Let’s Have A Parade™: The World-Renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Kicks Off The Holiday Season

The 92nd edition of the iconic holiday event ushers in the season with its signature giant character balloons floats of fantasy, the nation’s finest marching bands, whimsical performance groups, music’s biggest stars, and the one-and-only Santa Claus

Performers include Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Brynn Cartelli, Jack & Jack, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Tegan Marie, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Carly Pearce, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Diana Ross, Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando

A spectacle like no other awaits millions as the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season. Set to march through the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m., the nation will celebrate Thanksgiving gathered with family and friends and more than 8,000 volunteers. Dressed as clowns, guiding the flight of larger-than-life character balloons, bringing the beat in the nation’s best marching bands and entertaining the crowds with their show-stopping performances, these participants will inspire and delight the nation. With the time-honored phrase, Let’s Have a Parade™, the spectacle begins for more than 3.5 million spectators in New York City and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide.

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The world-renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® officially kicks off the season with the 92nd edition of the holiday tradition on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. ET. (Graphic: Business Wire)

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will redefine spectacle with a jaw-dropping mix of must-see entertainment for millions of spectators,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Featuring an amazing line-up of high flying balloons, dazzling animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups, the nation’s top music artists, and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus, the Macy’s Parade will once again herald the arrival of the holiday season.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold, the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones).

The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.MTDP_LOGO_18_TRI_COLOR_highres

On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes® will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

Since November of 1924, the Macy’s Parade has enthralled the nation and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 92nd edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 marching bands.

STARS ON PARADE

The star power along the Parade route and in homes across the country will feature some of the nation’s most exciting performers. Appearing onboard one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Brynn Cartelli, Jack & Jack, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Tegan Marie, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Carly Pearce, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Diana Ross with her children and extended family (including Rhonda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess and Evan Ross with wife Ashlee Simpson-Ross), Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando; with a special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus. Continue reading

Initial Lineup Announced for 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans

Weekend Ticket Packages on Sale Now

Time Inc.’s Essence announced the initial lineup for the 2017 Essence Festival Concert Series in New Orleans featuring headliners Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige, among many others. The 23rd annual event will take place June 30-July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initial performance lineup is outlined below. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.2767371_unspecified1

Artists confirmed to perform at the nightly Essence Festival concerts over Fourth of July Weekend at the Louisiana Superdome include: Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, Doug E Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, June’s Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Master P, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Solange, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet, Yuna, and many more to be announced soon.

This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share ‘Strength of a Woman’ with her most passionate fans.

The A-list nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages — including the Festival’s renowned Mainstage and four intimate Superlounges. Mary J. Blige will headline a special night, themed My Path to Strength, introducing her highly anticipated album “Strength of a Woman.”

Weekend ticket packages went on sale Friday, December 16 at 10am CT with prices starting at $126. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Festival visit Essence Festival. Join the Festival community: follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2017 Essence Festival on Facebook.

The 2017 Essence Festival is presented by Coca-Cola.

Jessica Stam Embodies Modern Hollywood Glam In Blackglama’s 2015 Campaign

Blackglama Fall 2015 (PRNewsFoto/Blackglama 2015)

Blackglama Fall 2015 featuring model Jessica Stam. (PRNewsFoto/Blackglama 2015)

Blackglama has unveiled its newest advertising campaign, which continues to evolve the brand’s focus into fashion from celebrities. For over 40 years, Blackglama has been world-renowned for providing the finest, most luxurious and exclusive ranch-raised natural black mink. Blackglama mink is distributed exclusively through American Legend Cooperative, based in Seattle, Washington, and sought after by manufacturers, retailers, and consumers globally. All Blackglama mink comes from Origin Assured™ farms.

Blackglama Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Blackglama)

Blackglama Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Blackglama)

Each Blackglama pelt is hand selected and inspected by American Legend Cooperative’s experienced graders. To qualify as Blackglama, the pelt must be free of any imperfections on both the fur and leather. With such high criteria, less than 2% of the world’s mink population earns the exclusive Blackglama name and can bear the coveted Blackglama label. Blackglama garments also carry a label displaying a unique serial number, providing permanent identification, as well as other security features that ensure that the label is genuine—not an imitation.

