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Women's Month illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Where Women Made History campaign

National Trust and Benjamin Moore Honor Women’s Impact on American History

This month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with Benjamin Moore, announced plans to restore two buildings that honor the significant contributions of diverse women to American progress.  Azurest South in Petersburg, VA, was designed in 1939 by Amaza Lee Meredith, one of the country’s first Black female architects; and the McDonogh 19 Elementary School in 9th Ward of New Orleans, LA, was one of the first schools integrated in New Orleans after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education.

Both projects are part of the National Trust’s Where Women Made History campaign and a continuation of the collaboration between the National Trust and Benjamin Moore launched in 2020 with the interior restoration of the Women’s Building in San Francisco, CA, and the exterior transformation of the Odd Fellows Building in Astoria, OR.  Support from the National Trust and Benjamin Moore for these sites of women’s achievement and empowerment comes during a critical time of global pandemic and economic uncertainty in which women across the country are in crisis.

Christina Morris, manager of the Where Women Made History campaign for the National Trust, said, “The women whose stories are preserved in these places embody the spirit of the Where Women Made History campaign.  These are women who pushed beyond the boundaries of what they were told was acceptable or even possible.  We owe them an enormous debt for establishing the essential—but often unseen—foundation that lifts up women and girls today and gives them the freedom to pursue their own dreams.”

“It is a privilege to be able to preserve several historic sites with significant roots in women’s history,” said Jeannie West, Benjamin Moore Senior Vice President of Human Resources.  “Together with the National Trust, we’ll pay homage to these female trailblazers who helped shape us into the nation we are today.”

The National Trust’s Where Women Made History campaign is designed to address the centuries of gender inequality that have led to the erasure of many pivotal stories of women’s history, creating an inaccurate perception of their fundamental role in shaping American identity.  These inequalities have been laid bare over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its disproportionate and devastating effects on women, particularly women of color, who were forced to shutter their businesses and who became unemployed at a rate four times higher than their male counterparts.  Through the Where Women Made History campaign, the National Trust plans to raise and invest $10 million in philanthropic support to elevate and preserve 100 places across the country where women of all backgrounds, ages, beliefs, and identities have made history.

In addition to the four Benjamin Moore projects, the campaign is active on many other fronts, conducting a nationwide crowdsourcing effort that garnered over 1,200 formerly unrecognized places where women made history from across all 50 states; adding new sites related to women artists to expand the diversity and representation in the National Trust’s Historic Artists Homes and Studios program; providing grants to directly support dozens of projects and places of women’s history around the country; creating the first all-female HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew projects to empower the next generation of female preservationists and craftspeople through the restoration of women’s history sites; sharing the stories of groundbreaking female leaders in Preservation magazine; and taking action to save nationally-significant places of women’s history, such as the San Francisco, CA, home of LGBTQ+ civil rights pioneers and activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Natalie de Blois’s spectacular Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, OH, and the National Historic Landmark Harada House in Riverside, CA, where Sumi Harada played a critical role in a lawsuit that allowed Japanese Americans to own property in California and later provided a safe haven for Japanese Americans who had been forcibly relocated to incarceration camps during World War II.

In partnership with Benjamin Moore, the two new sites announced this month highlight the impact African American women have had on American history.

Architect, educator, and artist Amaza Lee Meredith designed Azurest South in 1938 as the lifetime residence and personal studio for herself and her partner, Dr. Edna Meade Colson. Ms. Meredith also is credited with establishing and running the Fine Art Department at Virginia State University (VSU) for over two decades.  The home is now owned by the VSU Alumni Association. Benjamin Moore will provide approximately 150 gallons of paint to help with restoration work on both the interior and exterior of the small but stunning Moderne property, and we hope to include students in the VSU Fine Art Department in the project to carry Amaza Lee’s legacy forward to the next generation.

McDonogh 19 Elementary is one of two historic sites in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, LA, where school desegregation first took place. On November 14, 1960, three six-year-old girls – Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost – made history when they climbed the 18 stairs to enter the then all-white school. On the same morning, Ruby Bridges integrated William Frantz Elementary. These four girls became the first African Americans to integrate formerly all-white schools in the Jim Crow Deep South and have since been known as the “New Orleans Four.”

