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RICH PAUL
speaks on cleveland,
lebron, and dreamlife
korye jones + fashion tips + rachel wilson + ryan leslie concert
rob rosenthal + next
”know what you don’t know”
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contents
EXTRAS
07 editors note
24 party pictures
26 event calendar
28 the list+
PEOPLE
08 rachel wilson
- love & relationships
09 korye jones
- tips for young professionals
CULTURE
14 listen up: brandon landrum
22 fashion: building your wardrobe
23 hair: picking a stylist
BUSINESS
15 rob rosenthal
- next stores & ‘leading the trend’
FEATURE
18 rich paul
- basketball, lebron, & community
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Come to HairCafe and get dolled up with Robin.
Call 216.851.1991 to setup your appointment now!
HAIRCAFE
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love Cleveland. The folks I know who
have spent their entire life here say it’s
only because I moved here from somewhere
else. I disagree.
Cleveland means a lot to me because it’s the
place where I fnally really dug down deep
and feshed out my dreams of being an en-
trepreneur. As a kid, I sold everything door-
to-door that my Dad ever found in bulk. One
particular year, he came home with boxes
and boxes of industrial cleaning rags. I tried
to sell those door-to-door too. Quickly I
found out, there wasn’t much of a market for
cleaning rags in my neighborhood.
The funny thing is that I learned a lot from
those early days of youthful salesmanship. I
found out that anywhere I could realize my
dreams to the best of my ability was like
home. Cleveland for me is just that - home.
So for those Cleveland natives and recent
arrivals like myself, strike out and utilize
the resources that exist in this city - realize
your dream. Your aspirations may take you
far from here, but until you make a move
locally, you’ll never know how great home
can be.
This issue would not be possible once again-
without Mom and Dad, the Canvas Magazine
staff, and most importantly our advertisers.
See you in October!
Jay Bobo
216-624-7212
jbobo@canvascleveland.com
Editor’s Note
“Our customers are not dependent on us. We are
dependent on them” - Flawless Barber Salon
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Three things that you notice in a
man? His confdence, smile, and
eyes.
What are some turnoffs? What
are some turn-ons? Insecurity, be-
ing judgemental, apathy, and self-
ishness. My turn-on’s are a rela-
tionship with God, self-awareness,
vision, ambition, and transparency.
What would be the best way for a
guy to approach you in public?
I fnd it super attractive when a guy
meets eyes with me, approaches
me with confdence, shakes my
hand, and introduces himself.
What’s the worst experience you
have had with the opposite sex?
I dated a guy who was intimidated
by my ambition and decided to
make everything in our relationship
(especially personal accomplish-
ments) a competition. I’d rather a
man exemplify how secure he is
with himself by supporting me and
encouraging my drive & success.
What’s your idea of a perfect
frst date? A perfect date can’t be
captured in specifc events. It has
to fow naturally and involves ac-
tive participation from both people.
It’s about engaging in a “divine en-
counter” that has no expectations.
It’s when two people live in the
moment and enjoy each other’s
company.
rachelwilson
social service consultant
| love&relationships
Bio:
Goodwill
Ambassador to the
Republic of Gambia,
West Africa
Status:
Single

Location:
Shaker Heights
School:
North Carolina
A&T State
Case Western
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Tell us about yourself? I am from Saginaw, Michigan, recently relo-
cated to Cleveland from the Baltimore/DC area. I have always worked
in corporate America, but my true passion is entrepreneurship.
Describe your typical work day? My day usually consists of strate-
gic meetings and action sessions that drive the direction of the orga-
nization from a continuous improvement and capability perspective.
More than talk about it, we have to be about it, and execute.
Why is your job important? Considering the state of the economy
and industries such as healthcare, it is an extremely critical time to
systemically implement continuous improvement methods and tech-
niques to improve the quality and effciency of care and services, while
eliminating waste, reducing costs and engaging employees.
What advice do you have for people seeking a similar career path?
It is extremely important to prepare yourself. Constantly set goals to
grow and develop yourself professionally. Take courses, read books,
get involved. I truly believe some degree of success is a result of one’s
ability to be prepared when that opportunity comes.
What is the salary range for your position?
It all depends on a person’s experience, low to mid six fgures.
What’s your favorite quote? “The greatest treason in life is to do
the right things for the wrong reasons” - T.S. Elliot
young professionals |
Age:
36
Title:
Director of
Performance
Improvement

Location:
The Flats
School:
Eastern
Michigan
Degree:
BS
Political
Science
GE/GM
Executive
Leadership
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words gabe crenshaw
BRANDON
LANDRUM
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Find out more about Brandon Landrum
at CanvasCleveland.com
ou may have seen him at your local
church or perhaps with cover band,
100% Swagg. Landrum is a local urban gos-
pel artist with tons of international experi-
ence, having toured seven different countries
with black ensembel group GGS.
