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QUEER|ART AWARDS THIRD ANNUAL ILLUMINATIONS GRANT FOR BLACK TRANS WOMEN VISUAL ARTISTS Via 360 MAGAZINE.

QUEER|ART AWARDS

QUEER|ART AWARDS THIRD ANNUAL ILLUMINATIONS GRANT FOR BLACK TRANS WOMEN VISUAL ARTISTS

UTĒ PETIT HONORED AS WINNER; FOUR FINALISTS RECOGNIZED

Queer|Art, New York City’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, Utē Petit. The New Orleans-based visual artist will receive a $10,000 cash grant, professional development support, and individual studio visits with members of the judges panel to support her practice. 

2022 Illuminations Grant Judge and visual artist, Jonathan Lyndon Chase writes: “Utē’s work is multi-layered, sensory touching on physical and metaphysical energies. Hungry and visually generous in the different modes of expression that are generously inviting the viewer to enter an ever growing world. The attention to poetic detail in the drawings are filled with vigor and show subjects I can relate to. Honest and Raw unapologetic gestures. The colors are very striking and bold throughout the 2d works’ sculptural moments and space vibrant spiritual landscapes and nature installations.”

2022 Illuminations Grant Judge and legendary performer and fashion icon, Connie (Girl) Fleming continues: “Petit’s work spoke to me with a deeply connective scoop, rooted in our connection to mother earth, & our responsibility as her steward. Illustrating our symbiotic existence that we so often forget at our very peril.”

Interdisciplinary artist and farmer, Utē Petit narrates Black-Indigenous land traditions across visual and embodied mediums. Petit’s visual language convenes figurative drawing, woven and quilted textile practices, and installation to render Afro-Indigenous sovereignty across the Americas. Across her layered work, Petit pulls from inherited familial textile traditions to chronicle legacies of interdependence and sovereignty among Black-Indigenous peoples: the artist learned quilting from her maternal grandmothers who were quilters in Misi-Ziibi. For Petit, cooking and gardening are somatic vehicles for historicizing and imagining speculative futures. Her current body of work builds off these familial legacies, worldbuilding practices, and aesthetic traditions to imagine a new nation called Ailanthaland—“nation of heavenly beings.” Petit’s Ailanthaland strives “to be an ecological paradise tenable to all beings, following the stewardship of Afro-Indigenous peoples of the Americas.”

As the third annual winner of the Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, Utē Petit was selected from a pool of 66 applicants. The judges, who were chosen by Queer|Art to review applications for the national grant include visual artists, performers, and curators from around the country: Connie (Girl) Fleming, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, and Kimberly Drew. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this annual grant draws attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists, and provides critical support to their continuing work. 

About Utē Petit, Winner 

Utē Petit works as a visual artist, and farmer. Her current work aspires toward a new nation called Ailanthaland: nation of heavenly beings. Ailantha aspires to be an ecological paradise tenable to all beings, following the stewardship of Afro-Indigenous peoples of the Americas. She also loves to cook, and is a big transit nerd. She is often found daydreaming about persimmons, airplanes, and hugging cypress trees.

On receiving the 2022 Illuminations Grant, Utē Petit writes: “This award has brought the possibility of having a professional studio into reality for me. I plan to find a new space to create larger work, while also making time to further devote to my practice. This is a blessing that will allow me to consider personal and career moves that were previously beyond my means.”

In addition to Utē Petit, four other visual artists were acknowledged as finalists for this year—Courtney Washington, Tia Jackson, Av Tuitt, and z tye.

About Courtney Washington, Finalist 

A legend within the ballroom community and founder of the Kiki House of Juicy Couture, leader of The House of Balenciaga, Black trans femme Creative Director of Masterz at Work Dance Family Courtney ToPanga Washington creates visual work fusing street dance, street jazz, ballroom, and hip-hop. Informed by her own experience being teased as a queer teenage person who found refuge in dance, her visual conveys how her gender transition spurred transformative emotional, creative, and physical liberation. The dances she creates are a representation of resiliency, and through company outreach foster community and family in under-resourced areas of Brooklyn.

About Tia Jackson, Finalist

Tia Blake Jackson aka Miss He, born in Athens, GA and currently thriving in Atlanta, GA, is a full-time drag performer who explores ideas of black femininity through fashion aesthetics of the 80’s and 90’s while also focusing on social justice in the communities she occupies. Miss He existed before Tia did as exploring the world of drag was the catalyst of her transition. Before Miss He, the idea of being trans was considered by her as an intrusive thought because of her religious upbringing. Finding drag was her saving grace. She is one of the newest cast members of the awarded Atlanta drag show, The Other Show as well as the host of her own show with a cast of all black trans performers called Chapel Beauty. She also co-hosts her own podcast, Bird Behavior. When you see a Miss He show, expect a good ass time!

