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Online Harassment and Digital Threats to Journalists

Newsroom executives need to better protect journalists from online abuse and harassment if they are to retain women and people of color in media, according to a Women’s Media Center report released March 5.

The report, “What Online Harassment Tells Us About Our Newsrooms: From Individuals to Institutions,” looks at online harassment and systemic bias in U.S. newsrooms. The report analyzes the most recent studies and findings regarding online hostility to journalists and concludes with recommendations for newsroom leaders, including committing to understanding the relationship of inclusivity, online harassment, and free speech in their newsrooms; acknowledging bias and engineering around it; and making journalists’ safety a company-wide priority.

“Taking online harassment seriously is at the core of an inclusive newsroom and a critical step toward ensuring free speech for all,” said Julie Burton, WMC president and CEO. “News leaders and managers must be in the vanguard in combating both harassment and the internal biases that exacerbate that harassment.”

The report examines the ever-expanding digital threats to journalists and includes insights gleaned from industry research and from three news leaders whom the nonprofit organization convened for a special symposium in New Orleans in October: Nicole Carroll, editor-in-chief, USA Today; Mitra Kalita, senior vice president, news, opinion, and programming, CNN Digital; and Raju Narisetti, who has overseen news operations at The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Gizmodo Media Group and is founder of India’s Mint newspaper.

Kalita said women are telling their stories and voicing their opinions despite the harassment they face. Opinion writers that she works with won’t be silenced. “They write again,” said Kalita, adding that it’s really important to her that women “feel that they’re supported along the way.”

Studies consistently show that for women; ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities; as well as gender-nonconforming people, online harassment is more frequent and intense and likelier to result in self-censoring, according to the report. Journalists are usually responsible, as individuals, for “staying safe” online, and a long-standing journalistic tradition urging journalists to “grow a thicker skin” frequently inhibits genuine understanding of the dynamics of abuse. The report’s authors contend that this approach creates an imbalance that results in organizations persistently ill-prepared for the virulence of online hate and harassment.

“We want newsrooms to take online harassment seriously, not as a matter of women’s personal safety, but as central to their commitment to inclusivity and journalistic ethics,” said Soraya Chemaly, an award-winning writer and media critic and the co-founder and director of WMC’s Speech Project, which raises public and media awareness of online harassment. “Understanding the dynamics of online harassment and hate gives newsrooms a genuine opportunity to commit to inclusivity, in virtually any way you look at it.”

Kalita and Carroll said that the safety and security of their journalists is a top concern at their organizations, which they said have instituted safety and security measures to protect journalists. For example, Kalita said she works closely with CNN’s security team. Carroll said Gannett, USA Today’s parent company, has an internal harassment policy with clear steps to be taken, such as documenting it with screenshots and referring it to human resources.

“Newsroom leadership must commit to providing better protection for all journalists, but especially for women; ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities; and gender-nonconforming people,” said Pat Mitchell, WMC
co-chair.

According to the report, in addition to clearly influencing how journalists work, online harassment also affects organizations’ ability to recruit, retain, and reward diverse staff and cultivate inclusive media environments and leadership. In an environment that rewards visibility and audience engagement, women and minorities, who as a result of being targeted reduce their social media presence, may lower their chances of career advancement, according to the report.

“Inclusion is really not only an important moral issue, but has to be seen as a business problem, as a quality of our journalism problem, as a trust issue, as both an organizational and a legal issue,” said Narisetti.

The WMC report also includes separate interviews with Soraya Nadia McDonald, culture critic at The Undefeated; Jill Filipovic, contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and freelance writer; and Katelyn Burns, freelance writer for Rewire and Vox, who discuss their challenges in navigating an increasingly vitriolic online arena.

The report can be downloaded HERE

About the Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, is an inclusive and feminist organization that works to raise the visibility, viability, and decision-making power of women and girls in media to ensure that their stories get told and their voices are heard. We do this by researching and monitoring media; creating and modeling original online, print, and podcast content; training women and girls to be effective in media, and promoting women experts in all fields.