Brandon grew up singing and playing music
in his family church. He credits his grand-
father Bobby Mack and his family’s gospel
singing group for his strong musical founda-
tion as well as a number of local musicians,
writers and composers for his development
as an artist. Pastor Ronald Hubbard, James
Agnew, Ken and Sam Bell, Pastor Judah
Early and Torri Harp are just a few that he
mentions.
A self described music junkie, Landrum says
his perfect song would feature Tank and
Brandy with production by Rodney Jerkins.
It would be a dedication to God entitled,
“Musically Yours.”
Regarding his future, Brandon’s frst album
project titled, A Man Like Me, is dropping
this fall. “It’s the story of how God’s love
has changed my life forever.” He states, “I
bring a message of hope to people every-
where and I’m using as its vehicle, the sound
of our generation, hip-hop.”
At the rate that Brandon is going, we expect
he’ll do very well. With a little prayer and
hope, not only will he move heads but move
minds and lives in the right direction.
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ROBERT
ROSENTHAL
President, NEXT Stores | Age: 47
sk almost any high-school or college aged Clevelander to list their favorite local
stores and NEXT will top the list. Since 1995, Robert Rosenthal has consistently
lead the pack when it comes to urban fashion and even now in the more multicultural
streetwear genre. With the opening of their latest stores at Beachwood Place and on Cleve-
land Heights’ trendy Coventry street, NEXT continues to create opportunities for young
people and demonstrate their understanding of what all Clevelanders want to wear.
Rob says he was initially attracted to urban
fashion by its energy and excitement as well
as his relationships with Russell Simmons
(Phat Farm) and Jeff Tweedy (President,
Sean John). Recently, he’s moved his busi-
ness in the direction of streetwear due to its
more multicultural appeal. “We’re selling
a psychographic. It’s about what kids of all
races are into today, we try our best to ser-
vice their aspirations.”
Rob describes his typical day as being dif-
ferent with one common thread, “They start
early, end late, and usually provide a lot of
challenges.”
In addition to his hard working staff, Rob
credits his success on “knowing what we
don’t know.” He states, “We’re always ana-
lyzing what we do not do well and are al-
ways looking for answers.”
NEXT STORES
Fashion Retailer
Start-up Year: 1995
Start-up Costs: 150k (approx)
Employees: 40-50 (season)
# of Locations: 5
“Once a brand reaches a critical
mass, we tend to move away from it.
We like to lead our customers,
not follow a tired trend.”
local entrepreneur |
Read the rest of our interview with Robert Rosenthal
at CanvasCleveland.com
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From Cleveland to Beijing, New York and the White
House, the life of LRMR Marketing’s Rich Paul, is one
continual business trip. Finally, we bring you the story...
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s you sit in Rich’s home offce in
his beautiful home located in Solon,
you get the feeling that you’re sitting
in the home of someone much older. At 28
years old, he’s experienced more than most
people twice his age.
A graduate of local high school, St. Benedic-
tine, Rich was blessed with a unique oppor-
tunity to move beyond the lifestyle of most
people who grew up in his childhood neigh-
borhood. Simply put, he moved on.
He’s moved on to local marketing frm,
LRMR, and Madison Square Garden foor-
seats with Jay-Z; not to forget his positions
with Interscope Records, Nike, and Creative
Artists’ Agency. Keep in mind, he’s also
made time to launch his own music produc-
tion company, Dreamlife.
Tell us a little bit about the work that
you’re doing? R: Currently, I’m with the
CAA which manages a number of athel-
tes including LeBron, Allen Iverson, Tony
Parker as well as new guys, Jonny Flynn and
Andrea Bargnani.
As far as the Nike situation, I’m straddling
the fence with one foot in between Nike
and helping build LeBron’s brand, through
shaping apparel for kids, young athletes, &
adults.
Talk about some of your struggles and in-
teraction with people from the neighbor-
hood you grew up in. R: People are gonna
say what they want to say. The sad part is
that coming up as a young African-Ameri-
can in the inner city, we come into the world
already envious of something we want and
don’t necessarily need.
Often times, there’s such a big emphasis put
on things that don’t have much importance. I
don’t take it personal what people say about
me. I can’t expect people to be happy about
my success because when someone says
something negative, its not always about
you. More often than not, its about some-
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thing that they’re going thru in their life.
If they were content with themselves, they
wouldn’t say anything about you. As I have
matured as a man, I’ve begun to understand
that a little bit more each day.
What are your thoughts on Cleveland?
R: There’s no place like home. For me to
be able to travel the world and see differ-
ent things, I take it [Cleveland] for what it
is. It’ll never be a NYC or LA. Can we use
some things to enhance the city? Of course.
But most importantly, we need jobs.
