Category Archives: Lifestyle

09Apr/16
Meridian Lights

Brooklyn Indie-Soul/Rock Band ‘Meridian Lights’ is Making Waves

Meridian LightsBrooklyn-based indie-soul/rock band Meridian Lights has been on the scene for about 3 years, constantly playing gigs around the U.S. Meridian Lights is the song writing team consisting of vocalist Bradley Valentin and guitarist Yohimbe Sampson. They have recently completed their “self titled” second release.

Bradley and Yohimbe both grew up with heavy musical and art influences in the home. Music was part of celebrating the greatest moments of life, maintaining optimism during its trials, and served as an outlet for self expression. Yohimbe, self-taught, started playing guitar as a teen and honed his skills studying the instrument while playing with various bands, one being popular Brooklyn based Rap/Rock band Game Rebellion. Bradley, writing since the age of 12, has penned everything from short stories to poetry. He started singing as a teen in his mother’s church choir.

After crossing paths several times while living in the BedStuy section of Brooklyn, it all came to head at a party where Yohimbe grabbed a guitar and nobody would sing. Brad stood up, they started rocking, and haven’t stopped.

 

Check out the sounds of Meridian Lights via the links below!

14Mar/16
Roaring ‘20s Party

Roaring ‘20s Party During NY Fashion Week Benefits Polished Pebbles

Roaring ‘20s Party During New York Fashion Week Benefits Polished Pebbles

Roaring ‘20s PartyNew York, NY: This NYFW event/benefit showcased local artists, musicians and performers while raising awareness and funds for Polished Pebbles — a not-for-profit organization that mentors girls between the ages of 7 and 17.

Winston Wise, Exquisite Events NY & Beautique hosted and sponsored the 1920s themed extravaganza and benefit on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The celebration took place at Beautique, 8 West 58th Street near 5th Avenue. The event was open to the public with no admission fee. Guest attire was Gatsbyesque and flapper inspired, or “dress to impress.”

About Polished Pebbles: The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating.

“Girls have adopted a “street code”, as a means for survival, to protect their reputation and retaliate when they believe their reputation is threatened. Sadly, we’ve all witnessed how many young women are only equipped to use fighting and aggression as the primary means to protect their personal respect and security, as well as to gain status.” – Kelly Fair (Founder of Polished Pebbles).

Roaring ‘20s PartyAcute Inflections is a chic duo of an innovative vocalist, Elasea Douglas, and a captivating upright bassist, Sadiki Pierre. Although their instrumentation is minimal, they deliver an intoxicating jazzy, funky and sultry sound.

Atomic Entertainment is a member of ISES (International Special Events Society) and APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

To learn more contact Jodi Isha Bisasor at [email protected]

Live jazz music by Acute Inflections with performances by Atomic Entertainment and art exhibitions by Ben Moon, Sarah Yi,James Stanhope, and Eddy Bogaert.

Jewelry by Soul BY Tapti Tapan

Photography coverage by Neil Tandy

13Mar/16
WinC Con 2016

WinC Con 2016 is Changing the Comic Game!

WinC Con 2016

WinC Con | © NayMarie Photography | www.NayMarie.com

WinC Con 2016 (Women in Comics Convention) was a great success again this year! With nearly 1000 attendees, dozens of vendors, and lots of panels and workshops, the Bronx Library Center was constantly buzzing! From gorgeous color poster  illustrations to fun on-the-spot doodles, the vendors filled the main floor with an art lovers eye candy, while panels and workshops discussed the real and raw of the comic business. On top of all of this dopeness, admission was free to the public, welcoming all to come and feast.

We enjoyed the Women in Comic Cosplay Showcase that discussed the powerful role of women in cosplay, specifically women of color. They came dressed as characters from Star Trek to Super Girl, modeled, posed, and explained what goes into making their costumes and why they choose the characters they choose. It’s important to notate that race should never matter. They made it clear that they didn’t have to be Black Super Girl or Black Black Canary, just the character as they are since they are embodying the character’s spirit. There is also no need to over sexualize their cosplay and harassment of any sort is not tolerated. They have fun but stand strong.

 

WinC Con | © NayMarie Photography | www.NayMarie.com

WinC Con | © NayMarie Photography | www.NayMarie.com

The organization that put on the showcase, The NY Cosplayer Network, Inc., also does a lot of charity work with shelters and military bases. They show up fully dressed to cheer up children and brighten their day. They collect books and hand them out and chat up the kids about their favorite characters. They even do events and birthday parties so people knowledgeable about the characters can interact with the kids instead of regularly overpriced agency finds who aren’t as invested.

Cosplay, or Costume Play, refers specifically to dressing up as a character but there is also costuming which is creating your own costume/character to bring to life. We’d love to see more of this happen with Black cosplayers. It’s good to break the mold, but it’s even better to create your own!

