LULMagazine: "FyreNationCrew: AgainstAllOdds"- Iss. #9

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Against All Odds... What a way to name LUL’s 9th issue. It is important to know that communication is universal and it is how we as human beings move throughout the world when we are working together to get things done. The question most people ask is "HOW” can someone understand me if they don't speak my language? My answer is, "that's a great question that can be answered in so many ways." Just as you take a beat inside, you will be pulled into a world of Dance, and how it has shaped peoples lives.

The stories that you read, and the digital videos attached to some of the photos will educate, inform, and entertain you. It is because of the story teller, the passion they showcase, and the positive impact it leaves on any person who experiences it because it is simply beautiful art. Check out the different flames lighting up in this 9th issue.

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03 Meet FyreNationCrew 04 FyreNationCrew: Back to the Streets The Lens: 05 Beyond Aleni Barkley Brilliance: 07 Unparalleled Elijah Fullerton Creative 09 Pushing Boundaries: Marcus "Kryptonic" Taylor

Dance 11 Expanding Boundaries: Korbinian "Korbi" Mitter


the Norm: 12 Above Jakari "JB" Bonard


The 13 Embracing Flame: Ricky "Scar Luxu" Hardy

The Way 16 Paving I Feel: Joy "Kuma" Casaway Journey 18 Aof Dancer's Passion and

Community: Anthony "Fyrefli" Casaway

Storm: 20 Powerful Martine "Maelstrom"

22 Jas Minnie 23 Carlos Dwayne 24 Sickonskatecrew Chisanga; 25 Ngwana Kim's Girls My Own 26 Creating Fyre: Adrian"Radico" Humphrey


28 Model Aliyah Ferrell

of The Nile 21 Son Featuring: Mark

29 Model Ajitoni Iman


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Photographer: Matthew Harris @scbimages

FyreNation Crew mission: To represent the original values, virtues, ethics and elements of HipHop Culture and Community, and bring it to the next generation, by promoting positivity, education and resources for communities worldwide.

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Photographer:@_abarkley_ Makeup Artist: Nicole Guy Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah


Written by: Cyn The Great


hotography and videography are powerful mediums that allow artists to capture moments, express their creativity, and tell captivating stories. One artist who has been making a name for herself in the industry is Aleni Barkley. With her unique vision and dedication to her craft, Barkley has not only established herself as a talented photographer and videographer but has also been recognized and honored for her work in prestigious art shows. In addition, she has recently collaborated with LUL Magazine and the Fyre Nation dance crew, showcasing her versatility and passion for her art. Barkley’s journey into the world of photography and videography began with a genuine passion for capturing moments. She realized early on that she wanted to take her passion seriously and invested in quality equipment that fit her budget. Understanding the importance of skill development, she focused on mastering the technical aspects of her craft and continuously honed her skills with the equipment she had. Barkley’s dedication paid off when she was honored in various art shows, where her work was acknowledged for its artistic excellence and ability to captivate viewers. Barkley’s talent and unique style caught the attention of LUL Magazine, a publication that celebrates and showcases diverse creatives. Recognizing her ability to tell compelling stories through her visuals, LUL Magazine approached Barkley for a collaboration. The collaboration allowed Barkley to further showcase her versatility, as she worked closely with the magazine to capture and convey the essence of their featured artists and their creative journeys. In addition to her collaboration with LUL Magazine, Barkley also had the opportunity to work with the Fyre Nation dance crew. This collaboration allowed her to merge her passion for photography and videography with the art of dance. Through her lens, Barkley captured the energy, grace, and emotion of the dancers, creating visual masterpieces that not only showcased their talent but also highlighted her own artistic vision. ISSUE #9 | 5

One of the keys to Barkley’s success is her ability to stay inspired and centered as a photographer and videographer. She understands the importance of keeping an open mind and trying new things. Barkley’s versatility is evident in her willingness to explore different subjects and genres, such as capturing the beauty of bees and flowers, which resulted in stunning art pieces. By staying open-minded and embracing new creative challenges, Barkley ensures that her work remains fresh, innovative, and constantly evolving. As a creative, Barkley understands the struggle of finding a balance between her career and personal life. With a schedule that can be unpredictable, she acknowledges the importance of spending quality time with her family and indulging in activities that bring her joy. Whether it’s enjoying a favorite meal, watching movies, or engaging in activities she loved as a child, Barkley prioritizes self-care and relaxation to recharge and maintain a healthy work-life balance. When viewers see Barkley’s final pieces of artwork, she wants them to recognize her dedication, respect for the art form, and continuous pursuit of improvement. Despite not having formal education in photography, Barkley’s commitment to her craft shines through her work. She strives to make a lasting impact on viewers, leaving them inspired by her journey and motivated to pursue their own creative passions. Aleni Barkley’s journey as a photographer and videographer is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and a willingness to take risks. From her humble beginnings to being honored in art shows, collaborating with renowned publications and dance crews, Barkley continues to push boundaries and redefine what it means to be a versatile artist in the industry. Through her captivating visuals, she captures moments, tells stories, and leaves a lasting impression on viewers. As she continues to evolve and grow in her craft, the future looks bright for this talented artist.

