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Oregon Decriminalizes Drugs

By Justin Lyons

This year’s election will go down as a legendary one in the history of the United States of America, and for some of the bigger fights, the country still doesn’t have an answer.

Where answers do exist seem to be in propositions and measures, and the big winners are those hoping for the decriminalization of drugs. Mississippi, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona all approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The biggest victory for those in favor of drug decriminalization probably came in Oregon, where the penalty for small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs was lessened.

According to Ballotpedia, Oregon’s Measure 110 would reclassify the possession of controlled substances such as those listed above from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E violation, which would result in a $100 fine or the necessity of a “completed health assessment.”

The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission estimated that convictions for possession would decrease by 90.7%.

Addiction recovery centers conduct the health assessments, which will include a screening from a certified alcohol and drug counselor and must be completed within 45 days of the Class E violation.

The funds for the assessments and the recovery programs will come from the Oregon Marijuana Account and money the state of Oregon saves from reductions in arrests, incarceration and official supervision. The recovery centers will provide treatment 24 hours per day along with health assessments, intervention plans, case management services and peer support and outreach.

The possession quantity of the now decriminalized drugs to be classified as a Class E violation are as follows: one gram of heroin or less, two grams of cocaine or less, two grams of methamphetamine or less, one gram or five pills of MDMA or less, 40 or fewer user units of LSD, less than 12 grams of psilocybin, fewer than 40 user units of methadone and fewer than 40 pills, tables or capsules of oxycodone.

A person carrying more than the specified amounts may face a misdemeanor with less than a year imprisonment, a $6,250 fine or both.

According to Yes on Measure 110, more than 125 Oregon-based organizations endorsed the measure, including Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon School Psychologists’ Association and Law Enforcement Action Partnership.

Ballotpedia also said the Democratic Party of Oregon, Multnomah Democrats and Working Families Party of Oregon support the bill, right alongside 11-time-GRAMMY-Award-Winning artist John Legend.

The measure is to be implemented no later than Feb. 1 of 2021.

Fousheé Signs with RCA Records

Today, genre bending singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fousheé announces she has signed with RCA Records. After garnering attention from the likes of SZA, Noname and more, and rising up the charts with her hit single “Deep End,” Fousheé first shared the news with her growing fanbase via Instagram. Click HERE to see her billboard announcement in Los Angeles.

On the signing, Chairman and CEO of RCA Records, Peter Edge says: “Fousheé is one of the brightest new voices with a clear creative vision and we are thrilled to welcome her to the RCA family. We look forward to helping her amplify her vision and reach new milestones together.”

Fousheé says: “I went with RCA because we speak the same music language. So many of who I’d consider to be the greats passed through there so I feel like I’m in good hands and it was important for me to still have creative control and a fair deal. I’m looking forward to pushing myself creatively. I want to create the soundtrack of this generation. “

Fousheé emerged this summer with the release of her track “Deep End” which garnered critical attention from the likes of FADER, OkayPlayer, Pigeons & Planes, 2DopeBoyz and more. Most recently Noisey included the track on their “Best R&B Songs of Summer 2020” list describing,”…a haunting voice…nestled comfortably on the production…At a time when so many of us were speechless [following George Floyd’s death], Fousheé found the words we wanted to say.”

Since then, the track has taken off hitting major milestones including reaching #5 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart, landing in Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising, Hot Rhythmic playlists and Top Global 200 (sitting at #73), as well as #1 on the Global Shazam chart. The track has been streamed over 30 million times worldwide and currently sits at #1 on Apple Music’s Alt R&B playlist.

Internationally the track has made waves as well reaching Top 5 on the Top Daily Spotify charts in various Eastern European markets including #1 in Russia.

Fans first heard Fousheé’s pristine vocals on Sleepy Hallow’s “Deep End Freestyle” track, but she was not named as the vocalist. After the track took off, her mother and sister inspired her to come forward in a TikTok video, which now has over 6 million views and fans called for her to release a full version which she released in July along with the Blaxploitation film inspired visual directed by Zachary Sulak.

Check out the billboard announcing her signing, listen/watch “Deep End” and keep an eye out for more on Fousheé coming soon.

