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Laughing Lotus

It was 1977 when it all started for Dana as she grew up to the sounds of Donna Summers and the Beegees. “Oh how my parents loved to dance,” she said. Dana grew up and never wanted the dance party to end, so in 1987 she opened a joint in Hell’s Kitchen called Trixies, her nickname, and the place quickly became famous for the wild spirit of celebration she and her team created. Wacky and talented musical acts came in from all over the world to sing and play the spoons. They were featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and KathyLee & Regis. Soon after the explosion on the dance scene, Trixie, the “party girl” met yoga. At the time, Dana was doing high step aerobics, taking hip hop dance classes and she rode her bicycle everywhere. “It was surprising for me to find yoga, yet all the ingredients were always there – my love for music, movement and friends. This was my opportunity for awakening,” Dana said.

During Dana’s early years of practicing yoga, it felt like yoga was one practice and her love for dancing another. They were separate. It took years of showing up in her personal practice for her to begin to listen and trust and follow her passion to integrate movement, music, the flow of the breath, and a spiritual purpose. Finding herself and her voice was a slow process, but a natural one. Sometimes the music inspired the movement and sometimes the movement inspired the music and soon new shapes emerged — Krishna, Kali, Rainbow Warrior, oh my.

With the help and collaboration of Dana’s longtime partner, Jasmine Tarkeshi, the two cofounded and opened Laughing Lotus in New York City on a rooftop playground in 1999 and Lotus Flow, our Vinyasa style of Yoga, became a signature style where dance, devotion and discipline are the three major tenets.

The practice continues to be a fresh and creative celebration with Jasmine and all of the teachers at the Lotus. There’s an incredible architecture or form to the sequencing. It’s called freedom. There’s form and there’s formlessness and the mantra at Laughing Lotus is “Move Like Yourself.”

It’s 2012 and Laughing Lotus had a Dance Hall, a disco ball, a 40-foot graffiti wall and a Glitter Bar. It’s a community center, a spiritual community that nourishes your being, helps makes the teaching practical and teaches us all valuable lessons in sharing, empathy and seva. Today in NYC, millions of breaths later, tens of thousands of chakras opened and with over one thousand teacher graduates Laughing Lotus is having a yoga festival, a lotus reunion to gather, to share, to chant to celebrate and of course to DANCE! Here we are in 2019, and Laughing Lotus has introduceded NYC’s first ever Queens and Queers: Fluid Flow class that will live on the schedule and be offered monthly. This weekly Fluid Flow is designed for LQBTQ Community and your sparkly friends. Enjoy your Glittery Loving Yoga home where you can be YOU, connect more deeply to each other and your Highest Self. Dana’s love for the LGBTQ community has harnessed a deep connection throughout the years and with this connection, comes the newest collaboration with the K-Deer family; the first non-gender focused yoga pant, “The Dana” which has launched and can be spotted on some of the biggest influencers.

Lux

This November, read the entire epic of Luxanna “Lux” Crownguard, the noble born mage who has been casting her spell on readers in her digital-first comic series! Soon, and for the first time in print, you can read her comic adaptation in full based on lore from Riot Games’ LEAGUE OF LEGENDS!

John O’Bryan, who has written for a number of animated TV shows including “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” is joined by the artists of Tan Studios, with penciling by Billy Tan, inks by Haining, and colors by Gadson. In Lux’s shining city of Demacia, order reigns. The realm is safe, and the people are happy…unless you’re a mage. In a place where ‘Mageseekers’ outlaw magic, Lux must hide who she truly is when she begins to exhibit light powers. But when she seeks out an imprisoned mage to learn to control her magic, will she protect herself…or doom Demacia?

In addition to delving into Demacia’s rich history, this adventure also features champions Garen and Sylas, and explores their relationships with Lux. Will Lux choose to stand with her brother Garen and the ruling class…or will she choose her place amongst the downtrodden Mages at the fringes of society? In the ultimate journey of self-discovery, Lux must straddle the line between her privileged birthright and her burgeoning abilities.

Whether you’re a fan of the game, or new to comics, this exceptional origin story is a great place to dive in. Preview this story now, and please visit Marvel.comfor more information.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TRADE PAPERBACK

Collecting LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX #1-5

Written by JOHN O’BRYAN

Pencils by BILLY TAN

Inks by HAINING OF TAN COMICS

Colors by GADSON OF TAN COMICS

Cover by BILLY TAN, HAINING AND GADSON OF TAN COMICS

On Sale 11/6/2019

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Jonas Brothers Tour

Making history once more, GRAMY nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio–Jonas Brothers—capture #1 on the Billboard 200 with their blockbuster fifth full-length album, Happiness Begins. The band delivers the biggest debut of 2019 with total consumption of 414K units, including 68 million streams (Nielsen).

Get it HERE via Republic Records.

As the third #1 album of their career and first release since 2009, this #1 bow represents a landmark moment for the group and pop at large as they retain the place at the top of the charts they claimed a decade ago. Jonas Brothers notably achieve the biggest sales week of 2019 for an album. Not to mention, Happiness Begins generated a greater total consumption of more than the rest of the Billboard 200’s Top 10 combined!

