Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her new single titled ‘Therefore I Am.’ The track comes with an official music video also directed by the 18-year-old, and was shot in a deserted Glendale Galleria shopping mall, a familiar stomping-ground for Billie during her early teen years.
Watch the official music video for ‘Therefore I Am’ HERE.
‘Therefore I Am’ follows a busy few months of writing, recording and campaigning, since returning to the public arena earlier this year with a powerful live performance for the Democratic National Committee of her song ‘my future’ [watch HERE]. Last month, Billie Eilish also performed her first ever groundbreaking global live stream. WHERE DO WE GO? THE LIVESTREAM incorporated state-of-the-art XR technology, bringing music fans from all over the world together for a fully immersive virtual experience. Using multiple cameras, angles and 3D environments, viewers were able step inside Billie’s world, as she performed a fully live set for what was truly an unprecedented virtual experience. The pre-show featured exclusive content, giveaways, trivia and voting PSA’s from special guests.
The official music video for ‘Therefore I Am’ made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and on the Viacom Times Square billboard.
On Sunday, November 22, Billie Eilish will take the stage for a worldwide premiere performance of ‘Therefore I Am’ at the American Music Awards, where she is nominated for two awards; Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock and Favorite Social Artist. The show will broadcast live at 8PM EST/ PST on ABC.
On December 10, Billie Eilish will be performing live on iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball 2020. The show will be carried live on over 90+ iHeartRadio CHR stations and as a live video stream on The CW app and CWTV.com on Thursday, December 10, beginning at 6PM PT / 9PM ET.
“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” the highly anticipated documentary feature film directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (“Belushi,” “The September Issue,” “The War Room”) will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV+ in February 2021.
Billie Eilish released her groundbreaking debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” in 2019 and won Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album at this year’s 62nd Grammy® Awards in January, followed by her rousing performance of The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ at the 92nd Oscars®. This year also saw 18-year-old Eilish release her internationally hailed official James Bond theme song “No Time To Die,” for the forthcoming MGM/Eon Productions James Bond Motion Picture.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Los Angeles Chargers DE Isaac Rochell and his apparel company Local Human, joined by teammate and 5x Pro Bowl G Trai Turner, provided free Thanksgiving dinners to 450 families from the Santa Ana area.
The duo worked with the Santa Ana Unified School District to identify in-need families this holiday season and offered them Thanksgiving meals – turkey, sides, and dessert – via an all-day drive-through pick-up at Robert A. Villa Fundamental Intermediate School on Tuesday. Volunteers followed all local and CDC health and safety protocols and placed groceries into the trunk of each family’s vehicle.
This event is the first of several community programs Rochell has planned between now and the end of the year. This event was made possible by Isaac Rochell, Local Human, Trai Turner, Albertson’s, and the LA Chargers.
Founded in 2020 by Los Angeles Chargers DE Isaac Rochell and Trevor Beck, Local Human is an apparel line founded on the premise of giving back. 100% of proceeds generated by Local Human are inserted back into the community through the Do Good Foundation. Additionally, every time one of their shirts is purchased, Local Human will in turn donate a shirt to a local California foster center.
The Italian brand Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag (approximately 7 million US Dollars), the most expensive ever in the world. It has been created to raise awareness on the need to protect our seas, which are becoming even more threatened than usual by non-biodegradable plastics due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 800 thousand euros (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) of the proceeds will be donated to cleaning the seas.
The brand has decided to create this bag for a very precise reason, linked to the personal story of one of the brand’s two founders and designers, Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi.
Matteo Rodolfo, who lost his father when he was just a teenager, has lots of memories of him linked to the sea.
“We used to spend every summer at sea, between Greece and Turkey, and I was happiest when we would go on boat trips between the islands” says Matteo Rodolfo. “Even though mass tourism was still a long way off, we would often see plastic bags floating on the water or patches of tar leaked by oil tankers”.
“Recently, I have seen even more plastic in the seathan when I was a child, due to the pandemic and all the gloves and face masks that are being carelessly thrown away. This reminded me of my father, who used to dive into the water to collect the plastic bags and bottles floating in the sea and help me wipe the patches of tar that I found on the beach when I was building sand castles off my hands”.
