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Felicia A. Rivers

Letter from the Editor:

Publisher\ Editor In Chief

Thanks again to all of our supporters that


continuously picked up Geechee One Magazine. Special thanks to all who came out
to our 10th annual awards show. We can
honestly say we have produced a community awards show for 10 years with no violence! One of the platforms we will be addressing in 2016 is criminal domestic violence. 12 women in December in the same
week lives ended by the hands of their
partners. I would like you to use our pages
as a stress reliever by reading us and
having you write in your thoughts and
questions to be published in our pages.
You never knew who else may be walking
down the same path you have. I love you
all and want to see a change in our
community for years to come!

Isaac Hilton
Vice President

F. Khristopher Blue
Creative Director/Layout Editor

Editors
Pretti Ladi
Marissa Jackson
UK da Unknown

Thanks again,

Assistant to Editor at Chief


Chiina Couture

Felicia A. Rivers
Editor In Chief
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Contributors
Ben Freezy
Tee Wilson
Jules City
Juan Mixon

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Hakim Morris

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Underdog - A competitor thought to


have little chance of winning a fight or
contest: one that is at a disadvantage.
Nobody ever WANTS to be THE underdog. If youre an underdog people look
down on you, they dont give you the
credit you deserve, and in the urban
context they "sh*t" on you.
In a local sense, many artists feel that
they arent given enough recognition.
They put in the work, they sell CDs out
of the trunk of their cars, and they go to
the flea markets early on Saturday
mornings. Only to fumble through the
rest of the week working a nine to five
making barely enough to pay their bills,
let alone invest in their music careers.
Even with all of that, you would think
that somebodyanybody, mainly DJs,
promoters, or music personnel would
have the decency to give them a shot at
what they love to do, or better yet just
simply take the time to listen to their
music. WRONG!
For 24-year-old artist Main Street, this
term is a little all too familiar. In fact so
familiar that his moniker The Underdawg, reflects his common experiences
of being slept on, overlooked and undermined, so much so that he named his
last two CDS after the same name.
In recent observations, as a writer and person relevant to the music industry, its become pretty evident
that a lot of these artists with similar feelings have a lot in common. When asked why they think that is,
the word FAVORITISM surfaced. As Main Street tells us, DJs do show favoritism here. I think it's because it's a certain type of sound that they are looking for and if u dont fit that category they put you in a
different group and you become an outcast.
For artists like Main Street, who describes his music as 100 percent real and authentic, he makes sure
not to dumb it down. He notes that when he hits the studio, hes not in there saying to himself, Im
trying to make this kind of sound I just go in the studio and do me, that makes me different.
And for experienced and well-trained ears such as my own, we can appreciate that.
From the 14-year-old boy he once was, recording independently with a couple guys from his Summerville/Ladson neighborhood off of cassette tapes, to the 24-year-old, falsely perceived cocky underdog,
he just hopes that in the midst of it all people take one thing away from his voice and his music. I just
hope people get to know me as an artist and that there are artist out here that still make good music that
they should support, he says.
I agree. There are a lot of artists in Charleston and surrounding areas who have the potential and the
talent to do big things but have yet to be recognized and its the ones that put in the work and grind it out
who Im rooting for, its only a matter of time.
*To find out more about Main Street & to check out his latest work*
Facebook: Main Street | Twitter: mainstreet843 | IG: mainstreet | YouTube: mainstreet843
Snapchat mainstreet843 | For CDs email mainstreet843@gmail.com

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GO: FOR AS LONG AS I've known OF YOU, YOU


HAVE BEEN THE MOST CONSISTENT ARTIST
FROM THE CAROLINA'S HANDS DOWN, HOW
DO YOU DO IT?
OJ: I DO IT WITH PIZAZZ, CONFIDENCE, And
THE WILL TO SUCCEED NO MATTER THE
CIRCUMSTANCES.

RIGHT NOW?

