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CHASE B x OMB Bloodbath x KenTheMan – For Me

Columbia Records recording artist and producer CHASE B has teamed up with rising Houston rappers OMB Bloodbath and KenTheMan on his new single “For Me.” Listen HERE. Bringing life to the popular viral phrase “for me,” CHASE has also premiered the music video for the track today, which features a cameo from Houston legend Slim Thug. The track is already a Houston club staple, as showcased throughout the visual. Watch HERE.

CHASE is nominated once again for Best DJ at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Best Group with the JACKBOYS. CHASE recently celebrated his first #1 single on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 as a producer on “Franchise” with Travis Scott, MIA & Young Thug.

“For Me” is the follow up to CHASE B’s latest release “Cafeteria” featuring Don Toliver and Gunna.

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About CHASE B:
CHASE B has the DJ/producer career many of his peers dream about day and night. Aside from being one of the most in-demand sonic tastemakers, spinning at premium venues from the Vegas strip to South Beach, the Texas native is also the official DJ for hip-hop mega star Travis Scott. His DJ pursuits have now matured into executive producer goals with a debut album due later this year via Columbia Records. His first single “Mayday” featuring Sheck Wes & Young Thug was just a taste of what’s to come, earning him a nomination at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards for Best DJ. He wrapped up 2019 with a #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 as part of the Travis Scott Cactus Jack label compilation album, JACKBOYS, which also earned him a 2020 BET AWARD nomination for Best Group. His latest release “Cafeteria” was a collaboration with Don Toliver and Gunna, which CHASE premiered on the first episode of Season 2 of his Apple Music Beats 1 .WAV RADIO show with Travis Scott, where he also announced his joint album with Don Toliver, ESCAPISM is coming soon. CHASE is nominated once again for Best DJ at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Best Group with the JACKBOYS. CHASE recently celebrated his first #1 on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 as a producer on “Franchise” with Travis Scott, MIA & Young Thug. Always ahead of the curve, CHASE linked with rising Houston rappers in his new single “For Me” ft. OMB Bloodbath and KenTheMan. An entrepreneur, CHASE opened a streetwear boutique called Space Village with Travis in their home city of Houston in March 2020. With a fearless ambition, relentless work ethic, and supreme music mind, all assume inevitable longevity for CHASE B. If his trajectory is any indication, more years simply means more wins.

About OMB Bloodbath:
While 2020 was a wild ride for everyone, it was Houston’s own OMB Bloodbath’s pivotal year. The release of “Dropout” with fellow Houston star Maxo Kream fanned the flames for what was to come, as the song cracked the million mark in no time on YouTube. Her hustle paid off, when Blood secured a deal with 10:22 PM and Love Renaissance (LVRN), in partnership with Interscope Records. Raised in H-Town’s Third Ward, Blood has a long history in music, from loving it to later making it. Starting with poems that transformed into rhymes, Blood pounded the pavement, dropping mixtapes like Escape From Section 8 and her Nothing But The Moon series. Her record deal was monumental, as she was the first artist from the Third Ward since Beyoncé to sign a major label deal. With the release of her dynamite follow-up “Bolt,” Blood has already hit 300k in views, and keeps on climbing. With skill, talent, and will, OMB Bloodbath is here to tell real stories to real people.

About KenTheMan:
Heating up Houston’s female hip hop scene, KenTheMan gained early buzz from her hit single “He Be Like” and viral freestyles which all have received millions of streams.  She’s gotten praise from Cardi B, Mulatto, Rubi Rose for her heavy hitting bars. In August 2020 she released her debut EP.

Bisexual adults less likely to enjoy health benefits of education

Education has long been linked to health — the more schooling people have, the healthier they are likely to be. But a new study from Rice University sociologists found that the health benefits of a good education are less evident among well-educated bisexual adults.

“Education and health: The joint role of gender and sexual identity” examines health among straight, bisexual, gay and lesbian adults with various educational backgrounds. Authors Zhe Zhang, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice, Bridget Gorman, a professor of sociology at Rice, and Alexa Solazzo, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, were particularly interested in bisexual adults, since they may experience distinctive health vulnerabilities.

The researchers found that while having at least a bachelor’s degree was linked to better health among bisexual adults, they received less benefit than heterosexual and gay or lesbian adults with similar education. This effect was especially true for bisexual women.

