DJ D-Nice Joins Former NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones to Support COVID-19 Financial Relief through #GiveTogetherNow
Over 28,000 families and counting will receive financial support through #GiveTogetherNow, a rapid-response effort to get cash directly to people struggling as a result of the coronavirus.
NFL-athlete-turned social entrepreneur Dhani Jones will interview DJ D-Nice about how he’s using music to bring people together during this time of social distancing through his #ClubQuarantine DJ sessions on Instagram Live.
Derrick “D-Nice” Jones is a talented musician and photographer who uses his dual passions to share his love for music, art, and creative culture. His most recent project, #ClubQuarantine, an Instagram Live virtual dance party, has drawn celebrities like first lady Michelle Obama, Drake and Oprah Winfrey.
Dhani Jones is partnering with Stand Together to connect people across the country with some of the world’s most interesting people who want to share their stories, experiences, and talent to inspire and contribute to others around the globe through a new Instagram Live series of conversations called “Stand Together Live.”
Stand Together LIVE will feature interviews, performances, and masterclasses designed to help people thrive during these challenging times. Proceeds go to #GiveTogetherNow – a COVID-19 rapid response effort for families struggling during this crisis. In just one week, #GiveTogetherNow has raised over $14.4 million, enough to reach more than 28,000 families. 100 percent of the donations go directly to families in need.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced the world to exercise social distancing and that has had severe economic consequences for families. With so much change and uncertainty, people are creating ways to connect with each other and meaningfully contribute to those around them by sharing advice, stories, inspiration, practical support and resources for those coping with the fallout of the coronavirus.
Stand Together believes that every single person has something unique to contribute and that when people come together, we all can rise. That’s why Stand Together launched #GiveTogetherNow, a rapid-response effort to get cash directly to individuals and families struggling as a result of the coronavirus and ensuing economic crisis.
Stand Together and the Family Independence Initiative partnered to create #GiveTogetherNow, which offers families access to a direct and immediate cash transfer to help offset financial burdens caused by the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The online platform allows anyone to make a contribution to families who will receive cash deposits to their bank accounts. #GiveTogetherNow has raised over $14.4 million providing more than 28,000 families each with a $500 emergency fund deposited directly into their bank accounts to help them with any financial burden caused by the global pandemic.
About Stand Together
Stand Together is a philanthropic community that empowers people dedicated to helping others improve their lives. We identify, vet, and create organizations that discover innovative ways to remove barriers in education, business, communities, and government so every person can rise. We partner with these groups by offering tools and resources to dramatically increase their effectiveness and scale. Learn more at StandTogether.org or Instagram @standtogether.
DOCTOR-AS-PATIENT MEMOIR REIMAGINES THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HEALING
“In Cynthia Li’s spellbinding book, we encounter the moving story of a physician struggling with her own autoimmune illness. Li’s writing is so intimate — and so exacting — that it cuts like a knife. She raises fundamental questions about the future of medicine, her own future, and about being a doctor and a patient at the same time. The result is a beautiful book that will be read and remembered for years to come.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune diseases. Some are common, like Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, and others are mysterious conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and dysautonomia. While the latter are gaining attention, patients struggling with these ailments are often dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. The medical community often refers to them as “difficult patients” because they don’t follow the traditional checkboxes of illness and their symptoms can elude standard testing. When one doctor develops a disabling autoimmune illness and becomes that “difficult patient” herself, the beliefs and methods she once swore by collapse.
Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness takes us on an intimate whirlwind of a journey with Cynthia Li—a doctor who seemingly had it all until her health took an unexpected turn, leading her to question her medical training. Dr. Li’s story is raw, honest, and vulnerable as she describes her descent first into an autoimmune thyroid condition, then mysterious symptoms that leave her housebound with no end in sight. Test after test came back “within normal limits,” baffling her doctors—and herself. Housebound with two young daughters, Dr. Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to discover a way to heal.
Dr. Li is forced to dive into the root causes of her illness, and to learn to unlock her body’s innate intelligence and wholeness. Dr. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body. What’s more, she chronicles 15 practical steps on “how to get off the couch,” and expands this list in Part III, so fellow sufferers can find the wisdom and inspiration to begin their personal healing journeys.
