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360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation

Despite the fact that America has many voices of color, they can seldom be heard. 360 MAGAZINE has always been a place where these people can be represented, so they’ve decided to expand on this mission by launching their own podcast: 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation. It will also cover the latest news, design and culture, as well as interviews with key industry trend makers. Hosts include Vaughn Lowery, Javier Pedroza, Armon Hayes and LaJune Grant

Lowery called the podcast, “An evocative gallery where everyone can continue to celebrate their singularity.” Pedroza stated, “I’d like for people to feel inspired, joyful, creative and stronger after listening to 360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation.” 

In the inaugural episode, Javier Pedroza talked with Latin pop group Piso 21, known for hits such as Me Llamas, Besándote and Déjala Que Vuelva.  360 has also chatted with other major figures: singer Carmen DeLeon, disabled TikTok influencer NotLewy, and actor/rapper Young Dylan. Stay tuned. We will also chat with people from the tech, design, and automotive industries.

360 also recently released an NFT collection called the Animal Series. Four NFTs will be for sale until May 1st. Secure yours now HERE. Find more information HERE

Find the podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google and Spotify. Podcasts will release in both Spanish and English. In addition, Also, 360 MAG possesses a dedicated RSS feed and has launched an account on Twitch to increase reach.

360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation Episodes

Young Dylan

About 360 Magazine

360 MAGAZINE is an edgy fashion, lifestyle and culture magazine, introducing cutting-edge brands, entities and trends to taste makers within their respective communities. Founding members have over 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and  professionals within the realms of fashion, music, art, design and entertainment. 360 is more than just a magazine comprised of journalists, representing a movement of social awareness and change.

360 is a LGBTQIA-friendly publication, officially recognized by the NGLCC. The magazine is contemporary in look and appeal. Quality art content is the constant goal. It will be entertaining, newsworthy and thought-provoking, appealing to a broad entertainment readership. No publication like it is available today, constantly celebrating racial as well as sexual ambiguous talent and artists.

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POLESTAR CARS

Polestar Cars Finds Majority of US Drivers Don’t Purchase Electric Vehicles for Environmental Reasons

  • New survey reveals 55% US drivers purchase an electric car for reasons other than environmental benefits
  • Almost half of respondents are open to buying an electric car from a new brand, many more than with a gasoline powered vehicle
  • Generational differences affect rationale for electric car purchase

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car brand, has conducted research that has found that 55 percent of US drivers purchase electric cars for reasons other than environmental benefits. In-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity and infotainment system offerings have been named as the most important decisions for consumers switching to an electric car from an internal-combustion vehicle.

“The idea of luxury being defined by what’s ‘under the hood’ has been replaced in the electric era with the prioritization of seamless connectivity, integration into existing digital ecosystems, and good UX design,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “People are switching to electric cars for more than just environmental reasons, and Polestar’s focus on in-vehicle technology means they can have everything they want in an environmentally friendly package.”

Polestar 2 was the first vehicle to market with the revolutionary Google-developed infotainment system. The system features Google built-in, including industry-leading voice control via Google Assistant. This enables control of functions using natural voice commands, including navigation through Google Maps, the climate system, music, phone and more.

Brand image also makes a difference to consumers based on age demographics. Fifty-seven percent of millennials (ages 25 to 40) are confident in new electric car brands compared to only 28 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 57 to 75). Nearly half (46 percent) of all respondents are more open to new brands and start-ups such as Polestar when it comes to purchasing an electric car.

Despite eco-consciousness not necessarily being a driving factor for over half of respondents, younger drivers are also much more concerned with appearing environmentally conscious compared to their older counterparts. For Gen Z respondents (ages 18-24), image is a big factor, with 12 percent saying it would be the most important consideration when choosing an electric car compared to an internal-combustion vehicle. That is twice as many as Millennials (ages 25-41), and more than three times as many as Baby Boomers ages (57-74).

To obtain this data, Polestar commissioned a third-party survey, fielded earlier this year with more than 5,000 electric and internal combustion drivers across all 50 US states. The survey questioned drivers on the state of electric car acceptance, charging infrastructure, and the perception of electric car brands when purchasing a vehicle.

Studio House illustration by Wanny ng for 360 MAGAZINE

SPOTLIGHT: STUDIO HOUSE

Listen to fireside chat w/ Studio House on 360 MAG podcast on Apple/Spotify HERE.

