Interview with Cynthia and Peter from RHOA(Video)

Cynthia and Peter talk about their new book and share the elements of a successful marriage.

Artist To Watch: Aaron Salem - I Know (Video)

Miami rapper 'Salem'is on track to be a star. His latest single 'I Know' is making waves

Signed Sealed Delivered

A look into the new show on The Hallmark Channel.

5 Beautiful Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings

One day my prince will come so help me pick a ring.

Artist Spotlight: Linzi Stoppard (Interview + Video)

Interview w/Linzi Stoppard from the electric violin duo FUSE

Beauty Corner: Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler by Izy Trends Review


I always get compliments on my eyebrows with people saying they’re perfect and I often secretly wish that I had the eyelashes to match.

It seems to me that men always tend to have the super long eyelashes and that the only way to achieve that is with fake eyelashes.

♫ Indie Spotlight: Jaye$ - 'Babe Ruth' Official Video + Interview

Oakland Rapper Jaye$ is definitely a fan of ‘90’s era west coast hip hop. You can hear the influence in his rhyme flow and self-produced beats.

His latest video “Babe Ruth” from his second ep “Light Skinned Brother 2’ is definitely raw with the lyrics especially the chorus but, it brings you back with the ol’ school beach party scenes and though Jaye$ rhyme style reflects a little of that Pac era west coast vibe it’s a dope flow that makes you want to put the song on repeat and ride out with the top down.

Film Spotlight: Interview with "Creed of Gold" Director Daniel Knudsen (DVD Release 8/12)

This story illustrates nicely that there are absolutes in the world and that God is the author of those absolutes. – Dove.org

Wherever there’s money, there’s corruption so they say or at least that’s what college student Adam Smith (Taylor Lindsey) searches to find out rather innocently when he’s assigned a term paper about the United States Federal Reserve.

As he digs deeper with his research partner Kirsten (Ellen Lawrence) he ventures down a path to unmask the corruption and ultimately clear his father’s name who lost his life years before due to the corruption.

♫ Indie Spotlight: 3 Beats + 5 Questions with Producer Mad 95


I remembered how music saved me in the past and thought to myself, "I owe this to music".


Atlanta based producer Mad 95 credits his love of songwriting and the fact that he plays multiple instruments, including guitar, as part the reason he stepped into the role of producer.

His beats are created by samples of instrumentals he’s played himself on the guitar and most of them even have song lyrics that he’s already written but leaves off to have a clean canvas for other artists to see what they can create with his music.

His beats represent his eclectic taste varying from rock to trap music.

As the first producer of our Indie Spotlight Series we asked Mad 95 to do a little something different by sharing and describing 3 of his beats with our readers along with answering our 5 quick questions.

5 Quick Questions w/Producer Mad 95


What is the meaning behind your name?
I first got the nickname Mad Mike  while waiting tables due to the fact that I was an angry waiter. I became an Atlanta Braves fan in 1995 which was the year that they won the World Series. Over the course of time Mad Mike and 1995 just became Mad 95.

Describe your music for those who have never heard it.
Melodic and soulful, with hints of funk and underground influence. Roots rock, southern grungy, 90s alt rock. A mixture of many sub genres.

What inspired you to pursue music?
I became very unhappy with my work and felt a void had to be filled. I remembered how music saved me in the past and thought to myself, "I owe this to music".

Who is your favorite artist?
Hard to choose just one, Rage Against the Machine would be the best all-around in terms of vocals bass lead guitar lyrics etc…

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
My greatest accomplishment thus far is my new found gift in editing, mixing and recording. Being able to catalog my music has really helped me understand who I am as a person.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I would have to say unfortunately my biggest challenge has been getting people to grasp what it is I'm trying to do with music I merely hope to spread music around for whatever people may want to use it for not for any personal objective.


Three Beats Explained

Double by Double - this song includes a vocal hook that I kept in because it was catchy and had ties to the restaurant industry. That's actually an original song I wrote at 19.




The Greatest - totally made as a southern "trap style" instrumental and intended for hip hop artists to use.




