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Black Butterfly

By: Neecole Cockerham

The moon has a gravitational pull that is so powerful it causes what is know as a tidal force. A tidal force causes the earth and its water to swell; These actions are what determine if the level of ocean’s tide is high or low. Either way once this occurs the water, no matter how still, has a ripple effect, a shift; a change; Today, Goldenvoice’s newly formed Gvblack an AEG subsidiary along with Coachella announced several new inclusivity, progressive social initiatives. The buzz trend hype is about the new Coachella and Black lives matter merchandise that is on sale today. The Gvblack employees are proud to introduce is a socially influenced project powered by a new initiative as a direct impact of the murder of George Floyd to recognize the inequity of people of color in the info structure of Coachella. The objective is to bridge the gap with minority entrepreneurs and companies to infuse into the workforce.

The new Coachella x BLM merchandise exposes the creations of four Black designers Bricks and Wood, Nicholas Mayfield, Supervision & The newly introduced designer Diana Boardley who notably becomes the first Black Woman to do design merchandise for Coachella since the inception of the music and arts festival in 1999.

The half Liberian, Baltimore born visionary is a single mother who loves the joys of Motherhood. Diana is fueled by her work ethic to instill qualities of excellence in her children just as her Mother, Grandmother and Aunt poured into her. She freely admits that her process to be the full- time sole provider for her children after ending a fifteen-year marriage has been a struggle. “I want my children to know the truth about life, that includes the ups and the downs. The tides are ever changing depending on the time of year. Timing is always key in every life situation.” I was a full-time student when I attended John Hopkins University for my MBA. I have spent the last decade working full-time at the renowned Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Neuropsychology.” “Everything I’ve ever done was fast pace and full-time. I have place myself last for so long, I am just now clearing space for me.

The self-proclaimed women entrepreneur began designing as her passion on the side fifteen years ago. Diana has worked along side legendary merchandise brands. She is the original designer of the iconic Maestro character for JDilla. Mostly known as an industry insider favorite, she has remained behind the scenes quietly designing and manufacturing, until now. The current shift is high tide the moon is full, and it must renew.

Coachella x Black Lives Matter Merchandise. What does it all mean to you?

It’s a historic project for me to be a part of as a designer. Coachella is its own monumental platform with its own subculture and Black lives matter are the Black injustice advocates. I am honored I had the opportunity to work on the project. Once we discussed the brand collaboration, I read the statement Coachella released written a Goldenvoice V.P Rhea Roberts-Johnson and I was completely inspired. I started sketching that day.

I love the Design. What is your interpretation of it?

“I thought of the inequality in the world. The fist represents strength, the words Coachella dance from thumb to wrist and the BLM in red for lives lost & love needed.  “My contribution is the love & Unity T-shirt. The collaboration of Coachella x BLM is powerful I had to represent the fist. I initially set my intention to spread Love with my design. I also wanted to create a piece that all people would feel comfortable wearing. I was specific about my color ways because its conscious apparel, so it has meaning as well.

At this time in your life what is the best part of this project and how has the experience been for you? Also has the project been impacted by the pandemic?

“The introduction as a designer is great. However, the most exciting element of the project is being able to give back. Each designer was able to select a 501c3 nonprofit organization to donate proceeds to. I selected a pilot program Sole Folks from the Non-Profit Organization Black Owned and Operated. Sole Folks is a young incubator program that pairs Mentors with youth ages 13-23 years old, they learn to design and manufacture T-Shirts.  They also learn how to start a business. I take pride in knowing to the kids will benefit.” I love to help kids I plan on mentoring in the program”.

Yes, we have safety gloves and mask in place at our manufacturing facility due to Covid-19. The pandemic has had a significant effect, I actually met Rhea (V.P of Goldenvoice and the Gv Black team over a zoom meeting.

I was in the office the day Diana and Rhea met. I was in the middle of me interviewing Rhea; Diana was dropping off shirts and I’d made reference to whom I was interviewing and the two had a moment to introduce themselves. The earth has shifted. The two Black women were uniquely connected by the unification of the recent Civil unrest as opposed to the precedent that plagues us as Black women and a culture; The crabs in the barrel mentality. The renewal of this moment was inspired by creativity and a relentless effort to effect change. Diana was happy to extend her appreciation for the words Rhea penned as the Coachella statement of inclusiveness which adorn the back of the T-shirt she designed. I was internally ecstatic because it was at that moment, I realized that the cataclysmic event of the pandemic was not in vain and its purpose was change of ourselves and how we receive one another.

