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Anthony David

takes us on his personal journey in the music industry The Fugees' Pras on his film documentary "Sweet Micky for President"


Daz Crawford

opens up about his role as "Kebo" on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. MAY 2016


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Shuntega Meadows Amelia “Ameliaismore” Moore Dakota Somerville

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On the Cover: Daz Crawford

Happy spring Bronze Beauties! Welcome to our May issue. As a magazine whose main mission over the years has been to celebrate women of color, this issue serves as a slight reminder that there are some outstanding men of color who deserve to be celebrated as well, three of which we cannot wait to share with you. First, we have our cover star, the talented English actor Daz Crawford, who plays the villainous “Kebo” in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We are so excited to feature Daz, who opens up to us about his role on the show, shares on how he likes to spend his personal time, and reveals about his work on the recently released film, “The Jungle Book.” We also had time to catch up with Pras, formerly of the iconic hip-hop soul group The Fugees. Pras shares his journey and filmed documentary on how he inspired former flamboyant pop star, Michel Martelly (a.k.a. Sweet Micky,) to run for and eventually become the President of Haiti. And last, but certainly not least, producer, singer, and songwriter Anthony David leaves us with some major knowledge about his own personal journey in the music industry- on what it takes to be consistent in the music industry, and how the roots or origin of a person shapes them as a creative. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue, and I also hope that the new season brings you the best out of life, plenty of laughter, and lots of love! As always, happy reading!

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6 Gladys Nkenga’s

Evolution as a Street Photographer

12 Anthony David

Slams Again

16 Pras Michel and “Sweet Mickey for President” BEAUTY

15 Bare & Natural Look for Spring

Daz Crawford:

This British actor opens up about his role on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”


Gladys Nkenga's EVOLUTION AS A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER by Shuntega Meadows

Innovative, motivated, and self-assured are all words that could be used to describe the 19 year-old, aspiring creative director, Gladys Nkenga. She wants to make a difference and she surely will! As a self-taught photographer, she has worked hard chasing after her dreams; and her hard work has clearly paid off. Not only is she looking to succeed, she also seeks to empower young women and inspire them to pursue their own dreams. Keep reading to learn more about the life of this extraordinary young lady and to see what she had to say about all she has accomplished and hopes to accomplish in the future.




Q: Gladys, tell us about the Ivory Coast? How old were you when you moved to the U.S.? What did the war at home teach you about life? A: Well I was 7 the day it happened. Everything is still surprisingly vivid; from my older brother waking me up in the dead of night, to the gunshots ringing outside our window, to waving bye to our loved ones. After the initial breakout my family was confined to our house for two weeks because conditions outside were risky. We were evacuated because my dad is a virologist for an American federal agency so they’re obligated to keep us safe. They allowed us two suitcases so we had to leave a lot behind. It really wasn’t hard to up and leave because we were told that we would be able to come back shortly, but as years passed we had to eventually find a place in the U.S to stay permanently because word was that it wasn’t safe to go back. I feel like the biggest lesson it taught me was how unpredictable life is and how much it should be cherished. One day my brothers and I were running around our backyard playing with our parrot and next thing we know we’re in a plane on the way to Ohio starting a new life. Q: How does a normal day go for you? Any sort of routine you go by? A: I try to avoid routine because I believe that it breeds stagnancy, but there is one thing that remains constant for me every day. Every morning I read a Serena Williams quote that I wrote out on my wall. It’s from one of her interviews as a child and she’s asked who she wants to be like when she grows up; her response is “Well I’d like other people to be like me.” It serves as a reminder that the goal is not to be in someone’s place but to be a better me and to inspire others to be better. Other than that my days are usually spent editing, making vision boards and concepts, location scouting, or trying to balance my hectic school schedule. Q: So you’ve told us that this is your first year as a photographer. Tell us about your proudest moment as a beginner, and also your lowest point. 8  |  BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM MAY 2016    