SCAN WITH WISCKAR APP Photographer: @_abarkley_ Makeup Artist: Nicole Guy Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah

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n the ever evolving world of fashion, there are individuals who possess a unique talent for creating innovative designs and making lasting impressions. One such rising star in the industry is Elijah Fullerton, an exceptional celebrity stylist and fashion designer. Elijah’s journey to success has been shaped by his encounters and collaborations with notable clientele. Elijah breaks the mold with his original styles by curating designs uniquely tailored through inspiration and pure talent.

Photographer: @jayvonepaige

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Networking to Success: Elijah emphasizes the importance of networking in his career. He firmly believes that his achievements would not have been possible without the connections he has made along the way. From chance encounters with influential individuals to social media engagements, he has consistently seized opportunities to expand his network. One noteworthy instance was when he attended a bartender’s event and crossed paths with stylists and artists closely associated with prominent figures in the industry. These encounters not only opened doors for Elijah but also provided him with invaluable insights and opportunities to showcase his talent.

Originality and Uniqueness: What sets Elijah apart from his peers is his extraordinary ability to create designs that are original and unparalleled. Rather than drawing inspiration from other designers, he finds his muse in art galleries, nature, and architecture. He translates abstract shapes and objects into stunning fashion pieces that captivate the eye. Elijah’s work is a testament to his dedication to pushing boundaries and challenging conventional norms. His designs are a breath of fresh air in an industry that often craves uniqueness and novelty.

Encounters with Notable Celebrities: Elijah’s talent and unique designs have caught attention of several notable celebrities. One significant encounter was with Rashaad, a prominent figure in the fashion industry who was featured in the same magazine issue as Fullerton. This encounter led to an invitation to Rashaad’s collaboration release party, where Elijah had the opportunity to showcase his work and connect with other influential individuals in the industry. During a creatives expo, Elijah was introduced to numerous big names in Atlanta, like Kidd Fro , Let Us Live Magazine’s CEO, Dwyane and numerous others where he received praise for his work and was offered the opportunity to collaborate on future projects. This encounter proved to Elijah that his work would always speak for itself,

providing him with a platform to showcase his talent to broader audiences no matter the room he stepped in.

A Lasting Impression: When delivering a design to a client, Elijah’s priority is to create an unforgettable experience. He aims to leave clients awestruck, providing them with a product that exceeds their expectations. Elijah’s designs are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on creating pieces that clients will cherish. He strives to create designs that clients will want to wear repeatedly, pieces that become an integral part of their identity. Elijah’s creative process goes beyond sketching designs on paper. A crucial aspect of his work involves the meticulous gathering of materials that bring his visions to life. He shared that is has a keen eye for unique fabrics, textures, and embellishments, which he meticulously sources from various locations around the world. Whether it’s visiting local markets, scouring vintage stores, or collaborating with artisans, Elijah strives to find materials that are not only visually captivating but also align with his commitment to sustainability and ethical fashion practices. Elijah Fullerton’s journey to becoming a celebrated celebrity stylist and fashion designer is a testament to his talent, perseverance, and ability to seize opportunities. Through networking and a commitment to originality, Fullerton has carved a niche for himself in the fashion industry. His encounters with notable celebrities and collaborations have further propelled his career. As Fullerton continues to make waves in the fashion world, his unique designs and unwavering passion for his craft will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the industry. As a visionary in the fashion industry, Elijah has big plans for his future. With his undeniable talent and growing recognition, Fullerton aims to expand his brand and establish himself as a prominent fashion designer on a global scale. He envisions creating his own fashion label that embodies his unique aesthetic and values, allowing him to make his designs a desired brand by all.

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Collaboration and Competition:

As a member of Fyre Nation, Marcus approaches collaboration and competition with an open mind. He recognizes the energy and inspiration that can arise from collaborating with other dancers and embraces the opportunity to create something new for himself. Whether it’s engaging in battleminded competitions or seeking to learn from others, Marcus approaches each collaboration as a chance to expand his own repertoire and further develop his skills. By maintaining a mindset of growth and learning, Marcus is able to contribute positively to the dance community while also pushing his own boundaries.

Fyre Nation’s Highlighted Success:

One of the most significant achievements for Marcus and the Fyre Nation crew was the international recognition their event received in Africa. The reach and impact of their work surpassed their expectations, solidifying their position as a formidable force in the global dance community. This achievement not only showcased the talent and dedication of the crew but also reflected the impact their performances have on audiences around the world.

