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Art in the Garden illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Calling All Art-Fanatics!

Calling All Art-Fanatics: 18 Exciting Art Happenings Across the Country

Destinations News:

California

  • Presidio “My Park Moment” Photo Contest: The Presidio in San Francisco has launched “My Park Moment” photo contest, where the public can submit a photo of their favorite park memory through May 28—a family picnic, a camping trip, their last hike in the Presidio or anything else they love to do in their favorite park. This fall, approximately 400 photos will be selected for a free and family-friendly outdoor photo show at the future home of the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Debuting in spring 2022, the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, comprising 14 acres of new national park land—will be an iconic “must see” San Francisco destination. 
  • LACMA Partners with Snapchat: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Snapchat recently debuted the “Monumental Perspectives” experience, which brings together artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore some of the histories of local communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region. Visitors can experience the augmented reality monuments online or at site-specific locations across Los Angeles including LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard campus, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and more. 
  • Napa Wrap Art and Art Walk: Napa Wrap Art is a new outdoor public art project debuting this spring, featuring transformed utility boxes into works of art around Downtown Napa. Thirteen regional artists were selected to create diverse designs that provide an opportunity to turn ordinary objects into something special that both locals and visitors can enjoy. Later this summer, Downtown Napa will welcome a new rotation of the Napa Art Walk sculptures – a true outdoor treasure hunt for art that is a perfect activity for kids of all ages. 
  • Desert X: The third installment of the internationally acclaimed biennial desert art exhibition returned in 2021 through May 16. The 2021 Desert X artist lineup includes a diverse group of 13 artists ranging from locals like Kim Stringfellow to international representatives like Zahrah Alghamdi. Visitors can explore new outdoor art installations across the desert region for an exciting socially distant experience.

Texas

  • San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum just opened Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art, which includes an ever-popular infinity mirror room installation. San Antonio Museum of Art opened No Ocean Between Us, featuring art from Latin American artists of Asian descent, while the Briscoe Western Art Museum will open Still in the Saddle: A New History of the Hollywood Western in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts completes a decade-long campus redevelopment project. Opened to the public in late 2020, the building finishes a trio of spaces that make up one of the largest art museums in the country. On the first floor is a black-box gallery dedicated to immersive installations. Second-floor galleries highlight photography, decorative arts, prints and drawings, and the top floor features thematic exhibitions on art from the 1960s onward. Additionally, the space features a 215-seat theater and a fine dining restaurant. 
  • The Dallas Museum of Art recently unveiled Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris, the first US exhibition in over 35 years dedicated to the Spanish artist Juan Gris, this exhibition reconsiders the legacy of this important yet underappreciated modernist master. Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris highlights the artist’s pioneering and revolutionary contributions to the Cubist movement by focusing on his fascination with subjects drawn from everyday life.

Rapid City, South Dakota

  • “Legends in Light” Laser Show at Crazy Horse Memorial – Beginning Memorial Day weekend and occurring nightly through Labor Day, the “Legends in Light” laser show at Crazy Horse Memorial turns the carved mountainside into a 500-foot remarkable display. Each night at 9:30 p.m., viewers can take in the story and rich heritage of Native Americans.The show presents colorful animations and features music with choreographed lasers and sound effects.  
  • Gift From Mother Earth Art Show – Every June, Crazy Horse Memorial hosts The Gift From Mother Earth Art Show – an exhibition that celebrates a blend of arts and crafts that represent Native American cultures and the New West. From Friday June 18th – Sunday June 20th, artists of custom-made clothing, jewelry and other similar items will showcase their pieces starting at 8 a.m. each day. 
  • Native POP: People of the Plains – Featuring original Native work by established and emerging Native American Artists, Native POP is a one-day fine art show located in Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City. This cultural celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 8 pm. and will feature Native culture bearers sharing their Native knowledge and artistry. Visitors to Rapid City can also experience Native American art, culture and history at Prairie Edge or Journey Museum and open-air murals painted by local artists at Art Alley throughout the summer. 

St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

From museums devoted to big-name artists to incredible street murals adorning the buildings around St. Pete’s Central Avenue, art—and the cultures it celebrates—is all around in St. Pete/Clearwater. Spring/Summer 2021 is an exciting season for St. Pete art, with new exhibitions, venues, and events to explore. 

