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Tanisha "Starr" Davis is known for her Creative Writing, Poetry, Celebrity Interviews & more! She is also the creator of the Blog known as Starrdom100 & is the Radio Host for Starrdom100 Radio Show. She is currently a journalist for Sheen Magazine and her work has been featured in Sheen Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, The Queen Dynasty & more. She inspires others daily to believe in themselves & push to reach their goals!

SARA STOKES: RISING FROM THE BOTTOM UP TO THE TOP OF LIFE

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Sara Stokes

               “Right now I’m in a better place and I feel like I’m a Stronger Woman”

Actress Sara Stokes, is a woman truly on the rise in life despite her mishaps. You probably know her best from MTV’s extremely successful reality show ‘Making The Band 2 in 2002, and now in the hit television series From The Bottom Up,’ which is a collaboration by executive producer Queen Latifah and creator Nicci Gilbert.  Throughout the years, Sara has managed to keep herself quite busy with running marathons, getting her aesthetics license, acting in numerous movies, modeling, writing her biography, and raising her three beautiful children. Recently, Sara Stokes returned by making her second appearance on the show in Season 2 of BET’s reality series, ‘From The Bottom Up’, scheduled to air on Saturday, October 29 at 10p/9C. ‘From The Bottom Up’ is a six-episode docu-series following the journey of five women striving to change their lives, rebuild their families and live their dreams after falling from grace. Sara Stokes has been through a lot and took the time to sit down with Kontrol to share how she has continued to rise above it all in her career despite the negatives.

The television series ‘From The Bottom Up’ has really kept thousands of viewers on edge as it took us on a different path in reality TV by showcasing the harsh reality of being up one minute in life and down the next. For those that have been excited and patiently waiting to see what Sara Stokes is going to highlight for us this season, she gives us a little insight as to what we can expect to see and experience from her.

“I’m so excited, because the last season we left off with everyone showing what their bottom was and mines was super crazy because I was just coming out of jail and the cameras were right there. It was just so surreal. We kind of left with me rekindling things with my children, my family and doing the single “Sneak Peek” featuring BABS which is currently on ITunes, and now you guys are sitting back like okay what now? So this season is going to be more closure for me. You know I’m very transparent and honest because to me I feel like if things are going crazy in life and other stuff is surfacing and you are like what is happening here? Then maybe you need to get some closure and some counseling and just really find out what’s going on. So right now I’m in a better place and I feel like I’m a stronger woman and you’re definitely going to see a lot of self-healing in this season.”

 

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Sara Stokes

Sara released her first single this summer titled, “Sneak Peek”, which featured former group member BABS (Making The Band 2). The hot single is currently available on ITunes for purchase. Later this year Sara plans to release an EP with all new music. The future for Sara looks very bright these days and we couldn’t help but ask what led to the inspiration behind one of her latest singles entitled, “Fragile Hearts”. The title itself, symbolizes such a powerful meaning, and is clear to be a representation of something that not just women can relate to, but something that everyone can say at some point in life may have discovered themselves, in a fragile state when it comes to matters of the heart.

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‘Fragile Heart’ Available Now on ITunes

“I picked out this track because it just really spoke to me. You know as an artist when you hear something, you’re like okay that’s it!  Eric Campbell who wrote the song, I was actually with him a long time ago about 5 years and all of a sudden I was like let me call Eric and see what’s up, and of course he knows my story and everything I went through so I just started telling him from me being young, all the way up to older and letting him know what was going on and he just turned that into a song! I was like man you have captured my life in one song, it was amazing. It’s one of those songs that’s going to pull at your heart, it’s captivating and it is on ITunes.”

 

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Sara Stokes

 

 “I feel I have grown so much and I’m not where I was 10 or even 5 years ago. I feel like such a changed woman. I’m in a better place and I’m stronger. I’m figuring out life because I don’t feel as if anybody ever has it all together. I’m just showing the world that no matter what your bottom is, you can come out of it and you can still keep it moving and you can rise up and still conquer your dreams or whatever else may be. Even if it’s just being with your family and rekindling your relationship. Whatever your bottom was, you can come up!”

Music has truly been a highlight in the career path for the talented Sara Stokes and with the opportunity to come in as a television star on such a memorable TV hit series on MTV back in 2002, we couldn’t help but wonder if that appearance on the show, “Making The Band 2” lead to opening the doors in some way for her to successfully gain that leap into her music career.

“Well it influenced me a lot because it was the biggest show on MTV at that time. We made history with that show, having 3 seasons, and being around Diddy was like Wow I’m actually around somebody that I admire, listened to his music and looked up to him, and you know to be working with somebody so driven and smart and just crazy with the promoting side and business side was amazing. So I took that, watched how he did that and I took it in. Obviously til this day people still remember “Making the Band’. That right there was a definite bonus for me and the only thing that I feel like was a hindrance was the reality show fame. A lot of people felt like Oh she’s just a reality show individual, that’s all she is and she really is not a singer or have any other real talents, (laughing) and its plenty of talent over this way! But also that can be a plus to be on a reality show because that’s like the best promotion ever so it’s got its ups and its downs.”

