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Muni Long – Hrs and Hrs

Leauxfi‘s The TEN Music Group just earned the #1 R&B single in the country by producing Muni Long‘s “Hrs and Hrs” for her 2021 album, Public Displays of Affection. 

On the track, a steady bassline sets the tone for sultry instrumentals to shine as Muni Long’s angelic voice details a longing and passionate love. The single builds momentum as Muni brings the heat, breaking into a vibrant refrain of “A love like ours, I prayed for it on my knees every night for some hours and hours and hours.”

“Hrs and Hrs” was co-produced by TEN Music Group member Dylan Graham and rising producer Ralph Tiller. The 29-year-old Graham originally hails from Ontario, Canada, but he currently resides in Orlando. He has notably cooked up and composed samples for the last five years and produced the melodies for the track. It also marks the first beat placement for Tiller. He calls Tunisia home, and he started producing seven years ago.

Of the process behind this banger, Tiller states: I got the pack from Dylan. After laying the drums, I made the first version and a second version. The second version is the one that ended up on YouTube, and it had 1 million plays over the course of 8 months until she found it. After a month of the record being out, I saw the song taking off on TikTok. I saw Muni’s Instagram and YouTube, and I knew this record was special. It was getting bigger and bigger every day, every time I looked at it. I received a call from her at that point to handle the business side. We were all so excited! The challenge really took off and it was so crazy to see. We’re all super excited to see where this goes.”

The TEN Music Group is a collective of talented producers all at the launching point of their careers. They’ve already had high-profile placements on tracks for artists such as Lil TJay, Yung Bans, Boosie Badazz, and more.

Stay tuned for even more to come from this talented group of producers and artists.

About Muni Long

Priscilla Renea is an American Singer-songwriter from Florida. She later created and started posting on her YouTube channel, eventually amounting to 30,000 subscribers. From there, at age eighteen, she was signed to Capitol Records and began creating music, including two records, Jukebox in 2009 and Coloured in 2018. She is also known for writing and co-writing songs for several major artists including “Imagine” by Arianna Grande, and “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha.

JOHN K – A LOT

The RIAA-certified platinum pop singer/songwriter John K celebrated the new year by releasing his hot new single, “A LOT.” Listen to the song HERE via Epic Records and watch the music video HERE.

The track produced by WYNNE [MGK, Jaden Smith] was created and written in collaboration by John and songwriter Steph Jones. Steph, too, co-wrote John’s critically acclaimed single, “if we never met.” Throughout his new single, “A LOT,” John seemingly sings out to an ex-lover while guitar riff blends in the background. John references his ex directly, pondering, “Do you ever wear my sweatshirt when it’s colder?” As the chorus sets off, John declares, “I think about you a lot.”

John spoke about the single and its meaning, stating, “I never realized how often I say the word ‘a lot’ until I wrote this song. The story is about that feeling when you can’t get someone out of your head, except for now that person is out of the picture. It’s about replaying memories over and over, thinking about the person you wish you never lost. A simple concept really, but I felt like it was one my fans would relate to right away. You ever mess something up so bad and then all you have left is the memory of how good it used to be? That’s A LOT.”

The music video was directed by Erik Rojas [Jessie J, Dillon Francis] and illustrates the lyrics that John sings to a tee. Throughout the video, the camera cuts to reminiscent times shared between lovers to scenes of John alone at the bar.

John joins Marc E. Bassy on his North American winter tour. The tour is set to begin on February 14 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN, continuing through many top locations throughout the country, concluding March 12 in San Diego, CA at Observatory North Park. The full list of tour dates will be below, and you can visit www.ticketmaster.com to snatch up tickets.

About John K

John K was originally born and raised in Orlando, FL, but now is a Los Angeles-based singer/ songwriter. Musical talent ran in John’s family, as his father was an amateur guitarist and his grandmother the daughter of a professional trumpet player. His passion for music ran in his blood, which made no surprise when John asserted himself into the industry in 2017. John’s breakthrough song “if we never met,” holds platinum accreditation, and has been appreciated by Billboard, Flaunt, L’Officiel and Rolling Stone. John’s total streams add up to over half-a-billion, and his career just continues to grow. Most lately, John released his album in case you miss me [Epic Records] in 2021, and as we dive into 2022, we cannot wait to see what else is up his sleeve.

Tour Dates

February 2022

2/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater*

2/16 – Chicago, IL @ HOB*

2/17 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom*

2/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation*

2/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall*

2/22 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s*

2/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA*

2/25 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live*

2/26 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*

March

3/1 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore*

3/3 – Charlotte, NC @ Underground*

3/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven*

3/5 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery*

3/6 – St. Louis @ Delmar Hall*

3/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren*

3/11 – Anaheim, CA @ HOB*

3/12 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park*

*With Marc E. Bassy

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TOP SHADES

Everyone knows that a pair of sunglasses can elevate one’s entire presence. You’ve seen it before; the most mysterious and chilled individuals always seem to be donning a pair of fashionable shades. Whether you’re wearing them to block out the sun or the haters, we’ve assembled the most high-fashion, chic shades on the market today.