A: I’ve worked with so many talented people this year it’s really hard to pick just one moment as my proudest. I think I would have to say working with Local Trap Stars though. From getting on, to random people approaching me asking for my contact information and recognizing me. I owe a lot of my come up to them. My lowest point for sure was around September-November of 2015. I was producing a lot of material that I wasn’t proud of and I turned into a promoter for other people and brands instead of making the time to showcase what I really loved. Constant requests from peers to “bring my camera” to take pictures of them on a daily basis also played a part. As a result I stopped shooting as a whole and felt miserable because my only outlet turned into something I wanted to avoid. Q: We understand that your parents weren’t always supportive of your creative endeavors because education is important to them, how did you cope with that? How did you get them to understand? A: I’m still far from convincing them that the creative industry, let alone photography, can be just as lucrative as its 9 to 5 polar. While it’s hindering at times, it’s completely understandable because for them education was the only way out of extreme poverty. In the meantime, I’m just working on showing them what I’m capable of doing while trying to balance school. Q: When was the moment you realized that photography is what you want for your life? A: I love photography but in all honesty I can’t see myself sticking to it for the rest of my life. The goal for right now is to be a creative director for brands and campaigns so I’m not restricted to just camera work. Q: Why street photography? A: I prefer street photography because I feel like studio photography is limiting and repetitive. Of course street can get the same way but you have so much more power over your angles, concepts, and other variables that build the composition of your shot.

Q: You told us something very personal about you. You were hospitalized and in and out of school for a blood disorder. Tell us about your struggles and how you still found the strength to carry on. A: It was hard. The physical pains that kept me from being productive and the stress from all of the school work I was drowning in took a toll. At the time, I didn’t really know what was going on and neither did a lot of the people around me. To them it just looked like I wasn’t showing up for class and constantly coming in late, so people joking about it was another issue too. It was hard not having anyone that could relate to the pain and it put me in a dark mental state. Some mornings I couldn’t get up because my torso felt like it was being stabbed from all sides, sometimes it would be the pounding in my head, other times the light headedness or being too frail to standup. Besides medicine, the main thing that got me through that period was graduating. It was my last year of high school and I never wanted to see those classrooms again. I also had to remind myself that the struggle only makes the end win more triumphant. Q: The day you purchased the lens that you saved up for, what did you shoot? A: I honestly can’t remember, but I’m pretty sure they were shots of my younger brother because he’s my test subject for everything. Q: How did photography help you overcome a lot of struggles you were facing? A: Photography provided me with an outlet and a way to release my emotions through my work. Kind of like how people lose themselves in books, it’s just like that for me and photography. Q: If you could go back in time for one day, what would you do? Where would you go first? A: During my early childhood I went to an international school in Ivory Coast. If I could go back in time for a day I would go back to that period in my life because I was surrounded by so much diversity and openness.

Q: You want to make a difference in young women. You want young ladies to know that there are other careers to pursue than being a model or a musical artist. Do you have any advice for any young women trying to pursue photography? A: My first piece of advice would be to learn to be impatient. Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way, if you want something you have to pursue it relentlessly. Make things happen for yourself. This means that you’ll have to be a stylist sometimes, a producer, a set designer, a scout, a director, etc, but if you want your vision to come to life it’s necessary. Emerson once said “Imitation is suicide” and it’s simple but so true. The minute you try to copy the way another photographer does something is the minute you lose yourself. Preserve your aesthetic because that’s what makes you you. Corny as it sounds. Q: You mentioned that you are one of the few prevalent female street photographers in ATL. Tell us more about that. How do you plan to overcome such a barrier? A: It’s a blessing and a curse. I love it because being successful in a male dominated region comes with a certain level of respect. At the same time it’s an uphill battle because my skill is often overlooked just because I’m female. I honestly don’t have a plan for tackling that except for getting better at what I do and letting my work speak for itself. Q: Your vision is to empower young girls. How do you plan to get your message across to them? A: In the simplest way possible, by setting an example in my own life and in the movements I choose to promote. Influence grows from actions rather than words so that’s my main focus. I’m actually working on a project right now about various creative women from completely different steps of life and their struggles, but that’s another story for another day.




Marvel’s Heartthrob

“Daz Crawford” a.k.a“KEBO”

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Where are my studious die-hard Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fans?

was there to do a job in stopping them, which I did.

I am thrilled to share with our Bronze readers an interview from London with British born actor, Daz Crawford. His extensive list of film accolades includes shooting alongside Wesley Snipes in Blade II, and we absolutely love the villainous, sexy, contemptible character, KEBO, from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not only does his beaming *British mix Barbadian* smile infectiously grab you straight out of the gate, it leaves you longing for more.

Q: How excited are you to create a motion-capture character for video gaming, especially a Disney production? A: I previously worked in motion capture a few years ago when I was cast to be “KRATOS” in Sony Play station’s God of War and “Reinhart Manx” in Dungeon Siege 3, so I’ve had some experience. Disney Jungle Book is different; it seems technology has progressed so much in a short space of time as the motion capture was different this time around. When we wore the special suits and stepped into the arena, there were large TV screens there; I could see myself as the character, Shere Khan the tiger, as I walked (I had training on how big cats walk,) Shere Khan walked; If I dipped my head towards the ground so did Shere Khan. I still had to learn all the dialogue and deliver it to Mowgli so he could react truthfully to the situations. It was a great project to work on and very interesting.

