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JLF ARCHITECTS

JLF Architects Announces May 2022 Release of New Book “Foundations” Published by Rizzoli and Featuring 16 Stunning Legacy Houses

JLF Architects’ announces the publication of “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” (Rizzoli New York), debuting on May 3, 2022, and offering an in-depth look at 16 spectacular homes designed by the Bozeman, Montana-based firm in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York. The 256-page coffee-table book, already receiving media acclaim, features 200 photographs of JLF-designed houses, thoughtfully sited amid breathtaking scenery and rooted in regional history, materials and methods.

JLF Architects announces the May 3, 2022, publication of the firm’s new book “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects.” Published by Rizzoli New York, written by Seabring Davis with JLF Design Build and with some 200 photographs by Audrey Hall, “Foundations” highlights 16 stunning JLF-designed houses set amid remarkable scenery in the mountains, on the water, in the forest and the foothills of Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York.

“Breathtaking houses that are built lovingly with noble materials and heritage methods, always presented in profound conversation with nature,” writes Rizzoli about the book, which has already received accolades from “BigLife” magazine in a feature on the “Modern Artifact” Park City house from the book in its recent Spring 2022 issue. And “Big Sky Journal HOME” applauds JLF Architects as the “esteemed firm [that] brings decades of experience to bear on rustic and modern design solutions” in its review of the book.

From their first project some 40 years ago, challenged with creating a Montana cabin to match existing log structures on a century-old homestead property, JLF pioneered the idea of reusing old materials. “Reclaiming the wood and rebuilding it into a new form kindled a movement in American architecture,” they write in the introduction to “Foundations.” “The early work stirred a revival of craft that launched JLF’s time-honored design-build philosophy … The authenticity of materials with their natural blemishes worn by axes, adzes, boot heels, horse hooves, and the elements seemed to belong to the Montana landscape. The buildings appeared as if they had always been there, enduring and timeless.”

JLF has taken its history-rich designs in increasingly contemporary directions in recent years, continually pushing its own limits to lead the way in what has become known as Rustic Modern or Mountain Modern design. Bringing a fresh contemporary approach to Old-World materials and methods, these JLF legacy houses retain the connections to regional history and the land that resonate deeply with homeowners, combining the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship with up-to-the-minute sustainable technology. As “Foundations” states, “Building a legacy house – large or small – with purpose is the definitive reward … we build houses that weather time, traditions, trends, and generations with practical grace.”

“BigLife” spotlights a spectacular Park City, Utah, project by JLF in “Building Dreams.” Appropriately featured in the magazine’s PLACE section, it recognizes the firm’s commitment to designing in concert with specific history and landscape since that first cabin design in 1979, which it calls “an origin story of resourcefulness and a pitch-perfect sense of place.” “BigLife” writes, “JLF has become renowned for the way that their projects are at home in their environs,” adding that the Park City house “perfectly marries the authenticity of place with a modern sensibility” and that the new book “Foundations” “offers insight into the intentionality that goes into each JLF project.”

“Big Sky Journal” reviews “Foundations” in its just-out popular annual HOME issue, writing of JLF Architects “working to build in partnership with the land through environmentally responsible, artful design” and sharing a quote from the new book to summarize the philosophy of the firm that has become known for creating “brand-new 100-year-old houses”: “The most sustainable thing we can do is design a house that will still be here in a hundred years, a place where people can gather for generations to come.”

“Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” includes a foreword by writer, filmmaker and conservationist John Heminway, who similarly captures the mystique of a JLF house: “A home should be right in every way. It should impress, not through grandeur but through simplicity, authority, and grace. Ideally, it is located, designed, and crafted so thoughtfully that it appears the only imaginable structure for the landscape. Let others erect castles, as long as JLF can build you a home where, inside and out, you will feel better, be better … the home of the heart.”

About JLF Architects:

With over 40 years of experience, JLF Architects, pioneers in building houses with reclaimed antique timber and indigenous stone, continue as leaders in creating sustainable legacy houses that contrast rustic materials with the best of contemporary design. The award-winning Bozeman, Montana-based firm with offices in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Park City, Utah, applies distinctive solutions and Old-World techniques to create place-based houses closely aligned with the natural world and honoring history, from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Seaboard. Winners of “Mountain Living” Home of the Year, the JLF Architects and Big-D Signature design-build team unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information go HERE and follow JLF on Instagram and Pinterest.

