Clarke Lau’ren

20181202_155735A Chicago Native, representing LA – Clarke Lau’ren is an Entertainer and Model! Clarke has been in the Entertainment industry for 5 years now, but says that she’s always been an entertainer in all ways – with taking photos and posing becoming a part of her expressing herself.”

“I had always heard that I should give modeling it a try and one of the first photographers that I worked with sold my pictures (I signed them away not knowing) to TMZ and Essence magazine. That woke me up! Lol”

Clarke tells us that she had so much fun being featured in the Migos “Bad & Bougie” & Jidenna “Classic Man” video, and can also be found in the following videos:

  • Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop “You & Your friends”
  • Haim ft ASAP Ferg “My song 5”
  • Sammie “I’m Him”

Clarke loves modeling and enjoys projects that truly allows her to show her personality and loves being able to try different looks and pull them off so gracefully.  Not only is Clarke a model, she is very excited to get into acting and is finally dropping and showing the world her first love of music. With so much competition, Clarke’s initial challenges of her career was knowing her place, who she was, where she thought she fit in with so much competition.

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“People think that it’s easy to look pretty and take pics.  I’ll have a day where I question everything, but so do we all.”

As a Singer, Clarke is creating her sound and vibing with different writers and producers, with music inspiration being fearless, sexy, and loving oneself.  When asked about collaborating with other artists, Clarke tells us that she has an interest in John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, 6lack, and Drake!20181202_155725

“I would like to work with John Mayer because I think our voices would sound amazing together. I would also like to work with Fleetwood Mac because that’s just on some whole other level.”

She says that she is really excited about where she is going, and that music is definitely a journey that she is glad she finally started.  Make sure you mark your calendars, as she will be dropping her EP early 2019.

Ultimately, Clarke wants to be able to help inspire others and share her own personal story to anyone who relates that may need to hear it.  She simply wants to leave a name behind for years to come for her future family.

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If you are an aspiring model or singer, Clarke has the following advice,

“The company you keep is the biggest part in your growth. Stay true to yourself. Every GIG isn’t for you. Keep God first.”

If you’re interested in booking Clarke for any projects or event, simply email her at clarkeelauren@gmail.com

 

Make sure you keep up with Clarke via:
Instagram: @clarkelauren_

Clarke has these final words for our readers:

Thank you so much for the feature!

I have so much cool stuff on the way for 2019 – I’m turning up!

 

DēP

Meet the super talented Singer, Actor, and Model – DēP (pronounced “Deep”). Though currently residing in Los Angeles, CA – DēP is a Houston, TX native who has made some MAJOR BOSS moves in the industry!

Although DēP came from a musical family, he pursued college for a degree in Education prior to music.  However, his degree in Education was his backup plan – in case music didn’t work out.

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“I have always wanted to sing. Yes, I grew up around music but ever since they put me on a table top at my Aunt Linda’s church and let me sing, I was hooked. Funny thing is my mom didn’t really want me to pursue a singing career. I’ve always had a fire for going after things I desire, especially when someone says I shouldn’t.”

So how did DēP make his grand entrance into the entertainment industry? DēP tells us that he got his first big break by winning a VIBE magazine talent competition for unsigned artists. While getting his first record contract with Versatile Records in Washington, DC – he realized that the industry was ready for him!

“Everyone thinks that there is this one magical moment that unlocks success in anything, and that’s just not the case.”
My life quote is “Nothing Is Happenstance!” – which means everything happens for a reason.”

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DēP tells us that there were many experiences that made him a true contender in the industry. For DēP, growing up under the Southeast Inspirational Choir, attending HSPVA in Houston TX, taking piano lessons at All About Music, national/regional competitions, and local performance all over the place played a key role in his success. If you didn’t know, DēP has made major boss moves with various television appearances such as:

 

2015 Grammy Awards
2015 Grammy Salutes: Stevie Wonder
2016 TV Land Awards
2016 Espys
2016 White House Christmas
Will & Grace 2018
The Rookie 2018
AND MORE!

 He has also made appearances in several music videos, commercials, and movies such as:

“Matrimony” (Wale ft. Usher)

“Bang Bang” (Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)

“So In Love” (Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton)

Dos Equis

Beats By Dre

The Preachers Son

AND MORE!

In the beginning stages of his career, various people had misconceptions about his image, but that did not stop him from pushing through!  DēP tells us that the biggest challenge for him was actually choosing the right team – as he knew he couldn’t be successful on his own.

“In the beginning, they didn’t know what to do with me. I looked young, sounded, wrote, and spoke like an adult, didn’t really wanna promote a sexual image but that’s what they wanted. I was smart enough to know that I couldn’t be successful on my own and there was always some manager, fake ass label, or whoever that was going to “take me to the top”. I guess I wasn’t church enough because my discernment was off. It took me years to build the right team but the journey was necessary.”

Overcoming his initial challenges wasn’t the only thing that aided in his success, as the following business advice also helped:

  1. Count my own money
  2. Be involved with every facet of my career
  3. Learn the business just as much as i was learning my craft
  4. Network
  5. Never follow a no with a period.

 

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“I wish I would have known that “I was enough,” in the beginning of my career. Growing up in the south, a Black man is flawed. We spend so much time trying to fit in a box or adapt to a definition that doesn’t work for a leader, entrepreneur, BOSS. When I accepted my power I was able to walk into any room and get just what I needed out of it be it a deal, a standing ovation or anything.”

DēP has shared the stage and opened up for some of the best of the best in music – from Beyonce to Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys Jussie Smollett, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Boys II Men, and more. Touring is something that DēP  enjoys, as it allows him to meet people and get paid to work in his passion.  He recently was able to tour as a solo artist, but stated that it was also cool being able to bring in artists that he has formerly worked a couple of shows with. Make sure you keep up with DēP, as he will be touring again in the Spring and Summer of 2019!

“It’s going to be epic because I will be collaborating with some talented Artist You SHOULD Know from across the country. I am amped because the raw talent with this group is dumb.”

DēP has had an opportunity to perform live with quite a few artists, but says that his favorites were Beyonce and Kanye West!

“They are crazy passionate and it challenged me to work harder. I remember thinking, “Damn DeP, yea you grind but they grind grind”. It was crazy because they had reached levels where they could let up and not work so hard, yet they were easily outworking everyone on the team. I learned the equation to success by working with them.”

When asked about his dream artist, he states that he would love to work with Missy Elliott, as she has the ability to bring out the best in people! He calls Missy Elliott a BEAST with true raw creativity!

Make sure you are keeping up with DēP’s music journey, as he has an upcoming LP called “Edible and Elevation.” – and describes it as his most authentic body of work ever.

“It’s gonna shock everybody, in a good way. I have some dope producers and a few guest artist on there. This is a true artistic joint. It’s a whole mood.”

