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Rules of creative writing and storytelling

The internet and libraries abound with books, novels, and stories written by authors. Some of them are more successful than others and this is because authors have managed to create interesting and compelling stories. Storytelling in copywriting is the trend that will describe the marketing efforts of many businesses in the next years, as it begins to gain momentum as an important marketing trend. However, storytelling and creative writing have a few rules that, if followed, can help you create amazing pieces of text. 

There is no special formula to unleash your imagination or write a piece of text that many readers can relate to. It is more about talent, hard work, and a few creative tips that can enhance the writing skills of anyone. 

A Dedicated Writing Space 

This is something that all writers are stressing over and over again. Having a dedicated writing space helps you enter a flow state when you do not feel how the time passes. When you are in a flow state, you get so involved in what you are doing, that everything in your environment seems to work for you. 

You are more efficient and productive, and sometimes, as a writer, you would want to be like this. But apart from this benefit, a dedicated writing space allows you to gather your resources and concentrate on your piece of text. It is a great way to eliminate distractions and let your ideas pour on paper. 

Structured and Specific Stories 

Creative writing and storytelling develop impressive and emotional stories. To be successful, they need to appeal to the public and help it relate to them. Writing general stories and concepts and using lazy word combinations is one of the things to avoid. Instead, be specific and use words that describe complex states. For example, instead of very sad you can use sorrowful or instead of very shiny you can use gleaming. Everyone is now competing for the attention of the people, no matter if it is online or offline. But many writers need feedback and suggestions on their pieces of text and writing services can turn out to be of help. If you need help from an essay writing service UK, they have a large base of proficient writers that can support you in the writing process and help you find the best words. 

One or Two Narrative Points of View? 

There are two common approaches to the narrative point of view. It can be first-person, meaning the narrator is also a character in the story. Or, it can be third-person, meaning that the narrator is not an active participant in the story. Both of them are largely used in all pieces of writing and storytelling and each of them comes with its benefits. The first-person point of view comes with intimacy and great character building. While a third-person point of view allows the writer to focus on more characters and gives the feeling of omnipresence. 

Which one of them is right for your idea of the story, you get to decide. But the best thing you could do that will also boost your creativity is to experiment. Writing does not have any magic formula and it is your personality and perspective on the world that will be reflected by your pieces of text. Experimenting with all the narrative points of view allows you to develop the story more and also come up with new ideas. This is something both copywriters and creative writers are doing. 

Character Building 

Storytelling is not only about a succession of events that take place. It is also about the characters that take part in those events and interact with each other. No matter your narrative point of view, as an author, you need to paint the readers an accurate character portrait. Think about real characters and describe them. What do they look like? What do they like or dislike? How do they relate to the events that take place? Do they have any hobbies, pets, thoughts they ruminate on?

Not only the story but the characters too, make a story memorable. And storytelling is exactly about this. Understanding and constantly learning about characters is important, as it can help any writer develop a compelling story. 

Conclusion 

There are many types of content writing or storytelling you can choose to write, but this depends on the ideas you have and the message you want to send. To write successful pieces of text, you need to train your brain to enter a flow state, where you forget to check the clock. The best thing you can do is consistency. Have a dedicated writing space and write even when you don’t feel like writing. 

Aim to create specific stories and use a large pool of words to describe the emotions and feelings in an accurate manner. This will help readers relate more to your story and continue reading. Writing is also about experimenting and you can do this with your character building. Both the events and the characters make a story memorable. 

Author Bio: Judy Nelson is a content writer and blogger, passionate about literature. She spends her spare time reading books on diverse genres: SFs, historical fiction, and self-development. Judy loves writing essays on topics such as the psychology of creative writing and writing skills.

Lil Nas X illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine

LIL NAS X CELEBRATES INDIVIDUALITY

By Hannah DiPilato

Notable musician Lil Nas X has brought his signature style and voice straight to the page in his new entertaining alphabet picture book. C Is for Country follows a young cowboy and his sidekick, Panini the pony, as they use the ABCs to seek out adventure in wide-open pastures, embrace family, and celebrate individuality, all during a single day. The book features bold, bright illustrations from award-winning artist Theodore Taylor III which are sure to keep kids engaged. 

C Is for Country goes out to every amazing kid out there who sang along to ‘Old Town Road’ on repeat and helped change my life forever,” said Lil Nas X. “I hope this book inspires them and makes learning the alphabet a thousand times more fun. I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait for the world to see it,” he continued. 

Lil Nas X had a goal to promote individuality in his book so children everywhere are able to embrace who they are. The artist has never been one to shy away from his true self, releasing music that speaks to who he is and instantly creating hits. Soon after releasing the children’s book, it hit number eight across all kid’s books in the world Lil Nas X announced in a tweet

“A is for adventure. Every day is a brand-new start!,” an excerpt from the book on the website says. “B is for boots—whether they’re big or small, short or tall. And C is for country.”

