Monthly Archives: July 2014

29Jul/14
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Express Yourself

2014 has been the year for color, colors for women’s lips. There isn’t a color of the spectrum that’s hasn’t been seen on a pair of females lips. Blue, yellow, orange, purple, black, red, and green it’s all being done. A lot of critical people say “maybe some of these colors shouldn’t be seen on women’s lips, they’re too tacky, outlandish, and unconventional.”  But, people…it’s 2014 who isn’t doing things unconventional nowadays? Hairstyles  are edgier, tattoos are acceptable, piercings are far more creative. All of these fads are fashion forward avenues for expression.

Some people have more flair for the dramatic then others. But with just one temporary alteration of lip color, anyone can transform a simple outfit into something sassy and fierce. Orange is hot, red is sexy, black is commanding, blue is funky, yellow is offbeat, purple is seductive, green is…okay…weird. But they’re all out there in the nearest Sephora waiting to be explored. Colors varying in shades available as either lip-gloss, lip stains, or lipsticks for every kind of woman to take advantage. To help showcase who they are and how they feel on any particular day. This lip color trend is something to be excited about. It’s a way to showcase ones individuality, and that is something to both embrace and celebrate.

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29Jul/14
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Pure Sophistication

It’s hot outside, well this is definitely the season for it. How cool (no pun intended), would it be to just ride down the street with the top down and let the wind blow through your hair? Pretty cool huh? Or what about that “Fresh out of the water, but my hair is Fabulous look? You can achieve this look by either growing your hair to a substantial length, or you can choose to wear extensions. Whatever your choice, make sure that you can maintain the length and texture of hair. Regular maintenance of hair includes washing with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. You may even want to take it a step further and use a clarifying shampoo coupled with a hydrating and/or moisturizing shampoo and conditioner once a month or twice a month depending on how often you wash your hair.  This will not only ensure moisture balance of the hair and equalize the porosity, but will strip any of the impurities and build up left from chemical processing or styling products. Conditioning for a few minutes and rinsing with cool water will help restore nutrients and minimize split ends. Don’t forget to keep the ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks as well. The less split ends, the more your hair is restored it’s resilience and luster that keeps the hair from becoming weak, dry, brittle. It also helps that hair to flow, with lots of body and volume! You may even co-wash depending on your needs. This works really well if you work out often. Sweating perfusely not only allows your body to lose large amounts of water through your body, but through your hair and scalp also. Washing it often does strip your hair of it’s natural oils therefore leaving it dry. This can cause an adverse reaction. We want to keep moisture in, so washing with just a conditioner can help in this matter. And drink plenty of water! When choosing to wear human hair extensions, maintenance is pretty much the same. Although, you don’t want to bog it down with styling products, especially oil. It’s best to use an oil free glosser or small amount of natural oils emulsified in the palm of your hands then applied to the tips of the hair, such as macadamia, almond, argon, jojoba, etc. Applying too much oil can leave the hair heavy and harder to maintain. The hair can become limp and lack the natural flow. Keep in mind which region the hair is coming from.

.facebook_1406591228784If you are applying them as clip-ins, whether custom or store bought (to ensure that the clip-ins are 100% human hair for best results purchase hair bundles and have them customized by a licensed professional. For hair, purchase at www.shanellmonique.mayvenn.com), this will allow you to take hair out every night, then reapply every morning or whenever desired. 100% human hair can be washed and reused over and over again for a year or longer, depending on maintenance. Sew-ins are beneficial for those who like the long term wear, and do not want the fuss of taking out and reapplying themselves. Sew-ins can be worn up to two months, with wash and tighten in between for maintenance. Please seek a professional for installation, and take out. You can even use the tape method, again, please seek a professional to have custom tape done to your extensions if not pre- purchasing tape extensions. This process allows the hair to grow with your hair, and when there is new growth, can be taken off and reapplied. Micro-links, Maylasian weaving, Fusion can all be done using 100% human hair extensions, I’ve done all methods using bundled hair. Hair can be as long, or as short as you want it to be. To get that model look, regular maintenance and healthy hair is a plus. In fact it is required. We can “weave what we can’t achieve”, but its better when the majority or all of your hair is flowing from your scalp. Now that is “Pure Sophistication”