  • From Margins to Mainstays at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete – This exhibition, on display April 24 – September 26, features masterworks from MFA’s photography collection that were made by artists whose careers and personal lives were sidelined, ignored, or impacted by their gender, race, sexuality, or nationality. From Margins to Mainstays illustrates how the canon of photography has changed since the medium first began being shown in museums in the 1940s, with particular emphasis on rectifying the small percentage of women and artists of color historically acquired by and displayed in public collections. The exhibition includes works by Berenice Abbott, Lotte Jacobi, Carrie Mae Weems, Lee Miller, Cornelius Marion Battey, James Van Der Zee, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.
  • Fairgrounds St. Pete at The Factory – Art enthusiasts will fall in love with The Factory, an 8-warehouse St. Pete arts center spread over 6.5 acres in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. Fairgrounds St. Pete, opening Spring 2021 at The Factory, is a 15,000 square foot artist-made environment. Fairgrounds functions as an immersive, choose-your-own-adventure experience where visitors are invited to explore a world of playful art and technology exhibits that highlight weird, wacky, and wonderful Florida. The inaugural installation gives 60+ local and nationally recognized artists a platform to showcase their work and experiment with the unexpected. Fairgrounds aims to compensate artists fairly for their contributions by paying not only for their work, but also a portion of the profits from ticket sales while their work is on view. Through exhibits, events, workshops, and creative education programs, Fairgrounds will be a leader for arts innovation and an economic engine for local artists and craftspeople.

Hotel/Attraction News:

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Kicking off in May, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa has partnered with local artists and galleries to create the “Art in the Garden” exhibit. The gallery spread out across the property’s 10 acres of gardens will be open to both guests and the local community, free of charge, and Estancia will be providing a guided art brochure that showcases the various pieces and maps them out across the property. Art pieces including murals, statues and galleries have been created and provided by locals including Channin Fulton, Stefanie Bales, Billy Pease, Thomas J. Galleries and more.

New Orleans – The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum’s newest special exhibit “SOLDIER | ARTIST: Trench Art in World War II” explores the unique military pastime of creating art, souvenirs and tools out of the discarded materials and waste of war. Featuring more than 150 artifacts, many of which have never been exhibited, the collection also includes a background on the creators, providing a rare glimpse into the circumstances of war and the ingenuity and resourcefulness of servicemembers in the field. Such items range from souvenirs, such as ashtrays and jewelry made by servicemembers for their loved ones at home, to forbidden items like radios and musical instruments made by prisoners of war. The exhibition will be open to the public through January 2, 2022.

Daxton Hotel – Birmingham, Michigan

Daxton Hotel has opened its doors in the affluent community of Birmingham, a city 30 minutes north of Detroit. The hotel features a minimalist-luxe design with more than 400 original pieces of cutting-edge art curated from around the world by renowned  Saatchi Art. The incredible collection of mixed media brings whimsical and energetic flair throughout as vibrant colors flood spaces throughout the hotel, featuring a chartreuse lobby, deep-burgundy guest rooms and lavender parlors, an ideal composition juxtaposed with the art collection, avant-garde architectural lighting and furniture in bold shapes. Daxton Hotel brings a blend of provocative yet sophisticated style, offering artistic freedom of expression throughout the use of light rays, shadows and reflections creating an ethereal mood. The hotel offers a Beauty + Bubbles event, where visitors get an intimate tour of the public art collection curated by Saatchi Art on the first Friday of every month. The tour features work from 160 artists representing nearly 40 countries. The artwork crosses multiple mediums including painting, photography, collage, drawing and sculpture of some of the best international, national and regional artists.

The MC Hotel – Montclair, NJ

Located just 45 minutes outside of NYC, the 159 room MC Hotel is at the intersection of culture and community in the heart of Montclair’s thriving artistic community. With art curated from established and up-and-coming artists in every room, the hotel is part art gallery, part meeting place. Currently on display are pieces from painters Ryan Chin and Siona Benjamin-Kruge as well as mixed-media artist Basia Goszczynska to name a few. At guest check-in travelers will be met by a sculpture of a flower from Karen Kimmel that stretches across two walls. The sculpture features textiles that were meticulously hand-punched then painted onsite. On the lobby wall of the bar guests will see a sculpture from Goszczynska which is made from salvaged oyster farming bags, marine rope and steel wire. He also continues this unique interpretation of upcycling to shelves of the bar which displays Rainbow Collections, a piece featuring crowdsourced microplastics and salvaged baby food jars.