“I entered my health challenges as a doctor, and came out a healer,” says Dr. Li. “I hadn’t known the difference before. I first had to unlearn the idea that chronic diseases are determined by a fixed number or a positive test result, or fulfilling specific criteria. So the body, I realized, isn’t a three-dimensional puzzle to be solved. It’s a living, dynamic ecosystem to be nurtured. At the heart of my healing was learning to embrace my sensitive nature.”
Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, Brave New Medicine offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. This is the first memoir by a doctor evaluating her own complex illness through the lens of an integrative and root-cause paradigm. While many books are written by laypeople on mysterious illnesses, having a doctor go through this journey, explaining it from the inside-out, embracing the art of intuition—and pairing it with the analytical mind—offers a whole new dimension. Dr. Li explores epigenetics, neuroplasticity, the microbiome, environmental health, and functional medicine along with acupuncture, ancestral cooking, qigong, and grief rituals to get down to the root causes of her illness. In healing herself, she learns she is healing her family, too.
“The simplest step in healing is also the hardest: believing it is possible,” adds Dr. Li. “An insidious process often happens with chronic disease, when the illness becomes your identity, especially when it’s an all-encompassing, debilitating condition like autoimmunity, chronic fatigue syndrome, or advanced cancer. The key to shifting our beliefs is to step outside of the prognoses and diagnoses long enough to tap into the innate intelligence within our cells. Because the body is where the subconscious lives, and where symptoms are trying to tell us the imbalances that are brewing. This isn’t positive thinking. It’s physiology at its best. By addressing root causes, reducing inflammation, restoring imbalances, and connecting to something greater beyond us, healing happens as a side-effect.”
About the Author:
CYNTHIA LI, MD graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and has practiced internal medicine in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, St. Anthony Medical Clinic for the homeless, and Doctors Without Borders in rural China. Her own health challenges led her to functional medicine, a paradigm that addresses the root causes of chronic conditions. She currently serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art Program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and has a private practice. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and their two daughters.
New Survey Reveals Belief that Travel Plus a Passion for Learning are Key
We’ve all heard the theories that exercise, healthy diet and challenging mind games can help a person live longer with greater mental acuity, but it seems that travel (particularly travel with an educational focus) should be added to that list as well. Road Scholar, the nation’s non-profit leader in educational travel for Boomers and beyond, conducted an online national survey of more than 1,000 men and women, age 55 and older, and found that an overwhelming 85 percent of them believe travel actually can help extend their life. As for the main reason for travel, 43 percent said they travel to learn about other cultures and places. In fact, 26 percent described themselves as lifelong learners. In addition, a full 74 percent of respondents said travel was “important” or “very important” as a way to maintain mental acuity. Road Scholar was built on the belief that learning is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life, and a large number of their survey respondents seem to agree.
“We hear over and over how important learning, coupled with a travel component, is in the lives of Road Scholar participants, but it was fascinating to discover that so many of the people surveyed view travel and learning as synergistic, and the best way to learn about the world,” stated Road Scholar’s President and CEO, Jim Moses. “Road Scholar has always focused on learning, and our educational adventures combine the best of both education and travel.”
Of course, the findings also reflect a shift in current thinking about the role of learning in our lives, particularly as we age, noted Moses. “The concept of learning as an age-based activity for children and young adults is being replaced by a philosophy of the benefits of lifelong learning – an approach to learning that is not just school-based, but experiential, social and intellectual and continuing throughout the course of a person’s life. For many, travel is an ideal way to continue learning new things no matter their age,” he said.
“I definitely think that travel enhances and may contribute to longer life,” said Debbie S., a 65-year-old avid traveler who divides her time between Arlington TX and Presque Isle, WI. “It keeps your brain working. It’s also been proven that if you have passions that you tend to live longer.”
Maxine T., a 73-year-old woman from Walnut Creek, CA, agrees in the power of travel, saying “Each trip leaves us hungry for the next adventure so, I guess we’ll have to live a very long time. There sure is a lot of world to see!”
In addition to longevity, the survey asked respondents to list all the ways they keep their brains active and engaged and gave them a list of methods that included reading/book club, crossword puzzles, continuing education classes, travel, museum visits and attending lectures.
