snowy season, Dr. Martens has released a collection of boots designed to combat the icy sidewalks. Introducing the new Wintergrip collection – a new line of boots and shoes specifically designed with a grooved cleat sole, offering superior traction, grip and durability for solid footing on slippery surfaces. They’re even lined with fleece and faux fur to keep your feet warm and made from a water-resistant Snowplow leather, helping them to outlast even the most brutal winters.
The latest UNIQLO UT collaboration celebrates the art of Fortnite, which has become a global sensation since its release in 2017. Featuring popular in-game outfits and items, most notably the iconic Loot Llama, Cuddle Team Leader, and Slurp Juice, the 13-piece line comprises T-shirts in eight unique designs that are sure to be a hit with the fans.
The collection will come in a full range of sizes, priced from $14.90 to $29.90, and will launch in stores and Uniqlo.com on Friday, December 20th
Just in time for Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, check out this Adidas drop HERE.
The official “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” original motion picture soundtrack, with music by John Williams, is out now. Stream it HERE.
The Mandalorian “Chapter 7” is out now. Stream music from the official soundtrack HERE.
Teyana Taylor – multi-hyphenate R&B superstar singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, model, mother and Harlem native – announces the release of “Morning” featuring Kehlani, the brand new single and steamy video, both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. “Morning” is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.
THE ALBUM is the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana’s KTSE, one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Released in June, KTSE (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime RIAA- certified Gold smash “Gonna Love Me.”Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” also from KTSE) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hip-hop audiences embraced the “Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was directed by Teyana herself.
KTSE spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).” The video was nominated last week for “Best Dance Performance” at the upcoming BET Soul Train Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on November 17. The third single from KTSE was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.” After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.
As she continues to direct her own videos, Teyana – aka‘Spike Tee’ – was again at the helm of the clip for her recent single, “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs, released in August.
About TEYANA TAYLOR: Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, songwriting, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.
“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her love for the arts and R&B later earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.
Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.
After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
But it wasn’t until the release of her sophomore project K.T.S.E. in June 2018 that the world experienced Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the Gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” and recently, “Issues/Hold On.” She has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”) and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.
Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does. From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”
Academy Award®-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, inspired by the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon, JJ Field and Jack McMullen. FORD v FERRARI is directed by James Mangold and produced by Peter Chernin, p.g.a. Jenno Topping, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a. Kevin Halloran, Dani Bernfeld and Michael Mann serve as executive producers. FORD v FERRARI was written by Jez Butterworth & Jon-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller.
To celebrate the album dropping, RAMOS released a brand-new live performance video for fans of one of the standouts from the album, “Relationship.”
Watch “Relationship” Live from OMEARA London HERE.
RAMOS kicked off the arrival of the release earlier this week with a dynamic performance of his single “Mind Over Matter” on The Late Late Show with James Corden [Watch HERE]. He also received early press acclaim with high-profile features in Vogue, Elle, and more, with Billboard and People both proclaiming him among their “Ones To Watch.” Additionally, he joined Elvis Duran and The Morning Show on-air to listen to his song played on the radio for the first time. Duran praised the artist’s vulnerability and storytelling, culminating in an emotional on-air moment that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
Check out the Elvis Duran and The Morning Show interview HERE.
RAMOS also dropped by the YouTube Space this week where he gave a live performance and participated in a Q&A moderated by celebrated director Jon M Chu [Crazy Rich Asians]—who directed Ramos alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the upcoming 2020 film In the Heights.
In support of the album release, RAMOS will kick off his first ever headline run, “The Good & The Bad Tour” on November 1 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL. The tour rolls through major markets across North America, including New York, Miami and Los Angeles, until its conclusion at Imperial in Vancouver November 19. Check out the full itinerary and details below.
Born and raised in Bushwick and of Puerto Rican descent, Anthony Ramos first made his mark originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the TONY® and GRAMMY® Award-winning Broadway smash Hamilton. In 2018, Ramos ignited his music career as an independent solo artist on his own terms. Not only did he lend his voice to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” benefit single, but he also began architecting a sharp and soulful signature take on contemporary music. He teamed up with producer Will Wells [Logic, Pentatonix] for The Freedom EP, which garnered acclaim from Billboard and many others.
In 2018, Ramos appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga where he played ‘Ally’s’ (GaGa) best friend. Most recently, he starred in the critically-acclaimed Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film.
Next up, Ramos will grace the screen once again as the lead role in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated ‘In the Heights’ movie directed by Jon M. Chu for Warner Bros to be released in June 2020.
