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TMN MAGAZINE/SUMMER 2017

Editor's Note Personally, I couldn’t be happier that a New Year has come upon us. Our magazine has come a long way in the last year. I am very pleased to present to you a new issue, with many more exclusives, music news and fashion updates. We’ve got a groundbreaking concept in mind – a digital publication that has the same type of in-depth content as a print magazine but is also accessible from anywhere in the world, with all information at your fingertips, only a click away. I have also inherited an incredibly talented and devoted team, who don’t merely create a magazine but engineer a unique masterpiece with each issue. Our cover star Sara Castro is a gorgeous actress who is a true example of what hard work and dedication can lead to! We speak with Sara to understand what it takes to be a success. Enjoy her exclusive interview for TMN Magazine (page 41). The music entertainment and style pages are snazzier than ever and we’ve introduced a new page in entertainment, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS. We future a lot of truly amazing and inspiring artists! Lazie J band, Candy Rose, Jake Aldridge, Cloudy Wingz, G.H.O.S.T and so much more…

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Facts Since moving to the UK, Madonna has become the most successful female artist in the country with more number one singles than any female UK solo artist. According to British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Madonna is the most certified artist of all time in United Kingdom, with 45 awards.

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Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making her Guinness World Records‘ most successful female artist in the world.

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Madonna dated Vanilla Ice for eight months. Madonna worked several minimum wage jobs to make ends meet, including one at a Dunkin’ Donuts. Madonna is also the third highest-grossing touring act in history, after the Rolling Stones and U2. Madonna said the “F***” word 13 times on Late Night With David Letterman in 1994. The episode became the most censored in American network television talk-show history, as well as some of Letterman’s highest ratings in his latenight career. Madonna’s father got re-married to the family’s housekeeper. They had two additional children. Madonna’s first children’s book, The English Roses, debuted at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list and became the fastestselling children’s picture book of all time. PHOTOS BY PO-WEI SHIH 

With Like a Virgin Album(1984), Madonna became an international star. It was her first number one album on the Billboard 200. True Blue had two music videos made for it, both with a retro theme. The women sitting alongside Madonna in this video actually included her real-life friends, designer Erika Belle and actress Debi Mazar, Songfacts reports. Benicio del Toro was a household name, he could be seen sitting on the hood of a car in Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” video, Entertainment Weekly reports. Madonna dropped out of college in 1977 and moved to New York City with only $35 in her pocket. In 1990, Gaultier created one of his signature looks for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour. Madonna granted her entire music catalog to the Fox TV series Glee. Madonna directed three films; Filth and Wisdom (2008), W.E. (2011) and the short film “Secret Project Revolution” (2013) 21


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TMN THE TMN EDITORIAL SUMMER PLAYLIST 2017 JAKE ALDRIDGE - NUMB Shawn Mendes - Bad Reputation Little Mix– Touch Rita Ora – Your Song LORDE - Perfect Places Fives – I GAVE MYSELF A DAY Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling Ammoye – Bloody Fiya Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do Ryan Atkins - Don’t Ask Tattooed Mulligan Ft. The UnderBoss – Bad Luck Scooter – Bora! Bora! Bora! Pia Mia – I’m a Fan Sia – To Be Human Nothing But You - TELL ME  TMN's new selection of songs to boost your SUMMER!

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TMN Magazine | ENTERTAINMENT

z g n i W y Cloud When you’re on a journey to become the next big thing in everything, of course, some necessary qualities are more important than others.. but when it comes to getting some of the worlds most important people to take notice, the paramount quality most definitely has to be skill. All things considered, one guy from Indianapolis has the industry and the internet buzzing around trying to decide on what the single most important thing is.. that makes him so special. William Clark aka Cloudy Wingz is the award-winning rapper as well as a motivational speaker, investor, and entrepreneur who has worked with soup kitchens and charities to improve life experiences for the less fortunate. Need I say more? Cloudy Wingz could easily be one of the world’s most inspiring young men. His story is so humbling but yet so moving, and It's the passionate people like Cloudy Wingz, who will one day change the world. 24

With the grand opening of his online megastore Cloudy’s Emporium, he unleashes even more of his business savvy entrepreneurial abilities and proves to the world that he’s beat the statistics yet again.. and again.. and again.. but still there’s this ridiculous assumption that the most successful entrepreneurs are all the same. Most people who have admiration for entrepreneurs generally do so because they only see the finished product. They never see the blood sweat and tears it took to get there. They believe that an entrepreneur is a highly educated nerd who had the courage to take the huge risk of starting a business that makes a lot of money for a lot of people... but then there are the people who admire Cloudy. Their reasons are far more unconventional.


