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Wilfried Zaha Joins Roc Nation Sports

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Roc Nation Sports announces signing of 27-year old Crystal Palace and Ivorian International footballer Wilfried Zaha.

The Premier League attacker is the latest addition to the agency’s growing portfolio in European football. Wilfried joins a Roc Nation Sports International family that includes the likes of Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe (Springboks). Roc Nation Sports are also the exclusive consulting partner of European footballing powerhouse AC Milan.

The recruitment of Wilfried Zaha follows the agency announcement of Alan Redmond as Head of Football. A strategic move for 360 representation agency Roc Nation Sports, Redmond joined the family with a roster of 19 players, including Tyreece John- Jules, and Nathan Ferguson. The FA Licensed Agent, with an extensive network across Premier League and European Clubs, leads on strategic approach for agency on-field football representation.

On signing, Alan Redmond said, “When you look at the playing style of the best modern attacking players, it is evident that Wilfried has been playing this way since his teenage years. It’s that perfect balance between creativity, aggression, and direct attacking play. Wilfried is a player who turns draws into wins and adds enormous value. His work rate is astonishing and when you speak to players and coaches at any level, there is such a consensus of respect for Wilfried as a player and a man.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Wilfried to the Roc Nation Sports family. His on-field dedication married with his business acumen and ambition in that space, as well as his dedication to philanthropic work aligns perfectly with our company values. We look forward to helping him reach all of his on-and-off field goals and objectives in the future.” Michael Yormark, President of Roc Nation Sports International

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For further information: Kelly Hogarth / khogarth@rocnation.com

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Coachella 2024: Billie Eilish & Friends, Kaskade, and Adriatique B2B BLOND:ISH Play Surprise Sets at Do LaB Stage on Saturday, April 13

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Do LaB continued an electrifying and star-studded Coachella Weekend One on Saturday, April 13. Check out highlights from day two below:

  • For one of the most stunning surprises of the festival, Billie Eilish & Friends took over the Do LaB stage for a party that featured three unreleased tracks performed off her forthcoming album, Hit Me Hard And Soft. The set also featured a variety of party-starting tracks DJed throughout, plus a live performance of hit ‘Rack City’ by Tyga.
  • Pioneering dance act Kaskade played the second surprise set of the day, joined by fellow fan-favorite electronic act Alison Wonderland during the set.
  • Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique teamed up with dance icon BLOND:ISH for a surprise back to back set to finish out the night.
  • Additional previously announced day two programming featured Sam Gellaitry, VNSSA B2B Nala, Ahadadream, Jersey, AZZECCA, and more.

Stay tuned for notifications on announcements, surprise sets, and more by visiting the link here. Set times for the remainder of the weekend can be found here, along with more general info on Do LaB in the press release here. Additional photo selects from each day can be found here (photographer name listed in file name for photo credits).

The Do LaB stage at Coachella provides a preview of the brand’s flagship boutique festival, Lightning in a Bottle. The five day Lightning in a Bottle experience fuses a top tier musical lineup, immersive art installations, cause-driven educational programming, and a variety of yoga and movement programming within a sprawling lakeside venue in beautiful Buena Vista Lake, California.

Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend on May 22-27, LIB 2024’s musical programming highlights include Skrillex, Labrinth, Lane 8, James Blake, M.I.A., Skream, Tycho, ISOxo, Tipper, Fatboy Slim, CloZee, Nora En Pure, Bob Moses, Honey Dijon, Damian Lazarus, and several more.

More info on LIB can be found on their website here and in the official press release here, along with the media application here.

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Coachella 2024: Goldenvoice Surf Club ft. Bicep, Barry Can’t Swim, salute, Mia Moretti on Saturday, April 13

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Goldenvoice launched their newest daytime series Goldenvoice Surf Club Coachella Weekend One on Saturday, April 13.

The event featured forward-thinking electronic and crossover artists on a sprawling grass amphitheater stage, a state-of-the art 68,000 square foot wave-pool featuring pro-surfers; 2,000 sq ft swimming pool; luxury daybeds and cabanas; water park; lazy river, with wellness amenities and five top tier eateries spread throughout the venue.

