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Former ‘American Pimp’ Turned Police Accountability Activist, Andre Taylor Revisits his Roots with ‘Many Shades of Dre’ Hip Hop Music and Video Project

SEATTLE, Wash. -- In what might appear to be a major contradiction of sorts, civic activist Andre Taylor is reflecting on his notoriously iconic, urban culture hustler past and bringing back his alter pimp ego, "Gorgeous Dre," with the release of his new music and video project, "Many Shades of Dre."

Always an outspoken figure, stemming back to his feature in the Hughes Brothers cult documentary film classic, "American Pimp," Taylor has garnered national mainstream accolades for his work and achievements on the frontline battle for police accountability, most recently concluding his appointment as a "street czar" consultant by the mayor of Seattle. "The Many Shades of Dre," an unapologetic exploration and dive back to his roots, is a multilayered music and video compilation, marking the evolution of Taylor from the mean streets to his former high-level executive suite.

Taylor has consistently brewed widespread controversy from both the left and right, with many questioning his ability to adeptly stride the road less traveled. From his street reign as a pimp, his transformation as a civil rights contender victoriously taking on the Seattle police department, to the appointment of his city position as "street czar," while battling and managing family loss and health issues, including a bout with Covid, Taylor continues to rise as an 21st century renaissance man and urban legend.

Married for 23 years, his wife, Dove, has stood by his side through it all, even sharing a kidney during a health scare when his failed. A true enigma of sorts, Taylor also boasts a son who graduated from Yale and a daughter who graduated from UCLA among his offspring!

There is a strong message in his perceived madness. His current single and video releases, "Like Me," "Knockin' Season" and "A Day in the Life" have amassed over six million views across social media platforms. With plans to drop a video with every track from the project, Taylor is determined to make his musical mark and reignite his street 'cred' and visibility.

When one is fully acquainted with the back story of Andre Taylor, it becomes clear that it takes more than salty opinions to deter him from his appointed mission to impact, enhance and save lives. With "Many Shades of Dre," Taylor makes no excuses for his illicit past, boldly recapturing and revisiting his pimp roots. On a musical voyage akin to what supporters are calling, "The Return of the American Pimp," Taylor makes peace with the fact that it is his maligned origins that paved the road to his rise as a venerated urban visionary.

Like Malcolm X, Andre Taylor rose from the gutter to achieve remarkable heights. His father was a pimp and his mother a prostitute. Following in their footsteps was perhaps predestined. A stint in prison saw him retiring from 'the game' before catapulting to pop culture fame in "American Pimp," the groundbreaking film that laid bare the subculture of pimping and pandering.

It was the tragic murder of his brother, Che Taylor, by Seattle police in 2016, that redirected his focus to civic activism. Taylor left Los Angeles for Seattle and founded the nonprofit organization, Not This Time. He began working with other families who had also experienced police related tragic losses and by 2018 had spearheaded the triumphant passing of I-940. An unprecedented initiative, I-940 makes it easier to criminally charge police officers believed to have wrongfully used deadly force.

Taylor has worked relentlessly on a grassroots level to secure recognition and justice for Seattle's marginalized communities. Not This Time received a city contract for a $100,000 contract to host a speaker series called 'Conversation with the Streets,' followed by a $150,000 contract positioning Taylor as the city's consulting 'street czar,' securing his expertise to de-escalate tensions and liaison the community and Capitol Hill.

"Not many can comprehend the depth of my life mission," cites Taylor, a man known for his gift of expression. "I can't stop to concern myself with continual explanation. When I was in the streets as a pimp, I was public enemy number one. Yet my activism and civic service had others perceiving me as a sellout. My life journey has challenged me to be true to myself and my God, no matter what."

"Like many successful artists, including Jay Z, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg, my evolution didn't start pretty," notes Taylor. "With 'Many Shades of Dre' there will be no more whispering and speculation about my past deeds. I'm laying my life bare, all of it. The man I was is not the man I am today, but the man I was made me the man I am today. Music has always been one of my strongest passions because of its ability to heal through self-expression and I am blessed to embark on this new journey."

Check out the music and videos for "Many Shades of Dre" as well as the revelations of Andre Taylor on his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/AndreTaylor and experience "A Day in the Life" starring comedian Cory Holcomb, his wife Dove and his son, Cashanovas-kp.

