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CEO - Founder - Publisher:
Frances “Frosty” Remy
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Emeritus Brandt Edwards
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“Beyond My Own Imagination”
Four Walls... A Dark Room... Bended Knees... Folded Hands... Flowing Tears... Pure Silence...
and Depression...It was more than just words, it meant something BIG!!!
For so long I’ve lived it, so I grew accustomed to believing it; as a result I began to physically
It became a part of my daily routine. I became a Creature of Habit. And although it was silently
tearing me internally apart, I had no clue on how to stop it from permanently settling on my heart.
All the while, there was still something in me that helped me to remain faithful, encouraged and I
managed to press through every single day - doing my best by continuously ignoring it in hopes
of finding a better way.
Then one day, there was a noise, a firm, but soothing noise. It was a positive, motivating,
encouraging and very uplifting, but silent noise.
A joyful noise that bought overwhelming peace to my spirit. A sound that I could actually feel and
instantaneously, I knew it was Him!
See, GOD hears what is not spoken, & understands what is not explained. For His love doesn’t
work from the lips or from the mind, but directly from out HEARTS.
The most difficult task about going through rough times is that; You become aware that YOU are
no longer controlling the situation, and you are now forced to question yourself about ever really
being in control.
You are then forced to make major changes before you’re ready
or suddenly question what you thought you
Even though, there’s always a possibility to
turn what you may believe to be some of the
most negative situations, into really great opportunities
for you to grow from.
But that can only happen if you can dig deep enough to
find the willingness, trust, faith, patience and strength to
surrender your situation & yourself... Which I did.
That very same day, EVERYTHING about me (including
my perception & attitude of people and things)
*Once I came to the realization of how our; “Society is
seemingly structured and driven by insecure individuals
who live their lives to make you feel inferior, and force
you to feel that you should be content with mediocrity.
They pride themselves on coming up with different ways
on how to intimidate you. They try to use their titles,
positions, authority or the power that they’ve been given
(most of the time unearned & by default); forcing you to
lower your values, standards, morals & principals so that
they themselves will feel better about who they really
are...or lack there of.
People will always judge you. They’ll pretend to understand who you are and what you’re going through;
only to get up close and personal enough to take advantage of your disadvantages. They set out to make
you feel less so they can feel as if they are more; or simply brainwash you into believing that you don’t blend
in and you’ll never make it. Nelson Mandela once said, “Our deepest fear is NOT that we are inadequate,
our deepest fear is that we are all powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most
You electing to decrease in size does not & will never serve the world; as there is nothing enlightening about
dumbing yourself down, so that others will feel less insecure about themselves. We are all meant to shine
as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s instilled within ALL of us - purposely. Once we choose to shine
our own lights, we give other people permission to do the same. Because as we become liberated from our
own fears, our presence will automatically liberate others.
What profits you to gain the world, only to lose your very own soul? Absolutely NOTHING!!!
Stop consuming your yourself with the opinions of society and focus more on becoming a better YOU.
While everyone else is running around in circles emulating what the world views as “Idols”, why NOT take a
step outside of that circle and create yourself a square?!?
Never allow ANY individual to devalue you. Know that you are exceptionally valuable and created worthy.
Go out and seek self-contentment, even if you have to use a flashlight in the daylight. Take pride in being
the BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE; Because realistically everyone else is already taken. When YOU learn
to LOVE YOU... Everyone else will follow suit!!!
I’d like to congratulate the entire staff & volunteers of Circle Of One Marketing, AEG Live (and their affiliated
teams), Mayor Oliver Gilbert & The City Of Miami Gardens for their phenomenal work in Executing The
10th Annual Jazz In The Gardens & All of the associated events that took place at the Sun Life Stadium.
Special Thanks to:
Comedians and Nationally-Syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley who co-hosted
the festival and our local artists like: Valerie Tyson and Karina Iglesias of “The Voice” who joined A Rated
Artists such as Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Men
of Soul’s, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie
Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne; who made this “Without a doubt, our most exciting
lineup yet,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, and by the reports on ticket sales, there was
no denying it.”
We hope you enjoy our Recap & Photos of Jazz In The Gardens 2015 “Picture The
Legacy” and look forward to seeing you at next years festivities with even more
surprises than this year.
For more information about 2015’s 10th Anniversary Edition of Jazz In The
Gardens Visit www.jazzinthegardens.com Facebook: jazzinthegardens Twitter:
jazzgardens and Instagram: jitg10
This issue of Frosty’s Flava Magazine is dedicated
to Dyron Romer and my cousin Kevin Boujoly who
passed and all of our friends, followers and fan
who may also have lost a loved one this year already -
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to
share us, support us, patronize us, our advertisers and the
promoted emerging artists & designers. We are honored to
have been awarded the privilege and opportunity to share
with you on our very 1st LOCAL ISSUE EVER.
