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How Big Tech Is Destroying Our Press

Ahead of today’s House Judiciary Hearing, the Save Journalism Project held a press call with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11); journalists Laura Bassett, laid off by HuffPost; and John Stanton, laid off by BuzzFeed; and Neil Chase, CEO of CalMatters and former executive editor of The Mercury News and East Bay Times.

The monopolistic power of big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple is destroying the economic model of the entire journalism industry, whether its traditional circulation newspapers or digital news outlet.

 This week’s hearing on how digital platforms affect news organizations marks the much-needed return of congressional antitrust scrutiny to big tech companies, which have gained a monopolistic position that lets them dominate the digital advertising marketplace and distribute massive amounts of content from news publishers on their platforms without paying to produce the content. 

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) said, “I don’t think there’s anything more important right now than this issue. Being from the Bay Area, I have been to every big tech company. After meeting with them, I think it’s time to make it easier for licensing like the music and movie industries have done. We are members of Congress, you are journalists, and we have to keep an appropriate Constitutional distance, but there are policy proposals in our legislation that protect the freedom of the press and are necessary to keep the industry alive. When I was first elected to the Concord City Council there was a reporter who was consistently in the front row keeping officials accountable. His presence made local government work, and it is vital that we protect the journalism industry to make sure leaders are kept accountable and communities are informed.”

Laura Bassett, a reporter who was laid off by HuffPost, commented, “In the first few months of 2019, I was one of about 2,400 journalists and media staffers who lost our jobs. Even though I was aware the cuts were coming, it was still shocking to be laid off after nearly a decade in my newsroom. The reason for the mass layoffs, I found out, was that Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook are dominating the digital ad market, swallowing about 60 percent of all revenue and making it difficult for journalism to survive. News publishers are being forced to give a cut of their ad revenue to these companies- revenue that would otherwise go to hiring journalists. Because a well-funded news media is vital to a healthy democracy, the public needs to be aware of Big Tech’s death grip on publishers. At the House Judiciary Hearing today, lawmakers in Congress need to address this bipartisan issue and find legislative solutions that regulate tech giants and restore fairness to the digital ad market. Journalists are taught not to be the story, but as Big Tech’s digital ad monopoly benefits off of our revenue streams, it’s incumbent upon us to fight for the future of our industry. One or two companies should not have the power to cripple the free press.”

“After 20 years of covering Congress and the White House for BuzzFeed, I found out layoffs were coming in a tweet from the Wall Street Journal,” said John Stanton, former Buzzfeed Washington Bureau Chief before being laid off. “Despite the great work my colleagues and I were doing for the publication, there simply wasn’t enough money. Because stories that lead to changes in state and federal law, jailing of criminals and exposing wrongdoing — cost money. Money that is increasingly gobbled up by Google and Facebook. To try to survive, slashes had to be made. To entire desks. The reason advertising revenue has fallen so steeply is that Google and Facebook dominate the digital ad market, consuming more than 60 percent of all revenue. And their share is growing, because they devour nine out of every ten new dollars that are spent on digital advertising. Big Tech’s monopoly has a death grip on publishers. Congress needs to be discussing how to regulate this imbalance and restore competitive fairness in the digital market.”

Neil Chase, CEO of CalMatters and former executive editor of The Mercury News and East Bay Times, added, “We all believe journalism is central to democracy. Newspapers have experienced a decline not in the past five years, not in the past ten or fifteen years, but in the past seventy-five years. Newspapers have been declining since World War II. The problem is that we are essentially sitting on a 200 year-old product, but are trying to compete with new and changing technologies. Newspapers have maintained a monopoly for over 200 years. This is how people historically gained all their information; how they found where to buy clothing, where to buy their groceries, and where they got their news. With the change in how society works, all we have is the news. In order to solve this problem, we need a multi-pronged approach. We need to engage in philanthropy, which my company is already focused on this aspect. We need newspapers with benevolent leaders, not the leaders that we have at some major news organizations now. We need support from legislators. And, we need people paying for the news. We need a lot of support from a lot of different places in order to make this work.”