9Five

The elaborate, exclusive eyewear collection at 9Five radiates pure luxury. With many styles sporting 24K gold plated steel, these shades will have you feeling that twenty-four karat magic. Offering polarized, clean les and prescription shade choices, 9Five has something suited best for you eyewear needs.

Aperçu

The Aperçu brand is named after the French verb APERÇEVOIR, to perceive. Implying a meaning of “a flash of insight,” the name of these shade exemplifies that self-expression is powerful and a key part of our daily life. Displaying high-fashion styles and designs of your choice shades, a pair of Aperçu’s will elevate your wardrobe.

Carrera

Designed in Italy emulating Italian style comes Carrera’s eyewear collection. The distinctive personality of a pair of Carrera shades is sure to captivate any room you step in. Sporting athletic to casual styles with impeccable quality, a pair of Carrera’s are indeed in their own lane.

Celine

With a variety of high-fashion pieces comes Celine’s sunglasses selection. When we say a selection, we mean a SELECTION. Ranging from oversized, cat eye, round, square and even more styles, Celine is sure to have something that appeals to your personality. The fully equipped range of sunglasses in Celine’s collection ensures high fashion freshness.

Fendi

From the Italian luxury fashion house comes Fendi eyewear. The sunglasses collection from Fendi showcases timeless, luxurious pieces. Sporting unique features such as unconventional lens colors with dynamic FF branding, Fendi shades are one-of-a-kind.

Gentle Monster

The Korean eyewear brand of Gentle Monster mimics the meaning of their name in each pair of shades in their collection. ‘Gentle,’ meaning modest yet wearable stand opposed to the ‘Monster,’ meaning of attitude paired with individuality. These avant-garde shades are eye catching and will uplift your entire presence.

Gucci

There’s only one way to illustrate the Gucci eyewear collection; bold. With such profound styles from the aviator to Hollywood-favorite, Gucci’s eyewear is striking and distinct. Fit for those who love to stand out amongst a crowd, Gucci gives you just that and more.

Kate Spade

Notarized for the brands cool and quirky essence, Kate Space shades are no different. The sunglasses available in Kate Spade’s collection, too, offer a conventional feel paired with a modern-day ambiance. Regarded as true elegance, the Kate Spade shades emulate a rare experience.

Linda Farrow

With an eclectic range of sunglasses comes the outstanding Linda Farrow collection. A selection of punchy colors and distinguishing designs, Linda Farrow shades are stand out pieces. With reminiscent, vintage styles to cutting-edge, modern designs, Linda Farrow is one of the most exhilarating and cutting-edge brands in fashion today.

Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton shade collection offers shades for those in search of styles ranging from subtle to statement. The frames of the sunglasses are sure to compliment your face form, no matter the pair! Commonly worn by popular rap star El Alfa El Jefe, snatch up a pair of Louis Vuitton shades to be styled like the stars.

Prada

Prided on the impeccable crafting of their works, Prada never fails to embark on their contemporary promise. Prada shades are exceptionally popular, you’ve probably even seen them on your go-to form of social media a time or two. Although Prada is known for their essential, all-black sunglasses, the brand has a selection of styles, colors and constructions to choose from that you’ll just have to have.

Privé Revaux

Founded on the idea that luxury eyewear should be inexpensive and accessible to all comes Privé Revaux eyewear. Creative directors’ celebrity stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haeen have worked with some of the most esteemed in the entertainment industry, and now they work for YOU! The team works to ensure that you’ll find the picture-perfect pair of shades that fits both your creative style and face shape.

Raen

Inspired by the brand’s home of Oceanside, California, Raen shades imitate the free-spirited and creative vibe of the California coast. Presently now just north of San Diego, these shades pull out everything that you love about the coast, an impeccable blend of surf, sun and culture. Handmade to ensure fit, comfort and durability, Raen shades are a flawless choice of shades for the eccentric.

Ray-Ban

We all know and admire the classic styles that come from the notorious sunglasses brand, Ray-Ban. Whether you’re looking for their iconic, immediately familiar designs like the Aviator of Wayfarer, or something a little bit fresher and more distinctive, Ray-Bans has got you covered. Available in an assortment of frame styles and lens choices, you’ll be sure to find a pair suitable for your taste.

Saint Owen

Saint Owen furthers the space of eyewear, continuously combining cutting edge designs with attentiveness. Handcrafted in Italy and Japan, Saint Owen shades are produced by the best of the best. Showcasing the use of distinctive highlights, like ceramic nose pads and stainless-steel hinges, Saint Owen sunglasses are a step above the rest.

T HENRI

Handmade from 18K Gold and titanium materials, the T HENRI eyewear collection displays the renowned, celebrated view of the T HENRI company. This ultra-luxury eyewear brand aims to produce shades tailored for the elite lifestyle. T HENRI pieces are handcrafted to precision, with inspiration from vintage supercars.

Tom Ford

Pure sophistication pours out of Tom Ford shades. Noteworthy for their standard bold structuring, the sunglasses made a statement without a word. Offered in several edgy styles and colors, Tom Ford shades are a showstopper.

Tory Burch

Defined by traditional sensibility, Tory Burch sunglasses push the envelope for eyewear. These shades sport geometrical shapes, printed patterning and rare lens capabilities. You’ll want to snatch up a pair of these unparalleled sunglasses.

