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Lincoln Collaborates with Aloe Blacc to Create Interactive Music Video Experience

aloe blaccDEARBORN, Mich. – The Lincoln Motor Company continues to offer new avenues for potential customers to experience the brand and its vehicles.

Lincoln has teamed with recording artist Aloe Blacc and Interscope Records to create an interactive music video for his new song “Love is the Answer.” The video – produced by Legs and directed by Radical Friend – was teased during one of four Lincoln ad spots that aired during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast and is available on the Lincoln YouTube channel.

“Lincoln’s long-standing relationship in film is being transformed as we look to attract new audiences,” said Andrew Frick, group marketing manager, Lincoln. “By actively participating in this music video’s creative process, Lincoln is able to connect with open-minded individuals who want to understand the heritage of our brand while being engaged in unique and unexpected ways.”

The collaboration with Blacc is Lincoln’s latest approach to surround cultural conversation of its vehicles and amplify the brand’s digital content by providing an interactive experience that allows consumers to uncover their own version of the video. Viewers are presented with a unique audiovisual experience that features the MKZ sedan. Various camera-view selections embedded in the video allow viewers to peel back layers in order to seamlessly switch from one angle to another.

“Lincoln is a classic luxury brand but reinventing itself in a very modern way, which I can relate to right now as an artist going through a transformation with my music,” Blacc said. “The way the digital experience was shot incorporates this new technology to directly engage with the individual so they become part of the story, and the results are beautiful.”

“We were thrilled to partner Aloe with Lincoln in this ground-breaking project marrying video, art and music. Aloe is a visionary artist who can seamlessly integrate creative concepts across any media platform.” Jennifer Frommer, Interscope.

The relationship with Blacc builds upon other Lincoln initiatives that involve the music and film industries. Lincoln’s “Hello, Again” campaign, an initiative that launched last year with a re-imagined 360-degree, interactive online concert experience featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Beck, introduces consumers to a luxury automotive experience different from the competition.

Additionally, the automaker sponsors the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and recently collaborated with Vanity Fair and Film Independent to support emerging filmmakers in creating a series of original short films that reimagine classic Hollywood themes.

By working with artists who share the brand’s passion for art and design, Lincoln is able to create quality content for its digital platforms and series such as “Hello, Again” and The Lincoln Reimagine Project. To view recent works from those campaigns and others, and to learn more about Lincoln’s uniquely designed vehicles, visit Lincoln Now.

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About Lincoln Motor Company
Lincoln Motor Company is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Lincoln is in the process of introducing four all-new vehicles through 2016. For more information about Lincoln, please visit or Follow us on Facebook at

About Aloe Blacc
Aloe Blacc will release his major-label debut album Lift Your Spirit on March 11th on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records.  The set follows up Blacc’s collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii’s track “Wake Me Up,” a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts.  Blacc’s five-track Wake Me Up EP came out last September and included an acoustic version of the title track along with new songs, “Love is the Answer,” “Can You Do This,” “Ticking Bomb,” and current single “The Man.”  Blacc is featured in the line-up for this April’s Coachella festival and will be touring the U.S. this summer with Bruno Mars.


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Lincoln Motor Company Introduces Sporty New 2015 MKC in New York City

The all-new 2015 Linclon MKC.

The all-new 2015 Linclon MKC.

*The pitter patter of new little feet … er, more like the screeching of new little tires can now be heard around the Lincoln camp, as they’ve just introduced a new member of their automotive family.

Recently, during a grand no-expense-spared event held at the company’s Espace in New York city, Lincoln Motor Company unveiled the brand spanking new 2015 MKC, a compact crossover SUV that joins its MK-series siblings, the MKX; MKZ; MKS; and the MKT.

The MK series, first introduced in 2007, has helped to breathe new life into the iconic enduring brand and its pursuit of being a leader in the luxury automotive market.   The new addition is hoped to to put the company closer to that goal.

The MKC, geared toward a wider range of demographics than its predecessors, including younger drivers, is very easy on the eyes, boasts superior engine performance and comes with enticing technological features that are sure to set it apart from similar vehicles in its class.   The MKC also comes with the added bonus of a lower starting MSRP than its peers: $33,995.

mkcTo name some of the compelling MKC attributes, as part of what Lincoln executives call a “unique driving experience,” consumers can expect:

– Approach Detection, which enables the vehicle to respond to its owner’s arrival by issuing a warm welcome that includes illuminated welcome mats next to both front doors and soft lighting in the door-handle pockets.