Let’s jump right into the interview with this very talented, busy, and fascinating actor, Daz Crawford a.k.a. KEBO. Q: What is it like to work on a project with an already established universe like Marvel? A: I’m having an amazing time working with the team. The producers, actors, and crew are extremely welcoming. The whole experience is exhilarating and I’m having a lot of fun working with all of them. Q: Nerds love Marvel and the villain “KEBO,” so tell us, what Marvel show did you work on years ago? A: Hahaha, yes! I was cast in a Marvel project a few years ago now. The movie was Blade II and the character’s name was “LIGHTHAMMER.” A few people I’ve met did not realize “KEBO” and “LIGHTHAMMER” was the same person. Q: Do you enjoy blind table readings with the cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. and why? A: The table reads are great. We never know what’s going to happen with each turn of the page. The writers are excellent and can throw curve balls and exciting scenes, so we really don’t know what’s going to happen next. It’s also an opportunity for everyone to meet as we don’t always work together on the same scene. So this gives us an opportunity to catch up.

Q: On “Agents of Shield Season 3,” who’s in charge…KEBO or WARD, and is KEBO really LASH? A: These are great questions but I’ll have to leave that for you to guess… Sorry, no spoilers. Q: Tell our readers; where did Daz Crawford get such a magnificent infectious smile, with the deepest dimples… are you ethnically mixed race? A: Hahaha! Smiling is good for the heart and soul and apparently helps you live longer, so I’m told. I’ve been told the dimples and laugh came from my Dad. Yes, I am ethnically mixed, a flavor of British, and my dad was from Barbados.

Q:Tell us how Daz Crawford aka KEBO would relax on a Sunday afternoon? A: Well if I’m not booked on a project somewhere, Sunday afternoons can vary for me. If I’m in Los Angeles, maybe a game of beach volleyball or a ride on the coast on my Triumph Tiger motorcycle, or maybe even a trip to Big Bear (if it’s winter) and snowboard. If I am in the UK, then probably having a Sunday roast in a restaurant somewhere and relaxing afterwards. I really don’t have a schedule and like to go with the flow and do different things. Well as a reader I’m not sure how you’re feeling right about now, but as for me, “THE WRITER,” I am totally enamored with his fascinating answers. Thank You to Daz Crawford for taking the time to share with our wonderful readers across the globe…and across the pond as you Brits might say…Cheerio!

Q: Do you miss the fame of the Gladiator Arena as Diesel? A: I don’t miss the fame from Gladiator’s; I’ve never considered myself “famous.” I worked on the last two series of the show before it ended. I had a great time on it and really enjoyed it. The contenders were passionate but I BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM MAY 2016  |  11    


anthony slams david again with

simple man

by Amelia “Ameliaismore” Moore Within every industry there are performers and then you have the creatives. It’s been argued that within the music industry performers tend to be the artists who represent the pop culture or the commercial sound of today’s urban music called R&B. The creatives, who generally are singers, songwriters (and in some cases producers), have been categorized as Neo Soul or Soul singers. The discussion then continues with the popularity of the two genres and its distinction. While one genre covers what’s happening now, the other gives you a feeling of something old made new again. Bronze Magazine caught up with triple threat producer, singer, and songwriter Anthony David, to discuss this topic and so much more as a prelude to his May 28th concert, the ATL Soul Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in which he will perform along with other singer/songwriters such as Syleena Johnson, Laylah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Avery Sunshine, Angie Stone, Goapelle, and the list goes on. The ATL Soul Music Life Fest is hailed as the largest annual Soul Music Festival in the SE region. With this year marking its 2nd annual event, it is highly anticipated to be an encore experience to last year’s festival which was sponsored by McDonald’s. Last year, fans traveled from all over the U.S. for this first of its kind experience. It sold out with a record setting attendance of over 10,000 people for the two-night festival. Once again, this year it takes place at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater for all to enjoy an outdoor festival of melodically-soulful entertainment. As with any artist you haven’t seen in a while, especially a two time Grammy & Soul Train Awards Nominated Recording artist, I had to start with the question: “Where have you been?” AD: I took a little hiatus. I took about a year off to handle some business. I was on another label and now I’m on a new label, Shanachie Entertainment. I also did some acting. I’m playing the role of Maurice White (R.I.P.) and some TV and a little theatre. The play, “Chasin the Blues,” is with an Atlanta theatre company, True Colors, with director, Kenny Leone who just did the Wiz last year. I did a lot of guitar and singing in it. In the movie, “Nice Guys,” I played Maurice White. I’m also doing a project with Oprah that is like a mega church drama series. After finding out about his new album, Simple Man, which is out now, I got an opportunity to reflect with Anthony and tap into the journey he has taken in the music industry that continues to take him places which enable his art and expression to grow. I asked him to reflect on the first big record he did with India Arie called “Word,” and what that felt like for him? AD: I had been working with India Arie for years, so when the record dropped I was a solo artist. It was a switch because I had been on the road with her and Shannon so it was cool I guess. When I got the Grammy Nomination for it was when I felt like people were paying attention. Shannon didn’t have anything to do with that record. Even though when we did the song “4 Evermore” that was my first Top #20 song on the R&B Charts.

