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AuthorBruce Walton Jr

MJ vs LeBron : A Different Breakdown

Written by Bruce Walton Jr aka Chunta Ankh

First, I’d like to say rest in peace to the legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna aka Gigi. With how crazy 2020 has been, the situation still feels unreal. His loss definitely made me realize my own mortality. Kobe’s dedication to the game was unmatched. The “Kobe Stare” alone spoke that in volumes. The constant day-to-day hustle would make some believe that he wasn’t already at the top of his game. That’s what made him special. His fire. His fearlessness. Kobe accepted all challenges and never shied away from anything. Most importantly, he made people better around he. He pushed people. Even during rough times in his career, he continued to play a maximal effort and continued to be a mentor on and off the court. Thank you for your contributions to the sport and to the people. You will be missed!

Okay, before we get into the topic I’d like to tell you my background as a basketball fan. I want to tell you my favorites and who I grew up on. I came up during the middle of Michael’s career. I can remember watching the Super Sonics, Pacers, and Utah series. I remember how excited my dad was. Literally jumping up and down. The thing that stuck out the most was the infamous shot that Jordan made on Byron Russell. I remember as a kid wondering if that was cheating. The push off. After gauging my dads reaction I rationalized that it wasn’t cheating. I told myself that when you want to win that bad you push the limits. literally. You try everything you can. The whole “succeed as much as you want to breath” mentality. My respect for Jordan grew. Looking back, I wondered how much influence Michael had on the game. Did he get the “Jordan calls”? One thing I can say is Jordan played in the era I loved. A less sensitive era. A era where you could actually beat your opponent up a little bit.It makes you wonder who would be good now a day’s if things were the same. Not to mention this was an era of true big men and less 3-point heavy.

As I matured and developed my own mind, I started to search for people who I admired. Im from Daytona Beach,Fl. So obviously I started off being a Vince Carter fan. I was also a fan of Penny and Shaq. While watching Vince in Toronto I discovered Tracy McGrady. Tracy and Vince played on Toronto together but Vince sort of out shined him. Regardless, I still noticed Tracy and became a huge fan. This led me to follow Tracy to Orlando and then to Houston.

Tracy McGrady’s 13 Points in 33 Seconds to come back on San Antonio Spurs

Houston had a bunch of good runs. Just to name a few, these are some of the teammates Tracy had during his time. Yao Ming, Meta World Peace, Rafer Alston (skip to my lou), Shane Battier (the Kobe Stopper), Steve Francis, Patrick Beverly, Trevor Ariza, and many more.

During Tracy’s time there, the Rockets struggled to get past the 2nd round. I feel like the best chance they had to make the finals was their 2005 series where they were eliminate by the Mavericks. We later found out that ex-referee Tim Donaghy was arrested for rigging that series, along with a few others. After this, Tracy struggled to stay healthy. I decided to become a loyal Houston fan even after his departure. I’ve been a Houston fan ever since. I wanted you to know my background so you can know there is no bias in me in any way towards this debate. It’s all logic, numbers and being a fan of basketball.

I have a number break down for this debate but first lets tackle some of the main topics that are floating around in this debate. The difference in era’s, their teammates, the people they had to face, rings, and more. While doing research I ran across an article by written by Jess Unk. He helped provide a lot of those numbers and I want to give him full credit. The purpose of this article was only to add to my unique tally system but I figured why not add all figures so there is nothing left in the air.

First, lets talk about the era’s. It would appear that Jordan played in a tougher era. It was a gladiator sport. Blood wasn’t uncommon. His competition was Reggie & the Pacers, Bad Boy’s Detroit, Shawne Kemp & Gary Payton (Sonics), The end of Magic’s career, Mail Man & Stockton (Utah), Shaq & Penny (Orlando), Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bougues and Alonzon Mourning (Hornets), Charles Barkley & Charles Oakley, Tim Hardaway, John Starks & Patrick Ewing (Knicks), I mean the list goes on and on. Not only were these guys super competitive but they were very physical. This is one disadvantage Jordan had.

Yet, on paper, Jordan actually played in a weaker era while LeBron played in a weaker conference. In retro spec, the league had expanded during Jordan’s era. A total of 6 teams were added. Hornets in ’88 first playoff appearance in ‘93, Heat in ’88 and first playoff appearance in ’92, Magic in ’89 and first playoff appearance in ’94, Timberwolves in ’89 and first playoff appearance in ‘97, Raptors in ’95 and first playoff appearance in 2000, and Grizzlies in ’95 and first playoff appearance in 2004. Jordan played in a leagued that had got saturated with a bunch of new talent from players, coaches, and owners. Not very much experience.

Here’s a list of Hall of Famers Jordan faced vs LeBron faced. This includes future potential Hall-of-Famers.

Jordan – Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Gary Peyton, John Stockton 2x, and Karl Malone 2x. Jordan played against 9 Hall of Famers during his championship runs

LeBron – Tim Duncan 3x, Tony Parker 3x, Manu Ginobili 3x, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Kevin Durant 3x, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard 2x, Steph Curry 4x, Klay Thompson 4x, Draymond Green 4x. LeBron has faced 30 Hall-of-Famers during his championship runs.

LeBron, however, was believed to have played in a weaker conference. In the 14 seasons LeBron played on the East the West had more total wins in 13 of those seasons. On the contrary, the East has won 8 out of 16 championships since LeBron has played.

On the flip side, you can also say that playing a a tough era was an advantage for Jordan. Actually being able to be physical. In LeBron’s era, you can’t even sneeze on a person without it being a foul. This has changed the game as we know it. The true big man is disappearing and the three-point game is steadily growing. Along with that, you have the flopping. LeBron gets a lot of criticism for this. In my opinion, I think it’s just high basketball IQ. He took a change in the game and had enough awareness to make it work for him. It takes high basketball IQ to premeditate or to react to something, in real time, to exaggerate a foul. Or to exaggerate contact so the ref can make the proper call. Whether people like it or not, that’s a skill.

Back to the physical side. LeBron is huge guy. He is 6’8 250 lbs and was rumored to have gotten up to between 275-280 lbs. Compared to Jordan being 6’6 216 lbs. LeBron could have definitely thrown his weight around on defense if he played in Jordan’s era. If you want to gauge his toughness that’s up for debate. This is one of the things thats hard to judge being that you wouldn’t know how each player would have done had they played in the other’s era. I will admit, most people believe Jordan would have done crazy numbers in LeBron’s era.

Next, we’re going to talk about teammates. It would seem that Jordan had the better teammates. Think of it this way. Imagine if LeBron had Rodman, Pippen, and Steve Kerr on one team at any given time. It wouldn’t even be fair. LeBron definitely had a tougher road when it came to help in his early career. He played 7 years in Cleveland with little to no help. He even took that team to the finals. Afterwards, he played with Dewayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Although great teammates, Wade was slightly past his prime. He wasn’t the same Wade that won with Shaq. He had suffered injuries. I liked his second Cleveland team 2nd Cleveland team was definitely his best team. JR Smith, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Krover at one point, Shumpert, etc. Though they were champions, even doing the infamous 3-1 comeback against a team with the best record ever, I still think this team had no chance against the Prime Bulls. Rodman’s relentless rebounding, Pippen’s dominance on both sides of the court, along with Jordan’s dominance on both sides of the court would have given the Cav’s and the Heat major problems. Some would say his Heat team was the better team, it’s all opinion.

Yet, on paper, LeBron actually played with the better teammates. Jordan only played with 1 All-Star (Scottie Pippen 6x) while LeBron played with 6 All-Stars (Ilgauskas, Mo Williams, Kyrie Irving 2x, Chris Bosh 4x, Dwayne Wade 4x). Jordan played with 2 Hall Of Famers (Pippen & Rodman) while LeBron played with 3 (Shaq, Wade, and Bosh). A lot of people would argue that this is a skewed outlook but we can’t go against solid facts.

This can be looked at in different ways. Like did they play with these people in their primes? Did every teammate deserve the credits? You can decide.

When we get into numbers, it gets a little tricky. We have to be transparent about it, though. People want you to consider that Jordan went to college when LeBron didn’t. This changes the longevity of the player and the time you get to achieve certain numbers. Also, Jordan left twice. One time to play baseball and another time, we found out later, was a premature retirement. Some say it was because his father passed and he wanted to pursue baseball like his father wanted. Some rumored he was told to get away for awhile because of gambling issues. These were all speculations and we never will really know.

