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FOX’s ‘EMPIRE’ & Saks Fifth Avenue Team Up To Bring Hit Drama’s Iconic Style To Life

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FOX’s record-breaking drama EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue announced today an exclusive partnership to bring the highly covetable fashion inspired by the #1 broadcast entertainment series to life. EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue’s multi-platform collections will be available in-store, online and on-screen and will celebrate the hit drama’s dynamic, buzzworthy fashion timed to the series’ second season premiere in September.

The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent the hit drama’s glamorous aesthetic including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from MCM.

Exclusive EMPIRE-curated windows will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York and Beverly Hills flagships from September 10 through October 7. EMPIRE actor Trai Byers will also be featured on the cover of Saks Fifth Avenue’s fall magalog in Saks Fifth Avenue Collection’s Fabric #1.

“This unprecedented partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and MCM celebrates EMPIRE’s mark on the fashion world,” says Jeffrey Godsick, President, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The influence EMPIRE has had on so many aspects of popular culture proves it has the ingredients to become a stand-alone fashion brand.”

“The lines between fashion and entertainment are intersecting,” said Marc Metrick, President Saks Fifth Avenue. “Harnessing this moment is a key underpinning to our strategy as it brings energy and uniqueness to the shopping experience at Saks.”

Items from each designer will be curated to create an EMPIRE collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and saks.com. The EMPIRE looks will also be available online at each brand’s website and stand-alone retail locations.

In addition, Saks will host a September launch event in New York and men’s luxury made-to-measure suiting events throughout September and October at locations in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Bal Harbour, San Francisco and Atlanta. For more information, please visit saks.com.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE returns as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. A drama about a family dynasty, set within the world of music, glamour, danger and power, EMPIRE shattered ratings records every week in its debut season; spawned hit records “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful”; and made Cookie Lyon a household name.

Use #EmpirexSaks to spread the news.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, the series was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo. “Like” EMPIRE on Facebook at EmpireFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX and join the discussion using #empire. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 39 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.


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AFI Latin American Film Fest

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The AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.

Now in its 26th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year’s selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

One of Washington’s top cultural events, the festival will run from September 17 to October 7, 2015. It’s your chance to watch outstanding movies, mingle with filmmakers and also enjoy Latin food and wine at weekly happy hours and embassy-hosted events. Early announcements– representing about half of this year’s exciting film lineup– are posted on the website http://afi.com/silver/laff/



AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD

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Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2015 Announces Sponsors

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MegaFest 2015, the five-day inspirational family festival hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes and slated for Aug. 19-23 in Dallas, is proud to announce its supporting sponsors. Each sponsor is supporting MegaFest in its own customized way. Local, National and International Companies are supporting the Inspirational Family Festival.

MegaFest brings together four of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ most popular events – ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth presents Fire Code, and MegaKidz presents Destiny World. In addition, this year’s MegaFest will host the second International Faith & Family Film Festival, Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run, A Time to Laugh comedy show and a variety of empowerment sessions. The festival is expected to draw more than 85,000 people this year to events at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, American Airlines Center and the Omni Hotel.

“MegaFest is about bringing people together to celebrate family, friends and faith, so that we can return to our homes as refreshed, better people,” Jakes said. “We could not give people this opportunity without the support of our sponsors. We appreciate their support and look forward to the festivities.”

Many of the sponsors, including Prudential and The Coca-Cola Company, will be sponsoring individual sessions throughout MegaFest. Coca-Cola will sponsor the Women Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century and Strategies for Navigating Your Success sessions and Prudential will sponsor The Dream Giver, BOSS Panel, Financial Session and manCODE sessions.