“The health benefits of education are well established — so much so that anything we do to promote and improve public education should really be viewed as health policy,” Gorman said. “It’s that impactful on health and well-being. That our analysis showed less health benefit associated with education among bisexual adults compared to heterosexual, gay and lesbian adults is concerning.”

While the researchers could not pinpoint the exact cause, they theorized the problem might be social stigma and additional anxiety among women due to gender discrimination, Zhang said.

“Discrimination of any kind can take a heavy toll on health,” Zhang said. “While we cannot say with certainty that is what is happening in this study, it’s a very real possibility.”

The authors based their study on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which included a sample of more than 1.2 million adults living in 44 U.S. states and territories from 2011-2017. They hope the study will raise awareness of the issue and help health professionals provide better care.

The research was partially supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. The article is available online at https://bit.ly/3iJdNY0 and it will be published in the December 2020 edition of the journal SSM-Population Health.

This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.

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Musicians x Social Distancing

Engineers and musicians from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Houston Symphony determined social distancing will not be enough to keep musicians safe while performing on-stage.

Using a high-speed camera, researchers studied air released by musicians who were singing or playing wind instruments.

Ashok Veeraraghavan, a Rice imaging expert, said social distancing is important, but other factors must be taken into account.

“Our main message is that there is no single silver bullet. Performance venues are going to need a mix of several different risk mitigation strategies. Each of them will help a little, and the sum total of all of them will minimize risk to both the performers and the audience,” Veeraraghavan said.

Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and co-principal investigator of the study, said a goal of the study was to help people return to the stage, which is why the findings are being published.

“Peer review may take a year or more, and we believe it is imperative to make others aware of what we found,” Yekovich said.

Schlieren imaging is a method used to study airflow, so Yekovich, Veeraraghavan and John Mangum, the president and CEO of the Houston Symphony, used it to study singers and flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba players.

With cameras, a high-resolution background and computational algorithms, they were able to see and track air flow after it leaves mouths and instruments and travels throughout the room.

While the travel of large droplets is well-documented, they wanted to study microdroplets, which can linger in the air for hours.

The group hypothesized that the microdroplets would be the most important droplets to pay attention to. The experiment showed that exhaled air and droplets tended to rise to the top of the room.

“Because exhaled air was warmer than the room air, we found most of it rose rather quickly, carrying the bulk of exhaled microdroplets into air currents that were primarily driven by ventilation,” Veeraraghavan said.

They now recommend music venues meeting or exceeding federal guidelines of six room air exchanges per hour. They also suggest that venues themselves consider air filtration above the stage.

Veeraraghavan still said social distancing is important because of the large droplets, adding that masks should be worn.

Mangum thought that social distancing would be the most important thing when welcoming performers and audiences back to venues, but it’s going to take a bit more than standing six feet apart.

“The Rice experiments showed it’s more complex than that. Now we want all musical organizations and individual musicians to benefit from that understanding,” Mangum said.

You can see the results of the study by clicking right here. A video is also available by clicking right here.

Stomp illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Stomp Wars Virtual Homecoming Experience

Stomp Wars, the celebrated national stepping competition and cultural institution, insisted the show must go on for 2020, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen!

In order to engage, rally, and uplift students, the Stomp Wars program announces a historic first with the launch of The Stomp Wars HBCU-KNOW Virtual Homecoming Experience on September 26 – October 28. The event will be powered by The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and broadcast live from stompwars.com, with a live simulcast on Facebook and YouTube. The Top 2 Step Team Winners will go on to compete in the World Of Dance Championships.

Now on the event’s 13th year, on-air personality Rock-T returns as the host. In this latest installment of the program, The Collegiate Edition will celebrate the HBCU community by showcasing incredible stepping by the Greek organizations Divine 9, HBCU-KNOW Battle of the Bands, HBCU-KNOW Cheerleaders, HBCU-KNOW Majorettes, and more.

Since its inception, Stomp Wars has consistently inspired generations to graduate high school and pursue higher education. To date, more than 10,000 students have been galvanized by the event as the initiative rewrites the rules and brings us one step closer to the eradication of social injustice and systemic racism. For 2020, the core messageTomorrow can be better than today will be transmitted to the online audience.

