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Sam Fischer x Demi Lovato “What Other People Say”

Following the huge success of his global smash hit This City and recent project HomeworkSam Fischer has teamed up with Demi Lovato to release his new single What Other People Say  out now via RCA Records. Listen HERE.

Written by Sam before his single This City became a hit, it was a song he always knew would be a duet. Sam was blown away when Demi Lovato became the perfect person to accompany him on vocals. What Other People Say was written about feeling alone and not wanting to let people down. The pairing takes two different lives and perspectives and unites them into one message of human experience, emotion and togetherness, so they are alone with one another in the song. It is a truly special track with a powerful, moving and relatable chorus. It is the next official single release for Sam since This City.

Sam says; “What Other People Say is a confession, realizing how far away you can get from who you are in an effort to be liked. It’s about the pressures of society and how getting caught up with the wrong things can change you.”

Demi says; “This song is a reflection on what it’s like to lose who you truly are in an effort to please other people and society.  It’s why I wanted to make this song with Sam – ultimately it’s about two humans coming together to connect and find solutions to their problems.”

Alongside the announcement of the single, Sam Fischer has also shared that he has been chosen as YouTube’s first ‘Artist on the Rise’ for 2021, following previous winners Mabel, Aitch, Freya Ridings, Mahalia, Beabadoobee and Celeste.

About Sam Fischer:

Always wearing his heart on his sleeve and with sincerity in both his lyrics and conversations, Sam Fischer released his project Homework last year. This project is a cathartic body of work, acknowledging the moments in life that Sam has struggled to deal with, and how these situations have changed him for the better.

Beginning as a TikTok sensation and quickly cementing itself in hearts and heads around the world, the emotive and heartfelt This City now stands at over 350 million worldwide streams, over 2 million worldwide sales and over 50 million video views. It has been certified Platinum in the UK with a Top 20 chart position, which steadily climbed over 19 weeks, and was also nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2020 Aria Awards. It was also a top 5 UK Airplay record, receiving radio support from Radio 1, Radio 2 (B List), Capital, Virgin and Bauer; alongside TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Australian born Sam Fischer first introduced himself with his Not A Hobby EP and has garnered incredible attention through his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Touring North America with his friend Lewis Capaldi, he wowed crowds with his buoyant personality and pure love and talent for song-writing. Now based in LA, he not only has received acclaim for his own work, but he continues to solidify his spot as one of the hottest current writers, having worked with global pop superstars including Ciara, Lennon Stella, Louis Tomlinson, Elle King, Jessie J, Virginia To Vegas, and many more.

About Demi Lovato:

One of the world’s most successful music artists today, GRAMMY-nominated singer Demi Lovato first broke out in 2008 with the Disney Channel film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in 2010.  Also in 2008, she released her debut studio album Don’t Forget.  What followed was what continues to be a hit musical career, with top selling and acclaimed hit records and world tours.  She also continues to be one of the biggest names on social media with an engaged combined following of over 108 million.

On the music front, Lovato went on to release five more albums with her most recent being 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me. With this release also came the single Sorry Not Sorry, which garnered over 195 million streams and climbed to #1 on the viral charts. Other past releases include albums Confident in 2015 and 2013’s DEMI, which hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries around the world, as well as singles Cool for the SummerHeart AttackNeon Lights and Really Don’t Care.

Lovato kicked off 2021 with a performance in the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s “Celebrating America” special following President Biden’s inauguration. This follows notable 2020 performances with the debut of her powerhouse ballad Anyone during a stripped-down performance at the GRAMMY Awards. She also performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIV. Lovato’s return to the stage was followed by the release of her empowering new single and video I Love Me, as well as collaborations with fellow global superstar Sam Smith on I’m Ready and dance music star Marshmello on the timely OK Not To Be OK. Lovato will be premiering her powerful four-part documentary series from YouTube Originals and director Michael D. Ratner entitled Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil as SXSW, where it will open the 2021 festival.

Sam Fischer shares new single - For Now

Sam Fischer shares new single – For Now

“Although so many of his songs are deeply personal, his storytelling can be universally appreciated and understood.” Wonderland

“A Lewis Capaldi-flavoured sad song about the difficulties of adapting to LA life” Vogue

“One of the most exciting new artists to date” 1883

“An emerging talent that is singing his way into the hearts of millions Spindle

LISTEN: FOR NOW

Following the huge success of his global smash hit This City and recent project Homework, Sam Fischer has shared his new single For Now, available now through RCA Records.

Always wearing his heart on his sleeve and with sincerity in both his lyrics and conversations, his recent project Homework is a cathartic body of work, which acknowledges the moments in life that Sam has struggled to deal with and how these situations have changed him for the better. Through each of the six songs, he takes the listener through each situation with him in a relatable, personable and emotive journey. 

