Dream Inn Santa Cruz recently launched Beach Feast, a complete ocean-to-table private dining experience that perfects for guests to dine safely outdoors at ‘King Table’ on Cowell Beach – just steps away from the iconic, retro beachfront hotel. Whether an intimate table for two, family reunion, small reception, or corporate groups, the Beach Feast experience is ideal for celebrating unforgettable social gatherings in a special setting.
Offering a fully customizable menu created by Executive Chef Gus Trejo that delightfully integrates fresh seafood and grilled steaks, catering to all tastes, and includes menu options like paella topped with a whole octopus, bursting shrimp and fresh mussels, as well as ribeye steaks and roasted local vegetables. The accompanying wine list, delicious dessert menu, and bespoke service, only add more to the experience.
A short stroll from the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, Dream Inn Santa Cruz recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation with whimsical retro-surfer décor which nods to the hotel’s origins and Santa Cruz’s history as a surfing mecca. The renovation included upgrades to all 165 guestrooms and suites, as well as a makeover to the hotel lobby and pool area. Dark-wood ’60s-style furnishings and turquoise accents give the guestrooms and its restaurant, Jack O’Neill Restaurant, a classic beachy feel. Guests will also love to experience the new Jack’s Patio, a wildly inventive, new outdoor dining concept – the perfect pandemic outdoor dining venue with open-air, live music featuring local musicians and heat lamps for chilly coastal evenings. To further embrace the inn’s casual, laid back ambiance, guests can soak up the California sun while enjoying the host of amenities the property has to offer including a re-vamped pool deck with beach access; poolside bar; surfing lessons, and complimentary beach cruisers to explore the charming town of Santa Cruz.
Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit’s subsidized, section 8 housing to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.
This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.
The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others.
In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.
360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.
In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.
As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.
Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives.
The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.
Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.
Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.
Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.
Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.
Chapter 5:Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.
Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.
Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.
Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”
Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.
Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.
Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving.
Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.
Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.
Official Statements from DMX’s Family & White Plains Hospital
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.” – Earl “DMX” Simmons’ Family
“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
When it comes to DMX, a man blessed with a vicious bark of a voice, there is no such thing as half-stepping. Born Earl Simmons in 1970, the Yonkers-raised MC arrived as the physical embodiment of unbridled energy—a one-man distillation of fellow rugged New York acts like Wu-Tang Clan. With the release of his 1998 debut, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, DMX wrapped himself in musical aggression that enhanced his imposing presence across songs like the minimal, clanging “Get at Me Dog” and rowdy breakout “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.” But X scaled back the pugnacity on that same album’s introspective “How’s It Goin’ Down,” which featured angelic vocals from R&B’s Faith Evans and painted a vivid picture of a complex relationship headed down the wrong path. DMX would revisit that sensitivity on “Slippin’,” a heart-rending track from 1998’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood that found him expressing a desire to live a less tumultuous life. As at odds as the rapper’s two sides may seem to be, he’s always thrived most while letting his emotions fly unrestrained. In 2000, he released …And Then There Was X, where even the anthemic “Party Up” served as a prime example of DMX’s uniquely intense take on hardcore hip-hop. But whether ferocious, amped up, or introspective, the MC has remained grounded by his faith, which, especially in the later years of his career, he approaches with nothing short of absolute devotion.
Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap’s most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. Plus, there was substance behind the style; much of his work was tied together by a fascination with the split between the sacred and the profane. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next yet keep it all part of the same complex character, sort of like a hip-hop Johnny Cash. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one.
Los Angeles Tourism Invites Visitors to #StartYourComeback, Partners with Cercle for a Livestream Set Featuring Bob Moses from the Iconic Griffith Observatory
The “magic hour” timed show happens March 22 and will be available worldwide on Facebook Live and Twitch
Los Angeles is starting its comeback, having moved to the state’s less restrictive red tier which allows the safe reopening of museums, indoor dining, theme parks, and outdoor live events including spectator sports, with appropriate capacity controls and safety protocols. Now, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is inspiring lovers of L.A. to start their comeback, whenever they are ready, in a new partnership certain to stir wanderlust. To keep Los Angeles top of mind with visitors sonically and visually, Los Angeles Tourism has partnered with Cercle, known for their jaw-dropping musical live streams from UNESCO World Heritage sites and other cultural icons across the globe. L.A.-based, Grammy-winning electronic duo Bob Moses will perform a live stream, sunset set from the iconic Griffith Observatory on Monday, March 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST. While there will be no audience present, the show is viewable on screens worldwide via Cercle’s Facebook Live, Twitch, and Oculus.
