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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Hot1NE | @djhot1ne

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ HOt1Ne

FLeet DJ Since: 2019

Location: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Region: MIDWEST REGION FLEET DJ’S/INDIANA Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ HOT1NE?

DJ HOT1NE knew from a young age that she wanted to become involved in music. Since the age of 18, she’s been immersed in the artform. Whether it was playing the congo drum given to her by her legendary grandfather Cecil Hunt or performing in high school bands, her passion for music is amazing. “I love music! I have to have it around everyday (laughs). I’m already a songwriter and producer so it just clicked for me.”

Atrice Harris is a student of the industry. By educating herself on studies of both law and the music business, she has thrived in an industry dominated by men. It’s as if she has a point to prove. “I’m determined to prove the world wrong. I earned my respect as a female DJ and as a DJ, I’m still learning. I’m very humble to have been given this talent and I Just want to use my platform to help and bring others together in music.”

Before becoming a member of the Fleet DJ’s, DJ Hot1ne was putting in the work. Collaborating with cousin and Indiana legend Go Hard, she produced a legendary mixtape that would catapult her to great heights. After joining Fleet in 2019, she would don several hats in her journey. Currently, she is the Assistant Midwest Regional Manager of Fleet as well as an Assistant Manager for the female division of Fleet known as 2Flix3.

WHAT IS DJ HOT1NE UP TO?

Since becoming a Fleet DJ, Harris has been hard at work to break the next hot artist. As the music director for Midwest Fleet Radio, she runs a weekly radio program dedicated to highlighting emerging talent. She remains humble in her quest, saying “My experience being a DJ has been amazing! I have had the opportunity to work and network with some great spirits. In this business when you meet and surround yourself with good energy it makes if fun.”

I asked Hot1ne what projects she’s got coming up. “I’m currently in the process of putting together a Midwest mixtape, showcasing some of our great Midwest family. I’m also putting together several raid trains and shows via Twitch.” She also has her hands in business as she launched her own business. “I have a new business called Mix Your Life Right LLC . It consist of merch, clothing , gaming and custom Resin pieces.”

When it comes to music I discovered that Hot1ne has an old soul. I asked her who’s currently in her playlist. “Right now it’s a lot of old school R&B. Maze & Frankie Beverly “After the Morning After” I love that song! Of course Mary J. Blige! I’m so ready for her never album next month. As far a new music my good brother Maxie just dropped his new album Called Bag Season. It’s a banger!!

Keep God first. Learn the business first and keep a strong support system in your corner, not a bunch of “yes” people.

DJ Hot1ne

AN UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE

I got to know DJ Hot1ne this year as we both attended the 2021 Fleet DJ Music Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. It was because of Harris that I was able to attend the conference as she organized a carpool to make the 13-hour drive from Indiana. During the conference the ladies of 2Flix3 were having their own set that took place moments before the Artist Showcase. Not taking anything away from the fellas that rocked their set hours earlier, but the ladies did the damn thing that night!

When it came time for Hot1ne to perform her set, I couldn’t realize the music that she was using in her mix right away. The other DJ’s used music that was familiar but what Harris was playing was equally tight! It was only until the showcase began that I realized what she had done. Hot1ne was using the music from the artists slated to perform to create her mix! This was not done by any other DJ at the conference, and it ingenious to do so at such a large event!

From Left: DJ Doc Swift, DJ Hot1ne & Jay Mill at the Fleet DJ Music Conference

IN CLOSING

I just started writing down a bunch of names (laughs). I can’t remember how many but DJ Hot1ne stuck and I’ve been holding it down ever since.

DJ Hot1ne on how she got her name

No matter how far she goes in her quest, DJ Hot1one has made it a point to remain humble. “I’m just thankful to be a vessel and give people a piece of me through music. There’s so many people to name so I’ll do this: Thank you to all of my Fleet DJ family, Street TakeOver Radio, Street Madness Radio, Moore Music Radio, Hoosier Heat Radio, 1023 Da Jams , Midwest Fleet Radio, IHeart Radio, Franchise Radio, Dyme Jays, Supa DJs, Hood Certified DJs, all of my Twitch Family, and any one who has ever booked and supported the DJ Hot1ne Brand I love you! Don’t stop dreaming! Thank you also to Straight Official Magazine.

