• Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

    in Books

    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 02:08

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Tank + Melanie Amaro + 12 Til

    in Music

    Strength can often be found in the midst of struggle. It's in those moments of hardship that we fully understand who we are and what we're really capable of. Grammy Award-nominated R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Tank realized that in late 2012. While working on the TGT super group album, Three Kings, with Ginuwine and Tyrese, he simultaneously endured a string of revelatory personal shakeups.


    "Those were some trying times from a relationship standpoint," he admits. "We were finally getting TGT together, and I was going through it personally. Everything was happening all at once, and it was a lot to face. I went through this headache and heartbreak, but I emerged in a better place. That's when music started coming to me. I was initially trying to hide everything behind this heavy and intense 808 vibe, and I leaned towards my strengths instead. I started playing piano and drums again as well as adding live instruments. In the past, I've only made music in the middle of a storm or on my way into one. This was the first time I made music under sunshine. I've been blessed to have a great story and testimony now."


    Tank came out on the other side with that "story"—his sixth full-length solo album, Stronger [Atlantic Records]. In between releasing Three Kings and touring, he spent the better part of 2013 building his latest body of work. Whether he was on a plane, in hotel rooms, or at home in Los Angeles, he completely submersed himself in the creative process. Tank also found an inspiring collaborator in the iconic Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis [The Fugees, Shakira, Miguel]. While in Jerry's NYC studio one night, the pair simply clicked.

  • 01:38

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart & DJ Young Music

    in Music

    Born in Germany to Jamaican born and British raised parents, Natalie ‘The Floacist’ Stewart is a natural. The trained actress and slam champion poet, she made her stage debut at age three.  As a graduate of Richard Branson’s BRIT Performing Arts and Technology College where she earned the title of ‘Student of The Year.'  The Floacist later went on to invite her long time friend Marsha Ambrosius to perform at a poetry event that Natalie was headlining along side her renowned performance poetry group ‘3 Plus 1.'  That night, Floetry was born.  As the creative mastermind of Floetry, The Floacist acted as manager and PR agent.  She then managed to take her blossoming artistic venture from South London to Philadelphia and ultimately, to the World.  So, ??after five years of non-stop, sold out, touring and selling well over 1 million copies of three released albums and a live album DVD, Floetry moved on to solo ventures. ?


    The Floacist's third album 'RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid was released on March 18th 2014. RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid has been inspired, as always, by my personal walk and journey through the pages of the day to day parable that is my life! RISE is a compilation of a few songs that I wrote in 2006/7, at the point of the end of Floetry, that I didn't have the opportunity to share but have now reworked and finally am delighted to present to my audience, as well as a few completely new songs that I manifested in 2013, and I have also converted some of my favorite spoken word pieces into the Floetic ethos of song structure.


     

  • 01:26

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Mario Barrett

    in Music

    Multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated Singer & Actor Mario launches his long-awaited single, "Fireball,” which will be gifted to his fans as a free download for what Mario calls "their genuine support while I transitioned into the artist and businessman I was meant to be.”   His new single, “Fireball,” is a self-described song “for the turn up.”  Mario states “I will also release other songs from this project which will appeal to my highly diverse following.”


    Mario kicks off his "Fireball Tour" Grammy Weekend and will continue throughout the U.S. until early April 2015.  This tour will give him an opportunity to share his personal and professional evolution with his loyal fans. 


    The well-known singer of "Let Me Love You,” and other hits, has also been instrumental in the launch of a digital entertainment company, Rivers Media Group (RMG).  RMG is an innovative digital solution to connect consumers with music & entertainers.  His new label is made up of a powerhouse team dedicated to streamlining the process of bringing artists from the development stage to the main stage while giving them the opportunity to bring all of their creative ideas and energy to a project. "I've always been a much broader artist than I've been portrayed.  I honestly had little to no control over what the world heard or saw from me before now.   I am energized by this new way of working (with RMG) and my fans will feel that energy in my new music.  I’m committed to helping other artists as well.” says Mario.


