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Chantel Atkins (CEO/Owner) I started The Rhythmic Lounge in December 2010. At its start, it was a fairly simple website with the purpose of giving people a place to promote their talents and network. I had no idea that less than two years later it would transform into something much bigger. The website then underwent a complete revamp in July 2011, with a brand new look and the addition of many new features, including the creation of The Rhythmic Lounge Radio. Following suit, the radio started out as merely a 24/7 stream of hand-picked music submitted by talented musicians from the website but is now an integral part of the company. Listeners from all over the world tune in regularly to hear the wide variety of music, as well as the educational, musical and talk-radio shows that we now host. The radio’s success has only made me realize The Rhythmic Lounge could take me in new directions everyday rather than the other way around, which is why a digital magazine seemed like the next step. I’m incredibly proud to present to you hardworking artists and entertainers in this magazine and on the site, so enjoy! Be sure to go to www.therhythm iclounge.com to see the profiles for the great talent displayed in this issue and take a look at our new magazine site at http://w w w .trlm agazine.com Thanks for the support, and happy reading!

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MAKO Girls

by Ross 'R.G. Major' Guity

Bright, fun, stylish, charismatic, positive and gorgeous young ladies - Check. Outstanding academic students - Double Check. A super-talented, ambitious, energetic, on-the-rise music and performance collective - Triple Check and then some! Pop/R&B trio the MAKO Girls (pronounced MAACO like the auto body shop) Trinidadian/Spanish-mixed blood-related sisters Mimi, A-Ni (pronounced AH-NAI) and Kena (pronounced KEE-NAH) Ochoa - are putting in hard work towards big-time and lasting success in this rough-and-tumble entertainment industry with their totally unique, clean and eclectic style that will without question appeal and connect with all age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Their hot debut self-penned single TURNING UP THE CROWD (T.U.T.C.) has received very positive and encouraging feedback thus far, and if that's any indication of what's to come when they release their first EP later on in 2015, these three gifted ATL princesses will explode not only nationwide, but all around the world! Like TLC, the iconic, legendary, trendsetting, multi-Platinum-selling, awardwinning female group, the MAKO Girls have the potential and what it takes to make a great impact in the game as entertainers, positive role models and entrepreneurs for many years to come just like T-Boz, Chilli and the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes did. So get turnt up, have fun and party on with Kena, Mimi and A-Ni for the 'now,' plus the future! For all things happening with the group and to connect with them via social media, log on to www.MakoGirls.com

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Michael Karr

by Patrick Ross

Manhattan, New York

Musician Michael Karr is one of those rare instances of humble musical genius. I spoke with Michael over the phone recently to talk with him about what inspired the music from his latest album entitled “Think It Over” on which he is the sole instrumentalist on all the cuts with one exception, the vocals sung by the late Izzy Rivera. A very warm and soft-spoken individual, it is through his music that Michael finds his best expression I believe. Inspired by his father a multi-instrumental musician who took him everywhere as a child and exposing him to various musical settings, he began his voyage through music at the tender age of eleven on his first recording dates with the Pittsburg Youth Symphony as a soloist. His ability and talent recognized by Trombonist Randy Purcell earned him a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University. After completing his education and receiving two Bachelors degrees by age 19, he began playing and touring nationally and in Europe. Playing with a veritable who’s who of musical groups and artist, a list of which would go beyond the scope of this article, suffice it to say he has earned the respect of many great and talented musicians over the course of his career. Equally talented on both piano and trumpet, he is also an arranger, lyricist, composer, engineer, and producer. Having been signed to various labels during his career and producing a top ten hit on Billboards R&B charts with Stanley Fields cover of “You, Me & He” on the 3C label. It is the women in his life that have most inspired him, as is the case with his daughter after whom the track “Sarina (Sarah)” on his latest album is named. A resident musician in many notable jazz venues throughout New York City, and almost every club east of the Rockies – from after hours clubs, stadiums, and two Presidential Inaugural Balls. He is the leader of Michael’s Karrtet™, which features the musicianship of Ron Affif, Victor Jones, John Benitez, Randy Johnston, Alex Blake, and Essiet O. Essiet. Jazz Improv magazine has him listed as “Noteworthy Performance”. Michael Karr is the genuine, real deal, personally and musically. http://www.michaelkarr.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Karr/29741212167 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-karr/1b/3a9/2b4 http://www.myspace.com/michaeljkarrmusic http://twitter.com/alakarr http://www.reverbnation.com/alakarr http://www.numubu.com/152817-profile-michael-karr.html http://www.youtube.com/user/michaelkarr!