Beginning as a TikTok sensation and quickly cementing itself in hearts and heads around the world, the emotive and heartfelt This City now stands at over 250 million worldwide streams, 2 million worldwide sales and over 10 million video views. It has been certified Silver in the UK with a Top 20 chart position, which steadily climbed over 19 weeks, receiving radio support from Radio 1, Radio 2 (B List), Capital, Virgin and Bauer alongside TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sam followed the release with five remixes of This City featuring Anne-Marie, Kane Brown, Nea, Nico Santos and Camilo, which culminated in the These Cities Project.

New single For Now is the signature Sam Fischer in its beautiful fragility, meaningful emotion and heartfelt lyrics. It is a track that envelopes you and your thoughts in the relatable experience of love coming to a necessary end.

“Imagine ending things with the person you thought you would spend your life with, not because of any reason other than that you were bad for each other,” Sam said. “Then, not wanting to let them go from your life you keep hanging out as friends, even though the love remains, until it becomes too much to bear and you have to say to them that you can’t see them at all anymore.

“For Now is the conversation where I break up with the toxic tendencies I’ve been leaning on to get through the day. The other side of it, is that I’ve been working on a lot of new music and think this song is a banger and wanted to put something out to finish off an unbelievable year!”

Australian born Sam Fischer first introduced himself with his Not A Hobby EP and has garnered incredible attention through his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Touring North America with his friend Lewis Capaldi, he wowed crowds with his buoyant personality and pure love and talent for song-writing. Now based in LA, he not only has received acclaim for his own work, but he continues to solidify his spot as one of the hottest current writers, having worked with global pop superstars including Ciara, Lennon Stella, Louis Tomlinson, Elle King, Jessie J, Virginia To Vegas and many more.

Parris Goebel joins MasterClass

MasterClass × Parris Goebel – Creativity in Choreography

Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Janet Jackson, Ciara, and Jason Derulo. Nicki Minaj, Blackpink, and Shakira. Parris Goebel, the renowned choreographer, has worked with them all.

MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that award-winning choreographer Parris Goebel—known for her powerful work for some of the biggest names in the music industry—will teach a class on Creativity in Choreography. For the first time ever, Goebel will not only reveal her process for creating viral dance sensations, but also share insights on how to unlock creativity and turn goals into reality. Goebel’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 90+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Parris has choreographed for some of the biggest names in the music industry,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “Her MasterClass teaches us how to unleash the creative being within—it is both a how-to and a how-to-be, offering invaluable lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to find their creative voice.”

A New Zealand native, Goebel found her love of dance at the age of 10 before she formed the all-female dance group ReQuest, and later opened her own studio, the Palace Dance Studio, in Auckland. In 2012, she caught the eye of global superstar Jennifer Lopez, who hired Goebel to choreograph some numbers for her “Dance Again” world tour. Goebel went on to choreograph and direct Justin Bieber’s global hit video for “Sorry,” currently holding more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube; it’s one of the 13 videos she directed that make up Bieber’s “Purpose: The Movement” series. Now one of the most coveted choreographers of all time, Goebel has worked with some of the most iconic artists, including Janet Jackson and Nicki Minaj. She’s also worked extensively with Rihanna for more than five years, collaborating on the singer’s Savage X Fenty show, which led to a 2020 Emmy nomination for Goebel. She dominated headlines when she released her own dance video for Bieber’s 2020 single “Yummy,” followed by choreographing Jennifer Lopez’s halftime show for Super Bowl LIV, which showcased members of her award-winning dance crew, the Royal Family. Goebel is set to direct her first feature film “Murder on the Dance Floor,” which is an adaptation of her acclaimed street-dance-based production.

“I always knew that I wanted to create things that inspired young people and I turned that into my superpower,” Goebel said. “In my MasterClass, I’ll share the secrets and techniques to my creative process because when you can express confidence as a leader, choreographer and director, it’s contagious.”

Designed for anyone who wants to find their creative voice, Goebel’s MasterClass will give members a unique window into her creative process, from the inner work she has done to hone her style to a breakdown of how she choreographs and directs live dance performances and music videos. Through honest and vulnerable storytelling, Goebel will open up about her personal journey, from starting a studio at age 17 to pursuing her passion around the world, sharing insights on how to unlock creativity, develop your brand and harness the power of what makes you unique. Goebel will show members how to find their unique voice by letting their spirit go free, allowing them to unleash the creative being within.

For members looking to elevate their skills as a choreographer or music video director, Goebel will break down how to choreograph a large-scale dance routine, including selecting music, building choreography, adding dynamics and perfecting every detail and movement. Goebel will give members rare access to never-before-seen case studies of some of her most iconic choreography for Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Ciara’s “Level Up,” offering tips on how to work with artists, approach directing for the screen, casting and finding the best camera angles. Members will not only discover how to use dance and creativity to become masters in any field, they will also come away feeling inspired to find their own voice.

