Mashup LA’s 5th Anniversary Celebration Presented by LEDVANCE

 PR Lab, LBH Media, & Rob Ryan Digital are excited to announce MASHUP LA’s 5th anniversary with a return to their iconic in-person celebration taking place on May 12 in Beverly Hills. Mashup LA is a leading networking and gifting event exclusively for the influencer community. Presented by LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA General Lighting in the US and Canada, this one-night only event will include 150 digital, TV and film stars as they experience unique activations, collaborate in real-time and walk away with some swag.

The event will have the presence of top social media stars including: Max Ehrich (Young & The Restless), Cinthya Carmona (Netflix’s Pretty Smart), Loren Lott (BET’s The Porter), Chanel & Ava Capra (Netflix’s The Circle), Josh Killacky (NBC’s World Of Dance), Nick Uhas (Netflix’s Blown Away, 8M), Matt Steffanina (YouTuber, 24M), Lauren Godwin (TikToker, 22M), Timothy Chantarangsu (Wild N’ Out, 10M), Katja Glieson (TikToker, 10M), Javi Luna (TikToker, 12M), Bailey Spinn (TikToker, 13M), Andrea Russett (YouTuber, 16M), Sebastian Bails (TikToker, 13M), and many more.

Attendees will get to engage with a range of brands including SYLVANIA General Lighting, Beyond Meat, Carl’s Jr., PacSun, Stori Camera, Revo, Boujee Hippie, Seyhart Wellness, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Owl’s Brew, Inner Beauty Cosmetics, and Seis Cosmetics, among others.

About PR Lab

Established in 2008, PR Lab is a leading women owned public relations + marketing agency headquartered in Los Angeles, California. They work with consumer brands around the globe to generate awareness for their products through strategic, comprehensive campaigns including media coverage, product placement, and experiential events.

About LBH Media

LBH Media is a leading creative + marketing agency based in Los Angeles, California founded by Lindsay Hoffman. They are a collaboration between industry veterans who work with brands around the globe to generate buzz for their products through creative campaigns including experiential marketing, events, influencer marketing, social media, and consulting.

About Rob Ryan Digital

Rob Ryan Digital is a consulting company specializing in influencer relations and event production based in Los Angeles. Clients range from tech start-ups and nonprofits to CPG brands and live events, both domestically and internationally where we drive brand recognition via innovative ways.

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350th Anniversary of Peter the Great’s Birth: the permanent display of Russian Culture in the First Half of the 18th Century

 The display is housed in the part of the Winter Palace overlooking the main courtyard that once contained the childhood rooms of Emperor Nicholas I’s sons Konstantin, Nikolai and Mikhail. The Gazprom public joint-stock company acted as general sponsor for the creation of the new display.

The opening of the first phase of the display is timed to coincide with some notable anniversaries – 300 years since the proclamation of the Russian Empire and also 300 years since the signing of the Treaty of Nystadt that brought the Northern War to an end and formally returned lands lost in previous Russo-Swedish wars. At the same time, the display will be the start of a large-scale project devoted to the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great, which will take place in May 2022.

The display contains many paintings, sculptures and works of applied art, scientific devices and instruments that came from the palace collections of Peter the Great, his niece Empress Anna Ioannovna and his daughter, Empress Elizabeth. The exhibits placed in the halls of the first phase are devoted to the personality of Peter himself, the history, culture and art of Russia at the time of the sweeping reforms that he introduced.

Hall 156 (the Rotunda) tells about Russia’s victories in the Northern War (1700–21) that ended 300 years ago with the signing of the Treaty of Nystadt. In the centre of the hall is a model of the Triumphal Column glorifying the success of the Russian forces. On display alongside are the painting of The Battle of Poltava that Peter the Great commissioned from Louis Caravaque and a bronze bust of the first Russian emperor created by the sculptor Bartolomeo Carlo Rastrelli. Hall 157 contains paintings by Russian artists of Peter’s day and foreigners who worked in Russia. They are mainly portraits of members of the Emperor’s family and prominent statesmen. One showcase holds a unique wax bust that recorded Peter I’s appearance with documentary precision. The exhibits in Hall 158 come from the memorial collections of the “Study of Peter the Great” and “Gallery of Peter I”. Here visitors can see items made by Peter himself, the Tsar’s costumes, walking sticks, seal and other personal belongings of the Emperor.

