Hardcore Grind Magazine (January 2023)

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The Making of Modhaus & Beauty

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Trisha Mann- Grant

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Claiming Her Throne

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Strike A Pose: Lights Camera And Action

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Journey from the Darkside

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Editor’s Note Lissha Sadler Editor-in-Chief

Our featured cover article is with the talented Actress/Author/ Producer Trisha Mann Grant who plays Dominique Le’Roe on the hit BET show Carl Webers Family Business. For authors wanting to get a jump on 2023 check out Lashaunda's Corner for writing and promoting tip. We are also spotlighting new independent artists. My first dynamic selection is Princess Nedra. Thank you for supporting Hardcore Grind Magazine

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ON THE BLACKSIDE STAYING MOTIVATED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR CONTRIBUTING WRITER KAY COLE Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, reasoning, and behaving that is opportunity-obsessed, holistic tactic, and balanced leadership. Entrepreneurship creates a new business

Kay Cole (Keisha Smith) is the leading Business

or enterprise, typically with considerable initiative and risk. It

Etiquette and Customer Experience Consultant in

identifies opportunities and organizes resources to bring ideas to life and create value. There are various things to take to aid

Atlanta,

GA.

She

helps

high-performing

entrepreneurs and CEOs establish an irresistible company and brand culture to double their income and impact by providing a superior customer service

in being motivated on the entrepreneurial journey. Set Attainable Goals: One of the best ways to stay motivated on your entrepreneurship journey is to set attainable goals. Setting realistic and achievable goals will help you stay focused and

experience that encourages brand loyalty and supports customer retention. With over a decade of entrepreneurial experience in her arsenal and having

motivated to keep pushing forward. When setting goals, make sure you break them down into

worked with over 150 companies in various

smaller tasks you can accomplish over time. This will help you stay motivated as you can see

capacities, Kay Cole prides herself in being the go-to

progress and celebrate each milestone as you reach it.

resource for enterprising brands.

Connect with Other Entrepreneurs: Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is one of the

Her latest creation, the cultivating and interactive

best ways to stay motivated and inspired on your entrepreneurial journey. Connecting with other

Bossprint Academy, is a learning center for all things

entrepreneurs who share your vision will provide you with valuable advice and insights, which can

business-related. The Bossprint Academy has over

help you stay focused and motivated. Joining entrepreneur networks or attending events and conferences will allow you to build relationships with other entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences. Another step is to Take Time to Reflect: Reflecting on your progress is essential for maintaining motivation and staying on track. It's also important to reflect on the successes you've had and reward yourself for reaching your milestones. Set aside time each week to review your work and identify areas of improvement. This will allow you to keep on top of your goals and

150 soft skills courses, covering 7 core areas that strengthen personal development and leadership skills, enhance problem-solving skills, and establish precise and seamless operation processes with selfpace and group mentorship options. An extension of The Bossprint Academy is the private Bossy Bunch Society which caters to inspiring and existing female business owners.

ensure that you're making progress toward them.

As an author of multiple titles, a non-profit organizer,

Keep Learning: The world of entrepreneurship is constantly evolving, so staying up to date with

a

the latest trends and developments in your industry is essential. Taking the time to learn new

Professional, and a passionate speaker and advocate

skills and stay ahead of the game will help you stay motivated and motivated to succeed. Reading

for women, Kay Cole dominates her market from the

books and articles, attending webinars and seminars, and networking with

block to the boardroom.

cosmetic

brand

owner,

a

seasoned

other entrepreneurs will help you stay informed and motivated. Celebrate Your Wins: It's easy to become overwhelmed and lose motivation if your focus is solely on the end goal. Taking a step back and celebrating your wins is essential when you're in the trenches of your entrepreneurial journey. Taking time to appreciate your successes, no matter how small, will motivate you to keep going. Social Media Handles FB & IG @iamkaycole Linkedin Kay Cole H A R D C O R E

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THE MAKING OF MODHAUS & BEAUTY

CONTRIBUTING FASHION WRITER: ARKEAH JACOBS Every little girl has dreams of growing up and one day running the world. Be it through fashion, the corporate world, or having your own business, who doesn’t want to look good and have fun while you’re doing it? Well, let us introduce you to Modhaus, the newest online Fashion and Beauty Boutique that is slowly creeping up on the fashion scene to take the world by storm. With their bold colors, unique patterns, and all-natural material, in a society that is focusing more on sustainability nowadays, Modhaus will soon become your One Stop Shop for all things natural and unique. We sat down with the owner Aneesah, to learn more about Modhaus and why it will soon be a top contender with other Beauty Brands such as Sephora and Ulta. Tell us more about your business’s nature, including your vision and mission.

Learning to trust people. Not everyone will understand your vision.

The nature of my business is all things beauty. My mission is to create unique pieces for every unique customer. I

What advice would you give to anyone

believe we all are fearfully and wonderfully made, and I wanted to create a platform

Have a plan… It’s nothing wrong with stepping out of faith, but you must have a plan.

that showcases that. What inspired your business name, Modhaus? Mod is short for Model, and Haus is German for House”. At the time, I was modeling, and my original idea was to create an online “shop my closet” boutique, which is still the case, but I’m starting with jewelry instead of clothing. What is included in your product lineup? I sell an array of jewelry pieces and unique finds from around the country. What does a typical day look like for you? HA! Busy! At the moment, I work a M-F full-time job, so I go hard on the weekends. During the week, I research, collect images, and sometimes sketch my ideas. Saturdays are when I bring the ideas, I gathered to life... What is the most rewarding aspect of being an entrepreneur? Working on my terms. Freedom and flexibility. What are the biggest challenges you have faced thus far as an entrepreneur?

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in today’s society looking to move from a 9 to 5 into full-time entrepreneurship?

What are the three most important habits anyone should have if they aspire to be successful in business? Get in the habit of being true to yourself, disciplined, and managing money well. How have you used social media to gain leverage in your business? My goal is to utilize every social media platform available by creating a genuine rapport with my clientele. How have you built strong relationships with your clientele and others in business, and why is that important? By being relatable and authentic. It’s important because it builds trust. When people know they can trust you and your product, you create loyal customers. I wouldn’t associate myself with anyone I didn’t trust. AJ: What is next for your brand? AD: What’s next for my brand, good question. In the future of Modhaus, I see workshops, clothing, and more beauty products! My goal is to push the limits and go as far as I can with this brand.

