SAM SARPONG The Hardest Working Man In Hollywood
Fashion.Shai Amiel.Jay Verze.Chyno Soul.FEW.OBI Cymatica.Kennedee Devoe.Lifestyle
here do I begin? It has been quite the
we are portrayed poorly and its unfortunate that
adventurous year. When building a brand
those stereotypes overshadow the real talent.
there is so much you have to take into consideration. You want to make sure you
Today, I take a pledge to showcase nothing less
are serving your audeince while being
than black excellence. It is time for society to see
satisfied with your product. This year has been full
our real side.
of trial and error for the BOLD team and we are still growing. We had the opportunity to attend some
In this issue the person I was most impressed with
amazing events. One in particular was the Hollywood
was rapper Jay Verze. At 17, he already knows
Black Film Festival. There were so many talented
the importance of branding. There are adults who
indivduals during the four-day weekend, and even
are lost in that area. The BOLD team wishes him
more amazing panels and films. For me, its always
nothing but success.
great to see BLACK EXCELLENCE. Too many times
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Elissa Mirsky EDITOR AT LARGE Michelle Morgan MUSIC EDITOR/PHOTOGRAPHER Bry Delicia FASHION EDITOR Keyuana Rusk STYLE EDITOR Sasha Watson BOLD TV Rico 54Vision COVER PHOTO She Touched by Tia Jai SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Kaysa Tomilin
Sarpong who is really the hardest working man in Hollywood. He has many amazing things going for himself and we look forward to seeing his career blossom even further.
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C O N T E N TS
OBI Cymatica 09 Fashion Empowering Women 11 Sam Sarpong 13 Kennedee Devoe 15 Jay Verze17 Shai Amiel21 Fall Style23
Something For The Soul Written By: Bry Delicia
usic has the power to sooth a soul, move a crowd, and inspire greatness. Music has the ability to tell a story, or as I’ve been told “Paint the picture.” I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with R&B Singer, Chyno Soul, at his rooftop listening party and learned about the pictures he paints and the intent behind them. Originally from Charlotte, NC, raised in New York, and now living in Los Angeles Chyno’s geographical journey pales in comparison to his personal, musical, and spiritual journeys. Chyno Soul began his musical career as a writer and producer, and has worked with such artists as, Angie Stone, India Arie, Chico DeBarge, Earth Wind and Fire, Al B Sure!, and more. Recognizing early on that branding is critical to his continued upward movement in the industry, he’s defined his personal brand in one word: Power. “I always have that power and believe in selfless appreciation. My brand represents people recognizing their part and the power that they represent. Their effect on this whole thing we call life…” We all play a major role in this world and our ability to play our parts is what keeps the world in movement. What roles will
Chyno Soul take on? Three of Chyno Soul’s songs, “Guilty,” “Half a Chance,” and “More Than a Picture” provide the perfect outline to the question: Who is Chyno Soul?
The title of Chyno Soul’s album and also the title of one of the tracks from it is “Guilty”. This album has several influences starting with the hood. “People get confused with the R&B aspect. R&B artists, we sing. but the hoodest people I knew, like the gangsters in my neighborhood were singers. Gangsters were singers. This album is also inspired by everything I learned at home. My mom’s situation; I grew up with 13 women their situations. From watching tears, and fights, my mom getting whooped on, she whoopin n*****. Watching that growing up as a kid upset me, and I had a certain feeling about that. I wrote it down; became a writer. I started writing about everything I saw, everything I heard. It was like drawing pictures. I drew what I saw. I’m still doing that.“ From that experience Chyno consciously chose “Guilty’ as the perfect fit. It not only represents and acknowledges his past it promises to present every aspect of it without sugar coating and hiding behind fiction. Given Chyno’s background in writing and producing we can expect to hear him belting out a lot of his own music, but what’s most important to him is the perspective. “I’m inspired by other people’s records. I don’t consider myself to be the best singer by far, but I’m inspired by some of the best singers. I just want to get my point across, and that’s it.
Music As long as we’re coming from my perspective. I’m not going to tell someone else’s story.
