BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - In Medieval Times, a Court Jester entertained the monarch in breeches, and a colorful motley coat beneath a belled hat. Other forms of entertainment in the Middle Ages included jousts, hammer-throwing, draughts, archery, hawking, and troubadours, but jesters appeared to have been favored among nobility. Jesters juggled hand-crafted knives, sang bawdy songs, openly mocked the king or queen, and performed magic tricks. Jane Foole, an eminent English Court Jester of the 16th century, is recognized as the only female jester to serve a European royal family. She was the Court Jester to Mary 1 of England, King Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, and sixth wife, Catherine Parr.
Today, kings and queens still exist. For example, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled longer than any Monarch in British history, 65 years. King Felipe VI of Spain succeeded his father on June 19, 2014. Akihito is the 125th Emperor of Japan, and will abdicate on April 30, 2019. Mswati III is the king of Swaziland, and selects a new wife from the sea of women who participate in umchwasho every year at the Ludzidzini Royal palace. King Salman of Saudi Arabia memorized the Koran before his 10th birthday, and came to the throne as a septuagenarian. However, Court Jesters were historically entertainers during the Medieval, and Renaissance periods, but not in the 21st century.
Luckily, in the 21st century we have comics, and some of these comics are signing million dollar per-special contracts, or to say the least, traveling the world knowing that their next paycheck is going to cover next month's mortgage payment. The names Chris Rock, Gabriel Iglesias, Ellen Degeneres, Alfred Robles, Dave Chappelle, Chelsea Handler, George Lopez, Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Kevin Hart, Kathy Griffin and Martin Moreno are some of the best stand-up comics in 2017 that are bound to make people laugh. "I never fitted in as a kid, and always tried to make other people laugh. I grew up in Wilmington, California, and till this day, we still don't have a Starbucks. When Starbucks says, '[expletive your city],' it's a hood. Sam Kinison, and Eddie Murphey inspired me to break into comedy in 1999. Gabriel Iglesias was a big help, because of him, I have been seen by millions of people on television," Martin Moreno explained.
Martin Moreno co-hosted three seasons of Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand Up Revolution, and voiced a cartoon character on Hey, It's Fluffy! on Comedy Central. Martin has toured internationally with Gabriel Iglesias, and Alfred Robles, building a global fan base. He has gained the public's respect on, and off stage by being himself, a meek, yet rollicking man with a Rock 'n' Roll appearance. On social media, he is recognized in various countries, and demographics with 46,448 likes on his Facebook fan page. Not to mention, 60.1K followers on Twitter. Moreno travels regularly, and gives people what they paid for, a good laugh.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - In climatology, when the snow melts, Cycas revoluta leaves unfurl, kids decorate eggs, sun rays blanket the Northern, and Southern Hemispheres, it's a good indication that it's Spring. However, this season, Jennifer Lopez, 48, will be the face of Guess Jeans Spring 2018 advertising campaign.
“When I got the call from Paul Marciano asking me to become the new GUESS Girl, I was thrilled and excited to be a part of such an iconic brand that I have loved since I was a teenager,” explains Jennifer Lopez. “When I look back at early GUESS campaigns through the years, you see all of these beautiful models and iconic images that Paul has created. It is a tremendous compliment to have been selected for GUESS’ Spring 2018 campaign.”
“Jennifer Lopez is a GUESS Girl’s dream! She is an accomplished artist, she is iconic, and sensual,” says Paul Marciano. “Jennifer’s impact and influence continues to grow and this campaign celebrates the notion that women get more beautiful and talented as they gain life experience. Her beauty and class shine through this campaign and I am so excited Jennifer accepted to be our new GUESS Girl and at the same time ‘Femme Fatale’ of Marciano.”
