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Five Tips for Starting a Career in Orthopedics

Orthopedic students are under immense pressure to perform well in their studies, residencies and fellowship programs. High test scores and almost inhuman strength is required to work through intense years of preparation for a career in the medical field.

After completing all these prerequisites, students may wonder what comes next. How can budding practitioners jumpstart their careers and set themselves up for success?

What Is Orthopedics?

Orthopedics is the study of the human structural system, including bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Orthopedic doctors and surgeons handle dysfunction in these body systems, including cases like arthritis, ACL tears, spine issues and rotator cuff pain.

Becoming an orthopedic surgeon takes many years of preparation. However, this field is incredibly well-paid, vying with neuroscientists and dermatologists for top pay in the medical world. After completing med school, students complete a residency and fellowship before obtaining certification to work as orthopedists.

Orthopedic surgeons usually decide to specialize in a specific kind of service, such as pediatrics or sports orthopedics. Some subspecialize and focus on a single body part, like hands or the spine. The most complicated subspecialties are hand and tumor-focused.

Orthopedic surgeons can choose to work in the academic world or join a private practice. In academics, orthopedists perform surgeries and work with medical students as part of their education. Those who focus on private practice have a lot more say in their career, but they also experience the pressures of the business side of medicine.

Starting a career in orthopedics is an exciting step for recently certified medical students, but it comes with many challenges. Like most careers, a job in orthopedics is closely connected to a physician’s character, decision-making skills and quality of engagement with others. Here are five tips for starting a successful career in orthopedics.

1. Keep a Business Mindset

Every orthopedic surgeon should develop a business mindset to set their practice up for success, even in the academic arena. Although it may be tempting to take the first job that pays well, new orthopedic surgeons should plan for the long term with their career decisions.

Orthopedists should consider how their decisions today will affect them 10-15 years down the road. This is important when working in general or specialized orthopedics – usually, general positions do not shift into specialized jobs over time.

Dealing with medical contracts can be tricky, so it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer to help you make the best decision. Some agreements are restrictive, meaning that if orthopedists stopped working for a local group, they would have to move to continue practicing in their field.

Everything must be clearly laid out in writing, with no surprises or loopholes. A tight contract is especially important for ironing out compensation and understanding your role within the workplace.

2. Never Stop Learning

One of the most valuable steps a new orthopedist can take is to adopt a learning mindset. Orthopedic medicine moves quickly, as technological and medical innovations are developed each year. Orthopedists and other doctors should stay on top of new research so they can serve their patients to the best of their ability.

Research on highly successful orthopedists shows that they value personal growth and contribute heavily to orthopedic research. Their decisions to step into leadership roles were not driven primarily by a desire to make more money or move to a different location. In addition to caring for others, successful orthopedists also take excellent care of themselves physically.

Mentors in their field can be a wonderful source of support for new orthopedists. Education does not match years of experience, and working with a mentor brings many growth opportunities. Orthopedists should look for advisers with qualities they want to imitate, such as a strong moral character, good time management and excellent interpersonal skills.

Developing strong leadership and decision-making skills is another key to having a successful career as an orthopedist. Making the final call on surgeries and other serious health decisions is a skill that develops with time and practice. Orthopedists should weigh these decisions carefully to keep the respect of their community.

3. Invest in Your Community

Your success relies on whether others trust you with their medical problems. Your reputation is the lifeblood of your practice. Your co-workers and staff can be your best support or your worst enemy, depending on how you treat them.

Around half of new orthopedists change jobs within two years of starting their careers. If you can, it’s best to stay in the same location long term so you can build a strong community with patients and local medical practitioners. With that in mind, only consider job offers in places where you could see yourself staying a long time.

Connecting with other medical practitioners in the area is vital to your success as a young orthopedist. Reach out to colleagues and offer yourself as a supporting service. In addition to this initial connection, try to be as available as possible when you first start your practice. High availability makes it easy for doctors to refer patients to you and quickly benefit from your support.