Crossroads Hotel – Kansas City, MO

With 2,000 square foot dedicated to public art, local artists and artists with historic ties to Kansas City, Crossroads is not just community-driven but art-driven. The gallery program is a thoughtful effort to reflect and contribute to the surrounding art district. Exhibitions, artist commissions, performances and unexpected artist-driven experiences intimately connect visitors to the creative scene thriving in the area. Along with the public gallery and local creative contributions to the interiors, amenities and delicacies, Crossroads is thrilled to support an artist in residence program. Curated by Hesse McGraw (director at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston) and Kansas City’s el dorado inc., the hotel’s architecture firm, the program provides another meaningful way for Crossroads to contribute to and support the artistic, social and cultural flourishing happening in the city. Current artist in residence Nick Miller is showcasing Wild Stallion, is a sculptural installation representing unseen and unstoppable algorithmic forces of technological innovation done with duct tape. Previous exhibits have come from Peggy Noland whose car makeovers are nothing short legendary and Glyneisha Johnson whose Watering Place paidhomage to the plants as a source of refuge for Black, Brown and Indigenous people.

Hewing HotelMinneapolis, MN

Since opening its doors in 2016 the 124-room luxury lifestyle Hewing Hotel has provided an unmistakable all-Minnesotan experience in the bustling North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. The former farm implements showroom and warehouse built in 1897 has been reborn as a cultural center for the community retaining its original brick and timber rustic charm. Immersing guests in Minneapolis, the hotel offers unique experiences with Minnesotan flair such as a monthly music series, Alley KAT! Perkins Pop Up Concert in the adjacent alley with season 6 The Voice semi-finalist Kat Perkins. The visual art of the area is on display through regularly rotating installations of local artists. The current collection includes works from Minneapolis-based artists Roko and Toni Gallo reflecting the beauty and talent within the area.

Donald Trump illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Donald Trump Impeached Again

By Dana Feeney

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in his four-year term as president, which started in January of 2017. He is the third president to be impeached and the first president ever to be impeached more than once. This second impeachment comes shortly after the riots in the capital last week on January 6th, 2021. Trump is being impeached on the charge of “incitement of insurrection’’ because of the statements he made on January 6. He told his supporters to “fight like hell” because the Democrats were stealing the election. You can watch the speech hereDuring the riots, Trump supporters carrying a variety of racist and white supremacist paraphernalia swarmed the Capitol and forced their way into the building to stop the count of electoral votes. The riot caused the deaths of at least five individuals, including a Capitol police officer. 

Because of the insurrection, Democrats pushed for Vice President Mike Pence to enact the 25th amendment, which he could use to declare Trump unfit to serve as president and remove him from office. Republicans blocked this move. U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) introduced the article of impeachment to the House of Representatives on the morning of January 11, 2021. The article of impeachment is co-sponsored by 211 members of Congress according to Cicilline’s press release. You can read the full article of impeachment here. On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump with a 232 to 197 majority. 10 Republicans voted to impeach, more members of the president’s party than in any prior impeachment.

Impeachment does not mean removal from office; impeachment is adjacent to an indictment. The difference in American law is that indictment applies to criminal charges, while impeachment is the accusation of misconduct in a political setting. Any civil officer in the United States can be impeached. In the case of the President or Vice President, the first step is the introduction of the article(s) of impeachment in the House of Representatives. After the article(s) of impeachment are introduced to the House, the House then votes on each article of impeachment, and if any pass by a simple majority, more than 50%, the articles will be tried in front of the Senate. During the Senate trial, the chief justice of the Supreme Court presides over the Senate trial, the Senate body functions as the jury, a committee of House representatives, called “managers,” act as the prosecution, and the president and his or her lawyers act as the defense. All articles of impeachment are argued on the Senate floor, then are voted on by the Senate body to either convict or acquit; to convict, there must be a two-thirds majority. Only two presidents, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, were impeached and reached the Senate trial, both were acquitted. Despite an extensive impeachment investigation, Richard Nixon was never impeached because he resigned.  

Yesterday, January 13, 2021, the House voted to impeach Trump with only six days until the inauguration of Joe Biden. It is highly unlikely that Trump will be removed from office before the end of his term as president. The Senate is not set to be in session until January 19, 2021, and neither Democrats nor Republicans benefit from rushing the trial to be any sooner as this Senate trial will be a lengthy process that requires preparation from both the prosecution and the defense. Despite Trump losing the support of some members of his party, it is unclear how likely it is that Trump will be convicted because, even Mitt Romney, who voted to impeach in the first impeachment, has implied he is unsure that this is the right way to go. Many Republicans may hesitate to vote to convict because of the 74 million people who voted for Trump; these are the people who control whether Republicans will be reelected in the future. The main person who could cause a possible shift is Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader. If McConnell chooses to vote to convict Trump, other members of the Republican party may do the same. McConnell released this statement on January 13 saying that “there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”

