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TIME LIFE magazine holiday gift guide via 360 MAGAZINE.

Time Life’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Time Life’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide Featuring the Very Best DVD and Music Collections

From Elvis Presley to The Beatles and The Rolling Stone, The Temptations and The Supremes, The Ed Sullivan Show broadcast the music revolution into living rooms across America. Perfect for holiday gift giving, Time Life presents ED SULLIVAN’S ROCK & ROLL CLASSICS, a spectacular DVD collector’s set featuring two decades of historic music performances from the longest-running and most iconic prime-time variety show in television history

From the late 50s through the early ’70s — families across America gathered around their television every Sunday night to watch The Ed Sullivan Show. And while the country and its music underwent an enormous evolution over the course of those years, the show not only kept up with the times, but it informed them — evidenced by the wide variety of acts fortunate enough to perform live on the stage of Studio 50. From slick-haired snarlers to soulful singing groups to rebellious rockers from across the Atlantic, Ed Sullivan’s musical guests were a who’s who of the era’s popular culture. And today, they’re regarded as some of the greatest artists of all time. The long and winding road of music history is full of forks, but from the 1950s through the early ’70s, one stop was essential: The Ed Sullivan Show.

The acclaimed TV DVD archivists at Time Life invite music lovers and classic TV aficionados to experience the excitement of these once-in-a-lifetime performances in one spectacular DVD collection: ED SULLIVAN’S ROCK & ROLL CLASSICS. From rock n’ roll legends to shimmering soul superstars, The British Invasion to Folk Rock, psychedelic pop, and so much more, Ed Sullivan showcased them all on his Sunday Night variety show, week after unforgettable week. This set brings the very best of these performances together in one memorable 10-disc set, featuring 128 live, uncut performances from the greatest performers and musical icons of the 20th century including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Supremes The Band, The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, Herman’s Hermits, Buddy Holly, The Jackson 5, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and many many more!

Aside from these legendary performances, ED SULLIVAN’S ROCK & ROLL CLASSICS also features never-before-released full interviews from The History of Rock N’ Roll documentary series, including David Crosby, Felix Cavaliere, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Michelle Phillips, Peter Noone, Roger McGuinn and more, a collectible, full-color 36-page booklet, packed with archival photos and fascinating facts, along with The All-Star Comedy Special, a free bonus DVD which includes performances by the top comedians on The Ed Sullivan Show including Alan King, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Rich Little, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield and many more. (Available exclusively from Time Life $119.96).

Since the earliest days of country music, gospel music spilled from the Sunday morning church pews and was recorded by the popular artists of the day. And it’s that powerful and undeniable connection between its most iconic performers and gospel that’s celebrated in the inspirational 10-disc collector’s set, AMAZING GRACE: COUNTRY STARS SING SONGS OF FAITH AND HOPE, available just in time for holiday gift giving!

Spotlighting some of the best-loved artists in country music, and featuring 153 incredible live performances, this collection is filled with the sharing of powerful songs of faith that have reverberated inside church walls and concert halls for decades. 

Now for the very first time, home audiences can enjoy live performances of the greatest country artists performing songs of faith and hope, all in one stunning, star-studded collection. Highlighted by live performances from Alan Jackson, Alabama, the Statler Brothers, Josh Turner, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, George Jones, Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Gatlin Brothers and dozens more, they’ve all gone back to their roots to revive such timeless hymns as “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art”, “In the Garden”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and more!  A powerful intersection between faith and art, this collectible set also includes bonuses too numerous to mention, but includes more than a dozen exclusive interviews and performances, a full-color 36-page collector’s book loaded with archival photos and two bonus DVDs from the “Opry Gospel Classics” set, featuring live performances from the stage of the iconic theater (Available exclusively on Time Life $134.95)

Time Life delivers RUSSELL SIMMONS’ DEF COMEDY JAM COLLECTION, the dopest, deffest DVD collection hailing from the smash-hit HBO series, a showcase for some of the biggest names in comedy – from Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart to Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and more! This iconic TV series gets the award-winning Time Life boxed set treatment with an epic 12-disc set featuring 36 of the best episodes from all 9 Seasons, a bonus DVD of Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam, and a 24-page Def Comedy Jam collector’s booklet!

When Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam premiered on HBO in the winter of 1992, the nation’s cool kids took notice. The “for mature audiences only” show aired Fridays at midnight, leading legions of college students and young adults to exit the clubs and finds TVs – or not go out at all – so they could catch a half-hour glimpse of the would-be stars who made them laugh, and the hip-hop stars and superstar athletes who were in the studio audience. Def Comedy Jam would go on to become one of HBO’s earliest mega-hits, and by the late ’90s it was the #1 comedy show to ever air on pay TV and cable. In fact, no other modern-day comedy tour or series can boast a run so successful that dozens of its denizens were skyrocketed from regional obscurity to international superstardom, including Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan, Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, and Kevin Hart. 

Now, Time Life delivers this smash series to comedy lovers everywhere with a 12-disc DVD set featuring the very best episodes from the biggest, groundbreaking, star-making comedy show of all time! Included in the jam-packed set are 36 episodes across all nine history-making seasons – over 23 hours of non-stop laughs from comedy giants such as Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Earthquake, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Tracy Morgan, Chris Tucker, Sheryl Underwood, Damon Wayans, Jr., and so many more! Aside from far too many celebrity cameos to mention, the set also includes a bonus episode of “2 Raw 4 TV,” which speaks for itself. (Available exclusively on Time Life $99.95)

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s greats during a prestigious black-tie ceremony. These induction ceremonies-featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s – have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. Across 10 DVDs, ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT brings together the very best performances from 34 years of induction ceremonies – over 33 hours of incredible entertainment, along with poignant reunions, one-of-a-kind collaborations, moving and often hilarious induction speeches! 

