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JAMES BLAKE ‘ASSUME FORM’ AVAILABLE JANUARY 18th

 Following a series of projections in London, a billboard in Times Square, and a teaser video on his social media, multiple Grammy award-nominee and Mercury Prize winner James Blake reveals his highly anticipated fourth album, Assume Form, will be released January 18th via Republic Records. Constantly reinventing himself and defying genre, Blake captures a range of sonic influences throughout Assume Form, reuniting with Travis Scott and André 3000, and teaming up Metro BoominMoses Sumney and ROSALÍA(see full track listing below). Previously released track “Don’t Miss It,” declared “an absolute beauty of a ballad” by Noisey, is available instantly upon pre-ordering the album. Pre-order Assume Form here: http://jamesblake.lnk.to/AssumeFormPR

Assume Form follows the massive success of Blake’s three critically-acclaimed albums, 2010’s James Blake, 2013’s Overgrown, and 2016’s The Colour in Anything, which cemented Blake as one of the most groundbreaking producers, singers, and songwriters of his generation. Over the past several years, Blake has been in high demand as a collaborator, sought after by the biggest names in the music industry including Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Mount Kimbie, among many others. In 2018 alone, Blake co-wrote “Element” on Kendrick Lamar’s platinum-selling DAMN., collaborated on the revolutionary Black Panther soundtrack, and was featured on Travis Scott’s “Stop Trying To Be God,” performing the track alongside Scott on the MTV Video Music Awards. All while continuing to push boundaries with his own new tracks “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead” and “Don’t Miss It.”

Blake will debut his new music live on his recently announced headlining North American tour. The 17-date tour will kick off in Atlanta on February 18th, making stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and 2 nights in New York City, before wrapping in Los Angeles on March 16 (see full list of dates below). Tickets are available now viahttp://www.jamesblakemusic.com/.

LILIMAR

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Rising star, Lilimar, is the embodiment of class and style. She is a young, energetic and gorgeous Latina – born in Venezuela to Cuban parents – and is the accumulation of everything Young Hollywood strives to be. She is best known for her series regular role on the Nickelodeon series “Bella & The Bulldogs,” but can now be seen starring in the networks popular new series: “Knight Squad,” which returns for season 2 in early 2019. Lilimar stars as the lead role of “Sage” a very interesting witch, that is full or fire and fury (but in a good way!). “Knight Squad is set at a magical school for knights in training, where two mismatched students form an unlikely alliance to protect each other’s secret and pursue their dreams,” according to a Nickelodeon show description.

Off-screen, Lilimar has used her strong social presence to set empowering, self-love social initiatives like #FreshFaceFriday and #StarGazeSaturday; with the goal of lifting up her followers and encouraging them to embrace their unique beauty and individuality.

I was really excited to start both of these on my socials, because I just love connecting with my stargazers (my supporters). I’m so incredibly grateful for every ounce of love & support they show as it always keeps me so positive and happy so I wanted to do something that shows that I support THEM just as much.” – Lilimar

The goal is to encourage young people to break boundaries and not be afraid to show the world who they really are beneath the make-up, the clothes, and fake images we try to portray online. We live in a world where we’re forcing ourselves to achieve perfection through photos instead of embracing our true natural beautiful selves. Connecting directly with her fans on these topics, Lilimar discusses issues that teens think about today like peer pressure, family, owning your individual power, societal norms in the modern age.

Her messages of truth and self-love are the reason why she’s poised to be America’s newest sweetheart.

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How to Get the Most Out of YouTube

YouTube is one of the largest platforms for video-streaming on the internet, enabling every internet user to find their favorite videos online whenever they would like to. It is an incredibly useful tool to use for everything for education to music sampling to just plain old entertainment, which makes it a site that many people cannot be withoutAlthough YouTube’s interface is clean and relatively easy to use, whether you make videos or just like watching them, here are some handy apps and programs that could greatly improve your overall YouTube experience. 

