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Dusan Brown – Presidential Scholar

Teen actor Dusan Brown receives the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar for directing and writing

Teen director, writer, actor and honor roll student, Dusan Brown, has been named one of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The award was announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Brown, to be celebrated in the Arts. Brown is a rising, talented director, writer, actor, and recent high school graduate from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts this week. LACHSA, the nation’s #1 public arts high school, has brought to us such famous alumnae as Jenna Elfman, Marla Sokoloff, Josh Groban, Terran Killam, Zoey Deutch and Anthony Anderson.

Brown is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars believed to have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,300 candidates qualified for the 2020 awards. Brown chose Drew McClellan, LACHSA’s Cinematic Arts Department Chair, for the Distinguished Teacher recognition. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer, as public health circumstances permit.

Brown’s short film, REECE, where he served as writer, director, co-DP, editor, colorist and is featured in, was originally created as a submission for his high school’s annual Moondance Film Festival. To date, this project has allowed him to become a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Winner, a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Winner, as well as a Gold Level YoungArts Winner, $10,000 – which is presented to as few as five and as many as 13 winners over the past several years. In addition, over the past year, Reece won five film festivals: Winner Best Short Film at WILDsound DIVERSITY Film Festival, Winner Best Student Film at Alexander Valley Student Showcase, Winner Best Film – Spark Award at All American H.S. Film Fest, Winner Best Student Film at Indie Short Fest, and Winner Best Cinematography at Moondance Film Festival. Since July 2019, Reece received 14 nominations and was officially selected into 13 festivals such as Sacramento International Film Festival, Westflix Film Fest, Baltimore Black International Film Fest, San Diego International Kids’ Film Fest, LA Shorts International Film Fest and San Francisco Frozen International Film Fest, to name a few.

The excitements in Brown’s life continue to grow. Brown can next be seen in a strong supporting role in the upcoming Netflix movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. In addition, Brown committed to one of the country’s top ranked film schools, Chapman University, where he will pursue his BFA in Film Production with a concentration on directing and writing.

Brown has written several features with plans to film his first one summer 2021. His newest shorts, Cereal and Trash, will both debut via LACHSA’s 1st Virtual Film Festival. In addition, Brown’s award-winning, 10 minute film, REECE, will debut June 10th via www.DusanBrown.net.

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MEREDITH GRACE DABNEY

16-Year-Old Filmmaker & Actress Meredith Grace Dabney Releases Award-Winning Short HERE TODAY

Out now via Astrabeta Creations

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Filmmaker and actress Meredith Grace Dabney release her award-winning short film HERE TODAY which chronicles the life of a high school girl struggling to find her identity with a new group of friends. The film comes directly from the filmmaker’s production company Astrabeta Creations in association with Arvold Productions and Point Nine Films.

This universally autobiographical tale, written by the young filmmaker is a reminder of vulnerability, life’s connections, and most importantly that words and actions, however small, affect everyone and everything.

Meredith shares: “It is my hope that HERE TODAY will speak as a voice of encouragement and love to others as it does to me, and will educate on the topics of suicide, anxiety, depression, mental health, and self-worth. My creative mission in bringing this film to life has been to reinforce the crucial thought that “Your PRESENCE matters.” The process of making this film has served as both a personal growth journey and a reminder that every single action, word, and encounter has an everlasting impact and truly does matter. My hope is that this film will be a stepping stone to increased conversations about sensitive topics as well as a vehicle for bringing to light universal internal struggles.”

HERE TODAY, directed by Erica Arvold and written by Meredith, serves as a reminder that wherever you may be on your journey in life, YOU are valid and important.

Meredith uses her voice as a platform for herself and others who may be in a dark place. In conjunction with the film, Meredith has initiated a social media campaign “You Okay? Ask Someone Today!” The campaign is a way to challenge others to reach out to 3 individuals every day via text, mail, email, phone, or other forms of communication to simply ask, “You Okay?” (one person may be ourselves!). The campaign, which was initiated as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, will be going on through Summer and is also reflected in some very cool merchandise with the same “You Okay” message. Dabney says, “I want to change the world through kindness, compassion, and connectedness, and this way people can have a reminder to reach out to others by wearing it for all to see!”

