Camelback Ski Resort in Tannersville, PA has been long known to ski enthusiasts around the tri-state area as a winter wonderland. That is, until last weekend, when a ski lift malfunction resulted in the injury of a father and his two children. The victims, who remain unnamed, were plummeted off the Sullivan Express Lift approximately 15 ft into the snowy mountain side while approaching the top of the mountain at around 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 21.
Liftblog reports that “A local dispatch log notes a call came in at 3:39 pm for a 40 year old male with back and hip injury, a 12 year old male with an arm injury and a 9 year old female with an abdominal injury.” All three involved victims were taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s University Health Network.
Newswatch 16 talked to bystander Douglas Mackie, who had been riding just one seat behind the malfunctioning seat of the affected family. Mackie remarked on the incident:
“It sounded like they hit the pole. I heard this sound, and they went flying, and the whole gondola came right off the cable”… “It hit the ground, and the kids were screaming, and I remember the screams. It was bad. I just remember that the most. I mean, it was these two little kids. It was a lot.”
Mackie, who was accompanied by his 12-year old son, reflected on the harrowing accident to WFMZ: “I can’t stop seeing that. I just hear the kids. I’m never going to forget what I heard.”
Mackie had kindly allowed for the family involved in the lift accident to cut in line before him, and reflects that without that tiny, instantaneous decision, he and his own son could have fallen victim to injury.
Despite the fact, FOX56 reports that Mackie remains in support of Camelback Mountain and will be returning to the mountain:
“God bless Camelback they did a great job. [There was] all of a sudden a swarm of Camelback people there to assist. Sure, I promise you when I get on a lift I will be thinking about it, there will never be a time when I get on a lift I’ll think this is 100 percent safe, but I’m not gonna stop living.”
Liftblog provided insight into the specifics of the involved lift’s safety record: “The lift involved is a 1995 Doppelmayr detachable quad with DS series grips. It operates in winter as well as summer for water park operations. While Doppelmayr detachable lifts have an excellent safety record, other instances of chairs falling have occurred.”
The managing director of Camelback Resort, Shawn Hauver, commented on the incident:
“We are devastated by the weekend’s events on the Sullivan Lift and our hearts go out to the family involved. We thank you for your patience as we continue to conduct a thorough investigation. In the meantime, the Sullivan Lift remains closed.”
Some speculation has been garnered online, as the resort didn’t publicly issue a statement until 24 hours after the event on Monday morning, after the resort had already opened.
The ski resort has posted a statement on Facebook stating that “Camelback Resort is working with the appropriate state authorities to investigate yesterday’s incident involving the Sullivan lift. The health and safety of our guests and associates is and remains our number one priority.”
The Sullivan lift remains closed as of Tuesday, March 23 until further notice.
Oprah Winfrey announced plans Monday to host virtual town halls in states that look to play a large role in the upcoming election.
As part of OWN’s OWN YOUR VOTE get-out-the-vote initiative, the town halls will be a non-partisan effort to encourage, inspire and support voters across the country before Nov. 3.
The events are free and open to the public, and you can register in advance by clicking right here.
She will host an event for voters in Wisconsin Oct. 26, voters in North Carolina Oct. 27, voters in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania Oct. 28 and voters in South Carolina Oct. 29. All of the town halls will begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Winfrey will speak with local voters in an effort to acquire adequate resources, information and inspiration to create a more informed voting base. Local voters, national thought leaders, voting rights experts and others who can provide insight and resources to voters will join her.
States of Change is an online print sale fundraiser in support of local groups working on the ground in five key swing states (AZ, FL, MI, PA and WI) to fight voter suppression and to get out the vote. States of Change is organized in partnership with Movement Voter Project.The fundraiser runs online at statesofchange.us from October 13th to 18th at midnight PST, featuring prints from 150+ artists and photographers priced at $150.