View the trailer here:

https://youtu.be/A9TczekUE3M

ABOUT MASTERCLASS:

Launched in 2015, MasterClass is the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best. With an annual membership, subscribers get unlimited access to 90+ instructors and classes across a wide range of subjects, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing and more. Step into Anna Wintour’s office, Ron Finley’s garden and Neil Gaiman’s writing retreat. Get inspired by RuPaul, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes, and discover your inner negotiator with Chris Voss. Each class features about 20 video lessons, at an average of 10 minutes per lesson. You can learn on your own terms—in bite-size pieces or in a single binge. Cinematic visuals and close-up, hands-on demonstrations make you feel like you’re one-on-one with the instructors, while the downloadable instructor guides help reinforce your learning. Stream thousands of lessons anywhere, anytime, on mobile, tablet, desktop, Apple TV®, Android™ TV, Amazon Fire TV® and Roku® players and devices.

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Malachiae – Bedroom to a Club

MALACHIAE RELEASES “BEDROOM TO A CLUB” VIDEO WATCH HERE MORE NEW MUSIC COMING SOON

24-year-old Atlanta artist Malachiae releases the video to “Bedroom to a Club” – his latest sensual R&B smash encourages us to spread love even while confined to our homes. Watch HERE. The video helps set the romantic tone as partners settle into the new normal of quarantining together. It’s the new playbook on how to keep the spark alive. The video was directed by HDTAYFILMS (Bazzi, Diggy). Filmed in LA, the video features Malachiae serenading to his love interest while showering her with roses and affection.

“This video represents hard-working women all around the world who just wants to be loved and praised for their efforts,” says Malachiae “As the world is changing by the day I hope this video inspires us all to love on one another more.”   Produced and written by Rod Cameron, alongside Malachiae and Jasper Cameron (Tory Lanez, Lloyd, Ciara), “Bedroom To a Club” delivers a sexy take on how to cater to ambitious women who are taking care of business on the job, at home, or in school. With smooth vocals, a little southern screw, and lyrics like, You been working hard all week/ Grinding for the family/ Money ain’t coming easy/ You barely get any sleep/ Let me be your stress reliever,  “Bedroom To a Club” is the perfect late-night-date song following his smooth nostalgic heartfelt single “Try To Love.”

Malachiae recently performed in TRILLERFEST, one of the largest virtual music festivals, alongside Migos, Mario, Pitbull, Marshmello, G Herbo, and many more artists to help raise money for those affected by COVID-19.    Malachiae is a breath of fresh air. Just getting started, he’s already had huge successes working with fellow Atlanta superstars the Migos, playing a lead role in the movie “Million Dollar Quartet”, and securing national radio and television plays on channels such as BET Jams, Malachiae is on a rocket-ship headed straight for superstardom.

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BVLGARI × NYFW

BVLGARI UNVEILED THE B.ZERO1 ROCK COLLECTION AND THE NEW BRAND CAMPAIGN FACES AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Unapologetic rule-breaker. Visionary innovator. Unbridled creator of the unexpected. Bvlgari gathered a set of international media, celebrities and Insta-famous socialites at Brooklyn’s iconic location Duggal Greenhouse to debut B.zero1 Rock, a new trailblazing collection encapsulating the Maison’s brave and indomitable spirit.
 
Hosted by Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, the spectacular party night brought Rome’s flamboyant exuberance to the core of New York Fashion Week and was the perfect occasion for the Italian Maison to unveil its latest muses. Super model Lily Aldridge, British actress Naomi Scott and American star Zendaya, stole the spotlights as the new faces of the “MAI TROPPO” 2020 Bvlgari Brand Campaign an ode to life and happiness encapsulating Bvlgari’s ethos of enjoying the here and now to the fullest.
 
Upon arrival, guests warmed up to musical stylings by model and DJ Mona Matsuoka while the pyrotechnics and showstopping lighting effects by White Void along with the experiential rooms offered an immersion into Bvlgari’s icon of self-expression and audacious creativity.
 
The Multi-Platinum award-winning Mexican-American singer and actress Becky G, sharing her joyful attitude and multifaceted talent with a global audience of more than 23 million followers, took the stage and got the coolest crowd to dance and sing.
 
Bvlgari still had more in-store: American singer Ciara thrilled everyone with her high-energy performance, keeping the swarm of fashionable guests on the dancefloor.
 
As the night crept towards dawn, American superstar DJ and Grammy Awards winner Diplo kept the party going until the late hours.
 
