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Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration

Long Beach Hosts Largest Juneteenth Celebration in City’s History

On Saturday, June 19th, Long Beach will host its largest Juneteenth event ever. The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Historic Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, between 4th and 5th Streets, from 11AM – 4PM. The city of Long Beach officially designated Juneteenth a “Day of Celebration,” and they will advocate for it to become a state and federal holiday through their City Council legislative affairs committees.

We are excited to celebrate the best of Black culture with our people and allies,” said event organizer Carl Kemp. “I chose to do this event in response to a call from God, and it has been blessed with volunteers, supporters and sponsors who also believe in the vision of celebrating Black freedom, culture, achievement and unity.”

This free event will feature an array of performances from the main stage, including R&B superstar Eric Benét, MAJOR., the Antioch Mass Choir, African drum and dance, jazz poetry and more! There will also be vendors and fun activities for the entire family.

The Long Beach Juneteenth celebration allows our community to reflect on progress we’ve made, while recognizing with clear eyes how far we have to go. Black people worldwide still suffer under the oppression of systemic racism and injustice,” said Cameron Onumah, Amazon Policy Manager. Amazon is the Presenting Sponsor and made a major contribution toward the event. “We have a lot of work to do as a society, and, as a company, we want to listen, engage and take action, together.”

I am overjoyed and elated to sponsor the Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration,” said Wayne Chaney Jr., Lead Pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, which is just steps away from the event. “I know Carl’s personal journey and commitment to making this vision from God a reality, and I believe with all my heart that this is the start of something big for our city for years to come.

The DLBA is proud to sponsor this important celebration to honor Black history and culture. We remain committed to recognizing and supporting our Black community not only through Juneteenth, but throughout the year. This is an important part of building cultural and social awareness while embracing the broader conversation of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance. “We look forward to everyone coming together for an afternoon of uplifting celebration in our Downtown to support the celebration and our community.”

We are honored to be one of the inaugural sponsors of this year’s Long Beach Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is an important part of history that should be recognized and celebrated in the community, and it’s exciting to see the entire city come together for such an important cause,” said Tamika Lang, Boeing Global Engagement Senior Manager.

Please visit the official website for complete event details.

Arts in the Plaza illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Arts In The Plaza

Long Beach Local Arts Festival Arts In The Plaza Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Beginning May 29th through October 30th in Kennedy Plaza

This year on opening day, Saturday, May 29th, 2021 (rain date June 5, 2021), marks the 10th anniversary of Arts In The Plaza, a weekly arts festival located at Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach, NY.

“With regulations lifting, we are excited to continue our 10th full season of Arts In The Plaza,” says Arts In The Plaza Director Sammi Metzger. “It is so important now more than ever to shop local and support small businesses, and we look forward to having that opportunity this year.”

Beginning at 10am until 3pm, attendees can shop from over 30 different local artisans. Of special note, Long Beach city officials will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am and former American Idol contestant Evan Kuriga will perform live on opening day at noon. Additionally, the Long Beach Photo Bus, 1971 VW bus that has been converted into a traveling photo booth, will serve as a photo opportunity for attendees to capture and share their experiences on opening day through social media using the hashtag #AITPturns10.

Who: Arts in the Plaza

What: 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, May 29th from 10am-3pm (rain date Sat, June 5th)

*10:30am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Long Beach City Officials

Where: Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach, NY

Conveniently located an hour from New York City by car or train and within walking distance of the public beach, Arts In The Plaza is a weekly outdoors festival that features local handcrafted art including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories, home décor and live music.

About Arts In The Plaza

Arts In The Plaza is a weekly, outdoor arts festival in Long Beach, NY that features handcrafted art by Long Island artists, live music and cultural performances. Located in the center of town at Kennedy Plaza, Arts In The Plaza takes place every Saturday from 10am to 3pm beginning Memorial Day weekend through Halloween. Each week, local artists showcase a diverse assortment of products and services in various mediums including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories and home decor.  All artists involved in Arts In The Plaza are also members of local arts organizations including the Artists in Partnership, West End Arts Visual Artists Guild, and the Long Beach Art League. Arts In The Plaza is built on love – love of art, love of music, love of community, love of Long Beach. Follow Arts In The Plaza on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Giveon – Like I Want You & Untitled

Critically acclaimed Long Beach singer/songwriter Giveon releases the first-ever Are & Be Spotify Singles, which coincides with the new look and feel of the Are & Be flagship playlist.