The collaboration kicks off Los Angeles Tourism’s new multi-month, phased effort to inspire visitors to #StartYourComeback. To help plan a future vacation, Los Angeles Tourism has aggregated more than 100 special offers from hotels, restaurants and more, available here.
“Through our partnership with Cercle, we’re inviting people to come back to a sense of wonder, to come back to a spirit of possibility. We have the opportunity to inspire with a dazzling magic hour, our iconic Griffith Observatory and the twinkling lights of the city’s skyline, all the while reminding visitors that L.A. is starting its comeback and we look forward to welcoming them back to L.A. when they are ready,” said Don Skeoch, Los Angeles Tourism’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“We call Los Angeles home, and we’re honored to bring L.A. to the world through this partnership with Cercle, which allows us to perform at the iconic Griffith Observatory during sunset. We’re ready for a magical show,” stated Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance of Bob Moses.
Derek Barbolla, Founder and CEO of Cercle added, “We’ve dreamt of hosting a show in Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory for years now, and it’s incredibly special that this will soon become a reality. We know our fans will love seeing L.A. through our lens and will want to get back to L.A. – or discover it for the first time – after the show. We’re happy to safely bring a taste of the city to Cercle fans around the world.”
To learn more, visit @discoverla on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Visitors are encouraged to #TravelResponsibly and follow all guidance from Los Angeles County Public Health.
What if I told you that The Cosby Show was partly based on me and my family during the 1980s? You would probably not believe it. But it is true.
That’s the conclusion after a seven-year investigation by private investigators and government officials. Providence guided us during this lengthy investigation when I lived in Avon, and political operatives prepared me in 2014 to run for Congress against former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty–an academic exercise worth noting. It was during this “prep” time that I learned about this connection with The Cosby Show.
Also at play were these facts: In Jamaica, we were a middle-class family Reagan’s cabinet allegedly felt they should watch. After Reagan’s visit, several individuals made plans to put a family sitcom together. And it was called The Cosby Show, according to sources close to the U.S. federal, state, and local governments. The show aired on NBC from April 30, 1984, to September 20, 1992.
The Cosby Show’s character, Denise Huxtable, was based on me, I’m told. The character’s persona and likeness were exploited without our consent.
And the revelation about the origins of the show can also be found in Bill Cosby’s interview about how he came up with this idea.
Cosby first pitched the show about a working-class Honduran family. My father’s ancestors are from Honduras and Nicaragua. We had a wonderful life that included Sunday dinners and picnics in the park, but we weren’t exempt from obstacles. Although The Cosby Show was mainly focused on Cosby’s observations of family life, some of those observations were of my family. Moreover, the basic concept of the middle-class family depicted on the show is evident in my family: My older sibling wanted to be a doctor. Also, I wanted to be a lawyer. Those plans of ours were interrupted by government officials, according to sources close to the investigation.
In previous interviews, Cosby also stated the original conceptualization of the show: a working-class family that raised a successful child. (side note: Cosby’s wife suggested the show be based on a well-to-do family). The original premise and casting choices for the sitcom, however, reaffirmed the initial concept in the pitch that was identical to my family and me.
So I’m telling my story.
Several scenes were points of recognition of my family’s life in Jamaica and the U.S., especially my time at Brooklyn College. I also learned during the investigation that the casting directors and writers had our family in mind when they selected the actors. There are frighteningly similar personas in my family and the characters on the show. And a picture of The Cosby Show family and my family bears a striking resemblance. For example, Denise Huxtable is my doppelganger–and the investigators discovered the character’s traits are similar to mine. Theo is my brother’s doppelganger and a few scenes reflect the relationship with him and my father. Vanessa is my sister Andrea’s doppelganger and several scenes reflect her relationship between us. Rudy’s character is based on my brother. Articles about the casting claimed that the casting directors tried to find a boy at first but they couldn’t; so they used a girl for the role. Rudy is my niece Janel’s doppelganger. And the character Olivia is my other niece Franchista’s doppelganger. The optics resonate well to claim theft of services and copyright infringement.
