Britain's Top Swing Band 'The Jive Aces' Heads to Birdland, Dec 5-8

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BRITAIN’S TOP SWING BAND BRINGS THE ‘JUMP JIVE AND WAIL’ TO BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB 7 P.M. DECEMBER 5–8 

The UK’s number one swing/jive band and “Britain's Got Talent” stars, The Jive Aces, present their new show “Jump Jive and Wail” at The Birdland Jazz Club at 7 p.m. on December 5–8.

The show features as special guest the glamorous American-Italian singer Annemarie Rosano. From beginning to end the show is full of vivid colors, ’40s and ’50s songs and rhythms with a dash of rock ’n’ roll. The show earned rave reviews at this year’s legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the band has exhilarated audiences all over the world.

The Jive Aces, who became famous for putting the notoriously grumpy Simon Cowell in “a good mood,” just received the 2018 prestigious Music Award for Best Band in London. The boys in their hallmark yellow suits have appeared on many world renown and world-class stages from Glastonbury to the Montreux Jazz Festival. TV appearances have included “Good Day LA,” “Strictly Come Dancing” (Dancing with the Stars)” and many shows on BBC Television. They have headlined at the Royal Albert Hall and performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

Their repertoire stretches from the timeless tunes of the swing era to the glitz of the Rat Pack. They feature songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, The Andrew Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald along with a wide selection of originals taken from their 10 studio albums. Their love for Louis Prima’s music led them to work with Prima’s wife and muse, icon Keely Smith, and their daughter, Toni Elizabeth Prima. It is from their affection for the Prima era that they got their now legendary jazzy rocking rhythm and spectacular showmanship. Theirs is not just great music but pure entertainment—with a British slant. The show will leave any audience uplifted and buzzing. 

The band have also worked with many of the top names in the business, including John Travolta, Van Morrison and Chick Corea and their recent charity single was produced by Mike Stock of Stock, Aitken and Waterman fame. 

Tickets are $20 to $30 and can be purchased at http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=the+jive+aces. For more information on the band, visit www.jiveaces.com. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @JiveAces and on Facebook @TheJiveAces.



Top Travel Industry Leaders to Headline Trade Day Keynote at New York Times Travel Show, Friday, Jan. 25 at the Javits Center

Top Travel Industry Leaders to Headline Trade Day Keynote at New York Times Travel Show, Friday, Jan. 25 at the Javits Center    

Featured speakers include James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report; Christine Duffy of Carnival Cruise Line; Kristin Karst of AwaWaterways; Jennifer Tombough of Tauck; Jan Swartz of Pricess Crusies; and Jackie Friedman, Nexion Travel Group

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2018 – The 2019 New York Times Travel Show invites travel industry professionals to join its Trade Day on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, for its Travel Industry Conference and exclusive trade-only viewing of more than 600 exhibiting companies in the Exhibition. Travel professionals may register for the Trade Day here.

The Travel Industry Conference will offer a comprehensive educational program designed for travel professionals and features over 20 Focus Conferences across diverse travel categories. The Conference’s all new content will emphasize one-of- a-kind experiences available for clients, and vital marketing strategies and best practices that travel professional can use to drive revenue.

The keynote panel for the Travel Show’s Trade Day on the state of the travel industry will be moderated by James Shillinglaw, veteran travel editor and editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report. Panelists include: Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line; Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President & Co-Owner, AmaWaterways; Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck; Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises; and Jackie Friedman, President, Nexion Travel Group.

This year’s Show will also feature an all-new general session on the Leisure Travel Market with Steve Cohen, Senior Vice President, Travel Insights at MMGY.

Trade Day 2019 will feature more than 100 speakers including, among others:

Erika Richter, Director of Communications, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

Lillian Africano, Past President, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

Anne Marie Moebes, Publisher, Travel Market Report

 

James Shillinglaw, editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report”

Terry Dale, President, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)

Rainer Jenss, President & founder, Family Travel Association

Ignacio Maza, Executive Vice President, Signature Travel Network

Kate McCulley, Travel Blogger, Adventurous Kate

Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President, South African Airways

Sylma Brown, Director, Caribbean Tourism Organization-USA, Inc.

Arnie Weissman, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly

Charles Sylvia, Vice President, Trade Relations, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

The Trade Day agenda follows:

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens (Tickets are $79 at the door and $59 in advance, and include admission to all Focus conferences, lunch, keynote address and exhibition floor)

9:00 a.m. General Session: Leisure Travel

10:00 a.m. Focus Conferences begin

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (Included for ticket-holders only)

12:45 – 1:55 p.m. Keynote Address & State of the Industry Panel

2 – 7 p.m. Exhibition Open (Free for pre-approved and accredited travel professionals)

3:00 p.m. Focus conference

5 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception

Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27 will be open to all attendees and feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 500 exhibitors.

2019 New York Times Travel Show Sponsors

South African Tourism is a Gold sponsor of the 2019 Travel Show; MSC Cruises, Visit Florida, and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi are Silver sponsors; I Love New York is a Bronze sponsor.

2018 Travel Show Highlights

Special Note to Media: Travel writers and journalists may apply for Travel Show media credentials here. Credentials grant complimentary access to the Trade Day and both consumer days. Members of the media are invited to attend the Trade Day to meet with travel industry professionals and attend press conferences throughout the day. 

Industry sponsors include: Adventure Travel Trade Association, Africa Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Line International Association, Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association, European Travel Commission, Family Travel Association, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Travel Goods Association, Society of American Travel Writers, U.S. Tour Operators Association, and Well-Being Travel.

Girls LOVE Travel, GoNomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, Insider Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport Magazine, TA Connect, TravAlliancemedia, and Travel Market Report are media sponsors for The 2019 New York Times Travel Show.

About The New York Times Travel Show (www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow)                   

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, Meet The Experts Pavilion and an interactive Exhibition including more than 600 exhibitors representing travel to all seven continents, positioned within 16 pavilions (including Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Family, Global, Latin America, L.G.B.T.Q., Mexico, River Cruise, Travel Products, and U.S.A. Pavilions). In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals and couples and seniors. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The Company includes The New York Times, NYTimes.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesPR.

ADULT SEX ED WITH DANI FAITH LEONARD - NOVEMBER 28th AT CAVEAT

ADULT SEX ED WITH DANI FAITH LEONARD - NOVEMBER 28th AT CAVEAT
America’s failure to provide accurate sex education in schools is comedy’s gain.