Thanks To Our Front Cover Features:
“The Game Changers” Photos by JLove
Analogy, LaVie, Larry Dogg, Butterfly and our very own
Mustafa On Sax as they grace our cover with poise &
We decided to switch things up and get Up Close and Very
Personal with these 5 Exceptional Individuals and asked
them to share a little about their journey with you. They are
all very talented, diverse, driven, passionate, saavy and oh
so AMAZING at what they do. They are also available for
booking for various entertainment purposes.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoy
collaborating with others and sharing it with you. Until Our
Next Issue - Take Care Of Yourselves & Each Other!!!
La’Vie is a
living life to
With such a becoming name, “La Vie,”
which in French means “The Life,” uses her
eclectic contemporary sound as a vehicle to
encourage and empower all people to seek out
and experience “the life” that God intends for
all to have!
Charline Murphy, (LaVie’s real name),
realized the potential in her gift of singing in
the seventh grade, yet didn’t begin pursuing
gospel music until the age of 17.
Since then, she has been awarded the opportunity
to sing and travel with many local
artists, as well as National and International
Recording Artists, such as: Joe Pace, Martha
Munizzi, Nigel Lewis, Papa San, and Kymani
La Vie has also recently re-released her first solo album, entitled “Life
Music,” and is presently working her second. Now, employing her
sensational collaboration of Soul, R&B, and Neo-Soul musical styles.
LaVie’s ministry breaks through the
barriers of traditional gospel platforms
while expressing her lifelong message: to
show the world what God has shown her,
that each and every person is not only
uniquely designed, but is wonderfully
created with vision…with purpose!
It’s time to embrace your greatness! It’s
time to live “THE LIFE!”
As a musician,
Mustafa has studied
and performed all
over the United States.
Performing with with
groups like: The
Orchestra (A 17 piece
jazz big Band ala Count
Basie), Rock With You
Ent., Ike and Val Woods
(Blues Band), Betty Padgett
(Blues/Funk Vocalist), The
New Vision Sax Ensemble
(Sax Quartet), Barabas
and “The New Tribe” in the
Melton Mustafa Jr. is a two time Grammy Music Educator Quarter-Finalist who was recently featured at The Jazz
In The Gardens Festival in Miami. Mustafa is also the son of International Jazz trumpeter and composer Melton S.
Mustafa. Growing up with a father who played in Duke Ellington’s and Count Basie’s Band was a great honor and
set the bar extremely high for young Mustafa. Melton Mustafa was born in Atlanta, GA. and raised in Miami, Fl.
where he started playing music in high school under the direction of Mr. Frank Neal at Miami Carol City HS. Mustafa
received a Bachelor of Science in Music Ed from Florida A&M University where he served as Section leader of the
saxophone section and head of the Dance Routine and Show Planning Committee for the Legendary Marching
“100”. While at FAMU, Mustafa performed with the FAMU “Strikers” at the Apollo theatre and traveled the world
with the Marching “100”. Mustafa received a Master’s Degree in Education from FIU and is working on his Doctoral
Educational Leadership. Mustafa currently works as Professional Music Educator at Parkway School
of the Arts where he has developed a superior rated music program. Mustafa is also Music Professor
at Florida Memorial University and a Florida Band Master Association Music Adjudicator
for the state.
As a musician, Mustafa has studied and performed all over the United States. Performing
with groups like: The Melton Mustafa Orchestra (A 17 piece jazz big Band ala
Count Basie), Raheem Devaughn, Jaguar Wright, Betty Wright, Talib Kweli, James
Guiliani, Teedra Mosley, Rock With You Ent., Ike and Val Woods (Blues Band), Betty
Padgett (Blues/Funk Vocalist), The New Vision Sax Ensemble (Sax Quartet), Barabas and
“The New Tribe” in the Bahamas. As a director, Mustafa has conducted the “Star Spangled
Banner” for the Junior Olympics, directed the Broward County Public Schools All-County
Honors Jazz Band, directed the South Florida Precision Camp Jazz Band in
Overtown at the famous Lyric Theater, written and directed a show for the
entitled “Global Rhythms Local Beat”, served as the Musical Director
for the Show “From the Porch” featuring Danny Glover,
musical director for the show “Sisters”, directed and choreographed
the marching band for Master “P” and Little Romeo’s
music video, “Two Way”(which was featured on the show TV
Show Access Granted- the making of the video). A couple
of years ago, Melton Mustafa wrote and received a grant to
start a community band at the African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. The grant was written to allow a venue for anyone
in the community who plays jazz or classical music and
wants to play and perform. Mustafa also wrote a grant for
the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. This grant was entitled
“Girls Be Aware” and was developed to teach young ladies
proper etiquette and appropriate male/female relations.
In 2012 Melton Mustafa was honored as one of South
Florida’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential Black Leaders of
Today and Tomorrow. Melton has been featured on the
following: “Butterfly” CD “Mr. Sax”, Love Letter (Bertrand
Boyd), “St. Louis Blues” CD (Big Band), “Sea B Marrah” Yes
Its Time and Space Music CD (Reggae), Betty Pageant CD
(Blues sax), Ike and Val Woods CD “Live at Tobacco Road”,
Guest Artist for the show “By Kids for Kids (channel 10), acted in
Tom Dowd (Film), Acted in “The Buddy Holly Story” Actor’s Play
House”(off Broadway), danced at the Apollo Theater (Striker
dance troupe). As a producer, Melton Mustafa just released
“Scenes from Miami” Vol. 1 “The Softer Side” CD (featuring International
trumpeter and recording artist Melton Mustafa Sr.)