How to Reduce Belly Fat

Top 5 tips by Registered Dietitian Ilana Muhlstein on how people can reduce belly fat for bathing suit season

  1. What are foods to eat to reduce belly fat?

Water filled veggies are great for helping you lose weight, and stay regular so you can relieve bloat. Some great examples are tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis that are rich in potassium, which can also help release water retention you may be carrying in your stomach.

  1. What are some foods to avoid?

Research has shown that cortisol, our stress hormone, can cause abdominal weight gain. Meaning that if you are stress eating, you will likely not just gain weight, but gain it in your lower stomach. Therefore, it is a good idea to ab-void stress eating in general and find better coping strategies for dealing with stress. Examples are calling a friend, taking a walk or long shower, doing yoga or another workout, meditating and/or journaling.
And the foods we reach for when stressed are typically higher in fat, refined carbohydrates, and sugar, which can be addictive and lead to excess weight gain. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep these trigger foods out of sight and out of mind, and not buy and bring them home, especially during stressful times.

  1. How to keep belly fat off for good?

Clear the counter tops of sliced bread, jars of cookies, bowls of candies, and boxes of cereal. And replace it with great things that can be helpful immediately if feeling hungry like a water cooler, boxes of cherry tomatoes (my daughter reaches into these daily for a quick snack), and a bowl of apples. You should also have things out that keep you thinking about your healthy lifestyle. Some examples are a tea or coffee station; some veggies that need cooking like spaghetti squash, turnips, and onions; and a Shakeology or smoothie station (if there is still room).

  1. What are your favorite core-flattening recipes?

I like to make a chocolate Shakeology shake with half a cup of water, half a cup of coconut water, ice, and a scoop each of the Shakeology Power Greens and Digestive Health Boosts. This recipe tastes like delicious chocolate ice cream, but is only 250 calories. It also has 20g of protein which helps stave off hunger and cravings, and 13g of fiber which helps keep you regular, (because constipation is definitely not “core flattering”).

  1. How do you limit sugar intake?

I always keep a little “mommy drawer” that contains mint gum in the kitchen. I find that if someone is craving chocolate, brushing his teeth with mint toothpaste could crush that craving. And chewing gum makes it really hard to also chew a mouthful of pasta or teriyaki beef stir fry.
Also the PB& J sandwich swapped for a PB&J Wonder Whip. In a bowl, add plain Greek yogurt, powdered peanut butter, and honey or stevia to taste. Whip it up very well, and top with sliced grapes or strawberries.

For additional professional opinions on this topic, we highly recommend visiting Dr. Michael Ruscio’s blog (and also downloading his latest book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You).

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Ilana Muhlstein

Miles Davis Festival

“Hard to fathom a more professional, traditional and progressive set of jazz musicians all in one band” – Huffington Post

WHO: MILES ELECTRIC BAND –Progressive All-Star ensemble featuring Miles Davis alumni revises the framework for modern jazz improvisation. The avant-garde collective revisits repertoire from Davis’ electric period to pay homage to The Chief. The band represents two generations of players: Davis’contemporaries and the next generation.

This highly eclectic, innovative group was put together by bandleader Vince Wilburn, Jr., with the intention to continue expanding the boundaries of music, while also paying homage to the classics.

WHAT: Miles Electric Band will perform at SF JAZZ kicking off the Miles Davis Festival running 5/24 – 5/27 in celebration of the birthday week of Miles Davis.

Each night, features a different musical course, from Bitches Brew To Tutu, including Flamenco Sketches with Chano Dominguez; Miles Davis Reinterpretedwith Robert Glasperand “Everything’s Beautiful”; and Eastern Connectionswith Miles From

WHERE: SF JAZZ

201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA

WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

7:30 pm

$30-$90
Tickets sfjazz.org, 866-920-5299

This evening is fronted by masterful trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, along with a group of stellar instrumentalists and fusion-era Miles Davis alumni, who come together as Miles Electric Band. This multi-generational band specializes in the wired-up and funky music Davis, created from the late 1960s to the ‘80s on albums including Bitches Brewand You’re Under Arrest.