Other similarities include Sondra, who shares traits with my cousin Carleen. Elvin is based on my brother Lloyd. Also, Aunt Vi is based on my cousin, Doreen, Lt. Martin Kindall, Denise’s husband is based on my cousin, Raymond. And of course, Claire Huxtable was based on my mother and older sister, Marcia. The patriarch of the television family, Cliff Huxtable portrays similar traits as my handsome father. Huxtable is my father’s doppelganger–not twin. Cosby’s conviction as a sex offender was not echoed in my family. In fact, my father has never been arrested for any crimes. This information, I believe, will allow people to differentiate between the actor and the individual the show was based on when talking about the circumstances around this NBC hit comedy in the 1980s and 1990s.
In addition to those facts, several scenes were premised on the interpersonal dynamics of the relationships between me and my sisters, brothers, and cousins. This was too much of a coincidence to those who were investigating us during the recent investigation and prep for Congress. The public must know that The Cosby Show itself is a creation by several actors, comedians, writers, and producers who may be unfamiliar with our family. However, a few undisclosed individuals close to the recent investigation of Bill Cosby and the creation of the show gave me this information. So the very idea that it was based on our family was plausible to investigate further, officials said. I also learned that the 1990s spin-off, A Different World, was based on me and my years at college. And the show, That’s So Raven, was based on my niece, Franchista.
Why we were picked for this social experiment will perhaps remain a secret to Reagan, his staff, and others close to the show. The Caribbean’s strategic location to the Panama Canal gave us a clue as to why our family was at the center of a Cold War project. We requested other documents to uncover this mystery and are still waiting. Also, the United States Secret Service has disallowed open documentation of Reagan’s visit to Jamaica in 1982. But one thing was clear. After this revelation to me, while I was covering the Obama White House, my family and I were the victims of a hate crime and cover-up–because of the revelation of our connection to The Cosby Show.
Cosby and his associates are suspects in this crime, using unorthodox methods by Lansana Koroma of Philadelphia. So I reached out to Andrew Wyatt, his publicist. According to Wyatt, Cosby doesn’t want to talk about this affair right now.
Looking through old photographs, it was clear that the casting director used our family’s faces and likeness as a guide to casting those on the show. They were, indeed, our doppelgangers. The old pictures confirmed that much. After discovering we looked like the actors, who were selected for the pilot season that debut on September 20, 1984, we all were the victims of a hate crime to assault our faces and distort our images on television, print, and with online photos.
This insidious plot to strip us of our individual identities and image as a middle-class and Christian family the show was based on also included an incredible effort to secretly strip us of our financial resources, including houses, cars, and jobs. All this orchestrated crime during the long investigation was to hide our true identities and our impact on the show. Therefore, this sinister approach to the secret investigation must be addressed with force.
Perhaps the Bill Cosby trial in Philadelphia was divine justice when he was indicted on a day close to my father’s birthday. Also, Cosby failed to acknowledge our contributions to the show and as a result, his new family comedy slated for 2015 was canceled. But the United States State Department, state, city officials, and other individuals used to invade our privacy owe us more than an apology.
We are asking for the perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable with prison time–just like Bill Cosby–for the evil and covert attacks on our family to cover up this truth in the country. More importantly, we ask for reparation for our family because of years of disruptions and adverse experiences to discredit our claim to The Cosby Show.
Enough is enough. We want restorative justice–reparations.
Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning journalist and U.S. History Professor. She is also the founder of The Hartford Guardian, the first nonprofit, hyper-local publication in Connecticut. Previously, she was a journalist at The Hartford Courant, People Magazine, NBC 4 New York, the Washington Post, other regional publications,and television newscasts.
In honor of the popular Friendsgiving holiday, Disney has teamed up with award-winning Chef Roy Choi – known for his popular restaurants Kogi BBQ and Best Friend – and five renowned pizzerias across the U.S. to launch Mickey & Friends(giving), offering a whole new take on the traditional ‘pie.’ Disney and Chef Choi collaborated with his friends at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles; Home Slice Pizza in Austin; Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn; Pizzeria Beddia in Philadelphia; and Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix to create six specialty pizzas inspired by the Sensational Six friends that will be available for one day only,on Saturday, Nov. 21. From an updated take on a classic pepperoni in honor of the true original Mickey Mouse, to a spicy ingredient as a nod to Donald Duck’s feistiness, each pie embodies the characters’ distinct personalities and collectively tells a story of friendship. Starting today, fans can pre-order the specialty pizzas – for local pickup or delivery on Nov. 21 – at disney.com/mickeyfriendsstaytrue. Each pizza will be $36.00, plus tax, and will include a custom pizza box and Mickey & Friends(giving) stickers, for those who pre-ordered. Quantities are limited. First-come, first-served, while supplies last. “I am so excited to host this ultimate pizza party mash-up for fans and friends to share this Friendsgiving together,” said Chef Roy Choi. “I named one of my restaurants Best Friend because I live for that feeling when you’re just hanging out having fun with your friends and nothing else in the world matters. I was able to team up with some of the best pizzerias in the U.S. to make some awesome recipes inspired by Mickey and his Friends, and now, fans too can experience them with each other this holiday.”