Get involved with "Not This Time" at https://notthistime.global/.

Follow the many shades of Andre Taylor on Instagram at @realgorgeousdre.

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World of Illumination Unveils Two New Experiences in Georgia

ATLANTA, Ga. -- World of Illumination - the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show - is unveiling two new theme parks in the Atlanta-metro area. Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton will be home to Arctic Adventure and Six Flags White Water in Marietta will house Rockin' Christmas. Both shows feature millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays synchronized to popular and beloved holiday music. The shows' construction is already underway and presale tickets are now on sale.

World of Illumination's Arctic Adventure is a polar-themed extravaganza that introduces guests to a 32-foot-tall snowman named Sunny and all of his tundra-bound friends. With whimsical winter characters and a simulated snowfall, visitors will be mesmerized by the larger-than-life, interactive nature of the experience, which opens November 12, 2021.

The musically themed Rockin' Christmas showcases such elements as gigantic boomboxes, iPods and jukeboxes along with DJ Santa and his sidekick the Little Drummer Boy spinning tunes for disco dancers. Additionally, a 500-foot long RGB LED tunnel doubles as Santa's magic portal. The show opens November 17.

Designed to be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of the guest's vehicle, both attractions are about one mile in length and take approximately 25-30 minutes to drive through.

"Our team is thrilled to be bringing these two state-of-the-art shows to Georgia," said Yakir Urman, World of Illumination CEO. "Each experience is completely different from the other and we hope Atlanta residents will visit both this holiday season."

World of Illumination's shows will be open nightly, including holidays, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All ticket prices are per vehicle, so guests can load up their cars with family and friends to enjoy the show.

From now until October 26, presale tickets are available for a discounted rate. A portion of proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish Georgia.

Online reservations are required and tickets will not be sold at the gate.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit https://www.worldofillumination.com/.

About World of Illumination:

With headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, World of Illumination is the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to holiday music. The company's theme parks are currently located in California, Arizona and Georgia. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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Exiled Afghan Artist Paints Without Arms or Legs – Inspires Hero Award

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Robaba Mohammadi, Afghanistan's most famous artist, who paints with her mouth due to a birth defect which denies her the use of her limbs, is reacting to the Taliban's recent takeover of her homeland by building a movement to honor Heroes everywhere, and seeks assistance from those who share her goals with the Robaba Art and Cultural Center.

According to Amy Chang and John Toomey, creators of the Fundly page set up to support her work, "Robaba needs assistance in helping her family emigrate to the U.S. as well as in setting up her Center to operate online."

Denied the usage of her arms and legs by a birth defect, Robaba started painting at age 12, learning to hold brushes in her mouth. Not only did she exhibit her paintings internationally by 16, but in 2019 she founded a school in Kabul, the Robaba Art and Cultural Center.

When the Taliban took over Kabul on August 16, they evicted the Center's employees and shut it down. Now it is rebuilding itself online.

The Center's latest project is the Hero Award (heroaward.net) which recognizes significant achievements on behalf of the UN's 17 Agenda for Sustainability Goals. Previous winners hail from Kenya, Bangla Desh, Indonesia, Colombia, and Malaysia.

"Robaba's immense courage and persistence, shown by her overcoming a profound disability to build a career as an artist, as well as being a mentor for others, is something that can inspire achievers all over the world," says Chang, "and that is what the Hero Award is designed to do."

The Hero Award is conferred monthly upon those who demonstrate extraordinary achievement. In some cases, sketches, caricatures, GIFs, memes, and paintings of the Honorees will be offered as NFTs on Robaba's marketplace. Her platform employs fiat currency, and therefore does not waste the massive amounts of electricity that other NFT marketplaces based on the Etherium blockchain do.

Proceeds from NFTs will be split between Award recipients and the Robaba Foundation, as Robaba wants to remain involved in furthering the Award winners' work.

At present Robaba and two siblings are outside of Afghanistan, and four family members remain in the country. The Foundation is reaching out to international aid organizations to help the whole family reunite.

To help Robaba, and support the Hero Awards, anyone can donate at https://fundly.com/help-disabled-artist-s-family-reach-u-s.