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-8255

Cast: Meredith Grace Dabney, CeCe Kelly, Isaiah Asher Hanley, Kjay Saifullah

Prod Co: Astrabeta Creations, Arvold Productions, Point Nine

Films Producers: Erica Arvold, Isaac Dietz, Erik Lingvall, Taylor Fedele, Viviana Chavez

More About Meredith Grace Dabney

Meredith Grace Dabney is a 16-year-old actor, writer, and filmmaker on a mission to “tell stories that need to be told.” An actor equally in love with stage and screen, she is best known for energetic performances and depth of character portrayals. A young actor with a large body of work, Meredith has participated in an array of theatre productions, films, pilots, and new media projects. Committed to always exploring ways to make her acting more truthful, she trains regularly at Catapult Acting Studios (GA), Young Actors Workshop (CA), and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW). Meredith originally wrote the film HERE TODAY when she was 14. When seasoned industry professional Erica Arvold expressed interest in a collaboration to showcase her own directing debut, Meredith began the film adaptation at age 15.

Inspired by events in her own life, the film has particular personal meaning. Meredith hopes to use her filmmaking to continue to address topics that need to be brought to light and discussed openly, and in the case of HERE TODAY her goal is to make a difference by reminding us all that our words and actions do indeed matter. Meredith is committed to making a difference in the lives of others and she has taken part in advocacy campaigns including Teens For Jeans, New State of Mind, and Tie A Ribbon as well as initiating a social media campaign focused on mental health, the “You Okay? Ask Someone Today!” Challenge. For the future, Meredith is working to start her own non-profit to support both her creative and societal missions. She also has a number of original projects currently in development including a few shorts, a feature, an anthology, and a series. In addition to acting and creating content, Meredith has her own production company, Astrabeta Creations, which made its debut with HERE TODAY.

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The Weeknd – After Hours

THE WEEKND SHARES AFTER HOURS SHORT FILM

“BLINDING LIGHTS” BECOMES THE WEEKND’S 7TH #1 ON BILLBOARD’S HOT R&B SONGS CHART, THE MOST FOR ANY ARTIST EVER

MORE TOUR DATES ADDED IN VANCOUVER, LOS ANGELES, TORONTO, LONDON AND MIAMI

WATCH THE SHORT FILM HERE

The Weeknd has shared a new short film titled “After Hours” ahead of the release of his album of the same name on March 20th. The film follows him as he leaves the stage of his acclaimed performance of “Blinding Lights” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and heads into the desolate late night streets of Los Angeles before delirium sets in. This week “Blinding Lights” became The Weeknd’s 7th #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, the most for any artist. Internationally “Blinding Lights” has been the #1 airplay song in both Germany and France for 7+ consecutive weeks, and it has recently hit #1 in Australia as well. Impressively, it has been the #1 song on the official charts in France and the UK for 3 consecutive weeks and counting.

On June 11th, The Weeknd will set off on his massive 62-date world tour, The After Hours Tour, across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France with support from Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver in the US, and 88GLAM and Sabrina Claudio in Europe. Due to overwhelming demand, additional shows have been added to the After Hours Tour including a 4th O2 in London, 3rd Staples Center in LA, 3rd Scotiabank in Toronto, and a 2nd AA Arena in Miami. Any tour tickets purchased online come with one (1) CD of The Weeknd’s forthcoming project, After Hours. You will receive an additional email after purchase with instructions on how to redeem for your album (applies to US and Canada residents only). Tickets and more info can be found at theweeknd.com/tour.

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The After Hours Tour Dates:
June 11 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
June 12 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
June 14 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
June 17 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
June 22 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
June 24 – Chicago, IL – United Center
June 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
June 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesar’s Arena
June 29 – Toronto, ONT – Scotiabank Arena
June 30 – Toronto, ONT – Scotiabank Arena
July 2 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
July 4 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 7 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
July 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
July 11 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 13 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 15 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
July 16 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
July 18 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
July 19 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
July 21 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
July 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
July 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 27 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
July 31 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
August 1 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
August 3 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
August 4 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
August 6 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
August 8 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
August 9 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
August 11 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
August 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
August 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
August 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
August 19 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
August 20 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
August 22 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
August 23 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Omaha
August 25 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
August 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 28 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
August 31 – Toronto, ONT – Scotiabank Arena
September 1 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Arena
September 3 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
October 11 – London, UK – O2 Arena
October 12 – London, UK – O2 Arena
October 13 – London, UK – O2 Arena
October 15 – Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
October 16 – Birmingham, UK – Arena Birmingham
October 18 – Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
October 19 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
October 23 – London, UK – O2 Arena
October 26 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
October 27 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
October 29 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
October 31 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
November 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
November 9 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
November 12 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena

Lionsgate Releases Rambo Trailer

 

Today, Lionsgate unleashed a new trailer featuring Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” to promote the September 20 release of “Rambo: Last Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone. Click here to watch.  

