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The Shay McCray Show Premieres Season 2 on You42

Shay McCray is back with Season 2 of The Shay McCray Show on You42! Presented by the FUBU Radio Network, the new season boasts a star-studded lineup. Guests will include Jasmine Guy, Q Parker, Angela Stanton, and Nikki Natural, with more surprises to come. The first episode features Shay sitting down with rap legend Waka Flocka to discuss Atlanta’s hip hop legacy.
 

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Killer Mike premieres First Stage series exclusively on You42

Take a journey with rap icon Killer Mike on his new You42 exclusive series, First Stage. Each episode focuses on a track from his critically acclaimed album, MICHAEL, winner of three Grammys including Best Rap Album of 2023. Hear untold stories as Mike reflects on his humble beginnings, following the ups and downs of a kid from Atlanta, finding his voice, turning his experiences and talents into rap superstardom.
 

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Short Film Awards Presented by You42 at SXSW

As the presenting sponsor of the Short Films Category at the 2024 SXSW Festival, You42 would like to congratulate the Grand Jury Winners, including the narrative short Dissolution, documentary Remember, Broken Crayons Colour Too, and the animated short Wander to Wonder. Head over to Variety for a full list of films and Deadline to check out the winners.

 

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Prospect Amateurs Showcases Road to BKFC on You42

Following the success of the KOTV Network, Prospect Amateurs is launching its own Network exclusively on You42. Focused on bare knuckle combat, Prospect Amateurs is the premiere league for fighters who are working their way up the ranks to compete in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

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You42 Becomes Official Sponsor of the 2024 SXSW Conference & Festival

As the 2024 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference prepares to open on March 8, You42 is ready to make its mark on Austin, TX as one of the event’s official sponsors. In keeping with its mission of supporting independent artists, You42 is the official sponsor for the Film & TV Presenting Section in the Short Films Category. Programs include animation, documentary, narrative, music videos, and midnight films. You42 will also present awards to the top films and co-host an event honoring filmmakers involved in the productions as a part of the Jury Awards Panel. Stay tuned for more from You42 and SXSW.
 

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Curly Hair Bobby Network Launches into the New Year and Onto You42

Ringing in the New Year with a burst of creative energy, You42 is thrilled to announce the launch of the Curly Hair Bobby Network. Spearheaded by social media sensation Bobby Trusty, popularly known as Curly Hair Bobby, this new network is set to captivate audiences with an array of dynamic content.

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You42 Platform Adds New Photo Upload Feature

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a creator sharing a slice of life, you can now post image files to You42! Simply click Create, upload your photos, then add your captions and hit publish. Post images to a channel to enhance your videos and podcasts, or create a dedicated photo channel to showcase your work.
 

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Boondocks Launches New Country Music Network on You42

Boondocks, the nationally acclaimed music venue located in Springfield, IL, is opening its doors to the world with the launch of the Boondocks Network. Powered by the You42 Platform, this new digital space features live performances and behind-the-scenes access from established musicians and rising stars, including Josh Abbott, Kolby Cooper and Chris Knight.

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Pastor Canton Jones Launches CJW Network on You42

Grammy-nominated singer Canton Jones is expanding his groundbreaking Free Life Experience ministry with the launch of a new online content Network. Powered by the You42 platform, the Canton Jones World (CJW) Network features live musical performances, podcasts, praise and worship videos featuring Canton Jones, his co-pastor Ramona Jones, and other members and friends of the Free Life Experience.

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Killer Mike Launches the High & Holy Tour Network on You42

As he wraps up his nationwide High & Holy Tour, Killer Mike is launching a new content Network. Powered by Atlanta-based creator platform You42, the Killer Mike Network gives fans inside access from the tour and beyond, including concert footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips.

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EpiCenter Network is Live on You42

The Riverside EpiCenter is proud to announce a partnership with You42, a global entertainment company with a mission to give creators and influencers the power to maximize their monetization potential while maintaining control of their work.

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CKS Network Gives Atlanta Creatives a New Online Home

In the world of hip-hop photography and beyond, Cam Kirk has been a creative force and trendsetter for nearly a decade. Headquartered in Atlanta, he has cultivated an oasis for downtown’s rising artistic culture through Cam Kirk Studios, providing space, resources, and expertise to all types of creators. Now, he’s taking that same philosophy online with the CKS Content Streaming Network, powered by the You42 platform.

