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Felicia A. Rivers Geechee One Readers!
Publisher\ Editor In
Chief I'm proud to be with you all for my second issue as
your editor-at-large. And, I'm even prouder to present
Isaac Hilton our Phenomenal Woman issue [applause]. I've had the
Vice President opportunity to meet some very amazing young women
who've earned the right to be labeled Phenomenal,
F. Khristopher Blue such as, Miss Spring Bling 2016 Victoria Middleton,
Creative Director Courtenay Polite, who discusses her company
Layout Editor DreamyBundles with us, and a lineup of more great
women. WOW! I found their stories heart touching
Assistant to Editor in and inspirational and I think you all will as well. So, if
Chief
you missed the last issue, which you most definitely
Chiina Orr
should go back and pick up, epic, classic, need I say
more, you don't want to miss this treat. Now, without
Editor at Large
further ado, Geechee One presents it's 1st Annual Phe-
Wali Haqq
nomenal Woman Issue.
Contributors With yours truly,
Jules City
Wali Haqq, Editor-at-large
Ben Freezy
F. Khristopher Blue

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DO YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL? NO


MATTER WHAT IT IS YOU'RE DOING IN
LIFE MOST PEOPLE WANT TO BE
SUCCESSFUL AT IT. HOWEVER, A
LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BELIEVE
THE MYTH THAT ACHIEVING SUCCESS
IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT
ACTUALLY IS. SUCCESS IS ACTUALLY
AS SIMPLE AS APPLYING THE 10 TIPS
BELOW. IF YOU TAKE THESE TIPS AND
IMPLEMENT THEM INTO YOUR LIFE,
SUCCESS IS GUARANTEED.

1. MAKE YOURSELF THE MVP

NO MATTER WHAT IT IS YOU'RE DOING IN LIFE THERE'S A BEST AND A WORST.


FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN BE THE BEST PAINTER OR THE WORST PAINTER OR
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN. WHERE YOU FIT IN DETERMINES YOUR VALUE. THE
CLOSER YOU ARE TO THE BEST THE HIGHER YOUR VALUE. THEREFORE, MAKE
YOURSELF THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. ASK YOURSELF WHAT PEOPLE ARE
WILLING TO PAY FOR AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER THAT'S ALIGNED WITH
YOUR VALUES, STRENGTHS, AND GOALS. THE GREATER YOUR VALUE THE MORE
PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO PAY AND THE GREATER YOUR SUCCESS.

2. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO. THEY'VE
FOUND THEIR PASSION AND FOLLOW IT. YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF WHAT
MOVES YOU, WHAT EXCITES YOU, AND WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT. WHEN YOU'RE
FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION IT BECOMES EASIER AND LESS LIKE WORK.

3. ALWAYS BE EXTRA

SEEK OUT YOUR ADVANTAGES AND CAPITALIZE OFF OF THEM. FIND THE STAND-
ARD AND PUSH PASS IT. GET NOTICED, BE SPECIAL AND SPECTACULAR, AND
STAND OUT. THE MORE ATTENTION YOU GRAB THE MORE OPPORTUNITIES YOU
CREATE AND THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES FOR SUCCESS. IF EVERYONE ELSE
WEARS FEATHERS ADORN YOURSELF LIKE A PEACOCK. IF EVERYONE ELSE DOES
A BACK FLIP LEARN TO DO A 360. EXCEL AND BE EXTRAORDINARY!

4. TAKE ACTION NOW

IF YOU'VE BEEN BRAINSTORMING AND PLANNING AND HAVEN'T TAKEN ANY


ACTION YET BECAUSE YOU'RE AWAITING THE RIGHT TIME, THERE'S NO BETTER
TIME THAN NOW. STOP PROCRASTINATING AND START NOW!