Finally, the best way to invest in your community is by giving excellent care to patients. In addition to professional referrals, doctors also gain patients by word-of-mouth. Make yourself known as a trustworthy resource for people who are hurting, and then follow through. Your reputation will follow you when you move locations, so its value can’t be overemphasized.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Orthopedists are paid well in part because of their crazy hours. Like many other medical professionals, they are generally overworked, with little time to call their own. Although you may be eager to prove yourself when you first start out, you won’t be able to function at your best without taking time for self-care.

Remember that highly successful orthopedists prioritize their personal health. Having a fitness routine and consuming a balanced, nutritious diet will help you think more clearly, respond to stressful situations and manage your emotions. As orthopedists know, the human body is not a machine you can use perpetually without self-care and recharging.

Individuals who work long hours should ensure they’re not prioritizing work over their personal lives. Spend time with family and friends, block out time for vacation and practice good time-management skills to make the most of your life.

Orthopedists who are just starting may find it challenging to take time for self-care. Working as a doctor means a high level of responsibility – you can’t ever decide you’re too tired to show up to work. However, you can structure your days so time off is possible. It is unreasonable for doctors to push themselves 24/7 and not expect their work and personal health to suffer.

5. Build Authority With Humility

Orthopedists fresh out of a fellowship or residency are often anxious to prove themselves. They know a lot but don’t have much experience yet, and the tension of trying to find their place in the medical community can be overwhelming.

New orthopedists need to stay humble in the midst of change and this new life season. It’s OK not to know how to do everything and carefully make decisions about what job to take and which contract to sign. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness – it’s often a sign of wisdom.

A key component of an orthopedist’s success lies in their relationships with staff and other medical practitioners. Practicing humility and kindness is incredibly important for getting off on the right foot and setting the tone for your professional life. Good leaders can also recognize when they’ve made a mistake and aren’t too proud to confront the issue and apologize.

Authority and humility go hand in hand in doctor/patient relationships. Humility doesn’t mean a lack of trust in yourself but rather a degree of respect for others’ thoughts, emotions and opinions. Patients trust orthopedists who are humble much more than doctors who won’t listen to them and act like they know everything.

Launching Your Practice

Opening a career in orthopedics is exciting and terrifying at the same time. Fortunately, many supportive resources are available to help young orthopedists build their careers. Follow these five tips to launch a medical career that will continue to grow and benefit patients and fellow medical practitioners for many years.

Euphoria.LGBT Unveils A New Campaign

Euphoria.LGBT unveils a new campaign inspired by the Pronouns for Transgender Awareness Week

Euphoria.LGBT, Inc. is launching a new tagline, “Become who you are,” intending to synthesize the message from the transgender community to the world. The quest of the transgender community to recognize, accept, and embrace their true identity is an inspiration for each of us to dare to become who we are. This message is intrinsic to the transgender community but touches a much wider audience, from LGBTQIA+ people to all others who walk this earth. Because of miseducation and external pressure, many are scared to express who they truly are and spend their life misaligned with their soul. “Become who you are” is an invitation for everyone to live with honesty, acceptance, and courage.

To endorse this inclusive brand message, Euphoria’s first campaign is inspired by the Pronouns. It features first names from different cultures. Inside each of these names is highlighted one Pronoun. Sometimes the pronoun appears to be aligned with the original gender of the name and sometimes misaligned with it. The campaign is an invitation to respect the transgender community and everyone’s unique ownership of identity. Gender transition often starts with a pronoun and be thought of as the opening words to a story of self-acceptance and becoming oneself.

Euphoria.LGBT is a tech ecosystem for the transgender community to alleviate the great pains associated with gender transition. Euphoria’s platform includes Solace, Bliss, Catharsis, Windfall, Clarity, and Devotion. Each app offers a pragmatic solution to a specific facet of the odyssey that is transition and provides critical support and nurtures the trans souls in their courageous journey.

The transgender community is estimated to be between 2 and 6 million souls across the United States, with the global population estimated to be close to 160 million. This community is often misunderstood and stigmatized because of a lack of education in our society.