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Sara Stokes

Stokes added that she still remains close in touch with former members from the show such as Dylan and former member BABS, who is featured on her single “Sneak Peeks”. With so much progress occurring in her life since the show, she has been blessed greatly to appear on ‘From The Bottom Up’. Sara spoke briefly on how she felt about being given the opportunity to work on the show with Nicci Gilbert.

“Nicci is just a longtime friend of mine, I worked with her a long time ago, probably more than 10 years ago and you know it just came back around where I was at a different time in my life and I was pretty much all over the place. A year went by and you just have that down season and she just happened to be doing a show. She was the creator of the show and my PR that I was working with Kenneth Robinson and Regina Daniels just spoke my name to her and she was like “Sara, Oh I love Sara”. Then you know TMZ plastered all over that I was in jail and it was just a blessing in disguise.”

“So even out of the dark there was light. The show was really based about real healing and showing women at their lowest. These were women who use to be in the lime light and were losing everything…to me it’s the best thing to show people, that you can still make it and you can still come up. I felt like this was a God given show to express to people that we all go through some junk but what are you going to do about it? You either going to stay down or you gone get up!”

 

Every person in life has been through a moment where they have been down and as Stokes stated we all must make a decision as to whether you will rise above it or let it get the best of you. Sara has truly found ways to stay above the darts that life has tossed her way and has some positive advice for any woman that has ever been down in life or at that bottom.

“I would say that you really have to get to the root of the problem while you are at that bottom you know. I feel like that was what I was missing while I was at that bottom. I felt like God had stopped me in my tracks and said the way you are going isn’t going to be good. While at the bottom, you need to realize what’s going on in your life and heal some things that have happened early on in life that may be surfacing. It’s just time to grow up some more because you don’t want to stay stagnant in the same thing…you want to be better. So I feel like you got to get that self-healing because it can be something that went on back in the day that you never got healing for. Also get counseling because so many think in the black community that it means you’re psychotic if you see a therapist. No that’s not the case…this is somebody that can structure your life who is not judging you and help you rise up from that state”.

Stokes feels that her children have been a true inspiration in helping mold her into the woman she is today. “I feel like it made me become more grown, and more wiser”. Sara has not allowed any of the negatives in her life to break her down nor stop her from continuing to pursue projects and plans to reveal a lot of her life in the latest season of, “From The Bottom Up”.

“I feel like it’s my time to speak my voice. Not just let the world say “Oh she’s crazy, she has done this and that”, and it’s over for her….no I really get to let them know through my own words…and that’s what I love so much. They can see who the real Sara Stokes is, from my family and everything I went through. It’s going to be some really big surprises on this show.”

 

“I never look at anything as if this is the worse and I might as well lay down and die, no I’m still here and as long as I keep fighting to get back up, then I’m going to be alright. The stuff in my past, made me who I am today.”

Be sure to keep up with Sara Stokes by tuning in to the second season premiere of, “From The Bottom Up” on Saturday, October 29,10p/9C. You can also check out her latest single, “Fragile Hearts” available now on ITUNES for purchase. Sara also has her own label, New Life Entertainment which she has been working on independently and its fire along. You can also check out her radio show on Playboy along with the release of her beauty book and skincare line! Sara Stokes is truly a woman on the move and we can’t help but expect greatness from her.

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#KontrolKonversations: Southern Belle Turned Hollywood Darling, Ms. Taylor Spreitler

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Taylor Spreitler, Photo Credit: STEVE FISCHER

“I would like to just be known for making people laugh, helping people escape their everyday lives” -Taylor Spreitler 

Taylor Spreitler is a talented young actress/model who is staying positive and exploring new ventures in her acting career. Spreitler has been quite busy this year with her role on the hit television comedy, “Kevin Can Wait” and now looks forward to her role in the upcoming horror film, “Amityville: The Awakening”. The young actress who was pretty much laidback during the interview, displayed her southern charm by telling us that she is simply into making others laugh and enjoying life! You can definitely tell that she is calm and confident about her career and making sure to enjoy every moment without stressing.

Kontrol had the opportunity to sit down and get to know more about Taylor Spreitler and what the actress has in store for the upcoming year.

It’s not often that any young woman can say they had the chance to star on the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives”. For many of us who sat home and watched the soaps with our parents and grandparents, it was about the closest we would ever get to the actual set. We asked Taylor what the experience was like for her to star on such a popular television series.

“It was great, the fans were amazing! We would have these huge Days of Our Lives events where people would come that had started watching it with their grandparents and that was something that would last for generations. It was awesome!”      

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Taylor Spreitler, Days Of Our Lives

 

The multi-talented actress has definitely had a promising year and we were curious to know what projects fans could be sure to keep up with her in for the upcoming year.

“Well, ‘Kevin Can Wait’ is airing now up until early next year….I also have a movie called ‘Amityville the Awakening’ that is coming out in January.

In the comedy television series, ‘Kevin Can Wait’, Taylor plays the daughter (Kendra Gable) of Actor/Comedian Kevin James. The show is about (Kevin Gable), a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. The show airs every Monday on the CBS network at 8/7c.