Featuring 201 total performances, on ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, you’ll be treated to unforgettable performances by the likes of AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Chicago, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Mick Jagger, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Prince, R.E.M., Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Sting, James Taylor and U2. Classic rock aficionados will thrill to the once-in-a-lifetime on-stage collaborations including “Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Billy Joel, “Gimme Shelter” – U2 with Mick Jagger, Fergie and will.i.am, “The Weight” – The Band with Eric Clapton, “Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison and Prince.

And the biggest and best video music collection Time Life has ever produced is now bigger and better than ever with 22 performances from 2018 and 2019 that have never been available before by artists including Bon Jovi, The Cars, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Moody Blues and more! Also included in this set is a free 3 DVD bonus collection: the complete 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts an Emmy award-winning celebration called “the best concerts ever” it also includes a 36-page Rolling Stone Magazine souvenir booklet commemorating these shows. (Available exclusively at Time Life.com $119.96)

The 60s were a decade of change. New hopes, dreams, and attitudes created the fantastic music scene that still echoes to this day. Now, for the first time ever, the most significant artists performing their biggest pop hits from an unforgettable decade are together in FOREVER 60s, a 9-CD set guaranteed to bring you back to yesteryear!    

Only Time Life could bring music lovers such a variety of musical magic, including original hit recordings such as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys, “Cherish” by The Association, “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” by Frankie Valli, “These Eyes” by The Guess Who, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon, “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison, and so many more. Other iconic performers of the time includes the best-loved hits from Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Neil Sedaka, The Rascals, Sony and Cher and more! FOREVER 60s also includes a FREE bonus CD “Motown’s 60s Classics” that includes hits from The Supremes, Four Tops, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder, along with a collectible 24-page booklet featuring photos and stories about the artists and their timeless 60s songs. (Available exclusively on Time Life $149.95)

Nothing matches the unmistakable passion of Soul music. The legends of Soul in the 50s and 60s brought us songs packed with intense passion and emotion, and these hits bring back wonderful memories of that era when all-time legends gave us the true beginnings of Soul. Now, for the first time ever, of the most beloved hits from this golden age of soul are together in Time Life’s FOREVER SOUL, a superlative 9-CD collection.

FOREVER SOUL features 154 original classics that defined a generation including “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown, “I’ve Got A Woman” by Ray Charles, “Get Ready” by The Temptations, “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett, and so many more! Other legendary artists on the collection who’ve reached deep into our hearts and touched our souls include Four Tops, The Impressions, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations and more! Also included is a FREE Bonus CD, The Best of Sam Cooke, filled with 15 incredible hits by one of Soul’s most influential artists including “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang,” “Bring It On Home To Me,” “You Send Me,” “Cupid,” and many more! (Available exclusively at Time Life.com $149.95)

Beaches, sunsets, and lazy afternoons filled with sun-kissed melodies and cherished memories. These are the songs that make every day feel like summertime. Sit back and relax with the soft rock sounds of the 70s and 80s with Time Life’s SUMMER BREEZE COLLECTION

Across 10 CDs, SUMMER BREEZE soft rock fans will thrill to the most unforgettable soft rock classics including “Breeze” by Seals & Crofts, “Sailing” by Christopher Cross, “Escape (The Pi&#f1a Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. “Sara Smile” from Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Still the One” from Orleans and “Even the Nights Are Better” by Air Supply. Other favorite artists of the time include Ambrosia, America, Bread, Chicago, Phil Collins, Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Loggins, Toto and so many more! Included is also a FREE Bonus CD, Classic Rock Ballads, filled with 16 hits including “Let Me Take You Home Tonight” by Boston, “Lady” by Styx, “Heaven” by Warrant, “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” by Meat Loaf and more! (Available exclusively on TimeLife.com $139.95)

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music show in television history, and since the beginning it has held a special connection to country music. Beloved by artists and fans alike, Austin City Limits is known for authentic music presented in live and uncut performances and with AUSTIN CITY LIMITS COUNTRY, home audiences can experience Austin City Limits country music like never before! 

Hand-selected from over 40 years of Austin City Limits archives AUSTIN CITY LIMITS COUNTRY brings together most iconic country artists across five decades performances their most beloved hits, and features an astounding 164 live, uncut performances from 1974 – 2018 including Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”, Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s In New England”, Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around”, Alan Jackson’s “Livin’ On Love”, and Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Other country icons featured include   Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins and Buck Owens, superstars such as Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Randy Travis plus today’s greats including Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brad Paisley. 

Plus, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS COUNTRY includes once-in-a-lifetime collaborations like Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson singing “Me and Bobby McGee” Vince Gill and Patty Loveless singing “After The Fire Is Gone” and Emmylou Harris singing “Crazy” along with Willie Nelson who wrote the song. Also featured are bonus interviews a FREE bonus DVD of the Austin City Limits 1974 pilot episode featuring a complete Willie Nelson concert and a collectible memory booklet. (Available exclusively on TimeLife.com $119.96)

About Time Life Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

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General Motors teams with Black Automotive Media Group for The Driving Force Internship Program at HBCU via 360 MAGAZINE

GM × BAMG – TDF

General Motors [GM] and Black Automotive Media Group [BAMG] Internship Returns for Year Two with Clark Atlanta University – Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across Automotive Media

The Driving Force [TDF] internship program provides HBCU students with multimedia career development, enhancing the automobile industry’s diversity, equity and inclusion.

A unique internship was created in 2020 and is now returning for fall 2022 between the Department of Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University, automobile manufacturer General Motors, and the Black Automotive Media Group.