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Inspired by the true original, Mickey Mouse, Jon & Vinny’s special pizza-pie features a twist onclassic pepperoni ‘za. This pie features smokies sausages smothered with three cheeses (fresh mozzarella, aged mozzarella, and caciocavallo) and topped with onions. A new spin on a timelessclassic.
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s fashionable, bold, and fun spirit, Home Slice’s specialty pizza features a deck oven pie topped with a bright red sauce and rich and creamy mozzarella white polka dots. At the center of the pie is a parmesan crisp in the shape of Minnie’s signature bow.
Inspired by the legendary Donald Duck, Roberta’s pizza speaks to Donald Duck’s feisty and fiery spirit. It features Roberta’s house-made spicy nduja sausage and bitter castelfranco radicchio topped with smooth Taleggio cheese and lemon zest.
Inspired by Daisy Duck’s sassy yet classy attitude, Roberta’s white pie features Roberta’s specialsalsa verde and thinly sliced potatoes. It is sure to bring some of Daisy’s elegance and spicinessto your Friendsgiving table.
Inspired by Goofy’s quirky, funny, and slightly clumsy personality, Pizzeria Beddias’s craftedpizza pie includes your favorite sandwich toppings on a pizza, and what could be goofier than that! This pizza features a light tomato cream base, mozzarella, finished with mortadella and topped with a crunchy salad. It’s playful, and so yummy!
Inspired by the loveable Pluto and his insatiable appetite, Pizzeria Bianco’s specialty pizza is a fun play on meat-lovers pie. It features a generous helping of fennel sausage, pepperoni and cheese. It’s sure to be delicious!
New Products and Promotions Celebrating Friendship and Food To keep the Friendsgiving celebrations going at home, exciting collaborations with Williams Sonoma and Instant Pot are now available. Additional collections now shoppable include American Eagle Outfitters, BaubleBar, Target, Eggie, and BoxLunch, featuring apparel, accessories, and more. These, along with retailers globally, offer something for fans of all ages, with more to come next year. In addition, popular match-3 mobile game Disney Emoji Blitz will be celebrating Mickey & Friends(giving) throughout the month of November with in-game token events and sweepstakes sponsored by Jam City. The sweepstakes will kick off November 19, giving away five products from BoxLunch’s Mickey & Friendscollection. For official sweepstakes rules and regulations please visit http://bit.ly/DEBFacebook. Fans can also follow along with @shopDisney for updates and visit shopDisney.comfor a variety of Mickey and Friends products this holiday season. Mickey & Friends(giving) is a continuation of Mickey & Friends: Stay True, the global campaign launched earlier this year inspired by the Sensational Six – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Disney’s Mickey & Friends: Stay True campaign will continue throughout the end of this year and into2021. For more information, follow @MickeyTrueOriginal and #MickeyFriendsgiving #MickeyFriendsStayTrue and on Instagram.
About Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing (CPGP) brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and franchises—including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more—into the daily lives of families and fans around the world through products and experiences across more than 100 retail categories from toys and t-shirts to apps, books, video games, and more. A division of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment, CPGP’s global operations include: the world’s largest licensing business, one of the biggest children’s publishing brands, a leading licensor of interactive games across platforms, Disney store locations globally, and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
As of late, 360 was able to spend some time with the newly reimagined Rolls-Royce Ghost at the illustrious Fairmont in Austin. Prior to our arrival, the staff and media representatives all tested negative for COVID-19.