Marvel Teases “Iron Cat”

Today, Marvel released teaser art for a new superhero, IRON CAT!

To find a comic shop near you, visit Comicshoplocator.com

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit Marvel.com

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How to Buy Gold Bracelet for Women 

Gold is not only beautiful, but it’s also friendly to wear. This explains why gold bracelets for women hardly ever go out of style. 

Gold is a unique precious metal that’s durable and specially designed to retain value over time. 

Often buying gold jewelry is considered to be an investment because it doesn’t come cheap. 

A well maintained gold bracelet for women can last for many generations. 

If you love gold jewelry, knowing how to buy gold jewelry helps you get the most value from your purchase. 

What’s the Impact of Purity on Value?

A genuine gold bracelet for women will come with a specific figure to indicate how much pure gold it contains in percentage. 

This could range anywhere from 10K, 14K, and 18K. The letter K represents karat. The higher the karat, the more expensive the jewelry piece will be. 

Let’s take a detailed look at the karat percentage.

  • If your jewelry is indicated 24K, it means it’s pure gold
  • 18K jewelry comprises 18 parts of gold and 6 parts one or more extra metals. This makes it 75% gold.
  • 14K jewelry comes with 14 parts of gold and 12 parts of one or more metals which makes it 50% gold. 
  • 10K jewelry contains 10 parts of gold and 14 parts one or more metals and this makes it 41.7%gold. 
  • 10 karat in the lowest karat that can be said to be gold in the US. 

Commonly Sold Gold Jewelry

You’re likely to find gold bracelets for women in various jewelry stores in the US. 

If the jewelry you buy is less than 14 karats, it means that it can only be valuable for a short period. 

It’s worth mentioning that the higher the gold content, the more influence it shall make in the market. 

Apart from gold content, there are various factors to consider to determine how valuable your jewelry pieces are. 

Here are some of them. 

Understand European Markings

European gold bracelets for women are marked with numbers that show the percentage of gold. You need to understand them, especially when you’re buying classic gold jewelry. 

Understand other Markings on your Gold Jewelry

Karat branding on your gold jewelry should come with a trademark that can help you determine the manufacturer. 

The product’s country of origin is usually indicated in some jewelry as well. Make sure the gold jewelry you choose has been certified for gold content before you can buy it. 

Why mix Gold with other Metals?

Knowing about gold alloys can come in handy to help you in your search for gold jewelry. 

Remember, pure gold is usually soft and this means that wearing it every day is impractical. 

Other metals are usually combined with gold to enhance its durability. Such jewelry often comes at a low price. 

Mixing gold with different metals enables metallurgists to change its color. For instance, nickel and palladium can be mixed with gold to produce white gold. 

Combining gold with copper creates a pink or rose tint. Doing so with silver produces a green cast 

When metals are combined with gold, the result is an alloy. This is a bent combination of metals which can be quite expensive. 

Solid gold is a term used to define jewelry that contains a minimum of 10 karats of gold in the US

Gold Used as a Coating

There are various ways of applying gold coating in a less expensive metal and this reduces its cost. 

Remember, if your jewelry comes with an overly thick layer of gold you shouldn’t wear it daily. Doing so exposes your gold bracelet to wear and tear. 

Finally 

Plated or gold filled jewelry is ideal for the jewelry you plan to wear occasionally. 

However, don’t think about it as an investment. Daily use of these pieces increases wear and tear which in turn exposes bottom part of the metal. 

This could stain your skin and eventually trigger an allergic reaction. 

If you’re looking for the best gold bracelets for women that will be durable, you should invest in the highest quality gold you can afford. 

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Tips on how women can develop Upper body Strength:

Grassroots Fitness Project has been promoting Women’s Strength for over a decade. Presently our most popular class is Women’s Strength which is a 6 week program that teaches all skill levels, fundamental lifting patterns of strength training in a supportive women’s only environment. Using Grassroots Fitness Project as a human performance laboratory we found that there are three main factors which affect developing upper body strength safely.