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ airs Mondays 8/7c on CBS

Horror fans all over can definitely get excited about Taylor’s upcoming role in the seventeenth installment of the Amityville saga, “Amityville: The Awakening”.

The movie depicts that when some footage dating back to 1976 is discovered, the case of the haunted house in Amityville is reopened. The film is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2017. Spreitler who plays a friend to the character Bella in the movie briefly expounded on the excitement of working on the set of the popular horror film.

“It was a lot of fun, I got to work with amazing people so it wasn’t really like work. I had a lot of fun shooting it and I’m just excited for people to be able to see it finally!”

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Amityville: The Awakening film slated to hit theaters Jan 6, 2017

With the actress starring in hit television series, we know that mainly every actor/actress has definitely made a list of some ideal actors who they would love to work beside. Spreitler happily responded, “I’ve been lucky on the show, ‘Kevin Can Wait’, with the people that I’ve worked with like Kevin James and Ray Romano. I’ve been pretty lucky to work with a lot of people who are on my list.”

While staying busy with her role on the television series and movie sets, Taylor states that her role on ‘Kevin Can Wait’ has definitely aided in her growth as an actress.

“Just doing comedies helped me out a lot, working with comedy geniuses, like right now Stand-up comedians such as, Kevin James, Gary Valentine, and Chris Roach…like I work with great amazing people so I feel like I’m constantly learning and that’s what I love about my job. You’re kind of always evolving.”

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Taylor Spreitler, Photo Credit: STEVE FISCHER

Being such an accomplished young actress, the media is always looking for ways to shine either some good light or bad light and Taylor expressed how it felt to be in the spotlight.

“The positives are that we are given this voice and this amazing platform where we can project things that we care about and things that are close to us…we have a broader reach. Everything you do in your personal life is out there for people to judge so that’s probably the hard part. Like my friends and I who grew up in this industry…We are kids and we make mistakes just as other kids but because we are broadcasted out there…we get scrutinized a lot for it.”

Those are areas that can often be tough for any actor who is working hard to keep the fans happy as well as build a prominent career for themselves.

Taylor shared with us that if she had the opportunity to change some things about this world then it would simply be to remove bullying from society. Whether you are an actor, a student or just a regular person trying to improve your life, Spreitler feels that bullying others is just not a cool thing to do.

“I mean I just wish people would accept people for their differences…just be nice.”

Spreitler went on to add that if she was ever to be remembered for anything in her acting career then it would simply be making people just laugh.

“I would like to just be known for making people laugh, helping people escape their everyday lives and just be able to sit down and laugh a little bit from something I did.”

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Taylor Spreitler is definitely a promoter of positivity in her life and the lives of others. Outside of acting she is truly the display of a bright young lady who is focus, believes in laughter for the occasion and has a very promising career ahead of her.

Be sure to keep up with the amazing Taylor Spreitler on the television series ‘Kevin Can Wait’ and catch her in the upcoming movie ‘Amityville: The Awakening‘ which releases on January 6, 2017.

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Actress Rachel Kylian Talks ‘Almost Christmas’& More!

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Rachel Kylian

“I love that America has given me a chance to shine and do what I love.” Rachel Kylian

Actress Rachel Kylian definitely keeps herself busy these days with her acting career and her most recent appearance in the holiday film, ‘Almost Christmas’. Kylian plays the younger version of Grace Meyer in the film.

Rachel enlightened us on her many travels, as well as her multicultural experiences from around the world. Kylian displayed the beautiful & confident spirit of a strong intelligent woman who is truly grateful for the opportunities she has been granted along the way. We had a wonderful time speaking with her and you can definitely expect some great things in the future from the talented French Actress.

 

So how did it feel to be part of such an amazing holiday film like, Almost Christmas? Well Rachel Kylian gave us a joyful response on being able to join this amazing cast.

 

“It is a great honor to be part of this project because it is a very big movie for me. It’s a Christmas movie, it’s a family movie, and it’s a comedy picture. I’m very happy that I am part of this project especially since it’s coming out around Christmas and it is a Christmas story that everyone will go and watch. This is a very great time for this movie to be out because it is a family movie and everyone should go see it.”

 

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Rachel Kylian, Gabrielle Union, & Danny Glover

 

Movies that are crafted for this time of the year are definitely memorable films and often hard to gain roles for when it comes to auditioning. However, the talented French actress was able to share with us how she gracefully gained the role for this amazing holiday film.

 “I heard about the part from my agent so I went out to audition for it. After reading the part I felt it was for me; they loved me and then I got a call back. It was a lot of call backs and they finally gave it to me. It was a long casting process but I eventually got the job and I was very happy.”

Rachel joyfully went on to share with us that the role was truly exciting. Her ability to relate personally to the character she played in the film made the role easy to relate to. Kylian even gave some detail about how much strength her character meant to the Meyer family in the film.

“The character I play is the mom, Grace Meyers, and she is the backbone of the family. She loves her children and they all become successful. She teaches them very good values. She loves her husband and she loves cooking for the family and having family dinners. Then something happens to her and the husband tries to bring the family back together. My character is the center of the movie because everyone loves the mom. When I first read her character I just loved it because I actually cook in real life and it was easy to play. I was excited to also play beside Danny Glover.”

