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Your Dog’s Five Most Critical Behaviors

Is your dog acting normal? More importantly, are you aware of any signs which show that your dog is not acting how they should be? Behavioral changes can sometimes be crucial when it comes to your dog’s health. Thus, it’s always worth paying attention to any differences and taking your furry friend to a vet if you have a hunch that something is wrong. After all, this may end up saving their life. Read on for more information!

Aggression without warning

Aggression from canines doesn’t always have to come in the form of a full-on attack – it could be growling, teeth-baring, or barking. Just because your dog doesn’t bite or attack doesn’t mean that other forms of aggressive behavior are appropriate. This is especially true if aggressive behavior is displayed toward the owner. 

Changes in appetite

A change in appetite may be of some concern, whether your dog is constantly hungry or completely put off their food. Changes in appetites often occur during or after significant transformations – such as moving house or traveling. If they feel uncomfortable with the transition, the induced stress may trigger them to eat differently. Also, more minor changes – for example, simply getting a new food bowl – can cause your furry friend to need more time to adjust. Saying this, there might always be a bigger problem causing this change in appetite, such as a disease. Thus, go to your local vet if you feel worried.

Incontinence after spaying

Spraying incontinence is a common problem which is probably also one of the worst. After all, no one wants their carpets, walls, and furniture ruined by urination! Dog in heat is particularly prone to bloody discharge. Once the vet has ruled out the prospect of any health issues for the dog’s incontinence, the only way to approach this issue is to train the dog. If the training, positive reinforcement, and set limits don’t work, it’s time to go back to the vet or a professional dog trainer.

An increase or decrease in weight

An increase in your canine’s weight could be due to inadequate exercise, a poor diet, metabolic changes, and specific types of illnesses. Illnesses can also affect weight loss, including heart disease, drug reactions, and stress.

The depression

While thinking about your pet suffering from depression is uncomfortable, you cannot ignore it. Signs of this include lengthy sleeping times, a decreased appetite, reduced playing, and clinginess. Depression in dogs can be triggered by significant changes, such as moving house or losing a loved one. If you are worried about this problem, it’s worth speaking to a vet.

Conclusion

Hopefully, now you know the importance of paying attention to your dog’s critical behaviors. If you notice an alteration in your pet or are simply worried about how they do something, it’s always worth speaking to a professional for reassurance!

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Splash House 2022

By Krish Narsinghani

360 Magazine ventured to the SoCal desert for the year’s hottest pool party craze, Splash House, held in Palm Springs, CA. This year’s lineup featured house music faves and 360’s ones to watch like Kito, Walker & Royce, Chanel Tres, Diplo and more. For lodging, the team stayed right in downtown at Hotel ZOSO, an eight minute walk away from the main stage hotel party at The Renaissance. Throughout the weekend, shuttles drove guests between The Renaissance (featuring 400 rooms with great views) the other two pool party destinations, The Margaritaville (pyramid stage with front row views from the pool) and The Saguaro (colorful party playground).

The three-day fest kicked off with an Afters Party at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Duke Dumont headlining. Talk about a welcome! Spanned across the inside and primarily the outdoor areas of the museum, guests were surrounded by historic aviation, various drink sponsors and spotlit by the dessert stars. Handcrafted festival-inspired cocktails were served at bars for GA and VIP. The 110 degree weather had cooled down in the evening and made for a perfect set with familiar tunes. Dumont brought the hype with his original singles, Ocean Drive and I Got U. The dance with the devil icon DJ built up the crowd with wild drops in front of an airplane that painted the sky with colorful LED lights.

Saturday and Sunday were filled with pool parties needed for the heat. Splashers came decked out in festival gear mixed with sexy swimwear. The fits slayed by the diverse crowd flying in from all over the US, with a majority driving in from the surrounding areas. Everyone was ready to celebrate the start of the summer with stellar music, particularly the evening sets by Walker & Royce, Dombresky, Yung Bae and Chet Porter. Walker & Royce killed their set with their reminiscent SoundCloud mixes featuring some techno drops amping up the fans. This bled into the night with Dombresky’s performance who tore it up with harder spins and trippy lights. The crowd couldn’t resist raving poolside – truly a sight to see them splashing in sync to the rhythm of the bass.

