Thursday morning, the Montage in Beverly Hills became the stomping grounds for EMA as it kicked off its inaugural two-day Impact Summit.
Along with the most environmentally conscious suited professionals, the event drew Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, and Van Jones who delivered a keynote, "Where We Went Wrong and How We Can Change the Future."
Before addressing the crowd, "The Messy Truth" host spoke with Variety to weigh in on the media's impact on politics.
"I'm hoping that we'll be able to find better ways to listen to each other," he said. "People are now almost completely isolated from each other from a media point of view. The media is no longer just what happens on television. Algorithms that Twitter and Instagram and [others] use that suggest you follow this person and this person are killing us. They only suggest you follow people that are just like you. The algorithms never say maybe because you've followed a hundred liberals maybe you want to consider following one conservative. Nope. You follow one hundred liberals, they'll let you follow a thousand, ten thousand, and a million liberals. You'll never hear from somebody else."
Inside, Jones took a personal approach. With his notebook facedown on the podium, he looked to the crowd saying, "We can't recover from two things and the world can't recover from two things. One is nuclear war and the other is runaway catastrophic climate change. Those two threats are now more present than they've ever been in the history of this country because of the president."
Jones' speech continued his remarks, which earned him a standing ovation and praise from Bass, who told the audience with a smile, "It feels like I just left church."
Read more here. Check out photos of Lance Bass at the EMA Summit at Zimbio.
Lance Bass & Husband Michael Turchin Meeting With Surrogate To 'Start A Family' - 3/24/17
Lance Bass, 37, and Michael Turchin, 30, tied the knot in 2014, making history by becoming the first same-sex couple to marry on an American TV network. Now, after two years of wedded bliss, the pair is ready to expand their brood. "Yeah we want to start a family," Lance told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY at the EMA Impact event on March 23. "When you like just being at home so much, you know it's time to do that. My husband and I are going to be meeting with a company that does surrogacy soon, and hopefully, it won't scare us too much." Great news!
Lance is on the board of the EMA Impact, an environmental organization based in LA. They're holding summits on March 23 and 24, and Lance introduced one of the panels. While addressing the current issues, he slammed Donald Trump! Lance told us EXCLUSIVELY, "We're going to have to pick up the slack because we can't rely on our President. We're going to have to keep working to protect the environment, even when our leaders are failing us. The silver lining in this situation is that so many more people are getting involved in trying to fight for the environment."
"Corporations are only thinking about squeezing the most out of oil as possible," Lance told HollywoodLife.com. "But I believe oil companies are investing in clean energy as well. However, protecting the environment puts us on the right side of history." The former *NSYNC singer is clearly invested into important environmental concerns and is using his voice to inspire change!
Fans are beyond elated to hear about Lance's baby plans, especially after they teased the idea last year. Lance and his hubby started dating in Jan. 2011 and got engaged in Sept. 2013. The pair exchanged their vows the following year on the E! special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding. Lance and Michael seem so blissful and we're sure they'd make amazing parents!
Check out photos of Lance Bass at the EMA Summit at Zimbio.
Bye Bye Bye to the BSB-*NSYNC Rivalry: Lance Bass Talks Hitting the Stage with the Backstreet Boys in Vegas - 3/24/17
Everybody (yeah) likes the Backstreet Boys – including Lance Bass.
Bass waved the white flag on the most prominent '90s rivalry last week when he took the stage with the popular boy band during their Las Vegas show at the Planet Hollywood hotel.
"Very ironic that I would be onstage with the Backstreet Boys," admits the former *NSYNC in a new interview with PEOPLE Now. "If you told me that 15 years ago I would have been like, 'What?!' and the fans would have gone nuts."
The 37-year-old was pulled onstage by the group to help perform their 2000 hit "Shape of My Heart."
"I went to [A.J. McLean] before the show, I was like, 'Please don't pull me onstage,' " Bass shares, adding that he asked McLean to instead pick out his husband Michael Turchin for the bit. "I had no idea they were gonna do that."
Earlier this year, Bass' bandmate Joey Fatone was also serenaded by the BSB guys: Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.
I love those guys," Bass says of the group. "I've become really good friends with some of the guys, you know, after we stopped making music."
He jokes, "We were allowed to talk after that, I guess."
Lance Bass on Trump: 'You can't always trust your leaders' - 3/24/17
Lance Bass is getting serious. The former *NSYNC boy bander has become a 37-year-old environmental activist — and a very outspoken one when it comes to President Donald Trump.
"Unfortunately, we can't rely on our president for the first time in history," Bass, a presenter at the Environmental Media Association Summit in Beverly Hills, told Fox News. "So we are going to have to do it ourselves. That is why organizations like EMA exist.
"You can't always trust your leaders to do the right thing, so that is why we have to pick up the slack. And for the next four years, or however long '45' is going to be in, we are going to have to pick up the slack and we are ready for that, and that's what we were built for. I think we do a great job."
The "My Kitchen Rules" star said environmental activism has always been important, "but it has never been so important as it is right now, because everything is getting defunded that has to do with helping this planet. And that is the scariest thing I have ever witnessed in my lifetime.
"To know half this country agrees with that, or is scammed to not think that that is dangerous, is really scary. I'm planning on having kids, and I want my grandkids and great-grandkids to have a healthy life on this planet, and we have to pre-empt that now."
Bass said celebrity provides a platform for social, environmental and political advocacy.
"I think it's very important," he said. "We have a responsibility. If you have a fan base, I think you need to have a message, whether it's environment, any kind of cause, you need to be passionate about what you believe in. You need to spread the good word and educate people."
