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Actum LLC announces Ruben Diaz Jr. as Co-Chair via 360 MAGAZINE

ACTUM PUBLIC STRATEGY

Actum LLC, the fastest growing public strategy firm in the United States, today announces Ruben Diaz Jr. has joined the company as Co-Chair.

The former Bronx Borough President and New York State Assemblymember brings unprecedented experience and a deep network to Actum’s leadership team and valuable guidance on the inner workings of government for clients.

As Co-Chair, Diaz Jr. adds to Actum’s formidable capabilities in government, communications and activation of communities of color and will offer key insight into the political landscape of New York and across the country.

“Actum is building an extraordinary platform that drives outcomes for clients while elevating the voices of communities of color. In less than a year, it has established itself as a global powerhouse, a direct result of its strong core values and quality people leading each client engagement. I am honored to join this team and help the company grow,” said Ruben Diaz Jr.

“Ruben was a transformational Borough President who united diverse communities to usher in a new era for the Bronx. Thanks to that work, the borough is today a booming global destination. His leadership, vision, and bridge-building skills will be an asset to Actum, which has quickly established itself as one of the leading coalition builders in Black and Brown communities. We are happy to welcome Ruben to our team,” said Rachel Noerdlinger, Partner at Actum.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ruben to our team and know he will make an immediate impact on our company and clients. Actum’s strategists have served in the highest levels of government, media and business and translate that high level experience to outcomes for clients. Ruben’s addition to our team is further evidence that we are building something different at Actum,” said Michael McKeon, Partner at Actum.

“I am happy to congratulate Ruben on this incredible opportunity. He is already a force in the Black and Brown community and my brother will continue to build opportunities for us in his role as Chairman at Actum,” said Fat Joe, hip hop legend, Bronx community advocate and longtime friend of the Borough President.

“Ruben is a tremendous addition to the Actum team. He is an icon in the Bronx and a respected statesman in national politics. The same innovation and creativity he brought to the Borough President’s office will bring real value to Actum and its clients,” said Antonio Villaraigosa, Co-Chair at Actum and former Mayor of Los Angeles.

“Actum’s national Black and Brown public affairs team, led by Rachel Noerdlinger and supported by Fabian Nunez, Antonio Villaraigosa and a cadre of young, talented professionals, just got even stronger with Ruben’s addition,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who earlier this year tapped Diaz as a board member for the National Action Network. “Whether it is standing up for the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico who endured generational damage from Navy bombing exercises, fighting for justice for the family of Amadou Diallo, or moving the Bronx forward as a City and State elected official, Ruben makes a difference in whatever endeavor he undertakes. His hiring solidifies Actum’s position as the go-to team for public affairs.”

About Actum

Actum is not a public affairs company, or a PR firm, or a lobbying shop. Actum is a global consulting firm, built to deliver highly meaningful and measurable outcomes for our clients around the world. Our capabilities in strategy, management, execution, communications, government relations, storytelling and narrative development, digital and social media, advocacy mobilization, special groups, political consulting, public opinion research and data, are all best in class, because our people are best in class. For our clients, we provide seasoned and experienced advisors and partners, from the highest levels of government, media, business, advocacy, politics, technology and special groups, who will lead teams of subject matter experts to deliver exceptional, measurable value and outcomes.

El Alfa releases new album via 360 MAGAZINE

El Alfa – Sabiduría

El Alfa, the most representative Urban artist from the Dominican Republic releases his 4th studio album titled “Sabiduría” (Wisdom).  A comprehensive production of 14 songs with “explosive” collaborations that transports the artist closer to the Anglo market, proving a musical maturity that the interpreter defines as “the best I have done in my artistic career to date.”

The album’s title “Sabiduría” hails from the mere meaning of the word; ‘wisdom’ being the definitive feature of El Alfa’s artistic career; foresight, prudence, insight and experience are contributing factors that have allowed him to make the best decisions over time to climb the steps of musical success.

“Each of my albums has been the clear representation of my artistic career. From the man who understood that discipline would be his livelihood, to the man today who has the wisdom to make his dreams come true. I hope you enjoy it,” El Alfa said.

The album encompasses contributions from musicians and artists from different walks of the world including Chael Produciendo, the genius behind the worldwide success of “La mamá, la mamá,” Dominican artist/producer La Nota, as well as Cubans Mauro and Lenier who poured their indisputable “flow” into the production of “Sabiduría.”

