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Friday, August 26, 2016

FULL SPEED AHEAD: Meet Olympic Sprinter Tori Bowie

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Tori Bowie says she hopes that one day when she drives up to her small town that has no stop lights that she is greeted by a sign that reads: "Welcome to Sand Hill, Home of Tri Bowie." SHemay be on the fast track to her dream coming true.  

Fresh from the Rio games in Brazil, this African-American Gold/Silver/Bronze winner is a star in the making. Consider highlighting how her status skyrocketed as a relatively unknown athlete from Sandhill, Mississippi into a gorgeous rising star featured in publications from Elle Magazine and Sports Illustrated, to a recent Stella McCartney campaign, and even new collaborations with Adidas.

Her recent Olympic gold medal win makes her a triple Olympic medalist- after only competing for two years. It places her among our best U.S. women sprinters. That's the stuff heroes are made of. Especially when you consider she is not just another athlete coming back from Rio with a medal, but a young woman with a riveting backstory-one of heartwarming triumph born out of story which began from humble beginnings in Sandhill, Mississippi's foster care system. 

Later in life, the two sisters were urged by a high school basketball coach into track and field. Tori took off flying and has paved a series of successful wins at every turn, from the 2011 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships to victories in Rome, New York and the Rio games. 

It places her as number #1 in the U.S. and number #2 in the world, leading USA Today to describe her as "The breakout athlete of the Rio Olympic Games."
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'Count the Seconds' to Gabriel Collins' October release

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Gabriel Collins
Count the Seconds
Plastiscene Records
October 21, 2016
Lead tracks: 'Ignoramus', 'Anywhere but Here'

Born in London in 1983, Gabriel Collins had a habit of tapping on any available surface, this continued until his parents bought him a drum kit and he taught himself to play it, as well as seesawing in and out of love with the guitar, but he says his musical life really began with the piano…
Money was tight so piano lessons were out of the question, but when Gabriel was eleven, after the family had moved to Devon, they inherited a piano from a great aunt and under the guidance of teacher Colin Rea, Gabriel flourished. It was Rea who inspired in Gabriel an appreciation of many styles of music as well as instilling in him the skills of improvisation, composition and learning to listen and practice effectively. This grounding led to mentoring sessions in songwriting with keyboard maestro and composer Julian Marshall, of Marshall Hain/Flying Lizards/Eye To Eye fame who helped Gabriel to gain further insight and confidence in songwriting and performance, describing him as “a unique and remarkable voice in popular music songwriting”.
After leaving school Gabriel took courses in acting, dance, singing, popular music and jazz before going on to read BA (Hons) Music Composition at Dartington College of Arts.
Following university Gabriel continued to write music while also gaining experience in recording and performing both solo and in a range of bands such as Donna Blitz, Melonbud, Berry Pomeroy, Moscow Magazine, Disney’s Head and currently the Gabriel Collins Band.
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Glenn Smyth's 'Lost and Found' is on the way

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Birmingham, Englan's Glenn Smyth will be releasing 'Lost and Found' as a single on October 1. The track comes from Smyth's EP 'A Sense of Freedom'.
Mixed by Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve) and produced by Dave McCabe, ‘Lost And Found’ is the follow up to 'Dead To The World' and 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?', which received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, This Feeling and XS Noize.
After a youth spent playing football for Derby County, a near career-ending fractured fibula and tibia meant Glenn had time on his hands. This resulted in him picking up the guitar for the first time and his journey into music began.

Two cult Birmingham bands in Escobar and Evil Alien followed, each bringing parallel levels of success in two very different worlds. Escobar - an up tempo rock n roll band in the mold of Oasis and The La's, and Evil Alien - soundscapes, beeps and synths influenced by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire and Depeche Mode, championed by Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 and Q Magazine. 
After eleven of Glenn's songs were published by two of the biggest companies in the industry, Glenn set about recording his solo album with long term collaborator Dave McCabe, and in a twist of fate, he also began working with a man that had a huge influence on him when he was growing up, Owen Morris. In what without doubt is his strongest work to date, 'A Sense Of Freedom' (named after the cult Scottish film) is a collection of five songs, five very personal compositions which speak from his life experiences with integrity and authenticity.
1) Lost And Found
2) An Eagle Flies Alone
3) Dead To The World
4) What Have I Done To Deserve This?
5) Nobody Knows
“It’s quite something. Extraordinary even. ‘Nobody Knows’ is one of the best, if not the best, thing I’ve done or been involved with for a very long time. The EP is like one of those classic Oasis 4 track singles where the B-Sides are even better than the single. Fucking brilliant”
Owen Morris


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Can LA Fashion Week's Third Season Elevate the City's Design, Art & Culture Scene?