Robbi Katherine, Euphoria.LGBT Founder: “Pronouns are foundational elements of communication for every human being. For the transgender community, pronouns offer an acknowledgment of one’s truest self. These words are often the first and perhaps the most enduring reflection of the transgender soul. Pronouns are more than just words; they are portraits.”  

Champion Collaborates with James Wiseman

To kick off the ‘21-22 basketball season, Champion Athleticwear and the NBPA are partnering to honor the champion that lives within each one of us by highlighting the community of champions who helped professional basketball player, James Wiseman, accomplish his dream of playing in the NBA.

As Wiseman said himself, “A champion can be bred in any city – what it takes to be a champion is a community to help them rise up.”

The collaboration, Champion Rewind, includes a unique apparel capsule featuring art inspired by Wiseman’s origin story and a giveback initiative that will award five community organizations each $10,000.

Consumers and fans can now head to https://nbpa.com/championrewind for more information on Champion Rewind as well as to enter and propose Community Champions to win $10,000. Whether coaches, mentors, trainers, teachers, directors of non-profit sports organizations and more, Champion and the NBPA are looking for Community Champions who are defined by how they carry themselves on the court and beyond.

And on November 25th, consumers can shop the full capsule on Here!

The capsule collection is designed by artist and fellow MemphianJamond Bullock, and will feature a line of Reverse Weave Hoodies and Heritage Graphic Tees.

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Airbnb Announces 12 Popular Latin cities

Latin America is a region full of culture, history, and great tourist attractions that in recent years has increased in popularity amongst travelers from the United States. In addition, having an extensive Latino community, there has always been a trend of trips to the region to develop and maintain family relationships which are necessary today more than ever.

According to data from Airbnb, the Latin American region has become a trend for travelers from the U.S. Based on the number of searches made on the platform, the top 12 most popular Latin cities are:

  1. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  2. Tulum, Mexico
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Mexico City
  5. Bahamas
  6. Playa del Carmen, México
  7. Ensenada, Mexico
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  10. Aruba
  11. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

When it comes to the summer period, the most popular destinations were beaches, especially in Mexico where Playa del Carmen and Ensenada were trending destinations in 2021, rising 6 positions compared to 2019, as well as Tulum, which went from number 7 to number 3 in the list, based on the number of searches. City destinations also stand out from the list, including Mexico City and Medellín, both recognized for their high cultural offer.

The region represents an accessible option for North American visitors with an average cost per night of less than $150.00 USD.

“Not only are US travelers looking for destinations that offer cultural attractions and tropical beach escapes, but many from the Latinx community are looking to reconnect with their roots and visit their place of origin to see parents, grandparents, and extended family. Airbnb offers the possibility of finding accommodations in both large and small cities in all parts of the region,” said Stephanie Ruiz, Director of Communication for Latin America.

We’d be thrilled to have you consider for your upcoming travel and destinations stories for year-end and for 2022. Happy to schedule an interview with a spokesperson from Airbnb as well.

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SIKI – Where Entertainment Meets Crypto

As a multi-media, multi-blockchain NFT Creation Engine and marketplace wrapped in a social ecosystem that streams NFT music, live streams and post, SIKI app is one of the fastest-growing companies in the blockchain/crypto space.

SIKI is in a private “invite only” stage currently which users can apply for. Despite so, the app is already packed with cutting-edge features such as fast royalty payments, advanced statistics, security, gamification, multi-chain NFT engine, and cryptocurrencies. At this time, SIKI is mostly onboarding artists and crypto-enthusiasts.

Taking pride in making sure the platform will be ready and simple to use even for those who are new to NFT’s and crypto, SIKI is not in any rush to launch.As the app is relatively new and upcoming, we were lucky enough to speak with CEO Chris Moraites on what plans he has for SIKI.

Where did you get the idea to create the app?

