Thom Solo Has Put Lady Gaga and Britney Spears in 10-Inch Heels. Next: Your Feet

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Thom Solo put on his first pair of heels in 1995. He was a 5-year-old boy growing up in Newton, Massachusetts. Solo cannot remember the exact brand—“it probably doesn’t even exist anymore”—but he is sure they were a pair of suede fuchsia pumps.

Suddenly a few inches taller, Solo sprinted out of his mother’s closet, running down the stairs and all around the house. “Well, it was more of a Clydesdale run,” Solo told The Daily Beast. A clunky stride, for sure, but he does not remember falling.

Solo had graduated to his mother’s pumps after first obsessing over jelly sandals at age 2. “My mom knew how badly I wanted them, so I think we spent 11 hours of journeying around trying to find a pair,” he recalled. Once they managed to scoop the jellies, “I don’t think I took those shoes off until my feet exploded out of them.”

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Billy Corgan announces solo tour

OHMYGOSSIP — Billy Corgan has announced a solo tour.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman will play a string of shows in Europe and the UK, kicking off in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 17, and wrapping in Bucharest, Romania on July 8.
The 51-year-old rocker will perform songs from his solo albums, 2005’s ‘TheFutureEmbrace’ and the more recent ‘Ogilala’, plus the ‘Cherub Rock’ group and his other band Zwan’s back catalogue.
After his solo run, Billy will regroup with his bandmates for their tour of the US, which sees them supported by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and emo rockers AFI.
The extensive run kicks off on August 8 in New Jersey and finishes up in Mountain View, California, on August 31.
AFI’s support slot came after the group’s frontman Davey Havok made some guest appearances at Smashing Pumpkins’ recent shows.
Meanwhile, Noel’s brother Liam Gallagher recently mocked his sibling for being a part of the tour.
The former Oasis frontman couldn’t resit making a cheeky quip about his former bandmate’s forthcoming shows with the band, and referred to him as “potato” again.
Responding to a fan on Twitter who shared the news, the 46-year-old rocker replied: “Pumpkins n potato’s what ever nxt (sic)”
The origin of the spud feud goes back a few years.
In 2016, Noel opened up about about quitting the Britpop group in 2009 after a backstage fight erupted between the pair at their concert in Paris.
The 51-year-old rocker had claimed that Liam was firing tour managers “because he didn’t like their shoes” and dedicating songs to his clothing label Pretty Green on stage.
And the ‘Wall of Glass’ hitmaker responded by tweeting a picture of Noel in June that year, captioning it: “Pouting Potato LG x (sic)”
A year later, Liam asked for a fan to peel a potato at his London gig and was answered by a vegetable-wielding man.
The unusual request was a double-edged dig at his estranged brother’s expense.
His plea for the spud to be part of his band’s sound was also another swipe at his sibling’s scissor player, who joined the High Flying Birds during his performance of ‘She Taught Me How To Fly’ – from his psychedelic album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ – on weekly UK music show ‘Later… With Jools Holland’.
Ahead of his show at London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Liam had tweeted: “I’m looking for somebody to peel some spuds live on stage tonight at this gig in Bethnal Green must have own peeler as you were LG x (sic)”
When Liam played Parklife festival in Manchester last year, fans were banned from bringing potato peelers onto the site.
Tickets for Billy’s solo tour go on sale on Friday (08.03.19) from 9am.
Billy Corgan’s solo 2019 tour dates are as follows:
June 17, Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
June 19, Dublin, Olympia Theatre
June 21, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
June 22, Hamburg, Germany, Gruespan
June 24, Paris, France, Trianon
June 25, Utrecht, Netherlands, Tivoliredenburg
July 8, Bucharest, Romania, Arenele Romane

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Why women are the world’s biggest solo travelers

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If you are someone who experiences the undeniable pull of wanderlust, you will understand why others find traveling such a thrill. Meeting new people, exploring different cultures, broadening your horizons – there are so many reasons to travel. Although for some people, there is nothing better than jetting off with a partner, family or group of friends; for others, travel is an adventure that should be performed solo. Research has shown that women are more likely to travel solo than men, but why is this?

A change in time

For so many years, women were expected to marry, have children and stay at home, cooking, cleaning and keeping the household intact. Thankfully, these shackles have been released (or at the very least, loosened somewhat) and therefore women are using this freedom to explore the world and discover their passions. Of course, there have always been female travelers in history, but their male counterparts have often overshadowed them.

Family values

The age at which women are achieving certain life milestones has also changed, leaving them with more time to explore. The average age that women have their first child has been rising since the 1960s, and now in America, it is an average of 26, although, in New York and San Francisco, this number is much higher, at 31. Marriage rates are down to 50% of people ages 18 and over, whereas in 1962 it was 72%. Finally, women are earning more money than they ever have, so this extra income, plus a few additional years before settling down means more time for exploring the world.

