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Turkey Recipes From Melissa Cookston

No one likes a dry turkey, and Melissa Cookston, celebrity chef and judge on Netflix’s new food show “American Barbecue Showdown,” is here to help avoid ruined Thanksgivings.

Cookston offers up three different recipes for all to enjoy while also touching on the differences between brining and injecting.

Brining vs. Injecting

“The first thing people will say is, ‘You should brine your turkey.’ Yes, brining has many adherents, but I’m not usually one of them. I have always preferred injecting to deliver added moisture and flavor for a few reasons. First, brining a turkey requires a good bit of refrigerated space, generally for a couple of days. Space in the fridge is generally in short supply around the holidays. Secondly, brining has its drawbacks in terms of how it affects (for me at least) the skin and texture of the turkey. Maybe I’ve just not been doing it right, but I’ve just never been a huge fan. I have published brined turkey recipes that were quite good, I thought, but overall, I just prefer injecting a turkey.”

Injecting a Turkey

“When you are going to inject, you can do it right before cooking. You can also put in a different flavor profile than you can when you brine. Also, I’ve had some brined turkeys that were just too salty, and you won’t run the risk of that by injecting.

“You’re going to need an injector obviously. If this is a once-a-year thing for you, then grab an injector from the grocery store for a couple of dollars. They will suffice to get through one turkey a year. If you cook and BBQ more often through the year, you’ll want to invest in a better injector. I have a heavy-duty injector that will make short work of turkeys, pork butts, whole hogs, etc.

“When you inject the turkey, try not to go through the skin too often. I usually work around the skin of the breast as much as possible. If I do go through the skin, I will use it multiple times by injecting through that spot multiple times (at different angles.)”

Turkey Injection Recipes

“I’m attaching some recipes below to help you get started. As you see, you’ll only be limited by your imagination when you inject, so if you want to add some different flavors, knock yourself out. The only caution is making sure you don’t have too large of particles in your injection recipe, or you might clog your needle. These recipes also work great with any poultry, so don’t just save them for Thanksgiving!”

Recipe No. 1

Ingredients

-1 cup chicken stock

-1/2 cup maple syrup

-1 tsp kosher salt

-1/2 tsp white pepper

-1 tsp granulated garlic

-1 tsp soy sauce

-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder

-1 tsp hot sauce

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to almost a boil while whisking. Allow to cool before use.

Recipe No. 2

Ingredients

-1/2 cup butter

-1 cup chicken stock

-juice from 1/2 lemon

-1 tsp dried sage

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp kosher salt

-1/4 tsp white pepper

Instructions

In a saucepan, heat all ingredients until butter is melted and spices are incorporated. All to cool down. Before it thickens too much, inject poultry in thighs, legs, breasts, and along the breastbone. Allow to sit for 1 hour before cooking.

Recipe No. 3

Ingredients

-1/2 cup lemon juice

-1/2 cup liquid crab boil

-1/2 cup butter

-1 cup chicken stock

-1 tsp hot sauce

-1 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1 TBS Cajun seasoning

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat until butter is melted and spices are incorporated. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature (it should still be liquid.) Then, inject turkey and place in a pan in fridge for 1 hour before cooking. This will allow injection to spread through the meat.

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All Good Just A Week Ago

If you’re feeling a little bit lonely as a single person during quarantine, there might be a perfect book for you.

For both men and women, “All Good Just A Week Ago: Funny Dating Stories to Help You Keep Your Head in the Game” is chock-full of funny, relatable dating stories put together from interviews.

With teachable moments and unimaginable scenarios, “All Good Just A Week Ago” helps single people keep their heads in the game.

Erika McCall and Niesha Forbes, two best friends, wanted to put their quarantine time to good use, so they set up 50 interviews to gather data and stories for the book.

These stories prove that relationships can make you laugh and roll your eyes instead of cry, all while showing us that we’re not alone.

In 1950, only 22% of Americans were without a romantic partner. In 2019, 124 million Americans were without a partner.