Being a musician myself, I have always been trying to figure out a way to advance the music industry for new artists. I had worked on a few tech concepts in college and over the years but nothing felt like it could make a big enough impact. After meeting Jason Dowd and learning the possibilities of NFT’s, it helped me realize this is what I needed to connect everything. Since then, the project has grown so much further thanks to people like my brother Myles Moraites and longtime friend Nick Gangi.

What is the targeted market for this app?

Music, crypto, and gaming enthusiasts. As it grows, we are hoping that it is built to be simple enough so anyone can use whether they have knowledge of crypto or not.

How would you explain this app to people who are not familiar with NFT?

If they were familiar with gaming, I would say it’s like a music or media idle game. If they upload music, created playlists, or have collaborated, their accounts will grow even when they are not using the platform. The more they use the platform the higher their ranking in the platform allowing them to receive more rewards as well.

What will your app do that regular streaming sites are not doing?

Being able to support your favorite artists on a financial level isn’t something that has been available in all the major music streaming platforms. Also, by using the platform it isn’t just the songs that receive stats but fans will also be able to shine. In many situations most artists have no clue how much a fan supports them, we want to make this more transparent.

What are the goals for the launch of this app?

To bring in a strong and active community that looks to help support artists as well as each other. We would like all fans to be seen as curators, not just people who stream music but people who want to help push the reach of artists.

How do you see this app expanding in the future?

In our next phase we expand heavily into a social media approach allowing for NFT’s in images and videos. Unlike Instagram and other platforms, we allow users to monetize and NFT each piece of content. We then will be expanding into live streaming as well as gaming.

Can you explain the term ‘gamification’ to your audience who would like to be a part of it?

Gamification refers to a level/ranking system that is implemented for users and artists. This way, artists can increase in level the more active they are. For example, if they tip $1, they will rank up to a level 1 tipper. There are many different level categories as well as various rewards and benefits that come with being within the top ranked.

Will uploading my song to SIKI immediately turn it into an NFT?

No, you may upload music to SIKI and not NFT the song. However, if you want to receive royalties then it must be an NFT.

What are some of the latest developments that may excite users? 

We are excited to have DJ Clue on board with SIKI as he is one of the legendary shapeshifters of today’s music as he is a multi-platinum artist, DJ and producer who has been instrumental in the development of artists like Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Fabolous and many others, as well as DJing for NYC’s hottest music station Power 105.1. We also recently have begun some major partnerships with some of the top crypto companies out there. We launched our SIKI.io content house on November 1 in LA which has 2 recording studios in it. We will also be throwing networking events for artists and industry professionals in the future. Other events include an upcoming art basel where we will be announcing much more exciting news. I am so grateful for the SIKI team and can’t wait to share some of the developments everyone has been working on to build this platform.

Thanks to the popularity of its collaboration with DJ Clue and other celebrities, SIKI has been growing exponentially. “This is groundbreaking…This technology bridges music in a way never seen before. Putting every artist in a win/win situation,” says Platinum Recording Artist DJ Clue. in a report on the company’s plans to expand the NFT’s.

There’s a music angle here too: DJ Clue is not only one of its first clients, but he is also taking a stake in the company. There are more details on his plans where you can see at Siki.io: Clue’s NFTs will be launched on his upcoming show which complements the launch of the SIKI app this month. That hints at the NFTs being bundled with ticket sales, or perhaps offering seats at the concerts as rewards, Taylor Swift-style. Fans can be ahead of the NFT’s going on sale in the final quarter of this year.

About DJ Clue

DJ Clue is an American DJ, Platinum Recording Artist, Platinum Producer, and CEO of Desert Storm Records. He airs on NYC’s Power 105 6-10PM Monday – Friday. Born in Queens, New York, DJ Clue, also known as Ernesto D. Shaw, he was originally interested in pursuing a rap career, but quickly fell in love with generating his own beats and making crowds dance.

His first mixtape, released in 1990, became an almost instant hit, circulated widely because it contained a large amount of music that could not be heard anywhere else. He also recorded his mixing live freestyle, giving all his tapes a raw, immediate feel that became part of his signature sound. He distributed tapes independently throughout the 90s, and his first mixtape CD, “The Professional: Part 1”, sold over a million copies. Since then, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists, including JadakissDMXSnoop DoggNasMary J. Blige, and Lil’ Mo.