Our room at the Fairmont was spacious and we had a gorgeous view of the city. The hotel was filled with modern art and had a number of amenities available for our enjoyment, including an outdoor pool which was fitted with chaise lounges alongside large cabanas which illuminated at night. The hotel compliments Austin’s identity as a city on the rise, and the Rolls Royce New Ghost is similarly ascendant. Both have been reimagined for an elevated, excellent future. Full of innovation and prosperity. During this event, we were ecstatic to be in the presence of friends, colleagues and advanced automotive architecture, and to be doing so safely. It was gratifying to come together and experience the Ghost’s artistry during this prolonged time of uncertainty.
The Rolls Royce New Ghost was designed with a client-centered approach and with technological advancements to drive with ease. It has been termed “future-focused with a minimal aesthetic.” CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös describes this model as “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.” It is offered in a variety of colors including Arctic White, Salamanca Blue, Tempest Gray and Gunmetal Gray. 360 had the experience driving Artic White, an electrifying yet brilliant shade certain to capture the attention of all.
360 Magazine President, Vaughn Lowery, said, “This vehicle is for an obsessive perfectionist, it’s a driver’s car – ergonomically fabricated for those who enjoy to drive or be driven.”
A team of specialists, engineers and craftsmen researched Ghost clients’ interests, opinions and taste patterns to meet drivers’ preferences. The style of the Ghost was created using the ‘Post Opulence’ philosophy, which designer Henry Cloke said is “about simplicity. [It’s] about something that doesn’t shout at you, but it whispers.”
Starting in the front, the bonnet has been lowered and tested for aerodynamics, which gives it a new look. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament can be lowered or raised using controls from the driver’s seat, perfect for that personalized touch. The New Ghost’s dashboard is lighter than that of the first model, giving the vehicle an overall more spacious feeling. It features hundreds of illuminated lights that resemble a constellation surrounding the Ghost nameplate, lighting up an evening like stars do a night sky.
The interior contains open-pore wood accents, which create a relaxing and serene experience. The headliner is adorned with celestial fiber optic lights, which can be dimmed or brightened from the driver and passenger seats. Occasionally, you might catch a streak of light that mimics a meteor. It is truly a one of a kind visual experience.
The trunk is power-operated, completely carpeted (even under the lid) and provides ample space to store any and all belongings.
The 2021 Ghost is a new and improved style of its 2010 predecessor. Engineers combined dynamic highlights from the portfolios of numerous types of cars into this edition. It was formulated to remove as much energy transfer as possible from the road into the body with the goal of creating a smooth ride.
The Ghost was built with sound absorbing materials which reduced the level of noise inside. Touch enabled media screens fold in and out automatically from behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats, providing entertainment for those sitting in the back. Wooden trays emerge as well, ones that can be used with or without screens.
A bespoke audio design allows passengers to use dials on the rear doors to control the stereo volume to their preference. Beyond this, the back seats have headrest pillows and individual controls that allow you to move forward or backward, and design the back of the seat to your desired level of comfort. There is also a refrigerator located behind the center console in the rear seats, perfect for storing beverages on the go and the definition of opulence behind the wheel.
The inclusion of USB-C ports is another phenomenal addition, as well as the wireless charger in the arm rest. Though there is no AI system such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the tech was on-demand and had a hands-free bluetooth function, a wireless hotspot, and Rolls-Royce Assist at your beck and call. Rolls-Royce Assist connects to an emergency services call center if necessary.These are the standard technical features for the New Ghost, but each Rolls Royce can be configured to its unique driver to make it “a motor car that is yours, and yours alone.”
The New Ghost’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering makes driving easy, regardless of road conditions. The car is planted firmly to the ground and corners very well. It was built on Rolls-Royce aluminum spaceframe architecture, which has been adapted to make way for advancements. The steering is much stiffer and more precise than that of the first Ghost, and the braking is more powerful.
The Planar system increases agility through the Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, which creates a secure and effortless ride; the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any upcoming changes in the road surface; and the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for approaching corners.
Furthermore, the New Ghost is equipped with a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. The doors open and close electrically, which made for an easy entrance and exit. Engineering Lead Jonathan Simms, said the team “pushed [their] architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly usable.”
The iconic Rolls-Royce logo on the wheels is weighted so that it is always facing upright. Also, the key color is customized to match the accents of the car, a note that will be appreciated by any driver looking for a personal touch. Other notes in the interior include the inside of the doors being completely leather and having an embossment of the Spirit of Ecstasy. A button on the rear doors allows passengers to shut them automatically from the inside, and a tap of the door handle will close them from the outside. There is also a hidden umbrella that pops out from the rear doors when needed.
