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Emerging Entrepreneurs: Javier Pedroza via 360 MAGAZINE available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

Javier Pedroza


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Javier Pedroza is a multi-talented host, producer, creative and visual director, founder of his own production company Under One Roof Productions, celebrity stylist, philanthropist, and Latinx Editor-at-Large for 360 MAGAZINE. His positive and innovative mindset have allowed Pedroza to rise to prominence in the entertainment industry. His impressive portfolio is comprised of editorials, fashion shows, movie premiers, life performances, showroom designs, pop-up shops, and window and merchandising displays. Pedroza is based in New York City, but he is surely taking on the world.

Before Pedroza’s successes with his own company and hosting, he collaborated with designer brands while he was the Visual Director for ESCADA in North America. ESCADA is an international fashion brand that celebrates feminine luxury. Pedroza also worked with clothing brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, GANT, Gabriel & Co., and Coomi Jewelry.

Due to Pedroza’s incredible styling abilities, he has worked with supermodels and Hollywood celebrities alike at major award shows and red carpet events. The stylist’s abilities have been seen at the Oscars, the Emmys, The Golden Globes, The Grammys, and the SAG Awards.

Pedroza’s innovative mindset and charismatic ebullience has also landed him interviews with stars, including Carmen DeLeon, Piso 21, LaJune, and Raul Peñaranda. Additionally, Javier was named the Relational Organizer Director for Dianne Morales’ mayoral campaign. Pedroza’s unique perspective grants him exceptional event design and execution of production abilities. His astute creative direction has led to the success of many events.

Favoring to work with non-profit organizations– such as Wendy WilliamsThe Hunter Foundation Inaugural Gala at New York City’s prestigious Hammerstein Ballroom, AID for AIDS Hero Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History and Latino Commission on AIDS Cielo Gala at Cipriani Wall Street– Pedroza’s philanthropic productions help these organizations reach their full potential. The designer is especially passionate about his involvement with The Latino Commission on AIDS, of which he has supported for the past thirteen years and became Chair of the Cielo Gala in 2019.

The visual director has used his platform to found his production company, as well as create various visual and audio podcasts. Pedroza’s two podcasts– Conciencias Con Cocktails and LatinX Heroes– both highlight cutting edge individuals. On such, Pedroza navigates discourse surrounding diverse leaders such as Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Gen. Ignacia Zaragoza, and Dianne Morales.

Recently, Pedroza’s hard work and talent has resulted in him being signed to media brand, TAG Collective. He will be working with the Collective to secure brand deals, social media engagements, publicity outreach, and to expand his overall profile.


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YOUNG DYLAN

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Listen to Young Dylan’s 360 MAG Podcast with Vaughn HERE.

Rapper/actor Dylan Gilmer has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Known by his stage name of “Young Dylan,” at the mere age of thirteen years old he has accomplished triumphs that resembles that of long-term professionals in the business. 360 sat down to chat with Dylan about his rapping and acting career, and what exactly we can expect to see from him in the future.

Young Dylan was first noticed at six-years-old when a video of his rapping skills went viral. Soon after, he was brought to ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age seven to showcase his rapping talent on a widespread scale. At such a young age, Young Dylan captivated his audience and drew them in with his charming rap talent while performing DJ Khaled’s “For Free.”

His later amassed fame came from his performances on Season 14 of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ At only ten years old, Young Dylan rapped advanced tracks from popular rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar that allowed him to display his impeccable musical rhythm and flow. Since he gained widespread critical acclaim, Young Dylan has made several appearances back where he got his early beginning into the industry on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’

He attributes his rapping skills back to cherished moments with his father growing up. “Ever since I was a baby, he’d be playing music in the car… I have great memorization, I remembered the beats, the lyrics, just like I do with my lines.”

Young Dylan’s apparent natural confidence in performing is one of his most recognizable and admirable traits. When asked about how he transforms himself to become Young Dylan on stage, he attributes everything to energy.

Dylan gets his pre- nerve jitters out by stepping on stage confidently and giving each performance his all. Once the curtains open and he starts performing, “Voila! The butterflies are gone, my heart is pumping, a good pumping, I’m getting the crowd lit, everything like that!” He explains the energy that the crowd gives him is his fuel for his vibe while taking the stage.

