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Behind the music: D.C. Soulplusmind takes us on a trip through his music and his sneakers Music and fashion have always gone hand in hand, especially in hip-hop. There are many on ode to one’s sneakers, chains, shirt and jeans. Sometimes they may get praised all at once in a verse. There’s nothing like speaking to a sneaker fanatic who’s also a fanatic about his music. Meet d.C Soulplusmind. The West Coast native is an up-coming producer who’s laid tracks down for some of the West Coasts best indie artists. But that’s not all there is about d.C. While most producers spend all day submitting tracks to artists hoping they give them a listen, d.C flipped the script and started sending his music to licensing companies. Chances are you can hear d.C’s beats on a mixtape you can find online to a commercial you will find on FOX. The Mixx took a trip to d.C’s studio to speak about how he got into music, what made him want to license his music, and he gives us the stories behind his three favorite pairs of kicks!

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10. Stalley

16. All Laced Up

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20. MODEL OF THE MONTH

25. INT’L FASHION

18. BIG ZAK

6. KENTUCKY FASHION:

Summer fashion for both Him and Her

She hoops & she models! Meet Keyla Snowden

Speaks on success and his next move Exclusive showcase of Caribbean Fashion

Tim Talley makes ULace a fashion statement

Talk that sh#t: From behind the scenes to the forefront

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Anoop Desai, Bobby Brown (w/ New Edition), & Twin Atlantic Kentucky Designers showcase

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Summer Fashions For HIM & HER Summertime...its here. The time for laying poolside,beach bummin with friends, or taking that exotic vacation with a significant other. Giving you the rundown on the essentials needed to stay stylish for the summer. As always we’ll be seeing tons of bold colors, statement jewelry, and sporty watches.

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Women Summer Essentials: 1.) High-Lo dresses & skirts (Florals,Aztec,Bold Solids, Sheer & layered)  2.) Playful Wedges (Prints,Bold colors, Studded)  3.) Bright Colors 4.) Statement Bag/Tote 5.) The perfect pair of shades  6.) Make-up Stash: Blush, Waterproof Mascara, Bronzer, SPF lotion  7.) Middle Eastern-inspired Statement jewelry (head chains,rings,necklaces, & rings) 

Men’s Summer Essentials: 1.) Fitted Tees (Solids, Ombre, Statement Logo)  2.) Bold Colored/Camo shorts 3.) Sporty Watches  4.) Chucks 5.) Casual shoes  6.) Linen pants  7.) Lightweight button ups 

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Remember its okay to follow trends but always add a touch of YOU to everything YOU do...STAND OUT!

General Tip: Say yes to regular pedicures...Women & Men

Health Tip: In hot temps stay hydrated with water NOT sodas, or high fructose juices.

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Bright Colors

Camo shorts

Prints & shades

Cargo camo & Casual shoes

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Ladies keep the makeup LIGHT...say no to being a meltdown & remember SPF is your friend! 

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Kentucky has more to offer than it’s stereotypical country ways. Angel Lifer is among one of those offerings hoping to change the way Kentucky is viewed in the world of fashion and style.   A rather new clothing line, Angel Lifer is taking Lexington, Kentucky by storm. The clothing line offers fly hoodies, sweatshirt, tees and is continuing to expand as they gain more exposure. A boy Living Above the Bullsh#!t figure with two lady figures next to him is the present logo for the brand. After poking some fun at the fact that the logo feeds into more ideas than one, Mixx got to the real meaning of the logo. “I created the logo centered around the most influential people in my life, my mom and my sister. The logo is a representation of me with those two standing next to me supporting me.” says Kearney, the master mind behind the project. Everything with the brand seems to hold value and an

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underlying meaning from the logo to the brand’s name. “The name just fell into place. One day I was in the library and wanted something incommensurable but meaningful at the same time. I wanted to enforce a name that would represent a lifestyle of living above the BS. I did not want any religious content just a comparison to a lifestyle. Angel refers to being like an angel flying above everything that sucks here on Earth. Lifer is just the lifestyle. The brand is that lifestyle.”   Kearney has been busy keeping up with orders and establishing a successful brand. He points out that with the help of some great close friends he has been able to get things done and create a great brand that he is satisfied with thus far. This Kentucky based clothing line is prepared to take on the task of putting their city on the fashion map. The brains behind the brand believes that it is an advantage having his clothing line based in Kentucky. It separates them from the tradition clothing lines in NY or LA and helps them gain loyal fans right there in their home city. Stay tuned to all that Angel Lifer has to offer. Check out the brands blog at http://angelliferclothing. blogspot.com/. Twitter: @angellifer

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Lex : t h ig tl o p s x Mix The devotion towards the growth of Life’s Journey pours out of Chris Hudson’s mouth like word vomit.

His zeal, energy; the intensity of where Life’s Journey is now and where it will be is reassuring to the fashion world that there are still fashioners who have genuine motive to bring something simply good into the world. Lifestyle brand Life’s Journey is just that. 2009 was the year where a simple idea was no longer an idea, but conceived Pursue your purpose into something real. A motivational clothing line that naturally instilled drive and “dream-chasing” into those who rocked the brand. With his undying love for fashion, a strong relationship with God and a creative eye, God revealed to Chris that his purpose was to spread love through his love of fashion, but not to stop there.

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Lexington has just become a lil Los Angeles with this sudden surge in fasionistas and ‘eers within the past two years…and literally all brands have been of exceptional quality. The latest and greatest up-andcoming brand, Brilliant Mindset, embarking on it’s year and a half renovation process, is now on the with it’s eye catching colorful Excellence x Intelligence: rise street t’s that are extremely trendy for the male or female cool kid. Line founder, AD, is realistic with his expectations. Granted he wants to sell his gear around the nation, he has no problem coolin’ it in Lexington and watching his tees sell out at home, but with every intention to gradually rise to the top.

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Build an empire. With that said, three years later, Life’s Journey has not only expanded into stores across the nation and international online sales, it’s now blossomed into “an inspirational, lifestyle brand.” From motivational speaking tours in high schools, events, fashion shows, films and most recent addition, the Life’s Journey music label (latest and greatest signee, J. Shelbs), Chris’s eye-opening trip to California revealed to him the amount of work the team has done thus far, is the amount of work they still need to do.

The “Inspired By Those Who Doubted Me” shirt is my absolute favorite piece. Hundred of re-prints and re-orders, and it’s just hella close to my heart. To look at where LJ started, to where it is now and to be able to use that as motivation to get to the next level, I will forever be able to sell that shirt.” “A lifestyle brand. That’s the plan for the next five years. Everything to help bring positivity into your life…trying to hit you with the whole nine.” For more information on Life’s Journey Lifestyle Brand, visit www.LifesJourneyClothing.com.

“I want my foundation to become stronger before I just try and market to the world and reach out to all these connections I know can help me expand my potential brand. I’ve had a slow start, but I prefer it that way. Patience.” At 22 years old, AD has nothing but time and opportunity ahead of him to catch up with his fellow fashioners in the game (i.e. the booming fad Life’s Journey out of Lexington), but already this kid has managed to obtain buyers out of Atlanta clothing boutiques and create aspiring shirts, crews and hoodies that those who wear his gear look and feel simply good. “The motto: Excellent. Intelligent. Impressive. You can’t go wrong with those three words. No negative connotations, all motivation. As young designers and big dreamers, our thinking process has to be able to take risk to make it to the top. Don’t be afraid to fail, that’s when you learn the most…” For more information of where you can grab Brilliant Mindset gear, check out AD’s twitter: www.twitter.com/@RealAD_BMKing


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While there is nothing wrong with any reason for getting involved in music, if you want to make a living in music, you have to approach things quite differently from the artist who simply wants to perform at local bars on the weekends.