What is important as you move forward this journey? What would you like you share with anyone who is your mirror but is still struggling?

“I am allowing myself to take time for myself. I have the support of my two best friends, one reminded me to just breath. My other best friend sends me custom prayers and my Mom send me encouraging quotes. I am just in a forgiving space and I am pushing forward. As I understand myself more, I know that education is key and its something no one can take from you. I am grateful to tap into my passion which is design”.

What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

The project I am currently working on is Brand Collaboration that I can’t divulge. I am still working on Merchandise for Maimouna Youssef she and I collaborate for her line. I also, am launching my brand True That Merch under the Parent Co. The Boardley Brand. The best is yet to come…

The shift is complete. A Black Butterfly is transformed. The Black Butterfly represents longevity and a shift in power.

We as a people have been divided. We had been complacent and comfortable with the day to day monotony of our lives. Our cellphones and computers have become our livelihood, text has become our way to talk to one another. We have become excepting of unacceptable behaviors. We no longer know our neighbors. The entire world is affected by the Covid-19. When we thought nothing else could happen. The world all watched as George Floyd Gasp for his last breath with white police officers’ knee in his neck.

I once read there can be no forgiveness unless blood is shed. Forgiveness is a process of learning to let go. As much as we would like to be able to change the legal aspects of policing, Black Americans continue to be murdered at alarming disproportionate rates followed by protest and Civil unrest. One initiative we are all capable of is the change that begins within ourselves. As a society living with one another we can be a more considerate, more patient and understanding with one another. We are all capable of effecting change starting with accountability. We can be inspired by designer Boardley Boardley and never give up, never be complacent always continue to stretch and reach beyond our own capacity in the pursuit of excellence. We have entered a new day, filled with Trailblazers, Black Phoenixes and now Black Butterflies. If you have not felt the shift of today’s tide, its high. As the world changes and has its ripple effect, when the goodness comes your way grab a piece and be apart of the change for the better. Like the power of the Coachella x Black Lives Matter apparel designed by Diana there is greatness in the details even if you cannot see it.

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SHERATON MAUI RESORT × RENOVATION

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Announces Multi-Million Dollar Lobby Transformation

Second Phase of Resort Renovation Introduces New Lobby Bar, Lounge and Game Room

 

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, situated on 23 oceanfront acres at iconic Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) on Ka‘anapali Beach, is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation of its lobby, slated for completion in November 2019. The second phase of the resort’s renovation, following a complete refresh of all guestrooms last year, will introduce a new lobby bar and café, lounge, and reception area along with the debut of a family game room.

 

“As one of the most historic resorts on the island, Sheraton Maui has been bringing people together for vacations and celebrations for more than 55 years,” said Tetsuji Yamazaki, general manager. “The reimagined lobby will be the heart of the resort. We look forward to making more memories with our valued guests and our local community in the redesigned space that we think will be west Maui’s new favorite gathering place.”

 

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s fresh lobby design is a 4,223-square-foot open concept floor plan that brings the outdoors in with an expansive lanai and viewing deck, offering panoramic views of Ka‘anapali Beach. The new lobby bar and café will be the epicenter of the resort’s gathering space featuring locally-infused food and beverage experiences. Guests will enjoy coffee and breakfast bites in the morning and then gather at sunset for evening pupus (appetizers), creative cocktails, craft beers, and wines. The adjacent lobby lounge features communal seating for guests to socialize while enjoying scenic ocean views and nightly live entertainment.

 

Conceptualized by AHL, formally Architects Hawaii Limited, the transformation highlights Sheraton’s brand focus “where the world comes together” by creating a central gathering place for guests to socialize and relax. The design blends soothing coastal shades of blue, gray and tan with textural accents of wood and rock to create a calm, inviting space that plays off the island’s natural environment.

