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Homecoming

Today, Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.

Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.

In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”

Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.

“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.

Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Parkwood Entertainment

Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

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Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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YUNGBLUD and Billie Eillish Party at Coachella House

Interscope Records Hosts 5th Annual Coachella House

Interscope Records hosted its annual Coachella House Party on Saturday, April 13th at a luxury estate in Palm Springs, California. Billie Eillish, Benny Blanco, Cuco, Liam Payne, Tierra Whack, Ama Lou and more joined tastemakers and industry elite for a day in the sun, celebrating one of music’s biggest weekends. The party — sponsored by Marriott Bonvoy, Dosist, Lyft, Prive Revaux, Mad Tasty, LA Tourism, RTA, Heineken, and Gaiam Tea — was catered by Chef Stefanie Izard from Girl & The Goat.

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

by Tara McDonough

Looking to stay, play and vacay in Palm Springs?

Agua Caliente, Coachella Valley’s one and only lavish hotel and casino, is a sumptuous spaced resort consisting of luxury hotel rooms and various realms of entertainment and personal indulgence. Located in Rancho Mirage, California, the luxury resort has held outstanding recognition with the AAA Four Diamond for 11 consecutive years. My colleagues and I got the privilege to spend a weekend and experience the remarkable property for ourselves.

There are four room types that the resort consists of. The first is the deluxe room, which is the standard stay for the resort and stretches out to 550 sq ft. The three other room types include the 1,100 sq ft executive suite, the 1,640 sq ft presidential suite with a separate dining and living room space, and the PURE allergy friendly rooms.

Agua Caliente Resort includes 340 vastly upscale rooms accented with finely crafted spa-styled ROAM body-care amenities. The 16-story resort provides a player’s paradise with the casino offering 71,000 square feet of the Coachella Valley and greater Palm Springs area’s best gaming with table games, video poker and gaming slots. They also boast the area’s only private live poker room and high-limit gaming in an upscale, private atmosphere.

If you’re not much of a gambler, the entertainment venue, The Show, host performances and events like standup comedy, concerts and charity boxing shows. By signing up for the entertainment newsletter, you are granted access to being one of the first to be informed about upcoming events.

For those who enjoy cigars, the resort includes the Pívat Cigar Lounge, a domain of exceptional taste and comfort. The bar and lounge beckon the cigar aficionado—and those who aspire to become one—with friendly, knowledgeable cigar servers ready to recommend the perfect pairing of premium cigars with single malt Scotch and other top shelf drinks.

For serenity and relaxation, Agua Caliente houses the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winning Sunstone Spa. Reminiscent of the sun, the Sunstone is believed to bring life, positive energy, and abundance to those fortunate enough to carry it. Sunstone is your place to unwind, reconnect, and renew.The Sunstone Spa features a nail salon, fitness room, whirlpool, luxury spa cabanas and a lot more.

The resort offers several amazing restaurants such as Java Caliente, Waters Cafe and The Steakhouse. A favorite at the Agua Caliente is 360 Sports where guests can view sporting events on state-of-the-art wraparound digital displays for larger-than-life action. The restaurant includes over 1,200 square feet of live sports action, real time scores on giant LED sports ticker, a full service bar with 16 bar top games, draft beers on tap, plus local craft brews, and a twist on bar food favorites. They also offer the Grand Palm buffet, which serves distinctive genres of worldly cuisines. Last but not least, Agua Caliente also houses an exclusive Swarovski shop.

To reserve a space at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, you have the option to visit the website and book online or call to reserve a room.

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair Announces Exhibitors for Inaugural Edition

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) announces the exhibitors for its inaugural, 2019 edition presenting works by significant modern and contemporary artists. Taking place on April 4-7, 2019 at The 23rd Street City Troop Armory (22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia), PFAF brings 34 international galleries, featuring 300 established artists, to the City of Brotherly Love.

“Galleries were carefully selected to showcase the best examples of each genre and kind of artist. Though international in scope, we do  also provide an emphasis on local artists. Fairgoers will be able to view and acquire works by a refined selection of emerging, mid-career and blue chip contemporary artists,” says Fair Director Rick Friedman. “Best of all,  there are ‘must have’ treasures for every budget. Wearing my collector hat, I can’t wait to have a shot at these gems.”