Not Today - 90's grungy alt rock song, written, produced and edited by and for myself using sing an acoustic guitar.




Author Spotlight: "TrailBlasian: Black Women Living in East Asia" by T.K. McLennon (Interview)


When the synopsis of a book is ’17 North American Black women who packed up everything and moved to Asia’, you might instantly want to pick it up and read from cover to cover.

Canadian author T.K. McLennon thought just that when she decided to reach out to women who had done just that as she set out to write her new book ‘TrailBlasian: Black Women Living in EastAsia’.

Giveaway: Win Limited Edition Make-up by ONE DIRECTION before it's available to the public!



Where are all my One Direction fans? Did you know that they’re releasing a new makeup line?

If you follow Niall Horan on twitter then of course you do:

♫ Indie Spotlight: Torrey Mercer Shares New Video "I Believe In Me" & Talks About Her Anti-Bullying Foundation (Interview)


Now I Believe in Me
It's taken time to build me up
But it's my will that keeps me strong

Independent pop singer Torrey Mercer is already making a name for herself on the music seen winning Best Teen Artist and Inspirational Artist of the Year at the 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards this past February and Best Inspirational Singer in 2009 “Hollywood’s Best New Talent”.

Beauty Corner: Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C Facial Serum Review



If you’re an avid reader of my blog then you know I love Vitamin C Serums. If you’re a new reader then this is for you:

I LOVE VITAMIN C FACIAL SERUMS!

♫ Indie Spotlight: Richie Luna Presents "Celebrate!" (The Call to Light) (Video + Interview)


I want to be the change that MJ was. I am trying my best to do so as best as I can.


If you’re looking for something to jumpstart your weekend or day, to boost your mood or you just want to smile from ear to ear than look no further than the song “Celebrate” (Call to Light) by an International recording artist disguised as a superhero named Richie Luna whose goal is to spark a global revolution turned celebration, fueled by his positive music, energy and dance.
 
I seriously cannot get enough of it. The video is 10 minutes long but, so worth it. He takes it back to the days when Michael Jackson would make a video and it would be viewed as an event.

This song and video which impressively premiered on Yahoo Music is an ‘event’ and it will leave you in a great mood which is what music should do.

Richie Luna is a unique artist and I’m looking forward to seeing his star rise which is why I’m happy to share his video and have a chat with him as part of our indie spotlight series.

Check out this awesome 10 minute mini-movie music video for his infectious song “Celebrate” and check out his interview below.



What does your name mean?
Richie Luna is a Superhero Character that comes from the moon - He has the power to generate moonlight energy with the main intention to light up the darkness of the world - through his positively charged music and videos.
Describe your music for those who have never heard it.
It’s really difficult to describe my genre. Many music critics internationally are calling it “world music”, while others find it difficult to place a specific genre on my music and they say that it is a totally different unique style and approach.
When producing music, I always strive to be different and dynamic; combining an array of completely unique elements into one single musical piece.
Primarily my music has a major element of Dance / Electronic Pop fused into its backbone. From there it just takes on a whole new organic form of its own.

What inspired you to pursue music?
When I was a young kid I loved to dance and perform for big crowds at different family events. The DJ would incite the crowd to find “Richie” and get him onto the middle of the dance floor. As nervous as I would be with so many people surrounding me, once the music started, it was all pure flowing positive energy from there.

Ever since, the sound of music took me from a sad to a happy place. That is when I truly knew in my heart that it would be a dream come true to be a successful artist.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
Being able to successfully complete the production and launch of the full music video for "Celebrate!" (The Call to Light).  It took me years to turn that milestone into a reality.

It was truly constant hard work, focus, determination and many difficulties encountered yet overcome in order to achieve that objective to our clear epic vision.
What took it even further for me was the fact that the music video was headlined and premiered on the front page of the mega popular Yahoo! Music Entertainment website alongside other major international artists. That was truly a memorable moment.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Apart from the "technicalities" of production, ensuring that every note of my audio and pixel of my video are as best as they can possibly be, the biggest challenge for me is being a totally independent, unsigned artist.