“Half a Chance”:
Inspired by some of music’s greats and equipped with patience and faith, it’s clear that Chyno is going to make it in his lane and on his terms. His musical inspirations include: The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marvin Gaye, Sam cook, Patti Labelle, and Whitney Houston. Chyno says he’s also inspired by more current artists like Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, and Mario. “I think Mario has an outstanding voice right now. I’m inspired by everything, a lot of people. Did I leave anybody out; did I leave someone you like out?” Naming so many of the greats as inspiration I think Chyno’s list of personal inspirations was pretty solid. Among the artists listed he was able to find one of my favorite groups, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. How can a group like the Red Hot Chili Peppers inspire Chyno Soul? “They preach and teach the whole aspect of no rules. It’s just a really vintage, dirty, pretty sound. I like things of color and of shapes. Like a woman with an hour glass shape. Some people may call it imperfect, but the curves…people kind of label things as if they have to be round. It’s got to be circle to be perfect, like that’s a perfect circle. Nah, it’s an imperfect circle. I like everything. I’m inspired by everything. When it’s all said and done, it’s important for Chyno Soul to leave his mark on this earth and have his work remain ever present, even after he’s no longer here. Chyno says, “I want people to say that’s that guy that tried to wake us up. That’s the guy that told us to pay attention, to focus more on the reality of things. I think a lot of people are paying attention to the smoke and mirrors and they don’t really focus on what’s really going on. I think it happens more in people’s personal space. With the music industry we have to deal with it more because we’re always in our personal space but we call it business. As an artist to create it comes from a personal space and when we’re dealing with business you see that people try to ignore or get away from the personal space.“ In staying in tune with the ideas and representations developed within his personal space, Chyno hopes to inspire others to be themselves. He seeks to encourage others to embrace who they are, develop that person, and use all of those attributes that make them an individual to be great. It’s easy to pick a person and emulate their style and their character, but it’s hard to be real with yourself and simply be yourself.
“More Than a Picture”: It’s no secret that at first glance Chyno Soul is not like your average R&B crooner, but at second thought the question arises, ‘Why should he be’? “ If you look at me, I’m a motha f***a with tattoos and piercings. You know who really gets a kick out of the way I look? Black people. They say the most because we were taught to not get tattoos and piercings because you can’t get a job like that. That pisses me off. Why does it have to be about a job? I’m expressing myself. I think we were taught not to express ourselves. We were taught to hide and just fit in. So at that point, that’s not now. We’ve come too far to stop. People say, “Don’t put tattoos on your face. You’re so pretty, you’re so cute” I say yea, but He made me this way and everything I do is inspired by Him, so, I do what I feel… I feel like there are no rules, we live life. “ Adamant about me writing everything, it’s clear Chyno wants all parts of his story to be told. He wants the world to know where he came from, meet him where he is, and create a future with him. In addition to prepping the release of “Guilty” Chyno is also looking forward to releasing his book, “One Accord” This was my first time meeting Chyno and he hugged me and had genuine concern for how I was feeling and how I was enjoying the event. He expressed all of his emotions on his past, present, and future…At the end of our interview he asked me, “How do you feel about me?” We laughed about it and I told him that I was supposed to be the one interviewing!! I also let him know that he hit everything on the head within the interview. His look contradicts his sound and off the back you know he’s going against the grain that we comfortably call, “normal.” In answer to the final question that I was able to temporarily evade, in a word, I feel like he’s real. He’s your best friend; your brother, your boyfriend, and your next door neighbor that you watched grow from a boy into a man, but on his on time and in his own way. He’s real, even in an industry where the definition is fading. He’s here to teach us, inspire us…He’s Chyno Soul, and I’m “Guilty” of adding a new favorite to my list.
Designer To Know OBI CYMATICA Interview By: Sasha Watson
I recently had the pleasure of sitting and having a great conversation with a very talented shoe designer. I had the pleasure of meeting his shoes (which are awesome by the way) before I met him. I’m glad I was able to do so because I am a shoe woman and I strongly believe if the shoe isn’t right, you aren’t right! When I saw his shoes I thought they were perfect and so was he. I instantly fell in love with his creativity, drive, ambition and openness.