Continuing his career with such early success, Dylan has only continued to blossom into a well-versed working young professional. Popularly starring on ‘Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan on Nickelodeon as Young Dylan, the show follows the story of the Young Dylan character’s hip-hop career and personal life.

Immersed in the Nickelodeon world, Young Dylan also co-hosts Nickelodeon’s ‘NFL Slimetime with Nate Burleson. Young Dylan spoke about how much he’s learned from Nate while working together on the project and how it’s been “great working with him, on set and off of set.”

Young Dylan launched his career into new heights after landing his co-host spot on ‘The Kids Tonight Show,’ which just so happens to be executively produced by the host of the original tonight show, Jimmy Fallon. Dylan recalls the leadup to this experience and how he landed such a stellar roll. “It was my last day of school, I was laying on my floor just watching TikTok’s, stuff like that, and my father calls me out of nowhere and says, ‘You need to get on the Zoom! I forgot all about it, you need to get on the Zoom!’”

On this Zoom call, Young Dylan got to chat with his future kid co-stars and the rest of the team with the show. The producers absolutely fell in love with the relatability and transparency that allows viewers to connect with Dylan. “I felt like I was supposed to be on that show,” Young Dylan says about ‘The Kid Tonight Show,’ and we couldn’t agree more.

Dylan made sure to mention how all the kids working on the project possess innovative qualities that contribute to the success of the show. “I think we all bring something different to the show, and that’s what I really like about them, and that’s what I really liked about the show.” Working alongside his co-hosts Mykal-Michelle HarrisOlivia Perez and Recker Eans, Young Dylan raved about the chemistry that they all had working together. Stepping into some big shoes to fill from the acclaimed Jimmy Fallon, Young Dylan and his co-hosts are swiftly keeping up with the kid-friendly spin off just fine.

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, he still resides in the city with big dreams to move to a major city in the new few years. “I travel a lot to Atlanta, New York, Cali. So, I’m hoping to move to one of those states by 15.”

At the forefront of Young Dylan’s mission is giving back to the community. “I just want to be there for my community, and I always want to have Annapolis, Maryland in my heart… most people don’t know what Annapolis is… I want to be the person to make Annapolis well-known, and I feel like I can do that.”

Amidst the ongoing duration of the pandemic, Young Dylan has been able to appreciate the blessings that he has received regarding the advancement of his career. While going through quarantine, he recalls how he had the time to analyze how strained he was, and how he got through this with help from his support system.

Quarantine, for me, taught me a lot of things. I was really stressed out at one point balancing school, acting, rapping; all of that. You know, you just have to have a great support system.”

Young Dylan credits his success and motivation to the help he receives from his strong support system. He explains how without having the support of the people around him, he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what he has thus far. He encourages fans that are going through tough times to find those people around them that they feel comfortable to talk to and can confide in. 

In terms of giving back, Young Dylan has never been shied to fighting for causes that he believes in. Throughout the duration of the pandemic and the first quarantine, Young Dylan made it one of his priorities to help out where he could.

“During quarantine I was giving food to hospitals, people that were still working during the pandemic.” Having found joy in helping those who needed it most during the pandemic, giving back is now at the heart of Young Dylan’s mission.

We can expect a lot more to come from Young Dylan in the next few years. Aside from recently landing a spot as a host on ‘The Kids Tonight Show,’ Young Dylan has recently signed with Puma and is planning to release his very own mixtape this summer.

His partnership with Puma has allowed him to grow and see new sides to business endeavors he hasn’t witnessed thus far. Concerning the excitement around his new deal with Puma, Young Dylan raved, “I was like, ‘WOW, I’m getting a deal with Puma? PUMA?’”

In regards to his highly anticipated mixtape, Young Dylan told 360 that it would consist of eight clean tracks that kids will be able to admire. He aims to make kid-friendly hip-hop/rap inspired pieces that are still as hype and innovative as modern-day explicit pieces we see from older rap stars.

“We can bring clean music but also be as lit as the other songs that have cursing, but just clean!” Young Dylan has been working on this project for quite some time and has made sure that each track is perfected to his standards. “You can definitely see we put a lot of work in on this mixtape that is coming out this summer. It’s gonna be lit!”

As such a prominent child star, Young Dylan has some advice to give to younger children, or anyone that has a dream to have a career just like him: “never give up, if you have a dream, chase it man, don’t let anyone stop you.”

