TAO Park City - Sundance Film Festival

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Let’s Get ready for Sundance Film Festival.

TAO Group is returning for its 11th year with TAO Park City presented by Stella Artois during film’s most coveted week, Sundance Film Festival. Located at The Yard, TAO Park City will be better than ever with its three-night pop-up from Friday, January 25th – Sunday, January 27th

For the first time, Casamigos will be serving up cocktails to guests, warming them from the inside/out against Park City’s bitter winter weather. TAO Park City’s pop-up is complete with DJ sets by DJ Ruckus, Vice and Mel DeBarge; along with a surprise performance on Friday night.

Arin Ray Exclusive Interview & Release debut Album "Platinum Fire"

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Interscope Records’ R&B singer-songwriter and X Factor contestant Arin Ray hosted a Play Back for the release of his debut album Platinum Fire at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood. We talked about the Album title, his newborn son and how he is “trying” to be like Lionel Richie.

The 14-track project takes listeners on a winding journey as Ray reminisces over everything from love and temptation, old school memories and failed friendships.

Arin Ray, Selma Fonseca

With a dream team of producers in tow Nez & Rio, F Keys, Terrace Martin, and Childish Major, the album is as musical as it is personal. Ray showcases his powerful vocal range over a medley of hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul influenced instrumentals. The end result is a nuanced blend of new and old school sound which is sure to catch the ear of music lovers across the board. The album is now available on all digital retailers and features Childish Major, Terrace Martin, Ty Dolla $ign, DRAM, SiR, and YG.

I sat down with Arin for an exclusive interview: “Yeah, it’s called Platinum Fire and that’s what I was like smoking and I thought, man, that’s a dope ass name and I was like you should make that your album, and I was like, yeah. I really don’t tell the origin because it’s really not that interesting to me.  I just liked the name.  I just thought it was a cool name, and it gave me kind of a vibe to, you know, within all the songs that I made, like, I don’t know, I just kind of fed off of that title and tried to make songs that really, you know, incorporated that vibe, you know. I don’t know what Platinum Fire is.” He said.

Talking about the Album process and the producers, he said:

“It’s cool, man, and it didn’t take me too long to do it, either, man.  It was a really cool process making this album.  I kind of already had a foundation of who I was working with as far as the producers—shout out to Nez, shout out to F Keys, shout out to Terrence Martin, shout out to Childish Major, shout out to myself.  Man, it’s been a dope quest.  Yeah, Platinum Fire—I’ve been working on it for about like kind of two years now. That’s where I took the vibe from.”

Arin Ray

Arin Ray

And he told me about his inspiration for the Album’s songs:

“A lot of inspiration came from real life shit like real life events within my relationship, whether it was something I was going through within the industry of my business or my personal life, but a lot of it came from that.  But as far as musical inspiration, I like a lot of the old-school music.  A lot of Marvin Gaye, a lot of Michael Jackson, a lot of Lionel Richie.  A lot of jazz, you know what I mean?” since Lionel is a personal friend and I also love his music, I asked him: “You like Lionel Richie?  Oh, my God. He’s amazing.”

“Yeah, I’m trying to be like him.” He continues: “He’s still lit right now.  A lot of people at that age ain’t really lit.  He’s still lit.”

I wanted to know what he meant about his relationships: “With friends, family, my lady, my baby’s mother, you know what I mean? Myself, my son.  Everybody, you know.  All types of relationships.  I’m learning a lot right now.  Just have to talk to people, you know what I mean, and learn how to…I’m 22.  I’m just now kind of learning how to grow the fuck up, you know what I mean?  Like really learn how to handle my business, handle my shit, so you know, it’s just been that.  It’s really that.  And a lot of this shit came from my son.  My son was born on November 29, 2016.  But obviously, it was made before, so this whole time I’m making the album, he’s in my baby mother stomach, so a lot of the affirmation and the inspiration came from just knowing that he was coming, and then when he got here, knowing that he was there and I had to make sure everything was straight. Shout out to Pharo.”

Platinum Fire includes the 2017 single, “We Ain’t Homies (featuring YG),” which was written and co-produced by Ray. The single served as a strong addition to Ray’s long list of writing credits which includes songs for Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Rick Ross.

Selma Fonseca, Arin Ray

Selma Fonseca, Arin Ray

The Cincinnati native released his debut EP, Phases, in 2016; four years after first gaining popularity on the hit show X Factor. The album marks the beginning of a busy year for Ray as he is currently working on a jazz album with Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper, due late 2018.

“Turn it up, man.  Yeah, I just want to tell everybody I’m real for this shit. I’m not here for the looks. I’m not here for nothing else but the music and to win these Grammies, to show that there can be somebody who’s trying to really like do something different within the R & B gang, within the…you know what I’m saying?

And he is already working on his next album: “I don’t know, man. It’s just my personality, so if this one works out the way we want it to, hopefully, shit, that second album…I’m already working on it.”