Movement Voter Project has selected 42 of the best and most impactful local community-based organizations, with a focus on youth and communities of color, working in five key swing states. These organizations work to get out the vote, fight voter suppression, organize communities to grow their power and build infrastructure that will lead to lasting change. In this short period of time before the election, groups are working on everything from early vote education and mobilization to polls protection to fighting voter disenfranchisement.
Participants include Alec Soth, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Dawoud Bey, Ed Ruscha, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Kim Gordon, Larry Sultan, Mario Sorrenti, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Sally Mann, Sharon Lockhart, Stephen Shore, Steve McCurry,and the list goes on and on.
The team at States of Change explains, “There’s the prevailing sense that the country and our democracy are spinning out of control, and that we are powerless to stop it. We didn’t want to become resigned to a sense of darkness and had to act. Inspired by the change artists made with the Pictures for Elmhurst project, we decided to band together to support these amazing non-profits. Every dollar we donate will make a real and direct impact on voter turnout.”
Billy Wimsatt, Founder & Executive Director of MVP, states, “Movement Voter Project is honored to partner with States of Change and world-renowned photographers to support critical voter organizing in the top 5 battleground states. Together, we are funding incredible local organizations that will get out the vote in the final weeks and continue their vital life-saving work beyond Election Day.”
John Divola Untitled, circa 1980 Courtesy of the artist
ABOUT THE PRINTS:
Prints are available for $150 plus shipping costs. All prints are the same size, 10 x 12 inches, with a smaller printed area that is variable depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph. Prints are available in an open edition and are unsigned.All prints are made on Canson Platine Fibre Rag 310. This is a premium 100% cotton paper that offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta fiber print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. Prints are made from digital files using archival inkjet printing—sometimes referred to as pigment printing, or gicleé printing. This method is the current industry standard for photographic printing.Printing services for this fundraiser are being provided by Light Work. An amount of $15.50 will be deducted from the cost of each print to offset expenses for production and fulfillment. All net proceeds go to the Movement Voter Project.
States of Change was made by a small group of artists and friends trying to make a difference. We are:Mitchell Barton, Matthew Booth, Alice Braccini, Trevor Clement, Jim Goldberg, Gregory Halpern, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Korey Vincent.For their generous assistance and support we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Claire Davis, Jason Fulford, Africia Heiderhoff, Kristen Lubben, Jody Rojac, Nicole Meade, Ian Simmons, Susan Meiselas and Ahndraya Parlato. And, of course, none of this would be possible without our participating artists’ generosity.
Movement Voter Project works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors –big and small –support the best and most promising local community-based organizations in key states, with a focus on youth and communities of color. We support hundreds of incredible organizations that both turn out unlikely voters and organize communities to grow their power and create transformation, from policy to the streets. We believe that supporting local movement vote groups is the most effective and most cost-effective strategy to transform our country. Learn more at movement.vote.
Grassroots Organizations The 2020 general election hinges on the outcome in these five states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona. Now more than ever, we need to invest in local groups working on the ground in these states. They know how to organize their own communities, and they’ve been building trust with voters since long before the current crisis. They need our support to win in November and build toward the future we want to see. Learn more on our Organization’s Page.