Though the percentage of people in relationships has gone down, the desire to find love and companionship has not.

McCall said, “It’s the year of 20/20 vision, and it’s time for a dating and love revolution.”

Both authors agreed that the revolution begins with this book. With a goal to understand romantic communication and expectations, “All Good Just A Week Ago” uses stories to heal relationships and foster close, loving, committed relationships in a generation obsesses with “hook up culture.”

McCall and Forbes even get into a few of their own stories. McCall herself is single and wants to clear the way for her future husband to enter her life while Forbes is on her way to her third wedding anniversary and hopes that sharing her experience can help bring about mutual respect, kindness and traditional courtship in relationships.

McCall said her story is every woman’s story while Forbes said, “It is critical to know that once you get to a certain age, things you did in your early twenties, all those toxic behavior patterns where you’re not putting your worth above your desire to be with someone, if you don’t do the work on yourself, you will find yourself in your thirties, forties and even fifties, having not learned the important lessons or found true love.”

Following the laughs in the beginning of the book, readers will reach a call to action that encourages men and women to think critically about how to move forward with healthier relationship dynamics.

For more information about the book or to order it, you can click right here.

M.O.D.O.K. HEAD GAMES

Showrunners for the upcoming Hulu series about the popular Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K. will also spearhead a brand new comic series with the character as the lead.

M.O.D.O.K. HEAD GAMES comes from Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, who will showcase the leader of the terroristic organization AIM.

M.O.D.O.K. will be outsmarting the rest of the Marvel universe on his way to victory and domination, but this story is a bit more personal. He is haunted by memories of a family he doesn’t know, putting his power, and his brain, at risk.

You can see everything Oswalt and Blum had to say about the supervillain story in an exclusive interview from Marvel by clicking right here. You can also see brand new, never-before-seen pages of the interior of the books from Scott Hepburn, the artist of the upcoming run.

Oswalt said the writers of the show created such an amazing world for M.O.D.O.K. that they had to go further.

“We had so much creativity to burn that Jordan just said we should fill this in in a four-issue comic series as a background. I always love that, to be able to go even deeper into that world,” Oswalt said.

Blum added that he was excited to write the 616 version, or our world’s version, of M.O.D.O.K. specifically.

“We leapt at the chance to write the M.O.D.O.K. who had been there since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and put our spin on him and pull from a lot of the other versions of M.O.D.O.K. in the past. The character is very flexible and I think you can do a lot with him,” Blum said.

The premiere issue of the series will hit shelves of comic book shops everywhere Dec. 2, and you can keep an eye out for the series starring the historic villain streaming on Hulu in 2021.

To find a comic book shop near you, you can click right here.

You can also follow Patton Oswalt on Twitter and Instagram, and you can follow Jordan Blum on Twitter.

Rita Azar Illustrates a Football Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Gale Sayers

By Justin Lyons

Hall of Fame running back and Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Sayers played seven seasons, all as a Chicago Bear, racking up 4,956 rushing yards and 39 rushing touchdowns. He played his final regular season game in 1971, retired in 1972 and became the youngest Hall of Fame inductee in NFL history in 1977 at the age of 34.

The news comes via a statement from David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers. He was the very essence of a team player – quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block,” Baker said. “Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

Nicknamed the “Kansas Comet,” Sayers was an easy selection for the Hall of Fame despite injuries shortening his career.

Current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement saying Sayers will be remembered for his inspiration and kindness.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Ardie and their family. Our thoughts are with his teammates, the Bears organization, the many fans who remember him as a football player and the many more people who were touched by Gale’s spirit and generosity,” Goodell said.

The story of Sayers’ friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo was told in the 1971 film “Brian’s Song,” which starred James Caan and Billy Dee Williams.

Williams, who played Sayers in the film, tweeted, “My heart is broken over the loss of my dear friend, Gale Sayers. Portraying Gale in ‘Brian’s Song’ was a true honor and one of the nightlights of my career. He was an extraordinary human being with the the kindest heart. My sincerest condolences to his family.”