About Ava Tuitt, Finalist 

Born and raised in New York City, Ava Tuitt is a visual artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate from Purchase College with her B.F.A in Painting + Drawing her work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, religion and pop culture. Constructing what she calls “gender creation stories” her practice inserts and asserts the black trans body as a perpetual entity and explores the formation of both personal and collective identity. 

About z tye, Finalist 

z tye is a Brooklyn-based artist who explores concepts through ancestral praise. She is intrigued with somatic relations and how they associate with emotional connectivity. These works are intended to serve as queer offerings to LGBTQIA+/POC communities. z continues to research the kinesthetic body with instinctual energy to fulfill their curiosity. She has been included in exhibitions with Bronx Museum of Arts, Volta/Armory Art Fair, The Living Gallery, Long Gallery Harlem, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, Fridman Gallery, Art in Buildings, and Participant INC. Choreographic work has been commissioned by The Shed, BMW, BOFFO, Jack, Gibney, Movement Research, and Dance Canvas ATL.

About Mariette Pathy Allen

Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer of transgender, genderfluid, and intersex communities. Moving from painting, a solitary activity, to photography, Allen has been documenting the transgender community for over four decades. In 1978, on the last day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Allen met Vicky West, a trans woman she befriended and through whom she was first invited to Fantasia Fair, a transgender conference where she would serve as official photographer. She went on to author several books that have brought visibility to transgender communities across the world including Transformations: Cross-dressers and Those Who Love Them (1989), Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (1994), The Gender Frontier (2004), TransCuba (2014), and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand (2017). Mariette’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in private and public collections. She is represented by Clamp gallery in New York City. 

Learn more about Mariette Pathy Allen and the creation of the Illuminations Grant here.

About Aaryn Lang

Aaryn Lang is a Black, Ohio-born consultant, writer, public speaker, and media personality. Miss Lang’s primary focus is in championing the social, economic, and political well being of the transgender community, specifically the needs of Black transgender women. 

About Serena Jara

Serena Jara is an artist making work about the effects of family dysfunction and the process of rebuilding herself as an adult. Through photography and painting, Jara focuses on how apathy and love can become intertwined in the long-term. After receiving love during childhood in the form of mixed messages, she looks at herself and her family in relation to this narrative, exploring home as a contradiction of comfort and emptiness that follows her regardless of physical location. She depicts similar tensions between love and neglect in her paintings, using the medium to process childhood memories and find new ways to care for and accept herself. The artist shows her struggle with seeking love as external validation, and the realization that she has to foster this from within to move on from the past.

About the 2022 Judges 

Connie (Girl) Fleming is a performer, model, stylist, fashion illustrator, and undeniable New York City legend. As a renowned stage performer, she has graced iconic nightlife venues like the Palladium, the Tunnel, and the Pyramid; performed in various videos for George Michael, Chic, and Jody Watley; and appeared in the opening montages for Saturday Night Live and MTV News. Connie’s status as a fashion icon and cultural muse has led her to model for Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, and Andre Walker across New York and Paris. A charter member of the House of Field and a Mistress of Ceremonies at Jackie 60, Connie began her reign as one of New York’s most sought-after gate-keepers when she worked the door at Eric Conrad’s Poop at the Supper Club. Her inimitable fashion drawings have been used to illustrate costumes for Beyoncé, Anastasia, Swarovski, and “The Devil Wears Prada,” among others. Today, Connie splits her time between various artistic endeavors, and works as a runway coach, producer, and casting director for several fashion brands in New York and abroad.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an interdisciplinary artist who works in painting,  video, sound and sculpture to depict queer black love and community amidst the back drop of urban and domestic spaces. Chase’s figures hang in various forms of articulation – intertwined with domestic markers of a kitchen or a bedroom, they are then tethered by pop and street signage to blend emotional and physical, internal and external  states of being. Rendered through layers of bright, visceral paint, make- up, foam and  glitter these compositions challenge and subvert canonical misrepresentation and exclusion of the black body. Recent exhibitions include WHAT DO YOU SEE, YOU PEOPLE, GAZING AT ME at  Sadie Coles HQ, London. Chase’s work has been previously featured in Art Basel,  Switzerland; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of  Art, Pond Society (solo), Shanghai; Company Gallery, New York; LSU Museum of Art  (solo), Baton Rouge; the Rubell Foundation, Miami; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke;  California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; The Bunker, Collection of Beth Rudin De-Woody, Palm Beach and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia. Their work is included in numerous private  and public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, ICA Miami, High Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, Rubell Family Collection, Buxton Contemporary Art Museum, The Wedge Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Woodmere Museum of Art. Chase was  born in 1989 in Philadelphia, PA where they currently live and work.

Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. She first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Glamour, Playboy, and Teen Vogue and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew served as the Social Media Manager at The Met. She is the co-editor of Black Futures which she published in 2020 with Jenna Wortham. Drew recently joined Pace Gallery as Associate Director. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.