5. FIND GOOD MENTORS

THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IS TO GET ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FROM
THOSE WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SUCCESS AT WHAT YOU'RE WORKING AT. WHETH-
ER IT BE YOUR PERSONAL, BUSINESS, OR SPIRITUAL LIFE, SEEK A MENTOR
WHO'S SUCCESSFUL AT IT AND FOLLOW HIS ADVICE AND GUIDANCE. WHO
COULD GUIDE YOU BETTER THAN SOMEONE WHO'S ALREADY BEEN WHERE
YOU'RE AIMING TO GO.
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6. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A SUPPORT GROUP

EVERYONE NEEDS A TEAM BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE. FIND OUT THE PEO-
PLE WHO CAN HELP YOU, WHO'RE WILLING TO LISTEN, ENCOURAGE YOU, AND
REMIND YOU OF HOW FAR YOU'VE COME AND BUILD YOUR CIRCLE WITH THOSE
PEOPLE. YOUR SUPPORT GROUP SHOULD CONSIST OF PEOPLE WHO LIFT YOU UP
CLOSER TO YOUR GOALS. KEEP THEM AROUND YOU!

7. KNOW YOUR FINANCES

DON'T BE OBLIVIOUS TO YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. KNOW HOW MUCH YOU'VE


SPENT, HOW MUCH YOU OWE, AND HOW MUCH IS OWED TO YOU. KEEP TRACK OF
ALL OF YOUR FINANCES AND KNOW YOUR FINANCIAL WORTH. IF YOU HAVE TO,
TAKE A CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR OWN FINANCES.

8. SEEK HELP

DON'T BE TOO PROUD TO ASK FOR A HELPING HAND. YOU'RE NOT THE BEST AT
EVERYTHING. SO WHAT YOU'RE BEST AT DO YOURSELF AND SEEK HELP FROM
OTHERS WHO'RE BETTER AT OTHER TASKS. TEAM WORK IS THE BEST WORK!
KNOW HOW TO OUTSOURCE TO GET THE JOB DONE IN THE BEST WAY.

9. BE A SALESPERSON

LEARN HOW TO SELL THINGS TO PEOPLE. WHETHER IT BE A VISION OR AN ITEM,


KNOW HOW TO SELL IT. SELLING IS BASED UPON THE ABILITY TO PERSUADE PEO-
PLE TO BUY THINGS. YOU MAY HAVE TO PERSUADE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN YOU
OR TO BUY INTO YOUR IDEAS. SO, KNOW THE ART OF PERSUASION AND BE THE
BEST SALESPERSON.

10. NEVER GIVE UP

BE RESILIENT AND PERSISTENT! WHEN YOU DON'T RECEIVE THE DESIRED RE-
SULTS, HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO REEVALUATE, REPLAN, AND EXECUTE AGAIN
UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT.

TAKE HEED TO THESE 10 TIPS AND YOU'LL BE ON YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS AT


WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING.

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Name: Jontel Chanice'


City: Columbia SC
Height: 5'4
Bust: 32
Waist: 23
Hips: 33
Dress: 0/2 small
Shoe: 7.5
Hair: black
Eyes: dark brown

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Accomplishments: So far, I've been able


to find a great manager and have been
allowed to work with more people in
the modeling business.

Goals: My goals are to be able to open up


a kids modeling agency, meet Tyra Banks,
be able to be in movies and videos, and to
travel the world and work with others.

Motivation: I decided to get into model-


ing because I have always been picked on
as a child. But, for some reason I loved
being behind the camera and showing
people its not always about how you
look but your love for it.

Strengths: I think my strength is being


on the runway! When I'm on the runway
I feel like I own the world and everyone
is cheering for me!!!

Weakness: My biggest weakness, I would


have to say would be my height. Most
fashion shows and events are always
looking for models 5'7 and taller.

Challenges: I think my biggest chal-


lenge was doing implied photoshoots for
the first time. I always think I'm too
small and people will be like "oh she's
too skinny to take pictures like that".

Other professions: Besides modeling, I'm


a licensed cosmetologist and a mother
of one. Also, I've hosted a few events.

