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Ro James – Plan B ft. Brandy

GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER RO JAMES RELEASES NEW TRACK “PLAN B” FT. BRANDY

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ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM MANTIC DUE OUT MAY 29TH VIA BYSTORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS

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At 15 tracks the album will include features from some of the most notable names in R&B including Miguel, Brandy and Masego. MANTIC will also feature previously released tracks “Last Time” which has over 10 million streams and video views worldwide and “Touchy Feely” which Noisey included on their “18 R&B Songs That Make Up for This Unbearable Year List” and explains: “[Ro James] has a penchant for sensual songs, and his sophomore album is shaping up to be just as sexy as his last.” MANTIC also sees James teaming up with frequent collaborators including producers DJ Camper and Salaam Remi, as well as songwriter Verse Simmons and producer Soundz, the same team behind James’ Grammy-nominated, RIAA certified platinum single “Permission.” The track was the lead single from his critically-acclaimed debut album ELDORADO.

Ro James on what MANTIC means to him and the inspiration for the album: “The music I create evokes a feeling of romance, but I wanted to dissect that word and break it down by taking the ‘ro’ out of it. MANTIC refers to divination and prophecy-seeking knowledge of the future through supernatural means. Speaking things into existence and living forward, having faith in where you’re supposed to be and where you’re going.”

About Ro James

Born in Stuttgart, Germany to a military father turned preacher, Ro James found himself moving around for most of his childhood. From Indiana, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma to the place he now calls home, Jamaica, Queens, music was always in the forefront of James’ life. His musical inspirations come from the sounds of Johnny Cash, Prince, Tupac, Jodeci, and more. His debut single “Permission” was released in late 2015 and catapulted his career to the next level with the track topping the Urban Adult radio chart for 10 weeks consecutively. “Permission” was the lead single from James’ debut album ELDORADO. Released in May 2016, James’ debut album ELDORADO entered the charts at #3 on The Billboard R&B Albums Chart and #8 on the Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums Chart. The success of the album earned him nominations for Best R&B Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Best New Artist at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards and Best New R&B Artist at the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards. He delivered an electrifying performance the track along with “Already Knew That” from ELDORADO on the Soul Train Awards stage. James embarked on his own headlining North American “XIX” Tour with dates in Europe in Amsterdam, London and Paris in early 2017. He appears on Luke James’ latest single released last month “go girl” with BJ The Chicago Kid, which they performed together on the Soul Train Awards late last year. He’s now readying his sophomore album, MANTIC which is set for release on May 29th via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO, LaGuardia Airport, Delta Airlines, 360 MAGAZINE

LGA × DELTA


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the first new concourse and gates at Delta Air Lines‘ new Terminal C as part of the ongoing $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia into a unified 21st century airport. This opening is the latest milestone in the complete rebuild of LaGuardia Airport, which will provide a world-class passenger experience featuring modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, more spacious gate areas and a connected terminal system. The seven new gates in the Delta concourse, on the far eastern side of the airport, will start serving passengers – running 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC – on Monday, November 4. This is the second new concourse to open as part of the complete rebuild following the opening of the new 18 gate concourse that Governor Cuomo unveiled at Terminal B last December on the airport’s western half. Additionally, last week the Port Authority board of directors approved the funding needed to build the LaGuardia AirTrain.

“The opening of the first new concourse at Terminal C is a major milestone that takes us one step closer to transforming LaGuardia Airport into a global gateway worthy of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re building the nation’s first completely new airport in 25 years and showing the nation and the world that you can be ambitious and get big things done. At the end of the day, the new LaGuardia Airport will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the art terminals and concourses like the one we’re in today, new roadways and improved traffic flow, and 50 percent more tarmac space to reduce gate delays.”

The Governor was joined by Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cut the ribbon on the new concourse which spans 105,000-square-feet and offers floor-to-ceiling views of Flushing Bay and Citi Field.

