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TOP TEN MUSIC FEBRUARY 2010
BEAUTY WITH TRISH ISLAND BESOS
TOP 25 PRODUCERS HIP HOP
bangbang tattoo artist
UNSIGNED HYPE Franchize
DOPE AND FRESH IN THE CITY BLOG
UNSIGNED HYPE SANdman
sex cells sex & the industry
UNSIGNED HYPE KAT EYEZ
dy exclusive interview
UNSIGNED HYPE KHELA
DJ REMEDY INTERVIEW
hustlegrl let the hustle begin
Marc Ecko PRESENTS the 2010 dj stylus awards
WORDS OF WISDOM ADVICE COLUMN
P REIGN in the spotlight
EYE CANDY anna maria
shawn chrystopher in the spotlight
Nicki Minaj Special Feature
DINONATION BLOG April NBA column
DINONATION BLOG raptors dance pack: kat
DRAKE SPECIAL FEATURE
GUDDA GUDDA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Music & celeb news Tlc forever: chili exclusive interview
LISA PERSAUD CEO & Publisher
michelle brijlal creative director
alisha martin director
latoya reid publication management
allison ramdial editor in chief
Christina Cheng Sr. Editor & Fashion Column
Georgia Kuye Music Director
Alicia Bryant-West Advertising Director
Natalie Assadourian Media & Video Director
Joel Persaud Unsigned Hype Journalist
TRISH ISLAND BESOS BEAUTY Column
JAMES BORBATH NBA COLUMN
MELISSA SUNDARDAS SPECIAL FEATURES Journalist
TAMEKA LAWRENCE DOPE & FRESH IN THE CITY COLUMN
Nicole Mcgloster industry blogger & celeb news
JOLIE ADAMS JOURNALIST
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001. David Guetta ft. Kid Cudi - Memories 002. Lil Jon - Get Outta Your Mind 003. Drake - Over 004. Usher ft. Nicki Minaj - Lil Freak 005. Famous ft. Oh! - I Wanna Know Your Name (Supervice Rmx) 006. Estelle ft. Kardinal Offishall - Freak 007. Lil Jon ft. Pitbull - Work It Out 008. Green Velvet ft. Kid Sister - Everybody Wants 009. Rochester aka Juice ft. Daniel Daley - One Night 010. Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
001. Daddy’s Home - Usher 002. Say Ahh - Trey Songz & Fabolous 003. Drake - Over 004. Put It In a Love Song - Alicia Keys & Beyonce 005. I’m Ill - Red Cafe Ft. Fabolous 006. Ha Ha - Fat Joe 007. All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled 008. I Wanna Rock Rmx - Snoop Dogg Ft. Jay-z 009. Lemonade - Gucci Mane 010. My Chick Bad - Ludacris Ft. Nicki Minaj
010. Gyptian, Hold Yuh 009. Ding Dong & Stregnth, Party Cup 008. Mavado, Starlight 007.Rihanna feat. Assassin, Rude Boy (rmx) 006. Mavado & Stacious, Come Into My Room 005. Vybz Kartel, Beg U A Touch 004. I Octane, Lose A Friend 003. Mavado, House Top 002. Di Genius, Can?t Friend Again 001. Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim, Clarks
001. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me 002. Alicia Keys - Sleeping With A Broken Heart 003. Trey Songz f. Fabolous - Say Aaah 004. Rihanna - Rude Boy 005. Rihanna f. Young Jeezy - Hard 006. Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy 007. Mary J. Blige - I Am 008. Monica - Everything To Me 009. Usher f. Nicki Minaj - Little Freak 010. Usher f. Plies - Daddy’s Home
TOP 25 HIPHOPPRODUCERS By: Nicole McGloster & Georgia Kuye
1. Swizz Beatz
6. The Neptunes
11. Tricky Stewart
16. J.U.S.T.I.C.E League
2. Kanye West
17. Drumma Boy 22. Just Blaze
8. Sean ‘The Pen’ 13. 9th Wonder Garrett
5. Dr. Dre
10. Polow Da Don
23. Bryan Michael Cox
19. The Runners
24. Rich Kidd
15. The Clutch
20. No I.D.
25. Star Gate 06
FRANCHIZE: THE BIOGRAPHY
Very few are able to blossom after downfall. The teen’s consistent work ethic and sophisticated business etiquette makes him ahead of his time. Born Ryan Francis now known as FranchizeTL was born in Toronto, Canada and has been introduced to the music industry at a young age, after educating himself of the pros and cons of the music industry the love didn’t fade at all. Knowing the extra struggle Canadian artists have to endure in order to be successful in the music industry on an international level, Franchize witnessed other great Canadian artist’s advantages and downfalls and used that knowledge to put the right foot forward. In early 2007, Franchize began searching for his “sound” and the style that would compliment him as a person and an artist. After developing as an artist, he noticed that his main audience were teenagers, after discovering this he used it to his advantage by constantly releasing new material to the adolescent audience. Currently, Toronto is at an all time high with music at an international level. Franchize has the intention to take full advantage of the opportunity with his new mixtape “Take Flight” dropping spring 2010. His charisma and confidence with the microphone is definitely a talent to pay attention to. This teenager is setting the bar for all young musicians worldwide, for updates visit www.FranchizeTheLegacy.com . For BOOKINGS contact: FranchizeTheLegacy@gmail.com
SANDMAN This year is the year for dedication and focus. It’s everyone’s turn to shine, including Toronto born hip-hop artist, Tha’ Sandman. In the past few years the city has become the breeding ground for undeniable musical talent. Tha’ Sandman has been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to present itself, but sometimes you have to create that opportunity yourself. For those who haven’t heard of him, he’s ready to introduce himself. But he’s no stranger to the music hustle. He’s been performing in and out of the city, opening for G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks & USDA. He is now preparing to unleash a flurry of mix-tapes under Megacity Empire Records, the label he founded with a group of friends three years ago. “My music has a lot of drive, very high energy. It’s simply meant to entertain. I want everyone to appreciate my music in its realest form which are the life experiences that I share,” he says sincerely. Case in point, his latest single ‘Jockin My Style’ feat. Marka (Ohio native), Produced by Superstar O also an Ohio native.
he moved back and forth between Mississauga and North York with his father. With hoop dreams a prominent factor in his life, he was named amongst the Top 25 for overall court performance by the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star. Despite his athletic recognition, deep down he was still a young man who felt isolated. He began associating himself with a crowd of negative influence and was kicked out of school when he was 16. Determined not to let that be his downfall, he re-applied after a year and successfully completed his high school academics. He focused his sights on music moving forward which cultivated a roster of his own artists under the Megacity Empire Records label. Attentive to now marketing and networking himself, he is utilizing various methods to keep his name relevant. With his foot in the door, he is now preparing to step into the spotlight.
“Anyone can dream but few can bring their dreams to reality – to do this one must have a consistent strength that is greater than any of their struggles. I embody that. Life is not necessarily about the cards you are dealt, as much as it’s about how you play them”.
After his mother passed when he was just the tender age of 6,
KAT EYEZ: WHO IS K.E.
Local Toronto Artist sits down with us to talk about his Upcoming Album 1) Hometown: Toronto 2) Company Name: Hangover Records Inc. 3) What do you do? I’m an independent Canadian singer/song writer. 4) What is your cultural background: I was born in Canada, but my parents are from India. 1) Favorite song? At the present moment it’s Empire State of Mind by Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys. But I truly love any and every Bob Marley song. 2) What kind of music did you grow up to? I grew up listening to Rock because that’s what my brother always listened to and of course Indian music as that was played constantly by my parents. 3) Favorite Artist My all time favourite artist is Bob Marley. 4) Who influenced you? Growing up I had two major influences, Apache Indian and Snow. They are the reason why I do this. They paved the way for me and for so many others. I really respect them as artist and the work they do. 5) Who inspires you? My family and God 6) Describe your own music? If I had to describe my music I would say it’s a little bit of everything… All types of music influence me so you’re getting a little bit of Rap, Reggae and R&B all in one when you listen to my music. 7) Do you tour? If so where have you been? Yes. My music has brought me to many places around the world. I’ve been fortunate to go to India, UK, Puerto Rico, and Los Angeles and of course all across Canada. 8) Name some people you have worked with? I have worked with Snow, Brick and Lace, Jon B, Apache Indian, the Bilz and many other local artists. And I have a few surprises that I can’t tell you all about so you have to wait until my new album comes out, in early 2010.
9) What was your last project? What’s coming up? My projects are continuous. I hustle everyday because I love what I do. Look out for my new album, which will be out in early 2010 as well as a new video. 10) Why do you this? I do this because music is my life and this has always been my dream ever since I was a kid. I appreciate all my fans who come up to me and say that they really love my songs and that just makes me want to continue to make music… 11) Tell us something about your self we don’t know? I’m left handed 12) Where can we check out your stuff? Website? Youtube? www.hangoverrecords.com www.myspace.com/hangoverrecordscom
KHELA When you think of Soulful sounds, you better be ready to indulge in the latest sounds of KHELA! Born and raised in Northern California, Khela is the newest and most vibrant up and coming R&B/Neo-Soul singer to hit the Bay Area. She started singing at a very young age in church and at the age of 13 as she captured the attention of many with her solo spots. By the age of 19, she took to write a few demos for herself as well to promote in the 2006 California State Fair, where she took home the #1 spot. With her triumph, and a small hiatus, she went to work and is now getting ready for her first debut single/EP to come out Summer of 2010. Khela is currently working with a production team that includes TomCat Productions (Brooke Hogan, So You Think You can Dance? (TV show) and more), P.O.W. Productions, Label mate Paris Bostic--songwriter/artist (Son of producer Sam Bostic), Black Eyed Peas Producer Keith Harris and GotBass
Productions (DJ Quik, Lyrics Born and more) just to name a few. Khela is managed by Velvet Rhythm Entertainment (also out of California). The team is getting ready to bring something with a fresh new twist for the new generation of music fans & still keeping the neo-soul flavor. “Moving with the times is something Khela understands we have to do for the new generation. We have to give them what they want and at the same time, having Khela do what she loves… making music.” mentions her manager at Velvet Rhythm Entertainment. Khela is ready for the world to get their ears tuned in to her music. “I want to give the people from California and BEYOND a new sound to listen to. There is soul here…young soul that’s vibrant and fun just waiting to be heard.” says Khela. She is ready to start her journey and create music for you… the fans! To find more info about Khela check out: www.myspace.com/thekhevocalist Management: Velvet Rhythm Entertainment www.vremusic.com Booking and other info contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ REMEDY is a man with patience, knowledge, strength, fears, and goals. Basically YOU! No different than any other human being. I am just another creation of GOD; just made different on the outside but sheds the same blood. But blessed to play music and make YOU dance. “Music is my Life” “Music is my REMEDY”. What was your childhood like growing up in Trinidad? Born in 1981 in San Fernando in a nursing home, I believe at 7:15pm. Raised by my Mother & Father and surrounding members of my family. This was where I learned the values of “LICKS” (hahaha), which means “spanking”…got lots of it. And I was the only child so you know a beating was a must. But from a young child going to school and learning the Caribbean life and upbringing, and making friends at a fast rate, I must say childhood was mad fun. When did you move to Toronto? I came to Toronto in 1998, my father and uncle came to Canada prior to that to stabilize us for when we came; then after my mother and I came up. We came here in summer, so I had no clue that “SNOW” was not that far to come…hahaha! At what age did you decide to get into this business? Did you have any support? I started getting into the music atmosphere around 19 or 20. So just attending parties and living life as a young man. What any 19 year old wants to do: party, party, party. Going to Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Old Skool, House, Soul…you name it. So from age 19 – 22, I was strictly a party man. Then at the age of 24, I decided to take this love for music further. I purchased my first set of DJ equipment in hopes of becoming a DJ. I did not know anyone who was a DJ at that time until I met a DJ at a local night club. There I met one of Toronto’s best. He helped guide me, trained me and he made me love music so much more because now I was the guy who was responsible for making people dance. He taught me about music on a level where I never thought I’d be. A year after being under his wing, he saw my improvements & potential and he officially made me a member of his Sound Crew, “Mystic Impact.” Going through this whole music conversion, the only support I had was from him & my crew mates who pushed me to never give up and reach my goal. A year later, due to certain circumstances, I left the crew where I began my own journey as “DJ REMEDY.” How did you get such prominent people to give you the time of day? It was the hardest thing to do. To break into the DJ world as an upcoming DJ was like taking food away from the starving. No one gave me the time or day. I made CD’s upon CD’s to promote myself. I tried to approach clubs and venues to show my talent, but was shut down left right and centre. I even tried approaching other DJ’s, but even a what’s up wasn’t getting through. But I never gave up, I was persistent. Eventually a promoter by the name of Miguel (Wukupnuff) listened to one of my Soca CD’s and he thought I had potential and gave me a chance to shine. He put me on his patent events “CASH REWARDS”,