About Queer|Art

Queer|Art was born out of the recognition of a generation of artists and audiences lost to the ongoing AIDS Crisis, and in a profound understanding that one of the many repercussions of that loss has been a lack of mentors and role models for a new generation of LGBTQ+ artists. Founded in 2009 by filmmaker Ira Sachs, Queer|Art serves as a ballast against this loss and seeks to highlight and address a continuing fundamental lack of both economic and institutional support for LGBTQ+ artists. Our mission is to provide individuals within our community with the tools, resources, and guidance they need to achieve success and visibility for their work at the highest levels of their field. 

The current programs of Queer|Art include: the year-long Queer|Art|Mentorship program; the long-running Queer|Art|Film series, held monthly at the IFC Center in lower Manhattan; and Queer|Art|Awards, an initiative of grants, prizes, and awards that provides various kinds of direct support—monetary and otherwise—to LGBTQ+ artists.

A list of the intergenerational community of artists supported and brought together by Queer|Art includes: Silas Howard, Jennie Livingston, Matt Wolf, Hilton Als, Sarah Schulman, Pamela Sneed, Justin Vivian Bond, Jibz Cameron, Trajal Harrell, John Kelly, Geoffrey Chadsey, Everett Quinton, Geo Wyeth, Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Avram Finkelstein, Chitra Ganesh, Pati Hertling, Jonathan Katz, Tourmaline & Sasha Wortzel, Jess Barbagallo, Morgan Bassichis, Monstah Black, Yve Laris Cohen, Troy Michie, Tommy Pico, Justin Sayre, Colin Self, Jacolby Satterwhite, Rick Herron, and Hugh Ryan, among many others.

Website: www.queer-art.org
Twitter: @queerartnyc
Instagram: @queerart
Facebook: @queerartnyc

Artwork: Marshland Restoration Program, Utē Petit

Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Terry Crews celebrate season finale of America's Got Talent (AGT) announced via 360 MAGAZINE

AGT SEASON 17 FINALE

MAYYAS CROWNED WINNER OF NBC’S ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ SEASON 17 

Lebanese All-Female Dance Group Wins $1 Million Grand Prize and Will Join “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” Stage Show at Luxor Hotel and Casino 

“AGT” Continues as Summer’s #1 Program for the 17th Consecutive Year and Surpassed a Billion Video Views Across All of Its Social Accounts

The votes are in and America has chosen the show-stopping Lebanese dance group Mayyas as the winner of “America’s Got Talent” season 17. The Mayyas win the show’s $1 million grand prize and will join “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” stage show at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The group’s specific performance dates in Las Vegas, as well as the other season 17 fan favorites that will be joining, will be announced soon.   

The Mayyas won America’s hearts and votes through their powerful, hypnotizing and synchronous choreography. Their inspiring first audition garnered the instant attention of Sofia Vergara, who granted them her Golden Buzzer, and has now received nearly 17 million views on YouTube.  

Throughout the competition, the group continued to raise the bar and receive high praises from the judges with their stunning performances. Executive producer Simon Cowell called their final performance “astonishing, global and huge.” Howie Mandel exclaimed it was “his favorite act ever on ‘AGT.’” Heidi Klum said, “This is what a million-dollar act looks like.”   

“From the moment I first saw the Mayyas, their act was spectacular and gave me goosebumps,” said Sofia Vergara. “Their coordinated choreography was the most beautiful, creative dancing I have ever seen. Each time they competed, they continued to outdo themselves. Their empowering performances have earned them the ultimate title and I’m so proud of them and can’t wait to see what they do next.”

The Mayyas is an all-female alternative dance crew, founded by choreographer Nadim Cherfan, consisting of 36 Lebanese women of different ages. Their main message is female empowerment. The name of their group stems from an Arabic word, meaning the proud walk of a lioness. Building a career in Lebanon has been difficult, especially for female dancers, so it was important for the group to compete on the biggest stage on “AGT” and show the world what Arab women can do.   

Season 17 of “America’s Got Talent” concluded tonight with an unforgettable finale at the Pasadena Civic Center with judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and host Terry Crews. The show’s finale featured the top 11 finalists performing alongside memorable guests, including the Black Eyed Peas, country music artists Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi, musician Trombone Shorty, as well as “America’s Got Talent” previous winners Terry Fator, Darci Lynne and Shin Lim. Emmy Award-winning actor and director Henry Winkler and comedian Jeff Ross also appeared. 

“America’s Got Talent” is the most-watched summer program for the ninth consecutive year and is the most-watched summer broadcast unscripted program for the 17th consecutive year. The season has reached 57.6 million total viewers across linear and digital platforms, and has surpassed over a billion viewers across its social accounts.   

 
The “Got Talent” format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. “Got Talent” holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format, with more than 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. 

“America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE” opened last year and runs Wednesday-Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. inside Luxor Theater. Tickets start at $49, plus tax and applicable fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at mgmresorts.com, luxor.com and AGTVegasLive.com or by visiting any MGM Resorts International box office.  

