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Jon Batiste × Tori Kelly – SING

Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe winning artist and activist Jon Batiste debuts SING Feat. Tori Kelly. The uplifting and soulful track is from his upcoming release WE ARE: THE DELUXE EDITION (October 15 on Verve Records).  The set features six new tracks and features including Tori Kelly, BJ The Chicago Kid, Abi Bernadoth, Big Chief Romeo and Big Freedia.

On WE ARE, released earlier this year, Batiste presented a captivating musical experience to the world rooted in catharsis, joy, freedom, contemplation and sensuality. It’s a love letter to his southern roots and the heritage of Black Music with guest appearances by Mavis Staples, Quincy Jones, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, St Augustine Marching 100, his father Michael Batiste, grandfather David Gauthier and many more.

Now, Batiste continues the celebration by bringing a new cohort of guests into the fold, including singer Tori Kelly, who joins Batiste on the inspirational ballad “SING,” and BJ The Chicago Kid who joins Jon on the D’Angelo-infused “Adulthood.”  Big Freedia lends her signature joyful bounce to “FREEDOM,” “an exhilarating…celebration of independence” (Entertainment Weekly) and French star Abi Bernadoth joins Batiste on his empowering anthem WE ARE. Several new songs, including “WORK IT OUT” and “TELL THE TRUTH”–Uptown Remix–originally released on Batiste’s Record Store Day piece from 2020–will make their streaming and digital debut on October 15.

This year the musician’s hit song “I NEED YOU” reached #1 on the AAA Radio Charts and his album WE ARE debuted in the Billboard Top R&B Charts, Top Album Charts, and Top 200. His “I NEED YOU” music video has surpassed 13M views, he’s appeared on American IdolLive with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, CBS This Morning as guest and co-host, and of course The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Most recently, Jon Batiste continues his amazing year with stellar performances at Global Citizens Live and the Emmy Awards. 

Album Track List

  1. I NEED YOU
  2. FREEDOM
  3. CRY
  4. BOY HOOD
  5. SING Feat. Tori Kelly
  6. WE ARE
  7. ADULTHOOD Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
  8. WHATCHUTALKINBOUT
  9. MAVIS
  10. FREEDOM Bounce Remix Feat. Big Freedia
  11. TELL THE TRUTH
  12. UNTIL
  13. TELL THE TRUTH – Uptown Remix Feat. Big Chief Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters, Michael Batiste, Mardi Gras Indian Show
  14. MOVEMENT 11’
  15. WORK IT OUT
  16. ADULTHOOD
  17. SHOW ME THE WAY
  18. SING
  19. WE ARE Feat. Abi Bernadoth
LGBTQ+ illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

People Mourn the Loss of LGBTQ+ Activist James Hormel

Following the news of the passing of longtime People For board member, LGBTQ+ advocate, and the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, James Hormel, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous and People For the American Way Founder Norman Lear released the following statements:

“Jim was a true hero, so full of courage, humor and generosity,” said People For President Ben Jealous. “As a longtime board member of People For the American Way, he understood that building power among young people was critical to the future of our democracy. Jim was a truly kind and lovely soul, and his loss will be felt deeply. Our hearts and prayers are with his husband Michael and their extended family.”

“I loved Jim Hormel deeply,” said People For founder Norman Lear. “Through the years he was an incredible asset to People For the American Way, a provider of ideas and insights and deep understanding. He was also a fighter, passionate about so many issues we hold dear, from voting rights to free expression and the fight against censorship. I will miss him tremendously.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: People For the American Way.

Marijuana illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Dodi Blunts × Last Prisoner Project – Apprenticeship Program for Justice-Impacted Individuals

Dodi Blunts and Last Prisoner Project (LPP) are excited to announce the Dodi Blunts/Last Prisoner Project Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to help LPP constituents take their first step back into working society and offers them the mentoring, training and hands-on experience needed for a career in the cannabis industry. For 90 days, the apprentice will work with Dodi Blunts, gaining valuable experience and industry connections needed for a flourishing career in cannabis.

“Having a cannabis felony on your record makes it very hard to earn gainful employment,” said Jeff Goldenberg, Co-Founder of 2nd and Goal Ventures, the company behind Dodi Blunts, “Helping LPP constituents gain a foothold in the cannabis industry makes a ton of sense, given what the industry has taken from the community.”

