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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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Photos By Marty Gottlieb

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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(Photo Cred : Marty Gottlieb)

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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(Photo Cred – Marty Gottlieb)

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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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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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

Community Healing Project Inc. brings the city together for Remembrance Walk

After the tragic death of Shakyri Willis, Daytona Beach resident, the team Community Healing Project Inc. decided to host a peaceful Remembrance Walk simply for people to reflect, come together, and promote that the tragic losses of our people has to stop. Tensions where definetly high seeing that the incident involved police. With the alarming amount of racism and police brutality, this sent the city on edge. But the team decided to shift the atmosphere to positivity and reflection. Even Mayor Henry came and gave an impromptu speech. H.B. Films caught the intimate moments along with the compelling speech be Rell Black. Check out the link below

https://www.chponline.org

Written by Bruce Walton Jr