Splashers main point of conversation was centered around electronic R&B Splash House newcomer, Chanel Tres, who dropped it down at Hotel Saguaro. Other performances that mesmerized the team included sets by Shallou, Roosevelt, and Hayden James. Household name, Diplo, made waves at The Renaissance pool deck on Sunday evening. This grand finale closed out an unforgettable weekend. The desert brought heat but the Splash House concerts were on fire. Overall, the weekend left guests exhausted, but more than anything, eager to grab tickets for the other Splash House destinations this year. Fore more info, visit the site at www.splashouse.com.

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Veep of Marketing at Lexus via 360 MAGAZINE

Vinay Shahani

Vice President – Head of Marketing at Lexus, Toyota Motor North America

*Listen to Vinay Shahani’s full conversation with Vaughn Lowery on the 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

As a crowded child growing up in and around Detroit, Vinay Shahani was exposed to the motor industry at a very young age. He started working at the Ford Motor Company when his father (of Sindhi descent) emigrated from India to the United States in the 1960s. Vinay became a car lover under the influence of his father: “He was in the car business, and I was also in the car business because I was his son, and I loved that.” Once he moved to Michigan, Vinay earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University. Currently, Vinay lives in the Dallas area.

Vinay is Vice President of Marketing for Lexus, a Japanese high-end car brand created by Toyota Inc., a position he has held since January 2021. He is responsible for Lexus’ marketing activities, including advertising campaigns, media and digital, product marketing and lifecycle management, auto shows, incentive and experiential marketing, and motorsports. He creates a “speak up” environment to make the opinions of all members of his team visible (agency partners and internal staff). Identifying social and commercial values helps expand the brand to various groups of consumers who may not align with the preferences of the Asian population, such as Walton Isaacson (black, Hispanic, and LGBTIQ community) and the IW group.

In addition, he oversees motorsports, engagement marketing, car shows, and other consumer events throughout the United States. Vasser Sullivan is a race team, with worldwide competitors such as Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, that Lexus empowers with some of the best drivers –  “We definitely want to win, and we have a winning team.” Meanwhile, Lexus also helps improve consumers’ skills in car track by providing the opportunity to study professionally at Performance Driving School.

Since the brand is determined to treat consumers as valued guests, one of Vinay’s top initiatives iis Lexus Hospitality, as it is inspired by the Japanese spirit of hospitality and is committed to providing excellence in customer service. 

Another dimension within the marketing field is monitoring and analyzing the results after experimenting with the Lexus IS 500 model and the Lexus RC F Track Edition. 

Under the massive influence of the metaverse today, Vinay mentions that Lexus is creating its own Mark Netscape plus Upstream to figure out what the role of Lexus is as a brand in the metaverse. In addition, they are in talks with global partners like Lexus International to find out what is being sought out in Japan while identifying markets in the US, Canada, and Great Britain. Based on the diverse target audience of Lexus in the United States, Vinay seeks to use digital media and the National Brand Day to show brand culture and emotion, even

creating a TikTok account to get closer to younger audiences.  

As a high environment-friendly brand, by 2035, Vinay plans for Lexus to be a ‘global 100% battery electric’ vehicle brand to reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions. With these measures, it’s great to see the carbon footprint will be reduced thanks to the company’s shift. 

Finally, Vinay adds that “it is important that we know who we are as a brand from a strategic perspective.” With this, they are trying to add attractive and technological accessories to their vehicles that give the driver great confidence in the handling and control of their car. “Maintaining a love for performance cars gets your heart rate up, it excites you, and that’s something we definitely want to associate with different brands.”

Article: 

Andrea Esteban, Vaughn Lowery, Krishan Narsinghani, Armon Hayes

Resources:

Lexus & Toyota Motor North America

Links to the 2023 product announcements: Toyota New Product Showcase and 

Lexus New Product Showcase

RZ images can be found within the 2023 Lexus RZ album on this page.