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WHO: Host Dani Faith Leonard (Big Vision Empty Wallet, Lez Bomb)

Emmett Jack Lundberg (BROTHERS)

Keisha Zollar (Comedy Central)

Joanna Hausmann (Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix, Joanna Rants)

Selena Coppock ((Amazon's Red Oaks, VH1, NY Times)

Anna Suzuki (She's Gotta Have It, AzN PoP)

Eman El-Husseini (Just for Laughs)

WHAT: Hosted by Dani Faith Leonard, ADULT SEX ED combines personal storytelling from a diverse roster of guests, scripted sketches, and exploratory deep dives on sexual topics in a hilarious, spicy, and inclusive setting. Every storytelling segment concludes with an easily achievable and practical takeaway for the audience. The goal for these action items: to encourage our viewers to engage in immediate, healthy, and awesome sex. Okay, not totally immediate - we’ll ask them to Uber home first.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28th at 9:00pm

WHERE: Caveat - 21A Clinton St. New York NY 10002

HOW: $15, 21+ - ticket link - Facebook event

On Wednesday, November 28th, Dani Faith Leonard brings ADULT SEX ED to Caveat, combining personal storytelling from a diverse roster of guests with scripted sketches and exploratory deep dives on sexual topics in a hilarious, spicy, and inclusive setting. Every storytelling segment concludes with an easily achievable and practical takeaway for the audience. The goal for these action items: to encourage our viewers to engage in immediate, healthy, and awesome sex. Okay, not totally immediate - we’ll ask them to Uber home first. This show is 21+. Tickets are $15 and available at www.caveat.nyc

 Photo credit: Caleb McCotter

Photo credit: Caleb McCotter

Dani Faith Leonard is a comedian, writer, and producer. In 2010, she co-founded BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET, an inclusion-focused incubator that develops and amplifies unique voices in film and TV, as well as BIG VISION CREATIVE, a NY-based, but palm-tree-loving production company. Recent producing projects include feature film THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, SXSW 2017 Audience Award Winner released in theaters last Fall in conjunction with UN Women, and feature film LEZ BOMB, executive produced with Bobby Farrelly, which opened in theaters on November 9th. Dani performs as a storyteller, has a background in sketch comedy, and almost dies or kills others on every vacation she takes. Like her new live show, ADULT SEX ED, her work typically sits at the intersection of comedy and activism and is best paired with a tequila cocktail.

Instagram: @danifleonard
Twitter: twitter.com/DaniFLeonard

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Free Broadway Musical Performances Start Mon, Nov. 12 at The Shops at Columbus Circle

FREE BROADWAY MUSICAL PERFORMANCES START MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 5 P.M.

School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Anastasia & Be More Chill

Events are Free and Open to the Public, No Tickets, No Reservations

Just Show Up!

Photos by Lauren Elle Photography

WHAT:  
On Monday, Nov. 12, The Shops at Columbus Circle will kick of its third year of Broadway Under the Stars, a five-week series of free public performances taking place this holiday season. Select cast from today’s hottest Broadway musicals will perform against the backdrop of the famous twelve massive stars. These stars are the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color display in the world, which hang from the 100-foot-high ceilings. Performances are free to attend and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required.
 
WHO:           

  • Hosted by Actor George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific)

  • Broadway performances from the casts of:

    • School of Rock

    • Kinky Boots

    • Anastasia

    • Be More Chill

  • Stephanie Fink (The Shops at Columbus Circle) available to speak on behalf of the Broadway Under the Stars series

  • Media interviews, visuals and special access to the performances available

WHEN:            
Monday, November 12 at 5 p.m. Performance will last approximately 20 minutes.
 
WHERE:               
The Shops at Columbus Circle - 10 Columbus Circle
Second Floor Mezzanine
 
FUTURE PERFORMANCES AT “BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS” TO INCLUDE:

  • Nov. 19: Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show, Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • Nov. 26: The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Waitress

  • Dec. 3: The Prom, Dear Evan Hansen

  • Dec. 10: Mean Girls, Wicked

NOV. 12 BROADWAY MUSICAL INFORMATION:

School of Rock, The Musical
Based on the hit film, this is a hilarious musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair.
 
ANASTASIA
The mystery that fascinated the world is now the musical that’s captivating Broadway. A rumor is spreading across the land: the missing princess of the Romanov empire may still be alive. Then, a young woman appears with no name and no family, but with the drive to discover her destiny. As she sets out on an epic journey in search of her past, clues unlock and memories return. Could she be the one they call Anastasia?
 
BE MORE CHILL
Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there’s never been a better time in history to be yourself—especially if you’re a loser…geek…or whatever.
 
Visit www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com for more information and an ever-changing list of events and happenings.

Apollo Theater Releases Holidays At The Apollo Line Up Featuring CeCe Winans, The Walls Group, Hezekiah Walker and More

Celebrate Holidays at the Apollo With Festive Programs for Audiences of All Ages

COCA-COLA WINTER WONDERLAND Under the Apollo Theater’s Iconic Marquee

Saturday, December 15 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Featuring the Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Alumni Christian Guardino, Alexis Morrast, Leah Jenea Ganes and Emily Carr

With Special Guests The Walls Group

Hosted by Capone

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY JOY: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

Featuring

CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir

Hosted by Marcus Wiley

Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT

A Night of Dance, Culture, Community, and Family

Featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre,

With Special Guest

Sonia Sanchez

Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd

Sunday, December 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Harlem, NY – November 6, 2018 – This December, the Apollo Theater will celebrate the holidays with offerings for the entire family. Holidays at the Apollo includes programs that will celebrate culture, music, and community during the festive season. Additionally, as part of Holidays at the Apollo, patrons can save $3 per ticket by bringing a donated item (children’s toy, home goods, or canned good) to one of the holiday shows.

Highlights of the Holidays at the Apollo include:

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland (Saturday, December 15) the theater’s free annual family event taking place under the iconic Apollo marquee, features live entertainment, presentations, a visit from Santa, and a toy and book drive for a Harlem charity.

9th Annual Amateur Night Holiday Special (Saturday, December 15), a special edition of the theater’s signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo showcasing talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Performers include, Christian Guardino, Alexis Morrast, Leah Jenea Ganes and Emily Carr, with special guests The Walls Group. The holiday special is hosted by Capone.

Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration (Saturday, December 22) featuring CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir. The concert is hosted by comedian Marcus Wiley.

12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night (Saturday, December 29) now in its 12th year at the Apollo, honors the principles of Kwanzaa through music, dance, and community celebration featuring Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and poetSonia Sanchez.

Save $3 per ticket by bringing an item (children’s toy, home goods, or canned good) for donation to one of the holiday shows. Use code GIVE to save. Limit to 4 tickets per transaction. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Please see below for a full schedule of Holidays at the Apollo events:

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Before the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer picture-taking with Santa Claus and singing under the marquee with local Harlem choirs, as well as other holiday-themed activities and performances. In the spirit of giving, the afternoon will also include a toy and book drive for a local Harlem charity. This family event is hosted by Billy Mitchell, the Apollo’s tour director and in-house historian.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.apollotheater.org

9th Annual Amateur Night Holiday Special

Featuring: The Apollo Amateur Night Stars of Tomorrow Alumni

And a Special Performance by The Walls Group

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with the Amateur Night Holiday Special. The ninth annual event under its signature programAmateur Night at the Apollo, showcases the talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category and will feature performances by Christian Guardino (America’s Got Talent), Alexis Morrast (Showtime at the Apollo), Leah Jenea Ganes (The Four) and Emily Carr (So You Think You Can Dance). The holiday special will be hosted by Capone and will also include a performance by special guests The Walls Group.

