Responsible ARTistry Magazine Issue VI

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Responsible ARTistry Mar-Apr 2014 | Issue VI



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Editor’s Note Connect With Me Socially

Hello Beautiful Creative Souls, What an amazing journey 2014 has already become. I make a conscious decision to tell myself everyday that today is the day that my passion and my purpose will be my profession. I am more determined and focused on what my purpose truly is. I recommend you take a moment and really put some thought into what you truly want out of life and what you want to put into your life, pray and ask for guidance and it will be given to you. There is a clarity that comes from knowing what you should be doing that is beyond words. I challenge to get out of your comfort zone and make some changes. You must do something different in order to get different results. In this issue we will define to you what & who we are as a brand, What our purpose is and how you can see Responsible ARTistry in your everyday life. We Are All Creatively Amazing, Mahoganee Amiger


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Responsible ARTistry Magazine Using Our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives

Founder and Editor-In-Chief Laura “Mahoganee” Amiger

Founder and Business Manager Andre “CheefahDray” Amiger

Contributors Enoch El Shamesh @ElShameshPhotos Staff Photographer Cier Black @CierPR Contributing Writer Heather Jones-Dukes @SkitSkatSkatter Contributing Writer Megan Bunny Bush @no8cosmetics Contributing Beauty Writer


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Celebratione: 6 Makes No Excuses: Richie Parker

Responsible ARTistry 101 7 Cier B, Public Relations


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Cover Feature: 8-12 Responsible ARTistry Travels on

The Amiger Enterprise

Community RockStars 13-14 Ruth Naomi James with Girl Trek Resurrection Graves Author & Speaker

While We Were Out 15 The Ladies Club Adopt-A-Highway Initiative St. Helena Island SC

New Music 16 from Mahoganee Grandma’s Listenin”

a Responsible ARTistry Project

ARTist SpotLight

23 Mic Check

18 PicKOne, Hip-Hop Duo

Editor’s Choice

On The Scene

25-26 Book of the Month / Health Product

19 St. Helena Elementary School Celebrates Black History Month

Exclusive Photos

Behind The Scenes 22 Love House Community Bowling Center Beaufort, SC

On Our R.A.dar 27 Sujari Britt 12 Yr Old Cellist Prodigy 5

Responsible ARTistry speak to its founders Andre & Laura Amiger

28-29 Elshamesh Photography

The MentorShip 31 The Peters Group

Community Outreach 34-35 The Gentlemen’s Club MAR-APR 2014 Issue VI

Makes No Excuses

How does an Engineer With No Arms Design NASCAR Vehicles? Brilliantly. Opening the car door of a 1964 Chevy Impala SS with his chin and shoulder. Clicking in his seat belt with his shoulder and cheek, and starting up the engine by turning the key with his toes. That’s how Richie Parker starts off to work at Hendrick Motorsports, a NASCAR racing organization, where he is an engineer. “I don’t listen too much to people who tell me I can’t do something,” the 30-year-old born without arms said. “There’s not a whole lot that’s going to stand in my way.” Parker first became interested in cars in his teens, wanting to drive but with many saying he could easily just take a bus or taxi. But that wasn’t his way. The 1964 Chevy that Parker has owned for the past 15 years is one he even had to convince its previous owners to sell to him. “If a bicycle gave him a certain degree of freedom, the car gave him a greater amount of independence and pride,” Parker’s father said. “When he’s in that car, everybody’s on the same level.” Parker, who is from Beaufort, SC has worked as a vehicle engineer for the last eight years with Hendrick Motorsports designs the cars’ chassis and body components. How? Again, with his feet — the mouse and keyboard are situated on the floor below his desk. Now, what’s your excuse.. 6

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Responsible ARTistry 101 presents:

Cier B.

Public Relations

Your story is one thing, communicating it is our thing!

DIY PR What do you do when you don’t have a budget for public relations? You do it yourself, of course!

r.a.m. presents -The ART of Communication

What Is Your Company’s Message for 2014? We interrupt this programming to bring you the following message… It’s a new year, the perfect time to implement a fresh start! As a business owner, by now you should have already decided upon your company goals? But more importantly, have you shaped your company’s key messages?

