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Operation Warm Feet

Are you looking for a way to help our Youth this holiday season? Operation Warm Feet is a holiday mission geared towards helping to warm homeless youth and young adults in our community with style!

Most homeless youth are sometimes left without the basic necessities of life! As we know it is imperative to keep your feet clean and dry. Access to shoes and socks are often limited for youth and young adults living in homeless shelters or on the streets of our communities. Therefore, as socks are such a basic need we need your help this season to help complete the mission of Operation Warm Feet!

GOAL: THIS YEAR OPERATION WARM FEET WOULD LIKE TO GIVE OUT 1,000 PAIRS OF SOCKS TO HOMELESS SHELTERS AND INDIVIDUALS LIVING ON THE STREETS IN NEED!

A Feet Fact: Did you know?
The feet are one of the most vital body parts. The core of your body drops in temperature to compensate for the drop in the limbs. Warm feet means you are well on your way to heating the rest of your body.

Can You Help?—Will You Help?—You can help!
This mission is simple, should you choose to accept. Just collect as many thick, well insulated, stylish, colorful NEW socks as you can, and call us for a pick up or drop location, however all new socks will be accepted.

Are you having a holiday party?
Charge two pair of socks for admission to help the homeless in our community.

To get started just download the flyer: Operation Warm Feet and share it with your co-workers, classmates, colleagues, friends, family or whoever you’d like to participate. The sock collection will be held from December 12 – 20, 2014. If you are interested in hosting a drop off location, would like to arrange a pick up, drop off donations or request more information, send us an email (operationwarmfeet@gmail.com) or call (516) 647-2760. If you would like to send socks from out of town, please ship your socks to: PO BOX 745, Freeport, NY 11520 (Attn: Operation Warm Feet). Thank you!

Warming the lives of others,

Dexter Hedgepeth
Founder & President
Operation Warm Feet

Stay tuned for more!!

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Binary Baskets & Arrangements

Twin sisters, Deidra and Yolanda McCullough, came together in 2013 to create unique baskets for all occasions and ages. They came up with the name Binary because it means two (which represents twins). After years of making baskets for family and friends on their special occasions; they decided to make an online business and create baskets for other people for their special occasions.

Binary Baskets & Arrangements is celebrating their 1yr anniversary with special Holiday Baskets:
Sweet Tooth Basket, Binary’s Fruit & Cheese Basket, and Breakfast Basket.

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Each basket Is only $40 each.

First 5 Orders placed will receive 10% off.

To place an order email, binarybaskets@yahoo.com.

Also follow on Facebook and Instagram at binarybaskets.

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.

Author of Preseason Love, Ahyiana Angel

Preseason Love is a novel that encompasses the life of today’s female. I haven’t read a novel straight through in quite a while, but I found myself up at 3am trying to see what happens next. It’s a story about a young publicist, who left her life in California for New York. Scottie left her old life to start over fresh. She surely did just that, new job, new love, and new drama. This story of career driven women, friendships, relationships and all that comes with it, was amazingly written leaving you wanting more.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Ahyiana Angel, author of Preseason Love. Our conversation was one of the best I’ve had, so easy to talk to and her personality shined bright. Below you’ll find out more about Ahyiana, her transition from NBA Publicist to author, her progress, and Preseason Love.

Miss Jones: For those who don’t know, tell the readers a little bit about yourself.

Ahyiana Angel: I started off in PR. I never intended to be a writer, however, I adored writing because it’s needed in the publicist field. I had a thought about the novel and played with the idea. But I put it on the back burner. I then realized I needed a career change. I started designing jewelry, but I needed something new. So I started the novel. Nine months while I was working as a publicist, I worked on It. I didn’t know anyone who published a book traditionally, so the whole journey was new for me. I didn’t go to school for any of this, but I still did it.

Miss Jones: When did you start the book?