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About Fousheé:

Born and raised in New Jersey, Fousheé  grew up with music in the forefront her entire life. Her mother, who hails from Jamaica, got her start in music as the drummer for a female reggae band named PEP before moving to America and starting a family. During her early childhood, Fousheé was exposed to a variety of different sounds from her mother’s record collection including Bob Marley, Toni Braxton and Etta James who she now counts as influences along with artists she personally gravitated to over the years like Frank Ocean.

Writing her first song at age six and performing with different girl groups created with childhood friends throughout her formative years, Fousheé  always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music seriously. Yet, she found herself following in the normal footsteps of a teenager and enrolling in college, while still working on music and performing at local café’s on the side. It wasn’t until she and her mom were involved serious car accident that forced her to drop out and help her mom recover from injuries that she fully realized how important her dreams were and that was the turning point.

After living in NYC and experiencing the music scene there, she set her sights on LA where she was embraced by the music community of creators and began to pursue her dream, honing her craft and learning to play the guitar most recently. Fast forward to 2020, little did Fousheé  know that her voice would become streamed by millions as the hook on Sleepy Hallow’s viral track “Deep End (Freestyle),” influencing her to reveal her identity as the vocalist in a TikTok video that now has nearly 6 million views. With a clear creative vision and the release of her own full version of “Deep End,” Fousheé  is ready to show the world who she is.

Coi Leray – Rick Owens

Today, budding star Coi Leray uncovers a new music video for her latest single, “Rick Owens” via Republic Records.

Stream it HERE

A torch burns in the opening shot as Coi carries this fire throughout the clip. Back in beast mode, she raps intensely before delivering a knockout hook as flames rise at some moments and snow falls in others. Signaling her duality, it showcases her contagious energy as her personality practically jumps off the screen.

Once again, she burns the boundaries between pop and hip-hop with incendiary spirit. It also follows up the steamy music video for “Slide” featuring Gunna. Within a few weeks, it has already posted up 2.8 million views on YouTube. HYPEBAE included it among “Best New Music Of September” and dubbed it “sultry.”

Be on the lookout for more new music soon! For now, “Rick Owens” never looked so fiery…

About Coi Leray
Coi Leray’s recent EP, Now Or Never EP continues to put up numbers and attract critical acclaim with over 12 million streams. REVOLT praised, “The New Jersey native is one-of-a-kind. Spreading contagious positive energy at all times, the 23-year-old continues to break down barriers with her music speaking for itself.” In addition to an interview with Cosmopolitan who raved, “the girl has got pipes, y’all!,” KAZI crowned her, “A trailblazing pop star” on their magazine cover. The six-track project showcases newfound vocal maturity and musical evolution, emphasizing her depth and range.

Coi Leray set the stage for the EP with the single “Do Better.” Not only did it rack up a ton of streams, but she also received recent plugs from Pitchfork, Def Pen, and UPROXX. Meanwhile, HYPEBAE wrote, “In her latest song, Leray demonstrates her angelic vocals while spitting commanding bars,” and HotNewHipHop observed, “[she’s] proving that she can certainly hold her own in the industry.” The lead-off “Better Days” [feat. Fetty Wap] has tallied over 5 million total streams, while the animation visualizer surpassed 1.3 million YouTube views. Additionally, Now Or Never boasts the slick banger “Slide” [feat. Gunna] and joins up with powerhouse girl gang on “I Like It” [feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter]. Coi Leray continues to attract widespread critical acclaim. Essence crowned her “a Gen-Z superstar,” and BET proclaimed, “With a few standout tracks under her belt, Leray hasn’t slowed down yet” as they crowned her BET Amplified “Artist Of The Month.” In addition to plugs from Respect Mag, HipHopDX, and more, HotNewHipHop highlighted the “important message” of “Better Days.” Carlie Hanson touted it on her Billboard “Pride Playlist.” Coi appeared on Hot 97 and BET’s 106&Park Mic Check and graced the cover of Pandora’s “BET Amplified Artist” playlist.

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Storm illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Hurricane During Pandemic

By Mina Tocalini

Evacuations, power outages, flooding and devastation are expected from the c and rain that wreak havoc on coastal communities during hurricane season. Managing the damages and protecting communities is further challenged by the threat of COVID-19 as the Tropical Storm Isaias’ violent path continues up the East Coast.

