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LL Cool J Strikes Hip Hop Gold with ROCK THE BELLS RADIO

Who could ever imagine that the Hip Hop Pioneer, living Entertainment Legend and one of the Greatest Emcees of all time, would also be a Hip Hop Junkie.

LL COOL J does it again! When LL Cool J burst on the scene in 1985 with that iconic masterpiece – Radio, he didn’t just deliver energetic genius lyrics and hard core beats, he delivered a bold image and intrepidity that would inspire an entire generation. Let’s face it, If LL Cool J didn’t exist you probably wouldn’t have this very network! (Rap Entertainment Television). He was a key ingredient in a stew of Hip Hop Pioneers that helped to cultivate a powerful commodity that refuses to be ignored or suppressed.

We watched LL with family pride when he stood on American Band stand with Dick Clark. “I’m on Band Stand,” said the 17 year old confident rapper who demanded to be put on the same plateau as pop and rock greats such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna.

We rushed to the theaters to see movies that only featured LL on the soundtrack! (Less than Zero, Wild Cats) I think he may have gotten a Cameo in Wild Cats – Google that one. By the time we saw him devastate the show in “Krush Groove,” James Todd Smith was already folklore in every Hip Hop circle. And while still dropping multi platinum hits and selling out collesiums, we saw our hero move more aggressively toward acting. “Nicky – Baby” that Classic line from the 1991 Michael J Fox and James Woods cop flick – “The Hard Way.” He went on to star in his own sitcoms, did a slew of more movies. His role as God, in the Omar Epps film “In Too Deep,” is regarded as stellar making the film an instant Classic. The rest is as they say – history.

Now in 2018, as we patiently await his Hall of Fame Induction (stop stalling Us!) We continue to be amazed by LL’s longevity and ability to break new ground. Now a Film and Television veteran, the 50 year old multimedia mogul looks to be gaining intense momentum.

His incredible success in Hip Hop forced the then teenager to drop out of High school but that didn’t stop him from going back to school and then later attend the Harvard Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports program.

ROCK THE BELLS RADIO

The radio show is just what the doctor ordered for a Hip Hop fiend who has been deprived of a steady stream of classic Hip Hop and nostalgic moments that they cherish and hope to share with their children (If they are willing).

But you can tell that a master is at the helm just by listening to the launch party that was held at a historic Los Angeles shaking rink. It seemed like an endless flow of Hip Hop pioneers came through to not only praise LL’s entrepreneurial efforts and to preserve a precious culture, but to also to solidify their relevancy in an unforgiving industry that suffers from chronic amnesia.

LL promised to support these icons by first and foremost playing their material and not conforming to the Ad supported terrestrial radio format of repetition, payola and incompetence. He further promises to be hands on! Now this is significant because we are talking about a Hip Hop God who has had numerous beefs and battles with Rap Stars through the years. He humbles himself as an expression of love for an art-form that he helped to construct.

So it’s mind blowing to listen to his historic antidotes and find out that he really loves to work of Kool Moe Dee, Ice T or any of the classic artist. The haterism is definitely checked at the door of Rock The Bells Radio. When you listen to the playlist you are quickly impress by his selection of the gems that quickly make you feel good inside and yearn for those moments in time long passed.

So there are endless free refills of Classic material, exclusive access to all Artist and more importantly you get 24 hours of LL COOL J! Rock The Bells Radio sounds and feels like an oasis for the diehard Hip Hop head.

But is it a business model that can be successful on subscription radio. All of my friends that I told about the goldmine do-not have a subscription to SiriusXM.
But that’s the projection part of it. From where I sit Sirius is banking on the Howard Stern effect by partnering with LL as well as his experience and knowledge of this vast game that we call Hip Hop.

We know that LL is the best man for the job so we’ll just have to wait for his vision to come into full focus. We’ll be sure to ask him about that the next time we catch up to him.

But for now the G.O.A.T has Hip Hop in a tight headlock and I’m not tapping out anytime soon! – ROCK THE BELLS!

Read more about this monumental achievement.

Airing on channel 43, LL COOL J’s Rock the Bell’s Radio features a wide range of classic hip-hop content, music, interviews and in-depth retrospectives curated and presented by LL, as well as other innovators of hip-hop music, including Ice Cube, Stetsasonic, Eric B. & Rakim, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Ultramagnetic MCs, Too Short, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Canibus, Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Black Moon and Ice T.