– Drivers can interact with the vehicle remotely using the smartphone-enabled MyLincoln Mobile app. An embedded modem on each vehicle communicates with the app which allows owners to start, lock, unlock and locate the vehicle, and set interior temperature gauges. Drivers also can use the app to perform a variety of other functions such as place a call for roadside assistance; monitor the vehicle’s fuel level; check the tire pressure and battery status; and program engine start times.

– 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder turbocharged engine with projected best-in-class horsepower per liter and best-in-class torque per liter.

– A twin-scroll turbocharger and a three-port integrated exhaust manifold (IEM), the 2.3-liter EcoBoost advances The Lincoln Motor Company’s efforts to build powerful and fuel-efficient vehicles

– A signature push-button gear shifter, an open, welcoming interior, inviting leathers and available Bridge of Weir leather and real-wood trim accentuating MKC’s elegance and grace and a Panoramic Vista moon roof.

– Signature split-wing grille flanked by High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps to its hands-free, wraparound liftgate featuring full-width LED tail lamps.

– An all-new highly tactile leather-wrapped steering wheel provides better feeling and control and puts the brand’s new design DNA in the driver’s hands.

15LincolnMKC_11_hr“We’re confident we’ve created an all-new vehicle that will attract new customers to the brand while meeting the expectations of long-time Lincoln drivers,” said Max Wolff, director, Lincoln Design.

“We gave attention to every detail to convey a stylish, luxurious vehicle,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief. “The structure of the interior allows for openness, and that space contributes to the overall ambiance. We want this vehicle to not only meet but often exceed the expectations of the new Lincoln customer.”

“The Lincoln nameplate was built around high-quality, luxury vehicles that were instantly recognizable, and MKC continues that legacy,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “Today’s luxury customer is looking for something different, something unique. MKC is further proof that Lincoln is intent on providing that unique driving experience.”

The 2015 MKC is expected to begin arriving to Lincoln dealerships next summer and for more information, visit

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Veteran’s Day Weekend ‘Give Love Tour’ to Honor Military and Families

Dana and Bruce Atlas

Dana and Bruce Atlas

*Losing someone you love to an untimely death is likely one of the hardest experiences to endure in life.  And that feeling is painfully amplified when it comes to parents losing children.

Bruce Atlas, Station Manager at Southwest Airlines in Ontario, CA, along with his wife, Dana, experienced such pain when they lost their beloved son, PFC Marcus Allen Tynes, in combat only two months after he joined the military.  The day he received the news “was the worst day of my life,” Bruce intimated when speaking of the difficult experience.  “When I saw them [uniformed officers], I knew what had happened, so I had to go and break that news to my wife … go to where she was working and have her come off the elevator happy to see me and jump into my arms, only to see her lying on the floor after sharing that our son was killed in Afghanistan.”

Marcus was Bruce and Dana’s third born, who they’d raised and was naturally inclined to serve:

“He was that kind of kid … he was a community kid,” Bruce said.  “If he saw you at one of the stores trying to load a case of water, he’d say ‘let me get that for you,’ sir.  If he saw a woman loading stuff in her car, he’d say ‘let me help you ma’am,’ He was a true gentleman.

“He was working with the Riverside Explorers and as an Explorer he made up in his mind that he wanted to be in law enforcement. So, after he graduated from high school, he went into the military, he was in the army, and he was gonna use his military experience to help catapult him through the academy.”

But Bruce and his wife couldn’t have foreseen that their son’s admirable ways and his plan to secure his future would end his life shortly after he left home for the first time, despite the conversation they had with their son about the realities of serving in the armed forces during wartime.  Along with his wife, Bruce candidly shared with his son the dangers that were inherent in serving one’s country, but Marcus was undeterred; it was in his heart:

“She [Dana] tried to talk him out of going but he wanted to be there,” he reflected.  “He knew the obstacles he was up against and that there could be the very situation that took place … but, he was up for it and he wanted to serve.”