Tickets for the Amateur Night Holiday Special start at $22. Tickets will be available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration

Featuring CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir

Hosted by Comedian Marcus Wiley

Saturday, December 22 at.2:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of soul stirring Holiday gospel music to lift your Holiday spirits and bless your Christmas season. Cece Winans will warm your soul and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir will take you higher. Marcus Wiley, host and comedian, promises to delight you and your loved ones throughout the evening.

Tickets for Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration start at $30 and will be available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305,253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

Featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

With Special Guest Sonia Sanchez

Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd

December 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual performance with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre to commemorate the holiday tradition of Kwanzaa. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. This year’s performance will include the legendary poet Sonia Sanchez

Tickets for Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night start at $25. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Get social! For exclusive photos, updates and more use the hashtags #HolidaysAtApollo and #KwanzaaApollo

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Support

Amateur Night at the Apollo and Holidays at the Apollo are sponsored by Coca-Cola.

The Apollo's season is made possible by generous support from Coca-Cola, Citi, Time Warner, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Public support for the Apollo Theater is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.

With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo, the world premiere theatrical reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, the annual Africa Now! Festival, and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved. The Apollo is a performing arts presenting organization that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens; global festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin’ Convention; international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects, multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, James Brown, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight, and Luther Vandross; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information visit https://www.apollotheater.org/

Apollo Theater Information

Box Office Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

32nd National Equal Justice Awards Dinner Hosted by the NAACP LDF

(NEW YORK) – November 2, 2018 – Last night, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) hosted their 32ndNational Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom where they celebrated the achievements of several distinguished civil and human rights leaders and raised over $2 million to help further the mission of the LDF. 

In front of an audience of 650, Marian Wright Edelman (Founder/President of the Children’s Defense Fund) and Judge U.W. Clemon (Alabama’s first African-American federal judge) received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, while theNational Equal Justice Award went to Bryan Stevenson (Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative) and philanthropist couple Dr. P. Roy Vagelos (Chairman of the Board, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and Diana Vagelos (Vice Chairman of Barnard Board of Trustees and Vice President/Treasurer of the Marianthi Foundation, Inc.).

Additional attendees included author Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson, Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour, Miss Haiti 2014 Christie Desir, and writer Jamilah Lemieux. TV and radio personality Jacque Reid served as emcee.

With the mid-term elections just five days away, voting was on everyone’s mind. LDF president and director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifillpresented a short documentary (produced by filmmaker Crystal McCrary McGuire) that chronicled the work of the LDF and the challenges they face in today’s political climate. The video featured commentary from LDF associate director-counsel Janai Nelsonamong others and underscored the evening’s theme of “Justice. Equality. Democracy.” 

In keeping with that theme, Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Renee Elise Goldsberry performed the inspirational song “People Get Ready,” once sung by Aretha Franklin whose music was highlighted throughout the dinner.

“I’m standing on the shoulders of people who did so much more with so much less,” said Stevenson during his acceptance speech. “My grandfather realized that slavery didn’t end in 1865, it evolved. So he taught his daughter – my grandmother – that she had to fight. We cannot celebrate civil rights if we’re not willing to fight. We’ve got to fight!”

 

Special thanks to National Equal Justice Awards Dinner honorary chairs Kenneth and Andrea Frazier, co-chairs Angela Vallotand Kim Koopersmith and the entire LDF staff.

 

For video highlights from #NEJAD18, visit naacpldf.org.

 

About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

Tanisha LaVerne Grant a 2018 Black Women in Media honoree and Tom Ford Beauty - Saturday, November 3

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Tanisha LaVerne Grant a 2018 Black Women in Media honoree and Tom Ford Beauty - Saturday, November 3

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On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Tanisha will be on hand at Tom Ford Beauty at Saks 5TH Avenue to discuss the brand with Tom Ford Beauty's lead makeup artist Allan Aponte.

The two will take guests through Tanisha' s favorite Tom Ford Beauty products and her favorite red carpet looks. Guests will be given a gift bag, a chance to win Tanisha's favorite Tom Ford Traceless Foundation, and an opportunity to get makeovers with Allan and other key makeup artists for Tom Ford Beauty as well enjoy lite bites and champagne. All guests will have an opportunity to talk with Tanisha about her career as an entertainment journalist and red carpet correspondent and how she maintains sustainability and credibility in the competitive space of entertainment news.

To register for this event please visit the Eventbrite link below:

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HSA Masquerade Ball and After Party on Monday Oct 22 - Do not miss it!

ACTORS LIEV SCHREIBER AND CALEB MCLAUGHLIN  ARE AMONG THE HONOREES AT THIS YEAR’S BENEFIT GALA IN SUPPORT OF 

THE HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AT THE HERB ALPERT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The Masquerade Ball and After Party, one of the most anticipated events of the Fall season, will be held at The Plaza Hotel New York, on October 22nd


The HSA Masquerade Ball and After Party has become one of the hottest tickets in town, and one of the most anticipated events of the Fall season.  The Ball, returns to The Plaza Hotel New York on Monday, October 22nd, and will be hosted by Fox 5 morning show host, Lori Stokes.  This annual event attracts a diverse group of patrons, among them celebrities, socialites, politicians and press in support of arts education and more specifically, to champion and ensure the continuation of the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center for the Arts, and the work it has been doing for more than 50-years. 

This year, as in the past, a handful of individuals who represent excellence in the arts and education communities will be celebrated and awarded for their outstanding contributions.  These honorees include: actor Liev Schreiber, star of the hit Showtime series, Ray Donovan. A native of San Francisco, Schreiber grew up in New York City and attended Brooklyn Tech High School before going off to train at London’s Royal Academy of Arts and Yale School of Drama, where he received his degree. He will be the recipient of the Visionary Artist Award.  

The Visionary Lineage Award will be given to both Amsale Aberra, famed fashion designer who passed away in April, and to her daughter singer/songwriter, Rachel Brown.  Amsale’s husband, Neil Brown will accept the posthumous award on her behalf and her daughter will be performing at the event.

Outstanding young actor Caleb McLaughlin, an alumnus of the Harlem School of the Arts, and one of the breakout stars of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will be the recipient of this year’s Alumni Award.  Caleb will next be seen in director Steven Soderbergh’s film, High Flying Bird opposite another former student of HSA, Zazie Beetz who wowed audiences this summer as Domino in Deadpool 2.

Two exceptional educators will receive the Distinguished Teacher AwardRashid Silvera, a Harvard Graduate with a master’s in education, has been a devoted teacher of social studies at Scarsdale High and recently retired from the profession.  He was also a groundbreaking model who made history in the 1980’s, becoming one of only four African Americans to be featured on the cover of GQ magazine.  Tsyala Khudad-Zade, known to her students as Miss Delilah, came to the U.S. as an immigrant, from the former Russian state of Georgia, almost 40 years ago. She was hired as a music teacher at HSA by Betty Allen, the legendary mezzo-soprano, who followed the organization’s founder Dorothy Maynor, as President.  Miss Delilah is a beloved teacher and an esteemed member of the HSA music department.  These two extraordinary educators are role models, not only to the students they have taught, but to the teaching profession as a whole.   They teach because they love inspiring their students and because they are inspired by the children they teach.