Rock the Bells Radio is allowing its audience to look at and listen to classic Hip-Hop through the lens of our current culture and music. “If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of Classic Hip-Hop, SiriusXM’s Rock the Bells Radio is for you,” LL says. “It’s where fans can come and be immersed in the music, the culture, the energy and the history of Classic Hip-Hop. We’re gonna have great artists, legendary artists, lyricists, superstars, sex symbols. This is the place to be if you want uncut, raw, pure, classic Hip-Hop, but there’s one catch — it’s strictly for OGs.”

To help launch the channel, a special invitation-only roller skating event kicked it off at World of Wheels in Los Angeles. The Rock the Bells Radio launch hosted by LL COOL J along with the acclaimed DJ Z-Trip; a live broadcast of the event kicked off the launch at 7pm PT/10pm ET on Rock the Bells Radio (Ch. 43)!

Rock the Bells Radio is named after a combination of one of LL’s hit tracks, Rock the Bells, and the title of the groundbreaking, debut album it came from, Radio. The channel logo for LL COOL J’s Rock the Bells Radio was created by the acclaimed and influential American contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey, famous for creating the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Rock the Bells Radio will air on channel 43, available on satellite radios, the SiriusXM app, and other connected devices.

SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO SUNDANCE FILM ‘A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM’ STARRING OMARI HARDWICK & MEAGAN GOOD

Los Angeles, CA – Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced that the company has acquired world-wide rights to the acclaimed Sundance Film A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM directed by Qasim Basir and written by Qasim Basir & Samantha Tanner. The film stars Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Meagan Good (A GIRL LIKE GRACE), and co-stars Jay Ellis (“Insecure”), Dijon Talton (“Glee”), Wesley Jonathan (ROLL BOUNCE), and Affion Crockett (THE WEDDING RINGER).

The story follows a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass (Hardwick), who on the night of the 2016 Presidential Election meets a woman named Free (Good) who challenges him to revisit his broken dreams. This happens during a series of unfortunate events during the time that Trump is surging ahead of Hilary Clinton.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such remarkable talent such as Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good, whose relationship over the course of this one night is a powerful yet understated emotional journey,” says Meg Longo, Sr. Director of Sales and Marketing at Samuel Goldwyn Films.

“I can’t think of a better company to partner with for this next phase of the journey of getting our film out to the world,” says director/writer Qasim Basir.

“Samuel Goldwyn has a solid track record. They were extremely passionate about our film and the talented people involved with making it so we believe we are in good hands,” added producer Datari Turner.

A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM was produced by Datari Turner through his Production Banner Datari Turner Productions. Executive producers on the film are Jash’d Belcher, Louis Steyn, TJ Steyn, Jamal Chilton, Tim Weatherspoon, Phil Thornton, Meagan Good, and Omari Hardwick. Follow the film on Instagram at @boygirldream_movie and Facebook.com/boygirldream.

The deal was negotiated by Meg Longo, on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

CAA, Producer Datari Turner, and Attorney Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc, negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

For media requests, contact Nakia Hicks (nakia@one35agency.com).

ABOUT SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.

The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated SUPER SIZE ME; Sundance winner GOOK written and directed by Justin Chon; the critically acclaimed feature debut by Francis Lee GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; SXSW winner MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND; the high-school drama BLAME directed, written, and starring Quinn Shephard; and LGBTQ musical drama SATURDAY CHURCH. Upcoming films include ALLURE starring Evan Rachel Wood; Warwick Thornton’s Australian western SWEET COUNTRY starring Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, and Hamilton Morris; and the Wim Wenders film, starring James McAvoy and Academy Award winner® Alicia Vikander, SUBMERGENCE.

ABOUT DATARI TURNER PRODUCTIONS
Datari Turner Productions is a California-based Film and Television production company founded by Datari Turner in 2010. Follow @datariturner on Instagram and Twitter for more information.

ABOUT DATARI TURNER
One of the most prolific independent producers in film and television, Datari Turner is crafting a career like no other. As founder of Datari Turner Productions in 2010, he has produced 30 feature films, including six (6) films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: A Boy. A Girl. A Dream(2018); Gook (winner of the NEXT Audience Award in 2017), Ten Thousand Saints (2015), Luv (2012), Another Happy Day (2011) and Salvation Boulevard (2011). All told, his films have earned 98 festival award nominations.

Datari has worked with 4 Academy Award winners (Jennifer Connolly, Common, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Burstyn) and 13 Academy Award nominees, including Ethan Hawke, James Franco, and Ruby Dee.Possessing a keen eye for talent, Turner gave actors Ryan Destiny (“Star”) and Michael Rainey Jr (“Power”) their big screen debuts and cast rapper Common in his first lead film role (Luv).