The program starts in consultation with the apprentice – to determine their skills sets, experiences and interests – and determine an area of focus. The apprentice is also rotated through several different areas and functions to gain a wide variety of experience. Finally, once the program is successfully completed, the apprentice will continue their employment with Dodi or another company in the cannabis industry.

The apprenticeship program is the first initiative between Dodi Blunts and Last Prisoner Project since the launch of Dodi in April. Dodi Blunts is the brand of former NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch, who recently signed on to become a Last Prisoner Project Ambassador. The two organizations have plans for many more initiatives over the coming year.

Last Prisoner Project is not just talking about second chances but really being about it. It only makes sense that those affected by their cannabis past have a chance to let it play a part of their futures too,” said Marshawn Lynch.

“We are beyond excited to team up with Dodi Blunts in this way,” said Last Prisoner Project Managing Director Mary Bailey. “It’s so important that these justice-impacted individuals are given a path forward and Dodi has really stepped up to the plate in a way that we at Last Prisoner Project are so appreciative of and we hope other cannabis companies will follow suit.”

The first apprentice under the new program is Katree Saunders who, in 2011, was convicted on federal charges of possession and intent to distribute cannabis during a federal effort to crack down on Nevada marijuana dispensary operators before retail sale of weed was legalized in the state. Almost a decade later, she’s still working to rebuild her life.

“Being the first LPP constituent in the program, I am excited and thankful at the same time,” said Katree Saunders. “This opportunity with Marshawn and the Dodi brand means a lot to me after being a justice-impacted individual. Having recently graduated Columbia Business School for Entrepreneurship and being accepted to the apprenticeship program, I feel like I can be a shining example of what is possible after being affected by the collateral damage of this failed War on Drugs. It’s the chance to be resilient, while making a positive impact on the community. Just because you have been formerly incarcerated, doesn’t mean you have no goals or dreams you would like to accomplish. It has given me inspiration.”

About Last Prisoner Project:

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered under America’s unjust policy of cannabis prohibition. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns, the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of these inhumane and ineffective laws and policies. Visit the Last Prisoner Project Website or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.

About Dodi Blunts:

Dodi Blunts invites fans to unite their love for sports and cannabis through high quality, high potency cannabis products, that elevate communities, support social equity issues and represent the Bay Area vibe. The brand is the brainchild of NFL superstar Marshawn “BeastMode” Lynch who professes to “having a love-love relationship with Dodi.” Dodi aims to provide the most innovative, highest potency products while exporting Oakland weed and strains to the rest of the state and the world. Dodi isn’t just a weed brand – it’s a community, a vibe and a revolution. Learn more by visiting Dodi Blunts.

Art Exhibition illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

A Conversation with Grandmother Edna in Franklin County, PA

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Invites All to A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Artist and Storyteller

Franklin County Visitors Bureau hosts Edna Williams, a fabric artist and storyteller, at the 11/30 Visitors Center on July 17.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Artist and Storyteller on July 17 at 1 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. Visitors can enjoy more than a dozen quilts and pillow covers, created by Grandmother Edna and learn how she expresses herself through art to tell stories of her life and America’s history. The art, called Pillow Talk is on display in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Centers.

Williams hails from Baltimore and is displayed at the 11/30 Visitors Center through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s relationship with the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland.

I reach back to move forward. It is the only way to grow, said Grandmother Edna. Her Pillow Talk display includes stories that connect directly to her mother, father, and grandmother as well as highlight her meetings with poet Maya Angelou and actor Harry Belafonte. Others tell stories related to enslavement and civil justice. Williams believes storytelling is a means to connecting people and endorses the importance of history stating, Why create a mountain when you can cross a hill.

Pillow Talk is displayed as part of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center’s Let The Journey Begin…People, Places, Possibilities. In addition to the storytelling quilts of Grandmother Edna, the exhibit looks at the quest for freedom from the earliest European settlers to the importance of the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Amendment.

A Conversation with Grandmother Edna is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, Grandmother Edna will offer a quilting and storytelling activity to participants who want to learn a little more. To reserve seating, please register here. A Conversation with Grandmother Edna is presented by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau as part of the July 17 Chambersburg Comes To Life Celebration, which includes the living history portrayal and light show depicting the 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more and plan a visit at their website or by contacting 866-646-(8060).

