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Homecoming

Today, Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.

Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.

In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”

Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.

“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.

Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

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Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Parkwood Entertainment

Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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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.

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Ariana Grande Shares Brain Scans

Popstar Ariana Grande shared photos of her recent brain scan on Friday evening revealing the effects that PTSD has taken on her body resulting from the horrific bombing from her May 2017 concert in England. In a world where trauma is becoming a little too realistic, having a celebrity share their story can hopefully only encourage someone else experiencing these struggles to also step forward and receive help.

Newport Academy, a leading nation-wide mental health treatment center is working to help get word out on the seriousness of this topic that affects so many.

They provide resources and information on:

  • How impactful is Ariana’s story for those who idolize stars and celebrities?
  • Why breaking down the stigma about PTSD should be further expressed throughout the US
  • The lasting effects PTSD can have on anyone and how to live with these affects
  • Stats: Why it’s important to seek help right away when experiencing trauma  
  • The best ways to talk to your child if you’re concerned about their mental health

About Newport Academy

Newport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents and families struggling with mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. With locations across the United States, Newport Academy offers a compassionate, family-systems approach, providing gender-specific, individualized, and comprehensive holistic programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Offerings include residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming, recovery-based therapeutic day schools, and day treatment. Newport Academy nurtures the physical, psychological, social, educational, and spiritual needs of adolescents and their families, from a foundation of compassionate care, clinical expertise, and unconditional love. Our primary mission is to empower teens and restore families. Experts include MDs, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Registered Dieticians, Nurses, Licensed Social Workers, Teachers, and more.

“Monopoly” by Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét

ARIANA GRANDE AND VICTORIA MONÉT RELEASE “MONOPOLY”

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ARIANA GRANDE × SWEETENER WORLD TOUR

ARIANA GRANDE KICKED OFF SWEETENER WORLD TOUR LAST NIGHT

AWARDED MULTIPLE RIAA PLATINUM CERTIFICATIONS

 
Multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar 
Ariana Grande, kicked off her Sweetener World Tour last night in Albany, NY.  The tour will continue through 2019 with stops worldwide, including a headlining Coachella performance next month. Full Sweetener World Tour schedule HERE.
                    
In addition to her previous RIAA certifications,
 Ariana has been awarded multiple new certifications commemorating her stratospheric success over the past six months.  Her awards now include a platinum certification for her 2018 album Sweetener, a platinum certification for last month’s thank u, next album, a triple-platinum certification for “no tears left to cry, and a double-platinum certification for “God is a woman

Ariana Grande Kicked Off Sweetener World Tour

Multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar Ariana Grande, kicked off her Sweetener World Tour last night in Albany, NY.  The tour will continue through 2019 with stops worldwide, including a headlining Coachella performance next month.  See photos from last night HERE.  Full Sweetener World Tour schedule HERE.
                    
In addition to her previous RIAA certifications,
 Ariana has been awarded multiple new certifications commemorating her stratospheric success over the past six months.  Her awards now include a platinum certification for her 2018 album Sweetener, a platinum certification for last month’s thank u, next album, a triple-platinum certification for “no tears left to cry,” and a double-platinum certification for “God is a woman.”

New Release by Gabi Demartino

From recently making headlines by appearing in Ariana Grande’s viral “Thank U, Next” video to being a bonafide influencer with over 13.2M combined followers, Gabi Demartino will release her most personal song yet in time for Valentine’s Day. Her new single  Cold Room releasing February 14th, 2019, will allow her massive fan base to see her in a completely different light.

Gabi Speaking About the Meaning of “Cold Room”

“Cold Room” is a song I wrote 3 years ago while I was forming unfamiliar feelings for a friend. I knew it was more than a friend but never wanted to confront the situation because I was afraid the feelings weren’t mutual. I  never wanted to cross the line and ruin the friendship. I decided to release this song now, because it came on shuffle in my car while driving through a blizzard on the east coast. It is the most relatable, confident, upbeat love ballad that I have ever written and thought maybe it could help a few relationships blossom this Valentine’s Day. I want this track to help people in similar situations. Hopefully this song can send shivers down some spines and chill some veins. Pun- intended!

FUN FACTS

  • Gabi played a cheerleader who punches herself in the face because Arianna told her to, a spoof of the beloved teen comedy “Mean Girls,” in the “Thank U, Next” video that broke YouTube’s 24 hour record
  • Gabi has often been called an Arianna Grande look alike, something she embraces in several of her vlogs.
  • Gabi boasts 3.4 million followers on her Instagram and 2.5 million on her personal YouTube channel
  • Gabi and her twin sister Niki also have an extremely successful YouTube channel with over 7.3 million subscribers and over 900 million views
  • Each week the sister duo shares a video in the realm of fashion, beauty, comedy and singing.

