Child rescued from debris following Ukraine airstrike on residential building (VIDEO)

Published time: July 16, 2014 02:45
Edited time: July 16, 2014 10:07

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Using their bare hands and then shovels, the rescuers dug a pit to provide enough space for the child to maneuver, before using a crane to lift up the concrete block preventing the child’s escape. The rescue then continued by hand, with debris being cleaned out from on top of the child’s location, before safely freeing Bogdan from his rubble captivity.

Amid scenes of destruction and death caused by Ukrainian airstrike on residential buildings in the city of Snezhnoe in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, a 7-year-old child has been miraculously saved from beneath a multi-ton pile of debris.

Eyewitness rescue footage showing the cleanup work of the apartment house, managed to capture rescue workers saving the life of a child who miraculously avoided being crushed by tons of debris. Unfortunately other victims of the air strike were not so lucky. So far 11 have died and 8 more are wounded. The regional administration of Donetsk has announced the injured child was receiving treatment in hospital.

The video (starting at 3:42) captured the details of the rescue of Bogdan, whose muddled cries were heard as hundreds of rescuers and civilians were looking for survivors of the tragedy.

The emergency crews kept on talking to the child, trapped in tight space underneath the debris, to provide a sense of safety, slipped in a flashlight through the cracks to calm the child, who struggled through the ordeal in a brave manner, sometimes issuing a contained cry for help.

Water was given to the child as the team worked against the clock to save his life. Residents meanwhile were trying to keep the kid calm, with a man, apparently his father repeatedly saying “Bogdan, calm down.” As the rescue unfolded, the rescuers in the video were saying that the kid was trapped underneath a wooden plank covered by a cement block.

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Using their bare hands and then shovels, the rescuers dug a pit to provide enough space for the child to maneuver, before using a crane to lift up the concrete block preventing the child’s escape. The rescue then continued by hand, with debris being cleaned out from on top of the child’s location, before safely freeing Bogdan from his rubble captivity.

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The house was destroyed after an aircraft – described by the Ukrainian authorities as ‘unidentified’ – fired four missiles at approximately 6:27 am Tuesday, when most of the citizens of Snezhnoe were fast asleep. One of the missiles hit the local tax administration building, which was empty at that early hour. The other three hit the five-story residential building.

Ukraine: Four dead in Snezhnoe as war grinds on

Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio’s Seu Jorge – Two short films

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The music of occupies a singular place in today’s Brazil. His songs are widely hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio’s streets. It was his history in the slums of Rio de Janeiro that led to bigger things for Jorge, including a high-profile appearance in the 2002 film City of God.

In America, many listeners were first exposed to Jorge’s music in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, the Wes Anderson film that featured Jorge as a guitar-playing member of a sea expedition crew. He appeared between narrative sequences, playing intimate versions of classics.

Jorge released Cru, a calmer follow-up to his album Carolina, in 2002. The songs on it mix ballads and bossa nova while helping cement Seu Jorge’s place in the line of great Brazilian songwriters and performers. Hear a few recorded songs from Cru in this session for World Cafe.

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Seu Jorge and Almaz star in The Model (a short film)

We have a couple of videos for you today from Seu Jorge. Released to promote his album with members of Nacao Zumbi and Antonio Pinto, otherwise known as Seu Jorge and Almaz, these videos make up a short film loosely based around the song “The Model,” featured on the Seu Jorge and Almaz album. The first video takes a more laid-back view on things before Seu takes a hit of paranoia and questions his life. It’s beautifully shot, and features some of the great songs of their recent album, so check them out here:

Part One: The Model – (Chapter One)

Now-Again Records and What Matters Most present two short films based on the recently released Seu Jorge and Almaz album by Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge. The films star Jorge and were directed by Kahlil Joseph.

