[New Music Tuesday] SYLEENA JOHNSON Keeps Soul Alive w/ CHAPTER 6: Couples Therapy

Yes, this R&B Diva is back and better than ever! There’s something distinctively rich about Syleena Johnson’s voice. You can tell, this thing she does with these notes are truly God’s gift. I had a chance to chat with the soul crooner last month for her private listening party, held in LA and was blown away by the passionate conviction of

CHAPTER 6: Couples Therapy.

Available Now on iTunes:  Chapter 6: Couples Therapy
Available Now on iTunes:
Chapter 6: Couples Therapy

Stemming from communication battles in her own marriage, Syleena took to the pen and pad to express the hardships and rewards of being in a committed relationship.

“My husband and I recently realized we have some communication issues…so we took to therapy last year around September, and then just recently they asked us to do Marriage Bootcamp on WeTV, so we just filmed that which was amazing for our marriage.” via AllHipHop.com. 

On the album, you’ll find a track called ‘Silence’, which is a relationship record. It’s a plea from a woman ‘s perspective, asking how to salvage it? With lyrics beginning the track…“There’s so much noise in this silence…” Mirroring the pain in the relationship.

in, “Perfectly Worthless”, Syleena takes on a character who contemplates murder and suicide. Here the couple had been together since college.  She got pregnant and gave birth to a still born . The couple’s relationship struggled because of the devastation. They decide to go see a therapist and the unthinkable happens…The husband ends up cheating with the therapist and has a baby with her…You can see the story unfold in the video above.  “It was real Kettle One, straight vodka. I really wanted to be in this character.”, says Syleena.

Syleena gets interactive @ her private listening party in LA.
Syleena gets interactive @ her private listening party in LA.

Don’t get me wrong now, Chapter 6: Couples Therapy has some sexy, sultry bangas too. How else do you think you’re going to keep that bond growing strong 🙂

“…I like little nasty songs…it comes from growing up with Prince.” The diva mentions during the right before the playback…OKAAAY!

With song like “My Love”and “Boom”, this is just in time for booed up season!!!

+“No Beginners”, featuring Willie Taylor from Day 26, was originally written for the King of Soul R. Kelly. And, trust when I say, the track isn’t missing him at all.  NO SHADE,  but Syleena had to respectfully decline, using the Sarah Palin “Thanks but no thanks”, when referring to The Astronauts deal. Stating, “Every single I had was his (Robert Kelly’s). Possibly even overshadowed by his celebrity. But, Syleena expressed that she will always love them, (R. Kelly/Wayne Williams). “However, we’re all growing and not necessarily in the same direction, nor needed for our projects to do well. “

Syleena posts me portraying one of my favorite songs from Chapter 6 on her Instagram..."MY LOVE"
Syleena posts me portraying one of my favorite songs from Chapter 6 on her Instagram…”MY LOVE”

I can’t scream it anymore…YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ALBUM NOW!!! Soul music lovers have been begging for a record like this, and now we have it! I admire Syleena’s tenacity and determination to do it on her own terms! For those of you, who didn’t know…CHAPTER 6: Couples Therapy isn’t just her 11th release, it’s her 1st Soundtrack to the MOVIE…Titled “Couples Therapy”!!! Yes indeed she’s a BOSS!!!

Check back here on where you can see it soon!!!

@ThejasmineBrand & other attendees rock out & tweet live from the LA listening party!
@ThejasmineBrand & other attendees rock out & tweet live from the LA listening party!

Order Your Copy of Chapter 6: Couples Therapy NOW!!! [Click Here]

Syleena & Lady Scribe doin it for the gram :)
Syleena & Lady Scribe doin it for the gram 🙂

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FOOTBALL & PHILANTHROPY w/ MARCUS TRUFANT, EARL THOMAS, MICHAEL JOHNSON & MATT LEINART

Who knew the Summer of 2014 would be filled with Football and Philanthropy? Well, apparently most NFL fans knew, because these pro-athletes have been giving back to their communities for years.

You would think during the off season, they would frolic to warm weather vacation destinations, b-lining away from news crews and media, however that is not the case and I have proof 🙂

MARCUS TRUFANT | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | TRUFANT FAMILY FOUNDATION

Marcus Trufant takes the time to sign autographs w/ his young fans at his 1st Annual Football Jamboree.
Marcus Trufant takes the time to sign autographs w/ his young fans at his 1st Annual Youth Football Jamboree.

Trufant Family  Foundation’s Mission:

To help make dreams come true for disadvantaged youth and their families and to  build a personal connection and involvement with individuals and community programs that provide service to people who are most in need.

