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anda L. Brown is a single mother of 3 grown children (1 girl 2 boys) and 1 grandson and a Breast Cancer Survivor. In 2004, during a routine self breast exam, Wanda’s discovery of a lump in her breast led to a diagnosis of Stage 2B triple negative breast cancer. Her treatment plan included a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and 8 lymph nodes. Three of the eight lymph nodes were cancerous. She participated in a clinical trial consisting of 39 weeks of weekly chemotherapy and 3d daily doses of radiation. “I was there for nine months,” Brown says. “One of the nurses announced she was pregnant the first week, and I got to see the baby when it was born.” It was also her nieces that prompted her to do the clinical trial, she says, something she encourages other black women to consider so there will be study results on minority women. Wanda Brown is a passionate advocate, promoting breast cancer awareness and resource information in a variety of venues to reach the community, especially through her efforts as President and Co-founder of Columbus, OH affiliate chapter of the Sisters Network Inc. a national African American breast cancer survivor organization, established March 2008. She is involved with the Columbus Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, volunteering on the education committee, speakers bureau, care and concern committee, grant review team, special events committee and the Survivorship Advisory Council. She is also a committee member of the Ohio CONTINUED ON PAGE 58

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About Us Trendsetters to Trendsetters Media Group, Inc., (aka T2T Media Group and Trend to Trend Media Group) is a minority-owned, privately-held, national media group headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. T2T Media Group started as a single magazine and through strategic planning has grown into a multifaceted media company which now includes a Publishing Division with three magazines (Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine, Trendsetters to Trendsetters Latino Magazine and Young and Trendy Magazine); and a Digital Division which specializes in graphic design, marketing, and social media. Companies in our Digital Division include DPI Graphic Design, Lukeither Multimedia & Design (Internet and Social Network Marketing), and numerous interactive websites and blogs (entertainment, food, and technical). Through our divisions and various companies, it is our goal to provide excellent returns to our shareholders, and provide support to the community and businesses where we live, work and play. Our company motto is “Together Building Strong Relationships.” We pride ourselves in building strong business relationships and offering services that help businesses reach their target audiences. Trendsetters to Trendsetters Media Group, Inc. specializes in business to business relationships and offers strategies and solutions for every budget.







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PUBLISHER’S NOTES or the past six years we have spotlighted some of the most uplifting movers and shakers around the country. T2T Magazine prides itself on being a publication that only publishes positive and informative information from education, up and coming events, health, fitness, beauty, fashion, arts and entertainment and inspiration. We are the only magazine distributed nationally that introduces you to TRENDSETTERS all over the country. In today's society, with all of the negative images, we are a rare publication that supplies positive and informative content. We hope that society adopts our concept of leaving out the negative images and capitalize on the positive images. We will not publish any political or religious gossip. We only focus on the information that stands firm and that popularizes true TRENDSETTERS.

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We hope that you recommend our publication to family and friends and if you are a TRENDSETTER, we would like to share your story with our readers. • WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT T2T MAGAZINE...

“This is an incredible magazine, very well written and entertaining at the same time. That’s a hard mix.” Cathy Hughes Founder of TVOne/Radio One


Informative, Motivational, and Positive! Readers of ALL ages will benefit from the information exhibited in this magazine, I am looking forward to seeing it around for a VERY long time! Diamond Gordon, Red Oak, GA

Great! Great! Great! Where have you been? This is a well needed publication. This magazine is motivational and professional. John Ball, Detroit, MI



Since the introduction of Young & Trendy, I am now a daily reader of T2T. It’s great to have a magazine that appeals to young people too! Thanks Dad for exposing it to me. Morghan Payne Columbus, OH



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Staying Connected is So Important


ecently I made a trip home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was fortunate to connect with some of my Class of ‘84 Alumni from Southern University Laboratory High School. Even though years have passed, I must admit that we continue share a closeness that seems to get closer as the years go by. The reason for the closeness is because we stay connected, even though hundreds of miles are between us. T2T Magazine offers the opportunity for today’s movers and shakers to have their businesses and organizations presented to the world. We provide a platform like no other, where a first time author’s story may be featured next to a business mogul; where a Hollywood movie star may be featured next to today’s up and coming scholar. The list and categories goes on and on. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful publication and encourage everyone to cultivate the relationships you’ve acquired in the past and embrace the people who will be introduced to you in the future. Find a way to stay connected, whether through writing letters, sending cards, phone calls or social media. You decide what’s best for you and the person(s) you need to stay connected to. Together we can build strong relationships. OFFICIAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER FOR TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE


what’s inside 07 Publisher’s Notes 08 VP Notes 12 Young & Trendy 16 Up and Coming

Trendsetters 21 Commentary 26 Health & Wellness Trends 36 Fitness Trends 48 Sports Trends 50 Radio Personality Trends 53 Event Trends 55 Beauty Trends 60 Arts & Entertainment Trends 68 Real Estate Trends 69 Travel Trends


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President Andrew Hugine, Jr. 24 Health & Wellness Spotlight: Dr. Aaron Anderson, M.D. 34 Cover Story: Jasmine Guy” I Am Not Yours Campaign 40 Inspirational Spotlight: Everett Drake...Amen Goes Right There! 52 Lifestyles: Mixing Love and Business 54 Radio Personality Spotlight: Sharon Kay 88.1 WFSK 59 Author’s Spotlight: Alicia Renee White, “When All Else Fails”


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Photos by Rodney

By Denise Williams


lazing her way through TV/Film, and arts entertainment, Shay'na is definitely making a path for teenagers. A native of Miami, FL and raised in Stone Mountain GA, she ignited this blaze early in life. In Elementary school she played the viola, sang in chorus, competed in oratorical contests and was the

Della Cole and Koko Chalfont .Shay'na has also trained under the legendary Freddie Hendricks, founder of Y.E.A Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, an African American Youth theater company. What is TV/film without comedy? This talented teen has studied Improv, StandUp and Sketch comedy by instructor, Quincy Bonds owner of

“You're never too young to work in the professional world…” inspirational speaker at her graduation. In middle school, Shay'na was a lead dancer in The Chocolate Nutcracker held at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando FL. She also performed with the Rising Stars at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta GA. During 2010, Shay'na a multi-talented teen entered the TV/ film industry, completing classes in scene study, on camera acting, audition techniques and voice overs. This training was held at YourAct Studios, Decatur, Ga. Directors Bob Harter,

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Phat Kidz Comedy, Atlanta, Ga. Another Shay’na Fields opportunity awarded Shay'na is the “lead” role in a short film ,Chosen, a film about a young adopted girl who finds out the true meaning of loyalty and family, directed by Matt Pope, Atlanta, Ga. Presently, Shay'na is signed with Jana VanDyke Agency, a SAG franchise. To access her talent portfolio go to Entertainment is a way of life for this teen. Shay'na held gigs doing stand up comedy at Uptown Comedy Club, Atlanta History Center and The Village Theater. Hosting, writing, reporting from the “Red Carpet”, the “Blue Carpet”, Urban Spice


YOUNG & TRENDY TV, and US KIDS community events. She has been honored to interview the legendary Keith Sweat, R&B Singer Angie Stone, Comedian Rodney Perry, Love & Hip Hop's Momma Dee, and Left Eye of TLC's sister Reigndrop Lopes. Not only has she interviewed artists, but she has interviewed important leaders and dignitaries as well. Zernona Clayton, Civil Rights Leader and Founder of the Trumpet Awards, had an awesome interview with Shay'na at Alfreda Stukes' Women of Distinction Empowerment Brunch. Atlanta Council member Michael Julian Bond, Award winning poet Hank Stewart, KISS 104.1 FM radio personalities Art Terrell and Twanda Black were all interviewed by Shay'na on the Red Carpet. Starting at the age 14, Shay'na has stood in positions only allowed for professional adults. Shay'na says, “You're never too young to work in the professional world; with focus and determination, you can face and defeat all odds.” Presently, Shay'na was chosen as the Teen Ambassador for Higher Family Achievement, a non-profit organization. HFA provides supplemental educational programs useful to the individual and the community as a whole, to provide relief to the poor, distressed and under privileged. As Shay'na continues her journey towards her professional success of impacting lives everywhere, she is sure to continue trail blazing paths for those that are still searching for their hidden talents. This is what she was born to do. For more information Contact Denise Williams (Manager) (770) 875-5415 E: Twitter: ShaynaFields Instagram: ShaynaFields Youtube: ShaynaFields Facebook: Denise Williams

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Christian Chukura ullCorp Media Group is on the leading edge in many fronts. One unique way that they are on the front lines is in their planning for the future. Their senior officers, Dr. Catrina Pullum and Mr. Shawn Pullum have involved their children in the company operations, teaching them various aspects of their business. All of their children have some measure of involvement, all the way down to their seven-year-old Junior CEO, Christian Chukura. Christian is like your typical seven-year-old, he goes to school, plays little league football, does chores and homework. He also goes to performances, plays, concerts, and many times gets a backstage view of entertainment industry. •


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15-Year-Old Jaylen Bledsoe Builds $3.5 Million Tech Startup By Hayat Mohamed

“I don’t see many eighth graders do the things that he does...”

Curtis Bledsoe, Jaylen’s father

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ow many people can say they earned their first million before being old enough to drive? Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Gazelwood, Mo., is among the lucky few. The high school sophomore founded his own tech company, which specializes in web design and other IT services, Bledsoe Technologies, at the ripe age of 13 years old. In just over two years the tech titan managed to expand his small business — run by two people — into a global venture worth $3.5 million, employing 150 contracted workers. Bledsoe credits a web design class, offered as apart of his school’s gifted education program, as the foundation for his business idea. When he’s not busy running a global technology company, you can find Bledsoe partaking in more typical high school roles such as being president of the Student Council and the Parent Teacher Student Association. In the past, the young CEO has served as the chief technology officer of St. Louis Volunteen, a local program that focuses on promoting teen volunteerism, according to Patch. He was also responsible for bringing vegetarian options to his former middle school’s cafeteria. You know, typical teenage behavior. “I don’t see many eighth graders do the things that he does but it’s all his doing,” Curtis Bledsoe, Jaylen’s father, told Patch in 2012. “I’m very proud of him.” Bledsoe’s advice to young entrepreneurs such as himself is simple: take risks. “As a minor, there’s nothing you can do that will shoot you down for too long. You can always jump back up and keep going.” Bledsoe plans to attend Harvard University before going on to study copyright law. This child is nothing short of impressive. •



Chatejah ‘TAJ’ George “I Am The Real Taj”

hatejah 'Taj' George was born on October 11,1997. She began her music career at the age of 15 in the fall of 2012. Her stage name is Taj. She can be found on social media sites with the title: iamtherealtaj. Taj has always been artistic. She began playing piano at a very young age and has since learned to play the bass clarinet. After seeking a modeling career, Taj landed herself an interview at Hoodstarzz with T. Miles. Following the interview, she went into the studio and recorded her first song, "Bad Girls". She currently has her first album on itunes and called “MostHatedTeen.” Although she is new to the game, Taj has an iconic image that dominated rap battle after rap battle. Though her voice is already strong, it is currently being developed while working on Pop music. While she develops her musical talent, Taj will be releasing Rap, Pop and R & B tracks. So watch out for the singing sensation a great stage presence that can captivate any crowd. Taj won the title from her peers in 8th grade for Best Dressed, Most Unique, Most Creative and Most Attractive. The list of accolades doesn’t stop there. She has gained exposure as a model for Urban Spice Magazine and has had the opportunity make appearances at schools in her local community to inspire her peers. In spite of her busy schedule, Taj manages to maintain her position as a high school honor roll student. Shortly after beginning her career and perfecting her craft at the Atlanta Groove she went on to achieve amazing triumphs. Atlanta Groove, hosted by Hot 107.9 Durrty Boyz, is home to the hottest teen talent in the ATL and it is also where Taj gained her following after performing her new re-

lease "Get Out" at return of Club Technics. Shortly afterwards she was invited by Sir Blk to do an interview on City-to-City radio where she even acquired Japanese callers. Taj was invited to Alabama to perform at Club Blaze. Winning wherever she competes, Taj dominated the Battlehotlanta three-day competition winning $10,000 in cash and prizes. Taj also has "I Run Twitter" at the Hot Block Music Awards and is also featured on the cover as a rising star of 2013. Taj was just recently a finalist in the Streetz 94.5 radio station featuring her song, Talk, where only 20 contestants were selected to compete. Taj performed at the Streetz 94.5/GME MLK Renaissance Festival. She has also performed at the Corona Car and Bike Show. Currently, Taj is nominated for the AUMA awards. Recently, gracing the stage with no one her age, Taj came in first for the six week competition titled, Atlanta's Next Big Hip Hop Star from 94.5 and won 10k cash along with a record contract with Epic Records. She is a unique and shy trendsetter who has her own accessory line called Legendz, which can be accessed at LegendzFashions/app_135607783795.

Check out her blog at http:// where you can learn about upcoming events and topics from all over the world and keep up with what’s new with her. In addition to her many attributes, Taj has also been selected as the youngest professional blogger for Here you can read up on the latest blogs about artists, indie talent and world news.


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“If one persons tells you “No”, keep working until someone tells you YES!”

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Sir Maejor



hile most people with his condition were hiding behind the shame of life in a translucent body, this young man was adding to his reasons for revealing, an adverse effect. Albinism as it is called, aside from lacking melanin for pigmentation, also affects the vision and sensitivity to light. In spite of this, he has chosen to take what most would have considered a curse and turned it into a blessing. This magnificently beautifully created “work of heart”, is paving his way to iconic status to achieve his dreams, goals and visions, while inspiring others along the way. He has a reoccurring role in Season 3 of FX’s hit TV series “American Horror Story” where he plays a Sentinel and Cinema One, “Let’s Be Cops”, and “Need for Speed” all which will be released in 2014. Step into the mind of bravery and astuteness as you travel with me on a journey of disappointments, triumphs and successes through the eyes and mind of Sir Maejor. T2T Magazine: What do you feel is your greatest asset in the industry? Sir Maejor: My greatest asset is my unique look, willingness to learn the business, humility and hunger for succeeding in the industry. T2T Magazine: When did you know you wanted to act and model? Who encouraged you to pursue your dreams? Sir Maejor: I knew that I wanted to act and model recently but I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry, so I selected two things I never thought about doing, but I felt that I would flourish in because of my marketability. No one encouraged me, I just did it, then others began to voice their opinion that I could be great doing this. T2T Magazine: How has albinism affected you negatively as a person? How has it benefitted you in your career?

