Marriott International Celebrates The Opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Marriott International, In Partnership With The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History And Culture Celebrates The Women Who’ve Paved The Way At The EncouragHERS Luncheon Featuring Common, Jazmine Sullivan And Special Guests

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Marriott International has announced its partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and its role as the grand opening hospitality sponsor. To kick off the weekend, Friday, September 23, 2016, Marriott International is hosting EncouragHERS, a luncheon recognizing women of character, courage and commitment, hosted by Common, with a performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan. The celebratory event will shine a light on the contributions of women to the African American community and their role in making the new museum a reality.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as the 19th Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. Groundbreaking occurred in 2012. The museum occupies a prime location in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall at the corner of Constitution Avenue at 14th Street, across from the Washington Monument. Opening Sept. 24, the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American experience.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has been a long time in the making, and all of us at Marriott International are truly honored to be kicking off the weekend with the EncouragHERS luncheon,” said Erika Alexander, chief lodging services officer, the Americas at Marriott International. “EncouragHERS are the women who recognize when their communities need her support, when their protégés need encouragement, when their families need her strength or when friends just need an ear, act as an inspiration to us all, and that’s why Marriott is here to say thank you.”

The EncouragHERS luncheon will recognize the influence and brilliance of women who use their energy to uplift and empower women leaders from across all industries of business, entertainment, sports, politics and more. Each attendee has demonstrated support for the African American community or made impactful contributions to NMAAHC, which reflects Marriott International‘s 80+ year commitment to diversity and inclusion.

I am looking forward to being a part of this incredible event with Marriott International and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, celebrating the contributions of strong African American women and kicking off such an important and historic weekend in Washington, D.C.,” said Oscar and Grammy winning artist Common. “As the son of a single mother, I am proud to honor the women who came before us, and to do my part to nurture future generations of strong African American women.”

The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides the opportunity for Marriott International to welcome guests traveling from throughout the United States and around the world to witness the historic opening of the Smithsonian’s newest cultural institution. Marriott International looks forward to hosting Washington, D.C. visitors for years to come, as the museum continues to be a sought-after destination. Visit www.marriott-nmaahc.com and follow the Marriott International Twitter and Instagram handles (@MarriottIntl) for additional information about EncouragHERS and Marriott International‘s support for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Playboy Magazine Unveils Its October 2016 “The Renegades Issue” Featuring Sky Ferreira

The Special Double Cover Issue Hits Newsstands This Week With An Interactive Online Version Now Available Here

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Playboy unveiled today its October 2016 edition – “The Renegades Issue,” starring the unstoppable actress and musician, Sky Ferreira, who graces two different front cover designs that hit newsstands on September 27th. The double covers, a rarity in the world of Playboy, feature Sky in a more traditional Playboy look and one decidedly more modern. A special interactive teaser of the magazine is available now on Playboy.com.

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Playboy Magazine Unveils Its October 2016 “The Renegades Issue” Featuring Sky Ferreira on two separate covers

Sky Ferreira leads a group of eight unconventional men and women who aren’t afraid to break the rules in Playboy’s first-ever “Renegades” issue. Among the cultural trendsetters are retired pro skateboarder Jason Dill on surviving near-death; Stoya, a ballerina turned porn star; Against Me! founder Laura Jane Grace who reveals the challenges of being transgender in punk rock; comedian and Fresh Off the Boat writer Ali Wong on motherhood; Paul Beatty, one of America’s most daring writers who’s known to push societal boundaries; Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old Hijabi Muslim activist and journalist determined to break down stereotypes; and Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games and its ambitious video game No Man’s Sky, that delivers on the promise of endless exploration and adventure.410714

The October 2016 issue also features an in-depth, 8-page conversation with the self-proclaimed “comedic rock star,” Kevin Hart. Taking a break from world domination, Hart sat down with Playboy and opened up about his relationship with his father and shared his thoughts on controversial figures such as Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. Hart also discusses his Kevmoji app, currently the #1 downloaded app on iTunes, along with his record-breaking global comedy tour, upcoming tech deals, movies, endorsements and more.

Additional highlights of Playboy’s October 2016 issue include:

  • 20Q with Rachel Bloom: the woman behind CW’s hit sitcom and two-time 2016 Emmy Awards winner, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, doesn’t hold back as she discusses comedy, sex and politics.
  • No Filter with Sharna Burgess: in its 23rd season, this Dancing with the Stars vet returns with all-new partner, racecar driver James Hinchcliffe.
  • Technology will destroy democracy…Alex Halderman: the professor behind hacking voting machines warns that our democracy is threatened by evil hackers.
  • Miss October, Allie Silva: featured in a 10-page pictorial shot by notable photographer Henrik Purienne, 27-year-old Miss October uncovers her Norwegian and African American upbringing.
  • Francofile: James Franco interviews Maggie Gyllenhaal (co-stars in HBO’s upcoming series, The Deuce) on the science of playing a prostitute, navigating a sex scene, and the brilliance of Heath Ledger.
  • Music: Long Beach native Vince Staples on breaking every rule in hip hop and how he fell into rapping by accident.
  • Playboy Advisor: monthly advice columnist Bridget Phetasy deftly answers the age old question, “Is it ever okay to send a dick pic?
  • Additional content includes Fiction from Tony Tulathimutte‘s After the Dyerses and original art from Chloe Kovska.

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Playboy‘s double cover of the October 2016 “The Renegades Issue” will be available on newsstands nationwide on Thursday, September 27. To subscribe to Playboy, click here.

