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TABLE OF CONTENTS January New Year ISSUE 2022 RELEASE
# O N T H E R I S E T O S TA R D O M
S101 FEATURES 07 TIDY DILLARD 08 ANITA LAIN STIGLER 09
12 DA EVENING RUSH NETWORK WITH DON, RAINBOW AND MS. ENVY
20 OZBOARN 22 TIFFANY MARIE ROBINSON 26 MICK MERLO 27 DEJA B 28 TALIAH ELIZABETH 29 BECKY RAISMAN 34 JAPAN DAT FLORIDABOY 36 QUEEN AMINA 37 B-MAFIA 38
H – ARABB
39 LTS 40 INFINITY SIONE 41 THISISGRAPHIKFILMS 42 DEJHA B 43 TYCOON
30-31 SHOWTIME GMG
32-33 Q DOT DAVIS JAXXXON
40-41 DEJAVUTHEGURU ARTIZLIFEDAGOD
Kansas City, Missouri | COMEDY HYPE OF THE MONTH https://youtu.be/bYHINYuDj7A
Comedian Tidy Dillard Comedian Tidy Dillard has been doing comedy, community work and he’s also a founder of Cab Comedians Against Bullies. He has performed on BET’s HBO Comedy Festival, Comedy Central, Jay leno, and opened for predominantly every comedian and now it's his time to shine.
Follow Tidy Dillard on social media : @tidydillard
Model/Actress (Babes 'N Beaus Chicago), Chicago, IL
Anita Lain in her own lane
Anita Lain Stigler
SM-ALS, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? That you should always chase your dreams, no matter what. SM – Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? High fashion can be successfully marketed to any age and audience. Don't let the status quo define you and tell you what heights you can reach in life. Because of my experience, professionalism, versatility, and charisma, I know I’m destined to be the next big feature model.
Credit: Billy Pissios (photography), Dovile Riebschlager (wardrobe)
SM – What's unique about this opportunity that separates it from others? That it allows me to be a part of a publication that highlights all of the great and amazing things that are happening in our community. It would be an honor to be a feature model for Stardom101 Magazine one day.
Credit: Billy Pissios (photography), Dovile Riebschlager (wardrobe)
SM – Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? I would say myself, the designer, the photographer and mua. SM – What is the inspiration behind what you do? I want to be an example for my children, grandchildren, and everyone everywhere that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. It’s never too late to pursue your goals, no matter what life throws at you. SM – What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? People can expect more modeling opportunities, TV cameos, and, of course, more content for aspiring models. I want to show them that they, too, can reach their dreams with hard work and dedication. SM – Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? This is important to me because I want people to know my name— and not just in my local community. I'm on the road to becoming a household name and it’s my hope to be listed among the women who paved the way for women like me. SM – How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? This was curated with the help of some incredible photographers in my neck of the woods, and I believe my photos can inspire others to pursue their passion as well. SM – Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? San Juan Beauty at the Beach (May 2022) with Karan Lebron; Shoot Works Atlanta; Beauty and Barber Awards Fashion Show (June 2022); and Passion 4 Fashion (June 2022). I’ll also be at New York Fashion Week in September 2022. Connect with Anita Lain Stigler on Facebook and Instagram. AnitaLain
MUSIC Artist/Producer/Content Creator, Morehead City, NC Yolobrim Gohard
I’m lit in real life, I’m high as Eddie Kane
SM-YB, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? Be true to yourself with everything you do; be a trendsetter, not a trend follower; and don’t sacrifice your integrity for fame and money. SM – Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I’m all the way honest with my fans when it comes to my music and my life. You either eat or get eaten, that’s my motto (“Shark Eat Shark World”), but remember, the strongest hearts have the most scars! SM – What's unique about your project that separates it from others? For a while, I only used to do for other people and received nothing in return. I had to realize that people don’t know who they are or what they want out of life; I had to learn to stay true to who I am and I think that reflects in my music. SM – Who is a part of this project, and who or what contributed to its success? Giving myself time to sharpen my skills and really giving a lot more thought about the direction I wanted my music to go has helped me become a lot more successful in my career. Some guys go into the studio unprepared, that’s not me. There’s nothing like knowing exactly what you are trying to say, knowing the vision you want for your music and sound, and hearing it manifest over a beat. SM – What or who has inspired you to do what it is you do? My best friend, Steve Lewis. I go hard for my bro, who I know is looking down on me from the heavens right now. Everything I do and everything that comes to me, I know he would be proud and that he would have wanted this for me. My bro lost his life to cancer while I was doing six years in prison in North Carolina, and I never got the chance to say goodbye. Everything I do is inspired by my best friend. SM – What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? My big bro, Phat Kat, from Newark, New Jersey, is about to have me lit this summer. I have a lot of music videos to be released, which were shot by my dog, Snyp Jonez. SM – Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? Doing six years in prison and with that being my first time being locked down, I learned the importance of relying on and trusting myself. I wrote a lot of letters but I also thought about everything I was going through: the pain, the betrayals I experienced from people I thought I could trust. This is major for me, everything is lit for me right now. I’ve already done 16 shows in six months and I’ve been linking up with like-minded guys who believe in me. SM – How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? This project took me many years to create, and many more to invest in my talents and to build the confidence in knowing it would pay off in the end. At 19, I was just a kid producing beats and putting them on YouTube. I had a YouTube channel about 13 years ago where I used to show off
beats I produced. I experienced some creative hardships along the way, but it’s made me a better businessman with how I polish and present my music. SM – Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? I have a couple of events lined up this year, including “Hell on Earth,” hosted by Mir.I.am (April 2022), Big Dream Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina, at Lincoln Theatre (May 2022), and others. Connect with YOLO BRIM on social media and stream his music. Yolobrim Gohard
MUSIC/ENTREPRENEURISM https://www.dylannalice.com/ Lead singer (Dylan ‘N’ Alice)/Founder (Raw Creations Gaming), Los Angeles, CA
DYLAN LEONTE Dylan Leonte is a talented alternative metal artist and entrepreneur taking over the entertainment world. He began in the entertainment industry at a young age with help from his mother, Lisa Custard, and father, Kevin Custard. He made his first TV appearance on his mom’s TV show The Big 4-0, where Dylan danced with his dad at her party, along with various other fun, family-friendly appearances. Nowadays, he is the leader and founder of Dylan ‘N’ Alice, a metal band that worked with Mathew Knowles, the music manager father of Beyoncé. Mathew Knowles created Music World Entertainment. Aside from making great music with Dylan ‘N’ Alice, Dylan also runs Raw Creations Gaming, a fast-growing Esports gaming organization with over 600,000 followers on social media. He often leverages his gaming platform to further demonstrate his musical talent to more people. Dylan is also a renowned prank star, with popular videos such as the “Coke Prank on Cops,” a viral video he filmed with his thenprank group, Nelkboys. The video has become a social media sensation, amassing over 115 million views across various platforms. Dylan is still creating the occasional prank videos on TikTok with his best friend Nathan Davis Jr., Topper Guild, and Even Out, a top social media prank group who were the original members of Nelkboys. What makes Dylan stand out is his one-of-a-kind videos, which help bring awareness to serious topics such as teen suicide and domestic abuse. His music has always been for people who have endured difficult experiences and need an outlet for their emotions. Through his music, you can scream along to the words of the songs at the top of your lungs, jump into a mosh pit at one of his concerts, or even crowd surf—whichever way you do it, it’s all an excellent way to let it out some energy and have fun. Dylan believes his ultimate purpose in life is to make the lives of other people better, be it through his music, his prank videos, or comedic gaming videos. An ambitious and aspiring creative, Dylan is destined to launch his own TV network via Roku and Amazon Fire TV. He has plans to shoot three TV shows of his own on the network, one of which will be a metal podcast show, with the other being a Battle of the Bands-style TV show—all of which Dylan anticipates to be the host along with his band as the shows’ judges. Additionally, Dylan aspires to shoot a gaming-based entertainment show with Cameron Bresett, Robert Hidalgo, Eddie Vargas, Jonathan Guerrero, and Erich Brockmoeller, all of whom are some of the main and prominent members of Raw Creations Gaming. SM-DL, Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I’m creating music and making gaming videos, two things I’m really passionate about. SM – What's unique about your project that separates it from others?
