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Small Businesses Sign Vaccine Plan

­­SURVEY OF SMALL EMPLOYERS; 400+ SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND NATIONAL ADVOCATES LAUNCH INITIATIVE ON VACCINE LEADERSHIP TO GET U.S. ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK 

New National Survey of More than 3,300 Small Business Owners: Survey of small employers found that 64 percent of business owners say it is very important that their employees get vaccinated

Over 400 Small Business Owners and Leaders — Sign pledge to commit to becoming a small business vaccine leader 

Small employers want employees to get vaccinated and are willing to help to make it happen. The majority (63 percent) of small businesses are willing to encourage and incentivize employees to get vaccinated.

 Reimagine Main Street (RMS), a project of Public Private Strategies (PPS), has launched a public awareness campaign that will support small business owners in being leaders on the Covid-19 vaccines with their employees and in their community. The campaign was announced during a webinar that also included findings from a survey of more than 3,300 small employers on their perspectives on the vaccines conducted by Reimagine Main Street, in partnership with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE), the US Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). The survey results provide insights into how small business owners view the vaccines and their plans for themselves and their workers. 

Other business organizations including the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NLGCC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) are stepping up to engage their members. 

“Small businesses like mine have struggled during this pandemic, but the vaccine shows us that the end is in sight,” said Shaundell Newsome, Founder of Sumnu Marketing and Chairman of the Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, who moderated the webinar. “I have implemented a vaccine plan for my employees and all business owners should do the same so we can make it through Covid-19 as quickly as possible.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 70-85% of Americans need to receive the vaccine to achieve herd immunity. Once that happens, small businesses will be able to get back to business at full capacity and the economy and communities can completely reopen.

“The survey findings demonstrate that small business owners recognize the importance of the vaccines in reopening Main Street,” said PPS Founder and Principal Rhett Buttle. “By championing the vaccine with the employees and in their communities, small employers can help fully reopen the economy as quickly as possible.”

NEW SURVEY: 

The survey of more than 3,300 small employers shows strong support for ensuring workers get vaccinated. View the full survey. Key findings include: 

  • 63% of small employers intend to encourage their employees to get vaccinated. 
  • Nearly half (45%) of small employers’ plan to give workers paid time off (PTO) to get vaccinated.
     
  • More than 80% of small employers report having conversations with employees about vaccines and a majority (55%) say they would use free or low-cost resources to provide guidance and information about Covid-19 vaccines.

PLEDGE FROM SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: 

The campaign also calls on employers to sign a pledge to be a SMALL BUSINESS VACCINE LEADER, which more than 400 small business owners have already signed. In signing it, small business owners are pledging to do at least one of the following things:

  • Commit to getting the vaccine when it is their turn and let their employees know why they are choosing to get the vaccine
  • Create a vaccine plan for their employees
  • Provide incentives to employees who receive the vaccine, such as PTO to receive the vaccine
  • Continue to follow state and federal guidance on social distancing and wearing masks after all employees are vaccinated
  • Assist with vaccine promotion and distribution in their community (examples include volunteering to help at COVID-19 vaccination sites, donating supplies or services to vaccination sites, and being vocal in their community on the business case for getting vaccinated)

NEW TIP SHEETS: 

Reimagine Main Street is also giving small business owners the resources they need to play a critical role in championing the vaccine with their employees and in their communities. In addition to general tools and resources, the campaign includes tip sheets in multiple languages for small business specifically targeted to demographics, including:

QUOTES FROM BUSINESS OWNERS AND LEADERS: 

Ron Busby, Sr., President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

“When our country faces a crisis, the most vulnerable are hit the hardest, especially in the Black community. This was the case with Covid-19, but business owners can help put us on the path to recovery by embracing the vaccine.”

Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“It is going to take years for the Hispanic small business community to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but the vaccine can get us started down that path. Business owners can help speed the recovery by championing the vaccine with their employees and community.”

Justin G. Nelson, Co-Founder and President, NGLCC

“COVID-19 has forced business owners in the LGBTQ community to look out for each other as we try to make it through this pandemic. Small business owners should protect themselves, their employees, and their communities by championing the vaccine.”

Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

“Hispanic businesses have closed at a disproportionate rate because of Covid-19 and the path to recovery begins with the vaccine. If small business owners champion the Covid-19 vaccines, businesses and communities will be able to fully reopen much faster.” 

Chiling Tong President/CEO of the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses both financially and through the rise in anti-Asian violence. It is critical that we get through this pandemic as quickly as possible, and the vaccine is key to doing so.”

