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[Events] BET Awards ’17: “Grey” Carpet Pictures

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Check out some of your favorite celebrities on the grey carpet on the way into the BET Awards show this year. DJ Samore caught artist like Tank, Sevyn Streeter, Future, Queen Latifah, New Edition the  and cast from the movie, and many more hitting the red carpet. The “red” carpet pre show was hosted by Nick Cannon; performances from Nick’s new artist, August Alsina, , Kyle, Lil Yachty, Yfn Lucci, PnB Rock, and Jaqueess. Check out some of the photos from the show.

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[SPORTS] Jordan Horston: Livin’ My Life Like It’s Golden By DJ Layne Luv

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It’s one thing to represent your neighborhood, it’s also one thing to rep your city and even representing your state is remarkable, but representing your country on a world stage is nothing short of extraordinary. Ladies and Gentleman, meet Jordan Horston the 6’1 16 year old from Columbus Ohio currently attending Columbus Afrocentric Early College playing at point guard for The Lady Nubians and well on her way to becoming a basketball phenomenon. Horston left CMH for Buenos Aires Argentina June 7th and came back to Columbus a gold medalist competing in the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Whoever said “Don’t believe your own press” was not talking about Horston. You can look at her and tell she is not here for the hype but for the sheer love of the game. When asked how she is dealing with all the press she replied “I like it, but that’s not my focus. I actually deleted all of my apps because I knew all the attention I was getting. Once my goals were accomplished, I slowly started adding the apps back on my phone, but that was only to thank the supporters and fans for wishing me well.” Most of the people in her circle say that Jordan is the most humble person they know, you wouldn’t even know she is as great as she is by the way she carries herself. “Just a fun-loving and down-to-earth kid” her aunt Sabrina Whitney says.

As I recall, I met Jordan about 6 years ago and I don’t ever remember a ball not being in her hand at some point of the day. I’m also friends with her mother Malika Horston on Facebook and there was not a week that would go by that you wouldn’t see the proud mother videoing her daughter in their family driveway playing a pick-up game with her sibling Jazmin or even tougher competition with her father Leigh Horston. And in true father form, you would witness Leigh making the 11 year old work for all her buckets.

Leigh has been accredited for Jordan’s work ethic, coaching her since she was a small child. However, word is Malika Horston is the true task master when it comes to Jordan’s will to win. When asked by Malika’s friends how Mrs. Horston was as a sideline parent… they replied “Yeah you would hear it from Malika if Jordan did not put 110% in a game hahaha” Jordan says “It’s truly my family that keeps me grounded.”

The Lady Nubians themselves have a knack for winning. They’ve made many appearances at Value City Arena for the OHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament. I caught up with Head Coach William Mckinney to find out what their formula was. He stated “The Lady Nubians started out as a blue collar team. We go above and beyond to outwork everybody. We bring a high level of high energy every game. Everyone is held accountable to do their job. 

Jordan says her experience in Argentina was unforgettable. She states “The hardest part was getting over the nerves. Observing other countries, you could tell they spent a great deal of time and effort working on their skill. So from that point you have to determine you are the better team and that you deserve to be there. Surprisingly, The USA team gelled together pretty quickly as a family by looking out for one another, which in turn really helped win us the championship”….”No matter what stage you’re on….It’s just basketball at the end of the day”

Jordan says going into the 2017-2018 school year, she’s willing to step up as a leader and face the scrutiny of being put in the spotlight. She says “Of course, when you’re playing at this level, people are going to play you harder because they have something to prove. But while they’re resting, I’m working. I know what’s ahead of me so I just try my best to prepare myself mentally and physically.”

Expect great things from this future Lisa Leslie (By the way, rumor has is Jordan can dunk a basketball) Follow her on ESPN and USA Olympic Team websites. Jordan was one of two people from Ohio representing the American team. And we expect many more accolades to come from this awesome young lady. Let it be known….Columbus Ohio is #TEAMJORDAN

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614 Radio Legend: Kevin “The Man About” Townes by DJ Layne Luv

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Blogger Sidenote: This is a very special blog post for me because, most people think my musical passion lies solely in DJing. While this is true, however, most that know me, know that I have a white-heat adoration for the occupation of radio & broadcasting.  To provide a bigger fun fact, although my followers know that Tom “The Fly Jock” Joyner is my current radio idol, my aspirations of wanting to be a disc jockey started with a gentleman by the name of Walt “Baby” Love and his show entitled “The Countdown”. I used to sit and listen to him every Sunday by the window seal.