  • The lineup featured Bicep (DJ Set), Barry Can’t Swim, salute, Mia Moretti
  • Programming included pro-surfers surfing the wave pool throughout the day
  • Beatport presented the Beatport Next stage, whose lineup featured Mary Droppinz, Bianca Oblivion, Anna Morgan, Sinego, and more

Sound Presents at Goldenvoice Surf Club on Sunday, April 14th will feature performances from Innervisions label head Âme, the masked icon Claptone, and FHUO label head Folamour, and Sound resident Keyspan.

Weekend Two kicks off on Saturday, April 20th with one half of experimental electronic duo 100 gecs Dylan Brady and three special back-to-back sets from the global underground. Ireland’s Steel City Dance Disc mainstay KETTAMA goes B2B with Australian underground maverick Partiboi69 as KETBOI69, boundary breaking Aussie export Mall Grab will team up with Stay on Sight’s Skin on Skin, and long time collaborators and UK dubstep pioneers Skream and Benga tag team after their triumphant return last year.  Weekend Two is rounded out on Sunday by an infectious DJ set from British production outfit JUNGLE, Los Angeles indie-disco duo NEIL FRANCES (DJ set), and LA underground staple Juliet Mendoza.

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Iconic fashion designer Roberto Cavalli dies aged 83

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talian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his animal-print designs loved by showbusiness stars, has died at the age of 83, his company said.

Cavalli, who founded his label in the early 1970s, had been ill for some time. He is survived by his six children and his partner Sandra Bergman Nilsson.

“The Roberto Cavalli company shares condolences with Mr. Cavalli’s family, his legacy remains a constant source of inspiration,” Sergio Azzolari, chief executive of Roberto Cavalli, said in a post on Instagram.

The designer died on Friday at his home in Florence, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Cavalli, who used bright colours and patchwork effects in his often revealing creations, was an extroverted art lover who wore tinted glasses and smoked a cigar.

He expanded into real estate and often spent evenings in his popular “Just Cavalli Cafe,” a nightclub in central Milan.
Giorgio Armani said he always had “enormous respect” for Cavalli even though his vision of fashion could not have been more different.

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“Roberto was a true artist, wild and wonderful in his use of prints, capable of transforming fantasy into seductive clothes,” he posted on social media platform X.

A popular image of US model Cindy Crawford in July 2000 shows her descending Rome’s Spanish steps in a Cavalli-designed long slip dress depicting a tiger face.

“You will be missed and you are loved by so many that your name will continue on, a beacon of inspiration for others, and especially for me,” said Roberto Cavalli’s creative director Fausto Puglisi.

The Florence-based fashion group is owned by Auriel Investment SA, controlled by Dubai’s Hussain Sajwani who rescued it in 2019.
Cavalli’s funeral will be held in Florence on Monday, Italian media reported.

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Global Citizen NOW action summit to convene political, corporate, cultural, and philanthropic leaders to act today and save tomorrow

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Global Citizen NOW, the summit driving action to end extreme poverty, returns to New York City for a third year, on May 1 and 2. Leaders from the worlds of public policy, media, entertainment, philanthropy, advocacy, and the private sector will convene for two dynamic days focused on taking action today to save tomorrow.

Hosted by Global Citizen, the world’s leading international advocacy organization, the 2024 edition of the summit will focus on ideas for urgent action to achieve a world where everyone’s basic needs are fulfilled, including access for all people to food, energy, healthcare and education; advocate for the flourishing of our planet by pushing for increased climate financing and the phase out of fossil fuels; and drive toward a future where every person and country can prosper through economic development, access to finance, innovation and job creation.

Global Citizen NOW co-chairs include long-time Global Citizen supporters Anitta, Danai Gurira, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Johnson, and Michelle Yeoh.

Political leaders co-chairing this year’s summit include Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana; Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Philip Davis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Stefan Löfven, Former Prime Minister of Sweden; and Erna Solberg, Former Prime Minister of Norway.

Co-chairs from the private sector include Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon; Nir Bar Dea, CEO, Bridgewater Associates; Leon Kalvaria, Vice Chair of Client and Banking, Citi; Fran Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Cisco; Tshepo Mahloele, Founder & Chairman of Harith General Partners; Tim Mapes, SVP and Chief Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines; Diego Scotti, EVP & General Manager, Consumer Group, Global Marketing & Communications, PayPal; and Chris Stadler, Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners.

