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Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Barbie is celebrating 17 women in honor of International Women’s Day.
Mashable reported that the toy brand has highlighted three historical and 14 modern-day women from diverse fields and backgrounds ahead of the March 8 celebration.
“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Barbie Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa McKnight said in a Tuesday news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”
Fourteen women who have “broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to the next generation of girls” are being honored with one-of-a-kind dolls made in their likeness, the brand said.
Barbie dolls will be made in the likenesses of filmmaker Patty Jenkins, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, conversationalist Bindi Irwin, boxing champion Nicola Adams, windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuanyuan Tan and fashion designer and entrepreneur Vicky Martin Berrocal.
Barbie also announced the start of an Inspiring Women doll series. Three dolls made in the likenesses of historical women will start the series.
Artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA “human computer” Katherine Johnson are the first three dolls in that group.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:33 PM
IGANGA, Uganda — French Montana is giving back to the country he visited a year ago.
Billboard reported that the 33-year-old rapper celebrated the one-year anniversary of his one-year trip to Uganda with a March 13 Instagram post. He also celebrated the opening of hospital in the east African country.
“Happy one year anniversary to my family in Uganda,” French captioned his post. “Can’t believe we got so much done in one year !! Thank u for the opportunity.”
The Source reported that the rapper was inspired to help after seeing the lack of health care in the county. He donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a nonprofit hospital that offers medical services to poor villages around Iganga, Uganda.
French’s donation spurred action from others and was matched by Diddy, The Weeknd and others.
The hospital can now serve 300,000 people.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:19 PM
— Boy George is going on a tour with Culture Club and The B-52s.
Rolling Stone reported that the musician is reuniting with the group and will also be joined by Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins on the summer tour.
The Life Tour, with more than 40 dates, starts June 29 in St. Augustine, Florida.
George told a fan on Twitter that a new single and album will be coming with the tour.
Certainly a single with album following close behind. https://t.co/kFpLxk6DTB— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) March 20, 2018
Tickets for select dates go on sale as early as March 21. Some dates do not have both guests and others only include Culture Club. More information on the tour, including tickets, can be found at the Culture Club official website.
Dates for The Life Tour are below.
June 29 - St. Augustine, Fla., at Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 30 - Tampa, Fla., at USF Sun Dome
July 1 - Pompano, Fla., at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
July 6 - Biloxi, Miss., at IP Casino
July 7 - San Antonio, Texas, at Tobin Center
July 10 - Austin, Texas, at Moody Theatre
July 11 - Grand Prairie, Texas, at Verizon Amphitheater
July 12 - Tulsa, Okla., at River Spirit Casino Resort
July 15 - Houston at Smart Financial at Sugar Land
July 17 - Cary, N.C., at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 18 - Vienna, Va., at Wolf Trap
July 20 - Charleston, S.C., at Volvo Car Stadium
July 21 - Charlotte, N.C., at PNC Music Pavilion
July 22 - Atlanta at Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 24 - Nashville, Tenn., at Ryman Auditorium
July 26 - Verona, N.Y., at Turning Stone Casino
July 27 - Boston at Wang Theatre
July 28 - Forest Hills, N.Y., at Forest Hills Stadium
July 31 - Morristown, N.J., at Mayo Performing Arts Center
Aug. 3 - Asbury Park, N.J., at Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug. 28 - Lewistown, N.Y., at Artpark
Aug. 30 - Detroit, Mich., at DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 31 - Chicago at Ravinia Festival
Sept. 1 - Chicago Ravinia Festival
Sept. 3 - St. Paul, Minn., at Minnesota State Fair
Sept. 5 - Kettering, Ohio, at Fraze Pavilion
Sept. 6 - St. Louis at Fox Theatre
Sept. 7 - Kansas City, Mo., at Starlight Theatre
Sept. 8 - Denver, Colo., at Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
Sept. 13 - Puyallup, Wash., at Washington State Fair
Sept. 14 - Kennewick, Wash., at Toyota Center
Sept. 15 - Portland, Ore., at Theatre of the Clouds
Sept. 16 - Murphys, Calif., at Ironstone Amphitheatre
Sept. 18 - Saratoga, Calif., at The Mountain Winery
Sept. 19 - Saratoga, Calif., at The Mountain Winery
Sept. 21 - Salt Lake City, Maverik Center
Sept. 22 - Reno, Nev. at Reno Event Center
Sept. 23 - Santa Barbara, Calif., at Santa Barbara Bowl
Sept. 25 - San Diego, Calif., at Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sept. 27 - Albuquerque, N.M., at Sandia Casino
Sept. 28 - Cabazon, Calif., at Morongo
Sept. 29 - Las Vegas, Nev., at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
Sept. 30 - Scottsdale, Ariz., at Talking Stick Resort
Oct. 3 - Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
— With a little help from a prince, Ringo Starr has a new title.
After this week’s knighthood ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he will now officially be known as Sir Richard Starkey, NBC News reported.
Ringo, who used his real name for the honor, was knighted by Prince William during the ceremony Tuesday.