Matt Hylom Charlotte, NC The starving artist!! That is who I am, in more ways than one. I starve for the ability to create music that will touch the lives of thousands. I starve for the strength to pursue these dreams with the utmost alacrity. I starve to starve.!! I started playing music when I was 10 years old. I got my first guitar for Christmas of 1999. Since then, I've never been able to resist playing a guitar upon seeing one. I've been song writing ever since I've felt the need to arrange my thoughts into lyrics. Be it love, hate, depression, or joy, writing lyrics (even if they were only 2-line phrases) is my way of understanding reality. ! I married my high school sweetheart, Kirsten, in 2011. She works as a full-time nurse on an orthopedic trauma floor. Her job is currently making ends meet while I pursue a music career. Thankfully, I am not a "starving" artist in that respect. My gratitude for her commitment to my dream cannot be expressed by the tongues of man. I don't think I will live long enough to repay her in full.!! I currently have a 1 year-old son, Dominic. Having a son, an offspring, has been an incredible catalyst in my pursuit of a music career. I may not be able to see the end of the road, but when I look at my son, I see why I'm traveling this road in the first place.!! My utmost thanks for those who support me, listen to my music, and share what I do with people they love. ! Thank you for being a part of my sojourn.

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Smooth is the first word that comes to mind as he begins to strum the strings on his guitar. Then as he begins to sing hmm‌unique & sexy, are the next two words that also comes to mind as you listen to his voice. It is from that point on into his performance that sub-consciously your mind starts this journey of relating to his music, through your own experience of identifying what you want from your significant other, to once you have it, maintaining your relationship by valuing your significant other needs and wants as much as your own. His combined lyrics containing that frank but truthful urban perspective with the soulful sound of his guitar is what has begun to separate him from some of the more up and coming R&B artist you currently hear. This self-taught lead guitarist from Raleigh, North Carolina implores you as you listen to his music to let your mind and emotions take you on a journey, to push your boundaries as you connect with your masculine or feminine side, daring you to feel, say, or do so as to not deny them what you know they both need and deserve!. His passion for music stems from the influences of artist like DeAngelo, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, John Mayer and many more. Cardye ties the soulful sounds of blues, jazz and rock with his unique voice to deliver his message. Being strong, confident, and sexy is a state of mind, regardless of location, lifestyle, or situation. Cardye describes his music with three simple words...Urban, Smooth, & Sexy! Cardye remains focused, driven, and determined to make his mark in the music industry he continues to record and perform, thus enabling him to continue spreading his brand of smooth sound of Urban Sexy Music, pushing the boundaries of what he feels R&B should be about. What if Cardye is the next rising star out of North Carolina? What if your search of a unique soulful artist is over? The possibilities are endless, so take the time to listen, and let your heartfelt emotion answer the question for you! Cardye Has 2 Albums currently out and 1 soon to be released that he has help produced, engineered, and performed with some heavy weight industry professionals as his maturation continues to manifest itself in his music. 1. Urban Sexy 2. Urban Sexy 2 3. Hello World (No Scheduled Release Date Set) Recorded Lead Guitar for Producer J- Kits on Trey Songz Chapter 5 Album 2012. Song Title "Interlude 4 U" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_V_%28Trey_Songz_album%29 Cardye & Urban Sexy Entertainment presents monthly performances at Smokin Grooves featuring various artists. Featured artist for Silk 2012 Opened for Calvin Richardson 2012 Nominated for Best Male R&B in the Carolina Music Awards 2012 www.carolinamusicawards.com Performed at Woman's Empowerment 2012 Sharing the same stage with Anthony Hamilton, Wale, Robin Thicke and more! Featured in the Session Magazine 2012 Performed for the Source Magazine in the Hustle and Flow Showcase 2012 Opened for Tank and Calvin Richardson 2012 Performed at The RBC Center in Raleigh for the Rip the Runway Fashion Show New Year’s Eve Edition 12/31/2011 Nominated for Best Male R&B in the Carolina Music Awards 2011. www.carolinamusicawards.com Featured in The Source Magazine 2010 as one of the hottest local artist in NC Charlotte Finalist in the Andre Harrell Soul Search Competition 2010. Urban Sexy Entertainment: http://urbansexyentertainment.com/

