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Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Announces Aloe & Mint Collection with ‘The Greenhouse’ Experiential Retail Concept in New York City

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils, the multi-cultural brand dedicated to providing the best, high-quality hair care solutions for all hair types with special emphasis on wavy, coiled, kinky and mixed textures, formally announces its Aloe and Mint Collection today. The Aloe and Mint Collection is Aunt Jackie’s first that can be used on both the hair and body and is gender-neutral. To mark these “firsts,” the brand curated The Greenhouse, a brand experience that showcases the key ingredients and honors the brand’s origin story – a celebration of Black women and the growth of their pursuits – in an immersive fashion. “This is a monumental launch for Aunt Jackie’s,” said Dwan White, creator of Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils. “Since the brand’s inception, we have been grounded by a simple goal - to create products that we would want to use on our own curl type and texture. With the launch of new products in Aloe and Mint, we are not only expanding beyond hair care and into body care for the first time, but we are also proudly introducing our first gender-neutral collection, providing benefits for all.” About the Aloe and Mint Collection The Aloe and Mint collection is specially formulated with therapeutic ingredients including Aloe, Mint, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Shea Butter, Manuka Honey and Marshmallow Root to cleanse, hydrate, and refresh your hair (and skin) instantly. Each remedy has a light cooling sensation with an invigorating minty fragrance. Products in the Aloe and Mint Collection include: Cool It! Stimulating Moisturizing Conditioner Hydrate Me! Leave-In Conditioning Treatment Flawless Pattern Perfecting Pudding Lather Up Sulfate-Free Stimulating Shampoo Crème Wake Up Refresher Spray Aunt Jackie’s offers solutions for hair types across the 1a-4c texture spectrum, with a special emphasis on types 3 & 4 hair. When used together, most Aunt Jackie’s products will not cake, flake or cause drying. Aunt Jackie’s collections are formulated to address specific issues commonly associated with natural hair including chronic dryness, definition, thinning and shedding, detangling, frizz, split ends, and more. Aunt Jackie’s is designed to nourish, tame and beautify your textures. Therapies do not include sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, or drying alcohols. In addition to the new products in Aloe and Mint, collections include Butter Fusion, Flaxseed, Curls & Coils, Kids, Grapeseed, Coconut Crème, and Natural Oils. Products in the Aloe and Mint Collection range from $10.95-12.95 and are available at mass, drug, grocery, specialty, and beauty supply stores nationwide, as well as Aunt Jackie’s new e-commerce shop at https://auntjackiescurlsandcoils.com/shop/. Step Inside The Greenhouse From September 23-25, The Aloe and Mint Collection will be showcased at the Aunt Jackie’s Greenhouse at Showfields, 11 Bond Street, New York City. Attendees will be treated to a variety of self-care classes, demonstrations, refreshments and entertainment curated by Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils and featuring an abundantly Black female line-up of partners and offerings. The event is free to the public from noon-7 pm ET. To attend please visit https://auntjackies.rsvpify.com. Honoring the Aunties In addition to showcasing the science behind Aunt Jackie’s new Aloe and Mint Collection, the Greenhouse celebrates the brand’s origin as inspired by the women who influenced its creator, Dwan White – her aunties. As a trusted solution and hair care helper, the brand embodies the spirit of aunties and their contributions on our lives. About Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils is the fastest growing brand in the U.S. multicultural hair category, with 8 unique ingredients story collections. The brand is manufactured and marketed by House of Cheatham, Inc. headquartered in Stone Mountain, GA. Products are sold in mass, drug, grocery, specialty, and beauty supply stores in over 30 countries. For more information, go to www.auntjackiescurlsandcoils.com. Follow us on Facebook @ auntjackies; Instagram @ auntjackiescurlsandcoils; Twitter @ AuntJackiesCC; YouTube Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils. Contact Details Cheryl Overton Communications Cheryl Overton cheryl@cheryloverton.com Company Website https://auntjackiescurlsandcoils.com

September 21, 2021 09:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Female-Led Supplement Brand, Reserveage, Launches Their First-Ever Topicals Offering with Pro-Collagen Skincare Line