“Sabiduría” releases simultaneously along with the music video “Máquina de dinero” a collaboration with American rapper French Montana and introducing young Dominicans Braulio Fogón and Kaly, Ocho, the new generation of urban artists from this musical hit producing Caribbean country.

Additionally, “Sabiduría” contains musical collaborations with Lil Pump, Lenier, T.Y.S, Valentino, Farina and El Mayor Clásico, with the latter, El Alfa premiered the first single off the album titled “Galapin.”

“Wisdom” is available for streaming on all digital music platforms.

Watch Bendecido HERE.

Kid Flex – Esperando Pa Verte

Following the release of his single “No Soy Perfecto,” Kid Flex releases his latest single Esperando Pa Verte. The song and official music video are available on all digital platforms starting today.

Esperando Pa Verte,” written by Stefano Fernandez and produced by Kid Flex and Were, is a song that, like ‘No Soy Perfecto’ focuses on the reflections of a past love and the consequences of actions previously taken.

Esperando Pa Verte is a song that talks about the desire of a guy who is very anxious to once again see the girl he loves so much, with whom he has had problems and arguments but despite it all, he promises to respect her and be there for her, even when she doesn’t want to hear from him,” commented Kid Flex.

In the music video, directed by Giacomo Cochella, we see Kid Flex deep in thought as he sits in the living room of an almost empty house glued to the phone with the illusion of being able to contact the person he cherishes and continues to love. Kid Flex continues to work on new music expected soon under Warner Music Latina.

ABOUT KID FLEX:

Composer, musician, and producer. KID FLEX, does not show his face, because he wants to be the voice of a community that perhaps is not heard often. Through music, he tells his stories and his feelings, but he wants to transcend. His public image is a television, where his community is projected. He does not reveal his identity because he prefers to be a symbol rather than just being a person.

Anitta inside 360 MAGAZINE

ANITTA – ENVOLVER

“ENVOLVER” Available Here 

Global domination continues for Brazilian superstar Anitta, as she has reached a historic achievement in her career reaching Spotify’s Global chart’s No. 1 position with her worldwide hit Envolver. The song surpasses more than 3.6 million streams per day on the platform, accumulating more than 78.2 million total streams since its release and has become the highest chart entry on Spotify’s Top Songs USA chart at No. 180.

Envolver has become a global anthem and is now the highest ranking song by a Brazilian artist on Spotify’s Global chart and has also reached No. 2 on Apple Music Brazil, Mexico and Paraguay and No. in PanamaPeru and Uruguay. The official video has already accumulated more than 73 million views on her YouTube channel. Adding to all the success on digital platforms, the track has also become a worldwide trend on social media with 1.2 billion views using the hashtag #envolver on TikTokNo. 1 on the Latin playlist, the No. 8 song in the U.S. and more than 881.1K videos have been created with the sound. On Instagram, more than 304 K Reels have been created with the song. In total, Envolver has more than 224 million global streams combined.

A few weeks ago, Anitta also released the official remix of “Envolver” with hitmaker Justin Quiles, accompanied by its official video which already has over 19 million views on YouTube.

Anitta recently received two nominations for the Latin American Music Awards 2022. She is nominated in the “Favorite Video” category for her song “Girl From Rio” and in the “Favorite Social Artist” category. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm EST on Telemundo. Anitta is also slated to perform at Coachella in Indio, California on April 16 and 23

Anitta is managed by Brandon Silverstein of S10 Entertainment and signed to Warner Records/Warner Music Latina.

Blessd and Myke Towers inside 360 MAGAZINE

BLESSD – TENDENCIA GLOBAL

“Tendencia Global” Available Here 

Blessd, the artist who has broken the paradigms in Colombia and has become a reference of the genre across the globe presents his new single “Tendencia Global” alongside one of the urban genre’s Puerto Rican representatives, Myke Towers, a song full of energy that showcases the unique styles of each of the participating artists. A track that unites two powerhouses of the genre, Colombia and Puerto Rico, in a single production that will be heard in every corner of the planet. Parallel to this immense release, the artist announced his world tour that bears the name of the single: Tendencia Global Tour, the singer-songwriter will visit important territories such as: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States, Mexico and Europe.

