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.”


"They only get to see a certain part of your life and it’s not even fifty percent. It may be about fifteen percent of your life that these people are getting to watch so that’s never a good thing because you become this fifteen percent of what people get to see and there’s way more to most of us that are on that show..."  ~Bambi


“One thing I feel that happens a lot on the urban side of music, not as much on the mainstream pop side of music is that if artists don't come out for a few years, we forget that we loved them. This was not just some song I liked, but this was my favorite group in the world. I feel like the urban audience, we don't hold our stars up like the pop audience do. Their stars will put out an album tomorrow and it will still be double, triple, quadruple platinum…”  
~Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge 


Are you a fan of good 90’s music? A fan of music that allows you to still leave something to the imagination? Then you might want to cop that new Hi-Five The EP. Yes, that’s right—Billy, Faruq, Marcus, Shannon and Treston aka Hi-5 are making a comeback and Billy Covington and Faruq Evans assured Parlé Magazine in a recent interview, that they’re here to stay!


You've probably been a fan of Rico Love for years and didn't even know it. He has penned and produced chart topping hits for Usher, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Chris Brown and Beyoncé to name a few. His EP, Discrete Luxury, was released late in 2013 and includes six new tracks including hit singles "They Don't Know" and "B*tches be Like." The EP serves as the prelude this debut album, Turn the Lights On, which is also the singer/songwriter’s memorable catch phrase. While Rico has made a name for himself mostly behind the scenes, the new record is his chance to not only expand his repertoire but show and prove that he has what it takes as a solo artist.


Kareem Nelson, didn’t tell the typical childhood story I expected to hear in a recent interview with the Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) founder. He described a great childhood, a mother that provided everything he wanted and needed, if not more. As an only child, he said he had the best of everything, but the “streets” were still calling. “I chose the streets,” Nelson admitted. There was a sense of brotherhood and freedom that led him to the lifestyle that so many of our young Black men follow. Fast money, cars and women is the name of the game and where so many get caught up. For twelve years Nelson was about that life, until one night everything changed.


 
 

 

 

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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.

Read more: Suveria Mota - Talent From Washington Heights to Hollywood

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.

Read more: Troy Taylor - Raising The Bar as a Producer & Artist Curator


Parlé Magazine welcomes, recent MTV VMA winner Jon Jon Augustavo. Born and raised in Seattle, Jon has always had a knack for creating dope visuals. He got his start back in his hometown directing videos for friends, family, and for Seattle artists such as; Eighty4 Fly and The Physics back in college at, Arts Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. Jon's dedication eventually led to him meeting the now famed, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But Jon isn't some "one-trick-pony," he's also a director of commercials, short films, and documentaries - This guy is even working on a tv pilot as well! A few weeks ago alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jon Jon snagged 3 VMA awards for, Best Hip-Hop Video ("Can't Hold Us"), Best Video With a Social Message ("Same Love"), and Best Cinematography ("Can't Hold Us") .

I'm sure Jon is couped up crafting more visual magic, but he took time out to chat with Parlé about his current ventures and his plans in the future. Read below for more...

Read more: Jon Jon Augustavo - Visualizing Concepts For Life


He goes by the name of Drathoven! He’s a pianist by nature, playing since the age of six. He once sat in the A&R seat, and as a staff producer of Paid-In Full Entertainment. He's also shared commentary with Chief Executive, Madd Hatta (Houston’s #1 radio personality for R&B/Hip-Hop on 97.9 The Box). A producer as well as a songwriter who is successful in all genres of music including R&B, Pop, Rap and Gospel. Drathoven landed Yolanda Adams hit single "Be Still", and Tyrese’s single "Nothing On You" (from the album Open Invitation), Jacob Latimore's single "Headphones," and Khalil's single "Goodie Goodie" featuring Big Sean. I guess you can consider him Houston’s best kept secret but, I have a feeling that this talented producer/songwriter won’t be a secret for long. Learn more about Drathoven in this interview!

Read more: Drathoven - Houston's Best Kept Secret

For that early morning coffee drinker and the morning rush hour racers the name Ebony Steele is synonymous with getting your day started. For everyone else it’s about to become a welcomed household name. Co-host of the hilarious Rickey Smiley Morning Show as well as a new addition to CNN’s correspondent team, Steele not only wise cracks and entertains, but she also promotes causes close to her heart while leading the way for young entertainers. Live, Love, Laugh should be her motto for the impact she’s bringing to our culture. Get to know her.

Read more: Ebony Steele: From Radio to TV and Back.

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