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sports sedan, Jaguar, XE, R-Dynamic, auto, automotive news, automotive trends, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

TAKE A VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

A virtual road trip is a prompt, safe and innovative way to entertain yourself as well as a family when social distancing is the new way of life. With more time spent at home, surveying ways to decompress when working from home and cabin fever sets can be overwhelming. Prowling the web compels imagination and spirit, here are suggestions to consider during your virtual trip. 

Do include online gaming that tests your luck, for starters online poker at Coyote Bob’s casino will stimulate your mind maintaining engagement. Interactive and strategic hence no time for tedium. Gaming is essential to any trip, despite your game of choice, or age online gaming is growing progressively. Approachable to the fingertips with exciting new ways to include friends or foreigners alike on the web. 

Interactive games like Poker and Spades allow you to invite a partner, or take your chances with a virtual opponent. Whether arcade or trivial include socializing part of your routine permitting distance and normalcy from the harsh realities of a worldwide epidemic.

Choose this time to discover new places now when travel is risky and shunned upon. Discover new destinations to check off your bucket list while learning about the universe around you.

360 Magazine shares music playlists and extensive cooking options in detail of a virtual experience. Take a trip to visit the Music City aka Nashville with an online experience which will virtually connect you with such a beloved city. Simply head over to their CVB’s official site and conduct virtual tours of the Omni Hotel, City Winery and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

During your virtual trip, I recommend introducing yourself to emerging social apps. Finding fresh new fun ways to keep in touch sharing your experience virtually or try meditation with friends and love-ones. Emerging social apps keeping it simple and self explanatory like Houseparty and Google Hangouts are virtual room simulators where a happy hour won’t subject you to a deadly virus.

The latest on-camera/voice messenger app is Zoom. Originally made for business and conference calls, is now being heavily used during this period of shelter in place. As of late, two of our team members lost their grandparents. Regrettably the two of them weren’t able to attend the funerals due to the coronavirus lockdown. Thanks to this dedicated video conferencing app, both of them were able to virtually attend while still practicing physical distancing. Other useful ways to utilize this platform includes, but not restricted to, the following virtual experiences: wine tasting, college reunions, organizational gatherings and music listening parties (gives the viewers an opportunity to directly speak to the recording artist while listening to their new EP).

Thus, virtually invite a few friends to meditate, engage in a yoga session as well as share your quarantine experiences and best practices. Even if social media apps aren’t your ideal form of communication, you’ll value the innovative virtual experience. Get in touch with yourself while productively passing time.

Ram Trucks, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

RAM 1500 REBEL

By Vivek Lalchandani × Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

2020 will be remembered as the year of Covid-19. Some people went so far as to think the world would come to an end. Now think about a perfect vehicle for the end of the world situation. You’d want something big, practical, tough, and hi-tech, right? The 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel checks all those boxes and then some. 360 Magazine got to spend some time with the Ram and we were massively impressed. So now the question arises, would we pick it over the best-selling F150?

Design

Ram prioritizes presence and power in its exterior design. The Rebel takes the philosophy to another level. Front and center is a huge, imposing Ram logo which is more common nowadays. However, what’s not common is the Hulk Hogan looking mustache surrounding the logo. Talk about showing presence. Truck enthusiasts will also find two front mounted tow hooks, front and rear skid plates, black accents throughout, and slightly higher ride height. Out back there is a dual exit exhaust setup which is a unique touch in the pickup segment with every other truck having rear side exit exhaust. One place the Ram loses out is the rear tailgate functionality. Ford incorporates a step and hand grip, while Chevy does a step on either side of the rear bumper, and GMC has the new Multi-Pro tailgate and its various opening techniques. The Ram is simply dampened and open either down or sideways. Other design details around back are fairly typical with pick up vertical taillights to comply with rules and another immense Ram logo painted matte black. With this sleek makeover, it’s safe to say the truck has an aggressive profile all around.

