SummerStage Presents: DNCE & B.o.B

Last week was SummerStage’s last free concert. The Summerstage concert series is  sponsored by Capital One Bank. The headliners this year was DNCE with B.o.B as the opening act and Questlove as a special guest, this was a weird combination of artists this year. Last year was Janelle Monae and Fun. who complemented each other because it was the same energy throughout the concert.

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Join Us At Liberty City Anime Convention 2017

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This weekend August 18th – 20th is Liberty City Anime Con 2017. Third year running as New York City’s largest anime convention located in the heart of NYC Times Square Marriott Hotel. Last year we attended LCAC 2016 for the first time and it did have its ups and downs but it was a really fun experience with meeting new people and the awesome dealers selling their merchandise.

Last year all we really did was attend the concerts because most of the panels we wanted to check out were cancelled or no shows, hopefully with this years full schedule there will be less cancellations. We were fortunate enough to interview Patrick Bartley Jr. from J-MUSIC Ensemble. Hopefully this year we can get a few more interviews and more content since this year should be bigger and better than last.

We have our passes and hope you and your friends got yours if not you can purchase your tickets here. For those who already purchased their tickets remember badge pickup starts at 10AM on Friday and Thursday 5PM – 7PM for those who did early registration. We look forward to meeting some of you that are going to be at Liberty City Anime Con just let us know on our twitter if you want to meet up with us.

Here’s a few post we did about last years Liberty City Anime Con:

Photos from last year

J-MUSIC Ensemble

Psyche Corporation

Liberty City Cosplayers

2une

ReniReni

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Capturing Emotion with Avery Liburd

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New York City is a pretty big place. But if you run around in certain circles, you’re very likely to come across the same people. That was how I came to know Avery Liburd, formerly known as Avery Li or DarkShonobi on YouTube where we first met. I’m not sure if he remembers or not but when we ran into each other randomly in Midtown Manhattan, where we exchanged pleasantries and introduced ourselves. Thinking about it now, it’s kind of hilarious. Back then Youtube wasn’t the beast that it is now. That was how we connected, so it made perfect sense. And while it wasn’t the most interesting or awkward situation that I’ve encountered when randomly meeting people I talked to online, it definitely struck a chord. Fast forward a few years later, I now I have this platform. It’s important to return the love that was shown to you from way back.

“We build together”

When I reached out, here is what he had to say.
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AnimeNext: 2017 Masquerade

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As some of you may know, our team attended AnimeNext in Atlantic City, New Jersey early this month. One of our favorite events to attend when going to any anime convention is the Masquerade. All the contestant did a phenomenal job and we captured some of out favorites and posted them via our YouTube. I posted the videos below. So check them out and let us know what you think.  Also, don’t forget to check out our photography gallery.

Have a great weekend

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Soulcial Sunday 2016 Reflection

 

We want to wish you all a Happy New Year! We can’t even put into words how much your support means to us and how we have really pushed through the horror of 2016 together. We really want to thank all you from the bottom of our hearts for keeping us going on this vision we have, seeing people take interest in what we do makes us keep fighting to make this dream of our come true. Continue reading

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

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Long awaited third album from Bruno mars has finally hit stores and Bruno has never let us down and with this album he took it to the next level. I was waiting for an album after Bruno dropped his single “24k Magic” in October, I didn’t expect it to become my favorite album of the year. I’m a huge fan of Bruno’s since R&B is my favorite genre of all time and when I first listened to this album I was so blown away by how creative and fun this album is just a few songs in.

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New York Comic Con 2016: Overview

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New York Comic Con was lite. The team and I had a phenomenal time.  Saw a former Co-worker/friend. Bump into a few other acquaintances. And even brought my baby cousin along for his first convention.  The little guy fell asleep when we sat down to eat lunch on Sunday. Hysterical. He’s not built for the blerd life.  But let’s get right into it.

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Bad Boy Reunion Concert

 

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The concert was on September 25th and the whole SDE team went to this concert. Now I’m a big fan of 90s music that’s what they gave us brought back all the good music for about 2 hours. Puff daddy and the family has one of the best lineup of artists. The special guest that pop in on the concert was Shyne and DMX now I have seen fans post videos of the previous concert even my co-worker went to a concert and saw more than just DMX and Shyne. I was expecting a few of the features they had over the years come out but that wasn’t the case. Continue reading

Zen, Prose and Pose with Cookiee Kawaii

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1) Can Introduce Yourself? And give us the back story on your alias (stage name)?

Cookie: Wassup world , my name is Cookiee Kawaii & I’m from Irvington NJ. My stage name went through some changes throughout the years. I started as Harajuku Cookiee. The Harajuku came from me just loving everything about Japanese culture & fashion. And the Cookiee (with two e’s) was added because I love soft baked cookies lol . its my favorite snack in the world so why not be named after it. As I evolved… I changed from Harajuku Cookiee to Cookiee Kowa. One because I felt there needed to be a change as far as branding for me. The Harajuku brand has been used by many famous artist such as ( Nicki Minaj & Gwen Stefani) so I needed to make a change and pick something more original. Secondly I was briefly on a team (RAW BUNCH) with a notable rapper Tsu Surf. So my name needed to be something that meshed well with his & still stuck true to my love for Japanese culture. So I came up with the name Cookiee Kowa. Kowa … short for cowabunga (in relation to surfing) but I changed the c to a k because kowa in Japanese meant scary or frightening lol … to me since I wasn’t that young artist anymore and I was growing into my own sound .. I wanted people to somewhat be scared of what I could bring to the table. Because I had a lot of people doubting what I could do as an artist. After I left Raw Bunch … I needed to have my own identity … something that was mine and original. Didn’t take me long before I came up with Cookiee Kawaii. Kawaii means cute or adorable in Japanese & that fits my personality.. & it rolls of the tongue for those who can pronounce it right lol & for sure to me its more original & its a name Im proud of.
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Overview of Liberty City Anime Con

This is the second year of the Liberty City Anime Con  (LCAC) it’s in Manhattan which is convenient. This is also the first time we went there. They have 3 years already lined up in hotels around Manhattan if you want more info on that click this link Liberty City.

So let’s first talk about the location. As a New Yorker this hotel being right next to Times Square was horrible because we can’t avoid the traffic of people Times Square brings so there’s a lot of pushing involved to get there and home. The hotel was pretty nice the funny part about all this was the hotel guest that knew nothing about anime cons constantly asking cosplayers or looking at them with their crazy faces.

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