 

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28Jul/14
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Music: Dukes of Daville

                               Watch these Videos by “Dukes of Daville”:
                                        “13th Floor” (click to see video)
                                        “Wait For Me” (click to see video)
                                       “Supaflycredible” (click to see video)
““We make Southern hip-hop/funk/soul music; it’s kind of hard to pinpoint but we just say we create good music. It’s something that you can listen to with your parents.” So say the Dukes of DaVille when prompted about their upcoming debut entitled. Time Machine. While this tickling, tantalizing response addresses one question,it begs many more. Namely, how a duo from rural Hinesville, Georgia is poised —as comments on their MySpace page assert— “to bring back music.”
By the letters, the Dukes of DaVille comprises Ricky Balboa and Jimi Smalls, two army brats who first crossed paths in 1992 on a dusty baseball diamond in Fort Stewart, Georgia. But conjoining James’ first name with that of his proclaimed “brother from another mother,” the two conjured up the delightful moniker RicJames. It’s that sort of subtle cleverness that defines the Dukes. But what of their musical odyssey? And better still, where the heck is Hinesville, Georgia?
Time Machine is nothing if not ambitious. But while many artists attempt a lot, the Dukes of DaVille actually achieve a lot. Their energy, their earnestness damn near leap right into the listener’s living room. “I believe we’re the most flexible group out right now,” James asserts. “We feel like we’re placing a standard to other artists; that wasn’t our intention, but to the world this is our opening statement. When you pop in Time Machine, expect the unexpected. Going track-to-track, this album is a sigh of relief: ‘Ah, music is back.’ Ric sums up the experience concisely: “The journey, the recording process has been the fun part, the real accomplishment. Along the way, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone believe in you?” We believe Ric
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After listening to these young men, I have to say that I was quite impressed. The object of my affection was not only with their variation of style, but their versatility as artists. Their range is a mixture of R&B, Pop, Soul/funk, Hip Hop, and a litte Electro/House mix. I found myself  head bobbing then breaking out into an all around two step! I must say that with the fusion of sounds you will realize why they are the “Dukes of Daville”. Their sound is like no other. The dashing duo’s claim to fame was definitely not in vain. You will be hearing from them more often, this is just the beginning!

 

SM: Who are the members of Dukes of Daville?

 

DOD: Cedric “CLenz” aka Ricky B Suave and James “Jimi Smalls” aka Soul Brotha #1

 

SM: What inspired you to form Dukes of Daville? Where did the name come from? Which artists do you think that you share similar styles with, and why?

 

DOD: We were the last out of two four man groups in high school. We remained friends and after moving to Atlanta from Hinesville in the late 90s decided to do the duo. The first song we recorded as a group was called “Good Ol Boys”, a song that plays on the Dukes of Hazard theme song. Because we are so diverse in style people compare us to artist such as Outkast, The Police, and Sam & Dave.

SM: Your current single “13th Floor” is smooth, please explain what this song is about?

 

DOD: Thanks, “13th Floor”, was inspired by things that occur everyday. Sometimes people find themselves waking up on the wrong side of the bed, or perhaps being at the wrong place at the wrong time. On the surface this song makes reference to people caught in drive by’s in the hood, but below the surface we are talking about spiritual warfare.

 

SM:  How would you describe the transition from  “Supaflycredible”, “Wait For Me”,  to the “13th floor”?

 

DOD: Chronologically Supaflycredible was recorded first during the time we were signed to Capitol Records. Shawty Redd introduced us to Fat Boy, the producer of the song and the vibe was similar to Snoop Dog’s “Sensual Seduction”, musically it would have fit the format of the radio at the time. We thought it was a great dance record, but it never got the exposure it deserved. Wait for Me is like a healthy blend of hip hop and pop. James and I grew up in the golden era of hip hop so naturally it would be part of our repertoires. Ironically our friend Shawty Redd was a key individual involved in a murder case in a couple years ago. That situation was really on some “13thFloor” type and it changed his life forever.

 

SM: Publishing and Distribution is important to music artistry. What would you say that you have learned about both? Do you write your own music? Who are some contributing writers on any of your projects, if any?

