🇨🇦Johnny Orlando 🔥First Play Live (CBC Music)🔥

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Johnny Orlando and Hayden Summerall throw an epic party to kick off their spring Teenage Fever Tour.

CBC Music – Published on May 2, 2019

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Excited to finally share the Teenage Fever CBC First Play Live with you guys! Watch the full session of all 6 songs below   CBC Music

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Johnny Orlando | Deep Down | First Play Live

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Johnny Orlando | Waste My Time | First Play Live

 

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Johnny Orlando | Piece of My Heart | First Play Live

 

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Johnny Orlando | Why | First Play Live

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Johnny Orlando | Sleep | First Play Live

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Johnny Orlando | Last Summer | First Play Live

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Johnny Orlando | What If | First Play Live

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🇨🇦 Johnny Orlando🔥Europe Tour ⚡️2018⚡️

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Official Video by Johnny Orlando performing “Last Summer”. (C) 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

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2017 was the start of some big moves for Johnny Orlando. After a few years of regional buzz, the Canadian 15-year-old made a true breakthrough, with “Missing You,”“The Most” and “Everything” turning lots of heads. The singer, who got his start at the age of eight by posting covers on YouTube and has amassed an impressive social media following, exploded into a pro with almost 3.5 Million YouTube subscribers. 2018 has marked another leap. The Ontario native is trying his hand at acting in the witchy Web series ‘Total Eclipse,’ which also features his pal Mackenzie Ziegler and sister Lauren Orlando. He’s put his spin on songs by everyone from Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, but we had him into Vevo to do a pair of tunes of his own, “Last Summer” and “What If.” The dude who fell in love with music as a child when his parents played Counting Crows nonstop sounds great in both of his performances. Be sure to share ’em with other Orlando zealots.

The Canadian teen started with covers of everyone from to Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, and now fans are loving his own music. Share our exclusive live performances of “What If” and “Last Summer” with other Johnny fans! check’em Johnny Orlando – Official Performances

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WE Day in Toronto, Canada Sept 20, 2018.

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Johnny Orlando performs What If live at the 2018 WE Day in Toronto, Canada.
What If is Johnny’s own song released earlier this year as a duet with Mackenzie Ziegler.
Here he performs a special live solo version for the Toronto WE Day audience.

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CBBC SUMMER SOCIAL

Liverpool United Kingdom August 3 – 5, 2018

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Johnny Orlando: What If (Acoustic) LIVE at CBBC Summer Social (4/8/18)

Canadian Johnny Orlando posted his first music video on YouTube at the age of 8, as a one-off for family and friends, but such were the views and response from a much wider audience that he continued to post and quickly started building a fan base.
Johnny has since gone on to release singles which have charted on iTunes and has performed live to thousands of fans on tour. His YouTube subscribers now, at the age of just 15, have grown to over 3 million.
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Day #1 – Johnny Orlando performs live on the main stage at the CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, UK.
Johnny performs Shawn Mendes’ In My Blood and his own songs Missing You, Thinking About You, Everything, and The Most.

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Day #3 – Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler perform together at the CBBC Summer Social.

Johnny and Kenzie perform two duets, What If and Day & Night, in front a young crowd in Liverpool, and broadcast live across the UK on the CBBC TV channel.

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Johnny Orlando on stage at the CBBC Summer Social.

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 Johnny Orlando Nominated at iHeart Radio Music Video Awards for:

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Johnny Orlando @johnnyorlando – my MMVA category is not fan voted, it is chosen by Much Music / iHeart Radio. but thank u guys for always being ready to support.

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Big things to come for the 15 year old

Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 2003, Johnny Orlando created his YouTube channel at the age of eight with the help of his sister where he began posting covers of pop songs. Fast Welcome Johnnyforward seven years and his channel now boasts over 3 million subscribers. His Twitter is edging in on the million mark and his Instagram is followed by over 5 million loyal fans.

While anything Johnny does is pretty much swoon-worthy in the eyes of his fans, it’s his covers that are guaranteed to convert you into one of those fans. The proof is in the numbers – some videos have seen nearly 40 million views. He’s covered many artists, such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Drake, Justin Bieber and more.