UP & COMING TRENDSETTERS Sir Maejor: I have vision limitations, so there are some things I can’t do, like driving but on the contrary, when someone is looking for a new face or fresh look, that stands out, then I’ll be the one selected. T2T Magazine: Who is Sir Maejor the “man”? Sir Maejor: I am a multitalented individual who doesn’t stop at anything just because a client may say no. I can adapt to most situations. T2T Magazine: Explain your next biggest venture? Sir Maejor: Not sure what’s in store for me but I know it’s going to be big because I am signed with the best, J Pervis Talent Agency. T2T Magazine: What message do you want to send to those living with albinism and want to pursue dreams? Sir Maejor: You can do whatever it is you want to, so don’t settle for less or let anyone stand in your way. If one persons tells you “No”, keep working until someone tells you YES…I know this may sound a bit generic, but it’s very true! T2T Magazine: Tell me something that the public doesn’t know about you? Sir Maejor: Something that the people don’t know about me and I have never said before, and I was going to save this for Ellen and Oprah, so you beat them to it, I will have to share something else. What folks don’t know about me is that, not only did I have to grow up with albinism being teased, taunted and talked about, but I was adopted. And it’s something I’ve never talked about. I met my biological mother when I was 19 and to this day, we don’t have that connection. If I see her on the street, I might say hi or give her a dollar if she asked; but we don’t have that connection and I don’t desire to have

that connection. In fact, I only see it as a distraction. Some people might say, that can affect you internally, however, at this point, I don’t care to have that connection. I was adopted when I was two years old, the lady that adopted me, kept my brother and my sister together; she kept all three of us, which I commend her greatly. I had a sheltered lifestyle, meaning I wasn’t out there running around listening to the music I listen to today and we didn’t play the sagging your pants. I’m from the old school; I can say that’s how I grew up. That’s what folks don’t know about me, so I can connect with a lot of people. I know what it is like to not have your biological mother and sometimes go without. However, I grew up middle class with family values, I know what it is like to have a family, treat your wife, and respect women. • For that exceptional look, contact Sir Maejor to add “zest” to your brand and “zing” to your film or TV show. Visit


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Ty’ Lechelle ...ON THE COME UP! y' Lechelle is an up and coming Makeup Artist making her mark in the Atlanta beauty industry. She was born and raised in Miami, FL and at only 22 years old, Ty is already on the road towards living out her dreams to becoming a celebrity makeup artist. As a child and throughout her teenage years, Ty, has always favored a more creative approach to doing everything from fashion to writing. in high school, makeup was merely an infatuation. Attracted to all of the bright colors and fun product choices, she would always buy and collect makeup with no idea no intention of ever putting it on. As skilled and talented of an artist as she is, the first time Ty had ever put on makeup was just three years ago at 19 believe it or not. Seeing a picture of a model wearing blue eyeliner, similar to one she had collected and never used, she attempted to recreate the look and the rest is history! Her then, unknown passion had surfaced and with the help of her natural artistic ability, she was able to thrive and perfect her skills with ease. To further educate herself more on her craft, Ty has taken classes and learned many tricks of the trade from the likes of Renny Vasquez and Aj Crimson, who are both pro artists known in the industry for their amazing artistry. Ty has exceptional knowledge on color theory, bridal, and airbrush makeup. However, these classes didn't come cheap! Investing hundreds of dollars on training and workshop events, learning from pros of the aforementioned's esteem, Ty, considers to be the most rewarding and memorable experiences as an aspiring artist to the stars. Each client who gets an opportunity to experience her artistry, can expect a personalized and truly unforgettable transformation. No face is the same, and what Ty'Lechelle strives for is to introduce every woman into the best version of themselves on the outside to inspire the beauty within. Ty decided to relocate to Atlanta having heard about the city's reputation of success in the film and entertainment industry. Leaving her life and family in Miami, Ty packed her bags and her dreams and made the move. Having only lived in the city of Atlanta for one year, Ty'Lechelle has already worked with many talented photographers, directors, and models around Atlanta, building her name in hopes to be become a world renowned celebrity makeup artist. •

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orn in Boston, Massachusetts, Jerica Nicole relocated to Athens, Georgia, at the age of three years old, with her family. In 2006, she graduated from Clarke Central High School. After being offered a full scholarship to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., she graduated with honors in 2010, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. A year later, the entrepreneur was accepted into Tulane University’s MBA program in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was during her academic tenure when Jerica Nicole was inspired to delve into the world of Natural Hair care, and more specifically, her newest business venture, Savoir Faire. Savoir Faire is an upscale All-Natural Salon and Spa, aimed at providing healthy and innovative natural hair care solutions to its clientele. “I was working against the misconception that embracing my natural hair was unprofessional, therefore unacceptable. In the boardroom, I wanted people to see my talents and abilities without shunning my curls. I may not be my hair, but my hair is, in every way,

an extension of who I am. Each soft lock accentuates my femininity. Each highlight evokes my loving energy and each bold coil represents my fearlessness to be my genuine self. My curls move to the rhythm of me. I realized that once I embraced “me” everyone else would too.” While earning her MBA, Jerica Nicole served as a marketing and strategy business consultant to several non-profit and forprofit companies in the US, Europe and South America. She completed her MBA this past May and is currently working on her business plan for Savoir Faire, while continuing to network and practice natural hair care at Salon Milan in the Mall at Stonecrest. In hopes of merging her creativity and business skills, she expects Savoir Faire to open its doors in 2015. Although, Jerica Nicole, is focused on the opening of her first salon and spa, she has big plans for the future. “I picked the name Savoir Faire because its literal translation in French means, 'a knowing how to do.' The meaning asserts that one who possesses

Savoir Faire has the finesse to do what is appropriate and socially correct under any circumstances. My goal in life is not to make naturals conform to social order, but to change societal norms to aid revolution… a movement toward self-empowerment, resilience, and uniqueness.” •


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President Andrew Hugine, Jr. Alabama A&M University proudly became part of the Alabama A&M University family in July 2009 after a 30-year affiliation with South Carolina State University, most notably as its President. As Alabama A&M University's eleventh President, I join a distinguished group of administrators who have served since the University's founding in 1875. I am also pleased to say that the University has made some major strides forward under my presidency. My wife Abbiegail and I are happy to live in Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, one of the loveliest, most dynamic regions of our country. Alabama A&M University is committed to teaching excellence, scholarly advancement and service to society. Our students are our priority. We want to make sure they thrive at AAMU and are positioned to succeed throughout life. Our student body is co-educational and diverse racially, ethnically and religiously. We have an excellent faculty, and our campus boasts a number of state-of-the-art facilities to enhance

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our living and learning environments. We have an impressive graduate program as well, offering technical, professional and scholastic skills and competencies in teaching, research, and public service, including extension. We provide our graduates with marketable skills that are among the nation's best. Alabama A&M University has its roots in the traditional land-grant institution, combining professional, vocational and liberal arts pursuits with a flexible schedule of day and evening classes and distance learning. AAMU also provides opportunities for interaction among industry, government agencies, Alabama institutions and the University's various schools. The University is a major research center for large companies, foundations, and state and federal agencies. Please visit us in person or view our campus and explore our website to find out what makes Alabama A&M University unique. We want to help you discover how we can best serve you. We want you to be a part of the Alabama A&M family, too. •



Health Is Wealth By Bryson Clark ith the exception of our families, our values, and our reputations, nothing in our lives can be more priceless than our physical well-being. Our very essence is comprised of mind, body, and soul. However, in our good intentions to create a life of security and downright happiness, we often sacrifice our health to attain these feelings of security and happiness. We will often eat foods at work that are detrimental to our health, for the sake of convenience, because the food happens to be accessible in our workplace, and we can’t go all day without eating. We will neglect that trip to the gym in order to avoid the pain & discomfort that a rigorous workout often entails. We will also pass up the chance to visit the doctor to receive our check-ups in fear that we will receive a gloomy diagnosis. By all means, I fully understand that there will be times that our schedules will not permit us to live the healthy lives that we’re capable of living, but the fact remains that the choice to be healthy is a lifestyle, not a diet or fad. From 19992009, black men alone were more likely to die of cancer than any other demographic group, according to the CDC. The basis for the aforementioned statistic is that the black commu-

nity—particularly black men, women, and children in the United States—often devalues the emphasis on maintaining good physical health. Due to bad habits developed over a span of many generations which consisted of poor nutrition and other negative factors, too often has the African-American community been on the receiving end of poor health conditions. Today is the day that we all can reverse the stigma of a perpetual trend of bad health in our families and communities. Visit your doctor on a regular basis to receive your scheduled check-ups. Take the initiative to eat more organic/alkalinebased foods, or foods that are non-acidic based. Switch up your perception of exercise, and tailor your workout regimen to your liking. Exercise includes everything from weightlifting, to basketball, to dancing, so there is no one way to achieve optimum physical fitness. Consult with leaders and institutions in your community to organize health fairs that will not only administer check-ups to the community, but also educate and empower the community. As we all know, there are a myriad of possibilites to living the healthiest life possible. The mind, body, and soul have to be in harmony in order to proceed through this journey called LIFE. Let this be a reminder that true health, whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, is wealth! •


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Aaron Anderson, M.D. Vascular Neurologist Interviewed by Kim Hodge

Dr. Anderson discusses research interests that include locating and preventing the causes of geographic and racial disparities in stroke incidence and mortality. Dr. Aaron Anderson is a board certified neurologist specializing in vascular neurology and stroke prevention. He is a vascular neurologist at the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center, Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate medical training included a medical internship, residency, and a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was honored with the Resident Research Award and the Best Resident Consultant Award. While in residency and fellowship, Dr. Anderson received specialized training in Neurovascular Ultrasound and is certified in transcranial Doppler and carotid duplex testing.


hen did the seed of becoming a Neurologist get planted in your life and mind? Who contributed to that decision? I went to medical school wanting to become a pediatric gastroenterologist. This was from a summer experience sophomore year in college where I was able to shadow a specialist in that area. During coursework in medical school, the neuro-anatomy course fascinated me. I then had a great month rotation on the neurology service. With two wonderful residents and a neurology attending who fostered my interest, I continued on neurology electives during my fourth year of medical school. I matched into a neurology residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I spent 5 years in training. The last year at UAB was spent in a stroke fellowship. Why did you choose to research about the geographic and racial disparities in stroke incidence and mortality? During my 4 years of neurology residency, I was called to the emergency department too often for stroke symptoms and not able to treat patients because patients arrived outside of the 3 hour time window for treatment. Witnessing the large racial disparity of stroke while training in the “Stroke Belt,� sparked my interest in researching the cause of the stroke differences in the southeast United States and among African Americans. Was your desire as a neurologist to go into research and what lead you to that decision? I was planning to return to Indianapolis, IN and join a private practice neurology group. The 5 years at UAB shifted this plan towards stroke fellowship and a hopeful successful academic research career defining and preventing the causes of stroke disparities.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT Dr. Virginia J Howard (UAB), said "We have seen significant declines in stroke mortality overall, which has been one of the great public-health achievements of the 20th century, but while we have reduced stroke deaths, we still have these disparities." Are you working with her and do you agree with her findings? Drs. Virginia and George Howard are both part of my mentoring team. They are the principal investigators for the REGARDS study. I have the pleasure of working with their research team on this project and look forward to continuing efforts to reduce the stroke disparity together. Research from the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study has uncovered racial and geographic disparities in stroke incidence. One study found that blacks and those living in the socalled "stroke belt," which stretches across the Southeastern US, are more likely to suffer a stroke. How will you use those findings in conjunction with your research? My research interest builds on the data from the REGARDS study. The overall goal for REGARDS and other research projects targeting stroke disparities is to identify targets for intervention that will help reduce and eliminate the racial and geographic disparity of stroke. What advice can you give our readers to help reduce such disparities? Develop a partnership relationship with your physician. One of the findings from REGARDS demonstrated that African Americans are more likely to be aware of their hypertension, more likely to be treated for hypertension, yet significantly less likely to have their blood pressure controlled. Forming a partnership with your physician to identify methods of reducing

your blood pressure and keeping it controlled. These methods must involve more than medications. As a partner for your health, you have to do some of the work, if not most. These include low salt/low cholesterol diet, exercise, and quitting smoking. You’ve achieved so much, what contributed to your success to this point and what motivates you? Having mentors at every stage in my academic career. Starting from elementary school, obtaining good grades was the only option given to us by our parents. This continued in high school and allowed us to have scholarships to attend the school of our choosing. While at Xavier University of Louisiana, I had to be kicked out of the premed office multiple times because I was getting advice from the biology and chemistry tutors. Eventually I was hired as a tutor and then senior year became an office assistant for Dr. JW Carmichael, the premed advisor. In medical school, discussing career options with the associate dean of admission became a regular occurrence. Many other mentors entered my life to provide guidance and reassurance that I can continue moving forward. My current mentors stretch from Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, and New York. Without these mentors, I would not be in the position I sit today. Throughout residency and my current career, my wonderful wife listens and pushes me to keep moving forward. What is your goal? My goal is a simple one, to have a successful academic research career so I can help mentor those that are struggling to reach their achievement goals. Dr. Anderson also serves as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. • TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

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“You matter because of who you are; you matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can to provide a peaceful transition so you really know, YOU matter.”

