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Inaugural iHollywood Film Fest Honored creativity and people transforming the arts

Inaugural iHollywood Film Fest Honored creativity and people transforming the arts

Coldplay’s Chris Martin opens up Honors with Emmanuel Kelly

HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, July 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Singer Emmanuel Kelly opened up the iHollywood Film Fest on with his Irish jokes. He soon discovered that while he led the jokes, the surprise was on him when ColdPlay’s Chris Martin came on in a pre-recorded video honoring him.“Emmanuel Kelly is such a wonderful man. He is someone who celebrates and encourages diversity and inclusion of all kinds of people all around the world. He’s someone I look up to and admire so much. His Never Alone challenge was wonderful, helping people to not feel so weird and lonely through the pandemic. It’s my honor to be part of his celebration. Well done Emmanuel, I love you, we love you, congratulations, bye.”

Emmanuel Kelly was honored with the iHollywood Film Fest award for inspiration. He is known for his inspiring performances after catching attention on “The X Factor” music competition on television. Emmanuel was joined with Chris Martin, Demi Lovato, Terrence Howard, J.K. Simmons, Elisabeth Moss and many more celebrities on his #NeverAlone and #NeverAloneChallenge advocating for global mental health with authentic unfiltered heartfelt words to and encourage people through the pandemic.

Honoree Emmanuel Kelly embodied the iHollywood Film Fest initial idea, to inspire and help others. The iHollywood Film Fest too was created due to the pandemic and even created a special category recognizing content created specifically during the pandemic as creatives were inspired. Beginning with creatives, it extended throughout the industry and Hollywood as festival were reminded how Hollywood itself represents the land of dreams.

Master Romio followed with opening blessings “It is Goddesses who will save this planet…every single woman on this planet is the female embodiment of the divine mother.” He is the seventeenth reincarnation of the master Tibetan Thangka painter Arniko and is the foremost master of Sacred Tibetan Calligraphy alive today. Master Romio is the artist and author behind ‘Celestial Goddesses’ and which can be seen in the MET museum in New York and art museums around the world.

Icon Awards were presented to honor individuals who inspired and transformed entertainment and culture. Recipients for 2021 honors were:

Scott Page for music and technology. Over the 4th of July weekend, Scott latest company launched selling their first NFT for $ 1.1 million with artist Ruby Mazur celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Rolling Stones “mouth and tongue”. Scott is recognized as the saxophonist/guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. His Think:EXP company is a live immersive media company.

Pamela Des Barres for women in rock and roll. She’s been linked to Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Waylen Jennings and Don Johnson. Add Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison of The Doors, Frank Zappa, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones leading to her authored best selling 1987 memoir “I’m with the Band” detailing her Los Angeles music scene experiences of the 1960s and 70s.

David Bianchi for innovation in film with “You Can’t Hear Me”. David created the art of “Spinema”, full of metaphors and symbolism, it spins the cinema experience through spoken word. He is the creator of the first ever, award-winning spoken word film to be minted as an NFT. David has had two projects which were won by MetaPurse, the owners of the $ 69 million Beeple collection.

Rachel McCord for transforming influence. She start empowering women, blending influencers with brands when Hollywood was just discovering influencers. Considered a “Vogue trendsetter” and “the influencer of influencers”, she has been host of “Social House” by MAGIC x The McCord List. She is one of the newest faces of Amazon Live with The McCord List, challenging the QVC shopping network.

Bai Ling for international actress. Bai Ling is recognized for her unbridled freedom and creativity and is one of the busiest actresses internationally earning accolades globally. Loving the craft of acting with well over a 100 credits, she is expanding making her CD debut with her first single called “REHAB” and is making her directorial debut film with much anticipated “My Quarantine Romance with Toilet Paper”.

Jill Sorenson for female empowerment. She has been the fearless warrior of Knockout Abuse West and pivotal in the campaign to knock out sex trafficking and domestic abuse. Jill has been transforming the modeling industry by building alliances with other Elite Models in Europe. “The New Feminist” is her podcast where she reports on breaking news affecting the modeling industry for a healthier image.

Specialty Awards were created for individuals and groups transforming our world. Recipients for 2021 honors are:

Christine Pelosi is being honored with the Change Maker Award for her tireless dedication to women’s rights over the past two decades. In technology she has been a true force of equality crusading consumer rights so everyone has a voice. Christine is the leading U.S. women and tech advocate lawyer for women’s rights in honor of U.S. Representative John Lewis.

Courtney Barriger is being honored with the Sustainability Award. In her lifelong journey as an artist and storyteller, she has self-financed and created several documentaries showcasing the world’s #1 polluter aka the global fashion industry. She has traveled to places like India and Vietnam, where in the course of her filmmaking she was threatened numerous times with arrest.