Seattle Seahawks' Marcus Trufant, left, is embraced by his mother, Constance Trufant, as she presented him with an award from the Trufant Family Foundation at a news conference announcing his retirement from football after signing with the team a day earlier, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Renton, Wash. Trufant started 125 games in a Seattle career that lasted from 2003 to 2012. The cornerback was a first-round pick in 2003 out of Washington State and immediately moved into the starting lineup, playing a key role on the 2005 team that advanced to the franchise’s first Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Marcus Trufant, left, is embraced by his mother, Constance Trufant, as she presented him with an award from the Trufant Family Foundation at a news conference announcing his retirement from football after signing with the team a day earlier, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Renton, Wash. Trufant started 125 games in a Seattle career that lasted from 2003 to 2012. The cornerback was a first-round pick in 2003 out of Washington State and immediately moved into the starting lineup, playing a key role on the 2005 team that advanced to the franchise’s first Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

We focus our energies in three major areas to help improve the quality of life for children  which include: College Scholarships, Youth CampExperience Programs and Fitness Programs for Children and Adults.

Marcus Trufant receiving the 2014 #SSMAs Honoree Award for Community Contribution. Featured here w/ Lady Scribe.
Marcus Trufant receiving the 2014 #SSMAs Honoree Award for Community Contribution. Featured here w/ Lady Scribe.

We support specific community programs, such as; the Boys and Girls Clubs, Hearts for Kids, Sickle Cell Camp, Communities In School, The Salvation Army and more.

EARL THOMAS, III | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | GUARDIAN ANGEL FOUNDATION

Earl Thomas, III hands on w/ his foundation's bike giveaway in his hometown of Orange, TX.
Earl Thomas, III hands on w/ his foundation’s bike giveaway in his hometown of Orange, TX.

Earl Thomas, III picks out the next bicycle to be given away to a child during his foundation’s bike giveaway over the Summer. Sixty bicycles were given to children by the Earl Thomas III Guardian Angel Foundation at Sixth Street Community Church in Orange, TX.

Growing up, Earl Thomas was lucky enough to have a strong, supportive family around him, but his life was not without hardship. His beginnings were humble and fraught with adversity, culminating with the loss of the family home in Orange, Texas, during Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Earl knows what it is to go without, which is why it remains so crucially important to him to give back to others.

We all know what that smile means :) #LookAtMeNow This is what giving back is all about!!!
We all know what that smile means 🙂 #LookAtMeNow This is what giving back is all about!!!

In addition to various NFL-oriented community service activities like Play 60, Earl carries out a series of yearly efforts to help those who are less fortunate get back on their feet. His work annually includes a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, Winter Coat Drive, and a Free Summer Football Camp for children in the town where he grew up.

MICHAEL JOHNSON | TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS | MJ93 FOUNDATION

Michael Johnson heading up his annual Fun Fest w/ The NFL and Michael Johnson Youth Football & Cheer Camp.
Michael Johnson heading up his annual Fun Fest w/ The NFL and Michael Johnson Youth Football & Cheer Camp.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Defensive End #90 Michael Johnson recently welcomed over 250 campers and a couple dozen of coaches to his 5th Annual Michael Johnson Youth Football & Cheer Camp and family-friendly Fun Fest with the NFL in his hometown of Selma, Alabama!
Fun Fest attendees enjoyed interactive games, music, food, and entertainment including a wing eating contest sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Celebrity and NFL Athlete Autographs and Photos as well as Special Meet and Greets with MTV star Coleysia Chestnut, 3D The Boss, Dr. Rondrick Williamson and mini make overs by We TV “LA Hair” star China Upshaw.
On the following day, football campers were taught basic football fundamentals while the cheer and dance campers learned basic cheer, dance and twirl routines and at half time all guests were treated to a live performance by pop trio  3D the Boss!
Michael Johnson here w/ Publicist Trea Davenport of Tre Day PR and LA Hair's China Upshaw.
Michael Johnson here w/ Publicist Trea Davenport of Trea Day PR and LA Hair’s China Upshaw.

 On Tuesday, June 15, 2014, Johnson raised funds for MJ93 at the second annual Beauty and the Beast Swag Lounge pre-ESPY day party in L.A. presented by Trea Day Management and Publicity in conjunction with BMB Entertainment. The event was sponsored by Myx Fusions, LPL financial, Euphoric Treasures, Hula Girl, God Can and Marani Vodka. A-list guests, athletes and celebrities contributed to the fundraising by donating hundreds of dollars toward the cause. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson has always had a heart for children and aspired to make a difference in children’s lives. When he was a youngster, Johnson often times gave to children less fortunate than he. A burning passion for helping those in need coupled with the desire to help children succeed were the driving forces that lead Johnson to create MJ93 as an NFL rookie, an organization that supports and encourages the education, mentorship, health and fitness of children.

The event was a major success and will allow MJ93 to continue to host their annual football and cheer camp, allow students to attend the MJ93 computer certificate program and to continue the Let’s Move Initiative launched by first lady Michelle Obama in an attempt to combat childhood obesity.

MATT LEINART | BUFFALO BILLS | THE MATT LEINART FOUNDATION 

Matt Leinart's Celebrity Bowl. Annual Fundraiser for LA's Underserved Youth.
Matt Leinart’s Celebrity Bowl. Annual Fundraiser for LA’s Underserved Youth.
We are committed to granting resources & opportunities to support disadvantage youth through learning centers, sports activities & granting wishes: to build character development, & help each child maximize academic & personal achievement.
Here are some of the items listed for the Matt Leinart Foundation's Silent Auction.
Here are some of the items listed for the Matt Leinart Foundation’s Silent Auction.
Mission

The Matt Leinart Foundation is committed to granting resources and opportunities to support disadvantage youth through learning centers, sports activities and granting wishes: to build character development, and help each child maximize academic and personal achievement.

