As soon as he became the first artist to be signed to J. Cole’s label Dreamville, Bas has had big shoes to fill. Born in Paris, France, Bas moved to Queens, New York, at the age of eight. Before Bas was particularly interested in music, older brother, now known as DJ Moma, did everything he could to introduce Bas to various musical styles, including the electronic influences of the European music scene, which, at the time, was quite different from the popular American music of the era.

Sagging pants and fouled mouth children…”N” this, “N” that…
Slow walks approaching the school building
Prep to take the belts off…
“Hurry…hurry” a friend yells out to hide their cell phones
Metal detectors…
“Empty your pockets”
No ‘Good Mornings’
No smiles—

To be 100% honest with ya’ll, I almost fainted when I walked into the room where songtress, Leela James had been relaxing on the couch. I greeted everyone and introduced myself and like the cool and beautiful person Ms. James was she said, “Hey sweetie, you got to excuse me for laying down we been traveling all day, but you can lay down and relax with me.” Totally blown away by her “down-to-earth” approach, she was every thing I imagined her to be in person.

If you follow Kachelle Kelly on social media you’ll definitely discover her passion for what she does, she’s positive and she is about her BUSINESS. She can coach her clients from a dream to a reality of what they imagined their business to be with consistency and determination. She has even started a $39 a month program for ones who may be a bit financially tight but would love to ask her a question once a month. I follow her on Instagram and it seems as though she’s very well respected in the city of Houston. She has started a Boss Women Pray and Boss Men Pray movement. She not only have the books, but also shirts in which quite a few familiar faces happily wore for a recent photo shoot.

If you or someone you know is in need of guidance for business-you may want to think of Kachelle Kelly. Read the interview below to learn a little more.

Talent is all around us and with each passing year comes a new star in the making, one that is sure to set 2014 a blaze is R&B crooner Anthony Lewis. In February, the 17 year-old L.A. native released his single, “Candy Rain,” a remix of the 90’s classic from R&B group Soul 4 Real. He has since caught the eyes and ears of every major music and is making strides on Billboard's Hot 100 list. With the song in continuous rotation prompting live performances and more work on his forthcoming debut album to be done Anthony is busier than ever, fortunately he had a few moments to spare to talk about his growing career, his inspiration, and the future of his craft.  See what he had to say below.

New Yorkers know, just being here prepares you for everything the world has to offer. For entertainers that is true double time. Washington Heights bred, Dominican actress, Suveria Mota discovered acting was her passion in high school and she continued to pursue her dream through pursuing her degree at Lehman College in the Bronx. After she got her degree she made the move to Hollywood where things really began to take off. Now with a few roles under her belt and some soon to be released projects, Mota is a talent to look forward to. We got a chance to speak with the actress about what finding success is like for a Latina in Hollywood, the importance of education and what's next for her. Discover the next big name below.




“I didn’t choose writing, writing chose me.” Self-published author, Tamika Newhouse says that she's been writing since she had the ability to form sentences. Newhouse states that although many people take creative writing classes to hone their skills, writing has been something that has always come naturally to her.

Read more: Tamika Newhouse - Self-Made Author & Motivational Speaker

Lendy Demetrius, manhattan born author newest release "I Live, You Move On" is both seductive and thrilling. The accountant turned writer took his life's  experiences and turned them into a ravishing romantic tale that will leave you speechless. Taking only one year to pen "I Live, You Move On" Lendy Demetrius refers to his newest release as something everyone can relate to. Using a lyrical and captivating dialogue " I Live, You Move On" leaves no room for comparison. From the first page you are trapped in the web of creativity from Lendy Demetrius.
Realism mixed poetry is how Lendy Demetrius described his versatile writing style. Beginning writing in high school with encouragement from teacher Mr.Bailey. "Mr.Bailey showed me writing is a way to express yourself" he recalled.  Citing Tiffany Millan as an influence to his writing style. Seductive and sensual is the versatile style Lendy expresses in his new romantic tale. Beyond writing Lendy Demetrius plans to begin screenwriting, taking his thrilling tales to the stage. Delivering to an expanding audiences his story in hopes it can be something many can relate to. Lendy Demetrius is simply amazing, a master at the art of seduction and suspense. "I Live, You Move On" is a must read for all generations.
About the Novel "I Live, You Move On":
Following the lives of two strong woman set in the City of New York. The novel follows the love lives of the two driven career women.
One woman Julissa Longoriez never intended on letting her personal life derail her work. Julissa character tries to avoid attachment and love.
Getting close to any man would force her to have to come terms with a past she's worked hard to bury. Julissa must decide if keepin her last secret is more important than building the future she never thought would be hers.
Nahla Voyas: The exact opposite of Julissa, Nahla has played the wife and mother role. Sacrificing her dreams to keep their home life as close to perfect as possible. When her husband's extramarital activities becomes too much to ignore Nahla decides she must love herself and her daughter more than this man. She must become a role model her daughter deserves, but the road may not be easily traveled.
The master of seduction Lendy E Demetrius captures the audience with "I Live, You Move On". Julissa Longoriez and Nahla Voyas are characters many can relate to, capturing a story only Lendy Demetrius can tell. Intense, seductive, and powerful "I Live, You Move On" will  give the minds and hearts of readers  a mind-bottling experience.

Lendy E. Demetrius is a Manhattan born author and his newest release I Live, You Move On is both seductive and thrilling. The full-time accountant and writer took his life's experiences and turned them into a real-life romantic tale that will leave readers speechless. Taking only one year to pen, I Live, You Move On, Lendy Demetrius refers to his newest release as something everyone can relate to. Using a lyrical and captivating dialogue the novel leaves no room for comparison. From the first page you are trapped in the web of creativity from Lendy Demetrius.

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Rap pioneers have almost always glorified notorious gangsters and drug lords throughout history. That’s no secret. But Mara Shalhoup, Editor-in-Chief at Creative Loafing, and author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family gives us another viewpoint in her debut novel. A conversation with her allowed us to see through her eyes, the inner workings of a multi-million dollar drug trafficking organization.

Read more: Author Mara Shalhoup Brings The Truth Behind the Black Mafia Family (BMF)

It was an absolute pleasure speaking with emerging author, Sylvia L. Simmons. A product of the Washington D.C. public school system and retired Public Affairs specialist, Simmons has had plenty of life experiences, which lead to great fiction. Simmons already has two novels to her credit, both released under her own company, SiHoWa Publishing Company. She is currently working on several other projects as well, growing her brand and creating a lane for herself.

Read more: Sylvia Simmons - Growing Her Brand & Creating Her Lane

As Sister Souljah’s 1999 best-selling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, was feeding the streets with urban fiction not seen before that time, a legal secretary and a mother from Philadelphia was awaiting her chance to reign with captivating literature. Rejected by at least 20 different publishers over six years, the upcoming author did not become discouraged, but instead self-published. Teri Woods reflects and shares with Parlé how she made it from being rejected to becoming a multi-millionaire.

Read more: Author Teri Woods...A League of Her Own

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