LONG SHOT | Miami Screening

See the source imageHello there, movie lovers!

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron star in LONG SHOT – a new romantic comedy from Lionsgate due in theaters on Friday, May 3rd. Never fear, though! I have your screening passes to see LONG SHOT this Wednesday, May 1st!

SYNOPSIS: Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free spirited journalist with a self-destructive streak. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his baby sitter and first crush. When Fred unexpectedly reunites with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous and high stakes lifestyle. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance that becomes embroiled in a series of dangerous and outlandish incidents.


Click the link below to grab passes to the Miami screening for LONG SHOT:

Miami Screening | Long Shot

SCREENING DETAILS:

Location:

Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX
11471 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33172

Date & Time:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:30 PM

(***While supplies last. Please keep in mind that seating is on a first-come first-serve basis, so make sure to plan your time wisely!***)



LONG SHOT
is Directed by Jonathan Levine; Screenplay by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah; Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk and Alexander Skarsgård.


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Sunday!!

Just wanted to take a second to wish ya’ll a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I remember growing up here in Miami, I never really told people I was Irish because I stuck more with my Cuban side. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate both sides of my heritage! You’ll never find me without a claddagh ring (or my claddagh & shamrock tattoos lol).

So, go outside and find some 4-leaf clovers & enjoy some corned beef & cabbage as we will be!

Sending ya’ll luck & love!

TRAILER PREMIERE : Wheelchair Athletes Push Their Team Towards The Title in THE REBOUND

Wheelchair Athletes Push Their Team Towards The Title
While Responding To Adversity On And Off The Court In New Documentary
Coming To Digital HD November 20th

THE REBOUND

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From director Shaina Allen, producer Michael Esposito, and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers Nick Nanton and JW Dicks comes THE REBOUND – a feel good story about the Miami Heat Wheels and their quest for their first-ever NWBA Championship – to Digital HD November 20th.

Miami is a city known for its sports and diversity. For the Miami Heat Wheels it’s a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win against all odds. THE REBOUND is an insider’s look at the struggling wheelchair basketball team following a defeat at the national championships. In community supported wheelchair basketball programs across the nation, players push their way physically, mentally and emotionally through each season without the recognition or the resources of mainstream sports. Among the Heat Wheels, passion and drive are abundant, but the team’s dwindling checkbook threatens to cut short its attempt to take the national title.

Debut filmmakers Shaina Allen and Mike Esposito step deep inside the lives of three players as they endure and respond to adversity and fight their way to a second chance. Friends, family, and pride hang in the balance as these men find an extraordinary gift in the hand life has dealt. They hope for an education, a big break, and a new life. The cameras don’t stop when the players leave the court: the film follows them through the trials of daily life with a disability. With each victory, the players, and their team, get closer to the idea that anything is possible and it’s all about how you rebound.

THE REBOUND is a production of Evergrain Studios in association with DNA Films. More information can be found at the official movie website, www.reboundthefilm.com.

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MTV MIDTERM ELECTION AFTERPARTY IN MIAMI | #Plus1TheVote

Hello there! I was invited to attend the MTV ELECTION AFTERPARTY at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall Campus on November 6th to celebrate voter turnout, and it really was a fantastic night!

The “red” carpet was cut a bit short due to the doors opening for general admission, but we got to see hosts Charlamagne The God and Liza Koshy hit the carpet, along with PRETTYMUCH, a few of the March For Our Lives co-founders (Delaney Tarr, Tyah Roberts, John Barnitt, Adam Alhanti, Daniel Duff and Brandon Dasent), Lauren Jauregui, Amara La Negra, Jazz Jennings and Ashanti.

While DJ Nasty played some recognizable hits for the growing crowd, people could roam around, grab something to eat or drink, take photos at designated photo areas and also pick up some free swag courtesy of MTV. Liza and Charlamagne were great, engaging, hosts and the performances were high energy the whole night. There were even little dance battles breaking out in the crowd while DJ Nasty played between sets.

One thing that really hit me while attending this event was the number of young people rocking their “I VOTED” stickers. Some wore their stickers on their shirts, while others wore them loud and proud on their cheeks. Host Liza Koshy (who, by the way, is honestly one of THE sweetest people I’ve ever met & should be protected at all costs lol) found an even more interesting spot for her stickers (see above).

I’m guilty of being 34 and only just learning how important the Midterm Elections really are, so it really made me proud to be considered part of the Millennial generation that went out there and put our voices to good use this time. It also made me proud to have my niece, Briana, with me as an intern for the event. While she’s not yet old enough to vote, my hope is that bringing her to an event like this, where voting is celebrated and is gaining popularity amongst the future leaders of our country, will instill that importance in her before she’s even able to register. If we can help inform younger generations of the importance I was previously unaware of, they’ll be inspired to go out and join us at the polls in the future and that is what this country needs–informed individuals who vote for improvement on important topics like gun control, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, climate change, police brutality, etc.

The fact that MTV hosted this event here in Miami and that the hosts, guests and performers took the time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with us as voters was very much appreciated by everyone in attendance.

While on-stage, PRETTYMUCH (Brandon Arreaga, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara, Edwin Honoret and Austin Porter) were asked which issues they felt most passionate about. While they’re all new to voting, Austin jumped at the chance to speak on climate change. He urged the crowd to take care of our environment and to protect it for future generations. Tyah Roberts (one of the many co-founders of the March For Our Lives movement) said she felt like a superhero as a first time voter. She insisted that everyone go out be their own superheroes by using their power to create change.

As an older part of this Millennial generation, it made me proud to know that one day we’ll be leaving this country in these mature, educated, inspirational hands. Here is what my niece, a future voter, thought of the event:

“It was awesome getting to be at an event like this. Being able to meet Liza Koshy and Prettymuch were a bonus! My aunt talks to me about the importance of voting and, even though I’m not old enough to vote yet, being around so many people close to my age that are speaking up and trying to change things really proves how important it is.  Once I turn 18, I can’t wait to do the same.”

We just wanted to send a special THANK YOU to everyone that planned the event, attended the event, allowed us to be there and especially to everyone who went out and voted! That’s what it’s about, people! Make your voices heard and create change!

 

MTV To Host Midterm “ELECTION AFTERPARTY” In Miami To Celebrate Young People Getting Out The Vote

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MTV TO HOST MIDTERM “ELECTION AFTERPARTY” IN MIAMI
TO CELEBRATE YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING OUT THE VOTE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

Fat Joe, PRETTYMUCH, DJ Nasty and Lauren Jauregui Set to Perform

Network Initiatives for Last Phase of Midterm Election Campaign “+1 the Vote”
Include Celebrity PSAs, Parties at the Polls Across the Country and More

MTV kicked off the final phase of its first ever midterm campaign, “+1 the Vote,” by announcing a series of new initiatives and plans for an “Election Afterparty” at Miami Dade College (MDC) on Tuesday, November 6th from 7PM to 10PM ET. The event is set to be the largest youth-focused election party in the country and will feature performances by Fat Joe, PRETTYMUCH, DJ Nasty and Lauren Jauregui. The “Afterparty” kicks off when the polls close in Florida and will celebrate the efforts of young people across the nation getting out the vote.

