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Get To Know Dancer/Choreographer Janelle Ginestra #KontrolMagExclusive

“Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it.” -Janelle Ginestra

Dance is a highly expressive, yet often overlooked, art form. Yet certain performers aim to make the passion and hard work of dance shine in spite of the naysayers. JANELLE GINESTRA is one of those dancers! Whether it’s taking time out for choreographing for your favorite artist, or bringing together dancers, she is the impressive balance between molding creativity with a mixture of finesse and emotion. Kontrol had the pleasure of discovering the start of her career into dance and more.

 “I started dancing at a very young age, like when I was two years old. Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it. It was never like my mom put me in it as a hobby, I told my mom at like almost 2 years old that it was what I wanted to do.”

To be passionate at such a very young age is simply amazing. Ginestra proves that she is not new to the art of dance and gives her definition on what dance means to her.

“Dance means everything! Doing it, creating it, watching it…just feels right for me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful freedoms of expression, and I think it’s amazing how we can use it to make music come to life.”

Janelle Ginestra has had the pleasure of bringing her passion and skill of dancing before a multitude of artist. You may remember her from the music video Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, where she had the joy of starring as one of the lead dancers in the video. I believe the world went crazy over this video and she shared with us her experience of how she came into the role.
Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra performs with Nicki Minaj in Anaconda.

“For me to get that video, it was like a small private call, and that process was not too hard to get. Once on the job you had to keep the job by having good work ethic, she (Nicki Minaj) had to be able to vibe with you, and of course every job is not like that. For Pink’s video I had to go audition with tons of people and fight people out for that job, so it’s just a trick of the trade. Sometimes it’s easy to get and sometimes it’s hard.”

For those young ladies out there aspiring to become professional dancers, Ginestra states that,

“I would give the advice to have your own identity. You don’t want to be a mock of somebody else because that person already exists. You want to have so much confidence, hunger, passion and the polish. You have to know that you are a stand out in the room and be realistic with yourself. If you’re not then you need to work you’re a$$ off to get there. If you are, then you need to keep believing in that and not mold to what other people try to make you.”

When speaking on whether she feels that the art of dance instills self-confidence? She adds that,
“I feel like any kind of person can dance; whether you are small, big, chunky, skinny, the most not attractive, attractive, it allows you to be a star in your own rights. You don’t have to be a certain way or look a certain way to be a dancer. You don’t have to move a certain way to be a star. There are like really cool contemporary people that you would never think would be a dancer but they get out and go do their thing. I think it allows you to feel confident in the person that you are and the way that you express. So if you feel nerdy at school but you walk into the dance room and you’re one of the most bad a$$ contemporary people, it allows you to shine where you may sometimes not in other areas of life.”
 These are very strong words of wisdom, proving that you can still rock the stage no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. This is why Janelle Ginestra is so powerful in her gift of dance. She knows what matters and as a choreographer aims to pull out that inner baddy who can slay the stage!

 

After just dropping a new popping dance video titled “I Like That’, we were curious to know what else she had in store for us this year.

Will and I are hoping to be choreographing a new movie that should be coming out soon. We are going to be doing music videos for some Chinese artists that will be coming over to the United States. We also just recently opened our new studio which is probably the biggest deal so we are going to try to make it the new amazing thing in LA where classes are held but with a different energy. We want to create something that we wish existed which is like a safe zone where people feel free to just have fun and dance.”

As you can see, dance is everything that Janelle Ginestra is made of and we are so happy to have had the pleasure to discover more about her world as a dancer!

 

Written & Interviewed By: Tanisha D. Davis

Get To Know Dancer/Choreographer Janelle Ginestra

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

“Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it.” -Janelle Ginestra

Dance is a highly expressive, yet often overlooked, art form. Yet certain performers aim to make the passion and hard work of dance shine in spite of the naysayers. JANELLE GINESTRA is one of those dancers! Whether it’s taking time out for choreographing for your favorite artist, or bringing together dancers, she is the impressive balance between molding creativity with a mixture of finesse and emotion. Kontrol had the pleasure of discovering the start of her career into dance and more.