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10Mar/16
Love

Black Beauty: “Black Beauty & Love”

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Black Beauty & Love as portrayed by Emma Youte & Tabbytha Janeen with sultry intimacy. Melanin is powerful, appreciate your gifts.
Models: Emma Youte (@emma_eazyliving) & Tabbytha Janeen (@tabbytha.janeen)
Creative Direction & Styling : Tabbytha Janeen
Photographer: Shane Clayton (@mrsohouptown)
09Mar/16
Tarica June

Tarica June’s Politically-Charged Song “But Anyway”

Why are millions discussing the new video for Tarica June’s politically-charged song “But Anyway”? … see for yourself and click here to follow her 🙂

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Black Beauty: Patrick Marcelino

Model/actor Patrick Marcelino, aka Rascamarao, released his first calendar. All of the images featured are from photoshoots he did in 2015, when his career as a model officially launched. Patrick Marcelino is a Brazilian born and raised in The Netherlands, and currently living in New York. He gave up everything back home to make his dream come true in the States as a model/actor. Right now he is fighting to earn $5000 to pay for his working visa, and creativity decided to make his calendar. Buying one of these calendars will contribute to make Patrick’s dream become  a reality. Enjoy what you see. Remember: (everything in life is possible)

Contact: www.patrickmarcelino.com
Instagram: @rascamarao
Facebook: rascamarao
Facebook2: Patrick Marcelino
Email: [email protected]

Patrick Marcelino | © NayMarie Photography for Taji Mag | Hair & Makeup: Kim NIcole of KNC Concepts | Stylist: Ivan Leon | www.TajiMag.com

Patrick Marcelino | © NayMarie Photography for Taji Mag | Hair & Makeup: Kim NIcole of KNC Concepts | Stylist: Ivan Leon | www.TajiMag.com

© NayMarie Photography for Taji Mag
Hair & Makeup: Kim Nicole of KNC Concepts
Stylist: Ivan Leon
www.TajiMag.com
26Jan/16

Oya: Rise of the Orishas is an Action Packed Superhero Film

Oya: Rise of the OrishasOya: Rise of the Orishas is an action packed superhero film starring resurrected mythical deities from African Folklore, known as the Orishas, as modern day superheros. Oya is written, directed and produced by rising filmmaker Nigerian Nosa Igbinedion.

The films’ main star, Adesuwa, is administered with the mighty task of channeling the energy of goddess Oya to find her kidnapped missing daughter Rebecca. In the beginning of the story we witness as Adesuwa humbly calls upon her connection to Oya and is given electrifying new powers in the face of evil. Ade’s job is to keep the doorway between the world of man and the Orishas firmly shut because if the Orishas pass through they will reap their revenge and wreck havoc on Earth.

Ade’s challenges are no small feat. She is up against an army of many dangerous men and woman who would love nothing more than to kill her for sacrifice like her daughter – or worse – trap her and hold her hostage to use her powers against her will.

As we see in the Orishas’ trailer, Ade is strong, powerful and precise. While Ade’s challenge is no small feat, she skillfully knocks out the Orisha gatekeepers to get closer to saving her daughter only to be put knocked down in a trance by the next challenger who claims that the daughter she seeks was not the key to the Orishas, but Ade herself is the key and she has walked right into the trap.

We are left hungry for more as the twelve-minute trailer ends with Ade and her daughter being reunited only for Ade to realize that her daughter has been captured to be a hypnotized medium between Ade and the Orishas and it is Ade who the Orishas truly wanted.

According to OkayAfrica.com we can expect to see more from Igbinedion in the future as his talent has recently scored him a Rising Talent award for the Oya: Rise of the Orishas film and a 2015 Screen Nations Award in London. Oya: Rise of the Orishas has enjoyed successful screenings in Nigerian, Brazilian, American, and European film festivals and Igbinedion’s production company Igodo Films revealed that the film has been adapted for the silver screen1.

Igbinedion says he made the film “in order to prove that there is a market for sci-fi films revolving around African Characters and storylines1.”  Plans have also been confirmed for a comic-book spin off of the film.

Currently the twelve-minute trailer can be viewed below:

Oya: Rise of the Orishas

1  http://www.okayafrica.com/news/african-superhero-film-oya-rise-of-the-orishas-nosa-igbinedion/

26Jan/16

Africa as a Whole

“Africa as a Whole” 

Creative afrocentric expression exploring the various beautiful and original designs of Africa. Representing Africa as a whole and not one specific country, the photographer, model, and stylist came together as a team to further this stylistic investigation. Speaking on black beauty as well as a thank you to our culture.

Photographer | AR4Photography by Aleia Robinson-Ada
Model | Jasmyn Fyffe
Make Up | Jasmyn Fyffe
Stylist | Shanice Williams
@_ar4photography

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19Jan/16
Black Girls in Rome

Black Girls in Rome: Super Dope Web Series

Black Girls in RomeBlack Girls in Rome is a scripted web series that follows the life and adventures of a young Black woman who decides to give Italy a try after suffering a broken heart in New York. The storyline is loosely based on the life of Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, a native of Texas who has spent the better part of the last decade in the eternal city. Dr. Pizzoli is the writer, director & executive producer of the project. Renowned Dominican-Italian actress Iris Peynado plays a role in the series and serves as an associate producer.

Black Girls in Rome: Ever consider quitting your life as you know it and starting fresh… abroad?

Comprised of eight episodes, the show highlights not only typical Roman life, but the type of existence that can be crafted, honed and enjoyed in a new and drastically unfamiliar environment if one simply has the courage to leap. A reflection of modern times and struggles both in New York and Italy, Black Girls in Rome depicts a thirty-something year old woman of color’s narrative with an exciting amount of international mobility. Scenes for the show were shot in New York, Rome and Marrakech, Morocco. At a time when the need for positive Black imagery and narratives as well as accurate representation of Black culture is sorely needed, Black Girls in Rome offers a visually and mentally dazzling getaway for viewers and looks to delight with its content.

Black Girls in Rome will debut in the spring of 2016. The trailer can be viewed here:

For additional information and updates, you’re welcomed to visit pizzolimedia.com.