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“Da Story B4 Da Glory” streaming now on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

 

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The highly anticipated film “Da Story B4 Da Glory” has set the Atlanta film scene ablaze. The characters presented a vibrant performance. Their dedication delivered an urban tale full of emotion. The film was directed and written by Jabari “Leylo” Crowder of Lovizionz Multimedia and executive produced by Brandon Gaston of Dale Drive Intaprize. Starring: Brandon Gaston, Shuntel Renay, Nathaniel Newton, Ronald Taylor, Diamond P, Pete Driver, Young “Shawty” Hughley, TJ Making Moves and Vincent Jones. This film portrays the life of a young athlete whose college life is cut short as his street career has an immature start.  In the midst of the drama the young star gets a taste of love, fame and fortune. This drama is sprinkled with tested friendships, manhood and lively hood.

The official film premiere for “Da Story B4 Da Glory” kicked off Saturday July 13, 2019 at Griffin Cinemas. The sold out red carpet premiere was hosted by Ashley Akins and Jay Harris. The fans packed the theater to show their support, even Rodney McCord, the Mayor of Griffin was in attendance. The event was a great accomplishment for the cast and crew, our hard work definitely paid off. The premiere was followed by a screening at O’Riley’s Bar in Decatur, Ga. After the film debut, Diamond P had a chance to get up close and personal as an interview was held with the cast on her talk show “Da Diamond P Experience”.

“Da Story B4 Da Glory” is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi. Put this on your list of must see films. I was apart of the production and I still sat in the theater in amazement, laughing at Kash and wanting LT to get a life! The narrative of the main character will keep you in tune with his plan to stay focused while some of his choices will make you think other wise. With each step BG takes he will face another dilemma, when he finally heads in the right direction his past comes to haunt him. The biggest lesson taken away from this film was the ability of your life choices to alter your path and the lives of the people around you. This is definitely one that will keep you interested and waiting for more.

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I was honored to be apart of this project, as I co-produced “Da Story B4 Da Glory”. I commend Director Jabari “Leylo” Crowder of Lovizionz Multimedia for his film production.  He has a unique style and the ability to bring forth visuals that capture the audience. I went into the production open minded and left with great insight. Special thanks to my co-producer Caitlynn Silvius. She was so patient while also being an AD, not to mention she wore it all with a smile.  Brandon Gaston of Dale Drive Intaprize was a young but a mature Executive Producer. I commend him on being professional and diligent. This is literally HIS Story B4 Da Glory! Many thanks to the entire cast and crew with special mentions; Chuck White, Ernest Ross, Pete Driver and Tru.

 

 

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Film Review: Nappily Ever After

By Atika Aliyah

Sanaa Lathan gives a raw and riveting performance in the Netflix original movie, Nappily Ever After as Violet Jones. The film is centered on a black woman’s quest and inward journey for self-love. The audience is most certainty in for a bumpy ride as they go along with Violet, peeling back the many layers that make up a black woman.

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Based on the introduction, this movie may seem like the perfect chick flick melodrama, where the successful woman gets the perfect man. However when Sanaa’s Violet receives a tiny Chihuahua, instead of the marriage proposal she had everyone expecting. The movie stops becoming a love story based on a man and a woman, into a love story about falling in love with oneself.

There is quite a bit to unpack in this film, but all the messages are delivered and imbedded in a way that is both impressionable and relatable. Violet’s image obsessed mother Pauletta, played by Lynn Whitfield. Gives life to the stigma that black women and girls’ hair must acclimatize to European standards of beauty, in order to be considered attractive. Even if this means having your mother come to your house in the middle of the night while your man is sleeping. To put a flat iron to your head, that sizzles with ever pass. Causing not only damage to your hair but also underlying psychological damage, just for you to return back to bed before he wakes. Giving the illusion that the first thing he sees in the morning is what he thinks is perfection.

A bit extreme, but an actual representation of the lengths woman go in the black community, by sacrificing and manipulating themselves to maintain someone else’s standard of beauty. This film gives women of color the opportunity to look in the mirror and start embracing their true authentic selves. It took Violet multiple identity changes before the clippers came, where she was able to finally start stepping out of the box that she and other woman like herself, had been placed in for so many years. Violet experimented with different hair colors, lengths, and styles, and with everyone she adapted a new persona.

 

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When the time came for the big chop Sanaa Lathan opted out of utilizing a bald wig cap and took the plunge for real. In an interview with CNN Entertainment, Lathan stated that she was in a place where she was ready to do the big chop. Lathan went on to tell CNN about her role, “It came in my life at a time I was kind of rethinking beliefs and desires, and actually my hair was a big part of that,” she said. “I felt like it was definitely the stronger choice, it was committing to all she (Violet) was going through.”

