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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Coming up! Grammy nominated artist and multi-talented producer, Meredith Brooks will be honored at the 2022 SHE ROCKS Awards June 2nd, 2022

Meredith Brooks

For 25 years, Meredith Brooks’ Grammy-nominated song “Bitch” from her multi-platinum album, Blurring the Edges, has served as an empowering anthem for women around the world. She was among the first to reclaim the once derogatory term, and in doing so, pushed back against the stereotype of what a female Rock and Roll artist should look like, sound like or act like.

That same year, Brooks played an integral part in another first – a movement looking to place women at the center of the music industry (and out of the margins) as a featured artist in the all-women music festival, Lilith Fair, while also going on tour with Rock legends, The Rolling Stones. Recognized for her guitar playing prowess and blond Custom Shop Fender ’57 Telecaster Relic, Brooks is among a select few women to grace the cover of “Guitar Player” magazine.

An early adopter of ProTools and multi-effect units, she leveraged technology alongside classic guitars and amps, doing all the guitar work on her album. In the years since topping the Billboard Top 40 chart, Brooks has set about her work in the industry with intention: Working with artists like Hillary Duff, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Katy Perry; serving as a first call record producer through her production company, Kissing Booth Music; and as a mentor, helping to bring creativity out in others. “We have to honor all sides of ourselves. I want to help others build a foundation of confidence and feel good about their art.” Follow Meredith at https://twitter.com/MeredithBrooks

Coming up! Laura B. Whitmore, a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, and founder of the Women’s International Music Network and the SHE ROCKS Awards coming up June 2nd, 2022


Laura B. Whitmore, Founder

The Women’s International Music Network™ (The WiMN) brings women from all facets of the music industry. The organization produces events, creates opportunities for performance and networking and works to bring the conversation around diversity in the industry into the forefront. The WiMN seeks to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry and works to expose role models, events and educational opportunities that focus on women in music.

Founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore, a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, the Women’s International Music Network site (TheWiMN.com) hosts interveiws, news, events, and a community forum for women from all walks of the industry. In 2020 they will launch the new She Rocks Podcast, featuring interviews with women in music. 

Laura B. Whitmore is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Music Merchandising and an M.B.A. in Marketing. As the marketing manager for Korg USA for 20 years, she was instrumental in marketing, PR and artist relations for the Korg, Marshall, and VOX brands. She was also editor of Korg’s ProView Magazine. Prior to that, she worked in the Direct Marketing department of CBS Records.

In 2008 Whitmore left Korg USA and founded Mad Sun Marketing, a boutique agency that specializes in marketing, PR, artist relations, event production, graphic design, and more for music and audio companies. Past and current clients of Mad Sun include Positive Grid, ArtistWorks, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Academic Superstore, Acoustic Amplification, Agile Partners, Breedlove Guitars, Colby Amplifiers, Dean Markley USA, Korg, KVRaudio, MusicFirst, Muse Research, NewBay Media, Notion Music, Peavey, SIR Entertainment Services, SIR Stage37, SoundTree, Sterling Audio, Take Me To The River, and more.

Today she is the Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, an innovative, forward-thinking music industry hardware and software company.

Whitmore was the editor of Guitar World’s AcousticNation.com and the creator of the GuitarWorld.com featured blog series, Guitar Girl’d. She writes regularly for industry media outlets including Parade.com, Guitar World, Acoustic Guitar, MI Professional, In Tune and more. Whitmore has hosted and moderated many workshops and panels at events such as NAMM, Digital Hollywood, and SXSW on the topics of women in music, marketing, PR, apps and music making, songwriting, and more.

In 2015 she and Brad Tolinski (former editor of Guitar World) launched a live event series called BackStory (backstoryevents.com) that is streamed live with major media partners like Guitar World, Parade.com and AOL.com. Guests have included Ringo Starr, Andy Grammer, Paula Cole, Orianthi, Colbie Caillat, Amy Lee, Ace Frehley, Roger Waters, Zakk Wylde, Tom Jones and many more.

Whitmore is a also a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. She and her co-writer Jenna Paone will be releasing an album in 2020. She currently lives in Massachusetts and has two amazing children, Emma and Cole, and two sweet little dogs, Zillie and Luna.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Coming up June 2nd, 2022 - Meredith Brooks, MILCK and more to Join Honorees Dionne Warwick, Carmen Vandenberg and Yvette Young to be Honored at the 10th Annual She Rocks Awards The 2022 Awards co-hosted by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) and Katie Daryl (AXS TV host) Virtual Red Carpet Event hosted by Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM)





Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2022 – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is proud to announce honorees Meredith Brooks, MILCK, EveAnna Manley, Sherri Chung, Leslie Gaston-Bird, Lyndsey Parker, Julie Robbins and Kerry Fiero, for its 10th annual She Rocks Awards celebrating and honoring female artists, industry executives and media personalities throughout the music landscape.

