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Journalist Bae Presents MODEL BAE @originalmsbae

Missouri Fleet Model Manager and our beloved covergirl, Kayla Bae aka Model Bae steps up to let us know a little something about her. For your information, she didn’t hold back. So, let’s get into who exactly this phenomenal woman turns out to be!

I’m genuine person with pure intentions… No scams. No Fraud. Just REAL & RAW!

@originalmsbae

MODEL (BAE) BEGINNINGS

Kayla joined the modeling scene in approximately 2020 being in modeling/acting school. Since then – it has been up, as they say. Back then it was one model division for every Fleet DJ state represented. While she didn’t take it seriously at first, there was a “divine intervention” that told her to just go for it! For a while, it seemed like the model coalition had ghosted her and she had no place to turn. However, shoutout to Jo Marie for the “motivation to just start recruiting”. This is a prime example of “you can’t beat them, join ’em”. She ran the idea by MO Fleet leaders & they were fully on board! They had her back through it all from the flyers to the recruitment process being so supportive & helpful! Ms. Bae expresses her gratitude to the team and ultimately to herself for not giving up on that journey.

THE RE-GLOW UP

Since joining the Fleet team Model Bae has gained much more exposure and well-deserved confidence learning how to do interviews and also conduct them. She even had her own radio show for a while, that was a major opportunity for Model Bae. It allowed astronomical growth, not just as a model but also as a woman. According to her, Fleet not only changed her career but it changed her entire life. They allegedly believed in her when she didn’t/couldn’t believe in herself. The family aspect is the most important thing to Kayla. So it’s a blessing to be able to literally call one of the fleet brothers for anything fleet (or not) and they will be there.

I always say I’m taking Fleet with me wherever I go, this was my foundation and the start of everything for me! They literally have always treated me like a superstar. The love is so real.

@originalmsbae

MODEL MISSION

Model Bae’s mission is to continue to build up her modeling team and do as much as she possibly can within fleet. Though pausing on recruiting for now to fully focus on the two models she has, she strives to get more exposure, start doing events, raffles, photoshoots etc. for her team. Kayla makes it clear that she strives to be the best at everything she does & puts all into everything her name is on or behind. She states she would like to work with some celebrity photographers such as Blake Martin whom she met at a model conference in 2023. The model also want to work with big artists one day writing music for them. Writing is also a passion of hers outside of modeling. With that being said check out her debut single as a songwriter called 24 hours by Airrisa Reneè produced by MO fleet producer Eugene aka EMP records. The song is now out on multiple platforms!

GAME OVER?

So is this the end of the Model Bae era? She says it took a while to realize what modeling was for her but once she did -nothing or nobody could tell her otherwise. So, the answer is NO! NEVER! Before she started she didn’t know what to do with life. Feeling as if she wasn’t good at anything and didn’t have a purpose. Every one wanted to push sports on our good sis because of her height (i.e. Angel Reese), but knew that she hated playing sports so it made her feel bad for a while. Overall, she knew the love of being photographed & so many people would constantly say, “you should be a model.” When her bestie decided to do photography & did one shoot with Kayla & it ignited a fire in our star player! She’s been going ever since. “4 years later I’m more confident then I ever been in my whole life. Modeling gave me a family that I feel I belong to. It’s a place for me there & I love it,” Model Bae says.

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Journalist Bae | BLACK MUSIC MONTH

It’s June! It may feel like one year you woke up and somebody on black twitter said “We’re going to make Black History Month last as many months as possible, SURPRISE – it’s Black Music Month!” The joke would be on you because that is not at all what happened. While the national celebration of Black History began in 1926, we didn’t bring the music celebration on the scene until 1979. Let’s examine how the acknowledgment has evolved and take a look at some of the artists at the forefront of this year’s observation.

Late to the Party

We can thank former President Jimmy Carter for the initial national announcement of the celebration. However, the appreciation month did not become official until a bill was passed in congress only 24 years ago in 2000 (etc.org, 2024). For that, we can give a round of applause for activist Dyana Williams.

Her platform set forth the ideology that music has been a tool of black history preservation since before any official recording. Many share the same sentiment that the colonizations of African [Americans] has watered down the culture. Black Music Month is meant to praise the evolution of black music and its contribution to various genres.

Pioneers

The first ever celebration was held on the White House Lawn and included the likes of Chuck Berry and Billy Eckstine (UCCS). Now let’s take a look at some of at some artists who are literally ones FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS!