Ahyiana Angel: In 2007 I had the idea. It wasn’t until 2012 that I started the first chapter and sat on it. 2013 was when I got really serious and started researching.

MJ: How did you go about publishing your book?

AA: I did my research first. I knew I wanted to be traditionally published. After I did all of the research, I found out about self publishing. I found company names and knew I needed an agent. Putting a book out is much like putting out music. You have to have a finished product to present. So I had my completed manuscript and took it to an agent. He loved it; but the only problem was, he couldn’t take it to an editor as it was. I thought publishing companies did the editing. That was a wake up call for me, I realized it wasn’t ready.
One day a friend of mine told me about a writers bootcamp in Maryland (it’s important to tell people about what you’re doing.). Sitting at the finals in Miami, I realized I didn’t want to be there. Then I said to myself, “If you’re going do it, you have to do it. Try all avenues to get to where you want to be.” So I decided to go. There were fifty people at the bootcamp. Zane was also there, as well as her publishing director. They gave those in attendance an opportunity to submit their story, but I knew I wasn’t ready. When I finished, I had it edited and sent a query letter with my full manuscript. I made sure I was prepared this time. She then offered to publish my book.

MJ: What were a few steps you had to take to get where you are today?

AA: I figured out my storyline. It sounds simple, but it’s the most important. It’s a lot to write a book. Having the material is most important. When I didn’t feel like writing, I did my research, from publishing companies to finding out everything about the industry. Almost completing the manuscript, I shopped around before signing a deal. I then started promoting to build my name as a writer. I also started by blog, Life According to Her before the book came out as well as writing for other publications. Promotion and marketing was all me. I had to be ready to hustle and move my product. It’s the publishing company’s job to put the book on the shelf, and my job to get them off the shelves. My PR background was able to help me through the marketing phase.

MJ: What was the deciding factor to shifting careers?

AA: I would say the lack of desire for where I was. I was a publicist for the NBA for 6 years. It seems fun to everyone, but it has its ups and downs with the policies and long nights. Many people in the field have transitioned. Being all in as a publicist, you get tired of being on for other people. I started to feel stifled creatively. I loved jewelry and tried jewelry designing. But I felt like there was more. I felt that if I didn’t do something, I’d get stuck. And I didn’t want to lose myself. I wasn’t excited where I was.
When I talk to college students, I always say, “find an avenue that works for you. Pay attention to what interests you, what comes natural, and is effortless.” I was blessed to be able to find the avenue that works for me.

MJ: Would you consider yourself to be a motivational speaker or mentor?

AA: I wouldn’t say that I’m a motivational speaker, but I am a motivator by nature. I like to help and push people in the right direction. I also mentor college students I’ve met through programs I’ve spoken at.

MJ: Did you have a mentor to help you through the process?

AA: No, didn’t have one. I was raised to be independent and know how to seek out information. There was no one consistent person to fulfill that role, but I knew how to push myself.

MJ: Ok, let’s talk Preseason Love. I loved the book! I was up all night reading. I have a few novels in the house and haven’t been able to get through them, but I was able to with this one.

AA: I’m so happy you did. I just wanted to tell a story. I’m glad that people are reading and enjoying it. I was confident in the book, but once it’s out there you get a little nervous. I’ve heard Lauryn Hill say, “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my….” I understood her statement more after I wrote this book. (Laughs)

MJ: What inspired the book? Was it your life?

AA: Fiction comes from some idea. The idea was from my reality or someone else’s reality. I never wanted to write an autobiography. I wanted creative rhythm and to keep people guessing.

MJ: Is there going to be a sequel?

AA: Yes there will be. I’m currently working on it. When you rely on yourself for promotion and making sure you book sells, it’s hard to put out another. However, I have the outline so it’s all about completing it.

MJ: What will we find in this one?

AA: Scottie did the right thing by facing her past with Ivan. Going towards it head on, shows the growth in her. New York changed her. Part two, we will see her humble herself more. She didn’t appreciate all that she had, but all of that taught her. We’ll be pleased how she comes into her own and handles herself.