Caan, who played Piccolo, tweeted that he was proud to have known Sayers and also offered his love and condolences to the family.

The New York Times reported in 2017 that Sayers had been battling dementia, but that didn’t stop him from attending the 100th year anniversary celebration of the Chicago Bears in June 2019.

Teammate Dick Butkus, who joined Sayers on stage at that celebration, said,”[I] will miss a great friend who helped me become the player I became because after practicing and scrimmaging against Gale I knew I could play against anybody. We lost one of the best Bears ever, and more importantly, we lost a great person.”

The Bears have added a banner with a photo of Sayers to their website and have changed their Twitter profile picture to Sayers’ famous number 40.

Photo by Kevin Amato for an iann dior article for 360 MAGAZINE

New iann dior Music Video

21-year-old rapper iann dior released a new music video for his song “Prospect” on Tuesday. It can be seen here!

The song features Lil Baby and was featured on Spotify playlists like Rap Caviar, Get Turnt and New Music Friday, all helping to propel it to more than 41 million streams since its May release.

The gorgeously shot video is directed by Omar Jones and inspired by Chinese landscape, architecture and colors to tribute the obvious inspiration to the beat. According to the press release, dior’s plans to tour in Asia were cancelled because of the pandemic, so the music video was his next best choice to show love to his Chinese fans.

“Prospect” is just dior’s latest in a long line of hits in a short period of time. Growing up in Corpus Christi, he quickly learned he was a talented writer and decided to turn that talent into hip-hop music. His first song earned 10,000 streams and caught the attention of Taz Taylor, the founder of Internet Money.

He released “Cutthroat” in 2019 which racked up 13 million streams on SoundCloud. He then inked a deal with 10K Projects, with whom he released his first mixtape titled “nothing’s ever good enough.”

dior gives credit to J. Cole for inspiring him to make music.

“He showed me that I could use songs to tell my own story, just like he uses his songs to tell his story,” dior said.

“Prospect” can be found along with other hits like “Pretty Girls,” “Sick and Tired” and “Paradise” on his new album, “I’m Gone,” which was released in June.

Octavia Spencer illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Octavia Spencer × Ruderman Family Foundation

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer today joined the Ruderman Family Foundation in calling on the entertainment industry to increase the casting of people with disabilities, including in on-screen roles that portray characters with disabilities.

“Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities,” Octavia Spencer says in a new public service announcement with the Ruderman Family Foundation

Appearing in a newly released public service announcement, Spencer recounts Hollywood’s long history of inauthentic representation and exclusion of marginalized populations — from men playing women until 1660; to white actors playing Black, Asian, and Native American characters; to LGBTQ stories getting left out of film and television until the last two decades.

“All of these communities of people had to endure not only their stories being told inauthentically, but also seeing themselves portrayed inauthentically,” says Spencer in a message filmed for the Ruderman Family Foundation. “But nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation. That’s why it’s imperative that we cast the appropriate actor for the appropriate role, and that means people with disabilities as well. Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities.”

She continues, “I am joining with the Ruderman Family Foundation to call on the entertainment industry to increase casting of people with disabilities. There is no reason that we should continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past. Together, we should and can do better.”

Spencer’s call amplifies the Foundation’s series of initiatives to foster greater inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Last December, the organization circulated an open letter calling on studio, production, and network executives to pledge to create more opportunities for people with disabilities, and to make more inclusive casting decisions. Among those who signed the pledge were Oscar winners George Clooney and Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar nominees Ed Norton, Bryan Cranston and Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe winner Glenn Close, Oscar-winning director Peter Farrelly, accomplished actress Eva Longoria, and acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Farrelly.

A separate Foundation-initiated pledge to commit to auditioning more actors with disabilities was signed by CBS, while the BBC pledged to implement more authentic and distinctive representation of people with disabilities on screen. The Foundation also released a white paper showing that half of U.S. households want accurate portrayals of characters with disabilities, and despite that only 22% of characters with disabilities are authentically portrayed on television.