For more information, please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/agt and the official press website at https://www.nbcumv.com

Follow “America’s Got Talent” on social media:    

·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AGT  

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/AGT   

·         YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/AmericasGotTalent  

·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agt/  

·         TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@agt  

·         Hashtag: #AGT  

Auditions for the next season of “America’s Got Talent” are currently underway. Interested acts can visit www.AGTAuditions.com to register for an upcoming audition city or to submit a video online.   

“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly and Jason Raff are the executive producers. 

Photo: Trae Patton/NBC

Emil Johannsson poses for a portrait at the Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg, Germany on September 3, 2022 announced in 360 MAGAZINE

Swedish Crowned Champion

FOR RED BULL DISTRICT RIDE 2022

Emil Johansson pulled off the best tricks to take first place

Emil Johansson has been crowned champion of the fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, urban mountain biking slopestyle contest, Red Bull District Ride, which took place in Nuremberg over the weekend (from September 2nd – 3rd).

Thirteen Pro mountain bikers competed in the event which saw the picturesque old town of the Franconian metropolis transformed into a mountain bike slopestyle paradise.

The first Red Bull District Ride since 2017 did not disappoint. Across the event we saw a number of world-first tricks alongside some incredible combos with over 120,000 spectators turning up to watch live – a massive 70,000 for the main competition on Saturday.

Johansson (SWE), who won both the Best Trick Contest on Friday and the main event Slopestyle Contest on Saturday shared: “[This] victory means everything to me! The fact that we can bring the discipline of mountain bike slopestyle to such an unusual urban setting and attract such a large audience is simply amazing.”

He continued: “District Ride compared to other events on tour is very different because we’re basically riding, I would almost call it a downhill skate park. We’re adapting slopestyle into the city, but very few of the landings are actually dirt, a lot of them are wood. So, it’s very different compared to what we usually ride on.”

Placing second, Nicholi Rogatkin (US) loved his time on the course this year and thanked the crowd for their cheering: “[The] event was absolutely crazy. It was so unpredictable because all week we thought it was going to be bad weather, but the weather held off for us and all the boys went crazy. The atmosphere here in Nuremberg, like I’ve said so many times, is just on another level. The people support us so much. The crowd is massive all the way down the course they’re just yelling and it’s just insane. I had so much energy during my first run. Really upgraded it from yesterday’s action and put the 1440 at the end, which is the hardest, most aggressive trick that I do… So, when I landed that, I was going nuts.”

Meanwhile, the best German rider, Erik Fedko placed third on home soil with an outstanding run capped by a huge Backflip Superman Seatgrab, impressively proving why he had been one of the top favourites. 

The 24-year-old shared: “It’s a unique feeling to be here. Five years ago, I felt like a kid. I can’t find words for what it’s like to come back to Nuremberg now. My friends are here, my family is here. The Red Bull District Ride is beyond words – and above all, the atmosphere is really special.”

Overall, the top three competitors for the 2022 Red Bull District Ride were:

  1. Emil Johansson (SWE), 90.00 points 
  2. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), 88.34 points
  3. Erik Fedko (GER), 85.32 points

The track of the Red Bull District Ride, which included street mountain biking across five districts and was about 700 metres long, demanded everything from the 13 world-class riders. Starting at Nuremberg Castle, the track went right through the old town to the Hauptmarkt square, where a massive Big Air Jump awaited the athletes. This year’s course offered them some innovative features to take the progression in mountain bike slopestyle into account. 

Tarek Rasouli, the founder and Sporting Director of the Red Bull District Ride, was thrilled with the riding level at the sixth edition of the contest, commenting: “The Red Bull District Ride has made insane progress since 2005, both athletically and in terms of the course. We saw five World’s Firsts in the Best Trick Contest yesterday, which was incredible. The contest has gotten bigger and bigger and the fanbase is growing as well. The Red Bull District Ride has become a fixed institution in Nuremberg.”

If you would like to catch up on all things Red Bull District Ride 2022, you still can still watch it globally on free sports tv app, Red Bull TV.

Red Bull Culture Clash in Los Angeles and New York City via 360 MAGAZINE

RED BULL CULTURE CLASH

4 Stages. 4 Crews. 1 Winner.

June 24 at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall celebrating the trailblazing underground nightlife sounds of Latinx music featuring four crews: Recreo, Gasolina, Subsuelo, and The Do-Over

Red Bull Culture Clash, the innovative live music experience featuring four opposing crews on four separate stages, is excited to announce the return to the U.S. this summer with two shows, bringing once-in-a-lifetime music experiences to fans on both coasts.

Red Bull Culture Clash New York took place in Warsaw in Brooklyn on May 19 and celebrated the burgeoning talent leading the city’s underground nightlife scene including hip hop, hyper-pop, reggaeton and hardcore featuring four crews: Half Moon, Club Cringe, Apocalipsis, and CORPUS.

Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will follow on June 24-25 and highlight the Latino musical and cultural diaspora in one of the largest U.S. clashes yet. Artist lineup and event details for Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will be revealed soon. Ticket sales are now available, click HERE to buy yours!

Drawing a sold-out crowd when it last took place stateside in Atlanta in 2018, Red Bull Culture Clash aims to showcase each host city’s unique musical and cultural offerings – past, present and future. Inspired by Jamaican sound system culture, Red Bull Culture Clash is more than a DJ battle or band competition. Red Bull Culture Clash features head-to-head performances from four crews over four distinct rounds. Crews and their participating artists are given the reigns to take over each corner of a venue and face off for a four-round bout, bringing big sound, heavy tunes, fierce competition and an exciting roster of special guests, all in an effort to outshine their competition and win over the crowd – because at Red Bull Culture Clash, the crowd decides who reigns supreme.

For more information on Red Bull Culture Clash, visit HERE.

Read on for all details and ticket info for the Los Angeles show.

Red Bull Culture Clash LA

On June 24, Red Bull Culture Clash is coming to Los Angeles to celebrate the Latinx music diaspora across several iconic genres. It will have four crews in four stages:

The first round (and the only round without judging) will be all about warming up, so take the time to get to know each team. But the second round will be judged on the choice of song and wordiness. During the third round, the teams will exchange styles and practices and try to beat each other. If special guests are welcome at any point in the first three rounds, in the fourth, they will be required.

To learn more about the event format and what to expect, and to purchase tickets for Red Bull Culture Clash LA, visit HERE.

Follow along at #redbullcultureclash and click HERE to access the official page of the event for more information.

Hot Wheels via Extension PR for use by 360 Magazine

Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Mattel debuted the official Hot Wheels® 1:64-scale die-cast of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends™ Tour winning 1969 Volvo P1800 Gasser built by Lee Johnstone of the United Kingdom. The first international Tour winner, Johnstone and his daughter, Victoria Upham, attended the global unveiling ceremony in New York City, where their family’s passion project was officially inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends™, a collection of the brand’s most iconic and celebrated designs existing both in 1:64th and life-sized scale. 

A 71-year-old motor mechanic, Johnstone restored and modified his 1969 Volvo to become a real-life track star, which he races with his wife and three daughters. A winner on and off the track, the P1800 Gasser emerged victorious from a historic 25-stop international Tour spanning 5 continents, joining previous champions including the inaugural 2018-winning 2JetZ™, 2019-winning THE NASH, and 2020-winning 1970 Pontiac® Firebird™, as the next permanent fixture in Hot Wheels history.

The announcement was made by Ted Wu, Vice President and Global Head of Design for Vehicles at Mattel, at the legendary Classic Car Club Manhattan one week prior to the start of the historic fifth annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1. The epic space was reimagined to showcase dozens of examples of how Hot Wheels has influenced culture, ranging from high fashion to NFTs. The 2022 Tour kicks off with virtual live streams in New Zealand and Australia on April 14 and April 21, respectively, followed by the first North American live event in Miami, Florida on April 30.

“The Legends Tour began in 2018 as a way to celebrate and engage the car builder community around the world,” said Wu. “Lee Johnstone’s 1969 Volvo P1800 proved to be a truly awe-inspiring Gasser interpretation that captivated the entire Hot Wheels team. As the first international Legends Tour winner, we can’t wait to share his dream with Hot Wheels fans in more than 150 countries around the world.”

Hot Wheels is an automotive legend, and for generations, every auto enthusiast’s love for cars has begun with Hot Wheels. Since the casting of the brand’s Original 16® vehicles in 1968, Hot Wheels has continued to define itself by creating some of the most iconic cars in the world, both influencing and being influenced by car culture. Beyond the automotive world, Hot Wheels has expanded into pop culture through segments such as gaming, fashion, luxury and film. But, it always remains true to its car culture heritage. Hot Wheels has established itself as an iconic automotive-lifestyle brand, and is now also a major player in the global custom car builder community.

More than 54 years after Hot Wheels launched its original vehicles, the process of transforming life-sized cars into 1:64-scale has changed dramatically while the focus on design continues to be at the forefront. Beginning with CAD (Computer Aided Design) scanning, the Hot Wheels team is able to digitalize every aspect of the 1969 Volvo P1800, before additional rounds of 3-D modeling and sample printing help designers determine the 1:64-scale vehicle’s final shape. Once approved, the final design must also undergo a rigorous series of Hot Wheels track tests to ensure it performs as good as it looks.

Anyone with garage spirit can compete in the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. To enter, please click HERE.

In collaboration with Mobil 1, Walmart and Dickies, the 2022 Legends Tour will culminate in November with a livestreamed Global Grand Finale event to crown a historic fifth champion. As in the past, all fan car submissions throughout the Tour will be judged on the basis of creativity, authenticity and garage spirit.