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FIAF – ANIMATION FIRST FESTIVAL

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) recently revealed further installments to their 2022 Animation First Festival. FIAF, too, publicized that the animation festival will showcase a virtual programming of the animated film AN AMERICAN TAIL by esteemed filmmaker Don Bluth, with the US debut of the TV special THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, revitalizing one of the earliest novel series of France.

The French animation festival commemorates its fifth anniversary in 2022. This year’s event showcases two programs: in person from February 11-13, and virtually from February 14-21.

Just Announced:

Past Announced Showcases:

About Animation First   

Serving as the single film festival in the United States that honors French animation, Animation First reviews the impacts of animation film. France serves as Europe’s leading curator and the world’s second runner up producer of animated film. The event aims to educate film lovers on the rich history of animation in France.

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MARVEL’S VOICES: HERITAGE #1

Marvel’s most noteworthy and groundbreaking indigenous creators and characters are under the spotlight in the awaited MARVEL’S VOICES: HERITAGE #1. Multiple Indigenous writers and artists join on the project consisting of four separate stories. Through these stories, the past, present and future of the Marvel Universe are showcased, starring the most incredible Indigenous superheroes.

Catch a sneak peak at MARVEL’S VOICES: HERITAGE #1 HERE.

Through the four stories told in MARVEL’S VOICES: HERITAGE #1 come an array of remarkable artists, filmmakers and writers. First off, the New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse and Navajo artist Shaun Beyale join forces in the journey of River; the concealed character from Rebecca Roanhorse’s new PHOENIX SONG: ECHO series. Follow along Snowguard’s tale produced by filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk and artist Natasha Donovan. The classic story of Navajo superhero Jason Strongbow aka American Eagle is told through the eyes of writer Steven Paul Judd and artist David Cutler. Something special in store for X-Men fans; Dani Moonstar, Forge, Warpath, Greycrow and Risque work together in a showstopping story by Jim Terry.

You can find MARVEL’S VOICES: HERITAGE #1 digitally or at your local comic shop TODAY!

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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Spotlight: ANDRE COLQUHOUN

Andre Colquhoun is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and musical artist. He can be seen in the Amazon Prime TV series The Expanse, Season 6 Episode 5 as the character Ceres Medic. The role is a minor principal role, but critical to the story, aiding character Josep, played by actor Samer Salem. In addition, Andre will be in the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+ as well as other major TV series.

Aside from acting, Andre has a deep love for filmmaking and music, with both being essential to his work as an artist. He recently created, directed, and starred in the 10-minute short film/music video Short Term. It features gorgeous cinematography, great direction, and grounded performance. The project is soulful, yet multifaceted, with multiple interpretations for the audience to examine and evaluate.

Andre’s ability to perform both in front of and behind the camera is a tremendous, rare talent he looks forward to embracing in future projects.

Andre Colquhoun in 360 magazine article.

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Sael and Beele – Insuficiente

Sael and Beele join their talents for the release of “Insuficiente”

Available on all digital platforms

Argentina and Colombia come together to give life to “Insuficiente.” The voices of Sael and Beele make the perfect match to this song that brings a positive message into today’s society and is now available on all digital platforms.

Inspired by female empowerment, Sael and Beele wrote this song for all women who, at some point in their lives, have felt “insufficient” next to their partners.

The song was born under the wings of the record label Black Koi Entertainment, with the production of Sael and Taiko and the co-production of Sky Rompiendo. “Insuficiente” begins as a sensual urban ballad that later becomes a powerful reggaeton, with a dynamic and commercial rhythm.

The song premieres with its official music video, shot in the beautiful city of Medellín, Colombia, under the lens of filmmakers Film by Dave and Lucas Emiliani.

Sael is part of the new generation of urban music interpreters. He is currently receiving great support from his fans, allowing him to make his born-country Argentina proud of his talents. So far, Sael has more than 45 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel and his music videos collect millions of views.