MORE INFORMATION ON HERO AWARD: https://www.heroaward.net/

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Bullying Prevention Month: Tackling Bullying is a Matter of Life and Death

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Bullying is a serious, often life-threatening issue. For Bullying Prevention Month, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of a humanitarian who found a simple way to change the culture of bullying to one of compassion.

When a rock and roll band called Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) launched its "30 Days-30 Rights" human rights school concert tour across America, they were hoping to create an impact. But they didn't expect they'd be saving lives.

R4HR founder and lead singer Wil Seabrook's idea for the tour was to help youth make a personal connection with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which lists out 30 rights everyone has by virtue of being human. They would use the booklets and videos of Youth for Human Rights International.

But the number one question on everyone's mind was "Why would a fifth-grader in Iowa care about human rights around the world? How do you make this subject real to that kid, and why should they care?"

Seabrook found the answer to that question at one of their first school concerts. In an auditorium filled with kids, he said, "Raise your hand if anybody's ever tried to bully you in your life." Immediately, almost every hand in the audience shot up.

"I've been fortunate enough to perform for tens of thousands of young people all over the world, sharing the vitally important information contained in the Youth For Human Rights materials," says Seabrook. "Everywhere I go and no matter the age of the audience, I've found that bullying is a universal problem."

This is all the more staggering when viewed through the lens of a CDC study that found suicide is the second leading cause of death among American youths age 14-18. What's more, a 2014 study found "a strong association" between bullying and suicide thoughts and attempts.

"Rock For Human Rights teaches young people that they have more power than they realize and that human rights begins in places closest to home," says Seabrook. "For students, this means the school environment they themselves create for each other. We receive success stories constantly after our performances from students saying they're going to take more personal responsibility for creating a safe and uplifting environment for their peers. The simple, powerful information in these booklets and video PSAs changes lives daily, and is a much-needed tool in the effort to end the bullying epidemic."

Youth for Human Rights International is the youth component of United for Human Rights. It is a global nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the purpose to teach youth about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. The United for Human Rights e-Course is available free of charge in 18 languages.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support United for Human Rights, the world's largest nongovernmental human rights awareness campaign. Scientology Churches sponsor chapters of the group.

The Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out human rights booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits.

The Church's support is inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's conviction that "It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights."

For more information, visit the Scientology Newsroom: https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/

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The World’s Largest Drive-Through Animated Light Show Is Coming to Southern California

ARCADIA, Calif. -- World of Illumination - the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show - is unveiling a brand new theme park called Reindeer Road in Arcadia, California. Slated to open November 17 at Santa Anita Park, the show's construction is already underway and presale tickets are now on sale.

Fully synchronized to popular and beloved holiday music, World of Illumination's Reindeer Road takes guests through mountainous terrain, northern ice caves and towering forests, all on a simulated journey to the mystical North Pole. Covering more than a million square feet, the experience contains the world's largest animated toy shop with over 250,000 sparkling lights.

In its entirety, Reindeer Road features millions of colorful LED lights and hundreds of state-of-the-art displays. Designed to be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of the guest's vehicle, the show is about one mile in length and takes approximately 25-30 minutes to drive through.

"Our team is working overtime to deliver a larger-than-life, completely immersive audio-visual experience to Southern California," said Yakir Urman, World of Illumination CEO. "Our goal is to provide an unforgettable event that creates lifelong memories for kids of all ages."

World of Illumination's Reindeer Road is open nightly, including holidays, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning November 17, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

All ticket prices are per vehicle, so guests can load up their cars with family and friends to enjoy the show. From now until October 26, presale tickets are available for a discounted rate. A portion of proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.

Online reservations are required and tickets will not be sold at the gate. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit https://www.worldofillumination.com/.

About World of Illumination:

With headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, World of Illumination is the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to holiday music. The company's theme parks are currently located in California, Arizona and Georgia. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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Bass Player Clint ‘Payback’ Sands Rallies Hip Hop Pioneers for Check Your Risk Campaign for Diabetes Awareness Month

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Coolio, Kid Frost and the Dogg Pound's Kurupt are just a few of the hip hop pioneer veterans who responded when bass player/ music producer Clint "Payback" Sands reached out to his friends, inviting them to sound the alarm and participate in the "Check Your Risk" (CYR) awareness campaign for National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Month in November. The campaign, an initiative of Marci Kenon, founder of the New York-based Preventive Lifestyle Assistance Network (PLAN), alongside Alicia Hollins, founder of The Eight, a Riverside, CA based community service organization, was originally launched in November 2020, in an effort to break the chains that type 2 diabetes has on members of underserved communities.