The list of contributing artists includes many of the top commercial and fine art photographers working today: Aaron Schuman / Abelardo Morell / Adam Pape / Ahndraya Parlato / Alec Soth / Alessandra Sanguinetti / Alex Majoli / Alfredo Jaar / Amani Willett / Amy Troost / Andrea Modica / Andres Gonzalez / Ann Weathersby / Anthony Hernandez / Ari Marcopoulos / Arthur Ou / Bayeté Ross Smith / Brian Ulrich / Bryan Schutmaat / Bryson Rand / Camille Seaman / Carmen Winant / Carolyn Drake / Carrie Mae Weems / Cass Bird / Catherine Opie / Chris McCaw / Christian Patterson / Christopher Anderson / Cindy Sherman / Clara Balzary / Curran Hatleberg / Daniel Gordon / Daniel Shea / Danna Singer / Dannielle Bowman / Danny Lyon / David Maisel / David Levinthal / Dawoud Bey / Deanna Templeton / Diana Markosian / Dionne Lee / Doug DuBois / Dru Donovan / Ed Panar / Ed Ruscha / Ed Templeton / Eli Reed / Elinor Carucci / Emily Shur / Emmet Gowin / Eric Gottesman / Eva O’Leary / Fumi Ishino / Gerard Gaskin / Gordon Parks / Gregory Eddi Jones / Gregory Halpern / Gus Powell / Hank Willis Thomas / Hannah Price / Hannah Whitaker / Henry Horenstein / Ike Edeani / Irina Rozovsky / Jack Pierson / James Casebere/ James Welling / Janet Delaney / Jason Fulford / Jeffrey Whetstone / Jim Goldberg / Joel Fisher / Joel Sternfeld / John Divola/ John Gossage / John Lehr / John Pilson / Jon Feinstein / Jon Rubin / Jonathan Gardenhire / Katy Grannan / Ken Light / Khalik Allah / Kim Gordon / Landon Nordeman / Larry Sultan / Laura Letinsky / Laura McPhee / Laurel Nakadate / Lelanie Foster / Leonard Suryajaya / Liz Cohen / Lorie Novak / Luc Sante / Mario Sorrenti / Mark Steinmetz / Matt Sayles / Matthew Connors / Matthew Leifheit / Matthew Porter / McNair Evans / Melissa Catanese / Meron Menghistab / Michael Christopher Brown / Michael Schmelling / Mike Mandel / Milagros de la Torre / Mimi Plumb / Mitch Epstein / Moyra Davey / Nan Goldin / Nelson Chan / Nicholas Muellner / Pacifico Silano / Penelope Umbrico / Peter Sutherland / Peter van Agtmael / Pixy Liao / Raymond Meeks / Renée Stout / Ricardo Nagaoka / Richard Misrach / Richard Mosse / Richard Renaldi / Robert Frank / Roe Ethridge / Ron Jude / Rosalind Fox Solomon /Rose Marie Cromwell / S*an D. Henry-Smith / Sally Mann / Samantha Box / Sara Cwynar / Sasha Phyars-Burgess / Sasha Rudensky / Sean Pressley / Sebastian Kim / Shane Lavalette / Sharon Core / Sharon Lockhart / Sheila Pree Bright / Sinna Nasseri / Stacy Kranitz / Stephen Shore / Steve McCurry / Suha Traboulsi and Walid Raad / Susan Meiselas / Susan Worsham / Tabitha Soren / Tanya Marcuse / Tim Davis / Todd Hido / Tommy Kha / Trevor Clement / Victoria Sambunaris / Wendy Ewald / Yto Barrada / Zoë GhertnerMark Steinmetz
Juvenile Law Center announced Wednesday the appointment of four new members to the Board of Directors. Khaliah Ali, Daniel Okonkwo, Robert Parker and Eli Segal will join the governing body of the national organization, based in Philadelphia. The center is the country’s first nonprofit public interest law firm for children’s rights.
“I am so honored to serve on Juvenile Law Center’s board,” Ali said. “Additionally as the daughter of the late boxer Muhammad Ali, I am honored to help curate my father‘s legacy through such a laudable cause.”
R. Daniel Okonkwo, Esq.
R. Daniel Okonkwo, Esq. is an attorney and public policy expert with significant experience in the policy, advocacy and nonprofit sectors. Okonkwo is the Vice President (Relationship Manager) in the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase and Co., where he is responsible for building relationships with key stakeholders and grantmaking in the Mid-Atlantic region. He also manages a national grant portfolio that focuses on nonprofit capacity building and civil rights organizations.