Producer Nez, Selma Fonseca

Producer Nez, Selma Fonseca

And since March 8 was National Women’s Day he said: “Shout out to National Women’s Day.  That should be every day, you know what I mean?” he continues “We should celebrate women every day, you know what I mean?”

His last words: “Listen to the album, man.”

Land Of Distraction Launch Party

Danita Short, founder of Fashion Brand Land of Distraction hosted an incredible launch party at the Iconic Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood on Thursday, November 30. Kate Bosworth, Tatiana Maslany, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Jaime King, Kristin Chenoweth, Zelda Williams, AnnaLynne McCord, Danielle Campbell, Carter Jenkins, Jonathan Sadowski, Ellen Von Unwerth, Blanda, Teala Dunn, Melissa Bolona, Azie Tesfai, and the brand’s design director Christian Juul Nielsen were sipping on drinks, celebrating and dancing to Country singer Nikki Lane who had everyone inside the lobby watching her performance and dancing to her hits "700 K", "Highway Queen", Jackpot", and "American Girl".

Selma Fonseca, Danita Short

Selma Fonseca, Danita Short

DJ Mia Moretti kept the crowd shaking, 

Outside on the patio, two motorcycles served as decoration and a reminder of the brand's inspiration rock n’ roll, motorcycle culture, and the raw energy of the 1970’s.

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Best photo booth I have ever seen at a party was set up inside a bedroom decorated with an antique bathtub filled with red rose petals with perfect lighting.  You lay down inside the tub the photographer takes photos while his assistant trows pedals on top of you, which made for perfect photos.

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Officially available in early February, the women’s wear label collection will feature forty items,  Kate Bosworth was wearing one of the items.

Vanity Fair and John Hardy's Night of Legends with Julianne Moore

Vanity Fair and John Hardy co-hosted a dinner honoring Julianne Moore and toasting the brand’s new “Made for Legends” platform, which also features Adwoa Aboah. The exclusive dinner held on October 24, 2017, at Le Coucou celebrated Julianne Moore, along with visionaries and innovators creating modern day legacies today in fashion, film, literature, art, etc. The evening was nothing short of legendary, complete with an intimate artist performance where guests were surprised with a piece of John Hardy’s iconic Classic Chain bracelet, a symbol of inner power.

Julianne Moore, Robert Hanson

Julianne Moore, Robert Hanson

Guests also enjoyed nomadic sounds by Stephanie Szankay, verdant installations by Mark Colle and a signature cocktail of suze, mescal, yellow chartreuse and pineapple, called “The Legend.” To honor the legends in everyone’s lives, John Hardy is making a donation on behalf of each guest to two causes close to Julianne’s heart – the Childrens’ Health Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Julianne Moore*, John Hardy Creative Director Hollie Bonneville Barden and CEO Robert Hanson, and Vanity Fair, along with Sophie Auster, Michael Avedon, Zoe Buckman*, Lady Bunny, Rachel Feinstein, Fernando Garcia, Alexander Gilkes, Amanda Hearst*, Iango Henzi, Jihae*, Laura Kim, Jenna Lyons, Vinoodh Matadin, Craig McDean, India Menuez, Mia Moretti*, Bettina Prentice*, Emily Robinson*, Daisy Shaw*, Zadie Smith*Martha Stewart, Julie Taymor, Jasmine Tookes*, Inez van Lamsweerde, Gucci Westman.

*denotes they wore John Hardy jewelry

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Jhene Aiko "Trip" exhibition

Jhene Aiko hosted An interactive artistic exhibition unveiling Jhené’s M.A.P. at E.B. Gallery in West Hollywood, CA on Friday, September 22, 2017, in support of her new Album "Trip". Guests included Jermaine Dupri, Rae Sremmurd, Ugo Mozie and Adonis Bosso.

Selma Fonseca and Jhene Aiko

Selma Fonseca and Jhene Aiko

Beautiful photos of Jhene walking on the beach between colorful trees were displayed onto LED screens TV hanging on the walls and Samsung phones were displaying one of Jhene's poems "I took a trip to find you....I got lost and found myself..." Also on display were pages of her poetry notebook.

Jhene Aiko told me in an exclusive interview: "Yeah, the pictures I took on a tripod, on a timer, and I would just run and take a picture, and it was just during the process of trying to figure everything out that was going on in my head.  Then I edited them myself, as well, playing around with saturation really. They’re just supersaturated, and I wanted the colors to pop because I was experimenting with magic mushrooms, and that really like opened my mind to like the colors of nature, and when I got with Samsung, they really helped me bring this art gallery to life with the amazing LED screens and the frame screens. They look like they are pictures, but they’re actually TV screens, so they’re really good."

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She continues... " And the poetry is all from the little notebook clippings that are there, are all from my real notebook that I have been keeping for years that I turned into the movie, the album.  So this is just like…I always dreamed of having an art gallery of my own with my own work, so now it’s like we’re screening the short film which I wrote and directed and starred in, and my music is playing, and it’s a dream come true."

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Selma Fonseca and Adonis Bosso

Selma Fonseca and Adonis Bosso