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Fathers via 360 Magazine by 360 Magazine

Single Dad’s Survival Tips

Dads’ Resource Center helps single dads navigate Father’s Day

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are around 2 million single father’s in the country. Due to the way that the family court, county and social service systems operate fathers are often not allowed to spend as much time with their children as they would like following a separation or divorce. This includes Father’s Day.

“Father’s Day can be brutally painful for noncustodial fathers”, said Dads’ Resource Center Executive Director Jeffrey Steiner. “Many do not even get the opportunity to be with their children for Father’s Day. For those that do, it can be bittersweet as they are able to cherish some time with their sons and daughters, while also being reminded of all that they are missing out on and how unnecessary and hurtful the custody battle is to them and their children.”

It is not unusual for a noncustodial father to be unable to spend time with his children on Father’s Day. It can take a very long time to even have the opportunity to revise a standing custody order, and there can be provisions that counter act one another. An order that sets aside Father’s Day for the dad can be over ridden by a provision giving each parent a week of summer vacation if the mother schedules her vacation the week of Father’s Day. Courts are also reluctant to enforce violations of custody orders by mothers.

Some of the fathers who are involved with the Dads’ Resource Center were asked to provide tips for dealing with Father’s Day as noncustodial fathers struggling to be in the lives of their children. Here were some of their responses:

  • Make the most of the time you get. “Treat every day you are with your kids like it’s Father’s Day for you. For the kids make Father’s Day fun for them and it will be fun for you.
  • Be empathetic for your children. “Put yourself in your children’s position and try to be as understanding as possible. They are stuck in the middle and can’t show a lot of emotion. Don’t take offense if they don’t act happy because they are in survival mode.”
  • Make it about them. “I am happy in my house when they are happy. I just want to give them refuge from this storm. So, if they want to be on their phone talking with their friends, if they want to zone out and watch TV and that makes them happy, I am happy.”

For those fathers who are unable to spend Father’s Day with their children:

  • Don’t get stuck on what day it is. “You have to treat Father’s Day like any other day. Then create your own Father’s Day an evening during the week before or the weekend before or after.”
  • Be flexible and creative. “Stay connected in any way possible, even if it isn’t reciprocated.”
  • Open your heart to other children. “I try to find ways to hang out with other kids, like my nieces or nephews. Enjoying time with them makes me feel like a dad again.”

“Nothing is more devastating to a man than being denied access to his children and being completely powerless to do anything about it, “said Steiner. “But the children are the ones who suffer the most in these situations. They are unnecessarily denied the presence of their fathers and subjected to persistent tensions and uncertainty.”

Dads’ Resource Center was established by Dr. Joel N. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents.

About Dads’ Resource Center

The Dads’ Resource Center is committed to providing education, resources, and advocacy for dads who are separated or divorced and are determined to uphold their sacred responsibility as fathers. The Dads’ Resource Center was founded by Dr. Joel N. Myers, the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. His own experience as a single father led him to start the group. To get more information, visit HERE.

Marvel's Spider-Man 60th Anniversary via 360 magazine

SPIDER-MAN’S ANNIV.

To honor Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary, some of the industry’s greatest artists have banded together on one incredible variant cover program! Beginning this August, BEYOND AMAZING variant covers will adorn the covers of Marvel’s hottest ongoing titles with gorgeous artwork celebrating all aspects of Spider-Man’s beloved mythos! From key moments in Spider-Man publishing history to Spider-Man’s forays into other media, these 20 show-stopping covers showcase a wide range of Spidey inspiration and prove why the hero’s impact on pop culture is simply unmatched!

Since Peter Parker’s debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the world’s favorite wall-crawler has inspired millions of Marvel fans through his iconic adventures and stories. Be a part of Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary celebrations all year long with your favorite Marvel comics, games, shows, collectibles, fashion and more! Check out all 20 BEYOND AMAZING variant covers now and visit marvel.com or follow #SpideyBeyondAmazing for more information.