“I am thrilled and honored to join Juvenile Law Center’s Board of Directors,” said Okonkwo. “The organization has been at the forefront of the work to ensure that young people are protected from unjust treatment in the various systems that impact their lives. Juvenile Law Center is an organization that I have admired for a long time and I look forward to supporting their work on behalf of young people across the country.”
Robert P. Parker
Robert P. Parker spent 14 years as a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss before joining a D.C.-based technology/litigation focused firm in 2013. His practice centers on complex civil matters involving technology, regulatory and commercial issues. Parker represents some of the world’s most established companies, as well as start-up enterprises in a variety of commercial and litigation matters. He is ranked among Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers in the area of IP litigation and has previously served as the chairman for the National Council of Adoption’s Board of Directors.
“Too often, children and teens become lost in the juvenile justice system – civil and criminal. The impact on their lives, their families, and society at large is beyond calculation,” said Parker. “I am delighted to join Juvenile Law Center’s efforts to ensure that no more juveniles get lost in our courts or in their placements.”
Eli Segal is a partner at the law firm of Troutman Pepper, where he focuses on representing journalists in First Amendment matters, colleges and universities in their unique legal issues, and other businesses and individuals within the spectrum of commercial litigation. He is the co-chair of Troutman Pepper’s First Amendment and Newsroom practice.
“I volunteered at Juvenile Law Center years ago during college and law school and am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute again to the organization’s vitally important work,” said Segal.
Juvenile Law Center says it is proud to welcome these distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. “Our Board of Directors is an integral part of Juvenile Law Center and it is a joy and privilege to work with them,” said Sue Mangold, the Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Khaliah Ali, Daniel Okonkwo, Robert Parker and Eli Segal. Each is already engaged in our work and brings valuable expertise and experience to our board.”
About Juvenile Law Center
Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the foster care and justice systems.
Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. We fight for youth through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. For more information about Juvenile Law Center’s work, visit www.JLC.org.
“The Oval,” the hit BET show from Tyler Perry, will return to homes for its second season in Oct., and Vaughn Hebron is front and center.
Playing Barry, a man whose daughter was kidnapped by his ex-girlfriend, Hebron finds himself in the middle of a show about an interracial family living in the White House. Perfect on the outside but full of lies on the inside, the family brings some of the best drama to television.
Hebron was born in Baltimore and attended Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College on a Division 1 football scholarship. At Lafayette College, he joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business and minor in Africana Studies.
He began a career in pharmaceuticals but eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Early on he booked commercials, and he’ll appear in the Will Smith-led “King Richard” in 2021.
Hebron answered a few questions for 360 MAGAZINE regarding “The Oval,” the entertainment industry and his future.
360: Tell us about “The Oval” and your character and what we can look forward to in season 2.
Hebron: “The Oval” is a Tyler Perry soap, set in the White House, that centers around the First Family and their staff. Well, at least it did in the first season. The series has expanded and plunged into the personal and dramatic lives of each individual and is now a whirlwind of dramatics and juicy story lines. I play Barry Hallsen on the show, the son of the White House Head Butler. Barry is a young man in his early 20s trying to establish himself while providing for his daughter, Callie. In the first season, he faces extreme challenges in and out of the White House, namely having his daughter kidnapped by his baby mother, Ruth, who is part of a vicious cult. The first season follows his journey to finding his daughter and the many problems he creates for himself in doing so. What viewers can look forward to in the second season is Barry getting closer to finding his daughter but also getting closer to the imminent danger that surrounds her.
360: Before you became an actor, you were in pharmaceutical sales. How was the transition, and are you excited about the career change?
Hebron: The transition was a big adjustment, going from a steady, regular paycheck and working every day to not knowing when the next time I’ll be working but still getting paid for it. Basically, I had to start all over from square one and figure things out each step of the way. It was intimidating and uncertain, but it’s also been very fulfilling. It feels like I am being driven by something that I never felt in my corporate career: a new sense of purpose. The unknowingness was both scary and exciting.
360: What has been your biggest challenge thus far in the industry?
