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Pharrell Williams Links Up With Spotify For New Culture Series

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Spotify is teaming up with creative collective Saturday Morning and Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams to celebrate Black History Month all year round with the second volume of its Black History Is Happening Now initiative, amplifying Black voices through video, podcast, and music curation.

The Black History Is Happening Now hub can be accessed directly through the Spotify app, and will feature videos and other content curated by Pharrell himself. Pharrell’s longtime collaborator Paul Hunter has directed three original videos, “Pharrell Is Black History,” “A Very Serious Force,” and “Something Awakening” to showcase Pharrell’s perspective on Black culture. In the videos, Pharrell speaks on the power of Black women, saying, “I think that what’s going to save not only this country but save the world are the Gen Z-ers, the millennials and the women.” Pharrell is the second artist to collaborate with Spotify on Black History Is Happening Now after Janelle Monae, who curated several playlists and a short film on Afrofuturism.

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Real Life Kwik-E-Mart Is Open For Business

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The Simpson iconic store the Kwik-E-Mart now has a real-world location.

The store opened it’s doors on Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store will sale memorabilia associated with Bart Simpson, his parents, Homer and Marge, sisters Lisa and Maggie and the rest of the globally known characters from the town of Springfield.

“This is the first, world’s first authentic Kwik-E-Mart. Every inch of this store is themed, including bringing products to life,” Mark Cornell, senior vice president of attractions development with simEx-Iwerks Entertainment, told WMBF News.

“The products that are on the show, you can actually come and experience in the store first hand. Sort of like getting a taste of the show.” Back in 2007, 7-Eleven converted a few of their chains into small-scale versions of the convenience store as a way of promoting the release of The Simpsons Movie. This newly-opened Kwik-E-Mart offers fans a much more immersive experience that allows them to see (and even taste) what it would be like to actually live in Springfield.

There is also similar version of the store opened in Universal Studios Orlando.

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Snoop And Matt Barnes Team Up For Cancer Benefit

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Snoop Dogg and Matt Barnes continue to help support the fight against cancer. On Sunday, the two stars held the fifth annual Athletes vs. Cancer All-Star Weekend.

Barnes created the nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer (AVC) in memory of his mother, who died just 26 days after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, according to the organization’s website.

“This nonprofit is a community of influencers — musicians, athletes, actors — who come together to bring awareness to cancer but also support families who are harmed by cancer,” said Holly Baird, communications director for AVC. “They provide scholarships, care packages and all-around support for families.”

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush also participated at the event.

“I think everybody here has been affected in some way, shape or form by cancer. Obviously, it’s a nasty disease. It’s taken a lot of people way too soon. I’ve been affected by it, close family members, friends, co-workers, and so I’ve known Matt and Snoop for a long time and they’ve supported me for a long time, so it’s only right that I come to support them.”

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Randy Moss Pays Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

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Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss is now in the NFL Hall Of Fame. Moss stepped to the podium with a tie with the names of victims from Police Brutality.

The tie had the names of including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, and Travyon Martin to name a few.

“What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they’re not alone,” Moss said. “I’m not here voicing, but by [having] these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they’re not alone.”

 

 

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