Located opposite Lake Montebello in downtown Baltimore, Studio House is a project space for communion. The home offers independent artists the opportunity to cultivate connections, and their individual and creative practice in and around City of Baltimore. The objective of this chamber is to bring together a group of rotating artists who have demonstrated a commitment to their creative maturity.

The project space was founded by Mahari Chabwera in December 2021 through early collaboration with The Contemporary Arts Network and ongoing collaboration with philanthropist Changrong Ji.

As a nexus for restoration and community, the residency experience is open (but not limited to) visuals artists, photographers, writers, curators, musicians and filmmakers. The house offers a space for everyone to gather, relax, research, play, share resources and develop nourishing projects. 

Throughout their stay, artists receive studio visits from curators, collectors, art advisors, and thriving artists on the field.

Studio House participants have the opportunity to work collaboratively within 4,400 square feet. house, each trimming a studio area to serve their practice. Artists can participate in group excursions to museums, galleries, beaches, farmers’ markets, thrift stores and dance parties. Each has access to its own spacious private room, shared bathroom, common living room, kitchen, balcony, front patio, and fenced in yard.

Current Participants:

Alliannah Hamilton|Austin Miles|Jabari Jefferson
Angelique Scott

Alien Liberty International lead singer Leo Imamura performance at inside the first take via 360 MAGAZINE

ALIEN LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL

Listen to Vaughn’s complete discussion with Leo on the 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Alien Liberty International, more commonly known as ALI, is a renowned hip-hop/funk band that is comprised of multinational members from Japan, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Initially, the collective was formulated in Shibuya, a special ward in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2019, their musical journey began. Helmed by vocalist Leo Imamura, ALI offers a unique perspective to the industry today. 360 MAGAZINE’s very own Vaughn Lowery had an opportunity to sit down with Leo and chat all things about ALI.

Founded initially by a selection of four members, ALI started as a group of young people seeking a change in their everyday lives. Inspired by the connection that music creates, ALI was formed to relay the message of unity in the community.

Motivated by the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the band decided to name themselves ALI. Capturing the essence of the legend himself, ALI asserted that they would have strong energy and overall presence to embrace more union throughout the world.

Always hosting and cultivating community around his childhood home, Leo has been intrigued by different cultures all his life. Growing up listening to his parents’ favorite artists like Janet and Michael Jackson, Leo has admired funk and R&B for quite some time. Mainly inspired by the sense of harmony that funk music carries, the group began covering old songs in the genre that blended smoothly with hip-hop roots. 

With such a diverse group of individuals in ALI, they made it one of their key goals to show how differing people can come together to fight for peace. It has been vital for Leo to be able to showcase the diversity that Japan encompasses, to reveal what the country indeed looks like and stands for.

Having grown up in the city of Shibuya, Leo is passionate about where it comes from and how it helped him transform into the man he is today. Caring deeply for Shibuya, Leo remembered how there were varying sides to the city that he admired. The rich fashion and cultural influences that his home was full of set it apart from the rest.

Music is what truly matters. With such a deep culture that celebrates lifting up uniqueness, ALI embodies this through and through. Utilizing music as a bridge to bring people together, ALI hopes to demonstrate to the world that they’ve never cared what people look like. 

“Music is what can break the wall,” stated Leo.

In 2021, ALI went on a hiatus after controversy erupted with the band’s ex, then-drummer. When discussing the conflict, Leo and another former member of the band Alex explained how one group member having a battle would further impact the rest of the band. In the Japanese culture of some of the band members, dealing problems with authority is looked down upon and not accepted.

Enduring, too, the pandemic during this time, ALI has proved their impeccable persistence despite their struggles. Their creative outlet was forced off for a long time, with Japan shutting down everything entertainment-related.

Nonetheless, ALI is now making their come back. As such an exclusive grouping that stands alone from anything we’ve seen before, their journey is exceptionally admiring. This summer, ALI is fully immersed back into the scene, playing at upcoming festivals for the first time since the pandemic began. 

Make sure you check out ALI’s captivating performance on Japan’s most innovative YouTube channel, THE FIRST TAKE. With more than six million subscribers, powered by Stagecrowd, fans of all nationalities can now tune in and support their favorite musicians in streaming INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE.

For additional information on ITFT go HERE.

