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Music Notes by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Becky Hill – Only Honest on the Weekend Review

Reality TV in America has provided us with many of the musicians, performers, and influencers flooding our Twitter feeds, from Jennifer Hudson to Trixie Mattel. The UK has its own reality TV shows, hence celebrities that have taken their television fame and become successful. A great example is Becky Hill, who was a semi-finalist on The Voice UK and became one of its most successful alumni, being the first and only artist to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart for a song she was featured in by Oliver Heldens, “Gecko”. She just released her debut album, Only Honest on the Weekend, which I had the privilege of listening to.  

This record is dance pop, utilizing the retro ‘80s sound that has become popular within the past few years. This is music to hear at the club, at least for the most part, though there are a few exceptions, including “Perfect People” and “Distance,” which both offer refreshing, emotional ballads. The album has fifteen tracks, four of which have been already released: “Better off Without You,” “Heaven on My Mind,” “Last Time” and “Remember.” The latter two were collaborations with DJ David Guetta. She enlisted the help of producers such as Lostboy, Billen Ted and 220 Kid. Lostboy has worked with artists such as Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Zedd while Billen Ted and 220 Kid are most known for their remix of a sea shanty turned viral TikTok song, “Wellerman.” It’s clear Hill shares production teams with Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie, and at times it’s hard to tell Hill apart from Dua Lipa as they have similar vocal ranges, though Hill’s range is arguably better. 

The album starts off with five average tracks: “I Got You,” “Last Time,” “Make it Hard to Love,” “Better to Love” and “Remember.” They aren’t necessarily boring or skippable, but they aren’t the catchiest. “Perfect People” shows off Hill’s decent vocal range pretty well. 

The next tracks, “My Heart Goes (LaDiDa),” “Could Be My Somebody” and “Business” are the best of the record. They’re the first to instantly catch the listener’s attention from the opening verse. “My Heart Goes (LaDiDa)” is particularly excellent because it’s able to utilize gibberish (LaDiDa) in a way that works perfectly with the song, in a way that very few other artists can. 

The last six tracks aren’t able to live up to the high standards of 7-9 but are still solid headbangers nonetheless. “Heaven on My Mind” stands above the rest for it’s chorus and “Through the Night” provides a great end to the album. 

Overall, Only Honest on the Weekend is very tight with no song being unlistenable. While some may not be satisfactory, none are inadequate for the dance pop music listener. And if nothing else, check out tracks 7-9. A-.

Laine Hardy and Katie Thurston photo by Craig Sjodin for use by 360 Magazine

Laine Hardy Performs Memorize You on The Bachelorette

Laine Hardy performed Memorize You on ABC’s hit romance reality series, The Bachelorette, and received stellar reviews.

Rising country star Laine Hardy performed his latest hit, Memorize You, on ABC’s The Bachelorette this Monday The episode featured the romantic performance for the newest Bachelorette, Katie Thurston and her lucky date, Blake. Filmed in New Mexico, fans can catch Laine’s Memorize You performance now at Bachelor Nation on ABC’s YouTube page.

Not only did audiences love this moment, but the music also worked its magic on the Bachelorette herself who spent the song dancing and kissing her date. The lyrics were especially fitting for her romantic journey, with stanzas like “I know we just met but you’ve been in my head like a song from last night” or “I wanna know your heart by heart and your kiss by kiss.”

ABOUT LAINE HARDY

A native of Livingston, Louisiana, Laine Hardy was six when he picked up his first guitar and later joined his brother playing in local clubs and bars for upwards of six hours a night, inspired by artists ranging from Luke Combs and Elvis Presley to Marc Broussard. After winning American Idol in 2019, Laine focused on songwriting and touring, headlining shows in Denver, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Lexington, and more. Laine’s 2020 Ground I Grew Up On virtual tour, made 20-plus online stops to date, with views at 2 Million and counting. Catch Laine as he hits the road with the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. Kicking off on July 22, Laine will headline shows coast to coast spanning the fall. Tickets for The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Laine Hardy are on sale now.

On May 14, 2021, Laine released feel-good summertime track and video, Memorize You, written by Michael Tyler, Eric Arjes, and Steven Dale Jones, and produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett).