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His talents also go beyond the stage, as you can catch him performing on the big screen in theaters in 2019! DēP  will be starring in the film “This Side Up” – a true story film, about a slave named Henry Box Brown – who mailed himself to freedom; the only one to do so successfully.

“Filming THIS SIDE UP was amazing because it was completely opposite of what DeP stands for, looks like, acts like and so I had to really flex my acting muscles that had been pushed to the background for years.”

DēP ‘s talents doesn’t stop at music and acting, as he is also an Author! DēP’s first book “Fallback to Step up: Things to fallback from in order to step up your life” will be available mid-2019 and will be holding a book signing soon. He also has a single called “Fallback” to accompany his book!

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“I realized that many times we aren’t able to fly because we have too many bags. too many things holding us back from ascension be it people, outlooks, finances, mindsets, or more. As an entrepreneur, I read a lot of self-help and success books like many of my peers. They simply tell us to believe in self yada yada yada and not any real answers. Sorta like a high priced counselor that gets paid to help us arrive at a revelation without persuasion. Forget that. Give me some answers and some things I can apply. That doesn’t typically happen. All of these books and No answers. I fixed that!”

DeP has also started his full-scale artist branding and development company called “Think Dep Entertainment (TDE).” The company has currently released music with clients Latin pop artist – Bianca Acosta and Hip Hop artist – Jai G. He is also vocal coaching the newest client currently making waves TeaMarr.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, DēP has the following advice,

“Know what you want out of the entertainment industry, before going in and don’t lose focus or stop until you get it. Treat it as a business but protect your heart – aka the passion.”

You can listen and purchase DēP ‘s  music by going to www.ThinkDeP.com OR by searching him on your streaming service under “Think DeP” or “DeP.”

Make sure you keep you follow DēP on social media, to keep up with his career and music:

Instagram: @thinkdep
Website: www.ThinkDeP.com

Aurore TV

Did you know that BET isn’t the only network catering to Black entertainment?! Are you looking for entertainment that is relatable and enjoyable? Well, we’re here to give you the scoop on Aurore TV!

Meet Latasha! Representing Queens, NYC, Latasha is the Founder of Aurore TV, and the Writer/ Producer of the Amazon Prime comedy series “Sit Black & Relax.” Latasha tells us that working in the entertainment industry has always been her passion.  Latasha has created two seasons of the comedy web series Sit Black & Relax & the Aurore TV flagship show, #WeShallOverChug – a comedy talk show that focuses on Black Culture, balanced by cocktails and ratchet nonsense, hosted by Latasha and Jameer Pond. (BOOM!!)

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“I thought as a child I was going to be a singer (signed to Sisqo… don’t laugh too hard), as a college student dancer, and as a grad a model… and when I realized I wasn’t that great at any of that stuff I turned to my natural gift of humor and communication.”

Aurore TV launched in March 2018, and is actually Latasha’s latest venture after her take at YouTube vlogs and first season of her web series! She realized that she wanted to not only help herself as a creator, but other Black creators as well.  Latasha tells us that she thinks everyone can come up together!

“Aurore TV focuses on narratives with a lighthearted feel. I think media shows us enough Black trauma to last a lifetime. We want you to exhale when you watch our shows. Life is fun. We air things that have great quality, mostly completed seasons if it’s a series, and things that we actually enjoy. We’ve watched every single thing that we’ve aired on the platform. I enjoy looking at something tangible that came from my mind and spirit. Looking at the faces of my team members, and the content we’ve established, it all becomes surreal, and I feel like I’m working with purpose.”

So how did Latasha get her own TV network? Latasha tells us that she asked around to see who would be interested in being on her team, as she knew she couldn’t do it alone – it was the biggest venture she ever tackled! (BOSS STATUS!) She hit up people that she knew, to see if they’d allow her to display their series & films on her platform, and then she reached out to creators that she didn’t know. Latasha states that she designed the site herself and kept up with film groups, to expose the platform! (YASSS!)

 Aurore.TV2” The inspiration behind Aurore TV is the gap I noticed in between “coming up” and “making it”. What happens to all the dope creators in between? How can the Black audience find good series and films by their peers that can narrate their stories on their level? I wanted Aurore TV to be that support system and platform.  Our ultimate goal is to put financial power into the hands of Black creators. Not only should we own our stuff, but we should monetize it as well! We need to stop asking for permission.”

Though Latasha faced the challenge of keeping up with content in the beginning of her business, it did not stop her grind!

“Weeks go by fast, and the next thing I realize, it’s time to put up something new! I want to make sure we support each creator as much as possible so we’re worth them sharing their work with us.”

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 “I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve done.  I’ve been in the industry since 2010 and looking back, I’ve gotten myself to places people daydream about. Even when I’m not trying, I have really cool moments in my life that my creativity has allowed me to experience. It’s all good.”

Make sure you are keeping up with Aurore TV, as there are plans to do an end-of-the-year shindig, but details are pending. The network is simply looking to have a good time with the people who have supported them.

If you’re interested in working in the entertainment industry or having your own TV network, Latasha has the following advice:

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“Keep your intentions pure, and treat everyone like gold. Don’t use people, know people. Also, contracts are very important, and uncomfortable to bring up with personal friends – but it’s something that must be done. It protects all parties involved.”

 If you’re interested in submitting content for Aurore TV, you can submit it via the “Contact” page on AuroreTV.com or send an email to submissions.auroretv@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to follow Latasha and Aurore TV via social media:

Instagram & Twitter: @Aurore_TV

 Latasha has these finals words for our readers:

I’d like to thank my Associate Editor, Erica Mann for aiding me in this entire process from the beginning. She is my rock!

Jaimee Foxworth

If you were growing up in the 80s and enjoyed watching the various TV shows as a pastime, you probably were pretty familiar with most of the hit TV shows back then. There were many shows that focused on family dynamics, but there’s one show that we’re sure you will never forget – FAMILY MATTERS!

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Born in St. Louis, but raised in Los Angeles Jaimee Foxworth is an Actress, Singer, and Author known for her roles on “Amen” & “Family Matters.” Though she began her acting career at the age of 6, Jaimee initially got into acting by way of her older sister wanting to become an actress.  Jaimee tells us that initially, she went on auditions because it was something her mother took her and her 2 sisters out to. After she realized that turning into a character helped her break out of her shyness for a short time, Jaimee says that she grew to love it!

I enjoy the fact that acting challenges me. The most difficult thing about acting to me is the anxiety that auditioning can cause. I’m pretty shy around strangers, so playing a character gives me a chance to be more outspoken than usual. I also work best on the spot & that’s what acting really is – on the spot. When the director says, “action!”, you have to bring it. If you don’t have tough skin, have a passion for it or can handle rejection, then it’s not the career for you.”

 Though she faced a few difficulties that were within herself, it did not stop her grind!