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Beauty

MODHAUS

For more information: IG @Iamhananbeauty @Modhaus beauty Website: www.modhausbeauty.com

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ON THE BLACKSIDE DEAR BLACK PEOPLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER VERNICE COOPER Everyone deserves and needs mental wellness! It's time to move beyond the notion that therapy is only for or about white people. Black people must have access to mental health resources that resonate with our culture and recognize our history. We must prioritize Mental (Well)ness within the Black culture to create a true sense of safety, security, and community. Vernice

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motivational speaker, consultant,

The long-standing effects of systemic racism and discrimination in the U.S. have created a deep

award-winning

author,

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mistrust of government programs, institutions, and services – including psychotherapy - within

Licensed

the black community. This issue must be addressed to ensure everyone can access mental health

Therapist who is determined to use

care. Black folks have often been overlooked in the world of therapy and mental health

her education and experience to

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inspire, motivate and transform

treatments. However, this doesn't mean we don't need them or won't benefit from them—it just

lives. Best known for her unique

means that Black communities must work diligently to find Black professionals with whom they

communication

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can identify and connect. Healing is an important part of our journey as Black people, and

humorous,

seeking therapy is one way to move past stereotypes surrounding Black people and mental

inspirational, Mrs. Cooper's passion

clinical,

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wellness.

women,

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Therapy is a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth, offering invaluable new perspectives to examples and short storytelling, aid in making wiser decisions. It's easy to get caught up in our own echo chambers - be it with

Vernice

sheds

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how

resilience transforms how we live,

people we know personally or on social media – but therapy provides an oasis of clarity where love, and heal. impartial insight can help us reach a higher standard of living—speaking of echo chambers, who are the five most influential people in your life, online or otherwise? How do they positively (or negatively) impact your headspace? This is important to evaluate regularly as you increase your emotional intelligence.

3 Signs why you DON'T need therapy: You easily forgive people who are NOT sorry. Forgiveness reduces the likelihood of building resentment and improves overall mental and physical health. This is truly an indicator that you are well on your way to emotional wellness and healing. You've never been betrayed. People whom another human being has never betrayed may not need therapy because they don't have trouble with setting boundaries or establishing trust. All of your relationships are in "good standing" You may not be a good candidate for therapy if all of your relationships are in good standing. It means you don't suffer from grief and loss, you don't experience relational disappointment, and you have few reasons to be angry with others. Now that I've excluded the folks that don't need therapy, I hope to see the rest of you on the couch, djacent to a clinical professional, healing, processing, and growing.

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Trisha Mann Grant


TRISHA Mann GRANT Trisha Mann is an award-winning film, television, and stage actress, writer, motivational speaker, and talk show host. I’ve had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Grant many times over the years, so when I asked her to be the featured cover and interview for my first print magazine, she was all for it. She has also worn the hats of producer and director on various stage and film productions and hosted a live u-streamed radio show called Gospel Rhythms for eight years. Trisha created a talk show for men to have a platform called MANN TALK in 2009. She also wrote and mounted a stage production called MAMA'S WILL that she later turned into a film. This former Beauty Queen and Ebony and Jet Magazines print model grew up in Chicago, moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1997, where she would pursue her acting career. Trisha has landed roles on Cold Case, The Parkers, Eve, All About The Andersons, Love Thy Neighbor, and other television sitcoms and series. She toured on National stage musicals such as David E. Talbert's, His Woman His Wife, and two of Priest Tyaire's productions, Mrs. Independence and Momma's Boy. She also toured with Changes, Something Miraculous, and The Clean Up Woman. Trisha starred in numerous films such as Reunion, Who Can I Run To, including the theatrically released, The Man In 3B, which can also be seen on Netflix and BET along with The Last Fall. Trisha is on the board of HELP ME HELP U, an organization that gives aid to the homeless. In addition, she and her husband, actor/singer Tony Grant are the U.S. Ambassadors for BAFOL (BOOKER AUTISM FOUNDATION OF LEARNING). Currently, Mrs. Grant is on the hit BET show The Family Business, where she plays Dominique Le'Roe.

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A black woman who writes is powerful. What does that power mean to you? What intrigues you the most about writing and storytelling?

It means having a voice and pinning words that are in print forever. That's awesome to me. Something that can be turned into film, television, or a visual story, influencing, inspiring, and making a difference are things I greatly desire to do, even in my everyday walk.

What intrigues you the most about writing and storytelling? Writing is healing for me, to be honest, because I write to make a difference. I love making characters come to life, even if it has truth to it or something I make up. Being able to combine those two worlds alone is fascinating to me. I enjoy that. I go into a whole other world when I'm writing—like when I play the piano, I just kind of drift off away from reality. And I'm able to relax. Your book, "Amazing Testimonies" is a significant change from acting. Talk a little about your book and the importance of creating this book. In 2000, the Lord spoke to my spirit and heart to write a book that tells true stories of people's trials and tribulations. And in my spirit, I felt God meant all people. There was no difference in race or gender because so many have been through so much in their

lives. But I procrastinated because I didn't think I could do it. Listen, I've done print work with Ebony and Jet, been on the runways, put out a record, and been Miss Black Chicago, but there was still that fear. I said to myself, How do I write a book? I don't even know where to begin. "I was confused. And so I started and stopped, then and started and stopped again. Finally, in 2015, I decided I would get this done, so I started getting out and having interviews with people, and then two weeks later, I had a stroke. For the next six months, I had panic attacks every 30 minutes. I remember sitting in a wheelchair the day I had my stroke, half of my body was shut down, and one of the paramedics said, What's your name? Where are you from? When's your birthday? I could not get past the first question. After that experience, there are no ifs, and, or buts. And when I was able, I sat in that bed with my computer for months, determined to get it done. I found a publisher, but a year later, I decided to self-publish, which I encourage everyone to do. How do your creativity and inspiration flow into your writing? Oh, my goodness. So a script I just finished a few days ago called "I’ll Go.” I made up the whole story. But there were aspects of people in my life that I used either their name or their personality. And I did write a treatment for it, but that’s always good to go back to add this or that part. But as I’m writing, I don’t need index cards. Some people have index cards, and some have their scenes written out. I see it play out in my head, like watching a movie. I’m thinking from the H A R D C O R E