  • KING OF RAGTIME: Scott Joplin
  • FATHER OF GOSPEL: Thomas A Dorsey
  • FATHER OF FUNK: James Brown
  • MUSICAL THEATRE FOREFATHERS: Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle (Shuffle Along)
  • MOTHER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: Sis. Rosetta Thorpe
  • FATHER OF JAZZ: Duke Ellington
  • MOTHER OF BLUES: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey
  • MOTHER OPERA: Marion Anderson

Join the Action

This year, you can join the party in multiple ways. If you’re in Tennessee, you can join on the “Blackest Broadway” on June 16th. NYC can join at the Music & Power Awards on June 12th. In Georgia, you can attend the South GA Gospel Music Fest on June 8th. In Kentucky, there’s a Black Music Month Celebration at the Palm Room in Louisville that takes place on June 14th. And last but not least, if you’re here in the great state of Florida, join us June 9th in Miami Gardens at the Black Music Month Celebration! Search up your city and state to see any and all events going on for the next 21 days.

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Journalist Bae | See Black Girls Rock!

Happy Juneteenth! Can I say that yet? It’s about that time for the Annual Black Girls Rock celebration! You may have forgotten because this is the first one after a 5-year hiatus. It will tape May 27th, 2024 at 6pm EST from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. You can buy tickets HERE. Will I see you there? Doors open at 5pm. Don’t meet me there, beat me there!

Danielle Brooks via People (Host of Black Girls Rock)

As I said before, we haven’t seen this celebration since 2019. This year it will be hosted by Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black, The Color Purple). According to the event’s twitter page, they will be honoring black girls such as Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Tracee Ellis Ross, and more. If you aren’t in attendance, then you can experience the award show August 1st on Lifetime.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with the show. Here’s a clip from previous year 2013 hosted by Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. It features a fantastic performance from Kelly Rowland, EVE, and Sevyn Streeter. You never know who will pop out for the culture.

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Journalist Bae | Lil Nas X Shades Beyonce

“I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road. I’m gonna riiiide ’til I can’t no more!” These are words we could not get out of our heads in 2019. Fast forward 5 years and enters Beyonce on the country music scene. Reportedly, Lil Nas X is “happy” for her success. However, he wishes he could’ve been a part of it. Sounds like a hater to me, on the low. He said this publicly so it’s not really that low anymore.

I love playing Devil’s advocate (no pun intended), but this time – I can’t go for that. What’s interesting about this story is that the boy has not made another country song since “Old Town Road”. Which, might I add, was removed from the Country charts for not being “country enough”. That may be a sentiment Beyonce can relate to given the backlash from the CMA amongst others. The difference is, she still stood 10 toes down for her art.

Standing On Business

Let me make it make sense. Though this is the first country album that Bey has released, this is not her first time being associated with the genre. During the ‘Lemonade’ era, she did perform her song “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks and it wasn’t necessarily well received by the country community. They frivolously accused her of appropriating their culture. She let it rest with Renaissance. Then comes Cowboy Carter where the Texan doubles down on her country attempt. I guess you can say she’s 20 toes down at this point.

Lil Nas X Started Country Music For Black People

Lil Nas X had ONE single that was country-like, but transitions to collaborating with Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, and Megan Thee Stallion for his first studio album. I don’t know but the lineup isn’t screaming country music. As far as I’m concerned, “Old Town Road” was a one-off. At this time, when we mention his name, do you really think about his music or do his internet antics come to mind?

This makes me think of when JT scolded Suki. “You go viral for shock value content, but it’s never shocking or of any value.” That’s really what it’s giving, chile. It will be interesting to see if Lil Nas makes a return to the country scene. Baes, what are your thoughts? Is he reaching or does he deserve a little credit for “opening the doors” of hip-hip/R&B/Country fusion?

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Journalist Bae | New Music Friday

Hey Baes! Monday is my favorite day of the week, but Friday follows right behind! Obviously, because TGIF, but also because we get a ton of new music weekly. Here are new songs and/or albums released the week of May 24th, 2024.

#1 Coi Leray x Lemon Cars

The young star releases a 6 track EP in the wee hours of May 24th. This project features Mike WILL Made-It and Skilla Baby. Personally, not my vibe but the 5th track stands out for me. Let me know your favorite!

#2 Shenseea x Never Gets Late Here

Jamaican star, Shenseea releases a 14 track album featuring Wizkid, Anitta, Coi Leray, etc. According to her in an interview with Apple Music, this album is giving timeless music. “Die For You” seems to be a crowd favorite, but I’m a little partial to “Work Me Out”. Just in time for Summer!

#3 Sexyy Red x In Sexxy We Trust

Controversial rapper, Sexyy Red has released a 14 track mixtape with features from the likes of Drake (U My Everything) and Lil Baby (Lick Me). The project is only about 30 minutes long which may be a blessing (or a curse) for some. The internet is already going crazy over the Drake feature. As for my personal recommendation, most of them were skips for me, but if I had to choose one – it would “Outside”.

