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Who is Harry Styles?

Harry Styles is an English singer, songwriter and actor. Born in Redditch, Worcestershire, his musical career began in 2010, when he auditioned as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor. Following his elimination early on, he was brought back to join the boy band One Direction, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. After the band’s indefinite hiatus in 2016, Styles signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist.

Styles released his self-titled debut album in 2017, which topped the charts in fourteen countries and ranked in several music critics’ year-end lists. The album’s single, “Sign of the Times”, topped the UK Singles Chart, peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was named “Song of the Year” by Rolling Stone, while its music video earned Styles a Brit Award. Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk (2017). His second studio album, Fine Line (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and broke the record as the biggest sales debut from an English male artist in the US in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The album yielded the UK and US top 10 singles “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar”.

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LCD! Founder Links African Trainees to Beyonce’s New Visual Album

What began as a professional lighting assignment for Christian Epps on Beyonce’s much-anticipated visual album “BLACK IS KING,” turned into an opportunity for Lights, Camera, Diaspora! (LCD!), founded by Epps, to secure positions for 10 trainees from Kangala District, Mpumalanga (northeastern South Africa), to train on a world-class production for Beyonce.

The project received creative contributions from a global cast and crew representing diversity and connectivity, including Epps’ professional collaboration with Blitz Bazawule, Director on South Africa and some LA segments. LCD!, via African Technology Foundation’s Silicon Valley Initiative, partnered with Kangala District Management and Limco Consulting to place 10 trainees as part of the production crew in camera, lighting, costume, and more.

“This kind of opportunity to provide hands-on experience and skill-enhancement to the young talent in Africa is precisely what I envisioned with Lights, Camera, Diaspora!,” says Epps, founder and CEO of LCD! “We were formed to serve as a bridge between production communities of the US and African entertainment industries. What could be more universal in achieving that than LCD! participating on a visual album by one of the world’s best-selling music artists?”

“We have been fortunate to have like-minded individuals and organizations who believe in our mission,” said Lorna K. Johnson, Chairperson, Board of Trustees. “We would be honored to add to that list so our colleagues across the Continent and Diaspora feel our support of their current growth and the future of African entertainment markets.”

LCD! seeks to provide opportunities for African filmmakers seeking to upgrade skills, as well as equipment acquisition and production consulting for film and television stakeholders. Anyone interested in supporting the growth and future of African entertainment markets can visit www.lightscameradiaspora.org.

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Behind the Artist: Halsey

Halsey is an American singer, songwriter, and activist. Gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, she was signed by Astralwerks in 2014 and released her debut EP, Room 93, later that year.

Halsey has since earned one number-one album on the Billboard 200 with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), as well as two number-two albums with Badlands (2015) and Manic (2020). She has earned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Closer”, a collaboration with The Chainsmokers, and “Without Me”; she has also attained a top-five single with “Bad at Love”. In total, Halsey has sold over one million albums and has been streamed over six billion times in the United States. All three of her studio albums have been supported by a headlining tour.

Halsey is noted for her distinctive singing voice. Her awards and nominations include four Billboard Music Awards, one American Music Award, one GLAAD Media Award, three Guinness World Records, an MTV Video Music Award and two Grammy Award nominations. Outside of her career, she has been involved in suicide prevention awareness, sexual assault victim advocacy and racial justice protests.


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Jojo, The Chainsmokers and More Slated for USO Summer Music Series

Coming off a successful Fourth of July kick off of its debut virtual summer music series, the USO announced today the award-winning, multiplatinum duo Florida Georgia Line will headline the nonprofit’s next Military Virtual Programming episode on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The MVP summer episode, also featuring Grammy Award winners The Chainsmokers and singer-songwriter JoJo, will be streamed at noon ET. Viewers can tune in at USO.org/MVP to learn more about ways to watch.