MJ: What do you hope to accomplish through your books and your writing?

AA: It’s twofold. In real life, I’d like to show my family members and women in general, that when you put your mind to something, you can do it. You’re limitless. I want them to see that transition is not impossible, I’ve done it. No one pulled me up, I had faith and was confident in who I was. I took classes and sought out information that I needed. This is a competitive field and I wanted to be the best. I didn’t want to set myself up. I’m not great, but I want to be a source of inspiration and change.
Within the book, I want women to see that they’re not alone. We all go through this. Maybe we didn’t, but someone else went through it. Black women are used to being groomed to be strong and provide, that we can’t open ourselves to be vulnerable. And this is what the book is all about.
In college I read a lot of urban books, and I was tired of the same storyline. When I got older, I realized that wasn’t my life or reality. There are women who have a career and are driven, but still enjoys her life with her friends.

MJ: What advice would you give someone who wishes to be an author like yourself?

AA: Do your research. You may not know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a lot of work and research to know so that you can always be prepared. You should have an idea of what’s expected, so when you have the opportunity, you’ll be ready.
Keep writing to see if you want to stick with it.
You have to network and get to know people.
Tell people about what you’re trying to do. I’m not saying go broadcast it to everyone, but let those key people in your life know so that they can put you on to things.
Always pay attention.
Lastly, create a platform outside of a publisher. Figure out your name and what works best for you.

MJ: What’s the most fulfilling thing about being an author?

AA: Actually seeing your work and idea come together. Seeing the first book, was like wow it’s really a reality. Also, seeing people read and enjoy it. Hearing people say they loved it shows that your hard work, time, and ideas were all worth it.

MJ: What were/are your biggest struggles?

AA: Through the process, starting was the biggest struggle. Trying to keep myself on track was a little difficult. It was the springtime when I started and I wanted to be out and about. But I had to discipline myself. Now I would say my biggest struggle is putting myself out there. As much personality as I have, I’m still a little hesitant to put myself out there. To share yourself with others is a little nerve wrecking. As a publicist for the NBA, you would never say who you were. It was just something you didn’t do. But now I have to push myself as a writer.

Ahyiana has toured the U.S promoting her newly released book and showing the world who she is. Check out more of Ahyiana Angel by visiting her networks. Website: http://www.ahyianaangel.com. Blog: lifeaccordingtoher.com. Twitter/Instagram: @ahyiana_angel.
Preseason Love is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble, Walmart, amazon.com, and more. I’m telling you from experience, you’re going to want to get your hands on this one!

The Coaching Cupid: Dhylles Davis

After meeting and hearing part of Dhylles Davis’ story as an overcomer at an event a few months ago, I was able to sit and talk with her about her book, her life, and her journey.

Dhylles is a life coach, motivational speaker, and author of ‘Your Life! Your Purpose! No Explanation!’ Her book is not your ordinary self-help book. It is a book that not only causes you to think and make changes in your life, but also shares personal experiences within every chapter.

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Below you will find some of the highlights from the face to face interview with Dhylles Davis herself.

Miss Jones: At what point did you make the decision to become a life coach?

Dhylles Davis: It was at the age of 32 that I realized I needed to find myself. I had gone through many trials, from being sexually abused from 7-14 to having battles with death. This is when I realized I needed to share my story and help others as well.

Miss Jones : What were some of the steps you had to take to get where you are today?

Dhylles Davis: I had to be honest about my truth, embrace who I was, and forgive. I had to forgive the person in my life that molested me, as well as my mother.

MJ: You speak a lot about the importance of having a relationship with yourself in your book. How did you get to that place?

DD: I didn’t always have a great relationship with myself. I couldn’t be alone with myself. It was something that I had to practice. I had to look at myself in the mirror until I was comfortable with who I saw. I also had to take myself out on dates.