Mas Torito, owner of Kokoro Restaurant in Denver

“My family restaurant has been in business for over 30 years and this past one was the toughest we have ever weathered. To come back stronger than ever, we have championed the vaccine, but it is critical that more small businesses do so as well.”

Ginger Torres, co-founder of PPE for Navajo First Responders in Phoenix

“Hesitancy to take the Covid-19 vaccine is prevalent among many Native Americans, but small business owners can play a huge role in changing that. I urge all small business owners to be leaders on the vaccine with their employees and in their communities.”

Patty Gentry Young, co-owner of Young Hair Inc., Spring Field, Ohio

“We all take steps to be proactive about our health and getting the Covid-19 vaccine should be one of them. Small business owners can play an important role in encouraging their employees and others in their community to get the vaccine.”

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ROSÉ OF BLACKPINK

SHARES DEBUT SOLO PROJECT ‘R’

SINGLE ALBUM FEATURES LONG-AWAITED TRACKS

“ON THE GROUND” & “GONE”

LATE NIGHT TV SOLO DEBUT ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON ON 3/16

Rosé of BLACKPINK shares her massively anticipated debut solo project, R. Released via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records, the single album consists of two unforgettably vulnerable tracks co-written by the K-pop icon: “On the Ground” and “Gone.”

Watch the video HERE

Go HERE to stream/download R by Rosé now.

Produced by frequent BLACKPINK collaborator TEDDY, acclaimed songwriter/producer/artist Jon Bellion (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus), Jorgen Odegard (Justin Bieber, P!nk), Ojivolta (Selena Gomez, Halsey), and 24, “On the Ground” is an intimate look at the cost of ambition and chasing your dreams, with Rosé bringing her stunning vocal work to a gorgeous backdrop of soulful guitar tones and radiant beats. In creating the raw and reflective track, Rosé co-wrote with Bellion as well as heavy-hitters Amy Allen (Sam Smith, Zara Larsson) and Raul Cubina (Playboi Carti, Christina Aguilera).

On “Gone,” Rosé matches the pure emotional depth of “On the Ground,” this time offering up a stripped-back breakup ballad produced by Brian Lee (BLACKPINK, Post Malone, Camila Cabello). Accompanied by little more than the track’s hypnotic guitar work, her voice turns heartbreakingly tender as she delivers her confessional lyrics (“Now I’m all alone, crying ugly/You broke my heart just for fun/Took my love and just left me numb”).

Along with “On the Ground” and “Gone,” the CD and vinyl editions of R include instrumental versions of both tracks. Rosé is now the second member of BLACKPINK to release solo material, with singer/rapper Jennie having shared her single “SOLO” in November 2018.

R arrives just months after BLACKPINK dropped their debut full-length effort THE ALBUM. Released on October 2, the record-breaking project debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, marking the biggest chart debut by an all-female group in over 12 years. With guest spots from fellow superstars Selena Gomez and Cardi B, THE ALBUM also smashed the record for highest first-week sales for a debut album from a K-pop group in all of music history. That same month, BLACKPINK premiered Light Up The Sky, an all-access Netflix documentary detailing the hard-fought journey behind the group’s meteoric rise.

ABOUT BLACKPINK:

Since bursting onto the scene in 2016, BLACKPINK have redefined the possibilities of K-pop, transcending all categorization and ascending to global stardom. With their unstoppably catchy single “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” the South Korean quartet broke the record for highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 debut by an all-female K-pop act, while its head-turning video surpassed 10 million views in just six hours and racked up 36.2 million views in one day.

Discovered by YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK is comprised of JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ and LISA: four immensely charismatic vocalists, dancers, and burgeoning fashion icons. Released in 2016, their debut “SQUARE ONE” quickly proved their crossover power; in 2018, “SQUARE UP” climbed to #40 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Several months after “SQUARE UP” hit the charts, YG Entertainment and Interscope Records announced a global partnership for BLACKPINK, paving the way for the group’s international breakthrough. With their EP Kill This Love arriving in April 2019, BLACKPINK further boosted their popularity by successfully completing a world tour and becoming the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, the largest music festival in the U.S.

Rosé of BLACKPINK Interscope Records for 360 MAGAZINE

Photo courtesy of YG Entertainment.

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Tea Drunk

Tea Drunk is a Certified Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise in New York City and is known for being the most prestigious Chinese tea house in the North America. Founder and Tea Expert Shunan Teng travels to the historic tea mountains of China each spring to commission some of the rarest tea in the world to showcase their top terroir, superb craftsmanship, and true-to-origin varietals. 