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FunnyMan Gaitlin Celebrates Laughter, Family With New You42 Network

After taking the internet comedy world by storm, Gaitlin Roberson, known to his millions of fans as FunnyMan Gaitlin, is teaming up with Atlanta-based tech company You42 to launch his own comedy Network. The FunnyMan Gaitlin Network features the same brand of skits and sketches that catapulted Gailin and his friends to fame. In addition, fans can get an inside glimpse into his family life as he shares personal moments with his girlfriend and his kids.

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Sugar Bert Boxing Swings Big with New Network on You42

Sugar Bert Boxing is expanding its online presence with the launch of a new Network on the You42 platform. The Sugar Bert Boxing Network gives fans inside access to the worlds of amateur and pro boxing, with fights, training videos, and behind the scenes footage from the sport’s rising stars.

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Philanthropist/Radio Personality Reec Launches New Network on You42

Maurice Swiney, professionally known as Reec, has teamed up with Atlanta-based digital entertainment company You42 to create a new Network on the You42 platform. The Planet Reec Network will serve as an extension of his flagship show, Reec Radio LIVE, a daily digital broadcast featuring new music, celebrity interviews, and special guests discussing the hot topics of the day.

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FUBU Radio Launches New Live Streaming Network on You42

Just weeks after announcing a partnership with Atlanta-based tech company You42, FUBU Radio is launching a new hip-hop-focused Network on the You42 platform. Celebrating 50 years of hip-hop music and culture, the FUBU Radio Network offers the first live-streaming radio experience on You42, giving fans unlimited access to the best rap and R&B hits of all time. In addition to music, the Network also features videos and podcasts from FUBU Radio’s on-air hosts and creative partners.

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King June Network Celebrates Independent Art in Atlanta

Derrick Ballard, aka “King June,” has been a creative force in Atlanta for the past decade. Now, after finding success in directing, acting, rapping, writing, and producing, June is launching his own online space with the King June Network, powered by You42.

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Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe Brings Culinary Flare to You42 Network

After opening his latest restaurant, A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library, in Cary, NC, renowned chef and restaurateur Katsuji Tanabe continues to expand his culinary profile with the launch of the Katsuji Network. Known around the globe for appearances on shows like the acclaimed “Top Chef,” Tanabe created the Network in partnership with You42. Powered by the You42 platform, the Katsuji Network features video recipes, behind the scenes access, and appearances from some of the world’s best chefs.

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FUBU Radio Announces Partnership with You42

FUBU Radio, an offshoot of the legendary FUBU brand, is embarking on a partnership with Atlanta-based tech company, You42. The deal will result in the launch of the FUBU Radio Network on the You42 platform, as well as collaborations that strengthen each company’s core offerings through the sharing of industry insights and resources.

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Rapper ReeMarkable Brings Talent, Vision to You42

Adding to its growing lineup of hip hop talent, Atlanta-based digital entertainment company You42 has partnered with rapper and reality star ReeMarkable. Available exclusively on the You42 platform, the new ReeMarkable Life Network features music and more from ReeMarkable, as well as Channels from other creators representing film, health, fashion, food, and everything in between.

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KOTV Network Brings the Fight to You42

Digital entertainment company You42 continues to expand its content reach, teaming up with 25-year combat sport veteran and CEO of RayNelo Management, Nelson Lopez, Jr. The result is KOTV, a new Network dedicated to giving fans behind-the-scenes access to both champion fighters as well as up-and-coming talent.

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Glimpse Through the Creative Lens with ATL Yoshi

You42 creator ATL Yoshi started out making beats and recording music before he got into photography and videography, recording content for NFL players, athletes, and businesses. Follow his creative journey in our Creator Blog interview.

 

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You42 Set to Host First Live Event

Live Events are coming to You42! As part of the rollout, users can tune in on Friday, Sept. 16 at 2 PM EST for the live debut of The Smooth Show, a barbershop-style conversation where pro athletes join host B Smooth to talk about all things sports. Tickets can be reserved ahead of time for 10 Credits. This is the first Live Event to take place on You42 prior to the official launch of the feature.

 

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See How You42 Creator mzjazebell Turns Pain into Perseverance

After a stint singing with the group Dey 2, mzjazebell went independent following the death of her twin sister. Now, she’s created a new sound for herself, combining rapping and singing, with songs about being a woman, the causalities of life, and the importance of never giving up. Discover her journey in our Creator Blog interview.

 

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Meet Reacee Wright of The Life Daytime Talk Show

Tericka “Reacee” Wright is the creator and executive producer of “The Life Daytime,” a talk show where she and her co-hosts discuss issues like celebrity news and gossip, hot social media trends, food, film, and travel. Discover more about her talents and passions on our You42 Creator Blog interview.

