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Reminders That Prompt Movement

Often times during our journey towards greater success, we are sent reminders. A reminder is something that we may have already known, but something that we need to hear at a certain moment in our lives. And they should always cause us to move.

This past Thursday I had the opportunity of attending A Conversation with Karen Civil. An event presented by Her Agenda and Alley NYC. This event produced a few of the greatest reminders. Relevant things I needed to hear at this particular phase in my life.

Since the moment I’ve heard of Karen Civil, I became a follower of hers. After reading an article in Vibe Magazine that shared a bit of her story, I saw how I could relate and respected her grind and her process. She started out as a blogger, as myself, and now has built an empire.

During the conversation led by Rhonesha Byng, founder of Her Agenda, Karen shared her journey from start to finish. Rhonesha, who is a phenomenal journalist and entrepreneur, asked questions that provoked great conversation and inspiration for those who were packed into that Alley NYC venue.

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Some of the most inspiring things she shared are as follows. Take a look as I add my own spin on it.

•She used social media to her advantage. Often times social media can be seen in a not so positive light. Many people feel that with the world of social media, it has taken away from real life situations. On the contrary, social media is a great way to build and reach a level of success.

•Come up with creative ways to get who you want to notice you. She used an example of how she lied in order to get in contact with someone. Her creativity worked for her. Lying isn’t for everyone, but you have to be creative enough to draw attention from the ones you need to notice you.

•She realized she had to have boldness in the industry that she’s in. It’s now or never. Regardless of how nervous something may initially be, she always gets this burst of courage. You can’t miss the opportunity or the moment for greatness.

•Work with as many people as possible. Networking is key in any field of business.

•Don’t let the opinions of others get in your way. Karen expressed how she talks with conviction and how many people took it as her being unpleasant. She just saw what she wanted and was confident enough to go out and get it.

•Find what works for you. What someone else did may not be ideal for you. Don’t get caught up on what others are doing, find the best route for you and work with it.

•Focus on you and try not to obsess over other people and what they have. Be content with who you are and where you are. One mans success doesn’t mean another mans failure.

•Creating value in your work. Care about everything that you do. You must be passionate and make sure you nurture it. Don’t just deliver, over deliver. Give more, beyond what others are expecting.

Along with some of these points, she talked about things that keep her motivated. She brought up her blessing jar as well as how she writes down three things she’s grateful for every night. I realized that it is so important to continue to remind yourself of your blessings and accomplishments during your journey towards success. It get weary at times, but when you begin to reflect on all that you’ve been given along the way, it helps you to be more patient.

After this event, I went back to my routines that I had left behind. I became refocused and had a new mindset. I chose to remain positive by reminding myself of how far I’ve come. Through that I will be able to remain patient knowing that greater things are ahead. So I encourage you to continue on your journey. Write down all that you’re grateful for and all of your accomplishments, and see just how encouraged you will be to keep moving. So finally as Karen Civil says, live on purpose!

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Feature: Vintage Wealth Apparel

Vintage Wealth was created in September of 2013. The idea originally came from the lead designer (Fa$tLyfe), disappointment with one of his favorite clothing lines to wear. Once they started to mass produce merchandise, he took it upon himself to start up his own line to bring back the exclusive feel that he prefers. That was the birth of Vintage Wealth.

The goal with Vintage Wealth is to have a high-end, yet affordable brand that appeals to all ages and races. Typically with a black owner, clothing lines get pushed into the urban market, but not Vintage Wealth.

Vintage Wealth wants to be mentioned with names like Chanel and Ralph Lauren. What makes the clothing so different is that its hand painted and there are only three of each size made; so once a item is sold out its no longer available. Which gives the consumer a better feel because they paid for exclusivity and quality.

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The picture above is with creator and designer of Vintage Wealth (Fa$tLyfe) displaying one of his custom, hand painted shirts worn by myself, Miss Jones. The shirt says, ‘Good Things Come.” Which goes with what Lovely Miss Jones stands for.

When asked, Fa$t gave the meaning behind those words. “To me it’s a message about having faith. So many people usually put “Good things come to people who hustle”, etc. I want people to know if you have faith “Good Things Come” that’s it. No hustle, etc. The way is through GOD & having the faith of the mustard seed. Media spends so much time breaking people down, its time to bring people up and assure them that “Good Things Come”.

Along with this shirt, vintage wealth has many other T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, beanies, and snapbacks. High end fashion, at affordable prices. Below are a few of the many designs.

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To see more and purchase your perfect fit, visit vintagewealthapparel.com. Also visit the Instagram page, @vintagewealth. Let’s show support to this small business as it reaches new levels in the fashion world.

Musical High at the Highline Ballroom: Unplugged Tour

Wednesday November 19th, Daley headlined his unplugged tour in NYC at the Highline Ballroom, alongside Travis McClung and Conner Youngblood. The packed house arrived early and waited in anticipation for the start of the musical journey that would soon take place.

First up at 8pm was up and coming artist, Travis McClung, who’s the voice behind the ‘Love and Hip Hop’ intro. He came out singing his rendition of “Best You Ever Had” by John Legend. He also covered Frank Oceans “Thinking Bout You”. His falsetto in this song was definitely something to talk about. He gave it his all.

