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31Jul/15
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Barber Shop “Chop up”

 

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I was curious to know if other barbers in different parts of the country were indistinguishable. Excited about the thought; I disembarked the city of Chicago for a class with Dudley’s school of Cosmetology.FB_IMG_1438308786051FB_IMG_1438308798528 This trip was an Honor for me because Dudley’s Products are like the Mercedes Benz of hair products for African American Hair. This class possessed some of Americas Top Barbers from “Hotlanta” to my Hometown in Highland Park, MI. 11209560_492171967625595_302049933858343301_n 11755147_492171934292265_4101304602645663095_n

Meeting many a barber’s in my day and watching them come and go; there is something about a barber that entices me (no pun intended). These men are all driven by something. Me being me, of course I am going to satisfy my curiosity. In the “CHI” I had the Liberty of conversing with some well re-knowned Young Men that “cut up”. You can watch the video here, just click on the link. Enticing Resultz Magazine Live in Chicago

Sitting face to face with them and straight grilling them, I had questions and they had answers. So those of you that visit the barber shop or are even in thought of becoming a Barber, take notes. Because this stuff you simply won’t find in a text book.

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Alicia thaHighlander

Born Alicia Dinera` Williams, a name that her only Biological Paternal Aunt had given her, Alicia was born and raised in the city of Highland Park, Michigan in 1978 by both her parental units. In Highland Park, Michigan is where she began a career in mental health in which she became certified by the State of Michigan Department of community health as a Social Worker Technician. Through much hardship, but still determined, Alicia had always had a loyal heart for trichology (the science of Hair). Through multiple career changes, she not only went to Cosmetology School, she had also become a school bus driver and tax preparer for Liberty Tax out of River Rouge, Michigan; and later a Paralegal. She realized that even with her Children’s ages ranging from 19, 10, and 6 it was not too late for her to spread her wings and soar. As a columnist for Enticing Resultz Magazine, Alicia has had the opportunity to collaborate with many faces much like her journey in life.

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01Dec/14
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Diggy Simmons

As usual, I’m always pleased to get a connect with Future Star DJ’s whenever there is business with a major recording artist. When you get to have a conference call with a major recording artist from Atlantic Records such as Diggy Simmons, you tend to forget that he is only 19 yrs old. A pop culture icon for the teenagers, but making music for the cross over generation. His music is a hit in the clubs as well. Diggy Simmons is a star on the rise. Coming to the scene a few years ago debuting hits such as “Copy and Paste” and “4 Letter Word”. This young man, the son of Rev. Run (“Run” of Run DMC), and the nephew of Russell Simmons. Growing up around the music industry, this young man has become an icon. At 19 yrs young, he gets a lot of his inspiration from artists such as Anita Baker, Sade, Kanye West, and many others. He says that in 5-10 years, He just wants to be “happy making music”. I would say that he is ahead of his time. He introduced his first single off of his EP “Out of This World”, titled “Ain’t Bout To Do” which is about a young man “stepping up to the plate to do what your man won’t do.” This song in his own words was “cohesive”, all of the parts just fit together. This single which was produced by DJ Mustard, Featuring French Montana, was a hit before he even knew it. After hearing the beat by DJ Mustard, he immediately thought of French Montana to lay some verses down, because of his “NYC vibe”. Diggy wanted it to be something for the people, especially the NYC nightlife. He has another single “Honestly”, that you can view for yourself below. Expect to hear a new songstress that will be featured in some of his music by the name of “PJ”, she has that Lauryn Hill type of vibe, and another new voice that shall remain a secret until his EP “Out of This World”, is available for purchase. Stay tuned and stay up to date with what Diggy has going on. For booking contact his manager Laurie @lauriedobbinsgayle@gmail.com. To contact him directly @diggy_simmons on Twitter and @diggysimmons on Instagram.

 

Diggy Simmons-Honestly [Official Video] (Click to Watch)

 

Tour Dates:

December 19th. Hot97’s “Christmas In Brooklyn” at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn,NY, Diggy Simmons- Barclays Center (Click Link)

December 20th. Making a special guests appearance at the legendary Apollo, Harlem, NY, Diggy Simmons-Apollo Theater (Click Link)IMG_20141130_230938_2

December 26th. Richmond,Va at the Richmond Coliseum, Tickets on sale December 5th

December 27th. Jacksonville, Fl. at the Times Union Center Diggy Simmons- Times Union Center (Click Link)

January 17th. Redondo Beach, California at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Diggy Simmons- Redondo Beach (Click Link)

 

 

 

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08Sep/14
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Interview: “One Law Enforcers’ Thoughts on Police Violence”

 

 

In reference to the last article by Marita Carter titled “ Violence, A Means to an End” which focused on two primary incidents of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both losing their lives to the very people whose purpose is to protect and serve. The question that is lingering is how are they serving us? The concern for the recent attention of Police violence has brought around the country is eluding is if law enforcement is careless, is the violence intentional, or are we the primary cause for our on injustice and failure of the system. I was able to interview a Detroit Police officer of 20 years to get his personal feedback and point of view. Some protestors and activist will say that this all a racial attack on our black communities, some people believe we are the cause, and others believe it is due to both.