Vaughns is beyond
blazes pages, stages
Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns is a Miami native. She is a
force to reckon with in the arena of poetry. Her ability to
freestyle poetry on the spot for any occasion leaves listeners
in awe. She’s been penning poetry since the age of
10(43). She stepped out on to the poetry scene in 1997
and in 2002 became a full-time poet. She’s the author of
3 self published books of poetry, a recording artist with
12 albums to date as of April 2015, and the producer and
director of 9 stage productions. Her work is appreciated by the likes of Ms.
Betty Wright, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Townsend, Kim Coles, Fantasia,
Lenny Williams, Florida Memorial University first woman president in
135 years Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis and Rick Party just to name a few.
“Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns is beyond buzz-worthy.
She blazes pages, stages and ciphers.”- Bruce George,
Co-Founder of Def Poetry Jam
“I’m thinking they should have named you Phoenix
because you just keep rising.”-Nikki Giovanni,
“Thank you soooo much for your words, work, and who
you are in the world.”-Les Brown, Motivational Speaker
“Oh! Talented One!”-MC Lyte, Recording Artist~Actress
“Thank you for being my poet.”-Robert Townsend, Actor~Director
“I think Rebecca Vaughns is a superb writer. I consider it an
honor to read her poetry in print form. I will never forget
her professionalism or her graciousness. I respect her spirit.”-Ralph
Carter, Actor ~Michael on Good Times
“Words that u can ‘see’ and feel, that’s what Butterfly does!”-
He screams out to the croud
“my mind is free”, but the
language he releases from
that mind is secured and
bound like a well melded
alloy, and he hands his audience
nothing less than
poetry – solid and weighty.
He calls himself
Analogy: A Movement In The Making
By Chester Robards
South Florida has its own Analogy. But, it is not a complicated, linguistic cacophony of
words. He, Analogy, is a simple man with poetry that braids life, experiences and observations
into smooth, flowing strands of spoken word.
Analogy and his craft have come along way since hitting the stage on the B-Side more than
ten years ago. It was in the Art District of Miami that he began to hone his stage presence,
where he met a mentor, Will ‘The Real One’ Bell, and where he grew his listenership.
He has matured much since his days of do-rags and Marc Ecko, and his anthology has
grown along with him. He has headlined events in Miami and the Bahamas, and has been
invited on more than one occasion to his old alma mater, Miami Carol City Senior High, to
speak to the student body. At a school pageant Analogy regaled the young beauty queens
with his ‘Vision of a Black Woman’:
•My vision of a Black woman is a Queen of noble and Nubian character, the way she ages
so gracefully, exhibiting that essence of electrical, vivaciousness through her womb, her
style, her strength / the way she moves the way she smiles, the way thinks.
The knowledge he imparts comes from the catchment of his years. His poetry from then
to now tells not only of his struggles and fears, but of his belief systems - especially of his
blackness as an American male.
“I’ve taken those experiences and shared them with my paper before I shared them with the
world,” said Analogy. “I think the best way to illustrate how my poetry has matured would
be to delve into my life experiences; my going through depression, through restoration,
through plummeting and to ascending. That’s how it has matured.”
Analogy’s sense of business eventually
bloomed out of his gift. Three years ago
he found a spot in Hollywood, Florida
to house his own poetry review. It
was called ‘Verbal Calligraphy’, named
after his second independent album
of spoken word. He packed the house
every week, with an open mic show to
rival any. Unfortunately, business between
owner and lessee turn sour and
he was forced to close up shop. But,
that experience revealed to him what he
wanted to do, and where he wanted to
take his poetry.
“From a shallow perspective, I want a
Grammy (Award)” Analogy said. “But,
right now, I want to be able to grant
reciprocity to every individual who has
guided me along the way, and I would
like to have a staple, monumental place
in the city I grew up in. My dream is to
have my own spot that is there all the
time, for anyone who wants to enjoy
Analogy believes his craft can be a
powerful tool for positive change in
communities and, on a more personal
level, in people’s individual lives. “Poetry
is my salvation”, he begins one of
his Poems, going on to explain how the craft has changed his life. Much of his poetry
nowadays exudes such transformative messages. One of his more recent writings explains his
passion for individual metamorphosis:
Splash colors all over your canvas
this is your life, take the bandages off
and let your wounds collide with the air
build a garden out of despair
create amusement parks out of your obstacles
from this day forth, acquiring your
dreams will no longer be optional.
Analogy sees his poetry, and poetry in general, as a tool for movements. His movements are
often social. His musings are often black life, his daughter and suffrage. But, he pulls passion
from the ether and draws in his audience when he performs his ‘cunnilinguistic’ pieces.