Check out the impactful message for yourself by watching the virtual Stomp Wars.

About Rock-T:

Rocky Turner is an American Radio-TV Personality, Host, DJ, Producer, Sports Announcer, Author, and entrepreneur. Known to listeners as Rock-T and currently a member of the phenomenally successful Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Rock-T reaches 7 million listeners daily through this nationally syndicated show with markets that include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and Orlando. He is also a member of the wildly popular TV show, Dish Nation and Rickey Smiley For Real.

Rock-T is also the founder and creator of Stomp Wars, the most successful stomping competition in the country. As Rock-T’s vision for these disenfranchised youngsters continued to grow and expand, as did the reach of the event. Today, Stomp Wars is not only an annual sell-out on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington, it is also a hit with thriving teens across the country teaching students about the power of perseverance and diligence.

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Savannah Lee May

Q: How did you first get into acting and has it always been a passion of yours?

A: I started off dancing when I was 3 1/2 and instantly fell in love with performing. So, I guess you could say that was my first passion. I really didn’t start getting into the acting and singing side of it all until I was 11 when auditioned for a musical theatre academy in Houston. Once I started training with them, I quickly realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Q: What has been the biggest change or adjustment you’ve had to make when moving from Houston to LA?

A: The weather was definitely one of the major changes haha! But I think being so far away from family was the biggest adjustment we had to make. Growing up, we were all so close and saw each other almost every day. I mean, my cousins were basically like my older brothers, we were constantly together. The furthest we had ever lived from any of them was about 15 minutes, so to move to a completely different state is something that we are still trying to get used to.

Q: Which kinds of characters do you enjoy playing the most and why?

A: Definitely ones that come with a challenge. I’ve always been the kind of person who was down to try anything and as an actor, you can’t be afraid to fail. It’s better to give it everything you got instead of holding back because you’re scared of not being perfect. So, playing characters that are really far from myself or ones that really push my limits are always the ones I enjoy playing the most.

Q: Why do you think the fine arts are such a crucial part of society and why should everyone appreciate them?

A: I think they’re incredibly crucial! The fine arts are such an amazing outlet for people to really express themselves and to share their passion with the world. I know from personal experience, it’s the best escape for anyone going through a tough time. It’s definitely something that is under appreciated, especially in schools. You know, it’s a proven fact that students who are in theater, drama, dance, etc. have higher test scores than their peers who are not in the fine arts and are less likely to drop out. It makes me so sad to see schools that continue to cut their fine arts programs for budgetary reasons when the fine arts have helped so many people in their personal lives.

Q: What has been your favorite production that you’ve worked on, and why?

A: I’ve been very lucky to have a career where I have loved every project that I’ve been a part of. Knight Squad” was my first job and I learned so much while working on it. I made lifelong friends on that show and I think it will always have a special place in my heart. With “Secret Lives of Cheerleaders,” that was the first movie I ever did and it was my first leading role. It was such a wonderful experience. Then with “Julie and The Phantoms,” it’s everything I could’ve ever dreamed of rolled into one! The cast is unbelievably talented, working with Kenny Ortega is a dream and I feel really honored to be a part of such a beautiful show.

Q: Have you branched out or thought about branching out into other forms of art, such as singing or dancing, and why or why not?

A: I definitely have! Like I said, dancing has played such a huge roll in my life so I know that’s something I will continue to do and honestly, it’s the same with singing. I’ve written a couple of songs just to play around with a few ideas and I’m still very new to it haha! Coming out with original music sometime in the future is definitely something I could see myself doing.One thing I’d really love to do is also branch out into becoming a choreographer. I constantly make up choreography to different genres of music just as another outlet to create. Even though being in front of the camera and performing myself will always be my number one focus, I’d love to have that chance to choreograph one day.

Q: What has been the best part about playing Carrie in “Julie and The Phantoms”?

A: There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one! You know, I’ve never been given the chance to play the “mean girl” before so Carrie is a whole new ball game for me. I’ve always wanted to play this kind of role so I’m excited for people to see me do something different. Also, with Julie and The Phantoms being a musical series, being able to go through the process of recording the songs in the studio, learning the choreography and putting it on camera was such an incredible, new experience. One of the best parts is for sure our cast. I can honestly say that these are some of the most talented and kindhearted people I have ever met. They all bring something so incredibly special to the show, so I feel extremely lucky to get to work with each and every one of them.