 “I started dancing at a very young age, like when I was two years old. Dancing has always been a part of my life, and I was lead to it by just the pure passion of liking it. It was never like my mom put me in it as a hobby, I told my mom at like almost 2 years old that it was what I wanted to do.”

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

To be passionate at such a very young age is simply amazing. Ginestra proves that she is not new to the art of dance and gives her definition on what dance means to her.

“Dance means everything! Doing it, creating it, watching it…just feels right for me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful freedoms of expression, and I think it’s amazing how we can use it to make music come to life.”

Janelle Ginestra has had the pleasure of bringing her passion and skill of dancing before a multitude of artist. You may remember her from the music video Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, where she had the joy of starring as one of the lead dancers in the video. I believe the world went crazy over this video and she shared with us her experience of how she came into the role.
Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra performs with Nicki Minaj in Anaconda.

“For me to get that video, it was like a small private call, and that process was not too hard to get. Once on the job you had to keep the job by having good work ethic, she (Nicki Minaj) had to be able to vibe with you, and of course every job is not like that. For Pink’s video I had to go audition with tons of people and fight people out for that job, so it’s just a trick of the trade. Sometimes it’s easy to get and sometimes it’s hard.”

For those young ladies out there aspiring to become professional dancers, Ginestra states that,

“I would give the advice to have your own identity. You don’t want to be a mock of somebody else because that person already exists. You want to have so much confidence, hunger, passion and the polish. You have to know that you are a stand out in the room and be realistic with yourself. If you’re not then you need to work you’re a$$ off to get there. If you are, then you need to keep believing in that and not mold to what other people try to make you.”

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

 When speaking on whether she feels that the art of dance instills self-confidence? She adds that,

“I feel like any kind of person can dance; whether you are small, big, chunky, skinny, the most not attractive, attractive, it allows you to be a star in your own rights. You don’t have to be a certain way or look a certain way to be a dancer. You don’t have to move a certain way to be a star. There are like really cool contemporary people that you would never think would be a dancer but they get out and go do their thing. I think it allows you to feel confident in the person that you are and the way that you express. So if you feel nerdy at school but you walk into the dance room and you’re one of the most bad a$$ contemporary people, it allows you to shine where you may sometimes not in other areas of life.”
 These are very strong words of wisdom, proving that you can still rock the stage no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. This is why Janelle Ginestra is so powerful in her gift of dance. She knows what matters and as a choreographer aims to pull out that inner baddy who can slay the stage!

 

After just dropping a new popping dance video titled “I Like That’, we were curious to know what else she had in store for us this year.

Will and I are hoping to be choreographing a new movie that should be coming out soon. We are going to be doing music videos for some Chinese artists that will be coming over to the United States. We also just recently opened our new studio which is probably the biggest deal so we are going to try to make it the new amazing thing in LA where classes are held but with a different energy. We want to create something that we wish existed which is like a safe zone where people feel free to just have fun and dance.”

As you can see, dance is everything that Janelle Ginestra is made of and we are so happy to have had the pleasure to discover more about her world as a dancer!

Janelle Ginestra interview with Kontrol Magazine
Janelle Ginestra

[New Music] Rolling Loud Performer, Teenear Gives Us ‘Something Else’

 

Premiering on VIBE Magazine

Teenear Gives Fans..

“Something Else”

produced by @VelousMusic

Teenear releases her original new single “Something Else”, all in the midst of her Travis Scott, “Goosebumps,” cover buzzing all over the web. “Something Else” was produced by Grammy nominated producer Velous, after taking a break from working with Billboard artists like Jeremih; Velous teamed up with iHeart tour performer, Teenear, to create another smash. “Something Else” is an up-tempo R&B song, that describes meeting someone unexpectedly and discovering new things in life and love.
R&B Singer Teenear releases new single, "Something Else"
Teenear
 “It’s about that one person who came into your life, made such an unexpected impact, that now you can’t let them go. Their presence made you do and feel things you haven’t felt before.” – Teenear

 “Something Else” kicked off with a VIBE magazine premiere and is sure to carry us through the summer. Fans can catch the Slip-N-Slide artist, performing in May, as part of the Rolling Loud tour, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Future and more. As for now, enjoy her new single and please share.