Trump has been silent since besides releasing this video condemning violence and has not acknowledged the second impeachment. He has been banned from social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, and Snapchat. Along with these bans, the tech industry has made broad statements against this recent violence. Apple and Google have removed the app Parler from their app stores. The app was used by Trump supporters and white supremacists to communicate and coordinate the attack on the Capitol. Further, Amazon Web Services, which hosted the app, has cut off its service to Parler on the premise that it violated its terms of service. One feature of the app was that users could upload a photograph of their government-issued ID or driver’s license to become a “Verified Citizen.” The app lost the support of its security services, which protected user data, leaving it vulnerable to hackers who stole the data and turned it over to the FBI to be used to identify terrorists present at the riot. Read more about it here. Additionally, there are accounts publicly identifying people in photographs from the riots on platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Federal officials are identifying and arresting individuals who were at the event.

 The riots have caused many security changes in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the U.S. as Joe Biden’s inauguration grows closer and threats of further violence continue to spread online. These changes include the resignation of the U.S. Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund, increased police and national guard presence in Washington D.C. and the implementation of high security barriers around the Capitol building. Many D.C. businesses inside of the security perimeter are already making changes in preparation for the inauguration. Some are boarding up their windows in preparation for possible protests while others are preparing to serve guests who come to D.C. for the inauguration. In response to various local, state, and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C., Airbnb has canceled all reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the inauguration week, according to this press release. Some hotel chains in the city have stated that they will be hosting guests; as of now, nothing has been done to prevent this.

The events in this article, including the Senate trial, the consequences of the riots, and the coming inauguration, are all ongoing.

 

Computer illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Over 32% Of TikTok Users Are In Their Teens

Social Media platform TikTok has continued its meteoric rise since an important merger in 2018 that took the platform globally, permeating the mainstream. The platform is especially popular among the younger generation with a majority of teens using Tiktok in the US. According to data presented by Stock Apps, over 30% of Tiktok users are in their teens which is the biggest among all age groups. More data indicates that 7 in 10 American teens use Tiktok at least once a month.

The Early Days of Tiktok

Tiktok is a social media platform that originated in China and is locally known there as Douyin. Douyin was started by ByteDance in 2016 and aimed to spread globally once it gained popularity in mainland China. In 2017 ByteDance launched Tiktok which was the international version of Douyin.

In 2018, Bytedance reportedly spent up to $1B to acquire Musical.ly, another Chinese social media startup based out of Shanghai that was founded in 2014. Musical.ly already had a large following, especially among the younger generation. This became the foundation for Tiktok’s global rise. Since their merger, Tiktok has been made available to download in over 150 countries and 75+ languages.

Tiktok Widely Popular Among Younger Generation

Tiktok allows users to record a short 15-second clip that usually features music in the background and can be edited through filters. A popular kind of clip that originated with the Musical.ly app are short lip-sync videos to trendy songs.  The video can also be sped up or slowed down to the users liking allowing for creative little clips that easily go viral. The platform clearly appeals to the younger generation and has surpassed many other social media platforms in terms of usage among teens. In the fall of 2020, a survey of almost 10K teens indicated that TikTok was the third most popular social media platform behind only Snapchat and Instagram with over 7 in 10 teens indicating that they used the platform at least once a month.

More Than 30% Of Tiktok’s Android Users Are In Their Teens – Largest Share By Age Group

TikTok’s popularity among the younger generation is no secret and is in fact the backbone of the app’s success. As of the midway point of 2020, 32.5% of Tiktok’s Android users are from the 10-19 age group, the largest share of any group, followed by the next youngest generation, the 20-29-year-olds who comprise 29.5% of Tiktok’s Android users. That means over 60% of Tiktok’s Android users are under the age of 30.

This important share of the market has not been lost among celebrities who seek to expand their reach with stars such as Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk among those to join the Tiktok party relatively early in 2018. Since then other megastars such as Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Will Smith have joined the party, among many others.

In the fall of 2019, Tiktok also announced a multi-year partnership with the National Football League which included the launch of the official NFL Tiktok account giving teams, players and the league as a whole new marketing avenue. Partnerships such as these are what help catapult Tiktok to become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, already boasting 800 monthly active users in less than four years of existence.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, COVID-19

Annual (RED) Shopathon Lights Up Today

The sixth annual (RED) Shopathon lights up today ahead of World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Offering more than 200 stylish and giftable products that give back with every purchase, the campaign is supported by Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada) and will see (RED) generate money for the Global Fund to fight two pandemics: AIDS and COVID-19.