The following companies are supporting MegaFest:


  Kymm’s Creation  

Advanced Beauty 

  Liberty Tax  

American Heart Association 


Black Enterprise 

  Methodist Hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Cadillac of Arlington 

  NIV Live  

Children’s Health 


Christian Mingle 

  Parkland Hospital  

The Coca-Cola Company 



  Ramsey Personalities 

CORE Institute 

  State Farm

D3 Entertainment 

  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  

D CEO Magazine 


Dallas County Judges 

  Texas Health Resources 

Dallas CVB 

  Trinity Broadcasting Network  

Dallas Mavericks 


Entertainment Cruise LLC 


Essence Magazine 

  Wells Fargo

HD Encore 

  Women’s Food Service Forum 

Heart & Soul 


Home Depot 

  Worlds of Wow

JD Reservations 


Johnson Publishing, publishers of
Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair 

NIVLive will also debut the new T.D. Jakes Ministries Official Mobile app that includes the NIV Bible and NIV Audio Bible, including additional downloads and bonus materials that may be accessed within the T.D. Jakes app.

About MegaFest
Since its inception in 2004, MegaFest has been a meeting place for diverse audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Johannesburg, South Africa, and has reached nearly 1 million people.  This year’s list of events includes Woman Thou Are Loosed, ManPower, MegaYouth presents Fire Code, and MegaKidz presents Destiny World.

Learn more by visiting www.mega-fest.com.


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Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde Among Lead Hosts For The 2015 Global Citizen Festival

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Global Citizen has announced the lead hosts of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, and Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde are among the A-list celebrities. Rounding our the list are Stephen Colbert, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman. The festival is presented by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE. The free-ticketed concert, headlined by Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, will take place on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, 2015.

As the lead hosts of the Festival, Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde will encourage fans and friends to get involved with the Global Citizen movement and help end extreme poverty by 2030. Each host is committed to encouraging actions on GlobalCitizen.org, where fans can participate in the latest Action Journey and enter the draw to win a pair of tickets to the Festival.

Since the headliner announcement of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in early July, nearly half a million actions have been taken on behalf of the world’s poor. Today’s official host announcement coincides with the next Action Journey release, where global citizens will champion the importance of improving universal access to education, especially for girls and women. Global citizens will be asked to send a voice message to Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, encouraging her to attend the 2015 Global Citizen Festival and make a commitment to universal education. Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project, will be meeting with the Prime Minister next week where he will personally deliver these messages.

MSNBC returns as a media partner of the Global Citizen Festival for the second year. Willie Geist, Janet Mock, Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner will host the simulcast of the full concert from 4-10 p.m. ET on MSNBC and MSNBC.com live from Central Park. The YouTube livestream will be hosted by AsapSCIENCE and Matthew Santoro on youtube.com/globalcitizen, presented by T-Mobile.Tamron Hall will host NBC’s one-hour television special of the event, produced by director and screenwriter Richard Curtis, to air onSunday, September 27. A one-hour special of the Festival will also air on BBC One in the UK on Monday, September 28 and will be distributed globally through BBC Worldwide. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards). An audio feed of the concert will also be simulcast live on the “Global Citizen Radio” digital station on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio service, making this the fourth year that iHeartMedia has partnered with Global Citizen in support of the Festival. Audio from the Festival will also be digitally streamed on innovative music and entertainment platform, Tidal.com. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

Said Stephen Colbert, “I am honored and thrilled to join Global Citizen in urging world leaders to commit to ending extreme poverty. Finally, all that U.N. traffic will have a purpose!”

“We can’t wait to stand with these awesome artists, co-hosts, and thousands of global citizens in Central Park this September as we call on our leaders to end the injustice that is extreme poverty,” said Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman. “The Global Citizen movement is proof that when we come together and raise our voices, our leaders pay attention.”

Kerry Washington said, “I am very excited to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival and to join in this movement calling for an end to extreme poverty so that our future generations can live in a more just and equal world.”

“Over the last four years the Global Citizen Festival has achieved real and meaningful impact for those in need around the world. I’m excited to join everyone again this year to show what we can achieve when our energy is focused in the right place,” said Olivia Wilde.

“We are so grateful for the support of these world-class artists and activists,” said Hugh Evans, CEO, The Global Poverty Project. “Ending extreme poverty is a long-term commitment for global citizens around the world. With the help of these individuals to inspire and motivate our movement brings us a step closer to realizing the Global Goals.”