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On top of her successful YouTube channels, Gabi also has a music career. Her and twin sister Niki released an EP Titled “Individual” in 2018. Their song “Sleep it Off” garnered 2.1 million views in only 2 weeks. Gabi also has several solo tracks on the album. The video for her song“Flowers” garnered 2.3 million views and featured her good friend Paris Hilton, the song is a fun female anthem that showcased her powerful vocals.

When the Gabi isn’t busy promoting her music and working on her massive Youtube channels, she somehow manages to find time to star in break out roles acting roles. In 2017, Gabi starred in season 2 of Hulu’s “Freakish” while she also wrote, produced and starred in “Blood Queens,”now in season two, for her vlog channel. Niki & Gabi can also be seen on AwesomenessTV series “Spring Break” and “Dear DeMartino”.

Over the years, Niki & Gabi have worked with many esteemed publications such as TeenVogue, Seventeen and PopSugar. In 2016, they were named one of the year’s top beauty influencers by Women’s Wear Daily. The twins won the Best Fashion Award at the 2018 Streamy Awards! The girls are staples at top tier events such as the Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards and sat front row at the Michael Costello, Son Jung Wan and Sherri Hill shows at this year’s NYFW. Gabi hope’s to continue empowering their young fans to find their voice and to follow their dreams!

Njomza Kicks off “Vacation Tour”

RISING SONGSTRESS NJOMZA KICKS OFF THE “VACATION TOUR” LAST NIGHT

Performing At The Mint In Los Angeles On February 21 & SOB’s In New York City On March 4

Playing NYC’s Governor’s Ball

“Njomza sets the tone of romanticized escapism that can be heard throughout Vacation.” – Billboard

“Njomza’s voice enchants the listener” – Study Breaks

Last night, Njomza launched her very first North American headliner, “Vacation Tour” at Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA. Nearly sold out, the kickoff sets the tone for what promises to be an unforgettable tour as she performs in major cities coast-to-coast through March 7 at Troc Balcony in Philadelphia, PA before gracing the stage at Governors Ball in New York at the top of the summer. Check out the full itinerary below and get tickets HERE.

The Chicago singer, songwriter, and genre-shifter has quietly become a hot topic of conversation. Her global streams just exceeded 40 million and counting as recent singles “Me & You” [1.4 million Spotify streams] and “Lonely Nights” [1.44 million Spotify streams] continue heating up. Her voice has also resounded from behind-the-scenes as a sought-after collaborator in the studio and from the stage as a true pop maverick. Recently, she spoke to both NPR and Rolling Stone regarding her contributions to Ariana Grande’s latest release thank u, next, and she sat down with ET Live for an extensive interview about her own artistry.

Last week, Njomza launched a fun video called ”What’s My Name?” In the hilarious clip, Njomza hits the streets of Hollywood to quiz bystanders on how to pronounce her unique name. View “What’s My Name?” here.

Her sophomore EP, VACATION, is out now via Since The 80s/Motown Records. It has already received acclaim from Hypebae, StudyBreaks, Billboard, and more. Experience its songs live on the “Vacation Tour.”

Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn”; from Millerߣs acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.

NJOMZA VACATION TOUR DATES

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19-Feb      Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

20-Feb      San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord

21-Feb      Los Angeles, CA The Mint

28-Feb      Chicago, IL Avondale

04-Mar      New York, NY SOB’s

05-Mar      Boston, MA Middle East

06-Mar      Washington, DC Songbyrd

07-Mar      Philadelphia, PA Troc Balcony

31-May-2 Jun New York, NY Governor’s Ball

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Elle Fanning Sings “Lights” in New Movie

Watch the Official Trailer for TEEN SPIRIT, featuring Elle Fanning performing “Lights” by Ellie Goulding HERE

LD Entertainment & Bleecker Street will release TEEN SPIRIT in select theaters April 5

Written & Directed by: Max Minghella

Starring: Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, Agnieszka Grochowska

Produced by: Fred Berger (La La Land)

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Featuring Elle Fanning performing music by Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Annie Lennox, Orbital, Sigrid, Carly Rae Jepsen & Jack Antonoff. Additional music by Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Grimes, The Undertones, Aqua, Alice Deejay, Whigfield, Major Lazer and No Doubt

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