CYR encourages prevention with a quick online survey. The free "Check Your Risk" assessment can be taken at https://www.checkyourrisk.org/survey.

Actor Keith Robinson ("Dreamgirls"), rappers Ms. Toi, Spice 1, and Dana Dane also a sampling of the many artists that joined the campaign effort and sent their video appeals. Participants DJ/producer Battlecat and lyricist Kokane shared stories of their struggles and triumphs in combatting this lifestyle disease plaguing Blacks and Latinos throughout the country. New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams gave support to the 2020 inaugural launch by providing a webinar hosted by The Eight and PLAN, the organizations run by Hollins and Kenon, respectively.

"Thirty-four million people in the United States have diabetes," laments Clint "Payback" Sands, who has played bass on numerous rap albums for artists including Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg, noting recent stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site. In his promotional video for the new CYR campaign, he further reveals, "One in five don't even know if they have it. I have type 2 diabetes. I was lucky. I only lost some toes. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie recently lost his life to complications related to type 2 diabetes. Knowing your risk can save your life."

The CYR video promotion seeks to encourage respondents to anonymously answer online eight questions devised by the CDC. They are then recommended to go for an annual exam that includes bloodwork and to take the results with them. They can also choose to be directed to online prevention programs and health challenges to assist them with proper nutrition, a variety of exercise programs, and the daily support and accountability they need to thrive.

"While working with the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), a couple of things became clear immediately," says Kenon, a Harlem-based certified lifestyle coach and fitness trainer who has personally stayed a step ahead of a 2012 prediabetes diagnosis. "People do not know they have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Both are preventable and reversible through positive lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. I have been amazed by the health transformations of clients who have completed PLAN's DPP classes. But too few people know about these prevention programs and have access to them. We are trying to change that."

The Eight's Alicia Hollins, who recently shed over 100 pounds and has spent years serving the needs of marginalized families in California's Riverside county adds, "What people don't know about their personal risk can hurt them. We know the power of influencers to aid in our mission to eradicate diabetes. With the help of a growing number of celebrities and corporate leaders, we are looking to reach far more people in underserved communities this year. Perhaps, we'll even reach our one million goal!"

Take the Check Your Risk survey at https://www.checkyourrisk.org/.

Check out Clint "Payback" Sands and his celebrity friends at https://youtu.be/7lqs5lAHLbI and https://youtu.be/YqCPkBad_cQ.

For more information on PLAN and The Eight, go to https://www.joinplanglobal.com/ and https://www.theeight501c3.org/contact.

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‘FRIDAY THE 13TH’ spin-off, ’13 FANBOY’ Coming to a Theater Near You

RUIDOSO, N.M. -- 13 Fanboy LLC announces: After 12 years without a "FRIDAY THE 13TH" film, fans are hungry for new blood. Enter Deborah Voorhees (yes, that is her real name), star of "FRIDAY THE 13TH part 5," and director of the October 22, 2021 horror film "13 FANBOY."

With "FRIDAY THE 13TH" tied up in legal battles fans are not likely to see the iconic killer Jason Voorhees return to Camp Crystal Lake anytime soon.

"We can't bring you an official 'FRIDAY THE 13TH' movie," says producer Joel Paul Reisig. "That's why Deborah Voorhees and I sat down and created this new franchise."

Reisig's previous credits include over 20 feature films; his most recent one being picked up by Universal Studios. "We really listened to the fans," says Voorhees, who also directed the film and plays a small role. "We wanted to stay true to the legionary movies of the 80s. This is truly a throwback film by fans and for fans."

"13 FANBOY" is about an obsessed fan who stalks (and kills) his favorite actresses from the original "FRIDAY THE 13TH" and "HALLOWEEN" films. The story follows Kelsie Voorhees, who as a child witnesses the murder of her grandmother, "FRIDAY THE 13TH" actress Deborah Voorhees, at the hands of a crazed fanboy. As an adult, Kelsie discovers her grandmother isn't the only victim and the killer is still hunting his favorite "FRIDAY THE 13TH" cast members and iconic scream queens to slaughter.