The transformation that developed on screen was empowering and emotional. Violet begins mentoring the young black daughter of the single father. That owns the hair salon where her natural hair journey began to take root. Through Violet and young Zoe’s relationship, you can see the same challenges that Violet faced as a little black girl, coming of age in a society that constantly puts an emphasis on appearances. This particular kinship on screen makes this a perfect film to sit down and watch with adolescent black and brown girls. It could positively impact their outlook and ideas of the meaning of beauty.

Nappily Ever After unifies women of color by paying homage to the natural hair movement that continues to grown day by day. In the movie we have a women re writing her own narrative, while we also have woman and girls all over the world that have the courage to do the same. There is a strong connection between hair and identity in the black community and we take pride in our roots, literally. The film is liberating and affirming; yet it is important to understand that this is not a call only to black women, but a call to all genders and ethnicities. To begin defining themselves on their own terms, and re defining this thing called beauty to be all-inclusive and unconventional.

 

Lovizionz Multimedia Production Company: Atlanta’s Own Event Premiere Headquarters

By: Keidra Ponder

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Looking for TV and Film production? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Script Writing? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Distribution for Film or Music? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Photography? Models? Actors? Dancers? Even if you’re looking for Event and Studio rental, call Lovizionz Multimedia.

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Owner of Lovizionz MultimediaFilmmaker Leylo, has produced and directed a full featured film, “Fakin” and has another on the way “Da Story B4 Da Glory”. He is also a published author, his book “Daddy’s Shadow’s” is available for your reading pleasure. He is the “King of Clubs” when it comes to media in Atlanta, you can find him directing videos and producing content for some of the most notable individuals.

 

His latest venture “Atlanta Night Lights” is a adult show which showcases the livelihood of Atlanta. Watch as the host Karess attends events and interviews artist and other attendees. This is a chance to view first hand why Atlanta is called the production hub of the south. Click the link and catch the action. Atlanta Night Lights Episode 1.

 

 

 

Reviewing A King’s Genetic Memory with Author Craig Pickney

 

As a writer I’ve always had respect for fellow authors. The creative process is tedious and sometime unruly, but the finished product is well worth the sacrifice. I’ve known Craig since school days but I grew to respect him as a man while reading his works. His words are well thought out with much meaning. He is valor with much insight to give. His ability to make it out of Daytona Beach, Fl. with his mind in tact and ambition in full force is what I most admire. Once I read his literature we connected on a conscious level, here is some insight on the man behind the intellect.

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For as long as I can recall I’ve had a love poetry, song writing and music production. As a young boy I would study the Webster’s dictionary to enhance my vocabulary. This was when I started freestyling full verses, which lead to rap songs and small poems. Throughout my childhood I never stopped writing, however it wasn’t until a deployment to Iraq in 2003 that I would start to put material together for publishing. Unfortunately writer’s block would take its course until 2009 while deployed to Afghanistan, I wrote and wrote feeling good as the inspirational poetry began to rush in. By 2011 it was time for me to reconsider my future , did I want to remain in the Army or pursue writing full time? I decided to go for it, I left the military and in this time all I did was attend college and write. I chose to further my education, gaining my Associates in Business Management and Internet Marketing so that it would better facilitate my publishing goals.

I believe that in one lifetime you can be what and who you want to be if you’re wiling to put the work in. I have a following on Facebook which I give a combination of inspiration and real life logic, I try to interact with my readers as much as possible. I’m very open minded and can relate to most personalities, I usually can get people to look at things at an angle never before seen.  The future of my brand (AKGM) or (A King’s Genetic Memory) is focused on the future and open to where that future may lead. I currently have two published bodies of work and I have material composed for my next 3 projects as well. Click the links below to check my manuscripts out.

“A King’s Genetic Memory; The Royal Inspiration”

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“A King’s Genetic Memory; Satin Sheets”

https://www.amazon.com/AKGM-Satin-Sheets-Genetic-Memory-ebook/dp/B0149JXB76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487018640&sr=8-1&keywords=craig+pinckney 

To stay current with my works follow me on Facebook at- https://www.facebook.com/AKGM1

 

Company Review: Urban Events Global Travel Group

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ashley Neal of Urban Events Global travel group. I found their page on Instagram and I thought it was a cool group to join. Anyone looking to travel and network with professionals on the same wave length should definitely check them out. Hello, I am Ashley Neal, I’m writing on behalf of Urban Events Global travel group. Our goal is to provide fun, engaging, networking opportunities through travel and events for people of color. Please see further information regarding our events below.