Earlier in the year, Lil Nas X appeared on Sesame Street’s, The Not-Too-Late Show to sing Elmo’s Song with Elmo himself. The artist also made an appearance at Lander Elementry School in 2019 to perform for the children there. These appearances have certainly helped him create a younger fan base and an audience for his new picture book. His hit song, “Old Town Road” ended up being a smashing success with the younger crowds as well. Recently, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has officially become 14x platinum and is now the most certified song in music history.

Lil Nas X has been embracing his younger fan base he isn’t necessarily self-conscious about it. “I’m well aware that life and careers and everything goes in chapters,” the rapper said in NPR. “That’s the chapter I’m in right now and I’m OK with that.” C Is for Country was made for kids ages three to seven and is sure to help little ones learn the alphabet. 

Lil Nas X is not the first celebrity to check “write a children’s book” off of their bucket list. Madonna, a well-known star to all ages has written a number of books for kids. Her first book, The English Roses, became the biggest and fastest-selling children’s book by a first-time author. The book, which references Madonna’s personal experiences, features many moral life lessons and has been published in 42 languages. Madonna then went on to write eleven more books in this series which has now flourished into a book series that features 12 chapter books. Madonna lovers can even buy an audiobook version where Madonna reads all of the stories aloud. 

Madonna has also written a number of other children’s books aside from The English Roses series including, Yakov and the Seven Thieves and The Adventures of Abdi. In her stories, Madonna not only references her childhood experiences while teaching life lessons, but she also promotes gender equality and uses her Jewish background to do so. 

Another notable celebrity, Jamie Lee Curtis, has made her mark in the world of children’s books. She has written twelve bestselling children’s books including When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day and Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. These books have been a great success in teaching kids important life lessons in a silly and entertaining way. 

Curtis said that her daughter was her first inspiration for writing children’s books. “My four-year-old said something funny to me one day,” explains Jamie Lee Curtis. “She walked into my office, all petulant and sweet, and announced that ‘when I was little I used to wear diapers, but now I use the potty.'” 

“The idea that she had thought about her life in the past,” Curtis continues, “when she was really just four, made me smile. I wrote on a piece of paper: ‘When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth.’ I then wrote a list of things that she used to not be able to do and now could. By the end, I realized I had written a book.”

Although Lil Nas X didn’t grasp his inspiration from any one person in particular, his youthful spirit and young fanbase have certainly set him up to be a successful writer for children. It’s clear the young cowboy in the book is inspired by Lil Nas X complete with a bedazzled, pink cowboy outfit. 

It’s not just actors and singers becoming authors, famous athletes such as LeBron James, Alex Morgan and Mia Hamm have also become authors. LeBron James’ book, I Promise, was recently published in August of 2020 and encourages children to strive for greatness. This book coincides with the I Promise School, a school powered by the LeBron James Family Foundation. This school helps students that are in danger of falling through the cracks to succeed. I Promise shares a common goal with this school in helping children strive to be the best they can be. 

No matter which celebrity is behind writing the pages of these books, they all have one thing in common, they hope to promote positivity and important life lessons to all children that read them. Lil Nas X is no different when it comes to C Is for Country. When celebrities use their platform to write children’s books, they are using their fame to promote life lessons to kids. This is especially useful for an artist like Lil Nas X who already has a relatively young fan base.

C is for Country is available now for purchase and can be bought in hardcover, Kindle or audiobook version. If you know a child that has been blasting “Old Town Road” on repeat, then this book is sure to be a success.

Eighth Blackbird Presents: The Chicago Artists Workshop – J. Ivy

Eighth Blackbird Presents: The Chicago Artists Workshop (CAW) live stream concert series rounds out 2020 with J. Ivy, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. The award-winning poet, artist, musician, author and actor will perform work from his newest album “Catching Dreams,” a blend of poetry and music. Limited in-person seating for the concert is available. For more information click HERE.

“Catching Dreams” is Ivy’s fourth studio album and, in Ivy’s own words, was created “to serve as another reminder of the love we were put here to learn, share, and grow from.” Ivy recently finished co-writing and co-producing, singer-song-writer, Tarrey Torae’s upcoming album, “Thanks for the Love,” and co-wrote the new song, “Freedom Ride” with GRAMMY Award-nominated House Music legend, DJ Terry Hunter, also by Torae.

Ivy is Poet Laureate for the famed visual artist Ernie Barnes’ Foundation and widely known for being the “Poet” featured on Kanye West’s GRAMMY-winning album “The College Dropout,” on the song “Never Let Me Down,” along with Hip-Hop icon Jay-Z. Early in his career, Ivy was featured on three seasons of HBO’s “Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry.” Since then, his work has been featured everywhere from commercials to classrooms. From hosting and performing at conferences for Deepak Chopra to penning and performing a poem for the NBA Hall of Fame Legend Michael Jordan, Ivy has used his unique style of poetry to navigate the art form to arenas of all facets.

