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Supermodel, Gigi Hadid helps to complete a school in Dodi Papase

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American Supermodel, Gigi Hadid  has partnered Pencil of Promise (PoP), a global community that believes everyone deserves access to quality education, to complete a school in Dodi Papase, in the Volta Region of Ghana.

An exited Gigi posted a video of the jubilant pupils from the school on Instagram and commented:

“I’m so happy to announce that the school in Dodi Papase Ghana was completed last month! Grateful to @pencilsofpromise and the local community for the opportunity to make this possible, and for your hard work on the ground to make this a reality. Every child deserves a quality education and a safe place to learn.  Can’t wait to visit :)”

 

PoP works with over 150 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome barriers to accessing quality education. PoP couples school builds with literacy programming in order to create sustainable change.

PoP’s has built over 150 schools in the Volta Region and have also provided teacher training and educational programming to many PoP schools in the region.

Before Gigi Hadid’s support, students in Dodi Papase were learning in an unsafe environment. Kindergarten, third and fourth grade students attended class under tented roofs made of palm tree branches. Teachers could not conduct class when it rains, forcing many classes to end early. Additionally, students experience severe overcrowding, with many teachers overwhelmed by the number of multigrade students in their classrooms.

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Thanks to  Gigi’s support, PoP and the Dodi Papase community have constructed a new six-classroom block. These classrooms will keep students protected from the rain and alleviate overcrowding issues. In addition to the new classrooms, there are now private bathrooms to keep kids healthy and in school.

The Dodi Papase School officially broke ground in September 2018. Community members, parents and teachers were in full support, contributing 20 percent of the materials and labor necessary to complete the building.

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Gigi Hadid has appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine, walked the runway during New York Fashion Week and has appeared in numerous music videos. In 2016, she was named “International Model of the Year” by the British Fashion Council. She has been good friends with Kendall Jenner, and once dated former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

Born in Los Angeles to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Van den Herik, Gigi started modeling when she was just 2 years old for Baby Guess. Last year, her net worth was estimated to be $13 million but now it’s reported to be as high as $29 million. She earned $9.5 million in 2018, according to Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models of the year.

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Splash House Announces Artist Lineups for August 2022 Weekends

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Today, iconic summer festival series Splash House has announced the artist lineups for the second and third editions of its newly expanded triple weekend season in 2022. Celebrating its ninth year and fresh off of a successful first June edition since 2019, Splash House continues to cement itself as a perennial favorite in the summer festival calendar by fusing forward-thinking electronic music, poolside partying, and resort amenities with the desert landscapes of Palm Springs.

 

The August editions further extend Splash House’s top-tier electronic curation that continues to bring an eclectic mix of industry titans and emerging talent from around the world to the desert for two unique weekends. Attendees will again be spread across three resort venues, the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro Hotels, which each have their own distinct feel transporting fans to multiple eras of Palm Springs aesthetic history all within the festival footprint.

 

Artists announced for August weekend one include some of modern house music’s hottest names such as dancefloor-filling favorite John Summit, house hitter Dombresky and melodic idols like deep house sensation Nora En Pure, ethereal multi-instrumentalist Dabin, and Swiss-Italian stalwart EDX. Cross-genre stylings include a DJ set from playful French production duo Polo & Pan, celebrated Australian electronic trio PNAU, electro pop maven Elohim, hip-hop crossover act Austin Millz, indie electronic producer Chet Porter, and funk duo Franc Moody who will be playing a DJ set. The underground sounds of Rebūke, Tinlicker, CINTHIE, Patrick Holland, and Mason Collective are among more highlights not to be missed.

 

The bill for August weekend two is equally stacked with the likes of crossover favorites like Mercury Prize-nominated British production outfit JUNGLE playing a DJ set, live phenomenon Elderbrook, and a club set from alternative pop duo NEIL FRANCES. Household names such as the enigmatic Malaa, Australian house favorite Sonny Fodera, and prolific UK duo Solardo will be bringing four to the four grooves in full force. MEMBA, DEVAULT, Mindchatter, and a DJ set from Phantoms provide strong representation on the mid-tempo electronic side of things along with next generation house risers like Noizu, VNSSA, Kyle Watson, Coco & Breezy, and Eden Prince.

 

By night, attendees can experience After Hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum while enjoying an open-air dance floor and witnessing artists perform alongside historic airplanes, all backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains. This location has become a staple of the Splash House experience, while also hosting the debut of Desert Air last December. Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke and in-demand super producer SG Lewis (DJ Set) have been announced as the headliners for August weekend one, while the globally recognized house and techno icon Seth Troxler and an artist to be announced carry the day party into the after hours for August weekend two.

 

It remains Splash House’s style-forward and fun-loving community that makes the event what it is. A hideaway from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, Splash House fosters an environment fit for music fans, fashionistas, travelers, and those seeking a different kind of festival.

 

All currently available pass types and hotel package options can be viewed at splashhouse.com. GA passes for the August edition start at $189. Remaining GA passes go on sale Thursday, June 30 at 12PM PST.

 

Guests must be 21+ in order to purchase.

