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The Last of the Marvels

THE LAST OF THE MARVELS SEES THE RETURN OF THE FIRST OF THE MARVELS IN NEW CAPTAIN MARVEL #34 COVER BY ARTGERM

CAPTAIN MARVEL’s upcoming The Last of the Marvels storyline teases the return of Mar-Vell this November

The Last of the Marvels, the highly anticipated arc in writer Kelly Thompson’s hit run on CAPTAIN MARVEL, kicks off next month when a mysterious villain begins to target the very legacy of the Captain Marvel mantle. The saga will feature Carol Danvers teaming up with other former Captain Marvels and Captain Marvel-inspired heroes including Genis-Vell, Kamala Khan, and perhaps even Mar-Vell himself!

Seen on Artgerm’s newly revealed variant cover for November’s CAPTAIN MARVEL #34, the original Captain Marvel is back in all his glory.

The Silver Age star met his untimely end in 1982’s legendary DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL graphic novel. Will he make his grand return to combat this strange new threat and restore hope for Carol and the Captain Marvel name? Check out Artgerm’s variant cover below and don’t miss the reveal of the year in this exciting chapter of Last of the Marvels this November! For more information, visit the website.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #34

Written by KELLY  THOMPSON

Art by SERGIO DÁVILA

Main Cover by IBAN COELLO

Teaser Variant Cover by ARTGERM

Virgin Variant Cover by ARTGERM

On Sale 11/17!

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit Marvel’s website.

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QUEEN THE GREATEST

A celebration of 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far.

A 50-week YouTube series celebrating key moments in Queen’s history reminding us why Queen and their music continue to beloved across the world.

Episode 20: “1980: Queen At The Movies Take 1: Flash Gordon”

An unusual venture sees Queen take on a movie soundtrack, with the band determined that the resulting album should be as musically rewarding as their previous ones. Brian and Roger describe how this exciting project came about and broke new ground.

“I think we were quite well ahead of the game there.” – Roger Taylor

“Oh, its not going to work for my film.” – Dino De Laurentiis, Producer

Queen The Greatest Episodes 1-19 Out Now Here.

The Greatest, the journey through the Queen story so far celebrating their biggest songs, performances and achievements, this week looks back at a fascinating new departure for the band.

For what would be the band’s ninth studio album, this would also be a first for them, their first movie soundtrack. It is, of course, Flash Gordon. For a band given to aural spectacular, it seemed a perfect fit although producer Dino De Laurentiis did have his moment of doubt.

In 1980, work on Flash began in tandem with the recording sessions for The Game, but while this would obviously represent something of a departure for the band, they were determined to make it as much a Queen album as their previous ones.

Set against some rare footage of the band live performing “Flash” to image track in London’s Advision Studios, Brian and Roger explain how the project came about.

Roger Taylor: “It was an interesting offer really from (producer) Dino De Laurentiis, and Joe Smith, head of Elektra Records, engineered the whole thing really. And, it was interesting actually, because the film was a big hit in Europe and UK, and flopped completely in America.”

Brian May: “But it became a cult video thing later on. I feel pretty proud of the Flash thing, because really this was the first time that a rock soundtrack had actually been put to a movie which wasnt about rock music.

“There was a lot of resistance to it, a lot of people said it wouldnt work, including Dino. When he first heard it, he went “oh, its not going to work for my film,” the idea of the rock music being in there. But he pretty soon became accustomed to the idea, and he loved it in the end.”

Roger Taylor: “It actually was sort of Brians thing really, and it really did forge quite a lot. I mean you never heard heavy rock – a lot of it was quite heavy – music on a film, and so this battle sequence is really quite ground breaking.”

Brian May: “It was, I think, the first.”

Roger Taylor: “And now you cant see a movie without soundtrack albums coming at you and heavy music.”

Brian May: “And heavy guitars.”

Roger Taylor: “So I think we were quite well ahead of the game there.”

As The Game album started to take up more of the band’s time, Brian took on the responsibility of getting the soundtrack over the line. The title track, “Flash,” would be the only single released, but the album is crammed full of classic Queen tunes  not least “The Hero,” which became a stellar opening to the live showߪ.as can be seen in this band performance in Milton Keynes, UK, June 5 1982.

Understandably, this project begged the question at the time as to whether Queen would consider doing another movie soundtrack. Roger Taylor said at the time: “This film thing was very interesting, and if somebody comes up with a really fascinating offer for another film, perhaps we might think about that. But, no, were a rock and roll band, think we always will be.”