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“Wondering if I was doing a good job or if I was a good actress. As well as feeling that I had to always be “on” & impress the adults in front me (producers, writers). I don’t really face those same challenges because I don’t have those same insecurities anymore. I bring my best to the table so you can take it or leave it. No worries on my end.”

Her experience playing on Family Matters was described as a great one, as everyone was very supportive of her. Jaimee states that they tried their best to make it feel like a real family as much as they could.

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“I still have love for pretty much everyone from the cast. I keep in contact with about half of the cast. The ones I do have contact with, we check up on each other from time to time.”

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Not only is Jaimee an Actress, she is also a Singer with the sound of an alto!! Jaimee tells us that she and her sisters used to always sing together around the house, but at the age of 16 they officially became a group called S.H.E. The group was signed to Shaq’s label (T.W.Is.M/Interscope) & they recorded an album called “3’s A Charm”. (BOSS STATUS!)

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“I’m not as open with singing as much as my sisters are though. Besides my family & the album that we recorded, no one has ever heard me sing lol. If I do record any music in the future, it would definitely be if my sisters reunited or for a movie where I’m playing a singer or rapper.”

And if acting and singing isn’t enough, Jaimee is also an Author with a book in the works! Jaimee tells us that her book will be all about her ups and downs in the industry, how it affected her, made her look at the world, and how she bounced back after adversity & became a mom!! (YASSS!!)

“I think people have the misconception that all actors are rich & that most of us are stuck up. There are some really good, humble people in the industry.

 

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So what keeps Jaimee motivated and focused, in continuing her acting career?  Her son and unfinished business! Jaimee tells us she feels that she isn’t quite finished acting, and that her son really wants her to pursue acting again!! (AWW!)  We’re also told that she is interested in working with Whoopi Goldberg!

“I would love to work with Whoopi Goldberg. She’s always been so real & down to earth to me. Getting to work with her & possibly soak up some knowledge and tips would be a blessing.”

Jaimee’s talents doesn’t stop at all that’s mentioned, as she also enjoys exploring beauty and all things related to it. As a matter of fact, she plans to become a make-up artist!

I’m not licensed, but I’m planning on getting one. I’m also a bit of a nail tech as well lol. I love the beauty industry & exploring the aspects of it.”

Currently, Jaimee doesn’t have any ongoing projects – as she is easing herself back into the entertainment world,

“I’m excited & dipping my toe into everything! Really just relearning parts of the industry & seeing how things have changed. I’m having fun with it all so this time around, I can take in the blessings & opportunities without feeling overwhelmed.”

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If you’re interested in pursuing a career in acting, Jaimee has the following advice:

“This is a business, so don’t take things or friendships in the industry too personal. Rejection is real. If you’re not able to handle rejection then take a different path.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions & stay humble.”

 If you’re interested in booking Jaimee for any projects or events, you can do so by emailing her at: iamjaimeefoxworth@gmail.com 

Make sure you follow Jaimee via social media to keep up with all of her BOSS MOVES:

Instagram: JaimeeTheFoxx

Twitter: JaimeeTheFoxx

Snapchat: JaimeeTheFoxx

Facebook: JaimeeFoxworth

YouTube: IAMJAIMEE

 

 

The Rap King

Meet G tha King! Representing Durham, NC as an Independent Artist / Business Developer, G tha King is an Artist who has always had a passion for hip hop!

 

“I’ve always had a passion for hip-hop. I wrote my first rhymes in elementary school, but I didn’t start recording until I got to college. When I heard my voice for the first time I knew I was blessed with a gift.”

 

With his father being a convicted felon, who didn’t finish high school, and his mother being a hardworking woman, without a college degree, G tha King says that no one ever really expected much out of him growing up.

 

“I know that my conception was an accident but every day I wake up I want both of my parents to know that I am not a mistake. I want them to proud of what they created.”

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So, what got G tha King interested in being an Artist? G tha King tells us that he just loves to create hip-hop music!

“My ultimate dream is to provide for my family and live off of my own creations. Working 9 to 5 is not what life is about. I don’t want to spend a life devoting my time and energy to someone else’s dream. I decided to pursue this career because I love to create hip-hop music more than anything else. And I’m damn good at it”

 

With his music coming from his own life experiences, he believes that his music is more so geared for the 21-35 age range, compared to other age groups. Though his music is not necessarily made for the club, it is perfect for the car ride – the journey. In the beginning of his career, G tha King tells us that he faced a few challenges, but that did not stop his grind!

“The biggest challenge is one that comes with the territory when you’re an independent artist with no financial backing or label support. Everything falls on me. All aspects are my direct responsibility. Creating music isn’t cheap, marketing music isn’t cheap, putting together content isn’t cheap, and time is of the essence. The entire process is a lot to manage. I have limited access to capital and resources.”

With G tha King not allowing his challenges to stop his grind, he got his first big break in his career when he released his debut album High & Mighty. G tha King says that he released the project in partnership with a digital distribution company, owned by Sony Music called “The Orchard.” (BOSS STATUS!)

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“My most recent project is also my official debut album. It’s called High & Mighty. I wrote and recorded the entire album while living in Amsterdam from 2015-2017. I was able to release it on all major platforms, and I couldn’t be more proud of what I was able to accomplish when I released that project. All of my music is inspired by my life experiences. I knew that I wanted to create an album that solidified my place as a hip-hop artist and I feel like I was able to do that with High & Mighty.”

When he isn’t making music in the booth, he is doing events! In preparation for events, G tha Kings tells us that it all depends on the setting – though he tries listening to feedback from those around him. People tell him what they like most or don’t like at all, but he tries to keep that in mind when thinking about which songs to perform. G tha King tells us that Jay-Z is an Artist that he admires most and he would love to work with Kid Cudi.

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“When I was growing up I revered Jay-Z. I think his discography and business acumen make an easy argument for him being the best to ever do it. Kid Cudi’s content and sound is authentic & unique to him as an individual. I think a collaboration with G tha King and Kid Cudi would produce an epic masterpiece.”

Make sure you keep up with G tha King, as he is working on content for a few songs off of his debut album High & Mighty, which will be rolling out in the near future. Currently, he is working on some material for a mixtape, which will be different than the album.  He is also rapping on industry beats, no original beats, more of a traditional style mixtape. So make sure you are on the lookout for it when it drops, as it will be called “High Jacked.”

 

“I want to live and provide for my family off of what I create. I don’t want the fame. I want the freedom.”

If you would like to listen and purchase music by G tha King, you can do via his website www.gthaking.com, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon, and anywhere you get your music! Simply search “G tha King” on ANY PLATFORM! His debut album “High & Mighty” is available for purchase, download, or streaming on all digital platforms.