“As an Oscar-winning actor, Octavia Spencer embodies Hollywood’s vast potential to serve as a powerful catalyst for positive social change if studio, production, and network executives commit to more inclusive and authentic representation,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “We are gratified that Ms. Spencer has joined our call and we look forward to have other actors and actresses, filmmakers, producers and studios continue to create unprecedented momentum that brings about greater casting of people with disabilities.”

To view Octavia Spencer’s video message in full, please see here.

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T9ine Releases His New Song - T9ine for 360 Magazine

T9ine – Stories

As a natural emcee who brings a crackling energy and wide-range of influences to his music, T9ine combines his laid back rhymes with soulful beats. Today, the Tampa native confidently shares a new heartfelt ballad about his tragedies and triumphs in the latest track “Stories”. Directed by DrewFilmedIt, the video shows T9ine’s side of the trenches and finding happiness through the struggle while enjoying life and joyriding with friends. Watch the new video HERE

Perhaps T9ine’s most unique quality is this no-frills rawness. The concise rapper with the gold-plated smile uses his music to open up and connect with his loyal and fast-growing fanbase. He lets his art do the talking. Following “Groovy,” the viral video verse to a classic Junior M.A.F.I.A. instrumental, T quickly defied becoming a one-hit-wonder with “Mind Of A Real.” He expanded on 2019’s self-released From Nun To Something, a mixtape that demonstrated versatility. T9ine’s self-made success led to a Lil Durk-assisted “Mind Of A Real” remix, which recently became a video collaboration that now has over 1.2 million views. The rapper with the commanding voice and no-nonsense delivery is turning his dreams of a better life into reality. Stay tuned for a slew of releases coming from T9ine including his next project set to drop later this summer.

David Castillo Gallery Announces Major News Art Basel

David Castillo Gallery celebrates a pivotal moment during Art Basel this year, with trailblazing news: for the first tie in more than a decade, Art Basel Miami Beach has vetted a gallery from Miami into the exclusive Galleries Section, where only the leading 200 galleries in the world are showcased. The gallery’s singular success story is exemplified by being chosen for this honor, and this year the stars are aligned.

The gallery’s booth at Art Basel (Booth F26) presents a stellar group of artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad, featuring works in sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and paper by the artists Belkis Ayon, Sanford Biggers, Adler Guerrier, Quizqueya Henriquez, Pepe Mar, Glexis Novoa, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, and Vaughn Spann. This marks the gallery’s sixth year in the art fair and its first in the established Galleries section.

David Castillo at his art gallery with dog (Harry), works by Pepe Mar. Photo by Mateo Serna Zapata. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

David Castillo is recognized in the art industry for his long-term nurturing of artists, many represented by Castillo since the beginning of their careers.

“Our artists help to shape the most current vision of contemporary art,” says David Castillo. “My passion for their artistic evolution, and our gallery’s singular trajectory of success, have led up to this pivotal year. We are thrilled to have been invited to the Galleries section at Art Basel.”

 

Kalup Linzy, Conversations Wit De Curen: IX XI XII Days of Our Ego

 

During Miami Art Week, the gallery’s headquarters on Lincoln Road (ideally located near the main Art Basel location at the Convention Center), will also present the new group exhibition The Strangeness Will Wear Off, featuring the artists Melissa Brown, Cynthia Cruz, Maria de los Angeles RJ, Natalie Frank, Tomashi Jackson, Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, Robert Melee, Eamon Ore-Giron, Shinique Smith, and Wendy White. The opening reception is on Saturday, December 8th, from 7:00-10:00 p.m., located at Lincoln Road on Miami Beach.

The Strangeness Will Wear Off characterizes the enduring legacy of Modernism as a radical and boundary-pushing form into the contemporary moment. The exhibition probes at how artists break with conventions in uncompromising ways, while borrowing pointedly from the past, the new twenty first century avant garde that looks to history as a catalyst for what is to come.