 

DOD:  James and I write the majority of our work with a core of producers. Although we’ve always been open to writing for other artists, our focus was never on placing records in that manner. We’ve diligently worked within our lane and found success through television and movie syncs. Writers like Matthew Mahafee, Zach Hall, Aaron Lamont Small and Sadiq Fade help us find the edge that we enjoy pushing.

 

SM:  Any future projects finished or in the works?

 

DOD: Dukes of DaVille’s last release was only available through show venues and face to face encounters, but the next BIG digital full LP release will be “Heads In the Sky 2.0”. Currently CLenz is gaining an underground buzz through his writers collection of demos “Dream Work 711”.

 

SM: How can your fans contact you?

 

DOD: Instagram; @dukesofdaville , @therealrickybsuave

www.facebook.com/dukesofdaville

www.twitter.com/dukesofdaville

 

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28Jul/14
Horoscope

Crystal Gazing by Za’Niyah

Your Horoscope Today! July 28, 2014:

Live, Laugh and Enjoy! Life is meant to live, choose and make wise decisions!

 

Leo ( July 23- Aug. 22):

You seem to have a hold on people. You don’t know why, but they are just attracted to you, like a moth to a flame. Enjoy the attention!

 

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22):

The difference between you and others, is that you are willing to work harder for what you want, don’t get discouraged when things are not going your way though.

 

Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22):

You are a leader when you are not thinking with your heart. It’s a time to think and analyze. Feel later.

 

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21):

Family time is important to you. Why not enjoy it?

 

Sagittarius (Nov. 22- Dec. 21):

You feel best when keeping busy. Fly the friendly skies, set a destination, it will do you some good!

 

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19):

Your heart hardens when you are taken advantage of. Don’t let people get the best of you.

 

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 18):

When you take off the limits that you have set for yourself, then you will soar!

 

Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20):

Peace and joy is everlasting. Just make sure that priorities are in order.

 

Aries (March 21- April 19):

Bearing the burden of past hurts does nothing but leave baggage at your doorstep. Nothing can get in, nothing can go out. Remove it by any means necessary. Holding on to dead weight does more harm than good.

 

Taurus (April 20- May 20):

Easy as it may seem, you will turn it into a task. Don’t think too hard, and miss an opportunity that may only come around once!

 

Gemini (May 21- June 20):

Talk about it, then be about it. Walk the walk, and talk the talk. Actions to you speak louder than words.

 

Cancer (June 21- July 22):

If you were at your best everyday, you will put your best foot forward. Even when you are at your worst, still put your best foot forward. Conquer!

 

**These horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only**

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28Jul/14
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Meals and Motivation

.facebook_14065561338441.      Set goals. Don’t just wing it. Decide on a realistic amount of weight to lose in a particular time (1-2 pounds per week, or better yet, .5-1% body fat per week). First, decide on a big goal (lose 25lbs in 4 months). Then, divide that up into several smaller goals (lose 8 pounds this month). Each time you reach your smaller goal, it gives you the motivation and confidence to continue on. Start small, and eventually the weight loss will add up. See why losing 2lbs per week isn’t realistic for everyone.

2.      Your first meal after your workout is the most important. Make the most of it by giving your muscles all they need to rebuild bigger and stronger. For this meal, take advantage of your improved insulin sensitivity, and eat the majority of the day’s allotment of carbohydrates in order to replenish muscle glycogen stores. Also, try to get 1/4th of your lean body weight in protein grams.

3.      For your workouts, start with your most difficult compound exercise first. A compound exercise recruits a high number of muscle fibers at one time, and should be a priority in every workout. Make sure you are doing at least one of them in every workout. Examples include – bench press, squats, deadlifts, rows, pull-ups, pushups, and variations thereof.

4.      On food labels, look beyond the total calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein of the food product. Start focusing a little further down on the area titled “ingredients”. If you start reading the ingredients and there’s a word in there you don’t know, don’t buy the product. Odds are, it’s a processed food. Make sure you know what you’re putting into your mouth.

5.      It doesn’t matter who’s faster or stronger than you are. This isn’t a competition. All that matters is that YOU are faster and stronger than the previous you. Don’t worry about other people.  Focus on setting and breaking your own records.