On Sale 8/3

MOON KNIGHT #14 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by OZGUR YILDIRIM

On Sale 8/10

AVENGERS #59 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by MARK BAGLEY

On Sale 8/24

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #4 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by LEO CASTELLANI

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #41 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ

WOLVERINE #24 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by TIM LEVINS

On Sale 8/31

X-MEN #14 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by JOHN ROMITA JR.

On Sale 9/7

AVENGERS FOREVER #9 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by CHASE CONLEY

FANTASTIC FOUR #47 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

HULK #10 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by EJ SU

NEW FANTASTIC FOUR #4 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by PAOLO RIVERA

X-MEN RED #6 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by DAVID NAKAYAMA

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ANT-MAN #3 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by PEACH MOMOKO

CAPTAIN MARVEL #43 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by DAVE JOHNSON

IMMORTAL X-MEN #6 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by CAFU

IRON MAN #23 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by FRANCIS MANAPUL

On Sale 9/21

AVENGERS #60 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by NURI DURR

On Sale 9/28

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by MARCOS MARTIN

STRANGE #6 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by JORGE FORNÉS

THOR #28 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by GREG SMALLWOOD

On Sale October

GHOST RIDER #7 BEYOND AMAZING VARIANT COVER by KAARE ANDREWS

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2023 2023 Toyota Sienna marks the model’s first quarter-century of success and celebrates with a limited-availability 25th Anniversary Edition via 360 MAGAZINE

2023 Toyota Sienna

2023 Toyota Sienna marks the model’s first quarter-century of success and celebrates with a limited-availability 25th Anniversary Edition. Based on the sport-infused XSE grade, the special model gains additional luxury cabin features from the Limited grade and adds exclusive exterior and interior trim. Toyota will build just 2,525 of these models for the U.S., making this a “gotta have it” minivan.

Toyota has sold more than 2.2 million Sienna models since its debut in 1997. The fourth-generation Sienna debuted for the 2021 model year, offering hybrid power exclusively and giving customers the benefit of Toyota’s 20+ years of global hybrid leadership and well documented quality, durability and reliability. The 2023 Sienna lays down impressive numbers. Its Toyota Hybrid System II delivers 245 total system horsepower and earns the vehicle an EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG fuel economy (front-wheel drive).

The Hybrid-exclusive strategy has been a winner for Sienna, which was the top-selling minivan in America for 2021, capturing 35% of the segment. The new-generation Sienna offers the choice in front-wheel drive or Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, which employs a separate rear electric motor rather than a heavy AWD transfer case and space-robbing driveshaft to the rear wheels. As a result, EPA-estimated combined fuel economy is 35 MPG, nearly matching the 36 combined MPG for front wheel drive.

Happy Silver Anniversary

The ultra-sporty XSE model on which the 25th Anniversary Edition amps up the sporty factor with available dark 20-in. split-5-spoke wheels, bolder looking front and rear bumpers, black-painted caps and a sport-tuned suspension that are unique to the XSE. The Sienna 25th Anniversary Edition is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and includes the XSE Plus Package, which equips the Sienna 25th Anniversary Edition with roof rails, Premium Audio with JBL speakers and navigation, wireless charging and a 1500-watt converter.

Appropriately for the occasion, the Sienna  25th Anniversary Edition is available in Celestial Silver, with Wind Chill Pearl as a second color choice. Special black badging and exterior trim, including mirrors caps and shark fin antenna, accents the two available exterior colors.

From there, this celebration model adds a slew of features from the Limited grade, including the exterior mirrors with memory, auto-dimming, puddle lights, power-fold and reverse-tilt down function. Inside, the Limited also donates black leather-trimmed seating with silver-colored stitching, including heated and ventilated front seats with memory. The Limited’s memory steering column and second-row seats with ottomans enhance onboard comfort, and illuminated door sills greet front occupants. Special “25th Anniversary” floormats treat the feet, and an exclusive black key fob cover with silver-colored stitching features a “25th Anniversary” badge.

Sienna’s Journey

As minivans entered the market and gained popularity in the eighties and nineties, Toyota first imported its rear-drive Van and then the more market-suitable Previa. Meanwhile, Toyota was preparing a much more focused entry, and it arrived for 1998: the Sienna.