Q×A with Grandmother Edna 

By: Emily Bunn

Showcasing over a dozen quilts and pillow covers, Grandmother Edna weaves stories of her own life and chronicles American history into her fabric fashioning. The complex interweaving of Edna’s own life fluidly connects with the United States’ grappling with enslavement, civil justice, and the quest for freedom. Depicting familial relations, as well as Edna’s encounters with Maya Angelou and Harry Belafonte, Grandmother Edna brings history to life with her quilting and storytelling. 360 Magazine spoke with the artist about the success of “Pillow Talk”, what inspires her to create art, and her upcoming CD release.

When did you begin creating fabric art?

Really, I mentally began in the 1950’s [while] sitting on a stairway watching my grandmother quilting. Then, maybe somewhere around the late 80’s, I decided to pick my poems up from midnight brown paper bags writings to hand sewn quilting.

What first got you interested in American history?

Being Black in the 50’s going with my grandmother to be the help/maid. And, in the 60’s, attending an all white school.

If you were to create fabric art to express our current moment in time, what would that design look like?

I have a new quilt on exhibit titled: “There Was A Time When The Universe Was FREE.”

What inspired you to start selling your quilted creations, pillow covers, and fabric art?

First of all, my quilts will never be for sale. My pillow covers sales will I hope help fund my free educational mobile classroom called “A Grandmother’s Pilgrimage, INC.” and my Grace Wisher Reparation Recovery Youth Scholarship Fund, LLC. 

What inspired the name “pillow talk” for your exhibition?

I travel through the country as an invisible soul, no one seems to listen to anything I had to say. I decided to create a nightcap to relax the busy minds of everyone–and just maybe they would have time to hear me.

What has the reaction to “pillow talk” been like?

Amazing, fresh. It’s a newness in the art world.

What has working with the The Franklin County Visitors Bureau and The African American Historical Association of Western Maryland been like?

Exciting, cool and [represents] that change is coming, History being over-hauled. Janet and Ron have been great to partner with. I hope this [exhibit] will … improve that culture sock everyone keep avoiding in this America.

Your fabric art often reflects stories from your own life. What milestones from your life have you felt were most important to include in your artwork?

It’s that front door entry thing for me. The lost traditions of my people.

Are you currently working on any exciting fabric art projects that you can reveal to 360 Magazine’s readers?

Yes, I have my new CD on release. I have a file cabinet packed with poems to be quilted. I have faith the money will come. It’s appears to be easy, but it’s very hard to get paid for a job very well done. This is all fun and relaxing for me. I tell everyone to Just sew your emotions. Thanks 360 Magazine for this new media.

Pyer Moss Show Bottle Cap illustration by Alex Bogdan

Pyer Moss

Pyer Moss First Couture Show WAT U IZ: Historic Tribute To Black Inventors

By: Kai Yeo

“We are an invention inside of an invention. Inside of the creation of race, we made blackness. Uprooted from home and put in a foreign land, we made culture. And when they tried to strip our humanity, we made freedom so tethered to each other that it still shapes the world today.” – Pyer Moss show notes.

Kerby-Jean Raymond’s Pyer Moss label has unveiled his first-ever couture collection. The award-winning designer and creative director is the first Black American designer to be invited to present during Haute Couture Week, a historical achievement made even more successful by making his collection a tribute to Black inventors. All Pyer Moss shows attract interest, but this show had more buzz because of his exclusive invite by France’s Chambre Syndicale to show a collection, with officials in Paris extending the length of Couture Week to accommodate the rescheduled show due to Hurricane Elsa.

The Pyer Moss Couture 1 couture show, WAT U IZ, was opened by the last surviving member of Black Panther leadership and civil rights champion Elaine Brown. The setting was deeply significant: Villa Lewaro, an early 20th century mansion in Irvington, NY, built by Madam CJ Walker. Madam CJ Walker was American’s first self-made female millionaire and her estate served as a gathering place for leaders of the renaissance (her story is also on Netflix). Now, Elaine Brown’s words herald another landmark moment for black culture while celebrating the Black Panther’s 55th Anniversary.