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Samose Mays, B.S. M.S.
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South Bryan County Recreation
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28Jul/14
BRANDI ANDERSON

I Am Woman

On July 12, Detroit hosted its first Women’s Empowerment Expo. I was unable to attend, but from the media coverage through local radio and from friends that went the expo, had an amazing turn out. The keynote speaker of this address was Mr. Tyler Perry. Now, don’t get me wrong. Mr. Perry’s career is one that started literally from the ground up and is very inspiring. However, to have the keynote speaker as a male struck me as kind of oxymoronic. There are plenty of women who have reached the status of Mr. Perry who could have been the keynote speaker. Then I started to think about the word Empowerment and what it meant. The word means to give permission to, to give authority to, to entrust responsibility to. Men are automatically assumed to have these permissions. For the most part, you don’t hear of these type of summits for men. You may hear of these summits for different ethnicities but not just for men. So to have a man as a keynote speaker, telling us that we have power to do great things, move mountains and be more than just who we are at this very moment feeds into women needing men to give us permission to live life to our greatest potential.

Many women left that expo feeling empowered. Many woman felt empowered in that moment but afterwards went back to the life they knew which is mediocrity. To truly be empowered you have to empower yourself. You have to know for yourself that you already have permission to be the best you that you can possibly be. God gave you that power when you took your first breath on this Earth. You have to first change, YOUR mind! Everything that is ever created is first created in the mind. Then you speak it, you have to hear yourself say the things you want. Speak life to those things and then go after it. If those things that you speak make sense out loud and if you can see yourself doing those things that you speak then you can make them happen. God had a vision of what He wanted the universe to look like before He created it. And once God completed that vision He spoke the universe into existence. You have that same power. It will not happen as instantly but it will happen by faith. Your faith is what will fuel your vision. You have to start living your life the way you want it to be, the way you see it as. Don’t except your failures as an end to your life but see them as what they are, a chance to better yourself by learning what you did wrong. Nothing will change unless you change it and unless you believe it.

For the next 21 Days I want you to get up each morning and say positive things to yourself. Start it off by saying I Am a Daughter of God, I Am Beautiful, I Am a Wife, I Am Love…basically speak to yourself everything that you are and want to be. These are words of affirmation and it truly does work in changing your mind. Do this for 21 days and it will become a habit.

Remember it all starts with you! No one can empower you if you first haven’t empowered yourself. The next subject I would like to cover is women and submission. Both men and women have this confused and I would like to discuss it in my next article to see where we are on the subject.

 

Brandi Anderson

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28Jul/14
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Forgiveness

To forgive or forget is a path toward righteous conduct, illuding a life of an otherwise intolerable existence. It’s the freedom from emotional bondage, a release of negative elements eliminating a hostile persona. It takes a person of good standard and moral principles of heart, the center of emotion, and the capacity for sympathy to truly forgive. To say it is not enough, forgiveness is a quality of God’s divine nature. A spiritual cleansing of mind, body and soul, pursuant to a conformable conscience. The conscious decision to forgive allows one to relieve oneself of a burden — letting go of the pain and transforming. It is one’s giving, and so the receiving of life. All have erred; let us mutually be good to one another, as God in heaven has forgiven us. Time wasted unrelenting is a vain unrest of spirit, a foolish campaign without order for which God has no part. A willingness to forgive exhibits a spiritual and emotional maturity, possessing humbleness and cleanliness of spirit and soul, having the ability to engage wholly the offenses and weaknesses of others. The act of forgiveness allows one to grow beyond that which one has become. Do not sorrow for that, that is wronged you but be free from the bondage of a bitter tomorrow, for it is none that is good. The past is not changed through forgiveness, but it gives a brighter view into the future.

 

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28Jul/14
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It’s Her Life, Not Yours

I can feel it, the stares as if they didn’t care. You see whose I am and what I’ve been blessed with? Yes,  Its my blessing…now move on and keep it moving this isn’t to be shared. I can’t give to you what it feels to me, because it isn’t meant for me to share. Your experience won’t be like mine, so don’t trip and stop speaking negatively because yours isn’t here.