They are joining these recently announced distinguished honorees for the 2022 She Rocks Awards: Iconic singer, actress, television host and former UN Goodwill Ambassador Dionne Warwick, GRAMMY®-nominated guitarist and BONES UK co-founder Carmen Vandenberg, and multi-instrumentalist Yvette Young, the front-woman for the math rock band Covet.

The 10th Annual She Rocks Awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm PT on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at a new location – The Ranch in Anaheim, California, and will be streamed live. The event will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual components, to adjust to the current times and worldwide fanbase that was created during last year’s all-virtual event.

This high-energy evening will include live music performances, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous online silent auction, and much more. A VIP gift box is also available — the ultimate She Rocks experience for those viewing the livestream from home. All packages and tickets are available for pre-order now.

The 2022 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

Dionne Warwick – Six-time GRAMMY® and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, multi-platinum iconic singer, actress, television host, former UN Goodwill Ambassador and interior designer with her own WG Design Lab

Meredith Brooks – singer-songwriter and guitarist celebrating the 25th anniversary of her single ”Bitch”

Carmen Vandenberg – lead guitarist and one half of the GRAMMY®-nominated rock duo BONES UK

MILCK – singer/songwriter, leading advocate for women’s rights and celebrated role model within the music industry

Yvette Young – guitarist and front-woman for the math rock band Covet

EveAnna Manley – president, Manley Laboratories aka “The Tube Chick”

Sherri Chung – Award-winning film and TV composer and ​​Governor of the Music Branch of the Television Academy

Leslie Gaston-Bird – mixer, sound editor, author and a champion of diversity in the audio industry

Lyndsey Parker – Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor, SiriusXM host and author

Kerry Fiero – Founder of the Girl Power! Women Working in the Music Industry Conference

Julie Robbins – CEO of effects pedal manufacturer Earthquaker Devices

Hosted by PRS Guitars, this year’s opening performer will be Canada’s own Platinum Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Tenille Arts, who was recently nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Artist of the Year as well as a Juno Award for Country Album of the Year for her album, Girl to Girl.

Meredith Brooks, who will also perform at the event, is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of her ground-breaking smash hit “Bitch,” originally released in March 1997 from her multi-platinum album Blurring the Edges. The song rose up the charts each week before eventually reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in addition to Brooks receiving nominations for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song at the 40th Annual GRAMMY® Awards that year.

Brooks shares, “I am excited to be a part of the She Rocks Awards especially on their 10th anniversary, and am honored to be receiving the Trailblazer Award. I look forward to performing and sharing the night with the other talented female nominees. I know it will be a great celebration!”

The landmark 10-Year Anniversary event is co-hosted by former She Rocks Awards honoree Lzzy Hale, world-renowned frontwoman of the GRAMMY®-winning rock band Halestorm and host of the AXS TV original series A Year In Music, joining fellow AXS TV host Katie Daryl, the acclaimed executive producer of highly-rated AXS Network and digital series The Top Ten Revealed and At Home and Social. In fact, Daryl sits down with Meredith Brooks today, April 21, to discuss her career and the upcoming She Rocks Awards, and recently chatted with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Dionne Warwick about her career and the Awards as well. Additionally, Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM’s Lyndsey Parker will be hosting the virtual red carpet.

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include: Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, Gloria Gaynor, The B-52s, Suzi Quatro, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Orianthi, Lisa Loeb, The Bangles, the Go-Go’s, Cherie Currie of the Runaways, Cindy Blackman Santana, Margaret Cho, Amy Lee, Linda Perry and many more, plus a collection of role models from all walks of the music and audio industries.

The 2022 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Positive Grid, Sweetwater, PRS Guitars, Reverb.com, Shure, Roland, Martin Guitar, Audacy, Berklee College of Music, Blackstar, D’Addario, D’Angelico, dw Drums, Fishman, Gator Cases, Gibson, iZotope, 108 Rock Star Guitars, KMC, Korg, Levy’s, MAC Cosmetics, Manley Labs, NAMM, Pigtronix, Soundgirls, Supro, Taylor, Tech 21,The Music People, WRiiG, Zildjian, AXS TV, Parade, Future Publishing, Guitar World, Musicradar and Guitar Girl Magazine. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards, purchase tickets, and find out how to watch the livestream the evening of the awards at sherocksawards.com.