 

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Rachel Kylian ‘Almost Christmas Premiere’

As with every family during the season of giving and love, there comes some good and bad moments. We asked Rachel what we could expect to observe about the Meyer family in the film, ‘Almost Christmas’.

“This family is dysfunctional since the mother passed away. Everyone is trying to do things on their own. Rachel Meyers is trying to become a lawyer but has financial problems, she has one kid who is a bit of a nerd. There is also Evan who is a football player but with the mom gone he is losing it. Cheryl is married but her husband is a cheater and she continues to try to fight for her marriage despite being unhappy. Rachel & Cheryl are two sisters that don’t get along. Christian is successful with a kid and wife. It’s interesting with seeing them try to become a family with all of the personal problems. Grace’s sister played by Monique tries to bring the family together. She is very funny and doesn’t take no for an answer. She controls the house. Everyone is going to find themselves in this movie whether it’s the kid, aunt or uncle. It’s a very nice cast and they were fun to work with.

Outside of being on set of the film, ‘Almost Christmas’, the lovely actress shared other projects that we can expect to look forward to in the upcoming year.

 “Currently I am working on MacGyver, which is a remake to the old classic and on it I play a German assistant. It aired a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking forward to that. I am also working on a future film called, ‘Interpreters’, which will come out soon and it is an action film, in it I play a doctor. I also do voice overs and I speak 4 languages so I get to work on a lot of films. This year I worked on Criminal Minds and I also did a film called ‘Red Hot’, which is on Amazon. I am also hoping next year that we can do a sequel to ‘Almost Christmas’.

Rachel Kylian is not new to the stage.

She began her early years involved in modeling as well as theater. She shared with us how she came into the field of acting as well as her passion for the art.

“When I was young my mom put me into a lot of classes. I did ballet at seven and discovered that I loved to perform. I also did theater at the age of twelve in France & Africa. I always loved to be on stage and perform and act. I got into arts very young. For me modeling came out of the blue, I tried it and did my first runway when I was sixteen. I also did beauty contests.”

“When I came to America at about seventeen, a friend of mine invited me to try acting and so I pursued it. It was my dream to perform. Art was always in my heart; I did film and commercials. It’s been a long journey, and being in front of people was a natural thing. I’m a black French actress and I love that in America you have a chance. I love that America has given me a chance to shine and do what I love.”

Rachel Kylian
Rachel Kylian

Rachel Kylian is very diverse and brings that je nais se quoi to the stage! She is unique and yet able to relate to her roles naturally because of her experience. When speaking with her about all of her many travels and involvement with the arts across the world, it is very obvious that she knows how to handle the spotlight. Kylian is an amazing woman who delivers that natural ability to connect and play any role that she is presented with. We are looking forward to seeing her in the holiday film, ‘Almost Christmas’ and we hope that everyone makes plans to go see it along with their family.

Rachel Kylian
Rachel Kylian

Fizz Talks About His New Book ‘No Excuses: Being The Father My Son Deserves’

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Fizz

“I really make my son my priority, so any free time I get aside from whatever he needs is when I put the time into my music” (Fizz)

 The greatest gift a father can give to his son is a book about his love for raising him. Fizz is more than just a music performer and definitely more than just a regular guy on a Reality Show. Fizz is a single father trying to do what’s best for his son while building a solid foundation for him to rise up on. To be able to speak with Fizz as he shared some positive aspects behind writing his book was truly inspiring. Fizz shared information that could help a lot of single fathers out there who are trying to be that role model to their sons. This book is truly going to shine some light on the hidden places that real fathers such as Fizz deal with and how they can grow beyond it all, while maintaining a successful career.

Fizz’s new book is titled ‘No Excuses: Being the Father My Son Deserves’. The book is co-written by Fizz and National Best Selling Author Brittani Williams who also wrote ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ and the ‘Black Diamond Saga’.

 Fizz took a moment to share some information pertaining to his book with Kontrol. We recently had an interview and was mesmerized by the beautiful display of pride and love he takes in being a father to his son. He is presenting more than just a book, he is also giving life changing information to his fans!

Fizz New Book 'No Excuses: Being The Father My Son Deserves'

Fizz shared with us some very profound information behind his idea for putting out his book and also highlighted some facts about what led to him to feeling the need to help other single fathers out there.

“It all started first with the show Love & Hip Hop Hollywood showing how I am as a father and from there that’s where I went. People were always complimenting me on my fatherhood and how good of a father they thought I was and how I was able to manage or balance my career and fatherhood at the same time. I felt it was a good platform for me to reach out to the younger fathers. There are up and coming fathers that are not in a relationship anymore and are now single parents. I’m also speaking to anybody in my situation as well. I really wanted to give some advice on how they can better themselves while being a father or just give them the outlook on my story, my struggles, and how I was able to get through it all. How I progressed from it and give vital information to help motivate them.”

So what exactly can readers gain from his book? Well Fizz states, “I would say they could gain some knowledge on fatherhood and how to deal with the pros & cons of it. How to deal with the struggles of balancing an entertainment career or any career. How to function between the two. Most importantly, not to put so much stress on yourself when it comes to progressing in your career. The fact that you are a parent is a constant reminder that you have that responsibility no matter what.”