 

Eamon Ore-Giron, Infinite Regress LV, 2018, Flashe on linen. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

More about the artists at David Castillo Gallery’s Booth in Art Basel 2018:

Belkis Ayon’s visual vocabulary is sober yet sumptuous, capturing haunting ghost-like figures in stark contrasts of bright whites and deep blacks.

Deeply enmeshed within the origins, rituals and teachings of Afro-Cuban religions, the moody penumbral magic of Ayon’s work carries with it the mystical legacies that so fascinated her before her untimely death.

 

Sanford Biggers, Parallaxadaisical, 2017, antique quilt birch plywood, gold leaf. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Sanford Biggers plays with the broad scales of time and culture in works that collage histories both far and recent.

His floor sculpture marries his interest in participatory works and geometry: while his quilt constructions tell the uneasy histories of America’s violent racial past through the aspirations of Afrofuturism.

 

Alder Guerrier, Untitled (longevity has its place), 2017, graphite, color pencil, enamel paint and solvent transfer on paper. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Adler Guerrier’s work across collage and print mines the cultural make-up of Miami–and of the artist’s own background as a Haitian American living in one of the largest centers of the Haitian diaspora–drawing out themes of collectivizing belonging, seeking refuge, and claiming place.

 

Quisqueya Henriquez, Lyubov Popova/Jackie Winsor, 2014, inkjet print on Dibond and a frame inside a frame. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Quisqueya Henriquez boldly claims the history of art for her own, actively mining and recombining references from Conceptualism and the greater lineage of Modernism to reframe this often staid history along new terms. She inserts herself into pictorial modes that largely excluded the voices of those who are Other: women and Latin Americans.

 

Pepe Mar, Checkerboard, 2018. Photo by Zach Balber/Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Pepe Mar’s fabric paintings tell of a contemporary folklore between past and present, place, and time.

His curiously collaged works that draw from the artist’s own oeuvre; much of the fabrics used in these pieces are printed from photographs from along Mar’s own fifteen-year career, creating new contexts for these past works from combining and re-combining these imageries.

 

Glexis Novoa, Timba, 2017, graphite on Carrara marble (marble recovered from Havana.) Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Glexis Novoa sources fragments of Carrara marble from the crumbling edificies of Cuban buildings and draws upon them aspirational images of future cities; grand and gleaming architectures in stark contrast to the current realities of Cuban life. Novoa imagines urban infrastructure as a broad political message and one that pulls at the opposing tensions of what is and what could be.

 

Xaviera Simmons, Velvet, 2018, acrylic on wood. Installation view, Renaissance Society, Chicago/Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Xaviera Simmons’ new body of text paintings, photographs, and sculptural furniture play with ideas of nomadism and the enduring legacies on which the contemporary American narratives is founded; histories of racial inequality, perseverance and unyielding calls for change. Simmons often inserts herself into her works, aligning with the disparate pasts to obscure the boundaries between them and now, us and them.

 

Shinique Smith, Sometimes I wonder, 2016, acrylic, ink, fabric, collage, ribbon and objects on canvas over wood panel. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Shinique Smith’s body of work takes form across modes of production that collage found objects, second-hand clothing, and references to the flows of global commerce; how goods are produced in the Global South, transported to the West and then used, discarded, and returned to those countries from which they originated for recycling. Her paintings are often of sweeping swirling forms incorporating Eastern calligraphic traditions.

 

Vaughn Spann, Siren, 2018, polymer paint, dye, prisma marker, fabric, terry cloth on stretcher bars. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.

 

Vaughn Spann creates evocative and at times deeply personal paintings that blend abstract formalism with the today’s uneasy social nuance.

The visual vocabulary of his Dalmatian series, which brings together black-and-white patters, examines the shifting associations of various geometries and forms across his childhood, recent history and deeper past.

 

More about the David Castillo Gallery:

Wendy White, Jeart (Mello Yello)

 

David Castillo Gallery opened over thirteen years ago under sole ownership after transforming a dilapidated warehouse in Miami, Florida into a 5,000 square foot gallery. After a decade in the Wynwood Arts district, David Castillo relocated for its second decade to Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and has produced more than 116 fine art exhibitions to date. The gallery’s focus is on conceptual curatorial models as they relate to art historical, cultural, and personal investigations of identity. The gallery works with artists committed to the integrity of their individual histories and studio practices as agents of contemporary climate.

