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LAUDIE ON T HE TRAC K By: Ryan Little | Seven L Maxwell
You’ve heard the hot tracks he’s created over the past years such as “Do Yo Own Dance” with Louie V and the chart-topper, “Ratchet”—which ignited Shorty Da Prince’s rap career; and you still have to ask yourself who is Laudie On The Track? Is he just voiceover that you hear at the beginning of every dope So St. Louis track? Or are we listening to the next brilliant beat-maker of the new millennium?
started off making different sounds with a good friend just to have fun and keep myself occupied.” He continued, “It didn’t start getting more competitive until someone heard a track and was amazed at what I could do”.
During his short career he’s been busy producing 11 records, killing the airwaves in over 50 markets, and making music people can party to—but now this is no longer a With a promising career as a producer hobby. He’s letting his goals be known, “Like offering a sound celebrated by the streets; each and every rapper, there’s producer who Laudie’s love for music started as a hobby. “I wants that crown too. That producer is me.”
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A LOOK BACK
Enright Middle School was not always known as such. It has been known at different times as Smith Academy & Manual Training School, Blewett Junior High School, Harris Teacher’s College, and Enright Classical Junior Academy.
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were completely empty. The broken mirrors and sinks in the restrooms had also been cleaned up. I had one of those bittersweet moments that an explorer experiences when they realize that a place they love is being saved, but will soon be off limits to them. I was glad that the other guys were getting a chance to see The first thing that I noticed when the school before it was completely we attempted to enter the building closed off. was that the entrance I had used before wouldn’t work. It had involved I may have spoken too soon. From climbing through a high window the shop and art areas in the back, onto shelves in a storage room. there is one hallway that leads to Inubis was the first to try. “Where am I the rest of the school’s interior. It supposed to go?” “Just climb into the was securely chained. Perhaps they room on the shelves,” I said. “What wouldn’t get to see the school after shelves?” So, we ended up dropping all. We wandered around the outside the 10 feet or so into the storage of the building in the back and found room. Except for Chris, who realized our way into the boiler room. Never that the outside door on the outside having been in a school’s boiler room wall was open. Damn him and his before, I was amazed at the huge air “being smart!” It was obvious right ducts that left the boilers and headed away why the shelves were no longer into the school. They were so large there: Renovation had begun on the that we were able to walk around on school. All of the trash and rubble them with little difficulty. that used to be in this area was gone! The shop rooms, which used It was then that someone noticed to still have all the old work tables, our possible entrance to the school.
There was a utility tunnel that left the boiler room at it’s lowest point. Success! We ended up being right, as the tunnel led to another electrical room in the school. It required a pretty tight squeeze between some pipes, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. Much of the crumbling material on the floors had been removed, and there were instructions written everywhere with spray paint like “demo this wall” and a line. Inubis found a can of the spray paint, and we all commented that it would be pretty funny to instruct them to demolish some additional walls, just to really confuse everyone, but we’re not that evil! We also saw a few high tech looking machines apparently used for cleaning up the asbestos. The most interesting aspect of the renovation was one of the fourth floor gymnasiums: It was completely covered with plastic on every wall, like some kind of clean room in case of radiation spill or something.
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The newest edition to Delux Magazine family. As the lifestyle columnist and author of Cacoethes she plans on placing a smooth stamp on St. Louis with an unadulterated opinion.
LIFESTYLE FASHION MUSIC w/ Boutique Pink
The most common method of tattooing in modern times is the electric tattoo machine, which inserts ink into the skin via a group of needles that are soldered onto a bar, which is attached to an oscillating unit. The unit rapidly and repeatedly drives the needles in and out of the skin, usually 80 to 150 times a second. This modern procedure is ordinarily sanitary. The needles are singleuse needles that come packaged individually. The tattoo artist must wash not only his or her hands, but he or she must also wash the area that will be tattooed. Gloves must be worn at all times and the wound must be wiped frequently with a wet disposable towel of some kind.
Sophisticated, Glamorous, Innovative. Boutique Pink is the most Extraordinarily Unique retail experience within the St. Louis area. At Boutique Pink expect to enjoy a unique shopping experience starting as soon as you walk through our doors into pink heaven! Our Pink décor exudes elegance, class, freedom, and fun! Your unique shopping experience will continue with our haute one of a kind clothing, shoes, & accessories. We carry specialty items, hand made jewelry, & clothing made by the hottest local designers! Boutique Pink is for those ladies who dare to be different and walk on the cutting edge of fashion!
Music is the air I breath, what’s on my mind when I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night. Music is the blood that moves though my body. When I play the piano, bass guitar, and spin records, I can feel the vibrations of the notes and tones counsel me. Music is the best high and the best anti-depressant. Music is my world. I’ll never stop loving music because music loves me.
Culture is the one of the most essential elements of influence. No matter where we’re from or where we go; it’s those subtle similarities that keep us connected at the core.It’s our culture that first shape the way we view the world around us as we explore and adapt to the standards set forth by society. As humans, we have an instinctive nature to be accepted by our peers, when the world around us offers so much diversity. As younger generations are starting to realize the benefits of blending cultures as it relates to their lifestyle, fashion, and music;it’s now time for the DELUX Generation to stand up for their own individuality, attracting vibes that break all cultural boundaries.
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TRUTH HURTS PREPARING TO S.T.R.I.P. WRITTEN: TIFFANY S. NASHVILLE
Homegrown songstress, Truth Hurts, is creeping back onto the music scene. Since you last heard her on the airwaves, she’s been spending her days being a mom, working on her acting career, and intensively preparing for the release of her third album, S.T.R.I.P. This latest album will show us an improved side to Truth Hurts. As we grow and mature, improvement is to be expected and her recent travels and mind-opening experiences have lead to this positive change. Truth Hurts has spent much time overseas the past few months; mainly Austria and Istanbul, the later being her favorite. “What we don’t know, we don’t expect,” says Truth Hurts in reference to the beauty, inspiration, and amazement she felt when she visited Istanbul. The trips overseas allowed her to write and work with producers who offered a fresh sound. These out-of-thebox producers are people those of us in the states might not know, and that’s what Truth likes best. Those she worked with in the past (Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and R. Kelly to name a few) already had their own sound and as a new artist, she had to get in where she fit in. But Truth is now able to recreate her own unique sound to wow her current fans and win over new ones! Because of her travels and life experiences, she feels more apt to write than she did with the past albums. For her home town fans waiting to hear new music from Truth Hurts, she has a track in circulation which you can find on her website www.officiallytruth.com. It’s entitled Smoke. “Something also may be in the works at The Label for a coming home celebration to let people know at home that I’m still doing my thing,” she adds. To find out more information and to keep up with what Truth Hurts has in store, follow her at: www.twitter.com/truthhurtsinc www.facebook.com/sharewatson www.youtube.com/officiallytruth DELUX MAGAZINE
The New OldSaint Louis
By Starr Meek
complete transformation. Today, beautifully renovated buildings boast If you’ve paid a visit to Crown new shops, offices, and apartments, Candy Kitchen lately, you may have and new homes stand where there been intrigued by all the signs of were once vacant lots. redevelopment happening in the neighborhood surrounding the While it can appear to an outside observer that this redevelopment famous ice cream shop. happened over night, Sean Thomas, Once thriving, the Old North Director of the Old North Restoration neighborhood, like many parts of St. Group (onsl.org), tells the story of Louis City, experienced substantial neighbors who’ve been working decline during the 1960s. For the together to transform this community past few decades, the only draw to for over 30 years. Residents founded the neighborhood has been Crown the nonprofit in the early 80s, and Candy, which was surrounded on have spent decades helping each all sides by vacant and crumbling other rehab buildings, coordinate crime prevention efforts, and clean buildings. up vacant lots and buildings. But over the past four years, the neighborhood has undergone a While many residents have deep