Directed & Edited by Kahlil Joseph
Photography by Bradford Young
Music by Seu Jorge and Almaz
Produced by Omid Fatemi and Daniel Song for What Matters Most
Featuring music from the Now-Again Records album Seu Jorge and Almaz

Part Two: “The Model – Oshun and the Dream”

Now-Again Records and What Matters Most present the second episode of a the two part film based on the recently released Seu Jorge and Almaz album by Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge. “The Model: Oshun and the Dream,” stars Jorge as he continues to struggle with this echoing image of “The Model”…

Directed & Edited by Kahlil Joseph
Photography by Bradford Young
Music by Seu Jorge and Almaz
Produced by Omid Fatemi and Daniel Song for What Matters Most
Featuring music from the Now-Again Records album Seu Jorge and Almaz

You can buy the Seu Jorge and Almaz album from Amazon

More info:
http://seujorgealmaz.com/

The Antlers, ‘Doppelganger’ (Live) – favorite NPR sessions

July 14, 2014
The Brooklyn band frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009’s Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year’s Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.

Whether or not you notice his intentions, it’s hard not to be swept away by The Antlers’ dreamy, ambient pop melodies. Familiars is felt in the heart, not the head. Here, the band performs “Doppelganger” in a gorgeous studio session. Head over to watch three more videos documenting the band’s recent appearance.

Enjoy.

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and her cat on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine – finally…

My pussy taste like Pepsi-Cola, my eyes are wide like cherry pies. I got a taste for men who’re older. It’s always been, so it’s no surprise.   -Lana del Rey, Cola (Pussy)

20140714-lana-x600-1405357494Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started singing at the age of 18 and signed her first recording contract with 5 Points Records in 2007, releasing her first digital album Lana Del Ray in January 2010. Del Rey bought herself out of the contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010. She signed a joint contract with Interscope, Polydor, and Stranger Records in July 2011.

Del Rey released her second studio album Born to Die in January 2012. It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. A remix of its fifth single “Summertime Sadness”, produced by Cedric Gervais, became her highest-charting track on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 after peaking at number six in the country. Del Rey released her third extended play Paradise that November; three of its tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, which was premiered in December. Her third studio album Ultraviolence was released in June 2014 and debuted as number one on the Billboard 200. Pop critics referred to her as the new queen of pop.

Del Rey’s music has been noted for its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the 1950s and 1960s Americana. The singer has described herself as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra”. Musically, she draws influence from what she deems to be the masters of each genre, including Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney Spear.

After uploading a few of her tracks to her YouTube channel, Del Rey was discovered and signed by Stranger Records to release her debut single “Video Games”. She told The Observer, “I just put that song online a few months ago because it was my favourite. To be honest, it wasn’t going to be the single but people have really responded to it.” The song earned her a Q award for “Next Big Thing” in October 2011 and an Ivor Novello for “Best Contemporary Song” in 2012. The same month, she signed a joint deal with Interscope Records and Polydor to work on her second studio album Born to Die.

Del Rey built anticipation to the album by doing a number of live appearances, such as promotional concerts at the Bowery Ballroom and at the Chateau Marmont, and with performances at television shows such as De Wereld Draait Door, and Later… with Jools Holland.

Del Rey also performed two songs from the album on Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012 and received a negative response from critics and the general public. Del Rey’s performance was defended by the evening program’s guest host, actor Daniel Radcliffe, despite not having seen her performance. She had earlier defended her spot on the program, saying: “I’m a good musician […] I have been singing for a long time, and I think that [SNL creator] Lorne Michaels knows that […] it’s not a fluke decision.” The following week on SNL, Kristen Wiig impersonated Del Rey where she humorously defended herself during Weekend Update. When asked how long she was able to enjoy her success before she started receiving backlash, Del Rey said “I never felt any of the enjoyment. It was all bad, all of it.”

Born to Die was officially released on January 31, 2012 worldwide, and reached number one in 11 countries, though critical reaction was divided.The same week, Del Rey said that she bought back the rights to her 2010 debut album, and had plans to re-release it in the summer of 2012 under Interscope Records and Polydor.Contrary to Del Rey’s press statement, her previous record label and producer David Kahne have both stated that she bought the rights to the album when she and the label parted company, due to the offer of a new deal, in April 2010. Born to Die sold 3.4 million copies in 2012, making it the fifth-best-selling album of 2012. In the United States, Born to Die charted on the Billboard 200 album chart well into 2012, lingering at number 76, after 36 weeks on the chart.