 

If you’re interested in booking G tha King for event or projects, you can contact him via:

Email: gneedmusic@gmail.com

Website: www.gthaking.com/contact

 

If you’re interested in becoming an Artist, G tha King has the following advice,

“Believe in yourself more than anyone else believes in you.”

 

Make sure you keep up and follow G tha King on social media at:

Instagram: @G_thaKing

Twitter: @G_thaKing

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gthaking.highrepublicent

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/gthaking

 

G tha King has these final words for our readers:

“I have a line of apparel called High & Mighty that I created in partnership with “Fly Above Graphics and Tees.” We currently have some dope graphic tees for sale. We also have some fresh hats coming soon! You can get your own gear at www.gthaking.com/apparel and save 15% when you use promo code SOHIGH at checkout. Also, lookout for the official video for a song called Trap that is off of my debut album High & Mighty. I’ll be dropping that visual in the near future. Peace.”

 

 

 

Black In The City

Two women representing the podcast scene is more than what we can ask for, especially for National Women’s Month!! Looking for an amazing podcast to get you through your day? Want to listen to people and content that you can relate to? Well we have just the right podcast for you! Meet Makeda Hope-Crichlow and Sierra Stewart, the BOSS LADIES of Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra!

Makeda is a first generation immigrant from Barbados, and moved from Denver, CO to her current residence in Seattle, WA. She works as a business consultant and supports Microsoft clients. Sierra was born in Oceanside, CA and raised in Tacoma, WA. She works in Higher Education for the College of the Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. With both ladies having their family as their daily motivation, it’s no wonder why these two ladies are making BOSS MOVES on the podcast scene!

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So, what prompted the podcast creation of Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra? Thanks to their producer Mia Francois, Makeda and Sierra were chosen to carry out an amazing vision. Black in the City had its initial launch on August 22, 2017, with its focus being current events in politics, social media, and all other areas that are relevant to their lives – as well as what they think will be relevant to the lives of their audience; all from the perspective of two young black women! (BOSS STATUS)

“We chose our content because we thought there was a lack of black women voices that speak to both current events and what’s ‘gossipy’ on the same platform. You typically see one or the other, but it’s just so much fun when you combine the two.”

Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra audience is 60% women and 40% men, and Makeda and Sierra do all that they can to make men feel included!

“We at first thought our audience would only be women, but that is not the case at all. We do what we can to make the men feel included by catering episodes directly to them, or we find other ways of making sure they feel connected to us and our content.”

In the beginning, Makeda and Sierra faced the challenge of learning how to do the podcast, but this challenge was short lived!

“We didn’t really practice before our first episode, so there was a lot of trial and error, as well as learning our audience and what they relate to the most – which then leads to increased listenership and other opportunities.”

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“We are our unique, whole selves, we don’t hold back, we say what we feel and mean what we say—and you can lose a lot of that when you are huge. We want to be able to continue to break down complex societal issues in a way that our listeners can understand, and still make it relatable, and funny—Sierra literally has all the jokes. Our podcast is vital to the world and our community ‘cause we are original!

Makeda and Sierra hope to empower others, and be a beacon of light for others who want to pursue their dreams without fear. Both ladies feel that there isn’t a reason why people shouldn’t be doing what they love, no matter what that is.

“We want to help people stay plugged in, get involved in their communities, and stay present, as it can feel much better to unplug when we’re continuously seeing such negative information in the media. We hope that we are able to get people to invest in themselves, and in the people around them.”

Makeda and Sierra’s ultimate goal for their podcast is to become a recognizable household name in their city, build relationships and collaborate with other local people to help create opportunities for others to reach their goals while they reach theirs! Both ladies plan to continue to grow their platform, and use it for the good. Though they have not reached their goals yet, these phenomenal ladies are committed and get closer to their goals each week, as their goal is continuous!

Not only do Makeda and Sierra host a podcast, they also host local events of their own, so they try to stay #bookedandbusy and are always looking to collaborate whenever they can. On every episode, they shout out local artists, businesses, upcoming events, and more, so that they can help everyone stay plugged in to what’s going on in their city. These ladies are consistent, and truly committed to their podcast! (BOOM!)

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If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, Makeda and Sierra has the following advice:

“Consistency is key. Even if you think no one is listening, KEEP PUTTING YOUR WORK OUT THERE. Someone is watching, listening, loving your art. Secondly, be okay with the fact that everyone will not like your podcast, and people may not agree with you—but that’s the fun. Don’t take it personally.”

“We spend so much of our personal and free time on this project, and the only thing that drives us is our love for this podcast. We’ve been so consistent that we are regularly recognized and regularly asked to do events, which is still so crazy to us! So just knowing that people are really listening means the world to us both.”

You can listen to Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra at:

Instagram & Twitter: @blackincitypod

Make sure you check out their sponsor Broken Kids Brand. They bring awareness to mental health in the urban community: https://brokenkidsbrand.com/products/black-in-the-city-hoodie

You can keep up with Makeda and Sierra on social media at:

Makeda Personal Twitter & Snapchat: @Makee_Duhhhh

Makeda Personal Instagram: @bajan_baddie

Sierra Personal Twitter: @Sierra_Leone2

Sierra Personal Instagram: @sierra2leone

 

Makeda and Sierra have these final words for our readers:

Stay Black. Stay Alive. Stay Moisturized.

 

Iesha The Glam God

Do you enjoy make-up, but need a little guidance on how to SLAY your look? Are you into fashion and looking good?! Well we interviewed a true Glam God who can lead you in the right direction!

Representing Chicago, IL, Iesha King is a Nurse, Cosmetologist, and Beauty Blogger (BOSS STATUS!) Iesha tells us that she is driven by her family and the motivate her in every way!

“Whenever I’m doubting myself or feeling low they are right there to tell me how great I am. My passion to succeed for them is what drives me day to day.”

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“The most difficult part about blogging for me is finding the time. Being a wife and mother of 3 who also works as a nurse full time, you can imagine I don’t have much free time lol. But when you love what you do, you find the time. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

So what got Iesha into video blogging? Iesha tells us that she loves to make people feel good about themselves, whether its nursing or beauty. She’s always had an interest in beauty and fashion, and began doing hair when she was just 9 years old.

“People always asked me my opinion on different beauty ideas all the time. My interest really sparked for blogging when I started Beauty school in 2011. Beauty school gave me so much confidence, I felt like I could conquer the world. I finally got the courage to start my channel a few years ago and I have no regrets. Best decision ever!”

For Iesha, the feeling of being able to help someone feel more confident about their looks, is what she loves most! She loves to show her viewers that you don’t need a lot of money to look and feel beautiful. With most of her requests being for hair and clothing haul videos, Iesha’s vlog channel focuses on many topics such as beauty, fitness, clothing hauls, vlogs, and more! Her channel is all about not only looking good but feeling good too! Iesha normally records her vlogs over the weekends, with her goal to upload videos every week! Iesha tells us that one her channel begins to grow more, she plans to go full-time with her vlog! (NIICCEEE!)