Travel was cited more frequently than any other category, by 69 percent of respondents. Reading and book clubs were a close second at 66 percent, followed by crossword puzzles at 49 percent and museum visits at 42 percent. Continuing education and attending lectures were checked by 36 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
About Road Scholar
Road Scholar is the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. It offers 5,500 programs in 150 countries and 50 states and financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the world leader in educational travel since 1975. Learn more at roadscholar.org
Survey Methodology Details
This survey was conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1000 online respondents between April 22, 2019 and April 28, 2019. Respondents were reached across the Survata publisher network, where they take a survey to unlock premium content, like articles and ebooks. Respondents received no cash compensation for their participation. More information on Survata’s methodology can be found at survata.com/methodology.
Questions for 360 Magazine with Catt Sadler on 6-20-19 on Cervical Cancer.
Question:Talking about cervical cancer. Why are women less likely to be screened?
Catt Sadler: Well, I think there’s a plethora of reasons why women are not getting screened. Sometimes it’s just that they’re so incredibly busy. You know, we forget we’re in the fast lane. We have so many obligations that we’re just not making our annual exam a priority. I also think that, a lot of women just aren’t armed with the information. The statistics are alarming. They’re shocking. One woman every two hours is dying of cervical cancer. One in five women are not getting screened for cervical cancer. More than half of the new cases of cervical cancer are in women who are rarely getting screened or aren’t getting screened at all. So we want to empower women with this information to go out and do what they need to do because cervical cancer is so very preventable, right? So if I can use my voice and be aligned with this initiative to help women get to the doctor and we can in fact change these statistics, then I will have done my job.
Question: Great. Is health insurance not taking preventative measures or is health insurance taking preventative measures for this?
Catt Sadler: It’s my understanding that health insurance is very on board with this cause. Obviously we want to eliminate the deaths associated with cervical cancer in general. So most insurance policies are covering the HPV and pap test together as part of the well visit. I understand that the Affordable Care Act also covers this particular screening. But there’s a wealth of information onchangethisstat.com/ for more specifics on how it might pertain to you and whatever plan that you have personally.
Question: And what made you want to be part of this discussion?
Catt Sadler: Well, I’m a champion of women in general. I have spoken out on a lot of issues. I believe in standing up and using our voices. I’ve done that in regards to pay inequality. I work with a foundation, Women Like Us, where I’m supporting women-led causes all around the world. And so when this was brought to my attention that cervical cancer was killing so many women and that it was so preventable, it just seemed like such an easy formula that if I could use my voice and put it out there and tell women what they can so easily do to make change. It was really a no-brainer.
Question: And are there any dietary measures women can take to lessen their chances of contracting this disease?
Catt Sadler: I’m not sure about that. I am not a medical expert. But I do know that again, the website answers those very specific medical questions. I would say to go tochangethisstat.com/. There is a lot of information out there all over the Internet, but not all of it is particularly accurate. I’m confident that what you will find on
Question: And last question, can self-diagnosis help or are there any early signs women can be on the lookout for?
Catt Sadler: Not really. No. I mean, that’s what’s kind of scary about cervical cancer in particular. It’s not like you start feeling a different way necessarily. You might feel as if you’re in perfect health. There aren’t any real glaring signs necessarily, and it can happen so quickly. Hence the encouragement of going to your doctor annually and regularly, you know. It doesn’t matter your age. It doesn’t matter how you’re feeling. It’s just all of the experts in all of the research is pointing to going and getting this particular screening at your doctor.
Question: Okay, thanks. Give me that website one more time.
New York designer Raul Penaranda has been making his dream a reality designing luxury women’s wear with an aesthetic that stands apart with a mix of edge and sophistication. Through this uncompromising style, Raul has dared to be himself and only two years after debuting at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was declared by FORBES magazine as one of the fastest growing fashion entrepreneurs to come out of the small business industry with his 100% USA manufactured ready to wear fashion line for women and Vogue Mexico named Raul “The New King of New York Fashion Week” for his extraordinary craftsmanship, attention to detail and exquisite style.