Article by: McKinley Franklin, Andrea Esteban, Iris Li x Vaughn Lowery

Actress Sienna Miller on Elle Canada cover via 360 MAGAZINE

SIENNA MILLER COVERS ELLE

KO Média is excited to unveil the June issue of ELLE Canada featuring actress Sienna Miller. The star talks openly about navigating familiar ground in the new Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal, as her character is thrust into a similar kind of toxic tabloid culture Miller faced throughout her 20s. “I can’t quite believe that it all happened,” she says in the candid interview. “The chaos of that entire decade is so far removed from my life now.” In particular, turning 40 has felt like starting a decidedly new chapter for this hard-working mother, who recently moved from London to New York with her nine-year-old daughter. “I feel more in control of my life,” she says. “I know what matters to me: my friendships, my child and, ultimately, trying to be happy. That really is enough.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_FanningSkincare is front and centre in this edition — with a few twists. To kick off summer, we offer a sun-protection refresh on everything from UV basics to reapplication. We also look at whether increasingly popular skincare products for vulvas and vaginas actually work, and we explore a new trend toward creating fragrances that emulate the scent of skin. Plus, Dakota Fanning shares her morning beauty regimen and bedtime rituals, and the co-founders of skincare brand Youth to the People reflect on their commitment to sustainable products and the idea that youth is more than skin deep.

In fashion, the scholastic, bookish vibe of preppy style is making a major comeback, but this time with subversive undertones and major sex appeal. French jewellery prototypist Marine Billet gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how she makes some of high fashion’s most avant-garde designs. And sisters Myriam and Romy Belzile-Maguire, founders of the Montreal-based brand Maguire, share their goal of making luxury footwear friendly with ethical craftsmanship, transparency and an accessible shopping environment.

Loss makes a few appearances in this issue. Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen opens up about how her latest album, Big Time, draws on all sorts of grief, including the deaths of her parents and the end of her first queer relationship. One of our writers reflects on the role of transient friendships in our lives as she mourns the loss of one such relationship. And actress Minnie Driver’s new memoir, Managing Expectation, is filled with deeply personal, intimate snapshots of her life, including the last few days she spent with her mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

This edition runs the gamut of stories about empowerment. We sit down with four female Indigenous leaders who are using tourism as a way to shape a new narrative for Indigenous women in Western Canada. We explore how kink is stepping out of the shadows and pushing our definition of sex beyond being just a one-way street to orgasm. Toronto’s Mouna Traoré shares her experience as part of the predominantly Black cast and crew of The Porter, a show about unwavering ambition and Black life. And British actress Indira Varma, who takes a leading role in the Star Wars miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, opens up about her early introduction to the arts and navigating the industry as a woman of Indian descent.

Finally, we get serious with a look at a new media movement centred around giving a voice to cult survivors, allowing them to share their experiences and educate others. Readers will also get to meet journalist Zahra Joya and non-profit founder Pashtana Durrani, two Afghan women who are fighting against repression despite imminent danger in an attempt to reclaim their rights and those of others.

Read digital issue HERE.

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Kim Kardashian dressed in Marilyn Monroe from Ripley’s Believe It or Not via 360 magazine photos by Greg Swales

Kim Kardashian – Met Gala

The Met Gala look that everyone is talking about first debuted when Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Sixty years later, Kim Kardashian has added to the garment’s pop culture significance.

For more information on the dress, go HERE.

Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” dress — now also Kim Kardashian’s 2022 Met Gala look — will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood for a limited time beginning Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be able to get an up-close look at this stunning garment, along with a behind-the-scenes peek at Kim’s Met Gala look and other memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy.

Sixty years after Marilyn Monroe famously sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, Kim Kardashian has added to the pop culture significance of Monroe’s iconic dress — becoming the only other person to ever wear the gown.

Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” dress — now also Kim Kardashian’s 2022 Met Gala look — will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood for a limited time beginning Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be able to get an up-close look at this stunning garment, along with a behind-the-scenes peek at Kim’s Met Gala look and other memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! acquired the dress at a Julien’s Auctions event in 2016 for $4.8 million. With taxes and fees, the dress’ value surpasses $5 million, making it the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction. Believe It or Not!, the gown is now valued at over $10 million.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! strongly feels that this dress, with both political and pop culture significance, is the most famous item of clothing from twentieth century culture. 

“We are truly proud to be the stewards of such an iconic artifact and are excited to be able to add to its cultural significance with Kim Kardashian, who is sharing the story of Marylin Monroe and her iconic career with an entirely new generation,” said Ripley’s VP of Publishing and Licensing Amanda Joiner.