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audience’s perspective of watching it, not just the writer’s or producer’s. Sometimes I’m writing from a director's standpoint of as the camera pans through the clouds down, you can see the top of the steeple on the church, and then it comes down and interest into the front door. I so love that God has given me the ability to write. Do you ever get discouraged, and why? The only thing that discourages me is when people call me while I am focused or there’s a distraction like a dog stops barking. That discourages me. A few times, I had slight writer’s block. I will admit that, but it wasn’t long. What I will do when I have a writer’s block moment is I will walk away from it for a few minutes or an hour, or even a couple of days if I need to. But the most important thing is that I pray for the Lord to intensify my anointing to create and write so that there are messages in here that the audience or the reader get and that will help them in their life or their journey. And I always get back on track after. What have writers influenced you the most? There is, of course, Rick Warren and his book “The Purpose Driven Life.” I’m in a book club with a few ladies from my church. We not only read my book, but we’ve read other books, primarily female authors, but I love Rick Warren. I believe he did another version of The Purpose Driven Life, and we read that. I truly enjoyed it because he broke down. What is your life like? What does your life mean? And how do we look at ourselves? What are we doing with our lives? Because our lives are not just about ourselves. Another author that has influenced me is Stormie Omartian. She wrote a book called The Power of a praying wife. Now, before I got married, there were a few challenges. I started to read this book. And she doesn’t just tell the aspect of you praying. She tells us why you should pray. She gives examples of other people’s lives. These are just two writers off the top of my head right now. How have you grown in your craft over the years? When I think about 25 years ago, when I moved from Chicago, my first play, Nima Mark Burnett, was directed, and I played the Civil Rights character Ida B Wells. I didn’t know how to give the character color and layers at that time. I knew I was angry. She toted a gun, she had something to say, and you would hear it no matter what. And I just played her with all this anger. But at that time, I was so green and acting. I didn’t think to find all the nuances, flavors, and personalities she genuinely embodied as a woman and a black woman. My God, what did she have to face back then? So when I look at myself today, I don’t just pick up a script and learn the lines.

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I go into the back history of this person. What are they experiencing? What are they feeling? Who are they why are they the way they are? What makes them who they are? And where are they going? And when you do that, you can give that character of fullness that other people may not be able to explain. And that’s how I play every role I have now. I make sure I go deep, deep into who this person is. What advice do you have for aspiring artists? Never compromise your beliefs or your standards. Don’t just act because the audience will feel what you feel when you feel what your character feels. Don’t pretend. Always be who that character is. Also, if the tears don’t come out, don’t force them or fake them. It’s okay because it’s better to have a sincere emotion than a fake one. Your audience is always smarter than you think. Let me say something about the stage real quick. What I love about theater is that I can feel the energy in the room from the people. I can feel whether they’re with you or whether they’re not feeling. But you don’t want to focus on that. Let that be secondary. The focus should be on what you’re conveying as a character. What is the character's message that you can thank you are so busy focusing on who’s in the audience or who might be watching it? Or who’s in the room while you’re filming? You can’t give your character 100% unless you genuinely connect to who your character is. If you could change anything about the film and television industry, what would it be if it were in your power? There needs to be more substance because of the things we’re dealing with. I love comedy. I am a comedy girl, and one of the plays I produced called Mama’s World, which I’m turning into a book now, has lots of comedy, but there is also a message of hope, inspiration, and change. We need more inspirational content influencing people to do better, not be worse. I would change the content and add many more African American women behind the scenes and in front of the camera.


Let’s talk about Carl Webers The Family Business. Why do you think this show has been such a hit? There are a lot of great actors and actresses in the show, and Carl Weber seems to turn everything to gold that he touches. He is a great person, an extremely talented writer who already has a following for being a dynamic author. So now his fan base is increased because he’s been able to bring his writing to life on screen. It’s a hit, and people love drama. Folks love the cartel, bad guys, and bad girls. Also, Tri Destined Studios. Nikaya “N.D.” Brown, a sorority sister of mine, who is one of the show's main producers. She and Trey Haley, the director, have been working on films with their production company for years. And you can’t help but succeed when you team up with those guys. It’s an honor to be able to work with them all. Tell us about your character Dominique Le’Roe. That’s crazy. Oh, my gosh, you know, it’s funny because, the first couple days of me shooting, I walked by Carl and said, “I’m working on finding Dominique. I have to find her.” I wanted Dominique to be different. She shines bright like a diamond honey. And I needed to find that edginess and vulnerability of her character because she is a little bit of cray cray. In the following seasons, know that Dominique is unpredictable. She will dominate You are an accomplished actress and author, now adding the title of Co-Executive Producer. What prompted you to go behind the camera? Tell us about “Because We’re Done?” So I’ve produced a few things in the past, but I decided to invest this one in “Because We’re Done,” which was written by Reggie Gaskin. Reggie and I have been friends for 25 years. I met him when I first moved out here to L.A. He called me for a role in the movie, and I decided to invest. I believe in him, I believed in the project, because there are a lot of couples out there, that after they’ve been together 10, 15, 20 years, one of them or maybe both of them may lose that spark, or there’s some adultery, that happens. And there are a lot of people hurting, or they a lot of people that handle it one way. So even though this is drama, there’s some comedy, but it gives you a different perspective, from both points of view, of what happens when a marriage goes south. But I can tell you this. She does kidnap him. She keeps trying to make him fall back in love with her. She’s like, you’re not going to leave me. And what happens after that? You have to see the movie, but I enjoyed this role. It’s different. He did a great job.

Make sure you listen to the entire interview on Hardcore Grind Magazine Podcast. Stay Connected with Trisha Mann Grant: Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Clubhouse, Tik Tok, and Twitter.

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LASHAUNDA'S CORNER

LaShaunda Hoffman is a Book Promotion Strategist who helps authors find the fun in their book promotion because when they are doing fun promotions, they increase their visibility, readership, and book sales. She is currently working on two Kindle Vella books – Building Your Readership – Book Promotion and Love In Space – A Science Fiction Romance.

10 THINGS TO DO TO GET READY TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK IN THE NEW YEAR CONTRIBUTING WRITER LADHAUNDA HOFFMAN

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hese are the 10 things authors should do in December to update and get ready for the new year. I look at all the things I need to do to help me reach more readers for the new year. Below are ten things you can do to prepare for your promotion for the new year. #2 UPDATE YOUR HEADSHOT

#1 UPDATE YOUR BIO

his year has been amazing, so I’m sure you have a lot of new things to add to your bio, so take time to time a month and work on your new bio.

Are you one of those authors who has been using the same headshot for the last ten years is it time for a new headshot I highly recommend you get at least three or four, so you can switch them up.

#3 CREATE LINKS FOR YOUR NEW BOOKS

Do you have any books coming up for the new year? Make sure you have the links for the create small links for them. H A R D C O R E

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#4 UPDATE CONTACT INFO

Is your contact information correct? Ensure all your contact information for all social media platforms and websites is correct. You don’t want to miss opportunities because people can’t get in touch with you.