Tendencia Global” was born from Myke Towers’ initial interest in wanting to collaborate with the rising urban genre star, Blessd, considered by the Puerto Rican as the most relevant artist of the new school of the urban genre in Colombia. Towers, in an interview given to a well-known media outlet, which made its way around the world of reggaeton, expressed his interest in collaborating with Blessd, taken as the first step for such important collaboration in the music industry.

A collaboration to go down in history, Puerto Rico & Colombia which will go worldwide”… mentioned Blessed.

This new single was written by BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On the Drums and performed by Blessd and Myke Towers. The production was carried out, in its entirety, by producer Ovy On The Drums, recognized for working with important artists such as Karol G, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Anuel AA and Piso 21 among others.

The video was shot and produced on the island of Puerto Rico, framing the beauty of the Caribbean beaches and the stunning architectural zone of old San Juan. The video combines close-up images of BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On The Drums sequenced throughout the video, adding to all the technical levels of the recording, further demonstrating and recreating the music of this global hit.

The video was directed by Oscar Vasquez and DEIVY P and produced by DYPA FILMS, a production company that has worked with national and international artists such as Blessd, Ryan Castro, Lyanno, Anonimus, Valentino, Dekko, Javielo, Saga White Black, Lenny Tavarez, and Justin Quiles, among others.

Blessd, along with his label JM World Music – CigolWarner Music Latina and his management team Just One Cliick, headed by CEO Dr. Velasquez, will continue to work on and consolidate this global music project.

About Blessd:

Talent makes Antioquian urban singer Stiven Mesa Londoño one of the future promises of the genre. With only 22 years of age and a career that began recently, this singer, better known in the music industry as BLESSD, not only improvises and sings but also composes his songs.

His simplicity, charisma, ability to improvise as well as his love for music, have positioned him as one of the promising Colombians in the world of reggaeton, a genre that has allowed him to perform in different cities and events throughout the country, where his fan base chants the songs and motivate him to continue striving for his dream of one day selling out stadiums across different cities of the world.

BLESSD “TENDENCIA GLOBAL” OFFICIAL VIDEO

Justin Quiles of Warner Music Latina featured in 360 MAGAZINE

Justin Quiles – Gucci Fendi

Latin GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and singer-songwriter, Justin Quiles, announced today his long-awaited and first homecoming concert in his native Puerto Rico. The show will take place at the Coca-Cola Music Hall on May 20th with special guest appearances. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 am on ticketera.com. The show is being produced by Paco Lopez for No Limit Entertainment

I am happy to finally bring my show to  my island and give fans what they have been asking for, for so long. We have a super fun show and will give fans a good time! Vamos Puerto Rico!” commented Quiles.

Last night, Quiles released his latest hit song “Gucci Fendi” alongside fellow Puerto Rican rapper Eladio Carrion. “Gucci Fendi” is the first song off of his next studio album slated for release in 2022. The song, along with the official video, are available to stream on all digital platforms today.

Each track the multi-platinum artist releases is another song in a lengthy repertoire of certified hits — with “Gucci Fendi” being no exception. The song not only demonstrates his exceptional versatility, but also the growth he has endured as an artist. On “Gucci Fendi,” Justin incorporates skilled lyrical mastery and creates a song that is relevant and relatable about the need to always look “on point” when stepping out. Carrion’s inclusion on the track further elevates it and adds the perfect notes of grittiness with his flow and unique vocals. Directed by Fernando Lugo, the video features some of today’s hottest fashions set against a monochromatic backdrop to further highlight its exclusivity. 

Quiles has enjoyed a career filled with a myriad of milestones that have catapulted him into another level of global success and reach within Latin music. The singer-songwriter wrapped up an impressive 2021 by surpassing 1 billion combined global streams of his successful third studio album, “La Última Promesa.” The album reached #1 on Apple Music’s “Top Album Charts,” #1 BTS video on Apple Music’s “Top Video Charts,” #1 on iTunes, garnered 1 million streams on the first day of release on Apple Music alone, and #3 on Spotify’s Global Top Album Debuts (#1 Latin album). “La Ultima Promesa” is also home to several multi-platinum hits released prior to the album such as: Loco featuring Zion & Lennox and Chimbala, which reached #1 on U.S. radio the week of the album’s release and has surpassed over 185.9 million views on YouTube, was certified 2x Platinum in Spain, reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, #1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay, #10 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, #13 on Hot Latin Songs, and currently sits at #1 in the United States and Spain; PAM featuring superstars Daddy Yankee and El Alfa, whose video has over 91.1 million views and entered the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts for over 15 weeks; and Jeans with over 213 million views and certified Platinum in the United States, Diamond in Chile, Platinum in Spain, 2x Platinum in Argentina, 4x Platinum in Peru and 3x Platinum in Mexico. Adding to the success of “La Última Promesa,” he released the official video of his single Colorín Colorado — quickly becoming one of the hitmaker’s fan favorites. Since its release, it has already accumulated more than 42 million views on YouTube and more than 492 million streams worldwide.