Hebron: Coming from a corporate background, I was used to a lot of structure. There were always deadlines, expectations that would be met, structured and upkept working conditions, and if there were any questions, someone there to help. There’s almost none of that in the industry. There are no set timelines on when we book jobs, no set path on how to be successful and reach a certain level in your career and no formal performance evaluations. Even asking for help could be just as bad as not asking for help. The biggest challenge for me was adjusting to this space of having to completely trust in the process and letting God take the wheel. I had to surrender to the journey and have faith that the things I was doing were going to work out the way they were meant to. I really had to believe that everything would happen for a reason. It was a complete mindset shift; a completely different life. I still struggle with it at times.
360: Where do you see your career in 5 years? 10 years?
Hebron: Well, one of the first lessons I learned in this industry is that you can’t put a timeline on things. At all. They could happen way sooner, or way later than you think, so just be open and ready when the time comes. My ultimate goal in this industry is to become an A-list storyteller. That’s the level I want to be at. However, storytelling comes in many different forms. Obviously acting is the main form of storytelling that I’m doing right now, but I’ve also written and pitched TV shows and see myself dabbing in that. I also see myself directing and producing one day as well. Additionally, I have a lot of ideas outside of the industry for my fitness and business, and of course I want to have a family one day.
360: Do you have any future projects that you’re allowed to talk about?
Hebron: Yes, I will be in the upcoming feature film “King Richard” starring Will Smith, as one of the main antagonists, hitting theaters Nov. 2021. We are working a couple other projects that are under wrap right now.
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Born and raised in South Florida – Rhys gravitated toward finding beauty in the unexpected — often creating jewelry and art from things she found in nature.
While attending a small art school in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Rhys Kelly took a course on painting eyes and teeth for creatures that the students sculpted. From that class, Rhys noticed how much detail went into painting one eye – and how no two eyes are the same. This was a perfect representation for what Rhys always knew to be true: The eye represents perspective, uniqueness and individualism.
After school, Rhys started gifting the eye jewelry to friends and family, it gained attention from people beyond her inner circle and she started selling pieces in 2017, thus bringing the Rhys Kelly brand to life. Rhys’s collection of handcrafted pendants, rings and bracelets are timeless one of a kind pieces — each designed around the human eye. The eye has, for all of human existence (and probably beyond) been a symbol of power, protection, knowledge, good, evil and much more. What’s remained consistent is the fact that no two eyes are the exact same.
Rhys’s “What’s Your Perspective,” is a body of work comprising pieces of art and jewelry centered around the human eye. The collection is meant to inspire, fascinate and celebrate the unique perspective of every person. For Kelly’s art installation she casts eye forms using acrylic and acrylic paint, first pouring the acrylic into a mold and then painting. Her jewelry is handmade of precious metals including silver, gold and both semi-precious and precious gemstones. She most recently released her “Drippy Eye” installation – which is a large standing installation. Prices for Kelly’s work start at $195 for jewelry and range from $500 to $5,000 for art.
Rhys is now 24 years old and currently resides in Los Angeles where she continues to expand her following and create her artwork.
Today, Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, and the current chairman and general counsel of the latter, announced the filing of suit against the The Plainview Project, Mayor Jim Kenney, Soros financed District Attorney Larry Krasner and the former and current Philadelphia Police Commissioners Richard Roth and Danielle Outlaw. The complaint, which can be viewed at www.freedomwatchusa.org, alleges discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity and sex, insofar as the plaintiffs, six Philly cops, were terminated and/or constructively terminated for private social media posts which were illegally hacked by defendant The Plainview Project, a radical anti-police left wing group, likely financed by George Soros. The social media posts were falsely characterized by the defendants as racist, homophobic and Islamophobic, in an contrived effort to remove them from the police force for political purposes. As a result, the complaint also contains counts for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of constitutional rights.
