Music hasn’t hit the same since TRL … maybe even the real 106 and Park for those of us that flipped on to see Free. The tunes flourishing on the airways just don’t invoke the fun like they use to. You see the timeless days of R&B seem long gone… Right? Sure every now and then an Icon like MISSY turns up to show us what its all about but still… is that enough?
You see for me the creativity is missing. Where are the young Busta’s at lol ! Sure folks have more money but is that really what made the video? Or was it the artist? I’d argue that the creativity , the brilliance was in the artist. They did anything with nothing. Something was different about the way they brought our emotions out. So I wondered are their artist out their with that spirit? There has to be folks in the digital era that have it. That new generation swag with the take me back vibe. And then something happen and someone said HELLO…. HELLO JIZOO
Hello Jizoo is the antidote. This creativity hip hop genius is the balance between “lets chill” and “turn up”. As I tuned in to the Verzuz battle with Luda and hometown lunatic Nelly… I thought man.. aside from scratching that band-aid on my eye we need a new revolution. And that revolution starts with artist that can really change the world. Artist like Jizoo. The ones that can cultivate music that doesn’t need to divide us. So I logged of IG and you know what I did? I binged watched the musical roller-coaster he can take you on. So my treat to you is 3 VIDEOS … plus a one I just couldn’t leave out that gave me hope that GOOD MUSIC ain’t DEAD! MANIFEST it!
I love the reality that anyone can create art and their vision will be appreciated by at least one person in the world. The ability to have full control over what you produce, decide how it will be viewed by your peers, and to know that it can have positive effect in someone’s life. Yes art is a form of self-expression that we all love, but to me it is so much more. It’s a gift that can be taken beyond the superficial to the depths of the spiritual.
Describe you work:
As a commission artist, a lot of my work is catered to what my clients want. Ranging from family portraits to artistic bodypaintings. However, my original pieces draw inspiration from both African and Biblical references, accented with subtle iconography placed throughout the painting that deepen the meaning of the painting. It’s never “in-your-face”, but it demands an attention to detail.
What I love about art is no one can tell you what your work should look like, i love how art is an expression and is subjective. Art can create controversy and conversation. I love how artist can create a masterpiece with their own styles and put a little piece of them into each of their art. I love that art cultivate emotion and leave footprints on its viewers.
Tell me about your work?
….. my work remains faceless so the viewers can incorporate themselves into the paintings. I create art based on visions or dreams. People is my inspiration. My main focus for my art is to create for the purpose of bringing beauty to canvas.
I love art and being an artist because of the infinite potential. You can create anything because art is all about your creativity.
Describe your work?
My work is a description of me. So Dail Chambers is a visual artist and creative consultant. My visual art practice is a multimedia exploration in genealogy, women’s narratives and social art. As a homeschooling, teaching artist I’ve traveled internationally, implementing lesson plans to enhance and motivate inter-generational learning environments.
I love the self motivation, the drive, the resilience it gives me. The overall ability to create such immaculate art work motivates me.
Describe your work?
In my spectrum of art I focus on the “surreal” matters that connect and captivate ones eye (visually), ones thoughts (mentally), and ones feelings (emotionally). Surrealism is the releasing of the unconscious, meaning that I use images in ways that are juxtaposed in many ways. My creative style is a mix of dramatic scenery and also relaxed elements having an equal balance within every piece. In addition, I also use landscapes to give my pieces a sense of identity and tranquility.
Contact info: Marcell Mr. AceOfSpades IG: Marcell.da.martian__ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. LEAH YARMUS
What INSPIRES your art?
I love painting, and I like doing it on 3D surfaces. This series of dolls is the first thing I’ve ever made with the intention of selling. I like good horror movies because they are social commentary. Unless it’s a commission I stick with movies that really resonated with me or spark nostalgia. I’ve love people’s responses to these intense or memorable scenes on an art form that is usually traditional. Other art that I make is more selfish and personal and usually not for sale
Describe your dolls?
These matryoshka dolls are in homage to horror and cult classic films. Custom orders available!