“SOCA ON DEMAND”, “3CAN WINE” and “SET SAIL BOAT RIDE”…these were premier Soca parties to be at and I was on them all as a DJ. From that, the calls came in. Everyone wanted to know who I was, everyone was paying attention now. Promoters from everywhere in Toronto started inquiring, even a group of DJ’s in Boston (USA) contacted me and asked me to be a part of their DJ team: “EVOLUTION SOUND.” 6 months later, I was named the first Canadian member of “EVOLUTION SOUND INTL” and currently still a member and going strong. Some DJ’s I must give respect for all of this: DJ CHIEF, JESTER, DJ BASS, MR MEJUSTIK, PPLUS, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, JUK, D’BANDIT, DR JAY, JUS BLAIZE, WUKUPNUFF, CARLOS PROMO, JON JAY, IAN ANDRE ESPINET( IAE). Initially you started in the soca, calypso genre, what made you want to diversify into other genres? I always loved Soca but loved every genre as well. Wukupnuff was a Soca promoter and he was putting me on strictly Soca events. Then I met up with DJ CHEIF and he expanded my musical talents by introducing me to HIP HOP promoters and HOUSE DJ’s, and everything else when it came to music. And from then on, it escalated into me being on events like “FUNK MY SOUL”, “UNION APPRCIATION PARTY”, “TIME MACHINE” and the list goes on. All it takes is for you to impress one person or promoter and the rest will follow. So if I was on a party that played everything, I would make sure in that little time I had, I played like I was never going to play again. My goal was to shock and turn heads. If I wanted to get noticed the way I wanted to, I had no choice but to do it that way and it paid off. Who or what inspires you musically, in your career and in life? My inspiration when it comes to music is as follows: DJ CHIEF, JESTER, BANDIT, SOCA SWEETNESS, PPLUS, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, JASON CHAMBERS, ENFORCAS, EVOLUTION SOUND, JUK, IAE, WUKUPNUFF, DJ BASS, PLAYHOUSE, MARXMAN, EMAN, DIRTY DEZ, FRESH ENT, JUS BLAIZE, CARLOS PROMO, JON JAY, MORRO, LITESKIN, DJ SIN, SOCA MONARCHS, LINDO P, RENEGADE SQUAD. These were the DJ’s I look up to. In my personal life, my motivation comes from my Mother, my 3 uncles (Gerard, Kazim & Terrison), Aleisha and my son. I look up to all of them. They each play a special roll in my life. Since you began spinning, how has Toronto’s soca/calypso scene evolved? I would say wherever you turn, there is a Soca DJ…hahaha. Seriously, everyday a
Soca DJ appears! I don’t know man, it’s like a cult…they’re coming out of everywhere. But it’s good, each new talent brings something different. When I started, it was hard. Now it’s easier because there’s more technology, the younger generation is teaching us. When I started, Soca music was about the beat and the movement of hearing a drum or snare and really feeling the natural instruments that made the song. Now the soca scene has changed. Artists are using digital instruments now and adding vocal effects to their voices, which is totally changing the scene. I just think artists are getting lazier…but money talks nowadays. What makes you different compared to other DJ’s, what is so unique about DJ Remedy? I consider every event my own. If it’s my own event or I’m the only DJ on that event, I push it like it’s my money involved. I would rather know I gave my everything to make that event successful. Pushing through Facebook, email, text messages…whatever the case is, I don’t let my status affect the way I do business. Another thing I do is try to make at least 2 CD’s a month for everyone to enjoy. I don’t like being lazy or letting my fans down. If the people want a certain mix CD, I will dedicate my time in making sure it gets done. In the end, it’s the people that make DJ REMEDY. What has been your greatest moment thus far in your career? I have a few. The ones that stand out would be when I threw my first party concept, “RED CROSS FETE” which I teamed up with one of Canada’s top promoters, “JUS BLAIZE”. It was a soca fete and we did really well. Another big movement is when I recently threw my very own party, “MUSIC IS MY REMEDY” which was all me. And I was the only DJ on the bill. I threw that party to see how well I was established and what kind of following I had for myself. And I must say that we went 40 people over capacity, at a 220 capacity venue. It was so great that I’m going to do a part 2, October 10th 2009. Some of my other moments were playing live to air on “WORLDWIDE 89.5FM” from 5-8am with 2 of Canada’s best DJ’s: JESTER & DJ CHIEF. And also on “ISLAND BREEZE 89.5FM” Fridays from 6-8pm. Those moments really stand out to me. Ohh, can’t forget, DJ’ing alongside “STARTING FROM SCRATCH”, “JESTER”, “CHIEF”, “PPLUS” and “WRISTPECT”. Canada’s best. You are a member of “Evolution Soundsystem”. Tell us a little more about it. Well being with Evolution is amazing. Being part of a sound crew which is located in the USA and being the only member in Canada is a big thing. Even though we live in different countries, we
trust the skills we have to hold it down. Even if we don’t get to practice together, we believe in each other and that our skill level is on point. But we do come together when we do big event such as “TRINIDAD CARNIVAL”, “CARIBANA”, “MIAMI CARNIVAL” and “LABOUR DAY”. So for these big events, we find ourselves together and work as a team. Got to big up my team mates “SPECIALIST” and “FADD-Q” who represent Evolution Sound (Boston). Could you describe your experience when DJ’ing with some of Toronto’s best? CAN YOU SAY NERVOUSSSS! It’s really nerve racking when you’re on the same stage with Toronto’s best, because I feel like I have to impress them to gain respect. But the big DJ’s know how hard it is to perform under pressure, so they are mad cool about everything. They make me feel like they’re just as new as me. And that’s important. I guess it’s because they have been in the game for so long that they’re not about their status but about helping the DJ game grow and become stronger. So they’re always motivating and just like everyone else. They’re out to have a good time. Mind you, there are some DJ’s who think they’re the king…but I have learned to be ME and play for the people. What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a DJ? The only advice I have for upcoming DJ’s is to be patient: don’t rush, take your time. Meet lots of people in the industry and don’t get brained wash to take sides…that’s the worst thing you can do. Always be open-minded. Be yourself. Love what you do. Give it your all, no matter what situation you’re in. Never let your ego get big. Stay focused on your goal. Be loyal, honest, push yourself to the max. Even after you get noticed and you’re further in the game…remain who you are, TRUST ME! What can we look out for in the near future? More mix CD’s. I’m looking to do a lot more parties on my own mostly. Boat cruises, maybe a radio spot and traveling a lot more. Definitely want to be a tour dj for an artist, DJ’ing in another country for sure. I want to showcase my talent to the world. Remember: “VERSATILITY STANDS ALONE”. Questions provided by the guys at FRESHLY.EDUCATED.ME
Canadian top spinners will soon be winners – Melissa Sundardas Time and time again they’ve helped you turn your swag on, drop it low and shut it down on the dance floor. They’ve kept you bobbing your head, tapping your feet and humming to some of the baddest beats and lyrics as you go about your day. And for the fifth year in a row, these people – Canada’s biggest bosses in club music and lifestyle – will be honored for their talents and influences at the Stylus DJ Awards and Spinfest presented by Marc Ecko Watches. Created by Mike Zafiris, founder of the Stylus Group and David “Click” Cox, co-founder of the Stylus group, the Stylus DJ Awards sheds spotlight on the major marks that Canada’s most talented and influential DJs who have made in today’s urban and pop culture scene. This year’s anticipated event – which has sold out since inception – is presented by Marc Ecko Watches for the second year in a row and will take place from May 28 to 31 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the CNE grounds in downtown Toronto. Having been involved in the music industry for over 15 years and being surrounded by DJs and the club and nightlife scene, Zafiris and Cox knew how influential DJs playing new music were. “Especially back when there weren’t many outlets and vehicles for a lot of hip-hip and R&B to get played – your mainstream
and community radio wasn’t on top of a lot of these records the way they’re on them now,” says Zafiris. “A lot of artists were selling based on radio and club play that DJs were doing single handedly, so we always thought there should be some type of event that highlighted and celebrated what these guys were doing,” he says. DJs do more than just play music. In the present digital age we live in they’ve taken on the role of producing and creating new sounds, they’re trendsetters and without them, some genres of music we move to today may not even exist. “When we talk about urban music and we talk about hip hop music, it really is the DJ that set it off and it was DJ Kool Herc that really created it by taking those two records and going back and forth and creating a live loop which allowed an emcee to rap on the beat of it, so you don’t have hip hop music and rap music the way it is today without the DJ – it’s everything,” he says. “It’s almost like without a guitar you don’t have the rock n roll music that we know today – it’s the same.” Awards are presented to the winning nominees in over twenty categories and this year there’s a chance for even more trophies to be taken home, with the three additional categories added including fan choice artist of the year, house DJ of the year and club dance DJ of the year. “We try to keep our ear on the street – stay in touch with what’s current and what’s happening – and [the new categories are] just reflective of what’s been happening over the last 12 months,” says Zafiris. The event’s prior consistent success is a testament to its sway and popularity within Canada’s urban music and pop culture and it promises to excite the crowds with entertainment and art through its infamous schedule of hyped up happenings including the Official Stylus Launch Party, the second edition of the “Who’s Got Next” new artist collection series, the National Stylus DJ Conference Tour: It Starts with the DJ 3.0 and of course the final awards show.
“You’re going to see a lot of fashion, you’re going to hear a lot of music, you’re going to see a lot of diversity, you’re going to feel a lot of energy – a lot’s happening in Canada right now as far as music goes with regards to people like Drake, Melanie Fiona, Iya – an R&B soulful artist that just hooked up with DJ Jazzy Jeff and is releasing an album soon – we’ve got artists like Kim Davis – all kinds of artists right now not just in Toronto, but in Canada, are doing their thing,” says Jesse Jones, brand manager of Marc Ecko Watches Canada. Because Canada has been – and is continuing – to birth some of the hottest names in music right now, the Stylus DJ Awards will truly continue to honour these individuals and strengthen the platform for future artists to really launch off of With the united presence of the hottest, internationally recognized recording artists, DJs, record label executives and producers who are at the top of the industry right now, the 2010 Stylus Awards and Spinfest will showcase and connect our country’s artistic community so it can continue to drive and develop the growth of Canada’s urban music talents both at home and out past our borders. “I think nationwide, if you listen to all of the radio stations, there’s definitely a large contingent of urban/pop/house kind of influences and it’s because of those DJs and artists who keep coming out with it,” says Jones.
Jones says urban culture has changed and evolved along the way and it’s not what most people would’ve described it as a few years ago. “It’s not a “black” thing anymore, it’s definitely a cross-cultural, very diverse appeal … we’re not talking to one type of person here – we’re talking to Canada and Canada itself is diverse and multicultural.” The Stylus DJ Awards never disappoint and always organize the livest line up for the crowds. This year’s host will be comedian Trixx, but the other names of performers, presenters and guests are still in the works of being finalized. Zafiris says they should be confirmed once the voting is closed. Zafiris says the official nominees will be announced by the first week of April and organizers will begin building the show by securing performances and presenters in the following weeks leading up to the event. “We are going after the biggest and best artists and DJs to have in the building that night and if they’re in town around that time, you can probably bet that they’ll be involved in the show on some level.”
For a full list of the Stylus DJ Awards 2010 nominees and categories, log on to www.stylusgroup.ca/vote.
“[Our DJs] are influencing music, influencing culture and I think there’s room for a property like this to grow to almost Juno-like status,” he says.