Dubbed The Driving Force (TDF), the 10-week internship is designed for students interested in covering the automobile industry; and incorporates instruction in editorial content, video content production, and social media outreach, augmented by GM executive presentations.

TDF evolved following discussions between automakers and BAMG related to increased diversity, equity and inclusion for Black media in the automotive sphere. These efforts have created additional opportunities to help prepare the next generation of automotive media professionals.

TDF is led by respected automotive media experts Kimatni D. Rawlins, BAMG founder and publisher of Automotive Rhythms Communications; Greg Morrison of Bumper2Bumpertv; and other key journalists and publishers including Marcus Amick and Teia B. Collier.

“The goal of TDF is to extend educational opportunities to HBCU students who may not be aware of the myriad media paths in automotive communications … My automotive journalism career began with an internship with a major auto manufacturer, so I am thankful for the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience, and the experiences of fellow BAMG members with Clark Atlanta interns,” said Rawlins.

Supported by General Motors, the TDF internship, kicking off September 28th, is designed to highlight career opportunities as journalists, videographers, photographers, publicists, marketers, and digital and social media pundits covering the auto industry. Participants will showcase their work on various platforms at the end of the internship, and will also liaise with GM communications executives, designers, and product planners through a series of presentations and interviews.

“We are excited to enter into a second year of partnership with BAMG to support the amazing students of  Clark Atlanta University,” said Michelle Malcho, vice president Product and Brand Communications, General Motors. “We look forward to learning together and helping to prepare them for exciting careers in communications and journalism.”

TDF’s mission parallels that of the Department of Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University, which provides students with rigorous academic and professional training, complemented by a strong liberal arts education.

“We continue to move with momentum to ensure our scholars at Clark Atlanta University have access to a world-class education and that mission includes offering initiatives that focus on technology and enhancing their analytical thinking skills,” said Clark Atlanta University president, George T. French, Jr., Ph.D. “We want our students to exercise their creativity, be competitive in the world of technology and be included in the technology career pipeline. Initiatives such as this bring them one step closer to that goal.”

Clark Atlanta student, Joshua Paul Williams was a participant in the inaugural TDF session. “The business experience I inherited from participating in The Driving Force Multimedia Internship was far more than I could have imagined,” said Williams. “The program focused on individually developing each student’s communications and networking skills which has given me lifelong connections, practical lessons, and an expanded perspective.”

ABOUT GENERAL MOTORS

Based in Detroit, General Motors is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which powers everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, CadillacBaojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found HERE.

ABOUT CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY

Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University continues a 152-year legacy rooted in African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit HERE.

ABOUT BLACK AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA GROUP

BAMG is a distinguished group of Black reporters, publishers, writers, and entrepreneurs representing over 100 years of combined experience in automotive journalism within radio, television, print, experiential marketing, and social media. BAMG members either work for or own various automotive media platforms targeting diverse audiences. BAMG’s primary objective is to bring equity and equality to Black professionals who work in and around the automotive industry. For additional details regarding The Driving Force HBCU internship program, please go HERE.

 

Lil Wayne's GKUA — UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION for use by 360 Magazine

LIL WAYNE’S GKUA — UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION

Call for dance video submissions to compete live at the UPROAR HIP HOP FESTIVAL at The Torch at the LA Memorial Coliseum on August 13th; win $5K in prize money

UPROAR HIP HOP FESTIVAL at The Torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the immersive and interactive music, arts and nightlife experience hosted by Lil Wayne’s lifestyle brand GKUA and headlined by Lil Wayne, along with performances by Young Money and soon to be announced opening acts and Special Guests, on August 13th, is proud to announce trend-setting dancer and choreographer Samantha Long as host and lead judge of the festival’s DANCE COMPETITION. The competition is open to all dancers in California, or those willing to travel to California to compete, to show off their best moves, live at UPROAR to audiences worldwide. The competition reflects GKUA and Lil Wayne’s ongoing mission to discover and support new, up and coming talented creators with an array of artistic pursuits.

Judging alongside Long, who is co-producing the event with her company A THREAT Media, are iconic dancers: Lil Buck, the Memphis turned global sensation showing the world that Jookin is fine art; and Jon Boogz, who continues to push the evolution of what dance can be. Lil Buck and Jon Boogz are also co-founders of Movement Art Is, an organization to elevate the artistic, educational and social impact of dance.

“That GKUA lifestyle is all about inspiration, and that’s what Samantha, Buck and Jon are bringing to UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION,” said Lil Wayne.

CALLING ALL CA DANCERS, SHOOT YOUR SHOT:

Video submissions from 2-person dance teams, novice to experienced, are now being accepted for the chance to compete live in front of thousands at the UPROAR HIP HOP FESTIVAL and streaming worldwide—plus win thousands of dollars. To enter, post a dance video on Instagram, tagging @uproardancecompetition @samantha_long_ @lilbuckdalegend @jonboogz and use #UPROARDANCECOMPETITION. Dancers must also DM entry video and dancers’ names and contact info to @uproardancecompetition, and must follow @gkuaofficial and @uproardancecompetition. For more rules and details, click HERE.

SUMMER FREEDOM, THE BIG DANCE:

Only 12 talented teams will be selected from the social media submissions to move to the semi-final round in LA. Host and lead judge Samantha Long, who has worked with A-listers from Nicki Minaj to J Balvin to REI Ami, will run the Elimination Challenge, with Jon Boogz, in a two-day studio event on July 24-25, which will be live streamed worldwide, by Mandolin the 2021 Pollstar Award Winning Livestream platform. The competition will include choreographed pieces from each duo and improv dance battle rounds, to narrow the 12 semifinalist teams to the final six duos.

