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A Short Reflection: * About Us: MISSION STATEMENT

Chief Editor

Like a Phoenix from the ashes, RED INK Magazine has risen. It is here to deliver incredible images and stories of your favorite artists, actors, singers, bands, events, models. designers and lifestyle news from the Caribbean and beyond. RED INK Magazine will always represent the people and culture of the Caribbean and West Indies, but we will not hesitate to include interesting people and culture from the rest of the world.

RED INK Magazine will be one of the trendsetter when it comes to delivering Caribbean entertainment and lifestyle news to the people. We will provide updates on concerts, events and music festivals. There will be introductions of new and upcoming artists from Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop, R&B and other genres. And let’s not forget interviews and bios of all of your favorite performers that you know, love and follow.

We hope you all love the new internet based format; the times have changed and so have we. You can now enjoy short video clips and links within the pages of our publication. Yet, know that even though the magazine is online, it is designed to be read like a traditional magazine, turning pages and enjoying incredible, visually stunning spreads, and let’s not forget about our beautiful centerfold models that will grace the center spread of the magazine each month.

RED INK Magazine is here to stay and we aspire to be “THE” Caribbean Entertainment Magazine providing all of our readers with the stories and interviews they crave, the beautiful imagery they desire, and the design standard that we refuse to compromise.

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BOB BARKER Iconic Host of The Price is Right, Died at 99

Bob Barker, was born Robert William Barker on December 12th, 1923 and he died of natural causes at the age of 99 on August 26th, 2023. He got his start in radio working with stations from Florida to California during the late 1940’s after World War II ended, and into the early 50’s. In 1956 He was given his big break after a producer, Ralph Edwards, heard him on a California radio station and asked him to come audition for the role of host of the game show Truth or Consequences. He held that spot for 18 years until 1974. In 1972, he was offered the host job of The Price is Right game show, which he took and held for 35 years, until 2007. During his tenure on The Price is Right, he also was the host of the annual Rose Bowl Parade, and the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off on television throughout the 70’s and 80’s. And for a short while he was also the host of the Miss America and Miss Universe Pageants, however, conflicts of interest with the event producers caused him to quit that latter position. He was an avid animal rights activist and when the event refused to stop giving fur coats as prizes to the models, he resigned his host position at the Miss America and Miss Universe events.

There is probably not a person alive today over the age of 20 that hasn’t seen Bob Barker at least once on The Price is Right. The show is currently the longest running game show in history and has consistently been one of the highest rated daytime television shows of all time. During his 35-year tenure on the show, Bob

earned 19 Daytime Emmy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also was named the Greatest Game Show Host of All Time by Time Magazine.

The only thing Bob Barker was known for as much as being the face and soul of The Price is Right; is that of being one of the most outspoken and personally committed animal Rights activists in Hollywood. Bob was famous for ending every episode of the show, with the line, “This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population –have your pets spayed or neutered.” But this was only the tip of the iceberg. As previously mentioned, he resigned the prestigious position as host of the biggest Beauty Pageants in the world, Miss America and Miss Universe, because fur coats were part of the contestant prize packages. He was a strict vegetarian and would not even use a cosmetic or hair product if it was tested on animals. And he donated over $40 million of his own money to create and support various animal rights and animal health foundations. In 1994 he put $25 million into founding the DJ&T Foundation, which finances clinics that specialize in spaying and neutering. The foundation was named after his wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Matilda Valandra, who was known as “Tilly.” He also donated $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society at the urging of its founder Paul Watson, who used the money to buy a ship named for Mr. Barker for use in the organization’s anti-whaling campaigns. He also donated $2.5 million to PETA to renovate their west coast headquarters and the building is subsequently named after Bob Barker.

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His dedication to the well-being and preservation of animals big and small was paramount. He personally attended rallies and protests regarding animal testing and the poor treatment of animals by trainers in zoos, parks and on the studio sets of various television shows and movies.

