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New Beau Young Prince Music Video

BEAU YOUNG PRINCE DROPS VIDEO FOR “LET GO” FROM SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

“LET GO” AT OVER 13 MILLION STREAMS!!

WATCH HERE

“Beau Young Prince’s natural grasp of melody is his secret weapon. He rides producer Jailo’s candy-coated instrumental with ease and energy, switching flows on a dime.” – Pitchfork

“The kind of magnetic blab that flows cool and steady onstage, inside a recording booth or over a phone line.” – The Washington Post

“Beau Young Prince has emerged on the music scene with a refreshing sense of awareness of his place in hip-hop culture.” – office

Listen to Beau Young Prince’s debut EP Groovy Land HERE

Waterproofing New York

With two destructive tropical storms in two years, New York City — like many other global cities — is entering a phase of adaptation to catastrophic climate events which are a result of carbon cycle disruption by human, urban, and industrial practices. Recovery will require more than a simple fix; it will necessitate systemic adaptation to escalating tidal and storm surges, precipitation, and wind events through the construction of new urban landscapes that have the capacity to merge social, cultural, and environmental forces.

Waterproofing New York gathers some of the most influential and thought provoking municipal leaders, engineers, planners, social scientists, and designers to explore the impact of past and future storms on New York City’s infrastructural systems: Water/Waste, Power/Data, Circulation/Fuel, Parks/Recreation, and Shelter. The essays and projects collected here use these urban operating systems to open speculation on possibilities not simply for waterproofing the city but for thinking beyond it to seek wider means of coordinated yet opportunistic, pragmatic, and inventive city design. Waterproofing New York is intended to support an emerging skepticism of a singular “big fix” as well as of the unplanned, uncoordinated, shoring up of individual enterprises and discrete sites that will ensue in the absence of design and civic leadership.

About the Editors

Denise Hoffman Brandt, RLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture and an Associate Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She is Principal of Hoffman Brandt Projects, LLC.

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York and Principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio.

Moth to a Flame

Adisa Mullings, New York based photographer, content developer and member of GVI Films worked alongside model Modesta Boafo, makeup artist Tatiana Ward, hair stylist Stephanie LaBelle and wardrobe stylist Lunden to create the following photo series.

Gvi Photography (@gviphotog)

Model/Actress: Modesta Boafo (@WestAfricanDol)

MUA: Tatiana Ward (@Beatfacehoney)

Hair Stylist: Stephanie LaBelle “The Hair Galleria” (@ManeInRome)

Wardrobe Stylist: Lunden of “Looks By Lunden” (@LooksByLunden)

About GVI Films

GVI FILMS (pronounced G6 Films) is a collaborative venture that brings together talented professionals who work hard to create inspiring visions, stories and memorable moments through film/video and photography. Their team will go above and beyond your expectations to meet your needs, providing each client with a quality finished product that will best represent you. They are located in Brooklyn, New York and travel worldwide!

International Whisky Day

3 Countries, 3 Whiskies, 1 Day — International Whisk(e)y Day

Raise your favorite glass on March 27 and sip on some of the best whiskies from around world. Whether you’re a traditional Scotch whisky drinker or are looking to explore something new like premium whisky from India or France, understanding the history about the countries distilling the spirit makes it an even more fulfilling experience.