Sasha: Who are you? OBI Cymatica: I am Obi Cymatica, women’s shoe designer Sasha: First things first why shoes? OBI Cymatica: It’s actually kind of weird because really shoes choose me, I didn’t choose them. Sasha: Where do you get your inspiration from? OBI Cymatica: I get my inspiration from women, I love shoes on women especially a strong women. It just does something to me when I see a women walk down the street with a nice pair a shoes on. Sasha: Are Louboutins over rated? OBI Cymatica: Today, I think they are only because they are starting to get more on the trendy side of things and a lot of things about the brand are changing. Before it was a very high quality prestige shoe, now that is actually starting to trickle down Sasha: What is your take on the fashion industry? OBI Cymatica: I think that the fashion industry is kind of in a box, and that people really need to embrace it and be more real or forth coming about it Sasha: What kind of brand do you want to be? OBI Cymatica: I honestly want to be a lifetime brand, and have my shoes around for a long time. Sasha: What do you see for your collection? OBI Cymatica: I see my collection expanding, having several boutiques / stores and developing that true life time customer Sasha: Do you plan to follow trends? OBI Cymatica: I actually don’t plan on following trends because I have seen a lot of brands fall off because of that, my intentions are to stay classic and real Sasha: Will you be turning all your sketches into a shoe? OBI Cymatica: I will be turning the majority of my sketches into shoes, not all but most
Sasha: What price for your shoe collection do you feel is best? OBI Cymatica: The prices from my shoes range from $300.00-$700.00, but that can also vary with the detail of the shoes Sasha: Has it been hard to make a name for yourself as a shoe designer? OBI Cymatica: It has been hard for me to make a name for myself in the industry especially doing it myself
Sasha: As of today, where are you with your shoe collection? OBI Cymatica: Right now, I am currently looking for a business partner as well as business investors, I am also getting ready to do a pre fall collection launch in November
LOOK GOOD. DO GOOD. By: Bry Delicia
ashion can often times be looked at as a shallow past time. Shopping, styling, and designing seem useless when juxtaposed to performing open heart surgery and patrolling the streets of your nearest city. Many followers and members of the industry are looked at as slaves to clothing and design, but I’ve always believed there’s more to it than that. All throughout my life I was taught to “dress” the part. It was instilled in me at an early age that if I looked good, I’d feel good, and therefore do good. I kept these teachings with me through various experiences and life lessons, and found them to be true. As I got older my lust for fashion grew into what was a secret love, and what’s now an unbreakable bond. Fashion empowers women. Look Good. Do Good. Is not only a lesson I learned at a young age, but also the mantra of the Fashion Empowering Women (FEW) Foundation. FEW is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the creative industries of fashion, music and film by creating opportunities for its members to support the missions of social service organizations that empower girls and women. FEW focuses its efforts on women and those factors that are key to breaking the cycle of poverty: education, shelter, health and nutrition, and family services. Every year the organization mobilizes volunteers, sponsors, and partner organizations in an effort to help non-profits transform themselves and the lives they touch. FEW has also created
a $5,000 grant under the Matilda E. Williams Scholarship Fund, to support a girl’s organization in Sierra Leone , West Africa. In addition to the fund the organization also has a styling option. Many women have the desire to look good, and the right, but don’t know where to start in choosing the best look for them. The becoming ME style and image consultation is an intensive personal analysis that assists the client in defining what makes HER beauty unique to the world. This is the first building block to developing an individual personal image and style that truly defines the essence of you! By hiring a FEW stylist, not only are your improving your life but that of a young girl or woman in our community.
CHANGE CLOTHES. CHANGE LIVES. More than a tagline, “Look Good. Do Good.” is a movement for the organization. It can also be considered a lifestyle. The organization works to inspire and instill the idea that a generation can care as much about social issues as they do about personal image, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Growing up, I was the girl that was selfconscious about my passion for fashion. In pursuing higher education I often second guessed the value of education as a fashion industry interest. Through the creation of organizations like FEW fashion enthusiasts of all ages are embraced and shown the fact that you don’t have to choose between being an intellectual and a fashionista. . FEW aims to mobilize a generation to understand the value of their time and talent by giving back to their communities as well.