Bob Barker’s legacy will live on forever in the foundations and causes that he supported for the better

ment of animals big and small and also for his amaz ing 35-year tenure as the face of the most famous Game Show in history. Mr. Barker lived an incredibly full life during his 99 years and his millions of fans and friends will all miss him dearly, but also will never forget him. Rest in Peace good sir, Thank You for making the world a better place in all that you did.

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Top1100 SONGS this month

1- Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift

2- Vampire by Olivia Rodrigo

3- Calm Down by Rema & Selena Gomeza

4- Dance The Night by Dua Lipa

5- Sure Thing by Miguel

6-Snooze by Sza

7- Cupid by Fifty Fifty

8- Fast Cars by Luke Combs

9- Karma by Taylor Swift

10- Flowers by Miley Cyrus

Top1100 MOVIES this month

1- Blue Beetle

2- Barbie

3- Oppenheimer

4- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

5- Strays

6- Meg 2: The Trench

7- Talk to Me

8- Hypnotic

9- Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

10- Sound of Freedom

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BLVK H3RO

The Unsung Hero

We all know there are a multitude of musicians and singers out there, that we don’t hear about, putting out good music. Independent artists don’t have the same budget to bring attention to their music as those signed to big labels. I have always known this but recently it was brought to my attention even more by Jamaican Reggae artist Blvk H3ro. I had previously seen the name Blvk H3ro listed on some Riddim albums but nothing more. It wasn’t until he followed me on Twitter that I dug into who this young artist is.

Blvk H3ro describes himself as a Neo Reggae/Dancehall artist, to quote him, “a big pot a soup looking like everything into one”. He says his influences come from many genres of music, the secret is to create a balance between them all.

Blvk H3ro (pronounced Black Hero) was born in Waterford, a neighborhood in Portmore, Jamaica, the son of a Pentecostal deacon. Like many Jamaican youth, he grew up in the church and subsequently participated by playing drums and singing from the age of 8. The church wasn’t his only musical influence as he got older though because, within earshot of his home, he could hear the annual Sting Festival with its iconic clashes and performances by Jamaica’s celebrated Reggae and Dancehall artists.

After High School Blvk H3ro started working in a bank to fund his ambition to attend college, as he came from a poor background and college would otherwise not be an option. A musical career was not in his plans at that time. He was foreseeing a future in finance. He quickly progressed upwards in the banking world, the

bank saw his potential and was willing to pay for his college education. Unknown to the bank personnel something was about to happen that would change all that.

A new influx of employees was transferred to the bank and among them was a co-worker with whom Blvk H3ro became friendly. The co-worker told Blvk H3ro about the beats he produced in his home studio in his spare time. Blvk H3ro was fascinated by this and was invited to go to his home to see what this was about. While listening to the beats in his co-worker's garden Blvk H3ro started to freestyle to the beats and about 10-15 minutes in they realized a crowd of people had appeared. Domino games had stopped as folks gathered around to listen. His co-worker realizing Blvk H3ro had talent said he would pay for him to have a session at a real recording studio. He said, “If you don’t like it we won’t do it again”. A week later they went to the studio and recorded. At that time Blvk H3ro wasn’t singing, it was more like.

When he heard himself being played back, he couldn’t believe it was him. He kept asking “Is that me? Did you do something to my voice?” Looking back he realizes it wasn’t that good but the seed was planted. After that session, Blvk H3ro was hooked. Every night was spent at the studio and he started to be late for work every day. His superiors at the bank couldn’t understand what was happening to their rising star and warned him that his tardiness couldn’t continue. Unfortunately (but fortunately for us) the warning had no effect and he was subsequently fired from the bank.

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Blvk H3ro moved out of his family home and into a house with his producer friend and another guy, using his savings and a credit card to pay for rent and studio time, often helping out when the two others were having difficulties. But like many young people first out on their own, the credit card usage finally caught up with him. He did a stint working in a call center but after seeing how employees were exploited, was very vocal about this and was subsequently fired from that position.