The complaint, which plaintiffs reserved the right to later convert to a class action for all similarly situated Philly police, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is styled Melvin et. al v. Kenney et. al, Case No. 2:20-cv-003529.
Klayman, who was born and raised in Philadelphia as was his local co-counsel Andrew Teitelman, had this to say on behalf of his clients after filing suit:
“There is a systematic effort by these defendants to harm and endanger the police, in order that the left can take control of not just major cities like Philadelphia but the nation as a whole. My clients, brave Philly cops who risked their lives in one of the most dangerous of cities, are being made the scapegoats for hack leftist politicians, district attorneys and their enablers, such as George Soros, in order to seize control over our body politic. White male cops in particular have been targeted for extinction, based on discrimination. We at Freedom Watch believe that all citizens, including white male cops, deserve to be respected and to that end we have brought suit for damage and other relief in excess of $90,000,000 USD. The defendants must be taught a lesson they will never forget.”
Three hotels around the country are ready to safely host road-tripping guests
The Shore Club Wisconsin, The Inn Hotel, and The Penn Stroud have recently joined Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s Ascend Hotel Collection, a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels. All three hotels are just a few hours’ drive from major U.S. cities and bustling suburbs, making them optimal destinations for guests who are looking to hit the road and start exploring again.
“Research shows that more than two-thirds of consumers miss traveling and can’t wait to hit the road again, and many people will take more trips by car as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dianne Taylor, head of brand, Ascend Hotel Collection, Choice Hotels.
“The addition of these hotels to our Ascend Hotel Collection reaffirms that the road forward is paved with opportunity – both for guests ready to return to travel, and for the hotel owners who are ready to welcome them,” said Mark Shalala, senior vice president of development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “Guests value both the security of brands they trust as well as individuality, and the Ascend brand brings them the best of both. Backed by Choice’s industry-leading technology, robust distribution and reservation channels, and comprehensive Commitment to Clean initiative, Ascend hotels are poised for continued success in the months and years ahead.”
All Choice-branded hotels are participating in Commitment to Clean, which is the company’s global, holistic approach to supplying franchisees and their employees with the tools to address health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative enhances existing best practice guidance for deep cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing.
About The Shore Club Wisconsin:
Located at 276 Victorian Village Dr. in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, this recently renovated hotel provides guests with convenient access to charming attractions surrounding the shore and boasts 600 feet of private beach. Guests can lounge lakefront or try out a number of entertaining watersports, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing. The Cottonwood Social and world-famous Tiki Bar are also on-site for guests seeking a drink or bite to eat.
About The Inn Hotel:
Found at 15 Dam Rd. in Arnolds Park, Iowa, this hotel channels the storied history of the building’s predecessor, which was an epicenter for social life along Lake Okoboji from the late 19th century until 2018. The new hotel leans into an Art Deco style that transports guests back to the Roaring ’20s, while still delivering the modern amenities that today’s leisure travelers seek. Embraced by tranquil lakes on three sides and quaint attractions and eateries to the south, The Inn Hotel is a true midwestern gem.
About The Penn Stroud:
Located at 700 Main St. in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this hotel reflects nearly 200 years of history while offering guests upscale amenities in a premium location following a multi-million-dollar renovation. The Penn Stroud, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, is close to the Appalachian Trail – one of the country’s most traversed hiking routes. Downtown Stroudsburg is home to several art galleries, cafes and historic sites, and the hotel is also close to attractions including Mountain View Vineyard and Alpine Mountain Skiing.
18-year-old artist Kierra Luv returns with her debut mixtape Take It or Leave It. Featuring a wide range of rap offerings, including the previously-released hit “Can’t Stand It” (feat. Tory Lanez), Kierra shows off her versatility and her powerful voice as an artist. A 2020 high school graduate, Kierra Luv celebrates her independence on Take It or Leave It and proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Often spitting so hard that tears stream down her face, Harrisburg, PA artist Kierra Luv raps with the surefire spirit, undeniable intensity, and street wisdom of a hard-lived life. Last week Kierra uploaded an emotionally charged freestyle speaking out on the police brutality faced by Black people in America.
