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Marvel 80th ‘Frame Variants’ Roll Out this August

This August, ring in Marvel Comics’ 80th Birthday with a celebratory selection of variants! Each 80th Anniversary ‘Frame Variant’ features a character head shot from their titular series, framed by a host of characters that represent the present and future of the Marvel Universe! Depicted by an all-star roster of artists, these unique covers pay tribute to the modern face of Marvel!

Peek at a select few now, and stay tuned for more updates!

80th ANNIVERSARY FRAME VARIANTS:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 28 HUMBERTO RAMOS MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198873)

AVENGERS 23 RUSSELL DAUTERMAN MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198874)

CAPTAIN AMERICA 13 EMA LUPACCHINO MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198875)

CAPTAIN MARVEL 9 JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198876)

FANTASTIC FOUR 13 NICK BRADSHAW MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198877)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 8 CHRIS STEVENS MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198878)

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN 9 PASQUAL FERRY MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198879)

THOR 16 MIKE MCKONE MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198880)

TONY STARK: IRON MAN 15 JIM CHEUNG MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198881)

VENOM 17 LEE GARBETT MARVEL 80TH FRAME VARIANT (MAY198882)

For 80 years, Marvel has reflected the world outside your window – inspiring millions of fans with iconic characters and timeless stories that brought the Marvel Universe to the forefront of pop culture today. Celebrate Marvel’s historic 80th anniversary all year long with your favorite Marvel comics, games, shows, collectibles, fashion, and more. Visit marvel.com/marvel80 or follow #Marvel80. 

 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com

or simply chat with some of your favorite heroes with Marvel’s chatbot accessible through Twitter and Facebook

Six Ways to Cut Down on Alcohol

by Tara Yombor, LMHC and clinical director at Pathway to Hope, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility.

Social (moderate) drinking, binge drinking, alcoholism, tolerance, and dependence. This is the typical pattern of progression for drinking that leads someone to think of him or herself as needing to cut down on alcohol. Some might think they are prone to alcoholism. Within that progression, the time for someone to cut down on drinking is based on the individual’s idea of what is causing dysfunction and unmanageability in their life.

Why is it so easy for someone to become addicted to alcohol, and what does it mean to have
an alcohol use disorder?

First of all, alcohol does not have an adverse social stigma, which makes the dependence for it more likely, and the consumption of it more acceptable. Alcohol is typically used to celebrate happy events and sooth the sad events in life. Think about a celebration. What do most people imagine? Alcohol, champagne, and a “toast to the New Year!”

During times of mourning or stress, alcohol can be used to ease the emotional pain of a loss or as a stress reliever. Social (or moderate) drinking is seen as a normal and perfectly harmless way of socializing, relaxing, or a form of celebration.

A binge drinker is defined as a man who drinks more than four to six drinks in a two-hour period, and a woman who drinks more than four to five drinks in a two-hour period. Someone with alcohol use disorder is typically a person with a long-term addiction to alcohol. This person is typically unable to control how much they consume or when to stop drinking and spends a lot of time thinking about the next drink.

It can be easy for someone to transition from a social drinker to a binge drinker to having an
alcohol use disorder. A binge drinker is someone who has more than the above allotted
acceptable drinks in a short amount of time.

Someone who is a binge drinker or struggling with heavy alcohol use may find that people close to them begin to notice negative patterns of behavior during times of drinking. Friends and family may start to become worried about the person’s drinking patterns and negative outcomes that have begun to arise from their drinking. A person who begins to engage in
binge drinking may find themselves calling out of work the day after drinking due to a hangover; they may miss important deadlines, get into arguments with their loved ones, or lose track of daily responsibilities.

Tolerance for alcohol means that a person needs more and more alcohol to feel the desired effect than they previously would not have needed. Someone who has a pattern of binge drinking may find themselves drinking even more alcohol in a short time to feel drunk.

Once tolerance increases, the possibility of dependence increases. Dependence can be defined as relying on alcohol to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Essentially, a person is controlled by their need to ingest alcohol to feel “normal.”

During any of these stages of alcohol use, someone may feel the need to seek treatment. The need for treatment varies for each person based on how dysfunctional or unmanageable their life has become due to their drinking.

Here are six things you (or anyone) can do to cut down on alcohol. Most of these mean a change in behavior.

1. Acknowledge the problem – in order to stop the behavior, you must first acknowledge what the negative behavior is and make a conscious effort to commit to changing that behavior. Also, put the goal in writing and make a list of reasons why you want to cut back on drinking. For example, if the behavior is drinking too much during celebrations, you have to determine what “too much” means to you and, next, set a goal to decrease the amount you are drinking during celebrations.