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LA Fashion Week Showcases Local and Global Designers While Celebrating the West Coast Lifestyle
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LA Fashion Week (LAFW) presents its third season of collections at The Hollywood Athletic Club, from September 28 to October 2, 2016. The SS17 event will feature 18 award-winning designers and artists, plus the U.S debut of revolutionary high-fashion brand, Bezgraniz Couture- Fashion Without Borders.

"Los Angeles is quickly establishing itself as one of the premiere creative capitals of the US. We're curating the coolest talent this city has ever seen - from designers and top artists, to street style influencers and music. We want to be at the forefront of this movement," said Arthur Chipman, the Executive Producer of LAFW. "There's so much amazing energy flowing through our city, and we're excited to kick off our event by celebrating the best of LA." 
For the first time, LA Fashion Week has curated a diverse group of Ambassadors; people who are strong voices in the fashion and creative communities of Los Angeles. By telling our own story through the voices of these innovative and influential people who understand our mission, LAFW seeks to elevate the national and global perception of Fashion Week in Los Angeles. LA Fashion Week is not just a fashion show. We aim to expand our presence and those of our partners', creating a stronger, more successful market for LA.
LAFW's Spring/Summer 2017's design talent will be exploring new ways to experience each brand's vision. LA-based label Samsara will present a livestreamed fashion performance featuring a multi-media fusion of music, fashion, and theater, kicking off a world tour that will redefine how fashion can be presented. International brands including JAJAKA by Ivan Gunawan, Marcelo Quadros, and Cindy Wei Zhang will land in LA to showcase their newest collections, aiming to cater to each of our cities' varied lifestyles. For a full roster of designers, visit https://lafw.net/designers/.
Embarking upon its second year this September, LAFW has established itself as Los Angeles' most esteemed fashion event with almost 20,000 invitees, maintaining the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of LA, and California State Senator Ben Allen. This season's partners include L'Oréal Professional & Luxegroup, Kinesio, Seed Floral, Media Playground PR/The Park Showroom, and the Indonesian Consulate. LAFW kicks off its third season with an Opening Night Gala on September 28.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gospel Songstress Theresa Pinkney Opens Up About Infertility In Her New Single, “The Child That I Prayed For”

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(Washington, DC) - According to the National Center for Health
Statistics, a division of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, over 12% of women between the ages of 15-44 struggle with infertility. That number amounts to a staggering 7.5 million women in the U.S. Award-winning Gospel artist Theresa Pinkney has found herself included in these disparaging numbers. Married for close to 18 years now, she and her husband Ronald have been hoping for a child since they got married. Last year, she was led to consider adoption. Gifted as a songwriter, Theresa couldn’t help but chronicle her thoughts and journey to adoption through her music. The result is the single, “The Child That I Prayed For”, a touching and inspirational tune sung to God, the birth parent and her future adoptive child. The track is available for purchase on iTunesAmazonGoogle Playand other digital outlets. Theresa shares her thoughts in a personal YouTube video.

Theresa is thrilled about what’s to come as she embarks on a brand new season. She says, “I thank God for this wonderful journey. God's plan for me and His will is what is best for our family. When I embraced this with my whole heart, I was truly open and excited about adoption. I meditated on 1 Samuel 1:27 which has helped me over the years. I prayed for the child that God would bring in our lives. The song came to my heart as a thank you to God, the birth parent and the beautiful child that God in his timing will place in our life and heart."

The track is a part of the artist’s upcoming CD release, Transformed.  The upcoming project, the singer’s sophomore release, finds her spreading her musical wings from her critically-acclaimed debut, Me Against The World.  Produced by Jaida Thompson and DJ Bam, the CD showcases Theresa’s growth, both musically and spiritually. Scheduled for release in early 2017, the project’s new singles, “Transformed” and “Front Line”, have already been hitting the airwaves of Gospel radio.  The upcoming CD’s new single, “The Child That I Prayed For” will be serviced to radio as well.