Designated a tropical storm near Puerto Rico, Isaias began to travel northwest hitting the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Florida and North Carolina, where it was assessed as a Category 1 hurricane. As it persisted up the East Coast the intensity reverted back to a tropical storm. Regardless, Isaias has been accompanied by strong winds between 60mph – 70mph, over 20 reports of tornadoes, rampant flash flooding and over 3 million homes and business without power. In New Jersey and Delaware the wind gust reached speeds of 109mph and 96mph, respectively.

A report from USA Today, warns that recent 2020 hurricane season forecasting reveals 10 more hurricanes will likely follow, leaving Isaias as a practice run for a hurricane during a pandemic. With that in mind, evacuations needed to be addressed cautiously in consideration of social distancing and other COVID-19 preventative measures. The combination of COVID-19 and Isaias has heightened concerns for emergency services which face overwhelming demands. The COVID-19 consequences of Isaias remain undetermined, but a potential spike in infections could be in our future.

Allison Christensen is an artist and specializes in illustration art.

Allison Christensen

Allison Christensen, is a New Jersey-based illustrator, attending Moore College of Art & Design. She is heavily inspired by plants and nature. Her style tends to be lighthearted with clean lines and a minimalist neutral color palette. Illustration has always been an outlet for her to express herself. Ever since she was a child, drawing fun and silly pictures have always brought her joy no matter what situation she was in. Allison was bullied excessively and at one point, she even had to be homeschooled for a year.

She always knew she wanted to do something artistic as a career. It wasn’t until her Junior year of high school when she knew what that would be. When she was visiting art colleges and getting portfolio reviews, one of the students introduced her to illustration design. Allison immediately knew that illustration art was what she needed to do for the rest of her life. She wants others to be able to look at her art and make their day brighter, even if it is just for a brief moment.

City National Bank × Richard Raffetto

City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that Richard A. Raffetto will join the company as president, effective August 31, 2020. He will be elected to City National’s board of directors and will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Kelly Coffey.

Raffetto is an outstanding leader with 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial banking, most recently at U.S. Bancorp in New York, and before that at the Bank of New York Mellon.

Over the last 13 years, Raffetto has held various leadership roles within U.S. Bank’s Corporate & Commercial Banking organization, and he most recently served as executive vice president and head of the Industrials & Services, Financial Institutions and Public Sector specialized banking units on a nationwide basis, including teams in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In this capacity, he spearheaded the delivery of broad product capabilities, including credit, capital markets, derivatives, cash management, commercial payments, asset management, trade finance, brokerage, and custody/trust services. He has led and managed large credit portfolios associated with a variety of client types, including corporations, financial institutions, governmental entities and nonprofits.

“We’re delighted to welcome Rich to our team,” Coffey said. “His extensive commercial banking experience, credit expertise and distinctly client-focused approach to business leadership will advance City National’s goal of delivering a superior banking experience to more clients and communities across the United States. I also want to thank our retiring president Chris Warmuth for his many accomplishments and years of invaluable service.”

Warmuth is retiring after 18 years with the bank. He joined City National as chief credit officer in June 2002 when the bank’s loans and deposits totaled $7.9 billion and $9.8 billion, respectively. Today, its loans and deposits total $48.6 billion and $59.7 billion, respectively. Warmuth became president of City National in May 2005, and since then, the bank’s assets have grown from $14 billion to almost $70 billion. He will continue to serve as a member of City National’s board of directors. 

“I’m very pleased to join City National as the bank continues to build its outstanding reputation for exceptional client service,” said Raffetto. “I look forward to working with Kelly and her team and the bank’s many remarkable clients.”

Raffetto graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a degree in economics/finance and received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Originally from New Jersey, Raffetto is an active member of his community. He sits on the board of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, a New York City nonprofit, and has also served as the leader of U.S. Bank’s annual New York City employee giving campaign and as a member of the YMCA of Greater New York’s volunteer development committee.