Miles Electric Band, led by drummer/producer Vincent Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis, features many of the commanding musicians Davistapped for his various jazz-rock ensembles. Among them, guitarist DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight of Davis and Herbie Hancockfame, Daviscollaborators and keyboardists Robert Irving III and John Beasley, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson, a veteran of multiple MilesDavis tours and recordings from the late 80s and early 90s. They are joined by saxophone ace Antoine Roney,Prince’s last bassist Dywane Thomas Jr.(MonoNeon), tabla player Debashish Chaudhury, and turntable whiz DJ Hapa.

Mentored by uncle and New Orleans saxophone luminary Donald Harrison, Scott aTunde Adjuah rocketed to recognition with his 2006 GRAMMY-nominated Concord debut, Rewind That. Standing at the cutting edge of jazz and new directions in R&B and electronic music, Scott released his triple-album Centennial Trilogy in 2017.

Urszula Makowska

Photo by Leslie Moncada.

Fashion trends in 2018

Fashion and Social media influencer Urszula Makowska is a fashionable New Yorker with over 116k followers on Instagram. She was invited to almost every event of the New York Fashion Week. Urszula is influencing others with her fashion style and at this occasion, she had an interview that revealed what the fashion trends are of 2018, as seen at the NYFW.

As a fashion blogger, what were you looking forward to seeing in New York Fashion week?

The most exciting time of the year for bloggers is always fashion week. This time of the year is the busiest for us. We plan our outfits and the events we will attend in advance. We work hard to coordinate everything to perfection including travel and hotel stays.

Personally, I love fashion week. For me, it is extremely exciting. I am a fashion addict and I love to attend shows and presentations to view the upcoming trends for the next seasons. I love to see what designers have created for the upcoming seasons. It is all a work of art and a way to express yourself. Then I love to share the upcoming trends with my followers and readers. During this F/W 2018 New York Fashion Week, I was super excited to attend my shows since I officially received over 40 invitations, and this included some of the big designers from Badgley Mischka to BCBG Maxazria. I was extremely proud of myself to have the ability to attend my shows and presentations. It has shown me how far I came into my career as a blogger. I was also looking forward to not only attending the shows and events, but also seeing friends who were flying into New York City, networking, meeting other bloggers, and working together with photographers to take photos of my looks.

Why is it important for a fashion blogger to attend Fashion Week?

Fashion week is extremely important for any fashion blogger and fashion influencer. Now-in-days, we bloggers and influencers hold the power to influencing and generating sales. We dominate the market and this directly means that we always have to be on top of the upcoming trends. Followers and readers look up to us as having the knowledge of our niche and market. They know us as the experts for getting style inspiration or simply buying what we are wearing or using. Fashion week allows us to keep up with the upcoming trends. We are able to see what products will be hot for the next season and how they can be styled. We are able to see the new trends before anyone else and we are able to introduce these new innovations to our followers and readers.

Aside from that, attending fashion week is also important to us in terms of networking. By attending these events, we are meeting people constantly. These people may be bloggers, editors, or photographers. We have the ability to form a relationship and partner together in the future. I know I personally have met a lot of people this season and I created strong friendships with them. We are always working together and supporting one another. At the end of the day, this only benefits you.

What was your best event so far from NYFW and why?

The best event from NYFW for me was going backstage with Aveda for Tibi. I personally love Tibi and have always wanted to attend one of their shows. Tibi’s fashion shows are extremely popular. A lot of bloggers always want to attend Tibi’s show. Luckily, I was able to go backstage with Aveda since I have a strong relationship with Aveda as one of their influencers. I was able to see the full on hair trends, hair tips, hair inspirations, makeup trends, makeup inspirations, and looks beforehand. I was extremely happy to see everything beforehand, but to learn a lot myself. I was happy to network and see my Aveda family.