On 28 December the opening ceremony will be available for viewing online, while on 29 December the curator Natalia Bakhareva, a senior researcher in the Department of the History of Russian Culture, will conduct the first online guided tour.

30th anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards to Honor Courtney B. Vance, Stan Lathan, Tyrese Gibson, Zaila Avant-Garde, Princess Sarah Culberson, Senators Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff, Airs Jan. 17 at 8 P.M. Et

Bounce, the nation’s popular entertainment television network serving African Americans, will present the 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards — a night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African American achievements and contributions — on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET. Promo here.

The 2022 Bounce Trumpet Awards will honor:

  • Courtney B. Vance (Excellence in Entertainment Award): Vance’s debut in “Hamburger Hill” launched a prolific cinematic career that includes “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “The Adventures of Huck Finn.” His work in television includes “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” for which he won an Emmy, Critics Choice and NAACP Image award.
  • Stan Lathan (Living Legend Award): Lathan launched HBO’s groundbreaking “Def Comedy Jam,” produced and directed comedy specials featuring Dave Chapelle, Cedric The Entertainer and much more in his storied career.
  • Tyrese Gibson (Luminary Award): Gibson is a popular R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model, well known on the screen for his role as Roman Pearce in the “The Fast and Furious” movie franchise.
  • Zaila Avant-garde (Rising Star Award): The Louisiana native was the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner and the first Black American to win the academic competition. She also holds three basketball-related Guinness World Records.
  • Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction): The senators from Georgia will be honored with this award, named after the founder of the Trumpet Awards, for succeeding against immense odds, fighting for change and working to improve the lives of all. Warnock has served as senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for over 15 years (the former pulpit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Ossoff was mentored by civil rights legend and former Trumpet Award honoree Congressman John Lewis.
  • Princess Sarah Culberson (Impact Award): This award is given for demonstrating tremendous vision, leadership and innovation that has led to a positive impact on the community. Culberson and her brother founded the non-profit Sierra Leone Rising, which distributed aid during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and 2020’s COVID-19 crisis and continues to raise funds for community growth.

 The gala event will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Among the special guests paying tribute to this year’s honorees are Wendell Pierce, Sanaa Lathan, JB Smoove and Tamron Hall. Musical performers and more presenters will be announced soon.

The 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards will also feature a tribute to The Warriors of Justice, honoring those institutions and their leaders who have been on the front lines fighting for social, political, legal, educational and economic equality for people of color. The group includes:

  • The NAACP, the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation led by Derrick Johnson, President and CEO.
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the international human and civil rights organization founded by Jesse Jackson, one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures.
  • National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization run by Marc Morial, President and CEO.
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the African American civil rights organization closely associated with its first president, Martin Luther King Jr., led by current President and CEO Charles Steele, Jr.

“After a year in which we couldn’t celebrate in person, this year’s show is monumental, honoring the past 30 years of Black excellence and achievement while inspiring future generations,” said Cheryle Harrison, head of Bounce. “Bounce is honored to continue the vision of Ms. Xernona Clayton, the civil rights leader and social justice warrior, who has paved the way and inspired all of us. This event is truly a special moment in Bounce history.”

David Hudson, head of original programming for Scripps Networks, will serve as executive producer of the 30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards, along with Rikki Hughes, CEO of Magic Lemonade Productions. Hughes is an Emmy and Grammy-winning producer of award shows, comedy specials and independent features.

About the Trumpet Awards

The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African American Women of the U.S. Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee. For more information about past honorees, presenters, performers and information about The Bounce Trumpet Awards visit here.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over the air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over the top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

By Michael Perry

80th Anniversary of the Festive Conference Commemorating Alisher Navoi in the Hermitage under Siege

On 10 December 2021, the Hermitage Theatre was the venue for an event marking the 80th Anniversary of the festive conference devoted to Alisher Navoi held in the Hermitage on 10 December 1941, during the total siege of Leningrad, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the great Uzbek poet’s birth.

