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‘I Love the 90’s Tour’ Set for Southwest University Park October 28th

Southwest University Park is set to host the biggest Dance Party in El Paso this fall and everyone is invited.

The I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR is set to perform at Southwest University Park on Saturday, October 28th and will feature some of the most iconic names in Rap, Hip Hop and R&B giving audiences an opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember.

After a very successful 2016 with over 110 shows across North America, the I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR will continue its momentum in 2017 with 40+ new stops in the United States and it’s first-ever stop in El Paso, Texas this fall.  The top-selling tour, which originally announced only 29 dates in 2016, quickly became the year’s most sought-after show, eventually racking up 110+ stops and selling out a number of arenas across the country.

This year promises fans the same unbelievable live experience, with a rotating lineup of the 90’s most popular acts.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as an, “arena-sized dance party,” and described by The Arizona Republic as, “a hit-filled trip down memory lane,” the I LOVE THE 90’s concert will be a nostalgia-filled night that includes a star studded line-up of six 90’s artists all performing on one ticket.

The El Paso I LOVE THE 90’s show will be headlined by Grammy award winning rap group Salt-N-Pepa who released several successful albums in the late 1980s and ’90s, including A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and Blacks’ Magic, which provided such hits as “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man”.

The all-female group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop and they were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music’s widespread acceptance in the early ’90s.

While songs like “Push It” and “Shake Your Thang” put the group on the top of the billboard charts during the late ’80s, Salt-N-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career.

Also performing in the El Paso show are lead singer and songwriter of Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath who can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified “14:59”), and countless sold out tours; C&C Music Factory best known for their five hit singles: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)“, “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm…“, “Just a Touch of Love“, and “Keep It Comin’”

All-male R&B Group All-4-One whose love ballots “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That” were the top songs at most high schools dances in the mid ‘90s; the German Eurodance Hip Hop group Snap!, who produced the 90’s dance anthems “The Power”, and “Rhythm Is A Dancer”; and last but not least, American Rapper, DJ and Producer, Biz Markie known for his beat-boxing and witty rhymes in such songs as “Just A Friend”.

Tickets will go on sale June 30th and are available at the Southwest University Park Box Office, online or by calling the ticket box office at 915.533.BASE.

A limited number of I Love the 90’s Tour VIP packages are available, including exclusive Salt-N-Pepa VIP meet & greet packages, for details please visit www.southwestuniversitypark.com.

Report: Food Insecurity in Texas Tops National Average

AUSTIN, Texas – While the state’s economy has improved in recent years, a new report says 1 in 6 Texas households still struggles to avoid hunger.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show more than 15 percent of households in the state experienced food insecurity in 2015, meaning they faced hunger or sought assistance to avoid it.

Celia Cole, CEO of the statewide food banks association Feeding Texas, says the problem is prevalent across the Lone Star State.

“There are definitely areas of the state and populations where we see a greater extent, greater degrees of food insecurity,” she states. “But really, the underlying factor of economic insecurity for everyone – lack of enough resources to afford food – and that’s the underlying problem.”

The USDA defines food insecurity as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food at least once during a year.

The report puts the rate in Texas well above the national rate of 12.7 percent.

Cole says 1.5 million Texas households are food insecure, more than any other state except California.

The USDA report, published this week, found that most families in the U.S. that face hunger do so because of poverty, rather than a lack of access to nutritious foods.

Cole says although unemployment is down in Texas, food insecurity remains a major problem.

“It’s stagnating,” she stresses. “The levels that we’re looking at this year are similar to the levels that we looked at over the past three years.

“The big take away is obviously, we’ve seen improvements in our economy, so why are people at the lower end of the economic ladder still struggling? ”

She says extending programs such as SNAP, also known as food stamps, and free school lunch programs are important short-term solutions, but more can be done.

“The underlying factor is economic insecurity,” she states. “So, if we want to really decrease food insecurity and make sure that every Texan has the opportunity to get ahead, we have to deal with the economic access.”

Feeding Texas is a coalition of 21 food banks that provide assistance in all 254 counties in the state.

Author: Mark Richardson, Public News Service – TX

New Year brings work requirements for NM Food Assistance

SANTA FE, N.M. – New regulations for the new year now require many of New Mexico’s food stamp recipients to find work in order to keep their benefits. Reinstating New Mexico’s work rules for getting food assistance means as many as 60,000 people must find a job in the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

Sovereign Hagar, an attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, says the state’s new requirement to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) don’t make much sense.

“We are just as surprised as anyone else that the governor would be pushing to limit food assistance when we have these kinds of problems in our state,” says Hagar. “Especially considering it’s a federal benefit, it’s not a state-funded benefit.”

Now, in order to get food aid, most adults ages 18 to 49 will have to prove they work or receive job training at least 80 hours a month. Without employment, the state says people can only collect SNAP benefits for three months every three years.

The program does exempt about one-third of New Mexico counties and some tribal areas with the highest unemployment rates. However, Hagar says the changes appear to hurt the very people who need the program the most.

“For the adults that are unemployed, we know that they are very, very vulnerable,” she says. “The work environment is not very strong, there aren’t many jobs and people are struggling. Why implement a program that has no measurable results for those families?”

Five years ago, the state’s poor economy prompted state officials to suspend the work rules connected with the SNAP program. Gov. Susanna Martinez brought them back this year, saying recipients need to do their share to earn their benefits.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service – NM
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