A global success, the album also landed at #1 in Canada, with additional career high debuts in countries including UK, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands and more.

These achievements solidify the Jonas Brothers return as the biggest pop event of 2019.

“Sucker” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking the first #1 for the band and the first #1 debut from a group this century. Recently ranked #1 on Billboard’s critic’s picks list of the “50 Best Songs of 2019,” it has become a song of the summer anthem.  At radio, the multiplatinum Billboard Hot 100 #1 smash “Sucker” continues to dominate, rapidly ascending to #1 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart where it led for eight weeks- the most for any song this year and longest running #1 since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” in 2017.  The song also recaptured the #1 spot on Billboard‘s Adult Pop Songs chart, as the band’s follow up single “Cool” approaches the Top 10 on Pop Songs.

The historic week kicked off with the release of the band’s highly anticipated documentary Chasing Happinessavailable now exclusively via Amazon Prime Video. In support of the release, the band made several high-profile media appearances throughout the campaign, including a surprise launch on The Late Late Show With James Corden, a performance on the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, the season finale of The Voice, MTV’s TRL and more In addition, they graced the covers of Billboard, Paper Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar’s first ever Men’s Bazaar cover.  Most recently, they performed on the Today Show Summer Concert Series- which saw record breaking crowds- and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the band debuted their next single “Only Human.” Up next, the band will appear on NBC’s new hit show Songland, which stars GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, producer, and lead singer of the multi-platinum band OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder, who was a producer on the album.

Watch their debut performance of “Only Human” on Fallon HERE.

After selling out multiple shows, the Happiness Begins Tour will kick off August 7th in Miami, FL with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.  The band will then release their upcoming memoir Blood, which is available for pre-order HERE now and will be released in November 2019.

Happiness Begins is here, and for the Jonas Brothers and their fans, it appears that Happiness has only just begun…

Jonas Brothers “Happiness Begins Tour” 2019 Dates:
Wednesday, August 7, 2019              Miami, FL                    AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday, August 9, 2019                       Orlando, FL                 Amway Center
Saturday, August 10, 2019                 Tampa, FL                  Amalie Arena
Monday, August 12, 2019                  Atlanta, GA                 State Farm Arena*
Wednesday, August 14, 2019            Raleigh, NC                PNC Arena
Thursday, August 15, 2019                Washington, DC         Capital One Arena
Saturday, August 17, 2019                 Boston, MA                 TD Garden
Sunday, August 18, 2019                   Philadelphia, PA         Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday, August 21, 2019            Uncasville, CT            Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, August 23, 2019                     Toronto, ON                Scotiabank Arena
Saturday, August 24, 2019                 Toronto, ON                Scotiabank Arena
Tuesday, August 27, 2019                 Buffalo, NY                  KeyBank Center
Thursday, August 29, 2019                New York, NY             Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 30, 2019                     New York, NY             Madison Square Garden
Saturday, August 31, 2019                 Hershey, PA                Hersheypark Stadium
Tuesday, September 3, 2019             Pittsburgh, PA             PPG Paints Arena
Thursday, September 5, 2019            Columbus, OH            Schottenstein Center
Saturday, September 7, 2019            Detroit, MI                   Little Caesars Arena
Sunday, September 8, 2019               Grand Rapids, MI       Van Andel Arena
Tuesday, September 10, 2019           Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena
Friday, September 13, 2019               Indianapolis, IN           Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, September 14, 2019          St. Louis, MO              Enterprise Center
Monday, September 16, 2019            St. Paul, MN                Xcel Energy Center
Tuesday, September 17, 2019           Milwaukee, WI            Fiserv Forum
Thursday, September 19, 2019          Chicago, IL                  United Center
Friday, September 20, 2019               Chicago, IL                  United Center
Sunday, September 22, 2019             Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center
Wednesday, September 25, 2019      Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center*
Thursday, September 26, 2019          Houston, TX                Toyota Center*
Friday, September 27, 2019               San Antonio, TX         AT&T Center*
Sunday, September 29, 2019             Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center
Tuesday, October 1, 2019                  Denver, CO                 Pepsi Center
Thursday, October 3, 2019                 Salt Lake City, UT       Vivint Smart Home Arena
Saturday, October 5, 2019                 Phoenix, AZ                Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sunday, October 6, 2019                   Anaheim, CA               Honda Center
Tuesday, October 8, 2019                  San Francisco, CA      Chase Center
Friday, October 11, 2019                    Vancouver, BC           Rogers Arena
Saturday, October 12, 2019               Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome
Sunday, October 13, 2019                 Portland, OR               Moda Center
Tuesday, October 15, 2019                Sacramento, CA         Golden 1 Center
Thursday, October 17, 2019               San Diego, CA            Pechanga Arena
Friday, October 18, 2019                    Las Vegas, NV            MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, October 20, 2019                 Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Bowl
Monday, October 21, 2019                 Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Bowl
Sunday, October 27, 2019                  Monterrey, MX            Auditorio Citibanamex
Monday, October 28, 2019                 Monterrey, MX            Auditorio Citibanamex
Wednesday, October 30, 2019           Mexico City, MX         Sports Palace
Thursday, October 31, 2019               Mexico City, MX         Sports Palace
Saturday, November 2, 2019             Guadalajara, MX        Auditorio Telmex
Tuesday, November 12, 2019            New Orleans, LA        Smoothie King Center
Friday, November 15, 2019                Ft. Lauderdale, FL      BB&T Center
Saturday, November 16, 2019           Orlando, FL                 Amway Center
Sunday, November 17, 2019              Jacksonville, FL          Vystar Memorial Coliseum
Tuesday, November 19, 2019            Atlanta, GA                 Infinite Energy Arena
Wednesday, November 20, 2019       Charlotte, NC              Spectrum Center
Friday, November 22, 2019                Newark, NJ                 Prudential Center
Saturday, November 23, 2019           Brooklyn, NY               Barclays Center
Sunday, November 24, 2019              Boston, MA                 TD Garden
Tuesday, November 26, 2019            Toronto, ON                Scotiabank Arena
Wednesday, November 27, 2019       Montreal, QC              Bell Centre
Friday, November 29, 2019                Atlantic City, NJ          Boardwalk Hall
Saturday, November 30, 2019           Baltimore, MC             Royal Farms Arena
Tuesday, December 3, 2019              Rosemont, IL              Allstate Arena
Wednesday, December 4, 2019         Omaha, NE                 Chi Health Center
Friday, December 6, 2019                  Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019             Austin, TX                   Frank Erwin Center
Tuesday, December 10, 2019            Phoenix, AZ                Talking Stick Resort Arena
Thursday, December 12, 2019           Oakland, CA               Oracle Arena
Saturday, December 14, 2019           Los Angeles, CA         The Forum
*Bebe Rexha not performing