While Louisiana is home, Nashville is where he is destined to be.  There, he met his producer Michael Knox and the pair went to work on Laine’s 2020 music releases including his single Tiny Town (Michael Tyler), and tracks Ground I Grew Up On (Brandon Kinney, Josh Thompson, Brett Beavers), Let There Be Country (Jason Afable, Steve Moakler, Tim Nichols), and Other LA (Laine Hardy, Andy Sheridan, Erik Dylan and Dan Isbell) on Buena Vista Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings. The songs, which earned Laine a Taste of Country RISER designation, tell the stories of Laine’s childhood on the bayou where on an average day you’ll find him fishing, riding his four-wheeler, spending time with his family, dogs, and feasting on jambalaya or his grandmother’s traditional Korean kimchi.   

ABOUT THE BACHELORETTE

On ABC’s hit primetime reality series “The Bachelorette,” one lucky woman is offered the chance to find true love. An eligible Bachelorette embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a number of handsome men, gradually narrowing the field as she continues her search for her soul mate. At the end of this romantic voyage, if she has found the one, will there be a proposal – and will she say yes? That’s the question this year for Katie Thurston, who was serenaded by Laine Hardy on one of her many dates of this adventure.

After appearing in the landmark 25th season of The Bachelorette, Katie Thurston emerged as a leading voice, who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house; and women all over America applauded her for speaking up for what she believes. The 30-year-old Washington native became an instant fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night one. Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring, and ready for a man with whom she can build a life. A marketing manager with an innate social media savvy and humorous outlook on life, she is a witty storyteller who wants a man that will laugh along with her and is ready to step into the spotlight for her own love story to be told. Memorize You is a perfect anthem for this journey.

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Cardi B × Dr. Varkony

Cardi B interview highlights how plastic surgery can boost confidence and foster a better life, says Dr. Steven J. Varkony

The Encino-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that many patients find plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to be just the boost they need.

A February 23 article on Interview Magazine is a conversation touching on various types of body enhancements, including buttock augmentation, between superstar rapper Cardi B and legendary singer Mariah Carey. Cardi B, who started out as a stripper before transitioning to reality TV and then finally to a music career, notes how the procedures gave her more than one of the world’s most widely discussed physiques, they also gave her the confidence she needed to excel in a career as a Grammy-winning performer beloved for her provocative, brutally honest, take-no-prisoners approach. Encino-based, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony says that Cardi B’s interview highlights a vital point about plastic surgery: it’s not strictly about improving one’s appearance; it’s also meant to help patients become the people they truly want to be by gaining the confidence they need to achieve their goals.

Dr. Varkony says that most people who get plastic surgery are not show business superstars like Cardi B or Mariah Carey, or in show business at all, but ordinary people from all walks of life and all professions who want to better themselves in ways that may be otherwise out of reach. He adds that, whether patients want to pursue facial procedures to shorten the length of their nose, reduce wrinkles on their face, improve the size of their bust, or commit to any other enhancement, most simply want to feel more like their ideas of themselves and look more on the outside like the way they feel on the inside.

The board-certified plastic surgeon explains that plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are a gateway to possibilities that would not be possible otherwise, yet they are often subject to scorn for reasons that have little to do with the welfare of patients. Dr. Varkony says that people who undergo plastic surgery, like Cardi B, should focus on what makes them happy. Moreover, the only opinion about a procedure that actually matters belongs to the patient. The Southern California plastic surgeon stresses that, as long as individuals have realistic expectations and are doing the procedures for themselves and not simply to please others, patients should feel proud of their decision to improve themselves in whatever manner they please.

Readers can read more about board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony by visiting his website and learning about his background or by calling (818) 907-9090.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta – Returns Dec. 6th

BRAVO’S “THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA” RETURNS WITH A STEAMY SEASON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 8PM ET/PT

Coming up this season:

  • With her wedding quickly approaching, Cynthia Bailey is elated to be marrying the man of her dreams, even as they face wedding planning obstacles set in place by COVID-19. Determined to walk down the aisle, moving forward with her dream ceremony in the midst of a pandemic creates tension between Cynthia and her fiancé. Back at the ranch, Lake Bailey is a full house with Cynthia’s sister, Mal, temporarily taking residence there, leaving little alone time for the happy couple.
  • Kenya Moore’s fairytale romance continues to be on the rocks after a difficult year, but she remains determined as ever to live her life on her own terms. Still undecided about the future of her relationship, Kenya decides to reclaim her life and remodel her house – adding in the pool and cabana she’s always wanted. As she continues to delve into motherhood with her beautiful daughter Brooklyn, a budding friendship with newcomer LaToya Ali begins to develop right on time.
  • Less than a year after welcoming baby Blaze, Kandi Burruss’s life shows no signs of slowing down. Her restaurant empire continues to boom as she and Todd prepare to open an upscale steakhouse in Atlanta, but despite being as busy as ever, their personal life remains hot and heavy. As Riley prepares to leave the nest to start college in New York City, Kandi worries this may be a permanent move.
  • Porsha Williams steps into her family legacy, tirelessly lending her voice and efforts to the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking out against systemic racism, attending protests and amplifying the message, Porsha is passionate about fighting for justice. Surrounded by the support of her mother and sister, her daughter Pilar Jhena continues to be the sunshine in Porsha’s life as her relationship takes a bit of a backseat. Porsha’s fun-loving side is always around, despite working overtime on her many business endeavors.
  • Actress and singer Drew Sidora joins the group as the newest housewife, ready to make some waves and spice things up. In addition to juggling her career, Drew has a lot on her plate as a wife and three children to care for. With her mother currently living in their house, trouble may be brewing between Drew and her husband. From getting ready to direct her first feature film to moving into her dream house, will her relationship be able to withstand her busy lifestyle?

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Luke Neslage, Joye Chin, Glenda Cox, Julie “Bob” Lombardi and Anthony Sylvester serving as Executive Producers. Markus Burns and Tom Ciaccio serve as Co-Executive Producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

Photo by Janine Ajamian Photography

The Bachelorette X Randi Rahm

Bachelor Tuesday is here and the fashion is just as good as the drama. Randi Rahm has handmade a beautiful tone-on-tone, olivine, khaki dress that was handpicked by Tayshia Adams. Adams is the New Babe of The Bachelorette! 

This sensual, body-bearing dress with criss-cross satin straps in a halter neckline, which holds the barely-there cut-out bodice, showcases the sexiness that is the show. The stunning fabric hangs off of Adams in all the right ways. 

The gown was hand-beaded in metallic beads and hand sewed from two cut khaki creating a stunning gown. The piece was envisioned inside the fashionable walls of Randi Rahm’s Manhattan Atelier. The dress took over 280 man-hours to make inside the Atelier. 

The color of the dress complimented Tayshia’s complexion so perfectly and truly lets her shine. Her figure is beautifully extenuated in all the right places like the dress was made for her. The Raquel style is one of Randi’s most signature couture designs which makes it that much more exciting to see such an iconic look on the silver screen for such an iconic debut.   

Randi Rahm is here to fashionably guide viewers through Tayshia Adam’s takeover of The Bachelorette as she struts her stuff in Randi Rahm Couture! For the next eight weeks, Randi Rahm’s designs will be seen on the silver screen. From red-carpet to ready-to-wear looks, this season of The Bachelorette is as dramatic in style as it is in surprises. Rahm’s designs have been seen on each premiere and finale of The Bachelorette for the past five years.  

Rahm is an internationally lauded fine haute couture artist, whose signature timeless gowns and suits have been gracing red carpets, magazine covers, and stages for almost three decades. 

Rahm has been dressing Hollywood icons, Broadway leads, elegant brides, and power women and men across the globe. She has worked with celebrities such as Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Billy Porter, Eva Longoria, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

Tayshia’s official takeover in the Raquel Gown from Randi Rahm Couture will debut Tuesday, November 10, on ABC.

All looks available for purchase at www.randirahm.com or by emailing sales@randirahm.com. Randi Rahm can be followed on Instagram, @randirahm and on Facebook, Randi Rahm Studio

Cody illustration for 360 magazine by Kaelen Felix

Big Brother’s 22 Finale

By Hannah DiPilato

Wednesday night, the 22nd season of the reality show Big Brother on CBS came to an end. Cody Calafiore took home the grand prize of $500,000 after an unanimous vote. 

The season premiered August 5th, a much later start than previous years due to the pandemic, which led to a later finale. 

Calafiore, Enzo Palumbo and Nicole Franzel were the final three players in the house. Franzel won the first round of the three-part Head of Household competition. Calafiore beat Palumbo by a landslide in part two. Calafiore finished the competition in 4 minutes and 49 seconds while it took Palumbo 37 minutes and 38 seconds. 

Palumbo, discouraged about his time, gave a very emotional speech that left Calafiore and Franzel in tears. He expressed feeling like a failure while explaining the other two players should choose each other for the final two. After he stormed off in frustration, Calafiore and Franzel had to move on to part three of the competition. 