There is no doubt that as Justin Quiles continues along with his illustrious career, he will continue to position himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after artists and composers in the urban genre. To date, Justin has accumulated more than 4.2 billion combined global streams. The globally renowned hitmaker is also currently gearing up for his run across the United States that will be making stops in four major cities at the beginning of April 2022. The tour will make stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Boston and Puerto Rico.

Evan Craft by Reb Czukoski for use by 360 Magazine

EVAN CRAFT DROPS DOUBLE ALBUM

Singer/Songwriter Evan Craft Drops Double Album Holy Ground Oct. 1

Holy Ground/Tierra Santa to be released in both English and Spanish.

On the heels of the success of Desesperado, Evan Craft’s double album released in 2020 in English and Spanish with a deluxe bilingual album as well, the singer/songwriter released his next full-length worship album Holy Ground (English) and Tierra Santa (Spanish) simultaneously today, Friday, October 1.

This will be Craft’s first release as a married man! Him and his wife, Rachel, were married outside Nashville, Tennessee, on September 17.

Music Background

Craft’s most recent single Be Alright, landed the #1 spot on Christian radio Mediabase audience, #3 on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel songs chart, #5 on the Billboard Christian songs chart and cracked the top 20 at radio in three weeks. The album, Desesperado, debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 100 Christian chart.

The successes of Be Alright have garnered Craft nearly 1 billion online streams and millions of subscribers and followers across social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Spotify.

The release of Holy Ground/Tierra Santa takes Craft back to the start, “Holy Ground is a very special album because it goes back to my roots as a worship leader.” He also mentions the goal he has in mind, “I get to incorporate Spanish language and experiences embedded in the lyrics from my travels throughout Latin America. We started out the year releasing pop music but I also want to lead people to a place of worship and to experience God in a very real way.”

Collaborations on this double release include Christine D’Clario on the feature track Healer, Pat Barrett (Same Spirit), Miel San Marcos (Looks Like Heaven) and Ke’Erron (Fix My Eyes/You Keep Hope Alive).

Latinx Impact

While not Hispanic, Craft has become a welcomed artist in the Latinx community not only for his authentic music, but his actions behind the words. To date he has raised more than $250k for the homeless mission in Los Angeles he co-founded called Mi Casa LA. In 2018 he rode his bicycle 1,200 miles across South America in a fundraising effort for various causes. A book and documentary of this trek are currently in the works.

Early in his career, Craft developed a deep love for the Latinx community in and around his Thousand Oaks, California, community. He began learning Spanish in high school to help his father who was running a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. In an effort to fully immerse himself in the Latin culture, Craft traveled to Mexico and other Latin American countries, which would spawn his first Spanish album.

He recorded Yo Soy Segundo in 2012 and much to Craft’s surprise, it became the No. 1 Latin Christian album. More mission trips would follow to South America and Craft’s online Spanish interpretations of popular worship songs have generated millions of views and earned him a devoted following.

“I have felt an incredible reception in Latin America,” Craft said. “I’ve been to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and 99% of the people have honestly embraced me. It’s overwhelming and humbling.”

illustration by Reb Czukoski for use by 360 magazine

Joel Rivera – ABOLITION & BLACK LIBERATION

The Stonewall Protests

By: Javier Pedroza

Joel Rivera, affectionately known as Joela Joela, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York to a mother with Trinidad and Tobago ancestry and a father from Borinquen (aka Puerto Rico). Ms Rivera is an incredible and inspirational 20-year-old Black Revolutionary who began her revolutionary work in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the rebirth of the Black Lives Matter Movement. This Afro-Caribbean young woman says, “my mission and message are rooted in both abolition and black liberation, believing that both go hand-in-hand.” In fact, she founded The Stonewall Protests to uplift, and inspire the Black Transgender & the Queer community by centering abolition and radical love.