Now I don’t know where you might be from, but but back in day in Columbus Ohio, if you were a radio disc jockey, you were THE hometown celebrity to be. You were “The Man” or Woman, and had much “juice” in my city. Names like Kirk Bishop, Eddie Saunders, The Nassau Daddy himself Bill Moss (CapSoul Records), Les Brown, Mike Reeves, KC Jones, and Mel Griffin ring bells in the city of Columbus to this very day. Unfortunately I can’t name a lot of female jocks because as James Brown put it best…it was a “Man’s World” back then. When acts would come to town like The Whispers, The Temptations, The Bar Kays, and The Commodores the jocks would get as much attention from the ladies as the headlining acts.

This leads me to the gentleman we’re spotlighting in this blog. I came to know this guy about three years ago. He would always support my internet broadcast as if he had a vested interest to see me win. Eventually I just bonded with his spirit. Shortly after, I was able to witness him in action doing an internet show on Jamz.com. But this is not just a story about one man’s journey in radio…this is a story about a man’s fight for his life, for his legacy to be remembered, and to let the world know that Kevin Flemister aka Kevin Townes cares about the City Of Columbus, it’s rich history, and the business of entertainment.

Kevin Townes grew up in the Lincoln Projects on the Southside of Columbus. He is a graduate of South High School Class of  1984. During his teenage years, he became heavily influenced by the live broadcasts hosted by hometown legend Kirk Bishop at the Eastside skating rink. Through methodical planning, Kevin and some of his friends decided they would host a replica skate parties in their community recreation center (Barack). The venture proved to be more successful than the gentlemen thought. People from all over the city were coming to the recreation center to attend the skate parties. That provided the push for Kevin to dream about becoming an on-air disc jockey.

Nothing short of a Howard Stern movie….Kevin went on to attend Ohio University. During his freshman year, Townes got a job on the South Green Campus at the college radio station called WSGR. Townes moniker at that time was Kool DJ Kev! The thrill for Kevin was short lived after he grew bored of his responsibilities at the WSGR. To Townes, he felt like he could do more and wanted to do more with his career. After a year and a half of frustration Kevin dropped out of college altogether.

Following his instinct, he returned to Columbus and an old friend by the name of Frank Kelly was starting up an independent community hip hop radio station called CTNT. But what gave the station it’s claim to fame was, while other stations would only play top 100 R&B and safe hip hop…. CTNT was playing rap records like LL Cool J Rock The Bells, UTFO Roxanne Roxanne, and Run DMC Rockbox. “And we weren’t just playing the singles…we were playing the album cuts too!” said Townes. Anybody from that era knows that you could only get that station through a cable receiver, however, tapes of the mix shows were in high circulation and duplication around the city.

In 1987, Townes went from CTNT to the Columbus Hip Hop infamous Z103 (Sunday Night At The Raps). Through diligence and loyalty, the program director took a liking to Flemister. Once a spot opened up, Kevin was asked to do live overnights. While Kevin was working, he noticed that the city looked to him to find out where all the cool places were to go, and all the events that ruled the night. The town was his, even if it was for that 4 hour brief air shift….thus the name was born…Kevin Townes. Kevin liked the freedom he had to develop himself and play the songs he wanted to play to set the tone for the city that evening. It’s so important to document that, because corporations will never allow that kind of freedom again. The reason for this, is that they don’t want the city getting too comfortable with a personality, less they get fired and don’t welcome the replacement with the same love & respect and above anything else….lose loyal listeners.

In 1990, Townes radio world came Full-circle when KC Jones asked him to come over to 1580AM WVKO to host Blue Monday. A radio tradition in Columbus established and popularized by the late great Kirk Bishop. Of course they were big shoes to fill, but Kevin did it his way and the city loved him for it.