OJ: THE BAR HAS BEEN SET. THE LEVEL OF


ARTIST & SUPPORTERS MINDS NEED TO BE
RAISED. THEY're ACCEPTING BULLSH#T, SUPPORTING BULLSH#T, & ITS Making them LOOK
LIKE BULLSH#T. #trustory

GO: YOU ARE A MAJOR INFLUENCE TO A LOT


GO: YOU HAVE A NEW ALIAS 'OJ'TIAGO', HOW OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE GAINED RECOGNIDID YOU COME UP WITH THAT NAME AND
TION FROM YOUR ETHICS (that the public
WHAT DOES IT STAND FOR?
doesn't know about), HOW DO YOU FEEL
ABOUT THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITHOJ: MY BRother's STREET NAME Is 'SANTIAGO'
OUT YOUR RECOGNITION?
HE GAVE ME THE NEW NAME 'OJ'TIAGO' because 'I GOT DA JUICE' & 'I'M THE PLUG'.
OJ: A LOT HAS TO DO WITH WHO THE PEOPLE WANNA SEE IN MY POSITION. SINCE
GO: ANY NEW PROJECTS THAT YOU'RE
THEY'RE NOT THE ONES that ARE being seen,
WORKING ON?
THEY ARE Showing THEIR True COLORS, Trying to TURN THE OTHER CHEEK, LIKE that
OJ: YES, ME and DJ PAYME IS DROPPINg A
Hurting ME OR Something. REALLY THEY ARE
CLASSIC PROJECT CALLED "2 P's IN A
POT"(The President: Dj Payme & The Plug: Ojtia- THE ONES I THANK FOR PAVING MY LANE
WIT NO BUMPS OR TRAFFIC.(smart as*es)LOL
go)
COMIN SOON, ANOTHER PROJECT WITH DJ
MONEY MOOK "PLUGLYFE", also i have MOVIE
APPEARANCES for INDEPENDENT MOVIE
FILMS FROM HOTBLOCK and GRIND MEDIA
IN ATLanta. ONE IS CALLED; "GRINDCITY"
COMIN THIS FALL, NEW SINGLE "IM THE
PLUG" CIRCULATING, INDUSTRY FEATURES,
ALL DAT GOOD STUFF COMINg. AND a NEW
TEE-SHIRT LINE CALLED; 'PLUGCHICK 100",
"PLUGLYFE 100" & "PLUGMUG" STYROCUPS
OUT NOW..
GO: HOW DO YOU FEEL about WHERE THE
LEVEL OF THE CAROLINA MUSIC SCENE IS AT

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GO: I'M PRETTY SURE THE INDUSTRY CAN'T


WAIT until YOU DROP YOUR PROJECTS, SO
WHERE CAN WE LOOK TO DOWNLOAD OR
ETC?
OJ: '2 P's IN A POT' WILL BE ON INDYLIVE
MIXTAPES & OTHER POPULAR WEBSITES,
MOVIES WILL BE ON NETFLIX, MOM & POP
SPOTS, ETC. GOOGLE WILL TELL youTHE
REST THOugh. #plugup
GO: THANK YOU OJ, BEN FREEZY, MR 100
DIFFERENT NAMES LOL, thanks FOR ROCKIN
WIT GEECHEE ONE... SALUTE'

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GO: WE'RE DOWN HERE IN CHARLESTON


HEARING ABOUT A DJ, WHICH HIS CITY
CALLS HIM; 'THE PRESIDENT, AND WE
HAVEN'T SEEN ONE PRESIDENTIAL DEBUT
FROM him... SO, HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO GET
APPOINTED SUCH A HIGH POSITION IN YOUR
NECK OF THE WOODS DJ PAYME?
DP: THEY CALL ME THE PRESIDENT, Because I
STAY IN THE STREETS DOING THINGS FOR
PEOPLE, I STAY GIVING BACK TO THE
COMMUNITY, AND DOING FOR THE KIDS.