#4 Payroll Giovanni x Have Money Have Heart

Another EP from the Detroit rapper. Detroit music has a certain sound and Gio nailed it. This project is only 6 tracks long, but if you’re a part of the hustle hard, grind time culture this will be perfect for you. In my opinion, vibes only get better with each track ending with crowd favorite “Cashout”. I’m not sure who produced this body of work but go ahead and give the man his flowers because the production is what makes it what it is for me.

#5 Please Don’t Cry x Rapsody

This album was released last week, but it’s soooo good I feel as if it is worth mentioning. It’s real rap, real vibes, from a real female rapper. Everybody from Lil’ Wayne to Erykah Badu to Alex Isley and more appear on this project. I won’t even be bias to any particular track. All I will say, LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING! It’s 22 tracks, but all 65 minutes of it are worth it!

What did I miss? Let’s talk about it! I can’t wait for next week!

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Journalist Bae | JT Is Not The One

With the resurgence of diss tracks in 2024, the women are not excluding themselves. We’ve seen some drama pop off between JT, her former bandmate Yung Miami, and the ratchet woman’s favorite ratchet woman, Sukihana. First of all, I want to say I told you all last fall that the City Girl Era was coming to an end. Y’all didn’t believe me, maybe next time you’ll listen. Any who, JT, the self-proclaimed “City Cinderella”, has been doing her big one with these singles “Sideways”, “OKAY”, and “No Bars”. She became a cultural phenomenon practically independently and overnight. I mean how many individuals have you seen say or post “*muah* no bars”? That’s JT!

City Girls Go Head to Head

So boom, the girl is just as, if not more, successful than when she was a part of a group. For some reason, Yung Miami has been expressing that she basically feels as if JT’s been shady her whole career. We get to see them go back and forth for a while on twitter until the women agree it’s best settled off the internet, especially since they had spoken on the phone amidst the animosity and the energy was not same as it was “for the fans”. Now, I’m not one to choose between sides when I personally know ZERO parties involved. However, my girl JaTavia ate this up.

I have no doubt that Caresha is going through a rocky period, but what I experienced myself is that people will tell you to have empathy before you speak while not maintaining the same standard. We might not be going through the same thing but talk to me nice or I will come to you crazy. That’s not playing victim. That’s an equal energy exchange as far as I’m concerned. But I digress…

Is It Clout Chasing?

It’s either me or Cardi B, because she chipped her tooth too…”

@sukihanagoat

Moving on to the feud with Coochie Girl, Sukihana. She alleges that JT is dissing her in her song “OKAY”. According to Suki, the fans were tagging her and Cardi under one of JT’s posts where she mentions a woman chipping her tooth while eating crab legs. I guess JT took too long to respond and clear things up because Suki hits back with diss track “COCAINE”. JT says, there would be no reason to get in the booth and even think about her. I don’t know but Jatavia been eating the girls up lowkey.

Who’s side are you on?

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Journalist Bae | Cam’Ron on Diddy

For the longest, we’ve all been discussing “The Diddy Allegations”. My question is, what would you say if you had to appear on national television for commentary? One person that can answer that question is rapper, Cam’Ron, of the Diplomats (no political affiliation, which makes this all the more ironic).

Diddy has been in the news so much from being raided to alleged sex trafficking. The thing that we’re no longer alleging is that Mr. Man did indeed, put his hands (and feet) on longtime girlfriend, Cassie Ventura. Since the video evidence has surfaced, Diddy has issued an apology. Remember that this comes several months after discrediting women making allegations against him.

Earlier this week, Cam’Ron took to CNN for an interview. He apparently did not know that Diddy would be the topic of conversation, being that he’s not associated with him at this time. Cam made is clear on his podcast “It Is What It Is”, that even if the call from CNN was genuine – they should’ve checked his track record which news outlets. See what he says right here:

Some are saying this behavior is very immature and uncalled for, while others are saying it’s just “the New York” in him. Nonetheless, the anchor actually handled this as she should, in my opinion. I’m no one to judge, but baes, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments or head over to instagram and follow us @straightofficialmagazine for more updates.

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Journalist Bae | “Baddies” Is Taking Over

Baes, it’s been a while since we’ve had a talk, and today we’re discussing “Baddies” of the notorious, Zeus Network. Which, if you don’t know, is a spin-off of Bad Girls Club created by Natalie Nunn.

I’ve Been Seeing Baddies Everywhere

The network offers a plethora of reality-based shows, as well as some scripted ones. However, the best of them all is “Baddies”. Don’t ask me how I know, just take my word for it. If you are tuned in, then you saw Natalie be crowned as ‘Queen of Zeus’ over Joseline Hernandez on Nick Cannon‘s ‘Bad vs Wild’ (whatever that means). What you also may have been seeing is a series of “Baddies” or “Dollhouses” popping up in your city. I’ve moved, TWICE, since the beginning of the original series and believe me, it’s an epidemic.