What would you advise young men who
have grown up in a similar situation as
yourself? R: First off, you have to gain a fo-
cus. Secondly, be self-determined. Thirdly,
never be afraid to say you don’t know.
I think those three things are important in be-
coming successful and of course everything
takes hard work and a little luck.
What are your thoughts on Dreamlife?
R: It’s still here, it isn’t going anywhere. In
the music business, the old way of doing
things is out and the music business is hurry
up and wait. All I can do is to use my rela-
tionships to push the product, and the only
way I can push the product is if the product
is there.
Al [Fatz, recording artist] and RJ [producer]
are very talented. Dreamlife has transformed
into two artists and some producers that are
under my wing. Al and Sean McGee are our
current artists. Sean was brought on by Sose,
a business partner of mine.
The bottom line is you’ve gotta catch, and
when you catch you gotta advantage of it.
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“When someone says
something negative, its
not always about you.”
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About former Dreamlife artist, Chip Tha
Ripper? R: I wish him the best of luck. I
think he’s very talented. We had our differ-
ences but its not any hard feelings at the end
of the day. He’s a young guy trying to create
the best situation possible for him and his
family.
Guys have their own agenda and when they
feel like you’re moving at your own pace
they feel they have to do something about
it. We still have business ties which is only
right. For the most part, I think he can be
successful in the music business. How suc-
cessful remains to be seen. I wish him the
best of luck.
What’s next? We have the More Than A
Game tour coming up. It’s a ten city tour
that includes China and Europe. The book is
coming out, Shooting Stars. Buzz [Bissing-
er], author of Friday Night Lights, wrote it.
The LRMR team is doing some great things.
We have a great staff.
Personally, I’m going to take some acting
classes and try to get that under my belt. I’m
watching my kids grow. my daughter is 7
now and my son is walking and talking. I
spend a lot of time away from home, so for
me to be able to spend as much time as pos-
sible with them is important.
What should we have asked you? R: You
should have asked are there any women in
my life.
Why? People are nosy and want to know
things (laughs).
Ok. What about the women in your life?
R: Well outside of my daughter, my mom,
my kids mom, and my grandmother, I’m not
married, so I’m not trying to...[trails off] My
focus is not on a woman right now. Been
there, done there, tried that. At the end of the
day, my main focus is on work.
Read the rest of our interview with Rich Paul
at CanvasCleveland.com
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| fashion
investing
in your
wardrobe
words dan ely of brigade
ne of the most frustrating issues in
shopping is the apprehension as to
whether or not you’re making a smart buy.
Dan Ely, store manager and buyer for local
boutique Brigade, provides his more than
10 years in fashion and retail experience to
help you spend your money where it counts!
Here are a few ideas to help.
Wardrobe Building - Always spend mon-
ey on the items that can be worn continu-
ously through the week, i.e. a classic belt,
wallet, purse, dress boot and of course
your watch.
Tailored Look - Even when you throw
down for expensive clothing, sometimes
it takes a tailor to make it all work per-
fectly. The days of tattered bottom jeans
is over. Try to fnd the right length for
jeans or take them to your tailor to make
them look right.
What’s My Size Again? - For the fall
focus on fnding the right size for your
frame. Guys make sure that your whole
look works together. As you slim down
your denim, make sure your shirts’ slim
accordingly.
Ladies don’t be afraid to wear looser
clothes. Boxy tops and drapey dresses
are popular now, and remember guys are
going to like the way you look no matter
what you wear.
Of course with the millions of choices out
there, remember that the idea is to one day
have a complete wardrobe. Try to make the
right choice for you.
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style & beauty |
how to pick
a great
hairstylist
words robin prettyman
hether you’ve stylistically out-
grown your stylist or just looking
to move your hair in a new direction, one
of the most diffcult questions you can ask
yourself is how to pick a stylist and even
more importantly how do you know they’d
be right for you.
Recently, we linked up with hair & guru
stylist, Robin Prettyman of Hair Cafe, for
an inside scoop on how to the pick the best
person for you!
Professionalism - How professional is your
stylist? The way he or she treats others is
a great example of how they’ll work with
you. Issues of timeliness, respect, and at-
titude are all things you should take into
consideration.
Personality - Being able to vibe off of your
stylist is key. If you’re into more conserva-
tive styles, then obviously a conservative
stylist would better compliment you than
someone more edgy and outside of the box.
Work - Research their work! Not everyone
can do your hair or give you that special cut
you’re looking for. Be sure to ask a stylist
about their specialization. What are their
strengths and weaknesses?