Next we spoke about what it takes to be consistent in the music industry. In order to do that we had to fast forward 12 years. I then asked: “A lot of people feel it happens overnight, but you know it takes time to be successful. What have you learned about the entertainment business both professionally and personally over the years?” AD: I learned that you can take it anywhere. It’s a business but you don’t have to treat it like the way a lot of people treat it. A lot of people treat it like some magic land. Yet, you don’t have to do that to have a career in this business. A lot of people have conspiracy theories. I think you just have to get out there and sell your stuff. You don’t really have to be immersed in all that industry stuff. In this business it’s about relationships. It’s like running your own business but a lot sexier. As the interview began to morph into a conversation we talked about how the roots or person’s origins shape them as a creative. Anthony was rooted in the church and his music seems to personify that influence so I asked, “Do you think being rooted in the church helps you with your music and dealing with the music industry?” AD: No, I’m actually an atheist. (Laughter) Christian life is where I come from but I’m not that. I do feel a sense of ethics, morality and community, and as an artist coming from the soul background I am more of a humanist. You have people listening to you, so you BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM MAY 2016 



want to give them something good. I think for me it’s about the integrity of what I want to put out for others to listen and enjoy. It has to have integrity. That answer leads us to a conversation about labels and how music is a creative expression, yet a commodity. We discussed how in order to sell something you have to label it. The industry likes to put things in a box. The current boxes are Neo Soul, Soul and then R&B. This led me to ask, “What do you think about that and which box is yours? Is there a difference?” AD: There is and isn’t a difference. The Neo Soul is the people that are from my generation that love and want to get back into that soul music. I think the real difference between a Soul artist and an R&B artist is that you probably get a singer-songwriter from a Neo Soul artist. In comparing it in hip hop, it’s the difference between an MC and a rapper. One person is a performer and the other is a creative. I don’t mind the boxes because there are categories. I think that people should keep in mind that something can come from any category and be general and broad. Hence, the category Pop. Michael, he was pop because he was so popular, but his music is black music. His music was and is soul. I love country and a lot comes from that with my expression. As we ended the interview we went back to the reason why it all started; the concert. I asked him what he thought of the concert and why he said yes. AD: We are all dedicated to doing our music. We did it even when it wasn’t so big. It’s a great platform to show what we really do. You can tell with the artist involved that they do what they do because they like it. It’s great when certain promoters can connect us and make it bigger and really show the strength of what we do. Hopefully it becomes one of those things that become legendary. We are doing something that has a stage and an audience. I agreed and told him so, saying, “Yes I call it YOU MUSIC because each of you creatively is doing you.” That led us to talking about influences and the icons that came before him as well as artists like him. I wanted to know how much the icons before him taught him and others like him about what they are doing. AD: They taught us everything. Those icons were musicians and performers. When we started we just knew we wanted to be singer/ songwriters. The icons, they 14  |  BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM MAY 2016    