Said YouTube star Matt Santoro, “I’m incredibly excited to be hosting this year’s festival. The Global Citizen project is something I am very passionate about, and it is the perfect way to involve my audience in a movement that is making a difference worldwide!”

“We are honored to be a part of Global Citizen,” said AsapSCIENCE. “It is important that we embrace our global community and urge world leaders to fight poverty, embrace equality and create a more sustainable world for everyone. We can’t wait to be surrounded by people who share this common goal and have worked hard to create a positive change in the world!”

In July, Global Citizen announced a new partnership with Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign to build a community of people who want to learn about and take action on the biggest challenges faced by girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci in 2013 to raise funds and awareness for girls and women’s equality.  Led by co-founders Beyonce Knowles-Carterand Salma Hayek Pinault, the campaign has joined forces with Global Citizen to promote education, health and justice for girls and women around the world.

“As a global citizen and co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, I am honored to co-host the 2015 Global Citizen Festival,” said Salma Hayek Pinault.  “Empowering girls and women is a key step toward ending extreme poverty, and I am proud to be a part of this historic moment where we will raise our voices together to create real change for girls and women around the world.”

In coordination with Global Citizen, CHIME FOR CHANGE and Salma Hayek Pinault are encouraging supporters to “CHIME for Education” through a recently launched Crowdrise campaign that supports girls’ and women’s education efforts around the world. By donating to CHIME for Education, fans will be entered to win two VIP tickets to this year’s Global Citizen Festival.

To find out more information and support the campaign, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/CHIME.

Presenting partner Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE join proud core partners of the Festival: Citi, Unilever, YouTube, TIDAL, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, MSNBC, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, The Huffington Post, Milk Studios, RYOT and Riot House.

Citi has been a proud partner of the Global Citizen Festival since inception four years ago, and Citi credit cardmembers enjoy exclusive access to VIP offers and ticket pricing.

People everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the prize draws for free tickets. In total, 48,000 free tickets to the Festival will be given out to Global Citizens. Once fans complete an Action Journey on globalcitizenfestival.com, they can enter to win free tickets. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via Global Citizen when they have been selected.


Global Citizen is a content and campaigning platform where people can learn about and take action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the most effective organizations working to end extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to unlock the power of every individual to play his or her part in the movement to end extreme poverty in the next 15 years.

Global Citizen has partnered with leading organizations for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, including: action/2015, CARE, Concern Worldwide U.S., The Earth Institute, Every Woman Every Child, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Global Partnership for Education, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Heifer International, The Hunger Project, Kiva, The ONE Campaign, Opportunity International, Oxfam, Pencils of Promise, RESULTS, Save the Children Action Network, The United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, USA for UNHCR, WaterAid, World Bank Group, World Vision and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.


The Global Poverty Project is a registered 501(c)(3) international non-profit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. The advocacy organization works in partnership with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor. The Global Poverty Project organizes massive global campaigns including Live Below the Line and the annual Global Citizen Festival as catalysts in this movement. Over the last four years, global citizens have nearly 3 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in 87 commitments and policy announcements, including cash commitments valued at US $18.3 billion. The Global Poverty Project has offices in New York, Canada, UK and Australia. For more information, visit globalpovertyproject.org.


CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci in 2013, is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, with a focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for Education, Health and Justice projects. Through the power of crowdfunding, CHIME FOR CHANGE has funded more than 400 projects in 86 countries through 144 non-profit partners reaching hundreds of thousands of girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE co-Founders Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter continue to lead the coalition of partners who support the campaign.  Founding Partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult. Strategic Partners include P&G Prestige, Twitter and Kellogg’s Special K. The CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman,Valerie Amos, Humaira Bachal, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny,Waris Dirie, Carolyn Everson, Helene Gayle, Leymah Gbowee, Yasmeen Hassan, Hung Huang, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro,Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lee Young-Ae, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Peter Soer, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, Monique Villa and Yang Lan.