Which look was your favorite look that you wore to NYFW?

One of my favorite looks for the shows was the classic Chanel themed look I went for from the S/S 2018 show. I bought a cute classic Zara dress and jacket that looked similar to the Chanel vibes from their S/S 2018 show. I layered a lilac turtleneck under the dress and paired it off with Kanye West Tubular shoes.

Photo by Yiyu Chen.

Which fashion trends are going to be popular this year according to NYFW?

There are a lot of upcoming trends that I saw during the F/W 2018/2019 shows that I am looking forward to.

Currently plaid is in, but don’t worry, it is not leaving anywhere anytime soon. For the upcoming seasons, we will see plaid like never before. It will be bolder than ever. We will be making statements in plaid. Plaid in saturated hues such as hot pink will be hotter than ever. During NYFW plenty of designers showcased plaid suits in hot pink and they were incredible.

Regarding outerwear, puffers, fur, and trench coats will be in trend. They will be more dramatic than ever. They will catch anyone’s eyes. We saw puffers on the runway in bright hues and extremely oversized. That is how we will see them in the fall and winter. Fur jackets were seen in bright colors from yellow to red. Trench coats were seen in leopard prints everywhere during NYFW.

One new trend that was introduced the new crop top silhouette. This top is a part bathing suit, part sports bra, and part strapless bra with underwire. It was seen a lot on the runway and will be extremely popular.

In terms of color trends, red and hot pink will be the hottest colors of the season. We saw bright pink everywhere on the runway from tops to shoes. We also saw red dominate from head to toe. The most exciting part is that the combination of pink and red will be extremely popular. Most designers used a combination of both of their pieces.

What is your personal favorite trend from NYFW?

One of my personal favorite trends will be tea length floral dresses. During the shows, these dresses were paired with cute booties. I am a big fan of booties and floral prints. I find this trend to be extremely chic, but casual. It is perfect for any person to easily put together for any occasion.

Photo by Curtis Pan.

About Urszula

Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show CatfishSeason 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.

Urszulala formerly launched as Fash Fab in 2012 by Urszula in the early development of her fashion career. Strictly, blogging about fashion at the time, she shared her daily fashion inspirations, outfits, and tips with viewers with the hope of inspiring them with her taste. Through her blog, she has affiliated and partnered with major brands such as Aveda, NYLON, Amika, Christian Dior, LA MER, I SAW IT FIRST, Cartier, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Daniel Wellington, and many other brands.

What was once known as Fash Fab, soon became re-branded to Urszulala. The blog took a step into the darker side of fashion. The darker and edgier look has grown the blog’s popularity. The bold eyebrows and cat eyes are her signature look. Furthermore, the blog has expanded into beauty, lifestyle, and travel that has inspired others.

Urszula has been featured on

Elle, MTV, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and many other publications.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH

Sex Trafficking is considered the New American slavery and the U.S. Justice Department estimates that 14,00-17,500 people are trafficked in the US every year. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 57,700 people are victims of human trafficking and most of those that are impacted are young children, teens and women. Each year 244,000 American Children and youth are at risk for sex trafficking each year.

 

Jan is an upcoming national leader and she is getting program certified with the American Emergency Nurses Association so they can lead the course for Trauma, ER and Pediatric Nurses and she just got her first request from a Doctor so that she can train their staff.

 

Jan Edwards is the founder and CEO of Paving the Way, an organization committed to being a fierce disruption in the cycle of child trafficking around the globe. This is accomplished through educational and training programs that empower communities to break the cycle.  She’s been featured in the Huffington Post, Marie Claire UK, on iHeart Radio as an expert in prevention and was recently awarded Humanitarian of the Year. Jan is also the writer and producer of the award-winning film, Trapped in the Trade, which was featured on CNN.

