Some individuals require no introduction. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 20 years you're familiar with the Marc Eckō brand, one that grew from a rhino on clothing with Eckō Unlimited to now dealing with video games, a publishing division and so much more. Having created a million dollar empire, Marc Milecofsky, a Lakewood, New Jersey native is one of the great entrepreneurs of our generation. A conversation with him yields a different kind of honesty however, about life, business and the importance of a brand. Marc's openness about his failures and his missteps provide more insight than an entire catalog of self-help and how-to books. The journey from playing with graffiti designs in his parent’s basement to what we know now as the Marc Eckō Enterprises brand can provide inspiration to even the most terrified of potential innovators. Our interview is just the tip of the iceberg.
The R&B songstress Sparkle is back! Back in 1998, she was under the musical influence of R. Kelly. She’s the voice behind the smash hit, “Be Careful” that spent six consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot R&B Airplay charts. After being gone for than ten years, she’s returned ready to give her fans new music and I’m sure she will gain new fans as well. She’s beautiful, super talented and on the grind to take over radio all over again.
Brother Ali is known for having a political edge to his work as a Hip-Hop emcee. Once he speaks, he’s definitely going to be remembered. He recently released an album on titled, Left in the Deck, demo-style. That means untouched and shared just the way it is. It takes talent to do that. The entire project was produced by Jake One. Ali also teamed up with Immortal Technique for the War & Peace Tour, which wrapped up in October. Brother Ali has a lot going on, stay up on him here...
His name is Troy Taylor. He is a successful producer who is standing twenty four years strong and counting in the music industry. He’s worked with a truckload of artists from Boy II Men to the one and only Whitney Houston. And get this: he discovered Trey Songz before he was even a singer. You’ll have to read to get the full scoop on that and so much more. I really enjoyed this interview. And despite what his humility won’t allow him to believe; he’s a LEGEND. It’s not easy sticking around in an ever evolving industry, but he has done it and I know this is not the last we’ll hear from Mr. Troy Taylor.
From stage plays to the small screen sitcoms, there seems to be nothing the beautiful and talented Ms. Cynthia McWilliams can’t do. You may recognize her as Trina Shaw, Kevin Hart’s entertainment attorney on BET’s “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” but what you may not know is that this talented actress has done a variety of voiceovers, stage plays, and award winning television shows all while giving back to the community and promoting causes important to her. In between tapings for season twoof BET’s hit show she had a moment to chat with us about it all. Check out what she had to say about working with Kevin Hart, her childhood, and much more.
After much anticipation, finally, here is the formula to success: youth, talent, and church. This is all a person really needs to get far in life. Well, maybe that isn't the exact science, but it sure does work for some people. Let’s take, say, Joshua Rogers for example. He is nineteen years old, has a voice reminiscent of an old pro that has been here and done all of this before, and on top of that he is completely on fire for his Lord and savior. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind giving this formula a try.
To be able to choose your own path is a bold step among a strong family. Families tend to support but have certain reservations toward what particular path is chosen. Coming from a family whose dynamics are mainly religious and Gospel, J. Drew has taken the secular route to becoming a star in his own right. His family is the Sheards, Bishop J. Drew, Karen Clark and Kierra. J. Drew, the latest to emerge from the family is signed to Pharell’s StarTrak label as a producer and also signed to to TMG Records to release his own music. With a fresh new sound set to embark on his listeners, J. Drew has decided to explore your ears for pleasure. Meeting up with Parlé Magazine we discussed his decision to go secular, his goals and his latest EP, Never Coming Back.
Chalie Boy may represent the small areas of Hearne and Calvert, Texas but there’s no doubt that his talent is big. In 2000, he made his rap debut on local hip-hop group The Freestyle Kingz’ mixtape with Dirty 3rd Records’ DJ Bull. He signed with Dirty 3rd records and continued to build his buzz. By 2004, he was ready to branch out on his own. He dropped his first solo mixtape, Makin’ My Way, which sold a respectable 20,000 units. Still it wasn't until 2009 when many were officially introduced to Chalie Boy when he broke into the mainstream with his smash summer anthem, "I Look Good." It was such a huge hit, making it into the top 50 on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B chart, which opened up the opportunity in September of 2009 for him to be signed to Battery/Jive Records. It's been a long journey since that point. Chalie Boy remains humble through it all and remains eager to give the fans the music that they yearn for. Read our full interview below to see what Chalie has been up to.