Kierra’s music has always provided an outlet from a rough home life. Of Puerto Rican and African American descent, she grew up in her grandparents’ small house where she was witness to domestic violence against her mother, and her grandfather’s alcohol addiction. At school Kierra began writing poetry as a method for trying to heal from her breakups and unsettling home life. These rhymes set the stage for her to eventually pick up a mic. Inspired by Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, she auditioned for The Rap Game. Despite not making it onto the show, Kierra began to grow an online following as she consistently uploaded freestyles and her first single, “You Lied To Me.”
In 2018, Kierra uploaded her take on Cardi B’s “Money”, which quickly exploded on the internet; it went from a plug on Say Cheese to WorldStarHipHop in a matter of days. The remix eventually made its way to Cardi B who shared it on Instagram and opened up the floodgates for Kierra. The video was viewed over 14 million times in under six months, and had major labels clamoring to sign the young Philly artist.
Finding a home with 10K Projects/Electric Feel Entertainment, Kierra dove into crafting her debut project. Her 2019 single “Put You On” showcases her deft rhymes, hard-hitting hooks, and bulletproof bars, culminating on lines like “I’m a little girl, but look, I’m moving like a don.”
“Put You On is basically me telling myself that I can put you on, show you how to make some money, and everything is going to be okay,” explains Kierra. “Everything was reckless before now, including my home life. So this is a motivational track to show you what can happen in the future if you don’t give up.”
“When you listen to me, I want you to know you’re not alone,” she leaves off. “It’s all about having a winners’ mindset. I hope to give that to everyone so they know tomorrow will always get better.”
LOREN GRAY SHARES TWO NEW SINGLES “OPTIONS” AND “LIE LIKE THAT”
Honda Stage Launches Loren’s First Live Performance Videos Today
Download / Stream “Options” / “Lie Like That” HERE
Self-made phenomenon Loren Gray released two new singles today: the sinuous, pulsating “Options” and the haunting “Lie Like That.” She teamed up with Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey, The Chainsmokers) to write and produce both tracks, bringing in collaborators Nija (Jason Derulo, Chris Brown) on “Options” and Australian artist Ivy Adara on “Lie Like That.” The two-track single is available HERE.
Honda/Uproxx has been following Loren since last November, covering some of her biggest career “firsts,” including her Forever 21 Times Square billboard reveal, her first Christmas at home in Pottstown, PA after signing her deal with Virgin Records, her first performance of an original song on stage (“Anti-Everything” with Lost Kings) and more. Loren’s first-ever live performance videos will launch later today as part of the Honda Stage program. Watch her preparing to shoot the videos in this new episode. As an artist in the Honda Stage program, Loren follows Universal Music Group label mates Troye Sivan and Jessie Reyez.
To date, Loren’s songs have racked up over 50 million cumulative streams worldwide, including 20 million for her recent single, “Queen” Idolator praised the “empowering new single” and noted, “The 16-year-old made a good first impression with the perky ”My Story” and then showed serious pop star potential on the fiery ”Kick You Out.” That upward trajectory continues with the arrival of Queen.” In this interview, Loren told ET Live, “The message of this song was so important for me to get out to my young female fans; to embrace being a strong independent woman.” View the official video for “Queen” HERE.
About Loren Gray
Loren has been obsessed with music her entire life. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, she began playing piano at a young age and spent her childhood listening to everything from classic rock and country to heavy metal and hip-hop. At 15, she uprooted herself and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. After cutting six records as an independent artist, Loren landed a deal with Virgin Records. In August 2018, she released “My Story,” which debuted at #1 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart and now has more than 15 million streams. Writing of the follow-up single, “Kick You Out,” Billboard said, “The song’s contrasting vibe effortlessly shows the true highs and lows that come from being in love.” Loren is currently at work on her debut EP.