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Reimagined New York Film Festival Opens Sept. 17th
2 weeks ago

Reimagined New York Film Festival Opens Sept. 17th

A reimagined New York Film Festival (NYFF) opens September 17 and runs thru October 11, 2020 with a an adjusted format and covid-19 protocals in place. The 58th edition will be different, yet familiar from years past with a combination of Drive-In and virtual screenings, filmmaker talks and more. The NYFF58 will begin one week [...]
Tribute to Trailblazing Comedy Queen: We Love Lucy
2 weeks ago

Tribute to Trailblazing Comedy Queen: We Love Lucy

A fitting tribute to trailblazing comedy queen and pioneer Lucille Ball premieres Saturday, September 12th at 8PM ET on the Reelz independent television  network. "Lucille Ball: We Love Lucy" shows viewers how the infamous redhead's groundbreaking work ethic and comedy paved the road for change in the entertainment industry for women that still resonates to [...]
The NYC Beat Stays on Pause: Save Our Stages
4 weeks ago

The NYC Beat Stays on Pause: Save Our Stages

The NYC beat stays on pause. Live music on pause, live entertainment on Pause. Indoor Dining on Pause, Favorite Independent Venues on Pause, Musicians On Pause, Club Employees on Pause, Live Music Fans’ Life On Pause. What's it gonna' take to bring back the heartbeat of the city? NYC Live Entertainment Venues Remain On Pause [...]
Lady Gaga’s Inspiring Words: Quote of the Week
4 weeks ago

Lady Gaga’s Inspiring Words: Quote of the Week

Lady Gaga's inspiring words to believe in yourself is the Socially Sparked Quote of the Week. The award-winning diva's powerful message of encouragement comes at a time when our struggles and suffering are exemplified due to the pandemic. Lady Gaga's inspiring message during her VMAs acceptance speech "You can spin your struggles into gold, you [...]
Pop-Up Events Return to NYC with Masked-Up Man on the Moon
4 weeks ago

Pop-Up Events Return to NYC with Masked-Up Man on the Moon

Pop-Up events are making a return to NYC after nearly six months of silence. The reports of sightings of a masked-up astronaut popping up on street corners around Gotham are …
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Women’s Equality Day Yet Women Still Roar
1 month ago

Women’s Equality Day Yet Women Still Roar

Today is Women's Equality Day yet, women still roar for equality. This month marks the centennial of a women’s right to vote and nearly a half century since the declaration of the dedicated Day. While the women's movement has made gargantuan strides over the past 100 years, they are still roaring for equality. "I am [...]
Music Community Comes Out to Save NYC Stages & Live Entertainment
1 month ago

Music Community Comes Out to Save NYC Stages & Live Entertainment

The New York City (NYC) music community came out Sunday morning to pose in solidarity to save our independent venues and live entertainment with the support of the newly-formed New York Independent Venues Association (NYIVA). NY photographer Arnie Goodman and digital media diva Abbe Sparks organized the impromptu Save Our NYC Stages Photo Event to [...]
Happy National Radio Day!
1 month ago

Happy National Radio Day!

Today is National Radio Day -- a time to recognize American Radio and all the people involved in the industry. We salute the inventors, all stations, broadcasters, producers, reporters and deejays. Radio has Socially Sparked® our lives for over 100 years. Invented in the 1890s, it is still a vital communication medium. The radio not [...]
Aretha Franklin on Respect for Human Rights: Quote of the Week
1 month ago

Aretha Franklin on Respect for Human Rights: Quote of the Week

Legendary singer and activist Aretha Franklin was a champion of music, culture, civil rights, human rights, the women's movement and so much more. Her words on respect and human rights are our Quote of the Week in honor of the two year anniversary of her death in 2018. Portrait of Aretha Franklin by Andy Warhol [...]
Birthday Shout Out to 2 Music Legends in 90-Something Prime
2 months ago

Birthday Shout Out to 2 Music Legends in 90-Something Prime

This week calls for birthday shout outs to two music legends in their 90-something prime still singing and strumming for us. Legendary crooner Tony Bennett turns 94, and the first lady of children's music Ella Jenkins wil be 96. Both artists still share their beautiful music, and both, still deserve our accolades. ELLA JENKINS Ninety-six-year-old [...]
Help Make Independent Venues New York Tough, Save Our Stages!
2 months ago

Help Make Independent Venues New York Tough, Save Our Stages!