My band, Dylan 'N' Alice, is unique in the way we present ourselves on stage. We like the audience to know we’re about to go nuts, and we're going to give back 10 times the energy they give us. Two members of the band wear badass, white bunny masks and we call them the “twins.” It’s cool because our supporters love taking pictures with them. SM – Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? My parents, Lisa Custard and Kevin Custard, have helped me out the most by far. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without them. My mom was the one who pushed me to reach my potential and has gotten me on multiple TV shows, and my dad has been the constant backbone. They both have supported me 100%. Nelkboys also helped me build my fanbase in 2014, so I also owe some credit to them. As of recently, Nathan Davis Jr. and Topper Guild are my TikTok creative partners, and we collaborate often. And, of course, the prominent members of Raw Creations Gaming: Cameron Bresett, Robert Hidalgo, Eddie Vargas, and Jonathan Guerrero. SM – What is the inspiration behind what you do? I got into rock music the moment I listened to Sum 41 and their album, Does This Look Infected? Their music was my entire childhood. Playing video games like WWE Smackdown vs. Raw and MX Unleashed is also what hooked me from a young age. Trust Company’s song “Downfall” also became a big source of inspiration for me too. When I was 12, I went on YouTube and watched Metallica play live in Moscow in front of a sea of people, whipping their hair in circles—that video alone is what made me want to start a band. I wanted to be just like them. SM – What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? Dylan 'N' Alice is talking to a couple of different record labels soon, and so we hope to get a deal soon. We’re also looking to tour with Nonpoint this year. On the gaming side, my competitive Call of Duty team will be competing at three LAN tournaments. Lastly, you can also expect me to launch a television network on Roku and Amazon Fire TV that will showcase a Battle of the Bands-style TV show similar to American Idol but for metal bands as well as a competitive gaming reality TV show with my Esports team, Raw Creations Gaming. SM – Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? Music and competitive gaming both came into my life around the same time. I founded my first band when I was 14, and competitive gaming came into my life about a year later. My favorite game of all time is Call of Duty: Black Ops. And, in my prime, I even became #1 in the world on the online leaderboards under the free for all game mode.
Dylan ‘N’ Alice
Dylan ‘N’ Alice
Raw Creations Gaming
Connect with Dylan Leonte on social media, stream Dylan 'N' Alice’s music online, and follow Raw Creations Gaming for gaming content and more.
https://daeveningrushnetwork.com/ Da Evening Rush LLC / Da Evening Rush Network, Brooklyn, NY
Where podcasting becomes family @daeveningrushnetwork Da Evening Rush Network
Da Evening Rush Network with Don, Rainbow and Ms. Envy “Where podcasting becomes family,” that’s the motto of Da Evening Rush Network, a growing network New York-based network established in December 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people suffering from mental health issues due to all of the lives that were lost to the global health crisis, it was then that Don, Rainbow, and former partner, Christine, decided to return to the air after a two-year break from the five years they spent podcasting for other networks. Don decided to use his knowledge and experience—having worked at several stations in the past—to launch the family-oriented Da Evening Rush Show. Da Evening Rush Show, which airs live every Wednesday, has since been joined by more than 10 other shows on the network, with programs airing Monday through Saturday. Among the featured programs include Queens of NYC, Unapologetically Blk Male, Rellz Relaxation Hour, Think & Grow with Yvette Green, 1 Man 1 Mic Radio Show, TL Mac Fitness Show, Sex, Love & Alcohol, and many others. SM-DER, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? That if you have a dream, go for it. Don't let people trick you into believing you’ll fail if you invest in yourself and your dreams. When everyone quits around you, always remember: You can't quit, you have to keep going. And when you show loyalty to the people around you, you become more than friends but family. SM – Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? Da Evening Rush Network is a home for podcasters and those who love podcasting. We produce shows so you can focus on building your brand instead of all the production and behind-the-scenes work. We are not only available via our website (daeveningrushnetwork.com), but also on Pandora, iHeartRadio, Google, Apple, Spotify, and elsewhere. SM – What's unique about your project that separates it from others? Our slogan (“Where podcasting becomes family”) says why we’re unique. You start off as a podcast show when you join the network but you become family as time goes on.
SM – Who is a part of this project, and who or what contributed to its success? Our success is a team effort, including myself (Don); Rainbow, who has been with us for over seven years as a podcaster; and Ms. Envy, a multi-talented show producer who even makes the clothing we wear and sell as merchandise. I consider myself the business mind behind the brand as well as the person who produces all of the shows, always delivering the best quality entertainment our listeners can find. SM – What or who has inspired you to do what it is you do? When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a lot of people suffered from mental health issues due to all of the news concerning the number of deaths around the world. We wanted to bring some lighthearted entertainment to help bring others joy during these dark times. SM – What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? We intend to add more shows as well as grow some of our current programs with the goal of venturing into broadcasting and hosting. Many big things are on the horizon! SM – Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? I decided to start this network following the senseless death of a close friend who believed in my dream of pursuing podcasting. It’s been amazing watching our family expand from where we started. SM – How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? I put this network together starting with three shows. Now, we have 10 shows that offer our watchers programs with varying viewpoints and perspectives, as well as weekly topics and guest appearances. SM – Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Tune in! We’d love to have you as a supporter! Connect with Da Evening Rush Network on social media and tune into the podcast. @daeveningrushnetwork
Da Evening Rush Network
New Jersey | Entertainment-Model
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NAINESH PATEL Christopher Boykin: Stardom101 Magazine Podcast, we are back for a very special episode and the name of this episode is called Aiming High. And I am on the phone right now with a gentleman who is incredibly talented in the acting and in modelling and that industry that is driving the society right now, he goes by the name of Mr. Nainesh Patel. Christopher Boykin: Mr. Patel, how you doing today? Nainesh Patel: I am quite well, I am peachy, and I am full of energy at 9:50pm, let’s go. Christopher Boykin: We are tuned in, the listeners are tuned in, this is a very important episode. Once again, you are one of the most seasoned individuals in the industry right now. We want to know what it takes to succeed in those industry, we are going to you to give us some tips, to give us some advice on the modelling, acting industry and other things that you do as well, too. Christopher Boykin: So, let’s start off by telling the listeners a little bit about your background, professionally and how many years you have been in the industry and the layers of work that you had to produce. Nainesh Patel: All right. So, starting off, I have a master’s degree in Computer Science, and I have been working in the field of technology, staffing, pharmaceutical staffing for the past 22 years. So, my professional day job currently, I work for ATNT and Bayer pharmaceuticals, working remotely from home. Christopher Boykin: How is that, remotely, were you in office at one point? Nainesh Patel: I was working out of an office before the pandemic hit. So, after 2020, I had to take up mandatory layoff from a company based in Northern New Jersey because of the pandemic and you know, like millions of us, I was collecting unemployment. And with the extra six hundred, with the stimulus checks that came in, that kept me afloat. Christopher Boykin: Yeah, like so many of us. Nainesh Patel: Yeah, like so many of us correct, kept me afloat and then I just recently started with AT&T back in
Christopher Boykin: I see the adjustments. Nainesh Patel: Adjustments, I had to do the adjustments. Yes. Christopher Boykin: Excellent. Let us talk about your calling and when did you realize your calling and what was that process like for you. Nainesh Patel: My calling? So, before I got into this industry, I really did not have a passion in this industry at all. But one fine day, I was discovered by a talent scout named Albert Cosby. He works for La Crem, they are based in New Jersey, also New York and Miami. Patricia Pinto is the owner, Monica Pinto is her daughter, they are a mother-daughter business. So, Albert Cosby discovered me, he was like, have you ever thought about modelling and acting? I’m like, sir, I’m like in my 40s I’m 43, at the time, I was 43. Okay? Christopher Boykin: My goodness! Nainesh Patel: Yes, I am. 47 now. Well, I will be 47 in 72 hours. Christopher Boykin: Awesome, happy belated. Nainesh Patel: Happy early, you mean? Christopher Boykin: Early! Nainesh Patel: Yeah. So, Albert Cosby talked to me about La Crem and how I can make a difference in my own life. Because I guess with my facial features, I looked young, I had a unique look and I still had that unique look. I went to New York City that fine August day back in 2019 and my God, it was so hot. I try to walk slow as possible to location from, I got off that, was that 14th Street in the city? It was so hot on the 14th and it was like, almost 12 noon, it was like 98 degrees out and I am like, holy like, can I walk any slower? People walking past me and I’m like, I don’t want to be late, I’m going to be late, but I had sweat dripping down my shirt and I’m like, sh**. I had to run to the restroom in the studio just to freshen up a bit, dry off the sweat and I was auditioning for New York fashion week. Christopher Boykin: That was major, my goodness. Nainesh Patel: It was major and Chris, when I tell you, there was about one hundred men in the studio auditioning and about say, 150 wo en, all shapes, and sizes, even men, all shapes, and sizes. I am over there