Embracing the city’s history and passion for visual arts, the galleries presented at PFAF represent the longstanding cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia .The exhibitors hail from 19 cities, featuring renowned artists from around the world, including Cuba, Latin America, and Europe. The PFAF exhibitors represent acclaimed talent from all around the world, while giving an international perspective in a local setting,

PFAF is thrilled to be able to host the regional fair in a location that aligns with the city’s past. Held in the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, a centrally located fortress, the armory was originally built to house the men who helped keep the city safe for centuries, reflecting the fierce loyalty locals hold for their city. The building’s history will complement the work being featured by PFAF’s international roster of exhibitors and provide a unique environment for fair patrons to enjoy.

2019 Galleries

Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY

Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, FL

Corridor Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

David Rothermel Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM

Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York, NY

Fremin Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Fledermaus, Chicago, IL

Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

Gilles Clement Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Haviland Reed, Southampton, NY

Janet Lehr Fine Arts, East Hampton, NY

JSF Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Merritt Gallery, Haverford, PA

MM Fine Art, Southampton, NY

Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, NY

Rockelmann & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Rojas Ford Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Roman Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL

Sudden Contemporary, by Aureus Fort Collins, CO

The Hunt Gallery, Sandwich, UK

Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY

About PFAF

The Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) is an international, contemporary art fair that seeks to engage the strong, local art scene Philadelphia has developed. For its inaugural year, PFAF is hosting a roster of exhibitors who are presenting significant works of modern and contemporary art. Under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman, PFAF is the newest addition to the luxury, regional fine art fairs Friedman is known for producing in cities including the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Silicon Valley. PFAF is dedicated to supporting, contributing and furthering the artistic goals of the cultural community of Philadelphia.

The Opening Night Preview

Thursday, April 4, 6pm-10pm

Show Hours

Friday, April 5, 11am-7pm

Saturday, April 6, 11am-6pm

Sunday, April 7, 11am-5pm.

General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.

Q&A With Todd Schireson, Abell Auction Co.

Vice President of Abell Auction Company, Todd Schireson, gives a one-on-one personal interview regarding his business as well as his family’s legacy.

Q: How does one become a curator for an auction?

A: Although I have a BA Degree in Business/Economics, I grew up surrounded by antiques and fine art through the family business. I started taking an interest in design, and knew that I wanted to work in the art world.

Q: When did you realize that you wanted to continue your family’s legacy?

A: I was working in high-end residential management and was fortunate enough to work closely with some of the most important interior designers of the day. I became increasingly passionate about art and design, and started taking more of an interest in the auction business. My grandfather and father were both co-owners of the family auction house and it was a natural step to take in my mid-twenties.

Q: What type of research have you conducted in order to keep your pulse on the millennial consumer?

A: My research comes from years of experience as an auctioneer watching what different age groups are buying. We have changed our business format to encompass more millennial buyers. We hold specialty auctions, especially featuring more mid-century and luxury goods to accommodate that market.

Q: Do you consider yourself a philanthropist? Does any of your proceeds at your auction go towards any humanitarian efforts?

A: All of the auctioneers at Abell including myself donate our time to doing charitable auction events. I recently served as an auctioneer for the Jane Goodall foundation charity auction, and have done cancer foundation auctions as well.

Q: Describe your most eclectic find for this youthful market segment?

A: Every so often we come across really fun estates in Southern California. One estate that a youthful market responded well to was a single-owner men’s sneaker collection. We sold more than 200 pairs of collectible, new, in-box sneakers.

Q: How do you select a location for your pop-up engagements?

A: We selected a location based off of a diverse, younger, affluent market. We typically use the Venice area for its walkable neighborhood and the educated art community present.

Q: What advice would you give to someone aspiring to be an auctioneer?

A: The main facets of being an auctioneer are obtaining merchandise and selling merchandise. For both you have to know your customer base, know what look is selling, and be educated about any piece that could come across an auction house.

Q: Is there anything you wish us to know about your next endeavors?

A: We are taking a 102-year-old business and bring it into the 21st century by becoming more accessible online, to reach an audience that can’t necessarily be here in person.

Q: Are you tackling other markets besides LA? National? International?

