Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in No Good Deed, the tale of what happens when a criminal escapes from prison and finds his way into an unsuspecting woman's home. We've seen this story before but with a full African-American cast, and no Tyler Perry involvement, it feels like a fresh idea and a worthy watch. Plus the stars make for pretty great eye candy, which I think the production team knew would be good for the big screen.


I was first introduced to Jhené Aiko on Kendrick Lamar's "Growing Apart." Her voice is gentle and somewhat tinged with a sultriness that often encroaches on cutting aggression. Aiko understands where to emphasize her voice, wrapping it around the lyrics to achieve a hypnotic mix of hip hop and R&B. Souled Out, the debut from the singer is made up of mid-temp melodies that emerge as freestyles, rather than songs. This is not a bad thing because Aiko has stated that her process of recording music is one of letting it unfold rather than rushing.

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Originality is such a hard thing to come by these days that it’s no wonder you’ll see so many movies, TV shows and music that look and sound the same.
 When is the last time you heard a song or movie that you couldn’t compare to something else prior? Probably never. That doesn’t mean that originality or creativity has died, but just means that people have a brand new way of seeing things. One of the greatest movies of all times, Star Wars is often compared to Star Trek. They have forums of geeks and nerds sighting the familiarities between these two, I’ll save you the time and say that I’ve seen all the Star Wars series and none of the Star Trek franchise despite their many TV shows and spin-off movies but I'm aware of how they tend to overlap each other in some aspects.


Blacc Hollywood is the fifth studio album from Wiz Khalifa - the rapper known for creating chill songs about getting high and living the high life. Being more of a fan of his mixtapes because he seems to offer more impactful, heavy-hitting rhymes on those, listening to Blacc Hollywood solidified my opinion even further.


Fresh off the stage of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing alongside Beyoncé, Alvester Martin—dancer, singer, and songwriter has been accustomed to a dim limelight for many years as a back up dancer for several top celebrities.  But it’s the bright spotlight he better get ready for!


Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


 
 

 

 

Who is SCHEÉ? Caitlyn Hess, a Pittsburgh native, is the designer, founder, and CEO of SCHEÉ shoes, a luxury footwear company that recently launched. As a designer, Hess has merged her passion for helping others with her love of designing footwear to create SCHEÉ. Hess’ ultimate goal for SCHEÉ is to use her luxury footwear designs is to raise awareness and support for various philanthropic causes. To support each philanthropic cause, SCHEÉ donates five percent of total sales to its corresponding charity.

 

Hess’ intention for SCHEÉ is to collaborate her designs with a new philanthropic cause each season and for her clientele to “Walk To Make a Difference.” Each time a woman purchases a pair of shoes, she is supporting SCHEÉ’s chosen philanthropic cause of the season. “My favorite part about being a designer is being able to help philanthropic causes and support those in need with my designs,” Hess explains. “When women purchase shoes from SCHEÉ, they are walking to make a difference, I want my designs to make life-changing statements.” This season, SCHEÉ has worked closely with Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer prevention.

 

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Hess always had a passion for helping others. While attending high school, Hess volunteered numerous hours of community service in nursing homes and hospitals, including The Highmark Caring Place, and has aided in supporting awareness for breast cancer, Autism, Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Hess was awarded the Joan of Arc Medal to merit her outstanding community service and passion for supporting numerous philanthropic causes. Upon graduating high school, Hess attended Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Human Health Development and became involved in numerous charities on and off campus.

 

Hess was also heavily involved in her dream of becoming a designer, specifically with shoes. “Designing was always a form of self-expression for me,” Hess says.


Intrigued by the work of shoe designers, Nicholas Kirkwood and Giuseppe Zanotti, Hess longed to expand her shoe designs into a luxury footwear brand. After discussing her designs with Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, Chairperson of the Accessories Design Department at FIT, Hess was inspired to combine her love for design with her passion for helping others. This past August, Hess showcased her collection for the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), and her idea of “Walking To Make A Difference” was well-received. In late October, Hess held a launch party for SCHEÉ and received positive feedback for both her designs and collaboration with philanthropic causes. 

 

“I create my designs to match the philanthropic cause SCHEÉ is supporting for the season,” Hess says. “To support breast cancer this season, I added a feminine touch with pastel colors and embellished heels.”

 

Hess is currently planning for her upcoming Fall/Winter collection and deciding the next philanthropic cause she would like SCHEÉ to support. In the future, she would love to create a fashion show to create support for numerous philanthropic causes.

 

“I want SCHEÉ to help make the fashion industry an even better place—to make a difference and help others,” says Hess. “That’s what is most important in my life.”

 

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Haze Brand Showcase at the Solo Gallery in NYC 

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