MJ: What were some of your fears during this process?

DD : My greatest fears were being honest in my book, confrontation with others, and learning how to say no.

MJ: What were some of the biggest things you’ve overcome during this process?

DD: The conversation I had to have with my mom after the book was written was one of the things I had to overcome. Because of the transparency in the book, she didn’t like everything I decided to include.
Then having the conversation with my family, helping them to understand that this is something I needed to do. I had to face my truth and share it with others.
And through all of this, I had to find my own voice.

MJ: After putting out so much into other people through your coaching and motivational speaking, how do regain your strength?

DD: Sometimes it can be overwhelming to pour out so much. I had to go on hiatus for a couple of months, where I took a step back from everything. I also have a wonderful husband who’s always there for me. We have created a beautiful space within our home, where I can have a clear mind and breath. Lastly, my positive outlook on life always keeps me lifted.

MJ: Speaking of your husband, when we first met, I instantly saw how supportive he was of you. How has having him by your side been helpful to you and your progress?

DD: My husband has been amazing. The love we have for each other is incredible. He’s been tremendously supportive of me in every way possible. We can literally talk about anything. We keep communication at the top of our list, and I believe that is what sustained us all of these years. We’ve been together for seven years, and married for three. We’ve been through so much throughout that time. I’ve had three miscarriages, a still born, three DNC’s, and got very sick afterwards. I almost died because my fibroids were infected, and I had to have them removed. Three weeks later, I had to have my gall bladder removed as well. This was two weeks before my wedding. I told the doctors I had to still be able to fit into my wedding dress. My husband said he was marrying me the date of our scheduled wedding, no matter what.
There was really no time for me to fully process all that I had gone through until after the wedding. A week later is when I just broke down. Sitting in the living room, I just sat and cried. And my husband sat there right beside me.

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MJ : What were some of your biggest struggles throughout the duration?

DD: Marketing and promotions of the book were one of my biggest struggles. Repeating and sharing my affirmations, along with my story. Also, being dedicated was a struggle of mine. Being able to complete my book without offending people. And lastly the conversation I had to have with my mother concerning the book. It was a struggle because she is still my mother, however, I had to let her know that I couldn’t be a walking contradiction I had to first clean out my own closet before I was able to help someone else with theirs.

MJ: What’s the most fulfilling thing about what you do?

DD: I have to say the most fulfilling thing about my job as a life coach is when I hear someone say, “I didn’t know that was my purpose.” Or ” I didn’t think about it like that. You’ve really helped me.”

MJ: How would you encourage someone else who’s going down the same path that you had to go down?

DD: I would tell them not to be afraid to open up, be fearless. You never know who you’re inspiring.

MJ: What do you ultimately wish to accomplish?

DD: Peace, purpose, and happiness. At the end of the day, this is what everyone is seeking. I’d like to touch lives and help others accomplish this as well.

MJ: What are your favorite motivational phrases?

DD: I have two. The first is a quote by Mahatma Ghandi, which says, ‘Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” And the second is, opportunities are new everyday.

MJ: Is there anything else you would like to leave with the readers?

DD: Love life and live it. Don’t live in the past. Be fearless and take leaps of faith and positive risks. Remember, through vulnerability comes strength. Acknowledge necessary change. And crawl before you walk.

Stay up to date and for consultations with the coaching Cupid, Dhylles Davis by visiting her networks. Website: Dhyllesdavis.com. Blog: http://www.startlivingstopexisting.com. Instagram/Twitter: @thecoachingcupid.

Also, visit her website and purchase her book ‘Your Life! Your Purpose! no Explanations!’ I’m telling you, you won’t be disappointed. This book has personally pushed me to think and reconsider some of the things in my own life. It’s encouraging and inspiring to say the least.

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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.