 

Splash House August 12-14 Lineup (A-Z)

Ark Patrol

Austin Millz

Chet Porter

CINTHIE

**Claude VonStroke

Dabin

Danny Howard

Dombresky

DROELOE

Duskus

EDX

Elohim

Franc Moody (DJ Set)

John Summit

Joplyn

Joshwa

Kidswaste

Luke Andy

Mason Collective

Massane

Nora En Pure

OFFAIAH

Patrick Holland

Polo & Pan (DJ Set)

PNAU

Rebūke

**SG Lewis (DJ Set)

Tinlicker

Torren Foot

Young Franco

 

Splash House August 19-21 Lineup (A-Z)

Andre Power

Biscits

Bones b2b Lee Wells

BYNX

Coco & Breezy

Crush Club

DEVAULT

DJ Susan

Eden Prince

Elderbrook

Ferreck Dawn

Franky Wah

Friend Within

JAEL

JUNGLE (DJ Set)

Kyle Watson

Malaa

Melé

MEMBA

Mindchatter

Ms. Mada

NEIL FRANCES (Club Set)

Noizu

OMNOM

Phantoms (DJ Set)

**Seth Troxler

Solardo

Sonny Fodera

Vindata (DJ Set)

VNSSA

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Former Brazil international Richarlyson reveals that he is bisexual on a podcast

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Former Brazil international, Richarlyson has come out as bisexual. (more…)

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Amber Heard officially ordered to pay Johnny Depp $10M for damages to his reputation

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The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial on Friday, June 24, made a jury’s award official with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim in an op-ed piece she wrote. (more…)

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GIVĒON Drops Mega-Anticipated Full-Length Debut Album Give Or Take

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Delivering the R&B event of the summer, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum R&B star GIVĒON presents his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Give Or Take, today via Not So Fast/Epic Records.  Available HERE.

 

To celebrate the arrival of the record, he just shared the energetic and cinematic music video for the new single “Lost Me. Upbeat production sets the track in motion as guitar wraps around the simmering beat. It culminates on an instantly catchy chorus, “ I’m not looking for the one, later but for now I’m having fun.”

 

It stands out as one level of the story at the heart of Give Or Take. Across the record’s 15 tracks, he relays his account of the past year to his mother, speaking bluntly on the ups, downs, romances, relationships, and everything in between. To bring this to life, he worked with an all-star cast of producers and collaborators, including Cardo, Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Sevn Thomas, OZ and more.

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The journey commences with the sparse piano of “Let Me Go” where his robust baritone echoes over 808s as he muses, “Either love me, or I gotta leave.Elsewhere, “July 16thhighlights the dynamics of his voice as he confesses, “I’ve been down this road before,in between string-laden piano. “At Least We Tried” reflects on a past relationship with candor and clarity, while the finale “Unholy Matrimony” hinges on airy production as he paints a picture of a, “White gown hanging in the closet, black tuxedo that I never got to wear,as a dream of marriage fades to black.

Next up, he takes over the stage at the BET Awards this weekend. Be sure to tune in for what promises to be a show-stopping performance.

Honest, heartfelt, and hard-hitting, Give Or Take is everything R&B should be in 2022 and more.

In honor of Give Or Take, GIVĒON will launch his biggest North American headline tour in 2022. Canvasing the continent for nine weeks, it kicks off on August 16 in Philadelphia, PA, visits major cities coast-to-coast with gigs in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below. Tickets are available HERE.

Known for his unforgettable live performances, this tour promises to be his boldest, brightest, and best yet—and it will sell out!

He heralded Give Or Take with the ballad “Lie Again.It has already amassed over 12.2 million Spotify streams and 5.3 million YouTube views on the music video. Right out of the gate, Rolling Stone hailed it as “beautifully painful, and Complex proclaimed, “He shows his strength in vocals as he asks his partner to lie to him about past indiscretions.

Last September, GIVĒON shared “For Tonight,” the lead single off the record, which is now RIAA certified Gold. The song was praised by outlets such as Complex and Rolling Stone on its way to amassing more than 175 million streams worldwide. Earlier this month, GIVĒON released a live version of “For Tonight” as part of the VEVO LIFT performance series. That followed his appearance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards where GIVĒON joined Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar for a smooth, jam session-style performance of their chart-topping hit “Peaches.”

GIVĒON also just concluded his sold-out European tour titled “FROM THE FIVE SIX TWO” with dates in Amsterdam, Germany, France and Spain and will be headed back across the pond to perform at Wireless Festival in London on July 8th.

Read Also: Meghan Trainor Announces Fourth Full-Length Album, “Takin’ It Back”

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Let Me Go
  2. Scarred
  3. Dec 11th
  4. This Will Do
  5. Get To You
  6. Tryna Be
  7. Make You Mine
  8. July 16th
  9. For Tonight
  10. Lost Me
  11. Lie Again
  12. Another Heartbreak
  13. At Least We Tried
  14. Remind Me
  15. Unholy Matrimony
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Fireboy DML, Lil Wayne, Babyface, and more to perform at “BET Awards” 2022

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BET announced 5x GRAMMY ® Award Winning and Multi-Platinum Artist Lil Wayne will join the show-stopping lineup of performers which includes; Fireboy DML, BabyfaceChance The RapperChlöe, Doechii, Ella Mai GIVĒON, Jack HarlowJoey Bada$$Maverick City Music x Kirk FranklinLatto, LizzoMuni LongRoddy Ricch taking the stage at “BET Awards” 2022.

