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DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, LUIS MIGUEL ADDS ADDITIONAL MIAMI AND LOS ANGELES DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE!

LOS ANGELES (March 2018) – Due to sell out shows in Miami and Los Angeles, Mexican singer, icon, and one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel, has added second shows in both cities to his previously announced North American dates for his ¡México Por Siempre! Tour. Miguel has added a second show in Miami, FL on June 2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The legendary singer has also added a second show in Los Angeles, CA at The Forum on September 16, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day.

The 22-date outing will kick off May 4 in San Diego, CA, followed by his first ever headlining performance at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on May 6. Produced by Live Nation, the highly anticipated tour will also make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Houston, Miami, Toronto, New York, and more.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the ¡México Por Siempre! Tour.  As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning February 13 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

¡México Por Siempre! was also the title of Miguel’s most recent studio album, which was certified double platinum.

LUIS MIGUEL ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

DATE                            CITY                                VENUE
Friday, May 4, 2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Thursday, May 10, 2018 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Friday, May 11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Friday, May 25, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Friday, June 1, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Washington, DC The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Friday, June 8, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Saturday, June 9, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thursday, August 30, 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Friday, August 31, 2018 Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Sunday, September 2, 2018 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 8, 2018 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

Luis Miguel has always established records without precedents, not only because of his extraordinary voice, his versatility which lands him in different genres such as pop, bolero, mariachi, big band and romantic ballads, but also because of the preparation, elegance and his true artistry, all of which has made him one of the great icons in music and a major Latin artist around the world.

Throughout his exceptional 36-year career, Luis Miguel has released 33 albums, many of which have reached gold, platinum and diamond status. He has sold over 100 million albums all over the world, has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, and is a 6-time Grammy winner and 4-time Latin Grammy winner. The International Press Association in Las Vegas has honored him with their most prestigious award—The Galardón Diamante. After completing an extensive 3 and a half year-long tour, he holds
the record of highest tour revenue in the history of any Latin artist. During the prestigious Viña del Mar Festival, he received the Gaviota in silver, gold and platinum, which has never been granted to any other artist. He has broken attendance records on each of his world tours and has received numerous other awards. In the National Auditorium, the most important forum in Mexico, Luis Miguel shattered attendance records with 223 shows at this venue, which has yet to be surpassed to this date.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Sasha Obama Vibing Out With Cardi B And Offset At The Fest

The second daughter of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent some time with the rappers Cardi B and Offset over the weekend at Washington’s Broccoli City Festival.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper and Offset, her fiancee and member of the band Migos, headlined the music event ― which, yes, is actually called the Broccoli City Festival ― and they apparently spent some downtime backstage with Sasha Obama.

How did this trio get together? We have no idea, but 16-year-old Sasha looks like she’s been part of the gang for ages.

We can barely contain ourselves.

As for Cardi B, the Broccoli City performance was a big deal for her, as it was her last tour appearance before she’s scheduled to give birth.

Flight Records Disprove Trump’s Claim About ‘Pee Tape’ Weekend Whereabouts

The president insisted he didn’t spend a night in Moscow. Records show he did.

Written By | Mary Papenfuss

President Donald Trump reportedly told former FBI Director James Comey — twice — that he didn’t spend a single night in Moscow when the infamous “pee tape” was allegedly made.

But Bloomberg and Politico have obtained flight records for Trump’s jet that indicate he actually spent two nights in the Russian capital when he traveled there for the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013.

A dossier of information about Trump collected by former British agent Christopher Steele claims that Russian agents secretly filmed Trump at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton that weekend as he instructed prostitutes to urinate on a bed that then-President Barack Obama had slept in.

The New York Times reported last year that Trump traveled to Moscow on a plane owned by casino mogul Phil Ruffin. Bloomberg and Politico obtained flight records for a Bombardier Global Express jet owned by Ruffin Development Expositions that left the U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 and landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport the following day. The jet left the city early Sunday at 3:58 a.m. after Trump attended the pageant.

Ruffin’s spokeswoman Michelle Knoll confirmed to Politico that Trump used the aircraft for his trip.

