June 2021

Cardi B is expecting her second child with Offset.

Cardi B stole the show at the 2021 BET Awards as she announced her second pregnancy. The rapper took to stage for a surprise performance of Migos' hit song Type S**t, wearing a bespoke crystal embellished black bodysuit from Dolce & Gabbana. The 28 year old and husband Offset met in early 2017, with the couple tying the knot in secret in September 2017, a month before their public proposal in late October 2017. The rapper gave birth to their first child Kulture Kiari Cephus in July 2018, though the couple did briefly split in December 2018 before reconciling shortly thereafter. Cardi B also took to Instagram to post a picture of her burgeoning baby bump in a white cast, confirming her second pregnancy.

Cardi B announces second pregnancy at the 2021 BET Awards

Zendaya is fierce in Versace at the 2021 BET Awards

Music artist and actress Zendaya, also a fashion goddess, looked insanely gorgeous as she arrived at the 2021 BET Awards clad in vintage Versace. Inspired from Beyonce's 2003 BET Awards look, Zendaya turned up the glam factor wearing a skimpy and plunging Versace design, a shortened version of which was worn by Beyonce 18 years ago. The purple chiffon dress with a daring thigh slit, highlighted the star's slim curves, and she dripped in sex appeal and drama as she sashayed into the event. Very classy and sensational, the dress showed off cleavage, and Zendaya wore Stuart Weitzman heels and Bulgari jewels to go with the look. Her hair was worn center-parted and sleek, tied in a low ponytail, and her statement style was topped off with a glamorous makeup.

Zendaya paying homage to Queen Bey wearing Versace SS2003

Zendaya pays homage to Beyoncé in custom Versace. A recreation of the same dress worn by Beyoncé from the S/S 2003 collection

The 24th Annual Long Island International Film Expo is August 10th - 15th

Bellmore, NY (June 17th, 2021) - The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island, and one of the most respected festivals of its kind in the world; showing almost 125 feature-length films in many different genres each year. Sponsored by the Long Island Film-TV Foundation (LIFTF), the County of Nassau, the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and Gold Coast Studios, this year the 24th Annual installment will be held from August 10th - August 15th 2021 at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave, Bellmore, NY. In addition to the in-theater experience, this year many of LIIFE’s films will also be shown virtually, and will feature films from around the globe including:

Tango Shalom which is actor Joseph Bologna's last film; his son Gabriel Bologna (Director) was an actor in "Tracks" which won at LIIFE and directed The Elevator (HBO Original Release); Produced by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks franchise) and includes Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated Actress Renee Taylor (The Do Over, The Nanny, How to be a Latin Lover), Academy Award nominated actress Lainie Kazan (My Favorite Year, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jos Laniado (Jessica Jones), Judi Beecher (Taken 3), Bern Cohen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With the Stars) and Marci Fine (Saturday Night Live). My Promise to PJ starring Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin and William Baldwin, One Moment starring Danny Aiello in his final performance as well as LIIFE's past Rising Star honoree, Sal Rendino (Billions), The Soul of a Farmer with Isabella Rossellini, Lie Hard starring Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black), Joel Marsh Garland (Orange is the New Black), Alysia Curtin (Orange is the New Black) and Melanie Chandra (Code Black) as well as countless other phenomenal films to enjoy all festival long. There is also the Friday the 13th Horror Block at 11:30 PM and a NEW Midnight Madness Block at 11:30 PM Saturday August 14th.

LIIFE is proud to feature Twenty eight films made by Long Islanders, Twenty World Premieres, Nine US Premieres, Thirty-nine New York Premieres, Thirty-seven Long Island Premieres, and Films from ten countries! There are also Thirty Three Female Directors, a record for LIIFE.

The Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Bellmore Movies starting at 5:30pm. This year’s presenters and honorees as well as a full slate of panels will be announced shortly.

This year’s panels are free, but you must get your tickets online at www.longislandfilm.com/tickets

You can also learn more about specific showings/times and purchase tickets at: www.longislandfilm.com

Top Independent Film Festival To Deliver In Theater and Virtual Movies


Festivals of the past have included such luminaries as the late Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Blue Bloods’ Robert Clohessy and Abigail Hawk, Ralph Macchio, John Amos, Ally Sheedy, 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, William Sadler, Ilene Kristen, and so many more.

LIIFE has become a must attend festival for serious filmmakers; with local and foreign film screenings, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative panels, a star-studded awards ceremony, Q & A with filmmakers from the world over and networking galore.

LIIFE's sister festival, Scared for Your LIIFE, a short horror festival, is open for submissions at https://filmfreeway.com/ScaredforyourLiife and the event will be held October 22, 2021 - further details TBA.