Lil Wayne's GKUA — UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION for use by 360 Magazine

Red Bull BC One World Final

Elite competitive breakers (‘b-boys’ and ‘b-girls’) from all corners of the globe will descend on New York City, where the world’s most highly anticipated annual breaking competition, the Red Bull BC One World Final, will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center

With over 60 qualifier events hosted across 30 countries, the competition brings together the best in breaking for an electrifying battle on the largest international stage, with the final event featuring a line-up of 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls. Last year’s Red Bull BC One World Final was hosted in Poland with B-Boy Amir from Kazakhstan and B-Girl Logistx from the USA taking the belt. Both will defend their titles at this year’s World Final. 

Born on the streets of the Bronx, breaking is one of hip-hop’s four foundational elements, as integral to the expansion of the culture as MCing, DJing, and graffiti. Over nearly five decades, the vibrant local art form has broken beyond New York boroughs and become a worldwide phenomenon, evolving into a gravity-defying hybrid of stylized dance and athletic sport now globally recognized, with a sporting debut set for 2024. 

“It fills my heart with pride to see a ghetto-born dance transcend beyond the basketball courts outside my Bronx River Projects window. What felt exclusive to our community is now a global sensation and I see every b-boy and b-girl as an extension of the culture,” shares legendary New York City b-boy Alien Ness, “Breaking will continue to evolve, but will remain rooted in an unexplainable essence that connects us. If we could verbally explain it, we wouldn’t be dancing.” 

In celebration of breaking’s progression, breakers from across the world will reunite in the art form’s birthplace at this unique moment in history to battle for their chance to be crowned Red Bull BC One World Champion. 

“There is something special about the Red Bull BC One World Final returning to New York City,” says Logan “Logistx” Edra, winner of the 2021 Red Bull BC One World Final, and the youngest to ever hold the coveted title. “As the next generation of breakers rise, I feel it’s important to honor breaking’s roots while breathing new life into the sport as it continues to amass international and well-due recognition.” 

To further the development of breaking culture, the Red Bull BC One Camp will accompany the competition, gathering breaking legends and rising stars for several days of workshops, panels, and battles for the wider breaking community. 

This year’s program will be available to stream on Red Bull TV and the Red Bull BC One social media channels. For more information, click HERE.

What is GGPoker’s Good Game Series?

Meta: What is GGPoker’s Good Game Series and is it something that might interest you? We took a closer look at what this tournament offers here.

GGPoker is a fantastic place to go if you want to find out all you can about the world of poker. The ggpoker.co.uk blog is an extensive resource for recaps of events and which ones are coming up. Also, whether it is a chance to gain some tournament experience or just a quick and casual game, they have it all. One event that every new poker player should look out for is the Good Game Series. What is this, and will we see it coming back round in 2022? Let’s take a closer look.

What is the Good Game Series?

The Good Game Series is an annual tournament held by GG Poker. It is usually held a short while after the WSOP Online, but timings can always change and move about – since online tournaments are able to be a little more flexible than ones that need venues booking out.

What makes the Good Game Series so different from all the other tournaments that GGPoker and other operators run? The buy-ins for this particular event are deliberately kept as low as possible. They will always be under $50, but they could be as low as $10 depending on the game you play! This is a great way for even novice players to buy their way into a tournament and begin to compete to see if they like a tournament format.

What is a Buy-in?

Buy-ins are a key part of any poker game. This is the fee that you need to pay upfront to be able to play the game. How much you pay will always vary depending on the game. Some, like the Good Game Series, might have a low buy-in rate of $50 or less. Bigger, high roller games might have buy-ins in the thousands.

The buy-ins of all players are added up and create the prize pot for the game. If you see a game advertised as having a “guaranteed” jackpot, this means that it will always have a threshold regardless of whether or not the number of players and their buy-ins meets that total. So, a poker game with a guaranteed prize pot of $1M will always offer $1M, even if it does not attract enough players and buy-ins to meet this initial threshold.

Why are Low Buy-ins Important?

So, if poker sites and tournament organisers need buy-in to reach the threshold for the prize, is it worth it to hold games with low buy-ins? Yes, these are incredibly important games. For many, they might be the very first tournament that they try out.

After all, you might not want to put down a buy-in of several hundred or even a thousand if you have very little or no tournament experience. There is more of a chance of a loss here. Low buy-in games are less of a risk for their players, while also still providing some great chances to scoop up a life-changing prize. If you want to try out an online tournament for the first time – or maybe you want to try a new poker variation like Omaha – you should take a look at what a low buy-in game is able to offer.

The Good Game Series is something that many players might be interested in regardless of their own skill in poker. These are great games for those who want to get a little tournament experience, but don’t think that they are purely for beginners. The Good Game Series offers opportunities for players of all skill levels. No matter where you stand, you should be able to get a great game or two from it if you choose to buy into a few games.

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About the Paralympic Winter Games

The Olympic Games get a lot of love. However, if you haven’t gotten enough sports action yet, you can watch some of the world’s toughest athletes once again go head-to-head between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 13, 2022, during the Paralympic Games. 