A newly added component to the 2018 Masquerade Ball and After Party is the Teen Reception, to be hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock and Malaak Compton Rock’s daughter, Zahra Savannah Rock and actor and honoree, Caleb McLaughlin. 

Last year’s event raised a record-breaking 1.3 million dollars, essential resources that allow HSA to continue providing high-quality arts education and world-class training in an environment that is empowering, stimulates creativity, and builds self-confidence. Most of the approximately 3,000 young people that the organization reaches annually come from the greater New York Metro area, as well as, Westchester and the tri-state.  Many of these young creatives come from economically depressed backgrounds, and providing scholarship support is a vital component of the organization’s mission.  In addition to raising critical funds to help sustain the organization and its programs, the Masquerade Ball and After Party serves as an important stage to showcase some of HSA’s most talented and creative young students, and the world-class training that the organization and its impressive staff provide. 

For more information on purchasing tickets and tables for the 2018 Masquerade Ball and After Party at The Plaza Hotel New York on Monday, October 22nd, visit https://hsanyc.org/fall2018benefit/.

 

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About HSA at the Herb Alpert Center for the Arts

New York City’s premier community arts institution, the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center for the Arts, stands uniquely apart as the sole provider of arts education in four disciplines: music, dance, theatre, art & design, all within our award-winning 37,000 square foot facility.  The School’s reputation for artistic rigor and excellence attracts students of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds from all five New York City boroughs, as well as Westchester County, and thetristate area, which includes Connecticut and New Jersey. HSA’s alumni and faculty are counted as being some of the most talented leaders in the arts.  

 For over 50-years, HSA has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of young people ages 2-18, through world-class training in the arts. HSA offers its students the freedom to find and develop the artist and citizen within themselves, in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about the Harlem School of the Arts, please visit www.HSAnyc.org.

Bryan Cranston, Joshua Henry, Jason Robert Brown- Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Last night, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence hosted their annual Bear Awards in honor of Jim “Bear” Brady in NYC, an evening that celebrated champions and real heroes in the gun violence prevention space.  Reflecting on one year after the Las Vegas massacre, the evening was inspiring, uplifting, and left guests feeling charged to create change. 

ROY WOOD JR. (comedian and actor) opened the evening followed by remarks made from KRIS BROWN and AVERY GARDINER, co-presidents of Brady.  The recently launched End Family Fire PSA was shown to guests as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. The PSA, which was covered in The New York Times, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Refinery29, Bustle, PEOPLE and NBCamong others, aims to raise awareness around the chilling statistic of 8 kids unintentionally injured or killed by an improperly stored gun. 

A highlight of the evening was the live auction which featured items such as a set visit and meet and greet to MADAM SECRETARY generously donated by TEA LEONI, an ERIC CLAPTON experience at Madison Square Garden and tickets to The Golden Globe Awards official after party.  Amid the auction, BRYAN CRANSTON surprised both guests and Christie’s auctioneer ROBBIE GORDY by jumping on stage to offer two tickets to opening night of NETWORK, his new Broadway play opening this fall. The winner will enjoy two tickets, a backstage meet and greet, and access to the after party on December 6th.  After one guest rounded out the bidding at $11,000, which according to Bryan were tickets earmarked for his agents, he surprised the crowd again by offering a second pair for a matching bid, thus taking seats away from their “mooching relatives,” according to his wife who shouted from Table 8. 

As guests finished dinner, BRYAN CRANSTON took the stage and joked about the mood changer that is Roy Wood to Walter White. He spoke about his outrage and despair for what he sees on television and reads in the news on an almost daily basis, and made reference to his upcoming Broadway play that is based on the movie Network by Patty Chayefsky. He read a short passage that was written back in 1975 but rings true to today.  After sharing startling statistics such as there being 9 gun dealers for every Starbucks in the country, he introduced Tony Award winning composer JASON ROBERT BROWN.  Brown, a 2018 Brady Bear Award recipient, took to the piano to perform “A SONG ABOUT YOUR GUN,” followed by a duet with multi-Tony Award nominee JOSHUA HENRY. 

SARAH ULLMAN, filmmaker and founder of One Vote At A Time, introduced the Real Heroes portion of the evening - an opportunity to recognize the 2018 honorees including The Gun Safety Alliance, AMANDA WILCOX (Mother, Lobbyist, and Activist); JAMES SHAW, JR. (Father, Champion, and Activist); IVY SCHAMIS (Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Activist); and AALAYAH EASTMOND (Student Survivor, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Activist) who is using her voice to create real change. 

Five real life heroes were honored for their work and a special performance took place as well. A full recap is below, along with a link to photos. 

VISIT INDIA for FREE: Government of India's initiative 'Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz', the date for submission of application has been extended till Oct 15

Government of India's initiative is 'Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz', the date for submission of application has been extended till Oct 15. You can win a chance to visit India and win other prizes. Check below fro details.

https://www.bharatkojaniye.in/

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Kick Off Fall with City Parks Foundation Sports Program for NYC Local Youth

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Summer fun is over and school is back in session! 

You can still enjoy your favorite summer sports all year long with 

NYC’s staple foundation, City Parks Foundation. All across the boroughs, City Parks Foundation is kicking off its 2018 Fall Sports Program for young people and seniors this September. City Parks Foundation provides free programs each year to over 12,000 New York City children and 1,000 seniors.

This Fall, City Parks Foundation will host over 300 youth and 500 seniors in 26 neighborhood parks and recreation centers for participation in FREE programs in golf, track & field, street hockey, yoga and fitness walking instruction. Registration for all programs are now open online and in person at each park site.

See below City Parks Foundation Fall sports programming/timeline:

  • CityParks Golf presented by Fondation LACOSTE  and The First Tee NYC  - September 15 - October 28

  • CityParks Track & Field presented in partnership with New York Road Runners and supported by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance  - September 8 - October 27

  • CityParks Street Hockey presented by the New York Islanders - October 2 - November 8

  • CityParks Senior Fitness presented in partnership with New York Road Runners - September 17 - October 26

For more details, checkout the link below

https://cityparksfoundation.org/

Free comedy 9/8 - Laugh Exchange LIVE with Dulce Sloan, Ophira Eisenberg and more

Laugh Exchange LIVE!

September 8th at Littlefield in Brooklyn

Featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Shalewa Sharpe, Usama Siddiquee and More

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For images and info, visit www.sharkpartymedia.com/laughexchangelive

WHO AND WHAT: Laugh Exchange LIVE! welcomes Ophira Eisenberg, Shalewa Sharpe, Usama Siddiquee and many more to help introduce comedy fans and performers to Laugh Exchange, a game-changing new mobile comedy app. After a pre-show red carpet with photos by Jenni Walkowiak, host Carolyn Castiglia will be joined by co-hosts from the Laugh Exchange roster to introduce a live contest version of the app, with 48 comics doing 1 minute sets each, following 6 different themes throughout. At the end, eight winners will be chosen and everyone will dance the night away with DJ Donwill. Brought to you by Laugh Exchange.