2. Set a realistic goal for drinking alcohol – if you struggle with binge drinking, set a realistic, and achievable goal. The next time you’re out during a social event, make it a goal to cut back to three to four drinks in two hours instead of five to six. Or perhaps instead of going to a happy hour on Friday or Saturday night, pick one night to go out and stay in the other night. Cutting back by making realistic and achievable goals will keep you on track and make you feel better about the fact that you are keeping your goals.

3. Write it down – make sure to keep a journal of the times you drink, how much you drink, and any negative outcomes related to the times you drink (for example, drinking and falling down or making an inappropriate comment to a friend). By keeping a journal, you will hopefully be able to see patterns of behavior. You can also share this journal with someone you trust and ask them to look out for any patterns you may have missed.

4. Don’t keep alcohol in your house – it is easier to come home after a long day of work and pour a glass of wine rather than going out to the bar on a Wednesday when you may have other obligations at home such as taking care of a child. When you don’t have alcohol in the house, it eliminates the desire or temptation to drink.

5. Stay busy – by having non-alcohol related activities to engage in, you are more likely to say no to drinking, as you’ll want to be present for the activity. Do things that keep you active, such as riding a bike, hiking, going for a walk as the endorphins from engaging in exercise may eliminate the desire for alcohol.

6. Ask for support/Talk to someone – tell people you trust about your goals and ask them to help keep you accountable during times when you may be struggling or find yourself surrounded by temptation. Also, there are therapists who specialize in alcohol/substance use who you can talk to that can assist you with your goals and process through any underlying emotions that may be related to drinking.

Remember that the above tips may not work for everyone. Some people may be into the stage of alcohol tolerance and dependence. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol dependence, reach out for help from a professional or call a treatment center in your area. Alcoholism and dependence look different for everyone.

K-Syran performs

In K-Syran‘s Words:

What a week! From my shoot in a studio in London where I stayed 3 hours in a pool filming underwater shots in the beautiful Three Graces dresses, to flying to Malaga for my Manilva Pride gig.

Spain is beautiful with it’s gorgeous coast line and delicious food.
I arrived the day before so that I could get to enjoy swimming in the sea.
On the big day, Saturday, I was picked up by a lovely man who volunteered to help out. This is why I love performing for GayPride; it’s a celebration of love and everyone is so generous and helpful. The tech went brilliantly with super talented producer Dan Boots and team from Intimacy Records attending, checking sound and images. I didn’t get to meet my dancers but lucky to finally meet amazing Christian Lee Dun who organises Manilva Pride.

We were all picked up at around ten thirty, I was dolled up in my striking green K-Syran designer dress by renowned Zaid Farouki and jewlery by Esfir Jewels – I felt like a diva! There were thousands of people already attending cheering and having a wonderful time.

I had the best time ever on stage with them and the loving fun audience cheering us on. Such a thrill to perform my own songs live in front of an audience who are so warm and generous and to see them dancing to my tunes makes me feel that all the work I do is defiantly worth it!

About K-Syran

Having started her career on an exciting note by opening the UK Tour for the prominent Blue, K-Syran has since been receiving the love and praise of music connoisseurs across the globe. Releasing two albums (Smoke In My Veins and Dizzy), topping several billboard charts and evenhaving one of her singles being nominated as the anthem of International Women’s Day 2016, K-Syran’s journey continues to demonstrate an exciting path.

K-Syran follows up 2018’s monumental success with billboard charting singles, Shake that Booty and Dizzy, and her brand new offering,Carefree Careless.

Beyond her illustrious work in music, K-Syran is also debuting in her first feature film The Lady from The Sea. As the leading lady in this exciting new venture, K-Syran is demonstrating her dynamic versatility and ingenuous creativity as an artist.

To add to all these incredible feats, K-Syran will also be performing live at the ‘Puerto de la Duquesa’ in Manila on the 15th June 2019. Celebrating equality and dignity for all, this performance will add to K-Syran’s line-up of live performances in 2019.

Dedicated to creating great music and versatile performances, K-Syran is at the forefront of creating an unparalleled music experience.

For collaborative opportunities, please contact Manal at manal@theamanqiedit.com.