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Founded by Kevin Knight, Urban Events Global was developed from a passion for people and the love of the outdoors. The organization’s vision is to cultivate a space for like-minded professionals to interact through organic events around the world. The development of these unique and non-traditional experiences ultimately allows participants the opportunity to network, relax, and develop new friendships, all while in a care-free environment. Urban Events Global is a network of professionals with a zeal for travel and experiencing new adventures. Our group enjoys experiencing all that life has to offer from camping, traveling to exotic locations, skiing, and international excursions.  During our many ventures, our travelers range from 400 to 2,000 participants. Beginning as a camping experience in 2011, the organization has grown to become a hub for several organizations such as Urban Camp Weekend, Urban Cruise Weekend, and Urban Excursion Weekend.

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Urban Events Global members are predominately people of color who enjoy experiencing all that life has to offer, from camping, traveling to exotic locations, skiing, and enjoying international travel. In addition, we formed the organization to help promote unity and networking, while traveling with like-minded individuals! Our trips and experiences offer you the flexibility to meet new friends, or simply invite your current friends to experience the events as a group within a group! Urban Events Global is truly a global group with members around the world. In short, come travel, party, network, and experience life with us!

January 2017 – MLK Ski Weekend (Canada)
March 2017 – Urban Cruise Weekend (Texas to Mexico)
June 2017 – Urban Camp Weekend (Texas)
September 2017 – Urban Excursion Weekend (Bahamas)
October 2017 – Urban Camp Weekend (Texas)

Website: www.urbaneventsglobal.com

Contact: Email info@urbaneventsglobal.com

Facebook fan and group pages: Urban Events Global

Twitter: @urbaneventsglbl

Instagram: Urban Events Global

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Urban Cruise Weekend

Urban Cruise Weekend is an annual cruise geared toward a professional, fun urban audience! When: March/Spring Break

Where: Various Destinations from the United States

Website: www.urbancruiseweekend.com

Contact: Email info@urbancruiseweekend.com

Facebook fan and group pages: Urban Cruise Weekend

Twitter: @urbancruiseweek

Instagram: Urban Cruise Weekend

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Urban Camp Weekend

Urban Camp Weekend is the largest camping and river party in the world. It’s a camping experience where mature and professional adults can relax, bond, and network.

When: June and October (Halloween Weekend)

Where: Texas, USA

Website: www.urbancampweekend.com

Contact: Email info@urbancampweekend.com

Facebook fan and group pages: Urban Camp Weekend

Twitter: @urbancampweek

Instagram: Urban Camp Weekend

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Urban Excursion Weekend

Imagine riding a horse on a white beach, swimming with turtles in crystal blue waters sipping on a banana daiquiri in one of the world’s prime locations…

When: September/Labor Day Weekend

Where: Tropical destination

Website: www.urbanexcursionweekend.com

Contact: Email info@urbanexcursionweekend.com

Facebook fan and group pages: Urban Excursion Weekend

Twitter: @urbanexcweekend

Instagram: Urban Excursion Weekend

All packages and pricing for events can be viewed at https://urbaneventsglobal.myshopify.com/ . Please contact us at info@urbaneventsglobal.com or call at 844-79-urban.

By: Keidra Ponder and Ashley Neal

Stylist Review: Porshia Ponder, Licensed Braider

Hey readers it’s Keedie, I recently had the pleasure of meeting a family member I didn’t know and also learning about her talents as we got acquainted. Porshia, in the same breath had respect for my niche and decided to let me tell her story. So here is a review on Porsha Ponder, the rose that grew from concrete (like 2Pac would say).

Hi, I’m Porshia Ponder, a license hair braider. I am committed to my work and I specialize in making my clients feel beautiful with the services I provide. I’m working towards having my own salon, I’m turning my hobby into a career. I’ve always had a interest in doing hair, which turned into a great passion of mine.

I grew up in Augusta Ga. I remember I feel in love with doing hair when I was around 12 years old. In middle school girls use to let me play in their hair in P.E.. But as I got older, life got rougher, going from house to house even becoming homeless. Through all the hardship I still had my love for styling hair. Moving to Daytona beach in 2006 I joined DBCC for their cosmetology program. Then my life hit another rough patch, I met my child’s father and got married, all the while I was thinking life would get better but it didn’t. I stayed married for 5 years, I’m a survivor of a domestic violence relationship. While life had its rough moments, my love for hair was an escape from real life. No matter what you go through your passion will never leave, the fire may get low but it will always burn. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. In May of 2016 I received my AA degree in business, now my plan is to receive my cosmetology license. No matter what I never quit, I always remember I have a daughter that looks up to me. I never want her to experience the type of hardship that I did growing up. Because of all that I’ve overcome, I know that if I dream it I can achieve it, with the help of the Lord all things are possible.