Link to each brand’s Livestream press conference:

Toyota | Lexus

Link to Toyota Connected ‘Cabin Awareness’ Concept press release

Links to the final PDFs of the speaker support slides for each presentation:

Toyota , Lexus × Sequoia First Drive

Follow Vinay Shahani: Instagram | LinkedIn

Splash House 2022

Acts To See At Splash House 2022

By Krish Narsinghani

With Summer quickly approaching, festival goers are eager to see their favorite acts perform live post-pandemic. House music lovers in particular are geared up for this year’s Splash House in Palm Springs, California. This pool party paradise lasts for three days and features some of today’s hottest DJ’s and music artists. While headliner Diplo is always a must-see act, 360 are keen on seeing Chanel Tres, Kito, and Walker & Royce to name a few. 

Chanel Tres

Artist, producer and DJ, Chanel Tres, has paved a new path for groovy house tracks mixed with hip-hop and R&B influences. His newest self-produced album, “refresh,“ speaks volumes to his skill and innovation as it features funky dance instrumentals, different than some of his past projects. Recently witnessing his set at the Coachella Soho House party, you can trust that he’ll be causing some ripples at the pools. Get ready to bump to something unexpected once you get a taste of his Chicago house sounds infused with classic West Coast rap.

Kito

Kito started learning how to produce using FruityLoops and got her kickstart on Diplo’s label, Mad Decent. Her 2021 banger, ‘Recap,’ features R&B duo VanJess and Chanel Tres, and was at the top of all our dance music playlists. Fans will surely be hype to hear it live along with other familiar favorites like ‘Bitter’ plus her diverse mixes. Mashing genres and culture from her gigs around the world makes Kito’s futuristic pop sets something worth watching. 

Walker & Royce

The dynamic duo that is Walker & Royce have been producing their emotive, subdued and groove-heavy deep house since 2011. Fans can expect the ‘Role Models’ to bring their futuristic sets to the desert. From Holy Ship! to EDC Las Vegas, they’ve played an array of the top festivals. It’s exciting to see what they have in store for the show as they haven’t released new music lately and fans are eager for what’s to come.

Other artists 360 is excited to check out include Yung Bae and Shallou. It’s safe to say this year’s festival is back better than ever. For more info on Splash House and the rest of this year’s lineup, visit the official Splash House website.

More Festival Announce Info: 

The Summer festival series Splash House has announced the artist lineup for the first of its newly expanded triple weekend season in 2022. Celebrating its ninth edition, Splash House has established itself as a perennial favorite in the summer festival calendar, fusing forward-thinking electronic music, poolside partying, and resort amenities with the desert landscapes of Palm Springs. Splash House is now set to make a return to desert for an expanded three weekends this summer, taking place June 10-12, August 12-14, and August 19-21.

June attendees will be treated to a lineup that reflects the constant evolution of modern dance music, bringing together a mix of industry titans and emerging acts from around the world.

Artists announced for the June weekender include dance music’s most electrifying figures, such as Higher Ground and Mad Decent superstar Diplo, a DJ set from in demand Compton act and versatile beatsmith Channel Tres, and house hitters Dombresky and Noizu teaming up for a back to back set. Top billing continues with a DJ set from Sydney’s triple platinum tastemaker Hayden James, a b2b set from melodic dance producers Manila Killa and Chet Porter, electronica star Fort Romeau and groove-heavy house duo Walker & Royce.

All shades of house music in addition to crossover electronic live acts will be present throughout the weekend, including a mix of household names and emergent favorites. This includes the future-funk productions of Yung Bae, the infectious sounds of Dutch brother-sister duo Shermanology, a live set from emotive indie electronic singer and producer Shallou, bass-heavy house star Hannah Wants, and bonafide Chicago legend Gene Farris. The next generation will come proper to Splash House as well, repped by rising Australian record producer Kito, melodic house and downtempo producer Jerro, and singer-songwriter and producer Pauline Herr among many others.

By night, attendees can experience After Hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum while enjoying an open-air dance floor and witnessing artists perform alongside historic airplanes, all backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains. This location has become a staple of the Splash House experience, while also hosting the debut of Desert Air last December. UK hitmaker Duke Dumont and progressive house favorite Yotto have been announced as the headliners, set to carry the day party into the after party at the air museum.

Attendees will again be spread across three resort venues, the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro Hotels, which each have their own distinct feel transporting fans to multiple eras of Palm Springs aesthetic history all within the festival footprint.