roots in the neighborhood, Old North welcomes the energy and ideas of a younger generation. “This neighborhood is one of the coolest places for younger people because they can get in on the ground floor and get involved,” Sean says. Claire Wolff is a recent graduate of WashU who’s been working in Old North since 2007. She’s on the staff of Artworks—a youth arts program (stlartworks.org), and she’s a neighborhood resident. Even though the area was pretty rough when she first began working there, Claire says, “I fell in love with the history, diversity, and the character of the community. And the people—the people in the neighborhood really care about the future of Old North.” photography: Lawrence Bryant
2011 AUDI A8 T H E
M A C H I N E
The 2011 A8 marks a full redesign of Audi’s full-size flagship sedan, which competes in a class with the BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XJ that’s dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The fourth-generation A8 brings evolutionary exterior styling, a revamped interior, improved gas mileage and standard all-wheel drive. The all-aluminum A8 enters the U.S. market in normal-wheelbase form with a V-8 engine and will be followed by a long-wheelbase version with more backseat room. The 2011 A8 is 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the 2010. The styling isn’t a radical change, but it’s marked by the incorporation of Audi’s distinctive white LED daytime running lights — this time in the shape of checkmarks underneath the headlights. Taking it a step further, Audi makes all the lights available as LED, including low beams, high beams, signals, markers and cornering lights. In this arrangement, the low beams themselves comprise multiple LED segments that follow the checkmark curve of the running lights, and the LED high beams remain at the top in a more conventional projector-beam shape. Audi says the navigation system provides information to the lighting controller so the cornering lights can activate in anticipation of turns. The A8 seats five. The interior has been modernized, especially in terms of high-tech features. The automatic transmission’s gear selector is now a shift-by-wire handle on the center console, an approach similar to what BMW used in its recent 7 Series redesign. The A8’s Multi Media Interface has been upgraded with improved menus and a touchpad that recognizes handwriting, giving a new way to input characters for the standard navigation system. A new premium Bang & Olufsen stereo option has 19 channels, 19 speakers and more than 1,400 watts of amplifier power. Initially the A8’s only engine is a 4.2-liter V-8 with 372 horsepower, an increase of 22 hp over the previous generation. Teamed with an eightspeed automatic transmission, the car does zero to 60 mph in less than 5.7 seconds, according to Audi. Mileage ratings aren’t available as of the start of the 2011 model year, but Audi promises a 15 percent improvement over the 2010 model. The A8 comes exclusively with Quattro all-wheel drive, which follows other Audi models in adopting a 40/60 torque split (front/rear), giving the car more of a sporty rear-wheel-drive feel. Audi also offers an optional rear sport differential. As in the previous generation, the 2011 model lets the driver select driving modes that vary the engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics. They include Comfort, Dynamic and Auto, along with the new Individual, which is programmable to suit the driver’s preferences.
This spring/summer, MAC is bringing us beauty that involves brave statements, experimental textures, handsome feminity and art. A vivid Basquiat-bold lip on a stripped-back skin (Pop Classic), a saccharine sweet colour applied in an avant-garde manner (Ice Dream), a stripped back, minimalist face to counter a complex collection (Raw Fined) and exploring the precise points of contrast between light and shade in a tan-toned face (Terra Copper). 34
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MAC: SPRING FLING
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- jean jacket - high-top/mid-top boat shoes and/or desert boots - bright colored hat - pair of colorful sunglasses - jean shirt - clear pair of glasses - slim-fit jeans - white shorts, jeans, or trousers - blazer - a favorite plaid shirt - harem pants/shorts (if youâ€™re bold enough)
sneakpeek Rachel for Rachel Roy Sadly, last time I went to my local Macy’s they didn’t carry Rachel, Rachel Roy for Macy’s. I was really bummed out as I have wanted to check out this collection in person for some time now. The items all look very on trend and I’ve heard ok things about the quality so of course I want a few pieces in my wardrobe! This morning I received an email from Macy’s that contained their look book for Spring 2011. The Rachel, Rachel Roy Collection looks better than every with shorts, jackets, accessories and shoes to die for! I thought I’d share a few tidbits here to give you something to look forward to!
PEKI Eyewear Peki spring/ summer sunglasses 2011 recently released over 80 styles. From retro neutrality to futurism style, Peki surely have one pair of glasses that is just yours. These little chic things could reveal your feminine charms or the neutral, free and easy life styles. Peki 2011 could be the highlight of your dress collocation.
More Rachel Accessories can make the plainest wardrobe look extraordinary. The right earrings, necklace, ring, bracelet, bag or scarf can easily transform and update any look. Here are a few accessories by Rachel Roy that can take your look to the next level. They are moderately priced, so you can expect good quality.
Alexander Wang Emile Tote Large With Rosegold Hardware is one of those handbags that even the flashiest of fashionistas want to carry. This toned-down tote boasts rich textured leather, adjustable shoulder strap, and shiny metal letter branding on the side. It’s the perfect accent for everyone from the boardroom bombshell to the subtle socialite (if there is such a thing).
sneakpeek You are 30 sumthin’ - Now Dress Like It.
eing 30-something is the stylistic equivalent of purgatory. Somewhere between college and kids, men have managed to mistranslate the rigorous responsibilities of adulthood into a wardrobe devoid of any flavor. Before you know it, your collection of what was once kick-ass clothing boils down to nothing more than Barack Obama jeans, tees that come in triple value packs, and a single Men’s Warehouse-size suit reserved for weddings and funerals. Luckily, there’s hope. You’re mature enough to know the fundamentals (or at least be a quick study for a brushup) yet young enough to benefit from a whole host of intermediate-level advice. Have A Competitive Edge Somehow, after years of experimenting, you’ve arrived at a disappointing mix of OK men’s jeans, crusty polos and a nondescript suit. Needless to say, a man’s 30s can mark the start of style suicide. You’re still young (even if you’re pushing the big 4-0), so despite the fact that you may have settled in on a cleancut, corporate look, remember that venturing outside the box once in a while with vintage finds like a tee or vintage watch is more than acceptable -- it’s essential. Develop A Signature Style The time is ripe for developing a unique identity with your clothing. And it’s not always about dishing out dough (though that doesn’t hurt).
Formal Affairs By this point, we shouldn’t have to tell you what’s wrong with renting a tux alongside prom-bound partygoers. The real focus here is on the trimmings. Too much bling would have been annoyingly precocious just a few years ago. Now, it runs the risk of making you look like a grade-A asshole. Strike the balance with wellDistinguish Your Duds placed accoutrements -- a pocket You have versatility down to a square, sterling silver cufflinks and a science. The blue blazer that does fine dress watch are all you need. double duty at the office and afterhours has become your all-purpose Weekend Gear uniform. What’s next? Developing OK, so you’re no longer barhopping distinct wardrobes for work, play with the boys all weekend in the and every occasion in between. city. Maybe there’s marriage and We’re not saying that you shouldn’t a minivan in play. But that doesn’t mix and match for maximum utility. mean you have to get sucked into Heck, splitting up a suit is old news. adopting suburban style, too. Resist But the danger in your 30s is this: the washed-out, oversize dad jeans blending every aspect of life into a and stick with anything in a dark single, styleless mess. Instead, begin wash. Pleats and frat boy cargo defining separate wardrobes based shorts, or any combination thereof, is on your needs, and keep a handful of treacherous territory. crossover pieces to bridge the gaps. Snow Days Middle Management Car coat? Check. Down ski jacket? You’re no longer entry level. In fact, Done. Your 30s are for introducing you’re probably someone’s boss pricier pieces like a leather motorcycle now -- with a salary to match. But jacket and a cashmere sweater. As the chunky shoes and cheap belts of always, pay attention to fit -- the your younger years are the quickest biggest concern at any age. Then, all way to diminish this newfound that’s left is reserving your ski hats status. An upgrade may cost a pretty for the slopes and buying a few finepenny, but now you can finally afford brimmed fedoras and newsboys for it. Italian-made leather goods (bonus the streets. points for Goodyear welted shoes) are a safe bet. And a reversible belt in Welcome To Your 30s :) black and brown should be as much . about luxury as it is about built-in practicality. If nothing else, a few more years of experience should have taught you that cash can’t buy taste. Maybe it’s monogrammed shirts, suit jackets with patterned lining or an inherited piece of jewelry you’ve decided to dig up. Pick your poison, because these are the details that make you you.
