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Rita Ora Live Performance

VEVO AND RITA ORA RELEASE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “LET YOU LOVE ME

Vevo announces the release of Rita Ora‘s live performance of “Let You Love Me.” Born in Pristina, Kosovo but raised in London, Rita Ora made her first official appearance in 2007 when she guested on Craig David’s single “Awkward.” In 2009, Ora signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and hit 2012’s #1 spot with her debut solo single “R.I.P.” Later that year, she released her debut album, simply titled “Ora”, which went straight to #1 on the UK album charts. Following a collaboration with Charlie XCX, Cardi B, and Bebe Rexha on “Girls,” Ora released her sophomore album Phoenix, featuring the single “Let You Love Me” in November of 2018. The “bittersweet club anthem” (Idolator), “Let You Love Me” broke British chart history for the most Top 10 singles by a British female artist. Catch Rita Ora live throughout 2019 on her world tour, and keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world at youtube.com/vevo .

BFUNK

BFUNK DANCE

Chaya Kumar and Shivani Bhagwan, the creators and founders of BhangraFunk and BollyFunk, have quickly become a worldwide phenomenon, known as BFUNK. Their viral YouTube dance videos featuring students from their sold-out classes in Los Angeles have caught the attention of many. They have collaborated with the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan and received co-signs from other Bollywood superstars like Diljit Dosanjh, Arjun Kapoor and esteemed choreographers Geeta Kapoor and Tricia Miranda. With over 200 million cumulative views on their dance videos, Shivani and Chaya have built an enormous fan base around the world. (#FUNKFAM) This has allowed them to travel and teach workshops internationally and bring a new style of dance to many renowned dance studios. They are pushing boundaries with their messaging and proving that dance can be a career.

360 had the opportunity in joining #BFUNK for a special dance class focused on crafting background dancers and the proper techniques during an on-stage live performance. The crossover between Bollywood and Hip-Hop formed powerful combos and an overall fluid routine that both choreographers taught. The whole experience felt like joining a family dance camp. Kumar and Bhagwan made it comfortable to ask questions, repeat steps and took the time to identify common mistakes. Hearing how proud they were of the class and watching them interact with familiar and unfamiliar faces showcased their passion for others to succeed. Classes are perfect for dancers of any experience and background, with this class emphasized on dancers breaking into the industry. Surprise guest and recording artist, Raja Kumari (whose song the routine covered), was invited as an example of how one should perform alongside a known performer.

“As South Asians, there exists no system of representation for an industry dancer to be booked on a professional job within their niche. In this class, we provided our students the opportunity to back up an artist, as it would be on stage.  It is our hope that this venture will create a clatter and foreshadow new beginnings for South Asian dancers.”

Kumar and Bhagwan will continue to foster a positive environment in their classes and relentlessly strive to change the conversation, eliminating labels and discussing dance as simply, dance. At age 26, their careers only continue to skyrocket into new heights.

Anuel AA “rises” with four nominations

One of the most important nights of Hispanic music: Billboard Awards 2019, will witness the impressive professional growth of the King and pioneer of the Trap in Spanish: Anuel AA, who debuted with four nominations at the exclusive awards gala. After an incredible year 2018, Anuel AA continues to figure in the top positions of the most important music listings internationally.

Topics like “She wants to drink”, which has more than 300 million views on YouTube, “Yeezy” and “Brindemos”, belonging to her first solo album: “Real hasta la muerte”, have earned her four coveted nominations at the Billboard Latin Music Awards night 2019. Anuel AA is one of the brand new nominees in the following categories:

Artist of the Year, Debut / Artist of the Year, NewArtist of the Year, Social Networks /

Social Artist of the Year”Top Latin Album” of the Year / Top Latin Album of the Year – Real

Hasta La Muerte Album “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Album of the Year –

Real Hasta La Muerte The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las

Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

RAJA KUMARI

Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Through singles “Mute,” “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You,” and her latest “I Did It,”as well as her debut EP, The Come Up (the cover features an image of Kumari with her head draped in both a gold tikka and an American flag), Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says. “Because those were the onlydesires I had as a child.”

Born Svetha Rao in Claremont, Calif., to Indian parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the ’70s, Kumari was 13 when she had a vision that she calls “a memory of the future.” “I was in my room and I had this image of me standing on a stage,” she recalls. “I couldn’t see myself. I was looking out from my own eyes at a sea of 100,000 people and I could feel their energy. Suddenly I snapped out of it and said out loud, ‘How do I get there?’ My entire career has been about trying to answer that question, ‘How do I become that woman and how do I touch people?’ That became my life’s purpose.” Her answer is music and dance. “I feel like I’m a seed from the motherland that was sent across the world,” she says. “Culture is part of my identity because we, as Indian-Americans who grew up away from India, have to be the vessels of culture. We have to hold on because it’ll be lost within one generation. That’s why it so heavily influences my music and look. It’s not a gimmick to me. It’s an expression of a lifetime of trying to preserve it.”