 

Additional Services

At $11.99 per month, YouTube Premium is an ideal subscription service when it comes to renovating your experience while giving you the YouTube you know and love. One of the greatest advantages of YouTube Premium is its ad-free nature. Say goodbye to the blaring advertisements that precede cookery guides to choral music and skip straight to the heart of your favorite video. You can also save videos to watch offline, another great benefit for those who travel or live in remote areas. Doing this will ensure that your video will never stop halfway through again. Other benefits include being able to play videos in the background while you browse and YouTube are even starting to develop shows under the banner YouTube Originals. 

 

Converter Tools

One great way to make the most of YouTube is the ability to take YouTube videos with you wherever you go. ConvertVideo is a YouTube to Mp3 converter that allows you to convert any video into an easily transportable format that you can that download to any device and watch away from the YouTube app. This service is absolutely free, meaning that you can convert unlimited videos to Mp3 that can be downloaded straight from their website, making taking your favorite videos with you an uncomplicated process. This can also help you to watch videos on browsers that struggle to support YouTube videos directly. 

 

Video Quality Report

If you have trouble with your video quality or resolution when using YouTube, Google’s Video Quality Report may be the answer. This extension shows you data on the quality of video that your internet provider supplies, enabling you to understand and fix what is potentially damaging your YouTube experience. This report also shows you what factors are affecting your YouTube and splits these into different definitions which you can then use to understand your video quality. 

 

Useful Extensions

Magic Actions is a Chrome extension that can enhance your watching experience with a variety of different functions. These options range from cinema mode, which includes a wider screen to the usual video size, and AutoHD, so you can watch all your video at the highest quality automatically. These allow you to have control over your own experience, choosing the options to suit you and your video usage. This aims to make your viewing experience more comfortable and suited to your needs.

 

Using YouTube for social media influencing

One of the staples of social media that can be found on just about every platform there is gifs. If YouTube is one of the sources you use for producing content for your blog posts, then turning sections of your own videos or of related content that your followers will enjoy into gifs is a great way to help promote engagement with your own online presence. The easiest way to do this is by using the Gif Maker tool on Giphy. This is an easy tool to use to produce quality gifs in a short amount of time that can be added to your videos, in your blog posts, or in messages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Easter Eggs

It is not a well-known fact, but YouTube actually has a whole host of Easter Eggs that you can find to make the site look and behave differently in amusing ways. For example, if you type the word ‘awesome’ while a video is playing (not into the search bar, just on your keyboard) then the progress bar will start flashing in different bold colors. Another Easter Egg is to search for the ‘do the Harlem Shake’ into the search bar, and an icon will appear which says ‘pause’ in the upper left corner. When you click on this icon, the website will start to do the dance for you.

 

Perfect for a party

Karaoke is a great addition to any house party you want to hold, and YouTube actually has a function where you can turn music videos into Karaoke tunes for everyone to start singing along toAll you need to do is get Musixmatch lyrics for YouTube which will go through its extensive catalog of song lyrics and apply them in real time to the songs you want to sing along to. This tool is also great for finding out what the lyrics to songs are when the singer is hard to understand or is rapping particularly fast.

 

Make sharing the specifics easier

This might be one of the most simple YouTube hacks you will come across but will also prove to be one of the most useful. When you have a very long video and you want to share a specific part of it with a friend or, if you are working in a teaching capacity, to show your students a specific section, you can share the video with them starting at the precise time the extract startsSimply play the video up until the starting point and then hit pause. Then, do a right click on the video and select ‘copy video URL at current time’ to share the exact extract you want them to see without having to download and edit the video for ages. There are many different options to help you get the most out of YouTube, whatever your budget is. Whether you would like a more comfortable viewing experience, or the ability to watch videos anywhere and at any time, there is a set of applications to suit you and your needs.

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Halston Dare

Singer-songwriter and popular online content creator, Halston Dare drops new single Something Special today.