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Rucker Park Basketball

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Harlem will be celebrating basketball returning to Rucker Park! Continuing in the tradition of Holcomb Rucker  – who founded the legendary Rucker Park basketball association in 1947 – and the late Greg Marius – who in 1982 extended the brand with the creation of the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) – Harlem welcomes the newly formed Rucker Park Prep as the next phase of this staple Harlem institution that has greatly served New York city and its surrounding communities.  
 
Globally known as “The Rucker” and hailed as the temple of street basketball; where legends and greats like Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant have gone to earn their rites of passage.  Put through the gauntlet by basketball street legends like Earl “The GOAT” Manigault, Pee Wee Kirkland, Kareem “The Best Kept Secret” Reid, Ali Moe, “A Butta” and “Skip To My Lou”.  The Rucker is where NBA stars such as Vince Carter and Lebron James have sought street cred, and still more show up to be battle-tested.  

Def Jam Recordings – the legendary record label with deep roots in Harlem’s Basketball culture – joins Rucker Park Prep as it’s official launch sponsor and the newest extension of the Rucker legacy. 

Rather than “Street Ball” Rucker Park Prep is instead a 14U (and up) High School youth division that will feature the best high school players from in and around the New York tri-state area. Leading the Games will be Rucker Park Prep’s Co-Founder and Commissioner Steve Barnett, the principal authority at the Rucker who has for decades not only provided College Scholarships for hundreds of young people but has coached countless elite Basketball Players in the country. Through his efforts and commitment to youth development many of his players have achieved the highest accolades in both university basketball of which many have gone on to play in the NBA.
 
“Rucker Park Prep is proud to be a part of the long-standing tradition and legacy of the Rucker Park – We are so excited to have Def Jam Recordings as a launch partner for Rucker Park Prep. The entertainment industry and Rucker Parks relationship is historic stated Haqq Islam, President and CEO of Rucker Park Prep.

“We are excited and honored to join Rucker Park Prep as a presenting sponsor this summer,” said Rich Isaacson, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings. “The Rucker and Def Jam are two New York institutions that strive to enrich the cultural fabric of this city and this community. We couldn’t imagine a better opportunity to unite, inspire and empower young people through sports, music and the one-of-a-kind vibrancy that is summer in New York City.”
 
On the first game day -Saturday June 22nd at 3:00pm – Rucker Park Prep in conjunction with Def Jam Recording will be sponsoring a community and family day, providing free food from local Harlem vendors to all guests of the game in the park. 
 
The game will start at 4:30pm and will feature this counties top High School teams The Patrick School vs. Upper Room. On Saturday June 29th the Patrick School will play the Country Day School.
 
Commissioner Steve Barnett proudly states “RPP is a Premier Showcase for High School Basketbal.”
 