Celebrity crush: I have never had a


crush on a celebrity model.

Company/agency: I'm not working with a


company as of right now but I do have a
manager. Not being a part of a company, I
think, is way better because I don't have
to worry about any contracts and when
I get paid for events I get all of the
profit.
Sexiest asset: My most sexiest asset, I
would say would be my tattoos!!!

Contact for Booking:


jontelaaliyah@gmail.com
(803)569-5959 or (803)200-7674
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Name: Jalisa
Age: 22
City: West Ashley, Charleston, SC
Hobbies/likes: Animals, Nature Walks,
Learning about African history.
Dislikes: People who like to use people.
Goals: To own a animal day care and to go
to Africa and help.
Inspiration: Happy lovers, people that's
awakened.

Contact: For bookings call/text


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I AM Who I am
And I'll be
A lot of you all don't know me
What I'll be.
But I am
I dream dreams that others aren't capa-
Who I am
ble of perceiving.
And I'll be
I believe things that others won't allow
What I'll be themselves to believe in.
My name is Rastafly I demand from life that others think is
I am eternal... to demanding.

I am eternally free. I seek greatness in times of weakness.

Look at the grace that lies upon my face. I strive to be what's already written in
my destiny.
Beneath it all are hidden scars...
Why
That tell of my pain.
I am Rastafly
Most of you all don't know my name
I am
But I am
Who I am
Who I am
And I'll be
And I'll be
What I'll be.
What I'll be.
I am eternal
I have consumed many years of fears...
And eternal living is inside of me.
That brought about much tears.
Rastafly
I have been through enough...
To rise as a diamond that scraped her
own way from the rough.
I have acquired
Much wisdom
That came from my failures.
I don't look at life's tomorrow's,
As I did the yesterday's the same.
This is who I am
I don't feel a need to explain
Because
I am

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An Interview with Shirley Daley Fashion Designer

Designer of the Year; features in


several magazines; showcasing in
the Charlotte International
Pretti Ladi: Where do your Fashion Week, Fashionology
inspirations come from? Mercedes Benz 2016 Tour
Charlotte, NC, Renaldos Style
Shirley Daley: Im inspired by people
Fashion Week, African Fashion
who have the confidence to
Week Lowcountry, and DeBorahs
cultivate their own styles. And, my
Bridal Boutique Fundraisers.
inspirations come from European
Culture. PL: Where, when, and how did it all
start?
PL: How did you come up with the
name for your brand? SD: I got started sewing in the 9th
grade when I got my first sewing
SD: Lauren DeVaughn is my brand
machine. Working with famous de-
name. It came from my oldest grand-
signers from Durham, NC, New
daughter Lauren, who lives in
York, and Hawaii I became very good
Burglington, NC.
at what I do. I also got my big
PL: If you could design a piece for breaks from Diane Deavers at the
one celebrity, who would it be and South Carolina Style Workshop
why? 2011, Anthony Simons of CIFW,
SD: I would design a piece for Wine Dine Design Fundraiser
Michelle Obama because shes Fashion Show Columbia, SC, The
simple and elegant but have a Walker Foundation School for the
powerful look and she's always Blind and Deaf, meeting She She
looking to give upcoming new New York, who took me out of the
designers an opportunity to box for creating and designing, and
showcase their talent. last but not least my son, Demetrius
LaTroy Brown of Durham, NC.
PL: Can you describe the perfect
piece? PL: Are all of your pieces made from
scratch?
SD: My perfect piece is using
Duploni Silk with bold and rich SD: 98% of my pieces come from
colors, tailored Jacket, high scratch, the other percent I com-
waist, and wide leg pants with bine ideas with scratch to create
matching wide brim hat. something different and new.

