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Wonderful Pittsburgh

At the edge of Pennsylvania lies the gorgeous, lively, and progressive city of Pittsburgh. What makes up the city – the people, the culture, the entertainment, and everything in between – will keep you coming back for more. Founded in 1758 by our first president, George Washington, and British general, John Forbes, Pittsburgh has come to be the 27th largest city in the United States. It has a metropolitan population of over 2 million, and a density of around 5 thousand square miles. It is surrounded by three crystal clear rivers – the Monongahela, the Ohio, and the Allegheny. The Allegheny, being the biggest of the three, is the main headstream of both the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Three must be the cities lucky number because not only are they known for their three beautiful rivers but also their three identical bridges, the Three Sisters. The city has been named “most livable city” by Forbes and The Economist with a high regard to its environmental design. 

If you are looking for a quieter and financially friendly Pittsburgh visit due to lowered cost of accommodations and hotel/vacation rental stays, February is the month to go, although be wary as it is the coldest month with an average in the thirties. The sunniest month in Pittsburgh is July, where you can bask in the warm sun at the beautiful Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There, you can join “Let’s Move Pittsburgh” for fun summer activities from free fitness classes to arts & crafts, or even lay out a blanket for a relaxing picnic surrounded by multicolored orchids and other flowers alike.

If you’d prefer to experience a locally-owned gem, make your way to The Vandal, a trendy restaurant in the neighborhood of Lawrenceville where all food is locally sourced and grown. Maybe you’re painfully hungry and want a sandwich piled high with fresh meat, cheeses, and most importantly french fries. If so, head over to the Pittsburgh famous Primanti Bros’ for a sandwich piled high with fresh meat, cheeses, and most importantly french fries. Following your meal, whether it be picnicking on the grass or devouring one of Primanti Bros’ staple loaded Pittsburgher sandwiches, make your way to the country’s first contemporary art museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), which was founded in 1895. During the Christmas season, you have the chance to see a CMOA special exhibition, the nativity scene—a collection of art pieces representing the birth of Jesus. If you are a film fanatic, you will be pleased to know that the city is home to many blockbuster movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Adventureland, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Take a stroll through the city to see if you can find the streets where Batman zoomed down in the Batmobile or where James’s first kiss with Em was in Adventureland (hint: 16th Street Bridge). Or, for the people out there that can’t eat anything without some ketchup, head to the Heinz History Center for a tour of how your favorite ketchup came to be at almost every dining table you sit at today. You can also take a ride on the Duquesne Incline, a funicular (a trolley car that goes up and down the side of a mountain) that scales Mt. Washington with a beautiful view of downtown Pittsburgh. Taking a ride around sunset the city looks as if it is glowing and golden.   

If you love to shop, then you need to make your way Figleaf Boutique or Boutique La Passerelle for cute seasonal items and the hip Moop Shop for handmade canvas bags. Are you an all-things-vintage kind of person? Then you will be happy to hear that Pittsburgh is filled with vintage goods stores. Juju is one of many that offers chic vintage clothing as well as natural perfumes, ritual potions, tarot card readings and more in hopes that all who enter will leave with good juju. The city doesn’t just offer vintage clothing, but also vintage furniture and home decor items found at Who Knew? Retro Décor in Lawrenceville. If you want to turn your home into something you’ve once seen in a classic James Bond movie you can with them. But if your feet are tired and you just want to relax, make towards Peace, Love & Zen, a popular spa in the East Liberty neighborhood. Whether it be detoxing in the Himalayan salt cave or relaxing during a group ambient music listening session you will be pampered like the king/queen you are.

Later on in the night, you should find yourself walking through Market Square in the center of Downtown – an area saturated with all the good food and nightlife one could want. If you are looking for a good and fun performance then head to P-Town bar, a gay bar with pop music and drag shows. If it’s a cold beer or cocktail you are looking for, check out The Warren Bar and Burrow, a fun place to enjoy a specialty crafted drink. In addition, there is a well-regarded gastropub within Market Square called City Works Eatery and Pour House. Sit at the bar, meet one of the locals who are known to be some of the kindest, most intelligent, and loveliest people to speak with. If the game from earlier that day is on, your new friend will tell you how their boys in black and gold, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are some of the best players in the NFL (which isn’t wrong—they have 6 Super Bowl championships and 23 Division championships). Or, they might tell you about how Pittsburgh is becoming a vibrant hub for future tech, such as robotics and artificial intelligence which has been luring research grants and start-up companies to their progressive city. As a matter of fact, areas in Pittsburgh are being compared to the prosperous Silicon Valley. Companies in the industry are constantly testing their futuristic autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh. 