I must say that these things aren’t LeBron’s fault so you can’t really hold it against him. You have to credit LeBron for taking care of his body and staying dedicated for as long as he did with little to no issues. I also believe Jordan had less to prove, so it was easier for him to leave when he felt like it. LeBron had a bigger chip on his shoulder. They kept dangling the “no ring” issue above his head. Jordan’s beginnings were quiet and under the radar. He had the chance to become who he was without being judged. LeBron came in with huge expectations, being a high school phenom. People don’t mention that Jordan was swept in the first round of his first three playoff trips. When LeBron went to get the ring he got the “Oh, he switched out” talk and the “He needed help” talk.

As far as loyalty goes, I’m not sure if it can be compared. LeBron switched teams but some may argue that Jordan switching sports was bad. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because of the situation surrounding it. He stayed loyal to the Bulls and we have to honor that. We won’t count the Wizards because the circumstances were totally different. The “needed help” argument is kind of ridiculous. Most champions, besides people like Olajuwon & Houston, the first Curry/Warriors reign (before KD), and maybe the Pistons who only acquired Rasheed Wallace, built teams. Even the Bulls recruited their arch nemesis Dennis Rodman in order to win more championships. LeBron was far from the first to do it. The only difference was they made a big deal out of it with “The Decision”. Back in Jordan’s era it was called “trying to win”.

As far as actual numbers, that is tricky also. Although, Jordan leads some categories LeBron has a better variety of leading numbers. This makes LeBron the better overall player. Jordan seems to be the better scorer and defender statistically. LeBron seems to be a more efficient scorer and a better passer. LeBron also is better at the 3pt line while Jordan was the better at the free throw line.

Percentages

Jordan – PPG 30.1 | RPG 6.2 | APG 5.3 | FGP 4.7 | 3pt% 32.7 | FT% 83.5 | PER 27.9 | SPG 2.3 | BPG .8 | Turnovers 2.7

LeBron – PPG -27.1 | RPG 7.4 | APG 7.4 | FGP 50.4 | 3pt% 34.3 | FT% 73.5 | PER 27.5 | SPG 1.6 | BPG .8 | Turnovers 3.5

Now, let’s talk about finals record. This is where I use my unique pointing system. I’ve never seen this broken down the way I broke this down. The reason why no one broke it down this way is because their logic is “nothing matters unless you win it all”. It’s clear that Jordan has the better finals record. You can’t take that way from him. Yet, on average, was Jordan the better winner? Jordan gets the credit because people say “Well, every time Jordan went to the finals, he won”. My counter point was “Are you counting the times he never even got to the finals?” This has to count for something. If you’re going to count it this way you have to consider that LeBron made it to 8 straight finals. I don’t think people understand how difficult that is to do. Let alone being to 9 total finals over a 16 year career. Thats %56.6 percent of his career making it to the top show. If you don’t count his injury season that number is %60. Micheal made it to the finals 6 out of 15 seasons. Thats %40 of his career. If you minus the Baseball year that’s %42.1. To take it even further, if you minus his baseball and Wizards seasons that number would be %50. Granted, the point is to win it all. You still have to put in account the average winning seasons and playoff advancements. So, yes Jordan won every time he got there but didn’t accumulate more advancements than LeBron.

I understand why people say Jordan is the G.O.A.T. It’s not just about numbers. It’s his reign, his dominance, his presence. His free throw dunk. His “Air Jordan” feats and spectacular finishes. These types of things made him a moral champion. A people’s champion. My only problem with this is people negate logic to defend this notion. Even go as far as trashing LeBron. It makes me feel like people aren’t fans of the sport but more so fans of teams or individuals. Another thing I can’t understand is the rate LeBron, as an individual, when it comes to finals losses but never mention the times others never even made the finals. Lets give an example.

Curry‘s finals record is 3 out of 4 appearances (%75). He’s made it to the finals 4 out of 11 seasons (%36). Tim Duncan won 5 out of 6 appearances (%83). He made the finals 6 out of 19 seasons (%31.5), Kobe finals record 5 out of 7 (%71.4) and appeared 7 out of 20 seasons (%35), Wade 3 out of 5 appearances (%60). and appeared 5 out of 16 seasons (%31.25) . LeBron has the lowest finals record with %37.5. Yet, he spent %50 of his career in the finals. If he makes it this year that number will be %52.9.

To conclude, Jordan has a better finals record and more rings but that doesn’t make him the better winner. If you tally when each player was eliminated from or made the playoffs overall, LeBron is superior.

Based on the number of teams admitted to the playoffs, if you are knocked out in the first round, you could be ranked at 16th at worst and ninth at best. That ranking goes up to eighth and fifth during the second round. If eliminated during the Conference Finals, you could be ranked fourth at worst or third at best. Losing in the Finals obviously means you are the second best team in the league. Below is a listing of the rounds LeBron and Jordan were eliminated in during the playoffs.

Jesse Unk – HowTheyPlay.com

“So while Jordan has a higher percentage of being the absolute best, he also had a higher percentage of being one of the worst teams in the playoffs. LeBron has a much more consistent stream of winning throughout his career, even if it wasn’t winning the championship.” – Jesse Unk

I found a unique tally system. I created a point system based on making the playoffs, how far they made it, making the finals, and winning the finals.

(image above reflects 2017)

This is how I break down the numbers to tally, on average, who won more. This will be based off wether they made the playoffs, how deep they went into the playoffs, and did they win it all. I take those numbers and divide it by the number of completed seasons. This number will give me a average of how much a person actually won through out their career.

Point Chart

Miss Playoffs0 points Semi Conference2 points Finals4 points

Make playoffs1 Point Conference Finals3 Points Win Finals5 Points

I tally the accumulated points for that season and give you a number. If you win the finals, the 5 points is considered a bonus to the 4 points you get for making the finals. So 4 plus 1 bonus point. You don’t get 4 plus 5.

Once I tally each season I will add them all up and get a number. I will then dived that number into the number of seasons the person played and get an average number. This will tel me their win average over their career when it comes to playoffs. I’ll start with Jordan.

Jordan (15 seasons)

Season 1 – Made Playoffs (1) – Swept by MIL – 1 point

Season 2 – Made Playoffs (1) – Swept by BOS – 1 point

Season 3 – Made Playoffs (1) – Swept by BOS – 1 point

Season 4 – Made Playoffs (1) , 2nd Rnd (2) | L (1-4 DET)- 3 Pts

Season 5 – Made playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3) | L (1-4 DET) – 6 Pts

Season 6 – Made Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3) | L (3-4 DET) – 6 Pts

S 7 – Made Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3), Champ (5) | (4-1 LAL) – 11 Pts

S 8 – (Repeat) | (4-2 POR) – 11 Pts

S 9 – (Repeat) | (4-2 PHO) – 11 Pts

S 10 – (Return after baseball #45) Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2) | L (2-4 ORL) – 3 Pts

S 11 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3), Champ (5) | (4-2 SEA) – 11 Pts

S 12 – (Repeat) | (4-2 UTAH) – 11 Pts

S 13 – (Repeat) | (4-2 UTAH) – 11 Pts

S 14 – (Wizards return) – Missed Playoffs – 0 Pts

S 15 – (Repeat) – 0 Pts

TOTALS

Accumulated Points – 87 Pts

Total Season Win Average (total points divided by 15 seasons) – 5.8 Pts

If You Take Away The Baseball Season

Accumulated Points – 84 Pts

Win Average – 6 Pts

If You Take Away The Wizards Seasons

Accumulated Points – 87 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 6.69 Pts

If You Take Away Both Baseball and Wizards Seasons

Accumulated Pts – 84 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 7 Pts

I did all possible out comes so no one can poke holes in this. Also, I did this to leave some things up for debate. Things that should or should not be considered. Okay, Now Lebron’s Numbers

LeBron (16 season – 17th in progress (won’t count) )

S 1 – Missed Playoffs – 0 Pts

S2 – (Repeat) – 0 Pts

S3 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2) | L (3-4 DET) – 3 Pts

S4 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3), Finals (4) | L (Swept by SAS) – 10 Pts

