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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!

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 [...]
Nelson Mandela  Socially Sparked Our Lives
3 months 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
3 months 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 +
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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 [...]
Decadence Returns Honoring Studio 54 for its 45th Anniversary
5 months ago

Decadence Returns Honoring Studio 54 for its 45th 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 45th anniversary today, we take a look back and flash forward to present day and a 5-year-old nightclub on Manhattan's Upper East Side that glorifies that [...]
Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked
6 months ago

Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked

The renowned NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival returns LIVE this year after an almost three year hiatus. Here is the 2022 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 [...]
Say Cheese & Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day
6 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, mask up, quarantine,  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 [...]
Level the Paying Field for Equal Pay Day
7 months ago

Level the Paying Field for Equal Pay Day

Level the paying field for Equal Pay Day 2022 which is on March 15th. The date marks the day into the year on which it takes for women on average …
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Cheese Doodles Socially Spark Our Lives
7 months 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 [...]
Hats Off Dr. Seuss – Happy Birthday
7 months ago

Hats Off Dr. Seuss – Happy Birthday

Hats off to Dr. Seuss in honor of his Birthday. This cat in the hat Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways -- as American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher and artist -- to name a few. Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated each year close to his birthday on March 2nd during Reading [...]
March Sparks for Women, Music Education, Brain Injury +
7 months 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.

Women's History Month; (c) Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News, LLC

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:

The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

Women as healers harken back to ancient times. Healing is the personal experience of transcending suffering and transforming it to wholeness. The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and our recovery.

The Women’s History Alliance asks you to celebrate the month by honoring the women in your community that provide healing and promote hope.

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 Women
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: The Sound of My Heart.” 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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Pizza Slices of Diversity Socially Sparked: National Pizza Day
8 months ago

Pizza Slices of Diversity Socially Sparked: National Pizza Day

Pizza Slices of Diversity Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways. Today, pizza comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and flavors, making it one of the most versatile food favorites of every age group – from toddler through senior. In honor of National Pizza Day, here’s a bit of trivia on the diversity of the [...]
Staten Island Chuck is the Socially Sparked Groundhog Day Winner
8 months ago

Staten Island Chuck is the Socially Sparked Groundhog Day Winner

Happy Groundhog Day 2022. Traditions are a very important part of our culture and the Groundhog day celebration is no exception. We put our faith in and hope that Spring will come early based on whether the Groundhog sees his shadow or not. February 2nd is National Groundhog Day Every February 2nd the Groundhog takes [...]
Tribute to Trailblazing Comedy Queen: We Love Lucy
2 years 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 years 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 [...]