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Leaders from foundations and policy co-chairs include Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Senait Fisseha, VP of Global Programs, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Gargee Ghosh, President, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director General, International Labor Organisation and Former Prime Minister of Togo; Andrew Steer, President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund; and Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Co-chairs from the cultural sector include Michele Anthony, EVP, Universal Musical Group, Desiree Gruber, Founder and CEO, Full Picture; and Jane Rosenthal, CEO and Founder, Tribeca Enterprises.

Other participants include: Chris Anderson, Head of TED; Helder Barbalho, Governor of Pará; Alain-Richard Donwahi, President, COP15; Dana Canedy, Managing Editor, The Guardian US; Janja Lula da Silva, the First Lady of Brazil; Dr. Sania Nishtar, CEO, Gavi; and Brian Tippens, SVP, Chief Social Impact Officer, Cisco.

“The world is standing at a crossroads and we have a choice: we can watch the impoverished go hungry, suffer through natural disasters, and die from preventable diseases, or we can take bold action to defeat poverty, defend the planet and course correct toward a more equitable future,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder & CEO, Global Citizen. “We have the power to create monumental impact this year, but only if we have the courage to stand up and take action now.”

“I have made it my mission to work to amplify underrepresented voices,” said Danai Gurira, Award-winning actor, playwright and Global Citizen and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. “I am very pleased to join this year’s Global Citizen NOW action summit, and look forward to engaging in enriching conversations that generate immediate and impactful solutions to pressing issues and address the severe inequities facing the African continent.”

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Taking place at Spring Studios in New York City, Global Citizen NOW is supported by our partners Authentic Brands Group, Bridgewater Associates, Cisco, Citi, Delta Air Lines, P&G and Verizon.

Global Citizen NOW returns this May with a powerful two-day program focused on turning ideas into actionable impact to end extreme poverty NOW. The summit brings together global leaders and grassroots advocates from all spheres of society to generate urgent change to defeat poverty, demand equity and defend the planet, united to act today to save tomorrow. Virtually, millions will have the chance to tune-in, watch the discussions, and contribute ideas in real time.

The summit includes the Global Citizen Prize 2024 award ceremony, honoring five trailblazing advocates profoundly impacting their local communities around the globe in the areas of gender equity, civic space, climate change, food and nutrition, and health and vaccines, as well as the recipient of the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, a young person positively impacting the world using technology innovation. Winners will be announced in April. Proud partners of the Global Citizen Prize 2024 include Cisco, Citi, with support from the Ford Foundation.

A limited number of tickets to attend Global Citizen NOW are available for purchase at globalcitizen.org/now/nyc.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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O.J. Simpson dies at 76

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O.J. Simpson, the former football great who was accused of and ultimately acquitted of the brutal 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, has died, according to his family. He was 76.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace,” a statement from his family said.

In May 2023, Simpson posted a video on X, then known as Twitter, revealing that he had recently “caught cancer” and “had to do the whole chemo thing.” He added, “It looks like I beat it.” Simpson didn’t specify the nature of the cancer.

Then in February 2024, a Las Vegas television station reported that Simpson was again undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer. Simpson himself posted a video on X that day, denying rumors that he was in hospice care, though he did not otherwise confirm or deny reports that he was ill. Two days later in another video update on X, Simpson thanked those people he said had reached out to him, adding “My health is good. I mean, obviously I’m dealing with some issues but I think I’m just about over it.”

Simpson, nicknamed “The Juice,” broke records as a college and professional football player, and extended his celebrity and fortune as a sportscaster, a movie and television actor, and as a corporate spokesman, most notably for Hertz rental cars.

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All that changed on June 12, 1994, when Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally stabbed to death outside of her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. Within days, police announced their intention to arrest the former football star for the murders.

Five days after the killings, 95 million Americans watched as Simpson’s white Ford Bronco – with longtime friend Al Cowlings at the wheel and Simpson in the back seat with a handgun, threatening to kill himself – led police on a 60-mile, low-speed televised chase through Los Angeles that lasted some two hours.

Simpson ultimately surrendered to police and stood trial for the murders. In October 1995, after 11 months from jury selection to verdict, Simpson was acquitted in a trial that was televised daily and became an international sensation.