     

  • 01:40

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Ceaser & Dutchess (Black Ink Crew) + TK-N-Cash

    in Music

    Ceaser is the owner of Black Ink. Since he first acquired Black Ink in 2011, Ceaser has continued to expand his business and has worked on turning Black Ink into a brand. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ceaser struggled between the pull of the streets, and his passion for artwork. When his daughter, Cheyenne, was born, Ceaser decided that he wanted a better life for his daughter. Opening Black Ink changed Ceaser’s life forever. Now, Ceaser struggles to find the balance between running Harlem's only black-owned tattoo shop, his on-again/off-again relationship with Dutchess, and the drama that lives between the walls of his shop.Though his friends call Ceaser an "asshole" (he even has it tattooed on him), underneath the tough exterior is a guy with a big heart who knows how to keep it real.


    Dutchess is the only female tattoo artist at Black Ink, but that doesn’t keep her from being a force to reckon with. Dutchess is a Southern Belle from Lincolnton, North Carolina. She graduated at the top of her class and went on to receive a degree in Business Management. Whether it was her business skills or her eye for art, this sexy and powerful woman has had a hold on Ceaser’s heart from the beginning. Dutchess, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, has had her up and downs with not only Ceaser, but with the other crew as well. However one thing's for sure…whether it comes to modeling gigs or to tattooing celebrity clientele, Dutchess makes sure that all eyes are certainly on her.


     

  • 01:58

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Case + Tracey Lee

    in Music

    Born Case Woodard, R&B star Case inherited his musical gifts from his father who was once a member of 70’s funk band Cameo. The oldest sibling of 3, the New York native grew up in a strict household and although music was the bond that tied him and his father together, it would also tear them apart. Case’s solo career took off in 1996 with the release of "Touch Me, Tease Me" (with rapper Foxy Brown and R&B singer Mary J. Blige) from The Nutty Professor soundtrack, going gold and reaching #4 on the R&B charts and #63 on the Hot 100. His self-titled debut Case soon followed along with the minor R&B hit singles "More to Love" and "I Gotcha." Case followed the success of his first album with the release of Personal Conversation in 1999. The album featured the hits "Happily Ever After" (which reached #3 on the R&B charts and #15 on the Hot 100) and "Faded Pictures," (released April 20, 1999), which featured R&B singer Joe and reached #3 on the R&B charts and #10 on the Hot 100. "Happily Ever After" featured Beyoncé in the video as Case's love interest. The album's third single, "Think of You" managed to only reach #50 on the R&B charts and Personal Conversation achieved platinum status.


     


    In 1997, the lyrics to Tracey Lee’s smash, The Theme (It’s Party Time) could be heard in every club from the east to west coast, and Tracey could be seen on national television shows such as BET Rap City: The Basement, HBO’s ARLI$$ and more. From the success of a popular single, there can be ups and downs, as Tracey found out shortly after the release of his first album, Many Facez. Now, let’s start from the beginning ...

  • 01:53

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Raheem Devaughn + Bryshere Gray + Wash

    in Music

    Three-time Grammy nominated 368 Music Group/Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) recording artist Raheem DeVaughn is proud to announce that he will be joining the The Intimate Truth Tour alongside fellow R&B peers Ledisi and Leela James. The new tour will coincide with the release of his highly anticipated album, Love, Sex, & Passion, which features the buzzworthy hit single, "Queen". Love, Sex & Passion will be released on February 10, 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 


     
    R&B singer, Wash—born, Ronald Washington Jr.—is set to make his Aye Girl/Interscope Records debut with the release of his single, “Can’t Trust Thots” featuring French Montana. Influenced by the gritty reality of his Port Arthur, TX upbringing as well as his gospel roots, Wash’s sound is contemporary, yet soulful; a mixture which caught the attention of songwriter/producer Chef Tone (Justin Bieber/Trey Songz/Drake). Armed with both personality and musicality—vocals, piano, drums and saxophone— Wash’s journey will be nothing short of dynamic.


     

  • 02:00

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Tahj Mowry + Roosh Williams

    in Music

    Tahj Mowry is the true definition of a triple threat: an accomplished actor, singer, and dancer who has worked with the entertainment industry’s top studios, musicians, and talent. At an early age, Tahj discovered his love of music and performing, proving to be a natural in the spotlight.