THE ALL-NEW (echo)RED AND OVER 170+ (RED) PRODUCTS ON AMAZON.COM/RED:

For the fourth year, (RED) is partnering with Amazon to give customers a single destination to shop more than 170 products that give back, spanning tech, health & wellness, kitchen & home, and more.

New for 2020 is the next-generation, limited-edition (echo)RED, featuring an all-new sleek spherical design, premium sound, and smart home hub support for Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Amazon Sidewalk. Amazon will donate $10 of every (echo)RED sale to the Fund for the Global Fund to support COVID-19 response and HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Customers can also donate to (RED)’s fight against these two pandemics on any Alexa-enabled device by simply saying, “Alexa, donate to (RED).” With all products available at amazon.com/red, shoppers can put impact into every purchase. The limited-edition (echo)RED is available starting today for only $99.99 (amazon.com/echored).

(RED) LAUNCHES ITS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL POP-UP SHOP ON SNAPCHAT:

(RED) is launching its first-ever immersive pop-up shop on Snapchat. Using Snapchat’s AR technology, users can now browse and buy Amazon.com/RED products directly from their mobile app, and support (RED)’s fight against AIDS and COVID-19. The lens, supported by Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), is live worldwide today and accessible throughout the duration of the campaign. Snap, shop, and save lives by going to this link.

Elegance Brands releases Gorilla Hemp CBD Energy drink

Elegance Brands releases Gorilla Hemp CBD Energy drink

Elegance Brandsa global beverage company with a focus on innovation—is launching their flagship brand in select markets in the U.S. this November with their Gorilla Hemp CBD energy drink.

Gorilla Hemp is a carbonated beverage that contains 20mg of Hemp CBD isolate, 160mg of green coffee caffeine, and a multitude of natural plant extracts. This trailblazing energy drink is the world’s first to combine ingredients that boost physical stamina and mental clarity with the potential wellness benefits of CBD, which include anxiety and stress-reduction. Harnessing the best ingredients nature has to offer, Gorilla Hemp provides maximum energy alongside mental clarity.  

Gorilla Hemp is non-alcoholic and non-intoxicating. According to manufacturers, each batch is tested by third-party laboratories to ensure it is void of any THC presence. On Gorilla Hemp’s website, they promise they are “committed to transparency.” They post the Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each batch on their website at www.gorillahemp.com/lab-results.

Gorilla Hemp’s ingredient list is committed to your best self. Its natural guarana extract reduces fatigue and helps maintain focus. Its ginseng, which is a potent antioxidant, improves brain function and reduces inflammation. Its ginkgo biloba—another herbal extract—helps optimize cognitive function and overall well-being. And, its green coffee caffeine provides you with the energy to get through your day. The addition of high-quality hemp CBD isolate gives balance to the blend, and helps speed recovery with its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Elegance Brands will continue to roll out innovative products within the CBD/energy drink world later this year, including a sugar-free extension of Gorilla Hemp.

The best way for you to find this drink is through Gorilla Hemp’s store locator. Cans can be purchased individually, in 4-packs, and in 12-packs.

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LifeScale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life

The book is a solution to the crisis for everyone – men, women, parents, and children — dealing with digital distraction which aims to solve the effects of digital addiction by helping us rebuild the strength to focus, learn and grow through each chapter. One of the original oracles of Silicon Valley, Brian is a world-renowned keynote speaker and has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helped launch hundreds of start-ups and advised celebrity entrepreneurs from Shaquille O’Neal to Ashton Kutcher to Oprah!

Did you know…

The constant stimulation of tech is rewiring our brains, altering body chemistry and affecting our productivity, health, and wellness?

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other popular apps/games were deliberately designed to change our behaviors (it’s called persuasive design).
  • On average it takes 23 minutes to regain focus every time you pull away from a project to check your phone or twitter feed.
  • 36% of Millennials and Gen Z employees say they spend two hours or more checking their smartphones for personal activities during the workday.
  • Digital distractions cost the U.S. economy $997 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • Multitasking, the way most Americans “get things done,” actually reduces productivity by 40% and lowers IQ scores.
  • Social Media is damaging our teens. The more time they spend on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, suffer low self-esteem and compare themselves negatively to their peers. 50+% prefer texting to talking!

This list goes on…

Today, most people are living with persistent distraction because it’s just a fact of life now. But, like cigarettes, which were originally endorsed by doctors, many of the devices and social networks we use were designed to be addictive. It’s time for a holistic approach to putting digital distractions in their place.