“+1 the Vote” was created in order to harness the power of friendship and ignite the most powerful voting bloc in the country. As part of the final phase of the campaign, MTV and Civic Nation’s #VoteTogether – with support from “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi and “Eighteenx18” – partnered to supercharge youth voter participation by funding parties at the polls in all 50 states. The first party took place on October 20th in Fresno, CA, and attracted hundreds of young voters, and similar events are planned for the weeks leading to the “Election Afterparty.”

Additionally, the youth brand will roll out a series of new Spanish-language PSAs encouraging young people to register and vote, and launch an interactive election map profiling young candidates and activists across the country. MTV News launched its explainer series highlighting leading artists and celebrities breaking down the importance of the midterm elections – the first of which includes Olympic star Adam Rippon. They will continue to roll out videos through election night that will feature Macklemore, R&B Duo Chloe & Halle, and Lauren Jauregui.

MTV’s “Election Afterparty” is an 18+ event and is first come, first serve subject to capacity.

Visit plus1thevote.com for more information.

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SAM SMITH: The Thrill of It All Tour 2018 | Miami, FL – 7/14/18

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Hello again, music lovers!

I’ve been to a lot of live shows in the past two months or so, but it’s still not enough! This time, my niece and I got to see Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill of It All Tour’ at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami on July 14th. Sadly, our seats were in the nosebleeds, but it didn’t even take away from the incredible show that he put on for everyone.

The show started promptly at 8pm with his opening act for the night, Cam. Cam is a country singer who I’d never heard of before, but she has a great voice. She was interacting with the crowd throughout her set and really tried to get people to see a personal side to her. This isn’t an easy task when you know the crowd is there to see someone else. With that being said, I felt like she held her own up there! I would definitely check out her music HERE.

Sam’s set began at about 9pm and lasted almost 2 hours. I’m not sure if it’s because of where we were sitting, but the sound for this show was absolutely fantastic. Sometimes at live shows, you can’t hear what the artist is saying because of the acoustics in the venue and where your seats are. This one, however, sounded great. Here’s what the setlist for our show looked like:

  1. Burning
  2. One Last Song
  3. I’m Not the Only One
  4. Lay Me Down
  5. Omen (Disclosure cover)
  6. Nirvana / I’ve Told You Now
  7. Writing’s on the Wall
  8. Latch (Disclosure cover)
  9. Money on My Mind
  10. Like I Can
  11. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
  12. Say It First
  13. One Day at a Time
  14. Midnight Train
  15. HIM
  16. Too Good at Goodbyes

Encore:

  1. Palace
  2. Stay With Me
  3. Pray

At one point, Sam addressed the sadness in his songs by joking, “I was sitting in my home and realized how fucking depressing my music is.” He wanted to make it a point not to have us leave the room “feeling like shit” afterward and I think he succeeded.

One of my favorite moments of the night was during “I’m Not the Only One” when he put his mic down and had the entire crowd singing his words back to him. It was so loud and beautiful. Those are always my favorite moments during a live show, but this one seemed particularly moving.

There was also a fantastic moment at the end of “HIM” where the lights went out and a light bar on stage lit up in rainbow colors.

One thing that I found particularly funny was right before the encore performances. The amount of people that were walking out was puzzling. I had to ask my niece if they were new to the art that is a live show. You don’t leave until the lights come up, people!

Here are some pics I took from the show (again, I apologize for the distance lol):

To be quite honest, despite the distance of our seats from the stage, this was one of my top 3 shows I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to A LOT). Everything about it was worth the mission getting to the AAA. If you have a chance to catch the show, I highly recommend it. You can even get the “cheap” seats and still have a great time!

Get out there and support a musician who wears his heart on his sleeve and is unapologetically proud to be who he is — a musician with true talent and a voice we all love.

HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 6/9/18

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Hey there, music lovers!

I’m back with another concert review, and this time it’s for the highly anticipated “HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour” from his stop in South Florida on June 9, 2018.

We bought the tickets last year for my niece’s birthday when they were first released and had to wait a whole year for the show, but I have to say it was worth the wait! I’ve been to a lot of live shows and this, hands down, was the loudest I’ve ever been to. It all started when we arrived at the BB&T Center. We got there about 45 minutes prior to doors opening and this is the view we were greeted with:

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With that being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to arrive any earlier than the time the doors actually open. Especially if you have an actual seat. If you have general admission, however, I would advise getting there EXTRA early, unless you’d like to wait for a crowd like this to get in before you do. Also, take into consideration that everyone in front of you has to get through metal detectors, bag checks, etc. Another observation was that there were several merch tables set up inside the BB&T Center and each one had extremely long lines.

After braving the lines for merch, we sat in our seats and waited and waited. At one point, they played “Olivia” by One Direction and the crowd went nuts. They sang every word at the top of their lungs — you would’ve thought 1D was out on that stage singing with them. My niece decided she wanted more merch, so her mom and I went out to brave the lines again and missed the start of Kacey Musgraves’ set. We got to see her halfway through though and she was great. She even sang “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by *NSYNC, so she had my vote lol.

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Via Harry Styles on Twitter | Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6/9/18

Once the lights went down the crowd went crazy once again. Harry’s first song began to play and then . . . silence. There must have been some technical difficulties, so the spotlights cut off, the music stopped playing and all the lights came back on. Once everything was sorted out, the show went on without a hitch. It was actually very good! At one point, Harry walks down the middle of the crowd to a B Stage in the back of the venue. Here’s what that looked like:

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His stage set-up was great, the lights were fantastic and the vocals were on point the entire time. There was a nostalgic vibe to the whole set-up that fits the vibe of the album.