King PReign – Georgia Kuye
He’s talented, the ladies love him and he’s got money in his pockets. Toronto’s next to shine... King P Reign Ever since the emergence of Drake into the music industry, many have wondered who will be next to blow out of the city of underdogs, Toronto. Meet King P Reign, he’s talented, the ladies love him and he’s got money in his pockets. He is affiliated with Drake’s ATF (All Things Fresh) family and Drizzy, himself, has close ties with P Reign’s Reps-Up team. He is Toronto’s next to shine. Many, especially Toronto artists, may wonder what makes P Reign the best candidate. If we look at the formula to become a superstar like Drizzy, it goes something like this: Good looks + Money + stage presence + (lyrics x flow). For King P Reign, he has it all. Last August, King P Reign had the chance to open for Drake’s show in Toronto. He smashed his performance, proving that he is up next in line. Furthermore, his debut single, “You Know I’m Fly” reached the number one spot on Punch Much, Canada’s interactive site where viewers from across Canada vote for their favourite videos. His latest singles, “Money in My Pocket” and “In the Hood” were instant club bangers and he is currently showing a video for his unreleased single, “Call My Name”. In addition, his success in making radio and club hits, P Reign has the money, the bad boy sex appeal that ladies love. His “Money in my Pocket” video featured some of Toronto’s hottest ladies and we can expect the same for “Call My Name”. However, there can never be another Drake that comes from Toronto. Drizzy has mastered his craft and is up there having conversations with heavy weights in the game like Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, and Young Jeezy. Fortunately, P Reign has something to offer that Drizzy does not: street credibility. In Drake’s rookie year, many criticized him, stating that he is “just a rich kid from Degrassi”. P Reign, on the other hand, was born and bred in Scarborough, the far eastern part of Toronto and is home to many of the city’s most notorious hoods. P Reign has this element that can represent Toronto in a different light, showing how diverse the city really is. With Drake’s co-sign, we can expect to see King P Reign to blow in 2010. King P Reign has what it takes to show the world that Toronto has some of the best artists to offer.
Shawn Crystopher – Nicole McGloster Born Shawn Christopher Garrett, the Inglewood, California native whose stage name is Shawn Chrys is more than a regular rapper. One pretty remarkable thing about this guy is that he mixes and masters his own music while writing, performing, and producing his own tracks. In October 2008, after his time at the University of Southern California, Shawn Chrys released his debut mixtape “I.W.G.: I Wear Glasses” on the Internet. As the 20-track mixtape circulated, people began to stop and take notice of the former political science major. Apparently not one to leave his fans waiting, the young rapper released “I.W.G. 2: Told You So” in May 2009. Shortly afterward, in August 2009, Shawn Chrys hit the net hard with his debut album titled “A City With No Seasons. It was entirely produced by Shawn Chrys himself and his production partner Zaire Koalo. The album was a bundle of thought-provoking hip-hop, mixed with positive concepts that are refreshing to the music industry. With so much buzz behind his name, his own record label, Elitaste, and being so multi-talented, one would assume that this young, 20-something year old artist would definitely make XXL’s list of top 10 Freshmen in Hip-Hop of 2010 alongside friend Big Sean. But he was looked over. Even though he’s not considered a freshmen in the game, he is still giving his fans and haters alike something to talk about. Recently, on March 22, Mick Boogie, Terry Urban & Elitaste presented another album to the masses: The Audition. “Like A Kid Again,” available on iTunes, it is the leading single from the free EP. Even still, he has released visuals for another track on the album titled “No Snitchin.” Shawn Chrys is also on the “Like A Kid Again” tour sponsored by MySpace Music. It seems like good things are brewing for the critically acclaimed “unsigned” artist. He is blazing his own trail of success and we’re anxious to see just which move he’ll make next.
Nicki Minaj – Melissa Sundardas
She’s had her highs, she’s had her lows, but you can’t tell her that she is not the baddest bitch. Her pretty, pink lipstick and crazycoloured pumps may fool you at a first glance, but Onika Maraj – better known as Nicki Minaj – is much more than just another dolled up dime. Holding down the title of first lady on the Young Money throne, Nicki is a rapping sensation that’s making her mark in a mostly maledominated hip hop world a s one
of the hottest up-and-coming lady emcees to watch out for. As there isn’t a plethora of female rappers with a known presence for solely their lyrical talents – as oppose to their sex appeal – in the industry, Nicki is definitely getting her voice heard and name recognized for the right reasons. The union of her slick, new-yorker accent and catchy, creative rhymes gives Nicki a unique sound and flavour that a number of hip hop artists seem to be hopping on to get featured on their tracks. Now 25 years old, this Barbie from Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York made her first break into urban music stardom as a solo rap artist after being noticed on MySpace by Dirty Money CEO, Fendi. She was then featured on The Come Up—The Carter Edition street DVD where her distinct style and fierce flow turned the head of superstar Lil Wayne. In April 2007, Nicki dopped her first mixtape, Playtime Is Over, appearing on the cover posed as a Barbie doll in its box. This mixtape showcased her spitting skills to the world with new-flavoured remakes of classic tracks like “Sunshine,” “Big Spender” and appearances by artists like Lil Wayne on the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” track.
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THE NBA PLAYOFFS PREVIEW - James Borbath: daily writer in the Dino Nation Blog that is part of The Score Sports Federation. So it is the month of April, which means, the NBA Season is almost over for another year. Time flies as it seems to me it was not that long ago the season got started. Way back before it got started I had said that the Cleveland Cavs with Lebron James would meet the L.A Lakers. This was the final prediction that everyone had for last season, well, everyone except me that is! I actually correctly predicted that the Lakers would play the Magic and win. Nike felt so strongly that last year they created the ads with the puppets of Lebron and Kobe that look nothing like them yet are still amusing. This minded me of being a kid and watching Sesame Street. The thing I predicted this year that might even trump getting the Finals right for a second straight year is that the Oklahoma City Thunder will make the playoffs. Kevin Durant has played his way into being the clear runner-up to Lebron James for MVP. Durant has shown he deserves to be listed with the NBA’s Elite. He has talent young players around him such as, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and James Harden to mention a few. So let’s break it down on what to expect from the NBA Playoffs and if the Raptors get their chances of advancing. The Favourites L.A Lakers- They are the defending champions but there are a little different from the team that won the title. They have added the always colourful, Ron Artest which includes his hair. He is the modern Dennis Rodman. Or maybe not but Phil Jackson has had experience in dealing with Rodman and it has helped in keeping Ron on the right path. The Lakers’ biggest concern is the health of Kobe Bryant. Kobe has had a season of playing through injury but the supporting cast including Artest has done a good job in carrying the load. Gasol and Bynum along with Lamar Odom are all stars in their own right. Most NBA experts would consider the Lakers not getting a chance to defend their titles in The Finals a major upset. Cleveland Cavs- Lebron James has been the best player in the league and is the clear front runner for M.V.P. Shaq has got injured but should be well rested and healed for the playoffs. James has been the focus for more than his play this season. He along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have been the focus of 2010 free agent class. The New York Knicks dream of King James call-
ing the Big Apple home. If James has playoff success and wins a title, will that secure his future in Cleveland? Would an unexpected poor performance pave his path to NYC? That question may linger through the playoffs for the Cavs fans. But James is on a mission to win a ring and regardless of what his future home may be it is not going to distract him from his ultimate goal. James was furious at the loss to the Magic last season in the Conference Finals. He got criticized for not shaking hands after the series ended and ducking out on the media. But regardless of what you think of his actions, it shows just how bad he wants to win. Can anyone in the East stop him? My answer is no. Top Contenders Dallas Mavericks- As this is being written, the Mavs are the hottest team in the NBA. I honestly did not like the Mavs’ chances heading into this season but they have proven me wrong. The Mavs brought back Jason Kidd who is getting near the end of his NBA career. I was not thinking that was wise. They added Shawn Marion who had a brief stop with the Raptors. But the Mavs made some moves at the deadline and they seem to have worked. Dirk may have enough support to surprise some people. The Mavs’ playoff history is not the greatest. They were shocked by the Warriors one season when they looked primed for a return to the Finals. Ever since blowing a 2-0 lead in the Finals to the Heat, the Mavs have never got close to the finals again. We’ll see if they can do it this season. I still need to be convinced. Denver Nuggets- While Bosh, Wade and James all are set to be Free Agents, Carmelo Anthony commuted long term to Denver. Anthony often flies under the radar despite being recognized as a star in the league. I think it is because the rivalry that was hyped as the next Bird VS. Magic type of deal with him and Lebron James but they have never really lived up to the hype. Still, Anthony has had his moments and I watched him turn it on VS. Kevin Durant as the Nuggets smashed the Thunder. Some NBA folks have started to think of K.D. as passing by Anthony in terms of rankings of the best players in the game. George Karl, the coach of this squad, is battling with cancer and it has been something that this team has rallied around. Chancey Billups has helped make this team better since arriving from Detroit last season in an early season trade for Allen Iverson. Nene, The Birdman, J.R. Smith and all the rest make an impressive cast. I feel if anyone is going to spoil the Lakers’ march to the finals for a 3rd straight season, it is the Nuggets for me. Orlando Magic- The Magic’s were my pick to make finals last year. But that was last year. This year, the Magic’s to me are not the same. Which in terms of their roster, they are not. The one major change is the addition of Vince Carter. I felt at the time of this move, it was the wrong one for the Magic’s. Vince is not exactly loved in Toronto but this is not about that for me, it is about the type of player Vince has become and the type of team the Magic’s are. Vince in his later years has become a jump shooter and likes to shoot 3’s. That is what the Magic do on a regular basis with many shooters that they surround Dwight Howard with.
story but I don’t think they can grind out 3 tough series wins and get to the finals. However, whatever experience they get this season will be highly helpful for them next season when they are back in the playoffs again.
However, what the Magic’s need is to have Vince drive more and draw people to him. I did an interview with former Raptor, Jerome Williams and the topic of Vince came up and he said that the Vince that existed in Toronto does not exist anymore. You rarely see those slams that made fans jump from their seats anymore. The Magic’s, for my money if they are going to be successful, they need 1 of 2 things to happen: They need to get very hot from the 3 point land or they need to bound the ball inside to Howard and get him more touches. The problem with that is that Howard is only slightly better at free throw shooters than Shaq. They also need to play defense better if it’s very possible then Stan Van Gundy might rip his hair out of his head. They also have the misfortune of Lebron James having to wait a whole year to take revenge out on them. GOOD LUCK! YOU WILL NEED IT!
Phoenix- Because this is Canada and because Steve Nash doesn’t have many chances left, let’s call the Suns a dark horse. They started out off the gate on fire this season with little expectations of them. They traded away Shaq for what amount to spare parts but Nash has turned back the clock and is playing as he did in his 2 MVP seasons. He has some new toys like Channing Frye who can be added to the list of guys Steve Nash will make money for. Joe Johnson, Quinton Richardson, and many others have cashed in thanks to Steve, that is because he lit the flame at the Olympics and he whipped kids half his age in a skills competition the next night! If Nash could get hot in the playoffs maybe the Suns can shock the world. The Canadian in me would love to see it!
Long Shots Boston- I had said when “The Big 3” was formed in Boston they had a 3-5 year window to win titles. They have won 1 and that is likely all that they will at least after this year, which is year 3. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have aged quickly this season. You can argue that Rajon Rondo has become the 2nd best Celtic. The Celtics brought in Rasheed Wallace, which many felt including me, that it would be a great fit with this team. It has not worked out as well as many of us thought. A desperate deadline move to bring in Nate Robinson and taking Michael Finley off the scrap heap is not enough to convince me that the Celtics have any real chance to be a serious contender in the East. There is so much ego on this team and that can all work out when you are winning. However, despite leading the Atlantic Division, the Celtics are not winning to the level people expect and eventually, this team could implode in a major way. Atlanta- The Hawks have slowly built their way into being considered part of the cool kids in the East. They are clearly a level above the Raptors, Bucks and others that live in the bottom of the Eastern Playoff bracket. They even can say, and I would support them, that they are better than Boston. This is a team that pushed the Celtics team when it was good to 7 games. Most felt that it was a fluke and they would not be able to build off of that performance but they have and they have to keep this core group lead by Joe
Johnson who is on the B-List of that massive free agent list for 2010. That is not to suggest he is a B-List talent. In other years, teams would be drooling at the prospect of having him. He along with Josh Smith and Mike Bibby and the rest have gained playoff experience together. Have they learned enough to be a factor in the East and get to the Eastern Conference Finals? I say no but the Hawks have reasons to say yes. They have been a solid and consistent team and if they get hot in “Hotlanta”, anything is possible. Just ask K.G. Oklahoma City- Honestly, yes, why not?! Oklahoma City has never been to the playoffs. One of two things will happen: They will go holy crap we’re in the playoffs and melt like an ice cube on a hot day in July. That, or they are just so young that they will not realize that they are not suppose to win the first time around. I mentioned a thrashing that they took at the hands of Denver; that might have been a wake up call for this Thunder team that needed to understand the playoffs are a whole other level. Kevin Durant is in his playoff debut and will have lots of eyes on him but will he shine in the spotlight? Don’t bet against him or the rest of his young Thunder team. They may just surprise you! They would be a heck of a Cinderella
As for the Raptors- We just talked about Canada’s greatest baller now let’s talk about Canada’s and Toronto’s team. The honest answer is watching the Raptors all season it is hard to imagine them winning in the first round over Cavs, Magic’s, Hawks or Celtics. Some feel that Chris Bosh staying depends on that but I am not among them. The Raptors have had a split personality this season. The “Good Raptors” could be capable of pulling off an upset but the “Bad Raptors” may not even make the playoffs. If those guys win out or lose out, I guess it would be more correct. The Chris Bosh leaving Toronto Party will be an epic event. I know folks in the Industry Magazine love a good party but this is not one I want to attend. If the Raptors make the playoffs and perform decently, I think Bosh will stay. I don’t think advancing to the 2nd round is essential to him returning, but not making the playoffs would be a death sentence to Bosh returning I would have to think. So enjoy the playoffs and we’ll be talking more ball and likely getting set for the finals in the next issue as well as looking at who won what in the NBA awards. There is no big glamourous show like the Oscars but it is still fun to see who wins what. Lebron James is taking the M.V.P but after that there can be some other awards that may be surprising.
