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22-year-old Black Female Author Creates Talk Show For Entrepreneurs

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Los Angeles, CA — 2/1/2019 —

22-year-old author, journalist, and model Tyrah Majors recently launched a talk show that features one-on-one interviews with millennial’s who’ve started their own ventures.

The self-produced show, titled “Major Moves with Tyrah Majors” features anyone who is making “major moves” whether they be an entrepreneur, artist, designer, non-profit organizer, or anyone that is making a difference and a positive impact in the world.

First to create a talk show centered on entrepreneurship, Majors considers it to be a driving force for those who want to build a brand and are just looking for a little inspiration to do so.

“If there is one thing I know, it is that young people have so much power to influence other young people, especially in today’s culture of social media,” Majors said. “They tend to be driven and feel inspired when they see great things done by people like themselves.”

A range of business boomers from app creators to fashion designers have shared their story on Major Moves with Tyrah Majors. In her first episode, Majors spoke with two 24-year-olds about their journey in starting “Bev,” a rose wine company made by chicks.

The show is filmed in a TV studio at the University of Southern California (USC), where Majors is a full-time graduate student. As a journalism major, she is the very first student at USC to launch their own talk show on campus in this format.

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Aside from producing and hosting her newest venture, the San Diego native is also a children’s book author. She published her first book titled “Grammy and Me” in 2017, telling the story about a young girl spending the day with her grandmother. The book centers on family values, and bringing characters of color into the forefront of the children’s media landscape.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Tyrah Majors has grown her experience in the profession with news outlets including NBC, Tribune, and MUSE TV. Recently she shared with me her journey thus far with starting her show.

What inspired you to start your talk show?

“Major Moves” is something people would call me throughout undergraduate school, as a playoff of my last name. After I wrote my book, everyone started saying it because they thought it was a “Major Move.” So then I thought: there are so many people out there in the world doing great things and making moves, and it inspired me. I see it in my friends and family especially. I love telling stories and discovering new talents, so I figured why not give other people who are making “Major Moves” a platform to share theirs!”

 What do you enjoy most about creating a platform for Entrepreneurs?

“It’s such a popular trend these days to start your own thing and build your own brand. There’s no problem with having a supervisor or working for a corporation, however I’m seeing this decrease more and more as the new generations start to enter the workforce. Everyone wants to start their own “thing,” and there are so many cool ideas just waiting to be shared! My favorite part about this job is giving those who are just starting out with their business, a platform to share their creativity and thinking. I like giving the up-and-comers their shine time, because frequently their slept on. Many times credit is only given to those with a blue verified check on Instagram. I like giving credit where it’s due.”

 What do you want to accomplish next in your career for 2019?

“Well first off, finish my master’s degree. Throughout the rest of the year I want to continue to grow my platform, so the stories I report (that hopefully inspire people) reach a mass audience. I also am writing a second children’s book that I hope will be published by the beginning of 2020!”

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What motivates you to keep going daily as a young entrepreneur in media?

“Every day I’m motivated by doing this job, being self-sufficient and seeing the reaction. I’m always looking for new content, ideas and innovations that’ll hopefully be the foundation to doing what I love forever.  I look at others in the media industry who are in high positions of power and influence and think to myself, ‘wow, if they can do it, so can I. Also, I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for the continuous support and advice from my family.”

How did you deal with any critics when you announced you were starting your show?

“Omg! I got so much criticism when I was first starting up this show. “No one is going to watch this, talk shows are for old people.” “You’re not going to get any views on this,” and much more. I took those negative comments and disregarded them, because I knew that if I didn’t pursue this, I would never know if I could. Now that I’m this far in, I don’t want to stop. Haters are always going to hate, you just got to keep on innovating!”

 I absolutely love to hear the stories of our young entrepreneurs that are getting out here and taking their skills to the next level!

 Connect with Tyrah Majors on Social Media and catch her show bi-weekly on Youtube by following @tyrahmajors on all platforms!

Charmaine Johnise from VH1’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago Launches New Apron Line

Growing up as the only child has made Charmaine Johnise a little bit spoiled, the VH1 reality star admits in an exclusive interview on Starrdom100 Radio. But she is no stranger to hard work and creates her own opportunities.

What many didn’t know is that she is more than just a reality TV figure, as Johnise is a graduate of Howard University, host of an iHeart radio show, and has recently launched her own Apron Line. Due to the negative portrayal black women oftentimes get in the reality show business, the 28-year-old has garnered much praise for being a positive voice for women of color.

Johnise, who is set for the new season of Black Ink Crew: Chicago, gives a little insight into what will take place on the next show, and talks more about her entrepreneurial endeavors in an exclusive interview on Starrdom100 Radio.

What can we expect on Season 5 of Black Ink Crew: Chicago?