Over the years Ivy’s work has earned him Peabody, Clio, Telly awards.  Ivy poetically narrated, acted, and starred in two B.E.T. documentaries, “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ” and “Martin: The Legacy of a King,” for which he won a 2020 NAACP Image Award. Ivy has done voice-over work for dozens of commercials and is author of three books. His latest, “Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain.” In July of 2020, J. Ivy wrote and narrated Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” promo for the “Return of the NBA.”

Tickets

The 7 p.m., Dec. 8 concert featuring J. Ivy will be staged at the Eighth Blackbird production facility located at 4045 N. Rockwell St. This live streamed ticketed event also features limited in-person seating. Tickets: $20, but options include choosing a price as well contributing as a supporter. For tickets and more information click HERE.

About CAW

“Eighth Blackbird Presents: The Chicago Artists Workshop” (CAW) live concert series debuted in Fall 2020, and is presented in three parts across the 2020-2021 performance season. Part 1 included live streamed concerts featuring Karim Sulayman (Oct. 20), Rebecca Rego: “Songs for Cleaning Women” (Nov. 11) and Justin Roberts with Anna Steinhoff: “Wild Life,” (Nov. 18), and continues with two more concerts: “An Evening with Xuan,” (Dec. 1) and a live streamed concert featuring Image Award-winning poet, artist, musician, author and actor J. Ivy (Dec. 8). Part 2 is scheduled for winter 2021, and will be announced Dec. 15, 2020. Part 3 will be announced in March 2021. Artists/dates/times are subject to change. For tickets or more information click HERE. CAW is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched in 1996 by six committed Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality…” (Detroit Free Press).

Eighth Blackbird has since evolved from ensemble to institution, currently realizing its mission through five initiatives: Eighth Blackbird, the award-winning sextet; Blackbird IV, a piano/percussion duo featuring founding members Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall; the Blackbird Creative Lab, the organization’s mentoring arm; Blackbird Productions, a designation for wide-ranging creative projects; and the Chicago Artists Workshop, a streaming platform created to support artists.

Recent achievements include a fourth GRAMMY Award, the inaugural Chamber Music America Visionary Award, an Ensemble of the Year Award from Musical America, and the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In 2017, the company launched the Blackbird Creative Lab,poet

a tuition-free summer training program, alumni network, and career support platform for emerging professionals focused on cutting edge musicianship, dynamic performance aesthetic, and savvy entrepreneurship.

Set to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2021, Eighth Blackbird continues to fuel the modern canon it helped engine with hundreds of commissioned and premiered works by dozens of composers including Viet Cuong, Pamela Z, Bryce Dessner, Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, Andy Akiho, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Steve Reich, whose commissioned work, Double Sextet, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize (2009). A long-term relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced ten acclaimed recordings and four impressive GRAMMY Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance. Eighth Blackbird’s most recent album, “Singing in the Dead of Night” by Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon, was released by Cedille in June 2020.

The group’s latest venture is the inaugural 2020–2021 Chicago Artists Workshop, a full season presenting 24 online concerts with a stellar lineup of featured artists as well as a residency program offering studio space and technical support to area artists. For more information about Eighth Blackbird click HERE and visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #eighthblackbird.

Sting’s new album “Duets” will be released in March

Due to unforeseen pandemic-related manufacturing delays, the release date of Sting’s forthcoming album, Duets has been postponed to March 19, 2021. Also available in a vinyl LP edition, fans can still pre-order this special collection now – which includes liner notes by Sting – at: https://sting.lnk.to/Duets. A limited edition with autographed cover art is available for pre-order as well at the official store within the pre-sale link above.

Featuring the brand new collaboration with Italian icon, Zucchero entitled “September,” which will be released digitally worldwide on November 27, Duets also includes “Desert Rose” with Rai music singer Cheb Mami, “It’s Probably Me” with Eric Clapton, 44/876 with Shaggy, among some of Sting’s other most beloved duets with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Charles Aznavour, Mylène Farmer, Melody Gardot, Gashi and more. The full tracklisting can be found below.

Duets was Executive Produced and A&R’d by Guénaël “GG” Geay & Martin Kierszenbaum with all songs mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Los Angeles, United States.

DUETS Track Listing:

Standard CD
1. Little Something with Melody Gardot
2. It’s Probably Me with Eric Clapton
3. Stolen Car with Mylène Farmer
4. Desert Rose with Cheb Mami
5. Rise & Fall with Craig David
6. Whenever I Say Your Name with Mary J. Blige
7. Don’t Make Me Wait with Shaggy 
8. Reste with GIMS
9. We’ll Be Together with Annie Lennox
10. L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour with Charles Aznavour
11. My Funny Valentine with Herbie Hancock
12. Fragile with Julio Iglesias
13. Mama with Gashi
14. September with Zucchero
15. Practical Arrangement with Jo Lawry
16. None Of Us Are Free with Sam Moore
17. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning with Chris Botti

VINYL LP 1 
A1. Little Something with Melody Gardot
A2. It’s Probably Me with Eric Clapton
A3. Stolen Car with Mylène Farmer
A4. Desert Rose with Cheb Mami