His latest cover of Shawn Mendes’ new song “In My Blood” is SO good. Check it out:

In 2017, Johnny co-headlined a sold-out tour with none other than Dance Moms alum, and one of his best friends, Mackenzie Ziegler, and the pair have since rosesannounced European dates for this summer. But it’s not all about covers, following the announcement of his signing to Umusic, Johnny released his new single “What If” with Mackenzie.

We’re going ahead and saying this just may be your song of the summer. It’s not only super catchy, but totally relatable. It’s about what it’s like to be crushing on a close friend and wondering what it would be like if the friendship became something more. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Watch “What If” now:

This is just the beginning for 15 year old Johnny Orlando and there’s so much more to come. Loving Johnny and his new song? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic.

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🇨🇦 Honourable Dwight Ball 🇨🇦

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”Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —Bill Clinton

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Sept 11, 2019 -The world was forever changed 18 years ago today. On September 11, 2001, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians opened their doors, and their hearts, to the world. The power of kindness transformed something so terrible into something we can forever be proud of. Today we remember all those who were lost and reflect on the events of that day and how the world has changed since. It seems so common now on this day to ask friends and colleagues “where were you on 9/11?” Well, I was working at the pharmacy at that time, long before entering into provincial politics, and the day started off like any other Tuesday. Then, like many of you at work or school that morning, I heard the terrible news of the attacks in New York City. I remember feeling that same sense of shock, fear and sadness that you all felt on that day. We’re all connected, and tragedy brings us closer. As Premier, I’m extraordinary proud of the people of our province every day, but especially today as I look back at the generosity and selflessness you showed by welcoming thousands of strangers into your homes – because it was the right thing to do. ~ Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Dwight Ball is the 13th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From a young age, Dwight Ball was taught the value of hard work and community, and that if you can contribute, you should. He has consistently demonstrated these values in his professional life and in public service, having been recognized with a number of awards for his community leadership and involvement.

Having spent decades as a healthcare professional and an entrepreneur in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball understands the needs and challenges of communities in the province – and he has dedicated himself to public service in order to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dwight defines his leadership philosophy in the following terms:
“We are forming government not because of what I or my party has done, but because of what we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have done together – and what we will do. Every day I will consider the input of the more than 500,000 advisors across our province. Every day I’ll work tirelessly to put their advice into action that will result in a stronger tomorrow and a brighter future for us all.”

Dwight Ball, leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been involved in provincial politics since 2007, when he was first elected to represent the district of Humber Valley. Dwight was re-elected in 2011 and began serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in January 2012 until November 30, 2015 when his party won government.

31958848_1632665876829591_6794133586434850816_nBefore entering politics, Dwight Ball had a successful career in business and as a community leader. He attended the School of Pharmacy in St. John’s at the age of 17 and moved back to Deer Lake upon completion. Beginning with the franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy, Dwight’s business operations expanded to include personal care homes, real estate development, and venture capital investments. He has also been recognized as an entrepreneur and an employer of several hundred people across his businesses.

Dwight Ball has also been heavily involved in community and professional organizations. He’s a past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a past president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, a board member of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2006 Humber Valley Winter Games, a board member for the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank, and the west coast director for Senior Hockey in NL.

Dwight was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, the highest honour for a community pharmacist. He was given the Pride of the Town Award from the Town of Deer Lake in recognition of his commitment to community service. He was awarded Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.

Dwight and his wife Sharon reside in Deer Lake. He has one daughter, Jade. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.

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🇨🇦 Impacts of COVID-19: LGBTQI2S Community in Focus🏳️‍🌈

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Egale recently partnered with  Innovative Research Group (INNOVATIVE) to include LGBTQI2S communities in a national study on the impacts of COVID-19 and the needs of Canadians during this health crisis. The newly released report,  Impacts of COVID-19: Canada’s LGBTQI2S Community in Focus, , uncovers alarmingly disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable LGBTQI2S communities across several priority areas including household finances, job loss, mental and physical health, overall quality of life, and more.

The survey results show a telling contrast between Canada’s LGBTQI2S community and the broader Canadian population. Although astonishing, the results are not unexpected. Below are some of the key findings;

More than half (52%) of Canada’s LGBTQI2S households have faced lay-offs or reduced employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 39% of overall Canadian households.
The perceived negative impacts on mental health over time increase exponentially for LGBTQI2S people with nearly 60% of LGBTQI2S respondents reporting that they expect their mental health to be negatively impacted in the next 2 months compared to only 42% of the general public
Additionally, LGBTQI2S people are significantly more likely to have a chronic illness or physical disability, both of which come with many barriers and risks during a time of crisis. The report also shows that over time, the perceived or expected impacts on LGBTQI2S people rises at an exponentially higher rate than the average Canadian – in some areas there is nearly a 25% increase in perceived or expected negative impacts for particularly vulnerable LGBTQI2S people.