S5 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2) | L (3-4 BOS) – 3 Pts

S6 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2), 3rd Rnd (3) | L (2-4 ORL) – 6 Pts

S7 – Playoffs (1), 2nd Rnd (2) | L (2-4 BOS) – 3 Pts

LeBron would go on to 8 Straight Finals

S8 – Finals L (2-4 DAL) – 10 Pts

S9 – Champs W (4-1 OKC) – 11 Pts

S10 – Champs W (4-3 SAS) – 11 Pts

S 11 – Finals L (1-4 SAS) – 10 Pts

S 12 – Finals L (2-4 GSW) – 10 Pts

S 13 – Champs W (4-3 GSW) – 11 Pts

S 14 – Finals L (1-4 GSW) – 10 Pts

S 15 – Finals L (Swept by GSW) – 10 Pts

S 16 – Missed Playoffs – 0 Pts

TOTALS

Accumulate Points – 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 6.75 Pts

If You Take Away His Injury Season In LA

Accumulated Points – 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 7.2 Pts

Numbers Depending On The Outcomes of the Current Season

If Rockets eliminate them

Accumulate Points – 111 Pts | Win Average – 6.5 Pts (w/o Injury season) – 6.9 Pts

3 Rd

Accumulated Points – 114 Pts | Win Average – 6.7 Pts (w/o Injury Season) – 7.1 Pts

Finals

Accumulated Points – 118 Pts | Win Average – 6.9 Pts (w/o Injury Season) – 7.3 Pts

Champion

Accumulated Points – 119 Pts | Win Average – 7 Pts (w/o Injury Season) – 7.4 Pts

Tale of the Tape

Jordan LeBron

Accumulated Points – 87 Pts 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 5.8 Pts 6.75 Pts

Without Baseball Season

Accumulated Points – 84 Pts 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 6 Pts 6.75 Pts

Without Wizards Seasons

Accumulated Pts – 87 Pts 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 6.69 Pts 6.75 Pts

Without Baseball, Wizard’s, or LeBron’s Injury Season

Accumulated Points – 84 Pts 108 Pts

Total Season Win Average – 7 Pts 7.2 Pts

Before I give you my summary of the chart I’d like to address the “clutch” factor. When most general fans think of being clutch, they think of making the big shot. In actuality, being clutch is much more. Being clutch is your numbers increasing when your team is against the wall. Times when your team is facing elimination. Or when your team are put in a position to eliminate a team. Here are some of those numbers.

LeBron vs. Jordan Clutch Statistics

 Field Goal %Free Throw %Total ReboundsTotal AssistsTotal StealsTotal BlocksTurnoversPointsWin/Loss
Michael Jordan Career49.7%83.5%6.25.32.3.82.730.1 
Jordan Eliminating Opponents40.7% (-9%)84.6% (+1.1%)4.8 (-1.4)3.2 (-2.1)1.5 (-.8).2 (-.6)1.9 (-.8)29.8 (-.3)30-10
Jordan Facing Elimination48.1% (-1.6%)77.8% (-5.7%)7.9 (+1.7)7 (+1.7)1.6 (-.7)1.3 (+.5)4.2 (+1.5)32.8 (+2.7)5-7
LeBron James Career50.4%73.9%7.47.21.6.83.527.2 
LeBron Eliminating Opponents52.9% (+2.5%)70.6% (-3.3%)8.7 (+1.3)7.6 (+.4)1.8 (+.2)1.4 (+.6)3.9 (+.4)28.8 (+1.6)35-10
LeBron Facing Elimination53.9% (+3.5%)66% (-7.9%)13 (+5.6)9 (+1.8)2.4 (+.8)1.8 (+1)2.2 (-1.7)36.4 (+9.2)14-10

As you can see, LeBron went above his career averages when faced with decision changing games. While Jordan, for the most part, declined. LeBron, Though heavily criticized for not taking big shots, improved his numbers throughout the games, which just as important if not more important.

Summary

I want to address the obvious. Things I know people will say. Things such as “It doesn’t work that way. You don’t get credit for losing. It’s either win it all or nothing”. Which I would have to disagree on. First reason being is because you use LeBron’s Finals record instead of just saying he won 3 championships. You can’t pick and chose win losses matter. If we are going to use losses lets use them all. See who really is the better winner. Second, in my opinion, if none of these things mattered then there wouldn’t be a playoffs. They would simply take the top teams from the East and the West after the regular season and let them go straight to the championship. Each series is individualized. Different strategy to win based on the opponent. Different levels. Its totally different being the 8th seed playing against the 1st seed. Contrary to being the 5th seed playing the 4th seed. The roads are different.

Even if you still take this away from LeBron. You say “Sorry, these numbers mean nothing if you don’t win it all”. I say, cool. Let’s take away the team accomplishments and judge them as individuals. No LeBron hater would dare to look at those numbers. LeBron has surpassed almost every total stat number.

Jordan’s has something that LeBron can never take from him. He changed the game like no other. He became a staple.Im surprised they never considered making him the new logo. What Jordan did for the game is beyond numbers. I think this is why people fight for Jordan so hard in the G.O.A.T debate. I understand. Though, I still don’t understand why you have to disrespect LeBron to do so. Be a fan of the sport. Be healthy for the sport with legitimate sports dialect.

I’M NOT A LEBRON FANATIC! I’m simply a fan of the sport. Which I can’t say for most. Some people seem to be more fans of individuals and teams. This is why I feel they have built up so much anger for LeBron. He has shattered so many legacies. I did this article because I was frankly tired of the LeBron disrespect. The man has accomplished so much. If you ask my opinion, LeBron is the G.O.A.T. The reason I call him the G.O.A.T has more to do with his off court contributions. His courage to speak on racial injustices. Building a school. His representation as a honorable family man. No scandals. Even after being told “Shut up and dribble” he continued to be a voice. To me, that’s worth more than anything on this list. This is just my opinion but I feel MJ took a safer route. I feel like he is in a lot deeper than LeBron so he takes more of a political route. What ever contributions he made, he did it discreetly. He decided to stay quiet. LeBron risked it all and I have to honor that.

Any way, this was fun. Who do you think is the G.O.A.T.?

PUSHING THE PARADIGM OF FASHION : BEV THE CREATRESS

Photo Credit : Daniel Mana Desmarat

The first thing Bev wanted to be very clear about is that this was NOT a hobby

Hobby?? No…more like passion work. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely started out as a hobby, but it soon became something that I felt led to do as often as I could.  My imagination hasn’t let me rest since I began.

– Bev The Creatress

Bev was raised by a single father along with her two brothers. She explains the sometimes she wanted to find her feminine side under the tomboyish ways. It was easy for her to just blend in with her brothers while playing sports, playing video games and wearing t-shirts & comfy shorts. Although, deep down, she wanted to find ways for the pretty young girl within herself to be expressed outwardly.

At the age of 13 she finally discovered a way. She started to cut up and hand sew her own clothing. Thus, the birth of “Creatress”, which is a feminine version of “creator”. She found her way of expression and femininity at the same time.

Bev expressed that she may have gotten her creative boost from lack of resources. Growing up her father encouraged her to be as creative as possible with the things she had and never let the lack of money discourage you. This is exactly what she did. Like a concrete grown through the pavement, she made a way to find beauty out of an impossible circumstance.

At the age of 17 it was clear that she wanted to transition from hobby to business. She chose fashion as a major and it was off to the races! She prided herself heavily on making 1 of 1 clothing. Something that gave people an exclusiveness and helps combat insecurities. Her style of choice was predominantly “street couture”. It’s a mixture of street wear and couture clothing. Her own little niche.

” When someone has a hand in creating what they will sport to a very important event or time in their life, it truly transforms them and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey! “

– Bev The Creatress

During her college stint she went on a mental journey that explored her spirituality and knowledge of self. She paired this with a strong sense of awareness and cultural pride she grew up with (Afro-Carribbean) and let it translate into the fashion. To her, it’s more than just ethnicity that makes us special.

I love all that makes us diverse within the African diaspora…yet we have cultural universals that connect us, from the inside out and that can never be overlooked.  I KNOW that my divine spirituality and creativity is one in the same and it grows strong each and everyday I allow it to flourish.