Young Dylan preaches to maintain a humble mindset, and never get too cocky with yourself. He encourages us all to “always be yourself, always be dripped out, and when you step in a room, shine your light.”

This or That with Young Dylan

Football or basketball…basketball, because of the rich cultural influence and abundance of fans that the game has over football.

Hamburgers or hotdogs… hamburgers.

Pizza or hot wings… hot wings, they’re one of Young Dylan’s top ten favorite foods!

Rapping or singing… rapping, Young Dylan indulges in rapping more than singing.

Television or film… television.

Scripted or improv pieces… scripted pieces allow Young Dylan to pick up scripts quicker and add his personal flare to them.

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COI LERAY × PAPER

In celebration of her debut album TRENDSETTER, Platinum superstar Coi Leray dazzles on the May cover of PAPER Magazine. Titled, “The Evolution of Coi Leray” the story zooms in on her mental health, tour rider, and her ingenuity as an artist and business mind at the helm of her production company, Trendsetter Studios. Read the full article written by Kathy Iandoli with photos by Charlotte Rutherford HERE.

The article reads, “From her debut album’s title to her name on Zoom, Coi Leray is a Trendsetter. “Trendsetter is being yourself,” she tells us. “You don’t really have to start the trend to set the trend. There’s trends that people carry and do it 10 times better.””

Coi Leray is set to kick off her first headlining tour in San Francisco on May 31 at the Regency Ballroom. The tour will make its way across major markets throughout the U.S., including Chicago, Atlanta, DC and more, with a final stop in Los Angeles on June 23 at The Novo. Fans can access tickets HERE.

In addition to her headline tour, 2022 will also see Coi performing at festivals including Rolling Loud PortugalGovernor’s BallLollapalooza FestivalMetro Metro FestivalVeld Music Festival, and Ilesoniq Music Festival.

Listen to TRENDSETTERHERE.

Coi Leray Highlights:

  • No More Parties” RIAA platinum-certified
  • Big PURR(Prrdd) ft. Pooh Shiesty RIAA gold-certified
  • TWINNEM” 6+ million video creates + 18 billion views + 50 million global streams.
  • Blick Blick” with Nicki Minaj is the #1 song added at Urban and Rhythm radio
  • Blick Blick” with Nicki Minaj peaked #1 on Apple iTunes in 16 countries
  • Blick Blick” with Nicki Minaj debuted #1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales Chart
  • Blick Blick” with Nicki Minaj debuted on Top 10 TikTok US Top Tracks chart
  • Blick Blick” with Nicki Minaj is Coi’s second Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Hit and Highest Debuting Career Single
  • TRENDSETTER is the biggest first week for a debut album by a female Hip-Hop artist in the U.S. this year
  • Over 2 BILLION global streams and counting
  • XXL’s highly coveted 2021 Freshman Class cover
  • 2021 Late-night television debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Nominated for “Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist” 2021 American Music Awards
  • Nominated for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” & “Best New Artist” 2021 BET Awards
  • Nominated for “Female Rapper of the Year” & “Best New Artist of the Year” 2022 XXL Awards
  • Nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” “TikTok Bop of the Year” 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards
  • Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25,” Billboard’s “Emerging Artists,” iHeartRadio’s “On The Verge,” and YouTube’s “Artist On The Rise”
  • Face of SKIMS “Cozy Collection” by Kim Kardashian West.
  • Completed the sold-out “Back Outside Tour” with Lil Baby and Lil Durk

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SIENNA MILLER COVERS ELLE

KO Média is excited to unveil the June issue of ELLE Canada featuring actress Sienna Miller. The star talks openly about navigating familiar ground in the new Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal, as her character is thrust into a similar kind of toxic tabloid culture Miller faced throughout her 20s. “I can’t quite believe that it all happened,” she says in the candid interview. “The chaos of that entire decade is so far removed from my life now.” In particular, turning 40 has felt like starting a decidedly new chapter for this hard-working mother, who recently moved from London to New York with her nine-year-old daughter. “I feel more in control of my life,” she says. “I know what matters to me: my friendships, my child and, ultimately, trying to be happy. That really is enough.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_FanningSkincare is front and centre in this edition — with a few twists. To kick off summer, we offer a sun-protection refresh on everything from UV basics to reapplication. We also look at whether increasingly popular skincare products for vulvas and vaginas actually work, and we explore a new trend toward creating fragrances that emulate the scent of skin. Plus, Dakota Fanning shares her morning beauty regimen and bedtime rituals, and the co-founders of skincare brand Youth to the People reflect on their commitment to sustainable products and the idea that youth is more than skin deep.