Every inch closer that we come to closing the data gap is one step forward towards a more inclusive Canada. Our community is facing critical needs that show the potential to worsen over time – now is the time to be looking at the problems that are on the horizon, not just for LGBTQI2S people, but for everyone.

This is only a starting point. The government needs to apply this timely research to decision making frameworks and policies that assist vulnerable LGBTQI2S communities across Canada.

The full research report is available in French and English here..

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🇨🇦 The Terry Fox Foundation🏃

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Terry Fox’s legacy lives on 40 years after his Marathon of Hope started in St. John’s

40 years since iconic Canadian started his inspiring journey to raise money, awareness for cancer research

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Ask anyone to put together a list of the Top 10 Canadians of all time, and chances are Terry Fox will make the cut.”He’s iconic in our country,” said Donna Ball, who met Fox on two occasions in St. John’s. “Many refer to him as Canada’s greatest hero for many reasons — even people who have never had cancer. It’s more about hope and encouragement and inspiration and being the best that you can be and doing everything to the best of your ability. … That’s his legacy.”

The Port Coquitlam, B.C., native’s Marathon of Hope in 1980 captivated people across the country and brought a newfound visibility to cancer. His goal was to raise funds and awareness for cancer research by running across Canada with an artificial leg — his right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with bone cancer. It’s been 40 years since he started that trek on April 12, 1980, and though he ultimately had to cut his run short in Thunder Bay, Ont., after it was determined the cancer had spread to his lungs, the repercussions of what Fox did to shine a spotlight on the disease are still being felt to this day.

Lasting legacy

Ethan Smallwood of Clarke’s Beach dressed up as Terry Fox for Halloween last year to help raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. His fundraising efforts totalled close to $23,000. — CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Ethan Smallwood of Clarke’s Beach dressed up as Terry Fox for Halloween last year to help raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. His fundraising efforts totalled close to $23,000. — CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research have been raised in Fox’s name since his death in 1981 at the age of 22, with most of that money coming from annual runs held in communities across Canada. Children still learn about Fox and take part in their own school-based runs. Last Halloween, seven-year-old Ethan Smallwood of Clarke’s Beach dressed up as Fox and raised $23,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s connection to Fox’s legacy is firmly cemented in history, as it was in St. John’s that his journey began. A bronze sculpture of Fox located at a memorial park at the east end of Water Street honours Mile Zero of that journey. Oddly enough, it was half-expected he would skip the province altogether.

“We had five days’ notice that he was coming,” recalled Rev. Bill Strong, who was then working as the provincial field supervisor for the Canadian Cancer Society, the charity Fox was supporting with his run. “Originally, the plan was the Cancer Society thought he would start from Halifax. Terry held out and said, ‘No,’ he wanted to come to Newfoundland.”

Ball speculates the decision to start in St. John’s was partially informed by a fondness he already had for the city and province. An excellent athlete, Fox first came to the city in 1978 for what was then called the Canadian Games for the Physically Disabled. Ball was working her first summer job for the games at a registration desk when Team British Columbia arrived. Fox was competing in wheelchair basketball.

“We just had a fun interaction while we were doing the registration process,” Ball recalled, adding he had a great sense of humour and a beautiful smile, and was down to earth. “I can’t remember to this day all the things we talked about, but I was trying to welcome them to Newfoundland, like a Newfoundlander would do. They were just having a lot of fun.”

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The Telegram published this photo of Terry Fox training at a track and field facility in St. John's April 10, 1980, two days before he started his Marathon of Hope. — TELEGRAM FILE PHOTO
The Telegram published this photo of Terry Fox training at a track and field facility in St. John’s April 10, 1980, two days before he started his Marathon of Hope. — TELEGRAM FILE PHOTO

Strong was grateful to spend time with Fox before he started the historic run, showing him around St. John’s and even having him over for a meal. Strong’s mother hemmed some of Fox’s athletic wear during the visit.