In September 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 193 world leaders will adopt a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. The Global Goals campaign is a global collaborative effort to ensure that these goals are world famous and that they are successfully acted upon. In order to make the goals famous Project Everyone, the brainchild of Richard Curtis is on a mission to get the goals to 7 billion people in the 7 days after they are adopted. Radio Everyone forms one part of that ambition, alongside the World’s Largest Lesson and the World’s First Global Cinema Ad.

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The 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner To Honor Ray Lewis, Karl Malone, And More

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The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will honor a group of prominent Sports Legends and Honorees when it hosts its 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. NBC News Icon Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the event will feature live performances by The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters.

The 2015 Great Sports Legends include Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati and Chip Ganassi. Honorees for the evening include Gloria and Emilio Estefan who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award, and Humanitarian Award recipients Orianne and Phil Collins.

The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors.

The 2015 Great Sports Legends include:

Jorge Posada – Former catcher for 17 seasons with the New York Yankees and a five-time World Series champion.
Karl Malone – Nicknamed “The Mailman,” Malone is a NBA Hall of Famer, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and was a power forward for 18 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.
Ray Lewis – Lewis is a future Hall of Famer and is considered one of the greatest ever to play middle linebacker in the NFL. He played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003 and two-time Super Bowl Champion.
John Stockton – Stockton is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time. He holds the NBA records for most career assists and steals and played his entire career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz.
Michelle Kwan – Widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time, Kwan is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (tied for the all-time record).
Victor Espinoza – The first jockey in history to enter the Belmont Stakes with a third opportunity to win the Triple Crown, finally winning that elusive honor this year on American Pharaoh, becoming the oldest jockey and first Hispanic jockey to win the award.
Jennifer Capriati – A former World No. 1 professional tennis player and International Tennis Hall of Fame member, Capriati won three women’s singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments and a Gold Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Chip Ganassi – A former American racing driver, Ganassi is the owner and CEO of Chip Ganassi Racing, which operates teams on the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Tudor United SportsCar Championship. He has been involved with the North American auto racing scene for more than 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as most innovative owners.
Honorees for the evening include:

The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award Recipients, Gloria and Emilio Estefan– Twenty-six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan, whose highly-anticipated biographical musical On Your Feet! starts performances on Broadway October 5, will receive this year’s Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award. One of the most celebrated couples in music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan know the importance of giving back to the community founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation, aimed at reaching those who struggle outside the safeguards of society by promoting good health, education, and cultural development. Following her own brush with paralysis Gloria teamed up with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 1994 and served as the capital campaign director of The Miami Project’s new building campaign that raised more than $40 million.
Humanitarian Award Recipients, Orianne and Phil Collins– Phil Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time. Collins had dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. He is one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the 1980s and beyond. Phil and Orianne are co-founder of the Little Dreams Foundation (LDF), an international charity which fulfills the dreams of young aspiring talents without financial means to achieve their goals. The LDF helps children thrive by supporting them with personalized training and supervision in music, arts and sports by godparent mentors, providing them with optimal opportunity for success, and potentially advance toward a professional career in the field of their true passion. In order to reach its mission, LDF is helped by numerous godparents, sponsors and technical advisors. Orianne is a jewelry designer and philanthropist and serves as chairman of the Little Dreams Foundation.
“For 30 years The Miami Project has provided real hope to those living with paralysis. Today there is tangible evidence through our groundbreaking clinical trials that a cure for paralysis is within our grasp,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “Paralysis does not discriminate, a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, so we must continue to raise awareness and funds to support research that will ultimately lead to a cure for paralysis. We are honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures continue to help us stand up for those who cannot.”

Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Grant Hill, Bill Cowher, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

The 30th anniversary event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised more than $100 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through the research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again.

About The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund: In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team includes more than 300 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff who take innovative approaches to the challenges of brain and spinal cord injury. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.

The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. The Miami Project team currently has five FDA approved SCI clinical trials underway. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.