“If you thought Season 4 was crazy. Just wait until Season 5, like you really haven’t seen anything yet. It gets even crazier. But the good thing is that we all join forces back together again, like at some point. So, you know, we are trying to make things work out, you know as a unit with the people that started this. Just remembering like who 9 Mag is and why it started and what it was built on… and you know the teamwork and the efforts; we’re going back to that. But honey the drama…we wouldn’t be number one without drama. Let’s just say that so, you know reality TV is the new soap opera. So just be tuning in every Wednesday. We air in January 2019, I don’t know the exact date yet, but be ready for that!”

 Going into this new season, what can you say you’ve learned about yourself from last season?

“Something I’ve learned probably is that I’m a little spoiled (laughing) but you know, I’m the only child, and you know how that goes. Something that’s different is I’m just stepping up like in every way. Like people are going to take me serious this season. I’m not going to say hey guys take me serious and they’re laughing behind my back like, you know, you need to get with the program or we don’t have to do this. Other than that, you know, I’ve been taking some boxing classes! (Laughing)  I’m always bringing the best of the best of myself to the TV. So, you know just definitely look out for that for sure.”

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You have a new Apron Line out, Tell me about that.

“Yes, I created them myself as far as like the ideas and everything behind it. And yes, it’s really cute stuff like something for everybody. I got aprons for men and women. Some of the aprons say “Wakanda Food You Like”, “Real Men Get Down In The Kitchen”, “Chop It Like It’s Hot” and more. So everybody can get those at http://www.allthingsCharmaine.com. I also have an App coming out that’s going to showcase a lot of my life and cooking videos. That’s going to be released in a few months. I’m focusing on a lot of holiday foods because I’m going to put out a holiday like cookbook as well soon.”

 You recently shared your thoughts about how black women are betrayed on reality TV. What are your thoughts on that?

“So basically it’s crazy because I think women in general are kind of portrayed in a crazy light on Reality TV period! I just think women in general are expected to…you know, do the most on TV, whereas men can kind of fall in the background. Women are expected to bring all the messy and all the gossip. I do think that you know, with black woman unfortunately, they look to us for the ratchet and that ghetto turn up. How they’re portrayed is crazy, but we’re also giving that to them too. So we can’t even blame TV because if that’s the case, black women would have been stepped up to the plate. So I just think you know at the end of the day get your coin sis because I have my own reality TV situation. I haven’t handled everything perfect. And you know, sometimes I was in situations as well, but on the other end, you know, when you think about it… think about the footprint maternally for our kids and everything is not necessarily something that you know, you can be proud of all of your actions on TV. But hey, if you’re living in your true life and if that is true, you live life with no regrets and if that is truly yourself then that’s a whole different story.

Listen to the full interview now by clicking Here!

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Starrdom100 Exclusive: Actor Darrin D. Henson of BET’s ‘The Family Business’ Discusses Role On The Show

 

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In a recent interview on Starrdom100 Radio, Actor Darrin D. Henson gave some of the inside scoop on BET’s New Hit TV series ‘The Family Business.’

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Darrin Dewitt Henson initially rose to fame as one of the most notable characters on Showtime’s television series, Soul Food. Henson’s critically acclaimed portrayal of ex-convict-turned-businessman, Lem Van Adams, demonstrated his ability to connect deeply with urban audiences.

His work on Soul Food earned him subsequent roles in popular urban films Stomp the Yard and Life Support.  He has also had key roles ABC’s television series Lincoln Heights and more recently, the hit dramas, VH1’s  Single Ladies and BET’s Being Mary Jane. Take a look below at what he shared on Starrdom100 Radio!

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Tanisha Davis: “So I’m excited about this new TV series, can you tell me a little bit more about it?”

Darrin D. Henson: “Sure, “The Family Business” which airs on BET at 9 pm on Tuesdays is about the Duncan’s family, an exotic car business-owning family, successful black family in NYC who is in the business of cars and other businesses, and as you know in business where there is success there is also jealousy. So there is jealousy within the family, outside of the family, and there is war going on with different cartels you know, but the Duncan family is the new family on the block to watch out for.”

Darrin explained how there are obstacles that come in the world of business and being successful in the family.  So with the Duncan family there is a lot of trouble within the family and outside of the family.

Now let’s get to know the character he plays!

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Tanisha: So you play Orlando Duncan, can you tell me a little about your character?

Darrin: “Orlando is next in line to run the family business. The first episode shows that he is going to be the recipient of the business from his father and again it raises eyebrows and makes other family members jealous, you know, LC  Duncan has had a long-standing relationship with the  exotic car business as well as the narcotic business so, its raising jealousy within the family itself.”

Tanisha“This sounds kind of like a mafia-style family”

Darrin: “This family is not to be messed with!”