Social media

Instagram is awash with pictures of solo female travelers, looking candidly at a sunset, or posing stylishly against a graffitied wall in a far off land. Seeing this life empowers other women, sat at home, to want to do the same thing and therefore more women begin to travel and document their adventures.

Men and women

It seems that men generally travel as a pack and are rarely as proactive when it comes to planning as women – broadly speaking. A lot of women like to work on self-improvement and travel is a fantastic way of accomplishing this. When things in life get difficult, or they are dealt a hard blow, a woman is likely to want to make a significant change – look at Eat, Pray, Love for example. These women might be trying to heal a broken heart, or wanting to find themselves, and the popular culture around them suggests that travel is a way to do this.

Whatever the reasons, it’s undeniable that women are traveling solo more than men, and what a fantastic adventure it is. Whether you are someone who pops to Paris to work on your poetry or takes a year off work to backpack around India and learn to teach yoga, there are so many benefits to travel, and many more to traveling on your own. Take a leap and book that trip you’ve always wanted to do, without waiting for someone else to go with you.

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[CONTEST] Win a Trip to South Africa or Egypt with Sisters Traveling Solo!

If traveling more is on your to-do list for the New Year, we are excited to announce BLACK ENTERPRISE and Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is partnering to create the Women of Power Travel Solo experience.

We are sending one lucky woman who has registered for the Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Africa, or Egypt, for the ultimate girl’s trip.

How to Enter:

Register for the Women of Power Summit

-Join the Sisters Traveling Solo and Women of Power Facebook groups

-Follow BE and STS on Instagram

-Like the fan pages for BE and STS on Facebook

-Follow BLACK ENTERPRISE on Twitter.

The entry period is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 14, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

If this contest sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It represents what women of power do. If you’re looking for more reasons as to why you should get in on this contest, the founder of the group, Coleitha Banks, wants to let you in on all you can win.

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Sisters Traveling Solo founder Coleitha Banks in South Africa (Courtesy: Sisters Traveling Solo)

Why Sisters Traveling Solo created this opportunity:

We at Sisters Traveling Solo love all that Women of Power stands for!  So creating this opportunity for a woman in the WPS community to join one of our trip experiences was our way of supporting the mission of WOP.  We truly believe in any platform whose purpose is to empower women, especially women of color.  Empowering women is what Sisters Traveling Solo is all about!

Why you should take part in this contest:

Stepping foot on African soil is an experience you will never forget, especially when you are amongst Sisters!  From finding your tribe, making new friendships with like-minded Sisters, experiencing a new culture — there are so many reasons to enter and register for a chance to win this contest. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for the Winner!

The winnings:

The winner of this contest will walk away with so many things!  The first being a true sense of Sisterhood. It is truly amazing to see women who just met form bonds within days or moments of just meeting. On several of our trip experiences, we have witnessed friendships develop, and travel buddies made.

 

Just imagine being in a room full of Sisters filled with joy and laughter. That is what the sisterhood on our trips feels like.

 

The winner, especially if the she is new to travel, will get the biggest cultural shock, but in a good way! She will learn things about another culture that she finds not only interesting, but that she finds relatable. In those moments, she will realize that at our core we are truly all the same and that there is no place she does not belong, or nowhere that is truly foreign.

Contest Rules

If you want to win big and tap into your power, it’s time to get social. For the official contest rules click here.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Beyoncé Set To Perform Solo At City Of Hope Gala On October 11

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LOS ANGELES, CA – It was announced today that global icon Beyoncé will perform at the City of Hope gala on October 11 in Los Angeles. This will mark her first solo performance following the successful run of the biggest tour of the summer, with JAY-Z. OTRII stadium tour started in Cardiff, UK in June and is scheduled to wrap on October 4 in Seattle, Washington.

City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, is honoring Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. Platt has worked with Beyoncé since 2005.

Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $ 118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.

The evening’s host will be producer/entertainer Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, multi-Grammy winner/entrepreneur, will present the award to Platt.

“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”

“I am happy to be in a room that celebrates Jon and the important work he does behind the scenes,” said Beyoncé. “City of Hope has done much needed research and has provided quality care for patients for over a hundred years. I am honored to be a part of an event that represents an organization that works so tirelessly caring for others first and foremost.”

Each year City of Hope recognizes a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or overall entertainment. The coveted Spirit of Life® award is its highest honor. Jon Platt joins an impressive list of past honorees including Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris, and Sir Lucian Grainge.

For more information about donating to City of Hope and purchasing tickets to the upcoming gala dinner, please visit CityofHope.org.

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