Meanwhile, Ball caught wind of Fox’s arrival in the city when her mom mentioned an article in The Evening Telegram about his Marathon of Hope. After the games in 1978, Ball corresponded with a couple of the athletes by mail, including Fox. Though she was not up to speed on his plans for the Marathon of Hope, Ball did know through the letters he had been training hard on running.

“He doesn’t in those letters mention that he’s planning to run across Canada. It was very, very early in his thinking, but he was training to run long distance. … He says that he’s running seven days in a nine-day cycle and adding a half-mile every nine days. You can tell he’s got a regime he’s using.”

Fox spoke, too, in the letters of being prone to injury since he was working with a fairly rudimentary prosthesis. He was lifting weights and pushing his wheelchair up a mountain to increase his body strength.

In his letters, Fox also alluded to some of the goals that ultimately inspired his Marathon of Hope.

“He talks about wanting to help people and wanting to inspire people,” Ball said.

After learning he was back in the city, Ball reconnected with Fox at the Holiday Inn, where he was staying with his friend, Doug Alward, who accompanied Fox in a camper van. She was also at city hall the next day to see him start the Marathon of Hope.

Connecting with people

According to Strong, the fanfare for Fox in Newfoundland really picked up as he went further west. There was a great reception for him in Stephenville, where he ran along the main street and received support from onlookers, as well as in St. George’s and Port aux Basques. A total of $30,000 was raised during Fox’s run across the island. He reached Port aux Basques on May 6.

“I remember there was a speech in St. George’s,” recalled Strong, who by this point was accompanying Fox and Alward. “I remarked to Doug that he’s either going to do this or he’s going to die trying. Sadly, that’s the way it turned out.”

By then, Fox had a routine in place where he would run for 12 miles and then rest for a couple of hours, and then continue. Typically, he would look to finish running for the day by two or three o’clock in the afternoon.

“He had a number of issues with the stump on his leg where sometimes that didn’t always shift right, and it would cause some pain and it bled from time to time, but he adjusted and dealt with that as best he could,” said Strong.

Goal-oriented

Strong was amazed to see first-hand how focused and determined Fox was when it came to working toward goals, admitting people within the Canadian Cancer Society at the time did not fully grasp what the young man was accomplishing until his Marathon of Hope moved further along. Today, it’s a bit easier to fully comprehend what he did.

Rev. Bill Strong runs alongside his daughter Holly at St. Francis Field in Harbour Grace at the 2015 Terry Fox Run. In 1980, he was working for the Canadian Cancer Society and met Fox as the young man prepared for his journey across Newfoundland. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Rev. Bill Strong runs alongside his daughter Holly at St. Francis Field in Harbour Grace at the 2015 Terry Fox Run. In 1980, he was working for the Canadian Cancer Society and met Fox as the young man prepared for his journey across Newfoundland. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“If it was today, Terry would have been cured from the money that his run has produced,” Strong said. “That’s a marvellous thing, but the bigger thing was that how many other people have been cured from various cancers that the Terry Fox Run has funded (research for) over the years. … It’s a great story about determination and a great story of hope.”

For Ball, who went on to take part in many Terry Fox Runs with her family, Fox’s legacy stands out.

“He was not doing this for himself,” she said. “He was true to that message the entire time. He didn’t waver from that. We knew nothing else, except he was doing this for everybody else. He was completely selfless. You think about that and his determination. He was exceedingly determined in all kinds of things. I think if you merge all those things — he was charismatic, so down to earth, a fun-loving person, incredible athlete and just somebody who believed that whenever we do something, we should do it to the best that we can possibly do it.

“His message goes beyond cancer research. It’s a message of hope and determination. I think it’s all those things combined why the country got behind him. We saw this young guy who had this impossible dream. … We all bought into it. Today, we still do because we see the difference his dream has made.”

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s annual list of favourite books films and music 2019

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Barack Obama’s annual list of favorite — books, films, and music. This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too. Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments—outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences. They’re the fabric that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit. To start, here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me. Most of them came out in 2019, but a few were older ones that were new to me this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
Normal People by Sally Rooney
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
Solitary by Albert Woodfox
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
• Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter

For the sports fans:
A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule by Jim Rooney

The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala

And here’s a reminder of books that I recommended earlier this year:
• American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
• The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
• Exhalation by Ted Chiang
• Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett
• Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
• How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
• Inland by Téa Obreht
• Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
• Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
• Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
• The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
• The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
• Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
• The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin
• The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
• Toni Morrison’s collected works
• Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice
• The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
• Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year. If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.

