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KNOWING APPRECIATION ═ ═ NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR FACE VALUE

In 
this
 edition
 of
 The
IMPRINT
 Magazine,
 we 
wish
to
enhance
your
 knowledge
while
refining 
your
 lifestyle
 through
the
arts,
fashion 
and
culture.
I
remember
falling
in
love
with 
fine 
art
when
I
first
saw
the
late
William
 Tolliver’s
 paintings
 years
 ago.
 Since
 then,
 I’ve 
set
 a
 goal
 to
 start
a
mini 
gallery
of
my
own.
I
haven’t
purchased
anything
just
 yet,
 but
 I’m
 getting
 close!
 I
 also
 remember
 becoming
 infactuated 
 with 
 music
 when 
 I
 heard 
 Whitney
 Houston’s
 “I
 Wanna
Dance
With
Somebody”
blasting
from
my
mom’s
stereo
 when 
 I
 was
 a
 little
 girl.
 I
 went
 on
 to 
 sing
 (I
 thought
 I
 was
 Whitney’s
 backup)
 for
 years
 and
picked 
up
 the
clarinet
along
 the
way.
I
love
classical
instruments.
There’s
something
about
 classical
music
and
 jazz
 that
 tends
 to
 soothe
 the
soul.
I
also
 enjoy
learning 
about
people
and
believe
that
I
possess
a 
knack
 for
 getting 
 them
 to
 open
 up
 about
 their
 interests,
 fears
 and
 aspirations.
 Being
 open
 to
 people 
 from 
 all
 backgrounds
 and
 races
 has
 helped 
to
 further
 the
 vision 
for
 my
 company.
 And
 fashion!
 OMG!
 Once
 upon
a
 time
I
 used 
to
think
 that
 putting
 together
a 
head-turning
ensemble
was
too
much
work.
I
mean
 why
 do 
we
have
to
 spend 
so
much 
time
trying
 to 
be 
the
next
 showstopper?
 Well,
I
 learned
a
 little 
secret.
 People 
are
drawn
to
attractive
people.
And
a
part
of
being
attractive
is
spending
a 
little 
extra
time
(and
money)
 on
my
wardrobe
and 
hair.
I’m
a
pretty
creative
person
so
I’ve
learned
to
incorporate 
some
of
that
creativity
into
 my
style
selections
and...voila!
I’m
now
a
converted
fashionista.

“My sincerest hope is for our younger generation to understand the value and power of what knowledge brings.”

Knowing
the
origin
of
people,
places
and
things
adds
clarity
to 
our
daily
walk.
We
are
not
here 
to 
merely
exist.
 We
are
here
to
help
our
fellow
man
and
appreciate 
everything
around 
us
because
it
all
has
tremendous
value.
 The
people
who
we’ve
chosen
to
feature 
in
this
issue
have
had
amazing
journeys
and
stories
that
will
inspire
 you
anytime 
you
might
feel
like
throwing
in 
the
towel.
 Hurdles
are
overcome
by
 billions
 of
 people
everyday.
 The
more
you
face,
the
more 
profound
your
testimony.
We 
hope
the
places
that
you 
read 
about
will 
encourage
 you
to
explore
other
treasures
around
the
world.
Make
it
 a
point
to
plan
and
budget
for
 a
trip
outside
of
 the
 country.
 There 
is
so
much
more
to
experience 
beyond
our
 backyards.
The
features
 that
you’ll
be
introduced
 within
this
issue
should
very
well
ignite
your
desire
to
want
to
know
everything
from
how
to
determine
a
quality
 fabric
to
the
history
of
celebrated
artists.
Knowledge
is
the
power
to
create
change.
Enjoy!

FROM THE EDITOR

So,
here
we
are
again.
Another
issue 
completed 
and
I
feel
like
I
have 
just
wrapped
up 
a
 thesis
 paper.
This
issue
challenged
me
in
a
number
 of
ways
because
it’s
one
thing
to
 select
a
particular
theme
-
but
then
to
create
something
that
will 
leave
an
impact
on
our
 readers
 is
 another.
 I
 battled 
 with
 myself
 many
 nights
 over
 the
 magazine’s
 tagline
 “Enhancing
Your
knowledge.
Refining
Your
lifestyle.”
and
thought
about
exactly
what
it
 is
 that
 I
 want
 our
 readers
 to
 gain
 after
 spending
 a 
 lazy
 afternoon
 browsing
 the
 magazine’s
 features.
 After
 countless
 hours
 of
 discussion
 with
 my
 Director
 of
 Brand
 Marketing
about
 the
publication’s
 vision,
 we
 decided
 that
 it
was
 time
to
 step
it
up
 a
 notch.
 This
 meant
that
we
 would
 have
to
put
ourselves
to
the
test
 to 
see
if
 we
could
 produce
what
we
preach
about
all
the 
time.
At
the 
end
of
each
day,
my
sincerest
hope
 is
 for
 our
 younger
 generation
to
 understand
 the
value
and
power
 of
 what
 knowledge
 brings.
There
is
absolutely
nothing
more
liberating
that
being
able
to
freely
walk
 into
a
 library,
select
a
book,
or
 browse
the
internet
realizing
that
the
only
thing
that
separates
 you
 from 
the 
 next
 person
 are 
 the
 plentiful
 resources
 you’ve
 chosen 
 to 
 access.
 How
 can 
 you
 appreciate
 something
if
 you
 don’t
fully
know
 what
it
 is
 let
alone
 it’s
value? 
The
one
thing
that
inspired
me
to
start
my
 company
 was
 constantly
 hearing
people
say,
 “If
I
 had
only
 known.”
 If
 you
had
only
 known
 what?
That
you
 could 
have
changed
the
outcome
of
a
situation
by
making
an 
educated
decision?
The 
one
thing
that
I
know
for
 sure
is
to
never
take 
anything
for
face 
value.
If
you
want
to
know
something,
do
your
research.
Typically,
when
 I
hear
someone 
say
a
word 
that
I’m
not
familiar
with,
I
make 
a
mental
note
of
it,
and 
at
the 
first
opportunity,
I
 look
it
up
in 
the
dictionary
-
primarily
to
see
if
the
person 
used 
it
in
the 
right
context.
And
doing
so
also
allows
 me
to
expand
my
vocabulary.

N.Renee Webb

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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TERMINAL WEST PREGRAND OPENING PARTY @ KING PLOW ARTS CENTER ON 3.28.12 Photographed by D.J. Bing.

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2ND ANNUAL PRETTY GIRLS ROCK @ JUSTIN’S RESTAURANT ON 4.26.12 Photographed by Jay Young, Channessa Roundtree & Bobby Quinn

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The Mad Violinist TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC STYLE, HOW HIS MOM INFLUENCED HIS CAREER AND WHY HE WILL ALWAYS HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA Interview by N. Renee | Photos by Anderson “Smitty” Smith


THE IMPRINT MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE!

W

hile other three year olds were busy putting objects down a toilet and creating towers out of colorful building blocks, Ashanti Floyd, aka The Mad Violinist, was sharpening his skills on the violin when he was barely potty trained. Yep, the 28 year old five time Grammy nominee has been a master musician for a long time. Trained on over 30 instruments, the self proclaimed jokester didn’t always aspire to be a celebrated violinist. He initially wanted to be a rapper and dancer but eventually settled on his love for the strings - strings that he destroys during each of his performances, costing him over $5,000 a year. Two of the gifted artist’s many influences are Erykah Badu and the late Jimi Hendrix. And, he leans on his band, Symphony Crack Orchestra, for more than just electrifying performances. What he holds with them is a true bond and an unparalleled talent in an industry that isn’t quite prepared for their melodic eruption.

