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Big Sean & His Mother Myra Anderson Talk Mogul Prep Initiative And Giving Back To Detroit

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After dominating the rap game with a series of hits, Big Sean is giving back to his city. In hopes of bolstering Detroit’s education system, Big Sean has teamed up with his mother, Myra Anderson, to create a new initiative to spark the creative fire in young students.

Through his Sean Anderson Foundation, Big Sean is launching Mogul Prep — an education initiative geared to help students navigate through the music industry and develop a proper career path in a bevy of fields. With Detroit floundering in education, Sean and his mother Myra will give kids a reason to be enthralled by the idea of learning and attending classes on a regular basis.

In efforts to promote the initiative, Sean will embark on a five-city tour starting April 1 to encourage kids to consider taking a path in the entertainment field. Industry veterans will be involved to instill knowledge and provide the proper insight to excel in the realm of entertainment and music.

Billboard recently spoke to Big Sean and his mother Myra Anderson about their Mogul Prep program and why education is important to the city of Detroit.

What made you guys decide to begin the Mogul Prep initiative? 

Big Sean: It was a natural thing. My mom was a teacher, that was one of the many things that she’s done in her life. She kind of has a natural instinct for teaching and helping, and stuff like that. She helped me with my Sean Anderson Foundation. Mogul Prep was an idea that we started from the end of 2015, right when I did a homecoming show in Detroit. It was a monumental point in my career. I brought out Eminem. It was a crazy night, but right after that, we did the first Mogul Prep. It was the first Mogul Prep event we did with that foundation, and we had people who worked on my team who helped a lot with the show from my production manager to the sound guys to my publisher, publicist, and creative directors — all these different people who had something to do with me, got a chance to meet up with all these high school kids.

We just saw how effective it was. Basically, what we did was introduce some jobs to these kids in different ways in the music industry and how you can be involved. It’s me on the stage, but there’s about 30 other people who are working for me to be on that stage. You have the lighting guy, the production manager, the tour manager, the sound guys, the monitor guys — the kids need to know that. Just growing up when I grew up, all I had was a TV. All I wanted to be was a rapper. All I wanted to be was a musician but if I had known these kind of things, who would have known the possibilities for me and my crew around me, and what we could have done to take it further? I know the unemployment rates are super high in Detroit, especially for the young ones. We’re trying to really help that out and give them clear career paths that are needed, and that they probably have natural talents for. 

Myra, being an educator, how successful do you see Mogul Prep becoming in the future? 

MA: I think it’s going to be very successful because I want kids to want to be in school. In Detroit, we have a graduation rate of about 60 percent. That’s because kids don’t want to come to school. They don’t see the relevance. My goal is to get them excited about coming to school — that’ll keep them off the streets and out of trouble. It’ll also expose them to careers and skills that they can use in any industry. We’re using the music industry as a hook because that’s where we have connections, but kids are excited about music. They’ll start creating projects and doing different things as they go through the curriculum that they won’t even be realizing all the math that they’re using, or all the language arts that they’re using as they write a press release or if they develop a P.S.A. spot. So it’s a hands-on interactive thing that’s in the real world and to me, that’s what’s lacking in the schools nowadays. Kids aren’t just excited. They don’t want to be there. 

Sean, as a kid, which moguls did you look up to or aspire to be? 

BS: All I wanted to do was be a rapper since I was 11 years old. That was something that I knew was gonna happen. I just didn’t know how, but I could just feel it. I knew it was near for me. I didn’t really want to be anything else too much. I didn’t really like school. I would get in trouble here and there, but nothing crazy. [Laughs]

MA: He kind of looked up to Jay Z and Kanye [West]. I remember when Kanye first started. He used to come and tell me about, “Oh, there’s this rapper,” and it was “Through the Wire.” It was about him getting in an accident. I couldn’t really remember the name, but I used to say, “Oh, I heard that song by Kane, or Kaine, or what’s his name?” [Laughs] I remembered that. He kind of used to look up to those people. 

Sean, you played a big role in the Flint water crisis, and now you’re starting Mogul Prep for inner city kids in Detroit. Do you wish more rappers took initiative to give back to their communities the way you have done so far in your community? 

BS: I definitely feel like I have a responsibility to do that, for sure, and in my own way. That’s what we’re trying to do. I feel like as we put our minds to it more and more, we’ll find out more and more ways to make an impact with Detroit’s public school system, but even beyond all public school systems. I think that’s our whole goal because everything is progressing in technology with phones. IPhones coming out with the new edition, and new computers. As everything else progresses, so does education. We can’t be having the same ways of learning as we did 20 to 30 years ago. It doesn’t make any sense, even 10 years ago so hopefully we do make an impact on the public school system and help out as much as we can. 

From a parent’s standpoint, Myra, how do you feel Mogul Prep will strengthen the relationship between the parents and the children? 