Twinlab Consolidated Corporation

The clinically-tested, science-backed skincare line features a proprietary formulation of microencapsulated copper peptides and nine world-class ingredients, so women can feel beautiful from the inside out in every stage of life Reserveage, one of the industry’s top leaders in wellness and beauty supplements for-women by women, has expanded its product portfolio to seamlessly blend outer beauty with inner wellness with the launch of their Pro-Collagen Booster skincare collection. Founded on the premise of the needs and desires from women as it relates to skincare, the dermatologist-tested, cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny-certified), paraben and sulfate-free line promotes the appearance of youthful, collagen-rich skin on the most visible areas of the body - the face, eye, neck, hands and feet. With a team of scientists, Reserveage utilizes unique technology to create innovative, efficacious products with patented and trademarked ingredients that are designed for whole body benefits, including their powerful microencapsulated copper peptides and nine world-class ingredients, including Dermaxyl®, Beautifeye®, EyelissTM, Matrixyl®, with proven results from 29 clinical studies. The brand’s unparalleled technology allows for copper to be absorbed into the skin more effectively, without oxidation in the form of microencapsulated copper peptides, supporting smooth and firm skin in the key areas most impacted by collagen degradation. “When looking at the market opportunity, the skincare segment is the biggest and fastest-growing sector within the Beauty & Personal Care market,” said Yamit Sadok, Senior Director of Marketing at Reserveage. “Reserveage as a brand is already positioned as a premium beauty brand with Collagen-boosting nutritionals targeting skin benefits. Our foray into topicals allowed us to capitalize on the white space in the marketplace, while completing the inside and outside approach - ultimately enhancing the consumer experience while reshaping the way personal care products are formulated, marketed and used. We’re excited to get products into the hands of consumers and make our official debut into the topical landscape.” The collection touts four inaugural products that give your skin some extra TLC, including: Pro-Collagen Illuminating Eye Cream ($49.99 MSRP): A proprietary formulation containing exceptional ingredients such as Beautifeye® to improve global eye contour appearance and reduce the appearance of crow's feet and under eye bags while diminishing the look of dark circles and puffiness. Pro-Collagen Firming Face Cream ($59.99 MSRP): This specialized face cream is infused with Matrixyl® synthé 6® to even skin tone appearance, smoothness and texture while reducing the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles. Pro-Collagen Firming Neck Cream ($59.99 MSRP): Designed to combat the appearance of sagging and loose skin around the neck and jawline with a rich neck cream that improves and maintains the look of skin’s elasticity with ingredients such as IdealiftTM. Pro-Collagen Hand & Foot Cream ($44.99 MSRP): Fade away the look of aging on hands and feet with an emollient hand and foot cream specially formulated with RevidrateTM to provide improved appearance of skin smoothness and tone on skin surfaces exposed to UV light. "Reserveage’s new product line is incredibly exciting—it uses proprietary microencapsulated copper peptides that allow for maximal ability to promote the appearance of collagen-rich skin,” said dermatologist and Reserveage ambassador Dr. Tiffany Libby. “Copper peptides have been well studied and have been shown to help hydrate, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulate the look of collagen-rich skin, all which are aimed to enhance the appearance of smooth and firm skin and minimize signs of aging." The new and innovative product line takes a unique approach to skincare that is designed for whole body benefits. Boasting high-quality ingredients that are supported by robust audit and testing requirements to give your skin the products it deserves, the clinical study results show that key ingredients in Reserveage’s Pro-Collagen skincare line: Reduces the appearance of eye bags by 52% within 2 months Reduces the appearance of eye bag volume in 70% of volunteers within 2 months Improves the appearance of skin sagging by 43.6% within 2 months Improves skin moisturization/hydration by 34% in just 30 days Increases the appearance of lifting effect by 28% within 2 months Reserveage’s Pro-Collagen skincare line is available on their website, www.reserveage.tlcchealth.com, Amazon, and other retailers nationwide including Vitamin Shoppe. For more information, visit: https://reserveage.tlcchealth.com. About Reserveage: Founded by women. Led by women. Empowered by women. As a leading brand within the beauty and wellness supplement industry, Reserveage is redefining beauty by unveiling the notion that beauty is represented by so much more than meets the eye. Through an expansive portfolio of products including key ingredients such as Resveratrol, Collagen, Keratin and more, Reserveage seamlessly blends outer beauty with inner wellness. Bringing every product to the market with science-backed results, Reserveage ensures high-quality, innovative and effective products so women can feel beautifully healthy in body and mind in every stage of life. Available at some of the world’s top retailers such as Amazon, Vitamin Shoppe, CVS Pharmacy, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, King Soopers, Vitacost, Iherb, natural stores nationwide and more. For more information, please visit Reserveage’s website and @reserveagenutrition on Instagram. Contact Details Powers PR Courtney Stewart courtney@powers-pr.com Company Website https://reserveage.tlcchealth.com/