PL: What are some of your most PL: Do you wear your own designs?
notable accomplishments? SD: I love creating my designs for
SD: My accomplishments are: other people but I love to shop at
winning the Charleston Multicul- Dillon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ashley
tural Bridal Events & Association, Steward, etc.
2016 People Choice Award, and

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PL: Do you have any events coming
up?
SD: I have the CMBEA Experience, A
Bride, Events Expo, a Fashion Show,
African Fashion Week Lowcountry,
Beaufort, SC, and Renaldos Style
Week, NC.
PL: What was your most memorable
piece and who did you make it for?
SD: My most memorable piece was a
satin, lace, and sequins bridal gown
with a 108 detachable train, while
living in New York, for a full
figured bride from NC.
PL: Do you ever think of owning
your own store?
SD: I would love to own my own
store but my focus is for my grand-
daughter to own her store plus keep
her pre-medical career.
PL: What are your plans for the
future?
SD: I'm looking to expose new faces,
designers, models, talents, etc, and
empower them by helping them
develop a sense of style and
confidence to be showcased or
featured in big annual fashion
shows each year and for Lauren
DeVaughn to be featured in the New
York International Couture Fashion
Week and London Fashion Show.
PL: What's your favorite part about
being a designer?
SD: My favorite part about being a
designer is traveling to different
states or countries. I love creating
simple, regal, elegant, girly,
funfilled, affordable, and ready-to-
wear clothing.

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PL: Is there anything else you would


like our readers to know?
SD: I have worked with Stop the
Violence South, Barron Rivers for
many years. Im Co-Director of Miss
South Carolina Plus America
Pageant, on the Board of Directors
for CMBEA, Director/Producer for
the CMBEA Experience Bridal
Fashion Show every year, and a
volunteer of ten years at the
Charleston Fashion Week.
PL: Youve got your hands full! If
our readers are interested in your
work, where can they reach you?
SD: I can be reached at:
laurendevaughn@gmail.com,
shirleydaley99@comcast.net,
infocmbeafashionshow@gmail.com,
843 737-5434,
www.laurendevaughn.com, or
Facebook: Lauren DeVaughn Fashion.
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Young businesswoman, Courtenay Polite, discusses her company


DREAMYBUNDLES
her goals, and her struggles in an exclusive interview with Wali Haqq.
Wali Haqq: How old are you? And, pick up in both Charleston, SC and
where are you from? Charlotte, NC. Our online presence has
allowed us to reach 12 states as we con-
Courtenay Polite: I am 22 year s
tinue to grow in both customer base and
old. I'm from downtown Charleston, SC.
product selection. We not only offer vir-
I grew up in Johnson Street Projects.
gin hair extensions but also hair care
Last year, I graduated from the Univer-
products, a key element to the longevity
sity of South Carolina and began putting
of your extensions that our competitors
my all into DreamyBundles. It actually
don't offer.
started as just an extra income thing to
get through college without having to WH: How did you come up with
work while in school. the name DreamyBundles?
WH: So, tell us about DreamyBun- CP: Th e nam e Dr eam yBu ndles
dles and exactly what makes your came about as I tried to describe both
business unique. the product I was providing and the core
value of my company. Dreams are seem-
CP: Dr eam yBu ndles is a vir gin
ingly intangible or hard to achieve. With
hair distribution company aimed at
that being said, I love to inspire young
helping women boost their confidence
girls to chase their dreams no matter
by enhancing their beauty. As a compa-
how hard things may seem, all while
ny, we pride ourselves on providing ex-
having the best hair they ever dreamed
cellent quality and customer service.
of. Hence, the name DreamyBundles
DreamyBundles is unique amongst com-
being more than a name but a lifestyle.
petitors as we provide high quality hair
extensions that are on hand for local
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WH: How long has you possibly can about hair and hair
DreamyBundles been doing care, you never know what you will be
business? asked.
CP: Dr eam yBu ndles h as been in Step three: Find a supplier. Remember,
business for two years now. your company won't survive if quality
isn't excellent.
WH: What does it take to get into
the business of selling hair bun- Step four: You have a product so you
dles? should have a website. The key to suc-
cess is being able to make money while
CP: Patience! Selling h air takes
you're asleep.
patience and the love for hair. You have
to find the right vendor to provide qual- Step five: Build your brand and market.
ity extensions to your customers. And,
Step Six: Provide after sale service. A
you have to have the mindset to remem-
simple thank you or quality check goes a
ber service should always come before
long way.
profit.
WH: You mentioned earlier how
WH: If you had to do a How To
social media has helped your busi-
Start a Business Selling Bundles,
ness to be able to expand into 12
step-by-step guide, what would the
states, exactly what is your social
steps be? Just give a brief layout.
media strategy?
CP: Step one: Write a business plan.
CP: Social m edia is fr ee m ar ket-
You always want to plan out your direc-
ing. My social media strategy is to max-
tion.
imize exposure by consistently staying
Step Two: Learn as much knowledge as present in my consumers minds. Post-
ing at the same time daily engages your
customers to expect your presence. Vid-
eos and daily tips go along way as well
as posting pictures. Hair is a product
that clients are drawn into by the look
and style. I try to always remain profes-
sional online and display our products
in the best light.
WH: That's pretty smart! Okay, so,
tell us about your personal life
struggles you've had to overcome
to get to where you are today.
CP: Per sonally, I gr ew u p in a br o-
ken home. I watched my single mom
raise two kids in downtown Charleston.
Although, my father wasn't in our home,
he was always present in my life. Noth-
ing was ever handed to me! I saw first