Queen did of course make a return to scoring with their second soundtrack six years later, for another science-fiction fantasy, the hugely successful Highlander.

More of that later.

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Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan – Astronomia II

NICK RHODES AND WENDY BEVAN RELEASE SECOND ALBUM OF FOUR-PART SERIES, ASTRONOMIA II: THE RISE OF LYRA RELEASED JUNE 21 ON THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

LISTEN ASTRONOMIA II: THE RISE OF LYRA

Exquisitely atmospheric. – American Songwriter

Transcendent Soundtrack for our Perilous Time. – VOGUE

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and British artist and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan have released their second album ASTRONOMIA II: THE RISE OF LYRA via Tape Modern, available here

Over the past twelve months, the duo have collaborated on a monumental series of 52 cinematic instrumentals inspired by the Universe. These works will be presented across four 13-track, individually named albums, as the Astronomia project. The first release The Fall of Saturn dropped on the Spring Equinox (March 20, 2021) and The Rise of Lyra will be followed by two further records, released on the Autumn equinox and Winter solstice of this year.

Rhodes and Bevan first started working together during 2018, instantly conceiving an exquisite, and very visual musical language. As artists, separated by the oceans, Wendy in Los Angeles and Nick in London, these works were made as a direct response to the sadness and turbulence of the past year.

About the second chapter of the project, the pair said this. 

Wendy and I began a musical journey not knowing where it would lead us.  We learned more along the way, through each twist and turn, but managed to closely guard the mystique as we delved further into the darkness of space. It was the intrigue of the unknown that steered our project, each soundscape creating a new terrain leading to the next. As the music varies greatly, from calm ambience to grand orchestral, this gave us infinite possibilities for drama and dynamics across each record and the entire series. When we began work on the second album, our musical language had already been established, and so as we wrote the compositions they developed in surprising new ways. Because of the scale and constantly changing shape of whole project it feels holographic – I found myself trying to seize opportunities before they passed me by: an atmosphere, a haunting melody, a foreboding sound, they all drifted in and out of the pieces, slowly forming ‘The Rise of Lyra’. 

I think we managed to harness the energy and navigate our way through to tell the next chapter of the Astronomia chronicles. It started to become clear that the musical story of Astronomia was mirroring our times. We didn’t need words, the notes and sounds in each composition conveyed everything we were feeling and wanted to say. The first of our four-album series, The Fall of Saturn, represented the descent into the pandemic, the realisation it was taking control and the helplessness we all felt as we slowly lost our freedoms. 

‘The Rise of Lyra’ reflects upon the period following that when the virus had spiralled out of control and taken a firm grip on the world. The realization of how fragile we are, our search for hope and the moments of desolation. Throughout the last year, writing and recording the Astronomia compositions was a real lifeline for Wendy and I, it gave us both a sense of purpose during the bleak times and it became our diary echoing every mood and feeling we had as the days passed by. Being freed from all rules and conventions of traditional song writing was entirely liberating. Without restrictions we were able to expand our horizons and we still have not reached the boundaries. It is thrilling to start with a blank canvas, no sketch at all and just see where the notes and sounds lead you. ‘The Rise of Lyra’ references mythology, specifically the dark tale of Orpheus and Eurydice where the power of music is the main theme. – Nick Rhodes

Astronomia is a sacred time-capsule that gently cradles the memory of our times in 2020 and the fragility of living on this earth.

Astronomia became a lifeline for me during the lockdown. It allowed me to have a space for my emotions to flow into music, a sacred space to create my own universe, with endless freedom. We had no boundaries. It took me away from the reality of what was happening in the world during the pandemic and gave me a sense of hope.

‘The Rise of Lyra’ is the second album in the Astronomia series. Some of the tracks feel angelic, for example ‘Cats Eye Nebula’ and ‘Inferno’, and elevate us from reality.  These recordings became a musical diary of acceptance, a record of change on a vast scale in our lives. The sonic space the album creates, explores the ebb and flow of emotions that we endured on a global level.When Nick and I started Astronomia we had no idea of the vast amount of music we would create. Notes kept flowing in response to the situation we found ourselves in, it became a parallel universe with its own unique language, drama and elegance, far, far away from reality. 