His third and fourth indi albums ‘Jesus is a Capricorn’ and SIOLM (Symbolic Images of Love
Making) respectively, are sultry examples of his poetic prowess in the love department.
You name it, he
does it all on one stage – he’ll
make you cry in laughter and
he’ll take you on a trip down
memory lane grooving with his
and 6-piece band.
While his range of work is wide, he always comes back to his centre with his inspirational
poems. It is where he started, and it is where he finds his best voice.
He wants to see poetry infiltrate all sectors of media and society, and for the youth to use it as
medium for their own upward mobility.
“I really want poetry to have more of a voice, not just an underground voice,” he said. “I want
what we do to change the dynamic of radio and television, of what we see, what we hear, and
how that is generated to the youth.”
Three things are certain in the world of the ‘Analogous One’: Change, death and poetry.
How bad do you want it?
Do you have the tenacity to push up on it,
turn spark to flame & set it off
or are you just getting your rocks off
are you willing to take the road less traveled
are you willing to give your all to one listener
when everyone else has turned the channel.
Analogy can be found online at:
To Contact or Book Melton Mustafa
Photos By LB Smooth Photography & Frosty’s Flava Magazine
Larry Gordon is a multi-talented comedian and singer born and raised
in Miami Florida.
You name it, he does it all on one stage – he’ll make you cry in laughter and
he’ll take you on a trip down memory lane grooving with his live performance
and 6-piece band. Triple Threat barely scratches the surface when
describing of the phenomenal talent of Comedian, Crooner and Band
Leader LARRY GORDON A.K.A LARRY DOGG. This standup comedian
found his voice one day while telling a joke about The Isley Brothers. “I
Love Ron Isley and would mimic him all the time.” After a show one night,
this guy said, “Hey I want you to put a band together and do my party”.
He’s been booking gigs as a Front man and Band Leader ever since. Larry
Dogg’s appearances on B.E.T’s COMIC VIEW and P.DIDDY’s BAD BOYS
OF COMEDY brought him to the attention of a national audience but
he still calls Miami home. Making the transition back and forth between
comedian and musician is no easy feat but ask anyone who’s booked him.
Larry Dogg’s never met a stranger he couldn’t make laugh and Larry Gordon
never fails to get audiences on their feet! In these tough times, we all
could use feel good tunes and a good laugh. Larry Dogg’s motto “Love Life
and Love People”.
For more information on booking contact:
Nikki at email@example.com or call 786-366-3477
If you would like your event featured in our upcoming issue call of email us
to inquire:954 678-8102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautii started in the hair industry at the
young age of 12, where she worked as a
shampoo assistant at her aunt’s salon. As
a middle school student shewas shampooing
clients, braiding, and mixing color.
Beautii’s mother quickly recognized the
talent her young daughter possessed and enrolled
her into a highschool that offered a cosmetology
program. She excelled in her academics and was able
to pass the state board cosmetology exam, awarded her
cosmetology license and her high school diploma at the
same time. Her accomplishments made both her mother
and aunt very proud of her hard work and dedication.
Beautii quickly took the professional hair care industry
by storm with her ambition and gifted skills. She has
always been dedicated to her craft and in the early years
of her career she was juggling both college courses and
heavy clientele. Some days she would have 15-30 clients
a day, leaving the salon after 3am and still having
to complete homework assignments. Beautii welcomed
the challenges because she was confident that her hard
work would help to lay the foundation for a successful
career for both herself and her family. At the young age
of 20, Beautii became a mother. Motherhood hit her
like a ton of bricks but was hopeful on how she would
manage being a new mom, student, and professional.
She decided to switch gears and relocate to Philadelphia,
PA to attend The Art Institute of Fashion. During
her matriculation, she opened Spoiled Boutique and salon
where she performed professional hair care services
and sold high fashion apparel to assist her with tuition
costs. After graduation, Beautii decided that she wanted
to pursue a career in fashion and only perform hair services
on the weekends. She became a fashion designer
Beautii J is a celebrity stylist, educator, mentor,
humanitarian, and salon owner currently residing
in Atlanta, GA. She is well-known and respected for
her natural talent to create flawless versatile styles for
the everyday confident woman. Beautii is a Miami
native and has been conquering the world of beauty
and fashion for over 20 years.
She is also the star of WEtv’s new hit reality show
“Cutting it in the ATL” a platform that gives the world
a glimpse into the life of a successful salon owner in
Atlanta. Beautii is also the brand ambassador for
her premiere beauty line of professional hair care
products, hair accessories, and apparel. Beautii is an
industry leader in her profession and attributes her
success to her life testimony, family, and faith.
for one of Philadelphia’s leading fashion brands.
After working with assignments. Beautii welcomed
the challenges because she was confident that her
hard work would help to lay the foundation for a
successful career for both herself and her family.
At the young age of 20, Beautii became
a mother. Motherhood hit her like a ton of
bricks but was hopeful on how she would
manage being a new mom, student, and
to switch gears
and relocate to Philadelphia, PA to attend
The Art Institute of Fashion.