 

On the lower lobby level, the resort will introduce a new game room, where guests can watch movies, surf the internet, and play their favorite games. Whether challenging an opponent to a round of foosball or lounging with a book in the cozy bean bag chairs, guests of all ages will enjoy spending time in this fun new space.

 

In July 2018, Sheraton Maui Resort completed a $26.5 million renovation of its 508 guestrooms and suites, 83 percent of which feature an ocean view. The new guestroom design blends past with present, honoring the history and sense of place found at Pu‘u Keka‘a while modernizing the living and bathroom spaces with timeless furnishings, textiles, décor, and artwork curated by native Hawaii artist Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides. Colors and textures utilized throughout the resort’s six buildings are inspired by the culture and island landscapes of Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

 

For more information and reservations, visitwww.marriott.com/hnmsi.

Revenge Body

Mark your calendars!

As of today, we are officially 1 month away from the Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian season 3 premiere (Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m.) And, after taking a look at the latest teaser above, we couldn’t be more excited. Per the new footage, Khloe Kardashian‘s transformation series will “redefine” revenge. Not only will contestants shed pounds with the help of Revenge Body‘s trusted trainers, but the participants will also bulk up on muscle.”I only know how to do skinny,” one male participant admitted in a confessional.

Nonetheless, fitness and lifestyle consultant Ashley Borden assured her client that he could put on about 30 pounds. Of course, this won’t occur without some “blood, sweat and cheers.” “It’s not just about today. It’s about the rest of your life,” former professional rugby player Luke Milt on wisely noted on camera. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the wise guidance of Revenge Body‘s host. True story.

“You look amazing,” a contestant noted to Kardashian. “Honey, I’m trying to keep up with you,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star happily responded. For all of this and more, be sure to watch the new promo above!

Watch the season 3 premiere of Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m., only on E!

Swatch Spring/Summer 2019 Collection

A futuristic mix of techniques and materials ignite vivid colors, express street and pop art, and turn on positive vibes for the hottest seasons of the year: Swatch introduces its Spring/Summer 2019 collection with three themed lines that all play a part in the never-ending style revolution.

Continuous movement is at the heart of Transformation, fusing a whole spectrum of color with shapes and patterns. This vivid line embarks on a journey of discovery, with optical illusions as well as the sheer simplicity of transparent design. New polarized glass features a semi-transparent mirror coating and creates pastel tones when exposed to light. The message is clear – imagination has no limits!

Listen to Me equals an action-packed trek through the urban jungle. Serving as a canvas for all kinds of talents and exuding strength and confidence, their self-expression is the impetus for making real change a reality. A tribute to street heart and pop art!

Tutti frutti has never looked this good! Energy Boost whets appetites for adventure with electric colors and bold contrasts that boost positive vibes. Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies are more than just a trend – they’re all about delicious results. This tasty line bolsters vitality, giving much-needed energy for the summer ahead.

Swatch’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection isn’t for the faint of heart. Transformation, Listen to Me, and Energy Boost are the gateway to metamorphosis, daring to defy the ordinary. After all, who knows what extraordinary evolution the future may hold?

 

VALEO x CES 2019

At CES in Las Vegas for the sixth consecutive year, Valeo is unveiling its latest technological innovations at the epicenter of the revolutions shaping mobility, i.e., the advent of autonomous vehicles, powertrain electrification and digital mobility. These three disruptions transforming the automotive industry are also driving profound change in society.

Valeo develops new technologies to make this transformation a reality. One example that can be seen and tested in the streets of Las Vegas during CES 2019 is Valeo Drive4U®, the Group’s first autonomous car, which is unique in that it can perform all operations using only Valeo sensors that are already series-produced (ultrasound, cameras, lasers, radars and LiDARS) and artificial intelligence. The vehicle is essentially equipped with a full-fledged digital brain that can process the inputs and learn from the scenarios it encounters in the city.

One of the key challenges in autonomous driving is safety. Road accidents are a global epidemic and most often the result of human error. Valeo’s goal is for its systems to significantly reduce accidents, setting the target of less than one major incident for every billion kilometers driven, which would represent a higher level of safety than in the aeronautics industry. To achieve this result, Valeo is presenting two major innovations in Las Vegas: Valeo Drive4U® Remote to operate autonomous vehicles remotely when assistance is required or even vital, and Valeo Voyage XR, which is able to simulate the virtual presence of a person – based in a fixed location – on board the autonomous vehicle during the journey. This means that the car could potentially be controlled externally by somebody who is aware of what is happening within the vehicle. Based on this innovation, Valeo has designed a new form of communication that allows a “stationary” passenger wearing a virtual reality headset to teleport into a moving vehicle.