The
IMPRINT
Magazine:
Where
are
you
from?
 The
Mad
Violinist: I’m from Tallahassee, Florida but I now live in Atlanta. TIM:
What
are
some
of
your
favorites? TMV: I like all shades of blue, baked spagheO, POLO clothing by Ralph Lauren,  Gucci cologne, Los Angeles, Robin Hood (with Kevin Costner and Morgan  Freeman), football, the Jaguar, Christmas (I love to give) and the outdoors. TIM:
What
are
your
hobbies? TMV:
I love sports and I enjoy cooking. I’m preWy good at it to the point where  my friends want me to prepare them something every week. I also enjoy the  outdoors ‐ camping, fishing and animals. I owned a bird for eight years and  actually taught it how to talk. TIM:
Describe
your
personality. TMV: I’m outgoing and I like to joke around a lot. I’m not goofy by any means.  But if you don’t like to laugh, you can’t hang with me. TIM:
What
are
your
pet
peeves? TMV: I don’t like loud people and drunk talking. It bothers me when you get too  close and spit in my face. I see a lot of that when I’m out performing. TIM:
Who
are
your
role
models? TMV: My mom ‐ she taught me how to play the violin. I grew up watching her as  a gospel violinist in church. She is an awesome player and owns an arts  conservatory. One day I hope to introduce her to the world. I am also inspired  by the late Jimi Hendrix’s work and Victor Wooten ‐ a famous bass player who  performs with class and diversity. TIM:
What
social
issue
are
you
most
passionate
about? TMV: I am passionate about kids and making sure that they have access to  various arts programs. I feel that society views musicians as circus acts. Being a  musician does not hold the same value now as it did when I was younger. I’m  passionate about making young people understand that being a musician can  take you far. We have to make sure that our children are exposed to the arts so  that they can desire to pursue it. TIM:
What
inspired
your
career? TMV: I grew  up trained as a classical violist and was one of the best. I didn’t  play the violin much when I was younger. My mom sent me to summer camps in  London, New York and Tennessee all before I was 15. She wanted to put me up  against some of the best classical players to advance my skills. Part of her dream  was for me to aWend a school like Julliard. When I was in the 10th grade I was  introduced to the electric violin. I had the opportunity to meet jazz violinist  Regina Carter at one of my mom’s summer camps when I was 13. At this point,  my aWen`on turned to jazz. I also met Australian violinist Mark Russell. He  taught me ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers. I really  took that song far when I learned what’s called the blues  scale. I kept performing that song over and over while  learning how to improv. It felt good and I was geOng a  lot of aWen`on. I decided to go to Berkeley College of  Music and it caught my mom off guard. She was thinking  all along that I was going to school to be trained  classically for viola and I decided on the violin. What’s  crazy is that my liWle sister decided to go to school for  classical flute and she’s one of the best in the country.  She just graduated with her Masters in Flute  Performance. My parents got the “double dose”. They  raised us strong in our music. TIM:
What
instruments
do
you
play
besides
the
viola
 and
violin? TMV: I play over 30 instruments to include the cello,  piano, bass and drums. 》

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THE IMPRINT MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE! TIM: Describe your style of music. TMV: My music is inuenced by Erykah Badu who is one of my  favorite ar`sts. I had the opportunity to play alongside her and  Lupe Fiasco at last year’s BET Awards. I’ve been told that I have  dierent styles of vibrato. This comes from listening to her album  Baduizm constantly. I’m inuenced by Jimi Hendrix as well. He  was an ar`st who I feel captured great moments while leOng  loose. He didn’t care when he was performing. I have combined  styles of Erykah and Jimi. I also would have to say that my style of  music is derived from my lifestyle. I grew up on the south side of  Tallahassee, so as a kid in a rough neighborhood bringing his viola  to school, I had to learn how toÂ ďŹ t in. I learned to speak my peer’s  language and would perform songs by R. Kelly and Pastor Troy  because that’s what they knew and loved. These inuences,  mixed with my gospel roots, have helped to shape me as well. My  mom is a pastor and my dad is a gospel pianist and I remember  playing with him in the church. My style is comprised of all my  experiences throughout life.

was sleeping on the couch of my produc`on manager’s studio  while grinding it out. From sleeping on that couch I received a  double pla`num record and the show goes on â€? one being with  Lupe. Then the Grammy nomina`ons. Lupe calling me to be in  that moment was a breakthrough for me. I was like “God, we did  it.â€? TIM: So, tell us about Symphony Crack Orchestra. TMV: Symphony Crack Orchestra is comprised of 7 guys who are  my everyday backbone. They are my band, my produc`on team â€?  you name it. Most of the `me I perform with them. When I’m  performing by myself they might be in the studio. They are all  mul`â€?talented and have individual collabora`ons with ar`sts like  Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Wayne. Symphony Crack Orchestra  is a machine. TIM: What goes through your mind when you’re performing  live? TMV: To me, it’s like spoken word. I’m a part of this organiza`on  called Black On Black Rhyme based in Tallahassee, Florida. It’s run  by my good friend Keith Rodgers. Every Thursday for years I would  go to this poetry venue and be the only musician there. I would  play alone. Just me on the violin. I would ask the crowd to  translate what I’d just played. This is an art that I’ve been working  on for a while â€? learning to connect to people through my music.  So if people are in a corner and not paying aWen`on, I try to  ďŹ gure out how to speak to them with my instrument. Whenever  you speak, you want all eyes and ears to be on you. When I’m on  stage, I try to be innova`ve and implement a way that allows  people to connect.

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TIM: Of all the songs you’ve produced, which is your favorite? TMV: I would have to say Ba#leďŹ eld which is a song o my album.   I wrote it during a `me when I was going through a transi`on in  my career. I had to decide if I would keep crea`ng samples for big  producers to turn into something else while knowing it would get  watered down before it made it to the mainstream world. I have  been an arranger on over 40 major albums and have been  nominatedÂ ďŹ ve `mes for a Grammy but this isn’t sa`sfying to me  because people have no clue how dumbed down the song has  goWen once it’s passed through several hands. So, this song  Ba#leďŹ eld, which was released on my album with my group  Symphony Crack Orchestra, was created when I sat at home one  day and told myself that I’m not going to care anymore. I’m going  to let go and do what people tell me everyday can’t be done or is  too much. In my opinion, my work is great. The whole album is a  tes`mony. But when people hear Ba#leďŹ eld, I feel that they can  understand where I’m coming from which is why it’s the top  selling song on the album. TIM: Who are some majors you’ve worked with and who would  you like to collaborate with in the near future? TMV: I have worked with Nas, Fantasia, John Legend, Lil’ Wayne  and all of Young Money. It’s almost too many to name. I’d really  like to work with Kanye West in the studio. We’ve performed  together during a live set, but in the studio I think we’d come up  with something crazy.

TIM: What has been a memorable moment for you? TMV: Performing at the MTV Music Awards with Lupe Fiasco. I  had a lot to overcome to be in that moment. I’ve worked with  several ar`sts to include T�Pain who is a childhood friend. I got  into the industry by producing for him. And then I hooked up with  Yelawolf. Symphony Crack Orchestra was his band for about two  years and when I got ahold of his situa`on, he only had about 90  people showing up at his shows. Within three months of me  being on board, we were selling out shows in Atlanta. It was crazy.   But, the situa`on eventually foiled. I wanted to venture out on my  own but was being told that I wouldn’t make it as an ar`st. I went  through a lot but I decided to show people what was really up. I 

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TIM: How are you leaving your mark on the world? TMV: I hope that everyone can see through me that you can really   live your dreams. Be who you are while not falling for what the  media or mainstream gives you. I want to inspire people to do  what’s in their heart. Because if you do, you will succeed at your  giis. I believe that this is more powerful than just working a 9 to 5  because you want to make money. Through all the struggles I can  say that I’ve been blessedÂ ďŹ nancially because I stuck with my  dreams. TIM: What do you do to stay moLvated? TMV: I count my blessings and I constantly check my network to  see what people are saying. I have a video posted on YouTube  that has received almost 950,000 views. It should be at a million  by the weekend. On one Facebook page I’m maxed out on friends  and have over 1,000 subscribers. I just started a new page and  already have over 1,000 likes and Symphony Crack Orchestra’s  page has over 4,000. I hear people from all over the world like  Poland, Germany, the UK, Australia and Japan telling me that they  love Symphony Crack Orchestra’s music and are huge fans.  Another thing that mo`vates me is my faith. There were many  situa`ons that I’ve been in where I had nothing to lean on but  faith. The third thing that mo`vates me is theÂ ďŹ ght for our young  people â€? all the orchestra kids who’ve been told that they’re  dierent. Figh`ng to get the world to understand the language.  People just aren’t open to the arts now like they were when I was  growing up.

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It’s like spoken word...when I’m on stage I try to be innovative and implement a way that allows people to connect.

The Mad Violinist performing at the grand opening of Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. Photo by D.J. Bing.