Bev The Creatress

During her time in college she had to get an entirely different motivation. Working and going to school in Miami, a place where it is beneficial to be bilingual with Spanish and English, proved to bit a bit of a set back. She started to notice that she would passed up on for jobs, contracts, and potential endeavors because she didn’t speak Spanish. Lucky, Bev was raised tough. She took on the challenge. She didn’t let it slow her roll. She is proud of her resiliency and says that no hardship is worth folding for!

Her most prestigious award came during her 6 year employment with Universal Studios. Her job there was to help design costumes for marquee events and park attractions. A team of employees within the Entertainment section of the company held an award assembly called “The Woody Awards”. Employers included in nominations were people such as performers, fabricators, technicians, escorts and more. Bev took home the award for Excellence in Costume Fabrication and Makeup Artistry. What made the honor even more rewarding was the fact that she doubted she would win because she wasn’t the popular one in the bunch. This honor sealed her confidence. to be credited by a professional platform spoke volumes as far as where she felt she stood within the society of artist. She felt solidified, in a way.

I asked Bev “What do you want from this”? Her response was so selfless that it was art within itself

I just want to encourage others to allow their creativity to flow, whether that is through music, poetry, dance, painting, inventions etc.  It will connect you closer to the Source, the original creator within that is bigger than anything we can fathom.  Lessons and understanding will grow when you begin to think holistically, recreating yourself each and every day. Nothing is forever. Energy is always moving and changing. 

Bev The Creatress

Bev is very grateful to be surrounded by great mentors, colleagues, and creative friends. They really lift each other up and vent when things get tough. She loves the human experience and expresses that ” ‘ish happens “. Thats why she loves to be around open minded people and are willing to understand everyones journey.

If you wish to reach out to Bev the Creatress she can be found at  bevthecreatress@gmail.com, Bevthecreatress on Instagram and Facebook.com/bevthecreatress

She offers custom clothing services, different levels of sewing and craft classes, and ready to wear clothing for sale.

Written By : Bruce Walton Jr aka Chunta Ankh

Despite turbulence, Daytona Beach,Fl residents show resilience in peaceful protest !

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  • Daytona Beach, Fl – May 30, 2020

 

In 2014, New York lost Eric Garner to the hands of police. Eric Garner was put in a choke hold by NYPD for allegedly selling unlicensed cigarettes. A crime that doesn’t hold a death sentence. Yet, this was the outcome for this father and family man. After protest, marches, and constant pressure it seemed things started to change. Fast forward to 2020, in Minneapolis, a man by the name of George Floyd would meet a very similar fate. It makes us wonder what will it take to truly get a change. To actually feel protected by police instead of uncertain. But before we dig deep, I’d like to point out an interesting observation that will show an uncanny and underlining truth about the state America and how it may have intensified.

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Daytona Beach,Fl held a peaceful protest led by Rell Black, a pivotal young man in the city’s moral & educational development along with being an important voice when it comes to injustices and black culture. Rell was apart of a large team that visited Houston,TX to deliver essential goods after the devastating hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. Even recently, Rell held a beach clean up the day after large crowds flooded the city for Memorial Day Weekend. This is only two of many examples that shows the extremes Rell has gone to to impute change.

I found the peaceful protest as they approached Beach St & ISB Blvd. As I approach I noticed a man jump out of a truck from the passenger side; a white man.  The truck carried a boat behind it and the boat carried a huge Trump flag. The man snatched the flag off his boat and put it inside of the truck before he passed the protest. At first it didn’t make sense to me. How does that even correlate to the situation and why would he want to hide a Trump flag as he passed a protest about a man being killed by the police? It hit me later. As I sat in the median on ISB Blvd, to get a unique vantage point take a photo, a man drove by in a white pick-up truck flicking off the crowd of protestors. It sort of hurt my feelings to know that someone, who could potentially be my neighbor, had such harsh feelings towards the situation. As I stared at the truck while it passed guess what sticker he had stamped on the back of his truck? A Trump sticker.

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Before I give my opinion I’d like to point out that the protest was one of the most beautiful protest I’ve ever seen. It was diverse. It warmed my heart to see that it wasn’t just a black and white thing. Some people just want what’s right and see the obvious inequalities. Social media and the new age of technology definitely intensified situations that would have ultimately gone unseen or unheard.  Which brings me to my earlier point. In order for a man to hide his Trump flag as he passed a protest about a black man being killed by a cop, yet again,  says to me that he felt that Trump flag held a deeper meaning. Which was that it fueled racism and the death of George Floyd was fueled by racism. Which is a very sad sentiment towards the state of this country. I mean, if the country’s leader made racist feel more comfortable what does that really say?

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Despite this saddening observation this protest gave me great vibes. There was so much passion there. So much love. I was proud for our city. I’ll be honest, I was discouraged moments before I joined the protest. Wondering how things could actually change. This protest gave me a new outlook. A new motivation. We’re definitely lucky and blessed to have leaders such as Rell Black, along with other great leaders.

The picture above is Rell Black being carried away by ambulance after having his foot run over. It happened moments after a man yelled, “They’re trying to hit us with their cars now!”. Yet, the look on his face isn’t troubled at all. It seemed that we are used to being resilient during times like this. This is the strength I felt.

This scene happened after I left. When I was there things were pleasant. I had a photoshoot to do at 1pm so I left the protest early. Some of the protestors said that they had been marching for hours already when I arrived around 12. My photoshoot ended around 4pm. I went to WAWA on the corner of ISB Blvd and people were still out protesting. I was literally amazed at the perseverance they had towards making sure this message was heard. Despite the heat, despite the discouragement, despite the rage from racist, they didn’t let up. The beauty of some people is something to really awe upon, at times. Big shout out to Kale Cafe (116 N Beach St, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114) and the entire family for handing out cold smoothies for protestors to drink.

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Don’t be confused. I started this article off rough because I wanted you to understand the resilience of our people. George Floyd can’t get anything from us physically now. But his family still has to push through in this tough time here on Earth. This is why it is so necessary that we have situations such as these peaceful protest. It is to constantly remind the people that we can’t let up. The moment we ease up is the moment they feel they can do as they feel to us. But the people show resilience every time. If you don’t believe me, just go back to Rell’s picture above moments after his foot was crushed.

Thank you to all the people that dedicated their time for this moment. Keep the fight alive and continue to apply pressure!

 

Written : Bruce Walton Jr

Natural Professional Bodybuilder Athlete of the Year : Diana Hubbard

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When you see a person with an amazing physique your first reaction is always to drop your jaw in awe. Why so? Think of the first thing that comes to mind. Dedication. Will power. Discipline. Even obsession, in some cases.  These types of things don’t come over night. In fact, A lot of people who work out often still may not have the incredible physique that a bodybuilder has. The lifestyle simply takes more than an hour at the gym every day. It’s a complete lifestyle. Eating habits are different. Recreational activities are different. This type of life takes a firm choice. You can live a healthy life without being a bodybuilder. So why choose to be? It can be something as simple as seeing Schwarzenegger in a movie, being bullied as a child, or even a singular situation. Maybe you had a eureka moment. All I know is when I see it, I give my instant respect. Like a salute to a general in command.

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When I first saw Diana, the first thing I thought was intimidation. Not towards me but in general. I’ll tell you why. Women’s athletics is still a growing spectacle in all categories of sports. I’ll give you an example. The first bodybuilding competition was held around September, 1901. However, the first women’s bodybuilding competition wasn’t held until 1979. Nearly a century later.

The push away from the stereotypical house wife role, to “We can do it, too!”, came during and after World War II. Even though women had already started fighting for rights around the late 1800’s, the public campaign came around the 1940’s. Since most the men were at war, woman had to show that they had what it takes. Even when society tried to keep them boxed in. This push has elevated to the incredible stature that it is today. Watching women such as Serena & Venus Williams dominate tennis, or watching Amanda Nunes destroy the UFC women’s division has definitely been a treat.

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(Photo Cred : Marty Gottlieb)

I even asked Diana does she think she intimidates men at all. She responded, “No, in fact, I think it makes them approach me even more. I think they love the discipline aspect of it.”. This is that part that definitely intrigued me.

So what actually drove Diana to sculpt her body into this amazing physique? There may not be a definitive answer but she did tell me an interesting story about a scar she had on her arm.