B1. Rise & Fall with Craig David
B2. Whenever I Say Your Name with Mary J. Blige
B3. Don’t Make Me Wait with Shaggy 
B4. Reste with GIMS

VINYL LP 2  
A1. We’ll Be Together with Annie Lennox
A2. L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour with Charles Aznavour
A3. My Funny Valentine with Herbie Hancock
A4. Fragile with Julio Iglesias

B1. Mama with Gashi
B2. September with Zucchero
B3. Practical Arrangement with Jo Lawry
B4. None Of Us Are Free with Sam Moore
B5. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning with Chris Botti 
 

About Sting: Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six GRAMMY Awards® and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 11 GRAMMY Awards®, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.  In 2003, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his myriad of contributions to music. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has received the Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Award of Merit and The Polar Music Prize. Sting has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Music by the University of Northumbria (1992), Berklee College of Music (1994), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2006) and Brown University at its 250thCommencement ceremony (2018). 

Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. 

Following his critically acclaimed album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop collection in over a decade, Sting and reggae icon, Shaggy, both managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, released a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, drawing from the many surprising connections at the heart of their music. With its title referencing their home country codes, 44/876 first and foremost honors the duo’s mutual love for Jamaica: Shaggy’s homeland, and the place where Sting penned such classics as The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Their chart-topping release debuted at #1 in Germany and Top 10 in the UK. It spent over 20 weeks atop Billboard’s Reggae Album chart in the US, earned Gold certifications in Poland and France and received the GRAMMY Award® for Best Reggae Album. 

Last year, Sting was honoured at the BMI Pop Awards for his enduring hit single “Every Breath You Take,” which has become the Most Performed Song, with 15 million radio plays, from BMI’s catalog of over 14 million musical works. 

Also last year, a new album entitled My Songs, featuring contemporary interpretations of his most celebrated hits, was released and followed by a world tour of the same name. Sting’s ‘My Songs’ World Tour is a dynamic and exuberant show featuring his most beloved songs spanning the 17-time GRAMMY Award® winner’s prolific career with The Police and as a solo artist. 

The special edition release of Sting’s album, My Songs was released November 8 and includes a bonus CD with new live recordings from the My Songs World Tour.  A digital album titled My Songs: Live containing 11 new live recordings captured along the My Songs World Tour is also available. 

Next year, Sting will headline a Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” set to open at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show will present a compendium of Sting’s songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations. 

He has appeared in more than 15 films, executive produced the critically acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and in 1989 starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway.  His most recent theatre project is the Tony®-nominated musical The Last Ship, inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. The show, with music and lyrics by Sting, ran on Broadway in 2014/2015 and completed a UK regional theatre tour which ran from March-July 2018. Thereafter, Sting starred as shipyard foreman Jackie White in the Toronto-based production of The Last Ship at the Princess of Wales Theatre. He reprised the role for productions in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre (January 14 – February 16, 2020), followed by San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theatre. Additional information on The Last Ship Tour can be found at www.thelastshipmusical.com

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.  Together they have held 19 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents. 

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About the Cherrytree Music Company: Founded in 2005 by Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Martin Kierszenbaum, the Cherrytree Music Company provides management, record label and publishing services to a boutique roster of artists, producers and mixers who push the creative envelope in popular music. Cherrytree has had an indelible impact on the music landscape from managing celebrated musician and cultural icon Sting to launching Lady Gaga’s first two albums. The Cherrytree Music Company has released the artistically and commercially ground-breaking records of Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, LMFAO, Far East Movement and Disclosure and sold over 35 million units. In the process, the Cherrytree Music Company has become a vital source for popular music and catalyst for artist collaboration and innovation. For more information on the Cherrytree Music Company, please visit:
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Jonny Bowden’s Nutrition Advice

Have shelter-in-place comfort foods
put your healthy diet on the back shelf?

Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden says toss out the old nutrition advice along with the junk food. It’s time to start fresh before you start having health issues.

It’s no big surprise that some processed foods, such as boxed macaroni and cheese, have been enjoying a renaissance lately. People are stressed. Grocery prices are rising. And given all the confusing nutrition advice coming at us, surely someone … somewhere … has done a study that says sugary snacks are good for you. Yeah, not so fast. Step away from the toaster pastries.

“Many high salt, high carb comfort foods are only going to make you gain weight, feel worse and could ultimately damage your health,” cautions Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS. “You’ll actually start feeling better and have more energy once you begin eating more nutritious foods.”  

But here’s the dilemma: When it comes to dietary advice, who do you believe? 

Some dietary advice on mainstream websites is decades out of date

“The dietary advice issued by various organizations is often a mix of old and new data. It’s not in line with what those of us who study this continually are telling people today. It takes way too long for some of these big organizations to incorporate the current scientific thinking into the mantras that they’ve been repeating for sometimes decades,” says Bowden. 

“Another reason why it’s so hard to get a straight answer about foods is that they don’t fall into perfect categories. For example, some saturated fats are very healthy for you. And some unsaturated fats should be avoided at all costs!” 

