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BMI Stage at Lollapalooza

The third day of the BMI Stage at Lollapalooza gets underway with GRAMMY Award-winner Grace Weber, a go-to collaborator of Chance the Rapper and Kanye West. Soul standout DAVIE, who has been praised for embodying the passion and vitality of the genre, hits the stage next, followed by the female fronted rock’n’roll duo BONES (UK) and the infectious beats of fast rising electronic producer Melvv. Introspective alt-pop singer/songwriter morgxn promises to bring his trademark lyrical authenticity to the stage before Australian songstress Vera Blue closes out the day with her blend of folk/pop and moody electronica.

For more information on the BMI Stage, please visit, www.bmi.com/lollapalooza and follow @BMI on Twitter for updates on your favorite acts. To join the conversation, use #BMILolla.

BMI STAGE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th

GRACE WEBER | 1:00-1:40pm

“A talented artist who knows how to move you and your body with soulful grooves and real AF lyrics.” – Okayplayer

GRAMMY Award-winner Grace Weber is a star on the rise. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Weber collaborated with Chance the Rapper and Kanye West, co-writing and singing on “All We Got,” the opening track of Chance’s GRAMMY-winning Coloring Book. Her singles, “More Than Friends” and “Elated,” shot to the top of Spotify’s charts, and her performance at SXSW was compared to a “religious experience” byNylon. Beyond her flourishing success, Weber is the cofounder of The Music Lab, Inc, a non-profit organization that provides free music education, career preparation and performance programs to high-school students in her hometown of Milwaukee.

DAVIE | 2:10 – 2:50pm

“There are many types of musicians; some look good, some move good, some are great songwriters, some are great singers. DAVIE is all of these. He has a sound that fits next to the biggest names in contemporary R&B and that can hang comfortably with the giants of the genre’s past, all the way back to his hero, James Brown.” – Ticketmaster Insider

Inspired by the passion of vintage soul and the emotional uplift of gospel, New Jersey native DAVIE cut his musical teeth singing in churches in a traveling gospel band. His vocal prowess led him to Los Angeles, where he found work singing back-up for artists like Chris Brown, Cee-Lo Green and Childish Gambino. But it wasn’t until he went back to the churches of his youth that he found the key to unlock his own path. His debut EP, Black Gospel Vol.1, is filled with both Davie’s fiery spiritual passion and the celebratory energy of contemporary R&B, making the euphoria his songs can generate palpable.

BONES (UK) | 3:20 – 4:00pm

“This is Trent Reznor-level cool. BONES is doing the whole damn thing, middle fingers to the sky and in full control of their work. Rock on.” —NYLON

To hear them explain it, British duo BONES (UK) is “leading the charge of taking rock’n’roll firmly into the 31st century.” Comprised of vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Van Den Berg, the band has already racked up some serious cred to back up their claim. After hearing an early gig by the duo in London’s Camden Town, rock legend Jeff Beck asked Bones and Van Den Berg to collaborate—as both co-writers and players—on his 2016 album Loud Hailer. After gaining a massive following off of singles “Beautiful is Boring” and “Girls Can’t Play Guitar,” it’s easy to see why they have caught the attention and toured with the likes of: Highly Suspect, Band of Skulls, KOOKS, PVRIS, Skunk Anansie and Miyavi.

MELVV | 4:30 – 5:10pm

“[Melvv] has been thrilling listeners with his jazzed-up dance music for years now…continuing to cement his status as a dynamic provocateur.” – Dancing Astronaut

Melvv is the artist project of Milwaukee, WI producer/DJ Jeffrey Melvin. He started producing music at age 12 after being inspired by a video of Daft Punk’s 2007 Paris concert. Melvv is currently signed to Atlantic Records and has a new EP releasing in the fall, which he will be performing at his Lolla Set.