Woman of the Apocalypse (who in the New Testament is also known as Woman Clothed in the Sun), is one of my favourite tracks on the album. I wanted the vocal performance to sound angelic, eternal and somehow supernatural. I wanted the track to allow the listener to feel that there was something else out there, more glorious beyond anything they had ever known or could imagine.  – Wendy Bevan

With a shared love of film, photography and style, Bevan and Rhodes plan to accompany each track on the Astronomia volumes with a carefully curated visual, available via their Instagram. A new clip will be released every week for one year, commencing March 20th.

Wendy Bevan is a British vocalist, violinist, songwriter, performer and photographer. Nick Rhodes is a founder member and keyboard player of the British rock band, Duran Duran.

Astronomia II- The Rise Of Lyra 

  1. Apollos Gift
  2. Woman Of The Apocalypse
  3. Vega
  4. Draconis
  5. The Masked Portrait Of Tempesta
  6. Cats Eye Nebula
  7. Northern Skies
  8. Almagest
  9. The Rise Of Lyra
  10. Eurydice And The Underworld
  11. An Argonauts Dream
  12. The Charn Of Orpheus
  13. Inferno

Follow Astronomia and their upcoming project via their Instagram and YouTube.

ALIEN (2021) #1 cover art from Robyn Belt + Marvel Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

WHAT’S COMING TO MARVEL UNLIMITED THIS JUNE

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 28,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles as early as three months after they’re in stores, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the award-winning Marvel Unlimited mobile app. Unlock this all-access experience by starting your 7-day free trial today.

This month: The iconic cinematic terror that is ALIEN makes its Marvel Unlimited debut!

Creators Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca team up to tell an all-new tale of the horror and science fiction titan that has scared audiences for decades. And, the next generation of teen mutant heroes are put to the test in CHILDREN OF THE ATOM! Creators Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang introduce this brand-new team inspired by fan-favorite X-Men.

Here are the other binge-worthy titles hitting Marvel Unlimited this month.

Week of June 7

AMERICA CHAVEZ: MADE IN THE USA #1 MAJOR DEBUT!

AVENGERS #43 

AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #2 

DEMON DAYS: X-MEN #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

HELLIONS #10 

KING IN BLACK HANDBOOK #1 KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1  KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

KING IN BLACK: GWENOM VS. CARNAGE #3 SERIES COMPLETE!

KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #3  SERIES COMPLETE!

KING IN BLACK: WICCAN AND HULKING #1  KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

POWER PACK #4 

RUNAWAYS #34 

STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #3 

Week of June 14

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #61 

CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

DAREDEVIL #28 

DEADPOOL NERDY 30 #1 

ETERNALS #3 

IMMORTAL HULK #44 

NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

STAR WARS #12 

STRANGE ACADEMY #9 

TASKMASTER #4 

THOR & LOKI: DOUBLE TROUBLE #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD #4  SERIES COMPLETE!

X-FACTOR #8 

Week of June 21

BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #1 

CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE #1 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #27 

CHAMPIONS #5 

IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON #3 

IRON MAN #7 

KING IN BLACK: SPIDER-MAN #1  KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

MARVEL #6  SERIES COMPLETE!

S.W.O.R.D. #4  KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

SPIDER-WOMAN #10 

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #10 

THE TRIALS OF ULTRAMAN #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

THOR #13 

X-FORCE #18 

Week of June 28

ALIEN #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #62 

BLACK PANTHER #24 

CABLE #9 

CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD #1  MAJOR DEBUT!

EXCALIBUR #19 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12 

KING IN BLACK: SCREAM #1  KING IN BLACK TIE-IN!

MAESTRO: WAR AND PAX #3 

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #24 

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #8 

TASKMASTER #5  SERIES COMPLETE!

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit Marvel.

© 2021 MARVEL

Venom by BRYAN HITCH, ANDREW CURRIE, ALEX SINCLAIR from Anthony Blackwood, Marvel for use by 360 Magazine

AL EWING × RAM V × BRYAN HITCH – NEW VENOM

Following a blockbuster turn by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, and Ram V will take over the adventures of Venom — bringing the same style and sensibilities that made Immortal Hulk a smash hit. Ewing and award-winning author Ram V, a titan of terror in his own right, will work together to lend a dramatic and dangerous air to this twisted new vision of Venom! Rounding out this symbiote hivemind will be legendary artist Bryan Hitch, bringing his rich and detailed style to the Venomverse. The future of Venom lies in the hands of this mastermind team, and you won’t believe what lies ahead!