Nelly has 4 singles to reach #1 on the HOT 100 chart to date and his songs and collaborations have appeared on the Number #1 spot 58+ times across various Billboard Charts.
2. 4th Best Selling Hip Hop Album of All Time
The Midwest legend’s debut album remains the 4th best selling Hip Hop/Rap album in History. Selling well over 8 million copies worldwide. Lets just be clear, his 1st album is more than most folks musical career.
3. Chart Making Collaborations
Aside from Nelly’s solo songs and projects with The St. Lunatics he has an impressive list of collaborations. The ability to cross genres most have been a gift of his. Nelly would flow between Hip Hop, Country, R&B, Pop and Rock to create some of the most timeless collabs of all time. Some of those collaborations include:
Some CHART TOPPING Collabs:
Dilemna with Kelly Rowland
Call on Me with Janet Jackson
Over and Over with Tim McGraw
Girlfriend Remix with N’Sync
Shake Ya Tailfeather with Pi Diddy , Murphy Lee
Cruise Remix with Florida Georgia Line
Where The Party At with Jagged Edge
My Place with Jahiem
OTHER ARTIST he’s collaborated with include:
Simple Plan, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Jeremih, Daley, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Christina Aguilara, Ashanti, Ciara, Funkmaster Flex, Chris Brown, Akon, Fergie, and TI
Nelly runs the non-profit organization 4Sho4Kids Foundation.
Before she passed away Nelly and sister Jackie started the The Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign after she herself was diagnosed with leukemia. The campaign educates folks about the need for bone marrow transplants. In addition they connect folks with donors and help register new ones.
Nelly’s White and Black Ball is a St.Louis fundraiser for graduates that aims to generate funds for various scholarships.
One of the scholarships was named after slain young man Michael Brown. This scholarship was created to bring awareness and also promote change in the Ferguson area.
The Black and White Ball has been instrumental in sending 2 students to collage every year for the last decade.
5. 7 Albums, 3 Extended Plays, and 2 Mix Tapes
In total Nelly has sold Over 21 million albums worldwide and that’s before the digital era. His debut album set historic numbers and remains an all time great. Nelly also was one of the only artist in history to successfully release a 2 albums at the same time “Sweat” and “Suit.” In addition to his studio albums he has 1 remix and 2 compilation albums.
6. Co-Founder of Extreme Institute College
In collaboration with Vatterott Colleges built and brought to life a quality music production college to downtown St.Louis. They would go on to expand its programs and dozens of students would go on to become music professionals until all Vatterott Colleges were sold.
7. St.Louis & Midwest Hip Hop Pioneer
While St. Louis has many rappers that came to fame in the 2000’s Nelly by far was the most successful. Along with the St. Lunatics they brought the attention and noise to the Midwest and definitely St. Louis. Withing a few years St. Louis was one of the most recognized cities in hip hop with a slew of artist climbing the charts.
8. 60 Million Net Worth
Well having such as successful music career and selling millions of albums of course comes with a nice pay check. Nelly however didn’t stop with his music fortune. As you’ll read later all of his endeavors in and outside of music have given him a nice bank account to sustain him for the rest of his life.
Mr. Haynes would expand his reach inside the music business by starting his on label Derrty Entertainment with fellow St.Lunatics. But he didn’t stop there.
Nelly started his own clothing lines. One for women titled Apple Bottoms and one for men Vokal. Apple Bottoms would become a 2000’s trend.
He would also go on to start a very successful non carbonated energy drink brand called Pimp Juice. Nelly became 1 of the first celebrities to produce energy drinks on the market, as many would follow.
Nelly was also a part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team until sole ownership was bought by Michael Jordan.
Listen can we PLEASE…. STOP commenting on people’s post who are telling you that they are battling depression with comments like. “It’s going to be okay” “pray about it” or any of these other generic responses that some of you all love to offer. You all do know that depression ends in suicide for some people right? If praying about it worked I don’t believe a person would make a post on social media for that to be the response they commonly get.
Have you ever asked the person about the situation? Do you take time to listen to? Did you send them an inbox? Did you comment because you meant it or simply because you felt it’s the trend? Do you really care? What makes you sure that everything will be okay? And how can you offer this with no information. And yes I know some of you feel guided by the spirit but everyone doesn’t have the capacity to immediately see things through your own personal lenses…. especially if they just told you they are battling depression.