GO: WHAT CAN PARTY GOERS EXPECT TO


EXPERIENCE AT A DJ PAYME CONCERT?
DP: WHEN U PARTY WITH DJPAYME, U CAN
EXPECT TO Be Turned UP ALL NIGHT!!! DON'T
THINK U WILL B SITTING DOWN SO MAKE
SURE U PUT ON THE RIGHT SHOES!!! LOL
GO: AS A DJ/RECORD BREAKER IN THE
Carolina s', HOW HARD WOULD YOU SAY IS IT
FOR A DJ TO ACTUALLY 'BREAK A RECORD' OF
AN ARTIST, AND IS THERE A BLUE PRINT ON
'BREAKING A RECORD' CORRECTLY?

GO: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME


DP: ITS NOT HARD TO BREAK AN ARTIST, IF
DJ PAYME?
THE ARTIST IS GOOD.. THERE IS NOT A
DP: I GOT THE NAME 'PAYME', because WHEN I CERTAIN WAY TO DO IT, ALL U GOTTA DO IS
FIRST START DJING, JBOY USE TO SAY; HEY.
KEEP PUSHING IT.
YOU WANNA DO A PARTY'?, AND I ALWAYS
GO: HOW CAN ANYONE LOOK UP DJ PAYME
SAID; "ARE THEY PAYING"?, AND HE SAID; "SO
ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR DOWNLOAD ANY
You'LL GO ANYPLACE WHERE THEY PAY YOU
MATERIAL FROM DJ PAYME?
AT RIGHT"? I'm going to NAME U PAYME !!!
DP: YOU CAN LOOK UP EVERYTHING
GO: FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW OF DJ
@DJPAYME AND DOWNLOAD THE DJPAYME
PAYME YET, TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT DJ
APP IN UR APP STORE.
PAYME?
GO: THANK YOU DJ PAYME FOR TAKING TIME
DP: ABOUT ME, I'm A DJ THAT LIKES TO
OUT OF YOUR CAMPAIGN TO ROCK WITH
LAUGH AND HAVE FUN. I LOVE MUSIC, (GOOD
GEECHEE ONE.. SALUTE
MUSIC THAT IS). I LOVE WHAT I DO' & I GO
HARD AND GRIND HARD.

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Being from SC you may think that this guy is easy to reach. But thats far from the case. Hes on five
different radio stations in three different states, and thats not even the half of it. Sure we could sit here
and explain it all but youd be here all day. Instead we brought in DJ Phat Boi to sum it all up for you,
besides, who better to tell you about HIM than the big guy himself.
1.

Who is DJ Phat Boi?

Dj Phat Boi is a laid back guy that loves to laugh and have fun. I'm a lover of music and sporting events
like basketball and football.
2.

Where are you from?

I'm originally from Sumter, SC and currently reside in Columbia, SC.

3.

Being that you have a common name, what sets you apart from other DJs?

I don't feel that I have a common name. I've had this name for years and I spell it totally different by
spelling it Phat Boi. You just have some people that aren't creative and they bite off of the next person.
4.

How long have you been DJing and how did you get started?

I've been DJing for 12 years now. I got started with my mentor Bill Black. He took me under his wing
and taught me everything. I also had Big Gee who also taught me. They showed me but they also made
me purchase my own equipment from the start and told me to perfect my craft.
5.

What techniques do you use when you spin?

When I'm spinning I concentrate on my blends and different mixes. I feel a mix should be clean and
flawless and not sound like a train wreck.
6.
Do you think the artistry of DJing is long forgotten or do you think people still do it for its art
form?
I think the artistry of DJing is forgotten or overlooked now. DJs today don't care to learn. They just
want to buy a NS7 or a controller, download music and call themselves a DJ. They don't care how they
sound. They don't want to put in the work.

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Serato or turntables?

I use CDs, turntables and a NS7 II.