Closed in 2004, the McDonogh 19 Elementary School is currently being transformed by the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. as a mixed-use facility, that, in addition to senior housing, will feature education and exhibition space dedicated to the history of New Orleans public school desegregation, civil rights, and restorative justice.  The building is being renamed the Tate Etienne & Prevost Interpretive Center.

Both sites are expected to be completed by summer 2021, and their progress and transformation will be documented with photos and videos that will be released later this year.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

 

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John-Robert – Rock Back & Forth

MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST/PRODUCER JOHN-ROBERT SHARES NEW SONG “ROCK BACK & FORTH” – WATCH THE VISUAL HERE

HEALTHY BABY BOY, PART 1 ARRIVES APRIL 2

Renowned for clever storytelling in both his lyricism and videos, 20-year-old rising artist and producer John-Robert shares a new single entitled “Rock Back & Forth” today via Nice Life Recording Company / Warner Records. It’s the fourth track to be unveiled from his Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1 project, now set for release on April 2, 2021.  Listen to “Rock Back & Forth” HERE.  Pre-order/Pre-save Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1 HERE.

On Rock Back & Forth,” a smooth, clean guitar riff underscores his breathy verses before blossoming into a simmering hook, “They just don’t move like you move, they just don’t dance like you do. In the accompanying visual, he moves in a myriad of ways, attending an aerial physique teacher training session, pole dance workout, and even roller skating by the beach.  Watch it HERE.

About “Rock Back & Forth,” he explained, “I wrote this tune after watching Dirty Dancing with my previous partner. I adored how she was able to express herself through dance. I never felt comfortable dancing myself, but it was a joy to watch someone else be so liberated. ‘Rock Back & Forth’ was assurance for my partner. Even though there are other beautiful people in the world, what you love about your partner is their nuances, individuality, and unique style. I thought I would discover different forms of movement to see if it’d help with my own self-confidence. I hope other people can take courage if they’re as uncomfortable with dance as I am.”

The music of Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1 relays the artist’s coming-of-age, whisked out of obscurity in Edinburg, VA by mega-producer Ricky Reed and trading a town of 1,000 residents for Los Angeles, where the budding talent is now making a lifelong dream a reality.

Most recently, he unveiled “Damn Bean” with a Pulp Fiction-inspired music video. Prior, John-Robert dropped “USMO,” an acronym short for “You Should Move On” and set the stage for Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1 with the release of title track Healthy Baby Boy” last October. The autobiographical slice-of-life immediately attracted tastemaker praise by the likes of  SPIN, who raved, “On his latest single, ‘Healthy Baby Boy,’ John-Robert shows his depth as an emerging songwriter by his understanding of the poignancy of life,” and American Songwriter noted, “He pours his emotional angst directly into his new song, the charmingly nostalgic ‘Healthy Baby Boy.’  In The Know put it best, “John-Robert is a name you’ll want to know…a small-town baby boy who’s steadily rising to super stardom.”

At age 16, John-Robert was invited out to L.A. by Reed, who’s described him as “a transcendent, once-in-a-generation singer and songwriter.” Sure enough, John-Robert’s 2019 independent release “Adeline” has amassed over 3 million streams and garnered fans like Camila Cabello, who posted an Instagram story praising it. Last year, he recorded a breathtaking rendition of Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” for the Recording Academy’s® “ReImagined” video series. In May, he released his debut EP, Bailey Barely Knew Me, featuring “Adeline” and other standout tracks.

Healthy Baby Boy, Part 1 tracklisting:

  1. Healthy Baby Boy
  2. Damn Bean
  3. USMO
  4. Move It To The Side
  5. Novia Scotia
  6. Rock Back & Forth
Science Tech Illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta

Blood Discovery Research x UVA

Blood Discoveries Advance Effort to Grow Organs, Battle Cancer 

New Research Reveals Important Insights Into How Our Bodies Make Blood 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A.– Pioneering research into how our bodies manufacture the cells that make blood has moved us closer to regrowing tissues and organs. These findings also may let doctors grow the cells for transplantation into people to battle cancer, blood disorders and autoimmune diseases.

