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Production Director Michael Chance
Marketing Director Kenneth Watson
Music Director Pri the Honey Dark
Entertainment Editor Milayo N. Robinson
Fashion Editor Chainnetta Hendersen
Contributing Journalists
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Daniela Caraballo
Milayo Robinson
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by Ayana Hinton
Welcome to the first issue of Mega Models Magazine: An Urban Fashion Fusion
periodical. What is a Mega Model? Mega Models defy definition and they lead by
example. A Mega Model is more than a walking attraction, although when Mega
Models walk, the earth trembles around them. Yes my friends, a Mega Model is
always on the grind, morning, noon and night. It really takes something more to be
a Mega Model beyond charm, wit, style and natural or “enhanced” good looks.
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Magazine as an illustrated guide to becoming a Mega Model. We will show you
what it is to be a Mega Model with every page that you turn. Each issue will
llustrate with living examples what the definition of a Mega Model is. From
Designers, to Models, Fashionistas, Singers, Painters, Poets, Politicians and
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This issue features an impressive array of long term Fashion, Arts and
Entertainment WARRIORS. These Independent spirits are unfettered, renaissance
people who use their artistic medium to represent Underground Culture in all of
their productions.
First, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of living legends “The Last Poets” by
breaking bread with Founding member, Abiodun Oyewole. We examine gang life
across America with Def Poetry Jam Co-Founder Bruce George. Then we trace
our American roots back to the Motherland with Prince Olusoji. Be sure to read
“Streets are talking” featuring comments made by New York City subway riders
about their incredibly shocking true life stories.
Now, let’s talk FASHION. This season’s featured designer
Ankhafly.com Designs is an artist out of Brooklyn, NY who
brings versatility and spirituality to fashion and jewelry
design. Fashion is a galactic medium for expressing
ourselves freely, whether one is the designer or the wearer.
“Fashion transforms the individual who lives by its rules.”
- Ankhafly
This is an artist’s magazine so if you want to be featured,
do what a Mega Model would do: STAND UP! Questions,
comments, submissions… are accepted at:
info@megamodelsmagazine.com
-CEO, Publisher
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Ankhafly Designs
Transforms the
Fashion Industry
Up in Brooklyn, New York, someone honking their horn
at a woman is often a prelude to an angry gesture or
a crass sexual come-on. When it happened to fashion
designer Ayana-Tyi of Ankhafly Designs over ten years
ago, it was for something else entirely- someone was
begging to know where she got her clothes. The
answer was: they were creations of her own design.
“That’s when I realized, I should make it accessible for other people,” she said.
And she did. Ten years later, Ankhafly Designs is more successful than she
ever imagined. Her clothing and accessories have appeared in films, music
videos, fashion shows, and boutiques. Ayana-Tyi, a 28 year old graduate
student, is creator of the fashion line Ankhafly Designs a name symbolic of her
interest in Egyptology.
The Ankh is the oldest religious symbol in the world, that I am aware of, it is a
union between human and god, man and woman, a very harmonious, spiritual
symbol that means a lot to me” says Ayana-Tyi. Her fusion of the Ankh sign
with that of the butterfly is symbolic of the ultimate transformation. “That’s what
fashion is,” says Ayana-Tyi, “a symbolic and spiritual transformation. Getting
dressed up is about feeling confident from the inside-out.”
Her clothing line and accessories, which she describes as “urban ethnic chic,”
is a response to the limited fashion industry which
only promotes small size women wearing European
fashion. She is the answer for people who have a
style that can’t be expressed with the clothing in
department stores. Ankhafly’s head wraps,
knit-crochet pieces, and healing crystal jewelry might
not be found at The Gap or J-Crew but is something
hip-hop, neo-soul, and alternative music artists
would wear or showcase in a music video.
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“The fashion industry is not changing
and not meeting the needs of different
ethnic groups and body sizes,” says
Ayana-Tyi, “Not everyone is interested
in Eurocentric clothing.”
While Ayana-Tyi enjoys making clothing
for both men and women her primary
focus has been women ages 16-35.
Her style can be described as youthful
and quirky with cultural elements. She
makes sure to use models from different
ethnic backgrounds and of different body
types. She believes her clothing makes a
statement about “personal unique artistic expression; freedom”
through clothing. Ayana-Tyi thoughtfully makes clothing every-
one can wear regardless of whether they wear size 2 or an 18.
“I’m sensible,” she says of creating pieces that are flattering
for most body types, “60% of Americans are overweight and
people want to look good and feel good about themselves
because that is what fashion is about.” She believes the
media has a negative impact on women by portraying limited
and skewed notions of what “looks good.” In 2008, she
expects to expand her current line to include more plus-size
clothing.
Ayana-Tyi says, “I started sewing by accident,” when a friend
gave her a used sewing machine. At first, she used the
sewing machine to make a head-wrap for her dreadlocks. Over
time she began using a wider range of fabrics to
manufacture comfortable, simple clothing sometimes just for
the sake of, “seeing how it fit and just wearing new hot fashion
to go run errands in” she says very matter-of-factly, only to
be stopped by people offering to pay her for her clothes. In
1997, she began selling her clothes in festivals and on
the streets in New York City. Overtime boutiques
have carried Ankhafly Designs and, in the previ-
ous year, she has branched out to the
Internet and has reached even more people.
Ankhafly Designs have been displayed in the
Showtime original film A Spoonful of Sugar, the
reality television show Ultimate Hustler, rap music
videos for TuPac Shakur’s protégé Fatal Hussein
and VIBE Magazine featured artist Pri the Honey
Dark, boutiques such as Status, Exodus and Tahir
Boutique, on fashion show runways throughout
the tri-state area, festivals, boutiques, and is now
available for direct purchase through the internet
at www.Ankhafly.com.
Daniela Caraballo is a freelance writer/senior at
Bryn Mawr College: danielataina87@gmail.com
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Now celebrating 40 years of history in the making, The Last Poets has been
credited with, among many other powerful Black innovations, pioneering the Hip
Hop movement. Having adopted their name from the work of
South African Little Willie Copaseely, who declared the era to
be the last age of poets before the complete takeover of guns,
this trio has released several albums and written classic poems
such as “Niggers are Scared of Revolution,” “This is Madness,”
“White Man’s Got a God Complex” and “When the Revolution
Comes.” They have inspired and influenced such prominent
figures of African-American culture as Spike Lee, John Single-
ton, Amiri Baraka, Public Enemy and Ice Cube. A founding and
leading member of The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole, invited
Mega Models Magazine into his world for a few lessons on the
past and future of hip-hop as we thought we knew it.
MMM: It’s pretty rare to be acknowledged for a monumental artistic contribution
while you are still alive, what is it like to be sought after by so many popular
mainstream artists after 40 years in this business as a Revolutionary Poet?
Abiodun: I have collaborated with Nas, Erykah Badu, Common, Dead Prez, Chuck
D- my loyal friend and comrade, he makes it clear that folks should pay respects to
The Last Poets. I am willing to work with whoever is willing to work with me. If they
are reaching out I feel that it is my responsibility to help them as opposed to
waiting for the album to come out and then talking about how bad it is (laughter).
MMM: Speaking of Nas, he said that Hip Hop is dead. What is Hip Hop and do you
think that it is dead?
Abiodun: Hip Hop became a polluted, perverted, nasty ho used by the music
business for their nasty purposes. The bitch + the ho + the pimp = the obedient
slave. Hip Hop was created by the people, for the people and was accepted by the
people. You didn’t have to go look at the charts for music. The real people sold Hip
Hop out of the back of their cars. But the industry has created turmoil in the
community with the creation of gangsta rap.
MMM: What about the commercialization of Hip Hop?
Abiodun: Hip Hop can go anywhere. Hip Hop rhythm and beats are being used to
sell anything from toilet paper to tampons. They that use the beat have the whole
world standing on its ear. The beat brings out a
primal type of behavior. But why waste it if
you’re gonna go there? That beat is captivating.
The vehicle for Hip Hop is legitimate. It is an art
form that can be used to educate people- if it
has a good driver. We are supposed to use our
talents for the benefit of our people in
accordance with our values, but we have to
recognize the value of what we do.
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MMM: Who do you recognize as Black leadership today?
Abiodun: Black spokespersons are all over the place, whether self ordained or given positions
to speak. They can call the press and the press will come. Obama is getting press all over the
place because everyone is dying for a Black Leader. Leadership in America has been so frail,
so broken, so tattered that folks are desperate.
MMM: What do you want young people who listen to Hip Hop today to know about your era
when you guys were starting out?
Abiodun: That we fought back and we were a fighting, protesting era. The late 1960’s was a
fighting back era. We didn’t just take it. The Last Poets was the epitome of fighting back. This
is a battle to the very end. That kind of attitude made white folks give some kind of concession.
Before then they were used to an obedient type of Black person, until they got something else.
MMM: Was there more unity in the 1960’s because of segregation?
Abiodun: We had a whole spirit of unity not just because of segregation. James Brown “I’m
Black and I’m Proud” was a big step for us after a life time of being told that we were nothing.
We didn’t know we had the power to do something special. There was a movement to revive
ourselves and respect ourselves, regardless of what anybody says about us. Since integration
we have been confused. It weakened our strength, putting us back in a doubtful phase of what
we can do and if we can do it. Integration requires you to get a lot of permission to do stuff. You
didn’t have to do all of that asking before.
MMM: Any new projects coming up that you can share with us?
Abiodun: We’re working on going on a European tour to celebrate The Last Poets 40th
Anniversary. Out of that will come a DVD and a new CD. A more personal project I have is
collaborating with someone who has written the scriptures of the Bible after taking out all of the
dumbfounding jargon and making it simple. The project involves my voice, it’s a nice little
project.
My own personal project, which I have six months to do is an album of love songs. The soft
side of Dun. I’m a hard poet, people are always saying that I am so serious all the time. I want
people to know that I come from a place of love. Out of love I have told the kids on the train to
stop cursing in front of their elders because I love my people. My people have been a blessing
to me and I want to be a blessing to them.
MMM: Do you have a muse behind your artistic expression?
Abiodun: Harlem captured my imagination. I am from the Midwest, Buckeye, Cincinnati, Ohio.
I was raised in Jamaica, Queens. And I moved to Harlem about thirty years ago. People don’t
realize that this was the Black Mecca of the country. You didn’t see crack heads or dope users.
They walked around with the image of Black strength. Harlem was really the Mecca.
Abiodun Oyewole conceived of The Last Poets, brought in Umar Bin Hassan and recently Don
Babatunde to continue the group as a trio. Original members over the years have included
David Nelson, Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano, and Jalal Nuriddin.
The Last Poets, A Selected Discography
1. The Last Poets, 1970
2. This Is Madness, 1971
3. Chastisement, 1972
4. Hustlers Convention, 1973
5. At Last, 1974
6. Jazzoetry, 1975
7. Delights of the Garden, 1976
8. Oh! My People, 1985
9. Freedom Express, 1991
10. Be Bop Or Be Dead, 1993
11. 25 Years, 1994
12. Holy Terror, 1995
13. Time Has Come, 1997
14. Real Rap, 1999
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MMM: How did you manage to direct and produce a documentary that has a historical span of over
100 years?
Prince Olusoji: When I first decided to produce this film a lot of people asked me how I was going
to be able to get the facts. They wanted to know if it were possible to get the full, true picture. Some
doubted I could manage the costs associated with producing and marketing a film. But it is not always
good to listen to people. Sometimes you have to follow your own conscience, pursue your own goals.
It took years, but I was finally able to get prominent professors who had done a lot of research on the
subject. I interviewed people who were over the age of 100, even one woman who had been sold as
a slave before becoming the wife of a king. I also interviewed esteemed elders and palace historians.
MMM: What historical facts do you want the audience to walk away with?
Prince Olusoji: The majority of Africans did not participate in the slave trade as traders. It was only a
handful of people. Some would go into the bush, with the help of guns supplied by European deal-
ers, and ambush families, kidnap them and take them to European traders. The captives were men,
women and children who could have been from returning home from the farm or the market. Also,
during land wars the winning side would capture the opposing side to use as domestic servants. Even
kings and noblemen were captured.