8.
What/where was one of the most memorable
events youve ever spun?
Some of those most memorable events I've done
were a Young Jeezy show, a Yo Gotti show, Plies, a
couple of Bike Week gigs, and CIAA. Its too many
to really name.
9.
Who were some of your early influences
coming up in the DJ game?
My early influences was Kid Capri, Jazzy Jeff, Bill
Black, Big Gee, Prince Ice and B Lord.
10. What are some of the challenges youve faced
being a DJ?
Some of the challenges I've faced have been cheap
promoters or club owners. DJs undercutting to get
gigs. Another DJ using my name with the exact
spelling.
11. Whats your favorite set to play in the club?
I don't really have a favorite set to play in the club.
It just depends on what mood I'm in at the time. I
love music so I love rocking parties.
12. Whats your favorite song to spin?

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14. Do you feel you get the recognition you deserve?


At times I feel I get the recognition and at times I
don't. I constantly work on re-inventing myself. I
was told out of sight out of mind so I constantly am
working to set myself aside from other DJs.
Whether thats doing multiple radio stations or
just being big on the social sites or in the streets.
15. When you see the crowd start to thin out at
any event, what is one way that you bring them
back?
I think of the hottest song you could play at the
time and keep them partying until the lights come
on. As a DJ you're an entertainer and its up to you
whether people in the party have fun that night or
not.
16. Whats one piece of advice you would give to
an up and coming DJ?
One piece of advice would be to learn your craft
and perfect it. Don't just buy equipment and jump
out there calling yourself a DJ. Perfect your craft
and charge what you are worth. Don't let no one
tell you that you aren't worth what you are charging.
17. If someone wants to book you for an event,
how can they reach you?

My favorite song constantly changes. It could be


whatever is hot in the club at the time or it could
be a throwback.

You can reach me at (803) 983-6096, djphatboibookings@gmail.com, on twitter at


@djphatboi1039 or @djphatboi, Instagram
13. Whos currently throwing the hottest events in @djphatboi. You can also hear me on 5 radio stayour city?
tions in 3 different states. Hot 103.9/93.9 in Columbia, SC, Swagga Radio in Florence, SC, Coast
I would have to say Cash Da Ceo and a couple out97.3 in Wilmington, NC, Kiss 98.5 in Myrtle Beach,
side promoters are the ones throwing the hottest
SC and Kiss 95.5 in Macon, GA.
parties in the city right now.

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Weve been hearing a lot about upcoming artist $ee Turner. As he makes his latest
debut as one of the hottest aspiring artists to grace the Charleston music scene, its only
right that we catch up with him for his first magazine interview.
Weve been hearing a lot about upcoming artist
$ee Turner. As he makes his latest debut as one of
the hottest aspiring artists to grace the Charleston
music scene, its only right that we catch up with
him for his first magazine interview.
Geechee One: Tell us a little about yourself.
$ee: Im an aspiring artist in Charleston, S.C. 26years-old, rapping since 09 since I came from jail
on a Y.O.A. sentence. Im from West AshleyWest
Cash. One of the original co-founders.
Geechee One: What made you want to get into rap
when you got out of jail?
$ee: I really always could rap. I did some features
on my homeboy song. When I went to county I did
this drug program and they had a talent show and
ever since then it been on. And its my passion. Im
good at entertaining, rapping, grammar. Im good
with words. And the beat is my canvas.

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Geechee One: How did you get the name $ee?


$ee: I see money, I see a lot of things. I only speak
on what I see. The hood call me see partially
because they say I look like C-Murder and I seen a
lot ahead of my time.
Geechee One: How does is feel being a part of the
Charleston rap scene.
$ee: Im happy to be a part of it. And Charleston
has a growing music scene. Everyone pushes me to
shine the light on the city. We doing bigger stuff
than people have ever done.
Geechee One: Growing up who were the pioneers
that you listened to?
$ee: Fat Boy, Killa Skip, Apostle Paul, Mista
Taylor, Marly Mar, Lo Key the Og, Double Crossa ,
cant forget Double Crossa.