Florida Georgia Line, longtime supporters of the USO, the U.S. military and their families will bring their high-energy concert to viewers around the world as they perform their blockbuster BMLG Records hits like “Cruise,” “H.O.L.Y.” and “Meant to Be.”

This prerecorded concert, was previously shot at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., as part of the World’s Biggest USO Tour, and is the second in the USO’s MVP summer series. The first episode was a Fourth of July extravaganza featuring country music legend Clint Black, comedian Iliza Shlesinger and other entertainers. The special garnered more than 140,000 views across the USO’s platforms.

A special Labor Day episode will be announced at a later date. The summer series combined with previous MVP events, is part of the USO’s ongoing commitment to keep our military and their families connected to home by providing high-quality programs and entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been 40 MVP events since April, reaching nearly 24,000 members of the Military community around the world.


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Learn the Lyrics: Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

“Savage” is a song by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released on March 6, 2020 as part of her EP Suga and later sent to US Top 40 radio formats on April 7, 2020 by 1501 Certified Entertainment and 300 Entertainment as the third single from the EP. The song went viral on video-sharing app TikTok, with people performing the “Savage” dance challenge during the song’s chorus.

A remix featuring Beyoncé was released on April 29, 2020. The remix became Megan Thee Stallion’s highest-charting song, reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 2020.

Check out the lyrics along with the music video below.

I’m that bitch (yeah)
Been that bitch, still that bitch (ah)
Will forever be that bitch (forever be that bitch)
Yeah (ay, ha)
I’m the hood Mona Lisa, break a nigga into pieces
Had to X some cheesy niggas out my circle like a pizza (yeah)
I’m way too exclusive, I don’t shop on Insta’ boutiques
All them lil’ ass clothes only fit fake booties
Bad bitch, still talking cash shit
Pussy like water, I’m unbothered and relaxing
I would never trip on a nigga if I had him
Bitch, that’s my trash, you the maid, so you bagged him, ah
I’m a savage (yeah)
Classy, bougie, ratchet (yeah)
Sassy, moody, nasty (hey, hey, yeah)
Acting stupid, what’s happening? Bitch (whoa, whoa)
What’s happening? Bitch (whoa, whoa)
I’m a savage, yeah
Classy, bougie, ratchet, yeah
Sassy, moody, nasty, huh
Acting stupid, what’s happening? Bitch
What’s happening? (Ay, ah)
Eat me and record it, but your edge-up all I’m showing (ah)
I keep my niggas private, so his AP all I’m showing (baow)
Beefing with you bitches really getting kinda boring
If it ain’t about the money, then you know I’m gon’ ignore it
I’m the shit, ooh (ay)
I need a mop to clean the floor, it’s too much drip, ooh (too much drip, ooh)
I keep a knot, I keep a watch, I keep a whip, ooh (I keep a whip, baow)
Let’s play a game, Simon says I’m still that bitch, ay (still that bitch)
I’m still that bitch, yeah (ah)
I’m a savage (yeah)
Classy, bougie, ratchet (yeah)
Sassy, moody, nasty (yeah)
Acting stupid, what’s happening? Bitch (what’s up?)
What’s happening? Bitch (what’s up?)
I’m a savage, yeah
Classy, bougie, ratchet, yeah
Sassy, moody, nasty, huh
Acting stupid, what’s happening? Bitch
What’s happening?
Bitch, I’m lit like a match, ooh
And any nigga I let hit is still attached, ooh
That body right, but you know this pussy fat, ooh
I drop a picture, now these bitches feel attacked, ay
Don’t let that nigga gas you up and get you whacked, ooh
I make a call and get a pussy nigga smacked, uh
These bitches talkin’ ’bout pulling up, well, where you at? Ooh
I’m in a Lam’, bitch, catch me if you can, ooh
I’m kickin’ bitches out they spot, Stalli’ Chan, yeah (ah, yeah)
Niggas say I taste like sugar, but ain’t shit sweet, ah
Mwah
Ay, ay, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, mwah


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