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Interview with singer and author Melissa Pettignano on faith and moving forward

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aith has been the common thread running through Melissa Pettignano’s life. Through the good times and the bad alike, her faith has been there to support her and remind her that there will always be light and love. She brings that message to people through her music, humanitarian work and writing. In her award winning book, Suzanne Lantana: A Collection of Short Stories, Pettignano included fictional pieces based upon real events in her life, including the loss of her beloved aunt in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The lessons presented in Melissa’s book can help teens and pre-teens begin to develop effective life skills and coping mechanisms. We sat down in New Jersey to talk with Melissa about her inspiration for her music and writing, and her continuing faith. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What inspired you to write your book, Suzanne Lantana: A Collection of Short Stories? MELISSA: When I was in the six grade a teacher at school encouraged me to write and to consider publishing my collected tales as a book. And so I did. They are collections of short stories that have personal meaning and offer pertinent life lessons for young girls. The main character, Suzanne, is a fun-loving girl with a lot of…

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Dolan Twins direct Cub Sport’s new music video: Nu Dae Productions & The Epoch Advisory Exclusive Interview

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Ethan Dolan and Grayson Dolan, collectively known as The Dolan Twins, are an American comedy due and two of YouTube’s biggest stars with over six million subscribers on the platform since 2014. Now they are sitting in the director’s chair (or rather wearing their director t-shirts) making their directorial debut for an undisclosed song from one of their favourite bands, Cub Sport. The Dolan Twins took to their Instagram to share the big news that they were directing the music video. “Grayson and I have been working on something for a really long time now,” Ethan said. “It’s something that is extremely different – we haven’t done anything like this ever before, but it’s something that we’ve always been passionate about it and wanted to always try and it’s so crazy that we finally can. And I think it would be really cool to share with you guys to let you know what we’re doing now and share the final project with you guys.” The founding publicist of The Epoch Advisory, Dani Miller, together with founding Video Producer Mackinzie Dae of Nu Dae Production, are forging a path to become a powerful new full-service production force in Hollywood aiming to tell…

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Luka & Jenalyn collaborate with World of Dance friends Les Twins & Aidan Carberry

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Blackpool Dance Festival was the place for Canadian duo Luka & Jenalyn to compete against the biggest names in the world in ballroom dance. After nearly one hundred years, it is still the most prestigious and longest-running ballroom dance competition in the world. The historic Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Blackpool, England on June 1st was standing room only with bow ties and gala gowns surrounding the ballroom floor. It was obvious from the start that Luka & Jenalyn were going to bring something new and fresh; breaking away from tradition. It is every ballroom dancer’s dream to compete at the Blackpool Dance Festival. It’s by far the most prestigious competition on the globe. Once Luka & Jenalyn stepped on the floor, all eyes were on the young pair. Jenalyn’s dramatic new short shoulder length fiery red hair symbolized what they had come all the way from Toronto to accomplish; set the dance floor on fire! The bright white costumes by Canadian designer Jessica Dawson-Gaglione of My Own Design stood out from all the competitors, making Luka & Jenalyn look angelic and strong on the floor. Once the audience and the judges noticed Luka wearing his Nike AirMax sneakers…

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World of Dance Canadian duo Luka & Jenalyn breakaway from cabaret ballroom

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WORLD OF DANCE -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Luka & Jenalyn -- (Photo by: Andrew Eccles/NBC)

Luka Milacic-Perusina (21) and Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco (17), popularly known as Luka & Jenalyn, are cabaret ballroom dancers from Toronto, Canada. The dynamic duo have mesmerized audiences with their unique and innovative spin on cabaret; a combination of ballroom dancing, cabaret, cirque and theatre arts. Being dancers is our passion and our dream. We are so happy to be able to live it out. We cannot imagine doing anything other than dancing as our profession. We live and breathe dance. Luka & Jenalyn are currently Vice Champions and the youngest ever three time professional cabaret ballroom finalists in the history of the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival in England, the first & oldest ballroom dance competition in the world. MUST READ: Luka & Jenalyn collaborate with World of Dance friends Laurent Bourgeois (Les Twins) & Aidan Carberry One standout of Luka & Jenalyn’s dance routines commented on regularly by judges of the various competitions they’ve participated in is the duo’s energy and athleticism they bring to their dance style. Considering their background, however, this is not surprising. Luka had been involved in sports prior to discovering a love of cabaret ballroom after observing a local dance coach who was the Canadian cabaret champion. “I…

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An emotional interview with Kim Berry, Prince’s hair stylist of twenty-nine years

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Kim Berry stands by "Le Petit Prince" By Troy Gua at the Weisman Art Museum during the Prince Exhibit. Photo by Breakaway Daily.