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Verbalz is a Brooklyn NY native and rising star on the music scene. A.K.A. Brooklyn's Own, he's a true lover of all genres of music. The Rhythmic Lounge: When did you first realize that you had musical talent and would pursue a career as an artist? Verbalz: I first analyzed I had talent at 14 years old, I wasn't sure I wanted to pursue it as a career until 17 years of age, I use to write lyrics while sitting up in the crack house, I began rapping about my then current lifestyle. TRL: Growing up in New York, Brooklyn specifically, how was the music scene and was it easy and inviting for you as you developed as an artist?

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Verbalz: The music scene was vigorous, very competitive and you had to prove you could spit amongst the elite. I would say for me it was easy, inviting and everything else...lol nah, for real tho it’s just what I love to do. I lived a street life so the hostile environment never fazes me.

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TRL: Describe your creative process when writing music, getting ready for performances and shooting videos! Verbalz: When writing music, I have to be in the mood, all my creative juices have to be flowing. I tend to write several songs at once though, so basically when I get stuck on one instead of completely stopping. I select another beat and begin writing something fresh. For performances I recite lyrics over while performing privately in a mirror, also use rehearsal studios. As far as video's goes I or either I and the producer writes up a treatment if needed or if not we freestyle it. TRL: Who are your musical influences? Verbalz: Honestly, I am my first influence. This is what makes me original; however, I am also influenced by Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, 2pac, Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Lauren Hill, Adele and a few others. Basically I listed whom I listen to as my other influences. TRL: What can we look forward to from you throughout the remainder of 2015? Verbalz: You can look forward to constant work from Verbalz. Radio interviews, shows, videos, endorsements and I'm officially dropping my first EP you can stay updated with everything I'm doing by signing up on the mailing list www.verbalzdagreat.com Instagram:@verbalz Twitter: @itsmeverbalz Soundcloud: Verbalz Youtube: Richverbz Tumblr: Verbalzz !


Joe Leonard & The Southern Soul Band Joe Leonard learned how to play the bass guitar at the age of 4, playing with his dad, while neighbors watched him the windows. His interest didn’t stop there. While playing for the church, Joe also learned to play drums and the organ. Though born in Port Lavaca, Texas, his family relocated to Detroit while Joe was still young. This proved to be beneficial in the young musician’s life. This move allowed Joe to spend countless hours in the presence of such Motown greats as Kicker Womack, Ben Baber (Jazz organist) Ronnie Sandelin, Jimmy Sterling (former Chairman of the Board) drummer, Norma Jean Bell, Shields of Faith (Gospel Quartet) Roosevelt Leaks and a host of others. Joe turned that exposure to such great artists into motivation. The Mark May Band (long running opening act for the renowned Allman Brothers) was a driving force behind where he is today. Mark provided encouragement and coaching. With May, Joe learned to express what he felt through his instrument. Joe has been afforded the opportunity to share the stage with Kicker Womack, Ben Baber, Ronnie Sandelin, Billy “Soul” Bonds (Scat Kat Kitty Kitty), Lady Aubrey, Georgi’O Green, Kenne Wayne, Andre Lee, and Jimmy Sterling. Joe Leonard and The Southern Soul Band (formerly known as The Blues Dudes) was formed in June 2012. Their debut CD, On The Way Up (released in 2013), featured such hits as Black Cat Bone and Come Here Baby. Now, Joe Leonard and The Southern Soul Band are back with their second CD, Mystery Lady, which was released on July 6, 2014. This anxiously awaited CD includes the newly released single, Let Me Talk To You Baby. For additional/booking information, contact: ernestleonard@att.net - 281-687-4190 Joe Leonard