“When my editors at Marvel reached out about taking on Venom alongside Al Ewing and Bryan Hitch, I was not prepared for the kind of creative thrill it has been ever since,” Ram V said. “This story is going to expand and push the symbiote narrative and lore in even more unexpected and fantastic directions. It is also an utter thrill having the sort of call and response mechanic I’ve had with a writer like Al and an artist of Bryan’s caliber. Fans and new readers, strap in— you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

Fans can get their first glimpse at what’s in store in this year’s Free Comic Book Day title, Free Comic Book Day 2021: Spider-Man/Venom, available at participating comics shops on August 14. Stay tuned for more information and don’t miss the next superstar era of VENOM this November. For more information, visit Marvel.

Art by Bryan Hitch

Friends Door Frame illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Friends: The Reunion

The One Where They Blew Up Social Media

 Friends Reunion Generates 7.4 Billion Engagements, Talkwalker Says

The Friends Reunion show, slated to start streaming on HBO Max, has generated 2.8 billion mentions and 7.4 billion engagements in the last week alone, according to international enterprise listening company Talkwalker.

Ranking by mentions of Friends cast alongside the reunion

           •   Lisa Kudrow 15K

           •   Jennifer Aniston 12.3K

           •   Courteney Cox 10K

           •   Matthew Perry 9K

           •   David Schwimmer 7.5K

           •   Matt LeBlanc 7.4K

The most mentioned celebrity appearances in the forthcoming reunion show include BTS, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Demographically it’s almost an even split of who’s talking about the show with 50.3 percent female and 49.7 percent male, Talkwalker reported.

Interestingly, self-described artists are making up 12 percent of the conversation, with

18-24s the largest cohort discussing the reunion online at 48.4 percent of the total, followed by 25-34s at 41.9 percent. So Gen-Z is talking about this more than Millennials, who grew up with the show.

The most excited fanbase for the reunion, as for many things, is Korean super-group BTS. Their posts about their appearance on the show are generating the most engagement.

As a fun aside, the phrase “the one where they” has seen 15K mentions, a huge uptick, over the last month, and in the last week especially, as fans prepare for the show. 

One of 2020’s key social media trends was nostalgia, which continues to be apparent in 2021 as evidenced by reunions and spin-offs like this Friends reunion.  Talkwalker’s Media & Entertainment Report give more details about Friends, along with Fuller House, Sex & the City and Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm.

About Talkwalker

Talkwalker is an enterprise listening company helping the world’s largest brands to drive revenue by activating the voice of their customers. Through our AI-powered platform, we gather data from the conversations that happen around your brand – online, in the media, and within your company – to uncover, understand, and action consumer insights.

Over 2,000 companies worldwide already use this conversational intelligence to protect their brands, measure their campaign impact, and identify what drives purchase decisions. Building consumer connections and helping to make them globally loved brands.

Talkwalker has offices in Luxembourg, New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris, Tokyo, London & Milan, with 400+ employees across the globe. It is also the home of Talkwalker Alerts, a free alerting service used by over 500,000 communications and marketing professionals worldwide.

Queen artwork courtesy Sharrin Summers of Hollywood Records for use by 360 Magazine

The Queen the Greatest YouTube Series

Queen The Greatest: a celebration of 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far. A 50-week YouTube series celebrating key moments in Queen’s history reminding us why Queen and their music continue to be loved across the world. Episode 9: Queen: 1976 Somebody To Love – Freddie’s Greatest Hit? Watch HERE Queen The Greatest Watch Episodes 1-8 HERE

Was it better than Bohemian Rhapsody? The man himself thinks it might be… After the incredible worldwide success of A Night At The Opera and Bohemian Rhapsody,  all eyes were on Queen to see what they would do next. For Freddie Mercury inspiration came from one of the world’s finest singers and ended up with him, Brian and Roger becoming a Gospel choir. Queen The Greatest’s ninth episode celebrates what is undoubtedly one of Queen’s greatest classic hits, the gospel inspired masterpiece, Somebody To Love.

Having set such a high benchmark with their A Night At The Opera album, all eyes were on Queen to see what they would come up with next. As ever, the band refused to stand still and were intent on exploring new musical paths. For Somebody To Love Freddie found inspiration in one the world’s finest singers to create this Queen classic.

Brian May: Freddie wanted to be Aretha Franklin, you have to bear this in mind, and that explains everything. He loved Aretha. And, this was his Gospel epic. It kind of followed in the steps of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the sense that we were building up these multiple vocal parts, but this time we were being a Gospel choir, instead of being an English choir.