The multi-million-dollar dress has rarely been separated from its dress form, let alone worn by anyone other than Monroe. Great care was taken to preserve this piece of history. With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, archivists, and insurance, the garment’s condition was top priority. No alterations were made to the dress, and Kim Kardashian even changed into a replica before entering the Gala.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! B-Roll

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*Color Photos by Greg Swales

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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Kid Flex – Esperando Pa Verte

Following the release of his single “No Soy Perfecto,” Kid Flex releases his latest single Esperando Pa Verte. The song and official music video are available on all digital platforms starting today.

Esperando Pa Verte,” written by Stefano Fernandez and produced by Kid Flex and Were, is a song that, like ‘No Soy Perfecto’ focuses on the reflections of a past love and the consequences of actions previously taken.

Esperando Pa Verte is a song that talks about the desire of a guy who is very anxious to once again see the girl he loves so much, with whom he has had problems and arguments but despite it all, he promises to respect her and be there for her, even when she doesn’t want to hear from him,” commented Kid Flex.

In the music video, directed by Giacomo Cochella, we see Kid Flex deep in thought as he sits in the living room of an almost empty house glued to the phone with the illusion of being able to contact the person he cherishes and continues to love. Kid Flex continues to work on new music expected soon under Warner Music Latina.

ABOUT KID FLEX:

Composer, musician, and producer. KID FLEX, does not show his face, because he wants to be the voice of a community that perhaps is not heard often. Through music, he tells his stories and his feelings, but he wants to transcend. His public image is a television, where his community is projected. He does not reveal his identity because he prefers to be a symbol rather than just being a person.

Blessd and Myke Towers inside 360 MAGAZINE

BLESSD – TENDENCIA GLOBAL

“Tendencia Global” Available Here 

Blessd, the artist who has broken the paradigms in Colombia and has become a reference of the genre across the globe presents his new single “Tendencia Global” alongside one of the urban genre’s Puerto Rican representatives, Myke Towers, a song full of energy that showcases the unique styles of each of the participating artists. A track that unites two powerhouses of the genre, Colombia and Puerto Rico, in a single production that will be heard in every corner of the planet. Parallel to this immense release, the artist announced his world tour that bears the name of the single: Tendencia Global Tour, the singer-songwriter will visit important territories such as: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States, Mexico and Europe.

Tendencia Global” was born from Myke Towers’ initial interest in wanting to collaborate with the rising urban genre star, Blessd, considered by the Puerto Rican as the most relevant artist of the new school of the urban genre in Colombia. Towers, in an interview given to a well-known media outlet, which made its way around the world of reggaeton, expressed his interest in collaborating with Blessd, taken as the first step for such important collaboration in the music industry.

A collaboration to go down in history, Puerto Rico & Colombia which will go worldwide”… mentioned Blessed.

This new single was written by BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On the Drums and performed by Blessd and Myke Towers. The production was carried out, in its entirety, by producer Ovy On The Drums, recognized for working with important artists such as Karol G, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Anuel AA and Piso 21 among others.

The video was shot and produced on the island of Puerto Rico, framing the beauty of the Caribbean beaches and the stunning architectural zone of old San Juan. The video combines close-up images of BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On The Drums sequenced throughout the video, adding to all the technical levels of the recording, further demonstrating and recreating the music of this global hit.

The video was directed by Oscar Vasquez and DEIVY P and produced by DYPA FILMS, a production company that has worked with national and international artists such as Blessd, Ryan Castro, Lyanno, Anonimus, Valentino, Dekko, Javielo, Saga White Black, Lenny Tavarez, and Justin Quiles, among others.

Blessd, along with his label JM World Music – CigolWarner Music Latina and his management team Just One Cliick, headed by CEO Dr. Velasquez, will continue to work on and consolidate this global music project.

About Blessd:

Talent makes Antioquian urban singer Stiven Mesa Londoño one of the future promises of the genre. With only 22 years of age and a career that began recently, this singer, better known in the music industry as BLESSD, not only improvises and sings but also composes his songs.

His simplicity, charisma, ability to improvise as well as his love for music, have positioned him as one of the promising Colombians in the world of reggaeton, a genre that has allowed him to perform in different cities and events throughout the country, where his fan base chants the songs and motivate him to continue striving for his dream of one day selling out stadiums across different cities of the world.

BLESSD “TENDENCIA GLOBAL” OFFICIAL VIDEO