All styled according to the “more is more” dress code, guests included: Jon Kortajarena, Koki, Alexander Wang, Alex Olson, Alexina Graham, Alton Mason, Athena Calderone, Aurora James, Austin Augie, Ben Nordberg, Candice Swanapoel, Cate Underwood, Carolyn Murphy, Cody Simpson, Daphne Groeneveld, David Alexander Flinn, David Gandy, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Elizabeth Stewart, Fai Khadra, Gala Gonzalez, Indya Moore, Jacob Elordi, James Turlington, Joan Jett, Jonboy Tattoo, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Justine Sky, Magdelena Frackowiak, Mahmood, Martha Hunt, Matthew Noszka,  Mona Matsuoka, Nadia Lee Cohen, Nina Agdal, Noah Mills, Ophelie Guillermand, Peter Marino, RJ King, RJ Rogenski, Roberto Rossellini Jr, Ruby Aldridge, Tyler Cameron, Will Peltz and Zara Larsson.
 
About the collection: In keeping with Bvlgari’s unapologetic dedication to originality, the new B.zero1 Rock collection embodies the Roman jeweler’s exuberant spirit. Inspired by a heritage tubogas choker with studs from the 80s, the new irreverent design stands out as an iconic symbol of strength, independence and rebellion.
 
About the Bulgari Brand Campaign: An ode to joy, happiness and the exuberant Roman way of life, the MAI TROPPO advertising campaign stars super model Lily Aldridge, British actress Naomi Scott, American Actress Zendaya and Chinese-Canadian superstar singer and actor Kris Wu. It was shot in Bvlgari’s home city Rome by the Swedish director and photographer Johan Renck.
 

Vaughn Lowery, Armon Hayes, Beyoncé, IVY PARK, Adidas

Adidas × Ivy Park

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

“These barriers are not going to stop me,” is the opening line of the latest #Adidas×IVYPARK campaign.

The highly anticipated collaboration with Beyoncé and ADIDAS made the world stop this past weekend. Like her music, the lifestyle brand is inclusive, evoking strength and identity. Gender fluid with neutral color pallets for effortless layering during the time of year. On trend. It’s aesthetically pleasing athleisure with the intended functionality backed by the workmanship of an apparel powerhouse.

The collection includes footwear which will entice any sneakerhead. Four sleek vibrant designs starting at $99 coupled with accessories and branded grillz.

In activation of the release, this week the Beyhive sent orange care packages to various celebrities: Megan Thee StallionReese WitherspoonCiaraCardi B and Diplo. Rolling racks, trunks and boxes were chosen by the superstar herself with ‘love and respect.’

360 MAGAZINE teammates rocked the unisex cargo sweat ($85) paired with matching sweatshirt. The Nite Jogger sneakers ($159) were enunciated with a branded key chain.

And, if you were one of the lucky handpicked few, you received a luggage tag alongside of an inserted note from the Queen Bey herself.

With many of the items being SOLD OUT within hours of its online discharge, this launch is sure to be one of the most successful drops in both brand’s histories. Definitely a strong departure from Topshop (originally a partnership with British billionaire Sir Philip Nigel Ross Green, she’s now the sole owner).

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Homecoming

Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.
Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.
In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

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Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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Buffalo London

Everyone recalls the Spice Girls and their reign in the late 90s. The iconic girl group were known for making pop hits and setting the trends. One of those epic trends was introducing the world to Buffalo London. These platform sneakers have made a re-entry into the fashion market and has everyone shook. Celebrities such as Rita Ora, Ciara and Mel B have been seen rocking their own pair! The shoes have recently been made available through Vfiles and Open Ceremony. This is the look for the summer.

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TYLER JACOB

East coast born and bred, Tyler Jacob is a singer/songwriter who got his start in the industry after being discovered singing on the trains of NYC.

At the age of 5 years old, Tyler Jacob started singing and performing in school plays. Tyler says that “I’ve always wanted to sing. It was a natural thing for me.” His family recalls little Tyler putting on shows in the family living room.

“I don’t come from a family of singers. I’m the only one.” 

But it wasn’t until his freshmen year in high school did he realize others thought he had a gift, when he was accidentally placed in a choir class. “The choir teacher asked me to sing, so she could classify my voice.” The rest is history. After the choir teacher heard Tyler’s voice, she had him transferred to Creative Arts High School (CAHS) in Camden, New Jersey.

Tyler’s passion to sing, write and perform his own music, in English and Spanish, pushed him after he graduated from CAHS to move to the big Apple to pursue his singing career. Since then he has gone on to win numerous talent shows , performed on many stages across the US, opened up for Grammy Award winner, Brandy Norwood, and logged studio time with Carvin & Ivan (Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Mario), and Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, Mary J. Blige).  

Tyler credits artists like Brandy, Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Jon B, Marc Anthony, Tank, Maxwell, as some of his influences.