Photographer: @globalflopics

Individual Success and Impact:


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Individually, Marcus has garnered success through his engaging performances and the positive impact he has on those who witness his artistry. His Instagram presence and live performances have led to opportunities such as bookings for individual parties and events. Marcus embraces every chance to inspire others, whether it’s through performing at kids’ events, encouraging young dancers to express themselves, or simply sharing his energy and passion with others. His ability to connect with people through dance has allowed him to leave a lasting impression and create a ripple effect of inspiration.

Aspirations for the Future:

arcus “Kryptonic” Taylor, a talented dancer, educator, and member of the renowned Fyre Nation dance crew, has established himself as a dynamic force in the world of dance. With a passion for pushing creative boundaries and inspiring others, Marcus has overcome setbacks, embraced collaboration, and achieved remarkable success both individually and as part of the crew. Through his dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to his craft, Marcus continues to make a significant impact on the dance community.

Looking ahead, Marcus envisions a future of continued growth, development, and creativity. He plans to strategically plot his path, dedicating focused time to various aspects of his life, including dance, basketball, and creating new opportunities. Marcus strives for consistent growth and innovation, constantly challenging himself to push his creative boundaries further. As a member of Fyre Nation, he aims to foster a strong and supportive dance community where each member pushes and elevates one another, ultimately creating unstoppable performances and achieving collective goals.

A Journey of Creative Exploration:

Marcus “Kryptonic” Taylor’s journey as a dancer, educator, and member of Fyre Nation is a testament to his unwavering passion and commitment to his craft. Through his innovative approach, collaborative mindset, and dedication to continuous growth, Marcus has established himself as a dynamic force in the dance community. His ability to inspire others and leave a lasting impression through his performances reflects his deep understanding of the transformative power of dance. As he continues to push creative boundaries and inspire those around him, Marcus is poised to make an even greater impact on the world of dance.

Marcus’s journey as a dancer has been marked by a constant drive to bring his creative ideas to life. He continuously seeks new ways to incorporate his unique style and movements into his performances, captivating audiences with his vigor and innovative approach. Drawing inspiration from various sources, Marcus explores different dance styles, techniques, and even technical aspects to refine his motions and develop his own artistic voice. His dedication to his craft is evident in his commitment to continuous growth and his relentless pursuit of new ideas. ISSUE #9 | 9

Photographer: @_abarkley_ Makeup Artist: Nicole Guy Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah


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orbinian Mitter, a talented dancer from Germany, has made a name for himself independently as a member of the renowned dance crew, Fyre Nation. His journey through dance and education led him from Germany to Atlanta, where he joined forces with Fyre Nation and became an integral part of the crew. Korbinian’s experiences, challenges, and aspirations as a dancer, all peeked within his recent years as he honed in more on his talent. A Passion for Dance and Education: Korbinian, a biology student with a passion for dance, embarked on an internship in Atlanta in February 2022. During his time there, he sought to connect with the local dance scene but soon realized the challenges of finding opportunities without connections. However, through diligent research and the power of social media, he stumbled upon the We On Fyre Cipher, which led him to the welcoming embrace of the Fyre Nation dance crew. Joining Fyre Nation: Korbinian’s experience joining Fyre Nation was a seamless one. The crew members warmly welcomed him, making him feel like part of the family from the start. There were no specific challenges or obstacles to overcome, as the crew saw his potential and invited him to join after witnessing his dedication and commitment. Korbinian’s enthusiasm for dancing and his desire to have a tribe to dance with resonated with the crew, solidifying his place within the group. Giving Back to the Community: As a member of Fyre Nation, Korbinian and his crewmates strive to give back to the community. They practice at a youth center, welcoming young people to join their sessions. Through social media platforms like Instagram, they reach out to individuals and invite them to their practice sessions. Rather than following a structured teaching format, Fyre Nation encourages a jam-like atmosphere, where dancers can freely explore and learn from one another. Korbinian acknowledges that there is room for growth in their efforts to contribute more to the community, but he sees their current initiatives as a positive start. ISSUE #9 | 11

Using the Platform to Expand: While Korbinian is based in Germany, being a member of Fyre Nation has provided him with an opportunity to connect with the dance scene in Atlanta and the United States as a whole. He values the cultural differences in dance styles between Germany and Atlanta, and he aims to spread his experiences and knowledge to bridge the gap. Through Fyre Nation, he plans to share insights about Atlanta’s dance culture with his German counterparts and foster a stronger connection between the two scenes. Balancing Individual Style and Crew Collaboration: Fyre Nation is known for its diverse range of dance styles, including breaking, popping, locking, and more. Korbinian, primarily focused on hip-hop, appreciates the freedom to express his individual style within the collaborative narrative of the crew. The crew’s unity stems from their shared love for dance and hip-hop culture, rather than adhering to a specific set of moves. This inclusive environment allows Korbinian and his crewmates to celebrate their unique styles while fostering a sense of togetherness. Preparation Rituals for Performances: Korbinian acknowledges that he sometimes struggles with feeling the groove or becoming overexcited before performances. To combat performance anxiety and nervousness, he has developed a ritual of dancing as much as possible before taking the stage. By exhausting himself physically and mentally, he finds a sense of ease and focus, enabling him to deliver his best performance. Aspirations and Goals: Looking ahead, Korbinian’s aspirations include further connecting with the European dance scene and expanding his network. He seeks to experience different dance communities, connect with like-minded individuals, and continue his growth as a dancer. For Fyre Nation as a crew, their goals include more