Realizing the dire situation with encroaching debt, Blvk H3ro became very despondent. He retired to his room and cried and prayed asking why he was given this talent but finances were stopping him from furthering it. A voice in his head told him that he was a hero for speaking up for his fellow workers and to keep the faith, that it would work out. He knew that there are many black heroes in the world and he had just been told he was one of them. Blvk H3ro was born. He wanted the name to stand out so he spent some time working on different ways to get it more noticeable. The number 3 has always been his number. He was born on the 3rd of the month. Inserting a 3 into Hero to make it stand out was a no-brainer, so now to change the Black. After some thought the unique spelling of Blvk was created.

Blvk H3ro became a professional artist in 2012 but life as an artist was hard. He was homeless, often couch surfing or sleeping on radio station floors, but his mission to be a voice for the voiceless was cemented. Around this time Protoje and Chronixx were emerging as the leading new conscious reggae artists and gaining worldwide recognition. Blvk H3ro saw himself as the leader of the next wave of positive reggae music visionaries, along with Samory I and Lila Ike.

Blvk H3ro released his first project in 2016, an E.P. “The H3rb Connoisseur” (dubbed THC) which led to tour dates in Europe in 2017 including performances at Reggaejam in Germany and Reggae Geel in Belgium. His debut album “The Immortal Steppa” was released in 2019 with the breakthrough track “Feet Don’t Fail” leading the way. In 2020 he collaborated with another rising artist Wayne J on a classic dancehall E.P. “New Millenium”, his first release on the Delicious Vinyl Island label, a subsidiary of the L.A.-based record label Delicious Vinyl. One of the tracks was a remix of “Young Boss” from dancehall’s young star Skillibeng.

Blvk H3ro has been mentored by some of Reggae music’s greats throughout his musical journey. Bunny Wailer brought him onstage to perform on what was to be his final tour in 2019. He subsequently recorded half a dozen tracks with him. These are the last recording of Bunny Wailer before his passing.

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Like most artists throughout the world, the pandemic was a time for writing and recording, and In 2021 he had 3 tracks (that 3 again) included on UB40’s album “Bigga Baddariddim”. In 2022 when things started opening up again, Blvk H3ro opened shows for Reggae icons like Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, and Collie Buddz. He had previously collaborated with Collie Buddz on the 2021 “Cali Roots Riddim”. This was a year when he was crisscrossing the U.S.A. with appearances at The Emerald Cup and Reggae On The Mountain in California. This made Blvk H3ro realize that although he wasn’t getting recognition in his own land he was reaching many other parts of the world. “These 2 million people in Jamaica, even if none of them like what you are doing, there are 7 billion people out there.”

So far 2023 has been a busy year for Blvk Hero with appearances at Cali Vibes Festival, S.O.B.’s, SXSW, City Splash, and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival along with a memorable appearance at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, England where he opened for UB40, gaining him the title of the youngest Jamaican ever to perform there. He has gained a big following in the U.K. with it becoming his highest streaming country. He believes it’s not just the music but his professionalism that has caused this. He paid his way to get there and was always on time for performances, appearances, and interviews.

Blvk H3ro’s musical ability goes beyond reggae and dancehall as he has started to blend elements of Afro Beats into some of his music. He was nominated for a 2023 Grammy in the category “Best Global Music Performance” alongside Ghana’s Rocky Duwani for their collaboration “Neva Bow Down”. This nomination came as a total shock to him. When I asked Blvk H3ro why he thought that even though these monumental events were happening still many reggae fans didn’t know him, he said he had observed that the music that is abrasive and derogatory is the music that gets noticed. He said that conscious reggae artists are mostly humble artists that don’t make controversial waves garnering headlines and numbers ( who is number 1 and who looks good), playing the game. He believes because he is outspoken about this he is being somewhat blacklisted and blocked. Despite that, he believes that music is organ-

ic and that his music is getting through and reaching people even if the numbers are not seen on all the Social Media platforms. “The international reggae people's radar, especially in America, is just picking up. Perhaps I’ve been just a little too humble. They were not really paying attention like ‘Oh but wait, this dude actually has fans, and music actually enrich people, like on tour, like what?’ “ I’m doing so much but I just try to stay focussed on the work because I never get the love. So instead of just getting mad and being like ********, I just turned that into work and pray that one day. I’m actually singing good music. They would more propel the people singing negative and it hurts, but I can’t stop.” His refusal to compromise his values for the sake of commercial success is a testament to his integrity as an artist.