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hand what it meant to work hard for our hair care line, Dreamybundles soon
what you want, from my parents and offering eye lashes and hair tools, such
grandparents. I experienced living in a as flat irons and curling wands. I would
high crime environment. I witnessed the also like to have a store front, which ac-
paycheck to paycheck struggle. At the tually may be coming sooner than later.
same time, I went to an advanced school My life goals are to put my brother
and my peers gave me motivation that I through college and to go back to school
didn't have to become a product of my for my real estate license, as that is
environment. Witnessing my parents something I've always had an interest
drug and alcohol addiction and contin- in.
ued incarceration, I am proud to say,
WH: What's your advice to young
despite what statistics thought would
girls who are going through strug-
bring me down, that turned out to bring
gles like you went through and
out the best in me.
aiming to be successful?
WH: How did you go from a hard
CP: Don't let anyth ing h old you
background like that to where you
back! Not what your parents did, no
are able to sit with us, tell us about
boy, nor any obstacle that you encoun-
your own business, and give ad-
ter. The sun always shines after a storm
vice?
passes over so you can make it through
CP: Tr u thfully, if I didn't h ave a anything! Push through never give up!
baby brother, I may have never made it Keep faith in God, focus in school, pro-
this far. Watching him struggle with me tect your credit, and make goals! Write
made me want to provide a way out for down attainable goals every sunday and
him more than for myself. I was always achieve them by the following Saturday,
a straight A student so I knew school this way you will be sure to reach your
was my way out. I used that platform to long term goals. Also, never hesitate to
take me all the way through college. I reach out! If I can be of any help, even
made it my business to turn my test into just words of advice, ask, I am always
a testimony because I never wanted any- open.
one to pity me or to use what I'd been
WH: So, if people want to reach
through as an excuse for why I couldn't
you on social media, how can they
become great. I wanted to make a differ-
contact you?
ence in my family so that's what I did. I
lived in that environment, that environ- CP: I can be r each ed on Facebook
ment didn't live inside of me. at Dreamybundles VirginHair
instagram: @dreamy_bundles
WH: And, you've done a great job!
So, what are your goals from this Email:
point forward in business and life? courtenaypolite@dreamybundles.com
CP: I see Dr eam yBu ndles expand- And, my company website is
ing nationwide. I would like to one day www.dreamybundles.com.
become everyone's go to for everything
hair. I'm aiming to increase market ex-
pansion and products. I see, on top of

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Geechee One's own Wali Haqq sits down with Miss Spring Bling, Victoria
Middleton, as she pours out her heart, passion, soul, and pain and tells of
her rocky road to being crowned Miss Spring Bling 2016.