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Geechee One: Who do you think the top five artists


in Charleston are right now?
$ee: Ill say Shyst Red, he did some things and still
doing them. Killa Skip, he still pushing. Twoo
Hunnit, god bless the dead, nobody been messing
with him. V.T. I cant count myself right? *laughs*
Juice Escobar. And can I add one more?

Its a crab city for one and


soulja hating. ..
If you arent from this side or
that side, you got to be in the
loop of things around here.

Geechee One: Sure why not.

Records, Twin D., 5th Ave. Couture, Tunnel Boys.


$ee: T-Mac, he might not be in the city but bruh
I have a lot of movements. I got YBD (Young But
stay working. You shouldve had a lyrical question, Deadly), my little brothers, theyre why I started
not just talent.
rapping. I got the city behind me, The West
Ardmoe. The streets, and my record label called
Geechee One: Well, we shouldve let you write
3-D Ent.
your own questions huh? *laughs* So, lyrically,
who would it be?
$ee: Boy, godd*mn, I gotta give you three for three
different reasons. Lowkey, cause the boy versatile
and uncut. Killa Skip, the man got bars. And
Twoo, light as people take it, nobody been messing
with the man punch lines.

Geechee One: Whats one of the hardest things you


had to endure as an upcoming artist?
$ee: People being janky, saying they can do things
for you. Saying they can do this and do that. Souja
haters, theyll listen to you and wont acknowledge
you but go in their car and listen to you.

Geechee One: What do you think isnt the main


reason Charleston isnt on yet?

Geechee One: Other than rapping what other


things are you good at?

$ee: Its a crab city for one and soulja hating. If


you arent from this side or that side, you got to be
in the loop of things around here. And people like
to bandwagon. They bite off other people sound
and there isnt enough unity. A bunch of people
want to rap but they dont have talent. They need a
team to tell them when they are whack. Some have
talent and no money. The music industry revolves
around business.

$ee: Management, party promotions, carpentry. I


can paint and move furniture.

Geechee One: Do you have a team behind you?

Geechee One: What are some of the things that


inspire you?
$ee: My son, the fact I know if Im not straight Ill
be no good to him. The struggles I see every day in
the street. The good and the bad. I got a lot of
people who believe in me and believe in this rap
thing.

$ee: I got the West Cash movement. Im one of the Geechee One: Do you have anything out in the
co-founders. I got Southern Bloodline, 40 OZ., 263 streets right now that the people can listen to?
$ee: I got eight CDs out. The latest,
Determination Reloaded hosted by YMCMB,
Rich Gang, and Hood Rich DJ, Swamp Izzo. And I
got features from Rocko, Young Scooter and Donkey.
Geechee One: Well we appreciate you for chatting
with us today, anything else you want to add?
$ee: Call me Shon $ee Turn-Up *laughs*
Geechee One: And where can the people find you?
$ee: Facebook; See Turner, Facebook Fan Page;
See Turnup, Instagram; Moe_See, Twitter;
SeeMoe88.
Interviewed by: P.L.

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Geechee One: How did you come up with your


name Iam Deak?
Iam Deak: Growing up, me and one of my best
friends decided we wanted to become rappers and
thought we were going to take over the rap game.
We formed a rap group called Jump-N-Jakk, lol
and initially I used to go by the name HooBanga
(don't ask me why, I just thought the name was the
sh*t) and while we were recording a joint at one of
our close friends studio one of the older dudes in
the neighborhood who I consider as an O.G. to me
and still to this day named Smalls heard my verse
and thought it was dope. He asked me what was
my rap name and I told him and he thought that
was weak and decided to call me Deak kinda short
for my real name which is Derrick. I didn't like it
at first but once I went off to college I told people
that was my name and it stuck so I was like oh
what the Hell.
Geechee One: Tell us a little about who Deak is.
Iam Deak: I go by the name Deak or Deak Smalls
or I am Deak. From Charleston, SC by the way of
Mt. Pleasant, SC. Was born in Germany while my
father served in the military. Oldest out of three
boys. Been wanting to become an actor since the
tender age of 8, started going for my dreams on a
professional level in the beginning of 2013 but I've
always been participating in school and church
plays growing. I got two awesome sons and I'm
still trying to continue my goal into becoming a
professionally trained actor in film so Lord willing
you will not see the last of me. *knocks on wood*

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Blessing.