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Plexus Worldwide’s Global Giving Day

Employees, Brand Ambassadors, and Customers volunteered to combat food insecurity on September 22. Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®), a leading direct-selling health and wellness company, motivated people around the world to step up and volunteer during the Plexus Global Giving Day, held on September 22. Brand Ambassadors, Customers, and employees in five countries were encouraged to support local nonprofits that provide assistance to families affected by hunger.

“Plexus cares deeply about children and families in all the communities we serve worldwide, so we mobilized our teams and encouraged our Brand Ambassadors to join forces with customers and serve together as a united community. We are so appreciative to everyone who took time out of their busy day to contribute to those in need. The outpouring of support gives me tremendous pride because it reflects a shared sense of responsibility.” said Tarl Robinson, Plexus CEO and Founder.

In addition, Plexus donated 15,000 USD to food banks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States where Global Giving Day participants volunteered.  At the corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, over 140 employees, including company leaders and the executive team, packed food boxes and distributed food at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix.  Collectively, Scottsdale team members volunteered 580 hours to St. Mary’s Food Bank the week of September 20. This annual Week of Service event is something team members look forward to as yet another way to promote a One Plexus spirit.

“In our mission to ignite Hope, Health, and Happiness, we support all efforts to combat food insecurity, so families don’t have to choose between paying the electric bill and putting food on the table,” said Alec Clark, President, and Founder. “Making a difference is ingrained in our culture because we share a commitment to help those in need through financial contributions, volunteer efforts, and in-kind donations to community nonprofits that give families a helping hand during difficult times.”

Plexus encourages a culture of giving, providing 16 hours of paid volunteer time to every team member. But many employees give far more of their time and participate in donation drives that support a variety of nonprofits and community groups. 360 Magazine is proud to be associated with brands that volunteer worldwide to help the community.

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Art of Pure × Chicago

Art of Pure, a curator of clean beauty grounded in purity and sustainability, will open its first retail storefront this November. The new boutique, located at 958 W Armitage Ave. will offer a handpicked selection of local and internationally sourced skincare, makeup, haircare, modern wellness, personal care products, and eco-friendly home goods. Nurturing beauty, body, and wellness through truly natural, pure and potent products, Art of Pure ensures products are responsibly sourced, ethically produced, have a minimal environmental impact, and provide social good, while being free of any harmful ingredients. Art of Pure invites shoppers and the beauty community at large to access trusted and classic brands all while discovering unfamiliar gems.

“At Art of Pure, we are on a mission to prove that beauty can be synonymous with sustainability,” said Monika Joshi, founder and CEO of Art of Pure. “For years I have envisioned a store where green beauty lovers can shop without worrying about the ingredients, and I am thrilled to be able to share that vision with the community.”

Joshi, a former investment banker and mother, felt an urge to enter the beauty industry after spending countless hours researching skincare ingredients in an effort to understand her daughter’s eczema as well as her own issues with sensitive skin. Joshi became an expert in the field and decided to share her knowledge and product recommendations by launching the Art of Pure e-commerce store in 2017.

Art of Pure promises to bring safe, non-toxic, and entirely green solutions to customers through brands that seek to promote a health and wellness forward lifestyle. The new boutique will boast 1,000 square feet of space and serve as a physical extension of the online store, featuring products with high-performing, plant-based ingredients and actives. The store will carry all existing lines and categories along with new product lines including feminine wellness, environmentally friendly home goods, and gifts. As the focus is on sustainability, the store will include a soap and lotion refilling station. Customers will also be able to book a clean makeup application session with a professional makeup artist or a clean swap consultation. Additionally, Art of Pure will host wellness events, panels + discussions, and mini markets, all while helping foster community and dialogue. A mask bar will be offered at the store in the coming months as well.