As I gazed at every unique muscle on her body I noticed a scar on her left arm. You can almost miss it in pictures if you don’t look closely. Being a journalist I always want to hear the inside scoop, so I asked her about the scar. She responded,

“That’s where most of my insecurities really came from now that I think about it. I hated that scar and I would hide it all the time. It lowered with my self-esteem a lot. I broke it in a freak accident when I was around 9-10 years old. I was high up on a swing and fell off. My elbow hit a rock and broke it. My elbow that is. Now a days I embrace my scar. I’m not embarrassed about it anymore and I tell the story with confidence. It makes me unique and I like that.”.

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This simple rock story may be the reason that she is rock solid today. Mentally and physically. Her life started off pretty normal, though. I mean, besides the fact that she was home schooled. In fact, she was home schooled from kindergarten to middle school, which she explained was a “huge culture shock”. Diana was into athletics early, as well. She played basketball throughout her school stint and was a stand out player. After graduating from Bloomfield Tech in 2009 she attended Iona College on a full scholarship.

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After a stand out rookie year, where she was the runner-up for rookie of the year, she slowly started to lose steam. She exclaimed that she has always been a shy person with low self-esteem. She believes this is the reason that she slowed down.

“So here I am, a D1 player who didn’t go pro or go overseas like “I’m supposed to”. I felt like a failure and had no choice but to look for work. A year later I decided to join a gym. I missed being active. I hadn’t realized that playing basketball year round was keeping me in shape and the sudden stop would make me lose it a little. I didn’t eat healthy, I drank, partied, and was overall unhappy. I was lost and beat myself up for years for not perusing a professional basketball career like most D1 players do.  For 3 years I went through tough hardships that included relationships, self-esteem issues, health issues, and more. I was tired of living with no purpose. I needed a change.”

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Around 2018 is when she regained her flame. She decided to challenge herself and compete in a bodybuilding show. She said she had it on her mind for 2 years before she actually took action. She didn’t feel like she was 100% focused and was nervous about doing something that would put her in the center of attention. Then she remembered the quote, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”. This led to Diana hiring a personal trainer and eventually a nutritionist.  After 4 weeks on their plan she picked a show to compete in. She told herself no more hesitation, it’s go time!

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She practiced posing in the mirror after she finished doing Lyft, which would be around midnight. She also followed her coach’s meal plan with precision. In July of 2018, merely 4 weeks after she began her training, she entered a Natural Organization called the INBA PNBA. There, she won first place in Figure Novice and Figure Open.  Crazy right? This woman was determined! This expedited success came from a determined work ethic. Diana says she wants people to push pass the thought that they are “too busy” to push towards things they want.

“My typical day, before my first show, would be to wake up at 5am to Lyft. Then I train. I go to work and after work go back to do Lyft. Afterwards, about midnight, I head to gym again to practice posing. This routine is almost everyday.”

Later that year, Diana became certified in personal training and holds two pro cards in Figure and Physique. She has since competed in 8 shows over the course of 2 years.

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Her most recent victory came Nov.16th at a big show In Las Vegas with the INBA PNBA, The Natural Olympia. She placed 3rd overall and was named the National Athlete of the Year by the same association. Seeing this amazing feat in such short time said a lot about her determination. When a person falls in love with athletics it requires a totally different kind of commitment. It’s a life style change. This brings some much fire out of people. It also makes you think more of your over-all health. A strange observation I made throughout the years is that the majority of people maintenance their cars better than they maintenance their bodies. Diana noticed herself slipping and not only bounced back but became something much better than before.

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League owner – Denny Kakos

( Above Coach Marc Tauriello & League President Denny Kakos)

“In the end, it all started with me just wanting to be active again. The gym became my happy place. It became an outlet for stress and distractions in the world. Never be afraid to fail, for failure is apart of success.” Diana expresses.

“Bodybuilding is an extremely tough sport, physically and emotionally. Despite it’s difficulty, I find myself loving every bit of it. There are a lot of highs and lows. Especially dealing with the strict diet. Can you imagine eating the same thing every day for months on end? The temptation to cheat is unbearable at times. You might as well forget about having a social life during the preparation. It slowly diminishes. Through all this, the workouts only get more intense. I love this mode, though. I can sense that’s it’s challenging me physically and emotionally. Anything that pushes me in this way, I feed off it. Just like in my basketball days. The fire I got when we played a tough team. When I missed a couple of shots but was determined to bounce back. Even when I made a bad play and had to sit on the bench and reflect on how to improve. I love all of that. What I love the most about this sport is that it taught me a lot about nutrition.  I will continue to eat healthy, have balanced meals, and diet naturally. I am a stronger woman today because I took a chance to go for something I wasn’t sure I was ready for, and made myself ready.” 

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Here is a list of placings Diana has had throughout her career as a bodybuilder.

2018 East Coast Classic – 1st Figure Open , 1st Figure Novice

2018 The Philip Ricardo Legend’s – Pro Debut , 1st Place

2018 Natural Olympia – 9th place (world) (17 competitors)

2019 The Philip Ricardo Legend’s Classic – 3rd place

2019 Eastern USA Pro-AM – 1st Pro Figure , 1st Women’s Physique (Earned Pro Card in women’s physique)

2019 The Nationals – 1st place in Physique pro debut

2019 Muscle Beach International – 1st in Pro Women’s Physique

2019 Natural Olympia – 3rd Place , National Athlete of the Year

Diana would like to credit her Nutritionist, Mentor, and Coach Marc Tauriello (Extreme Gym, Nutley,NJ)  for her outstanding success thus far.

Today, Diana is still a full time bodybuilding and has plans to continue to have ground breaking success. She works and a personal trainer in between time. Congratulations on all of your success and keep striving for greatness!

Written : Bruce Walton Jr

From Cloudy Days to Picture Perfect, Alexis Scott – Model

In 1927, a man by the name of Fred R. Barnard coined the phrase, “A pictures’ worth a thousand words”. Despite Alexis’s breath taking looks and stunning physique, a picture simply isn’t enough to describe her fight down glory road. Often times we see that art mostly comes from those with a story to tell. A story which may be hard to describe in words. It may also come from people who’ve been through trauma or pain and have a desperate need to express themselves. Getting people to see beauty from the beholders perspective is the essence of what makes art touch people in a very prodigious way .

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At times, I feel that models may not get the full credit they deserve when it comes to making the firm decision to follow this career path. Putting yourself in the public eye to be judged from head to toe takes great courage and confidence. You have to really learn how to love yourself regardless of what people may say. Some models even try pushing the boundaries of the social standard to what beauty is. Even if there was a time that they didn’t feel “pretty” according to that standard.

Let’s be honest, life has a way of trying to discourage you from being what your heart says you are versus what society expects from you. The movies and tv shows always paints the picture to make it seem as if the underdog is loved. In actuality, the love seems to only come when the underdog gains momentum. Gaining momentum, for someone that has been through tough times, takes day after day of convincing yourself. Uplifting yourself. Staying positive. Defeating odds. Taking leaps of faith. This is the story of Alexis Scott.

Alexis, was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. She was primarily raised by her aunt whom she had a very close relationship with. Her aunt took her in after realizing that Alexis’s mother was battling with a drug addiction. Even though Alexis was never supposed to have unsupervised visits with her parents, the aunt did want her to have some kind of relationship with them. Even though the decision to let Alexis have unsupervised visits with her parents came from the aunt having a tender heart, it ended up back firing. The aunt ended up losing custody of Alexis because of an incident that happened between Alexis and her father. At the age of 13, Alexis made a courageous decision that would send her life spiraling. She decided to speak up about the abuse which came from the hands of her father. Alexis would often spend holidays and summer breaks with her parents. This is when the abuse happened. She built up the courage to tell a best friend that she was sexually abused by her father. What she didn’t know was that the government would take her away from her aunt and place her in foster care. This didn’t seem to make sense to her. Fortunately, she was taken in by her best friends family.

Approximately 6 months after she was taken in by her best friend things started to get a little rocky. The family fell on hard times and ended up losing their place of residence. Alexis, along with her friends family, found refuge with acquaintances, family and friends periodically. Most times having to sleep on the floor due to lack of space. Once again, Alexis had to make a courageous move. She decided to run away and would eventually be taken in by her half uncle from her mothers side. Going through so much at this tender age you would think it would distract a young mind. Even make them resort to crime. I asked her “Do you think being in foster care inspired you in any way?”.