WHEN: Saturday, September 8th - doors and red carpet at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm
WHERE: Littlefield - 635 Sackett St. Brooklyn NY
HOW: Free ticket and drink with RSVP - https://ticketf.ly/2LS8v03

On September 8th at Littlefield in Brooklyn, Laugh Exchange LIVE! welcomes Ophira Eisenberg, Shalewa Sharpe, Usama Siddiquee and many more to help introduce comedy fans and performers to Laugh Exchange, a game-changing new mobile comedy app. After a pre-show red carpet with photos by Jenni Walkowiak, host Carolyn Castiglia will be joined by co-hosts from the Laugh Exchange roster to introduce a live contest version of the app, with 48 comics doing 1 minute sets each, following 6 different themes throughout. At the end, eight winners will be chosen and everyone will dance the night away with DJ Donwill. Brought to you by Laugh Exchange. Admission is free with RSVP and includes one drink. 21+.

 

Partial lineup (subject to change): 

 

Rufat Agayev

Erik Bergstrom

Farah Brook

Mike Brown

Chris Calogero

Carolyn Castiglia

Selena Coppock

Abbi Crutchfield

Jessica Delfino

Ayanna Dookie
Ophira Eisenberg
Wanjiko Eke
Negin Farsad
Courtney Fearrington
Tyler Fischer
Myka Fox
Katie Hartman
Calise Hawkins
Courtney Maginnis
Adam Mamawala
Larry Owens
Sharron Paul
Khalid Rahmaan
Anna Roisman
Casey James Salengo
Shalewa Sharpe
Usama Siddiquee

Dulce Sloan
Lillian Thakuria
Jes Tom
Rebecca Vigil
Emily Winter
Bryan Yang
Angel Yau

 

ABOUT LAUGH EXCHANGE

 

Laugh Exchange is the future of mobile comedy, and we want you to join us there! The beautifully designed app launches October 2018 with a exciting short-form comedy competition show. Creators will submit material for themed episodes in advance, and the top eight contestants compete for prize money on the streaming show, which airs three nights a week. Winners are chosen by interactive audience vote. But don’t worry - at Laugh Exchange, everyone wins! All creators who submit will have their material featured on the app. After each show, creators can easily share their submissions to other social channels, directly from the app. Audience members can also make money from watching and voting. Laugh Exchange’s format of simple, real-time episodes and a gamified engagement and compensation model is fresh, exciting and rewarding for anyone who loves a good laugh.

 

www.laughexchange.app

Independence Day Celebrations 15 August 2018 at Consulate General of India, New York

72nd Independence Day of India - 15 August 2018

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of India, Consul General, Sandeep Chakravorty hoisted the National Flag at the Consulate premises in the morning of 15 August. It was followed by the playing of the National Anthem. Consul General read out President’s Address to the Nation delivered on the eve of the Independence Day.

2. More than 200 people including prominent members of the Indian community and local dignitaries including Congresswoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Raj Mukherjee, Senator Vin Gopal and also Bollywood actor Anupam Kher attended the ceremony.

3. A short cultural program was held by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, which included singing of patriotic songs and poetry recitation.

4. At the initiative of local Indian community organizations, iconic monuments in New York and surrounding areas were lit up on the occasion with the colors of the Indian flag. These included the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls among others.

5. This year, on the occasion of India's Independence Day, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) sponsored a seven member group consisting of acclaimed Kathak dancers - Sandip Mallick & group with Anuj Mishra and group to present Kathak! A short glimpse of their performances were shown during the morning ceremony.

6. The team in collaboration with this Consulate & Battery Dance Company will be performing at Robert F. Wagner Park this evening; Saraswathi Hall, The Hindu Temple Society of North America on August 16 and finally at Navatman's Drive East Festival on August 17 before heading to Dallas for other scheduled performances.

7. PTC Broadcasting did a live telecast of today's event; link: https://www.facebook.com/USAPTCPunjabi/videos/244289326412218/

15 August 2018 New York

Dhai Akhar ~ a Letter Writing Campaign for Indian Diaspora

Here's the information and terms/ conditions on  "Dhai Akhar”, a Letter Writing Campaign for Indian Diaspora on the topic “Letter to My Motherland ” inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s “Amar Desher Mati".  This competition is open for all age groups.

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Details of Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Campaign to be organized at International Level are as under: -

I. Theme: The theme of the Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Campaign will be “

Letter to my motherland

/ मर दश क नाम खत” inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s “Amar Desher Mati”. The letter is to be written in English/Hindi or any of the official languages mentioned in 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The categories for International Level Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Campaign are as follows:

(i) Up to 18 years (ii) Above 18 years.

II. Proof of age: The participants have to give a certificate of their age on the letter such as “I certify that I am Below/above the age of 18 as on 01/01/2018” along with one copy of proof of date of birth so that the age of the writers of winning entries can be verified with proof of their date of birth.

III. The campaign will start from 01-07-2018 till 30-09-2018. The letter can be written on plain A-4 size paper with a word limit of not more than 1000 words and is to be sent to Assistant Director General (Philately), Department of Posts, Room No. 108, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110001. Only handwritten letters posted by 30-09-2018 will be accepted. A scanned copy of the letter can be submitted on the MyGov portal by 30-09- 2018 (23:59 IST); however, it is compulsory that a hard copy of the letter bearing dispatch postmark of not later than 30-09-2018 be sent by post. Letters uploaded on the MyGov portal on 30-09-2018 but bearing a postmark after 30-09-2018 will not be entertained.

IV. All Non-resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin living outside India can participate in the International Level Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Campaign. The participants have to give a certificate on the letter saying “I certify that I am Non-resident Indian or Person of Indian Origin (as applicable) residing in ________ (country’s name)”.

V. Evaluation: All the letters received from the Indian diaspora residing in other countries

will be evaluated by constituting Committees at the Postal Directorate level.

VI. Prizes: The top three letters in each category will be awarded prizes in the following way:

Prize to be given to top three Letters in each category at International Level:

Prize Category Prize Amount First Prize in each Category Rs. 50,000/- (Rs. Fifty thousand only) Second Prize in each Category Rs. 25,000/- (Rs. Twenty five thousand only) Third Prize in each Category Rs. 10,000/- (Rs. Ten thousand only)

Dates For 2019 New York Times Travel Show Announced; Tickets Available In Fall 2018

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The Show, the largest travel trade and consumer convention in North America, marks its 16th year in 2019

NEW YORK, June 25, 2018 – The 2019 New York Times Travel Show will take place Jan. 25-27, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

Next year's Travel Show will open with a Trade Day, open exclusively to travel industry professionals and writers, on Friday, Jan. 25, Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27. will be open to the general public, as well as travel professionals and media.

Overall attendance at the 2018 Travel Show—its commemorative 15th anniversary year—was 32,398, the highest in the history of the Travel Show and represented an increase in confidence and interest in leisure travel. These consumer traveler attendees estimated that they would spend more than $100 million in travel trips in the next 12 months, according to Travel Show survey results.

Trade attendance was once again strong at more than 10,268, an 11% increase from the previous year. The estimated volume of travel business represented by travel agents in attendance was a record $3.3 billion, according to Travel Show survey results.