Wali Haqq: So, describe the experi- WH: Where are you from?
ence and how it felt to be crowned VM: I am from White Plains, N.Y.
Miss Spring Bling 2016. WH: What's your connection to
Victoria Middleton: Well, being that I Charleston and the Geechee culture?
was runner-up last year, I was very deter- VM: My grandparents. My grandfather is
mined, eager, and focused to win this year. from St. Helena Island, S.C. and my
So, when I realized that I won the actual grandma is from Lady's Island, S.C., both
title along with other categories, I was very in the Beaufort area, so, that's kind of the
happy. I felt like I accomplished a goal of root to it all, lol. They moved to N.Y. be-
mines and the sky was the limit from that fore having kids and moved back after all
point. of their 7 kids were grown.
WH: What are the other categories WH: So, how old were you when
that you won in? you first moved to Charleston?
VM: Best Formal Wear; Best Sickle Cell VM: I was about 10 or 11.
Awareness Speech; Best All Red Every- WH: How long have you lived in
thing; and Best Swim wear. Last year, I Charleston?
won 1st Runner up, Best Celebrity Look-a- VM: About 22 years.
like, Best Career girl, and Best Formal WH: How old are you now?
Wear. VM: 29
WH: How did not winning first WH: What do you remember most
place in last year's pageant affect about growing up in Charleston?
you? VM: My adult years were worse than my
VM: It just made me go harder this year. childhood years
I was still proud of myself cause I still put WH: How were your adult years
forth my best and walked out with a lot. worse?
So, I wasn't mad or sad I was still gracious, VM: I went thru some bad stuff, rape,
I just knew I wanted the title this year. domestic violence, suicide attempt, moles-