Playing Games – Summer Walker
• Not – Big Thief
Go DJ – KAYTRANADA feat. SiR
• Juice* – Lizzo
• Redesigning Women – The Highwomen
• Anybody – Burna Boy
• Burning* – Maggie Rogers
• Baila Baila Baila (Remix) – Ozuna feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko and Anuel AA
• Different Kind of Love – Adia Victoria
Change – Mavis Staples
• Toast* – Koffee
• Oblivions – The National
• Binz – Solange
• Seventeen* – Sharon Van Etten
• Middle Child – J. Cole
• Jícama – Angelica Garcia
• Go* – The Black Keys
• La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Rollo Tomasi Remix) – Angélique Kidjo
• Show Me Love – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel
• Joke Ting* – GoldLink feat. Ari PenSmith
• Old Town Road (Remix)* – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
• cold/mess by Prateek Kuhad
• Suge – DaBaby
• Hello Sunshine – Bruce Springsteen
• In My Room – Frank Ocean
• Iron Man* – Rema
• The London – Young Thug feat. J. Cole and Travis Scott
• Raleighwood Hills – lesthegenius feat. Sonny Miles and Jaxson Free
• Pure Water – Mustard feat. Migos
• 3 Nights – Dominic Fike
• The Fact of Love – Joe Henry
• Con Altura* – Rosalía
• I Want You Around – Snoh Aalegra
• On Chill – Wale feat. Jeremih
• Mood 4 Eva* – Beyoncé

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Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works. Here’s the full list:

• American Factory
• Amazing Grace
• Apollo 11
• Ash Is Purest White
• Atlantics
• Birds of Passage
• Booksmart
• Diane
• The Farewell
• Ford v Ferrari
• The Irishman
• Just Mercy
• The Last Black Man in San Francisco
• Little Women
• Marriage Story
• Parasite
• The Souvenir
• Transit

And a quick list of TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies:
• Fleabag: Season 2
• Unbelievable
• Watchmen

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🇨🇦Welcome to the Rock, Barack🇺🇸

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Barack Obama and Zita Cobb sit on chairs handmade in Fogo, Cobb’s hometown. (Submitted by David Howells)

Welcome to the Rock, Barack: Thousands fill Mile One for evening with Obama

Barack Obama interviewed by Fogo Island entrepreneur Zita Cobb on stage

Thousands of people filled Mile One Centre in St. John’s on Tuesday night to hear the 44th Barack2019president of the United States speak about climate change, misinformation — and hope.

Barack Obama sat on stage for about an hour, answering questions from Zita Cobb, the social entrepreneur behind the Fogo Island Inn, a luxury hotel in her hometown.

Sitting in chairs handmade on Fogo Island, Cobb welcomed Obama, who hails from Hawaii, and called him a “fellow islander.”

“The performance was spectacular. Barack Obama was everything you’d imagine him to be,” said attendee Kathy Hodgkinson on the steps of Mile One.

“He was measured and intelligent and thoughtful, and it was a privilege to be here tonight to listen to him.”

Local talent sets stage

The evening opened with music from Alan Doyle, Tim Baker, and the Shallaway Youth Choir.  The St. John’s Board of Trade, which hosted the event, said it didn’t sell out, but more than 5,000 people attended.

The board wouldn’t say how much it cost to organize the event. Tickets cost $100 to $325 while meet-and-greet packages, which included several tickets and photos with Obama, went for as much as $10,000.

Message of hope

The conversation between innkeeper and world leader focused largely on community, climate change, and democracy. 

Obama said people should not feel hopeless about climate change; the world will look different but there are ways to grapple with the differences, he said.

He argued for “responsible capitalism” as part of the solution to job insecurity, which, he contended, leads to nationalism.

Radical movements are growing fast, he warned, because of the proliferation of misinformation on social media networks, and he called on his audience to think critically about where they get their information. 

True to style, Obama’s message was a hopeful acknowledgement of the world’s problems and an offer of solutions. 

It resonated deeply with Memorial University student Mehzabin Chowdhury, 19.

“For students like us, coming all the way from Bangladesh, it was a life-changing opportunity,” she said.