In ’92 Kevin lands himself back at Jack Harris aka Papa Jack’s 106.3fm and the station is going through the transition because Power 106 is setting up to be ran by Bluechip Broadcasting with Frank Kelly and Warren Stevens signed on a program directors. Once Corporate got its hands on urban radio….everything changed and not for the good. The jocks were told what to play and what to say. It’s riding in a Dodge Charger with a 4 cylinder engine…what’s the point LOL? But that didn’t stop Kevin’s hustle drive. He also hosted a Hip-Hop television video show called Music Video Avenue from ’93-’96

In 1996, Kevin’s world crossed paths with a young man from Louisville Kentucky. The man from Louisville would change how Columbus Ohio would hear urban radio forever. Enter Paul Strong. On the drive to Columbus, Paul heard Kevin’s Sunday broadcast, and decided Townes had the chops he needed for his show. The deal was offered and from that point, he became the pioneer and original member to what is now known in radio history as The Power Morning Crew. After Townes stint with Power, he did other things, but that was the last time he did radio on that grand of a scale.

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But the true story is where Kevin found redemption and where he really found out what he was made of as a man. In 2013, Townes was experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. After a number of misdiagnosis, it was finally discovered that Kevin had a leaky heart valve and caused his health to decline tremendously. Kevin Townes could have chose to be private about his affairs, however he had the same epiphany I had when it came to social media…it was media…which meant he could use that platform to tell his story and be an encouragement to others.

Procedure after procedure Kevin would ask for the prayers of his followers right before a surgery and would always say encouraging words to his friends after overcoming each trial. As we acknowledged his fight to live, Kevin also inspired hope in other people though his videos of promoting heart health awareness and spirituality.

Kevin is no longer working in terrestrial radio. But for everything he’s been through, and continuing to go through, he remains in good spirits and when he can, whether it’s internet radio or a Facebook video, he lets you know that HE IS STILL KEVIN “YOUR MAN ABOUT” TOWNES! 

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Exclusive! DJ Layne Luv Chops it up with The Legendary Large Professor

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When you become a journalist, you quickly come to realize that not all interviews are created equal. When I came to know the one they call Large Professor, I’m sure I stereotyped him along with the rest of the world. He didn’t look like Run DMC, Ice T or KRS-One. But he didn’t have to because before his release, The Native Tongues featuring A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, helped us to embrace difference in Hip Hop. So when we saw the intelligent hoodlum from Queens on our tv set, it made us pause to get past the Poindexter glasses to listen to what the rapper really had to say. Not to mention, with songs like “Looking At The Front Door” “Fakin The Funk” & “Live At The Bar B Que” you couldn’t deny his raw talent. Who knew that he would go on to be a fraction of the dynamic production squad that would produce THE hip-hop classic Nas’s Illmatic. Large Professor is the name you mention in certain hip hop circles when you want to impress high ranking hip-hop scholars.

While watching certain Hip Hop documentaries such as ATCQ’s Beats, Rhymes Life, Memories of Paul C McKasty & Nas’s Illmatic and a host of others, you’ll notice that they don’t get Large Professors inputs because of what he’s heard, they look to get his input because he was there. Right smack dab in the middle of The Golden Era. Right in the midst of New York’s comeback. Right in the midst of the beef between Jay and Nas. He’s always honored as being a dope lyricist and a phenomenal producer. To snag an interview with him is like a Jedi grabbing wisdom from Yoda.

Sidenote: As fate would have it, energy is real, and whether good or bad, it transfers. The day of our interview, I was not having a very good day, but I had already rescheduled the interview the day before, and there was no way I was going to stall The Legend a second day. So I set all of my recording equipment up the way I normally do and wait until Large Pro calls. As we’re going thru the interview, I’m hearing my mixer shorting. I’m sweating, and I almost break down because in all things, I love to present professionalism and I don’t want him to know something is wrong. After 6 minutes, my mixer shorts out completely and I had to go super old school and write everything out short hand. After 11 min we both agreed it was time to take what I had and make it work. Never the less it was a classic interview, and I would have even appreciated 2 minutes with The Legendary Large Professor.

OTT: First of all can I say, what a privilege it is to have an exclusive interview wit da hip hop god, but seriously I want to thank you for all you’ve done for this culture. I want to start off by talking about the love you get overseas vs. the love you get on your homeland. As I follow you on your page, I’m always seeing someone fly you out to do a show overseas. There are many stories of artists like yourself that are rockstars in the UK, Africa and especially China & Japan…why is that?

