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A Heated Read

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Brought to you by GhettoHeat Productions, Author Sha’s novel Harder is a read you won’t regret as you’re in for a heated read!

HARDER
WRITTEN BY SHA
EDITED BY HICKSON
IN STORES WORLDWIDE!

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HARDER

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Author’s Shelf: Jerald Howard

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FBE: Where are you from?
JH: I was born in Bartow, Flordia. I was raised in Huger, South Carolina. I typically reside in Tampa, Florida or Indianapolis, Indiana. I do a lot of traveling.

FBE: And how old are you?
JH: I’m 27.

FBE: How long have you been writing?
JH: I can actually say that I’ve been writing all of my life.

FBE: Writing takes a lot of work and dedication what made you decide to write?
JH: When I was eight or nine, I thought it would be cool to be an author (he laughs). I’ve always loved reading and I love getting lost in a well told story. I didn’t decide until about a year ago that I’d actually write a book. Once it was published, I received so much positive feedback that I’ve written another. I think I’ve found my calling.

FBE: Interesting, do you write poetry as well as novels?
JH: I write lots of poetry. Normally I use my poetry to help me develop story lines in my novels. Most of my poems tell a story.

FBE: WhaT genres do you focus on?
JH: When you read my novels, you’ll be able to find a little of everything in them. I like to classify them as “life”. My novels are African American fiction. They are inspirational, educational, erotic, and so much more.

FBE: I see you have two novels, will you do more?
JH: Yes! I’m actually in the process of completing my third.

FBE: What do you currently have published?
JH: The first is “One Life…One Night”. The second is “This Is What I Signed Up For.”

FBE: Who is your publisher, explain why you chose them?
JH: I am signed with Anexander Books Publishing. I chose them because I love their vision and direction.

FBE: Tell more about your latest piece and what is it about?
JH: My latest published novel is entitled, “This Is What I Signed Up For”. It’s as real as fiction can get. It’s a fast-paced, drama-filled read that you will definitely be able to relate to. The characters will draw you in so deeply that you’ll be able to feel all that they feel. Readers of all genres will be able to appreciate this novel that is told from both a female and male point of view. The main message readers should take from this novel is to be careful of the things you do and say. Know that EVERY action, no matter how big or small, has a reaction. You can never know for sure how the things you do and say will affect someone else and/or yourself. We reap what we sow, and we sow what we reap. Every action has a reaction or a consequence we must keep.

 FBE: I have to know what or who inspires you to make your dreams come true?
JH: I really just have a love for writing and a love for telling a story. I love entertaining and educating people with my books. Readers of my work inspire me to continue to write with the feedback they give.
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The City is Mine

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The future was upon those the Taj Lounge on September 19th. With a futuristic/robotic theme 8 of New York City’s finest up and coming designers were brought to all that witnessed it. “The City is Mine” Fashion Show had attendees on the edge of their seats as the models strutted the artistic visions of Deon Halil, Envius Couture, Rico Flores, Molie Guablue, Brazillian Alex, and Melyssa Nycole. The show was headed by the Designers of Unleashed introducing CEO Shaleese aka yaedon marie. The signature piece that kicked off the show was created by designer Blondina. All proceeds from the show went to the American Diabetic Association. For more information on the show and the designers of unleashed check out www.modelmayhem.com/yaedonmarie, www.designersofunleashed.blogspot.com or email at donyae1972@yahoo.com if you are an aspiring model and would like to be in one of her upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more and see you at the next show!

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Signature piece by Blondina

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Melyssa Nycole

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Unleashed fashions by Jessica

SeanRayMusic.Com

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With long braids cascading down his back, it is no mistake that this multi-talented artist is the next hottest thing! He not only can serenade you with his melodious vocals, but he also writes his own material and can dazzle your eyes with his attractive and edgy style. Jersey bred singer, songwriter and model, Sean Ray is already wowing the music industry with hot tracks like “Hole in my Heart” and “Departure.” With inspirations that extend from Micheal Jackson to Jodeci, his talents have taken him as far as opening for Hip Hop artists such as Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco. Currently on the rise to a more than successful career in the entertainment industry, Sean Ray is someone that the world should definitely be on the look out for. Stay tuned for an exclusive FBE one on one interview with this pop star heavy-hitter.

And in the mean time, don’t hesitate to check out www.seanraymusic.com to learn more about Sean Ray and give a listen to his two featured singles. As always…Enjoy!

P.S. Make sure you follow him on Twitter!