Angelic Arms Home Hospice, Tina Topping: CALLED TO A MISSION OF SERVICE By Shernita Wiggins, Contributing Writer

While most people hear the word, “hospice” and cringe, it is actually in reference to something that leads to a natural way of life. Quality of life is the moments that you enjoy as you live on this earth. Most of the fear factor comes from “the NOT knowing”, so when you are face with the notion that you have a certain time to live, it drives that event even closer. But for this “angelic woman”, she has turned a process that most shy away from, into a business for a greater calling. She not only brings experience to the table for this transition, but she was once on the receiving end with a close family member. You have heard of the saying, “Many are called, but few are chosen”, well Tina Topping, CEO/Founder of Angelic Arms Home Hospice Care, has certainly been chosen to assist in the transition that many of us refuse to accept, but is an obvious outcome, none-the-less.

According to Tina Topping, hospice is a special healthcare option for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness, that if it takes its natural course, the patient is expected to live six months or less. It consists of a multidisciplinary team of physician, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers who work together to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family. Her hospice team provides care to patients in their own home or a homelike setting regardless of the patient’s age or ability to pay (which are provided through other services). However, because of the intensive care of a good hospice team, many patients flourish and sometimes no longer need hospice care and are released from

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the program. Families who are interested in utilizing her services must qualify. They can contact her via their website or at (678) 3894782 to get a better understanding. The mission of Angelic Arms Home Hospice is to provide solace and comfort to the family and their loved one; to respect the patient’s needs and enable them to make choices regarding their care and they do this by assisting the family and supporting them in regards to the “quality of life” throughout the care. At Angelic Arms Home Hospice care, Tina Topping finds solace in knowing that this is her calling. She experienced what the families of her patients go through when her father had to endure hospice care, which compelled her to pursue this area of her career TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

field. She knew she could really make a difference because she understood what families face and was sympathetic to the needs of her patients and the family involved. To her, she says, “I am serving God and fulfilling his desire for my life. Nothing can be more satisfying than that and my staff at Angelic Arms Home Hospice care shares the same vision. Because this is such a ministry for us, it almost seems “unfit” to call it work.” Ms. Topping wants her patients and their families to know, “You matter because of who you are; you matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can to provide a peaceful transition so you really know, YOU matter.” •



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Aliyah “Mama Pain” Najm “Not Just a Celebrity Mom: A Caregiver” By Glenda “China” Scott



ama Pain ran out to the driveway when I arrived at her home and greeted me in her bare feet. As she approached my car I smiled at her enthusiasm. “I’m running behind and I don’t want to keep you waiting, she said. I’m excited to have you here! Do I look okay? Should I change my clothes? Can I get you anything?” Oh my God I thought; this woman is so genuine. She made ME feel like the celebrity. Expecting to see bodyguards, personal assistants, or some other type of gatekeeper, surprisingly I had Mama Pain all to myself. Our conversation was private and intimate and I could feel her kind spirit as she opened her life to me. Originally from Miami and born as Donna Williams, Mama Pain graduated from high school and moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida A&M University. There she met and married Shaheed Najm, and began studying the Islamic religion. In 1979 she changed her name to Aliyah Najm. As her story unfolded, it was evident that Aliyah has a passion for helping others which was instilled in her long before becoming an adult. She talked about her childhood and how blessed she was to grow up in a nurturing home. Her parents, George and Zelma Williams, welcomed anyone into their home that was hungry or needed a place to live. Her mom owned a restaurant and her dad owned a shopping mall, yet somehow they still found the time, energy, and love to adopt and raise a daughter in addition to their five biological children. The unselfish love her parents shared with all those around them is the love Mama Pain inherited and carried into her family. From helping disadvantaged youth to providing meals and shelter, the Najm home was always considered the neighborhood place where everyone was welcomed and supported. Aliyah is mom to five children and 20 grand-children. Her 35 year old son, Rasheed, developed diabetes at a very young age

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and has gone through kidney failPictured left to right: ure, amputations, several bouts in Aliyah with her ICU, and now dialysis three times a son T-Pain week. A resilient woman, Aliyah never complains of spending every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the clinic with her son. It’s what she does…it’s who she is…a strong woman, a good mother, and a caregiver. In 2000, Aliyah and her husband Shaheed opened a club called "Homeboyz to Men" that provided young boys with mentoring, survival training, personal hygiene, entrepreneurship, and the necessary knowledge and guidance to become positive young men. Evolving out of the boys club became the rapping and singing group "Nappy Headz" which was also comprised of Aliyah’s 15 year old son Faheem Rashad Najm.


Faheem knew he wanted to be a superstar at an early age. He built his own recording studio inside the house and Aliyah and Shaheed supported him and provided artist management to develop and guide his career. In 2005, Faheem became successful in the music industry, and is now known as Grammy award winner, platinum artist, songwriter and producer "T-Pain." The name T-Pain was created from "T" representing his home town of Tallahassee, Florida and "Pain" representing his struggle and the hurdles he crossed to make it to the top. T-Pain has numerous hit songs in his repertoire including "I’m Sprung"… “Bartender"…"I’m N Luv"…."Buy You a Drank"… and now his latest single "Up Down." He is also the founder of the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment, has had over 10 hot singles on the Billboard 100, and won a Grammy Award with rapper Kanye West for the single "Good Life." In 2007 T-Pain moved his family to Atlanta. Following in her parents footsteps, Aliyah became an entrepreneur. She owned a restaurant for many years, and most recently became founder of the non

-profit organization Caregivers 911, Inc. Aliyah worked in the medical industry for more than twenty years and continuously witnessed caregivers bringing in their terminally ill family members and friends. She understood their frustration and feelings of helplessness, and vowed to support them in every way she could. Aliyah knows what caregivers go through and she appreciates their value. "I want to make the lives of caregivers less depressing and more encouraging" says Aliyah. “I help others not because of my financial blessings, but because it’s dear to my heart to do so.” Caregivers 911, Inc. provides workshops, programs, services, and an outlet to the numerous faithful caregivers who have a gentle kindness and the attentiveness to respond to the needs of others. T-Pain supports his mother’s passion and performed live at the launch of Caregivers 911, Inc. exhibiting a warm, down-toearth, and fun spirit…and we know where he gets that from!

When asked what will make Caregivers 911, Inc. successful, Aliyah responded by saying "we need a good support system of people who see my vision and are instrumental in accomplishing the organization’s goals. We also need volunteers and sponsors. Caregivers 911, Inc. board members, staff, family, friends, and people like Andre Gates, Malika Reese, Moja Services Montee Evans, and C2I Victor Lee have all stepped up to help make the organization a successful resource in the community.” Time flew by as Aliyah and I chatted like old friends. In just a few hours she revealed her compassion and humbleness. Some people never discover their purpose in life; but Aliyah Najm figured it out. This was not just an interview. It was a wonderful experience! Aliyah “Mama Pain” Najm - celebrity mother? You would never know it •

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National Alopecia Awareness Spotlight:

Jazz Artist Lili Anel By Dr Linda Amerson

ake the soulfulness of Bill Withers, the power and range of Annie Lenox, the elegance of Sade, the rhythmic sense of Richie Havens, the songwriting of Joni Mitchell and roll it all together and you might get an idea of what Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Lili Añel is all about. Performing solo or with a rhythm section, her songs captivate the audience. Defying categorization she calls her music a hybrid of “jazz/folk/soul/pop” combined with a powerfully unique vocal style bringing her to the forefront. Lili continues to win over audiences with her vocal stylings, guitar playing and songs, that while often recalling her many influences (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Janis Ian, Joan Armatrading) proves her own unique style. She has supported The Holmes Brothers, Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Raul Midon, Robert Cray to name a few. In 2007, JazzTimes Magazine said of Lili…her songs are consistently excellent…” Lili’s recent CD, “Every Second In Between”, produced by Grammy award winner, Glenn Barratt, continues to bring Lili wide acclaim, making the All About Jazz 2009 Year End Writers Choice for the “10 Best New Jazz Releases” list, along with JazzTimes Magazine proclaiming “…a cd to blow your mind at first listen…” Winning NY Music Awards 2010, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Jazz Album "Every Second In Between" and Best Female Jazz Vocalist. Currently Lili is in the studio at work on her upcoming release” “I Can See Bliss From Here.” Projected release date, September 17, 2013. Be on the look out!

WOW! With so many musical accomplishments, Lili also had another image challenge. Lili shares, "18 years ago I was diagnosed with Alopecia. It began with Alopecia Areata then progressed to Alopecia Universalis. The whole process was very slow. As the hair loss progressed from bald spots to having more scalp than hair, I accepted it, cut my remaining hair off in March 2011, and have moved on with my life. Ironically, I have an identical twin sister (one minute apart), who does not have Alopecia. When initially diagnosed, I went through treatment including scalp shots, along with topical medication for 6 months then stopped. Treatments were extremely costly and not recognized as necessary by the healthcare system in the U.S. Recently I have had patchy red skin swelling on my scalp that has persisted. It appears randomly. It feels like a sunburn along with itching. The episodes last one to two days then disappear. It is painful and looks bad. I saw my dermatologist and he took pictures of my head stating he didn't know what I had. He gave me a topical steroid cream that helps the condition completely subside. While this treats my symptoms it is not treating the actual condition which continues to come and go. I would like to know what is causing this so we can find a way to make it stop. I went to my regular doctor who also said he did not recognize what was going on with my scalp. I've subsequently seen an allergist who put me through a series of blood tests, whose results I await. I'm

realizing Alopecia is an inflammatory disease and am researching steps to avoid inflammation in my body. I've heard from a few people that this red swelling, burning that I'm experiencing is normal for alopecians. Despite there not being a cure for alopecia, I believe it is important for alopecians to accept and love ourselves. This illness, speaks to the human condition in general, that we be accepting of each other and our differences physical and otherwise. Doing so will make living in the world a much better place." •

To contact Lili Anel: or If you have additional questions about alopecia contact Dr. Linda Amerson. We also invite you to tune in to our weekly radio show-Ask the Hair & Scalp Doctor on Weds @ 11am CST on If you are interested in being featured on our popular segment to expose your business non-profit, etc, please contact me or TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

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Jacynth Hall “ KEEPING YOUR SKIN LOOKING GOOD” acynth Hall is the founder of Corrective Skin Care International. She is a Board Certified Aesthetician and has been in the skin care industry for over 22 years. She is certified in Effective Acne Treatments, Pigmentation Disorders and Effective Skin Analysis. Ms. Hall has appeared on CBS, several radio stations and has been featured in many newspaper articles and magazines. She is dedicated to correcting all types of skin problems with emphasis on acne (pimples and blackheads), razor bumps, as well as the unsightly bumps on the back of the neck of African-American males. By strict adherence to the total program, dramatic clearing and radiant skin are achieved without the use of prescribed medications with their negative side effects. Based on her solid background in skin care and proven results, there is no doubt that Ms. Hall is the skin care expert and her impact in the skin care industry is well-recognized and greatly appreciated by her customers. •

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Beverly Hill (Shelley)… Multiple Sclerosis Does Not Define Me


ultiple Sclerosis has not stopped 63-year-old Beverly Hill (Shelley). She was officially diagnosed in March 2007, but it is believed by doctors that she has had this disease since she was in her mid-thirties. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which makes up the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The progression and severity of the disease are unpredictable and varies from person to person. Beverly’s symptoms are minimal compared to others that suffer from this debilitating disease. The main challenges for Beverly include heat intolerance, fatigue, and occasi onal shortterm memory and cognition problems. She changed her diet, began exercising, taking supplements and removed the mercury from her teeth. Along with these things, she also began using natural products for her hair and skin. Beverly believes that these combined things made it possible for her to put her walking cane down 2 years ago. She was also able to discontinue her daily Multiple Sclerosis injections during that same time. Beverly Hill (Shelley) is a published writer and lyricist and is presently a contributing writer for Trendsetters to Trendsetters magazine. Because Beverly loves people so much, writing for the magazine gives her a chance to meet and talk to new and exciting people. She is working to complete her nonfiction book, a memoir of her life. She is also beginning work on her second book. Beverly, Robert Alred and Joseph Wooten (20 year Keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band) have co-written and completed two songs. She says she enjoys writing lyrics because it allows her to express some of the challenges and

the joys in her life. Beverly’s newly created company Hits On The Hill© was created with the desire to cater to all genres of music and creative works. The company is a work in progress. From all of this, you can surely see that Beverly is not allowing her physical challenges or anything else to hold her back! Beverly says that she has too much to do to allow Multiple Sclerosis to define her. When first diagnosed, she found it very hard to keep a personal daily MS log, charting how she was feeling, logging her injections, etc. After about 2 months she refused to continue keeping a log. She says it kept her too focused on the disease. Beverly is vibrant, full of energy, loves life, loves people and above all, she loves God. Along with overcoming her physical challenges, she has also overcome physical abuse and the numerous trials that plagued her throughout her personal life. To encourage herself Beverly states, “I speak positive things to myself daily and try to keep as many negative influences and negative people as far from me as possible. (Chuckle) I hide from negative people! Staying in relationship

with God is very important to me. I am not religious but I am spiritual. Anything I put my mind to do…I can do it. There finally came a point in my life where I had to make myself a priority. I learned to truly love me and not care about what anyone else thinks about me. I see myself prospering, being a great writer, leaving a legacy, and accomplishing all that God has for me to do before I leave this life. Surrounding myself with like-minded people is a must. No matter my age, I refuse to allow Multiple Sclerosis or life to stand in the way of my life!” •


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JASMINE GUY: Fighting A Different World of Slavery

“IM NOT YOURS” By Greta Wheeler



hese are just a few of the words and phrases used to entice and ultimately ensnare girls as young as 11 – years old into a dark world of modern day slavery in the form of Child Sex Trafficking. While many may still be under the assumption that this horrific act of violence only transpires in foreign counties, statistics have shown that this crime is very prevalent in major cities right here in the United States of America. Atlanta, Georgia is listed by the FBI as one of 14 cities in the nation with the highest occurrences of human trafficking. The perpetrators of human trafficking prey on young girls that are seemingly vulnerable, impressionable and troubled. They hide behind social networking sites and in plain sight in public venues where young girls tend to gravitate. Human Trafficking has become such a widespread, yet unspoken epidemic that actress, singer, dancer and director, Jasmine Guy, has joined forces with Mona Stephen, the CEO and Founder of the I Am Not Yours Campaign. Jasmine teamed up with the campaign as its’ National Spokesperson in effort to, not only create awareness, but to support other organizations that are designed to help survivors of this atrocity. Throughout the years, Jasmine has been involved with many causes, all of which she believed in. But she was compelled to give the I Am Not Yours Campaign her all when she became aware of the ever presence of child sex trafficking right here in the U.S., specifically, Atlanta, Georgia. “I said to Mona, I need one cause because right now I’m giving ten percent to every cause and I’d like to give one hundred percent to one cause.” She stated. “When

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I found out how horrible child sex trafficking was here, I thought I could use my visibility to bring awareness to these kids and families so they understand it’s not just a class thing.” And using her celebrity to help is what Jasmine has been doing since I Am Not Yours launched January 31, 2013. Since partnering with Not Yours! Jasmine has been the spearhead of creating awareness by making appearances in major national media networks such as HLN ‘s “Raising America” and CNN. She has also appealed to the pubic in a PSA introducing I Am Not Yours Campaign and presenting the hard facts concerning child sex trafficking. Mona Stephen, the campaign’s CEO and Co Founder of the company, Not Yours Worldwide, shared that the company serves as a vehicle that assists and support the organizations that provide the resources for survivors of human trafficking. The campaign also spread awareness through celebrity and funding. Not Yours! is a product development company that develop small, simple products that help people identify items belonging to them. The company’s first product, the Beverage Identifier, will be launched on QVC this fall. They have committed a percentage of any items sold under the company brand to the organizations that are fighting for the victims of child sex trafficking. The Not Yours Campaign, which falls under Not Yours Worldwide ‘s umbrella, has its official Not Yours! T-shirt and fifty percent of its proceeds are being used as the funding source to help aide the organizations in their fight against child sex trafficking.