waiting in line, I’m like am I going to get this, a 43? I will give it a shot. So came time for me to walk on their make-believe catwalk in the studio, just walking straight line back and forth, four times. And I just had that natural walk and the way I was looking at the wall because as a model, you cannot smile, you have to look right ahead, you have to focus on. Let’s say, example, if you are in front of a wall, focus on that wall, that point of the wall then, just walk. Just have that stride, walk, and have that confidence in you. You can do this; I am thinking in my head I can do this. Why not be in my life at 43? The next day, I get the call from Patricia saying, you are one of my models for New York Fashion Week. And I’m like, what? Holy sh**! Are you f****** kidding me? Christopher Boykin: My goodness! Nainesh Patel: And we had what, seven weeks until Fashion Week. I’m like, my God, seven weeks? I got to you just like, practice your walk a little bit but you have that confidence, you have the features, you have a unique look to you. Christopher Boykin: And that’s what they’re looking for. Nainesh Patel: I went for first rehearsals; it was all over. It was a wrap, I’m like I got this. New York Fashion Week, it was a packed house, and you know, the more people are in a studio, the hotter it gets. And for New York Fashion Week, it was the very first time I had makeup on me. I had two pounds of makeup on me, I’m like, I don’t know how these women walk around all day with makeup but d***! Christopher Boykin: Did you experience any obstacles during that time or was it just literally the highlight of your career? Nainesh Patel: Obstacles? I did trip a bit during the rehearsals. The week of New York Fashion Week, I tripped a bit because for men we had to wear black shoes with at least an inch and a half to a two inch heel. And I’m like, you know I love cowboy boots, but the floor was a little slippery. And I actually slipped on my own foot but do you know what, if you slip on your foot, you got to keep going. Christopher Boykin: You got to keep going? Nainesh Patel: Do not stop, just keep going. Christopher Boykin: Would you consider that your proudest moment thus far in your career? Nainesh Patel: This far, my very first New York Fashion Week walk was my proud moment and that is where I found my calling. Christopher Boykin: My goodness, which is an awesome story. Thank you for sharing, thank you so much for sharing. Christopher Boykin: What do you say to people who say, you are too old to do this? Are you too old to do that, what do?
You want to tell those folks right now? Nainesh Patel: I want to tell the millions and millions of people that going to be listening to this podcast, you are never ever too old to follow your passion, follow your dream. If you want to model, I know a friend of mine, who is 62 years old, and he is modelling. So, you do not have to be a young boy, you don’t have to be, you know, skin. Like, for women back in the day you had to be like a stick, you know? Christopher Boykin: Yeah, I remember. Nainesh Patel: In today’s age, models come from all shapes and sizes, all age groups. Modelling builds up your confidence level. Christopher Boykin: Does something for you rather? Nainesh Patel: It does it for you and it makes you a better man and it makes you a better woman. It gives you so much confidence. Christopher Boykin: Nice. For the listeners who are curious about getting into the industry, right? What are some steps that they can take to get themselves out there, they do not know how to do it? You had the opportunity of course of a lifetime, what are some ways now that you’re looking back in your experience that you can tell them to start getting your name out there. This is what you may want to do, this is what you may want to look at to give them some advice? Nainesh Patel: So, the first and foremost is you have to have a professional headshot taken. And if you want to model, you have to have a fulllength picture with at least three different poses and a 10 to 15 second video of yourself, not a selfie but have somebody take a video of you with great lighting when you’re walking towards the camera. And then the cameraman has to walk back as you are walking towards him because you know, the way the casting directors can see your full body, your strut, your walk, your confidence level. Christopher Boykin: Excellent, thank you for that. You set up something that was a perfect segue way. Tell me about the model runway walks. What is that, for someone like me, who does not know really the industry, what is the model runway walk? Nainesh Patel: The model runway walk is you are standing on the edge of the runway, your right foot at a what is that, at 180-degree angle and your left foot slightly at 45 degrees. And when you start walking, you have to walk with your right foot towards the audience and then as you get closer to the catwalk edge where the audience is sitting with the camera man, people are taking the pictures, you have literally five seconds to do three poses so they can take pictures of you. And as you are walking back, you walk back with your left foot and if you walk like, not like a normal walk but you have to walk with your right foot in front of your left foot, your left foot in front of your right foot, like Criss Cross. Christopher Boykin: Like Criss Cross? Okay, I got you. Nainesh Patel: Yeah, build that confidence and make sure you don’t swing your
arms too much but don’t walk like a robot, you know what I’m saying? Basically, walk naturally but don’t swing your arms too much. And if anybody wants to learn the model walk, I am here, I am in Piscataway, New Jersey, whereas in New York City. If they want to get with me, I can teach them the model walk, even you Chris, even you. Christopher Boykin: Who, me? Do you do like coaching and like, do you provide those services for people? Nainesh Patel: Actually, I do, and I charge. Now last year, 2021, I did walk the runway, but I also was hired as an assistant casting director to look at models and the way they walk to pick and choose the models
for the upcoming Fashion Week for 2021. So, I was one of those people to judge the models. Christopher Boykin: So yeah, you really do this? Nainesh Patel: I have taught my best friend, Ron, and Laurie, I taught him the walk, he walked the runway as well. And I’ve taught some of my friends. even my family members, I have taught them how to do the models walk but they don’t want to pursue modelling. Christopher Boykin: I see and so you also enjoy acting. What does that passion stem from, the acting side, let’s switch gears to the acting side as well too?
Nainesh Patel: All right, what I love about acting you know, there is so much to love about acting. I can say that when you’re on set, you’re working with the director, you are working with the producer, you’re working with costume designers. There’s so much fun, it is going to be long periods of days on set, if you have a two-minute spot, even a thirty second spot, you must be on set the whole entire day and I am talking 18, 19, even sometimes 20 hours.
Christopher Boykin: Nice. Do you have like a dream collaboration or someone that you would love to work with on film, on camera? Do you ever think that way or kind of forecast that a little bit?
Christopher Boykin: My goodness, that’s how that goes?
Christopher Boykin: My goodness, I love that guy. Awesome.
Nainesh Patel: It is fun, they will feed you, they’ll give you the water, they’ll even give you liquor if you want to drink. I mean they will take care of you, but you must be on set until they say that’s a wrap because it’s not only about you being on set. Because on set, they will tell you, you got to do this over, they got to do reshoots or they got to do take after take until that scene is right.
Nainesh Patel: I remember him from WWE man and then the second guy, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith.
Christopher Boykin: The preparation, the hours of preparation? Nainesh Patel: Preparation, exactly and if you have lines, you must memorize your lines. Christopher Boykin: You must memorize your lines, okay, got you. And you referenced earlier before we got started, about a play, stays play, can you explain to the listeners who couldn’t catch that segment earlier? Obviously, you are acting right, so there is some plays background, do you have a plays background as well? Nainesh Patel: Yes, Chris. So, my very first stage play happened last year. I auditioned for a play from backstage, so I applied to a play, and I am like no, why not, try my luck at stage plays where you actually performing live in front of an audience. You are not on a movie set where you are going to have take after take, you’re live in front of an audience, you can’t f*** up. Right? So, the play was Gormenghast, it’s in a book, written by Mervyn Peake and John Constable and last November 2021 was the very first time this play was held here in the States. I played Chef Swelter, which was my role, I was a chef of Gormenghast, Gormenghast is the castle. And there was three performances and I performed all three nights and the rehearsals were so much fun because in the beginning of the rehearsals, I’m going to tell everybody, if you want to do plays, you may do plays. But when it comes to rehearsals, the beginning, the first four to six weeks of rehearsals depending on when you will be performing in front of a live audience, you have four to six weeks to be on book. After that, the casting director or rather the director of the play will tell everybody you got to be off book at this certain date. You have to memorize your lines and I was in what, one, two, I was in three scenes of the play, Gormenghast and I had to memorize my lines and I had to be in that slaughter voice. Christopher Boykin: What do you enjoy the most, the movies or the plays? Nainesh Patel: You know, that’s a tough question to answer, Chris and honestly, I prefer movies over plays. Now, if it was a major play like Broadway, then so be it, I will be on Broadway, but a local theatre is fine but you’re not going to get the recognition out there unless you’re on the big screen on a movie set.