RAPTORS DANCE PACK:
with some insight into her various rolls with the Raptors.
Lots of people have taken experiences working – James Borbath as NBA dancers and turned it into pretty good careers. Paula Abdul was discovered by the Recently in the Dino Nation Blog, I had a Jackson’s while working as a Laker Girl. That chance to talk with the Kat from the Raptors is probably the most famous example. So you Dance Pak. I thought it might be interesting to never know what can happen. Kat is a terrific talk to her for The Industry as well. She was person and has a great attitude and works hard. happy to do it. In fact, through Twitter and She is an actress, model, choreographer and throughout the season we have become Twitter obviously dancer. She has worked in feature buddies. If you follow me on @Dinonationfilms, live theatre, T.V commercials and print ads. blog you will see many tweets back and forth She is also obviously attractive but beyond that is between myself and @Raptorspacekat which a really good person and has a great outlook on is Kat’s handle on twitter. We share a love and life as I have got to learn. passion for the Raptors and on days that I feel terrible about the Raptors she can often bring a On some nights if the Raptors had the passion smile to my face. and spirit she has they might do better. But win or lose, the Dance Pak is always a win for the It has been an exciting year for Kat who has majority of the Raptors’ fans. The Dance Pak been a member of the Dance Pak for 4 years. is always part of the majority of the events the She now has added T.V host to her resume as Raptors put on in Toronto. Kat and the rest of her she hosts the show Raptorspace that you can pak were in the house for the Raptors Red Party. catch on Raptors T.V and eventually makes it way By the way, so was Toronto’s very own, Drake. to the web on Raptors.com. She has a roll now But they are also at many of the other events in in which she interacts with fans on pretty much the community from building basketball courts a daily basis. She does a good job at it. So we for kids and all kinds of other community based talk about a bunch of things from her performthings that the Raptors do with their Team Up ing with Dance Pak with Vanilla Ice at halftime Foundation. of a Raptors game, to the music she likes, along Chris Bosh is the face of the franchise. Well, Kat is kind of the face of the Dance pak. So it was my pleasure to chat with her and give you some insight into her life as an NBA dancer.
capture something you’re so passionate about. James: Now NBA players have contracts and they have a set amount of time they have their Spot guaranteed. For the Dance Pak, you have to make the team each year so how is that to deal with for you and your fellow members of the Pak? Kat: It’s true, all members of the Dance Pak have to re-audition each year to get back their spot on the team. I won’t lie, it’s a very tense time leading up to auditions. Nothing is guaranteed so each year you have to fight hard to prove that you are what the Dance Pak needs. I look at the whole year on the team as being your audition for the next season. If you are a dedicated team player, hard worker, committed to your team and improving your talent, passionate, a people person, a positive role model and have a love for both sports and performing then you’ll find yourself a spot on the Pak. We’ve lost girls from year to year and it’s sad to see your friends leave because you really do become a little family but it’s a job and the performing business is a hard world, no doubt about that.
James: There are only 30 teams in the entire NBA and now they all have dance teams (Boston finally added one a few years ago) so that is a pretty select group. How does that make you feel to be part of that elite company? Kat: It is an incredible feeling to be able to say that you dance for the NBA among some incredible talent from across North America. As a performer trying to make a name in the business, this is a great gig to have for the exposure and the connections that you make, the opportunities James: You have been on the Rap- that you are presented with including: traveling tors Dance Pak for 4 years. Take us around the world and the great people you meet, back to that moment you decided both in the work environment and the amazing this was something you wanted to fans! do and the entire experience of Auditioning that first time and finding James: Music wise, what is in Kat’s iPod and is out you made the team? what you listen to the same kind of music you Kat: Looking back to the day I dance too? Kat: Music is a huge part of my life. I find that auditioned, I can’t believe how as a dancer, I am exposed to so many different fast time has passed! It has been a whirlwind since then but jam-packed styles that my ‘favourites’ catalogue is changing of incredible opportunities and daily. Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon lessons. I auditioned for the Pak im- are on my go to list no matter what my mood is. mediately after graduating from the It’s the lyrics that draw me in. I respect the sounds Music Theatre program at Sheridan and talents of many artists including Michael College so I was full of determination Jackson, Ne-Yo, James Morrison, Rhianna … and hunger to get my feet into the I find the atmosphere and my mood influence my music choices in the moment. Jazz, hip-hop, performing world. I honestly can’t tell you much about the day because country, soca … I cover it all! I was so focused on the goal that I had tunnel vision for most of it. It was James: You did an interview with me on The a two-day audition so it was a very Dino Nation Blog and I brought up Paula Abdul overwhelming weekend both physi- who started as a Laker Girl and went on to be famous and a recording artist as well as a cally and mentally. After making it judge on American Idol. If you allow yourself to the end of day one I remember wanting it that much more. Day one to dream, what are some of your goals for the consisted of learning a routine, tech- future? nique combinations, and freestyle Kat: When I was young I wanted to be a doctor in front of a panel from the Raptors or an animator for Disney. I was the only kid that organization. Day two consisted would hold the human brain in kindergarten on of an interview and then the final our trip to the hospital. Then I saw Beauty and the performance round. When I think Beast, the musical when it was here in Toronto about the moment, they revealed the and I pretended I was Belle for the next ten new team. I remember a feeling of months. Hosting a TV show was always on my satisfaction and complete exhausbucket list so I’m blessed to have experienced that tion. It’s definitely an absolute high to this year with Raptorspace on Raptors NBA TV. It
has been a blast and hosting is definitely something I’d love to do throughout my career. Lately I’ve had an urge to tackle some acting, either film or television, writing and travel. I’m constantly craving new challenges so to tie those all together in some way would be a dream come true. James: In working for the Raptors you get to do some TV work with the Show Raptorspace. Part of the job makes you very much in the mix with Raptors fans and representing the Raptors in a public way even more than with Dance Pak alone. Is that a role you enjoy and what are some of the challenges that come along with it? Kat: I love the growth of fan interaction this year with the Raptors. I’m very much a people person and I really am passionate about our Toronto Raptors, so to be able to tie the two together and share the highs and lows with dedicated Raptor fans is awesome. The social media side is one of the more challenging areas of the job. Being exposed daily on twitter, facebook and other realms to positive and negative feedback means that you need stay true to you but be observant of your judgments and opinions. I’m a very optimistic person which I think helps the challenge. (As I heard it once said from my interactive guru Jonathan, would you want to see your tweet with your name under it on a billboard? Social media, a scary but exciting world).
performance for the night. There is always homework too. Practicing on our own time is important and if you don’t have the routine down, then you won’t be dancing at the game. James: Who are some of the people that inspire you professionally and personally? Kat: From a performer’s point of view, I admire the talent and work of Gene Kelly. He was what a bright star is in the entertainment world. He had style, he had passion and he had a wonderful soul. I remember being young and dancing with my Grandfather while his movie was on TV and that memory will stick with me forever. I also admire the works of Mia Michaels, the talented choreographer, who knows how to tell the most fulfilling story through her pieces and because of the way she has handled the business. Susan Stroman is another choreographer’s career I admire and I would love to have the opportunities she has had. On a personal level I have absolute admiration and thanks for my family. Their love, strength, and support have pushed me through my hardest challenges and I am blessed to have them there through highs and lows. This business isn’t easy so if you’re out there fighting to get in make sure you thank the people who have been there for you because unconsciously their words have kept you strong.
Burlington. What is it that you enjoy about Toronto as a city? Kat: I’ve always labeled myself a small town girl at heart with big city dreams. I enjoy the energy, rush and no limitations of Toronto life but miss the half speed days where everyone knows your name. I call Burlington my Hamptons; a place to escape reality for just a moment. But every time I take the train back into the city and see the skyline I get that strong need to be part of the city. I love that you can be in Italy one hour and Greece the next. I love that I can go for a run on the Harbourfront in the afternoon and attend a Blue Jays game or comedy show in the evening. I love the lights on the CN tower, the beaches, our sports teams, Greek salad and souvlaki on the Danforth, St. Lawrence Market, our mini Times Square, patio season on Queen Street, the Distillery District, co-ed baseball league in Davisville, outdoor skating rinks, all the cool little festivals like Nuit Blanche and the fact that if I hold a door open for someone they say thank you.