Fizz makes it clear in a heartfelt tone that single fathers simply have to find that balance while continuing to be a responsible parent and maintaining a successful career. He stressed this has to be done for your sons, daughters, and never to let it all stress you out. For those who follow the artists on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Fizz definitely displays a calm, but positive level of balance while raising his handsome son, Kamron. His book truly sounds like something a lot of young fathers should have a copy of on their shelves for inspiration when it debuts.

Fizz & his son
Fizz & his son

Since he has taken a conscious direction with his balance between fatherhood and music, we were curious to know if he planned on putting out any more books once this is released. Fizz casually responded, “Well I’m not certain, it depends on how this well this one is received by everyone. If I can be that voice for a certain demographic of people then I’m all for it”.

Fizz has a large fan base and I’m sure that once this book hits the shelves, many will definitely take interest in hearing more from him.

Besides his book we asked if he had any other new projects he was working on for his fans and he responded, “Yes, I’m actually about to release a new music project, a mix tape called ‘Lifestyle’ and you all can expect that really soon. There isn’t a set date, but be on the look out for it.”

 

For all the lovely ladies who have been following the handsome soon to be 31 year old and wondering if he was on the market, well Fizz went on to inform the fans, “Yea, I’m single, and then he added with a laugh, “I’m a single father!”.

So ladies don’t just come for one single dose of him, be prepared to come and accept him as well as his bundle of joy, which is his son.

Fizz & his Son
Fizz & his Son

Do you all feel that Love & Hip Hop Hollywood had a part in the role he displays as a father?

Well Fizz briefly explained that the show only gave a positive aspect to the father he already was prior to the show.

“I think it made me more cautious as a father. I’m very cautious as to what my son is subject to out here and in the public eye overall. I’m also more cautious on how I present myself with what I do, but it didn’t make me change up or make me become a better father…I’ve always been the father I display myself as.”

What makes his book worth reading is the fact that he never changed up on who he was as a father to his son because of a television show. He remained consistent and that is a definite plus for anyone looking to read a book from the voice of a man who is genuine about who he is.

So, how did Fizz team up with best-selling author Brittani Williams for this awesome book idea? He stated, “We teamed up through management…her management team actually reached out to my people about writing a book and if I had any subjects that I would like to touch on. I thought that touching on fatherhood would be the best for me because of my demographic of fans and everyone who knows me or pays attention to me understands that about me. I felt like it was the right subject to touch on.”

Fizz also added that this is not the final step for him in his career achievements, “I will always feel under accomplished. I feel like I want to accomplish everything in the world, so I’m always pushing to strive for more.

With a new view on life and a positive display of growth, he is definitely no longer ‘LiL Fizz’ from B2K.

“It’s some people who will always refer to me as ‘Lil Fizz‘ because that’s what they know me as, but…It’s just Fizz now because I’ll be 31 soon and I’m far from little ( he laughed)…if anything my son is Lil Fizz and I’m Big Fizz.

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Fans are definitely going to be waiting for this book to hit the shelves because we all have had the opportunity to watch him grow through his music as well as take in what he showcased on television. Fizz is the perfect role model to young fathers all over. His love for his son is simply a beautiful display of living art for black fathers alike.

“I really make my son my priority, so any free time I get aside from whatever he needs is when I put the time into my music and it goes as it comes. It’s more of a hobby now for me because my son is my focus, so if I get the time to do the music then great, but my son is my top priority.”

 

His book is set to be released everywhere books are sold in April 2017 and the pre-order link will be in his bio on his Instagram page @airfizzo really soon.

With the ongoing rumors and drama that surrounds Fizz’s relationship with his son’s mother, Moneice Slaughter, it will be exciting to hear a very genuine, in-depth perspective on fatherhood and the relationship with his son in his own words.

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Author Brittani Williams Talks Working With Fizz & Her Career!

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Author Brittani Williams

It was really rewarding and good to see the future and what can come from your hard work.”  (Brittani Williams)

Author and graphic designer extraordinaire Brittani Williams has sold several hundred thousand books and is even currently writing books with two of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood reality stars. The talented young writer is doing what many writers dream to do in a lifetime. While managing the recent release of her latest book, “Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Philadelphia”, with the well-known New York Times Best Selling author Carl Weber, she managed to team up with former B2k group member and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood reality star, “Fizz”.

Brittani Williams and Fizz collaborated on his new book soon to be released titled, ‘‘No Excuses: Being the Father My Son Deserves”.

Co-Author Brittani Williams
Co-Author Brittani Williams

The multi-talented author shared some insight behind the book collaboration with Fizz as well as how she became to be the published author and writer she is today.

Nothing but great expectations are in store for Williams as she shared with us and fans what she is currently working on.

“I’m actually working on a lot of stuff, so there will definitely be more books. I’m even working on a cookbook and I’ve partnered with my publisher, The TMG Firm, to launch my own publishing company called “Trendsetters Publications”. My author LaDonna Robinson and I wrote a book together called “Guilty of Stealing His Heart”. I’m currently looking for more authors to sign and give them an opportunity to release their books. I’m also working on a collaboration with Hazel-E from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood called “Girl Code: Ethics as a Lifestyle”, so be on the look out for those in the top of 2017.