The 28,000-square-foot estate, designed by Vertner Woodson Tandy (the first licensed black architect in New York State, and one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University), was recently purchased by the New Voices Foundation for an undisclosed amount. The foundation is the nonprofit branch of the New Voices Fund, a $100 million investment fund dedicated to entrepreneurs following in Walker’s footsteps. Both the fund and the foundation were created by Richelieu Dennis, who was seated at the front row at Pyer Moss.

“Where do we go from here? Where does the freedom movement go from here?” activist Elaine Brown opens the show quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but she also seemed to be reflecting on the history being made at the very moment. Jean Raymond, whose shows always entwine his ideas about fashion with those about culture, race, and society, said in an interview that his goal was “to highlight inventions by Black people and show them in a non-traditional way,” involving 3D construction and sculpture.

And so, there was the peanut butter dress, literally a huge, soft sculpted jar honoring George Washington Carver. The stunning roller cape that took two weeks to create, featuring hot rollers from head to toe. Each one wound round and round with strands of fake hair. An air-conditioning unit, a kitchen mop, an old-fashioned mobile phone he remembers his father carrying, a childhood ice cream cone. There was a pastel pink lampshade dress with beaded fringes, a metal folding chair, every single costume a sophisticated work of culture. And there was a refrigerator with magnets that spelled out, “But who invented Black trauma?” Each soft sculpture in the Pyer Moss couture show correlated to an invention on a list that designer Jean-Raymond had seen at the Library of Congress attributed to a Black individual. All the inventions Jean-Raymond chose from to celebrate spoke to his lived experiences, a beautiful show reminiscent of a masquerade ball or art installation.

Jean Raymond talks about paying homage to his Black culture, “I want people to experience Black wealth in not a dirty thing. It is one of several means to an end – this house, inventions, creativity, ingenuity, all of those things are pathways to that sort of economic independence. I’ve said a lot of things at my shows. I’ve talked about mental health, multiple prong approaches to liberation, and this is just one of them.” Richelieu Dennis will help oversee the transition of restoring the villa and making it an incubator and center for Black women artists and women-run businesses. Just as once upon a time the villa was a center for the artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance, the sculptured garments of Pyer Moss will eventually be part of an exhibit inside Villa Lewaro.

Watch the replay of Pyer Moss Couture 1 here.

Fireworks by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Independence Day Must Haves

Tangy Floral Spritz

The biggest birthday party of the summer is right around the corner and Cavit Wines knows the perfect way to celebrate! Toast to America with a refreshing cocktail that sparkles and shines like the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Below you will find a super easy recipe featuring Cavit’s bright and fruity Prosecco that can be made in under 5 minutes!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Chase Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) Cavit Prosecco
  • 2 grapefruit wedges
  • 2 edible flowers

How to mix:

Divide grapefruit juice and liqueur between 2 glasses; fill glasses with ice cubes; top with Prosecco. Garnish each serving with grapefruit wedge and an edible flower.

Tip: Edible flowers can be found in gourmet food markets in the produce section with herbs or can be ordered and purchased online.

Cavit Wines' Tangy Floral Spritz via Kayleigh Dietz at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Coco Swizzle

With the summer solstice right around the corner on Sunday, June 20th, cocktail enthusiasts will be looking for delicious, interesting new cocktails to pass the time on the longest day of the year. Fortunately, 1800 Tequila offers the perfect mix of summer tequila cocktails made with their 1800 Silver, 1800 Cristalino, and 1800 Coconut expressions – ideal for unwinding during long summer days, whether enjoyed on vacation or kicking back after a long work week! Please find below three solstice-ready 1800 cocktails and links to purchase 1800 Silver (Drizly & ReserveBar), 1800 Coconut (Drizly & ReserveBar), and 1800 Cristalino (Drizly & ReserveBar).

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 6-8 muddled fresh mint leaves 
  • 2 oz. club soda

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves before adding the remaining ingredients (sans club soda) and shaking with ice. Pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

1800 Coco Swizzle 1800 Tequila image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

Soul Insole Gel Insoles

Who says adorable sandals or flip flops can’t provide foot support? Say goodbye to foot pain and hello to comfort thanks to Soul Insole. This company which makes memory gel insoles that are designed to relieve foot, back and other body pain and gently guide the foot into proper alignment.