Dionne Warwick, Carmen Vandenberg and Yvette Young 
Among Those to be Honored at the 10th Annual She Rocks Awards
The 2022 Awards co-hosted by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) 
and Katie Daryl (AXS TV host)
Virtual Red Carpet Event hosted by Lyndsey Parker 
(Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM)


ABOUT

Founded in 2012 by the Women’s International Music Network, the She Rocks Awards honors trailblazing women from all areas of the industry– from educators, to label execs, manufacturers, non-profits, media, performers, engineers, and more. Past honorees include Melissa Etheridge, Gloria Gaynor, Tal Wilkenfeld, Nita Strauss, Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Suzi Quatro, The B-52s, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E., Linda Perry, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Lita Ford, Esperanza Spalding, Shirley Manson and many others. A complete list of previous honorees is here.

Each year, the She Rocks Awards attracts music icons, artists, industry professionals, fans and media for a one-of-a-kind event that shines the spotlight on women who stand out in the industry, and offers a high energy evening of performances, networking opportunities, giveaways, a silent auction and more.


Coming up Monday 5/23 at 9:00am - Justine Bautista Ph.D. Student | Social Ecology UC Irvine and member of the Mental Health Youth Action Forum in DC


Justine Bautista

Ph.D. Student | Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
B.A. | Psychology

Chapman University
B.A. | Integrated Educational Studies, 
Community Emphasis, Health Concentration
Chapman University
Pronouns: she/her


Justine was born and raised in Orange County, CA with roots in the Philippines. She is currently attending the University of California, Irvine for her PhD and Master’s. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and in Integrated Educational Studies, and currently serves as a Research Fellow for the Connecting the EdTech Research Ecosystem Center (CERES). Justine has leveraged her skills in research to be able to understand how digital tools impact mental health outcomes in young people and how we can use media as a tool for creating lasting change.

READ MORE about the Mental Health Youth Action Forum in DC.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Coming up Monday May 23rd at 9:30am pst - National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, National Bestseller, Lambda Literary Award Finalist Melissa Febos talks about her critically-acclaimed, award-winning book, Girlhood




ABOUT MELISSA 
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart, the essay collection, Abandon Me, and a craft book, Body Work. She is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne C√≥rdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The BAU Institute, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and others. Her essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, Sewanee Review, Tin House, The Sun, and The New York Times. She is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Praise for Girlhood
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post * Kirkus Reviews * TIME * NPR * Washington Independent Review of Books * The Millions * Electric Literature * Ms Magazine * Entropy Magazine * Largehearted Boy * Passerbuys


“Febos’s own voice is so irreverent and original. The aim of this book, though, is not simply to tell about her own life, but to listen to the pulses of many others’. In her author’s note, Febos writes that she has ‘found company in the stories of other women, and the revelation of all our ordinariness has itself been curative.’ This solidarity puts Girlhood in a feminist canon that includes Febos’s idol, Adrienne Rich, and Maggie Nelson’s theory-minded masterpieces: smart, radical company, and not ordinary at all.” —New York Times Book Review


“Anyone who has ever been a girl or a woman will recognize the patterns Febos uncovers: the unwanted touch, the expectations of our bodies, the way we become complicit in the traps laid out for us along the way by the patriarchal structures that govern so many of our social, professional, and interpersonal spheres . . . By following Febos' distinct paths between the past and present, we might realize there's room to forge our own, and that we've just been handed a flashlight that helps illuminate the way.” —NPR, “Books We Love”


“Febos is an intoxicating writer, but I found myself most grateful for the vivid clarity of her thinking . . . disquisitive and catalytic--it doesn’t demand change so much as expose certain injustices so starkly that you might feel you cannot abide them another minute . . . I never once needed trigonometry and I couldn’t find Catullus in a crossword these days, but Febos’ education is a kind I surely could have used.” —The Atlantic


“Febos combines personal, cultural, investigative, and scholarly passages to ferociously dissect the lessons that shaped her, and the result is a book that fills the educational void she’d noticed . . . A guide for women to redefine themselves.” —Boston Globe


“These essays are moss and iron—hard and beautiful—and struck through with Febos’ signature brilliance and power and grace. An essential, heartbreaking project.”

—Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dreamhouse



“Girlhood is an exquisite collection. In lapidary, lucid prose, Melissa Febos dissects the traumas, terrors, and pleasures of the fraught passage from girl to woman. . . This is a book for mothers, daughters, and our deepest selves, a true light in the dark.”
—Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter and Stray



“Girlhood is a must-read hybrid text for women looking to define themselves from the inside.”
—Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today and The Pisces


Melissa Febos critically-acclaimed, Girlhood, examined the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them. Blending investigative reporting, memoir, and scholarship, Febos charts how she and others like her have reimagined relationships and made room for the anger, grief, power, and pleasure women have long been taught to deny.


When her body began to change at eleven years old, Febos understood immediately that her meaning to other people had changed with it. By her teens, she defined herself based on these perceptions and by the romantic relationships she threw herself into headlong. Over time, Febos increasingly questioned the stories she’d been told about herself and the habits and defenses she’d developed over years of trying to meet the expectations of others. The values she and so many other women had learned in girlhood did not prioritize their personal safety, happiness, or freedom, and she set out to reframe those values and beliefs.

Written with Febos’ characteristic precision, lyricism, and insight, Girlhood is a philosophical treatise, an anthem for women, and a searing study of the transitions into and away from girlhood, toward a chosen self.


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Today is Mental Health Action Day! Here's what you can do to take #MentalHealthAction!



A message from Mental Health America!



Today is Mental Health Action Day. Mental Health America is proud to be a participating partner alongside 1,400+ other organizations, brands, government agencies, and cultural leaders from more than 32 countries. Together we encourage and empower people to take #MentalHealthAction.

What are you doing to take action today?

Take #MentalHealthAction in whatever way feels right to you, whether it's connecting with yourself, family, or friends.

Here are some ideas to get you started: 
Share your own mental health story
Wear lime green, the official color of Mental Health Month, and post online with #MentalHealthAction
Take a mental health screening
Practice meditation, yoga, or other self-care activities
Find a new support group or therapist
Start a Facebook, Twitch, or Instagram fundraiser (find tips here and here)
Shop MHA’s Store and take a picture with your merch to share online

Or, take the day as an opportunity to educate yourself further.

Whatever you choose to do, show us what you’re up to by tagging us and using the hashtag #MentalHealthAction.

Thank You,
Mental Health America

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Coming up! Amber O’Neal Johnston joins Janeane to talk about her timely new book - A PLACE TO BELONG: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond

AMBER O’NEAL JOHNSTON





Author Amber O’Neal Johnston shares a guide for families of all backgrounds to celebrate cultural heritage and embrace inclusivity in the home and beyond.

Amidst heated debate around social justice and the shape that post-pandemic life will take, and while experts discuss educational freedom and school curriculum reform, little to no resources exist that meet our children and those who nurture them where it matters most: in the home. The home is where lifelong attitudes are rooted and affirmed. Where children learn the values that will inform how they move through the world. A PLACE TO BELONG: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond by Amber O’Neal offers a path forward for parents of all backgrounds and educational choices who crave a culturally rich, life-giving home that fosters values of organic diversity and togetherness.

What does “a place to belong” mean? It means intentionally creating a space where children can clearly see themselves and others, a home where self-awareness, celebration of difference, and kinship are the norm. While messages on diversity, equity, and inclusion can get mired down in polarizing ideologies, A PLACE TO BELONG begins with the fundamental premise that parents love their children, value their communities, and want the best for both. Amber then guides parents to discover the magic of an inclusive learning environment where culture and childhood are honored in a cohesive and celebratory way.

Amber O’Neal details many ways for families to honor their cultural heritage and champion diversity in the context of daily family life, including:

· Fostering open dialogue around discrimination, race, gender, disability, and class

· Teaching “hard history” in an age-appropriate way

· Curating a diverse selection of books and media choices in which children see themselves and people who are different

· Celebrating cultural heritage through art, music, and poetry

· Modeling activism and engaging in community service projects as a family.


Every child longs for a place where cultural awareness, self-acceptance, and celebration are the norm. A PLACE TO BELONG gives parents the tools to empower children to embrace their unique identities while feeling beautifully tethered to their global community.

Amber O’Neal Johnston is an established authority on including diverse voices in traditional curricula and infusing culture and love for others into an intentional home environment. She shares her observations on education, living books, and world-schooling at HeritageMom.com. She is a regular contributor to the wildly successful Wild + Free homeschooling community, a frequent podcast guest on popular shows, and a coveted speaker at boutique conferences. 

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