Impact Award for Lifetime Dedication is being awarded to Director Glenn Davis and Associate Producer Tiffany Woods for the cast and crew for a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the cause of Trans Human Rights for diversity, equality and inclusion for all. “Trans Francisco” was the first of its kind truly portraying the trans community in San Francisco in a way that truly sheds light on all of the struggles these women face in their fight for basic human rights.

The iHollywood Film Fest, International Hollywood Film Festival was held June 25-27, 2021 finishing July 6, 2021 with the audience awards. Over 53 films and panels, networking, industry and celebrity panels and Q&A’s, red carpets, after party and NFTs (non-fungible tokens). All films were screened virtually. I


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Couple live, work and travel on ‘ultimate UK road trip’ after transforming van into camper

Couple live, work and travel on 'ultimate UK road trip' after transforming van into camper

With the cost of UK staycation accommodation rising in line with a surge in demand, many Britons have begun to eye new ways of saving money while exploring the country. Such was the case for one London couple who made the decision to ditch urban life after completely transforming their Mercedes Vario 614D van.

Charlie and Josh, who met on Bumble, have taken the “van life” trend to the extreme.

Not only do the pair use their van for holidays, but they also now live and work from the Mercedes as they embark on “the ultimate UK road trip”.

“I remember on our first date talking about wanting to get a camper van and doing it up – not necessarily living in it – but we spoke about that kind of lifestyle,” said Charlie, an ex-menswear designer and now graphic designer.

After 2020 spun the world into chaos, Charlie and Josh decided there was no better time to combine their savings and plough it into buying and renovating a van.

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During the process, the duo recorded their journey via their blog, Wandering Home, as well as on YouTube and Instagram.

In one video titled “100 days of Vanbuild”, Charlie and Josh showed how they transformed the 16 seater minibus.

It began with ripping out the seating, removing the wheelchair lift and the back and adding in new flooring.

The couple then completely gutted the interior in order to create extra space.

The van was then kitted out with its own kitchen, including oven and fridge facilities, plus a lounge area and composting toilet.

There are also plenty of secret storage facilities dotted throughout the ban – including a pull-out table at the rear of the van to allow for alfresco dining on sunny days.

Charlie and Josh even took on the task of plumbing the van with a water tank tucked away underneath the bed and adding electric wiring and solar panels themselves.

This means the couple are able to benefit from electric lighting on the move and even a stand-up shower.

Now, the couple is embarking on the ultimate UK road trip – exploring all 15 of the UK’s national parks – from Dartmoor to the Cairngorms.

They are set to immerse themselves fully in “van life” until September.

“It was a big change, but as we moved into the van all our colleagues started working remotely,” said Josh.

According to Josh, his favourite moments are at dusk, cracking open a beer when the sun’s low in the sky, while Charlie relishes the stillness of the early morning as she gets out of bed and pops the coffee on.

“I feel more connected to the seasons and the weather,” she said.

Author: Aimee Robinson
This post originally appeared on Daily Express

Woman travels the UK after transforming Fiat Punto into a mini campervan for just £120

Woman travels the UK after transforming Fiat Punto into a mini campervan for just £120

Car camping simply means travellers load all their gear for a trip into their car as well as sleeping in it. It offers people a more affordable way to travel as well as being more flexible in terms of destinations. 

Laurie is also planning to embark on more road trips this year, using her school holidays to camp more in her car, which has now been upgraded from a Fiat Punto to a Fiat 500.

Car experts Peter Vardy spoke with the history teacher to find out more about car camping. 

“When choosing between a hotel, a tent and a car, it’s easy to see why many people would consider the latter the least desirable option. 

“But as a solo traveller, car camping has provided me with flexible, affordable and secure accommodation!”

Laurie explained: “My number one essential has got to be my blow-up car mattress.

“It was the most expensive item when preparing my car camper….but I used my own bedding and pillows from home.”

When sleeping in a car, it can be hard to get comfortable and so investing in a good quality car mattress is important.

To save further money, Laurie cooked her own foods by purchasing a camp stove and portable kettle.

She said: “I bring a camp stove and kettle; it’s amazing how many different foods you can make just by adding boiling water. Using just a kettle saves lots of space and washing up. Having the option to make food rather than always eating out keeps car camping affordable to any budget.”

A butane stove can be purchased for £10 to £15 while a kettle can be picked up for as cheap as £5.

For privacy, the TikTok influencer uses window covers made from floor insulation while she is sleeping.

Laurie explained how it cost her £18 from B&Q.

Lastly, without a bathroom onboard, making use of the showers at service stations means Laurie brings small travel towels with her.

She added: “All UK services have showers. I have two travel towels which were a brilliant investment as they fold down super small and dry very quickly, meaning stopping for a shower can be as quick or as long as you like!”

Travel towels can be purchased from various retailers, costing around £15.