“He’s a great leader. I’ve always looked up to him.”

 

🇺🇸 October 12 – The Legacy of Matthew Shepard 🌹️

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Shepard’s murder was not just tragic, but horrific. After leaving a bar with two men, he was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten and tied to a fence, where he was left overnight to die.

Twenty-one years ago at 12:53 a.m. in Fort Collins, CO, Matthew Shepard died with his family by his side. Five days prior, he had been brutally attacked and left for dead in Laramie, WY, becoming the victim of one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in this nation’s history.

Since that day, his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard have led countless LGBTQ+ and allied advocates through difficult, impactful, and we hope lasting, change in Matt’s memory. But to quote Judy, “we aren’t doing it for him. We can’t help Matt anymore. But we all can and should help those who came after him.”

So, reflecting on this profound moment that changed the way we talk about and deal with hate in America, the Matthew Shepard Foundation challenges you today not to look backward in regret, but instead to honor Matt’s legacy by taking action toward a better future.

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Matthew’s Parents Judy & Denis Shepard

October 28th will mark the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The legislation, fought for tirelessly by his parents and a sweeping coalition of civil rights advocates, finally brought LGBTQ+ Americans under the protection of federal hate crimes law. Matt’s and Mr. Byrd’s namesake statute also extended recognition to victims of bias crimes based on gender identity and disability, and provided vital aid and training for law enforcement nationwide.

The Shepard-Byrd Act was a historic victory, but I don’t have to tell you that discrimination, violence and bigotry are rising again, threatening our efforts to erase hate and replace it with understanding and compassion. Sadly, the Foundation’s mission is more important than ever before.

Matt’s case gained international prominence and inspired millions of people to act. But in our work, we also remember and advocate for those too-numerous victims whose names have not risen to the world’s attention. In honor of them all, we name just a few whose lives also demand justice. Billy Jack Gaither. Sean Kennedy. Angie Zapata. James Anderson. Remember them and share in our work to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again.

Because although two decades have passed, we know that all of these stories hold the power to inspire, to bring diverse groups together, and change hearts and minds. We ask you to stand with the Matthew Shepard Foundation and take action today:

Get Educated – Learn more about the alarming increase of hate in this country and how you can be part of the solution.

Register to Vote – Our voice is the most powerful tool to erase hate. Make your voice heard and vote in 2020!

Contribute to the Matthew Shepard Foundation – Your donation directly impacts our programmatic efforts to erase hate, including hate crimes training, advocacy, education and legacy support.

Amplify the story of Matt, embody his vigor for civil rights, and share his passion to foster a more caring and just world.

With Hope,

Jason Marsden, Matthew Shepard Foundation Executive Director

This video was produced for the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. The Matthew Shepard Foundation competed for a share of $2 million in grants. The Foundation ended up receiving $250,000 thanks to our many supporters. For more information on the Foundation visit http://www.MatthewShepard.org and http://www.MatthewsPlace.com

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🇺🇸 Michelle Obama🌹️Girls Opportunity Alliance🌹️

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Happy International Day of the Girl, everyone! 
A year ago today, the Obama Foundation launched the Girls Opportunity Alliance to empower adolescent girls through education.

Welcome to the Global Girls Alliance 

Michelle Obama meets with Girls Opportunity Alliance leaders – Nov 15, 2019

Obama Foundation – Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. We all have a responsibility to change that. On International Day of the Girl, the Obama Foundation launched the Global Girls Alliance—a program which seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, allowing them to achieve their full potential and to transform their families, communities, and countries. Join the alliance—because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls. http://www.GlobalGirlsAlliance.org

This cause is close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many unnamed (1)inspiring girls from all around the world. From Cambodia and Japan to Morocco and Liberia, I’ve seen the promise unique to each one of them—and the resolve they have inside to get their education. Theirs are the stories and the smiling faces that have inspired me to keep doing everything I can to lift up these young women so they can fulfill their boundless potential.
 
Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. These girls are bright and hardworking, and when they have the chance to fulfill their potential with an education, they can transform families, communities, and even entire countries.
 
We know that when we give these girls a chance to learn, they will seize it. That’s why we’ve been working to lift up the grassroots leaders and organizations around the world who empower girls every single day. 

