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Dreamville Take Over At NBA All Star Weekend

DREAMVILLE TAKES OVER NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND

Exclusive Merch Pop Up, Secret Brunch & “Overtime” Showcase

Feb 15 – 17th in Charlotte, NC

J Cole To Perform at Official All Star Half-Time Show

Back on home turf, J Cole’s Dreamville collective are taking over NBA All Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.The artists who made noise at the top of the year with the legendary Dreamville sessions, are banding together again for one weekend with a series of activations including a weekend long pop up shop featuring exclusive limited edition merchandise, a Dreamville brunch and a showcase featuring Dreamville acts (and special surprise guests) taking place after the All Star game. Fans might expect a preview of what’s to come from the upcoming Dreamville Revenge of The Dreamers III compilation project.

Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism: the sexy growing trend in travel

Traveling the world, while saving the planet – sounds too good to be true. Yet, eco-tourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – dates back to the 70s and has been growing in popularity in recent years.

The trend’s resurgence takes shape as sustainability and green living are becoming the buzzwords of the 21st century. So much so that a recent study shows that responsible travel is outpacing overall growth in the trillion-dollar-plus tourism industry.

Many are skeptical of the recent boom in eco-tourism’s popularity, questioning the motives of travelers journeying to obscure places through programs that conserve sea turtles, whales, even rhinos and chimpanzees. However, no matter the rationale behind travelers’ decisions to book an eco-driven trip, the positive outcome of these programs on the environment is undeniable, when properly organized. By simply traveling to the world’s parks and reserves, tourists are helping to protect those wilderness areas by paying park fees and contributing to a local economy that supports conservation efforts. For more adventurous travelers, however, there are charitable opportunities for scuba divers and nature explorers alike to get involved while taking a well-deserved getaway.

Expeditioners can dive into the epicenter of global marine biodiversity aboard a liveaboard ship in Raja Ampat, explore the “soft coral capital of the world” in Fiji, or travel to Kenya and gain an insider’s look at wildlife conservation in the savannas and seas of the region.

Last year alone, Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, saw more than 1,400 hours of conservation-related volunteering logged by its travelers.

Founded in 1969, the organization leads more than 40 trips annually, with destinations across 16 countries, to ensure there is a trip for any interested traveler to help improve ocean health by deepening their connections with nature. Oceanic Society also leads whale watching expeditions in the San Francisco Bay area nearly every weekend of the year.

By participating in an eco-tourism expedition, participants become an active member in a global effort to build a healthy future for the oceans and environment. And who wouldn’t love a vacation that has an added feel-good bonus to it?

Rita Ora Live Performance

VEVO AND RITA ORA RELEASE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “LET YOU LOVE ME

Vevo announces the release of Rita Ora‘s live performance of “Let You Love Me.” Born in Pristina, Kosovo but raised in London, Rita Ora made her first official appearance in 2007 when she guested on Craig David’s single “Awkward.” In 2009, Ora signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and hit 2012’s #1 spot with her debut solo single “R.I.P.” Later that year, she released her debut album, simply titled “Ora”, which went straight to #1 on the UK album charts. Following a collaboration with Charlie XCX, Cardi B, and Bebe Rexha on “Girls,” Ora released her sophomore album Phoenix, featuring the single “Let You Love Me” in November of 2018. The “bittersweet club anthem” (Idolator), “Let You Love Me” broke British chart history for the most Top 10 singles by a British female artist. Catch Rita Ora live throughout 2019 on her world tour, and keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world at youtube.com/vevo .

LANA SCOLARO

Lana Scolaro was born in London, UK, on Dec. 27, 1994. At a very young age, her parents had her in guitar lessons after school, virtually every day. Lana started out playing in school musicals, which eventually lead her to playing in the honors orchestra, at high school in London. That is where she found her love for writing music.

During the summer of 2012, Lana took a leap of faith and relocated to New York, where she would later attend Parsons the New School for Design. While attending the institute, she decided to pursue a full-time career in music. She cut her teeth doing open mics and showcases, which also helped to build up her local buzz. Shortly after returning back to Lon don, Lana dove head first into performing and displaying her new skills and songs, to her hometown.

After spending 4 months each year in Ibiza since the age of 12, Lana was always playing on her turntables as a hobby and surrounded by other notable DJs. Last summer 2018, Lana was approached by the managers of Luciano and David Guetta to play her first headline set in Mykonos, and since then has escalated into a well known DJ all over Europe and the United States. Lana is a unique artist and producer as she not only raps and has released songs with 808 Mafia, but also produces and plays Tech House out to her fans. Her first produced EP ‘Heartbreak High’ is set to release on Valentines Day 14th February 2019 on all platforms and she will also be playing it out to her fans at Ministry of Sound during the 20th Anniversary of Hed Kandi on February 23rd.