1968 represented a turning point in world events and a shift in American culture. To the members of the Great Lakes Mink Association (GLMA), these turbulent times seemed a world away. Working long hours on farms throughout the upper Midwestern United States, they were busy improving and producing the world’s finest dark mink. Little did they know that their work would form the basis of a revolutionary new marketing campaign.

The GLMA ranchers hired a small New York ad agency to create awareness for the high-quality fur being produced by the farmers. Popular copywriter Jane Trahey suggested creating the brand name BLACKGLAMA. How does one advertise something as special as the dark Blackglama mink? The luster and quality of the fur doesn’t show up in a photograph, so Jane thought up a “gimmick.”

The “gimmick” was to associate Blackglama with the glamour of universally recognized and admired people. The result was brilliantly simple: a black-and-white photograph of a well-known woman wearing a Blackglama mink coat shot against a seamless grey backdrop.

The world took notice. Famous names like Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand and Lauren Bacall were featured in the first year of the campaign alone, photographed by the renowned Richard Avedon. What brought it all together was the straightforward and now unforgettable tagline, “What Becomes A Legend Most?” The effect was powerful and immediate. Within two years, Blackglama was considered the most prestigious ranch black mink in the world. The campaign continued through 1994.

Blackgama 1986 - Cher

Blackgama 1986 – Cher

Since the campaign’s inception four decades ago, Blackglama has featured some of the world’s most acclaimed entertainers, including Sophia Loren, Diana Ross, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli and Janet Jackson. Beginning with the 2013 Carolyn Murphy campaign, Blackglama shifted away from entertainers toward models to highlight Blackglama’s fashion aesthetic.

Since 2001, the campaign has featured such supermodels as Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Elizabeth Hurley. Beginning with the 2013 Carolyn Murphy campaign, Blackglama shifted away from entertainers toward models to highlight Blackglama’s fashion aesthetic. Into the new millennium, the brand is expanding beyond dark mink to include other products that reflect the “Legendary” qualities of Blackglama.

This year, model Jessica Stam is featured in a campaign conceived by New York-based advertising and branding agency Laspata DeCaro. “In these stunning shots, Jessica represents a reinvention of Hollywood glamour that feels both timeless and relevant,” says Joe Morelli, CEO of Blackglama.

In the new campaign, the platinum blonde and crimson-lipped model is captured in a series of cinematic vignettes photographed by Rocco Laspata on location in Los Angeles. Settings include a majestic palm-lined street in Beverly Hills, a dramatic villa in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and an alluring 1930’s supper club that references Hollywood’s golden age. Swathed in Blackglama’s 2015 collection – co-designed by Laspata DeCaro‘s Creative Director, Charles DeCaro, to align with the campaign’s visual narrative – Jessica embodies a modern-day screen goddess. The results are the very epitome of glamour.

Blackgama Fall 2014 - Hilary Rhoda  (http://www.blackglama.com/inside-blackglama/the-campaigns/)

Blackgama Fall 2014 – Hilary Rhoda (http://www.blackglama.com/inside-blackglama/the-campaigns/)

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Song(s) of The Day: A Salute to the Disco Divas

Donna Summer – “Love To Love You Baby” original long version.

We have to start with the Queen of Disco and her most memorable song. She recorded this while lying on the studio floor and no wonder it is said that a lot of babies were made while this song was playing. It’s 17 minutes of pure female orgasmic pleasure. Can do dig it? It has been over 40 years and this song (as well as the others below) still holds up rather well. RIP Donna, you are missed.

Carol Douglas – “Doctors Orders” 

He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge (1978)

Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Full Version)

What can I say? Miss Ross is a force to be reckoned with, every day, every year, every decade

Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye 

Sylvester – “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Do You Wanna Funk?”

Sylvester WAS Disco and another one who left us far too soon. Enough said.

Gloria Gaynor – “I Will Survive” (1979).

Village People – YMCA OFFICIAL Music Video 1978

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Song(s) of The Day: The Diana Ross Songbook

Diana Ross – Do You Know Where You’re Going To ( Theme From Soundtrack Mahogany )

Lady Sings the blues – The man I love (1972)

Diana Ross – My Man

Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting

“Touch Me in the Morning” Diana Ross

Diana Ross & Julio Iglesias All Of You (not the best video of this song but boy, what  classic love song it is)

Diana Ross – Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) (1970)

DIANA ROSS…It’s My Turn

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

“Chain Reaction”