Philanthropy The “Look Good. Do Good.” Movement is creating awareness about volunteerism among the Mil ennial generation, aged 18-30 from January 2, 2012 to June 1, 2012. Through the help of it’s supporters, FEW wil engage 50,000 people while raising $50,000 for 20 deserving non-profits. FEW is founded on the idea that young, fashionable tastemakers can be altruistic- just as giving as we are fashionable. Their efforts are to engage people everywhere to get involved in social good in any capacitywhether by donating a few hours a month, donating a pro-bono professional service or raising money for causes dear to their hearts. During the Look Good. Do Good. campaign several events wil take place monthly to reinforce the campaign messages and allow participants to celebrate their commitments. Events wil include: • See Yourself: The State of Girls and Women Forum • Vision Board Brunch, • Wardrobe Swap • Tweet-ups, • The Vagina Monologues • Anti-Bullying 5K walk in partnership with Dreams Work Inc, United Way and YMCA • Flash Mob • And MORE!! “We’re audacious enough to believe that we can change the world. But we know that we cannot do it alone. We need you- your ideas, your passion, your voice and service. Together, we wil bring social good into mainstream conversation- and make it a part of pop culture. After all, unlike the latest “It” bag, giving back never goes out of style.” Proclaimed Desiree Venn Frederic, FEW Founder and Executive Director. The evolution of fashion and its place in society is ever apparent. Now, more than ever, women are paying attention to their passions for fashion and their needs and wants to look good. It was once expected that women were to be seen and not heard, and with that notion came the idea that women obsessed over their outer appearances only. In developing the idea of what it means to be a woman and stand independent of these prejudices women are able to embrace their personal styles, or find one if they’re not settled on one, and still lbe taken seriously in society. Organizations like FEW have worked to pave a way for women in fashion and continue to strive for our successes and overall excellence. FEW is currently accepting applications for (20) non-profit partners and small business sponsors for the Look Good. Do Good. Campaign. Visit the campaign page at www.fashionempoweringwomen.org or request a partner/sponsorship packet from email@example.com .
The Hardest Working Man In Hollywood What’s a day in the life of Sam Sarpong like? “Busy, busy, busy! Right now I’m finishing my album, hosting AXS Live, modeling for 466/64 Fashion, working with Boy London the past year, getting ready for the release of my film “Trigger”, getting ready to film a few movie projects, and getting ready to walk the runway in two fashion weeks.”
am Sarpong is what one might call a ‘quadruple threat’. He’s an actor, he’s been a model for over ten years, he’s a music artist and he’s a brand ambassador for a clothing line. But in LA, if you’ve got only one claim to fame, you’re not working hard enough. And Sam Sarpong is one of the hardest working men in the industry. But it’s not his claim to fame that makes this quadruple threat something to watch out for. Fame is not a fly by night house of cards, it’s a sturdy foundation built on success. And this is the house that Sarpong built. Taking a break from his hip hop group, The League, Sarpong is now an LA correspondent for Ryan Seacrest’s new network, AXS Live. AXS Live Network is a partnership between Mark Cuban (for those fans of Shark Tank) and AEG. As a correspondent, Sarpong gets to cover live concerts, interviews on set, and fashion shows while letting his silly and crazy, but charismatic personality shine through. You may not hear much of The League these days, but keep your ear close to the ground for Sam’s solo album “Muzik of Tha Future”. He’s currently in the studio recording, but you’ll find that his musical influences such as LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Lenny Kravitz and Mos Def helped shaped his sound and respect for hip-hop.
Between making movies and making music, you can find Sarpong representing the Nelson Mandela’s 466/64 clothing line that launches Spring of 2013. His partnership with the clothing brand was a unique opportunity that arose from his modeling experience and longevity as well as his African bloodline. Although he thinks the 466/64 line is something amazing that’s coming out, that’s not the only brand he rocks. Some of Sam’s biggest influences in style are from Tommy Hilfiger, who is his personal mentor, Louis Vuitton and the classic American fit of Levis.
Although the artists of our times have inspired many of Sarpong’s personal and professional undertakings, it has been the grounding force of his father and sister that have helped him take the steps to live the life he’s always wanted. Performing for family since he was a little kid, entertainment became much a part of him as breathing. His successes thus far aren’t for the sake all that glitters. Sam is working toward his management company, Future Stars Entertainment Group. He plans on managing up and coming talent and producing television and film projects, but more important, focus on creating jobs for young people. He learned early on never to take ‘no’ for an answer. “I was the first black host to host Donald Trump’s Miss California USA, and usually I’m still the only black male model in all my runway shows. You have to When he’s not bouncing around tinsel town with Hollywood’s prove to people and make them think outside the box… remember, elite and up and coming, is working on films like Anchor Baby stay focused, stay positive, and just know you’re a lot Bolder than and Trigger. “Anchor Baby was life changing and the hardest you think you are.” role I’ve ever had to do I gained 20 pounds, shut myself off from society, and went to a very deep place. Working with Omoni and Alonzo was such a great collaborative team effort.” Although he’s not permitted to give up any details about Trigger, he definitely encourages everyone to peep the trailer on YouTube and promises it’s a film worth our while. Written By: Michelle Morgan
“I was the first black host to host Donald Trump’s Miss California USA, and usually I’m still the only black male model in all my runway shows. You have to prove to people and make them think outside the box… remember, stay focused, stay positive, and just know you’re a lot Bolder than you think you are.”