It’s not known which night the tape was allegedly recorded, but Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller testified last year that he turned down an offer from an unknown Russian to send five sex workers to Trump’s Moscow hotel room at some point that weekend, sources told NBC. Schiller said he kept an eye on Trump’s hotel room for a while, then went to bed himself.

Trump’s own social media accounts seem to support the argument that he was in Russia at least overnight. In one Facebook post, Trump poses in a photo outside Nobu Moscow on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The pageant was held on Saturday. On Sunday evening, Trump tweeted that he’d “just got back from Russia.”

After Trump became president, Comey said he warned him about Steele’s dossier, which had been turned over to the FBI. Trump denied spending a single night in Moscow. Comey told ABC this month that Trump responded by asking, “Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?” (Comey added: “I assumed he was asking that rhetorically.”)

Trump also said he’d “spoken to people who had been on … the trip … and they had reminded him that he didn’t stay over night in Russia,” Comey recalled in a memo. Trump insisted again later in the Oval Office that he “hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss Universe trip,” Comey wrote.

In addition, Trump told his FBI director that he could never go for the “golden showers thing” because “I’m … a germaphobe,” Comey wrote in his memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

If Trump deliberately lied to Comey, it could indicate “consciousness of guilt” and could bolster a case against him by special counsel Robert Mueller, former federal prosecutor Pete Zeidenberg told Politico.

Trump’s Miss Universe pageant has posed multiple problems for the president. The New Yorker reported earlier this year that Trump has used the pageant to cultivate potential business partners, including in Russia, where he hoped to build a Trump tower. In 2013, he cemented an alliance with father and singer son Aras and Emin Agalarov, who hosted the pageant in Moscow.

In the summer of 2016, a publicist for Emin Agalarov emailed Donald Trump Jr. offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Donald Jr. replied: “I love it” — and later attended a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Kremlin-connected lawyer,  among others.

Michael Bloomberg Contributes $4.5 Million For Paris Climate Deal After Trump Bails

“America made a commitment.”

Written By | Nick Visser

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will write a $4.5 million check to fund the United States’ annual commitment to the Paris climate deal after President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.

Bloomberg, a billionaire philanthropist and the United Nations’ special envoy for climate action, said Sunday he will fill the U.S. funding gap after Congress said it would only pay $3 million this year to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat. In past years, the U.S. had pledged around $7.5 million annually.

“America made a commitment, and as an American, if the government’s not going to do it, we all have responsibility,” Bloomberg said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I’m able to do it, so, yes, I’m going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from the federal government.”

Bloomberg said he would consider bankrolling the American commitment next year if the U.S. again fails to pay. But he expressed hope that Trump would change his mind and rejoin the Paris accord.

“He should change his mind and say, look there really is a problem here,” Bloomberg said. “America is part of the problem. America is a big part of the solution and we should go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.”

Bloomberg’s pledge was hailed by Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement last year, fulfilling a campaign promise and dealing a heavy blow to American involvement in the climate fight. In recent months, Trump’s top environmental deputies, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt and Interior Department chief Ryan Zinke, have worked to undo environmental protections.

The U.S. also had pledged to pay $3 billion into the Green Climate Fund, which helps poorer countries adapt to climate change. Trump cut that payment after complaining it was too expensive.

Bloomberg has been instrumental in efforts to make up the U.S. government’s failure to keep commitments under the Paris deal. He helped launch the group America’s Pledge with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D.), a coalition of states and businesses working to meet U.S. agreements under the deal.

“The U.S. pledged to work with the rest of the world to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement, and that includes providing our fair share of the funding to help countries reach their goals,” Bloomberg said in a statement Sunday. “Our foundation will uphold our promise to cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the Federal government ― and the American people will uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, with or without Washington.”

Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ Comey says in TV interview

“The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him,” former FBI Director James Comey told ABC News.

Written By | Alex Johnson

President Donald Trump is such an indiscriminate liar that he sometimes doesn’t even know he’s lying, former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night. He said Trump was “morally unfit” to hold his office.