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New Music from YUNGBLUD with Halsey feat. Travis Barker

By Katelynn Dunn

YUNGBLUD’s new single with Halsey and featuring musician (also former Blink-182 band member) Travis Barker is out now. The song titled 11 Minutes “tells the story of a perfect tragedy that reflects modern love within our society. We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us. We don’t realise how much we need something until it’s taken away from us,” says YUNGBLUD.

YUNGBLUD – 11 Minutes (with Halsey feat. Travis Barker)

Made with producer/songwriters Matt Schwartz (Cold War Kids, Kylie Minogue), Zakk Cervini (Good Charlotte, Mayday Parade) and Chris Greatti (Grimes, Black Veil Brides), the hypnotic track combines moody guitar work and high-powered drumming with Halsey and YUNGBLUD’s urgent vocal exchange to spin the story of a couple that sabotages their relationship before it’s really even begun by caving in to societal pressures.

With Halsey – the GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-Platinum singer/songwriter who recently topped Billboard‘s Hot 100 with her 2x Platinum hit “Without Me” – and GRAMMY® Award-nominated musician Travis Barker – who has sold millions of records with his bands blink-182, Transplants, +44, and solo work, and made Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest drummers of all time – YUNGBLUD found like-minded souls who shared his vision.

“Working with Halsey and Travis was a fucking dream – at the end of the day we’re all rock kids,” says YUNGBLUD. “We grew up with a mutual adoration for the genre so it completely makes sense that we would come together and try to modernise it.”

 

Elle Fanning Sings “Lights” in New Movie

Watch the Official Trailer for TEEN SPIRIT, featuring Elle Fanning performing “Lights” by Ellie Goulding HERE

LD Entertainment & Bleecker Street will release TEEN SPIRIT in select theaters April 5

Written & Directed by: Max Minghella

Starring: Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, Agnieszka Grochowska

Produced by: Fred Berger (La La Land)

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Featuring Elle Fanning performing music by Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Annie Lennox, Orbital, Sigrid, Carly Rae Jepsen & Jack Antonoff. Additional music by Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Grimes, The Undertones, Aqua, Alice Deejay, Whigfield, Major Lazer and No Doubt

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District of Fashion Runway Show

By Katelynn Dunn

DowntownDC BID held its second District of Fashion Runway Show hosted by Paul Wharton at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at 1250 New York Avenue NW in Washington, DC. This Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show showcased ten local designers of clothing and jewelry.  The beautifully curated event also featured local lighting design and décor; catering by local ramen bar Jinya, Blume Honey Water, ThinkFoodGroup, Green Hat Gin, Beam Global Spirits & Wine; and a floral installation. The surprise is that the event was free with open bar to those who RSVPed – a real treat for the DC fashion community.

Featured designers included Paloma Correal, Sincerely KAJ, Fashions by Le Tam, Cheero Citizen, Corjor International, DiDomenico, Grindstone Universal, Carmen Eliam Jewelry, Peruvian Connection, Upstairs on 7, and Christopher Schafer Clothier.

Music by Leather & Porridge and DJ Yani.

 

Conan Gray Releases “The Other Side”

Buzzing 19-year-old bedroom pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray releases “The Other Side” via Republic Records. Get it HERE!

Armed with nothing more than Garageband and a cheap microphone taped to a lamp, Conan Gray rose out of the small-town community of Georgetown, TX to widespread fan praise in 2017.  An ode to his humble beginnings, Conan’s debut single “Idle Town” clocked 10 million-plus YouTube views and 15 million-plus Spotify streams since release.  The single earned him acclaim with a massive online following and landed a deal with Republic Records. After writing all of the forthcoming songs, Conan joined forces in the studio with producer Dan Nigro [Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira], to finalize Sunset Season EP featuring “Generation Why” and “Crush Culture,” out now.

Panic! At The Disco tour dates
2/15 Inglewood, CA
2/16 San Diego, CA
2/19 Oakland, CA
2/20 Sacramento, CA