Performance/Capability

Most people will purchase the monstrous truck for its looks alone; however, few may solely buy it for it’s capability. Those who do will not be disappointed. Ram set out to create one of the world’s best off road trucks with the Ram Power Wagon. In doing so, they built a platform that can perhaps only be rivaled by the Ford Raptor. The Rebel stands to benefit from this platform more than any other trim, combining both on and off road manners. Owners will thirst for power and exhaust note from the base 3.6L Pentastar V6 with a mild hybrid system that’s good for 305 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. Good news is there are two optional 5.7L V8s, both pushing 395 hp and 410 lb/ft of torque. One is a mild hybrid which is the sweet spot in the range with its extra 130 lb/ft for launches. For more utilitarian users, there’s also an available 3.0L Ecodiesel with 260 hp and 480 lb/ft of torque. All models are excellent in class on fuel economy with the V6 at 19/24, V8 models at 15/21 and 17/22, and diesel at 21/29 city/highway. All numbers increase slightly with 4×2 equipped. All engines can tow 7100 lbs other than the diesel which is rated at 7200 lbs.

Driving this monster was thrilling on and off road. On road, drivers get a sense of power and security towering over other drivers with 33-inch all terrain tires on 18-inch wheels. Sedans and coupes look pitiful in comparison while even most other trucks feel small. Handling and suspension are exactly what you expect from a giant truck that’s dull, soft and bouncy. Put some extra weight in the bed to fix the bounciness and you’ll have an SUV-like driving experience thanks to the available four corner air suspension. Ram is also the only truck manufacturer to include coil over suspension versus traditional leaf springs. Looking at the automobile is pleasant in itself, but wait til you try off-roading. Feel comfortable tackling almost any type of terrain. To test, we took it on a slight rock crawl course and it didn’t fail to amaze as it glided across the bumps and all without as much more quiet than one would expect. Rest assured, it’ll do just fine in the snow and rain that most owners never steer away from.

Interior

Some may say this beast is the The Rolls Royce of trucks after sitting inside this beast. With perfect appointments and a red trim, families can enjoy riding in style with plenty of room. In this crew cab configuration, notice a larger back seat and slightly smaller bed. Leather seats for this upgraded version give a nice touch of luxury worth noting. Hands down, the technology is gawking with a 12.3-inch screen. All essential climate control features are still hard buttons, which is surprisingly familiar and appreciated.

The mighty vehicle lives up to the hype in all aspects of design, interior and performance. It beats the class leading F-150 in every way, save for the tailgate functionality. Buyers will be tremendously surprised by the amount of luxury and attention to detail in this monster. The days are gone where trucks are only for work. Instead, trucks are the most practical vehicle anybody can buy. Ram looked ahead and realized they are one of the only profitable divisions of FCA and threw everything in the kitchen sink at this truck. With that being said, the crew cab starts at $47,990 for the Rebel trim. The base Tradesman starts at $32,145 and pricing can go past $90k with all premium upgrades. Worth it? Hell yes. In every single way.

Pre-order NOW!

Rick James, Anthony Hamilton, 360 MAGAZINE

Anthony Hamilton × Rick James

With over 50 million albums globally and proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, actor, author, and R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, returns with his first original solo single in two years “Back Together” [feat. Rick James]. 

Get it HERE!

Written by Anthony Hamilton, Ed D. Kane and produced by 9th Wonder [Mary J. Blige, JAY-Z, Drake], a simmering beat and strings wrap around Hamilton’s instantly recognizable delivery on the verses. Meanwhile, he duets with none other than the late legend Rick James by way of a sample 9th Wonder dug out of the crates. Complemented by a classic James harmony, he carries the hook—“Why can’t we just get back together?”—to the heavens and back. 

About the song, Hamilton commented, “Growing up listening to ‘Super Freak’ and ‘Fire and Desire’ made it impossible not to want to sing. This is when I knew, Rick James would be an all- time favorite.” 

“9th Wonder flipped the sample right in front of me. I wrote the song in a way to make it feel like Rick was singing along with me. ‘Back Together’ pays homage to one of the greats. To me, it’s also about love and getting back together with someone you knew was special. In this time of COVID-19, it took on a new meaning too. It means getting back to our lives. Be close to those who are special to you. We all want to be close to anybody right now.” 

“Efficient…like fast. The way he pens songs that are meaningful in such a short timeframe…I’ve seen writers do that for artists in R&B…but when artists do it themselves…it’s a joy to watch. Genius level, with that much soul and feeling. AH is a genius!” quotes 9th Wonder. 