ExtraP: Well that’s simple. As with anything that is rare is treasured. Those countries didn’t get to see Hip Hop in it’s truest form on a regular basis. At home, you might see me and Mr. Cheeks hangin out on a corner at a bodega or in a club. You have people in America that actually watched us grown from nothing to somethings. Over there, all they have is what they see on tv. They know that Hip Hop started in America, so they pay homage to that. They collect and take care of the records we made that are classics to them. The US is just so used to seeing one artist after another; we can get a little spoiled. And furthermore, we don’t even carry ourselves like that at home. Cats over here might see us in the park and be like “Boom, yo there go Large Professor” and just leave it at that. As to over there, a cat may be in awe because it’s not every day you gonna see a cat like Raekwon just randomly walking down the street.

One more thing, they cherish their history over there. For example, overseas, they keep their historical buildings alive. Over here we can have a monumental building today, and it will be a parking lot tomorrow. But there they keep their traditions alive as the same with Hip Hop.

OTT: With your legendary status in the game, Large Pro…how do you stay so humble? I mean you still touch the people in a way like you never had hit records and like your name doesn’t ring bells in this culture.

ExtraP: Yeah, but see the whole thing about it, with you saying that, be clear, It’s About The Culture! It’s the culture that keeps me humble because this is what we do! Just like families have family traditions to it’s just certain things they do as a family. Nobody’s a star at the family table right? That’s what it is in Hip Hop. In fact, people look at you strangely when you on that. This is what we relay when we’re in a place like Australia. It’s like, I’m no different than you, I just have a story to tell.

OTT: We know you for being in the legendary group Main Source, but you are a legendary producer as well. When you’re are producing, do you get into all the latest gadgetry or do you like to keep it classic?

ExtraP: Akai MPC 1000 is my weapon of choice man. I mean don’t get me wrong, I can still nerd out on you if the conversation calls for that, but if you’re not a producer, then I’ll just keep it simple and say MPC. Hahahaha.

OTT: As I follow your page and Mr. Cheeks page, I see a lot of Queens rappers unifying lately, such as recording, doing shows together and just altogether hanging out. What sparked that?

ExtraP: Whoa! Be clear…Like there was never a time where that didn’t happen. Just yesterday It was me, Cheeks and Nas in the studio building. Through that building can come a session, through that session can come a song or a single. You just never know. We come together for the music man! It’s like wine tasting amongst brethren. It’s like sitting on stoop do0-wopping. We come from the same place, so we’re always going to have that connection.

OTT: Large, you were on the Beats Rhymes and Life documentary. Considering Tribe is from Queens, what are your thoughts on the memory of Phife Dawg.

ExtraP: Dang man….ummmm what can I say. Phife was……Damn man…..Phife was what I call The Perfect Trooper. He the type where you look at him like, you he knows where he’s headed and how he wants things to be. A level headed person. Real cool cat. Phife was my guy. Damn man…The Perfect Trooper that’s all I want to say about that.

OTT: Lastly Large….20, 30 years from now, what do you want your legacy to look like?

ExtraP: I can’t answer that B. I’m still adding to the culture. It would be a different story if I was done but I’m not. Right now I’m still creating; I’m still digging, still doing shows and still building my relationships like no one even knows my history. People can have their opinions about the culture, but if you’re not actively adding to the culture then what’s the point? People can say this and that about what I’ve done and what I haven’t done, but to the people that know me and love me…..I’m just Large P man.

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@DJLayneLuv Chops It up with Buddy Wike of 90’s R&B Group Intro Pt 1.

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The early 90’s still brought about a plethora of R&B singing groups. The funny thing about the R&B groups of the 90’s, is that they started to separate themselves from the Jheri curl & sequin suits era. Out of the blue, you started noticing singers wearing baseball hats and jerseys. When they would show up to perform at shows, you thought groups like Jodeci were going to sing not rap. This new style brought about a coined term from Sean “Puffy” Combs called Hip Hop Soul. All of the sudden, the radio was filled with songs that had “The Funky Drummer” sample with singers that had church harmonies in the background.

In the summer of 1993, I was in Virginia. Boyz II Men and Jodeci were still preparing for their sophomore releases, and besides SWV blowing up the airwaves, this blaring tenor was coming from the jeeps screaming “I Want To Be The One…Leeeet Me Be!” Now R&B songs sounding like church songs were nothing new, but this voice sounded like no other. It was the legendary Kenny Greene pleading with the Hip Hop soul gods to be the next voice. And for the next year, he was. Songs like Come Inside and Don’t Leave Me were on a number of slow jam mixtapes.