Mona shared that in the near future one hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the organizations. I Am Not Yours Campaign has taken another step in the fight against human sex trafficking by partnering with The Restorative Justice Center, a non-profit organization that support the alternative sentencing programs of the Community Court Division of the Municipal Court of Atlanta. The Restorative Justice Center is an approach to justice that focuses on the roots and influences that cause offenders to continue cycles of behavior that leads to self-harm and harm to their community. Together, The Restorative Justice Center and I Am Not Yours Campaign will be hosting the “Diamond on the Half Shell” Benefit on October 24, 2013 at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium with WABE 90.1 FM’s Rose Scott as host. The Restorative Justice Center hopes to offer creative and reparative alternatives for young girls and women who have been convicted of solicitation for illicit sexual acts in the City of Atlanta thus, helping them end the cycle and become productive citizens of the Atlanta community. The Diamond on The Half Shell Benefit is extended to the public, but tickets are limited. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the prevention of child sex trafficking while enjoying an evening showcasing an exclusive runway show with a special guest “Celebrity Designer” may do so by contacting Vanessa Gales for tickets at (404) 276-9776 or go to


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verett M. Drake is a featured vocalist on Bobby Jones Gospel show. The show airs internationally on Black Entertainment Television (BET), Word Television and Impact Television Network. Drake was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and has lived there all of his life. First Baptist Church South Inglewood in Nashville, Tennessee is Drake’s home church where he has served as director of choirs since he was 11 years old. He started working with Dr. Bobby Jones in 1983. Dr. Jones has been very supportive in helping to promote Drake’s CD project, “Amen Goes Right There!” When asked how the concept of “Amen Goes Right There!” was birthed, Drake explains, “It is a phrase I had been saying for 20 years. While sitting around playing cards and my team might beat the other team I would say, ‘I got cha…ya may as well say amen…amen goes right there! Everybody would laugh. I told them they could laugh if they wanted to, but that was going to be my first number one record…and remember I told ya! One day I was standing at my kitchen window God said, ‘most people don’t know your name, just the light skinned boy on Bobby Jones show that points his finger.’ I got very quiet. Then God said, ‘All you were doing was saying ‘amen’, I’m going to give you a song to go with it.’ Pointing my finger is my way of saying amen. While on a writing expedition with my producer, Derrick Lee, my mind started seeing a rally call, not just for white people or black people but for all people. I saw this thing as somebody standing on a hill with a megaphone making a great speech to bring people together. I saw the people shouting back, ‘amen goes right there!’ Through a conversation Derrick and I wrote what is known today as “Amen Goes Right There!” The song debuted in late 2011.” Aside from touring with Dr. Bobby Jones, Everett Drake has toured with 2 other major acts. His first major tour was with country singer, Donna Fargo. Her husband encouraged her to write her own songs one being the crossover hit, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA”. Through the years, every day Fargo would ask Drake if he had written anything. She wanted him to get in the habit of writing something every day. That always stayed with him and prompted him to appreciate the need to write his own songs. Drake also toured with singer-songwriter, Lyle Lovett. He toured for several years with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Drake says, “So many people dread having to go to work every day. Thinking about the opportunity that I have been afforded to travel, sing and make a living…all at the same time, is absolutely overwhelming! I thank God; it has all been such a blessing.” AMEN GOES RIGHT THERE! •

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NOT A GOOD SERMON By Pastor Timothy Chambers


have not been a pastor long and what I have to say here will not endure me to any of the seasoned pastors that I may be describing but then again they didn’t call me to preach.

“I have no problem with preachers who are entertaining but I do have a problem with entertainers sitting in the seat of the pastorate.” Most of us who go to church have at least one thing in common...we want to hear a good sermon. When was the last time you heard a “Good Sermon?” Surely you know one when you hear one right? Is a good sermon one that makes you cry? Is a good sermon one that makes you shout or maybe it makes you laugh? Is it only a good sermon when the preacher sings and people are running up and down the isles or when the “Holy Ghost” descends and people are running around shouting out utterances that no one understands. Maybe its only a good sermon if it’s bookended by great musical performances. If you are not entertained does that mean it wasn’t a GOOD SERMON? I have no problem with preachers who are entertaining but I do have a problem with entertainers sitting in the seat of the pastorate. Particularly when peoples lives and souls are at stake. The bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” It would be nice to say that all sermons are given by the inspiration of God but here’s a news flash, many / most preachers, to

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include myself have preached on a subject matter that they made their mind up on long before they consulted with God. If the offerings and or tithes have been low guess what the sermon is going to be about. Sadly in many instances if the Pastor is not getting his or her way or has a problem with a member or members of the congregation the sermon may reflect it. That may not be their intent but they / we are human too. So what is a good sermon? Often to understand what something is we need to understand what something is not. A good sermon is not simply doctrinal purity, I don’t need someone to recite the bible. A good sermon is not merely biblical exegesis, I can read a commentary. A good sermon is not simply an intellectual exercise, if I can’t understand you what have I gained? A good sermon is not necessarily flattering but it should not be abusive. A good sermon is not necessarily big words but it should be profound. A GOOD SERMON should be inspirational. It shouldn’t matter if its lengthy or brief as long as it encourages one to act in accordance with the will of God. It shouldn’t matter if it is yelled at the top of ones audible capacity or whispered to point that one must strain to here it as long as it motivates us to be better towards people despite how people are towards us. I have heard many a seasoned pastor say that a good sermon proclaims the gospel. I realize that in the eyes of most pastors I am a mere neophyte and while it is common place for me to be found hanging on their every word for some semblance of wisdom, most of them could care less about what I have to say. Taking that into consideration I will simply say this... Proclaiming the gospel and failing to explain the gospel in a way that matters to those who are struggling or who are lost is just that...failing, it is not a GOOD SERMON. •



RONNEY STEVENS Beverly Hill (Shelley)


orn in San Antonio, Texas, 57 year old Ronney Stevens is a pastel artist. His story is an inspiring one. Since his family was poor and couldn’t afford art supplies, he used #2 pencils which were his first drawing tools. He would draw on opened brown paper bags. To him this meant that he had an unlimited amount of art supplies. Brown paper bags were FREE! After high school, Ronney attended two colleges majoring in art. He also attended American Animation Institute in North Hollywood, California. He was not interested in animation and opted for realistic portraitures. Ronney has displayed his art at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on four occasions, at the African American Market Place in Los Angeles, and at the state capitol in Austin, Texas. In Ronney’s second year of college, he began to associate with the wrong crowd which led him to drug use and subsequently caused him to drop out of college. As a result of his substance abuse, he served a short stint in a California prison. Ronney was a user for about 25 years. He says at the lowest low part of his life, his friend, Robert (Red) Alred, was there for him. He recalls, “Mr. Red didn’t say that I could be or will be an artist.” He said, “You ARE an artist!” This was the beginning of Ronny changing his environment, his associations and his lifestyle. He began to believe in himself, doing things conducive to preserving his dream as an artist. He states, “I am eternally indebted to Mr. Red.” Ronny has lived 15 years sober! Because of his life change, he has cared for his relatives and changed the quality of life for many others. He married his childhood friend who is a nurse; she has helped him with the care of his relatives. He says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” (Luke 28:14) Today Ronney does commissioned portraits, works on his own personal art and also likes to paint musicians. He has a piece that he dedicates to his mother whom he says, in spite of her mental disabilities, taught him how to use whatever resources available to survive. The painting shows people picking cotton in a cotton field. This piece is called, Working from Can’t to Can’t. As a child, Ronney remembers his mother leaving to pick cotton so early that you can’t see the sun and returning so late that you still can’t see the sun…hence the name of the portrait, Working from Can’t to Can’t. Ronney’s mom died in March 2010 and his father died in April 2010. His parents were never together, and he didn’t know his father until shortly before his death. It was such a blessing to Ronney that they both acknowledged him as an artist before they passed. “My favorite quote was from an uncle. He said, ‘Practice does not make perfect, it makes room for improvement because nothing is perfect.’ There is always room for improvement. Never become satisfied. I've come to realize and accept that I am Gods piece of artwork, and as I create, I hope that my life can inspire others.” •

Beverly Hill (Shelley) – writer, lyricist Hits on the Hill©


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Robbie D. Mack is sure to deliver.

Robbie D. Mack Founders, Marie Robinson and Donna McKissack obbie D. Mack (RDM) Films is a North American production company and a subsidiary of RDM Entertainment. It is an independent film company that values family and faith-based films in the comedic, drama, suspense, and romantic genres. RDM Films was founded by Marie Robinson and Donna McKissack in Atlanta, GA. Their films carry a powerful message which encourages their audiences to believe, love, forgive, and triumph in spite of life’s many challenges. Their mission is to impart truth through entertainment and education to their viewer’s in the art form of cinema. This dynamic duo offers years of experience in their unique styles, approaching each project in its own creativity giving life to its originality. The team blends both their creative and technical expertise, which was achieved with over 20 years of stage and television/video production, to the numerous phases of filming within a range of production budgets. They specialize in adapting New York Best-Selling Novels into motion pictures while honoring the storyline and utilizing state-of-the-art technologies with ideal cast members. Marie is skillful in creating and developing characters through the transition of conceptual ideas to real-life characters the audiences

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come to know, appreciate, and love. She is known for her “whole person” approach where she adds genuineness and believability in the infancy of character analysis leading to the casting of actors and actresses for a perfect character-to-actormatch. Donna is a masterful storyteller bringing pizzazz to the cinematic and theatrical industries. She possesses the uncanny ability to grip the hearts of viewers delivering memorable applause-worthy scenes. She is known for her ability to strengthen a plot to the point where it pulls out of actors and actresses and pours into viewers. Both, offer directorial knowledge and insights capturing many aspects of visual art to deliver to diverse audiences. What’s next for RDM Films? RDM has several projects underway and is currently anticipating its first major box office release, The Message, in 2015. The Message is a stunning thriller where the main character makes a mysterious discovery that throws him in a race against time to save the world from ultimate destruction. Stay tuned for several upcoming projects over the next few years. Viewers are sure to have a distinctive one-of-a-kind flare only captured from this union and their experienced team of professionals. As always, we lead to make a difference. •




“When you play, play hard, when you work, don’t play at all!”


hen you hear names like: Mint Condition, KC & JoJo, Dru Hill, Slick Rick, Nappy Roots, Rob Base, Tank, The Whispers, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Avant, Juvenile, Case, Jagged Edge and Uncle Luke (A.K.A. Doo Doo Brown)…you know you are in for a great time. These are a few of the “entertainment moguls” that Atlanta’s promoter Jeremy “JD” Hill brings to the stage. He offers these concerts at affordable prices starting at $25 for tickets. When asked about his success, he simply said, “I am very passionate about seeing people have a good time and enjoying themselves. Although I had a lot of failures starting out while learning the business, what to do and what NOT to do; “experience” has made me successful in providing enjoyment for those who attend my shows.” JD, as he is called, shared that the driving force behind ensuring the success of every event included planning to do something different that had not been done in today’s market. He explained that he took into consideration the economy and how much the average ticket for those elite artists was about $75. So he wanted to create entertaining shows where anyone can come out and have a great time at an affordable price; hence the name Affordable Old School Concert Series was developed. Orchestrating his company, stemmed from his passion to see people have a gratifying time and because he is a lover of all types of live music, those two at-

tributes went hand-in-hand. He felt that people would come out; if he provided something they wanted to hear. When he secured the perfect venue, Wolf Creek Amphitheater, he tweaked it a little; got them to allow the participants to bring in their own food and drink, and it became a WINNER! His passion goes so deep, that seeing the crowd having an awesome time, which is rewarding to him, outweighs sometimes losing money from ticket sales. He sees his company growing over the next two or three years while doubling in the number of concerts he provides and JD ENTERTAINMENT, LLC is about to add Affordable Old School Cruises for 2014 to take his ventures to its next level. I asked Jeremy, what was a pinnacle moment at one of his events and he told me that about four weeks ago, his mother who is 62 years old came to a show for the first time in Atlanta and although this was not her demographic, she really enjoyed herself. Seeing her out in the audience dancing and having a good time was exalting for him at this SOLD OUT show of about 6000 people dressed all in white at the Affordable Old School Concert Series ALL White Affair. JD said his mother was proud of him and what he was accomplishing and THAT…made it worth while. Something you might not know about Jeremy JD Hill is that he is currently a Captain in the US Army. This has been his full-time job for 16 years and counting. Upon retirement, he will pursue his entertainment passion full time. Oddly enough, he said that on his

down-time after an event, he likes to travel and go to concerts sponsored by others with a live band and stated, “When I do this, I’m in heaven.” When you hear about an Affordable Old School Concert Series event, make sure you come out and join in on the fun, eat, drink and have a marvelous time dancing and enjoying entertainment that’s reasonably priced and he promises you will have the time of your life. You will be glad you did! •

For upcoming events from JD ENTERTAINMENT, LLC Affordable Old School Concert Series visit his FaceBook page Jeremy JD Hill TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

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INC. Presents: Professor Devin Robinson

TROUBLED TEEN TURNED ENTREPRENEUR KING By Shernita Wiggins, Contributing Writer, CFOX Productions, Inc.