Shunan commissions and sources teas in the most conservative fashion to bring discerning connoisseurs the utmost traditional essence of historical teas. Teas that are meticulously curated like Gua Pian Green Tea (Melon Seed Tea) from Lu An. Lu An is one of the oldest tea-making regions in China with over 1000 years of tea-making history. This historically famous style of tea goes through a unique La Da Huo processing step that gives the tea a pleasantly toasty flavor that compliments its grassy umami taste, buttery mouthfeel and bold sugary undertone. We feel this flavor profile and mouthfeel rivals that of the hip Japanese Matcha. Gua Pian is being highlighted as the next trend in tea, with whole loose leaves, there is a lower extraction rate of caffeine, allowing your body to get all of the benefits of the complex compounds found in green tea (such as l-theanine and catechins) with a more body friendly level of caffeine. 

Although many different flowers and herbs can be dried, steeped in hot water, and called “tea,” actual tea leaves come from the plant camellia sinensis. From just this one plant alone, humans discovered that through manipulation of heat, moisture, and physical disturbance of the tea leaves, this one plant can yield almost endless variations in taste and aroma. It’s a fragile ancient art form and through education and access, Tea Drunk aims to cultivate awareness in preserving it for years to come. 

You can also increase your level of tea savvy straight from the source with Tea Drunk. Experience teas such as Gua Pian right from the comfort of your home (or wherever you may be) with Tea Drunk’s Educational Tea Club. Their twice monthly expert led Zoom sessions allow you to travel deep into your cup and senses in a welcoming community of tea lovers. They have two tiers of sessions, a Sampler and a Reserve, with the Reserve specializing in the highest tier of rare teas. Each box is hand curated based on concepts such as vintage, location, or theme to help you develop your palate in comparative tastings. The tea club grants you unparalleled access to transparency and high-quality education while having a blast exploring teas with others virtually. 

Shunan, is an avid educator on tea and has spoken at many prestigious institutions including: Yale University; Christie’s; Van Cleef & Arpels; World Tea Expo; and Stony Brook University. She has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to execute a temporary Chinese tea house in the museum and is the educator for TED Ed lesson – The History of Tea

It’s truly an experience that goes well beyond any other tea subscription service on the market. You are able to deepen your personal tea knowledge alongside other like-minded individuals and grow together in community while connecting with this ancient art form of traditional tea processing. It’s an act people have been doing for tens of thousands of years, and today we get to do the same thing with people all over the world. With Tea Drunk, tea is not just a beverage; it’s an experience meant to be savored and shared. 

Tomorrow x Together Album Art

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – STILL DREAMING

Global phenomenon K-pop boy group TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI) will release STILL DREAMING via UMe, their first full-length album in Japanese, on February 12, 2021, in the U.S. Pre-order and you can pre-order here.

The album title STILL DREAMING imparts the message that the five boys continue to reach for a shared dream after the success of their debut album The Dream Chapter: STAR, released in March 2019.

The album features ten tracks comprised of Japanese versions of six of the group’s Korean hits, plus two intro/outro tracks, their Japanese hit “Everlasting Shine,” and a brand new Japanese original song, “Force,” featured as the opening theme for the animation “World Trigger” (2nd season).

In addition to the STANDARD 1 CD version, which will include one of five randomly selected photo cards for the first-run pressing, there will also be limited-edition versions of STILL DREAMING featuring all ten tracks. LIMITED EDITION A (1CD) is encased in a limited-edition deluxe slipcase with a 24-page booklet filled with daytime photos, a 24-page booklet filled with sunset-time photos, and a lyrics booklet. LIMITED EDITION B (1CD + 1 DVD) will include a DVD featuring the music video for “Blue Hour (Japanese Ver.),” a making-of video and footage from cover photoshoot, as well as a 12-page booklet filled with daytime and sunset-time photos unique to this limited-edition package.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER made their debut in March last year and has proved themselves as global super rookies as the forefront of the K-Pop scene, claiming a total of ten Rookie Awards. Widely recognized for their high-quality content and impeccable performances, TOMORROW X TOGETHER is once again prepared to take the world by storm with the release of STILL DREAMING.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER received global attention even before the release of their Korean debut mini-Album The Dream Chapter: STAR in March 2019. Upon its release, the mini-Album topped the charts at No.1 on iTunes’ Top Album chart in 44 countries and regions and went to No. 140 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. In addition, the music video for “CROWN” achieved 10M streams in just 13 hours and exceeded 14.49M streams 24 hours after its release, which is the fastest record among new artists debuting in 2019. As of February 15, 2020, the video now has more than 100M views.

Their debut full-length Korean album Dream Chapter: MAGIC also went to No.1 on iTunes’ Top Album chart in 25 countries and regions and the music video for its lead track, “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away),” has already exceeded 65M streams (as of Nov 25, 2020).

TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s last mini-Album minisode1 : Blue Hour reached 300K in physical sales in the first week of release, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and debuting at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.. The EP also placed No. 19 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The new ranks mark career milestones for the group, coming on the heels of previous accolades including reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart.

Track List:  

  1. Intro: DREAMING
  2. Force *New Japanese original
  3. Blue Hour *New Japanese version of the lead track in the mini album, “minisode1: Blue Hour” released in Oct.
  4. Run Away [Japanese version]
  5. CROWN [Japanese version]
  6. Angel Or Devil [Japanese version]
  7. Drama [Japanese version]
  8. Everlasting Shine
  9. Can’t You See Me? [Japanese version]
  10. Outro: STILL

Limited Edition A (CD)

Available on CD in a limited-edition deluxe slip case with a 24-page booklet filled with daytime photos, a 24-page booklet filled with sunset-time photos, and a lyrics booklet.

Limited Edition B (CD+DVD)

Available as a CD + DVD limited-edition with the DVD featuring the music video for “Blue Hour,” a making-of feature of the music video and videos from the album cover photoshoot. In addition, this package includes a 12-page booklet filled with daytime and sunset-time photos unique to this limited-edition package.

Standard Edition (CD

The first pressing to include one of five randomly selected photo cards.

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER (“tomorrow by together”) has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy. In just two months of their debut, TOMORROW X TOGETHERsuccessfully sold out their first US showcase tour in six cities with their debut album The Dream Chapter: STAR. Emerging as one of K-pop’s most highly-acclaimed acts, the global super rookies have already won Best New Artist accolades on various award shows and received nominations in 2019 & 2020 MTV Video Music Awards’ Best K-Pop category.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management, and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global superstars BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of “Music & Artist for Healing”’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

Asian-American LGBTQ+ Actor Slays Stereotypes in Monsters of Man

Mark Toia’s Monster’s of Man has been crushing the online streaming service game, sitting on AppleTV’s Top Movies, Top Rentals, Highlights, and currently ranking in the top 200 movies on IMDb having just debuted on December 8th, 2020.

Hawaiian/Korean-American actor Conrad K. Pratt from Kāne’ohe, Hawai’i (Hawai’i Five-O, The Wolverine, GLEE, The Real O’Neals) was approached by production initially to play Bao, one of the medical students the film centers around. After learning that he had an extensive background in dance, motion capture and stunts, Toia quickly offered him the roles of the four killer robots as well. Pratt’s physicality was highlighted several times throughout the film, mostly in his cat and mouse chase through the Cambodian jungle and several of the robot-on-robot fight sequences.

“My dance and theatre background really helped me in creating these characters. I was incredibly honored that Mark has trusted me with the movements of our antagonists, as any sort of robot movement can go cheesy unbelievably quick. Working on Monsters of Man, we actually shot in the Cambodian jungle so I was lucky to have the surroundings right there for me. On a normal Mo-Cap shoot, you’re on a blue screen stage and it’s up to you to create that masterpiece around you. A project like Avatar would be such a wild experience and challenge, one that I would love to take on one day.”

The stigma surrounding masculinity in both the Asian-American and LGBTQ+ communities seem to not deter Pratt from forging on in his career. Given that he’s competing in Caucasian and heterosexually dominant avenues of Hollywood, it actually seems to be doing the exact opposite.

“I think the words ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are so unbelievably dated. Who gives a flying ‘you know what.’ It’s an opinion, there’s no right answer. I do, however, believe that both the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities are being better represented and more visible across the entertainment spectrum. To represent both of my communities on a project of this scale was an absolute privilege and I look forward to crushing these ‘masculine/feminine’ stereotypes by just being unapologetically me.”

Monsters of Man is now available world-wide on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vimeo On Demand, YouTube, Google Play, and XBOX with more streaming services being added in the future.

Bts illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine.

BTS – Be

Written by Thais Jacomassi 

Illustration by Kaelen Felix 

The wait is over. BTS’ fifth studio album, Be, is out now featuring the record-breaking, hit single “Dynamite.” This is the band’s second album release of 2020 – following their release of Map of the Soul: 7 in February — marking the latest comeback for their already historic career. While live concerts and events came to a halt and BTS’ Map of the Soul Tour was canceled due to the pandemic, the band took this opportunity to spur their creativity. The end result was a sentimental and thoughtful eight-track album, including a spoken skit, that reflected on what the past year has been like for them. 