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, They Make Us Even
Kennedee Devoe Writtern By: Michelle Morgan
After a bad break-up, we tell ourselves (once the tears, screaming and late night phone calls have ebbed), that it was for the better, a blessing in disguise. Sometimes it’s a little white lie that we tell ourselves, other times it’s a truth we have yet to see. But if you’re Miss Kennedee Devoe, your bad break-ups and relationships are a bit more than growing pains; it’s how you launch your writing career. Most of us wouldn’t think about broadcasting our own shortcomings about our love lives to the world, but when you’re on the path to make an impact on the lives of other women and you have a passion for writing, you make your story heard. Author of Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right… They Make Us Even, Devoe took a risk not too many of us would make and wrote about the most intimate topic she knew, her love life, or in this case, her failed love life. While some of us might feel uneasy talking about the details of our relationship, Devoe didn’t have a problem with sharing her experiences. She wanted to know and be able to relate. “To be honest, at first it wasn’t a big deal when I was actually writing the book. I wasn’t ashamed of any of the things that happened in the book because everyone has a past. It wasn’t until the book got published that I was asked by the publisher to submit my picture for the back of the book. That’s when it hit me that I’d actually be sharing some of my most intimate life experiences that I became unsure if I wanted the public to know that I had actually written the book. I eventually came to the conclusion that I would like to put a face with the name.” After reconciling that the public needed to know who she was as an author, Devoe focused on the message and the therapeutic release behind her book. Devoe shares that talking about our relationships and their demises helps us to figure out what went wrong, and not just from a blame perspective. It allows us to admit to ourselves, what we’ve could have done better in the relationship, what we’re willing to accept from the other person and what we’ll caution ourselves from the go-around. But for all the gentlemen out there, have no fear. Devoe doesn’t paint herself as a lone victim that suffered and survived at the hands of horrible and relentless men. She takes full ownership of her mistakes as well in the relationship, knowing it takes two to make a thing go right.
And she wants all the women out there to acknowledge the same. Both men and women should walk away after reading her book knowing, “how to love, treat, and respect one another. I think these days everyone is always looking out for themselves that they forget that there is another individual involved, and have to be considerate of one another feelings. There is no such thing as a perfect couple, but there are couples who are perfect for each other.” After all, we are the authors and creators of the life we want, no matter who we allowed in our lives.
“how to love, treat, and respect one another. I think these days everyone is always looking out for themselves that they forget that there is another individual involved, and have to be considerate of one another feelings. There is no such thing as a perfect couple, but there are couples who are perfect for each other.” Although writing has always been Devoe’s passion, it wasn’t always smooth sailing from it being her dream to making it a reality. In high school, during career day, guest speaker dissuaded her from pursuing a career in journalism, telling her it was a difficult field for people of color to break into. Nothing like a dream deferred. Years later, once she found her story she wanted to share, she was faced with another daunting task of breaking a barrier. She was a new author trying to convince people to read and buy her book, when the majority of avid readers stuck to the names they were already familiar with. When her book was finally published, Devoe had to decide if she was going to appeal to as many people as she could for more exposure, or stick to her target audience with the design of the cover. But these were just hurdles she’s had to jump through as does anyone with a dream bigger than themselves. Kennedee Devoe’s passion for writing extends further than her book. She’s a mentor, a party planner, an advocate for education, a professional growth advisor and she is currently in the process of becoming a Big Sister of Los Angeles. She strives to use her talents to help and uplift those around her. It is her energy that has helped her ignite her dreams and taken her this far. “I am unpredictable -- you never know what I will do or say. I am a risk taker. I am a go getter I don’t wait for things to happen, I make them happen. I am BOLD because I am always well aware of the risks, and still decide to go through with my decisions anyway.” Photo Provided by K.Devoe
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As an Editor at BOLD Magazine, we live for new talent a our viewers to new artists. On my journey for talent, I young, fresh vibrant artist by the name of â€œJay Verzeâ€?. W young style, I was very impressed by his music and
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Interview By: Keyuana Rusk