About City National Bank

With nearly $70 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through locations in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and Miami*. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $76.9 billion in client investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 17 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 34 other countries

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pineappleCITI New Acoustic Song

Rapper and songwriter pineappleCITI releases acoustic version of her song “Lift Me Up”

pineappleCITI is back with an acoustic rendition of her latest single “Lift Me Up,” out now via Red Bull Records. Teased to fans on Juneteenth with the release of its timely music video, the stripped-down version of the R&B anthem demonstrates pineappleCITI’s artistic versatility and strives to uplift listeners with its self-motivating lyrics. As with the original track, CITI reflects on her journey throughout her career.

The release also serves to provide positivity to all those who have been fighting for social justice. As pineappleCITI has been on the frontlines of the protests in her hometown of Newark, NJ, this message is especially personal.

“‘Lift Me Up’ authentically captures how I feel and how I think we all feel,” says CITI on her motivation behind the release. “This is an important time for us as a country to speak out and stand up for our rights but also to pay close attention to how all of this is affecting our mental health. We could all use a lift me up right now.”

Stream “Lift Me Up” here and watch the official video here.

About pineappleCITI:

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with an equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old- school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The Fader, Paper Mag, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

Follow pineappleCITI: Website | Instagram | Twitter  | Facebook | YouTube

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What are the best places to travel to on your own?

Travel is one of the best things that you can do to broaden your mind, experience new cultures, and have lots of fun. Many people, though, do not have friends to head off with, which makes traveling on your own a must. Before you go, you have to plan appropriately to get the most from any trip. If you chose to head to New Jersey on a break, it would be wise to look at sites, including the Tropicana Online Casino, so you had something fun to do in your hotel room during chill time. The same is true for other destinations within the USA or around the world. Looking at what the nightlife is like, what sights there are to see, and what there is to do in the day is sensible. 

Of course, before you delve into the finer details of any resort or city, you need to pick the right place first. That is often a little trickier for solo travelers who have a slightly different set of priorities than those holidaying in a group. But which are the best destinations for solo travel around the world?

Cannes

Beautiful Cannes is in the South of France on the fabled Cote D’Azur. However, like most other destinations around the world, it has been hit by COVID-19 lockdown measures recently, Cannes plans to revive tourism soon. But what makes this place so great? First of all, the weather is superb during the summer months, and this makes it perfect for relaxing on the gorgeous beaches there while doing some people watching. 

The café culture is also evident, so you will feel very comfortable when sipping a latte alone while watching the world go by. Cannes is also a very safe and welcoming destination, which makes it ideal for solo travelers. With a buzzing atmosphere and many other single travelers around, it is a fabulous place to holiday on your own. 

Stockholm

If you fancy heading somewhere where Scandi cool is in full effect, Stockholm in Sweden is a reliable choice. Stockholm just has an air of laid-back charm that allows you to slow down and recharge your batteries. The city that you access via a series of bridges is spread across 14 islands, which makes it simple to get around.

It is also full of lovely parks and stunning architecture to marvel at while having plenty to keep you occupied. If you need help getting around, there is a fun guided Vespa Tour you can take. If you are a real foodie, there are numerous Michelin-starred restaurants around the city where you could dine alone in true style. With a friendly and cozy feel, this is a real gem for solo travel. 

New York 

You might not immediately think of New York as a solo travel hot-spot, but it is. With so much to do and so many people around, you never actually feel isolated. New Yorkers are famous for their particular charm, and this means you will always find a friendly face in cafés, bars, or shops. If you want a city that will also keep you busy, the Big Apple is it.  

The shopping here is excellent (especially Fifth Avenue), and it gives you every chance to pick up cool souvenirs to bring home. Also, New York has many fabulous sights to see – from lovely Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum. If you fancy a change from dining and drinking each night, why not check out the best plays on Broadway? 

Dominica 

One surprising choice for any single traveler may be the Caribbean – after all, it is known as a honeymoon spot or a cruise destination. Dominica is a little different, though, and is somewhere that feels perfect for traveling alone. If you like an adventure when away, it is a great choice. The island has lakes to trek alongside and massive gorges to cave through. The wildlife here is naturally fantastic, and there is also some excellent accommodation for a reasonable price. You will always feel safe here, thanks to the welcoming local community, and it is an island that is very easy to walk around. With delicious local food and some charming bars to enjoy a shot of rum at, Dominica is a real hidden gem. 