The possibilities that they spoke of became reality.  It was a deadly encounter with an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that took their then-19-year-old son’s life:

“He was with the 82nd Airborne and they deployed on my birthday, September 1st of 2009, and went to Afghanistan. He was there two months and on November 22nd his unit was out on patrol and turned onto this particular road … he was in a Humvee and he just stopped and surveyed the area.  They said what’s the problem, why are we not moving?  And he said something doesn’t feel right, but they made the determination that it was all clear, and 100 or 200 yards ahead of them, his Humvee ran over and IED.”

'give love tour' posterThe grief was naturally difficult for the Atlas’ to bear, but they didn’t allow it to shine a negative light into their future:

“She [wife] was basically losing her mind and couldn’t get her mind around it. So, I told her we have to turn this tragedy into triumph and he was doing what he wanted to do, he wanted to serve.”

That statement, “we have to turn tragedy into triumph,” was the catalyst for establishing a scholarship foundation in their son’s honor and for changing the way Bruce and Dana viewed Veteran’s Day.  Ultimately, it spurred the creation of a platform with the potential of changing the way the Veteran’s Day is viewed by others as well; in their eyes, it was to become a day of remembrance of the fallen and to honor those who are serving or have served their country, including their families:

“Afterwards we were looking at Veterans Day and how it appears as if people see it as just another day off from work.  The post office is closed, the banks are closed, there’s no school, people just stay home … so what we were looking to do was re-activate Veterans Day.  So, we established “The Give Love Tour 2013” as an opportunity to invite the military out for a full day of festivities.”

The Give Love Tour is a 3-day star-studded, celebrity-filled, politically honored and community supported weekend from November 9th-11th, 2013  that begins  at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764 Lot F, with the Free Family Fun Festival taking place November 9th from 10am-6pm. The Free Family Fun Festival is comprised of over 100 vendors, live performances, kid zones, a food drive, giveaways and more.  All veterans in attendance will be honored with a meal and special notes of love from the community on the “wall of love”  and receive special thanks from various city, state and government officials.

Two mega concerts (November 9, in Ontario, CA Ledisi, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and November 10, San Diego, CA, Howard Hewitt, The Whispers, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly) will raise funds to help support the Free Family Fun Festival for Veterans that is being held earlier that day as well as to feed the Homeless Vets on November 11th, 2013.

For more information or to find out how to purchase mega concert tickets, visit WWW.GIVELOVETOUR.COM.

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Tiffany Rose’s ‘My Friend’s House LA’ Draws Attention of Queen Latifah Show

MFHFlier*“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson

If there’s any truth to the quote you just read, we may have been introduced to one of the happiest people in Los Angeles.

Tiffany Rose, CEO and founder of The T Rose Company and a Virginia native, has been giving of her time, talent and resources since her mid-teens – a time when it’s typically all about us – and has continued to do so throughout her adulthood.

Influenced by her family’s legacy of giving, Rose has done everything from sponsor a child through World Vision International as an unselfish teen to founding My Friend’s House LA, a nonprofit outreach organization that provides resources for the economically disadvantaged in the city.

The latter has recently gained noteworthy attention, from the Queen Latifah Show, in advance of a major fundraising event designed to help her continue what she does and to expand her efforts to help those in need.

THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW -  Show # 1041 (airs Wed. Nov. 6th 2013) Photo credit:  © Sony Pictures Television / Robert Voets Guest:  Tiffany Rose

THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW – Show # 1041 (airs Wed. Nov. 6th 2013)
Photo credit: © Sony Pictures Television / Robert Voets Guest: Tiffany Rose

EURweb’s Gerald Radford had a conversation with Rose to allow her to share what she does, why she does it and, importantly, HOW she does it and how we can help.

Gerald Radford: What is My Friend’s House Foundation and what are some of the programs that the foundation comprises?

Tiffany Rose: My Friend’s House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit outreach organization that provides life-sustaining staples that include food, clothing, toiletries and spiritual motivation to the economically disadvantaged and provides short-term transition shelter for homeless women. In addition we also have:

•Homeless outreach: Every Wednesday, from noon until 2pm, serving of food, distribution of clothes, toiletries and other basic necessities, and voluntary spiritual encouragement on Skid Row (Downtown Los Angeles).
•Senior/elderly outreach: Every 2nd Thursday, nursing home/convalescent center in Los Angeles area, entertain with arts and crafts, music, reading, games.
•Prison outreach: Correspondence /Pen-Pal, respond to and send motivational, spiritual, and encouraging literature to incarcerated individuals.
•Literacy: Storytelling, every 3rd Thursday, literacy/reading to children in inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood schools and daycares with Fun Zone Reading Club for Homeless Kids.
•Random Acts of Kindness: Every 1st Wednesday, all day/anytime, various ways of displaying random acts of kindness especially to someone you don’t know.