This story has a common thread among singing groups as with any story on UnSung. The rise to power where you are riding high, to the tragedies of that same star power waining because of the gravity theory, what goes up must come down. From the lack of enthusiasm of the labels marketing to group members going in different directions, it’s just the natural progression of singing groups. However, the unsettling thing is, that 90’s lead singers were passing away around the turn of the century at an alarming rate like an omen or curse. Tony Thompson of Hi-Five, Dino of H-Town, Left Eye of TLC, Orish Grinstead of 702 and unfortunately the group Intro was not spared that fate. Kenny Green passed away in 2001 from complications of the disease known as AIDS. Since then, the group has gone through some lead singers, that didn’t prove successful until they came up with the lightbulb conclusion that Kenny simply could not be replaced and so Intro decided to take the music in another direction while still keeping the core sound and audience.

Buddy Wike the original and founding member of the group tells Part 1 of this Amazing story as On The Table takes a closer look at what happened to the group Intro.

OTT: Thank you so much for taking out your time to speak with us. How did the group intro come about?

BW: Thank you so much for sharing your platform with me. Well, we have to go back to Fort Bragg North Carolina when I was in the military.  I met Kenny Thomas, and he told me about this kid named Kenny Greene that could sing real good. He knew I played piano and figured there might be something we could come up with. So we ended up linking on a Sunday writing a bunch of songs. We started out recording rap and house songs for a small indie label. Ned Pdub Brown was our lead rapper in the group. I was doing the tracks, Kenny was doing the background and lead vocals and Nelson was doing backgrounds and rap parts. Soon after that, next thing you know… Desert Storm/ Gulf War broke out and I ended up being deployed. Long story short, while I was in the desert, someone sent me a tape of Lalah Hathaway, and it was all I played. What struck me was, that Lalah reminded me of Kenny a great deal. While I was there, I kept saying, “If I ever get back in touch with dude, we’re going to make something happen.” Once I got back in town, it took about six months, but we linked back up and started working. Through another friend that used to dance with Kwame, I linked up with Jeff Sanders that could dance real good. I couldn’t dance that well but Jeff brought me along. Through that particular chemistry and hangin out, we became a group. We all had the same vision. TO BECOME STARS!

OTT: So tell us how super producer Eddie F of Heavy D & The Boyz found you guys…

BW: Hahaha. What people don’t know is, Heavy (RIP) found us first and then sent us to see Eddie. This was way before Heavy started managing groups like Soul IV Real.

One night Jeff took us to this club called The Red Zone in New York, and on our way, we had been singing Peaceful Journey, (RIP T-Roy) one of Heavy’s songs. It just so happens Heavy D was there that night, so when we saw him we were just like “This is our chance, what better time than to just sing for him right now!” He really dug it. He took our number and told us to call Eddie F because he had a production company called The Untouchables. So when the next week came around, we thought we were gonna meet with these corporate heads and listen to demo tapes all day. Nah, Eddie was real chill. He told us to wait in the studio while he ran to Sam Ash. Once he got back, we sang for him; we were in the studio with Jeff Redd the very next day doing the remix to You Called and Told Me.

So the day after that, we went over to Eddie’s house, and when we walk in, there’s this girl sitting on Eddie’s couch. I’d never seen her before, but she was mad cool. We said “Wassup” …she said “Hey guys what’s up” and from there, we ended up writing and collabing on a lot of songs. From that point, Eddie puts us in the studio with her, and we pen and record 3 to 4 songs with her. That started the birth of what is known today as Hip Hip soul, and what became of those sessions was the album we all know. What’s The 411? and the lady I’m talking about is none other than Mary J. Blige…….

This concludes Part 1….Please check in next week for Part 2 of this Amazing story!!!

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[Beauty] Let Aloe Vera Change The Way You Moisturize

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As you all know, in my opinion natural is the way to go. Whether it’s natural hair, skin care products, or even DIY, going natural brings a healthy glow to your look that makes you more comfortable just being YOU!

 

There are a few ways to keep your skin moisturized like honey face masks or bananas and another natural and affordable way to keep your skin looking hydrated is aloe vera. Yes, it may feel somewhat slimy, but bottom line is: it’s healing, nourishing, and is good for more than one use!

One quick and easy way to reap the benefits: Rub a freshly cut piece on your face!

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Below are 4 reasons that will make anyone want to bring aloe vera in as a staple in their household.