During her matriculation, she
opened Spoiled Boutique
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where she performed professional hair care services and sold high fashion apparel
to assist her with tuition costs. After graduation, Beautii decided that she wanted
to pursue a career in fashion and only perform hair services on the weekends. She
became a fashion designer for one of Philadelphia’s leading fashion brands.
Beautii is also the star and creator of WEtv’s new hit reality TV show “Cutting it in
the ATL”. The show is about successful salon owners building their beauty empires
As a celebrity stylist Beautii has provided services to songstress diva Regina
Bell and creating her signature bob hairstyle on model Cynthia Bailey, Beautii
continues to reinvent herself as an artist. She has worked with a high profile list of
celebrity clients, featured in beauty publications, partnered with premier fashion
hair companies, and worked with artist and photographers all over the world.
Beautii has paved her way as the “Beautiologist of Hair” and she continues to
create versatile techniques that provide a unique experience to her clients. She
is an innovator and is looking forward to the new and exciting projects God has
lined up for her future.
By Mickey Rallens
What distinguishes Persona as a luxury brand?
Aside from the nature and price points of the goods that we
offer, it’s the level of quality, craftsmanship, and service that’s
poured into our finished products which helps define us a luxury
brand. There are no short cuts taken and the thought process
behind each creation is very purposeful. We never create for
the sake of just having something to show. We feel that our
work is comparable to most designer labels found in the higher
What would you say is your
signature or niche?
We think PERSONA is most
recognized because of our artistic
approach to design and styling.
Perhaps, it’s our heavy use color
or the way we play with patterns.
Whatever that Midas touch might
be, it’s definitely noticeable when
Who are some of your style/fashion influencers?
We don’t pattern ourselves after any particular designer, nor do
we look to other’s for a “fashion” blueprint. We simply create
what we feel is unique to our customers’ individual tastes and
desires. I think we’ve mastered the art of being flashy, yet classy
where others find it difficult to walk that line.
Share one of your greatest achievements
or milestones with Persona?
Being relatively new and able
to endure in such a competitive
market is an achievement
within itself. When you’re self
employed, there is no guaranteed
pay check security blanket. This is an eat what you kill
game and we’re not trying to go hungry.
Was Persona a dream that you both had?
Yes. We both started our ventures into retail about 6 years
ago while living in Memphis. Jara had opened The Stiletto Bar
which catered to upscale fashion forward pieces for women
and I’d opened a men’s store called Bespoke Fine Clothing.
Both stores were extremely nice and offered the public something
that they’d not been accustomed to getting.
What advice would you give other couples starting a business?
Plan, Protect, and Pray. Every business should always start
with some some of plan. It’s not wise to
just jump out there as many of do. By
protect- I’m saying that you should guard
your brand. Never allow anyone or anything
to compromise it’s value.
Who would you love to dress (dream client)?
We’d have to say Obama. His
charisma is already on another
level as far as government officials
are concerned. I think we
could sprinkle a little PERSONA
on him, so that he’ll become as
recognized as Michelle for her
Who takes longer
to get dressed for
a night out?
You already know the answer to that- she
does! I might have my moments, but she
definitely spends more time getting ready
Valencia Gunder or as
most recognize her,
Valencia G. is a very
self-motivated, driven and
extremely inspiring young
lady in our community
who is turning ripples into
waves, who has also officially
been branded as;
“A voice for the People.”
What’s next? What else can we expect to see?
Currently, we’re working to develop our brand into what it
was actually conceived to become- a lifestyle brand. We’re
expanding into areas of ladies fashion/footwear and
home decor, as well. We’re artists and visionaries,
so there’s no telling
what we might think of next.
All you really need to remember
is You Define It. We
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She is also known to some as Vee, “The Community Advocate and
Community Event Planner”. Her community events offers a sense of
hope, peace and advocacy while providing resources to those who are
As a Miami Native, born and raised; Valencia also gained all of her education
here in Miami and graduated from Miami Central Senior High.
She then decided to further her education and later on moved to North
Florida where she attended Florida’s A & M University, where she graduated
with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Agricultural Business.
Valencia grasped and truly understood the meaning of redemption and
change at a very early age. This was the realization that sparked her
innate compassion for others. Which lead to her volunteering starting
her journey at the tender age of seven with the Camillus House and
Toys for Tots.
Growing extremely fond of this newly discovered passion, Valencia has
accepted and allowed it to over-take her life-style and without a doubt it
has become a major part of her Defined-Divine Purpose as she matures
As Valencia continues to mature in life and better understands her unfulfilled
purpose; she is also inspired by many people, ventures, quotes
and proverbs such as one of her favorite African Proverbs which states;
“I am, because we are”.
Having gained such a passion for the Success of Women; Valencia plans
and organizes an Annual Women’s Expo which features a variety of eccentric
elements such as: Local and Distance Vendors - who offer a day
of relaxation... Networking & Small Business Marketing... and Socializing
for Women- which allows women from all walks of life to share
their Business/ Family & Financial Strategies - on How to Become a
Better You... Inspirational Stories and even Life-Lessons which may
help another in various ways.