Brotherhood: The Treasure in T.H.I.S

Brotherhood Is the new generation of rap groups repping the East Coast (Englewood,NJ & Brooklyn,NY). The group is comprised of rappers, King Muziq , J.R. Banga, and reggae artist Nino Million. Brotherhood is known for their diverse approach to music, coupling lyricism and a versatility that fuses a multitude of genres.
A collection of true creators, Brotherhood consists of actual musicians and producers , which have come together to cultivate a unique sound. In recent months, Brotherhood has made waves with performances at venues such as BBKings, SOB’s NYC, Santos Party House NYC, Club Pyramid and Greenhouse NY, as well as community enrichment based events such as Mexicali in New Jersey.

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This past Tuesday, October 28th, Brotherhood put together a listening event to push and promote their latest project, T.H.I.S (Treasure However It’s Sent). The event was held at Smash Studios in the midtown section of NYC. It was a nice intimate setting of supporters. Drinks were provided and those in attendance were given the opportunity to mix and mingle, while music played in the background.

King Muziq and Nino Million then went on to the real reason everyone gathered together. Unfortunately, J.R Banga couldn’t make it due to the fatal death of one of his good friends.

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Brotherhood introduced the songs that were later debuted on their new EP T.H.I.S, Halloween day. Songs included are as follows: No Return, Lost, Reckless, Party Bus, and more. Also on the EP is their single, Club on Fire, which is available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, google play store, and any other site.

This EP shows the versatility that this group has. It includes songs that you can dance to as well as songs that slow down and make you sit and reflect. My favorite is Lost. This is a song that was written during a difficult time, a real life situation. The beginning starts out with a spoken word interlude that sums up the dynamic of the entire song. It talks about feeling lost in a world where you try to progress and find success. To hear this song, along with the others, be sure to download this EP. T.H.I.S is available for free download on datpiff.com. The direct link is: http://www.datpiff.com/Brotherhood-This-mixtape.661497.html. Download and share! Stay tuned for in depth interview with Brotherhood Ent.

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Sunday Evening Serenade

Sunday, September 21st, I had the pleasure of attending Sunday Evening Serenade’s one year anniversary! This event is created and hosted by Olivia Gilmore. Sunday Evening Serenade is an acoustic showcase that’s put on once every month. The purpose of this event is not only to give artists a platform to perform; it is also for all artists, vendors, and those in the entertainment and fashion industry to promote themselves and network.

SES was held at Ripley Grier Studios in the midtown area of NYC. The room was nice, quaint, and intimate with a beautiful white grand piano. Just right for an evening serenade. The featured artists of the night were, Ashton Martin, Mayo Bass, and Olivia Gilmore. Because of traffic, Natalie Imani was unable to attend.

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(Mayo Bass, Olivia Gilmore, Ashton Martin)

The evening began with great tunes playing in the background, while the audience was given an opportunity to mingle and network with one another as well as the vendors, who I must say produced great work.

Cherise Broadbelt of Reese B Designs blew me away with her collection. As her material says, it’s “Not Your Average.” Cherise has a line of bow ties (available for both women and men), clutches, and jewelry. Every bow tie and clutch is handmade by Cherise herself, with beautiful fabrics and leather. Her pieces are well put together ending with a great product. Not only are her pieces amazing, her personality is very warm and welcoming. View Reese B Designs below and visit the Instagram, @reesebdesigns, to view more and order pieces from her collection.

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(Cherise Broadbelt, Reese B Designs)

Another vendor was Tremaine Angevine, CEO of OFCC. OFCC is an urban clothing line with great designs. Every shirt, sweatshirt, hat is personally designed by Tremaine. OFCC has done many trade shows and continues to push their brand. Take a look at apart of their collection below. Also check out their website for more, http://www.ofccest1982.com.

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(Tremaine Angevine, CEO of OFCC)

Other vendors included, food by Ms. Anita G. From the raves on social media, her food was delicious. Be sure to check her out on Instagram @chefmamagarciajr.