Miami Project researchers are conducting or participating in more than eighteen clinical trials for spinal cord and brain injuries, and have more than a dozen clinical research studies underway. Because of our clinical and research expertise, The Miami Project is confident that we have the knowledge and resolve to initiate additional clinical trials that will help us continue to responsibly and safely take these important steps into humans.

For more information, please visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com.

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Damon Dash Launching Streaming Subscription Service

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Pop culture king Damon “Dame” Dash has amassed a treasure-trove of media since his career ignited in Harlem. Now the actor, entrepreneur, CEO and executive producer wants to make all of his own content accessible to fans with the launch of an on-demand streaming website similar to Netflix, accessible through DameDashStudios.com.

Dash’s creative juices started flowing when he co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records in the mid-1990’s. “I have devoted my life to providing an authentic experience to pop culture without compromise,” said Dash. “Now my music, movies, documentaries and self-help training videos and books will be aggregated at a single, easy to access distribution point going live on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.”

Dash sold his interest in Roc-A-Fella and moved ahead with his own production company discovering, casting and producing Kevin Hart and Lee Daniels in multiple movie projects. He went on to sign award winning musical acts including The Black Keys. After hearing the Ohio-based rock duo, Dash produced their album “BlakRoc” featuring guest appearances from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard among others. The album soared to become one of the top Rap Albums of 2009.

Traveling to Europe, South America and Asia, Dash continued to discover talent and launch careers. He quickly moved into the production of Hollywood pop-culture movies and television series as well as documentaries. IMDb (Internet Movie Database) credits Dash as producer on more than 20 movie projects, including the critically acclaimed “Woodsman,” starring Kevin Bacon, “Shadowboxer” with Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Lee Daniels, “Streets is Watching,” “State Property” and “State Property 2,” which he wrote, directed and appeared, and the highly praised “Paid in Full.”

Currently shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina, Dash is producing and directing “Mafietta,” a new television series based on novellas by E.W. Brooks starring London “Deelishis” Charles, winner of VH1’s Flavor of Love 2.

Kanye West, protege of Damon Dash since the early 90’s, joined him on production of the motion picture “Loisaidas” staring Murda Mook. Dash and West just released a new action-packed movie, “Too Honorable” featuring cousin, Stacey Dash (“Clueless”), Eishia Brightwell, Julito McCullum, Cam’ron, Nicholas Turturro, and Michael Rispoli. Dash is the director and has a featured role in the project.

He has opened media collective galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Charleston, and the newest one in Albemarle, North Carolinafeaturing showcase art and music. The new streaming service will be a broader, on-demand version of his galleries.

Dash has also been producing self-help videos based around organizational life skills such as research, planning, and effective decision-making. He has a series of interviews with entertainment notables, spiritual leaders, entrepreneurs and executives, motivational speakers and more. He is currently penning a new book, “Culture Vultures.”

In 1999 Dash co-founded Rocawear, a hugely successful line of clothing, footwear, fragrance and fashion accessories. Dash later sold his stake in Rocawear and focused on the creation of the Rachel Roy clothing collection, now an international brand with the RACHEL by Rachel Roy line available in Macy’s.

Having recently moved to North Carolina, Dash is finding a great deal of talented people in his new home base. “I have identified an amazing array of talent here. We are launching new music, videos and movies every day.”

While deeply involved in the business of entertainment and fashion, Dash is expanding his brand launching a German Riesling wine he calls Dusko Blu and he is introducing new spirit from Spain, Dusko Whiskey. He owns a motor oil company, Dash Motors and is launching an on-line teaching forum: PoppingtonUniversity.com

Damon “Dame” Dash has amassed an amazing portfolio of music, video and pop culture entertainment — all of which will be available on the new subscription website http://DameDashStudios.com/ on September 1, streaming to your home for $49.99 annually or $9.99a month. Subscribers who preorder before the launch will receive a 50 percent reduction for the first year.

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Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

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High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.

It all takes place in the very magical and creative setting of Walt Disney World Resort. Dreamers are taken both on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Disney Dreamers are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE for the ninth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program stands out for its ability to motivate and inspire teens to think big and achieve their dreams. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”

Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.