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Cloudy runs several companies but he isn't nerdy in the least, and as a young black G. E. D. recipient with only SOME college education, he technically isn’t qualified to do, well, anything according to society. Often spoken about by many credible sources, Cloudy went through a lot of failures including incarceration and homelessness but never lost his drive. He went out and proved that you can violate the conventional rules and stereotypes all while following your heart to do what you love.

How did you get started with music? What is your story? With music, it’s always been apart of my life and I've always dreamt of being a recording artist but I just never thought it was possible cause when you’re young and dumb you tend to focus more on dumb stuff rather than the important things. As an artist, was winning awards a goal for you? What was/is your ultimate goal as far as being an artist? Winning awards was never a goal. My main goal was always just to be heard and understood.. but now I want to be able to do what I want when I want all while making history and going down as a legend. Tell us how you use online marketing to get to the masses? To be honest.. for the most part, I just hire great people and great agencies who are great at what they do.

How difficult (or easy) is it running your own online megastore Cloudy’s Emporium as a successful artist? Do you have a team, how do you strategize as an executive and how do you strategize as an artist? At first, it was hard to multi-task most everything on my own... but it got easier. Once I started learning the ropes it was like riding a bike. Then, later on, I eventually got a team together as the work got harder to manage. We do research and plan for everything, but personally, it’s all about having drive and creativity.

What can we look forward to from you and your camp? We have the limited edition Cloudy Wingz shoes out now and also the Cloudy’s Emporium clothing line. But in 2018 I’m buying more stocks.. more studio time... more businesses.. etc.. but next year music will definitely have my undivided attention.. so be on the lookout for new material from me and all my artists signed to me.

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JAKE ALDRIDGE - 'NUMB' 2017 NMG award winner Jake Aldridge has announced the release of his next single, ‘Numb’. The new song, which features guest vocals from Kelly Jenns and was produced by ACJ Beats, will be available via all digital channels from November 5th 2017. Jenns, a childhood friend of Jake’s, has worked with him previously on several songs including ‘Pieces of Me’ and ‘Palm of your hand’.

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“I have collaborated with Kelly many times in the past, but I really think this is our best ever song together and it’s amazing to work with such a close and long time friend”, Aldridge said. “I’m excited by the way things are moving for me at the moment, I’ve been writing for over 12 years now and It really feels like it’s all coming together”, he added. Aldridge was presented with the Audience Choice Award last month at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge, after receiving more votes than 109 other musicians from East Anglia. Aldridge started writing lyrics over 12 years ago after his father passed away in a tragic accident. He has often described his relationship with songwriting as being a type of therapy.

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Aldridge was also recently invited to perform for Billie Laurie, an award-winning producer who has worked with Sir Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees & Tina Turner among others. The gig was televised on Sky TV and was sponsored by Dingwalls Music, the same company responsible for discovering Ellie Goulding. Aldridge is currently holding talks with Dingwalls, who have expressed eagerness to continue working with him.

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CANDY ROSE - 'THE BEST' FT. IAN MASSA-HARRIS

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Candy Rose releases new single, ‘The Best’ The dubbed ‘Queen of Hooks’ RnB & pop artist Candy Rose has just released her new single, ‘ The Best ’ on 28 August. Candy’s music has been featured in games, BBC Click, movies such as Magic Mike XXL, by Emmy-Awarded director Gregory Jacobs, and has visibility overseas from being featured in Voxafrica, as well as a performance at Miami Music Festival. Candy Rose is paving her own path independently and is featured in over 40 music compilations. Inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson and Andrea Bocelli, Candy Rose also draws influences from contemporary artists such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Pink. Candy is also an avid supporter of LGBT rights—the new single, ‘The Best’ features the emotive opera singer and executive producer of Pride in London, Ian Massa-Harris. About ‘The Best', here’s what Candy Rose has to say: “This was a very personal song to write. I wrote this song when I decided to get divorced years ago. It was a hard decision for me and my family and my then 7-year old daughter, actually played/created the cello you hear on the track. If you've ever dated someone who was depressed or sad, you love them but you can't reach them even when they are right in front of you, this song will resonate with you. And of course, it would not be a Candy Rose release if I don't cater for my club vets and fitness people... I'm a big girl but I do lift!” ‘The Best’ is now available to buy and stream on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. The full four-track single contains a RnB version, club remix, G.A.Y. remix, and the original version featuring operatic vocals from Ian Massa-Harris. www.icandyrose.net