Insuficiente by Sael and Beele cover art from Black Koi Entertainment via NV Marketing and Public Relations, LLC by Nini Veras for use by 360 Magazine

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LAUREN JENKINS EP – MILES ON ME PART 1

“I will always be proud of my first record,” says Lauren Jenkins, “but MILES ON ME is what I hoped NO SAINT could be from start to finish.” MILES ON ME (told in three parts) picks up where NO SAINT left off, telling the unapologetic, brutally honest next chapter of Jenkins’ story.

In 2020 Jenkins and her then-record label parted ways, giving her an independence that she hadn’t had in nearly seven years. “I finally had the freedom to write, record, produce and tell my story exactly the way I wanted to,” she says. “It’s strange to hear your own voice and realize you’ve been whispering for a long time. With this realization, the sparks ignited. I called on my friends and collaborators to make this record with me, and it’s been one of the most beautiful processes of my life.”

Jenkins has been a touring artist since she was 15 years old. The Texas-born, Carolina-raised artist chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion. Named an “Artist to Watch” by the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora, and many more, she was also chosen as a member of the “Class of 2019” by influential radio DJ Bobby Bones, and made her TODAY Show debut as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month. An accomplished actress and filmmaker, Lauren wrote, produced, and starred in an original short film titled Running Out of Road that accompanied the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album, NO SAINT, on Big Machine Records. In May of 2020, she released “Ain’t That Hard,” her first song as a fully independent artist.

MILES ON ME, PART 1

Track Listing

  1. LIKE YOU FOUND ME
  2. SHE’S A STAR
  3. MILES ON ME (FEAT. DAVID RAMIREZ)
  4. MY OWN ADVICE
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Maryam Henein – Q×A

Here at 360 Magazine, we were lucky enough to be able to speak with acclaimed journalist and activist Maryam Henein. We got to speak with her about her controversial and brave ongoing investigations as well as her work with her company HoneyColony. Read the entire conversation below.

So, you have a reputation as the most censored woman, even more censored than Laura Loomer, what aspects of your investigations and reports do you think have led to this?

I started feeling the wrath of technofascism, which is a term that I’ve popularized, as early as 2017, and in this case, it was in regard to selling CBD before mostly being on the front lines. Now today, everyone and their mother sells CBD, but back then it was novel. I started feeling censored for sharing information on the health benefits of CBD. Initially, we got shut down several times by different merchant processors, including PayPal, Stripe, and QuickBooks. My first ban was PayPal back in 2018. Then as I started doing investigations into the politics of CBD, I experienced even more censorship. I was a victim of Google’s ‘Medic Update’ and my website, HoneyColony was buried. Then I started doing research into Google and I was already covering vaccine safety, which is not a topic that the mainstream embraces. I discovered that Google is basically a drug company. And I went and reached out to Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies when I came upon his disclosure. As a result of Google’s algorithmic changes, we lost 67% of our traffic on HoneyColony. I was getting 500,000 unique visitors a month on our magazine and that all went to hell. And then slowly, as I started covering the Coronavirus, given that medical freedom and health are my beats, I got censored even more for peddling supposed “medical misinformation” because YouTube takes its directives from the World Health Organization, a.k.a “China.” I started covering politics and today I’m shadow banned on Twitter. I’m on my second strike on my second YouTube channel and banned from PayPal, Kiva, and GoFundMe. Square booted me the day of the “Deadly Insurrection.” I was a part of their CBD beta program and had signed an NDA, and for absolutely no reason, we lost our account. We went four months without being able to generate money. I soon learned that Dorsey owned Square up until a few months ago. So, I have been digitally assassinated, or they’ve tried to digitally assassinate my voice and my work. Back in 2017, I was telling people, Roseanne Barr today, you tomorrow. Well, here we are.

The topics of your stories have a wide range of backgrounds, from police brutality to animal extinction. It is obvious these issues are near to your heart. What inspires you to move on to a new and wildly different topic or area?

Just to set the record straight. I’m not really looking at police brutality, per se, that’s a subtopic of this multilayered psycho that I call George Floyd. Sometimes I cover stories by accident. I caught a lie by CNN or a kind of lie rather than by the mainstream media and I was driven to learn the truth. I am driven to show people how the mainstream media lies and deceives and doesn’t give a shit about details or accuracy. As far as the bees, they flew into my life and kind of stuck. Pun intended. Bees are wonderful teachers, they feed us, and they are working for the greater good. So, I am not sure what triggers my interest other than injustice, or something that I see will impact people on a global scale and it’s very hard to decipher fact from fiction. So, one has to be discerning and there’s a lot of corruption out there from actual journalists that are supposed to share the news with you. So, I’m an eclectic person, a lot of interests, I’m an intellectual. And I’ve also really dedicated many years of my life to empowering people to be their own best health advocate, having suffered from a chronic illness. Consider that today more and more information regarding health and wellness is buried.