You can’t even see these insoles in sandals or flip flops, as they stick to any surface and are clear. They can easily be removed and washed too. Soul Insole gel insoles are perfect for summertime footwear. For more info, please visit Soul Insole’s website.

Soul Insole image via Lindsay Jorgenson for use by 360 Magazine

Absolutely Gluten Free’s Snacks

Absolutely Gluten-Free’s new look and feel across all products better reflects the new and delicious line of sweet and savory items that hit the market. The new line includes an assortment of scrumptious, sweet, and savory snacks that are 100% Certified Gluten-free, all-natural, OU certified kosher, grain-free, free of corn and rice, vegan, and made with only clean and wholesome ingredients. 

Whether you choose a gluten free lifestyle for health, lifestyle or wellness reason, the gourmet, innovative and flavorful Absolutely Gluten Free line of snacks and treats are perfect every gluten-free occasion.  Stock up for Independence Day with the line of Absolutely Gluten Free, which includes crackers and flatbreads, Coconut Chews, and macaroons. For more info, visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Absolutely Gluten Free snacks image via Stacey Bender at Bender PR Group for use by 360 Magazine

E.Cuarenta’s Sparkling Tequila Sunrise

This refreshingly delicious cocktail is great to sip on at cook-outs and picnics. The Sparkling Tequila Sunrise starts with Bay area rapper Earl “E-40” Stevens’  E. Cuarenta tequila mixed with orange juice, then topped off with prosecco and Grenadine. The cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. 

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise:

  • 2 oz of Tequila
  • 3 oz of orange juice
  • ¼ oz of Grenadine
  • Earl Stevens Selections Prosecco

Method: Add tequila and orange juice into a shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour into a champagne flute and add grenadine slowly. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange slice.

Walden Farms

Walden Farms just relaunched their amazing zero calorie, zeros fat, zero sugar and zero carbs products. These products sound too good to be true, but Walden Farms has found a way to deliver healthy and delicious dips, spreads, sauces, dressings, condiments, syrups, and coffee creamers.

For those looking to replace their favorite unhealthy dressings with guilt-free alternatives, try Walden Farm’s new Ranch Dressing, Thousand Island, or Honey Dijon. Other tasty options include their BBQ Sauce for grilling, Caramel Dip for dessert, and Alfredo Sauce, which is perfect for healthy family dinners. Walden Farms helps customers find nutritious options that don’t compromise taste.

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Mighty Sesame Co. Tahini

Mighty Sesame Co. offers delicious, healthy, creamy tahini. Their newest launch includes the spicy Harissa tahini favor. Tahini can be used on and in so many recipes, such as in vinaigrettes, dressings, and truffles. With a variety of options– from organic tahini, to whole seed tahini to harissa tahini– customers are sure to love this nutrient-dense, high protein sesame paste.

For those looking to stock up on Might Sesame Co’s deliciousness, the company offers the classic Tahini tub. For no-mess meal prep and easy storage, squeeze-able tahini in a bottle is available. Mighty Sesame Co. ensures that their products are sustainably sourced from Ethiopia.

Mighty Sesame Co. product images via Stacey Bender at Bender PR group for use by 360 Magazine

Andrew & Everett Cheese

Andrew & Everett offers all natural, anti-biotic free, non-cloned sourced cheese. Their American cheese stands apart from other brands with it’s uncompromised quality and taste. Customers can order cheese shredded, pre-sliced, grated, or in bricks. The company also offers butter and seasonal cheese balls.

All of the milk in the company’s cheese is sourced from self-sustaining, family-run farms in America’s heartland– promising consumers with high-quality cheese from free range, grass fed cows. Andrew & Everett products are produced in a gluten free facility and contain no preservatives, binders, or fillers.

Andrew & Everett cheese product images via Stacey Bender at Bender PR group for use by 360 Magazine

Indigo Wild Clothing Biodegradable Apparel

Indigo Wild Clothing creates biodegradable clothing and swimwear that is revolutionizing the fashion industry. The brand‘s unique fabric decomposes in less than five years, while most swimwear sits in a landfill for 40–200 years. Indigo Wild Clothing’s fabrics leaves zero chemicals or microplastics behind. Their brand produces zero waste and uses only biodegradable packaging materials.