I know many people say that the "heart and soul of creativity comes from the independent" which is completely true because an independent artist is exactly that "independent". There are no limits or caps placed on the creativity levels that can be nurtured and developed. However, the fact remains that the music business is not the most rewarding one for artists on a whole (far less an independent unsigned artist). 

I have basically had to find a solution for every single step of the way moving forward in my artistic career. This has proven to be and still remains the biggest challenge for me.
At the end of the day, the sad reality is, if it does not make dollars then it does not make sense.

Who is your favorite artist?
For me Michael Jackson was and still is the most amazing artist to ever live. He was and will always truly be "The King".  MJ did what nobody else dared to do. He broke boundaries when people told him he couldn't. MJ changed the game forever. Everything you see now is a derivative of The King.

MJ inspired me to use my artistic ability to create art that positively impacts our world and our society.

When you go back in time and compare the messages of Michael’s work versus what is currently out there, it's like two totally different worlds. Two totally different spaces in time.

I want to be the change that MJ was and I am trying my best to do so as best as I can.

Stay connected with Richie Luna

Fashion Corner: I'm Loving The Missoni Fanny Packs in the Winter 2014 Collection (Photos)


Behold! Is that a fanny pack in the Missoni 2014 collection? I love the whole collection. I’d take quite a few pieces if I could and I think the photo campaign is so colorful and cute (yes cute, futuristic, but still cute) and wanted to share with you guys.

Java Factory Coffee Review + Giveaway


If you’re a coffee lover, you’re going to want to read this post for two reasons.

First – I’m going to tell you about a great company with delicious k-cup coffee flavors

Second – We’re giving a 40 count box of this delicious k-cup coffee away to one lucky reader.

So, now that I have your attention let’s talk about Java Factory Variety K-Cup Coffee that’s compatible with your Keurig Brewer.

I received a lovely box for review and the very first thing that I noticed and that tickled me pink was the names of the different flavors. There are a total of six flavors in each box:


Da Bomb: Definitely my favorite and not just for the name alone. It’s a double caffeinated extra bold dark roast which is sure to put a GOOD in your morning.

Wakey Wakey: This is a lighter roast for people who want a nice little flavorful kick to get you going.

Dark & Handsome: Another favorite. As you can see I tend to like my coffee dark and strong. This one doesn’t have the extra dose of caffeine that Da Bomb has but, it’s flavorful and nice amount of kick.

Smooth Caffinator: This one is for when you need just a little bit more of a nudge than Wakey Wakey can give.

Choconut: Not a favorite of mine though plenty of people tend to like it. I’m not a fan of chocolate and coconut combined in anything and definitely not coffee but, if that’s your thing then you’ll love this unique roast.

Vanilla Dream: This is vanilla and toffee so, if you’re in the mood for something a wee bit sweeter this is a nice roast. It tastes as delicious as it smells.


Now, you don’t have to buy the variety pack. If you have a specific flavor that you know you want you can go ahead and order a box of it but, if you’re in the mood to try something different than the variety pack is the way to go. It’s also a good idea if you tend to have get togethers in your house to give your guests a nice choice.

Here’s some helpful basics from the company site:
  • Single-serve Keurig-compatible cups
  • 100% fresh roasted Arabica coffee
  • Filter system delivers more taste per cup
  • Enjoy the fun side of coffee. We had fun making it so you could have fun drinking it.


Java Factory offers the 40 count for $22 but, the better deal is the 80 at just $31 onAmazon.com.

Enjoy your coffee and let me know what you think oh and let me know how you like your coffee in the comment section below. Not that I'll make you a cup or anything but, I'm curious anyway.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

♫ New Music: Johnny Gill - Behind Closed Doors (Listen)

ain’t no where I’d rather be
so let it come down
just like I’m drowning
in your ocean
let it rain for you and me

My, my, my….Johnny Gill is currently touring with New Edition but, we’re not even going to discuss how they’re my favorite group of all time and I’ve yet to see them in concert because, right now, it’s about Johnny.