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tation, etc..
WH: How does those experiences
affect you today?
VM: Everything you can think of I've
done. I feel like it has helped me become a
better person. I realized some wrong that I
have done, especially with the suicide at-
tempt but I thank God for letting me be
here today. I realized that I am not going
through these things for me but I went
through them to help other people. So I
use my testimony as my ministry and I
talk about it. That's why I love being an
inspirational speaker because I am very
transparent. Not saying I always have
been but going through life it has helped
me. Also, my trust and faith in God has
helped a lot as well. So, it has made me
into a great woman, a fearless woman, a
woman that's not scared to speak her
mind, and a woman that will tell you
what's right from wrong.
WH: Tell us about your Ministry as
an Inspirational Speaker.
VM: When I say ministry, I mean as in
speaking to others about my life and help-
ing them to avoid going through what I
went through. I speak to victims of vio- or molestation experiences similar
lence, molestation, and rape. I speak to to yours?
children. I speak at schools, pretty much VM: Can't really say. I've talked to large
anywhere that I am asked to speak at be- crowds. I have met a few that have ap-
cause if my testimony touches or saves one proached me and said it has happened to
person I have done my part. I know I have them but I can't remember an exact num-
more in store for me. I know there's much ber.
more that God wants me to do with my WH: How does it make you feel
experiences. So I just take it one day at a when you see those little girls
time. who've been through those terrible
WH: What do you tell young girls experiences?
who have been victims of rape and VM: It breaks my heart sometimes. I still
thank God cause some have gone through
molestation? worse than me. But, everyone's experienc-
VM: Pr etty m u ch, to n ot let it dictate es aren't the same. I pray for them. And, if
your life. To find an outlet that helps you I have resources I provide those as well.
through it instead of dwelling on it. I have WH: Can you tell us a little about
a child from my rape so I literally deal when you were raped and molested?
with it everyday but I dont see it that way. VM: Don't wanna go into detail honestly.
I prayed and forgave! Not saying I did it I would say, it's a very terrible situation
instantly but eventually it got better with that no one should go through. I was
time. I was molested by family members, scared and didn't know what to do nor
family that I still see 'til this day. But, I who to turn to. It's an experience I never
don't hate them, I still love them and have want to go through again.
their backs if they need me because I have WH: Did you have any help with
a new heart. Don t let your past dictate your recovery?
your future, let it fuel your future is my VM: Yes, there were some resources. But,
motto. one that helped was an organization called
WH: How many young girls have People Against Rape. They provide a lot of
you met that have been through rape resources such as counseling, self defense
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school. But, I will be speaking at some
schools this year and doing parades along
with being at the Geechie One Awards and
an interview with an internet magazine
but no dates confirmed.
WH: What are your overall goals?
And, what are you trying to accom-
plish with all that you're doing?
VM: My goals are to go back to school for
my bachelor's in business finance, move to
Charlotte, own my own home, and pursue
my career. I just want to accomplish my
goals and to be positive in someone's life
and be an idol to them. To let them look at
me as inspiration and to know the worst is
not for them but only the best.
WH: Why do you think so many of
our youth attempt suicide?
VM: There's many reasons but mostly, in
my opinion, it's due to no one to talk to or
lack of support. Youth have a lot that they
go through and won't speak about it. That
support is everything!
WH: Why do you think the rate of
young girls being raped is so high?
VM: Due to the lack of fathers. When
girls don't have their fathers around they
classes, group meetings, and etc.. Not say- look for that love that they never grew up
ing I did it all but it did help me in the be- with from a man. So, they are so easily
ginning. influenced to be with whoever will show
WH: Would you say you've come a them that attention or love. And, that is
long way to be crowned Miss Spring one way how they get trapped.
Bling 2016 and to be giving inspira- WH: Do you think there is a way to
tional speeches to young girls? And, fix the problem?
did you ever imagined you'd be do- VM: Men need to step up and love these
ing this? babies. Same goes for those women who
VM: Never imagined this in my life! But, don't take care of their business. Support
yes, I have come a long way, especially and love plays a huge factor!
when there's people who doubt you. I just WH: Do you have anything you'd
kept pushing and God kept opening doors. like to add in closing?
It's wierd to be out and about and people VM: Just want to thank Felicia Rivers
recognize me from the magazine or a flyer and Geechie One Magazine for this great
or Facebook. I love it tho', it shows my opportunity. Thank you for your time to
accomplishments. I don't look like what ask these questions for this interview. Re-
I've been through! member to follow your dreams, trust in
WH: But, what you've been through God, and the rest will follow.
has made you stronger and makes WH: So, how can people who'd like
your accomplishments that much to book you or seek your advice
greater. Would you agree? contact you? Are you on social
VM: I would. media?
WH: What other projects are you VM: Yes, its Vicki Secrez on Facebook,
working on? Twitter and Instagram.
VM: Nothing right now. I have a hair WH: I enjoyed interviewing you.
magazine shoot coming up and another Thank you for sharing your story
show next month, I was just asked to do. with us. What you're doing is truly
But, I'm just more focused on my kids amazing. I wish you much success
right now with them starting back with with all that you're doing.
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GO: How's it going Sade? For all of can't understand their lyrics! Also, I be-
our readers, can you give us a little lieve my apperance and my ability to
bio of Sade Da Rapper and how you adapt, for example, I can make club music,
came up with the name, music & life- radio music, jazz music, soul music, rock
style? music, and pop music. I can do it all if I've
got to!
SDR: My name is Sade Da Rapper. My
stage name is my actual real name given to GO: I've heard your single
me by my mother because her favorite soul "Hommie", it has a nice vibe. Is
band was Sade. I'm from Columbia, South there any other music that we can be
Carolina and I make and love hip hop mu- on the lookout for from you?
sic.
SDR: Yes, after the Hommie project...
I've been in the music industry over 6
including a video! The next single will be
years. I released my first official single
entitled Hustling, produced by Daroo
March 11, 2015, entitled Da Corner and
Beats of North Carolina.
released through Mad Street Entertain-
ment, an up-and-coming label owned and
GO: What can we expect to see if we
operated by Bone Thugs and Harmony.
come to a show that you're perform-
Since then, I have been working on per-
ing at?
fecting my craft and sound.
I'm releasing my second single, Dhat SDR: Expect it to be insane. Expect to
Goose, January 16, 2016. With Dhat Goose leave knowing your money was well spent.
skyrocketing to the top, making me the Expect a thirst for more!
number one selling artists at Mad Street
Entertainment label, Universal Music GO: Do you have any upcoming pro-
Group and Interscope Records decided to jects that we can be on the lookout
step in and offer me more distribution for from Sade Da Rapper?
Outlets. With that opportunity, I've re-
leased one new project, Hommie, pro- SDR: My mixtape, High Ambition, will be
duced by Daroo Beats of North Carolina. dropping winter 2016!
It's a Carolina thing baby, we're here and
we're ready to take over. GO: Where can we find your music,
videos, and your social media?
As of now, I'm working on campaigning
Hommies and branding my HDVision
SDR: You can find my music and videos
logo. Also, my Mixtape, High Ambition,
on YouTube under Sade Da Rapper 8033.
will be dropping winter 2016.
You can follow me on Twitter @
swagg8033. You can follow me on Insta-
GO: With such a competitive market
gram @Sadedarapper. And, you can add
in the Carolinas, what would you say
me as a friend on Facebook @ real Sade da
separates Sade from the rest of the
rapper and on Snapchat @ sade803.
rappers (male & female)?
GO: Thank you Sade Da Rapper for
SDR: My sound, my approach, and my
taking time out of your busy sched-
delivery is different. The clarity and images
ule to rock with Geechee One. We
I paint with music is what my fans and
salute you!
supporters like the most. Most artists, you
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Ms. Annie O
Recording Artist,
Engineer & videographer
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Live in Atlanta Georgia.
Single
Age 22