Bravo Pays WorldPride Tribute

Bravo pays tribute to WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and 50 years of LGBTQIA+ liberation, with social, digital and on-air content throughout June, culminating with a Bravo float in the New York City Pride March on Sunday, June 30. Led by Andy Cohen and 15 Bravolebrities, the float will include:

  • Captain Sandy Yawn from “Below Deck Mediterranean”
  • Reza Farahan from “Shahs of Sunset”
  • Patricia Altschul from “Southern Charm”
  • Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey & Eva Marcille from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
  • Leeanne Locken from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”
  • Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga & Margaret Josephs from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”
  • Dorinda Medley & Sonja Morgan from “The Real Housewives of New York”
  • Kelly Dodd from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” 
  • Gizelle Bryant from “The Real Housewives of Potomac”
  • And Bravo guests: Daryn Carp (host & Andy Cohen’s assistant), Gay Shark (from “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,”) Jackie Cox (Drag Lisa Rinna), Chelsea Piers (Drag Erika Jayne), Ginger Snap (Drag Captain Sandy) and Paige Turner (Drag Lisa Vanderpump)

“Bravo has a long history of representing the LGBTQ community through its programming,” said Andy Cohen, host and executive producer of Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.’ “I’m proud to be a part of this network and its history, and I’m honored to be marching toward another 50 years of progress and equality.

Marching along the float will be Bravo staff joined by OUT@NBCUniversal, NBCUniversal’slesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally employee alliance, along with NBC 4 and Telemundo 47. “All throughout June, Bravo will have a variety of WorldPride coverage on its social media feeds as well as content all month long on BravoTV.com. In addition, Bravo will feature a special on-air logo that will animate the days of the Los Angeles Pride March and the New York City Pride March on June 9 and June 30, respectively.  Download Bravo’s Pride logo here, and follow @bravotv on Instagram and Twitter for updates all month long.

About Bravo Media:

Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes the scripted anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” & “Project Runway,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

Brytiago Celebrates Awards

BRYTIAGO

The singer wins 2 important awards on Thursday night in Puerto Rico.

San Juan Puerto Rico. March 22, 2019. Urban music singer Brytiago is celebrating his two awards Urban Music New Urban Artist and National Song of the Year for “Murder” with the collaboration of Darell. The awards were held in the emblematic “Choliseo” of Puerto Rico this Thursday before most of the urban singers gathered at this first gala where they recognized the most prominent of the genre.

Brytiago sang with Darell his successful “Assassin,” with a majestic colorful number where the charisma and the scenic power covered the singer who danced for all the present public.

“I thank God, my family and all those who are supporting me to make this my dream come true, to Daddy Yankee for believing in me, my work team for guiding me and helping me to continue on the right path, to the media tv, radio press written each of you have put their two cents in this my career,” said Brytiago. Brytiago who has just released his most recent single “Aprendí Amar” along with the video yesterday which was recorded in the city of Miami, under the direction of the prominent audiovisual artist Gus, and tells a story of drama and love, very different from the usual videos of the urban genre. The song was written by Brytiago himself and produced by Chris Jeday and Gaby Music.

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THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES CELEBRATES LOVE!

*Featured art by Marc Chagall, Lovers in Grey (Jacques Lassaigne, m.194) 1957 Lithograph

Love is in the air this February at Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG). All nine of its fine art locations (Soho, San Francisco, Las Vegas, La Jolla, New Orleans, Maui, Orange County, Schaumburg, Dallas) will be offering veteran and first-time collectors alike original and unique paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited-edition graphics from over 40 of the world’s most renowned 20th and 21st-century artists.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, MLG unveils works by Marc Chagall, Robert Indiana and André Masson, Among others. No expression of love is more eternal than a work of fine art.

“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”. Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was born in Vitsyebsk, Belarus and his artistic view of romance and intrigue greets us in the captivating Chagall Les Amourex en Gris (Lovers in Grey), (Jacques Lassaigne, M.194)1957. Black strokes of the night envelope two lovers illuminated by the bath of light floating from the moon. With beautiful spots of bright colors masterfully placed about, the composition is light and fluid with a sense of movement and peace. The lovers touch their foreheads tenderly and gaze at one another though a grace and attitude that is purely and powerfully Chagall. This beautiful testament to the bond of love must be viewed to be fully appreciated

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained-glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall emigrated to Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He rightfully viewed his imagery and allegory as uniquely his own.