He elaborates, “Saturated fats such as ghee, palm oil, butter and coconut oil have been absolved of being bad for your health. Meanwhile, canola, sunflower, corn and soy are now known to be highly inflammatory!”  

Film exposes the misinformation and why we’re so confused! 

In the new feature length documentary Fat Fiction, Bowden and other leading health experts examine the facts and myths of saturated fats in the human diet, and question why medical advice has remained the same for decades as health issues proliferate in America. 

“In the film, we share more than a decade of published research confirming that fat, particularly saturated fat, was wrongly demonized. It is not a causative factor in heart disease. Worse, the low-fat dietary guides we’ve been following since the 1980s were never based on hard science,” says Bowden. 

So what should we be eating? 

Bowden, the best-selling author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” gives three tips for choosing what foods to include in your diet: 

  1. “Check your sources for all articles on health and nutrition. A single study should never be the basis of your nutritional decisions, because studies contradict each other all the time. And don’t buy into the infomercial stuff about “clinical studies” supporting the latest fat-burner. Those are usually done in someone’s office and not subject to any peer review.

“Wait for multiple studies, completed by reputable universities, confirming the same outcomes. And even then be aware of things like who funded the study and who benefits from the results. There may be no way to avoid commercial interests in scientific research, but at least it’s good to be aware of it.”

  1. Be open to learning about ingredients you may want to add to your diet. “For example, some people are hyper-focused on palm oil. They’d have you believe that it’s bad for you and the environment. They also are stuck in the old 1950s notion that “saturated fat is bad for you.” Both beliefs are wrong. Some countries — notably Malaysia — are passionately committed to the environment. The palm oil from Malaysia is sustainably produced. Real Malaysian palm oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils I know of.

“Malaysian palm oil is also a rich source of vitamin E tocotrienols which support heart and brain health. And heart health is a huge concern in this country! It’s also a nutritious replacement for trans fats.” 

  1. Eat real food: food your great-grandmother would have recognized as food. “Eat from what I call the “Jonny Bowden Four Food Groups”: food you could hunt, fish, gather or pluck. Stay away from overly processed and get back to basics.”  

To learn more about studies related to saturated fats and health, visit www.palmoilhealth.org

Biography: Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Health, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications.

Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), Smart Fat (with Steven Masley, MD), and The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer.

The eagerly awaited and completely updated edition of his best-selling book, The Great Cholesterol Myth (co-written with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD) will be out in October, 2020.

Follow him @jonnybowden

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Stomp illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Stomp Wars Virtual Homecoming Experience

Stomp Wars, the celebrated national stepping competition and cultural institution, insisted the show must go on for 2020, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen!

In order to engage, rally, and uplift students, the Stomp Wars program announces a historic first with the launch of The Stomp Wars HBCU-KNOW Virtual Homecoming Experience on September 26 – October 28. The event will be powered by The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and broadcast live from stompwars.com, with a live simulcast on Facebook and YouTube. The Top 2 Step Team Winners will go on to compete in the World Of Dance Championships.

Now on the event’s 13th year, on-air personality Rock-T returns as the host. In this latest installment of the program, The Collegiate Edition will celebrate the HBCU community by showcasing incredible stepping by the Greek organizations Divine 9, HBCU-KNOW Battle of the Bands, HBCU-KNOW Cheerleaders, HBCU-KNOW Majorettes, and more.

Since its inception, Stomp Wars has consistently inspired generations to graduate high school and pursue higher education. To date, more than 10,000 students have been galvanized by the event as the initiative rewrites the rules and brings us one step closer to the eradication of social injustice and systemic racism. For 2020, the core messageTomorrow can be better than today will be transmitted to the online audience.

Check out the impactful message for yourself by watching the virtual Stomp Wars.

About Rock-T:

Rocky Turner is an American Radio-TV Personality, Host, DJ, Producer, Sports Announcer, Author, and entrepreneur. Known to listeners as Rock-T and currently a member of the phenomenally successful Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Rock-T reaches 7 million listeners daily through this nationally syndicated show with markets that include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and Orlando. He is also a member of the wildly popular TV show, Dish Nation and Rickey Smiley For Real.

Rock-T is also the founder and creator of Stomp Wars, the most successful stomping competition in the country. As Rock-T’s vision for these disenfranchised youngsters continued to grow and expand, as did the reach of the event. Today, Stomp Wars is not only an annual sell-out on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington, it is also a hit with thriving teens across the country teaching students about the power of perseverance and diligence.

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MasterClass × Queer Eye’s Tan France Teach Style

MasterClass, the streaming platform that makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best, announced today that esteemed fashion designer, television personality, and author Tan France will teach a class on style for everyone. France will teach members confidence-boosting tips and tricks to discover their own personal style.

VIEW NEW TRAILER HERE

Now available at MasterClass.com, members can subscribe for unlimited access to all new and existing 85+ classes through the All-Access Pass. MasterClass categories include business, culinary arts, film & television, music & entertainment, photography, sports and more.