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CELIA ROWE /Â GHOST VISIONS Giving Hope Opportunity Stability Tranquility Business management, Music manager, Event promoter, nonprofit charity business owner Celia Rowe Prince, 29 also known as Ghost has taken on great visions to make a difference in the community. She doesn't just manage artists & give good business consulting. The entrepreneur is taking on another role in volunteering in the community to give back & make the world a better place. Websites: https://www.facebook.com/GHOST-Visions236819350075659/ Social Media: Instagram @ghost_visions Twitter @ce_manager

Celia Rowe From Mississippi / Based Texas Age 29 Business Management/Music Manager/Event Promoter " I was raised by My Mother (Carrie Turner) also Aunt (Dicey Hunter) and my cousin (Annie Williams). I am the only child but with having my five cousins Jimmy Hunter  TimothyWilliams, Thomas Williams, Termaine Williams, & Tennell Williams around made me feel like I had five brothers instead. Growing up in a small town (Friars Point) Mississippi teaches you a lot. Before I became my own boss I worked at the casino in Robinsonville ms as a dishwasher, Ev's cleaner, later transferred to maintenance ... While working at the casino I took on a second job at St Jude hospital as an office cleaner. In 2014 the casino I worked at shut down I was able to get unemployment and compensation from my music management career with business partners Gabriel Jackson & Quala Reddick. I was unemployed for two years I use that as an advantage to think of ways of becoming my own boss. That's how I came up with Ghost visions. People already called me ghost (Giving, Hope, opportunity, stability, tranquility) because of my great work ethics, and I added visions to it because if you can visualize something you can do it. I want to make a difference."

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A. BILLI FREE -"LOVE, MUSIC & SALAD"

A. Billi Free Gets Ultra Healthy On New Rap Single "Love, Music & Salad" Southwest vocalist and emcee A. Billi Free will be releasing her newest single, "Love, Music & Salad" via all digital music platforms this Halloween. The single comes as a forerunner to her upcoming EP release in 2018.  Already a crowd favorite at live shows, this release offers an extended version of the track with all the clever wordplay and apparent passion for healthy eating that fans groove to.  The track instrumental was built by Las Cruces, New Mexico-based beatmaker Latenightloki and recorded and engineered at Engle Studios in Tucson, Arizona, truly a southwest collaboration. 

Part healer, part house party/lounge denizen, A. Billi Free shares content that highlights the beauty of selfdiscovery with a tone that cures. The artist is trained in both vocal jazz and choral music but has incorporated the undeniable influence of live house, electronica and underground hip-hop to create a fun, soulful vibe.  She has shared stage and collaborated with artists such as Rashaan Ahmad, Jamalski and Luckyiam of the Living Legends. Please get in touch with A. Billi Free at abillifree@gmail.com for interviews,  guest list at upcoming shows and other opportunities. A. Billi Free website:  www.abillifree.com A. Billi Free Bandcamp:  www.abillifree.bandcamp.com A. Billi Free Facebook:  www. facebook.com/abillifree A. Billi Free Instagram:  www.instagram.com/a.billifree

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Taylor Swift Releasing Social App Called ‘The Swift Life’ Taylor uploaded a YouTube video today announcing the release of her brand new app ‘The Swift Life’, in partnership with Glu, who also partnered with other celebrities to create apps such as; Katy Perry Pop, Britney Spears: American Dream, Nicki Minaj: The Empire and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The clip Taylor posted shows that this is a deeply social environment that is basically Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumble meshed in to one. The app has been created to allow fans to connect with Taylor by having first dibs on exclusive pictures and videos, Taymoji’s, stickers and merchandise! There will also be a way for fans to chat amongst each other and songs will be added to the app each week, so you can listen to Taylor whilst fangirling with a million Swifties at the same time!

