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About Abbe Sparks

Abbe Sparks is the Founder of Socially Sparked News. A social media and content influencer, she has been covering the entertainment, digital, tech and advocacy sectors for over 20 years as the Chief Igniter of Abbe Sparks Media Group. Socially Sparked News is her labor of love. Email Abbe @ http://info@sociallysparkednews.com
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Hopes, Dreams and The Band’s Visit Shine Brightest: 2018 Tony Awards 2018 Tony Awards
2 weeks ago

Hopes, Dreams and The Band’s Visit Shine Brightest: 2018 Tony Awards 2018 Tony Awards

Hopes, dreams and The Band's Visit were the biggest winners of the 72nd Annual Tony Awards. The brightest moments of Broadway's biggest night came from the presenters, performers, and winning speeches -- all touching on hope, dreams and some of society’s most pressing issues as Equality, Diversity, LGBTQ, Immigration and Bullying. Tony co-hosts Josh Groban [...]
Third Time’s a Charm for France Rocks NYC
3 weeks ago

Third Time’s a Charm for France Rocks NYC

The third time’s a charm for France Rocks NYC, a summer music festival that brings the best of French produced music to NYC. The third annual France Rocks Summerfest kicks-off this weekend in New York City and runs through July 5. France Rocks founder Michele Amar tells us what to expect and how the music [...]
June Sun Shines on Safety, Pride, Environment and More
4 weeks ago

June Sun Shines on Safety, Pride, Environment and More

June sun shines awareness on Safety, LGBTQ Pride, the Environment, Summerfests and more worthwhile causes and fun events. It is the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer, Fathers, Hunger and festivals galore. Here are five top June Events to know. IN THE SUNLIGHT >NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH -- Every June, the National Safety Council [...]
Music Takes Over NYC in June – New York Music Month
4 weeks ago

Music Takes Over NYC in June – New York Music Month

By  •  Music, New York
Music takes over NYC in June with the return of New York Music Month (NYMM). New Yorkers and tourists alike are sure to find an event to whet their musical tastes with a slew of events, concerts and festivals from indie rock and pop; classic rock, blues and jazz, to rap and hip hop – [...]
Power of Music to Melt Hostilities: Quote of the Week
4 weeks ago

Power of Music to Melt Hostilities: Quote of the Week

The power of music to melt hostilities is the message of The Socially Sparked Quote of the Week by internationally renowned American pianist Byron Janis. “Music has the power to make allies out of enemies” -- Byron Janis, world renowned American Pianist These words stem from Janis' first-hand experience performing in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) [...]
Happy Memorial Day
4 weeks ago

Happy Memorial Day

By  •  Advocacy

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Parade of Ships on New York’s Waters for FLEET WEEK
1 month ago

Parade of Ships on New York’s Waters for FLEET WEEK

The Parade of Ships on New York's Waters kicks off the 30th anniversary of Fleet Week NY on Wednesday. Fourteen ships entered New York's Hudson River Harbor this morning on their way to dock for seven days. Now in its 30th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It provides citizens [...]
And, The Obie Award Goes To…
1 month ago

And, The Obie Award Goes To…

The 2018 Obie Awards let the sparks fly Off-Broadway last night with the 63rd annual Awards ceremony at New York City’s Terminal 5. Co-presented by The Village Voice and The American Theatre Wing, awards were given out to four writers, three directors and 10 artist performers plus special citations, grants and the Lifetime Achievement Award. [...]
Livestream from New York: Theatre’s Obie Awards
1 month ago

Livestream from New York: Theatre’s Obie Awards

Tonight marks theatre's coveted Obie Awards® and the third time you can watch via livestream. The 63rd Annual Awards Ceremony will recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off broadway’s most adventurous and groundbreaking artists and productions. A Co-presentation by The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, the awards categories are informal and there are no advance nominees. [...]
Breaking Down Barriers Begins with Dialogue: Quote of the Week
1 month ago