Another busy day for Sir. Ringo. peace and love peace and love pic.twitter.com/JpHd0r6r4u— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 20, 2018
This isn’t the first time he’s been given honors by a member of the Royal family.
It’s been 53 years since the Beatles were all given the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. They were given the MBE medals by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.
The drummer said it was a bit different this time, missing the other three lads from Liverpool.
“I was a bit shaky today on my own,” Starr told the BBC.
He’s the second of the Beatles to be knighted, NBC News reported.
Sir Paul McCartney received his knighthood in 1997.
“I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” Starr told NBC News.
Starr’s knighthood was announced late last year. Barry Gibb is also set to receive the honor.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— If you’re a beer enthusiast in the Dayton area, you probably already know our Daytonians of the Week — and if not, you will soon.
Gus Stathes, former general manager and beer curator of Ollie’s Place in Washington Twp., and Sara Levin, former social media manager and event planner for Cappy’s Wine & Spirits in Loveland, together bought The Barrel House at 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton in late 2017.
“This is something we’ve been wanting to do for quite a while,” Stathes told us at the time. “We’ve been looking for locations, we talked about it, and we decided to do it.”
Meet the new owners of the Barrel House (December 2017)
Let’s let our Daytonians of the Week Gus and Sara pick up the story from there, and give us a glimpse into what makes them tick:
How did the two of you end up in your current gigs as co-owners of the Barrel House?
G: Sara and I were actively looking for spots downtown to do something with — a bar and bottle shop. We were thinking maybe two to three years down the road. At one point, she had shared an available property on my Facebook timeline — I don’t remember which one. Jeff Heater, the founder and former owner of The Barrel House, saw the interaction and approached me the next time I stopped in for a pint. He explained that he was looking to move on, and asked if we were interested. A handshake and some signatures later — here we are!”
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S: “I was working at Cappy’s in Loveland for about three years, doing the social media, events, and some of the beer buying, and Gus and I would fantasize together about running our own place. We had all these ideas about how we would do it and where it would be. So we started looking at properties somewhat actively in downtown Dayton, when Jeff approached Gus about us buying it. The rest is history.”
What’s your favorite spot in the Dayton area?
G: My extremely uncomfortable “pillow” made out of a stack of awful records and an Indianapolis Colts foam hand. Needle on an album, beer in a glass, and the volume turned up irresponsibly loud.
S: My bed. Just kidding (but also not), but I guess outside of my bed I would say Warped Wing. Everyone who works there is like family, and has been since before I even moved to Dayton. In addition to that, it’s where Gus and I met, so it’s kind of my happy place.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
G: Katy Perry. She’s my firework.
S: Trashy reality shows. I can’t help it. I’m addicted. The Bachelor/Bachelorette is my favorite.
Why did you decide to stay in and settle in the Dayton area?
G: Because I love this city. Beyond its obvious rich history — there’s just so much creativity and potential here. We have amazing artists — visual, music, liquid, or otherwise. The sense of community is heartwarming, and something that I don’t think I can ever get tired of. Especially in the beer “scene.” Our craft beer community — folks in the industry and people that just love good beer — are inspiringly passionate and supportive of each other. Yes, all of us in the industry are technically competing with each other, but it’s really a case of “the rising tide raises all the ships.” We all support each other, bounce ideas off each other, and work together. I’m beyond honored to be a part of this community.
S: I spent the last nine years living in Loveland, and grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. I’ve loved Dayton since the very first time I ever visited. Gus living in Dayton didn’t hurt either. I feel more at home in Dayton than I ever have anywhere and even though it’s not where I’m from, I’m proud to call Dayton home.
What’s been your most recent professional challenge, and how did you push through the challenge?
G: Balancing work/home life/sleep has been the biggest challenge for me. I’m slowly finding my balance. Luckily, we’ve got a killer crew that we can trust to take care of the shop. They’re far and away our greatest asset, and we can’t be happier with the team we’ve got.
S: Sexism. Unfortunately. I hate to say it, but it’s rampant in the beer industry. I know I’m not the first woman to say it, nor will I be the last. I push through it by speaking openly and candidly about it, by trying to remain professional and diplomatic. I push through it by always trying to change people’s minds about what women can be in this industry. It’s something I will continue to push through every single day.
What inspires you about the Dayton area?
G: Again — the people in this city. Our community, passion, pride, and humor. A lot of people love this place — and a lot of people also realize that it’s not the most glorious place on earth. We’ve got our faults, but we own it and move forward.
S: So many things. But if I have to narrow it down to one thing, I have to say the people. I have some of the most amazing friends here. People here have good energy, they’re loyal to their city and their people, but always welcome new people. We have the most amazing customers too, in the short time we’ve been running The Barrel House everyone has embraced us and made our hearts so full.
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
G: I think we’re on an amazing upswing that ain’t slowing down any time soon. This city has so much promise and potential that’s becoming more and more realized.
S: Beautiful, obviously. There is so much growth happening downtown right now I see nothing but success and progress.