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation has Awarded $20 million in Eco-grants HE IS SET TO APPEAR AT A CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE AT YALE UNIVERSITY FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT A-list star Leonardo DiCaprio declared on Tuesday that his foundation has given more than $20 million this year alone in ecogrants to organisations around the world.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO HEADLINE SUPER BOWL’S 2018 HALFTIME SHOW

Various organisations have benefited from his compassion for the world around us, from lion recovery, defence of indigenous rights to accessible solar energy.

Justin Timberlake has announced that he will be headlining the Super Bowl’s half-time show, which takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4 2018.

This statement comes ahead of DiCaprio’s upcoming attendance at the climate change meeting at Yale University.

Justin is no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. He performed as part of N’Sync in 2001, however, he is best remembered for his controversial 2004 performance with Janet Jackson, which resulted in an unfortunate ‘wardrobe malfunction’ for Janet.

The Oscar winner is spending his time there to advocate for immediate action to support the reduction of humanity’s dependence on fossil fuel over renewable energy sources. “Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water.” “We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late,” the actor stated. This new surge of financial contribution has amplified the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s donations to $80 million since 1998. We love that Leonardo DiCaprio continues to be an inspiring, giving person and uses his fame to help others.

14 years later, Justin will be making a return to mark his third Super Bowl performance, the most of any individual entertainer. He made the announcement via a funny video with Jimmy Fallon on his Twitter account. Justin follows in the footsteps of former performers Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

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THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 MTV EMA HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED BEST US ACT: BRUNO MARS DJ KHALED KENDRICK LAMAR TAYLOR SWIFT FIFTH HARMONY

BEST CANADIAN ACT: ALESSIA CARA DRAKE JUSTIN BIEBER SHAWN MENDES THE WEEKND

BEST VIDEO: “RUN” BY FOO FIGHTERS “BON APPETIT” BY KATY PERRY FEATURING MIGOS “HUMBLE” BY KENDRICK LAMAR “ISPY” BY KYLE FEATURING LIL YACHTY “LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO” BY TAYLOR SWIFT

BEST SONG: “ROCKABYE” BY CLEAN BANDIT FEATURING SEAN PAUL AND ANNE-MARIE “WILD THOUGHTS” BY DJ KHALED FEATURING RIHANNA AND BRYSON TILLER “SHAPE OF YOU” BY ED SHEERAN “DESPACITO (REMIX)” BY LUIS FONSI FEATURING JUSTIN BIEBER “THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK” BY SHAWN MENDES

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BEST LOOK: DUA LIPA HARRY STYLES RITA ORA TAYLOR SWIFT ZAYN

BEST NEW ARTIST: DUA LIPA JULIA MICHAELS KHALID KYLE RAG’N’BONE MAN

BEST WORLD STAGE: STEVE AOKI – LIVE FROM ISLE OF MTV MALTA (2016) KINGS OF LEON – LIVE FROM OUDE LUXOR THEATRE, THE NETHERLANDS (2016) TOMORROWLAND (2017) DNCE – LIVE FROM ISLE OF MTV MALTA (2017) THE CHAINSMOKERS – LIVE FROM ISLE OF MTV MALTA (2017) FOO FIGHTERS – LIVE FROM BARCELONA, SPAIN (2017)

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BIGGEST FANS: ARIANA GRANDE JUSTIN BIEBER KATY PERRY SHAWN MENDES TAYLOR SWIFT

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FULL WINNERS LIST BEST DANCE WINNER: ZEDD AND ALESSIA CARA – “STAY” KYGO X SELENA GOMEZ – “IT AIN’T ME” CALVIN HARRIS – “MY WAY” MAJOR LAZER FT. JUSTIN BIEBER AND MØ – “COLD WATER” AFROJACK FT. TY DOLLA $IGN – “GONE”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” BRUNO MARS — “24K MAGIC” ALESSIA CARA – “SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL” DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – “WILD THOUGHTS” THE WEEKND – “REMINDER”