“It definitely did not inspire me. Sometimes I often wondered why I didn’t have a “normal” life instead. The only thing I can say came from this is that it made me eager to get my own place. My case worker always said “You either age out of the system or graduate. That’s the only way out.”

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Her soon to be way out would come, to her surprise, once she learned she was on track to graduate high school early. It seemed that the chaos only made her focus and excel tremendously academically. A complete oxymoron. During her middle school stint, Alexis took an Algebra 1 course along with an English test that would count towards high school credits. That, along with taking some summer courses, started her advancement. Alexis noticed on her own that she had enough credits to advance. When she brought this to her guidance counselor they suggested she duel enroll. Seeing that she was so close to completion she decided to take the advice to duel enroll. After a little more hard work Alexis would be on track to graduate high school at the age of 16.

Her uncle, who she lived with at the time, agreed to let her stay at his home until she graduated high school. You would think that a teenager graduating high school early would be good news. For a teen with no where to go and also not being a legal adult made things a little interesting to say the least. She found a job and saved up money so that she would be prepared if she had to move. Choosing colleges would prove to be difficult. If the college didn’t offer any type dorm or living situation Alexis basically couldn’t go. She wasn’t old enough to sign a lease yet. I’m assuming this problem was the deciding factor in her choosing to attend a local college. Her next battle would be with the court system. She basically had to be emancipated in order to be considered a legal adult. Through an extensive battle she finally convinced the court that she needed to be a legal adult so that she wouldn’t be turned back over to foster care. Also, so she could sign a lease and pursue a college degree in her own place. So while most teenage girls were stressed about boy crushes and fitting in with the “cool kids”, Alexis was living a much more serious life. Though, she hadn’t realized it yet. She was simply relieved to have a place to call her own.

Shy, alone, battered, to say the least. You’d wonder how this timid girl chose something like modeling. Well, she didn’t. She was chosen. When she first applied for the scholarship with a modeling school she was certain that she wouldn’t get picked.

“I was smart…but I had tattoos and no money. I didn’t even think they would be interested. Some how I was chosen and accepted for their scholarship. If it weren’t for me getting accepted I don’t think I would have ever had the courage to go any where and model”

Thus, her modeling career was born

 

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Alexis’s first real gig came from Feroce Magazine. The article was titled “Misunderstood”. The opportunity came from a friend she met at Seabreeze High School. With great help from her husband (and manager) and her photographer Tyler Jenkings, she was able to create a professional presence for herself. With a professional backing she was able to build up enough confidence to pursue modeling full speed.

 

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Life was starting to look promising for the young lady. Yet, it gets better. At the age of 20 her boyfriend of 7 years, Xavier Scott, decided that he wanted to be with her for ever. He proposed to her. They would get married  in August of 2018. It seems that for her the storm had passed and the sunshine has come out again.

Currently, Alexis is a college student and a freelance model. She says that her main goals are to one day walk the run way during Fashion Week and also being picked to star in a major movie role. Seeing what she has overcome so far, nothing is impossible.

It was remarkable seeing how this young lady stayed positive through it all. I asked her did she have any advice for anyone that has endured a rough upbringing but wants to remain positive about the future.

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“Just keep going, and most importantly, get help! Some people are ashamed of what they have gone through or either too proud. No matter how good a person may seem we all need to heal properly. No matter what it is you go through, don’t be afraid to tell someone. I am very grateful for the METOO movement. It is allowing people to speak up more than ever. For those who feel like they won’t be heard, just remember that there is someone, somewhere, that’s willing to listen and help”.

May God bless you on your journey, Alexis.

Special Thanks :

Photographer : Tyler Jenkings

Nail Tech : Sarah Mai

Husband : Xavier Scott

Friends, Family and Followers

Contact Info :

Instagram : @darkskinnedalexis

Facebook Business Page : Alexis Ann Scott

Facebook Manager : Xavier Scott

Melanin & Chlorophyll – Similarities and More!

All our lives we’ve been taught that too much sun is bad for us. We’ve been taught about how cancerous it can be. How hot it is. The list goes on. Yet, we are hardly taught the benefits of the sun.

As of recent, I started sun gazing. It is a practice that has been dated back since ancient times. It’s a practice where you stare at the sun during sun set or sunrise. Most people might say “Wait, isn’t that harmful?”. Well, contrary to common belief, if done correctly it actually has great health benefits.

If you think about how plants use the sun then you can further understand how we can also. As children, we were taught about photosynthesis and how plants turn sunlight into food. Green substance in producers that traps light energy from the sun, which is then used to combine carbon dioxide and water into sugars in the process of photosynthesis Chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis, which helps plants get energy from light.

This same process is essentially the same in how melanin works for us. If you never noticed, which I’m sure you have, only fair toned people get sunburned. That’s because they don’t have enough melanin to protect them from harmful UV rays.

Although these processes are very similar chlorophyll can withstand a higher dosage of UV rays. Plants sit under the sun light all day with minor to no harm. That wouldn’t be the same case for humans.

Why we should have plenty of chlorophyll (green plants) in our diets.

Studies have proven that chlorophyll, in its various forms, has been proven to fight carcinogens in the body and reduce cancer risk. It also helps detoxify the liver and can expedite the healing of wounds. On top of all that, some have attributed improved digestion and weight management to a chlorophyll routine.

(site Megan Madden , Verily Mag)

Follow my Youtube channel in the link below for more natural healing remedies and tips.

“Melanin & Chlorophyll” Video Link

Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

This Mom Stayed In Shape After 5 Kids!

Meet Venus Tutu! We stubbled across her after the picture below went viral!

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Of course curiosity flew around wondering how in the world did she manage to do it! Most women are concerned about how their body will bounce back after pregnancy. Their bodies endure so much between weight gain and the stretching of the skin. So I asked Venus what her post pregnancy secrets were. This is what she revealed.

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Venus was born in Liberia but moved to the states and was raised in Philly. She had her first child at the tender age of 17

“It was a drastic change for me, especially from my native background beliefs. Due to me having a baby so young and out of wedlock I became an outcast to my family. I went from having a roof over my head to being homeless/sleeping in laundromat bathrooms. I was still in high school, raising a baby with no knowledge of how to do so. I struggled a lot but my son kept me sane and pushed me to better both of our situation. He’s literally my life.”

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Being so young, Venus felt like her body didn’t suffer much. She bounced right back into shape. She humorously replied “My breast didn’t get the same memo”.  It wasn’t until her second child where she actually started to take fitness seriously.

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Venus explains that after her second child the “gym” was a trending thing at the time. It just so happens that it helped her stay in shape. Her wanting to workout in hopes of bouncing back after pregnancy didn’t happen until after her 3rd child. She explains how she focused on foods she saw the best weight loss results from

“After my 3rd baby my snap back wasn’t as quick. I still had some weight left on me. Once I noticed that I started going to the gym more and changed my eating habits(not entirely). I also discover the foods/drinks that made me drop pounds in days”

Venus’s grandmother birthed 14 kids and her body was amazing afterwards so she feels a lot of it had to do with genetics mixed with hard work. She says she loves her body. She lives to show it off as much as she can. She inspires the be a model at some point in her life.

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Her latest test was recovering from having twins! Especially since the previous child wasn’t even a year old yet.

This took a real tool on her over all energy levels. She’s explains thats the hardest part about staying in shape,at this point, was simply getting up.

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Venus understands the struggle of parenthood. Especially being a single parent. These are her words of advice.

“Take them kids with you ! Find a gym that has a daycare center inside and go workout ! Most mothers want to workout but can’t due to them not having anybody to watch their kids. So find a gym that has a daycare center and go ! You may not see results in days or weeks but don’t give up ! Pick certain days to work on certain things and stay consistent! You know it’s working when it hurts. Pain should encourage you even more! Build up your confidence and kick ass when you’re working on your body goals ! Please don’t go to the gym just to post pics on social media…focus on the goals you set”

If you want to reach Venus for business inquires contact her at

venusktutu@gmail.com

Venus Tutu on FB & IG

Written by Bruce Walton Jr

“4 Da Love of the Game” Tape review

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Crown is a rapper from Daytona Beach,Fl (Orlando area). He has branded himself as an elite lyricist. Something that Florida may not be heavy on. Crown has an outstanding hustle and team to back him. Along with his talents on the beat his also has branded himself on the threads.