Obama Foundation – Mrs. Obama is committed to helping girls around the world get access to the education they deserve. That’s why at the 2019 Leaders: Africa convening, she’s calling on the 200 emerging leaders from across the African continent to continue their important work to empower their communities and to support access to girls’ education in Africa and around the world. You can learn more about the Leaders: Africa program and the Girls Opportunity Alliance at obama.org

Watch a special announcement from Michelle Obama about the Girls Opportunity Alliance for the Day of the Girl.

Today, on the Day of the Girl, I’m thrilled to share the news that in December, I’ll be traveling to Asia to meet with some of these girls and the organizations that support them. I’ll be going to Vietnam, where the Girls Opportunity Alliance is collaborating with Room to Read to shine a light on important efforts to empower girls. Together, we hope to equip more girls with the critical skills they need to become leaders of their own lives. I can’t wait to share these incredible stories with you, and I’m excited that the Girls Opportunity Alliance will be teaming up with the Today Show and YouTube Originals to introduce you to the girls we meet along the way.
 
On the Day of the Girl and beyond, I hope that all of you will find a way to support education for adolescent girls around the world. You don’t have to fly to Vietnam—you can host a bake sale, organize a project with your friends, get your office involved, and so much more. 
 
Check out the projects on the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund and let us know how you’re taking action—because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls. 

—Michelle 

Obama Foundation – To celebrate girls around the world, former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Global Girls Alliance to empower adolescent girls through education on International Day of the Girl. From a roundtable discussion to her appearance on the TODAY Show, relive the inspiring two-day launch.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is grooving to the tunes of Beyonce, Demi Lovato and Esperanza Spalding as she celebrates the International Day of the Girl. The first lady tweeted Sunday a link to her “girl power” music playlist on the streaming music platform Spotify. Mrs. Obama is promoting her “Let Girls Learn” campaign, which aims to expand access to education for more than 62 million girls around the world— some in developing countries— and encourages American girls to take advantage of their opportunities.

Watch Michelle Obama speak on International Women’s Day – Mar 8, 2016

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW BECOMING JOURNAL

What’s your journey of becoming? This gorgeous journal features an intimate and inspiring introduction by Michelle Obama and thought-provoking questions and prompts to help you discover—and rediscover—your story.

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IN A LIFE filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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🇬🇧WE Day 💙United Kingdom💙

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Join us LIVE for WE Day UK 2020!

WE Day UK – 2020 – Streamed live on Mar 4, 2020

WE – Streamed live on Mar 6, 2019

Watch from The SSE Arena, Wembley, for WE Day UK, an unparalleled event bringing together A-list celebrities, inspiring speakers and world leaders, mixed with uplifting stories of change from real people.

The Royal Family – Published on Mar 6, 2019

His Royal Highness speaks to a Wembley Stadium full of young people about the issues of mental health and climate change.

Jack & Jack – “Rise” (Live from WE Day UK) – Mar 7, 2018

HRVY – “Personal” (Live from WE Day UK 2018) – Mar 7, 2018

 

Jessie J – ‘Price Tag’ (Live from WE Day UK 2017) – Mar 2, 2017

Liam Payne – “Polaroid” (Live from WE Day UK) – Mar 6, 2019

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🇨🇦 WE DAY 💙 United Nations 🇺🇳

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Watch as Princess Beatrice speaks live from WE Day UN in Brooklyn, NY. Filmed live on September 26, 2018 from Barclays Center.

Kendrick Sampson – “I am a fighter for human rights” – WE Day UN  – Published on Sep 26, 2018

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– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres answers questions on gender equality, #ClimateAction, the power of youth and more with UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Aidan Gallagher at the #UNGA.

 

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🇨🇦 The Power of kindness 🌹️9/11 Remembered🌹️ 🌎