So that is Kat. She, like me, will be hoping for the Raptors to keep us both working beyond April 14th, which is the NBA regular season in this issue. Speaking of Playoffs, you can check out my thoughts on who just might win them and the prospects for the Raptors. Along with anything else that has caught my attention James: Biggest misconception people have since the last issue. Kat certainly has no trouble James: If someone is reading this article think- about what you do in terms of the Dance Pak? attracting attention and I thank her for taking ing I would love to be an NBA dancer. What Kat: People are always surprised at the level of the time to talk with me for the Industry Mag. will it take for them to have a serious shot at commitment and hard work that goes into the She is just as good a person on the inside as on making that dream a reality? job. And that “all you get is what you see”. As the outside. Best of luck to her in the future at Kat: Experience! Get out there and dance as I had mentioned we attend all home games, making all her dreams come through. She does much as you can, take class, improve your skills rehearse three times a week and for an hour a great job for the Raptors in her roles and they and expand your styles, see local dance perfor- before all home games, attend Raptors and com- are lucky to have her on the MLSE Payroll. mances, get involved with dance groups, know munity events, have a dedicated fitness regimen what’s hot in the world of dance at the moment, and all of us are either in University or have a etc. The Dance Pak consists of a dedicated group full time job on top of the mix. The ladies on the of ladies who are professional, hard working, Pak are a special group of women who I respect confident and enthusiastic about what they do. very much for their balance, energy, intelligence, poise and love for the game. An athletic look is important too, so get to the gym, grasp a healthy approach on food and keep smiling because it’s an instant boost to your James: You mentioned that you have got into appearance. It’s not easy work but everyday in doing choreography is that something you this job is very rewarding and satisfying. enjoy and how is that going? Kat: Choreography is something I fell in love James: How is it like being part of the dance with and have been doing since a young age. pak? Women sometimes can have issues and It’s a creative outlet that allows me to purge are competitive. Is it hard to keep everyone my mind for the world to see. I have taught pulling the line in the same direction? Or do and choreographed for studios and have also you guys get along well and are one big happy choreographed and staged various musicals. I family? have also been lucky to share my work with the Kat: Everyone is always surprised when I say that Dance Pak the last two years which has been we really do all get along. I think what helps the pretty cool. Usually I’m watching my pieces from bond this year is that w10hours each plus time the audience but here, I’m able to be a part of on our own at the gym working out. Sometimes them. It’s definitely something I’d love to keep acyou really have to fight the sleepies to get to the tive and when I need to hang up my performing gym because really when you accept the job you shoes I’ll have another passion to work on. accept that keeping in shape is an important part James: What is the thing or things that you of it. Sometimes we need to learn a routine in one rehearsal and perform it at the next game; have learned from this experience working for sometimes we have more time to spend on the Raptors? perfecting it. Our coach tries to vary the styles of Kat- I have learned to be thankful for every opdances and we tend to perform different dances portunity, that respect and dedication aid to build based on the game at hand. For example, Sun- a strong team bond, I have gained confidence days are family days so we may do a themed as a performer and as a woman, learned the dance with the Raptor where we bring out our meaning of the word balance and that Toronto hip-hop routines on Friday nights. We also have has the best fans in the NBA! an hour on court rehearsal prior to every home game where we put the finishing touches on the James: You work in Toronto and grew up in
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Drake – Kesing Sang
When thinking of the plight of one of hip-hop’s newest sensations, it’s odd that I keep drawing parallels between Toronto’s Aubrey “Drake” Graham and the medieval tale of King Arthur and the sword in the stone. Put that look of confusion aside for a moment and bear with me. Nas controversially declared hip-hop dead and sent the culture into an uproar. Many of the game’s heavy hitters have gone on extended hiatuses or have been plagued with legal woes. Jay-Z retired, and then un-retired, and now looks to be in the last leg of a legendary career. This has led many to begin a fanatical search for the next “big thing”, a saviour if you will. Similar to the story of the sword in the stone, most expect that this successor to the throne would be a great warrior or legendary entity who returns to assume the role, yet, it ended up being an unassuming little boy named Arthur who managed to pull that sword and the rest was history. Enter Toronto-born Aubrey “Drake” Graham. A half-Black and half-Jewish, teen idol from “Degrassi”, hailing from relatively affluent beginnings, Drake by no means fits the mould of what most would consider a Hip-Hop icon to be. Yet, here he stands nearly a year after dropping his critically acclaimed mixtape “So Far Gone” and tearing up the industry with his shine-stealing guest appearances, catchy melodious hooks, and his penchant for memorable punch-lines, Drake is poised to release one of the year’s most anticipated albums, “Thank Me Later.” What has been most impressive about his current run is the amount of respect he has received from some of today’s most well respect artists. Co-signs from Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, among others, have only helped to further elevate the 22 year-olds status in the eyes of many. Graham has recently added bolstered his resume by closing the (year) BET Awards, the Grammy’s, featuring on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album,
and even coaching at the NBA Rookie Challenge alongside Magic Johnson at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. It is safe to say that this young “up-and-comer” has indeed arrived… all before dropping his first full-length LP, an accomplishment that leaves many wondering where the versatile artist can go from here? Much of Drake’s success can be attributed to the fact that he seems to have blended an ability to create commercially appealing songs that still resonate with true “hip-hop heads” because his flow is unique, and lyrical content and technique are undeniably far above average. This is a formula that many artists have attempted to blend, with varying degrees of success. Drake has blended these talents flawlessly, also mixing in his ability switch up entirely and deliver melodic sensual songs making it difficult to simply classify him as a “rapper”; indeed the title of “artist” is far more apt for the multi-talented Young Money signee. His debut album “Thank me Later” will be released on June 15th, 2010. In the meantime he has released the album’s first single, “Over”, which he premiered on Toronto’s radio station Flow 93.5 and has started shooting the video in Los Angeles with director Anthony Mandler. With all the buzz surrounding the album I decided to ask well respected veteran DJ PPLUS for his thoughts on the project: “Because Drake has the ear of the world, he will have a opportunity to change the way people view and maybe listen to New Urban music, I just hope people are ready.... I know I am.” I definitely agree with PPLUS, Drake created such a huge buzz around him in his rookie year it’s a wonder to see what will happen, as he becomes a more seasoned artist. In the words of Jay-z, “Drake’s up next, see what he do with it”- Toronto sit back, kick your feet up, ‘cause I have a feeling Drake’s got this!
Gudda Gudda – Amol
Gudda Gudda: Wuttup! Whuttup! It’s your boy Gudda Gudda, Young Money all day! Shout out to Industry Magazine, y’all already know what it is. I’m in T.DOT kno’ what I’m sayin’… Nothing but love man, I love y’all. Young Money forever! Amol: So right now you’re watching an interview with my man here, Gudda Gudda from Young Money. What’s the origin of your name? Gudda Gudda: First off like, my name wasn’t like a… Like when I started rapping it wasn’t like I said I was gonna call myself Gudda Gudda, it sound hard like nah it wasn’t it! My homeboys used to call me Gudda around my ways… All my homeboys called me Gudda; it was my nickname. So when I finally started rapping, I just kept my nickname so that’s it! Your homeboy’s name is Gudda! I ain’t even gotta say much! Amol: How did you get with Lil’ Wayne and the whole fam with Young Money? How did that all happen? Gudda Gudda: Really, I was one of the three cats that was in the room when Young Money was starting, when before Young Money was Young Money, before anybody knew anything about Young Money. It was me, Wayne, and one of my other homeboys in a room talking about what we wanted to do in the future… like it was really supposed to be a clothing line you kno’ what I mean? And he (Lil’ Wayne) wind up… By him (Lil’ Wayne) already being into the music, he kinda just switched it like he wanted to get
into the music! I wasn’t even rapping at this point- I was just his homeboy. He said he wanted to do the music and we started doing the music! Young Money was originated in New Orleans in a small… *Laughs *
Amol: So he’s actually like, one of your role models you would say… Gudda Gudda: Yeah, especially when it comes to this music. I mean, definitely when it comes to the music!
Amol: Wow, but how long ago? Gudda Gudda: I’d say about 10 years ago.
Amol: What’s your take on the, “We are Young Money” album? Gudda Gudda: I think it’s a great album, you know, we put a lot of work into that album. That album was switched around a lot of times… We put a lot of work; a lot of different times I was called in to come fly in and redo a lot of music for that album and so was everybody else. It was a lot of work put into that album… I think it came out great, it’s doing good; it’s number one on the Hip-Hop charts, its selling real good right now… Working up on gold so can’t complain! We’re doing good right now.
Amol: Wow, you guys came a long way… Gudda Gudda: Yeah, to see what its come to now… It’s crazy ‘cause I still remember that day… When I think back of that day when we talked about doing his record label and to see what its come to now, it’s crazy! Amol: Are you guys gonna use some of the branding with Young Money aside from the music? Like a clothing line… Gudda Gudda: Yeah, there’s not a plan with the clothing line… Like I said, we was gonna do a clothing line but it was to the point Wayne was just designing his own clothes; like he get some jeans and cut them up and draw all over them you kno’ what I mean? He was really acting as a designer and everything. We started wearing our own clothes, like he would design clothes and we would all wear them together but he was so deep into the music with Cash Money already he just figured, why shouldn’t I start a record label? So he went on in and started a record label and soon after, he wind up teaching me how to actually rap.
Amol: What’s going on with your mixtape, “Guddaville”? Gudda Gudda: Yeah, I got a mixtape called, Guddaville out. It’s well over 600 000 downloads, it was number 5, it was in Top 10 Mixtapes of the year on datpiff.com and if you know about datpiff.com they put out like maybe, 200 000 mixtapes a year. Just to make it in the top 10 for my first mixtape ever! And all the people who was ahead of me with my mixtape was Drake and Weezy so Young Money pretty much ran datpiff for the whole year! Amol: Can we expect a solo project like your own album?
Gudda Gudda: Yeah, of course, as an artist I’m always working on an album… I put songs off an album daily. Every time I record I might record some joints and put them on the side for what I might use for my album, use for my mixtape. Right now, sooner than later, I got Guddaville 2 coming, Back to Guddaville really but it’s Guddaville 2 but I call it, Back to Guddaville… That’ll be coming real soon like within the next couple of weeks, no later than a month. Amol: What are your feelings on Wayne going to jail and how’s that affecting the whole team of Young Money? Gudda Gudda: It’s not effecting the team, it’s just effecting how we feel, it’s like taking the biggest thing in hip-hop right now, you just gon’ take him and put him behind bars for some sh*t that’s some real bullsh*t charges. So at the end of the day, Young Money, we gonna keep moving at the end of the day. This sh*t is set up for us to keep moving, we gon’ keep moving and I’ma keep riding out till like one of the outlaws for Weezy, outlaws ‘cause Weezy got me and I’m gon’ ride and he gon’ see me on my Free Weezy campaign till he come out that b*tch, straight up! Amol: How do you like Toronto? How do you like being in Toronto? Being Drake’s city and being apart of the Young Money camp, how do you like the city? Gudda Gudda: I love out here, I was just tellin’ my man, tellin’ my security earlier man like, we need to come out here, just on some chillin’ sh*t, just to come out here just for a couple of weeks just to f*ck around like I just like it out here- I like the whole environment around here. Just last night, I was in
the studio recording some sh*t and it just felt good. I was just working freely- I couldn’t stop writing! It was like, damn, I could work good out here. So I wanna come back out here. Amol: Yeah you were here summer time in August. I remember you on stage. Gudda Gudda: Yeah. Amol: It was a good show! You guys weren’t here for that long; it was just for one day. Gudda Gudda: Yeah, that was around tour time so we were just stickin’ and movin’. Amol: Do you actually have any advice for any upcoming talents? Gudda Gudda: Yeah, basically, if you’re up and coming… I was one of them cats that really thought that this rap sh*t ain’t have nothing for me, like I ain’t believe in it at one point. So to get to this point now, now I really see where the hard work comes from, where all the sh*t I went through and everything I went through just to get to this point, now it makes sense you kno’ what I mean? So basically, just stick to what you’re doing and if you love what you’re doing keep doin’ it, work hard at it, sh*t will come through at the end. That’s real talk. Amol: Is there anyone that you want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet? Gudda Gudda: I’d love to do some sh*t with Alicia Keys. Just something big, you kno’ what I mean? Something different, something people wouldn’t expect me to do. People expect me to do a song with Gucci Mane, or Jeezy, and all that typa sh*t is already in the works you kno’ what I mean. So I’d want to do something with
somebody big, like Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, just somebody who’s on a whole other level, somebody you wouldn’t expect to hear me in a joint with. Amol: Where do you see yourself and the whole Young Money crew within the next 5 years? Gudda Gudda: Yeah, I think we’ll still be the biggest thing in hip-hop. It’ll be bigger by then, pretty much the whole label will probably put out an album by now; each artist so we’ll be solidified as a movement, and it’s something that will be brought down in history forever. I just think we’re gon’ be real big within the next 5 years. It’s set up real pretty so I figure we’ll be running; we’ll be running around for the next 5 years. Amol: Is there anything that the audience should know about you, that people don’t know about you? Is there anything you would like to say? Gudda Gudda: Yeah a lot of people sometimes, that I run into in the street and they feel like, a lot people say I’m unapproachable, and they can’t approach me, and some people scared to approach me but it’s not like that, I’m a cool person, I’m very humble you know, I’m fair; if you’re cool then I’m cool, if you come around me with some wrong sh*t then I’ma stop you and check you right there but if you come at me with some cool sh*t and you wanna holla and keep it moving, I’m all for it! Just holla at me! Amol: Thank you Gudda Gudda for your time and everything. We’re out!
MUSIC & CELEB NEWS – Nicole McGloster
Over the last few months, the major entertainment headlines have been about Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter and his jail sentencing. The self-proclaimed best rapper alive had evaded his one-year stint at Rikers Island twice for consequential circumstances. The first sentencing date was postponed due to emergency dental that the rapper had to undergo, and the second date because of a basement fire in the courthouse. Although it would seem that the universe was definitely in favor of Lil’ Wayne not going to Rikers, on March 8, the young mogul finally began serving his one- year sentence for illegally possessing a firearm when his tour bus was stopped by police in July of 2007. Other major headlines have left a not-so-positive image for the hiphop community. Wyclef Jean has been misappropriating the funds from Yele, a non-profit foundation created by the artist to help the Haitian people. According to several media reports, the charity paid Khatou-Chevassus, Jean’s mistress, $105,000 as an independent contractor in 2008 for “program development.” That amounts to roughly one-third of all the money Yele spent that year on management and general expenses.
While Wyclef Jean was admitting to being very messy with his business ventures, Waka Flocka Flame, of “O Let’s Do It” fame, was having his own issues. The newcomer to the music scene was shot in January and recently arrested (Mar 16) in Georgia for probation violation. He was previously charged with possession of a sawed-of shotgun in an unknown incident. Despite the thrill of his success, this rapper has been dealing with a lot since the start of 2010. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing better days for the young rising star.