2019 HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
3/10     Seattle, WA                 The Crocodile (SOLD OUT)
3/11     Portland, OR               Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
3/13     San Francisco, CA     August Hall (SOLD OUT)
3/14     Los Angeles, CA         El Rey (SOLD OUT)
3/15     Los Angeles, CA         El Rey (SOLD OUT)
3/16     Santa Ana, CA            The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
3/18     Phoenix, AZ                Crescent Ballroom
3/20     Austin, TX                   Emo’s
3/21     Dallas, TX                   House of Blues- Dallas
3/22     Houston, TX                House of Blues- Houston
3/24     Atlanta, GA                 Terminal West (SOLD OUT)
3/27     New York, NY             Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
3/28     Brooklyn, NY               Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
3/29     Washington, DC         U Street Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
3/30     Philadelphia, PA         The Foundry at The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
4/2       Cambridge, MA          The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
4/4       Montreal, QC              L’Astral
4/5       Toronto, ON                Mod Club (SOLD OUT)
4/6       Ferndale, MI               The Loving Touch (SOLD OUT)
4/8       Chicago, IL                  Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)
4/9       Minneapolis, MN         Fine Line Music Café
4/10     Kansas City, MO         Record Bar
4/12     Denver, CO                 Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)
4/13     Salt Lake City, UT       Kilby Court (SOLD OUT)

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T.I. Launches Tech Cypha

This February, Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs are making black history by advancing the technology industry. Clifford Harris Jr, known as “T.I.,” launches a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha with business partner Jason Geter and Brandon “BL” Lewis; son of late great boxing promoter and entrepreneur Butch Lewis. Leveraging technologies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Lime through the eyes of hip-hop culture, the team also launched a Los Angeles-based entertainment startup called Culture Genesis. Together, the new collaborative investment strategy allows high-net-worth individuals to participate in trending tech startup deals.

The strategy evolved when Geter and Harris made their first investment 12 years ago into a company called Streetcred.com, a site that allowed fans to go online and share opinions about street culture. While that first deal didn’t work out, Geter and Harris maintained interest in the technology and startup scene to create opportunities for their networks and promote new businesses.

“We learned a lot,” says Harris. “Now, we know where our demographic is.”

For Geter, that demographic is taking advantage of Atlanta’s surging position as a cultural and technological mecca in the United States. Indeed, Atlanta-area startups raised roughly $1.15 billion in 2018, a record for the region, according to data from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

“Being in the city of Atlanta and with Georgia Tech producing so much talent, and coming from us being within the hip-hop culture, which is always influencing and promoting things, we saw an opportunity,” says Geter. “In the past, we were always looking through the glass window and looking at ways we can participate earlier. And that’s by coming together to pool our resources so we can invest more.”

Through informed mentorship programs and partnerships, Tech Cypha will include using influencers in various fields. Currently, the syndicate includes Lil Duval, Killer Mike, Tamika ‘Tiny’ Harris, Tai Green, Korey Roberson, Stephanie Shirley, and BJ Kerr among others. As an industry leader, Lewis is known for his talent in branding, marketing and partnership deals.

“Often times, we drive technology like social media and apps, but we are never apart of the ownership,” Lewis continues, “Tech Cypha is going to be an investment vehicle looking for promising, early and late-stage startups to invest capital in, assist with marketing and give branding directions. It’s our way of bridging the gap between the culture and technology.”

Laura Harrier X Danielle Macdonald

Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing sustainable fashion. In honor of 10 years rocking sustainable dresses on the red carpet, RCGD is pleased to announce that Laura Harrier, from this year’s six-time Oscar nominated film BlacKkKlansman, and Danielle Macdonald, from the Oscar nominated short film Skin and Netflix’s acclaimed DUMPLIN’, will be representing RCGD at the 91st Academy Awards. They will be wearing ethical gowns designed by global fashion houses.

Each year the RCGD campaign has worked with internationally acclaimed designers to dress stars in sustainable formal wear for the Academy Awards®.

To qualify as a RCGD eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from sustainable materials, including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made detailing or incorporating natural dye processing, with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, this year’s sustainable criteria will be overseen by Good On You, a new partner of RCGD. Good On You is the world’s leading rating system on ethical and sustainable fashion to assist people in making positive shopping choices–all delivered through an accessible app.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” shares founder Amis Cameron. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet. What we wear and the fashion industry has a tremendous impact on the environment—and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle. From changing one of your meals a day to a plant-based meal, to wearing vintage or ethically made clothes, we can all make a difference. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and joining the green revolution!”

Suzy Amis Cameron is an actress, environmental advocate, and author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline and Save the Planet. She was inspired to create RCGD back in 2009 on her husband, James Cameron’s press tour for “AVATAR”. She wanted to challenge designers to think about fashion in an eco-conscious context.  Since RCGD’s inception, a variety of celebrities have represented the initiative at the Oscars, including Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), Sophie Turner (X-Men, Game of Thrones), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Jane the Virgin), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Zoey Deutch (The Set Up), Camila Alves, Jake McDorman (American Sniper), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and many others. To date, the brands who have partnered and supported RCGD range from TESLA, Vivienne Westwood and Armani, to ESMOD, Reformation, Swarovski, among others.

Proceeds from RCGD go to MUSE School CA, a nonprofit environmental school Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister, Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes with personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go towww.museschool.org.