In fashion, the scholastic, bookish vibe of preppy style is making a major comeback, but this time with subversive undertones and major sex appeal. French jewellery prototypist Marine Billet gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how she makes some of high fashion’s most avant-garde designs. And sisters Myriam and Romy Belzile-Maguire, founders of the Montreal-based brand Maguire, share their goal of making luxury footwear friendly with ethical craftsmanship, transparency and an accessible shopping environment.

Loss makes a few appearances in this issue. Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen opens up about how her latest album, Big Time, draws on all sorts of grief, including the deaths of her parents and the end of her first queer relationship. One of our writers reflects on the role of transient friendships in our lives as she mourns the loss of one such relationship. And actress Minnie Driver’s new memoir, Managing Expectation, is filled with deeply personal, intimate snapshots of her life, including the last few days she spent with her mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

This edition runs the gamut of stories about empowerment. We sit down with four female Indigenous leaders who are using tourism as a way to shape a new narrative for Indigenous women in Western Canada. We explore how kink is stepping out of the shadows and pushing our definition of sex beyond being just a one-way street to orgasm. Toronto’s Mouna Traoré shares her experience as part of the predominantly Black cast and crew of The Porter, a show about unwavering ambition and Black life. And British actress Indira Varma, who takes a leading role in the Star Wars miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, opens up about her early introduction to the arts and navigating the industry as a woman of Indian descent.

Finally, we get serious with a look at a new media movement centred around giving a voice to cult survivors, allowing them to share their experiences and educate others. Readers will also get to meet journalist Zahra Joya and non-profit founder Pashtana Durrani, two Afghan women who are fighting against repression despite imminent danger in an attempt to reclaim their rights and those of others.

Read digital issue HERE.

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SHM × Ushuaïa Ibiza

Things are heating up ahead of Ibiza’s most anticipated season to date as The Night League, the team behind Ushuaïa Ibiza, announce their latest headline show from the titans of the electronic music world—Swedish House Mafia. The trio make a welcome return to Ibiza’s most iconic outdoor stage to perform an exclusive show on Sunday July 17th, ahead of their impending Paradise Again World Tour, adding to a long line of legendary Ibiza performances from the band.

Together as Swedish House Mafia, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso‘s contribution to the electronic music world is nothing short of historic. From their formation in 2008 the trio conquered the world with their unique sound, defining the era with stadium-filling hits such as “Don’t You Worry Child“, “Leave The World Behind“, “One” and “Miami To Ibiza“. The trio topped the charts the globe over, won numerous industry awards and performed headline shows at the world’s biggest festivals and concert arenas.

Now ten years on from announcing their split, the Swedish House Mafia are back with a brand new album, Paradise Again, which marks the first new music from the group in eight years and features lots of towering tracks like album standout “Heaven Takes You Home“, throbbing basslines, and exuberant vocals, including collaborations with The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Shake 070, Ty Dolla $ign, Sting and many more. With a world tour headlining the biggest stages in the world, including their recent momentous performance at Coachella, the trio looks ready to write a new chapter of electronic music history and continue their meteoric success.

The electronic music supergroup’s last performance at Ushuaïa Ibiza was one of the most memorable shows in the club’s history, so as they continue their long-standing history with Ibiza’s #1 open-air club this summer, the trio’s return to Ibiza is a landmark occasion not to be missed.

Ushuaïa Ibiza is known across the globe for creating world-class music experiences featuring the biggest artists on the planet alongside mind-blowing production, avant-garde visuals and a powerful sound system. When paired with the all-conquering sounds of the Swedish House Mafia, it will be one of the most unforgettable nights of the summer.  Ticket on sale now, get yours before it’s too late.