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Continuing in 2023 comes Blvk H3ro’s “Annabella Remix” featuring British singersongwriter and rapper Kojo Funds. This single led to his highly anticipated album “On A Mission” which was released on August 18th on the Delicious Vinyl Island label. This album features collaborations with artists such as Skillibeng, Teejay, Demarco, Anthony B, Dre Island, Kojo Funds, and Winky-D, and is a mix of genre-blending reggae, dancehall, and afrobeat rhythms with touches of soul and R&B. The album title reflects Blvk H3ro’s mission, “I want you to feel you’re right in the middle of whatever mission you’re on personally and relate it back to your life.” “That’s my mission, that’s my purpose”. This album is very personal to Blvk H3ro and he is excited but nervous as to how it will be received. “I really think it’s going to be a journey but I’m nervous. Me and the team think it’s good but how good.”

Blvk H3ro's journey is a testament to the power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Despite starting on a completely different career path in banking, his passion for music led him to embrace his talent and pursue his dream. Blvk H3ro's desire to be a voice for the voiceless and to create music with a positive impact underscores his commitment to social issues. His outspokenness about exploitation in workplaces and the dominance of abrasive music in the industry further emphasizes his dedication to not only making music but also advocating for change.

In essence, Blvk H3ro's journey is an inspiring tale of an artist who defied conventional paths, faced challenges head-on, and remained committed to his vision. His story highlights the complexities of the music industry, the importance of staying true to oneself, and the transformative power of music in advocating for positive change.

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AbiYah

African Reggae Artist releases “African Renaissance”

ChaYah Studios and Dominican artist AbiYah Yisrael are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated release of AbiYah's debut Reggae E.P. titled "African Renaissance."

“Born and raised in the suburban area of Glasgow, situated in the south west of the Commonwealth of Dominica (not Dominican Republic), Nicole "AbiYah Yisrael" Alfred was brought up in a home where strong Christian principles were instilled, taught, and exemplified. From an early age of 5, AbiYah (Ah-bee-Yah) was deeply involved in music, participating in various competitions and live shows. However, during her time at University, she discovered the authentic sound of conscious organic roots reggae, which sparked a profound love and understanding of the genre. Today, she resides in the eastern rural parts of Dominica known as Castle Bruce, where she co-owns and operates the independent label ChaYah Studios alongside her husband ObadYah.

AbiYah's music draws heavy inspiration from artists like Nasio Fontaine, who hails from her homeland, as well as legends such as Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, Lucky Dube, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, among many others.

A proud African and daughter of the nation of Israel, AbiYah's lyrics reflect her adherence to Torah and convey her unique perspective on life. Through her music, she endeavors to take on the great commission of enlightening others, raising awareness of their true selves and identity.

Described as "Truth Music," AbiYah's primary genre is reggae, but she also delves into calypso and cadence-lypso, showcasing her versatility as a multi-genre artist.” u

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NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS (NAM) Queens for Florida State final 2023-2024

The National American Miss (NAM) Pageant Finals for the State of Florida were held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando during the weekend of July 28th to July 30th. It was a beautiful, well-orchestrated and empowering event. The NAM Pageant is more than just a typical beauty pageant; it is all about empowering and motivating success in young women. The judges of course take beauty, style and poise into account but the primary

scoring areas of the competition, which has no bathing suit portion, are the Formal Wear Walk which judges Poise, confidence and elegance, the Personal Introduction where the young women are given a short timed period to thoroughly and clearly express their personal accomplishments and future goals, and also a direct one on one business style interview to judge the contestants speaking abilities and also their ability to answer questions on the fly.

