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HipHop artist AK Releases New Single

HipHop artist AK gets emotional on self-produced “Ignorance Is Bliss”

On “Ignorance Is Bliss,” AK gets real and reveals the all-too-relatable truth behind the feelings of the rise to success – claiming it to be ‘a gift and a curse.’ The single sonically mimics the peaks and valleys of this emotional journey. While his quick-witted verses reiterate the raw emotional battle of figuring out who can and cannot be trusted on the rise to the top; AK’s aching chorus evokes the intense desire to remain ignorant to the deterrents discovered along the way in the people and places in life that once felt safe and secure.

With lyrics ‘blessings around me / still feel like I’m sinking,’ AK takes a deep dive into the reality of the rarely touched on emotional side effects that come along with a fast track to success – a track that AK can definitely relate to as he has become quite the chart topper in a mere couple of years since first releasing music.

AK’s series of original singles have garnered the #1 spot on the U.S. iTunes Hip Hop Chart, the U.S. Top 20 iTunes Hip Hop Chart, graced the Top 25 iTunes Charts in four other countries, and landed on YouTube Music’s ‘Flow Superior’ Playlist. With his recent releases “Why Would I?,” “Déjà Vu” and “Like I Got It,” AK has hit a sweet spot of blending Hip Hop and R&B genres that pack the perfect punch of his versatility as an artist in terms of tone, lyrics and vocal range.

While his single “Broken” strikes an emotionally raw chord, with an accompanying music video to match. The single perfectly portrays AK’s masterful vocal ability, carried by a chorus of his raw and emotive vocals. While the dark and dreary music video for “Broken” mirrors the tormented tongue-twister verses and pained falsetto-laced vocals evoked by the feeling of a purely broken heart and the one who broke it. With each music release bigger than the last, it goes to show that AK is the next big thing in Hip Hop.

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Stress Awareness Month: Alleviating Stress and Working Out

Natalie Durand-Bush, PhD, CMPC

Association for Applied Sport Psychology Executive Board Member

Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Co-Founder, Canadian Centre for Mental Health, Ottawa, Canada

Recovery plays a vital role in sport. It is necessary to prevent underperformance, overtraining, burnout, injuries, and illness. This is mainly due to the fact that athletes are subjected to ongoing physical and mental stressors while training in order to stretch their performance limits. However, it is important to balance such stressors with appropriate rest and recovery through the use of periodized approaches. Periodization programs are designed and implemented in sport to maximize the effects of physical and mental training over predetermined training cycles by varying key training variables such as volume and intensity.

The aim of these programs is to maximize long-term athlete development and peak performance during targeted competitions within identified periods or ‘mesocycles’ (e.g., hockey season, Olympic quadrennial). Each mesocycle consists of preparatory (e.g., off-season and pre-competitive season), competitive (e.g., regular competitive season), peaking (e.g., playoffs, national championship), and recovery (e.g., post-competition period prior to off-season training) periods or ‘microcycles’ that vary in length based on training objectives, athletes’ needs, and the amount of time available between peaking events. Issues often arise when periodization protocols are mismanaged and training responses are not properly monitored. For example, peaking may not occur if athletes do not respect built-in recovery activities (e.g., days off, sleep routine, naps, limited social media) as a result of fearing they will fall behind their competitors. Also, coaches who insufficiently pay attention to warning signs during high-intensity periods in which athletes require more time to physically and mentally recover can jeopardize athletes’ performance and health. The costs of poor or failed monitoring could be injury or illness, including low mental health and the onset of mental illness.

Athletes’ mental health reflects their psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Athletes who are mentally healthy are able to feel, think, and act in ways allowing them to work productively, reach their full potential and goals, enjoy life, contribute to their community, and cope with normal daily stressors. When stressors (e.g., physical, psychological) exceed athletes’ internal (e.g., resilience strategies) and external (e.g., parental and coaching support) coping resources, it can deplete them and lead to significant distress and impaired functioning. In other words, it can exacerbate an existing mental illness or trigger a new one. Symptoms to which coaches should pay attention when working with athletes include any significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns, isolation from others, unusual low energy/stamina, intense mood swings, decreased enjoyment and concentration, feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness, inexplicable pain, and difficulties performing daily tasks, to name a few. Coaches noticing such changes in athletes should intervene, particularly if these changes last more than two weeks.