Indigo Wild’s bathing suits are made for those with active, on the go lifestyles. These handmade, Hawaiian suits are becoming increasingly popular, and were recently showcased at Miami Swim Week 2021. Indigo Wild Clothing’s suits are priced at $65.00, and consumers will feel good knowing that their money is going towards an innovative and eco-friendly brand.

Indigo Wild Clothing bathing suit image via Lindsey Hytrek at ChicExecs Brand Development for use by 360 Magazine
music Ivory Rowen illustration for 360 Magazine.

JON BATISTE NEW MUSIC VIDEO – FREEDOM

Today, Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe winning musician Jon Batiste releases a vibrant new music video for his single “FREEDOM,” a celebration of Black joy, independence and New Orleans culture and energy. Watch here.

There is no better time for Jon Batiste’s song of the summer “FREEDOM,” a funk-driven 70s-pop banger that Entertainment Weekly called an “exhilarating, horn-heavy celebration of independence.”

In this electrifying love letter to his hometown of New Orleans, Batiste leads the ultimate second line through the streets, linking with the legendary St. Augustine High School Marching 100 (Batiste’s alma mater), the Joyful Choir of New Orleans, Queen Tahj of the Golden Eagles Mardi Grass Indian Tribe, dancers, musicians, and residents alike.

Jon Batiste has had a good year. The Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA winning musician’s hit song “I NEED YOU” reached #1 on the AAA Radio Charts, his album WE ARE debuted in the Billboard Top R&B Charts, Top Album Charts, and Top 200, his “I NEED YOU” music video surpassed 10MM views, he’s appeared on American Idol,  Live with Kelly and RyanThe Today ShowThe Late Late Show with James CordenCBS This Morning as guest and co-host, and of course the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“We Are represents a vivid turn from straight jazz to joyful, danceable pop and neo-soul… a bold declaration of conscience…” –Vanity Fair

On WE ARE, Batiste presents a captivating musical experience to the world rooted in catharsis, joy, freedom, contemplation and sensuality. It’s a love letter to his southern roots and the heritage of Black Music with guest appearances by Mavis StaplesQuincy JonesZadie SmithPJ MortonTrombone Shorty, St. Augustine Marching 100, his father Michael Batiste, grandfather David Gauthier and many more. It is a meditation steeped in the sounds of the times with collaborators including POMO (Anderson.Paak), Ricky Reed (Lizzo), Jahaan Sweet (Drake, Eminem) and others.

“I’m publicly known for some things already,” says Batiste. “But there’s so much more to know about me. It’s always been there. Now is the time to show the world my full artistry.”

Batiste continues, “WE ARE is a message of love for humanity, of humble reverence for our past, and of a hopeful future, in which we are the ones who can save us. The art reveals its motive to you. You just have to wait for the Spirit to tell you what it wants.”

A special thanks to Coach for dressing members of the cast of the “FREEDOM” video.

About Jon Batiste
One of the best-known musicians of his generation, virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing that music back to where it started — that is, with the people. From his days at Juilliard, where he established his Stay Human band by playing around New York City’s subways and in street performances he called “love riots,” to his work since 2015 as the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Kenner, Louisiana native has consistently channeled his superb technical skill and deep knowledge of jazz tradition towards a specific, intentional purpose: making people’s lives better and brighter, one harmonaboard (that’s harmonica and keyboard, combined) solo at a time.

Born into Louisiana’s legendarily musical Batiste family, Jon has performed and recorded widely since his teens. His flexibility as an artist, his fluency in jazz as well as popular music of all stripes, has allowed him to collaborate with legends from Wynton Marsalis, a mentor since his Juilliard days, to Prince — as well as many of the widely-varied artists who appear on the Late Show.

Batiste’s marquee performances have ranged from the Grammy’s, to the Kennedy Center Honors, to the US Open and the NBA All-Star Game — in 2015, Batiste and the Stay Human Band became the first group to play the main stage at both the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals.

Batiste played himself on the HBO series Treme and appeared in director Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer — most recently, his music was featured in the 2020 Disney/Pixar film Soul. Batiste won a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for his participation in the soundtrack alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the trio are currently nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Soundtrack.

He’s been awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harry Chapin ASCAP Humanitarian Award and appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list; Batiste also currently serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jon Batiste is devoted to the education and mentorship of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as master classes throughout the world. He has also led several cultural exchanges, beginning in 2006, while still a teen, with the Netherlands Trust, which brought students from the USA and Holland to perform with him at the Royal Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall.