On Saturday June 29th at 5:30pm, Rucker Park Prep will be joined in a press conference with Councilwomen Inez Dickens, Harlem Assemblyman Al Taylor,  State Senator Brian Benjamín as well as Borough Manhattan President Gail Brewer will be bestowing honors to the following:  Def Jam Recordings, The Greg Marius Family, Darold “D- Ferg” Thomas who is the father platinum Polo Ground Entertainment/Sony recording Artist and Harlem native A$AP Ferg; Adrian “A Butta” Walton, considered one of the Greatest Street Ball Players in Rucker History and The Legendary Longtime Rucker Park Coach Bob McCullagh Founder of Each One Teach One, who has both played and coached at the Rucker Games for over fifty years.  
 
The Rucker can an also be credited with birthing stars like Stephon Marbury, Cal Ramsey, and Hall of Famer, Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Similarly, Rucker Park Prep aims to help youth in the New York tri-state area earn more access to scholarships and other opportunities for exposure.  Furthermore, the goal and objective of Rucker Park Prep is to enable students to excel in all areas of their high school experience, academically, socially as well as athletically.  
 
“The EBC Organization and the Marius Family supports Rucker Park Prep in their mission of fostering and empowering youth in their athletic abilities in baseball” stated by Cheryl Marius and Family
 
Through Rucker Park Prep Foundation, Life skills workshops combined with high level basketball instruction will aid in the building of character and help instill core values such as integrity, hard work, perseverance, self-confidence, personal responsibility, leadership, respect for the game, and overall sportsmanship. Rucker Park Prep will strive to be a resource, both for students and parents, serving as a guide to help families navigate through the pitfalls and challenges that prevent student athletes from reaching their full potential. By taking a holistic approach to sports education and training, our goal is to help create the next generation of leaders inside and outside of the sports arena.   

Drax Project

New Zealand sensation Drax Project release new track, All This Time today. The song was produced by Roget Chahayed (Travis Scott-Sicko Mode, Halsey-Bad At Love) and showcases their unique blend of pop, R&B, jazz and hip-hop. All This Time best represents what it feels like to be a part of the live show experience, and has become a fan favorite while out on the road.
Buy/Stream HERE
“For us, All This Time is the closest representation of what a Drax Project show is like. The contrast between the clean guitar and vocals to the heavy distorted saxophone is something we’ve been looking to do for a long time, just haven’t quite been able to until working with Roget. We’re sooo stoked to finally have it done,” said the band.
Drax Project’s infectious pop anthem “Woke Up Late” collaborating with multiplatinum-selling artist and Academy Award-Hailee Steinfeld, charted at #2 on New Zealand Pop Radio, #1 on iTunes in New Zealand, and #1 on Shazam in New Zealand for over 4 months with a global push. With over 85 million total streams worldwide and growing daily, the “Woke Up Late” music video features YouTube star Liza Koshy in a fun and refreshing story full of charisma and feel-good vibes.
Watch HERE.
“Woke Up Late” was handpicked as Zane Lowe’s World Record + Amazon’s Song Of The Day, debuted on Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart, and won “Single Of The Year” in the 2018 VNZMAs, where Drax Project was also awarded “Breakthrough Artist”.
The band recently released the acoustic version of their EP NOON. Listen HERE. The acoustic EP highlights their musicianship and peels back the layers of the studio versions. NOON introduced four songs, including certified gold “Toto,” alongside hit “Woke Up Late“. With a new body of work underway, Drax Project is currently in the studio and gearing up to the take the world by storm.
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Lorem Ipsum Receives Gold Stevie® Award for Seiko USA Campaign

Multi-disciplinary experiential design firm, Lorem Ipsum is pleased to announce that its work for Seiko USA has received a Gold Stevie® Award from the American Business Awards® in the Website category under “Consumer Products-Non-Durables.”

The award was presented on Tuesday, June 11 during the 17th Annual American Business Awards banquet in New York City. The American Business Awards feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals working in web development, corporate communications, video production, app development, investor relations and live events.

Lorem Ipsum took on the challenge of taking Japanese manufacturer of watches, Seiko USA’s website which was absent of sales or software integration capabilities, and built a sales-drivensite using Shopify’s platform. As storytellers in a digital world, Lorem Ipsum’s goal in both the user experience and overall design was to ensure the product remained the ultimate focus while keeping with the brand’s aesthetic and transforming Seiko enthusiasts into paying customers. Their approach not only provided significant technical enhancements but also told the brand story with new and improved user experiences across all devices. Lorem Ipsum’s team of programmers created the Seiko Sync app, expanding the native Shopify features to create aunique consumer experience. For example, customizable filters allow users the option to searchfor products by technology, dial color, size and various other important consumer factors.

Their developers also created custom software, such as Shop Social, that enables enhanced capabilities beyond Shopify’s existing offerings, including a unique Instagram plug-in that integrated directly with the brand’s channel allowing for a continuous and curated feed of imagery.