#6 CREATE YOUR PROMOTION PLAN

#5 UPDATE YOUR LANDING PAGE/WEBSITE/EMAIL LIST

Are your landing pages’ website or email list updated? This is the time to work on them to ensure everything is ready for the new year.

Have you created your promotion plan for next year? Your Sales Goals How many book sales would you like for the year? Your Promotion Goals What do you want from your promotion? Your Promotion Budget Where would you like to spend your promotion budget? Your Promotion Schedule How often will you promote? Create Your Promotion Content What type of content will you create or repurpose? Your Promotion Calendar What are you doing for the year?

#7 CREATE OR UPDATE YOUR REVIEW LIST

Use this time to research who are the new reviewers that you can use for next year.

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#8 CREATE OR UPDATE YOUR BOOK CLUB LIST

This is a good time to research new book clubs to pitch your book to.

#9 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

I always recommend that my clients pick a new platform to learn from each year. Why? Because new readers are there. Do your research before you commit. Are your readers on this platform?

#10 LIVE/VIRTUAL EVENTS

Follow Lashaundra http://bit.ly/LCHLINKS22 http://lashaundahoffman.com Are You Ready To Become A Social Butterfly? http://bit.ly/BORLCH Shop at SORMAG Boutique https://sormag-boutique.myshopify.com

Where will you be meeting new readers next year? Pick one or two events. Check out the virtual events if you can’t make the live events. These are a few things to help authors prepare for the new year. Pick the ones you need to update to rock your promotion next year. Remember, promotion begins with you.

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What's Hot In The Literary World Genre: Literary

Featured Author Short Story

Shattered Souls of the Game By Tasha Goins, Author of Upstate Hustle Tasha Goins is a pure genius in the literary game when it comes to the fundamentals of urban fiction. Busting out on the scene with her first debut book, “Upstate Hustle”, (2021) it has been a true game changer. Her straightforward approach will have you fall in love with her movement and the way she crafts her storyline will have you pleading for more. Stay connected Instagram: tashagoinspublicationsllc Facebook: Tasha Goinsdia Alves

What’s goodie bitches! I’m Chanel Ciara Thompson, aka Kat, one of the top bartenders in New York City. People tend to share gossip with me or just be in my presence cause this thirty-year-old baddie is 5’6 and thick thick with a big ole ass. Niggas always checking in wit a bitch like me when they touch down. My light green eyes are a niggas’ weakness; my long honey-blonde hair stays in two braids going straight back, revealing the intensity in my face while highlighting my high cheekbones. It’s always some local bitches or fake ass family members hatin’ cause her man wanna fuck on me. But don’t ever get it twisted. I’m always down to dog walk a disrespectful hoe, family included. When I look in the mirror, anger rush through my body. I have a distinctive ass scar that reach from just under my left eye, running straight down my caramel-coated skin, ending directly above my jawline. It always reminds me to never again give a man my power.

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Standing easy amongst killas and drug dealers, these niggas love my ratchet ass. A bitch is well known in the city for my weekend titty parties. We gets it the fuck in, and I stay in my bag. My underlying restlessness often steal my deepest thoughts and fuels my ratchet behavior. Perhaps it’s my reputation with the niggas, or my sunken soul that’s been damaged since childhood. While sitting in my living room smoking a blunt my alerts go off. Picking up my phone sliding up Facebook opens. I scroll down and I see my cousin Star posted a picture of this dude and tagged his ass, the same dude that was trying to press me at the last titty party. The fuck…something ain’t right. All his movements were funny now that I think about it. Where the fuck did he come from? Who is he really? I’ma have Twin get at him; he won’t know what’s coming. Matter of fact, let me hit his line now. “Twin, what’s good?” “You know, same shit different day. You good though?” “I need your help.” “Say less, I’m coming through.” “Aight, see you in a minute.” Jumping off the phone with him I hit up Star in her messages on Facebook…Hey cousin, you coming through to the party this weekend? Placing my phone on the counter, I turn around to pour a glass of red wine as I wait for her response. In the process, there’s a knock on my door. “Damn, Twin got here fast.” An odd feeling comes over me, like something’s wrong. I can’t shake it. Grabbing my pistol I take the safety off. I immediately check the clip and slide it back, putting a bullet in the chamber. Feeling better now, I creep to the door with stillness and look out the peephole. I couldn’t grasp what I was looking at. Leaning back against the wall, I had to think quickly. “Who is it?” “Puta, open this door or she dies,” a deep voice responds. “Fuck that hoe. What’s your business here? What does this have to do with me?” There was an empty silence then click, the sound of a revolver put in rotation can be heard. If you’ve ever done dirt in this game, that sound is imbedded in you. Turning to look back out the peephole, I can still see Star, but over her left shoulder I notice Twin creeping up. I get a glimpse of this dude who stood about “6’2 with chestnut skin and reddish orange hair. Dominican looking ass nigga was sweating nervously as he held a gun in his right hand, shaking. What does the Dominicans want with me, I’m not in their Territory, I thought. “Okay, okay. I’ll open the door if you don’t shoot, understand?” “Just open the door.” Counting one, two, three, I start to unlock the door just as Twin knocked him over the head. “Star, you okay?” “Yes, cousin. What the fuck is going on? “Can we get this nigga inside before we have bigger problems on our hands?” Twin said. “Yeah, my bad. Let’s put him in this chair. Star, go to the closet in the hallway and grab that rope and tape.” Looking over at me, she turns and walks away. “Was this what you needed help with?” Twin asks. “Yes, but I didn’t think it was gonna happen like this though,” I laughed, looking at the situation before me.

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Star walks back in as Twin is putting this dude in the chair. “Where did you meet him, Star?” “At your party last week.” “You been with him ever since?” “Yeah, all we did was stay at the Towering Inn and chilled. We talked about random shit as we got high. He has good money too, see,” she said, pulling out a bank roll as she got excited. “Then tell me, how did you end up at my door tied up and crying, you dumb bitch.” “Well cousin, he just said he wanted to talk to you. I didn’t say shit, I swear.” Folding my arms I squinted at her. If looks could kill she would be a dead hoe. “You better be thankful I love my auntie, so I’ma ask one more time. How did you end up here?” “Kat, his phone keeps going off,” Twin said. Looking over at Star I can tell this bitch had her hands in this, just because her demeanor was off. “Don’t you move, you hear me? Twin, hand me the phone.” It starts ringing again and Jefe appears across the screen. “Hello Jefe.” “Aww, I see Diego has found you, Kat.” “Yeah, Diego is tied up right now, but how can I help you, Jefe?” “They said you was a mean one, that’s how I like it. How would you like to be richer than you’ve ever imagined?” “And why are you coming to me about this?” “I see your weekend titty parties are very lucrative and highly anticipated. I’m losing funds and it’s coming from your shenanigans on the upper west side. I know the gentleman you deal with,” Jefe said. “I can put you in a better position to where we both can eat.” “My numbers add up.” “Do me a favor, log into your bank account,” Jefe told me. “Okay, hold on a second.” Grabbing my phone I log into the bank app. Looking around I dropped my phone. I have never seen this many zeros in my life. Pulling my composure together, I pick my phone back up. “Jefe?” “Yes Kat.” “How?” “We both have friends in high places, there’s nothing I can’t have. Are you on board?” “What do I have to do?” “We can discuss that at your next titty party. Friday, if I’m correct.” “Yes.” “Now, can you let Diego go?” “Well, he sorta tied up at the moment. He got pistol whipped for coming to my door unannounced with my cousin.”