 

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Go on a healing journey with Chinya Ani

Boasting experience in the entertainment, beauty, and hospitality industries, Chinya Ani now focuses on healing and community with her “Lotus Tea Talks” podcast. Learn more about her spiritual and professional journey and her “Femininity Empowerment Formula” program in our You42 Creator Blog interview.

 

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You42 Creator Brittany Daniel is ready to motivate

Brittany Daniel is a lifestyle influencer, host, podcaster, motivational speaker, and life coach whose main goal is to help people get to the life that they truly desire. Learn more about her work, what inspires her to keep going, and her weekday live show Morning Motivation in our Creator Blog Interview.

 

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Living out LOUD with You42 Creator Leo Ra’Chel

Tiffany “Leo Ra’Chel” Anderson is a Creative Goddess. Her impressive titles include CEO of The Phat Girl Chronicles blog/podcast, author of The Phat Girl Commandments, founder of Royal Outkast Artistry, and Lead Stylist for Royal Outkast Styling Academy. Check out her You42 Creator Blog interview to learn how she helps others “live out loud.”

 

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Step Into the Light with Creator Ziggy Ziegler

Ziggy Ziegler is a musician who’s creating something he calls Solution Music. Rather than dwelling on the world’s problems, he is looking for a way to collectively heal by spreading love, positivity, and light through his music and films. Get to know Ziggy, where he started, and how far he’s come on the You42 Creator Blog.

 

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Hear from Rapper and You42 Creator BDX the Don

BDX the Don brings clever wordplay, smooth flow and relentless ambition to his album Expensive Taste, streaming now on You42. Discover his journey, from the DMV to IDK’s No Label Academy at Harvard, and find out what’s next as he talks with the You42 Creator Blog.

 

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Amanda Cupcake Brings Baking Magic to You42

Like most content creators, Amanda Cupcake’s journey has been full of twists and turns. Check out our interview to discover how she overcame challenges and persevered on her way to becoming the Rainbow Brite of cupcakes. 

 

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Dead by Midnight: Y2Kill Released on DVD and VOD

The You42-produced horror sequel “Dead by Midnight: Y2Kill” is now available in retail locations on DVD, as well as Video on Demand on platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, and X-Box Live. The film anthology, a follow-up to 2018’s “Dead by Midnight: 11 PM Central,” features horror icons such as Kane Hodder, Linnea Quigley, and Bill Moseley.

 

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Get to know You42 creator Terrell Fit

Meet Atlanta-based personal trainer and nutritionist Terrell Fit. In addition to creating content, Terrell offers one-on-one training sessions, group sessions, and custom online programs to help people reach their fitness goals. Check out our interview with Terrell on the You42 Creator Blog.

 

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Following feature added to the You42 Platform

Now it’s easier than ever to keep up with your favorite creators on You42. Simply head to their profile page and click the Follow button. When you follow a creator, you’ll get notifications every time they post something new.

 

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Watch “Living in Color” from You42 creator Quron Booker

Quron Booker is a New York-based creator who’s series “Living in Color” is now streaming on You42. By focusing on a single narrator, each episode let’s people from the BIPOC community and beyond share their stories in their own words. Everything, from the tight production to the close-knit crew, is structured to make the narrator comfortable so they can speak their truth.

 

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FUBU Radio Flexes Content Muscle With New You42 Network

Digital entertainment company You42 is partnering with FUBU Radio to create a new Network dedicated to hip hop, empowerment, and the culture at large. The Network will feature new programming as well as shows and podcasts from the established FUBU Radio lineup. Spearheading the endeavor are FUBU Radio co-founders Demetrius L. Brown and Keith Perrin. Perrin is also one of the co-founders and a co-owner of the influential, globally recognized FUBU apparel company.

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Career Center Connects with You42 for New Job Placement Network

To help make sense of today’s volatile job market, Career Center of the Southeast is teaming up with digital entertainment company You42 to create a Network dedicated to job placement, as well as safety and equality in the workplace. At the helm of this new Network is Career Center’s founder and CEO Kimberly Harris, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and workforce strategist with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs.

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You42 Adds Monetization Through Premium Content

We’re ringing in the New Year with big news for the You42 Creator Community. Verified creators can now monetize content on You42 through our new Premium Content Feature! Finally you can take control of your content like never before with monetization features that you won’t find anywhere else.

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DJ Infa Red Spins Up New Hip-Hop Network on You42

Digital entertainment company You42 continues to grow its music Network lineup through a partnership with hip-hop artist DJ Infa Red. A member of the Heavy Hitters, known as “The world’s most elite DJ crew,” Infa Red is giving fans access to new and exclusive music along with an inside glimpse into the world of professional DJs.