Exclusive to Spotify, “Like I Want You” (Side A) is a reworking of Giveon’s original song which charted at #25 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, and “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (Side B), is a cover of D’Angelo’s iconic 20-year-old hit.

Coincidentally, Giveon’s recordings were mixed at Electric Lady Studios, the same place that D’Angelo recorded “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” twenty years ago.

“Really excited to share this version of ‘Like I Want You,’’ says Giveon. “It’s a very personal piece, so stripping it down allows the vocal to be the star of the show. Also, covering an R&B Classic is the icing on the cake. Working on these two songs were a beautiful time for me. “ 

ABOUT GIVEON

GIVEON infuses Rat Pack-style classiness into modern R&B. Developing his own baritone delivery, he caught the attention of another Long Beach local and multiplatinum singer and songwriter AUGUST 08 [DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber] who served as an initial mentor. In 2018, GIVEON independently made his debut with “Garden Kisses” (2.7M Spotify streams to date) and “Fields,” clocking 1.5M Spotify streams so far.

A year later, he joined forces with producer Sevn Thomas [Drake, Rihanna, Travis Scott] and further honed a signature style of his own. In 2019, he also performed “Giveon Unplugged” to a packed crowd at Soho House in addition to leading a songwriting camp sponsored by Remy Martin and Asics alongside top producers and songwriters such as boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Sevn Thomas, WondaGurl, Charlie Handsome, and more. Afterwards Snoh Aalegra personally invited him on her headline tour.

Giveon’s vocals, which have already provided him with a banner moment in 2020 singing the hook on Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” are a force to be reckoned with.

His debut EP Take Time was released in March 2020 and has received widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike including Billboard, Elle, V Man, Teen VOGUE, Hypebeast, and more. The project has amassed 20M + US streams across Spotify platforms since its release and his rapidly-expanding fanbase is already clamoring for a follow-up project across social media. With more music on the horizon, Giveon ignites a new era for his hometown and a sound unlike anything out there.

FOLLOW GIVEON ON TWITTER / FOLLOW GIVEON ON INSTAGRAM

MOST INSTAWORTHY LOCATIONS

The Most Hashtagged Places In America
  • PlayPicks reveal that Disneyland in Anaheim is the USA’s favourite place to pap an Instaworthy photograph
  • Miami Beach has been shared 8,673,724 times on Instagram, making it the most hashtagged beach and second most hashtagged place overall in America
  • New study shows men have a more active social (media) life, admitting to sharing online multiple times a day whilst on holiday

 In 2019, if you don’t take a photo it’s like it never happened. Social platforms like Instagram act as outlets which let us explore places we’ve never seen before – one search of a hashtag and you’ll have everything at your fingertips. But where are the most tagged places in America?

New research from entertainment experts PlayPicks uncovers the most shared locations in the USA, delving into categories from beaches to arenas and festivals, to uncover the most Instagrammable hotspots in the US. Alongside this, PlayPicks ran a survey of the US public to reveal just how reliant the nation is on social media, in particular when it comes to travelling.

Top 5 Most Hashtagged Places in the U.S

Playpicks have scoured Instagram to find the top 20 hashtagged places spanning over nine different categories. These are the top five most hashtagged locations overall in the U.S for Instagrammers: 

  • Disneyland Anaheim – Not just where dreams come true, but also where hashtags are made. Disneyland was built in 1955 and has since received 19,783,733 Insta shares. Considering the fact that they had an estimated attendance last year of 18.3 million, it’s of no surprise that it’s the most hashtagged location in America. It’s sister park in Florida, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, takes the second spot on the most hashtagged list at 9,400,298 posts.
  • Miami Beach – This man-made beach has 8,673,724 shares on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammed beach in the US – and with 15.22 square miles of beautiful, golden sand and relaxation, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but take one for your grid.
  • Central Park – One of two of New York’s offerings in the top 10 list (the other being Times Square) is its first major landscape park. The park’s construction started in 1857 and upon its completion, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations – having approximately 40 million visitors a year and 6,104,544 shares on Instagram.