Batiste balances a demanding performance schedule with public speaking engagements, masterclasses, brand partnerships, community activism and acting roles. His composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work “American Symphony,” set to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2021 and he has been developing a Broadway musical about the life of famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Memorial Day illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

The Meaning Behind Memorial Day

THE MEANING BEHIND MEMORIAL DAY

By: Heather Skovlund-Reibsamen

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou

Memorial Day, once referred to as Decoration Day, is an American holiday in the United States that honors military personnel along as well as mourn those that we have lost along the way. Decoration Day was for decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Memorial Day is formerly observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is a solemn day, but it is also important to reflect upon, appreciate and be thankful for the freedom that we all get to enjoy every day in the United States of America.

Many gather with friends and family for barbeques and celebrating the beginning of summer while others visit cemeteries and memorials to remember their loved ones lost. Each year a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. It is important to remember that we are not celebrating the wars, instead we are remembering those who served and those who gave their last breath in order to ensure that the freedoms of our country would be passed on to the next generations. We remember for the price they paid for the cost of our freedom – their lives given so ours could go on.

Memorial Day was originated after the American Civil War, where the United States faced the task of burying and honoring 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the bloodiest military conflict in American history. The first commemoration of Memorial Day was held in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. On this day, both Union and Confederate soldiers were laid to rest. Over the years, cities across the United States host Memorial Day parades that involve military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Americans sometimes wear a red poppy in remembrance of their loved ones, which is a tradition that was born from a World War 1 poem.  

In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Memorial Day has a different meaning behind it for every American. Here at 360 Magazine, we were able to get a few opinions from veterans in the United States.

  • Kyle Skovlund: United States Air Force – Memorial Day has a different meaning for me. Growing up, my parents would travel to Brookings, South Dakota each year to put flowers on the graves of those they had lost. When my own daughter passed away, I began doing the same thing. Memorial Day, for me, is a day to reflect on those that have been lost.
  • Michael Miller: United States Air Force – Memorial Day means remembering and celebrating. Remembering the great men and women that gave their life for our great nation and celebrating the freedoms their sacrifices have given us.
  • J.M. Skovlund: United States Army  – “Memorial Day means exactly what it was intended for, to remember and honor our fallen. They went above and beyond for our country, for the soldier on their left and right, and that’s something not everyone can say.” “Go out and remember the fallen the way you see fit. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. If it’s having a drink in their honor, do that. If it’s going to their grave to chat, do that. Either way, remember the fallen the best way you can, don’t disgrace them.”
Gorgan City illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Gorgon City × New Music

Gorgon City “Tell Me It’s True” Single Release + Olympia Album Announced April 21

Gorgon City “Tell Me It’s True” Video Release April 23

Listen to “Tell Me It’s True” HERE

Pre-Order/Pre-Save Olympia HERE

Renowned British production duo Gorgon City have announced their third album Olympia, due June 25th, 2021, via Astralwerks. Alongside the announcement of the new album, the duo has shared the latest track from the album “Tell Me It’s True.” Listen to “Tell Me It’s True” HERE and pre-order/pre-save Olympia HERE.

Boasting euphoric house-piano, seamless vocal chops, and an ever-evolving bassline, “Tell Me It’s True” is the perfect introduction to their latest body of work. With Kye now residing in the birthplace of house music, Chicago, and Matt remaining in London, the creation of Olympia marked a career first for the duo, having produced the project from entirely separate continents.

An album shrouded in Greek mythology, Olympia is an eclectic and euphoric mix of past and present, it’s a celebration of musical worlds coming together, with 90’s house blending seamlessly with 2020’s finest pop. Olympia is a collaborative piece of work showcasing Gorgon City’s strength in discovering and developing vocal talents that are genre-spanning and varied. There are features from an incredible roll call of exciting new talent in the form of Rose Grey & Aura James, alongside past collaborators Josh Barry, Sofi Tukker and DRAMA. See below for the full track listing.