First thing I want to ask is how did you get the name “Jay Verze”? And what style of music do you write? J: Thanks for having me; it’s my pleasure. Growing up, I just always wanted to explore into another/deeper side of myself; I wanted to live up to my full name. I always wanted to put my middle name into use, I mean why not? My first name is Darius, but my middle name is Jaron and that’s where the Jay part came from. My mom gave it to me for a reason. The Verze part just came from over time; growing in every verse that I write and record. Each verse means something to me, so I wanted to make that a part of my name, and I wanted to spell it a significant way so it would stand out. At what age did you become an artist & what inspired you first to be an artist? J: Man I remember back in the day, just performing around the house thinking I was a member of the temptations or the Jackson 5. My love for music just grew from there. I was raised on a bunch of old school music, so that’s what really molded me into appreciating all genres of music. I think I wrote my first rap song when I was like 7 or 8 (laughs), I remember the song like I wrote it yesterday. It was about me chillin’ on a summer day, going outside to play football with my homies; that’s where it all started.Where were you born & raised? J: I was born in raised in Owings Mills, MD. The 21117 to be exact. It’s where everything in my life originated from. It’s not the flashiest, busiest, dangerous or richest town, but it’s my home. It’s a real cool environment out here, It’s peaceful & it’s made me the young man I am today. Do you hope to accomplish anything from your music? J: Aw man, It is so much that I want to do. At the point I am in my career right now, I just want to be the voice or a role model for my generation. The perception or judgment that people get of people my age is that we’re reckless, dangerous, immature and naïve. I want to show that we actually are the future of this world and I want to get us on the right path to make this world a better place. I’m tired of seeing kids my age and even younger than me out here getting killed over something that’s clearly not worth it… I’m tired of seeing people out here struggling period. That’s why I stress hard work so much, I want to see people get up and go get what they want . . . No matter what it is, if you that lil’ dude and you see a girl you really want, go get her . . . I was once that lil’ dude who would sit back and wait, but time waits for nobody and neither do people.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do? J: This question is kinda hard to answer because 80% of my life is devoted to music (laughs). When I say I’m always working that’s what I mean. I mean now of course I’m in my senior year of high school, but other than that if I’m not recording or writing music, I’m either out doing promo, shows, etc. Just stuff to help benefit me as an artist. I’m the type of person who will sit behind a computer all day when I’m home and just send my music out to blog sites, magazines and other media outlets to get my name out there. It’s cool too because all my friends are a part of my team and they are really supportive and understanding. Like my homie Shwaze Collins; he’s another upcoming artist, my homie Darryl is my Road Manager, and my homie Dequon is my photographer; so you can just say we’re some young hardworking young men. What artists out there now inspire and motivate you to follow your dream as an artist? And what artists would you like to work with in the future? J: I actually get inspired from a lot of people. I get inspired from cats like Kendrick Lamar, Wiz, T.I. all the way to cats like Diggy simmons, and even Justin Bieber. It inspires me seeing young dudes doing their thing and making a name for themselves because I know I can do the same thing if I work hard and stay committed to my craft. I’d work with every one of those artist I just named. If the opportunity presented itself, of course I’d be down to work with them! What would you say was your hardest part in the music industry? And what advice would you give other artists J: With me being 17 people feel as though I’m too young to be taken seriously in the rap game. I mean, I can understand why people think that. A lot of young teens go through that “I want to be a rapper” phase and then they on to something else. People really don’t understand how hard I work for this. It’s to the point where my parents are assisting me with my career; they support me 100%. Advice I’d give to other artist? Make sure you learn everything you can about this business; handle your business! Be hands on with everything! It’s your career; make sure you’re in control of it. Don’t rely on a manager or a label to do anything for you, make sure you carry your end of the bargain first. Right now you are a local artist, is there any record deals in the making? J: Currently, I’m not really focused on any deals. Not saying I’d never sign to one in the future but currently I’m just really focused on building my brand and developing as an artist first. In this day-and-age, independence is in its finest form in the music industry; you don’t need a record deal to be “Successful”. If a deal presents it self in the future, and the terms make me feel comfortable, I may consider it, but right now, I’m just focused on me. How do people hear your music & get to know you as an artist? J: You can get all of my music, updates, show dates, videos, pictures, everything on my website www.JayVerze.com. If you ever wanted to talk to me, you can hit me on twitter @JayVerze, Ladies I’m single so I won’t just ignore you (laughs). I reply to everyone! What should we look for from Jay Verze in the future? J: Man, the rest of my year is planned out. You guys will see as we go along, Last month I dropped my debut project “21117 (TwoElevenSeventeen)”! Make sure y’all go get that on my website www.JayVerze.com right now! We recently just dropped the video to my single “Cruisin”, that’s on YouTube and my website right now also! I have a lot of videos, contest, etc. on the way for all my fans and supporters . . . I’m really trying to get people involved with my movement, so we can take on the steps of life together.