Make no mistake, Prince Olusoji J. Agunloye is a real Nigerian Prince. And that is just one of many
titles he humbly possesses. He is a very conservative man in appearance, yet he is a passionate
African Internationalist in his approach to bridging the history of Africans living on the continent to the
history of present day African Americans living in the states.
Prince Olusoji founded “Prestige Productions, Inc.” to create films about the experience of Africans
who are located throughout the Diaspora. His premiere project is a documentary about the royal
African roots of many people who were kidnapped by traders and sold into slavery through the Trans-
atlantic Slave Trade over a century ago. In a face to face interview conducted over
Senegalese cuisine, MMM sat with the Prince to discuss the positive impact of his film “Palace to
Plantation to Glory.”
Interview with a Prince
by Mega Models Magazine
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MMM: What was the political landscape of
Africa like before slavery?
Prince Olusoji: Back then, there were
scattered settlements. Imagine Brooklyn,
Queens, and Staten Island operating and
functioning as independently as different
countries. When the African continent was
partitioned by Europeans many settlements
of people that don’t speak the same
language were grouped together and named
“Nigeria” for example. So now, one out of
every five Africans on the continent is
Nigerian. We have the largest population.
This is why so many African Americans trace
their roots back to Nigeria through DNA tests.
MMM: How were you inspired to create this film?
Prince Olusoji: I was born in Akure Ondo State, Nigeria as a Prince from the Royal Adesida
Family. I was taught while growing up that some of the captives who were sold into slavery
were originally chiefs and kings.
I have also had the privilege of teaching in the New York City Public School system. I don’t
know if this is done deliberately or based on ignorance, but I often wonder why the history of
African
Americans is being taught as if it started with slavery. I saw the effects this had on the attitudes
and performance of students. It made them feel inferior, like greatness wasn’t within reach.
MMM: Do you think “Royalty to Plantation to Glory” can reverse a century of institutionalized
mis-education?
Prince Olusoji: Instead of starting out with royalty, they are starting out with slavery. This is the
reason that I started reaching out to
professors of African history and palace historians. I met with
esteemed elders who witnessed the last days of the slave trade and gave their own personal
accounts. We all did this so
Africans in the Diaspora would know that their origins did not begin with slavery.
In fact, a lot of the music we hear today was invented by Africans.
Popular singers and rappers make music that sounds very much
like songs that have been sung in the native tongue. Just as
you inherit the color of your skin, there are so many things you
inherit intellectually- from the way your preachers preach, to
the way your dancers dance.
Prince Olusoji J. Agunloye is the Creative and
Artistic Director/Producer of the documen-
tary as well as the President of Prestige
Productions, Inc. He graduated from John
Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
He later did graduate work at Howard
University in Washington, DC. Prince
Olusoji J. Agunloye can be contacted
at:
soji_agunloye@yahoo.com
www.palacetoplantationtoglory.org
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Bruce George: Founder of
“The Bandana Republic“
tackles Poetry, Prose and
Government Policy
Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def
Poetry Jam.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an
Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.” Bruce has won multiple
poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell
Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def
Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his
outstanding vision, production, writing and performance.
Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency)
featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Amiri Baraka, The Last
Poets, Malik Yoba, Dawn Robinson etc. Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken
word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle, A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-
production. The film features critically acclaimed writers, poets & spoken word artists.
MMM: We are so blown away by your latest
book/project “The Bandana Republic: A
Literary Anthology by Gang Members and
Their Affiliates” (Soft Skull Press, NY).
Bruce: The Bandana Republic is
the first full length anthology
that features writings from
both former and current
urban gang members. Intergenerational in scope, the work includes letters, essays, poems, short
stories and interviews by a solid array of social workers, activists, teachers, gang leaders, artists,
writers, film and stage celebrities from New York to California and beyond.
It was co-edited by Louis Reyes Rivera (Scattered Scripture; Bum Rush The Page et al) and my-
self (Bruce George, a Peabody recipient for HBO’s Def Poetry Jam). The book also features a fore-
word by movie star and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown (Founder of the Amer-I-Can Program and
Foundation, an organization exclusively devoted to urban youth).
The book is divided into six sections, each focusing on specific aspects of lifestyle and social
conditions likely to engage urban youth. The initial sections (Battleground, Telling the Tale and
On the Count) fully lay out the evolutionary process borne by many, from initiation and gang-
banging to prison terms and self-education. The next two sections (The Politics We See and
Hard) continue the process with more focus on both the political and personal aspects of social
consciousness, which, here and there, actually pervades throughout the book and culminates in
the final section (New Leaves Turning) wherein communal and social responsibility are more fully
engaged. All together it is a 265 page collection that is already a hot subject on Internet Radio and
on-line venues hailed as the most provocative and powerful literary work yet to hit the stands this
year.
MMM: People tend to think of you as the critically acclaimed Spoken Word artist from Def Poetry
Jam, but how long have you been writing?
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Bruce: For over thirty years I have been a writer in some shape, form or fashion. I have written and
continue to write prose, poetry, articles etc…I’m a man of letters and my writing encompasses the
social political as well as the interpersonal. It also taps into the sacred and profane. Regardless of
the form my writing may take, it continues to challenge the status quo. My writing reaches people
from all walks of life. There are times when I’m addressing a segment of the population that has been
disenfranchised, and then there are times when my writing will address those that are the culprits of
making people feel disenfranchised. There are many messages that I express in my writing such as
self-determination, unity, change.
MMM: What are/were some of your influences?
Bruce: Life influences me in many ways. I was born and raised in New York City, and I currently reside
in Brooklyn. I have learned that at times you will have to take a defensive posture and at times you
will have to take an offensive posture; situation determines appropriateness. As an Activist I use art
as an indispensable tool of revolutionary struggle.
MMM: When and where was last time you performed as a poet?
Bruce: I retired from being a Spoken Word Artist some time ago, but every now and then I will read
some of my work or do an impromptu performance at a gig. When I was performing I had no favorite
place. I was all about delivering a message. I have served on numerous panels including Hampton,
Harvard, The New School, Fordham University, Medgar Evers, Schomburg Center For Research in
Black Culture and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions.
MMM: Any embarrassing moments performing?
Bruce: Sure! There was a time when I was supposed to give a lecture about religion and literature and
since he assignment was given to me in such a short time frame I was totally unprepared. So when
the class started I stumbled throughout the so-called lecture and it was a horrible experience for me
and the students since they expected much more of me and so did I.
MMM: What direction is Spoken Word going in?
Bruce: The Spoken Word Movement is slowly and surely going from the side-stream to the main-
stream. A lot of Spoken Word Artists have collaborated with major R&B singers and Hip Hop MCs
on monumental projects. I would love to see the Spoken Word Movement become more mainstream
while maintaining its integrity. I feel that the Spoken Word Movement needs to continue to take advan-
tage of modern technology such as E-Books, online social networks, podcasting etc…
MMM: How does politics influence you?
Bruce: Politics is everything and everything is politics so politics is endemic to not only the Spoken
Word Movement, but to all art forms and life itself. I feel we have all dropped the ball on globalization
since we have not put enough pressure on our government and corporations to make the playing
field more even. We need not only “Free Trade” we need “Fair Trade.” An also major government
needs to stop rapping so-called third world countries of their natural resources under the guise of
“Free Trade.” We need governments that foster policies that are rooted in energy conservation etc…
We can all make the world a better place to live in by each of us playing our own part in fostering
unity, hope, righteousness etc… We need to be more long suffering with each other. We need to carry
one another’s burdens instead of just being selfish.
MMM: Describe your bad habits and hidden fantasies.
Bruce: Wow! I see you are trying to get me in trouble with that question. I think I will take the 5th on
that
question. But I do have a habit of cutting people off while they are talking to me. I think that there’s an
impatience I have towards wanting a person to get to the point quickly.
MMM: If you could be someone else, who would you be?
Bruce: I would not want to be no one other than myself! I’m very blessed to be who I am. I have
learned that God doesn’t make mistakes.
Bruce George is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. He was born and raised in New
York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major
magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials for publications like Essence
Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc… and may be contacted at: www.
myspace.com/brucegeorgemedia
Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: “The People Power Network” a grassroots platform:
http://thepeoplepowernetwork.ning.com/
Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the “International Hip-Hop Speakers
Bureau.” www.hiphopspeakersbureau.com
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Bruce is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. He was born and raised in
New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been
published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials
from the likes of
Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…
Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: “The People Power Network” a grassroots
platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork.ning.com/
Bruce has joint-ventured with Harold Whaley who’s the CEO
of Mongram Virtua and Terry Cyrus of OutSpoken Media as Virtual Consultants within “Second
Life” www.secondlife.com which is an entire virtual world.
2007 Bruce is one of the founders of an anti-violence/poverty initiative entitled “The American
Experiment Peace Project”
www.myspace.com/theamericanexperiment
2007 - Bruce is the Executive Consultant of Gumbo For The Soul Publications.
www.gumboforthesoul.com
2007- Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the “International Hip-
Hop Speakers Bureau.” www.hiphopspeakersbureau.com
2006- Bruce is on the Host Committee of Kevin Powell’s 6th Annual Holiday Party Clothing Drive
to benefit the homeless at “The Safe Horizon Street Work Project.”
2006- Bruce is the Executive Consultant for Audible, Inc. creating/providing “Top Tier” Podcast-
ing-i-Tune & i-Pod content of celebrities (Spoken Word Artists, rappers, authors, comedians,
singers etc.
Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Pea-
body Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell
Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer
Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance.
Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency)
featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets,
Malik Yoba, Dawn Robinson etc.
Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def
Poetry Jam.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology
of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”
Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle,
A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-production. The film features critically acclaimed
writers, poets & spoken word artists.
As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations
that fosters and uplifts people in struggle.
Bruce has served on numerous panels (Hampton, Harvard, The New School, Fordham Uni-
versity, Medgar Evers, Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture etc…) and judged
hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions.
Bruce graduated from Niagara University with B.A. degree in Psychology
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MMM was excited to interview the veteran independent Brooklyn designer William Fleet,
Owner and Designer of TBA: To Be Afrikan. TBA is a clothing line that celebrates the ever
evolving spirit of African culture by seamlessly blending African symbolism with modern
cuts and sophisticated fabrics. William joined MMM at a popular downtown Brooklyn
lounge to talk about the future of fashion TBA style.
MMM: Globalization has raised the bar, how has it shaped TBA?
William: It has been very positive. Black cultural forms have been globalized. Black music, Black
art and other types of Black expression are all over the world. Especially Black music, it is all
over Europe and Japan.So many people love our culture and it’s a good thing because I am
after a mainstream presence; that is also why I started the new FemTBA line. Very few existing
clothing lines for women have that street touch. So we are responding to globalization by chang-
ing with the times. Designing high end sportswear for women is challenging. It never turns out
the way you planned it so we try to be loose and adapt to changes.
MMM: Globalization has raised the bar, how has it shaped TBA?
William: It has been very positive. Black cultural forms have been globalized. Black music,
Black art and other types of Black expression are all over the world. Especially Black mu-
sic, it is all over Europe and Japan.So many people love our culture and it’s a good thing
because I am after a mainstream presence; that is also why I started the new FemTBA
line. Very few existing clothing lines for women have that street touch. So we are respond-
ing to globalization by changing with the times. Designing high end sportswear for women
is challenging. It never turns out the way you planned it so we try to be loose and adapt to
changes.
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MMM: The ancient symbolism in your designs, is it meaningful?
William: My message is simple- there is none. Just wear the clothes! This is an ever evolving
art. Life imitates art, art
imitates life- it oscillates.
It’s a combination that
happens to anybody
involved in a creative
process
MMM: Without a dominant message, how do you maintain clientele?
William: Well, I was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx. I moved to Brooklyn about
thirty years ago. I loved Harlem for the same reasons that I love
Brooklyn. Harlem was the cultural Mecca for the expression of
Black beauty and talent. Now we have Brooklyn undergoing
a similar type of renaissance. The International African Arts
Festival is a really big market for our clientele. We have been
participating in that festival for eleven years now. People look
for us out there.
MMM: Where would you like to see the fashion industry
headed?
William: In 1986 I started seeing people wearing imitations
of European luxury brands. In 1987 I started TBA in a year
when everyone was telling me not to do it. By 1996 everything
I made was selling out. Fashion is life affirming, which is really
cool in comparison to working for a multi-national corporation
like a rat in a maze. Achievements are based on speed and the
value you add to the corporation. It’s very unsympathetic. If the
media were saying “Stand for yourself, do for yourself” then people
would do it. Fashion statements that empower people are the next
wave.
See more fashion statements from the drawing board of Brooklyn
based designer William Fleet by visiting: www.TBAclothing.com
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Ever wonder what the person sitting next to you is thinking? Until now, so did we.
Mega Models Magazine went under cover, disguised as NYC Subway Rider
Surveyors, questioning anyone and everyone who’d stop, look, listen and respond.
Name/Nickname- Peaches Occupation – Security Guard Borough - BKLYN Age - 27 Gender: F
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 1
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 1
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 3 WOMEN 3
5. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 2
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date?
He was my dream. He had the looks, and money but crazy like hell!
7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age: 10 Story: I was raped by a family member

8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
Have sex in front of a group of people watching, especially my mother. She consistently accuses me
of sleeping around and I was not.
9 What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want: Sex and a mother figure Women Want: Respect, money, love and great sex
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
My cousin came into my bed and raped me. I think about it sometimes…
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date, Marriage
When you feel comfortable and it is a meaningful relationship

12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; what causes people to hook up with strangers?
Excitement
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders.
MEN- Women and sex WOMEN- Money
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow?
The murder rate will be crazy so I can’t think like that!
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency? Why?
OBAMA… He might change things.
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Alicia Keys, Akon, Angie Stone
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
“What’s love got to do with it?” and “It’s a thin line between love and hate”
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Name/Nickname- V. Barber Occupation- Dancer Borough- Bronx Age- 20 Gender- F

1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 2
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN- Whatever WOMEN- 0
5. Have you ever met an internet date? No

7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age: 16 Story: I can show you better than I can tell you.
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
Fucking on a bed of roses
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for
both genders.
Men Want- Ass Women Want- Attention
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that
you’ve been in.
Hospital Fucking
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date,
Marriage
Whenever you’re ready
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; What causes people
to hook up with strangers?
Hell, I don’t even know!
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both
genders. MEN- Sex and Sports
WOMEN- Contrary to popular belief- Dick
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem
when po-po was too slow?
Solve the Problem
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency?
Why?
Ebony Sister, black women been running things forever
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Monica that’s my girl right there
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
Alladin- don’t front!
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Name/Nickname- Trey Occupation- Phlebotomist/EKGTech Borough- Harlem Age: 36 Gender:M
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 1
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 10 WOMEN 10
5. Have you ever met an internet date? NO How many? 0
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind
date? N/A
7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What
happened? Age: 11 Story: The babysitter gave me head
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could
hide the acts forever?
I’ve got no more fantasies left to fulfill.
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/rela-
tionships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want- Men want devoted, wholesome
women who get down in bed
Women Want- Leadership, romance, devo-
tion and for men to be sensitive
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or
death situation that you’ve been in.
I had a pistol pointed to my face over
nothing
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?
Example: First Date, Marriage
When it’s comfortable
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand;
What causes people to hook up with strangers?
Attraction without consequences
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without?
Answer for both genders.
MEN- Women WOMEN- Men
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a
problem when po-po was too slow?
I plead the fifth!
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presi-
dency? Why? Bill Clinton
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Jay-Z, Shyne, TuPac, Biggie
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
The Mack, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, Iron Man, Belly
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Name/Nickname- Susan Occupation- Police Officer Borough- Manhattan Age- 29 Gender: F
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 2
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 2 WOMEN 2
5. Have you ever met an internet date? No How many? 0
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? N/A

7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age:16 Story: Nothing special happened, I just felt like doing it.
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
Sex with a famous person
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want- Head Women Want- Time
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
Went out on a date with somebody else’s baby daddy, you can imagine the stress, the feeling
of being followed, his constant phone ringing
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up? Example:
First Date, Marriage
When both people are ready
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; What causes
people to hook up with strangers? Being Drunk
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both
genders.
MEN- Food WOMEN- Time
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem
when po-po was too slow?
Here’s a hint, if I tell you, I gotta kill you, get it?
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the
presidency? Why? Chuck D, he’s real
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Outkast, Nerd, Laura Nyro
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” mov-
ies?
Iron Man, Hotel Rwanda, Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
School Days
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Name/Nickname: Brent Occupation: Nurse Borough: QUEENS Age: 24 Gender: M
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 4
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 5
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 6
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 6 WOMEN 3
5. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 6
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date?
SHE WAS NOTHING LIKE HER PICTURE!