This is why, together with Carolina Boarini, co-founder and designer of the brand, he decided to do something to help raise people’s awareness of the need to respect the environment, dedicating this particular bag to his father, who cared so much about the crystal clear waters of the seas and oceans. The project also includes a practical initiative for cleaning the seas: Boarini Milanesi undertakes to donate 800 thousand euros of the proceeds (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) to cleaning and operations in defence of the marine environment.
There are only three of these bags in the world. It is a Parva Mea model, made of semi-shiny alligator, adorned with a diamond pavé accessory and 10 white gold butterflies with sapphires, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines, for a total of over 130 carats, over 1000 hours of work and a price of 6 million euros (approximately 7 million US Dollars).
The choice of the stones is linked to seawater: Carolina Boarini tells us “Blue sapphires represent the depths of the oceans, Paraiba tourmaline reminds us of the uncontaminated Caribbean seas and diamonds refer to the transparency of water when it falls in the form of rain”.
Although Chadwick Boseman passed earlier this year, his 44th birthday would be coming up on November 29. To commemorate Boseman, National Today has created Chadwick Boseman Day in his honor.
Boseman accomplished many things over his 44 years of life and has inspired people everywhere. He always encompassed black excellence and this shines through in each role he portrayed throughout his career.
As T’CHalla in Black Panther, Boseman gave young people of color a hero to look up to in the Marvel universe. This was a monumental role as the first black superhero for Marvel. He also represented the first African American Supreme Court Justice in the movie Marshall. In the famous film 42, Boseman took on the lead as Jackie Robinson, the first black MLB player. These roles only highlight Boseman’s wildly successful career. He took on powerful roles that gave representation to the African American community and will be remembered for these roles and many others.
Chadwick Boseman passed after a four year battle with colon cancer on Friday, August 28, 2020. In 2016, Boseman was diagnosed with stage three cancer which had progressed to stage four. Boseman was able to pass at home surrounded by family.
Boseman’s passing, whose struggle with cancer was not often in the public eye, came as a shock to a majority. Even Sarah Halley Finn, who casted Boseman for the role of King T’Challa in “Black Panther” did not know he was battling cancer. According to Vulture, “Finn had no idea the actor had been diagnosed with stage three cancer when cameras rolled on Black Panther in 2017.”
Chadwick Boseman not only was an actor, but a pillar in the black community often playing roles of historical black men, such as Jackie Robinison in “42”. His latest role as King T’Challa in “Black Panther” and the Avengers series was a historical role itself.
The black community had never seen a super hero represent them before and Chadwick Boseman’s adaptation of T’Challa provided many young boys and girls a super hero that looked just like them.
Boseman’s humble spirit was always felt throughout Hollywood. CNN entertainment shared the story of Boseman praising fellow actor, Denzel Washington, for his charity that allowed Boseman to pursue acting.
From pulled quotes from Boseman’s speech at the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, the story of how Washington paid for Boseman’s tuition at the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer program after Boseman was accepted but could not attend because he could not afford it. Washington not only helped pay for this program, but helped pay for Boseman to attend Howard University.
Boseman recounted how the sponsorship was “an offering from a sage and a king is more than silver and gold. It is a seed of hope, a bud of faith.”
“There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington,” Boseman said. “And not just because of me, but my whole cast — that generation — stands on your shoulders.”
Boseman’s role as T’Challa was much more than that, a role. This role became a national symbol of black power and strength. The “Wakanda Forever” gesture of arms crossed over the chest, became a symbol itself of perseverance and pride.
CBS New York spoke to people in New York about how Blank Panther made them feel. “Thirteen-year-old Brehima Gueye says watching Boseman in the 2018 Marvel film “Black Panther” gave him purpose and a sense of pride.”
According to CBS, “Family members say Boseman was a true fighter who continued to work while undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy for colon cancer that progressed to stage four.”
On August 29, 2020 fans in Los Angeles attended a vigil at Leimert Park where they remembered the impact Boseman had within the black community. The Los Angeles Times stated, “Boseman’s death in the midst of so much racial tension in the country serves as reminder to keep fighting for racial justice like he did.”