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Hayate Dehil International recording artist! My journey started at the age of 7. I am multi-talented, as I create, invent and sing. My music style and creativity spans over several genres, including Hip-Hop, R&B, Zouk, etc. I am looking to network and create with other underground artists as well as mainstream musicians. Please check out my links below and don’t hesitate to contact me! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bold-Artist-Determined-GirlsEntertainment/386822581447835?ref=hl# https://www.facebook.com/pages/PUFF-MOMMY/650957731676448?ref=hl# https://www.linkedin.com

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JJ"Appleby" " " "

Croydon,"United"Kingdom"

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Winston Fraser - aka JJ Appleby - moved to England. There he was part of the successful band, The Equators, who toured the UK, Spain, and even went to New Zealand. He's got a folksy, gospel sound, a unique Reggae twist, love songs, and a positive message. http://www.jjapplebymusic.com/ http://reggaediscography.blogspot.it/2014 /04/jj-appleby-discography-reggae-singer.html http://www.discogs.com/seller/honeybees/profile "


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Glen Allen From Beethoven to Mozart and everything in between, Symphony of Illusion’s sound is gaining international praise and popularity by streaming and selling music worldwide! Creator Glen Allen is a musician/composer that has been active in the Music Industry for over 3 decades. Playing guitar, performing, songwriting and composing have been a major part of his seasoned music career. Glen is a four time ASCAP PLUS aware winner, and was chosen to participate at NAMM (National Association Music Merchants, Nashville 2013. Musical influences include Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and J.S. BACH.

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The$Rhythmic$Lounge:$Please$give$us$a$quick$background$for$those$who$aren’t$familiar$with$who$you$are!$ $ Ron$Handy:$Ok!$I$am$Ron$Handy,$a$multi4instrumentalist$who$was$born$in$Montgomery,$Alabama.$I$have$studied$woodwinds$(saxophone,$flute,$clarinet,$ etc.),$guitar,$piano$&$bass$guitar.$I$have$performed$and$served$as$a$solo$artist,$teacher,$producer,$music$director,$composer,$arranger$and$recording$ engineer$at$different$times$throughout$my$musical$career.$I$currently$serve$as$the$“Music$Media$Specialist”$at$Alabama$State$University$(alma$mater),$ where$I’ve$also$taught$applied$woodwinds$and$music$industry$classes.$I’ve$also$served$as$the$University’s$jazz$band$and$jazz$combo$director$in$the$past.$I$ also$serve$as$a$church$musician$along$with$performing$for$numerous$special$events$in$and$out$of$the$city/state.$My$passion$and$purpose$as$a$musician$is$ to$always$provide$high$quality$music$that$is$inspirational.$I’m$drawn$to$music$that$is$uplifting$and$positive.$$$$$$$ $

$ TRL:$Growing$up$in$Montgomery,$Alabama$how$was$the$music$scene$and$was$it$easy$and$inviting$for$you$as$you$developed$as$an$ artist?$ RH:$That’s$a$great$question.$Actually,$growing$up$in$Montgomery,$Alabama$was$a$great$experience.$My$family$is$very$musical$and$there$was$music$“all$ the$time”$at$home.$My$father$plays$the$sax$and$my$mother$plays$the$piano.$Mom$also$sings.$She$started$me$and$my$siblings$(5$kids)$out$in$the$church$ choir,$which$was$always$fun.$Unlike$many$of$the$artists$today,$I$didn’t$think$much$about$the$music$business$because$Montgomery$was$not$a$music$ center,$like$Los$Angeles$or$New$York,$and$I$didn’t$know$of$anyone$who$was$making$a$living$just$playing$music.$I$saw$many$musicians$who$had$“real”$jobs$ (smile)$by$day$and$played$music$on$the$“side”$after$work.$My$main$goal$as$a$young,$eager$musician$was$to$become$really$good.$Being$the$best$musician$ that$I$could$be$was,$and$still$is,$my$main$goal.$I$was$given$many$opportunities$to$grow$musically$from$grade$school$through$college$and$beyond.$I$was$ always$performing$at$a$church,$school$band,$special$event$or$club/restaurant$“back$in$the$day”.$Each$of$my$brothers$and$sisters$played$an$instrument$so$ I$had$the$pleasure$of$having$a$lot$of$“hands$on”$experience$with$their$instruments.$During$my$high$school$years,$older$musicians$in$the$city$and$ surrounding$areas$began$to$notice$me$as$an$up$and$coming$musician$who$was$“serious”$about$my$craft.$These$older$“cats”$took$me$under$their$wings$ and$would$allow$me$sit4in$with$them$on$their$gigs.$They$would$give$me$really$helpful$advice$and$encouragement$to$inspire$me$to$continue$on$my$ musical$journey.$Their$contribution$to$my$growth$was$invaluable$and$I$will$forever$owe$them$a$debt$of$gratitude.$So$you$see,$I$had$the$formal$training$ from$school$under$amazing$band$directors$and$the$“street$education”$from$the$older$(gigging)$musicians.$I$loved$it!$$$$ $ $

