Banks (@hernameisbanks)- Brain

Banks Brain

As we wait on the debut album from the Los Angeles singer-songwriter Banks, she has decided to release a new track entitled “Brain.” Banks spent last fall supporting her debut EP, London, on the road while opening for the Weeknd. A U.K. tour is set for March, and Banks will return to the States this spring to perform at Coachella and at the Governor’s Ball fest. “Brain” is the latest preview of Banks’ debut album, due out later this year on Harvest Records in the United States.

4 ways to stay involved after the 2014 National Day of Service

mlkjJanuary 20, 2014 is the US federal holiday dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service. The day provides a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s dream of civic engagement by getting out into their communities and making a difference. MLK Day doesn’t stop on January 20th it is a philosophy of service that should be carried on throughout the year. Here are a few simple ways to put action into play on Dr. Kings’ dream:

 

Volunteer

Support your community by volunteering  at a local soup kitchen; food bank, public library, nursing home, homeless or animal shelter.

Advocate

Let your voice be a tool used for change. You can join several organizations that specialize in advocacy, sign a petition for change via change.org or hand out flyers with useful information. You can even sit on your community or town hall as a volunteer board member.

Organize

Become a leader in your neighborhood and gather support for community forums, town hall meetings, community clean up, feed the homeless initiatives.

Donate

Apart from money; the most valuable thing you can donate is your time. With so many underserved youth out there you can make an impact by signing up to mentor at a boys and girls club or other mentorship programs.

Donating clothing , furniture or your car to goodwill and/or charity orgs.

Sharing your knowledge  through tutoring a child or teaching a class at a local learning center.

Make an impact by sharing resources with women’s shelters and non-profit groups that support the disabled or visually impaired (Columbia lighthouse for the blind). Donating computers and practical items such as desks, chairs and toiletries can always help further initiatives.

Visit AllForGood.org  or the UnitedWay.org to find more opportunities in your area.

These are just a few ideas but if you know of any other ways to stay involved and would like to share; comment below.

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A few facts about MLK National Day of Service:

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Information Courtesy of MLK.gov

Do you have what it takes to be on top? #ANTM is casting models for Cycle 21 beginning in December!!!

Washington, DC (metro area)
Saturday, December 14
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fashion Center at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202

BRING:
• One close-up photo of your face framed from your chest to the top of your head (not smiling, fierce)
• One full body clothed facing front slight pose photo (not smiling, fierce)
• One full body bathing suit shot – posed STANDING facing front photo slight pose.  (not smiling, fierce)
* We will also accept a few of your favorite professional photos if you would like to bring those, but this is not mandatory.

**To be eligible for the show you must be between the ages of 18 and 27 at the time of application
** Men must be 5’10” or taller and women must be 5’6″ or taller.

For more info and to download an application visit cwtv

Listed Cities and dates

Sacramento, CA
Tuesday, December 3
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blake Austin College Beauty Academy
1679 E. Monte Vista Avenue, Suite 200 (in the Nut Tree Shopping Plaza)
Vacaville, CA 95688

Tallahassee, FL
Thursday, December 5
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Seminole Grand Apartments
1501 West Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA
Thursday, December 5
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Shoppes at Montage
1035 Shoppes Blvd
Moosic, PA 18507

Montgomery, AL
Friday, December 6
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Comfort Inn
10015 Chantilly Pkwy
Montgomery, AL 36117

Toledo,OH
Friday, December 6
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
3034 Wilford Dr
Toledo, OH 43615

Portland, ME
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
CoCo Cheveux Salon
198 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106

Fort Smith/Fayettville, AR
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hill Place student Apartments
754 South Royal Oak Parkway
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72705-6302

Peoria-Bloomington, IL
Saturday, December 7
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Bridal Elegance
205 W Etna Rd
Ottowa, IL 61350

Portland, OR
Saturday, December 7
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Phagans School of Hair Design
Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97086

Madison, WI
Saturday, December 7
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Red Zone Sports Bar
1212 Regent St
Madison, WI 53715

Sioux City, IA
Saturday, December 7
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Northwest Iowa Community College
Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center Facility
603 West Park St.
Sheldon, IA 51201-1060

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Saturday, December 7
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Shops at West End
1621 West End Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Alexandria, LA
Saturday, December 7
2:00 PM
Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, December 8
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Samy’s Camera
1090 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Bend, OR
Sunday, December 8
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sun Mountain Fun Center
300 N.E. River Mall Ave.
Bend, OR 97701

Savannah, GA
Monday, December 9
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Savannah Theatre
222 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401

Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, December 10
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Latitude 40
200 Quinn Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Lansing, MI
Tuesday, December 10
5:00 PM
Fantastic Finds
2925 Wood St.
Lansing, MI 48906

Tampa, FL
Wednesday, December 11
10:30 AM-3:00 PM
T. Pepin Hospitality Center
4121 N. 50th Street
Tampa, FL 33610

Greenville, NC
Wednesday, December 11
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Heritage at Arlington
2700 Arlington Blvd.
Greenville, NC

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
Thursday, December 12
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sheen Magazine
22 Howard Creek Drive
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

Wilmington, NC
Friday, December 13
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sanders Ford
1135 Lejeune Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Bakersfield, CA
Saturday, December 14
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Padre Hotel
1702 18th
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Washington, DC
Saturday, December 14
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fashion Center @ Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202

Columbus, GA
Saturday, December 14
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Peachtree Mall
3131 Manchester Expy
Columbus, GA 31909

Erie, PA
Saturday, December 14
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Millcreek Mall
5800 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16565

San Diego, CA
Sunday, December 15
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bellus Academy
1520 E. Plaza Blvd
National City, CA 91950

Wilmington, NC
Sunday, December 15
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Indigo Silver Studios
5552 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC

Current Vibes: @AlejandroChal | Ballroom Riots

Dope new artist out of LA, Alejandro Chal.

Get into what sounds like a heavily 90s inspired mix.

Lost in the Shadows so far is my personal favorite, I can easily see it being amplified in some DJ’s club mix or bringing life to any haute runway performance. Anyways enjoy for yourself and leave your comments below.

Check out the official Ballroom Riots video:

A.CHAL – Ballroom Riots Music Video from Remote Forest Films on Vimeo.

Connect with A.Chal on Twitter: @AlejandroChal Instagram:@A_Chal and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/achal.music

Current Vibes: @Kelelam | Cut 4 Me (Mixtape)

Recently featured on Solange Knowles debut record label release album “Saint Heron”. Kelela is creeping up from behind a silk curtain of sultry sounds wrapped in remnants of edm and r&b. Get your whole entire life right off this mixtape by fading into these tracks and remember to share your thoughts below.