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Watch Jan on CNN herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_us4TF9wB4

CODY SIMPSON & THE TIDE

CODY SIMPSON & THE TIDE

Premiere LIVE Performance Video for

“Tell Me Why” 
on Paste

 

New EP

Wave One Available Now

PRESS HERE to Listen



“The video captures the inimitable energy of the creative process, bottling the lightning that is carefree, confident music-making.” – Paste


“At 20 years old, he’s still on the rise and appears to be perfecting his sound with each and every release.” – Huffington Post

“The song’s breezy acoustics make listeners feel that they are at the same beach Simpson is singing about, a classic case of showing instead of just telling, in more profound lyrics.” – Billboard


 “Simpson has stepped away from his formerly synth- and bass-heavy dance pop and turned to breezy, Jack Johnson-esque acoustic beach pop.” – Rolling Stone

 

“…Simpson is not only about to shock everyone, but (most likely) become a playlist staple.” – NYLON


LA-based rock band Cody Simpson & The Tide premiere the LIVE performance video for their song “Tell Me Why,” today on Paste Magazine who said that Simpson’s preternatural talents practically burst through the screen as he performs, particularly as the effortlessly infectious song builds to its fast-paced crescendo. PRESS HERE to watch. 

“This version of ‘Tell Me Why’ showcases a vibe very similar to how the song was originally written: jamming, spitting out soulful spontaneous lyrics and melodies.” – Cody Simpson & The Tide

“Tell Me Why” comes off the band’s new EP, Wave One, via Entertainment One (eOne). Pulling inspiration from surf music, rock music, and psychedelia to provide a vivid snapshot of a carefree summer, the EP perfectly encapsulates Venice Beach and the sun-kissed streets of Southern California where it was penned. Like its namesake, Wave One ebbs and flows between songs of surf rock with irresistible energy, to songs of breezy beats, provocative hooks, and even acoustic sixties-style call-and-response. PRESS HERE to listen.

 

Australian-born Cody Simpson has had an impressive career to date. His 2013 album Surfer’s Paradise featured collaborations with Ziggy Marley and Asher Roth and landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. He toured Europe and the U.S. as direct support for Justin Bieber and along the way, he performed on television programs including The Today Show, Live! with Kelly, Late Late Show with James Corden, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For the 2015 World Games, Cody partnered with The Coca-Cola Company, Founding Partner of Special Olympics, to record a unified song titled “Reach Up,” and carried the torch for Australia in the 2016 World Olympics in Rio. His latest album, Free (2015), exhibited a musical shift for Cody, and the singer-songwriter received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Nylon,and MTV which said, “Cody’s getting ‘raw’ and ‘real’ on his latest effort.”

In many ways, Cody Simpson has been working towards the Tide for his entire career. “The reason behind the name was I wanted this body of work to be an audio replication of what the Tide is as an element of nature,” he leaves off. “During that one summer, I had so many revelatory experiences. I wanted to be an exemplar of the Tide’s flow. It was about taking people back to that primitive innocence and being able to appreciate that. Music is the best vehicle to do so.”

“Tell Me Why” LIVE performance video, PRESS HERE


“Waiting For The Tide” LIVE performance video, PRESS HERE

“Waiting For The Tide” video, PRESS HERE

To listen to Wave One EP, PRESS HERE


“Tell Me Why” LIVE Performance Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GMcvCKdFa_c

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Jessica Markowski

Jessica Markowski is a model and digital influencer with over 175,000 followers on Instagram. Although she was born in Poland, Jessica is native New Yorker living the ‘American Dream’ as a full-time Instagramer and has shared her social media tips with various A-list publications. This time with 360!


How to start


I think it is first important for you to understand your niche. You have to have a core understanding of who you are, what to represent and what can differentiate you from everyone else. I think from you know your values, you can create Instagram into a business that can hopefully lead to becoming full-time.