The conference devoted to Navoi (like the event in honour of Nizami held slightly earlier, in October 1941) aimed to demonstrated the greatness of the peoples of the East who had once been part of the Russian Empire and now belonged to the Soviet Union. This period saw the formation of national consciousness among the peoples of the East, among the manifestations of which was the establishment of the Hermitage’s Department of the East and the holding in the museum in 1935 of an International Congress on Iranian Art and Archaeology – an incredibly significant event for the history of Oriental studies, both in this country and worldwide.

Opening the evening event, Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, said that the meeting in beleaguered Leningrad took place, as Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky recalled, on the day when the trams stopped running, under extremely difficult circumstances. It was a very important event for the life and history of the museum. During the Great Patriotic War, in a Leningrad encircled by enemies, the staff of the Hermitage continued to work and, thanks to that, survived. They worked for the future, and what they accomplished did indeed have an effect on the future.

In his speech, Firdavs Fridunovich Abdukhalikov, chairman of the board of the Worldwide Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, spoke about Alisher Navoi’s significance as a man of peace, expressing ideas of humanism and righteousness.

Scholarly presentations followed, devoted to the collections of the museum and other Saint Petersburg institutions that are connected with Navoi and his era. In his contribution, Anton Dmitriyevich Pritula of the State Hermitage’s Department of the East spoke about Herat, Navoi’s native city, and the Hermitage exhibits that come for there. The presentation by Olga Valentinovna Vasilyeva (National Library of Russia) was devoted to manuscripts of Navoi’s works in Saint Petersburg collections.

Finally, some of Alisher Navoi’s ghazals were performed by Munojat Yo’lchiyeva to an accompaniment played on traditional instruments. Russian translations of the ghazals were recited by Polina Liubimova of the State Hermitage’s Department for Scientific and Educational Work.

In memory of the conference held 80 years ago, some porcelain pieces were put on show in the Hermitage Theatre that had been made in the Leningrad Porcelain Factory in 1941 and painted by Mikhail Mokh with subjects inspired by Navoi’s works, as well as a printed wartime bulletin ( Boevoi listok) of the period that included Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky’s report about the conference.

Hong Kong – Speech by CE at HKMA 60th+1 Anniversary Celebration cum Hong Kong Sustainability Award Presentation Ceremony (English only) (with photos/video)

Speech by CE at HKMA 60th+1 Anniversary Celebration cum Hong Kong Sustainability Award Presentation Ceremony (English only) (with photos/video)


     Following is the speech by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, at the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) 60th+1 Anniversary Celebration cum Hong Kong Sustainability Award Presentation Ceremony today (December 14):


     Dr YK Pang (Chairman of the HKMA, Dr Pang Yiu-kai), Dr David Li (Honorary President of the HKMA), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,


     Good evening. It is indeed a great pleasure to join you tonight to celebrate the “60th+1” anniversary of the Hong Kong Management Association and witness the presentation of awards to commend organisations, companies and business leaders for their illustrious achievements.


     In the past two years, many government functions, business events, family activities and social gatherings have to be rescheduled time after time, or even cancelled ultimately, including the Management Association’s 60th anniversary celebration last year. The celebration of the “60th+1” anniversary tonight reminds us not only of the impressive milestone reached by the Hong Kong Management Association in serving Hong Kong for more than 60 years, but also Hong Kong’s achievement in getting back on track, and we are making up some grounds lost in the pandemic. Our efforts in combating the pandemic have paid off, and many social activities could now be held as normal, although I understand that on this occasion, the large-scale dinner still has to take place at different venues because of the Government’s overall cap. I hope you’ll still have a very enjoyable dinner.