Lady Scribe of SRE Media Group here w/ Matt Leinart at his 2014 Annual Celebrity Bowl in Los Angeles.
Lady Scribe of SRE Media Group here w/ Matt Leinart at his 2014 Annual Celebrity Bowl in Los Angeles.
Because Children are our Future…..

The Matt Leinart Foundation is a California 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization designed to provide opportunities to children who would normally not receive them. The children may come from financially and/or socially disadvantaged areas, or may have permanent physical and /or mental disabilities. Among other charities, the Foundation supports the Banner’s Children’s Hospital in Phoenix; Los Angeles’ Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times; and Phoenix, Arizona based charity, Vested Interest.

Matt Leinart w/ Pete Carroll at USC.
Matt Leinart w/ Pete Carroll at USC.

 This has been an incredible summer to say the least. I’ve had the opportunity to meet w/ these pro-ballers and it’s clear that their commitment  surpasses the game. They have my utmost respect.

Understand you don’t have to be a celebrity to give back to your community, youth or your favorite charity. Check out their foundations below and make your contribution today!!!

Many Blessing!

#NFL #SEASONOPENER 

Trufant Family Foundation | A Dream is a Path to The Future

Earl Thomas, III’s Guardian Angels Foundation | “This is not about me or my teammates, it’s about the kids”

MJ93 | Michael Johnson Vision for Success

Matt Leinart Foundation | Because Children Are OUR Future

Many Blessings!!!

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SRE Media Group Announces NEW CLIENTs: @WhoIsParker x @ThaRealSK19 |#HIPHOPISBACK

In today’s music,  you can’t tell Hip Hop from EDM and Pop Soul these days. Not taking away from these electronic pulse seekers, but some of us crave the deep 808, head-banging, lyrical mind bending journeys, emcees have been known to take their listeners on for decades.

This NEW MUSIC TUESDAY, I am happy to introduce you to SRE Media Group’s new clients:

Under Management | @WHOISPARKER:

@WhoIsParker | Bio
@WhoIsParker | Bio

@WhoIsParker Official Website 

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Publicity/PR | @THAREALSK19:

@THAREALSK19 "Kardinal Rule" Now on iTunes
@THAREALSK19 “Kardinal Rule” Now on iTunes

Born in Las Vegas, SK 1-9 fell in love w/ the city lights, 24 hour hustle, and both the celebrity and high roller lifestyle. Later on in his childhood he moved to a small town in Louisiana called Newellton, where he was brought up listening to Melodic Blues Rhythms and the Dixie Sounds of New Orleans.

As a teen, SK 1-9 moved back to Las Vegas, and then California, and that’s where he found his passion for music. Listening to the heavy street anthems of NWA, Eazy E, and Tupac. SK 1-9 found that rap music was a way to speak out against social ills, and that it kept true to the pulse of the Black Community and their intense relationship with the police.

SK 1-9 used rap music to express himself. He was immediately signed to a production company, while struggling in the belly of the streets. The deal eventually fell through, and SK 1-9 found himself hustling on the streets to survive. Then he moved to Hawaii with his brother, who was in the military. In Hawaii, SK 1-9 worked harder on his music. Performing before large crowds on the island.

After spending a few years in Hawaii, SK 1-9 decided to take his talents to hip hop’s mecca New York City. Where he now resides.

In 2010, he released the “War Baby” mixtape and distributed it in the markets he lived in. It did extremely well with sales for an independent project of it’s kind. In 2012, SK1-9 dropped the street album “Blood On My Sleeves” and it’s still charting well on Reverbnation.com. And, now in 2014, SK 1-9 released the highly anticipated “KARDINAL RULE” available now on iTunes.

SK 1-9’s music is relative to his cultural experiences. Having the opportunity to live in different regions, that hold distinctive music genres, these experiences give him a broad stroke on rap music, by blending sounds from these markets, mixed with lyrical concept and meaning.

Just like the SK rifle, he spits lyrics with a rapid fire. Inspired by artists like TupacDMX,and Lil Boosie, SK 1-9’s aim is to bring back the rebel minded spirit in rap/hip hop music. Something that will Educate and Energize the Youth and Music Lovers Abroad!

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business, an independent artist, a large firm or a major superstar, we give ALL of our clients our utmost respect and attention. We are NOT the agency that will tell you many yeses and just what you want to hear. We pride ourselves with integrity and lend our constructive criticism when needed.

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Seattle Indie Emerges at The Seattle Sound Music Awards #SSMAs 8/9

#SSMAs | 8/9 at Seattle’s Historic Columbia City Theater

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It’s been along time coming for Seattle Independent Musicians. Primarily for those who master the urban culture of R&B and Hip Hop. Taking a back seat to the Seattle Sound known worldwide as “Grunge” or “Alternative”, The Seattle Sound Music Awards (#SSMAs) provides a platform for Soul and Rap Artists reigning for the Pacific Northwest.