At certain points throughout the show, he would take some time to talk to people in the crowd and thank everyone for supporting him and the music, which was nice. During one of his songs, the crowd held up the flashlights on their phones and the whole venue lit up in rainbow colors. I was kinda salty that we weren’t informed about it lol, but it was a really special moment in the show. Here’s our view of what it looked like:

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Here’s the set-list for our show here in South Florida:

  1. Only Angel
  2. Woman
  3. Ever Since New York
  4. Two Ghosts
  5. Carolina
  6. Stockholm Syndrome (One Direction cover)
  7. Just a Little Bit of Your Heart (Ariana Grande cover)
  8. Medicine
  9. Meet Me in the Hallway
  10. Sweet Creature (on B Stage)
  11. If I Could Fly (One Direction cover – on B Stage)
  12. Anna
  13. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover)
  14. Sign of the Times
  15. From the Dining Table
  16. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  17. Kiwi

 

I highly recommend making it out to one of the remaining shows on the tour. This one was really special because we were there for my niece’s 14th birthday. The crowd was amazing and the whole vibe was positive and supportive. Not to mention that this album was actually fantastic and Harry does a great job performing it.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Man of the Woods Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 5/19/18

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Man of the Woods Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 5/19/18

Ladies and gentleman, I got to experience something incredible this past weekend. I ended up with front row tickets to The Man of the Woods Tour and it was something I will truly never forget. At one point, the first time JT stood in front of us, I felt a sharp pain in my chest and was convinced I was about to have a heart attack. Luckily, it passed and only got better from there! But, first, let me tell you how I got there:

I (finally) got my Bachelor’s Degree last August and, as a graduation gift, my aunts surprised me with tickets to see my Day 1, Justin Timberlake, on one of his stops here in South Florida. I’d been pretty bummed because the tickets were rather expensive and I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to make it to one of his shows for the first time ever. So, when my aunts surprised me with FLOOR tickets, I was stoked! This would be the first time I’ve ever had floor tickets and it was for Justin freaking Timberlake. The only issue was having to wait months for the show!

Nevertheless, May 19th finally arrived and my niece & I were getting ready to head out to the show. South Florida has had an extremely rainy past few weeks, so I was iffy about heading out early and waiting in line for doors to open while getting soaked in the rain. Doors were supposed to open at 6pm and the show was scheduled to start at 7:30pm. We got there at 4:45 and there were about 35-40 people ahead of us in the GA Floor line. Luckily, Verizon members who are enrolled in the Verizon Up Rewards program are able to enter the venues via “fast lane,” so my niece and I ended up being second in line. We got in and raced to find a good spot in the front.

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DJ Freestyle Steve began playing music, and then JT’s opening act, The Shadowboxers, made their way on-stage. They played about 3-4 songs and had great energy. The Shadowboxers was founded by Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler and is based out of Atlanta, GA. They later added Cole McSween on drums and Carlos Enamorado on bass. After a tweet from their Twitter account in 2013, telling JT to check out their cover of his song “Pusher Love Girl,” their relationship with him took flight. Their EP titled Apollo was released on March 23, 2018 and now they’re touring with him on The Man of the Woods Tour.

Justin’s set began a little after 9pm and the BB&T Center was living. As close as my niece & I were to the back stage, we were unable to see the main stage, so keep that in mind for future shows. Although I’m sure the fans up front were unable to see the stage we were at also.  The show was absolutely incredible. I’ve been to a lot of concerts at the BB&T Center and I’ve never been to one that looked completely sold out. Even the seats behind the stage were sold out. Luckily, with JT’s current stage set-up, everyone in the audience gets a little time with him. Even the crowd behind the stage got some time with him when he went out on a little riser behind his band, The Tennessee Kids.

The lights, the lasers, the little campfire sequence, the dancing, the sound, the vibe, everything was spot-on. Here is the set-list if you’d like to brush up on your lyrics:

  1. Filthy
  2. Midnight Summer Jam
  3. LoveStoned
  4. SexyBack
  5. Man of the Woods
  6. Higher Higher
  7. Senorita
  8. Suit & Tie
  9. My Love
  10. Cry Me A River
  11. Mirrors
  12. Drink You Away
  13. Flannel
  14. Until the End of Time
  15. Dreams (performed by backup singer, Zenya Bashford)
  16. Ex-Factor (performed by backup singer, Nicole Hurst)
  17. Come Together (performed by backup singer, Kenyon Dixon)
  18. Thank God I’m A Country Boy (performed by backup singer, Jack King III)
  19. Morning Light
  20. What Goes Around . . . Comes Around
  21. Say Something
  22. Montana
  23. Summer Love
  24. Rock Your Body
  25. Supplies
  26. Like I Love You
  27. Can’t Stop the Feeling

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Songs 13-18 were sung around a campfire that rose from beneath the stage and some of those songs were performed by the backup singers, individually, with an assist from JT.

“Cry Me A River” was performed on all three stages and walkways that were covered with smoke.

Also, keep in mind that at times throughout the show, panels would lower and double as screens for those who might be unable to see clearly. I’m not certain because I was beneath them, but they seemed like they might obstruct the view of the actual stages a bit when they’re down. Either way, they provide cool visuals that fit the theme of the album.

“Rock Your Body” was performed off to the side (the side I was on) in the VIP section. This was done on a light-up disco floor surrounded by VIP ticket holders.

Here are some pictures I took from my cozy little spot at the show:

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I might be a bit biased because, as I mentioned, Justin Timberlake is my Day 1, but I highly recommend this show. The energy was through the roof, everyone involved is so incredibly talented, and I love how interactive JT is with everyone in the room. He really tries to give everyone an experience they’ll never forget.

You can find more info, including remaining tour dates, by visiting JT’s website HERE.

DEAL OR NO DEAL Auditions To Be Held In Miami This Sunday, May 20! | #dealornodeal #miami #tv

In the successful game of DEAL OR NO DEAL, contestants play and compete for a maximum prize of $1,000,000. With 26 briefcases full of cash, ranging from a penny to a million, contestants face a game of odds and possibilities.

So, Miami peeps, try your luck and head to the open casting call this Sunday, May 20th at Gulfstream Park! & if you make it (& win), don’t forget who sent ya! 😉

Multi-Platinum International Superstar LUIS FONSI Joins As Coach For The First Season Of TELEMUNDO’S Newly Announced LA VOZ (THE VOICE)

The Twelve Time Billboard Latin Music Awards Winner, and Seven Time Finalist at the Upcoming 2018 Billboard Music Awards Singer and Songwriter, Known for his Worldwide Hit “Despacito,” and Latest Smash Single “Échame La Culpa” is the First Coach to Join the Highly-anticipated Hit Singing Competition Coming for the First Time to U.S. Spanish-Language Television

Auditions for “La Voz” Will Begin this Summer in Miami, Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles

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Telemundo announced that Global Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi, is the first Coach to join the newly announced La Voz, the Spanish-language version of NBC’S hit singing competition The Voice, coming for the first time to U.S. Hispanic television in 2019. Three other Coaches will join the multi award-winning artist in the first non-scripted program to be produced at Telemundo Center in Miami, where Coaches will be in search for the nation’s most promising unknown Hispanic vocalists and make their decisions based solely on one factor, La Voz (The Voice).

“I feel honored to join Telemundo’s La Voz as a Coach for the U.S. Hispanic audience.” said Fonsi. “I have been fortunate to be a Coach on the show in other countries, and I am extremely happy to finally be able to do it at home in the U.S., because it’s always been a wonderful experience. There is so much talent in our community and nothing makes me happier than being part of a platform that promotes Latin music’s new artists,” he concluded.