TIM:
Describe
how
you’ve
grown
as
an
arLst/musician? TMV:
I’ve matured on stage and learned a lot of things the hard  way. I got an early start playing in venues when I was 14. I played  with Creed at a bar in Tallahassee. They asked me to play with  them and my mom was so scared that she sat outside the bar  from 10 at night to 2 in the morning. I didn’t know then that  Creed would go on to be one of the biggest selling rock bands of  all `me. Aier that, I started playing with older musicians who  used to teach me. I experienced a life changing situa`on when I  played for B.B. King on his birthday when I was 19. I was on  stage with a lot of other famous musicians like Kirk Whalum,  Winona Judd and Vince Gill. We were on stage having a jam  session and B.B. turns around and says “What’s going on?  What’s the problem?” He went on to say that we were immature  and no one was taking turns. So he asked us to each do a solo  and we all received a standing ova`on. The lesson that I learned  there was maturity. He pulled me to the side aier that and  explained to me that it’s not all about the notes and  showboa`ng. It’s about being a performer. Years later I had the  opportunity to perform with Yelawolf and this allowed me to see  another level. Performing with him is crazy! I had never jumped  off a stage un`l I was with him and things got rowdy. I mean  people were pouring beer all over our heads and star`ng riots.  One `me it got so crazy that Fantasia and Kandi Burrus, who is  also one of my good friends, came up on stage and started  dancing next to me while I was playing. It was too crazy. TIM:
What
message
do
you
hope
to
send
young
people
 through
your
music? TMV: A lot of what young people see out here is what they want  to be in the future because they think it’s so cool. Just like I  wanted to be like MC Hammer and Michael Jackson, they want  to be like Waka Flocka. The message that I want to send is look  at what I’m doing and look at what you can do. You don’t have to 

be out there shaking your hair and doing inappropriate things to  succeed. That’s not the only cool thing out there.  TIM:
What
piece
of
advice
would
you
give
to
all
young
 professionals? TMV: Follow your vision and never stray away from it no maWer  what the circumstance. A lot of people have visions and let other  people into their visions. But you have to be real careful with  that and make sure that everyone involved understands your  path because even one person that doesn’t understand you will  destroy you. I’ve been in situa`ons where people halfway  understood my vision and it was impossible to move forward  with them. I now have a team that I am comfortable with. We’re  currently filming a documentary with a produc`on company  called Million Dollar Dreamz. They’ve been following us around  for almost two years. The film will be released at the end of the  summer. I’ve allowed them to follow us because they  understand our vision. I wouldn’t let just anyone do that. TIM:
What’s
next
for
The
Mad
Violinist
and
Symphony
Crack
 Orchestra? TMV: Over the past several months I’ve built a huge electronic  dub step following on YouTube. Electronic music is very much on  the rise right now. I’m puOng out an electronic soul album with  Symphony Crack Orchestra. It’s a whole other sound to  electronic music ‐ a mix of soul, R&B and alterna`ve inside of  dub step. It’s ridiculous. We’re just trying to stay ahead. ‐ FOLLOW
THE
MAD
VIOLINIST
AND
SYMPHONY
CRACK
ORCHESTRA!

    @TheMadViolinist  @SymphonyCrack       The Mad Violinist    Symphony Crack Orchestra  www.symphonycrack.com      

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PATCH CALIFORNIA BASED SCULPTOR SHARES HIS PASSION FOR 3-D By Britt Hutchinson

Who are your influences?  The Grim Reaper, Mother Nature, and Father Time. I love lots of ar`sts, but I’d like to think that  I do not make art like them. I can be grouped with other ar`st but I get my inspira`on from  other things. Can you tell us how these influences have shaped you as an ar`st?  I’ve accepted that you can’t avoid death or `me, its unavoidable!  Why sculpture? Have you thought about other art forms as a  crea`ve outlet?  I was once a rapper….no, just kidding. I’ve always enjoyed  drawing, but personality wise I had to grasp 3‐D. I think  I am very tac`le and I like touching. Nature is  something I can relate to and wrap my head  around. I use my ar`s`c skill as observa`on  and turn objects into something more  human like.


“I use my artistic skill as observation and turn objects into something more human like.” Describe the sculpture market? How much does your work go for and  to whom is it going to?  That’s something I don’t know much about because that’s the gallery’s   job. Things that I have sold have been totally out of the blue. I was  lucky enough to sell a piece to the “21c” but I had I nothing to do with  it. The gallery owner took my work and sold it. It was preWy awesome. How do you promote your work? Art shows? Email blasts? TwiWer? I feel that is the job the gallery. GeOng your work into a gallery is such  a produc`on and I feel it’s important to build a network. There’s a  process that is common where the gallery owner will come to your studio and look around. Should they like  what they see, they will get on the phone and call the moneymakers in Hollywood. It’s dealer to collector.  They don’t understand my world and I don’t understand theirs. Do you think Facebook and TwiWer are useful tools for self‐promo`on? It’s rela`ve. For me? No. I find it to be an uncomfortable environment.  Ar`sts know how they want their work to be presented. If your  pain`ngs seem silly in a coffee shop, don’t hang them there. It’s the  same with Facebook. 3‐D work is not well represented in a photo that  will be posted on Facebook. It’s been said by many, for young aspiring ar`sts “it’s not what you  know but who you know. “ Do you agree? What are your thoughts on  this statement?  Yeah, I imagine that it helps. That goes back to having a network, but I  will not say that a network is everything. Do you find it hard to earn a comfortable living being an  ar`st? Yes. I don’t earn a living being an ar`st. I work in produc`on  installa`on and I also work a part `me job at Lowes.  What advice would you give to all young aspiring ar`sts  trying to “make it” on their own? Ask yourself if being an ar`st is really who you are. If not,  then forget about it. I say that because I wish I had a  different goal in life. Like owning a store. But I can’t imagine  doing anything else. ‐

theiMPRiNT● theimprintmag.com

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Spivey

THE WORLD’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Derrick


Derrick Spivey is an Atlanta based fine artist whose portfolio includes Hip Hop Weekly, VHI, a host of hotels, restaurants, luxury homes and celebrity clients. His work, created from metal, can be described as unique, impeccable and ingenious. Derrick prides himself on offering his clients full creative control over their purchases. He allows the client to select a piece of existing art while choosing a color and size specific to their taste. He is a true sentimentalist, therefore, if you simply envision it, he will bring it to life. If you’re looking for something massive and extraordinary to adorn your two story foyer, or even a petite novelty for your office desk, Derrick will create whatever your heart desires. His prices range from $45 to $27,000 - so even the most novice art collector can add these refined creations to their assemblage. Pictured is the VIP area of Derrick’s art studio and event venue located at 1775 South Columbia Place in Decatur, Georgia. His work is also featured on our cover. -

Spivey’s Creations Model: Mia Davis Wardrobe: Diamonds & Pearls Couture Hair/Makeup: Angelica Kyeremeh Photographer: Jay Young


MEET DRAPE CONNOISSEUR

Doo.Ri Chung

By Avis Foley ●●●

Dedicated. Obsessive. One of a kind. This interpretation of designer Doo-Ri Chung’s (pronounced dew-ree) clothing line does no justice to the chic and modish looks that she creates. Pounding the runway with her signature drape and jersey blend has proven to be an expressive style that will not easily be forgotten. Already having her infamous purple one-shoulder gown worn to the South Korean state dinner by First Lady Michelle Obama, Chung has made her mark in the world of design and is here to stay.

B

“Every so often a stylist comes along and delivers amazing talents that puts them in a class of their own.”

orn in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Chung started her own line in the basement of her  parent’s dry cleaning business. Borrowing $100,000 from them to fund this opera`on, she defied odds to chase a  dream and the hard work eventually paid off. Not a newcomer to the garment game, Chung launched her explosive  label, Doo.Ri, at her downtown New York store Klee in 2001. Talk about ambi`ous. 

One could possibly credit this ambi`on to those who took note of her talent. Doo‐Ri has been privy enough to train with  designers Geoffrey
Beene and Albar
Elbez. Her work is also heavily influenced by Claire
McCardell. Her contribu`on to  fashion will leave an imprint on your wardrobe. As the former recipient of the CFDA
‘s
Swarovski
Perry
Ellis Award
for emerging women’s wear, Chung is always looking to  grace women with high‐end pieces that elevate their aOre. A few years back, Chung summoned the fashion gods to help  launch Under.Ligne ‐ her affordably priced casual collec`on only featured in  black, white, and gray. Earlier this year she launched the Doo.Ri
Impulse  collec`on with Macys. The funky‐printed and colorful compila`ons are fresh,  fashion‐forward and affordably priced from $39 to $159. Her more upscale  styles can be found in Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Jeffrey New  York. Doo‐Ri knows the power of a well‐dressed woman and gives the term  Neo‐Seoul a new meaning.  Every so oien a stylist comes along and delivers amazing talents that puts  them in a class of their own. Doo.Ri’s breath‐taking prints empower women to  do great things and look good at the same `me.  So what’s up next for Doo‐Ri Chung? A shoe line and hand‐bag collabora`on are  among a few of the projects that Chung has underway, not to men`on her Spring and Fall lines. This woman is on the move! If  you’re daring to be different and savvy enough to be stylish, Chung’s pieces may inspire you.  Remember: comple`ng your  look should never be compromised. Just Doo It. ‐

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Doo-Ri Chungʼs Photo Source: HuffingtonPost.com


Watch & Learn

By Karissa J. Parker

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO A TIMELESS CLASSIC

”When
the
war
ended,
 young
well-dressed
 men
wanted
to
 emulate
the
gallant
 heroes
of
the
war,
 and
wristwatches
 became
a
musthave.” Image Source: Mod-TV.com