MEET THE ESS PR Every day, each of the following features are focused on offering their audience an excellent blend of news and entertainment. Although they make it look easy, each of them can confirm the level of difficultly involved in mesmerizing the masses while working to rank up in ratings. DELUX Magazine had the opportunity to chat with the leaders of the local media to discuss with them their passion, pride, and purpose in an attempt to reflect the simple fact that theyâ€™re hard working, and human. words by: Seven L Maxwell photo: Lawrence Bryant
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“There’s enough bad news. If all you wake up in the morning and see is the bad news that happened overnight: the murder, the crime, and the politics; why wouldn’t you just pull the sheets over your head and stay in bed. What’s the point in getting up?” asked Tim Ezell, popular personality of FOX 2 News KTVI’s morning show. Filled with bubbly broadcasts, Ezell starts his morning daily at 3:30am with a mission to make the morning brighter for his viewers. The Fort Worth, Texas native studied broadcast journalism while serving as a trainer for the basketball team at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during a time where Shaquille O’Neal was an emerging star. It was this experience and his love for sports that propelled him in pursuit of his passion. After graduating in 1992, Ezell remained in Baton Rouge; however, a weekly opportunity caused him to commute to New Orleans once weekly to fill a slot covering Friday Night Football for the local news channel while he waited tables to make ends meet the remainder of the week. He then did a stint in Panama City, Florida where he anchored sports until a producer had plan that would pave the lane for his future.
sports, but I was so goofy on sports the station I worked at said, ‘Why don’t come do something on our morning show to break up the news and weather.’ So that’s how I got to do what I’m doing now,” added Ezell. After gathering enough footage to shop around for other opportunities, Ezell opened his mind and prepared to go where the adventure would take him. After being offered a position in St. Louis, Ezell prepared to move to the Midwest. A month before his departure, he married his beautiful bride, Kim, and together they sought out the new opportunity. Nearly thirteen years and three children later (Halle, 9; Lexi, 6; and Andrew, 4); Ezell and his family have found comfort in the community they call home.
With an understanding that he offers a unique twist to what could be a very basic and bland segment in the morning; Ezell shares his success with the staff around him. “The bulk of what I do wouldn’t work if I worked with people who I couldn’t have fun with.” He added, “All the people that I’ve worked with here on this morning show are all willing to have fun. They’re all willing to step out of “I thought sports was going to be that anchor role and play”. With the my avenue. My first job in TV was in station allowing Ezell the creative 42
control to produce and book his own segments; he understands that he’s been presented with a unique opportunity. “Since his beginning, I get to be me on TV. I don’t have to put on the ‘anchor voice’ or anything, which is a huge—and rare— amount of freedom and I’m blessed”. When asked about the biggest benefit of it all, Ezell humbly stated, “The biggest reward I get is when I’ll get an email from someone who’ll tell me they’ve been on chemotherapy for the last six months, and I’m the one smile they get a day—what a blessing to be a part of that. That’s just huge”. For those hoping to see your favorite personality delivering the details of disasters, don’t hold your breath. It will never happen if Ezell has his way. “I never want to anchor the news. Hopefully I’ve killed all credibility for that [Laughs]. I’ve tried really hard. It’s not in my personality. I love being the lighter side. I love having the fun and delivering that side of the story and bringing something light to the news—that’s it.” Ezell concluded, “If they tell me tomorrow, ‘That’s it Tim! It’s been a great ride, but you’re done.’ I’d be alright because I’ve done it. I won’t have any regrets.”
Hot Off The Press Born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland; Kevin C. Johnson recognized his gift early in life. He began writing music and movie reviews for his middle school newspaper—which became a career that would carry on far beyond his college years. “I figured out real early-on this is what I wanted to do, and it’s the only thing I’ve ever pursued.” He continued, “I focused on it early and carried it out”. Johnson—a journalism major— spent his undergrad years focused on carving his career at the University of Maryland. During his downtime, Johnson interned at tons of publications; however, he credits his two-year opportunity at USA Today as his most exciting internship of them all. Fresh out of college, Johnson joined the team at a small periodical outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a general feature reporter; but as entertainment held his interest, he packed up and followed an opportunity in Ohio to serve as a music critic—which was Johnson’s dream job. It was that very opportunity in Ohio which landed Johnson journalism’s highest prize. “While I was at the Akron Beacon Journal, I won a Pulitzer Prize for a series the paper did on race relations in Akron, Ohio, and I was a part of the writing team,” Johnson modestly mentioned. “That was in 1994, and it’s still unbelievable to this day that little ol’ me would have a piece of a Pulitzer Prize.” He continued, “It’s one of those things that really means the most to me”. Since 1997, Johnson has made a home at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the rest has been history. As the brilliant music critic and nightlife reporter behind The Blender, St. Louis’s top entertainment blog; he has made a name for himself as a major player in the local media. “When I took this job, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Johnson exclaimed. With dreams of someday finding his way back to his hometown to write for the newspaper he grew up reading; Johnson is proud of his decision to make a name for himself in the Midwest. “I came here and pulled something off that I feel good about. I feel that I’m making a difference, and if this is where it ends and is as far as it goes, then I’m happy”. 44
Laugh SHINE Repeat When Tammie Holland joined forces with radio veteran, Tony Scott at Majic she knew this was an extraordinary opportunity for her big voice to be heard in her hometown. Of course, the aspect of entertainment in which Holland is currently employed allows her to speak directly to her audience daily— so it was a natural progression that allowed Holland to reach deep within herself and procure another purpose. “This past December, I launched a business, not just on faith, but on passion. I had a goal in mind, and I had a purpose”. Holland continued, “Everyday Tony and I get to talk to so many people, and with all of the problems and all of the different things they bring to us that we discuss on air; the underlying theme of all of it was: The women are not happy.” Built on the belief that “A happy woman is a beautiful woman”, Holland launched a line that offered simple instructions: Laugh SHINE Repeat and has received an overwhelming response to the message behind the movement. Laugh SHINE Repeat offers a luxury line of lip gloss promoting a lifetime of laughter in women all over the world. Free from the harmful preservative, paraben; Laugh SHINE Repeat not only offers a perfectly polished pucker, but it also protects a perfectly-timed pout. With increased amounts of Vitamin E and a kiss of natural vanilla in every glide; your smile will shine, and your smooch will be more succulent. Tying together all the essential elements to be embraced; Laugh SHINE Repeat also includes an affirmation with each item to inspire every woman— every day. If you’re interested in finding the perfect product to add shine to your style; Tammie Holland encourages you Laugh SHINE Repeat. It’s more than luxury lip gloss, it’s a lifestyle. Find out more about Tammie Holland’s products and purpose, log on to www.laughShineRepeat.com DELUX MAGAZINE
Photography: Katherine Bish Clothing: Eveâ€™s Apple Vintage Boutique DELUX MAGAZINE SPRING 2011 Stylist: Carrie Waller Make-Up Artist: Camille Scott
idol THOUGHTS The BBC
You’ve Been Warned. By: Seven L Maxwell
It’s 3:00am and your cell phone is ringing, you see her name on the caller ID. You take a spit second to ponder as to whether or not you’re going to answer because she’s only wanted to talk thus far, not even letting you close to the panties. But it’s 3:00am, and she knows that nothings open at this time of night but legs and 7-11. So you clear your throat and answer, “Hey baby, I thought I was dreaming”, in your sexiest voice. “Hi, I know it’s late but I was feeling like having a bit of company, feel like coming over?” You shower and dress at break-neck speed as you rush to your destination—the entire time wondering how long you’re going to have to play cat and mouse before you can get it; followed by, your list of emergency scenarios you’ve used time and time again to flee the scene after capturing another conquest, ‘cause you’re not even trying to cuddle all night. Just because you don’t have anything to do tomorrow doesn’t mean that you want to spend the night, right? You get there, and without hesitation, it goes down. With all of the built-up sexual tension, combined with the sweet fragrance and the sexy negligee she’s wearing, you dive right in—offering her the best all56
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If you’ve ever been to an elite event in St. Louis, then you’ve probably been in the company with Nick Loftis and the Greedy Genius gang. Upon first glance, Loftis is a clearly a cool kid who clearly makes his own rules. His very entrance into a venue makes a statement and people take notice— immediately. Written: Seven L Maxwell
Photos: Lawrence Bryant
“...I’ve won some championships, but I don’t think my jersey is ready to go in the rafters yet.”