Versace

Glamour, extravagance and modernity; this is how we exemplify Versace sunglasses. With wide-ranging styles that go from simplistic to extraordinary, this eyewear collection has an array of high-fashion pieces. Available, too, in diverse color pallets, Versace appeals to the chic.

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Pyometra in Pets

Providing a home for a furry friend can bring an abundance of love into the lives of owners. Many pet owners want to provide the best care possible for their dog or cat, but in order to do this, a key factor is remaining educated. Many know that spaying and neutering are common procedures for household animals, but what exactly are these procedures and what are their benefits? What are the risks, such as pyometra, of negating this responsibility?

With the surge of difficulties the pandemic has brought to being a pet owner, staying vigilant and prepared for the animals owners love is essential. With adoption rates of all kinds of cats and dogs exploding during the pandemic, first-time Gen Z and millennial pet owners might find the world of pet care complicated. Low-income families, whether they are new or already pet owners, have already faced additional hardships during the pandemic, with exorbitant fees for pet emergencies being an additional possible challenge.

In cities and neighborhoods where unfixed and stray animals are common occurrences, the risks of pyometra and other health concerns for humans and animals alike are increasing. In Houston alone, there are a million stray dogs. Other cities like Detroit and the Bronx neighborhood of NYC are challenged, while the geographic regions of the South and the West of the United States are where more strays end up in shelters. With millions of animals without a home, unfixed, and challenged with health issues, it is a serious concern for the U.S., especially those who choose to own pets.

Yet there are solutions, in preparedness through pet insurance and applications to nonprofits, as well as cases in which emergency assistance is possible. Veterinarian Dr. Lauren P. Davidson provides 360 Magazine with insights on these ideas as more, with a focus on keeping owners informed and your pet healthy and happy.

Can you break down what exactly is a spay or neuter?

Spay is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes the uterus (the womb) and ovaries of a female animal. Medically, this surgery is known as an ovariohysterectomy. This surgery makes the animal incapable of having offspring.

Neuter is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes both testicles of a male animal. This surgery results in the inability of the male to impregnate a female.

What are the ramifications of not having your animal fixed sooner rather than later?

First and foremost, by having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, you prevent them from having unwanted puppies/kittens. Additionally, in the female, you prevent uterine infections (also called pyometra) from developing as well ovarian cancer. Furthermore, by removing the ovaries, the main source of hormones that influence the development of mammary (or breast) cancer is removed and there is a great reduction in the risk of developing this type of cancer. As female animals get older, the surgery can also become more complicated due to the size of the animal or if they have already had multiple litters of puppies/kittens.

In males, the chance of testicular cancer is completely removed once the testicles are surgically removed and there is a reduction in the development of prostate disease as well.  Additionally, neutered male animals typically become less aggressive which results in a lower risk of fighting or aggression toward their owners or other animals.

What are the signs of a female dog having pyometra?

Pyometra, or infection of the uterus, only occurs in female animals. The signs of pyometra in non-spayed female animals can often be non-specific, but early warning signs include the animal feeling unwell, such as vomiting, refusal to eat, lethargy, increased thirst, and frequent urination. She may also appear to be uncomfortable because pyometra is a particularly painful condition for dogs while being somewhat less so for cats. Fever can also be observed.  Symptoms of a pyometra usually begin four to eight weeks after the animal is in heat, and include:

  1. Drinking more than usual.
  2. Vomiting
  3. Pus leaking from vulva/vagina.
  4. Bloated abdomen (tummy)
  5. Panting and weakness.
  6. Off food.
  7. Urinating more than usual.
  8. Collapse

How soon should they be admitted into a veterinarian’s care or ER? if not treated, what will happen to a female cat/dog?

If any of these signs are observed and your animal is not spayed, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible. If vomiting, fever, or lethargy are noted, the condition is usually more urgent and emergency care (ER) should be sought out if you are unable to immediately visit your regular veterinary clinic. If you have any doubts or are concerned, take your animal to the ER. Since many of the signs of pyometra can also be caused by other medical conditions, it is important to get your pet assessed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

If left untreated, pyometra can cause your animal can go into shock, kidney failure, or develop severe dehydration. Pyometra is a medical emergency that can be fatal if left untreated.

Are there any resources besides the ASPCA that a pet owner can reach out to online? 

There are several resources online, but as with all things, make sure you consult reputable sources such as your veterinary clinic’s website.  However, do not try to diagnose your animal by what you read online.  You are not a veterinarian and diagnosis and treatment of your animal should be left to a veterinary professional.

Since the pandemic, it has been increasingly difficult to procure an appointment with any veterinarian or pet care facility. In this type of event, what should a pet owner do?

Many veterinary clinics hold a certain number of appointments for emergency or urgent care cases.  Call your veterinarian and inform them of what the problem is and they should be able to provide guidance. Alternatively, you can take your pet to your nearest emergency veterinary clinic (ER).  Keep in mind that many clinics, regular and ER veterinary clinics alike, are not allowing owners to come inside due to the COVID pandemic. Please follow the guidance of the clinic and cooperate with these modified practices to keep everyone safe.