“It would be my intention that everybody should have love, and there are a lot of people in the world.” Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana (1928-2018) was an American Pop artist whose work drew inspiration from signs, billboards, and commercial logos. He is best known for his series of LOVE paintings, which employed bold and colorful letterforms to spell out the word “love.” “Oddly enough, I wasn’t thinking at all about anticipating the love generation and hippies,” he once explained. “It was a spiritual concept. It isn’t a sculpture of love any longer. It’s become the very theme of love itself.” Born Robert Earl Clark on September 13, 1928, in New Castle, IN, he adopted the name of his home state after serving in the US military. Indiana went on to receive his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1954. His work grew in popularity over the decades, with both his LOVE and HOPE motifs transformed into numerous public sculptures. In September 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art proudly exhibited “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE,” the artist’s first retrospective in New York.

The ‘Book of Love’ project was conceived by Robert Indiana as a portfolio of prints and corresponding poems that would make a definitive statement on his masterpiece LOVE, fulfilling his original vision as both a poet and a painter. Each poem has a highly raised embossment of LOVE, trapped in colors, just below the title, each poem hand pencil initialed by the artist.

Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others. MLG is extremely proud to offer them to collectors.

André Masson (1896-28 October 1987) was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, a town just north of Paris. A childhood spent close to nature made a lasting impression on Masson, and he drew inspiration from life and landscape imagery throughout his career. At age 11 he enrolled in the Académie Royale des beaux-arts and the École des arts décoratifs in Brussels, where he studied with the Symbolist painter Constant Montald. He first encountered modern art through the work of James Ensor before learning about the ideas of the Futurists and Cubists. At age 16, he was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie for painting. While in Paris, he became interested in Nicolas Poussin’s representations of mythological themes, subjects that he would later treat in his work.

During the early 1920s in Paris, Masson joined the new Surrealist group after one of his paintings had attracted the attention of the movement’s leader, André Breton. Masson soon became the foremost practitioner of automatic writing, which, when applied to drawing, was a form of a spontaneous composition intended to express impulses and images arising directly from the unconscious. Hi paintings and drawings from the late 1920s and the ’30s are turbulent, suggestive renderings of scenes of violence, eroticism, and

physical metamorphosis. A natural draftsman, he used curved, expressive lines to delineate biomorphic forms that border on the abstract.

Also included in MLG’s celebration of love are hand-signed serigraphs by Erté, the father of Art Deco, original paintings by Robert Deyber, whose works offer unique visual interpretations of clichés, euphemisms and idioms and Brad Faine, an internationally recognized artist and printmaker.

Please visit any of Martin Lawrence Galleries nine locations across North America, or visit them online at martinlawrence.com

André Masson, 360 MAGAZINE

Andre Masson, Pyramus und Thisebe (Les Ammanns Celebrex) hand-signed etching with acquaint, 15 x 18 inches.

2019 × 7TH ANNUAL PROHIBITION NYE

Ring in 2019 at the 7th Annual Prohibition NYE

The ball will drop guests into 2019 at the historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles with a celebration to please all of the senses

  

McCullough and Ross, in partnership with KCRW, presents the seventh annual Prohibition NYE, bringing back the event of the year at the iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. November 2.

With one of LA’s most recognizable historic landmarks as its backdrop, the Roaring Twenties themed Prohibition NYE features a full spectrum of entertainment including the sounds of world class DJs, a live jazz ensemble, a renowned burlesque troupe, and a premium open bar. This year’s acts include Classixx (DJ set), Lyndsay and the All Nighters, and more. As the clock strikes midnight, Prohibition NYE guests will cheers as the signature ball drops 60 feet from the famous Art Deco ceilings of Union Station. 

 

“Prohibition NYE is always about the experience,” said event producer John McCullough. “We are looking forward to sharing this fully immersive New Year’s Eve event that honors the glamour and energy of the 1920s.” 

LA’s Classixx is headlining Prohibition NYE with a DJ set, taking the mainstage at the midnight hour to spin disco-inspired grooves. The duo’s progressive-yet-nostalgic melodies will ignite the celebration well into the New Year. Dollhouse Entertainment’s hypnotizing burlesque troupe is not to be missed. An acclaimed roster of additional musical talent will perform on three stages throughout the evening.

 

Prohibition NYE will offer a limited number of VIP tables, featuring a private entrance, hostess service, and an exclusive, stage-side elevated viewing experience. 

The 1920s themed event will run from 9 p.m. December 31, until 2 a.m. January 1. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite starting at 10 a.m. November 2. A limited number of presale tickets will be offered for $160. General Admission tickets retail for $185.

Union Station is located at 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.prohibitionnye.com.

The event is open to guests 21 and over; formal dress code is encouraged.