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Zoë Kravitz – ELLE

Zoë Kravitz, the multi-hyphenate star chats openly about forging an identity separate from her parents, making her directorial debut this summer with Pussy Island, and learning to tune out the trolls online. “If I start being afraid of what other people are going to say or think, I’m no longer doing my job as an artist. I’m not experiencing the world and putting that into art,” says Kravitz, who is working on her upcoming solo album. Now 33 and newly divorced, she is all about self-discovery and living by her own timetable. “There’s a lot of beauty in surrendering to the fact that you have no idea what’s going on,” Kravitz admits. “I hope I’m always playful and mischievous, even when I’m 70 years old. The point of being alive is to experience life and play with it.”

Kravitz is far from the only fiercely unapologetic woman in this issue. Comedian Catherine Cohen talks about filming her first Netflix special and her love of laughing over shared experiences; Las Vegas-born makeup and performance artist Madrona Redhawk explains how dazzling cityscapes inspire her avant-garde aesthetics; Yellowjackets star Sophie Thatcher opens up about navigating newfound fame and social media; and award-winning R&B artist H.E.R. shares insights on her activism, creative process and beauty essentials. Plus, we check in with Toronto-based chef and restaurateur Suzanne Barr, whose new memoir, My Ackee Tree, delves into her exploration of how food can heal.

With winter’s dry winds behind us, this edition looks at the latest in skin rejuvenation, including the overnight Korean beauty practice of slugging and a guide to ditching powder products in favour of creams and balms for a fuss-free makeup routine. We also talk to Canadian entrepreneurs Monieka Bos and Terry Chan, the duo behind Skinskool, an algorithm that analyses ingredient lists to help people find similar beauty products at different price points.

Readers looking for tips beyond their skincare routine can enjoy articles ranging from how to manage and grow your savings, to a roundup of the season’s buzziest new books written by Canadian women that are more than deserving of a spot on your bedside table.

In fashion, our writers explore how the metaverse opens up new possibilities for self-expression, and we dive into the history of the sailor shirt (and how it is still making waves on today’s runways). Hoi Bo founder Sarra Tang shares her approach to creating timeless, handcrafted garments with minimal waste; and Mejuri co-founder Noura Sakkijha talks about her company ethos and her desire to democratize jewellery one diamond at a time. Finally, a lookback at the legacy of Thierry Mugler, a master of the haute couture spectacle whose timeless odes to female empowerment defined the era of power dressing.

This edition will take readers everywhere, from the capital of Tuscany as a mother and daughter soak up Florence’s creative renaissance; to the Yukon, where a new award honouring visual artists is calling attention to the territory’s thriving contemporary art scene; to the maternity wards of Canadian hospitals, where underfunding and nursing shortages are leaving new mothers feeling disillusioned and unsupported.

The May issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands and Apple News+ on April 11, 2022.

Read digital issue HERE.

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DAYLIGHT STUDIO

Daylight Studio stands out as the future of fashion. Daylight is a fully equipped 13,000 square foot rental studio located in the vibrant Hudson Yards district. For twenty years it has been hosting photo and video shoots, seminars, castings, workshops, fashion shows, green screen rentals and virtual events.

Over the past year, Daylight has been working to bring you the future of fashion: virtual fashion show. Thanks to advanced technologies such as CGI, AI and Unreal Engine, the virtual fashion show halves your production time and inspires innovation beyond the catwalk.

Daylight’s Virtual Fashion Show package includes venue, runway, models, hair and make-up, photo shoot, video shoot, social media announcement, and buyer’s list.

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RIHANNA x ESSENCE

ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women, kicks off 2021 with a stunning January + February cover art exclusive. Legendary artist Lorna Simpson collaborates with global fashion and beauty founder Robyn Rihanna Fenty, who recently launched Fenty Skin globally in stores in the U.S. and the U.K.

Their goal was to reinterpret the narrative of modern-day beauty in the gorgeous photographic cover collage, Of Earth & Sky, and in images comprising a 12-page portfolio feature inside the January + February issue. Over the past 15 years of her acclaimed three-decade career, Simpson has created collages that recontextualize images of Black women from vintage pages ofEbony and Jet magazines. Like all of Simpson’s celebrated works, these original pieces are more than what meets the eye.

Simpson channels Rihanna as her muse throughout the spectacular artistic rendering—reimagining the artist in a way that has neverbeenseen before. Rihanna looks ethereal in designer pieces including from her signature Savage X Fenty line as well as Prada, Givenchy, Hood by Air, Thelma West, Rick Owens and more.