Why is pyometra surgery so expensive?

Pricing of all surgeries includes the procedure itself, anesthesia, required medications for pain, and other medications and materials that are necessary to support your animal through a successful surgery. Post-operative care and the time and expertise of the veterinarians and veterinary technicians are all considerations in pricing as well.

How long is the recovery time

Typically, sutures or surgical staples may be removed by the veterinary clinic in about two weeks.  During this time, it is very important to keep your animal as calm as possible and limit activity to reduce the risk of disturbing the incision site. Your pet may also have to wear a cone to prevent them from licking the incision site which would delay healing.

Is pyometra surgery easily performed? Are there any known complications? If so, why? What factors can be attributed to surgery complications? Age, overall health, or pre-existing conditions?

No, this surgery is not easily performed. Oftentimes, animals that have pyometra have complicating factors, such as fever, dehydration, and metabolic changes that require fluid support and medication. As with all other surgeries, pre-existing conditions must be identified to ensure the animal can be given anesthesia safely, and even still there is always a mild risk of complication.

In this surgical procedure, the veterinarian is removing the uterus which can be filled with a large amount of pus. Therefore, if not done carefully, a general infection can occur. Animals, especially dogs that have had several litters of puppies or those that have been allowed to have several heat cycles, can have very thickened uterine walls which tend to bleed more and make the surgery more complicated. Likewise, animals, where the infection has lasted for days on end, can have a very fragile uterus which makes it even more challenging for the veterinarian to perform the surgery. Due to the serious nature of this condition, we strongly recommend avoiding this scenario completely by spaying your animal.

Is there any way we can or should better educate pet owners about pyometra?

Generally, the ramifications of not spaying your pet, pyometra being one of them, are reviewed by your veterinarian when you first adopt them. Online information sources are also helpful in educating yourself on this condition and others related to not spaying your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarians questions!

Once a female cat or dog has successful surgery, can pyometra reoccur?

This is a great question. In uncomplicated, successful surgeries, pyometra should not occur after spaying.  However, there is a small percentage of animals that may develop what’s called a “stump pyometra”. This usually occurs secondary to the presence of a small amount of ovarian tissue left behind during the original spay procedure. Under the influence of ovarian hormones, the small amount of uterine tissue that may remain at the base of the uterus can subsequently become infected. These cases are rare and can be quite challenging to diagnose.

How important is pet insurance? Are there any programs for low-income pet owners to assist with covering such a surgery?

Pet insurance is a great way to put your mind at ease when emergencies arise. There are many plans available which cover major emergencies, routine visits, and vaccinations as well. Check with your home or auto insurance company first to see what plans are available for pet insurance.  Alternatively, there are pet-specific insurance companies and credit-based plans that clinics often have available if you do not already have an established plan.

There are several low-cost veterinary clinics and not-for-profit organizations across the country that assist with veterinary care costs. An online search of national humane organizations and even breed-specific organizations can lead you to multiple resources. Keep in mind, however, that before applying for aid, you should read the organization’s eligibility guidelines, which are usually available on their website. Also, carefully read the application and provide any necessary documentation that would show you meet the eligibility requirements for assistance. The best-case scenario is to explore these options before an emergency occurs.

Is there anything you wish to add that we haven’t already gone over?

Owning a pet can bring a wealth of joy and happiness to your life! It is a long-term commitment and one that can be quite expensive over time. Pyometra is one medical condition that can be prevented by spaying your pet early on. Take the time to learn as much as you can about pet ownership before you decide to make that commitment and be sure to consult with your local veterinarian to provide the best care for your pet.

About Dr. Lauren Davidson

Dr. Lauren Davidson is a practicing veterinarian and public health professional in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a passion for educating the public on animal care and how it impacts human well-being. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Davidson works in biomedical animal health compliance and has worked with underserved communities across the country to provide veterinary care and education. She enjoys spending time with her two rescues, her dog Betty and cat, Louie.

CHRIS BROWN – IFFY

Today, global superstar Chris Brown releases new track and video “Iffy” via RCA Records. The single is a testament of Brown’s ability to consistently make catchy singles with infectious beats and memorable lyrics. The Joseph Kahn-directed visual is just what you’d expect from the chart-topping artist – high-quality cinematic effects, smooth vocals and effortless moves.

Watch “Iffy”: https://smarturl.it/xiffy/YouTube

This latest release follows Brown’s well-received full-length mixtape Slime & B with Young Thug, which featured hit single “Go Crazy,” and the release of the remix featuring Young ThugFuture, Lil Durk and Latto. Throughout his career, Brown has continued to break records – even his own – and received a plethora of accolades. The original version of “Go Crazy” topped his single “No Guidance” as the longest running #1 song on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at 28 weeks and counting. This past year alone, he’s garnered nominations and wins from multiple award shows. “Go Crazy” won three Soul Train Awards for Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Dance Performance. He was also nominated for seven Billboard Music Awards, including Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Song (“Go Crazy”), four BET Awards including Video of the Year (“Go Crazy”) and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, two BET Hip-Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Go Crazy”) and Best Duo or Group and two MTV Video Music Awards for Best R&B Song (for two songs – “Go Crazy” and “Come Through” with H.E.R.).