So of course it’s got to be a bit of a challenge when you land the opportunity to collaborate with a well-known artist such as Fizz and Williams enlightened us on the amazing experience.

“I would say it was just a little bit challenging because it was the first time I had ever collaborated with a celebrity. With anything new you have to figure out what works best and once you figure out the formula to get the quality content, then you can go with that. It was really rewarding and good to see the future and what can come from your hard work.” “I would love to collaborate with him again. He has definitely been easy to work with. He is nice and laid back…which is the same way he is on TV.”

 

For any writer, it’s a huge achievement to network with other authors and celebrities all while pursuing your dreams. Williams stepped back for a minute to share with us what it was like pursuing her dream as a writer and some words she would have given a younger version of herself years ago before the success.

“I would have said to myself to stand firm on what you want to do because as a teen I was always creative, but I wasn’t able to be creative because that was not what my mom wanted. So, when I got out of school it was, “no you can’t do that”…”that’s not a job”…you need to go to school for this. I basically did what she wanted me to do until I became an adult and I could say “I’m not doing that anymore.”

“So, I wish I would have stayed more firm on what I really wanted to do. Even though my writing career started early, I was still published in my early twenties and now I’m 35. I was published, but I started writing when I was like twelve, so I wish I would have been able to deal with that a little bit sooner.”

It’s always tough for those you love to accept dreams outside of their own, but Williams has stuck through the worst of times and she is amazingly doing beyond what many may have ever saw for her.

In a world full of critics, Williams added that you really have to maintain a tough skin not just in life, but even when it comes to writing books. The hardest part about writing for the public eye is often the negative feedback.

“For most people it would likely be being critiqued. That can be tough sometimes like you can get emotional at times and your feelings can be a bit hurt. However, if you choose to be a writer or any kind of entertainer, you have to have tough skin because people will always have something to say. There will always be people that are negative and I love to take those things and use them to make me better.”

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Author Brittani Williams

 Williams has truly become a master of her gift for writing and is not afraid to step in any direction when it comes to doing what she shares a passion for, writing. When it comes to certain genres of the art, she is not picky about bringing those letters to life on paper.

“I don’t really prefer one genre over the other….I mainly write a lot of urban fiction, but that’s because that’s what my publisher wants or what the readers want from me. I’ve written other things, but I love to write period, so it really doesn’t matter.”

When you are into your passion, then everything related to it is nothing but a love experience. We asked if she had the opportunity to turn any of her books into a movie, which one of her top sellers she would pick from. Williams happily responded, “Definitely my book ‘Black Diamond’. I actually turned that into a play back in 2010. I produced a stage play of it, so at that time I also wrote a script for it. That’s always been something I wanted to see on the big screen…that would be amazing if that could happen!”

 

The saying goes that one should never upset a writer or a singer because you might end up in a song or a book. Williams says, “They never upset me, but I’ve definitely used the likeness of some friends and family…even myself in some of the things I write, but not because anybody made me upset…but if you know me, then you may end up in one.”

When we touched briefly on who was a major inspiration to Williams in her writing career, she calmly stated, “I would definitely say Quan because he has been around for a very long time and his work is consistent. Even when you are talking about his work, he never slacks with his readers…he takes his time. It’s a lot of good qualities about him that have made him successful, so he has always been someone I looked up to.”

Outside of her writing, she manages to keep up a successful career as a Graphic Designer and informed us that it is another talent that she will continue to work on.

“I will definitely continue with my graphics. I’m a graphic designer for a lot of independent authors and many of them are bestselling authors. If you log onto Amazon right now, you’ll see a lot of the book covers I’ve designed on the bestsellers’ list. My ultimate goal is to staff my graphics company, so it’s not solely on me.”

When you think of words like successful, accomplished, talented, and creative; Author Brittani Williams should definitely come to mind. We are excited for the talented author and her book collaboration with Fizz. She is living out her dreams regardless of any negativity and we all should aspire to follow suit!

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Finding Your Way Back To Love After A Break-Up

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Finding Your Way Back To Love

Finding Your Way Back To ‘You’ Can Be A Rough Journey.

Finding your way back to love after a terrible break-up can be difficult. No one likes breaking up but it’s part of everyday life. You find yourself growing further apart from the one you once couldn’t see yourself without. It just happens and sometimes it’s the worst feeling ever to get past.

There are times, that a break up, no matter how it ends can leave individuals on a soul seeking journey. They try to figure out what they did wrong in the relationship and how they can make the next relationship better.

During this time of solitude, one must not hesitate to first get back to loving yourself. When you are in a relationship, all of your time and effort goes into making the other person happy. There are times where you are so wrapped up into making sure the other person is happy that you lose out on remembering the things that once made you happy.

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So many have fallen into the error of trying to jump right back into a relationship due to loneliness, instead of allowing themselves to heal and properly prepare mentally for the next relationship. This can be a tragic mishap when they find themselves suddenly fearful and assuming the next person is going to be just like their last relationship. This happens simply  because they failed to allow healing of the mind and soul. When you break up from any long-term relationship, it is best to at least give yourself a year to spend alone. During this alone time, it is okay to date and just observe what you expect from the next relationship. It is a time to grow in areas that you may have grown weak mentally and physically in.