The Sienna proved to be right on target for the market, and through each design generation has evolved to a state of family vehicle perfection. Here’s a look at how it got there.

First-Generation: 1998-2003

Designed expressly for the U.S. market, the 1998 Sienna was assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. in Georgetown, Kentucky. Toyota called the first Sienna “The Camry of Minivans,” and for good reasons. Firstly, it was based on a larger version of the Camry’s front-wheel drive platform, which ensured an excellent balance of handling agility and ride comfort. Also, the Sienna was designed to give buyers the same combination of quality, user-friendly operation and value that had made the Camry so popular.

The first Sienna was 193.5 inches long on a 114-inch wheelbase, making it easy to maneuver and park. The powertrain paired a 3.0-liter, 194-horsepower V6 with a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The 1998-2003 Sienna had an EPA-estimated 17 city MPG / 23 highway MPG / 19 combined MPG fuel economy ratings.

The Sienna offered the choice of 7- or 8-seat configurations and provided renowned Toyota value in CE, LE and XLE grades. A driver’s side sliding rear door was standard on LE and XLE and optional for CE, and the XLE offered optional leather-trimmed seats.

Toyota engineered the first Sienna with the safety that family van buyers sought. Anti-lock brakes were standard, and Sienna was one of the few vans at the time to offer available front seat-mounted side torso airbags and Vehicle Stability Control. The first Sienna achieved the highest rating (“Good”) in all six IIHS frontal crash tests.

Second-Generation: 2004-2010

Customers loved the first-gen Sienna so much, they wanted more … more room, more versatility, more power and more safety. The second-gen Sienna for 2004 delivered on all counts. The chief engineer for the new model, Yuji Yokoya, and his family drove a first-gen Sienna throughout North America and met with minivan owners to gain a deeper understanding of how owners used these vehicles in daily life. Influenced by that input, the second-gen Sienna introduced for 2004 grew significantly to offer more room and versatility. Wheelbase and length both increased by five inches, and the new Sienna was also four inches wider and 1.6 inches higher than the first-generation model.

The second-gen Sienna debuted an all-wheel drive option, and the Sienna would remain the only minivan to offer AWD for many years. All models gained a 3.3-liter V6 with 230 horsepower, teamed to a new 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings increased to 17/25/20 EPA-estimated MPG for the front-wheel drive model.

Seating and cargo room increased all around. Notably, as minivans were frequently used for trips to warehouse stores, the Sienna could now easily carry 4×8-foot sheets of plywood. The second-gen Sienna debuted a luxurious new Limited trim. And, recognizing the value of keeping passengers entertained, Toyota offered an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 110V outlets.

In the safety category, side curtain airbags, optional on certain 2004-2005 trims, became standard on all for 2006. Vehicle Stability Control was made standard for all models in 2008. Continuous evolution brought new features such as Bluetooth wireless tech for hands-free phone use and music streaming, a power-folding third row, rear view camera, rear parking sensors and navigation. For 2007, the Sienna received a 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.

Third Generation: 2011-2019

The third-generation Sienna introduced for 2011 ushered in a bolder design, along with a growing roster of luxury and tech features. The design emerged from Toyota’s CALTY studios, with engineering handled by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as in Japan. Sized the same as the second-gen Sienna, the new model added versatility.

A new 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine became standard but was discontinued after two years. The 3.5-liter V6 continued and was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2018, power jumped to 296 horsepower with the addition of Toyota’s D4-S direct fuel injection, and an eight-speed automatic replaced the six-speed. EPA fuel economy estimates with this combination were 18 city / 24 highway / 20 combined.

Standard features included three-zone climate control, three power ports, power door locks and remote keyless entry. As a fun surprise, a new SE model grade added some sport sedan verve to the driving experience. Front styling was even bolder, with side skirting that visually lowered the vehicle and smoked taillights that made a distinctive statement. Specially tuned suspension, revised steering and 19-inch alloy wheels boosted agility and driving engagement. This was the minivan with attitude.

The third-gen Sienna brought a major advance in active safety for 2015 with optional Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) was made standard for all model grades in 2018. TSS-P included Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.