Join Us SATURDAY 8/9 for the 2014 #SSMAs !!! #ImSoSeattle
Join Us SATURDAY 8/9 for the 2014 #SSMAs !!! #ImSoSeattle

Join us as we honor contributors to the Arts and Culture community of Seattle. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the historic Columbia City Theater .  An exclusive Press Reception for Nominees, Honorees and VIPs kicks off at 6:00 PM and the Awards Ceremony starts at 8:00 PM. Advance tickets are available online at www.SEATTLESOUNDMUSICAWARDS.com. NOTE: This is a BLACK TIE AFFAIR.

Here are our NOMINEES & HONOREES:

2014 #SSMAs Community Contribution Honorees

Marcus Trufant | Greg Lewis | Shawn Kemp

Hip Hop Oscars/Rap (Male) – 

Raz Simone | Da Big Dime | The Physics | Parker | Black Stax

Honoree – Sol 

Hip Hop Oscars/Rap (Female) – 

Lady P | SynSay | Gifted Gab | Jus J | Julie C

Honoree – Blacc Sapphire

808 Award/Best Producer –  

Jake One | Vitamin D | Beezie 2000 | Mike Wingo | JC Flow

Honoree – Tha Bizness (Dow, Henny & Kuddie)

Board Beast/Best Engineer – 

DJ Phinisey | Jakael Tristram | Kip Beelman | DJ Roc’Phella |Justin Armstrong

Honoree – Kevin Gardner

2014 Soundbite/Best Studio –

Platinum Reign | Beezie 2000 Productions |Electrokitty Studios | Undercaste Studios | Bad Animals Studios

Best Female Vocalist – 

Tiffany Wilson | Mary Lambert | Dice | Heather Gin | Jennifer Newberry

Honoree – Choklate

Best Male Vocalist – 

JD Smoove | Rocky Sandoval | Blakk Soul Music | Kalieb Nash | Mycle Wastman

Honoree – Ray Dalton 

Mix Master Award/Best DJ – 

DJ Swervewon | DJ Don Gee | DJ Equis | DJ Doxx | DJ Iceman

Honoree – DJ B Mello

Album/Mixtape of The Year – 

Prano Tha Don ” Salute The Real” | J Pinder “Careless” | Raz Simone “Cognitive Dissonance”| J-Key “Who’s Looking” | Braggy “Bragging Rights”

Buzz City/Best Media Outlet – 

Juice Radio/Fresh Juice | The Justified Juice | Shigg Says Radio | Girl E Time TV | The Weekly Volcano

Honoree – The Stranger

Pen Me/Best Songwriter –  

Tobias The Owl | Clem Rishad | Grynch | Ronnue | Reji Lefluer

Best Band/The Backline Award – 

 Goodie Bagg | Ancient Robotz | Triple Treat | CT Thompson | Klyntel

Blacktop Award/Best Promoter – 

 G Prez of Presidential Media | Jamar Jones of First Class Ent | Taniko of Triple R Entertainment | Greg of Money Team Music Group | Marlon Turner of Urbel Seattle

Honoree – Steve O of Ocean Records 

House of Hip Hop & RnB/Best Venue – 

Showbox |Columbia City Theater | Studio SevenClub Sur | Tia Lous

Be apart of this unprecedented event! Find Complete Details @ www.SEATTLESOUNDMUSICAWARDS.com !!!

#SSMAs2014

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Seattle Indie Raise Their Voice Against Violent Crimes #CEASEFIRESeattle

BrownaLe at #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
BrownaLe at #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the residents of Seattle-Tacoma. Everyday we hear multiple reports of shootings, stabbings, murders and more. It’s hard to feel empowered during these times, yet the two cities have managed to come together to raise their voices against violent crimes.

BrownaLe Rocks Against Violence for #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
BrownaLe Rocks Against Violence for #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

On Sunday, May 25th, #CEASEFIRESeattle honored not only military fallen soldiers, but those who have fallen due to senseless deaths in our streets as well. Joined by Community Members, Civil Rights Activists and Indie Artists willing to spend their holiday weekend bringing awareness to a much needed conversation. How do you take your streets back? Some say by occupying them. And, therefore we did just that!!!

Tacoma's Peeriodic Table  Jams for Justice! #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
Tacoma’s Peeriodic Table Jams for Justice! #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

Columbia City Theater was filled with the positively energetic and conscious mind. Ready to set the stage in remembrance and dedication to getting active in our underserved communities. Outreaching to high risk youth and supplementing Summer Programming to engage the idle spirit.

Sir. Jesse Hunter asks, " Would you cross the street if you see me?" #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
Sir. Jesse Hunter asks, ” Would you cross the street if you see me?” #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

A sincere thanks to #SSMAsFoundation, Greater Friendship Baptist Church, SRE Media Group, Charko Hunter, Sir. Jesse Hunter, Eddie Rye, Jr., DJ Understanding, Rozzvile, B Cole, Prano Tha Don, Mr. Benjamin, Heather Gin, Peeriodic Table, Reji Lefluer, Da_Vid, B Queen, Prep, Just J, Priest Masterson and BrownaLe.