Participating exhibitors also hit a new record with 610 companies representing over 176 countries. In addition to networking and negotiating new deals with travel agents, the 2018 exhibitors estimated that they created additional consumer traveler sales of approximately $7.5 million, on-site or shortly thereafter, according to Travel Show survey results.

Over 1,300 members of domestic and international media – covering all seven continents and dozens of nations and regions – attended the 2018 Travel Show to gain insights from industry-focused seminars and conferences, in addition to two days of consumer events that featured 276 travel industry speakers and experts.

In the coming months, The New York Times Travel Show will announce a variety of dynamic speakers and performers, interactive conference sessions, and other presentations for the 2019 Show. Please visit NYTimes.com/TravelShow and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest New York Times Travel Show news.

For photos of the 2018 New York Times Travel Show, visit here.

For exhibition opportunities at The New York Times Travel Show, email nytts@mse-management.com.

For speaking opportunities, email NYTTS-Speaking@mse-management.com.

Visit Florida is a Silver sponsor of the 2019 Travel Show; I Love New York is a Bronze sponsor.

Industry Sponsors include: Adventure Travel Trade Association, Africa Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association, Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association, Family Travel Association, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Society of American Travel Writers, United States Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel

Media Sponsors include:  GoNomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, Insider Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport Magazine, TA Connect, travAlliancemedia, Travel Market Report.

For sponsorship opportunities, email Brad Kolodny at kolodbi@nytimes.com.

The New York Times Travel Show is the largest trade and consumer travel show in North America.

About The New York Times Travel Show (www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow)

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, Meet The Experts Pavilion and an interactive Exhibition including more than 600 exhibitors representing travel to all seven continents, positioned within 16 pavilions (including Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Family, Global, Latin America, L.G.B.T.Q., Mexico, River Cruise, Travel Products, U.S and Wellness USA Pavilions). In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals and couples. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The company includes The New York Times, NYTimes.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesPR.

6 Gift Ideas for Father's Day

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Father's Day is right around the corner, on June 17th, and you most probably are looking for a gift. Either you are a father, or you're looking for a gift for your father, it's never easy to find the right thing. Here are a few interesting suggestions:

  • Custom tailored suit from Mohan's Custom Tailors: A suit can completely change how a man looks, in a good way. And a custom tailored, perfect fitting suit, is what can take it to the next level. Designer suits are not just luxury of the rich elites. At Mohan's custom suits, starting at just $699, you can get an amazing custom tailored suit, designed and made just for you, with a monogram and several amazing options. It's money well spent, for something very precious that will last for years.
  • Designer sunglasses from PRIVE REVAUX: If $699 seems too much, how about amazing designer sunglasses, backed by Jamie Foxx, for just $29.95. Yes, you can get high quality designer brand polarized sunglasses for under $30 from Prove Revaux. Checkout the collection and you can pick one for the dad and one (or more) for the son/daughter too.
  • TIMEX watch: How about something classic? Like the new MK1 Stainless Steel Chronograph carries a tough look and feel. The MK1 Steel Chronograph delivers a strong profile to attain distinction and quality, with an acrylic domed crystal it is complimented by a premium Italian oxford weave cotton strap and brushed steel finished eyelets to ensure a durable fit. Or the Timex SupernovaTM is a new way to experience our INDIGLO® Night – Light technology. A thin layer of metal is placed on top of the dial and using precision laser cutting techniques, the top layer is perforated to allow for the light to pass through, creating a new and unique way to illuminate the dial. Both priced at only $119, available at timex.com.
  • A Cosmetics gift-set from RITUALS: All men can use some shower gel, shampoo, soap, shaving cream etc. But why not get them something special, something cool. You cannot go wrong with for only RITUALS The Ritual of Samurai - Refreshing Ritual Gift Set $45, or RITUALS The Ritual of Dao - Calming Collection for only $65.
  • Perfume spray from CLEAN: Try something new and unique with CLEAN Reserve Sueded Oud. It is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance. Price & Availability: $95 at Sephora. Or CLEAN Reserve Acqua Neroli which combines the best of summer into one bottle, blending Acqua Musk with a sparkling freshness from bergamot, mandarin and orange Sicilian into a scent inspired by the Mediterranean sea. Price & Availability: $95, Sephora.com
  • A Broadway Show: TONYs just finished and if you are in New York City, there's noting better than checking out a TONY winner, TONY nominated or just any damn broadway show. From classics like LION KING, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, WICKED, to spectacular hits like HAMILTON, BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN to newcomers like HARRY POTTER, FROZEN and many many others. Check them out!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Today in Barcelona, Samsung announced the new Galaxy S9 and S9+at Unpacked. Designed for the ways we communicate and express ourselves with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ feature Samsung’s most advanced camera ever. Redesigned with a new dual aperture lens that powers an innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ ensure you never miss a moment and make your everyday epic.

Highlights include:

·         Samsung’s most advanced camera ever has a new Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor and dual aperture lens for even better low-light shots, Super Slow-mo video capabilities.

·         With AR Emoji users can create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts just like them for true personalization. AR Emoji uses a standard AGIF file format, so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms.

·         Bixby, Samsung’s intelligence platform, is integrated into the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ camera and uses augmented reality to provide helpful information. New Bixby features include Live Translation for real time foreign language translation, Food calorie counter and Makeup with Sephora and CoverGirl. New shopping partners, include Walmart and Sam’s Club.

·         Enhanced entertainment experience with powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG and supported by Dolby Atmos and a refined edge-to-edge Infinity Display 

·         The new SmartThings app that brings together Samsung’s existing IoT services into one single smart experience

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in the U.S. starting March 16, 2018. Pre-orders begin March 2, 2018. Staring March 2, consumers who pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ can save up to $350 with qualifying trade-in.

Available through Samsung.com and the Shop Samsung app, the Unlocked Galaxy S9 is $719.99 or $30/month for 24 months financing, and the larger Unlocked Galaxy S9+ is available for $839.99 or $35/month for 24 months financing.

Built for the Way We Communicate Today: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ fuel new discoveries with Super Slow-mo video, best-in-class low light camera and AR Emoji for a more personalized way to express yourself

 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the smartphones that reimagine the way we communicate, share and experience the world. Made for the ways we increasingly communicate and express ourselves with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ drive innovation with Samsung’s most advanced camera ever. Redesigned with a new dual aperture lens that powers an innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ ensure you never miss a moment and make your everyday epic.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ deliver an enhanced entertainment experience with powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound supported by Dolby Atmos and a refined edge-to-edge Infinity Display – a key staple in Samsung’s design heritage. In addition, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will come with the new SmartThings app, which unites Samsung’s existing IoT services into one single, smart experience.  

“The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” said DJ Koh, president and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we have reimagined the smartphone camera. Not only does the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot the best photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them.”

Camera Reimagined

Today’s cameras are for more than taking pictures – they’re for connecting and communicating. Consumers want a smartphone camera with state-of-the-art technology, so they can express themselves with high-quality images and tools to tell their own, unique story. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ cameras are built with these consumers in mind, with a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory that can combine up to 12 distinct images into one amazing, high quality photo. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ camera features include:

  • Super Slow-mo: Make every day moments epic with dynamic, slow-motion video that captures 960 frames per second. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ also offers automatic Motion Detection, an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record – all users have to do is set up the shot. After capturing the Super Slow-mo video, users can select background music from 35 different options. 
     
