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South Bronx United win 2020 Laureus Sport for Good Award

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Ahead of tomorrow’s landmark 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards, South Bronx United, a programme who use the sport of football to change the lives of young people from underserved communities in New York, have been announced as the recipients of the 2020 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

In Berlin to make the announcement at a press conference were Laureus Academy members Sean FitzpatrickMichael Johnson and Missy Franklin and Laureus Ambassador Jens Lehmann.

South Bronx United have been recognised by the Laureus World Sports Academy for their transformational work in supporting disadvantaged and marginalized young people living in some of New York’s most underprivileged communities. The programme uses football as a tool for social change, and aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can achieve success in high school, college, their careers and communities, and beyond. 

The Laureus Sport for Good Award is awarded to an organisation or individual who, in the opinion of the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, have used sport to reduce the impact of violence, conflict and discrimination, to enhance social and emotional development, to inspire healthy behaviour change and to increase educational achievements and employability skills.

Laureus Sport for Good supports programmes around the world that use sport to combat violence, discrimination and disadvantage faced by young people. The 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards will showcase Laureus Sport for Good’s work for the past two decades in uniting, inspiring and changing the lives of young people around the world. Of the 319,000+ children and young people that Laureus Sport for Good and partners reached in 2019 through these programmes, 47% were girls and young women, significantly above global averages for sports-based programmes.

Laureus Sport for Good has raised more than €150m for the Sport for Development sector over the last 20 years. Together with our partners, Laureus Sport for Good has reached and helped change the lives of almost 6 million children and young people since 2000. Laureus Sport for Good currently supports more than 200 programmes in over 40 countries that use the power of sport to transform lives.

In Berlin to accept the Award at tomorrow’s landmark 20th anniversary Laureus Awards are South Bronx United co-founder and Executive Director Andrew So, and two inspirational participants who have directly benefitted from the transformational work of the programme. Mohamed Konate, 18, was born in the Ivory Coast to parents who had fled Guinea. He moved to the United States as a child leaving some family members behind. In his eight years at South Bronx United, he has become a leader in the organization and his community. 

Joining Mohamed in Berlin is another 18-year-old programme participant, Maria Martinez. Maria emigrated from Mexico to the United States with her mother, in search of a better life and better opportunities. As well as her footballing and educational endeavors, Maria is also a referee and training as a coach at South Bronx United. Mohamed and Maria are both seniors in high school. With the support of South Bronx United, both have already received several acceptances to college and they plan to begin studying towards college degrees this year.

South Bronx United was founded in 2009 on an idea that young people needed an engaging program to connect to and keep them off the streets, and that youth passionate about soccer should have a program in which to develop. Over the past decade, SBU has grown in response to the needs of the community, the challenges facing youth, and the synergy between soccer, education, mentoring, immigration, and support services.

Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy: “On behalf of the Laureus World Sports Academy, I would like to commend South Bronx United for their outstanding work in using sport as a tool for social change. In 2000, our Patron Nelson Mandela said ‘Sport has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does’ and tomorrow evening, Andrew, Mohamed and Maria will stand on stage as proof that those words still ring true today. They are an inspiration and as Academy Members, we are so proud to celebrate their success.

Reflecting on receiving the Laureus Sport for Good Award, South Bronx United Executive Director Andrew So, said: “Sport is an incredible tool for positive change and at South Bronx United, we have been fortunate enough to see a positive change in the hundreds of young people who have come through our programme in the past 10 years. Through football, the young people we work with build confidence, self-esteem and form relationships and friendships. I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for recognising our work, which is required more than ever. This Award will act as motivation to continue using sport to do good for the next decade and beyond.” 

 

Adam Fraser, Chief Executive of Laureus Sport for Good, said: “At Laureus Sport for Good, we are proud to support programmes around the world who are using sport as a tool to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Our grantees and partners helped the children and young people they serve to overcome a host of challenges in 2019, and the work Andrew and his team at South Bronx United are doing is a wonderful example of how those programmes can change lives. Monday’s landmark 20th anniversary Laureus Awards will celebrate the greatest sporting triumphs of 2019 but Andrew, Mohamed and Maria will be at the heart of those celebrations – that’s what Laureus is all about.” 

It was at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000 that Laureus Patron, Nelson Mandela, spoke the words which sparked the creation of the worldwide Sport for Good movement. 20 years on, these words still guide Laureus today – ‘Sport has the power to change the world; to unite people in a way little else does’. From sports stars to sports fans and the young people in Laureus Sport for Good programmes around the world: Sport Unites Us.

For more information on the Nominees and to stay updated in the build-up to the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit laureus.com/world-sports-awards and follow #Laureus20 on social platforms.

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Emeli Sande Releases Self-Produced New Single, ‘Look What You’ve Done’

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Today, internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has shared her latest single ‘Look What You’ve Done’ via Chrysalis Records. The self-produced garage-inspired track is the second taste of new music from this new chapter of Emeli’s career – an era she describes as a “rebirth” that sees her freeing from the expectations of others by flexing her holistic skills as a songwriter, producer and vocalist in new ways.

“‘Look what you’ve done’ marks a big milestone for me. It’s my first release that I have produced and it feels so good to have my full creative fingerprint on it.” Emeli says, “I first wrote this song in Switzerland, sat at my piano staring out at a gorgeous lake surrounded by beautiful snow tipped mountains. The song is about the complete surrender we experience when falling in love and explores the euphoria which accompanies that loss of control in both mind and body. I hope it makes people fall in love, dream and of course dance!”