MORGXN | 5:40 – 6:20pm

“Morgxn captivated fans with his infectious pop musicality that’s expertly infused with deeply personal, complex yet relatable lyrics. It’s in this honesty, vulnerability, and authenticity that morgxn’s music resonates and connects with his legion of fans.” -Ones to Watch

morgxn, at age 8, became the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony Choir, and at age 9 penned his fist song “I’ll Always Be There for You.” morgxn decamped from Nashville to Los Angeles, in order to find “space to think, breathe, and be with myself.” While at a party he was asked if he wanted to meet Stevie Nicks, who sagely told the young songwriter, “You have to keep moving. This world will walk all over you if you don’t just keep going.” This advice changed morgxn’s life and his career. His debut album inspired by loss, Vital, is filled with cascading synth-scapes and cool beats, celebrating the emotional complexities of the human condition. His breakout single, “Home,” has earned nearly 7 million Spotify streams, and even inspired a partnership with The Covenant House, a charity for young runaways.

VERA BLUE | 6:50 – 7:30pm

“There are many things we can be grateful to Australia for…but topping the list must be new alt-pop queen Vera Blue, who is undoubtably on the path to world domination.” – Paper Magazine

Vera Blue is an Australian singer/songwriter who started off playing acoustic folk music before adding lush, sultry electronic elements to broaden her sound. The results are sometimes gentle, sometimes ferocious and always show-stopping, with her commanding vocals front and center. After some crucial collabs with artists like Illy and Slumberjack, she released her EP Fingertips in 2016, followed by her debut album Perennial the following year. Response to both her recorded work and live shows have been rapturous.

ABOUT LOLLAPALOOZA:

Launched by founder Perry Farrell in 1991 as a touring festival, Lollapalooza remains an innovator in festival culture 27 years later. Lollapalooza was the first festival to bring together artists from a wide range of musical genres on one bill, it was also the first to travel, the first to expand to multiple days, the first to introduce a second stage, the first to blend art and activism, the first to offset its carbon emissions, the first to put electronic dance music artists on the main stage, the first to create family friendly programming, the first to make its home in an urban city center and the first to expand internationally.

Lollapalooza has grown into an annual world-class festival in Chicago (2005), as well as culturally rich countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France. Lollapalooza is one of the premier destinations both for music fans in the United States and abroad. The festival expanded to four days in 2016 in celebration of 25 years and continues to bring fans four full days of music and over 180 bands on 8 stages. In 2017 Lollapalooza brought in over 245 million dollars in local economic impact and has brought in over 1.2 billion dollars in total locally, since 2010.

Lollapalooza is produced by Perry Farrell, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and C3 Presents.

ABOUT BMI:

Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

Rootstock Festival 2018

The 2nd edition of the Rootstock Festival 2018 took place this weekend bringing together more than 1,600 festival-goers from all over Europe and the United States, in the heart of the vineyards of Château de Pommard.

From July 13 to July 15, Château de Pommard opened the doors of its domain and its magnificent gardens arranged for the occasion around two areas: one dedicated to the young talents of the label Rootstock and a main stage where succeeded Jungle, Breakbot and Keziah Jones, the three headliners of the 2018 edition.

Worried about the environment and the ecology for the production of their wines, the Carabello-Baum family, owner of the Château since 2014, also had a Pop-Up Hotel installed, consisting of nine luxury tents. Some festival-goers were able to stay in the heart of the Festival and enjoy beautiful country picnics or, like all the participants, bike rides, yoga classes, wine tastings and also the World Cup Final Game thanks to a giant screen installed in the main courtyard of the property.

Château de Pommard will host the 3rd edition of the Rootstock Festival next summer and will open a New School of Oenology in September 2018 composed of three new experiences to learn the secrets of tasting, agreements and wine selection.