How to know what is my field 


I think that ties a lot back to knowing yourself. Know your passions, your hobbies, your line of work, and know what it is that YOU are good at. If you are an amazing photographer, show that. If you are good at cooking, show that!  I think you just have to figure out what is special about you that you would want the world to admire and know you for.


How to get followers


I think gaining a following is different per individual. But here are a few things I think are a good place to start:


1. Use the right hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to introduce your platform to people who have not seen your account in the first place. It increases the number of eyes on your page.


2. Create a good visual. I think the photographs would be high-level quality, portray a particular emotion. I think those of main reasons why we are compelled to follow certain people in the first place.


3. Post at a particular time. From doing this for a period of time, I have a home to realize what time of day my audience is most engaged and most likely to like my photo.


How to influence others


Here are my top 4 values I kept with me in hopes of becoming influential: 


1. Be very honest about your emotions and own them. 


2. Show you are glad for others.


3. Be strong for others.


4. Choose to be happy.


How to maintain 


I think it certainly is important to know and connect with your audience. Know who they are, what they like. Try to understand what is the core reason why they are following you in the first place. I think about that before every outfit, every partnership I make, every shoot I have. Not only do I want the image to satisfy me, I want to satisfy everyone who is inspired by me.

 *photo: Leslie Moncada


Recently in Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/making-instagram-a-full-time-career-an-interview-with_us_58c0f07ae4b070e55af9ebb9


TEGAN MARIE

Rising country sensation TEGAN MARIE welcomes 2018 with the release of her brand new song – and debut for Warner Music Nashville – “Keep It Lit” on January 19. The track, which showcases her acclaimed vocal chops, will initially be available for digital download and on streaming services. Discovered by girls’ media platform Sweety High, Tegan signed to Warner Music Nashville last summer – 13 at the time – making her the youngest female in 45 years to ink a major Country deal. HuffPost also took notice of the young star’s talent naming her to its 10 Country Artists To Watch In 2018 list while critics and industry executives have given early praise:


“Tegan Marie is primed to be country music’s first Gen Z star… Between her natural talent and the powerhouse team behind her (hitmakers Scott Hendricks and Nathan Chapman, plus Gen Z media gurus Sweety High), don’t be surprised if Tegan Marie is a breakout country star sooner than later.” – HuffPost 

“[Tegan] Marie has the personality and voice of a future star, and she definitely has the always hard-to-define ‘It.’” – USA Today

“‘Tegan is just a thousand-watt light bulb in a dark room. 
When you look for ‘it,’ the definition is Tegan.’” 
 
– Phil Guerini (GM, Radio Disney; VP of Music Strategy, Disney Channel) – Detroit Free Press


Co-written by Tegan, “Keep It Lit” is produced by acclaimed hitmaker and WMN’s VP of A&R, Scott Hendricks (with 70 #1 hits for artists including Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson).
 
“I’ve never signed an artist as young as Tegan,” shared Hendricks. “I hear lots of talented young female singers, but Tegan had that extra ‘thing’ I’ve only seen from stars that have made it to the top. She lights up any room she walks into and her singing was far beyond her years. The first time I recorded her I was ‘jaw dropped’ by her technical abilities and professional approach.”
 
The fun, up-tempo tune, named after an expression popular with Tegan’s generation (Gen Z) “lit,” celebrates happiness, good vibes and lightheartedness. It’s also her rallying cry to inspire people across the country to make 2018 a year of positivity and hopefulness.
 
Tegan is starting 2018 on a high note. During her history-making year she also made waves across the Internet. In 2017 alone, she garnered 100 million video views, had 270 million social engagements and gained two million social followers. Other highlights included making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry and collaborating with Hendricks and multi-GRAMMY winner Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Martina McBride).