Halston Dare is not your average pop star. Growing up in a musical family to a Cuban American, immigrant father, Halston grew up with music in her blood. As a child, she grew up listening to classic 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music from the likes of Patti Labelle, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. As one of the brightest young voices in both the musical and digital influencer space, Halston is used to wearing many hats. “I want to be known as the girl who does it all. Music, fashion, make-up, sports. I want people to know that I’m a real person.”

Halston’s creative savvy and relatable personality has helped her amass a following of over 150,000 fans on instagram.

Halston started sharing covers of her favorite songs on Youtube a few years ago. She then branched out into the world of makeup, beauty and lifestyle. Her fanbase grew rapidly and when she finally released her single “Drowned Love”, it was received to much fanfare. Her fans instantly connected to the raw emotion and personal narrative. Over the years, Halston has fostered a uniquely deep and personal relationship with her fans. “Lots of fans I’m actually friends with. I rely on them as much as they rely on me. Let’s be friends, tell me about your day. Tell me about your problems.”

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Unlike many young musicians, Halston did not wait to get discovered. By age 11, the plucky and vivacious curly-haired preteen was googling agencies and managers and setting up her own meetings. That year, she heard an advertisement calling for aspiring young singers and Halston jumped at the opportunity. She begged her parents to attend the audition and because they saw her passion and dedication, allowed her to go. She attended the audition and the agency ended up flying her to Orlando, where she sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” in front of 5,000 people. That’s when Halston and her family realized the stage was Halston’s home.

She then picked up piano and started vocal lessons. It was actually her first vocal coach who introduced Halston to song writers and producers and helped hone her talents. She started writing original music that she felt compelled to make. She says her lyrical inspirations come from a mix of real life and fantasy. “I love writing based on fairytales and stories I make up in my head. I love sharing my hopes, fantasies and daydreams.” Recently, Halston has been taking a much more personal approach to songwriting, writing about personal situations and real life events. Her new single “Something Special”, details a real-life situation about infatuation, dealing with ego and the misadventures of youth.

Aside from music, Halston is passionate about global issues like environmentalism, animal rights and female empowerment. Halston’s message has always been about empowering young women and making them feel important, beautiful and valued from the inside out. “In today’s Instagram world, we’re always comparing ourselves to these fake, filtered photos and that’s not really realistic. That’s just what people want them to see.” She says. “I want young girls to know that they’re beautiful the way they are and that they don’t have to look like an Instagram photo to be enough.”

For the future, Halston is excited to keep performing, making original music and connecting even deeper with her fans and followers. As Halston looks ahead she advises her followers to chase their dreams and follow their hearts, “If you want to sing, SING! Reflect you, show everyone how you can be the best you can be. If someone tells you, you can’t. Don’t listen to them. The only person who can stop you is you.”

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Niki DeMartino

Singer/Songwriter Niki DeMartino, who’s new single “Anthem of the Judged” is a rallying cry for the disenfranchised and misunderstood. Niki, who has personally experienced online bullying, wanted to create an anthem of support and encouragement for those that often feel voiceless. Her powerful music video, out today, features a handful of popular content creators including Teala Dunn, Jessie Paege, and Eugenia Cooney.

About Niki

Niki DeMartino is an online content creator, actress and recording artist. Boasting 2.6 million followers on her Instagram and 1.6 million on her personal YouTube channel, Niki and her twin sister Gabi also have an extremely successful YouTube channel with over 7 million subscribers and over 700 million views. Each week the sister duo shares a video in the realm of fashion, beauty, comedy, and singing.

Niki has recently been focusing on her music career, releasing a new EP titled “individual” with Gabi. The twins’ song “Sleep it Off” garnered 2.1 million views in only one month. On top of several joint songs, Niki also has solo tracks on the album. The video for her song “Let it Roar” shows off Niki’s performance capabilities and amassed a viewership of 2.5 million.

In addition to her massive success in the world of social media, acting and music, Niki is a powerhouse in the beauty industry. She recently won a Stream yfor Best Fashion at the 2018 Streamy awards. In 2016, she was named one of the top 10 Beauty Influencers by Women’s Wear Daily. Niki also made a splash at the 2018 NY Fashion week, sitting front row for shows like Yajun, Hogan McLaughlin, and Michael Costello.