What are Key Messages? Well-defined, concise, and memorable thoughts aligned with company goals and objectives Basic, short, and understandable points that are effective when delivering to the public Structured, strategic, and consistent distribution of information to ensure overall company achievement Simply put, key messages are expressions utilized to express who you are, what you do, and why you exist as a company!

How to Develop Your Company’s Message. In developing your company message, it is critical you define the purpose of your message. You must also be mindful of your audience and the intent of your message. Do you want your message to inform, incite, or call to action? Your message should aim to highlight your company uniqueness and the benefits of doing business with you. Of course your message must support your mission.

Craft Messages to Motivate! 1. 2. 3. 4.

What do you want people to know about your company? What do you want your audience to say about your company? How does your message relate to your audience? How does your message reflect your brand?

When crafting your message, make it believable and consider some personal experiences to make it relatable. Be sure to consider questions as to why your audience should care and why they should act. A key message is a strong statement about an organization’s belief about itself. It can also be a strong statement about a particular issue. With any company message, ensure the entire company is speaking in ‘one voice’. We sidetracked to bring in the New Year, but the second most popular request was to answer questions surrounding social media. Stay tuned, that’s in our next issue!

Cier Black – r.a.m. PR Contributor Cier B. Public Relations – Atlanta’s Chic PR Boutique |


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a·nom·a·ly (əә-nŏm′əә-lē) : is defined as 1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule. 2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify. The Amiger Enterprise is Music producer Andre and singer/songwriter Mahoganee Amiger who are anomalies that dance to their own ‘algorhythm’. They are two people who were destined to be together, as the stars were aligned long ago. Born in the same year, same month only nine days apart to two women who born in the same year exactly a month apart. Andre was born and raised in Washington DC, where as a child Mahoganee spent a lot of summers on family vacations. They both come from families who are musically inclined and who have always flown with the entrepreneurial spirit. They enjoy each other’s company. They work and create together on a consistent basis. Music has always been a part of both their lives and is the cosmic glue that brought and keeps them together. Not only are they married to each other, but they are also married to music, the arts and giving back to their communities. Mahoganee says “volunteering was a natural progression because of how I was raised”. I only saw my mother work for herself, she was creative and an entrepreneur all my life. She grew her own garden of which I helped in and we ate from that garden. She taught me how to sew and make my own clothes. She volunteered at the local Charter School. She is my inspiration for everything I do. Our “Responsible ARTistry Campaign” began because of her, she passed away before I recorded my first album and so I made a promise that anything I recorded after that would have to be something she would be proud of. Andre had no choice but to also give back after being inspired by his mother who also led a life of service by working at Walter Reed Hospital and became known and loved by everyone from the Staff to the Soldiers. Collectively they have suffered much loss in their lives, after having lost both of their parents and each losing a sister and several other family members but it has made them stronger and weaves an emotional tapestry into their music and makes the journey so much more meaningful. Leaving a great legacy and touching lives along the way is what’s important to the Amiger Enterprise. 9

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They realize that being hands on in the community is what is needed and necessary. Just making good music is not enough, you have to go out and become a leader. Be the change you want to see. Collectively the Amiger’s have over 40 years experience in the Music Industry with studio recording, live performances and partnering with different organizations, festivals and venues. Their music has been heard in over 29 different countries and done independently without the backing of a major label. One major focus within their projects has always been lyrical content and beat instrumentation. Music is such a powerful influence and one must recognize and be careful of how that power is used. Our children are listening and repeating what they hear and see in our music and in our actions. The Amigers take that influence serious and are taking on the role as gamechangers in that arena. They have worked hands on with several individuals and organizations on the East Coast and abroad. So upon moving to Beaufort, SC they jumped right into the Arts Community and began volunteering. Andre composed musical dance pieces, mentored young up and coming artists and has now taken on the role of being a mentor at the St. Helena Island Elementary School “Gentlemen’s Club and Mahoganee has become a mentor of The Ladies Club. We quote the Amiger’s as saying “We as ARTists see the value of investing in the youth in our community because they are our future leaders”. Everything they do is a reflection of being a Responsible ARTist. Under the umbrella of the Amiger Enterprise is the Responsible ARTistry Campaign, and the motto is “Using our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives”. The Mission of Amiger Enterprise is to spread their love throughout the universe.