Additional safety features included a rear-view camera with 180-degree view, driver’s knee airbag and Toyota Safety Connect. On the luxury and user tech side, the Smart Key System with Push-Button Start added new convenience, and the available second-row sliding Lounge Seating could slide up to 23 inches rearward to open up enormous legroom.

The Sienna’s Entune 3.0 multimedia system included a live-traffic map, while the higher grades also featured Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices. An available 11.6-inch dual-view rear seat entertainment system was a real passenger pleaser.

Fourth Generation: 2020-

Toyota reimagined the fourth-generation Sienna to support a wider array of life stages and activities than the typical minivan. That included answering the call for more luxury, multimedia and outdoors-amenable features.

Assembled in the U.S., the fourth-generation Sienna was designed by the combined effort of CALTY’s Newport Beach, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, studios. It is built around an all-new minivan structure based on Toyota’s versatile TNGA-K Platform architecture, and the evocative design was influenced by the bold and robust character of SUVs.

The Sienna delivers a confident, agile driving experience with exemplary ride comfort, thanks in large part to the TNGA-K Platform combined with a trailing-arm multi-link rear suspension. The sporty XSE and lavish Platinum grades fill their wheel wells with standard 20-inch aluminum clad wheels with P235/50R20 tires for FWD. (All-Wheel Drive versions have 18-inch wheels.)

The 2023 Sienna line includes LE, XLE, sporty XSE, outdoors-oriented Woodland Edition, luxurious Limited and ultra-plush Platinum trims. The Woodland Edition introduced for 2022 combines adventure-inspired rugged styling, a standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System and increased ground clearance to take family fun further afield.

The 2023 Sienna offers many available premium features across the model line (depending on model grade), such as kick-open and closed sliding side doors and rear gate, four-zone climate control system, heated second-row Super-Long Slide captain’s chairs with ottomans, power tilt and telescoping steering column with heated steering wheel, 10-in. color head-up display and 12-speaker JBL® Premium Audio system.

All 2023 Sienna models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a comprehensive active safety system that includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist

The Sienna LE and some XLE models come equipped in 8-seat configurations with a stowable middle seat. The Super-Long Slide second-row captain’s chairs in some 7-seat models slide 25 inches, providing ample legroom and flexibility to maximize comfort, especially when used with the available ottoman feature. (Standard for 25th Anniversary Edition, Limited and Platinum and available for certain others.)

Cutting-edge visibility tech and the available Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan provides a live, 360-degree view to help the driver see potential obstacles.

The 2023 Sienna offers a smorgasbord of connectivity and entertainment, with versatile Toyota Audio systems providing something for everyone. The base Toyota Audio system in the LE grade is jam-packed with features, including a 9-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa compatibility, seven USB media ports, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, SiriusXM® with 3-month Platinum Plan trial subscription and Safety Connect® with 1-year trial and Wi-Fi Connect with up to 3 GB within a one-month trial.

And, did we mention an up to EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG rating and available Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. That is the anatomy of a minivan innovator and leader.

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MARVEL × ASIAN PACIFIC/AMERICAN

Shang-Chi, Kamala Khan, Wong, Mantis, and Jimmy Woo headline MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022. The second Marvel’s Voices anthology honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will showcase brand new stories crafted by both emerging and established Asian and AAPI talent. Arriving on May 25, MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022 will feature four action-packed and heartfelt adventures set throughout the Marvel Universe plus an introduction by Isabel Hsu, Senior Manager of Creative Development at Marvel Games and exclusive interview with longtime comic book letterer and industry pioneer, Janice Chiang. Right now, fans can get their first look at all four covers and preview each of the featured stories, including:

·       Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Creees Lee take Shang-Chi and Jimmy Woo on a vital mission with some unexpected surprises

·       Writer Sabir Pirzada and artist Eric Koda teams up Ms. Marvel with Shang-Chi in a story that explore these two heroes’ differences and similarities

·       Writer Jeremy Holt and artist Kei Zama spotlight the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis, diving into the iconic character’s fascinating past and gearing her up for a bright future

·       Writer Emily Kim and artist Rickie Yagawa showcase the power and expertise of master of the mystic arts, Wong, in an exciting solo adventure

MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022 continues the tradition of inspiring and uplifting storytelling that truly reflects “the world outside your window.” These stories celebrate Marvel’s ongoing, ever-expanding pantheon of heroes and the vastness of all Asian, Asian American and Pacific Island cultures and identities. Check out all four covers now and visit Marvel.com to see an exclusive sneak peek and hear from the creators themselves! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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Discover Puerto Rico × Pantone

Boriqua Interior Designer Cristina Villalón curates tips on how to best incorporate the color Puerto Rico Sunshine into a space. This fiery red-orange color created by Pantone is a combination of the sunbeams that grace the island throughout the day, refined by a physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Villalón, a leading designer in Puerto Rico with projects all over the Americas is the ideal eye to recommend how to integrate Puerto Rico Sunshine into any room or décor.

According to Villalón, orange is a dynamic color. It should be used to add energy to a room and make a space come alive. Thus, if you reside in a cold place, adding an orange wall will automatically add warmth and ebullience to the space.

Puerto Rico Sunshine alongside neutral tones such as gray have a neutralizing effect to tone down the brightness. For full island-vibes, blues also complement orange beautifully and make the perfect combination in a vibrant beach house or beachy themed room. It is recommended to use only one vivid color, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, in any given space. Using a neutral palette and natural textures, then adding pops of this bold orange in accessories makes for a soothing yet cheerful space. Painting an entire room a strong, overwhelming color can be a bit too much for most interior design tastes. Villalón recommends painting one wall in a room the brighter, statement-making color, and the rest a more neutral tone. Not only will the accent wall stand out and become a focal point, but it won’t overpower the rest of the décor elements and make you want to run out of the room! Other trends include incorporating accent colors in a wall mural. A wall mural permits you to incorporate as much or as little of an accent color as you would like, and you can also add texture and visual interest with the pattern or design you choose.

A great way to offer cohesion to the room is to paint only one wall an orange, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, and then repeat the color via furniture pieces or accessories. Some of these ways include adding color to the entryway of your home, updating older furniture, framing a mirror, or even making your own artwork. The eye-catching possibilities are as endless as the sun’s rays. Color is an extremely powerful force and too much of anyone can leave a room or space unbalanced. Yet the right amount can invigorate a home and its visitors!

Cristina Villalón is the Co-founder, Principal Interior Designer and the Director of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design. Recognized for her attractive, welcoming, and functional interior designs, Villalón was awarded in 2015 with the Star on the Rise Award from the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). In 2016, Cristina was named among the Top 40 Under 40 by the magazine Design: Retail and that same year, Caribbean Business awarded her the same distinction. Villalón is a proud mother of three beautiful daughters, a recycling activist and gender equality, an insatiable reader and a lifelong learner.

Discover Puerto Rico and Pantone featured in 360 MAGAZINE.

*Special thanks to Discover Puerto Rico for providing images and access to Cristina Villalón.

What Makes California Such a Popular Place to Live?

It’s no secret that people love the golden coast — and there’s no shortage of reasons why. California is a great place to visit, of course, but it’s also a fantastic place to lay down your roots and settle down — or not, depending on your lifestyle! One of the many amazing things about living in California is the opportunity to experience so many different things.

Whether you’re from the west coast already or you’re thinking about jumping coasts — or even if you’re simply wondering what makes California so special, here are just a few of the reasons why California is such a popular place to live.

It’s Beautiful

This one is hardly news to anybody, but California is one of the most beautiful states in the Union. It basically has everything you could ever want: cascading forests, desert landscapes, beaches, and mountains. Literally any view that you can picture!

Although beauty isn’t always the primary priority in where you choose to live, there’s something to be said for being surrounded by gorgeous environments. That’s something you can’t get just anywhere, and California has it in spades.

The Weather

Even with all of the different environments and landscapes present across the great state of California, pretty much everywhere has a great take on the weather. From the seasonal Northern California variations to the SoCal sunshine, there’s so much to love in California. It feels like a state where the weather was specifically designed for the human experience.

Unlike the warmer corners of the east coast, the heat in Southern California isn’t humid, making it all the more pleasant.