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AJAY HOLBROOK

Ajay Holbrook, formally known as Ambreia Janee Holbrook, is a 21yro from Houston whom has been medically transitioning from female to male over the last 4 years.

Three years ago, he began bodybuilding. Since he’s recognized his newfound passion and love for this sport, he is dead bent on tackling one of the biggest titles,

“‘Mr. Olympia’ … this is especially a challenge because of who I am but I’m not letting anything stop me from reaching my goals. I insanely train and keep my body in top condition at all times. Recently, I packed up everything I owned to move to Los Angeles to pursue my careers in bodybuilding, dancing, modeling and music production. It has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but also becoming one of the most rewarding.”

Dozens of challenges are constantly thrown Ajay’s way and he’s always having to overcome them. Many of which tie into his identity. “I don’t let them entertain me back… I’ve gone viral due to a Men’s Health and Generation Iron publication… And, [I] had so much support, but also a lot of backlash from the bodybuilding community in particular,” asserts Ajay.

Eager to prove naysayers wrong, Ajay has been eating healthy, training and is ready to tread on that stage very soon. “They may have thought they witnessed the last of me, but this is ONLY the beginning!!!”

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THE LUCKY ONEZ

The Lucky Onez Red Dashiki Jacket will bring life and style to your fashion.

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Model: @kamodeling

Photographer: @rossthephotoboss

The Lucky Onez Red Dashiki Jackets are exclusively available on their website (www.theluckyonez.com).

The Lucky Onez is a fashion label and clothing line which represents positivity, a healthy lifestyle and having individuals being the best version of themselves. Whenever The Lucky Onez are partnered or working with other individuals or groups; we want everyone to live well, look well and feel well. Being in a great mood and having a high spirit is what we want for the world.

JERRIS MADISON

Jerris Madison is a Los Angeles-based noted Fashion Photographer who is also the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief at OBVIOUS Magazine. OBVIOUS Magazine is one of the most influential magazines with a global reach of 4 million each month via social media and obviousmag.com.
Among his clients are Kevin Hart, Essence Magazine and Eva Marcille. Jerris’ most recent work was featured on the Dianne Reeves 2015 Grammy win for Best Jazz Vocals Album.

A Detroit native, Jerris finds his stability through family and friends. Noted for always “living his best life”, this perspective was put to the test in November of 2014 when Jerris lost his right leg to Chondrosarcoma Bone Cancer.

Not one to be slowed down, Jerris views himself as a survivor and continues to play varying roles such as Image Consultant, Social Media Expert, Film/TV Wardrobe Stylist, Motivational Speaker, as well as Photographer. He hopes that his story and experience will lead him to become an author, global philanthropist, potential talk show host, and even docuseries that focuses on his life and the stories of other amputees around the world.

Editor. Fashion Chief. Photographer. Survivor! Jerris Madison, you deserve this ovation!

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Making True Friends Online: Reality Or A Fairytale

Human beings are sociable creatures requiring communication in their daily lives. What happens, though, when all the communication transfers from an offline space to an online one? How do people meet each other then? And how is to make new friends nowadays? No need to state that the Internet has changed the way we interact and live. Our task in these conditions would be to adjust to what we have and find ways to connect even in the digital world.

Some online communication tools like social media are well-known to us as they enable connections within the circle of people we somehow know or have a general idea about. This is made through special features of interest sharing and mutual friends. Others tools like random cam chat present us with an opportunity to video chat with a complete stranger about whom we know nothing but that he or she is interested in communications just as we are.

Why Random Chat Takes Over The Digital Space

If you are new to the whole concept of cam chats, here are a few things for you to learn first. They enable us to meet people from all over the world in real time and have a video conversation with those. Apart from being free and easily accessible, some of these tools also have differentiation in terms of people purposes and interest. Whether you want to mee the love of your life or a couple of interesting people, random chat is the solution.