Guinness & Co. Debuts Two New Limited-Time Beers From The Brewers Project

Guinness Rye Pale Ale and Guinness Antwerpen Stout Join the Growing Guinness Family in the U.S.

A long-time favorite recipe in Belgium and a small batch ale originally brewed as a holiday gift for a lucky few outside of the Open Gate Brewery led to the two latest Guinness & Co. releases from The Brewers Project: Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale. For a limited time, the two new beers join a growing Guinness lineup that has recently welcomed additions such as Guinness Blonde American Lager and Guinness Nitro IPA conceived by the experimental brewery within St. James’s Gate.

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The Guinness brand was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Brewed using four main ingredients, water, barley (malted & roasted), hops and yeast, Guinness is the world’s most popular stout. The iconic beer is brewed in 49 countries worldwide and sold in over 150 with almost 9 million glasses of Guinness enjoyed every day around the world.

The two beers fit right in at a brewery that’s been doing things differently since day one. In the late 1700s, Arthur Guinness – along with just about every other brewer at the time – was paying the bills with a steady production of ales. That all changed in 1799 when he chose to switch things up from those ales and focus more on darker, stouter beers, including the iconic stout the world knows now. A couple of centuries later, this taste for innovation would also lead to the world’s first nitrogenated beer.

Guinness Antwerpen Stout was brewed for the first time in 1944 for its namesake: the Belgian city of Antwerp. Though known by a different name – Guinness Special Export – it’s still a fan favorite in the European city. The beer won everyone over with its intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice notes and its sweet smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of black currant. In fact, even the brewers within St. James’s Gate have been known to line up for a few bottles before the beer makes its way to Belgium.

It’s been more than 70 years since we first exported the Antwerpen Stout from Dublin to Antwerp, but its cult following is probably stronger than it’s ever been,” noted Padraig Fox, the General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery Experience. “I guess now the secret is out. Even if it is only for a few months, we’re happy to see this Guinness favorite having its moment in the U.S.”

With an ABV of 8.0% and 52 IBUs, Guinness Antwerpen Stout will be available in the U.S. through December 2016 in four packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Guinness Rye Pale Ale got its start just last year when The Brewers Project cooked it up as a fun holiday gift for their friends and families. Everyone loved the beer so much that Guinness decided to try it out on tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. There, the rave reviews continued. Guinness decided to move the brewing process to a bigger brew house so even more people could try the surprise hit. The rustic ale has a peppery bite thanks to the rye malt used, but gets a nice balance from the grapefruit and citrus flavor from Mosaic and Cascade hops.

Beer is obviously something we love, and we wanted to share a little something we were working on with just a few of our closest friends and family and colleagues at the brewery,” explained Peter Simpson, one of the brewers who worked on the original batch of Guinness Rye Pale Ale. “We didn’t expect it to get this kind of reaction, but it just sort of snowballed. Now here we are about to introduce it to the other side of the world.”

Guinness Rye Pale Ale will be available in the U.S. through December 2016 in six packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $8.99. The amber ale has an ABV of 5.0% and 18 IBUs.

The most GUINNESS is sold in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Nigeria and Cameroon. More information can be found at www.guinness.com.

Whether enjoying a new Guinness Antwerpen Stout, Guinness Rye Pale or any other brew in the Guinness family, please remember to respect the beer and drink sensibly.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Toy Insider Unveils the Hottest Toys for Holiday 2016 with Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10 Lists

The Best Toys of the Season Include Pokémon, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, and Disney Princesses

The Toy Insider unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and tech in its 11th Annual Holiday Gift Guide (http://www.thetoyinsider.com/2016-holiday-gift-guide/) today. The hottest items for 2016 are broken out into three lists: The Hot 20 (the items expected to top kids’ wish lists), Top Tech 12 (drones, wearables, robotic pets, and more) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun). With lots of options for kids of all ages, these 42 items are sure to wow kids this holiday season, and are expected to be hard to find or sold out by Christmas. This year’s guide is the biggest ever, featuring more than 275 toys from more than 110 manufacturers. Parents and gift givers can easily search by a child’s age (broken out into 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9+ age groups) and interests using the handy skill-development key.toyinsiderlogo-01

The Toy Insider team of experts reviews toys 365 days a year on thetoyinsider.com. When evaluating toys, the team considers play value, originality, skill building, product integrity and, of course, fun factor.

At The Toy Insider, we know play, and the toys in our holiday gift guide will have kids laughing, learning and playing in meaningful ways,” says Laurie Schacht, co-publisher and Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “Playtime is all about bringing the whole family together, and whether it’s an engaging new board game, an interactive play set, or an adorable tech pet, the toys on our list will get everyone having fun all season long and well into 2017.

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The Toy Insider’s 2016 holiday gift guide will appear in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, on newsstands on October 11th, and online at thetoyinsider.com. This year’s guide is the biggest ever, featuring more than 275 toys from more than 110 manufacturers. (PRNewsFoto/The Toy Insider)

The Toy Insider is the go-to source for product information about children’s toys, tech and entertainment. It publishes two annual gift guides—one for summer and one for holiday—and is a trusted online resource for parents all year long. Its content is produced by an editorial team with more than 75 years of combined experience covering the children’s products industry.

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

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Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center (Fisher-Price)

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Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace (VTech)

  • Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center (Fisher-Price)
  • Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace (VTech)

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