Brown has proven time and time again that his artistry is unmatched, and this release is no exception. Check out “Iffy” and stay tuned for more music from Chris Brown coming soon.

Buy/Stream/Watch “Iffy”:

Multi: https://smarturl.it/xiffy

YouTube: https://smarturl.it/xiffy/YouTube

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LIL WAYNE – SORRY 4 THE WAIT

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music mogul Lil Wayne releases his critically acclaimed 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait on digital streaming platforms via Young Money Records/Republic Records.

In addition to the original twelve tracks, it boasts four brand new cuts. The lead single “CAMERAS” [feat. Allan Cubas] finds Weezy firing on all cylinders with extraterrestrial cadences and incendiary wordplay uplifted by a hypnotic hook. It also serves as a showcase for the talents of Cubas who represents the impending next era of Wayne’s legendary Young Money Entertainment—stay tuned for more on that!

Watch the “CAMERAS” visualizer—HERE.

In 2011, Sorry 4 The Wait shook the culture upon arrival as an appetizer for the blockbuster Tha Carter IV. Earning widespread acclaim, Pitchfork raved, Wayne has plenty of insanity left in him, and it earned “4-out-of-5 stars” from XXL, while Rolling Stone hailed it as “the kind of quickie that put him on top back in 2006 and 2007.” On the project, he notably reignited popular singles by Beyoncé, Adele, Miguel, Meek Mill, Drake, Waka Flocka Flame, Big Sean, and more.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Right now, Wayne is prepping more music for 2022. Get ready!

The release comes on the heels of another incredibly prolific year from Lil Wayne. The music icon dropped the Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album’s 10th anniversary, as well as kicked off the Tha Carter IV visual album. Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards – making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection. He teamed up with rap star Rich The Kid on their blockbuster collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies (listen HERE). Wayne closed out the year with “Tha Carter Singles Collection” 7” vinyl box set, which features 19 of Wayne’s biggest “Tha Carter” series hits on 45 for the first time ever

To date, Lil Wayne has gathered five GRAMMY® Awards, sold 120 million records worldwide, notched 25 Top 10 singles, logged five #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, and scored 62 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum certifications. The “greatest rapper alive” is back and better than ever.

Be on the lookout for a whole lot more soon.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Cameras (feat. Allan Cubas)
  2. Lil Romeo
  3. Anti-Hero (feat. Lil Tecca)
  4. Bleu Snappin’
  5. Tunechi’s Back
  6. Tunechi Rollin’
  7. Throwed (feat. Gudda Gudda)
  8. One Big Room
  9. Tunechi’s Room
  10. Twist Made Me
  11. Grove Party (feat. Lil B)
  12. Rax
  13. Hands Up (My Last)
  14. Sorry 4 The Wait
  15. YM Inkredible (feat. Thugga, Raw Dizzy, Flow, & T@)
  16. IDK

ABOUT LIL WAYNE:
Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time, tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history. Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5. It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

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About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Bastille, Billy Porter, Bo Burnham, Clairo, Conan Gray, Daddy Yankee, Drake, Eddie Vedder, G Herbo, Glass Animals, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Kim Petras, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Swedish House Mafia, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Twice, Victor Victor and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, HYBE, Imperial, JYP, Lava Records, Universal Arabic Music, Victor Victor, XO, Young Money, among others. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Sing and Sing 2), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. With projects that align with Republic’s artists and brand, Federal Films is building a diverse slate that will bring compelling stories to audiences around the world. Initial documentary releases include Jonas Brothers’ Chasing Happiness,  Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You and The Velvet Underground. Upcoming theatrical films include They Cloned Tyrone, The Hating Game and Marlowe.

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Top Specs

Eyewear is no longer only a need for the visually impaired – it is a way to make a statement. Today, the perfect pair of glasses cannot only help with vision or blue light correction but complete a stylish outfit. 360 Magazine compiled a list of the top fashionable frames for those choosing or needing to wear eyewear.

Bottega Veneta

The Bottega Veneta frames will introduce wearers to the luxury available in eyewear. Notorious for their signature 3D ribbon on the side of the frame, these spectacles are designed for modern and chic persons. With numerous styles and shapes available, Bottega Veneta has something for all shoppers.

Brunello Cucinelli

With exceptional quality and handcrafted materials, Brunello Cucinelli frames are reforming the eyewear industry. Brunello Cucinelli offers a range of frames that prioritize the blockage of blue light – the harmful light that can come from various screen technologies. Contemporary designs paired with technical advancements; these frames are spectacular.

Burberry

These lightweight, high fashion frames are designed by the one and only Burberry, famed for their products far beyond eyewear. From Burberry Eyewear comes an exclusive collection of chic frames that allow for a reduction of blue light with anti-reflective lenses. Available in an array of colors and styles, these frames are ideal for high fashion enthusiasts.

Cutler and Gross

The Cutler and Gross spectacles offer a more traditional take in eyewear. The frames are optimal for those who are looking for an opulent piece of eyewear in their conventional wardrobe. Displaying a unisex design, Cutler and Gross frames are ideal for any and everyone seeking a functional yet dapper pair.