TRL:$Who$are$your$musical$influences?$

$ RH:$My$musical$influences$are$truly$varied.$Wow.$I’ve$studied$classical$but$I$love$all$styles.$I$listen$to$everything$and$try$to$understand$the$objectives$of$ the$composer/performer$as$I$listen$to$the$composition$or$style.$I’m$also$called$upon$to$DJ$sometimes,$so$I$have$to$stay$up$on$the$current$trends$in$music.$ With$that$being$said,$I$would$say$my$influences$range$from$Prince,$Michael$Jackson$and$Stevie$Wonder$to$Miles$Davis,$Grover$Washington,$Jr.,$Charlie$ Parker,$etc.$I$have$great$respect$for$all$music$as$long$as$it’s$not$used$as$a$negative$tool$for$the$listener.$I’m$also$a$fan$of$the$bands$of$the$‘70’s,$‘80’s,$‘90’s$ and$beyond.$From$Earth,$Wind$&$Fire$to$the$Commodores$to$Mint$Condition…I$love$it.$Ethnic$music$and$ethnic$sounds$are$also$favorites$of$mine.$I$truly$ love$all$gospel$music$and$jazz$styles.$I$like$positive$rap$and$country$music.$There’s$not$enough$room$or$time$for$me$to$list$all$of$my$influences.$It$also$ wouldn’t$be$fair$because$I$would$leave$someone$out$whom$I$didn’t$think$of.$Wow!$Because$I$have$listened$to$so$much$music$for$different$reasons,$it$is$ extremely$hard$to$list$them$(influences)$all.$That$is,$I$may$be$influenced$by$the$piano$player$on$a$particular$track,$then$a$riff$by$the$guitarist$on$another$ track.$As$I$stated,$I$listen$to$so$much$music$and$love$it$all.$I’m$constantly$listening$and$studying.$$$ $ $

TRL:$Have$you$ever$considered$expanding$your$creative$talent$and$also$getting$involved$in$other$aspects$of$music,$such$as$producing,$ writing,$or$vocals?$ $ RH:$Absolutely!$In$fact,$I’ve$done$quite$a$bit$of$producing$and$writing.$I$do$have$a$pretty$deep$vault$of$songs$that$I’ve$written$and$recorded$over$the$ years.$I’m$constantly$experimenting$with$different$ideas$for$compositions.$I’ve$had$to$produce,$arrange$and$compose$jingles$and$theme$songs$for$ television,$radio$and$business$programs.$It$is$quite$a$challenge$to$do$all$of$the$production$chores,$but$I$love$it$and$look$forward$to$continuing$to$produce$ more$music.$The$art$of$producing$has$always$intrigued$me$and$I’ve$spent$many$hours$studying$the$production$techniques$of$some$of$the$great$ producers$of$“yesterday”.$There$are$many$wonderful$producers$on$the$music$scene$today$who$effectively$blend$the$“old”$with$the$“new”$and$deliver$ great$finished$products.$Yes,$I$will$be$continuing$to$do$more$writing$and$producing.$Stay$tuned$(smile)!$I$totally$enjoy$producing$vocal$tracks,$but$not$ actually$singing$myself.$I$leave$that$to$the$“real”$singer.$Vocalist$Christina$Mims$always$delivers$a$great$vocal$performance$over$my$tracks$and$it’s$fun$to$ add$effects$here$and$there$to$the$vocal$tracks$after$they$are$laid.$Although$I$have$the$capability,$I’ve$never$used$the$popular$“auto4tune”$effect$because$ she$doesn’t$need$it.$I$know$that$many$producers$use$it$for$effect,$and$that’s$fine,$but$I’m$still$“old$school”$I$guess$(Lol).$In$fact,$some$record$companies$ want$the$“auto4tune”$effect$on$the$vocals$simply$because$it’s$popular,$and$that’s$fine.$Let’s$not$forget,$the$music$industry$is$a$business$(smile)!$$ $ $