Researcher Karen K. Hirschi, PhD, of the Department of Cell Biology and Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has developed a simple and efficient way to generate “hemogenic endothelial cells.” These cells are the first step in the production line of blood cells, and Hirschi’s new findings provide a blueprint for creating them outside of the body.

“By studying how hemogenic endothelial cells develop normally, we gain the insight needed to generate them in the lab,” Hirschi said. “Now that we have established a method to produce human hemogenic endothelial cells outside of the body, we will continue to improve their production and function as we learn more about the mechanisms that promote their normal development.”

Building Blood-Making Factories

Hirschi’s latest work, published in a pair of scientific papers, offers important insights into how hemogenic endothelial cells form, and how they ultimately give rise to the cells that directly manufacture blood.

Writing in the prestigious journal, Science, she and her team reveal a key trigger that causes the endothelial cells to “transdifferentiate,” or turn into blood-making factories, during embryonic development. These blood-making (i.e. hemogenic) endothelial cells generate hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) that have long been used for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Typically, they are taken from sources such as an individual’s bone marrow, but doctors would like to be able to manufacture them quickly and easily for patients on demand. “Generating human hemogenic endothelial cells in the lab from each patient that needs HSPC is the first step toward patient therapies for blood disorders,” Hirschi said.

In a paper published nearly simultaneously in Cell Reports, Hirschi unveils a blueprint for creating the hemogenic endothelial cells, the source of HSPCs, outside of the body. The secret is a substance called retinoic acid. You may have heard of retinoic acid in association with beauty products, but in this case its responsibilities include triggering genes to cause “hematopoietic transition”–to put more vascular endothelial cells in the business of making blood by producing HSPCs.

The new insights provided by the work “will improve our ability to apply developmental insights to the generation of distinct endothelial cell subtypes for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine,” the researchers write in their new paper. “In addition, our system could likely be developed further to optimize the generation of transplantable HSPCs from human hemogenic endothelial cells for clinical therapies.”

The approach offers several advances over existing means, including being quicker and less expensive, the researchers note.

“We hope our continued efforts will move us closer to treating both vascular and blood disorders,” Hirschi said. “These studies highlight the importance of basic cell and developmental biology research as a foundation for devising strategies for patient-specific clinical therapies.”

Hirschi was recruited from Yale in 2019 to join the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology, which has long been interested in addressing how embryos develop and applying this basic knowledge to the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues and organs.

Findings Published

The Science paper was authored by Dionna M. Kasper, Jared Hintzen, Yinyu Wu, Joey J. Ghersi, Hanna K. Mandl, Kevin E. Salinas, William Armero, Zhiheng He, Ying Sheng, Yixuan Xie, Daniel W. Heindel, Eon Joo Park, William C. Sessa, Lara K. Mahal, Carlito Lebrilla, Hirschi and Stefania Nicoli. The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (grants F32HL132475, U54DK106857, 1K99HL141687, R01HL130246, R56DK118728, R01HL146056. R01HL128064, R01DK118728 and R01GM049077) and the American Heart Association (grants 19PRE34380749 and19TPA34890046).

The research team responsible for the Cell Reports paper consisted of Jingyao Qiu, Sofia Nordling, Hema H. Vasavada, Eugene C. Butcher and Hirschi. That work was supported by NIH grants HL128064, U2EB017103, R01-AI130471 and R01-CA228019; CT Innovations grant 15-RMB-YALE-04; Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review award I01BX002919; the Swedish Society for Medical Research; and a Stanford Dean’s Fellowship.

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PENTATONIX

Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix have launched a pre-order for their forthcoming release – PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP, VOL. I – out April 13th via RCA Records. Pre-order here.

Pentatonix has sold nearly 10 million albums in worldwide consumption and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts more than 14.6 million subscribers, yielding over 3.1 billion video views. Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.

Additionally, nine of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (two albums reaching #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. Most recently, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Hallelujah” were certified platinum, while the Pentatonix original, “Can’t Sleep Love,” was certified gold. The group has had two holiday specials on NBC, released their tour documentary – On My Way Home – in 2015 and appeared in the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2.