“[France’s] mastery lies in his ability to transform people’s lives through personal style, self-discovery, and confidence,” said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass. “His MasterClass peels back the curtain on his process and offers practical tips for members to come away feeling inspired to find and develop their own style to feel like the best version of themselves.”

France started his career working for some of the world’s leading brands before launching his own successful women’s clothing company, Kingdom & State. Best known for his role as fashion expert for the Netflix series Queer Eye, he became one of the first openly gay Muslim and South Asian men on a mainstream television program. France is also the host of the digital series Dressing Funny, where he styles some of the world’s most popular comedians. In 2019, France released his memoir, Naturally Tan, which became a New York Times bestseller in Hardcover Nonfiction and a Sunday Times bestseller in the U.K. France resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his husband, Rob France.

“An investment in style is an investment in yourself and your happiness,” said France. “I’m excited to help members find their own confidence by looking into their closet and discovering who they want to be and how they want to feel. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done before.”

For members who are just beginning to approach style for the first time or those who feel stuck in a style rut, France’s MasterClass offers practical tips on how to find and develop their own personal style to feel like the best versions of themselves. Drawing from his experience styling on and off camera for the past 20 years, France dives into the fundamentals of style focusing on two easy-to-follow rules⁠—knowing proportions and knowing yourself. Building on the foundational tools of proportion and fit, he also explores how to create a capsule wardrobe and how to confidently mix and match color, pattern, and texture. Members will learn practical lessons on how to shop for clothes, dress for work, and navigate fashion trends as well as get a behind-the-scenes look at how France works his transformational magic on Queer Eye. Through simple, straightforward guidelines, members will leave feeling inspired to find the most stylish, confident version of themselves.

France’s MasterClass joins the 85+ classes taught by world-renowned instructors on culinary arts, photography, writing, performance, and much more. Each MasterClass has digestible video lessons sized to fit into any part of your day and cinematic visuals with close-up, hands-on demonstrations that make you feel one-on-one with the instructor. The All-Access Pass gives you access to every MasterClass and new ones as they launch. Learn on the go with mobile apps or in the comfort of your home with Apple TV®, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku® devices. Subscribe to greatness at MasterClass.com.

ABOUT MASTERCLASS:

Founded in 2015, MasterClass is the streaming platform that makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best. With MasterClass, step into Kelly Wearstler’s design studio, Ron Finley’s garden, and Neil Gaiman’s writing retreat. Improve your serve with Serena Williams, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes, and leave the atmosphere with Chris Hadfield. Hundreds of classes from 85+ of today’s most brilliant minds are available anytime, anywhere, on iOS, Android, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Roku devices with the All-Access Pass ($180/year). Subscribe to greatness with MasterClass.

MasterClass’s current roster of courses includes:

Business, Politics & Society: Jane Goodall (conservation), Bob Woodward (investigative journalism), Karl Rove and David Axelrod (political campaign strategy), Paul Krugman (economics and society), Howard Schultz (business leadership), Anna Wintour (creativity and leadership), Sara Blakely (self-made entrepreneurship), Bob Iger (strategy and leadership), Doris Kearns Goodwin (U.S. presidential history and leadership), Chris Voss (art of negotiation), Goodby and Silverstein (advertising and creativity), RuPaul (self-expression and authenticity), Robin Roberts (effective and authentic communication)

Culinary Arts: Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Alice Waters (home cooking), Thomas Keller (cooking techniques), Wolfgang Puck (cooking), Dominique Ansel (French pastry), James Suckling (wine appreciation), Aaron Franklin (Texas BBQ), Massimo Bottura (Italian cooking), Gabriela Cámara (Mexican cooking), Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana (mixology), Ron Finley (gardening)

Film & TV: Werner Herzog (filmmaking), Martin Scorsese (filmmaking), Ron Howard (directing), Spike Lee (filmmaking), Mira Nair (independent filmmaking), Jodie Foster (filmmaking), Ken Burns (documentary filmmaking), Helen Mirren (acting), Samuel L. Jackson (acting), Judd Apatow (comedy), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), Natalie Portman (acting), David Lynch (creativity and filmmaking)

Lifestyle: Bobbi Brown (makeup and beauty), Kelly Wearstler (interior design), Brandon McMillan (dog training), Tan France (style)

Music & Entertainment: Steve Martin (comedy), Christina Aguilera (singing), Usher (performance), Reba McEntire (country music), Herbie Hancock (jazz), Deadmau5 (music production), Armin van Buuren (dance music), Hans Zimmer (film scoring), Tom Morello (electric guitar), Carlos Santana (art and soul of guitar), Timbaland (producing and beatmaking), Penn & Teller (magic), Itzhak Perlman (violin), Danny Elfman (music for film), Sheila E. (drumming and percussion), Jake Shimabukuro (ukulele)