Select Disney Dreamers along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in life-changing sessions as they are surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.

Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with ESSENCE and Walt Disney World Resort will host the selected Dreamers during their four-day power packed career and educational exploration. “One of my personal commitments is to always give back and particularly to youth,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen 800 students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important than anything.”

ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “Each year, ESSENCE is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow.”

Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 30, 2015. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2015.

About Walt Disney World Resort / The Walt Disney Co.:

Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of creativity and exceptional storytelling that  brings families together in unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world, with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.

About Steve Harvey:

Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including “Me and The Boys”, “The Steve Harvey Show”  and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge. His first book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” quickly became a bestseller in 2009. Harvey has appeared on “The Oprah Show,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Currently, Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” which airs in over 60 markets and has over 7 million listeners. He is host of “Steve Harvey,” a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

About ESSENCE Communications Inc.:

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi- platform presence in publishing, live events and online.  The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE Festival, ESSENCE Black Women inHollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book Club, ESSENCE.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 44 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 13.4 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.

Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.

SOURCE Walt Disney World Resort

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Afro-Latino Festival to be held in New York July 10-12

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AFRO-Latino Festival 2015

Afro-Latino Festival kicks off in New York July 10-12

The Afro-Latino Festival provides you with a selection of the best bands and artists of Africa, Southern America, the Caribbeans and Southern Europe.

The 3rd Annual Afro-Latino Festival will run from Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12 and will include film screenings, culinary presentations, cultural performances and art exhibitions. The festival starts Friday with an awards presentation, performances, and a cocktail reception to be held in Harlem, N.Y.

The festival celebrates the contributions that people of African, Latin-American and Caribbean cultures have made to New York City and the world as a whole. The purpose of the festival is to showcase the important issues pertinent to the Afro-Latino community by providing a platform to showcase community leaders, entrepreneurs, and a diverse mix of performers.

Visit Afro-Latino Festival to learn more.

Entertainment The Scoop

Ava DuVernay says ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to directing Black Panther

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Ava DuVernay says she is still in full support of Black Panther, but she is not accepting the offer to direct the film. In a new interview with Essence. com, the ‘Selma’ director reveals that she was offered the job, but that after much consideration she decided to pass.

“I guess I’ll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend,” the Selma director said during the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” she added. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”

DuVernay, who is currently filming a love story set against Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, makes it clear that despite turning down the opportunity to be involved with the Black Panther movie, she is still in full support of the film.

“I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”



Entertainment Lifestyle

The 2015 BET Awards Party Guide

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Get Ready for The BET Experience during the BET Awards Weekend. For top celebrity events, fashion shows, parties, panel discussions, concerts and more. Check below for event listings.

Thursday June 25th

6 p.m. Machine Gun Kelly Private Listening Party

Machine Gun Kelly will hold a special performance for his album listening party at Samsung Studio LA across from the Grove. Invite only event.


Samsung Studio LA
157 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States


8 p.m. Kevin Hart BET Experience at L.A.LIVE

Join the BET Experience at LA Live with a performance by Kevin Hart.


LA Live
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States


8 p.m. Pandora and Lexus Present: Wyclef Jean

Wyclef will perform at the Fox Theater in Pomona as part of the Lexus Pop Concert Series, powered by Pandora. This special concert is the second in a four-part series taking place across Southern California leading into the summer and is free to Pandora listeners. Invite only.


Fox Theater
301 South Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766 United States


Friday June 25th

7 p.m. BET Experience at L.A. LIVE Nicki Minaj

Join The BET Experience at LA Live and catch performances by Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Tinashé and Rae Sremmurd.


LA Live
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States


10 p.m. Miguel @ Club Nokia

Miguel will take the stage at Club Nokia.


Club Nokia
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States

10 p.m. Fetty Wap @Argyle Friday

Table Reservations – Fetty Wap is on the verge of blowing up with his summer hit ‘Trap Queen’, make sure to stop at Argyle Fridays to check him out.