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August 8, 2009 - Grey Goose presented a free concert starring Ryan Leslie as part of
their national Rising Icons Tour. The event was held at House of Blues.
ryan leslie (next selection)
Rising Icons: Ryan Leslie
bijou star, friend, and aja (style lounge)
arnold hines, dj mick boogie, & friend
sergio abramhoff & friend
photos by jbobo - canvascleveland.com
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frenchye bush
yvonne c. hunnicutt, michael ruff,
& joy kennedy
terry travis, thione niang, & basheer jones
darrell solomon and friends
ricardo guilfu (latinos magazine) & tory coats
August 12, 2009 - Cuyahoga County Young Democrats held a special meet & greet after
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge’s district address at the Uptowne.
CCYD Meet & Greet
August 7, 2009 - Eighty81 & Legndary Icons present The Fashion Show sponsored by
McDonald’s at the The Galleria.
savannah brinson & lebron james
“The Fashion Show”
barbee niclole & riya foster
nadeen nassar
vince (heart & sole) & dan ely (brigade)
gary himmel & jaron kanfer (blessed labeli
maverick carter (lrmr) & sean (wrath arcane
photos by jbobo - canvascleveland.com
yvette, deneen, amber, candice, savannah
| event pictures
August 22, 2009 - State Farm & the LeBron James Family Foundation present
their annual community even in downtown Akron.
“King for Kids Bikeathon”
lebron james
dj lance (yo gabba gabba)
lil JJ (nickelodeon)
nick cannon
photos by donnie pagel - myspace.com/donniepagel
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calendar - september 2009
CONCERTS//
9/4 Charlie Wilson
@ State Theatre
9/19 Prazin’ Him!
An evening of praise, worship, and dance.
@ Kennedy’s Cabaret (Playhouse Square)
9/21 An Evening w/ Juan Williams
“The View from Washington”
@ Ohio Theatre
9/26 Joyfest 2009
w/ Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin, & Marvin Sapp
@ Cedar Point
10/17 Rickey Smiley & Fantasia
w/ Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin, & Marvin Sapp
@ State Theatre
EVENTS//
9/5-9/7 Cleveland National Air Show
@ Burke Lakefront Airport
9/6 The Holiday Shutdown
@ Anatomy Ultralounge
contact 216-308-2826 for more information.

9/13 Browns Home Opener
vs Minnesota Vikings
9/16 S.O.U.P. Lunch
Society of Urban Professionals lunch w/ guest
speaker, Stanley Miller (NAACP)
@ John Q’s Steakhouse
register online at thesoupnetwork.com
9/19 Ohio State vs Toledo Post Party
@ Jac’s on West 6th
10/04 Hair Addict
@ Headlines by DeFranco
contact 440-605-0500 for more information.
COMMUNITY//
9/4-9/7 Taste of Cleveland
@ Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
9/4-9/6 Shaw HS Alumni Weekend
@ TS Macklin Event Center
9/24 Minority Men’s Health Fair
@ Glickman Tower, Cleveland Clinic (Main)

Would you like to add your event to the our calendar?
Email us at info@canvascleveland.com for more information
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the list +
SHOP//
brigade
1785 coventry rd
932-0700
next coventry
1800 coventry rd
371-0777
style lounge
1273 w. 9th st
664-1104
heart&sole
1781 coventry rd
397-2923
athletes foot
2545 e. 55th st
361-2223
ru villa
4071 lee rd
751-5656
powterpuff
2671 w. 14th st
274-1220
jeanology
2110 s. taylor
932-5326
EATS//
sergio sarava
13225 shaker sq
295-1200
el taino
3038 scranton
621-4888
luckys cafe
777 starkweather ave
622-7773
xo primesteaks
500 w. saint clair
621-5652
bluepointe grille
700 w. saint clair
875-7827
taste of jamaica
3936 mayfeld rd
382-3936
mr. wonderfuls
5354 lee rd.
475-9233
la bodega
869 jefferson ave
621-7075
b&m barbeque
5501 warrensville ctr
475-8720
mallorca
1390 w. 9th st
687-9494
southside
2207 w.11th st
937-2288
Would you like to add your business to the list? Contact us now to advertise
your information, email us at info@canvascleveland.com
BARBERS//
supreme clientele
1649 lee road
932-4845
fawless
7812 superior ave
391-4166
all-starz
12619 larchmere blvd
231-7827
supastarz
2541 e. 55th
361-1381
SALONS//
headlines
5160 wilson mills rd
440-605-0500
new millennium
16808 chagrin
320-9119
hair cafe
3964 mayfeld rd
291-0799
transformers
4110 mayfeld
382-8200
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BARS//
madisons
4066 mayfeld rd
381-4995
winners
770 e. 185
383-9300
20/20 martini
2020 center st
776-0202
visions
5120 warrensville ctr
332-1760
bodega
1854 conventry
932-3050
HEALTH//
nulife ftness
3615 superior ave
481-4446
jumpstart ftness
call for more information
905-7591
ft challenge
5225 northfeld
662-7830
urban active
131 market st
440-892-4653
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