We can tell this new series is going to keep you entertained and questioning what’s going to happen next.

Tanisha: What drew you to this project because I know its based on Carl Weber’s book so what made you want to be apart of it?

Darrin: Well, I worked with Tri Destined who is the producing company behind the film, many many times, I also worked with Carl Weber many times, so reading the books working with Carl and working with Tri Destined, then reading about this particular show and seeing that its so well developed, and the characters are well developed…who wouldn’t want to play Orlando Duncan?! Its an opportunity to do great work and tell great stories.”

Darrin then explains how the cast is the best part about going into work every day because there is a great group of people to work along side of.

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Tanisha: How would you describe the Duncan family?

Darrin: The Duncan’s family is not to be played with,  Sean Ringgold who plays my big bro…plays the enforcer. He is literally ready to smash heads, you can see in the first  episode that’s what we did, we smashed heads.’

Tanisha: Whats the relationship behind scenes with the cast, are you guys having a lot of fun?

Darrin: We are literally like family there’s no question that its a family.

Tanisha: Out of all of the characters that you have played in other movies, what do you like most about this character?

Darrin: Orlando is the real deal, he’s smart, strategic, he loves his family, he’s an entrepreneur and he’s ready for more, he’s a well-developed character with human flaws which is great because we can see how he unfolds hopefully for the next 10 years.

Tanisha: Are there any upcoming projects with you, I know you have a movie for Thanksgiving?

Darrin: Yes, its called Nothing Like Thanksgiving, it’s going to be on the AMC channel.  Im very excited about people seeing it, its about love & life… and once again FAMILY its one to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

Listen to the Full interview now by clicking Here!

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Starrdom100 Radio Show Is Now on IHeartRadio!

We’re super excited to announce that our radio show is now on #IHeartRadio!

So be sure to go download the app today and follow the show!

Catch the show every Friday at 5:30pm CT/6:30pm EST!

Show hours may vary when we have exclusive guest interviews!

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Christopher Martin of “KID N’ PLAY” Discusses His Journey in the Music Industry & New Hip-Hop Film Documentary!

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During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the voices of Hip-Hop were starting to be heard across cultural and socio-economic lines bringing light to the street life. One of the crews that played a major voice in this era was the hip hop duo known as, Kid N’ Play.

Christopher Martin most popularly known as “Play” from the late 80s/early 90s Hip Hop duo, Kid N’ Play, is one of the iconic pioneers of the Hip Hop culture when it comes to music and dance! Christopher “Play” Martin along with co-member of the group, Christopher Reid formerly known as Kid, helped to pave the way and open doors to the social revolution of dance within the hip hop culture!

Outside of memorable lyrics and the group’s famous dances known as the Kick Step and the Funky Charleston, the group aided in bringing attention to the art and creativity of dance.

Classic films like ‘House Party’, ‘Class Act’ and even a popular animated 90s cartoon series based on the real life of the hip-hop duo, was just one of the many amazing creations behind the multi-talented group.

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The New York native, Christopher Martin now has a new film documentary called, “ANDiDANCED” which is about the women and men who danced and helped to make a lot of the 80s – 90s rappers and singers performances exciting, and unforgettable. (ANDiDanced.com)

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In the documentary, he plans to travel from city to city to speak with the dancers responsible for the videos, dance shows and images we enjoy til this very day. A few of the rap artists appearing in the documentary include, LL Cool J, NWA, Salt ‘n Pepa,  MC Hammer, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, Slick Rick, Kid N’ Play, and a host of others!

The executive producers of the show are Christopher “Play” Martin and Cheryl “Salt” James. Producers are Shane Johnson and Donielle Artese.

Recently I had the honor and the pleasure of interviewing the Hip Hop icon, Christopher Martin on my radio show (Starrdom100 Radio) and he discussed his journey into the hip hop culture as well as shed some light on his new film documentary, “ANDiDANCED.” As a 80s baby and true fan of Kid N’ Play, the experience was exciting! Take a brief look at a few excerpts from the interview below.

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Tanisha Davis: Who was Christopher Martin before being known as “Play”?

“Christopher Martin was an accident waiting to happen. Coming up in the streets of New York, you didn’t have the images or the inspiration that you have today, especially in Hip Hop because it didn’t exist. Matter of fact it was an era and a time believe it or not on this planet where Hip Hop didn’t exist, and when it did begin to come, it wasn’t even called Hip Hop. So I wasn’t really relating to what was happening in the schools, I was more attracted to what was happening in the streets because that’s what looked like success for a young black boy or teenager. I was attracted to a lot of the negative elements in the streets, and that was becoming my aspiration and inspiration. My father was doing his thing successfully or so I thought in the streets, so I wanted to be with him and then combine that with the images I was seeing in the movie theaters. I was just going to be the best, I guess, criminal I could be and I flirted with that, tampered with that, and thank God he used something that was eventually going to be called Hip Hop to save my life.”