Nainesh Patel: I have two people I want to work with so bad. The first one is Dwayne, The Rock Johnson.
Christopher Boykin: The infamous, right? Nainesh Patel: Yes, Will Smith, I would love to work with him. And then the third is Vin Diesel in his Fast and Furious movies next year will be the last Fast and Furious movies, yup. Christopher Boykin: Really, they’re up to six? My goodness! I mean, a lot of people talk about Vin Diesel made, does his work. He gets in and gets out, man but he’s a brilliant actor. Nainesh Patel: He is very brilliant. The Rock came here from Owen Hawaii with seven bucks in his pocket in Miami. Christopher Boykin: And look at him now, my goodness. What a story! Christopher Boykin: And yeah, in reference some tips for the modelling earlier. Do you have some tips for the youngsters or anyone intrigued about the industry far as and acting tips, what do they need to get started for acting roles and position themselves, any tips? Nainesh Patel: Yes, so for acting, they have to create a resume, of course a headshot, just like modelling you need a headshot. If you don’t have any experience, you have to go on backstage.com and sign up and just keep applying for roles, stage plays, short films, independent films, feature films, Broadway, you got TV commercials, you can do print modelling, the runway modelling, you know, anything that’s possible on backstage, keep applying. And once you get that email back from the casting directors of any project you are applying to on backstage or actors’ access or casting, if there is a self-tape involved, they will give you a certain time limit to do a self-tape audition. Because of the pandemic that we were in, a lot of the directors requested self-tape but now that we are almost out of the pandemic, now they’re going to ask you to come on site to do an audition. So, your audition starts the second you open that door. Christopher Boykin: Just like that? Nainesh Patel: Just like that and if they asked you for a monologue, you have to create at least a thirty second monologue to prepare, to ‘wow’ the casting directors for them to pick you for the part. You have one chance, all you have is one chance to get yourself into that door.
Christopher Boykin: My goodness, it’s so intense. Nainesh Patel: They say, thank you for your time, no, you’re out. I auditioned for the Lion King on Broadway for Simba and I didn’t get the part. Christopher Boykin: And so, at what point does the IMDB that come into play, I am just intrigued, right? I am not an actor, of course but there is that when you get multiple credits or you’re just in the beginning stage? Nainesh Patel: So, IMDB, well, you know that is International Movie Database, which is the most important thing you should have. In the industry, if you want to be in the industry, you have to have an IMDB so you must create an IMDB profile. And when you audition for a particular part, you get chosen for the part, you have to go up to the casting director to let him or her know, here’s my IMDB, please give me credit for this role if it’s the backbone actor, an extra or you’re a day player. So, a day player is very like a supporting role, supporting role you’re on set every single day until the movie is done. Day player is a basic day by day; they’ll call you when they need you for reshooting or for more scenes. Christopher Boykin: I see, okay. Are you currently working on or seeking any new acting opportunities right now, with your booking? Nainesh Patel: I am going to be in a horror film this June, I’m filming, it’s called Renegades from Hell. I’m going to be in Atlanta Georgia and Florida filming on set on location for the role of Dammed and the general. Christopher Boykin: Look at that, congrats on it. Nainesh Patel: To give you a synopsis on this movie, so it’s like, think of the classic movie, Night of the Living Dead, right? So, I’m playing a general, so I get bitten by one of those nightwalkers and then within the hour I turn into one of them. They call them damned in the horror industry, I will be one of those nightwalkers biting other people. Christopher Boykin: Awesome. Yeah, referenced earlier right, the pandemic right, we are coming out of it, thank goodness that we can least forecast and that’s what we are seeing. Of course, it adjusted in the entire industry in the world, what do you plan to do different now, it is their strategy to be more active, is it their strategy to be more seen? The Summer is approaching, everyone is gearing up for that next quarter, next season, what is the game plan personally for you as we try to reclaim our life? Nainesh Patel: In terms of the pandemic? Christopher Boykin: Absolutely. Nainesh Patel: You know what, reclaim your life, go out, have fun, catch up on all the times you were in the house couldn’t go anywhere.
There was a curfew at 8pm, I remember in 2020, all you have to be inside the house by eight o’clock, really, on a Friday night? When we’re going to do that, I’m like da**, it’s like eight o’ clock, I’m f****** bored. Let me tell you Chris, I was bored out of, can I curse? Christopher Boykin: Of course, you can, do what you want to do. Nainesh Patel: 2020 I was bored out of my f******g mind. I’m hanging out with my boys, right? Eight o’ clock, I’m like Sh**, what am I going to do now? You know, summertime, there is nothing on TV, there is so many movies you can watch. I am like, what are you going to do? It was hell, man. It was hell during the pandemic. Christopher Boykin: My goodness, wasn’t it, right? Lord! Do you have like any goal that you are working on this year to accomplish any must do, something you got to scratch off the calendar. Nainesh Patel: This year, I do have one goal I am trying to get into the big screen. Because honestly, I do want to give up my day job, I want to give up HR, I want to give up staffing for good. I am just waiting on that one fine moment where I am on the big screen. Christopher Boykin: Excellent and it is coming close to you my friend because you got it. Nainesh Patel: I am hoping it’s coming; I’m hoping so. Christopher Boykin: We’re going to speak into existence, any final words you want to share to listeners, your fans, supporters, your loved ones for their, just literally being by your side and helping you along the way? Nainesh Patel: Yes. I want to thank first and foremost; I want to thank my family and my friends for supporting me in this dream of mine, becoming an actor, model, stage actor and a writer. I just wrote my first movie, yes, called the Lunatic Stalker. I’m going to start filming that project sometime this Fall. I also want to thank Dragonfly Arts, Anna Palm and Catherine, mother-daughter who got me hired as Chef Swelter on Gormenghast to play and the camera and the stage crew for the current plays on doing stages, five short plays. And I want to thank Patricia Pinto, Albert Cosby, and Monica Pinto for discovering me from La Crem in 2019. Christopher Boykin: Beautiful, there you have it, folks. Aiming high, featuring Mr. Patel and like I said, any last things you want to get off your chest? Nainesh Patel: Yes, if anybody wants to follow me on social media, my Instagram is Nainesh4175, follow me, I post all my work and my link to my IMDB credits is there as well. So, you may follow me there, you can also request me on Facebook, my full name Nainesh Patel. Christopher Boykin: Excellent. Thank you, Mr. Patel, once again for sharing your expertise, your advice, your words of encouragement to the listeners, to the people, to the ones who is still trying to get it out. And you’ve proven and broken-down barriers and just the energy that you give in to people, our age is not a thing and height and weight and all that it’s not a thing, man go after your dreams. And we just wanted to give the listeners some encouragement and you were
perfect to showcase, and feature and we appreciate your time. Nainesh Patel: I do have one more thing to say, if you don’t mind, Chris. Christopher Boykin: Sure, please. Nainesh Patel: Okay, to all the listeners out there who get discouraged thinking they are too old, you are never too old. If you have dreams, follow them, make them come true. Go outside from your house, wherever you are, look up at the clear sky, pick a star and that is where you are going to be. Aim high for the one star you choose, aim high and the sky is the limit. Christopher Boykin: Perfect. Bravo. Aiming high is the name of this episode and that is a perfect conclusion. Stardom101 Magazine, we appreciate your time, so we thank you guys once again for tuning in and listening and we will catch you in the next episode. Nainesh Patel: Thank you so much everybody. “Interviewed by Christopher Boykin”
New York | Recording Artist, Rapper, Singer Songwriter Recording Engineer- Koolignorance https://ozboarn1.onuniverse.com/ @ozboarn
OZBOARN Ozboarn is a R&B Artist from Harlem, New York currently residing in Ghost Town Bronxville New York. His smooth delivery and witty wordplay give his music an unconventional vibe and conscious feel. At an early age of three, Ozboarn had a deep love and passion for music. Growing up, he was heavily inspired by, Gospel, and Soul R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock Country and more. He transitioned from a fanatic listener to an artist in early 2005 and has blazed a trail for his music career ever since. SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? The message I’m hoping to get across is that with darkness comes light. It is a duality thing; you cannot have one without the other. All hope is never lost. SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? Kool Ignorance is a music production company that I started in 2017. After Kool Ignorance was up and functioning my team and I began focusing on creating tracks, writing lyrics, and song arrangement for my (333 Miles E.P) for Ozboarn (Reginald Cruz). SM- What's unique about this that separates it from the rest? Whenever I am in the lab being my creative self, I try to incorporate four key factors when creating which are interpretation, intension, emotion, and soul. With interpretation, I like to allow everyone the space to interpretate my music however they choose based on how it resonates within them. With intention I try to make sure that what I am singing or rapping about, there is a plan of action so nothing sounds accidental. Every line and stanza are done with conviction. With emotion comes feeling and if you do not feel what you are recording and performing how can one expect their audience to feel anything from the music. So, it is self-explanatory. With soul I always put every bit of mine into my music utilizing sound, mind, and body vibrations and frequencies creating a sound of my own that is beautifully gloomy which further allows interpretations to be universal. SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? While on this journey that is my music career I have been blessed to know and work with so many talented individuals (musically talented) and because of that I have been able to assemble a team of liked minded energy and know how. So, I can contribute success with this project (333 miles E.P) to myself and my team. SM- What is the inspiration behind what you do? Music has always been a refuge and an outlet for me creatively. It gave me an unlimited means to express myself. Because I get inspiration from what I feel when I am either listening to or making music, I have come to realize that music is my niche (my way of life). So now I can connect mentally, emotionally, physically, and sometimes even socially with music and what I want to convey to my listeners as well as my peers and colleagues. SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? In the near future you can expect to see more of me video features and more music interviews performed.