Freddie Mercury: And there’s me going on about Aretha Franklin, sort of made them go a bit mad, I just wanted to write something about that kind of thing. I was sort of incentivized by the gospel approach that she had on her albums, the earlier albums.

Brian May: Freddie came in very well prepared with a lot of vocal parts and we just worked our way through it. There was a very good feeling. I always remember thinking, yeah, this is going to be something great.

For many Bohemian Rhapsody was the greatest song Freddie ever wrote, but according to the man himself, he didn’t necessarily agree. 

Freddie Mercury: People will, obviously, no matter how hard you try, will think in terms of your past hits. I really thought, Ok, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a big hit, but as far as my writing ability is concerned, I think I can write better. And I just looked at it from that point of view. For my estimation, I think a song like ‘Somebody To Love’, from the writing aspect, (is) a better song. 

Somebody To Love  just narrowly missed out on the top spot in the UK charts, peaking at number 2. But the song quickly became a powerhouse on stage, as witnessed by the band’s performance at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1982 featured ;in this episode.

Ten years later, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, the song had its place firmly cemented in Queen history thanks to the unforgettable performance by Brian, Roger, John, the London Gospel Choir and, of course, George Michael. n the U.S., Somebody To Love has been certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

The song’s subsequent inclusion on the Five Live EP featuring performances from the Tribute Concert by Queen, George Michael and Lisa Stansfield saw it finally top the UK charts in 1993.

Next will see the release of Queen 1976: Hyde Park – Picnic by the Serpentine. Keep up to date with the Queen the Greatest YouTube series here!

Marvel Launches New Black Panther Series

MARVEL UNVEILS NEW BLACK PANTHER COMIC BOOK SERIES LAUNCHING THIS AUGUST! Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal launch T’Challa’s next revolutionary chapter this summer!

As Black Panther’s intergalactic saga makes its stunning conclusion next Wednesday, Marvel Comics has revealed that the next thrilling chapter for T’Challa, Wakanda, and the Marvel Universe will begin this summer! Officially announced today in The New York Times in an exclusive interview, Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) will helm Marvel’s next Black Panther comic book series alongside Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal (Guardians of the Galaxy), beginning with Black Panther #1 this August.

Building from the epic last chapter of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ groundbreaking multi-year Black Panther run in Black Panther #25 next week, Ridley will kick off an action-packed espionage story that will impact everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe!

In this new ongoing series, secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him. Fresh from returning from his adventures in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent. T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…

It’s a hybrid espionage-superhero thriller, but at its core, it’s a love story, Ridley told The New York Times. And I don’t mean just romantic love, although there’s some of that as well. It’s love between friends.

We’re coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven’t had to do in years, Ridley added. And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has.

Don’t miss Black Panther’s historic moment in Black Panther #25 next week, and be sure to pick up Black Panther #1 when it hits stands this August! Stay tuned to Marvel’s website for more details.

To find a comic shop near you, visit the Comic Shop Locator website.

Page Kennedy illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Q×A with Page Kennedy

ACTOR & RAPPER PAGE KENNEDY JOINS 360 MAGAZINE FOR SOME Q&A

By: Heather Skovlund-Reibsamen

Page Kennedy is well known as a rapper and actor within our entertainment industry. Kennedy’s recent acting skills brought him to play “Duck” on Netflix’s “The Upshaws”, one of their newest series to hit streaming platforms starring alongside Kim Fields (Regina Upshaw), Mike Epps (Bennie Upshaw), and Wanda Skyes (Lucretia). He is also known for his roles in “Blue Mountain State”, “Weeds” and his comedic genius skits shared on Instagram and TikTok.

Kennedy’s self-titled album ‘Page’ was released in February 2021 featuring heavyweight rappers Xzibit and Method Man is available now on all streaming platforms – make sure you go check it out!

360 Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Page Kennedy where we discussed “The Upshaws”, his character ‘Duck’, music, and his fitness journey. We had an amazing conversation about his media roles, the love for Eminem, and also found out that we both favor Cardi B because of the way she represents herself: “Cardi B makes me feel like I know her”, said Kennedy.

Read on to hear about our conversation with Page!

Your Netflix series, “The Upshaws”, came out today- how do you feel about working with it?