performances, shows, and battles, with a particular focus on expanding their reach to Germany. Korbinian dreams of organizing a jam or battle that would bring Fyre Nation to Germany, creating a platform for cultural exchange and showcasing the unique dance styles of both Atlanta and Germany. Leaving a Positive Impact: When Korbinian finishes a performance, his ultimate goal is to leave the audience with a sense of joy and positivity. While battles are often competitive, he aims to emphasize respect and appreciation for fellow dancers. By showcasing his

enjoyment of dance and spreading a positive vibe, Korbinian hopes to inspire others and promote a culture of unity within the hip-hop dance community. Korbinian Mitter’s journey through dance and education has brought him to the forefront of the dance scene as a member of Fyre Nation. From his initial struggles to find dance opportunities in Atlanta to joining the crew and using his platform to bridge the gap between German and American dance cultures, Korbinian’s dedication and passion for dance shine through.

Reflecting on his past as a teenager playing the same game and thinking such success was out of reach, Bonardy marveled at his journey from that point to competing on one of the biggest stages in the breakdancing community. Despite not advancing past the first round, Bonardy’s performance showcased his determination and resilience. Photographer: @globalflopics

Looking ahead, Bonardy has aspirations to parlay his dance career into a communications role within Fyre Nation. He envisions himself as a bridge between the crew and the community, working to create positive connections and opportunities for the crew members. Bonardy’s desire to bring about positive change and break the limiting mindset prevalent in Atlanta’s dance scene is admirable. He hopes to inspire younger generations to explore dance as a viable path, beyond the conventional options of sports or music.

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akari Bonardy, an Atlanta native, has taken the dance world by storm with his unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication to his craft. From competing in prestigious competitions to teaching and serving as the Captain of Japan for Fyre Nation, Bonardy’s journey is an inspiring testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative impact of dance. Bonardy’s journey into the world of dance began during his teenage years when he discovered a passion for breakdancing. Despite initial doubts about his abilities, Bonardy pushed through and honed his skills, fueled by his love for the art form. His dedication paid off when he competed in his first preliminary rounds with the BC and made it to the prestigious Red Bullsponsored video game competition for B-boys. A video game competition was a pivotal moment for Bonardy, as it allowed him to realize the magnitude of his achievements.

Bonardy’s impact extends beyond his own dance career. He has actively worked to provide opportunities for young people in his community to experience the transformative power of dance. Through community outreach events and workshops, he aims to instill confidence and self-belief in the younger generation. Bonardy’s dedication to empowering others and challenging societal norms is a testament to his authenticity and passion for creating change. Currently, Bonardy is making waves in Gunman, Japan, where he serves as a dance teacher and ambassador. His journey has taken him from Atlanta to Japan, where he continues to inspire and educate students about the art of dance. As Captain of Japan for Fyre Nation, Bonardy plays a crucial role in spreading the crew’s message of positivity and inclusivity. His presence and influence in Japan provide a unique perspective and cultural exchange that enriches the dance community. Jakari Bonardy’s story is one of resilience, determination, and a deep commitment to making a difference in the world of dance. From his humble beginnings in Atlanta to becoming a dance ambassador in Gunman, Japan, Bonardy’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of pursuing one’s passion. As he continues to break barriers and create connections, Bonardy remains a shining example of what it means to follow one’s dreams and inspire others along the way. ISSUE #9 | 12

Written by: Cyn The Great Photographer: @fyrefli.il3git


n a world where dance serves as a universal language of expression, there are few stories as inspiring as that of Ricky "Scar Luxu" Hardy. Scar Luxu, renowned for his bone-breaking dance style and indomitable spirit, has captivated audiences worldwide with his mesmerizing performances. However, behind the scenes lies a remarkable journey of triumph over adversity that has shaped Scar Luxu into the motivational figure he is today. Scar Luxu's dance journey took an unexpected turn at the tender age of 15 due to being struck by a car. The devastating brain injury left him questioning his ability to ever walk let alone dance again. The mere thought of never being able to showcase his passion on stage or in front of a crowd weighed heavily on his heart. But Scar Luxu, fueled by his unwavering determination, refused to let this setback define him. Rather than succumbing to despair, Scar Luxu used his injury as a catalyst for growth and self-discovery. With unwavering resilience, he channeled his emotions into his dance, pushing the boundaries of his bone-breaking style and creating a unique artistic expression that defied limitations. Scar Luxu's ability to bend his body in unimaginable ways showcased his unwavering determination to transcend physical boundaries and embrace his true potential. Central to Scar Luxu's journey is his dance crew, Fyre Nation Crew, which holds a special place in his heart. The crew has become more than just a collective of talented dancers; it has become a pillar of support, a source of inspiration, and a family. Scar Luxu's involvement with Fyre Nation Crew has provided him with a strong sense of belonging and a supportive community that has helped him navigate the challenges of his dance career while giving back to his community by teaching the youth how to use their talents to highlight what they love while instilling core values to better prepare them for the future. ISSUE #9 | 13