This entails having a private, respectful, and empathetic conversation with struggling athletes by (a) asking them specific questions regarding observed changes (e.g., “I have noticed that you look more tired and withdrawn than usual, are you struggling at the moment?”), (b) offering support (e.g., “Your mental health is important to me, what can I do to help you recover and regain your strength?”), and (c) referring them to an appropriate mental health care provider if necessary (e.g., “I’m not a mental health expert but I am seeing signs that concern me; our team has access to a mental health practitioner and I’d like you to see this person to make sure you have the resources you need to cope and get back to your normal self”). Given the crucial role of rest and recovery in the management of both athletic performance and mental health, coaches should discuss with any struggling athletes the benefits of adding recovery periods in their training program or of taking a complete break to prioritize and help them restore their mental health.

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SAWEETIE × ROLLING LOUD

Saweetie played to a packed crowd at The 5th Anniversary of Rolling Loud Miami, Saturday, May 11th wearing a red jeweled bikini top, red cargo pants and red half finger gloves. Her boyfriend Migos member Quavo watched his love from the side of the stage. The duo just released their song “Emotional” from her EP “Icy.”


*All photos courtesy of Strategic Public Relations.

Could Your Partner Be Cheating On You?

If you are worried that your partner may be cheating on you, you are not alone. There are many other people who harbor concerns about what their partners may be up to. Sometimes, these feelings are nothing more than paranoia, whereas in other cases they turn out to be right. So, how can you find out whether your partner may be cheating?

Well, asking your partner outright could be a mistake. First, they may deny it and leave you back at square one. Second, if they are not cheating on you, it could destroy any trust in the relationship. So, before you start making any accusations, it is worth looking at signs that may indicate they are cheating. We will look at some of the main signs in this article.

What Are the Main Signs?

There are various different signs that may indicate your partner is cheating, so it is well worth familiarizing yourself with them. One sign to look out for is an increase in calls being received by your partner, and how they act when these calls come in. If you have noticed they are getting a lot more calls than usual and they act cagey when these calls come in, there may be a cause to worry. You can go online and find tools that enable you to carry out all sorts of searches these days from criminal records check and background checks to reverse phone number checks. You can use the latter to find out who has been calling.

Another thing to look at is whether your partner’s behavior has changed noticeably and suddenly. This could include a variety of changes. For instance, you may find that your partner goes out far more than before. You may have noticed a difference or improvement in their appearance. You may even have found that they don’t appear to want closeness and intimacy any longer. Plus, there is the old classic – working late at the office on a regular basis. It is well worth checking for any changes in behaviors and habits to get a better idea of what may be going on.

Social media is another factor you have to look at if you are concerned your partner may be cheating. Often, people will turn to private messaging on their social media accounts to get in touch with the person they are cheating with. Of course, you probably won’t be able to see the messages. However, you can see if your partner has started using social media more and if they act suspiciously, such as keeping their device out of your line of sight while on social media sites.

Better to Know the Truth

Of course, nobody wants to find out that their partner has been cheating. However, it is better to know the truth and move forward than it is to be stuck wondering what is going on. This is why you should look out for signs that your partner may be cheating if you have any suspicions. Once you know the truth, then you can then decide on the next step you want to take.

Ryan Adams’s New Music Video

Today, Ryan Adams shared “Fuck The Rain,” the lead single from Big Colors, which is the first of three albums he will release in 2019. 

Download / stream the track, which features a guitar solo by John Mayer, HERE.

Ryan Adams said, “Check out this song it’s cool. Or don’t: We all might die. Trump is President. I love you, sincerely Ryan Adams.”

Adams will embark on a tour of the U.K. and Ireland on March 31 at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre. He has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer Fan Experiences that grant access to Ryan’s Pinball Lair pre-show experience and premium seating during the show. The pre-show experience will feature a variety of pinball games, a private bar, and a specially curated Ryan Adams gallery. Ryan Adams Fan Experiences are available with the ticket pre-sale, which launched earlier today. For additional information, visit https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/ryan-adams-tour/. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 25, at 9:00 AM. See below for itinerary.

Now available for pre-order HERE.

Big Colors will be released on April 19 via a partnership between Adams PAX-AM label and Blue Note Records. Fans who pre-order Big Colors in digital form will instantly receive “Fuck The Rain.” The album is also available for pre-order in limited edition vinyl and CD formats at Adams store and can be bundled with the exclusive 7” single, “Anybody Evil.”

Adams, who has been hailed as “one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation, by The New York Times, co-produced the album with Beatriz Artola. John Mayer, Bob Mould, Benmont Tench, Don Was and The Section Quartet are featured on Big Colors, which was recorded at Electric Lady, Capitol Studios and Adams’ own PAX-AM.