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilm.com

Vogue Mexico & Latin America features pop superstar Shakira on the cover of their latest edition

Columbian songstress and dancer Shakira takes the cover of fashion publication Vogue Mexico, edition of July 2021. The 44 year old is a vision for the cover, photographed by Nico Bustos. Clad in a figure-hugging red wrap dress, styled by Juan Cebrian, Shakira turns up the heat, and looks fabulous. The shoot features beauty from hair stylist Franco Gobbi, makeup artist Tom Pecheux, and manicurist Sayaka, and the cover will also be seen on Vogue Latin America for the month.

Naomi Osaka is the Cover Star of Vogue Japan August 2021 Issue

Tennis sensation and Louis Vuitton ambassador Naomi Osaka is the cover star of fashion publication Vogue Japan's August 2021 edition. Photographed by fashion photographer Zoey Grossman, with the styling works of Patti Wilson, the sports star wears pieces from Louis Vuitton, including a chic bikini top for the cover. Naomi is dolled up by hair stylist Martin Christopher Harper and makeup artist Autumn Moultrie, and goes sporty chic for the cover.

The four-time Grand Slam champion announced yesterday that she is withdrawing from Wimbledon, her team provided the statement: “Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.” Just few weeks back she also withdrew from Roland Garros following the news conference controversy – Naomi refused to participate in post-match conferences because negative questions and comments affected her mental health (she was fined $15,000).

After withdrawing from Roland Garros she posted the announcement on her social media: 

“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that sees me at the tournaments will notice that I am often wearing headphones as that dulls my anxiety. Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media. I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can.“

Versa the Band Releases FREE THINKER

FREE THINKER dives into the beauty of our world from the perspective of a self-proclaimed “Free Thinker” as discussed in the prologue of the album. This album holds up a mirror to society by showing the trials and tribulations of everyday people, the disparity of love and the world as we know it changing forever.  The overarching theme of the album suggests that to live a truly happy life, we must subject our mind to free thoughts and free experiences while allowing ourselves to be open to the challenges that come our way. Split up into four chapters, FREE THINKER sets up a story that truly is meant for any music-lover in the modern age.

ABOUT VERSA THE BAND

Originating from Long Island, New York, Versa the Band made it a priority to create music that was genreless; a discography for anyone to listen to, not defined in any one box. The band — which isn’t much of a band at all — describes itself as a “Music Collective” of artists who come together to collaborate with founder, Ethan Felizzari.

VTB’s sound blends Alternative and Hip Hop with traditional Pop, elements of Jazz, Soft Rock & more. Influences include artists like Bon Iver, James Blake, Rosalia, & soul legend Sam Cooke. With songs like “Chelsea in the Spring”, “Don’t Be Alone”, “Just Friends” & “Pearl”, Versa the Band shows their true individuality by not conforming with any one sound.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM

Private Soundcloud Link 


STREAMING PLATFORMS 

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2YB2C6BHssR65456pay2sc?si=outUyymwTfG5ueV7uGS4xA&dl_branch=1

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/artist/versa-the-band/1488377734

Bandcamp - https://versatheband.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/versatheband


SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

Instagram - https://instagram.com/versatheband

YouTube - https://youtube.com/versatheband

Twitter - https://twitter.com/versatheband

TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@versatheband?

Facebook - https://facebook.com/versatheband


WEBSITE & EMAIL

Official Website - versatheband.com

Email - music@versatheband.com 

Mgmt Email - zack@ckproductionsnewyork.com & connor@ckproductionsnewyork.com 

Kanye West woos Irina Shayk after Kim Kardashian split

In an interesting turn of events, it has been revealed that American rapper Kanye West has been dating Russian supermodel Irina Shayk. Kim's wife Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from the rapper in February, and Kanye and Irina have been spending time together since then. Reality TV star Kim, whose famous show Keeping Up With The Kardashians is ending tonight after 14 years, shares four children with ex-husband Kanye; while Irina has a daughter with ex-partner Bradley Cooper. Multiple sources have confirmed that West and Shayk's romance, and the two are smitten with each other, with the rapper whisking away the model on a romantic trip to France, where they were spotted getting close while strolling the fields. Kim recently posted a birthday tribute to her former husband and admitted that she still loves him, while Kanye is no more following his ex-wife and her sisters on their social media accounts.

Pics: Kanye West cozies up to model Irina Shayk in France


Elektragaaz unveils 'The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing, Pt. 2'

Following the debut EP, “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing, Pt. 1”,  the second highly anticipated Elektragaaz EP is out June 8 on AIS Records via The Orchard

The release of “Pt. 2" follows hard on the critical success of “Part 1”, the initial release in what is planned to be a series of ongoing gifts of fine musical madness from Elektragaaz. Reviewers for “Pt. 1.” have weighted in with such comments as “a whirlwind of sonic energy….joyous atmospheric harmony, “a towering lunge toward the heavens,” “spectacular….blows our mind,” “sharply written, gleaming….” and “fabulous….truly excellent.”