  1. Adequate levels of shoulder mobility
  2. Core strength and spinal stability.
  3. Developing a learner’s mentality.

Poor shoulder mobility is usually the issue when we hear, “Oh I tried fill in the blank training method, and it ruined my shoulders.” What is usually the case is participants enter these classes with less than optimal flexibility in the shoulders which reduces full ROM (Range of Motion). Loss of range of motion prevents optimal positioning and develops compensation patterns which forces stabilizing muscles to perform work as primary movers. An example of this would be over head presses. If the client lacks the ability to flex their shoulder 180 degrees which basically put; Bringing biceps to ears with shoulders blades retracted, the client will struggle to get the wrist, elbow, and shoulder aligned vertically. When this is the case clients tend to over work the rotator cuff tissues and/ or hyper extend at the low back to achieve vertical positioning of the arms. Poor shoulder mobility and flexibility= No Bueno
To assess shoulder mobility place your butt, head and entire spine onto wall with feet slightly ahead of you. With your arms starting at your side bring your knuckles to the wall above you whilst keeping your entire spine including the low back on the wall. If you are unable to get full shoulder flexion you should work on shoulder mobility first.

Core strength and spinal stability. Core strength begets increased spinal stability. Deeper than the muscles you want to see in the mirror are your deep core musculature comprised of the Transverse abdominus, Spinal erectors, Multifidus, Gluteals, Hip flexors, and Abdominus rectus.
Easiest assessment for adequate core strength is the prone bridge on your elbows for 60 seconds. Face down, on your elbows feet behind you. The body should be held in a straight line from shoulder to ankles. While in this position pull your belly button to your spine, attempt to tighten your quadriceps, buttocks, and activate your pelvic floor musculature “Kiegel” muscles. A one minute plank in good position is a good benchmark to use to assess core strength.

Developing the learners mentality allows all of the attendees to put down the preconceived expectations of performance, strength, and athleticism. We encourage people to embrace their ability level as a starting point to move forward from. The learners mind is about setting the goal around getting better at the respective skill, every workout. If we can get the client to focus on getting better given enough time becoming great is inevitable.

With all that said, we were inspired by Stan Leprotti’s La Sierra High School Warm-up from 1957 and tweaked it to meet the needs of our population. This is a great everyday workout, vacation workout, feeling lazy workout, I ain’t got time work out program that elicits flexibility, endurance and a ton of upper body strength. A version is posted HERE.

20 Jumping Jacks
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps
20 Alternating Windmills
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps
50 Side Straddle Hops
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps
50 Striders
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps
50 Toe Hops
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps
10 Squat thrusts
40 Mountain Climbers
5 Push-ups or Shoulder Taps

UNTITLED SPACE x Miss Meatface

JOIN THE UNTITLED SPACE & FLEUR DU MAL for cocktails and a performance with MISS MEATFACE

Saturday, February 8th 3-6pm RSVP REQUIRED: events@untitled-space.com (All RSVPs must be confirmed)

Miss Meatface “Peep Show”— A Solo Exhibition Presented by Fleur Du Mal In collaboration with The Untitled Space

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: December 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020, 175 Mott Street, NYC

Hours: Daily 12-7pm (except Sunday 12-6pm)

Miss Meatface “Demure Debutante” featured in “Peep Show” The Untitled Space is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by artist Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, presented in collaboration with Fleur Du Mal. From December 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020 a selection of her photography including unique Polaroids, photographic prints on aluminum and photo printed ceramics will be on view at their lower east side pop-up gallery, “Peep Show” located at 175 Mott Street in Manhattan.

Kat Toronto aka “Miss Meatface” is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area who works in performance-based photography. She uses her often unsettling and surreal images to explore cultural ideals of feminine beauty and the objectification of women in a feminist society by toying with the push and pull of dominance and submission, as well as the acts of revealing and concealing. Diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer in 2010 that eventually led to a full hysterectomy in 2013, Kat uses the name “Miss Meatface” as an artistic and spiritual catalyst to delve into a complex set of questions about where she now fits into society as a woman. Kat currently resides in London, England.