As many sections in the US are entering a new state of crisis with rising Covid-19 cases, Be sends a reassuring message for fans to stay upbeat and hopeful with good-humored, singalongs to keep us afloat from the stress and fear that the pandemic has brought out of everyone. 

Be opens with the band’s newest single, “Life Goes On.” The song’s theme revolved around the pandemic which is made clear in its music video — directed by band member Jeon Jungkook — that features various shots of the members reminiscing on their lives prior to Covid-19 beginning with the line “One day the world stopped.” Despite its melancholic tone, the lyrics are sweet with the promise that one day life will return back to normal, but until then it is important to find positivity among other things. Watch/Listen to “Life Goes On” Here. 

Accompanying the single are more somber and vulnerable songs like “Blue & Grey” and “Fly To My Room” which explore the loneliness that many people have claimed to experience from the confinement of quarantine, especially in the beginning months of the pandemic. In an article by Time Magazine, public health experts stated that coronavirus has amplified the already rising problem of loneliness in the US and across the globe. These two songs not only demonstrate how these negative thoughts have been plaguing so many of us, but it also shows the close and understanding relationship between the band and its millions of fans worldwide. 

“Skit” is a spoken word interlude placed right in the middle of the album which was originally recorded at the same moment that the group was celebrating becoming the first all-Korean group to rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August with their single “Dynamite.” It serves as the perfect tool to transition the mood of the album from emotional to cheerful with songs like “Telepathy” and “Dis-ease.” 

Tracklist: 

  1. Life Goes On
  2. Fly To My Room 
  3. Blue & Grey 
  4. Skit 
  5. Telepathy 
  6. Dis-ease 
  7. Stay 
  8. Dynamite 

Listen to Be Here

Listen/Watch “Life Goes On” Here

Listen/Watch “Dynamite” Here

About BTS:

Otherwise known as Bangtan Boys, BTS is a South Korean boy band that was originally formed in 2010 but only debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The seven members — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook– co-write and co-produce their own music whose style ranges over a wide variety of genres including pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rap. 

BTS crossed borders into the global market by becoming the first Korean group to receive an RIAA for their single, “Mic Drop,” as well as the first Korean group to top the US Billboard 200 chart with their album, Love Yourself: Tear. Since then, they have continued to lead K-pop’s global phenomenon and break records by being the first all-South Korean group to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with their single “Dynamite” and their remix of Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love.”

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About Big Hit Entertainment:

Big Hit Entertainment is a South Korean entertainment company that was founded on February 1, 2005, by Bang Si-hyuk. It currently manages idol groups like BTS and TXT and soloists like Lee Hyun. Big Hit Entertainment continues to make new innovations to the music industry business model and according to their website, “Big Hit strives to become the world’s best music-based entertainment lifestyle platform company.” 

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Bts illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine.

Break The Silence: The Movie

By Thais Jacomassi 

Two years after 2018’s film Burn The Stage: The Movie, BTS are giving an exclusive look behind the scenes of their 2018-2019 Love Yourself Tour in a sequel documentary titled, Break The Silence: The Movie.

This new film comes after what has been a year of great success for the South Korean group who started off 2020 with the release of their seventh album, Map of the Soul: 7, landing them the No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. This was followed by a Grammy Performance of “Seoul Town Road Remix” alongside Lil Nas and others. And just weeks ago, the group’s first entirely English single, “Dynamite”, broke records by becoming the first song by a Kpop group to debut as the number one slot on the Billboard 100 chart. Needless to say, BTS has become a household in Western media.

Break The Silence is a concert film following the boys – comprised of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook – through the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour which took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, São Paulo, London, Seoul, and many more cities from May 4 to October 29, 2019. This stadium tour marked BTS as the first Korean group to perform at Wembley Stadium. According to Billboard, the Love Yourself World Tour ranked No. 3 on the Billboard’s 2019 Year End Top 40 Tours chart with 1.6 million tickets sold and a worldwide gross value of $196.4 million.

On Thursday, September 10, BigHit entertainment released a minute long teaser showcasing the seven members in their remarkable stage outfits with the song “Magic Shop”, from the Love Yourself :Tear album, playing in the background as a moving movie poster ending on the final image of member’s silhouettes on the stage.

Watch the teaser HERE

Break The Silence: The Movie will have limited screenings across the globe starting on September 10 and again in two weeks on September 24. Tickets are already on sale and fans can search for their local participating theatres on the movie’s official website.