Help make our independent venues New York Tough and Save Our Stages! The New York Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in affiliation with the newly-formed National Independent Venue Association is counting on the public to help #SaveOurStages. August 4th marks the official Day of Action, where music lovers, constituents and the communities can support two newly-introduced [...]
Virtual Concerts for a Cause Take Main Stage
2 months ago

Virtual Concerts for a Cause Take Main Stage

Virtual concerts for a cause continue to answer the call on how to best raise awareness and funds during these unprecedented times. The latest music event: The UNODC Concert takes the main stage today with funds benefiting the cause to end human trafficking. Appropriately scheduled on World Day Against Human Trafficking in Persons - July [...]
Emmy® Awards Nominations Goes Virtual, Will the Show?
2 months ago

Emmy® Awards Nominations Goes Virtual, Will the Show?

The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards nominations announcement goes virtual, will the show? Highlights of nominees.
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Obie Awards Show Goes On via Livestream from Home!
3 months ago

Obie Awards Show Goes On via Livestream from Home!

The coveted Obie Awards show goes on via livestream from home on Tuesday night, July 14th. The prerecorded ceremony was postponed for a moment of reflection in the wake of nationwide calls to end racial inequalities. Originally slated for May 18th from Terminal 5 in New York City, organizers of the Obies had to scramble [...]
July Sparks Celebrations for Independence Days, Human Rights, Reggae +
3 months ago

July Sparks Celebrations for Independence Days, Human Rights, Reggae +

July Sparks celebrations for Independence Days in countries of Canada, United States of America and France; Reggae Day in Jamaica and Nelson Mandela Day worldwide. It’s usually the month of Fireworks, Parades, Music, Festivals and Picnics. Many of these events are going virtual due to the global pandemic. Still plenty to be happy about and [...]
Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy
3 months ago

Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy

EPILOGUE This Father's Day we share one of our most beloved features about one of the world's most beloved musicians and a family's beloved dad -- gone too soon Jim Rodford. #RIP Jim Rodford died two years ago on January 20, 2018, months after this interview was first published. His death was sudden due to [...]
The Galas Must Go On: Free Live Stream Virtual Benefits Soar
4 months ago

The Galas Must Go On: Free Live Stream Virtual Benefits Soar

The galas must go on, albeit virtually as the world and it's live entertainment options stay shutdown. Virtual gala live-streams continue to soar as an ideal solution to the cancelled physical fundraisers. Covenant House, the human rights organization for homeless and trafficked youth is the latest nonprofit to jump into the virtual benefit fray. A [...]
Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single
5 months ago

Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single

Gangstagrass hip-hop/bluegrass hybrid sensation releases Nickel and Dime Blues new anticipated single on May 15th.
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Virtual Relief Benefit: Rise Up New York
5 months ago

Virtual Relief Benefit: Rise Up New York

You say virtual relief benefit. They say virtual telethon. We say virtual benefit concert. Any way you say it, the message in the expression rings clear -- Rise Up for New York! On Monday night, May 11th, Tina Fey will host Rise Up New York to raise awareness and much needed funds to aid New [...]
SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
5 months ago

SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

For Mother's Day we re-visit our Spotlight series of yore, where musician mamas and sons share how their moms Socially Sparked their lives. Click on the images below for these features: Live From Mom's House with Eliot Lewis Bill Morganfield Sings the Blues Away Trailblazing Musician Mamas Inspire Women Eliot Lewis Eliot Lewis and his [...]