Delta’s first new concourse on the eastern half of LaGuardia represents another step forward in the complex, multi-phase construction plan designed to enable the 30-million passengers-a-year airport to remain fully operational while the entire airport is rebuilt. Under the plan, old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity. Even during construction, LaGuardia has continued to set new records for passenger volume. Eight of the airport’s 12 busiest days on record occurred this past summer, and 2019 is on pace to serve over 31 million passengers.

Last week, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners formally authorized the funding needed to develop AirTrain LGA, which would connect the airport with a new station at Willets Point linked to enhanced Long Island Railroad service to and from New York City, providing for reliable and predictable travel times and alleviating the traffic and parking burden on local communities. In May, the FAA commenced the formal environmental review for the proposed AirTrain LGA, and the authorization of the project is subject to the FAA’s ongoing federal environmental review.

Governor Cuomo opened the first new concourse and gates of the new LaGuardia last December at Terminal B, on the western side of the airport. With today’s announcement of seven new gates opening on November 4th, roughly one-third of all passengers will be traveling through gates of the future “Whole New LGA.”

Furthering Delta’s commitment to enhancing the New York customer experience, the spacious 105,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art concourse will feature modern amenities and dining establishments inspired by local favorites including H&H Bagels, Rossi Pizzeria (from Chef Mark Iacono of Lucali), Flatiron Tavern & Provisions (from chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of King), Birch Coffee and Juice Press all organized by hospitality group OTG. The new gate areas provide more seating, sustainable technology powering ample outlets for charging devices and respite spaces for passengers to rest and regroup.

When complete, the new terminal will feature 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized and streamlined check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce gate congestion and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concession space; and more efficient airport roadways.

At the new concourse, Delta has incorporated digital wayfinding signs to provide customer guidance and added hearing loop technology in every hold room for those with impaired hearing. Pilots will also notice upgrades with the new concourse such as a visual docking guidance system that assists with aircraft parking and automatically positions the passenger boarding bridges close to the aircraft to provide safer and deplaning and boarding.

The new facility is powered by a 12-megawatt Con Edison substation, which is integrated into the upper level of the concourse, with cooling towers, chillers, pumps and other equipment to service the terminal. All major electrical and mechanical equipment is housed on the upper level to protect such systems from water/flood damage in the event of a major storm. The concourse also features an ice-generation system that reduces electrical consumption at times of peak demand in the summer by creating ice at night, when energy demand is lower, and using it to cool the building during the day.

Delta operates more than 275 peak-day departures from its LGA hub and began construction on the $4 billion replacement of Terminals C and D in August 2017, building on the airline’s extensive investment in New York airports over the past decade.

Governor Cuomo first unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport to create a unified airport and 21st century customer experience in 2015. Construction began on the $8 billion project, roughly two-thirds of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, in June 2016.

On the western side of the airport, the new $4 billion Terminal B, being built and operated by the private consortium LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), is replacing the obsolete terminal that opened more than 50 years ago. On the eastern side of the airport, Delta Air Lines’ new $4 billion Terminal C will ultimately comprise a total 37 gates across four new concourses. As part of the redevelopment project, each new terminal will be equipped with electric ground service equipment charging facilities to accommodate an electric fleet.

LGP and Delta are privately financing roughly two-thirds of the redevelopment’s costs, and the Port Authority has committed the remaining one-third – most of it for overhauling and simplifying the current labyrinth network of on-airport roadways.

The new terminal buildings will be located closer to the Grand Central Parkway than the existing terminals, increasing the size of the airfield and allowing for dual taxiways to reduce gate congestion, while also enabling larger gate areas to more efficiently accommodate modern aircraft. State-of-the-art security technology will be integrated from curb to gate.

The past 20 months have been critical for the project as progress has accelerated. In February 2018, the new Terminal B parking garage opened with 3,200 spaces, including more than 2,400 for personal vehicles and a dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other for-hire car services. In December 2018, Governor Cuomo opened the first of 18 new gates and the first new concourse in Terminal B on the western side of the airport, which serves American Airlines, United Southwest and Air Canada.