In the past, her Women’s Expo has included: Fitness Classes, Mammogram
Exams, Clothing and Accessory Boutiques, Hair and Beauty
Product Shops and even a Nutritionist.
Valencia is the initial Founder of the organization, “Make the Homeless Smile Miami” in
2014 & “Make the Homeless Smile Atlanta” in 2015; in which she along with a group of
phenomenal humanitarians such as herself, set out every 3rd Sunday of every Month to:
Feed, Provide resources and guidance to transition to 2000+ Homeless and the Working
Poor Class Citizens a better way of life.
Valencia also helps with assisting many Community Based Organizations with a variety of
events around South Florida and Partners with many Grass roots to assure that there is
REAL change being executed.
Coming up in August 2015, Vee in conjunction with The Belafonte Tacolcy Center will host
their 1st annual Hood Week Miami 15’.
Hood Week is an organized weekend of events during which Community Leaders, Organizers
and Professionals come together to Empower the Local Constituents of our neighborhood
through a series of Interactive Workshops.
The title “Hood Week” derives from Occupying The Hood, which is an Autonomous National
Grassroots Movement comprised of Activists, Organizers and Community Members
- working with like-minded individuals and organizations across the US, standing in solidarity
with any progressive organizations or movements who desires and works towards the
advancement of the community.
“I want to be remembered for giving back,” says Valencia. “Every event that I organize, I am
constantly thinking of different ways on how to become a more effective and resourceful tool
to be a greater help to our communities.”
“If there is no enemy within, then the enemy outside can do us no harm” – African Proverb
This is Valencia’s expression of giving women what they need to Live,
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By Brandt Edwards
In the court of public opinion,
the verdict is crystal clear.
The jury doesn’t take long to render a decision. There isn’t a
need for the twelve (12) to be sequestered; no threat of a mistrial
or the jury being hung. From a room adjacent to the proceedings,
the bailiff escorts the jurors back to their seats as the crowd
anxiously awaits the outcome. The court reporter is patient, yet
precisely accurate with the diction being used. The judge has
returned from his chambers and grows weary of the litigation
before him. On trial yet again is the “Black” male. His crime:
accused of being a “deadbeat dad”, an “absentee father”, merely
a sperm donor. After enduring the kidnappings from his native
lands; surviving the rigors of the middle passage during the
Trans Atlantic Slave Trade; being stripped of his name, culture
and dignity – forced into a lifetime of servitude; scratching and
clawing to be considered equal, once more he stands before his
peers to defend his honor. The plaintiffs: The “Black” female, the
mainstream media, movies, television and record executives; all
of who has contributed to his demise. How did we get here? Can
the “Black” male ever be exonerated and forgiven for his transgressions?
It’s our job as men to correct these acts and ensure the
story is told correctly; show that the evidence is unyielding on our
behalf. Prove that the images and data being relayed to the public
are the exception, not the rule. We’ll proceed as follows:
When people discuss fatherhood, they assume that African-American
men aren’t part of the equation. The media presents figures that
show an overwhelming number of men are absent from their children’s
lives. For every James Evans from the television show “Good
Times” you have Stevie J of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”; for every
Cliff Huxtable of “Cosby Show” fame, you have Peter Gunz of “Love
and Hip Hop New York”. The graphs and pie charts are nothing short of
damning when reports, studies, statistics and other data are presented.
The imagery contributes to the public’s perception that “we” would
rather have a harem of women, father children by each of them,
of them, then return to a lifestyle of dysfunction, as opposed to taking care of our responsibilities
and being a pillar in a family structure. The negative illustrations supersede
the achievements of the men that play active roles in the children’s lives.
There isn’t a need to put “Desperately Seeking Daddy” with a picture of the alleged father
on the side of a milk carton. No need for the unfair generalizations that proclaim Black
fathers as being shiftless, selfish and the ones who abandon their children. We’re here for
our children just as much as any other race. What about the fathers who have been driven
away by angry mothers? Or the family law system which does little to defend fathers’
bond with their children? When making their arguments to demonized the Black male,
is divorce ever considered? What about the breakups of unmarried couples? It’s bigger
than what can be explained in a thirty minute exposé; it’s economic, sociological, psychological,
cultural and political. These explanations should be regarded when having
“When seeing a father taking care of his children,
it shouldn’t be
considered an abnormality.”
When seeing a father taking care of his children, it shouldn’t be considered an abnormality.
Data published by the Center for Disease Control revealed that Black fathers spend more
time in their children’s day-to-day lives than fathers from other racial groups. If a couple
doesn’t get married, that shouldn’t be perceived as the man being absent or he doesn’t support
his children financially. Just because he doesn’t marry the child’s mother doesn’t mean
he loves his children any less. Commitment to the bearer of the child isn’t necessary to
take care of one’s responsibilities. A father is their daughter’s first love, their son’s first hero.
What isn’t shown is the encouragement given during the birthing process; the diapers being
changed or late night feedings; tip-toeing in the dark to leave money as the Tooth Fairy or
the glow of pride a father has from being present during their child’s milestone accomplishments.