The Paralympic Games enter their 74th year this spring. Here are nine things you didn’t know about this spectacular sporting event. 

1. A Veteran Started Them

The original Olympics began in ancient Greece around 776 B.C. The modern Paralympics came about much later. Ludwig Guttman started them in 1948 for World War II veterans with spinal injuries. 

This year’s games feature 736 athletes and 78 medal events. There are 39 events for men and 35 for women. The games welcome trans athletes, making them a model for inclusion for other institutions to follow. It sets a shining example amid a flurry of proposed legislation banning such individuals from competing. 

Some of the games involve mixed-gender events. Wheelchair curling will include 12 such teams, each requiring at least one female. 

Like standard Olympic games, athletes can qualify to compete through several means. They can place at World Championships, regional games or rank, or a world or regional list. They can also achieve a minimum qualification standard with or without the subsequent allocation formula. 

2. Skiing Is the Most Popular Event

Skiing is the most popular event at the Paralympic Winter Games. There are six disciplines: downhill, slalom, super slalom, super-G, super combined and team events. 

Athletes compete in three categories based on their abilities. A results calculation system allows those with various impairments to compete against each other. Racers often reach speeds of 100 or more miles per hour as they race down the slopes, and missing a gate results in disqualification. 

3. The Record-Holder Has More Gold Than Phelps 

Michael Phelps is an impressive athlete, to be sure, with 28 medals. However, he more than met his match in para-athlete Trischa Zorn-Hudson, who tops the charts at 55 — 41 gold, nine silver and five bronze.

In the Seoul 1988 games, Zorn-Hudson won 10 gold medals in 10 events, setting new world records in each one. She won admittance to the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012. She currently works as an attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

4. There Are Subdivisions for Different Challenges

Each para-athlete is as unique as any other. They also have various challenges that make ranking their performance more difficult than watching an instant replay of who crossed the finish line first. 

The Games use the Raza point score system, where judges convert performances to point scores to account for each athlete’s classification. Therefore, a more disabled athlete might beat a less disabled one, even if they don’t throw or jump quite as far. 

5. Beijing Is the First City to Host Summer and Winter

Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics this year, but that isn’t the city’s only distinction. It’s also the first to host the Paralympic Games in both summer and winter back-to-back. 

In many ways, the city is uniquely suited for these games. Athletes with disorders like cystic fibrosis run an elevated risk of severe infection from the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s zero-tolerance approach, strict quarantine requirements and mask rules keep participants safer. Although China has waived the quarantine requirement for athletes, they exist in a “bubble” with daily testing and N95 masks required when not competing. 

The Paralympic Winter Games served up yet another wrinkle during the pandemic — the need for coaches to communicate with their visually impaired athletes. Although officials discourage coaches from shouting to prevent potential spread through aerosol droplets, they may briefly remove their masks to accommodate these participants. 

6. Innsbruck, Austria, Hosted Back-to-Back Winter Games

Who decides where to hold the Paralympic Winter Games? It’s a joint decision between the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee. Ten cities have hosted the winter games since their inception. 

Innsbruck, Austria, has the distinction of hosting the games twice back-to-back, in 1984 and 1988. The city’s unique geographic location makes it ideal for skiing events, seated in a valley surrounded by towering, snow-capped mountains. Visitors with less athletic aspirations than competitors can take a cable car to one of the enormous peaks and enjoy a spectacular view. 

7. The Paralympic Flame Is Now Eco-Friendlier

Addressing climate change is everyone’s responsibility. Human beings don’t get a pass for special events like the Olympics. Fortunately, the event’s organizers take their sustainability responsibility seriously. 

This year’s Paralympic Winter Games will feature a torch powered by hydrogen. This technology was first implemented in the Tokyo 2020 games to decrease emissions. 

Switching fuels isn’t the only eco-friendly change. Organizers use sustainable materials, such as recyclable cardboard beds, to construct the Olympic Village. 

8. Blind People Can Play Ball

Have you heard of Goalball? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you’re a sighted person. It’s played exclusively by athletes with blindness or visual impairment. 

Athletes must have less than 10% vision to participate. All participants wear special opaque glasses to level the playing field — people who can see shades of gray have no advantage over those who have complete blindness. 

The interesting thing about this sport is watching it — you must remain silent. During game time, only players or referees may make sounds so the athletes can hear and locate the ball. The sport has appeared in the Paralympics with a men’s and women’s division since 1984. 

9. Even the Medals Are Accessible

What’s it like to win a gold medal when you can’t see the metal shine? Athletes with visual impairments will immediately know their rank before announcing the winner. The medals feature one to three lines, indicating bronze, silver or gold. 

Furthermore, the venues go above and beyond to ensure accessibility. They must adhere to strict guidelines regarding ramps and signage to allow everyone to navigate freely. 