Fans of the franchise worry about how it will continue on without Boseman but are hopeful that Wakanda and King T’Challa’s legacy will live on.
Boseman’s role in not only Hollywood, but within the black community and as a symbol of black strength will not be forgotten. While his role for the Avengers franchise brought monetary achievements, it brought much more than that. It brought a symbol of power, endurance and hope that will forever be immortalized on screen.
MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that 15-time Grammy Award®-winning artist Alicia Keys will teach a class on songwriting and producing. For the first time ever, Keys will not only reveal her complete approach to songwriting but also share her inspiring philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy and vulnerability. Keys’ class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 90+ instructors with an annual membership.
“Alicia is simply a legend,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “She appeals to and unites her audience with empathy and empowerment. In her MasterClass, Alicia not only breaks down her creative process, but deconstructs her most influential songs. She inspires all of us to control our power and purpose.”
Designed for artists of all levels, Keys’ MasterClass will share her rare and valuable insight into songwriting with soul. Within the intimate setting of her personal studio, Keys will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano in the Live Room, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room. Breaking down the anatomy of her many anthemic tracks, she explains the various influences and elements that come together to create her signature authentic and retro-futuristic sound, including how she harnesses the power of specific vocal arrangements and experiments with instruments and software. Fans will appreciate her rare deconstruction of the creative process behind one of her most iconic hits, “Fallin’.” Keys will also go beyond her technical skills to discuss her take on inequalities in the music industry and how she’s creating more space at the table for those whose voices are silenced. Offering a rare look at the wealth of knowledge and experience behind her monumental career, her class will empower members to define their purpose, channel their empathy and find their authentic rhythm.
“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” said Keys. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”
A talented performer from a young age, Keys scored her first No. 1 hit in 2001 with “Fallin’,” which was featured on her debut album, Songs in A Minor, and landed her her first five Grammy Awards, including those for Song of the Year and Best New Artist. She’s released six more critically acclaimed studio albums since her debut: The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), As I Am (2007), The Element of Freedom (2009), Girl on Fire(2012), Here (2016) and, most recently, Alicia (2020). As one of the most influential songwriter-performers of the last two decades, Keys has been honored with countless awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards and seven BET Awards, as well as the Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to her singing career, Keys is also acclaimed for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism. At just 22 years old, she co-founded and serves as the global ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive; she launched the We Are Here Movement, a petition to demand racial justice and equality; and in 2018, Keys formed She Is the Music, a music-industry group for female advancement.
The team at 360 MAGAZINE has curated a list of their favorite products and we’ve put them into a Holiday Gift Guide made just for you. We know 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone so this holiday season is the best time to show those one’s you love how much they mean to you with a personal gift. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or the big gift, these items are sure to be special for your friends and family.
Check out our favorites below from watches to clothing to everything in between.
LIDS x TREVOR BAUER
All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.
In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.
Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.
The GM110NE-1A is a celebration of New Era’s 100th anniversary and includes the classic headwear brand’s flag logo at the 3 o’clock position on the watch’s face.The gold accents work in conjunction with an engraved gold IP case back that features inscriptions reading “100 1920-2020,” a tribute to New Era’s long and storied history.
While carrying the design of the G-SHOCK GM110, the GM110NE-1A has a dark gray metal-forged and polished IP bezel. The GM110NE-1A also comes with two bands.
One is a black cloth band lined with green, similar to New Era’s famous 59FIFTY hat. It also has a gold buckle and band keepers on the underside, a nod to the sought after 59FIFTY cap, gold buckle, band keepers, an embroidered New Era logo and a gold-speckled back. The other is a gold-speckled black urethane band with a stainless-steel keeper.
BREITLING PREMIER SPECIAL EDITIONAB01186A1G1P1 EXCLUSIVE
The Breitling Premier Special Edition combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design in a distinct new color combination, with the Watches of Switzerland Group logo, inscribed onto the transparent case back. This new Special Edition is a chronograph with a commitment to everyday elegance, worthy of the legacies of both companies.