Somehow he’s managed to put together a single which he dropped this week called “Behind Closed Doors”. Johnny’s silky sexy voice starts off a bit more mellow than usual as he sings falsetto wrapped around classic R&B lyrics with a seducing melody.


No word on whether this is for an upcoming album, but a girl can dream.





♫ Indie Spotlight : Drupy Fli Musik - Soulmate (Video + Interview)

My music is a blend of different genres with a lot of melody and great song writing

Hip hop artist Drupy Fli Musik is fresh off a great year that saw him nominated for two Nashville Independent Music Awards.

♫ Music Spotlight: Swedish Artist Mizgin Shares Her US Debut "Get You Off", Advice For Indie Artists + more (Video)


You may get help along the way, but the only one that can truly take you where you want to go is you."  --Mizgin

Sometimes you get an opportunity and you run with it to success and other times you have to reach out and grab an opportunity to make it work for you.

International music artist Mizgin has a little bit of experience doing both when it’s come to her musical career and steady climb up the charts to the top.

In 2008 Mizgin auditioned to compete on the Swedish TV show K├Ârslaget which paired celebrities with aspiring singers to create a successful choir. Led by fellow Swedish music artist Hanna Hedlund, her group won taking Mizgin’s career to another level.

Fast forward to 2013, upon hearing the single “Get You Off” which was slated for an international pop star, she knew she had to have it for herself and convinced the producers to let her have it. The song became an instant hit climbing to #4 on the MTV 100’s chart.

We sat down with Mizgin to talk about her debut single along with an indepth interview for a special segment of our Indie Spotlight Series.

Check the video for “Get You Off” and the interview below.



You bring me so high, how you take it down low
These other ones try, but they never come close
- Get You Off


Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Mizgin. Tell us a bit about yourself, your name, age, where you’re from and an interesting fact if you like.

Mizgin: Thanks so much for having me. My Name is Mizgin, I'm 23 years old. Im kurd but I was born and raised in Sweden.

Is there a story behind your name, Mizgin?
Haha no not at all, that's my real name. I got it after my Mom's sister.

How long have you been singing?
I've been singing since I was 8 years old. 

What first got you interested in becoming a singer?
I've always loved music for as long as I can remember but the music in the 90's was really what inspired me to sing. I loved each and every second of that era… I fell in love with music.

What/who inspires your music?
I would not say that a specific person inspires me, it's more about emotion and feelings. To sing is more of a feeling for me, I love the feeling I get from singing. I can't exactly put into words how it makes me feel but life inspires me.

Do you see being a singer as a career, or as a hobby?

Definitely a career. I want this forever. I love doing music and want to work with it for the rest of my life. 

What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
Well, I'm chasing my dreams. One of my goals is to break down the segregation in music and to create music that's influenced by everything. I want to make music that dominates pop culture.

And if I can help someone along the way that would just be better. If there is one thing I want to do with my music it's to show them not to be afraid and to be yourself. Never doubt you, carry yourself with great confidence; I mean who decides whats good or not? So you might as well do what you like and be confident about it. We all have different passions in life, and you don't have to have an excuse to be just you!:)

I don't do it for the money, success and have things is nice but I don't believe that you can be successful as an artist if you're only in it for the money. You need to be passionate about what you do or you will burn out quickly.

Have you ever performed live? How did it feel?
Yeah a few times so far. I got a bit nervous in the beginning, but then when that is all gone I don't want to get off the stage anymore haha... 

Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
Yes, I have a great team, I think the key to success for any artist is having a great team behind you. My Manager, Label, Producers, and Songwriter's really work around the clock to ensure I am winning in all aspects of my career. I am trying to create something that is lasting not just here today and gone tomorrow. That takes time and a village which I am fortunate to really work with some of the best in the industry.

What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
Having my record go #4 on MTV's Top 100 was really exciting!!


Have you ever made any contact with major artists or other high positioned people in the music industry and do you keep in contact with them?
Haha no, and that is nothing I'm striving for either, I'm busy working on my craft.  My Management connects me with who I need to be connected with.