Calafiore took the win of the final HOH competition and had to choose who to have sit next to him for the final vote. He chose to eliminate Franzel and take Palumbo to the final two. Franzel was in shock at the fact she was voted out. 

“You know, I was so hurt and it’s so crazy to say because him and I got so close this season and he was like a brother to me. It just hurts,” said Franzel according to Entertainment Weekly

Franzel then joined the jury, which consists of players that were voted out throughout the season and choose the final winner between the final two. The jury speculated in the last few episodes who they thought played the best game, but also pointed out flaws in the games of everyone in the final three. 

Both Calafiore and Palumbo had a chance to plead their case to the jury. Each jury member was able to ask one of the final two players one question to help them choose a winner. Both players advocated for themselves well, but with Cody playing such a strong mental and physical game, he was victorious. 

When Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves started revealing the votes that were all in favor of Calafiore, we quickly learned he was going to win. With a vote of nine to zero, Calafiore took the crown with all jury members in agreement that he played the best game. 

Palumbo gave his co-star and friend a hug congratulating him and didn’t look too distraught about the loss. He said he would be using his second-place prize of $50,000 strictly on his two children. 

Calafiore exited the house and was met with confetti and his former housemates to congratulate him. His family was also present virtually, beaming with pride for Calafiore. He expressed that he did not know what he would do with the grand prize money. 

It was also revealed on finale night that player Da’Vonne Rogers won America’s vote for favorite houseguest and was rewarded with a prize of $25,000. In an interview with Rogers after the show, she revealed that if Calafiore would have taken Franzel to sit next to him in the finale instead of Palumbo, he would’ve had less of a chance to win.

“If it were Nicole and Cody, Cody would have won, but it wouldn’t have been a unanimous vote,” said Rogers. She said that players Memphis, Christmas, Kevin and David would have voted for Franzel over Calafiore.

Although the results of the finale didn’t come as a huge surprise to most fans, Calafiore played an excellent game until the end. He made all the right plays to guarantee his prize of $500,000.

Zhamira Zambrano Releases “De locos” with Video

Talented, stunning Venezuelan singer and songwriter Zhamira Zambrano, releases the music video for her new single “De locos”, which follows a string of hits born from her alliance with the record label Dímelo Vi.

Zhamira Zambrano started her artistic path in 2016, when she became one of the finalists of the reality TV show La Banda, although she was already known as a promising content creator on YouTube.

After her evolution from a YouTube artist to an interpreter of the urban genre thanks to the signing of her musical contract with record label Dímelo Vi, Zhamira has managed to captivate her audience with three promotional singles: “Me alejo de ti”, “Si es por mi” and “Se va”, whose music videos have more than 10 million views on YouTube.

Today, the talented singer-songwriter releases “De locos”, a song she co-authored with Maya and Vicente Saavedra and was produced by Electrik, under the wings of the record label Dímelo Vi.

“De locos” premiered together with its official video clip, which was recorded in the city of Miami, Florida, under the direction of Daniel Eguren and produced by Pandora Films.

Recently, Zhamira Zambrano joined the historic Premios Juventud 2020 gala, in which there was no public presence, and all the artists respected the rules of social distancing and the use of face masks. For her part, Zhamira was in charge of presenting one of the awards of the night together with the Puerto Rican interpreter VF7.

Download “De locos” on your favorite digital platform!

Kylie Jenner is illustrated by Maria Soloman for 360 MAGAZINE

KUWTK Comes to an End

Written by Thais Jacomassi

Illustrations by Maria Soloman

With a shocking post on instagram, Kim Kardashian West announced the long-running reality series following her and her family is coming to an end after 14 years on air. “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye,” she wrote. The show will end with its 20th season, scheduled to air early next year.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians, featuring Kim and her sisters, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie alongside their brother, Rob, and their mother, Kris Jenner, became a staple of pop culture in the early 21st century and helped shape the family’s careers and lives. It is a show that propelled the popularity of reality TV and what consumers expected of it, but the suspension of the show comes as no surprise. Since the beginning of their careers as reality TV stars, the family has gained millions of social media followers and they have become a household name. Besides show ratings beginning to drop, the family simply no longer needs the promotion anymore.

A spokesperson for E! Network said in a statement, “We thank the entire extended family and our production partners, Bunim Murray and Ryan Seacrest Productions, for embarking on this global phenomenon together.”