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“Shop Open” isn’t just a label it’s a brand of clothing. Crown and his team has made quit a name for themselves in the clothing market. I have some tee’s myself. The link to the website is below.

Shop Open Site

Now to the task at hand. Today we are here to review his most recent project “4 Da Love of the Game”. Its a free tape Crown put out to keep the followers focused. It has a lil Wayne mixtape kind of feel. Hard remixes. Crown has always delivered in the past so let’s see what he has in store. Track for track.

Track 1 – “Practice”

Track one is a remix to Tekashi 6ix9ine’s hit single “Gummo”. It’s starts off with a sample from the infamous Allen Iverson interview about practice. Crown goes on to spit through the entire beat wit uno hook. Fiery song full of punches. This tracks he definitely raps as if he has a chip on his shoulder!

Track 2 – “Pick Up Game ft DK Guwop”

This song has a funky beat. Crown switches of his flow a bit. The songs has a strong energy and is fun. Featured by another artist, DK Guwop (Part of the group 300lbs of Guwop) who is known for his eccentric uptempo style. This is definitely a beat knocker for the car.

Track 3 – “Away Game”

This track slows the tempo down. This is  definitely a vibe song. Something to smoke to, if you smoke. A stand out lyric, for me, was “Can you scream my name so loud that I don’t hear them hatin’ “. Flow is fire on this track. Almost like he doesn’t pause or take a breath

Track 4 – “Blouses”

This track had great swagger. Baller type song. Could see this being a single type of song. With a fun video. Would have loved to hear him rip this entire beat with no hook. The song ends with a line from the infamous Chappelle Show skit which featured Chappelle playing Prince as he beats Charlie Murphy in basketball. He ends the game with the line “Game…blouses”.

Track 5 – “HOF”

This song has a classic Jay-Z feel. Some great flow changes during the track. Cocky and brash lyrics. This track is a definitely a “I’m feeling myself” type of track. Great punches, lyrics, and metaphors. Dope track

Track 6 – “Foul Out”

This is another track where  Crown spit through the entire beat. Crown’s has a major presence on this track. He defiantly wants you to know that he is here. The beat and the aura go together perfectly to create this track. It gives you a triumphant feeling. Like the underdog has won.

Track 7 – “Down By 20”

We go back to a slower tempo. Another vibe track. He’s speaking a lot from his heart on this track. Very relaxed at points. Then suddenly he changes his flow and hypes the track up. Great mix in the track. He even squeezed some great subject matter.

Track 8 – “Buzzer Beater”

The beat definitely gives me a Cali feel. His flow is A1 and seems to be a great trend on this tape. He tells a deep and detailed story of his come up in this music and how he built his team. He definitely played this very well. Creative. Probably one of the best songs on the tape.

Track 9 – “MVP”

Unique beat. Hot. I can hear this being a single, as well.  Great mixing on this track. This track has a great feel. Great lyrics and punches. And, once again, a crazy flow.

Track 10 – “Overtime ft Castle”

The beat is insane! The person featured on the song sounds like Andre 3000. Over all this track is fire. Great cadence.

Final Opinions

This is a great tape if you’re trying to get the just of what Crown does. Fire lyrics, fire flow, and great subject matter. Great project teaser to lead to a major album or big mixtape. The theme was very well intact and I can appreciate the work put into the samples. I give this a 8.5 out of 10. Definitely industry level. The only critique I have is that he let the fans hear what he would sound like in album mode. I know those type of things take patience so we will be waiting. I’d definitely be on the look out for this Florida rapper. I left the link to the Soundcloud tape below.

Sound Cloud Link Here!

 

Model Spotlight : Cici Nicole

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This Gorgeous Model is representing Daytona Beach,Fl

 

 

We discovered this model when she was featured by Moxie Vintage (114 N Beach St – Daytona Beach, Florida – Call (386) 299-0409) Instagram page. This store features classy and antique fashion. Great for retro looks. Make sure you stop by and grab you some gear!

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 Contact for booking

Phone : 614-517-8857

Email :  cnm.1464@gmail.com

Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

Featured Model : Amber Abril

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This fiery model is based out of Central Florida!

If you want to book Amber for events, shoots, advertisements :

Email : amberalexander.0225@gmail.com

Facebook : Amber Abril

Photography by : Eugene Howard Photography

 

Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

D.1000 Explains Why You Need Geo-Filter (PNG) Artwork For Your Promotions!

 

If you are as clueless as me your first question was probably “Well, what is a Geo-Filter (PNG)”. The graphic designer that goes by D.1000 explains this to us.

“A PNG file is a Portable Network Graphic, my works are generally large files so I convert them into PNG’s so that I’m able to post and use it as content on the Snapchat App. Surprisingly, this isn’t a regular file. I make illustrations and then turn them into a PNG files so that they are smaller and have more flexibility. For example; Easier to download, better color quality & smaller file to open. After that process you have made your very own Snapchat Geofilter! A Snapchat Geofilter is content that informs people where they are and what they may be doing . They can then use it to post and share with friends & family!” – D.1000

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Graphic by D.1000

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Ok, see this graphic above? You can customize something like this and put it as an overlay on your picture or video as seen above. So the sections on the graphic that are white are actually transparent so you would see your picture or video behind the graphic. Similar to when Snapchat lets you put your location or time on the screen It’s pretty much the same premise.

 I used the Lil Wayne picture above as an example. The only difference with that graphic is that there is a opaque-brown overlay verse the “Welcome Prince Tamir” graphic which is completely clear. 

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Graphic by D.1000

I had some many questions for D.1000. To me, it’s a very unique business. I had to ask her about her history and what started her down this path.

“I realized that having one job wasn’t going to cut it. So I went online and typed in “ways to make money from my phone”. Nothing popped up so I went to YouTube…nothing there either and what I mean by “nothing there” is I spent countless hours downloading hacks and signing up for certain things that weren’t beneficial to me or my computer because soon after my computer caught a virus from all the fraudulent software I was trying to buy. I was in a rush to be rich! Times were very hard, so I turned to social media . I went on a daily media frenzy and at one point while I was recording a video on Snapchat I stopped recording and pressed the “x”. I then told myself I wanted to learn how to make a Snapchat Filters…of course, then I didn’t know the correct term. Quite frankly no one does!” – D.1000

For D.1000, it was simply drive and ambition that led her to this path of graphic design. She was tired of being stagnant. She found a way to be self sufficient. unnamed-4.pngThat’s really all we can ask for in these times. I almost always see D.1000 cross promoting with other business owners. Wether it be shouting out their business or modeling their clothing. Keep striving for self-reliant businesses out there.

If you want a personalized Snapfilter here is her contact below

D.1000 contact

13862765127  Dejaburkley@gmail.com

Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

 

300lbs of Guwop plan to shift the paradigm of Florida Hip-Hop

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Southern Hip-Hop, or Florida Hip-Hop in particular, started off with it’s on flavor. There was definitely a separation between the music made in the mecca of Hip-Hop (New York) and the new ride if southern rap. I think we can give a lot of that credit to Uncle Luke (or Luke Skyywalker) & the 2 Live Crew, Danny D, MC ADE, and Mr.Mixx.

The content wasn’t lyrical more than it was risky, fun, and energetic. The music was more so for dancing. The sound was referred to as “Miami Bass”. After the 80’s going into the 90’s we got artist and DJ’s such as ; DJ NICE & Nasty, Quad City DJ’s (Space Jam), and 69 Boyz (Tootsie Roll).

 

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Miami bass (booty music or booty bass) is a sub-genre of hip hop music that became popular music of South Florida in the 1980s and 1990s. Its roots are directly linked to the electro-funksound of the early 1980s.

The use of the Roland TR-808 sustained kick drum, raised dance tempos, and frequently sexually explicit lyrical content differentiating it from other hip hop sub-genres. Music author Richie Unterberger has characterized Miami bass as using rhythms with a “stop start flavor” and “hissy” cymbals with lyrics that “reflected the language of the streets, particularly Miami‘s historically black neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Overtown“.[1]

Despite early national media attention in the 1980s, Miami bass has never found consistent mainstream acceptance; though its importance has had a profound impact on the development of hip hop, dance music, and pop.