The Argyle
1600 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States


10 p.m. BET Awards Pre-Party hosted by Meek Mill

Playhouse is hosting a weekend long BET Awards edition and will have Meek Mill hosting for Feature Fridays LA. Ticketed event.


6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States


10 p.m. Future @Henry’s

Future will take over Henry’s this Friday in conjunction with BET Award Weekend.


8713 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048 United States

10 p.m. Rae Stremmud BET Awards 2015 Pre Party @OHM Nightclub

Rae Sremmud BET Awards 2015 Pre Party will take place at OHM Nightclub this Friday.


6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028 United States


Saturday June 27th

1 p.m. The BET Experience Celebrity Basketball Game

Experience the best music, sports and activities featuring your favorite celebrities taking place on Saturday, June 27 (12PM – 9PM) and Sunday, June 28 (12PM – 9PM) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Find some of your favorite celebs at the annual Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite including Coach 2 Chainz, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg.


LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States


4 p.m. Janelle Monae & Wondaland @BET’s FanFest Genius Talk

BETX Fan Fest is taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center with Genius Talks. Reggie Ossé of The Combat Jack Show will lead the discussion with funky divas Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu as they share their thoughts on style and individuality.


LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States

5 p.m. Mayweather @BET’s FanFest Genius Talks

BETX Fan Fest is taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center with Genius Talks. Floyd Mayweather discusses Pacquiao, a pending retirement and interests outside of the ring with Doug E. Fresh.


Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States

6 p.m. Kobe Bryant @BET’s FanFest Genius Talks

BETX Fan Fest is taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center with Genius Talks. ESPN’s Jemelle Hill has a one-on-one chat with Kobe Bryant about his professional and personal journey, what he plans to do after retirement and how he ranks in NBA history.


LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States

7 p.m. Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar & Snoop Dogg BET Experience at L.A. LIVE

Join The BET Experience at LA Live and catch performances by
Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q to name a few.


LA Live
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States


10 p.m. The Roots present Dilla featuring Erykah Badu Concert

The Roots present Dilla featuring Erykah Badu for the BET Experience at Club Nokia. Ticketed event.


Club Nokia
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States


10 p.m. Chris Brown’s BET Awards Nominations Party

A star-studded BET Awards nomination event featuring multi-platinum selling artist Chris Brown on Saturday, June 27 at 10pm. Brown leads the list of nominated artists this year with a total of 6 including Best Male; B/Pop Artist; and 2 nominations for Video of the Year. This highly anticipated event will be fun filled with special surprises guests including some of this years nominees, performers, presenters and a few influential names in the entertainment industry.


Project Los Angeles
6356 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States

10 p.m. Rae Sremmurd @1OAK

Rae Scremmurd will make a special appearance at 1 OAK during BET Award weekend.


9039 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA United States

10 p.m. DJ Snoopadelic@Henry’s

DJ Snoopadelic, aka Snopp Dogg, will be taking over the DJ Booth at Henry’s this Saturday during BET Award Weekend.


8713 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048 United States

10 p.m. BET Awards Pre-Party hosted by French Montana

This Saturday, French Montana is taking over inside BET Weekend Edition for Sold Out Saturdays! Bad Boy will be in the building with music by Def Jams Don Cannon.


6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States

10 p.m. 2 Chainz @Bootsy Bellows

In conjunction with the BET Awards, 2 Chainz will stop at the newly re-opened Bootsy Bellows for a night of pure fun.

Bootsy Belows

9229 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States

Sunday June 26th

10 p.m. BET Awards After Party hosted by Chris Brown

This year’s official BET Awards after party will take place at Playhouse with host Chris Brown.


6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States

10 p.m. 2015 BET Awards Afterparty feat Usher & Miguel.

Project Club LA is proud to host the 5th Annual Mark Pitts & Bystorm entertainment Post BET Awards, featuring R&B sensations Usher & Miguel this sunday, June 28th, at 10pm.


Project Los Angeles
6356 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States