It remains Splash House’s style-forward and fun-loving community that makes the event what it is. A hideaway from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, Splash House fosters an environment fit for music fans, fashionistas, travelers, and those seeking a different kind of festival.

All currently available pass types and hotel package options can be viewed at splashhouse.com. GA passes for the June edition start at $189. Guests must be 21+ in order to purchase.

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Karnevil LA

By Krishan Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine attended LA’s hottest new immersive dinner and show experience, Karnevil, for their media night grand opening. Re-imagine the 20’s carnival but sexier, spookier with a touch of fine cuisine. Expect great service as you enter the intimate venue where you’ll be greeted by the staff in full-costume.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the freaks that may follow you to the bathroom.. a true sight for photos galore and potentially a future nightmare. Our favorite acts, without giving too much away, were Michael Rayner and the fire eater. Don’t ever think that balancing objects on your nose or juggling have gotten old when it comes to Mr. Rayner. The skills were something you may remember seeing on America’s Got Talent. 

Enjoy dinner and hand-crafted cocktails while enjoying the show. Each dish had a unique circus twist which elevated the overall atmosphere. Five star foods such as the Depths of The Sea (shrimp ceviche) and County Fair (Braised slab bacon, donut holes , maple glaze, pickled mustard seed, Chicharone Crispys) were absolutely to die for. One thing your inner circus-child needs at least once are the Cotton Chicken Lolli’s – Black truffle bbq chicken lolli pops, candy sprinkle, cotton candy come together with a unique Root Beer reduction sauce that’s smothered across the plate. Indulge yourself with the Fried Oreo Cocktail and the Watermelon Cotton Candy infused refresher.  

The sweet delights and entertainment compliment one another for an unforgettable night out in the city for adults of any age. For tickets and additional information, visit Karnevil LA’s website.

More on Karnevil:

KARNEVIL is a fully immersive dinner and show experience based around the best parts of a 1920’s steam circus, with elements of pop culture woven into its fabric. Imagine if American horror story “freak show” threw a party with the best DJ’s on stage while sword swallowers, fire eaters, contortionists, psychics, burlesque, freaks and weirdos entertained you. Imagine five star food from award winning chefs, top shelf cocktails beyond Instagram worthy and the best themed parties in all of Los Angeles.

If you can imagine it, you can experience it! At KARNEVIL you are the celebrity, from the moment you hit our red carpet until the moment your valet escorts you back to your ride, it’s all about you being here, being seen, and being free. You will be thrilled, shocked, and excited by our truly one of a kind experience. So, come one, come all, and join the circus! Located at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90028

Automobile illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Tips on Promoting an Auto Repair Shop

An auto repair customer’s journey is a short one that typically starts on a search engine, and that’s why SEO and local advertising are such effective marketing methods. With some planning and an intuitive website, auto shop owners can continue to bring in new customers. Here are a few promotional tips for auto repair shop owners.

Search Ads

Many shop owners use PPC (pay per click) advertising to generate qualified leads and site traffic. Ad copy should promote a business’ unique qualities, such as special offers, fast completion times, insurance claims assistance, and satisfaction guarantees. When promoting an auto repair shop, work with a digital marketing team to set up ad campaigns, bid on the best keywords, and optimize audience targeting for the best results.

Local Reviews and Listings

Local reviews and listings are a great way to get an auto repair shop’s name in front of consumers who need help. The most important step is to build a presence on Facebook, Yelp, Google My Business, and other sites drivers use, as well as local sites. Encourage existing customers to review your services and provide timely responses to feedback. By optimizing listings and building a business profile, owners can boost their shops’ search engine rankings and build a stronger customer base.

SEO Strategies

SEO or search engine optimization is the process of ensuring that a shop’s site has desirable traits and can be indexed by the search engines. SEO is a highly technical, evolving process, so working with an agency is the best way to keep pace with algorithm changes and stay ahead of competitors. Search engine optimization ensures that, when drivers look online for local repair shops, yours will show up first.

A Well-Designed Website

A site that’s informative and optimized does much to support a shop owner’s overall SEO strategy. Don’t forget to include and update opening hours, location, and service offerings, as well as other important information. We recommend including high-quality photos, along with valuable, relevant content that keeps customers coming back for advice.