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One thing I see a lot of people do is began to punish themselves by thinking that just because a long term relationship did not work out, that they were at fault. You may have done everything you have known to do in that relationship that was deemed right in your eyes, but they still walked away. Do not let that punish you. Often times we have to look back at how a person grew up. Some people do not know how to love nor how to handle being treated well. It would seem that everyone in life is seeking something good for themselves, yet everyone honestly is not. If the world evolved around people always wanting the better good for themselves, then people would eat healthier and maintain those gym memberships right?

 

Understand that just because the person who left you did not appreciate what you had to offer, does not mean something was wrong with you.

You should continue to be the best person you know how to be and one day someone will appreciate all that you have to offer.

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So while you journey back to discovering true love, continue to work on becoming the best version of you. Be open to new things, and by all means, let go of past hurts and do not hold the new love accountable for the past encounters.

True love is right around the corner for you if you allow yourself to be open to receiving it. This means you began now tearing down that brick wall from the past hurt. Go into your garden, and uproot all the weeds in your life, and clip off those dead leaves.

Now is the time for new beginnings. The past is simply just that, it has no hold on you nor serves as a hindrance for the love you shall receive.

Embrace You & Return To Self!

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5 Questions All Single Men Should Ask When Dating!

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5 Questions Every Single Man Should Ask

Before you get too serious…

Is the new woman in your life a keeper or a player?

 Questions all single men should definitely consider asking any woman prior to making a commitment. Now we have read over a dozen books and articles that are giving the women tips on what to ask a man or what to look for in a man that she assumes will be a potential spouse. However we have not read up on too many novels dedicated to helping the men out.

 Single Men before you get too attached, lets pump those hormonal brakes and find out what she is really all about. You need to ask basic questions so that you can gain some understanding of where her head is, and if she will be a potential partner for the night or for the future.

 

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                           1. What are your short-term or long- term goals?

  This question is very important because you need to know exactly what she has going for herself. How can a Queen help out the King if she has no desires to do anything greater in life. You want a woman who will build with you and bring ideas to the table. You don’t want to marry a woman who has no plans for the future and just follows you around like a shadow while you make all the decisions. 

 

                       2. What are your views on Relationships or Marriage?

 This is a great question to ask because you need to find out if she believes in things that you oppose of in a relationship/marriage. You could be getting yourself involved with a woman who believes the opposite of you, and that can cause division and confusion along the way. There are so many women who are married or in a relationship, that live the lives of single women. Your goal is not to look for a woman who is perfect but for a woman who is a perfect fit for you. So many believe that opposites attract but honestly there must still be a common ground between the two of you to make it work.

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                                        3. What do you think about me?

 This may seem hilarious to ask but trust me, you need to know what a woman is thinking about you just as much as she wants to know what you think about her. When you ask this question, be quiet and observe. Observe for body language and look her in the eyes when she talks. The last thing you want to do is waste your time with a woman who is playing games with you and may only be interested in your finances more than she is into you. 

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                       4. What kind of relationship do you have with God?

 Many avoid asking these questions because they feel that someone’s beliefs should not affect you pursuing a relationship with them. However it is very important to know what type of person you are dealing with. She might seem to be the love of your life but she may be an atheist. She may worship Satan three times a day. So you need to know where her spiritual life resides. You need to be sure that again as stated before that you both share some common ground. 

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5. How well are you with managing money?

                                   Money makes the world go around right?

Then nothing can mess up your relationship than trying to build up your finances with a woman who loves to spend more than she loves to save. You will find yourself in some financial debt sooner or later. You can always take full control over the finances but eventually you will have a battle when she is complaining about wanting to purchase things while you both are trying to save for something greater. So be sure she can at least manage to keep a budget and not blow all of your money.

 These are simply just a few top questions to ask the women that you are pursuing with hopes of later becoming a potential partner for you. Every man needs a woman who will help to bring out the best in him as well as be his backbone. You need more than just a pretty face standing around you collecting dust and nagging about everything she feels you are not doing to make her happy. 

   Take some time to ask questions before you decide to have a future with anyone.

 

How To Keep Your Man Happy!

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How To Keep Your Man Happy

So exactly how do you keep your man happy?

 How to keep a man happy? Well the average woman will probably have a million responses. I can hear some of you now saying there is no exact way to keep a man happy because all men are not the same. I hear you, but ladies what I want you to know is that there are some basic steps that you can follow. If you can manage to follow some of these basic guidelines, then you can keep your man happy!

Men, no matter how different they are, are pretty simple when it comes to just a few things. Women however tend to be a bit more complex when it comes to satisfying our wants. Of course not all women are the same but then again this article isn’t about the ladies right?! So we won’t go in depth on that topic.

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How To Keep Your Man Happy

Let me add that the tips that I am about to break down for you will only be beneficial for the guy who is for you. I’m sure every woman has learned over the years that you can be everything to the wrong man. It doesn’t mean that would you did was wrong. It just means you did it with the wrong guy. There are some men out there that you can hit back bends for and swing from a chandelier and he will still leave you. That’s part of life.