You need to be thinking of how to take your local successes to the next level, and that requires some planning, smart decision making, and plenty of time. A lot of people think that living in a town with no music scene to speak of is a real detriment to their chances of launching their music career - and let’s be honest, it can make things tough. The harsh reality of it all is that you must plan to execute with little or no help. You have to be unconcerned with the fickled scenesters. These people are often the same people who think you’re a sellout because you’re trying to make money from your craft while they’re content with their local celebrity status. Doing things to stay “relevant’ in a city where nobody really cares is pointless. You might as well get money and call it a day. If getting out of your backyard is your ultimate goal, then don’t get involved in a popularity contest. Believe me, your local celebrity status will be cemented when you start achieving things on a larger scale and there will always be someone who “thinks” they’re better than you. Always remember that everything you do locally is a stepping stone for something bigger.

Kia’s Tips: 1. Let go of the ego. No one owes you anything, and you yourself, are responsible for your career. 2. Don’t hate the media; Be the media. Make sure that your management team or your PR is sending music to all the top blogs and media outlets.

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3. Become marketable. Appearance is everything, from your clothing to how you press up your mixtapes. Fubu and mixtapes with sharpie writing is not the move.

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4. It is what it is. Everyone is NOT going to think you’re hot so take that as motivation to go harder.

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Focused. Fearless. Ambitious. These are just a few words that describe fashion’s newest visionaries- Corianna and Brianna Dotson, more popularly known as Coco and Breezy.  All eyes are on these Mid-west natives and New York City transplants for many reasons. The 20-year old sisters are a sight to behold themselves through what some would label as an ‘offbeat’ style.  I like to think that it’s this forward thinking that inspires their line of uber popular sunglasses that is now expanding to include accessories and more, which will only grow the Coco and Breezy empire.   It’s hard to believe that the sisters are barely old enough to legally drink when conversing with them.  They effortlessly translate their dreams, successes and story with poise-just one of the many skills they picked up while growing up in Minnesota.  Free expression, art and fashion played a huge role in their upbringing: ‘We were always into fashion.  We started wearing heels in like 7th grade.  It was crazy. We were always not afraid to express ourselves.’   Another part of their formula for success- they’re family.  It’s often said that family shouldn’t go into business together for many reasons. Sometimes birth order gets in the way- ‘I’m older than you so I can make all of the important decisions.’  Maybe fame and recognition can cause fierce and unnecessary competition.  And let’s not forget that little green piece of paper that can turn best friends into strangers- m-o-n-e-y.  One would think that twin sisters could never make a business relationship

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work- Coco and Breezy do the opposite and then some.  Through our conversation, the one thing I instantly recognized is their bond. They’re each others’ confidantes.  They compliment each other. They support each other.  They love each other: ‘Brianna and I have always been close,’ says Coco. ‘I can count how many times we’ve been separated. Family and friends are very important to us.’ So, it’s no surprise that these two packed their bags and headed for the concrete fashion jungle- New York City- at just 19 years old.  What would your parents say if you said you wanted to move to New York with one goal- to launch a line of sunglasses? I imagine some would say ‘Hell No!.’ Others may laugh. And some would suggest a ‘safer’ idea.  Lucky for Coco and Breezy, they were born to equally brave and supportive parents who happily gave their blessing: ‘When we told our family we wanted to move to New York, they were so supportive.  We got our first jobs when we were 15, so they knew we were responsible.  They weren’t worried about it.  One thing they always told us is, ‘You never know until you try it.’’ When these two set their minds to something, they have to do it.  Without a place to stay or a solid plan, the designers, armed with only their dreams, took to the NYC streets to make them a reality.  Looking back on the beginning of their journey, the two hardly complain about how ‘hard’ it was and instead discuss what lead them to where they are today: ‘It was not hard to adjust because we’re very open-minded.  We wanted this so bad and


we had so many dreams.  We were open to doing whatever we had to do.’ It’s this train of thought that has helped shape not only their business, but the girls themselves, who have already achieved more than some people achieve in a lifetime.  Most 19-year olds spend their days working, partying and trying to figure out what to do with themselves. Again, the designers, always thinking toward the future, allowed the bright lights of New York to distract them for just a second before getting down to business.   In just two years, they’ve managed to catapult themselves past what most would consider ‘limits’ to gain recognition from a wide range of industry celebs that include Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Ashanti. Their shades have become a staple for many a fashionista’s ensemble and they don’t plan on stopping there.  Perhaps the biggest challenge for Coco and Breezy is that their name is a little bigger than their product: enter expansion.  ‘We don’t do strictly eyewear and accessories.  We actually got our first sewing machine when we were in middle school as a present for Christmas.  So we were always sewing and making garments.  The reason we only started out with eyewear and accessories is because we wanted to have that one niche; something that would make us notable-then we could add everything else.’   With so many collaborations and new designs in the works, one wonders where all of the ideas or inspiration come from.  While Coco and Breezy look up to many of their predecessors and peers (Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, etc), it’s not their work that has an influence on what they invent.  What gets these sisters’ creative juices flowing are the people, places and things they encounter on a daily basis: ‘We get inspiration from traveling. After we see something, whether it be a lifestyle or hearing stories...we’ll sit down and write a whole storyline. That’s how we come up with actual designs and the emotion and feeling of it.  To be honest, when we design , we don’t look at any other people’s work.  We look at their stories for inspiration, but not their designs.’

And although creating art and fashion is fun, Coco and Breezy still make an effort to master the business side of things.  Understanding that generating money is the only way to make designs, the two are constantly educating themselves on how to know their numbers and what to do for their business to grow.  Design takes a backseat to business and these two know that you can ‘never know too much.’   Usually, when one encounters many a life’s challenges, they become defeated before even thinking about pressing on.  From the outside looking in, it may be easy to point out all of the roadblocks for these sisters- they’re young, they’re woman AND they’re woman of color (half black and half Puerto-Rican).  The two are quick to shut those assumptions down: ‘We don’t like when people separate being young, being a woman and being of color.  I think when people use that as an excuse, they’re just trying to separate themselves from others.  Our main goal is to stay universal.’ And when they do need that boost of motivation, they get it from each other or family.  Coco adds, ‘There’s this video of all the work we’ve done in the past two years.  When you work hard, sometimes you forget about all that you’ve done because there’s so much you want to do.  So I’ll watch it and be like ‘We did all that?!’ Or we’ll just talk to our parents.  They motivate us so much.’ Superwomen indeed. The only thing more interesting than their work is the thought process behind it.  Never ones to remain stagnant, the kindred spirits aren’t waiting for a ‘we made it’ moment: ‘ We don’t know how that moment feels because we haven’t reached our ultimate goal.  I feel like it will be awhile before that moment comes.  Maybe we won’t have that moment.  All the goals we have are unreachable. You can never accomplish too much. There’s always so much you can do.’ The Mixx looks forward to all that Coco and Breezy will do through the rest of 2012 and beyond.