Health and safety standards are uncompromising for Art of Pure. Ensuring transparency and thoughtful sourcing, Art of Pure tests every item, ingredient, and brand for performance and potency. Building on a foundation of growth and discovery, Art of Pure continues to learn and expand its knowledge base within the cosmetics industry, focused on continued research, thoughtful partnerships, and expanded knowledge.

For more information about the Art of Pure and its offerings, visit www.artofpure.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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Bombazo Caribbean Skirts Featured at New York Fashion Week

By: Javier Pedroza 

Milteri Tucker Concepción is a busy and multi-talented Afro Boricua who holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry and a master’s in Dance Education. She is an author, a mother and was casted in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights the movie. As we approach #NYFW2021, Milteri puts on another hat, as designer.

Milteri is the founder of BOMBAZO and the artistic director of Bombazo Dance Co. The Puerto Rican-Bronx based non-profit dance organization’s focus is to educate, advocate, preserve and perform Bomba Puertorriqueña. As an author, educator and master Bomba dancer, she lectures across the United States and the world. I sat with Milteri and we spoke about Bomba, fashion and Puerto Rico.

Milteri, tell our readers, who is Milteri Tucker Concepción? 

Well, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew up with a passion for dance since I was 5 years old. I  recall dancing in “la Sala”(the living room) with three of the most influential women in my life: my grandmother, mother and aunt. As part of my upbringing I remember dancing, planting and assisting my elders in the kitchen. I also vividly recall shopping for fabrics with my aunt and watching my grandmother Abuela Teresa, warmly referred to as “Mama” sewing. My aunt “Titi” Maria Concepción was a designer who attended FIT and designed clothes for top actors in Puerto Rico. I was blessed to have been raised in a household full of  love, and love for my culture!

As a teenager, I studied dance in La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, PR. At 17, [I] moved to NYC to pursue careers in dance and science. In 2006, I graduated with a dual major of Dance and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Hunter College. I currently hold a masters degree in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Today I am a renowned Bomba master dancer, choreographer, scholar, dance educator and author. [I wrote] the first bilingual Bomba children’s book, titled “Bomba Puertorriqueña” and illustrated by Boricua artist, Mia Roman.

I’ve had the privilege to perform in multiple venues across NYC and the world – from the prestigious Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, City Center, Summerstage, Pregones Theater, BAAD, The Latin Billboards Awards, dancing for Don Omar with choreography by Maria Torres O’Connor, to amazing community centers.

I am a cultural warrior (guerrera cultural) who safeguards our traditions of Bomba Puertorriquenas, via [my] 501c3 non-profit dance organization: Bombazo Dance Co, Inc and international brand of Caribbean dance skirts: Bombazo Wear-Bomba & Caribbean Dance Skirts®. I was recently  featured in Lin Manuel Miranda’s movie, In The Heights, as the Bomba representation.

How was your experience filming ‘In the Heights’?

Being invited to dance Bomba for In the Heights was a surreal experience and a dream come true! It was an honor to represent our African heritage through our traditional dances. However, one of my favorite memories came after the movie premiered…. I had the opportunity to open the 2021 Virtual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, where Lin and I danced Bomba together.

What is the history of Bomba?

Bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest musical genre, dating back to the 17th century and created by the African enslaved and free people of color from the Caribbean. This was one of the ways they communicated in our coastal sugarcane and coffee plantations.  It is a secular practice, where the community gathers to sing, dance and drum.

Why did you create Bombazo Dance Company?

I founded Bombazo Dance Company to show the world that Puerto Rico has rich African ancestry, and that our traditions are very much alive. As a Bomba dance company, we communicate through dance and drumming. [This is] reflected in our traditional folk art dancers. It is also important to create a safe space to fuse Bomba with other forms of dance – such as ballet, contemporary, social dances and dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

What inspired you to create Bombazo dance wear? 

