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Photographer Penny De Los Santos photographs culture through the lens of food: Watch Out World

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Watch Out World is our video project collaboration with Alexander Watch that examines artists and their relationship to the concept of time. The series dives into the lives of various creative professionals in their respective industries and explores how they manage their time with busy schedules. Penny De La Santonos’s background no doubt inspired curiosity about culture. She photographs food and culture as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. Penny was born in Europe to an American military family that eventually settled in a small town in Texas, with generations of family history tied to the Texas-Mexico border. From the historical all male dining clubs of the Basque Country, to Jerusalem’s most suicide bomber besieged markets, photographing culture has been at the heart of Penny’s work. It has influenced the subjects she picks and the way she makes photographs. Her evolution into food photography has allowed her to explore and celebrate culture, history and community through the lens of food. She has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the US and to over thirty countries on assignment for various clients making these photographs. To Learn More About Penny visit her official website at PennyDelosSantos.com Featured Alexander Watches:…

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Boba Fett movie needs an indie director! We found the scoundrel!

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Fans of sci-fi should look to unknown directors as their “only hope” in bringing a fresh perspective to the upcoming Boba Fett movie. With all the Star Wars directors being fired, the future of Lucasfilm and Disney has just been discovered in a film director by the name of Brent Sims. Sims is a writer and director that has the kind of potential people saw in George Lucas and Kevin Smith when they were new to the scene. We’d love to see what Sims could do with Boba Fett. Just like Luke Skywalker hiding out on a faraway island, when you’re looking for fresh filmmaker vision you have to look outside of Hollywood to find it. Imagine if JJ Abrams and Guillermo Del Toro had a baby; you’d be looking at Brent Sims, a crowdsourced film director who has utilized the Kickstarter platform to bring some visionary short films to life. We’ve been following his career since Gutter Punks (1997) up until his more recent sci-fi/horror short anthology, Grave Shivers (2014). His first short film, Grave Shivers is a film festival favorite that has been programmed at forty-one film festivals. It has won various short film awards including Audience Choice at the H. P. Lovecraft…

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Australian indie band Collegians release “Vaccine” from upcoming album

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Australian indie band Collegians release “Vaccine” from upcoming album

Not afraid to dig deep emotionally, the Collegians are a band from Melbourne, Australia, set to reach out to listeners with their unique brand of bittersweet alt-rock. Fronted by the brooding and raw-throated vocals of British-born lead-singer Glenn Patrick, Collegians have succeeded in creating music that connects on a deeply emotional level with many listeners. Embracing pop-hooks, dark-synths, and a rock-backbone, Collegians bring together both echoes from the past, and current modern contemporary grittiness, in-order to create music that is both powerful and honest. Their stories of isolation and desperation, of hope and desire, are what make their unique brand of sound stand out in the crowd, and what has listeners coming back for more. Formed in 2014, the band inked a deal with indie music label Cultivator Records in 2015, and work on their new album started with the groups exciting debut-track “Vaccine”. Along with recording their new album, the band made time to create a brand-new music video for “Vaccine” as well. Formed in 2014, the band inked a deal with indie music label Cultivator Records in 2015, and work on their new album started with the groups exciting debut-track “Vaccine”. Along with recording their new album, the…

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Why They Stay lifts curtain on political power couples

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Why They Stay Book

Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives is a nonfiction book that examines the psychology of why wives stay with their politician husbands after cheating scandals. It is a topic that has baffled many American citizens and political enthusiasts for decades. Author Anne Michaud profiled nine wives, including the ones that first come to mind including Hillary and Bill Clinton, Jackie and JFK, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Silda Spitzer and many others. She also reached across the Atlantic to profile women in Britain and Israel, in the desire to come up with some more universal observations about politics, power and marriage. Anne Michaud is an award winning veteran political journalist who has covered many politicians including Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. “I was always curious about why their talented, accomplished wives stayed with them … at least long enough to try to resurrect their political careers,” Anne tells Breakaway Daily. “In Why They Stay I described five traits that unite the nine women. Together, these traits make up what I call the White Queen Syndrome, harkening back to the dynasty-making ambitions of a female ancestor of Henry VIII of Britain. I examined each…

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A Clinician’s Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving is about recovery from traumatic abuse

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A Clinician’s Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving by Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is an anthology of articles written for survivors and clinicians. This collection was inspired by Rev. Heller’s personal struggle with recovering from complex PTSD rooted in systemic and generational child abuse, and her commitment to devoting her life to helping others similarly afflicted. Spanning the trajectory from abuse, complex trauma, addictions, the relational quest, recovery and treatment, and ultimately thriving creatively and spiritually, this assortment of writings offers a comprehensive assessment of the healing process and the triumph of reclamation. Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a New York State licensed clinical social worker, addiction specialist, Ericksonian hypnotist, and interfaith minister, and is a seasoned psychodynamic therapist presenting with 30 years clinical and supervisory experience in the addiction and mental health fields. Sheri holds degrees and certifications from Hunter College, New York University, The N.Y. Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, and OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary. For more information on Rev. Sheri Heller visit her official website. A Clinicians Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving is available on any of these digital stores.