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“Star?” “Yes, how did you know?” “She was in on it. It’s your choice now.” Catching sight of Star sweating, I walk over to her and grab her neck. Pulling Star’s face closer to me, she drops a tear. “Cousin, I’m sorry,” she cries. Kissing her on the forehead, with no hesitation I pull the trigger. Letting her fall to the floor, I spit on her as I look over at Twin. “Kat, was that necessary?” Twin asked me. “Yes, she gave up my address for a bag,” I said, wiping off the splatter of blood that dripped down my face. With no questions asked, Twin starts cleaning up the area in the kitchen where I shot that bitch. “Jefe, what do you want me to do with your man?” “I’ll send three men over to retrieve him, and Star too, as a courtesy.” “Acceptable,” I said before hanging up. “Twin, Jefe is sending some people to pick them up. I’m about to jump in the shower to clean up this residue, then we can go get something to eat and have a drink.” “Yeah, Kat, go get right.” Twenty minutes later a knock was heard at the door as Diego’s phone rings. “Yes.” “My men are there, open your door.” I walk to the door, still holding my pistol. When I opened it, the men come in real militant, not saying a word. They picked up Diego and Star and turned around and leave. Jefe was still on the phone, that’s how quick they moved. “Kat?” “Yes.” “Keep this phone until we meet Friday,” Jefe said. “Okay, see you then.” Hanging up the phone I glance around to make sure everything was back in order before walking out the door with Twin. “Where to, Kat?” “Your pick.” “The club it is.” Pulling up to Jukebox’s, I see it’s packed as usual. Before Twin park, I tilt my head in his direction. “Thank you. I’ll have something for you in the morning,” I softly whisper to him. “Shit, this what I do, Kat. It’s nothing for you.” Leaning over I kiss my friend. This is why I fucks with him. He makes everything just that much better. Getting out we walk inside the club. For the first time in a long time I feel good. Like I deserve to be here. I run my own program and can’t nobody stop me. As we’re seated in VIP, I watch as one of my girls walk over with bottles in her hands. Buoyantly I speak. “What’s popping, ma?”

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““Hey, Kat. I brought over your favorites.” “Thanks love.” I tuck a crisp hundred dollar bill in between her breasts. Twin looks over at me, lowering his dark brown eyes. Nodding his head up and down, his gaze roam over my body. Picking up the brown cognac, he place his lips on the rim, drinking straight from the bottle. “So, are you gonna tell me what was said over the phone?” “Baby, we good, I promise. Let me get through this party and I’ll explain everything. Maybe we can even take a little trip.” “Yeah, but we have business to handle.” “I’m trying to enjoy myself, Twin. What’s up, you good?” “Aight, Kat, you got this.” The more I drank, the harder the beat smacked. I was feeling myself and these new opportunities. It was all so unreal. On top of Star’s bitch ass, shit was crazy. Getting up I was feeling real sexy. I started mingling throughout the club, confirming these hoes were coming through Friday. I didn’t give a damn how much I party. I know for sure my bread will always be right. I only fuck with top-tier women and these primo cats with long pockets, thirsty to break the bank, so I won’t expose their twisted secrets. “Kat, you about ready?” “Yes, Twin. Let’s get up outta here.” “We going to my house tonight?” “I would love to.” Getting in the car, we drive off into the night.

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CLAIMING HER THRONE Princess Nedra is born to a family of Legends. Her mother, recording artist Ms. Diamond and father, Hip Hop Legend Clover G Boss, known to many as Black Al Capone. Her uncle, recording artist ERule, and her godfather, multi-platinum artist Lil Flip, helped Princess to quickly adapt to the life and culture of the music industry. By the age of three, she got to experience life on the road touring with both of her parents, indulging in every opportunity available to fuel her love for the arts. In 2021 Princess made her first major move as an artist by signing with Empire Records. In Spring 2022, she dropped her signature clothing line to expand her vision. Princess is a pure naturalist with the mental skills to empower every person. Her actions live to save the environment- and to help the hearts and minds of others! Princess was born in the studio and raised to shine in the entertainment business. Her current single, “Nature,” is streaming on all platforms. LS: A black woman who writes is powerful.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including

What does that power mean to you? What

that whole album. Other inspirations on the

intrigues you the most about writing and

list include Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean,

storytelling? Princess Nedra: In my opinion,

Tyler the Creator, the band Queen, and A

the power of being a black woman who

Tribe Called Quest. I feel their unique views

writes translates as an opportunity to spread on life appeal to me, and they bring a lot to awareness! What intrigues me the most

the table. Not only do their words speak

about storytelling is bringing others directly

volumes, but the instrumental makeup hits in

into my perspective. It provides the chance

a compatible way!

to enlighten a diverse audience, separating

LS: Tell us about the vision behind your

what I feel is our truth from what I know is

music. How would you describe your musical

our distraction.

ear? Princess Nedra: I aspire to inspire all

LS: Where does your creativity flow when

through my creative outlets. I definitely would

you are creating your music? How do you

say that I look to make music that is capable

avoid burning out? Princess Nedra: To avoid of making others feel elevated. When burning out, I always provide content that I

listening to music, I enjoy smooth vocals that

feel is true to me. Creativity roots from within, reflect a sense of poetry and a nice bass line it’s a muscle, and the more we give it

that rides the beat. I hope to spread light to

attention by exercising it, the easier it will

life’s experiences through my music and

flow in abundant ways. The world that we live these timeless words. in is so inspiring, in so many ways. My

LS: You are a very talented artist. Tell us

creativity flows with every new experience,

about the concept behind your latest release.

straight to my notebook.