On August 13 at The Torch at the LA Memorial Coliseum, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz will perform Judge Showcases to open the competition. After a finalist showcase round and dance battle round, one team will be crowned winner and win $5K. Long will then lead the finalists through an original choreographed dance performance, opening the evening of the UPROAR musical stage performances.

“Our goal with GKUA Inspired is to spotlight talented artists from all disciplines, and bring world-wide attention to their work. At UPROAR, the Dance Competition and the GKUA Inspired Photo Competition, we will create experiences that are inspiring, uplifting and engaging for the participants and the in-person and streaming audiences,” said GKUA Creative Director and UPROAR Producer Baqi Kopelman. “At GKUA, we want you to feel inspired and to share your passion with the world.”

MEET THE JUDGES:

SAMANTHA LONG is the Founder and CEO of A THREAT Media—an entertainment powerhouse built by women and allies of women, for women. Through an impressive social media influence and an in-house production team, A THREAT creates viral trends and moments that empower female trendsetters across pop-culture, music, fashion and business. The public praise Samantha has received from Billie Eilish, Shakira and Nicki Minaj are just the most recent validations for a movement decades in the making.

Known for her trademark ‘hip-hop-in-heels’ choreography, Samantha impacts hundreds of millions of fans worldwide through features in motion picture, television, music, strategic brand partnerships and innumerable viral videos—most recently including her signature intertwining of martial arts and dance.

“Coming up, there has always been a mentality towards dance that there is a ceiling to this career—just being in the background instead of being the star. We’re smashing that ceiling with this festival,” said Long. “I am immensely proud to be leading this effort with such an incredible team. With my company A THREAT co-producing this competition with GKUA, trust that dancing is the star. We’re doing this one for all of the dancers out there who have been waiting for an opportunity like this. We’re creating the life-changing spotlight for dance that I wish I had for myself years ago.”

LIL BUCK is a movement artist who began jookin at age 13. Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, he gained international notoriety after an impromptu piece with Yo-Yo Ma went viral. Since then, he has collaborated with artists including JR, Damian Woetzel, the New York City Ballet, Madonna, Benjamin Millepied and Spike Lee; along with brands including Glenfiddich, Louis Vuitton and Versace.

“I’m very excited to judge the UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION and to see the fresh new talent out there,” said Lil Buck. “This will be an awesome experience for dancers at a monumental event to showcase what they love to do—with the chance to win $5K in prize money while they’re having fun! I know we are going to see some spectacular dancers giving it their all.”

JON BOOGZ is a movement artist, choreographer and director who pushes the evolution of dance—sharing his art form with audiences of all backgrounds while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues. Collaborators and clients include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell and the Tribeca Film Festival.

“I’m super pumped to be a judge at this year’s UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION. It’s a blessing that Lil Wayne and his team are giving dancers an opportunity to shine and have their talents be displayed on a big platform,” said Boogz. “I think the viewers of this dance battle are in store for something beautiful. With $5K on the line, the dancers are going all out.”

“Since the inception of the GKUA brand, Lil Wayne and our whole GKUA team have been preparing to launch GKUA Inspired competitions. This event at The Torch will bring the attention of the world to the inspired artists who will participate,” said GKUA President Beau Golob. “The UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION is just one facet of the immersive experience we are bringing to our live and streaming audiences. I am extremely proud of what we are creating with UPROAR! This festival at The Torch at the LA Memorial Coliseum will be an amazing event you will not want to miss.”

ABOUT UPROAR:

UPROAR DANCE COMPETITION will be one of several inspiring Festival experiences highlighting up-and-coming creators. Stay tuned for more event news, including the GKUA Inspired Art Walk showcasing works from rising star photographers. It’s an exciting, action-packed build-up to the main stage, where along with the legendary Lil Wayne himself, fans can look forward to an epic line-up reflecting years of Lil Wayne’s iconic collaborations and relationships in the hip-hop world. Expect the unexpected at UPROAR.

To purchase in-person tickets, click HERE. To purchase tickets to access the livestream, click HERE.

UPROAR at The Torch will follow all recommended health and safety guidelines put forth by officials.

For additional information and updates about UPROAR at The Torch on August 13, 2021, click HERE.

UPROAR HIP HOP FESTIVAL is an all-ages show and The Torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a no-smoking venue. Cannabis will not be allowed to be sold, distributed or sampled during the UPROAR Festival. Brands and businesses interested in a vendor booth at UPROAR should contact vendor@gkua.com.

The Temptations illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

The Temptations Celebration

THE TEMPTATIONS KICK OFF 60TH ANNIVERSARY YEARLONG CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE NEW ALBUM, VIDEOS SERIES, AND COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Motown/UMe is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 60th Anniversary celebration of the legendary, Grammy Award-Winning Temptations. The Temptations are one of the most revered and prolific musical institutions of all time. Motown luminaries, The Temptations, are today, one of the most iconic, bestselling brands in the entertainment world. With Otis Williams, the founding and sole surviving member of The Temptations, their popularity is ever-increasing and their track record of continuing to sell decades worth of history-making music is breathtaking.

The Temptations signed their first contract with Motown on May 15, 1961. The members of the group at the time of the initial contract signing with Motown consisted of Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin and Elbridge Bryant. By 1964, the group had evolved into what became known as the world-famous “Classic Five”—Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin and David Ruffin.

Now 60 years later on May 15th, 2021, to commemorate and mark this historic occasion, the Temptations’ 60th Anniversary campaign is being launched and will run through June 2022. The year-long campaign includes national and international concert tours, an upcoming Anniversary album, new video series, and celebratory events along the way, including the re-opening on October 16th of the Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, based on Otis Williams ‘personal journey plus recognition of Otis Williams’ 80th birthday on October 30th.