Yet if you have a really good man who loves you and all you do is create an uncomfortable living space for him, then Houston we have a problem!

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How To Keep Your Man Happy

 

The first issue that every woman tends to do at one point or another is NAGG!

Now sure we all end up nagging for some reason or another but men don’t like it! You will find him escaping the roar of the dragon everyday if he has to. He’ll go hang out with his friends more, or just disappear to avoid all of the nagging. To be honest it may even remind him of being a child who is getting fussed at. He’s a grown man, so he will definitely get away from you to keep his man hood alive. There is a way to get your point across to your man without nagging. Men are simple but not dumb. If you tell him what the issue is then give him the space to fix the problem. When you nag daily about it, you might as well push him out the door of your life. Be his peace of mind!

 

The next issue that we as ladies don’t do enough of is SUPPORT HIM!

How often do we carry long conversations to him about all of our problems and the things we want?! We never take the time to see about his needs. We never ask him what is bothering him. Ladies you have to be concerned about your man. Find out how his day was and if he is dealing with anything. Be that pillow that he can lay his head on and vent to. There are times that we can be a bit selfish of his needs. You have to remember that he is still human. If he feels he can’t talk to you and get that support, he’ll find someone else to vent to.

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How To Keep Your Man Happy

Lastly ladies, stop expecting him to be someone he is not. Stop comparing him to your past relations. Stop trying to CHANGE HIM!

Most of you listen to your friend girls and take all of the wrong advice on trying to train a man to be something he is not. Now by all means you should push your man to be the best he can be, but don’t try to do a make-over stunt. You all remember the woman from the movie, “Two Can Play That Game” who fixed Bobby Brown’s teeth right? He started tripping on her. Let that man be all that he inspires to be for you without you trying to follow some rule book. A good man who loves you, will change for you by himself. He has been living with himself all his life so if he knows he has flaws that could affect your relation, he will happily work on them. If he doesn’t change to better the relationship then honey he just isn’t the one for you.

 

These are just a few tips towards keeping your man happy. Of course I could have added so much more but that will be saved for another topic. Now go home today and work on these three things, and see if you can make 2017 better than your past years!

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Here Comes Harletson!

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Harletson Band

Get Ready To Fall In Love With Harletson!

A series of encounters through the open-mic night scene in Los Angeles, transpired into the formation of a band with each member sharing a mutual passion for ’60s and ’70s music. The chemistry was inevitable, and their musical styles complimented one another. This lead to a permanent collaboration known to the world as, Harletson! Known for their creative covers of songs in various genres, the band delivers a “sweetly soulful brand of pop. This display has been unheard of since the era of the Eagles & Crosby, and Stills & Nash,” which were popular folk rock bands in the late ’60s.

 Rising to stardom at a very fast pace, the trio’s melodic harmonies have graced even bigger stages across the country, performing their debut single “Say Our Goodbyes on the Hollywood Today Live show in the heart of Hollywood. With a unique passion for storytelling through their music, the group was able to merge their personal stories of the journey to L.A. through the single, while yet managing to send a deeper, inspirational message to their audience. “When you really look at it, the song’s an encouragement to keep fighting for whatever you’re passionate about“, band member Jackson Singleton said.

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Harletson Band

  The band’s name, Harletson, derived from each of their last names: Nathan Harrington, Jackson Singleton and Weston Wilson. It won’t be long until the group brings their musical experience to a city near you!

Harletson band, gives major insight to having grasped great inspiration from role models in the likes of, ‘The Beatles’, ‘Eagles’, ‘Crosby Stills Nash’, and ‘Fleetwood Mac’ states band member Weston. “As for current artists we love Ryan Adams, ‘The Lumineers’, & The 1975”, adds band member Nathan Harrington. Despite starting out with solo careers prior to Los Angeles, the band managed to naturally come together with their diverse backgrounds.

 “I think it was a collaborative effort. We all just loved the same music and it happened very naturally!” -Weston

 “We met in LA through a mutual friend who introduced me to Jack & Weston, we started jamming, & got excited about what we were doing together, so we decided to do this thing for real.” We came together & worked as a unit so fast. It felt so natural that we all knew we needed to form this band. “

-Nathan Harrington

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Harletson Band Performing Before Thousands

The coming together of this amazing band was destined for the ability to reach the world through their display of unique instrumental and vocal talents. As with any band, the goal is to inspire people all over the world through music. Harletson compares their inspiration of music to giving off more of an old school vibe instead of the new school. Weston states, “Although we love some new things, old school is the way to go!” Nathan Harrington went on to add, “I would say both. We definitely have old souls, but there does happen to be some great music happening right now.”

 

The band, which is currently on tour, plans to rub off some of that glorious mix of old school for fans abroad. Jackson states, “We want to leave people encouraged, and motivated to create something positive in this world. The kids who come to the shows are just like us in that a lot of them want to see change. We are just three voices in a sea of the coming generation that want to create Art that impacts people.” Upon completion of the tour, Jackson added that the band will definitely be delivering some new music for fans this year! So get ready to fall in love with Harletson!

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Harletson Band

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