Raul was born in Cali, Colombia. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Miami, Florida with his family as a young adult. In 2000, Raul relocated to New York City where he was offered a freelance design position at Liz Claiborne, while enrolled at F.I.T and Parson’s. Over the next ten years, some of the industry’s most established fashion houses felt his creative impact such as Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Zac Posen and Tommy Hilfiger. He has held key positions as Creative Director of Merchandise and Trend Services, Senior Designer and Textile/CAD Designer. Recently during New York Fashion Week, Raul’s burgeoning style culminated in a tremendous showcasing of ready-to wear designs entitled “Opulence”for Fall 2019. Presenting to his largest audience to date, Raul did not disappoint as his models walked the runway in handmade fashions indicative of his daring yet romantic style that has gained him recognition from the CFDA. Still, Raul is only getting started and with ten seasons of inspiring collections there
is only one demand from the designer ‘show the world who you are’.
A-I design because of the love and respect that i have for my mother and sisters; and that love and respect i want to share it with every women in the world…..and my clothing line is the language in which I able to express it.
Q2-Who are some of the notable men and women you’ve dressed?
Q3- When our readers are shopping, what are three must haves in their wardrobe?
A-A little black dress
B-A Comfy pair of jeans
c-Statement dresses for daytime and gala
Q4-When Creating for the red carpet, what do you and or clients look for?
A-More than a beautiful pieces, I’m looking for something that is an extension of my client’s personality knowing that less is the ultimate sophistication.
Q5-How does your culture influence your work?
A-Tremendously, from the vibrant colors, to the seductive silhouettes and to the lavish fabrics…..it’s a total package that empower any women and express her distinctive point of view. A perfect balance of two words…Seductive without being trashy and elegant without being old, celebrating all curves and shapes.
Q6-Who are your Fashion icons? Why?
A– Halston for his simple aesthetic that shows to the world that less is more. Oscar De La Renta: For not only the beauty of his designs, but for his humbled personality that inspired me like no other.
Q7-What advice would you give to aspiring Fashion Designers?
A– to not be afraid of being different, to be discipline, to be determined, to be kind, to be humble and to conquer the world
TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY
Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.
An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery
If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.
“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.
Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.
After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.
“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”
It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.
It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.
For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.
“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”
Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.
Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.
“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”
Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.
360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.
The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.
When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.
“Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”
The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.
As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.
“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.
When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.
When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.
“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”
He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.
2 Chainz and Steve Stoute go head-to-head in the first of five episodes of Crate Talk, a new interview show part of YouTube Music’s recently announced short-form video mini-series program.
2 Chainz’s fifth album, RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, out now, challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. In his new short-form series Crate Talk, 2 Chainz invites guests to discuss the power of education and entrepreneurship over a game of SELF (instead of HORSE) on a basketball court in his hometown of Atlanta.
Crate Talk Episode 1 with Steve Stoute is out now on 2 Chantz’s YouTube channel. Future episodes will feature Gary V, Winnie Harlow, Mike Dean, and 2 Chainz’s daughter Heaven Epps.
YouTube Music is partnering with artists to create short-form promotional mini-series for their Official Artist Channels. These partnerships seek to give artists an increased presence on YouTube and help them further express their creativity, engage with fans, and promote new music releases.
During Super Bowl LIII, millions of fans watching at home experienced the rising popularity of ASMR – as demonstrated by Zoe Kravitz and Cardi B – in brand-new spots that debuted during the big game. Today on Fuse.tv, rapper, singer, and songwriter Dreezy joins the community of ASMR enthusiasts, as she speaks about her anthemic “Where Them $ @” track, her newly released project Big Dreez, her experience of being from Southside Chicago and her visit to Dreamville’s ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ recording sessions. The all-new episode of Fuse’s popular digital series Mind Massage posted today on Fuse.tv.
Fuse’s Mind Massage features ASMR’s (autonomous sensory meridian responses) by some of your favorite hip hop stars as they chow down on their favorite foods and discuss their career, upbringing and more. Fans can check out new episodes from this digital series every week on fuse.tv. Past episodes include appearances by Lloyd, Mya, Dizzy Wright, Vic Mensa, Kodie Shane, Cipha Sounds, Danileigh, Tierra Whack, Diggy Simons, Madame Gandhi, among others.