Geechee One: We know youre involved in numerous activities, of them all, which is your favorite?
Iam Deak: I mean since 2013 I've been in a few
locally filmed projects and hope to continue doing
more and eventually move on to doing big feature
films or television shows but so far as of now, I've
really enjoyed working with my guy director Travis
Pearson who actually gave me my very first shot in
the independent film America Street. My role was
a small cameo role but I feel it was remarkable
and it was fun absorbing a lot of knowledge from
Travis I've learned a lot and met a lot of friends
including my good friend and mentor season actor
Mr. Michael Nesbitt.
Geechee One: What is your ultimate goal?
Iam Deak: To be known as a funny distinguished
but take his work very serious type of comedic
actor like the ones before him, the Eddie, the Will,
the Martin, the Kevin, the Farrell, the Chris, the B.
Jordan. All those guys I've named I want to be in
the topic of discussion along with them from people all over.
Geechee One: We follow you on social media, and
some of your post may come off a little abrasive,
what do you say for people who dont know how to
take your sense of humor?

Iam Deak: Deal with it, just like you gotta deal
with your F'd up boss at work or your annoying
little brother or sister. Social media is supposed to
be everyones tool to use to express yourself and to
Geechee One: We saw you on the Akim Anastoshow your true colors and thoughts about what's
poulo commercial, how did you get in with that?
going on. Even if it's F'd up or not. Once when ya
boy Mark decided to add in a status post on to
Iam Deak: Back in early 2014 I signed on to my
Facebook back in 2009 my whole objective was to
first talent agency and I immediately had booked
draw people's attention on posting how I feel
my first gig doing an Akim Anastopoulo Law Firm
about things in what's going on in my life, your life
commercial. It was fun and I never thought I
and just add some humor into it because our life is
would ever see myself on cable TV, which I've been
made for others entertainment. I know my life is, I
told the commercial is showing constantly in the
want people to feel uncomfortable and not undermost part of the state of SC. I'm very proud of that
stand or gets it. I owe a lot to Facebook more than
and hope it continue to be shown. And I was a
Twitter because I feel everybody uses twitter and
SPOKESPERSON for that law firm not an actual
just gave up hope on Facebook. I just want to feel
client of his.
that I'm helping keeping the lights on in Facebook
Geechee One: You dont come across too many
world so that's why I say what I say and post what
opportunities like that every day, how did you
I post because I feel comfortable in being me. And
come across the talent agency?
trust me I am the same off social media as well.
Iam Deak: Good friend of mine and mentor Michael Nesbitt recommended me to get an agency
and told me Coastal Talent would be a good
choice. So I applied, found out I had to audition
for it, presented a one piece monologue to them
and got accepted as being a client that same day.

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Geechee One: What are some of the activities you


are involved in?
Iam Deak: I'm right now a part of the Do Work
Media which we got Do Work TV which is based
out of Charleston. It is a variety show similar to

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Dave Chappelle and Key and Peeler and SNL but


from more of a minority perspective. I'm still
working on films got a few films coming up, Web
series and my partner Mikey Flyright and I are in
the process of creating our own pod cast entitled
On Our Worst Behavior on Fix.fm.com so stay
tune on that. *knocks on wood*

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based out of Columbia, SC. I've just been casted in


another upcoming comedy independent web series
which I was told I can't discuss at this time, why I
don't know but hey. And I'm just continuing being
on my grind as always. So continue to pray for me