Big Colors has won praise from those who received early copies of the album. Robert Costa, The Washington Posts National Political Reporter, observed, :It reminds me of early 90s Petty, veering from soaring rockers to wistful songs that you could imagine Adams busking on a street in L.A.” Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) said, “Big Colors is a kaleidoscope of feelings and moods. My favorite song on continuous loop is (expletive) the Rain, love it so much.” Writer-director-actor Judd Apatow observed, “I am excited to binge Ryan Adams. Big Colors is the first album and it is indeed big and colorful, at times super fun and rocking, at other times more emotional and thoughtful but all with a sound that feels both modern and stripped from the jangles of my youth in the 80’s.”

Jillian Jacqueline, who has opened for Adams, pronounced it “full of beautiful and painful truths.” Ted Allen (“Chopped”) said it’s “GREAT, beginning to end. Plaintive & pretty one minute, ferocious and shredding the next and always hooky/jangly. Dreamy poetry, too.” Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,”The Ides of March) noted, “Once again @The RyanAdams deals up comforting melancholy, like a rainy day, and curve balls left and right that got my blood pumping.”

Big Colors follows Adams’ 2017 album, Prisoner, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboards Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

Track Listing: Big Colors

1. Big Colors

2. Do Not Disturb

3. It’s So Quiet, It’s Loud

4. Fuck The Rain

5. Doylestown Girl

6. Dreaming You Backwards

7. I Surrender

8. What Am I

9. Power

10. Showtime

11. In It For The Pleasure

12. Middle Of The Line

13. I’m Sorry And I Love You

14. Manchester

15. Summer Rain

Calum Scott

In honor of National Coming Out Day, breakout U.K. artist, singer, and songwriter, Calum Scott premieres “A Coming Out Story” on Vevo. The poignant profile, is an incredibly personal look at how Calum found the courage to be honest about himself through music and discusses his emotional journey from childhood into adulthood to find his authentic self.

“I know that there are people young and old struggling with the same questions, and living with that relentless fear and heartbreak,” says Calum. “I make the music I do because I want to inspire the right kind of conversations. If one less kid can grow up without hiding who they are along the way or having to believe that who they love is something that will make them lonely, then everything I went through will be worth it.”

Calum showcases his soaring falsetto on his debut album Only Human out now on Capitol Records. Only Human hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries, sold over 1 million in adjusted album sales, and has amassed over 1 billion combined streams. Billboard said, “Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw.His hit single, You Are The Reason featuring three- time Grammy nominee and vocal powerhouse Leona Lewis, is already certified Gold and has over 750 million streams worldwide. Calum’s new track, “What I Miss Most” out now, unfolds as a triumphant homage to his hometown of Kingston upon Hull, located in Northern England. He will release his new single, “No Matter What” on October 19th.

Calum was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single, for his version of Robyn’s Dancing On My Own, which became a global sensation with over 1 billion streams worldwide, and is now Platinum in five countries.

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Why Some Women are Delaying Pregnancy

New findings from a recent survey show that women living with chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disease feel they don’t have enough information to make informed decisions about how to balance pregnancy with disease management. Some women feel they have no choice but to stop treatment or delay their plans for pregnancy. These women are living with a variety of autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and Crohn’s disease.

Now, a new initiative called the AIM (Autoimmune Motherhood) Movement is being launched to rally these women and provide support, information and a place for them to share stories about motherhood with chronic inflammatory disease. The education campaign and online community aims to help women learn the facts about their conditions and appropriate disease management options, while allowing them to share experiences to empower one another.

AIM Survey Shows:

  • Almost half (44%) of U.S. women surveyed had concerns serious enough that they delayed their plans to become pregnant
  • 61% believed they could not combine treatment and breastfeeding
  • Only 41% consulted a healthcare professional before becoming pregnant, suggesting the need for women to become more engaged in treatment and pregnancy planning earlier

On Wednesday, July 11th, join Dr. Grace Wright, rheumatologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and patient Rosanna, who shares her compelling story of living 30 years with rheumatoid arthritis and the physical and emotional challenges she endures while dealing with her disease. Both guests will help bring awareness to the issues surrounding ways to manage chronic inflammatory disease throughout the family planning journey. They’ll also reveal the results of the AIM Patient Survey to help others in similar situations make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

HIV Dating App

Hzone, an innovative social networking app which is available on both Google Play store and Apple iTunes store, is designed to help HIV-infected singles to find companions and social support.

Hzone, a smartphone app specifically designed for HIV dating, was designed to make it possible for HIV-infected people to find the much-needed emotional support from society itself. Justin R, who was present at a recent press conference, claimed that the app could help people to increase their social engagements.

“People who are HIV-infected find dating and finding new friends excruciatingly difficult, as they are often subjected to HIV-related stigma as well as discrimination. However, medical science has proved that HIV-affected people can marry and even have kids. However, if someone is going to date an HIV-infected person or the other way around, both should be a little more careful and take a bit more responsibility than usual if they are going on a date or thinking about marriage,” said Justin, the CEO and managing director of Hzone.