Tanisha Davis: You have a new documentary film called “AndIDanced” tell me about that.

“It’s something I have been working on for many years now, it took that long to be able to accomplish it. I have been traveling around the country and trying to find a lot of old friends to have great conversation with, which included many of the dancers who were responsible for the success of a lot of entertainers, rappers and singers……..It’s really just talking to them about how they started out in low budget videos and R&B videos that are now considered R&B & Hip Hop classics.”

 Tanisha Davis: What are your thoughts on NBA player Lebron James doing a House Party remake?

“I think it’s great. Lebron James has always shown nothing but love for Kid and I. It’s very apparent how much he loves the work that we have done. There have been times where he has even posted pictures of his two sons with haircuts that he did to recreate the looks of Kid N’ Play. We did an Allstate commercial with him at one time, so he’s a great person, and I know what he is trying to do and what he is doing with accomplishing and trying to make a difference in entertainment. So no, I have no problem with that at all. They say the highest form of flattery is imitation.”

 

Take a listen to the full interview with me and Christopher “Play” Martin below.

Keep Up with Christopher “Play” Martin on Instagram (@the_Playgroundz) & on Twitter (@thePLAYgroundz).

Discover more information about his new film documentary by visiting www.ANDiDANCED.com!

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Upcoming Exclusive Radio Interview w/ Christopher “Play” Martin!

Be sure to tune in to Starrdom100 Radio on tomorrow evening as we have a #LIVE discussion with the legendary Hip Hop star, Christopher Martin best known as “Play”!

You know him from the popular late 80s/early 90s group ‘Kid-N-Play’ as well as the popular classic movie, ‘House Party’!

The show kicks off on time Wednesday, April 18 at 5PM CT/6PM EST and if you are on the West Coast then tune in at 3PM PT!

Hosted By: Tanisha D. Davis (@TanishaDDavis)

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Starrdom100Blog Exclusive: Pamela Y. Smith Speaks Out On Prior Relationship With Former NBA Player Michael Jordan

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Pamela Y. Smith shook the media back in 2013 after she came forth and filed a paternity suit against former NBA legend Michael Jordan. Smith claimed he was the father of her 17-year-old son at the time. She demanded a DNA test, full custody and child support. Of course the courts did not work in her favor behind the accusations against the former NBA player. The paternity suit was dismissed alleging that Michael Jordan fathered her son, Grant Pierce Jordan Reynolds. Pamela Y. Smith was fined by an Atlanta court and accused of making false claims against the NBA Hall of Famer. For the first time in years she is finally speaking out about what happened with her prior relationship with Michael Jordan and the case.

On Wednesday, March 21, Pamela Y. Smith opened up to me about the entire experience.

How did you and Michael Jordan meet?

               “We met in the late 1980’s ( full story on how we met is in the Book)”

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Pamela Y. Smith released a book recently titled, “Love, Sex, and Power” which tells the full story of her relationship with the former NBA player and more, the book is available now on her website.

Did Michael Jordan ever agree to the paternity test?

“The civil case was based on a Georgia statue and law, when it comes to a child being born, before birth automatically the parents through marriage is said to be the father. (not the biological father).”

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Why do you feel he has been avoiding the paternity test?

                     “He avoided the test based on Money not the GA statue.”

 How does your son feel about what has happened with the case thus far?

“My son felt Michael should have spoken up or at least acknowledged the relationship existed.”

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Does your son want a relationship with Michael Jordan?

                                                                         “No”

What are you in hopes of gaining from this case? Do you simply just want Michael Jordan to acknowledge his son?

“The book is about repairing the lie. Michael stated he did not have a relationship with me prior to his first marriage.”

How has this entire experience affected your life and your son’s life?

“It affects us based on the lie told but not the truth. In the end its his loss for not having a relationship with his son.”

Do you feel that due to Michael Jordan’s status that they are mistreating you with the handling of this case?

“Yes, because of his money and status, people assume he has power. So they would do anything for money even if it lies or damages the other person. That’s why in my book you can read the truth and see the proof. That’s the glory in it……”

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“My book is my Memoir of the Love, Sex, and Power of my relationship with one of the Greatest Of All Time Basketball stars Michael J. Jordan. I believe we shared the journey of real love and friendship. A love that would last forever, yet never seen.” -Pamela Y. Smith

Pamela Y. Smith simply wants Michael Jordan to stop pretending the relationship never existed and to face the truth about his alleged son. In her new book Smith tells it all about her relationship with the NBA legend. You can get your copy of the book by clicking HERE.

I must admit her son looks just like Michael Jordan so hopefully he will just come forth and take the test and lay this matter to rest.

 

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