SONG OF SUMMER ED SHEERAN — “SHAPE OF YOU” LUIS FONSI AND DADDY YANKEE FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER — “DESPACITO REMIX” WINNER: LIL UZI VERT — “XO TOUR LLIF3” SHAWN MENDES — “THERE’S NOTHING HOLDING ME BACK” FIFTH HARMONY FEAT. GUCCI MANE — “DOWN” CAMILA CABELLO FEAT. QUAVO — “OMG” DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA AND BRYSON TILLER — “WILD THOUGHTS” DEMI LOVATO — “SORRY NOT SORRY”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR BRUNO MARS KENDRICK LAMAR WINNER: ED SHEERAN ARIANA GRANDE THE WEEKND LORDE

BEST POP SHAWN MENDES – “TREAT YOU BETTER” ED SHEERAN – “SHAPE OF YOU” HARRY STYLES – “SIGN OF THE TIMES” WINNER: FIFTH HARMONY FT. GUCCI MANE – “DOWN” KATY PERRY FT. SKIP MARLEY – “CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM” MILEY CYRUS – “MALIBU”

BEST NEW ARTIST WINNER: KHALID KODAK BLACK SZA YOUNG M.A JULIA MICHAELS NOAH CYRUS

BEST ROCK COLDPLAY – “A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS” FALL OUT BOY – “YOUNG AND MENACE” WINNER: TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “HEAVYDIRTYSOUL” GREEN DAY – “BANG BANG” FOO FIGHTERS – “RUN” BEST CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER: KANYE WEST – “FADE” ARIANA GRANDE FT. NICKI MINAJ – “SIDE TO SIDE” KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” SIA – “THE GREATEST” FIFTH HARMONY FT. GUCCI MANE – “DOWN”

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM (ALL ARTISTS HONORED) LOGIC FT. DAMIAN LEMAR HUDSON – “BLACK SPIDERMAN” THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE – “IMMIGRANTS (WE GET THE JOB DONE)” BIG SEAN – “LIGHT” ALESSIA CARA – “SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL” TABOO FT. SHAILENE WOODLEY – “STAND UP / STAND N ROCK #NODAPL” JOHN LEGEND – “SUREFIRE”

BEST COLLABORATION CHARLIE PUTH FT. SELENA GOMEZ – “WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE” DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – “WILD THOUGHTS” D.R.A.M. FT. LIL YACHTY – “BROCCOLI” THE CHAINSMOKERS FT. HALSEY – “CLOSER” CALVIN HARRIS FT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN – “FEELS” WINNER: ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFT – “I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES DARKER)”

BEST HIP HOP WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” BIG SEAN – “BOUNCE BACK” CHANCE THE RAPPER – “SAME DRUGS” D.R.A.M. FT. LIL YACHTY – “BROCCOLI” MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – “BAD & BOUJEE” DJ KHALED FT. JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL WAYNE – “I’M THE ONE”

BEST DIRECTION WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” BEST ART DIRECTION WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” BEST VISUAL EFFECTS WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.” BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY WINNER: KENDRICK LAMAR – “HUMBLE.”

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ON THE COVER

SARA CASTRO


COVER STORY

ACTRESS Since her arrival onto the Hollywood scene, actress Sara Castro has become a beacon of hope and positivity in both the roles that she plays as well as the life she leads. Whether it's her emotionally-charged performance as a young mother with a belief in miracles in the film, "The Shift", or donating her personal time and energy to various charitable causes, Castro's mission is to become an inspiration to others as well as lending a hand to those less fortunate. Born and raised in north-side Chicago, Sara credits her mother as her main source of inspiration.Â

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Sara says, "Growing up, my mother was a brave, hard-working woman whose tireless work ethic allowed her to raise four children as a single parent while simultaneously putting herself through college." Sara's creative passion stems from growing up in that musically inclined family, which included various aunts and uncles who were involved in acting, dancing, and singing. This familial pattern instilled in Sara a lifelong love of the arts. Sara attended a bilingual school, where she developed affection for culture as well as her ColombianAmerican heritage. Sara attended Columbia College Chicago, where she received a Bachelor Degree in Art and Journalism. While there, Sara performed in several stage productions. Sara's first job out of college was as a reporter for CBS in Palm Springs, CA. It was this experience that led Sara to start her own production company where she would produce, write and host tourist-entertainment, television shows.