Time does heal, but some things leave scars either offer your self ,or DON’T.
Sometimes taking time to think about our responses shows people that we care.
I’m not at all saying don’t support. I’m not saying don’t offer encouragement. But sometimes those kinds of responses are as ineffective as not responding at all.
Access is a privilege not a right. When your peace is on the line you have the authority to protect it.
– Maven Logik Lee
Sometimes our entire life revolves around supporting others. There are others who live life at the mercy of other peoples opinions. At times you might be that person who feels obligated to always respond. Some of us are those people who feel like our life requires that we are always available. And then there are those who believe their life can only get better if someone else helps them. We are at times conditioned to believe dependency will always be there to rescue us. I understand all those people. Hell I was one of those people. Until I had no other choice but to be someone different. You see this wisdom was staring me in the face. Time and time again there were people in my life who is showing me what it meant to choose them.
Admittedly it was hard to see it sometimes. Choosing you sometimes will make you the villain in someone else’s story. That narrative made it hard for me to see that what they were doing was for them and less about hurting me. Now I know that might be hard for some people to understand. Yes some people in my life that choose them may never gain my love again or even my respect but they do get my understanding.
They keep my understanding because when I reached a crossroads in my life I understood that it was not only necessary but life or death that I CHOOSE ME!
You see I was going around in cycles. I was riding a bike in a never ending circle. And while I thought I knew who I was I really didn’t have time to see who I was becoming. I found myself feeling alone. And feeling alone wasn’t a new feeling, knowing was.
One day I woke up and realized people that fell in love with moved on. Some of the folks I thought that did me wrong will never assume or even share accountability. And sometimes I was more toxic to myself then anybody else. It became clear to me that the world is moving without me. It was evident personality like mine nothing will change unless I make change intentional.
Days went by and I started to do things like turn off my phone. I went through my apps and decided which ones I really didn’t need. I’d let some folks reach out to me first. And you know those times where you always feel the need to respond… I didn’t.
These small changes left me with more time. And with that more time I was able to see things about myself that I loved, that I missed knowing exist, and that I needed to change or grow in.
Suddenly more life situations started to happen. In addition to the choices I made for myself life made choices for me too. As I reflect on at all I realize that choosing me saved my life.
There were some people who said things like you don’t call me anymore. And that made me realize they never called me. You don’t check on me. And then I realized they never checked on me. I noticed the amount of people that I neglected that actually showed up for me. The reality I imagined where I showed up for everyone was shattered. No I didn’t. Sometimes I didn’t show up for the people in my life that I acted so strong to mask their struggles or pain.
What’s understood is that some people understand your growth and some may not. And relationships have many purposes and many different timelines. We don’t always have to define how a relationship works around the way other people feel it should look like. Some relationships simply have expiration dates. Others have off days and vacations. Sometimes they get substitutes.
The people I share bonds with now have a much different tone than before. It’s one filled with compassion, understanding, and space. The freedom to be your whole self. The people I have in my space understand that we must be able to live our best personal lives to live beautiful lives with one another.
The more I chose me the more transparent and honest I became. This version of me has made it much easier to navigate relationships. This change has made my discernment of greater value. I feel in charge of my life because I Chose me.
I did just about anything you could do with an orange outside of something that’s too inappropriate to share. I drink orange juice. I’d eat sliced oranges. After I ate the oranges I used the peels for steaming and tea.
2. Sea Moss Gel
Sea Moss can be used in a variety of ways. A couple times I found myself thinking it was that miracle water in those infomercials. I used sea moss gel in my water, my food, my teas, and even dabbed some on my face.
3. Black Seed Oil
So of course when you hear news like I have a deadly virus that’s attacking the world you panic. You try to find and also get told every remedy known to the world. You have to decipher through things to find the real deal. Well Black Seed Oil and its healing power aren’t new to the world. Dr. Sebi believed in its abilities. After hearing from a good friend who beat the virus and then a few others I went ahead and grabbed some. I took a teaspoon twice a day in the morning and at night.