After the brief mingling, it was time for the main show. Every artist who took the stage, was absolutely amazing.

Starting out with Ashton Martin accompanied by JT on piano. From the melodies that flowed from Ashton’s mouth Sunday evening, you could tell that he’s been doing this for some time now. He’s actually been singing since the age of 10 and composing his own songs by the age of 12. Since then, he’s been perfecting his craft and doing a great job at it. Ashton started his set with one of my personal favorites, So High by John Legend. John Legend is an amazing artist and not many can fill his shoes. However, Martin’s raspy voice fit the song perfectly. Every note in the right place. He then went to a self written song entitled, Your Body. Which is a song he wrote after a breakup and all he could think of was her embrace. His connection with the audience was amazing. You could hear every emotion while he sang as he have the perfect eye contact. He finished his set with very popular song, Superstar by Luther Vandross. Overall, great singer, songwriter, and performer. Be sure to check Ashton out on twitter and Instagram @ashtnmrtn. Also, purchase his new single “Lights Out” on iTunes.

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Up next was the bubbly Miya Mayo Bass accompanied by Eddie C on piano. When Mayo entered the room you automatically saw her lively personality. Mayo was X Factor 2013 finalist and worked with countless recording artists. Varying from Brandy, Shirley Murdock, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Vashawn Mitchell, and more. Mayo started out with ‘Boy Band Trivia’ from her upcoming project Nostalgia. This song is a cumulation of some of the greatest boy band hits; such as Don’t Leave (Stay) by Blackstreet, It’s Over Now by 112, On Bended Knees by Boys II Men, Gone by Nsync, and 5 Steps by Dru Hill. One of the most creative songs I’ve heard. To put these amazing tracks together was amazing to hear added with her amazing vocals. She then ended with her latest single, ‘The Cure.’ This is by far one of the most powerful songs. This song was created for anyone who suffers from cancer, diabetes, and anyone who needs healing. Mayo prayed and asked God for the lyrics, and The Cure was birthed. Sunday evening she belted out these lyrics and you felt every word. To hear the song, visit http://youtu.be/OBxokN9c32M and view the official video, available for purchase on iTunes. Mayo is also currently doing a church tour where she is open to visiting churches and singing ‘The Cure.’ Stay up to date with Mayo Bass by visiting her website, http://www.miyamayobass.com.

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(Photo taken by @faceonbroadway)

Last but certainly not least, the host and creator of Sunday Evening Serenade, Miss Olivia Gilmore. After hearing about the effects of bullying, she was prompted to start out with Unpretty by TLC. Encouraging everyone to look within and find their beauty and not allow the words of others to get them to a negative place in life. After her first song, Olivia let the audience in. She explained how private of a person she was, which is understandable in this business, but grasped the crowd with her transparency that night. She talked about how SES started as well as the difficulties she’s encountered throughout this year. Although there were many obstacles that came up against her, she never gave up. She expressed her goal as an artist and how she wanted to become famous when starting out, but she never only considered herself. She created this showcase for the benefit of all artists. Olivia not only wanted to build her brand as an artist, she also wanted to help her fellow artist get ahead in the game. Which is commendable. To have had to face troubles along the way, she could’ve stopped; but she continued to maintain. Olivia also has a great personality. She kept the crowd laughing the entire night.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting Olivia and attending such a wonderful event. Special thanks for the invitation. To stay up to date with Olivia and Sunday Evening Serenade follow her Instagram @msoliviagilmore. You can also check out her music on soundcloud. You won’t be disappointed, she gave her all with every song she sang Sunday night.

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(Photo taken by @faceonbroadway)

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-Miss Jones

BXC Music Festival

Saturday, September 20th at Santos Party House, BXC Studios put on a showcase featuring fifteen artists of diverse genres, ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, and Rock. There were also art vendors displaying their work. This event was a way to collaborate the film and music industry, bridging the gap between the two. These artists were given a platform to display their talents to a full audience. The BXC Music Festival also gave everyone in attendance an opportunity to network.