Twelve years later, Simpson was arrested in September 2007 after he led a group of men into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to steal, at gunpoint, what he claims was his own sports memorabilia. Simpson was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery. The following year, he was found guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. Simpson was released on parole on Oct. 1, 2017.

Simpson is survived by four children: Arnelle and Jason, from his first marriage, and Sydney and Justin, from his marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson.

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Kato Kaelin, a houseguest of Simpson’s at the time of the murder who became a key witness during the trial, expressed his condolences Thursday to Simpson’s children and his “love and compassion” to the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman.

“Nicole was a beacon of light that burned bright. May we never forget her,” he said in a video statement posted on X.

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The Official Selection of the 77th Festival de Cannes unveiled!

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The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was unveiled on 11 April at 11a.m., during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. Discover the list of feature films selected in Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Premiere and Special Screenings.   IN COMPETITION   Film d'ouverture LE DEUXIÈME ACTE by Quentin DUPIEUX - Out of Competition (THE SECOND ACT) THE APPRENTICE by Ali ABBASI MOTEL DESTINO by Karim AÏNOUZ BIRD by Andrea ARNOLD EMILIA PEREZ by Jacques AUDIARD ANORA by Sean BAKER MEGALOPOLIS by Francis Ford COPPOLA THE SHROUDS by David CRONENBERG THE SUBSTANCE by Coralie FARGEAT GRAND TOUR by Miguel GOMES MARCELLO MIO by Christophe HONORÉ FENG LIU YI DAI by JIA Zhang-Ke (CAUGHT BY THE TIDES) ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT by Payal KAPADIA KINDS OF KINDNESS by Yórgos LÁNTHIMOS L'AMOUR OUF by Gilles LELLOUCHE DIAMANT BRUT by Agathe RIEDINGER | 1er film (WILD DIAMOND) OH CANADA by Paul SCHRADER LIMONOV - THE BALLAD by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV PARTHENOPE by Paolo SORRENTINO PIGEN MED NÅLEN by Magnus VON HORN (THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE) UN CERTAIN REGARD   NORAH by Tawfik ALZAIDI THE SHAMELESS by Konstantin BOJANOV LE ROYAUME by Julien COLONNA | 1st film VINGT DIEUX ! by Louise COURVOISIER | 1st film LE PROCÈS DU CHIEN by Laetitia DOSCH | 1st film (WHO LET THE DOG BITE?) GOU ZHEN by GUAN Hu (BLACK DOG) THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE by Mo HARAWE | 1st film SEPTEMBER SAYS by Ariane LABED | 1st film L'HISTOIRE DE SOULEYMANE by Boris LOJKINE THE DAMNED by Roberto MINERVINI ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL by Rungano NYONI BOKU NO OHISAMA by Hiroshi OKUYAMA (MY SUNSHINE) SANTOSH by Sandhya SURI VIET AND NAM by TRUONG Minh Quý ARMAND by Halfdan ULLMANN TØNDEL | 1st film OUT OF COMPETITION   SHE'S GOT NO NAME by CHAN Peter Ho-Sun HORIZON, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Kevin COSTNER RUMOURS by Evan JOHNSON, Galen JOHNSON, Guy MADDIN FURIOSA : A MAD MAX SAGA by George MILLER MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS   TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIOR WALLED IN by Soi CHEANG THE SURFER by Lorcan FINNEGAN LES FEMMES AU BALCON by Noémie MERLANT (THE BALCONETTES) I, THE EXECUTIONER by RYOO Seung Wan CANNES PREMIÈRE   EVERYBODY LOVES TOUDA by Nabil AYOUCH C’EST PAS MOI by Leos CARAX EN FANFARE by Emmanuel COURCOL (THE MATCHING BANG) MISÉRICORDE by Alain GUIRAUDIE LE ROMAN DE JIM by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC POL POT by Rithy PANH SPECIAL SCREENINGS   LE FIL by Daniel AUTEUIL ERNEST COLE, LOST AND FOUND by Raoul PECK THE INVASION by Sergei LOZNITSA APPRENDRE by Claire SIMON LA BELLE DE GAZA by Yolande ZAUBERMAN

The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was unveiled on 11 April at 11a.m., during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. (more…)

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