Most recently, Pentatonix released a deluxe version of their certified platinum 2016 holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe and wrapped their sold-out A Pentatonix Christmas Tour in December.

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Those who pre-order the album will receive “Havana” and “New Rules x Are You That Somebody?” instantly.

The quintet’s arrangement of “New Rules x Are You That Somebody?” mashes up the Dua Lipa hit with the Aaliyah classic. Watch the music video here. Additionally, the video for the Pentatonix cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” has surpassed 10 million views.

In concert with the album’s pre-order launch, tickets for the group’s 39-city North American tour are available today at 12pm local time. All fans who purchase tickets online through May 31, 2018 will receive a digital download of PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP, VOL. 1.

To purchase tickets visit www.ptxofficial.com, LiveNation.com or the Live Nation app.

How Online Coaching Helps Busy People Get Fit

How Online Coaching Helps Busy People Get Fit

People are busier today than ever before, and for many people that tends to keep them from getting the exercise that they need. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, less than 5% of the adults in the country engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day. What’s more, they report that 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and strength-training activities each week. One of the most common reasons people cite for not getting enough exercise is that they don’t have the time, but online coaching is changing all that.

“I’ve been offering online coaching since 2009, and I’ve seen how it’s helped so many people find the time to get fit,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “There are a lot of benefits to opting for online coaching for those who may be too busy for in-person meetings or who have geographic constraints.”

Online coaching puts the power of having a trainer right in the comfort of your own home. By logging online with a computer or tablet, the coaching session is right there at the person’s fingertips. They still get the same powerful information they would in person, but the delivery format works better for many people. Online coaching gives people a tool that they can use when it’s convenient for them, which will help them stay on track, hold themselves accountable, and work toward reaching individual fitness goals.

Many people spend their day commuting back and forth to work and spending long hours in the office. The last thing they can imagine doing is trying to squeeze in an additional drive to go work out somewhere. Online coaching has become a popular option for those who are busy, but also for those who are looking to have their workout fit their own list of what they want out of a workout routine. Some of the ways that online coaching is helping busy people get fit include:

  • Saving time. In the time that many people will take to drive back and forth to go work out, they could complete an in-home or in-office workout. Using your own body weight, there are many exercises that can be done right in the living room in order to get fit.
  • Motivation. Online coaching provides people with the motivation when and where they may need it. Working with a personal trainer is a great way be get motivated, as well as get the expert advice that people need to achieve their fitness goals.
  • Privacy. There are many people who would like to work out with a personal fitness coach, but don’t want to do it in front of others. They may be embarrassed or feel they don’t measure up. Online coaching provides them with a whole new level of privacy.
  • Flexibility. Online coaching allows people to work out at the hour that is convenient for them, as well as in the geographic location that works for them. Whether they are on vacation, in the office, or at home, they can fit in a coaching session when it works for them.

“Those who try online coaching tend to love it,” added Coach Walls. “They get the same great information, but it fits their life better, so they are more able to stick with it. Getting fit is easier when you have the tools that can help you get there, and that’s exactly what online coaching aims to do.”

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

Fabolous × Velous × Chris Brown

FABOLOUS, VELOUS, CHRIS BROWN RELEASE NEW SINGLE “FLIPMODE

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE LYRIC VIDEO

 
“When I heard the track it was a dope vibe, so I knew I wanted to become a part of the song. Once I laid my verses I got Chris to add his touch while we were on tour together and the rest is history.” says Fabolous.
 
WHO: Fabolous, Velous and Chris Brown

 

WHEN: Friday, September 1st 2017
 

WHAT: Fabolous, Velous, Chris Brown release new track and lyric video for FLIPMODE produced by Velous. The track is now available for download/streaming at all digital partners here via Desert Storm/Def Jam Records.
 
WHERE:

All partners: http://smarturl.it/flipmode
Streaming retail: http://smarturl.it/rflipmode

Download/Device Aware: http://smarturl.it/dflipmode 
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/spotify
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/itunes

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/applemusic 
Google: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/googleplay  

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/amazon
Tidal: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/tidal
Soundcloud: http://smarturl.it/flipmode/soundcloud