“…I needed to create images of Rihanna to place within the environments of source materials from my archive,” said Simpson. “For the project to have the same kind of dramatic visual intensity as my collage work to date, I had to consider the atmosphere and lighting of specific source materials before arriving to set. Knowing Rihanna’s charisma and commanding presence, my effort was then to be as present and prepared as possible to capture her exquisite performance for the camera…”

The package also features the piece, Anthems of Possibility, written by Simpson’s daughter, writer and actor Zora Simpson Casebere. She weighs in on how Rihanna helped shape her womanhood at an early age and how serving as a stand-in model on set for her mother was a full-circle moment. 

“…At 13, I was deeply grateful that at a formative time in my life, it was Rihanna’s voice and art that became my portals to so many questions about sexuality, sexual exploration and sexual autonomy,” expressed Casebere. “Now, on set, I assisted my mother as a model as she explored how she might later place Rihanna within the visual contexts she’d selected from vintage Ebony magazines, old Associated Press photographs and 19th-century lithographs of mineral specimens.”

“When Rihanna arrived at the set—my first time seeing her in real life—I was mesmerized. She was the very definition of grace, charisma and influence,” continued Casebere. “Wearing a magnificent Maximilian black headdress, she requested the song ‘Thick’ by DJ Chose, then met the camera with power and possibility—power in how she moved her body through space, and possibility in how she dismantled and moved beyond institutional boundaries…”

The gorgeous issue will also pay homage to Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris’ historic win with reflections by five influential Black women: Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, Karen Finney, Star Jones and Minyon Moore. In addition, the issue features an interview with Barack Obama talking about his new book and journey as the nation’s first Black president. Plus, iconic actress Cicely Tysonshares an eye-opening excerpt from her new memoir.

For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com or pick up the January + February 2021 issue on newsstands next week. (Photographic Collages, Lorna Simpson)

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 

Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 31 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, consumer technology company merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

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Spotlight – Don Benjamin

Multi-talented Don Benjamin transitions from modeling to music

→ Los Angeles, California June 2020 – After a successful modeling career and placing in the top three of hit modeling competition show, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), Don Benjamin takes aim at the music industry.

Benjamin’s music isn’t the traditional mainstream rap we’re used to hearing. He hopes his music influences our society in a positive way. “I’m a fan of Drake and J Cole. Lately, I’ve been listening to more gospel rap, artists like Bizzle, Eshon Burgundy, and Lecrae [noted Christian rappers]. Music lately feels so negative. It’s all about doing drugs and degrading women. I need something that is gonna feed my spirit and motivate me to be a better person,”

Don Benjamin on distinguishing himself from the direction of current mainstream rap artists:  “I don’t feel like much rap nowadays spreads positivity. Most songs that take off aren’t really saying much of anything. I want to spread a good message.”

During this time of unrest, Benjamin has taken a stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and joined the music industries Blackout Tuesday. Other celebrities, including Beyoncé have used their social media platforms to demand justice for George Floyd and encourage their followers to take action.

→ PUMA × The Hundreds – California streetwear brand The Hundreds joins PUMA to debut a new line of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the last three decades, called “The ‘90s Cliques”.

→ Shaggy – Grammy award winning artist Shaggy, known for top hits “It Wasn’t Me” and “Boombastic,” discusses the variety of  his music and how he remains grounded. 

→ YaVe Tequila by Joe Cruz – Motivated by his passion for family and community, Joe Cruz creates YaVe Tequila. After many attempts to get the right formulation and an incredible shift to a team of female chemists, the world’s first naturally flavored tequila was born. Although this tequila was introduced shortly before a world-wide pandemic hit and YaVe’s original plan of having a large presence in bars is impossible, they’ve managed to grow their online presence with partnerships and influencers. YaVe has angled themselves as an essential for a stay at home happy hour. 

→ Michael B. Jordan × BODYARMOR –  BODYARMOR’s largest campaign to date, voiced-over by award winning actor Michael B. Jordan, is rooted in the belief that no matter who you are, only you can make you better. 

To delve into this provocative award-winning magazine issue, go HERE.