Kumari set upon her artistic journey at age five when she began learning classical Indian dance, spending seven hours a day practicing with a dance guru who lived with her family for 10 years. Kumari studied several styles and, at age seven, made her debut in front of an audience that included Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who declared her a child prodigy. By the time she was ten, Kumari was touring the U.S. and India, performing for massive audiences and raising substantial sums of money for charity, including enough to build a meditation hall and a new wing for a hospital in India.

Kumari listened to nothing but classical Indian music until she was nine, but then her older brother gave her a copy of The Fugees’ The Score, and her love for hip-hop was born. “That was the genesis of me as an artist,” she says. “Indian music is based on the mathematics of rhythm, so very quickly, as a little Indian kid who was not using her brain to be scientist, I used it to decipher the mathematics of hip-hop and realized that the rhythms of rap felt similar to the jathis and taals of Carnatic music. Hip-hop felt like a bridge.” Kumari also noted the large platforms that her favorite pop acts, like Britney Spears and *NSYNC, had to reach fans. “I was like, ‘How do I get my dance on that type of stage?’ And I realized that the only people who have stages like that are pop stars.”

At 14, Kumari recorded her first song professionally, started a hip-hop duo with a friend, and adopted her stage name, which means “princess” in Sanskrit. “That’s when I personified this strong, female goddess character called ‘Raja Kumari,’ the daughter of the king, and the king was God. So in my mind, I was the daughter of God.” She began writing her own songs as an act of rebellion. “I felt that everybody was expecting me to continue dancing and,like every other good Indian girl, marry a doctor,” saysKumari, whose father is a radiation oncologist. “I felt this path being set up for me and music became my way of doing something that was just for me.”

Kumari developed her writing skills and spent every day instudio sessions and attending songwriting camps all over the world. As she tried to crack the music industry code, she realized that the artists she looked up to started out as songwriters. “They had to prove they could sell millions of records, so that became my focus, too,” she says. “I put my artist project aside for two years to concentrate on learning.” As she found herself in in rooms with such heavyweights as Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, J.R. Rotem, and, at one point, Dr. Dre, Kumari soaked up everything she could about writing and vocal production. Her first placement came in 2012 when a song she co-wrote called “Change Your Life” wound up on Iggy Azalea’s Grammy-nominated album The New Classic. “Suddenly, I had credibility,” Kumari says.

Kumari signed with Pulse Recordings and went on to co-write hit songs for Fall Out Boy (the 4x-Platinum “Centuries,” which earned her a 2015 BMI Pop Award), Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, Dirty South, Lindsey Stirling, and Gwen Stefani (Kumari co-wrote six tracks on Stefani’s most recent album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like). Ironically, it was seeing Iggy Azalea wearing a gold kiritam in her “Bounce” video that fueledKumari’s determination to introduce authentic Indian culture to the masses. “To see my culture being put on as a costume — it woke me up,” she says. “I realized that if I didn’t do it, no one will.” Along the way, Kumari earned a degree in comparative religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.

In 2015, Kumari signed to Epic Records and released her debut single “Mute,” which addressed the challenges she faced when people in the industry advised her to tone down her ethnicity. (In the song’s opening line, she declares: “I had to put ‘em on mute / Thought that the curry was soup / I had to feed these fools / Had to go home and regroup.”)Kumari felt she had hit a roadblock in America and decided to decamp to Mumbai, where she was based for two years.

“I got there and everybody understood me,” says Kumari, who is also signed to Sony Music India. “I didn’t have to explain my bindi. I didn’t have to explain anything, really. People were so open to everything I was doing as an artist.I just wanted to prove that my music is worthy and that there are people who want to hear it. The validation from my people made me no longer crave validation from anyone else. When I walk into a room and someone tells me something can’t happen, I don’t even listen, because I already know what’s possible.”

Kumari wrote her latest single, “I Did It,” about that feeling. “It’s about me taking a leap,” she says. “It’s about how I didn’t do it the way everyone wanted, but I did it with integrity and that can’t be taken away from me. No one can tell me it won’t work, because it is working. I feel that the music is unstoppable now and that’s such a crazy feeling, because even today, my dad will say, ‘You know, you can just go back to medical school.’ They are still waiting for me to take the emergency exit. But I don’t feel like I’m allowed to quit because there are too many people, little girls like me, who didn’t see themselves represented in culture, who need it. I didn’t have anybody like me. I feel like I’m becoming the person I needed when I was growing up.