September 21, 2021 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Leading Medical Professionals Launch Rappore, An Integrated Patient-Centric Mental Health Platform

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Rappore, a new-to-market virtual health care platform specializing in mental health therapies, now offers in-network treatment through leading insurance providers including United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2019, a number that has only increased this past year by the pandemic ( Kff.org ). While there are over 500,000 mental health clinicians in the U.S., 119M Americans still live in mental health shortage areas, making it a growing challenge. Rappore’s tech-enabled model aims to solve this issue, which is considered one of the largest healthcare burdens in America. By combining world-class mental healthcare with a convenient, telehealth solution, Rappore delivers accessible, affordable, and comprehensive mental health therapies to patients. “With the launch of Rappore, we aim to fix what is currently a broken system within our healthcare system,” says Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Brian Kinsella. “We bring together psychiatry and therapy under one roof, and now, for the price of a copay. Having companies like Aetna and United Health on-board will enable us to service communities across the nation, and we are excited to achieve this growth while continuing to expand our capabilities and network.” “In the last year, we’ve seen mental healthcare apps grow tremendously; however, most of these apps are developed with little to no healthcare guidance or regulation, and more importantly, no real human interaction,” says Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Frederic Kass, MD. “We’ve been able to create a model, backed by top academic medical centers, that elevates the current standard and leads to superior outcomes by matching patients with prominent medical professionals in a variety of specialties who can provide innovative treatments and high-quality services.” Rappore is the only digital company that can achieve superior outcomes for mental health problems including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders and PTSD, relationship issues and school/work issues. Its experienced clinical staff has rigorous protocols and offers an array of services including coordinated care with specialty networks and programs, integrated technology, and leading risk management tools to ensure superior patient outcomes. Its technology advantages include rapid intake and onboarding procedures, robust offerings for various and complex ailments, and an affordable pricing model that incorporates therapy, medication, and accessibility to a highly vetted medical community with multiple specialties. Rappore offers licensed mental healthcare clinicians in six states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida. The company is rolling out a BIPOC process group this month to provide support for BIPOC communities who are faced with unique challenges and systematic inequality. The company has plans for exponential growth and is currently undergoing funding to support initiatives including scaling its clinical staff, further developing proprietary data collection and outcome measurement tools, and driving education and awareness across the medical and patient markets. To learn more about Rappore visit https://rappore.com/ About Rappore Rappore is a world-class virtual health care platform, specializing in mental health therapies, that democratizes the mental healthcare system in the U.S. Formed in 2020, Rappore provides direct access to the best mental health experts and comprehensive treatment via insurance and affordable pricing to patients. Rappore offers its patients a wholistic approach to mental wellness, achieving superior outcomes for mental health problems including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and PTSD, relationship issues and school/work issues. Its experienced clinical staff has rigorous protocols and offers a wide array of services to meet the needs of its patients. Its technology advantages, affordable pricing model, in-network offerings and highly vetted medical community primes Rappore to become one of the leading mental health care programs in the U.S. Contact Details Rell Marketing & Communications Linsey Tilbor Rubin +1 732-991-5294 ltilbor@rellmc.com Company Website https://rappore.com/

September 21, 2021 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MarketFinance in pole position as it raises £280m and is approved for Recovery Loan Scheme lending