CEO of an ever-growing international sneaker empire; Loftis has made more of an impact in the fashion industry before the age of 30 than most aspiring designers make in their entire careers. It was through his quest to express creativity through alternative outlets that revealed to him that his attraction to fashion was one that would not be denied. Loftis didn’t know when he was hustling t-shirts in the halls of his D.C. high school, that he was preparing himself for his future in fashion. It wasn’t until he migrated back to the origin of his being that he’d meet a friend who would change his life forever. Born in St. Louis, but raised in D.C., Loftis returned to St. Louis to begin his college career at Maryville University, playing soccer. He soon met a young man who mirrored his mission and within a couple of months, they developed an idea to create a clothing line that would catapult them into a realm beyond their beliefs. “We put our limited financial
resources that we had between the two of us and bought a hundred t-shirts.” Loftis said when speaking of his humble beginnings. “When we started, I was 18. Yomi was 19 or 20 years old. We were driven by passion. We didn’t have any money to talk about. We were really driven by ambition. That struggle we went through for five years prior to signing our licensing deal in 2000 with Vokal.” Vokal—the brand that became synonymous with the rapper Nelly— gained international attention as Nelly’s fame increased. With over $25 million in sales during its short run; it was Vokal that unleashed the adventures of bigbusiness for Loftis who soon learned an important lesson about the fashion industry about deals and distribution which lead to a painful decision. “Eventually, we shut down Vokal and started Apple Bottoms”. Although Apple Bottoms is still considered successful, the women’s line wasn’t enough to satisfy Loftis’s
insatiable appetite for success. It was his passion that allowed him to pursue fashion; however, his experience in this unforgiving industry allowed him to open his eyes and conquer another quest—greatness in the shoe game. Transitioning from apparel to a platform with footwear as its primary focus wasn’t tough for Loftis. “Sneakers actually came a lot easier to me than clothing because I actually consider myself a sneaker connoisseur. I put on a pair of sneakers every day just like I put on a pair of pants. I’ve studied sneakers the same way I’ve studied anything I’ve attempted to design or manufacture.” He added, “I saw a void in lifestyle footwear. Your options are so limited with only having a hand full of brands to choose from, that there really was an opportunity”. Loftis continued, “The footwear industry is run by a limited number of companies that control the manufacturing and distribution on the global bases. It’s really easy to start a t-shirt company. It only takes $50-75 to burn a screen. But to start a sneaker company, there are seven figures involved. So there’s a lot to gain and a lot to lose”. It was the exclusivity of owning a sneaker brand that made the idea even more enticing. “It was like, be 1 of 700,000+ clothing brands that start this year, or be one of 15 footwear lines that start this year”. After considering the risk and rewards,
all the signs suggested to Loftis that the payout from this gamble was worth putting it all on the line. He had already seen the successful start of other labels. All that was missing was a partner who could help his ideas come together. “Everything added up and at the same time I met Brandon Chang, an actor from Hong Kong who now lives in Taiwan. We started communicating and ended up partnering on Greedy Genius. He was equally as enthusiastic and thought this was a great opportunity to start with him being in Asia and him being a sneakerhead too.” Loftis added, “He’s responsible for all of our distribution/expansion into Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China”. Together, Loftis and Chang have built Greedy Genius from a concept to an international icon in exclusive footwear within its five-year existence. Loftis tells a story of hard work and hustle fused with global grinding and the giftof-gab. He knows he has mastered the art of brilliantly building a brand. Once again, Loftis finds himself pleased with his progress, but he’s not ready to live off his legacy. “I don’t know if I’m there yet. To me, success is something that happens when you look back at and look at the whole picture. I’ve won some games. I’ve won some championships, but I don’t think my jersey is ready to go in the rafters yet”. Check out the latest inventory at: http://www.greedygenius.com
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You could have started any business, why a premium sneaker solution business? I’ve been into sneakers for as long as I can remember, and I’ve also always wanted to be my own boss. One day while on the internet searching for new ways to clean my kicks, I realized there were a whole lot of home sneaker cleaning remedies out there, but “that one” trusted sneaker cleaner didn’t exist. That realization set things in motion and from then on, it was something I had to do. I’m grateful that the business I happened to create revolves around something I love.
Are you a sneaker collector? Do you have any favorite sneakers or coveted future releases? Sneaker lover yes. Sneaker collector, I wouldn’t say so. I wear everything I buy. I’m into AM1s, Dunks, Js, Blazers and Vans classics. When I need to get my grown-man on, it’s Visvim and Clae. Definitely looking forward to the black/cement retro 3s.
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written by: Seven L Maxwell
icture it: The year was 2004 and Marek Grubel had a concept that he was sure to pay off in the future. The formula was simple: create a t-shirt line that would represent his love for women and splash a sample of his sense of humor across each product. His concept was clever. Take a statement, create a cool acronym, and make the images equivalent to the idea behind the brand. Once the idea was mapped out, it was only a matter of time before Grubel’s plan was in place. Two in The Shirt or T.I.T.S. is an immerging icon in streetwear. When asked about the idea behind the name, Grubel simply replied, “Made sense. It was fresh and clever”. Each shirt displays an image of what Grubel considers to be someone’s ideal woman—capitalizing on those things that attract attention of everyone—no matter the age, sex, or subculture. “We have an Alstyle fit which is more of your street fit; and premium, which is your more fitted look,” explained Grubel. Check the website at www.titsbrand.com and make sure you’re on the lookout for more accessories and a few unexpected surprises. DELUX MAGAZINE
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Corey Shapiro vintage frame company written by: Shai Clark
n the day of the thunder snow storm while others where going through cabin fever, DELUX was handling business. We chopped it up with Corey Shapiro Founder of Vintage Frames Company, you may not recognize the name but we’re sure you’ve seen his frames on celebrities like Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Rick Ross, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Amber Rose, LaLa & Carmello Anthony, Rhianna, Jay-Z, & The Roots just to name a few. Vintage Frames Company is based out of Montreal, QC way up north in Canada but they conduct business worldwide. Vintage Frames specializes in vintage glasses & sunglasses. “Anything early 90’s, 80’s, 70’s, or 60’s” Shapiro says “If you’re looking for the new and trendy Vintage Frames isn’t for you”. Shapiro started Vintage Frames 5 years ago to provide a unique selection of vintage frames to the true sunglasses enthusiast that respects as well as know the art and style of a beautiful frame.