There won’t be much fanfare or advertisements honoring the father’s role in a child’s
development. Social media posts run rampant on Father’s Day with quotes such as “Happy
Father’s Day to the real men who take care of their kids”; or, “Happy Father’s Day to all the
single mothers playing the role of both mom and dad.” Both of these quotes are shots at the
Black males’ supposed inability to care for their seeds. Even Hallmark, with their Mahogany
Brand specifically designed for people of color, has capitalized on the situation. Starting
back in 2011, they created designs celebrating Black mothers supposedly carrying the distinction
with their “To Mom on Father’s Day” selection. And because of this, the Black male
has been placed in a position to defend himself from the atrocities of the world’s view of him
as it relates to fatherhood.
The bailiff addresses the courtroom by stating, “All Rise!” And with palms sweating and a
nervousness that can be felt in the pit of his stomach, the defendant anxiously awaits the
jury’s verdict to be read. “We the people of the United States and society at large, find the
Black father guilty of the charges brought against you for being absent from your children’s
lives. Until further evidence is shown to reverse and dismiss this verdict, the conviction will
You are hereby sentenced to a lifetime of ridicule and shame. The media will continue
to have the ability to exploit this phenomenon and will depict you as being an unfit,
unwilling caregiver to your children. We will continue to drive a wedge between you
and your children’s mother, have you tied up in child support hearings, suspend your
driver’s license for nonpayment or any arrears owed and have you disgruntled. You
have the remainder of your lifetime to appeal this verdict and change society’s perception
of you. I encourage you do so but feel at this point, with the media at our beckoning,
we can continue perpetuating this charade until the end of time!” The judge then
strikes his gavel to conclude the proceedings. Being
a father is no
different than acquiring and maintaining a
job. There will be pitfalls, unforeseen obstacles,
trials and tribulations. However, the
joy that comes from succeeding and raising
your child to be a productive individual
is an achievement sought by all men who
father children. Fathers I implore you, remain
involved in your kids’ lives despite
the circumstances. Be sure to nurture, love
and groom them. Being a dad is many
times a thankless job that often goes
unappreciated; and that comes with
the territory. More positive stories
of Black fathers involvement can
render any judge’s decision null
and void, and in future hearings
the court would have to deliver an
outcome of Nolle Prosequi (Latin
for unwilling to pursue; do not
prosecute). “We Are The Change!”
I’m gone! (b)
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The City of Miami Gardens’ 10th Annual Jazz In The
Gardens Music Festival Breaks Records with 73,000
Maxwell, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Run D.M.C., Brian Culbertson, Sheila E.
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More than 73,000 attended the Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) Music Festival as the City of Miami
Gardens celebrated the festival’s 10th Anniversary on March 21 and 22. Approximately
42,000 festival-goers attended Saturday’s show, the first SOLD-OUT day in the history of the
event.A-list musical talent continues to attract more and more attendees every year. Once a
festival of roughly 1,800 patrons in a corner of Sun Life Stadium’s parking lot, JITG is now the
fastest growing jazz and R&B music festival in the nation.
This year’s lineup featured Maxwell, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Run D.M.C., Brian
Culbertson, Sheila E., Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and
Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne.
Comedians and nationally-syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley
co-hosted the festival.
“This year’s attendance was unprecedented, and our lineup of musical talent was second to
none, a fitting tribute to our 10th year of producing an incredible festival experience,” said
City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “This is our signature event and we are so proud
that people from all over the world look forward to attending every year.”
The event also drew celebrities including actors Bryshere Y. Gray and Jussie Smollett, who star
as Hakeem and Jamal, respectively, on the new, red-hot, Fox television series “Empire.” They
were among several notables who made on-stage cameo appearances; including reality TV
star Angela Simmons, J. Anthony Brown, co-host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” and
Sybrina Fulton, founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation and mother of Trayvon Martin.
JITG also featured local artists, soul singer Valerie Tyson, saxophonist John Erinosho and
Karina Iglesias of NBC’s “The Voice,” along with more than 40 exotic food vendors, a Vendor
Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City’s milestone 10th year celebration.
The City of Miami Gardens was born in 2003 and the then City Council sought to create
a signature event for the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida,
which is also the third largest in the United States. In 2006, the City of Miami Gardens presented
the inaugural Jazz in the Gardens, an intimate jazz-only festival featuring food and
music, setting the foundation for the decade-long, signature experience that followed, adding
R&B to the lineup.
In response to the popularity of the festival, the City of Miami Gardens has added two events
to the JITG Weekend: The Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon (WICL) which kicked
off the Weekend Friday morning and included an Author’s Lounge and keynote address by
Omarosa Manigault; On Friday night, the Opening Night Party gave a preview of the city’s
two-day fest and featured the D.M.C. Band and a comedy show hosted by “The Rickey Smiley
Morning Show” crew.
JITG is unlike any other festival in the nation. From the lineup, to the food, to the weather, the
JITG weekend is an unparalleled experience.