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Fintech business lender MarketFinance has today announced a £280m debt and equity fundraise and its accreditation under the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). This comes after MarketFinance became one of the first fintechs to be accredited under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), having lent £250m to companies across the UK. Launched by the British Business Bank in April 2021, the Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the pandemic. Funding from the Scheme can be used for any legitimate business purpose including managing cashflow, investment in new equipment and preparing for future growth. It is designed to appeal to businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes. MarketFinance is ready to lend immediately with its debt and equity funding. The debt financing has been provided from a large global investment firm alongside Italy’s largest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. The equity investment was led by Black River Ventures (previous investments include Marqeta, Upgrade, Coursera and Digital Ocean) with participation from existing investor, Barclays Bank PLC. Alongside this, the launch of MarketFinance Flex Loans today will aim to help nearly one million SMEs in the UK solve their short-term funding gaps up to £100,000. Viola Credit has provided MarketFinance with £20m to launch the Flex Loans product. Similar to a credit card or overdraft, businesses will have a pre-agreed limit of up to £100,000 which they can withdraw at once or in smaller amounts. Flexible repayment options enable the businesses to spread their repayments over 3 - 12 months based on their working capital needs. It is a solution to support a variety of one-off and ongoing funding requirements such as purchasing inventory, clearing outstanding invoices, upfront supplier payments, investment into sales and marketing, or expanding the team. Anil Stocker, CEO at MarketFinance, commented: “This funding and our accreditation as a Recovery Loan Scheme lender is testament to the brilliant work everyone at MarketFinance has done to serve UK businesses during a difficult period. Adapting to the increased demand from businesses looking for finance online instead of through traditional avenues also drove our profitability this year, which has continued into H2 2021”. From today, businesses can immediately apply* for an RLS loan from MarketFinance between £50k and £250k repayable over 4, 5 or 6 years. Repayments in the first six months of the term will only consist of interest charges, an additional support measure as businesses gear themselves for a full reopening of the economy. Anil Stocker aded: “Businesses have been resilient and managed to hold their nerve during one of the most difficult periods in recent history. We were there to help with the CBILS and will do the same with the RLS by offering a simple application process, quick decisions and sending funds to businesses immediately. Our fundraise puts us in pole position to do this. We played a key role during CBILS, as one of the first fintech lenders, to help get funds to businesses quickly when they found their applications were delayed and or denied by others. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with businesses and help navigate them through to the full reopening of the economy and beyond”. As a native fintech, the MarketFinance platform is designed to receive, process and manage large volumes of businesses applying for finance using the platform. From simple online application forms, enhanced credit risk models to exceptional one-to-one customer support, MarketFinance will get RLS funds to businesses in need, quickly. “We aim to quickly lend to businesses around the UK. We anticipate demand for RLS to come from companies that will need capital to scale operations ahead of the full reopening of the economy. Manufacturers, wholesalers, public services businesses and a range of others will need the funds to ramp up supplies and build pipelines as business returns to normal” added Anil Stocker. Ends *Minimum eligibility criteria for RLS business loans through MarketFinance: Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership Trading for more than 3 years, has a turnover of more than £200,000 Company sells goods and/or services to consumers and/or other businesses About MarketFinance MarketFinance is a business finance company with offices in London and Manchester. The online platform enables businesses to access a range of flexible finance solutions - quickly and easily. This smart technology is backed by help from real people so business owners can save time and focus on growing their business. Since 2011, MarketFinance has cumulatively advanced over £2.6 billion to companies across a range of sizes and sectors, providing working capital and finance for everything from paying staff and suppliers to launching new products or services and accelerating growth. MarketFinance is backed by Barclays Bank PLC, Mouro Capital, European venture capital fund Northzone (invested in Klarna, iZettle and Trustpilot), and private equity group MCI Capital (also invested in iZettle, Azimo and Gett). About the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Contact Details MarketFinance Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://marketfinance.com/

September 21, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Grandparents are Grand: Celebrate Grandparents Every Day

YourUpdateTV

For many families, the COVID-19 pandemic has separated grandparents from their grandchildren and made it difficult to be there in person for some of their grandchildren’s biggest moments. And sometimes it’s not even about missing the big moments, but the everyday moments, such as reading a story to them or sharing a meal, that make it so hard to be separated. Because many of us are separated from loved ones right now and relying on virtual ways to connect, UnitedHealthcare collaborated with Sesame Workshop to develop downloadable resources to be shared with family and friends that offer fun ways to connect with grandparents, together or apart. As we celebrate grandparents on National Grandparents Day and every day, now is the chance for your audience to learn more about UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop’s Growing Every Day, Every Way program and how it is honoring grandparents and families by providing educational resources on developmental milestones to establish lifelong healthy habits. Tameeka Smith, grandmother and Community Plan CEO at UnitedHealthcare and Andrea Cody, senior project manager, Social Impact at Sesame Workshop partnered with D S Simon Media and Your Update TV on a nationwide media tour to discuss: Information on Sesame Street in Communities How grandparents can be empowered to take care of themselves Ways grandparents can connect with kids both in-person and virtually For more information on all Sesame Workshop and UnitedHealthcare are doing you can visit: www.grandparentsday.com About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 20, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Exhibition Reveals Visual Cues of Bigotry and Inequality Over Hundreds of Years in America