Most of her fans who bought the album were (are?) teenagers. After all, if Elizabeth Woolridge Grant was “born to die” why not trying to get banged against the American flag and leave this planet satisfied.  Who wouldn’t do it?

It was all about  “fantasy” and “dreams” what made Elizabeth Woolridge Grant a narcissist and self-centered singer, one that thinks “Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn’s my mother. Jesus is my best friend. We don’t need nobody ’cause we got each other, or at least I pretend.”

She has been described as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and “Lolita lost in the hood”and her music has been noted for its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of 1950s and ’60s Americana.  Del Rey has also been called “a torch singer of the internet era” and “the anti-Gaga.” Born Lizzy Grant, Del Rey has attributed her work to various stage names including Lana Rey Del Mar, Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, and May Jailer. Settling on Lana Del Rey, the singer claims she selected the name because it was beautiful. First mention of the name Lana Del Rey came from her Spanish-speaking Cuban friends. Following in the shadow of artists like Prince and David Bowie, Del Rey chose her musical identity because it “reminded [her] of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.”

Drama Queen Del Rey has stylized her musical sound as “Hollywood sadcore”. Time said the solid core of her sound was “movie music”, with a fairy-dusting of harp and an ominous timpani, laid out over-top a hip hop vocal cadence. Her vocal style has been likened to rap. Of Born to Die, indie music journal Drowned in Sound wrote, “She likes that whole hip hop thing though, has this whole swagger thing going that not many women singers like her got,” adding that it sounded like a poppier Bond soundtrack. In “National Anthem”, “Off to the Races,” and “Diet Mountain Dew”, Del Rey employs this alternative rapping technique. Under the stage name Lizzy Grant, she called her music “Hawaiian glam metal”, while the work of her May Jailer project was acoustic. Attributed to many genres, Del Rey’s sound has been primarily linked to indie and pop, and experiments with hip hop and trip hop genres.

Ultraviolence is the third studio album by Del Rey, released on June 13, 2014 by Interscope and Polydor Records. Despite originally dismissing the possibility of releasing another record after her major-label debut Born to Die (2012), Del Rey began planning its follow-up in 2013. Production continued into 2014, at which time she heavily collaborated with Dan Auerbach to revamp what she initially considered to be the completed record. The project saw additional contributions from producers including Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, and Rick Nowels.

Ultraviolence received positive reviews from music critics, who commended its cohesiveness and overall production — as well as the number of copies sold. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 182,000 copies, becoming Del Rey’s first number-one album on the chart and the best-selling debut week of her career. Ultraviolence was preceded by the digital release of four singles, “West Coast”, “Shades of Cool”, “Ultraviolence”, and “Brooklyn Baby”.

After the release of Born to Die in 2012, Del Rey dismissed the idea of releasing another album, because she had “already said everything [she] wanted to say.”  However, by February 2013, Del Rey had started work on an album saying, “It’s a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark. I’ve been working on it really slowly but I love everything I’ve done. I’ve been writing in Santa Monica and I know what the record sounds like. Now I just have to finish it. Musically I’ve worked with the same three guys.” She mentioned that one of the songs off the album would be called “Black Beauty”. When the demo version leaked in July, Del Rey stated “I do feel discouraged, yeah. I don’t really know what to put on the record. But I guess I could just put them on and see what happens. Each time I write… I’ll never write a song if I don’t think it’s going to be perfect for the record.” She also stated that she was writing “low-key and stripped back” songs and was working with Dan Heath, her boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neill and that she wanted to work with Lou Reed.

In October, Del Rey said about the prospect of a new album, “When people ask me about it, I just have to be honest — I really don’t know. I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely — the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one. My muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying.”

 Ultraviolence is definitely Del Rey’s best album so far, and has put her on the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine. As usual, RS refers to women pop singers as “rockers”,  labeling Del Rey as a “rock diva”.  It seems like the RS critic did not had the time to do his homework, but just looked at the number of copies sold.