MORE INFO HERE

Art 4 Equality

Paddle8 Auction

Now live for bidding through February 11th at 5pm EST

The Untitled Space is pleased to present a benefit auction supporting Art4Equality in partnership with Paddle 8 which is now live for bidding until February 11, 2020.

The Art4Equality x Paddle8 Benefit Auction features more than 200 artworks by over 60 artists including Reisha Perlmutter, Hiba Schahbaz, Fahren Feingold, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Sarah Maple, Rebecca Leveille, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Lynn Bianchi, Leah Schrager, Katie Commodore, Annika Connor, Alexandra Rubinstein, Trina Merry, Victoria Selbach, and among many others coming together to raise funds for Art4Equality’s future programing and gender equality focused projects. Artist Reisha Perlmutter Featured in Art4Equality Benefit Paddle8 Auction.

ART4EQUALITY x PADDLE8 AUCTION ARTISTS

Alex Janero, Alexandra Rubinstein, Allie Fuller, Allison Hill-Egdar, Anna Cone, Anna Sampson, Anne Barlinckhoff, Annika Connor, Buket Savci, Cabell Molina, Camilla Marie Dahl, Cara Lien, Cavanagh Foyle, Dafna Steinberg, Danielle Siegelbaum, Dara Vandor, Dolly Faibyshev, Dominique Vitali, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Elisa Valenti, Ellen Stagg, Elsa Keefe, Fahren Feingold, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Ismael Guerrier, Jessica So Ren Tang, Judy Polstra, Karen Bystedt x Brad Branson, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Katie Commodore, Katy Itter, Katya Zvereva, Kaya Deckelbaum, Lauren Rinaldi, Leah Schrager, Lindsey Guile, Logan White, Lynn Bianchi, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Marcelo Daldoce, Meegan Barnes, Michael Liani, Natasha Wright, Nichole Washington, Peter Beard, Rachel Marks, Rebecca Leveille, Reisha Perlmutter, Robin Tewes, Sarah Maple, Sarah Weber, Savannah Spirit, Sebastian Perinotti, Shaina Craft, Shamona Stokes, Shohei Kondo, Stephanie Hanes, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Trina Merry, and Victoria Selbach.

Artist Allie Fuller Featured in Art4Equality Paddle8 Benefit Auction

ABOUT ART4EQUALITY

Art4Equality is an initiative supporting gender equality themed art exhibitions and special projects including films and public art by female identifying artists and allies. The mission of Art4Equality is to create empowering artwork and exhibitions that can impact social change, raise awareness and inspire our community. Art4Equality additionally facilitates opportunities by providing mentorship to female identifying artists, as well as special programming such as panel discussions, performances, and educational art events. Art4Equality empowers by creating a platform for progress. By supporting the work of underrepresented and marginalized artists, Art4Equality demonstrates the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions to the community, encourages an inclusive dialogue, and promotes equality for all. Art4Equality is a sponsored initiative of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization. Tax-deductible donations are accepted online. Learn More:

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WSI Magazine “Art4Equality Benefit Group Show”

ARTSY “Art4Equality Benefit Group Show”

THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE “Art4Equality Launches Inaugural Benefit Art Auction With Reception At The Untitled Space”

ARTRABBIT “Art4Equality Benefit Group Show”

CURATED BY GIRLS “Art4Equality x Paddle8 Benefit Auction”

Have an artwork you have an eye on? Make an appointment to view in person at the gallery! Contact us at info@untitled-space.com

ABOUT THE UNTITLED SPACE:

The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2015 by Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary-pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committed to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art as well as special events aligned with our creative vision. Website

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The Top 5 Most Craziest Pranks Ever

As a child, you probably pulled a prank. Back then, they were harmless – jokes designed for nothing more than temporary amusement. They stopped being entertaining when you got older though. The stakes became higher. The potential damage became much greater to someone’s life.

You can’t deny that the potential for a good prank is still there. We never lose touch with that side of ourselves entirely. But when it comes to jokes as an adult, what options do you have? You might be interested to know that you have a few. We’re quite fond of pranks, so we’re going to look at a few examples here. Perhaps we’ll even coax you into playing a joke on someone again!