By moving away from traditional marketing approaches and instead, utilizing social media and strategic retargeting tactics, Lorem Ipsum was able to drive traffic to Seiko’s U.S. page and increase sell-through. The customer management process was also customized while working closely with Seiko’s IT and fulfillment teams to create a cohesive system of applications and notifications to give Seikobetter sales and product functionality insights; ultimately, allowing Seiko to better understand end-users’ likes and dislikes in order to create content accordingly to engage users and improvethe overall purchase process.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our contribution,” says Abigail Honor, Partner at Lorem Ipsum. “Working with Seiko to launch their first U.S. e-commerce storefront was a big responsibility and our multi-disciplinary team rose to the challenge. Our focus was to create a straightforward user experience in which we created branded content, worked with influencerson unique campaigns and implemented strategic advertising to make the Seiko websitecompetitive. We are proud not only of the seamless launch but of the constant evolution of thesite throughout the year.”

Lorem Ipsum provided the creative assets fromvideo to lifestyle photography for all of Seiko’s campaigns throughout the year, most notably for their national campaigns-Prospex StreetSeries and Coutura Car, and designed customized landing pages, e-mail campaigns, and third-party banners that provided a visual narrative of product and lifestyle images.The team’s creative and marketing strategies led to the fastest sellout of a single Seiko product in company history with the launch of the cult classic Alpinist timepiece. “The nominations submitted to the 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “They illustrate the continued vibrancy of innovation and high level of achievement across the American economic landscape.” More than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries were submitted for consideration in a wide range of categories. More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

ABOUT LOREM IPSUM

Lorem Ipsum is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in the planning, design and production of experiences. Our work includes museums, exhibits, immersive shows, visitor attractions as well as all types of filmed and interactive media.

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Moscow. Our global team of over forty professionals includes writers, filmmakers, designers, architects, technologists and researchers.

At Lorem Ipsum, they think of themselves as storytellers. They believe in the power of dramatic narratives. They use words, pictures, music, artifacts, physical props, live performance, lighting, sound design, video, animation, games, social media, virtual and augmented reality to tell engaging stories and create emotional experiences.

For more information on the award or Lorem Ipsum’s work, please visit http://www.loremipsumcorp.com

ABOUT THE STEVIE AWARDS

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performancesin the workplace worldwide.

Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Phoenix Rising // Tyler Jacob x Rickstar

Singer songwriters Rickstar and Tyler Jacob join forces to give a universal approach to both music and fashion. Rickstar, from London has an edgy rock sound and style while Tyler Jacob from Camden, NJ is a crooner with a non-binary/ eclectic approach to his artistry.

Phoenix Rising
Phoenixes are amongst the strongest and most durable of supernatural creatures. They are quite powerful and almost impossible to kill. Spontaneous Combustion/Incineration Touch – In human form, a Phoenix can incinerate anyone/anything with a single touch.

Who is Rickstar?
Rickstar, was born in London, and is a singer-songwriter, dancer and model, currently based between London and Los Angeles. He spent much of his childhood in New York, where he discovered his love for music. Early influences included Motown singers Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, later Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Prince. He was inspired to become an entertainer, following in the footsteps of his family, who include Jamaican dancehall musician Mr. Vegas, and Jamaican-Canadian reggae musician and producer Leroy Sibbles.
Instagram: @rickstarofficial

Who is Tyler Jacob?
East coast born and bred, Tyler Jacob is a singer/songwriter who got his start in the industry after being discovered singing on the trains of NYC. At the age of 5 years old, Tyler Jacob started singing and performing in school plays. Tyler says that “I’ve always wanted to sing. It was a natural thing for me.” His family recalls little Tyler putting on shows in the family living room. “I don’t come from a family of singers. I’m the only one.” But it wasn’t until his freshmen year in high school did he realize others thought he had a gift when he was accidentally placed in a choir class. “The choir teacher asked me to sing, so she could classify my voice.” The rest is history. After the choir teacher heard Tyler’s voice, she had him transferred to Creative Arts High School (CAHS) in Camden, New Jersey. Tyler’s passion to sing, write and perform his own music, in English and Spanish, pushed him after he graduated from CAHS to move to the Big Apple to pursue his singing career. Since then he has gone on to be a season 1 cast member of VH1’s “SIGNED,” performed on many stages across the US, opened up for Grammy Award winner, Brandy Norwood, and logged studio time with Carvin & Ivan (Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Mario), and Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, Mary J. Blige).
Instagram: @tylerjacobmusic

Styled by Cosmos Glam Squad: @cosmosglamsquad
who has styled acts such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton and many more

Photography by Bilal : @Biladejavu

Long Island International Film Expo Announces Full Schedule

Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Announces Full Schedule and Celebrities Attending July 12th – 18th

The 22nd Annual Festival Will Include Film Screenings, Panels, and an Award Ceremony Honoring Those Who’ve Made an Impact on LI Film

Bellmore, NY (June, 2019) – With the 22nd Anniversary of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) happening July 12th – 18th, this year’s schedule includes some of the best short and feature-length independent films from around the world, which will be shown at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710)!