MA: We’ve been actually talking about doing some workshops with parents because students’ success is predicated on adult participation. I got that from one of my friends. [Laughs] He was so right when he said that. Parents want to do the best that they can for their kids and so many of them just don’t know how or what to do so if we can break that cycle, then I think that it’ll move our society forward by leaps and bounds. Parents are a real important part and we are going to address that aspect too. 

At what point, Myra, do you feel that it’s important as a mother to instill the value of education to a child growing up? 

MA: I think children are born with an innate feel for education. I just think that the school systems kill it, because [kids] go to school bright-eyed and want to learn. Then we have to start teaching common core and the test type-stuff, and they don’t see the purpose of that so I think that we just have to show them the relevance in the real world, but I think education beyond is much more than academics. I think it’s the inward value and confidence that is important for teachers, schools, and parents to instill within their kids. It’s giving them a sense of self-worth. That’s what I think is the most important thing you can give a child. 

Sean, women have played a very integral role in your life ranging from you mother to your late grandmother. What qualities did they instill in you that you’re most grateful for as a man now? 

BS: First of all, women are just essential as far as being a real man. I mean in that in the sense like, my dad has always been in my life and he’s a real man. I appreciate having a dad but I grew up in a house with my grandma and my mom. They were just like strong women. As a woman, you have to deal with a lot of craziness in this world and a lot of the things that that they have to put up with that doubles the load on their backs. Women are stronger than men in most ways, honestly. I truly believe that. I feel like one of the things that they instilled [in me] was to be strong and boss up. All the women in my life have proven themselves, been through crazy times, managed to just be triumphant, and no pun intended, but bounce back and be great. That’s something that’s inspiring to me. That’s something that I really admire and appreciate about all the women in my life.

This article originally appeared on: Billboard

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Bonnie X Clyde Release Video For ‘Torn’ On Insomniac

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Earlier this year, Bonnie X Clyde gave a voice to some of the most-often repressed aspects of humanity with their release “Torn” on Insomniac Records. The track peeled back the layers of defense we so often build to lay vulnerable emotions bare, brought to life by Bonnie’s crystalline voice and accented with their signature harmonious bass and futuresque synths. True to form, this BXC’s track is cathartic while also being easy to groove to. Throw “Torn” on for those long, night drives or even when you’re searching for a song to dance to with that special someone. For their listeners, BXC continue to be a beacon of light in times of personal strife, when music is the best form of therapy. “Torn” was produced in collaboration with the mysterious duo Purge, who gained recognition from their debut EP, “Feel Your Love”, which was released and supported by Skrillex’s Nest HQ and OWSLA camps. Their haunting, genre-bending design is the perfect compliment to Bonnie X Clyde’s music.

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We all deal with the feeling of being torn in some way or another,” say Bonnie X Clyde of the inspiration behind the new track. “Torn is about expressing your true, raw feelings and coming to terms with them…and understanding it’s ok to need help and to not be ok all the time.”

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BUKU Music & Arts Fest Returns With A Few Twists

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BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT RETURNS TO

NEW ORLEANS MARCH 9-10, 2018

DISCOUNTED TIER 1 2-DAY TICKETS

ON SALE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 11AM CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 10, 2017) – BUKU Music + Art Project has announced its return to downtown New Orleans on March 9-10, 2018 for the seventh annual edition of the boutique music + arts event.  Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

A limited amount of discounted Tier 1 2-day passes will go on sale Wednesday, October 11th at 11am CT.  BUKU is offering General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP and TOO BUKU VIP ticket options.  Travel Package options will also be available at a later time.  When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event.

BUKU continues to offer Payment Plans which will be available to fans upon checkout.  Additionally, BUKU will again be offering an optional Collectible 3D Magnet which can be paired with a ticket, featuring BUKU’s iconic “moon-eye” illustration which has a new iteration each year.

More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Upbeat Academy Foundation.

Previous BUKU artists (2012-2017) include, among many others: Alt-J, Anderson .Paak, Art Department, A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Borgore, Car Seat Headrest, Cashmere Cat, Chance The Rapper, CHVRCHES, Claude vonStroke, Danny Brown, Datsik, Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Dillon Francis, Earl Sweatshirt, Explosions in the Sky, The Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Future, G-Eazy, Griz, Gramatik, Hudson Mohawke, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Japandroids, Jauz, Kehlani, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Lil B, Major Lazer, Malaa, Nas, NGHTMRE, Nina Kraviz, Odesza, Passion Pit, Phantogram, Porter Robinson, Portugal. The Man, Pretty Lights, Primus 3D, Purity Ring, Rezz, RL Grime, Run The Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Seth Troxler, Skream, Skrillex, STS9, Tchami, Thundercat, Travis Scott, TV on the Radio, Tycho, Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples, Zeds Dead, ZHU + many more.

The 2018 artist lineup and more information about the festival will be coming soon.