Chat Features

A chat button makes it simple for customers to ask questions and voice their concerns. With live chat, shop owners can engage with site visitors and start the service experience off on the right foot. Chat services, whether they’re powered by live agents or artificial intelligence, collect information about customers and their desired services, which makes follow-up calls easier.

Lead Management Tools

Drivers, especially those who need emergency service, typically go with the first shop to take their calls. According to a recent study, it’s much easier to qualify leads within five minutes of initial contact than within a half-hour. With lead management and tracking software that captures call recordings, lead details, and more, it’s easier to nurture these leads and gain a wider view of the shop’s customer acquisition strategies.

Don’t Wait—Start Planning Your Shop’s Success Strategy Today

We hope these tips will help auto repair shop owners promote their offerings and build stronger relationships with customers. Don’t be afraid to help you’re business succeed and market smarter, not harder.

Lexus performance drivers at Long Beach Grand Prix via 360 MAGAZINE

Lexus Racing: Grand Prix Long Beach

By Yash Thadani and Krish Narsinghani

It was a fast and epic weekend for race fans as the NTT IndyCar Series returns. This prestigious race took place in the streets of Long Beach, specifically held at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Regardless if you’re a racing fanatic, this event was one to remember. Entering the convention center guests were directed towards a large room filled with concept cars that anyone would dream of driving. Automobiles from Acura, Lexus, Ferrari, etc. were flooded throughout the entire venue. Proceeding towards the back of the locale where numerous vendors were selling snacks ranging from homemade beef jerky to sugar cane candy. It was the perfect place to hang out if you wanted to change up the scenery, or if you wanted to enjoy a quick bite to eat.

Lexus, the car company recognized for their luxurious drive and classic look, would be competing in this legendary competition. The brand that was known as something your grandmother would drive is now breaking barriers by entering the racing scene. Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat piloted the Seal Master liveried No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 to a second place finish at this 11-turn circuit.

360 Magazine. sat down with the two British drivers to conduct a short interview. The two motorists coincidentally grew up in the same part of England, with only an hour drive from between them. Only three years apart, they had never raced together until now. The two of them have been enjoying their time together as allies and plan to build upon that chemistry for future races. To hear the full interview click here.

The Grand Prix of Long Beach was the third race of the 2022 season and first sprint race. One of the Lexus drivers, Jack Hawksworth had a few words to say “Mega day for us. It was a surprise podium today. We had a bit of a struggle yesterday. We just ran a clean race, and we didn’t make any mistakes. We got a nice overcut there in the beginning to jump ahead of the GTD leader and then after an incident on pit lane among competitors got to second. Ben (Barnicoat) did a great job on the restarts and the Vasser Sullivan team did a great job on pit lane. We just did all of the basics right and got on the podium. It was a really good day.”

Safe to say Hawksworth was happy with his performance for that day. Barnicoat followed up with “It was a great day. Amazing to finally get the first podium of the season after being so close in both Daytona and Sebring. We finally got there. I feel like the Vasser Sullivan team did a great job today — everyone involved from the ground up. We definitely didn’t have the pace, but we maximized what we had so to come out of here with a second place is beyond what we thought we were quite capable of on paper. A huge thank you to everyone at Vasser Sullivan and Lexus Racing for their effort today. Hopefully it’s the first of many this season.”

360 Magazine also had the honor of experiencing an exclusive offering called Hot Labz. It was an opportunity of a lifetime where a professional driver took a lap around the track in the brand new IS-500. The Japanese chariot has a horse power of 472 MPH, with a five-liter V8 engine. It’s apparent that Lexus will continue to move mountains and make a name for itself in the motor-sporting space.

Lexus performance drivers at Long Beach Grand Prix via 360 MAGAZINE
AeroMobil

AeroMobil: The World’s First Flying Car

By Krish Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine, had the opportunity to sit down with AeroMobil’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karl Hermanns, to discuss the first ever vehicle to fly and drive, the AeroMobil 4.0. The 360 team witnessed its beauty in-person and sat in the two-passenger cockpit whilst asking all the burnings questions that would be flying through one’s head. No pun intended.