Additionally, up-and-coming artists, GoGo Morrow and OGI will be gracing the BET Amplified Stage, BET Music’s stamp of approval on the next big thing in music.

Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the “BET AWARDS” 2022 will air live on Monday, 27 June 2022 on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 at 01:00 WAT/ 02:00 CAT from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and the repeat will air on Monday, 27 June at 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT.

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BET will kick off the celebration with “BET Awards ’22: Red Carpet Live!” on BET starting at 01:00 AM CAT . Hosted by Terrence J, the pre-show will include performances by Capella Grey, Fast Life Yungstaz, Juvenile, Pheelz, Saucy Santana, and Victoria Monet. The pre-show will feature red carpet correspondent Pretty Vee, DJ Jae Murphy, and more. Affion Crockett will host the BET Awards Red Carpet Twitter Live Stream Show.

This year’s star-studded presenters include; Big Freedia, Bleu, Carl Anthony Payne II, Crystal Hayslett, Daniel Kaluuya, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Idris Elba, Irv Gotti, Janelle Monáe, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, KJ Smith, Luke James, Marsai Martin, Mignon, Nene Leakes, Ne-Yo, Novi Brown, Ray J, Sanaa Lathan, Serayah, Tamar Braxton, Terrence J, Tisha Campbell, and Will PackerMC Lyte returns as the ceremony’s announcer and DJ Diamond Kuts returns as the house DJ.

Culture’s biggest night, the “BET Awards,” continues its reign in its twenty-second year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

Connie Orlando, BET’s Executive Vice President, Specials, Music Programming, Music Strategy, and News will oversee the annual show, along with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, who will serve as Co-Executive Producer for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers.
For the latest “BET Awards” 2022 news and updates, including details on audience selection and eligibility, please visit BET.com/bet-awards.

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Meghan Trainor Announces Fourth Full-Length Album, “Takin’ It Back”

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She’s back! GRAMMY® Award-winning, global superstar Meghan Trainor has announced her anxiously awaited fourth full-length album,Takin’ It Back, arriving October 21st, 2022 via Epic Records. Pre-order/pre-save HERE.

This time around, she made a conscious decision to hark back to the signature sound she introduced on her 2015 full-length debut, TITLE, and bring it forward to today.

About the album, Meghan said, “I tried to do the doo-wop feel I had at the beginning of my career, but the 2022 version of it. This is from the new Meghan who is a wife and mom with a baby. This is from me right now. I decided to give the people what they want, but with my spices added to it. I wanted to make my Title 2.0.

To bring the record to life, she worked closely alongside a “core squad” of Gian Stone, Federico Vindver, Sean Douglas, and little brother Justin Trainor out of her own home studio. Musically, she integrates doo-wop and classic harmonies into one anthem after another taking you through her journey into marriage, motherhood, and achieving a new level of confidence.

It’s embodied on the bold and bright new single  “Bad For Me,” featuring Teddy Swims, out today. The track finds the powerhouse tapping into her doo-wop roots once more with a whole lot of fresh fire. Throwback harmonies underline a simmering groove as she opens up lyrically. On the chorus, she urges, “Please don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Your best intentions end up hurting me.Meanwhile, Teddy appears with a seismic and show-stopping vocal turn of his own. Together, they uplift the lyrics with undeniable energy. Listen HERE.

Directed by Thom Kerr (Iggy Azalea, Kim Petras), the accompanying video finds Meghan and Teddy in a symbolic and surreal world full of flowers. As the video fluctuates between different landscapes, it showcases the journey that writing and recording this song has taken Meghan on. It’s one in which she has found light and new beginnings in distancing herself from toxic relationships.

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Regarding “Bad For Me, Meghan commented, “My dad actually sent me Teddy’s video for ‘Broke’, and I’ve been so obsessed with him ever since. It’s a dream to record with someone who has that good of a voice, and he’s the sweetest guy ever. The song is a true story for me. It’s about how I stood up for myself and took a step back from a relationship that was hurting me more than anything. It’s hard to do, but I needed to in order to feel better.

Meghan and Teddy will be performing “Bad For Me,” for the first time, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Friday, June 24th. Get ready for more very soon as Meghan takes it back in 2022.

Takin’ It Back Tracklist

  1. Sensitive ft. Scott Hoying
  2. Made You Look
  3. Takin’ It Back
  4. Don’t I Make It Look Easy
  5. Shook
  6. Bad For Me ft. Teddy Swims
  7. Superwoman
  8. Rainbow
  9. Breezy ft. Theron Theron
  10. Mama Wanna Mambo ft. Natti Natasha and Arturo Sandoval
  11. Drama Queen
  12. While You’re Young
  13. Lucky
  14. Dance About It
  15. Final Breath
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