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island, sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF), the County of Nassau, Gold Coast Studios, The Long Island Railroad, Hamptons TV and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which shows over 160 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo offers networking opportunities, a350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge, and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution, to scriptwriting, to legal music, and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

Some of this year’s films include Long Island premieres such as Daniel Schechter’s, Safe Spaces starring Justin Long (New Girl), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor), Kate Berlant (Ghosted) and Becky Ann Baker (The Blacklist), Eddie McGee’s (formerly of Commack) pilot, Eddie’s, starring Eddie McGee and George Wendt (Cheers), Sal Del Giudice’s, To Make a Long Story Short, Bellport’s Andrew Henriques’s, The $500 Dress, Rockville Centre’s Kenneth R. Frank’s, Family Obligations, Plainview’s Justin Portaros, Kid, The Moon, St. James’, William LiPera’s, The Rest of My Life, Hicksville’s Tom Cassese’s, Zoul, West Babylon’s James’ Hardy’s, Be There Soon, Glen Cove’s Christian Plingo’s, Sometimes, We Never Really Change and East Meadow’s Max Hechtman’s Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide.

New York premieres include Oceanside’s Eli Hershko’s, Fairytale, Oceanside’s Jacki Xerri’s Teen Night and Ruckzuck,, Riverhead’s David Chai’s, Pass the Buck and Jimmy Bie’s, The Badge.

World premieres include Shirley’s Fred Carpenter’s, Interview with the Hitman (starring Kevin Brown), Centerport’s, Robert M. Sansivero’s, The Loyalist, Lindenhurst’s Gregg A. Dacosta’s, The Last Sound, and Hempstead’s Rob Graydon’s, Father.

Other LIIFE films include such notables as James Dreyfus (Notting Hill), Ben Wilbond (Ghosts), Tim DeKay (American Crime), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Bianca Marroquin (Fosse/Verdon), Evan Alex (Us), Navid Negahban (Legion), Fred Willard (Modern Family), Kevin Pollak (The Marvelous Ms. Maisel), Bob Newhart (The Bob Newhart Show), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show),

Carol Channing (The Love Boat), Mitzi Gaynor (South Pacific), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Betsy Baker (Sharp Objects), Norman Lear (One Day at a Time), Tom Smothers (The Informant!) and Kay Ballard (The Mothers-in-Law).

Most of the panels at this year’s Long Island International Film Expo (except for the Breakfast panel) are free and include:

“From Script to Screen –  How to create, finance, and distribute independent content in the digital age,”  “How to Market Yourself in the Acting Biz,” “How to get an agent,” “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Independent Filmmaking-  Breakfast Panel,” “The Write Stuff’ Panel on Scriptwriting,” and our widely popular, “Directors’ Audition Panel.” For more information and to get your reservation tickets, please go to http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events/

Opening the Long Island International Film Expo on Friday July 12th at 11:00 a.m. this year will be the Young Filmmakers Showcase. LIIFE is proudly showcasing films from students of the Long Island High School of the Arts, Barry Tech, and Long Beach High School, as well as various young independent filmmakers, the youngest being 15 years old.  This is the 3rd consecutive year LIIFE has held the YFS and it is now one of the many highlights of the film expo.

Honorees for this year include Abigail Hawk of Blue Bloods with a Creative Achievement Award and Director John A. Gallagher with a LIIFETime Career Achievement Award.  Kevin Brown from 30 Rock will be our host, and actor Christopher Roach from Kevin Can Wait will be one of our presenters. Celebrities always appear schedule permitting, and more will likely sign on before the closing party on Thursday, July 18, 2019. To buy tickets for the closing night party, go to http://longislandfilm.com/awards-ceremony/

2019 LIIFE Schedule:

LIIFE KICKOFF: Friday, July 12th, 2019

11:00am:

Young Filmmaker Showcase

Total Duration: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

LIIFE KICKOFF: Friday, July 12th, 2019

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Isle of Capri – Documentary

9 minutes

My Favorite Stone

10 minutes

One More Round

14 minutes

Love from Afar – Documentary

15 minutes

Hysterical Women – Webisode

22 minutes

Maturing Youth

26 minutes

Yuu Kai- Anna – Animation

27 minutes

LIIFE KICKOFF: Friday, July 12th, 2019

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 1 Hour, 23 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

1-0

10 minutes

It’s Time for Tea

10 minutes

Daffodil

13 minutes

Extradition

15 minutes

Sweet Heart

17 minutes

People Like You

18 minutes

LIIFE KICKOFF: Friday, July 12th, 2019

5:30PM-6:30pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY – Free

Informal Opening Night Reception and Tech Awards

Must be 2019 Participating Filmmaker or Have a Ticket for Any Film Block to Attend

LIIFE OPENING NIGHT FILM BLOCK: Friday, July 12th, 2019

Official Opening Night Film Block 6:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The $500 Dress

6 minutes

How Do You Type a Broken Heart

13 minutes

The Rest of my Life

22 minutes

Family Obligations

82 minutes

Friday, July 12th, 2019 – Scared for Your Liife Block!!

Scared For Your Liife Block

9:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 18 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The Driving Dead

4 minutes

Number 25

5 minutes

Mirror Mirror A Tale of Blood

9 minutes

Preparation

9 minutes

Matryoshka

10 minutes

It Lives in the Closet

11 minutes

The Theatre of Terror

90 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Strictly Students!

10:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 2 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Student Film: The Movie

3 minutes

FLIP

10 minutes

Stories of Strength and Hope – Documentary

12 minutes

Coming And Going

12 minutes

Reservations For Two

13 minutes

Love Sick

14 minutes

In My Eyes

20 minutes

Midnight Regulations

38 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

10:30pm-1:00pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

FREE PANEL – Please Reserve tickets HERE: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

“From Script to Screen” How to create, finance, and distribute independent content in the digital age. Panelists – Filmmakers Elias Plagianos and Stevan Mena

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 – Doc Block!

1:00pm Showing: Documentary Block

Total Duration : 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

M1-K0

8 minutes

The Guy; The Brian Donahue Story

19 minutes

My Body Is Not A Weapon

38 minutes

They Stole a house

60 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

1:45pm-3:15pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

FREE PANEL –  Please Reserve tickets HERE: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

“The Pitfalls of Blind Ambition” – Lynne Grossman and Tom Ferranola – Affinity Artists Agency.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

1:45pm-3:15pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

FREE PANEL – Please Reserve tickets HERE: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

“How to Get An Agent, What Do Agents Look For” –  Tom Ferranola and Lynne Grossman – Affinity Artists Agency.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Lover & A Giver – Music Video

4 minutes

Scratch This – Webisode

5 minutes

Someday – Music Video

6 minutes

Reverie

7 minutes

Kid, the Moon

8 minutes

Drip

10 minutes

Retreat Resistance – Webisode

11 minutes

Primal Therapy

12 minutes

Hot n’ Nerdy – Webisode

15 minutes

Karen

21 minutes

To Make a Long Story Short – Documentary

31 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

6:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Father

1 minutes

Masterclass: Acting with Doors

4 minutes

Eddies – Webisode

26 minutes

Eleanor

94 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

9:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours

Film:

Film Duration:

The Birth of Deceit – Trailer

2 minutes

Teen Night

8 minutes

Jones

9 minutes

Into the Dark

14 minutes

Fairy Tale

87 minutes

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

10:15pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Melon Shorts – animation

2 minutes

Deep Dive

6 minutes

Ruckzuck – Documentary

8 minutes

Piccolo Vento

17 minutes

A Never Ending Stream of Consciousness – Animation

20 minutes

F.A.M. – Webisode

30 minutes

The Blackout – Webisode

47 minutes

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

10:30am-12:00pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

General Admission – $5.00, Get Tickets Here: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Independent Filmmaking –

An Entertaining and Informative Panel Moderated by Mitchell Bard of Snapper Films. A cross section of LIIFE 2019 Filmmakers Discuss their experiences in the Indie Film World. Free for 2019 LIIFE Participating Filmmakers, Day Pass and Gold Pass Holders.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

12:15pm-1:00pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY – Free

FREE PANEL – Please Reserve tickets HERE: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

“Write Stuff” Panel on Scriptwriting – Moderated by Mitchell Bard of Snapper Films. Everyone enjoys a good story. Now you can meet the people who write them. Sit back, relax, and get ready for a shot of inspiration and encouragement. Whether you are a fan who wants to know where writers get their ideas from, or a writer trying to break into the business, this panel and question-and-answer session will give you some insight into the mind of the writer. Panelists -Mitchell Bard and Loren-Paul Caplin.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 1 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Bae

2 minutes

Effigy-Poison and the City – Trailer

2 minutes

INDESTRUCTIBLE!: Baseball on the Isthmus – Trailer

3 minutes

Passage of Time

4 minutes

Pass the Buck

5 minutes

VR CR3W

7 minutes

Be There Soon

8 minutes

Spice Frontier – Animation

8 minutes

Troll

9 minutes

Two Balloons – Animation

9 minutes

Lara

10 minutes

InSex

14 minutes

Mea Culpa

20 minutes

The Last Fishing Trip

20 minutes

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 1 Hours, 56 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The Dancer

16 minutes

Three Kings

23 minutes

Where Theo Lives

77 minutes

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

6:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 1 Hours, 55 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Icons – Animation

5 minutes

The Premonition

5 minutes

My Dinner with Schwartzy

15 minutes

Interview with a HitMan

90 minutes

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

9:15pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The Parking Spot

10 minutes

Despair

11 minutes

The Replacement

11 minutes

The Drone

14 minutes

Pet Peeve Police – Webisode

18 minutes

Waking Venus

18 minutes

Alternate Ego

19 minutes

Mommy Mafia – Webisode

22 minutes

Monday, July 15th, 2019

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 18 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The Translator

11 minutes

I’m Still Here – Documentary

14 minutes

Too Much Noise

14 minutes

Funny You Never Knew – Documentary

99 minutes

Monday, July 15th, 2019

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 17 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Damaged