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Anyone in the Central Florida interested in booking an appointment with Porshia please contact her via email at Porshiaponder@gmail.com. Follow her on social media at Facebook: creative styles and beauty and Instagram: porshiaponder88.
By: Keidra Ponder and Porshia Ponder

Company Review: Mayvenn Hair by Queen’ s Tress

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We’re bringing you a company review on Queen’s Tress by Mayveen. They are a luxury hair company that distributes to clients all around the world. Queen’s Tress provides 100% virgin hair at competitive prices. One thing that sets Queen’s Tress product apart from competitors is their 30 day quality guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase simply return the product within the 30 days for a refund or a exchange. I am a natural type of chick so I haven’t had bundles in years, but my readers are avid users of this website and they are always satisfied with their purchases. One client recently referred the company and swears that they live by Mayveen hair by Queen’s Tress. You be the judge, check out the website at Queen’s Tress and see what the rave is about. Queen’s Tress are always having sales and at the moment they are offering 15% off your order when you use the code “SHINE”. They have reasonable prices compared to their competitors, and offer different varieties of hair in various shades and lengths. They have something for everyone no matter your race or hair texture. Keedie’s Corner approves the following company and encourages you to support the business.

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Company Review; Immaculate Cleaning Hands

By: Keidra Ponder

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with business owner Ashley Kelly, she is part owner of Immaculate Cleaning Hands along with Rhonda Carter. Together the ladies bring a quality service to the Central Florida area with customers in mind. Immaculate Cleaning Hands is a commercial cleaning company specializing in doing the dirty work so you can handle the day to day business. Whether it be a commercial, retail or industrial property these ladies are equipped to handle the job. The ladies of Immaculate Cleaning Hands are dedicated to providing superior results. Some of the services rendered are corporate cleaning, floor care, appliance cleaning, dust control, restroom restocking, spot cleaning and more.

Take a tour through their website for more insight, click the link Immaculate Cleaning Hands. When asked why she chose this field, Ashley said this field chose her. Rhonda and Ashley have always been friends with goals to succeed in life. They have tried a few business ventures in the past but this time they struck gold. Having worked in the various fields such as health care and business management, the women knew what it took to provide exceptional customer service. Their knack for entrepreneurship was the icing on the cake, it’s levels to ambition and these women are driven to reach the top. If you have any questions, concerns or have an interest to work with these ladies please contact them at 386-222-2989 or by email at ich@immaculatecleaninghands.com

How Did African Americans Fare In The Obama Era? — News One

Many African-Americans have expressed disappointment in President Barack Obama, even those who voted whole-heartedly for him twice. In an October interview, Sean “Diddy” Combs, in an interview on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, said the Black community “got a little bit shortchanged.” P Diddy says Obama has ‘shortchanged’ black people on Al Sharpton’s talk show…https://t.co/W52zIQVpqT —…

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Harry Reid Rips Donald Trump A New One For Unleashing ‘Tide Of Hate’ Upon Americans — Bossip

Harry Reid Blasts Donald Trump For Racism And Sexism Politicians are even living in fear of a Donald Trump presidency… Democratic Nevada Senator Harry Reid released an official statement regarding Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. The outgoing minority leader tore the bigot billionaire a new one in the controversial open…

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The 13th, Puts Everything Happening In America Right Now In Perspective — MadameNoire

Last night I watched Ava DuVernay’s highly acclaimed documentary, The 13th. It wasn’t the most emotionally responsible thing to do while still mourning the results of Tuesday night’s election, but politically it put a lot of things into perspective. Namely, it answered the question everyone’s been asking that can’t be explained by voter turnout and poll…

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#ViewsFromDaBooth: Leave Me Something

 

#ViewsFromDaBooth: Leave Me Something

Allow me to reintroduce myself!!! And for many of ya’ll this will be the first of many interactions that we will have together. I am DJ 3000, I’m bout to drop my own honest reviews and opinions through #ViewsFromDaBooth. #ViewsFromDaBooth will be my personal account of the good, the bad, and the why the f**k would an artist do that. #ViewsFromDaBooth is what I see as a DJ and what I feel an artist needs to do to reach that exclusive next level. Let’s get it.