7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
I was 14 years old. I lied about my age and did not know anything
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
Sex with 4 women
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want: sex and to be heard
Women Want: money and romance
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
I was in a bus that turned over
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date, Marriage
Once both parties agree and feel comfortable
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; What causes people to hook up with
strangers?
Being attracted to each other and wanting to live on the edge
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both
genders.
MEN: women and sex WOMEN: money
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when
po-po was too slow?
Deal with it, do what is necessary, then run and hide

15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency? Why?
MARCUS GARVEY- HE WAS A GOOD LEADER
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Bob Marley: I Shot the Sheriff and TuPac: Gangster’s Paradise
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
Betrayed and Friday After Next
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Name/Nickname: Ken Occupation: City Manager Borough: Reading, PA Age: 35 Gender: M
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 1
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 0
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 1
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 5 WOMEN 2
5. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 10
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date?
Up to this day, I don’t know what sex he/she was

7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age:15 Story: It was very bloody and I called 911
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
2 women making love to me and 1 massaging my head and feet
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want: a bitch in the bedroom and a good wife to care for the kids
Women Want: a good hard working man who is loyal
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
I had to prove myself to get into a gang; I’m still hiding from po-po
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date, Marriage
When you become comfortable, about the 4th month
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; What causes people to hook up with strangers?
Loneliness and getting drunk
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both
genders. MEN: food WOMEN: food
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem
when po-po was too slow?
Kick some ass
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency?
Why?
Clinton, she will have Bill at her side and he was a good
president
16. What are some of your favorite
songs/artists?
M. Jackson, Beyonce
17. What are some of your favorite “must
see” movies?
Best Friends and The Color Purple
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Name/Nickname: Stewart Occupation: MD Borough: Brooklyn Age: 37 Gender: M
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 0
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 2 WOMEN 1
5. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 1
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date?
It was great, because I’m kind of shy. She is now my wife for 2 years.

7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age:16 Story: It was an experiment with my school friend

8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
To be with two women at the same time

9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want: understanding and love
Women Want: loyalty and true romance
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
Almost got caught in the act and had to leave without my underwear

11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date, Marriage
When you feel comfortable

12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; what causes people to hook up with strangers?
Being drunk

13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders.
MEN: food and shelter WOMEN: food and shelter
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-
po was too slow?
Good communication
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency? Why?
OBAMA- He is very smart and shows good judgment
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
BB King, Babyface, Keith Sweat
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
Patriot, 300, Training Day
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Name/Nickname: Medusa Occupation: Intimate Apparel Borough: Bronx Age: 19 Gender: F
1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2
2. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 4
3. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0
4. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 3 WOMEN 2
5. Have you ever met an internet date? NO
6. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? n/a
7. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened?
Age:15 Story: I don’t remember
8. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever?
Deserted Island at Sun Set Sex
9. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.
Men Want- pussy, a cook, a cleaner, a slave
Women Want- attention, conversation, compliments
10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.
Car Accident: A kid got hit by a cab that sped off in the wrong lane
11. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date, Marriage
When there is comfort
12. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand; What causes people to hook up with strangers?
Being drunk or lonely
13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders.
MEN: sex, sports and food
WOMEN: someone to listen
14. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was
too slow?
Hospital
15. Living or Dead- Who do you want for the presidency? Why?
Mya Angelou is both understanding and giving
16. What are some of your favorite songs/artists?
Jay-Z
17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies?
Kill Bill and Sin City
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As I sat in the dentist’s chair the endodontist said, “my
girlfriend is a professional dancer. What kind of dance
do you teach?”
“Middle Eastern” I said.
“Wow! Is that belly dancing?” Doc’s serious
mood changed instantly and we talked about
this ancient art for five minutes before he
proceeded to give me a root canal.
The dentist’s response to Middle Eastern
dance, or “belly dance” as it’s known here
in the west, was not unusual. Everyone
loves belly dance. There’s an element of
intrigue and mystery about it. In addition,
it’s like chocolate – sweet, delicious and
addictive. Everyone wants a bite. When
a woman starts belly dancing she usually
can’t get enough of the dance. And any-
one can belly dance. Women of all ages,
shapes, sizes and backgrounds train with me
in dance. Today my youngest student is ten
and my oldest seventy-one (in the past I taught
at senior centers where my oldest student was
eighty-eight!). Size doesn’t matter, either. If
you can move you can dance. All one needs is
a desire to learn and showing up for class. And
there’s no major expense involved – students
wear work-out gear and dance in bare feet. I’ve
trained disabled women at The Hospital for Joint
Diseases in Manhattan. Most of my students there were in wheel-
chairs. From the first class on these women were dancing. Two of my students at HJD
(one was ambulatory and the other in a wheelchair) became so proficient in belly dance
that they performed in two of my dance concerts! When I say anyone can belly dance, I
mean it.
What makes belly dance so exotic, so different? Belly dance is muscle dancing. Seven
parts of the body (head, shoulders, arms, hands, rib cage, belly and hips) are isolated
during the dance. Shoulders and hips are the easier parts of the body to move in
isolation, while the rib cage and abdomen are more challenging for most. Some of
the isolations are shimmies (shoulder and hip), hard accents or sinuous movements.
Basic steps are danced in conjunction with isolated body moves. Advanced students
dancewith veils and zills (finger cymbals). When a dancer performs on stage she wears
“bedlah” which is the traditional beaded bra and belt over a circle skirt, harem pants or
Egyptian panel skirt. These costumes accentuate the clean, sharp accents and
hard-driving shimmies.
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From a fitness perspective, belly dance is an excellent cardiovascular and flexibility work-
out. In my classes I open with a head-to-toe warm-up then incorporate functional, weight-
bearing exercises using one’s own body weight (crunches, oblique twists, supermans and
squats). My students receive the benefits of strength training in my classes as well. Every
major muscle group is stretched and exercised before we even dance. My dancers build a
powerful core and strong body. These women are ready for any stage. Posture and body
alignment are incorporated from day one. Unless one has excellent body alignment, that
person will never achieve maximum capacity of movement. When one creates great
posture, that person will excel in dance. Another perk of terrific posture is (a) you look
5-10 pounds thinner, (b) your clothes look better on you, (c) you feel great and (d) have
better range of joint movement. When one incorporates proper body alignment most times
pain in the neck and lower back leaves.
Belly dance will get you fit, create a functional body (important especially as we age) and
is fun. And let’s face it; we don’t have enough fun in life! When you’re having a blast belly
dancing, you’re going to stick with the program. How many of us have joined a gym or
fitness club then dropped out because we were either bored out of our minds or weren’t
given enough instruction on how to use exercise equipment? The only thing lighter on our
body was our purse!
When you belly dance you are learning ethnic dance. Origins of belly dance go back
5,000 years to North Africa. Egypt is home to belly dance and I teach
classical Egyptian style dance. I
began my studies in belly dance back
in 1975 when I was a
seventeen-year old senior
attending one of the roughest high
schools in New Jersey. Belly
dance saved my life. It kept me
positive and strong – both
physically and emotionally. I
couldn’t wait for my next dance
class and when not in class
practiced dance every chance
I could. Upon graduation I
worked as a secretary and
started training with the late
Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah, one of
New York’s greatest Middle
Eastern dance masters. By the
time I was twenty-one I was
performing in Greek and Arab
nightclubs in New Jersey and
Manhattan. Back then I lived to perform
and I haven’t stopped belly dancing in thirty-
two years! Belly dancing is a way of life for
me and every day I celebrate life through the
dance.
Sandra Catena is a Middle Eastern dance
master and the owner of Big Apple Belly
Dance in Manhattan. Check out Sandra’s
web site bigapplebellydance.org for more
information about belly dance classes.