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Kinida

Introducing KINIDA: Next Generation Experimentalist

Q×A by Jason Tayer

Kinida is an artist currently based in New York City. Kini’s main medium of art is experimenting with sound and color. Her music is bilingual of Korean and English, through her music she practices her native tongue. Kinida moved to New York about 6 years ago in hopes of graduating from Parsons. She quickly realized that attending BFA college derailed her financial stability. She dropped out of art school her second year, putting a behind to her graphic design and fashion design degree. She started to explore New York to find her friends and her new family away from Korea. She quickly got associated with kids that were in the same place as her, broke and homeless. After several years of associating with these new friends she realized that she had to grow out of this pattern of negativity. And truly started chasing after her dream she came to New York for. That is when she started heavily experimenting with music and quickly realized this is something that she could thrive for.

1. While growing up, did you have any people or points of inspiration that helped you get to where you are today?

Growing up I wasn’t too close to my family besides my mother and my brother. My mother really pushed me to be a strong female, she never wanted me to go through the things that she did and she regretted to this day. So since a young age I was always told to achieve my goals before sharing myself with anyone else!

I have cross paths with many different mentors while living in New York and it’s always good to have an OG’s advice. I always listen to what they have to say and apply it to my life paths and choices.

2. What has been your favorite modeling experience, and why?

I don’t really see myself as a model! However, the best experience with modeling is when I get to meet new people on set and I get to speak to people or different creatives that are involved in the shoot, also a great setting to make connections. It’s never really a fun job when people have their walls up it makes everything boring and awkward and I hate shoots like that 🙁 I just genuinely love talking to new people and hearing what they have to say about life.

3. Although studying at Parson’s got cut short, were there any valuable classes or skills you learned that guided your art?

There were few perks attending Parsons haha, the best perks were the resources that we get as Parsons students. For example, we had access to all the machines! My most valuable skill I learned is learning how to laser print. Besides that, I love history so I also loved learning objects and history. For the most part I was never a school person, I got expelled from high school and dropped out of college. I never did well with rules and guidelines. I never understood why there’s such structure in learning when everyone takes in information and learns how they want to learn.

4. Have you always been strongly connected to Buddhism, and how does it drive your artistic pursuits?

Yes, being born in Korea I was exposed to Buddhism at a young age through my grandma. I have memories of my grandma always meditating and going up to the temple. I never really understood too much of it when I was younger because it was never pushed on me but I was always around the energy. When I got a little older and my grandma passed, I did my own research and took more interest little by little. To me Buddhism isn’t a religion to me. It’s more like lessons of life I can learn and depict my own path through these learnings. I believe in enlightenment, everyone has the energy to align yourself fully and be enlightened but this takes practice and patience. This is why I strongly resonated with ‘Dakini’ which inspired a lot of my music persona ‘Kinida.’ Dakini in the origin of Tibeten Buddhism depicts female entity and energy as well symbolizes female ambiguity. I see Kinida as my meditation and guide to enlightenment with myself.

5. What was the most challenging part about navigating your way around New York while looking for artistic opportunities?

The most challenging moments I’ve experienced in New York were right after dropping out of school. One of the main reasons I dropped out was because I couldn’t afford tuition, even though I was on partial scholarship they raised the tuition every year. When I first came out to New York my parents were going through bankruptcy and they mentioned to me that they weren’t going to be able to support me for 4 years. So this is something I knew I had to face eventually and figure my life out as a young adult. I even applied for a student loan that was just for my second year through my friend’s parents, but even with that… It was difficult for me and I was pretty stressed out on top of all the school work I had to do as well.

I try to do things the right way most of the time but somehow my life pattern always takes me on a harder route. As an international student at the time and dropping out, they gave me only a week to leave the United States and my visa would become invalid. I didn’t have the finances to get my plane ticket so I ended up overstaying and became an alien citizen. It was easy to find a group of friends after I dropped out of school, I felt like I met a lot of artists similar to my situation as well which comforted me. I quickly felt like I had a huddle of friends that I could rock with, so I started couch surfing with some of them crashing with different friends and living in airbnbs week to week. It was okay in the beginning. I just knew I wasn’t going back home. There were many times that I felt like I just wanted to go back to Korea but I knew if I did I wouldn’t be allowed back in America for 10 years. This was the most challenging time for me, I could have really hit rock bottom and never be in a place that I am today. I was hanging around kids with ambitions but also addicted to drugs. At one point we wounded up getting trapped living with this couple who were heroin addicts; they would be handing out free drugs to us and we were young at the time and didn’t know much better but I always knew to stay away from whatever they were doing. I even tried to help them, but I learned a lot in those 2 years. I felt like it was a life test and I needed to pass it and I passed that shit!