The trailer’s release coincides with the eighth consecutive week “Old Town Road” rules the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and boasts the second-biggest streaming week ever following the May 17 premiere of the official video .

“Old Town Road” continues to shatter its own records and knocked itself out of the No. 2 streaming spot with 130.7 million last week:

Total weekly U.S. streams, Title, Artist, Chart date
143 million, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 20, 2019
130.7 million, “Old Town Road,” June 1, 2019
125.2 million, “Old Town Road,” April 27, 2019
116.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Drake, July 28, 2018
114.4 million, “Old Town Road,” May 4, 2019
106.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Aug. 4, 2018
104.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 18, 2019
104 million, “Old Town Road,” May 11, 2019
103.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 25, 2019

Three years before “Old Town Road,” Cyrus began planning his passion project, The SnakeDoctor Circus, with his longtime musical soulmate, Don Von Tress. The concept album, which “employs some fanciful allegorical imagery to make a very serious real-life point” (Taste of Country),” is available now via BMG. Billboard compared Cyrus’ performance of I’ve Been Around” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” as a “powerful Johnny Cash-like ballad.” 
 
Be sure to follow Cyrus on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram  and. For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.

About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley.

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Maggie Lindemann Stars In Friends Go

Maggie Lindemann has consistently challenged her self-identity and evolved as an artist throughout a career that’s already seen her pass the billion streams landmark. Her breakthrough smash ‘Pretty Girl’ established her as a breaking pop icon before she took a reflective, goth-tinged approach with ‘Would I’ and ‘Human’.

Her latest cut ‘Friends Go’ continues her exploration of mental health issues, but the music has shifted again with a modernist update of Gwen Stefani-style attitude and summery island rhythms. Now Maggie uses ‘Friends Go’ as the soundtrack to the short film ‘Death By Third Wheel’, which was directed by Van Alpert (Post Malone, Local Natives). 

Van Alpert’s vision for the track is cinematic in scale, and captures the emotional heart of the song in a way that’s visually striking.

He commented, “My goal is making a video feel bigger than life, something that you’d only see in a movie theatre – a little escape from your life while you watch. I wanted the car to be a representation of Maggie’s heart. The car crashing, bouncing and exploding in artistic ways gives you an overall feeling of excitement. When you lose your mind from being excluded from your friends or love, your heart goes through it, just like the car. 

I strayed away from the obvious storyline, with the backbone being multiple beautiful crashes where no-one gets hurt. The video is fun and surprising. It hits you over the head and gives you clues throughout of what’s coming. It was the most fun I’ve ever had making a video.”

‘Friends Go’ commences Maggie’s build-up to her first full-length project which is set to be released later in the year. It’s set to add another new chapter to a career in which Maggie has emerged as an icon of her generation, with over a billion audio streams, 5.4 million monthly listeners at Spotify, 186 million views at YouTube, 3.5 million followers at Instagram and an international array of Platinum awards. She’s also performed with Khalid, Troye Sivan and Sabrina Carpenter. She has garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Complex, Uproxx, NYLON, Bustle, Idolator, L’Officiel as well as Paper, who named her as one of “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop.”

Maggie has been further celebrated in the world of fashion. She launched her single ‘Obsessed’ with an innovative partnership with the make-up brand Pat McGrath and recently teamed up with Skinny Dip for a sunglasses collaboration. She’s also unveiled her own merch line in the shape of SWIXXZ.

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Laura Harrier X Danielle Macdonald

Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing sustainable fashion. In honor of 10 years rocking sustainable dresses on the red carpet, RCGD is pleased to announce that Laura Harrier, from this year’s six-time Oscar nominated film BlacKkKlansman, and Danielle Macdonald, from the Oscar nominated short film Skin and Netflix’s acclaimed DUMPLIN’, will be representing RCGD at the 91st Academy Awards. They will be wearing ethical gowns designed by global fashion houses.