Emma Stack, Digital Marketing Manager at Peter Vardy said: “Utilising your car as a camping utensil is a truly remarkable solution for seeing more of Britain this summer.

“In the current climate, we expect to see many more motorists take road trips as international travel remains so turbulent.

“Car camping is a versatile, cost effective solution for rising staycation prices – and you get to see more of our beautiful country too.”

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At 100 Days, Biden Is Transforming What It Means to Be a Democrat

Author: Lisa Lerer and Annie Karni
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

At 100 Days, Biden Is Transforming What It Means to Be a Democrat

When Joseph R. Biden Jr. served as vice president in the Obama administration, he was known to preface his recommendations to other officials with a self-deprecating disclaimer. He may not have attended Harvard or Yale, Mr. Biden would say as he popped into an office or a meeting, but he was still a foreign policy expert, and he knew how to work Capitol Hill.

Mr. Biden isn’t apologizing anymore.

Now 100 days into his presidency, Mr. Biden is driving the biggest expansion of American government in decades, an effort to use $ 6 trillion in federal spending to address social and economic challenges at a scale not seen in a half-century. Aides say he has come into his own as a party leader in ways that his uneven political career didn’t always foretell, and that he is undeterred by matters that used to bother him, like having no Republican support for Democratic priorities.

For an establishment politician who cast his election campaign as a restoration of political norms, his record so far amounts to the kind of revolution that he said last year he would not pursue as president — but that, aides say, became necessary to respond to a crippling pandemic. In doing so, Mr. Biden is validating the desires of a party that feels fiercely emboldened to push a liberal agenda through a polarized Congress.

The result is something few people expected: His presidency is transforming what it means to be a Democrat, even among a conservative wing of his party that spent decades preaching the gospel of bipartisanship.

“We’ve been very happy with his agenda and we’re the moderates,” said Matt Bennett, a co-founder of Third Way, a Democratic think tank named after a governing style embraced by former President Bill Clinton that rejected liberal orthodoxy. “Some have said this is a liberal wish list. We would argue that he is defining what it is to be a 21st-century moderate Democrat.”

Mr. Biden trumpeted his expansive agenda again on Wednesday night in his first address to Congress, casting his efforts to expand vaccinations and pour trillions of dollars into the economy as a way to unify a fractured nation.

“We’re vaccinating the nation; we’re creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs,” he said. “We’re delivering real results to people — they can see it and feel it in their own lives.”

Mr. Biden, now 78, has pursued these sweeping changes without completely losing his instinct for finding the center point of his party. As the Democratic consensus on issues has moved left over the years, he has kept pace — on abortion, gun control, same-sex marriage, the Iraq war and criminal justice — without going all the way to the furthest liberal stance. Now, he is leading a party that accelerated leftward during the Trump administration, and finding his own place on the Democratic spectrum — the one with the most likelihood of legacy-cementing success.

In private calls with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whom he vanquished in the Democratic primaries, he collects ideas from the party’s liberal wing. With Senator Joe Manchin, the centrist West Virginia Democrat, he keeps tabs on his caucus and its slim congressional margins. And in conversations with Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader and a longtime negotiating partner, Mr. Biden appeals for bipartisan support, even as he warns that he won’t wait for it indefinitely.

“Biden is a politician who stays inside of the moment,” said Rashad Robinson, president of racial justice organization Color of Change, which was skeptical of Mr. Biden during the primary but now praises his work. “He stays inside of where the cultural context has moved.”

To the consternation of some Republicans, Mr. Biden is approaching politics differently from recent Democratic presidents who believed that support from the opposing party would provide a bulwark for their policies and political standing. In the 1990s, Mr. Clinton espoused triangulation, a strategy that forced liberals to settle for moderate policies by cutting deals with Republicans. Former President Barack Obama spent months trying to win bipartisan buy-in for his policy proposals.

Both strategies were rooted in political fears that began in the Reagan era: Doing too much to assuage the party’s left flank could alienate voters in the middle who took a more skeptical view of government, leaving Democrats unable to build coalitions for re-election.

Mr. Biden and his administration have embraced a different philosophy, arguing that difficult times have made liberal ideas popular with independents and some Republican voters, even if G.O.P. leaders continue to resist them.

The shift leftward, aides say, reflects a recognition by Mr. Biden that the problems facing the country require sweeping solutions, but also that both parties changed during the polarizing years of the Trump administration. Gone is the Senate where Mr. Biden spent decades, legislating like former President Ronald Reagan, who liked to say he’d call any negotiation where he could get 70 percent of what he wanted a win.

“There’s a difference between President Biden and Senator Biden,” said former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican who served for decades with Mr. Biden and supported his presidential bid. “Even a difference between President Biden and Vice President Biden. He’s the president now and he’s got the responsibility of trying to move this country forward. Yes, he wants to do it in a bipartisan way if he can. But the fact is these problems aren’t going to solve themselves.”