On the television side, Datari has produced 100 hours of original programming for networks such as WE tv, BET, TV One, Starz and Oxygen. Datari is creator of the hit WE tv franchise “Growing Up Hip Hop,” currently in its 4th season and the network’s highest-rated program.

In 2015, Datari signed a first-look deal with CodeBlack/Lionsgate Films. In 2016, he signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One to produce original, unscripted programming for the studio. He is currently executive producing a new Showtime series about the NBA Draft with Lebron James.

A native of Oakland, CA, Datari attended the University of Oklahoma on a full football scholarship and later became a model for top brands such as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Sean John. An alum of the ABC/Disney program, Datari resides in Beverly Hills and sits on the board of The Blackhouse Foundation. He is repped by CAA.

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ PROBES AN EXPLOSIVE NEW THEORY THAT REWRITES STORY OF NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST HUMANS IN

ICE BRIDGE: THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, APRIL18 AT 8PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – APRIL 4, 2018 – An astonishing discovery found jutting from an eroding coastal cliff on an island in the Chesapeake Bay in 2012 is challenging scientists’ long-held theory about the first humans to inhabit North America – where they originated, and how and when they arrived. It points to an explosive theory: Ice Age people made an epic journey across a massive ice bridge spanning a frozen Atlantic about six thousand years before people trekked across what is now the Bering Strait. The extraordinary find could rewrite history and upend our understanding of early human migration. Using archaeology, geology and genetics, a new one-hour documentary follows the expedition and search to uncover new evidence that could unravel the 20,000-year-old mystery. The film uses re-creation and state-of-the-art CGI to bring to life the ancient frozen wilderness and the fearsome Ice Age beasts that once ruled our continent. ICE BRIDGE: THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY premieres Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

It is widely believed that the first migrants to North America arrived approximately 14,000 years ago, having walked across a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska in the West. In ICE BRIDGE: THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY, new evidence supports an extraordinary theory of another trip to the New World: a trans-Atlantic crossing six thousand years earlier by travelers from mainland Europe to the eastern coast of North America. Renowned archaeologists Dennis Stanford, from Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Bruce Bradley, from University of Exeter, gain special access to a private island off the east coast of Maryland, where a treasure trove of stone artifacts—bifaces, blades and projectiles believed to be 20,000 years old—has been discovered. In a race against time, they lead a team of international scientists on an urgent mission to excavate the crumbling 20-foot cliff before the site vanishes – washed away by the rising tides. The new discoveries could change everything known about the earliest human inhabitants of our continent and how they arrived here.

Who were these people? The artifacts found at the site indicate an ancient culture capable of making sophisticated tools, and the film follows the researchers as they go in search of evidence of innovative, skillful hunters able to manufacture such weapons. Bradley travels to Europe to examine an 80,000-year-old cave in the Pyrenees, which may support the connection between a group of Ice Age hunters and the sea. These hunters were called the Solutreans, and, as Stanford and Bradley discover, the tools they made are nearly identical to the ones found in the Chesapeake. Could these Western Europeans have crossed the frigid Atlantic Ocean thousands of years before Columbus and the Vikings?

Despite challenges from the scientific community, both Stanford and Bradley are staking their reputations on the theory. It will take irrefutable evidence to persuade the skeptics, but in the meantime, the scientists continue to search at the dig site, believing that one day the final proof will come for one of humanity’s monumental achievements and greatest journeys.

As Stanford and Bradley search for evidence, ICE BRIDGE: THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY also pursues a genetic detective story. Geneticist Stephen Oppenheimer and his team at Huddersfield University spend months tracing unique mitochondrial DNA found in many North Americans back to the Solutrean region. The team gains rare permission to work with a singular Native American tribe, the Huron-Wendat, and is granted an unprecedented exception to sequence the sacred remains of 40 pre-Columbian ancestors for a genetic study. Oppenheimer’s group achieves some exciting results while searching for a genetic marker prevalent in Europe 20,000 years ago as a way to establish clear evidence that people possessing the isolated gene came to North America from across the Atlantic.

ICE BRIDGE: EXPEDITION ACROSS THE ATLANTIC is a production of Yap Films for Smithsonian Channel in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, France Télévisions, and Yesterday, UKTV, with Robin Bicknell directing and executive producers Elliot Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle.

Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, America in Color, First Ladies Revealed, Polar Bear Town, The Lost Tapes, Amazing Monkeys, America’s Secret Space Heroes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Titanic’s Fatal Fire, The Obama Years: The Power of Words, Nightmare on Everest, Diana and the Paparazzi, Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye and Flying High with Phil Keoghan. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

EMPIRE – Season 4

Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT

Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE continues to be one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment.

In Season Four, EMPIRE’s explosive twists and turns resume, as Empire Entertainment embarks on a celebration of its 20th anniversary. LUCIOUS (Terrence Howard) makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, and all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore), have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. While Lucious struggles with his recovery, COOKIE (Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson) begins to revisit the most challenging time of her life – her 17 years in prison – in a series of flashbacks. Throughout the season, Lucious, Cookie and their three sons will be forced to take a hard look at their choices, both past and present, in order to secure their legacy and save their Empire.

In true Lyon fashion, Season Four will be filled with exciting new music, splashy events and high-profile guest stars. In addition to Moore’s return, Phylicia Rashad will reprise her role as Diana Dubois, who, along with her son, Angelo (returning guest star Taye Diggs), launches an elaborate plan to take revenge on the Lyons. Forest Whitaker also join the cast for a multi-episode arc as Eddie Barker, a charismatic music icon and Lyon family friend.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, EMPIRE was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri and Brett Mahoney.

SCIENCE CHANNEL’S ‘DEADLY INTELLIGENCE’ INVESTIGATES UNTIMELY AND UNUSUAL DEATHS OF BRILLIANT SCIENTISTS

All-new series premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10 pm ET/PT

(New York) – A new Science Channel series explores the suspicious deaths of scientific geniuses to determine if their demises were unfortunate coincidences or if these gifted minds were murdered for knowing too much. DEADLY INTELLIGENCE premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10pm ET/PT on Science Channel. What some experts have deemed cold or closed cases, others see as ongoing conspiracies based on bizarre circumstances, significant holes in investigations, and possible motives for murder.

In each of the eight, hour-long episodes, experts unravel the mysterious deaths of cutting-edge scientists, each caught in a web of intrigue before their lives were cut short. DEADLY INTELLIGENCE takes a closer look at the circumstances surrounding some of these fatalities to understand if ingenious research and discoveries cost brilliant scientists their lives.

The premiere episode looks to uncover the death of Frank Olson, a CIA employed biological warfare scientist, who died after falling out of the window of a New York City hotel in 1953. The official story is that he jumped, but his family believes he was murdered. One of the theories explored is that Olson, who witnessed brutal interrogations using biological agents he helped develop, may have developed misgivings about his work, leading the CIA to eliminate one of their own.

“It’s said that knowledge is power, but in these compelling stories, knowledge is also tightly intertwined with mystery, conspiracy and perhaps even murder,” said Caroline Perez, Vice President of Development and Production, Science Channel. “Innovative scientists have always run the risk of creating or discovering something so dangerous – or valuable – that others would kill for it.”

Other mysteries explored this season include Nikola Tesla, the father of the ‘Death Ray’ who was found dead in a New York hotel room at the height of WWII; engineer Gerald Bull, who was gunned down outside of his Brussels apartment after his research in cutting-edge artillery made him a target among powerful associates; Jack Parsons, the Jet Propulsion Lab co-founder who had powerful enemies and has been suspected of espionage, and was killed in a suspicious lab explosion which may have been than a chemical mishap; American researcher Shane Todd who supposedly committed suicide in Singapore in 2012, but the work he was doing on a futuristic semi-conductor may have been what cost him his life; and more.

DEADLY INTELLIGENCE is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions. For Beyond Productions, Martyn Ives is executive producer and Nick Long is series producer. For Science Channel, Lindsey Foster Blumberg is supervising producer.

About Science Channel
Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, STREET SCIENCE, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED, UNEARTHED, SPACE’S DEEPEST SECRETS, and HOW IT’S MADE. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 68 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit www.corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

“MARCH FOR OUR LIVES” RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. SAID TO BE LARGEST EVER IN CAPITAL’S HISTORY

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2018 – Exceeding expectations, a huge throng of peaceful but passionate demonstrators filled the streets around the U.S. Capitol for today’s March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Addressed by teenage speakers from around the country who have been affected by gun violence, attendees rallied to demand legislative action.
While Washington, D.C. authorities have yet to give an official estimate, reports published by major news organizations put the crowd size at 800,000 people, which would make it the largest demonstration in the capital’s history. Among the day’s highlights:
· Andra Day and Common kicked off the rally with a performance of “Rise Up” backed by students from Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School Choir. Other performances throughout the day included Demi Lovato singing “Skyscraper,” Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt performing “Found/Tonight,” Vic Mensa performing “We Could Be Free,” Miley Cyrus performing “The Climb” as she held onto a “Never Again” sign, and Ariana Grande singing “Be Alright.”

· Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Jaclyn Corin brought onstage Yolanda Renee King, the 9-year old granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., who shouted to the assembled marchers, “I have a dream that enough is enough,” and then got the crowd to chant, “Spread the word. Have you heard? All across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.”

· Parkland survivor Sam Fuentes read a poem she wrote called “Enough,” and then led the crowd in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for Parkland victim Nick Dworet, who would have turned 18 today.

· Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez sat onstage in silence for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the time it took for the Parkland shooter to kill 17 people.

· The crowd also heard powerful speeches from a group of students from Chicago—among them, Trevon Bosley (19), Alex King (18), D’Angelo McDade (18), and Mya Middleton (16)—about their experiences with gun violence in their communities.

· Naomi Wadler, an 11-year-old from Virginia, proudly declared “Never Again!” on behalf of black women and girls who have been the victims of gun violence. 17-year-old Edna Chavez, of south Los Angeles, lost her brother in a shooting and said she learned how to duck from bullets before learning how to read.

· Students from Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, presented a sign of solidarity to Stoneman Douglas High School.

· Stoneman Douglas High School students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena performed “Shine,” a song they wrote after the shooting.

· Jennifer Hudson closed out the rally with a powerful performance of “The Times They Are A-Changin,” backed by a D.C. choir. As the student speakers joined her onstage, she led the audience in a “We Want Change” chant.

March For Our Lives had secured a permit for 500,000 people for Pennsylvania Avenue between 4th and 12th St NW. Law enforcement partners confirmed that the audience exceeded expectations with crowds extending well beyond 12th street and out further than Pennsylvania Avenue. The stage, located at 3rd and Constitution Streets, NW, served as the hub for the day’s rally. The entire rally was streamed live on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. More than 800 sibling marches took place in cities around the world.
For additional information, please visit MarchForOurLives.com and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube using #MarchForOurLives.

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL PRESENTS: ALL STAR COMEDY JAM: I’M STILL LAUGHING TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, MARCH 23 AT 10 PM ET/PT ON SHOWTIME®

New Stand-Up Comedy Special Hosted By Bill Bellamy Features Bruce Bruce, Huggy Low Down, Aida Rodriguez And Brian ‘Da Wildcat’ Smith

LOS ANGELES – March 22, 2018 – Comedian and actor Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday, How to Be A Player) takes center stage to host the eighth and final installment of Shaquille O’Neal’s comedy franchise, SHAQUILLE O’NEAL PRESENTS: ALL STAR COMEDY JAM: I’M STILL LAUGHING, premiering on SHOWTIME on Friday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet. Filmed at The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the new special features comedy veteran and fan-favorite Bruce Bruce (Think Like A Man, The Wash, Idlewild) teaming up with Huggy Lowdown (Tom Joyner Morning Show), Aida Rodriguez (Last Comic Standing, The Comedian) and Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith (2015 Winner of The Nationwide Shaq All Star Comedy Competition) for a hilarious line-up in a high-energy night of comedy.

To watch and share a first look fromSHAQUILLE O’NEAL PRESENTS: ALL STAR COMEDY JAM: I’M STILL LAUGHING, go to:https://youtu.be/9rX5MOSuOhw.

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL PRESENTS: ALL STAR COMEDY JAM: I’M STILL LAUGHING is directed by Leslie Small and executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal and Jeffrey Clanagan along with producer Valerie Benning Thompson.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Channels. The network’s authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers. Subscribers can also watch on their computers atwww.showtime.com andwww.showtimeanytime.com.

MY JOURNEY INTO THE WU-TANG

After hitting the Breakfast Club, NY Times & Jimmy Fallon to promote his new memoir, Raw: My Journey Into Wu-Tang, which was released on 3-6 and his upcoming solo album, Venom, which will be released on 3-30-18 (and includes the lead-single, “Epicenter,” F/ Raekwon and INS Deck) U-God will be returning home to NYC for the final leg of his 20-city tour.

U-God will be holding an intimate Q&A session for his new book on Monday March 26th at Housing Works Café. and he will also be at the Barnes & Noble in Staten Island on Thursday March 29th. U-God will celebrate the release of his new solo-album, Venom, with a release show performance on Friday March 30th in Brooklyn at Gold Sounds Live.