To view last year’s recap highlights: https://found.ee/ProhibitionNYEHighlightsInstagram – @ProhibitionNYE

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ProhibitionNewYearsEve

About Prohibition NYE:

Prohibition NYE delivers a transformative experience showcasing the excitement of the Roaring Twenties. Founded by McCullough & Ross, Prohibition NYE has been based in Los Angeles since 2012.

  

About KCRW:

KCRW curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, cultural exploration and public affairs. The station embodies the spirit of LA and delivers its culture in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally, and through live events – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air throughout Southern California and online at http://www.kcrw.com/.

 

About Modern Disco Ambassadors (Promotional Partner):

Since its inception in 2013, Modern Disco Ambassadors has continued to bring world renowned talent to Orange County. M.D.A. Events offers a unique blend of progressive and eclectic music to guests at a variety of venues.

Chris Tucker to Host EBONY Power 100 Gala

EBONY Magazine announces the host for its annual EBONY Power 100 Gala and this year’s special award recipients.

Acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker will steer the star-studded event.

Distinguished industry leaders to be recognized with the EBONY Icon Award and Inaugural Chairman’s Award

Following the recent unveiling of its prestigious annual EBONY Power 100 List in celebration those whose work and heroism continue to inspire and influence society, EBONY magazine has announced the host for this year’s highly anticipated EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide, taking place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 30.

EBONY is also pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s coveted special awards which will be presented during Hollywood’s star-studded spectacle.

Helming the celebration of the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list honoring crusaders, innovators, disruptors, business titans, entrepreneurs and MVPs who are making a difference in the community at the EBONY Power 100 Gala is international award-winning actor Chris Tucker. Once a frequent stand-up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, Tucker is best known today for playing Det. James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Chris is currently returning to the stage on his stand-up comedy tour that has received rave reviews all over the world, while spending much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation.

EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson will present the inaugural Chairman’s Award to former BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. The trailblazing business dynamo joined BET as executive vice president and general counsel in 1986, was promoted to president and COO of the network that reaches approximately 78 million homes in March 1996 and to chairman and CEO in 2005. She guided much of the 38-year-old network’s growth beyond music and into entertainment, news and public affairs programming, including original movies, late-night talk shows and concert specials, with successes such as bringing to cable The Game in 2014 and the miniseries. The New Edition Story in 2017, the launch of BET.com and the acquisition of the television rights to Black Girls Rock!

This year’s prestigious EBONY Icon Award will be presented to Motown Records. There simply isn’t a name in music more synonymous with era-defining hits, star-making, and innovation than Motown. Started in Detroit with a dream and an $800 loan, Berry Gordy’s Hitsville USA became a cultural behemoth that swiftly hooked pop culture with a brand new beat. The unmistakable, irrepressible sound of young America didn’t just dominate the charts–it crossed the racial divide during the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The hits and cultural influence doesn’t stop as Motown and its family of imprints explore new genres in partnerships with labels including Quality Control Music, which set the stage for signings of Migos and Lil Yachty. In recognition of the brand’s iconic relevance and impact, EBONY is pleased to honor Motowns decades of success. The award will be accepted by Motown President, and EVP of Capitol Music Group. Ethiopia Habtemariam, who is also honored in the Women Up category for her outstanding leadership in the music industry.

Habtemariam, whose former title, President of Urban Music & Co-Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing, is responsible for revitalizing the storied label that boasts hit makers NE-YO and Erykah Badu. Habtemariam has ushered in a new generation of artists with acts like JAMESDAVIS, Lil Baby, City Girls, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Last summer, Billboard magazine recognized her as Universal Music Group’s Most Powerful African-American Woman.

“We are delighted to announce our celebrated host and award recipients for this year’s EBONY Power 100 Gala,” says Gibson. “Since unveiling our 2018 EBONY Power 100 List last month, the anticipation and buzz throughout the country has been very exciting to see. This year’s gala will surely prove to be the most memorable to date, and I would like to personally congratulate all our honorees.”

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List recognizes the most influential and inspiring from the business, philanthropic, entertainment, and social activism communities in the following eight categories: Community Crusaders, Disruptors, Entertainment & Arts, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, MVPs, Power Players and the coveted Women Up.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama lead the Entertainment & Arts category, with a focus on Mrs. Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-wining Moonlight and the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk, is also being honored in the category for his achievements in the film industry, as Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is for his role in the television series Pose. Other notables being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category include the cast of Black Pantherand rappers Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott. Athletes being honored in the MVPs category include Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and professional WWE wrestler and superstar Thaddeus Bullard, aka Titus O’Neil.