At the same time I started Bombazo Dance Company, I was teaching Bomba classes to the community and needed skirts. Believe it or not, it was hard to find a seamstress who could make Caribbean skirts or a location to purchase them. I wanted to create skirts that fit all Caribbean dance styles, because I am that dancer. And voilà – Bombazo Wear Bomba Caribbean Skirts was born! My mother, Dr. Margarita Concepción, and I are the CEOs and we sew the [skirts] too. Our skirts are handmade, custom[ized] and tailored to each client. A part of the funds go to aid families affected by the earthquakes in Southern Puerto Rico.

How does it feel to be invited to NYFW 2021 / Harlem Fashion Week?

It is an honor to have been invited to showcase for a second time in HFM! The organizers are truly showcasing diversity within their shows and providing  opportunities for designers of color to present their designs to the world. It’s important to me – as a woman of color, a Latina and AfroBoricua – [that] they understand my vision of dance as fashion. And my skirts have fashion written all over them!

Tell us about your upcoming collection “Resistencia y Libertá!” (Resistance and Freedom)

I am the creator of the Puerto Rican Bomba Flag Skirt®. A flag; its colors, represents a collective orgullo – pride for its people. Our flag was conceived and designed here in NYC. It was prohibited to fly The Puerto Rican flag in both Puerto Rico and New York at one time. Its pride is back after Hurricane Maria, [now] you see our colors in every town’s building and rinconcito (corner) in both Puerto Rico and the diaspora! Therefore, my new collection for 2021 is titled: “Resistencia y Libertá!” Where each skirt in the collection represents a social cause affecting Puerto Rico – such as the cultural resistencia by the people, No al Feminicidio, Boricua hasta en la Luna, Afroboricuaness, LGBTQ+ representation and support in the Bomba Community, ect. It is important to note that this is a brand and line designed and sewn by a Bomba dancer, a person from the community. These are skirts [are designed] with a mission. Part of the funds go to help families affected by the earthquakes in the South of Puerto Rico and organizations/community ensembles continuing the labor of safeguarding Bomba traditions in the island.

Any advice for the youth who want to connect and immerse themselves with their African roots and Culture?

Learn about all parts of you! That makes you unique and special. Speak to your elders: abuelas, abuelos, tias, tios and elders from your community. They have a lot of wisdom and years of experience you can learn from. Always connect to your culture, to your African roots! There is an African proverb I love : “Sankofa– in order to move forward you must know your past!” Know who you are, where you come from, so that you can pass the knowledge to your next generation! Ubuntu! (an African Proverb [that] means “I am because we ALL are!”)

For more information and to view images, please visit HERE.

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Black-Owned Crowns × Hops Brewing Beer in Honor of Stacy Abrams

This past weekend, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co., the first Black-owned craft beer brand in Inglewood, CA, released “The Blue Peach” – a Blueberry Peach gose that is brewed in collaboration with Barrel & Flow (Black beer festival in Pittsburg, PA) and Black Calder Brewing (first Black-owned brewery in Grand Rapids, MI). The beer was made in honor of Stacey Abrams, and a percentage of the funds generated from its sale will be donated to Fair Fight, a national voting rights organization focused on voter suppression and protecting voting rights. “The Blue Peach” is a limited edition beer and is currently available in select retailers in Los Angeles. Please visit Crowns and Hops Brewing Co. to learn more about the release of the beer.

In addition to the release of “The Blue Peach,” Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. will co-host a panel discussion and mixer with the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Inglewood. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 25, and is held in celebration of Black Business Month.

Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. recently launched their equity crowdfunding campaign “OWN CROWNS” to invite the community to invest in the brand’s mission and success. The capital raised will go directly to the buildout of their new flagship restaurant/brewpub Crowns Inglewood, a 14k sq foot location off of Manchester & Crenshaw and a little over a mile from the SOFI Stadium. In an effort to collaborate with the community of Inglewood and those who champion racial equity in the U.S., co-founders Beny Ashburn & Teo Hunter believe this opportunity will allow for the community to invest in the city’s development while supporting Black-owned businesses in the region.