“The same energy it takes to find an excuse, is the same energy it takes to find a solution. You can always FIND a way.”

he road, “Entrepreneur King”, Devin Robin- the bailiff to the recruiting office.” Still embedded with the son has traveled came from twists, turns and streets during his entry into the service, he got in trouble rocky terrain during his early life. According once more while in the military. For this young man, it was to him, “Entrepreneurship came as a sur- the marriage to his wife and the birth of his son that was a prise. It wasn’t what I had expected it to be. defining moment. Soon, after making a conscious decision to excel for his It is the end result of a young man, who was new family, he moved quickly up the ladder of SUCCESS. socially deprived, being given a second chance at life.” Devin shared that by the time he was 17 years old, he He spent six years as a Network Engineer in the service and was already facing several felony charges, although intelli- came out to utilize his trade in the corporate world in the gent and making good grades, he often entertained bad same career. His circle of friends changed and acquired choices. He was expelled from school but able to return, skills would prove to prepare him for a life more rewardwith strict stipulations. His mother enrolled him in flight ing. Devin left the corporate world due to massive downschool at age sixteen, to provide an opportunity out of his sizing; he resigned because the co-worker who was next in line for layoff, he knew wouldn’t survive it. Immediately, dire circumstances. By the time he appeared in court to face his charges, he activation of his entrepreneur skills came after being prohad graduated high school and the judge, seeing his abilities filed in a beauty supply store, which compelled him to open academically, realized that this young man only needed up his own store and sparked a passion when he shared with others who inquired… how he accomplished it. At 28, he some incentive to partake upon a different path. Empathetic to his situation, he offered Devin the choice had 3 stores and one salon. He sold those stores, ten years to enter the military, or face time in jail with only a week to and 49 businesses later, he teaches others how to start their decide. He stated, “My mind was still in the streets at the own businesses as a professor, speaking engagements, traintime I returned to give my decision, which was to face my ing and his empowering books. He states, “Having the optime because I had friends coercing me to do so. Somehow, portunity to share what I know leading people out of finanstanding before that judge, it hit me…I am the ONLY one cial bondage by educating them on the facets of successful who has graduated, don’t be a fool by listening to them. I entrepreneurship, makes me feel like Moses in a sense… and I am still flying high, chose the military and was immediately escorted by literally.” He laughs. • For More information about CFOX Productions or Devin Robinson, please call 866-919-6291 (Extension 0)

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“Always reinvent yourself, in order to forecast change!”

INC. Presents: Patrick Lewis THE TREND GURU with a PASSION for FASHION By Shernita Wiggins, Contributing Writer, CFOX Productions, Inc.


hat few people realize is that, Chief Visionary Officer, Patrick Lewis of CFOX Productions, Inc. got his “passion” for fashionable trends from maintaining the position of Director of Operations during his tenure in the United States Air Force. Under the tutelage of Dee Drummond, he learned how to organize, design and implement event planning, for which he has since then, taken to a pinnacle level. His career choice came from a whim, according to Mr. Lewis, “A friend and I was downtown one day and passed by the recruiting office and just went in and signed up at the spur of the moment.” He chuckles. However, it turned out to be one of the most honorable decisions he would make in his lifetime. After retiring out of the Air Force, he continued to put his remarkable skills to work with a real estate firm here in Atlanta handling the catering and events as the Regional Director of Marketing, which enhanced his skills as a planner and “self-learned” gourmet chef. It was during that time at a CFOX Productions, Inc. event for the Tupac Shakur Center of the Arts, that he observed and was intrigued by how CEO/ Founder, Carlos Coleman organized the event and saw an opportunity to offer up his skills to add to the company’s growth. As the CVO, Patrick has made their event planning “one-to-be-reckoned-with” by incorporating his visionary décor and designs using the latest methods. He states that, “I

saw us as being the premier event planning company in Atlanta, and I plan on making sure that we always do, by keeping up with latest in fashions and upcoming trends. I accomplish this by attending workshops, observing competitions and massive research as to what the public wants in the 21st Century when executing their events and integrate my creativity. It is a must, to stay on the cutting-edge of what is new and trendy.” CFOX Production, Inc. is committed to doing spectacular events that will bring artists, entertainers and the community together, like their recent POWER OF ONE CONCERT, held July 20, 2013 in support of an anti-bullying campaign. He mentioned they are proud to announce that the company will offer total Wedding Packages and Services since he has completed his certification for wedding planners, establishing him as the guru of event planning. This venture was inspired by the first wedding he planned, designed and executed which turned out to be everything the bride and groom dreamed of and by creating their reality; it motivated him to go above and beyond. He wants to leave a bit of advice for the readers who desire to start their own business, “If you have a dream inside of you, go after that dream, but make sure you are prepared to handle the business aspects by aligning yourself with the right people who can mentor you towards success. Don’t forget to balance this out with maintaining your spiritual life, so you can cope with the economic and influence of society.” •

For More information about CFOX Productions or Patrick Lewis, Please call 866-919-6291 TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

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“What A Fan” Conference:  A Salute to American Sports Fans  By Glenda “China” Scott 

hen former sports marketing professional Lowell Moore looked globally for opportunities to expose his “What a Fan” RV, surprisingly there were no conventions specifically dedicated to sports fans. Yes, there were sports merchandise shows, sports memorabilia shows, and many industry related shows and conventions all over the country. But Lowell found nothing dedicated precisely to the passion and interest of the sports FAN. In 2013 Lowell Moore founded the “What A Fan Sports Conference” to celebrate the massive number of sports fans and their contributions, love and support to the sports industry. Whether football, basketball, baseball, racing, soccer, or hockey, the fans are as important to the sports industry as the teams and players they cheer for. Lowell knew he was embarking upon a historic undertaking to produce a new conference with no historical data. But it was a risk that had to be taken. Selecting the city of Orlando was by far the best possible choice as fans from around the world all

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like to travel to the Mouse House. The famous IDrive strip is one of the most visited destinations on Earth, and Labor Day Weekend is a slow time for hotels which offered great rates for the attendees. “Sponsorship was my biggest worry, said Lowell. I knew the challenge I faced. What gave me a ray of hope was that the What A Fan Organization itself had a 15 year history that we could share with potential sponsors and a website with lots of examples of our history. I worked on Miller-Coors for two years to get their involvement. When they agreed to be our first title sponsor I knew I could utilize their commitment to get other sponsors. Ferrari Maserati was the next to come onboard. Then I wanted Walmart. I went after them with everything in me. They thought the project was too good to be true and kept looking for ways to say No. But in the end, they were a blessing by bringing Pepsi Company and Frito Lay to the table



with them.” A great deal of skepticism was experienced from fans all around the country. They didn't understand what the conference motives were and many of them sat on the fence. But Lowell also knew he had a core group of super fans around the country that would come just to satisfy their curiosity. Getting a representative from every major city and sport would speak volume for the conference and that's exactly what was accomplished. The 1st annual convention was a success!!! It was held at the beautiful Rosen Center Hotel and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. “Although we could have done it in a smaller venue, it was important to show the level of what my vision is long term” says Lowell. Seven awards were presented at the conference. The very talented band, BEEB$ and Her Money Makers, performed throughout the night keeping the fans entertained during the ceremony. Former professional athletes agreed to salute the sports fans as these fans once cheered them on and helped grow the industry to provide income to owners and players across the board. The Cheers For Charity Community Service Award was presented to The Hoggettes who represented the Washington Redskins. The Hoggettes have raised more than $100 million dollars over a 30 year history for charity. The award was presented by Reggie Branch, former running back for the Washington Redskins. The American Sports Icon Award was awarded to Mr. Dick Vitale. Dickie V is a sports legend. He is an amazing person who stepped up and showed his support for “What A Fan” fourteen years ago and was the first celebrity to give “What a Fan” a personal interview. His background in coaching and commentating, along with his impact on basketball and the fundraising for the Jimmy V Foundation, are all legendary. Dickie V is what this award represents. The Group Fan Award was awarded to Derek Fournier with “What The Buc & The Buc Wild Boys” who showed up to represent

the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and brought three generations of family members and a large number of supporters to the conference. The award was presented by both Walter Briggs, former quarterback for the New York Jets; and Ron Dixon, former wide receiver for the New York Giants. The NBA What a Fan Award was presented to Dennis “The Fat Guy” Salvagio who represented the Orlando Magic. The award was presented by Scotty B, the NBA’s only entertainment jockey, and 13 year emcee and DJ for the Orlando Magic. The MLB What a Fan Award went to Thomas “Hatman” Lange who represented the St. Louis Cardinals. The award was presented by Rickie Weeks, Sr, owner of the Orlando Monarchs. The NFL What a Fan Award went to Lionel “Da Pope” Alphonso representing the New Orleans Saints. The award was presented by both Henry Lawrence, two-time Pro Bowler, threetime Super Bowl champion and offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders; and Daunte Culpepper, three-time Pro Bowler and former quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The Ultimate Sports Fan Award went to the Pittsburgh “Steel Man” representing all Pittsburgh professional sports organizations. The award was presented by What A Fan Sports Conference founder Lowell Moore. The 1st annual What A Fan Sports Conference was a historic event. Being the first award show to recognize sports fans, and to have former celebrity sports figures presenting the awards, was a tremendous achievement. The conference developed a great group of well-connected sports fans that have seen a 15 year vision become reality. The 150 fans who were nominated for 2013 are now part of the history of this event. As the conference moves forward, the five year plan is packed with a larger media impact and great exposure for sports fans across the globe!!! Don’t miss out on the next annual conference. For more information on attending or participating in the 2014 What A Fan Sports Conference please log onto •


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Durtty Boyz Style: Trendsetting for the Millennials!!! Interviewed by Kenneth Prophet and Written by Sylvie Chantal Humphreys, Contributing Writer

Here are some of their trending statistics #1 with teens; #1 with 18-34 year olds; and #2 with 25-50 year olds! You can check them out on Twitter @DurrtyBoyz107!



ou are too young… You have your whole life ahead of you… Take your time!" These are a few of the many remarks that some adults tend to convey to young people, which frequently, yet often unintentionally, discourages them from believing they can achieve greatness at an early age, but not ET of the Durtty Boyz!!! His ideology about life is most intriguing, "Everyday I feel it’s a beginning… I'm always trying to compete with myself to do something bigger and better; whenever someone starts telling me I can't, that's when they are going to lose!" This trendsetter is obviously a go-getter and readily accepts a challenge, as long as it enhances his craft. He does not allow life or external sources to dictate the direction or pace of his accomplishments. In fact, he empowers youth to follow their dreams at an early age by letting them know that they are never too young to be wealthy and successful, despite what others may say.

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Moreover, ET strongly advocates the continuous reinventing of oneself, as he explained how he evolves on a daily basis, "I believe God gives you different days because there are different things to try." Complacency and limits are certainly not in his vocabulary. "What I may like today, I may not like tomorrow, and that's ok," he gushed. He attributes his proclivity to connect with both his young and mature audience to his ability to transcend tradition, time, and genre. He asserts that Hip Hop of today differs significantly from that of the past – it is more inclusive genre-wise. When asked about his method of identifying trends in the Entertainment Industry, he unequivocally purported that "timing and presentation" are everything when it comes to knowing what's hot! It is no longer acceptable to just "possess" talent. Rather, it is imperative to have a "game plan" – a package in which to present that gift to an anticipating world. He even proceeded to quote his own mother, "Talent gets wasted everyday," explaining what she meant was that God gives everyone talents, but, it is what one does with "them" that TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

really counts. It is quite evident that ET has an ear for these trends as he has been noted for his keen ability to discover real talent, including new artists like CocoKiss, aka the modern day "Betty Boop" and Benefit, another rising star! Ultimately, this trailblazing phenomenon is clearing paths and starting trends all over the nation. Californiaraised, he was first discovered laying down his fresh Cali dance choreographies in the hottest clubs even before Chris Brown was recognized for his similar style of dance. Inadvertently, he was offered an intern position at a radio station. He had no intention to be on the radio. However, his faith in God allowed him to accept opportunities for what they were, "blessings!" What is even more trending is that ET (and the Durtty Boyz), along with 107.9, is bringing some more California trends to Atlanta, GA. They plan to visit various high schools on Fridays to provide them with free lunches, while entertaining them with live music from their latest and hottest tracks!