What kind of experience do you want fans to

LS: What other artists and songs have

have when listening to the album? Princess

influenced you the most? Why? Princess

Nedra: I want to provide an enlightening

Nedra: I can appreciate any artist who takes

experience with music that fuels the

the time to create. For that very reason, I am listener’s day with good energy! The concept inspired by many. I’m currently most

behind my latest release, “Nature,” was

Influenced by artists such as Erykah Badu

manifested to create awareness. To clarify to

and her song Orange Moon. Tame Impala

the audience how we, as a society, can

and their song, Alter Ego. As well as Ms.

become distracted by insignificant things,

Lauryn Hill and her song

often unknowingly disregarding the things we should genuinely put more energy towards.

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he overall vibe of Nature was intended to be very chill and relaxing, yet still, a groovy piece that anyone can bob their heads to, windows down and all. anyone can bob their heads to, windows down and all.

LS: Outside of music, what is your passion? Princess Nedra: Outside of music, I am very passionate about the art of dance. Though music hits a sweet spot for me, how I express myself through dance is like no other. To be able to put into expression what words sometimes can’t physically plays a big part in what fuels my inner workings. I love all performative opportunities, so this includes acting as well. I feel it plays a big part in singing and dancing. To sum it all up, I sincerely enjoy having the opportunity to change others’ perspectives through any craft I indulge in. LS: There’s a high cost to pursuing and pulling your vision together. Who is your biggest supporter throughout your journey? What is the greatest challenge you’ve experienced throughout your journey? Princess Nedra: I’d say stepping into my fullest potential is an ongoing process. Trying my best not to feel limited while finding the balance in overcoming how our society depends on material obstacles. I’d also say that my transition from Texas to California affected me in a grand way. Although the process of relearning what people and lifestyles were compatible with mine, stemmed as a challenge, It blossomed into beautiful new blessings. I would definitely say that my biggest support system is my family. From helping me navigate my goals to

stimulating conversations that fuel my creativity! LS: How do you think COVID has affected your brand and the music industry? Princess Nedra: In all honesty, I view it as two sides of a coin. There were setbacks in many plans and events, causing a domino effect that changed expectations. However, when you flip that coin, we prove that we can adapt to change. Personally, I feel I’ve learned many needed lessons throughout this time that helped me blossom brighter than before. LS: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be? Princess Nedra: Although many amazing things are occurring throughout the music industry, I would change the relationship between artists and labels to favor the artist consistently. It would also be very refreshing to have artists feed more positivity into their audience. I know that most artists are just producing what they know, so this doesn’t include every piece of the pie. However, I feel there is a lot of music that may install fear or lower vibrational energy into the listener, unaware of the cause and effect that occurs. LS: Aspiring artists face many challenges that can be overwhelming at times. What advice do you have for aspiring artists? Princess Nedra: Choose to live in creation by never giving up on yourself or into fear. Even when facing challenges, focus on finding ways to do what you love, and let success follow. Change comes with challenges, but so does a brighter future. LS: African Americans have always been pioneers in the music industry. How does it feel to be someone that fuels the passion of so many others?

Princess Nedra: It means the world to me! One of my biggest goals for the longest time was to help others feel changed and inspired. To switch the perception of how we’ve been programmed so that we may uplift the minority. I only want to provide music that feeds passion into the heart, body, mind, and soul, leading others closer to their truths. LS: What skills do you think are necessary to succeed in the music industry? Princess Nedra: A critical quality is grit, the willpower to commit and manifest your goals. Having confidence in your craft is also something that I’d say is necessary, along with the right mindset to maintain your authenticity. LS: What is next for Princess Nedra? What will your top priorities be moving forward in your career and brand? Princess Nedra: Moving forward, I will definitely prioritize producing more music. I also see many performance opportunities gracing my presence. I want to reach wider audiences of a diverse range, connecting individuals of different styles and cultures. Stay connected with the artist and the brand @Prinzzss on Instagram and @Princess Nedra on YouTube.

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ACTION Rico King has walked the runway for designers like Ean Williams for Corjor International Couture and designers from Ukraine and Nigeria for D.C. Fashion Week. Rico has walked the runway for designers like Ean Williams for Corjor International Couture and designers from Ukraine and Nigeria for D.C. Fashion Week. His other runway shows include designers like Steven Wall for Nevetes Couture and designer Adrianna Marie for her Frequency line, as well as a spread in the August 2013 issue of NYC Fashion Ave. Rico has also modeled for designer Darius Gibbs “Dark Clothing line.” As an actor, Rico has been featured on network T.V. shows like Deadly Affairs hosted by Susan Lucci for the Discovery I.D channel, The Carrie Diaries, Law and Order SVU (NBC network), “Unfaithful” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network “Deceived” on TVONE network, “Brain games” on Nat Geo Channel, and the list goes on. Rico has done promo spots for The Jimmy Kimmel show, a Charter Cable company commercial, & VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live. As well as various commercials and ads. H A R D C O R E

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“If anyone says you’ve changed, tell ’em, Thank you, you think I work this hard to stay the same?”~ Rico King

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What made you go into modeling? Tell me how your journey started. Great question. After I finished a record deal with an independent label I was signed to as a music artist, I pursued modeling. My best friend, Major Dodge, whom I’ve known since kindergarten, was transitioning from modeling to acting when I ran into him in Miami. I was in Miami to perform at a winter music conference with my team, and I was having brunch at a place on south beach. I don’t recall who spotted whom first, but I remember how I felt when we saw each other. It had been over 10 yrs. See, after high school, we went in different directions. He got a scholarship to wrestle, and I got a record deal. Social media wasn’t as popular at the time. People had Aim instant messenger, and Facebook was only for college students. Yea, I remember having a Nokia non-flip cell phone. Sheesh! Anyway, we kept in contact. He told me he was moving to New York to take acting classes, and I told him to look me up once he made his move. He did, and we became roommates. He didn’t waste much time getting in where he fit in. I watched him closely and learned a lot from him. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. I admire the man’s resilience and devotion still to this day. I was the best man at his wedding, both of them (laughs). I was working regular jobs while figuring out my next move when Major invited me to one of his auditions. It was an international print campaign ad for Bushmills. I went with him and a friend of his named Ron. A few days later, he called me with good news telling me we had booked it and we were going to Belfast, Ireland! That’s how my modeling journey began.

What has excited you the most about your powerful journey? What excited me the most is how God has put a hedge of protection around me through it all. He’s opened doors for me that I wouldn’t have seen; he’s directed my steps to walk through them and put people in my life who’ve made tremendous contributions to my personal and business success. There’s been so many highs and lows, and I don’t know where I’d be without his favor.