THERE IS NOTHING THAT EXUDES A TIMELESS AND TRENDY APPEAL MORE THAN A WATCH. A MAN WHO WEARS A TIMEPIECE REVEALS SO MUCH ABOUT HIMSELF WITHOUT SAYING A WORD. WHETHER HE'S MORE THE “CLASSIC” TYPE OF GUY WITH A SUBTLE AIR OR THE MOST STYLISH TRENDSETTER WHO CRAVES THE LIMELIGHT, A STUNNING WATCH SAYS IT ALL. TO GET FURTHER INSIGHT ON THE HISTORY OF THE WATCH AND HOW A MAN CHOOSES ONE, READ FURTHER... “If you want to be academic about it, the watch is something of an  engineering marvel. Watches have hundreds of minuscule parts,  me@culously assembled by ar@sans who can trace their craA back  to the watchmakers under Elizabeth, Peter, and Napoleon. Before  the Great War, these ar@sans were focused on making pocket  watches, a true gentleman’s accessory. But during the First World  War, soldiers found that the small, easy to maintain wristwatches  were an asset in the wet trenches. When the war ended, young  well‐dressed men wanted to emulate the gallant heroes of the  war, and wristwatches became a must‐have.”  ‐ Xiaoli Li  (artofmanliness.com) According to Bakari
Faulkner, an enthusias`c watch aficionado,  the top three things he looks for in a watch are quality,
price
and
 style, which holds true for a lot of things. Obviously, quality and  price go hand in hand. When the price increases, the quality of the  `mepiece increases as well. However, don’t let price deter you  from star`ng a collec`on. If you shop wisely, you should be able to  snag some good deals. Jay Young, The IMPRINT Magazine’s  Director of Photography, explained that a man’s allure for watches  is equivalent to how a woman feels about her hair. It’s a necessary  item that has to be the right fit. “It’s a fashion statement for most  while saying a lot about who you are”, he stated.  As far as style goes, Bakari men`oned that he looks for a piece 

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that is masculine and conserva`ve, yet simple while remaining  fashionable. Color also plays a part in his selec`on process. A sleek  watch can absolutely play up an outit, much like a statement  necklace does for women. For a professional
or
preppy
look, one  may don a more simplis`c watch as opposed to when hanging out  with the fellas or going out on a date. Your watch may then be  more eye catching and unique to upstage your aOre. Also, half the  baWle, according to Bakari, is deciding whether or not you want an  analog or a digital watch and then deciding what kind of band fits  your taste ‐ metal, leather, rubber, etc. Jay has been a watch collector for years and says that two of his  favorites are his swiss made Tissot, created to be durable because  of its sapphire crystals. It is more of a tradi`onal dress watch that  he wears for special occasions. His second favorite is his everyday  `mepiece ‐ the solar powered, atomic Casio. Jay remembers his  first watch being a digital TIMEX given to him by his grandmother  when he was 13. “Men wore watches during that `me ‐ not boys. I  felt like I had become a man”, Jay explained. Several things to consider when deciding on the quality of a watch  are the weight, the movement (the sweep), the name and  tradi`on, swiss branding and `me accuracy. To jumpstart your  search, refer to sites like watch`me.com and watchlyzer.com. Red
 Line,
Invicta,
Swiss
Army,
Rolex and Tag
Heuer are quite pricey,  therefore you may have to grow your watch collec`on to this stage  over `me. Seiko and Armitron are  affordably priced for the novice  watch collector. To find out more about the classic  `mepiece, see our special watch  feature at The High Up.com later  this month. 


Wine Down Wine Tasting Etiquette 101 By Avis Foley

So…I have a confession. I dabble in the art of wine tasting and the truth is that I know NOTHING about the affinity surrounding the color selection, smells, shakes, swishes, or swirls. There, I said it. I should be arrested for impersonating a wine connoisseur. After interrogating close friends recently, I found that MANY of my peers have little to no knowledge about wine what-so-ever! For those of you that are clueless on the art of wine tasting and etiquette, this article is for you. Class is in session (for those 21 years of age and older of course).

THE BASICS Red Wine | Red wines are made from black or red grapes with skins. When grapes are fermented, tannins (astringent, bitter plant) and colors are released which contributes to the deep color and flavor of the wine. Red wines taste better with heavier foods and often tend to be less sweet. Popular red wines include: Beaujolais Nouveau, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Zinfandel. White Wine | White wines are made from white grapes without the skin or seeds. The grapes are put into a crushing machine with yeast until the wine becomes white. White wines can be sweet or dry and have crisp flavors and aromas. This wine tastes better with lighter foods and often tends to be sweet. Popular white wines include: Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Dry Wine vs. Sweet Wine | Sometimes called table wine, dry wine is the opposite of sweet wine and refers to any wine with essentially zero residual sugar present in the finished, bottled wine. Sweet wines (also referred to as dessert wine) are sometimes produced by picking the grapes before they are fully matured (to preserve acidity) and then dying them in the sun (to produce sweetness). The concept of a “seasonal” wine is debatable because winemakers don’t have the flexibility of brewers to create seasonal wines. Use your food selection to determine your personal “seasonal” taste. Essentially, due to the fact that wine is a seasonal product, the quality of wine is based upon the condition of where the grapes are grown and how the bottles are handled.

“Before wine bottles had labels there was no way to prove where the wine came from.”

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Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s explore what I like to call Life 101. As you view both scenarios, take  notes. The things you learn could possibly save your life! Ok, maybe not your life, but you’ll be impressive!

Scenario 1: You go out to dinner with your boss and he suggests that you select the wine. What do you do? In most fine restaurants there will be a sommelier there to assist you with the wine selection process. Once the waiter brings the wine, check the label to make sure you have the correct wine. (Before wine bottles had labels there was no way to prove where the wine came from. During that time the Chateaus were known for having the best wine and maintained their reputation by branding the corks). When the waiter removes the cork he will place it on the table in front of you. You will then smell the cork for signs of spoiled wine. The waiter will pour a small amount in your glass. Place your tablecloth against your wine glass and tilt it in order to see the variance of colors in the wine. Once you approve the wine, the waiter will serve to the rest of your party.

Today’s lesson has provided you with some of the fundamentals of wine tasting and etiquette. Everyone please raise your glasses as I prepare to make this toast. [Clearing my throat] Cheers! To those that want to refine their lifestyle through education, awareness, and service. May all of your travels leave an imprint on the lives of others. Now drink to that! -

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Scenario 2: You have been asked to attend a wine tasting with a friend. What is the proper etiquette? When attending a wine tasting, white wines are usually tasted first. You will first look at the color of the wine for color and clarity. You can hold the glass towards the light to view the variance in color of the wine. Before smelling the wine, swirl to release the wine’s aromas. Smell the wine by sticking your nose into the glass and breathing deeply. You can inhale deep whiffs or take short quick sniffs. Take note of the aroma. Sip the wine and hold in your mouth. Roll it around your tongue before you swallow. Your taste buds will be sweet, sour, or bitter. You can gurgle or swish the wine around to gain a better appreciation for the taste, but this is not necessary. The last step is to either swallow the wine or spit it out. The idea of spitting out wine may seem uncouth, but it will prevent you from getting tipsy. Critical Notes: No smoking during a wine tasting and leave the perfume and cologne at home as to not confuse your sense of smell. Also, if you are a beginner, let others express their opinion about the wines before you do. ✔ If you enjoyed this article, email Avis at afoley@aspireonlinemedia.com or contact her on Twitter @iynk1981!


BERMUDA

The Jewel Of The Ocean By Vernon F. Clarke

If you are looking for a different place to visit for your next vacation getaway, then Bermuda may be the perfect place for you. This unique island nation located approximately 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean has a long and interesting history. With a current population of 65,000, Bermuda was officially discovered in 1505 by Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez but not settled until 1609 by the Virginia Company of England. The first capital of the island was St. George’s which was established in 1612 - 400 years ago, and is one of the oldest towns in the Americas. It became a British colony in 1707 and remains a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

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Why Visit? Bermuda boasts a pleasant climate, beau`ful beaches and a  wealth of things to do and see. It provides a safe and stable  environment for tourists ‐ mostly from Canada and the UK who  frequent its beaches and other aWrac`ons. It has an affluent  economy. It is also a bit conserva`ve with the two main  industries being off‐shore which are finance and tourism. It has  a low crime rate but does tend to be more expensive than  other tourist des`na`ons. 

PHOTO
CAPTIONS:

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1 City Hall in Hamilton - Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and City Hall is also home to the Bermuda National Gallery and Bermuda Society of Arts. 2 Cottage on the beach - these can be rented and I plan to on my next trip back. 3 Atlantic Ocean - the beautiful water and fish of the Atlantic Ocean. 4 Homes by the ocean in Sandy's Parish 5 Town Hall, St. George's - this was the original capital, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was established in 1612 (400 years ago). 6 Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - one of the most popular beaches in Bermuda. 7 Watford Bridge - this is one of the many bridges on the island and the scooter is a very popular form of transportation in Bermuda. 8 Coopers Mansion, Hinson's Island - this is the home of one of the founding families of Bermuda.