After a night of drinking, laughing, and, outright fun, take a cab back to your hotel, the Fairmont Pittsburgh, argued to be one of the best, if not the best, hotels in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Fairmont, opened in 2010, is seen embracing Pittsburgh’s rich history of industry and art through its contemporary, steel-focused design and local artwork solidifying it as illustrious, swank, and hip.

Hotel Highlights:

•          185 luxurious guest rooms featuring comfortable amenities such as a large working desk, contemporary decor, and seamless technology

•          Breathtaking views of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh skyline

•          Known as the wedding destination of Pittsburgh

•          BMW bicycles offered to guests to explore Pittsburgh

•          fl.2, a new Modern American restaurant which serves delicious food for each meal of the day accompanied by great cocktails

•          Andy’s, a cocktail bar in the signature lobby, is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and a live jazz performance

•          The Health Club & Spa at the Fairmont Pittsburgh offers a multitude of complimentary spa and gym amenities such as fresh, clean, and stylish Reebok workout gear including shoes, socks, shorts and a t-shirt

The city’s tourism board, VisitPITTSBURGH, shows just how welcoming and loving its people are with their campaign, “Pull Up A Chair, You Are Welcomed Here.” As part of the campaign, there will be painted by local artists throughout the city as an act of hospitality and warm greetings to tourists and locals alike.

Incoming colligates would also be happy to hear that the city has an abundant amount of unique universities and colleges. A few local universities include

1.     University of Pittsburgh

a.     Ranked 70thbest school according to the 2019 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities

b.    The Pittsburgh Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and have lots of school spirit

2.     Carnegie Mellon University

a.     Ranked 25thbest school according to the 2019 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities

b.    Known for its programs in science and technology but includes many diverse programs

3.     Duquesne University

a.     Ranked 11thbest Catholic university within the U.S. News 2019 top tier schools

4.     Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

5.     California University of Pennsylvania

6.     Community College of Allegheny County

7.     Point Park University

8. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

9. Chatham University

10. Carlow University

11. La Roche University

Contrary to popular belief, Pittsburgh is not as close to Philly as many believe. As a matter of fact, it is 6 hours away by car. But regardless of whether you are from Philly, Los Angeles, or even on the other side of the world, the beautiful city of Pittsburgh awaits your arrival with open arms. Come as a tourist or come looking for new residency – especially for those who are future students, budding entrepreneurs, or looking to go into the tech industry – you will find what you are looking for in Pittsburgh.

Other references:

1)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_As_A_Tech_Hub

2)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_Demographics

3)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_Weather

Mondo Cozmo’s Tour Bus Live Sessions Video

American singer and song-writer Mondo Cozmo releases his second Tour Bus Live Sessions video that includes a performance of “Your Motherfucker.”

The video is filmed, of course, in his tour bus which is as “homey” as it gets–there’s no place like home! It presents a recording of each band member as they start to get into the music where the camera films from their angle. Not only is this different from most music videos we see, but it presents itself as unique and creative as this occurs throughout the video.

So..Why not check out the video for yourself and see what we’re talking about!? Kick back, relax, and watch the video here!

The Tour Bus Live Sessions first began with a jaw-dropping performance of “Tonight, Tonight” which you can, of course, watch here.

The Philly-born and Los Angeles-based rock ‘n’ roll prophet recently released Your Motherfucker EP through Republic Records–an American record company known for their best work in the music industry. The $18 dollar lyric video the music artist made himself while on a wild and unforgettable ride in Canada is seen here.

Don’t forget to check out “Your Motherfucker” Tour Bus Live Sessions right here.

As for “Tonight, Tonight,” you can catch that video here.

 

Summer Block Party Festival 2018

Live Nation Urban announces the fourth annual Summer Block Party Festival– the preeminent destination for soul and R&B devotees since 2015. Tickets go on-sale Friday April 20th at 10am.

 

After successfully expanding to include Houston in 2017, the original Chicago site will now host a second night for the very first time. Celebrating another first, Summer Block Party Festival now arrives in Philadelphia this summer. Once again, the lineup showcases some of the most important, impactful, and inimitable voices in soul, R&B, and hip-hop.

 

GRAMMY Award-winning modern icon Jill Scott returns home to Philly in order to headline the first night June 30 at The Mann Music Center. Miguel Fantasia top a dynamic bill at Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston July 7. Keith Sweat headlines the Chicago show at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island July 14 followed by Babyface and Boyz II Men the next evening July 15.

 

The full itinerary and each respective lineup can be found enclosed below.