Paul Marciano joined Guess?, Inc. 36 years ago, and stepped down as the CEO of the company in 2015, giving Victor Herrero a crack at the corporate title. Guess?, Inc. started out as a jeans company, and unexpectedly turned into a global empire. Today, Guess?, Inc. designs, advertises, distributes, and licenses its lifestyle collection of denim, watches, and other related consumer goods around the world. Guess?, Inc. directly operates 945 retail stores in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. With as many records as Jennifer Lopez has sold, 75 million to be exact, Guess?, Inc. is bound to make some serious noise.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - It's uncommon to hear of a 15-year-old singer-songwriter, especially one that can perform in English and Spanish on the big stage. Her name is Lorena Andrea, and her band performs bilingual music with an electro-pop rhythm. She is Davis, California's rising star, having sung the National Anthem at National Basketball Association games, live on on Good Day Sacramento's morning show, and throughout the "Golden State," she is unquestionably a musical genius. She will be returning to Good Day this Saturday, December 2, 2017, to promote, "Hey, Wait a Minute," her debut album.
The album has a teen pop sound, and an amalgamation of accomplished musicians. For instance, Rob Persaud, a British music producer, who has produced, mixed, engineered and written tracks for Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, Mollie King, Jordan Fisher, and more. Richard Harris, songwriter, who has written for major labels, such as Universal Music, Warner Bros, Capitol Records, EMI, and others. Todd Bergman, mixing engineer, whose credits include Lil Wayne, Weezer, Nicki Minaj, Jill Scott, Alessia Cara, and more. Fans can listen to her music at www.lorenaandreamusic.com, and purchase songs from iTunes or Spotify.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Rap is a musical art form that has existed for more than 20 years in the United States, and has helped turn dozens of ardent free-speech advocates into entrepreneurs. Profanity-laced songs, and the legitimacy of lyrics have enthused gang members to rap. Numerous sources point to New York, considerably, the Bronx, as the birthplace of Hip-Hop, break-dancing and graffiti. Afrika Bambaataa, one of Hip-Hops early pioneers, was a member of the Black Spades, a street gang that followed the teachings of Malcom X, and the Nation of Islam, systematically became a major rap luminary.
In the early 60s, gang members began using graffiti for intimidation, self-promotion, and marketing boundary territories in the Bronx. Which, affected Hip-Hop culture, influencing the use of drugs, slang, and fashion. In the 70s, DJ Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flash stepped on the scene. Not long after, scratching; spinning a record back, and forth while the needle is in the grove, and punch phasing; using two completely different records on a turntable for intentional purposes of needle-dropping on the breaks, sprouted. In 1975, Afrika Bambaataa founded the Zulu Nation to combat gang violence with break dancing, Hip-Hop, and rap music. In the late 70s, Sylvia Robinson, CEO of Sugar Hill Records, was determined to release a Hip-Hop album under her label. On September 16, 1979, Sugarhill Gang, a Hip-Hop group, released "Rapper's Delight," which has created much controversy over being the first Hip-Hop single.
In the 80s, Rick Ruben and Russell Simmons founded Def Jam, responsible for releasing rap albums by Run-D.M.C that reached mainstream audiences. In the 90s, N.W.A released an 18-track album titled N****z4Life. It peaked at number one on Billboard 200 on June 22, 1991 for 44 weeks on the chart, and without question, became certified platinum in no time. On November 30, 1994, at around 12:25 A.M, Tupac Shakur, 23, at the time of the incident, was shot multiple times at Quad Recording Studios located at 723 7th Ave #10, New York, NY 10019, which ignited a Bad Boy Records vs. Death Row Records (The Notorious B.I.G vs. 2pac) war in 1996. Eventually, Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Notorious B.I.G was murdered in Los Angeles, California.
In the 2000s, Los Angeles County gang members who were all to familiarized with guns, drugs, correctional officers, and courtrooms, decided to launch independent record labels or work as recording artists themselves to get in on the action. Some of those names include Midget Loco, CEO, of Steel Banging Musick, Sleepy Malo, Spanky, and Solo Sinatra of Jorge Martinez's MOBG Record label. Midget Loco truthfully admits that Sugarhill Gang's single, titled "Rapper's Delight," was one of his favorite songs growing up in Boyle Heights, and influenced him to rap about his personal life as a Primera Flats gang member. In 2004, he joined rappers, Chino Grande, Jasper Loco, Fiesty 2 Guns, and Baby Jokes (Richard Cabral) to become Charlie Row Campo, a rap group, signed to Urban King Music Group.