6. How do you think your music impacts your audience and what kinds of messages do you try to convey through the music?

My impact with my music is both visual and sound. I want the two to merely represent each other as one. Through my music I am practicing my dakini (kinida) therefore, I want to represent the strong energy of femininity and feminine ambiguity. I don’t want to convey any message in my music other than the art itself. I want the audience to hopefully be able to relate to how I view my art and myself. I want to inspire myself to inspire others along the process.

7. How are you able to bridge multiple cultures through the use of bilingual lyrics?

I guess my first language is Korean but I do consider English as my first as well. As a westernized Asian I believe it is important to keep true to your roots as much as possible. Growing up in western culture it is very hard and confusing to identify your true self. I know a lot of my asian friends went through their own identity crisis growing up in western culture. Some of my friends don’t even speak their native tongue. I was close to abandoning my own native tongue as well but when I started making music I started practicing and writing Korean on my own and it helps me learn as I create. I just want to stay true to who I am when I create and I never want to abandon my own ethnic culture, I want people to know more about Korean culture and I feel responsible to open all the doors for that.

8. What is the most special part about your first solo EP dropping this fall?

Wooow, there’s been a lot of special moments creating this first true EP/Album! I feel like I was on trial to really find out my own sound in the beginning. It took me about almost two years of drafting music to really realize that music is something I really wanted to pursue. I was super low key about it in the beginning but as I opened up working with other musically talented people I feel like art creates itself. This project started with a draft of one song with a close friend of mine who is also one of my executive producers @yowasupfoo. Our first track that we made called ‘yessesori’ we fell in love right and we just decided that we are super compatible to create together so we kept going almost every night! Then she introduced me to @doubleyouowe who is also one of my executive producers and he really saw our vision in the tracks we were developing and he decided to hop on the project with us! So really this project has been timeless and seemingless. I’m really enjoying the process of this project and everyone that has been involved so far, I really appreciate everyone that has been believing in my sound and my vision for this project without my talented friends like Aerie and Merylin some of the tracks would not even have been possible, so I really am keeping this project close to my heart.

9. What key advice would you give to an aspiring artist trying to gain experience in a huge city?

MY TRUE HONEST ADVICE never chase money, let the money chase you 🙂

On the real side, I love collaborating with different artists! We live in a social media time, we really have the tools to connect with anyone we want. For me, I love connecting myself with different artists even if it is to collaborate or just to be friends with them. I know some people might think I’m weird for that but that’s how I’ve been making art forever. Even for this cover shoot I collaborated with @playthetrack9 Ruda who I met off of Instagram because one day I posted on my story if anyone could share their Creative Cloud account and she reached out to me, then I got to see some of her work on her page which was refreshing to me! I immediately let her know I wanted to create with her!

Making art isn’t all about yourself, that’s how you limit the potential of your own ideas. I know some of us think we can do everything ourselves but sometimes it’s okay to join with other creatives to create something bigger than your limitations.

10. How do you plan to expand your modeling, music, and other artistic projects in the future, and what are you most excited about?

I don’t want to plan anything! What I do know is that I want to create for living and I love the outlet of music because it contains all aspects of art that I want to target! So I am very excited to create and put my imagination to life 🙂

Kinida red headpiece @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red headpiece full body @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida dragon sunglasses @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red acrylics @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam
Kinida red acrylics red lighting @kinidakini @playthetrack9 @iamsocialadam

Artist: KINIDA
Direction of Photography: Ruda Lee

NCT 127 – KICK IT

Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 released the remix bundle iScreaM Vol. 1: ‘Kick It’ Remixes, featuring three remixes of their recent single “Kick It,” via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd.’s EDM label ScreaM Records with Capitol Music Group/ Caroline. 

Available HERE, the remix bundle showcases different perspectives on “Kick It”—whose music video, praised by Billboard as “fierce, inspirational,” has over 43 million views on YouTube alone—from critically acclaimed DJs Valentino Khan, MINIMONSTER, and Hitchhiker. “The original was so catchy and full of energy. I wanted to inject some trap and bass to turn it into a full-on banger,” said DJ Valentino Khan about the project – listen to his remix HERE

The lead single from their recently-released The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone,’ “Kick It” is the first song chosen for a new monthly series called iScreaM, which will feature remixed versions of singles from SM’s artists. This collection of “Kick It” remixes kicks off, fittingly, a project that will highlight the diverse personalities of both domestic and foreign DJs and producers. The entire series will be released via ScreaM Records, which was launched in 2016 as a sub-label of SM Entertainment specialized in the EDM genre. 

According to Forbes, the varied elements of “Kick It” make it “undoubtedly the most impactful” song from The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone.’  MTV News hailed the single as “an in-your-face banger,” and Consequence of Sound praised the track’s “melodic, buttery vocals” and “hard-hitting rap verses,” noting as well its “many genre twists and turns.” 