    Music has always been a passion for Mowry and he is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut album. Mowry refers to his music as “Future Funk”, a futuristic funk/soul sound with electronic and alternative undertones.


    When it comes to genre, Tahj blurs the lines between pop & rock while simultaneously fusing together the purest elements of soul. The sound is reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz, all of whom Tahj credits as inspiration. These influences are especially evident on his first single “Walker,” which is dripping with harmonies and lyrics that would make the biggest performers of the 80’s proud. A gifted dancer, Tahj has performed in numerous music videos for stars such as Michael Jackson, Prince, and Mariah Carey. Under Debbie Allen’s choreography, Tahj also danced for three consecutive years on the live television broadcast of the Grammys and appeared as Oliver Twist in the musical “Twist.”

  • 02:15

    The Biz With D: David Duane 21st Birthday Celebration

    in Music

    CEO | Recording Artist | Celebrity Interviewer - David Duane started his career in the entertainment industry at the age of six years old, where he studied Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Tap dance. Then at the age of fifteen years old David knew that it was time to focus on another dream of his. Working with artist such as Danity Kane: Dawn Richard, Diddy-Dirty Money: Kalenna, Day 26, and Vonzell Solomon; which has helped him gain knowledge of the entertainment industry and become a successful entertainer.  As a solo artist, David started working with major and independent musicians to help them build their careers.



    After graduating military high school, David embarked on this career as a recording artist. In the fall of 2012, David released his debut EP, “Fierce Wings: 1st Time Coming” to all online media stores on Tuesday, September 4th 2012. The EP features eleven tracks. Currently, David is working an new EP titled, "Harsh Reality,"which set for a 2014 release. His debut album, "Fierce Wings: His Story" will follow after shortly. He also is shutting down the world of media and radio with his unstoppable Internet radio station, "My Fierce Wings Radio", founded in the winter of 2012. 

  • 01:58

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Ricky Dillard & Emanny

    in Music

    Ricky Dillard’s recording career began was catapulted in 1989 when his New Generation Chorale won the McDonald’s Chicagoland Choir Competition. Shortly thereafter, Ricky Dillard and New G recorded their debut album The Promise, which garnered a Grammy nomination and a GMWA Excellence Award.  Dillard then worked with  Patti LaBelle and Albertina Walker for a PBS television special that opened the door for him to lead the choirs for the 1992 film Leap of Faith starring Steve Martin and the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit starring Whoopi Goldberg.  By 2003, Ricky Dillard was the choir director for and featured in The Fighting Temptations starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. 


     


    Ricky Dillard and New G have released several instantly classic albums including Worked It Out (1996), No Limit (2000), The 7th Episode (2007), Keep Living (2011) and, finally Amazing (2014). Each album builds creatively and inspirationally on the other to cement the New G sound: high octane vocals that bring life to every word of every lyric, with pure vertical praise and worship elements as well as shed-busting urban Gospel heft. The recordings of Ricky Dillard & New G have earned four Stellar Gospel Music Awards and three Grammy Award nominations.

  • 01:10

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Anthony Lewis

    in Music

    It’s almost as though Anthony Lewis love for music is ingrained in him; his love of art, somewhat hereditary. His parents were stage performers who could both sing and act. And it is apparent that neither the rhythm, nor the beat, missed Lewis.


    Born in Los Angeles, CA, Lewis first realized his vocal potential at age 6. Though he shared his talent in church, singing remained a personal hobby until he and his sister took to YouTube. As interest piqued among viewers, so did Lewis’ desire to pursue his gift. And his strides are apparent. While singing for producer Donnie Scantz, he impressed industry veteran, Garnett March, and was soon signed to The Chemists. The rest is history-in-the-making as he prepares his debut album and single. With influences ranging from Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson, Lewis wants his sound and content to reflect his reality. By delving into and remaining true to his experiences as a teen, he hopes to create timeless music. And it’s exactly what he is meant to do.

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