Overall, the redevelopment of LaGuardia is anticipated to create a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. LaGuardia Airport contracts with certified minority and women-owned businesses (MWBE) have now exceeded $1.3 billion. At Terminal B, LaGuardia Gateway Partners has over $853 million in contracts with commitments with 279 MWBE firms to date, and at Terminal C, Delta has nearly $510 million in contracts and commitments with 154 MWBEs for a combined more than $1.36 billion awarded to MWBE organizations.

Delta is the largest employer at LaGuardia and employs over 1,800 Queens residents across its facilities at LGA and at JFK. Delta’s partner at the new Terminal C, hospitality group OTG has already hired 120 new employees for the concessions at the new concourse, and 80% are from Queens.

These hires will build on the nearly 400 new hires for jobs at the airport’s new Terminal B concourse, with 55 percent of those hires being Queens residents. In addition, the LaGuardia Redevelopment program has partnered with Vaughn College and LaGuardia Community College to create internship programs and fund scholarships for local youth. This summer, LGA Redevelopment funded a 6-week STEM education program for 50 middle school students at Langston Hughes Library in Corona.

Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority continue to work with local stakeholders and Queens residents to ensure local businesses, MWBEs and jobseekers take advantage of new opportunities as part of LaGuardia Airport’s redevelopment and economic growth. In April, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the new Council for Airport Opportunity office in Corona. The non-profit provides airport-related recruitment and job placement services to minority and disadvantaged residents in Queens. To help continue that work, a lease has been signed on a permanent LaGuardia Redevelopment community office in East Elmhurst.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Rick Cotton said, “The opening of the new Delta concourse and gates mark another key milestone of the $8 billion redevelopment of an entirely new LaGuardia Airport. The transformation of LaGuardia airport is part of The Port Authority’s ongoing commitment to improve passenger experience and provide travelers with world class facilities.”

Senator Leroy Comrie, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions said, “As Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, I commend Governor Cuomo and Port Authority leadership for an unyielding commitment to fundamentally revitalizing our essential transportation infrastructure. Queens–the “World’s Borough”–deserves truly world-class facilities, from airports and thoroughfares to expanded express buses, one seat rides and accessible subway stations. I am heartened that this project continues to proceed apace and I look forward to continued, thoughtful and community-driven improvements in the pipeline that will benefit all New Yorkers as we modernize and revitalize LaGuardia Airport.”

Assembly Member Amy R. Paulin, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions said, “Between the complete remodeling of the concourse and gates at Terminal B and this new state-of-the-art concourse opening this month at Terminal C, the LaGuardia Airport of the future is taking shape before our eyes. The Governor has challenged our state public authorities to deliver world-class infrastructure projects to the benefit of New Yorkers and visitors from across the country and the world. The public-private partnership developing this new LaGuardia has once again risen to the challenge.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “The opening of Delta’s new concourse and gates at Terminal C is a tremendous step forward in our effort to build a state-of-the-art, 21st century airport the borough that calls it home deserves. Creating a whole new LaGuardia also means investing in our families and our communities, not just our infrastructure, and Queens is thrilled that 80 percent of the employees hired to work at the new concourse’s concessions are borough residents.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said, “Two years ago, we set out to build a state-of-the-art facility at LaGuardia Airport, an airport that our customers and the people of New York deserve. Thanks to the commitment and hard work of the Delta team and our many partners, today marks the beginning of a new era for millions of Delta customers at LaGuardia. The excitement that is building here is palpable and contagious, and we are already looking ahead to many more milestones to come.”

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, Vaughn Lowery, Astoria Queens, NYC, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Uncle Jack's Meat House, Willie Degel

Uncle Jack’s Meat House is a neighborhood gem in Astoria, Queens.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to visit their ‘Boozy Brunch,’ which takes place weekly every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Serial entrepreneur, Willie Degel, helms Uncle Jack’s Meat House as well as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout. On the show, Degel helps restaurateurs uncover major obstacles which threaten to sink their businesses. Moreover, his culinary vision was to
co-create Uncle Jack’s Meat House; a modest luxury establishment dedicated to steak connoisseurs. 