Coming from the luxury brand and art space, Hermanns, was recently onboarded to strategize the launch plans and release for later this year. Currently in the soft launch phase, the world can expect the Aeromobil to be available for pre-order later this year and delivered to the first customers in 2024. With hundreds of hours of flight testing, the prototype is currently in Europe.

“We’ve all seen flying cars in movies and Science-Fiction for years and years. It’s finally real and will be in the sky two years from now… it’s an engineering miracle,” Hermanns pointed.

The 4.0 model number attached to the name stems from the 4th iteration of design for the craft – it’s been in development for about ten years. Each iteration has advanced the aerodynamics, technology and overall flight experience. For hundreds of years, it’s been impossible to get the science right but the engineering team, based in Europe, have solved travel hybridity for the first time. An engineer from the team was on-site and explained that the hardest challenge was getting the weight and proportions right of the two-ton beast to ensure proper takeoff when thinking of adding two passengers, fuel and baggage.

From an opening glance, the model screams Back to the Future. With wings spanning a total of thirty feet, the AeroMobil was the hottest attraction for guests wandering the Petersen Automotive Museum. The invention is fully automated with the wings folding into the body of the vehicle in under 90 seconds. It’s similar to those of a bird or insect the way it functions. It’s twenty feet in length and slender look may have a driver intimated at first, when in actuality, it’s size is comparable to that of an F-150 or Escalade. It’s worth noting that a four-seater version is also in design meant to be used as a ride-sharing service. Call it a “flying Uber” if you will, measured at an untapped 70 billion dollar market.

The vehicle wasn’t designed to compete with hyper cars at lightning speeds but for the intended use of traveling between land and air. Top driving speed is set at 100mph while flying spews a solid 160mph and 300 horsepower. With a range of 320 miles driving and 460 miles flying, passengers can minimize travel time and compete full trips with the one fuel up.

Comparatively, fully electric flying vehicles might be coming the market soon, but as of now they are less far along in terms of milage range. eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing) vehicles have a subsequently shorter flying distances of ten miles or so at a time, due to batteries weighing down the aircraft. The AeroMobil can be fueled at any normal gas station and only requires a 400 yard ramp for takeoff and landing. Talk about conveniency when saving more time driving all day, beating out traffic, and even dealing with delays at the the airport!

A light aircraft private pilot’s license is required to fly. Forty hours of training are required to get said license. A massive portion of the ten thousand landing strips are under utilized but are open to the public, plus infrastructure that’s already built. The AeroMobil will be priced at approximately two million USD.

A show model is currently available for viewing at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Watch the commercial at the following link.

AeroMobil Show Model
Krishan Narsinghani and Ikue Newson covers uptown magazine and Lexus gala for 360 Magazine

Lexus Uptown Honors

By: Krish Narsinghani

Lexus and Uptown Magazine celebrated a pre-oscars evening with LA’s favorite couples at the Sunset Room in Hollywood. The black-tie event celebrated Black love and honored the industry’s top Film and TV producers, writers, actors and more. 360 Magazine had the chance to cover the red carpet for this post-pandemic dinner with with guests ecstatic to see familiar faces unmasked and glammed out.

Salli (“The Gilded Age” producer/director) and Dondre Whitfield (“Queen Sugar”) were amongst the talent and shared a few words on what the event meant to them and touched on Salli’s current network project.

“All these couples are our friends. It’s good to surround yourselves with other couple who are likeminded. You have to identify who your tribe is. So far, its been one of the best experiences of my life [Guilded Age on HBO]. It’s been life-changing to bring the story to the screen and have this partnership with HBO.”

Whitfield’s pushed the importance for the next generation of women of color, “Be brave. Throw that fear out the window and just go for it.”

The American Black Film Festival GM/President, Nicole Friday, also spoke on celebrating twenty-six years since it’s inception. “Our mission has been about community.. about spreading Black Love but in the artistic way. Showcasing new artists and new voices and continue what we’ve been doing for the last twenty-six years.” Friday told 360 one of her favorite TV shows is Abott Elementary along with excitement for Issa Rae’s upcoming new show Rap Shit to hopefully come to ABFF.