The Influence of Influencers 

In the age of the influencer, Instagram has a more direct effect on our everyday choices. PlayPicks surveyed the US public to uncover how much of an influence social media really has on our travel decisions and experiences:

  • The majority of male respondents (45%) admitted to taking holiday inspiration solely from influencer posts on social media rather than their friends. Only 22% of women said they would listen to just an influencer, instead 50% would balance their decision based on both friends and influencers.
  • Men care the most about getting the perfect snap for the ‘gram – on average, men spend 20.28 minutes getting a picture just right before uploading it, while women spend only 14.67 minutes.
  • Although 49% of respondents said they solely take photos for themselves, 26% said they do it for social media – this was preferred over taking snaps for family and friends, which only 24% claimed was their primary reason for documenting their trips.

To explore the rest of America’s favourite social media destinations, search the interactive tool and find the most hashtagged places in America here.

ComplexCon Comes To Chicago

You heard it! Complex Networks is bringing ComplexCon to Chicago next year!

More than 60,000 fans attended ComplexCon in Long Beach last month, making it the most successful ‘Con in the event’s three-year history, and now ComplexCon is expanding to the heartbeat of the Midwest. For fans who can’t wait until next November for the annual ComplexCon in Long Beach, Complex Networks announces today that it is adding to a ComplexCon in Chicago on July 20 & 21, 2019 at McCormick Place.

Those who know, know that ComplexCon is the expertly curated, groundbreaking convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life through pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.

ComplexCon Chicago will pay homage to the city’s unique and distinct influence on pop culture.

Then into ComplexCon.com and follow ComplexCon on Instagram for details about ticket on-sale dates and other important information.

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ComplexCon 2018

By Krishan Narsinghani

For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.

Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.

Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.

ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

2018 Camaro 2 SS

By Anthony Sovinsky + Vaughn Lowery

The 2018 Camaro 2 SS defines the modern day muscle car. It thrusts power with a new focus on aerodynamics and handling. Its overstated presence remains true, but with enhanced design features – it has the auto world watching.

The vehicle features the 1LE track package finished in a silver ice metallic coating with a prominent front grille ending at a point. It sports a sleek black mesh grille and vents that are strategically positioned on the hood to enhance the breathing and cooling mechanisms. The stance is wide and athletic, thanks to the 20” forged aluminum wheels, in combination with aggressive sized fenders for increased handling capabilities.

Let’s take our attention to the rear of the vehicle. The taillights are streamlined to accent the masculine contours and racing additions. This includes a black finished spoiler and chrome polished quad pipes that sing the sweet melody of a manually shifted 6.2 liter V8 putting down 455HP to the crank.

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to pilot the Chevy on a variety of escapades around Los Angeles county. To begin, the team traveled to the first annual Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach. The fest featured a variety of different restaurants from Long Beach, Orange County and LA serving anything from gourmet burgers to delectable desserts.

At Sneaker Con LA held in Anaheim, 360 had the pleasure of interviewing the design manager for Global Chevrolet Color and Trim, Brett Goliff. Sneaker Con was the perfect location to meet Brett as his love for sneakers and street wear is unparalleled – a passion that has blossomed since 1993. Before his career at Chevrolet, Brett worked as a shoe designer for New Balance. His design philosophy is simple. “Form follows function,” said Golliff. “Successful design is nothing without a purpose and reason for being. It should always be routed in function. Once you have the function you are solving for, make it look beautiful.”

Before his current role, Golliff focused on Chevrolet performance vehicles. His most recent work can be seen on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and seventh-generation Corvette, including the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, the most capable Corvette made to this date.

Driving a manual car in traffic can be frustrating, however the Camaro’s smooth clutch and short shifter made the repetitive shifting in stop-and-go traffic a breeze. In addition, it is more spacious than a coupe, as a group of four can fit with ease. The versatility to function as both a pure sports vehicle and luxury vehicle make the Camaro an ideal commuter car.