Be truly happy , jovial in nature. Then watch your obedience be rewarded.  If you keep playing bedroom games, it will become your downfall, I’m not mentioning any names. Stop making attempts to covet what isn’t yours. You’ll truly have hell to pay if his “Mrs” comes walking through those bedroom doors. Take a second and understand…when Karma comes along, don’t be surprised if she takes your man.

 

Lena Holliday

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23Jul/14
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Music: Latavia Parker

Latavia’s Music Credits:

YearAlbum/Artist/Credit 2009

ShakiraSmooth Jazz Tribute

Composer

2007

Carnival, Vol. 2: Memoirs of an Immigrant

Wyclef Jean

Vocals, Vocals (Background)

2007

LaIslaBonita: Street Style

Composer

2006

Collection: Autumn 2006

Composer

2006

Coming Home

Lionel Richie

Composer

2006

Hips Don’t Lie [Single]

Shakira

Composer

2006

Hips Don’t Lie,Pt. 1 [Maxi Single]

Shakira

Composer

2006

Much Dance 2007

Composer

2006

Ninos, Vol. 2

Niños

Composer

2006

Now, Vol. 65 [UK 45 Tracks]

Composer

2006

Oral Fixation,Vols. 1-2

Shakira

Composer

2006

R&B Divas [Universal]

Composer

2006

Voices from theFIFAWorld Cup [Sony]

Composer

2005

Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Shakira

Composer

2004

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Composer, Vocals (Background)

2004

Step Up Soundtrack

Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II Memoirs of an Immigrant
Fast Car:

Backing Vocals – LaTavia Parker*Featuring – PaulSimonLyrics By [Additional] – DevonGolder, Lamont “Logic”ColemanProducer – Keith “LilWonda”Duplessis*,Sedeck”All Hands On Deck” Jean*Written-By – F.SedeckJean*, K.Duplessis*, P. Simon*

Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II Memoirs of an Immigrant
On Tour:

Backing Vocals [Additional] – LaTavia Parker*Featuring – LucinaProducer – GuyManoukianRecorded By, Mixed By – “Super” DaveClauss*

Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II Memoirs of an Immigrant
China Wine:

Backing Vocals – LaTavia Parker*, MarkKwanFeaturing – Elephant Man, Sun (8), TonyMatterhorn

Cry Freedom (as L.Parker)Lacksidaisycal – Friday Night / Nothing Going On… ‎(12″)Antidote (4)ANTI 002 2000

Class ReunionWyclefJean – The Preacher’s Son-J Records 2003

What About The Baby (as LaTavia Parker) and Wyclef Jean – Carnival Vol.II… Memoirs Of AnImmigrantColumbia 2007

Cry Freedom (as L.Parker)Lacksidaisycal – Friday Night / Nothing Going On… ‎(12″)Antidote (4)ANTI 002 2000

I Apologize:
Lionel Richie
Composed by JerryDuplessis /LaTavia Parker / Wyclef Jean

Connected
Written by :
Tom Douglas& PolowDaDon & Chet Atkins &Latavia Parker& Irv Gotti
Vocals:
JaRule

Emerica
Written by:
Chet Atkins &Latavia Parker& IrvGotti
Vocals:
JaRule

Rock Star
Wtitten by :
Lenny Kravitz& Chet Atkins& Latavia Parker & IrvGotti
Vocals:
JaRule

Thug Lovin
Words by :
Stevie Wonder& Chet Atkins& Latavia Parker & IrvGotti
Vocals:
JaRule

Mesmerize
Written by :
Chet Atkins &Latavia Parker& Creed & IrvGotti
Vocals:
JaRule

Latavia’s Music  Motion Picture Credits:
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Soundtrack:
Dance Like This
Written by Wyclef Jean, Jerry ‘Wonder’Duplessis (as Jerry Duplessis), LaTavia Parker and OmarAlfanno
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC/Huss-Zwingli Publishing, Inc., EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./Te-Bass Music,
Inc, JNR Music Publishing, Lanfranco Music/Samalea Songs/Nelia Music
Performed by Wyclef Jean featuring Claudette Ortiz
Produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis
Claudette Ortiz appears courtesy of Booga Basement Records/Interscope Records
Wyclef Jean appears courtesy of J Records
Contains a sample of “Amores Como El Nuestro” written by OmarAlfanno, published by Lanfranco Music/Samalea Songs/Nelia Music,
performed by Jerry Rivera courtesy of Sony Discos
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