Below are a few explanatory statements regarding the ever-growing popularity of online communication sites bringing people from all over the world together:

worldwide availability: if there is something present all over the world other than air, it must be the Internet. Obviously, some regions have issues with the Internet connection but that is not an issue for the majority people on the Earth. Therefore, if you want to meet people of all backgrounds and cultures staying in your comfy bed or room, you may easily do this with the help of the Internet connection;

new and interesting people: if you feel tired of your closest surrounding of people or simply want to try something totally different, you are free to use cam chats. Given the fact that your speaking partner will most likely be from the different continent, there is no way you will have a boring and non-enriching conversation;

effortless access: besides being free, these chats do not require you to have special equipment or anything else. The only thing for you to do is to go online and be yourself. If you are really interested in having some fun and making new friends, you should simply behave naturally and be able to connect to the video platform.

To wrap things up, all the stories about making new friends online are not fairytales. Despite social media, there are also some decent instruments for you to meet the most unexpected nationalities and personalities online at no effort. Therefore, try to disperse all the myths around online communications and go for it!

Study: Texting While Driving

DriversEd.com—the leading online driving school—today released its 2018 Distracted Driving in America Report. An inaugural initiative, the report examines drivers’ behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits and decisions—providing insight into how Americans, while driving, engage in a number of activities, from texting to drinking to YouTube to Snapchat to marijuana and more.

Survey data found that 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while behind the wheel, and 54% admit to typing texting messages while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, only 39% of drivers say that while driving they check and use their phone more often than they probably should.

“There’s an argument to be made that, in 2018, distracted driving is actually a worse problem in America than drunk driving,” said Laura Adams, safety and education analyst at DriversEd.com. “The fact that so many people are texting and driving is alarming, but not surprising. However, what is shocking is the millions of people who are watching Netflix and YouTube videos while driving. These drivers may as well be playing behind-the-wheel Russian Roulette.”

Among the study’s findings:

·         TEXTING: 59% of drivers admit that they read texts while at a red light, while 41% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 30% at a stop sign and 11% moving on the road. In addition, 43% of drivers admit that they type texts while at a red light, while 31% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 24% while at a stop sign and 8% while moving on the road.

·         SOCIAL MEDIA: 18% of drivers report that they check social media while behind the wheel, with 16% saying that they have checked Facebook, 11% Instagram, 9% Instagram and 6% Twitter.

·         VIDEO WATCHING: 8% of drivers admit that they have watched YouTube videos while behind the wheel, with 6% saying that they have watched Facebook videos, 5% Instagram, 5% Snapchat and 4% Netflix.

·         MARIJUANA: 84% of Americans say driving after drinking alcohol is more dangerous than driving after smoking marijuana. Meanwhile, 10% of drivers report that in the past 12 months they have driven after smoking or ingesting marijuana.

·         TALKING: 60% of drivers say that they talk on the phone while behind the wheel on speaker, while 20% say they do so with the phone in their hand and 20% say they use headphones. In addition, 52% say that while behind the wheel, they use voice commands on their phone.

·         DRINKING: 32% of drivers report that in the last year they have driven after having one or more drinks. Meanwhile, 34% say they are comfortable driving after one drink, with 19% comfortable after two drinks, 7% after three drinks, 2% after four drinks and 1% after five or more drinks.

When asked, “If you get into an Uber, and you notice the driver checking and using their phone, what do you do?”, 49% said they would say something to the driver, then report them to Uber after the ride; 30% said they would not say anything to the driver, but then report them to Uber after the ride; and 21% said they would do nothing.

“Ultimately, the solution to distracted driving is a combination of awareness, education and individual initiative,” said Adams. “Parents, who are effectively largely responsible for the next generation of drivers, can play an important role by taking steps such as putting their own phones away while behind the wheel, avoiding texting or calling their teens when they know they are driving, and even using some apps, which will disable a driver’s phone while they are driving.”