Facts About the Paralympic Winter Games 

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. The Paralympic Winter Games allow you to witness some of the best-trained individuals from around the globe compete. 

These participants overcome incredible challenges to practice their sport. Now that you know these nine things about the Paralympic Winter Games, catch all the action starting March 4.

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Snoop Dogg × Kelly Clarkson – American Song Contest

Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson have been named hosts of NBC’s upcoming musical competition series American Song Contest. From the producers of Eurovision Song Contest and The Voice, American Song Contest brings the musical phenomenon to America. The all-live series will premiere on Monday, March 21 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT from the NBCUniversal lot.  

The series will run for eight weeks on Monday nights with the Grand Final scheduled for May 9. 

Snoop Dogg said, “I am honored to host American Song Contest alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas.”

Clarkson added, “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America. I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists singing their own songs.” 

America’s biggest televised live entertainment event has arrived! Based on the worldwide phenomenon Eurovision Song Contest, organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers annually, this amazing musical spectacular combines the competitive spirit of rooting for your favorite sports team with the joy of watching a live performance of an original song. 

American Song Contest will feature live new music performances–representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital–competing to win the country’s vote for the best hit song. An incredible solo artist, duo or a band will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America. The live competition consists of three rounds as the artists compete in a series of Qualifying Rounds, followed by the Semi-Finals and the ultimate Grand Final where one state or territory will emerge victorious.    

About Snoop Dogg

A multi-platinum artist, actor, philanthropist and entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg has reigned for nearly three decades as an unparalleled force, raising the bar as an award-winning entertainer and globally recognized entrepreneur. Snoop defines entertainment history. He has released 21 studio albums, sold over 40 million albums worldwide, reached No. 1 countless times on Billboard charts internationally, and received 20 Grammy nominations.   

A California native, Snoop has also appeared in numerous films, such as Dolemite Is My Name, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, The Addams Family, Beach Bum, Starsky & Hutch, Soul Plane, and the Oscar-winning drama Training Day, among others. He has also produced several TV shows and films, including Vice’s Reincarnated, Mac & Devin Go to High School and Hood of Horror through his production company, Snoopadelic Films. He made his mark in television when he garnered an Emmy Award nomination as executive producer for the hit VH1 show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner. Snoop was also the executive producer of the Netflix show Coach Snoop, GGN: Double G News, MTV’s Mary + Jane” and the TNT game show The Joker’s Wild, which he also hosted.   

About Kelly Clarkson

Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Grammy Award-winning artist and America’s original idol, Kelly Clarkson is one of the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles.

Clarkson is currently filming season three of her own multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which has already been picked up for its fourth season. She also recently served as a coach on season 20 of NBC’s multi-Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice

Clarkson has released nine studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger, Wrapped in Red, Piece By Piece, Meaning of Life, When Christmas Comes Around…), one greatest hits album and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 bestseller River Rose and the Magical Lullaby and recent follow-up River Rose and the Magical Christmas).  

The Texas-born singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol. Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. Further, Clarkson is one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Since U Been Gone,” “Stronger,” “Underneath the Tree,” “Miss Independent” and “Because of You.” She is the recipient of an array of awards, including Emmys in 2020 and 2021 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for The Kelly Clarkson Show, three Grammys, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Assn. Award. She is also the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.

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NKR Donor Games

Mimi Mahon, a living kidney donor, will compete in the upcoming virtual National Kidney Registry (NKR) Donor Games deadlift competition, February 16-23. Mahon is the owner and head coach at Mahon Strength & Fitness, which opened its doors in January 2021 in Hamilton, Ohio.

In a general population survey, 80% of respondents felt that donating a kidney would negatively affect their health. Mahon participates in the Donor Games to refute this widely held misconception by showcasing her impressive health and fitness along with other donors from around the country.

Growing up in a family of athletes, Mahon learned early to value sport and competition. In addition to the NKR Donor Games, Mahon has participated in a variety of fitness competitions including CrossFit, Strong(wo)man, powerlifting, and Spartan Races. She played Division I college softball at Cleveland State University and has worked as a strength coach, softball coach, and CrossFit trainer. More than a dozen Donor Games competitors either belong to her gym or were introduced to the competitions by her.

Mahon is married to Ashley Obrest and they have a son, Niko. She is also a triplet with her sister, Ali, and brother, Chris. She also has two older brothers, Nick and Nate, as well as parents Nicki and Dale.

Mahon donated a kidney on behalf of her mother through the NKR’s paired donation program in January 2017. While Mahon was not a direct match for her mother, the NKR facilitated a swap between two incompatible pairs of recipients/donors through a paired donation. The NKR is dedicated to increasing the number of kidney transplants from living donors, improving donor-recipient matches for longer-lasting transplants, and offering protection and support to living kidney donors to make the kidney donation process safer, easier and more convenient. For more information about Mahon, including a video, visit this website. To learn more about the National Kidney Registry, visit this website.