In hours-long interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, parts of which aired on “20/20,” Comey recounted many of the details he revealed in his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” The interview was conducted before NBC News and other news organizations obtained copies of the book and reported many of its details last week, so the discussion included no responses to Trump’s tweeted outrage since then.

Donald J. Trump

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Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!

“Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country, the most important being truth,” Comey said last week, according to a transcript of the entire interview that ABC News published Sunday night. “This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”

Trump lies are so promiscuous that “sometimes he’s lying in ways that are obvious, sometimes he’s saying things that we may not know are true or false, and then there’s a spectrum in between,” Comey said, according to ABC News.

“The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him,” he said.

And he indicated that the president’s behavior in a one-on-one meeting could have been criminal.

Recounting a key section of his book, Comey said that in a meeting in February 2017, Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn, who had recently resigned as his national security adviser.

He said that when Trump asked him privately to drop the investigation of Flynn — an allegation Trump has denied — it was “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.” But he said any criminal charge would be up to a prosecutor, who would evaluate Trump’s intention.

Comey revealed little in the interview that isn’t in the book. But one thing he did offer was his confirmation that the FBI already knew all of the major allegations in the so-called Steele dossier before it even learned of the much-debated 35-page opposition-research document alleging that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

While much of the president’s invective about the investigation — conducted first by the FBI and then by special counsel Robert Mueller — centers on the opposition dossier, Comey told ABC News that “the investigation was triggered entirely separately from the Steele dossier.”

The investigation actually began when the FBI learned in July 2016 that George Papadopoulos, who was briefly an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, “had been talking to someone in London about getting dirt that the Russians had on Hillary Clinton.”

“The FBI didn’t get any information that’s part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that,” he said.

Regardless, he said, once it learned of the dossier, the FBI considered Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled it, to be a credible source, calling him “someone with a track record, someone who was a credible and respected member of an allied intelligence service during his career.”

Comey also spoke at length about what he characterized as his “no-win situation” in his deliberations over whether to announce publicly, less than two weeks before the presidential election, that the FBI was looking into more emails connected to its investigation of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Comey wrote in “A Higher Loyalty” that he assumed Clinton would win — as virtually every major poll suggested — and that he didn’t want to tarnish Clinton’s presidency as illegitimate if it were to be learned later that the FBI had withheld the information.

Comey told ABC News that he would make the same decision again.

“If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we’re done,” he said, according to ABC News. “We’re no longer that group in America that is apart from the partisans and that can be trusted. We’re just another player in the tribal battle.”

CORRECTION (April 16, 2018, 6:10 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated James Comey’s title. He is a former director of the FBI, not the current director.

Trump overstates what he’s ‘accomplished’. Again.

The tendency to puff up his success served him well in marketing Trump brands long before he became president and has been a central element of his political persona.

Written By | Jonathan Allen

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump never gets tired of declaring that he’s winning.

He’s often said that he won the popular vote in 2016, though he lost by nearly 3 million ballots. His re-election slogan, rolled out less than 14 months into his presidency suggests a job already done — “Keep America Great.” And on Saturday morning, he declared “Mission Accomplished!” in a tweet about limited airstrikes designed to degrade Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities.

The tendency to overstate his success served him well in marketing Trump brands long before he became president and has been a central element of his political persona in the White House.

The narrow achievement of executing a single military operation demonstrates just how much Trump needs every victory he can declare at a time when the FBI just raided the offices of his personal lawyer, he’s still fending off special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of his campaign and possible obstruction of justice, his agenda is stalled in Congress, his major legislative triumphs promise to greatly exacerbate the debt he vowed to eliminate and his approval ratings remain underwater.

On the international stage, he’s recently ignited a trade conflict that threatens to hurt both the manufacturers and farmers he said he’d help on the campaign trail, as well as the Republican candidates who hope to represent them in the House and Senate next year. They might get tired of Trump’s version of “winning” the trade fight sooner rather than later.

And Syria’s civil war is still a human tragedy that has baffled successive U.S. presidents.

Trump’s Saturday morning declaration was widely seen as both premature and myopic, a literal echo of George W. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier and announcing the U.S. mission in Iraq was accomplished 15 years ago (there were still more than 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq as of December). Those criticisms of Trump were articulated even by many national security experts who agreed with the decision to use force to punish Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people.