“The fact that all of the staff knows the worth of the business & they all strive for success.” Shapiro also contributes his success to the uniqueness of his business and a specific demographic of exclusive clientele. When asked how you distinguish a perfect pair or selection of shades for his clientele he said “Attitude, the attitude of the client. Learning about them and who they are makes it easy to select the frame to mach their style.” Which from what we have seen he has that down pact. You may not know it but you have seen his frames in ALL of the Rick Ross videos. Those of you that love Ms. Amber Rose’s shades, yeah she got them hand delivered to her by Corey personally. Vintage Frames Company specializes in the crème de la crème of vintage sunglasses with exclusive clientele worldwide. Rare shades such as Carrera, Christian Dior, Cazal which is his favorite brand, along with many other brands. With the company being responsible for so many of the sexiest styling’s to the stars we asked him who have he yet to work with or provide frames for “Rev Run & DMC, I’m a true fan. I mean if you look around my office everything that I have is and was inspired by them.” After peeping out his YouTube channel we can definitely see the pioneers of hip-hop as an influence to him. Also while checking out a video upload “200 Visions: Setting The Record Straight for Montreal” we noticed his passion for his craft when he called out a gentleman who claimed to be a better distributor of vintage glasses when asked what was the deal he laughed and said “We’re a very humble company, but after a while it becomes too much
and every once in a while you have to say something. The guy, who’s father ran an optical company here in Montreal, runs spot up here he claimed to have 2 pairs of Casals in his shop. Which is obviously not the case, by his reaction and I could tell he was reading the info on the frames off of my website.” He then continues to explain “If someone were to call and they are looking for something new he WOULD have been in the top 3 spots I WOULD have sent them to”. Being in such a unique business that provides vintage shades to the frames enthusiast, Shapiro knows the worth of true vintage. We wrapped up our convo with Corey with a deep one… DELUX asked “When your gone what would like your legacy to be?” Corey “Wow… Um… That’s a good one. When I’m gone I want to be remembered as a good man, a respectable man. My grandfather told me that in life the only thing you have is your word. I live everyday with this in mind.” Well Mr. Shapiro you definitely are a great business man and I’m sure those that surround you know and feel you’re a man of your word, a man of honor. If you love anything vintage visit www. vintageframescompany.com and enjoy the sexy selections that Corey & his staff have put together for you. Every pair of frames are shipped with an authentication certificate as well as lenses of your choice. Special thank you to Corey Shapiro for taking his time out and speaking with us it is greatly appreciate it. Follow Corey on Twitter: @VintageFrames
words by: Seven L Maxwell Photos: Lawrence Bryant
1328 Washington Ave • 314-621-4660 One of the most art-covered studios in St. Louis, SelfInflicted Studios is more than just a tattoo shop. With some of the most interesting art adorning their walls, the mere essence of the environment invites you into their world. Housed perfectly between hip hangouts on Washington Avenue such as Lola and Nara Café & Hookah Lounge; Self-Inflicted Studios adds a new element to an alreadyamazing area. The studio is full of the freshest artists on the planet who help elevated Self-Inflicted Studios into its own atmosphere. As you peruse through their plethora of products and services including tattoos, and piercings; it’s important that you understand the art that you admired upon entry is also up for grabs.
also offer micro-dermal implants where they drop gems in your skin for added expression. But beware, like any other subculture, once you dance on the dark side, you may never stop until your once-bare body is a completely covered canvas.
With three artists in-house and two others joining around mid-June, the team Self-Inflicted Studios has an at Self-Inflicted Studios is amazing array of designs gearing up for what is sure and styles to choose from, to be a great Summer. including customized black n gray, realism, full-color tats, or color-portraits— adding all of your creative concepts to body art for all others to behold. They
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The New Classic
More Than Just A Game Attending football games is a national favorite pastime for many Americans. “Classic” football games take the sport to a whole ‘notha level by incorporating a weekend of events for football lovers and socialites alike! The St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation (SLGCSF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization created for educational and charitable purposes. The SLGCSF’s mission is to provide financial support to our community by way of scholarships and sports programs. To date, the SLGCSF has awarded 2.8M in scholarships to 108 students.
Photography: Lawrence Bryant Words: Tiffany Nashville
As an HBCU alum, I find that there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching floats and groups of dancers and bands in the parade, enjoying the sounds of the competing bands at the game, and joining in with the rooting crowds of people during the tailgating activities. On September 24 the parade will feature the Lincoln University Band, Missouri Southern State University Band, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Band, Clark Atlanta University Band, and many more! The game will be a double header between the above mentioned universities.
Several events lead up to the big game in order to raise money for scholarships for students and to promote the Gateway Classic weekend. Among those is a Golf Scholarship Tournament, feeding the homeless annually for Thanksgiving, a Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon, and a Holiday Party and toy drive for kids. Check out their website in order to learn more about how you can get involved and support such a worthy cause. http:// www.stlgatewayclassic.org/ It’s more than football, it’s a way of life!
Shop Local Mia Brown-Davis, owner, Eve’s Apple Vintage (1136 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63101. 314.540.8953) will celebrate the boutique’s two-year anniversary late this Summer. The boutique boasts a thrilling collection of hand selected vintage pieces for men and women from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. Mia designs an in-house line, aptly titled, SKIRT. The delicate and feminine collection is inspired by timeless romance united with the bravado of the modern woman. Each skirt is comprised solely of reconstructed vintage aprons & slips. She has produced and contributed to local fashion shows as well as being featured on Great Day St. Louis, multiple mentions in St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, Eleven Magazine, Featured Presenter for Fashion Communications students at Stephens College, and is personal stylist for hip hop artist Nite Owl - St. Louis and James Christos - Kansas City. Eve’s Apple Vintage debuted on Ebay in 2006 born of Mia’s love for all things vintage, especially clothing and accessories. Her fashion philosophy is dominated by style reflecting ones personality and thrives on the distinction of those brave souls whom possess the defiance to be different and revel in precisely that.
Aisle One 2627 Cherokee Street 63118
Founded in 2011 by Bryan Walsh and Jenn Carter on St. Louis’s Cherokee Street, Aisle 1 Gallery presents work by established and emerging artists. Showcasing painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media work, the gallery will host solo and paired solo shows, with additional group exhibitions in winter and summer. Opening receptions are held on Friday evenings at 2627 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. What’s In A Name? For the first 30+ years of it’s history (approx. 1906-1941), this location was a grocery store. With a desire to connect the name of the gallery with the building’s history, Bryan selected a name with reference to a grocery store.
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JAY-ZTOPTEN These 10 best Jay Z quotes are phrases to live by. Shawn Corey Carter, best known by his stage name Jay Z, is known as the most successful hip hop businessman of our generation. Born on December 4, 1969, Shawn grew up in the Marcy Houses project in Brooklyn, selling drugs to get by. Starting his professional music career in 1996, no major record company would give him a deal; so, a young Jay Z, along with several other rappers, formed Rock-a-Fella Records, which went on to become an astounding hit throughout the mainstream. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” From “I Can Live,” the “Reasonable Doubt” album. Perhaps this best sums up Jay Z’s philosophy. After all, he has become the biggest hip hop mogul of his day, and still is getting bigger by the second. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” From “Blueprint 2,” the “Blueprint 2 album. Of all the best Jay Z quotes, this sums up his can-do attitude in a single verse. Vamoose, as Jay Z would say. “How you get so fly? From not being afraid to fall out the sky.” From “Beach Chair,” the “Kingdom Come” album. If young Shawn had been afraid to become big, he would have never become as successful as he is now. Life is about risks sometimes, and that is something these Jay Z quotes communicate best. “I’m far from God, but I work god damn hard.” From “Breathe Easy,” the “Blueprint” album. True that. Jay Z did work hard as a mule to get where he is; and this (of all the Jay Z quotes to take home) will tell you just how to make your dreams a reality too.