“Hzone is a social networking app which we developed to help HIV singles and people from the LGBT community to socialize. It uses the location of the user’s phone to help people find similar-minded people nearby. The app also comes with a ‘Quick Match’ feature, which helps people to find and meet really interesting people by just swiping their screen to their ‘right’. If the other user likes back, it means that the duo can form a great pair as good friends. Our VIP members can even chat with other members as we do not put any restriction on chatting for our VIP members,” added Justin R.

As of now, Hzone is available on both Google Play store and Apple iTunes store.

The developer also informed that the users of the app can view other people who might be interested in the same fields or topics as them. Users are also allowed to share their experience on the social networking app with the entire community and express themselves in the most creative way possible.

Justin R said, “We cannot control all things in life and bad things sometimes happen, but we should always react to these changes positively. Our app could help HIV-infected people to find true love and emotional support from within society.”

About the company

Hzone is a social networking app specially designed for HIV-infected people.

To know more, visit http://www.hzoneapp.com.

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Donna Missal Tour

DONNA MISSAL JOINS KING PRINCESS ON WEST COAST TOUR DATES

Run Includes Sold-Out July 26 Show At Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre

Donna Missal will be touring the West Coast with King Princess later this month. The run includes sold-out shows in Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. See below for itinerary. Visit donnamissal.com for ticket information.

Missal’s singles have racked up more than eight million cumulative streams worldwide. After Zane Lowe premiered her original demo version of “Keep Lying” on Beats 1, it shot to the top of the Spotify Viral and HypeMachine charts. Streams of the demo now exceed 1.5 million in the U.S. Missal’s newly recorded version of “Keep Lying,” produced by Tim Anderson (Solange, BANKS, Halsey), will appear on her debut album, which will be released later this year by Harvest Records.

Lowe premiered Missal’s “Girl” on Beats 1 last month and praised its “timeless, latter day Prince vibe.” Idolator hailed the track as “raw and vulnerable…She sings about the emotional damage inflicted when ‘women hate on other women’ (her own words) over a sparse, soulful arrangement.” The official video was directed by Justin Bettman, who has earned acclaim for the ongoing art project Set in the Street, which repurposes found materials to create interior sets on city streets.

Missal is featured on two tracks from Macklemore’s latest album, Gemini: “Over It,” which she cowrote, and “Glorious.” She also featured on Rudimental’s “No Fear” and cowrote Leon Bridges’ “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.” “Power” – an original song she cowrote with Baz Luhrmann and recorded for Netflix’s “The Get Down” – won a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Song. Her songs have also been licensed by such shows as “House of Lies,” “Easy” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Check out Missal’s powerful, stripped-down performances in her recent series of “Live from Capitol Studios” videos:

“Keep Lying”

“Girl”

“Driving”

“Thrills”

DONNA MISSAL – UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Supporting King Princess on all dates except October 12-14.

7/18 | Seattle, WA | The Crocodile | SOLD OUT

7/20 | Vancouver, BC | Biltmore Cabaret | SOLD OUT

7/21 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge

7/23 | San Francisco, CA | Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop | SOLD OUT

7/24 | San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall

7/26 | Los Angeles, CA | El Rey Theatre | SOLD OUT

7/30 | San Diego, CA | Music Box

10/12-14 | Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

For more information:

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https://www.facebook.com/donnamissalmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/donnamissal/

https://twitter.com/DonnaMissal

Supporting × Celebrating × Jade Phoenix

Introducing … Jade Phoenix

One of the events I am most proud of occurring at Nous Tous happened just over a week ago. Femme Salon reading series launched on August 26th to a crowd that completely packed the space and it was an amazing event. It was a celebration and safe space for femme voices that are all too often silenced and spoken for. I am super proud of the success of the event and really grateful that Nous Tous has become the kind of space that can harbor this kind of event. 

Unfortunately, the producer of the event is facing some financial hardship and instead of simply donating myself (which I did) I thought this might be a great opportunity for a few members of our community to help also. Jade is a working artist transwoman of color and any creative can attest to the fact that gigs are not always stead, so funds do not always appear with good timing.

She is is about $200 bucks short of rent, and that means that 10 people donating $20 dollars should help plenty. I know this is the type of audience that appreciates art and the emotional labor that comes with it. On this Labor Day I would love to encourage you to support, Jade, her daughter, and her work. If you can’t help out now, please follow her on social media and keep a look out for ways to support in the future. Payment details below. Thank you for showing up.  

Venmo: @jade-phoenix

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IG:@_jadephoenix

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