Library Company of Philadelphia

At a time when Americans are constantly bombarded with graphics, some with hidden meanings, our ability to interpret visuals has taken on new urgency. Imperfect History: Curating the Graphics Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library is a new exhibit designed to help us read between the lines of popular graphics. Drawing from a collection of extraordinary breadth spanning 300 years, Imperfect History showcases hidden and rare items, the unseen stories of everyday people, and the prejudices and preconceptions of different time periods. It’s a visual time machine of the good, the bad and the ugly of American culture. It opens September 20, 2021 and runs through April 8, 2022. “The point is not to take things at face value,” said Michael Barsanti, the Edwin Wolf 2 nd Director of the Library Company. “Inequalities and prejudices have existed in plain view for centuries. We just need to look for the clues in visual materials. Our hope is that this exhibition will help teach the public to understand racist, sexist and other biased imagery in popular culture today and throughout history, in an effort to mitigate bigotry.” Rare, unusual items Items glorifying white men, stereotyping African Americans, satirizing feminism and representing economic disparities will be on display. So too will ‘imperfect’ works that would never see the light of day in a fine arts exhibit, but that offer important lessons in how people lived, what they cared about and what they really thought. “We want to help patrons understand American history through graphic materials,” notes co-curator Erika Piola, Director of the Visual Culture Program. “These are images created and seen by everyday people. They were collected by the son of a Library Company librarian, hung on the walls of American homes, were saved in scrapbooks, and mailed to the dwellings of average citizens.” Included in the exhibition are an ink blotter with female nudes on lettuce, a promotional item never seen before publicly. There are rare items such as a print of an enslaved teen with vitiligo who was exploited as a sideshow curiosity and a lithograph of living and dead all-white male Masons described as the “wise and good among mankind.” Among the exhibition’s five areas is the ‘Imperfection Section’ with items that have been altered, suffered age deterioration, damage, have artistic errors, or inscriptions. “We want people to appreciate that just because items like photographs, prints and sketches might be damaged, it doesn’t make them any less important to future generations,” says Piola. Co-curator Sarah Weatherwax, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts notes, “Benjamin Franklin founded the Library Company to prepare colonists for citizenship by giving them access to books. But today, being an engaged citizen requires us to look beyond text and also focus on visuals, to understand nuance and context.” Two-year project The Imperfect History project includes an exhibition, publication, digital catalog, a visual literacy workshop, a one-day symposium and a curatorial fellowship. It is in commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Graphic Arts Department. The digital catalog creatively demonstrates multiple viewpoints through descriptions of the same visual material written by four guest catalogers from different fields. The exhibition publication is an illustrated catalog providing an overview of the history of graphics collecting at the Library Company as well as narratives and a case study of the relationships between American art history, visual culture and literacy, race, gender, and Philadelphia imagery and image makers. Visual Literacy Workshop: Urban In-sights A select group of historians, curators, and other professionals from around the U.S. gathered virtually at the end of June for a workshop designed to enhance participants’ ability to “read” and analyze graphic materials. In addition to historical context, they learned about different graphic processes, and how to conduct primary and secondary research using graphic materials. Symposium: Collecting, Curating, and Consuming American Popular Graphic Arts Yesterday and Today The one-day symposium scheduled for March 25, 2022 will examine the changing and innovative trends in how popular graphics are curated, interpreted, used and understood by those who produced, viewed, and consumed them. Curatorial Fellowship Imperfect History included a 20-month fellowship providing an aspiring graphics curator with practical career training. Funding Support for Imperfect History is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Walter J. Miller Trust, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jay Robert Stiefel, and Terra Foundation for American Art. The Graphic Arts Collection The holdings of over 100,000 items comprises one of the few public collections in the United States specializing in historical American popular graphics from the 17th century through the early 20th century. The works represent the multiple perspectives and aesthetic senses of their creators, while they also serve as material documents of the culture, politics and economics in which they were produced and consumed. About the Library Company of Philadelphia Established in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia was founded as the first public library with the mission of putting books in the hands of ordinary citizens. It is the oldest cultural institution in America, the Nation' s first Library of Congress and the largest lending library through the Civil War. Today, the Library Company is an independent research library and educational institution specializing in American and global history from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. With one of the world's largest holdings of early Americana, the Library Company also has close to one million pieces in their collections that relate to African American history, economic and women's history, the history of medicine, and visual culture. The Library Company promotes access to these collections through fellowships, exhibitions, programs, and online resources. To find out more, please visit www.librarycompany.org. Contact Details Snap 2 Marketing/PR Beverly Volpe +1 609-230-4696 Bev@Snap2mkt.com Library Company of Philadelphia Raechel Hammer +1 856-383-4397 rhammer@librarycompany.org