Special Thanks to the following individuals:

Photo: Sham Abdo
Style: Winnie Stackz
Mask: Marianna Harutunian
Jewelry: Aporro Brand
Story: Abigail Baldwin
Art: Alejandra Villagra
EIC: Vaughn Lowery

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JACQUEES – KING OF R&B

Rising superstar and multi-platinum singer Jacquees will release his second full-length R&B album, King of R&B, today on Cash Money Records.

Get it HERE.

For the album, he attracted an A-list crop of collaborators, including Atlanta royalty T.I. who delivers an unforgettable verse on the aptly titled “King,Tory Lanez who lends his unmistakable vocals to “Risk It All.”  While Bluff City and Migos front-man Quavo appear on the heartfelt “All You Need.  Not to mention, the current single “Verify” boasts bars from Young Thug and Gunna. The latter amassed over 4.1 million Spotify streams and 6.9 million YouTube views to date in addition to receiving looks from Rolling StoneHypebeastRap-Up, and more.

Additionally, the visual for the next single off the album, “Fact or Fiction” premieres on both BET and MTV today. Beginning at 8am, the video will broadcast at the top of each video block on MTVU, MTV Live, BET Jams, and BET Soul as well as TRL’s Fresh Out Friday with Sway. Moreover, it also plays on the legendary Times Square ViacomBillboard at 12 noon and 5pm, taking over New York city in the process. Watch the video HERE

Jacquees’ single “You, from his debut album 4275 was Certified RIAA Platinum earlier this year.  The song also appeared on the Documentary Soundtrack for Before Anythang in addition to gracing the track-listing of Lost At Sea II—his recent collaborative project with Birdman. This is his second single to be certified by the RIAA following on the heels of the platinum “B.E.D.” In addition, he sold out shows coast to coast on his 4275 Tour.

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Heating up summer even more, rising superstar and multi-platinum singer Jacquees unveils a new single entitled “Bed Friend” featuring Queen Naija today. Get it HERE on Cash Money Records. 

The seductive duet moves between the sheets with slick harmonies shared by these two powerhouses. Once again, Jacquees flexes his instantly recognizable range as Queen Naija serves up a complementary cameo. It might just be the hottest pairings of the summer!

About the track, he commented, “It’s one of my favorite records. Queen Naija pulled up to the studio and knocked it out. We came up with it really smooth and easy. It’s a different vibe; it’s a slow bedroom song.”

“Bed Friend” arrives on the heels of his recent single “Freaky As Me” featuring Mulatto. The sultry banger has eclipsed 2.4 million Spotify streams and 1.9 million views on the video. 

Cash Money Records Co C.E.O. Bryan “Baby aka “Birdman” Williams adds, “Jacquees is coming through with classics this time.”

Next up, Jacquees will take the stage for a performance at the 6th Annual Black Music Honors hosted by Loni Love, which will air Saturday, June 19 on Bounce TV. Jacquees will deliver what promises to be a blockbuster tribute performance of honoree Ginuwine’s hit “So Anxious.”  Jacquees joins Cece Winans, Montell Jordan, Chrisette Michele, Zacardi Cortez, and moreJacquees recently appeared on FOX’s Good Day DC to discuss the upcoming appearance. Watch it HERE.

As a testament to Jacquees’ unprecedented success and reign at the top of R&B, the talented singer has achieved several milestones: his debut album 4275 is RIAA gold-certified and has a string of top-selling hits including “B.E.D.” (double-platinum) and “At The Club” featuring Dej Loaf (platinum) and “Your Peace” featuring Lil Baby (gold).

Everything continues to build towards his anticipated next album, P.T.O.F: Vol. I (Panties Thrown On the Floor) coming soon.

About Cash Money Records

Since 1991, Brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams aka “Baby” and Ronald “Slim” Williams have built Cash Money Records into a legendary force in the music industry. Through tireless devotion and an unparalleled work ethic, the duo founded the legendary label in the New Orleans housing projects and elevated it into a multi-million-dollar empire and cultural tastemaker. Not only is the company revered as an iconic and enduring global street brand, it’s become the most successful independent record label in America boasting a bevy of chart-dominating, multi-platinum artists and Grammy Award winners and cumulative sales over 100 million albums worldwide, the roster includes Jacquees, Blueface, Deemic, Juvenile and more. The label also houses Lil Wayne’s imprint Young Money Entertainment (Drake and Nicki Minaj) as well as a publishing arm Cash Money Content. Cash Money Records is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company.