  • INDIA – Whiskies from India have been gaining popularity in the past few years and for good reason. With India having a predominantly warmer climate, the maturation process is much faster as compared to other countries like Scotland — some say 4x faster!
    • The Indian Whisky To Try: Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky (SRP: $70) knows there’s much more to the equation than age when it comes to creating a memorable expression. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian city of Rampur, the spirit has a distinctive flavor profile replete with vanilla, honey, spices, and dried fruits. The spice is balanced but still present and representative of a premium-quality single malt whisky; to be savored neat or on the rocks.
  • FRANCE – In the land of Cognac, whisky you ask? The French have actually been distilling whisky for centuries and consuming it too! French Whiskies are often characterized by notes replete of fruit-forward flavor.
    • The French Whisky To Try: Bastille 1789 (SRP: $39.99) – Bright orange and amber in color, Bastille has intriguing aromas of orange marmalade, dried apricot, spice cake, pineapple blossoms and suede with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long accented finish. A remarkably fruity, exotic and enigmatic whisky that will make for a fabulous Old-Fashioned.
  • SCOTLAND – Not much needs to be said about Scotch whisky. As one of the most popular categories in the world, some scotches are flavored heavily by peat and smoke while others are light and fruity.
    • The Scotch Whisky To Try: The Famous Grouse (SRP: $29.99) is ranked number one by volume in Scotland for a reason. All at an affordable price, Famous Grouse offers candied fruits and buttery shortbread on the nose, with flavors of cinnamon and ginger, dried fruits and oak. Stir it in a Hot Toddy or enjoy it on the rocks, this whiskey will be your go-to after a long day, and a staple of bartenders around the world.

Esophageal Cancer Awareness

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5 year survival rate (all stages combined) is 19%. As the seventh most common cancer amongst men, it is estimated that over 16,000 deaths will occur from it in 2019. Men are 3-4 more times likely to develop esophageal cancer than women.

 Ron Coury’s story offers an uplifting and inspiring survival story in time for  Esophageal Cancer Awareness.

In November 2005, I went to Santa Barbara for my annual physical with Dr. James Murray, a practice I’d begun 20 years earlier. I was in great shape, weighing in at 185 pounds at 53 years of age. I regularly ran three to five miles around the lake adjacent to my house in Las Vegas, and enjoyed full workouts and lifting weights. Still, my dad had fought cancer for more than two decades, eventually losing his battle in 2002. Deep inside, I always felt cancer would find me.

As usual, my physical began with an hour-long meeting with Dr. Murray. During our conversation, I mentioned one small oddity.

“When I eat or drink, it seems like I have to clear my throat for the first hour or two. Does that mean anything?”

“Let’s find out.”

Among a battery of tests, he ordered a barium swallow. When I was done, I headed back to Dr. Murray’s office expecting to get another glowing report. However, this time there was a glitch.

The radiologist noted that during my swallow test, it appeared that the barium passed over a small bump at the base of my esophagus. Probably just a food fragment stuck to the wall, but the doctor ordered a procedure to play safe. Unfortunately, it revealed a tumor. And a malignant one at that.

It was hard to accept, because other than the need to clear my throat, I felt fine. Hell, I felt invincible! Still, I answered with a voice so calm it surprised me. “Okay, we’re going to war. What do we do now?”

Dr. Murray recommended a surgeon at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Tom Demeester, who specialized in esophageal cancer. He explained that even if I qualified for surgery, only eight percent of people diagnosed with esophageal cancer survive it.

When the doctor stepped out of his office, I looked out the window and said, “Well, Dad, I guess I’ll be seeing you soon.”

Luckily, the tumor was caught early in its development. And I was an excellent candidate for surgery, an ordeal that could take up to 12 hours.

The bad news? This type of tumor was highly invasive. The surgeon would have to remove a perimeter around the tumor, as well as nearby lymph nodes and upper stomach, take out the majority of my esophagus, then connect what was left between my throat and stomach.

He explained that life would change for me in major ways. I could never lie flat again, because without an esophagus, whatever was in my stomach could come up my windpipe and choke me. Also, I could only eat small meals from that point on.

I returned home and got my affairs in order, pre planning my funeral if the surgery didn’t go well. The last thing I wanted was to put my wife and kids through this. One of the hardest parts was calling my friends and telling them, “There’s a pretty good chance I won’t survive. So, I just want to say, I feel like I had a great run and I love you.”

Finally, the moment of truth arrived: December 5, 2005. My friend and workout partner, Mark Beckerle, had driven to the hospital the day before to see me. A spiritual type, Mark said he believed that people undergoing surgery see a bright white light. If they walk to it, they die on the table. “Buddy,” he said, “if you see a white light, run the other way!”