Since opening in Miami in 2005, David Castillo Gallery has become one of the nation’s preeminent galleries in the identification, development, and presentation of groundbreaking artists of color and queer artists, spearheading a far-reaching national and international impact on cultural and critical spaces.

 

Jillian Mayer, I Am Your Grandma

 

Gallery Represented Artists:

Sanford Biggers, Kate Gilmore, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Kalup Linzy, Belkis Ayon, Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, Robert Melee, Glexis Novoa, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, Wendy White.

The gallery as effectively advocated for the inclusion of its artists in dozens of museum solo shows and hundreds of museum group exhibitions, including: The Museum of Modern Art (New York); MCA Chicago; Fondazione Trussardi (Milan); Harvard University (Cambridge); ICA Boston; The Nasher (Durham); National Museum of Women in Arts (D.C.); Barnes Collection (Philadelphia); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); MFA Houston; MoMa P.S.1 (New York); Whitney Museum (New York); Metropolitan Museum (New York); The Guggenheim (New York); and the American Academy in Rome among others.

David Castillo holds degrees in History and Art History from Yale University and the Angelicum in Rome. Since 2000, he has dealt in important Latin American, European, and American secondary market works. Castillo has held positions at museums, including the Yale University Art Gallery’s American Decorative Arts curatorial department. He continues to assist private clients in building their collections in addition to managing David Castillo Gallery And has lectured on various topics in art.

 

Vaughn Spann, Canyon Run

Starlight Xperience for Children

Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, unveiled today its newest initiative, Starlight XperienceTM virtual reality, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers millions of seriously ill children a fun and exciting way to explore the world and beyond through the magic of VR.

To watch a video on Starlight Xperience and how it helps kids, please see here.

Built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Starlight Xperience features a state-of-the-art and hospital-ready headset that comes preloaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids, which has been specifically modified to meet strict infection safety protocols for use in hospital settings. Pre-loaded content includes educational field trips to exotic locations through Google Expeditions and Street View, fun interactive stories like Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay by ILMxLAB, and Lola and the Giant, popular apps such as Ocean Rift and Hello Mars, and meditation exercises and therapeutic games such as Relax VR, which allows the patient to escape into beautiful environments.

Starlight Xperience was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Through grant funding provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares – the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling – as well as charitable donations from grassroots donors, Starlight Xperience will be provided at no cost to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities across the US.

“We believe Starlight Xperience has the potential to transform the hospital experience for millions of seriously ill children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re thrilled to stand beside The Walt Disney Company, Google, Lenovo and Niagara Cares in unveiling this exciting new program, which is the latest evolution in our 35-year history of bringing innovative entertainment technologies to hospitalized kids.”

“Providing these unique entertainment experiences reflects our commitment to bring comfort during what can be difficult times for kids and families. This is part of our Disney Team of Heroes initiative, which includes a $100 million commitment to children’s hospitals,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. “The collaboration with Google and Lenovo is the perfect blend of technology and content that we’ll be able to deliver to kids during their hospital stay.”

“Our goal has always been to create virtual reality experiences that are accessible, useful, and relevant to as many people as possible,” said Amit Singh, VP of Business & Operations for AR & VR at Google. “Starlight Xperience is a shining example of that goal coming to life in a really great way. We’re thrilled to be able to support Starlight in bringing transporting VR experiences to hospitalized children across the country.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Starlight and Google to bring technology to hospitalized children in their time of need. Helping to provide a solution for the children and their families allows us to truly make a difference for the better,” said Gunjan Shah, general manager for North America Smart Devices at Lenovo.

