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  • 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.

  • 01:59

    The Biz With D: Interview with Tamia + Tyra B + The Husel

    in Music

    For six­time Grammy nominated singer­songwriter, Tamia, “Music is just a part of me and everything I do, every step that I take.” The Canadian­born vocal powerhouse has lived by that mantra for a career spanning over two decades and solidifying her as one of the most recognizable voices in R&B music. Tamia’s voice has become synonymous with the new definition of soul and spawned hits like ‘You Put A Move On My Heart’, ‘Stranger in My House’, Officially Missing You, ‘So Into You’ (later re­recorded with Fabolous in 2003), and the 2012 hit single ‘Beautiful Surprise’. 

  • 01:59

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ M'Prynt + Kenya

    in Music

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, MPrynt is a dynamic 4-member R&B group rooted in the rich, soulful musical tradition the City Brotherly Love is legendary for. Budda, Rael, Tyce & Faheem (collectively known as MPrynt) deliver contemporary melodies complimented by classic harmonies reminiscent of the great R&B groups that inspired them including Jackson 5, Mint Condition, New Edition, Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill and 112. Not only is MPrynt vocally gifted with each member interchangeably singing lead, but they also count songwriting and musicianship among their other talents. Tyce is masterful at playing the keys while Faheem is experienced on both the keys and guitar.


    The MPrynt crew ranges from ages 22-25. They offer a healthy dose of Philly swag and youthfulness blended with a maturity that gives them a genuine appreciation for the legacies of the mega R&B groups that preceded them. Each member of the group brings their own individual sense of style that adds a special flair to the MPrynt brand. From intimate open mic night performances in New York City to massive stages in front of thousands in their hometown, this group lives to entertain audiences eager for quality music.


    To the guys the name MPrynt isn’t just a name…it’s a statement that embodies the type of unique impression and powerful impact they want their music to leave on the world forever! MPrynt’s career is overseen by The Starr Island Group & is signed to production company Goooooooo!!! Music, LLC. headed by the industry’s most sought after producers Pop Wansel & Oak Felder. A firm that was founded by native Philadelphians, and has been instrumental in the success of internationally recognized music, radio and TV talent.

  • 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.

  • 02:27

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Bobby V & Lyfe Jennings (Season 3 Finale)

    in Music

    He’s had No. 1 singles, platinum and gold albums, has toured the world and has appeared on songs with Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, 50 Cents among many others.  Eight years into a remarkable solo career, Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) has experienced the best the music industry has to offer while working with some of the game’s elite.


    Lyfe Jennings is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano, which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer" Without prefabricated hype, glossy ad campaigns or sexed up videos, Lyfe’s message has become a phenomenon. He offers, “You can talk about something real and relevant and still get some record spins.” Lyfe has cemented that relationship with his live performances; ones that possess you with the spirit to share the lived-in truths learned first-hand from his relationships, betrayal and the streets.

  • 01:08

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Devon & Trinity Dawson

    in Music

    Pursuit, Passion, Purpose, Promise; four words that have shaped Trinity, making him the man he is today. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trinity grew up in church, coming from a family who shares a rich spiritual heritage of ministers, musicians and singers. It was upon this foundation Trinity was raised to know that God had a definite plan for his life; upon this foundation he dedicated his life to Christ, as his pursuit to discover and fulfill that plan began.


    As his quest for God’s purpose continued, all roads seemed to lead toward football. By age twelve, Trinity discovered he was gifted in that area. From the seventh grade through high school, he excelled on the field, resulting in a full scholarship to play Division 1 football for the University of Toledo, where he was the starting running back each year of his college career. Even after suffering a serious injury his junior year of college, Trinity left Toledo, ranking 3rd in the school’s history books for rushing yards. Surely this was his course; he believed continuing his football career as a professional athlete was his pathway to purpose. ESPN correspondents agreed; draft scouting reports confirmed; it was apparent, Trinity was NFL-bound. But suddenly, without warning, the door shut. Football was no longer an option and now a renewed search for self-disco

  • 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.


     

  • 01:43

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Demetria McKinney & Diamond Strawberry

    in Music

    Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as the stage. She is a gifted singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements. And she is a skillful songwriting who thoughtfully expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.


    Widely known for her role as “Janine Payne” on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom, Demetria can currently be seen on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” as the newest cast member. Mckinney also has reoccurring roles on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show” sitcom.


    Even though her acting career keeps her very busy, Demetria always makes time for her first love: music. Over the past few years she has recorded and performed with artists such as Musiq Soulchild and Anthony David. Demetria has also opened for Anthony David as well as such R&B mainstays as R. Kelly, Dwele and Tank.  Now, after spending time perfecting her craft and tapping fully into her musical voice, Demetria is set to release an EP – “Officially Yours” – to give music fans just a taste of what she has to offer.

  • 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 ...