Geechee One: How would you describe yourself to


someone meeting you for the first time?
Iam Deak: I describe myself as being somewhat of
both an extrovert and an introvert person. A humble ass guy who is driven by heart. A family oriented man. A young man with morals and dignity.
And a non-selfish human being who not only
wants to make it to the top but wants to pull along
friends as well. Because it's never fun being on the
top by yourself... don't believe me ask these big
time entertainers who gone crazy because they're
lonely at the top lol.
Geechee One: How do you feel about the local
entertainment scene in Charleston?
Iam Deak: It's coming along, far as filming in the
Charleston area slowly but surely we are gonna
make a lot of noise with movies and television
shows down here. It's only a matter of time. But
far as music goes, I feel we could do better. We
don't have our stand out artists like we had before.
We don't have it like we had Marly, Fat, Taylor,
Dino, Buc, Brown, Junior G, Apostle Paul. I
thought we were gonna bring it back with Dirty
Dave, Shyst Red, and that whole West Cash movement but it all of sudden they just stopped, its like
no consistency down here. Its kinda like The
Chuck got softer than baby gums. I'm personally
tired of hearing just trap rap from here though. I
love it but you got other artists in the city that are
coming up who are grinding they're asses off like
Benn Starr, Matt Monday, Louie,Yarda, Mugga
Man, VT, $ee. And these young dudes like Lil Boo,
JV, Phresh and more. Charleston music scene
used to be booming it just to me seems like it's at a
slow pace but I'm not giving up hope on my city.
But I'm digging the battle rap scene down here.
Definitely improving. Shout out to Val Cruz, Staxx,
that boy Strange, Skinny Man Bang, 5th Ave and
more of those guys who's really doing something
with that battle sh*t.
Geechee One: What are some of your upcoming
projects?
Iam Deak: Far as filming wise, I've finished filming a pilot for a potential web series called Kingdom by the Sea directed by Eddie Thompson, I'm
in an upcoming independent film called Proverbs

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Geechee One: If you could meet 3 famous people


dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Iam Deak: First I would love to meet Eddie Murphy, I grew up striving to be just like him far as his
comedic genius mind. I am still a super fan of his
to this day. Second person would have been 2Pac,
I admire his revolutionary mind state and him just
being a stand out guy. Plus he's the only rap artist
I've actually cried over when he died. I'm talking
about cried like I have lost my dad cry lol. And
third, I would love to meet Al Pacino. I mean it's
Al Pacino, you talking about class act, grade A
acting from one of the greatest professional actors
of all time and a bad MFer. Who wouldn't want to
chill with this dude and get inside his mind...oh
and honorary mentioned, I would love to meet the
singer Sade just so I could persuade her with my
charm and make her have my children. *keep this
in the interview*
Geechee One: Its been quite the pleasure, if anyone wants to find out a little more about you, and
step into your world, how can they reach you?
Iam Deak: Well, as of now follow me on Facebook
by liking my page @Deak Smalls. Follow me twitter: @GetDeak843. Follow me on Instagram
@NeeddeakNyaLife and my imdb page and website is currently under construction but will be up
soon. Contact me also at coastaltalent.com.

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A Better Way Sickle Cell Health


Organization is based on helping those with
sickle cell disease maintain a better healthy
life through herbal medicine, nutrition and
learning how to live with sickle cell by
changing your lifestyle if need be. Sickle Cell
can be a very aggressive blood disorder.
However by educating yourself in what the
body needs to decrease the effects of the
disease, you too can have sickle cell without
living with the affects and strain of sickle
cell. I am a 35-year-old female that has
sickle cell and have used myself as a guinea
pig to certain natural treatments to see
what can help others with this disease and
to see if I can finally enjoy life without pain.
My organization has been created through
what I felt as though can help others and
what has helped me in better ways

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throughout the years. The only use of my


doctor is to keep up with my monthly or
yearly check-ups. I do not believe these
doctors know the meaning of true sickle cell
care and many have died through listening
to their doctor and thinking their doctor has
their best interest and they do not. I have
worked in the medical field since I was 24years-old and I can tell you, they do not
care or more than likely, know what they
are doing when it comes to people with this
disease. So I'm speaking as a person living
with this disease, worked in the medical
field and have learned the benefits of a
holistic and natural lifestyle.