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LOLLAPALOOZA

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the global leader in music rights management, is thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s BMI Stage at Lollapalooza. From August 2nd – August 5th, 24 sensational artists on-the-rise will make their mark on the legendary stage, continuing its reputation for showcasing the industry’s future superstars. This year’s roster features an eclectic offering of musical acts ranging from emerging pop songstress Madison Beer and R&B sensation R.LUM.R, to the electronic lullabies of Vera Blue and the ever-evolving sound of John Splithoff.
Fan favorites such as Halsey, Bebe Rexha, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, X Ambassadors, Cage the Elephant, A R I Z O N A, and more have all played BMI Stage before finding fame. Known as the place for music discovery and star-making sets, this year’s stage is no exception.
“The star power that has graced the BMI Stage is unparalleled,” said Samantha Cox, Vice President of Creative, New York. “Over the past thirteen years we have established a history of curating incredible new music experiences and giving audiences a first look at tomorrow’s headliners.”
For more information on the BMI Stage, please visit,www.bmi.com/lollapalooza and follow @BMI on Twitter for updates on your favorite acts. To join the conversation, use #BMILolla.
BMI is proud to present and sponsor stages at C3 Presents’ music festivals: Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 5 – October 7 and October 12 – 14). BMI’s partnership with these elite festivals is designed to offer more prime showcasing opportunities to its songwriters, a distinct priority of the organization. For more information on Lollapalooza, please visit www.lollapalooza.com; for information on the Austin City Limits Music Festival, visit www.aclfestival.com.

BMI STAGE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2nd
Larkin Poe | 1:00-1:40pm
Wes Period | 2:10-2:50pm
FLETCHER | 3:20-4:00pm
Gashi | 4:30-5:10pm
Supa Bwe | 5:40-6:20pm
Madison Beer | 6:50-7:30pm
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Mainland | 1:00-1:40pm
nothing,nowhere. | 2:10-2:50pm
CKY | 3:20-4:00pm
Chase Atlantic | 4:30-5:10pm
Buddy | 5:40-6:20pm
R.LUM.R | 6:50-7:30pm
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th
Grace Weber | 1:00-1:40pm
DAVIE | 2:10-2:50pm
BONES (UK) | 3:20-4:00pm
Melvv | 4:30pm-5:10pm
Morgxn | 5:40-6:20pm
Vera Blue| 6:50-7:30pm
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th
Morgan Saint | 1:00-1:40pm
Van William | 2:10-2:50pm
Mikky Ekko | 3:20-4:00pm
The Aces | 4:30-5:10pm
The Wrecks | 5:40-6:20pm
John Splithoff | 6:50-7:30pm
ABOUT LOLLAPALOOZA:
Launched by founder Perry Farrell in 1991 as a touring festival, Lollapalooza remains an innovator in festival culture 27 years later. Lollapalooza was the first festival to bring together artists from a wide range of musical genres on one bill, it was also the first to travel, the first to expand to multiple days, the first to introduce a second stage, the first to blend art and activism, the first to offset its carbon emissions, the first to put electronic dance music artists on the main stage, the first to create family friendly programming, the first to make its home in an urban city center and the first to expand internationally.
Lollapalooza has grown into an annual world-class festival in Chicago (2005), as well as culturally rich countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France. Lollapalooza is one of the premier destinations both for music fans in the United States and abroad. The festival expanded to four days in 2016 in celebration of 25 years and continues to bring fans four full days of music and over 180 bands on 8 stages. In 2017 Lollapalooza brought in over 245 million dollars in local economic impact and has brought in over 1.2 billion dollars in total locally, since 2010.
Lollapalooza is produced by Perry Farrell, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and C3 Presents.
ABOUT BMI:
Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

Technology of Tomorrow

New research released by Marriott Hotels, reveals that a whopping four months of your lifetime is saved by using technology.

In a time poor society, time is a luxury and with the introduction of innovative technology, business travelers are saving valuable time so they can get more out of their trips. With this in mind, Marriott Hotels can now reveal that 9 out of 10 (92%) business travellers from the UK, Spain, Germany and France say that technology is helping them free up more time for leisure on their business trips.