Make sure to follow DJ Hot1ne on all social media platforms via LinkTree and email her for bookings at djhot1nefleetdjs@gmail.com.

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KISS Guitar Legend Francis Stueber Dies from COVID

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Francis Steuber (Photo Cred: Paul Stanley Website)

FRANCIS STUEBER, legendary guitar tech from the rock bank KISS has died. The 52 year old musician passed away on Saturday. This news has left his family and fans to mourn his loss. iHeart Radio reports the band cancelled their concert on Sunday following the news of Stueber’s death. It wasn’t known how long “Fran” had been ill or whether he was on the road with the band at the the time of his passing.

Longtime friend Paul Stanley was devastated saying in a statement, “My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid. Both on and offstage I depended on him for so much. My family loved him as did I. He was so proud of his wife and 3 boys as they were of him. I’m numb.”

(Photo Cred: Paul Stanley Twitter Page)

Steuber had a storied career in music, working alongside REO Speedwagon, Heart & The Offspring. KISS had announced that all precautionary measures were taken in preventing any COVID related issues while on tour. The band would cancel their End of the Road farewell tour in September two weeks in when Gene Simmons and Stanley would contract the virus. Both artists would go on to make full recoveries.

(Photo Cred: Francis Steuber Twitter)
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We all lost someone so special.

Paul Stanley on his thoughts of Francis Steuber’s passing on Saturday

COVID-19 has claimed another well known personality today as we reported earlier in confirming the passing of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine offer our prayers and condolences to Francis Steuber’s family and fans.

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[BREAKING NEWS] Colin Powell Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (Photo Cred: The New York Times)

COLIN POWELL has passed away .Confirming multiple news reports, the former Secretary of State and political pioneer died on Monday due to complications from COVID-19. Powell was the first African-American to serve in the position and was was highly revered. The Hill reports that the family of Powell announced his death in a recent statement. He was 84 years old.

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The family also reports that Powell had been fully vaccinated and was at Walter Reed National Medical Center receiving treatment.” We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed for their caring treatment,” the family stated via Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and a great American.” Colin Powell was influential on Capital Hill, as he held critical positions during the terms of Ronald Regan, George H. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine offer our prayers and condolences to his family. Rest well, king.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ P-Money | @djpmoneynyc

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ P-Money

FLeet DJ Since: 2008

Location: Long Island, New York

Region: East Fleet DJ’s/NYC Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ P-MONEY?

For over three decades, DJ P-MONEY has embodied the importance of his role in Hip-Hop. Even before joining The Worldwide Fleet DJ’s, he knew this was destined to be his calling. I ask him when did he know this is what he wanted to become. He recalled watching a legend do his thing. “I was at a park jam and was amazed watching DJ Hollywood kill the whole park! When I saw the way people were locked in with him, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Born in Brooklyn, Phil Hodnett began DJ’ing at the age of 13. To take anything seriously as a young age was rare, but a change of scenery is what changed his perspective on it. “I moved to Long Island and got real serious about it.” In early 2008 Fleet reached out to him and he has held his position firm ever since. He is the current Assistant Regional Manager for the Eastern region of the Fleet DJ’s.

P-Money also serves as a moderator for the famous Fleet DJ Conference calls. These calls are arranged with some major celebrities in the music industry, such as Drag-On and AZ. These calls are open to fans and gives them the opportunity to hear from and learn more about their favorite artists.

A ONCE AND A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

In the midst of his journey, P-Money has had some unique opportunities. When I asked him to tell me about one of them, he recollected on being able to open for legend in Hip-Hop. “My best experience in DJ’ing would have to be opening for Kid Capri at Studio 54.” He would always tell me “Move the crowd!  Don’t worry about what songs are your favorite, and what you want to play.  Play for the crowd and you will never lose!”

One of his major takeaways from that experience was the reaction from the audience. “For me, seeing the crowd move and having people talk to me after a party and tell me that the music I played brought back so many great memories for them… that is not just inspiration, that is motivation for me to keep doing what I do.”

For every peak in his journey, he has dealt with his fair share of valleys. He told me about an embarrassing experience that happened at an event. “My worst experience was when I was asked to DJ my first Park Jam and when I turned on my power, I fried my bass amp!  I was so embarrassed. One of the OG DJ’s asked if I had a spare and I told him I left it at home.  I had to listen to a 15 minute speech on why that was the dumbest thing I could ever do.”