Scar Luxu's perspective on collaboration and competition within the dance community is refreshingly unique. Rather than viewing others as rivals, he believes in fostering unity and motivation among dancers. Scar Luxu understands that true growth comes from collective support and collaboration, and he actively encourages his fellow dancers to push their boundaries and explore their creativity together. Beyond his personal accomplishments, Scar Luxu is deeply committed to mentoring and teaching the younger generation. His passion for guiding aspiring dancers away from negative influences and towards a positive path is truly commendable. Scar Luxu's dedication to his role as a dance coach on the TV series Coaches of Atlanta is a testament to his desire to make a lasting impact on the lives of others through the power of dance. As Scar Luxu looks towards the future, his aspirations remain grounded in his love for dance and his commitment to inspiring others. With each performance, he seeks to leave the audience in awe, showcasing his unique flexing style and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Scar Luxu's extraordinary contortion and creativity have set him apart from others, solidifying his place as a true pioneer in the dance industry. Ricky "Scar Luxu" Hardy's journey is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and unwavering passion. From overcoming a career-threatening injury to pushing the limits of his bone-breaking dance style, Scar Luxu has emerged as a symbol of inspiration and motivation. His involvement with Fyre Nation Crew and his dedication to mentoring the next generation highlight his commitment to building a stronger, more connected dance community. Scar Luxu's journey serves as a reminder that when faced with adversity, we have the power to transform our setbacks into stepping stones towards greatness. As he continues to bend the limits of his artistry, Scar Luxu is leaving an indelible mark on the world of dance, inspiring countless others to embrace their own unique paths and push beyond their perceived limitations.

Photographer: @_abarkley_ Makeup Artist: Nicole Guy


Photographer: @_abarkley_ Makeup Artist: Nicole Guy Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah

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n the world of dance and creativity, there are individuals who not only showcase their talent but also strive to make a positive impact on their community. Joy “Kuma” Gasaway is one such individual, whose passion for dance and craftsmanship has led her to pave the way for others. With her crew, she envisions a future of empowerment, education, and unity. Let’s delve into the journey of Joy “Kuma” Gasaway as she continues to leave her mark as a dancer and jewelry artist.

Building a Community Through Dance: Joy Rowe, known as “Kuma” in the dance world, is a firm believer in the power of community and self-expression. As a dancer, she aims to use her platform to make a positive impact within her community. Kuma and her crew organize workshops and classes that not only teach dance techniques but also emphasize the importance of personal growth, self-expression, and unity. By collaborating with other local artists, organizations, and community leaders, they create events and initiatives that promote empowerment and social change. Through their performances, they inspire individuals to embrace their creativity, pursue their dreams, and make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

Empowering Others Through Education: Kuma’s vision extends beyond the stage. She is determined to empower others by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the industry. Recognizing the importance of education, she plans to teach aspiring artists how to have successful conversations with businesses, write contracts, and effectively communicate their ideas. By sharing her expertise, Kuma aims to

ensure that individuals are equipped to advocate for themselves and their creative endeavors. Through these educational efforts, she hopes to create a community of empowered artists who can confidently pursue their passions. The Birth of Baruk Blessing: Aside from her dance career, Kuma has also embarked on a creative journey as a jewelry artist. The birth of her jewelry line, Baruk Blessing, was a result of personal circumstances and a deep-rooted passion for craftsmanship. After her glasses broke and she couldn’t afford to fix them, Kuma used her creative instincts to fashion her own ear cups. This experience ignited her desire to create unique and custom-made jewelry pieces. Baruk Blessing offers a range of handcrafted jewelry that exudes individuality and luxury. Kuma’s goal is to provide people with something special, a piece that makes them feel good, confident, and unique. Each Rook Blessing creation carries a personal touch, ensuring that the wearer feels a connection to the piece.

Conclusion: Joy “Kuma” Gasaway is not only a talented dancer but also a visionary who is dedicated to uplifting others through her art and craftsmanship. Through her dance crew, she aims to build a community that promotes unity, empowerment, and positive change. Additionally, Kuma’s jewelry line, Rook Blessing, offers individuals a chance to express their individuality and feel confident in their own unique style. Whether it’s through dance or jewelry, Kuma’s impact is felt far beyond the stage as she continues to inspire and empower others to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world.