With so many refined and client-centered designs, it is no wonder celebrities like Beyoncé and Floyd Mayweather have strong connections to the moniker. Beyoncé has her own 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce convertible. In her most recent project, Black Is King — the musical film available on Disney+ for her 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift” — the artist sits atop the hood of a cheetah print Rolls Royce to match the catsuit she is wearing in the scene. The boxing legend similarly showed off his automobile collection earlier this year, which includes at least six Rolls Royce’s. The Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly the most iconic brand in pop culture, including being the most mentioned brand in top-charting songs. The Ghost edition is particularly bold amongst Rolls-Royce’s many stars, and anyone seeking to solidify their luxurious lifestyle need look no further for their ride.
Experiencing this sophisticated and sleek model awoken all of our senses during this challenging time of introspection. The presence of beauty and craftsmanship gave us a feeling of hope as well as pride. Rolls-Royce has long set the bar on lavish vehicles, and the 2021 edition of the Rolls Royce Ghost is no exception. For those interested in a slice of the high life, the Ghost is the very definition of it.
READY TO MAKE NEW MEMORIES AT A VEGAS CLASSIC, TROPICANA LAS VEGAS® REOPENS WITH ANTICIPATED GUEST EXCITEMENT, GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
Iconic Las Vegas Strip resort and casino officially celebrates its #welcomeback of guests and team members
Tropicana Las Vegas® commemorated a festive #welcomeback celebration this morning with eager hotel and casino guests, loyal team members and locals as they reopened the iconic property following its March closure in accordance with the state of Nevada to slow the spread of COVID-19. Once known as a Rat Pack hangout, Tropicana Las Vegas® has now marked a second grand opening offering renewed energy and excitement among all who attended today’s events which was commemorated in true fashion with the stunning showgirls of Legends in Concert.
Guests were ushered in at 10 a.m. and greeted by hotel executives, stage performers and loyal team members to the reopened hotel, casino and the widely acclaimed Tropicana Pool. The pool that started it all is popular among both hotel guests and Las Vegas locals, with drink specials and free admission to locals seven days a week with valid Nevada ID. Those looking to make new memories at a Vegas classic can book reservations online and take advantage of September rates starting as low as $39 per night by visiting www.troplv.comor by calling 888-381-8767.
“We are very excited to celebrate the reopening of our beloved Tropicana Las Vegas, welcoming back the many loyal customers, hotel guests and remarkably loyal team members we had with us this morning,” said Mike Thoma, Assistant General Manager of Tropicana Las Vegas®. “While the amenities our customers have come to know and love may be somewhat limited for the time being, the ability to safely welcome back our team members and guests always remains our top priority. With this in mind, we worked very closely with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, state and local leaders, and public health officials to finalize what became our comprehensive reopening protocols. We have implemented additional health and safety precautions, trained our returning team members thoroughly, and added reminder signage throughout the property to provide our guests with a welcome sense of comfort as they return to our iconic resort.”
The team at Tropicana Las Vegas® continues to be grateful for the overwhelming support, patience and understanding from its customers through these unprecedented times and are incredibly excited to safely welcome everyone back.
For more information about social distancing and health and safety precautions in place, visit www.troplv.com/covid-19.
ABOUT TROPICANA LAS VEGAS®
Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The resort redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property is also part of the industry acclaimed mychoice® loyalty program (www.mychoice.com) which provides exclusive offers, events and experiences at more than 35 destinations across the country. For more information, visit www.troplv.com.
ABOUT PENN NATIONAL GAMING
With the nation’s largest and most diversified regional gaming footprint, including 41 properties across 19 states, Penn National continues to evolve into a highly innovative omni-channel provider of retail and online gaming, live racing and sports betting entertainment. The Company’s properties feature approximately 50,000 gaming machines, 1,300 table games and 8,800 hotel rooms, and operate under various well-known brands, including Hollywood, Ameristar, and L’Auberge. Our wholly-owned interactive division, Penn Interactive, operates retail sports betting across the Company’s portfolio, as well online social casino, bingo, and iCasino products. In February 2020, Penn National entered into a strategic partnership with Barstool Sports, whereby Barstool is exclusively promoting the Company’s land-based and online casinos and sports betting products, including the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app, to its national audience. The Company’s omni-channel approach is bolstered by the mychoice® loyalty program, which rewards and recognizes its over 20 million members for their loyalty to both retail and online gaming and sports betting products with the most dynamic set of offers, experiences, and service levels in the industry.