Review below submitted by Marcelle Ceide:

BXC brought the crowd the hypest performers Saturday Night 9/20/14 at Santos Party House. We as the audience were not only given the opportunity to enjoy different genres of music (Hip Hop, Soul, R&B, Rock…) but the performers were given an opportunity to do what they love the most, … “perform”.

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(Photo by Glen Graham Photography)

Backstage, these performers and upcoming stars gave me an opportunity to do what I love… mingle with some of the best upcoming talent in the industry. (@richpsin @youngc_no @TherealPlayBoySwag @cameronjaymusik @fukucam @_iambamboo @oga_zen @bigshochillz @Flyguytower142 @stasonbobo @bailentheband @Sakstillraps @paristaurean @Bbh_dannyp @bbh_easley @reynavonchase @onroxy) To hear their latest music connect with them on IG, twitter, and sound cloud.

We talked about the history of their art, working hard, believing in their art and being humble at all times. The one thing that resonated that night was having such a great opportunity at BXC music festival, for many of them hadn’t had such opportunity in years…
A few performers sat down with me during a Q&A and gave me some insight in their goals for the future and how they have been blessed thus far with their talent.

For the rest of the night, I was able to see their talent showcase live on stage, pump up the volume for their fans, and impress us with their style. Stay tuned to these up and coming artists touring, dropping mix-tapes, and even mingling with creations of fashion clothing line and footwear.

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(Photos by Clayton Roulhac-Carr)

We here at LovelyMissJones, and ClassIs shoe magazine supports the grind and hustle… Congratulations to the winners of that night Paristaurean(eiffellife), Bailentheband, Bbh_dannyp/ bbh_easley.

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(Paris Taurean & Naj Mahal of Eiffellife)

And couldn’t have welcomed the fall season any better…!

Written by Marcelle Ceide
Graduate Student & Creator of ClassIs Shoe Magazine
Instagram: @itsbiz4fashion
Email: mceide32@gmail.com

Beauty Within TV

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Anissa Rochester, CEO of Beauty Within TV. We decided to meet during fashion week so she could not only tell me about herself and BWTV, but to fill us in on Fashion Week. Our meeting place was at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

I started the interview with getting a better feel of who Anissa is. She has been in the entertainment industry for years. Since the age of 19, she’s been a fit model, actress and toured as a dancer. So she’s no stranger to the field of entertainment. Anissa graduated from LIU with a degree in media arts. When she decided to pursue her love for acting and dancing, she received a scholarship to NYU’s theatre program. When Anissa found out she was pregnant, she decided to go another route. Somewhere down the line, she mixed her knowledge of beauty and fashion with her media skills and created Beauty Within TV.

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Anissa Rochester

Here’s a deeper glimpse of the interview:

Miss Jones: How would you describe BWTV for readers that may not know?

Anissa Rochester: Beauty Within is an outlet to inspire women, ages 18-30, to believe and fulfill their dreams. I’m passionate about helping others to pursue their dreams and finding their inner beauty. BWTV started out as a television program on public access, where we interviewed many celebrities. Ranging from Kerri Washington, Kim Kardashian, Tina Fey, Miguel, R. Kelly, Sherri Shepherd, Iman, and several others. BWTV also had the opportunity to cover red carpet events, including the TLC Story and The Best Man Holiday. About two years ago we relaunched with an entertainment website.

MJ: What was one of your most memorable interviews?

AR: I would say that my interview with Iman was the most memorable and inspiring. She was so nice and classy. She treated us with respect being a small unrecognizable name. There are many celebrities who don’t take the time to support your passion. However, she was the complete opposite. Iman was very welcoming as well as professional.

MJ: How have you applied your passion for helping others rediscover their inner beauty as well as fulfill their dreams?