Your film, Vanishing of the Bees was a massive success, what inspired you to convert your journalism into film? 

At that point, I was already working on independent projects of many kinds as a researcher and a producer, I wanted to make my own project and I decided. George Langworthy and I decided to collaborate and then the bees flew into our lives, and I had just recovered from a near-death experience where I was given a second chance and I wanted to cover something that is pertaining to all of us because we all eat, and we all take bees for granted. I wanted to give back and be in service to make the most out of my life.

Your current cases and investigation on the George Floyd case, what inspired you to research and investigate on your own?

As I mentioned earlier that kind of accidentally fell into the story when Zach Vorhies, the Google whistleblower, asked me about a year ago in Costa Rica, while we were under lockdown to recreate the George Floyd kneeling on his neck. So, he asked me to put my knee on his neck. And I asked, who’s George Floyd?  I don’t think anyone’s going to ever ask that question again and I interviewed the medical examiner’s office because I said, if you really want to look at how he died, let’s look at the death certificate autopsy report. I was told that it would take weeks and weeks, and I found another local publication that had said the same thing. Then, the next thing I saw was CNN had put out this preliminary report. So, they were trying to sow discord in the narrative. Soon, we had this tale of two autopsies that emerged and with Benjamin Crump and Michael Baden on the scene, which raised some suspicions that I was collecting. I just didn’t tap out of the story, and I was covering it. The different hearings and such and keeping a close eye. Then I decided, well, I’m probably suited to write the most comprehensive book out there because I’ve looked under lots of rocks, and I’m very detail oriented. So, I will have a lot of very interesting factual tidbits to offer people to show what really happened, and not what the mainstream wanted you to see, and what the corrupt government officials wanted you to see by sitting on the camera, body worn camera for four months.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about the George Floyd case? And what is the source of that misinformation?

The sources, definitely the mainstream media and the government officials behind the narrative and their objectives, whether it’s to defund the police, to destabilize America, to give the illusion that there’s systemic racism across the country. So, the biggest misconception, which is not really a misconception, because Keith Ellison, after all of this, went on 60 minutes and stated that this had nothing to do with race. This case has nothing to do with race. And that’s how it was painted. And while it could have characteristics of police brutality, it had nothing to do with race. And then you have the Attorney General. He also puts this emphasis on the many talking points that I discovered or that are obvious, but he believes in what you see with your eyes. Well, that’s a crock of shit, hello, movie magic, hello, eyes can deceive you. So many things are happening behind the surface. And that’s part used to trick human beings and to have them make decisions based on a lack of proper information and emotion. If you don’t have all the information your perception is skewed and you’re not able to make a proper conclusion or decision. So just really like many multi layered SOPs are just great examples of the lies, whether you want to call it the deep state or the mainstream media, which is the deep state bitch. They work hand in hand to deceive the people.

We know you got to speak with medical examiners to the 911 transcriptsand other information concerning the police department’s handling of the case, what were you able to find? And what was the most shocking piece of evidence you can speak on?

Well, I’m still gathering, still conducting investigations. So right now, I’ve uncovered a cover up. I’m not quite sure what the cover entails if it entails an informant. Clearly, someone I’m trying to speak to is gatekeeping the story and I’ve found some lies. I’ve done 911 calls. Well, there’s three, one from the store and two of the bystanders to the bystanders. Those were released and featured in the trial, but the main call has not been released. And in Minnesota, there’s a statute that only the caller can release the call. So, what is the prosecution asked for those bystanders to release the call, not the call from cut foods. I know who made the call. I know who identified the people in the store. And I’ll leave it at that for now. I have also obtained the death certificate. Just basically showing that George Floyd died of a heart attack while being restrained not because of being restrained. That one word has a big impact and can be debated emotionally and viciously. Probably I’d like to just pose well would have George Floyd died if he had not gathered lots of drugs. In that position now, Derek apparently had his knee on the neck of a team for 17 minutes and not much smaller child person survived. George Floyd was at least six foot four, 230 pounds. It took for three people to restrain him. So, would he have died? Without the drugs? Would he have died without the knee on the neck? Maybe not. So that was interesting to see what the death certificate is. I’m, I’m still trying to obtain some other records. I’ve just obtained the actual archival exhibits pretrial exhibits, so it’s much clearer and I’m putting together a short documentary. 