September 20, 2021 02:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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MY.GAMES acquires hyper-casual Publisher, Mamboo Games

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Global gaming brand MY.GAMES has today announced the acquisition of Mamboo Games, which publishes hyper casual and hybrid casual titles, and develops its own games. In total, the Mamboo Games portfolio includes more than 30 projects. Following the completion of the deal, MY.GAMES became the majority owner of Mamboo Games. As part of the deal, MY.GAMES is paying more than $2 million at close, as well as a deferred payment, the amount of which will be determined depending on the business performance. Mamboo Games is headquartered in Minsk and employs 35 people. In 2020, Mamboo Games started out as a hyper casual game publisher and has now expanded its portfolio with a new genre of hybrid casual games, which includes Viking Life: Wild North; Scary Pranks: Horror Puzzle Survival; Space Rover: Space Taikon; Shift Princess: Fairies and Princesses. One of the publisher's most successful projects is Shift Race: a 3D racing game that reached 15 million installs in the first three months after release. Another successful project is Billion Builders, which entered the top 50 on the iOS platform in the US and the top 10 in China. “In October 2020, we invested in Mamboo Games, and during this time the team has performed well, releasing a new commercially successful release every month. There is a symbiosis between MY.GAMES' expertise in mid-core games and Mamboo Games' expertise which allows us to create successful projects in the hybrid casual genre. We clearly understand how it is important to have flexibility and mobility today in the hyper casual market and will effectively scale Mamboo’s business and provide them with all the advantages of an MY.GAMES’ open partner environment”, - commented Vasily Maguryan, CEO of MY.GAMES. “We see how hyper-casual games are in demand among the audience - in 2020 the hyper casual games market grew by 104% and reached $3 billion, and we will continue to develop and expand in this segment and offer new solutions. MY.GAMES has huge expertise and a diversified portfolio across their thirteen studios and we have already launched several joint projects by working with some of them. We are confident that our partnership will allow us to realise our potential and give users new, globally successful hits,”, - commented Ivan Leshkevich, CEO of Mamboo Games. About MY.GAMES: MY.GAMES is an international gaming brand (part of Mail.ru Group) and a leading online entertainment company. MY.GAMES comprises 13 regional offices in Russia, Europe and the US, over 1,800 staff, and 13 development studios. MY.GAMES develop titles for the PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The company operates over 80 projects, with more than 150 titles in its portfolio including War Robots, Hustle Castle, Left to Survive, Skyforge, and Allods Online. MY.GAMES portfolio includes renowned titles like Warface, ArcheAge, Perfect World, Revelation Online, Conqueror's Blade, Lost Ark, and more. MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC) MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC), the investment arm of MY.GAMES, was founded in 2017 and has invested in 40 studios and consolidated 7 in four years. MGVC has also entered the top 10 largest investment funds in the world. By investing in new studios, MY.GAMES continues to pursue its strategy of diversifying its gaming portfolio, providing studios with the right conditions to grow their business and scale their product. Contacts: Dmitrii Lazarev - Global Corporate PR Manager, MY.GAMES Dmitrii.Lazarev@corp.my.com Stefano Petrullo – Renaissance PR stefano@renaissancepr.biz +44 (0) 7828 692 315 Sophie Carter – Renaissance PR sophie@renaissancepr.biz +44 (0) 7810 848 320 Contact Details Renaissance PR Emily Britt +44 7530 081191 emily@renaissancepr.biz

September 20, 2021 09:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Maison Métaphore…Brings Its Latest Designer Collection to The World Through Its New E-Commerce Website