As stated by Beny Ashburn, CEO, “Our brand started with the community. Now, we want to offer the community an opportunity to own a part of Crowns in the City of Champions and wherever we expand.”

Crowns Inglewood is a community establishment based in the heart of Inglewood, and will provide a safe, family-friendly space to gather, dine and have delicious independent craft beer. During a time where most Black & Brown communities feel left out of the development of their own neighborhoods, this investment opportunity allows for the community to participate in the revitalization efforts of a city. Crowns & Hops will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to publicly connect in Inglewood/South L.A. to enjoy premium products produced in Inglewood.

“We have always celebrated the mission of community and ownership in the craft beer industry. We’re excited to bring these concepts of investment and equity to a region that has been starved of resources for generations,” said Teo Hunter, COO & Head of Beer Operations.

To learn more about the Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. equity crowdfunding campaign and to invest, please visit here.

For additional updates, keep a close eye on the Crowns & Hops social media channels: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Facebook | To Invest

About Crowns & Hops Brewing Company:

In 6-years, Co-Founders Teo Hunter & Beny Ashburn have become the leaders and voices of a craft beer movement bringing much-needed diversity and inclusion to the industry. Hunter & Ashburn disrupted the status quo of the craft beer industry and built a brand that is bigger than beer. Through their global social movement #BlackPeopleLoveBeer & #BrownPeopleLoveBeer, they have been able to galvanize the voices of people of color in craft beer. Crowns & Hops Brewery Co. will be the first Black-owned brewery in Inglewood, CA, a few short miles from the new Rams/Chargers Stadium.

Crowns & Hops Brewing Co’s mission is to create spaces that are community-centric, driving diversity, racial equity, economic growth, and influencing inclusion. This creates jobs and new career paths for people of color in and around the beer industry. Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. is the first-ever craft beer brand that bridges lifestyle, communities of color, “dope” culture, and delicious craft beer. Welcome to The New Now of craft beer. #OWNCROWNS

360 Magazine, Film

David Byrne’s American Utopia Directed by Spike Lee

Iconic Events Releasing, Participant, River Road Entertainment, Warner Music Entertainment, and HBO Entertainment announced today the theatrical debut of the Emmy-nominated feature David Byrne’s American Utopia, coming to movie theaters nationwide for a special, one-night-only theatrical event on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. These unique theatrical events will also include an introduction by David Byrne, as well as a never-before-seen conversation with Byrne and director Spike Lee.

Directed by Oscar and Emmy award-winning director Spike Lee and produced by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Todomundo, and RadicalMedia, the one-of-a-kind, dynamic special gives moviegoing audiences nationwide access to Byrne’s electrifying Broadway show that played to sold-out, record-breaking audiences during its original 2019-2020 Broadway run and returns to Broadway beginning September 17, 2021 at the St. James Theatre. Joined by 11 musical artists from around the world, Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) performs songs from his 2018 album of the same name, songs from Talking Heads, and from his solo career.

The Emmy-nominated HBO Special features band members Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan and Bobby Wooten III, all of whom will reunite with Byrne on Broadway this fall. The production was recently named recipient of a Special Tony Award. The original American Utopia album, as well as the Broadway cast recording, were released on Warner Music Group’s Nonesuch Records.

David Byrne’s American Utopia is an ecstatic and unifying celebration of music and community,” said Iconic CMO Steven Menkin. “Iconic Events Releasing is thrilled to bring American Utopia to movie theaters for the first time so that fans across the country can gather together to experience this must-see, must-hear musical theater event on the big screen.”

American Utopia was initially released during an unprecedented moment in history, inspiring audiences to not just rejoice in music and dance but also participate as citizens in our democracy,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant. “Almost a year later and fresh off of a celebratory screening to close out the Cannes Film Festival, we’re so excited that audiences can come together for the first time and relive the magic of Spike, David, and the band in movie theaters.”

Tickets to see American Utopia are on sale now at local theater box offices and at American Utopia Theaters.

Tickets for American Utopia performances on Broadway, beginning September 17, 2021, are on sale now at American Utopia Broadway.