This does not mean the end of the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty. In fact, it is highly possible that they may try to push for a deal with online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. By not being restricted by cable TV limitations and advertising structures, the family’s franchise could expand in countless directions including a more genuine representation of them as people. There is tremendous opportunity for them in the digital world. It is no lie that reality TV is often scripted and made to be a parody of sorts, so breaking away from that formula could expand the family’s fanbase and show that they have matured past that.

With a networth of $30 million, Kendall Jenner has become the world’s highest paid model doing runways for Versace, Burberry, Tom Ford, and countless other luxury brands. After seven years, she has become one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. Her younger sister, Kylie Jenner, gained her success after curating Kylie Cosmetics in 2015. Since then, she has also branched out into skincare and was granted the controversial title of ‘youngest self-made billionaire’ by Forbes in 2019. Their older sister, Khloe, ventured into the clothing industry with her own company called Good American which claims to have ‘invented a new women’s size in jeans’ and runs on a platform of inclusivity.

Kim, the one responsible for gaining media attention and bringing her family into the spotlight, has also ventured into the cosmetics business with her cosmetics and fragrance company, KKW Beauty which generated around $100 million of sales in 2019. Along with this, she has turned her shapewear line, Skims, into a success after a rocky start and has announced a social justice podcast on Spotify.

These are few of many of the family’s accomplishments and despite the countless controversies surrounding them, it is no lie that they helped to shape pop culture into what it is today and will continue to do so.

Real Housewives of Potomac Returns

The Real Housewives of Potomac” Season 5 premieres on Sunday, August 2, at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo.

Returning this season: Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels, and Candiace Dillard Bassett.

New housewife Wendy Osefo joins this season with brains and sass, and she’s making sure the ladies put some respect on her name. View the season trailer HERE.

Coming up this season

Love is in the air as Gizelle Bryant rekindles a relationship with her ex-husband, Pastor Jamal Bryant, but her daughters are struggling to accept their new normal, making things challenging for the couple.

Although Karen Huger and Ray are back in Potomac with a beautiful new home, their 23-year “institution” may be in question when Karen discovers that Ray’s feelings for her might not be the same as they used to be.

Ashley Darby and Michael are in heavenly bliss with their new baby, Dean. But just when their relationship gets back on track, their newfound happiness is threatened by news of Michael’s wild night on the town.

Robyn Dixon and Juan have been through hell and back, and after living under one roof with their two sons for six years, Robyn is ready to make things official. Now all she needs is for Juan to make his move or will she make hers first?

Juggling a house with three kids and a new feathered friend is taking its toll on Monique Samuels. The last thing she needs is drama with Candiace, but when a night with the girls gets out of hand, their friendship takes a turn that impacts all the women.

Candiace Dillard Bassett and Chris celebrate their first year of marriage and contemplate adding a baby to the equation. Before Candiace can focus on family matters, though, she must deal with her unresolved issues with Ashley and mounting conflicts with Monique.

Nigerian-American Dr. Wendy Osefo, the newest housewife, is a triple threat as a professor, political analyst, and entrepreneur. She’s been married for nine years and is the mother of three children, including a newborn daughter. Never one to be underestimated, she is full of sass and ready to make her mark in Potomac.

Meet the new housewife: Wendy Osefo

Dr. Wendy Osefo is the essence of a Renaissance woman— professor, political analyst, and entrepreneur. As a Maryland native, Nigerian-born Wendy joins the ladies of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” this season. With her strong personality, she knows how to hold her own and speak her mind when it comes to standing up to the other ladies.

Wendy’s life and upbringing embody the ultimate immigrant journey. Growing up with a single immigrant mother who put herself through college, Wendy learned first-hand the value of hard work and never thought of excuses or failure as options. Now an award-winning Nigerian-American television personality and progressive political analyst, she is on a quest to fulfill her insatiable appetite to succeed and obtain the American dream. Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University, a Master of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Rutgers University, where she made history by becoming the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Public Affairs/Community Development.

Wendy is also a philanthropist who has sought to give back by supporting the next generation of leaders as the founder and CEO of the 1954 Equity Project, LLC, which provides tools, mentorship, and resources to underrepresented minorities to help them thrive in higher education. Wendy is currently a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education specializing in urban education and politics. Prior to joining the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University, Wendy served as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for President Barack Obama’s anti-poverty initiative, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. When she is not busy traveling to exotic destinations or on date nights with her hubby, Wendy loves to cook for her family. Wendy also has a penchant for interior design and hopes to start her own home essentials line in the future.