No matter what we are willing to believe, the fact is that we know all law enforcement personnel are not bad. We all have to realize that sometimes we are at fault for our own reckless behavior. However, there should be lines drawn when it comes to the recklessness of Police Officers and how they are protecting and serving citizens.

I had the privilege of speak with an African American male, married with children, Detroit Police Officer who has been on the force for 20 years and he had an interesting point of view. Unfortunately due to his schedule I was unable to get a full interview, but this will be part one of two submissions of the dialogue between this writer and the officer. I gave you a little background on him so that you are aware that the Police violence that we are speaking of has been against African Americans, those who lost their lives were also someone’s child, brother, father, nephew, uncle, and friend. This information just allows the relativeness of the officers input into the matter and how it could be related.

I asked the officer a few questions:

Quetta: What are your thoughts on the recent Police Violence?

Officer: Police work is violent in some cities especially where the poverty level is low and lack of education. Violence doesn’t stop with citizens being the victim.

We try to lock the most violent criminals up. Sometimes people fail to realize that all Police Officers are not bad but we do have a bad bunch.

As far as the reports on the news I try not to watch it, read it, or respond to what people say, because the facts that are presented in the news are usually not facts at all. People like to trust what they hear what the witness say, but the testimony should not be spoken about. I   purposely don’t read the news, because I rather wait to hear the case in trial, when all the presenting facts are present. I don’t listen to the protesters, because they believe what they want.

If you look at Society, People, and add a racial element to it, then it makes the situation intensified. In some neighborhoods you have the “no snitch code” in the streets. For example: if you have a person that beat up on the officer and then the police shot him, but all you hear about is the police shot him from the witness. Then we are looked at as the bad guy.

Another thing is would this still be an outrage in the communities if these incidents occurred with Black Officers?

Quetta: I understand your point of view, but there have been multiple killings recently by the hands of white Police Officers against African Americans. How do you justify this?

Officer: I want you to do me a favor when you get the chance, go to www.youtube.com and type in “police response”, “police videos”, “police fights”, or “Police assault shootings.”

I go to Police training all the time, because of assaults against Police Officers. We live in a violent Society and most of the violence is from the inner city and who the majority that lives   there “Black People”.

You have a violent criminal element you get a violent response. You do have some Officers that have a chip on their shoulder and disrespectful, but not all Officers. But we get more attention to the negative, because of social media videos beating someone, but it never shows what happens 10 minutes earlier.

Quetta: Do you feel that African Americans and the Urban Communities are unjustly focused on because of racism and the way we are judged?

Officer: Absolutely. However Black, White, multiracial Officers, they profile. For example: When riding in all black neighborhoods all of a sudden four white teens pull up to a home in that neighborhood. We may assume they are buying drugs, so we pull them over to investigate.

Quetta: But that’s unfair and that’s not giving a real reason to pull them over. Example: I am a student living in a black neighborhood and some white women pull up to my house but it may be reasons for school. You would pull them over because you think it could be drug related?

Officer: No, we wouldn’t just pull them over; we would find a reason to pull them over. White people are targeted like black people. It’s not just happening to Black people, I can understand in Ferguson where there is only 3 Black Officers and the majority is white that are profiling unjustly.

Quetta: What about the young Black men who are unarmed?

Officer: In a neighborhood where everyone wears white tees, jeans, timberland boots, and hoodies, everyone looks the same and most of them fit the description on the criminal that may have just committed a crime.

There is a presumption that there is a law that says if a person is running you can’t shoot them. What if there was a murder, sexual assault, or armed robbery? When stories are told, you have to ask who is telling the story. No one knows anything when we ask what happen, but as soon as the news crew shows up everyone want to say what happened then.

Quetta: Do you believe that any of the Police violence is racially motivated?

Officer: I feel that if an Officer killed someone unjustly they need to go to jail, but I would have to wait to hear the trial. I don’t look at the news to get the information. I don’t know if it is racially motivated. Only the person firing the shots knows that answer. A lot of things have a racial tone to it, but we never examine ourselves and what we contribute to it.

 

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Do to the Officers busy schedule and time constraints the interview was not completed in its entirety. However, my own personal views in response to this are that there is still some lack of responsibility to the protection of our citizen’s rights. The Officer had some valid points, but it is still lacking a lot of accountability of what law enforcement is doing to protect the rights of others versus just catching the main person on interest in a minor or major criminal act. Regardless of what has been said or done, all Officers are not bad, but some of these citizens primarily African Americans did not have to lose their life for simplistic reasons of their skin tone, not listening when being addressed, unarmed nor dangerous, or because Officers lack sensitivity and cultural training. I have more input but I will wait until part two of this interview.

Until then what are your thoughts about the issue and the Officers responses?