Last month, Breakaway Daily joined people from around the world at Paisley Park in Minnesota as Celebration 2018 honored music legend Prince Rogers Nelson. The four day event marked Prince’s passing for the second year in a row, with the first being Celebration 2017. Since his untimely death on April 21, 2016, visiting Minnesota has become bittersweet. After all, Prince is what brought us here in the first place. We were fortunate enough to share Prince’s space at Paisley Park on three occasions before he left this earth, and each time was more amazing than the last. Paisley Park feels different to us now, but we’re still awestruck when we walk into that enormous white building. When we are overcome with emotion, we can’t begin to imagine how those closest to the man himself must feel. People that were in his life for nearly thirty years such as Kim Berry, Prince’s confidant and renowned hair stylist.

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Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Founder talks honoring Michelle Rodriguez, society’s power structures and the women’s movements in Hollywood

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The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival is the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Since its inception in 2015, Artemis has celebrated powerful women taking action on the silver screen. From female action heroes to female activists, the festival has shone a spotlight on females in narrative and documentary films who are fearless, fierce, physically strong and independent. This year, the Artemis Awards Gala is taking place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, California on April 26th. Expect lots of films that feature female leads, exposing people to current and past events, in documentary and narrative films that are unknown, and very badass! To be able to show women taking on physical, societal and emotional challenges and facing them is an amazing thing. The more people see that kind of bravery, the more power that they can embrace in their own lives. We are super stoked to be able to be a media partner with Artemis Motion Pictures and got to sit down with Founder Melanie Wise about being a strong, independent female!  

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Celebrating family diversity: Interview with Big World, Little Om author Mera Mallick

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Everyone is different and everyone’s families are different. That’s important because the world needs all kinds of people and all kinds of love. After all, love is love! If we can accept what makes us special we can live more free lives, rather than follow the status quo of false images the current media floods us with everyday. Big World, Little Om is a project that celebrates diversity by teaching children about understanding and compassion. Characters experience real world situations such as facing gender identity questions, having two moms or dads, parental separation and more.

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Coparents united: Interview with Gregory Wagner, creator of the positive parenting app SmartCoparent

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For families that are reconnecting post-divorce or separation and co-parenting together, SmartCoparent reduces stress that promotes a positive parenting experience within the family. SmartCoparent is the second development by Aeonic Ventures, following the 2016 launch of Moiety, a scheduling app that works for any social group. SmartCoparent is a web and mobile app that has a number of standout features including the ability to share documents, receipts, time stamped court reports, a way to automate child support payments, manage finances, and keep track of events with a shared calendar. SmartCoparent even creates a safe and secure environment for kids to contact family members and share information, making it a full effect app for the whole family.

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Spiceraq allows friends and family to rent and enjoy dining space: Interview with co-founder Aaron Vennard

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SpiceRaQ is a new service that hopes to solve the dinner party space conundrum for big city dwellers. So often metropolis living comes with the compromise of a smaller apartment where the possibility of hosting friends for dinner is an impossible task. Thoughts of “Where will everyone sit?” and “My place is a mess” strike fear into the mind of any party planner. Restaurants should be the easy alternative, but the prospect of lounging after a meal in the company of friends is never really an option when the check arrives shortly after the last bite. And this is where SpiceRaQ comes in, providing both the space and time to enjoy a meal with friends. How was Spiceraq born? Having lived in New York for five years, I know that having space and time to relax and catch up with friends is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. New York can feel like a battle sometimes whether it be trying to get a drink at the bar or waiting in line for a restaurant reservation. Coupled with living in a studio apartment, I was never really going to have friends over for dinner. There just has…

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