Other Republicans see a more dissembling president, one who has broken his promises to reach across the aisle. In a floor speech on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. McConnell accused Mr. Biden of “false advertising” during his campaign, saying Americans “elected a president who preached moderation.”

He added: “Over a few short months the Biden officials seems to have given up on selling actual unity in favor of catnip for their liberal base.”

In his address, Mr. Biden said he was open to hearing Republican ideas on his infrastructure plans — but wouldn’t wait forever.

“I applaud a group of Republican senators who just put forward their proposal,” he said. “We welcome ideas. But the rest of the world isn’t waiting for us. Doing nothing is not an option.”

The decades Mr. Biden spent cultivating a moderate image, paired with the conciliatory tone he has adopted toward Republicans in public, has allowed him to push his agenda without facing charges of socialism — a label his opponents unsuccessfully tried to make stick during the presidential campaign.

Focus groups throughout the campaign found that voters felt they knew Mr. Biden, both for his family story and working class bona fides. Even now, voters rate Mr. Biden as more moderate than Mr. Obama at the same stage of his presidency, according to polling from NBC News. Mr. Biden is pursuing a more liberal agenda than Mr. Obama did, of course; but he is taking a lower-key approach and advancing relatively popular ideas, and he doesn’t face the same smears and attacks as Mr. Obama did as the first Black president.

“It’s been very artful because it’s allowed him to create this weird equilibrium where people don’t see him as a partisan ramrod, which gives comfort to moderates,” said David Axelrod, a former top adviser to Mr. Obama. “On the other hand, he’s really moving forward on a lot of these initiatives.”

Aides and allies say the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol also affected Mr. Biden’s thinking about what the country might accept politically. The soon-to-be president believed the violence alienated a slice of voters from Mr. Trump’s Republican Party, leaving them more open to Mr. Biden’s agenda, particularly if he delivered tangible government benefits like stimulus checks and vaccines.

“It’s fair to say that Obama followed the Clinton model, and Biden is not, in some fundamental ways, because the world has changed so profoundly,” Mr. Bennett said. “Joe Biden is dealing with a seditious, anti-democratic set of lunatics. You can’t deal with people who voted to overturn the election. You simply cannot, even if you’re a moderate.”

Mr. Biden’s predecessor helped till the ground in other ways. As Mr. Trump focused his attention on waging baseless attacks against the election results last winter, coronavirus cases surged across the country, leaving Americans eager for more economic and public health assistance; Mr. Biden provided that with a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill just a few weeks into his presidency.

“Joe Biden is living in a honeymoon with a prenup signed by Donald Trump,” said Rahm Emanuel, who was Mr. Obama’s chief of staff.

Yet some longtime friends and allies also see a more personal evolution in Mr. Biden since he assumed the role of president.

His inner circle says he is exhibiting a level of confidence they’ve never seen before, combined with an awareness that he only has a short window to achieve his goals before next year’s midterm elections, which could cost Democrats their slim governing majority. While Mr. Biden has said his “expectation” is that he’ll run again, political allies privately admit that remains an open question given his age.

Mr. Biden’s administration has not given liberals everything they’ve wanted, pushing back on proposals to cancel student debt, adopt the entirety of the Green New Deal and completely eliminate the filibuster.

During negotiations with Mr. Sanders’s team last summer over a shared platform that would unify Democrats behind Mr. Biden’s general election candidacy, Biden aides made clear that they would not accept any recommendations that they didn’t believe he could support if elected. At one point, they agreed to decriminalize marijuana but rejected a plan to legalize it completely, saying Mr. Biden didn’t agree with that policy, according to a person involved in the talks.

But Mr. Biden didn’t treat the negotiations as simply optics, an encouraging sign to many progressives that Mr. Biden and his team were committed to pursuing more-liberal policies than they had realized.

Mr. Biden’s advisers said they were perplexed by the progressive zeal over the president’s economic agenda, noting that the America Jobs Plan is exactly what Mr. Biden promised he would do during his campaign. The view from inside the West Wing is that liberals and Republicans both made false assumptions about Mr. Biden and how he would govern.

Aides argue that Mr. Biden hasn’t changed from the candidate who just months ago promised to find “between four and eight Republican senators” to support his policies. He’s still the politician who would be more comfortable compromising on his proposals, getting less than what he wanted, but passing legislation with Republicans on board. He still describes Mr. McConnell as a friend, and thinks he might have come in with a better shot at getting his support than Mr. Obama.

Aides also say he believes that bipartisan support, in the long term, will be more important for the country than passing his $ 4 trillion infrastructure bills untouched, through reconciliation.

“In his heart, he probably still would love to forge bipartisan deals,” Mr. Axelrod said. “But he’s going to be judged at the end of the day not on style points but what he gets done, and he knows that.”