With numerous awards and unprecedented achievements, Luis Fonsi continues to break world records, cross borders and make history with his music. Recently, “Despacito” completed 52 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Song list, one year being the most listened-to single of Latin music, another historic milestone worthy of celebration. His latest global hit “Échame La Culpa” featuring Demi Lovato, continues to dominate Top 10 charts, has certified Gold and Platinum in multiple countries and the video has accumulated more than 1.2 billion views to date. The Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, has won a total of five Latin Grammy Awards, and most recently seven 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards and is a finalist in seven categories at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Fonsi recently completed his first tour in Brazil, and will continue the successful “Love & Dance World Tour” in several countries including Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Castings for the first season of La Voz will begin in Miami on Saturday, June 23, followed by Puerto Rico (June 30), New York (July 7), Chicago (July 14), San Antonio (July 21) and Los Angeles (July 21 & 28), for vocalists 18 years of age an over. For further details on locations and rules, please visit http://www.lavozcasting.com/.

For more information about Telemundo, please visit nbcumv.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, telemundo.com and YouTube.

“La Voz” is a presentation of Telemundo, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Cisco Suarez (for Telemundo), Stijn Bakkers and Tim van Rongen.

30 Questions with Kristin | Part 1 of 3

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Good morning, everyone! I saw this questionnaire on Twitter yesterday and thought it might be a great idea to create a blog post answering the questions. It’s 30 questions, but I’ll break it down into three separate posts. We live in a time where people “get to know you” based on quick little pic posts on Instagram or character-limited posts on Twitter. I wanted to give a bit of insight as to who I am away from the screens, so here goes nothing:

  • Explain your Twitter handle.

I wanted to have the same handles for all of my social media platforms and there was always one that was already taken. So, I tried this one out, it was available, and I liked it. Simple as that! (After I changed it, the show This Is Us aired and it’s one of my favorites. So @thisiskristin_ reminds me of the show now, too)

  • Who inspires you and why?

To be a walking cliché, I want to say my mother because she’s held my family together for the past 40+ years. When my dad passed away, she took a huge step and moved out of our old house, which I never thought she would do. She’s not the type who likes change, so I was really surprised when she packed up our home of 28 years without hesitation. She’s strong, she’s funny and she’s just the best.

On a professional level, I would have to say one of my friends, Keisha Hatchett. Keisha and I have always had similar interests (i.e. baseball, TV shows and writing), but there’s one huge difference between us. She was determined enough to sell her car and pack her things for an internship in New York. She’s fought her way through internships and freelance jobs to a position at TV Guide and I couldn’t be more proud. We don’t get to talk as much anymore, but she inspires me to fight for what I want and to be a better writer.

  • Do you care what others think about you?

As much as I try to convince myself that I don’t care what others think about me, I think everyone does on some level. In some areas of my life I really don’t care. But in other areas, I do find myself wondering what people think about me. I haven’t had much luck in the guy department (thanks, Miami), so sometimes I wonder if they thought I wasn’t good enough or whatever. It’s a horrible thing to do, but for the most part I’m the way that I am and, in the end, I think that’s a good thing. While I might care in some aspects, I’m proud of myself for not changing to conform to their idea of perfection.

Also, when you’re a writer who submits work to literary journals, it’s hard not to question your abilities when you receive rejections from people that have no idea who you are. Their opinions are based solely on your work, and it’s so incredible subjective. When I get rejections I start to question whether I should continue pursuing a career in writing, but then I remember that Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and a ton of other authors also received rejections. Look where they are now!

  • What are you most looking forward to?

At the moment, I’m looking forward to seeing Justin Timberlake live (again) here in South Florida this May! Long-term, I’m looking forward to establishing my career now that I finally have my Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing.

  • What is one life rule you follow?

I actually have two that I like to follow:

The most important is to stay true to yourself. I’m okay with having to ask for help rather than trying to pretend like I know everything. I’m not the smartest or the funniest, but I try to be the best version of those things every day. I’m awkward, I have anxiety, and I’m way too trusting of people, but I’ve learned to embrace those things about myself.

The second life rule that I follow is to never go after a guy that one of my friends is interested in or has been interested in. A “friend” of mine didn’t follow that rule, and it resulted in literal heart break for me. I would never inflict that kind of pain on anyone.

  • What’s your dream job?

When I think about my dream job I immediately picture Liza from the show YOUNGER on TV Land. She works for a publishing company and started her own imprint with her friend, Kelsey. I would love to write for a magazine or to work in publishing. Being able to read books and discover unknown authors would definitely be a dream. Either that or something (anything) in the music industry. Recently, I’ve been looking into being a music journalist–someone who goes to live shows and reviews them.

  • Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?

I have three, actually. Four (Theo James) from Divergent, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). All of them are bad ass characters who fight to protect those around them. Corny answer, I know, but it’s true. Plus, they’re all gorgeous.

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually always wanted to be a writer or singer. Writing and music have always been two of my favorite things, so to be able to do either? That’s what I wanted, and that’s still what I want. It’s taken me a while to figure out where to start, but better late than never!

  • If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?

A lot of friends have told me I should dress up like Daria for Halloween lol. She’s extremely sarcastic (which I can be) and pessimistic (which I am not), but she kind of looks like me, so I’ll say her. It’s hard to think of a cartoon character that I would want to be anyway lol.

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  • What skill would you like to master?

Oh wow. This is a loaded question because I think there is always a skill that needs to be mastered. Right now I would have to say grammar lol. I always thought I was great when it came to correct grammar in writing, but after taking a course at UCF, I realized just how wrong I was. I mean, I know the basics, but there are so many rules and exceptions when it comes to grammar. I would love to master that for sure.

 

Well, that’s it for Part One! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me. Feel free to comment with some of your answers to these questions! Post Two will be up tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!

Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Museum of Ice Cream Announces its Fourth Location in Miami

Museum of Ice Cream announces the opening of their fourth museum in Miami, Florida, this December.

Since opening the first location in New York last summer and expanding to Los Angeles and San Francisco this year, Museum of Ice Cream has welcomed over half a million visitors from around the world.

Founder and Creative Director Maryellis Bunn chose sunny Miami as their next location to celebrate its diverse and culturally inclusive environment in which she immersed herself to source the inspiration.

The four-story building designed by OMA in the Faena District in Mid-Beach showcases iconic art deco elements and contemporary interiors alongside stunning ocean views.

Museum of Ice Cream proudly serves as a safe environment for visitors to embrace their imagination and creativity.

The Miami location officially opens to the public on Dec. 13.The past 15 months, Museum of Ice Cream has populated across the country providing a socially inclusive and accessible experience for all to enjoy.  

The design of each location is reflective of the city in which it exists and engages all five senses through physical, digital and experiential dialogues.

Museum of Ice Cream builds environments where people can check their fears, anxieties and social norms at the door and have fun, first and foremost.

The spaces visitors explore at Museum of Ice Cream allow them to create meaningful and impactful human connections with other guest and foster new friendships and memories.

Museum of Ice Cream instills a sense of community and gives back to those in each city it resides, leaving a lasting impression.Mark your calendars – tickets are on sale soon at museumoficecream.com 

The Platinum Card® from American Express is the Official Card of Museum of Ice Cream.