     Human capital is the backbone of Hong Kong in both good times and bad times. For six decades, the Hong Kong Management Association has been committed to promoting management excellence and continuing education to nurture talents essential for Hong Kong to grow, contributing enormously to our success as an international business centre today. Even in the shadow of the pandemic, the Hong Kong Management Association has never ceased to run courses to help upgrade executives, broaden their skillset and equip them to rise to challenges. Your tireless efforts in developing human capital to drive Hong Kong forward and contributing to our well-known excellence in management should be recognised.


     Among the awards to be presented tonight, I want to talk about two awards, the first is the Hong Kong Sustainability Award, the other is what I’m going to present, the Most Respected Organizations Award. The Hong Kong Sustainability Award aims to honour organisations that have demonstrated due consideration to the environment, the community and employees. We are pleased to see growing emphasis on sustainability, or more broadly on ESG (environmental, social and governance), in business culture in recent years.


     In fact, recognising that the Government’s efforts alone could not build a sustainable society, we established as early as in 2003 the Council for Sustainable Development to advise us on Hong Kong’s sustainability strategy and priorities and to facilitate business and community participation in this endeavour. In response to the Council’s recommendations on Long-term Decarbonisation in November last year, I announced in the 2020 Policy Address that Hong Kong would strive to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. The Steering Committee on Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality chaired by myself has been formulating the overall strategies, and we estimate that $240 billion will have to be invested to combat climate change in the next 15 to 20 years. Just in October this year, following the announcement of my 2021 Policy Address, the Government further promulgated Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, outlining four major decarbonisation strategies and measures. Low-carbon transformation in all sectors of society is required to achieve our target, bringing substantial changes to the way we live and the way businesses operate. 


     This is not to say that the business sector will suffer from our green efforts. In fact, pursuing carbon neutrality will open up new business opportunities for low carbon solutions in the decarbonisation  process. The Government will facilitate the development of green industries and promote innovation and technology development, particularly in decarbonisation technologies, thus creating enormous investment and job opportunities. Moreover, capitalising on the enormous green finance opportunities presented by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, we will continue to provide the necessary infrastructure and catalyst for promoting market development and encouraging more corporates to make use of Hong Kong’s capital markets as well as financial and professional services for green and sustainable investment.


     Business opportunities to Hong Kong enterprises certainly are not limited to those in the green industries. The national 14th Five-Year Plan promulgated in March this year has set the stage for Hong Kong to develop into eight international centres or hubs, and integrate into the nation’s overall developments. I do not need to elaborate on the details as I am sure you are all familiar with them. At this juncture, I would like to commend corporations and businesses who will receive the Most Respected Organizations Award this year. I have quickly gone through the list of the awardees, and I am quite sure that each one of them actually has made major contribution not only to the Hong Kong Management Association over its past history, not only to Hong Kong’s economic and social development, but  also to Hong Kong’s integration into the national development. I want to share with you that in these four years, whenever I go to the Mainland visiting provinces and cities, the most sought-after corporations that the provincial and the city leaders want to see investing in their provinces or cities are the Hong Kong corporates. Many of them actually presented me with a list of the companies that they want to attract to their provinces and cities, not only because of the money and the jobs they bring, but because of the branding, because of the value of their projects which will raise the visibility and quality of their respective cities and provinces. That certainly makes me very proud as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR. And that’s why I would encourage more of you to take advantage of the opportunities in the Mainland, not only in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, but also in other parts of the Mainland, for example, the western part which I visited in September, Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an, and also the central part of the Mainland, like Hubei that I visited about a couple of weeks ago. I would stress that for Hong Kong companies to make the most of the immense opportunities from the nation’s developments, availability of talents, particularly local talents, a competitive workforce and management excellence remain to be the key. I believe that the Hong Kong Management Association will continue to be the mainstay in nurturing local talents and training the local workforce to equip enterprises to capitalise on the opportunities ahead, and help build a sustainable and bright future for Hong Kong.


     Finally, my warmest congratulations to today’s awardees, and I wish them every success in the future. I also wish you all merry Christmas, and a prosperous 2022. And before enjoying the festival, please remember to cast your vote on the coming Sunday. Thank you very much.