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The subordinates of Zeus were all specialists. Aries was the god of war. Afrodite
was the goddess of love. Though these legends are fabled throughout the history of
Greece, could there have been another immortal champion of our Universe? Could
there be one undiscovered master of pace who will mesh us all into one trance
inducing RHYTHM? Introducing: DJ Mocha Sunflower also known as “The Rhythm
Goddess.” Born in Harlem, New York, and eventually settling down in the borough
of Brooklyn, a DJ named Mocha Sunflower was put on Earth to entertain the world.
Mocha embarked on a journey to master the art of spinning music. I was lucky to
score an interview with this in demand underground hottie and hear what she has to
say about her life as a DJ.
MMM: Why did you choose to be a DJ?
Mocha: I first started spinning 18 years ago. I was a terrible dancer in my early club
hopping days. I’d always wind up watching whichever DJ who was spinning that night.
I made it my business to educate myself with the knowledge of what it is to be a DJ.
Larry Levan is one of my influences and is the force behind “Paradise Garage” which
is a kind of exclusive party.
MMM: Describe your audience.
Mocha: Lately, I’ve been spinning for coked out white people, who just want to have
fun and expend some energy!
MMM: You’re a pretty hot chick, you must get a lot of attention in the club.
Mocha: Well, one time I was spinning and I had my back to the crowd and I suddenly
realized that everyone was staring at my butt.
MMM: In which venues can we find you most often?
Mocha: Everywhere, I love what I do. I played at various locations for different events
and parties like SOB’s. I have opened for live acts such as Bilal, Kanye, and Mos Def.
DJ’ing as an industry is merging with a lot of different genres, especially Fashion.
We as DJ’s are relevant anywhere that there is live entertainment. I want to see the
industry take DJ’ing to a deeper place of love and appreciation.
MMM: Has radio programming threatened your craft?
Mocha: Nowadays, you have to know someone to get in the doors. It’s all about
connections right now. I want them to stop short changing DJ’s and know who really
has talent. There are sanctions that prohibit some of us from playing certain songs
in certain places, and from actually saying certain things to the public. Look at what
happened to Star and Buck Wild. On the other hand mass media has given me the
opportunity to leave this country and go to Japan to spin.
DJ Mocha can be booked for events and performances through emailing her at
intergalacticpimp1976@yahoo.com; Ken Journals is a freelance journalist who fre-
quently contributes to hip hop and fashion publications. He may be reached at
ken.business@yahoo.com
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Astrology and numerology give us carte blanche to operate using the knowledge of a divine GPS sys-
tem. Why get lost every day, when you can follow direct coordinates lined up by the stars, planets, and
numeric codes? Pack your beach bag and flip flops because this summer we are on our way! Every
month has a number value and various energies that flow within it. Each season has a numeric value
as well. Summer has an 8 expression which highlights rewards, prosperity, materialization, & business.
This season, see yourself as a beautiful rose receiving the bounty of the sun’s loving light. The summer
season opens with an almost aloof coolness but ends powerfully with extra fire.
June is numerologically a 7 month; let’s see how this will universally affect us earth dwellers. The main
vibrations of a 7 month are the “self”, isolation, intellect and trust. June will be a time of standing still to
in order to reflect.Whatever you’re stressing over, needs to take the back seat in your life at the present
time. This is not a time for reaching a conclusion. If there is any progress, it probably won’t be as much
as you’d like. Relax, relate and release, things will start to speed up again in July.
The New Moon on the 3rd close to VENUS (the planet of Love) ushers in a new cycle of creative poten-
tials all wrapped up in beauty and luxury. Journal your fanciest desires, and visualize them manifesting
during the next 14 days, when the FULL MOON arrives on the 18th. While the Sun travels through
Gemini until the 20th, it’s a great time to research, Google all your favorite subjects, and even a few top-
ics you never thought of researching before. It’s time to keep your mind open, alert and stimulated; your
hands busy writing, creating and gesturing; and your communication wordy, witty and light.
June is a month to deeply reflect on what’s been going on. Mercury the planet of communication is
travelling retrograde (backwards) until the 19th. This month is an awesome time to be easy and check
yourself. DO NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACTS or purchase any electronic equipment until after the 25th
when Mercury has gone totally direct.
Be mindful of who you’ve become & if you are really where you want to be in life. If any of the answers
to these questions are negative then try to understand why they are and consider what changes you
could make to improve things.June isn’t particularly a month to ‘do’ things it is more a contemplative
period where issues can be sorted out.
Health wise, a 7 month can be tricky. Pump up the Echinacea & Goldenseal to guard your health as you
could be more susceptible to colds & viruses now. You can’t afford to miss a minute of sleep if you want
to prevent immunity from getting too low, so rest up.
July is an 8 month, often considered the most favorable number in the 9 number cycles because it deals
with the dollars and cents of matters.
The main vibrations of an 8 month reaping what you sow I hope you’ve been making some auspicious
karmic deposits over the last few months: because July is a month of getting your just dessert. Suc-
cess, wealth, power, and material comforts are within your grasp.
On July 1st, Mars leaves the sign of Leo; still the bling-bling of the planetary position opens the way for
the Leo bravado from July 23-Aug 22. Your mantra is: I AM being myself
with pride and enjoying my rise to the top. Can I get an Amen to that?
Business deals and opportunities are highlighted as the sweet scent
of rewards wafts in the air. On the work front, expect to see yourself or
peers receive promotions and accolades. If you’ve been sitting on your
business dream, get up off of it. The universal energies will support your
efforts to LAUNCH; you can be your own boss now.
With all this cha-ching flowing you may get caught up and forget the
source of your inheritance, so remember to remain thankful every day.
Avoid depression and frustration by involving yourself in worthwhile
projects this month. Don’t fall prey to the old cliché, “An idle mind is
the devils workshop”. You will marvel at your ability problem solve.
Looking for a vacation spot? May I recommend Jamaica, Mexico,
Cuba (yes I said it), Bombay, or Sacramento, CA. These are just
some of the 8 month vacation hot spots.
Health wise, the 8 energy asks us to eat more of Popeye’s delight
(spinach, not chicken!) as well as celery, turnips, and figs. Try to
lay off eating meat one day per week.
The steamy month of August is a 9 month encouraging you to burn
away old blockages and make room for the new!
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This month you are a better judge of character, if you’re not feeling someone’s vibes trust it.
On the flip side if someone shows positive potential praise them.
Looking for a vacation spot? May I recommend Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba (yes I said it),
Bombay, or Sacramento, CA. These are just some of the 8 month vacation hot spots.
Health wise, the 8 energy asks us to eat more of Popeye’s delight (spinach, not chicken!)
as well as celery, turnips, and figs. Try to lay off eating meat one day per week.
The steamy month of August is a 9 month encouraging you to burn away old blockages
and make room for the new!
The number 9 is so important because it brings about the great crescendo. On a material
level you may want to donate old clothes or sell old CDs to get rid of unnecessary weight.
This month, you may notice people and things fade away.
You may end a relationship or get axed from your job; either way, expect changes because
they will occur. One benefit is that the lightness of letting go brings you closer to yourself.
Spiritually, you may feel the pain of all of the starving children of the world. Turn your eyes
toward the needs of others. Focusing on others will relieve your mind of everyday worries.
August’s 9 energy can have you surprisingly broad-minded to things you once strongly op-
posed. Don’t be surprised if you give that homeless person $5.00 on your way home.
A feeling of completion will be all around you. Startle your manager by beating a deadline
for a change.
The social scene is jumping off for you, so seize the chance to go to venues that inspire
your inner artist. Museums, galleries, live musical performances, even a swanky pool party
at an exclusive locale will compliment your already heightened creativity.
Duck when hasty tempers begin to flair in the heat of it all. The 9 may spawn impulsive
urges to jump the gun…..be aware! If folks don’t scorch you look forward to an overall aura
of inspiration and hippie love to prevail during this month of universal connectivity.
Virgo the proverbial Maiden shows her pretty face from Aug 2 3-Sept. 22nd. Those born
under her sign may want to take a language class before leaving the country or plan to
collect foreign artifacts. Before you jet off to exotic places, try organizing, it is therapy of the
highest order to you. Your environment (and the contents of your handbag too) is always
an accurate reflection of your inner state of mind. Toss out old junk, outdated records and
clothing, reorganize your possessions, and get new boxes to store things. You will be right
in line with the vibration of the 9 bringing you to harmony.
Still haven’t gone on vacation? Here are some islands in line with 9: Dominica, St. Martin,
San Paolo, or Colombia (it’s not all drugs n guns). Check out Tampa, or Philly if you want to
keep it local.
For a healthier 9 month, watch your liquor consumption. Add tomatoes, eggplant, garlic,
apples, apricot, and mustard greens to your diet. Be safe and have way too much fun to
talk about.
In love,
Milayo N. Robinson
Milayo possesses a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She is dedicated to making a
difference has led her down the path of esoteric insight. As a Khemetic Priestess, she has
studied/practiced numerology for four years. Milayo has incorporated numbers into every
aspect of her life. She conducts consultations on the phone and in person. She currently
works in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY as a Touch Master and Reiki Practi-
tioner. Massage is one her gifts and has been her passion since the young age of eight.
Milayo is a Certified Wholistic Health Consultant and Colon Hydrotherapist as well. Milayo
travels the world teaching people of the healing power of touch. For an amazingly
unforgettable mind & body healing experience call Milayo @347-962-5023.
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Dear Het Heru Ast,
I’ve been putting up with my boyfriends “Jimmy come quick“ shenanigans for the last three years.
When he cums he stops so abruptly & I just want to kill him. At times our sex is totally amazing so I
keep on giving him some with the hopes that this will be the night his dick actually works. Although
short lived, I love feeling him inside of me. On a good night he might last fifteen minutes post
foreplay. I haven’t cheated on him because I love him plus when he tastes me, I forget my name.
His oral sex game is on the level of mastery, so at least I get to cum. Our attraction is so intense
that I want him as soon as I see him. But in the back of my mind I know he is going to get me hot
and excited and then leave me all wet and pissed off. He is talking marriage and for the life of me, I
can’t imagine dealing with this madness for the next five weeks let alone fifty years. Please help me
I’m tired of secretly using a dildo.
-Three Years n Counting
Staten Island, NY
Dear Three Years n Counting,
Wow! There is nothing like being sexually unfulfilled over a long period of time by someone you are
stuck with. You are missing out on having your g-spot stimulated until you rupture. I imagine you
feeling like a cat being backed into a corner. Premature ejaculation affects Sister I have the antidote
for your potential murder she wrote story. There are actually several ways to assess and perhaps
address your man’s challenge. Have you talked to him about this issue? If so, was it comfortable
for you both? You may want to test your level of intimacy. Are you both connecting from the heart
or is it really just a glorified fuck thing? How long does foreplay last? Are the two of you holding
each other before sex? Ask your man to tell you exactly what he needs from you sexually and what
he may be afraid of as well. Premature ejaculation is commonly linked to a fear of failure. Open
communication takes dying relationships from the coffin to renewal. I would even try speaking to him
sexually throughout the week. Tell him how good he makes you feel.
Stress and tension can cause all types of sexual issues. Your man may be overwhelmed in other
areas of his life which affect his sexual confidence with you.
Have you tried giving him a full body massage? A relaxing massage may be what he needs before
beginning sex. A sensual massage may raise his arousal and anticipation. Rub his body slowly
occasionally picking up the pace. Massage also increases blood flow to all parts of the body. When
massaging his penis you want to send as much blood to that area as possible. There are several
techniques to get him & keep him rock hard. I suggest you trace your fingers along the penis
corpus cavernosum and the corpus spongiosum of the penis to become familiar with it. These are
two spongy bodies along the top and the bottom you will feel them slightly raised. Playfully apply
pressure to those areas to encourage blood flow, rotate his penis like a joystick, tap it, and squeeze
it with pulsing gestures. Don’t be scared to jerk and manipulated that rod. Attending to his perineum
just adds icing to the cake. Massaging this hidden spot between his balls and his anus will work
wonders. So much blood will fill his penis that it may increase in size so watch out. If this doesn’t
work there is a breath and squeeze method that will keep him ejaculation free for an hour or more.
This however requires work on his part. Have him read “The Multi Orgasmic Man,” by Montak Chia it
will open you both up to bliss.
How is his health? Does he smoke? Is he on medication? Your man may need to exercise more as
well to increase circulation, try adding *ginger root (circulation), zinc (testosterone producer) in small
doses, and maca root (testosterone balancer) to his diet, you will see results within a few weeks.
Sister If I give you anymore advice, I’m gonna have to charge you! You are a patient woman; I wish
you both the best of luck!
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Dear Het Heru Ast,
I am a 31 year old heterosexual black male. My sex life is pretty normal. I have an open mind and
feel totally comfortable exploring different aspects of sexual expression. I suck toes, lick assholes,
and do the role play thing. I have asked several women to stick their fingers in my ass. All of these
women have made me feel most uncomfortable about my request. They accused me of being gay.
I’m not gay at all! They became really critical of my choice and I often found myself screaming on
some chick that was otherwise cool with me. I am dealing with a woman who takes our sex to every
room of my imagination. I haven’t asked her the big question yet, mostly out of fear. Please give me
some factoids that I can share with her.
-Ain’t No Homo
Brooklyn, NY
Hey Aint No Homo,
I admire the comfort you have as a heterosexual black man with your sexuality. You know what
you want and are determined to experience it. I respect your swagger, sir. Here is a concise list of
information about the prostate. I agree with your decision to let your partner become familiar with
the prostate from this perspective. This is written to her, so feel free to print it out for her. Enjoy your
experience!
The Prostate is the size of a walnut and is located 4 cm (1.6 inches) in from the anus on the
anterior wall, down from the bladder and in front of the rectum.
Prostate Function: The function of the prostate is to lubricate the ejaculation process (adds to semen
and other seminal fluids) and to increase pH making the vagina more hospitable and, therefore, more
conducive to fertilization. It produces prostatic fluid when the man is aroused and contracts during
ejaculation to empty.
Why anal penetration? Pleasure. Plain and simple. Concentration of nerve endings makes stimula-
tion very pleasurable for many men. Intensity of orgasm can increase two or three fold with prostate
stimulation. It can also delay ejaculation.
Social Taboo: Some men shy away from prostate stimulation because of the taboos associated
with anal play in our culture. Deep rooted (unsubstantiated) beliefs leave men feeling shame and a
general concern that they will become or will be considered homosexual.
Communication: Talk to your partner about whether he is open to exploring the prostate. When stimu-
lating his penis with your mouth (aka a blow job)you can show him you’re comfortable by playing
gently with the outside of his anus and perineum (area of skin between the anus and the testicles).
Position: The most effective way to access the prostate is anally. Have him lie on his back with knees
up; this leaves the penis available to play with throughout the prostate play. Sit between his legs.
Lube up: Thicker lube is better for anal play.
Fingernails: Keep fingernails short. Latex gloves prevent bacteria lying under the fingernails to get
into the delicate rectal tissues. If you have long fingernails put cotton balls over the nail, inside a latex
glove. Action: Finger position: With the fingernail pointing back, bend your finger up into a “come
here” position. Insert a finger when he is aroused. Slowly rub
the outside of the anus smoothing lubricant fully around the
area. Slowly slip in the tip of the finger; this will cause the two
sphincter muscles to contract. Give him a minute to adjust to
the feeling. Watch his facial expressions and body movements
to guide you. All the while continue to rub his penis. Move the
finger in and out gently at first, more vigorously depending on
how he is responding.
The urge: He may have the urge to urinate or have a bowel
movement, but he won’t. This is just a part of the process
of stimulation. External access: If he is too worried about
anal play there is always another (albeit less effective) way
to access the prostate. The prostate can be also stimulated
from outside the anal region. Although not as effectively as
internally. Apply pressure to the area between the scrotum and
anus. Massage.
Right tool for the job: Start with something small and work your
way up. Be sure to use toys that have a flared base to avoid
the anus’ natural suction. Check out these toys especially
designed for anal play.
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State of the Underground Music Market
-by Doctor Marcus Truth
In the 1980’s and 1990’s the record industry had buyers hooked. The American public
loved buying records so much that they would buy an album if there were as little as
two good songs. The problem started when that became a record industry standard.
Let’s go back in time just a little bit. Remember when Keith Sweat first released the
song Make It last Forever? Teddy Riley made sure every track was “A1”. What about
Anita Bakers Rapture? There wasn’t one poorly produced song on that album.
Record labels muscled out their most talented A&R’s who were hired for their good
ears and street smarts and instead replaced them with horned rim glasses wearing
computer geeks who are more versed in Internet accounting than in monitoring the
pulse of the streets, which gave the music business the posh life that it enjoys today.
The industry now aspires to emulate the successes of hit records from the past rather
than support the innovative, artistic and medicinal effects of music recording projects
that are heartfelt. Sounds can be imitated but heart felt emotion can not be duplicated.
There is a lack of integrity among some of today’s performing artists who can’t even
sing the right notes yet they have led to the music industry’s ability to generate unlim-
ited C notes. And that is why for the last 20 something years, or more, we have been
subjected to hearing practically the same albums with different artists “re-mixing” them.
Alas! There is hope. Internet availability on a mass level and person to person file
sharing has entered the universe. It has been reported that
1 billion dollars worth of music is being pirated per year
through illegal downloads. Experts are saying that this is a
form of retaliation against the record industry for decades
of “force feeding” the music starved general public.
Additionally, there are faint whispers of certain artists who
seem to be somewhat exempt from the blatant lack of
respect for the sound of good music: Gospel Artists, Major
Label artists who have maintained a good artistic rapport
with its fans and last but certainly not least: underrated
underground artists.
For instance, listen to Eric Roberson with his Debarge-like
melodies and pubescent passionate love cries. And has
anybody been keeping up with Frank McCombs? He’s got
Donny Hathaway’s vocal range and Stevie Wonder’s musi-
cal instinct intertwined with years of California soul and
mistreatment from the real pirates- “major labels”. Here’s
some food for thought: Are we calling these labels major
because of their superior music or corporate monopoly on
marketing? What does a branded company really mean?
Doctor Marcus Truth is a freelance journalist making an
exclusive appearance in this issue of MMM. He is also a
music industry insider, a performing artist and an R&B song
writer. Contact Doctor Marcus Truth: drmat_7@yahoo.com
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winner of the Vibe
Magazine, Blaze Magazine and Everlast Boxing
Emcee battle championships. MTP Beat Battle
1st Runner Up, Istandard Producers
Showcase 1st Runner Up and fonder of The
Female Producers Association™
(The F.P.A.)
MEDIA: Remix Magazine, Vibe Magazine,
Blaze Magazine, One World Magazine, Mass
Appeal Magazine, XXL Magazine, The Source Magazine,
Honey Magazine, The Fader Magazine, The Shield, Stress
Magazine, Femmixx.com, Gangstresses part 1 (film), Miss
Emcee (film),Adidas (advertisement), Vibe Magazine Hip Hop
Divas (book)
APPEARANCES & VENUES: Apollo Theater, BB King’s, S.O.B’s,
The Knitting Factory, One Stop Shop Producers Conference, The
Manhattan Center, The Trinity Hip Hop Festival, The Paladium (L.A.), Remix
Magazine Music Conference, Tramps, Can A Sista Rock A Mic Conference, Jacob
Javits Convention Center, Victoria 5 Theater, Joe’s Pub, Vibe Magazine Music
Conference, Rap Sheet Music Conference
ORGANIZATIONS and ASSOCIATIONS: President of Ludovia Entertainment, CEO of
Darker Than Honey Productions, Member of The Anomolies- an all female hip hop
collective
MMM: How do you, as a female emcee, survive in a male dominated industry?
Pri: The last place I showcased was at a Music Production Conference in Arizona. I was
the only female producer out of about 600 men. It was veeeeeery interesting! But I
create and perform music because I have a sincere love of the art. Music has brought me
through a lot and has kept my head above water. I am very appreciative of my talent and
the opportunity to do what I love.
I have been rhyming since the age of 8 and began producing music about 6 years ago. My
target audience is men/women between the ages of 22-40. However, I realize I have fan
support from as young as 13 to as old as 65 and it’s great! You do know that not all women
in hip hop own guns, rock platinum grillz and carry little dogs in $1200 dollar bags. There
are a lot of very talented women out there who are working really hard to get recognized.
My goal is to bring these women to the forefront. Especially the women behind the beats!
MMM: What inspired you to pursue a career as an emcee and producer?
Pri: My son and my life were the biggest influences over everything. My life was not a
beautiful one and those experiences, along with my son’s love now translate through my
creativity. A lot of hip hop music and other types of industry talent came out of my
hometowns in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. It comes natural. When I am performing or
attending a showcase, I have no favorite places. I could perform on a soapbox in the
middle of the desert!
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MMM: Rap music seems to lack direction right now. Is it an anything goes kind of situation or is this
just a passing trend?
Pri: The music industry always does a 360 as far as sound. The 80’s sounds are rolling strong now and that
whole “hip house” era is starting to come back in. Unfortunately, the producers’ talent is outweighing the
talent of vocal artists. No one is really SINGING anymore. There are a lot of studio made vocals happening,
which is not good.
Business wise, record labels are in trouble. Artists finally realize that they do not need major labels to sell
records. They now understand that fighting for a major deal is a lot of hype and really isn’t as lucrative as the
rented cars and jewelry seen in the videos seem to portray. You can achieve a lot as an indie artist, if you’re
willing to work hard.
MMM: Where should recording artists focus their attention in order to reclaim Hip Hop as an art rather
than as a business?
Pri: I would like to see people focused a lot more on artist development and the actual songwriting process. I
feel those two simple aspects will turn the industry, as a whole, around. There are just TOO MANY cookie cut-
ter policies in the industry right now! There is rarely any originality and song lyrics are pretty cliche. “You’re
the one I LOVE…no one ABOVE…” “I thought you would never HURT ME…..How could you DESERT
ME”…blah, blah, blah...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
I feel the mainstream media is not broad enough when it comes to artists. I also feel it provides a distorted
perception of what “hip hop” really is. Many people do not realize that there is a difference between hip-hop
and rap. Hip-hop is a culture that you live regardless of whether you make a record, music video or go on
tour. The negative images you see on television today are not a representation of hip-hop. Those in main-
stream media are not aware of that, because they do not “live” the culture itself. One day I heard a reporter
call R. Kelly and Bobby Brown “rappers,” it reminded me once again just how out of touch mainstream media
really is.
Pri the Honey Dark is currently working on her debut Album “She’s the Producer” which is an independent
release due in October 2008 through Ludovia Entertainment. Sample tracks and get the album release date
at: www.myspace.com/prithehoneydark
Pri the Honey Dark is also a member of the veteran all female rap group The Anomolies who can be found at:
www.myspace.com/anomolies
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Alek is not your typical model. Her dark skin was something that, in her
early modelling days resulted in her often being rejected. Now, who can
deny that Alek Wek has changed the typical standard of beauty that
so many of us used to believe in? She paved the way for other dark
skinned models to break into the industry and gave black women
everywhere a sense of pride.
Through her autobiography Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel,
published by Amistad, Alek Wek personally takes us on a journey from when she was a
very young girl coming up in her home town of Wau, up to her present being as one of the
world’s most recognized supermodels.
We find ourselves immersed in a journey with Alek as she leaves her home town due to
excessive fighting between various forces and has to venture out into the bush to find her
relative’s village. What I can tell you, without giving too much of the book away, is that Alek
experienced things that we expect to see in an adventure movie, except this is all real.
There are real men roving the streets with real guns, real dead bodies scattered around
and innocent bystanders getting caught in real cross fire.
This book will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Alek’s family somehow man-
ages to stay together and be strong. I was particularly overwhelmed with emotion by the
impact of the violence on the abandoned, starving children she encountered during a visit
to Sudan several years after she’d made a name for herself in the fashion industry.
A message that really stood out for me after reading this book is to appreciate your life,
family, and everything you have. But don’t get me wrong, it didn’t seem at all as if Alek Wek
was complaining about what she didn’t have or what she wanted. It’s really about what was
and still is happening in Sudan.
Furthermore, even after leaving Sudan and being discovered in London, Alek still had to
fight for herself in the harshly critical world of modelling. On the brighter side, there are lots
of pictures in this 224 page book of Alek Wek at different stages in her life and of her fam-
ily. She gives us a lot of insightful details on her native Dinka culture too. This was a great
story to read, I highly recommend it!
This book review and the research behind it was done by Talibah who can be reached for
comments at: butterfly.kah@googlemail.com
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p.19 Cultural Resistance:

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p.27 Bruce George Innovates “Gangsta’s Paradise” meets the “Diary of Anne Frank”
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Become a Mega Model
by Ayana Hinton
Welcome to the first issue of Mega Models Magazine: An Urban Fashion Fusion periodical. What is a Mega Model? Mega Models defy definition and they lead by example. A Mega Model is more than a walking attraction, although when Mega Models walk, the earth trembles around them. Yes my friends, a Mega Model is always on the grind, morning, noon and night. It really takes something more to be a Mega Model beyond charm, wit, style and natural or “enhanced” good looks. Okay, but then what does it take to be a Mega Model? Just think of Mega Models Magazine as an illustrated guide to becoming a Mega Model. We will show you what it is to be a Mega Model with every page that you turn. Each issue will llustrate with living examples what the definition of a Mega Model is. From Designers, to Models, Fashionistas, Singers, Painters, Poets, Politicians and Recording Artists. And don’t forget to get your: FREE music downloads at www.MegaModelsMagazine.com This issue features an impressive array of long term Fashion, Arts and Entertainment WARRIORS. These Independent spirits are unfettered, renaissance people who use their artistic medium to represent Underground Culture in all of their productions. First, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of living legends “The Last Poets” by breaking bread with Founding member, Abiodun Oyewole. We examine gang life across America with Def Poetry Jam Co-Founder Bruce George. Then we trace our American roots back to the Motherland with Prince Olusoji. Be sure to read “Streets are talking” featuring comments made by New York City subway riders about their incredibly shocking true life stories. Now, let’s talk FASHION. This season’s featured designer Ankhafly.com Designs is an artist out of Brooklyn, NY who brings versatility and spirituality to fashion and jewelry design. Fashion is a galactic medium for expressing ourselves freely, whether one is the designer or the wearer. “Fashion transforms the individual who lives by its rules.” - Ankhafly This is an artist’s magazine so if you want to be featured, do what a Mega Model would do: STAND UP! Questions, comments, submissions… are accepted at: info@megamodelsmagazine.com -CEO, Publisher

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Out of love I have told the kids on the train to stop cursing in front of their elders because I love my people. Common. This Is Madness. Buckeye. They that use the beat have the whole world standing on its ear. 1973 5. A more personal project I have is collaborating with someone who has written the scriptures of the Bible after taking out all of the dumbfounding jargon and making it simple. MMM: What about the commercialization of Hip Hop? Abiodun: Hip Hop can go anywhere. There was a movement to revive ourselves and respect ourselves. The vehicle for Hip Hop is legitimate. Holy Terror. among many other powerful Black innovations. Integration requires you to get a lot of permission to do stuff. 1993 11. Before then they were used to an obedient type of Black person. 1976 8. The real people sold Hip Hop out of the back of their cars. I am willing to work with whoever is willing to work with me. until they got something else. Queens. MMM: It’s pretty rare to be acknowledged for a monumental artistic contribution while you are still alive. The project involves my voice. At Last. putting us back in a doubtful phase of what we can do and if we can do it. MMM: Do you have a muse behind your artistic expression? Abiodun: Harlem captured my imagination. 1970 2. The late 1960’s was a fighting back era. Delights of the Garden. but we have to recognize the value of what we do. MMM: Who do you recognize as Black leadership today? Abiodun: Black spokespersons are all over the place. pioneering the Hip Hop movement. My people have been a blessing to me and I want to be a blessing to them. 1999 19 20 .my loyal friend and comrade. What is Hip Hop and do you think that it is dead? Abiodun: Hip Hop became a polluted. Real Rap. MMM: Was there more unity in the 1960’s because of segregation? Abiodun: We had a whole spirit of unity not just because of segregation. so broken. The bitch + the ho + the pimp = the obedient slave. 1974 6.if it has a good driver. Since integration we have been confused. this trio has released several albums and written classic poems such as “Niggers are Scared of Revolution. You didn’t have to do all of that asking before. MMM: Any new projects coming up that you can share with us? Abiodun: We’re working on going on a European tour to celebrate The Last Poets 40th Anniversary. The beat brings out a primal type of behavior. Amiri Baraka. regardless of what anybody says about us. Freedom Express. You didn’t have to go look at the charts for music. whether self ordained or given positions to speak.” “White Man’s Got a God Complex” and “When the Revolution Comes. Be Bop Or Be Dead. 1991 10. But why waste it if you’re gonna go there? That beat is captivating. MMM: Speaking of Nas. I was raised in Jamaica. people are always saying that I am so serious all the time. brought in Umar Bin Hassan and recently Don Babatunde to continue the group as a trio. invited Mega Models Magazine into his world for a few lessons on the past and future of hip-hop as we thought we knew it.Living Legend Now celebrating 40 years of history in the making. It weakened our strength. Obama is getting press all over the place because everyone is dying for a Black Leader. A founding and leading member of The Last Poets. Oh! My People.” They have inspired and influenced such prominent figures of African-American culture as Spike Lee. he makes it clear that folks should pay respects to The Last Poets. he said that Hip Hop is dead. what is it like to be sought after by so many popular mainstream artists after 40 years in this business as a Revolutionary Poet? Abiodun: I have collaborated with Nas. Jazzoetry. so tattered that folks are desperate. MMM: What do you want young people who listen to Hip Hop today to know about your era when you guys were starting out? Abiodun: That we fought back and we were a fighting. The Last Poets. This is a battle to the very end. Gylan Kain. Felipe Luciano. Hustlers Convention. 1995 13. That kind of attitude made white folks give some kind of concession. Leadership in America has been so frail. We didn’t know we had the power to do something special. Chastisement. Hip Hop was created by the people. Out of that will come a DVD and a new CD. They walked around with the image of Black strength. Original members over the years have included David Nelson. 1985 9. Cincinnati. I want people to know that I come from a place of love. perverted. 1994 12. But the industry has created turmoil in the community with the creation of gangsta rap. My own personal project. They can call the press and the press will come. Having adopted their name from the work of South African Little Willie Copaseely. The Last Poets was the epitome of fighting back. John Singleton. Ohio. If they are reaching out I feel that it is my responsibility to help them as opposed to waiting for the album to come out and then talking about how bad it is (laughter). 1975 7. Abiodun Oyewole. Harlem was really the Mecca. We didn’t just take it. Dead Prez. Chuck D. protesting era. 1971 3. Public Enemy and Ice Cube. Erykah Badu. I’m a hard poet. Abiodun Oyewole conceived of The Last Poets. 25 Years. I am from the Midwest. 1997 14. which I have six months to do is an album of love songs. 1972 4. for the people and was accepted by the people. James Brown “I’m Black and I’m Proud” was a big step for us after a life time of being told that we were nothing. The Last Poets.” “This is Madness. A Selected Discography 1. and Jalal Nuriddin. And I moved to Harlem about thirty years ago. Time Has Come. You didn’t see crack heads or dope users. it’s a nice little project. Hip Hop rhythm and beats are being used to sell anything from toilet paper to tampons. The soft side of Dun. who declared the era to be the last age of poets before the complete takeover of guns. nasty ho used by the music business for their nasty purposes. People don’t realize that this was the Black Mecca of the country. The Last Poets has been credited with. It is an art form that can be used to educate people. We are supposed to use our talents for the benefit of our people in accordance with our values.

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I have also had the privilege of teaching in the New York City Public School system. Prince Olusoji founded “Prestige Productions. there were scattered settlements. kidnap them and take them to European traders. I also interviewed esteemed elders and palace historians. They wanted to know if it were possible to get the full. Just as you inherit the color of your skin.com www. So now. Nigeria as a Prince from the Royal Adesida Family. And that is just one of many titles he humbly possesses. Imagine Brooklyn. Even kings and noblemen were captured. Inc. to the way your dancers dance. Ohio. But it is not always good to listen to people. MMM: How were you inspired to create this film? Prince Olusoji: I was born in Akure Ondo State. MMM: Do you think “Royalty to Plantation to Glory” can reverse a century of institutionalized mis-education? Prince Olusoji: Instead of starting out with royalty. He later did graduate work at Howard University in Washington. When the African continent was partitioned by Europeans many settlements of people that don’t speak the same language were grouped together and named “Nigeria” for example. Queens. with the help of guns supplied by European dealers. Prince Olusoji J. by Mega Models Magazine Make no mistake. Agunloye is the Creative and Artistic Director/Producer of the documentary as well as the President of Prestige Productions.palacetoplantationtoglory. Some doubted I could manage the costs associated with producing and marketing a film. there are so many things you inherit intellectually. This is the reason that I started reaching out to professors of African history and palace historians. even one woman who had been sold as a slave before becoming the wife of a king. In a face to face interview conducted over Senegalese cuisine. like greatness wasn’t within reach. His premiere project is a documentary about the royal African roots of many people who were kidnapped by traders and sold into slavery through the Transatlantic Slave Trade over a century ago. Agunloye can be contacted at: soji_agunloye@yahoo. We all did this so Africans in the Diaspora would know that their origins did not begin with slavery. Also.” to create films about the experience of Africans who are located throughout the Diaspora. MMM: What historical facts do you want the audience to walk away with? Prince Olusoji: The majority of Africans did not participate in the slave trade as traders. It was only a handful of people. This is why so many African Americans trace their roots back to Nigeria through DNA tests.from the way your preachers preach. I met with esteemed elders who witnessed the last days of the slave trade and gave their own personal accounts. they are starting out with slavery. He graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland. The captives were men. Popular singers and rappers make music that sounds very much like songs that have been sung in the native tongue. DC. It made them feel inferior. Prince Olusoji J. true picture. Prince Olusoji J. Some would go into the bush. Sometimes you have to follow your own conscience. a lot of the music we hear today was invented by Africans.Interview with a Prince MMM: What was the political landscape of Africa like before slavery? Prince Olusoji: Back then.” MMM: How did you manage to direct and produce a documentary that has a historical span of over 100 years? Prince Olusoji: When I first decided to produce this film a lot of people asked me how I was going to be able to get the facts. In fact. but I was finally able to get prominent professors who had done a lot of research on the subject. I saw the effects this had on the attitudes and performance of students. I interviewed people who were over the age of 100.org 23 24 . He is a very conservative man in appearance. yet he is a passionate African Internationalist in his approach to bridging the history of Africans living on the continent to the history of present day African Americans living in the states. and ambush families. but I often wonder why the history of African Americans is being taught as if it started with slavery. one out of every five Africans on the continent is Nigerian. women and children who could have been from returning home from the farm or the market. It took years. pursue your own goals. during land wars the winning side would capture the opposing side to use as domestic servants. We have the largest population. Inc. Agunloye is a real Nigerian Prince. and Staten Island operating and functioning as independently as different countries. I was taught while growing up that some of the captives who were sold into slavery were originally chiefs and kings. I don’t know if this is done deliberately or based on ignorance. MMM sat with the Prince to discuss the positive impact of his film “Palace to Plantation to Glory.