Meteoric Harlem rapper, model and actor Dave East drops “Godfather 4” today, newest advance track from SURVIVAL, his long-awaited debut album set to arrive on November 8th via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records. “Godfather 4,” features Nas, production by Green Lantern and also features celebrated New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels, and equally famed jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The new single follows up “Alone” featuring Jacquees, which was released earlier this month. WATCH THE SURVIVAL ALBUM TRAILER HERE LISTEN TO “GODFATHER 4” HERE LISTEN TO “ALONE” FEATURING JACQUEES HERE Coinciding with the release of “Godfather 4,” Dave East’s D2C store is also launching today. Items purchased online at the store, including hoodies, tees, shorts, cellphone cases, and so on, will include a digital download of SURVIVAL. Go to: https://shop.daveeastmusic.com
As the 14-day countdown to the release of SURVIVAL gets underway, tickets continue to sell-out quickly to the first leg of U.S. and European dates on the Dave East Survival Tour Part 1, opening November 22nd at the Masquerade in Atlanta. After one week of U.S. shows, the tour moves to the UK and Europe. (Please see tour dates below.)
SURVIVAL follows up ‘Survival Pacc,’ Dave East’s two-song summer EP, which comprised “Wanna be a G” featuring Max B, and “Everyday” featuring Gunna. The menacing video for “Everyday,” directed by Andrew Sandler, features Dave East at a high stakes poker game, intercut with Gunna trading bars with East in a dimly lit room – watch it HERE.
Dave East’s Def Jam/Mass Appeal saga took off in August 2017 with the release of his lauded mixtape,Paranoia: A True Story. The 13-track mixtape gained traction behind Dave’s Def Jam debut single“Perfect” featuring Chris Brown, whose VIDEO boasts more than 40 million combined YouTube views of to date.
“‘Papi’ goes hard. Another Latin banger for the books.” – 360 MAGAZINE
Isabela Merced introduces her solo music with the brand new single “Papi.” Get it HERE via Republic Records.
“It’s a blend of everything that inspires me,” Isabela describes her music. “I’m very influenced by Latin music like salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, and bachata. I’m experimenting with instruments and sounds from Peru, because they’re beautiful yet untouched by the mainstream. There’s also an energy and edge that comes from urban and rhythmic. It’s a new take on Latin pop with my own Peruvian spice and attitude. I’m welcoming everyone into my story.”
The new single was co-written by Isabela, who worked with Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo [“Despacito”] as co-writers and producers, co-writer Kennedi Lykken [Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers], in addition to being co-written and executive produced by none other than powerhouse Justin Tranter [Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels]. Isabela arrives with an undeniable anthem topped off by Latin flavor and passionate pop prowess. Integrating Spanish and English, she fluidly writes lyrics similar to how she speaks—in bilingual fashion—making the music reflective of her voice and fitting what feels right in the moment.
“Papi” also kicks off her career as a solo musician under the name Isabela Merced—a tribute to her grandmother Yolanda Merced and her Peruvian heritage.
Merging a bold attitude, uncompromising spirit, unassuming pop appeal, and Latin melodies, 18-year-old singer and songwriter Isabela Merced turns up with an undeniable, unmatched, and universal sound of her own. Born in Ohio to a Peruvian mother and American father, she learned to speak Spanish before English and gravitated to Latin as well as classical and pop. Around the same time, she fell in love with The Wizard of Oz, watching it on repeat and developing an ambition to act. She fulfilled this ambition at 10-years-old with her Broadway debut in Evita under her birth name Isabela Moner. Critically acclaimed roles followed in everything from blockbusters such as Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Instant Family to a starring turn as the title character of Dora and the Lost City of Gold and in NETFLIX’s much-anticipated Let it Snow. Simultaneously, she honed her chops as a vocalist and picked up piano and ukulele. Making waves throughout 2018, Isabela contributed “I’ll Stay” to the Instant Family soundtrack and joined Sebastian Yatra for “My Only One (No Hay Nadie Más),” which amassed over 27 million Spotify streams. Signed to Republic Records, she makes her official debut as Isabela Merced with “Papi” in 2019.
Cameron McLeod is an Actor, Dancer, Singer, and Beatboxer. Cameron has been seen performing on Good Morning America, and hosting several red carpet events including The Industry Dance Awards. He has also danced and choreographed with Fergie, T-Pain, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, DNCE, and more! Cameron was recently inducted by Disney’s ABC Television Group, and was announced the newest HOST/DJ for Radio Disney. He is currently hosting his own show on SiriusXM and on the Radio Disney App every Saturday and Sunday.