“If ya’ll can’t already see I ain’t worried about ya’ll cause I’m already me.”From “Already Home,” the “Blueprint 3 album. Like the quote above, but a bit different. Being yourself is key to success, and this Jay Z quote states what is already coming from your heart: be you. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business… man.” From “Diamonds from Sierra Leone Remix,” the “Late Registration” album. Of the best Jay Z quotes, this one tells us just what makes Jay Z himself: he’s a business. Just by being who he is, Jay Z rakes in millions, just like a business, man. “Lord forgive me I never would’ve made it without sin.” From “Free Mason,” the “Teflon Don” album. You don’t get where Shawn is by being a good person. A lot of money requires sin, and perhaps that is the inherent evil that lies inside the currency we love. “Middle finger to the law, n***a grippin’ my b***s.” From “Dirt off your Shoulder,” the “Black Album” album. Sometimes you have to break the law, and Jay Z is well aware of that. Break the rules, do the right thing not only for yourself, but for others.
“Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target.” From “American Dreamin’,” the “American “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design Gangsta” album. There isn’t anything wrong with you, yourself.” From “A Dream,” the “Blueprint 2 album. Thinking back on all of these Jay Z quotes, nothing just what you may be aiming for. Think about it. describes destiny better.
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Photo: Lawrence Bryant Written: Seven L Maxwell
Inspired by all things positive and uplifting, artist C’Babi Bayoc is no starving artist. As a matter of fact, the Grambling State graduate has been truly fulfilling his life’s purpose as an artist, a father, and as a husband to his wife—who is also pursuing her passion as a baker over at Sweet Arts Bakery (2203 S. 39th Street). Young and full of ambition, Bayoc found himself over-qualified for a job Six Flags Amusement Park. He’d been painting as long as he could remember. But at that moment, drawing caricatures at the popular amusement park didn’t offer him nearly as many thrills as the rides would. “I was horrible at it. I went home every night and practiced doing it painting style as opposed to drawing people’s heads out there. I taught myself how to do it a different way and promote it, and I actually got the job”. It was that opportunity which allowed Bayoc to transition into the professional artist he was destined to become. He considers his decision to conquer the challenge of creating cartoons of cheerful customers. “Sticking in and working at Six Flags, even though I really didn’t want to—not knowing that it would lead to my work being featured on the cover of [Def Jam’s] Violator [album], or Prince buying my work. Had I quit that job, none of that would have happened”. His work has been featured in campaigns for Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch. Excited about sharing this love of art, faith, and family; Bayoc’s illustrations have since been featured in exhibits, boutiques, and in children’s books. He’s currently about to launch two series: These Trees to go along with Birds of Wisdom which will inspire people to see love, art, and knowledge in the beauty of nature and a children’s book later this year entitled, My Dental Appointment—a story that helps little ones understand their frightful first trip to the dentist. Proof that a little inspiration goes a long way; Bayoc has become one of the city’s most sought-after artists. With paintings that boast of vivid colors dancing playfully throughout each character on his canvas, Bayoc has managed to make a living off of his calling. “I had to go at it on blind faith. I’m proof that it works”. For more information, check out his site at: www.cbabibayoc.com.
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by | Seven L Maxwell “If you’re not doing anything to be talked about, then I don’t feel like you’re doing anything at all.” Those are the words of young, fresh artist, Jermaine Clark—creator of Kriteek’d—the perfect fusion of hip hop, art, and cool. Art was always of interest to the young painter, but it wasn’t until nearly the end of his run at McCluer Sr. High that he took a serious look at art and the role it played in his life and saw the possibilities in it. Athletics had his attention until a dedicated instructor noticed his potential. “My senior year, I had a studio class and my teacher entered me into contests and I started winning. It was then when I realized, I could get serious, make money, and get praise for something I’ve been doing all my life!” Clark continued on to Alabama A&M to pursue his dream, but fear almost redirected his path. “I had a point in time where I said, ‘This art thing isn’t going to work. I won’t make any money’. So I tried to switch my major and become a teacher because I was scared of getting out here with an art degree and not making any money to support myself. There came a point in time where I had to believe in myself and my craft, and just do the work”. Totally submerging himself in his work, Clark used one of the most stressful points of an individual’s career— constructive criticism—to build his brand, and he soon realized he had what it took to introduce art to a new audience. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Clark’s popularity gave artist a fresh make-over. “For my Sr. year in college I there was a gallery showing for a class I was taking. I had to fill up a gallery with just my work. I had to do the promoting, marketing, and the flyers for the show. And believe it or not—it was packed out! It was the biggest opening ever for a gallery 87 ” DELUX-MAG.COM SPRING 2011 show. Clark continued, “The faculty had been there for
over 20 years and had never seen an opening with that many people to support one artist. Most galleries have multiple artists and didn’t have the turn-out I did for this one show. “People fear what they don’t know. So when I was putting it in their faces, I wasn’t the stereotypical artist—the weird guy that everyone wants to put in the art category. I wasn’t the painting-on-myself-black-haired goth-looking dude that everyone associated with artists. I was kind of the ‘cool guy’ and they came and supported me. That was the first accomplishment among others”. Since he’s been painting, he’s been featured in his fair share of shows. As a featured artist for a popular website in Atlanta, www.theshoegame.com who threw a party to commemorate the blog’s three-year anniversary; Clark’s first live-paint show was in the center of Niketown in Lennox Mall, where his work was purchased by a big name in the sneaker industry. There was another instance where he was approached by rapper, Rick Ross, who also purchased some of his work before attesting to his dopeness. Now gearing up to go to an art school to master more skills; Clark is more determined than ever to make his dream happen. Preparing to go to grad school in Atlanta to pursue his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Clark is painting his own pathway to success. “I’m staying in my lane and just doing me. If I sell a painting, that’s a bonus. If I keep doing work and focusing on developing myself as an artist, the rest will fall into place.” He continued, “The overall dream is to live off my work—however that is. I’m just trying to follow the path that God has laid out for me”. Find out more at www.kriteekd.com or check him out on DELUX MAGAZINE SPRING 2011 87 Twitter: @KriteekMaine
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ransforming a plain canvas into a work of art has come naturally to Kennedy Yanko. Since the tender age of five, she has been committed to voicing her perspective through her art. Relocating from St. Louis to New York was not only a life changing experience for Yanko but it also made her look at her home town in a different light. Living in an N.Y. art commune, she has been opened up to a new world of individualism. Experimenting with theatre, hues and new techniques has broadened her horizons and made her a more outgoing artist. She defines herself as a student who has the ability to teach through her unique illustrations. When asked to verbally describe her art she stated, “Artists are here to change up the ordinary, to poke and prod the imagination of the viewer and evoke emotions.” Her pieces speak volumes and truly leave the observer in a transient state. Yanko is also a student of life as well as a Qi Gong and Yoga Instructor. Ultimately her goal is to be happy and creative while making a living doing what she loves. The support of her family is one of the things that continues to inspire her to stand strong and passionate in her field. Yanko is very excited about her up and coming showing. It is scheduled on May 6th at the Art Monster 2617 Cherokee St. The show is titled Paroxysm which means a convulsion or sudden jolt. Creating her own procedure of removing paint from its canvas and then sculpting it into a new work of art has not only been a learning experience but it has made it possible for her to reach a new creative pinnacle. She hopes to share a deeper piece of herself as she reveals her dream project which includes sound, vibrations and architectural innovations. Whether in her native town, St. Louis or her new found home New York; Yanko is sure to leave everyone in awe as she literally “paints the town”. For more information on this wonderful artist feel free to visit her website @ www.kennedyyankoart.com
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By Seven L. Maxwell Photography: Lawrence Bryant
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“Grey Goose, Head Phones, and Thirsty Women” is M.C.’s second mixtape following “Welcome to Rich City” by DJ Sir Thurl . Featured on the mixtape is Chicago’s own TWISTA on “I’m Cool” along with Ebony Eyez and Chingy. Other features on the mixtape are Wiz Khalifa, Currency, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, Gena and many more. This mixtape was produced by St. Louis’ own rapper-producer Vega. Check for yourself... facebook.com/mc662 @therichcityboy
Safety Words the Ghostfaced Pixels Mixtape. What if—and I’m just saying—what if your favorite Wu-Tang songs were produced in 8-Bit Nintendo sounds? Well, St. Louis’s own SAFETY WORDS has done just that with The Ghostfaced Pixels Mixtape. Wu Lovers will enjoy. facebook.com/safetywords soundcloud.com/safetywords
This project from TEF POE called WAR MACHINE features songs like “In Love with Myself”, “Crazy”, and “Out the Kitchen”. On this one Tef called on The Force’s Rockwell Knuckles, Vandalyzm, Theresa Payne, Family Affair and affiliate Gangsta Gritz to bring the bombs. The sounds provided by Urban Legendz, Tech Supreme, InHouse Productions, and Basement Beats. Download this upgrade and enjoy. facebook.com/tefpoe
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Gone in 16 min Independent Film Shorts That Will Change Your Life... well sorta
YOUR LUCKY DAY Director: Dan http://vimeo.com/14017511 A short film certainly a little raping, but produced like blockbusters, hereâ€™s Your Lucky Day, a short film for about a lottery ticket, a thief, a couple, a grandpa, but mostly a story that will turn into tragedy. A must-see!