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Photographer: @_abarkley_ Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah

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n the world of street dance and hip-hop culture, Anthony “Fyrefli” Gasaway has not only made a name for himself as a multi-talented artist but also achieved remarkable accomplishments as a community leader. From his early childhood experiences to his evolution as a dancer, Fyrefli’s journey is an extraordinary testament to the power of creativity, resilience, and the transformative nature of dance. Fyrefli’s unwavering passion for dance can be traced back to his upbringing, where his parents instilled in him a profound love for artistic expression. Through shared moments of listening to music and bonding as a family, Fyrefli discovered the sheer joy of creativity and the profound impact of movement. As he grew older, his father’s influence in breaking and popping ignited an unstoppable spark within him, leading Fyrefli to recognize that dance was not just a calling, but a pathway to greatness. Unlike many dancers who may have had formal training or mentors, Fyrefli’s journey began with the unwavering support and encouragement of his parents. They nurtured his raw talent by teaching him the basics of breaking and popping, and exposing him to iconic dance battle clips. Fyrefli’s parents became his first teachers and mentors, guiding him in his initial steps towards becoming a truly exceptional dancer. Dance became more than just a hobby for Fyrefli; it became his lifeline, providing solace and an outlet for his emotions. In a world where he faced bullying and struggled to fit in due to his parents’ emphasis on education and proper behavior, dance became a powerful means for him to rise above adversity. Countless hours spent perfecting his craft allowed Fyrefli to release pent-up anger and find a profound sense of peace. Through dance, he discovered a new language, one that transcended words and connected him with his deepest self. As Fyrefli entered middle school, his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to dance became impossible to ignore. Recognizing his outstanding academic achievements alongside his passion for dance, his parents wholeheartedly encouraged him

to pursue his dreams. This newfound confidence propelled Fyrefli to break free from his shell and wholeheartedly embrace his identity as a dancer. It was during his eighth-grade dance performance that Fyrefli truly came alive, marking the beginning of his remarkable journey as a performer and community leader. Throughout his career, Fyrefli’s accomplishments have only continued to soar, solidifying his status as an influential figure in the dance community. His performances on renowned stages, such as the Red Bull BC One competition and international dance festivals, have captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. Fyrefli’s innovative choreography and mesmerizing stage presence have earned him countless awards and accolades, further cementing his place among the dance elite. Beyond his exceptional talent as a dancer, Fyrefli’s impact extends far beyond the stage. As the Co-Founder of FyreNationCrew and the chief coordinator of the WeonFyre Cypher, he actively works towards preserving the original virtues and values of hip-hop culture. Fyrefli’s dedication to mentoring and inspiring the next generation of dancers has resulted in the transformation of countless lives ranging from the United States, Africa, Germany, and Japan and the hopes of so much more. Through workshops, masterclasses, and community outreach programs, he empowers aspiring dancers to discover their own unique voice and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination. Anthony “Fyrefli” Gasaway’s journey as a dancer is not just remarkable but awe-inspiring. From his early experiences of bonding with his parents through music, to finding his voice and purpose through dance, Fyrefli has become a true icon of passion, accomplishment, and inspiration. Through his artistry, mentorship, and unwavering commitment to preserving the essence of hip-hop culture, Fyrefli continues to make an indelible impact on the dance community and far beyond. His accomplishments both on and off the stage serve as a testament to his exceptional talent, dedication, and leadership, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of dance.

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Motivation and Inspiration:

As a dancer in the Philippines, Martine recognizes the need to bring more appreciation and recognition to the art of dance in her community. She sees dance as a form of self-expression and a way to set oneself free. Martine’s motivation stems from her desire to inspire others and keep the fire within her burning. Through her performances and involvement with Fyre Nation, Martine aims to reignite the passion for dance in her homeland.

Spreading Awareness in the Community:

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Martine actively engages in activities that promote dance within her community. Recently, she organized an open cipher in her city, inviting individuals of all ages and backgrounds to participate. The event was a resounding success, attracting dancers from various municipalities and cities. Martine’s dedication to spreading awareness and appreciation for dance extends beyond events like this; she also teaches festival dances at her school, contributing to the growth and preservation of dance culture in her hometown.


The Impact of Fyre Nation:

Unveiling a Hidden Talent:

Looking Ahead:

artine “Maelstrom” Doctora, a young and talented female dancer from the Philippines, is making waves in the dance community with her incredible skills and passion for the art. Her journey as a dancer has been nothing short of remarkable, from humble beginnings to catching the attention of Fyrefli, co-founder of Fyre Nation dance crew. Martine’s plans to use her platform to inspire and give back to her community are just the start of her promising career. Martine’s love for dance was discovered during her time in seventh grade when she joined a newly formed dance group in her city. Initially hesitant, she quickly realized her potential and found herself captivated by the art form. With each performance, Martine’s talent grew, and she began to take dance more seriously.