“I choose my content on what I feel my viewers would like to see. In almost every video I ask my viewer to let me know what they would like to see from me. I also answer any questions they have for me.”

Iesha got her first big breaker as a vlogger when she hit over 10,000 views on one video and says that it definitely motivated her to do more. To date, Iesha has made over 30 videos and has over 200 subscribers! (YOU GO GIRL!)

“I can definitely see my channel growing this year. I have so many great things coming this year, that I want to share; that’s my main focus this year! Being a small blogger, it’s hard to get people to watch your videos. My main obstacle then and now, is getting people to subscribe. I have over 20,000 views on my videos, so I know people are watching. I want to help as many people as I can.”

 

Vlogging isn’t the only thing Iesha does, as she offers services of wig making! Due to her getting so many questions on her wigs, Iesha started her very own wig business this year, called GLAM Wigs by Iesha. Her custom wig line is growing day by day, and she is now taking all wig orders! Make sure you keep up with Iesha as she will be attending the BE You Natural Hair Fest, on April 14th, 2018 in Chicago IL. Make sure you visit her Facebook business page for updates and more! Iesha tells us that she has many new videos, coming very soon for her channel.

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If you’re interested in becoming a video blogger, Iesha has the following advice,

“My advice to anyone wanting to become a beauty blogger would have to be to stay consistent, the more you put in the more you get out. The sky is the limit when you put in the work. And don’t forget to have fun! Some people may believe that it is easy to vlog. I can be the first to tell you that it’s not! To make good quality videos, there’s a lot that goes into it. You have to have the right lighting, right camera, right set up, etc. Then there’s the editing which could take a while. Patience is definitely key! You have to really love what you’re doing to make your channel successful.”

If you’re interested in booking Iesha for her services or ordering wigs, you can do so by visiting her:

Facebook Business Page: GLAM Wigs by Iesha.

“Send me a message, I will respond and answer any questions you may have.”

Make sure you keep up with Iesha by following her on social media at:

YouTube: is IeshaChataun

Instagram: IeshaChataun

Facebook: Iesha King

Tylre Avery Music

Ever turned on your Spotify or iTunes app, in search of great music? Find yourself jamming to Hip-Hop or Soul? Well we have just what you’re looking for! Meet Tylre, an Artist who not only can give you the best of both worlds, but who without a doubt needs to be on your musical playlist!

Representing Harrisburg, PA, Tylre Avery is a Rapper and Producer, with a strong passion for music! Tylre says that he became interested in pursuing a career as a Rapper, the moment he realized that he didn’t want to work a 9 to 5 for the rest of his life; which was at a very young age.

With his motivation varying day by day, Tylre stresses how he is truly motivated by people around him, his family, and his friends that have stayed with him throughout his journey.

“I’m motivated by what I lack, as an incentive to go and get it. I’m motivated by great Music and Musicians that I look up to. When I was younger, entertainers like Diddy, Jay-Z, and Kanye West made rap look so effortless, and I wanted in.”

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“I’m a Lyricist who makes music for people who like meaningful lyrics, witty lyrics, and Hip-Hop listeners who are looking for something more soulful, but still want to jam in the club.”

 

Though the pursuit of his dream career had a few challenges, that did not stop Tylre’s grind! Tylre tells us that his biggest challenge was direction.

“So many Artists are passionate and working hard making great Music, but don’t know anyone to give them that breakthrough, don’t know how to reach the audience they need – All because they don’t know these industry formulas. I went years without knowing which direction to go. It’s so frustrating.

You’ll hear mainstream Artists answer this question all the time, “What advice do you have for up and coming Artists?” And their answer is always so generic. They all say the same thing: “believe in yourself,” || “Trust your gut,” || “Trust God,” things that we’ve all heard before.

They never tell people to build a team, find an entertainment lawyer, find a Publicist, own your copyright, own your publishing, save money to travel to different cities whenever you need to, network, develop your image, form a marketing plan. They make it seem like they appeared onto the Music scene out of nowhere, when really they had to pay their dues and had the opportunity to pay their dues and the people around them to help.

What about those great Musicians who may not be from Atlanta or NYC or LA and don’t have those resources? What about those people who are making Music and aimlessly promoting all by themselves and getting completely ignored? They’re just as passionate and hard working. I’m from Harrisburg, PA. We have really good Tech schools in our area. A few football players came from here. But there’s Musicians here who have been doing Music for years and never been in this magazine because they had no direction for where to get their Music heard or who you have to know to reach these platforms. These platforms are myths where I’m from.

It’s so frustrating to work hard for years and get nowhere. It makes you feel like a failure, after putting in just as much effort as any mainstream Artist. I don’t go through this problem now though. I learned the game enough, failed a few times and got back up enough to know how I need to reach my audience. And I still have a lot more to learn. I try to spread all the knowledge I can though.”

Tylre got his first big break as a Rapper when he performed in NYC in 2014! For Tylre, it was the first-time people outside of his hometown actually heard his music. (BOSS Status!) When choosing songs for event, he always considers the venue and the type of audience.

“Nobody wants to perform a song for the strip club during a women empowerment event, ya know. I’m always prepared. I’m prepared right now. I practice performing like a boxer trains in the ring. I exercise, I practice breathing, I practice my songs, I study different performances. All I need before a performance is a few seconds to myself to thank God for the opportunity, and then on the stage I go.”

 

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“My ultimate goal as a Rapper is to fulfill my true purpose. Music is my passion and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to make music. I believe that a person finds their purpose through their passion. I’d like to uplift people and change the entire world by completely expressing myself in my Music. I am proud of the way my music and journey has affected people!”

Tylre says he admires Nas, Kanye West, and Big Sean, because they are some of the most innovative Artists of the 21st century! If granted the opportunity, Tylre states that he would love to work with Big K.R.I.T., as he is one of his favorite artists and knows that he writes his own lyrics.

Rapping isn’t Tylre’s only talent, as he enjoys playing the Saxophone. Tylre tells Boss Up Magazine that he learned to play the Saxophone in high school, and still plays it from time to time. (Dope right?!)

If you’re interested in becoming a Rapper, Tylre has the following advice,

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“Invest, invest, invest in yourself. Do not be afraid to put your money where your mouth is and invest in the best Music quality that you can. Invest in your production so that you own it. Invest in a team. Invest in your self-image. Keep friends around you who are on the same path as you. I wish that I would have known exactly what to invest my money in, when it came to my career. I didn’t know the formula, so I didn’t know what to invest in.”

Make sure you keep up with Tylre and his music, as he is working on an EP entitled, “2 Weeks’ Notice,” and is also in the process of filming a video for his most recent song, “Water and Soil,” that was inspired by his last romantic interest!

