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JULY 2012

OVERCOMING & COMING OUT ON TOP:

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// LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER T.I. AND I AT 105.7! BIZZY B has also paired with some of the top theaters, restaurants and night clubs in Atlanta, just to allow you to win a unique and sexy night out! As a dedicated reader, you will have the ability to win show tickets, exclusive dinner deals and VIP to some of the hottest night clubs in the city. Stay tuned, keep reading and we will keep you informed of our new VIP contest that is on it’s way!

BIZZY B magazine is extremely proud and excited to introduce our new look, design and content! I’d first like to say how incredibly thankful we are for all of the people who have supported us along the way, including, our advertisers, dedicated readers, social media followers and of course, the entire BIZZY B staff. Without the loyalty and encouragement from these people, we would not be where we are -- let’s just say, the growth of our publication has been phenomenal this year. With that being said, we are dedicated to continuously evolving our publication and thrilled to show our readers the new changes and additions to BIZZY B, after all, it’s been said that, change can be a good thing! As you flip through this issue, you will be able to see that we are incorporating more fashion news, all across the board-- from the designs on the runways, to the looks on the streets of Atlanta and ways to get the perfect designer “look,” without spending the designer prices. Our team will also be pounding the pavement, in search of locals who have great personal style...Atlantans, watch out!

Among all of the craziness this year, I’m extremely happy for the community relationships that have been formed and the support that has been given to us in Atlanta. We constantly strive to give back to our community, and are proud to say that we have be a part of many various charity events and fund raisers, including the involvement with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We look forward to expanding our charity outreach in the year to come! Lastly, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the talented artists & musicians that have allowed BIZZY B to be a part of their projects and have allowed us to share in their journey. We are excited about our growth and hope that you, as a dedicated reader, will continue to be a part of it and enjoy the new layout and changes. On behalf of myself and the BIZZY B team, we say thank you!

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BIZZY B // CONTENTS

JULY 2012

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JP’S BEAUTY BLOG How to apply and purchase the perfect eyeliner just for you

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STYLED BY STYLISTOCRAT!

How to achieve the runway look, without spending the designer cash

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THE SET BOYS

BIZZY B gets to know this up and coming rap duo...

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FLOSS B & PLAYBOI FATE How a CEO & an artist, both are inspired by Ludacris

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS Coach and support your man through his current unemployment

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FEATURE EDITORIAL

BIZZY B sits down with T’Melle to learn more about how she overcame obstacles to get back on top & where she is today

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BIZZY B // BEAUTY

PERFECT

EYELINER: JP’s Beauty Blog By Jessica Payne Myler

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adies, I know most of you are scared of eyeliner because you, “can’t do it.” Here’s the thing, you are trying WAY too hard! If you don’t have a precise hand, you should glide the pencil along the lash line while tightening the skin of the eyelid. Plenty of women that I speak to make the mistake of pointing the tip straight on to the surface area thinking it’s the way to be accurate, but it’s not, any hand is too shaky to do apply it like that and make a straight line (you also have to remember that your eye is not a straight line, it is a curved sphere)! It is more precise to slant the pencil and GLIDE. It allows the pencil to rest on the surface of the skin, while your hand guides it along. If you still have trouble, invest in a liner brush and go over the “not so perfect line” to smooth it out. Like I always say, practice makes perfect and the more you try applying eyeliner, the more you will grasp your own style and the way you prefer to apply. A black liner is of course, the classic look, but we are beginning 2 to see more and more color on the runways. Yes, it is always fun to play and try new things with your make-up, but be careful to not go too crazy. Remember to be appropriate for your age and own personal style! For the pro

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BIZZY B // FASHION ’S NEW B Y Z Z I T! -- B EXPER N O I H S FA

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STYLI S TOCRAT BIZZY B // FASHION

SUIT YOURSELF...

THE Inspiration

So your sitting down, when you ask yourself, “how can I look like Harvey Specter from USA Network’s, Suits?” Easy thing is you can...with a little help from Stylistocrat by R&R. Start off with the main part of the wardrobe...the suit!! Harvey prefers Tom Ford, which is exclusive to his store & Neiman Marcus, these retail for about $3,000.00 USD, if you can swing that price, but if you can’t, we have your less expensive choices like the ones below.