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What
To
Do? In addi`on to its world renowned beau`ful pink sands beaches, there are  numerous sights to see and visit. There is historic St. George’s which is a designed  UNESCO World Heritage Site, Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Underwater  Explora`on Ins`tute, the Crystal Caves and the Bermuda Na`onal Museum  among others. For those of you who are a bit more adventurous and daring there  are countless coral reels and ship wrecks which can be explored by scuba diving  and snorkeling. With its clear blue water these ac`vi`es can prove to be an  experience of a life`me!

So
You’re
Into
The
Arts? Hamilton the current capital of Bermuda offers a variety of ar`s`c and cultural  events around town throughout the year. In City Hall you will find the Bermuda  Na`onal Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts which showcases exhibits from  both local and interna`onal ar`sts. There is also the Masterworks Museum of  Bermuda which houses over 1,200 pieces of art inspired by Bermuda and is a  must see for all art enthusiasts.

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Sports
Anyone? The two main sports are cricket and football (what we call soccer in the States).  Bermuda is also home to a number of world class golf courses if you’re looking  for some tee `me. Great deep sea fishing can also be had by those interested in  such ac`vi`es.

Nightlife There are a number of nightclubs located in Hamilton as well as other parts of  town that offer both dancing and live music. There are also a number of bars,  pubs and restaurants located on Front Street which are popular with both locals  and tourists as well.

A
Few
Things
To
Know
Before
VisiLng Here are a couple of things that will help you plan your visit to the island. You will  need a valid passport in order to enter and exit the country. You cannot rent cars  on the island and the main modes of transporta`on are scooters, buses and taxis.  Keep in mind that they drive on the lei hand of the road which can take some  geOng used to. There is no need to exchange your money since the American  dollar can be used there. Lastly, there are no lakes or rivers on the island so rain  water is the main source of water. All houses have underground water tanks  which collect and store it for future use ‐ so people are keen about water  conserva`on. Overall, if you’re looking for somewhere fun, interes`ng and unique  to visit, then  put Bermuda at the top of your list of places to explore!  

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India

T OF

APSHO N S N A RIC AN AME

By Karissa J. Parker

Sindhura

⤹ Meenal

What do most people think about when they hear the mention of India? Perhaps Taj Mahal, Bollywood, Gandhi and Slumdog Millionaire?! Many people have no idea how beautiful and unique this country truly is. The IMPRINT Magazine had the chance to catch up with two hard working women - Sindhura Suryadevara and Meenal Champaneri, both Indian descendants, who wanted to share their thoughts and feelings about their amazing culture. Meenal, though ethnically Indian, was born in Zambia, Africa. That's right. She was born an African citizen. She and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Sindhura, on the other hand, was born in South India in a city called Guntur and moved to the United States when she was 6 years old. Both young ladies profess a strong love and respect for their culture, but embrace more modern beliefs and ideologies since coming to America.

/ What
is
something
unique
about
the
Indian
culture?


Sindhura: My culture celebrates life. It’s unique in its teachings that  everything in this universe from nature to animals to people have  an important role to play in maintaining a balance and how every  ac`on has a consequence. It teaches you to not only enjoy life, but  to embrace every aspect of it ‐ the sad, the happy, the ugly, and the  beau`ful. Meenal: There isn't just one thing unique about the Indian culture.  It’s unique in the fes`vals celebrated, the music, the clothing, the  food, etc.

/ Are
you
tradiLonal
or
modern
in
your
beliefs?

Sindhura: I consider myself more modern when it comes to social  ac`vism, female rights and independence, but tradi`onal when it  comes to spiritual beliefs and certain principles of my culture and  faith: such as karma and regarding the way of life with respect  towards every being in the universe: whether it’s human, animal or  nature.  Meenal: I'm in the middle when it comes to this ques`on. I have  been brought up to respect and acknowledge my cultural  background and am proud of it. However, when away from home  and not under the guidance of my mother, many of my tradi`onal  upbringings tend to be forgoWen.

/ What
music
is
associated
with
the
Indian
culture?


Sindhura: A vast variety!! People some`mes don't realize that India  is home to a mul`tude of cultures and people, so our music is a  reflec`on of that. We have folk music, classical, western influence,  pop, rock, rap, Muslim influence, Asian, "Bollywood", "Tollywood"  and the list is endless!  Meenal: My family is from the state of Gujarat where the music is  mostly folk. However, with Bollywood being such a huge part of  Indian culture, songs from the movies are very popular and can  range from being very tradi`onal to very mainstream incorpora`ng  western sounds and even ar`sts.

/ What
do
you
wish
people
knew
about
your
country/culture?

Sindhura: I wish people knew that my country was more than just  Slumdog Millionaire and the poverty that you see on mainstream  television. My country is home to a variety of cultures and such a  vast diversity of people that live life in such a vibrant, colorful way  that is never really shown mainstream. We are more than just the  Taj Mahal. We have the old palaces of Rajasthan, the beaches of  Goa, the villages on the water in Kerala, the Sunset/ Sunrise on the  Kanyakumari, temples, forts, and an endless list of other beau`ful  landmarks! We are the birthplace of Buddha, Gandhi, Mother  Teresa, Tagore, and so many more! 

/ What
would
be
considered
a
tradiLonal
dish?

Meenal: Thali, which is a selec`on of different dishes on one large  plate. It usually consists of rice, dhal (gravy dish made from len`ls),  ro`, pickle/chutney, vegetables, yogurt, and a sweet dish. Sindhura: Such a hard ques`on, because Indians love to eat! One  of my favorites is Pulihora (which is called yellow rice). Its white  rice that has been mixed with a pinch of tumeric, a few  tablespoons of lemon juice, and has cashews/peanuts added to it.  Its a very simple dish, but absolutely delicious! We make it for  special events (weddings, birthdays), for religious ceremonies, and  as an everyday meal.  

/ What
are
some
of
your
aspiraLons
as
a
young
professional?

Sindhura: I want my life to have meaning and purpose. I dream of  having the ability to change society in even the smallest way. I  aspire to become a physician and eventually become a member of  Doctors Without Borders so that I can provide care to those in  need that may not have the resources to obtain it. I believe that life  is a gii and I want that gii to mean something. If I can affect even  one person's life posi`vely during my life`me then I will have lived  a fulfilling life. I want to travel the world, see as much as I can and  meet all its inhabitants with their different cultures and way of life.  I want to look back one day and feel as though I truly lived a  fulfilling and adventurous life. ‐

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GO DJ!

She’s the flyest, most sought after female disc jockey phenom in the industry. She’s the boss when it comes to her craft. She doesn’t dare open her own doors because she’s very much a lady. She demands respect and does not like to be referred to as anything other than her stage name that can be heard chanted in venues across the globe. She’s the visionary behind Pretty Girls Rock - an annual event created to celebrate all women. She’s none other than the beautiful, bold and unstoppable...

TRACI STEELE Interview By N. Renee Photos by Will Kennedy


The
IMPRINT
Magazine:
So
tell
us
about
your
pre‐DJ
years? Traci
Steele:
Well, I’m originally from The Bronx  New York.  I lived  there  for  19  years  and  then  decided  to  join  the  Air  Force  because  I  wanted  to  do  something different.  I  also  wanted  to  travel the world and I never got the opportunity. I  was sta`oned  in  Virginia  and  was lei  there  for  4  years!  I was  praying  that  I  would  get  sent  overseas  to  the  desert  or  something  but  the  military  wouldn’t  let  me  go.  Once  I  started  DJ‐ing  at  22,  that  took  me  around  the  world!  Who  knew?!!  When  I  lei  the  military I started working  for  a radio  sta`on  at  a college  that  I  didn’t even aWend.  TIM:
 Have
 you
 always
 had
 a
 passion
for
music? TS:
 My  parents  are  Jamaican  so  I  grew up in a house full of music, but  it was mostly Caribbean music.  With  that, it helped me  to naturally gain  my sense and taste for music. When  I became a DJ, it instantly  felt right. I  was given some records and I mixed  them.  I   had  to  learn  things  and  build  my   skill  but  most  of  it  just  came to me. It was like I  was meant  to  be  a  DJ.  I  think  it  all  stemmed  from  me  growing  up  in  a  West  Indian household. TIM:
How
 have
 you
 been
 received
 as
a
female
disc
jockey? TS:
 It’s exci`ng to  be  able  to  stand  with  my  male  counterparts  and  be  respected  and  just  as  good  as they  are.  The  fact  that  there are  so  few  female DJs doesn’t  deter  me at  all.  It  just makes me want to help other  women  get  to  where  they want  to  be. I have a lane that I’m in and I’m  going to take advantage of it. TIM:
 Tell
 us
 about
 one
 of
 your
 favorite
DJ‐ing
moments? TS:  It  was  the  first  `me  I  had  ever  DJ’d  and I was wai`ng on my son’s father, who  at the `me was  only a friend (he now DJs for  Chris Brown).  I was wai`ng at the  club to give him a ride home and was bored to death. Some guys  saw me standing there and asked me to mix  these two records. I  mixed  them and  they were  like “that  was luck!”  so  they asked  me  to  mix  two  more  records  and  I  mixed  them.  They  were  floored and told me  that  I needed to be a DJ. They  then asked  me to go  with  them to  DJ  a  party that night  and I did. I  knew  absolutely  nothing  about  music  selec`on  at  the  `me  so  they  had to hand me records and they  kept handing them to me and I  would drop them and then they would hand me some more and  I would  drop them again!  The party was  rocking and  I was like  “Oh my God!! This is me!!” And then my son’s father got on the  mic and he told everybody to say my name. And they said it and  it  was a wrap. I was like “Oh  my  God, I am going to do this for  the  rest  of  my  life!!  I  am  a  DJ.  That’s  it!”  It  was  my   first  experience as a DJ and I will never  forget that moment. Prior to 