played. They really knew music. They studied music. We are on their shoulders. With that said, I had to ask, “How important do you feel that millennials and younger should know their musical history?” AD: It’s necessary. They should know. Even if they don’t know everything they should know that a lot of this music we hear is not new. It’s our culture. This is a specific thing that was created not too long ago in a certain set of conditions. This is our thing. We should be proud of it and know it. The last question, since we were talking about icons and legacy, “What is the legacy that Anthony David wants to leave when it’s all said and done?” AD: I just want to be an extension of all that stuff we’ve been talking about. I don’t think It’s one thing. It would be nice for it to be that certain thing that sticks out like Bill Withers or Anita Baker. If not all of the above, his legacy will be that he did it his way. His is the way of a “Simple Man.” He is a man, who loves music and lives life. He is someone who works diligently to combine those two factors for others to live and love. Anthony David is still building his legacy with his new album, so be certain to hear it, buy it, and support it, as well as this amazing person and talent, so that his legacy will continue. Remember, the festival will take place at Wolf Creek Amphitheater in the scenic Atlanta, GA, of which will offer (2) nights of outdoor melodically, soulful entertainment. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase tickets for both nights ($55/general admission) or for one night ($35.00 general admission.) Just be in the building to experience a historical concert, once again. Free parking will be provided and patrons may bring their personal choice of foods and beverages along with lawn chairs/blankets. V.I.P. tables are available. For more information, you can call 877-725-8849 or go to event/2016-atl-soul-life-music-fest-2-day-ticket PEACE!

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Q: What was the initial inspiration for creating the documentary? A: The idea came to me after hearing about what happened during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The traumatic events from that day struck a chord with me, and I just wanted to create something that the people of Haiti can look back on during that particular moment in time. Q: Explain your connection to Haiti. A: My parents are from Haiti, and they migrated here to the U.S. before I was born. Haiti is a huge part of me; it is my heritage and is in my blood. Q: Can you explain the controversy surrounding Michel Martelly’s April 2011 win? A: The controversy was that after the earthquake, there were a lot of things going on, a lot of players involved as well international interference that made it very difficult. Then there was the fact that the country wasn’t politically stable, which just added to the issues. Things got kind of heavy, but I think at the end of the day it worked in Martelly’s favor. In 2015, two-time Grammy-winning rapper (and founding member of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group the Fugees) Pras Michel was involved in the creation of a documentary entitled ‘Sweet Micky For President.’ The film chronicled the campaign that led to the eventual election of flamboyant pop star Michel Martelly (a.k.a. Sweet Micky) as President of Haiti. Martelly’s long road to office was marred by political corruption, but had the support of Pras every step of the way. The film was directed by Ben Patterson, and produced by Pras and Karen Rachtman. The documentary had its World premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival, and won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Patterson made the most of his time with Martelly and other musical candidate Wyclef Jean, shooting footage on the run, along with sitting down for multiple interviews with key participants in the presidential election. The ambitious project was assembled by Wyatt Rogowski, and includes newsreel and archival stills, as well as short animated sequences depicting pivotal moments in Haitian history. 18  |  BRONZEMAGONLINE.COM MAY 2016    

Q: During the filming of the documentary, what was your official role in the election? A: I didn’t really have an actual role per se. If anything, my main goal was just to get him elected.

A: It was an amazing moment for us, because it was kind of like we had come full circle. It was a nice feeling to get recognition for all of our hard work. Q: The soundtrack plays such important role in the film – how was the music chosen and why? A: It was chosen by the director Ben Patterson, but I also had a say in the selection process. We wanted to capture the energy and culture, as well as the spirit of the people. I felt like we did a good job of capturing the essence of Haiti.

Q: Of all of the other worthy candidates, why did you think Michel Martelly was the person to lead Haiti? A: At the time, I thought that it be would be beneficial to have a candidate who was an advocate for the country through his art, and not be part of the establishment. In other words, someone who would shake things up and go against the status quo. I also thought that an unconventional candidate might have the ability to be a strong leader and potentially unite Haiti. Q: How did you feel about your former Fugees bandmate Wyclef Jean getting involved in the election? A: At first, I didn’t want him joining the race simply because of the fact that he was highly popular amongst the Haitian community and had a lot of international goodwill. But for the most part, there was no bad blood because it was his right to want to serve his country, I just thought that my candidate was better a fit for the role of President.

Q: Why do you think the documentary is important? What do you hope audiences will take away from the film? A: The film is important because it delves into the history, politics and culture of a country that some might not know all that much about. It is a story of triumph and perseverance through overwhelming odds. If we could educate even one person, then we did our job. Q: How did getting involved in this election change your life? A: The experience showed me that you should always stand up for what you believe in (right, wrong or different), and it made me become more of an advocate. It also showed me a different side to politics, and what to do and what not to do if I ever decided to become involved in something like this again in the future.

Q: Describe the tone of the film. A: We wanted the audiences to root for the underdog, feel the energy of the Haitian people and experience the journey first-hand. Haiti is a vibrant, exquisite country and we wanted the documentary to reflect that. Q: Describe your reaction upon hearing that the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.

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