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Stalley Massilon Ohio isn’t what you would call a “hip-hop hot-spot.” The rural Midwestern town is more known for its hardworking people and blue collar work ethic than break dancers and ciphers. That hard working personality of the city is what built up one of hip-hop’s most important up-coming voices, Stalley. The Ohio native is a proud representative of his small town. The one-time basketball stand-out who many saw making his name playing on the hard-court and not rapping on stage, has taken the hard hat and lunch pail mentality of Massilon and put it in his music.

What are your favorite tracks on the mixtape? All of them! (laughs) Asking me to pick my favorite song is hard. I do like “Island Hopping,” “Cold,” those joints jam like I like, but I like the whole album. There was a lot of work put into it, and I’m proud of it. You’ve recently completed a tour to Europe. What was that like?

His mixtape “Lincoln Nights” was a smash on the underground, drawing praise from the likes of Ski Beatz, Kanye West and Mos Def. It was his eventual partnering up with another admirer of the style, Rick Ross and Maybach Music that brought Stalley to the mainstream. The Mixx Magazine had the chance to speak with Stalley about his Massilon roots and how that inspires his music and his style.

It was a beautiful time. It was my 4th trip to Europe. Every time is always bigger and better……. In Paris, we had a show that was actually being held during the same time of the election. The Candidates were actually giving a speech right before I was to perform so they ended up changing the venue at the last minute. They ended up having to move the venue of the show at the last minute. We took to twitter at the last minute and told everybody what was going on. The show was still packed, even with the last minute announcement. That was crazy! It was nothing but love.

Congrats on the success of “Savage Journey to the American Dream.” It was a great album.

This issue is all about style and fashion. Speak to us about your style. What makes you rock what you rock?

Thank you! I just made something organic and the people love it. Nothing on “Savage Journey to the American Dream,” was forced and I feel like that’s why people loved it so much.

I just do it natural. I’ve been a natural good dresser since I was in elementary school. I’ve always rocked like the Americana look. I love the simplicity of that look. I rock old school worker shirts, shit like that, that’s my shit. Something that’s natural.

You’ve been blessed to have some major names co-sign your work. What was like to see some major superstars and tastemakers say that you were next up? I haven’t had a real co-sign like that. I feel like I’ve had some people in high places respect what I do. Everyone from Kanye West and Ski Beatz to Rick Ross, the respect that they’ve showed me has been great. And to have artists like Mos Def, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Electronica say they like my music and I admire them, that is big! “Savage Journey to the American Dream” was a lot different from your previous work. Was that something planned? With this project I wanted to show people the growth I’ve experienced as a rapper over time. “Lincoln Nights” was about my past. “Savage Journey to the American Dream” is about my present and where I’m going in the future.

And we know you’re a sneaker head too. When it comes down to sneakers, what are your favorites of this year so far? That’s a hard one! (laughs) I love the Jordan 3’s, those are some of my all-time favorites. The Lebrons are dope, I like what he’s doing with his shoes well and the Skate Cons (CTS Converse), I love those too. The mixtape was dope. When can we expect a album from you? Right now the focus is on “Self-Made 2” That drops soon. My album will actually be finished in a few. I’m hoping that we can be done with it in October and have a release date for 2013, possibly February. Look-out for that.

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“Just Wait ‘Til I Start Trying…” Joe Robinson; A Magnate In The Making

Some of the world’s most notable game changers didn’t solely come up in the expected ivy-league realm, or flourish from a rich family history. It’s the innovators. Those who utilize their networks, brain power, what’s in front of them – to find a problem and create a solution. Sean Parker from Napster, Howard Schultz who started the Starbucks frenzy. These gentlemen had a near zero dollar budget yet managed to make their skillset work and profit for them major regardless of the lack of initial funds and investments. Chicago trendsetter Joe Robinson isn’t necessarily in the same category as those listed above, but they all do have one thing in common – the “I can make it happen, regardless…” attitude. Vita Morte. DopeBoyMagic. Feed The Homies. All are national staples when it comes to fashion, networking and just knowing a damn good time when you hear Joe’s name associated with it. The Mixx Magazine managed to squeeze some time in with Mr. Robinson’s busy schedule for a super dope tête-à-tête…enjoy! Tell us (for those who don’t know, plenty already do) about DopeBoyMagic…

It was a point in time where everybody in Chicago wanted to come up with a brand. Everyone was talking about how they needed to invest in their own brand and it’s going to cost so much money and blah blah blah… I wanted to show people how easy it was to come up with a brand.

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BY: The Detroit Lion's

Justin durant Jadakiss

•Consignment•


Let me put this out there before I get into the review. I am a huge fan of Jadakiss, been riding with him and The Lox since the beginning. All the way back to the young raspy freestyling on Ron G mixtapes (older heads know). It really saddens me to be forced to talk down on his music like this, I promise you it does.                        Being a vet of the highest regard in the rap  game, it’s a certain standard to which you should be held. I am an enforcer in these streets and I must say that “Consignment” is wack. No ifs,  ands, or buts about it. Aside from 3-4 tracks it has no jiggyness at all. I’m all about replay value and this tape lacks in that department. Nearly every popping artist in rap is featured, but the music still falls short. The over-saturation is also apart of the problem.

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         I expect Jada at this point in his career to be more of a trendsetter than follower. Songs like “By the Bar”, “Back To The Money” and “ Hustle Like A Muh” are just a few examples of him just following suit of everything that’s popular in hip hop today. I’m not sure if he’s MMG or Bricksquad at times. Now don’t get me wrong, diversity is a good thing, but you want a cohesive project as well. You can’t be all over the place and have subpar songs at the same damn time.          Songs like “Without You”  let’s me know there is still hope for his upcoming album “Top 5 Dead Or Alive”. “Cuz We Paid” follows it up and the feeling there is the same. Classic Jada with the beat and bars. He is still sharp and has witty wordplay he just needs direction. I’ll give him a pass on this “Consignment” joint just as I did with “The Last Kiss”. That’s two strikes so he only has one more shot to make good. In the meantime, get this tape outta here. *right clicks*, *highlights*, *moves to trash*. I just shed a single tear man.


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hat’s the most important ingredient when it comes to making a hit record? Some would say the beat, some might say the lyrics. Others would agree that without a good hook, your great beat and lyrics will go unnoticed. Future has gone to show us that a great hook can take you from a local name to a world-wide star.