Inspired by his late godfather and great-uncle Jack; he afforded his first restaurant at age 20. Uncle Jack’s exhibits the debut of branding, tailored to today’s patron who’s interested in natural, organic and sustainable elements.

$29.95 includes one entree and bottomless cocktails for 2 hours. Robust dishes, prepared by Chef Marvin, like the ‘8oz Salmon BLT’ are cooked to perfection. A crispy outside with a moist middle. Dished out with your choice side of fruit salad or fries. Wash it down with the High West punch, a premium cocktail developed by General Manager and resident mixologist. It’s garnished with infused Cherry’s and fresh fruit.

Various antiquities frame the bar which complement original artwork throughout the restaurant, adding authenticity to its natural glory. At the 4-star locale, for social engagement purposes, one can document their visit with the ‘selfie mirror.’

Overall, the restaurant possesses charismatic waitstaff, handcrafted cocktails and succulent bites which are certain to keep you coming back.

We Reign As One Campaign

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE START OF 2019 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON WITH “WE REIGN AS ONE” CAMPAIGN

Campaign Features New Brand Ambassadors Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner, Didi Gregorius, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Jay Rock

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, launches “We Reign as One,” the next chapter in a powerful and inspiring cross-cultural multi-platform campaign. Ushering in the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, the campaign features the iconic New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted as a badge that connects all baseball fans together.

“The new ‘We Reign As One’ campaign is a celebration of the start of the 2019 MLB Season,” said Mark Maidment, Senior Vice President, Brand at New Era Cap. “We wanted to spotlight how baseball and the New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted have the power to connect us all, whether you’re a kid from Queens or a professional baseball player.”

Created in partnership with creative agency 72andSunny New York, “We Reign As One” also unveils New Era’s 2019 MLB Ambassador roster, including Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor; Atlanta Braves outfielder and 2018 National League Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr., and Grammy award-winning rapper, Jay Rock.

“The New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted cap lives at the intersection of sport and street fashion,” said Bryan Rowles, Executive Creative Director and Partner, 72andSunny New York. “The launch of ‘We Reign As One’ is a cultural creative opportunity to remind people that the city letters stitched on the Authentic Collection 59FIFTY®  cap represent common ground, city pride and team allegiance that connects all of us, no matter our background, profession or beliefs.”

Returning this year as New Era 2019 MLB Ambassadors are Houston Astros second baseman and six-time MLB All-Star José Altuve and Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez. Throughout the year, each ambassador will serve as an extension of the brand, helping to tell the story behind the caps both on and off the field. They’ll also help highlight special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

As the official on-field cap of MLB, the New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted is a lightweight, flexible athletic fitted cap that easily transitions on and off the field. To join the millions celebrating Opening Day, fans can purchase the New Era Cap Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted with their team logo of choice at www.mlbshop.com, www.neweracap.com and authorized retailers around the country. To view the new “We Reign As One” video click HERE and to view stills click HERE.

NASIR The Film

Hip-hop icon Nas, widely regarded as one of the most influential emcees of all time, releases a short film to accompany his 11th studio album NASIR via Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.

City Girls Release New Video

CITY GIRLS RELEASE PERIOD VIDEO

DOCUMENTARY TRAILER REVEALED

FEATURED ON DRAKE’S SONG AND VIDEO FOR IN MY FEELINGS

“A synthesis of perspective reminiscent of Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa” – PITCHFORK

“Raunchy, in-your-face songs for the independent women of the world.” – XXL

“The heist-level bars feel like something rap has been missing for the better part of a decade.” – NOISEY

August 06, Miami Today you will have a chance to get to know J.T. and Yung Miami of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, City Girls, as they share a new video for “Period” from their recent project of the same name (Quality Control Music). The duo are the next generation of female rappers out of Miami, and you get to run on their turf when you WATCH HERE.