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms:

Web: www.thebukuproject.com

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In New York City? Millionaire Tomer Zur Is Providing U.S. Immigrants With Own Car & Job

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NEW YORK CITY – The American Dream, it’s just that simple.

It is every foreigner’s idea of success. Only found in the “Land of Opportunity”. Making it into the U.S. legally is only half the journey. Especially in the new Trump era, securing employment and stable means of living is even more difficult than ever for a U.S. immigrant. Well, if you are like New York City’s Tomer Zur, your dream provide others an enriched equal opportunity. Providing thousands of U.S. immigrants with jobs.

Estimated net worth of $140 million dollars. The 31-year-old Israel Millionaire is CEO of award-winning consumer transportation company Luxury One Corp.

Through Luxury One Corp’s success, Zur has taken the opportunity to help other immigrants like him with the opportunity of employment upon arriving in the States. Zur is offering immigrants zero down on a vehicle and providing Israelis with employment through Luxury One Corp’s black car taxi service. To date, Tomer has assisted over 4,000 U.S. immigrants with a vehicle of their own and immediate employment at zero down.

After serving three years in the Israeli military, Tomer immigrated to the U.S. in 2006. Finding a home in New York City, he began building his empire on the foundation of his early success as a auto salesman. Launching Luxury One Corp in 2014, the company’s dedication alongside Tomer’s business smarts have quickly became the country’s largest taxi leasing provider.

Luxury One Corp also provides technology services to transportation businesses including mobile app development. Zur and Israeli Tech Company, Mobileye, developed a vision-based advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) to deliver warnings for collision prevention and mitigation.

Ride sharing business is at an all-time high. Since the Ride-Sharing Boom, the automotive business has seen a large decrease in annual purchasing while more and more consumers substitute to the convenient, reliable, and affordable means of transportation. With the boom, comes the huge order of employment opportunities for interested drivers.

“I personally believe that the transportation business in New York City is very competitive; however, I am confidant that we are the most affordable solution for any driver looking for an opportunity to make a living,” says Tomer about the current automotive climate.

So how does Zur’s Luxury One Corp opportunity work exactly?

“They [U.S. Immigrants] are coming here with work visa or green card, Zur explains. “I provide them cars and help them making a decent living with no boss. They’re getting a car that’s good to work in any of app in NYC they don’t need to worry about insurance or repair just go and make money for their family.”

The average market salary for a Luxury One Corp employee is $193,000 per year, ranging from $141,000 to $248.000. The current average cost of living in New York City is estimated at $48,000.

Believing in Zur’s company early on, new car service giants Uber and Lyft aligned with Luxury One Corp as a notable client back in 2015. Helping triple Luxury One’s growth annually to-date.

“Uber approached us (Luxury One Corp) several years ago because the recognized the volume of business, professionalism, and understanding that my company has of the business.”

Tomer further explains, “We assure them [Employees] that we are there for each and every customer on an individual basis to ensure their success. We are here for them every step of the way.”

Tomer offers further incentive with zero money down for inquiring employees.

Tomer specifies, “I don’t take from any drivers down payment or any money when they sign in. My place known as a place that you can walk out with a car without having to put down payment.”

Why so generously noble?

“To humbly answer this question the truth is my generosity and helpfulness is all due to the fact that I personally went thru the struggle when coming to this country. I recognize that the struggle is real, difficult and challenging and if I have the opportunity to help someone I’m delighted to do so,” said Zur, when asked about his inspiration to help his fellow countrymen.

Tomer Zur’s generous self-employment offer couldn’t have come at a better time with the U.S. immigration population at an all time high.

According to a 2015 CNN report, 1,051,031 immigrants are granted lawful permanent residence (“green card”) in the United States. A 2% increase from the year prior. New York was the second top U.S. state where legal permanent residents live with 12.4%. Adding to U.S. immigrant population of more than 43.3 million, making 13.5% of the Nation’s total population.

Luxury One is currently accepting new self-contractors at their Bronx and Manhattan location. All inquiring individuals must provide proper paperwork including, work visa or green card. For complete information, visit the official Luxury One Corp website at www.luxuryonecorp.com or visit Tomer Zur’s official Facebook. Qualifications also may apply.

“We all at Luxury One look to strive and grow along with our customers,” Zur proudly says on his company’s future. “We are looking to constantly expand our fleet. We look to constantly improve our fantastic costumer relationship and service which is everything in this business.”

Several financial reports predict that if Luxury One Corp continues at it’s successful pace by 2020, the company could have over 10,000 taxis and annual sales of approximately $300 million only in NYC area alone. Analysts predict that Luxury One’s success will gradually turn Tomer Zur a billionaire.

Zur has plans of expanding his operations in 2018 to the West Coast. He is currently location shopping in Los Angeles.

Follow Tomer Zur on Facebook for updates and more.

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