AR: In my experience of business and fashion, I’ve done a few workshops in schools for young girls. We split them up in different groups and gave them their own fashion houses and taught them about the business of fashion, rather than just the model aspect. There’s more behind a pretty face. All the groups were given the task of creating a name and an idea for a logo. After that was done, each of them were assigned a specific task. For example, one of the girls may have been a stylist, while another was on the financial end. They were given paper dolls and asked to design different things. Then they had to write a proposal showing how they planned to be successful based on their ideas.

MJ: What grade/age group did you work with?

AR: This particular session was with 4-6th graders. I also did another program with 12th graders on their way to college, it was the Beauty Within mentoring program. We came at the very end of the year, they’d all been gotten accepted into college. We partnered with another organization that prepared them for school. My segment was to do makeovers, and we posed the question “what makes you beauty within?” We also asked what motivates and inspires them. I was very surprised by the answers I received.

As we continued on with this topic of mentoring, I saw this as a great opportunity for these girls at such a young age. I’m sure it will most definitely lead them down the right path. Anissa plans to continue to do more hands on activities and projects with young people as soon as the next phase of BWTV has launched.

MJ: What’s next for BWTV?

AR: BWTV will be launching a magazine in October. It will be another outlet to deliver what we cover on the site. With something tangible, it’ll be a faster way to reach and build our audience.  We will have fashion content, as well as various celebrity interviews. On the cover of our first issue will be Fifth Harmony, an all girls group that started on XFactor.

MJ: What are some of the struggles you had to face in this industry?

AR: One of my biggest struggles were finances and funding. As entrepreneurs starting out, we just don’t have the money. Which can lead to frustration. I’m still an artist, so as artists, we get frustrated easily because we want to live our passion. I didn’t just want to work at any mediocre job. Even if it was a job on wall street, I didn’t necessarily want to do it because it wasn’t my passion. But I had to work jobs that I didn’t want to work in order to make money and still do this at the same time. Funding is very difficult. But you have to have perseverance and resilience. I could’ve quit a long time ago when we were just a program on public access. I had camera guys not show up for interviews and hosts that would argue with me and not show up. I didn’t have much money and most of them were working for free. Working on a zero budget, everything came out polished. Even my team now is comprised of interns who only receive a stipend or credit for school. It’s been a struggle, but when people see my work, they know it’s polished. My work speaks for itself, therefore people believe in it. This also shows my leadership skills, to have as many people as I’ve had work with me with no budget says a lot.

MJ: What are some of the results you began to see thus far?

AR: I would say completion and growth. To see how far I’ve come, close to completing and accomplishing my goal is the most fulfilling thing. The connections that I’ve made are also great results. It’s all about who you know. I’ve learned not to burn bridges. My network is my net-worth.

MJ: What would you say your ultimate accomplishment would be?

AR: My ultimate accomplishment would be for BWTV to be known nationally/worldwide. I hope to gain more finances to expand my company, build my team and create jobs. I ultimately want to grow.

MJ: What advice would you give a young person that desires to go down the same path as you?

AR: I would tell them to make sure they have a great support system to surround and encourage them. If finances are an issue, don’t let that stop them. Continue to pursue your dream. Also sit back and reflect, make sure this is really what you want. And don’t be afraid to try different things until you find exactly what fits you.

MJ: So let’s talk Fashion Week

AR: I thoroughly enjoyed this week. I attended many shows, but the Michael Castillo show was my favorite. David Tlale’s show made me feel like I belonged with the African rituals. However, Castillo’s designs were amazing. My favorites were the long gowns.

Lovely Miss Jones is just as passionate about helping others, so I commend Anissa and BWTV for the work that she is putting forth and look forward to working with her soon. To stay up to date on the upcoming magazine as well as other exciting ventures coming from BWTV, visit the website, beautywithintv.com and follow on instagram @beautywithintv. You won’t be disappointed!

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Miss Jones & Anissa Rochester