Teenear "Something Else"
R&B Singer Teenear releases new single, “Something Else”.

                                      More About Teenear

Slip-N-Slide Records recording artist Teenear is carving a lane of her own. The Miami native began singing at the age of 3 and honed her craft through participating in pageants, talent shows and in church. With her sights set on singing, dancing and acting, she is poised to be Miami’s next breakout star. At 15 the singer took her parents’ advice and uploaded a performance cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” to her YouTube channel and began creating a buzz. She kept the momentum going with a cover of Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” which left quite the impression on the star herself.

 In 2015, she released her debut single; “Friday Night” featuring rapper Sage The Gemini, then followed up with the mid-tempo “Streetlights” in 2016. “Friday Night” went global when Japanese dancer Kahonna used the song for a choreography video and “Streetlights” received a dancehall inspired remix featuring rapper Trina in the fourth quarter of 2016. The two releases display the singer’s progressive growth that only continues with the new music that she is preparing to release.

Teenear releases new single, 'Something Else'
Teenear

Teenear kicked off 2017 with “Last Night,” a breakup anthem that that fuses R&B with bounce and kept the momentum going with the Velous-produced “Something Else.”

 “I love R&B because it’s just so much fun to sing,” says Teenear. “I will always keep some of that close to my heart, but my lane is a mix between urban and pop.”

Jim Jonsin, Marley Waters, Stereotype and Lamb are among the producers that she is currently working with. Yearly, she teams up with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and the Ted Lucas foundation for their annual turkey giveaway. Her philanthropic efforts also include visiting the Miami Children’s Hospital and working with the American Cancer Foundation. With influences that include trailblazers like Mariah Carey, Brandy, Aaliyah and Beyoncé, her vocal prowess and a positive image that is reflected in her music. She can be seen performing as a part of iHeart’s Juice High School Tour as well as the 2017 Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. (bio source: teenear.com)

Teenear
Teenear Releases her New Single, ‘Something Else’

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LeToya Luckett Announces New Album ‘Back 2 Life’/ Reveals Track List

'Back 2 Life' New Album

LeToya Luckett Announces New Album ‘Back 2 Life’ / Reveals Track List! The New Album Hits Stores On May 12th!

LeToya Luckett is originally known for being a member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She won two Grammy Awards and released a ton of successful hit recordings. After the group split, she began her solo career after signing a record deal with Capitol Records.

Letoya Luckett 'Back To Life' New Album
LeToya Luckett

LeToya Luckett, began her solo debut album, ‘LeToya’, that topped the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in 2006, and was certified platinum by the RIAA later that same year. The single, “Torn”, which we all loved, and it’s pretty much on the playlist of any woman who can’t choose between love interests; achieved records on BET’s top ten countdown show 106 & Park. She was also named “One of the Best New Artists of 2006” by AOL and the “Top Songwriter of 2006” by ASCAP. Luckett released a second solo album, ‘Lady Love’ on August 25, 2009, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and also as No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Letoya Luckett Releases Track List for New Album 'Back To Life'
LeToya Luckett ‘Back 2 Life’ New Album
LeToya Luckett’s new album, has been several years in the making, the project was previously named ‘Until Then…’ and follows 2009’s ‘Lady Love.’ LeToya Luckett recently unveiled details on her third studio album, which is now titled ‘Back 2 Life.’ On December 7, 2016, she released the single Back 2 Life, with an accompanying music video released earlier this year on January 10, 2017. The album is set for release via eOne for May 12th, and the LP (which is named after its lead single) features Ludacris and production from Andre Harris, Warryn Campbell and newcomer Anthony Saunders.