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TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - Japanese fashion brand Metaphor, directed by Kento Fukatsu, fashion designer and founder, has launched its global e-commerce website with its new brand, Maison Métaphore.... The launch coincides with the release of the brand's autumn/winter 2021 collection and aims to expand its reach across the world. Metaphor from 2019 Spring/Summer "Just like a metaphor, the concept behind Maison Métaphore...is to convey our evolving world through innovative, ground-breaking fashion. By launching our global e-commerce website, we are enabling a larger number of people the opportunity to express themselves through our progressive, gender-neutral apparel," said Kento Fukatsu, designer and founder of Maison Métaphore... and Metaphor. Fukatsu's approach to design is the use of juxtapositions and is inspired by Dadaism, an art movement that began during the First World War in Zurich. This produces clothes that give the impression they are not worn exactly as they were intended i.e., backwards, inside out, or skirts that look like pants. In addition, and with sustainable fashion in mind, Fukatsu's designs are designed to be worn for a long time by a wide range of people, regardless of gender. The theme for the brand's autumn/winter 2021 collection is In the Middle of Change with the brand's signature sense of incompatibility. With a nod to the world's circumstances, it was created with a mixture of diverse cultures in mind but still from a Japanese perspective. The collection uses the best materials from Japan and features a combination of a bustier, jacket and a jumper skirt reconstructed from a trench coat. The collection was supervised by the stylist Tsuyoshi Kurata. The e-commerce website will be available in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese as well as providing access to a 24/7 live chat with customer support. The site also offers buyers free shipping globally. Trench Jumper skirt $613.33 Bustier docked jacket $707.69 Trench docked wool trouser $547.28 Vest docked wool coat $1,037.95 About Maison Métaphore... Founded by acclaimed Japanese designer Kento Fukatsu, Maison Métaphore...is a global e-commerce brand designing unique apparel collections for both female and male consumers. 'Metaphor' was selected as one the nine best young brands 2016 by fashionsnap.com. The brand was originally established as a Japanese domestic brand, Metaphor and was renamed to Maison Métaphore... in 2021. About Kento Fukatsu Kento Fukatsu founder of Metaphor and Maison Métaphore... is an experienced designer who breaks the rules of fashion. He is inspired by Dadaism and Japanese underground street culture, which is the identity of the designer himself, as well as innovative items that are conscious of diversity. After graduating from the Fashion Creative Department of Esmod Japon, he launched Metaphor... in 2016. Website: maisonmetaphore.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maison_metaphore_official/ Contact Details Media Contact Takuya Tojo maisonmetophore@gmail.com

September 20, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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EXPLORE THE WORLDS: MEOW WOLF’S CONVERGENCE STATION IS NOW OPEN