What was your most memorable client? No question. I went to Ireland for my first gig. Nothing has come close to that yet. I’m reminded of Carl Sagan, who said,” Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” The best is yet to come, and the Bushmills campaign still has the top spot.

What is the moral of the story? Start now. Identify why you want to do it. Please write it down and make it plain. Keep the dream in front of you, in plain sight Identify 3 to 5 things you want to achieve within the next 3 to 5 yrs and write them down. Please put them in your mirror, your refrigerator, and where you frequent the most. Make a vision board, and make a list of it so that it reminds you daily that’s where I want to be in the next 3 to 5 yrs. You’re going to need to know that because when times get rough and believe me, they will, you’re going to have to remember why you even started in the first place. Who are you doing this for? What kind of impact are you trying to make? Is it for fame? Question your motives. I challenge you to do that b/c you can waste a lot of time climbing a ladder to get to a place you don’t want to be. Commit now and figure it out later. If you treat this like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby. Treating this like a profession will pay you like a profession. Find someone in life who is where you want to be; earn their trust and respect, value their time and see if they’ll help you. People like to help those they know,nlike, and trust.

Who has inspired you the most along your journey, and what was the best advice you’ve received? His name is Marlon Mora, he told me to never take constructive criticism from someone who has never constructed anything in the area of life that you wanna grow in. People will have opinions. They may want the best for you but they may not know exactly how to even help you succeed in the area you’re seeking. They’re like belly buttons, we all have them and they’re free. H A R D C O R E

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Strike A Pose: Lights Camera And Action Cont. When you think about the contributions of African American men to the literary industry, what is the impact you want your writing to have? Mine will be up there with the greats. I’m a dreamer and my story will inspire other dreamers to not give up on their dream. My view is, if the dream is big enough the facts don’t count. True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s already yours. When it’s not in God’s time you can’t force it. When it is God’s time, you can’t stop it. The impact my writing will make will be greater than anything I currently imagine. When I go, what I take goes with me and the thought I put in these pages will live on in the hearts and minds of others to carry on my legacy.

How do you think COVID has changed the modeling and fashion industries? It’s forced us to move from what we knew and practiced for years to pivot in the direction of leveraging online resources in a better way. For example, I used to hop on the train and head to NYC for auditions 3 to 4 times a week on a regular. Now, I go to my kitchen, set up my tripod and camera, do the audition from home, send it in and get on with the rest of my day. Do I miss the old process? Of course, I do for many reasons. Do I save time and money from going back and forth to the city since the covid shift happened, absolutely? I can make money back, on the other hand, my time is my most

valuable asset.

How have you grown since the start of the pandemic? So glad you asked, I’ve grown in the most important areas, my relationships, both business and personal, my finances, my connection with God, and my self-awareness have been renewed since then too. It taught me the value of working harder on myself than I do a job.

If you could change anything about the fashion/modeling industry, what would it be? More inclusion of us meaning people of color and the perception of having to be a stereotypical runway model size to make it a career choice.

What advice do you have for aspiring actors? Marry the process and divorce the results. Develop a thick skin and a soft heart by making no vitamins. You’ll get far more No’s than you do Yes as an actor. In the meantime, get better at your craft by learning it. Become a student of it. Stay ready so you don’t have to spend so much time getting ready. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have one and not be prepared. Develop an appetite for reading and do it daily. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just do it consistently b/c it trains the mind to find things in different ways. Think about it, when we read we engage more of our senses, don’t we? We see it and hear and touch the words on the page.

You are a very accomplished model, but you are also an actor. What made you step into the film industry? Honestly, I really haven’t stepped into the film industry yet. You can count on one hand how many films I’ve been in. I’ve been striving in the commercial world. T.V. and film is coming.

What are some of the challenges you have faced during this journey? Getting out of my own way. Meaning staying brand new and taking action when the opportunity shows up. I’m thankful I can pick and choose what projects I want to be involved in but sometimes my attitude to audition sucks. I’m getting better though.

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Strike A Pose: Lights Camera And Action Cont.

If you could change anything about the film industry, what would it be? Hmm…I don’t really have an answer for that at this time. I haven’t really thought about what I would change.

What is a phrase or mantra you live by? Why? Are you kidding me?! There are so many of them..uh…geez..One that comes to mind is,” Work for a cause not for applause.” Let’s see “Live to express not to impress” There’s a quote by former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden I’ll leave you with, it goes like this, “Talent is God-given, be humble; fame is man-given, be thankful, the conceit is selfgiven, be careful.” Latch on to something bigger than yourself. That’s really it. That’s what I did.

Moving forward in your career, what can we expect from you next? Moving forward, expect to see me in more speaking roles on television, performing in front of larger audiences on stage, and leading by example in my growing business outside of the entertainment industry. The goal is to introduce as many people as I can to the people and ideas that will actually help them execute their dreams. To do that I have to be on a constant journey of discovering what’s most important to those I desire to be relevant to, then build my brand, my offerings, and my authentic way of being from that.

Stay connected, Rico King: Facebook www.facebook.com/ricoaking Instagram: @rking6312

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Digital Foreplay Dating and The Single Mom Contributing Writer Kisha Green

After the ink dried on that divorce decree, I sat in the Starbucks drive-thru, wondering if this could be life as I fantasized about going to different nightclubs to drop it like it was hot while a chocolate and caramel man sent over tequila shots with the hopes of wanting to get to know each other better, followed by dancing the night away with the selected handsome stranger. We would fall in love, ride off into the sunset, and live happily ever after. That was my fairytale version because my cellular phone seemed to be drier after the ink dried. As if that rude reality check was not enough, my lady parts were starting to feel the remnants of the drought, and no matter how many times Rosie came out to play, it was not enough. Hell, after six long and dessert-like months, loneliness was setting in, and I was starting to get comfortable. That is when I knew it was time to make changes, so I joined the dating app Plenty of Fish. One kid-free weekend with multiple bottles of wine, cute new selfies, and a dating app sounded like a female trying to regain her groove. And I was! Immediately upon completing the registration process, instant messages were coming from Thomas, Richard, Harold, oh and we could not forget ManMan, Charlie, and Hakeem, which slipped through the cracks of the filter. The profile stated that this dot com diva was dating with a purpose: to be matched with qualified men that at least met a height requirement. As a 5'10 female, Mr. Right or Right now needed to be at least six feet. Now, the app must not have understood my request because there was an influx of homeless and jobless men under 5'8 messaging me. Trying not to sound shallow, but damn, our pictures would look funny, especially since heels were a girl's best friend. I was convinced that God had a sense of humor when the latest prospect that the app suggested was a very handsome Reverend. This man was quite the charmer, as his messages always read like poetry. However, he was 58, talking about shopping his Gospel Rap CD to record labels. Oh, I forgot to add he had a foot fetish, lived with his mom, had no car, and was in school to get his GED. I'm still wondering why that was considered an ideal match. Fully aware that the love story currently being written would not end there, I continued on the app. But after about eight failed dates, this idea was a bigger joke than me thinking that a waist trainer advertised on TikTok would make my pandemic weight gain look invisible. It's starting to get harder to view the glass as half full anymore. Things should get better. (I hope)! Please stay tuned for the latest hot details in the next issue. H A R D C O R E