TRL:$What$can$we$look$forward$to$from$you$in$2015?$

$ RH:$I$have$been$blessed$to$be$able$to$do$what$I$truly$enjoy$doing,$so$my$initial$answer$is$“more$of$the$same”.$I’m$working$on$a$joint$production$project$ with$inspirational$vocalist,$Christina$Mims.$You$can$hear$her$on$the$“Killing$Me$Softly”$(Christina$Mims,$Ron$Handy)$video$on$YouTube.$She’s$an$ awesome$vocalist$and$you$will$be$hearing$more$from$her$in$the$near$future.$She$also$does$great$vocal$arranging.$Aside$from$that,$I$will$be$continuing$my$ duties$at$Alabama$State$University$and$at$my$church$(Mt.$Zion$A.M.E.$Zion$Church),$where$I$perform$on$various$instruments$and$assist$the$editor$ (Christina)$of$the$monthly$church$newsletter.$Because$of$some$jingle$work,$I’ve$had$to$sing$from$time$to$time.$I’ve$enjoyed$“dabbing”$into$it$somewhat,$ but$it$needs$work$(smile).$Be$on$the$lookout$for$an$instrumental$jazz/gospel$project$from$me,$also.$There$are$also$plans$for$more$traveling$and$“live”$ performing.$Several$years$ago,$I$started$work$on$a$music$method$book.$I$am$continuing$to$add$exercises$to$it$as$I$compose$and$practice$these$techniques$ myself.$Along$with$the$method$book,$I$am$in$the$beginning$stage$of$writing$a$book$about$my$journey$as$a$solo$performer$and$life$lessons$that$I’ve$ learned$along$the$way.$My$career$has$spanned$over$20$years$and$I’ve$had$the$privilege$of$performing$for$wide$audiences.$I$feel$there’s$much$more$to$ come,$but$I$have$been$asked$to$present$the$journey$thus$far$in$a$book.$Thank$you$so$much!$


Ericka Kane by Ross 'R.G. Major' Guity

Transgender YouTube personality and aspiring actress Miss Ericka Kane entered the world as Erick Jones, and initially built a nice foundation through the love for both Rap music and fashion and as an up-and-coming presence in both arenas. Miss Ericka's transitional journey has faced a multitude of challenges, including being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia syndrome, a common and chronic central nervous system disorder that causes pain all over the body and affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans according to Wikipedia. Watch out for the awesomely lovely Miss Kane - for she is focused and primed to make a difference as both an LGBT activist and a multi-faceted creative force in the 'now' and for the future!

Ross G (TRL): Describe your inner being as an individual. Miss Ericka Kane: I would describe myself as courageous, passionate, and humorous. I truly believe everyone deserves to smile at least once a day, and you will if you're around me. Ross G (TRL): High school/College grad? M.E.K.: I am a graduate from Anacostia Senior High School, Class of 2004. Soon afterwards, I was offered an internship to shadow an up-and-coming fashion designer. Ross G (TRL): You have transitioned into a woman beautifully. How has the journey been for you personally thus far? M.E.K.: My transition journey has been filled with the highest of the highs and the lowest of lows. But I look at all situations in my life - both inside and outside my transition, as experiences that I learn and grown from. Ross G (TRL): Share your thoughts on the incredible success and exposure that award-winning African-American transgender actress Laverne Cox of the hugely popular NetFlix TV series 'Orange Is The New Black' has attained, and how her triumphs are inspiring you in your personal life and as an aspiring actress. M.E.K.: Well, Laverne Cox has definitely opened doors for the transgender community by starring in OITNB. Her success shows me as an aspiring actress that you don't have to change who or what you are as a person just to star in a major television show. But what made Laverne a 'she-ro' to me was when she became the first African-American transgender woman to grace the front cover of TIME magazine. For me to see that, not just as a fan, but as a Black transgender woman myself, gives me a lot of hope and confidence to do what I am doing today.