The partnership is one of a series of unique collaborations the company has rolled out in 2020 aimed at continuing to provide compelling activations for both Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS customers.
The watch features a sleek blue band made of alligator leather, that meets at a striking silver dial. The subdials compliment the band shining in blue: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
Each watch purchased comes accompanied by an exclusive certificate signed by Georges Kern, Breitling CEO and Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO.
Premium Canadian outerwear brand Nobis launched its first capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto Raptors centre and NBA champion Serge Ibaka. Known for his #BigScarfEnergy, Ibaka teamed up with Nobis to help create a genderless collection that features nine limited-edition pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber jacket, vests, hats and, of course, scarves.
The collection ranges in price from $50 to $850 and each piece is home launderable. Nobis fans can expect the same premium quality, style elements and technical components: The genderless hooded anorak features a modern high-low cut and front pouch, while both the anorak and bomber jacket have a water-repellent nylon shell and breathable Primaloft insulation for fast-drying warmth.
The collection’s parka is crafted from Nobis’ patented membrane lamination, seam-sealed construction and insulated with Canadian origin white duck down. The lightweight tactical vest, with multiple exterior pockets, is windproof and breathable – ideal for transitional weather and mild winter days. Reflective trims and iridescent logos on most pieces provide an accent to the neutral palette, in addition to visibility after dark. Accessories have been given the same attention to detail, with options such as a solid nylon ripstop bucket hat that’s reversible to Nobis’ signature printed polyester crosshatch, featuring a tonal “S” logo on the front and an iridescent limited-edition collection label on the back. It reverses to reveal a camouflage print and Serge’s signature “Mafuzzy” catchphrase on the rim.
Building off the success of Oakley’s Sutro frame, this new piece of performance eyewear features a semi-rimless design and is now a pared-down version for the cyclist that prefers a more sleek design.
Inspired by the daily life of urban cyclists, Sutro Lite is a semi-rimless version of the Sutro frame shape, featuring a high-wrap shield. The lightweight design results in a bold, versatile look that protects from the elements and enhances vision with Prizm Lens Technology. An Unobtainium temple featuring ridged texture provides improved retention so the frame never loses grip, even during the most intense rides.
There’s nothing better than waking up refreshed and ready for a vigorous workout. Celliant Performance Sheets from Sleepletics are designed to help you get a restful sleep and prime you for high performance. They’re a combination of premium long-staple cotton and Celliantmineral-infused yarns. Celliant minerals convert your body heat into infrared light, returning it back to your body’s muscle and tissue in a safe and natural way.
This improves local circulation, making more oxygen available to your cells. This increase in local circulation and oxygen means you sleep better, recover faster and perform better during the day. They’re an FDA-determined General Wellness Product.
KIDROBOT X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FACES DUNNY ART FIGURE SERIES 2
Continuing our celebration of inspirational artists of the 20th century, Kidrobot brings art to life with the second collectible 3-inch tall Dunny art figure series featuring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kidrobot presents the Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 focusing primarily on the “faces” in Basquiat’s works.
Each premium quality vinyl Dunny art figure in this series depicts a face or imagery from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most iconic paintings throughout his short but prolific art career. Each figure is packaged in a sealed security foil bag and a blind box to preserve the rarity and collectability of the collection. This blind box series features 13 individual art figures to hunt down.
San Diablo Artisan Churros (San Diablo), the only nationwide purveyor of gourmet fresh filled churros that delivers deep-fried happiness on demand, announces the San Diablo Churro Maker. Also known as an extruder, the Churro Maker is the all-in-one tool for churro lovers to make and customize their perfect churro. The product comes with nine differently-shaped nozzles, including the San Diablo Signature Hollow Churro nozzle to make churros that can be filled with decadent sauces, creams and jams.
The Churro Maker is a hard plastic kitchen gadget that functions much like a baker’s piping bag: load churro dough into the maker and then push the dough through the nozzle. The kit offers links to delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for “heaven sent, wicked good” dough and fillings.