Also with a view to increasing safety, Valeo will be showcasing Valeo XtraVue Trailer and Valeo PictureBeam Monolithic. The first of these two innovations causes a trailer or caravan to appear invisible in the rearview mirror of the vehicle towing it, making all maneuvers easier and safer for the driver. The second is a high definition lighting system developed in partnership with CREE, the US market leader in the manufacture of LEDs. The solution generates a high definition beam of light on the road without ever blinding other road users and projects information and images onto the pavement.

Lastly, since usage patterns are changing, with digital tools giving access to new ways of getting around, Valeo is developing technologies to promote their widespread take-up. Examples include the Valeo Clean Road app, which generates customized routes to avoid peak pollution areas, and Valeo Oxy’Zen, which can be used to activate air purification systems inside the vehicle cabin.

With these innovations, Valeo is once again demonstrating its capacity to imagine, design and develop technologies conducive to new forms of mobility that are widely accessible yet adapted to individual needs.

New Chapter of WeRace Comic

We Race Comic – Episode 1: the future of racing is here

Transformation is part of history. Mankind is looking to the future. In the race towards tomorrow, the biggest challenge is to find one’s role in an ever- changing world.

It’s 2095. The introduction of the self-driving car has revolutionised the world of racing, but the debut of a new team is fraught with difficulty as it deals with demanding circuits, extreme race conditions and cars out of the pages of a science fiction story…Formula Warp is an unforgettable experience, pushing beyond the limits of human endeavour.

About We Race Comic

Scuderia Ferrari has produced the We Race Comic in collaboration with Giulio Gualtieri, a screenwriter and editor in chief who has worked on many major projects. The We Race Comic comic strip stems from a combination of passion for racing and the world of comics.

In the possibly not too far off future, it tells the story of a passion that spans several eras, without being bound by any limits: because the world can change, but feelings remain the same.

Now you can take a look at a new episode online

Wild Women Expeditions

Wild Women Expeditions’ Jennifer Haddow Addresses Changing Priorities Of Women-Only Travel Clients.

Corner Brook, NL, CANADA – The company that is blazing new trails for women-only travel keeps a close eye on the changing priorities of its female clientele.

“Their priorities increasingly are valued-based,” observes Jennifer Haddow, owner and visionary director of Wild Women Expeditions. “Women want more meaningful adventures and are more conscious of how and where they spend their vacation time and money. Yes, they still want to enjoy precious time away from their routines to impact themselves, but their concerns extend to a broader community.”

Following are trends Haddow has witnessed over the past few years.

Shaking things up: transformational travel. Says Haddow: “When women sign up for one of our trips ‘transformation’ isn’t on the tips of their tongues. But to choose to spend a week kayaking, hiking and no-frills camping usually means they’re on a quest of some kind, whether they know it or not. On a daily basis they test their own comfort zones by meeting one challenge after another. They learn to listen to and trust each other, creating community. Community – that many lack in their lives – becomes the gateway to learning new skills that can lead to empowerment and transformation.”

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Inner healing journeys: wilderness therapy. Says Haddow: “With few exceptions, Wild Women Expeditions’ itineraries place women in wilderness settings with only occasional brushes with society and culture. There are abundant studies on the benefits of forest therapy. One of our programs takes women back in time to spaces inside themselves they’ve never before inhabited. Under the guidance of First Nation female leaders, they hear stories of women as fire carriers, medicine women and knowledge keepers and for a short while immerse themselves in traditional plant medicine, archery, equestrian skills, sacred earth walks and indigenous living skills. Another program honors Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit as only a bare-bones wilderness immersion can accomplish.”

