Love Is All Around Us: An Album of Reimagined Love Songs For The LGBTQ Community

Album Features Artistic Vision of Bob Dylan, Kesha, Benjamin Gibbard, St. Vincent, Valerie June and Kele Okereke

MGM Resorts International announced the release of Universal Love, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite.

MGM Resorts releases UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined love songs for the LGBTQ community. Now streaming on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Apple Music.

MGM Resorts releases UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined love songs for the LGBTQ community. Now streaming on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Apple Music.

MGM Resorts is a global entertainment company with a deep-seated belief that entertainment is fundamental to human fulfillment. The company’s passion for the Universal Love project reflects its profound commitment to embracing humanity and the impact music can have on the human experience.

Universal Love is a natural extension of MGM’s two decades of advocacy work with the LGBTQ community and the company’s desire to advance initiatives that unite humanity. More than a decade before same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex commitment ceremonies were performed at chapels at MGM Resorts’ properties. In 2004, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees, and MGM was a founding partner of the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2004.

Universal Love offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships.

MGM Resorts releases UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined love songs for the LGBTQ community featuring Bob Dylan, Kesha, Benjamin Gibbard, St. Vincent, Valerie June and Kele Okerek

MGM Resorts releases UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined love songs for the LGBTQ community featuring Bob Dylan, Kesha, Benjamin Gibbard, St. Vincent, Valerie June and Kele Okereke.

The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most beloved artists. Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and successful recording artists in American history, is among the visionary artists participating in this unprecedented project. Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional stellar artists whose involvement is a testament to the urgency of equality in entertainment: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”), and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).

Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.

MGM Resorts is a leader in all aspects of the entertainment industry (hospitality, gaming, live events, etc.) and believes in the transformational power of entertainment for all. MGM’s launch of Universal Love reinforces an inclusive vision of unions that more closely mirrors the incredible diversity of today’s relationships.

The compilation album was produced by MGM Resorts in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. Universal Love is available on all streaming platforms beginning this week.

Three Major AIDS Advocacy and Education Organizations Announces New Series of Financial Grants In The United States

 

In An Expanded Partnership, The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, And The Aileen Getty Foundation Announce New Series Of Collaborative Grants Toward Ending AIDS In The Southern United States.

12 Organizations Across The Region Will Receive $625,000 In Support To Address The Epidemic Through Advocacy And Wide-Ranging Services

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced an expanded series of grants aimed at ending the AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States—in particular, its disproportionate impact on young people and communities of color.

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation logo

Sir Elton John created EJAF 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $400 million over the past quarter-century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and

The Aileen Getty Foundation logo

The Aileen Getty Foundation logo

contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.

This new effort—the fourth round of annual grants made jointly with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation —features an additional coalition partner, the Aileen Getty Foundation. Aileen Getty, a pioneering philanthropist whose generosity is motivated by her own experience living with HIV, brings to the partnership a passion for comprehensive, empathetic advocacy to address HIV/AIDS, addiction, mental health challenges, and homelessness.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation logo

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation logo

Getty’s support expands the total financial heft of this partnership by a third to include four new grantees, delivering a total of $625,000 in resources to 12 organizations. The closely-aligned missions of EJAF, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and the Aileen Getty Foundation make the collaboration a natural one and sharpen the partnership’s philanthropic focus on communities most in need. (Read a complete list of grant recipients and descriptions from the partnership.)

We’re thrilled to have the Aileen Getty Foundation join our existing partners at The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, making this one of the largest philanthropic partnerships addressing AIDS in the Southern United States,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “By bringing particular focus on the needs and aspirations of young people and communities of color, and by delivering support to community-rooted organizations that have been engaging the epidemic for years, this partnership has incredible potential to reduce transmissions, improve quality of life, and speed the South’s progress toward an AIDS-free generation. Continue reading

Inglot Cosmetics Announces Collaboration With Jennifer Lopez

The Capsule Collection Will Be Launching Worldwide This Month

After decades serving as a muse for the makeup industry and a beauty inspiration for women all over the world, Jennifer Lopez is now stepping behind the scenes and debuting a limited-edition collection in partnership with global beauty brand Inglot Cosmetics. Launching April 26th, the extensive color line will bring Jennifer’s and Inglot’s shared vision of strong femininity to life and offer women diverse ways to express themselves through beauty. Finally, everyone can now achieve their own authentic “J Lo Glow.”

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Inglot Cosmetics Announces Collaboration With Jennifer Lopez

The 70-piece collection ranges from powders to lipsticks, shadows to eyelashes and cosmetic palettes. All colors in the line were created and handpicked by Lopez herself. The star of the collection is the Freedom System that allows consumers to create unique palettes with over 300,000 combination possibilities. The expertly formulated products will range in shades from nude to glow, with a touch of smoky glam and the key products in the line will include an illuminator, a bronzer, a gloss and a mascara.

The capsule collection we created with Inglot is filled with all my go-to products in my favorite colors. We have everything from mascara, lipsticks, eyelashes, blush, eyeshadow and of course…bronzers,” said Lopez. “What I think is unique and exciting is our Freedom System Palette—which allows you to create your own personalized palette with the specific colors and products that you need. Now you no longer have to buy that 5-piece eyeshadow kit to get the one color you really want!