Starlight Xperience was developed in part through a series of grants provided by Starlight to the CHARIOT program (short for Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. CHARIOT implements new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children to engage and distract them during stressful or painful procedures, keeping clinical usage in mind and improving upon the typical hospital experience. This past summer, Starlight Xperience was soft launched and tested at five children’s hospitals: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, virtual reality has been a fantastic addition for our patients,” said Chantel Barney, Ph.D., a clinical scientist who leads Gillette’s VR program. “In some instances, we’ve been able to curb the anxiety and fears our kids typically experience during procedures such as blood draws, transfusions, wound cleanings, casting and more. It’s a wonderful distraction for kids and parents alike.”

“We’re proud to support Starlight Xperience and look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of hospitalized children through this educational and inspirational program,” said Andrew Peykoff II, President and CEO, Niagara Bottling. “This technology makes learning fun and we’re excited to expand the program to even more children.”

Thanks to the grants provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares, in addition to the generosity of charitable donations from individuals, Starlight is on track to deliver up to 1,000 Starlight Xperience kits to its network of hospital partners by the end of 2018, with a goal of doubling that by the end of 2019. A donation to Starlight will entertain, educate and inspire hospitalized kids across the US through stimulating immersive experiences that transport children from the hospital to any place in the world – or beyond – through the magic of virtual reality.

The public is invited to learn more and support the program online at www.starlight.org/starlight-xperience.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Studio Entertainment; Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

ABOUT LENOVO
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Gregory Siff

Brooklyn born, LA based artist Gregory Siff recently added New York restaurant Clinton Hall to the list of venues boasting his large-scale works. Renowned for his colorful pop culture themes and whimsical abstract expressions, the artist has created Clinton Hall-inspired art that adorns the restaurant’s new 4,000-sq. ft. location in Williamsburg.

Inspired by the stories and successes of the popular New York beer hall, which has five locations across the city, Siff covered various metal pillars with symbolic markings and that include representations of Clinton Hall menu items, New York City symbols, and faces of the owners’ children. The Clinton Hall team commissioned the internationally recognized artist to create something that encompasses the brand in its entirety, while delivering an edgy yet artistic feel.

Siff’s past works include commissions by MoMA PS1, Soho House New York, and Google HQ as well as collaborations with brands like Helmut Lang, Pyer Moss and Saint Laurent.

About Greg Stiff:

Artist Gregory Siff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977. Gregory lives and works in Los Angeles. His artworks are included in Swizz Beatz’s Dean Collection, Deitch Projects, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Moscow Museum of Art, Soho House New York and the Google HQ, to name a few. Siff’s exhibitions include “Happiness Dealer,” Samuel Owen Gallery- Nantucket (2017), “Portrait of an American Ice Cream Man,” 4AM Gallery (2016), Art Miami: Gallery Valentine (2016), “Walls,” Pacific Design Center (2015), Scope: Miami (2012), “Matter of Time,” Gallery Brown (2012), “There & Back,” Siren Studios x The Art Reserve (2012).  Siff has touched all areas of the art world with pieces on display in the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA PS1 for Klaus Biesenbach’s group show “Rockaway!” as well as a mural in the ACE Museum for non-profit The Art of Elysium with Christie’s Auction House. He was selected by Vans Custom Culture to be one of their “Art Ambassadors” inspiring students across the United States to embrace their creativity. His hand-painted Vans were on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has done commissions and installations for Mercedes Benz, Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs with Louisxxx, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, The Standard, Sotheby’s, Warner Bros. Records and Pyer Moss. Painting in a purposeful yet playful manner, his work exhibits meaning that is literal yet open for interpretation of nostalgia and childhood. Capturing happy moments while also tackling more serious topics, like the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, Gregory Siff does not shy away from using his art to initiate a conversation. He creates his iconic “storyboards” with each image representing an emotional or creative state of mind the artist considers to be a meaningful fragment of his life. His work has been seen in The New York Times, Andy Warhol’s Interview, Treats!, The Wall Street Journal and W Magazine. Most recently Gregory collaborated with luxury fashion house Saint Laurent, bringing his imagery to the new Winter YSL 2017 Women’s and Men’s Ready to Wear Line.