In other big news, Hamilton recently launched his new label My Music Box in partnership with BMG, and “Back Together” marks the first release under this newly minted alliance. It also paves the way for his upcoming full-length album, slated for release later this summer.

Hamilton has been at the forefront of COVID-19 relief efforts, taking the virtual stage last month at “Saving OurSelves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” which premiered on BET Networks, and lending his voice to “Under One Roof: Livestream Concert to Benefit North Carolina Artists.” He also recently spoke to Billboard about the live-stream renaissance and said, “It’s all about bringing people to a different place to remember when things were good.” 

During “Saving OursSelves,” Anthony Hamilton delivered a powerful rendition of “Lean On Me” in tribute to Bill Withers, paired with vignettes highlighting acts of kindness and charity from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Diddy, LeBron James and more. At “Under One Roof,” he supported his home state, headlining a lineup of North Carolina-bred and based talent. Charlotte-based entertainment publication CLTure organized the event as part of the “Come Hear NC” initiative of the North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The benefit was broadcast live on Twitch and Facebook.

These appearances continued a string of recent activities by Hamilton to raise awareness regarding the importance of staying home, and benefiting those in need of support in this battle. On March 22, he joined forces with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization and live-streamed an intimate performance right from his living room on Instagram Live. It drew upwards of 80,000-plus viewers, making for one of the largest audiences of the weekend and reasserting the appeal and energy of R&B. Additionally, he blew up on social media, trending on Twitter at #3 during the performance. Essence, CBS, and more recapped it. Watch it HERE.

Maintaining this momentum, he supported the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund—which benefits those in the music industry affected by coronavirus—with an Instagram Live stream entitled Soulful Sundays with Anthony Hamilton on March 29. During the acoustic performance, he invited fan requests and encouraged donations to the relief fund. In addition, he also linked up with Novant Health to produce a video that urges social distancing and staying-at-home. View it HERE.

As Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month approaches, Hamilton also recently collaborated with The Alzheimer’s Association for their Music Moments compilation album on a soulful rendition of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me.”

Once again Anthony Hamilton reaffirms the healing power of R&B as he leads it in 2020.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – Young Designers Competition

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is extending the deadline for entries in its Young Designers Competition to Monday 1 June 2020.

This gives aspiring designers up to the age of 16 an additional two weeks to create and submit their dream Rolls-Royce of the future.

Launched in early April, the competition has already attracted more than 2,000 entries from children in more than 70 countries worldwide. Its aim was to stimulate design talent and provide an educational distraction for children from self-quarantine and social-distancing measures. Although some countries are starting to ease their lock-down restrictions, many children are still unable to attend school, and their normal interactions and activities are likely to remain curtailed for some weeks to come.

The overall winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize: a fully rendered illustration of their design. Runners-up will receive a certificate individually hand-signed by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“We’re delighted by the sheer inventiveness, vision and detail we’re seeing in the children’s designs. Some of the ideas are truly extraordinary and have really got us thinking; it’s inspiring us as a design team to see things differently and challenge our own notions of what’s possible. We’re really looking forward to the judging process, but it’s going to be a huge challenge to pick our winners,” — Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, will be judging the entries together with members of his team.

SUBMIT HERE

LA LOCKDOWN EXTENDED

Home to the largest university system in the USA (with over 500,000), California has decided to extend their lockdown until July (or in some areas maybe August). Thus, major universities are beginning to cancel their Fall sessions.

According to Reuters, Barbara Ferrer, LA County Health Director, explicitly stated that many of the area’s shelter in place rules will apply for much of the summer.

Sara Sandman, illustration, fitness, 360 MAGAZINE

Stay Home. Save Lives. GET FIT!

By Kathleen Trotter

You don’t need a gym or expensive equipment to stay fit and active throughout isolation! You can get a killer full-body workout with your own body and a resistance band ($10) combined with a clear plan of attack! (Not to mention a healthy dose of positive self-talk, something like “I CAN make it through this …. I AM a survivor …. I WILL make the best of this …. This too shall pass.”)

Make a schedule. Be intentional. Have a PLAN!

“Hoping” that one will be active is never a viable fitness strategy, but it is especially useless during a global pandemic. Isolation has unequivocally shifted our life rhythms, our realty — and thus our habits. Your health habits are shifting whether you are conscious of it or not. The question is, are you creating new habits by default or design? 