The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’ debuted on March 6 at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and quickly made its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Albums chart and the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart. “Kick It” stands out among an album “…full of tracks that showcase NCT 127’s diverse skillset, shining a spotlight on each of the members’ artistic strengths as performers and songwriters,” according to Billboard. “Neo Zone is NCT 127 at its best. It checks off all the boxes,” said Consequence of Sound. 

Coming up next, NCT 127 will release The 2nd Album Repackage ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round,’ a deluxe repackage of Neo Zone, featuring 4 new tracks—including their upcoming single “Punch”—alongside the album’s original 13. Physical albums will be released June 12 in the U.S. via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. with Capitol Music Group/ Caroline. The album will be available digitally on May 19 worldwide. Fans can pre-order the physical deluxe repackage HERE ahead of the release. 

NCT 127 will also perform a livestreamed concert on May 16 at 11 pm PT via Beyond LIVE, the world’s first online exclusive concert series from SM Entertainment and Naver. Following the group’s completely sold-out 2019 arena tour, viewers can look forward to an outstanding performance showcasing unparalleled camera work, AR technology, 3D graphics augmented in real-time, and a variety of virtual, colorful backdrops. 

(Photo courtesy of SM ENTERTAINMENT)

Korean Skin Care Beauty Products Availability During COVID-19

Due to the alarming situation of COVID-19, almost everything has been stopper in the world. Every sector of human life has greatly infected with this disease. The fashion industry is also infected but still, there are numerous online shopping stores and fashion brand websites which are helping the people to make sure about the availability of their products and enabling the interested people to deliver their interests relevant products at their doorsteps with fell precautions and following the basic principles of products delivery. Many fashion shops are encouraging the people to place online orders to book their requiring products so that they can deliver the chosen products with full safety by acting upon the safe product deliveries. 

Products Selection Criteria Which Can be Bought Online

Range of fashion products are many and it depends upon the interests fashion lovers to which they want to purchase and how to proceed online orders to get fast and safe order deliveries. Korean Skin care Routine, Facial Masks, Body lotions, Scrubs, beauty glowing creams, skin tones, body massage, Moisturizing creams and lotions, beauty enhancements products and so many skin improvement and skincare products which can be bought at any time after visiting the reliable shopping store. Removing all traces of makeup and other signs from your body especially face by best-recommended skincare products. Makeup and clearing away other impurities, require personal interests and deep analysis to meet with the challenges to solve the skincare issues and then to proceed further to select the best-recommended items from the authentic and reliable shopping web store.

Online Order Placement with Safe and Secure Delivery Service Guarantee

Don’t feel hesitation to choose the offering products from the famous stores because they are making sure the interested communities are interested to place online orders to get the fast and secure shipping services for their valued client’s safety. If still need to know anything before preceding any order to buy your favorite shipping items and then feel free to ask them to inquire about anything for which you need to clarify your confusion. Show your interests to decide where to buy your best demanding fashion beauties and accessories then proceed further to pass online orders to get fast and secure fashion products with 24/7 service. Show your interests and chose the best-recommended beauty and fashion accessories and products to glow your beauties by paying your proper concentration and focus on your health. 

Varieties in Fashion Products on Online Stores

In best-recommended skincare products, there are Makeup remover and oil cleanser, branded toners, Korean skincare, Face scrubs and peels, Water-based cleanser, Serum, booster, ampoule, Essence, Face Cream, Sheet Mask, Moisturizer and numerous other famous beauty products which can be bought anytime from authentic reliable resource store. Make sure which type of products do you need and how to get influence to make sure about the best demanding products on behalf of the best reliable resources. There is a huge collection of beauty and cosmetics products with simple and easy order guidelines to book their favorite products on behalf of the best reliable resources. Find a massive range of ideas and plans and discount offers to show your interest levels and to take immediate decisions to buy from online instead to go personally. Find the latest updates and new product arrivals news, as well as great discounts, offers to save your money and travel distance. 

Safety Measurements by Delivery Services During COVID-19 Situation

Massive range of products is formulated with skin-supporting ingredients to satisfy the interested communities and then to resolve almost all types of issues to place online orders to get the fast and secure service deliveries by following all the basic principles for consumer protection. There is no chance to ignore the values and beliefs for which people are frustrated to get safe products by delivery services. Everybody knows the situation and current atmosphere to book online fashion products and then to proceed further by reducing the risks of COVID-19. Show your interests and find your products with safe and secure deliveries and improve your lifestyle by shopping your favorite fashion and beauty products which you need to improve your personalities and health as well.