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The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. -Steven Spielberg


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GirlTrek is a national nonprofit and health organization that inspires and supports Black women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives simply by walking. Our mission is to rally one million people to join us by 2018. Today, through grassroots organizing and award-winning social

media campaigns, GirlTrek supports over 15,000 walkers, 300 volunteers and inspires an ever-growing network of 145,000 supporters. Grounded in civil rights history and principles, GirlTrek's health movement relies on inspirational stories, street organizers, authentic partnerships, smart advocacy and a whole lot of hustle! Every day, we lace up and walk to heal our bodies, inspire our families and reclaim our streets! Local Beaufort SC Rep: Ruth Naomi James Facebook: GirkTrekBeaufort Twitter @rnj1981


Celebration Weekend March 7-10 2014

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Ressurrection Graves,

an author, speaker and trainer on subjects surrounding child sexual abuse, and homelessness is releasing a revised edition of her memoir released in 2011 entitled, Identity Crisis, Identity Christ Is: A Journey to Love, ISBN# 978-14675-2538-1. Graves, who travels from the Washington DC area for media appearances and speaking engagements, revised parts of her book to offer more in depth book discussions around the correlation between child sexual abuse and adult homelessness, social justice and injustice, and how to eradicate poverty and homelessness in this country. Ressurrection Graves met her husband while homeless, in a shelter. After their wedding, they used their time of reception to feed homeless persons in Franklin Park and Farragut Square Park behind the White House in Washington DC. Ressurrection is respected in her professional conferences, college, university, and church communities (regardless of denomination). She speaks with the National Coalition for the Homeless, and has been a sought-out keynote speaker for: Georgetown University, Gallaudet University, Villanova University, Elon University, George Mason University, American University, Montgomery Community College, and many other Universities. She is a repeat request for Jewish audiences, Protestant, Methodist and Non-denominational audiences on subjects around homelessness/poverty, and child sexual abuse. Ressurrection has an extraordinary way of communicating the same message to any demographic, and has demonstrated this through her consistent event bookings. Ressurrection has more than a decade of entrepreneurship experience, a degree in therapeutic massage, has attended several Bible colleges, and has set goals to complete additional degrees in Clinical or Cognitive Psychology, Counseling and Religious Studies or Apologetics. She and her husband Deven have been featured in the February 2014 Issue of Essence Magazine, in the Bridal Bliss section. They have also been featured on, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail (UK), Black and Married with Kids, NBC TODAY Weekend Edition, and Fox 5 News as a feature story for the “Pay It Forward� segment. Their story has been shared on countless blogs, radio stations, and affiliated Fox stations across the country, and untold outlets. When she is not speaking and advocating, Ressurrection loves swimming, basketball, reading, writing and spending quality time with her husband and daughter. To book Ressurrection for media or speaking engagements, please call: 202-717-7377 or Book Release Date: March 9, 2014 Available on Amazon 14

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While We Were Out

Adopt A Highway

Beaufort South Carolina

The Ladies & Gentlemen’s Club of St. Helena Elementary 15

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As Mahoganee prepares for her senior album entitled “Textures of a Soul” please enjoy this Responsible ARTistry collaborative project teaser “Grandma’s Listenin” written by Mahoganee, produced by Beat Huztlerz Productionz, and visualized by Ron Bryant of CutnEdge Cartoons. The subject matter touches on the growing issue of bullying and what our young people go through. They need to know that we are there for them. Grandma or GG has always been the matriarch of our families and she is always there to give us love, guidance, assurance and a feeling of home. In the video, Lenita is being bullied at school and GG of course senses that something is going on. Enjoy, share but most importantly be aware of the signs that a child may be giving to you about being bullied or some other issue and be an advocate for them, for the children. Check out the video at 16

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On Our R.A.dar: Music that Paints a Picture and the ARTists who create it.