Mr. Eddie Rye, Jr. of Urban Forum Nothwest | #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
Mr. Eddie Rye, Jr. of Urban Forum Nothwest | #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

Your commitment to our community’s mission to STOP THE VIOLENCE is tremendous and will not go unnoticed!!!

@FlyBeUnique, @HeatherGin & @RejiLefluer Raise Their Voice Against Violent Crimes!!!
@FlyBeUnique, @HeatherGin & @RejiLefluer Raise Their Voice Against Violent Crimes!!!

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Just J, BrownaLe, Prano Tha Don, Childsplay Kidd & B Cole | #CEASEFIRESeattle2014
Just J, BrownaLe, Prano Tha Don, Childsplay Kidd & B Cole | #CEASEFIRESeattle2014

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[New Music Tuesday] Get to Know R&B/Pop Princess HEATHER GIN

 

Heather Gin Releases NEW Album 'Passion'
Heather Gin Releases NEW Album ‘Passion’

Just getting started a little over 3 years ago, the lovely Heather Gin is no beginner when it comes to making music. Quiet as it’s kept, she started playing piano at the age of 4 and can play the guitar and flute as well.

Heather Gin Performing Live at Seattle's Barboza
Heather Gin Performing Live at Seattle’s Barboza

I had the opportunity to attend Heather’s album release party last month at Seattle’s Barboza Night Club in Capitol Hill and was pleasantly surprised w/ the indie movement. The venue was filled w/ 206 pioneers in the indie scene and highly energetic music lovers. The Pop Princess came out blazing w/ a live band supporting her every move. “Smooth” and “Sultry” are just a few words off top that describe her delivery. But, don’t get me wrong, Heather turns it up w/ tracks like ” Jump” and “Can’t Enough”.

Heather Gin Getting Warmed Up at her PASSION Album Release
Heather Gin Getting Warmed Up at her PASSION Album Release
We had to ask Miss Gin a few questions about her music career, here’s her responses:
How old were you when you first knew you wanted to sing? This was Heather’s response: 
 
When I was around 14 years old when I sang in church as the youth group praise leader, I really started getting into singing and playing guitar.  I formed an all-girl band at school with fellow classmates playing guitar and singing. We would hang out and write our own songs and learn how to play popular songs from our favorite bands. We got to perform at school functions and parties and had a lot of fun.  I was also involved with the school band, marching band, jazz band, and choir.  I don’t think I could have been any more involved with music than I was growing up. At home I continued taking private piano lessons, performing at several concerts, recitals, competitions, and went through strenuous training, passing all 10 levels of OMTA (Oregon Music Teachers Association) Piano Syllabus.  I had to practice a minimum of 7 hours a week every week and it took a lot of work and discipline.  Trust me, there were times I wanted to quit but my step-mom didn’t let me!  But I never thought about taking music any further than church or doing it as a hobby until late 2009 when I was exposed to the recording industry from my involvement with a start-up recording studio venture. My life changed after that and I was determined to learn everything about it and be involved, whether as an artist, writer, producer and/or engineer.
WE LOVE HEATHER GIN!!!
WE LOVE HEATHER GIN!!!
Has your family been supportive during your career? 
Not much, my dad and step-mom have very conservative Christian views and would never approve of any music that wasn’t Christian. My mom and all of my siblings are outside of Washington State, as far as Atlanta and Washington D.C., so they don’t really follow what I’m doing too closely, other than liking a post on social media related to music.  However, growing up as a child under my parents’ roof, they did financially support me through 12 years of private piano lessons. I consider that a blessing and will always be grateful for that. Piano was the grassroots of my music career and nobody can take that away from me. 
Heather Gin w/ Sir. Jesse of SRE Media Group
Heather Gin w/ Sir. Jesse of SRE Media Group
Have you come across any cultural barriers?  
Well, like I just mentioned, religious cultural barriers is something that prevents me from gaining support from my parents or sharing the joys of my success in my music career, but the biggest barrier between my parents (and when I say parents, I’m referring to my dad and step-mom who raised me), is the generation gap between our different cultures. They’re first generation Korean-Americans, so being 2nd generation, I’ve grown to be emotionally and mentally detached from a young age.  When I went off to college, they didn’t want me to pursue music anymore and to focus on my education, but music had always been a part of my life.  I was never able to let it go, so I ended up getting a double major in Sociology and Music to satisfy that need as well as continue being involved with music at my church. Other barriers I’ve encountered since I’ve been doing music, is related to being a female in the industry. People are so judgmental, and there’s a double standard between men and women. A man can be assertive and self-promoting, and I guess to sum it up, somewhat narcissistic when it comes to his music career and still be well-respected and likable for it.  This gives them advantage in the industry in many ways, including their art being more valued and praised and as a result, getting paid for it more often than not. Being a woman on the other hand, you sometimes get the opposite reactions for being assertive and self-promoting.  First off, my music and my art is often overlooked, and I’m either viewed as an object, or the even worse, told that I’m displaying actions of being an insecure woman, seeking validation, setting thirst traps with my image, or just trying too hard to impress people etc. when in fact, I’m just promoting myself as an artist, my image, my music, my art, my passion and having fun doing it. I think it’s a blessing to find your talents and purpose in life, so please don’t knock me for going all out and living out my dreams and doing the best that I can. I’m an independent, strong woman and not afraid to express myself and show my sexuality. I was even told once that I should remove all my photos from social media and only have a couple up so that nobody looks at my pictures anymore and just goes straight to the music. If I were a man, would someone be telling me this?  It’s unfair sometimes, but it is what it is.  It’s a complicated subject but gender barriers is something that we all face, no matter what profession.  I’m sure you can relate to what I’m saying, as a woman in the industry. Don’t get me wrong though, being female definitely has its pros too, but anyone that knows me or has worked with me, knows that I take this seriously and work hard at it. I wouldn’t change anything in the world and I love being a woman. People’s opinions don’t really matter much but I do listen to constructive criticism. I can filter out what’s helpful versus what’s hateful.
Heather Gin Gettin it In w/ Her Stylist @FlyBeUnique
Heather Gin Gettin it In w/ Her Stylist @FlyBeUnique