Dita

Polished, sophisticated eyewear encapsulates the next generation of glasses wearers through Dita’s eyewear. The iconic frames sport varying lens colors combined with impeccable technical construction. Handcrafted to perfection, Dita eyewear is a step above the rest.

Dolce & Gabbana

From the luxury designer, Dolce & Gabbana created a revolutionary set of eyewear available in a multitude of shapes and colors. With an array of designs to choose from, the eyewear experience can be personalized around an individual’s style. Ranging from transparent pink to matte black, with several other colorful options in between, Dolce & Gabbana is eyewear to catch the eye of others.

Gentle Monster

Unique eyewear takes a new form with Gentle Monster frames. Gentle Monster has a collection of eyewear pieces with frames available in numerous lens colors, including the unique option of yellow. With such a high-tech feel, investing in a pair of Gentle Monster frames will elevate your eyewear experience.

Giorgio Armani

The renowned Giorgio Armani sports opulence transitions over to a new arena with their optical frames. Displaying frames that scale from ultra-thin to thick, Giorgio Armani has a design just right for the personal taste of anyone. Their optical frames exhibit timeless styling fit for the greatest of great.

Gucci

Drawing inspiration from their innovative nature are Gucci’s optical frames. The optical frames part of Gucci’s eyewear collection embraces the vision of the shapes and styles most significantly present in the 1970 and 1980s. Displaying the Horsebit and Double G logo throughout the eyewear, it is certain onlookers will be able to identify a pair’s origins. Gucci’s optical frames are a showstopper for those a fan of designer labels.

Modo

A sustainable brand with a mission to support children’s eye health, Modo frames are elegantly viable. With a slim design, Modo frames showcase super-thin acetate, uniting comfort and utility with vibrant designs. With each purchase of a frame, Modo helps a child see by providing vision screenings and treatments, perfect for more conscious shoppers.

Persol

Persol has an assortment of authentic eyeglass designs, with a specific focus on glasses for reading. Including some limited-edition spectacles in their eyewear collection, Persol has every option to complete a look.

Ron Arad Lancaster

With a distinctive design structure, Ron Arad Lancaster frames are perfect for those who prefer things out-of-the-box. The distinctive construction of the frames is captivating. Sure to steal the show, the Ron Arad Lancaster frames ought to be a wardrobe.

Tom Ford

Luxurious eyewear takes a new form with a Tom Ford eyewear frame. Known for their sophisticated American designs, Tom Ford transforms the everyday take on eyewear into a mature form. With classic designs like the half-rim optical to a modest square optical frame, Tom Ford is the standard for anyone’s spectacle needs.

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Five Tips for Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

In 2022, consumers have a large selection of gluten-free options, improving their quality of life. For individuals diagnosed with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities (NCGS) in past decades, their dietary selection was minimal. Whether you live in a region with a vast selection of gluten-free options or a limited variety, you may utilize these five tips to effectively start your diet.

Many individuals struggle to maintain a celiac-friendly diet because of limited awareness and education. When consumers increase their recognition of gluten-free labels and naturally allergy-safe foods, they can achieve a healthy diet without stress. Before evaluating the five tips, individuals may benefit from exploring gluten allergies and their physical impacts.

What Are Gluten Allergies?

Celiac disease results in an immune reaction when one’s intestines come in contact with gluten. The physical response damages the small intestine over time, causing malabsorption. Intestinal degradation causes anemia, weight loss, bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea.

The disease may also cause osteoporosis, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, migraines, and fatigue. Other individuals with the condition experience numbness of the feet, legs, and hands, as well as joint pain. People effectively reduce their symptoms over time by consuming a strict gluten-free diet.

Individuals also treat NCGS with gluten-free diets. The illness is similar to celiac disease, except the condition is non-detectable by certain testing. People with NCGS experience brain fog, abdominal pain, migraines, chronic fatigue, bloating, joint pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

A team of researchers at Columbia University identified the effects of gluten on the intestinal health of individuals with NCGS. They discovered similar immune responses and stomach cell destruction associated with consumption. Researchers believe the reaction may relate to a different component in gluten that causes its lack of appearance on celiac tests.

Scientists look at individuals’ reactions to amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) and fructans when assessing the cause of NCGS symptoms. Understanding the severity of gluten allergies and their probable causes can support informed dietary choices. The first step to starting a successful gluten-free diet is deepening your understanding of the allergen.

1. Expand Your Gluten Education

Gluten is a protein found in various grains like wheat and rye. It is a naturally occurring part of many plants, and researchers discovered a way to extract the protein. Many processed foods contain gluten as a binding agent, holding them together and adding texture.

The protein is present in bread and pasta because it comes from barley, wheat, spelt, rye, durum, emmer, farro, triticale, and other grains. Some naturally gluten-free grains include rice, quinoa, and oats. It is important to look out for specifically gluten-free oats at the store because some products experience cross-contamination.

If oats grow in a field with wheat or rye, they may receive a coating of gluten, decreasing the safety of their consumption by individuals with allergies. When oats are processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains, they also may experience cross-contamination. Remaining aware of the naturally celiac-friendly foods and the risk of contamination supports a successful diet.