In much more positive news, videos have been trying to make a comeback as a major staple in the entertainment industry. Videos, such as, “Put It In A Love Song” by Alicia Keys featuring Beyoncé, have been getting pushed in the same fashion as major albums. Luckily, the anticipation for Lady Gaga’s, “Telephone” (that also features Beyoncé) wasn’t unbearable. The video was released March 11 on E! News and has been gaining incredible feedback. The rumor mill has been churning with talks of Gaga going too far, Beyoncé being the pop star’s lesbian lover, and more ridiculous talk. In all honesty, Gaga is the number one artist out and she’s adored by many in the hip-hop community. Keep an eye out for the young renegades who are about to take over for 2010. Jay Rock, O.J. Da Juiceman, Nipsey Hussle, Fashawn, Wiz Khalifah, Pill, Donnis, J. Cole, Big Sean and Freddie Gibbs were named the top ten freshman rappers of 2010 by XXL Magazine. These guys, along with Nicki Minaj, Drake and Laws, will be tearing up the hip-hop scene in upcoming months. Many of them are already heavy hitters in the mixtape realm, but many fans are waiting to see what they can do with debut albums and major radio spins.
In one lifetime, she has conquered being one third of the most successful female bands of all time, embarked the television world with appearances on hit television series as well as made for T.V movies, she survived high profile relationships, became an incredible mother, manage her own Designer Bag wear (Bags by Chilli) and now has the highly anticipated reality show What Chilli Wants debuting this month (April 11th) I sit here with the fabulous Roz aka Chili from the classic r&b and hip hop TLC group Thank you for doing this interview with me Aw you’re welcome Lisa! First thing I have to ask is…How does it feel? It’s a blessing. I have so much to be thankful for and the most important accomplishment for me was becoming a mother to my son Tron. I think being a member of TLC would be second to that because being a part of my group has given me some amazing opportunities. Aw Congratulations. Tron is too adorable! Thank you! Let’s back it up a few years... What motivated you to get into the music business? It was always my dream to be an entertainer. I knew I had to do something in music and entertainment and so when I got the
chance I took that opportunity and ran with it and the rest is history. No doubt about that! Now I must give credit when it is due. TLC is one of my favourite groups of all times - you ladies set the trend and the hottest tracks. You gave music value with dash of tasteful sex appeal. From motivational songs like “Unpretty” to bumping’ in the car “What about your friends” to sensual tracks like “Red Light Special” TLC Catered to all Female egos. Tell us how you feel about your TLC experience? Thank you. I always love to hear fans tell their opinion on our records because it was so important for us to speak especially for our female fans. I will always be a member of TLC that will never change, it’s a part of who I am and always will be. The experience has been so wonderful and unique. Our fans are the greatest in the world and we were a part of music when music had so much power and artists wanted a voice. How did you hook up with the other members of TLC; Lisa (Left Eye) and Tionne (T-Boz)? They were looking for a third member for the group and I was introduced to them. From the moment we met, we knew it was meant to be. It definitely was! What was TLC all about? What was your
goal as a group? TLC was about the three of us me, T-Boz and Lisa and the message that we wanted to put out. We didn’t feel like we had to be half-naked to make hits and we wanted to talk about things that women could relate to. We made records that empowered young women and spoke to young people about having fun but being responsible. I think that’s what makes TLC forever a memorable group. You guys were able to blend motivation with sex appeal but on a classier tip. Exactly. What has being in the all time greatest female group, done for you - as an individual? (Minus the financial benefits! ha-ha) Well I think that being a part of TLC is just a part of who I am. Some things are just meant to be so I can’t even imagine that not being a part of my life. I have been a member of TLC for 18 years and that’s a long time. I will always be Chilli from TLC. I apologize if this is still a touchy subject, but my gosh - the passing of Lisa Left Eye was a shocker to us all. I don’t know how you and T-Boz were able to stay strong and committed to your fans and continue to do duo shows. Where and how did you two find the strength? Well our sister’s presence is always with us. I can admit doing shows without her was hard and still is. She is such a huge part of our group. We make her a part of every show and we have the big screens
that show her and her vocals are on all of our records. It can still be hard sometimes but we know she is with us and she would want us to keep going.
I am really open. I like playing roles of strong women because those are the type of women I admire and I think we need to see more of that on TV and in movies.
I’m sure she is very proud of you both
From being in one of the top selling female bands of all time - to an acting career, how and when did you have time to launch your own designer bag wear “Bags by Chilli”? I ended up doing the bag line because someone had given me a bag with my son’s picture on it many years ago when he was much younger. I loved the bag so much and I carried it with me everywhere. Well as Tron got older and he lost his baby teeth and began to change, I noticed that he didn’t look like the picture I had on the bag anymore. I wanted to order another one with a newer picture on it so I tried to find the company that made my bag and they had gone out of business. I knew I had to have another bag and so I did some research and that’s how Bags by Chilli was born.
Nowadays you don’t see many female groups that survive as long as you guys did and other former lady bands like SWV, En Vogue, Salt n Pepper etc... What do you think is missing from the female pop groups these days that could be lacking their success? It’s a combination of things; you have to make songs that the world can connect with. Unfortunately the creative mind isn’t in effect anymore. Also you just have to know the bottom line. We know that together as TLC we made a huge impact, although the three of us were individuals it made so much of a bigger impact when we were together. That is what I think the difference for TLC is. Yep I agree, there has to be meaning behind the music and a positive motive. Of course. If you ever got back into the studios, which artists or producers would you like to work with? I would love to work with Will I. Am, and I’ve always been a big fan of Andre 3000. You are one of the first female artists to broaden your horizons and dip your feet into the acting pool, with guest appearances on shows such as The Parkers, That 70s Show and Strong Medicine, made-for-television movies; A Diva’s Christmas Carol and Love Song and in the film Snow Day. Tell us about your acting career... I enjoy acting but I haven’t done some things because of my responsibilities with my son. I have always been open to doing television but it would have to be the right opportunity. Movies were not always an option because I don’t want to be away from him for long periods of time. I enjoy doing television though. Do you have any television or movie roles coming up? Right now I’m focused on my show “What Chilli Wants” on VH1 which will air April 11th. I have some other things brewing but this is my focus right now. Ooh we are defiantly looking forward to that! Are there any other roles you would like to casted in?
Where can we find these hot items? You can find the bags at www.bagsbychilli.com I am truly amped for your upcoming project! Your reality series What Chilli Wants debuts this month (April 11th) now tell me everything! What made you make this decision? Tell us what we can expect!? I wanted to show that we as women all have things in common. We all want the perfect mate for us and to live a healthy life. I know many of the things I deal with a lot of women deal with also and I thought it would be good to show women that it’s ok to have standards and to wait for the man that God has for you instead of settling with someone that you know is not the right one for you just to avoid being lonely. I am very excited for you and I hope the show brings you everything you desire. Thank you! :) I am so intrigued by you because you are one of the influences I grew up with that made me fall in love with the industry and what I do. The fact you had your time, and you conquered so much - from the fame to being an entrepreneur to now a television star - you remained relevant through the ups and downs of the business. You always kept a clean and inspiring image. I love your spirit. Many celebrities in your position become arrogant or get led down the depression path. But you’re so positive and still a fabulous role model. How do you do it? What keeps you driven
and positive? I think that I have just stayed as the person that I always was. I wasn’t raised to be someone that misused people or wasn’t appreciative of the blessings God gave me. I have always tried to stay true to myself. I may have made some mistakes but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more sure of myself and tried to follow the voice that I hear inside instead of always listening to what I may hear from others. What advice would you give young women who want to follow in your path? Stay true to yourself and always strive to make a difference. When you have that mindset you are forced to do great things. Aside from the music career, television, movies, designer labels and now your own series - is there anything else for Chili to accomplish? Well I am excited that TLC is going back on the road this summer. We have some dates lined up overseas and will probably do some dates in the states as well. I love being onstage with my sister. It is the best feeling in the world besides spending time with my mini me Tron. We performed in Vegas last year with Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keyes and Taylor Swift and I was blown away by the love we got from fans. I didn’t want to leave the stage. That’s awesome! I don’t think TLC fans are ready to see you guys retire anyway ;) Thank you very much for taking the time to do this exclusive with me and The Industry Magazine. I truly wish you nothing but continued success in all you future endeavors. Thank you :) I hope you and everyone else will tune in on April 11th! We most definitely will! Thanks Lisa
FASHION: Christina Cheng presents
What to expect for SPRING 2010 For all my fashion fanatics out there, the thought of Spring is undoubtedly going to be a pleasing one in the fashion world! It’s that time to refresh your wardrobes because not only is it the first new season for 2010, it is also the first since the affects of the global financial crisis have begun to decline! So let’s take this opportunity to splurge on what Spring 2010 fashion trends have to offer! Ladies, for this season you’ll be seeing a lot of neutral tones, heavy prints, very short shorts and boy shorts, and as mentioned in the February issue, you’ll expect to see masculine elements for Spring such as: sporty clothing, blazers, vests, ripped, torn and patched denim, and looser pants. I’ll also give you the inside scoop of what type of swimwear to expect to see this season and one other outrageous thing to expect to see this season are bow headbands and bunny ears! Yes, I said bunny ears! Fellas, I don’t have much to say for y’all but all I have to say is, put your kicks away and welcome in the New-Wave Boat shoes this Spring, and step your eyewear game up ‘cause these new plastic aviators are what’s hot! According to GQ Magazine, they talk on behalf of the new style of aviators, they mention that, “This new riff co-opts the chunky plastic cool of Wayfarers and applies it to the timeless fighter pilot’s silhouette.” Sounds like a “now that’s what’s up” type of shades huh? Well, take a look! Ladies, neutral tones are in for the Spring season; it creates that barely there, elegant look so expect to see a lot of beige, champagne, and all shades of grey. Some of you may wonder why the neutral colour for Spring but part of the reason why this neutral colour style is in, is because there are so much colour, prints, and energy in the other Spring trends that the neutral just balances everything out! Neutrals with a splash of colour and/or print is what’s in right now!
Ladies, it’s all about the legs this season so expect to see short shorts, “hot pants”, and boy shorts this Spring! Remember, too short is a big no-no, keep in mind that there’s a fine line between sexy and leaving little for imaginations! Let’s be sexy yet simple, a tad risqué, edgy and street chic! Swimwear, swimwear, swimwear! What would warm days be without pools and beaches? For this 2010 swimwear trend, expect to see one-shoulder bikinis and monokinis, cut-away bikinis, and simple, sexy ways to accessorize your bathing suits! One-shoulder bikinis and monokinis is a style that is taken from the one-shoulder fashion trend. This swimwear is definitely a must have for the warmer weather. A standout one-shoulder swimwear piece won’t be hard to come by this season because there is one made for every body type! A one-shoulder swimwear piece comes in a bikini style and a one piece. The cut-away swimwear style definitely takes its cues from the cut-away/shredding trend. This cut-away swimwear is also a must have piece for 2010- it’s a cross between edgy, sexy, and sophistication and it’s sure to turn heads every time! Dressing up your swimwear is another huge deal this season because there has been a conclusion that not all swimwear is for swimming in, in fact, pools parties and beach parties are equally about socializing and having fun without even having to your toes wet! So definitely feel free to enter the Spring and Summer season with accessorizing your swimwear in a different, elegant way. The one key trend to this style is to use the sheer trend. The sheering material will definitely dress
up your swimwear and leave you looking flawless, and another plus about this is, it’s best suited throughout the day! Ladies, many of you may flip out and you may have to read this over to make sure you read right but believe it or not, bow headbands and bunny ears are a pretty big deal this season! And yes, I did say bunny ears! Don’t ask me why, but I’m just giving you a heads up- you will be seeing bow headbands and bunny ears around! From bunny ears to Mickey Mouse ears and to oversized bows, these are the styles that best fit the vintage-sex-kitten and the sugar sweet girl-next-door look! This trend is a definite favourite for shoots and editorials which has now become a soon to be favourite for the streets! Be on the lookout! Ladies, for this spring shoe
trend expect to be amazed with ‘all that jazz’ and I’m not talking about music, I’m talking about Oxford flats! It’s a quirky twist on the traditional dancing shoe. This geeky spin off, complete with laces and pointy toes, is the flat shoe of the season! It’s a perfect blend between a casual shoe and a smart street chic shoe! You can definitely stress these flats up and dress them down. However way you decide to wear them, just make sure you have fun with them!
as, “This new riff co-opts the chunky plastic cool of Wayfarers and applies it to the timeless fighter pilot’s silhouette.” Now it’s time for you fellas to dress up your wardrobe with these essentials! Trust me, it’ll give you a new flare to your own being. Enjoy!