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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Lil Baby Valentine Dinner

WILL GIVE A “GIRL’S NIGHT VALENTINE DINNER” TO A LUCKY WINNER IN 4 CITIES

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BABY CELEBRATES ROMANCE BY RELEASING THE “CLOSE FRIENDS” VIDEO STARRING HIS REAL LIFE GF

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Today Lil Baby shares the DAPS-directed video for his RIAA-certified Platinum song “Close Friends” from his collaborative project with Gunna, Drip Harder, out now on Quality Control Music/Young Stoner Life Records, a 300 Entertainment Label/Wolfpack Global Music/Capitol Records/Motown.

Rag & Bone AI Dinner Party

RAG & BONE NYFW: MERGING AI TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANS

An unexpected multi-sensory and immersive experience: ‘A Last Supper’, challenging the future of fashion

For the first time, New York fashion week sees an Artificial Intelligence system help showcase rag & bone’s Fall/Winter 2019 through a multi sensory and immersive experience, ‘A Last Supper’.

Hosted by CEO Marcus Wainwright, Christine Jones (Designer of Queen of the Night), Nigel Godrich (Producer of the band Radiohead), ‘A Last Supper’ was created to explore the the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Humans. From the first toast given by the AI, the system will effectively learn and evolve through the actions of the guests as they perform one of the most timeless and age-old ways to bond and make friends: over dinner. A nod to the way in which we might coexist with an Artificial Intelligence, as per The Singularity.

The night will see guests led by a cast of performers through an immersive and sensory environment woven with the unexpected. Set against the majestic backdrop of The Weylin in Brooklyn (a historic former savings bank), the collection with re-affirm the brand’s dedication to providing functional and authentic clothing which is rooted through a unique fusion of military, American workwear, sport and British tailoring.

The dinner will be curated by Chef Ignacio Mattos (Estela) and Tamar Adler with a special performance developed by Choreographer, Damien Jalet (Suspiria). All guests will arrive for the evening wearing the brand’s new collection.

Selected guests will be captured with depth cameras to generate point cloud data, a representation of how the AI sees the world. In real time, this content will be incorporated into live futuristic video-scapes created by audio-visual composer Tarik Barri.

The dinner explores how we will keep our humanity and experience and celebrate fashion in the future as we embrace an exponentially growing machine intelligence. In a version of ‘A Last Supper’ before the singularity, in which machines exceed human ability, the brand presents a beautiful and twisted vision of how.

This latest project solidifies rag & bone’s position as an industry innovator and a multi faceted brand which is anchored by authenticity and quality.

View web video footage of the event here.

Solange Highlight’s African American Disabilities

As we celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February, RespectAbility recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of African Americans to the United States. It is important to note this includes more than 5.6 million African Americans living with a disability in the U.S., 3.4 million of which are working-age African Americans with disabilities. Therefore, we would like to reflect on the realities and challenges that continue to shape the lives of African Americans with disabilities. The full piece provides statistics relating to employment, education, criminal justice and more.

Some celebrities and business leaders are using their voice to share their stories, educating people about both visible and invisible disabilities. They are defying the statistics and have remained highly successful with their disabilities. These role models make a big difference in setting high expectations for youth with disabilities. RespectAbility will be sharing content throughout this month – and throughout the entire year – highlighting additional African Americans with disabilities, including some personal pieces from our own team members.     

INCREASING DISABILITY INCLUSION IN HOLLYWOOD

Maya Angelou, Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist Who Had Disability, Inspires Generations

– Tameir Yeheyes, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

Maya Angelou had selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that causes a child to not speak due to physical and psychological trauma they endured. In the five-year span that she experienced this, her listening, observing and memorizing skills improved and her love of books expanded. This helped her later when she began working in becoming successful in her career.

Halle Berry: Living with Disability While Taking a Stand against Domestic Violence

– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Halle Berry is an advocate for ending violence against women, an advocate for individuals with disabilities, and has been fighting for virtually her whole life.

Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott ‘Works it,’ Serves as Role Model for Young Women with Disabilities

– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

At the height of her career, Missy Elliott experienced a dramatic and dangerous weight loss; she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, which attacks the thyroid.