‘Look What You’ve Done’ follows on from previous single ‘Family,’ Emeli’s triumphant first taste of new music in two years that she describes as “‘a new beginning on many levels for me. It’s an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal.”

‘Look What You’ve Done’ is out everywhere now

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Travis Scott just announced the lineup for this year’s Astroworld Festival

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exas-born, GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum hip-hop artist and business mogul, Travis Scott has just announced the full music lineup for his third annual Astroworld Festival. In celebration, Scott has also released a very limited number of additional tickets to the event, which are on sale now at AstroworldFest.com.

 

The largest artist-curated music festival in the world, as well as the largest music event in Scott’s hometown of Houston, will return soon to NRG Park on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6. Similar to years past, fans at Astroworld will soon be treated to a festival experience like no other as every detail is an extension of Scott’s personal creativity and unique vision.

 

WEEKEND MUSIC LINEUP

Scott will soon welcome some of the most sought-after names in hip-hop and R&B to perform, alongside a number of critically acclaimed and creative artists that Scott personally hand-picked to join in on the fall festivities.

 

The full music lineup is listed below in A-Z order and available online at AstroworldFest.com:

  • 21 Savage
  • Baby Keem
  • Bad Bunny
  • BIA
  • Chief Keef
  • Don Toliver
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Houston All-Stars
  • Lil Baby
  • Master P
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Sheck Wes
  • Sofaygo
  • SZA
  • Teezo Touchdown
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Travis Scott **
  • Tame Impala
  • Young Thug
  • Yves Tumor

**Denotes festival headliner and founder

 

LIMITED TICKET SALE

To commemorate the lineup news, the festival has also released today a limited number of two-day GA tickets to the 2021 event, which are on sale now at AstroworldFest.com. Prices begin at $349.99, although fans are encouraged to purchase immediately as ticket supply is extremely limited.

 

During the general ticket on-sale last spring, the entire weekend event sold out in under one hour without a music performance lineup attached. Scott’s festival has sold out in advance of the lineup reveal every year since inception, although 2021 set the record for the fastest sell-out yet.

 

FAN EXPERIENCE

Continuing a nod to the NRG’s previous tenant (Six Flags AstroWorld), the festival has again invested significant real estate to build out an amusement park and carnival footprint for the 2021 event.  This year’s fest will feature more than 30 custom carnival games and rides, including a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars – all of which are designed to entertain fans when they need a break from music.

 

Fans participating in the carnival games will have the opportunity to win one of 100+ different custom Astroworld prizes, which include limited-edition items that won’t be available anywhere else.

 

Participating carnival sponsors Raising Cane’s, Nike’s Jordan, and the Houston Astros have all kicked in grand prizes as well. These special prizes include the opportunity to eat free Cane’s for a year, score a pair of limited-edition Jordans, or win tickets to a future baseball game.

 

EVENT BACKGROUND

Over 100,000 fans from across the globe are slated to attend the third-year music festival, which returns to Scott’s hometown of Houston. The 2021 event features an expanded two-day format on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 due to overwhelming demand from fans.

 

With a new creative theme, “Open Your Eyes To A Whole New Universe”, the critically-acclaimed rapper turned mainstream culture phenom will once again curate and produce his very own larger-than-life multi-stage music festival in his hometown of Houston, while also bringing back the beloved spirit and nostalgia of the legendary and now-defunct amusement park – AstroWorld ­– that Scott visited countless times as a child.

 

During the festival’s last iteration in November 2019, the one-day event played host to over 50,000 fans from across the globe for Scott’s special celebration of hip-hop, pop music, and Houston culture. As Scott himself solely curates and hand-selects the festival’s music lineup, past festival performances have featured some of today’s most sought-after music acts beyond just hip-hop and R&B including Post Malone, Rosalia, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti, among many others.

 

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the festival’s official charity partner, Cactus Jack Foundation. Founded by Scott, the nonprofit organization seeks to empower and enrich the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long-term success.

 

For more information, as well as to stay up-to-date on all Astroworld Festival news and announcements, please visit the following channels, as well as watch the official preview trailer for the 2021 music festival via YouTube:

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Ed Sheeran Celebrates The Release Of ‘=’ With Special Apple Music “First Listen” Live-Stream Celebration

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Ed Sheeran is counting down to the release of his new album = with a very special Apple Music “First Listen” global live-stream celebration next week, Thursday, 28 October at 9:30pm CAT / 8:30pm BST & WAT / 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST only on Apple Music HERE.

During the event, Ed Sheeran will join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe live to play new songs from ‘=,’ to chat about the new album, and to answer questions from fans.

Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 9:30PM CAT8:30 PM WAT & BST / 12:30 PM PST / 3:30 PM EST
Location: apple.co/EdSheeranFirstListen

After four years in the making, Ed Sheeran is back with “=,” the fourth installment of his symbol album series following his full length debut “+”, breakthrough “x”, and record setting “÷.”  “=” is preceded by hit singles “Bad Habits” and “Shivers.”  Fans can Pre-add = now on Apple Music.

More background on Apple Music’s First Listen global event series…
First Listen is a series of free Apple Music hosted virtual launch parties, harkening back to the album listening parties of yore but now with almost unlimited, ways for artists to connect with and  treat their biggest fans to something special before releasing new music to the world. Acting as a live event extension of some of Apple Music’s most popular and influential playlists, these virtual listening parties could include everything from unreleased tracks, to special surprise guests and more. Previous events featured some of the world’s biggest artists including Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes, BLACKPINK, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Rauw Alejandro, Karol G, Moneybagg Yo, Migos, Dan + Shay, Belly, J Balvin and many more.

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