Ross G (TRL): What can we anticipate from Miss Ericka Kane here in 2015 and beyond, GOD willing? M.E.K.: You can expect a lot more greatness from Miss Ericka Kane. I'm so looking forward to the screening of my first short film FIRST DATE, which is set to be premiered at the African American Film Festival in New York City in June 2015. I am still producing and directing my YouTube documentary series TRANSITIONAL VIDEO DIARIES, which will get better and better with time. I'm also working on an inspirational book for those who suffer from Fibromyalgia or any type of depression, low self-worth, or a transition themselves. The book will feature my original poems, as well as personal journal entries. My goal is to show and uplift others who are experiencing their own tribulations so they can know that things will get better and be OK, but most importantly, that life is a wonderful thing! Ross G (TRL): What would you say would be your 'dream' acting role? M.E.K.: My dream acting role would be either a 'Bond' girl in a James Bond film, or maybe a hit-woman like Bridgette Fonda played in the movie POINT OF NO RETURN. These types of projects would show my range as an actress, as well as open doors for other women in the transgender community who aspire to be in the entertainment industry. Ross G (TRL): Which notable individuals in the world of entertainment would you love to meet and chat with in person? M.E.K.: I would love to just sit and have tea with Tina Turner. She is such an icon to me. She is someone who I would love to be when I get as 'young' as she is now in her 70s...lol. Just to be able to look back at everything that has happened in my life - good or bad, and to just simply smile about it. Of course, I have to go shopping with or just hang out with the 'Queen Bee,' Lil' Kim. Her music and imagery has played such a huge role in my life, and being that I'm such a fan, I would want to know what projects she's currently working on. Ross G (TRL): International cities/countries you're love to visit and experience? M.E.K.: I would love to visit Italy and Paris, France. To shop of course, but to also experience the culture and fantastic food. Ross G (TRL): What piece of advice would you give those men who are who are deciding on making the transition of being a woman based on your experiences? M.E.K.: What I would tell a pre-transgender person who is thinking about going forward with a transition is to do your research - especially when it comes to doctors and medications. Most importantly, do it for YOU and to take your time with your transition. Don't rush into it. Ross G (TRL): RHYTHM is M.E.K.: Another form of expression! www.facebook.com/MissErickaKane www.instagram.com/MissErickaKane www.twitter.com/MissErickaKane www.youtube.com/user/CoutureVanity1!


Book is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. https://twitter.com/HoldenLaTarsha6 6 https://instagram.com/ladyliberty6/6 6 LaTarsha Holden is a native of Atlanta, GA. She attended G.W. Carver High School. She is the Founder/ National Spokesperson for “Mother’s Speak Out and Stand Up” Organization. She is a voice crying out in the wilderness, calling for women/mothers to stand with her as she speak out about the issues that come to destroy our homes, children and community. Through her organization she will be heard and seen through activism, advocating, marches, rallies, prayer vigils and speaking at women conferences. She has over 9 years’ experience in the construction industry overseeing residential home improvement projects, she has completed numerous training and acquired certifications ranging from OSHA training to Construction Business Management. LaTarsha is a loving and devoted mother of six children and grandmother of four. She’s been featured in Clayton County local newspaper and graced the front page of a local newspaper in Lubbock Texas. In Addition: she became a featured story on AOL Black Voices. She has appeared on The Debra Gatlin Show, The Ordinary People Show who are doing extraordinary things, and Joe the Gravedigger Show about helping others in the community who were facing difficult challenges. She was presented with the award of “Women Who Inspire” at annual women conference hosted by WEOP in “2008” and was nominated for the Humanitarian Essential Piece Award in”2011” from Ga. Alliance to End Homelessness. She’s an inspiring speaker and she answered the call to preach the Word of God, after accepting her call into ministry in “2005”. She was ordained into the office of Pastor in February “2013”. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and she was also nominated to be included in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is an emerging leader in the city of Atlanta. She has an A.A. degree in Biblical Education, a B.A degree in Leadership and Administration a MBA degree and now she is pursuing a Master’s of Divinity degree from Beulah Heights University as well. She is a newly published author of the book “I’m Free to Be Me”. 6