 

Marquetta Turner

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

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06Jun/14
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Interview With Nugg Fresh “Pray 4 My City” Part 2

 

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  • I gave you all a lil taste of the music behind the man, so now I’m giving you a lil of the man behind the music. I had a blast during this interview with the young man that we know as “Nugg Fresh”! This is what he had to say…..
  • SM: Where did the name “Nugg Fresh” originate?
  • NF: Haha… Nugg came from “Nugget” a childhood nickname for being short. I dropped the “et” like Lil Bow wow dropped the “lil” cause I ain’t wanna be a grown man answering to Nugget Fresh… When you are born again in Christ he gives you a clean slate.. a FRESH start!
  • SM: How long have you been rapping/performing?
  • NF: I have been rapping/performing since I was 10 years of age in the 5th grade. I began writing and performing raps in front of my class with a fellow classmate of mine. That is when I realized that I had a future in music.
  • SM: Who influenced you musically?
  • NF: I’ve been a fan of Michael Jackson (typical) since I was a child. His whole persona influenced me to love music the way I love it today.
  • SM: Why did you choose to be a Gospel rapper?
  • NF: I chose Gospel over any other genre because I knew my generation was dying, and being that music is the most influential device known to man these days, and also being that I grew up in the church and not to mention that I had a voice among my peers. I figured that I would stop straddling the fence and speak (eternal) life into the people around me through music.
  • SM: Where do you see your talent taking you? And where do you think you will be music wise in 5 years? 10 years?
  • NF: I see my gift taking me places I’ve imagined and beyond. In 5-10 years I believe that I will have my own independent label opening doors for other artists to display their gifts in a way they never imagined.
  • SM: If there was something that you would want to express to your fans through your music, and what would you say is most important?
  • NF:  No one is perfect and Jesus loves you through your mess!
  • SM: Would you pass the torch? and why?
  • NF: Yes I would pass the torch, because knowledge is a powerful thing. If Einstein kept his genius to himself, where would the world be today? If Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Mandela and other civil rights activists never opened their mouths where would African Americans as a people be today? Not comparing myself to them but knowledge MUST be passed on for the generations to come so we can continue to learn and grow as a people.
  • SM: What are some other things that you do to help contribute to your community? Peers?
  • NF: What I do to help contribute to my community is love. I show compassion to many people because I know things could be far worse for myself. I give to the needy whether it be encouragement, food, money for shelter, or just lend an ear to listen. In order to help the people, you have to have a heart for the people.
  • SM: Has your music inspired you to become a better person?
  • NF: No. Jesus inspired me to be a better person and I display that throughout my music to inspire others to be better.
  • SM: What other genres of music do you listen to?
  • NF: Believe it or not, I actually enjoy Country music. I love ALL old school music from the early 1950’s on down to the 1990’s. ESPECIALLY Jazz, and a little Hip Hop here and there to keep up with the times.
  • SM: In closing, what is your signature song?
  • NF: “On My Way”. It is my “Bridge the Gap” song that includes both rapping AND singing and it is easy on the ears for the older generation to accept rap in a church atmosphere. It can be highly accepted in ANY setting which is why i call it my “Bridge the Gap” song where Singing meets Rap in the Gospel Community.
  • Many times we cross paths with people and don’t know their motive behind what they do. I’m glad to know that this young man is reaching out to his fellow peers as well as the world! Look out for more from Nugg Fresh! Check out his YouTube page and subscribe. For booking: booknuggfresh@gmail.com
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11May/14
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Johnn Belt

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ER: How can you tell if a barber is passionate about his craft?

A: About what he or she puts into the craft. how they try to better themselves in the industry and further more what they feel like bring to the game to change and revolutionize the industry.

ER: Tell me what you’ve learned about creating your own Barber line?
A: How much of a need there is for good professional barber products and that barbers needs to educate themselves on good average and bad products.
ER: What’s your definition of a good barber that have good work ethics?

A: Some one that is dependable and that is dedicated to his or her craft also a good barber will be on time for their clients and always treat them with respect.

 
ER: What do you think is  wrong with barber over all?

A:  No dedication and no professionalism.

ER: What do you feel makes a good barber?

A: A good barber is made from with in it starts with their start of mind and in their heart.

ER: What do You call a true game changer?

A: Innovation!!!

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27Apr/14
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Sizzling Interview with Shanell Monique

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ER: What is your most challenging situation?

A:  My most challenging situation is not being able to perform at optimal level in my salon. When I have a bad day I try not to let it show through my performance at work.

ER: What unique experiences separate you from the rest of the industry?

A: I’m definitely Avant-Garde. I don’t usually follow trends..I build on them and put my own twist. I dare to be different. If everyone is, wearing brown in the winter, then I will do red with platinum highlights!


ER: In closing, what does the beauty industry mean to you and how do you think it has changed the game?

A: The beauty industry to me is an array of collections. I think that because styles never really go out of style, they just evolve. As people continue to bring back trends and build on them, it gets better. I love to see people thinking outside of the box.

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