DYU smart e-bike weighs only 18kg (39lbs), even lighter than many electric scooters, the folding shape takes only 1-meter space (39 inches). This size makes it easy to put it in the car boot and send it as a gift. Besides, it’s also very friendly and safe for old and kid.
The e-bike frame material is made of aluminum alloy which is durable and lightweight. Meanwhile, a high-end UL certificated safe battery is inside the e-bike. Front and rear double disc brakes ensure your riding safety. Ride frequently for at least 1 year without any problem.
The perfect gift for the sommelier aspirant in your life are Cornet Barcelona’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Sagrada stemless wine glasses. Each piece is mouth-blown and masterfully shaped by seasoned artists of the craft using Roman techniques. After being crafted to the ideal shape, each glass is hand-painted with unparalleled attention to detail. The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of rich color inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Sagrada Familia Basilica (in Barcelona, Spain). Perfect for small get togethers and celebrations this holiday season!
To ring in the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products. Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.
Decanters, Glasses & More – Varying prices starting at $19.99
Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones
The Adidas x Kwasi Kessie limited edition headphones were recently released as a collaboration between Adidas and Kwasi Kessie. Only 50 pairs have been made and must be won by downloading the Adidas running app and running Kwasi Nessie’s favorite route. Users should share their run on this New York route to social media through December 22nd. These exclusive headphones reimagine the popular RPT-01 sport headphones and are the first limited edition headphones released by Adidas. All 50 pairs have been customized by hand and feature black and blue leather snakeskin along the headband. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag one of the 50 limited-edition pairs, the wireless, Bluetooth RPT-01 model is still a great gift option for this season. They are available in coral, black and grey and are the perfect gift for any athlete, runner or music lover.
These Sperry Duck boots encompass both fashion and functionality. Although Sperry is known for their summer boat shoes, these boots are a staple for anyone that wants to brace the cold this holiday season. Many of the Sperry boots are on sale now on the Sperry website. With styles made for men, women and kids, these boots are a perfect gift for the whole family. The Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot is made with premium wool to keep your feet warm. Sperry Duck boots are of course waterproof to protect against rain and snow. These are perfect gift for anyone that loves the outdoors, or that want to protect their feet from the elements.
Today, Weedmaps, the largest technology company in the legal cannabis economy, was announced as an official sponsor of the highly anticipated Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight presented by the viral entertainment platform Triller. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the highly anticipated return of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. headlines the four-hour live event that will air globally on November 28th at 8:00pm ET, with the three-hour main card beginning at 9:00pm ET on Pay-Per-View.
As the official sponsor, Weedmaps and Area 52 branding will be displayed throughout the event including in the ring, on the screen, during the live broadcast, and in the locker room and press room. Weedmaps will also release an exclusive piece of content narrated by Nas, celebrated rapper and entrepreneur, that takes viewers through powerful events in the nation’s history, celebrating those who stood up to fight for change in systemic racism, cannabis legalization and more.
“Weedmaps is ecstatic to be the official sponsor of Mike Tyson’s highly anticipated return to the ring,” said Juanjo Feijoo, Chief Marketing Officer at Weedmaps. “We recognize this is a huge moment for the broader industry and through this sponsorship, we’re hoping to introduce a new audience to Weedmaps as well as bring attention to some of the important conversations happening around cannabis today. This is just one of many steps we are proactively taking to break down stigmas, promote social equity, and encourage all to join us in the fight for change.”
Founded in 2008, Weedmaps connects consumers to retailers and brands, and advocates for accessible cannabis for all patients and adults. With cannabis legalization moving forward in many states and being widely recognized on the national stage, this first-of-a-kind sponsorship opportunity for Weedmaps is groundbreaking for the cannabis industry.
“By partnering with companies like Weedmaps, Triller helps fight the stigma surrounding the cannabis industry. A night that will go down in history as an iconic moment of athletes, musicians and cultural icons coming together should be sponsored by those who align with our core mission and we look forward to seeing everyone at TysonOnTriller.com,” said Bobby Sarnevesht, Executive Chairman of Triller.