“YES, relationships are everything man!” exclaimed J-Nicks of the Durtty Boyz, when asked about his recipe for acquiring fame. He learned that, in part, from observing the way that his industry peers interacted with their fan base—good and bad. Whether it was maintaining appointments to keep fans happy, or simply not showing up at events, J-Nicks internalized the totality of the all experiences he had witnessed and used them for his embetterment. He learned early on that the key to success is contingent upon the networks within which people position themselves. Ultimately, he believes that once you get to the point where others go out of their way to help you, it speaks volumes about the magnitude of the relationships and connections you have established. That is evident in his testimony, “I was promoting parties back home with my homeboy Dj Rackwon and he was a production director at a radio station. One day he asks me to read a commercial script for him; I read the script, his program at the time was Mike Fox, and he asked, ‘Who is that on my commercial?’ Mr. Fox really liked my voice and my attitude and gave me an opportunity because he was interested in creating a new, young radio personality. And over the course of a few days, he showed me how to work the boards… and the rest is history.” Originally from St. Louis Missouri, J-Nicks has been on the radio since he was 16 yrs old. However, he does not take the business lightly… at all! In fact, he explained, “I took my time and learned the business of how everything works in radio. I saw where I had the opportunity to put many people to work. I have also gotten an opportunity to meet a lot of friends and coworkers as far as industry mates.” Even J-Nicks realizes the Power of Preparation, Planning, and Partnerships! Speaking of which, J-Nickz, along with partner, ET of the Durtty Boyz,

possesses a very solid connection with their audience, especially the youth. He asserts that you are only as old as you act and that living for Hip Hop keeps them young, urban, and trending. J-Nicks finds collaborating with young people to be most gratifying, yet challenging at the same time -- gratifying because one can learn a lot from hanging around young, creative minds, and trying, because of the pressure that is bestowed upon them by their older peers, who oftentimes have the propensity to be ignorant of the true plight and struggles of these millennials! “I feel as though we need to do a better job finding time to engage in real one-on -one conversation with our young people,” empathizes J-Nicks... “I love to tell young people that if school is not your thing, fine. I instruct them to go and do an internship, apprenticeship, or sign up for a vocational school, just as long as you do something you have an interest and passion for.” Trust me, this brother is deep! That is further evident in the fact that he changed his name to Stuey Rock in order to ensure that people would appreciate his music for what it was - “organic” and not simply like it because of his radio personality status. “I want my music to be an organic movement with my fan base,” clarifies J-Nicks, aka Stuey Rock! So, I implore you! Please check out J-Nicks’ newly released single, “Atlanta Lights,” which shares a story about all the pitfalls of the bright lights of the “Big City”. And if you’re in the Atlanta area or on social media, please follow him on Twitter @durrtyboyz1079!!! •

Want the Durtty Boyz at your high school? Tell your principal to call Aneesah bray at 404.437.4411 and the Durtty Boys will bring lunch to your high school. If your restaurant would like to sponsor a school, give us a call today to reserve for 13/14 school year.


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Baton Rouge, LA

Shawn Pullum

Catrina Pullum


A Dynamic Duo

ullCorp Media & Business Consulting Group is a full service Management Company. We provide services to Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Speakers, Professional Businesses, and Athletes. In fact, PullCorp reaches out to anyone that needs to extend their reach in their industry with branding, networking and extending their customer base and following to create a presence nationally and in other countries. With a core staff of experienced professionals and a team approach to most consulting & management projects, PullCorp offers a more balanced quality service than many of its competitors. For its entertainment and sports clients, PullCorp offers Business Management, Consulting, Marketing, Branding, Networking and Contract Negotiating to include all aspects of business support such as Virtual Assistant, Calendar Management, Booking Services, Hospitality Services and Progressive Business Consultation. For its business clients, PullCorp likes to focus on start-up businesses, preferably in the earlier stages of operation. Small and mid-sized businesses make up a sizable majority of U.S. and international markets. PullCorp prefers to establish a relation-

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ship with a younger operation and continue to nurture that relationship over a long term. PullCorp has been established as a Louisiana based Corporation with two principal partners, one owns 49% share in the company and the other female partner owns 51% of the company. Mr. Shawn Pullum has extensive experience in IT and Project Management services. Mrs. Catrina Pullum has extensive business planning and finance, including CEO position with Center of Empowerment for Families & Youth, Inc & VP of Five Star Talent Management Agency. They both bring experience in the area of marketing, advertising, and communications. Speaking of the dynamic duo behind this organization, someone once stated that they make balancing work and love look like breathing. In response, they replied, “We hope to someday to live up to that billing.” Their explanation? Where breathing is automatic and unconscious, balancing love and business is a lot more work. It is an activity that takes time, attention, care, and focus by both parties involved. We all have to remember our priorities and keep them straight: God, spouse, family, and work. •



My First “Hank Stewart Annual White Linen Affair” The Friday night concert was he atmosphere hosted by comedian Rodney Perry was awe inand co-hosted by spoken word poet, spiring to say Dichotomy. Of course, Rodney the least! I Perry was his usual funny Rodney speak of Hank Perry self! This was no third-rate Stewart’s 12th show. Not only did Dichotomy Annual White share with us his spoken word poLinen Affair etry, but there were performances by that was held August 2-4, 2013. Lil G (Gary Jenkins from Silk), This event was at the Crown Plaza Tony Terry, Anthony David and Atlanta Perimeter at Ravina. I was many other artists. I had to make afforded the opportunity to attend sure that I got some rest that night, this Hank Stewart affair for the because Saturday would be a day first time. I experienced so many chock-full of activities. There was feelings and emotions just by being the White Linen workout, a finanin the presence of such a dynamic cial seminar, a day party with Kiss man, learning what he does and his 104.1’s DJ Art Terrell, an old school purpose for doing it! In my estimaparty, a health fair, the Bramer Leon tion, there were over 2,000 people Couture Fashion Show and so much in attendance for this event. I enmore. For me, the piece de resisjoyed watching all of the guests as tance was The Five Men on a Stool they mingled, talked and laughed. concert! I had never heard of this Their styles were quite eclectic and group. I had no clue who they were, the atmosphere was electric! but after witnessing these guys and While at this event, I learned seeing what they do…I became about The Stewart Foundation for hooked! Five Men on a Stool is a which this affair supports. The fusion of spoken words and music. foundation focuses on community, As Atlanta’s poet Hank Stewart leadership and education. It helps recites his slow, sensual, soulful to discover and develop the leader words, the other four guys play their in every child. Our children are Beverly Hill (Shelley) jazz sounds. Hanks words entwined precious commodities, and the fact with the rhythms and beats of the that someone is so dedicated to this music gave me chills. It is somecause was so inspiring to me. On Saturday, there was even something for the children, the Youth thing I will never forget. He is a profoundly talented writer/ poet that touched every fiber of my being with his words. His White Linen Banquet! There were so many activities going on every day. Excite- piece titled, “It” described the epitome of what every woman ment was all around me. There were art exhibits, red carpet should be. His spoken word poetry truly stimulates my body events, a meet and greet mixer and even a line dancing and step and my mind. Sunday morning began with another White Linen Workout class. Oh my, so much to do that I could hardly keep up! On Friday, I attended the Civil Rights Legendary Luncheon honor- followed by an inspirational Sunday morning message featuring Congressman John Lewis, Xernona Clayton, Dr. C. T. ing Judge Penny Brown-Reynolds. Performing artists included Vivian, Rita Jackson Samuels and Tuskegee Airman Val gospel jazz artist Antonio Allen, Dr. Pauline Key and others, Archer. This was such a beautiful tribute to some very deserv- hosted by Kiss 104.1’s Twanda Black. The White Linen Affair ing individuals…and the food was excellent! Immediately af- ended with a jazz concert featuring saxophonist Ryan Kilgore’s ter the luncheon, in a different setting, I witnessed a most eye- “Changing the Face of Jazz Concert!” He plays the saxophone opening panel discussion. Those legendary men and women for Stevie Wonder. After hearing him play that sax, I can see from the luncheon took the stage and spoke so much wisdom why! Ryan’s concert was exciting and full of energy. He even into our lives. The topics they spoke on were so profound. I included a medley of Stevie songs for us to join in singing. was like a sponge soaking in as much of their wisdom as I Now that I know what the Hank Stewart White Linen Affair is could. After they finished speaking, they were gracious to min- all about, look for me…you will be seeing me next year! • gle, answer questions and take photos with whosoever desired.


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By: Beverly Hill (Shelley)


Sharon Kay…General Manager at 88.1 WFSK Fisk Radio By: Beverly Hill (Shelley) haron Kay was the first female to serve in the capacity of General Manger at Fisk University’s radio station 88.1 WFSK (Jazzy WFSK) in Nashville, Tennessee. Sharon has maintained this position since 2005. She moved from Leavenworth, Kansas to Nashville in the mid 80’s. WFSK was the first African American FM station in Nashville, Tennessee and has served the public since 1973. The station is owned and operated by historic Fisk University and has grown under Sharon’s guidance. In the late 70’s her radio career began on AM 1250 WREN Radio in Topeka, Kansas. She broke the color and gender barrier when she became the stations first black, first female to become a major personality at WREN. Sharon hosted the Monday through Friday Mid -day program and also served as the stations Public Affairs Director. At the 2009, 13th Annual Achievement in Radio Awards, Sharon Kay was named Nashville’s Best Radio Station Manager. She was the first African American to receive this award. As a media professional for 35 years, Sharon has expertise not only in radio, but also television, newspaper, and web based services. She has served as news anchor and talk show host at WLAC Radio and at 92Q Cumulus Media. She was a weekend associate producer at WSMV TV and writer/photographer for several newspaper groups. When asked what prompted her interest in media, Sharon Kay states that from a child she was always seeking news and information. Her parents and grandparents kept them engaged in watching the news, and they always had household discussions. She adds that as a kid, she knew her neighborhood, everything and everybody. She organized people and activities, helping the elderly, raising money for Jerry Lewis’s MDA efforts, selling Girl Scout cookies and peanuts, working at her family’s church and staying involved in ‘all things’ community. Ms. Kay is also well known for

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being host of the popular WFSK’s radio talk show “What’s the 411? With Sharon Kay”, now in its 12th year and Sharon has never missed a broadcast!! What's the 411? is a top-rated empowerment & encouragement talk program. She continues to work to make the show the best it can be. When seeking a career in media Sharon says, “be patient, flexible, be kind and learn as

much as you can about how mediums in media connect”. Sharon Kay leaves us with these words, “Being chosen to be a part of the Fisk family is my honor. This university has a unique place in America’s history as well as in Black History, both educationally and musically. I truly enjoy being around the students and watching the next generation of leaders

being developed. As the first female General Manager in WFSK’s history, the station recently celebrating its 40years of service in Nashville has meant the world to me. I believe all the work I’ve done in the industry has prepared me for a time such as this.” • Beverly Hill (Shelley) - lyricist, writer Hits On The Hill©




L-R: Bernard Bronner, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut attended the 2013 Bronner Bros. Mid Summer International Hair Show to promote their upcoming film and present awards at the Trendz Tournament of Champions Competition at the Georgia World Congress Center on August 18, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bronner Bros. International Mid Summer Hair Show Delivered Non Stop Innovation, Education, Industry


ollywood and hair intersected at the 66th presentation of Bronner Bros. Mid Summer Hair Show. Industry professionals converged on the GA World Congress Center by the tens of thousands, each day from August 17-20, 2013. Leading industry professionals, including salon owners, stylists, barbers, educators, fashion designers, make-up artists, entertainers, 300 exhibitors and 500 distributors were on hand for four days of sharing knowledge, and raising the bar of excellence, across the hair, barber, fashion and beauty industries. “As promised, we delivered on our commitment to bring a bigger and better show to our loyal attendees and hair show participants,” stated Bernard Bronner, President and CEO, Bronner Bros. Enterprise. As we educate and provide access to the latest products, through our extensive distributor network, we also use our large gathering to educate the public at-large on issues critical to the African American community.” Bronner Bros. provided education during the convention on HIV/AIDS as part of the CDC’s Act Against AIDS Initiative.

The weekend extravaganza included the following: A Night of Comedy with Rickey Smiley & Friends, the After Party with Laz Alonso, Sunday Morning Service, officiated by Bishop Dale C Bronner, the Word of Faith Choir, and Tramaine Hawkins. Another highlight was the premier screening of the Bronner Bros. movie project, Laughing to the Bank. The inaugural TRENDZ Tournament of Champions Competition was attended by a sold out crowd who watch the winner be presented with a $20,000 prize. “The trends released during the Battle of Champions set the direction for hairstyles in 2013 and beyond," stated James Bronner. “Each year we innovate the show with current and trending educational workshops while bringing the latest product offerings from leading manufacturers,” said Janet Wallace, show manager. Ford Motor Company returned as the hair show sponsor, and presented an elated winner with a 2013 Ford Escape. From cutting edge hair, beauty and fashion, to the seminars and workshops, to the numerous national and local celebrities attending each day, the show lived up to what stylists call “The Olympics of Hair.” The next hair show takes place September 29-October 1, 2013 in Dallas, TX. Click the following link for details http:// •


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Welcome everyone. I would like for you to get acquainted with Miss Crystal Dowdy of Columbus Ohio. She is a busy mother of one, works from eight to five, an entrepreneur and part time model. She learned about self image when she was involved in organized groups. She is an ex-scholar of Ballet Met Academy of Columbus Ohio and is also involved in other leisurely sports. Her mother, coaches, teachers and mentors taught her the importance of image and what it creates; self discipline respect, success, self confidence social etiquette and power. Crystal has been very busy over the past year. She has participated in six fashion shows and has done three photo shoots in the last week. Yet she still is able to maintain an equal balance between working at her job (both full time and her part time job) and being a great mother to her son. `She was nominated for Best Female Runway Model for the Posed Awards Fashion Show to honor her and her local accomplishments. Not only is she fabulous in front of the camera with her sassy one of a kind style, she works behind the scenes as well to help other inspiring young women become confident, courageous and self sufficient with positive conversation and some makeovers. Her main objective in life would be to host her own show focusing mainly on public relations and media. With Crystal being the spunky person she is, another venture she would like to look into would be a fun morning show. She is self taught, self studied and she

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and strives for her goals. That leaves her with unfathomable opportunities to expand and advance her talents. •



enlighten the community with the knowledge she has been given. She plans to uplift the society with the rapid changes in culture and trends. She stays positive, focused



also interns herself with other businesses so she can continue to expand her knowledge of the fashion and image industry. With all that said she feels that its her duty to

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State Cancer Caucus and a Trained Reach to Recovery Volunteer for the American Cancer Society. “I didn't know any black women with breast cancer,” she says. “I thought it was a white woman's disease. It was pure ignorance.” As a network administrator for the state of Ohio, Brown is working to change the attitudes about breast cancer among black women, who Brown says won't talk about things like cancer outside their homes. She says the group is making breast cancer part of the social conversation everywhere they can, including churches, AA meetings and beauty parlors. “There are women who have it and who won't tell anyone,” she says. “We also know that in the black community, the loss of a breast is seen as losing a part of your feminine self. I have met women who would rather die than lose a breast.” The Sisters Network of Columbus has a growing membership. Each year the group walks the streets of Columbus’ black neighborhoods in the Gift for Life Block Walk where they educate women about breast cancer and offer free mammography screenings. “We want them to see survivors. So we go out as a group to show them it's OK, and they can survive. It takes away the fear,” she says, adding that in her community, when someone says they have breast cancer, the person often thinks of them as dead. “If it's diabetes, they'll tell you what to do to live. If it's cancer, they say, “I am so sorry.” They have already killed you. Ohio State Cancer Caucus Survivorship Advisory Council of Susan G. Komen Columbus American Cancer Society- Trained Reach to Recovery Volunteer Wanda Brown holds a BS in Information Technology from Franklin University and post graduate certificate in Diversity Studies and is pursuing a MS in Human Services from Capella University. 2010 Project Lead graduate In addition to her campaign against cancer, Wanda Brown also serves as: Minister at Praise Deliverance Ministries, where she leads a Woman Empowerment group, Mentor Young Adults 2nd VP for Columbus NAACP Active Memberships: National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) NAACP National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) Associate Member

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“You can overcome anything that’s thrown at you and still come out on top!”



his book is about a young girl who had a mother she felt didn’t love her because she didn’t know how to love. Her mother engaged in several abusive relationships. One of the men that she was involved with sexually and physically abused her little girls, who felt like nobody would listen to them - even their own mother - if they were to tell. They had many days with no food, electricity, undergarments, and even love and affection. Life was not normal for them. Alicia speaks candidly about her book, childhood, and how she made it through. When talking about her book, she states she knew it was time to tell her story so she could continue to be successful and finally move past all the wrong that was done to her and her sister so many years ago.