  • Low Light Camera: Good lighting is the secret to any great photo. But often, photos are taken in less-than-ideal lighting conditions and most smartphone cameras have a fixed aperture that can’t adjust to low or bright lighting environments resulting in grainy or washed out pictures. Similar to the way the iris of a human eye expands and contracts, Samsung’s Dual Aperture[1] (F1.5 – F2.4) automatically lets in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright, taking photos that are crisp and clear anytime, anywhere. 
     
  • AR Emoji: Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts just like them. AR Emoji uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyzes a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalization. AR Emoji uses a standard AGIF file format, so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms. 
     
  • Bixby: Samsung’s intelligence platform, integrated into the camera, uses augmented reality and deep learning technologies to provide helpful information about a user’s surroundings.[2] With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing at. Users can translate foreign languages and currency in real time with Live Translation, learn about their surroundings, purchase products seen in the real world from retailers such as Walmart and Sam’s Club, or track calories throughout the day.[3]

Entertainment Reimagined

Smartphones are often our go-to choice for entertainment, which is why Samsung created a device that offers premium sound experiences with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. Whether users are watching their favorite movie or streaming their favorite artist’s latest album, sounds are clear, crisp and rich in quality. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ also support Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound, giving the effect of 360-degree sound. 

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ audio experience is complemented by Samsung’s revolutionary Infinity Display. First introduced on the Galaxy S8, the bold, bright Super AMOLED Infinity Display blends right into the phone with virtually no distracting bezels. With an adaptive contrast enhancement, users can use their device even in direct sunlight.

A Device that Fits with the Connected Lifestyle

As the first smartphone to support the new SmartThings app, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are the central hub to manage every facet of the connected lifestyle at home, at the office or on the go. The SmartThings App will be introduced with S9 and Galaxy S9+ and will connect to other Samsung and non-Samsung devices.

For those constantly on the move, the next-generation Samsung DeX empowers a mobile lifestyle by bringing a large, full-screen experience to the mobile handset. With DeX Pad, a new docking system, users can easily connect the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse to expand the mobile experience with enhanced document editing or even full-screen gaming. Users can transform the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ into a Touch Keyboard[4] and Touch Pad with the DeX Pad.[5] 

The Best Comes Standard with the Galaxy Foundation
Samsung sets the gold standard for smartphones including IP68 water and dust resistance, and fast wireless charging. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ go a step beyond. The devices now support expandable memory of up to 400GB and are equipped with the latest premium application processors offering powerful performance, fast network speeds and sophisticated image processing.

In addition, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ give users the peace of mind knowing that their phone is protected by Knox 3.1, Samsung’s latest defense-grade security platform. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options – iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition – so users can choose the best way to protect their device and applications. The devices support Intelligent Scan, a new verification mode that intelligently fuses the collective strength of iris scanning and facial recognition technology to quickly and conveniently unlock a user’s phone in any environment. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ introduce Dedicated Fingerprint, giving users the option to use a different fingerprint to access Secure Folder than the one used to unlock the phone.

Preorder and Availability

In the U.S., Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be offered in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black and Coral Blue for carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions. Preorders begin March 2, 2018. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Xfinity mobile will carry Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in stores beginning March 16, 2018, as well as at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will offer Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Midnight Black. Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition will be available in Midnight Black. The new devices will be available beginning March 16, 2018.  

Available through Samsung.com and the Shop Samsung app, the Unlocked Galaxy S9 is $719.99 or $30/month for 24 months financing, and the larger Unlocked Galaxy S9+ is available for $839.99 or $35/month for 24 months financing[6].

Starting March 2, 2018, consumers who pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ can save up to $350 with qualifying trade-in[7]. The promotion will last for a limited time and is available at Samsung.com, the Shop Samsung app and select retailers. Visit samsung.com/us/trade-in for more information. 

Samsung Premium Care

With Samsung Premium Care, you get more than just protection for your device, you get a team of Samsung pros ready to come to you. Just pick the time and place, and they’ll provide one-on-one technical support and assistance for everything from the setup of your device, to troubleshooting, to hand delivery of a replacement should anything happen to your phone. Premium Care is part of Samsung’s commitment to ensure that your location is our location, anywhere in the U.S. Enroll your new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ and get one month of protection free. For more information, please visit:http://www.samsung.com/us/support/premium-care/.

 For more information about the Galaxy S9, visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/news.samsung.com/us/galaxy-s9/ or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

 About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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[1] The Dual Aperture supports F1.5 mode and F2.4 mode. Dual Aperture is installed on the rear camera (Galaxy S9) and rear wide-camera (Galaxy S9+)

[2] Bixby service ability may vary by country or carrier. Samsung Account log-in and data network (wifi or internet connection) required to fully operate Bixby features. Voice Command recognizes English (U.S.), Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Not all accents, dialects and expressions are recognized. Voice Command works with a select, growing list of Samsung and third-party apps. See “Apps with Voice” in Bixby for a list of compatible apps.

[3] Samsung Account log-in and data network (wifi or internet connection) required. Translation speed may vary depending on internet connection and word count. This function is limited to selected languages. For the full list of languages please visit www.samsung.com/galaxy

[4] Touch Keyboard function to be included in the upcoming software update.

[5] DeX Pad will come with HDMI cable, wall charger and data cable. Use of original HDMI cable and charger included with DeX Pad is recommended. Accessories including monitor sold separately. To utilize DeX (Galaxy Desktop), either DeX Station or DeX Pad is required. Both are sold separately. Certain apps may not run or may require license (for purchase) on Samsung DeX. DeX Pad supports Galaxy S9/S9+ only. (Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note8 may be supported later with OS update.)

[6] Subject to credit approval from Samsung Financing Program Account issued by TD Bank, N.A.

[7] Terms and conditions apply and vary by retailer.

[8] Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners

[9] Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings

[10] Carrying an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes

[11] May differ by market and mobile operator

[12] User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

[13] Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited

"You are strong", "You R brave", "U R fearless" - UR Bath & Body!

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In 2010, Tracy Gunn, a former animal pharmaceutical sales rep, started UR Bath & Body in her kitchen. After a devastating layoff, a single mom with 2 kids, she invested $32 into making soaps to support her family and turned that into a seven-figure business. All the of products are handmade by those transitioning out of crisis. The company offers a place of employment that empowers and promotes women's independence from challenging family and abusive circumstances. The mission is too help uplift, reshape and rebuild the lives of those looking to regain their independence. 

The Bronx isn’t just the birth place of hip hop – It’s the inspiration behind the UR Bath & Body brand. While visiting a women’s homeless shelter in New York City, Tracy noticed the director greeted each woman that walked through the door with a “UR” affirmation. "You are strong", "You are brave", "You are fearless", that inspired Tracy to create products to inspire a sense of self, naming each product after an uplifting attribute. UR Bath and Body products can be found online www.URbathco.com

We had a chat with Tracy, here are the excerpts.