What is one tip would you give to other aspiring independent artists?
Be you and put your head down and work; independent artists have to work twice as hard so you can't be afraid of hard work and going for it.

What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
People need music. Music is life's soundtrack. Creatively the future looks bright. What is really great is so many styles and genres are beginning to emerge. It's really an exciting time in music to be a creator and performer of music but you have to be smart to succeed.

Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an independent artist?
Absolutely… The internet is distribution now.  Its a powerful tool. It gives an Artist global possibilities and it gives fans the opportunity to connect with you in a more personable way.

How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
Twitter and Facebook have become effective tools for artists to stay connected with their fans, share music, and updates instantaneously and globally - I think these sites have affected the music industry in a good way. It’s a cool thing…a bit addicting sometimes. :

Where can we hear your music online?
Nearly everywhere digital music is sold or streamed: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vevo, YouTube, Spotify, MTV.com, Yahoo Screen, etc.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
I am in the studio now working on my album. The records we are doing are really exciting and I can’t wait for the world to hear them. This album will be like nothing you have heard before. We go from crazy radio bangers to full on cinematic ballads over trap beats. I really want to take the listener on a journey so that is what we are setting out to do

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
I will still be doing music and hopefully the world will continue to share my story with me.

Do you have any shout outs you want to give?
I would like to give a shout out to my fans! Without their support I wouldn't be able to live my dream and for that I am eternally grateful and my awesome team working around the clock!

Thanks again Mizgin for doing this interview.
My pleasure. Thank you.


Stay connected with Mizgin


Check out our other Indie Spotlight Series Artists

♫ Indie Spotlight: Aztec Releases New Single "East" from their EP 'Stitches' (Listen + Interview)

if I ever get back east
to find your old heartbeat
please just hide me away for a while

The great thing about the indie music scene is that there is always a great amount of talent across the globe.

Aztec (Kyle Schepens, Saul Sitar, Patrick Gleeson, Amber Banman) is a 4 member indie band hailing from Canada and it’s very refreshing to hear these talented musicians put together a solid EP that they’ve titled “Stitches”.

The first single “East” is a melodic tune that speaks of heartache and love lost in a very matter of fact and blunt way.

We spoke with lead singer and guitarist Kyle Schepens as part our Indie Spotlight Series where he shared the bands new single “East” and chatted about the bands origin and next steps. Take a listen and enjoy the interview.



What does your name mean?
An Aztec is a member of a Mexican Indian people who created a great empire once
upon a time. We aim to do the same thing in the music industry. That and it’s a great
name that people can remember, mostly that last one.

Describe your music for those who have never heard it.
It’s independent music, loud guitars, loud drums, lots of harmonies, swift and to the
point.

What inspired you to pursue music?
I grew up with my mom who was a part-time musician. She was a singer and performed a lot, still does.
She’d bring my brother and I along to most of her shows since we were very young. I guess growing up surrounded by all that it just felt like the most natural thing for me to do.

The thought of punching in to a 9-5 is not exciting to me, though I do it, it just
doesn’t feel right. Not right now anyway. So while I’m young, driven and have the
support team behind the band and I, why the hell not try to make something here?
Nothing to lose.


Who is your favorite Artist?
All Get Out, if I had to pick my top one, though they’re tied with Manchester Orchestra.

They both have just created so much from nothing and I admire how hard they worked to get to where they are and more so how humble they are about it.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?
I guess it would’ve had to have been getting this EP out. As-well as working with Nathan
on it.

What has been your biggest career challenge?
There are so many constant challenges. From finding the right members that have the
same goals, visions and trust me enough to blindly follow me on this crazy pursuit. To booking tours completely independently and building a solid fan base. I don’t sleep, (I’m) always working on this.

Support great indie music by purchasing your copy Aztec's new EP “Stitches” here.
Stay connected with Aztec


Check out our other Indie Spotlight Series Artists


Author Spotlight: Millie and Cupcake By Mildred Potash (Children's Book)

Let’s be honest, rats tend to get a bad rap. It’s not their fault. They’re odd size and quickness in scurrying about plus, those teeth.