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TMN MAGAZINE Apart from her role in "The Shift", Sara's acting prowess has landed her roles in films like "The Long Way" as well as the award-winning horror anthology, "The Dark Tapes." Sara credits her inspired performances to an insatiable work ethic in developing meaningful characters. "I always target my performance by seeing how similar and different the character I'm playing is to me in real life," the beautiful actress says. "Whenever I'm on set, the role becomes organic, and I let whatever feelings come overwhelm me." In addition to success in roles in the drama, romance and horror genres, Sara is heavily involved in writing and producing the upcoming thriller, "ORGANization". An advocate for the homeless as well as children with autism, Sara is also involved in paying it forward, and freely offers her time and talent to help various causes. Sara Castro is driven by her own personal love of creativity and philanthropy as well as a desire to be part of a project that grows into something beautiful. But when asked to offer a bit of advice to others, Sara doesn't hesitate to answer: "Believe in something that's bigger than yourself and know you're never alone, God is guiding you through it all." Source: IMDb   By: James Wood

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INTERVIEW

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SARA CASTRO We were curious about this gorgeous actress and wanted to know more.  And so Jeremiah Foster immediately set about interviewing her. We had an opportunity to chat with Sara about her projects, style, beauty secrets and so much more... 


"I would come out of literally every movie wanting to be one of those characters." Photos: Alice Freeman

Tell us about you, please! I am Colombian-American born and raised in Chicago. I love God, my family oh and music. What you see is what you get with me. I can be serious when I need to be but I can also be a total goofball.

What attracted you to begin a career as an actress? The feeling I would get when I was a kid at the movie theatre. I would come out of literally every movie wanting to be one of those characters.

How long have you been an actress? From where did you get started? I dipped and dabbled in it back when I lived in my hometown of Chicago. Only got serious about it when I moved to L.A.

In how many films you have performed up till now? Are you working on any current projects? Twelve films and counting. I have a movie coming out the 24th of October called Christmas Crime Story Its a drama with a hint of comedy. I play the role of Kasey Edwards. A wife trying to keep her family together through difficult times.

What kind of roles have you performed throughout your career? A Cop, a Top Executive, The wife, mother, girlfriend.love interest. I've also played interesting roles like a schizophrenic and an inmate.

Are you satisfied with them? Yes and if I ever feel like I'm not, I take that as a learning experience and grow from it. Never regret any decision you make, it molds you into who you are today.

Which has been your favorite character that you have performed so far? A Cop in the Interactive film Narrow Streets. I like the heroic, strong trait of a cop, especially being women. Playing strong characters is my focus right now.

What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting? Reading opposite Mad Men's Rich Sommer for a chemistry read. I was so close to booking it but was so stoked to have read with such a great talent. It was an amazing experience.

How would you rate your memory? Out of a 10? an 8

Who is your favorite actress? Who is your favorite actor? I adore Sally Field, I would love to have a career like hers with such longevity. Actor? Robert Downer Jr. 45


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What actors / actresses do you long to work with and why? Actors Benicio Del Toro, John Hamm, Bradley Cooper,Denzel Washington,Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo DeCaprio. These are all very solid and strong actors who I would love to learn from.

Is it true the saying "if you set your mind to it you can do it"? Certainly! There's something very magnetic about putting your focus on one thing and attracting it.

What's the best film you've seen this year? The Shack. I recommend it to anybody. Such a beautiful film

Give our readers a few tips to be a successful actress? Be relentless and perseverant. Love yourself. Know that you are enough!

STYLE / BEAUTY:

"Be relentless and perseverant. Love yourself. Know that you are enough!"

What is your morning routine? First thing I do when I get up is give God thanks for another day. I then walk the dogs followed by my protein shake. I can't start my day without it. What do you eat in a day? My favorite meal of the day is breakfast (If there's time) My mom made the best breakfasts growing up. How do you stay energized throughout the day? I drink Amino Energy throughout the day. My fiance got me hooked on it. We call it magic powder.