The Temptations’ 60-year legacy spans generations. What began in Detroit in 1961, when a remarkable combination of soulful voices united, was the genesis of an epic journey that has introduced multiple superstars to the world and produced some of the greatest musical masterpieces in the Modern Era.

Otis Williams stated, “I’ve been blessed to take this journey with Shelly Berger, my manager and dear brother, and with all my brothers-the Temptations. Now, to be the last one standing from the classic lineups can be hard sometimes, but I know God left me here for a reason, and that was to continue to share with new generations of fans, the great music that we started back in that two-story house in Detroit, known as Hitsville USA. Music is a universal language, and I know our music, throughout the years has brought people joy, comfort and sometimes even hope. I truly hope that was our greater purpose on earth. Some of the greatest moments in my life have been watching countless fans, from different walks of life worldwide, come together around any one of our songs. Reaching this milestone in my career hasn’t always been easy but it’s gratifying to know that our fans have always been there, every step of the way. I am truly grateful to each and every one of them. We, plan to go back on tour later this summer and, me and my brothers, Ron Tyson and Terry Weeks, Temptations for the past 38 years and 24 years respectively, along with Willie Greene, Jr., and Mario Corbino look forward to sharing this special anniversary with all of you.”

President & CEO, UMe Bruce Resnikoff said, “The Temptations evolution during the 20th and 21st centuries is one of the greatest American music stories of our generation.  They are among the most legendary artists in the business, and their meteoric rise to superstardom exceeded all expectations and changed the course of music history, here and around the world. It is a tremendous honor to recognize not only the group’s legacy, artistry and distinguished catalog of music, but also the sole-surviving member of the classic group, Otis Williams, who continues to carry the torch forward for fans today.”

Shelly Berger, the Temptations long-time manager, added, “This is a landmark moment. We wish to thank the venerable Bruce Resnikoff for taking this journey with us and for years of unwavering support. This trailblazing experience with the Temptations, and Otis in particular, is still exhilarating and rewarding sixty years later. To work with a group as gifted as the Temptations, I quickly realized early on that I was at the epicenter of music entertainment globally. Our journey together, throughout the group’s evolution, has been and continues to be a treasure trove of memorable experiences. The Temptations’ music is timeless, and Otis’ tenacity, genius and vision has been the glue that has remained at the heart of the group since the very beginning.”

The Temptations story is undeniably, a road map through American history. The group’s distinguished heritage, influence and contributions to African American and American culture in general, and to the global music landscape is awe-inspiring. The Temptations were pioneers. They were among the first African American groups on mainstream television programs in the 60’s.  The phenomenal television exposure popularized their music and coupled with the support of DJs across the country, led to chart-topping success, not only on R&B lists but on Billboard Hot 100 charts too. On their renowned Motortown Revue bus tours during the height of the civil rights and voting rights movements, they often faced racism and discrimination first-hand, but they were not detoured. Instead, they raised their voices with songs that were socially relevant in the country. Many of those songs are still meaningful today. Their songs were also an inspiration to American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. Quite often, on concert tours, the Temptations are welcomed by Military Veterans sharing stories about the inspiring effect of their music.

In the 70’s, the rising Black middle class fueled growth in arts and entertainment for Black Artists and the Temptations were among the groups at the forefront of that wave. Their influence on mainstream and global artists, such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Jose Feliciano, and others, is notable. Artists who have recorded Temptations’ songs these past 60 years reads like a “Who’s Who” of the music recording industry. By the 80’s, the Temptations’ resilience is visible and singular. They launch a reunion tour that unites David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with the lineup at the time, and headline on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever network television special. Before the decade is out, they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As the 20th Century nears its end, the Temptations send a message to the world that they like their album Phoenix Rising, will keep rising up and singing their way into the hearts of fans. They win several more awards and both “My Girl,” what many call their magnum opus, and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, in 1998 and 1999, respectively. In the decades to follow in the 21st Century, the group is awarded their fourth GRAMMY for their “Top 20” R&B chart album, Ear-Resistible, awarded Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and they receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the group’s fifth GRAMMY.

In addition to The Temptations’ phenomenal catalog of music, it is worth noting that the group’s famous choreography, sophisticated style and wardrobe revolutionized stage performance in the music world forever. Their famous trademarks, the Temptations’ walk, and the well-known four-headed microphone, both inventions of their own, are indelibly stamped on their enduring legacy for eternity.

The Temptations:

The Temptations ranked #1 in Billboard magazine’s most recent list of Greatest R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time and the group appears in the magazine’s list of 125 Greatest of All Time Artists. In September of 2020, the editors of Rolling Stone magazine commented that the Temptations are “Indisputably the greatest black vocal group of the Modern Era…,” and listed the group’s Anthology album among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Group has sold millions of albums and has won five Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Temptations have been inducted into the Grammy, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues Music, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame. They have a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame. The Temptations delivered Motown’s first-ever GRAMMY at the 11th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 1969 for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental for the song, “Cloud Nine.” They have released countless gold, platinum and multi-platinum chart hits, many of which are considered American masterpieces. They have 16 #1 R&B chart albums, 44 Top 10 R&B chart hits, including, 14 #1 R&B singles, plus four Billboard #1 singles.

Universal Music Enterprises:

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the global catalog and special markets division of Universal Music Group. Working closely in concert with UMG’s record labels, territories, and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and creating opportunities in new technologies.

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Unforgettable Foreign Films

10 Foreign Films with the Most Unforgettable Love Stories

By Roberta Seret, PhD

I have two loves – literature and film. The most powerful love stories jump off the pages or off the screen, narrating different types of love turmoil, journeying through danger and obstacles to find love. The best love stories occur when love triumphs over evil. 