Director: Marcus Thomas www.castingnoticethemovie.com A struggling actor receives an appealing proposition to appear in an adult film. Not exactlt the breakout role he was hoping for, but with no other options being presented he must decide weather to accept the leading role.
DESPERATE MEASURES Director: Steve Looker http://www.desperatemeasuresthemovie.info Ross Hadley has been kidnapped and held on a remote farmhouse. A drink & drug addict, his two captors put him through a brutal regime to get him clean. But when he gets clean, Ross finds out the shocking real reasons behind his incarceration.
Words by: Seven L. Maxwell
Photo: Lawrence Bryant
o some, the artist born, Cameron Jibril Thomaz is an overnight sensation who catapulted to success from his charttopping hit, “Black and Yellow”. The fans who followed his career early on can attest that the roads he rapped across have been slow-rolling. It is those same fans who are now welcoming the rest of the world to the rapping wonder that is Wiz Khalifa. Khalifa built a brand based on a massive mixtape following. Often touring across the country performing at music conferences, he subtly maneuvered under the radar, building an army of “Taylors” (referring to his crew/fan club, Taylor Gang) who witnessed Young Wiz’s revolution. Khalifa’s Talyor Gang celebrated the success of his signing to Warner Bros. Records in 2007; however, the young rapper parted ways with the label after a never-ending-battle over the release of his debut album First Flight in 2009. This didn’t stop Khalifa from continuing his grind. Offering advice to others who get discouraged in their hustle, “You gotta just keep going, and in the end it usually pays off. You know you can never gauge how long it’s going to take before it works out; but it usually does.” Khalifa continued to release mixtapes yielding banging beats and quality collaborations which set him up to headline his own “Waken Baken” tour with rapper Yelawolf, which sold out in each of the 50 cities. With his signing to Atlantic Records and his single “Black and Yellow” peaking at number1 on the Billboard Hot 100; Kahlifa’s career was looking up. Fans were elated at his new-found fame; but some secretly speculated that his debut album would be too commercial like other underground legends before him. Khalifa offers assurance by admitting, “I had to just find my own little area inbetween and really make that up and not really go to what people’s expectations for that might be.” He continued, “It’s simply new flavor because I’ve combined every sound that people are used to hearing from me. I took it all from that and made it one. It’s really advanced and it’s really concentrated. I tried to talk about different things, different ways and still make big records that everybody can sing.” As an expected soundtrack for stoners, Khalifa’s latest project Rolling Papers was heavily anticipated across multiple markets. Although it was leaked a week before its scheduled release, his debut album under the Atlantic imprint was well-received by the masses—proving that as an artist, you really can stay true to your craft while making music that people can roll to. DELUX MAGAZINE
Musiq AIJUSWANASEING Written by: Tiffany S. Nashville concept has stuck with him throughout the years. At the root of every song is a nugget of truth as it pertains to Musiq’s life. Everyone goes through various experiences and can relate to many of his tracks. “Men and women communicate using the same words with the same definitions, but the words tend to get lost in translation. I like to think I’m a spokesperson for men and a mediator Musiq admits he’s learned a lot since Aijuswanaseing; for women. For some reason we speak different as an artist, a creative person, and even as a man. languages.” Musiq writes songs that make the “I’ve had a lot of things demanded of me and I had words clear enough for all to comprehend. to rise to the occasion. That being something I could bear witness to made me realize what I was His new song Anything, featuring Swizz Beats, made of.” The naysayers and their negative energy was recently the new joint on 106th and Park. The come with the territory, but he has overcome it and album, Musiq and the Magic, drops on May 3rd. is a BetterMan because of those experiences. “I’m Expect the same soulful tracks with a little pop/ the same person at the core but at the same time dance music mixed in. The one thing Musiq wants very different.” God is at the center of everything his fans to remember is that he does it for you! “I’m he does. He’s an emotional person. “In reality it’s providing a public service. There are a lot of things ludicrous to ask entertainers to tame our emotions that go on behind the scenes that you’ll never know but then expect us to be the best we can be as of, but it concerns the outcome of what I do. So I artists. The very meaning of being an artist is to know for a fact, I do this for y’all! I love when people be emotional because you’re using your feelings. are inspired and positively affected by the songs I Grab hold of the inspiration when it happens and put out. It means I’m doing something more than make something out of it. It helps to be spiritually putting out songs for a dollar. I’m making music. I grounded.” may go off on a creative tangent at times, but I’m expressing myself in this art-form and adding to He’s had his ups and downs in life and this inspires someone’s life. I can’t take that back. You’re never him to write songs such as B.U.D.D.Y., Iwannabe going to forget the day you heard that one song, at (featuring Damian Marley), and TeachMe. The that one time, and how it made you feel what you unique combination of the song titles came about felt.” on a whim. Musiq wanted to stand out and the
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My love for Musiq Soulchild goes way back to my college days on the campus of Alabama A&M University. I share his name as my music fraternity line name and his intro to “Just Friends” is even in my greeting! He makes music that appeals to the masses. You can’t help but listen to his songs and smile.
a i c r a G Paola BACKTALK You’ve seen me in: Ridin’ by Chamillionaire, Bizzy Body by Paul Wall, The Bachelor by David Chris and “Tussle” by Big Tuck. Are they real or fake? Real... expensive! ;-) What’s more important, the outfit or the dance moves? I would say dance moves, because outfits can always be changed and some people don’t have rhythm, not even after trying to teach them. Have you ever dated any of the artists whose videos you were in? No, can’t say that I have. What super hero are you most like and why? Wonder Woman. Because sometimes I wonder where I get the strength to go on after a super long day, lol! Mark Sanchez or Cristiano Ronaldo? Cristiano Ronaldo!