The Camaro 2SS’s 1LE track package will cost an additional $7,000USD. It highlights a variety of performance additions, including magnetic ride control, beefed up 20” wheels (Summer tires only), Recaro performance front bucket seats, electronic limited slip differential, dual mode performance exhaust, suede finished flat bottom sport steering wheel and shift knob, satin black blade spoil, satin black hood wrap, satin black front splitter and Brembo performance brakes with red calipers – talk abut bang for your buck.

With no access to a track, the trip shifted to a driving hotspot, Mulholland drive – a road which can expose the inadequacy in handling with some of the most elite vehicles in production. When put to the test, the beauty performed as intended, handling narrow twists and turns of the canyon with grace. Thanks to magnetic ride control, body roll is virtually absent staying extremely flat in back-to-back turns almost as if it was riding on rails – a feeling usually experienced in its European counterpart. Moreover, with the rev matching feature activated, the 6.2L V8 will keep power consistent when down shifting heading into a turn that provides more acceleration and traction while exiting. This is a neat feature for those who have not yet learned the intricacies of a manually shifted vehicle, making it enjoyable for even the novice enthusiast.

The interior is simple, allowing the driver to focus on what really matters – the road. It features a Chevrolet Mylink audio system with navigation ($495USD) on an 8-inch diagonal touch screen that is also compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Drive. Furthermore, one can opt for the performance data and video recorder ($1300USD) that can record several metrics and provide feedback on the driver’s performance.

Valued at $42,000USD for the base model and an additional $7,000USD for the 1LE track package plus extra features available upon request, the total comes to a modest $51,790USD for a full blown track super star. The noteworthy 2018 Camaro is a steal for anyone looking to acquire an entry level sport vehicle.

Brunch Life Fest

Some of the best restaurants in Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles came together for the first ever Brunch Life Fest in Long Beach, CA. At the event, there were local brunch tastings, mimosas, and specialty drinks. Bottomless mimosas, beer, and brunch? What can be better than that?

This was a one-day outdoor food and entertainment festival that debuted at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park at 400 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA. The parks turf recreational lawns, waterfront views and walkways are the draw at the traditional Japanese-style park. This event was exclusive to 21+  on August 4, 2018. with day drinking, samples, and tastings while supplies lasted.

At the event, full sized entrees and beverages were available through vendors. Agaves Kitchen, GD Bro Burger, Gourmet Blends, Padre, Drake’s Brewing, Essential Water, and Liberation Brewing were just some of the vendors at the event offering tastings and specialty drinks. Pearson Brother’s Winery provided a mimosa bar. Patrons were able to try the first grapeless wine made with wildflower honey, valencia orange, and indonesian vanilla.

Event goers enjoyed live music and entertainment from local bands, photo booths, lawn games, and other fun activities.  VIP tickets were $90 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, access to the VIP section, and cocktail bar.

General Admission tickets were $75 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, and access to merchants and vendors.

A La Carte was offered to patrons and that paid entry to the festival, and access to food vendors and merchants.

If you’re a brunch enthusiast, you’ll want to head over to the Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach on August 4.

The event was packed by mid-morning and drew in so many people in Southern California. The Brunch Life crew worked around the clock pooling funds to pay for the event and sourcing local businesses to create this fun day for patrons. There first time doing this was a success and they hope to continue to do this annually.

Brunch Life Fest & Giveaway!

360 Magazine will be conducting a social giveaway for a pair of GA tickets. To enter, just follow @brunchlifefest on Instagram and comment #360magazine and #agendafestival on our Instagram post here. Winners will be announced Thursday, August 2nd. They can collect their passes under their names with proof of ID at WILL CALL.

Brunch Life Festival is coming to the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA on August 4, 2018 to celebrate that indulgent meal between breakfast and lunch that’s fueled by mimosas and avocado toast topped with poached eggs. Restaurants from Long Beach and Orange County are gathering to provide guests with brunch samples and beverage tastings. For five hours, the festival encourages attendees to live out their wildest brunch dreams (i.e., sip bottomless mimosas, sample gourmet brunch dishes, and participate in their favorite booze-fueled outdoor games). Live entertainment by Soular System, The Black Noise, and Roma provide a soundtrack to revelers’ escapades. Enjoy plenty of photo-booths to preserve memories for brunches to come. Round up your brunch crew for a fun filled day and enjoy the Brunch Life! Tickets starting at $20 on www.brunchlifefest.com