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an organization exclusively devoted to urban youth). and then there are times when my writing will address those that are the culprits of making people feel disenfranchised. righteousness etc… We need to be more long suffering with each other. When I was performing I had no favorite place. teachers. Bruce: Wow! I see you are trying to get me in trouble with that question. I was all about delivering a message. MMM: If you could be someone else. online social networks. each focusing on specific aspects of lifestyle and social conditions likely to engage urban youth. He has written testimonials for publications like Essence Magazine. myspace. film and stage celebrities from New York to California and beyond. an “Upscale Showcase Award”. but every now and then I will read some of my work or do an impromptu performance at a gig. anthologies. Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle. I feel that the Spoken Word Movement needs to continue to take advantage of modern technology such as E-Books. hope. which. activists. poems. All together it is a 265 page collection that is already a hot subject on Internet Radio and on-line venues hailed as the most provocative and powerful literary work yet to hit the stands this year. I have learned that at times you will have to take a defensive posture and at times you will have to take an offensive posture. I was born and raised in New York City. Jessie Jackson. Harvard. short stories and interviews by a solid array of social workers. unity. poetry. It also taps into the sacred and profane. The Last Poets.” www. MMM: People tend to think of you as the critically acclaimed Spoken Word artist from Def Poetry Jam. Def Poetry (HBO)”. NY).” We need governments that foster policies that are rooted in energy conservation etc… We can all make the world a better place to live in by each of us playing our own part in fostering unity. production. gang leaders. actually pervades throughout the book and culminates in the final section (New Leaves Turning) wherein communal and social responsibility are more fully engaged. His work has been published in major magazines. A lot of Spoken Word Artists have collaborated with major R&B singers and Hip Hop MCs on monumental projects. As an Activist I use art as an indispensable tool of revolutionary struggle. Prose and Government Policy Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam. So when the class started I stumbled throughout the so-called lecture and it was a horrible experience for me and the students since they expected much more of me and so did I. Telling the Tale and On the Count) fully lay out the evolutionary process borne by many.com MMM: We are so blown away by your latest book/project “The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates” (Soft Skull Press. poet and activist. Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”. Emerge Magazine. Regardless of the form my writing may take. Intergenerational in scope. MMM: What direction is Spoken Word going in? Bruce: The Spoken Word Movement is slowly and surely going from the side-stream to the mainstream. The book is divided into six sections. form or fashion. I think I will take the 5th on that question. But I do have a habit of cutting people off while they are talking to me. Dawn Robinson etc. The initial sections (Battleground.hiphopspeakersbureau. Rev.ning. I have written and continue to write prose. writers. The film features critically acclaimed writers. MMM: Any embarrassing moments performing? Bruce: Sure! There was a time when I was supposed to give a lecture about religion and literature and since he assignment was given to me in such a short time frame I was totally unprepared. change. Bruce George is a visionary. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents. a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision. executive producer. Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency) featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. We need not only “Free Trade” we need “Fair Trade. from initiation and gangbanging to prison terms and self-education. I feel we have all dropped the ball on globalization since we have not put enough pressure on our government and corporations to make the playing field more even. A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in postproduction. Amiri Baraka. Bruce: The Bandana Republic is the first full length anthology that features writings from both former and current urban gang members. a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents.com/ Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the “International Hip-Hop Speakers Bureau. articles etc…I’m a man of letters and my writing encompasses the social political as well as the interpersonal. who would you be? Bruce: I would not want to be no one other than myself! I’m very blessed to be who I am. writer. MMM: Describe your bad habits and hidden fantasies. the work includes letters.Bruce George: Founder of “The Bandana Republic“ tackles Poetry. It was co-edited by Louis Reyes Rivera (Scattered Scripture. here and there. We need to carry one another’s burdens instead of just being selfish. The next two sections (The Politics We See and Hard) continue the process with more focus on both the political and personal aspects of social consciousness. writing and performance. I think that there’s an impatience I have towards wanting a person to get to the point quickly. situation determines appropriateness. Malik Yoba. There are times when I’m addressing a segment of the population that has been disenfranchised. Bum Rush The Page et al) and myself (Bruce George. Fordham University. MMM: What are/were some of your influences? Bruce: Life influences me in many ways. I have served on numerous panels including Hampton. The book also features a foreword by movie star and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown (Founder of the Amer-I-Can Program and Foundation. Class Magazine. My writing reaches people from all walks of life. artists. Harlem River Press etc… and may be contacted at: www. Bruce: For over thirty years I have been a writer in some shape. The New School. MMM: When and where was last time you performed as a poet? Bruce: I retired from being a Spoken Word Artist some time ago. but to all art forms and life itself.” An also major government needs to stop rapping so-called third world countries of their natural resources under the guise of “Free Trade.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic. essays.” Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. but how long have you been writing? 27 28 . podcasting etc… MMM: How does politics influence you? Bruce: Politics is everything and everything is politics so politics is endemic to not only the Spoken Word Movement. I would love to see the Spoken Word Movement become more mainstream while maintaining its integrity. Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions. a Peabody recipient for HBO’s Def Poetry Jam). an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates. poets & spoken word artists. Medgar Evers.com/brucegeorgemedia Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: “The People Power Network” a grassroots platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork. He was born and raised in New York City. and literary publications. it continues to challenge the status quo. and I currently reside in Brooklyn. I have learned that God doesn’t make mistakes. There are many messages that I express in my writing such as self-determination.

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle. Dawn Robinson etc.Bruce is the Executive Consultant of Gumbo For The Soul Publications.” He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic. A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-production. anthologies.www. Harvard. 2007 Bruce is one of the founders of an anti-violence/poverty initiative entitled “The American Experiment Peace Project” www.” Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle. executive producer. Emerge Magazine.ning. a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents. degree in Psychology Photography credits to Brandon Wiggins 29 30 .com/brucegeorgemedia Bruce is a visionary. The film features critically acclaimed writers. Inc. Bruce has served on numerous panels (Hampton. and literary publications.myspace. Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests.com 2007.com 2006. Amiri Baraka. Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency) featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney. Jessie Jackson. poets & spoken word artists.” 2006. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine.com which is an entire virtual world.com/ Bruce has joint-ventured with Harold Whaley who’s the CEO of Mongram Virtua and Terry Cyrus of OutSpoken Media as Virtual Consultants within “Second Life” www. a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision. writing and performance. Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”. writer. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents.secondlife.com/theamericanexperiment 2007 . Harlem River Press etc… Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: “The People Power Network” a grassroots platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork.myspace. The New School. creating/providing “Top Tier” Podcasting-i-Tune & i-Pod content of celebrities (Spoken Word Artists. Bruce graduated from Niagara University with B. Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture etc…) and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions. Class Magazine.A.” www. Def Poetry (HBO)”. an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the “International HipHop Speakers Bureau.Bruce is on the Host Committee of Kevin Powell’s 6th Annual Holiday Party Clothing Drive to benefit the homeless at “The Safe Horizon Street Work Project. The Last Poets. Medgar Evers. rappers. poet and activist. www. He was born and raised in New York City. authors. singers etc. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. comedians. Malik Yoba.gumboforthesoul. Fordham University.Bruce is the Executive Consultant for Audible. His work has been published in major magazines. Rev.hiphopspeakersbureau. an “Upscale Showcase Award”. Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam. production.

Designing high end sportswear for women is challenging. I loved Harlem for the same reasons that I love Brooklyn. Fashion statements that empower people are the next wave. William joined MMM at a popular downtown Brooklyn lounge to talk about the future of fashion TBA style. MMM: Where would you like to see the fashion industry headed? William: In 1986 I started seeing people wearing imitations of European luxury brands. So we are responding to globalization by changing with the times. Black art and other types of Black expression are all over the world. So we are responding to globalization by changing with the times. Fashion is life affirming. People look for us out there. TBA is a clothing line that celebrates the ever evolving spirit of African culture by seamlessly blending African symbolism with modern cuts and sophisticated fabrics. Life imitates art. If the media were saying “Stand for yourself. MMM: Globalization has raised the bar. It never turns out the way you planned it so we try to be loose and adapt to changes. Harlem was the cultural Mecca for the expression of Black beauty and talent.there is none. By 1996 everything I made was selling out. See more fashion statements from the drawing board of Brooklyn based designer William Fleet by visiting: www. it is all over Europe and Japan. The International African Arts Festival is a really big market for our clientele. It never turns out the way you planned it so we try to be loose and adapt to changes. do for yourself” then people would do it. Now we have Brooklyn undergoing a similar type of renaissance.TBAclothing. how do you maintain clientele? William: Well. Achievements are based on speed and the value you add to the corporation. In 1987 I started TBA in a year when everyone was telling me not to do it. it is all over Europe and Japan. Black cultural forms have been globalized. how has it shaped TBA? William: It has been very positive. art imitates life. Black music. MMM: Without a dominant message. how has it shaped TBA? William: It has been very positive. It’s a combination that happens to anybody involved in a creative process MMM was excited to interview the veteran independent Brooklyn designer William Fleet. Owner and Designer of TBA: To Be Afrikan. that is also why I started the new FemTBA line.it oscillates.So many people love our culture and it’s a good thing because I am after a mainstream presence. Especially Black music. Black music. Black art and other types of Black expression are all over the world. Very few existing clothing lines for women have that street touch. It’s very unsympathetic. We have been participating in that festival for eleven years now. 31 32 .So many people love our culture and it’s a good thing because I am after a mainstream presence. which is really cool in comparison to working for a multi-national corporation like a rat in a maze.MMM: The ancient symbolism in your designs. is it meaningful? William: My message is simple. Designing high end sportswear for women is challenging. that is also why I started the new FemTBA line. Especially Black music. Just wear the clothes! This is an ever evolving art.com MMM: Globalization has raised the bar. Very few existing clothing lines for women have that street touch. I moved to Brooklyn about thirty years ago. I was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx. Black cultural forms have been globalized.

How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age: 10 Story: I was raped by a family member 8. My cousin came into my bed and raped me.don’t front! 6. I think about it sometimes… 11.Sex and Sports WOMEN. questioning anyone and everyone who’d stop. Marriage Whenever you’re ready 12. so did we.Name/Nickname. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. money. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 2 3. and money but crazy like hell! 7. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0 4.Contrary to popular belief. 16. MEN. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Monica that’s my girl right there 17. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? The murder rate will be crazy so I can’t think like that! 15.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? OBAMA… He might change things.BKLYN Age . disguised as NYC Subway Rider Surveyors. I don’t even know! 13. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date.Money 14. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in.27 Gender: F 1. How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2. Marriage When you feel comfortable and it is a meaningful relationship 12. Living or Dead. He had the looks. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Alladin. black women been running things forever 16. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 2 1. Mega Models Magazine went under cover.0 5.Dancer Borough. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Hell. look.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? Ebony Sister. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN.V. Living or Dead.Bronx Age. especially my mother. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders.Dick 14. Name/Nickname. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age: 16 Story: I can show you better than I can tell you. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? Solve the Problem 15.Whatever WOMEN. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. She consistently accuses me of sleeping around and I was not. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? Have sex in front of a group of people watching. 8. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? He was my dream.20 Gender. what causes people to hook up with strangers? Excitement 13. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? Fucking on a bed of roses 9.Peaches Occupation – Security Guard Borough . Barber Occupation. love and great sex 10. listen and respond.Ass Women Want. How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2. 9 What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders.Women and sex WOMEN.Attention 10. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 1 4. MEN. Angie Stone 17.F Ever wonder what the person sitting next to you is thinking? Until now. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? “What’s love got to do with it?” and “It’s a thin line between love and hate” 33 34 . What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Alicia Keys. Men Want: Sex and a mother figure Women Want: Respect. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 1 3. Akon. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. Hospital Fucking 11. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 3 WOMEN 3 5. Men Want. Have you ever met an internet date? No 7.

Leadership. I just felt like doing it. Have you ever met an internet date? NO How many? 0 6. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Outkast. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? N/A 7. When is it appropriate to “give it up? Example: First Date.Trey Occupation. Shyne. Living or Dead. if I tell you. 8. romance.Time 10.Head Women Want.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? Bill Clinton 16. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Being Drunk 13.Police Officer Borough. Iron Man.Phlebotomist/EKGTech Borough. School Days 35 36 . How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2. wholesome women who get down in bed Women Want. Hotel Rwanda. When is it appropriate to “give it up? Example: First Date. Men Want. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Iron Man. I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.Susan Occupation. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? N/A 7. Belly Name/Nickname. How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2. Marriage When it’s comfortable 12. Have you ever met an internet date? No WOMEN 2 How many? 0 6. the feeling of being followed.Men 14. Biggie 17. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 1 3. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? I’ve got no more fantasies left to fulfill. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Attraction without consequences 13. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? Sex with a famous person 9. Laura Nyro 17. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0 4. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. 9.Men want devoted. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 10 WOMEN 10 5. MEN. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? Here’s a hint.Food WOMEN. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age: 11 Story: The babysitter gave me head 8. his constant phone ringing 11. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 2 5.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? Chuck D.29 Gender: F 1. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0 4.Manhattan Age. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. TuPac. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Jay-Z.Name/Nickname. you can imagine the stress. I gotta kill you. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? The Mack. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? I plead the fifth! 15. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 2 3. I had a pistol pointed to my face over nothing 11. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. Men Want. MEN.Time 14. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. he’s real 16.Women WOMEN. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. Went out on a date with somebody else’s baby daddy. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age:16 Story: Nothing special happened. get it? 15. Nerd.Harlem Age: 36 Gender:M 1. Marriage When both people are ready 12. devotion and for men to be sensitive 10. Living or Dead.

I lied about my age and did not know anything 8. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Best Friends and The Color Purple 37 38 . Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. then run and hide 15.HE WAS A GOOD LEADER 16. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Loneliness and getting drunk 13. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Bob Marley: I Shot the Sheriff and TuPac: Gangster’s Paradise 17. Living or Dead. Jackson. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. Beyonce 17. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date. MEN: food WOMEN: food 14. MEN: women and sex WOMEN: money 14. How many different email addresses do you have? 4 2. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? SHE WAS NOTHING LIKE HER PICTURE! 7. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? Up to this day. I’m still hiding from po-po 11. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? 2 women making love to me and 1 massaging my head and feet 9.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? Clinton. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 5 3. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 0 3. I was in a bus that turned over 11. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Betrayed and Friday After Next 6. she will have Bill at her side and he was a good president 16. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 5 WOMEN 2 5. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age:15 Story: It was very bloody and I called 911 8. Marriage Once both parties agree and feel comfortable 12. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? Sex with 4 women 9. Marriage When you become comfortable.Name/Nickname: Brent Occupation: Nurse Borough: QUEENS Age: 24 Gender: M 1.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? MARCUS GARVEY. about the 4th month 12. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? M. Living or Dead. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Being attracted to each other and wanting to live on the edge 13. I don’t know what sex he/she was 7. Men Want: a bitch in the bedroom and a good wife to care for the kids Women Want: a good hard working man who is loyal 10. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? Kick some ass 15. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 6 4. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 10 6. PA Age: 35 Gender: M 1. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 6 WOMEN 3 5. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? I was 14 years old. How many different email addresses do you have? 1 2. do what is necessary. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? Deal with it. Men Want: sex and to be heard Women Want: money and romance 10. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 1 4. I had to prove myself to get into a gang. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 6 Name/Nickname: Ken Occupation: City Manager Borough: Reading.

a cleaner. sports and food WOMEN: someone to listen 14. a cook. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 0 3. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? It was great. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when po-po was too slow? Hospital 15. compliments 10. Living or Dead.attention. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 2 WOMEN 1 5. Describe your most interesting encounter with an internet/blind date? n/a 7. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. Marriage When there is comfort 12.pussy. what causes people to hook up with strangers? Being drunk 13.Name/Nickname: Stewart Occupation: MD Borough: Brooklyn Age: 37 Gender: M 1. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0 4. Training Day 39 40 . Babyface. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? Jay-Z 17. How many profiles do you have on websites like MySpace or FaceBook? 4 3. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age:16 Story: It was an experiment with my school friend 8. How many different profiles do you have on dating sites? 0 4. Men Want. Have you ever met an internet date? YES How many? 1 Name/Nickname: Medusa Occupation: Intimate Apparel Borough: Bronx Age: 19 Gender: F 1. Acceptable # of prior sex partners for MEN 3 WOMEN 2 5. 7. Pre-Requisites to a One Night Stand. conversation. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. Street Justice: How would/did you resolve a problem when popo was too slow? Good communication 15. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? Deserted Island at Sun Set Sex 9. Living or Dead. Marriage When you feel comfortable 12. a slave Women Want. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. MEN: sex. How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? OBAMA. Almost got caught in the act and had to leave without my underwear 11. Car Accident: A kid got hit by a cab that sped off in the wrong lane 11. She is now my wife for 2 years. MEN: food and shelter WOMEN: food and shelter 14. What are some of your favorite songs/artists? BB King. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Kill Bill and Sin City 6. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date. How many different email addresses do you have? 2 2. Keith Sweat 17. What are some of your favorite “must see” movies? Patriot. because I’m kind of shy. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. What can’t MEN/WOMEN live without? Answer for both genders. What do MEN/WOMEN want in dating/relationships? Answer for both genders. Describe a scary/nightmarish or life or death situation that you’ve been in. 300. When is it appropriate to “give it up?” Example: First Date. Men Want: understanding and love Women Want: loyalty and true romance 10. Which sexual fantasies would you fulfill if you could hide the acts forever? To be with two women at the same time 9.Who do you want for the presidency? Why? Mya Angelou is both understanding and giving 16. How old were you when you lost your virginity? What happened? Age:15 Story: I don’t remember 8.He is very smart and shows good judgment 16. What causes people to hook up with strangers? Being drunk or lonely 13. Have you ever met an internet date? NO 6.