Now for the fellas, it’s time to retire the kicks for the warm seasons ahead and add an immediate jolt of life to your shoe game wardrobe by grabbing a hold of these punchy, can’t-miss boat shoes? No, I’m not talking about the traditional brown boat shoes that everyone immediately thinks about, not that there’s anything wrong with them it’s just that there are newer versions to the shoe! As of recent, there are New-Wave boat shoes so now you’re open to try a streamlined new silhouette or a splashy colour instead! Also, Ransom by Adidas has recently released their Spring/Summer 2010 footwear where they put their own rendition of a boat shoe in their collection. Their new Bluff and Valley Low’s are their take on a boat shoe and it comes in a black and a light green colorway with white leather laces and a clean white outer sole. Another must have item to keep in mind for this season are shades, but not just any kind of shades, I’m talking about aviators, plastic aviators that is… Plastic aviators are a timely update from the wire-framed aviators that have been around for decades now. These plastic aviators have been described by GQ Magazine
This Spring 2010 season is about stepping out of your element a little bit and taking risks with fashion so go out there and have fun!
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Beauty Fresh off The Runway… Spring 2010
This Spring I’m pulling looks straight off the runway! A few of my favorite designers have really set the trend for this spring with their intriguing looks on the runway, and with the many fabulous cosmetic products released thus far for Spring 2010. It’s going to be fun breaking down these looks for you, my fellow Beauty Lovers.
This year the models in Lagerfeld’s camp hit the runway with a somewhat angelic, pretty makeup: flawless skin, white eye shadow, eyeliner applied in a perfect line, flushed pink
CHEEKS: Blush Ombre- MAC Spring Colour Forecast Collection. This is a light cool pink and is also a Limited Edition item for the makeup collectors! LIPS: Touching on MAC’s Spring Colour Forcast again, try the lip-stick “Laugh-a-lot” a mauve pink shade. However, when applying dab it lightly on the lips and use your finger to spread the color. Before I move on from Lagerfeld’s look I have to rave about the hair; the “dirty hair” look was a hit with most critical reviews this year! It is such a trendy look and can be worn in different degrees of “fancy” for many different occasions. I especially loved the messy bun at the back with lots of little styling details around it, the styling was in no way precise but rather messy but looked great with the makeup and Lagerfeld’s almost masculine designs.
cheeks, and rosy pink lipstick dabbed on to the lips rather than applied to perfection. Try these items achieve the look: EYES: MAC’s Solar White Eye Shadow applied all over the lid and blended upwards. Then line with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliner in Black called “Zero” Using an angled brush will help you achieve that very precise line. Finish off by lining the waterline lightly with a white eye pencil try NYX Jumbo Pencil in “Milk” and use a brush to apply.
Versace’s Spring look almost looked like a Fall face this year! Could this one be a trend until fall? Usually the makeup & beauty world associates the color purple with the cool crisp season of fall, but this time around Versace took it a couple shades lighter and created a beautiful look for Spring 2010. EYES: Eye shadow quad - Four limited-edition eye shadows specially selected to complement the plum/burgundy palette of the Spring Colour Forecast Collection can help achieve these eyes. Using “Mink Pink” (neutral soft pink) on the inner corners, “Bruised Plum” (Frost-
ed mid-tone dirty mauve) all over the lid and “Black Tulip” (frosted dark grape) used in an eyeliner fashion and smudged at the outer corner and line the waterline with white eyeliner finishing off with a black mascara will give you the elegant finish as Versace’s models wore.
Favourites released for March & April: - Urban Decay’s The Alice in Wonderland Palette - With naming of eye shadows like “Queen”, “Drink me, Eat me”, “Jabberwocky” and the packaging of this product how could anyone NOT love it!
Lips: Pale and glossy! Grab your most pale lipstick and place it at the middle of your lips then spread it out and top off with an extra glossy lip-gloss. Try LipGlass from MAC.
Christian Dior HIGH GLAM! This look was one of my personal favorites and it reminded me of glamorous silverscreen ladies of from the 40’s and 50’s. This look makes quite the dramatic statement, with a focus on strong, high arched brows, and of course that blue eye shadow/ red lipstick combo. This has probably been considered as one of the tackiest makeup pairings ever, but it was surely a hit on Galliano’s runway and can easily creep its way into trendy makeup for 2010. Nonetheless it is a classic and will be back in the future. One last and major detail about this look is styling your hair to smooth and shiny cascading waves, you’ll surely look like a beauty from the glamorous 40’s then! Eyes: Misty Blue Eye Shadow all over the lid and faded upwards, black eyeliner on the upper lid, a couple coats of black mascara and the waterline lined with white. Lips: Practice makes perfect when trying to achieve the perfect red lips, and I emphasis on the word PERFECT. Use deep red lip liner and then a lip brush to apply your lipstick for the most precise results!
- OPI’s new HONG KONG 2010 Collection...check out the colours! I want them all... don’t you!? Have fun recreating these beautiful looks from the runways of Fashion Week 2010 and be sure to let me know what you think of the many amazing products.
Have a fabulous Spring 2010 Everyone! – Trish Island Besos
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– New York tattoo artist of East Side Ink Some artists create art with paint and brushes – this one uses ink and needles. -Melissa Sundardas
Aside from the harmonies they sing and the rhymes they spit, many artists in the hip hop community are becoming just as well known for their ink as they are for their musical talents. Whether they’re walking murals like Lil Wayne or have a small, but notable piece like Jay-Z, tattoos make a statement and New York tattoo artist, BangBang’s needle and ink masterpieces are giving some of hip hop’s finest another outlet for expressing themselves. Infamous for inking Barbados beauty, Rihanna’s most talked about tattoo of a gun on the side of her ribcage, BangBang is a self-taught tattoo artist who started his craft on his own when he 18 years old. Now at 24, he works at distinguished tattoo shop, East Side Ink in New York City. The name BangBang sparked from the guns he has tattooed on the side of his neck. “I’ve been getting tattoos since I was 15 years old, so I always loved them and my two cousins – that are probably the biggest why reason I started tattooing – liked tattoos and gave me the money to start doing it and pretty much from day one when my stuff arrived in the mail, I was tattooing them in my mom’s kitchen.” Born outside of Philadelphia while growing up in northern Delaware, he was always an artist, but didn’t like the restrictions that school art classes had because he always wanted to draw whatever he wanted. “I wouldn’t say art was something I had a passion for, it was just something that I was always good at. So it was kind of like I felt like I didn’t need to work at it because I was always the best kid in class at it – I was kind of born with it.”
“Once I started tattooing was when I got passionate about art – I found people who were better than me so I needed to work harder.” In 2004 when he was 18 years old, BangBang was introduced to the owner of a tattoo shop – that has since closed down – called Rage of the Needle located in Delaware. The owner was quite impressed with BangBang’s work so he hired him as one of his artists. Two years later he decided to move to Manhattan, New York and was on the grind to gain more tattooing experience and land a job at East Side Ink where he currently works. “East Side Ink is a very top notch shop, so it’s very hard to get a job here. I spent two years in the city working everyday from noon until midnight or sometimes from two in the afternoon to 5 in the morning, just trying to get better, get better, get better and then finally I tried to get a job at East Side and I landed it.” Being a generation younger than the other artists who work there, BangBang started at the bottom of the totem pole and worked his way to the top. He says he feels privileged to be able to something he considers fun for a living. “For the most part, my clients here let me do whatever I want and they pay me for it – how crazy is that? They have a lot of faith in me so I’m really lucky.” Through BangBang’s eyes, tattoos are a must-have for everybody. “There’s like what – 7 billion people on the Earth? The only way to make yourself an individual is to decorate yourself. You decorate your body in a style of clothing, you decorate your house in your style, you listen to music that’s your style, so you can also decorate you skin and make it your style.”
“A car or sneakers that are your style are never going to last as long as your tattoo, so it seems senseless to me to not have any.” Since his first tattoo he etched on himself of a little Japanese symbol for art, BangBang has placed his artwork on some lime lit bodies including Rihanna, Swizz Beats, Eve, Chris Brown and Funk Master Flex to name a few. “The feeling you get when they call you – it’s really cool. You know, you spend so many years paying attention to what they’re doing and now they’re paying attention to you.” Rihanna wasn’t a household name to BangBang when he started tattooing her so it wasn’t as big of a deal to him, but he says they’re now good friends and he’s been tattooing her for years. He’s done eight of her tats to date and talks to her at least every month.” The tattoo artist recalls the times when Swizz Beats and Funk Master Flex called on him for his inking skills as being an exciting honour in his career because he
grew up listening to them. “Swizz Beats got a whole arm. There were cover-ups and stuff that we got rid of. A collage is almost what it looks like – artists that he’s a big fan of, a bunch of words from a bunch of different artists —we put them together kind of in my style.” “I talked to him last week because we have a little more work to do so I’ve got to get him in to finish it.” BangBang says Funk Master Flex’s tattoo was done for Flex’s new TV show, Full Throttle that airs on MTV in April. The show is about cars and BangBang appears on the show tattooing Funk Master Flex. If there’s a complete design you have in mind or if you’re looking for some creative feedback, BangBang can help you to straighten your ideas out before he gets the needle out. “I can’t pick their tattoos for them, but I can throw suggestions out. But ultimately until I know somebody well, I don’t really know their style. Like some of my clients that I know well, I know their style, I know what works well on their skin, I know what their limits are of what they’re willing to get tattooed on their body – so I can make suggestions there.” Because Rihanna and BangBang are well acquainted and he’s done many ink pieces on her, he says he always suggests she get something really big, but Rihanna hasn’t gone for that idea as yet. He mentions the next one she’s doing very soon is going to be in a really prominent spot – somewhere you won’t miss. Along with his gifted drawing skills, BangBang has some specific techniques he uses to give his clients perfect pieces of skin art. He says he uses some specific styles of needles – which he can’t name because he doesn’t want his secret out – that enable him to do more work in the skin without irritating it and hurting it too much. There are also specific grams and densities of inks he uses to make black very black and light grey so smooth, it almost appears digital. Having already worked on a number of big names, BangBang has some goals set for a few new future clients. “50 Cent’s my next target. I’m scheduled to be [on Full Throttle] with him in a couple of weeks, so I’ll be meeting with him and I’ll try to get him to get another tattoo.” “And maybe Jay-Z because he only has like one tattoo on his finger that no one can really see, so I’d want to put something substantial on him.” Just because he’s inked some urban celebrities, it doesn’t mean he only does tattoos for those who hold record deals. BangBang is happy to ink anyone who’s interested in having his work put on them. “I’m really open to anybody and I’m lucky to have any of the clients that I do, so anybody else who wants to jump on the bandwagon, I’m here.”
What’s going on everyone?! How is life treating you? I’ve been seeing a lot of people in shorts and t-shirts, getting ready for the summer.... PUMP YOUR BREAKS FOLKS! It’s nice outside but not THAT nice yet! As I sit here writing this, I’m trying to schedule some road trips in my mind. I recently dove head first into a project that I believe in 100% and I feel the need to get out on the road and maximize the greatness of it! Can you tell that I’m typing with mega-excitement? It’s been an interesting year so far: We lost a fashion icon to suicide (RIP Lee Alexander McQueen), comedian Mo’Nique became the 5th black woman to ever win an Oscar, hers for the Best Supporting Actress category, Sade came back after a 10 year hiatus and smashed EVERYBODY for the number #1 spot on the Billboard 200 music chart (sold 502,000 copies in its first week!), about a hundred music artists came together for a good cause (but ruined a great song), and last but definitely not least, these earthquakes are devastating different parts of the world! Along with the massive and devastating 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Haiti (and all the equally terrible aftershocks they had), the other countries that were hit by earthquakes were: Indonesia, China, California, Tajikistan, Solomon Islands, Venezuela, Turkey and Chile (recently hit by an 8.8 earthquake!). Some smaller than others but the situation is still heartbreaking.... Spring time is upon us now and I just want to know, what are you doing to “revamp” yourselves? Whether it be in your personal lives or in your business world, the winter funk needs to stay back with that weather! In the next couple of weeks, I will be back out on my own again and I can’t wait to go through all my stuff, clear what I still need and what I can get rid of and start FRESH.... I’ve never actually done a fullfledged “spring clean” but man oh man am I excited about it! For this reason, I’ve composed a small list of things that I feel we should all consider for this Spring’s cleaning. Dope & Fresh in the City’s Top 5 Revamps for 2010: 1. Revamp your closets - I feel this one is a no brainer when it comes to Spring-cleaning. Go through all your items (under garments, jeans, accessories, etc.) and get rid of EVERYTHING you no longer wear. Makes sense right? Well, you don’t understand how many pairs of jeans I mean to bring to the Salvation Army but then I find something else I can still wear it with and then it collects dust! 2. Revamp your personal space/house - Again, this should go without saying but I mean, in this sense, everything should basically be turned inside out and cleaned from top to bot-
. Ms. MusiQ
tom. This would also be the perfect time to change around your interior... Nothing says, “revamp” like a brand new living room and bedroom layout! 3. Revamp your work/career - At this point in our lives, everyone should already working in their chosen fields or at least in some type of alignment with it. If you’re not, you should definitely revamp your game plans! Either you need to do a complete 180 and start fresh in the right field(s) or you need to hurry up and find the right people to get you where you need to be… STOP SLACKING IN 2010!! 4. Revamp your circle - Take these words to heart folks: Not everyone you meet has your best interests at heart. For that reason, they need to be fired from your team! I am a big advocate of small circles and having honest people around you that are gonna put you onto everything that benefits you. Once people starts grudging your progress and start whispering out the side of their mouths and behind your backs, you know it’s time for that revamp. Take a look at who’s there, why they’re there and if it makes sense to keep them around… I’m just saying. 5. Revamp yourselves - DO NEW SH*T! Simple, point blank and straight up! Whatever you tried before that’s not working for you, cut it out! PS. I believe in the power of thought and that manifestation is a real thing. You want better? Well, if you do better, act better, and think better, chances are you will be better! I hope everybody has a fab Spring season! Get on your grind and step it up a notch... or three!