Writing: James Patterson (writing), Shonda Rhimes (writing for television), David Mamet (dramatic writing), Judy Blume (writing), Malcolm Gladwell (writing), R.L. Stine (writing for young audiences), Margaret Atwood (creative writing), Dan Brown (writing thrillers), Neil Gaiman (storytelling), Billy Collins (poetry), David Baldacci (writing thrillers), Joyce Carol Oates (short story writing), David Sedaris (storytelling and humor)

Design, Photography & Fashion: Frank Gehry (architecture), Diane von Furstenberg (how to build a fashion brand), Annie Leibovitz (photography), Marc Jacobs (fashion design), Jimmy Chin (adventure photography), Will Wright (game design)

Sports & Games: Serena Williams (tennis), Stephen Curry (shooting, ball-handling, and scoring), Garry Kasparov (chess), Daniel Negreanu (poker), Phil Ivey (poker strategy), Simone Biles (gymnastics), Misty Copeland (ballet), Tony Hawk (skateboarding)

Science & Technology: Chris Hadfield (space exploration), Neil deGrasse Tyson (scientific thinking and communication)

For more information, please visit www.masterclass.com.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Mail-in Ballots

How You Can Stop Fake News From Faking You Out

The term “fake news” gained traction during the 2016 U.S. presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and it has since become a familiar phrase in the American political vernacular.

Could fake news factor into the current presidential election season? The QAnon movement has been seen by some media and political observers as an example of a politically-driven group promoting fake news. Despite a lack of evidence to support their beliefs, followers of the QAnon movement believe that President Trump is fighting a satanic deep state of global elites. Facebook booted accounts promoting QAnon.

David Dozier (www.DavidDozierBooks.com), a professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University and author of The California Killing Field, thinks QAnon’s origins and emergence into national news cycles symbolizes the intent of fake news: to influence voters.

“We live in a world where it’s hard to believe almost anything you see related to politics on social media, and sometimes in the mainstream media as well,” Dozier says. “Our democratic process for electing political leaders has suffered great harm due to these disinformation campaigns.

“Fake news is definitely an issue heading into this critical presidential election. QAnon is the latest example of how conspiracy theories on the internet can gain traction and build followings.”

Researchers have suggested that false information presented as news fuels public distrust of political leaders and the media, influences people’s attitudes, and damages democracy.

“We’ve never been more polarized as a country, and fake news is dividing us further,” Dozier says. “It’s become a phenomenon, but people still have the power to sort the true from the false.”

Dozier suggests these ways to spot fake news:

  • Don’t fall into the bias trap. People can fall prey to confirmation bias, a tendency to favor information that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum,” Dozier says, “people lend more credence to information that reinforces what they already believe. To counteract the confirmation bias trap, try changing your perspective by taking the other side of the argument. Overall, be skeptical and think critically.”
  • Pause before you share or retweet. “Some people have an emotional reaction to a piece of news and think they should share it,” Dozier says. “But it’s important to know that the people who create disinformation are designing it to do just that – trigger an emotional reaction. So wait and ask questions about the content. Who shared it or created it? Why was this shared? Do some investigating.”
  • Go straight to the source. “The algorithms used by social media and news aggregator sites are designed to make sure we see stories geared to our interests,” Dozier says. “This makes it harder to identify if a story is real or fake, and who created it. Instead of following a link from the outlet that shows up on your social media, go online and head straight to the source. Inspect the poster’s profile and their post history. See if the poster has affiliations that are in line with spreading a certain point of view.”
  • Inspect the content the account posted. Conducting a reverse image search can make it easier to authenticate an image by finding its source. Fake news/disinformation often uses old images,” Dozier says. “With a reverse image search, you can search for previous instances of an image that appears online and to find if the image used is from a different story. You can also reverse image search the profile picture to see if that picture or similar photos are being used on other accounts. That’s a common practice to create fake personas online.

“Getting to the facts is getting more difficult,” Dozier says. “We have tons of information coming at us from all angles and platforms. It’s more important than ever to think for ourselves.”

About David Dozier          

David Dozier (www.DavidDozierBooks.com) is the author of The California Killing Field and an internationally recognized expert and speaker on mass communications, public relations, and communication management. Professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, Dozier is author or co-author of over 100 books, book chapters, articles, and scholarly papers, and his works have been cited by other scholars over 4,000 times. Among his numerous honors are: the 1990 Pathfinder Award from the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education for his contribution to original scholarly research in the field; in 2008, named Outstanding Educator by the Public Relations Society of America; in 2009, named a Research Fellow by the Institute for Public Relations; in 2014, recipient of the Norma B. Connelly Public Affairs Service Award “for exceptional meritorious service to the U.S. Navy Public Affairs.” Dozier received his doctorate in communication research from Stanford University.

Kelly Fuhlman in 360 MAGAZINE.

BE THE HERO AND RESCUE YOURSELF

Have you ever wished a superhero would come down and rescue you in those chaotic life moments of life? The easiest thing to do is wait for someone more qualified to come along and fix what has been broken for so long. What if I told you that hero was you?