Industry

There are so many industries that call California home, all throughout the state. It’s no secret that in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. Additionally, Northern California — specifically the San Francisco Bay area — is the place to go if you work in tech.

There are so many industries and job opportunities all over the state of California. It’s a state with so much going on and with such a stimulated economy that, no matter what you do, you can find work.

Variety

You may already be aware of this, but California has so much variety in terms of the scenery, people, pricing, and environment. Unlike many of the smaller states, California has so much to offer. You can drive up or down the coast for hours and still remain within California.

There’s so much to see and do within the state of California, from the national parks to the great cities and beaches. You’ll basically never feel bored, especially if it’s all brand new to you.

Health Care

This definitely isn’t the case with every state, but California has so many good options for health care. In terms of public programs, the progressive policies in place in the state allow for much wider access to resources. This can include things like therapy, forms of addiction treatment, dental care, and vision care. This is good news for anyone in need of health coverage.

Education

California can hold its own in the realm of education, both with K-12 and in terms of university education. Technically, it’s ranked number 20 overall for education, but there are plenty of specific places where the education system really shines. There’s an entire network of public Montessori schools within California, and the university system within the state is one of the best in the country for public education.

Plenty of the University of California schools are considered elite colleges, which isn’t true for every state school. Many people move to California specifically to go to college within the state. Plus, for those who establish residency, there are so many opportunities for funding, scholarships, and financial aid for community colleges and four-year colleges.

The Culture

This reason for residing in the Golden State might be a little more nebulous, but it definitely still has its place. The culture of California is so varied and interesting that so many people are drawn to it.

Of course, there are stereotypes and first impressions that might fade — like the idea that everyone is a surfer or that everybody is a rock star. However, there is a distinctly pleasant culture that radiates from the west coast in all kinds of unique ways. Sure, the specific culture of Oakland might vary wildly from that of Encinitas, but that in itself is a part of the charm.

Diversity

California is an extremely diverse place, and this can stand true in plenty of regions. Both in terms of the people there and the cultures of each individual city, it can be a beautifully colorful place to meet all kinds of people and experience different things in life.

Plenty of people move to California and places like it to experience different cultures or to find groups they enjoy being surrounded by. This can be especially important for those who don’t feel represented where they currently live and want to prioritize community.

The Food Scene

If delicious food is one of the most important things you look for in a place to live, look no further than the great state of California. Since the state is so varied and has so many different diverse populations, the food is a colorful mix of all things vibrant and delicious.

Check out the seafood and the Mexican food — and, honestly, anything else you could dream of. Up and down the coast, you’ll find so many different things, too. The food has so much variety and culture that you’ll never get bored, even if you find a few favorites.

What Makes California So Popular?

California is a beautiful place with so much culture, so many opportunities, and tons of beauty. It’s no wonder why so many people choose to live in this amazing state. From all the industries that call California home to the amazing food, weather, and educational opportunities, this is a state that’s alive and not stopping anytime soon. Are you from the west coast? Or are you a fellow east-coaster looking to expand westward?

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Rihanna Pregnant

By: Skyler Johnson

It was discovered earlier today that global superstar Rihanna is pregnant with her first child. Her baby bump was revealed when she was photographed with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in his hometown of Harlem. At the time, the couple was seen holding hands, with Rihanna wearing a long pink puffer Chanel jacket adorned with jewels over her stomach

The couple went public in November of 2020, and have grown closer since the pandemic after being friends for several years. Both have separately talked about wanting kids together at some point, with Rihanna suggesting she wanted kids before she turned 42. According to MSN, she once stated, “I’m a Black woman. I came from a Black woman, who came from a Black woman, who came from a Black woman, and I’m going to give birth to a Black woman. It’s a no-brainer. That’s who I am. It’s the core of who I am in spirit and DNA.” No other information on the pregnancy has been released. 

About Rihanna

Rihanna is a Barbadian superstar and singer, known for songs such as Diamonds, S&M, and Shut Up and Drive. She’s also a businesswoman, with her makeup line Fenty Beauty and her clothing line Savage x Fenty. She’s also an actress, having appeared in Home, Battleship, and Bates Motel (the series.) Her ninth album is expected to be released in the near future. 