A trailer for a City Girls’ documentary (Quality Control / Mass Appeal) also surfaced today. Watch HERE.

Set to premiere later this month, and directed by Marcus Clarke, the documentary Point Blank Period follows Quality Control’s newly signed artists as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with their debut album. Exclusive interviews with City Girls’ Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, expose the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape. While the girls’ collaboration with Drake on In My Feelings rendered the #1 chart topping song in the country, the girls’ quick ascension from local Miami artists to viral sensations has presented a whole new set of challenges as City Girl J.T. prepares for a looming jail sentence. The documentary covers their struggle to the top as Quality Control’s first female artists and how they plan on coming back stronger than ever after surviving the incarceration of one half of the duo at such a pivotal moment in their career.

J.T. and Young Miami are brash, raw, uncensored with a swagger rooted in the queens who came before them. Their empowered themes were originally put forth by Foxy Brown, Salt N’ Pepa, Khia and friend/Miami-based and mentor Trinawhose own influential career help spawn and revolutionize female music and rap.

Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. Period has been covered by the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, XXL, COMPLEX, FADER and more. Honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture, akin to a long history of powerful women in the rap game, City Girls are the next queens to claim the throne.

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Fresh Produce for Kids

NYC’s Largest Food Rescue Organization and Top Produce Company Team up with Nutrition Education Nonprofit to Address Childhood Obesity and Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in New York City This Summer

City Harvest and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in Queens through a new partnership with national nonprofit Brighter Bites

Food rescue nonprofit City Harvest and produce company D’Arrigo Bros. of New York today launched a summer-long program in New York City with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that tackles childhood obesity by providing low-income families with free fresh produce and nutrition education. This effort builds on the three organizations’ similar work during the school year to provide free produce at schools with students living in underserved communities, and will increase access to produce for more than 400 families through programs at three summer camps in Queens.

“We believe that increasing access to healthy, affordable food is the key to helping all New Yorkers become food secure,” said Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest’s Senior Director of Programs. “Studies have shown children need to be offered a new food 10-15 times before they’ll develop a taste for it. For many working families in New York City that are struggling to make ends meet, however, experimenting with new foods like fresh produce isn’t always an option. City Harvest is excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites and D’Arrigo to decrease the risk that comes with trying new foods, and help families build healthy habits over the summer.”

According to City Harvest, more than 1.2 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including nearly one in five New York City children. In Queens alone, over a quarter million residents are food insecure. Through City Harvest and Brighter Bites’ produce distribution and nutrition education programming, parents have the ability to learn which healthy foods their children have a taste for, and the recipe cards and tip sheets that come with the produce each week help them prepare meals in fun and nutritious ways.

Brighter Bites and City Harvest are kicking off programs at three summer camps in Queens that will provide more than 50,000 pounds of produce, along with kid-friendly bilingual recipes and tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics ranging from “Eating the Rainbow” to how bringing kids into the kitchen to help with meal prep makes them more invested in trying new foods.

Each week participating families will receive two bags containing approximately 50 servings of eight to 12 different fresh produce items along with the nutritional educational materials. D’Arrigo is generously donating a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables each week, with two-thirds coming from City Harvest.

“Every family wants to provide the best for their children to help them grow healthy and strong,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, Vice President of Marketing for D’Arrigo. “As a family-owned business here in New York, we’re proud to partner with Brighter Bites and City Harvest to help our neighbors across the city have greater access to fresh produce.”

Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 17 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to 200,000 individuals from more than 40,000 families through schools and summer camps in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that includes sampling a recipe of the week to see just how great produce can taste. In New York City, parents and community volunteers will pack bags of fresh fruits and veggies for families and teachers to take home for six weeks this summer.

“We know that far too many parents struggle to access and provide their children with fresh produce, particularly during the summer months when kids are out of school,” said Brighter Bites Executive Director Samuel Newman. “Since Brighter Bites established our New York City program in 2017 with City Harvest and D’Arrigo, we’ve been blown away by the kids’ response to trying different kinds of fresh fruits and veggies–often for the first time–and we’re so pleased to be continuing this important work throughout the summer months with these same partners.”