Breaking Down Barriers Begins with Dialogue: Quote of the Week

The Socially Sparked Quote of the Week comes from outspoken activist Harvey Milk. The visionary civil and human rights leader firmly believed that dialogue played a crucial role in breaking down prejudices. In honor of this week’s celebrations for Cultural Diversity of Dialogue and the birthday of the late Harvey Milk, we highlight one of [...]
Tom Wolfe: Master of Neo Journalism Universe
1 month ago

Tom Wolfe: Master of Neo Journalism Universe

Tom Wolfe was the master of the neo journalism universe. The prolific author died on Monday at the age of 88. Wolfe had an uncanny knack for capturing American pop culture trends and bringing them to life through his masterful writings threaded with his personal perceptions. It has been 50 years since his now notorious [...]
Hope Springs Anew for Saving Net Neutrality
1 month ago

Hope Springs Anew for Saving Net Neutrality

By  •  Technology
Hope springs anew for saving net neutrality. In an historic 52-47 vote, the Senate endorsed a resolution to overturn last December’s FCC Ruling to repeal net neutrality regulations of 2015. Yesterday’s surprising Senate vote sends a loud message that the issue is far from over. For months since the FCC’s decision, advocates for a free [...]
Voicing What Comes Naturally: Spotlight Artist Roger Thomas
2 months ago

Voicing What Comes Naturally: Spotlight Artist Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas sets it straight – when you break down his Vocal Play Group -– Naturally 7 -- it’s simply voicing what comes naturally. The Musical Director and MC recently took five from his American Tour to share his thoughts on all things Roger Thomas, family, Naturally 7, music and social change. Roger Thomas, musical [...]
Daily Dose of Wonderful: Quote of the Week
2 months ago

Daily Dose of Wonderful: Quote of the Week

This merry week in May deserves a daily dose of wonderful. The Socially Sparked® Quote of the Week is about inspiration. "Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day." -- anonymous Thinking about inspiration, this week is National Nurses Week which culminates with International Nurses Day on May 12th. [...]
World Press Day Celebrates 25th Anniversary
2 months ago

World Press Day Celebrates 25th Anniversary

World Press Freedom Day celebrates its 25th anniversary today, May 3rd. A free and open press is essential to the balance of power around the world and the public's right to be informed. Since its inception by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, freedom of the press has expanded to now include freedom of [...]
May Blooms Bright for Moms, Arthritis, Mental Health and More
2 months ago

May Blooms Bright for Moms, Arthritis, Mental Health and More

By  •  Advocacy
May blooms bright for moms, arthritis, mental health and a host of other worthy health, education and social causes. It's the month for celebrating mothers, Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and Memorial Day. And, with outdoor activities moving in high gear, May is designated as motorcycle safety awareness and national bike month. National Arthritis [...]
Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide
2 months ago

Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide

International Jazz Day closes April Sparks with celebrations in over 190 countries from around the world. This year's global host city is St. Petersberg, Russia, which will lead the festivities with a series of educational and outreach programs that culminate in an all-star global concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will be streamed [...]
Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York
2 months ago

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff heats up New York City and environs this weekend with two sizzling hot cabaret shows. The Socially Sparked spotlight artist and award-winning sultry jazz and cabaret talent brings her trademark Spider's spin on the music of Irving Berlin and Peggy Lee to Long Island's Tilles Center on Saturday and New York [...]
Theatre Award Season Kicks Into High Gear
2 months ago

Theatre Award Season Kicks Into High Gear

Theatre Award season kicks into high gear this week. A slate of nominations announcements for the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions and talent continue with the Outer Circle Awards on April 24th and the coveted Drama Desk Awards on April 26th. The awards lineup includes the Obies, Outer Circle Critics Awards, and [...]
Artsy, Hip Gigantic-Size Shoe Exhibit Sparks Bloomies Return to Glory
2 months ago

Artsy, Hip Gigantic-Size Shoe Exhibit Sparks Bloomies Return to Glory

An artsy, hip gigantic-size shoe exhibit on display at iconic Bloomingdale’s (Bloomies) NYC flagship locale is turning heads and feet of New Yorkers and tourists. The new exhibit is reminiscent of Bloomies of yesteryear when the legendary retailer was known as the “It” department store for cutting-edge fashion, pop culture, splashy campaigns, celebrity and New [...]
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