During my surgery, I did see just such a light. As if watching the doctors and nurses from above the operating table, I saw myself facing the light. Remembering Mark’s words, I turned and did, in fact, run. Was it real or a dream? Did it happen when I was bleeding out from my spleen, which got pierced during the operation? I’ll never know.

My next conscious thought came when I woke up in post-op. The first night was brutal and the pain was really rough, but I was alive!

Things turned bad quickly. I was in ICU for several days after developing the dreaded staph infection, MRSA. Next came blood clots in both of my legs. And a collapsed lung. Finally, they moved me into a regular hospital room where I remained for a month.

By the time I was cleared to return home in January, I still had a drain in my side, and a feeding tube remained in place.

Over the course of 2006, I gradually grew stronger and I was finally allowed to start eating small amounts of solid food. As I’d been warned, the pain was through the roof. But I was thankful to resume a reasonable facsimile of normal life.

Since the surgery, I undergo a PET scan each year, which is the best cancer-screening test available. Between scans, every ache or pain would make me think, “Uh-oh, is that a tumor?” Thankfully, year after year the reports have come back, “NO CANCER!”

After the fifth PET scan, Dr. Demeester declared me cancer-free. I’ll never forget him for the life-saving surgery he performed. Nor will I ever be able to adequately thank Dr. Murray for discovering the tumor so early.

I lost over 40 pounds during my month-long hospital stay, along with a great deal of muscle mass. A few years later, I’d gained back 15 pounds, but I was maxed out. These days, I can’t eat enough to exceed the calories I burn through ordinary activity.

Ultimately, tenacity and stamina carried me through my toughest battle. As I learned more about esophageal cancer, I found out that approximately 13,500 Americans contract it annually and 12,500 are dead within a year. I’m certain that my excellent physical condition enabled me to beat the odds, not to mention the best medical team on the planet, and the love and support of family and friends.

And remember, regular physicals and early detection really do save lives.  

About Ron Coury

Ron Coury is the author of Tenacity: A Vegas Businessman Survives Brooklyn, the Marines, Corruption and Cancer to Achieve the American Dream: A True Story.

Bud Light Dive Bar Sessions

Last week, Bud Light closed out another epic SXSW showcase with their Bud Light Dive Bar Sessions. This is the 4th consecutive year Bud Light has had a presence as the showcase and the shows did not disappoint.

The two-night event on March 14 & 15 was filled with electrifying performances from Saint PHNX, Minke, Walker Lukens, Sam Fender, Dreezy, Abhi the Nomad, Ivy Sole, and Thutmose at the Nuevo Leon Lot in Austin, TX.

Wheels Bike-Share App

Last night, Los Angeles’ elite came out to celebrate the launch of Wheels – California’s latest bike-share app at Sunset Tower!

Guests including Kelly Osbourne, Drew Taggart and  Alex Pall (of The Chainsmokers), Nicole Scherzinger, Larsa Pippen, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Jessica Szohr, James Kennedy, Logan Paul, and King Bach attended the glamourous soiree. DJ, Chantel Jeffries had attendees grooving all night as she set the tempo for the evening, just before The Chainsmokers took the stage for a surprise perforsunmance.

Having just took the stage for winning the best Dance Album at the iHeartRadio’s Music Awards. The Chainsmokers were seen in high spirits are they spun their latest hits. Also in attendance was Marshmello who won awards for New Pop Artist and Dance Artist at the iHeartRadio’s Music Awards. The party was the place to be as everyone partied into the late morning!

Island Time

In collaboration with the House of Marley, RAYMOND WEIL presents it’s latest musical ode. We introduce the tango GMT Bob Marley Limited Edition timepiece.