Known for her soaring soprano vocals and her uplifting songs, Pinkney is no novice in the music industry.  A multiple award-winning artist, she gained fans with her up-tempo track, “Count It All Joy” from her debut release.  A graduate of Washington, D.C.’s prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Pinkney is a former member of the Gospel ensembles, Just Breathe and Pastor Earl Miller & Purity.  In 2011, she stepped out as a solo artist with Me Against The WorldFor more information on Theresa Pinkney, log on to www.TheresaPinkney.com.  Connect with Theresa onFacebook and Twitter (@TheresaPinkney).

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From left to right: Countess Vaughn, Lisa Wu, Golden Brooks, Hollywood Divas executive producer Carlos King, Paula Jai Parker and Malika Haqq at the Hollywood Divas reunion show taping 

SILVER SPRING, MD - August 24, 2016 -The divas return for the second part of the reunion special.  After breaking down, Countess returns to the stage.  WhenCarlos tries to broker peace between her and Golden it doesn't go well and could be the end of their friendship.
Guest star Carmen Barton joins the girls and the fur flies again when the divas air their grievances about Carmen's brand of humor.  Lisa tells all about her dating life.  But, it's Paula who brings the house down when she performs her dirty rap.

Don't miss the explosive conclusion of this season of Hollywood Divas. Tune into the Hollywood Divas Reunion Part 2 show airing Wednesday, August 24 at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TV One
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Pres. Obama to travel to Baton Rouge following floods

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WASHINGTON, DC - Te White House has announced on Tuesday, August 23, the President will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he will get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, and hear from local officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.

Obama was criticized for not cutting his vacation to Martha's Vineyard short to visit the flood-ravaged area.  Donald Trump visited the area and delivered supplies last Friday.

In a White House statement the  impact of his absence was acknowledged. The statement read: “The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts.  He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist.”

While away the president was repeatedly briefed on the conditions in Southeast Louisiana and gave his approval for federal aid.  

State officials say the flood damage, which hit 20 parishes, is more devastating than Hurricane Katrina.  

Representative Mary Landrieu said she hopes Hillary Clinton and President Obama would visit the area too.

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Bible VR To Add Christian Concerts to Its Newly Released App

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Pastors & Youth Pastors to Receive Free Lifetime Subscription
Los Angeles, CA – Bible VR announced plans to add live music concerts and events to their VR app. This will allow fans to directly experience beloved artists in concert through 3D virtual reality using the Bible VR app on their smartphone and any VR headset such as Google Cardboard
Bible VR recently introduced its revolutionary technology to the faith-based community at the North American Christian Convention (NACC). The company is the first to offer faith-based virtual reality content in full stereoscopic 3D. 
FigTree VR, the production company, aims to build Bible VR not only as an entertainment experience, but as an evangelical tool for Pastors and Youth Pastors around the world. The firm is creating fully immersive faith-based content that is both entertaining and educational, allowing users to share the Gospel in new and exciting ways.
CEO/Producer/Director Pearry Teo states "Our two main goals are to make sharing The Word entertaining and non-invasive. Bible VR's rich environment helps educate people about Jesus, The Word and His Kingdom while making their personal experiences very memorable, and private enough to feel safe. With Virtual Reality, you're looking at worlds created in full 360 degrees. You can look everywhere... Up, down, left, right... Each experience is unique to each individual and different every time."
Through Bible VR’s “Pastor Appreciation Program,” church pastors and youth pastors who register their church will receive a free lifetime subscription to Bible VR.  Consumer subscriptions are available now, and are being offered at a pre-launch special introductory rate of $3.95 per month. Anyone can sign up or request more information via the Contact Channel atBible-VR.com.
Now literally anyone with interest in Christian concerts and festivals, in Bible stories, or in faith can explore these experiences: youth to adults, those not tied to institutionalized churches, those who are casually curious, and those around the world who may not have direct access to a church community. This serves youth group leaders, homeschoolers, missionaries, and others by opening up an opportunity for people of any generation, bringing evangelism into the 21stcentury and providing tools that not only can be used by leaders, but directly by individuals themselves. 
Bible VR’s film crew recently filmed the award-winning Mercy Me in concert and is scheduled to film international Hip-Hop artist Will Speaks in the coming weeks. The intention of Bible VR is to create experiences with artists from all genres of music within the faith-based community.
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