that, I  was  just  a  radio  personality and  didn’t  know  anything  about turntables.  That rush and energy from DJ‐ing was amazing  to me and I never looked back! TIM:
What
has
been
your
toughest
obstacle? TS:
Building my brand. It’s the thing that’s taken me more `me  to develop than  anything else. I believe that I  have the talent. I  know  that  I  can  rock a  party.  But  building my  brand  is  taking  longer  than I expected though I do  have pa`ence. I realize that  my  `me  will  come to  be  the  female  Funk Master  Flex.  Other  than  that,  I  think  that  everything  just  kind  of  falls  into  place  exactly where it’s supposed to be. TIM:
What
irks
you? TS:
 It  may   seem  peWy  but  it  bothers me when  people call me  DJ  Traci  because  that’s  not  my  name.  I  work  hard  at  branding  Traci  Steele  and  that’s  what  I  w a n t  t o  b e  c a l l e d .  A n d  some`mes  people  might  say  ‘Lady  DJ’  and  I’m  like  what??  If  you don’t know my name, ask me  what  my  name  is!  Outside  of  music,  I do  not  like  when a man  doesn’t  open  a  door  for  me.  I  hate that. Recently  I was standing  outside of a man’s car  wai`ng for  him to  open  my  door  and  so  we  just  kept  standing  there  going  back   and  forth  for  about  10  minutes  un`l  he  finally  gave  in.  Needless  to  say,   we  did  not  go  out again.  I had  to  prove a point.  Chivalry isn’t dead. TIM:
 What
 are
 some
 of
 your
 favorites? TS: I love BMWs and  my favorite  movie  is  Wedding  Crasher. I also  love  reggae  music,  ox  tails  and  electronics! Show me a sexy turn  table and I am in LOVE!! TIM:
What
is
something
you
can’t
leave
home
without? TS:
Lip gloss!  I am a lip gloss crackhead! I own so many that it’s  ridiculous.   It’s  so  bad  that  I  can’t  even  go  to  sleep  at  night  without applying it! TIM:
 What
 is
 something
 most
 people
 may
 not
 expect
 from
 you? TS:
Most people don’t expect that I’m a DJ. When I meet people  outside of my professional seOng and they ask me what I do for  a  living,  they   are  quite  shocked.  For  some  reason  people  aWribute looks to  DJ‐ing so I  get told a lot that  I’m too preWy to  be a DJ. TIM:
Share
with
us
how
you
came
up
with
the
concept
for
your
 annual
Pre^y
Girls
Rock
event. 》

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ADVERTISEMENT continued from previous page... TS:
I was doing a photo shoot for a magazine about a year  and a half ago and the young lady who was doing my 

make‐up men`oned something about preWy girls and it  stuck in my head. And then Keri Hilson’s song had just  come out by the same name and I kept thinking about it  and said to myself that I had to do something. It  resonated with me and it wouldn’t leave me and by the  end of the photo shoot I decided that I had to do an  event. A week later I was planning it and then the whole  art, fashion and music piece came about because I  wanted to do something different to set myself apart. So I  decided to incorporate various forms of ar`stry.  People  have seen fashion shows and been to concerts as well as  art exhibits. So I thought about doing a mini version of  each one. So that’s how it came about. TIM:
What
advice
would
you
give
to
young
people
about
 pursuing
their
dreams? TS:
Ohhh...I have so much to say about this. When I was  younger I did not take my career seriously and I didn’t  understand a brand and the meaning of marke`ng as well  as the meaning of building on my talent. I feel that young  people are wayward and don’t have any direc`on. What  young people need are mentors. Period. That mentor is  going to help you develop yourself and teach you the  things that you need to grow your talent. If you don’t  have a mentor I think it can be difficult because  some`mes when you’re young you don’t really know  what you want to do. You have all these talents. You’re a  jack of all trades but you don’t really know how to master  the one thing. There’s nothing I can’t do. If you ask me to  fly a plane I would fly it tomorrow. But I want to focus on  DJ‐ing because that’s what I feel like I’m best at. And  that’s what I wanted to master before I stepped into other  things like modeling. People are always saying that I  should model but I say that I need to do this first and then  I’ll branch off. Like Diddy. He started with one thing then  branched off into other things. So, master one thing. Get  a mentor so that you can develop that thing. Learn how  to market that one thing and learn how to turn that talent  into an actual business. If you do whatever it is that you  love to do and you’re passionate about, the money will  come. A lot of the `me people will give up on their  passions and dreams because the money is not coming as  quickly as they would like. So they go get the 9 to 5 and  become content with the checks that are coming in, when  in reality, if you had stuck with your passion, that check  would have doubled, tripled and quadrupled because  you’re passionate and love what you do. ‐ FOLLOW
DJ
TRACI
STEELE!     @TraciSteele     Traci Steele www.tracisteele.com

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Experience The Lifestyle...

Young
Business
Mogul

WITH BUSINESS MOGUL Kamar Zachery Feature by Shaundra T. Smith | Photos by Channessa Roundtree


T

here is definitely a reason why we selected Kamar Zachery for this issue’s Young Execu`ve feature. He’s the head  honcho, creator extraordinaire and mo`vated mastermind of Oema Takorr Fashions. If you’ve seen Bobby Valen`no,  Jeremih, or Yung Joc walking around with a daring, colorful set of lips on their chest, then you’ve seen Oema Takorr in  full effect. 

We’ve done our share of interviews with impressive business people, but never have we heard of anyone star`ng a business as a  joke – and then become a success from it! Even down to one of his most popular designs, it was produced just to prove to naysayers  that he could do it. “I was siOng around with some of my very masculine guys friends and showing them some of my drawings and  they started poin`ng out which of the images they would actually wear on a shirt. They pointed to the drawing of the lips and said  ‘Just don’t do that one!’” said Kamar.  Not only did he bet that that he could get men to wear a shirt with lips on it, but that they  would also spend $95 for one – and that it would all happen in 6 months. Well…he did it in 5! Impressive. Kamar believes “once you set your mind to something, the universe starts working with you.” He began his t‐shirt line by going into  stores buying solid colored shirts, cuOng out the tags, buying fabric paint from local crai stores and coming up with all the designs,  all on his own. “My first shirts looked like a third grader designed them,” admits Kamar. He con`nued to push forward with his plan  and through Facebook, Kamar connected with a denim company that could manufacture his shirts. Once he started manufacturing,  he came up with his own labels, hang tags and custom measurements, which gave him the boost he needed to approach retail  stores. Moda404, a high profile bou`que in Atlanta, Georgia, was the first to open their doors for Oema Takorr Fashions to take  flight. The outcome? Kamar dropped the shirts off at the store on a Thursday and by Saturday the en`re collec`on was sold out.  Since then, he’s been showing people how to “Experience the Lifestyle” of being bold and brave enough to live life to the fullest no  maWer what stage.