If you’re interested in purchasing and listening to Tylre’s music, you can do so through Soundcloud, YouTube, and social media!

To book Tylre for events, you can do so via email at:
contact_treal@yahoo.com

Make sure you follow Tylre on social media at:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tylreavery
IG: @tylreaverymusic
Twitter: @IAmTheLivest1

“I do follow back and respond.”

Tylre has the following final words for the readers:

“I’m thankful for being featured in Boss Up Magazine. I wish success to every individual who get a hold of this article.”

 

Until next time..

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

Life of the Party!

Looking for a good time? Got an occasion to celebrate? Well we know just who you need, to assist you with turning moments into memories. Meet L’sai Jarvis, aka DJ Stargayze! This New York born DJ claims New Jersey as home, and is currently the resident DJ for ilounge Atlanta! (Turn Up!)

DJ Stargayze is motivated by the strong support of his family, his wife, and his kids, who not only watches his moves but also believe in what he does. For DJ Stargayze, this makes him go even harder with everything that he does, especially when people come up to his DJ Booth and tells him he’s killing it!! (Go DJ! That’s our DJ!)

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So how did DJ Stargayze become the DJ that he is today? Well his Father used to DJ as a hobby and was great at it. His Father started collecting vinyl when he came the U.S. and embraced the culture of Hip-Hop right when it arrived. However, DJ Stargayze grew up listening to Grand Master Flash. One day he brought home the movie called “Beat Street,” which had a DJ as a main character, and it totally got him hooked on the entire culture of Hip-Hop! Initially, DJ Stargayze started with break dancing, but soon moved on to rapping and graffiti.

Through it all, DJ Stargayze realized that the one that really got him excited, was watching the DJs do their thing. While he attended college, he not only studied Sociology, he studied the Campus DJ as well. This was all because he knew at some point he was going to try DJing for himself. Once he started, he was all in it and it soon went from a hobby, to a side hustle, to his business. (Boom!) DJ Stargayze soon realized that his passion was Hip-Hop, and DJing was his calling! Throughout his career, he used everything he learned from studying his father, watching the campus DJ, and beat matching in his head. DJ Stargayze is a true self-taught DJ, as he says that he never really thought to reach out for a DJ mentor.

“I literally can pair songs in my head beat for beat”

Initially, his first challenge was figuring out where to start, as the era of turntables being the only source of equipment soon changed. This is when CDJs came about and music was available in the mp3 format, which caused records and CDs to become more obsolete. His next challenge was being taken seriously and showing people that he could do it. People, venues, and other DJs were not as welcoming as he would of thought, as they were quite judgmental. DJ Stargayze also stated that he dealt with the financial risk of taking his career to the next level. These risk included time, equipment, and other expenses, but that didn’t stop him! DJ Stargayze loves being a DJ, and the heavy load of jump starting his career was totally worth it! (Weerrrkkk!)

DJ Stargayze got his first big break playing at Purple Rain in Duluth, GA. The Promoter he worked with hired him and it was a huge deal! It was in a new state, at a large venue, and it was going to be seen by his peers and strangers. Though DJ Stargayze had been preparing for this moment, by doing house parties, he was still nervous, yet confident in his talents. DJ Stargayze told us that it was a very cool experience and that he thinks even his peers were surprised; even with them hearing him at house parties. DJ Stargayze tells us that he is also very proud of obtaining his residency with ilounge Atlanta and expresses that they are his new family!

“They gave me a platform to do my thing. I have met so many people just being there, that has opened doors for me. They allow me to actually DJ. They don’t dictate my creativity, they encourage it.”

Have you ever wondered about the process, it takes for a DJ to select music for events? Well DJ Stargayze says he prepares for events daily, and that it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, as sometimes he may practice new sets or just research new music. Not only that, but he also does video DJ-ing too!! (Jack of all trades!) For this, he has to prepare videos and graphics, which takes some time.

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“I test them out with hints of different genres. I am a black Hispanic/west Indian mix. All of those attributes contribute to my selection of music. I have sets I do that tell a story for that crowd. We take a trip. if the crowd is old school, then I try to blend in new music, that is reminiscent of that sound and that formula, that I know most old school people enjoy. If it is a young crowd we get “lit” but there is a musical lesson, so they can hear where some of those sounds were influenced from. I pick songs that hit every mood you will be in. Like for instance, DJs don’t play slow jams, but I do. When you went to a house party that last 30 mins, when those slow jams kicked in was the cookies and milk of the party. I send people home feeling good!”

When asked about which DJ he admires most, we learned that his favorite DJ is DJ Jazzy Jeff, but he admires DJ Mary Mac. DJ Mary Mac spins for “Lovergyrl NYC” and he would go to any party she was spinning at. DJ Stargayze loves how she is diverse, fearless paired with being a female, and how she would command the crowd with music! Upon meeting her, he found that she was very humble, which was something that he admired, and still does! – “Shout out to DJ Mary Mac!!!”

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“If you’re interested in becoming a DJ, research and don’t be afraid to ask other DJs questions. Don’t assume the music you like is what everyone else likes. be diverse and don’t be afraid to break records. Learn the history of the DJ, but most importantly have fun; the crowd can tell. Read your crowd, that is so important. Think about what kind of DJ you want to be and build a brand. The way technology is and social media, you have an outlet many of us didn’t have back then. Learn it and use it.”

“DJs: get into videos and graphics. Update your technology and get into it. Pair that up with what you already do and watch.”

If granted the opportunity, DJ Stargayze tells us that he would love to work with DJ Mary Mac and would actually be honored to do a really big event with her! (Don’t forget our invite!!) He would also love to work with DJ Drama because he is from Philly, and with him being right next door in New Jersey, DJ Drama is “that dude.” While DJ Drama is currently in ATL killing the game, DJ Stargayze would love to pick his brain! DJ Stargayze says that he would like to work with other artists and singers as well. However, DJ Stargayze says he is currently working with who he wants to work with for now, whom are Ace King, Widgett, and Vash of Lost Connection.

Not only does DJ Stargayze throws down on the turntables, he also throws down in the kitchen! DJ Stargayze enjoys cooking so much that he has his very own side gig catering (Now that’s a BOSS!) He calls it his fun passion!

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On November 21st, DJ Stargayze officially launched his own DJ showcase event, which will give up and coming DJs a place to network, showcase their skills, and get feedback and information/advice from other DJs, who have made a name for themselves.

“I don’t think DJs have enough outlets, as venues are reluctant to give new DJs a chance; so I decided to create one for them. It builds confidence, gives them exposure, and experience outside of their comfort zone.”

Ultimately, DJ Stargayze wants to go back to breaking records/artists. He wants to merge this new era with the formula of the MC and the DJ, the way he fell in love with it back when it was raw. He wants to create an outlet for up and coming DJs to gain exposure, to eliminate the challenges he faced. He wants to make sure that they don’t pursue their career without some knowledge and/or some assistance and mentoring. Eventually, DJ Stargayze also wants to start a non-profit organization, using DJing as an outlet for the youth through education and building character and self-esteem.