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hen it comes to hip-hop, stars come and go frequently. You look up one day and out the blue someone is a world wide name because of a song. Hip-hop can be a cruel king maker. Many heard Future for the first time last year when the world first got wind of “Racks on racks.” The infectious song caught the ears of many fans and tastemakers across the industry, mainly because of it’s hook. The song would catch fire for YC and Future, though many listeners couldn’t tell the difference between who was who. YC would


tour across the country and enjoy most of the media fan fare for the hit record. Future meanwhile kept working and kept touring himself. While YC was on Jimmy Kimmel sans Future, Future was in the studio crafting more hooks that would eventually make the world know exactly who Future was. For those native to Atlanta, Future was always a big deal. The East Atlanta native, made his name of the streets before he started laying his voice over beats. He linked up with fellow Atlien Rocko who at the time was riding the wave of his own success. Rocko, always a business man, decided to work with Future through his A1 label. With Rocko handling the business end of things, Future could focus firmly on what he does best, make great music. The result of that focus was “Astronaut Status.” The smash mixtape sent Future’s star through the roof. Songs like “Magic” and “Same Damn Time” could be heard in every Cutlass Supreme and Monte Carlo in every hood. “Astronaut Status” would turn Future into a certified star in the rap world. Earlier this year, Future found himself on the coveted XXL Freshman cover, where he was named one of the best and brightest up-coming stars. Soon, Future would find himself being courted by some of the biggest names in the industry heavyweights. Future lent his talents to the likes of Young Jeezy “Way too Gone”, Rick Ross “Ring Ring” and Gucci Mane “Sometimes.” It would only be right that Future experience his own success with his own album. He just needed the right person to get involved. “It was an honor for him to want to work with me,” said Future about his eventual partnership and working

After a slew of promotional shows, including a chance to perform his hit single “Magic” on the Jimmy Fallon show would appear as the release date for the album came closer and closer. “Pluto” was released on April 17th. The disc would Debut #8 on the Billboard Hip-hop charts Top 10 and in the Billboard Top 100. He would eventually go on to sell an impressive 41k in its first week. With music success almost a given now, Future is focused on branching out into other ventures, one of which is fashion. Fashion seems like a easy thing for a rapper to get into and we’ve seen many artists lend their name to brands over time. Since he’s already influencing some many in the industry and outside the industry, it only makes sense that fashion line should be next. When asked about his clothing line, Future said “my fans should expect the same thing from my clothing line that they do from my music, something “out of this world.” Known for mixing a rockstar look with a dope boy flair, Future describe his own style as something that simply “can’t be put in a box.” “I dress for the future. I wear things seasons ahead and custom pieces that I personally design that some may not understand straight away,” explained Future. “I love fashion. I will be extremely hands on with my line and will be in full creative control but of course nothing can be done without a team in position. So I’ll be

“I love fashion. I will be extremely hands on with my line and will be in full creative control but of course nothing can be done without a team in position. So I’ll be working with a team of people who will be able to visualize my ideas and bring them full circle.”

relationship with Epic Records head man LA Reid. The starmaker credited with getting the talents of Usher, TLC and Outkast from local Atlanta stardom to world-wide fame was now working with the next big thing out of Atlanta, Future. “We really worked the deal out pretty quick,” said Future about his signing to Epic. “He heard the music and we had a meeting and literally we signed the deal like that day.” Another pair of industry heavies, P Diddy and Ludacris would be recruited to join Future on the remix for his hit “Same Damn Time.” “Working with Diddy was great. He really loved the song and was excited to get on the remix,” said Future about how the record and beverage mogul P. Diddy found himself on the remix for “Same Damn Time.” That remix would shoot the song to the top of the charts. It would also lead to many rumors, one of which was that Future was an official Ciroc boy. That rumor was quickly squashed by Future. “It’s nothing official yet,” said Future about the Ciroc rumor. Without that, he’s still the man to watch in hip-hop hands down. His album “Pluto” was released this past April on Epic records.

working with a team of people who will be able to visualize my ideas and bring them full circle.” While he hasn’t given us a glimpse into what his clothing line Freebandz apparel will look like you can be sure that it will be something fresh and new. “It’s going to be something new, something different and never seen before.” Soon, fans will get a chance to see what Freebands appareal will look like when his interactive fan website will go online. The website will include clothing that fans can purchase as well as other merchandise. You’ll also be able to check out exclusive video and music. Future is a testament to hard work and patience overcoming all. From being overshadowed on a record that he helped make a hit, he threw himself harder into the music where others would’ve shied away from the scene. His choice to continue to make music paid off immensely. Now he’s working on a new mixtape “Super Future” giving us more that “rockstar in rapstars body” feeling. He’s also prepping for the release of his sophomore album “Future Hendrix” to be released on Epic Records.

-Mehka

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h p U d e c a L l l A

Creator Tim Talley holds the secret to never tieing your shoe again

ULace is by far the most creative and unique product I’ve seen come out of the sneaker world. How did the product come about and your background? I’ve been creating products since high-school where I sold custom buttons under the name Tim-ting Buttons. Previous to U-Lace I also founded and ran an apparel brand in NYC called Ballgirl Athletic. Just before founding U-Lace I ran the Urban Fashion Division of New Era Cap company where I was also the company’s global trend spotter.  After leaving New Era I was in Tokyo trendspotting for an idea for a product of my own and I saw a pair of sneakers in a shop window in Harajuku - they were laced in 6 colors at the same time and I had to have them. Once inside the store I realized the lace-up was just a window merchandising ploy - there were 6 pairs of laces shoved down into the inside of the sneaker. It looked great but was unwearable. It was then I decided to create U-Lace.  Let our readers know how does the product work and what sets these apart from normal laces? U-Laces are short segments of specially engineered stretch lace that are designed to span just a single set of eyelets.  This feature allows users to pick a different color for each set of eyelets or to choose a different set of eyelets to span. They specially designed and patented aglets lock behind the eyelet stays and nest together once installed. The ability to choose as many colors as a sneaker has sets of eyelets and to choose from over 40 patterns means U-Lace has well over 210 Billion possible combinations.  Lastly and quite importantly, once a sneaker is laced with U-Lace they become slip-ons that never need to be tied again.  ULace has a brand ambassadors program that allows them

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to not only represent the product but make money. How can ULace fans and readers get involved? Fans can sign up to be a U-Lace brand ambassador at ambassador@u-lace.com. We have a great program and some really cool bonuses for top brands ambassadors.  With the popularity growing with the ULace brand both here in the US and in other countries, what can we expect from the company in the future? U-Lace will soon become a brand name for a single product as our company will become the U-Company - a company build on our design platform of designing customer customizable products. In a worrld of mass produced and over produced products consumers need products that they can reconfigure to make then uniquely there own so that’s what were working on now.  Where can readers purchase your products? We’re currently in talks with a couple large retailers but for now we’re at PickYourShoes.com and of course at www.U-Lace.com, where all 42 colors are available.  We’ll be at retail soon. 

-Denia Taylor


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Wear it on your sleeve

Driicky

Graham North Carolina is a melting pot to say the least. Every minute of the day, someone is moving here from a new area of the country or the world to establish a new life. That influx of new people and cultures has turned the Tar Heel state into a mash-up of music and fashion. That mix has helped out well for the music community especially for the likes of new artists like Driicky Graham. The North Carolina native by way of New Jersey found himself in NC when his mom decided to take move the family from New Jersey. “I’m from New Jersey, but I’ve been in North Carolina since I was kid really,” said Driicky via phone. The young rapper who’s claim to fame is his hit single “Snapbacks and Tattoos,” didn’t get his start like most aspiring emcees. He didn’t really spend time in the kitchen with a boombox, pen and pad writing endless rhymes. No, that didn’t come until later. His first brush with fame came by the way of hiphop legends Lords of the Underground. “Do you remember the little kid in the ‘Chief Rocka’ video with the gold caps in his mouth,” asks Driicky. “That was me!” Driicky recalls proudly about his first introduction to the world of hiphop. His cameo in that now classic video was the moment that sparked a love of hip-hop for the young man. After moving to North Carolina, his first tattoo sparked what would become an anthem. “I got the concept for “Snapbacks and Tattoos” from me getting my first tattoo. I’m young, so anything new is the world to us.” His new ink, coupled with his long-time love for the snapback, brought him to write his hit record “Snapbacks and Tattoos.” A single deal with E1 later transpired for Driicky