The Birth of “Maelstrom”:

Martine’s unique style of dance, characterized by her commanding presence and ability to take the stage by storm, earned her the nickname “Maelstrom.” The name was given to her by Anthony, the founder of Fyre Nation, who saw Martine’s performances as a force of nature. This moniker perfectly encapsulates Martine’s ability to captivate audiences with her powerful movements and expressive storytelling. When Martine’s talent caught the attention of Fyrefli, cofounder of Fyre Nation dance crew, he stumbled upon a video of her performing. Intrigued by her skills and the potential she exhibited, Fyrefli reached out to Martine to learn more about the dance scene in the Philippines. This encounter marked a significant turning point in Martine’s career, as she was offered a spot in Fyre Nation, becoming the crew’s first member from the Philippines.

Being a part of Fyre Nation has had a profound impact on Martine’s growth as a dancer. The crew’s co-founder, Fyrefli, has been instrumental in opening doors and providing opportunities for her. From dance classes to continuous support, Fyre Nation has become Martine’s second family, guiding her artistic development and nurturing her talent. Martine is grateful for the platform Fyre Nation has given her and intends to make the most of it to elevate her dance career and promote the crew’s message. Martine’s future is filled with aspirations and plans that extend beyond her individual success. She is about to embark on her college journey, pursuing a Bachelor of Physical Education, which will enhance her knowledge and expertise as a dancer. Martine dreams of opening her own dance studio, a place where she can continue to teach and inspire others, with Fyre Nation’s support and guidance. Her ultimate goal is to use her platform and success to give back to her community and make a lasting impact on the dance scene in the Philippines. Martine “Maelstrom” Doctora’s journey as a dancer is a testament to her passion, talent, and determination. From her early days as a novice dancer to becoming an integral member of Fyre Nation, Martine has overcome challenges and seized opportunities to showcase her skills. Her commitment to spreading awareness and appreciation for dance in her community is praiseworthy. As Martine continues to grow as a dancer and build her brand, she remains dedicated to inspiring others and leaving a lasting impact on the Philippine dance scene. With Fyre Nation by her side, the future looks bright for Martine “Maelstrom” Doctora.

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Written by: Cyn The Great


ance has the power to transcend barriers, ignite passion, and transform lives. In the world of dance, there are individuals who leave an indelible mark through their talent, dedication, and commitment to inspiring others. Professor Mark, an exceptional dancer and mentor, is one a prime example of this. His exclusive one on one interview with LUL delved into the inspiring journey of Professor Mark, from his humble beginnings to becoming a renowned dancer and mentor, and explored how he uses his knowledge to empower and uplift those around him. Professor Mark’s journey began in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where he was captivated by the rhythmic beats and mesmerizing movements of dance. From a young age, he felt an undeniable connection to the art form, and it became his true passion. Drawn to the expressive nature of dance, he immersed himself in various styles, honing his skills and cultivating a deep understanding of the power of movement. As Professor Mark’s talent blossomed, he caught the attention of many big names in the dance industry throughout the many continents of Africa. It was at one of his performances that he caught the attention of Fyre Nation Crew, a renowned dance collective that pushed boundaries and redefined the art of hip-hop. Recognizing his exceptional abilities, Professor Mark was invited to join the crew, marking a pivotal moment in his dance career. With his unparalleled energy, creativity, and dedication, he quickly ascended to the position of head captain of Africa for Fyre Nation Crew, solidifying his status as a rising star in the dance world. As head captain of Africa for Fyre Nation Crew, Professor Mark embarked on a remarkable journey that allowed him to journey across the many continents, captivating audiences with his electrifying performances. From Africa to international stages, he showcases his unique blend of African rhythms, contemporary moves, Hip Hop and his own innovative style. Professor Mark’s performances are more than just dance; they are a celebration of culture, diversity, and the power of self-expression. While Professor Mark’s dance career soars to new heights, he ISSUE #9 | 21

recognizes the importance of using his knowledge and experiences to make a lasting impact on others. Guided by a deep sense of purpose, he channeled his passion into mentorship and teaching. Professor Mark founded a dance academy in his hometown, providing a nurturing environment for aspiring dancers to learn and grow. His mission extends far beyond teaching dance techniques; he aims to empower his students, teaching them discipline, resilience, and the value of hard work. Professor Mark’s mentorship extends beyond the studio walls. He believes that dance is a gateway to personal growth and self-discovery. Through workshops and outreach programs, he brings the joy of dance to underprivileged communities, using it as a tool to inspire and uplift young minds. Professor Mark understands that dance could instill confidence, foster teamwork, and ignite a lifelong passion for learning. His dedication and commitment to his students goes beyond the dance floor, as he continues to prove and serve as a role model, guiding them through life’s challenges and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Professor Mark’s impact as a mentor and teacher is immeasurable. His students not only gain technical dance skills but also develop a strong sense of self-belief, resilience, and determination. Through his guidance, they learn to embrace their uniqueness and strive for excellence in all aspects of life. Professor Mark’s legacy lives on through the countless lives he has touches on a daily basis, as his students continue to inspire others and make a positive difference in their communities. Professor Mark’s journey from a passionate dancer to a mentor and inspiration exemplifies the transformative power of dance. His dedication, talent, and unwavering commitment have not only propelled him to success but also enabled him to uplift and empower those around him. Through his dance academy and outreach programs, Professor Mark continues to shape the lives of aspiring dancers, instilling in them the values of discipline, resilience, and selfbelief. As a beacon of light in the dance community, Professor Mark’s story serves as a reminder that dance has the ability to transcend boundaries and create a better world for all.