How has your experience been, being an artist in Seattle, WA? 

I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with some very talented producers early on in my career, such as Vitamin D and Kuddie Fresh, as well as talented artist collaborations with Neema, SPAC3MAN, and Romaro Franceswa.  But what really got my music jump started was that I was able to purchase a home studio and put together a production team with songwriter/producer Michael Kidd and recording/mix engineer, Kris Stiell.  We work very well together and produced nearly 70% of the tracks on my new album “Passion” from my home studio located right in my bedroom!  Overall,  it wasn’t that difficult for me to fit into the Seattle music scene, but I do realize that it takes time to win over people and gain a solid following. Since I’m fairly new to the scene, I know I still have a ways to go and need to put in a lot more ground work before my career can really take off.  In the meantime, I’m still working on me, my craft, honing my sound, gaining more exposure, networking and building my brand.

 What are the pros and cons of being an artist in the Pacific NW? 

Pros – the hip hop scene is a small-niche community and everyone who’s active either knows each other, or there’s only like one degree of separation between people.  People in the industry in general have showed me love early on, but I really think it’s because I came out with people like Vitamin D backing my production.  As a result, people were more curious and open to meeting me and seeing what I was about, and when they finally got to meet me, they realized that I’m down-to-earth and a genuine person.  Cons–I’m not exactly sure where I fit in with the local hip hop scene as a pop/rnb artist.  Perhaps I need to leave my current situation and hit different scenes, network outside of my circle, but it’s hard to meet new people and develop the trust I have with the current team I work with within the hip hop community.  To be more clear on the issue, I’ve been asked to perform at several rap shows, some a little too gangster for my style and image. I couldn’t even find any pop artists to open up for me at my album release party earlier this month so I had rappers open up instead, with the exception of Dice. Another issue that I’ve faced is that sometimes I feel that people outside of Seattle show more love—not the industry folks, but the listeners, crowd, fans in general. I’ve travelled to New York with my music and have gotten a lot more love and respect from random people than I have here in Seattle.  I’m not exactly sure what that means and it may be too early in my career to really understand it, but that has been my experience so far being an artist here.

PASSION Album Release Party at Seattle's Barboza
PASSION Album Release Party at Seattle’s Barboza

Do you write your own material? If not, who contributes? 

Both, I write my own and have co-written with Michael Kidd.

Tell us about your team…Who do you work w/ and why? 

I work with Vitamin D and Kris Stiell, and in the past Michael Kidd. I also work with a team based out on the East Coast called The Debonaire Group under Ryan Davis. I work with the people mentioned because they’re not only talented, but solid people to work with. You run across a lot of flaky inconsistent, unreliable people in this industry and can get burned left and right if you fall for the BS. Luckily, I came into the business with seasoned veterans schooling me in how the industry works, so I learned quick. Plus, being an independent woman, you learn to fend for yourself as it is and gain a sick intuition that protects you from making bad, costly decisions. A lot of woman and young girls come into the industry naive and desperate and that’s never a good look.  I’m not easily impressed or mislead by people who aren’t about what they say they are. I trust and respect the people I work with and feel blessed to have met them.  They’re like family now.

Heather Gin x Renowned Producer Vitamin D
Heather Gin x Renowned Producer Vitamin D

What are your plans for Summer/Fall 2014? 

Well since I just dropped my first full-length studio album “Passion” I’m focused on doing more shows and getting my name and music out there.  Last summer I spent a lot of time recording in a hot booth. This summer, I’m ready for some action want to work towards gaining more public exposure.

Any advice for an up and coming indie artist? 

Build yourself a solid dedicated reliable team that believes in you! From production to marketing, promotions, street team, graphic designer, PR, bloggers, etc. This is key to success–we can all learn a thing or two from how Macklemore made it.  I’m still working on filling the gaps within my team, including a publicist, but I’m assessing the situation and trying to figure out what the next move is in filling the gaps with the right people in order to move in the right direction. You also need to believe in yourself and never give up, despite the criticism that will come your way.  Last but not least, engage with your fans as best as you can. This is all stuff that I’m still working on too, so it’s not like I know everything or have it all together, but everything is a working progress and nothing happens overnight.