Alicia Renee White ABOUT THE AUTHOR ALICIA WHITE is a wife, mother, and an entrepreneur. She attends church with her immediate family at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church located in Columbus, Ohio. She is the mother of three healthy children and the legal guardian of her niece and nephew for several years. She has several businesses including When All Else Fails, a nonprofit organization registered with the state of Ohio to help needy and disabled families, biblical Accessories, Heritage Accessories, and Alicia’s Footwear, Apparel and Accessories. She is a current member of the Baltimore Who’s Who of professional and business accomplishments. She is active in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Alia Healthcare Services and volunteers for Children Services for the state of Ohio. She speaks at prisons, churches, schools, and events and covers a variety of tools for quality of life. • TRENDSETTERS TO TRENDSETTERS MAGAZINE

When All Else Fails can be purchased online at several major websites including Barnes and Noble and also on her website, To request Alicia White to speak at your next engagement, contact her on her website or send your request to: When All Else Fails Foundation & Alicia White Publishing Company 836 South Hamilton Rd. Whitehall, Ohio 43213 614-516-6385

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Antonio Allen… A Labor of Love By: Beverly Hill (Shelley)


Beverly Hill (Shelley) – writer, lyricist Hits on the Hill©

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ntonio Allen from Atlanta, Georgia, is a gospel jazz artist with a gift that stirs your very soul! He is an independent artist that uses his musical talent to give God praise. Like a lot of singers and musicians, Allen grew up playing in church. His instrument of choice is soprano saxophone, a custom horn that was made popular by Kenny G. He says that Kirk Whalum is his favorite saxophonist because of the soul he exhibits as he plays. He also says, “It takes a special player to play a little and still touch people. The average person loves simplicity, something they can relate to…less is more.” Since Allen doesn’t sing, he imagines himself singing through the notes he plays on the saxophone. He has also been blessed with a gift of expressing soul while playing from his heart, playing what God gives him. He says sometimes when he plays, his listeners cry. He may cry also, because he is playing what he feels, and it touches him too. One of Allen’s most memorable gospel jazz events was when he opened for Fred Hammond at an anniversary celebration at his former church (Word of Faith, Bishop Dale Bronner – Austell, Georgia). He also performed with Jennifer Holiday at a Jazz Festival as well as performing with many other notable artists which have all been an honor. Antonio Allen spent several years playing in clubs but says because of where he is now spiritually, he doesn’t enjoy that anymore. He plays for ministry not for entertainment. Allen not only plays songs that minister to his audience but also to himself. When he made the transition to play mostly gospel jazz, he asked his wife Tia to travel with him. She gave up two careers to manage his. Allen states concerning his wife, “For her to do that has been an honor and a blessing. I love her for life for doing that.” He and Tia have traveled the world in the five or six years that he has been playing. Their gospel jazz ministry has taken them to Amsterdam, London, Canada and numerous visits to various parts of the Caribbean. By word of mouth from pastors, Allen has been blessed to travel across the country and the world sharing his craft. They hear him play and spread the word to other churches and their pastors. When Allen’s children are out of school, they also travel with him and his wife. So his family can


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT travel comfortably on their ministry trips, Allen purchased a conversion van. Their travels have taken them from Atlanta, Georgia across the country to California. They made this trip two times in less than two years, ministering in churches along the way there and back. He says this will become an annual event. In 2012, Allen had proclaimed that the year 2013 would be his year. The number thirteen is said to be a bad number, but for him it has been a blessing. He was married on the thirteenth, and one of his daughter’s was born on the thirteenth. There have been several other positive events that have taken place that include the number thirteen. Therefore, looking forward to the year 2013 looked very promising. However, In October 2012, while vacationing in the mountains with his wife Tia and the children, Allen encountered a terrible fall. He was holding his baby girl, showing her the river below, when his foot slipped on a large wet rock! He fell seven feet! In protecting his daughter from the fall, he landed on a rock injuring his lower back. During that time, the pain from the injury was manageable. He was still declaring that the year 2013 would be his year. Unfortunately, in February of this year everything seemed to turn sour. During a birthday trip to Las Vegas while walking down the strip with his wife and friends, he began experiencing pain that was unbearable and was getting progressively worse. So much for 2013 being his year…at least that’s the way it seemed. Along with his wife, brother and other musician friends, it was decided that something must be done because this injury was definitely going to require surgery. A benefit concert would be the answer to help Allen to pay all of the medical expenses that would accrue from his much needed surgery. At Hank Stewart’s 12th Annual White Linen Affair (August 2nd-4th, 2013), during a portion of the Five Men on a Stool concert, Hank shared Antonio Allen’s story and the urgent need for financial intervention. He announced the “A Labor of Love” benefit concert to be held September 1st, 2013 to help offset the medical and surgical expenses for Allen.

The audience was very receptive and quite responsive to this need. The atmosphere in the room was one of compassion and concern. It was now time for Antonio Allen to play his solo saxophone piece. The song he played was “I Believe I can Fly” because of the message that it conveyed. About mid-way through his performance, a lady walked up to the stage and held up a bill of money so the audience could see. She then laid it at his feet. The act of this one woman prompted others to come to the stage to also give. Minutes later, lines began to form with people placing love offerings at his feet. Allen says he did not know any of this was happening because his eyes were closed. The only reason he says that he opened his eyes was because he felt someone touch his foot. When he saw all the monies at his feet and the lines of people still bringing money, he just closed his eyes again. He said this awesome move of God brought tears to his eyes. A few weeks before the White Linen Affair, Allen was in a deep depression. He needed his spirits lifted because he had never been in a funk like that before. He felt so low that he did not care whether he lived or died. He thought, “I can’t be someone that only talks about God’s awesomeness and goodness when everything is going well. I have to talk about it and proclaim it now when I am at my lowest!” This is when everything started turning around for him. More than the monetary gifts, which are greatly appreciated, Allen says that the outpouring of love from people has made him feel good and lifted his spirits. This year, 2013 is Antonio Allen’s year! This extraordinary man with so much faith and courage says, “No matter what you go through or how bad it appears, there is always somebody that is worse off than you. God will never let you down. He has done some miraculous things for us all…if we just look. I leave you with one word…FAITH!” • To make a donation go to:


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By: Beverly Hill (Shelley)

yan Kilgore plays saxophone for the awesomely talented, mega star Stevie Wonder. Kilgore was born in Omaha, Nebraska but moved to Atlanta a few months after his birth. He attended Atlanta schools and also attended Clark Atlanta University. Ryan Kilgore is the 4th generation sax player in his family. He plays all styles of music and is influenced by gospel, funk, jazz, hip hop and R&B When asked what artists Kilgore admires, he named Kirk Whalum and Mike Phillips. He admires Mike Phillips for his business and work ethic. Mike is a former saxophonist for Stevie Wonder and was instrumental in helping Kilgore to accelerate his career in the music business at a different level. A situation came up where Stevie Wonder was going to Japan to do 6 shows, but Mike couldn’t play because he was performing with Prince in Las Vegas. Therefore, he gave Kilgore the awesome opportunity to fill in for him. Stevie liked Kilgore so much that he kept him on! He has been with Stevie Wonder for 6 years. Kilgore’s says his most memorable tour was in 2008, which was his first official Stevie Wonder tour. Mr. Wonder asked Kilgore to go to Europe with him where they filmed the ‘Stevie Wonder Live at Last’ DVD. Kilgore says, “I didn’t realize it was going to be so big, and then I found out later that the DVD went to number one in the world!!”

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Kilgore is working on his 3rd record called ‘Just Walk’ and is about to release the first single. He states, “This project is geared toward the launching of my foundation, The Ryan Kilgore Music Foundation. This song is a campaign song to bring awareness in the school systems as to why creative moments in these kids’ lives do matter. We want to find schools that are willing to change up some stuff, trying different methods of getting the kids to score better by using music and creativity as a gateway.” His second record called The Sax Tape is a hip hop jazz mix of songs that young people recognize. Titles include, ‘Champagne Life’, ‘There Goes My Baby’ and ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ As for working with Stevie Wonder Kilgore says, “We call it The School of Wonder! You never know what you’re gonna do and you’re gonna ‘wonder’ what songs you’re gonna play! His shows are different every time! It is so incredible to be a part of an experience like that, not knowing what’s going to happen next! It is about love, about giving back, being there for people and having a voice. You start realizing the platform that God has blessed you with to be on that level…a level where Stevie Wonder has called for ‘little ole’ Ryan Kilgore to come play on his stage, that’s incredible to me!!” • Twitter@ryankilgore1




enesha Nicole Coulibaly [born April 27, 1976], better known by her stage name Middle Child, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. She is an independent recording artist, guitarist, and performer with a record of accomplishment that boasts a flourishing music career with continued promise. Middle Child is most known for her 2005 album, “Barefeet & Pregnant,” composed and produced by her older brother and business partner Timothy D. Waller, professionally known as 1st Born

“Always competing on a global level” - Middle Child

Together, this brother and sister, along with a third and youngest sibling, Eddie Eiland Jr., known as Drifta, formed a music production company, turned record label. Middle Child is co-owner of Barefeet Entertainment and 1st Born Music Group, respectively. She could sing from the age of 5 and could harmonize with her mother by age 6. She began her singing career at age 10 by winning first place in her elementary school talent show. After winning that contest, Middle Child went on to win various talent competitions, which opened doors for her to become an opening act for national recording artists in America and Europe. She worked her way from talent shows, to opening act performances, to equal billing performances with national recording artists, to becoming her own force in the music and entertainment industries, “always competing on a global level,” she says. In the late 90s, Middle Child signed to an independent record label from which she took her uncompleted works, self packaged, and distributed “The Intro,” a definitive album she established on in 2001. She followed that release with the glob-

ally recognized sophomore album “Barefeet & Pregnant” in 2005, and then followed with a third album in 2008 “The Rawls & Middle Project,” a hip-hop soul fusion album, which received a great review in The Source magazine in June of 2008. All three albums, plus her featured works on various compilations are all available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, and all of the mainstream and underground sources for music globally. Middle Child is definitely letting the world know she is here and proves it with each performance, great or small. Some of her most remembered performances are those with such artists as Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Dwayne Wiggins, Patty Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, MC Lyte, Isaac Hayes, Dwele, Genuine, Isley Brothers, Nancy Wilson, El Debarge, Eric Roberson, Jay-Z, Lord Tariq, and Peter Gunz. Some of the reputable venues in which she has performed are The Palace Theater [Columbus,OH], BET Sound Stage [Cleveland, OH], MTV’s The Cut [Los Angeles, CA], Veteran’s Memorial [Columbus, OH], Greek Town Casinos [Detroit, MI], Midem [Cannes France] Com Fest [Columbus,


OH], The 5 Spot [Philadelphia, PA], S.O.B.s [NYC], The Sugar Bar [NYC], The Blues Station [Cleveland, OH], Glenville Festival [Cleveland, OH], Soul Village [NYC], The Sanctuary [Atlanta, GA], Club Apache [Atlanta, GA], The Blues Station [Columbus, OH], and Village Underground [NYC]. Middle Child is a political and social activist as well as a child advocate. She teaches music to youth and works with various at-risk youth programs in her current hometown Columbus, Ohio. She is a loving mother and divorcee with a gifted 5-year-old daughter who is yet another engine in the force that drives Middle Child’s career. Middle Child has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, which she attained during her years of marriage, childbirth, and the early years of her daughter’s life. She has traveled to Africa, Mexico, Belize, and France and desires to see, perform in, and have some sociopolitical impact in every major country in the world. Middle Child has some acting experience on which she hopes to expand in the future. She is currently working in the studio on the long awaited fourth album, not yet titled. Stay tuned. • SEPT/OCT 2013 63




nternational recording artist and R&B/Soul singer Heston has been busy jet setting across the country promoting his new album, "Love Junkie", via his "Love Junkie Listening Tour". While in Los Angeles for his listening tour, Heston performed at the Entrepreneurs on the Move (EOTM) inaugural awards show and landed an award for "Outstanding Album" for his sophomore album, "Warm Human, Cold World", after competing with some well-established artists in the music industry. In October, Heston will take his Love Junkie Tour to Australia. Trendsetter to Trendsetter was able to track him down long enough to find out who this "Love Junkie" really is. Known for his sexy, soulful and lyrically refreshing music, Heston is no stranger to the music scene. His professional career in music began in Atlanta, GA., where he launched his self-titled EP in 2005 and was greeted, both nationally and internationally, with stunning reviews, accolades and awards, extensive radio airplay in Europe and performances at some of the most notable venues in the country and abroad. Through his music, Heston allows his listeners to enter his love spaces and hear his raw truth...