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For those who have heard hit songs such as "100 More" and "Still A Thot", when
asked the question who is up next, the name Lunny comes up in multiple
conversations. With his smooth delivery, lyrical abilities, and catchy hooks, Lunny
is proving why he deserves to be respected and never overlooked.

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FUNNY HOW I YEARN AND MY BODY BURNS INSIDE


EACH TIME I THINKOF YOU AND I INTERTWINED
IN SILVER MOONLIGHT LIKE COOL WATER AND BLUE SAND
SHIMMERING ON BROWN SKIN , DRIPPING SWEAT LIKE HOT SKIN
AND PLEASURE FILLED DREAMS, MIDNIGHT EROTIC SCENES
OF YOU AND I BETWEEN
EACH OTHER WRAPPED IN SILK SHEETS,
SWEET LIKE MANGOS AT HARVEST TIME
OR THE JUICE THAT FLOWS DOWN FROM THE TIP OF YOUR SPINE

BABY DONT BE AFRAID, LICKING YOUR SEXUALITY


MIXED WITH CREAM WHIPPED, COME ON GET ON TOP OF ME
AS I UNWIND AND TENSE UP CAUSE I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MINE
AND THIS A VIDEO RECORDING, SO WILL BE ON CONSTANT REWIND

WHATS YOURS IS MINE, AND MINE IS YOURS, BELONGS TO ME


FOR ALL ETERNITY, UNBELIEVABLY, EYE CAN STILL SEE
THIS EROTIC LOVE, WHEN TWO SOULS CAN STILL FEEL
THE WAY THEY FELT THE FIRST TIME, NOW THAT ISH REAL

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M'Jae is an Afro-American
Model from South Carolina
who has a real love for the
modeling industry. She
especially loves the fact that
she doesn't let the need to
make money fuel her
motivation for shooting. "I
shoot because I love it and I
love being in front of the
camera." Her goal in
modeling: "The sky's the
limit. My goal for this site is
to network."
Her current motto for her
style of modeling is... "Be
fierce like Naomi, talented
like Tyra and risqu like
Rihanna"

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