“It feels great to return to the ring after 15 years and I’m thrilled that Weedmaps is the title sponsor of this remarkable moment in my career,” said former professional boxer Mike Tyson. “I’m a proud advocate for cannabis legalization so this partnership with Weedmaps is particularly close to my heart. This is a significant moment for the cannabis industry, and I am committed to doing my part to fight for change.”
The PPV fight card includes Tyson vs. Jones Jr., Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, and Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter. The memorable night will also include multi-song performances by DaBaby, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and YG. The fight can be ordered on Pay-Per-View through cable and satellite providers and is also available on PPV streaming at www.TysonOnTriller.com. The event is $49.99.
The COVID-19 pandemic is leading a Purdue University innovator to make changes as she works to provide new options for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Jessica Huber, a professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and associate dean for research in Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, leads Purdue’s Motor Speech Lab. Huber and her team are now doing virtual studies to evaluate speech disorders related to Parkinson’s using artificial intelligence technology platforms.
Huber and her team have been working to develop telepractice tools for the assessment and treatment of speech impairments like Parkinson’s disease. They received a National Institutes of Health small business innovation and research grant to develop a telehealth platform to facilitate the provision of speech treatment with the SpeechVive device, which has received attention at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In the current study, Huber and her team are collaborating with a startup company, Modality AI, which developed the AI platform that will be used in the study.
“The application of the technology we are evaluating may lead to far-reaching insights into more standardization in assessments, earlier diagnoses and possibly an easier way to track discrete changes over time to guide interventions,” said Andrew Exner, a graduate research assistant in the Motor Speech Lab. “My personal research passion, and the mission of our lab, is to find ways to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and other related diseases.”
Exner is leading the virtual study for participants across the country to evaluate an AI platform that can collect and automatically measure the speech skills of people with Parkinson’s disease. The need for AI platforms is increasing as the use of telepractice explodes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My interest in speech-language pathology actually started during my training as an actor and opera singer,” Exner said. “I saw the effects of pathology on the voice and wanted to extend that interest into speech disorders.”
SpeechVive Inc. is an Indiana startup company based on Huber’s research. The company has developed a wearable medical device to improve the speech clarity of people with Parkinson’s.
Anyone interested in learning more about the virtual studies or taking part, can email Exner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of the coming winter months, Japan lights up across the country with winter illuminations in cities, rural areas and natural attractions. While travelers can’t experience many of the illuminations due to travel restrictions this year, below are a few galleries of some of the most exciting events taking place this winter.
Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Ice Cave by teamLab, Tokyo
An iconic exhibit from the MORI Building Digital Art Museum, teamLab’s Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Ice Cave is an interactive exhibit featuring a seemingly endless arrangement of Venetian glass lamps. The arrangement of the lamps is mathematically determined and when a person stands still close to a lamp, it will shine brightly and cause a chain reaction with all of the surrounding lamps.
Sendai Pageant of Starlight, Miyagi Prefecture
On Jozenji-dori Street in Sendai, about 160 zelkova trees are decorated with over half a million LED lights. With the street Illuminated in a warm glow, it becomes the perfect place for a nice romantic walk while dining on tasty treats from local vendors and shops. In addition to the scenery, there is an ice skating rink and a light tunnel at Kotodai Park.
Ashikaga Flower Fantasy, Tochigi Prefecture
Ranked #1 by the Japan’s night-view critics, Ashikaga Flower Park’s Flower Fantasy is one of the most popular seasonal illuminations in the country. Running through February, the Ashikaga Flower Fantasy changes lights about every six weeks to match with a different theme. For November and December, the park puts on a Christmas fantasy and in January and February, the New Year is celebrated with the blooming winter peonies.
Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination, Mie Prefecture
The Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination utilizes millions of LED lights to bring even more color and brightness to the large flower park. Visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the lights from a special observation deck, “swim” through a sea of lights that shine in a huge field and navigate their way through various light tunnels.
Otaki Ice Festival, Saitama Prefecture
Located in the former Otaki village, the Misotsuchi Icicles are illuminated every night during January and February. While there are two other “Great Icicles” in the local city of Chichibu, the Misotsuchi Icicles are the only ones that are naturally occurring. Visitors can view the icicle light-up from the north side or along the river on the south side. The nearby Tsuchiuchi Camping grounds also serve hot food and drinks during the ice festival. (Note: Whether this event will be held is still being determined.)