The Stonewall Protests is a widely known organization that brought out hundreds at a time every Thursday for necessary civil disobedience and grassroots work. Joel’s passion, voice, and message reflect the reality that Black Transgender Women face every day. She consistently inspires love, courage, and self-sufficiency. Now, Joel, alongside other comrades of the Stonewall Protests, focus on mutual-aid and community building; Joella says “This new chapter of grassroots organizing and community building for The Stonewall Protests is revolutionary. The act of loving, supporting and uplifting Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities is a necessary form of protesting because in this society we are conditioned to be ignorant, societal robots. It is easy to serve but under this system they want it to be impossible. Once people start loving themselves, they see their worth and we are worth more than what this government gives/takes”.

The Stonewall Protests is actively hosting actions to provide for black and brown communities all around New York City. Joel’s life revolves around creating a new and better world for every human being and the Latino Commission on AIDS is recognizing her contributions. This Fall, Ms. Rivera will be awarded the 2021 Youth Ambassador Award at the annual “Cielo” (Heaven) Gala, held at the prestigious Cipriani Wall Street.

by pollen for use by 360 Magazine

Pollen Presents Takes J Balvin NEON Experience Global

Four Days in Punta Cana (Dec 8-12) with J Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Sech, Arcángel, Nio Garcia, Mariah Angeliq, Zion & Lennox, Cazzu, and More

Follows Three Sell Out J Balvin NEON Shows in Las Vegas

Pollen Presents has announced the first international J Balvin NEON experience in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which will take place from December 8-12, 2021, at the Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort. NEON’s international expansion follows the sellout of three much anticipated J Balvin NEON weekends in Las Vegas this September.

J Balvin NEON, a Pollen Presents experience, is a multi-day musical journey curated by Balvin himself and will include performances from some of his favorite acts, representing some of the most influential voices in global music. This will include performances by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Rauw Alejandro, Panamanian vocalist Sech, reggaeton and latin trap artist Arcángel, Latin dancer and world-class choreographer turned rapper and film actor Nio Garcia, Miami-born American singer Mariah Angeliq, Puerto Rican musical duo Zion & Lennox, Argentinan singer Cazzu, and much more. 

The Punta Cana experience will provide an incredible backdrop for NEON, as the weekend programming unfolds around pool parties, night swims, after parties, and a headlining show from J Balvin on the beach on the final night.

J Balvin NEON Punta Cana will take place at the beautiful beach-side adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort starting Wednesday, December 8th and concluding on December 12, with all food and drinks included in ticket packages along with access to headlining performances on the beach, club nights, and more.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Wednesday, July 14th. Additional details can be found here, and those interested in receiving updates can sign-up on the site.

About Pollen
Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on the official website and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

Natan & Shander "Ojos Cafe" cover from Nini Veras, NV Marketing and Public Relations, LLC for use by 360 Magazine

Natan × Shander unveil new single Ojos café

Natan and Shander, the original performers of “Poblado” (74 million views on YouTube) and “Poblado remix” (43 million views on YouTube), present their new single “Ojos café”, an urban song with romantic and catchy lyrics, available as of today on all digital platforms.

Natan & Shander belong to the record label Black Koi Entertainment with the management of La Industria INC. They are currently emerging as the new famous duo within the urban genre, thanks to the international success of their song “Poblado: and “Poblado Remix.”

The duo is originally from Cartagena, Colombia, and living in the city of Medellín, a place that has produced great Latin music stars such as J Balvin and Karol G. Natan and Shander begin to savor unstoppable success, and their sensual- urban-funk style, with tones of the original reggae, has made them make a big difference within the urban genre industry.

“Ojos café” authors are the same interpreters together with Crissin, the latter was also responsible for the production of the song with Alexander Rojas Pineda “The Big Pieces” and Luis Alberto Ambrosio “Daymebeats”.

“Ojos café” premieres with its official video clip. An audiovisual piece with a very organic aesthetic, which revolves around the life of a beautiful girl with perfect brown eyes. The filmmaker was Felipe Zapata with the production of ADB Films, and it is available to all fans through YouTube.

Enjoy “Ojos café” today on your favorite digital platform.