Meow Wolf

Convergence Station is now open for quantum travel. The highly-anticipated third permanent exhibition from US-based arts and entertainment company, Meow Wolf, will be welcoming its first guests today - Friday, September 17th. The experience is nestled in the middle of W Colfax Ave and I-25, in the heart of the Sun Valley neighborhood. The sought-after experience sold a record high 35,000 tickets within the first 24 hours of ticket sales opening earlier this month. "This is unlike anything we - or anyone - has developed before,” said Ali Rubinstein, Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Meow Wolf. “We've created an immersive experience out of extraordinary art, while continuing our rich narrative layer for visitors to dive into and connect with on a deep emotional level. Convergence Station will change the face of immersive Art Experiences not just for Denver, but for the world. This is next level." Meow Wolf has worked with over 300 creatives, including 110+ Colorado-based collaborating artists, to bring 79 unique projects within the 4 floors of interactive space in Convergence Station to life.These muralists, sculptors, fiber artists, and technologists have worked tirelessly to build a mind-bending installation that will leave travelers appreciating what it really means to be immersed in a narrative. Notable collaborating artists working on this project include Kalyn Heffernan, Kyle Singer, Cal Duran, Everything is Terrible!, Molina Speaks, Sofie Birkin, along with Moment Factory and many others. Unforgettable and transformational, this is the place where memory, quantum travel, and unseen worlds meet. Convergence Station offers an immersive, interactive experience that will transport travelers of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. Guests will discover psychedelic, mind-bending art and an underlying rich narrative, which will take them on a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic. “Our most ambitious project to date, the Denver exhibition, is bound to bend minds, inspire creativity, and touch hearts,” said Todd Richins, Executive Creative Producer at Meow Wolf Denver. “From our partnership with artists and collaborators on the venue, to the retail and food spaces within our walls, Meow Wolf Denver is a one-stop immersive and imaginative art experience for all ages.” The anchor spaces of Convergence Station include: CONVERGENCE STREET - Once the scorned sanitation district, residents of C Street are glad to have converged away from the bureaucratic landlords of their former homeworld. And because they don’t trust politicians, the citizens elect a new mayor every 20 minutes. The economy of Convergence is based around the collecting and trading of memories, and the hub of this economy is C Street’s Convergence Exchange. EEMIA - The people of Eemia are led by an ancient scientific order called the Kaleidogoths. When the Convergence tore some of the Eemian population away from their homeworld, they were in the midst of a thousand year ice age. OSSUARY - Ossuary’s labyrinth of corridors connects many spaces by collaborating artists. Oss has become the “Gold Standard” repository for memories from across the Convergence through both sanctioned and shadow market Memory Trading. The people of Ossuary are led by a historic Lineage of Librarians – dedicated to the preservation of Oss and all knowledge from across the known multiverse. NUMINA - Numina exists beyond linear time — existing everywhere, and at any point in time, simultaneously. Numina has anchored itself in the third and fourth dimensions by joining the Convergence in order to learn about language, linear time, and free will. In addition to the art, guests can experience the 488-person live performance venue called The Perplexiplex where regular concerts will be taking place, created in collaboration with Moment Factory. Visitors can also look forward to dining at HELLOFOOD, a fast-casual cafe that has both grab and go and dine-in offerings. Inspired by the variety of tastes found in our neighborhood of Sun Valley, HELLOFOOD offers local food and beverage by local entrepreneurs who represent inclusivity and convergence of cultures. Before returning to the real world, guests will also be able to continue their exploration in the exhibition’s gift shop. Meow Wolf's signature swag has gained a following of its own for its whimsical, maximalist style. Spanning over 2,000 square feet and offering over 1,500 unique items, these carefully curated keepsakes will allow guests to take home a piece of their experience. In celebrate the opening of Denver’s new quantum transit station, earth-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy worked with Swedish director Andreas Nilsson, Grammy-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, and a team of CG artists from around the world to create a “transdimensional travel ad”—one that urges bipedal humans everywhere to escape their drab, boring planet and go “see the worlds.” The surreal film can be viewed here - it was made from a combination of vintage travel films and shot footage, which were stitched together and then digitally mutated to create strange, beautiful, converged worlds. Convergence Station will be open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10:00 am until 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are subject to change. Tickets are available via meow.wf/denver-tix for pre-purchase for $45 for General Admission ($40 Children / Seniors / Military), and $35 for Colorado Residents. Visitors are required to pre-book a time slot and masks are required for entry. Meow Wolf was recognized in Fast Company 's 2020 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, and awarded the #1 spot for Live Events. The company also opened Omega Mart, its second permanent installation in Las Vegas earlier this year, following the success of their flagship location in Santa Fe, House of Eternal Return. ### Listicle Information The immersive arts and entertainment company, Meow Wolf, has opened Convergence Station in Denver today on September 17, 2021 with their most ambitious project yet. Created by 110+ collaborating artists and more than 200 Meow Wolf creatives, this 4-story immersive exhibition will be home to 79 unique installations, including cavernous spaces 30 feet high. Guests will discover psychedelic, mind-bending art, and an underlying rich narrative, taking them on a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic. It will be like NOTHING they have ever experienced before. The exhibition will also be home to The Perpexiplex, a 488 person live performance venue, the HELLOFOOD cafe, and a retail space. Tickets are available via meow.wf/denver-tix. COVID-19 Meow Wolf is aware of the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19. They are continuing to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to help ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and community. Any changes will be communicated directly to ticket holders via email, on Meow Wolf’s website, and social media channels. Currently, the protocol is as follows: face masks are required for guests at all times except when eating or drinking with social distance. There will be hand sanitizer dispensers placed at guest and employee entrances and throughout the exhibit. Convergence Station will make available non-latex gloves for employee and guest use. Employees will be required to test weekly for COVID-19. Recognized in Fast Company's 2020 list of as The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies' and claiming Blooloop's #2 and #3 spots as the 'World's Top Immersive Art Experiences,' Meow Wolf is a US-based innovative arts and entertainment company. An ever-evolving wellspring of creativity, Meow Wolf makes art to stir the imagination and transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration, with locations to explore in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and (soon to open) Denver. The company's first location in Santa Fe opened in 2016 and showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation, House Of Eternal Return, where two million visitors have now discovered a mind-bending mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art. In 2019, Meow Wolf expanded beyond Santa Fe and opened Kaleidoscape, the world's first artist-driven ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Meow Wolf opened their second permanent installation, Omega Mart, at AREA15 in Las Vegas in February 2021 which went on to be a huge success. Their third permanent installation in Denver is slated to open September 17, 2021. Meow Wolf is proud to be the only certified B-Corporation in the themed entertainment industry, with a team dedicated to social impact and building a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Contact Details Jive PR + Digital Maya Sarin +1 818-422-2248 maya@jiveprdigital.com Company Website https://meowwolf.com/

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