“E1 is a great place for me to be right now,” said Driicky. “I have an option for them to release my album as well, but for right now we’re pushing the single.” The single has become a hit across the country, picking up spins on every major station. It’s also spawned a series of unofficial and official remixes. With all the success of “Snapbacks and tattoos,” Dricky is now readying his mixtape “Ya Gotta Start Somewhere” hosted by Dj Ill Will. His goal with the mixtape is to show the world that he is more than just a one-hit wonder. “The mixtape is my first.. It has original beats on it, a couple of features and freestyles.” He also has high hopes that the mixtape will lead to his debut album “Success by the Graham.” When it comes to style, Driicky isn’t picky. “I’m a skinny jean rocker,” said Driicky. “I don’t wear them super tight, I don’t wear leggings or nothing like that. Aside from that, I got to have a throwback on.” He also know what kind of style he likes for his woman to have. “That’s another monster right there. Women can look good in anything. They don’t need much to look good. But I do like seeing the spiked heel on them.” For right now, the young man is living a great life working on his debut album and trying to show the world that “Snapbacks and Tattoos” will not be the last time you hear Driicky. “I’m going to show people that I’m not a one hit wonder. I’m going to be around for a while.” Lets hope we do.

-Mehka

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Big Zak Talks that Sh#t ‘I’m never gonna turn, cut, curve or try to magnify my story to make it more than what it is.  Whatever I say is something that I did first hand.  This is how I see it.’  What you see is what you get with ghostwriter turnt rapper Big Zak.  He’s not a ‘boss’ or a ‘don.’ He’s the middle man.  The one people don’t always gravitate towards.   The one that never gets to tell his story.  Why should you pay attention to this Middle Class Millionaire in 2012? Because he’s giving you the other side of things.  He’s telling you what you don’t expect to hear.  His music isn’t overthought and it’s straight from his head.  He’s telling you what really happens. In fact, one listen of the tracks from his mixtape Talk That Sh*t will have you convinced that he’s an old pro when it comes to spitting rhymes.   The reality is that Big Zak’s path has been carved out differently from most rappers.  He began his journey as a ghostwriter: ‘Me and Jazze Pha have a 15 year friendship.  His whole rise to fame in music- I was able to see that first hand.  Being around him so much, I was able to form my own lane and really understand the politics.’  Through Jazze Pha and ShoNuff Records, Zak was able to secure a publishing deal within his first year of ghostwriting.   He’s partly responsible for Ciara’s debut smash ‘Goodies,’ which he co-wrote.  This was his first taste of major success and a real eye opener into the industry. He elaborates: ‘When ‘Goodies’ popped, it was crazy because it happened so quick...That’s when I realized the power of ghostwriting because I had a small percentage (5%) and that small percent made me more money than whole songs I wrote before that.  It’s a good feeling knowing that a song, idea or concept you came up with landed with an artists and label behind it.  It’s definitely a thrill...almost like a first

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kiss.’  Since then, he’s gone on to pen hits for countless artists including Keri Hilson, Lloyd and Jeezy.  He also describes the songwriting experience as teamwork.  It’s like making a baby that can change both the artist and writer’s lives.  It’s up to both of them to put in positive energy for positive results.   Another unique part of Zak’s story is that he didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer.  He describes it as something he kind of stumbled across and became great at...I like to call it destiny.  Once that success came, he engulfed himself in all aspects of the music business: ‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t motivated by the money.  I was motivated by it and just music period and ways to get paid...I was never just a ghostwriter.  I was co-owners of ShoNuff Records and A&R.  So, I like the whole idea of getting multiple checks.’   Zak is equal parts doer and observer.  He hails from one of hip-hop’s capital cities, Atlanta, and is proud of the progress his city has made since his initial come-up.  ‘Atlanta music is evolving.  Back when ‘Goodies’ popped off, it was tagged as gimmicky.  All of the songs that broke through came from a certain producer or artist....And now, you can’t really categorize it.  You not only have artists like Jeezy and T.I. You have 2 Chainz and Future who have been grinding and have their own sound.  Then you also have Dre and Big Boi and the foundation they laid with Outkast...we got a grip on the game right now.  Even New York rappers have to have that Atlanta sound.’  And now, Big Zak himself is looking to join the ranks.   For years, everyone but him has recognized his star quality and even questioned why he chose ghostwriting over the spotlight. Only now is it easy to see how his past history will and has


“I just choose not to focus on closed doors.  If you don’t use that as a stepping stone, you will lose yourself in this game.  You will drown in the pessimism...Embrace those closed doors because when you make it, it’s just proof that it’s rightfully your’s.”

contributed to his future success.  Zak explains, ‘I would just consider myself a music strategist.  I’m all over the place, but, right now in 2012, I’m an artist.  There’s no doubt about it.  Anybody I’m working with- if I’m not featured on it, I’m not doing it.  I don’t have the energy or motivation to write for someone else at this point in time.  All it’s about right now is Talk That Sh*t...This is what I want to go down in history doing.  I want to defy the odds.  I want people to use me as a point of reference...I want to tell my story.’ 

Millionaires, and co-executive produced by DJ Toomp, it promises to be an impressive body of not only great music, but professionalism, superior storytelling and captivating.  With production from legendary producers (Manny Fresh, Polow Da Don) and must hear collaborations (Slim Thug, Bun B.), 2012 is sure to be the year of Big Zak.

 He’s able to pull from his own education and experience and apply those to the planning of his own project. From picking a beat to writing to a beat to deciding if the song is a hit- he’s got it all covered.  Many artists in the rap game skyrocket to the top and quickly fall from grace.   Being the ‘normal dude’ that he is, Big Zak is making sure that doesn’t happen to him.  Sure, doors have been slammed in his face. For instance, ever heard of Happy Hour? Odds are you haven’t because it’s a never released album written by Zak along with Cee-Lo Green and Jazze Pha. Disappoints may have slowed him down, but never have they stopped him: ‘I just choose not to focus on closed doors.  If you don’t use that as a stepping stone, you will lose yourself in this game.  You will drown in the pessimism...Embrace those closed doors because when you make it, it’s just proof that it’s rightfully your’s...A door ain’t big enough. You need a steel vault to keep me out of this game right now.’ Chances are you’ll need a steel vault to keep you from listening to Zak’s debut mixtape Talk That Sh*t as well.   Being released through his own label, Middle Class

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Mixx

Model of the Month

“You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym?” If you ever heard Keyla Snowden say something like that, it could actually mean two things. The 5’7 Kentucky native and aspiring model, spends most of her time shooting in the gym. Now shooting could be her hoisting up jump shots as she works on her basketball game, or it could be her posing for a model shoot, her second life. The former Kentucky Wildcat shooting guard has set her eyes on becoming a top scorer on her future team overseas and a top model. The Mixx magazine had the chance to speak with Keyla before she steps into her new life as a professional basketball player about her model dreams, who taught her how to shoot and what her 3rd option in life is. How did you get into modeling? Keyla: I don’t know. It’s something I always wanted to do. I did it a little bit when I was young. I kinda want to expand, search out different revenue paths instead of just playing basketball. Not often do you see basketball players in modeling. What part about you stands out the most? Keyla: I would say my smile. I get a lot of compliments on my smile. Since you started pursuing your modeling career, what would you say has been the hardest part? Keyla: I would say that the hardest part of modeling is making the right connections. So what are you working on now?

