The unparalleled annual Independence Day experience attracts nearly 150,000 residents and visitors from all over the region. The daylong event will be highlighted with performances by superstars Shaquille O’Neal aka DJ Diesel and Funk Flex, each taking the stage to DJ their own sets prior to this year’s ultimate headliner – Flo Rida – and capped off by Guinness World Record holder Fireworks by Grucci illuminating the sky over the Hudson River.
“We have superstar talent taking the stage leading up to our renowned fireworks by Grucci from two barges in the middle of the Hudson River to give spectators a 360-degree view with unparalleled backdrops from both New Jersey and New York,” said Mayor Fulop.
“We’re also focusing this year on supporting our local small businesses with our food truck festival beginning at 12 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the food, fireworks, and incredible entertainment along the Jersey City waterfront as we celebrate our nation’s independence.”
New Jersey’s July 4th Celebration at Exchange Place will open to the public at 12 p.m. on July 4th and end with the Grucci fireworks display, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. In Jersey City, spectators can watch the fireworks show along the Hudson River Walkway, from the north field at Liberty State Park, and most overlook areas in The Heights.
After last year’s success, Jersey City Night Market will be organizing a food truck festival from 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. This year’s celebration will focus on reviving food businesses and bringing the community together.
PRADA DROPS SECOND TIMECAPSULE NFT AFTER SELLOUT DEBUT
● Released on July 7 2022, Prada will unveil its latest monthly Timecapsule Collection drop, accompanied with a gifted NFT
● July’s Timecapsule item is made from upcycled fabrics from the Prada archives
Prada announces the release of its second Timecapsule NFT Collection, which is linked to both a gender-neutral physical product and a gifted NFT. This NFT drop follows the launch of the first Timecapsule NFT Collection on June 2nd in collaboration with artist Cassius Hirst. The Timecapsule NFT Collection debut resulted in an immediate sell-out of the collection. The launch also coincided with the creation of the “Prada Crypted” server on Discord which gained a large following solidifying the brands commitment to building an inclusive Web3 community, but this is just the beginning of the journey. A key design element of this latest Timecapsule shirt is that the garment is made from upcycled fabrics from the Prada archives. By turning iconic printed textiles into a unique design, these materials are given a new life, perfectly in line with the Brand’s sustainability strategy and approach to circular thinking.
This shirt, which is #31 drop in the Timecapsule Collection, is emblazoned with the calendar month of “July”. It features a black color pipeline matched with the Holliday & Brown tulip print on a cotton poplin base. It also features a ‘Jacquard Animalier’ silk brocade and lurex fabric; as well as Jacquard Thrush (flower), a silk fabric produced from an early 20th century French archive. The final details of the design include a ‘Poplin Loto’ printed fabric with deco inspiration. The Timecapsule is a monthly online event: for 24 hours, on the first Thursday of every month, an exclusive item is made available on prada.com in very limited quantities, in selected markets.
Each limited-edition Timecapsule item is associated with a unique serial number and is delivered with custom packaging. By purchasing the Timecapsule, customers will be able to redeem the related NFT which will be available, in a second phase, also for those who bought the Timecapsule dating back to the first launch in December 2019. As such, there is a synergy between the Prada Timecapsule and the scarcity and desirability of NFTs.
The NFT includes the drop serial number and the numbering of each physical item in order to have an exact correspondence. NFT owners are then offered exclusive benefits and experiences as well as access to future drops.
Prada Timecapsule NFTs are issued on the Ethereum blockchain, offering a secure and user-friendly experience.
The drop is facilitated by leveraging the Aura Blockchain Consortium’s NFT Solution and technology.
● The Prada Timecapsule drop is open to customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China Mainland, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States for 24 hours only, starting from July 7, 2022 at 3pm CEST.
Since 1913, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation.