The dinner consisted of a three-course meal and signature cocktails as everyone cheered for the honorees that have been trailblazing the film scene. The new 2022 Lexus NX Hybrid, unveiled a few months prior, was staged fabulously for attendees to view after the awards. Black excellence shined through the evening with a sense of community in the air. Other noteworthy celebrities in attendance included: B. Thompson, Mali Music, Chante Moore, Glozell.

Red Carpet shout-outs can be found here.

About UPTOWN Magazine:

Founded in 2004, UPTOWN is the only luxury lifestyle brand that targets the Affluent African American (AAA) Market. UPTOWN Magazine affords luxury purveyors the broadest access to this highly sought-after audience. Uptown offers both traditional and innovative strategies across multiple platforms including UptownMagazine.com, the interactive website, signature events, and its soon-to-launch digital channel Uptown EXP.

About Lexus:

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

Listen to interviews on red carpet HERE.

Slave Play

Slave Play

By Krish Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine joined Center Theatre Group’s grand post-pandemic reopening of LA’s Mark Taper Forum. What better way to kickoff the return of the arts than with the highly acclaimed drama, Slave Play. Featuring moments of explicit content, the play has sparked controversy amongst the theater community. The diverse seven hundred or so person crowd watched as the playwright, Jeremy O. Harris, primed the show sharing how he started his journey in LA as an actor, and how his first finished work at Yale is currently being watched across the nation. This Broadway hit has planted itself in Downtown Los Angeles and is here to stay, stirring heads in the entertainment space as the city continues to expand in theatricals.

Guests experiencing the play for the first time were quickly drawn in with the opening scene set on a plantation field. To have a thickening plot is an understatement. Slave Play is a must-watch for everyone of all colors and backgrounds. A perfect release during Black History Month, this art can be used for pleasure or as an educational tool to celebrate and learn about ones Blackness in a relationship. Overall, the acting and curves in the storyline had the crowd at the edge of their seat and left us in awe. The minimal stage production and use of lighting surprisingly didn’t hinder the story and allowed the acting to shine through. The intimate theater actually improved the atmosphere where attendees could better hear and witness the grit and raw emotions of the leads, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and Paul Alexander Nolan, without the need for traditional smoke and mirrors. The two played an interracial couple that expressed a wife’s frustration with viewpoints I’d never heard. The profanity did make me feel uncomfortable at times, but it’s needed to fully encapsulate one within the character conflict plus it pushes the script to feel more alive. It’s interesting how subtle some of the dialogue is between characters and still have fans pondering days later. The play is already a hot topic of pop culture conversations amongst Angelenos and it’s only the beginning.

A handful of celebrities attended the opening night including Tracee Ellis Ross, Mara Brock Akil, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Logan Browning, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Samira Wiley, Ashley Park, Sofia Boutella, Patrick Fabian, Wade Allain-Marcus and Malia Obama. The evening finished with a standing ovation and a toast with the Taper team. Slave Play is refreshing in taste and is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys progressive media in general.

More About Slave Play

It’s the most Tony Award®-nominated play in history. It stunned off-Broadway. Then it shocked Broadway. Now, Jeremy O. Harris, “a major new voice in the American theater” (Chicago Tribune), brings his “raw, revelatory, and revolutionary play” (The Daily Beast) to the Taper, in the same production that roiled New York. Directed by two-time NAACP and Obie Award® winner Robert O’Hara, Slave Play is “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up in years” (The New York Times).

At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It’s an antebellum fever-dream as three interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, and sexuality in 21st-century America. It’s a world where the sex is as raw as the emotions, and the twists as salacious as the truth. Don’t dare shy away from this production that “reimagines the possibilities of what theatre can give us” (The New York Times).

About Jeremy O. Harris

Full-length plays include: Slave Play (Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, NYT Critics Pick, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences), DADDY (Vineyard Theatre/The New Group, Almeida Theatre). In 2018, Jeremy co-wrote A24’s film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. He is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwrighting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, a resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is a graduate of the Yale MFA Playwrighting Program. Jeremy is currently developing a pilot with A24 for HBO.

For info on tickets to the Slave Play, head to the Center Theatre Group’s website.

Slave Play Actors
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Slave Play Actors Opening Night
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