Keyla Snowden Weight: 130 lbs Height: 5’7 Eye Color: Brown For booking information contact: twitter.com/keylasnowden Facebook.com/keylasnowden

keylasnowden.com Photographer: Staci Marie

Keyla: I’m working on a calendar right now. My photographer and I are working on that right now and it should be out around August. Talk to us about basketball. How did you get into hoops? Keyla: Growing up around my older brother and my dad who played basketball in high school. Really, it was mother who taught me how to shoot a lay-up. It’s funny because she knows nothing about basketball. If I was to give her a basketball right now, she’d probably shoot it over the basket. My family has been real influential in me pursuing my basketball career. Are you nervous about going overseas? Keyla: I’ve spoke to tons of people about it and everybody has had the same advice, “Do it while you’re young,” and “make sure you surround yourself with the right people.” I have mixed emotion. I’m excited about going, but I’m nervous. It’s all a part of growing up. Is there anything else you see yourself doing if it wasn’t playing basketball or modeling? Keyla: I want to go into broadcasting. I think modeling will help me out with that as well.

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-Mehka


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Tie Your Look Together With the temperature rising, celebrating summer’s arrival, one thing can easily be assumed--closet arsenals have been fully reopened for business! This summer, like those that have passed, welcome some new trends and offer friendly salutations to those making their returns to the spotlight. I plan to highlight some of the hottest fashions trends for the summer months to keep you a step ahead and a thread above the masses!

‘Tie’ It All Together While the bowtie has always appealed to a niche audience in the past, this timeless accessory seems to be, again, vaulting in popularity lately. The strictly formal stigma previously associated with them has greatly lessened as more funky, bold colors and patterns are being employed to accentuate one’s neckline with the traditional slacks, shorts, and even denim & chambray.

Brand Spotlight: Debonair Neckwear & Accessories This fun brand of ties and pocket squares is one that fully encompasses and embraces this new age style of bowtie. Offering an expansive catalog of materials, patterns, and colors, Debonair has something for everyone looking to enhance their look! Check out their website at DebonairBowties.com!

Just Call Me ‘Red’ Summer signs the proverbial permission slip to unleash any and all boldly colored pieces that we may shy away from in the other nine months of the year. This summer marks the infusion of red, as slacks and shorts create a sure fire avenue to stand out confidently.

Brand Spotlight: J. Crew J. Crew, which rarely disappoints, carries both the red and salmon slacks and shorts. I, personally, have both the slacks and the pants and aside from holding that reliable J. Crew comfortable fit, they provide the style I desire at a fraction of the regular retail price!

‘Cuff’ Season During the colder months, dawning a pair of freaky colored socks is always a crowd pleaser, however when it warms up, lose the socks and throw a cuff in your pants! As I have said before, every man needs a solid pair of loafers in his closet, which when coupled with a solid cuff in your jeans, slacks, or khakis, says, “I have style, but I’m not trying to hard.”

-Just GQ

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Who is Sergio Wonder and where did he come from? Not many people know that my name is actually Omar Sergio. “Wonder” was added simply because my theory on life is “If one wonders, one will discover”. It was then that “The Wonder Factor”, as my friends call it, began to take effect as a branding strategy. Case in point; my cyber babies Runway Wonderland and Eye Wonder Why.  How did you begin in fashion? I was a Junior is High school when I made the conscious decision to get into the art of Fashion Design. I was in my English class, reading Anne Rice’s “Interview with  the Vampire” (chuckles) and that’s when it hit me. I picked up a pencil and just started drawing. It then snowballed into designing gowns for most of my friends for Homecoming and Prom Night. I had so much fun with translating different ideas on paper and [ultimately] in reality, I just could let go of the rush.  How would you describe your style? How did it evolve over the years? What prompted the change? This is always a tough question for me, mainly because I hate giving it a title. That’s too much pressure!! (laughs) As much I’m obsessed with the dandy-ism and all it stands for, I’m an advocate of modern menswear. I love taking something that makes a huge statement, whether it be a print, color, texture, etc., and “watering it down” for the real world.... everyday life. My style has definitely changed because I’ve recently tapped into the person that I am and all I’m capable of. Rendering that into fashion and style is the exciting part.   What was your first article of clothing you have EVER designed? Wow... talk about memory lane (laughs)! It was  a 1930’s inspired muted silk flapper dress for a school project. I remember being completely fascinated by the woman’s mentality for that specific time in history and I wanted to recapture that feeling of freedom that they so fervently expressed.  Who is your style icon? Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000. Always has been! Same for Tilda Swinton. They are both very true to themselves no matter what people may expect of them. That’s really what style is, saying who you are without having to speak or explain yourself.   I’ve noticed you have worked with a few icons - how did that experience guide and shape you and or Sergio James? Working with Tommy Hilfiger and Jenna Lyons really allowed me to see how they function, how they’re able to communicate their vision, and how it bettered their business. Michael J. Gelb stated “Learning through imitation is fundamental. As humans we have the unique advantage to chose who and what to imitate. It makes sense, therefore, to choose the best ‘role models’ to guide and inspire us toward the realization of our potential.” I take that quote very seriously when working remotely close with a genius. 

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Describe the general process of creating what we see from Sergio James? Imagination is vital whenever I need to fulfill a creative thought. Therefore I do my best to use research to validate how I want that vision to be executed, just so the message is crystal clear.    What is your favorite texture and or textile to work with? I’ve always been infatuated with Silks. Especially Silk Charmeuse. The fluidity is quite hypnotizing. Obviously I can’t make EVERYTHING out of silk (laughs) that would be silly, so I have my substitutions. Menswear is a whole other story. What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing? Interchangeability. As liberating as it is to be extravagantly creative, A great designer knows how to create something that can be worn in more ways that one. Otherwise you’re stuck wearing the same thing a million times over. I’ve learned to always think about the future of what I do.  Where did your passion for fashion begin? How did that go from there to Sergio James? To be quite specific. Working under the direction of women’s wear designer, Michael Azu in London, was right where I embraced that passion. Although I’d been in fashion school for 3 1/2 years prior, Azu taught me the emotion of the business and how to really make a mark in this billion dollar industry by acquiring a strong vision and doing everything in your power to assure an immaculate performance. As long as I live, I will never forget his impression on my career! As far as it’s relation to Sergio James, I honestly never thought that I would start out with accessories. But that proves to me, that I’m capable of doing absolutely anything I put my mind to. (giggles) May sound corny, but it’s a statement of truth.  What is the inspiration and or direction of Sergio James? Refined futurism is always on the forefront of my mind. I watch a great deal of films, documentaries, and read countless books on time travel and the beauty of it. I’m really fascinated by the thought of physically experiencing a time and culture other than my own.  I believe you’ll see the story I want to tell as the brand continues to evolve. You just have to stay tuned!  Describe each piece that you have created so far for Sergio James. The “JO” Concept  was the interlocutory collection of accessories that revolved around a handmade artist mannequin pendant. Although we named it “Jo”, which was the acronym for James and Omar, it meant much more. We wanted Jo to symbolize the wearer since he/she would already have identified with the mannequin’s purpose, which was essentially art related.  So we turned that into colorful wooden beaded necklaces, brooches, bracelets and belt loops.  The latest collection “Golden Guilt” consists of Wooden beaded necklaces and bracelets accompanied by antique brass filigrees  and hand applied 24 carat gold leaf. 