Last week I DJ’d two artist showcases in Atlanta. Both of them had excellent turnouts with rappers hyped to bless the stage, artists with radio-ready songs, and performers with hidden talent. Both had experienced artists as well as entertainers performing for their very first time. But two IMPORTANT things were missing from all artists in attendance: they didn’t leave material with the crowd, nor contact info with the DJ!

What good is a high energy, catchy-hook performance, if you don’t leave the crowd your music? You didn’t leave the crowd a cd of your song (or mixtape), flyers for your next performance, or even rally towels with your logo for branding. How are they going to follow up with you and begin being a fan? Why did you even perform? Just to post an Instagram video? Bruh, what better way to gain fans, than by giving them something to remember you by? Screaming your IG name out at the end of the song will do nothing. Have you ever heard someone in the crowd say “repeat that IG name fam”? No.

Why, why, why, do you come shake the DJs hand, tell him this that and the third, exchange meaningless contact info, but not give him a true reason to PLAY your record when you’re not present? Leave me something. Anything. A flash drive with your hit record, business card, or even email me your music (and follow up, but that’s another topic). Don’t bring a performance CD and then ask for your CD back. USBs are cheap, leave me one, go get another. Why get my info and never send an email for thoughts on the record or ask if I can put it into rotation for you? Artists, you got to do better.

These are my #ViewsFromDaBooth. I have witnessed artists that have hot songs, but no physical material to promote to potential fans. Nothing to help them brand themselves and set them apart, nothing to make me remember them by or want to even play their record on a hot club night. Leave the crowd something, you will gain potential fans, trust me.

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#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area, and you can catch him live every Thursday at 8 pm on Nu Radio. Follow DJ 3000 on Instagram and Twitter @3000_da_dj

Crowd Control Broke The Knob!!

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Crowd Control was a concert to remember. Marley Paper Boy and Lennoxx CEO of Flyboyz Productions provided a historic platform for the independent hip hop scene of Atlanta with over 500 people in attendance. DJ Chopsticks manned the turntables while the legendary voice of Fort Knox kept the crowd entertained. Crowd control was an example of how powerful the Underground Atlanta Hip Hop culture has become. The show had several standout performers such as: GFZ Smurfey, Ovadoze, Jake Manino, Young Bo, Fleetwood Fred, Wolf and Nardo, Ze Forte, IMP D, Dan Diego, CJ The Drummer, EWC3, Ryan Milla, Young OG Rob and the list goes on. Club base was at capacity from 9pm to 3am, the diverse crowd showed great energy the entire concert. The New Atlanta movement is impressive. Crowd Control was inviting and refreshing providing much needed creativity and innovation for hip hop culture. Keedie’s Corner will be there to tell the story as the New Atlanta movement grows, so stay tuned. 

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Winding down on a Wednesday in Atlanta

Day in and day out you have to maintain and provide for yourself and your family, but you also have to keep your sanity. I find Wednesdays full of events that soothe the spirit and rejuvenate the mind. This past Wednesday January 20th I found myself in Buckhead, Ga. at Pink Charm Boutique sipping wine and catching up with my dear friend LaLa. She is an ambitious entrepreneur creating her own path in the Black Mecca. Check out her merchandise and stop by for a waxing in the secluded up stairs loft.

 

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Later that evening I found myself at the Blue Bar in Austell, Ga. The atmosphere was vibrant and the comics were lively. The Wine down Wednesdays Comedy Show starts at 8pm and ladies receive a complementary glass of wine. The comedy show is hosted by comedian Fredo Davis and features a line up of various comedians. This week The Blue Bar hosted a birthday celebration for Vegas, the roster consisted of J Renee, Jordan Jackson, Tommy S., Trey Black, Ms. Pat, Nikki Carr, Clipperman and Mario Tory. Laughter is good for the soul. By the time you leave this show, you feel like you have been to a therapy session and things are not as bad as they may seem.

 

 

Giving yourself time to relax within the week, gives you a sound mind to finish out the work week strong. Continue to follow Keedie’s Corner to view our top picks of places to frequent and our reviews of our experiences as we go out and capture the moment. Please feel free to comment some of your favorite weekday spots in the comment box below. You never know, Keedie’s Corner may coming to a neighborhood near you next.

 

Russell Simmons Releases Another Book. This Time the Subject Is Meditation

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Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, andNew York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential. 

In the New York Times bestseller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank—wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living. 

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career.

Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no “bad” way to meditate, only different forms for different people.In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body.

Simmons breaks down what he’s learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.