Well no I didn’t actually use the flower but I did grab 100 capsules from the health supplement store. I took about 2 to 3 a day. Its believed that it strengthens your immune system.
5. Getting Fresh Air
I know, I know they say quarantine and lock away the key. Well I did… sort of. Everyone I heard from that successfully recovered in some way got fresh air. Some folks took an isolated walk in the park, sat on their porch, or if all else failed hung out their window for an hour or so. Every time I got fresh air it felt like the bricks I was feeling on my chest lifted.
6. Honey Ginger Tea
Tea, Tea, all types of Tea.. ginger, honey, peppermint, and lemon tea! Yes I was think of that one song.. You know Boys, Boys, all kinds of Boys? Come one you know that song. But no seriously tea was my bestie. I put everything in my teas. Lemon and orange peels. Cayenne pepper, sea moss gel, and even a little lime.
7. Using Lemons
I’ve never gulped down so many lemons in my life. I was popping those jokers down like candy. Usually I require a little sugar but nope .. they slide right on down this throat. Eating the lemons and sometimes the lemon peel to would instantly open my thought and give me relief. I would also indulge in lemonade, lemons in my tea, and lemon water ever so often.
I became a baby pepper eater. I bought some dipping sauces and got to going. The small green ones, the yellows, the reds, all of them. I dabbed cayenne pepper in everything. Hot stuff has never bothered me so peppers is now a weekly part of my diet.
9. Green Fruits and Veggies
So a big thing happen with green all over it. I always enjoyed my veggies even as a kid but now … I’m going green. I ate every kind of green vegetable or fruit you could imagine. Rather raw or cooked I was eating down. This has continued into my regular diet moving forward in a much more significant way.
Well if you know me then you can guess this one was easy….Right? Well not exactly. You see I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from music, until now that is. It took a few days but sure enough I was busted mini concerts in the shower daily. I failed at learning an instrument but hey I did sharpen these vocal chops. Using your lungs helps your lungs. While I still have an occasional rasp and breathiness in my voice, it’s still here!
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Listen I’ve been taking a teaspoon if this since I was nine years old. My grandmother gave me “The Mother” for everything. Did it work for it all? I’m not sure but I did it. I will say it cleared my throat and gave comfort even if for a minute or two.
So Turmeric… I literally never could taste it honestly but it went in all of my food. I was taking a Turmeric capsule daily in the morning. It felt like it gave me an extra pep in my step. After taking it I felt a little happier than I was before.
I honestly probably would have overdosed if these where some other kinds of pills. I was popping Vitamin C, D, and Zinc down like a found my addiction. I’m not telling you to do this I’m just being real.
14. Working Out
What can I say? I was already trying to get this body right. You know thick thighs and um never mind… shakes my head. It was easy for me to get into this. Of course we all don’t have at home gyms so I made it work. I ran up the stairs, I did push ups, sit ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and all that stuff. In the process I even earned my dance fitness and yoga instructor certifications. This thing tries to wear you out and you can’t let it beat you down. Do as much as your body allows unless it calls for an emergency sit your but down.
So in closing ….
These were the things that helped me through this scare yet honestly speaking profound experience. During this time I developed a new understanding of my value, life, and how to maximize your experience with it. I reconnected with old friends and distant relatives. Some folks were given resignations. Found peace with old enemies and owned up to my toxic vibrations I needed to release. I got focused and started to make things happen. Life is so unpredictable and the longer you wait to live it the more regret you may have waiting. So right now I’m still doing most of these things. I have my essential oils handy and water on deck.
92 year old Comedian and Actor Jerry Stiller, who launched his career with wife Anne Meara in the 50’s died today. Many folks remember him as the insanely funny Frank Costanza on the hit television show “Seinfeld.” Jerry is also the father of famed actor Ben Stiller.
Four Butch Queens in Drag Vogue performers you should know.