Where Are We Now?

We are now on season 5 of Baddies, officially titled ‘Baddies: Caribbean’. After touring through the south, the east, and the west coast, the group “explores” Barbados, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic. The cast includes some special appearances from The Clermont Twins, Shenseea, and Aubrey O’Day amongst others. Perhaps this is part of the reason there is such a massive number of viewers with over 1 million subscribers.

What Exactly Is This About?

Regarding the plot, well, your guess is as good as mine. From what I’ve gathered, Natalie is a public figure who tours hosting events and that’s how she makes her bag on the show. Emphasis on *on the show* we won’t get into that. Any who, on these tours she basically acts as a Hugh Hefner having the girls perform for the crowds or simply look pretty while taking up space (you’re not required to be a musician or really have any talent for that matter) and promoting her brand. What’s most explosive about this series is how unhinged it is. I assume people like it because “anything goes”. Everybody wants to be a baddie. Although there is no clear definition of what that is, one thing is for sure – You better know how to dress. Even more – you better know how to fight.

You’re always quick to do “Baddie, baddie shot o’clock when one of us is upset.”

@pvd.biggie (Baddies West/East/Caribbean)

A Review

Nobody asked me, but the issue with this is that 13 year olds are in conversation with 33 year olds about how the whole thing goes down. It’s not like the network requires some special access to view these shows (just like VH1 didn’t) and the conversations on social media are certainly almost as entertaining as the show itself. Unfortunately for the general public, we often become removed from reality while aspiring to be a “reality” star. But even Jelaminah (BGC, Baddies South/Caribbean) makes it clear that she may have beef on camera, but as soon as the cameras aren’t rolling, she’s no longer in “TV Land”.

No matter your stance on the show or the network, one thing is for sure – ZEUS KNOWS HOW TO GET MONEY! Check out their latest announcement of a podcast featuring Tia Kemp (Rick Ross’s baby mother), Karlissa Saffold (Blueface’s mother), and Tokyo Toni (Angela White’s mother). Will you be tuned in?

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Journalist Bae | Fashion Do’s & Don’ts

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The 2020 decade is special era. Deemed “The Twenties” which you will never again experience. As we transition to 2024, there are a few fashion do’s and don’ts’ specifically for women. Let’s get into it…

DO: Monochromatic Schemes

We see Rihanna do this all Red outfit and it’s fabulous. (via Super Bowl) It just makes most outfits super classy.

DON’T: Hand Imprints

Beyonce already “renaissance’ed” it. Thank you very much. Let’s stop trying to replicate.

DO: Modesty

Showing your butt is played out. Being dressed will surprise us. Also, when did wearing heels get played out??

DON’T: Flip-Flops

Let’s be honest, at this point. They’re for the beaches and for stretch, the children. Cut. It. Out.

DO: Color Block

If you’re not familiar, get familar. It’s an underrated look. Do you know the color wheel?

DON’T: Distressed Items

Unless, that’s really “your thing” avoid the sadness.

DO: Polished

Why wouldn’t you want to look clean?? Please stop trying to look your worst.

DON’T: Grunge

Just, no…. You call this fashion?? Let’s start taking ourself seriously…

DO: Fragrance

You look good, you smell GREAT, you DO BETTER! Not your aftershots of “funk”…

DON’T: Baby Hair

Why can’t we agree!? Volume and body do not apply to baby hair!

Mochathemack via @softgirlleague

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Journalist Bae | Cardi B’s Worst Product @CardiB

Cardi, Cardi, Cardi B. You’re my girl! But I’m going to have to see you in the parking lot about this one. I know you’re going through a lot, but this right here is unacceptable my girl.

Y’all may have seen the photoshoot Cardi B did earlier this year for her cool topping product, Whip Shots. It was literally one of the cutest things I’ve seen all holiday season. She has all kinds of flavors for all time of year, ranging from lime to pumpkin spice to mocha, with the most special ingredient included, VODKA!

For the past year, I’ve bought various flavors, in various sizes, in various parts of the country and they either dispensed NOTHING or very little. Don’t get it twisted – this is NOT an isolated incident and I’m not the only one who has experienced this. Users have gone to social media to express their displeasure and frustration. To sum it up, “This the weakest sh*t ever!” I don’t know, I’m just saying you won’t get any more of my money until you fix it.

The directions are extremely simple and ineffective: slap it, shake it, whip it. I DID THAT! Everything I can to make it work since there’s clearly substance in the can. Even run it under hot water. I GOT NOTHING! Like I told you, I love Bardi, however I’m mad as heck I spent my money on this. I can’t even make this up you guys – but perhaps I’m the idiot for being a stan. Do better, babe.

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