With a larger-than-life voice, Tegan Marie was discovered when her father uploaded videos of her cover songs to Gen Z girls’ site, Sweety High. Featured as a Radio Disney Country artist, she has since catapulted into the national spotlight with several high-profile media performances and appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America and PBS’ star-studded special Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize and the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. First releasing the song “Lucky Me” to benefit the children affected by the water crisis in her hometown of Detroit, the momentum continued with her breathtaking rendition of Florida Georgia Line’s #1 hit song, “H.O.L.Y.,” racking up over 17 million views on Facebook alone. To date, Tegan has amassed over 75 million video views and receives over five million engagements online each month. She’s also had a string of coveted opening slots, sharing the stage with artists such as Cam, Hunter Hayes and Kelsea Ballerini. This past spring Tegan appeared at CMA Music Festival on the Radio Disney Country stage and at California’s popular Country music festival Stagecoach to great acclaim. Critics praised her performance with USA Today hailing, “[Tegan] Marie has the personality and the voice of a future star, and she definitely has the always hard-to-define ‘It.’” Last summer she partnered with Pepsi MidAmerica for a six-city tour and is currently working on her debut album for Warner Music Nashville.   

For more information on Tegan Marie, visit teganmarie.com.
 
Follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

*Featured photo: Sweety High

URSZULA MAKOWSKA 

Fashion blogger Urszula Makowska reveals upcoming fashion trends for 2018

As the year comes to an end, we have seen many trends dominate the market from the bold red to oversized sleeves to off the shoulder tops, etc. With the new year around the corner, we will be seeing new trends to dominate the market and it will be time to say goodbye to those 2017 trends.

 

New color that will dominate the market

Forget about everything, for S/S 2018, we see a new color that will dominate the market. That color is lavender. We’ve seen it all on the runway from S/S 18 runway shows. From head to toe full-on lavender or just even a pop of lavender. I know I will be wearing a lavender suit from head to toe this upcoming season. It’s feminine and chic and the ideal spring color from the pastel colors that tend to be popular in demand during this time of year.

 

Although lavender will dominate the market, color blocking is classic spring trend that is not going away anytime soon. Shine bright like a diamond and pair of those bold colors. You can color block with a yellow trench coat and red dress underneath. There are plenty of ways to play around with this.

 

Well, what about the classic trench coat? Scratch that. We used to see trench coats during the fall. Now we will see the classic trench coat in different forms like we have never seen before during the spring. Belted with oversized belts, fringed on the bottom as a detail, and definitely a variety of different colors that make this trend unique.

 

The classic upgrade

The classic slip dress we all loved, will no longer be classic. The classic slip dress gets an upgrade.  It’ll be the perfect dress for a night out with friends. Sexier and edgier it’ll be the one piece we will want to have in our closet. We will find it in a variety of metallic colors.

 

Along with that, dark washed denim on denim is back. I know I definitely will invest in a two-piece set of dark washed denim. It looks so chic and is the perfect casual look for the girl out in the city. Either a jacket or pants or jacket and skirt will work just perfectly.

 

Fringe is still on!

Also, don’t forget to get your fringe on. Fringe is a continuous trend we will see and it is not leaving. We will see fringed feather dresses, fringe on our trench coats, and fringed tops everywhere. I will definitely get my fringe on.

 

As edgy and chic as I am, my favorite spring and summer trend is the sheerness. I love sheer tops and look forward to excitingly pair them with the midi skirts that are to be in style. It’s super chic and perfect for anywhere on the go.

 

Transparent shoes

And last but not least, my favorite trend of all times will be the transparent or translucent shoes. I have never owned a pair, but I am about to invest in a classic Yeezy’s from season 4, as it will dominate the season. Pair it with a cute two-piece set and you’re ready to go.

 

As we wait patiently for the F/W 19/20 trends, I can tell you for a fact we will see shades of browns, grays, and black. Layering will continue to dominate the market and anything from comfort will stay. Oversized sweaters, turtlenecks, woven pants, and puffers will be here to stay. We will see dark floral patterns and we will be bringing back goth.

Photo credit: Leslie Moncada

Photo by: Mike Bas

Photo credit: Leslie Moncada


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About Urszula

Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show Catfish Season 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.