Deafblind Lawyer Haben Girma Advocates for Disability Rights

– Ryan Knight, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

The first Deafblind person to graduate from law school, Haben Girma stated that removing barriers for herself helped in her journey to becoming a disability advocate. Her disability advocacy is not restricted to education; she also uses the media to decrease the stigma in the community.

Whoopi Goldberg: Talented Actress, Comedienne and Talk Show Host Lives with Dyslexia

– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Reading scripts and writing books as often as Goldberg does was hard at first with her dyslexia. Like she did in elementary school, Goldberg found it easiest to have someone read to her so she could memorize the lines for her scripts. For her books, she dictates instead of writing before sitting down with an editor to adjust the language.

Actress with Cerebral Palsy Diana Elizabeth Jordan is Veteran of 17 Shows, Shorts and Movies

– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, actress, writer, producer and director, is an important figure in the conversation about the inclusivity or lack thereof of people with disabilities in Hollywood. She found a way to get into and around Hollywood, with the help of her faith and self-confidence.

Solange Knowles: Role Model for African American Performers with Disabilities

– Bryan Munguia, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

When it comes to the traditional expectations of a pop star in Hollywood, Solange Knowles shatters the glass ceiling as a woman of color who also happens to be diagnosed with a disability that affects 10 percent of the U.S. population: ADHD. Knowles has been outspoken about her ADHD, educating people about her disability.

Jenifer Lewis of ‘Black-ish’ has Coped with Bipolar Disorder by Doing the Work

– Litsa Dremousis, The Washington Post

Jenifer Lewis resisted the diagnosis at first and refused to take medication until a self-described nervous breakdown left her convulsing in sobs, a hostage to her untreated neurochemistry. A quarter-century later, she is thriving and happy because, as she says, she “does the work.”

 

Gunna Releases New Single

GUNNA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO 

“ONE CALL”

+ PRODUCED BY TURBO

+ DRIP OR DROWN 2 COMING SOON!

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Following his cover art reveal, Billboard chart topping artist, Gunna drops his brand new single “One Call.” The track is the first offering from his much anticipated debut album Drip Or Drown 2. The addictive Turbo produced single highlights Gunna’s melodic bars paired with pitched down guitar melody and thumping bass. Maintaining his drip driven signature on “One Call” Gunna proves why he continues to be an exciting addition to hip hop. Listen to “One Call” here!  

Dominated all of 2018, the critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper topped multiple “best of” lists including New York Times, Pitchfork, and Complex and more. Drip Harder, the Gold certified mixtape released with Lil Baby, hit  #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”  Collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world including Travis Scott, Mariah Carey, Drake, Usher and more, there seems to be no stopping the new age rapper. 

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Lenny Kravitz’s Twice Charity

TWICE TOOTHPASTE & GLO GOOD FOUNDATION HOST 4th ANNUAL MISSION & DENTAL CLINIC IN ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS

430 SMILES REJUVENATED & TRANSFORMED!

Last weekend, Twice and GLO Good Foundation hosted their fourth annual Mission and Dental Clinic in Eleuthera, Bahamas. 2019 proved to be the most successful trip yet for the innovative direct-to-consumer toothpaste startup co-founded by brothers Julian and Cody Levine and Lenny Kravitz as well as the charity.

Over the course of four-and-a-half days, a team of dentists and oral care specialists set up shop in the center of Eleuthera and treated patients, offering gratis cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and surgical procedures on-site. The three company founders maintained a presence with boots on the ground, leading the proceedings each day. This marked a full circle moment for Twice, as the now-launched brand was inspired by this same mission experience just a few years ago. This time around, the founders were able to donate and provide Twice toothpaste to every patient seen at the clinic.

Additionally, instructors taught nutrition and oral care education to 200 students at the local schools, presenting the next generation with a foundation for proper dental hygiene.

“In our fourth year organizing the clinic in Eleuthera, we are again reminded of why we created Twice to unlock the power of people’s smiles. Aside from the incredible dental work that transforms lives, we put an increased focus on oral care education. There is a very large gap here, and it is one we are tackling head on. Proper education for the next generation about improving their hygiene enables our collective impact to be more sustainable. Now they can maintain a healthier lifestyle going forward, “ the Levine brothers said.

Following the official launch late last year, Twice’a flagship products are available on the company’s web site now. Giving back worldwide, 10% of all profits benefit GLO Good Foundation, which serves communities in dire need of proper dental care with life changing dentistry, education and supplies.

Twice and GLO Good have a shared mission to expand these services across the US and abroad over the coming years. Stay tuned for more product and news from Twice throughout 2019.

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