2. Identify Sneaky Sources of Gluten

Another beneficial tip for starting your gluten-free diet is remaining aware of the sneaky sources of allergens. Medications and supplements often use gluten as an external coating or filler. Before consuming a new pill, it is important to contact your doctor to evaluate its dietary safety.

Processed meat, poultry, and fish often contain wheat as a filler or bast. Most deli meats, hot dogs, and sausages contain gluten, making them not suitable for consumption by individuals with celiac disease or NCGS. Some meat substitutes also use the protein as a filler, creating dietary challenges.

Imitation seafood, like the crab inside sushi rolls, and seitan, always contain gluten. Some veggie burgers also use wheat and other grains to bind the other ingredients. Many sauces additionally utilize wheat as a thickening agent.

Soy sauce is a common culprit of accidental gluten exposure. Restaurants also regularly add barley to miso, making it not suitable for gluten-free consumers. Fortunately, there are many safe alternatives to wheat-containing foods, like tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

3. Plan Ahead When Eating Out

The worst feeling is showing up to a dinner out with friends only to realize you cannot eat anything on the menu. Researching a menu before attending a restaurant is the best way to avoid dietary mishaps. Some eateries have designated gluten-free menus whereas others may have zero options.

Calling a restaurant ahead of time is the best way to ensure your ability to safely eat there. Some chefs may even encourage individuals to bring their own gluten-free bread, flour, or pasta to accommodate their dietary restrictions. Individuals can also plan ahead when eating at a friend’s house by bringing a celiac-friendly option.

4. Convert Your Favorite Home-Cooked Meals to Gluten-Free Options

While traditional Italian dishes often contain gluten, individuals can substitute wheat components with chickpea, almond, or rice flour. Consumers with celiac disease and NCGS may make their favorite dishes like pizza using gluten-free substitutes. One pizza recipe uses rice and tapioca flour instead of wheat to create the crust.

It also utilizes xanthan gum to keep the dough together, binding it as gluten would. The crust is also dairy-free and egg-free, making it a suitable option for vegans and lactose-intolerant individuals as well. When making celiac-friendly pizza, it is important to prepare the dough away from wheat-containing dishes to limit cross-contamination.

5. Beware of Cross-Contamination

The final tip for starting a gluten-free diet revolves around cross-contamination. When individuals cook celiac-friendly foods in a wheat-containing kitchen, the meal may come in contact with gluten. Sharing cooking surfaces, utensils, and containers with wheat-containing items can create unsafe dishes for consumers with celiac disease and NCGS.

Flour containing wheat can remain airborne in bakeries for hours, increasing the rate of cross-contamination. Before ordering food from a restaurant or eating at a friend’s house, ensure they have a celiac-friendly kitchen. Many Individuals designate a section of their kitchens to gluten-free meal prep to decrease the risk of cross-contamination.

The Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free

Many individuals benefit from eating a gluten-free diet, especially consumers with celiac disease and NCGS. When you eliminate gluten from your diet, you preserve your small intestinal lining. The diet also decreases abdominal discomfort, migraines, brain fog, and rashes, helping individuals live a normal life without adverse symptoms.

How to Learn to Embrace Change

The past two years have ushered unprecedented changes to daily life, no matter how much media pundits try to pretend everything is normal. The pandemic upended the economy, but the more dramatic shift continues behind the scenes in everyday people’s attitudes.

People now realize the old narrative no longer works. Spending every waking hour away from their family slaving for a company that would replace them tomorrow if they died at their desk is a waste of this one divine life they have been given. They are demanding a radical new direction in the usual order of business.

Some are downsizing, moving off the grid or into vehicles to escape the relentless grind of a societal wheel that demands cash payment for everything but the air they breathe. Others are starting over in other ways, taking new jobs or refusing to return to substandard working conditions, contenting themselves with less.

However, all this chaos amid a pandemic blended with widespread economic uncertainty causes understandable unease. If you feel like the bottom has been pulled out from under you, you are not alone. Here are three principles to guide you through learning how to embrace change — because it is the one thing in life that remains constant.

1.   Establish Your Core Values

Who are you, and what matters to you the most? These questions aren’t ones you can ignore after you declare your college major and settle into your chosen path. They should guide your daily decisions, helping you resolve conflicts by calling upon your core values to make the right choice in how to behave.

Internal conflicts arise when your chosen lifestyle no longer aligns with your core values. It influences everything from your choice of a life partner to your selection of jobs. For example, people who cherish human relationships probably won’t thrive in a role that requires them to deliver eviction notices. Those who crave nothing more than quiet family life in the country could find themselves endlessly frustrated if they chose a loft-dwelling city slicker as their mate.

Establishing your core values isn’t about feeling superior to anyone else. It’s simply defining who you are in the world and what you represent. You don’t have to exclude others from your circle if they have different beliefs — on the contrary, having a firm sense of who you are can give you a greater appreciation of the beauty in diversity.

However, your core values help define what role various other people and organizations play in your life. For example, if you cherish positivity, you’ll limit your contact with those who complain for complaining’s sake. If you don’t like how a certain store treats its employees, you can take your business elsewhere.