What significance did the George Ford case have on you personally and your brand HoneyColony?

It has no impact on my brand HoneyColony. As far as on me it’s been very revealing to see how information in this day and age is scrubbed by the Ministry of Truth and if you’re not there, covering it, and paying attention to the details, you will probably be a victim of what I call narrative supremacy, and you’ll probably be bamboozled. I’ve seen people who are well versed in this case, repeat a slight of numbers. For instance, George Floyd was arrested for aggravated robbery. The tale says the woman was pregnant, but the actual court document that I’ve read does not saying anywhere that she was pregnant. So, I don’t know where that piece of the puzzle or sorry that that detail started. But you have to be very, very detail oriented and specific. So, it’s, it’s taught me more than more than ever reminded me how the media lies, and how you have to be paying attention and really look at details because they should matter.

What did you learn about George Floyd’s life that you think more people should know about?

Well, George Floyd isn’t innocent and that doesn’t justify his death. But George Floyd was a career criminal, he spent the last 20 years of his life in and out of jail, and he was, according to some, bad news. He has appeared in at least one porno; he’s pretended to be a part of the water department and dressed in costume to help carry out this robbery. And so, we know that he can kind of act, play act and take on different personas if need be. So, let’s just keep that in the back of our minds. I do believe he was not an evil, or rather, you know, I think Lester, his friend, was a much bigger stand back. So, he certainly apparently was meant to change America, as one person stated. I don’t know what that means, but he was not supposed to die, and he was supposed to change. So do what you will with those phrases right now. 

What was the most difficult part in gaining sources and information about George Floyd’s life and death?

Well, it’s still currently difficult. I’m still under undertaking an investigation. And the hardest thing is people who can talk on behalf of Derek Chauvin. Nobody wants to say anything because they might wake up with a pig’s head on their doorstep. I’m not able to find any family members, very weird. So that’s been a challenge, contacting people from the force. I mean, I haven’t started trying to reach people on George Floyd’s side. I can tell you, for instance, I didn’t have any luck getting the initial second autopsy, independent from Michael Baden and Alicia Wilson. So where is that actual report? Was it just a verbal press release? He’s just the Hollywood medical examiner? Why wasn’t his autopsy even used in the trial of Derek Chauvin? Okay, sorry, I’ll just add that a lot of information has disappeared. I’ve been able to catch some of it because I was doing it in real time and when this first happened, but now it’s not like who owned that SUV Mercedes Benz. It’s not George. And you can’t find who the owner is. Although I do have a name. But yeah, so basically just information scrubbed, addresses. Very interesting that George lives in Texas at 3333. There’s a lot of three threes in this story. And six sixes.

Where can we learn more about you and your findings about the George Floyd case?

You can find me on my telegram channel at Truth Lives Here. Lady be on gab. And that book will be coming out next year. So, you can also contact me at Maryam@honeycolony.com 

Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist and functional medicine consultant. As founder and editor-in-chief of HoneyColony, an online magazine for health and wellness, she shares her wisdom with thousands of followers. She is also the director of the award-winning documentary film Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Elliot Page. For more information, visit her website.  

HoneyColony is dedicated to cross-pollinating with companies who uphold high-quality standards that value planet, humanity, honesty, and fair-trade practices. HoneyColony is committed to unite the growing number of people adopting healthy lifestyles and seeking to cut through the hype and claims about natural products and remedies.  For more information, visit HoneyColony.

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TT the Artist × Netflix

TT THE ARTIST’S GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY

“DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT “

LANDS AT NETFLIX

Tedra Wilson A.K.A. TT The Artist Directorial Debut Produced by ColorCreative

Netflix has licensed multi-hyphenate director, Tedra Wilson a.k.a. TT The Artist’s, critically acclaimed debut documentary musical, DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT.  Winner of the Bushwick Film Festival for Best Feature Documentary 2020, the doc takes you on a journey about the rising Baltimore club music and dance culture.