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BIZZY B // FEATURE

Catch up with “It’s T’Melle later in this issue and on her website,

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BIZZY B // MUSIC //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

The Set Boys have been tearing up

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SET BOYS

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// I know the Set Boys is your group name, but can I get your individual names? TSB: Absolutely. Felix Barbosa, J Blue and Toochie Loc How long have you guys been signed to UGK records? TSB: 1-year now, we were signed in 2011 That’s awesome. How does it feel to officially be a signed artist? I know you guys have been working hard. TSB: It’s been great. We are so blessed and happy to be a part of this label. Mama C, (who is the late Pimp C’s mother), is the head of the label. She is so inspiring and amazing to work for. Oh and a great cook, her gumbo is the bomb! Yes, we have been working hard and on the road a lot, it’s been a learning experience meeting a ton of new people Gumbo?! That’s my talk! I’m so happy for you guys to be on a label, it’s awesome to be following in the foot steps of a hip hop legend such as Pimp C. I have heard your music & I can definitely say you boys definitely hold their own. Do you guys have a manager right now, or is Mama C helping on your project? TSB: Currently, we are self managing right now, with assistance from Mama C. She gives us all creative control and trusts us completely.

the music scene all the way from Beaumont, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia and then on to Hollywood, California. They are signed to UGK Records, and with that, have been working with many of the top artists in the industry, as well as having been featured on coast to coast mix tapes (including, DJ Drama’s mix tape). With all of these amazing experiences happening for them, BIZZY B takes a moment to get to know these southeastern Texas boys.

With all of the traveling, which cities have been showing love on the music scene? TSB: Well the home state of Texas always shows love, of course. But in Texas we live differently, you can feel the culture in the music. But, we do love working in Atlanta. What would you want your fans to know about you all individually? TSB: J Blue: I don’t want my fans to think that I’m above them, when you see me, holla at me Toochi Loc: I am who I say I am. I am kind of the serious one of the group. Felix Barbosa: When I’m in the studio, I go in and give you the true me. It’s great-- we all have different styles Where can readers find you? TSB: You Tube: Chino 409, setboys.com or Twitter @setboys

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{ TOURING WITH LUDACRIS: A CEO & ARTIST } With a name like Playboi Fate and his passed appearance in Atlanta rapper Ludacris’s video called, “P Poppin” you’d understand why he’s currently touring in Switzerland! Playboi Fate, from the south side of Atlanta, began his rap career in 1999 and is now CEO of record label, Cash Fiendz Entertainment/Co-Founder of Disturbing the Peace. Starting out with his first single called, “Ketchup,” to his 2001 album called, “Incarnegro,” Playboi Fate has been featured on many songs with his good friend, Ludacris. In between his many achievements, he had the chance to tour in 2010 with Ludacris, Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO. Is your current project your first solo project? PF: Yes, first time at the music grind by myself. What is the name of the album your currently working on?

Artist, Floss B

CEO & Artist, Playboi Fate

PF: Hundreds in my IV Who is featured on it? PF: Camillionaire, Ludacris, JHard, 2 Chain, Yound DC and House Where can readers find you? PF: 2lilfatedtp or then can e-mail me at cashfiendztouring@gmail.com <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

From touring with Ludacris to getting radio play in Georgia and Alabama, Floss B has carved his own niche through his exotic urban lingo, hence the name of his new album, “Gotcha Bluarry!” Floss B recently signed to Cash Fiendz Entertainment and has been grinding on the rap scene since 1999. He started with a mix tape called, “Cash Cow,” and has kept his ambition since. It led him to his 2009 album called, “Secretary of Defense.” His first album that was signed to Cash Fiendz Entertainment, did amazing in sales in the Atlanta area. His success in album sales landed him on a world tour in 2010 with Atlanta veteran rapper, Ludacris. What have you done since the world tour with Ludacris? FB: I’ve been blessed! What is your current project? FB: I’m currently working with live distribution from Mattrack lock bound records. What is the name of your single? FB: My single is called, “My Jewelry,” off the “Gotcha Bluarry” album, playing at radio stations in Georgia and Alabama. “And they lovin’ it!” Where did you come up with the name “Gotcha Bluarry?” FB: It’s just my slogan that I came up with and it caught on quick! Where can readers receive your music? FB: digiboogie.com, contact me at flossb1@gmail.com or follow me @officialflossb

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BIZZY B // RELATIONSHIPS

LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS

<<<<< Unemployment in the relationship >> By Juan Burson

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woman usually feels a combination of sympathy and anger towards her jobless husband. She may not know what to say to her man when she comes home from her own job and he’s obviously had another rough day of dead-end leads. The house is a mess and he’s lying on the couch in his underwear. You think to yourself, “I know he’s had a rough day, but can’t he make himself useful while he’s waiting for call backs?” Unemployment places strain on a relationship for obvious reasons. Aside from the financial burden unemployment places on a household, a spouse who continues to work faces his or her own issues in dealing with a displaced, depressed family breadwinner. A wife whose “secondary” job is now a couple’s only source of income may suddenly shoulder the burden of paying the bills. Not only that, but she must also play the role of the counselor and cheerleader to traumatized, demoralized Man. A woman in this situation walks a fine line between compassionate helpmate and tough-talking coach. If you happen to have a “caretaker” personality, you may have to watch a tendency to give your spouse unspoken permission to stay stuck in self-pity and inaction. Push too hard and you risk coming off as cold and uncaring. The loss of a job can put the vow “for better or worse” to the test...So, how are women suppose to support their men through layoffs and unemployment?