In the past twenty years, I have taught film through my NGO at the United Nations and at New York University. It is a love story that captures my students the most. Their 10 favorite love stories in foreign films deceit different ways of loving, but they all try to overcome these obstacles to find it. Although they may not always get their happy ending, it’s always worth the risk:

1.     JOJO RABBIT – (New Zealand) 2019, director Taika Waititi. During World War ll, ten-year-old Jojo is being brainwashed as a Hitler Youth. Strangely, his mother allows this, for it is her only way to protect him. We see how deeply a mother loves her son as she prepares him to be independent. Simultaneously, the director expresses his love for the future of children to do what’s right.

2.     HONEYLAND – (Republic of Northern Macedonia) 2019, directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary and Best Feature Film, this story recreates a Paradise Lost and its destruction by a greedy man. Love for beauty and nature, and the desire to recapture it, is represented by honey – becoming extinct – and man’s inhumanity to lose it.

3.     NEVER LOOK AWAY – (Germany) 2018, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Based on the life of the famous painter, Gerhard Richter, the director recreates the artist’s search for Truth. It is only through love for Art that the artist can find peace. It is this tumultuous search that pushes him/her to create.

4.     CAPERNAUM – (Lebanon) 2018, director Nadine Labaki. Lost children, abandoned, hungry, and forced to go against their conscience, are victims of war-torn Lebanon and Syria. The director opens her heart by using her hand-held camera to capture how children suffer in their struggle to survive. It is through her love for these children that we understand and want to help. 

5.     FACES PLACES – (France) 2017, directors Agnes Varda and JR. At 89-years-old and one year before her death, famed filmmaker, Agnes Varda embarks on a road trip to show her appreciation to the people of France. As a token of her deep love, she offers them a new type of art – photos of themselves – while she is making a film of their acceptance. Photography mixes with cinematography, the moving image fuses with still art, to show the director’s love for people and give them Art. 

6.     LION – (India/ Australia) 2016, director Garth Davis. The true story of 5-year-old Saroo, who gets lost on a train in India and cannot communicate in a different dialect to return home. He is placed in an orphanage and adopted by a couple from Tasmania, Australia. Twenty-five years later, his obsession to find his biological mother is proof of his filial love.

7.     TONI ERDMANN – (Germany / Romania) 2016, director Maren Ade. A father loves his ambitious, modern daughter and wants to help her understand what happiness and love are. But the generational gap proves to be stronger than his quest. Despite his struggles and sacrifices, she answers when she sings Whitney Houston’s song, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.”

8.     PHOENIX – (Germany) 2014, director Christian Petzold. Nelly survives World War II because she is obsessed at Auschwitz to be loved again by the man she loves. She does return to him but disfigured, and he does not recognize her. Deceitfully, he schemes to help her survive the traumas of her past. But as she learns the truth, will her love forgive him?

9.     IDA – (Poland) 2013, director Pawel Pawlikowski. Ida embarks on a spiritual journey to choose between a life of love and family, or God and religion. As she voyages toward the answer, she learns about her history and what the material world can offer. But she keeps repeating, “And then?” She realizes it is love for God and the spirit that can offer her the truest love.

10.  CASABLANCA – (USA/ Morocco) 1942, director Michael Curtiz. This is the best love story of all. For those who will see this film for the first time, I am jealous. This is an American movie made in Morocco with an anti-Hollywood ending. It shows and answers what is true love? What we see on the screen is a love that hurts – for all of us. And yet, love must be experienced, and this film must be seen!

Roberta Seret, Ph.D., is the director of Advanced English and Film at the United Nations for the Hospitality Committee and Founder of the NGO at the United Nations, International Cinema Education. She is the author of the Transylvanian Trilogy, with Love Odyssey releasing March 23, 2021. Visit her website for more information.

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2020 GREEN GOOD DESIGN

Sustainability award for the Rado True Thinline Leaf

Rarely have the award and the prize winner been better suited to each other: our emerald green Rado True Thinline Leaf was presented with the prestigious GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Under the motto “Build a better world now”, the coveted award honours outstanding architecture and product designs that leave a lasting impression with their “green” concept.

The Green Good Design Award 2020 went to our True Thinline Leaf. Made from hightech ceramic, this timepiece features a green iridescent mother-of-pearl dial with a delicate leaf structure embossed on the underside. As a result of the creative partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani, an organisation dedicated to preserving extraordinary Italian gardens, this line celebrates the interplay of design and nature.

The creation of each individual watch is just as unique as its dial. Years of research culminated in the True Thinline’s ground breaking monobloc ceramic case – a neverbefore-seen type of case construction featuring solid ceramic with no need for a stainless steel core. This not only gave the True Thinline its extreme lightness and super slim silhouette, but it also paved the way for new design possibilities.

This year’s edition of the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD focused on the world’s most important new products, buildings, construction and planning projects, whose sustainable and environmentally friendly design is pioneering. We are therefore particularly pleased that our vision of a “natural” timepiece has been appreciated by such a prestigious organisation.

About Rado

Rado is known as the Master of Materials for the way it has revolutionised traditional watchmaking, leading the industry by introducing high-tech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech ceramic, colourful high-tech ceramic and Ceramos to its design-led collections. An award-winning designer with numerous prestigious international prizes to its name, and considered the most forward-thinking design player in the watch industry today, Rado has always been a pioneer and leader, setting the standard and raising the bar.

About GOOD DESIGN™

GOOD DESIGN™ is a prestigious, recognised, and longstanding design award program organised annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The trademarked awards were founded in Chicago in 1950 by renowned architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

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SCLC Calls for Additional Stimulus Money

On the 52nd Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. Assassination, His Call for Economic Equality for All is Being Revived

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Calls for Permanent Monthly Financial Subsidy for The Poor, Billions for Black-Owned Businesses and Reparations for Descendants of Slaves.