And there’s no major expense involved – students wear work-out gear and dance in bare feet. harem pants or Egyptian panel skirt. Seven parts of the body (head. I couldn’t wait for my next dance class and when not in class practiced dance every chance I could. I’ve trained disabled women at The Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan. All one needs is a desire to learn and showing up for class. (b) your clothes look better on you. arms. I mean it. The dentist’s response to Middle Eastern dance. These women are ready for any stage. Everyone wants a bite. Sandra Catena is a Middle Eastern dance master and the owner of Big Apple Belly Dance in Manhattan. What kind of dance do you teach?” “Middle Eastern” I said. Upon graduation I worked as a secretary and started training with the late Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah. 41 42 . Another perk of terrific posture is (a) you look 5-10 pounds thinner. It kept me positive and strong – both physically and emotionally. Most of my students there were in wheelchairs. My dancers build a powerful core and strong body. you’re going to stick with the program. shoulders. From a fitness perspective. delicious and addictive. (c) you feel great and (d) have better range of joint movement. belly dance is an excellent cardiovascular and flexibility workout. Origins of belly dance go back 5. belly and hips) are isolated during the dance. supermans and squats). “Wow! Is that belly dancing?” Doc’s serious mood changed instantly and we talked about this ancient art for five minutes before he proceeded to give me a root canal. weightbearing exercises using one’s own body weight (crunches. Some of the isolations are shimmies (shoulder and hip). that person will excel in dance. Every major muscle group is stretched and exercised before we even dance. Women of all ages. Today my youngest student is ten and my oldest seventy-one (in the past I taught at senior centers where my oldest student was eighty-eight!). Belly dance will get you fit. Basic steps are danced in conjunction with isolated body moves. one of New York’s greatest Middle Eastern dance masters. When a woman starts belly dancing she usually can’t get enough of the dance. Everyone loves belly dance. When one incorporates proper body alignment most times pain in the neck and lower back leaves. so different? Belly dance is muscle dancing. hard accents or sinuous movements. In my classes I open with a head-to-toe warm-up then incorporate functional. If you can move you can dance. while the rib cage and abdomen are more challenging for most. And let’s face it. These costumes accentuate the clean. Back then I lived to perform and I haven’t stopped belly dancing in thirtytwo years! Belly dancing is a way of life for me and every day I celebrate life through the dance. How many of us have joined a gym or fitness club then dropped out because we were either bored out of our minds or weren’t given enough instruction on how to use exercise equipment? The only thing lighter on our body was our purse! When you belly dance you are learning ethnic dance. rib cage.000 years to North Africa. either. Size doesn’t matter. sizes and backgrounds train with me in dance. What makes belly dance so exotic. shapes. hands. we don’t have enough fun in life! When you’re having a blast belly dancing. oblique twists. create a functional body (important especially as we age) and is fun. I began my studies in belly dance back in 1975 when I was a seventeen-year old senior attending one of the roughest high schools in New Jersey. Egypt is home to belly dance and I teach classical Egyptian style dance. And anyone can belly dance. that person will never achieve maximum capacity of movement. By the time I was twenty-one I was performing in Greek and Arab nightclubs in New Jersey and Manhattan.As I sat in the dentist’s chair the endodontist said. was not unusual. Unless one has excellent body alignment. Belly dance saved my life. There’s an element of intrigue and mystery about it. Posture and body alignment are incorporated from day one. When a dancer performs on stage she wears “bedlah” which is the traditional beaded bra and belt over a circle skirt. sharp accents and hard-driving shimmies. Shoulders and hips are the easier parts of the body to move in isolation. or “belly dance” as it’s known here in the west.org for more information about belly dance classes. it’s like chocolate – sweet. In addition. “my girlfriend is a professional dancer. From the first class on these women were dancing. Check out Sandra’s web site bigapplebellydance. Advanced students dancewith veils and zills (finger cymbals). Two of my students at HJD (one was ambulatory and the other in a wheelchair) became so proficient in belly dance that they performed in two of my dance concerts! When I say anyone can belly dance. When one creates great posture. My students receive the benefits of strength training in my classes as well.

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-Interview by Ken Journals The subordinates of Zeus were all specialists. It’s all about connections right now. I have opened for live acts such as Bilal. and eventually settling down in the borough of Brooklyn. especially Fashion. MMM: Has radio programming threatened your craft? Mocha: Nowadays. Larry Levan is one of my influences and is the force behind “Paradise Garage” which is a kind of exclusive party. and from actually saying certain things to the public. Kanye. We as DJ’s are relevant anywhere that there is live entertainment. MMM: Why did you choose to be a DJ? Mocha: I first started spinning 18 years ago. who just want to have fun and expend some energy! MMM: You’re a pretty hot chick. I want them to stop short changing DJ’s and know who really has talent.business@yahoo. He may be reached at ken. Mocha: Lately. Look at what happened to Star and Buck Wild. and Mos Def. could there have been another immortal champion of our Universe? Could there be one undiscovered master of pace who will mesh us all into one trance inducing RHYTHM? Introducing: DJ Mocha Sunflower also known as “The Rhythm Goddess. one time I was spinning and I had my back to the crowd and I suddenly realized that everyone was staring at my butt. I made it my business to educate myself with the knowledge of what it is to be a DJ. I love what I do. There are sanctions that prohibit some of us from playing certain songs in certain places. I’d always wind up watching whichever DJ who was spinning that night. DJ’ing as an industry is merging with a lot of different genres. Mocha: Well. Afrodite was the goddess of love. I played at various locations for different events and parties like SOB’s. I’ve been spinning for coked out white people. a DJ named Mocha Sunflower was put on Earth to entertain the world. Mocha embarked on a journey to master the art of spinning music. New York. I was lucky to score an interview with this in demand underground hottie and hear what she has to say about her life as a DJ.” Born in Harlem.com. you have to know someone to get in the doors. MMM: In which venues can we find you most often? Mocha: Everywhere. you must get a lot of attention in the club. Aries was the god of war.com 45 46 . I was a terrible dancer in my early club hopping days. DJ Mocha can be booked for events and performances through emailing her at intergalacticpimp1976@yahoo. MMM: Describe your audience. Though these legends are fabled throughout the history of Greece. I want to see the industry take DJ’ing to a deeper place of love and appreciation. Ken Journals is a freelance journalist who frequently contributes to hip hop and fashion publications. On the other hand mass media has given me the opportunity to leave this country and go to Japan to spin.

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needs to take the back seat in your life at the present time. even a swanky pool party at an exclusive locale will compliment your already heightened creativity. Success. The main vibrations of a 7 month are the “self”. Be mindful of who you’ve become & if you are really where you want to be in life. live musical performances. alert and stimulated. intellect and trust. not chicken!) as well as celery. Add tomatoes. As a Khemetic Priestess. when you can follow direct coordinates lined up by the stars.June isn’t particularly a month to ‘do’ things it is more a contemplative period where issues can be sorted out. eggplant. You will be right in line with the vibration of the 9 bringing you to harmony. June is numerologically a 7 month. let’s see how this will universally affect us earth dwellers. Milayo has incorporated numbers into every aspect of her life. If you’ve been sitting on your business dream. it’s a great time to research. For an amazingly unforgettable mind & body healing experience call Milayo @347-962-5023.. For a healthier 9 month. try organizing. Health wise. you may notice people and things fade away. turnips. On July 1st. garlic. Focusing on others will relieve your mind of everyday worries. Those born under her sign may want to take a language class before leaving the country or plan to collect foreign artifacts. you may feel the pain of all of the starving children of the world. She currently works in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Be safe and have way too much fun to talk about. In love. so remember to remain thankful every day. Robinson Milayo possesses a Masters Degree in Public Administration. These are just some of the 8 month vacation hot spots. CA. This season. a 7 month can be tricky. With all this cha-ching flowing you may get caught up and forget the source of your inheritance. get up off of it. San Paolo. Toss out old junk. 49 50 . it is therapy of the highest order to you. Mexico. your hands busy writing. On a material level you may want to donate old clothes or sell old CDs to get rid of unnecessary weight. The steamy month of August is a 9 month encouraging you to burn away old blockages and make room for the new! Looking for a vacation spot? May I recommend Jamaica. she has studied/practiced numerology for four years. On the flip side if someone shows positive potential praise them. and your communication wordy. Milayo is a Certified Wholistic Health Consultant and Colon Hydrotherapist as well. DO NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACTS or purchase any electronic equipment until after the 25th when Mercury has gone totally direct. This month is an awesome time to be easy and check yourself. Virgo the proverbial Maiden shows her pretty face from Aug 2 3-Sept. you can be your own boss now. often considered the most favorable number in the 9 number cycles because it deals with the dollars and cents of matters. and even a few topics you never thought of researching before. 22nd. A feeling of completion will be all around you. & business. things will start to speed up again in July. so rest up. The summer season opens with an almost aloof coolness but ends powerfully with extra fire. turnips. Milayo travels the world teaching people of the healing power of touch. Each season has a numeric value as well. June will be a time of standing still to in order to reflect. Try to lay off eating meat one day per week. St. Check out Tampa. wealth. materialization. The New Moon on the 3rd close to VENUS (the planet of Love) ushers in a new cycle of creative potentials all wrapped up in beauty and luxury. the 8 energy asks us to eat more of Popeye’s delight (spinach. watch your liquor consumption. or Sacramento. Journal your fanciest desires. and figs. Why get lost every day. If any of the answers to these questions are negative then try to understand why they are and consider what changes you could make to improve things. and figs. Your mantra is: I AM being myself with pride and enjoying my rise to the top. Startle your manager by beating a deadline for a change. Before you jet off to exotic places. One benefit is that the lightness of letting go brings you closer to yourself. Can I get an Amen to that? Business deals and opportunities are highlighted as the sweet scent of rewards wafts in the air. apricot. witty and light. Google all your favorite subjects. “An idle mind is the devils workshop”. The universal energies will support your efforts to LAUNCH. power. Astrology and numerology give us carte blanche to operate using the knowledge of a divine GPS system. Mars leaves the sign of Leo. Spiritually. Martin. Museums. creating and gesturing. Don’t be surprised if you give that homeless person $5. The steamy month of August is a 9 month encouraging you to burn away old blockages and make room for the new! The number 9 is so important because it brings about the great crescendo. These are just some of the 8 month vacation hot spots. Try to lay off eating meat one day per week. Milayo N. Avoid depression and frustration by involving yourself in worthwhile projects this month. Health wise. and visualize them manifesting during the next 14 days. or Philly if you want to keep it local. Summer has an 8 expression which highlights rewards. reorganize your possessions. the 8 energy asks us to eat more of Popeye’s delight (spinach. or Sacramento.00 on your way home. either way. outdated records and clothing. and get new boxes to store things.This month you are a better judge of character. You will marvel at your ability problem solve. While the Sun travels through Gemini until the 20th. and mustard greens to your diet. not chicken!) as well as celery. and material comforts are within your grasp.Whatever you’re stressing over. prosperity. Don’t fall prey to the old cliché. Health wise. if you’re not feeling someone’s vibes trust it. Cuba (yes I said it). NY as a Touch Master and Reiki Practitioner. or Colombia (it’s not all drugs n guns). so seize the chance to go to venues that inspire your inner artist. galleries. relate and release. it probably won’t be as much as you’d like. The main vibrations of an 8 month reaping what you sow I hope you’ve been making some auspicious karmic deposits over the last few months: because July is a month of getting your just dessert. Pump up the Echinacea & Goldenseal to guard your health as you could be more susceptible to colds & viruses now. The 9 may spawn impulsive urges to jump the gun…. Duck when hasty tempers begin to flair in the heat of it all. expect to see yourself or peers receive promotions and accolades. see yourself as a beautiful rose receiving the bounty of the sun’s loving light. Massage is one her gifts and has been her passion since the young age of eight. Turn your eyes toward the needs of others.be aware! If folks don’t scorch you look forward to an overall aura of inspiration and hippie love to prevail during this month of universal connectivity. July is an 8 month. The social scene is jumping off for you. August’s 9 energy can have you surprisingly broad-minded to things you once strongly opposed. This is not a time for reaching a conclusion. This month. still the bling-bling of the planetary position opens the way for the Leo bravado from July 23-Aug 22. You can’t afford to miss a minute of sleep if you want to prevent immunity from getting too low. If there is any progress. She conducts consultations on the phone and in person. isolation. planets. CA. Bombay. June is a month to deeply reflect on what’s been going on. On the work front. Looking for a vacation spot? May I recommend Jamaica. Mexico. and numeric codes? Pack your beach bag and flip flops because this summer we are on our way! Every month has a number value and various energies that flow within it. It’s time to keep your mind open. when the FULL MOON arrives on the 18th. Your environment (and the contents of your handbag too) is always an accurate reflection of your inner state of mind. expect changes because they will occur. You may end a relationship or get axed from your job. She is dedicated to making a difference has led her down the path of esoteric insight. Cuba (yes I said it). apples. Relax. Still haven’t gone on vacation? Here are some islands in line with 9: Dominica. Bombay. Mercury the planet of communication is travelling retrograde (backwards) until the 19th.