8 minutes

Hunting Rabbits

8 minutes

My Son Thomas

8 minutes

Sometimes, We Never Really Change

8 minutes

The Break

8 minutes

The Secret to Good Living

8 minutes

It Looked Like Snow

10 minutes

Tomislavov Dnevnik

15 minutes

Vice

10 minutes

Back Up Plan

15 minutes

First Disco

18 minutes

Life EDU

21 minutes

Monday, July 15th, 2019

7:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 23 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

The Last Sound – Webisode

8 minutes

Chemistry Read

9 minutes

The Badge

11 minutes

Follow

12 minutes

Hush

12 minutes

Receding

14 minutes

Rubber Room – Webisode

20 minutes

toke is cheap

23 minutes

Cosmic Light

34 minutes

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Who I Am – Music Video

4 minutes

Benefits Not Included

5 minutes

Bristled – Animation

5 minutes

The Edge

5 minutes

Lost Steps – Animation

11 minutes

The Ghost and the Writer

14 minutes

My Amish World

79 minutes

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 9 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Love Minecraft Style! Abigail vs Zombie – Animation

1 minute

Ranapakhara

10 minutes

Clandestiny

12 minutes

Coffee and a Donut

12 minutes

Nana’s Room

12 minutes

American Marriage

15 minutes

The Loyalist

18 minutes

Terrolun and Lunlun

49 minutes

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

7:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 19 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Ham Jam

2 minute

Podcast Problems

4 minutes

Fine

5 minutes

New Patient

7 minutes

I Waited for You

9 minutes

Time on the Bridge

13 minutes

Miss Understood Monster

15 minutes

Less Heat in Arizona

25 minutes

It’s A Mess

29 minutes

Been A While

30 minutes

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

10:00am-1:00pm: Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

FREE PANEL – Please Reserve tickets HERE: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events

“DIRECTORS’ AUDITION PANEL” – Seven Minutes or Less to Impress – Bring your own sides or monologue, or we will assign you one. Read for five or six working Directors. And bring headshots!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

2:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 1 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Backstage

10 minute

The Gift of the Red Fern – Documentary

12 minutes

The Divorce

17 minutes

Go to Hell and Turn Left

82 minutes

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

5:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 7 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

In the House of the Paper Flowers – Animation

8 minute

Not as Tough as You Think

8 minutes

Impact – Webisode

10 minutes

Corey

11 minutes

Zoul

12 minute

Acceptables

13 minutes

Black n’ Blue

13 minutes

The Invaders Angie’s Logs – Webisode

13 minutes

Sequins

18 minutes

Touch Me

21 minutes

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

8:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 20 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Shaholly – Documentary

4 minute

Here We Stay

9 minutes

Wink

9 minutes

Sombra City

10 minutes

Monarch Butterfly

17 minute

Safe Spaces

91 minutes

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Closing Party and Award Ceremony

5:30 p.m. Filmmakers Buffet – Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

7:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony – Bellmore Movies – 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

9:00 p.m. AfterLIIFE Party – Filmmakers Lounge – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY

Filmmakers Buffet, Awards Ceremony and AfterLIIFE Party – $65 for General Admission, $55 for LIIFE 2019 Participating Filmmakers, Gold Pass Holders, Seniors. Awards Ceremony ONLY – $25.00

Purchase tickets at: http://longislandfilm.com/panels-events/

Celebrity Guests so far:

-Abigail Hawk from Blue Bloods with a Creative Achievement Award

-Director John Gallagher of The Deli with a LIIFETime Career Achievement Award

-Host Kevin Brown from 30 Rock

-Presenter Chris Roach from Kevin Can Wait

(Celebrities appear schedule permitting)

For Full Film Schedule and Synopses and to buy Tickets to LIIFE via Eventbrite, VISIT: http://longislandfilm.com/events/category/liife-2019/ and https://www.eventbrite.com/o/long-island-filmtv-foundation-6572649727

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilm.com

Kiana Ledé Reveals Myself

2019’s breakthrough R&B starlet KIANA LEDÉ reveals her Myself EP today. 
 
Get it
 HERE via Republic Records.
 
The six-track set includes her latest release
 “Can I, which dropped last week. Its sexy music video already garnered over 600,000 YouTube/VEVO views & Spotify streams. Upon its arrival, StupidDOPE urged, “If you haven’t gotten familiar with the incredibly talented KIANA LEDÉ, now would be a great time to start” as RatedR&B noted, “it’s guaranteed to get in your feelings.
 
The EP flexes her dynamic and diverse artistry. The singer showcases her powerful vocals on the emotional ballad
 “Heavy” and trades bars with rapper Offset during the high-energy new single “Bouncin. The latter sees her let loose with a bold, bright, and big banger, blurring the lines between R&B and hip-hop.
 
Billboard named her among its coveted “Emerging Artists” spotlight and praised “her buttery vocals. Vibe touted her as “NEXT” and she’s been featured on Refinery29, Complex and more. Simultaneously, her hit single “EX” just crossed 92 million global streams and is being played on Urban, Rhythm and Pop radio across the world.