More than an Author, A Digital Distraction Survivor…

Brian is a bit of a Silicon Valley legend who helped advise more than 1,000 startups as well as researching technology’s evolving effects on markets and behaviors. He’s not coming at this topic as an expert in self-help. He’s an admitted victim who confronted his own loss of focus and productivity before writing this book.

In LifeScale, Brian shares:

  • The straight dope on how the tech industry got us addicted and keeps us addicted to Facebook, gaming and more.
  • His own challenges with distraction and ineffective multitasking and explores his journey to find short-term hacks and then long-term solutions to solve this problem.
  • Maps out a plan all of us can use to regain focus and creativity while learning to use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, emails and all those apps on our smartphones as tools that enhance our lives instead of dominating them.

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Study: Texting While Driving

DriversEd.com—the leading online driving school—today released its 2018 Distracted Driving in America Report. An inaugural initiative, the report examines drivers’ behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits and decisions—providing insight into how Americans, while driving, engage in a number of activities, from texting to drinking to YouTube to Snapchat to marijuana and more.

Survey data found that 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while behind the wheel, and 54% admit to typing texting messages while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, only 39% of drivers say that while driving they check and use their phone more often than they probably should.

“There’s an argument to be made that, in 2018, distracted driving is actually a worse problem in America than drunk driving,” said Laura Adams, safety and education analyst at DriversEd.com. “The fact that so many people are texting and driving is alarming, but not surprising. However, what is shocking is the millions of people who are watching Netflix and YouTube videos while driving. These drivers may as well be playing behind-the-wheel Russian Roulette.”

Among the study’s findings:

·         TEXTING: 59% of drivers admit that they read texts while at a red light, while 41% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 30% at a stop sign and 11% moving on the road. In addition, 43% of drivers admit that they type texts while at a red light, while 31% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 24% while at a stop sign and 8% while moving on the road.

·         SOCIAL MEDIA: 18% of drivers report that they check social media while behind the wheel, with 16% saying that they have checked Facebook, 11% Instagram, 9% Instagram and 6% Twitter.

·         VIDEO WATCHING: 8% of drivers admit that they have watched YouTube videos while behind the wheel, with 6% saying that they have watched Facebook videos, 5% Instagram, 5% Snapchat and 4% Netflix.

·         MARIJUANA: 84% of Americans say driving after drinking alcohol is more dangerous than driving after smoking marijuana. Meanwhile, 10% of drivers report that in the past 12 months they have driven after smoking or ingesting marijuana.

·         TALKING: 60% of drivers say that they talk on the phone while behind the wheel on speaker, while 20% say they do so with the phone in their hand and 20% say they use headphones. In addition, 52% say that while behind the wheel, they use voice commands on their phone.

·         DRINKING: 32% of drivers report that in the last year they have driven after having one or more drinks. Meanwhile, 34% say they are comfortable driving after one drink, with 19% comfortable after two drinks, 7% after three drinks, 2% after four drinks and 1% after five or more drinks.

When asked, “If you get into an Uber, and you notice the driver checking and using their phone, what do you do?”, 49% said they would say something to the driver, then report them to Uber after the ride; 30% said they would not say anything to the driver, but then report them to Uber after the ride; and 21% said they would do nothing.

“Ultimately, the solution to distracted driving is a combination of awareness, education and individual initiative,” said Adams. “Parents, who are effectively largely responsible for the next generation of drivers, can play an important role by taking steps such as putting their own phones away while behind the wheel, avoiding texting or calling their teens when they know they are driving, and even using some apps, which will disable a driver’s phone while they are driving.”

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking 

As the headlines warn of a world seemingly taking steps backward, behavioral scientist Dr. Kristen Lee shares a new psychology of thinking to move you forward with a new mindset and patterns of behaviors that inspire connection, collaboration, proactivity, and creativity.

Based on twenty years of clinical practice and neuroscientific research, Dr. Kristen Lee teaches us how to see the world―and its most difficult situations―through a series of different lenses, to steer our brains to cultivate “upward spiral habits.” This is what psychologists call “The Good Life”—living mindfully and consciously regardless of what is going on around us. Instead of falling into common behavioral traps which lead to perpetual patterns of shutting down, numbing out, binding up, and staying stuck.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking helps us find the thinking and behavioral agility to work toward better outcomes for all.

* Rethink the many forms of social conditioning to reduce mindlessness, ignorance, and compulsions towards insularity, hatred, bias, and fear.