Visit our SoundCloud Page to Hear the ARTists on our R.A.dar


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What does it mean to be an artist? Is it measured by or the amount of money you make, how often your record spins on the radio, or being first to wear a designer label? picKOne showcases what it means to be an artist, it is all about creating music that speaks on a topic or need to change that the artist is passionate about. They consider themselves to be two unique souls bringing forth a mix of substance and dope lyricism. This rap duo consisting of AckurateThaWise and Jane G33 is a team that places an emphasis on the content and messages presented in their songs. With the common goal of redeeming the conscience of the hip hop culture, picKOne plans to deliver clean, thought-provoking, enjoyable music. Photovoltaic stimulates the mind with knowledge, wisdom, and insight that many artist are too afraid to share for fear of not being part of the social norm in the music industry. The sound is a mixture of true hip hop and spoken word. As their biography says, What happens when you combine life lessons with the ambiance of true hip hop? You get the potential for intricate lyricism delivered with a relatability that registers in your soul, or picKOne for short Please support positive hip hop artists. 18

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St. Helena Elementary School Celebrated black History Month For more photos visit our facebook page


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If GG loves reading Responsible ARTistry Magazine, so will you! LIKE us on Facebook Follow on Twitter & Instagram Check out more of our Favorite Grandma “GG” at 21

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@ Love House Community Bowling Center is dedicated to our community as a place where residents can bowl, hang out with friends and family, have fun and feel safe in a non-alcoholic, drug-free environment.


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This is our latest Responsible ARTistry Project featuring Vocalist @mahoganee & MC's @ackuratethawise @Janegee of @Planet-picKOne Produced by CheefahDray of @BeatHuztlerzProductionz ... As Always the Mission of R.A.c. is "Using our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives". We are always honored to collaborate and feature ARTists who see and appreciate our vision. You can preview this latest project on our soundcloud page at:: (


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I’m just a girl who decided to go for it. @mahoganee

Visit us at and see how you can go for it too. Just Go For It. 24

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Try our 30-day Coffee Challenge ************* Order a box of our Black | Latte or Mocha and drink for 30 days notice a difference in how you feel. More energy, vigor, and curb of appetite. Visit Join our Coffee Connoiseur Club

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Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responsible Artistry Magazine Receives 2013 Best of Saint Helena Island Award

Saint Helena Island Award Program Honors the Achievement SAINT HELENA ISLAND December 12, 2013 -- Responsible Artistry Magazine has been selected for the 2013 Best of Saint Helena Island Award in the Media category by the Saint Helena Island Award Program. Each year, the Saint Helena Island Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Saint Helena Island area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Saint Helena Island Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Saint Helena Island Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Saint Helena Island Award Program The Saint Helena Island Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Saint Helena Island area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Saint Helena Island Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. SOURCE: Saint Helena Island Award Program CONTACT: Saint Helena Island Award Program Email: URL: 27

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Behind the Scenes of “The Million March- The Untold Story” with The Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan

Order your copy of this historical DVD! #MMMUntoldStory #VGTV


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9th Annual Dj Edition of DC Loves Dilla U Street Music Hall ART by ANIEKAN UDOFIA 2.23.14


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Currently we have two projects we are working on. 1. A Craig E. Washington Documentary “Celebrating an Icon� 2. A J. Dilla Inspired song. If you are interested in working with us on a Responsible ARTistry Project please call (843) 3218025 or send an email to ResponsibleARTistry@gmail. com with the name of the project listed in the subject line.

Visit to see past projects that we have collaborated on with other artist. You may follow us on our social network pages to find out more.


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The Peters Group Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization was developed to serve the needs of students participating in specialized programs Stephen and Angela Peters have developed around the country. Primarily focusing on the Gentlemen’s and Ladies Clubs, the foundation provides scholarships to students who qualify by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average grades 9-12. The clubs, founded in 1996 have produced numerous college graduates and opened doors otherwise closed to many of its’ participants.

Photo taken from Excerpt from urge to mentor kids in Bootstraps program: “There were three frogs sitting on a pad. One frog decided to jump off the pad. How many frogs were left on the pad?” Someone from the audience answered, “Two.” “No,” said Anderson. “Most people answer two, but there are still three frogs on the pad. That one frog made a decision but he didn’t take action. “There are a lot of you here who will make a decision, but just making a decision will not be enough,” he said. “You’ve got to join Bootstraps. We are asking you. We are pleading with you — jump off the pad.”

***The “Ladies Club” & “The Gentlemen’s Club” of St. Helena Island Elementary School are a part of the Stephen G Peters Curriculums. 31

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