Lopez worked very closely with the brand on every aspect of the collection including the shade range, ad campaign, packaging and even the product names of the hero skus, which are inspired by her career, like “Boogie Down Bronze” and “Livin’ The Highlight.” As a global star juggling multiple jobs on top of motherhood, Jennifer built the line for women like her who are always on the go. The product collection allows women to create unique looks of their own, whether they’re going for a natural daytime look or going-out-glam, inspired by Jennifer’s iconic styles.

Founded in Poland in 1983, Inglot Cosmetics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and retailers in color cosmetics. Renowned for their expansive array of shades and revolutionary best-sellers such as the Freedom System of custom palettes and O2M Breathable Nail Enamel, Inglot creates the trends behind the scenes at Fashion Week in New York, Paris, Milan, London and on Broadway. Inglot is dedicated to offering beauty enthusiasts around the world with products that feature cutting-edge technology and the finest ingredients. In addition to the global website, the brand has 755 brick and mortar retail locations in over 80 countries, including 40+ point of sales in the United States.

We could not have asked for a better partner than Jennifer. She is a true beauty visionary,” says Grzegorz Inglot, Vice President of US Operations for Inglot. “In addition to having great style, Jennifer is also quite a beauty expert herself. After years of working with the best in the business, she has unique insight into what women want as well as which products are necessary to create that beautiful glow that she made famous.”

The line launches globally on April 26th on www.jenniferlopezinglot.com, www.inglotusa.com, in Inglot stores, and in select Macy’s locations. But if you can’t wait, an exclusive palette inspired by Jennifer’s look in the advertising campaign will be available for pre-sale starting April 17th on www.jenniferlopezinglot.com.

Max Hollein Named Next Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met President and CEO Dan Weiss announced today that Max Hollein has been elected the tenth Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful and respected museum directors,” Mr. Weiss said, “Max has demonstrated exceptional skill at building collections, diversifying audiences, broadening institutional development, and leading complex museums, with a range of collections, for more than 15 years. I am confident that ours will be a strong and fruitful partnership, and that Max will help advance The Met’s role as a global leader for culture and the arts.”

Mr. Hollein is currently the Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,

Max Hollein

Max Hollein, recently appointed tenth Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

which includes the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. He started his museum career here in New York at the Guggenheim Museum and previously led three of Germany’s most prominent art museums: the Schirn Kunsthalle, which focuses on modern and contemporary art; the Städel Museum, which houses one of Germany’s finest collections of old master paintings and nineteenth-century and modern art; and the Liebieghaus, whose world-renowned collection of sculpture ranges from ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. He will assume the directorship of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2018.

The Met is recognized around the world as a leader in the museum field by virtue of its exceptional collection, groundbreaking scholarship, and educational outreach,” Mr. Hollein said. “Founded on the idea of bringing the cultures of the world to one place, The Met remains a unique place where visitors can experience firsthand the artistic achievements of humankind. We now have many other ways to disseminate cultural education and knowledge, and an obligation to do so. Celebrating artistic excellence goes hand in hand with broadening the stories we tell about the works of art in our care. Together with Dan, I hope to provide the guidance, energy, and support needed to lead this beloved institution into the future and inspire its audiences in New York and around the world.

FOOD & WINE Magazine Announces Its 2018 Restaurants Of The Year List

America’s 10 Most Exciting Openings Selected by FOOD & WINE Editors in Fourth Annual List

FOOD & WINE announces that Lasa in Los Angeles, Grand Café in Minneapolis, and Superior Motors in Braddock, Pennsylvania are among the 10 new restaurants across the country named to the fourth annual FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year list. Restaurants of the Year are FOOD & WINE‘s definitive list of the 10 most exciting new places to eat in America now. This year’s winners not only create something delicious but also transcend the dinner plate and reflect the communities of which they are a part.

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FOOD & WINE Magazine’s May 2018 Cover Announcing the 2018 Restaurants Of The Year Awards

FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year 2018:

  • Maydan, Washington D.C. – Chef Gerald Addison, Co-Chef Chris Morgan and Restaurateur Rose Previte
  • Better Luck Tomorrow, Houston TX – Chef Justin Yu and Proprietor Bobby Heugel
  • Fairfax, NYC – Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and Chef Jack Harris
  • Reem’s, Oakland CA – Proprietor Reem Assil
  • Superior Motors, Braddock PA – Chef Kevin Sousa and General Manager Chris Clark
  • Grand Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Chef Jamie Malone
  • Voyager, Ferndale, Michigan – Chef Jennifer Jackson, Co-Chef Justin Tootla and Restaurateur Eli Boyer
  • JuneBaby, Seattle, Washington – Chef Edouardo Jordan
  • Lasa, Los Angeles, California – Chef Chad Valencia and General Manager Chase Valencia
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin TX – Chef Tatsu Aikawa and Co-Chef Takuya Matsumoto

FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis said: “Restaurant editor Jordana Rothman traveled 37,000 miles over six months to research and deliver FOOD & WINE’s 2018 Restaurants of the Year. The winners offered more than unforgettable food. They are the first places we seek out when we step off the plane, and they showcase the important role that restaurants play in their communities. From the end of a cobblestone alley in Washington, D.C. to the first restaurant in decades to open in Braddock, Pa., we applaud how they are pioneering a new emerging culture of more community-minded restaurants.

The complete Restaurants of the Year 2018 report, with insights on why all 10 restaurants made the list, is featured now at www.foodandwine.com/restaurants-of-the-year and will also be in the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13. All of the restaurants opened within the past 14 months.