Interested in booking DJ Stargayze to turn up your next event? Book him by visiting ilounge atlanta and/or his website:

www.stargayze.wixsite.com/djstargayze.

Be sure to keep up with DJ Stargayze by following:

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter: dj stargayze

 

Until next time…

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

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The Zoony Life

Ever wondered just how your favorite Rapper got to where they are today? Ever wondered about what it takes to be Rapper? Well we got the scoop on it all with our interview with Rapper Austin Poe. Check it out…

Repping Chicago, IL, Austin Poe is a Business Man, Music Artist, and Entrepreneur. Austin states that his life has always been his motivation; and with having the odds stacked against him, it motivated him to live a comfortable life and leave a foundation after himself.

Growing up, Austin listened to music every day and he always had a love for music and freestyling. Austin’s career originally started off with the hobby of going to the studio with his friends, but it soon started to take off! When he started seeing the reaction of people listening to his music, he realized not only was he good at it, but it was time to start taking his music career to the next level.

So who is Austin Poe? His original rap name was E-Money, because that’s what everybody knew him as before he started doing music. He eventually outgrew the name E-Money musically, which soon brought to life the name “Austin Poe.” Austin is actually his middle name and Poe is a play-off word, for words like poet, poetry, writer, and etc.

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What is Zoony Life? “Zoony Life is the vision, the foundation & more!! Zoony life is all about chasing your dreams bringing your vision to life, knowing that nothing is impossible & just enjoying this life……..Zoony Life.”

Just keep up the good vibes & live this Zoony Life!”

For Austin, he faced many challenges in the beginning of his career, but it did not stop him! He struggled with learning the music business and financially putting up an abundance of money to further his career. Austin tells us that this is a typical challenge of most artists. However, Austin stated that he wishes that he would have just followed his first instincts from the start, as there were too many people around giving him direction for his music. Now, every move that he makes is his 100%.

“This is a money game & you have to invest in yourself, there is no way around it. So you want to make sure you set up financially so you don’t go broke in this business.”

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“My ultimate goal as a rapper is just to keep inspiring people through my music & building an empire for people around me, so that we can work for ourselves.”

“If you’re interested in being a Rapper, my advice is do your research, invest the money in yourself, & go hard don’t let up. Be yourself & you will be golden.”

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Austin’s music falls into the genre of Hip-Hop and is geared for people that love dope vibes! However, people that love music can appreciate it as well. Austin’s got his first big break, receiving major radio play in Chicago! He thought it was pretty dope of his hometown to show him so much love! (Chi-Town stand up!) Not only that, Austin’s music has been played on a tv show on MTV, where it caught the ears of millions!! (Now that’s dope!!) He also recently shot a video in L.A. called, “Picture Me Rollin.” The song is geared to give people overall motivation, as well as motivation on staying focused when pursuing your goals. So we got to the nitty gritty of who Austin is motivated by the most in the music industry, and this what he had to say,

“The person that motivates me the most is artist Nipsey Hussle. Just from the music & all the business endeavors that he has going on, doing all this while staying independent. Laid down the formula for people like us. If given the opportunity, I would work with Jay-Z. Jay always going to give you them jewels on the track, that be epic no doubt.”

When it comes to performing, sequence is the key! Austin makes sure to give the audience an introduction of who he is, and then he continues to build it up with each song that he performs, in order to get and keep the momentum up. Austin stated that he uses this method in choosing which songs to perform to. Austin also gives himself 30 minutes to an hour of practice, to prepare for live performances and to perfect his craft! (Practice makes perfect!)

Music isn’t the only thing that Austin has always been into, as he is into taking dope photos, scenery, and wants to get more into art. Austin’s music can be purchased the website www.ZoonyLife.com, as well as on all platforms, including iTunes, Google Play. To find his music, simply type in “Austin Poe.” Make sure you keep up with Austin, as he will be dropping new videos and projects in 2018!

If you’re interested in booking Austin for any events or projects, you can contact him via email:

AustinPoe2@gmail.com

To keep up with Austin and his music, follow his social media:

Instagram | Twitter: @AustinPoe_

 

 

Until next time…

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

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Life of Laughter!

Have you ever acted out a skit in high school for class or a talent show? Ever seen a skit on someone’s Instagram account and just found yourself laughing for hours? Well we have spoken to a comical skit maker, who is just downright funny, and is totally trending on social media! Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive details on what life is like when you fill it with laughter. Check it out…

Representing the Southside of Chicago, IL, Devaun Jay is an aspiring Paralegal and enjoys making comical skits for social media! With his family being his motivators, he strives to make every idea he has in his mind a reality, this includes everything from visual content to writing.

Though being a comedian was never his true passion, he has always had a good sense of humor and enjoys making skits. For Devaun, once he begins having ideas for skits, he just goes and produces them. (Such Talent!) Devaun stated that has seen a lot people showcasing their talents on the web, from Vine to Instagram, which has made him begin testing out his own skills. Devaun stated that he uses social media to showcase his talent, as it seems to be the best way to market oneself.

Devaun uses his firsthand experiences, random everyday moments in life, celebrity news, as inspiration behind his material. All of these things helps him create skits, jokes, skits, and videos, while being original as possible. Devaun stated that he believes that someone can be taught how to be funny, but it’s easier when they already have a sense of humor. A person can hire writers for assistance and even learn the way one delivers a joke. However, Devaun says that being naturally funny carries weight in more things, from the stage to your personal life. The slightest thing someone says can leave you rolling on the floor. (That means laughing uncontrollably) And in Devaun’s experience, that ability can only come from someone that is naturally funny. (Trruuee!!)

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“I hope and pray every day that God will provide me with enough time in life, to conceive every thought I’ve ever had and show it to the world.”

“My advice for someone becoming a comedian or skit maker is to just be yourself. Be a breath of fresh air and original. Use your experiences to your advantage to win!”

For Devaun, preparing for his skits can take him about 10 minutes, as he formulates the idea in his head and goes from there. His material comes from various places, but can ultimately be material that he’s had on his mind for quite some time. However, between acting it out and editing it, it can take up to 3 hours minimum. (Whew!)

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“The comedians I admire most at this moment are: Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle. Kevin Hart’s work ethic is incredible, and he gives back to the community as much as possible. In regards to Dave Chappelle, I still watch the Chappelle Show from back in the day and wish it was still around, because he’d have so much to talk about. Dave is still very talented, and I also saw him live once.”

 

Devaun stated that he is perfectionist and he wants to make sure everything is as accurate as possible. (BOSS Status!) Devaun enjoys and values people actually commenting on his material, as it helps him decipher if people understands his jokes or if they’ve read the blog posts he’s made on his word press blog. Not only that, he is proud of all the likes and views for his videos and blog posts; overall, he is just very appreciative of everything! (A Humble BOSS!)

