BRONZE MARCH 2018
R&B Songstress Kayla Brianna on her love for music & her legendary musical roots
Timolin & Casey Cole:
The “Unforgettable” twin sisters on work-life balance, The Cole Family Legacy, & their personal style
‘Black Panther’ Stuntwoman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard talks about her dual roles in the record-breaking film
Dr. Sheron Brown’s Womens History Month Edition
5 ways to use your power for self-care
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MARCH 2018 Editor’s Note Happy Women’s History Month Bronze Beauties! Although Bronze Magazine celebrates, empowers and inspires women year-round, I love how the month of March brings all women together internationally. I strongly believe that 2018 is going to be the ‘year of the woman,’ and rightfully so. It’s been long overdue that women have the opportunity to assert their power and speak their truths. This issue is dedicated to all the strong, empowered women in the world!
Cover Credits: Timolin and Casey Cole Photographer: Vasi Siedman Stylist: Jo Jo Harder Assistant: William Harder Make-up: Nina Celeste Fashions: Michelle Farmer Collaborate Location: At Entrance to The Addison – Boca Raton, Florida
CO-OWNER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shawn Stuldivant CO-OWNER Barry Stuldivant GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sheena Tadifa WRITERS Shadea Blyther Dr. Sheron Brown Jo Jo Harder Tiarsha Harrison Tanasia Patterson Aisha Powell Shawn Stuldivant
In this month’s issue, we are so very honored to have Timolin & Casey Cole, twin daughters of the late music legend Nat King Cole and sisters to the late Natalie Cole, grace the cover of this month’s issue. Timolin & Casey are the Co-founders of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children through the arts and music education while also honoring the legacy of their parents. Their story is so inspiring and uplifting you will not want to miss reading it. In addition to the Cole sisters, you will also enjoy inspiring interviews with the various other empowered women in this issue including one of my favorites with Black Panther stuntwoman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard. Not only is Janeshia the stunt double for Danai Gurira’s badass character Okoye in the film, she also plays one of the equally badass allfemale guards to King T’Challa/Black Panther. Wakanda forever! I hope that you enjoy this special issue and as always, happy reading!
xoxo, Shawn ant v i d l u St
CONTENT 6. Rising Star: Kayla Brianna 10. Nicole Byer: Authentic & Unapologetic 12. New York’s very own Songbird 24. Queen Diva’s Strength of a Woman Phyllis Hyman Tribute 28. RAAAH Fashion Editorial 34. ‘Black Panther’ film Stuntwoman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard 38. 5 Ways to use your power for self-care
Photo Credits: PHOTOGRAPHER: Vasi Siedman STYLIST: Jo Jo Harder ASSISTANT: William Harder MAKE-UP: Nina Celeste
All Eyes On
Timolin & Casey Cole
KAYLA BRIANNA Interview by Aisha Powell As one of her generation’s most influential rising stars, Kayla Brianna (Smith) is no stranger to the music and entertainment industry. Her father, NBA icon Kenny “The Jet” Smith instilled in her a hard work ethic, while her grandfather, American lyricist Gerry Goffin (wrote hit songs such as “Locomotion” “Natural Woman” and “Saving All My Love for You.”) and her grandmother, singer Earl-Jean Reavis (sang backup vocals for the legendary Ray Charles) inspired her musically. Read my interview with the rising R&B songstress, whose hits do the talking for her. She candidly talks about family, music, collabs and what the future will bring.
Where are you from/ where did you grow up? I am from Houston but I grew up in L.A. Whenever people ask that question, I don’t know what to say because I am married to both. I would say I resonate more with the L.A. scene now since I live here and most of my friends are here. What was it like for you growing up with such famous and influential relatives, and how has your upbringing molded your career? Growing up, my dad was always just dad and my grandfather wasn’t always there. It was kind of bittersweet because I always wanted to have a close relationship with my grandfather and pick his mind about the industry. Whenever I went to his house, I felt the musical energy. But, my dad always taught us such hard work ethics. There was five us. A quote that sticks out that he always told us, “You can’t shoot the grind.” Even though I come from a somewhat famous family, you still have to put in the work and
you still need to practice because there’s always other people working hard, if not harder to accomplish their dreams. When did you first realize you wanted to sing professionally? Growing up in the church, I think I was like 7 or 8, my cousin and I would pretend we were Destiny’s Child and would always just sing and practice dancing. We would be like, okay, today we are going to be Destiny’s Child or today we are going to be the Spice Girls. From there I was like, I really like this but, I was so shy. When I got out of my shyness at about 15, I was like, this is really what I want to do and took it seriously. Who has been some of your musical influences? Aaliyah, Brandy, Rihanna, Beyoncé... just powerhouse female vocalists that paved the way for me today.
Photo credit: Marcus Ezell
“Music is the connecting point, I want to bridge that gap between music and the artist.”
Photo credit: Tyren Redd
Describe your musical sound. What separates you from the other artists that are out right now?
sure everything sounded really good. He’s really inspiring, has a great work ethic and it was just a lot of fun to work with him.
My sound is definitely R&B. It’s my individual experiences, from my history, my grandfather, my upbringing. I sing a lot of old school and modern as well and pair them together. A lot of what I write about is what I am going through. But, the way I write about isn’t going to be the way so-and-so writes about it. So it’s coming through my eyes and I feel like a lot of girls who are in this transition stage where you’re not a teenager anymore but you’re kind of an adult. In that time where you’re like, am I in love or is it something else? I feel like a lot of my music is for that 20-something stage.
Who is your dream collaboration?
How was it working with Chicago native Dreezy on “Luck?” Dreezy is so dope to work with. We met in the studio and that day she got on “Luck.” We were all in the studio that day for like 6-7 hours, vibing and getting to know each other. She’s just so talented. She got on the beat and recorded it and she’s like do you like it? I was so overwhelmed, I loved it and from there “Luck” was created. You’ve done some amazing collaborations. What has been your favorite collaboration to date and why? I love all my features but, definitely working with London on the track from my EP that’s coming out, which was really eye opening. He helped me find my sound and him producing it was a big part of the project and making
It would be Drake. He is such a good song writer and then he can turn around and rap. Your latest song “On and Off” has a pop/ hip-hop vibe. How was it recording that? That was really cool. It was another situation where I was thrown in the studio with Devvon Terrell, and it was like, what can you guys come up with. He wrote his verse, I wrote my verse, it was easy. People are always like, are you guys together? Are you not together, it’s like, no we are on and off (in regards to the song). It worked out and I am really happy with what we came up with. What do you want your fans to know that they might not already know about you? Whenever I get this question, it’s so hard. I would say that we are more alike than people think. I just want people to know that we can all relate through music. Music is the connecting point, I want to bridge that gap between music and the artist. What can we look forward to from you in the future? Definitely tours, including an upcoming tour with K. Michelle. A lot more music, with my EP coming out. Acting as well. I will be on the first season Black Lightening so I am excited about that.
Published on Mar 13, 2018
Published on Mar 13, 2018
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