The film is an audiovisual experience that defines the soundscape of Baltimore city. Inspired by an all-original Baltimore club music soundtrack, the film spotlights local club artists, DJs, dancers, producers, and Baltimore’s budding creative community as they are realizing their life dreams. Rhythmic and raw, these stories illustrate the unique characteristics of the city’s landscape and social climate to its creative LGBTQ community and showcases Baltimore club music as a positive subculture in a city overshadowed by trauma, drugs, and violence. 

The film is a noted love letter to Baltimore that uplifts the narrative of the city and is produced by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis through their management production company ColorCreative. In addition to the Netflix premiere, TT will also be dropping its soundtrack through Issa Rae’s Raedio

The soundtrack, titled, Dark City Beneath The Beat Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a fusion of Baltimore club music intermixed with poetry, hip hop, house, and soul. Executive produced by TT The Artist and Baltimore club music hero Mighty Mark, the eighteen track project features local artists on the rise from the “Charm City.”  The soundtrack is available on all digital streaming music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal among others. The documentary feature will premiere on Netflix April 15, 2021.  

About TT The Artist:

TT The Artist is a multi-hyphenate filmmaker whose work is an intersection of music, art, fashion, and film. Her bold and colorful visual storytelling is influenced by her love for black cinema and narratives that expand the representation of women of color and LGBTQ stories on screen. TT The Artist has worked with influential DJs and producers in the music industry such as Grammy award winning producer Diplo. TT The Artist’s musical success in the television and the film sync world has secured her placements on The Chi, Twenties, Netflix’s Nappily Ever After, HBO’s hit series Insecure, and more. Stepping out of the recording studio and into the director’s chair, TT The Artist was selected as a shadow director for Insecure’ s highly anticipated season 4. TT has directed many of her own videos such as CENTER OF ATTENTIONPAYROLLBLACK HERSTORY, and WOAH. TT The Artist is also a participant in Powderkeg’s 2020 FUSE Program, founded by Paul Feig. Most recently, TT shot WHEW CHILE for Dai Burger, which debuted on Paper Magazine.

TT The Artist is represented by ColorCreative management and the law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

Tedra Wilson a.k.a. TT The Artist
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Twenty Pearls Premiere

COMCAST ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF
TWENTY PEARLS – A DOCUMENTARY EXAMINING THE STORIED HISTORY OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED – ON ITS NEWLY LAUNCHED BLACK EXPERIENCE ON XFINITY CHANNEL

Comcast NBCUniversal is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of the documentary film “Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated”, arriving Friday, March 26 on its newly launched Black Experience on Xfinity Channel, available on X1, Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app.

From award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures, and narrated by Phylicia Rashād, Twenty Pearls closely examines the founding and legacy of the first Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which is now regarded as one of the most significant and influential Black organizations in historyThe documentary tells a powerful story of sisterhood. In 1908, nine Black women enrolled at Howard University made one decision that would change the course of history. These college students created Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For over 113 years, the sorority has influenced many of the most famous watershed moments in history.

Through narration, interviews, and rarely seen archival materials, the audience will see the sorority’s impact on World War II, NASA, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) culminating in the historic election of America’s first Black and South Asian woman Vice President. Twenty Pearls features interviews with members of the sorority including Vice President Kamala HarrisMiss Universe Ireland 2019 Fionnghuala O’ReillySmithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Fierst, great-granddaughter of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, International President and CEO of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Dr. Glenda Glover and many more.

 
Watch the Twenty Pearls trailer hereTrailer
 

“This is an extraordinary time to look back at our past to serve our future,” added filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper. “A future where Black women are centered. Helming this documentary love letter to the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the generations of women that followed in their footsteps, and to all Black women everywhere is an honor. This is an important history for all of us to know and understand.”

“We’re thrilled to work with award-winning filmmaker, Deborah Riley Draper, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to bring this exclusive premiere to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, furthering our company-wide mission of investing in and showcasing authentic Black stories and culture,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “We launched this channel to help facilitate the discovery of stories like Twenty Pearls while providing a platform for emerging Black content creators.”