Presale tickets are available exclusively for American Express Platinum Card Members starting on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. EST, and for all American Express Card Members on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. EST.

Tickets are open to the public for purchase on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. EST.

A limited amount of exclusive preview tickets will be available during Art Basel Week on sale Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. EST.Museum of Ice Cream Miami is open Wednesday-Monday beginning Dec. 13.

Tickets include tons of delectable tastings and new in-house treats available only at the Miami location.

Tickets are $38 per person and are available in advance online-only.

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Address: 3400 Collins Ave
Faena District Miami Beach, FL

 

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Museum of Ice Cream transforms ideas into spaces that provoke imagination, builds culturally inclusive environments that encourage community, and creates conditions that inspire human emotion and creativity.

Stay tuned, Museum of Ice Cream will be announcing special events opening and new iterations in the coming months. Follow along @museumoficecream (#museumoficecream), and sign up on the website for the latest updates.

NIALL HORAN: Flicker Sessions Tour 2017 – Miami (Review)

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Hey there, music lovers!

This review will be a bit different because my niece was actually the one who attended. I wanted to have her explain the experience in her own words because she’s the target demographic (even though I really enjoyed this album myself). This tour, Flicker Sessions, is promoting the debut solo album from Niall Horan (1/4 of One Direction).

I can tell you that the doors to the venue (The Fillmore Miami Beach)  opened about an hour before the show started, which was about 7pm. The scheduled start time was 8pm and my niece was out at 10:15pm.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the Flicker Sessions filters available on SnapChat while you’re waiting! Here are the two that were available for my niece here in Miami:

 

Here’s Briana with her thoughts on the show:

I was nervous to see Niall perform by himself because I’m so used to seeing him with the other guys in 1D, but I am so proud of him! Proud mom! The stage didn’t have a big, elaborate set-up and I really liked that. It had a chill vibe that went well with his new music. The sound was great at the venue and Niall’s vocals were on point throughout the whole show (I’m not surprised!). One of my favorite parts was when he stopped singing and playing the guitar and let the audience sing the words back to him. He just looked so happy to be doing this. We almost cried when he started singing “Fool’s Gold” too! It was so emotional.

IMG_0946This was my first time at The Fillmore, but I really liked it. I even heard that the line for Niall’s show was longer than any other show there. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but either way, it was way worth the two hours we spent in line! Some people even started lining up at 5am! We weren’t as close to the stage as we hoped, but just being there at all was such a great experience. While we were in line, someone passed around these bright pink papers shaped like light bulbs that said to hold them in front of our phone flashlights during “This Town” and that was awesome to see. I’ve seen people plan fan projects like that at other shows, but this was the first one I got to participate in.

Gavin James opened up for Niall and he reminded me a lot of Ed Sheeran. I thought he did really well. I highly recommend getting tickets to see Niall live because it really was a great night out!

 

Set list from the Fillmore Miami Beach (Nov. 6, 2017):

  1. The Tide
  2. Seeing Blind
  3. This Town
  4. Paper Houses
  5. You and Me
  6. Fire Away
  7. Flicker
  8. Too Much to Ask
  9. Since We’re Alone
  10. Mirrors
  11. On the Loose
  12. Fool’s Gold (One Direction cover)
  13. Slow Hands
  14. On My Own

Movie Review: MOONLIGHT #moonlightmovie

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I finally had a chance to watch the 2017 Oscar winning movie, Moonlight, and decided to write a short review for it. First and foremost, congratulations to all involved with this movie. It’s a subtle, yet powerful depiction of a young black male trying to find his way in the inner city of Miami, which isn’t always easy.

So many movies in our history have shown the coming of age of white teens, usually from rich families or from unconventional households that force them to decide they deserve better. What we don’t get enough of are movies like this where we see the main black character not being a bully and not holding a grudge against some higher power.

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We see a drug dealer, Juan, who is obviously not doing the right thing career wise, but he develops a friendship with this little boy, Chiron, and teaches him things that his drug-addicted mother isn’t around to teach him. Not once do we see Juan being violent or “bad” in any way. He is a strong, influential man in a great relationship who tries to guide Chiron in the right direction. He also happens to be a black Cuban man. So yes, movie watchers . . . it is possible to see a different, positive side to a black man in the inner city.

Chiron struggles with understanding his sexuality, and Juan helps him through that – free of judgment. The one thing I was disappointed with is the fact that Juan wasn’t around as long as I’d hoped. We don’t even really know what happened to him, or how it affected Chiron mentally. We only see the three crucial chapters in Chiron’s life – as a young boy, as a teenager and as a young adult seemingly following in Juan’s footsteps while continuing to try and understand his tendency to identify with homosexuality. I also wish Chiron spoke a bit more in the movie. His scenes in all three chapters were powerful in their silence, but I think there could have been a bit more dialogue without taking away from the effectiveness.

In a society where homosexuality is viewed as “a sin,” it was nice to see a child asking questions about it and having an adult answer those questions with positivity and acceptance. To be clear, this is not a movie based on “pushing the homosexual agenda.” It’s a coming of age movie about a young boy who grows up in an unconventional setting who is just trying to make his way through life despite the ups and downs. It’s an important story that isn’t told often enough.

 

SYNOPSIS: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Cast: Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland
Genre: Drama

ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA SIGNS DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH ANGIE MARTINEZ

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ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA SIGNS  DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH ANGIE MARTINEZ

Studio To Develop Traditional and Digital Content With Iconic Multimedia Personality

Endemol Shine North America has signed a development deal with multimedia personality and bestselling author Angie Martinez, it was announced today by Cris Abgreo, President, Endemol Shine North America.

As part of the agreement, Endemol Shine North America, the production company behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” (FOX), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) and upcoming “Hunted” (CBS), along with Major TV, will develop unscripted and scripted content with Martinez for both traditional and digital platforms.

Martinez is a prolific voice in media with more than 20 years of on-air hosting experience across a variety of platforms. Her years of experience shedding light on today’s pop culture moments and icons give her a unique perspective and creative eye. The partnership will allow Martinez an opportunity to expand upon her natural knack for telling compelling stories.

“Angie is undeniably one of the most influential personalities in pop culture,” said Endemol Shine North America’s Abrego. “We’re thrilled to be in business with her and we’re already developing a handful of original, ground-breaking, projects with Angie and the team at Major TV.”

“Working with Endemol Shine is an exciting first step for me in defining the next phase of my career,” Martinez says, “I’m looking forward to using my voice and platform to develop content that authentically speaks to the culture.”

Martinez is recognized as one of the most influential personalities in popular culture and multi-media. Angie’s 20 years of on-air hosting experience has led her to become the media trailblazer she is today: multimedia host, spokeswoman, actress, recording artist, entertainment personality, author and philanthropist.