In Commemorating the 52nd Anniversary of the Assassination of its co-founder and first leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), has called on the U.S. Government to set aside $250 billion for black-owned businesses.

The civil rights organization also called on Congress, which recently approved a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to provide emergency aid to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, to permanently extend monthly payments to the poor and to pay reparations for descendants of slaves. The coronavirus crisis, SCLC officials say, has highlighted the need for America to right its wrongs when it comes to income inequality, which is linked to disparities in education, health care, housing and access to capital. These life essentials are key components of wealth creation.

“We will circulate a petition that will be delivered to Congress asking for $250 billion for black-owned businesses,” said Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president, and CEO of the SCLC. “The administration is turning the stimulus money over to banks, but banks are the main reason black Americans can’t get access to wealth and why most black Americans have lost their savings. Black America lost its wealth when the housing market collapsed, and banks played a major role in that collapse.”

Dr. Steele said, “it’s time for restoration.” “The Covid-19 stimulus package can assist black-owned businesses, especially black-owned banks, and our historically black colleges and universities,” he added. “If we get our banks, businesses, and institutions healthy, our communities will recover, and we will achieve Dr. King’s dream for racial and economic equality.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968 while in the city advocating for fair wages for striking sanitation workers. Before Dr. King was killed at the age of 39, he had called for the U.S. government to address the injustices in the American economic system which provided government funding to the rich and the poor, but referred to the aid by different names. For the poor, it is called welfare. For the
rich, it is called subsidies. To end economic exploitation, Dr. King called for America to redistribute its wealth. He pushed for a guaranteed subsidy for the poor, saying a rich nation like the U.S. should not have citizens living in poverty.

“The U.S. Government response to the Coronavirus is a start, but the virus has made it clear that we are all tied to our nation’s survival and revival,” Dr. Steele said. “The only way for America to move forward as a stronger nation is for Congress to act on additional financial measures to ensure that poor and working-class families have the financial means to prosper. We need a permanent stimulus package, not a temporary one that is a band-aid approach to our financial problems. The $1200 check won’t cut it for poor folks. You can’t pay your bills and get out of this slump with that check.”

Dr. King believed in self-help, but he also believed in the government partnering with citizens to help them get on track economically, Dr. Steele said.

“The $1200 that the current administration is talking about giving to citizens is a slap in the face,” Dr. Steele said. “That is not a salary for folks who have lost their jobs. The money the government is giving is just pocket change. Poor folks need checks until they reach the next rung of the economic ladder.”

And descendants of slaves, Dr. Steele added, need reparations, because the remnants of that era still exist today where blacks face racism in every arena in society. Reparations can address some of the past injustices, persistent disparities and redistribute some of the wealth.

“Dr. King was a visionary and global leader,” Dr. Steele said. “He called for the government to take care of the people 52 years ago. It is taking the Coronavirus for us to see how we are all connected and linked to each other’s survival. And we see this not only in America but around the world. Dr. King’s vision was not destroyed. It was delayed, but the moment to fulfill that vision is in our hands. The SCLC is going to keep the issues and his dream front and center.”

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SCLC FIGHTS FOR POOR

With all Americans bearing the brunt of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), today called on President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress to make sure all Americans benefit from the nearly $1 trillion that will be spent to restore the health of citizens and the economy.
 
“I want to weigh in on behalf of regular people,” said Dr. Steele, who currently heads the civil rights organization co-founded and first led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We have seen this socialist bailout of corporate America before. As the Trump Administration and Congress prepare to help some corporations, hand out new contracts and create new jobs to address this pandemic, we must ensure that billions ends up in the hands of the people who have been historically left behind. Poor people, black and brown people, must be recipients of these gifts of generosity that normally go to corporations.”
 
President Trump has said efforts are underway to financially assist corporations that have been hit hard by Convid-19, including the travel and cargo industries. He has announced plans to assist small businesses, but there are no specifics how those disbursements will be handled, and he has announced plans to give all families at least $2,400 to help them through the crisis.
 
“When it comes to bearing the weight, it is not fair that the corporations get the support when the rest of us starve,” Dr. Steele said.  “We saw our government bail out the banks during the housing collapse. We also bailed out the auto industry and Wall Street. Those industries recovered, but we didn’t. Most black and brown people lost their homes. We lost our wealth. Nearly 75 percent of poor people are living from check to check. Many of us have no health insurance. We can’t afford to take a day off work.”
 
Dr. Steele said the SCLC, which has focused on the plight of the poor and the voiceless since the days of Dr. King, has received calls for individuals and groups who are concerned about how individuals with no jobs and insurance will fair during this pandemic and recover after the crisis is over. 
 
“They are asking, ‘Where are our leaders,’” Dr. Steele said. “They are not seeing them standing up to make sure the real money will flow down to the people most impacted. That is why the SCLC is taking a stand. We must fight to make sure our government does not repeat what has happened in the past. We need more than $1,200 to catch up in America. We will not be left behind this time.”

ABOUT THE SCLC:

Established in 1957, the SCLC, whose first president was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a now an international organization made up of chapters and affiliates with programs that affect the lives of all Americans: north, south, east, and west. Its sphere of influence and interests has become international in scope because the human rights movement transcends national boundaries. For additional information about the SCLC, visit www.nationalsclc.org.