David Mortlock, who worked on Syria sanctions policy at the National Security Council and the State Department during President Barack Obama’s administration, said it’s right to “exert costs” on Assad but only if it’s part of a broader strategy by the U.S. and its allies to bring closure in Syria.

“For the missile strikes to actually achieve the mission, there’s got to be an intense diplomatic effort to achieve the outcome we want, which is the end of the civil war,” said Mortlock, a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. “If the mission is peace for Syrians, it is definitely not accomplished.”

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, also noted that last year’s attack on Syrian assets by Trump didn’t dissuade Assad from using chemical weapons and that the Syrian leader is no closer to facing a war-crimes tribunal.

“What mission accomplished?” Roth wrote on Twitter. “Are Putin-Assad suddenly going to stop targeting civilians (main cause of civilian death)? Is Assad any more likely to stop using chemical weapons than he was after the US retaliatory attack a year ago (when he kept using them)? Is Assad in The Hague?”

Trump’s mission was accomplished in the narrow military definition of the term — the buildings the U.S. wanted to destroy were destroyed, with no apparent civilian casualties or damage to Russian troops. The strike may have “degraded” the Syrian chemical apparatus, as the Pentagon put it, but it is not clear by how much, and or how long it will take Assad to rebuild.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White acknowledged Saturday that the strikes were focused on a single goal and do not “represent a change in U.S. policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime.”

But for Trump and his Cabinet, the military strike offers enough to represent a demonstration of the president’s break with an Obama administration that failed to convince Congress to authorize military force in Syria and chose not to use the power of the Oval Office to execute attacks without that explicit permission.

“I spoke to the President this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday before throwing shade at Obama for not retaliating when Assad crossed his famous “red line” on chemical weapons use.

“When our president draws a red line,” Haley said. “Our president enforces the red line.”

But that’s a very thin red line in an otherwise dark picture for the Trump presidency right now.

The Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” With Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, And More

Our folks at just gave us the info on the Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” and we can’t believe all the big comedians on the ticket. From Bruce Bruce, to Adele Givens, to Deon Cole & Jay Pharoah… The tour is going to be more popping than any other.

Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence will return to the stage as the host of  2018’s hottest comedy event: the LIT AF Tour, featuring an amazing lineup of comedic talent.  Coming off the 20th anniversary of  Def Comedy Jam, where he is known for his legendary hosting, Lawrence has made a triumphant return to the stand-up stage wowing audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories, social commentary and more. The LIT AF Tour stars Lawrence as your high-powered host who presents a fire lineup of comedians including DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Deon Cole, Bruce Bruce, Adele Givens and Benji Brown.

Kicking off on March 31 in Atlantic City, the LIT AF Tour will make stops in at least 16 cities across the country this Spring including engagements at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Barclays Center in New York and Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14. The lineup and on sale date for each show can be found in the tour itinerary below.

Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at the legendary The Improv, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his hugely popular self-titled TV show, Martin, was an instant hit with TV viewers. He starred for five years as not only the title character, but other support characters like the sassy Sheneneh and Mama Payne, who became comedy classics. Lawrence would later go on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys 1&2 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed and Big Momma’s House, 1, 2 & 3 where he once again proved his talent for creating and acting as multiple characters in one storyline.

MARTIN LAWRENCE LIT AF TOUR DATES

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Saturday, March 31 On sale Wednesday 2/28 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Los Angeles Microsoft Theater Friday, April 06 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, April 07 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Oakland Oracle Arena Sunday, April 08 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Atlanta Philips Arena Friday, April 13 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Columbia Colonial Life Arena Saturday, April 14 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

New York Barclays Center Friday, April 20 On sale Saturday 2/17 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Deon Cole, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena Thursday, May 03 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Benji Brown*

Kansas City Sprint Center Friday, May 04 On sale Friday 2/23 at Noon

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Tampa USF Sun Dome Thursday, May 10 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Miami American Airlines Arena Friday, May 11 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Houston NRG Arena Saturday, May 26 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Benji Brown*