A: We have a solid base in Southern California, but have expanded into Palm Springs, Northern California and Las Vegas. We are an internationally and nationally recognized auction house; our expansion into the international markets has been a result of expanding online.

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Splash House 2018

By Vaughn Lowery

Every year music lovers are inundated with obnoxiously priced festivals featuring notable artists. Over the past few years, Splash House [SH] seems to have cured our summer woes with a three-venue, a Vegas – style mirage in Palm Springs: the Renaissance, the Riviera Resort and the Saguaro properties.

For those of who appreciate deep house and bubbling under the radar EDM artists like Mija and Fisher, this is your destination. With no dirty turnstiles or porta potties, plenty of in and outs (depending on capacity) alongside of actual local and franchised eateries at your fingertips, SH has the brightest future of any experience introduced in recent years. Some packages include all properties while others encompass lodging as well as after hours at the Air Museum. And, the producers have made it super easy for half-clothed partygoers to hop around to each location with complimentary shuttle buses. Over the past two seasons, Splash Mates have witnessed sold out dates with trendy +21 tamed crowds.

So if you are seeking a forum to nurture lasting friendships coupled with groovy music, fun and non-stop activities, then list Splash House on your calendar for 2019.

Splash House this Weekend!

What is another way to celebrate your summer without heading down to Splash House? The three day event is closing in this weekend August 10-12 in Palm Springs, so make sure you check it out! With a great lineup of artists awaiting, this has been a highly successful event throughout the years thanks to its dedicated fans. This is definitely a festival you don’t want to miss. The shows are being hosted at the Renaissance, Riviera, and Saguaro hotels, with an afterparty taking place inside the Palm Springs Air Museum, filled with vintage aircrafts. The music festival is hosted along a poolside stage near all three resorts. GA passes come with admission to all three resorts and shuttles running all weekend.

Splash House

Splash House is back! The 6th annual Splash House is here this weekend in Palm Springs from August 10-12 and all three days will be featuring a colorful poolside stage. Many artists are coming this weekend, so make sure to grab a friend (or two) and bring them along with you! View some of the artists attending this year down below!

AUGUST 10-12 LINEUP

  • Anabel Englund (DJ Set)
  • Black Caviar
  • Camelphat
  • Curt Reynolds
  • Cut Snake
  • Dateless
  • Dombresky
  • Droeloe
  • Eli Brown
  • Fakear
  • FISHER**
  • Goddollars & Paradise**
  • Gorgon City
  • Griffin Stoller
  • Gryffin (DJ Set)
  • Hannah Wants
  • J. Worra
  • Joe Kay
  • Kyle Watson
  • Latmun b2b Detlef
  • Louis The Child
  • Max Chapman
  • Melvv
  • Mija**
  • MK
  • Noizu**
  • Pham
  • Rambo
  • The Black Madonna **
  • Walker & Royce
  • Whethan
  • Will Clarke
  • Win and Woo
  • Yahtzel

(**After Hours at the Air Museum)

Splash House

Splash House is a 3 day multi-venue music festival in Palm Springs. Its location sits alongside 3 hotel resorts and with GA passes, you are able to attend all 3 resorts and shuttles. As the name mentions, the venue is filled with fun and swimming pools. The festival runs from June 8-10 & Aug 10-12. More info is listed below:

  • Splash House is a 21+ Festival. ID is required for wristband pickup and re-entry to all venues.
  • A Splash House admission wristband includes access to all three hotel venues on Saturday and Sunday, subject to capacity.
  • Hotel venues open at 12:00p (noon)* Saturday & Sunday and run until sundown
  • Everyone is subject to search on entry to pool venues
  • Re-entry is allowed at all venues, subject to capacity.
  • Splash House shuttles are complimentary and run between all venues.
  • Parking will be available for General Admission guests near the Renaissance Hotel.
  • Hotel Package guests will receive an email one week prior to show date with all hotel and check in details.
  • After Hours is a separately ticketed entry at the Palm Springs Air Museum. All Splash House policies apply.
  • Splash House hotel packages do not include access to After Hours.
  • After Hours opens at 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday and runs until 2:00AM

Visit http://www.splashhouse.com for tickets and more info.