What can your fans look forward from you this coming year? 

In addition to doing more shows, I’ll be dropping new visuals off the album. We already wrote a music video treatment last week and are now in the process of working out the details, coming up with the budget, and coordinating dates to shoot.  I’m also currently working with Roc Nation producer, Jahlil Beats, on a new record. I’m really excited for this one—I can’t really say too much right now but doing my first record with a mainstream producer is a dream come true!

Had to get the selfie in at Heather Gin's Media Day :)
Had to get the selfie in at Heather Gin’s Media Day 🙂

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[EXCLUSIVE] Columbus Short Gets Fired for Real Life Scandal!

Columbus Short as Harrison on ABC hit show Scandal.
Columbus Short as Harrison on ABC hit show Scandal.

We are all wondering, if actor Columbus Short, took his work home w/ him??? Too bad we’ll never know. The ABC Scandal star, who’s character is the sharp shooter Harrison Wright, will not be returning to the show next season. It’s widely known that the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes, doesn’t play when it comes to bad press, and rumors heat up Hollywood, about Columbus being warned if he doesn’t “get it together”, he’d be fired. Well, after the much publicized bar fight, and now w/ his domestic violence battery charges, it seems to be too much to bare and the trigger has been pulled.

Our sexy Gladiator In A Suit is gone 😦 

Columbus w/ soon to be ex-wife
Columbus w/ soon to be ex-wife Tuere McCall-Short

Last Night,  ABC re-aired Behind the Scandalabra: Jimmy Interviews Shonda Rhimes, Creator of Scandal,and she gave up NOTHING when it came to talking about the future of actor Columbus as Harrison. I mean come on, we left him w/ a gun to his head, so no rocket scientist here, but I get it…HE’S DEAD!!! I can only imagine what he must be going through. Losing family and career at the same time, has to be devastating. The jury maybe out, but clearly the verdict has come in for Shondaland. Dayuuuuum, Columbus  brings a cool intensity to the series. And, he will be missed!!!

Jimmy Kimmel interviews Shonda Rhimes for a ABC Scandal Special
Jimmy Kimmel interviews Shonda Rhimes for a ABC Scandal Special

Check out his interview w/ Essence.com (below) where he tells all:

There will be no Harrison Wright when Scandal returns next season. Actor Columbus Short confirmed the news in a statement to ESSENCE.com today.

“At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today,” he wrote.

“I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it.” 

Short leaves the show amid domestic abuse allegations from his wife Tuere McCall-Short who recently filed for divorce and accused Short of threatening to kill her, and himself. McCall-Short filed a restraining order against the actor earlier this month. She is seeking sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter.

On the show’s season finale last week, Short’s character Harrison had a gun pointed to his head. And now we know his fate.

“Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas,” said Short. “I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful.”

Columbus w/ co-star Kerry Washington.
Columbus w/ co-star Kerry Washington.

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#EXCLUSIVE | Columbus Short drops NEW R&B Track “Gave Ya”

Hear it Here FIRST!!!

Be sure to #TWEET me and let me know what you think of his new song!!! Hit or MIss???

-Lady Scribe of SRE Media Group

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ABOUT TIME!!! LUPITA NYONG’O is People’s World’s MOST Beautiful

 

LUPITA NYONG'O IS PEOPLE'S WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL!!!
LUPITA NYONG’O IS PEOPLE’S WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL!!!

SHE BAD in the most fabulous way!!! Waking up to the best news ever!!! I am so proud of all of Lupita’s accomplishments, she is truly a blessing for Black Little Girls and Black Women EVERYWHERE!!! 

I know first hand, how hard it is growing up in a world, where White is right and Light Skin is the next best thing. In my life, I’ve dealt w/ not fitting in because of my skin color, being called nigger and more. But, I swear moments like this, make it all worth it.

My mother, Charko is the Founder of Charko’s Vocational Education School of Fashion & Fitness Agency…Seattle’s FIRST Black Modeling School. I heard the painful stories of her being told, she could never become a model, because she was “Too Black”, “Lips Too Full” and “Hips Too Big”, yet she was determined to make it happen. I have always admired her tenacity and strength. She stayed rockin that succulent Dark Chocolate Skin w/ so much confidence, I vowed to be just like her.

It’s crazy, you don’t set out to be a role model, it just happens 🙂

My Sis JazzyFaye (Left), Mom Dukes (Center) and Meeee (Right)
My Sis JazzyFaye (Left), Mom Dukes Charko (Center) and Meeee (Right)

PEOPLE you got it right this time!!!

Check out Lupita’s interview w/ People Magazine Here:

She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancôme Paris, but Lupita Nyong’o

“never dreamed” she would be touted as “Most Beautiful” for all the world to see. 

Best Supporting Actress (2014)
Best Supporting Actress (2014)



“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old says of gracing this year’s cover. And especially, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.” 

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, “always said I was beautiful,” Nyong’o adds. “And I finally believed her at some point.” 