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An American in Hollywood – In Theaters July 18th, Watch Trailer

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An American in Hollywood” is an amusing and sardonic look at the artistic struggle minority artists face in the Entertainment Industry today. (watch the extended trailer below) – Hailing from New York City, a talented filmmaker Josiah aka “The Dissenter” (Richard Carroll Jr.) leads childhood friends and fellow artists Dorian and Paul (JD Williams and Hassan Johnson from HBO’s hit series “The Wire”) to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream.

Wielding the artistic powers of writing, directing, acting, stand-up comedy, drawing, and graffiti, this team of “Real Artists” battles the “Entertainment Empire” of Hollywood through a humorous and satirical comic book animation-based reality which showcases artists as super-heroes, and the materialistic corporate studio system as super-villains.

In LA, Josiah meets his match in a beautiful feisty young actress named Ayoka aka “Power Girl” (Azur-De). Backed by her crew of “Bad Girls” (including Amber Lee Ettinger and Samantha Esteban from “Training Day”/”Harsh Times”), Ayoka and Josiah embark on their own quest as they seek to create and succeed in Hollywood together. But then… they are confronted with an even deeper obstacle… life.

This film is a comedic tale of love, brotherhood, talent, betrayal, success, failure, and survival in the Entertainment Industry today. If you enjoyed “Love Jones”, “Entourage”, and “The Avengers”, you’ll love “An American in Hollywood”.

Written and Directed by NYU/Tisch alum Sai Varadan. Produced By V-Twinz Productions Inc. and released through AMC Independent. Opening in Select Theaters July 18th in NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Showing at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC. (234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) Click here for showtimes/tickets/info.

An American In Hollywood – Extended Trailer

 

 

 

Azur-De Interview — Black Hollywood Live’s Next

 

 

BHL: Next – In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Megan Thomas and Cortez West interview Azur-De.

Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Azur-De is no stranger to the spotlight. At the young age of 9, she began performing with the dance troupe “Positive Steps” where she traveled statewide and performed in sold out arenas during half time shows for the Lakers, Raiders, and Magic Johnson All Star Weekends.

Her passion for performance grew when she studied at “Faith Acting Studios” at the age of 12. What began as a hobby soon became a major influence in her growth as an artist.

Growing up in South Central LA gave her limited resources but she used it as motivation instead of an obstacle. In high school she was honored for excelling academically, leading the cheerleading team as Captain and Senior Class as President.

She was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley with an academic scholarship. It was then where she solidified her commitment to acting with a double major in Theater and Mass Communications. After performing in the stage play “I Aint Yo Uncle” where she channeled the life of Elizabeth, a mulatto slave who saves her husband in a slave revolt, she knew acting was what she wanted to do as a profession: Infuse characters with her truth while impacting the consciousness of audiences at the same time.

Now, a working stage and screen actress based in Los Angeles, Johnson’s passion, skill and audience have grown exponentially. After landing a lead role in the sequel BET horror film Somebody Help Me 2 , she went on to a recurring role in GMC Network’s dramatic series She’s Not Your Sister, opposite former 227 star Jackee Harry. She has been featured in over 20 national commercials. Most recently she was principle in a national commercial campaign for McDonald’s, the lead in the independent film An American In Hollywood, which debuted at the Urban World International Festival in New York and the lead actress in the acclaimed short film Stakes that has received raves from audiences and earned Best Short prize at the San Diego International Film Festival. Whether she’s playing victim, vixen or valedictorian, Azur-De imbues each character with a truth and texture viewers can’t help but connect with.

And when she isn’t disappearing behind a role, she keeps it moving. With dance, fitness, and yoga- Azur-De is happiest in motion. But it’s her work as co-founder of Give Back LA – a community outreach project in Skid Row that to date has helped feed over 15,000 families – that makes her most proud. Says Azur-De, “Creative artists have a great responsibility. We’re tasked with bringing about consciousness and empathy, and I love being a part of that in character and out.”

This interview was recorded July 11th, 2014.

 

Theatrical Release

July 18th

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AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

AMC Hamilton 24
325 Sloan Avenue
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
2121 New Jersey 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

AMC Neshaminy 24
660 Neshaminy Mall
Bensalem, PA 19020