A new film that has launched today, which features Tech Expert and TV Presenter Georgie Barrat, who talks all about the future of travel and how you can benefit by making the best of the time you can save (especially on business trips), using technology.

Georgie Barrat says: “People are looking for more efficient ways to travel because we are so time poor. We want to do it all, we want to go out and experience the World. So to have technology that’s streamlines and helps save us time is really, really important.”

As well as utilising reward programmes, business travellers are constantly finding ways using their phone or other devices to save time, as over 3 in 5 people in the UK (66%) use mobile apps to aid their business travel experience and just over two fifths (42%) use their mobile wallet on their phone.

How we save time communicating is more important than ever before, as almost a third of business travellers relying of translation tools whilst abroad, reveals new research.

Shockingly, younger business travelers (25-34 year olds) find that the latest technology in hotels is more important than the comfort! 80% of people in that age group say that having the latest technology at their disposal improves their experience, more so than comfort.

While you’d expect business travelers to use tech whilst running around on their business trips, the survey revealed technology for checking in and out of hotels has improved their business travel experience more than planning and booking activities. It seems that the time saved is more valuable, and can be invested back into enjoying their leisure time.

“We use our smartphones not just for staying in contact and being connected, we also use them for things like being able to pay for stuff, that’s starting to expand even more and we’re using it to have access to our hotel rooms.”

In the film, Georgie outlines three exciting areas of technology for the future, which includes the Mobile Key, chatbot concierge and real time translation app. Georgia informed us that, “Chatbot is a really big tech trend. We’re starting to see Chatbot help to plan your itinerary and even book things like your flights. So having Chatbot whilst travelling really helps save time and eases things.”

Although we don’t trust them powering our cars, the new research states that over two thirds of business travellers (68%) would choose to stay in a hotel run by bots/AI.

Overall, Brits seem to be taking a great interest in AI, and Georgie Barrat would agree as 63% of UK travellers would trust AI to organise their business trip from start to finish. The research also showed that 7 out of 10 Brits are excited about the prospect of AI becoming a bigger part of their business travel experience.

Georgie says, “The future of technology and travel is so incredibly exciting, we’re already seeing massive advancements in this area. All this gives you more free time to go and enjoy other things apart from just the business side of things whilst you’re travelling.”

Watch a new video of TV presenter Georgie Barrat who discusses the future of travel and technology as well as the key areas of technology for the future here.

Download the web video via the DNA

You can embed the web video via YouTube

Paris FW x Haute Couture

During Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, on Tuesday, July 3,

Maison des Centraliens has hosted three young designers with their Fall- Winter Collections 2018-2019:

 

ABE by Ariane Chaumeil Jewelry  “Miroir”

There is magic and mystery in a mirror : the reflexion of who looks into it is real, but reversed.  Since we gaze at ourselves, all fantasies become possible and brings us back to face each other, and to what the world has to face. As a two-way mirror, you can see without being seen. Step through and find out with this collection, and the part of your soul using your imagination, whether it is dark or whether radiant…

The fall winter collection of the ABE by Ariane Chaumeil house, whose crafting remains done with the blowtorch glass, becomes richer with a new proposition: the metal paste making. Sculpted and cast, the metal paste is modelled, sanded, fired at high temperature, brushed and rubbed with a burnisher and polished several times in order to get pieces of golden and white bronze, and of pure copper, with a shiny, ancient rendering.

 

A couture collection by  designer Armine Ohanyan

A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew and roots. Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. The Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creation process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colours and materials. Her creations are futuristic, modern, with a wide beauty touch.

 

Baroqco Jewelry

Designers Imelda and Eduardo aka Baroqco are citizens of the world . Their roots are from Dutch Chinese Indonesian and Portuguese descent, and this diversity is what provides foundation that leads to the inspiration and creation. BaroQco comes from Baroque, an era of change from simplicity to lively and exuberant detail. BaroQco stands alone with its unique grandeur and ability to surprise and to achieve a sense of awe. Imelda and Eduardo started to create jewelry as they were looking for a tiara or crown for their wedding day. At that time there were not a lot of options, so they decided to create their own tiara which lead others to ask whether they could also make necklaces and earrings.