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What do you value the most in your life? I would say mi familia. Can’t live without them! If you could go back in time and change history, what would you change? I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything happens for a reason. You go through certain situations to experience life, to learn and to become a stronger person.
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Determined not to let life escape her without a fight, Simpson took to the internet to share her story first-hand with the world. “Initially it was supposed to be for my family if I didn’t make it and for me if I didn’t remember things.” It was through Facebook that she sat at her computer and explained the details of her ordeal. What started oﬀ as a means to communicate with frantic family members who received a more dire diagnosis through the grapevine than what the doctors initially gave; became a Facebook favorite, igniting a powerful prayer chain where the Saints called out to the Savior in Simpson’s name. Simpson credits the power of prayer as the reason for her recovery. “What shocked me most of all was how many people were praying for me.” She admitted, “It was really amazing. I didn’t think that many people cared”. “It was very diﬃcult, and if I didn’t have that type of support, it would have been a lot worse”. “The toughest part is not knowing what’s going to happen next. It may come back, we don’t know. I’m just taking life one day at a time”. Simpson is most grateful for the bond which has strengthened in her family. She smiled as she spoke of how much closer she and her three sisters have become; while she lit up when speaking of her only brother. However, the most significant change this has brought to the Simpson family is her father’s newfound expression of his love. “He never used to say, ‘I love you’—until now. He says it every day now and it’s amazing!” She tearfully exclaims. “I don’t think I’ll ever be myself again. I’m still April, but I want to travel more. Before I was only focused on my career. Now I’m ready to live”. Simpson is successfully starting to readjust to life after an outstanding ordeal. She’s back at work broadcasting her beauty from within. She’s working on completing her Master’s degree; determined to keep on track her goals in life. This time she has more to celebrate. She’s started April’s Angels at www.AprilsAngelsFoundation.com with a mission to help people with brain tumors and their families get through the mental, physical and emotional toll it takes on them. Oﬀering simple advice to others who are experiencing this and any other obstacle, Simpson reminds them to, “Stay prayerful and keep God first.” At the time this article was written, it has been four months since Simpson’s surgery, and nearly one month since her last radiation treatment. Awaiting the results of a pending MRI to reveal the results, Simpson is praying for a positive prognosis. For now she’s enjoying life one day at a time. Today she has life. Left with scars from the surgery and varied vision in her left eye; Simpson is reminded that she shares the soul of a survivor—and her story continues….Stay tuned.
very woman has a moment of clarity—that moment when she reclaims control of her life and redirects her focus. At 31-years-of-age, Fox 2 News reporter, April Simpson was enjoying a carefree life in her prime. With no husband or children to share her focus, she cultivated her career and prepared for a promising profession as a news anchor for St. Louis’s number one morning news station. “Everything was great. Life was just—great. I love what I do. We’re doing great at Channel 2,” begins an emotional Simpson, pausing to reflect on life prior to receiving the news that would send her life in a new direction. “I’m just trying to think of how it was before then. Now it’s so hard to think of how it used to be. I’ve gotten so used to living with this. But life was good,” she reassured. Simpson was secretly a source of support for a fellow coworker who was previously diagnosed with a tumor. She proudly recalled accompanying her colleague to hospital visits for MRIs and other care. Without knowledge, as she was an angel to a friend in need; she would soon discover they shared a similar story. “I kept having bad headaches for nearly a year. I kept going to the doctor and I was diagnosed with a sinus infection three times in 2010. I kept thinking ‘something just isn’t right’. I thought I was having an aneurism or something.” Simpson continued, “I would go to the doctor, and they’d say, ‘sinus infection’ and give me antibiotics, but the antibiotics didn’t work. I was taking everything. Nothing worked. “I think it was August of last year, my left eye became blurry. I really didn’t think much about it because my other eye was so strong and I was functioning so well. Then one day, I was oﬀ from work. I went to the eye doctor and they ran every test possible.” Simpson added, “I was there for nearly two hours before the doctors said, ‘I think you need to get an MRI’.” Quietly and contently, Simpson recalled the moment that forever changed her life. “I went down to St. John’s Hospital in the emergency room getting an MRI. I was sitting alone when two doctors came in. I knew by the looks on their faces that it was something bad, but I never thought…” Simpson continued, “I initially thought when I was at the eye doctor, ‘do you think it’s a tumor’—but I laughed it oﬀ.” “The doctors came in and they sat down on the bed with me. I kept bracing myself, wondering, what could it be?” Simpson bravely recalls, “I still didn’t realize—I didn’t think—it was a tumor hidden.” As Simpson recalled the words expressed from the doctor, her eyes told a tale through the trails of her tears. She knew this situation was serious, but at that second, it was all too surreal. “We went and looked at the x-ray. It was BIG”. The doctors agreed as they informed Simpson of the severity of the situation. Because her brain’s sever swelling, doctors wanted to conduct emergency surgery immediately”. After having the doctors call her mom who calmly processed the prognosis, Simpson called her boss whose raced to be by her side. “I was in shock. They said I have to have surgery, but we have to get the swelling from your brain first, so they put me on a ton of medications to get the swelling down.” “Two weeks later is when I had the surgery”. “I don’t think I realized the extent of how bad it was. I didn’t know, and I don’t think they wanted to tell me”. Simpson continued, “It was bad. They brought in one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, and it wasn’t until after the fact that I found out how serious it was”. “I had a twelve-hour surgery and they told my mother I may not make it.” Tearfully recalling the strength of her mother, Darlene, during this ordeal; Simpson’s tears reflected pride as she subtly hinted that her mother’s strength helped her to keep holding on. With her mother came the rest of the family; standing strong as their daughter, aunt, and sister underwent a struggle like she never imagined. Simpson recalls a moment where she was undergoing a tearful ordeal when her father started to shed tears. “To see my father cry—that’s what got me.” “My dad is a Vietnam Veteran, so I’ve never seen him cry”. “I can remember being in the hospital crying because it hurt so bad. I was in so much pain, my dad started crying”. She revealed, “I said I don’t ever want to see him cry again, so I just stopped. I endured all that pain because I didn’t want to see anyone else in pain. “I refused to cry. Even when they were rolling me away, I was laughing and joking, but on the inside I was like….[makes a face to show she was terrified]. “I didn’t realize how serious it was. They briefed my mom. A twelve-hour surgery is crazy.” She continued, “ I just thought I had to get through it, but I wrote out my will and all this stuﬀ because when you hear brain tumor, you think, ‘I’m going to die’. I didn’t know.” Diagnosed with an aggressive—stage-three—meningioma; Simpson would have to undergo six-weeks of radiation to remove what remained—yet through it all, she and her family remained prayerful.
Life Through The Eyes Of A Survivor Words by: Seven L Maxwell Photography: Lawrence Bryant Clothing Provided By: Zeizo
VIRDOMAE GRIFFIN • DECEASED • RENAL CELL CANCER •
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue” July 24, 1952-October 22, 1999
APRIL SIMPSON • SURVIVOR • BRAIN TUMOR
“Strength comes from when you face a challenge unexpectedly. I have felt the power of healing and maintained strength through it all” Live life to the fullest and keep god first”
Diagnosed • October 2010
BRIDGET MARZETTE-BENDER • SURVIVOR • BREAST CANCER “I’m not dying from cancer-- I’m living with it, Truly Living” Diagnosed • January 2005
MINEKA CRESWELL • SURVIVOR • BREAST CANCER “My daughters gave me the stregnth to fight back & win!” Diagnosed • 2008
ORLANDO “PRETTYBOY” WATSON • SURVIVOR • LYMPHOMA
“I realized the most important thing in life is my spirituality & my family” Diagnosed • 2006
FAITH: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)
Published on Apr 1, 2011