Thinking Bout You – Travis McClung

Another cover that Travis did was “Halo” by Beyoncé. He also did two original songs, which are available on iTunes. His first single he’s ever written was entitled, “Losing You,” which was written after a breakup. He then went on to sing his latest single, “Cloud 9”. He sang every song with zeal and you were able to see just how serious he is about his music career.

Losing You – Travis McClung

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Then there was very talented Dallas native, Conner Youngblood. This guy hit the stage with an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, ukulele, and a beat maker. And he utilized them all on his own, displaying his skills. He intertwined bluegrass with his soulful vocals. He rendered originals along with bluegrass hit. Aside from his playing the many instruments on the stage, he wowed the crowd with his unexpected but amazing whistle. His EP is now available on iTunes and soundcloud.

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Each artist took the audience to another level and Daley took us to the ultimate high. Manchester native came out with incredible energy, winning the crowd over with his song “Those Who Wait” from his Those Who Wait mixtape.

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This was the second time I’ve heard Daley live and it just got better. The first time on his Days and Nights Tour he did two NYC shows. I attended the show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It was amazing to hear him with his full band. But this unplugged tour was a little more intimate. Just Daley and his guitarist, Charlie Laffer. The smooth sounds and connection with every song made the performance even more exceptional.

Daley sang “Days and Nights”, “Good News”, “Love and Affection”, “She Fades”, “Look Up”, “Be”, “Blame the World”, and “Pass it On” from his latest album Days and Nights. And for the fans that have been following him from the very beginning, he pulled a few from the Those Who Wait mixtape; such as Those Who Wait, Game Over, and Spent. Along with songs from his projects, he also did a few covers; He Loves Me by Jill Scott, Pretty Wings by Maxwell, and what he called his absolute favorite song, Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan. His participation with the audience was amazing throughout the entire set. He of course came back out after he exited the stage as the crowd yelled “encore”. He couldn’t leave without performing hit song, “Alone Together”.

Blame the World – Daley

Good News – Daley

Game Over – Daley

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A wonderful show that kept getting higher and higher, taking the audience to another level. An excellent experience.

Special thanks to Team Legion.

Feature: Actor/Model Shirville Jarvis

Shirville Jarvis is an Antiguan male actor/ model spotted by an agent while working at a McDonalds in New York City during fashion week. The now established “sexy boy” was born in All saints Village, Antigua W.I. and grew up in a household with six siblings. As a teenage boy, he was very shy since he was made fun of due to his dark complexion. In spite of this, Shirville Jarvis was never a follower and ultimately became the popular Adonis that he is today.

Shirville Jarvis has faced many triumphs and challenges throughout his life. When he was just 10 years old, Mr. Jarvis was called to represent his country’s soccer team and became the left footed star of the team. At 13 yrs old, he moved to the States to live with his dad and moved out at 17 to find his own way. Shirville Jarvis describes himself as a true mix of both his mom and dad’s personalities and believes this feature attracts people to him. His ability to talk and relate with people makes others comfortable and is an attribute that Mr. Jarvis feels has helped him succeed in his career. Shirville Jarvis is not an over the top, conceited model/actor and continues to keep his feet grounded.

Shirville Jarvis’ acting and modeling career started when he spoke to his brother, worldwide known, international reggae grammy winning artist, Bajja Jedd about his aspirations. As a result, Mr. Jarvis was introduced to several of his brother’s colleague reggae artists such as Screechi Dan, Red Fox, Shaggy, Rayvon, Mr. Easy and NY #1 street promoter Tree(Aka Thomas Reid) and soon after began modeling and promoting locally. On a cold day in frigid February waters of the same year, Shirville Jarvis had one of his best photoshoots with photographer Geisha De Loca photography. This shoot lead to Shirville being selected as a runway model for Phashionable Loud Inc plus appearances in Bogie Management’s artist Donny Yardas tour and Irie jam. Shirville Jarvis’ filmography/videography includes being cast as an extra in the Movie “Artifice” produced by film maker Donovan Howard featuring both Nardo Ranks (reggae artist known for the classic Reggae song “dem a bleach”) and Red Fox (known for another reggae song classic “Pose Off”). He was also featured in a short film movie “BLACK PEARL” . Shirville Jarvis has also appeared in the “Back it Up” video for reggae artist Rayvon plus cast as the leading male in the music Video “Love Dance” for artist China black.

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Shirville took a minor break and returned to the modeling/acting scene in the 2012 video “Pull up Selector”, a major release for Reggae artist Rayvon who is widely known for songs such as “BASHMENT Party” featuring Redfox and “Your My Angel” featuring Shaggy.
Shirville Jarvis’ stage credits include being “featured” in:
Starz Power (Jamaican Assassin)
Law and Order SVU season 15.1 (Rasta Guy/ Drug Dealer)
Eden (French film)
I am Tom Hanks ( Drug Cartel)
Love and Hip hop NY season 4.1
City of Gold (Evangalist)
Take Me With You (Tony)
Queen Of Glory
Just to name a few.

Keep up to date with Shirville and follow his career by visiting his networks. http://ovadoo.wix.com/OvaDoo, http://facebook.com/OvaDoo8, and Instagram @shirville_actor.

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(Submitted by Shirville Jarvis)

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(Miss Jones & Shirville Jarvis)