Being outspoken wasn't always easy, Bass said.
"I've seen a lot of ignorance in this world," he said. "I came from Mississippi, I'm a gay man, I was in a boy band — so I've seen a lot of hatred and ignorance over stupid things. So you just have to figure out how to talk about that, how to speak to people who don't agree with you.
"That has been the tricky part for sure, and you learn. And it's nice when you change people's opinion."
The March 23-34 EMA Summit focused on solutions of impact investing, sustainable corporations, environmental innovation and activism. Among the other presenters were Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Akerman and Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chirqui.
Check out photos of Lance Bass at the EMA Summit at Zimbio.
Lance Bass: From *NSYNC To Global Environmental Activist - 3/22/17
I spoke to Lance Bass, a member of the famed music group *NSYNC, as he prepares to speak at the EMA IMPACT Summit, taking place on March 23 and 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California. Bass, a Board Member of EMA, talked to me about his role, how he overcame one of his career struggles, the impact he wants to have on the world and his best advice.
As a member of *NSYNC, Lance won a number of honors, including a People's Choice Award, an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, a Kids' Choice Award, and a host of Grammy nominations. Lance was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, making him the youngest person ever to receive this honor. He is currently Youth Spokesperson for World Space Week and remains active in various charitable organizations, including the Lance Bass Foundation, created to meet the health and educational needs of children.
Dan Schawbel: What is your role at the EMA Impact Summit and what do you want the audience to walk away with?
Lance Bass: Everyone on the EMA Board is so excited about IMPACT. We've been using our voices for nearly 28 years to share positive environmental alternatives and solutions for the issues that we face. With the EMA Awards, we're able to honor and promote amazing content and individuals. But now, with IMPACT, we can literally offer investment, corporate and start up business solutions. I wear a lot of different hats in the entertainment world, but at heart, I love business and the process. My role at IMPACT is to use whatever influence I have, to promote all the ways we have now to globally shift to a clean economy. I'll be at IMPACT throughout the Summit and will be introducing several of our incredible speakers. I'll also be pushing everything out on my social platforms to share all this urgently needed info with my followers. Couldn't be more proud to be part of this.
Schawbel: Why did you join the EMA Executive Board of Directors and are supporting the EMA IMPACT Summit and how does it relate to your entertainment background?
Bass: I joined the EMA Executive Board of Directors because the work they do to better our planet is invaluable. Ever since I was a child, I've always tried to do my part when it came to preserving our fragile environment. Now, as an adult who has been blessed with a great platform to reach the masses, I feel it's my responsibility to continue this fight.
The entertainment industry has a huge influence over society as a whole. Children and adults alike emulate what they see on tv, in movies, and in magazines, and as a result we have a responsibility to use these platforms to affect positive change--especially when it comes to preserving and enriching the planet.
Schawbel: Can you discuss one struggle in your career, how you overcame it and what you learned as a result that has made you more effective?
Bass: I'd have to say the biggest obstacle in my career was my struggle with my sexuality and subsequent coming out in 2006. At the time I was fresh off a decade long whirlwind traveling the globe as part of the biggest music group in the world, and the pressure to hide my sexuality was a constant burden I had to endure. Also, the fact that I come from a fairly conservative southern baptist family didn't help my situation. Luckily, after coming out, I was overwhelmed with a barrage of support from friends, family, and fans alike, but I now suddenly had to defend myself against so many people who didn't agree with or didn't understand my life as a gay man. At first I would emotionally lash out against my critics who would make disparaging comments about my life, but quickly I learned that fighting conflict with further conflict ultimately led to nowhere. It became clear that the only way I could change people's minds was by challenging my opponents with facts, reasoning, and genuine compassion. I often compare this situation with those who don't believe in global warming. Many people just have a lack of education and are a product of their closed-minded environments. As a result, we must rise above this ignorance and instead try to change the minds of these people through education and appealing to logic rather than pure emotion.
Lance Bass helped shape the pop music landscape of the late '90s as part of *NSYNC, and Saturday night, he reunited with another iconic boy band when he joined the Backstreet Boys onstage at their Las Vegas residency, titled Larger Than Life after their 1999 single.
The Backstreet Boys' official Twitter account shared a video that shows Bass hanging out onstage with Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell while they sing 2000's "Shape of My Heart."
The Backstreet Boys kicked off their Vegas residency — which features a slew of singles from the quintet's discography — on March 1. It's scheduled to end on July 1 after 26 total shows.
Though both BSB and *NSYNC once battled for chart dominance, their perceived rivalry — which Carter previously told BuzzFeed was concocted by a bored media — is seemingly far behind them. In April 2016, Bass and fellow *NSYNC alum Joey Fatone belted a live rendition of the Backstreet Boys' hit "I Want It That Way," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999.
Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE today revealed the guest judges that will sashay onto the runway when the new season begins on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT, now on VH1.
Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Lady Gaga, Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O'Hare, Noah Galvin, TODRICK Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.
To celebrate the new season, Logo will exclusively air a 'Race to the Nines' marathon of non-stop episodes beginning on Sunday, March 19th at 8:00 PM ET/PT leading up to VH1's season nine premiere on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Throughout the five day marathon, viewers will be treated to all-new bonus content including never before seen footage from the cutting room floor and interviews with previous contestants, judges and super fans including Michelle Visage, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, TODRICK Hall, and Lance Bass who will spill all of the "T" on the new queens.
The 'Race to the Nines' series marathon leads into the season nine premiere extravaganza that will feature Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, and a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" herstory. Additionally, it will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.