PK: I love it, you know I was a part of it, and I still watch the series multiple times. I can’t get tired of it. I can just go to any episode and watch it- it has so many great jokes and the characters are diverse, and they bring their own style, energy and creativity. I think it’s the funniest show on TV.

How is it working with the cast?

PK: Working with the cast is great. You know, you got legends there. You’ve got Kim Fields, the ultimate foremost legend, Mike Epps who is a comic genius, Wanda Skyes- comic genius. They are good people, and everybody is happy to be here, so it makes it fun.

Do you feel that you have any similar traits to your character Duck within yourself?

PK: I’ve been asked that question and, let me see, I look at Duck as a different character than what I typically play. The only similarity that I see between me and Duck is his loyalty. He is loyal to a fault. You know, he spent 7-10 years in jail where he could have gotten less time where he could have ratted out his friend who could have been his co-defendant, but he just took it. I think I have a loyalty like Duck. Other than that, he’s a little different than me.

Let’s talk about your latest album. How did you feel about the creative direction within the videos for “Fear” and “Safe”? How did you work through the process of such a real and raw album?

PK: I wanted to make use of all of my talents to create an art- that was my goal. My goal was to take the amalgamation of talents that I have to coalesce to create art that could be ubiquitous forever. You know, that’s what I feel I accomplished because things are great 20 years from now and it’s still going to be great. You can still listen to Biggie because it’s incredible, it’s timeless and that’s what I wanted to do. I feel like I accomplished that.

Can you tell us about the song “Shine”?

PK: I think that the album needed some respite because it’s very heavy and after you listen to Fear and Safe, it’s so cumbersome that you need some respite. And so that’s what Shine provides. It still takes a look at how difficult 2019 was personally for me and then 2020 was for everyone. The face of darkness, there is light after, and I wanted to show that the Devil will not take that light away. We will shine.

Can you tell us about your album cover?

PK: The cover of the album is confluence of tragic incident of black Americans who have had their lives taken from them at the hands of police brutality. That confluence is to show that they are me. You know, they all make up me; I am the same as them and so I wanted to, through me, show them. Wait until you get to the song “Flowers”, that is my favorite song on the album.

At the end of some of your videos, there is mention of voting- what are you trying to show viewers?

PK: So, creating Fear was so I could galvanize the troops to go vote because we can’t just yell from the rafters “We are being disrespected”, “We are being overlooked”. We have to actually get in the dirt and, you know, do things that cause change. Our biggest voice was our vote. The virality of those videos was to have the embolism of to vote throughout the video. To help people want to get out and vote after they see the deleterious effects of what fear can do on both sides so that’s why you see that throughout the videos.

Let’s talk about your fitness journey. What motivated you to get started?

PK: I got tired of looking at myself in movies and TV fat as hell and I was more attractive in my head than I was externally, so I wanted to match that.

So, there’s a lot of excuses that I think many people use such as “I can’t afford to go to the gym” or “I hurt too much to do this”. How did you push past your own excuses?

PK: I have an additive personality so once I get into something, I’m locked in and I got my mind right and ready. I had help, a tool to help me out with the point of why I was overweight which was my addiction to food. And so, I got gastro sleeve surgery which made my stomach smaller so that I couldn’t overeat. That helped. That was like the catalyst to help me and the working out thing- I already had that down. I had challenges where I would workout 100 straight days and another challenge where I went a straight year of working out without missing any days. My mind was already set to go to the gym, I just needed to get the food stuff right.

Do you still workout consistently?

PK: Yep, I’m still in it. Even when the gyms were closed, I found a way to get the workout in.

What advice would you offer somebody as far as starting out on their journey? If they were with you and undecided about their journey because of lack of motivation.

PK: I would say to make it something that is a part of your daily life that you don’t have a choice of. You don’t have a choice if you need to go to the bathroom or not, you don’t have a choice whether you like eating or not. These are things that must happen regardless of what you want or not. So, if you make the gym or workout a part of that, you take the lack of motivation away. We can have things taken away for us and see how resilient we could be. If you’re in jail or in a weight loss camp or anywhere that caused your free will to be taken away and you are forced to do something, you can do it because you have to. So why have to be in a situation where some other exterior force forces you to when you have a mind and brain that is going to be the thing to make you do it anyway.

Do you have a specific meal plan?

PK: Sometimes, yes. I go in spurts. Some weeks I have no carbs and no sugar. Then some weeks I am a little looser. I just try to be moderate because I could easily go really far one way or really far the other way. It’s not until I’m actually preparing for something that I go super crazy. Other than that, I just try and stay in striking range.