Wearing Your Faith On Your Sleeve: Faithful Fish

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Chelsea pictured with Tim Gunn from “Project Runway”

It’s not easy for a young person to “wear their faith on your sleeve” but this young lady has no problem owning her faith and letting the world have a piece if it. Chelsea Eubank, owner and founder of the clothing company, “Faithful Fish” has endured alot of pain during her 21 years on this Earth. Ironically so, her tribulations have served as the driving force having strong faith and being very successful. Here’s what Chelsea had to say about how she’s walking by faith and not by sight with “Faithful Fish”:

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FBE:  Where are you from and where is the company based?                                                                                         

CE: FROM ATLANTA AND WE ARE BASED IN ATLANTA

FBE:
How did you derive at the name “Faithful Fish”?                                                                                                        

CE: MY MOM ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH THE NAME

FBE: What motivated you to launch a clothing line?                                                                                                          

CE:I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN LOVE WITH CLOTHES. WHEN I WAS 17  I LOST MY 41 YEAR OLD UNCLE, GRANDMOTHER WITHIN 4 MONTHS AND THEN 3 WEEKS LATER MY FATHER PASSED AWAY ON THE PHONE WITH ME. I WANTED TO WEAR SOMETHING PREPPY AND TRENDY TO QUIETLY SHOW MY
FAITH AND THERE WAS NOTHING OUT THERE.  I WENT TO MY MOM AND TOLD HER I
WANTED TO START A CHRISTIAN CLOTHING COMPANY.

FBE:  Did  you design clothing prior to the launch of “Faithful Fish”?                                                                            

CE: YES,WE DESIGNED THE LOGO.  MOST OF THE LINE I HAVE DRAWN OUT IS NOT EVEN BEING
SOLD, WE STARTED VERY SMALL.

FBE:  Who works with you?                                                                                                                                                              

CE: I HAVE A FINANCIAL MANAGER, IT COMPANY, RETAIL SALES PERSON, PR COMPANY AND A RETAIL/ONLINE CONSULTANT.

FBE: What inspires your designs?                                                                                                                                                 

CE: I GIVE BACK A PORTION OF SALES TO CHARITIES AND THAT IS A BIG DRIVER FOR ME.  I ALSO WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND BEING FAITHFUL CAN BE COOL AND AND FUN. IT NEVER HAS TO BE IN YOUR FACE.
 

FBE:  Who is the typical “Faithful Fish” consumer?                                                                                                                

CE: I SEE FAITHFUL FISH IN THE FUTURE AS BEING SOMETHING LIKE RALPH LAUREN.  CLOTHING FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE.

FBE: Has your line been featured in any national publications or on television?                                               

CE:YES, COSMOGIRL, I WAS JUST IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, IGNITE YOUR FAITH.  THE ATLANTA JOURNAL DID AN ENTIRE PAGE IN THE SUNDAY PAPER.

FBE:  Who or what personally inspires you to push forth with your career?                                                           

CE: MY FAITH AND MY MOM

-Read more to see Faithful Fish clothing-

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FASHION AT ITS MAXX!

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At 27, Dana-Maxx Pomerantz is quickly building herself into a fashion icon. From the heart of NYC, her line “maxximizes” the bold and the edgy consumer ready to take on any forum . Here is the evolving story of Dana- Maxx:

FBE: What influenced the launch of Dana-Maxx?
DM: Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a fashion designer. I use to have a pretend store setup in my bedroom. My customers were my stuffed animals and I would sit and sketch clothing for them and take orders. Who knew that is exactly what I would be doing 20 years later! Fashion was always in my blood- I would sleep it, eat it, and dream it. I could not wait to make that dream a reality one day.

FBE: Are you an independent designer?
DM: Yes, I am an independent designer. Although I could not make everything happen without a huge team of people- individuals such as family, manufacturers, fabric vendors, publicist, technical designers, sales reps, and interns!

FBE : What’s your background in fashion and design? What formal schooling and/or jobs have helped your career?
DM: I took fashion design classes in high school and took Saturday Live classes during high school at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I graduated from FIT with a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts. While I was in college, I interned at the ever impressive Betsey Johnson and was hired soon thereafter in design. As I prepared to launch my line, Dana-Maxx, I worked in design at Marc Jacobs. Every experience from my classes in high school to working in design at Marc, really helped me to hone the necessary skills to launch my own line.

FBE: What would you say makes your fashions unique when compared to other lines in the fashion industry?
DM: When I am designing, I always keep a particular woman in mind; she is fearless, fun, flirty, a bit edgy, and chic. She pays very close attention to detail and loves feeling special in whatever she wears. She wants the best quality and styling, but does not have the means to afford a $1,000 dress. The line is made in the USA at a reasonable price point!

FBE: Who is Dana- Maxx designed for?
DM: The Dana-Maxx consumer is fun, flirty, and chic! She ranges in age from 20-45 and wants to feel amazing no matter what her age. She shops for her age, but dresses according to her mood.

FBE: Who/ what personally inspires your designs?
DM: Anything and everything inspires me! Each season prior to starting a collection I come up with a theme. I never know what the theme will be, and then suddenly I have a creative epiphany, and it just comes to me. I then create a mood board which helps me to stay focused on the styling, details, and silhouettes per collection. Then I begin to sketch until I am confident that I want my label on that particular design.

-More Dana-Maxx fashions when you read more…

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Catchin’ Up With Brooke on the 1’s and 2’s

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Check in with Brooke at Plush Lounge in downtown Brooklyn, next Thursday after a long day! And if you haven’t seen it already read more about her in the entry, titled “For the Love of Music!” Enjoy!