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What Time Is It? celebrates 35th anniversary

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What Time Is It

What Time Is It? was the sophomore album by one of the greatest funk bands ever, The Time. During this time, Prince was unstoppable as a producer and songwriter. In between tours in 1981, Prince not wrote, recorded and produced The Time’s sophomore album What Time Is It and Vanity 6’s album, but also created his own masterpiece 1999. His distinctive, funky and innovative Minneapolis Sound is injected into every track on the album while boasting the band’s flashy, stylish theatrics with Morris Day’s smooth vocals and comedic interludes. View this post on Instagram If "Funk" were inside a bracket my assessment is that it starts w Sly Stone's #TheresARiotGoinOn in 71….& ends w #WhatTimeIsIt? released 35 years ago today probably one of the best Prince side project releases ever. It officially served warning to what was coming down the pike (1999 would be a month away & the Purple Rain movie two years) the Funk the Wit the Humor & the Style. In 6 songs all came home here. Let the church say Ame–naw my bad, let the church say YEEEEEEEASE!!!!! A post shared by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Aug 25, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT Further Reading:   [urlpreviewbox url=”http://www.princevault.com/index.php?title=Album:_What_Time_Is_It%3F”/]…

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French duo Les Twins win NBC’s World of Dance

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WORLD OF DANCE: "World Final" Pictured: (l-r) Les Twins, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Les Twins, the wildly talented twin brothers who made their way from performing on the streets of Paris to sharing a stage with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Missy Elliot, have been crowned the best dancers in the world and the first champions of NBC’s “World of Dance,” summer’s #1 new entertainment series. In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more. World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world’s largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million…

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Madson is a the debut novel by Darien Kade

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Set in modern day Los Angeles, this provocative, unapologetic novel is a raw, powerful portrait of Robert Madson; a young, alluring billionaire trapped in a liberal, celebrity-obsessed world shaped by casual nihilism, vanity and conformity. Blessed with leading man looks and a vast fortune, Madson is an industry unto himself, living a dream life of limitless privilege. He walks amongst a society in moral decay devoid of any feeling or hope, numb to everything except his own insatiable rage and bloodlust. He’s living the American dream on his own terms, on the edge of lethal frenzy. Now available for free from Amazon.

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Top five shark films

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Before we dive right in, here are a few fun facts about sharks…. Sharks can use heartbeats to track their prey. Sharks help keep the populations of smaller fish in check. The average shark has 40-45 teeth and can have up to seven rows of replacement teeth. Because sharks lose a lot of teeth and grow them back quickly, they often go through more than 30,000 teeth in a lifetime. Some South Pacific islanders considered sharks to be gods and offered human sacrifices to them until as recently as the nineteenth century. OK, let’s slide right in… That just got really dark… I’m sorry! The Shallows A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills. Open Water This movie was limited on its scenic views; it takes place right out in the middle of the ocean. After watching this movie, you will have a minor fear of doing water activities when on vacation. Finding Nemo Nemo’s sweet dad, comes across some a group of sharks that are recovering carnivores, and were turning a new leaf at becoming vegetarian. Well kinda.. 🙂…

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Stonecarving and sculting by James Lamb

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James Lamb started carving in his workshop in 2013 and since that time has designed and produced a handful of pieces in three types of limestone using various techniques in this fascinating and ancient craft. James carves in his workshop located in historic Lincoln, only a few minutes walk from the cathedral and castle and many other Roman carvings scattered through the city. Below is the stages of making a Gothic cathedral ceiling boss in limestone. For more information visit www.james-lamb.com

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Breakaway Daily interview with Patrice Shavone Brown, author of self-help book Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor

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Patrice Shavone Brown admits in Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor that counselors are not perfect. Counselors keep secrets and they have issues too. The book pulls back the veil to reveal that counselors, like the rest of us, have a lot of things they have to deal with each day. It goes into the world of one counselor, Patrice Shavone Brown, who has never had life easy. You will learn about her deep dark struggles, the kind of struggles no one will ever reveal. This book will leave you inspired to find out someone else is struggling and has still managed to keep going. If you are a counselor, aspiring counselor, entrepreneur, or anyone facing difficulties in their lives each day, you will no doubt find this book helpful. The book tells a story about life issues and how to overcome all traps that have been set up to make people fail; it teachers people to stay motivated even when they are faced with adversities. “Everyone has their own individual self-worth, uniqueness, talents and gifts which are given for a purpose,” says Patrice. “Learn how to be an overcomer of those barriers to fulfill your purpose in life!”BREAKAWAY…

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