Chicago UIC Pavilion Friday, June 08 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Washington, DC Capital One Arena Saturday, June 09 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Nashville Bridgestone ArenaFriday, June 15 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Memphis FedEx Forum Saturday, June 16 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Bruce Bruce, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

*Lineups subject to change

Multiplatinum-Selling Rock Band X Ambassadors Teams Up with Bleeding Fingers Music for Nat Geo WILD’s Unprecedented Earth Day Special Symphony for Our World

X Ambassadors and Bleeding Fingers Music Collaborate on Original Composition for Stunning Symphonic Celebration of Planet Earth

Symphony for Our World Premieres Commercial-Free This Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD

WASHINGTON–Nat Geo WILD announced today that multiplatinum-selling rockers X Ambassadors are teaming up with Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music on the original composition created for the network’s Earth Day special Symphony for Our World.

“bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger”

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Driven by a five-part composition – broken down by sea, shore, land, mountains, sky – Symphony for Our World is a one-hour celebration of planet Earth that pairs artistry with science. It combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme composed by Bleeding Fingers Music featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, and a special musical collaboration with X Ambassadors, resulting in a powerful tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

Symphony for Our World premieres commercial-free on Sunday, April 22, at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD and will premiere globally in 140 countries.

Behind-the-Scenes Video of X Ambassadors: https://youtu.be/plV9bRznpeg
Symphony for Our World Trailer: https://youtu.be/tWjM6l0Zdww
Download Images: https://rumpus.natgeonetworks.com/_RddYR1hgQVxF8R

Bleeding Fingers Music will layer in the unique musical elements of X Ambassadors, known for their hits like “Renegades,” “Unsteady” and their newly released singles “Don’t Stay” and “Ahead of Myself,” into the original composition to create an unprecedented musical experience that will bring viewers on a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. The composition for Symphony for Our World will now include vocal riffs and piano and drum elements recorded by X Ambassadors members Sam Harris, Casey Harris and Adam Levin to create a powerful, unique orchestra-meets-rock-band sound that elevates this celebration of our planet.

“It’s such a thrill to work with the world-renowned X Ambassadors. My team and I at Bleeding Fingers are honored to once again bring together contemporary musicians with orchestral backing. Unquestionably the band’s input elevated the theme and brought an ingredient to the score that unleashed an expected new energy,” said Russell Emanuel, chief creative and CEO of Bleeding Fingers Music.

Separate from the broadcast event, National Geographic will feature the original music created for the Symphony for Our World special in a live, global orchestral tour kicking off on Earth Day in San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeo-symphony.com.

 

Hundreds of thousands expected to participate in March for Our Lives

“Let us pray with our legs, let us march in unison to the rhythm of justice, because I say enough is enough,” said one Parkland shooting survivor.

Written By | Phil McCausland

Hundreds of thousands of kids across the country are expected to participate in rallies Saturday as part of the March for Our Lives movement that was born out of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members.

The main event will occur in Washington, where student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will lead a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

The students intend to send a message to President Donald Trump and Congress and demand that their politicians pursue gun legislation to make it harder to acquire firearms. Their goal is to stem “the epidemic of mass schools shootings that has become all too familiar,” according to their mission statement.

Demetri Hoth, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, spoke alongside Florida politicians and other students from D.C., Chicago and Minneapolis at a press conference at Capitol Hill on Friday.

“I stand before you here today to invite you, students and parents across America: Let us pray with our legs, let us march in unison to the rhythm of justice, because I say enough is enough,” Hoth said.

March for Our Lives events Friday included a voter registration drive, a concert and a candlelight vigil.

A Rock the Vote event — hosted by the National Education Association and run in partnership with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Urban League — took place Friday at 6 p.m.

A benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. was scheduled to include a number of notable artists, including Fall Out Boy, G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo and others. At 7 p.m., the Washington National Cathedral hosted an interfaith prayer vigils for those who planned to participate in the march.

Prior to all three events, some Parkland students met with members of Congress and former Vice President Joe Biden in private meetings, while others shared their mass shooting experiences at the Newseum.