Q: To anyone pursuing acting as a career, what would be your best piece of advice?

A: Never forget why you wanted to become an actor. I see a lot of people who enter the industry because they genuinely love to act, and they want to pursue it. Then as time passes, they begin to lose sight of that love and start focusing on wanting the fame. I honestly think social media plays a very big hand in that. People can get so wrapped up in their follower count that they forget why they started acting in the first place. If it doesn’t come from your heart and you’re not passionate about it, then why be in it at all?

Q: Who has been your greatest source of inspiration or support as you have risen up in the entertainment industry?

A: There’s a lot of people that have inspired me in this business and I look up to tons of different actors, directors, choreographers etc. So, I don’t think there’s one main source but there is definitely a mix of sources haha! As far as support goes, that is without a doubt my family. They all completely changed their lives to help me achieve my dreams and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them.

Q: How do you plan on growing your acting career in different directions?

A: I don’t think there is a set plan, but I definitely want to continue to challenge myself with new types of characters. Expanding your abilities in different ways is something I think every actor wants and hopes for. I do have some dream roles/projects that I still have on my bucket list so I guess we will just have to see what happens next!

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Trevor Daniel’s National Television Debut

Trevor Daniel made his television debut Wednesday night, performing his songs “Falling” and “Past Life” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Daniel performed with a string quartet in the desert, even climbing into a hot air balloon for the second half of the performance, which you can see here.

Daniel hails from Austin, Texas, and resided in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. He was forced to leave his home with only his music equipment. He decided to move away from his day job as a suit salesman and into the music industry.

He released his debut EP “Homesick” in 2018 with “Falling” as its leading track. The song reached the top 40 in 20 countries as well as second on U.S. Pop Radio and 18th on Billboard’s Hot 100.

He also collaborated with Selena Gomez on a new version of “Past Life,” which was released in June.

Daniel is fresh off the release of his first major album release titled “Nicotine,” and he’ll look to keep pushing forward as a charting artist and pop mainstay.

10:22PM & LVRN’S OMB BLOODBATH BRINGS THE HEAT ON ELECTRIFYING SINGLE “BOLT”

OMB Bloodbath – Bolt

OMB Bloodbath brings the bars and ladies out in her latest single, “Bolt.” Produced by DZL and Johnny Yukon, the Houston MC bodies the beat with a continuous flow that caters to fans who enjoy her quick-witted rhymes. For the studio-based visuals, Bloodbath entertains the ladies during a studio session interrupted by a seafood boil, luxury retail tags, and her animated personality.

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Fitting on any quarantine turn up playlist, “Bolt” is another hit on Bloodbath’s discography which has been praised by peers in the game like Obe Noir, Stunna Bam and Grammy-nominated producer Murda Beatz. She also found a huge fan in Beyonce when her “2018” track “All I Know” was featured on the singer’s “Classy Bougie Ratchet” playlist for TIDAL.

Representing Houston’s historic Third Ward, OMB Bloodbath is in a class all her own. Making her name for herself on the local tip with the hometown favorite, “Shootston” the rapper secured a deal with 10:22 PM and Love Renaissance (LVRN), in partnership with Interscope Records. Her first single“Dropout” showcases a vicious back and forth flow with fellow Texas native Maxo Kream. HotNewHipHop describes the song as a “slowburner” that confirms the artist “is providing all the reasons in the world right now to make sure all eyes are on her.”

JunkBunny – Another Summer Song

Upcoming Houston alt rock trio JunkBunny has released the official video for their brand new single, “Another Summer Song-” watch it here!

On making the video, JunkBunny says, We had one camera, a couple friends and a whole lot of time on our hands to make a music video for our new track ‘Another Summer Song.’ We wanted to portray what Summer feels and looks like to us.”

“On ‘Another Summer Song,’ JunkBunny offers a modern take on the spirit and attitude of nineties alternative rock with a hyper-charged energy of their own,” a press release reads. Alt Press praises the song as “the perfect summer anthem,” saying “the trio’s track boasts resonating harmonies and a memorable chorus.”

“Another Summer Song” is the follow up to JunkBunny’s debut EP Junk Rock and breakout single “Sedona” released last fall after opening for ZZ Top, The Struts and even Jon Bon Jovi. The EP was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, P.O.D.). The band recently debuted their live Junk Rock sessions shot from home—watch here.