The Prada brand is part of Prada Group, a global leader in the luxury goods industry, which owns the Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe brands as well, and produces and distributes luxury leather goods, footwear and apparel. It also operates in the food sector with Marchesi 1824, and in the eyewear and fragrance industries under licensing agreements. www.prada.com
As Summer begins, Gucci presents a special selection of ready-to-wear and accessories from the House’s latest collections envisioned for the warm season. Mixing light fabrics with bright pops of color, the Towards the Sun pieces evoke the easy-going cadence that comes with sunny days. Upon bags, shoes, and accessories, pattern comes to the fore with the House’s emblematic GG monogram woven from a raffia-effect material. Houndstooth and seersucker also become defining motifs, enriching signature items such as bags from the House’s archive inspired Beloved lines. The women’s ready-to-wear proposes practical femininity in muslin slip dresses accented with lace, as well as a selection of bathing suits. The men’s lineup ranges from the casual to the sophisticated with jogging shorts, patterned pants, nylon jackets, and double-breasted blazers. The Towards the Sun selection is captured in a special campaign shot on the coast of Provincetown—the Summer escape of choice for many artists and creatives. Stills and video capture a cast of characters partaking in a series of activities on the quaint northern tip of Cape Code, such as swimming, sunbathing, and strolling around the lighthouse. As an ode to the act of vacationing, the photographs also feature the Gucci Ophidia luggage, which progresses the House’s century-long legacy in travel. Now available in Gucci stores worldwide, Towards the Sun will be presented in dedicated window displays and Pop-Ups with a creative concept that riffs on the houndstooth design found across the selection. The offering will also be available online at gucci.com. #GucciTowardsTheSun
Within the Gucci Love Parade collection, the Towards the Sun selection presents women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, and accessories envisioned for days spent by the sea. The women’s ready-to-wear selection proposes classic summer elegance with muslin slip dresses in muted or colorful prints and lace details. The lineup also features swimsuits, including a single-strap one piece with a bright and tropical print, as well as a black bikini enriched with Interlocking G hardware. The men’s ready-to-wear ranges from the casual to the sophisticated with jogging shorts, patterned pants, nylon jackets, and double-breasted blazers. For the bag category, the House’s GG Marmont, Gucci Diana, and Gucci Horsebit 1955 from the Beloved lines are reinterpreted with the codes of the collection. For example, the GG Marmont marked by the gold GG hardware is updated with a seersucker top flap and the GG monogram woven from a raffia-effect fabric. The Gucci Horsebit 1955 is also redefined by the raffia-effect GG motif outlined with a leather trim. With its defining bamboo top handles decorated with leather bands, The Gucci Diana features a blue and natural houndstooth pattern woven in raffia-effect fabric. Exclusive designs will also be offered regionally, including Gucci Bamboo 1947 bags in Japan and the Gucci Jackie 1961 in the USA. Progressing the House’s legacy in luggage, the collection offers a travel tote bag in two sizes defined by two green-red-green jacquard Webs, along with a red and green Interlocking G. A variety of summer shoes including sandals, mules, loafers, and slip-on sneakers feature the GG monogram woven from raffia-effect material. Hats, belts, and chain wallets are also reimagined with the defining elements of the collection.
Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury brands, led by President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele. Following the House’s centenary, Gucci forges ahead into the next hundred years, continuing to redefine luxury while celebrating the creativity, Italian craftsmanship, and innovation at the core of its values. Gucci is part of the global luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry, and watches. Discover more about Gucci at www.gucci.com.
After two jam-packed days, NFT-VIP proved to be a major success. Thanks to its close-knit team of organizers, professionals, involved in press groups and discussions about the impact an NFT, many had an enjoyable experience.
Below are some of our intimate conversations with some of the speakers as well as participants at NFT-VIP.
Listen to ‘NFTs for Impact’ on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.
After law school, he organized the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU).
Today, Darryl is a proud father to twins and happily married to his beautiful wife Erika. Over the past few years, he established the Newark Chess Club — a youth advisership platform which teaches life skills for future milestones by applying the game’s rulesets. Lastly, he helms a boutique real estate and contracts law firm Downtown Newark.
Adam Anderson, the author of Fire Yourself, the Entrepreneurial Endgame and co-host of the Two Stones, One Bird podcast, is a cyber security and space entrepreneur who has been the advisor, founder and/or primary investor in over 30 startups.
As a cybersecurity venture, Adam is responsible for the cyber economy by reporting cybercrime and researching companies to ensure they are trustworthy.
He is also a venture capital walking alongside startups from the beginning stage of the business to the final launch and production. He is now serving as the Chair of the Board for Hook Security and as Managing General Partner for Ansuz Capital.
Listen to Wayne Scot Lukas on 360 MAG PodcastHERE.
Ms. NFTy, also known as Carrie Taylor, is an Asian American who attended the Harvard Business School for Disruptive Marketing. As an NFT architect, she wants to continue to create a space for underprivileged young people to learn about cryptocurrency with unique digital identifiers. Last week, she served as a keynote speaker at the NFT-VIP and NFT.NYC.
The heritage of the brand is presented by demonstrating the idea of building modernity from the past; a past that also feels contemporary, full of identity and uniqueness.
Understanding and reworking our roots in depth is fundamental for designing and creating an innovative vision and interpretation of the past.
Presented on the catwalk today are some garments that characterized the iconic collections from the 90s/00s.
Used in a fresh and new context the same pieces are assembled with new items to create and define a modern-day male silhouette and dialogue.
Garments and accessories feature a cotton label with the inscription “Re-Edition” that identifies the year the garment was first presented and that of the new S/S 2023; each garment, thus, has a different, unique and exclusive label.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana fuse shapes & volume that characterized these archive collections with a surprising modernity featuring a patchwork concept on both denim and cotton.
Denim, trousers, jackets, crocheted knitwear, all handmade, are oversized and layered, featuring various pockets, transparencies, precious embroideries applied on shirts, T-shirts and jackets.
Unmistakable details of the Dolce&Gabbana universe.
Fabrics such as cotton and drill co-exist with classic lace and brocade, and modern fabrics treated with innovative processes create vintage and tactile 3-D effects.
The combination of colors recall Sicilian terrain such as the cream of Ortigia, sands of Mondello, Kalsa brown and amber, black lava, white carredo, and grey basaltina.