  • What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

In 2010, I was laid off from my job as a sales rep and I needed to provide financial stability for my children but also needed to be mom first. Being an entrepreneur was the only option to be able to control my time as well as my financial independence.  

  • What do you like about being in health and beauty business?

Growing up, my grandmother made soap and I developed my passion for making soaps from her. Producing products that people can identify with and gain some fulfillment is one of the things I enjoy most about being in this business. I make It a point of emphasis to interact with our customers as much as possible, and hearing how much they value our products and our mission drives me to keep going and pushing further. 

  • Why is it important for you to focus on women empowerment, through your business?

Women have far been overlooked for many years. Women are very capable of accomplishing so much more than most women realize. Single mothers left to manage children and life often feel the options are few. I want women to know what they are capable of. If I can accomplish success from soap they can do it too in whatever outlets they choose to pursue. Many of our employees come from different backgrounds but strength is something they can all identify with. Every women is strong and capable of achieving, and we are all shining examples of that.

  • Any products for men? Any upcoming exciting products, news etc? 

We are planning a men's line coming in the near future along with a children's line. 

  • What's your most favorite and least favorite thing about NYC?

New York City is where my heart is. It is true that if you can make it there you can make it anywhere. There isn't one thing that I dislike about NYC. My absolute favorite thing about NYC is how it helped me create a business with a mission. Susan's place in the Bronx gave me the vision for my company's core values. The city as a whole possess a unique energy, I love the pace, people and the opportunity that being in a melting pot such as NYC can present. If not for NYC, I would not be where I am today!

Jamie Foxx bringing “shade” in Manhattan, with Privé Revaux Eyewear

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I was strolling in Manhattan and minding my own business, and I ran right into a sly Foxx!

Academy Award-winning and all over “good guy” Jamie Foxx stepped into the eyewear industry, teaming up with Privé Revaux Eyewear a company that’s describe as being “built on a shared passion for style and quality with the goal of making it accessible in ways never seen until now. “

Mr. Foxx, one of the company’s brand partners stopped by the mid-town Manhattan location, which has a subway car prop in the rear, and the party started.  He “literally” entered to the sounds of salsa music being played by a popular Bronx band. Sporting a Louis Vuitton backpack that just might be a custom design, the gifted funny, funny, funny Foxx flirted as he moved through the crowd.

Foxx was loaded with jokes but when it came to talking about the frames on his handsome face, he was all about the business.  

“Every one of the Privé Revaux sunglasses is just $29.95. That’s like nothing, you can lose...like three, and come back and buy three more,” Foxx joked. “Here’s the thing, I mean, you don’t have to spend a billion dollars to look great. Right?  I thought what if we do an affordable eyewear under $30? Even though it’s inexpensive, we’ll make sure we don’t spare any cost when it comes to making the product.”

He continued:  "Anything I wear and I post on Instagram, people automatically think it's high end.  That gave me an idea. I picked up the phone. I made 'that call' and bam affordable hotness."

The connection that Foxx was referring to was with “serial” entrepreneur David Schottenstein whose idea is to simply “disrupt” the eyewear market. To do that, and to ensure the brand’s success he turned to Foxx, as well as Hailee Steinfeld and Ashley Benson, who are all style ambassadors. 

There are over 100 handcrafted and polarized designer frames (each costing $29.95) and it’s about the Privé Revaux Eyewear quality.   Each of the 100+ Privé styles is named to evoke a persona, from The Artist and The Socialite to The Boss and The Godfather, all to show that everyone can be anyone when you reframe yourself with Privé Revaux.

“What I love, what I really love,” said Foxx as he danced through the crowd, “is giving people quality and style. Style and quality. Quality…and style…and at a price that won’t lean on their wallets and that’s Privé Revaux Eyewear."

Lunch Box Pioneers Prepd Launch Two New Colors

Prepd, pioneering makers of refined lunch boxes for adults, have launched two trendy new colors in celebration of the brand’s second birthday. Available 5 February 2018, the new sleek Peach and Mint color options are bright alternatives to Prepd Pack’s classic turquoise design, and promise to brighten up the saddest of desk lunches.

Designed with convenience and wellness in mind, a Prepd Pack ($69) encourages users to create vibrant, diverse and healthful meals with its unique modular design and complimentary Prepd App, which features over 85 easy-to-make recipes that include a comprehensive nutritional breakdown for each dish. Prepd recipes are meticulously tailored to fit Prepd Pack’s BPA free containers perfectly, allowing for easy upload of nutritional data to the iPhone health app.

“The average American dine-out lunch costs an eye-watering $11.14 and food waste is common due to oversized portions. The average Prepd lunch only costs $6.30 — an almost 200% saving, and smart meal planning can prevent quality ingredients from ending up in the trash. Our app provides meal inspiration and helps users track both calorie intake and daily nutrition at the touch of a button,” says Co-Founder Chris Place. “We couldn’t be happier about the positive impact that the Prepd Pack has had on so many. Not only is our growing community taking healthy lunches more regularly and saving money doing so, together we are also making a huge reduction in the amount of disposable packaging waste.” 

Having been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s coveted Oprah’s Favorite Things list 2017 and collaborating with home-cooking icon Blue Apron to help their users pack their meal kits for lunch, Prepd’s success is set to continue through 2018 with two new fun colors joining the family. Equipped with a full-set of containers and magnetic cutlery, all that is left to do is choose a recipe. Supplementary containers ($29) and cooling Cool Sticks, all of which slip seamlessly into the Prepd Pack, can be purchased for even greater flexibility, along with a premium neoprene Prepd Sleeve ($19) for added protection and wrist carrying.

Slimline, stylish and durable, each Prepd Pack is handcrafted from high-quality, natural bamboo. The case has a secure enclosure that keeps everything in place.

About Prepd

Say goodbye to the sad desk lunch! The Prepd Pack is equal parts stylish and functional.

Prepd is the creation of designers Chris Place and Will Matters. Formed in 2015 with a goal of making healthy living easier through good design, Prepd Pack is the brand’s first product.. 

Prepd's first Prepd Pack was originally brought to life through Kickstarter in January 2016 and raised just under $3M through crowdfunding. 2 years on the Prepd community has grown to over 50,000 users who take 529,000 meals to work in their Prepd Packs every month, potentially saving up to 6.35 million sets of single-use disposable packaging from take out restaurants each year.

Built to last, Slimline Prepd Packs are handcrafted from high-quality natural bamboo, and come with three premium leak-proof containers that can be arranged in multiple configurations to suit whatever is on the menu that day. An integrated placemat and a set of magnetic silverware means you can open up and enjoy your meal anywhere without rummaging around for utensils or worrying about making a mess. Lunch is served!

For an extra layer of protection, check out our Prepd Sleeve. Looking for more containers? Check out our extra Prepd Container Set. To keep your food extra cool and fresh for longer, try our Cool Sticks.

Key features of Prepd Pack include:

· Slim and durable Bamboo carry case.
· Food Safe, Leakproof Tritan containers.
· Stackable modular containers system.
· Ice packs that neatly fit into the side of the lunchbox

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