The watch design was inspired by the color palette of the Ethiopian flag and features the iconic lion head on the 42MM black dial. The watch is equipped with a Swiss quartz movement and is the perfect timepiece to explore the ocean depths, courtesy of it’s impressive 300m water resistance.

|  42MM  | Quartz GMT  | Stainless Steel |  Sapphire Crystal |

Teyana Taylor Debuts Self-Directed Video

TEYANA TAYLOR DEBUTS STAR-STUDDED, SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR “ISSUES/HOLD ON”

Guest stars include ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, Tyler The Creator, Kristen Crawley and Lori Harvey

WATCH NOW

Listen to K.T.S.E.  HERE

Breakout Artist Tiffany Young

TIFFANY YOUNG FIRST KOREAN FEMALE TO WIN IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARD BEST SOLO BREAKOUT

Pop artist, Tiffany Young, has just been announced as the first Korean female to win an award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Walking the red carpet in Jean Paul Gaultier, Tiffany took home the award for Best Solo Breakout, and captured attention from Entertainment Tonight, Elle, EXTRA, Access, and Daily Mail; amongst others.

“I am so humbled and honored that I can be a part of representing young Asian American women in music, and so grateful for my Korean and K-pop roots that have given me the opportunity to follow my dreams. This award belongs to all the fans around the world who worked hard for this. I promise I will work harder, I want to make you proud!” Tiffany states

Tiffany is currently in the midst of promotion for her first U.S. EP, Lips On Lips, which surpassed her initial solo stats from 2016 on the Billboard chart debuting at No. 9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 30 on the Independent Albums chart. Tiffany opened up to OC Weekly about the single “Not Barbie” off her EP, explaining; “I wanted it to be a song for every woman, man, girl, boy, any human being. I never got to say that to myself and I’m so happy that I get to open up. Not just for me, but for a generation of young woman.” Her sold out Lips On Lips North American Mini Showcase Tour wraps up in San Francisco tonight, and Los Angeles tomorrow night, Saturday the 16th.

About Tiffany Young

Tiffany’s life became a double-edged sword upon her move to Korea at age 15. At the same time that she was experiencing huge success with Girls’ Generation, garnering 16 No. 1 singles, 1.8 billion YouTube views, 120 awards from various organizations, 15 released albums, sold out world tours, millions of records sold, her dad’s irresponsibility in business was taking a huge toll on her. Debt collectors and other lenders would show up at various shows demanding money from her that was borrowed by her father. Luckily she had a solid support system with her bandmates and others on the GG team, which bolstered her and gave her the strength to continue on.

“Life continues to challenge me and inspire me everyday and I think that is just our human experience,” the artist says, “As each day, month and year pass, I am more motivated and feel so humbled by the gifts that I have been given both good and bad.  I hope the fans feel that as well. I do this all to be an example.”

As Tiffany started breaking out into the U.S market in 2018, her personal struggles with her dad’s bad choices began to bubble up on social and traditional media once again. Being the brave and powerful young woman that she is, Tiffany decided to face all of the attention about her father head on and chose to use the unfortunate situation as inspiration for her single, “Born Again.” Co-written by Tiffany, the lyrics and emotion behind “Born Again” come straight from these lifelong experiences and struggles; “The lyrics come from deep inside me as inspiration to others and to myself to be authentic and find strength in being vulnerable. I hope that this song conveys my willingness to grow and to also show others that even through sad and heartbreaking times, you can not only survive but thrive.”   

Tiffany grew up in California, and as a young child felt neglected by her father’s inconsistent lifestyle. After her mom passed, Tiffany found true solace in music which then became her passion. “I do music because it saved me, and I hope with what I have done and who I am as a person, I can connect and can heal others to help them find a way to smile.” The path that opened up for her because of this love of music  led her to Korea alone at 15, join Girls’ Generation, who remains as one of the biggest, and most important K-Pop girl groups of all time.

With 10 years of touring, writing, singing and performing, Tiffany came back to the US to launch her solo career. With the huge success of her english singles, “Over my Skin” and “Teach You”, Tiffany is on the cutting edge of pop music. With spreads in Rolling Stone, PAPER Magazine and Cosmopolitan, among other media outlets and a turn for H&M, Tiffany enjoyed a lot of success for most of 2018.

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