Radford: What inspired you to start the foundation?

Rose: Most people feel compelled to give during the holiday seasons, but what happens during the rest of the year? My Friend’s House Foundation is the answer to that concern. Unfortunately, life altering circumstances can happen at any time to anyone which is why keeping this foundation in operation has been a blessing to so many people. We provide assistance year round.

Radford: How long has the foundation been in operation?

Rose: 5 years

Radford: Is there a success story that you can share that represents the good work the Foundation has done?

Rose: My Friend’s House Foundation consistently assists 150-200 homeless weekly. We continue to touch more and more individuals weekly.

Radford: You have an event coming up to raise funds to support your efforts, what are the particulars about this event?

Rose:  Wednesday, November 6th we will be having our 5 years Celebration and Fundraiser at the beautiful Rain Nightclub 12215 Ventura, Studio City, Ca. 91604. To date, over 38,000 homeless and disadvantaged individuals have been served.  With a small donation of $20 or $30(VIP) individuals will be able to come join us for this celebration.

Radford: Where can tickets be purchased?


Radford: What kind of support have you gotten from others in the Los Angeles community who may or may not be directly involved?

Rose: The support has been overwhelming and we are so grateful.  Everyone from people with a heart of compassion that has heard about us from a friend or seeing us in downtown Los Angeles has volunteered their time and efforts. We receive support from many celebrities, businesses, clergymen/women, other cities, different states. These individuals assist us by donating their time, monetary, clothes, food, spreading the word to others. We will be having an auction at the celebration as well and several celebrities have donated personal, very valuable items to be auctioned off. The response has been amazing.

Radford: I understand that you recently received some very special attention (Queen Latifah show) for all your selfless work.  Can you talk about that?

Rose: Every week the Queen Latifah Show airs a segment on people making a difference in the lives of others. My Friend’s House Foundation was selected as one to watch.  The shows crew came out and captured the work we provide and will share our efforts with their fan base on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Radford: Where can those who want to contribute or be involved somehow find more information about the organization?

Rose: or by calling 323-769-5433.  Also, to keep up with us, we would love to have you like our fan page on Facebook at or Instagram at WeFeedTheHungry

Tiffany Rose is the founder and CEO of The T Rose Company, an entertainment production enterprise.  Although her background consist of every aspect of production, from writing, to acting, to assistant directing, to producing, one of her strongest passions has always been the betterment of others. She has sponsored children through World Vision International since her mid-teens, she sits on the board of directors of Fathers, Families in Transition Incorporated (an organization founded by her father), she is a founding member if 20 Women for Darfur, she is the head of the Outreach/Philanthropic Ministry at Perfecting Christian Fellowship, an active supporter of School on Wheels, Incorporated, as well as volunteering with various missions and outreach ministries in the Los Angeles area. Having been a humanitarian and philanthropist for most of her life Tiffany saw the need to provide assistance to the economically disadvantaged year round. Being a woman of action Tiffany founded My Friend’s House LA .

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Serena Successfully Defends WTA Championships Title

serena williams*Serena Williams, 32, just punctuated a career-best season by successfully defending her title at the 2013 WTA Year End Championships in Istanbul.

It was the first title defense at the tournament since 2007, when Belgian Justine Henin accomplished the feat.

The oldest women to ever do so, Serena won the title, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, convincingly shutting the door on new world no. 3, Li Na of China.   Li had made it through all four stages of round robin play during the tournament without dropping a set and it looked as if she were well on her way to win the title for the first time by doing the same … until Serena Williams flipped her notorious “kill” switch.

The world no. 1 and favorite to win the tournament going in had a dominant road in the first few stages of the tournament, defeating Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Petra Kvitova quite convincingly, but prior to her semifinal match against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, she says “she hit a wall” in her hotel room.  Serena says she was overcome by fatigue that carried over into that match – which a resurgent Jankovic started out capitalizing on – but still found a way to win it.  Whether she’s bringing her A game or only her C game, Serena knows how to escape the jaws of defeat in miraculous fashion and she narrowly defeated the annoyed Serbian, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, who after the match questioned Serena’s on-court sportsmanship.  “When she’s up, she never does that [serving slow and emotional outbursts], the former world no. 1 told reporters.  “You have to practice good sportsmanship…”

No matter how bizarre the win, it earned Williams a spot in the final.