If you don’t consciously create a plan of action and schedule in your workouts, chances are, you will take the path of least resistance — a path likely filled with Netflix and wine!

So, schedule in your workouts! Make moving a priority. You will be a more emotionally resilient, focused, compassionate version of you if you do — not to mention your immune system will thank you! 

Full-body workout — all you need is a band

Resistance bands are fantastic. They are light and inexpensive — roughly $10 — and you can do everything with them, from squats and biceps curls, to lunges and lateral raises, to overhead triceps extensions.

If you want to go wild, invest in a door frame attachment (also under $10,) that lets you hook the band into any door to create a make-shift cable machine. Then you can replicate any exercise traditionally performed on a cable machine, including wood chops, triceps press-downs, etc.

Warm up

Dance around for five minutes, or do five cardio moves — high knees, bum kicks, etc. — for one minute each.

Main set

Next, do the following, repeating it two to three times.

Push-ups, 10 to 20 reps. On knees or toes, bend your elbows and lower your chest down toward the ground. Exhale as you push yourself back up. For an extra challenge, after each push-up, try jumping your feet toward your hands and standing up. Lower down again. Repeat.

Seated V hold and rows, 12 to 15 reps. Sit on your bum with the band hooked around your feet. Hold one end of the band in each hand. Lean back 10 degrees and hold the lean throughout the motion. Engage your core to stay stable. Use your upper back to row your elbows backward. Imagine cracking a walnut between your shoulder blades. Slowly release. 

Lunge and lateral raises, lunge and front raises, 12 to15 reps per leg. Start standing. With your right leg forward and the band under your foot, hold either end of the band in each hand. Start with your arms straight at your sides. As you lunge, raise your arms to shoulder height — keep them straight (lateral raise.) Lower your arms as you stand up. Use the bum muscle of the front leg to power you up. When you do the exercise with your left leg forward, straighten your arms forward to chest height (front raise.)

Plank scapula retractions, 10 to 20 reps. In a plank position, balancing on your hands and toes, bring your shoulders blades together, then apart. Keep your arms straight and your lower back neutral. Activate the muscles between your shoulder blades.

Squat and biceps curls, 12 to 15 reps. Stand on the band with your feet hip-distance apart. Hold one end of the band in each hand. Bend at your hips, knees, and ankles, and sit backward like you’re sitting in a chair. Do a biceps curl as you squat. As you stand up, straighten your arms.

Overhead triceps extension, 12 to 15 reps per arm. Stand holding one end of the band in your right hand. Reach your left hand behind your body and anchor the band. The closer your hands are together, the harder the exercise will be. Keep your right upper arm into your right ear as you straighten the arm. Slowly release.

Band balance, 20 reps. Tie the band around your thighs. Balance on you right leg with the left leg bent. Engage your core and the bum muscles of your right leg to stay stable. Use your left bum muscles to pulse leg to the side. Repeat 20 reps before switching sides.

Do one to three minutes of any cardio (burpees, high knees, jumping jacks, etc.)

Rest for a minute. Have water. Repeat.

To amp it up … 

Do a Tabata before repeating the main set. Tabata is a form of interval training. One set of Tabata consists of eight sets of 20 seconds of all-out work followed by 10 seconds of recovery. Try running your household or condo stairs, or doing burpees, squat jumps, or jumping jacks. Trust me, you will be sweating in no time — no gym required!

Soccer for Success at Home

Young people and their families can stay active and healthy with Soccer for Success at Home

Staci Wilson kicks off a new video challenge

Families across the country are grappling with fear and uncertainty right now, but the organization leading the nation’s efforts to bring soccer to young people in underserved communities is stepping up to ensure kids stay healthy and active.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation recently launched Soccer for Success at Home, an online hub offering kids and their families fun drills, activities, and useful tips that will get them back in the game. In addition to a weekly e-newsletter, the initiative includes videos from experienced coaches and even the occasional professional athlete, including a new video from Olympic Gold Medalist Staci Wilson challenging kids to improve their speed and agility with line hops.
In some cases, all it takes to participate is a ball (or even just a couple pairs of socks)!
“It’s so important for all of us, especially children, to stay connected and active during this challenging time,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “That’s why we’ve created and collected resources from trusted sources to help young people and their families stay active, healthy, and informed while schools are closed and they’re at home.”