Besides the clothing line, we also uncovered the things that  make Kamar `ck. His favorite fashion feOsh? Slippers! It’s  the cherry red ones that start the most conversa`ons.  Favorite fan base? “My mom, my younger sister and my  wonderful girlfriend…hands down,” says Kamar. Favorite CD?  “Honestly,” he says, “I’m constantly listening to personal  development by Jim Rohn, Les Brown, John C. Maxwell, Tony  Robbins and Earl Nigh`ngale.” Kamar’s boWom line to The  Imprint Magazine readers: You become what you think  about. If you have a par`cular goal in mind, you should  constantly reconfirm it with things that are congruent with  what you’re trying to do. ‐‐ 

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TAKORR
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THE ARTISTRY OF

design

Atlanta Based Kellie Griffin Interiors Is Among The Industry’s Elite

By N. Renee | Photos By David Christensen

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I

had no idea what I was about to witness when I stepped inside  the Atlanta
Symphony
Associate’s
Show
House late last  month. The nearly 83 year old Knollwood
Estate sits on several  acres in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most treasured communi`es  ‐ Buckhead. The 4 million dollar mansion is modeled aier  Chatham, an 18th Century estate in Stafford County, Virginia by  celebrated architect Phillip Trammel Shutze.
Kellie
Griffin,  President
of
Kellie
Griffin
Interiors, greeted myself and Shaundra  T. Smith (The IMPRINT Magazine’s Director of Brand Marke`ng) at  the end of the winding driveway and instructed us on how to  expertly `p toe over the slate gray cobblestone in 3 inch heels  without spraining an ankle. Kellie quickly ushered us through the  side door where we were led to the double curved staircase that  nearly took the breath out of me as I eagerly climbed to reach the  top where I would soon discover something so amazing ‐ created  in the depths of Ms. Griffin’s mind. It took Kellie only six weeks to  convert this exquisite mul`‐dimensional “man cave” which  decades prior, was used for storage. Her mother, who is also an  interior designer, did not believe that her daughter could perform  a miracle with the once dense space. But, that’s just what ar`sts  do. They make the impossible, possible. They take a blank canvas  and instead of seeing nothing, they envision color paleWes,  shapes and styles that slowly come together piece by piece un`l  the untrained eye is able to see a reflec`on of the ar`st’s mind.  What you see here is what Kellie envisioned six weeks before

comple`on. As I walked around the room, I no`ced the  mini dominos that adorned the oak bookshelves as well as  the glass chess pieces. See, it’s the liWle things ‐ subtle  details that make all the difference. Shaundra was drawn  to  the corner ligh`ng modeled aier street lamps and the  mirrored bar. Before there was a bar, there stood a wall.  The pool table, the rugs, the modern drapes, the leather  chairs, and the pain`ngs. I was completely entranced. I  looked all around me...panning this room that had come to  life and all I could feel was a sense of profound inspira`on.  Looking back at Kellie, who was standing on the opposite  side of the pool table, I asked her “How?” How did she see  this in her head? Especially aier she showed us the  “before” pictures. She explained, in her most humble and  gracious way, “It surprises even me some`mes. It’s  definitely a gii.” Her gii is one that has been showcased  in several issues of Atlanta Homes Magazine and talked  about all over the southeast. The Atlanta Symphony Show  House is one of her many projects to include homes in  affluent Georgia neighborhoods like River Club, Dunwoody  and Sugarloaf. The 27 year old University of Mississippi  graduate is already leaving an indelible mark on the design  world. The IMPRINT Magazine is pleased to introduce you  to this accomplished young woman. 》

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How
long
she’s
been
an
interior
designer... This is my second year. Since I was a liWle girl I’ve always  wanted to do this. It’s been a dream my en`re life. My  mom and grandmother have always had a huge passion for  decora`ng as well. So we’ve always gone to show homes  and love to hunt for an`ques together. I was able to get an  internship in my field and that turned into a full `me job. I  did that for a year before I ventured out on my own. Her
favorites... I love the color gray and all genres of music. I enjoy  mexican food and steak with a glass of red wine. I love  Bermuda and Europe. I had the opportunity to study  abroad in London when I was in college. Her
hobbies... I go fishing a lot. My fiance is an outdoorsman. I also like to  go an`que shopping with my mom to find rare pieces. It’s  so fun! Her
favorite
room
to
decorate... Any space ‐ though I would love to do a liWle girl’s room  with a canopy bed. Any room is fun for me because I  design it specifically to my client’s taste. I’m preWy good at  pinpoin`ng what people like, almost beWer than what I  like, to be honest. Every space that I do becomes personal.  Oh, and love wallpaper! Bright, bold colors in a small  bathroom would be cool.  Most
challenging
part
about
her
job... Timing is HUGE! Especially when ordering furniture. It some`mes takes 6 to 8 weeks for items to come in. Another challenge is the  inability of the client to picture what I see. I try to make it as visual as possible. I’m also working on my sternness. Some`mes I can  be too nice. I realize that the more I work in my field, I’ll become stronger in this area. How
o`en
she
changes
her
room
around... All the `me! I used to keep my furniture on sliders so that my fiance wouldn’t have to help me move it around. My living room has  probably been re‐arranged 50 `mes ‐ and I’ve only lived there a year!

“I plan to write a coffee table book and launch a line of furniture. I want to become a household name.” - Kellie

Her
favorite
color
pale^e... Cooler hues ‐ grays, lavender and the palest of pinks. Her
favorite
art
form... I would have to say pain`ngs. I hold a degree in Art History  so I’ve studied a number of them. And I also like sculpture  and an`ques. An`ques and old art especially ‐ things with  a past and a story cap`vate me.

Basics
readers
should
consider
when
decoraLng... Don’t forget that a corner can become a nook. Put a chair  and a small table there and create your own private place.  Every piece that you select does not have to make a statement.  And be sure to keep an open mind. If you’re going for a Tuscan  look, everything doesn’t have to be brown and gold. You need to  add some neutrals for the overall effect. And it is okay to mix silver and gold. Some people just don’t get that! Where
she
sees
herself
in
three
years... First, I want to make the cover of a magazine. Then I  plan to write a coffee table book and launch a line of furniture. I want to  become a household name. Her
advice
to
anyone
ready
to
venture
into
entrepreneurship... Make sure that you have the legal basics covered like how you want your business to be set up. Don’t let anything get you down ‐  you have to keep your eyes on the goal. Most businesses don’t make money within the first two years. Though it may seem like a  long `me, don’t give up. If people think that what you’re doing is not the best idea, but you think that it is ‐ don’t listen to them,  because you know. ‐

Visit
www.kelliegriffininteriors.com
and
www.decoratorsshowhouse.org.

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Life, Love &

Other Stuff

The IMPRINT Magazine recently posed a ques`on to  several young people about rela`onships. We asked ‐  “many people have stated that they married for  business purposes. Do you feel that young people  marry for true love and companionship anymore, or,  is business (financial stability, material possessions  and status) more so the determining factor to saying  ‘I Do’?” Well guys, we received some great feedback and  want to con`nue the discussion. If you’d like to weigh  in on this topic or want to pose a ques`on of your  own, email us at
love101@aspireonlinemedia.com  or send us a message on our Facebook fan page at  Aspire Online Media! If you can keep it short and  ‘tweet’, message us on TwiWer @AspireOnline.  Read a few of the responses below...

I feel that young adults do marry nowadays thinking that they are in love. But how can this be, given that there is no real sacrifice made to even gain the title of love? Most couples are in lust, which is pretty much - I like how this person makes me feel physically or what the person can provide me. They lust at the material side of it all instead of loving the spirit of the person or the actual act of sacrifice which equates love. A lot of times we as women give all of ourselves thinking that we need to market ourselves and thereʼs no real sacrifice for the man. We have men thinking that the sacrifice comes at the altar as though they are about to miss out on all the fun as a single man. The act of love and sacrifice should have been in force long before you ever hit the aisle.

Shanai Dominique 26

TIP! Choose a couple whom you admire to seek advice about your current relationship - especially if you are thinking about marriage. They can give you real life scenarios about sharing your future with a spouse.

theiMPRiNT● theimprintmag.com

I believe that marriage is a gift from God bringing two people together to become one. In that union, love and experiences are shared - good and bad. This exceeds a “business” arrangement so Iʼm in it for traditional companionship and love. Interestingly though, I have an ex spouse who believed the exact opposite because as soon as the stability became shaky, he lost his urge for commitment, sad to say. I think that my opinion is in the minority when compared to other young adults today.

Tina F. 34

INTERESTING FACT!

I feel that if you donʼt marry someone that you grew up with where the love was probably genuine, meeting new people in the real world can throw you off. People look for material things and watch the characters on reality shows and have gotten it all confused.

Marcus 22

Out of 86 million 18-34 year old Americans who are on Facebook: 25% are single 24% are married 17% are in a relationship 4% are engaged 30% didnʼt say March 2012 Nielsen Report

WHERE’S THE LOVE

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RISE

With our schedules being super busy, sometimes months go by before I see my sister. At the beginning of this year I was excited to visit to show off my weight loss and how toned I had become. Needless to say, my bodacious body mixed with a little envy inspired her to perfect her body as well. After recently getting an update on her progress, I was surprised to learn that her journey had come to a halt. The conversation went something like this: Me: What happened?

To Your Fitness Regimen!

Her: It’s too hard. I did everything and I still have my muffin top. You set me up. [Laughing] Me: [Laughing] No I didn’t. What did you eat? What exercises did you do? Her: I ate healthy and I got on my bike.

By Avis Foley

Me: [Still laughing] What does that mean? Is that it? Her: (with an attitude) What do you mean is that it? I did what you said and it didn’t work. It’s your fault. While I knew I wasn’t fully to blame for her disappointment, I then realized that she hadn’t been properly educated on what a fitness regimen consists of. Obtaining your best body takes hard work and immense dedication. This is why being knowledgeable about the art of exercising is vital. Below are three key factors to consider when beginning a workout routine and recommendations to chisel all sections of your body. (Always consult your doctor before beginning any fitness regimen).