2.   Embrace Radical Acceptance

If the events of the past two years taught people one thing, it’s that life isn’t always fair. Some people lost loved ones amid the pandemic, while others lost work and homes. It can seem like lightning strikes with no rhyme or reason, destroying even those who work hard, follow the rules and try to do everything right.

Embracing radical acceptance doesn’t mean taking a dismal view of events, assuming the worst will inevitably occur. It simply means stopping your behavior from turning temporarily negative circumstances into lifelong spirals of despair. It requires you to step back from your emotional reactions and take a neutral view of circumstances, focusing on what you can control and letting go of what you can’t.

Radical acceptance helps you embrace change by breaking the rumination cycle. Think about the mental energy you expend on thoughts like, “what did I do to deserve this” and “why is this happening to me?” While these may be valid questions, you know you’ll never get an answer in this lifetime. All musing on such ideas can do is reinforce your negative emotions, in turn amplifying your mind’s dark whisperings, on and on until you spiral into depression, substance abuse or both.

Achieving a state of emotional detachment helps prevent these dark feelings from becoming behaviors that further deteriorate your situation. If you lost your job, staying in bed in a depressed stupor instead of looking for a replacement can mean falling short on rent. If you turn to the bottle, you could lose your relationship, career or both.

All change requires some hardship. Some circumstances are tougher to navigate than others. Embracing radical acceptance prevents you from letting impulsive emotions make a bad situation worse. It helps you focus on the possibility of a positive outcome — which is at least equally as likely as a tragedy.

3.   Create Meaning Amid the Chaos

If you’ve endured emotional or physical trauma — or both — toxic positivity is an instant turn-off. Words like “everything happens for a reason” ring hollow when you are mourning the loss of a loved one or waving goodbye to most of your worldly belongings, courtesy of an eviction notice.

However, you might do better at embracing change by finding comfort in the works of Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who went on to become a psychologist and neurologist. He endured unimaginable shifts in his life — and yet, he helped humanity.

In his book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he discusses how it’s perfectly normal to behave abnormally under abnormal circumstances. What that means is that you should treat yourself gently, the way you would a beloved friend, when you’re going through a radical life change. Instead of beating yourself up for mistakes, understand that you are doing the best you can.

If you’re changing jobs or homes, forgive yourself if you sometimes run short of patience or skip a healthy meal in favor of a fast-food treat. Leave the dishes in the sink if you can’t manage one more thing at the end of a trying day.

Frankl’s main point is that achieving a healthy mindset regardless of horrific circumstances creates a sense of purpose. Think of yourself as the main character in a movie about your life. What would they choose to do in your place? What is their motivation?

Your objectives need not be anything earth-shattering. You might find your purpose in treating everyone you encounter with kindness, putting a smile on one face per day. Imagine if everyone in the world adopted such a goal!

How to Learn to Embrace Change

The past two years’ events have led to unprecedented shifts for many. You aren’t alone if you’re feeling adrift. Ultimately, it’s up to you to create your anchor in life by establishing your core values, embracing radical acceptance, and moving forward with purpose. Following these steps will help you learn how to embrace change.

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STEVE AOKI Joins Forces with THEOS To Create New TV Show THE GATHERING Celebrating the World’s Greatest Festivals

Steve Aoki uncovers the most significant cultural celebrations in THE GATHERING. The project is a personal journey which takes Aoki from offstage and into the crowd in a way we’ve never seen before.

Executive Producer David Lingwood brings us to significant cultural festivals worldwide through the eyes of one of today’s most renowned global DJs.

A man of the people, Steve Aoki, tends to meet the locals and discovers their stories whenever he travels around the globe. It’s a desire he has to dive deeper into the social fabric of our times. This passion for telling personal stories was most famously captured when he interviewed cab drivers of Middle Eastern descent right after 9/11. With THE GATHERING, travel further to find engaging interactions and encounters with communities and why they come together to celebrate the human condition the way they do. Through Aoki’s unique storytelling, watch as he goes to England for “The Appleby Horsefair” to learn about England’s deep gypsy roots. Or “The Boryeong Mud Festival” in Korea to learn about another side of their culture. Steve fearlessly shares his contagious passion for culture and adventure and carries you to places and events that you’ve never heard of. A master at his craft, his goal is to find commonality through expression and community while highlighting music, authentic food, culture, people, and travel. Viewers will see some genuinely surprising answers. 

DAVE LINGWOOD

David has 10+ years of experience producing award-winning television for numerous networks, including MTV, FOX, Freeform, and HGTV, to name a few. With an instinctual knack for sniffing out contemporary talent and formats, he has an unparalleled eye for recognizing trending IP. As one of the co-founders of THEOS, David has developed and sold dozens of pilots and series to networks and platforms throughout his career. In addition to producing, David shares duality as talent too, which began as one of the millennial-defining MTV series The Buried Life stars. He also wrote New York Times #1 bestseller “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die.”

David Lingwood inside 360 magazine (photo provided by workhouse pr).

THEOS is a new media entertainment company of curious storytellers. We focus on creating the most innovative and stylized media for all new domestic and global platforms. Our mission is to create demographic-specific content targeting Gen-Z and Millennials. Our goal is simple: create content that destroys molds. To learn more, visit www.theos.co