 

4 Reasons to Love Aloe Vera:

It’s Moisturizing

*This plant will moisturize your skin without leaving an oily residue behind which is perfect for everyone, especially those of you with oily skin

*For men it can even work as an after shave to help moisturize and heal any small cuts, which brings me to the second reason I love this remedy…

 

It Heals Acne

*Packed with nutrients aloe works to heal acne and many other skin abrasions.

*It contains two hormones that are anti-inflammatory and produce new skin cells. (Auxin and Gibberellins)

*It heals scaring and eczema along with a few other ailments of the skin.

 

It’s Full  Of Nutrients

*It contains vitamins, amino acids, salicylic acid, enzymes, and minerals that heal your skin and encourage elasticity. (Some believe it contains anti-aging properties as well).

*The benefits of it’s nutrients doesn’t stop at your skin. It also works as a great conditioner or hair mask!

 

It’s Affordable and Easy To Grow at Home

*Aloe Vera is easy to grow at home and is affordable for practically anyone.

*It can grow in arid environments and require little care and watering.

*You can grow this plant at home, in a pot, keeping it in a well lit area.

 

 

After reading this it is clear to see all of the reasons this cost efficient product is a must have. Not only can you buy it from pretty much any grocery store, but there are also 100% natural gels at many local drugstores.

 

Let me know in the comments: What is your favorite beauty product?

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[INTERVIEW] JBIC gets their “Grown Man On” DJ Layne Luv

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There is a lot to be said about singing groups that manage to stay relevant after 20 years. Most groups barely make it to their sophomore project before someone wants to break solo or move on to other ventures in the industry. Some groups just disband altogether due to creative differences. And yes, the contemporary gospel group Just Believe In Christ (formerly Ordained INC.) has had it’s share of ups and downs, but after all this time, they still have all but one of it’s core members.

This group straight out of Columbus Ohio, has shared stages with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Donald Lawrence, and legendary gospel greats such as Dottie Peoples and Dorthy Norwood. And although they have attained an “almost famous” status throughout the midwest, the group is just as content to serve a congregation in a store front church as they would be in a stadium audience.

As with most singing groups, there was a little dissension with a former group member, which caused the group to take a hiatus from the midwest circuit until they found their footing again. During that time, there were milestones & trials with the remaining members. Marriages, Divorces, Re-Marriages, births of children, and side business ventures/passions that would take precedence over the music throughout the years. However, the “engine” of the group Corey Winborn, would not let the purpose of the group die. Furthermore, while breaking ground in the Columbus fashion industry, Winborn would still continue to write music and seek out producers that would bring about a new sound for the times.

Since timing is everything, I caught up with the quartet as they get ready to reintroduce themselves to the world with a new name, new sound and a new attitude. Ladies and Gentleman…JBIC

OTT: So fellas I’ve already told the people what your name is, can you tell us what your group is about?

Carl Jones: Well we started out back in the mid 90’s wanting to put a positive message out among the younger generation of people that appreciated the traditional gospel sound, but we also loved the vibe and movement of what was happening in R&B at the time. So that particular approach to music is what is now known as the JBIC sound. But what I love about our group is that we continue to reinvent ourselves so that our music doesn’t sound dated. We’re not that young of a group anymore, so we keep vibrant producers and song writers around, for inspiration and survey to make sure we are delivering a marketable product.

OTT: What challenges do you face being an equally talented all male group. Does testosterone and ego find its way into the group or are you all compatible for the most part?

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Terrence McCrary: That was probably a challenge in the earlier part of our career, but you have to think, that was twenty some years ago. We were young and naive. We’re all a lot wiser now and we’ve learned from our mistakes. And to add to that, these days, we have to look at ourselves as role models for other young men. We have sons that look to us for guidance as to how men deal with other men and women, which means we have to be accountable and hold each other accountable for our actions.

We also represent a purpose larger than ourselves so if you’re in this thing thinking it’s all about you, you’ve missed the mark completely… Our music is there to save a lost generation from itself. We are only vessels of this mission ordained by God.

OTT: As I’ve seen your image progress throughout the years, you all dress to the nines, and it just keeps getting better. What role does your image play in the message you want to get across?