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When you think of online dating, you think it's just a place for random to hook up or the horror stories of the person you had to block. That is sometimes the case because there are no fingerprints online, just a virtual world filled with strangers interconnected and disconnected from the real world. Social Media Enthusiast and Life Coach Kisha Green discuss relationships from all perspectives. With a no holds barred persona, along with her straight no, chaser delivery, she makes for an exciting show. Digital Foreplay is an interactive podcast, so the listener's voice matters...ALWAYS.

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Journey from the Darkside

Isiko Cooks, aka Author Peter Mack, is President of Peter Mack Presents, LLC, the parent company of Signature Peter Mack Apparel. The author of over 25 books has recently dropped FILTHY 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to FILTHY: Innocence Lost, winner of a 2015 PEN America Center book award. FILTHY 2: Dope Boy, is the third book in a series of 80s memoirs by Isiko Cooks, beginning with WATERMELON SUMMER (Los Angeles. 1983) in which the author explores his young life with sincerity and honesty, immortalizing the people and places that influenced his upbringing. The author offers another prescient time capsule of the mid-80s crack-fueled Los Angeles, showing cocaine's destructive powers on community and family as he travels the interstate introducing crack to unfamiliar cities, finding money, love, and heartbreak along the way. I have been honored to interview this author on my radio show. Now I am interviewing him exclusively for Hardcore Grind Magazine.

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LS: A black man who can write is powerful. What does that power mean to you? PM: We as humans are instructed to chronicle our lives for those who come after us. For a black man who has come to some knowledge, it is our responsibility to share what we have learned. As an author, I must chronicle the times I live in. For myself, it is an honor to be given the gift of articulating my life experiences in a way that might enlighten others. LS: What is the hardest part of your journey? PM: My first answer is that there are no complex parts. For every struggle, there is a reward. The reward is in the struggle to mine the depths of my experiences and emotions. The challenge may be in overcoming the fear and challenge of delving deep enough and being honest with ourselves about who we are and our place in the world. LS: Tell everyone about your literary brand and journey. PM: I classify my literary brand as a genre of Love & Hustle. My fictional writing is a narrative of manifesting love and financial empowerment in our lives. My memoirs are an exercise in discovering who I am and where I am from. My writing journey is finding my self-worth and manifesting Peace. Power. & Position in my life.

LS: What advice do you have for aspiring authors PM: What my Dad told me is to keep writing. I tell people not to let money be the reason they write. Ultimately, my advice is first to write your story.

LS: What made you want to write? Describe your pen style in five words. PM: My writing came as a result of an answered prayer. Almost 15 years ago, I'd been arrested for trafficking narcotics and prayed for a change in my life. My first novel resulted from vivid dreams over the next five months. I am now at 28 published novels. My writing style is a return of love and respect for the art of creative fiction. It is Desire. Motivation. Dedication. Peace. Power. & Position.

LS: What can readers expect from the book "Filthy 2"? What do you want readers to experience from your story? PM: What I expect readers to experience is a time capsule of the 1985 crack area of Los Angeles. It is an emotional journey through the effects of crack on my family, life, and community. It is a tale of brotherhood, friendship, and tragedy. LS: What was the most challenging part about writing Filthy 2? What do you want readers to experience from your story? PM: The challenge of writing FILTHY 2 is revisiting the emotional pain of separating from my mother and sister. I hope readers will comprehend how important family is and how devastating the absence of family can be. Writing the memories of my friend's death and the lives affected by my drug dealing was challenging. LS: Are there any success quotes you've adapted you want to share to encourage others? PM: The quote I live by is "LiveRichDieReady." This spiritual exercise demands us to subdue our lower nature so that our higher nature may rise. LS: What is next for your brand and journey? PM: My next memoir is titled Freedom Ain't Free: Notes to Self & Writing My Out of Prison. What is next for me in business is The BRU CAPO Company. Anyone who knows my fiction recognizes the BRU acronym in the fictional Black Revolutionary Underground, a network of entrepreneurs with a shared vision of financial

empowerment and creating generational wealth. To learn more about The BRU CAPO Company and how you can be a part of our success, visit www.BRUCAPO.com. Learn more about this dynamic and versatile novelist and memoirist. Interviews. Pics. Bio. Apparel. Social Media Links and more at www.PeterMackPresents.com H A R D C O R E

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FILM MAKER CREATES HIS OWN DESTINY ONE FILM AT A TIME Contributing Writer Kisha Green A Daddy Love was born and raised in Monmouth County; he hails from Red Bank, New Jersey. Always a person with a keen eye for film and capturing the right images led this young entrepreneur to open and operate his photography studio in Eatontown that relocated to Asbury Park, where all the filmmaker's magic is born. This LA Film student, who is currently enrolled to obtain his bachelor's in Film Science, has gone on to defy the odds. He is a sought-after director not only for his films but also by many hip-hop artists, as he has been the lead director and producer of many videos. He not only created a web series and movie, Cold Summer, both shot entirely in Asbury Park, but many of the actors and actresses were residents of the city.

As a result, she moves in with her new boyfriend and soulmate, Jason. When Charity moves in with Jason, she discovers that the love she thought she had been different from reality. Through three years, Charity's relationship progresses down a dark path of lies, secrets, and isolation. This psychological thriller will have you guessing at each twist and turn. The film will have a red carpet premiere on January 15, 2023, at 5 and 8 pm at the House of Independents at 572 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ for tickets https://houseofindependents.com/ calendar/12707075/the-pastthree-years/

Daddy Love is the proud recipient of Best Visuals and Best Film Director from the New York Urban Film Festival for both. Both are currently being streamed on Tubi with distribution through Homestead Entertainment. His latest film, The Past Three Years, stars Dannielle Carter and Garrett Rogers and takes the viewers on a rocky relationship journey. Charity gets fired from her prominent position as a public relations specialist. HARDCORE GRIND MAGAZINE

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