Brighter Bites measures the outcomes of its program to determine impact. Research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home:

  • 98% of Brighter Bites parents report their children eating more fruits and vegetables while participating in the Brighter Bites program.
  • Of those, 74% said they maintained that increased level of consumption after Brighter Bites ended.

About Brighter Bites:

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 17 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 40,000 families and teachers in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more, visit CityHarvest.org.

About D’Arrigo Bros. of New York

Family-owned and operated, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Inc. has served the New York Metropolitan area for over 50 years, offering a full line of the highest quality fruit and vegetable items available every day of the week. The company is located in a 75,000-square foot. facility in the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx. D’Arrigo takes pride in offering its customers the highest quality produce that can be found anywhere. To learn more, visit D’ArrigoNY.com

HER releases video for ‘Icarus’

Today, Her returns with the video for their latest single, “Icarus”—watch here. The song was written by frontman Victor Solf in memory of his best friend and co-founder of Her, Simon Carpentier. The video was directed by French film director Rodrigue Huart for Studio+, and it features various symbols from past Her videos, “Queens,” “SWIM,” and “Blossom Roses,” which represent renewal, hope and melancholy.

Of the song, Solf says, “‘Icarus’ is a song that I wrote in memory of Simon, and it explains why I am continuing now. This video is very special to me because it tells the whole story of Her in one video. Core fans will be able to recognize several symbols from our past videos.”

“Icarus” is taken from Her’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album released earlier this year—listen here. The debut album also features Her’s hit tracks, “We Choose,” “Neighborhood” and “On & On” (feat. AnnenMayKantereit & Roméo Elvis).

While still in school, the half-German Victor Solf and the French Simon Carpentier met in 2007, bonded like long lost brothers, started making music together equally informed by old school soul a la Otis Redding and post-Yeezus hip-hop and formed Her in 2015. Success followed as the breakout “Five Minutes” soundtracked Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign and eventually generated over 8 million Spotify streams. The duo released a pair of EPs Her Tape #1 and Her Tape #2, spawning fan favorites such as “Quite Like,” “Union,” “Her” and amassing over 20 million cumulative Spotify streams. Merging artfully seductive and provocative visuals and dreamy newer wave pop with a jazz undercurrent, the boys crisscrossed the globe in support of the EPs, including making waves stateside. In the middle of it all, unbeknownst to anyone but those closest to him, Simon lost a long, quiet and arduous battle with cancer in August 2017. With his friend’s spirit always close by, Victor worked on what would become the duo’s 2018 major label full-length debut, Her [Republic Records].

WATCH THE “ICARUS” VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO HER’S DEBUT ALBUMHERE

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RICH THE KID & JAY CRITCH x BLUEPRINT

Expanding its roster of multiplatinum award-winning superstars once again, The Blueprint Group/Maverick announces the recent signings of RIAA Platinum-certified hip-hop force Rich the Kid and breakthrough talent Jay Critch. The team will represent both artists for management worldwide.

 

One of hip-hop’s most thrilling new voices, Queens born rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, executive, and Rich Forever Music founder, Rich the Kid quickly cemented a spot at the forefront of culture with his certified Platinum smash “New Freezer” feat. Kendrick Lamar and the red-hot follow-up “Plug Walk.” Both regularly average upwards of 70K units in weekly consumption. At Spotify, “New Freezer’s” total streams have surpassed 82 million and counting to date. Moreover, the single claimed real estate on coveted playlists such as “Rap Caviar” Hot Todays’s Top Hits, “Hot Rhythmic”, and “Get Turnt” and landed in the Top 50 of the Us Top 100 and Top 100 of the Global Top 200. “Plug Walk” simultaneously just crossed the 12 million streams mark.

 

At radio, “New Freezer” is quickly approaching Top 10 Urban radio and Rhythmic radio is starting to catch fire with “Plug Walk” not far behind. The artist’s full-length debut and what promises to be a hip-hop blockbuster of epic proportions, “The World Is Yours”, arrives in stores and at all digital retailers in March 2018.