Stylistically - what is your favorite season and why? Without a doubt, Fall and Winter. Being a Miami native, the warm weather is great, and if wearing shorts and flip flops 365 days a year makes you happy, then more power to you and your “wardrobe”,  but 4 seasons are always better than just one (laughs). Get me? There’s just something about the fall necessities; coats, gloves, scarves, boots, beanies, and all the extras that make dressing up much for fun.  Congratulations on your feature in BET Rip The Runway. . . How did that come about? Name other accomplishments as well. . . I have a really awesome marketing team for which Curtis Bryant directs. He saw the production as a great opportunity for Sergio James and surely it was. I would’ve been a fool to turn it down. Placing the product in other parts of the world like Luxembourg’s own Denicheuse, was a HUGE deal for the brand, and of course I didn’t want to stop there. I’ve just received word that the accessories will be in Spain this year, so naturally I’m excited!   Tell me about your sketches - what inspires them? What’s the process? I have a particular couple that I keep in mind whenever I get into sketch-mode. For example, I’m sort of obsessed with the “Batman Beyond” cartoon (laughs). Not so much the superhero, but the civilians of the wonderful city of Gotham in the year 2039. So the perpetual question is “If I had to bring anyone of the characters to life, what would he/ she wear? How would they wear it?” Then I answer it with an illustration of my own.  What do you think are the secrets to being fashionable? Because there’s a  difference between being “fashionable” and “stylish”, I believe the secret to both is being tasteful. If you put fashion in the terms of communication, one thing you never want to do is confuse people using your image. If you could give a celebrity a style make over who would it be? I might get into some trouble for this one... Nicki Minaj. I’d rather not elaborate.  What is your favorite part about conceptualizing a piece? The very beginning, because it’s just a thought. Two years ago, Sergio James and “The JO Concept” was just an idea, but it’s exhilarating to see how tenacity takes a hold of that and makes it real.  What is the mark that you want to leave on the world stylistically? - I want to leave the best possible image of “The African American Male” as opposed to the stereotypical one.  Sergi / Designer  www.SergioJames.com

Who are you? What are your credentials? Where are you from? I can describe myself simply with three words: Pray. Eat. Style. God is the commander of my life. I would like to say I have a sophisticated palette, or simply I just love to eat and quite often (lol). Lastly, I believe in the mantra, “How can you call it a lifestyle, if you don’t have a life with style?” For the past two years I’ve worked as a career development professional in higher education but my true passion is in teaching men how to develop shopping and dressing habits that compliment their desired lifestyle. My career started as a male fashion correspondent for a local segment called TruStyle TV. From there I went to freelance with the local newspaper and a few online publications. Currently, I serve as the branding manager and a fashion consultant for the Jessica DeVault Agency, a contributing writer for LuxuriousPROTOTYPE, and I write a “Manly Mondays” blog for Fashion Cents TV. I was just recently offered a position with Saks Fifth Avenue and I plan to obtain my image consulting certification, through a distance program, at the Fashion Institute of Technology within the next year.    How did you come across your own sense of style? What prompted the development? My personal style came as a result of self-discovery and personal growth. While I was an undergraduate, I noticed that I was still dressing the same way I did in high school. I was wearing baggy clothes and I barely owned a tie. As a business major, I had to come to grips with the notion that there were no executives who looked like me. I firmly believe that you have to dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. From there, I went on a “self-discovery pilgrimage” learning about mixing patterns, pushing buttons, and developing a style that reflected my personality.   What does your personal style mean? My personal style is the result of a struggle. The struggle to be über professional and also be my expressive, vivid self. I think

we all have a unique “product” feature called our personality. And our personality is the true beauty mark. It’s like being on the battlefield in Cole Haan loafers. While I understand the importance of order and decorum, I also know the importance of individuality. Therefore, I could wear a classic nautical-styled blazer (professional), but I’ll have on a floral print pocket square (personality). Style has to be a representation of you. Yves St. Laurent once stated, “Fashion fades, but style is eternal.” I say fashion is what is expensive and then on sale, but style is what you chose to buy because it represents who you are.  How is your personal style received in your work setting? My colleague recently said to me “I like your commitment to you and what you believe in to include your at times ‘bold’ fashion choices, which speak to your individuality and confidence.” I think I provide a fresh perspective to professional attire. Confidence in any working environment is important to excel. At some point, you have to stop caring about how people view you aesthetically and they’ll ultimately just start to accept you as who you are.  What made you want to step outside of the monotonous black, white, grey color scheme? I’ve always thought that traditional professionals were boring beings trapped inside of a puppet show. I refused to be that way because it wasn’t me. I always advise people to dress as the company expects for the interview, but once you get the job, feel free to let your personality shine through. Of course, that’s with moderation and tact.  How important do you think it is for men to have fashionable personal style in their professional setting? It is imperative for men to discover their fashionable personal style.  In corporate

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“TURNER” CONTINUED FROM PG.23 America, or most work settings, those who are promoted or recognized are done so because they are seen. This concept is called “visibility of achievement.” I can honestly say I’ve connected with many people just because of how I dress. Your image is an unspoken language that everyone understands. I always want to make sure my attire speaks achievement and growth fluently.  There are different knot ties - When and which are each appropriate and what do they say about the wearer? Three great examples to go by are the windsor, the four-in-hand, and of course you have the option of wearing and tying a bowtie. The windsor is a more “refined casual” form and works better on wider collars. The four-in-hand is a “relaxed casual” form. It also works really well if your collar space is thin. Wearing a bowtie automatically creates a regal feel. Celebrity stylist June Ambrose recently talked about this notion. If you’re up for that kind of thing, a bowtie will give it to you automatically.  There is also the half windsor, and the Pratt knot. 

Invest in quality products, buy as much of it as you can, and take care of it. I always encourage people to buy staples. Staples, like the ones that hold together pieces of paper, hold together your wardrobe. These are the timeless pieces that you can get the most wear out of once you purchase them. These transitional pieces work in many seasons and for many occasions. Those include the black slacks, black shoes (hard bottom and loafers), and a black belt. The crisp white button up (multiple of them) will give you multiple options and will never go out of style. In addition, khakis or some form or tan pants, brown shoes (hard bottom and loafers), and a brown belt will give you plenty of options to build from and they compliment contrasting colors quite well. When you first begin to build your wardrobe, stick to solid colors and simple patterns. The more elaborate the design and the more colors incorporated into the piece, the less options you have to pair with them. Oxford shirts also make great officeto-happy hour pieces. If you’re wearing a suit, you can take off your tie, add on some jeans, throw on some loafers and you’ve gone from traditional American style to night life socialite.  And remember, as Catherine Horgan of Closet of Style always says, “Style, it looks good on you!” 