"Horror fans are the best," says Voorhees, "but every once in a while, you get that one that feels scary. I've received texts saying, 'I'm watching you right now,' or 'wouldn't it be cool if you were killed like you died in the film?'"

The cast includes actors and actresses from the original 80s films, iconic scream queens playing fictionalized versions of themselves. The star lineup includes Cory Feldman, Kane Hodder, C.J. Graham, Tracie Savage, Judi Aronson and many more from the original series. Legendary actress Dee Wallace ("HALLOWEEN," "CUJO," "CRITTERS," "THE HILLS HAVE EYES," "THE HOLLOWING," and "E.T.") leads the film. Adrienne King, star of the original "FRIDAY THE 13TH" passed on appearing in "13 FANBOY," stating that the film was "too real, too scary."

"13 FANBOY" is distributed by Deskpop Entertainment, it will play in limited theaters in North America and London, opening on October 22, 2021. It will also be available for purchase on all major VOD networks on the same day.

Please visit our website https://www.13fanboy.com/ to view the trailer, locations showing the film, and more information.

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Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale present their Return to the Stage with the annual Holiday POPS Spectacular!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Golden State Pops Orchestra announces their Return to the Stage with the "Holiday POPS Spectacular" on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8pm in the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Celebrate the holiday season with Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale with a festive performance of timeless holiday film music, traditional favorites, special guests, and snow!

The Golden State Pops Orchestra's acclaimed production "Holiday POPS Spectacular" makes its triumphant return with joyous music and high spirits on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8pm in the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Celebrate the holiday season with Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale the only way they know how: through a festive performance of timeless holiday film music, traditional favorites, special guests, and snow!

Maestro Fox said, "We cannot wait to finally return to the stage and create a shared experience with our audience this holiday season. It is one of my favorite performances every year when we get to see the smiles on the faces of families as they leave the theatre."

This concert will include two world premieres: A musical suite from the movie "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey," and a musical suite with narration from the movie "Elf," which will feature Bill Rogers (the Voice of Disneyland) as the narrator. Vocalist Drew Tablak will also join the fun performing Maestro Fox's new revised arrangement of O Holy Night. Other music includes "Somewhere in My Memory" from Home Alone, by John Williams, Stille Nacht, arranged by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, "God Bless Us Everyone," by Alan Silvestri & Glen Ballard, arranged by William Ross, a medley of traditional carols and A Christmas Sing-Along.

Tickets range from $27 to $75. Visit https://www.gspo.com/ or call 310-433-8774 for more information and to purchase your tickets today.

About the Golden State Pops Orchestra:

With a driving mission to create, develop and present innovative and fresh orchestral concerts, the Golden State Pops Orchestra (GSPO) is quickly becoming nationally known as a pioneer in providing quality film music with a second life on the concert stage, in productions that absorb audiences from beginning to end. The orchestra performs a wide variety of musical repertoire, including classical, Broadway, pop music and even video game soundtracks. However, the primary focus of the GSPO remains film music, a specialty of the orchestra since its founding in 2002.

The orchestra is composed of professional freelance musicians from around the Los Angeles area and operates under a Metropolitan Agreement with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47. One of GSPO's core values is the continuous advancement of our artistic capacity and production values, while maintaining a focus on high-quality performance. We work constantly to build even more relationships with composers and entertainment industry professionals, and to bring our unique brand of entertainment to world-renowned venues throughout Southern California.

Learn more at: https://www.gspo.com/ or call 310-433-8774.

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Sue Larsen, Singer-Songwriter, Releases her Third Single, Which Pokes Fun at Not Accepting a Relationship Ending

NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. -- Bijoux Music Group LLC announced Sue Larsen's next pop single, "You Will Always Be There" is being released today, under the Bijoux Music Group LLC label and produced by Sue Larsen. It can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora and all other streaming platforms. It is also available on Amazon and the iTunes Store for download as a mp3.

"You Will Always Be There" is about a relationship destined to end and the struggle someone has when they resist that reality. In the music video, Sue doesn't take out the violin and say feel sorry for me. Rather she has fun with it.

As Sue explains, "Now, I was much younger when I wrote this one...that explains the naivety at best or the delusion at worst. I certainly know now all relationships must eventually end. Well, this is cool because at my age...and some of you know what that is...I get to play a desperate, afraid to be alone, afraid of not being loved, afraid of not belonging, afraid of not being or doing enough, afraid of being afraid type of person. Perfect!"