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Corey Winborn: When I first got to the group, our image looked like a Jodeci or a Boyz II Men kinda feel with boots, big coats and baseball hats, but that was good for them not us. I mean we tried it with the Cross Colors and Karl Kani apparel, but for certain events, we would get suited up and the response was like night and day. I’ve been into fashion all my life and one thing I do know is that impression is everything! Once I started to teach the group about suits, fabrics and shoes, whenever we walked into a venue, if we weren’t the headliners people thought that we were. Add that with a hard work ethic and quality sound…with Christ we were unstoppable. In entertainment, you intentionally have to leave people with something to remember to stand out….if those people didn’t know one of our songs…they knew what we looked like lol. Presentation should never be one dimensional. Fashion is art, so why not explore all the possibilities.

There is also one other message we want to portray to young men. It’s okay to wear hip hop clothing, but you attract what you present. Suits attract a different female audience and I try to convey that in the classes that I teach, and the artists I design for.

OTT: So I notice you have a new member…What’s your name sir and how’d you get introduced to this group?

GB: My name is George Burton. And as we all know Corey is the recruiter of the group. LOL. I retired from the city about three years ago. I’ve been singing since I was six, but you know how it goes, singers respect other singers and word gets around. I was singing with Milton Ruffin’s Ol Skool funk band. I was on The Deele’s 2nd album, I was playing a cop, and ironically I became a police officer. So one thing led to another and I was approached by Corey, and after a few rehearsals it just a good fit.

OTT: So when is your project scheduled for release?

JBIC: Late spring, early summer 2017. We don’t want to set a release date yet, because this album is highly anticipated so we want everything to be right, but trust, we’ll be doing shows and releasing singles in the meantime. We haven’t even set up Instagram or Twitter accounts for the group as of yet because we want to have merchandise and tour dates lined up. We see groups all the time jump out too early, to create the buzz with no content. That will not be JBIC. We take our presentation very seriously. However, you can find us on Facebook under JBIC and we encourage everyone to go to that page and hit “like”. Share with your friends.

Keep us in your prayers as we embark on a new journey. If one thing we want you to take away from this project is to never give up on the promises of our Lord. If he can do it for us he can do it for you. -J.B.I.C.

 

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[Fashion] “FALL” In Love With Color

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Fall seems to signify waves of significant change. We change our wardrobe,  our clocks and yep; we even change our relationship status…. you know… it is cuffing season!! LOL!! We begin to gravitate toward things that would give us instant gratification. Well I can think of one thing that you immediate change to not only warm you up but give you an image boost and make you feel good about yourself… Color your hair!!

Whether your natural or relaxed; wear extension or your own hair; black, white or anything in between changing your hair color can give you the new and instant change you need to jump start the new year while working on everything else you have resolved to do with your body, life and habits!! Lol.

Although cold weather has a tendency to make hair look dull and feel dry it does necessarily mean you have to go darker. But if you do, try colors that are chocolate browns, red browns and rich coppers. When going lighter try adding highlights or ombres of rich blondes, reds and copper to brighter  hair instead of coloring the entire head. This will allow you to have the effects of full color  with minimal stress.

Also trending is ombre hair with pastel and bright colors such as blues, purples, and yes, fuchsias. This trend may be for the young or young at heart generation (such as myself) but if done correctly can be worn tastefully and not perceived as rebel hair.

Now to get the best results I will always suggest that you consult a professional cosmetologist when it comes to coloring your hair, especially in any situation that requires going lighter or bleaching technique but if that doesn’t fit your budget you can to DIY (do it yourself) with any color rinse or permanent colors such as L’Oreal. But those result will not be guaranteed!! Proceed at your own risk!!

Either way, the best way to instaGLAM your life it to add color!!  It worked with tv, with works with an all-black wardrobe and it’ll definitely work for you!! #ding!

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THE OMIGAW MAGAZINE 2017 CALENDAR

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The @omigawdmagazine 2017 calendar is now available for purchase (http://tinyurl.com/znec73u) with the lovely cover model @savvy_tsunami shot by urs truly @darealsafadostudios you can also get the digital version also (http://tinyurl.com/j8myvpy) This calendar is loaded with beauties. Get ur copy today. #fleet #lit #FleetPhotographer #FleetDJs #bookurshoottoday #fleetphotography #OMIGAWD #urbanmagazine #thatsimple #letswerk #omigawdmagazine #photography #media #photoshoot #urbanglam #omigawdmag #getpublished #ATL #atlanta #atl #dalove #enoughsaid #traveleverywhere #worldtraveler as always go follow @omigawdmagazine

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