Recently, U-God imitated that he has a track with Cher and Redman on the top secret Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, what to expect from that project once pharma-bro Martin Shkreli is forced to relinquish it and how he almost smacked up Leonardo DiCaprio.

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW HIP HOP DOCUMENTARY SERIES – RAPTURE

Launches Globally March 30, 2018

From Mass Appeal, Rapture stares directly into the bright light that hip hop culture shines on the world and doesn’t blink. Throughout 8 episodes and featuring a diverse swath of artists — Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just BlazeRapture dives into the artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd.

“Way back, when hip hop culture was in its gestational phase, the powerful message therein didn’t go much further than the five boroughs of New York City. Today, rap music is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and Netflix is the embodiment of the eyes from which she sees,” said Sacha Jenkins of Mass Appeal. “It is a great honor for Mass Appeal to work with Netflix to produce our new series Rapture. We’ve been telling hip hop stories since ’96, and as natives we feel it is our duty to do the movement justice. Rapture is bangin’. Straight up.”

Directors: Sacha Jenkins, Ben Selkow, Geeta Gandbhir, Steven Caple Jr., Marcus A. Clarke, Gabriel Noble

Executive Producers: Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins, Ben Selkow, Ben Cotner, Zana Lawrence and Lisa Nishimura

About Mass Appeal: What started as a humble graffiti ‘zine in 1996 would soon grow to be one of the most trusted outlets for youth-spawned urban culture. Today, Mass Appeal is a content & media collective led by authentic voices and inspired minds. We are a platform for radical creatives who are transforming culture. With twenty years of living, breathing and documenting the urban experience, Mass Appeal stands as the premier translator, examiner and champion of cutting edge culture. Hip-hop is the new rock n’ roll, and the movement’s reach is boundless.

‘LIFE OF THE PARTY’ WANTS TO BRING HOLLYWOOD TO ONE LUCKY COLLEGE TOWN IN AMERICA

The Student Who Shows the
Most School Spirit Can Help Bring the Star-Studded “Party” to Their University with

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW LINE CINEMA’S COMEDY ‘LIFE OF THE PARTY’

March 8, 2018 – Students who participate in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s LIFE OF THE PARTY Premiere Promotion can help bring the party-and the movie premiere-to their city simply by showing they have more school spirit than their peers at other colleges across the country.

Starting today, the Premiere Promotion will launch online at www.LifeofthePartyPremiere.com and via all WB social arenas. Just by posting a photo on a social media account depicting their school spirit and uploading it to the site, students will be eligible to make their school’s town the site of the LIFE OF THE PARTY World Premiere. Participants will also need to follow either the official “Life of the Party” Twitter or Instagram accounts (see links below) during the entirety of the Promotion to remain apprised of Promotion developments.

In the spirit of March’s usual madness, the initial phase of the Promotion begins today, March 8, 2018, and entries will be accepted through 11:59 PM PT on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Phase two begins on Friday, March 23, when the Top 25 universities vying for the Premiere will be announced on the website. Then the Promotion heats up between them, with the last school standing announced on Friday, April 6.

Starring the eternally youthful Melissa McCarthy, LIFE OF THE PARTY tells the story of longtime dedicated housewife Deanna who, when her husband suddenly dumps her, turns regret into re-set by going back to college-alongside her daughter-and plunging headlong into the campus experience!

It’s possible that no one is quite as spirited as McCarthy’s Deanna, but real students can give it the old college try by entering the promotion beginning today, and continuing to share with all their friends on social media channels, proving just who has the most school spirit in the U.S. One lucky university will then be selected to host the movie’s star-studded, red carpet world premiere in their city in advance of the film’s release in theaters on May 11.

Watch the LIFE OF THE PARTY movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/T1B1CxmAXLk

LIFE OF THE PARTY is directed by Ben Falcone and stars McCarthy, alongside Gillian Jacobs (“Don’t Think Twice,” “Love,” “Community”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids,” “Sisters”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” “Ghostbusters”), Molly Gordon (“Love the Coopers,” “Animal Kingdom”), with Stephen Root (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”), and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Animal Kingdom”), Jessie Ennis (“Better Call Saul”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective,” “Emerald City”), Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”).

McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company, On the Day. Chris Henchy also produced the film, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco and David Siegel serving as executive producers. New Line Cinema Presents an On the Day Production, “Life of the Party.” Slated for release on May 11, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG-13.

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