Do you allow yourself to have treats?

PK: Yep, probably more than I should.

What kind of workouts do you do?

PK: Well, when I get off the phone with you, I have a trainer, so I am going to the gym. Wednesday is leg day, which sucks. I work out with a trainer 3-4 days a week and then two other days I have an Oculus virtual reality thing that I do a supernatural workout on or I ride my bike for 20 miles to the beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Is there anything else that you’d like to talk about or anything that you’d like to share with our readers?

PK: I just want them to the importance of the album “Page” and how it’s important to everyone in the world right to be aware of everything that happening right now and everything that’s going on. And that if this album was released by a bigger artist, it would be a Grammy-nominated type of album – that’s how important this album is. I just implore everyone to continue to listen to it and check it out because I think it’s necessary. That’s the main thing that I want- and watch “The Upshaws” on Netflix streaming now.

Champion Fashion illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Champion Athleticwear × New Artist Series

Champion Athleticwear Unveils New Artist Series Supporting Talent Across The Country

Series Features Four Artists, each with a Collection Defined by Authentic, Inspired, Grassroots Voices

Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, is introducing an Artist Series to celebrate the diversity of talent and creativity found across the United States.  The series features four street artists who have unique perspectives on design, fashion and personal expression. The artists have ties to cities across the country, including New York City, Chicago and Seattle.

The first drop is from Ricardo Gonzalez, a designer and artist from Durango, Mexico, currently based in Brooklyn, New York, who lives by the philosophy, “IT’S A LIVING,” which inspires his work. Ricardo uses typography as his medium and has incorporated his signature script into a variety of work spanning large-scale murals to commercial work for brands to simple stickers seen on the streets.   As part of the collection drop, Champion commissioned Ricardo to create one of his signature murals in Brooklyn, New York.

Ricardo’s vibrant, colorful script style will appear on a limited collection of Reverse Weave hoodies, heritage graphic tees and Reverse Weave cut-off shorts for men and Reverse Weave cropped cutoff hoodies, heritage graphic tees and Reverse Weave shorts for women. The apparel has black, oxford gray, white and scarlet colors supporting neon text overlay of phrases including “Better Yourself,” “Keep Tryin’,” “The Way Up” and “Change The Future.”  Ricardo hopes his signature positive messages and uplifting designs unify people together during these challenging times.

“As an artist and designer, it means so much to me to collaborate with Champion on an inclusive collection that promotes my positive aesthetic to the masses,” said Ricardo Gonzalez.  “The phrases we chose for this collection fit really well with Champion’s philosophy. My favorite piece is “Better Yourself,” as it expresses self-improvement and what it means to be competitive as a Champion.  I hope when people wear my Champion pieces that they feel empowered and like a Champion.”

Apparel in Ricardo’s It’s A Living collection ranges from $35 to $75 in sizes XS through 2XL and will be in Champion retail stores and online at Champion.com, Champs Sports and Footaction beginning May 12, 2021. Each Artist Series drop will be available for a limited time with Brooklyn-based neon artist Adam Fu, up next in the series. Fu will be followed later this year by New York-based Steffi Lynn and Chicago-based Merlot. 

“Champion is founded on the principles of inclusion, creativity and self-expression,” said Jon Ram, group president of global activewear for Hanesbrands Inc. “and we are dedicated to fostering up-and-coming talent. The Artist Series is an exciting new chapter in our commitment to supporting a wide range of artists with the goal of inspiring all consumers to be their own Champion through their apparel – the ultimate form of self-expression.”

Ram added that Champion is committed to creating a better world for the champions of today and tomorrow where all are included.  The Artist Series adds a new dimension to the brand, which is known for increasing access to sports in a number of ways, including providing apparel and uniforms to Special Olympics USA, Urban Dove and NBPA Summer Camps.

To learn more about Champion’s Artist Series drops, visit Champion and follow the brand on InstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook.

About Champion

Since 1919, Champion Athleticwear has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including activewear, sweats, tees, sports bras, team uniforms, footwear and accessories. Champion uses innovative design and state-of-the-art product testing to ensure uncompromised quality and innovative apparel for its consumers. Champion Athleticwear can be purchased at department stores, sporting goods, specialty retailers, and at Champion. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-315-0563 or at Facebook, follow us on Twitter or on Instagram. Champion is a brand of HanesBrands.