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Kainthia Delcasse Miss Eden Graham Teen Ava Webe Jr. Teen

As you can see this pageant is primarily focused on judging young ladies from age 4 to 24 on useful life skills, rather than just focusing on looks and physical appearance. The goals of the pageant are to help girls of all ages learn some valuable life skills, like public speaking and interview acumen, which they might not formally learn anywhere else, and also to empower them to have poise and confidence in all aspects of their future lives.

The event was beautifully put together, and the contestants all gave each other some stiff competition, and did their absolute best. It was especially impressive to see the younger age group categories speak publicly on stage with such

confidence in front of several hundred onlookers in the audience. There are many adults that would have sweaty palms just thinking about such a feat, yet these little queens did it without fear or second thoughts. The future benefits of an event such as this are clear. Highlighted in this issue of RED INK MAGAZINE are the six young ladies from the various age groups that won their respective titles in the competitions, shining brightly in all of the scoring areas. Congratulations to these young women, it is clear that they will go far in life and have much to offer the world.

Photos provided by Zac and Gerald the official video and photo production company for NAM.

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Kinsley Locke Pre-Teen Aja Robinson Jr. Pre-Teen Victoria Miranda Princess

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Photography by Wayne Winston @facesofbeautymodelteam Event: Harlem Week Fashion Show 2023 Celebrating YEARS OF HIP HOP Swim-wear design by Bathhouse Luxury Swimwear celebrity designer Bernard Moore @bathhouse_swimwear Model: Jessica Clarke

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Celebrated 50 years of HIP HOP

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Many Fashion Designers came out to showcase their amazing designs to a fantastic audience in NYC on August 19 2023. Designers such as celebrity designer

Bernard Moore for Bathhouse Luxury Swimwear, Designer CARDICCI

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DAPPER DAN @dapperdanharlem and more. This was a an epic show for celebrating 50 YEARS of HIP HOP

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West Coast Rapper Snoop Dogg has released a strawberry-infused GIN called INDOGGO

Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, simply put, is an icon and legend of Hip Hop. With a career spanning over 25 years, he has released hit after hit, and is an ever-constant presence in pop culture. Snoop has stayed extremely relevant and, now more than ever, has built a significant multi-cultural and cross-generational following.

In 1994 he wrote "Gin & Juice:” it was about good feelings and real experiences; it just naturally became a global anthem. Snoop has always wanted to create his own spirits brand, so it was only fitting that he created the world’s best tasting gin. In his quest for flava, he remixed seven botanicals, and infused natural fruit flavors, thus creating his masterpiece.

This juicy gin, with its laidback California style, is like no other gin in the world. It’s gluten free, low calorie with no sugar, and will leave you wanting more. Easy to mix, easy to drink, hard to forget.

INDOGGO™ Gin is the ultimate remix of seven premium botanicals infused with all-natural ingredients including strawberry, no sugar with a slightly sweet and fruity finish. Bottle Size: 750ml

COCKTAIL RECIPE THE REMIX INGREDIENTS

2 oz. INDOGGO™ Gin

3Muddled Strawberries

3/4 oz. Lemon

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

Top with Crushed Ice Strawberry slice.

RECIPE

1. Muddle strawberries in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add INDOGGO™ Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice cubes.

3. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass. Serve with crushed ice.

4. Garnish with strawberry slice.

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Healthy Eating AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Hello again RED INK foodies! In this issue we hope you enjoy our wonderful recipe selection for this month. We are always happy to share with our readers a fun recipe for you to try. Enjoy!

Instructions:

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add in the garlic. Fry for one minute, until fragrant.

Step 2

Add in the shrimp and fry for two minutes on each side, until slightly cooked through and pink. Move to a bowl. Set aside.

