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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!

Tribute to Trailblazing Comedy Queen: We Love Lucy
2 months 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 [...]
We Will Never Forget September 11th
2 months ago

We Will Never Forget September 11th

We Will Never Forget September 11th! This is one terrorist tragedy Americans will never forget and one that reminds us that life is short.  Nineteen years later we must sadly add COVID-19 to this list as a terrorist attack on the nation like no other in our history. “If we learn nothing else from this [...]
NYC’s Little Italy Feast of San Gennaro On Pause
2 months ago

NYC’s Little Italy Feast of San Gennaro On Pause

NYC’s Little Italy Feast of San Gennaro must go on pause for 2020, but celebrations will never be stopped. This September marks the 94th annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples. The Feast Festival is normally held for 11 days through the 11 blocks centering around Mulberry Street. Originally scheduled from September 19th thru [...]
Slice Through The Cheese – National Cheese Pizza Day
2 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!
2 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 [...]
Can a Smile Soothe a Nation’s Angst?
3 months ago

Can a Smile Soothe a Nation’s Angst?

Can a smile soothe the nation's angst on social issues? Our Quote of the Week is from the late actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller ((July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012). The escalating gun violence, looting and bent-up anger around the country desperately needs an outlet.  Laughter and a smile is a good place to [...]
CBD Day Gains Momentum with 3rd Year Anniversary
3 months ago

CBD Day Gains Momentum with 3rd Year Anniversary

National CBD Day gains momentum as it celebrates its 3rd year anniversary on Saturday, August 8th. The annual Day was founded by cbdMD in 2018 to educate consumers on the overarching uses of cannabidiol. There are lots of ways to honor  the Day, from recipe offerings and product sales to social media and word of [...]
Birthday Shout Out to 2 Music Legends in 90-Something Prime
3 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 [...]
Emmy® Awards Nominations Goes Virtual, Will the Show?
3 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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Hot Diggity Dog: Best Five Occasions to Eat a Hot Dog
3 months ago

Hot Diggity Dog: Best Five Occasions to Eat a Hot Dog

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, here are the best five occasions to eat the summertime favorite food during a pandemic at a social distance, even in stay-at–home and quarantine mode.
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July Sparks Celebrations for Independence Days, Human Rights, Reggae +
4 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 [...]
Sunglass Sparks: 5 Historic Facts
4 months ago

Sunglass Sparks: 5 Historic Facts

Sunglasses Spark Our Lives Sunglasses come in all different shapes, sizes and prices Sunglasses spark our lives and save our eyesight from ultra violet rays in so many ways. In honor of National Sunglasses Day, here are the top 5 facts on the history of the shades. Whether you wear the lenses to be cool, [...]
Coming Together to Let Freedom Ring: Juneteenth 2020
4 months ago

Coming Together to Let Freedom Ring: Juneteenth 2020

America is coming together to let freedom ring for JUNETEENTH 2020 with an exclamation point! The Coronavirus has forced all celebratory events to pivot virtually. However, as the nation begins to reopen state by state and region by region – you can count on outdoor marches, protests and a few festivities. Corporate America is rising [...]
Top 10 List of Reasons to Smile – National Smile Month
4 months ago

Top 10 List of Reasons to Smile – National Smile Month

June sparks smiles for a myriad of reasons and National Smile Month is on the top of the list. Here is our Socially Sparked® Top 10 List of reasons to smile. We can all use something to smile about these days as the world slowly reopens from the coronavirus pandemic and emotions are at an [...]
Rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement in 2020
5 months ago

Rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement in 2020

The rebirth of the civil rights movement has found its unified spark in the wake of the tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd. The country and the world are rising up as one voice in an unprecedented manner in these unprecedented times. New York City Protest. Photo credit: Jacquelyn Sparks In the week since George [...]
Saluting The Heroes Who Socially Sparked Our Lives
5 months ago

Saluting The Heroes Who Socially Sparked Our Lives

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2020 Saluting the Heroes on this Memorial Day 2020 that Socially Sparked® our lives. We live in unprecedented times that have taken on unprecedented heroic measures. Today we honor America's servicemen and servicewomen as well as our frontline and essential workers. Memorial Day 2020 will forever have an expanded meaning of the [...]
SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
6 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 [...]
Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked
7 months ago

Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked

Easter Fashions and festivities will be seen virtually in 2020.  Easter is the third holiday that occurs during the corona virus era and joins St. Patrick's Day in the cancellation of renowned parades in New York City and others. To help your virtual celebrations we bring you our past Socially Sparked Easter feature. Happy Easter! [...]
Say Cheese & Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day
7 months ago

Say Cheese & Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day

Say Cheese and celebrate Grilled Cheese Day. Most everybody loves cheese and the designated day comes at a perfect time. In this era of stay home, lockdown and shelter-in-place due to the global pandemic, more people around the world are turning to comfort food. The beloved sandwich has Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways. It [...]
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY
7 months ago

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Celebrating at a social distance is the order of the day this year due to the global pandemic that is disrupting our lives. Parades around the world may be cancelled and bars and restaurants are closing by the day. So how do we celebrate the March holiday in 2020 and remain [...]