Sue Larsen is an independent artist who has been crafting songs for over forty years. She has recreated herself learning and doing the pieces of this "DIY" music business as an independent artist and she is hoping others may be inspired to change what they are doing or being after seeing her story. As Sue explains, "No matter what age you are, following your dreams, passions, or creative ideas is always a possibility if one is willing to do the work. I know so many people who feel stuck or caged in by their own choices and beliefs. There are always choices although, they may not be easy to make."

Sue Larsen is out of North Castle, New York and has lived in Westchester County, N.Y., her entire life. She has been in the music business for 40 plus years as a performer/songwriter and she retired a couple of years ago from her human resource position so that she could learn what was needed in regards to this "new" DIY music business.

She set up her own publishing and recording company, Bijoux Music Group LLC, and has a home studio. She has been her own producer and engineer for the recording, mixing, and mastering of her previously released songs and the track she just released. She also performed all the vocals and instrumentation on each song. Ms. Larsen also learned how to produce and edit the music videos for her songs.

She released "Sleeping Alone Again" in Dec. of 2020 and it made it to Pandora's premium services and radio play so, as she put it, "Being it was my first attempt at this, I thought that was pretty cool." Her second song, "Hardly Hiding," a song about unexpected love, was featured on WHUD 100.7 FM along with an interview with host Andy Bale this past April.

About Bijoux Music Group LLC:

Bijoux Music Group LLC(R) is a registered trademark in the US and is a publishing company and record label. It also supplies live music in the greater New York area and creates audio-visual presentations for personal and business use.

About Sue Larsen:

Sue Larsen has reinvented herself within her 40+ years in the entertainment field and has come full circle. From performing her own songs starting at the age of 17 in NYC nightclubs, to performing "cover songs" for a myriad of events and gatherings, back to songwriting and producing her own songs for worldwide distribution. It is Ms. Larsen's hope that her songs may resonate with others and help people heal from their more challenging experiences.

For More Information about Sue Larsen and to hear her other songs: https://suelarsen.biz

Link for "You Will Always Be There" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO8OqoAsVkQ

Bijoux Music Group: https://sites.google.com/site/bijouxmusicgroup/Home

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DJ Expression: A Master of Mixtapes Drops New Release

DALLAS, Texas -- DJ Expression, also known as Peter O Okeke, has vowed to make a difference and to add value to the music industry by pushing the AfroBeat genre. Nigerian-born, this musical artist has developed a unique style where he's created a signature blend of mixes and sounds. Now, he's excited to announce a new mixtape to drop this week - "Traffic Light" (AFROBEAT Vol. 14).

Blending and connecting musical genres such as AfroBeats to pop, R&B, hip-hip, reggae, soca, zouk, K-pop, dancehall, Kompa, kizomba, EDM and house music came easily to him. That's likely one reason that the Nigerian pop star, Kizz Daniel, asked Peter to be his official DJ.

"Touring with Kizz has really been an amazing experience and made me a better artist. I love to collaborate with anyone making great music," he says.

For DJ Expression, it's all about diversity and delivering his message to the widest audience possible. He wants everyone to connect and relate to his music in every aspect of their life and isn't afraid to shake things up.

"This new mixtape drop is a little different from what I normally do," DJ Expression says. "I'm hyping more and not just mixing."

DJ Expression plans to continue sharing his passion with the world by creating seductive new mixes that appeal to people from many different backgrounds on multiple levels.

"It can only get better," he says. "My mission is to live to express not impress."

So, what else is ahead for DJ Expression? Look for a new song to drop soon too that features the Nigerian record producer, DJ, band director, pianist, and songwriter, Masterkraft.

About DJ Expression

Born in Lagos, Nigeria and Edo bred, DJ Expression first developed his passion for creating and entertaining while growing up on the streets of Mushin Lagos. It was there that he was first inspired to make mixes for his dance team. His was quickly recognized and featured as a dancer and DJ for large concerts in Lagos. After graduating from high school, he moved to the U.S. to advance his education in recording arts and sound engineering.

He's collaborated on projects with multiple artists, producers and directors and describes himself as a "visual innovator."

For more information: https://djexpression.com/.

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