SM- Why is this so valuable to you? And why now? I often reference what is valuable to me as something of importance and significance. So, because of that my music, my artistry, and my company I am building is of the utmost importance which I value as priceless. I chose now to get things going or the universe is telling me that there is no time like the present.
SM- How was this put together and how does it benefit the consumers? 333 miles (EP) was put together using my life experiences, my triumphs, as well as my short comings. To me all music is beneficial especially for the consumer. It is like crying or laughing is good for the soul. Music is like life support it saves lives.
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FASHION Fashion Designer (RockStar86), Shreveport, LA @bossynsexy RockStar86
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Tiffany Marie Robinson Despite the trials and tribulations of life, Tiffany Robinson is eager to win. Since emerging onto the fashion scene in 2013, she has developed an unmeasurable drive to succeed with her brand, RockStar86. "It's not just about making money, it's about building a brand that will evolve and withstand the future generations,” said Robinson. “A product and a service that will benefit other designers and labels like myself." To date, RockStar86 has been showcased at over 50 events nationwide and has produced several successful productions, including "Beyond the Curtains,” a six-city tour; Celebrity Overnight, an annual showcase; and most recently, the International Independent Designers Fashion & Art Week. Robinson’s designs bring a special flair to the industry, which has led the brand to gain award recognition, including at the IDA Design Awards (with mentions from João Paulo Durão, director of L'Officiel Brasil). After graduating from numerous training programs and attaining her associate degree in mass communication from Bossier Parish Community College, the aspiring mogul put her fashion career at full speed. Robinson has since gone on to work with major names in the industry, among them Raven Wilson, Dior the Chocolate Doll, and Darius Ellis (America's Next Top Model). Her goal is to launch her own chain of manufacturing companies that will help build a platform for other aspiring independent designers and labels looking to profit in retail. This way, not only will do designers have access to quality work but they will also have access to the quantity they require for their brands. Through hard work and determination, Robinson has made strides to make RockStar86 a household name. Her ambition, drive, and relentless pursuit will not only turn RockStar86 into an empire of its own but leaves a powerful, inspiring legacy for her two daughters, Taaliyah and TiHanna.
SM-TMR, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? Never give up on yourself! Always do what's best for you and your life and business. Yes, it's going to get hard, but you have to want to reach that success point and learn to overcome any obstacle in front of you. SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I am promoting RockStar86, a unique brand for women of all ethnic backgrounds and sizes, varying from everyday ready-to-wear pieces to couture items. This collection consistently delivers nontraditional attire that has won the brand numerous awards and has debuted in several magazines for its high demand from retailers. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? While most designers stopped sewing during the COVID-19 pandemic, I prepared for the drought that the fashion industry has endured during this time. These three new collections will inspire elevation. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? God. I will never stop believing that God opened these doors and opportunities for me to start my empire.
SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? Life. When God blesses you to create anything, I feel like that's a divine connection straight from the heavens. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? I'm working on opening my own manufacturing outlet for independent designers, brands, and labels. I’m also working on Dream Diamonds Inc., an internationally published collection by my daughters, Taaliyah and TiHanna Robinson. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? I get to live my childhood dream every time I create a new piece. When I see my collection on the runway or in magazines, they come to life and make me excited to create again. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? Since 2013, Rockstar86 has been building a brand that is suitable for every woman, no matter her size, shape, race, or age. The collection has mass appeal, with everything from casual, everyday attire to items that are more ready-to-wear—all at an affordable price.
Connect with Tiffany Marie Robinson on social media and support her brand, Rockstar86.
Louisiana | DBPUBLICATIONS www.demetriaministries.com @demetriaforreal
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SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? People can expect more books and podcast shows called “The Love & Tea Lounge.” As we talk about everyday life & the life we deserve!
Demetria Buie is a businesswoman, author, mentor, and international speaker who lives in the Louisiana area. As a junior high school dropout and two-time divorcee, Buie could have let her circumstances affect her life negatively, instead she used her experiences to enrich her life and the lives of others. Buie chose to follow the path God laid out for her, never letting anything slow her down. After being called to ministry and seeking the Kingdom, Buie started crafting courses and books to inspire other women from broken backgrounds. Being able to help others is a gift, and Buie loves to be able to lift and empower women from all over with her words. She hosts conferences and retreats for female entrepreneurs in business and ministry all over the country. One of her biggest joys in life is family and her handsome son. SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? TAKE A RISK!! Prayer changes things. Stop telling everyone your dreams, visions, goals, and relationships. And I even stopped sharing my vision board. Setbacks are real. Even friends who say they are your friend sometimes you must watch close. SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? I am promoting love, forgiveness, new beginnings, fresh starts, joy, restoration, family, motherhood, and healthy relationships. Embrace it all! Live your truth! SM- What's unique about this that separates it from the rest? I do not live to please people. Everything I set in my hands to do turns gold. I did not start this journey for money, but to change lives. SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? Strangers! People who I meet off the streets. God sent people I did not even know to rock this journey with me. I used to get so discouraged and be disappointed when close family did not support! I am thankful for my very small circle! SM-How was this put together and how does it benefit the consumers? It all started when I walked off my job in 2013 because I did not believe in someone telling me how much I was worth, or telling me when I can eat, pee, sleep, vacation, and how far I could go in life! It was a big risk with a 2-year-old at home & bills, but it has all been worth it!!