-Mehka

From grooming to textures/textiles what are some tips that you suggest to men not only for the work setting but also work-related events?

“ROBINSON” CONTINUED FROM PG.12 My first tee, I invested maybe eighty dollars, that got me what, forty tees? I flipped those and profited. The Money, Cars, Clothes and Hoes tee a few years back helped me soar. Sold out at Leaders 1354, a few other stores, some online sales…and it just took off from there. Now, DBM is in fourteen stores worldwide without me hardly trying. Just wait till I start trying. I’ll be able to tell people how I made $80 into four million. All in all, DopeBoyMagic is a brand that caters to the urban, street-wear customer, mom-and-pop store…everybody needs t-shirts, so this is catered to that “everybody” customer. VitaMorte. vs. DopeBoyMagic Vita Morte, I want this brand to be in the best boutiques in the world. This is something that has more inspiration behind it with better material. It’s kinda bougie, like if I ever have daughters…I want Vita Morte to be my typical light-skinned model line… so… DopeBoyMagic is more so just fun for me. Some drug-affiliated pieces, very silly wear. *chuckles* I smoke a lil weed here and there, so I get a high idea, and it just blows up. There are things I won’t do with VitaMorte that I can do with DopeBoyMagic. The “Joe” Store (not the real name) plans in Pilsen… I found an amazing store front in Chicago. I am pretty much opening up a specialty store in the Pilsen area. It’s geared to everybody that wants to pick up, like, everything from collabs I do with somebody, consignment shoes and pieces that I think are dope. So, just a small pop-up store because it’s summertime. Ya know. Shit like that. Like, any given day, 14 people stop by the crib to come buy a shirt lol … I am trying to eliminate the ruckus…make it all organized-like Your personal style… People tell me all the time that they love my style, but I don’t really think I have one? My style: comfort. I feel like I at least look comfortable when I step out, even if it’s some loud ass shit. Some gaddamn shoes with some wings on it or some floral shit I don’t know… But JOE, you make floral print look so good on a man! LOL! And that really is something quite a few people tell me, I mean I guess you can point it out, I can’t point it out. I love the compliments, but it makes me feel kind of weird, like what the fuck do I be doing; but like I don’t know, I don’t have a style I like being comfy. I am a bigger guy. So, these skinny guys out here can literally pull anything off. But when you have a bigger guy, we take risk in wearing things that generally bigger guys don’t wear. It’s cool, though. My whole wave right now: fisherman meets

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90’s cool drug dealer. I like the way fisherman dress. Country, conservative fisherman dope boy. Ha! Believe me or not, I am actually kind of bored with fashion right now…my summer wear has literally been white tees. Feed The Homies Movement. Going really amazing. We just won Best Weekly Event Party in the city of Chicago, by The Chicago Reader. So, it’s chicken and waffles, we play movies sometimes, we just played Belly here last week. But I think people are responding to it so well because it’s not your typical “ugh, I’m going to another party,” this is more so chill. Of course, it’s not JUST about the food, it’s a networking opportunity for fellow young innovators like myself. We are expanding Feed The Homies to different cities. We have solid plans in D.C., New York and Ohio….FTH, every Monday in different cities….I just want a group of young creatives out here helping each other out. Last but not least, you’re starting a video production company Joe? Yep! My latest and biggest project, I am teaming up with a stupid dope photog/cinematographer out of Chicago by the name of Trashhand. He’s shooting. I’ll be directing. My first video drop will. be. sick. Just wait. For more information on all of Joe’s moves, please visit: Dopeboymagic.com FeedTheHomies.com VitaMorte.com Twitter/com/@JoeFreshGoods

-Krista Hayes


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THE MIXX GOES INTERNATIONAL FASHION FROM GUYANA , SOUTH AMERICA

A little About Guyana Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “the land of many waters.” Formally known British Guiana was referred to as “the land of six peoples.” Attempts to forge a common identity have foundered, and it is more accurate to speak of African, Indian, and Amerindian Guyanese cultures. There were small European, Portuguese “colored,” and Chinese communities before largescale migration to Canada and the United States in the late 1960s. Guyana is on the northeastern shoulder of South America, bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by Suriname, on the northwest by Venezuela, and on the south and southwest by Brazil. Over 90 percent of the population lives on the coastal belt, which is below sea level. The Dutch, using African slaves in the eighteenth century, made this area habitable. Every square mile of cultivated land has forty-nine miles of drainage canals and ditches and sixteen miles of highlevel waterways. There are few national symbols or metaphors. The national hero, Cuffy, the leader of the Berbice Slave Rebellion in 1763, is primarily an African Guyanese hero whose statue in Georgetown evokes Indian antipathy. Indians tend to identify with an India of the imagination and the Hindu and Muslim religions. Africans often look to an imagined Africa. The utopian vision of Guyana— El Dorado—created by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 1590s, claims the imagination of most Guyanese today.

After adopting British cultural idioms, the African and mixed middle class deprecated the “backward coolie” culture of Indians. The Indians, steeped in ancient notions of caste, brought rigid ideals of color and physical features to their judgment of African people, although most Indian immigrants were themselves dark. Africans and Indians thus constructed distinct identities. A brief political compromise in the early 1950s could not moderate their mutual incomprehension. In the early 1960s, both groups violently contested the space being vacated by the British; this has left a legacy of racial hatred. Ethnic relations since independence in 1966 have been undermined by the notion that politics consists of the allocation of the spoils of power to the ruling ethnic section. Alternating ruling African and Indian elites publicly criticize the role of culture and ethnicity in political mobilization while exploiting it.        Major industries are still in its infancy in Guyana. The Fashion industry is at the top of the list. the Mixx Magazines Photographer Rando Lawrence alongside Shimronde Providence of GoodGoodGuyaneseGirl.com, explores the budding fashion industry with clothing designer Sonia Noel. Credits Photographer: Rando Lawrence Art Direction & Write up: Shimronde Providence of GoodGoodGuyaneseGirl.com Make-up Artist: Mark Adams Designer: Sonia Noel

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Classic Black, strapless sheath with unconventional black and white lattice bodice and hem. Dynamic fascinator to top off this cool and proper sheath. Pushing the boundaries of modesty, this is a great choice with color formalities and whimsical sexy. Model/Recording Artist: Timeka Marshall

The classic linen sheath is the ultimate tropical staple. This Sonia Noel number is paired with an oversized, sun shielding topper. A great ensemble to brave the Guyanese sun rays. Model: Meleesa Payne

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This brown and cream cotton two piece creates a flattering silhouette. A-line skirt with thigh high slit, Yoke neckline both detailed with bamboo. Model: Yohlanda Kerr

This beautiful yellow and brown dream seems to beckon the sun to kiss your skin. Tie-dyed cotton, Generous flared skirt topped with a non-existent neckline. Model/Recording Artist: Timeka Marshall

The Georgetown night life beckons you in this black gossamer blouse embellished with satin ribbon, bell sleeves and ruffled collar. Paired with a hot red linen mini skirt. Model: Meleesa Payne

Ground grazing, cotton two pieces is ideal for that sea wall stroll. With an intricate bamboo lattice on the bodice and skirt; it is sure to let the sea breeze in. Model: Yohlanda Kerr

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The Mixx Magazine Fashion Issue: July / August 2012