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Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent Reports

Leading Gay Social App Woo-ing Urban Millennials with No-Charge Hook-Ups

NEW YORK Oct. 26 — Contrary to a recent Bloomberg report that dating apps are switching over to pay models, Jack’d, a popular hook-up app for gay urban millennials, says it will remain free.

“Our research continues to show that our targeted demographic does not pay for music, games, movies, or dating,” stated Phil Henricks, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Online Buddies, the parent company of Jack’d.  “They’ve been raised to expect that digital products are free and they don’t see any reason to start paying for them now.”

Jack’d’s path to monetization is through selling advertising to corporations eager to reach the hard-to-find gay, urban millennial.  “They’re a multi million dollar demographic”, Henricks said.  “While they’re not willing to purchase digital products, they have tremendous buying power and have no problem shelling out $5 on a cup of coffee or $200 on a pair of sneakers.”

Jackd-to-remain-free-about-magazine Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent ReportsMore than 60% of Jack’d’s revenue comes from Fortune 500 companies, clothing retailers, and the tourism industry, all of whom have run banners on the app in recent weeks.  “We see it as a win for everyone.  We attract the gay, urban millennials that our members want and our advertisers have a quick, easy way to reach them.” 

Nearly five million men around the world have joined Jack’d since its launch in 2010 and it consistently ranks among the top four gay social apps in both the App Store and Google Play.   67% of Jack’d members in the United States are between 18-26.  Nearly 60% are Black and Latino.

“Members appreciate that our free version offers many of the premium features they would have to pay for on competing apps,” Alon Rivel, Jack’d’s Brand Manager told us.

As for banners, Henricks says Jack’d members are not bothered by them, citing only 3% of members have opted to pay for Jack’d to avoid the banners.  “They understand that someone has to pay for the app.  As long as it’s not them, they don’t give it a second thought.” 

Visit http://www.jackdapp.com.

Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors

Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

As FourEver1, the identical quadruplets Jodi, Catherine, Christina, and Janelle Pyfrom aim to conquer the music charts.

Their debut track is “All About Tonight”, an empowering high-energy pop single executive produced by American Idol music master Randy Jackson.

The song encourages fans to step out of their comfort zones. Its remixes by Bimbo Jones, Sean Finn, Tavo, and Jason Kohlmann are currently playing on heavy rotation in clubs.

It has to be exciting to see all the support “All About Tonight” is getting from DJs.  
Janelle: Yes, it is very exciting! We are so grateful. We always dreamed of this and it’s surreal to finally see it happen. This just shows us that as long as we work hard, we can achieve our goals.

Who are your music idols?
Janelle: There are so many!  Our top have to be Beyonce, Rihanna, and Jojo.  We also love The Backstreet Boys.

FourEver1-about-magazine-sitting Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors
Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

How does FourEver1 plan to make its own mark on pop music?
Janelle: By infusing our island roots into our music with our already pop influenced sound.

Where are you from?
Janelle: The Bahamas.

Do you get home sick for the Bahamas?
Jodi:  I do.  I’m a very chill, relaxed person so I’m used to the lifestyle there and am constantly thinking of the island’s beautiful beaches.

Catherine: I miss the food most.

How do you like living in Los Angeles?
Catherine: I love living in Los Angeles. It’s a great place to be, especially for our career. It’s also an inspiring place, being around so many talented people.

Janelle: At first it was hard being away from the Bahamas, leaving all that we have known behind. But now I think LA is great! We have made friends and have gotten to know the place pretty well.

Do you all live together?
Janelle: Yes, we share the same house.

Is it tough working with Randy Jackson?
Jodi: Randy is one of the coolest, most genuine people we have ever met in the music industry.

Janelle: But he’s a little tough, too.  Randy pushes us to bring out our full potential. I think its necessary so that we know what we are capable of.

What’s next?  
Janelle: We’re preparing to release another single that we think everyone will love!  At least, we hope.

Visit Fourever1.com

TRUTH Project Kicks Off ‘We Are Gold’ Annual Fundraiser In Houston

TRUTH Project Kicks Off ‘We Are Gold’ Annual Fundraiser In Houston

 

The 2nd Annual T.R.U.T.H. Project Kicks Off Annual Fundraiser In Montrose In October.

HOUSTON Oct 5 — The time for TRUTH has come to Houston. The T.R.U.T.H Project kicks off its annual fundraiser In Houston on Oct. 22, 12016 in Montrose. Entitled We Are Gold will be held at Zimm’s Martini & Wine Bar.

The T.R.U.T.H. Project (Telling Real Unapologetic Truths through Healing) is a 501c3 charitable organization that educates and mobilizes LGBTQ communities of color and their allies through social arts that promote mental, emotional and sexual health. The impact on the community is very surreal said Founder Kevin Anderson.

“It’s humbling to have the support of artists and healthcare providers who understand the vision for using the arts as a tool for healing through information, education, and access to resources,” Anderson said.

This year’s fundraiser will include a montage of video clips from previous installments and live demonstrations of spoken word, live music, and visual art to showcase how the T.R.U.T.H. Project connects art and health.

Since its inception, The T.R.U.T.H Project has reached more than 5,000 attendees and continues to grow. Performances are held quarterly and have addressed issues such as bullying, domestic violence, and depression. The Texas State Department of Health recognized the efforts of the T.R.U.T.H. Project and its founder, Kevin Anderson, to use the arts as a vehicle for information, awareness, and access to resources, and awarded a grant that allowed him to extend his outreach by partnering with national recording artist such as Marsha Ambrosius and Chisette Michele. He has also served as a consultant in other cities interested in starting similar initiatives.

For additional information visit:  www.TruthProjecthtx.org

Halloween Magic Promises 2016 Fundraiser To Be Outrageously Funny

Halloween Magic Promises 2016 Fundraiser To Be Outrageously Funny

Houston’s Halloween Magic Roars Back To The Stage This Year Celebrating 25 Years With Honorary Chairs Annise Parker And Kathy Hubbard.

HOUSTON Oct. 2 — This is one of those Halloween parties you do not want to skip. The hilarious election-year satire, mixing risqué Montrose humor with Broadway show tunes, gears up at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 pm.

Roaring to the stage for its 25th anniversary production, Rand Paul’s Drag Race: Destination 1600 Avenue, directed by Dennis Draper of The Alley Theatre. Maria Todd will host the show.

“We set out to do the most outrageous send up of a political race, set against the backdrop of the antics of a real beauty pageant,” Gary Rodd, veteran Halloween Magic writer and cast member stated.

Some of Houston’s theater luminaries have been cast in honor of its silver anniversary. Mary Hooper plays Melania Trump, Deborah Hope appears as Sarah Palin, and Mark Ivy impersonates Rand Paul.

“We watched Smile, a 1976 beauty pageant movie, and Miss Congeniality for source material. Youtube is an immense help as was the Ru Paul show. We knew we would have five finalists: Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Hillary and Bernie. And we’re going to have a Charlie’s Angels trio of Melania Trump, Sarah Palin, and Bill Clinton,” Rodd added.

Founded in 1988, Halloween Magic has raised over $1 million for Houston HIV/AIDS service organizations. This years beneficiaries include Lazarus House, Legacy, Pet Patrol, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, and Omega House.

Tickets are $50, and may be purchased at www.HalloweenMagic.org, or by calling 713-256-3880.