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Abira Brings Talent, Joyful Confidence to You42

Digital entertainment company You42 is expanding its growing Network lineup by partnering with TV star and entrepreneur Abira Greene. Lauded for her role on the Lifetime series “Little Women: Atlanta,” Abira says her Network will be about more than just entertainment.

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For Players Network Offers a New Game Plan for Athletes: Recruiting, Engagement, and NIL

You42’s Network lineup continues grow with the addition of the For Players Network (4PN). 4PN is a sports media company that empowers athletes everywhere through editorial content, commerce, and video highlights, with a focus on the recruiting process and the new National Image and Likeness (NIL) law, which allows young athletes to build and market their brands.

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Earbits Stations Makes Music Discovery a Breeze

You42 is making music discovery easier than ever with Earbits Stations. New to the You42 Platform, Earbits Stations lets users stream amazing independent music by simply clicking on a genre, generating a shuffled playlist with 100 tracks. Genres include Rock, Country, Electronic, Pop, Hip-Hop and more!

 

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DJ Hurricane Set to Create New, DJ-focused Network on You42

Hip-hop legend DJ Hurricane is teaming up with digital entertainment company You42, Inc. to launch a new Network highlighting the best DJs in the world. On the Network, professional DJs can showcase their talents, share their knowledge, and connect with fans on a global scale. It’s also a place where up-and-coming musicians can try to make a name for themselves, growing their fanbase and working the turntables alongside some of the best in the business.

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Raz B of B2K Looks to Connect Artists with Fans on New You42 Network

Multi-platinum R&B singer Raz B has announced a partnership with You42, Inc., bringing his entrepreneurial spirit to his own You42 Network. In addition to exclusive content from the B2K star, the Raz B Network will feature Channels from established artists in pop, hip hop, and R&B, as well as rising stars who are ready to shine. Fans will get access to new music and behind-the-scenes content that brings them closer than ever to their favorite artists.

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Conscious Content Network on You42 creates awareness and hope for those suffering from trauma

Digital entertainment company You42, Inc. is announcing a partnership with Conscious Content Collective, a decentralized, international award-winning media company focused on education and awareness of mental health and well-being. Through the Conscious Content Network on the You42 platform, they are building a community of creators around diverse issues like healing from trauma, environmental and animal advocacy, and the visual and digital arts relating to humanity and healing.

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Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions Steps into the Ring: Amateur Boxing Coming to You42 Networks

Digital entertainment company You42, Inc. has announced a partnership with Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions to create a groundbreaking Network highlighting amateur boxing. Headquartered in Atlanta, Sugar Bert’s national promotions draw thousands of boxers, coaches, and families each year, winning praise from legends like four-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, as well as partnerships with USA Boxing, Title Boxing, and the WBC.

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Earbits Music Levels Up: Music Streaming Now Fueled by Network Discovery

Digital entertainment company You42, Inc. has announced one of the first Networks to go live on the You42 platform will be one of their very own, Earbits Music. You42 has been working hard to reimagine the way fans discover and consume entertainment, and music was certainly at the top of their list. Building off the success of Earbits genre-driven music streaming, You42 has transformed Earbits into a full-blown Network, offering curated music discovery and full multimedia user engagement. The Earbits network will give artists the ability to manage their entire brand, including distribution, discovery, and ultimately monetization.

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You42 Gives 100% to Creators: A solution to the entertainment industry’s SOS

Atlanta, GA – Digital entertainment company You42, Inc. has announced its latest offering, You42 Networks, finally giving creators full control over their content. You42 has accelerated its Network-centric design in response to recent turmoil within the entertainment industry. The company states that the updated platform will meet the pressing needs facing the creative world in the wake of industry-wide financial devastation delivered by COVID-19.

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Check Out the New You42!

You42 just got an upgrade. The entire platform has a new look and feel, with a streamlined experience that improves navigation and content discovery. Check out the highlights below, then head over to you42.com and take it for a spin.

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Introducing You42 Networks

Coming soon to the You42 platform, Networks unites established brands with the influence of modern creators, giving brands complete control over their content, distribution and monetization. Network owners can customize the experience for their fans and expand their audience by onboarding influential content creators that complement their brand.

 

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This Land, Our Voices Selected for New Orleans Film Festival

After debuting at the Maryland Film Festival, and scoring virtual showings at the Bushwick Film Festival and the Camden Film Festival, the documentary This Land, Our Voices has earned a spot at the New Orleans Film Festival. The virtual event runs from November 6-22, with passes available to the public starting on October 20 at noon.