Each year the RCGD campaign has worked with internationally acclaimed designers to dress stars in sustainable formal wear for the Academy Awards®.

To qualify as a RCGD eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from sustainable materials, including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made detailing or incorporating natural dye processing, with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, this year’s sustainable criteria will be overseen by Good On You, a new partner of RCGD. Good On You is the world’s leading rating system on ethical and sustainable fashion to assist people in making positive shopping choices–all delivered through an accessible app.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” shares founder Amis Cameron. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet. What we wear and the fashion industry has a tremendous impact on the environment—and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle. From changing one of your meals a day to a plant-based meal, to wearing vintage or ethically made clothes, we can all make a difference. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and joining the green revolution!”

Suzy Amis Cameron is an actress, environmental advocate, and author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline and Save the Planet. She was inspired to create RCGD back in 2009 on her husband, James Cameron’s press tour for “AVATAR”. She wanted to challenge designers to think about fashion in an eco-conscious context.  Since RCGD’s inception, a variety of celebrities have represented the initiative at the Oscars, including Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), Sophie Turner (X-Men, Game of Thrones), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Jane the Virgin), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Zoey Deutch (The Set Up), Camila Alves, Jake McDorman (American Sniper), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and many others. To date, the brands who have partnered and supported RCGD range from TESLA, Vivienne Westwood and Armani, to ESMOD, Reformation, Swarovski, among others.

Proceeds from RCGD go to MUSE School CA, a nonprofit environmental school Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister, Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes with personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go towww.museschool.org.

NASIR The Film

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

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

Reebok Announces #SplitFrom Campaign

In continued anticipation of the launch of the new Sole Fury silhouette, Reebok announced the new #SplitFrom campaign.

Sole Fury and the #SplitFrom campaign is inspired by the creation of “Split Cushioning,” an innovation developed in the 90’s that radically split from conventional design by removing a piece of a shoe’s midsole. It was a calculated innovation with a bold look, and 25 years later, its influence is seen on feet across culture from the gym to the street.

The new campaign features six visionary young creatives who embody the same forward-thinking spirit as the sneaker: to #SplitFrom the pack and redefine culture. Collectively, the result is an exclusive Zine—a physical book that embodies the campaign that was both shot by and features all six subjects.

Lalah Hathaway

The birthchild of a birthday shout-out from Redman to Lalah on Instagram, the call on me (Remix) feat. Redman is a sultry number with a club-heavy bottom end. With Tiffany Gouch’s production designed to bump from car to the club, perfected by a dose of classic Redman on the verse, this remix is a downtempo go-to!

The call on me (Remix) is one of a slew of new tracks on the honestly (deluxe edition) album, out today on Hathaway Entertainment/Caroline. The album also features remixes from the likes of Robert Glasper, Teddy Riley and The Twilite Tone (producer to Gorillaz, Common, Kanye West and more).

Get the honestly (deluxe edition)HERE.

This new music is to mark the release of honestly: a short film by lalah hathaway. This short film-come-music-video is both an ode to protest and to self-preservation in a time of struggle. In it we follow little lalah in a variety of forms (from Lego, to 2-bit, to human) through the arc of her latest album honestly, on a journey of self-reflection and resistance. It even includes appearances from friends/collaborators Terrace Martin and Thundercat.

The short film is set for release today (watch HERE) with a special screening and Q&A with Lalah taking place onWednesday, July 3, as part of the #realmusicrebels TAKEOVER at Somerset House in London, UK. #realmusicrebels is an initiative co-founded by Hathaway spearheading the intersection of musical integrity and activism. Following 2017 exhibits in both Harlem, NYC and Los Angeles, the #realmusicrebels TAKEOVER launches in London on June 27th, kickstarting the European leg of Hathaway’s Honestly Tour, which hits the following dates and cities:

6/27/18 London, UK – O2 Arena

6/28/18 Rotterdam, Holland – Bird

6/30/18 Glynde, UK – Love Supreme Jazz Festival

7/1/18 Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe

7/3/18 London, UK – Innervisions Festival – KOKO

7/4/18 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans

7/6/18 Sofia, Bulgaria -A To JazZ Festival