Each one of us has an evolution that occurs over time. Are we who we were a decade ago? From dyslexia, drug addiction, and trauma, there were many times when Kelly Fuhlman, author of the new book Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself: Creating the Inner Courage to Wear Your Own Cape (Clovercroft Publishing) didn’t think she would make it. Even in times when it felt better if she didn’t. The truth is the only person who can save each of us is ourselves. Through her journey, Kelly shares how to seize back your life from waiting for the hero to becoming your own. No matter what the condition of your life, or your heart, she invites readers to journey together with her to see proof that no matter how far you fall, you can get back up. Life is not built on ten easy steps. Learn to invest in yourself and surround yourself with great people who can support you and give you that swift kick when need it. You can be courageous and Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself. It’s time to dust off your cape, and step into your purpose and healing as your own hero. In the end, it takes grit, perseverance, purpose, and hard work. We are all just working our way through this life hoping to make an impact.


To learn more, visit: https://kellyfuhlman.com/

Books are available online.

About the Author

Author, Speaker and strategic planning expert, Kelly Fuhlman has been helping Fortune 500 companies, working for universities and Disney Institute, sharing best practices in leadership, marketing and business development. Equipped with an MBA and Bachelor in Communication, she helps create strategy and relationship building within companies and teams. She has increased revenue through branding and marketing, giving companies an edge over their competition. As a speaker, Kelly helps youth and adults recognize the hero within and how to change their own story to empowering them to become their own hero. She lives in Texas with her husband and son as she continues to build a legacy around family, faith and a commitment to excellence.

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PRAISE FOR BE YOUR OWN HERO

“I found Kelly’s book to be completely honest, forthright, and soul bearing. Being a male it is always fascinating to see what it is like growing up as the opposite sex. Kelly’s journey has been difficult and I commend her for her perseverance and guts. Her life has not been easy and she decided to bare it all, warts and everything. I am proud to call her a friend. Well done.
– Clint David, Fox Rothschild LLP

“Kelly Fuhlman is the mentor and leader everyone needs. Her new book, Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself, not only tells an amazing and honest story about Kelly but gives women and men the courage to find strength and growth in difficult change, no matter how hard it can be.” –Tiarra Tompkins – Writer/Editor

“Great book and great message! Thank you for sharing such a deep and personal stories. Even as a guy I can relate to many situations you present and valuable lifelong lessons to be learned.” –Jan Klodner, Board Member at Fidelity AG, Inc., JMAR Technology Services, LLC

KEM and Toni Braxton illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Kem × Toni Braxton

On the heels of KEM’s smash hit Lie to Me which has maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for six weeks in a row, the R&B superstar releases his new single, Live Out Your Love featuring the iconic Toni Braxton. KEM’s signature silky vocals give way to Braxton’s rich, sultry sound on the track, which is from his upcoming album, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown), set for release on August 28. The two artists co-wrote the song and KEM produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen. 

The collaboration was sparked last year when Braxton extended an invitation for KEM to perform at her Valentine’s Day concert in Detroit. My wife and I went to Toni’s show at the Fox Theatre, recalls KEM. She called me up onstage to sing with her and it was an incredible moment.

While working on his new album, KEM began to envision Live Out Your Love as a duet and asked Braxton to join him. Due to COVID-19, they couldn’t record in the same room. When Braxton sent her vocal to KEM, he was blown away. I loved the way she recorded, the texture of her voice, he says. The pairing of our voices was just amazing.

The pre-order for LOVE ALWAYS WINS launched today. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive Lie to Me and Live Out Your Love. As a special treat to fans, merch will be available at www.musicbykem.com

Essence said, KEM knows just how to make anyone believe in love, fall in love and sing about love. Praising the smooth and sexy Lie to Me, Billboard observed, The body-swaying mid-tempo number perfectly captures the relatable themes of unconditional love and devotion. Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart in nine short weeks, Lie to Me is the fastest-rising of KEM’s six chart-topping singles, which include It’s You, Love Calls, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Why Would You Stay? and Nobody. KEM co-wrote Lie to Me with Anthony Hamilton, Salam Remi, and James Poyser and produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, becoming his third consecutive top five album on the tally. PROMISE TO LOVE contained the hit singles Nobody and It’s You, which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. Nobody earned KEM his third GRAMMY nomination.

The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and six No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award. In 2012, KEM founded Mack & Third, Inc., a Michigan domestic non-profit organization that provides funding to humanitarian aid organizations related to: homelessness; hunger; substance abuse; domestic violence; natural disasters; education, etc.

Toni Braxton is the legendary, multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner behind timeless hits such as Love Shoulda Brought You Home, Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, Seven Whole Days, He Was’t Man Enough and Un-Break My Heart. The official video for Un-Break My Heart recently broke 500 million views on YouTube. The multi-talented singer/songwriter has expanded her skill set along the way to include music producer, Broadway musical star, television actress/producer and best-selling author. She also devotes time as spokesperson for Lupus L.A. and Autism Speaks.

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