« As we embrace the impressionism, we strive not only for the outer but especially for the inner-beauty. In our creations we want to push boundaries of artistic techniques. And therefore the BaroQco is a book without an End. »

The materials are opal ,gold and Swarovski and all the metalwork are nickel free, the usage of non toxic and – hazardous for plating makes the jewelry more ecofriendly.

 

 

See pictures below :

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Loving Home Hospice Jazz Night in Calabasas, California

By Krishan Narsinghani

June 22, 2018, Calabasas, CA

360 Magazine joined Loving Home Hospice for Children & Side Door Events for the Sixth Annual Smooth Jazz Night to raise money for a humble cause. Loving Home Hospice for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Mission: “We provide services to families who reside in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California since 2008. We provide Hospice and Palliative care through loving support to our residents under the age of 21 and their families during their difficult life challenges. It is our goal to enable the residents and their families to focus on the joys of their life experiences and the continuity of family life to come.”

94.7 The Wave hosted the special occasion with performances by Tom Scott & Graham Dechter (Grammy award winner),  Jeff Rothpan (comedian), and Sami Shapiro (former Boston Symphony performer).

Please help the children at Loving Home Hospice and their families by donating at:

http://www.lovehomehospice.org/Donate.html

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Rilès releases “!I’ll Be Back!” & Tour

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2018) — Today, buzzing French hip-hop artist Rilès releases his new single “!I’ll Be Back!

Get it HERE via Republic Records.

Driven by roaring horns and an airtight beat, the track showcases his off-kilter creativity and inimitable charisma. Over this unpredictable soundscape, he drops clever rhymes and a catchy chorus. It’s emblematic of his outlier approach and show-stopping style.

The song represents the culmination of a massive undertaking by Rilès. It all started in his bedroom—which doubles as a creative hive. He produces, writes, and records music in this tiny space (it’s also where you can find him often painting and crafting visual art as well). From that D.I.Y. headquarters, he made the decision to release one new song per week (52 in total) as part of his highly touted Rilèsundayz initiative. He kept the promise with a slew of songs on a weekly basis, and it finally concludes with the unveiling of his new major label single “!I’ll Be Back!”

“!I’ll Be Back!” arrives hot on the heels of his U.S. debut single “Should I, which has already cracked 4.8 million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, the song’s self-directed music video just crossed the 4-million-mark on YouTube within a month’s time.

Be on the lookout for more from Rilès soon as he is currently on his Summer Festival tour, the remaining tour dates can be found below.

Out of a tiny makeshift bedroom studio, Rilès became the talk of Europe and Africa. Between graduating from a French scientific high school and studying English literature at the University of Rouen, he began painting, producing, writing, recording, mixing, mastering, and engineering an undeniable underground catalog in this tiny space. His YouTube channel impressively exceeded the 100-million-mark on YouTube by dropping one song per week from September 2016 through September 2017. Additionally, he sold out every date of his first tour as “Brothers” cracked 11 million Spotify streams with “Thank God” eclipsing 9 million on the platform.
SUMMER FEST 2018 SCHEDULE:
June 24 – Solidays Festival – Paris, France
June 26 – Mawazine Festival – Rabat, Morocco
June 29 – Garorock Festival – Marmande, France
June 30 – Europavox Festival – Clermont-Ferrand, France
July 5 – Les Ardentes Festival – Liège, Belgium
July 6 – Eurockéennes Festival – Belfort, France
July 8 – Les Déferlantes Festival – Argelès-sur-Mer, France
July 13 – Musilac Festival – Aix-les-Bains, France
July 20 – Vieilles Charrues Festival – Carhaix-Plouguer, France
July 21 – Art Sonic Festival – Briouze, France
July 22 – Paléo Festival – Nyon, Switzerland