Her weekday radio show, “The Angie Martinez Show,” airs on New York’s Power 105.1 and on Miami’s The Beat 103.5, and is also available through iHeartMedia.com and the iHeartMedia app.

In May 2016, Martinez released her first memoir, My Voice (Celebra-Penguin Random House), where she detailed her climb to becoming a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment. The book quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

Major TV is led by Raymond Garcia, formerly publisher and founder of Celebra at Penguin Random House, where he published numerous best-sellers with top authors such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Chris Perez, author of To Selena With Love. In November, Endemol Shine North America and Major TV announced they had optioned the television rights to Perez’s To Selena With Love.

QUEEN LATIFAH AND SNOOP DOGG TO HOST “PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX

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“PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION”
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX


Mr. Worldwide is Back to Ring in the New Year on FOX!

1Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah, from the new FOX series STAR, and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will host PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live CT/MT/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. The special returns for the third annual New Year’s party, broadcast live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, with the breathtaking skyline and waterfront views as a backdrop to the celebration. Pitbull will start the year off right with epic surprises and this year’s biggest names in music to ring in 2017 Miami-style. Performers to be announced.

Last year, Mr. 305 was joined by an incredible lineup, including music legends Puff Daddy and the Family, EMPIRE superstars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, hit artists Shawn Mendes, Pia Mia, Camila Cabello and so many more.

PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION, a presentation of Endemol Shine North America and Honey I’m Home, is produced by John Hamlin, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Rob Smith, David Ortiz, Pitbull and Queen Latifah. “Like” Pitbull at facebook.com/pitbull and follow him on Twitter @pitbull. “Like” Queen Latifah at facebook.com/QueenLatifah and follow her on Twitter @IAMQUEENLATIFAH. “Like” Snoop Dogg at facebook.com/snoopdogg and follow him on Twitter @SnoopDogg. “Like” PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION at facebook.com/PitbullNYE and follow the special on Twitter @PitbullNYE.

About Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull)

From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur.  Along the way, he’s has been the subject and host of prestigious cable and network specials. His music has appeared in “Men In Black III” and “The Penguins of Madagascar,” and he even had a starring voiceover role in the animated 3D movie “Epic.” Landing No. 1 hits in over 15 countries, nine billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and six million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. His social networking channels include 59 million Facebook followers (@Pitbull), 22 million Twitter followers (@Pitbull) and 4 million Instagram followers (@Pitbull), plus more than eight million YouTube subscribers (PitbullVEVO and PitbullMusic).

Making global music, Pitbull flaunts a style that’s indisputably his own. Releasing his full-length debut, “M.I.A.M.I” in 2004, followed by the success of 2006’s “El Mariel” and 2007’s “The Boatlift.” In tribute to his father, he delivered his first Spanish-language album, “Armando,” in 2010. He grinded it out on the road and touched down everywhere from the Far East and South America to Europe and all across the U.S. His success continued as he went on to release additional chart-topping platinum hits, including “Timber” [featuring Ke$ha], “Fireball” [featuring John Ryan] and more. Pitbull will release his tenth full-length album, “Climate Change,” after wrapping his second headlining arena run – “The Bad Man Tour,” named after the “Climate Change” hit single – and performed on the 2016 Grammy Awards. On “Freedom,” he sums everything up: “Went from a poor kid to a well-known all-around-the-globe world-class citizen, man I paid all my dues and earned my stripes took all the wrong in my life and I made it right.” That’s the dream, and Pitbull’s showing everybody it’s possible. Dale!

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THE 1975 TOUR | Review

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Hey music fans!!  I’m back with another tour review and I’m excited about this one!

My niece introduced me to The 1975 a while back and I really enjoyed listening to them.  For Christmas this past year, her mom and I surprised her with tickets to see them live for the first time.  She was stoked (and so was I!), but had to wait until May 11 for the show. Talk about torture!

Anyway, last night was the show and it was held at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami.  I’d never been to the venue, but I’d definitely go there again!

If you’re not familiar with The 1975, here’s a bit of info about them:

Hailing from Manchester, U.K., The 1975 is an alternative rock band clearly influenced by a wide range of musical styles.  The band consists of Matt Healy (lead singer and guitarist), George Daniel (drums, backing vocals), Adam Hann (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Ross MacDonald (bass, keyboard, backing vocals).  After releasing three EP’s over the course of their musical career, the band released their self-titled debut album, The 1975, in 2013 and their latest album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware, in 2016.

The show started at about 8 pm with Wolf Alice and The Japanese House as opening acts.  The 1975 came out and played non-stop until the very end.  Unfortunately, their drummer (George) was unable to play due to a broken shoulder, but the drummer from one of their opening acts saved the day and did a great job!  The sound at the venue was great, the crowd was energetic and the band seemed to play off of that.  One couple even got engaged during fallingforyou, which was cute.  Even the stage setup was great.  They had huge screens that lit up behind them to cover the entire stage, with their signature rectangles floating above them.  To sum it up, the show was great and I would definitely see them live again.

You can check out the setlist for the Miami show (May 11, 2016) below:

Love Me
UGH!
Heart Out
So Far (It’s Alright)
A Change of Heart
She’s American
Anobrain
Menswear
Loving Someone
Me
fallingforyou
Somebody Else
An Encounter
Robbers
You
Paris
Girls

Encore:

If I Believe You
Chocolate
The Sound
Sex

If you’re thinking of heading out to see them live (DO IT!!!), you can find the rest of their tour dates HERE.

COMCAST AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN MIAMI, NASHVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, AND SEATTLE

COMCAST AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN MIAMI, NASHVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, AND SEATTLE

Since 2011, Internet Essentials has Connected 2.4 million Americans, or 600,000 low-income families, to the Internet at Home

PHILADELPHIA (March 24, 2016) — Comcast today announced a pilot program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative to attack the digital divide for public housing residents.  Eligibility for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s acclaimed, high-speed Internet adoption program, will be immediately extended to public housing residents in Miami-Dade County and the cities of Nashville, Philadelphia, and Seattle.  This is the eighth time in five years Comcast has expanded eligibility for Internet Essentials.

Also today, Comcast announced its latest Internet Essentials milestones.  In less than five years, the program has now connected more than 600,000 low-income families, benefitting more than 2.4 million Americans, to the Internet at home.  In fact, 2015 was the program’s single most successful year ever, with a 30 percent increase in enrollments over 2014.