MINDSET/LIFESTYLE
(PosiLve
Thinking) In order for this union to work both a mental and physical  commitment must be made. You have to be your biggest mo`vator  and remain posi`ve. Working out should be fun and can be used to  relieve stress. Understand that there are going to be days you are  extremely frustrated and want to give up but you must push yourself.  Know
that
this
process
takes
Lme
(no maWer what size you are).  Before you begin this journey write down what you want to  accomplish and set realis`c goals along the way.  Keep a food journal  and weekly track your progress‐but don’t overdo it. Jumping on the  scale every five minutes will drive you crazy. Focus on feeling good  and not numbers. Having posi`ve people around can also provide the  support needed to be successful. You can join boot camps, gym  classes, and work out with family members and friends. If you meet  your exercise goals for the week treat yourself in careful modera`on  on the weekend. Remember: Remaining disciplined will produce great  results. Being healthy is a lifestyle and should be treated as such. DIET
(Healthy
EaLng/Drinking) Ea`ng healthy is required when trying to reach your fitness goals.  Vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and select low‐fat dairy products  should be a daily part of your diet. As hard as it may be, you have to  ditch the fast food. Yes, it tastes great, but we all know it’s not  healthy. Partaking in the consump`on of fast food on a consistent  basis will have nega`ve effects on your body. If you are one who lives  their life on the go or simply prefers the taste, choose low calorie  items on the menu. For those who love fine dining this applies to you,  too. No ea`ng aier 8 p.m. is recommended. Remember: Ea`ng less 

does not guarantee weight loss. It’s important to eat three `mes a  day with healthy snacks in between meals. Whether you believe it or not, water works! Since the body is  comprised mostly of water it is highly essen`al. It replenishes your  body and works with your diges`ve system, blood, and oxygen to  flush out toxins. It prevents dehydra`on and aids in maintaining great  skin, hair, and nails. Most doctors recommend 6‐8 ounces of water a  day. Remember: What you put in your body ul`mately has to come  out.  EXERCISE
REGIMEN
(TargeLng
Core
Areas)
 One common mistake people make is focusing on one area of the  body when exercising; oien referred to as spot reducing. Focusing on  strengthening all areas will allow your body to look equally appealing.  Varying your exercise rou`ne also challenges and confuses the  muscles. Think quality not quan`ty when working out. Comple`ng  your reps correctly will minimize pain and maximize results.  Remember: Cardio is cri`cal!  Make sure you have the proper tools when working out. Water,  suppor`ve shoes, and proper aOre directly affect the quality of your  workout. Bringing along your favorite music allows you to beWer  enjoy your workout while grooving at the same `me.  Don’t overdo it. Your body has to rest. Becoming obsessive about  exercising can become detrimental to your health. Most professionals  recommend that you work out 3‐4 `mes a week for a minimum of 45  minutes and get 8 hours of sleep each night. 

Not sure about your workout plan? Below are exercises that are certain to refine your body... Abs

Arms

Chest/Back

Legs/Thighs

Butt

Oblique Twists Crunches The Plank Sit-Ups Leg Raises Toe Touches Lunges

Bicep Curls Tricep Dips Push Ups Chair Dips Fore Arm Planks Cardio Lunges

Dead Lifts Pullovers Dips Push Ups Bench Press Shoulder Press

Lunges Scissor Legs Squats Hip Extensions Toe Squats Bicycling Running/Walking

Squats Step-Ups Lunges Dead Lifts Glute Extentions Running/Walking

It’s important to maintain a healthy standard of living in order to reach new heights. Now that you have the proper tools to do so, get up off the couch and go crunch, squat, and lift your way to a NEW YOU! -Avis

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Investing In Yourself: 5 Steps To Growth and

Prosperity By Avis Foley

WANTED: Determined, savvy and business-minded self-starter who confronts fear and embraces excellence! Confident they possess the potential to start the business they have always wanted. Must be willing to pursue purpose, despite obstacles. Will go the extra mile to brand their “brand”. (Serious inquiries only). » 40 ║

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We know you fit the description, so why have you waited so long to apply? You’ve always had the tools and ambition, but perhaps you lacked direction. Or maybe it was fear that caused you to fold-over before you even took your first shot. Oh … I know. You justified your defeat by using the cop-out of not having enough money. Well whatever the case, the EXCUSES end TODAY! It is time to invest in you! Starting a business is scary, but with change comes challenges and with challenges comes growth. It’s time to step into the person you were destined to become and utilize your natural gifts to the fullest. You will no longer sit around wondering “what if” while everyone around you is finding a way to make their dreams manifest. Whether it’s starting your own jewelry line or beginning your own cleaning service, get ready to put your talents to the test!

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Brand Your Business Plan/SET GOALS - When formulating a business plan ask yourself these important questions: • What will you do to make sure your brand stands apart from the rest? • What is your mission and purpose? • What are your long and short term goals? How will you achieve them? • What steps will you take to continuously improve? How will you remain relevant?

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Answering these key questions and putting ideas to paper will produce great results!

Seek A Mentor - Having a confidant to guide you along the way will help provide the confidence and knowhow to succeed on all levels. While you will make mistakes, a mentor will be there to help make the oversights easier. Find someone who has already proved to be successful in the business and form a relationship with them. Ask questions! Ask questions! Ask questions! Mentors are there to help and find pleasure in helping those that want to help themselves. Some will expose you to invaluable resources that can transform your life! Be sure to also utilize the mentors that currently surround you (teachers, coaches, pastors, etc.).

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Make Your Presence Known - Don’t have a lot of funds for a marketing program? Get creative! There are several cheap ways to advertise your product. Try postcard marketing, blogging, and social bookmarking. Use various media outlets to advertise your product and upload videos about your goods. Promotional products such as T-shirts, buttons, and writing utensils can also be used. And let’s not forget about WORD OF MOUTH!!! Tell everyone that will listen (and even those who show no interest) about what you have to offer and give your product away for those willing to try!

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Build Contacts - Networking with others is always beneficial. In doing this you will build relationships and gather indispensable insight and strategies that will provide opportunities for you to flourish. It really is about who you know. Try the following professional online networking websites to connect with professionals such as yourself: • LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com • Networking For Professionals - www.networkingforprofessionals.com • Xing - www.xing.com • Plaxo - www.plaxo.com

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Anticipate Challenges, Exercise Faith - This process will prove to be challenging but it’s important to keep an open and positive mind. Someone once said that it takes ten years to become an overnight success. Concentrate less on the time it takes and more on getting to the next level of publicizing your gifts! You will have more difficulties than victories but still continue to thrive! Sacrifice is vital to your success. Exercise your faith and give your worries to a higher being. Do something every day to move closer towards your goal. When feeling overwhelmed, stop and be thankful for everything you have already accomplished in life. Stay prayerful and do things that relieve stress such as exercising and reading. And above all, stay focused!

In order to excel, it’s important that you are educated on the business of starting a small business. This process is comprised of many components that work together to produce an end result. Being knowledgeable puts you ahead of your competition. There are several things to consider when pioneering your passion. Visit the following websites to learn everything you need to know about starting a small business: www.sba.gov, www.startupnation.com, and www.score.org. Read more tips on becoming an ENTREPRENEUR in our next issue! -

Now that you have secured the position, LET’S GO TO WORK!!!


Redefining “Me” Time! DAYCATIONS FOR THE ACTIVE, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL By Ashlyn B. Kirk

It’s 5:30 on a Monday morning and you’re in your bed tossing and turning thinking about project deadlines, voicemails, emails and meetings. Being a young professional can be super demanding especially if you have a large circle of friends and close family who occupy your weekends. And let’s not forget about grocery shopping, household chores and the gym membership which take up all your other spare time. Throughout all the hustle and bustle, at what point do you actually set aside quality time for yourself while putting your busy life on pause? What is a young professional to do between a hectic schedule and an extended vacation? Add a daycation to your list of things to do! The IMPRINT Magazine defines daycations as “a 24 hour uninterrupted period where you purposely disconnect from life’s demands and spoil yourself for no reason at all.” (Note: Daycations DO NOT include special occasions such as birthdays.) We highly recommend a daycation every 60 to 90 days and that you comply to the following rules to make each one count!

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Plan a stay away from home

Notify friends/family

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Update your voicemail/email to “away” status

Daycation alone (sorry, no boos allowed)

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Relax and Rejuvenate

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Set aside a $150 budget (per daycation)

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Daycations should typically include breakfast before 9:00 am, an afternoon outing, lunch, an evening outing and dinner. If you choose only one outing, the remaining time can be spent reading a good book or watching a movie in your hotel room. To keep within your budget, you can always find great daycation deals at Travelzoo.com, GiltCity.com, Local.Amazon.com and Travel.Yahoo.com. - We want to hear about your daycation experience! Email us at editorial@aspireonlinemedia.com.

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