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Pop Culture that’s Socially Sparked®  All things pop culture – the people, places, events and causes that Socially Sparked our lives at the intersection of culture and social change. The crossroads of advocacy / activism, music, entertainment and technology. Pop Culture Socially Sparked!

‘Tis the Season to Get Shopping
7 months ago

‘Tis the Season to Get Shopping

'Tis the season to get shopping. Thanksgiving marks the start of the shopping and giving season with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. It's the ideal time to get Socially Sparked® for the holidays. SOCIALLY SPARKED SHOPPING DAYS BLACK FRIDAY kicks it all off with deals at every retail store large [...]
Slice Through The Cheese – National Cheese Pizza Day
10 months ago

Slice Through The Cheese – National Cheese Pizza Day

Slice through the cheese and pie up with your favorite style of pizza in honor of National Cheese Pizza Day. Each year on September 5th we celebrate the original Pizza Pie topping with its oozing melted cheese to kick-off the Fall season. Cheese Pizza has Socially Sparked® our lives for over a century in the [...]
Happy National Radio Day!
10 months 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 [...]
Pucker Up for National Lipstick Day
11 months ago

Pucker Up for National Lipstick Day

Pucker up those lips today to show off your favorite shade of lipstick in honor of National Lipstick Day!  This holiday was first created in the 1940s to celebrate the power and beauty of lipstick. We share some fast facts on the history of lipstick and  five ways to honor the day beautifying your lips. [...]
Nominees for 76th Tony Awards Take Center Stage
1 year ago

Nominees for 76th Tony Awards Take Center Stage

The 2023 Nominees for the 76th Annual Tony Awards take center stage as they were announced live earlier this morning from New York City on CBS This Morning followed by …
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The Must See Movie For Every Mom, Daughter & Grandmother: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.
1 year ago

The Must See Movie For Every Mom, Daughter & Grandmother: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

If ever there is a Must See Movie to go to, it is “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.” It may have taken over 50 years to adapt renowned …
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Decadence Returns Honoring Studio 54 on its Anniversary
1 year ago

Decadence Returns Honoring Studio 54 on its Anniversary

If there was ever a cultural moment that forever Socially Sparked® our lives it was when the infamous NYC nightclub Studio 54 opened its doors. To commemorate the iconic club’s anniversary today, we take a look back and flash forward to present day with our feature of a then 5-year-old nightclub on Manhattan's Upper East Side [...]
Record Store Day Offers Exclusive 50th Anniversary Release of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard / A True Star Benefiting His Music Education Charity
1 year ago

Record Store Day Offers Exclusive 50th Anniversary Release of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard / A True Star Benefiting His Music Education Charity

16th Annual Record Store Day offers an exclusive 50th Anniversary release of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard / A True Star album in support of his music education charity, Spirit …
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Easter Sunday Stylish Fashion Socially Sparked®
1 year ago

Easter Sunday Stylish Fashion Socially Sparked®

The renowned NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival returns in spectacular fashion. Here is the 2023 scoop on where to see the Parade, best bonnets and festivities. The New York City tradition goes back to the 1870s. Starting at10am and continuing until 4pm, the parade will march north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to [...]
Cheese Doodles Socially Spark Our Lives
1 year ago

Cheese Doodles Socially Spark Our Lives

Cheese Doodles Socially Spark our lives in so many ways Cheese Doodles socially spark our lives in so many ways. On behalf of National Cheese Doodle Day, here's a little background on the history of the cheesy snack. Invented in the 1950s by Yorie Mohai, the Cheese Doodle is a snack food made out of [...]
March Sparks for Women, Music Education, Brain Injury +
1 year ago

March Sparks for Women, Music Education, Brain Injury +

March sparks ignite for Women’s History, Music Education, Brain Injury, Nutrition and a host of other important health, education and social causes this month.

March sparks for women. Top: Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jovita Idar, Maya Angelou Middle: Gerda Lerner, Gloria Steinem, Winona La Duke, Lillian Hellman Bottom: Betty Soskin, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Marjory Stoneman Douglas
March sparks for Women's History Month

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Women’s History Month celebrates women and their accomplishments. Their tagline is “our history is our strength.” This year’s theme: “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

Throughout 2023, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) will encourage recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

March sparks for women

While the concept began in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared a proclamation. By 1987, the advocacy efforts came to fruition when Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: March 8th is the annual INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY — A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Socially Sparked News will have more details on the upcoming March 8th events leading up to the Day, so stay tuned.

March sparks for Music in Our Schools Month®
March is Music in Our Schools Month®

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®) is the annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. This year’s theme is “Music is All of Us.”

This Socially Sparked® theme seems very appropriate as music is what has helped many of us through the pandemic. More importantly, music has helped students, school, and community. And, music will continue to be the thing that gets us all through the days ahead.  MIOSM is organized by National Association for Music Education (NAFME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.

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Nelson Mandela  Socially Sparked Our Lives
2 years ago

Nelson Mandela Socially Sparked Our Lives

NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY – JULY 18 each year celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day to spotlight the legacy of a great statesman, a fierce advocate for equality and the founding father of peace in South Africa. Born on this day in 1918, this is the eighth annual Nelson Mandela International Day. The Day was inspired [...]
Sparks Will Fly with Return of Live July 4th Celebrations
2 years ago

Sparks Will Fly with Return of Live July 4th Celebrations

The Sparks will fly high once again with the return of LIVE July 4th celebrations across the nation. Two of the country’s largest fireworks displays are back in full force …
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July Ignites Sparks for Independence, Reggae, Mandela +
2 years ago

July Ignites Sparks for Independence, Reggae, Mandela +

July ignites sparks for Independence Days in countries of Canada, United States of America and France; Reggae Day in Jamaica and Nelson Mandela Day worldwide. It’s a month of Fireworks, …
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Coming Together for Juneteenth the Federal Holiday
2 years ago

Coming Together for Juneteenth the Federal Holiday

America is coming together to let freedom ring for Juneteenth 2022. Now a federal holiday with an exclamation point, we take a look at the progress made two years after the pandemic began and the 2020 events that triggered action and change from tragedy -- a nation Socially Sparked® ! The Newest Federal Holiday The [...]
The Top Pride Happenings in Sparks
2 years ago

The Top Pride Happenings in Sparks

Love is love is love and then some this year. LIVE everything is back and so are the sometimes outlandish, often flamboyant and always beloved parades and celebrations around Pride …
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Fleet Week NYC Returns LIVE After Pandemic Hiatus
2 years ago

Fleet Week NYC Returns LIVE After Pandemic Hiatus

Fleet Week NYC returns LIVE this week after a two year pandemic hiatus. The 2022 Celebratory Event runs May 25th thru May 31st and returns to the big apple in all its glory. U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy will float into New York City's harbor for the week-long event. This year's FWNYC will include [...]
Finally a Level Playing Field for Equal Pay in U.S. Soccer
2 years ago

Finally a Level Playing Field for Equal Pay in U.S. Soccer

Finally, we see a level playing field for equal pay in U.S. Soccer. Today is a momentous day in the fight for equal pay and closing the gender pay gap! At least it is in the sports arena as The United States Soccer Federation, the United States Women’s National Team Players Association, and the National [...]