• Advance human progress through empathy, curiosity, familiarity, and unconditional regard.

* Avoid the 4 common downward spiral behavioral traps: Sleepwalking, Perfectionism, Centricism, and Lockdown.

* Learn how to become impact-driven instead of performance-obsessed.

* Discover how to work with “collective efficacy” that is less I-focused and more we-focused, to facilitate positive social impact at a time when it’s desperately needed.

• Refuse to be held hostage by bigotry, ignorance and polarization, and instead link arms in solidarity to find common ground and get to the Good Life together.

About the Author:

Dr. Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW, is a recovering perfectionist and clinician, researcher, educator and activist with twenty-two years of experience. She is lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston and author of Indie Book Award’s 2015 Motivational Book of the Year, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress. To learn more follow on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat).

Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher contact:

(800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking

Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW

February 2018

ISBN-13: 9780757320576

$15.95

Gryffin Releases Nobody Compares To You

Gryffin Releases Video For Single ‘Nobody Compares To You’ featuring Katie Pearlman Out Now

 

Watch HERE.

 

The global Snapchat lens for the original version of “Nobody Compares To You” is now live! Soundtrack your Snaps to Gryffin’s latest jam, available globally to every user in the Snapchat app!

Check it out HERE.

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MICHAEL KORS × WATCH HUNGER STOP

MICHAEL KORS ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 WATCH HUNGER STOP CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT GLOBAL HUNGER

World Food Day is on October 16 and Michael Kors is dedicating the month to new products and activities designed to support Watch Hunger Stop, the brand’s campaign to fight global hunger. Now in its 5th year, Watch Hunger Stop raises funds and awareness to help achieve a world with Zero Hunger. The brand’s partner in the effort is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and funds go to support WFP’s school meals program, which reaches over 16 million children in almost 70 countries each year with vital nutrition that helps them fulfil their potential. Thus far, Watch Hunger Stop has enabled WFP to deliver more than 15 million meals to children in need.

“Our multi-year partnership with Michael Kors has resulted in a significant contribution toward progress in the fight against global hunger,” says Rick Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA. “Over the past five years, the school meals program, a focus of the Michael Kors effort, has played an enormous role in empowering hungry children with the nutrition they need to succeed in the classroom and lift themselves out of poverty.”
KATE HUDSON

Actress, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian Kate Hudson is again lending her talents to support Watch Hunger Stop, the brand’s annual campaign to fight global hunger. This past June, Hudson traveled with WFP to Siem Reap province in Cambodia to see how the funds raised through Watch Hunger Stop help WFP feed and support children in need. During the field visit, Hudson visited schools, farms and family homes, asking questions and sharing her irresistible warmth and energy. She spoke with local WFP staff members, helped cook school meals and played with children, thoroughly immersing herself in the details of the school meals program and the lives of those it affects.

“This is the third year I’ve had the honor of collaborating with Michael on this important cause,” says Hudson. “In June, I visited schools in Cambodia, where the funds raised by Watch Hunger Stop enable the United Nations World Food Programme to feed children so they receive the nutrition they need to grow and to finish their education. It was an amazing experience­—I can’t wait to share everything that I saw and learned there.”

“I’m thrilled and grateful that my friend Kate is joining us once again in our efforts to end hunger,” says Michael Kors. “She and I share the belief that if we all work together, this is a problem we can solve. Watch Hunger Stop supports WFP’s school meals program, improving the lives of children who deserve the chance for a healthy, happy future. We’re proud to be able to help.”
THE ARTIST’S HAND

This year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign features illustrations by award-winning artist Clym Evernden. Known for his distinctive ink-based style, Evernden graduated from Central Saint Martins, where he studied fashion design. He has contributed to several campaigns for Michael Kors, including for the opening of the Regent Street flagship store. Watch Hunger Stop is the artist’s first philanthropic campaign, and his bold, inviting designs add a vibrant dimension to the Watch Hunger Stop message. Speaking about his artwork, Evernden explains that he “aimed to create strong images that have an immediate global appeal. The use of my spontaneous and instinctive ink line encapsulates the message of the campaign to generate rapid help for those in need, promoting a feeling of proactive involvement.”
STYLE THAT DOES GOOD

Special-edition watches have been a part of the Watch Hunger Stop effort since its inception, with 100 meals donated to WFP for each watch sold.* This year’s highlight is a special edition of the just-launched Michael Kors Access Sofie touchscreen smartwatch.