After years of experience in the music industry, Midget Loco launched, Steel Banging Musick, an independent record label, and has not regretted a thing since then. "I was signed to Urban Kings for many years. They released most of my solo projects. UKMG was the company that put out the first Steel Banging Musick album, 'Death Of Studio Gangsters.' These two companies are not under the same umbrella, but have worked together for a long time. Baby Jokes was my old label mate. We were both part of the well known, and respected rap group, Charlie Row Campo. We still interact from time to time, but due to our busy schedules, haven’t had much time to get together. Chino G is currently working on his upcoming album, '1300 Block.' Can't really tell you much of what he has going on, but I know my little brother is grinding hard in this music game," explained Midget Loco.
Midget Loco has accomplished more than most artists can dream of in their lifetime, and looks forward to every winter season to engage in philanthropy by giving back to the community that's responsible for making him street smart. "Steel Banging Musick teamed up with Blocc Life Entertainment to put on a Toy Drive show to give back to the less fortunate kids in the community. The toys will go to the children in the community that have families that are struggling to buy their children gifts. It’s our way of giving back for the holidays," continued Midget Loco.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
Cairo, Egypt - Desert tracts comprise 96.3 percent of the Arab Republic of Egypt's land boundaries, and are slightly greater than three times the size of New Mexico. This ancient land has more than 6,000 years of history, and raises a number of questions that even the most sophisticated experts in the world are unable to answer. Religion, art, culture, language, and dynasties have shaped the country's civilization.
According to archaeological evidence , in 6,000 B.C, a culture of hunter-gatherers settled at the banks of the Nile river, and immediately began constructing villages. In 4,500 B.C, boats became a form of transportation, and allowed trading between different towns along the Nile river to increase. In 3,500 B.C, hieroglyphics, a writing system using numbers, images, and symbols developed, no different than those found on the Rosetta stone. Around 3,100 B.C, Narmer, became the first Egyptian pharaoh, ruling over upper, and lower Egypt. About 2,500 B.C, the Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza were constructed. Near 1,325 B.C, King Tutankhamun was buried in the valley of kings. In 332 B.C, Alexander the Great, conquered Egypt.
In A.D. 640, Muslim soldiers subjugated Egypt, introducing Islam and Arabic language. In 969, Cairo became the capital of Egypt. In 1882, the Anglo-Egyptian War commenced, over the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, and resulted in British seizing complete control over Egypt's government. In 1952, Egypt ended British occupation, thus acquiring full sovereignty from Britain. Two years later, Arab nationalist Gamal Abdel Nasser came into power, and penned an agreement with British minister of state for foreign affairs, Anthony Nutting, to have British troops withdrawn from Egypt by June 1956. Nasser died on September 28, 1970, and was succeeded by Vice-President, Anwar al-Sadat. On October 6, 1981, President Sadat was assassinated by Islamist extremists, and succeeded by Vice-President Hosni Mubarak.
On February 11, 2011, President Hosni Mubarak resigns after ruling for three decades, and handed control of the country to the army council. The former head of Egypt's armed forces, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, was sworn into office as president on June 8, 2014, and shortly after, the Islamic State (IS), a jihadist group, detonate on the international scene. On October 31, 2015, the IS claimed responsibility for "bringing down" Russia's Metrojet Flight 9268, killing 224 passengers, and again, made headlines. On November 24, 2017, 305 worshipers died, including 27 children from detonated explosives, and gunfire at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, in Sinai, Egypt. Quoting testimonies by survivors, IS militants, estimated between 25 - 30, wore masks, black t-shirts, and camos as they carried out their deadly attack.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt held a meeting over the weekend with the prime ministers of finance, interior, justice, and defense to setup a tackle security issues in their country. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi will set up a memorial for the victims who died at the mosque in Bir al-Abed, in Sinai. "God save Egypt and its people from all evil ministers of defense, interior, justice and finance," stated President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.
President Donald Trump reached out to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, and offered condolences to Egyptian nationals. "The international community cannot tolerate barbaric terrorist groups and must strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all its forms."
"Forces continue its efforts in prosecuting terrorist and criminal elements in Central Sinai," explained Brigadier General Tamer Mohamed Mahmoud El Refaie, Spokesman for the Armed Forces.
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