Yoga-themed vacations: out-of-the-box yoga. Says Haddow: “Yoga is a cultural force spilling out of yoga studios and into yoga-themed vacations where practitioners can carry on in exotic settings at luxury retreat centers. We take yoga one step further than a terrace or beachfront vista and integrate yoga with other activities for truly immersive experiences. On our yoga themed wilderness trips, we take yoga out of the box and let women feel the elements as they discover their own power and wellbeing.”

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Comfort in the wilderness: going glamping. Says Haddow: “Women May have a desire to go glamping — but with conditions. We meet women half way. Some don’t have the physical ability to do a multi-day backpacking and camping experience. In Patagonia our version of glamping for women with back issues is to give them proper beds but still with enough exposure to the elements so they feel part of the wilderness experience. Our journeys are not survival trips but rather about women warming up to their own inherent connection in and with nature. We want to help them make one journey a life-long adventure, helping them make hay connection and following their bliss into the wild. We’re all about women taking little steps to feel confident in their journeys.”

Asking more questions: conservation matters. Says Haddow: “We’re seeing a growing enthusiasm for tourism to be a force of conservation and the protection of wildlife. There’s more support for changing the perceptions of what animals mean to the world. We feel we are helping make a difference by supporting tiger reserves and parks in India and assisting in Indonesia (Borneo) to protect the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. In Thailand a decade ago there was low awareness of the damage done to the elephant population in this country because of tourism, requiring that elephants become beasts of burden under the physical weight of one of the tourist after another riding them. Villagers are re-appreciating elephants in new ways, in part because of the attention and support they receive from our guests. There’s a movement of women asking the right questions when it comes to their travel opportunities. For example: Are the protocols of developing and executing itineraries ethical in terms of impacts on wildlife and benefits to local communities? Plus, there’s the added value of engaging female guides from these countries to lead our women-only trips. Our clients care that local women get more the benefits of tourism.”

Blood Money

Blood Money, on view from 8/10 – 8/19, opens this week with delightfully deviant experiences on Friday 7-10p and Saturday 5-8p. Proceeds from the show will go to Lysistrata. Must be 18+ to enter.

Summer of Love by 5ivefingaz and friends* with historic work by 5ivefingaz, Sugacane Danger, Uncutt Art, Miranda Maxwell, Hash Harper, Darcy Briks (congrats on your new little bundle of joy!), Paulie Nassar and Action Jackson still available on our e-comm.

UPCOMING OPENINGS

Thurs Aug 23 + on view thru Sept 2

You Look Good (ugly): Visual scenarios of love, lust, sex, envy and social anxiety by Jaya Suartika and Rex. Wed Sept 5 + on view through Oct 7

Ophelia (I feel ya) curated by Yana Toyber

With Yana Toyber, Lindsay Jones, Natalie Krim, Alisa Minyukova, Rawan Rihani, Claudia Santiso, Etta Shon, Sarah Sweeney and more TBA.

Thurs Oct 18 + on view thru 11/11

A solo exhibition by Jen Dwyer. Photos from Breaking the Grass Ceiling by Maverick Inman and Virginia Stroh on 7/26/18 and a note from the Stacie Lucas:

Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women Making An Impact on 7/26 was an incredible evening with an exceptional attendance. I would like to personally thank Maya Shaw of Shaw.BK and Solie Burnett-Loucas of Humblebloom for co-producing a historic moment with us. Much gratitude to kind and mega-talented reiki master Christina Lovely, who grounded us before we dove into a pragmatic talk surrounding the War On Drugs, incarcaration reform and what we all can do now to support marginalized communities.

Thank you to our panelists: Keira Duarte of Mary Magazine, Brittany Carbone of Tonic CBD, Amanda Reyes of Cannabis Cultural Association and Safon Floyd of Estrohaze for your openness and expertise. And, thank you to all who came out to share and to learn.

Stay tuned for more experiences like this one!

About Lucas Lucas

An ethical art gallery and retail concept rooted in social impact, #LucasLucas rotates artwork by emerging and contemporary artists, as well as rare jewelry, books and objects. The gallery is in constant transformation; the retail-level gallery morphs to accommodate installation, wellness practice, live music, community gatherings, fundraisers, and film and photoshoot production.

57 Conselyea Street at Lorimer Street in Brooklyn, New York – one block from the Lorimer L/G.

Gallery Hours: Walk-ins all the time, by appointment and online.