Initially, his biggest challenge was ensuring that people, outside of his inner circle and current followers, were able to view his videos. Though he is new to Instagram self-marketing, this hasn’t stopped him at all, as he is open to any advice or strategies to market himself better. As Devaun is still currently experiencing his big break with his comical skits, he plans to keep grinding and remain focused solely on being consistent with his creativity. (A True Boss!)

 

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Ultimately, Devaun wants to be a writer ranging from songwriting, poetry, articles, and books. Although he is open to his comical skits being his doorway into acting, he plans to just make great content and keep people laughing and sharing his work. Lately, writing and skit making has been Devaun’s primary focus, but he also makes Hip-Hop and R&B instrumentals. He sends a public invite to any artists interested in working on music, as he raps as well. (Dope right?!)

If you’re looking to book Devaun for an event or to collaborate on a skit, you can email him at: darrondevaunj@gmail.com or send him a direct message on his Instagram or Facebook.

You can keep up with Devaun and view his material by following his social media:

Instagram: @ddj_odl.

Facebook: Only Dreamerz Live (typed into the search bar.)

WordPress Blog: onlydreamerzlive.wordpress.com

Until next time….

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

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A Full Soul

People do what they can and know, to live out their dreams. In fact, there’s nothing like living out your dreams. Some are successful, while other are not. Well, thanks to Soulaire, Boss Up Magazine was able to get the details on what it’s like to live out your dreams.

Born in St. Louis, MO, but raised in Peora, IL, Soulaire is a true Master of the Arts!! Soulaire is a recording artist who also works as a fashion stylist and designer. (Such Versatility!) With his nephews and living a purpose driven life being his motivation, Soulaire has made his mark in the industry!

Soulaire’s talent has followed him throughout his life, as he has been singing since he was a young child. With singing being his first love, Soulaire knew it was something that he’d always do. Once Soulaire moved to Hollywood, Soulaire then mde his mark with fashion styling.

A passion for fashion has always been Soulaire, while his passion for styling came later. Being from the Midwest, Soulaire stated that he didn’t know that his joy for dressing nice could be turned into an occupation! (Ching! Ching!)

So you’re probably wondering about the meaning of Soulaire? Well here is Soulaire’s explanation:

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“Soulaire was a name I believe God gave me. It’s my own genre. But Soul represents where I sing from and Aire represents me being Heir to the throne.”

Soulaire’s music is created to be universal, but his fashion is more for those who are fashion forward. Soulaire told us that his ultimate career goal would just be being a mogul dominating the music and fashion industry. Soulaire also plans on owning his own masters to his music, having several store fronts and clothing lines, and of course a few Grammys! (Now those are ultimate goals!)
Soulaire is always on the go and tries to stay productive, and in fact just recently hosted an event called “Smoke and Paint” in Los Angeles, CA. No worries if you missed your chance to meet him, as he will be in NYC for Fashion Week in February of 2018. (Talk about fashion forward!)
When asked about his celebrity idol, Soulaire stated that he would love to work with Monica! Soulaire has been rocking with Monica since 1995 and has always been his inspiration. Soulaire rates her as his favorite female vocalist alive.

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“If you’re an aspiring Stylist or Artist, pray and be consistent. Don’t look at others journey and compare to where you are. Trust in God’s timing and invest in yourself.

 

 

 

If you’re looking to hear Soulaire’s music, you can do so by searching is name on SoundCloud. But make sure you’re keeping up with Soulaire, as his first single will soon be available on iTunes, and his album “Soul Awakening will be released, sometime first quarter. There is even a video shoot in the works for his first single! (We’ve got to get our autographs now!)
As far as fashion, Soulaire has fashion designs for both men and women. His line is fashion forward but androgynous can definitely pull off. Those wanting to see Soulaire’s work can do so by viewing his Instagram page. At this time, his fashion designs are not yet available for purchase, but will be soon. Make sure you are keeping up with Soulaire’s music and fashion at:

Instagram | Twitter: @_soulaire

Facebook: Official Soulaire

 

Until next time…

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

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And…..Action!

Everyone wants to be famous and on top, but many don’t know how to do just that. Well Boss Up Magazine spoke with Actor Kendall Watkins, to get the scoop!!

Originally from Peoria, Illinois (Some call it P-Town!), but currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Kendall Watkins is a Construction Worker, Glass Setter, Actor, and Model! (Talk about a HUSTLER!)

Since the age of 3, Kendall has always had a passion for acting. He is now living out his dreams, all with providing for his family and doing what he loves as his driving force!! Kendall is currently working on his own material and monologues, including some spoken word pieces.

 

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Kendall has been in various films and TV shows, but says his best feature was on “The Originals” Season 3 Episode 15. Kendall says “I had a smooth 64 seconds of film/face time. LOL!”

“Study your craft and Own it. Do a few Indy projects, be a joy to every set you get on and every camera you step in front of. The energy alone will get you farther. And don’t be patient. Be HUNGRY!!”

 

 

We asked Kendall about the challenges he faced in pursuit of his career, and he told us that growing up in Peoria was a bit challenging. Kendall explained to us that Peoria is a “Build your own fire” type of place; there just isn’t much just going on there. However, that did not stop him! Kendall took his dreams and relocated to Atlanta, where he says he was able to find many “crash/pop up” sets for exposure; but Kendall doesn’t recommend anyone to go that route.

Outside of acting, Kendall loves planning events. In fact, Kendall used to be a Promoter and Indy Manager. (Jacks of all trades!!) Kendall says that all of that was and still is fun, but doesn’t care to do them as much, as you have to rely on other parties too much.

When asked who Kendall idolizes, we found out that his two favorite Actors are Marlon Wayans and Denzel Washington. (Talk about amazing!!) Kendall says that Marlon Wayans has amazing range and Denzel Washington just has “That Presence.”; It’s not just his name.

Kendall continues to say, “Like even if he were to put on a disguise and they not announce his name, you’d probably still feel that Greatness. I want to see and learn that firsthand.”

So you’re probably wondering what other projects is Kendall currently doing? (We were too!) Currently, Kendall is building a brand and starting his own personal hashtags: #PhosdayMonos and #HappyPhosday. Those two hashtags will lead you straight his videos or one of his positive inspirational posts. (The Hustle Never Stops!)

To keep a watch for Kendall’s monologues, spoken word pieces, and some original content in a later future, follow Kendall on:

Instagram: @MrKW24

Twitter: @MrKW24

Snapchat: @king_2pho

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If any film makers, producers, directors, artists, or readers need help with planning anything, you can contact Kendall via email at: kendallwatkins.s@gmail.com.

 

Until next time….

“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

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