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Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.

AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.

LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.

“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”

LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.

LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.

“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”

As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.

LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.

The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.

AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.

Cadillac still “holding back” at Daytona – Castroneves

Written By | Jamie Klein

Helio Castroneves believes Cadillac remains the clear favorite for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, as he feels the American marque is still “holding back”.

The Team Penske driver narrowly missed out on pole position on Thursday, losing out to the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Renger van der Zande by just 0.007s.

Castroneves held the top spot for much of the session, but had already brought the #7 Acura ARX-05 into the pits when van der Zande was on his final flying lap.

He said he was already aware he had missed out on pole when the media assembled to take his photograph – only then to quickly move down the pitlane to greet van der Zande.

“I was telling them [the photographers] to get up, because they didn’t realize,” recalled Castroneves.

“They were like, ‘give me a pose’, but I was still connected to the pitbox and [Tim] Cindric was commentating the lap, [saying] that the guy [van der Zande] was on it.

“So I was like, ‘Guys, get out of here, I’m not on pole position!’ I already knew I got beat by 0.007s, which is incredible. It was awesome, qualifying like that was pretty cool.

“It shows, to be honest, that they [Cadillac] have much more than what we expected. It’s part of the game I guess, but you’ve got to still do it for 24 hours.”

He added: “I’m excited, the potential we have is great. However, I still think the Cadillacs are the favorites, because I do feel they are holding back.

“I’m not saying it’s impossible [to win], we’ve been in this situation before, we know we can be competitive for sure.”

Castroneves, who shares the #7 Acura with Ricky Taylor and Graham Rahal, made his first sportscar appearance since 2008 at Petit Le Mans last year in an Oreca 07 – the car on which the Acura ARX-05 is based.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner admitted he still has much to learn about endurance racing, especially as he didn’t race in the dark at Road Atlanta.

“At Petit Le Mans I didn’t drive [at night], because it was [Juan Pablo] Montoya’s turn; here there’s no choice,” he said. “I’ve got to learn to adapt quick.

“I feel we’re in a good place, but as a driver, there are so many details, I can still learn a lot. I don’t think I’m there yet, because of all these new elements.

“I’ll learn as it goes, but the good news is there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

See Black Eyed Peas’ Robust ‘Street Livin” Performance on ‘Colbert’

Hip-hop group comments on modern slavery, prison-industrial complex with latest single.

The Black Eyed Peas brought new single “Street Livin,'” a clear-eyed denunciation of American racism, to The Late Show on Monday.

The track is sample-based hip-hop, but the Black Eyed Peas used live musicians to recreate the original loop on The Late Show. The bassist played stubby riffs, while a drummer smacked a cymbal-heavy rhythm. A saxophonist and trumpeter added a lingering, melancholy brass riff.

Members of the Black Eyed Peas delivered their lines with little theatricality, looking directly into the camera. “If you’re ebony, they assume your temperament/ Will be vigilant and they call you militant,” Apl.de.ap rapped. “And you’ll get shot and they’ll say the incident/ Is ’cause you’re belligerent, what a coincidence.”

Though many young fans know the Black Eyed Peas primarily as a Top 40 juggernaut, they started as a politically conscious hip-hop group before reaching pop ubiquity. “It’s not like ‘Oh, the Black Eyed Peas are back and now they’re militant,'” Will.i.am. recently told the Los Angeles Times. “Our first big hit was ‘Where Is the Love?’ where we were talking about real stuff. From the brutality of the education system to prison reform, we’ve been out in the community. This is the work we’ve been doing.”

“Street Livin'” accompanies a new graphic novel from the Black Eyed Peas titled Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles. The Black Eyed Peas plant to unveil a Masters of the Sun virtual reality experience at the Sundance Film Festival. They have no plans to release an album at the moment. “A record is so limited to the kind of things we want to do – 15 songs and a video or two videos on a project doesn’t really feel like much creativity,” Will.i.am told Variety.

Trump decries immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ coming to US

Written By | Eli Watkins and Abby Phillip

Washington —President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from “shithole countries,” sources told CNN on Thursday.

One of the sources briefed on the Thursday Oval Office meeting with lawmakers confirmed Trump asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
Trump, in vulgar terms, rejects bipartisan immigration proposal at White House meeting
A person familiar with the meeting said Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham brought a plan to Trump that involved cutting the visa lottery in half and, at the behest of the Congressional Black Caucus, the rest would go to underrepresented countries in Africa and Temporary Protective Status nations, including Haiti. The person said the language was salty on both sides.
One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin got to Haiti, Trump began to ask why we want people from Haiti and more Africans in the US and added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway.
A person familiar with what was said at the meeting told CNN that Trump also said: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

Lawmakers condemn Trump's 'shithole' remark

Trump was taping a message in the State Dining Room on Thursday afternoon for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the story was breaking, an official said. Another official said Trump expressed to aides within the hour that the media was blowing his comment out of proportion.
The Washington Post first reported on Trump’s comments in the Oval Office meeting, which the Post said “shocked” lawmakers in attendance.
Reached for comment about the article, White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny the “shithole” remark, but instead said in a statement that Trump “is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