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Tell Trendsetter to Trendsetter readers about Heston. What makes Heston tick? What makes you happy? What makes me tick is the fact that from an early age, I knew my passion and it has never failed. I am always at 100% in my passion. Makes me happy... Existing in love, love for my children, and love of family, friends, and loved ones. Where did you grow up and how was your childhood experience? I was born on the island of Dominica. My childhood was interesting. My father was the interim Prime Minister and attorney and my mom was a brilliant paralegal, parent and all-around super human being. I had great schooling; I was exposed to different cultures, great music and had a well- rounded childhood. What does your daily routine look like? My daily routine as of late is keeping up with scheduling from interviews on Skype, over the phone, musicians, recording and mastering. Also, finding rest, and managing it all. Every weekend for the last few months, I've traveled across the country to introduce music off of my new album via my "Love Junkie Listening Tour".

BUT most times I do. The other thing is going to the bathroom five times in five minutes. TMI, but true. Maybe I drink too much water. What is a Love Junkie? A love junkie is one who does not love with a safety helmet, who loves out loud and understands that to be exposed to love is to be exposed to hurt... What do you consider your ideal lady? My ideal lady is the one I described in the song, "My Kinda Lady", who is a lover, kind-hearted, enjoys the simple joys of life, grounded, spiritual, a great communicator, and just loves the s..t out of me.

Coming Home (currently in studio working on it) What can your listeners expect from your upcoming CD, "Love Junkie"? People can expect growth, better writing, better production, and the best of me. I truly think this album has captured all of my influences. And, it is evident throughout the album. What do you enjoy doing besides singing and performing? Cooking is the other passion. If I did not do music, cooking would be what I would do. I dabble in it a bit now however.

How does it feel to be a "Sex Symbol"? I had no idea that I was viewed that way. This is hilarious :) Flattered would be my response.

What words of advice would you give aspiring artists? Make sure music is what you want. Also, know that it is a marathon and not a race and first impressions are everything. Lastly, like everything, what you invest is what you get out.

Name 5 songs in rotation in Heston's I -Pod? Best of Me- Anthony Hamilton She's Royal- Taurus Riley Duane Stevenson- Duane Stevenson Brand New Me - Alicia keys

What's up next for you and your career? My only goal now is to do all I can to support, promote, and deliver the album to the best of my ability. I plan to travel the world to share my music.

Tell us about the rush you get while in the studio working on music? The rush never dulls... I can't describe it... The process of bringing a song from the infant stage, an idea to the fully produced song is HEAVY...

Anything else about Heston that you would like the world to know? I want the world to know that they can follow me on: Instagram/hestonmusic Facebook/HestonFrancis Facebook/Hestonslovejunkies Twitter/hestonsoulmusic

What rituals do you have before going on stage? This is funny. Every chance I get before a show I call my mother to say a prayer. I don't get to do it always,

That I am humbled, thankful and grateful for their ear. One love / one heart / one people •


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Atlanta Actor Keith Allen Hayes Shoots His First Movie.... By Angela P. Moore-Thorpe There's no stopping this talented actor, writer and director... Determined to make his dream come true, Hayes wrote his own script, starred in it and gave other actors an opportunity to be a part of his debut SAG film. Tell us about Keith Allen Hayes..... who is he? Who is Keith Allen Hayes you ask. I'm an ambitious AfricanAmerican male who wants to change the world for the better no matter what capacity that would be. I’m creative with a maverick spirit that likes to push and challenge myself to be GREAT at what I do. I'm a father of two beautiful kids whom I love and want the best for them. Finally, I'm very blessed to have friends, family and the support system I have to keep me sharp. How Long have you been an actor and what are some of the movies you have been in ? Wow to be honest I've been an actor ever since I knew I wanted to be on TV which happens to be at a young age. I would do skits and all sorts of stuff with my sisters and I guess I was preparing myself way back then. Some of the movies I've been in were “The Blind Side" with Sandra Bullock, “Atlanta Heat 2,” “Secured Tightly" my own film, “30 Day Itch” and a nice cameo in the Kirk Franklin video, "Smile." What did you do to prepare yourself for an acting career ? I became a student of several actors and actresses to get an array of styles and techniques along with acting classes and the reading of a few books to kind of mess all those things in to a melting pot and introduced what I interpreted as a style of my own yeah weird right ? Your first film 30 Day Itch is out... The title is enticing...What is the film about? Yes, the sound of that send chills to my body every time I think about it, so 30 Day Itch is about two best friends Chase and Dex who make a wager with one another. Due to many unfortunate events that happens to Dex, who feels like his life ain't worth nothing while comparing his life to Chase's life, who seems to have it all. It takes on a few different dynamics, which you will have to watch the movie to find out what takes place.

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How did you come up with the script for the movie ? Is it a story based on your life? This script came about because I was at a place in my career where I wanted to create my own content. I don't have any problems displaying my craft on other people's projects, but I wanted to do it the way I wanted to do it. I started out with stand up comedy and I figured what would be more fitting than to do a comedy film, thus 30 Day Itch. I should add that it's a S.A.G. film meaning it's been recognized by the Screen Actors Guild as such. How does it feel to have your first film released ? What did it entail to get your film from the script to completion ? To have my first filmed released feels awesome, scared, joyous, nervous and all sort of emotions at the same time, but I'm overall STOKED! and ready. It entailed a lot of sacrifice and hard work with an extreme amount of balance and dedication. It also took me to give responsibilities to others in which I wanted to keep and control but I had to trust my team and their crafts. What's in rotation in your I-Pod ? On my I-pod is an array of music like Jay-Z, One Republic, Kirk Franklin, Clyde Moonshine and Randy Kravitz. What words of advice would you give someone trying to break into acting ? Words or advice and or thoughts I would give to someone breaking into the acting business is that be true to yourself and your craft; there are no certainties or guarantees you must work hard and always be on your A++ game because you never know where an opportunity will come from of who it will come from. Last but not least, develop tough skin and learn how to treat people. •




A Rising Filmmaker ATO CEZR is an ambitious young multi-talented actor, “hip hop” artist and screenwriter. Cato is best known for his role as the character “Damon” the cocky on screen college bully in the hit television series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne alongside Laramie Doc Shaw, Allen Payne and Lance Gross. As a 2013 Peachtree Village International Film Festival screenwriter finalist and nominee, Cato has planted his feet firmly in the film industry as a rising filmmaker with his written screenplay titled “Dream” an inspirational action drama based out of the 1980’s era. In his own words Cato says “This screenplay is full of action, inspiration and suspense as it is a family movie, a love story, and a sports drama catered to all ages.” Cato is calling all credited producers and directors to review his screenplay for the production and release of this much needed feature length film that will inspire the world. As a “hip hop” artist Cato is one of hip hops newest rising stars creating crazy seductive music over bass driven hip hop tracks. With his most recent single release “Big Money” Cato is taking web and fm stations across the world by storm and has begun a six month promotional tour across the United States. As a young entrepreneur Cato also recently launched his new website where new music, videos, business ventures and live performance can be viewed via U-Stream and others. The key to his success is his relentless drive, creativity, and business savvy approach. Climbing over many obstacles, Cato made his way to Atlanta, Georgia in search for an open door to the entertainment industry. Representative for the struggle to success, Cato is ready to lead the youth into a new mind set. Having a vast amount of tour experience, Cato has performed on tour dates with numerous celebrity artists, and has defiantly learned what it takes to captivate his audience. His works accomplished has built him an identity amongst industry heads and street listeners. Cato has featured on numerous projects such as the XXL Magazine music project sponsored by Reebok and Bacardi and hosted by Chicago’s radio personality Jamal Smallz of WGCI radio. During this time period Cato discovered a love for acting and joined the Premier Actor’s Network in Atlanta, Georgia and has been trained by some of the biggest acting coaches in the film business. Since then, Cato landed one of the top agents in film and television and made cameo appearances in projects such as “Stomp the Yard 2 Home Coming" and BET’s The Game. Cato is a firm believer in uplifting

his community and is on a mission to inspire the youth to fight to achieve their dreams against all odds. He is a strong supporter and sponsor to the Dime Child charity foundation in Chicago, Illionois and he is also a contributing partner to World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgoa. Cato Cezr is much more than an average entertainer. As an actor, artist, screenwriter and entrepreneur, he is an inspiration and is set on building his brand into one of the biggest brands in entertainment the world has ever witnessed. Ladies and gentlemen witness the coming of CATO CEZR. •


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5 Tips On Staging Your Home To Sell By Nita Gray, Real Estate Professional


efore you put your home on the market, there are some simple tips to help you put your best foot or home forward. Read the tips below and Happy Selling! 1. Declutter: Less Is More This is a great time to purge and release. Go through your home room by room declutter and organize. Establish three piles to put items in; keep, store and donate. Box up items that will be stored and look into the cost of renting an offsite storage unit. Items that will be donated can be taken to a local charity. When your home is free of unwanted or unnecessary items this helps the home to appear larger.

3. Paint: Freshen Up the Walls Sometimes touch up paint in high traffic areas such as; kitchen, hallways or kids’ bedrooms can make a big difference. If your home has very personalized colors on the walls or wear and tear is showing, it would be worth the money to paint the walls a neutral color. Neutral color does not have to be beige; it can be gray, taupe, calming green or other soothing colors. This is money well spent and can bring great returns.

2. Cleaning the C’s: Cabinets, Closets, Countertops and Carpets Yes, cleanliness is the key. Make sure to clean your cabinets and closets. Buyers will open doors to the cabinets and closets. For the cabinets group similar items together; for example in the kitchen cabinets put similar items on the same shelf and have labels facing forward. Think of how items look on shelves at the grocery store. Use this same method for bathroom cabinets as well. Now, for the closets remove excess clothes so that clothes can move easily without appearing stuffed. This helps to show ample space. Remove excessive items from all countertops (bathroom and kitchen) and keep regularly used items; such as coffeemaker, toaster, electric toothbrush or other small appliances to a minimal. Shampoo the carpets. Overall keep your home clean while potential buyers are viewing your home and until it’s sold.

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4. Accessorize: Accent the Positive Instead of purchasing a new sofa, buy new pillows and or a slipcover. Make the bedroom look and feel like a hotel suite with new comforter/duvet set and let’s not forget the bathroom add accent colored towels. Bathrooms do help sell a home so merchandise like a hotel suite. The goal is get your home sold, so make it look “Magazine Ready”. 5. Fresh Flowers: Now Smell the Roses Have a bouquet of flowers on a hallway table, placed perfectly in the kitchen or small vases with one or two big flowers placed throughout the house. The smell of fresh flowers will bring a pleasant aroma to your home. About the Author, Nita Gray is a Real Estate Professional with PalmerHouse Properties Realty in Atlanta, GA and can be contacted at



Why Las Vegas Should Be On Your Destination List… By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)


very city/destination loves to promote the idea that there is something to do there for everyone. But there is actually only one destination in the US that actually has bragging rights on that slogan. Vegas Baby! Once known as sin city because famous mobster Bugsy Siegel started it with mob money (just rumors I am sure), Las Vegas has grown into a celebrity destination that is host to championship boxing matches (champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. defends his title in Las Vegas regularly), one of a kind shopping, family attractions and must see concerts. Las Vegas is not only a destination for personal travel/vacations. Las Vegas is also the place to hold your business conference. In 2012, the total economic impact of meetings and conventions in Las Vegas was $6.7 billion (yes billion)! So why is Las Vegas a popular destination? Well, there are 149,884 rooms and the average hotel room rate is $100. If you plan to travel between Sunday and Thursday and buy a vacation package (air + hotel), you can reduce that to $50 per night (visit often for great Vegas vacation deals). I wasn’t joking when I said that there is something for everyone especially music lovers. Both Ne-Yo and Toni Braxton have recently performed at sold out shows in Vegas. Several popular, A-list celebrity musicians are now in residency in Las Vegas performing nightly. Boyz II Men are performing at the Mirage thru October 13th (tickets start at $64.84), Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature: the Motown Show nightly @ 7pm at the Venetian and one of our favorite co-hosts of the ‘View’ comedian Whoopi Goldberg performs November 15th @ 9pm at Treasure Island (tickets are $67.66). If you love magic mixed with amazing aerial stunts and out of this world costumes and makeup, then a

Cirque du Soleil show is for you. Cirque du Soleil currently has 5 shows in production in Las Vegas including the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute. “Michael Jackson One – Cirque du Soleil” runs nightly at Mandalay Bay with two shows at 7p and 10p. Tickets start at $119.85. Las Vegas isn’t just for music lovers.

Shoppers like myself will love the ‘Forum Shops @ Caesars.’ When you hit the jackpot, you can spend some of those winnings at popular stores like Coach, Apple, Tumi, Express, Armani Exchange, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Las Vegas is legendary for its gambling and fabulous casinos. Of course you have every type of game at the casinos and food choices are a totally different discussion. Las Vegas is the number one destination for holiday getaways. It’s also perfect for couples’ getaways, girlfriend/BFF getaways, weekends with the fellas (several championship golf courses and annual tournaments) and family vacations. More newlyweds are also planning honeymoons in Las Vegas. Las Vegas truly is a fun destination with something for everyone. For more information and a list of all the current shows and attractions (and to buy tickets), please visit See you on the Vegas strip and remember ‘what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas!’ • Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.

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Jasmine Guy is on the cover. She is the National Spokesperson for I Am Not Yours Campaign. Also on the cover: Aliyah "Mama Pain" Najm, Anton...