Step 3Fry the onion in the butter leftover in the skillet. Pour in the white wine (if using), and allow to reduce to half, scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan.

Step 4

Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5

Reduce the heat to low-medium, add the half-and-half and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste.

Step 6

Add in the spinach leaves to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer until the cheese melts through the sauce. (For a thicker sauce, add the water and cornstarch mixture to the center of the pan, let simmer while stirring the mixture quickly until the sauce thickens.)

Step 7

Add the shrimp back into the pan, add herbs and parsley to taste.

Step 8

Serve over rice, pasta, or steamed vegetables. Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: I am not a physician or medical professional. If you have any medical issues or concerns, please always consult your doctor before committing to a challenge. The challenges are intended for introducing small lifestyle changes in a fun and easy format.

RECIPE:

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

• 2 tablespoons salted butter

• 6 cloves garlic, finely diced

• 1 pound shrimp, tails on or off

• 1 small yellow onion, diced

• 1/2 cup white wine (optional)

• 5 ounces jarred sun-dried tomato strips in oil, drained (reserve 1 teaspoon of the jarred oil for cooking)

• 1 3/4 cups half-and-half

• salt and pepper, to taste

• 3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed

• 2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

• 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (optional)

• 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs

• 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

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Aries (Mar 21 - April 19)

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Gemini (May 21 - June 21)

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22)

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

September will bring Aries a lot of courage and energy to their life. Since you will not worry about anything during this period, everything will go smoothly. Even conflicts at work won't bother you; on the contrary, at least you can practise diplomatic problem-solving.

In September, Taurus will lock away, and they will start to think about their lives. When it comes to personal life, you will find yourself in many situations where you will have to make crucial decisions. You may feel physically tired, but in reality, it will be caused by excessive thinking and drowning in depression and insecurity.

In September, Gemini will face a lot of stress. Many duties will pile up, and you will get into a hustle when you no longer enjoy anything. Therefore, you better not unnecessarily embark on mentally demanding activities during this period, and you rather plan a weekend in wellness or nature with your friends.

September will be the month when Cancer will feel the need to be in contact with someone, either with their close friends or with their partner. You will long for a hug, closeness and reassurance that you are being loved. However, this need should not engulf you, and you should rather work on self-love.

September and the upcoming beginning of the school year will be very calm for Leo. During this month, you will reveal a musical talent that you should definitely start developing. Try to enrol in a music course, such as singing or playing a musical instrument; you will broaden your horizons and satisfy your creative spirit.

In September, parental instincts will awaken in Virgo. You will want to spend time with your children, who will be very happy and you will have a lot of fun together. If you don't have children, it would be a shame not to use this mood, so offer babysitting help to your friends, who will certainly appreciate it.

September will be an energetic month for Libra. You will feel the need to change the home environment; hence you will embark on the reconstruction of the apartment with great enthusiasm, or you will at least do a big clean, which you have been planning for a long time.

In September, Scorpios will be led astray, especially in your love life. It is because you will meet someone who will provoke a wave of hormones in you, and those of you who are currently in a partnership might be fighting the idea of cheating on your partner.

In September, Sagittarians will shine in a few areas of their lives, especially in their sport activities. You will be able to use your potential mainly in group activities, for example, volleyball is a good choice for you. Try to find a free weekend, organise an afternoon with your friends and play some ball games together.

During September, a lot of work and duties will pile up. At the beginning of the month, inattention will take over. Your time management will be quite poor, and you will not manage to do most things you plan. It is about time to start thinking about your effectiveness and priorities because you will start losing track of what you actually want.

Aquarians should prepare themselves for many changes in their private lives in September. You will be very volatile this month, and you will find yourself in a phase of searching for sexual satisfaction. But be careful not to hurt anyone because you will have tendencies to do it.

The weather changes and the number of duties will negatively influence you, and you will feel stressed; you might even tend to go into some depressive states. Pisces' task for this month is to reach mental harmony and to care about their health and a good quality diet.

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