5 Things you always keep in your bag? My daytimer, wallet, cellphone, coconut water and hand lotion.

"HAVING A DREAM MAKES LIFE BRIGHT... SO KEEP DREAMING!"

Which skincare product is your favorite? Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream.

What are the most luxurious, and then the most low key, parts of your beauty routine? I've used La Mer face cream and its like butter. We have an Aloe Vera plant at home and I extract the aloe from the leafs and use it as a face mask mixed with coconut oil. I leave it on overnight. What's the best beauty tip you've taken from a movie set? Castor oil for shiny and strong hair. Do you use many other industry styling tricks when dressing yourself? I knot a button down shirt to show my waist. Or I cuff my jeans to add more style. I also love wearing thigh-high boots with an oversized sweater. It's a great look but yet comfortable.

"I love to dress up in a nice pair of heels here and there but for the most part, I like to be comfortable." What is your ultimate go-to piece? My converse. I'm a jean and t-shirt girl. Don't get me wrong, I love to dress up in a nice pair of heels here and there but for the most part, I like to be comfortable. Who is your ultimate style/fashion icon? I have two. Blake Lively and Jennifer Lopez. And just because: pineapple on pizza? I love pineapple on my pizza!! Its funny, when I was a kid I thought it was disgusting. 47


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TOP 5 BEST MUSIC VIDEOS  OF THE AUTUMN In our minds, the music industry was simply colluding to make the beginning of the week more tolerable by unveiling a slew of new music videos to give us all the feels. Artists including Pink, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez… have blessed our eyes and ears with their latest music videos!…

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KATY PERRY - SWISH SWISH by Weaver Ellen

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TAYLOR SWIFT - LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

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"Music can change the world because it can change people." Bono ♫ ♬


FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FASHION EVENT WILL BE FILMED IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW i 2017 a Shangh

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK


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LAZIE J CLASSIC ROCK BAND FROM BANGALORE INDIA. Lazie J creates and plays 80s classic rock

The band featured in Coast 2 Coast mixtapes

music with a tinge of modern rock

series - Hottest in New York series and also in West Coast Classic Rock Radio.

influenced by the greats of 70s and 80s.

Two of their songs reached the top of classic rock global charts in Mixposure.com and was even

The band in spite of being based out of

chosen as the audience pick of Broadjam.

Bangalore is an international sensation especially on Radio stations of countries

Influences

such as US, UK, Australia, some of them

Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Van Halen,

being Banks Radio Australia, Pose Radio US, Variety Online UK and many more...

KISS, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and all the other bands of the late 70s and 80s. Band Members

They have been ranked as #1 in all genres

Jay - VocalsÂ

India with 2 songs reaching top 5 of world

Manoj - Drums John Anthony- Lead Guitars

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LAZIE J We recently spoke to Jay about the band’s music, inspirations, and more… Check it out below.

Thanks for talking with us! What were you doing before the band Lazie J This is Jay I have been singing and writing since my school days. I also have been in a career in Sales. Both have gone along well complementing each other. In music, I have been associated with mainly 2 outfits called The Autumnleaf and now Lazie J. Both together spanning more than 25 years along with my drummer and bandmate Manoj who has been my musical partner all along from 1991. As the singer of the band, how many different influences do you feel like you’ve had growing up and what do you feel your “job” is? Many of them...Many greats from the 70s like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to Klaus Meine of Scorpions, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, and a few from 80s like Bono of U2 and Steve Perry from Journey..... But then I keep listening to various artists and genres because there is so much to listen and enjoy With Lazie J I do the lyrics, basic scores, and vocals for most of our songs which will be developed by the band. Manoj and John Anthony who is a one of the most respected axeman in India also come in with great tunes and finally we work together to develop it into complete songs... Was there ever a point in your life where you just felt like throwing your guitar against a wall and saying “Screw music…..I’m out” and getting into another line of work or doing something else with your life? Oh!! Many times....but then you just cannot leave it ....music is in your DNA and that cant be changed...any job you take cannot be as exciting and rewarding as writing and singing a few lines to a crowd big or small and see them liking it. Everyday incidents inspire to write ......so this is a lifelong condition.