Wendy has been married for nine years. She and her Nigerian husband, attorney Edward Osefo met as teenagers, were friends for several years before making it official after graduating college, and have been together ever since. They have three beautiful children together, seven-year-old son Karter, five-year-old son Kruz, and the newest addition to the family, newborn daughter Kamrynn.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Lauren Volonakis, and Kemar Bassaragh serving as Executive Producers. Eric Fuller and Nora Devin serve as Co-Executive Producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

About Bravo:

Bravo is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” and “Project Runway,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on-demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

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Shaquille O’Neal x “Cooking With Shaq”

Shaquille O’Neal Launches Cooking with Shaq™ on ShopHQ®

The Hall of Famer Set to Debut Weekly Program on ShopHQ Today at 8:00pm ET

iMedia Brands (NASDAQ: IMBI) today announced the debut of its live broadcast program, “Cooking with Shaq”, on ShopHQ®, its flagship nationally distributed television retailing network. The program is part of iMedia’s partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), Shaquille O’Neal and ShopHQ®, and will also include an innovative collection of kitchenware, cookware, and grill products.

“Cooking with Shaq” is set to broadcast a live weekly two-hour program on March 4th at 8:00pm ET. The legendary basketball Hall of Famer, Shaq, will make his debut in television retailing on ShopHQ and will feature Shaq-approved kitchen and cookware essentials at great price points, making mealtime an event that no one will want to miss. “Cooking with Shaq” films in Atlanta, GA, with special guest appearances, every Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET.

“I’m excited to partner with ShopHQ® on ‘Cooking with Shaq,’” said O’Neal. “Nothing brings people together like food, great recipes, and innovative kitchen necessities. I can’t wait to unveil this exclusive brand on ShopHQ®.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Shaquille and showcase products such as a 6 QT Digital Air Fryer, 2-in-1 Smokeless Kitchen XL Grill and Griddle combo, knives and other great accessories,” said Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands. “This is the beginning of great collaboration and partnership.”

On March 4th at 8:00 pm ET, Shaq will make his exclusive debut in television retailing on ShopHQ.

Customers can shop the collection on shophq.com and watch this event on ShopHQ via cable and satellite, mobile app, and the live stream on shophq.com. ShopHQ airs on DIRECTV channels 73 and 316, DISH Network channel 134, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, select Samsung Smart TVs, YouTube and on the nation’s top cable providers.

About iMedia Brands, Inc.
iMedia Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMBI) is a global interactive media company that manages a growing portfolio of niche, lifestyle television networks and media service businesses, primarily in North America, for both English speaking and soon Spanish speaking audiences and customers. Its brand portfolio spans multiple business models and product categories and includes ShopHQ, Bulldog Shopping Network, iMedia Media Services and soon-to-be launched LaVenta Shopping Network. Please visit www.imediabrands.com for more investor information.

About Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the world’s most successful athletes-turned-businessmen, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As a business mogul, sports analyst, DJ, restauranteur, and brand ambassador, O’Neal’s unique “Business of Fun” mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors.

The 15-time NBA All-Star’s unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA, and will be premiering his life chronicling reality series, Shaq Life, in 2020.

O’Neal, who has a PhD in Leadership and Education, gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to School, Shaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus.

The debut of his Los Angeles restaurant, Shaquille’s, along with his Las Vegas eatery, Big Chicken, has further elevated Shaquille’s tycoon status he has positioned him as a successful restaurateur. A second Big Chicken location is slated to open in Glendale, CA and will debut at sea on Carnival Cruise Lines Radiance and Mardi Gras.

Follow Shaquille O’Neal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Authentic Brands Group
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing, and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment, and lifestyle brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Its brands have a global retail footprint in more than 100,000 points of sale across the luxury, specialty, department store, mid-tier, mass, and e-commerce channels, and more than 5,850 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops around the world.

ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business, and immersive experiences. It creates and activates original marketing strategies to drive the success of its brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms, and emerging media. ABG’s portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands generates more than $12.5 billion in annual retail sales and includes Marilyn Monroe®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Sports Illustrated®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Nautica®, Aéropostale®, Forever 21®, Juicy Couture®, Vince Camuto®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Barneys New York®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Nine West®, Frye®, Jones New York®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, Enzo Angiolini®, CC Corso Como®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Bandolino®, Misook®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Volcom®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Above The Rim®, Hind®, Thomasville®, Drexel®, and Henredon®.

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