Marion'Forget' ' Ontario, Canada

My dad who was a draftsman, had an unique and inspiring way to channel the energies of a hyper little girl, he would hand me a huge piece of drawing paper and some pencils so i could draw while he worked on his current project. Since, i cannot remember a time without a pad or lose paper and pencil as my constant companion. Though i did not have any formal art instruction until high school. I was exposed to arts with books and material and crafts, with my mom who designed and made craft ideas from mini Santa's to fancy embroideries. The art and creativity was a big part of my childhood. After starting another art course, the demands and rewards of motherhood saw to it that it was put on the back burner but always simmering. When i wasn't doing art, i was always doing some kind of creative activity from model building to crochet, designing my own patterns. in time, when circumstance allowed, i went back to school. One diploma at Academy of Learning for Pc Support Specialist, then the second at Niagara College For Graphic Fundamentals And Fine Arts. My influences range from Neolithic to 19th century impressionist art on up to present day. You will see i have taken to the impressionist period and can see the influences in many pieces of my work. Little incidents in just living an ordinary life spark a creative drive to a new painting or piece that emerges from that speck of inspiration. The past 4-5 years has been both a blossoming of output on a mooded commercial success. The critical acclaim spurs my creative drive to continuously push back the boundaries of my art. I cannot know where my art will take me but i do aspire to exhibit in places like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver as well as stepping out of Canada to enter the international art world with a first stop to New York City. My ultimate goal is to become an internationally known artist. Marion was also recently chosen to be included in the Norman Felix Gallery… “Norman Felix Gallery is an independent art gallery located at 445 Adelaide Street. Founded in 2006, Norman Felix Gallery has steadily expanded to represent a variety of over 100 talented Canadian artists. We offer an array of contemporary paintings, photographs, illustrations, and sculptures by both emerging and established independent artists. Our collective showcasing program is ground breaking and focused on Canadian Artist.” For commission, contact me at mar_forget@yahoo.ca website http://mydesignsstudio.com facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Designs-by-mar/243157785736691 linkedin http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/marion-forget/43/17b/906 twitter https://twitter.com/mar_forget google plus https://plus.google.com/107126130074203501293

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Album Reviews Mista Tension Relieva- Big Homie From The Hood by Ross 'R.G. Major' Guity

Rating:

★★★

Label: Tension Relief Recordings Producers: Downtown Beats, Ill Muzik, Ear2ThaBeat

Jackson, Tennessee native and veteran indie rhyme-sayer Tony 'Tension Relief' Clark has been providing a unique freshness to the underground Rap music landscape over the past decade to this point, and with his latest 13-track outing BIG HOMIE FROM THE HOOD, Mista Tension Relieva is finally putting his stamp in the game with all-around solid effort. With hot, stand-out bangers such as 'West Tenn,' 'Life's A Ball,' 'Inner Stripper' 'Hard,' and 'Real Eyes Realize,' just to name a few, T.R. delivers in a major way with his one-of-a-kind brand of brash, witty, thought-provoking, 'top-of-the-dome' lyrical versatility. On the production end, if it's that hardcore trap or ol' school Dirty South, 'Chopped & Screwed' style you dig, BIG HOMIE FROM THE HOOD will not disappoint on any level. Log on to www.DatPiff.com and experience TENSION RELIEF! www.twitter.com/Tension_Relief www.instagram.com/Tension_Relief www.youtube.com/user/TensionRap


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