The group headed by the mysterious and reclusive young Frisian composer Poppo Redband, or Redband as  he is generally known, features a raft of the finest up and coming and most musically literate young talents in the New York metropolitan area, plus a fair sprinkling of seasoned old hands. The music is a cinematic mix of electronic music and instrumental music referencing genres as diverse as indietronica,  eletro-pop, funk, jazz, rock, dance, club, techno and classical music.  Much of the cinematic color of the music apparently comes from the unique vision of Redband who is said to actually see music as shapes and colors as well as hearing the music as he composes .

In addition to musical references, the Elektragaaz sound references a broad swatch of popular cultural references including  film noir,  space operas, comic books and video games, a reflection of Redband’s intense interest in popular culture.

The latest Elektrgaaz EP will be available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and on every major music platform.

Here’s a free preview of “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing, Pt. 2" on Soundcloud. Or you can listen on Spotify.

Follow Elektragaaz on Facebook

The Grindhouse Radio: From Relative Upstarts to iTunes Accolades

(New York, NY) - The Grindhouse Radio, also known as GHR is an internationally syndicated, award winning, pop culture talk radio series that is featured on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify and over 25 other syndicated networks with between 3.5 - 4 million listeners weekly worldwide. The Grindhouse has been ranked as high as #15 on the Overall worldwide charts for iTunes, with a long run holding a weekly spot in the Top 20  Best Comedic Podcasts worldwide ranking highest at #6. Since 2015, GHR has become a trusted, daily destination for the fans with superstar guests like Kel Mitchell, Chef Chris Santos, Chris Kirkpatrick, Taboo, DMC, Carole Baskin, Stan Lee, Greg Cipes, Robert Davi, Mo Collins, EG Daily, Lou Ferrigno, Will Friedle, Ernie Hudson, Sean Schemmel, Walter E. Jones, Phil Lamarr, Katrina Law, Charles Martinet, Steven Ogg, Khary Peyton, Jaret Reddick, Rikki Rockett, J-Sutta, IronE Singleton, Lee Swift, Veronica Taylor, Rob Wiethoff and countless others.

Albeit GHR is internationally syndicated - the show and its cast also have a tremendous local appeal with between 620k –650k listeners respectively in the Long Island, New York market where they reside. They were nominated and voted the 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Best Radio Station on Long Island over all the leading competition including terrestrial radio for four consecutive years. In 2019 GHR was nominated and voted winners in three categories... Best Radio Station on Long Island, as well as GHR's Brimstone winning Best Twitter account from Long Island and Best Long Island Personality over Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin for the 2nd consecutive year. It should also be noted that GHR's Kim Adragna was nominated for the Personality Award. Furthermore, GHR was announced as a 2018 SCORE American Small Business Awards Champion and National Grand Champion – prompting a Certificate of Recognition from NY Mayor DeBlasio. The Grindhouse Radio was awarded the 2020 New York State Senate Empire Business Award in recognition of their repeated contributions to the community and New York State followed by a 2021 Platinum Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility | Making a Difference and Brimstone awarded for Excellence in Community Service | Leadership in Individual Community Service.

In 2021, GHR was awarded a Gold AVA Digital Award for Audio Production / Radio Podcast and a Gold Award of Excellence | Individual Episodes, Entertainment Podcast for the 27th Annual Communicator Awards. On social media, GHR branded GIFs have been used over 900 million times via their official Giphy account. Notably, Adragna has been named a recipient of the Long Island Business News’, 30 Under 30 Award 2019 and Grindhouse Radio was a major topic of discussion at the European Planetary Science Congress 2018 – officially making them a citable source for scientific and collegiate papers.

GHR is essentially a show that is designed to appeal to everyone, from a group of not-so “normal” people. Carefully crafted into a TWO HOUR talk radio show, the Grindhouse cast offers listeners their weekly pop culture fix of current news & events, comics, music, gadgets, gaming, sports and movies seamlessly blended in to a precise format. A no holds barred, madhouse of mythological proportions, GHR aims to be the public's weekly fix for pop-culture, nerdisms and all around oddball topics that relate to media and celebrity.

About Brimstone:
Brimstone has had a successful and rewarding career spanning well over four decades; participating in numerous entertainment fields boasting a list of titles including professional wrestler, radio host/professional podcaster, actor, voice actor, author, musician, philanthropist, food critic, horror model, and comic book/animated/children’s book/video game hero. He’s been called  Renaissance man by many, but more accurately described as a well-seasoned entertainer and serial entertainment entrepreneur. Visit his Official Website at www.therealbrimstone.com/brimstone for full Bio.

Also visit Brim on his Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

About Kim Adragna:
Kim Adragna is an actress, model, voice-over actor, writer, producer, and brand influencer. Visit her landing page on the GHR Website at https://www.thegrindhouseradio.com/kim-adragna for full Bio.

Also visit Kim on her Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

About Tom Greer:
Tom Greer aka Mr. Greer is an audio producer, editor, brand influencer, on-air radio talent, and sports fanatic. Visit his Official Website at https://tom367610.wixsite.com/itsmrgreer/bio for full Bio.

Also visit Mr. Greer on his Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

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