. Ms. MusiQ
Stay DOPE & keep it FRESH!!!
SEX & THE INDUSTRY
“SEX CELLS” – Natalie Assoundurian
We are about to embark on a re-discovery. An exploration of the world you thought you knew... until The Industry Magazine came along. Sex is all around us. Aside from our natural tendencies to think about it a few hundred times a day, the influence of sex is everywhere. It’s in the last music video you watched, probably the latest movie you saw, and you most likely got a good dose of it in a recent newspaper or magazine you skimmed through (yes, even now).
kissing is good for you. The extra saliva that is exchanged reduces tooth decay by keeping our mouths clean. So go out there and spread some love people but be careful, improper condom use is one of the leading ways to contract a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). Not many people realize that STDs can also be spread by oral sex. Know your partner and know yourself by getting tested.
Why? Because sex sells.
I CANNOT STRESS SAFE SEX ENOUGH. Make informed decisions about your body. You are your own keeper.
Why does it sell?
Unil next time, lots of lovin’!
Sex may very well be the single most motivating factor for both men and women not only on a physical level that appeals to the eye, but also on an inner instinctive level that beats and drives us from within. Advertising agencies and the media make good use of this knowledge. Businesses and corporations make exceptional use of this knowledge with sex and sex related ads and industries grossing in the billions per year. While it remains a top influence in the world of business there is a constant decrease when it comes to knowledge. Not enough information based media coverage leaves us in the dark (and not the hot and steamy kind). When this happens society begins to make decisions based on myths, fiction and the “he said, she said”. With nothing proven or factual, our lives could be in danger. Luckily, we are here to change that. Not only will we be scouring the globe to bring you the latest in sex and relationship news, health information, trends, advancements and insight, we will also be exploring tips and exciting techniques to help you make the most out of your time between those sheets. We already know that sex sells, sells, sells but did you know that it also boosts cells, cells, cells? That’s right, studies show that maintaining a healthy sex life boosts your immune system by building high levels of antibodies. This helps your body ward off many common viruses including the common cold! Keep in mind studies also show that having sex less than 2-3 times a week or more than 3 times a week is considered excessive or not enough. Really? Sex reduces stress, helps burn calories, improves cardiovascular health and helps reduce prostate cancer. Research also shows
exclusive interview - Jolie Adams Billboard has named you one of the top Canadian artists on the Artist Highlight. Your album is making airwaves on the radio and climbing charts. Congratulations, that must be a great achievement.. How long have you been in the music industry for? Ive always loved making music. I’ve been recording since I was 14 but since I started working with everyone from CP and Poli Paul my career went to another level.. Q)Where in Canada are you from? Vancouver BC home of the 2010 Olympics! What does your name (DY) stand for or represent? DY stands for Die Young. Its a metaphor for life being too short, even if you die at 100 its too young so live everyday like its your last. How has it been creatively producing music under your current label (CP Records)? Its great !!! It’s a family environment at CP. I have a blast making records with Danny and Belly and everyone else on the label. It’s a dream come true. What inspired your single “Passenger” with Danny Fernandes? My manager Kevin who also manages Poli Paul, who produced “Passenger”...played the track for me and I went crazy when I heard it. I played it for Danny and he loved it too. We got in the studio with Belly and we made history. Can you tell us a bit more about your next single? My next single is called “That’s My Spot” Ft D.Woods from Danity Kane. It was great to work with her...she matches the song perfectly ...can’t wait for the video. Are you working on an album? When can we expect a release? Of course I’m working on my album right now. I’m in the studio working hard with Poli Paul, Belly and Da Heala and all the rest of the CP team.
Ask Sal for the release date he knows when the time is right. What do you do (like to do) on your spare time? Vacation, without a doubt! There are a lot of great artists signed under your label. Is there perhaps a tour in the near future? Or a label group album? Yes all that is definitely on the way. We’re all about working together. CP is a family oriented Label. I’m always on the road touring check out my site for details iamdy.com...matter fact me and Danny Fernandes just got off tour with Akon and we did another one with Sean Kingston...what an experience. Any collaborations to look out for any artists you would like to work with? Me and Shakira would be a sick collabo. What motivates you to make music? Life experiences Any artists inspired you growing up? My life is a big inspiration for my music. John Lennon and Tupac we’re definitely huge influences on me growing up. What would you like to have accomplished in the next 2 years? 5 years? I wanna continue to grow as an artist. Keep making good records...and continue to climb my way to the top.
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Let the Hustle Begin! Round One â€“ Joel Persaud
Have a dream? Can`t wait until you get a raise or obtain your useless degrees? Then its time to get your hustle on! This dynamic teen, Karla Moy also known as Hustle GRL (The Girl who hustles) is a great example of some one that chasses their dreams and catches it with a tight grip. She`s definitely got her hustle on as a ``Positive Hustler`` being a self employed graphic designer. Karla was born in Congo, lived in Germany, and finally settled down in Toronto Canada where she started to establish her career playing around with digital art creation software at the age of 12. Karla was later accepted to The Remix Project (a Toronto based youth training program) where she received mentorship from Bryan Espiritu a local clothing designer who gave her advise and feedback on her unstoppable artwork. ``Graphic designing was a skill I developed on my own where I was really able to express my creativity and passion`` Being as young as 17 Karla has developed her credentials with quite the resume! She recently designed the birthday cake for the ``Harajuku barbie`` Nicki Minaj that was hosted on BET televisions show 106 and Park that had a theme of pink with photos of Nicki on the cake. Kara previously worked with Lil Wayne on his No Ceilings mixtape cover and on various Young Money projects. Karla also worked with: Mack Manne, A Game, Famous, Lil Twist, and FCUK.
She later created a fan site for Drake which eventually became the official after meeting the rapper and having a great connection. The site allthings-fresh.net has had tremendous success and is commendable for its high traffic of die hard Drake fans. Be on the lookout for the GRL who hustles, HUSTLE GRL Message from Karla to You = ``No matter how young you are, don`t let anyone tell you that you can`t do anything because I`m young and I have accomplished a lot so far``
But thats not all, Karla loved music and was a big fan of rap artist Drake: ``I heard the guy from Degrassi high raps so I goggled him and there was no bio of him or nothing and I heard his music and I was like this guy is hot!``
words of wisdom By: Jolie Adam
Dear Jolie, I’m currently dating a guy who was one of my good guy friends so we know each other’s likes and dislikes. My ex would insist on us sharing the bill when we went out and when I told this to my boyfriend while we were just friends, he couldn’t believe how ill mannered my ex was. Now that we’re together, every time we go out if he pays for dinner, he expects me to cover the gas. Or vice versa. I’m just very frustrated because he used to criticize my ex for the same thing when we were just friends yet he’s following in his footsteps. It’s a big turn-off especially since as I’m unemployed at the moment. I’ve tried talking to him about it and all he said was that he expected to be treated sometimes and that he figured since I never complained about money shortcomings or lack of employment, he assumed that I was fine and wanted to be treated equally. I’m already seriously involved in this relationship and would like to know what I can do to make it work but make it clear that I don’t appreciate his public and sometimes humiliating financial requests. S.F.
Dear S.F., I must compliment how calm and gracious you seem about the situation and for having made an attempt to address your concerns to him but I doubt you were assertive enough in detailing how it really made you feel because it’s still occurring. Understandably, your boyfriend claims he likes to be treated but there are many ways to treat someone that are not classified under the financial aspect. Whether it’s a picnic, a voluntary massage or rub at the end of the day or doing small sweet things, they all hold great romantic significance. If you are already doing things of that sort and your boyfriend still wants to be treated, you are being underappreciated. As much as I preach equality between the sexes, you are the fairer sex and it is the gallant thing of him to pick up the bill every single time until you are comfortable financially or otherwise to offer to share the tab if not pay it in full. I will add that it may be psychological, and that he would like you to voice your need for his assistance and financial support for simple egotistical reassurance. If that’s the case, frankly you’re playing into a wolf’s trap because what may start out as a boost to his ego might develop into him wanting you to be completely reliable and dependent on him.
Either way, you need to have another talk with your sweetheart before the traumatizing damage becomes irreversible. Dear W.O.W, I’ve been dating this guy for 2 years and he’s stopped doing all the fun things couples do. We barely go out and I’ve just met a new guy friend who likes doing all the fun stuff and I’m growing to be very attracted to him. I do care about my boyfriend but our relationship has become so boring, it only pushes me into the arms of my new friend. He reminds how exciting it is to be with someone interesting. However, I’m scared to break up with my ex with whom I have history for something that may turn out just to be a fling. Curious Dear Curious, In a perfect world, you’d be able to test both goods, date the two and if the second falters, still have the first one to fall back on. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exactly work that way. The curious seed of lust has been planted with your new friend and it’s something you want to try yet you don’t want to leave the boredom and comfort of your long-term relationship just to take “a risk”. In life, there are no such things as guarantees, especially in affairs of the heart. It’s up to you to decide if you want to work on your current relationship or if it’s time to move on. Remember it was fun and “exciting” once upon a time. If that’s the case, you could initiate different activities that interest you and if your partner seems reluctant to try them, convince him. Relationships are about compromise and although he might not be able to do everything you want all the time, he should be able to do a satisfying part. However, if you feel strongly about your new friend and realistically foresee your friendship flourishing into something more, that’s really something that ought to be carefully thought out and bravely acted upon on. My only advice is to be careful with your friend and communicate well before making any decisions. Make sure you’re both on the same page and are willing to go in the same direction regarding a possible romance. Good luck.
had a relationship in the past 4 years, just little flings, hook-ups and dating here and there. There is nothing wrong with me. I have a decent job and a good outlook on life. I’m fun, easygoing and a little picky. I used to have commitment issues which I think is why I remained single for so long but now that I’m ready emotionally to be seriously involved with someone else, it seems like my reputation precedes me. I don’t know what to do or how to approach this newfound itch to get hitched. Single girl in the city. Hey Lyla, You seem to have a pretty good head on your shoulders and I say this because you were already able to consciously underline the issues that prevented you from maintaining a relationship in the past. Although I’m not a dating service, I can advise that we all make mistakes and only the lucky few are able to transform time into wisdom and use those experiences acquired to assist us in making better decisions in the future. If there is really nothing wrong with you as you claim and you’re certain you’re at the stage in your life where you can fully care for another person as you care for yourself, dating opportunities will present themselves in given time and it’s up to you to decide and weed out the worthy and pursuable ones. At the risk of sounding cliché, “there are plenty of fish in the sea” so Happy Fishing. Want to be featured in the magazine? Have a burning question you want answered? Relationships problems? Life predicaments? Need a Word Of Advice? Please forward any questions, concerns, thoughts to email@example.com. (Anonymous questions/e-mails accepted)
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Published on Oct 18, 2013