 

Summer Block Party set the industry standard for R&B and soul-centric festivals. Launched in Chicago during 2015, it has gone on to consistently sell out every year and spotlight not only genre luminaries, but the next generation’s hottest young R&B stars. Previous lineups boasted everyone from Erykah Badu and Jazmine Sullivan to Ledisi and SWV, to name a few.

 

It also continues a blockbuster 2018 for the team at Live Nation Urban. The year’s stacked slate includes not only Summer Block Party shows, but Rap Caviar Live, Broccoli City Festival, Roots Picnic, A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop, and Kirk Franklin’s Exodus Music & Arts Festival. LNU has positioned itself at the forefront of the culture, ushering it forward with each subsequent show.

 

“We feel blessed to be able to continue to build and grow this Summer Block Party platform, it’s important to give R&B artists and fans a place to engage in a live setting. I’m looking forward to the shows this year and adding even more cities to the series next year”, says Shawn Gee, President of Live Nation Urban.

 

 

SUMER BLOCK PARTY FESTIVAL DATES:

6/30 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Music Center (Jill Scott, Boyz 2 Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff, + Special Guests)

 

7/7 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Pavilion (Miguel, Fantasia, Ne-Yo, Tank)

 

7/14 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island (Keith Sweat, Ja Rule & Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Tank, Daley)

 

7/15 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island (Babyface, Ludacris, Boyz 2 Men, Brandy, Kevin Ross)

Simonetta Lein

Simonetta Lein, “The Celebrity Wishmaker,” Author, Top 100 Influencers in the world, Named Fashion Icon, and Millennial-Activist

Founder of The Wishwall Foundation www.thewishwallfoundation.org #Ihelpwishescometrue.


Ms. Simonetta Lein boasts an enormous list of accomplishments, such as to be considered one of the top 100 influencer in the world, names social media icon by the Entrepreneur Magazine, best-selling author, television and radio personality, international fashion and lifestyle influencer and named fashion icon, brand ambassador, entrepreneur and philanthropist to name a few. But one of her most treasured accomplishments is the establishment of her charitable organization, The Wishwall Foundation.

The foundation is a space allowing people from across the world to post their deepest wish or desire on the website’s “Wishwall.” Simonetta, “The Wishmaker,” along with her global network, take those wishes and make incredible dreams come true. Through celebrity interviews, fashion shows and other special events, Simonetta brings people into a world that they would not normally have access to. Through stories that people share with Simonetta on her blog at the Hu Post, she educates, motivates and empowers people and fashion.

Simonetta is a story teller; her rst novel was inspired by the power of dreams. From a simple actress, hostess and radio speaker working for others – she poured herself into helping and encouraging women and branding herself as “The Wishmaker,” making the hopes and dreams of others attainable. Simonetta is passionate about making this world a better place and empowering women to work hard and make their own dreams a reality. She is selective in collaborating with brands that will always give her readers her message.

With a focus on educating and inspiring others and making wishes come true, Simonetta writes novels and articles, hosts events, and can be booked as a speaker as well. With more than 1.5 million followers across all digital platforms, “The Wishmaker” has been a columnist for Vanity Fair Italy and is currently a contributing fashion and lifestyle journalist for the Huffington Post and D La Repubblica, a top fashion Italian magazine. She collaborates as a fashion icon with Marie Claire Italy. She has served as a Brand Ambassador to several of Italy’s top luxury fashion, accessory and beauty brands; and she has collaborated with some of the world’s top photographers, including Giovanni Gastel and Bruno Oliviero.

Simonetta is the 9th most influential personality in Philadelphia and is truly a Millennial social media expert, empowering her generation and advocating for women. People can share their wishes on her blog and using the “pay it forward” philosophy, receive and provide help. The Wishmaker’s work is supported by many celebrities and she works in entertainment to invest in people. Her motto is: GIVE DREAMS A CHANCE!


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Reek I’van

As Seen in Jay-Z & Dj Khaled “I Got the Keys” Video, Philly Native Reek I’van Drops A New Visual Dir by D. Red wine Called “Hollywood Cahuenga”. The record is Produced by Mid Nasir.

 

Watch Reek I’van x Hollywood Cahuenga (dir @d.redwine) HERE 

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Lil Uzi Vert x Pandora

Stemming from Sunday night’s VMAs, Lil Uzi Vert, who won best Song of the Summer with “XO TOUR Llif3″, has had a HUGE 487% week over week increase in artist station adds


The winning track was included in Pandora’s annual Songs of Summer predictions, and has racked up over 73 million spins to date, bringing Lil Uzi Vert to over 578 million spins total!