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Marietta | President of New Music E.N.T. http/:spinrilla.com/merlothegreat @merlothegreat
North Side, West Coast, Fly Boy, New Music Entertainment
My name is Mick Merlo I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I been on this wonderful musical journey since 2008 and have not looked back since. I make music from the soul. The rapper that influences me is me. I create music from chain of events that takes place through my first lens of perspective. SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? Do not be afraid to grow as a person. People will try to do the worst. But never give up. If you really want something, you will do what it takes and figure out how to make it happen SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? My Instagram @merlothegreat SM- What's unique about this that separates it from the rest? My Flow, my style, my grace. I become fluent; I do not learn how to rap by being like someone else. I am my own words, rhyme scheme, I own everything is what set me apart from all the other rappers. SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? Me, my producers, and my photographer. SM- What is the inspiration behind what you do? Passion and the love for music is my inspiration. I love the ability to express myself. Music is a dope outlet. SM- Why is this so valuable to you? And why now? It is valuable to me because the ability to be able to get your point across or speak your mind is priceless. The only time it is not valuable is when they say "talk is cheap" but when you speak factual it become priceless. SM- How was this put together and how does it benefit the consumers? I put the whole thing together. It took about six months to get it where I needed it to be. It is a fire a** album. With real things to speak on. SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? Putting out great or the best product I can put out. I give all of me in every bar, rhyme, verse, album and more. I got a feature with Lil Baby on a record called "Doritos," and I am working on two albums as we speak.
For more information visit http/:spinrilla.com merlothegreat
Bronx, New York CEO of Dejha B Coloring @dejhabcoloring
“It’s not just a coloring book but an experience”
SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? The message I want to get across is do everything on your own terms and don’t be afraid to step outside the box. No matter what always be a creator. Be creator of your own lane, be the creator of your own vision, and be the creator of your own destiny.
SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? Dejha B Coloring attributes their success to the fans that constantly spreads the word about our brand by showcasing their amazing artwork created with our coloring books. Dejha B Coloring is also a family affair. My aunt and my sister edit the coloring books, and my god children are brand ambassadors for the brand. My 5-year-old likes helping with shipping, and my daughter takes payments whenever we are a featured vendor at an event. It takes village to run this business, and I’m proud people support and believe in my brand. SM- What is the inspiration behind what you do? The inspiration behind what I
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SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? I’m promoting my coloring book brand called Dejha B Coloring which is designed to help black women relax, distress, decrease anxiety and stay focused by giving them creative tools to enhance and amplify their coloring skills. SM- What’s unique about this that separates it from the rest? Dejha B Coloring is not just a coloring book brand but an experience. With every coloring book there is a theme that represent black culture from the hair, the clothing, and our unique experience. I also infuse music by creating theme songs you can scan and listen to while coloring. Our second coloring book “Wishing You a Colorful Christmas” helps you get in the holiday spirit and show how we as a culture celebrate Christmas. Dejha B was able to collaborate with the Platinum selling R&B group Allure to create a Christmas song called “The Night Before Christmas” in which you can scan and listen while you color. My 4th coloring book called “Shades of Our Love” is our number one seller on Amazon and shows Black couples in a positive light. I also create a unique poem in the beginning of the coloring books to help you create a positive mood. Dejha B Coloring is the first coloring book company to create color and sip kits. In which you receive a complete kit such as Dejha B Coloring branded cup, tote bag, colored pencils, and a music playlist in which you can host your own color and sip event.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota Artist/Actress http://goldiethegasman.com/ Waco, TX Big Cuddy Records
The question is not who is going to help me but who is going to Stop Me!
Taliah Elizabeth is an artist that can only be described as truly unique and multi-talented when it comes to her creative expression. A High Energy R&B/Soul/Pop singer and actress from Minneapolis Minnesota. Taliah currently teaches theatre whilst developing her craft. She grew up singing gospel in church and it seemed only inevitable her path would lead her to a career in music. Her career has already hit numerous high notes, Taliah has sung backup vocals for Billboard charting Gospel Musician Jovonta Patton, and television personality, season 1 winner of VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race Bebe Zahara Benet, as well as appearing in several musicals. As she focuses on her daily goals, Taliah also, spends time perfecting her craft. Taliah’s vocals are rich whilst showcasing her natural elegant tone, she effortlessly floats over soulful R&B beats with ease, here motional conviction really resonating with her listeners. Her latest release entitled “I Miss You” defiantly hits home, the artist states, she really wants to touch people with her music. It is clear that her music continues to do just that. Outside of music, Taliah has a keen interest in travelling, cooking, and decorating. The artist also has a love for fashion even performing at three fashion shows. With numerous projects in the works, this year looks to be another year of unprecedented success for Taliah Elizebeth. SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? That there is room enough for us All. We don't need to be crabs in the bucket. We can support and uplift each other. SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? I am promoting my single "Stoplight" that drop February 25, 2022. SM- What's unique about this that separates it from the rest? That is a thought-provoking question. I am True to who Taliah Elizabeth is.
Seeing that there is only one of me is how I differ from the rest. SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? I have great people around me. Taylor Hamilton, Yanni Davis, Will Patterson. My mother Susan has had my back helping me to execute my vision. SM- What is the inspiration behind what you do? I want to make the most out of my life while making my family very proud of me. My determination drives me to be the Best I Can Be! SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? I have another single coming out end of my beginning of June and an EP dropping shortly after that. SM- Why is this so valuable to you? And why now? I have been wanting this since I was a teenager. I have been working towards my goal for years. I am just now surrounding myself with the right team to help me propel forward. SM- How was this put together and how does it benefit the consumers? I write music from my heart, and I pray it touches others. I am also available for bookings. Pray I see you all soon!
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Singer-songwriter, Mount Pleasant, SC Becky Raisman
(Facebook.com/becky.raisman1 and facebook.com/rebecca.raisman)
Becky Raisman SM-BR, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? Keep your head held high, set goals, take lessons, do karaoke, open mics, and get an education (I have a degree from Columbia College Chicago). You can do it. Believe in yourself, get yourself out there, and reach for the stars! SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I write and sing happy, upbeat songs. You can listen to my EP, This Is My Moment, now on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, YouTube, and elsewhere. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? I'm real, fun, and my songs are fresh and relatable. If you enjoy pop, EDM, country, and rock, you’ll love my music—and I write all of my lyrics and melodies as well. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? So many people! My parents; ScrilltownMO; School of Rock Libertyville; Bach to Rock Mount Pleasant; Columbia College Chicago; my voice teachers Tamara Anderson, Jeffrey Morrow (vocal producer for TV show Empire), Randy Buescher, and many, many others. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? I sing and write my own songs and music, and have been inspired to do so after watching shows like Songland. The lyrics will usually come to my head just as I am listening to music online. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? I'm planning to release a new single, titled “Hypnotized,” an EP project, as well as many new songs. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? Because I love inspiring people with my music.
SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it?
I think listeners will appreciate that I write my own lyrics and melodies.
Connect with Becky Raisman on social media and check out for her new single, “Hypnotized,” https://hypeddit.com/i9vq3j Facebook: @Becky Raisman (Facebook.com/becky.raisman1 and facebook.com/rebecca.raisman)
https://musicbyshowtime.com/ Showtime Music Group and Publishing, Chicago, IL
Showtime GMG Wesley Wren, better known by his stage name Showtime GMG, is an African American hip-hop artist and singer. He gained recognition after the release of his first mixtape, Rookie of the Year, and achieved major critical success in the music industry following the release of his mixtape MVP and Sho Frazier. Showtime was born in Chicago and attended Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois. Showtime played basketball for most of his childhood and college years at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and right from his childhood, he was inclined to learn about music and began recording music at 9 years old, eventually signing to Lakeshore Entertainment Group at the age of 19 while still in college. In 2010, Showtime grabbed the interest of Chicago’s very own legendary rapper Twista and was later signed to his GMG Entertainment imprint. Later that year, Showtime dropped Rookie of the Year. He followed this project with the release of his second mixtape, MVP, in early 2011. These two projects would gain him notoriety in his hometown and cities beyond. In 2012, Showtime released his breakout project, Sho Frazier, which was well received by fans and radio stations alike. The project fea-
tured appearances from established hip-hop artists like Twista, Lil Scrappy, Willie Taylor, Hot Stylz, Kidd Kidd, and Yung Berg (Hitmaka). Following the murder of one of his best friends in 2014 and the death of his mother in 2015, Showtime took a break from touring and recording. While finding it difficult to stay focused, he decided to step away from music before returning to the scene again in 2018, when he released his song “We in This,” featuring Twista, Yung Joc, and Gritz. Showtime is married to Wyesha Wren, with whom he shares two sons, Wesley Wren Jr. and Wysdom Wren, and one daughter, Wyllow Wren. SM-SG, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? That you can do pursue music if you stay focused and dedicated, whether you have a label or a budget or not. Your time is your time. SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? We’re promoting my follow-up project, Sho Frazier 2, which drops on April 29. This new album is my first body of work after my hiatus and the passing of my mother, grandfather, and two of my best friends.
SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others?
Dedication. I was so persistent; I was the type of aspiring musician who wouldn’t take no for an answer and seized every opportunity that was presented to me. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its
then I got married a few months later. My first son was born not long after, but then I lost another one of my best friends as well as my grandfather while in the hospital waiting for my twins to be born. I just had to take some time to gather myself again. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Sho Frazier 2 will be available on all streaming platforms in April 2022. Connect with Showtime GMG on social media and stream his music online.
success? Sho Frazier 2 has a number of features on the project, including appearances by Yung Joc, Twista, King Louie, Sasha Go Hard, Haha Davis, JR Writer, Aries Spears, Project Pat, and others. It was also mixed by Emmaculate, and I recorded the album all myself. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? I grew up loving music. I started listening to my favorite rappers and writing their lyrics out on paper to memorize them. This inspired me to write my own songs, and suddenly, everything in my life started to revolve around music. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? Putting together songs for other artists. I'm working with a few now with the goal of making a songwriting team that can make competitive songs for other industry artists. I’m also working on my next album. That aside, we also own WW Beauty Supply in Monee, Illinois, and my wife and I are looking forward to expanding into other cities with more locations. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? Music was always something that made me stand out from my peers. Some people compete in sports, have clothing businesses, or pursue a million other opportunities. Mine was always music. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? Honestly, I never lost my love for music. Life was just kicking my butt. My mom passed a few months after one of my best friends had died,
Q Dot Davis; BJaxxxon
http://www.qdotdavispromotions.com Artist/Music executive/Producer (Q Dot Davis Promotions), Birmingham, AL
A dynamic duo from the South, connecting the dots worldwide
Q DOT DAVIS AND JAXXXON Q Dot Davis is a rare find. Through the power of music, he’s found a unique way of blending all of the cultures he has experienced to create a sound of his own. He does not stick to a certain genre, rather he has created a genre that is entirely his own. Apart from promoting his own music, he has taken a mentorship role in the lives of up-and-coming artists across the world to help them gain exposure and get their careers off the ground. This has allowed them to land better deals with major labels. At the same time, he Q Dot rocks crowds nationwide and has also opened for artists like Bun B, Money Bagg Yo, Hopsin, Rich Homie Quan, Waka Flocka, Kevin Gates, and Tech Nine, among others. SM-QJ, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? That you can achieve anything you fully commit to, regardless of your background or circumstances. If you have a passion for it, chase it! Never limit yourself to one genre or occupation. Always stay open-minded and one step ahead of the competition. SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? An upcoming collaborative project, entitled H.A.R.D (Hustlin and Ridin Dirty). Q Dot Davis has been a hot artist in the southeast region for some time now. He has linked with his longtime friend and collaborator, JaxXxon, to create a fresh sound that will be universally enjoyed and help break barriers for other artists to expand and share the sound of the south. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? This project is unique because it started with no clear vision of where it was going, but over time, the project has developed into something I am proud to call mine. We promise you will not be disappointed. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? We have to give credit to ourselves, to be honest. We spent countless hours in the studio recording, designing graphics, photography, registering songs properly, and writing all of our own lyrics. We also have to shout out our brothers Stan G, Birmingham J, and Fred Cole for making guest appearances on the project. And, of course, I have to give thanks to the fans and supporters who pushed me to keep going. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? Q Dot Davis: For me, I am inspired by seeing the work I put out come to fruition. I am also inspired by my mom, my kids, other family members, and the legion of fans that let me know I inspire them and help them get
through tough life situations. I just want to create good music and help everyone be the best and happiest version of themselves. JaxXxon: I feel like a voice, musically or otherwise, can have the power to touch someone. My big motivation is my mom and my brother, who both have had my back and showed me a lot of support during this journey. I try to make music that people can relate to. That's what fans and supporters expect from me. I tell stories with my music. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? We have multiple projects in the works. We have the collaborative project, H.A.R.D (Hustlin and Ridin Dirty), slated to drop in the summer of 2022. We both have solo projects that are nearing completion, which is due to drop in the fall and winter, respectively. We are also actively setting up tour dates, writing scripts for a possible TV series, and, of course, helping other artists develop and achieve their goals. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? Every project and every move we make contributes to the musical legacy we are creating. This project has been exciting to put together. What makes it even more special is that we have known each other since middle school and being able to put our experiences together in the form of a record was a dope experience in itself. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? It was put together with great attention to detail and hard work. You can hear and feel it.
Connect with Q Dot Davis and JaxXxon on social media and stream their music online. Q Dot Davis; BJaxxxon
MUSIC https://www.ruffahnuffent.com/ CEO/Artist (Ruff Ah Nuff Entertainment), Sanford, FL & Baltimore, MA
Japan Dat Floridaboy SM-JDF, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? Never give up on your dreams. I didn’t stop, I continued to pursue my rap career and I’ve almost reached 1 million views on Spotify. I’m just warming up! SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? My new album, 2351, is available for streaming on all major platforms. Plus, my music videos are available to watch on YouTube. You can also check out my podcast show, Who's Popping Now? SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? This is my first album, which contains 10 blazing-hot tracks. I previously released two mixtapes and two EPs and even a few singles, but this is my first LP. I put my heart into it. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? Greystormmuzik; my brother, ButtNaked; and also a number of engineers who helped me record the project in Baltimore. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? God, my family, and close friends all inspired me to chase my dreams and love of music. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? I’ll be touring my mixtape, Coast 2 Coast, this summer. Fans can also look forward to getting music videos, podcast interviews, and more from me soon. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? I love music and I have been a fan of rap my entire life. I enjoy laying down tracks in the studio and rocking the stage and watching people react to my music. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? My gold and platinum producer, Greystormmuzik, blessed me with all the hot tracks on this project, and so all there was left for me to do was to put pressure on the pen and pad with my lyrics. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Tune in to my podcast, Who’s Popping Now?, and watch out for my new album, 2351.
Connect with Japan Dat Floridaboy on social media and stream his music online. @japandatfloridaboy
children and people, someone who wants our people to stand strong and motivate each other to be our best selves.
ENTREPRENEURISM https://aminaqb.wixsite.com/queenaminashowitwell Author/Poetess (Show-It-Well Publications), Philadelphia, PA
Every voice is meant to be heard
SM-QA, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? With my poetry books and my urban fiction novels, I want to instill in our people that our voices are just as important as everyone else's. I want them to know that each story is meant to help someone somewhere on their personal journey through life.
SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? In the near future, I will be doing more public speaking events as well as books fairs and signings. We are also being considered for our poetry books to be made a part of the educational curriculum at historically black colleges and universities. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? This has always been an important project for me because reading is so important. They always say if you want to hide something from a person, put it in a book; many people have said our community doesn’t read and that we aren't educated. I'm hell-bent on proving the world wrong about that, to prove we are writers, educators, and the future of a civilized society. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? Our company is based on the needs of urban writers. We offer services such as editing, proofreading, and copyright services. We also work at a discounted rate to make sure those of lower-income can afford our services to help make their dreams a reality. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? You can find our books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and also interact with our authors on Goodreads.
SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I am an author and poetess who has published four poetry books and six urban fiction novels that touch on our daily lives and struggles. Our novels are extremely entertaining, from cover to cover, with a real-life message within the madness of our stories. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? Show-It-Well Publications is special because we are an African American family-owned company. We work to uplift underappreciated and unheard voices from our own people. When you work with us, you’ll be extending your family. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? I have been doing this project on my own with the support of my children. I am a one-woman army and I will stop at nothing to promote and market my business. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? As a single mother of four, my children inspire me to help be more involved in the change that I want to see in this world. I want to lead by example and teach my children to never give up on their dreams. I am an advocate for
Connect with Queen Amina on social media and discover more books from Show-It-Well Publications (https:// aminaqb.wixsite.com/queenaminashowitwell). Showitwell Publications
MUSIC Hip-hop artist, Ewing, NJ
B-Mafia Always one to have a hustler’s spirit and hunger, B-Mafia knew from a young age he wanted better than the surroundings in which he grew up. Raised by his grandparents, B-Mafia was always encouraged to have a strong work ethic and to demand his just dues. Mentored by his grandfather, B-Mafia learned the ways of life during their weekend bonding sessions. Around this time, B-Mafia developed a love for hiphop culture and music. "At this store on the north side my granddad used to frequent, he would let me hang out and watch rap videos, and do some of the things that my grandma wasn’t having at home," said B-Mafia, who, sometime later, would learn to use lyrics to express some of his mixed emotions, among them those of his grandfather’s ailing health. The year was 1998, and something B-Mafia vividly remembers like it was yesterday. He and his brother were hanging out at home listening to the radio when Cam’ron and DMX’s “Pull It” came on. It was at that precise moment B-Mafia had the revelation that artistry was his destiny. From there, he hit the ground running, battling anyone who would bite. Like any other artist, B-Mafia experienced many disappointments along the way, which only tested his fortitude. Not to be discouraged, he kept at it, learning the game with every passing moment. As he perfected his craft, his hunger grew–as did his ambition. From rapper to entrepreneur, and with the advent of Black Attire Entertainment, B-Mafia sought to take his career and business ventures to the next level. After tearing up the underground market and gaining favor with various media sites, B-Mafia and Black Attire have since carved out an impressive niche. His impressive catalog includes collaborations with some of the Tri-state area's brightest up-and-comers—among them Ca$mir, D-Wayz, B-Beck, Jersey Life, Mr. Jones, Young Boy Zay, Philly Swain, and Yung Chi. B -Mafia has since released acclaimed projects like Mafia’s Top Notch, Vol. 1 and Mafia’s Top Notch, Vol. 2, as well as Stacks on Deck We Got Next, Vol. 1, presented by Jersey Life, and his Myspace mixtape. His projects with DJ Smarts and DJ Dirty Money have also developed a cult-like following, and B-Mafia has also been featured in a number of online publications, including Coast2Coast Magazine, Parle Magazine, HipHopStardom101, The Fresh Class, and GX Media.
SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? My new single, “I'm Gone,” from my long-awaited mixtape, Mafia's Top Notch, Vol. 3. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? My style and my voice are unique you can tell it’s me. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? The fans as well as my youngest son when I did vol.1, he was a toddler at the time, but it is so awesome to have him a hand in on this project it makes it so much more sentimental to me. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? I am inspired by inspiring other people with my word if it were not for Cam’ron and the song, I heard I would have not even thought of doing music. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? Right now, I’d like everyone to check out my single, “I’m Gone,” produced by BraveStarr. Fans can also expect me to pursue other ventures, like movies and podcasting. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? This project is meaningful to me because I started it when my grandmother was alive. I think now’s the time to finish the project because forever isn’t promised, and after losing so many friends and family, I wanted to release something special for the ones who are still here with me. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? Listeners will appreciate the amount of time and dedication I put into this project. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Yeah. Be on the lookout for Mafia’s Top Notch, Vol. 3, and check out my other projects, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
SM-BM, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? I want to encourage others to be themselves, no matter what. You have a lane and it's designed just for you.
Connect with B-Mafia on social media and look out for his upcoming project, Mafia’s Top Notch, Vol. 3.
MUSIC | Musician, New York City, NY @therealharabb
SM-HA, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? I want my new project, 87 Blackdoor, to help others to get through their pain. I’ve overcome so much in my life but I’m still making my dreams happen, so I’d like to inspire others to hold on to their dreams and be successful. SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? I'm promoting my first full project, 87 Blackdoor, an album dropping in June 2022. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? What makes this project unique is that it’s my first album ever. For me, it’s so important to be focused and lyrical in my work, which is something I’ve been improving on since serving 12 years in federal prison. I think the rawness of my sound is what separates me from other artists. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? Rw_images718; Act Right Boyz Ent.; Jeff, who produced most of my beats; my brother (@kingfila.88), for collaborating with me on my new album; Fa'ShaleenRose; Chris Live, aka Shaker; and Kirk Dmarco Inniss. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? It’s inspired by my real-life story, which follows me through all my ups and downs. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? The fans can look out for 87 Blackdoor merchandise, interviews, music videos to support the album, and much more. SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? I feel like it's the perfect timing for me to drop 87 Blackdoor Album after everything that’s happened in recent years—not only in the world, with the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, but for hip-hop music in general. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? I wanted to use this project to stake my flag in the world of hiphop. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, not just for myself but for the culture. Hip-hop is in my blood, and fans will hear that in the rawness of 87 Blackdoor. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Check out my music video for my song “Blow Ya Mic Down” featuring King Fila. Brooklyn, we here! Crown Heights, stand up!
Connect with H-ARABB on social media and stream his music online. @therealharabb
MUSIC Music group, Louisville, KY @Devfromda502, @ofcl_m3x, @Jaledeu
We’re lyrically the best
SM-LTS, What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? To do what you love and enjoy life because you never know when a day will be your last. SM - Tell us what you’re promoting and the details around it? We're promoting our up-and-coming rap group, LTS. We want the world to know who we are and that we’re here to stay. SM - What's unique about your project that separates it from others? We stand out because our music is very different. We speak about a lot of topics in our music and say a lot of things most other artists are afraid to talk about. SM - Who is a part of this project, and who contributed to its success? Our parents. Everything they’ve done for us has helped up grow. We have so many things in store, but above all, our parents have helped keep us rooted and humble. SM - What is the inspiration behind what you do? Our love of music is what inspires us. Through a catchy tune, we can fully express ourselves while making music others will relate to and love. SM - What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? We’re going to keep hustling and we’ll be on top in no time.
SM - Why is this project so valuable to you, and why now? We love doing it. We figured at a young age that we wanted to pursue something we love and get paid for our craft instead of doing something we’re not interested in or invested in. SM - How was this put together and what can consumers gain from it? It was honestly put together by all of us. It just came to us one day and we were all like, let's start a group, and ever since then, we’ve been going hard. SM - Any other highlights or exciting ventures fans can look forward to? Connect with LTS on social media and stream their music online. @Devfromda502, @ofcl_m3x, @Jaledeu
Charlotte, NC | Hip Hop Performance Artist Tribe
It feels like Deja Vu!!! DEJAVUTHEGURU & ARTIZLIFEDAGOD SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? The message I want to get out to the people is simple. I want people to understand that you cannot go around your problems. You must work through them. You can be your own worst enemy. If you keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different result you will go insane. #BreakTheCycle SM- Tell us about what you are promoting and the details around it? DejaVuTheGuru and ArtIzLifeDaGod are promoting their joint LP Whole Tape Hard (But it's an album tho) and the lead single “Shots Fired.” SM- What's unique about this that separates it from the rest? There is not another duo in rap that can do what the two of us do on a track. SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? This album is being produced in association with YH/Artgang. SM- What is the inspiration behind what you do? The inspiration behind what I do is black excellence. It is the elevation of the collective consciousness. It is the revolution. It is spiritual. It is deeper
than rap. SM- Why is this so valuable to you? And why now? This is so valuable to me, because I have always wanted to be a part of a rap group or duo. I always knew I could shine my light solo, but I always knew I would find someone one day to match my vibe. Artizlife is that for me. SM- How was this put together and how does it benefit the consumers? This LP is put together with love and care. Everything is intentional and on purpose. We will allow the listener to feel free in their mind. Deja Vu is the glitch that reminds you this is a simulation. SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? Both Art and Vu will both be dropping solo musical projects in addition to appearances in the hit show the Woodsons. The Tribe Charlotte Talent Search is coming soon. ArtIzLifeDaGod is a member of YH/Artgang, one of the dopest creative groups in the city. DejaVuTheGuru is head of TribeCharlotte, an inclusive artistic launchpad for Charlotte artists and creatives. ArtIzLifeDaGod also shoots and edits music videos and both artists also engineer their own music.
For more of DejaVuTheGuru and ArtIzLifeDaGod follow them on social media @dejavutheguru
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