Talking about Olympia, Gorgon City say, “With this record we’ve definitely gone more clubby and have been inspired by the big shows that we played before lockdown. It’s a bigger sound and lyrically it’s different for us”

This album celebrates themes of escapism and exploration, as social freedom finally feels like a reality. Olympia is a collection of the duo’s work over the last few years, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work. The breadth of music they’ve been exposed to while touring pre-covid informs Olympia’s massive sonic palette.

Formed in 2012, Gorgon City have sold over 10 million singles and clocked up over 1.5 billion streams. While the duo are no strangers to chart success with hits such as “Ready For Your Love,” their sound is rooted deep in club culture and made for live shows. Many songs get road tested in clubs before being put onto an album. The live setting is where the duo truly thrives – 2019 saw amazing sets around the world including Coachella, EDC Vegas and Israel’s Get Lost Festival, as well as sold-out shows from iconic UK venues such as Printworks, Warehouse Project and Tobacco Dock.

With the release of Olympia on the horizon, live dates in the diary and further exciting news to come, the future is becoming an increasingly exciting prospect for one of dance music’s most celebrated duos.

Olympia Tracklist:

1. Tell Me It’s True

2. Oxygen (with Aura James)

3. You’ve Done Enough (with DRAMA)

4. Dreams (with Jem Cooke)

5. Body Language (with Cami)

6. When You’re Gone

7. House Arrest (with Soffi Tukker)

8. Never Let Me Down (with Hayley May)

9. Sweet Temptation

10. Nobody (with DRAMA)

11. Lost Feelings (with Rose Grey)

12. Tears (with Grace Grundy)

13. Waiting For The Right Time

14. Ecstasy (with Jem Cooke)

15. Foolproof (with Hayden James & Nat Dunn)

16. Burning (with Evan Giia)

17. Thoughts

18. Freedom (with Josh Barry)

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Gorgon City Album Cover
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How to Leverage Your Assets to Live the Life of Your Dreams

When you are growing up, your world is filled with wonder, great times with friends and time for fun and play. It’s also when your soul’s dreams start to emerge and we begin to imagine what we might be in the future. Then, when we reach adult age we are suddenly thrust into a world where the dream goes dormant and we find ourselves working full-time just to make the money we need to survive. Sadly, that’s the way we are expected to live until retirement. 

Society has us penciled in to work endlessly to make money for others for 40 plus years of our life. We typically follow the script without thought until one day we start to wonder is this all there is? With those words our true awakening has begun. The veil of what you were taught you should be is lifted and your soul and spirit come back out to play. It’s finally time to reconnect with your hopes and desires.

Stepping into the Life of Your Dreams

The world calls this awakening a crisis, giving it a pejorative label so it can be dismissed. This moment, though, is a pivotal part of your journey. You are leaving what you were programmed to do and instead choosing your own path. Old dreams begin to re-emerge and new hopes often arise. 

It’s time for you to live a life you truly love. When you reach this moment, you should let all the dreams out to dance. If you love travel, begin to imagine how you might see the world and get to live in different countries. If you have a passion or hobby that truly calls to you, do some journaling and come up with creative ideas to pursue that. You have the power to manifest your soul’s desires. 

Leveraging Your Assets to Live Your Dream

If you are ready to pursue your new path, it’s helpful to have the money and financial freedom to do what you want. One of the ways you can help fund your dreams is to consider selling your life insurance policy. It’s possible to tap into the value of your policy and get a life settlement that would generate the cash you need to live beautifully. 

This is an especially good option if you are further along in age. With a life settlement you basically sell your policy for cash and the investor then receives the death benefit at a future date. If you go online you can find out if you are eligible and determine what your maximum cash value would be. It’s important to do your research so you fully understand your options and know the pros and cons of your choice.

Consider Downsizing and Moving to the Country

One of the ways society keeps your nose to the grindstone is to encourage you to spend more than you make. We are taught that we should have a big house, filled with the best of everything. In reality, you don’t need any of that to be happy. If you wake up every day and get to live the life you love, you will quickly come to understand that much of what we buy barely matters. 

In order to have the freedom to pursue your dreams, you may want to downsize so you can dramatically reduce your monthly expenses. If you own a home in a city, you could sell that and pocket the equity. Then you can look for a smaller place in a rural area that costs far less. You’ll find that when you lower your monthly expenses and have some cash from the sale of your home, you won’t need to work full-time to make ends meet. You’ll then have the time to follow your soul’s path and live the life of your dreams.