By its explosive growth in just 10 years, it is certain that JITG is an experience that has earned
its stripes, while its guests have earned their tan lines and enjoyed the camaraderie and first class
performances year after glorious year.
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amongst her peers. As she continued to strive to become a hot commodity to any and
every one in South Florida, LaLah became a professional back up dancer for International
Pop Star “Flo-Rida” shortly after graduating, along with several other artist while perfecting
her craft as a Recording Artist herself. This tells you that she definitely can “Do It All!”.
Once in a while, a musical prodigy comes along and
disrupts the flow of the music industry. That prodigy can
be found anywhere across the world wherever music can
be heard. In this instance, that “diamond in the ruff ” can
be found in the heart of Miami, Fl. An
artist that has reached a level of stardom
that only an artist can fathom this early
in their career. Still at the tender age of
25 and only being a Music Recording
Artist for a bit short of 8 years, she definitely
portrays the talent to exceed beyond
where others dream. With her vocal
singing talent, that was inherited from her
mother, along with her lyrical rap skills she
is destine to dominate the Music Industry
and leave everyone in awe. LaLah is one of
many female lyricist who writes all of her own
music, that you will have nothing else to do but
feel her music every time you press play.
Without knowing which direction she would
take, she touched it all. Starting with Gymnastics,
to technical dance classes, to being a Professional
Back Up Dancer for several well renown
Recording Artist and now her debut, as a young
melodic rapper, you’ll never know what’s next.
Always cheerful with a humble attitude and
style completely different from most, she is
setting the scene for being unique compared
to others of her caliber with a persona and
work ethic that many young artist must be
taught. Not in this instance; LaLah is a true
natural. Establishing this, she struck into the
music industry in September of 2008 and started
off developing a large Fan Base at one of Miami’s
most elite Magnet High Schools, Dr. Michael M.
Krop Senior High, where she attended for all of her
high school years. Though being a dancer, perfecting
Ballet and Modern techniques within the S.T.A.R
That’s right!! There’s no limit to what God has given her. Her genres range from Hip Hop,
Urban Pop all the way to a hint of Rock. You name it, LaLah does it! Definitely a “outside
of the box” artist. She has the professionalism, performance and sexy “tom-boyish” styles
to keep up with the “big dogs”. Such as opening for Flo Rida, Mario, Elijah King, City of
God to Rick Ross and many other acts within their caliber. Her name is more like a musical
tone that you sing with rhythm and melody, her style, her attitude, her talents and her
ability to make you rewind her track a second time is unquestionably the reason why this
talented lyricist is headed to the very top.
And, check this! She’s all clean! No vulgarity or profane language but still gets around to
keeping it tasteful for all her audiences. With the buzz she’s creating right now and with
the local fan base that she has, there is no stopping her reign. With her mind blowing
stage presence, she has the ability to captivate the audience by her look alone. So, maybe
with her voice, her moves, charm or look, LaLah’s going to share every gift that God has
given her to entertain you. Entertainment with a purpose to gain support and favor of
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Be You Back To School Jam Concert - Fort Lauderdale,
Bryant McKinney’s: Entertainment Mondays Artist
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“Prettier On The Other Side” The EP Artist Showcase
& Mixer: Powered by LaLah - Miami, Fl. (2015)
Best In Florida Awards - Miami, Fl. (2014)
“A Great Influence” Concert Headliner: North Miami
Senior High School - North Miami, Fl. (2013)
Dynamic Beauty Exposition - Miami Beach, Fl. (2012)
Alonzo Mourning’s “Zo’s Summer Groove” Concert
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Inner Beauty Hair & Fashion Show - Fort Lauderdale,
Monie Love’s “Ladies First” Artist Showcase - Miami
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Coast To Coast Music Conference: *First Place Winner*
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Rick Ross’ “Hip Hop Grub Spot” Grand Opening -
Miami, Fl. (2009)
And several other live performances for Miami’s #1
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Nominated for “Best Female R&B Artist in Florida” for
the Best In Florida Awards (2014)
Nominated for “Best Female Lyricist in Florida” for
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Tikiya Wadley, also known
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Tikiya grew an extreme passion
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This experience created passion for the field and she became excited about learning and
growing within the industry.
As a young adult, Tikiya began to model and was exposed to castings, video sets, photo
shoots, and the behind the scene process of the industry. Paying close attention to the hair
and makeup techniques of the professional artist, Tikiya knew she could accomplish those
same techniques. Tikiya then began to research and invested in an assortment of brands/
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placement. Tikiya then used her knowledge and supplies, and began to perfect her
craft by applying a variety of techniques on her friends and family to achieve looks that are
worn by every day working class women as well as in magazines, on television, and movies.
Embarking into her professional career in 2010, Tikiya increased her knowledge by working
as a make-up consultant at Sephora and taking freelance classes at local beauty schools. She
partnered with local businesses - Mocha Shic Events and Lights Camera Action Studio and
Events, where she was able to take on a professional role as their in-house makeup artist.
She continued to study beauty and editorial to refresh and refine her artistry by becoming a
MAC Cosmetics Pro member. With proficient training and hands on experience, she began
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