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Original Video Content Plays Center Stage
4 years ago

Original Video Content Plays Center Stage

Original video content about music plays center stage now and in the future. That prophecy rang loud and clear recently at the Digital Music Forum in New York. And, scripted video content is the next wave for digital platforms. Original content has long been a differentiation strategy for HBO, Netflix, and Hulu, and now video [...]
October Sparks Shine on Domestic Violence, Bullying, Breast Cancer +
4 years ago

October Sparks Shine on Domestic Violence, Bullying, Breast Cancer +

October sparks shine on Domestic Violence, Bullying Prevention, Breast Cancer plus many other important health and social issues that plague our society. It's also the time for Fall fun activities as apple and pumpkin picking and trick or treating. We spotlight a few key causes and activities below to help kick-start your month and leave [...]
Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Dies at 91
4 years ago

Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Dies at 91

IN MEMORIUM: Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017)

Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Hugh Hefner (1979)[/caption]Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Hugh Marston Hefner has died at 91. …
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Chicago Lets the Dogs Out Hailing Fallen Cops
4 years ago

Chicago Lets the Dogs Out Hailing Fallen Cops

Who Let The Dogs Out? Chicago has let the dogs out hailing its fallen cops with more than 100 fiberglass German Shepherd police dog statues. The 4 ½-foot-tall hand-painted dogs are standing guard on the famed Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) and vicinity as part of the K-9s for Cops public art installation. Launched by the [...]
Streaming and Sportsless: Cable TV’s Cord-Cutting Answer
4 years ago

Streaming and Sportsless: Cable TV’s Cord-Cutting Answer

Skinny and Sportsless There is a new skinny-bundle streaming service entering the ever-growing crowded field, but this one will be Streaming and Sportsless. With the cord-cutting movement increasing in popularity, many cable TV programmers are hoping an entertainment-only TV bundled service will be the answer. Cable Networks including Viacom Inc., Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, A+E [...]
Cord-Cutting Forecasts Spark Confusion
4 years ago

Cord-Cutting Forecasts Spark Confusion

There seems to be a vast discrepancy when it comes to the most current cord-cutting statistics and forecasting trends. Two conflicting reports this week spark confusion as to what's real. Earlier this week, Variety reported that eMarketer predicted 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord by year-end, up 33% from 2016, and ahead [...]
Live Entertainment After Dark Sparks UES Return to Glory Days
4 years ago

Live Entertainment After Dark Sparks UES Return to Glory Days

Old School is New School - Sort of New York City’s iconic social gathering eatery and watering hole returns to its after dark glory days with a reboot fitting for 21st Century Upper East Side Manhattanites. And they're not the only ones. Up and down the Upper East Side from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue, [...]
Nelson Mandela  Socially Sparked Our Lives
4 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 …
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July Sparks Celebrations for Independence Days, Mandela, Reggae +
4 years ago

July Sparks Celebrations for Independence Days, Mandela, 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 a month of Fireworks, Parades, Music, Festivals and Picnics. Plenty to be happy about in July. Here are highlights of things to do around the world in July: Things [...]
June’s Finale Shines Brightly on Gay Pride
4 years ago

June’s Finale Shines Brightly on Gay Pride

Annual NYC LGBTQ Pride March Marks New Firsts June's finale shines brightly on Gay Pride. The final weekend of Gay Pride Month is filled with celebrations for everyone culminating in Sunday, June 25th's predominately designated day for Pride Marches and Parades around the country and across the globe. This year's theme is "We Are Proud." [...]
Every Day is Father’s Day for Rock Icon Ian McDonald
4 years ago

Every Day is Father’s Day for Rock Icon Ian McDonald

British Rock Icon Ian McDonald of HONEY WEST Every day is Father's Day for British Rock icon and proud Dad Ian McDonald. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer has a new spring in his step, a new band, new album and a new father/son experience to boast about. His latest venture is the band HONEY WEST, [...]
Chicago Blues Festival Begins
4 years ago

Chicago Blues Festival Begins

Chicago Blues Festival begins today with three free days of exceptional blues music, festival activities and summer fun. This year’s music event has a new venue — Millenium Park— which …
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Music Rules NYC in June – NY Music Month
4 years ago

Music Rules NYC in June – NY Music Month

Music rules NYC in June with the first-ever 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 – and everything [...]
June Sun Brightens for Safety, LGBT, SummerFests & More
4 years ago

June Sun Brightens for Safety, LGBT, SummerFests & More

June sun brightens awareness for Safety, LGBT Pride, SummerFests, the Environment and more worthwhile causes and 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. 5 Top June Summer Events to Know June is National Safety Month (NSM)
Spotlight Shines on Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon
4 years ago

Spotlight Shines on Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon

Bad Ass Blind Music Man Raul Midon. Photo by: Blair Allen. The Spotlight shines bright on bad ass blind music man Raul Midón these days. Blind at birth, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the first to describe himself as such. But, it wasn’t always this way. Recently, we caught up with Midón to get the [...]
News of Gregg Allman’s Death Hits Hard
4 years ago

News of Gregg Allman’s Death Hits Hard

News of Gregg Allman’s death hits hard for fans and friends of the legendary Southern Rocker. Allman (69) died peacefully Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Co-founder of the …
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Historic Brooklyn Bridge Turns 134: Five Fast Facts
4 years ago

Historic Brooklyn Bridge Turns 134: Five Fast Facts

The historic Brooklyn Bridge turns 134 years old today and continues to spark our lives. In honor of its 134th birthday, below are 5 fast facts about the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Historic Brooklyn Bridge turns 134 years old. BIT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE HISTORY Erected in 1883, the mighty bridge of granite towers and steel cables [...]
Awards Season Continues with Obies Tonight
4 years ago

Awards Season Continues with Obies Tonight

62nd ANNUAL OBIE AWARDS LIVE FROM NEW YORK Obies mural by Bradley Theodore. photo by Timmy Blupe Awards season for the theatre community continues in New York City with the 62nd annual Obie Awards tonight at Webster Hall. The ceremony will be livestreamed via FacebookLive beginning at 7PM ET. This marks the second time the [...]
Farewell Ringling Bros. and Thank You
4 years ago

Farewell Ringling Bros. and Thank You

GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Ringling Bros. Final Shows are today. Yes it's farewell to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with final performances today at New York's Nassau Coliseum. A travesty on so many levels. One small upside. Tonight, circus lovers and fans around the globe can watch the final Ringling Bros. show live [...]
The M Word Forever Mystifies – Madoff Film Premieres
4 years ago

The M Word Forever Mystifies – Madoff Film Premieres

Mention the ‘M’ word as in Madoff and a chain reaction of potent mixed emotions erupts around the world and simultaneously mystifies us. That dirty ‘M’ word forever mystifies us …
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