For more information on Soccer for Success at Home, visit www.soccerforsuccess.org/athome.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.

Illustration, drinking, 360 MAGAZINE

Coronavirus and Alcohol: What Are People Drinking During the Outbreak?

Crazy times. Surreal. Uncertainty. These are some ways we describe the Coronavirus outbreak and the consequences. But what about…

What we’re drinking and how that has changed.

According to Seriouslysmoked.com, a cooking and BBQ website compiled more than 200,000 tweets from the last 30 days and analyzed their contents using keywords, phrases, and hashtags.

Their findings will surprise you.

Surge in Sales

Perhaps the scars of Prohibition still run deep. An overriding theme in the collected data was panic buying and stockpiling. The figures tell a dramatic story.

Alcohol sales ending the week of March 21 surged 55 percent.

Teasing those numbers reveals some shocking but not altogether unpredictable trends that SeriouslySmoked.com noted.

The volume of 1.75 liter-sized bottles sold increased dramatically.

Cheaper and more affordable brands saw significant upticks.

Half-bottles and luxury brands, not so much.

The latter makes sense given the uncertain economic situation. Many who didn’t have a liquor budget are probably reconsidering it now.

However, it’s essential to put these data in perspective. Many restaurants aren’t open for dine-in customers. The wine you’d enjoy with your steak entree, you’re now consuming at home. That’s evident when you look at the meteoric rise of online sales.

Wine.com, for example, saw a 200 percent increase during this same time.

What Else Are People Buying—or Not Buying?

SeriouslySmoked.com uncovered some other trends that the industry statistics support. Unlike in Europe, Americans reserve their sparklers for celebrations. The pandemic has hit that continent hard too. 

Consequently, Champagne says have taken a nosedive.

However, it’s probably not too much of a stretch to guess that Champagne will recover just fine when we all start painting the town red when all of this is behind us.

Interestingly, alcohol products that have seen slow declines are now enjoying something of a comeback, such as port and other fortified spirits.

Tequila and gin have also seen sales spikes, but that’s not all. Canned and packaged beverages are enjoying a similar surge.

Canned wine, for example, wasn’t a serious thing in the beginning. Now, with the outbreak, think again. The situation is fueling sales that rival its rise in popularity over recent years.

Boxed wine?

Yup. And probably for many of the same reasons of economy and getting more for your buck.

What else has changed?

The Industry Reinvents Itself

The unprecedented events have spurred many forces in the industry to reinvent themselves in innovative ways…

Restaurants and bars are sharing cocktail recipes as acts of solidarity to get through the crisis. Some are holding virtual tastings. We’re having virtual happy hours out of our homes.

Individuals are also reaching out to their favorite wineries and joining wine clubs in droves.

That’s especially significant given that most tasting rooms are closed. Cancellations of wine tours continue to grow with an uncertain future. The looming collapse of the summer tourist season weighs heavily on countless wineries.

Napa Valley visitor traffic brings $2.23 billion to the economy, according to the 2018 Economic Impact Report.

Luckily, e-commerce sales are surging with direct-to-consumer purchases, as SeriouslySmoked.com discovered too. Early figures show that online traffic has exceeded pre-pandemic volumes in some cases.

So there is hope that the industry will recover. But then what will happen?

Lingering Questions

The fact remains that the road ahead is uncertain, but likely has lots of twists and turns along its path. The questions that the industry and consumers ponder loom large.

Will wineries, breweries, and distilleries recover?

Will restaurants and bars open their doors again?

What is the future of online sales and its impact on brick-and-mortar stores?

One thing is clear from the data collected by SeriouslySmoked.com. Everyone is living in the moment. It’s hard to plan because the situation literally changes every day.

There are also some good takeaway messages from the responses of consumers and the industry.

We are supporting each other in a myriad of ways. The prospect of our favorite watering hole closing or hole-in-the-wall restaurant forever has given us pause.

Sure, we’ve adapted. The industry will survive too. It just might look a bit different on the other side. In the meantime, enjoy that new tipple that you’ve discovered. And support your local businesses.