Trump's 'shithole' comment is his new rock bottom

One of the sources told CNN that White House adviser Stephen Miller was at the meeting, and White House chief of staff John Kelly attended part but probably not all of the meeting.
The Trump administration late last year announced it would end the TPS designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants. Likewise, the Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it would end protections more than 200,000 Salvadorans, and on Thursday the White House rejected a bipartisan immigration proposal, including a fix for people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

John Kelly leading White House's immigration effort in congressional negotiations

 A White House official told CNN the President’s “shithole” remark is being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside. The official said that although this might enrage Washington, staffers predict the comment would resonate with Trump’s base, similarly to how Trump’s attacks on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem did.
Neal Katyal, a lead lawyer challenging Trump’s attempts to impose a travel ban on mostly Muslim nations, has argued the travel ban reveals a discriminatory intent on the President’s part, and responded to news of Trump’s comment in light of the ongoing legal battle.
“As I put the finishing touches on the travel ban brief to the Supreme Court tonight, the President’s words remind us again of how his un-American racist ideology impacts policy,” Katyal said.
The White House denied similarly derogatory remarks in December, when The New York Times reported Trump said during a meeting in June that people coming from Haiti “all have AIDS,” that recent Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa and that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied at the time that Trump had made the comments and cited denials from several of the meeting’s attendees.

CNN Exclusive: Escape from North Korea special documentary

Written By | angelyuejiang

It was a desperate flight to freedom that almost cost him his life. A North Korean soldier escaped in the most dangerous and dramatic way possible, through the most heavily fortified border on earth, the DMZ, and the world was witness.


Shot five times by former comrades, one of whom crossed briefly into South Korea in his desperation to stop him, Oh Chong Song lay critically injured, life ebbing away, until South Korean soldiers risked their own lives to pull him to safety.


The U.S. medic who treated Oh onboard the Blackhawk racing to hospital said a prayer when he first saw him, assuming he’d be dead within 15 minutes. The South Korean doctor who operated on him for hours found parasites in his body, describing him as a broken jar as they struggled to replace the blood he was continuously losing.


But he has survived against all the odds, recovering slowly in hospital, protected by the doctor who saved his life.


In this special documentary, CNN International Correspondent Paula Hancocks takes viewers through the incredible chain of events that led to the most dramatic defection ever caught on camera, a miraculous and unlikely recovery thanks to South Korean and American co-operation, and a damning insight into the state of North Korea’s military.


‘Escape from North Korea’ trailer: http://cnn.it/2DgpF0B


Airtimes for 30-minute special:

Saturday, January 13th at 2100 HKT

Sunday, January 14th at 0500 and 0930 HKT

Monday, January 15th at 1230 HKT

Tuesday, January 16th at 1830 HKT

Wednesday, January 17th at 0130 and 1730 HKT

CNN Digital Presents “American Woman with Brooke Baldwin”

New digital series with episodes airing on CNN Newsroom launching today 

American Woman, an eight-part digital video series hosted by CNN Newsroom (2-4pm) anchor Brooke Baldwin, launched today featuring interviews with eight accomplished women who have shattered ceilings across their respective industries.

2017 was a defining year for the American woman. From the Women’s March on Washington to the #MeToo moment, a movement has begun. In this series, Baldwin explores the lives, careers, personal setbacks and all the hurdles these trailblazing women surmounted to accomplish their dreams and pave a path for the next generation, while also exploring her own journey in a personal op-ed.

The series features:

Photograph by Yu Tsai Diane Von Furstenberg

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Furstenberg explains why her innovative wrap dress, which became a symbol of feminism when it debuted 40 years ago, remains a timely closet staple.

 Ava Duvarney

Director Ava Duvarney
DuVernay is making the entertainment industry more reflective of the world we live in, one distinctly-DuVernay hit at a time.

 Ashley Graham

Model Ashley Graham
Trolls can’t stop this cover model. Graham explores how she is redefining beauty standards and shaping the future of fashion.

Issa Rae

Actress, writer and director Issa Rae
From YouTube star to HBO sensation, Rae is riding her relatability to the top.

Sheryl Crow

Singer Sheryl Crow
From small town to stardom, Crow shares some of the lessons she’s learned on her strong, inspiring path.

Betty White

Actress and comedienne Betty White
White dishes on her eight decades in Hollywood.

Tracy Reese

Fashion Designer Tracy Reese
Sewing hems, Rolaids and Michelle Obama sparked success for Reese.

Pat Benatar

Singer Pat Benatar
The rock icon explains how she battled for equality standing center stage.

Brooke Baldwin

American Woman with Brooke Baldwin is available on CNN’s digital platforms and via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The TV airings will roll out every Wednesday on CNN Newsroom for eight consecutive weeks starting January 3 and running through February 28.

Watch the full series now at CNN.com/AmericanWoman