About A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky is a rapper and musician. His debut track, Peso, was leaked online and quickly received airplay. He’s a member of the A$AP Mob, which is where he received the moniker. 

NEW COMEDY – BUST DOWN

New Unconventional Comedy Series to Premiere
on Peacock Thursday, March 10

Watch Trailer HERE.

Bad deal. Worse friends. #BustDown Drops March 10th on Peacock

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

BUST DOWN stars Jak Knight, Langston Kerman, Sam Jay and Chris Redd as four casino employees living dead-end lives with dead-end jobs in middle America, and the massive mess they manage to make out of it.

Quote from Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Sam Jay and Chris Redd re: Inspiration for the Trailer:

“We wanted the ‘Bust Down’ trailer to reflect the absurdity of the show. This isn’t about warming hearts or giving voice to the voiceless. Our show is about finding comedy in the unimportant. Each episode these four characters escape societal pressures to strive and excel by digging themselves further into a metaphorical hole, which led us to this concept.”

Quote from Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Sam Jay and Chris Redd re: Inspiration for the Series:

“’Bust Down’ is rooted in our friendship. Every character is a hyperbolic version of how we see each other, and every story is inspired by the bad choices we each naturally make out in the world. There aren’t a lot of straight comedies right now where people truly go for jokes that are raunchy, irreverent, and complicated, and at its core that’s what ‘Bust Down’ is all about. We believe true equality is being able to make a show about nonsense the same way white people have been doing forever. We just wanted to make something so fucking hilarious that it makes people laugh so much that they miss jokes and then have to circle back to watch again.”

Nine Tips to Make Sure You’ll Have a Successful Business Trip to Dallas

When your boss tells you that you’re going to Dallas for a business trip, whether it’s for work or pleasure, the first thing on your mind is probably “What should I pack?” and “How long will I be there?”  But before you even think about what to bring, there are some things you need to make sure of first.

How to Plan a Successful Business Trip to Dallas  

1. Book early.


Before you get on the plane to Dallas it’s important that you book your hotel room and transportation to/from the airport. This way, when you land in Dallas all of your primary concerns will be taken care of.

There are some exceptions where booking early doesn’t work out-like if you’re going for a big conference or eating at popular destination restaurants-but don’t assume that there won’t be availability. Just use common sense and make sure that everything’s booked before you get there.

2. Have a place to stay once you get to the airport.

There are lots of cheap hotels near the Dallas Fort Worth Airport that you can book when you get to the airport. You don’t want this to be a last-minute decision because then it’s much harder to have everything in one place.

3. Have a hotel room near the business area if you’re going for work.

If your work is located around the business district, choose a hotel room near your work so you won’t have too far to travel in between meetings or after dinner events. This may mean staying in an area further from nightlife but if clubs and bars are what you’re looking for, there are plenty of them all over DFW anyway.

4. Find a suitable hotel that isn’t expensive but still offers a clean and quiet environment.

If you’re going for work, then the last thing you want to do is spend too much on a hotel. It’s important that your company pays for it but if they don’t pay enough and you have extra money, find a suitable hotel in the $100-$200/night range so you can relax after work and also get some sleep before heading back at it early the next morning. Make sure there aren’t too many noisy people near your room during the night as well.

5. Book a DFW airport car rental. 

When it comes down to it, the most important thing is enjoying yourself when you have time off from work. This means getting around Dallas in the easiest way possible.

If you haven’t driven before in this city, then consider getting a reliable dfw car rental service. It’ll be cheaper than taking an expensive cab and much more useful than relying on public transportation.

6. Make sure your hotel is close to some of the big attractions.

Depending on how long your business trip lasts, be sure to enjoy some of the awesome attractions around Dallas so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time in Texas. Have a rental car that will give you the freedom to get around the city easily. Dallas according to Travel + Leisure, is known for sports locations and art galleries.

7. Prepare for the unknown.

When going on a business trip, you never know what kind of issues may arise so have a backup plan in case something comes up. Bring essentials with you like a toothbrush and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in case you get stranded somewhere overnight.