It’s rare that the active WTA title leader and 17-time Grand Slam champion has more than one successive bad day at the office, but her uninspired play seemed to carry over into today’s final against the surging Li (reached a season goal of becoming world no. 3).  Serena’s footwork was off and her power was muted compared to her normal on-court performance, leaving the door open for Li to impose her game.   The Asian came out ready to play and started the match taking Serena to the woodshed.  Li’s first serve percentage was off, but her groundstrokes, net play and mobility were all enough to win her the first set – the first she’s taken off Serena in a while, 6-2.  However, during the changeover, Serena braided her now signature windsock ponytail, and began her comeback campaign.

She started the second set with two holds – after being broken twice in the first – and a break of Li’s serve, going up 3-0.  Li, however, was no pushover and clawed her way back and leveled it at 3 all.  Serena served again and held, going up 4-3, then secured another break to go up 5-3.  After a drawn out back and forth battle at set point and deuce, Serena finally served it out at 6-3.

The shift in momentum took the wind out of the persistent Asian’s sails, which set the stage for a fully engaged and dominant performance from the defending champion, Serena.

Long story short, Li Na wasn’t able to win a game in the final set of the match (reminiscent of Serena against Maria Sharapova in Miami this year).  Serena was cranking on all gears and Li’s previously effective game plan completely evaporated.  It didn’t take very long at all for Serena to serve up her final smoking bagel of 2013, punctuating a 78-4 match season, successfully reclaiming the championship title – her 11th in 2013, and taking the throne as the top dog in active women’s tennis in 2013 and period.  The final score line, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Her performance during the final tournament of the year earned Serena record prize money, $12.3 million, for a single season for any female athlete.   What a way to close out a year … and the records continue being broken.

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‘Love, Peace and Soul’: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show ‘Soul Train’

love peace and soul (book cover)*”Love, Peace and Soul” author Ericka Blount Danois has always had an affinity for now-deceased entrepreneur Don Cornelius’ ‘Soul Train,’ but she certainly wasn’t alone.

Soul Train, “The Hippest Trip in America,” was the first television show featuring and even celebrating black music and culture. It began from very humble beginnings – airing weekdays only on WCIU-TV in Chicago, but with Cornelius’ vision and business savvy went on to become a nationally syndicated institution beloved by the entire spectrum of racial diversity.  The show was hosted by the ultra-cool Cornelius himself from its start through 1993, then sought to become and even “hipper trip” by bringing on younger hosts (Shemar Moore, Dorian Gregory, Mystro Gregory and others) to freshen up its image. From the opening credits to the famous scramble board, the culture-defining memories that are held regarding the show are nearly incomparable.

Soul Train not only showcased the breadth of musical talent that exists within the black community through featuring fledgling and established R&B acts – and a few blue-eyed honoraries to boot, but it also featured an intriguing revolving cast of talented dancers, some of whom are still remembered today and went on to achieve greater success (Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, “the Asian lady” Cheryl Song …).  Anybody who was or wanted to be anybody – from Gladys Knight to Elton John – wanted to be part of the black entertainment juggernaut.  The show almost instantly made being black cool, amassing rabidly devoted fans who propelled it to becoming “the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history.”  It aired from 1971 to 2006 and also spawned shows such as The Lady of Soul Awards, The Soul Train Awards (still airing today) and just recently the brand to the sea as the Soul Train Cruise, featuring some of the artists that contributed to it’s greatness.

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Ericka Blount Danois

Danois’ love for Soul Train and awareness that she was obviously joined by millions of other die-hard fans compelled her do her part in preserving and celebrating its legacy.  She went to work writing the recently released book, Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments  (now available thru Amazon and other book stores), to keep Cornelius’ inspiring legacy alive and churned out a compelling labor of love.

This brief intro only scratches the surface of what made Soul Train great, but Danois digs way beneath the surface to revisit widely known moments about the show and to reveal some not so known.  At an event celebrating the release of the book in Brooklyn, New York, Danois gave a personal account of why she wrote the book, what it’s about and whose input she sought to flesh it out.  She stopped short of dancing, but also shared some of her favorite Soul Train moments.