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If someone had never heard of your band or if you met someone at the grocery store who asked you what to expect from your band or your shows what would you say to them? I would say what our fans say. ..Lazie J songs are fresh, powerful and great melodies......that sums up more or less. Thanks again for talking to us, is there anything else that you wanna let readers know about that I may have missed?? The band members of Lazie J... Each one has dedicated decades to music and all the stuff we make come from dedication and passion of each member. Like John Anthony who is a legendary artist in this part of the world, Jayakumar is a veteran rock guitarist with more than 28 years of live music, Manoj and myself have been together making music from 1991. Rahul is a bassist who is multitalented, plays the flute, a DJ and many things in one...the music of Lazie J brings the best in each one of us. So listen to us...                                                             www.facebook.com/LazieJband/


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AKASHA

AUTHOR, BRAND EXPERT, FILMMAKER

GARNIER

by Jeremiah Foster

AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PRODUCER & FILMMAKER AKASHA GARNIER PRESENTS SECRETS TO SHINE THROUGH THE NOISE, A COMPELLING JOURNEY FROM STARVING ARTIST TO MENTORSHIP, WORLD TRAVEL, AWARDWINNING BRANDING AND A TRAVEL THRILLER SERIES. IN THIS CINEMATIC GUIDE, THE AUTHOR SHARES HOW TO CREATE AN ACTIONABLE PLAN AND HOW TO MAKE A BRAND DISTINCTIVE TO RISE ABOVE THE NOISE.

“WHEREVER YOU ARE ON YOUR JOURNEY, BELIEVE IT'S WORTH THE TRIP”

This book will highlight how you can find the power within you to take control of your life. The author, Akasha Garnier, will take you on a fantastic journey of personal discovery and transformation. Akasha’s book will inspire the motivation inside of you. Regardless of where you are in your life’s journey, we all need inspiration… and we all must bring motivation to shine. There is something for everyone. With a deep passion for inspiring others to take charge of their lives, Akasha uses examples from her personal life.  She has a way to connect with the reader. The book is clearly written from the heart to those who are stuck and who are seeking to be the best version of themselves. What I appreciate about this book is the author gets to the point quickly, gives extremely clear action steps, and supports her reader with insight to move forward for success. This is a must buy for everyone for positive productive living by a very successful person.

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CHECK AKASHA’S BLOG TO HELP YOU CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY TO SHINE:

MILES OF THE EMERALD ISLE: DUBLIN SHINE Yes, I teased my Ireland travel plans for a few months as we were pulling them together. It was my first visit to Ireland, and meant to be after my Irish friend Susan secured tickets to #U2TheJoshuaTree for their only Dublin show. I was thrilled to do my first chapter reading in Dublin the night before the U2 concert. (An actor friend, Bob Kaliebe from "The Dark Knight" and "Public Enemies", did my Chicago readings for Chicago and LA launches. Branding 101: Lead with the strongest credits!)

I spent several days going along coasts and castles and gathering inspiration for my travel thriller series. That lead us to driving in from Galway, with 30 minutes to do a sound check and going live to Books Go Social's Facebook Group and guests in the room. Best quote:

"WOW, THAT WAS AMAZING...BRILLIANT! I GOT REALLY TAKEN IN..." Thanks for watching and listening! Akasha

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KNOW YOUR OPTIONS I’m in LA this week supporting an indie film team in a festival. And in LA negotiation often pops up as a topic of discussion. This week’s blog is inspired by some recent discussions and by a conversation I had with an award-winning artist who’s also an entrepreneur: Jared Leto.

“I AM EXCITED TO WORK WITH THE WISHMAKER AND THE WISHWALL FOUNDATION TO HELP MENTOR PEOPLE IN REFINING THEIR BRAND, GROWING THEIR BUSINESS AND CONTINUING TO GIVE BACK. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR STORIES!” – AKASHA GARNIER THEWISHWALL.ORG/DESIDERI/FUTURE-ENTREPRENEURS@AKASHALIN @AKASHAGARNIER


WICKED So obsessed. A dark and edgy twist on the original Crush fragrance. Black Sugar, Vanilla and airy Freesia combine in this obsession-worthy scent.

THE COLLECTION FRAGRANCE FAMILY: WARM NOTES: FREESIA, BLACK SUGAR, TAHITIAN VANILLA 


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