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Tyga illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Tyga Bites

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist, Tyga, joins forces with renowned restaurateur Robert Earl and Earl’s son Robbie, for the launch of TYGA BITES, a celebrity-owned virtual dining concept. Now available through Grubhub, TYGA BITES is a delivery-only concept that specializes in antibiotic-free, oven-baked, boneless chicken bites. Grubhub will be offering free delivery on orders of $15 or more for the entire month of August to new and existing customers on their first purchase of TYGA BITES*.

With the idea conceived by Tyga, Earl paired the artist with acclaimed chef, author, and TV personality, Eric Greenspan, to create a carefully crafted, bite-sized all-natural chicken that’s baked, not fried. Tyga curated TYGA BITES by adding his own specialty spice dusts that sprinkle the chicken with the right amount of sweet and spice, along with a wide variety of dipping sauces to further enhance the flavors.

“I wanted to make sure the whole menu, flavors, and even the packaging was on point,” said Tyga. “The bites are baked just right; choose a dip then take a sip! I even threw in some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.”

TYGA BITES’ online menu offers crispy, oven-baked chicken bites in three different spice dusts including Black Garlic, Lemon Black Pepper, and Peri-Peri, a mix of tangy, sweet and spicy. The bites will also be served with the option of twelve different dips, along with regular or sweet potato Tyga Tots, chocolate chip cookies, and beverages.

“Tyga has been an inspiration to collaborate with on this brand—his instincts are spot-on,” said Robert Earl, Founder of Virtual Dining Concepts. “Consumers can now enjoy TYGA BITES at home through our partnership with Grubhub, offering contact-free delivery for everyone’s added comfort and peace of mind.”

“Today begins the independent restaurant revolution,” Robbie Earl elaborates. “We have created a blueprint that restaurants can truly benefit from with our VACs (virtual additional concepts). We are offering restaurateurs the opportunity to operate a second brand within their existing brick and mortar location, increasing their bottom line by also becoming a virtual kitchen owner.”

“Working with our partners at Virtual Dining Concepts on the new TYGA BITES brand, we have the exciting opportunity to provide our diners a new variety to choose from when ordering in,” stated Kevin Kearns, Senior Vice President, Restaurant Network at Grubhub. “We’re thrilled to give independent restaurants on our platform the opportunity to increase their total business by working with TYGA BITES, and by adding new locations across the country for our diners to try – it’s a win, win for everyone.”

TYGA BITES is now available in more than 30 major markets across the country, and with the support of independent restaurants, it is projected to have contracts with up to 500 locations by the end of August. Consumers based in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Las Vegas, Houston, Washington D.C., Austin, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Sacramento, St. Paul, Kansas City, Scottsdale, Columbus, Minneapolis, and Louisville are among the first wave with many additional locations opening soon.

A delivery-only virtual restaurant launched by Grammy-nominated recording artist Tyga and restaurateur Robert Earl, TYGA BITES taps into kitchens of existing brick-and-mortar restaurants located across the U.S. and is delivered to your door thru Grubhub. The menu features tender chicken that is baked and flavored with a choice of seasoning dusts, accompanied with a wide selection of dipping sauces, sides, and cookies. TYGA BITES initial rollout includes the following cities: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Denver. Additional locations will be added regularly. Consumers looking for a location near them should search for TYGA BITES on the Grubhub app. For more information please follow us @eattygabites on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Grubhub is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as nearly 24 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features nearly 300,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with more than 200,000 of these restaurants in over 4,000 U.S. cities. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

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Chase B Cafeteria Song Cover for 360 Magazine

CHASE B – Cafeteria

Columbia Records recording artist and producer CHASE B just dropped the video for his new single “Cafeteria” with Don Toliver and Gunna. CHASE premiered the song on the first episode of Season 2 of his .WAV RADIO show with Travis Scott on Monday. In this episode, CHASE also announced his upcoming joint project with Don Toliver, ESCAPISM. In the video, viewers get a glimpse at a day in the life of CHASE B with a backyard meal at Nobu in the Neftali Arreola shot music video, which was directed by both CHASE and Don. Stay tuned for more exciting content coming from CHASE B in the rest of 2020.

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