All seemed to push for the same thing, however: more restrictive gun laws.

 Lori Alhadeff and her husband Ilan Alhadeff, right, hold a picture of their daughter Alyssa Alhadeff, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim, during a news conference on gun control March 23, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.Alex Wong / Getty Images

“Stop being coerced by the NRA,” Hoth said, speaking to Congress. “I urge you propose meaningful gun safety laws, vote yea to bills that advance gun control, and sing along with us to the melody of justice, never again, never again, never again.”

The Washington Metropolitan Police have limited the event to three entrances where participants may join the march on Saturday. Organizers expect around 30,000 people to attend Saturday’s rally.

“The support we’ve gotten is unimaginable,” said Casey Sherman, a Stoneman Douglas junior and one of the main organizers. “So we’re really excited for this Saturday: It’s going to be incredible. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of all the work that we and students across the country and across the world have been doing.”

Sherman said that approximately 20 Stoneman Douglas students had worked to organize the march, but he said many more would be pitching in on Saturday.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told MSNBC that the country owed a debt to this group of Parkland students, who he planned to meet prior to the march.

“I’m going to look them in the eye and say, thank you to the students of Parkland and the students around the country who are finally changing the conversation here on Capitol Hill,” he said.

And those students aren’t holding back. The March for Our Lives website allows attendees to print out a “price tag” of $1.05 to wear at the event. That price is the amount the NRA contributed to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., divided by the number of students in Florida, which organizers argue is how much each student is worth to the two-term senator.

The event also aims to be a massive voter registration push, as participants are encouraged to download “Voter Registration Toolkits” that are state specific and ensure those they know join the voter rolls.

While hundreds of thousands of marchers are expected to join in throughout the United States — with demonstrations planned in Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles — there are a handful of solidarity events organized on Friday and Saturday in countries across the globe. Rallies are planned in Israel, New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. Japan, Belgium, India, France and Chile.

 Protesters hold placards at Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, 24 March 2018. DANNY CASEY / EPA

Valentina Pedroza, 17, who traveled to D.C. for the march from Boston, said a close family friend was a victim of gun violence.

“It hit us hard. A lot of students and other people from Boston suffer from gun violence daily,” Pedroza said, “and I’m just here to represent other teenagers who have died in the city.”

“We’re hoping to actually see change and have our voices be heard, so that senators and representatives and the government finally rise up and realize they’re doing the wrong thing here,” she said.

Parkland Survivors and others that are standing up through the media are so brave and are true role models. I’m speechless at their courage. And so proud that these kids and young adults are our future. The question now is will our leaders listen.

Thank you all for your courage. I’m grateful for this opportunity to perform in support of your efforts to end gun violence in America. Much love. https://twitter.com/AMarch4OurLives/status/975159856574402560 

I’m so inspired by the students out there owning their voices. We need to demand action. Get out there and join the march this Saturday — more info here: https://marchforourlives.com

So proud to stand with these brave students and the movement they’re leading 🙌 https://marchforourlives.com/rsvp  https://twitter.com/JaclynCorin/status/974109317694672896 

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Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords Courage, gun control advocacy groups, are helping the sister marches throughout the country coordinate with the March for Our Lives movement, and they’re also acting as advisers to the teen organizers.

“We’ve really been getting a lot of advice and help in that area from people who have that experience,” Sherman said. “Of course we’re advising [on] everything … but we’ve really been focusing on those last kind of little final pieces … that’ll make our march so much more.”

A number of celebrities showered praise on the students. Some, including Miley Cyrus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common and Ben Platt, also planned to join them on Saturday.

Meanwhile, back in Parkland, their teachers and parents also applauded the students’ efforts.

Gregory Pittman, an American history teacher, said at a Stoneman Douglas pep rally on Tuesday that he was proud of his students, as they had taken what they’d learned in the classroom and applied it in the real world. He believed that this movement would only continue to grow.

“This is not the end of what they’re going to do,” he said. “This is only the beginning both in Florida and definitely in Washington. We’ve only started in Washington.”

rong thing here,” she said.