* in no particular order
4. Christian Elijah
Known as Legendary Alanah this handsome fella paved the way. He with others carried the Midwest banner all around the country. Alanah combated the stigma that drag is what I do not all I am. The drama and excitement of an Alanah battle is notorious. This BQUID performer will definitely make you GAG! (In a good way)
3. Karma Gucci
This multi talented king may be in the lineup with a couple veterans in the game but that doesn’t mean he’s no push over. When he transforms on the floor it’s like the beginning of a mortal kombat battle to the end. With charisma and eye catching personality Karma demands attention on the floor. A community advocate off the floor with sensational soulful voice this BQUID performer will definitely make you GAG! (In a good way)
2. Starr Revlon
Starr Revlon is undoubtably a household name. While there are many legends and Icons in the ball scene few if any have that “STARR” power. Yes we spelled it correctly. One of the most prolific storytellers ever to grace the floor. This fashion forward trailblazer sketched his name in ballroom in history. This dramatic BQUID performer will definitely make you GAG! (In a good way)
1. Felix J. Barrera
Known as Legendary Chloe Prodigy this steamy guy was a new standard. His vogue in and out of drag was a clean, dramatic, soft, cunt adventure. Making a statement city to city for his region, he like Alanah was another trailblazer. Aside from his beautiful to dashing good looks. Felix is an amazing make up artist that can bring out the best in you. This hot BQUID performer will definitely make you GAG! (In a good way)
It means butch queen up in drag. In the ballroom scene there is a category specific for butch queen up in drag performers. Guys like our king’s mentioned along with others like Legendary Tiny West, Makayla Lanvin, Legends Becky Revlon and Chi Chi Prodigy, Xapariis Ebony, and many more Cultivated this category and made it an essential part of ball culture. So who will we talk about in Part 2? Well you’ll just have to wait. But here’s a hint ” DRAMA” !
Catch another Drags Vogue ruler Makayla Lanvin on the new HBO Max series “LEGENDARY” May 27th
When and why did you start ballroom? I joined Ballroom in 2013. I started as an event promoter with Banjee Ball and it was a few months after throwing my first couple Balls (which were very pre-school Ballroom) that I got bit by the vogue bug.
What does ballroom bring to your life? Community. Purpose. I’ve been a music artist for a very long time, and the music industry was always lacking something, which is why I kept searching. I found it in Ballroom.
Your greatest life accomplishment? In Life, creating my daughter. In Ballroom it was winning the 2017 Woman Voguer OTY in NY. The two are actually connected – I had set a goal post of winning a trophy in NY before getting pregnant. I had made my name traveling state to state walking OTA performance because at the time, other than in NY where all the Woman voguers resided, there were no Women’s performance categories. And I had some big wins. But when it came to NY, I was a last battle girl. I FINALLY won Grand Prize at the Ebony Ball in 2017 and got pregnant 4 days later. I was awarded Woman OTY the same week I announced my pregnancy.
What does the show Legendary mean to you? For me Legendary is about the stories that are getting told. The people of Ballroom have so much to share about Love and Loss.
If you could give the whole world one message today what would it be? Brand yourself. Figure out what it is that you LOVE to do and do it. And don’t get hung up on whether it makes you money or whether it manifests in the way you think it should manifest. If you are following your purpose the opportunities will surprise you.
How can we show you love? Wow, this is a hard question to answer. Letting me know that I belong in Ballroom as a cisgendered white woman.
Favorite Voguer: Starr Revlon Favorite Politician: Bernie Sanders Fruit or Veggies : Raspberries Favorite Movie : Desperately Seeking Susan A pet peeve: Liars Favorite song : Live to Tell by Madonna MJ or Prince: Prince A hidden talent: I’m a tap dancer!
Wright is a Grammy winning legendary soul and R&B singer, songwriter and backing vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with Numerous hits most notably the “Clean Up Woman” and R&B classics such as “Tonight Is the Night” and “No Pain, (No Gain)”.
She is also well know for her use of whistle register long before Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Chante Moore.
Not long ago iconic singer Chaka Khan sent a request for prayers for her Sister music.
She has worked with many artist of the years and most recently folks may remember her from vocal coaching on Making The Band, working with Lil Wayne or even her music that was sampled by Mary J Blige’s hit Real Love.