Hire a ‘Special’ Stripper!

So, the bachelor party of any man is a big event. It is the last night before you get married. The final evening you will spend as a man who isn’t committed to someone in the most intimate way. That’s pretty big, you know? So a lot of men celebrate in style. They go on big nights out. There’s often a lot of drinking and merriment. One thing that this night also includes, traditionally, is a stripper.

Now, picture the ideal image of a stripper for a minute. Curvy, but not too slim – think ‘all the right curves in all the right places’. There’s long, luscious hair. That sultry gaze that can hold you paralysed for what seems like an eternity. It’s a very captivating image. Now take that, and throw it out the window! Instead, the best idea for a practical joke is the roly-poly stripper. Now, in all fairness, you might get the luscious hair and the dazzling look. But it’s not so appealing when it’s connected to a huge woman!

We guarantee that it’ll be hilarious. You tell your friend you’ve hired them a stripper. They’re excited. They’re keen to meet this lovely lady and enjoy her talents for a night. And when the big moment finally arrives, and a very chunky lass comes swaggering out, their jaw will drop. And it won’t be picked back up in a hurry. They’ll be shocked, you’ll be crying with laughter, and everyone gets a night they won’t forget in a hurry.

Paint Bucket + Door = Giggles

Let’s come away from the bachelor party for a moment. Instead, let’s look at a more common occurrence. It’s the weekend off, and your friend has been annoying you all week. You want to get even. You feel that familiar stirring… it’s time for a prank, and it’s going to be a good one.

But what do you do? How can you make them pay for winding you up for so long? Well, here’s what you do. Take the door. Half open it so that you can balance a can of paint on it, and then do just that. If you’ve done it correctly, they’ll open the door, and the paint bucket will fall directly on them! If you ask us, this is pretty hilarious. However, you should be careful when you do this. Make sure that there’s facilities available to wash the paint off – don’t use anything too heavy duty. After all, you don’t want to end the friendship, do you? But there’s no doubt this will be hilarious.

Smartphone Fails

The era of modern technology is excellent. One thing that it is beneficial for is pranks. You can use your smartphone in a variety of different ways to play a joke on someone, so let’s get creative.

The obvious solution is to prank-call someone. You could pretend to be a boss or an angry-ex partner… the possibilities are endless. Make sure you don’t get them to do anything dangerous though – no prank is worth injury. Alternatively, you could record them saying something hilarious. The thing about a smartphone is that you can set it to record and then put it away. No one will know that you’ve been recording the entire awkward conversation!

Failing that of course, you could sneak a photo of them and post it to their co-workers – something unflattering and potentially idiotic is good. Something that you should try and remember is that you don’t want to get them in trouble, so be smart when sending photos or audio clips. No prank is worth someone getting injured or getting into trouble with their employer. As we said at the start, the stakes are higher when you’re an adult.

Voice Modulation Pranks

You know, it’s pretty easy to manipulate audio. People release parody videos all the time where they splice together words to make new sentences. You can probably begin to see the prank potential with this. Imagine that your friend said something which could be hilarious in another context. If you recorded it secretly, thanks to a smartphone, you could modify the audio.

You have to be careful doing things like this. If you make someone say the wrong something, you can get them into trouble. But, there’s still a lot of potential for pranks here. You have to think of something harmless. You might make them sound like a leprechaun, all squeaky. You could change things so that they seem incredibly silly. The only real limits are your imagination, which is wonderful for people who want to be able to prank their friends. Something that you should keep in mind, however, is that you can go too far. If your friend doesn’t seem okay with things, you need to stop.

But at the same time, it could be hilarious to turn your friend into Darth Vader. You could even create a personalised message for someone with the funny voice included. It would be very entertaining and would make for a top-tier prank.

New Year, New Prank

Okay, this is only good for a New Year’s prank. But oh, it’s a good one. Your friend will be so confused and potentially horrified if you can pull this off properly.