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IG: @iamcarlosdwayne Photographer @jwashproductions


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Crew Names: Tony L. Sailor, Joc Gresham, Dejah Berment, Corey Bing, Tara Mitchell, Reese Edwards Photographer: Cheries Edward


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drian “RADICO” Humphrey, a talented dancer from Lusaka, Zambia, has embarked on an extraordinary journey in the world of dance. Starting from his humble beginnings Radico never took his eyes off of his dream to become a pillar of his community through his talent and knowledge. His remarkable achievements as a member of the renowned Fyre Nation dance crew have only added to the success and sense of pride he’s poured back into his community. As you explore his journey to becoming a dancer, his love for giving back to the community, and his profound appreciation for his dance crew it is my goal for you to feel his hard work through his words. Through countless opportunities, valuable lessons, and a strong sense of belonging, Adrian’s passion for dance has inspired him to leave a lasting impact on the dance world. Adrian’s journey as a dancer began in the vibrant streets of Lusaka, where he discovered his innate passion for movement and self-expression. Despite facing initial challenges and societal misconceptions about dance, Adrian’s unwavering determination fueled his pursuit of this artistic form. He dedicated countless hours to honing his skills, attending workshops, and embracing every opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer. A pivotal moment in Adrian’s journey came when he crossed paths with Titus aka b-boy machine, a highly respected dancer and mentor. In an interview, Adrian shared his experience, stating, “Meeting Titus b-boy machine” was a turning point for me. His guidance and mentorship transformed my approach to dance.” Under Titus’ tutelage, Adrian’s skills flourished, and he gained a deeper understanding of the artistry and technicality of dance. Adrian shared how the rejection he faced from numerous other dancers because of his lack of knowledge was worth it because it sparked a flame in him to help others. Adrian’s dedication and remarkable talent caught the attention of Fyre Nation dance crew Captain Professor Mark of Lagos, Nigeria. The two had been in communication via social media for a while until they finally linked up and planned a huge event. The success of the event led to Adrian successfully battling his in as a member Photographer:@_abarkley_ Makeup Artist:Nation , of Fyre Crew, an esteemed collective known for their works Wardrobe Designer: @eonic.elijah within their communities, creativity and dynamic performances. Joining the crew was a dream come true for Adrian, as it provided him with a platform to showcase his skills and collaborate with exceptionally talented individuals. Fyre Nation became more than

just a dance crew to Adrian—it became a family that fostered growth, provided support, and fueled his passion for dance. Adrian’s journey goes beyond personal achievements; it is deeply rooted in his desire to give back to his community. He actively engages in community outreach programs, workshops, and mentorship initiatives. In the interview, Adrian emphasized, “I believe in using my skills and experiences to uplift and inspire the next generation of dancers, particularly in underprivileged areas.” Adrian’s dedication to giving back showcases his belief in the power of dance as a tool for empowerment and inspiration. Adrian’s love for his dance crew, Fyre Nation, is undeniable. In the interview, he expressed his gratitude, stating, “Fyre Nation has been my biggest inspiration. The opportunities, lessons, and sense of belonging I’ve experienced within this crew are invaluable.” Fyre Nation has not only provided Adrian with countless opportunities to showcase his talent but has also inspired him to push his boundaries as a dancer. The camaraderie and shared passion among its members have created a supportive environment where individual talents merge to create something greater. Looking ahead, Adrian envisions a future filled with endless possibilities. He plans to continue honing his craft, exploring new dance styles, and collaborating with artists from around the world. As a member of Fyre Nation, he aspires to expand their reach, showcasing their unique blend of dance and culture on international stages. Furthermore, Adrian is committed to creating platforms and opportunities for young dancers in Zambia, fostering a vibrant dance community that celebrates diversity and nurtures talent. Adrian “RADICO” Humphrey’s journey from Lusaka, Zambia, to becoming a member of the renowned Fyre Nation dance crew is a testament to his unwavering dedication, talent, and commitment to community. His inspiring story showcases the transformative power of dance, mentorship, and the importance of belonging to a supportive collective. Adrian’s deep love for his dance crew and his passion for giving back to the community exemplify his genuine desire to uplift others and leave a lasting impact. As he continues to evolve as an artist, Adrian remains a beacon of inspiration for aspiring dancers, reminding us that with perseverance and a supportive community, dreams can become a reality. ISSUE #9 | 26

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SCAN WITH WISCKAR APP Model @theeajitoni Photographer: @pp_productions01

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