Budweiser unveiled a contemporary and timely version of its iconic “whassup” commercial as a reminder for America to prioritize check-ins with loved ones as the country endures unprecedented social isolation to combat COVID-19. The new spot is part of a broader PSA that features weekday programming across Budweiser’s digital platforms to encourage check-ins with family and friends.
The original “whassup” ad rose to pop culture prominence in 1999, creating a widely-used catchphrase that manifested itself in different corners of culture and achieved industry-wide acclaim. Now, Budweiser was compelled to bring back the commercial for today’s times as the country comes to grips with uncertain periods of isolation. Bud has collaborated with Dwyane Wade and a collection of athletes, musicians and celebrities from his close network to bring back the commercial as a PSA for connecting with each other in order to stave off isolation and loneliness.
“Thanks to modern technology, we’re able to remain virtually connected in ways that otherwise we would not have been able to within the current distance-mandated climate,” said Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser. “In times like these, something as simple as a hello, or in this case ‘whassup,’ means a lot. Following the unbelievable success of the original ad campaign, we found this to be a meaningful opportunity to revisit the original spot’s simplicity and focus on human connection in a time when people may be feeling hopeless, uncertain, and alone. Our hope is that by getting people to check in, we can play a small part in bringing the world closer together during these trying times.”
The campaign’s second episode features Gabrielle Union, joined by Wade, and fellow actors Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Broadway star Daveed Diggs. Watch the new spot here.
The campaign’s first episode launched last week, featuring Wade and Union checking in with Chris Bosh, Candace Parker, and DJ D-Nice.
“My wife and I wanted to partner with Budweiser because we believe the message is crucial,” said Wade. “We both remembered the original ‘whassup’ ads and love the idea of bringing them back as a genuine PSA to connect with each other. We encourage everyone to take a moment out from their day to check-in with their friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Budweiser has partnered with The Salvation Army as part of the PSA campaign. In response to rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the pandemic, The Salvation Army launched a nationwide hotline in April.
“During times of crisis, feelings of isolation and fear can be overwhelming, and we want people to know there’s someone here to listen,” said David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “The unknown is the hardest part, but thanks to Budweiser, more people will know that they’re not alone. We’re going to get through this—together.”
As part of the campaign, Budweiser will make a donation to The Salvation Army for essential support of those in need due to COVID-19.
Everyday at 6:00 PM EST, Budweiser will be offering its community the chance to say “whassup” through a host of interactive activations on its social platforms. This is headlined by “whassup” live chats every Thursday via Instagram Live on @BudweiserUSA where different celebrities will check in while having a Bud and answering questions submitted by fans. The program will kick off with Dwyane Wade tomorrow, April 30, at 6:00 PM EST. A full list of activities can be found in the notes section.
The Salvation Army has trained staff available for English and Spanish speakers every day from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM EST at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.
GOLDSHEEP releases Star Wars-themed Athleisure collection
California based lifestyle and fitness brand, GOLDSHEEP have collaborated with Lucasfilm on an exclusive athleisure collection just in time for the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Inspired by beloved characters from a galaxy far, far away, the collection is comprised of high-waisted moisture-wicking leggings, sports bras and fun bomber jackets. Founder Keri Wilson created the lifestyle brand with the vision of transferring art and unique graphics onto leggings and athletic separates. The Star Wars I Goldsheep 20-piece collection showcases bold, intergalactic prints that feature characters and iconography from across the Star Wars galaxy that include Yoda, Chewbacca, droids, lightsabers and the nefarious Death Star. Additionally, for the young Star Wars fans, GOLDSHEEP extended sizing for kiddos ranging from XXS-Large in select patterns of this limited-edition drop.
“This opportunity to work with Lucasfilm on a capsule collection means so much to me as a female business owner. Being that the last three films in the Skywalker saga are driven by a strong female lead, I was more than honored to create a rad collection where GOLDSHEEP followers could express their passion for the beloved brand. There are prints in the line for every Star Wars fan and I can’t wait to share them all!” – Keri Wilson, founder of GOLDSHEEP
Pieces will retail at $60 for a sports bra, $98 for leggings and $121 for jackets. The collection will be available to buy exclusively HERE on Dec 20th onward.
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