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The world was forever changed 18 years ago today. On September 11, 2001, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians opened their doors, and their hearts, to the world. The power of kindness transformed something so terrible into something we can forever be proud of. Today we remember all those who were lost and reflect on the events of that day and how the world has changed since. It seems so common now on this day to ask friends and colleagues “where were you on 9/11?” Well, I was working at the pharmacy at that time, long before entering into provincial politics, and the day started off like any other Tuesday. Then, like many of you at work or school that morning, I heard the terrible news of the attacks in New York City. I remember feeling that same sense of shock, fear and sadness that you all felt on that day. We’re all connected, and tragedy brings us closer. As Premier, I’m extraordinary proud of the people of our province every day, but especially today as I look back at the generosity and selflessness you showed by welcoming thousands of strangers into your homes – because it was the right thing to do. ~ Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Today we remember the tragic events that took 3,000 lives 18 years ago in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11th. We also remember the determination of the first responders to help under very difficult circumstances. Here in NL the response to help was also evident as communities came together offering support to the thousands of passengers whose flights were diverted to our province. Those efforts are now celebrated in the Tony award-winning production Come From Away that shares real life personal accounts of those affected. Let us #NeverForget that in times of adversity we are stronger together. #kindnessmatters #911Day  – Lieutenant Governor Judy M. Foote

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Eight passenger planes brought about 1,200 unexpected guests into Stephenville Airport following terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

 

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Stephenville Airport (IATAYJTICAOCYJT) is an airport located 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) south southeast of Stephenville, Newfoundland and LabradorCanada. It was built by the United States Air Force and operated as Ernest Harmon Air Force Base from 1941-1966.

The airport serves not only the town of Stephenville, but the city of Corner Brook to the north, and as far south as Port aux Basques, making the total catchment 100,000 people.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency who are able to process general aviation with up to 30 passenger

September 11, 2001 brought news of the most heinous terrorist attack in North American history to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. With it descended a heavy fog of helplessness.

The usual 9 a.m. bustle at Bay St. George campus/Headquarters of College of the North Atlantic slowed to a crawl as people trickled in around the lobby television in disbelief. They were watching the aftermath of what was then thought to be a bizarre air traffic accident involving a commercial jet and the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, when a second commercial jet appeared from nowhere and slammed into the South Tower. As the world watched through live telecast, one tower collapsed, one was ablaze, and the horrendous had turned into the utterly incomprehensible.

Little did students and employees of CNA know at that moment that they would become a beacon of light in the darkest of hours.

Cyril Organ, Associate District Administrator at Building 432 of the Bay St. George campus, was at work and was paralyzed in horror along with the crowd gathering in the lobby. Then he received a telephone call informing him that up to 27 planes would be landing at Stephenville Airport en route from Europe and other countries to US destinations (poor weather allowed only eight to land). He quickly sprung into action to ready the college to host the passengers, and the feeling of helplessness began to dissipate. Read more click here. 

The CBC doc that explores how Gander Newfoundland took in 7,000 stranded passengers during 9/11 and inspired the Broadway hit musical “Come From Away”.

This week, we remember the ones we lost, but we also celebrate the extraordinary kindness that was shown 18 years ago. These words were displayed on the desk of Mayor Claude Elliott in Gander through to his retirement in 2017.

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Watch the Broadway cast of Come From Away perform the opening number, “Welcome to the Rock.” The National Tour will begin in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre and run October 9-November 4, 2018. Come From Away is an intimate and breathtaking new musical that inspires hope and is a reminder of the humanity in all of us. The Tony-Award® winning musical had its first workshop reading in the basement rehearsal halls of The 5th Avenue Theatre as part of our New Works program and returns home to Seattle for the launch of the tour

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🇬🇧 Max And Harvey ⚡️ Stranger ⚡️

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Max and Harvey Mills are identical twins, who began singing at eight years old. They rose to fame on musical.ly, creating lip-syncing videos. They released their own debut single, One More Day In Love, in December 2016, followed by further songs, both covers and originals. Max & Harvey, who are now 16, have since become regulars on CBBC, including hosting their own show, Max and Harvey: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

Crazy right? We’re releasing a song that NO ONE has heard yet 😱🤯 It comes out on Friday the 13th oOoOoO wow. Spooky. You can pre-save it right now. Please do. Would mean the world. smarturl.it/savestranger #DONTBEASTRANGER #STRANGER

STRANGER – MAX & HARVEY (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) WORLD PREMIERE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 8PM LONDON • 3PM NEW YORK • 12PM LOS ANGELES •

NotJustTWO – Published on Aug 5, 2019

Max & Harvey sing Electric at the CBBC Summer Social, Max & Harvey perform their new pop ballad Electric on a special edition of Saturday Mash-Up! live from the CBBC Summer Social in Liverpool, while almost the entire CBBC presenting team try to get in on the act and put them off. —

Max & Harvey – Premiered Mar 1, 2019

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