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As I passed by the two-story house on Woodland


Shores Rd. off of Riverland Drive on James Island,
I couldnt help but notice the nicely placed purple
and gold wreath on the front door. The wreath
represented the colors of Allen University, where
Tywanza Sanders attended just months ago, but
more importantly it was the wreath that symbolized a life. A life, which many people knew to be
selfless, brave, outspoken and kindhearted. Tywanza was my friend.
I met him at James Island High School and had
the pleasure of continuing our friendship for many
years after. During our time in high school, he was
a comical person to have around. I remember
specifically our history class together. Right before
a test, he'd asked if I studied...as I often did. When
I didnt hed say that we were just going to fail
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continuously reminded others of all of the different things he was involved in.
About a year ago I saw him. He inquired about an
open-mic event I was judging and surely enough
he came through and performed "Tragedy." He
was a poet, amongst many other things.

Shortly after he graduated from Allen and had a


celebration cookout. He made sure to invite me,
and for the life of me, I cant remember what I was
doing that was so important that day, that I couldnt make it.
On June, 17 2015, I received the shock of my life to
learn that Tywanza Sanders, my friend, was one of
nine people murdered in Emanuel AME Church.
Selfishly, I was hoping that the name, Tywanza
belonged to someone else, but it didnt. And at that
very moment, my whole life changed.

After high school, I went on to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Allen University was a few blocks away. We remained friends.

I still hear his voice, I still see his face, and I still
remember everything he stood for. Who knew that
positive vibes and enlightenment in one person
could influence and encourage an entire nation of
people. Although there were many things Tywanza
During my junior year, I was in transition and
will be remembered for he teaches us an important
looking for a new roommate. In the meantime,
life lesson, that no matter how old you are, how
Tywanza allowed me to stay at his apartment, until
strong you are, how beautiful you are, how smart
something came through for me. We would share
you are and how popular you are, you never know
stories, tell jokes, and in the middle of it all there
when it could be your last day. Tywanza Sanders
always remained a positive message. Thats how
was all of these things, but more importantly he
he always was.
was my friend.
Even after I finally found my place, Id still go visit
*To find out more about the Tywanza Sanders
him at the barber shop where he worked, right
Scholarship: www.race4achievement.org *
next to the Subway. Wed make jokes and hed
always make sure to line up my neck while I was
In Loving Memory of The Emmanuel AME Nine
there making sure to let me know how ratchet it
Tywanza Sanders * Rev. Clementa Pinckney * Cynthia
was. He needed business cards that Id promised
Hurd * Rev. Sharonda Singleton *Myra Thompson *
to help him with, but our friend Daydrians came
Ethel Lance * Susie Jackson * Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. *
out better. He was always so business minded and Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor

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A few nights ago they premiered the newest version of "The Wiz" starring Queen
Latifah, Ne-yo, & David Alan Grier. The singing, acting, and dancing was very well done
& it's always good to see a black cast shine.
Here is where is goes wrong, it seems no
matter how much we try to make this generation better, it seems like whenever they
put us on tv they make a mockery out of us.
It's a shame that a "family" show had curse
words along with words like "offed" the
witch "bout that life" "shade" and other
bad grammer words that's shows that our
younger generation that it's ok to talk like
this in society. As I watched this show I
shook my head numerous times as they
used "slang" in a children's show that's was
mostly watched by our young black children . Also the fact that they reffered to
Emerald City as a "club" and they had the
lion seducing the dancers into submission.
Then not to mention they referred to
Queen Latifah as a "he", and she's openly a
homosexual woman. Putting a gifted music
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artist like Common as a club bouncer instead placing him in a real role. Black people in general will praise a movie like this
mainly because of an all black cast, but we
have to see what they are truly doing to
our culture with entertainment. Some movies do not need to be revamped for the
new audience if they are going to make it
"ghettorizeD". This is not the images we
need to have our kids seeing as the normal
language of our lives.
-Jules City

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