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Florida Hip-Hop, from the 2000’s to present, has had heavy hitters such as, Rick Ross, Trina, Plies, DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy, Kodak Black, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Ball Greezy, XXXTentacion, Gun Play, Denzel Curry, Khaotic, Woop, and many other artists on lower levels. The music still has the bass sound but has also adopted a “trap” and “goon” aspect. Me personally, I give credit to T.I. in neighboring state of Georgia  for the birth of trap music. Just my opinion. That’s neither here nor there. Let me explain why I feel 300lbs of Guwop’s music will broaden the Florida Hip-Hop spectrum.

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We are definitely in an era of Hip-Hop where the younger guys definitely have their own lane. Don’t get me wrong, we had young rap artist such as Kriss Kross and Lil Bow Wow but for the most part they kept up with the older generation. There wasn’t a distinct difference besides the lyrical content which was obviously fit for their age. Other than that; the lyrics, beats, and vibe was completely aligned with their OG counter parts.

Now a days, the younger artist have a completely different lane. They are often referred to as “Mumble Rapers” or chastised about their style of dress. Though, when I look back on artist such as Rick James and Prince, androgynous was the style. History is repeating itself but I think people may just be finding a reason to be upset with the young guys excelling so easily in this new technology and internet wave. You have guys like Kodak Black and NBA Young Boy who went viral around the age of 15. The faith that I have in 300lbs of Guwop is that they pretty much hit all facets.  The aren’t lazy with their lyrics. They often triple time and even focus on harmonizing. I get the feeling that they want to be respected as artist and not just rappers. By the fans, they want to be loved for their energy.

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The bromance between the duo is definitely the first thing that stands out. In a genre full of tough guys and hard faces, the group decided to be their fun, energetic selves. To top off their package, they brought that same energy into their music. The music catches your attention and the videos are just icing on the cake. You can tell that the duo simply wants to inject great vibes and energy into the atmosphere. Their Instagram page is simply hilarious. Check it out for your self. (search 300lbs of Guwop on IG).

 

I got my first whiff of the group through a clothing line called “Coolie Collection” (Coolie Website Link). The artist modeled the clothing for CEO Blue Steel. Blue Steel ventured into the record business and I guess that’s where the connection was made. The boys definitely caught the viral surge immediately.

They started off separately as 300 Rez or 300lbs of Swag & DK Guwop. 300lbs of Swag + DK Guwop = 300lbs of Guwop.

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The group had  individual songs and group songs that popped but their break away single was definitely “Teefus”. The song has a great baseline to add to their funky swag. The song focuses on their gold grills. It may sound braggadocios but the boys are so down to earth the make the subject light hearted and amusing . The song got a extra boost when Lil Wayne decided to remix it on his new project “Dedication 6”.

With one music video (Teefus) pushing 600k views and their new single (Plan B) sitting close to 225k, I can definitely say that the group has caught some attention. Their timing is impeccable. Florida needs something refreshing at the moment.

Our top young Florida artist, Kodak & XXXTentacion, have been having a lot of legal woe’s. No knock to them, it simply is what it is. The public needs to see that everything isn’t so uptight. We’re mostly known for our image of beautiful weather and sandy beaches. With that also came a lot of drug activity being that we are on the coast. Frankly, what I’m getting at is Florida needs to drop the 300lbs of blow and get behind 300lbs of Guwop.

Hip-Hop has saved so many lives. We know the story all too well. “Troubled criminal drug dealer, in and out of jail, saved by Hip-Hop”. It’s a perfect way for people to escape their situations. People can only rap about reality and that’s the reality they come from. You can’t knock them.

In the same breath, it’s truly beautiful seeing the energy that this group puts out. The boys still post funny videos on their Instagram of them working at a carwash. If that doesn’t speak volumes of their message, I don’t know what else does.

Pay close attention to their rise. These guys are definitely “it”. I’m rooting for them and also rooting for the shift in gears that their wave will bring. Let’s have fun again. Just like the Uncle Luke days. Thank you 3PG and much success!

 

Written by Bruce Walton Jr (Facebook Bruce Gad)

Publisher at Keedies Corner

CEO of HB Films & Publications

Contact : HustleBloodFilms@gmail.com

Deborah Branch, Owner of Lil Mama’s kitchen, credits God for sudden buzz and success

 

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Deborah started off as any other kid. She developed a dream from simply watching her surroundings. This so happened to be watching her mother cook some of her favorite meals. For Deborah, cooking gave her a place to escape. After graduating high school she made a firm decision to pursue cooking as a career.

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She decided to move from her home town of Gainesville,Fl to attend Daytona State College in 2012. Daytona State College had a great culinary school and it was fairly close. This is where she met her current friend and mentor Andra Chishlom. Andra has had some great success in culinary arts which includes her major roles at Daytona State College, her various news appearances, and her great run in cooking show competitions. Deborah gives Andra much respect for all the help and promotion she has given her throughout her career. Deborah graduated from DSC in 2014.

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Deborah’s Fox 35 Orlando Appearance (Link)

In 2015 Deborah decided that she wanted to open a restaurant of her own. Her pastor prayed for her and told her that she would be opening a restaurant soon. That was enough motivation for her to pursue it seriously. With the help of her mother and father she was able to find a building that was reasonable for her. Unfortunately, the space was occupied at the time. Yet, something filled her spirits about the place and she prayed over it as if it was already hers. About a week later she saw that people were moving things out of the place. She immediately called the realtors and by late 2015 Lil Mama’s Kitchen was born.

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The place was in disarray but with her strong team that consisted of her husband, parents, her pastor and her uncle eddie she was able to turn the place around. Strictly from the connections she gained while in Daytona Beach, she was able to have a successful soft opening. There were a lot of great vibes and that’s all Deborah asks for.

“I really just love great vibes and atmosphere. I love to come out and greet people, ask them how they are doing, and engage with them, ya know? I love to uplift people. Be the light to their day. I’m a community person, as well. I just love to help people. I also like to speak inspiration into women. Especially, when it comes to respecting their bodies and being much more than what’s on the surface. Self value, Self Worth, and knowing who you are is the key. I feel like a woman such as myself owning a restaurant inspires them.” – Deborah BranchOwner of Lil Mama’s Kitchen

 

When speaking to Deborah about what dishes brought in the most customers she couldn’t pin point things at first. Then her mothers chitterlings came to mind. She said the chitterlings were a hot item that people frequently requested. She switches it up pretty much every day, though. She has a special for each day she is open. Her focus is soul food.

Cooking wasn’t tough for her. She says that learning the business was difficult.

“This being the first time of me running a business, it was definitely tough at first. I always worked under people but never fully ran a business on my own. Learning how to manage the finances, menu roll outs, learning certain employees….it’s things you don’t really think about until you actual experience it. The advice I have for anyone starting a business for the first time is research, research, research. You can never learn too much. I definitely give credit to God for how things fell in place for me.” 

Though her main success came from her restaurant and cooking, her main goal is to help woman in general. She keeps God first and really thanks her parents, her pastor, her husband, and Andra for all of their help throughout her journey and rise to the top.

Restaurant location :

200 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd

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Written By : Bruce Walton Jr

 

Beauty by Tina Aurora!

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Tina Aurora, Make-up artist & Beauty Influencer, has been grinding in the very competitive business of beauty and has finally taken her works to the public.

 

 

The business woman you see today started off simply doing make-up on herself in the mirror for fun. Through time, she eventually moved on to doing make-up for others and over a 5 year process she gained more confidence. So much confidence that she turned her playful hobby into a legitimate business.

Tina began to receive flattering feed back from her clients on her works and advice. So much so that she wanted to spread her knowledge in beauty to the masses. Tina created a Youtube channel and began doing tutorials on various things that includes make-up and hair.

Tina’s ultimate goal is to create enough clientele to where she can work on beauty related things every day! If you like what you see, and interested in doing work with Tina this is how she can be reached.

Instagram @iamtinaaurora

Twitter @iamtinaaurora

Facebook @iamtinaaurora & @beautybytinaaurora 

Snapchat @glamorouslydope 

 

Written By : Bruce Walton Jr