27 Dresses (2008)
Motion Picture Soundtrack:

Hips Don’t Lie
Written by Omar Alfanno, Luis Diaz, Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis (as Jerry Duplessis),
Wyclef Jean, Latavia Parker, and Shakira

Jean
Step Up Motion Picture Soundtrack:

Writer(s): Faruk Selami Sabanci, Latavia Parker, Diane Warren, Sean Truby, Victor Magan Gonzalez, Juan Magan Gonzalez, Jerry Duplessis, Diane Eve Warren, James Slater, Wyclef Jean
Copyright: Cloud 9 Holland Music Publishing, Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Buena Vista Music Co., Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Ed. Sunset Publishing Inc., Touchstone Pictures Music And Songs Inc., X Tended, Jamestslatermusic, Summit Entertainment N.V., Huss-zwingli Publishing Inc.
Lyrics powered by www.musiXmatch.com
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/jean/step-up-lyrics/#qL61YCRwj2lXGc25.99

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Step Up Motion Picture Soundtrack:

Lyricist:Jerry Duplessis, Wyclef Jean, Latavia Chufon Parker, Diane Eve Warren

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23Jul/14
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Music: Latavia Parker

I have met and interviewed some fascinating people in my lifetime, but I must say this young lady has inspred me! Latavia Parker, a Detroit Native, composer and vocalist, is known mostly for her contribution to co-writing Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie”. In fact, Latavia has a long list of chart toppers. Not only has she composed many of them, she has done background vocals as well. She is indeed “CERTIFIED”, BMI and ASCAP Publishing certainly backs her up. She has gone on to win ASCAP Awards for her compositions. Platinum plaques she holds dearly. She has written and co-written songs for Original Motion Picture Soundtracks, Stage Plays, and even Sesame Street. Latavia has also written and worked with Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Keisha Cole, Lionel Richie, also has written hooks for Jay Z, T.I. and more! She even toured around the world with Slum Village, Tribe Called Quest and many more!

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To see image of Latavia Parker during “ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO” go to:

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Growing up was interesting as well. Latavia was introduced to music early by her uncle Purvis Jackson; one of the original members of the “Spinners”. She was also best friends with the late Aaliyah throughout childhood. As a child, Latavia enjoyed writing. She had a troubled childhood and would use her journals as a way to express herself. Most of the stuff that she wrote about was “incriminating” so they were thrown out by her father. This didn’t stop her though, she went on to become a “ghost writer” while in middle school. She turned her poems into lyrics. One that really captured the attention of one of her teachers; the “ABC” song. It contained very explicit lyrics. Did she get in trouble? Yes, but that didn’t stop her either. In fact, with the aid of her Uncle Purvis who let her practice with him and the “Spinners” in his basement, she learned how to perform. Her stepfather, a man named Thurmond McGuiness (Toppy) who also had a singing group; taught her how to rhyme and rift. Those lessons along with her bold approach to life is what landed her next set of big ventures.

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Latavia almost missed her chance of a lifetime when a team that she worked with went to NYC to audition for Wyclef Jean. Due to miscommunication, they went on ahead of her, thinking that she wasn’t going to show up. They downplayed her name to the very producer that they were auditioning for. It was a bad snow storm, she was catching the train from Detroit, MI to NYC. She arrived better late than never, but was under the impression that her group had stood her up! Nevertheless after explaining, that she wasn’t going to leave, actually demanded; she got her chance. She didn’t fare too well with Wyclef or at least she thought; when she openly criticized him for being “flat” while singing. She was one of the first artists to be signed under Wyclef’s label. From there she penned hit after hit after hit and collaborated vocally as well with some of the greatest in the industry. One hard lesson that she has learned, many songs that she composed early on were not given credit to her, because she didn’t know about publishing. That was a hard lesson but a great motivator. She advises everyone thinking about becoming an artist, to learn the craft inside and out. It’s a long road, she still feels that she hasn’t reached her peak yet. The great thing is that she is still making history. with her fiancé Teo, the next great artist hailing from the Detroit area.

For booking:

tabiapark@gmail.com

 

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