 

Check Out the Official Track List Below!

 

BACK 2 LIFE TRACKLISTING

 

  1. I’m Ready
  2. B2L
  3. Show Me
  4. Used To
  5. Middle
  6. Grey ft. Ludacris
  7. In The Name
  8. My Love
  9. Worlds Apart
  10. Weekend
  11. Higher
  12. Loving You
  13. Disconnected
Am I the only one enjoying the come back of all my favorite singers & groups? Surely I’m not the only one. I’m looking forward to the album from LeToya Luckett!

Letoya Luckett Releases Track List for Back to Life Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording Artist Malina Moye Brings Fire & Emotion To Rock & Roll!

Malina Moye sits down in an interview with Kontrol Magazine.

Malina Moye is Phenomenal & A Face to know in Rock & Roll!

Malina Moye embraces her unique brand, bringing charisma, fire, and emotion to music unlike any artist in the world today. As a savvy businesswoman, she has taken her childhood dream and turned it into an empire. She is what I consider to be positively explosive, and spiritually grounded. That is simply just a vast hint to explaining the multi-talented, left handed guitarist, singer, songwriter, and luminary star, Malina Moye. 

When discussing who she felt inspired by in the industry of pop culture, she stated that that there were  so many influences, and that seeing Tina Turner, Prince, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and even looking at You Tube videos helped to inspire and motivate her as a musician. She mentioned that just being able to see the type of energy and power that these people would bring to music was simply unbelievable!

Malina Moye sits down in an interview with Kontrol Magazine.
Malina Moye
After releasing her single “Girlfriend” and cross-marketing it with her calendar “Spend 12 Months With Malina Moye: Hot Fun in California Sun,” she caught the attention of the crowds, who considered Malina to be almost a resemblance of Madonna! This helped land her song, “Girlfriend”, on the R&B Hip-Hop Sales Billboard listing at number 43 for one week. Guitar World Magazine even named Moye as one of the ten female guitarists in the world to know!

Her down to earth but passionate spirit for reaching the world with her music has no limits. Not only is she for creating an amazing tune, but also for meeting the needs of those who share in the experience of dreams larger than life.

Malina Moye sits down in an interview with Kontrol Magazine.
Malina Moye is the Co-Founder of DriveHope.org

Malina’s humanitarian efforts include serving as co-founder of DriveHope.org a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to helping individuals elevate themselves and their communities. Drive Hope’s mission is to step in at the right moment and help those who may come from less-fortunate circumstances to see greater options for their lives. Whether it’s bringing inspiring role models to speak to classrooms and social organizations with Drive Hope’s ‘Friends Lift Friends’ program, or in the form of funding education programs and scholarships for students who are working toward a desired field, Drive Hope’s mission is to open minds and fuel success. (drivehope.org)

Just last year the Drive Hope Youth Choir performed with Stevie Wonder at Stevie Wonder’s 21st annual House Full of Toys event on Dec 9, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“When someone is in their element, they shine bright and inspire others without even trying. By helping one person achieve their dream, their family and friends are affected positively too. And this is a beautiful thing!”  — Malina Moye

Outside of her music, Moye recently has joined the ensemble cast of indie film “The Samuel Project,” shooting this month in San Diego. She will play a supporting role opposite Emmy and Tony award winner Hal Linden-best known for portraying the title role in the long running series “Barney Miller,” and star of Disney’s “Pair of Kings,” Ryan Ochoa.

Malina Moye sits down in an interview with Kontrol Magazine.
Malina Moye

Malina Moye is truly such an inspiration as a recording artist and humanitarian. She has carved out her own lane among the new genre of Rock artists with her own fabulous blend of Funk and Rock. With her popping red lipstick and fly fashion, she lights up the stage with her guitar! She is definitely bringing recognition for being a phenomenal Black woman in a genre of music that was once thought to have limits to certain cultures!