As a teen, Nyong’o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. “It was very strange and very cold!” she says, laughing.

“It was scary but I like to dare myself.” 

Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.” 

JUST FAB!!!
JUST FAB!!!

Past covers have included, Halle Berry (1st Black Woman to become People’s Most Beautiful Woman), Beyonce and Denzel Washington.

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(1996)
(2003)
(2003)
(2012)
(2012)

I pray we don’t have to wait another decade 🙂 #BlessUp 

-Lady Scribe of SRE Media Group

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The Boondocks Returns TONIGHT on [adult swim]

The Boondocks Returns to Adult Swim TONIGHT!!!
The Boondocks Returns to Adult Swim TONIGHT!!!

THE WAIT IS OVER…THE BOONDOCKS IS BACK ON ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM !!!

The Boondocks is an edgy, in-your-face comedy brimming with stinging social commentary and biting satire. The groundbreaking animated series is voiced by Regina King as brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, John Witherspoon as Robert ‘Granddad’ Freeman, Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Gabby Soleil, and Jill Talley. In Season 3, guest characters are voiced by an eclectic mix of hip-hop artists, actors, and media personalities, including Bill Maher, Werner Herzog, Ed Asner, Billy Dee Williams, Star Jones, and Marion Ross.

Boondocks is Back Baybeeee!!!
Boondocks is Back Baybeeee!!!

 

Check out the official trailer here >>> (Click Here)

Be sure to tweet me and let us know what you thought of the show!!!

-Lady Scribe of SRE Media Group

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[New Movie Alert] A Haunted House 2 in Theaters TODAY!!! A MUST SEE!

A haunted House 2 | In Theaters TODAY!!!
A Haunted House 2 | In Theaters TODAY!!!

 

Marlon Wayans is at it again, scaring the #2 out of you!!! We had the pleasure of screening the movie last night and I promise you, it doesn’t let you down! From the opening scene to the closing credits, definitely a must see!!!

Now, don’t bring the kiddies, this is strictly for the mature! Pushing the limits of Rated R to say the least. But, I can’t lie…I like it 🙂

A Haunted House 2, opens today in theaters across the country. Perfect for date night fellas, it’s enough eyecandy to keep everyone’s eyes glued to the film 🙂

Run Time: 1hr 27min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Comedy/Horror‎
Director: Michel Tiddes –
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards,Steele Stebbins
Synopsis:
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, this is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines this film is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time…it’s not just the house that’s haunted! 

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Make sure to tweet me after you see it! I/we want to know what you think!!! Use hashtag #AHH2 & Your City | Example #AHH2Seattle

Seattle Showtimes:
600 Pine S., Seattle, WA
‎11:00am‎  ‎1:20‎  ‎3:35‎  ‎6:00‎  ‎8:20‎  ‎10:40pm‎
10006 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA
‎10:35am‎  ‎1:30‎  ‎4:25‎  ‎7:00‎  ‎7:45‎  ‎9:40‎  ‎10:15pm‎
700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA
‎12:35‎  ‎3:00‎  ‎5:30‎  ‎8:05‎  ‎10:25pm‎
900 North 10th Place, Renton, WA
‎11:35am‎  ‎2:15‎  ‎4:45‎  ‎7:10‎  ‎9:45pm‎
5910 South 180th Street, Tukwila, WA
‎12:40‎  ‎3:45‎  ‎7:45‎  ‎10:15pm‎
1200 156th Avenue N.E., Bellevue, WA
‎12:10‎  ‎2:20‎  ‎4:45‎  ‎7:10‎  ‎9:30pm‎
16451 N.E. 74th Street, Redmond, WA
‎11:35am‎  ‎2:20‎  ‎5:15‎  ‎8:15‎  ‎11:00pm‎
17640 Garden Way, Woodinville, WA
‎12:50‎  ‎3:10‎  ‎5:00‎  ‎8:00‎  ‎10:20pm‎
3501 184th Street S.W., Lynnwood, WA
‎12:20‎  ‎2:45‎  ‎5:15‎  ‎7:45‎  ‎10:20pm‎
426 Ramsay Way, Kent, WA
‎10:20am‎  ‎12:50‎  ‎3:15‎  ‎5:45‎  ‎8:15‎  ‎10:35pm‎
1435 Olney Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA
‎1:20‎  ‎4:40‎  ‎7:50‎  ‎10:20pm‎
2001 S Commons, Federal Way, WA
‎12:50‎  ‎3:10‎  ‎5:30‎  ‎7:50‎  ‎10:10pm‎
655 4th Street, Bremerton, WA
‎1:45‎  ‎4:30‎  ‎6:45‎  ‎9:15‎  ‎9:45pm‎
1101 Super Mall Way, Auburn, WA
‎11:00am‎  ‎1:30‎  ‎4:40‎  ‎7:40‎  ‎10:30pm‎
1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA
‎1:00‎  ‎3:20‎  ‎5:40‎  ‎8:00‎  ‎10:20pm‎
750 NW Edvard Street, Poulsbo, WA
‎12:40‎  ‎3:00‎  ‎5:20‎  ‎7:40‎  ‎10:20