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List includes politicians and lawmakers who made the news over the past year, such as Stacey Abrams, the first Black Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee (recognized in the Disruptors category); Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and the first Black candidate for governor of the Sunshine State (another Disruptors honoree); Keisha Lance Bottoms, the second Black female mayor of Atlanta (recognized in the Women Up category); and London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor of San Francisco (also honored in the Women Up category).

Other honorees run the gamut of industry, community activism and more. Civil rights activist Tarana Burke the Bronx, New York native who achieved global acclaim after starting the MeToo movement will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category. Group President and Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will be honored in the Women Up category as the first African-American woman to the hold that position as at Starbucks. March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart will be recognized in the Disruptors category as the first African-American female president to lead the charitable organization. Junior Flip Kids, honored in the Entrepreneurs category, is a company made up of six schoolchildren aged 7 to 13 years old who met with Oprah Winfrey before starting their business to transform distressed properties into renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C., and Maryland. Cheryl “Action” Jackson will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category as the founder of Minnie’s Pantry, an organization that has provided over 8 million meals to families in need.

Honorees are celebrated each year at the EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide. The event will take place this year in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on November. During the gala, the prestigious EBONY Power 100 special award recipients will be recognized for their contributions to business and industry. The 2018 EBONY Power 100 Gala is hosted by EBONY Foundation and benefits Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Learn more about sickle cell disease and to donate by texting “EBONY” to 91011 and using #SCDHOPEWINS. Follow #EBONYPower100 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The complete EBONY Power 100 List for this year can be viewed here!

The Underline Ceremony

WHO/WHAT: Friends of the Underline groundbreaking ceremony of Phase 1 benefiting the planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination. That morning, The Underline will have program speakers such as the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, President and CEO, Meg Daly, and DTPW Director, Alice N. Bravo. There will be a celebration after the ceremony presented by Swire Properties at La Centrale, Miami’s premier food hall.

 WHERE: Groundbreaking: Below Metrorail by the south shore of the Miami River     Celebration: La Centrale, Brickell City Centre, 601 S. Miami Ave, (Second floor)

WHEN: Thursday, November 1st | 10:00 – 11:00 am

INTERVIEW OPPS:

·         Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor

·         Meg Daly, President/CEO, Friends of The Underline 501C3 non-profit

·         Alice N. Bravo, DTPW Director, P.E.

About The Underline

The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings, as well as community-based health and wellness, cultural and educational programming. The Underline, built in phases, beginning in the Brickell area. For more information visit, www.theunderline.org and/or follow them on social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, you can check out their website at Theunderline.com

 About Friends of The Underline

Friends of The Underline is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that will connect people to place and each other. 

Jonas Blue’s “Polaroid”

Multi-Platinum global recording artist/producer Jonas Blue returns with “Polaroid”, a sparkling celebration of love at first sight that features vocals by Liam Payne and Lennon Stella. A slice of R&B pop replete with an anthemic chorus and an irresistible groove, the track was produced by Blue, who wrote it with JP Cooper, Sam Romans, and Ed Drewett. The song is from his debut album, which Astralwerks will release in November.

Download / stream “Polaroid” HERE and view the lyric video HERE. Stay tuned for the premiere of the official video, which Blue, Payne and Stella shot in Manhattan.

Liam Payne made his solo debut in 2016 with the single “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo. Now certified Platinum in five countries, it was one of the biggest selling singles of 2017, and the biggest selling solo single from any current member of One Direction. He recently released his debut EP, First Time.

Lennon Stella first gained national attention in 2012 when her and sister Maisy’s cover of Robyn’s “Call your Girlfriend” went viral. That same year, Lennon landed her starring role in the hit television show “Nashville” as Maddie Conrad. The acoustic version of her original song “Like Everybody Else” recently hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and Canada Spotify Viral Charts.

“Polaroid” follows Blue’s massive summer hit “Rise” featuring Jack & Jack, which has accrued more than 500 million global streams to date. He also contributed the end credits song to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation “I See Love” featuring Joe Jonas.

A four-time BRIT Award nominee, Jonas Blue has achieved worldwide success with five billion cumulative streams, 30 million single sales and over 85 Platinum certifications from countries around the globe. “Fast Car,” his breakthrough single featuring Dakota, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and went Platinum in the U.S. Subsequent singles “Perfect Strangers” and “Mama” are both certified Gold in the States. Blue has also worked on remixes and collaborations for such artists as Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill, MK, James Bay and Sabrina Carpenter. He recently launched his own record label Blue Future.

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