 

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Three You42 Films Debut at 2020 Film Festivals

Film festivals may have gone virtual in 2020, but that hasn’t slowed down You42 Productions. Three You42 features have been making the Film Festival rounds this year, representing a diverse range of genres including documentary, drama, and horror/comedy.

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Half a Mile Out on the Night to Screen at Etowah Film Festival

A rambling young woman, stranded in a strange rural town, confronting her own existence while searching for a friend she may never find. This is the story of Half a Mile Out on the Night, a new film from You42 Productions that opens at the Etowah Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13. Check out the lineup, and purchase your ticket in advance for the virtual screening.

 

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Listen to Searching for Rick on You42

On Searching for Rick, your hosts begin by finding out what happened to Rick Moranis, the beloved actor who started in comedy hits like “Ghostbusters,” “Spaceballs,” and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” Each episode finds them tracking down another “lost” star from the 80s and 90s.

 

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This Land, Our Voices Opens at Maryland Film Festival

This Land, Our Voices, a documentary that shines a light on marginalized people in rural America, will have its world premiere today as part of the Maryland Film Festival! Watch from home by purchasing your virtual ticket.

 

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The Funny Money Podcast Goes Live

Join financial professionals and comedians Sheldon Anderson and Bob Wheeler for a humorous and enlightening conversation about stuff you wish you knew, but without these two guys, would be too boring to research on your own.

 

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Celebrate Father’s Day with Inspiration & Heart

To celebrate Father’s Day, Inspiration & Heart talks to La Verio Barnes (DJ LV), founder of Cool Dads Rock. Hear about how they’re helping fathers form lasting bonds with their kids, and the adjustments they’ve made due to COVID-19. 

 

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Listen to 6 Feet of Separation on You42

Join DJ Kemit and Jessa B for 6 Feet of Separation, a new podcast about creatives working and collaborating during the pandemic. On the first episode they speak with Otto Graham, a writer, actor and Atlanta native living in LA. 

 

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The Unscripted Podcast Premieres on You42

Blue Dev and Holy Toledo are back on the mics with a brand new podcast, Unscripted. The show is about anything and everything, with wild and weird commentary and interviews that are completely…well, unscripted. 

 

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You42 Sells Lab42 to Sumo Group

You42 has sold its UK-based game studio, Lab42, to Sumo Group, one of the UK’s largest independent game studios. Established in 2015, Lab42 has worked on titles for console, PC and mobile, including Yakuza 0 and Sonic Mania. To learn more, check out the press release on Gamasutra.

 

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Creating and Collaborating at a Distance

During a national pandemic and an order to shelter in place, creators are finding new ways to be creative out of necessity to continue their work. Musicians, podcasters, filmmakers and other artists are using video conferencing to collaborate and other tools to share, create and edit their art. Learn more on our Creator Blog.

 

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Alternative Ways to Premiere Independent Films

Everyone is feeling the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, but the arts and entertainment have been hit hard, specifically the film industry. Some festivals have opted to host online showcases, but what are indie filmmakers supposed to do? Find out on our Creator Blog.

 

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Record Stores and COVID-19

As records stores feel the pressure from COVID-19, many are turning to online sales in an effort to survive. Hear their stories on the You42 Creator Blog.

 

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Learn How COVID-19 is Affecting DJs

The You42 Creator Blog is featuring stories on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting creators and businesses in the music industry. DJ Kemit talks with fellow DJs and record store owners to see how they’re coping with the impacts of social distancing.

 

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International Women’s Day on You42

Over the next few weeks, You42 will be celebrating Women’s History Month. To kick things off, we’re honoring International Women’s Day with a channel highlighting content made by and staring amazing female creators.

 

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You42 Celebrates African-American Creatives

In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating African American Creatives on You42. Check out our featured channel to find amazing content created by and staring men and women of color.

 

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Gabriel Orengo is @TheBlock

Gabriel Orengo is a soulful singer/producer who mixes genes and blends styles for a sound that’s all his own. Watch him perform his debut single, Ay, Ay, Ay, and more on this week’s episode of Music@TheBlock.

 

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Banda Magda Takes Center Stage at The Loft

This week we’re featuring a live performance from multi-instrumentalist Magda Giannikou and her electrifying group, Banda Magda. Watch as they light up the stage at The Loft, part of Center Stage in Midtown Atlanta.

 

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Watch Hero the Band Play the You42 Stage

This summer, Hero the Band will take the stage at Bonnaroo, playing on the same lineup as superstars like Lizzo, Vampire Weekend and Miley Cyrus. Get a super-charged dose of their live show on this week’s Music@TheBlock.

 

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