It was my first time at Sneaker Pawn in Harlem, an exclusive spot that’s more than just a sneaker store. I climbed the steps to the brownstone and met rapper Trip Lee upstairs where we took a seat on a bench surrounded by sneakers and sports gear. What a great setting to just kick it! We chopped it up discussing his new album Rise, the journey that led him to choosing his passion of music and much more!


Growing up in Sacramento, Victoria Monét started writing her own songs at a very young age. She comes from a musical family, so one might say that she was born to be a singer. Monét admits that it was a natural fit for her and she’s been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember; getting her start in the church.  She's come along way, now signed to Atlantic Records.  October was a big month for her as she was featured on two tracks on T.I.'s latest album, Paperwork.  She also made her iTunes debut with her own release, Nightmares & Lullabies Act I.  She is more than just another female singer that will be here today and gone tomorrow, Victoria Monét has all the makings of the real deal.  We caught up with her for the full story, before the breakthrough.


Joe Budden was never supposed to make it this far. Whether it was from the drugs or the streets, he probably should've been down and out somewhere. Once the music industry took hold of him that was only supposed to be one more powerful force that would eat away at him and leave for dead. And Def Jam surely tried. Looking back at where he started, it’s a wonder that he's still here. Had it been today's industry, he probably would've succumbed to the politics, but thankfully he's been in it since 2003. Hip-Hop aficionados are grateful for his time in the spotlight and for his Mood Music lyrical diary entries as well as his “emo” rap forays.


Lil’ Mo
emerged on the music scene in the late 90’s lending her voice to hits like, “Hot Boyz” by Missy Elliott, “Put It On Me” and “I Cry” both by Ja Rule. Still it was her breakout single, the 2001 “Superwoman pt. II” that helped solidify her name is music circles. The Fabolous assisted song led to the release of her debut album, Based On A True Story, garnering her tons of fans. With her success came the drama however, including an incident in San Francisco where she was attacked with a bottle of champagne and required 20 stitches. There also came industry beefs with some of the same people she found early success with, most notably Ja Rule.


If you know football, you know Deion Sanders. Primetime! Mr. “Must Be The Money.” Neon Deion. The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t really needed an introduction since his meteoric rise in the NFL spotlight, but these days it’s his moves off the field that require conversation. The second season of his reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook premieres on OWN Network on Saturday, November 1st at 9p.m. EST. For those that aren’t familiar, the show features Deion in a light that many might not be familiar with—Deion as a family man raising 10 children. That’s not all however, as Deion also helps run a charter school in Dallas Texas, Prime Prep Academy for grades K-12, and a nonprofit organization, Prime Time Association (aka TRUTH), which teaches young adults through sports and education.


Jagged Edge's eight album, JE Heartbreak II finds the quartet reunited with producer Jermaine Dupri, label So So Def and their original management Mauldin Brand Agency. The theme here is all about bringing back true R&B, so the guys shy away from Rap features or features of any kind, as well as Hip-Hop infused beats. Slow jams are plentiful in this 12 song album and with Bryan Michael Cox assisting the Casey twins on songwriting and production, its very much reminiscent to the sound of early Jagged Edge albums.



 
 

 

 

Kevin Benoit, 25, graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies. 
 
Empowering the urban community has been a goal for Kevin Benoit for the past 8 years. As a freshman in college, in May of 2004, Benoit created Parlé Magazine, an urban entertainment magazine that focused on literacy through entertainment. The publication has since provided a stepping-stone for many individuals throughout the country, from teens to adults and continues to provide inspiration for inspiring entrepreneurs, writers, photographers and graphic designers.

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New York City's own DeVon Hyman, also writes under the pseudonym Basquiat.  He is working hard to become one of the rising stars in the writing game. With his unique style and imagery, he has carved out a nice niche of consistency and depth in diction. Whether it pertains to interviewing the games up and coming stars, as well as established artists, DeVon has shown that he can handle his own expressively. This diligence has made him someone to definitely keep your eye on.

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G. Anthony Knowles is a freelance writer and active blogger. Born in Miami, Florida, he spent ten years living in Kingston, Jamaica, being raised by his grandparents. Over the last 18 years, he has been an executive for a Fortune 500 company. G. Anthony regularly travels around the United States implementing logistics strategies and innovative solutions to complex distribution challenges. In his spare time he enjoys cooking West Indian food and playing with his four young daughters.

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B. David Zarley is a freelance writer based in Chicago. Aside from Parlé, his work on music, culture, sport and politics can be seen on VICE, Newcity, The Line of Best Fit, Verbicide Magazine, Pottstown Patch, and numerous other publications.

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Alaina grew up in “the thoroughest borough, BK.” A proud Brooklynite and a destined writer, for as long as she's been able to write, she wanted to use the pen to craft stories. Graduating from St. John’s University in Queens with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, she began her life goal to become the world’s greatest.

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Born in Washington DC, Adrian was placed in the care of his maternal grandparents after his mother died when he was a baby. For the most part of his life, Adrian’s biological father was absent from his life. Growing up with a house full of cousins, aunts and uncles, Adrian began his love of writing to document his surroundings. Attending a private school for 9 ½ years, it was there that many influential teachers help strengthen his love of writing via English and creative writing classes. Even though, Adrian loved to write he was reserved about what he wrote about.

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As a writer, George” Fable” Robinson continues to garner readership through his unique style of conversational word play and expressive yet educational delivery. Having crafted everything from interviews, articles, and poetry to social commentary he continues to prove his versatility when it comes to journalism. He hopes to one day build a following that knows him not only for his work but for his passion within music, arts, and entertainment. 

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Nekia McDonald Sr. has been writing for over 20 years, primarily writing poetry, but also developing a talent for editorial writing. His poetry has been published on www.helium.com. Nekia is also in the process of having a poetry book published. In addition to poetry, he also has published political articles on Helium.com as well.

Nekia enjoys writing about important issues that deal with the Black community and uplifting the Black community as a whole. It is his personal goal to make a difference within his community.

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LaTrice, artistically known as LaTrice Amanda; A member of the Washington DC, Chapter of Women In Film and Video. Has earned a Masters of Fine Art’s degree in Creative Writing and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Public Relations. Professionally rounded, LaTrice has experience in a variety of different areas in the entertainment industry, as a freelance writer for entertainment magazines, radio, production, and script writing for television and film. LaTrice also has an extensive background in the field of Human Services, by connecting individuals with social services that can aid with helping one move towards self-sufficiency.

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