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I imagine you feeling like a cat being backed into a corner. Social Taboo: Some men shy away from prostate stimulation because of the taboos associated with anal play in our culture. Have you tried giving him a full body massage? A relaxing massage may be what he needs before beginning sex. You are missing out on having your g-spot stimulated until you rupture. I admire the comfort you have as a heterosexual black man with your sexuality. and maca root (testosterone balancer) to his diet. lick assholes. NY Hey Aint No Homo. Have you talked to him about this issue? If so. I haven’t asked her the big question yet. try adding *ginger root (circulation). and do the role play thing. I suggest you trace your fingers along the penis corpus cavernosum and the corpus spongiosum of the penis to become familiar with it. Move the finger in and out gently at first. but he won’t. This is written to her. therefore. Check out these toys especially designed for anal play. I haven’t cheated on him because I love him plus when he tastes me. I am a 31 year old heterosexual black male. Massaging this hidden spot between his balls and his anus will work wonders. Dear Het Heru Ast. My sex life is pretty normal. Concentration of nerve endings makes stimulation very pleasurable for many men. Slowly slip in the tip of the finger. Have him read “The Multi Orgasmic Man. Position: The most effective way to access the prostate is anally. sir. Are you both connecting from the heart or is it really just a glorified fuck thing? How long does foreplay last? Are the two of you holding each other before sex? Ask your man to tell you exactly what he needs from you sexually and what he may be afraid of as well. Don’t be scared to jerk and manipulated that rod. I love feeling him inside of me. I’m gonna have to charge you! You are a patient woman. I suck toes. Right tool for the job: Start with something small and work your way up. Please help me I’m tired of secretly using a dildo. so feel free to print it out for her. I’m not gay at all! They became really critical of my choice and I often found myself screaming on some chick that was otherwise cool with me. Massage. But in the back of my mind I know he is going to get me hot and excited and then leave me all wet and pissed off. more conducive to fertilization. If you have long fingernails put cotton balls over the nail.™ Dear Het Heru Ast. Slowly rub the outside of the anus smoothing lubricant fully around the area. and squeeze it with pulsing gestures. This however requires work on his part. A sensual massage may raise his arousal and anticipation. You know what you want and are determined to experience it. Why anal penetration? Pleasure. All the while continue to rub his penis. They accused me of being gay. The prostate can be also stimulated from outside the anal region. inside a latex glove. -Ain’t No Homo Brooklyn. It produces prostatic fluid when the man is aroused and contracts during ejaculation to empty. Massage also increases blood flow to all parts of the body. There are several techniques to get him & keep him rock hard. Be sure to use toys that have a flared base to avoid the anus’ natural suction. Although not as effectively as internally. Playfully apply pressure to those areas to encourage blood flow. Deep rooted (unsubstantiated) beliefs leave men feeling shame and a general concern that they will become or will be considered homosexual. If this doesn’t work there is a breath and squeeze method that will keep him ejaculation free for an hour or more. Watch his facial expressions and body movements to guide you. I wish you both the best of luck! 53 54 . bend your finger up into a “come here” position. He is talking marriage and for the life of me. Sister If I give you anymore advice. Tell him how good he makes you feel. Have him lie on his back with knees up. Attending to his perineum just adds icing to the cake. down from the bladder and in front of the rectum. I forget my name. Lube up: Thicker lube is better for anal play. On a good night he might last fifteen minutes post foreplay. Wow! There is nothing like being sexually unfulfilled over a long period of time by someone you are stuck with. tap it. At times our sex is totally amazing so I keep on giving him some with the hopes that this will be the night his dick actually works. Fingernails: Keep fingernails short. Open communication takes dying relationships from the coffin to renewal. I have an open mind and feel totally comfortable exploring different aspects of sexual expression. Latex gloves prevent bacteria lying under the fingernails to get into the delicate rectal tissues. Action: Finger position: With the fingernail pointing back. zinc (testosterone producer) in small doses. you will see results within a few weeks. Premature ejaculation affects Sister I have the antidote for your potential murder she wrote story. When massaging his penis you want to send as much blood to that area as possible. more vigorously depending on how he is responding. Prostate Function: The function of the prostate is to lubricate the ejaculation process (adds to semen and other seminal fluids) and to increase pH making the vagina more hospitable and. Sit between his legs. Enjoy your experience! The Prostate is the size of a walnut and is located 4 cm (1. I can’t imagine dealing with this madness for the next five weeks let alone fifty years. was it comfortable for you both? You may want to test your level of intimacy. Here is a concise list of information about the prostate. Premature ejaculation is commonly linked to a fear of failure. NY Dear Three Years n Counting. so at least I get to cum. -Three Years n Counting Staten Island. Rub his body slowly occasionally picking up the pace. Give him a minute to adjust to the feeling. When stimulating his penis with your mouth (aka a blow job)you can show him you’re comfortable by playing gently with the outside of his anus and perineum (area of skin between the anus and the testicles). I have asked several women to stick their fingers in my ass. When he cums he stops so abruptly & I just want to kill him. rotate his penis like a joystick. His oral sex game is on the level of mastery. this leaves the penis available to play with throughout the prostate play. Communication: Talk to your partner about whether he is open to exploring the prostate. It can also delay ejaculation. mostly out of fear. Apply pressure to the area between the scrotum and anus. There are actually several ways to assess and perhaps address your man’s challenge. I’ve been putting up with my boyfriends “Jimmy come quick“ shenanigans for the last three years.6 inches) in from the anus on the anterior wall. So much blood will fill his penis that it may increase in size so watch out. All of these women have made me feel most uncomfortable about my request. Although short lived.” by Montak Chia it will open you both up to bliss. This is just a part of the process of stimulation. Intensity of orgasm can increase two or three fold with prostate stimulation. How is his health? Does he smoke? Is he on medication? Your man may need to exercise more as well to increase circulation. Our attraction is so intense that I want him as soon as I see him. I would even try speaking to him sexually throughout the week. I agree with your decision to let your partner become familiar with the prostate from this perspective. External access: If he is too worried about anal play there is always another (albeit less effective) way to access the prostate. The urge: He may have the urge to urinate or have a bowel movement. Plain and simple. Insert a finger when he is aroused. I respect your swagger. Stress and tension can cause all types of sexual issues. this will cause the two sphincter muscles to contract. Please give me some factoids that I can share with her. I am dealing with a woman who takes our sex to every room of my imagination. These are two spongy bodies along the top and the bottom you will feel them slightly raised. Your man may be overwhelmed in other areas of his life which affect his sexual confidence with you.

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The problem started when that became a record industry standard. The American public loved buying records so much that they would buy an album if there were as little as two good songs. there are faint whispers of certain artists who seem to be somewhat exempt from the blatant lack of respect for the sound of good music: Gospel Artists. It has been reported that 1 billion dollars worth of music is being pirated per year through illegal downloads. Major Label artists who have maintained a good artistic rapport with its fans and last but certainly not least: underrated underground artists. Experts are saying that this is a form of retaliation against the record industry for decades of “force feeding” the music starved general public. a performing artist and an R&B song writer. Alas! There is hope. artistic and medicinal effects of music recording projects that are heartfelt. Let’s go back in time just a little bit. Sounds can be imitated but heart felt emotion can not be duplicated. He is also a music industry insider.State of the Underground Music Market -by Doctor Marcus Truth In the 1980’s and 1990’s the record industry had buyers hooked. or more. listen to Eric Roberson with his Debarge-like melodies and pubescent passionate love cries. Internet availability on a mass level and person to person file sharing has entered the universe. The industry now aspires to emulate the successes of hit records from the past rather than support the innovative. There is a lack of integrity among some of today’s performing artists who can’t even sing the right notes yet they have led to the music industry’s ability to generate unlimited C notes. Remember when Keith Sweat first released the song Make It last Forever? Teddy Riley made sure every track was “A1”.“major labels”. What about Anita Bakers Rapture? There wasn’t one poorly produced song on that album. Contact Doctor Marcus Truth: drmat_7@yahoo. we have been subjected to hearing practically the same albums with different artists “re-mixing” them. For instance. Here’s some food for thought: Are we calling these labels major because of their superior music or corporate monopoly on marketing? What does a branded company really mean? Doctor Marcus Truth is a freelance journalist making an exclusive appearance in this issue of MMM. Additionally. And has anybody been keeping up with Frank McCombs? He’s got Donny Hathaway’s vocal range and Stevie Wonder’s musical instinct intertwined with years of California soul and mistreatment from the real pirates. which gave the music business the posh life that it enjoys today.com 58 . Record labels muscled out their most talented A&R’s who were hired for their good ears and street smarts and instead replaced them with horned rim glasses wearing computer geeks who are more versed in Internet accounting than in monitoring the pulse of the streets. And that is why for the last 20 something years.

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Rap Sheet Music Conference ORGANIZATIONS and ASSOCIATIONS: President of Ludovia Entertainment. The Knitting Factory. Blaze Magazine and Everlast Boxing Emcee battle championships. Artists finally realize that they do not need major labels to sell records. It comes natural. rock platinum grillz and carry little dogs in $1200 dollar bags.). Especially the women behind the beats! MMM: What inspired you to pursue a career as an emcee and producer? Pri: My son and my life were the biggest influences over everything. I have been rhyming since the age of 8 and began producing music about 6 years ago. CEO of Darker Than Honey Productions. I could perform on a soapbox in the middle of the desert! Mega Musician MMM: Rap music seems to lack direction right now. I am very appreciative of my talent and the opportunity to do what I love. NY. Blaze Magazine. as a female emcee.com/prithehoneydark Pri the Honey Dark is also a member of the veteran all female rap group The Anomolies who can be found at: www.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! I feel the mainstream media is not broad enough when it comes to artists. They now understand that fighting for a major deal is a lot of hype and really isn’t as lucrative as the rented cars and jewelry seen in the videos seem to portray. Femmixx. I also feel it provides a distorted perception of what “hip hop” really is.Adidas (advertisement). Vibe Magazine.. Remix Magazine Music Conference. I was the only female producer out of about 600 men.myspace. You can achieve a lot as an indie artist. the producers’ talent is outweighing the talent of vocal artists. if you’re willing to work hard. Honey Magazine. I feel those two simple aspects will turn the industry.myspace. The Trinity Hip Hop Festival.” it reminded me once again just how out of touch mainstream media really is.P.A. XXL Magazine. record labels are in trouble. A lot of hip hop music and other types of industry talent came out of my hometowns in Brooklyn and Queens. My goal is to bring these women to the forefront. Joe’s Pub. MTP Beat Battle 1st Runner Up. Business wise. The Source Magazine. Hip-hop is a culture that you live regardless of whether you make a record.How could you DESERT ME”…blah. which is not good. Many people do not realize that there is a difference between hip-hop and rap. The Shield. Music has brought me through a lot and has kept my head above water.. No one is really SINGING anymore. S. When I am performing or attending a showcase. survive in a male dominated industry? Pri: The last place I showcased was at a Music Production Conference in Arizona.A. However.) MEDIA: Remix Magazine. One Stop Shop Producers Conference. I realize I have fan support from as young as 13 to as old as 65 and it’s great! You do know that not all women in hip hop own guns. Is it an anything goes kind of situation or is this just a passing trend? Pri: The music industry always does a 360 as far as sound. MMM: Where should recording artists focus their attention in order to reclaim Hip Hop as an art rather than as a business? Pri: I would like to see people focused a lot more on artist development and the actual songwriting process.B’s. Vibe Magazine Music Conference.com/anomolies 61 62 .an all female hip hop collective MMM: How do you. “You’re the one I LOVE…no one ABOVE…” “I thought you would never HURT ME….com. It was veeeeeery interesting! But I create and perform music because I have a sincere love of the art. There are a lot of very talented women out there who are working really hard to get recognized. I have no favorite places. My life was not a beautiful one and those experiences. One day I heard a reporter call R. Pri the Honey Dark is currently working on her debut Album “She’s the Producer” which is an independent release due in October 2008 through Ludovia Entertainment. The Manhattan Center. Member of The Anomolies. Istandard Producers Showcase 1st Runner Up and fonder of The Female Producers Association™ (The F. There are just TOO MANY cookie cutter policies in the industry right now! There is rarely any originality and song lyrics are pretty cliche. Kelly and Bobby Brown “rappers. The Fader Magazine. as a whole. The Paladium (L. Sample tracks and get the album release date at: www.“Pri the Honey Dark” ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winner of the Vibe Magazine. There are a lot of studio made vocals happening.. One World Magazine. Stress Magazine. Mass Appeal Magazine. Unfortunately. Tramps. The negative images you see on television today are not a representation of hip-hop. because they do not “live” the culture itself.O. around. Miss Emcee (film). My target audience is men/women between the ages of 22-40. Victoria 5 Theater. Vibe Magazine Hip Hop Divas (book) APPEARANCES & VENUES: Apollo Theater. Can A Sista Rock A Mic Conference. along with my son’s love now translate through my creativity. The 80’s sounds are rolling strong now and that whole “hip house” era is starting to come back in. Jacob Javits Convention Center. blah. Those in mainstream media are not aware of that. Gangstresses part 1 (film). BB King’s. blah. music video or go on tour.

published by Amistad.kah@googlemail. is that Alek experienced things that we expect to see in an adventure movie. Through her autobiography Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel. Her dark skin was something that. it didn’t seem at all as if Alek Wek was complaining about what she didn’t have or what she wanted. Furthermore. except this is all real. without giving too much of the book away. even after leaving Sudan and being discovered in London. I highly recommend it! This book review and the research behind it was done by Talibah who can be reached for comments at: butterfly. On the brighter side.com 63 64 . We find ourselves immersed in a journey with Alek as she leaves her home town due to excessive fighting between various forces and has to venture out into the bush to find her relative’s village. A message that really stood out for me after reading this book is to appreciate your life. and everything you have. I was particularly overwhelmed with emotion by the impact of the violence on the abandoned. Now. But don’t get me wrong. Alek still had to fight for herself in the harshly critical world of modelling. This was a great story to read.Alek is not your typical model. There are real men roving the streets with real guns. who can deny that Alek Wek has changed the typical standard of beauty that so many of us used to believe in? She paved the way for other dark skinned models to break into the industry and gave black women everywhere a sense of pride. She gives us a lot of insightful details on her native Dinka culture too. up to her present being as one of the world’s most recognized supermodels. in her early modelling days resulted in her often being rejected. real dead bodies scattered around and innocent bystanders getting caught in real cross fire. starving children she encountered during a visit to Sudan several years after she’d made a name for herself in the fashion industry. This book will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Alek’s family somehow manages to stay together and be strong. there are lots of pictures in this 224 page book of Alek Wek at different stages in her life and of her family. Alek Wek personally takes us on a journey from when she was a very young girl coming up in her home town of Wau. What I can tell you. family. It’s really about what was and still is happening in Sudan.

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