What you want is for your friend to fall asleep on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes midnight. Next, you should take all the phones and watches and devices with the year on them and move them one year forward. So for example, you’d move 2019 to 2020. Why do you do this? Well, we’ll explain it to you.

When your friend wakes up in the morning and comes to talk to everyone, you can tell him that they slept for a year! All of the different electronic devices will all confirm the story, including his phone. It especially helps if you’ve all got stories that you’ve made up which happened during ‘the year that never was’. They help to add credibility to your claims. If your friend is half-awake and potentially hungover, they might buy into the idea that they slept for a whole year. They’ll panic. They’ll ask you who’s Prime Minister. They’ll desperately try and find out if they still have a job. And then you explain to them that it’s all just a prank. And they’ll feel incredibly foolish.

Something you should be aware of is that this can go wrong. Your friend could panic and freak out. So be prepared to be able to show them that this didn’t happen. You should also expect them to scoff and laugh at you. Don’t force the joke if they seem like they’re getting angry at you for it. It’s not worth your friendship after all. But if the circumstances are right, this can be hilarious. In truth, it works for any day when there’s a party. You can convince people they’ve been asleep for 24 hours if you’re smart. Just be prepared for potential freakouts.

In conclusion, these are five of the craziest pranks that you can pull. As you can probably tell, there’s a lot to appreciate here. Whether it’s going for that roly-poly stripper or not, you have many choices. We know pranks can be fun. They’re often harmless too. However, you need to be careful when deciding how to prank someone. All it takes is for someone to get hurt and then it’s not funny anymore. Or someone loses their job. And then it’s not funny anymore. We know that the urge for big and exciting pranks can be tempting. But when we’re all adults, that’s not okay. That prank you pull in the office? It might get someone fired. When you go for a practical joke at home? It could backfire and put someone in the hospital. We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t prank people. Instead, we’re indicating that you’re sensible about it. Just stop and think about what you’re going to do. Consider the consequences. If you upset someone too much and they don’t want to talk to you anymore, was it worth it? Always try and be reasonable with pranks. Accept that there are limits. But above all else, have fun. We know how good jokes can be. And we encourage you to enjoy yourself sensibly.

GIRLS KICK SUMMER SOUNDS INTO ACTION

International singer/songwriter, K-Syran, celebrates the recognition of women at this year’s Ibiza Music Summit and personally promises a summer of stonking dance music.

Summer – gorgeous, warm, sparkling summer.  The trees are full, the blossom’s floating down like snow and we’re hankering after those delicious brushes of warm sunshine on our skin.  Don’t you just love it! But summer brings with it so much more than the seasonal sun – it also comes armed with a whole new bag of music. As spring blends into shimmering summer, our music industry flicks the switch on the vibe dial and suddenly we burst into action on the dance floor.

Summer is officially here and that means dance music is hot on the agenda for the next four months!

Just as the first buds of spring peep into view, our radio stations tempt and tease us as they sprinkle more vibrant and energized dance tracks across the airwaves.  From that moment, us music lovers know that the new season of music has sprung into life. Summer ‘sounds’ are equally as important as the summer sun and as the Ibiza Music Summit came to an end last weekend, it marked the official start of the dance music season, bring it on!

With three Top 10 dance hits of my own, I understand just how important dance music is to all of us.  Standing hand-in-hand with festivals and live gigs, dance clubs are one of the few places that our music can touch and interact with our audience on a live level.  That’s one of the few opportunities that we have to share the exhilarating musical experience as one. For me, that’s what music is all about, that touching-point with my audience.

So I applaud my musical sisters who made a stand at this year’s Ibiza Music Summit and addressed the vital topic of Diversity in Electronic Music. Tackling the issue of female representation within the electronic music industry, Jackie Antas of Live Nation exposed some vital statistics about us girls in the industry:

  • Just 1 out of 15 of Billboard’s One’s to Watch were women
  • No major music labels have female bosses
  • In 2014, only 18% of electronic labels include women on their rosters 
  • Women made up 11% of rosters in 2016

 I’m sure you’ll agree that these statistics are kinda shocking in what’s meant to be a equal world and within an industry which focuses so heavily on female talent.  The Summit discussed the need to implement a change in thought processes globally and it was agreed that there’s absolutely no doubt that the industry needs to represent women more fairly.  We shouldn’t label talent as ‘female artists’ or ‘female DJs’ – we should be equal enough to be label for our talent, not our gender.