Urszulala formerly launched as Fash Fab in 2012 by Urszula in the early development of her fashion career. Strictly, blogging about fashion at the time, she shared her daily fashion inspirations, outfits, and tips with viewers with the hope of inspiring them with her taste. Through her blog, she has affiliated and partnered with major brands such as AvedaNYLONAmikaChristian DiorLA MER, I SAW IT FIRST, CartierEstee LauderGivenchyDaniel Wellington, and many other brands.

What was once known as Fash Fab, soon became re-branded to Urszulala. The blog took a step into the darker side of fashion. The darker and edgier look has grown the blog’s popularity. The bold eyebrows and cat eyes are her signature look. Furthermore, the blog has expanded into beauty, lifestyle, and travel that has inspired others. 

Urszula has been featured in Elle, MTV, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and many other publications.

http://www.elle.pl/galeria/najlepsze-stylizacje-blogerek-sierpien/najlepsze-stylizacje-blogerek-sierpien-fot-fashfab-blogspot-

http://www.mtv.com/news/2895645/catfish-400-victims-zac/

http://news.mtv.ca/blogs/catfish/this-catfish-conned-more-than-400-women-yes-you-read-that-right/

http://www.mtv.co.uk/catfish-the-tv-show/videos/catfish-513-sneak-peek-jayme-and-urszula

http://www.mtv.com/episodes/nbzc2x/catfish-the-tv-show-lucas-many-season-5-ep-513

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fashion-blogger-and-influencer-urszula-makowska-shares_us_5a0bbb21e4b00652392184d8

https://www.yahoo.com/news/catfish-the-tv-show-9-most-shocking-moments-of-all-time-155448263.html

http://ew.com/article/2016/09/21/catfish-craziest-episodes/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/178072-jayme-nelson-busts-catfish-lucas-in-the-season-premiere-his-track-record-of-online-trickery

https://www.buzzfeed.com/omoaluko/five-young-female-fashion-bloggers-to-follow-for-s-391yw?utm_term=.qdkblEJNy#.bwZvNEnbe



Antix x “When It Falls”

“A radical voice” – Clash Music

“Poignant messages over soulful beats” – Red Bull Music

“His talent is genre crossing, in a very honest sense” – Huffington Post

SOUNDCLOUD

Antix is an unconventional rapper, part of a generation of more conscious hip hop artists alá Logic or Khalid. His music has always proudly stood outside the norms of his genre, and shuns the bravado and materialism of many of his contemporaries. He has delivered his signature flow on topics ranging from mental illness (“Come Home”) to religious oppression (“Afshin’s Song”). His work is heavily informed by his own experiences, and aims to help end stigmas around certain topics. 

To date, Antix has dropped two mixtapes, 2010’s ‘Inflammable Grammar’ and 2014’s ‘Question Everything;’ which saw support from the likes of Red Bull Music, BBC Introducing and MTV Brand New. Though he initially struggled to fit into the London hip hop scene, so different was what he was doing, and he used social media instead to foster intimate fan interactions. As a result, his openness and energy has gained him a multitude of followers across the world (his current streaming figures are 3 million). 

“I was always trying to be ‘accepted’ by some scene, until I realized that the fans are all that matter. People message me now and tell me my music saved their life, helped them with depression, things like that. When you realized how important that is, the ‘scene’ can go fuck itself.”

Antix returns with his new track “When It Falls,” and his re-location to the US is evident in the shift in tone. The song shifts between the quiet, resolute core of Antix’s verses and the emotional gusts of Greg Delson’s choruses. This is a mission statement on determination in the face of adversity, a significant subject for Antix. He is an artist with great success behind him, and continues to claw his way forward. While also involved with ‘secret concert’ collective Flights of Voices and socially conscious movements such as Occupy Wall Street, he is nothing if not ambitious. With “When It Falls,’ Antix continues to display that ambition and his potential for universal appeal. This is an artist who knows exactly what he wants to do, who he is, and who he is going to be.

Twitter: @AntixOfficial

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