For more information and to discover more of Japan’s local attractions, JNTO has put together a collection of the best of the country’s local treasures on a new section of their website for would-be travelers to browse through HERE.
For updates on travel restrictions to Japan, click HERE.
Today, L.A.-based artist/producer Gryffin shares his new single “Safe With Me,” featuring rising star Audrey Mika. Released via Darkroom/Interscope Records, “Safe With Me” is a heart-on-sleeve love song that’s both confessional and irresistibly catchy.
Known for his kinetic fusion of dance-pop and future bass, Gryffin recently earned RIAA gold certification for “All You Need to Know” with SLANDER ft. Calle Lehmann — a 2019 release that’s now surpassed 100 million streams. The chart-climbing single appears on Gryffin’s debut album Gravity, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart soon after arriving in October 2019.
“Safe With Me” follows Gryffin’s recent single “Cry,” a collaboration with Swedish singer/songwriter John Martin hailed by EDM.com as a “scintillating future pop record that tugs at the heartstrings.” In addition to “Cry,” Gryffin’s recent output includes “Hold You Tonight,” a breathtaking collaboration with platinum-selling country artist Chris Lane. Premiering in April, the acoustic-guitar-laced track marked Gryffin’s first new music since the release of Gravity — a widely acclaimed album including hits like “Remember” ft. ZOHARA (a track that shot to #1 on Dance radio), “OMG” (a #16 hit on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, featuring Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen), and “Body Back” ft. Maia Wright (#16 hit on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart). With its incredible lineup of collaborators and guest artists, Gravity also features “Hurt People” (a collaboration with singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, co-written by Bastille frontman Dan Smith) and “Baggage” by Gryffin with Gorgon City ft. AlunaGeorge (praised by Dancing Astronaut as a “perfectly poignant and danceable requiem to the summer season”).
Born Dan Griffith, Gryffin got his start in music as a classically trained pianist and guitarist and also played in several bands. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he pursued a path in music production, drawing equally from his carefully honed musicality and edgy ingenuity. Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: “Heading Home” ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration “Whole Heart.” In addition, his 2017 smash single “Feel Good” — with Illenium and featuring Daya— peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Gryffin’s major triumphs also include “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhé (which hit #2 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and #9 on the Global Viral Chart), “Remember” ft. Zohara (which garnered 6.5 million streams in its first few weeks and earned support from Tiesto, who featured the track on an Instagram story), and “All You Need to Know” with SLANDER ft. Calle Lehmann (a gold-certified smash that’s now surpassed 100 million streams). Arriving in October 2019, Gryffin’s debut album Gravity quickly climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
ABOUT AUDREY MIKA
Hailing from the Bay Area, 20 year-old rising star Audrey Mika first rose to prominence as a YouTube sensation whose following has continued to grow with her unique covers of popular hits. She has amassed over 1.4 million YouTube subscribers who flock to check out her original material such as her two prior projects, 2018’s “Are We There Yet” and 2019’s “Level Up,’ which she recorded entirely on GarageBand. Her latest EP 5 A.M.was released earlier this year via RCA Records and includes her hit “Y U Gotta B Like That” which has amassed over 52M combined audio/video streams worldwide as well as “Fake Heartbreak” which Idolator called “soulful.” She’s been called a “rising star” by Paper Magazine, Ladygunn declared her “a beacon of Generation Z brightness”, Flaunt Magazine said she “is more than meets the eye, she is a true visionary with a dedication to her dope desires” and her original music has been praised by Ones To Watch who called it “incredible.” Her spring tour saw her first ever New York show sold out. Her track “Just Friends”released earlier this summer and met with Billboard praising her “top-notch vocals,” Idolator calling it a “perfectly-crafted pop song,” Ones To Watch said it’s “a certified bop” and E! News declaring it an “irrepressibly catchy track.” Her newest track “Red Gatorade” is already a fan favorite.
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