Solo travel spots are worth researching first

No doubt, checking out the best places to go alone before booking any trip is worthwhile. Doing so will ensure that you end up in a place where there is plenty to do, and that makes you feel comfortable being there as a single person. Hopefully the above has given you some fresh ideas on the most exciting places to try. 

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Ashlee Keating’s “YASSS”

If quarantine has you feeling down, popstar Ashlee Keating’s new single is here to get you dancing and make you say “YASSS.”

The Billboard chart sensation, dancer, songwriter, and actress’s newest song, “YASSS,” racked up nearly 150K streams on Spotify, and now the anxiously awaited music video is out.

“YASSS,” which is a single from her upcoming EP (set to drop this summer), is a fun pop/dance track that emphasizes the importance of self-confidence. With its upbeat sound and catchy lyrics, “YASSS” is the perfect quarantine dance party track.

Ashlee is highly regarded in the LGBTQ+ industry as a supporter and activist, and she wrote this song with her LGBTQ+ friends in mind – she wants to give them the confidence through her music that they give her when she performs.

“We’ve gone through some tough times during the last few months, and I wanted to do my part to try and bring hope and happiness through my art. The world needed a pick-me-up, and I wanted “YASSS” to be that. I hope that the lyrics encourage empowerment and confidence, and the uptempo beat will help people forget about their worries for a minute. Creatively, I wanted the video to be colorful, poppy, and most importantly, fun! I wanted people to hear it and feel inspired to get up and do that in-home work out, have that dance party in the mirror with themselves or their quarantine buddy, or just feel the positive vibes for a few minutes, to help make it through another day at home,” said Ashlee.

Preceding “YASSS” is Ashlee’s single “Hurt Me So Good,” which skyrocketed up the Billboard Dance charts to #8 within days and has more than 1 million streams on Spotify. Following “Hurt Me So Good,” Ashlee’s “Bad Mistake” was released as her #1 breakout song and held its own on the Billboard Dance charts for weeks.

Watch the “YASSS” music video here.

ABOUT ASHLEE KEATING

Born in Southern New Jersey, Ashlee is truly an Italian, “Jersey Girl” at heart. She moved to Los Angeles in her early teens to pursue her career. The songstress got her debut at just six years old, landing the lead role of “Gretl” in The Sound of Music on Broadway, where she starred alongside Richard Chambarlain in the National Tour. Shortly after, she played the leading role of Annie at the famous Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA – to which she was no stranger to – she had previously played the role of Molly in the same play at just four! Ashlee would go on to be selected as a contestant to be on CBS Star Search – which then lead to her selection for a spot as Radio Disney’s “up and coming artist” on their Incubator Program. Ashlee has opened up for artists like Demi Lovato, Keke Palmer, and Raven Symone.

With all this under her belt already, Ashlee is set to become a household name within the next few years. Not just as a popstar, but as a brand, entrepreneur, actress, and philanthropist. When Ashlee isn’t busy traveling to world, attending fashion week, writing chart-topping songs, or participating in gay rights productions, she enjoys working out and makes sure to meditate daily to keep her sanity.

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pineappleCITI – Recognize

pineappleCITI returns today with the release of the video for her R&B centric and enticingly rhythmic single, Recognize.” The video opens with victory and celebration but mysteriously takes a turn with flashback visuals that display the artist at her lowest, just moments after her car crash. Rather than letting that get her down, pineappleCITI gets to work on her craft. She puts it all in the music in a cathartic and uplifting way. pineappleCITI is set to release her next single, “Believe” on April 10 via Red Bull Records

The New Jersey rapper received major props in 2017 for her single “Rose Colored” – which appeared on her self-titled debut album of old-school-meets-new-generation rap finesse. Fast forward three years and a recovered pineappleCITI is making up for lost time. In the past year, she’s written for Kelly RowlandJuicy J and Kehlani, released her second album, neonBLUE, and is newly signed to Red Bull Records. Now she’s set to take over 2020, with new music and a feature for NBA 2K ahead. 

About pineappleCITI
For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with an equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old-school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The FADERPAPER MagComplex and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music. 

*Photo credit: Thomas Falcone