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“PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” LIVE THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 31, ON FOX

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PUFF DADDY AND THE FAMILY AND “EMPIRE’S” TIMBALAND, YAZZ AND JUSSIE SMOLLETT TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR ON “PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” LIVE THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 31, ON FOX

TERRY CREWS AND WENDY WILLIAMS TAPPED AS CO-HOSTS

MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST SHAWN MENDES, CAMILA CABELLO, PRINCE ROYCE, AUSTIN MAHONE, R. CITY, PIA MIA AND THE LEGENDARY EARTH, WIND & FIRE ALSO SET TO PERFORM

METROPCS AND FIAT RETURN AS SPONSORS

 

Featuring an epic performance by Puff Daddy and the Family, PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION – airing LIVE from Miami on Thursday, Dec. 31 – will be co-hosted by Terry Crews and Wendy Williams.  In addition to Pitbull performing his chart-topping hits, the celebration will feature EMPIRE’s Timbaland and Yazz – sharing the stage for the first time on television – as well as Jussie Smollett, performing songs from the Golden Globe- and Grammy Award-nominated series. The LIVE event also will feature performances by Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Prince Royce, Austin Mahone, R. City, Pia Mia and the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire.

Shot live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, the show kicks off on New Year’s Eve between 8:00-10:00 PM ET live (MT/PT tape-delayed). Then, following local news, PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION returns from 11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live (CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) for the final countdown to the New Year.

For the second year in a row, MetroPCS will sponsor PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION and host behind-the-scenes content from the event via Periscope (https://www.periscope.tv/MetroPCS).

Also joining for a second year, the FIAT brand will partner with PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION, with a presence on the main stage at Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Film and television star Terry Crews is perhaps best known for his roles in an impressive resume of film and television work, which includes “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Expendables,” BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and WORLD’S FUNNIEST. Additionally, Crews stars in the wildly popular series of Old Spice commercials. After several years in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, Crews turned his talents to the performing arts, where his hard work, character and dedication have made him one of the most sought out and respected talents in the industry. A devoted father of five, and fan of great food and fitness, Crews is a positive and impressive force in entertainment, business and the community.

Daytime talk show host, media mogul and best-selling author, Wendy Williams is best known for her long- running and nationally syndicated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Williams also hosted “The Wendy Williams Experience,” which was her top-rated, daily radio show. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor. In 2013, Williams and her husband, Kevin, launched the non-fiction television programming company Wendy Williams Productions (WWP), which works to find, develop and produce original programming, including the Lifetime original movie “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” Williams’ television credits include appearances on “30 Rock,” “One Life to Live,”  “Drop Dead Diva,” Season 12 of “Dancing With The Stars” and host of “Love Triangle.” Williams has also appeared in the major motion pictures, including Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man,” and took center stage as “Mama Morton” in the Tony-winning revival of the musical “Chicago.”

Sean Diddy Combs, AKA Puff Daddy, is the definition of a mogul. As director of A&R at Uptown Records, he was integral in launching the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci, and later started his own label, Bad Boy Records, which has fostered talent that includes Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim and more. Combs’ solo music career began in 1997 with his first single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, quickly followed by a No. 1 debut album that has gone Platinum seven times. This Grammy Award-winning debut was just the start of Combs’ massive career, which has garnered countless No. 1 records, three Grammy Awards and ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year honor.  Recently, he took the internet by storm with his sonic motion picture, “MMM.” Combs has also become an established actor and executive producer in both film and television, appearing in more than a dozen films, including “A Raisin in the Sun,” for which he won an NAACP Award for Best Actor; partnering on TV series such as “Making the Band II;” and executive-producing the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated” and the Academy Award-nominated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” In 2013, he launched his own music television network, REVOLT, a driving force in music and culture. Combs will release his next full-length album, “No Way Out 2,” in 2016.

Timbaland is an artist, record producer and songwriter who has had over 20 Grammy nominations and four wins for Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” and Justin Timberlake’s “Love Stoned,” “Sexy Back” and “Pusher Love Girl.” Timbaland’s production credits include work with Jay-Z, Madonna, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and countless others. As a rapper, he released several albums with Magoo, but later released his debut solo album, “Tim’s Bio,” in 1998. In 2007, Timbaland released “Shock Value,” which was followed by “Shock Value II” in 2009. In 2013, he served as the main producer of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” and also recently produced Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” and “I Don’t Have To Sleep to Dream” by Cher. Timbaland is currently the music producer for the Golden Globe- and Grammy Award-nominated EMPIRE.

An accomplished musician, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray currently stars as “Hakeem Lyon” on the Golden Globe-nominated series EMPIRE, for which he has received a nomination in the NAACP category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has performed at Jay-Z’s 2013 Man in America Festival, Sunoco’s Welcome America 4th of July Celebration, the annual Roots Picnic Festival, Philadelphia’s signature annual ODUNDE Celebration and Power 99’s 2013 Powerhouse concert. He also has opened for rappers Fabolous and 2 Chainz. Gray spent last spring on the “YTG Tour” of juvenile facilities to help kids at risk.

Actor, singer and songwriter Jussie Smollett currently stars as “Jamal Lyon” on EMPIRE, and can be heard on the Grammy Award-nominated, Billboard 200, No. 1-selling album, “EMPIRE: Original Soundtrack from Season 1.” He has received NAACP nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” and “Outstanding New Artist,” among others. His film credits include “The Mighty Ducks,” “North,” “Born to Race: Fast Track,” “The Skinny” and more. He also starred with his five real-life siblings in the network comedy “On Our Own,” and has appeared on “Revenge” and “The Mindy Project.”

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has transformed from teen viral sensation to major best-selling artist almost overnight. Mendes’ debut single, “Life Of The Party,” broke records, topping the iTunes Charts and selling more than 150,000 copies in its first week. The song made him the youngest artist ever to break into the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 25 with a debut single. Mendes’ self-titled debut EP also hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes and entered at No. 5 on the Billboard album charts. In April 2015, Mendes released his debut album, “Handwritten,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and includes and includes #1 at Top 40 Radio certified triple platinum single “Stitches” as well as certified platinum single “Life of the Party,” and certified gold “Something Big.” In addition to joining Taylor Swift on her The 1989 World Tour, Mendes has been on his own sold out headlining tour including a sold out shows at LA’s Greek Theatre and Radio City Music Hall.

Camila Cabello got her start as a part of the pop group Fifth Harmony, which has released multiplatinum hit singles “Worth It,” “Bo$$” and “Sledgehammer.” In 2015, Cabello released a collaboration with her friend, multiplatinum-selling artist Shawn Mendes, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which is currently Top 20 at Pop Radio. 2016 will see Cabello and Fifth Harmony release their highly anticipated sophomore album, the follow up to 2015’s “Reflection.” The talented vocalist and musician has grown from teen songwriter crafting emotional ballads in her bedroom to arena-rocking, chart-topping pop star.

Prince Royce wowed audiences this summer with the release of his first-ever English language album, “Double Vision,” featuring Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Tyga and Kid Ink. He performed his Latin Grammy Award-nominated hit single, “Back It Up,” featuring Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, at the Latin Grammys, AMERICAN IDOL XIV, Good Morning America, The View and The Talk. “Double Vision” also features Royce’s hit single, “Stuck On A Feeling,” featuring Snoop Dogg, which quickly topped the charts. After an action-packed year, Royce wrapped his first U.S. tour with Ariana Grande in October 2015. His brand new Spanish-language single “Culpa Al Corazón” is out now and quickly climbing the charts.