To celebrate the project’s arrival, he shares the emotionally charged track “Pain” feat. Stunna Gambino. KB Mike cuts deep on the track, which hints at the scope of his signature sound.
Old Wounds also features recent fan favorites such as “Thru Worse N Thru Better” and “What We Had.” The nine-track collection dips into moments of intense catharsis on “Killas” and the piano-laden “Pain” where he asks, “Fuck you know about pain? That’s all I know.” Elsewhere, “Sneaky Link” delivers a slippery and slick hook, illuminating his versatility all-around.
He recently ignited an open verse challenge on TikTok, generating thousands of creates and stirring up anticipation for Old Wounds.
He has been canvasing the country with Marzz on the Love Letters Tour. Tonight, he will performing at Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY for his final stop on the tour.
KB Mike has built momentum throughout 2022 with tracks such as “Members” with Yungeen Ace. It followed “Keep Yo Head Up” which continues to gain traction on streaming platforms. Just prior, he dropped the powerful “Deserve Better,” which addressed domestic violence head on. Upon arrival, HotNewHipHop claimed, “The nearly three minute track sees the rapper encourage listeners to remove themselves from toxic relationships while spreading awareness about the brutal realities of domestic violence.” Maintaining his momentum, “Deserve Better” arrived on the heels of his latest single and music video “L.O.V.E.” and his breakout anthem “Used To,” which has racked up millions of streams to date. He’s already received looks from Elevator, REVOLT, and many more.
Zach’s cinematic visual, directed by Dan LeMoyne, Upper Hand f/ Soran, depicts emotional imbalance while in a relationship. Subsequently, the anthem exhibits his musical complexity, enticing French rap record label 7ième Ciel to sign him as their first English-speaking act.
Zach confirms that being mixed race in a melting pot like Montreal has granted him the freedom to explore his sound with ‘zero’ restrictions. Further, at his NYC Ludlow House showcase, he exuded natural talent and continues to be sought-after for his extensive scope of instrumentation. Clearly, working in tandem with heavy hitters like Boi-1da, Don Mills as well as Matthew Burnett has deeply enriched his inventiveness.
Through his road to discovery, Zach has stumbled upon his wide range of vocal capabilities, largely attributed a good friend and keyboardist. Smoke & Dance, from his latest EP, was released in May 2022. It further solidifies him as a riveting griot and clover–virtuoso, rapper and singer. It’s definitely a post-COVID summer banger! “Smoke & Dance is a anthem I made at the worst time in the pandemic,” says Zach.
Lastly, after being on tour with four-time Juno award-winner Charlotte Cardin, Zach is eager to hit a stage near you.
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GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Lil Baby has unleashed a new track and video “U-Digg.” The Atlanta native has teamed up with two of Detroit’s pacesetters, 42 Dugg & Veeze, to release an undeniable summer banger. Lil Baby and 42 Dugg delivered the smash hits “We Paid” and “Grace” from My Turn when they last joined forces. With the welcome addition of Veeze, “U-Digg” is sure to follow the trend as they trade ferocious verses over menacing production work. The new release denotes that Baby has no intentions of slowing his hustle and continues to mark himself as the reigning champ of his era.
Alongside the new release, Lil Baby got behind the camera himself to direct the track’s music video. The handheld-style camera-work feels authentic and raw, following Baby, Veeze and 42 Dugg from an impressive garage full of Maybach’s and T-Rex’s to the streets where they trade drifts and showcase their riches.
Alongside a standout performance at Hot 97’s Summer Jam this past weekend, Lil Baby’s new documentary Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a performance of fan favorite tracks from throughout his career Directed by Karam Gill, the film is raw, intimate, and chronicles the astonishing rise of a singular artist and activist, exploring the systemic oppression that keeps far too many people of color from participating in the American Dream. Produced by Quality Films, MGX Creative, and 4PF, the film will be available for Prime subscribers on August 26th.
Multi-platinum, 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend today debuted the latest single from his forthcoming album, “Honey,” featuring Muni Long. Sexy and silky with elements of R&B, pop and jazz woven throughout, the track is available to stream/download HERE. Watch the accompanying lyric video HERE.
“Honey” was produced by Ryan Tedder, Steven Franks, Lindgren and Tommy Brown, with Legend and Long serving as co-writers on the track along with Melanie Joy Fontana, HARV, Gregory Heinn, Lindgren, Franks, Tedder and Brown. While Long and Legend previously worked together as songwriters, “Honey” is their first collaboration as recording artists.
One of the most streamed and buzzworthy artists in the R&B/hip-hop landscape today, Long is currently dominating Urban and Rhythm radio with her #1, platinum breakthrough smash “Hrs And Hrs.” Before breaking out as a solo artist, she spent the last decade behind the scenes co-writing hits for other artists including Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, and Selena Gomez, to name a few.
“Honey” is the second track from Legend’s forthcoming album following the project’s lead single “Dope” featuring rapper J.I.D. Watch the accompanying music video, directed by Christian Breslauer, HERE.
Legend will return to Las Vegas for the second leg of his critically acclaimed residency, “Love in Las Vegas,” with shows running from August 5 through 20 and October 14 through 29.