By : Brittany Gardner
are several different natural curl patterns and that the way your hair naturally curls depends on which curl pattern you’ve been blessed with; Amiel has mastered the art of knowing the right products and hair-care regime to get your hair to do exactly what it is supposed to.
All Hail Amiel
Whether wavy or coiled, frizzed or curly, California is home to natural hair’s saving grace, Master of Curls’ Shai Amiel, hairstylist and owner of Capella Salon in Studio City, CA. Trained by the best (Lorraine Massey-Mistress of curls, frizz, and thick), Amiel delivers just that. With paying special attention to the health, detail, and individuality of his client’s tresses, Amiel lives by the motto, ‘one curl at a time.’ Understanding that there
Amiel’s uncanny attention to detail is in my opinion, what separates him from most. All too often, we may have an encounter or two with a hairstylist who cares more about how you look when you leave their chair than the overall state of your hair. There are, however, hairstylist such as Shai Amiel, who sees the true beauty and potential in each client’s hair and prides himself not only on bringing that beauty out but on maintaining it as well. From the products used in a simple wash and condition to the techniques used in drying, styling and or cutting the hair, Amiel knows that each play its own important role in the care and outcome of the hair and pays special attention through and through from start to finish. With clients not only locally but flying in from the east coast and abroad, there is definitely something to be said for the works of Shai Amiel. Anyone can stop by a local hair salon or beauty parlor for a bangin’ press or blowout, color treatment or curl set. However, women across America and even a regular who flies in from France, go to great lengths for the stylist who brings dead and hopeless hair back to life and new meaning and greatness to hair thought to already have reached its maximum potential!
As a newly natural myself, Amiel has been a saving grace in my hair journey. By following his quick tips and using some of his pocket friendly recommended hair products, I have began to see a vast improvement in the look, feel and manageability of my hair and newly discovered curl pattern. Like many others, I wanted for years to be able to wear a nice curly do or rock a natural hair care journey and 100% love the results and newly found curled and coiled hair texture I have defined and maintained with the help and guidance of hair extraordinaire Shai Amiel!
Shai Amielâ€™s clients before and after.
Photo Provided By: Shai Amiel
WHAT’S HAPPENI STYLE
BY SASHA B OF DI’VINE STYLING
IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! ….. Oh My Gosh! I am so excited for fall, and believe me it’s not about the cooler days and nights. It’s all about the fashion pieces that I get to wear. Now, I know I have you on the edge of your seats saying, “What’s happening for fall?” I will definitely tell you what’s happening for Fall; polka dots, wild & crazy animal prints, contrasting shirts, even contrasting jeans, color blocking neutrals, leathers and to top all of that off bright colors are still in. I absolutely love every single bit of this. I must say this, that it looks like some of the trendy pieces are actually falling off for the fall season and the classic pieces have picked back up. This pertains to tops, bottoms, shoes, outer wear, purses, accessories etc. Classic is back, which I am all about because with out classic where would we be? Classic is what makes us uniquely fashion savvy. I am going the absolutely Hooray for the classic pieces. So what’s happening this fall you ask, let me tell you. It is going to be one wild & crazy, leather wearing, bright color having, and classic pieces kind of fall. With that being said, get excited and get your pieces ready because I am known for wearing fall. Let’s see who can wear it better then me.
ING THIS FALL?
Photographer: Ock Jannah for LaRock Rhotography Stylist: Di’Vine Styling MUA: Di’Vine Styling