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the world’s top-selling musical groups of all-time. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and was presented with the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award. The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is still after five decades one of the world’s top touring bands. The band’s signature sound transcends all musical genres and has a groove as deep as the soul of the planet. In 2014, the band released its 23rd album, “Holiday,” which included classic and new songs for the season. In April 2014, lead singer Philip Bailey released his memoir, “SHINING STAR: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire.” “Shining Star” is a story of triumph and challenges, chronicling the band’s iconic rise to the top.

Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Austin Mahone is back with the funky new single “Dirty Work,” the first track off his upcoming, debut full-length album. The single became a worldwide trending topic, shot Mahone to the top of the Billboard social charts and spawned a music video that racked up more than one million views in its first 24 hours of release, with more than 18 million views to date. Last May, his debut EP, “The Secret,” landed him a Top 5 chart position on the Billboard 200, and his previous hit singles, “What About Love” and “Banga! Banga!,” have collectively garnered more than 200 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, was named MTV’s “Artist to Watch” and was awarded the MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best Push Artist” and “Artist on The Rise.”

R. City is comprised of St. Thomas-born brothers, Theron and Timothy Thomas. The duo has collaborated with and written hits for artists including Usher, Justin Bieber, and Nicki Minaj, among others. R. City recently released their debut album “What Dreams Are Made Of” featuring their Platinum-selling hit single “Locked Away” which has been downloaded over 1.4 million times, and streamed over 166 million times in the U.S.  The debut single hit #1 on both the Shazam Worldwide Top 200 chart and Billboard’s Pop chart. Their new single “Make Up” is at radio now and already has 2 million streams on Spotify and approximately half a million views on Vevo. Their music, which they dub “Caribbean hip-hop,” embraces cinematic storytelling and their island roots.

Island girl Pia Mia is a recording artist, entrepreneur, songwriter, fashion icon, dancer, actress and Krav Maga instructor. At the age of 17, she formed Wolfpack Entertainment, signing herself as the record label’s first artist, and then signed with Interscope Records. In 2014, Billboard magazine named Mia one of eight “acts who will help define 2014.” That same year, she released her debut EP, “The Gift.” In early 2015, Mia released her first official single, “Do It Again,” which has sold more than 600,000 copies.  The rising star is set to do it again with her second major label single, “Touch.”

PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION is a presentation of Endemol Shine North America and Honey I’m Home. “Like” Pitbull at www.facebook.com/pitbull and follow him on Twitter @pitbull. “Like” FOX at www.facebook.com/foxtv and follow FOX @FOXTV.

 

About Endemol Shine North America

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. And subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series, including ”Below Deck” (Bravo), ”Big Brother” (CBS), ”The Biggest Loser” (NBC), BULLSEYE (FOX), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), ”Ink Master” (Spike), ”It Takes a Church” (GSN), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), ”Knife Fight” (Esquire),  MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), ”Restaurant Startup” (CNBC), “Swamp People” (History), “The Island” (NBC), ”The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), ”Steve Harvey” (NBCU),”T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), ”Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT) and many more.

 

About Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull)

Armando Christian Perez, known around the world as Pitbull, is an internationally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor. His rise to popularity exemplifies the American Dream: He began on the streets of Miami and now commands stages around the world. Away from the spotlight, he is also an education advocate. From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, he transforms challenges into positive experiences and lives by a personal code that balances hard work with enjoying life. Pitbull’s career sales have exceeded six million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. He has scored No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries; his videos have over eight billion views; and his social media reach matches audiences of some television networks. Pitbull continues his ascent in the era of streaming music. On Pandora, his all-time metrics include 3.34 billion streams, 14.5 million stations created and 11.2 million active listeners per month, with “Give Me Everything,” his most streamed song at 368 million. In addition to the United States, his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He has also completed headlining tours in China and Japan. Learn more at www.pitbullmusic.com.

 

About the FIAT Brand

The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries around the world and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine. In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 500X, an all-new crossover that combines Italian style with functionality, performance and available all-wheel drive confidence. For more information on the FIAT brand, visit the FIAT Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fiatusa) or Twitter account (www.twitter.com/fiatusa).

“MINIONS” TAKE MIAMI AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

“MINIONS” TAKE MIAMI AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
DURING FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Hoda Kotb to be Grand Marshal at Ford EcoBoost 400

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MIAMI – Minion Mayhem is coming to Miami!  The lovable stars of the Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment summer blockbuster hit, Minions, will be at the Ford Championship Weekend from November 20-22, it was announced today by Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The three Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob — will be a fixture throughout Homestead-Miami Speedway, making appearances with fans and participating in the Ford EcoBoost 400 pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, November 22.   Minions will be released November 24 on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD on December 8.

NBC News’ Anchor and “Today” Show co-host Hoda Kotb will serve as Grand Marshal at the Ford EcoBoost 400.  Ms. Kotb, the popular co-host of NBC’s “Today” fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, is also a “Dateline NBC” correspondent and New York Times Bestselling author and has been at NBC since 1998.  She will give the command for drivers to start their engines prior to the Sprint Cup Series championship race on Sunday, November 22.

“We are extremely excited to have the Minions and Hoda Kotb join us for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November,” Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said. “The Minions are characters beloved by both adults and kids and we think our fans are going to enjoy seeing them around the venue throughout our NASCAR weekend. Hoda is a household name in national news, and we are thrilled to have her join us for what is going to be an electrifying Ford EcoBoost 400.”

In addition, the Minions will introduce the “Minionwagon”, a one-of-a-kind Ford Transit Connect Wagon that will be making appearances on a road trip at select locations, including as the Grand Marshal car for Ford Championship Weekend and a stop at Universal Orlando® Resort, on their way to the Today Show in New York City.  The Minions will also be the entitlement sponsor of the “Minions Kids Zone” in the Homestead-Miami Speedway display area, making an appearance on November 22.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the Minions to the Ford Championship Weekend for the culmination of the NASCAR season,” said John Morici, Managing Director, US & Canada, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “NASCAR is a hugely popular and important family entertainment brand.  This event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great showcase for Minions, one of the most highly anticipated home entertainment releases of the year.”

The breakout stars the world fell in love with in the unprecedented worldwide blockbusters Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 headline their own movie for the first time in Minions.  After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression.  With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes – Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss.  When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation. Minions also features the voice talents of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Allison Janney.

The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend will be held on November 20-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and will consist of the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series finales. Tickets are available for the Ford EcoBoost 200 on Friday, November 20, and Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 21, and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255 or visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 400 are officially sold out.

 

About Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the 650-acre facility is active nearly 300 days per year, and features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track generates more than $301 million annually for the region. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway for 13 straight years. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year consisted of Kevin Harvick (Sprint Cup Series), Chase Elliott (XFINITY Series) and Matt Crafton (Camping World Truck Series). The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 20-22.

 

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.