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Veteran US Diplomat Fears for Missing & Displaced Immigrant Children

Former U.S. Ambassador of Senegal Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, who currently sits on the advisory board of the University of Central Florida‘s The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery program, is concerned about the welfare of approximately 1,500 missing immigrant children, as well as the most recent group separated from their parents at the border.
As someone who has personally witnessed human trafficking, I know how crucial it is for us to police the police, says Elam-Thomas. What is the vetting process for those responsible for these children? Who is accountable for keeping track of them? There needs to be a thorough investigation into their safety, and the loopholes that make children vulnerable in a foreign country with no parent to protect them.
A Career Minister, with 42 years in the U.S. Department of Americas Foreign Service serving in France, Turkey, Greece and Africa, the former Ambassador is heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum.
My heart is heavy, my soul is troubled and my faith in my country is being tested each and every day. Where is our conscience? Where is our sense of justice? Where are our morals? Where are we?
Historically, America has a different approach to non-Western or Eastern European refugees or laborers attempting to immigrate to the U.S. The Polish, Irish, Lithuanians, and other white immigrants had the privilege to acquire ambiguous last names and assimilate into society. Black, brown and yellow people cannot hide or become invisible.
Despite our frequent condemnations of other nations human rights violations, our history of human rights violations is not one for which we can be proud. A country that was founded on slavery, racism and unequal treatment of others is repeating the ugly history we would like to forget. I still remember images of children torn from their mothers’ arms and sold at the slave markets. The new Smithsonian Museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture begins with that sobering history. Scores of people of all races visit there on a daily basis (8,000 per day). Sadly, our current Administration continues to be insensitive to the suffering of innocent children. I doubt the toddlers,orthose young teenagers seeking asylum with their parents, are members of M-13.
From 1942-1945, the U.S. Government instituted laws to intern Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese internment camps have come to be considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.
Until the presidents recent executive order, America was guilty, yet again, of manifesting the total opposite of the values that supposedly sets America apart from so many other governments. I cannot imagine being abroad and trying to explain the U.S. Government policy to foreign audiences this past month, or year.
Silence is consent. The unanimous outrage of so many citizens sparked change. We all must continue to use our voices and speak out against the atrocities happening on American soil.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas is Director of the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program and author ofDiversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Elam-Thomas’ stellar career with the U.S. Department of America’s Foreign Service spanned forty-two years, during which time President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
The retired Ambassador will be in New York City from
June 25-July 2, 2018, to launch an initiative titled,
“CIVILITY STRATEGIES: HEALING APPROACHES THAT UNITE PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY.

Beyoncé × Jay-Z Joint Album

Beyoncé and Jay-Z release joint album “Everything Is Love” exclusively on Tidal while on the OTRII tour in the UK. Off the heels of the accomplished Lemonade album and Jay-Z’s 4:44, this album is sure to be a fan favorite.

“Apes**t” directed by Ricky Saiz was filmed at the Louvre in Paris last month.

Anthony Bourdain

The amazing award-winning celebrity chef, writer and storyteller Anthony Bourdain has died on Friday morning at the age of 61. He was found dead in the tiny village of Kaysersburg inside his hotel room by his friend Eric Ripert and it was later confirmed as a suicide. They had travelled to France to film for their current series Parts Unknown on culinary traditions around the world.

Throughout his shows, he has inspired people to have adventure with both food and travel. His curious and adventurous spirit has lead to many journeys and has taken viewers around the world, visiting over 100 countries. He allowed everyone to open up to him with his splendid personality and drew in his audiences along into the fun while he explored different cultures through food. Anthony helped shine a different light in countries in which many viewers have never contemplated travelling to. Along with this, he was always able to reveal a broader story than the ones seen on the surface by many of us. The world will greatly miss this legend and his passion.

Anyone in crisis, or who knows someone in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741