“Telling our own story is essential to preserving our history and uplifting the culture,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s remarkable 113-year journey which began on the campus of Howard University is punctuated by stories of history makers, ceiling breakers, public servants, and ordinary women who have changed the course of American history.  Through this beautifully written and narrated odyssey, this film highlights in undeniable ways the vision, courage, tenacity, determination, and power of Black women while putting to bed the age-old questions about the relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities.”

Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news, and more. It features high-quality content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost, while investing millions of dollars in fostering and showcasing emerging Black content creators. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity will entertain, educate and uplift, featuring Black actors, writers, producers and directors. At home, Xfinity subscribers can visit channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling.

Visit Xfinity to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity and other Black programming available on X1, Flex, and the Xfinity Stream app. Visit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to learn more about Twenty Pearls, which premieres on March 26 on Xfinity and is free for subscribers, and will be available nationwide, on-demand, starting on March 30, 2021.

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Oscars 2021, Only Kind of White

By Dana Feeney

The nominations for the 2021 Oscars have finally been announced. In June 2020 it was announced that the awards show would be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Oscars were originally scheduled for February 21 but they will now be on April 25. The award show is run by the Academy of Motion Pictures, which was founded in the 1930s. This is the third time in Oscar’s history that the show has been postponed: the first time was in 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the second in 1981 due to an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many incredible films that have been created in the past year. This is the first time in Oscars history that the Academy will allow streaming films meaning films that did not have a box office debut. According to the Academy announcement last April, it will be a one time exception made to the eligibility rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting theater closures. This makes films like 2021 awards season powerhouse Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which exclusively premiered on Amazon Prime Video, eligible for award nominations.

Landmarks in Diversity

This is the first time in the Academy’s history that two women have been nominated for Best Director; Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman.”  Zhao is the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. She is also the first woman to ever receive four nominations in one year. 

This is the first time that the Best Actor category is not majority white. Steven Yeun was the first Asian American to be nominated for Best Actor for his role in “Minari“. Also nominated for Best Actor, Riz Ahmed is the first person of Pakistani descent and the first Muslim person ever nominated for an acting Oscar for his performance in “Sound of Metal.” They are nominated alongside Chadwick Boseman for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Anthony Hopkins for “The Father” and Gary Oldman for “Mank.” Chadwick Boseman is the first black actor to be nominated for a posthumous Oscar and may be the first black actor to win a posthumous Oscar considering his Golden Globes win

Many black filmmakers and professionals made history this year including Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who are the first Black women nominated for best makeup and hairstyling for their work on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Additionally, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is the first movie with an all-Black producing team, Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, to be nominated for best picture. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield’s acting nominations for “Judas and the Black Messiah” marks the first time two Black actors from the same film were nominated. “Judas and the Black Messiah” now holds the record for most Black nominees ever from the same film with 10 nominations compared to the past record which was “The Color Purple” with 7 nominations.

The best actress nominees include Viola Davis for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” who is now the most nominated Black actress ever and Andra Day for her performance in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” The best supporting actor nominees include Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah”, Leslie Odom Jr. for “One Night in Miami…” and LaKeith Stanfield for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Additionally, Yuh-Jung Youn, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Minari”, is the first Korean person ever nominated for an acting Oscar.

As expected, the nominations for the Oscars have many familiar titles from the Golden Globes nominations. You can read more about this year’s Golden Globes here. It’ll be interesting to see how the Oscars winners compare to the Golden Globes winners considering last year’s parallel with Parasite’s Oscars win for Best Picture versus it’s Golden Globes snub.

This year’s nominations are as diverse as the Oscars have ever been, though the bar still is on the floor considering the nominees are still predominantly old, white, and male. In 2020 the Oscars earned the hastag, #OscarsSoWhite so The influx of recognition for minorities is significant in comparison. For reference last year the only non-white person nominated was Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated for Best Actress. 

The Academy is working on improving their organization and have increased the number of female identifying members from 25% in 2015 to 33% in 2020, and increased members from racial and ethnic minorities, from 10% in 2015 to 19% in 2020. Considering the significant lack of diversity and recognition in categories like Best Picture and the lack of representation for Latinx individuals almost entirely, the Academy still has a way to go til its awards actually recognize and represent the diversity of the film community. 