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SCLC × 50-Mile March

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Is Inviting the Presidential Candidates to Participate in the 50-mile March from Selma to Montgomery

Issues Impacting African Americans Deserve More Focus Than Appearing Briefly for Photo Opportunities, SCLC President and CEO Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. Says 

With Super Tuesday just a few days away, and capturing the black vote in the 015 jurisdictions crucial to winning the coveted seat, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)  is extending an invitation for the Democratic presidential candidates to participate in the historic 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery. 

The reenactment of the march, which was originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the SCLC’s co-founders and its first president, begins at 8am on Monday at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and concludes on Friday on the steps of the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.

Monday’s march follows the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” which occurred on March 7, 1965 when more than 500 demonstrators, participating in a right to vote march, were met with violence by state troopers and others after they crossed the bridge. The bridge crossing is commemorated every year, but every five years the SCLC organizes the long walk from the bridge to Montgomery. At the end of the march, civil rights leaders, politicians and other influencers give speeches about freedom and equality and other important public policy issues. 

“We are extending this invitation for the presidential candidates to join us on Monday morning, because this historical event is about more than a photo opportunity on Sunday,” Dr. Steele said.“ The real education begins on Monday when we discuss during  march to Montgomery the concerns about poor people, the voiceless and those who are still trying to reach the mountaintop.”

Dr. Steele, fresh off of a presidential candidates and public policy forum in Columbia, S.C., said there are several key issues that the organization wants the presidential candidates to address, including the restoration of the Voting Right Act, jobs, healthcare, education, economic development in black communities, funding for historically black colleges and universities and reparations, which will provide compensation to the descendants of slaves whose forced free labor helped to develop the United States as the world’s leading economy.

“We as African Americans have never been free in this country,” Dr. Steele said. “Everyone has had access to capital. Everybody has been accepted in society, but we as ex slaves and African Americans have never been given a hand up. It is always a hand down.”

Dr. Steele said the march is a teachable moment for those who believe the masses of African Americans are in a much better place economically following the eight-year reign of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, and as they witness the successes of a few blacks such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Jay-Z. The reality, Dr. Steele said, is that some blacks are in a worse place economically than blacks were in 1965 and even during the Jim Crow era.

“During the housing collapse, we lost 60 percent of black wealth,” Dr. Steele said. “The wealth creation was in our homes. We once had dozens of black banks, but now we only have 17. In five years, some experts predict we will not have any. In the next 20 to 30 years, it is predicted that black wealth will be eradicated. There is a conspiracy of keeping capital away from black folks. They talk about the stock market. Well, our people don’t have jobs so what do they care about the stock market?”

While the SCLC does not endorse candidates, Dr. Steele said some candidates are identifying with the SCLC’s mission and goals. When candidates talk about restoring the Voting Rights Act to its original intent, and when one speaks about reparations, jobs, and funding for HCBUs, then that opens the door for all candidates to address those issues.

“When we hear them talk about these issues, they give us hope,” Dr. Steele says. “If they address those issues, they will lift up poor people, and if they lift poor people, remove racism and provide black people with access to capital, then we are getting closer to realizing the dream.”

Harry Connick, Jr.

Listen to Harry Connick, Jr. chat with WNYC’s All Of It with Allison Stewart

Today, Grammy® and Emmy® winning musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr. celebrates his #1 debut on both Billboard’s Jazz and Traditional Jazz Chart as well as UK’s Jazz Chart with his sensational new album, ‘True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter’. This marks Harry’s 14th No. 1 Billboard Jazz Album.

On October 24, Harry also received his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, which is coincidentally the neighboring star to Cole Porter’s.

Released on October 25 on Verve Records, his new label home, the new album is comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions. ‘True Love’ highlights Harry’s talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, as he breathes new life into popular songs from The Great American Songbook including ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘You Do Something To Me’.

On hearing the news of his No.1 record, Harry says, “I am humbled and grateful to reach this milestone. Thanks to my fans around the world for your continued support.”

Harry Connick, Jr. will also take the Cole Porter songbook to Broadway with HARRY CONNICK, JR. – A Celebration of Cole Porter. The multi-media Broadway show opens at the Nederlander Theater in New York City on December 7 and runs through December 29.Tickets can be purchased here.

About True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter:

Cole Porter’s body of work, composed primarily for Broadway and Hollywood, makes up one of the central chapters in the Great American Songbook. It is not surprising that Porter would appeal to Harry since, like Harry, he wrote both music and lyrics and redefined what it meant to be the complete songwriter. Harry, whose success in several styles of music as well as film, theatre and television has similarly reshaped the notion of what it means to be the complete entertainer.

Harry’s effort in pulling together the album ‘True Love’ was typically Herculean. After selecting the songs, and writing and orchestrating the arrangements, he assembled and conducted the orchestra which features his longtime touring band with additional horns and a full string section. The results showcase new depths in every area of Harry’s creativity, which soars to new heights in the new show that he has conceived and will direct on Broadway this Fall.


Celebrated worldwide for his multi-faceted talents as singer, pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, presenter and actor, Harry Connick, Jr. has been performing since he was 9 years old. He emerged on the scene with a precocious command of jazz and popular music styles, having been trained by legendary pianists Ellis Marsalis and James Booker in his native New Orleans.

 

About Verve Label Group

The Verve Label Group (VLG), a division of Universal Music Group based in New York City, is home to many of the most acclaimed artists in jazz and classical music, while also strongly focused on championing emerging talent across all genres. Verve Label Group is home to Universal Music Classics US, as well as Verve Records, Impulse!, and Verve Forecast. VLG’s current roster includes J.S. Ondara, Cynthia Erivo, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste, Tank and the Bangas, Diana Krall, Yuna, Blake Mills, Shabaka Hutchings, Madison Cunningham and more. Verve Label Group also houses the catalogue of great legacy artists including John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, among others.

Find out more at http://www.vervelabelgroup.com