 

Signed to Rich Forever Music, Critch remains on track for a breakout of his own in 2018. His single “Fashion” [feat. Rich the Kid] ignited 16 million-plus Spotify streams as he consistently generates over 1.6 million monthly listeners on the platform. He garnered widespread fan love for his star-making turn on last year’s Rich Forever 3 compilation and will be unveiling more music very soon.

 

Aligning with The Blueprint Group/Maverick, Rich the Kid and Jay Critch will be under the guidance and watch of one of the industry’s most innovative, inventive, and influential executive teams.

 

About these signings, The Blueprint Group/Maverick Partner and CMO Al Branch comments, “Rich the Kid is burgeoning Rap Mogul in the making, I’m so excited to seeRich the Kid and Jay Critch provide the Blueprint for the new generation of artists, entertainers, and executives”.

 

In addition to Rich the Kid and Jay Critch, The Blueprint Group/Maverick executive team, which consists of Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson, Shawn Gee, Jean Nelson, J Irving, Ryan Ramsey and Branch, collectively manages Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy (with The Revels Group), The Roots, Lil Wayne, Jill Scott, Cyhi The Prynce and more.

 

 

About The Blueprint Group:

 

The Blueprint Group represents the union of three music industry powerhouses’Gee Roberson’s Hip Hop Since 1978, Cortez Bryant’s Bryant Management, and Shawn Gee’s SEFG. This collective, including Chief Marketing Officer and Partner Al Branch and PRESIDENT OF BPG RECORDS Jean Nelson, operates the ultimate modern music company. Beyond full-service management, artist development, A&R, label services, marketing, and radio and lifestyle promotions, The Blueprint Group encompasses digital, touring, film & television, radio, branding, and so much more. Current clients include GRAMMY Award-winning, record-breaking multiplatinum talent such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and The Roots as well as G-Eazy, Jill Scott, Marc E. Bassy, Belly, and more.

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RICH THE KID RELEASES NEW SONG — “NEW FREEZER,” FEATURING KENDRICK LAMAR — VIA ALL DIGITAL PARTNERS 

TRACK IS ZANE LOWE’S “WORLD RECORD” ON BEATS 1 TODAY

Rich The Kid has released a new song — “New Freezer,” featuring Kendrick Lamar — available now on all digital platforms. The track, which was produced by Ben Jayne (Marty Baller, A$AP Ferg,) was Zane Lowe’s “World Record” on his Beats 1 show on Apple Music today. Listen to “New Freezer” at the links below:

Retail: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer/itunes

Apple: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer/applemusic

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer/amazonmusicbuy

Google: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer/googleplay

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/NewFreezer/spotify

The Queens-born, Atlanta based rapper, who recently walked in the Phillip Plien show during New York Fashion Week, will head to Europe in October to support Future on tour. Please see below for dates.

Rich The Kid released his first solo EP, Flexin on Purpose, in 2014, featuring Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, and others. Over the next two years, he transformed himself into a self-guided force, securing features from Kodak Black, 21 Savage, and PartyNextDoor on his 2016 mixtape Trap Talk. That same year, he launched his own imprint, Rich Forever Music, and signed Chicago-based rapper Famous Dex. In June, Rich The Kid released his Rich Forever 3 mixtape and signed with Interscope Records.

Watch the video for his recent track, “Cookies & Sherbert,” here.

Rich The Kid on tour with Future:

10/11 Stockholm, Sweden Hovet

10/12 Copenhagen, Denmark Valby Hallen

10/13: Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle

10/15 Cologne, Germany Palladium

10/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands Afas Live

10/17 Paris, France Zenith

10/18 Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderthalle

10/20 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy

10/22 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy

10/23 London, UK The 02

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For more about Rich The Kid:

http://soundcloud.com/rich-the-kid

http://twitter.com/richthekid

http://www.instagram.com/richthekid

http://www.facebook.com/richforevermusic/