Nakeisha Turk of ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Gives Her Take On The Show!

Nakeisha Turk of 'Kicking & Screaming' sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine.

“I was like wait what….because I didn’t realize how extreme it was going to be, so I was in shock.” -Nakeisha Turk

Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’ star Nakeisha Turk is a professional NBA cheerleader who delights in all things girly; from shopping, beauty and more. However she discovered that there was nothing girly about the jungles of Fiji, where Turk found herself dropped off, kicking and screaming, along with other cast members of the show. Turk was one of ten paired with ten survivalists in the Fox’s new reality show. At the end of the show, the winning pair receive a prize of 500,000. The eight week series premiered on March 9. Kontrol had the pleasure of getting some scoop on what the experience was like for her.

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine.

So how does a professional NBA cheerleader end up on a show like, ‘Kicking & Screaming’? Well Nakeisha states that the experience was definitely a huge difference for her because she enjoys the glitz and glam of life, while the jungles of Fiji were the exact opposite.

“I was actually found on Instagram by a casting agent, and the reason she was able to find me is because she discovered me in this magazine called Jezebel. She felt I had a cool back story and lifestyle, so that’s how she found me. I was then told about this show and what it entailed, and at first I was like no until she told me about how I would have a partner and we could win 500,000, and then I was like okay I’m interested.” She stated while laughing.

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine

I mean who wouldn’t want to participate in the chances to win that amount of money. They can fly me out today for the show!  Being dropped off in a jungle, has to be the wildest experience ever so we could only imagine what hit her mind when she landed along with others.

“I was like wait what, because I didn’t realize how extreme it was going to be so I was in shock.” -Nakeisha Turk

 So after being dropped off in the middle of a jungle, I’m sure you all are wondering what some of her daily activities consisted of right?

Image result for nakeisha turk“We slept on the ground literally, and our day consisted of mainly trying to find food, because you have to have food. We were looking for plants and we had our partners who were very experienced on what was edible and what was not. We looked for berries, and mainly anything that we could eat. That was most of the day, and we were always trying to find sticks and wood to keep our fire burning because our fire was the only source we had for making food and even staying warm. Sometimes we would have challenges and that was how you could get eliminated.”-Nakeisha Turk

 

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Turk also shared that she had a really good partner to help through the experience.

“My partner was awesome, he was a sniper in Bagdad and he was part of the group who found Saddam Hussein. We bumped heads at times on the show, simply because he was so military and I was so girly.

However we managed to work together and do what we needed to do to survive”.

 After experiencing the jungles of Fiji, Nakeisha felt that there was nothing she could not do in life, if she applied herself.  She expressed that she was able to walk away from the experience with a very important life lesson, which we all could honestly take and apply to our daily lives.

“I really came back realizing just how lucky we all are. When you don’t have things, it’s like man I really need that. When I was focus on just surviving, I came back not really tripping on the little things. You come back with the mindset of like, if it’s not contributing to my success or to me personally, then it really doesn’t matter.”

We could definitely relate to that mindset, because we take so much for granted and we don’t realize until it’s gone, just how valuable it is.  Nakeisha added, 

“We are all so blessed and I feel a lot stronger as a person. I know now that I can take on anything. A lot of us say no to things and we’re really picky about what we want to eat, you know because we can be…but when you don’t have that option, you do what you have to do. So I feel tougher, and more confident in myself because I got the experience to do something that only twenty people in this world could say they did and survived it. I got to be on an awesome show, in an awesome country, so I’m very grateful for everything.”

Nakeisha truly went through an amazing, and challenging experience that not only helped her view life different but showed her she could take on whatever the world tossed her way. Be sure to check Nakeisha Turk out on this season of, ‘Kicking & Screaming’, and remember that you can survive anything even if you’re just a girly girl!

Nakeisha Turk sits down for an interview with Kontrol Magazine
Nakeisha Turk