Bring it on girls, let’s show the industry what we’re made of!  I’m kicking live and loud into this summer of dance with a bucket load of dance music that I’ll be releasing across the season.  I’ve been working with some awesome DJs and remixers to bring you the flavour of music that I know keeps you pumping in the clubs.  From awesome Dan Boots right through to the unparalleled talent of Jamie Lewis and Mr Mike – I’ve been working relentlessly in the studio with them all and I promise I’ll make this a musical summer that you won’t forget.  Watch this space – us girls will be lighting up those Ibiza dance floors very soon!

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SWATCH BIG BOLD

Inspired by bold ideas, designed for even bolder personalities: We are proud to introduce our brand new Swatch BIG BOLD collection featuring six different watch models. With a kick from urban streetwear, each BIG BOLD is a statement piece boasting a striking 47mm watchcase. This product line calls out for those who are not afraid to put themselves upfront and who are proud to be different. Swatch BIG BOLD is an attitude, a mindset, a way of being in the world. It is a kind of swagger that is irreverent, confident, and entirely unexpected. It longs for those that embrace being noticed.

POWERHOUSE FEMALE PERFORMERS × WYNN LV

Wynn Las Vegas’ “Encore Theater,” features hot performances by Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Diana is celebrating her 75th birthday diamond jubilee with her show “Diamond Diana”; Melissa will perform material from her new album, “The Medicine Show”; and Pat Benatar will perform her greatest hits with husband/musican Neil Giraldo during their remarkable 40th Anniversary tour this year.

DIANA ROSS (6/5, 6/7, 6/8, 6/12, 6/14, 6/15; 8/14, 8/16, 8/17, 8/21, 8/23, 8/24)

Due to high demand, Diana Ross will continue her 75th birthday diamond jubilee celebrations with the return of “Diamond Diana” this summer at Wynn Las Vegas. Ross will present 12 additional performances of the radiant production at Encore Theater, June 5 – 15; and August 14-24. Honoring her multi-decade career in the music industry, the launch of “Diamond Diana” in February saw sold-out crowds and special appearances by Ross’ family members. Throughout the show, fans can enjoy back-to-back performances of Ross’ renowned chart-toppers, as well as an intimate Q&A with the international music icon. Ross will celebrate her enduring collection of award-winning songs, brilliant new costumes and timeless memories in this exclusive, self-named powerhouse production at Wynn. Among her many accolades, Ross is a recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, has been recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is a 12-time GRAMMY Award nominee.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE (7/12 – One Night Only)

GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is set to make her Wynn Las Vegas debut this summer. For one-night-only, Etheridge will bring “The Medicine Show” tour to the intimate Encore Theater on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.

With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, five platinum and three multi-platinum records, and 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and two GRAMMY wins, Etheridge has established herself as a music icon. Recently she released her latest album, The Medicine Show, released via Concord Records. The namesake of her tour, The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. Through the songs she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels; “Shaking” about national anxiety, the unifying “Human Chain” about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic “Love Will Live.” More highlights include the album-closer, “Last Hello” drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious “Wild and Lonely,” and “Faded By Design,” exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO (8/2 & 8/3)

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Pat Benatar and trailblazing producer and performer Neil Giraldo will make their Wynn Las Vegas debut together this summer in their self-named, two-night engagement at Encore Theater on Aug. 2 and 3. The limited engagement of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will serve as part of the duo’s upcoming tour, marking a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their musical career. Benatar and Giraldo first met in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City in 1979 and have since gone on to create two multi-platinum records, five platinum records, three gold albums and 19 Top 40 hits. In addition, together they have sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards. Their undeniable chemistry and unique sound has led to the creation of notable rock hits such as “Love Is A Battlefield,” “We Live For Love” and “Invincible.”

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