Full List of 2021 Oscar Nominations

Similar to college basketball’s March Madness brackets, we highly recommend making Oscars ballots. It’s a super fun way to engage in awards shows which tend to be pretty monotonous and motivates people to actually watch the nominated films.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES:

RIZ AHMED

Sound of Metal

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ANTHONY HOPKINS

The Father

GARY OLDMAN

Mank

STEVEN YEUN

Minari

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES:

SACHA BARON COHEN

The Trial of the Chicago 7

DANIEL KALUUYA

Judas and the Black Messiah

LESLIE ODOM, JR.

One Night in Miami…

PAUL RACI

Sound of Metal

LAKEITH STANFIELD

Judas and the Black Messiah

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES:

VIOLA DAVIS

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ANDRA DAY

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

VANESSA KIRBY

Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES MCDORMAND

Nomadland

CAREY MULLIGAN

Promising Young Woman

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES:

MARIA BAKALOVA

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

GLENN CLOSE

Hillbilly Elegy

OLIVIA COLMAN

The Father

AMANDA SEYFRIED

Mank

YUH-JUNG YOUN

Minari

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES:

ONWARD

Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae

OVER THE MOON

Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON

Richard Phelan, Will Becher, and Paul Kewley

SOUL

Pete Docter and Dana Murray

WOLFWALKERS

Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

CINEMATOGRAPHY

NOMINEES:

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Sean Bobbitt

MANK

Erik Messerschmidt

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND

Joshua James Richards

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Phedon Papamichael

COSTUME DESIGN

NOMINEES:

EMMA

Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Ann Roth

MANK

Trish Summerville

MULAN

Bina Daigeler

PINOCCHIO

Massimo Cantini Parrini

DIRECTING

NOMINEES:

ANOTHER ROUND

Thomas Vinterberg

MANK

David Fincher

MINARI

Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Emerald Fennell

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

NOMINEES:

COLLECTIVE

Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

CRIP CAMP

Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

THE MOLE AGENT

Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER

Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, and Craig Foster

TIME

Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino, and Kellen Quinn

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

NOMINEES:

COLETTE

Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION

Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

DO NOT SPLIT

Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

HUNGER WARD

Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA

Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

FILM EDITING

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL

Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Alan Baumgarten

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES:

ANOTHER ROUND

Denmark

BETTER DAYS

Hong Kong

COLLECTIVE

Romania

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN

Tunisia

QUO VADIS, AIDA?

Bosnia and Herzegovina

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

NOMINEES:

EMMA

Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

HILLBILLY ELEGY

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson

MANK

Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff

PINOCCHIO

Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

NOMINEES:

DA 5 BLOODS

Terence Blanchard

MANK

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

MINARI

Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD

James Newton Howard

SOUL

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

NOMINEES:

FIGHT FOR YOU

from Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

HEAR MY VOICE

from The Trial of the Chicago 7; Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

HUSAVIK

from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson

IO SÌ (SEEN)

from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se); Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

SPEAK NOW

from One Night in Miami…; Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

BEST PICTURE

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Shaka King, Charles D. King, and Ryan Coogler, Producers

MANK

Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

MINARI

Christina Oh, Producer

NOMADLAND

Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloé Zhao, Producers

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell, and Josey McNamara, Producers

SOUND OF METAL

Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

MANK

Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

TENET

Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

NOMINEES:

BURROW

Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

GENIUS LOCI

Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU

Will McCormack and Michael Govier

OPERA

Erick Oh

YES-PEOPLE

Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

NOMINEES:

FEELING THROUGH

Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski

THE LETTER ROOM

Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

THE PRESENT

Farah Nabulsi and Ossama Bawardi

TWO DISTANT STRANGERS

Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

WHITE EYE

Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

SOUND

NOMINEES

GREYHOUND

Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman

MANK

Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett

SOUL

Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker

SOUND OF METAL

Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

VISUAL EFFECTS

NOMINEES:

LOVE AND MONSTERS

Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt, and Brian Cox

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon, and David Watkins

MULAN

Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steve Ingram

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, and Santiago Colomo Martinez

TENET

Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES:

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

THE FATHER

Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

NOMADLAND

Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Screenplay by Kemp Powers

THE WHITE TIGER

Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES:

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

MINARI

Written by Lee Isaac Chung

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Written by Emerald Fennell

SOUND OF METAL

Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Written by Aaron Sorkin