support by demonstration of a best friend

Women provide , by showing through all things “we” are possible. Too many relationships and marriages fail because of financial reasons. Allowing this to happen, means at some point, the vision became impaired and the focus was lost on what made the relationship grow and mature. Most men’s pride is affected when they lose their job. They want nothing more than to provide for their woman emotionally and financially. As a life partner, women shouldn’t put men down, but help lift their spirit by helping them regain their sense of self, and showing them that this too shall pass, and together “we” can get through this. Now, don’t get me wrong, “we” can’t do it alone. A man’s strength and motivation only comes from seeing that he hasn't given up on himself. We can only do so much. We can’t change anyone.

treats unemployment as a temporary and manageable situation. The repeated rejection that goes with a job search

First, practice an attitude that

is hard, but the odds are that a new job will eventually surface if you both remain focused and deliberate in your quest. Keep a healthy perspective. Be open to what God might be trying to teach you both through this experience.

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“It’s T’Melle,” born and raised in Philly, has truly become a warm hearted friend to the BIZZY B family. During our interview with T’Melle, a couple of months back, she expressed her grief after going through a tragic car accident at 13-years old that ended up fatal, losing her “mentor/big sister,” Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, of the legendary R&B group TLC. T’Melle also injured, shattered her leg in several places, leaving the doctors no choice, but to perform multiple surgeries, declaring she may never be able to walk again. T’Melle underwent two blood transfusions and was handicapped for two years. Despite her trauma after the accident, T’Melle has experienced great opportunities to work with some of the industry’s most elite names, such as, B. Cox, Rodney Jerkins, Rock City, Usher, Fantasia and many more. T’Melle is a fighter and overcame, what had become her handicap. It was four years ago when she landed a job singing back up for singer/songwriter, Usher, which whom she went on tour with and it was him, who spun things around for her. While being on the tour with Usher, she says, “he taught me a lot about being a true artist.” Since then, she has propelled into her new journey, a career that she states she “knew God had planned for her.” Her Manager, Walter Sudden, has helped her with artist development and she says, “brought the best out of her!” She recently launched her first solo project in March 2012, her single, “Go to War,” featuring Wacka Flocka Flame, has hit the ground running and has been voted as one of the top 10 hottest songs out of the Coalition DJ’s list. The single is now airing on Atlanta radio airwaves on Streetz 94.5 FM. Radio is the ultimate stamp of approval in this industry, to an artist like T’Melle or even one like Usher who has been in the game for years. BB: After being in a group back then, in a tragic accident, to then becoming a super star, how did you feel when you first heard your song on the radio? T:

Oh my God, it was surreal! I could’ve never prepared myself for the way I felt. I felt excited, tears, every emotion I could have ever felt. Do you know how many millions of artists wish they can be heard on the radio? I felt so blessed!

BB: How do you still carry a humble attitude after your success? T:

My approach is always in a nice way, sexy and sweet! We don’t do bad business or do people wrong.

BB: What’s a day in the life of “It’s T’Melle?” T:

I work out at least 3 hours a day and have rehearsal everyday. I like having fun, but work comes first!

BB: Who writes your music? T:

I write, or co-write on everyone of my songs.

BB: Who do you relate to in your music? T:

A lot of my music relates to females, their determination, survival and empowerment. This is all part of my brand.

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Alot of my music relates to

females, their determination...”

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’Melle has been extremely busy within the last few months. While performing her single, “Go to War,” featuring Wacka Flocka Flame in the local Atlanta clubs to build a household name, she’s also working on other collaborations. On April 25, 2012, she preformed at the B.E.T “Rap It Up” campaign at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). She recently opened up for Stewy Rock and Mykko Montana at Club Illusions in Atlanta. She also has been featured in a few mixtapes that have given her more exposure, one with Shawty Lo and the other with DJ X Rated, hosted by rapper Future, both released this month. This movement has landed her radio interviews, such as with Foxie 105 FM in Columbus, GA (also where many artists, such as, Roscoe Dash, B.O.B, TI, Beyonce and even the late, great Notorious B.I.G have had interviews that aided in catapulting their careers). Find out more information on your new favorite artist at ITSTMELLE.COM.

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