Featuring a thin, lightweight body with a dazzlingly sharp, full round display, the Watch Hunger Stop Sofie is a sleek, glamorous, black-plated style with a gunmetal pavé top ring and pavé checkered bracelet. It includes the latest iteration of the Michael Kors Access app, with added functionality including My Social, a feature that allows the user to link to his or her Instagram or Facebook account directly on their smartwatch and set a personal post photo as a watch face. A pre-loaded digital face designed for Watch Hunger Stop is available only on this watch.

Like all MICHAEL KORS ACCESS wearables, the Watch Hunger Stop Sofie is compatible with both iOS® and Android™ phones, is powered by Android Wear™ 2.0, Google’s smartwatch platform, and boasts a Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100 processor. Android Wear 2.0 expands the smartwatch experience through customizable dials, user-friendly notifications and messaging, downloadable third-party apps, and help from your Google Assistant.
The Michael Kors Access Watch Hunger Stop Sofie touchscreen smartwatch is sold exclusively in select Michael Kors stores worldwide and on official Michael Kors websites through March 31, 2018, and retails for $395.

SEEING THE FUTURE

An especially stylish way to help Watch Hunger Stop is to buy a pair of black-and-cobalt-blue Lon sunglasses. These special-edition aviators feature flat, mirrored lenses that lend the classic silhouette a modern edge. Each pair sold delivers 100 meals to children through WFP.*

Watch Hunger Stop Lon sunglasses are available in sizes for both men and women, and are sold exclusively in select Michael Kors stores worldwide and on official Michael Kors websites through March 31, 2018. They retail for $159.

SHARE THE MEAL

Share The Meal is the world’s first app against global hunger. An initiative of WFP, Share The Meal has bright, charming graphics, an effortless interface, and a wealth of facts and photos about people and places you’re delighted to get to know. With Share The Meal, you can donate as little as $.50 with a tap on your screen—and know you’ve helped someone. It’s got all the makings of the perfect daily ritual. Download the Share The Meal app at http://wfpusa.org
SNAP TO DONATE

Building on last year’s success, Michael Kors has once again created a Watch Hunger Stop Snapchat geofilter, available from October 1-31. Visit a Michael Kors store in the US, Canada or the UK, snap using the special geofilter, and 25 meals will be donated to WFP.**

WATCH HUNGER STOP T-SHIRTS

Every year, Michael Kors designs a new Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt. This year’s t-shirt, designed by Clym Everden, will be given away—no purchase necessary—at select Michael Kors stores around the world from October 14-16. Post a selfie in your t-shirt tagged with #WatchHungerStop and Michael Kors will donate 50 meals to WFP.***

MORE WAYS TO DONATE

During the month of October, customers can make a donation to Watch Hunger Stop at the register in select Michael Kors stores around the globe.

In select countries, visitors to WatchHungerStop.com can follow the on-screen link to donate to WFP directly. In the US, users can also text the word MKHUNGER to 50555 to make a $5 gift (message and data rates may apply).

“Every year I’m inspired by the enormous outpouring of generosity for Watch Hunger Stop from our customers and fans,” says Michael Kors. “And every year we try to make it even easier for anyone who wants to help to get involved. It’s incredible to be a part of this community of people around the world working to end hunger, and I know that if we continue to work, we’ll make it happen.”

For more information, visit:

Watch Hunger Stop: http://www.watchhungerstop.com/

Destination Kors: http://www.destinationkors.com/

Michael Kors on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelkors

@MichaelKors on Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelkors

@MichaelKors on Instagram: – http://www.instagram.com/michaelkors/ (and via mobile)

Michael Kors on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/michaelkors/

To order the product, visit http://www.michaelkors.com/watchhungerstop

To learn more about WFP, visit http://www.wfp.org/

World Food Programme on Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldfoodprogramme

@WFP on Twitter: twitter.com/wfp

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* For each purchase of these Watch Hunger Stop items from a Michael Kors retail store or official Michael Kors website, Michael Kors will donate US $25 (equal to 100 meals) to WFP. WFP does not endorse any product or services.

** The donation for one snap using the Snapchat Watch Hunger Stop geofilter = $6.25 = 25 meals. Michael Kors will donate up to 1,000,000 meals for the use of the geofilter.

*** While supplies last. The donation for one Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt selfie = $12.50 = 50 meals.

About Michael Kors 

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, ready-to-wear, footwear, wearable technology, watches, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated in the most prestigious cities in the world. In addition, Michael Kors operates digital flagships across North America, Europe and Asia, offering customers a seamless omni-channel experience.
About the World Food Programme

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.