8. Have a great dinner somewhere.

Sometimes during business trips, it’s hard for everyone to agree on where to eat dinner since all sorts of different types of people are included in that group who may have different tastes when it comes to food. Ensure that you have a great dinner that everyone can enjoy so you can get back to doing whatever’s most important for your trip. The Food Network has a list of 20 restaurants to try in Dallas.

9. Get a good night’s sleep.

Your last day should be spent relaxing at your hotel or seeing any sights that are still left on your “to see” list amidst all the running around during business hours. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep since that’ll be necessary for your trip back home.

Business Trips to Dallas Don’t Have to Be So Hard

Your business trips to Dallas don’t have to be so hard if you plan ahead of time! That’s why it’s important to check out some places around the Dallas Fort Worth airport before you arrive so you can really take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

Dallas, Texas is known as “The Big D” because of the big buildings, big area attractions and big fun that you’ll have during your visit. Just make sure you know how to get around Dallas before visiting so the entire trip can go smoothly.

 

Five Accessories You’ll Need this Year

Are you one of those people that booked their vacation for 2022 six months ago? Well, good for you! But in the meantime, what accessories are you going to need this year to complete your look?

Here are five must-haves that will have you looking stylish all season long.

1. Sunglasses

There’s nothing like catching some rays on the beach in 2022, but if you’re going to be lounging in the sand this year, make sure you bring along your sunglasses. Hard or soft lenses? It doesn’t matter. Just make sure they are polarised with UV protection (because that’s what all the cool girls are doing).

Depending on your preferences, you can also go for the clip on sunglasses. These glasses are the perfect accessory for the beach, a concert, or a casual walk. Don’t forget to take beautiful photographs in the sunglasses and reminisce about the good times.

2. Interesting Bag

Who says your purse has to be boring? Here are a few interesting bags that you can carry with you this year.

• Crossbody bags: For the girls who are always on the go, what better accessory to take along than a crossbody bag? It’s also called a messenger because of its design. This allows you to carry your essentials but has a slight slouch that is definitely more stylish.

• Fanny pack: The fanny pack is making a comeback, and it’s going to be popular this year! It can also be worn as a belt bag or a waist pack. With its smaller size, it will even fit inside your purse. You can wear these packs at festivals, hiking, and travel or even at the office.

• Purses: Purses are back in style, and people will be carrying small bags again (because bigger is not always better). You can get one of these unique purses, which you can carry on top of your shoulders. They come in different sizes but if you’re looking for something larger, go get a shoulder bag.

• Backpacks: If you don’t want to carry a purse, there’s no need to worry because backpacks are in style again. The backpack is great for work or even school if that’s what you’re into. However, if you’re looking for something casual, get one of these cool bags that can be worn over your shoulders. You can also get a traditional backpack but make sure that it’s light and practical.

• Bucket bag: Nowadays, people are going for the bucket bag or the drawstring bag, which is great if you’re always on the go. They’re very fashionable and practical to carry around because they look better than a regular old backpack.

3. A Floral Shirt

Floral print blouses are so hot right now, and by mid-2022, they’ll be even more popular. So, pick one up before your 2022 trip to the tropics! Plus, what’s better than having a shirt that ties you over for four years?

While you’re at it, pick up a few other shirt styles as well. Trust me, florals are popping’ in 2022, and they’ll be everywhere else too.

4. A Cute Swimsuit

Swimsuits are another wardrobe staple that you’ll need to get before your 2022 trip or be left with diaper-brief tan lines. And while it’s not against the law to wear the same swimsuit multiple years in a row, it’s just not very stylish.

So, grab this must-have accessory now so you can go swimming with dolphins on your 2022 vacation.

5. A Statement Purse

Finally, pick up an eye-catching statement purse to pull together your look for 2022. While it’s fun to be spontaneous, not having a purse together can ruin an outfit. Boring browns and tans may be too drab for the tropics, so pick up your statement purse now so you can sparkle all year long.

Conclusion

By purchasing these five must-have accessories now, you will be prepared for all of your 2022 trips and adventures. Don’t forget to tag along your spirited heart and fun personality.