Being prepared is the biggest lesson he learned from this situation. “Always follow your mind, and take all of your equipment, even if you aren’t going to use it all because you just never know.”

Be yourself.  You have a gift that no one can take from you.  Make timeless music that people will want to play 20 years from now. Also, make sure your business is straighter than 6 o’clock.

DJ P-Money’s advice to upcoming artists

WHAT P-MONEY HAS IN STORE

P-Money has his hands on more than just the one’s and two’s. While also working as a producer, he manages an artist out of St. Louis as well. I asked him about some of his current projects. “I have 3 mixtapes that I am working on at the moment.  Two are with DJs out of South Carolina. They each have beats that I made and they are putting acapellas to them.  Both of them are going to be BANANAS!”

Every DJ has a story behind their stage persona. I asked P-Money how his came to be and his story was intriguing. “My original name was Grand Wizard Speed. Then I made the decision to get involved in the streets, and there was an OG that was always around and he used to call me P. He said that was his way of not letting people know anyone’s name while in the street.” He invested in himself saying “I went out and bought a rope chain, like Run DMC used to wear. He saw it and started calling me P-Money and the name just stuck.”

I had to know who is P-Money rocking in his current playlist. He said, “I have some Pop Smoke, Mos Def, Wu Tang, Frankie Knuckles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nas, AZ, Boot Camp Click, Jay-Z…too many songs to name!” (laughs) For as much fun as he has doing what he does, he also offered up some good advice to upcoming artists. “There a lot of people in the music industry that are just looking for a come up. Don’t fall into that trap.  Know your worth.  Let your talent and experience speak for itself.  Don’t ever sell yourself short because you want a gig.”

DJ P-Money with Fatboy Izzo at the 2021 Fleet DJ Music Conference

IN CLOSING

I am all over the place when it comes to music. It speaks to me.

DJ P-Money

The Fleet DJ’s have a remarkable talent in P-Money. He is vested in his position and understands his assignment in both the coalition and in the movement. He expressed mad love for the team in closing. ” I have to shout out my brother from another my guy Klassik, CEO of the Fleet DJs.  You have always seen my potential and you in your own way keep me moving and I appreciate you for that.  My Fleet Brothers, DJ Baby G, DJ Teph, DJ Say Whaat, DJ K Swift, DJ Skinny, DJ Four5, DJ Shells, DJ Dre Cee, DJ XXL, DJ Handzdown, DJ Gojabean, DJ Mannie Faces, DJ Earl-E, DJ Hot1ne, DJ Pinki3, DJ Pynk Dyamond, Mizz Official, Clarity In Focus, Nia Boom…I could go on!” (laughs)

You can follow DJ P-Money on Instagram at @djpmoneynyc, on Twitter at @djpmoneyfleetdj and check out his demonstration on Mixcloud at @djpmoneynyc.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Mannie Faces | @djmanniefaces

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ Mannie Faces

FLeet DJ Since: 2021

Location: Indianapolis, INdiana

Region: Midwest Fleet DJ’s/Indiana Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ MANNIE FACES?

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana DJ MANNIE FACES is a relatively new face to The Fleet DJ’s. Joining the coalition in August, he admits that while he hasn’t had enough time to grasp everything. But, he’s never been more ready to shine for his city. During his teenage years, Mannie almost gave up on becoming a DJ for other visions. “I quit DJ’ing when I was 14 and started rapping because me and my friends saw Krush Groove and thought that we were going to make it big.”

The decision to get back on the ones and twos came after surprising one of his friends with his talent. “One day I went over to my friends’ house. He had some tables so I decided to mess with them for a little bit. This friend in particular never knew I was a DJ, so in shock he’s like “Bro, I had no idea you could spin!” He’s one of the inspirations that got me back spinning.”

Born Herschel Kirk, DJ Mannie Faces may also have a familiar face to some of you movie buffs. Back in 2000 when he relocated from Indiana to California, he threw his hat into the acting circle and found success initially. “When I moved to Oakland for a little bit, I got the chance to act in a movie called Consequences in which I played a decent role but, I was killed in the movie,” he laughs about now today. Mannie then moved back to Indianapolis, where he settled down to marry the love of his life and raise his three children.

I got the name Mannie Faces from a friend of mine. We were over to my cousin’s house and he had some tables so I gave him a little taste. He only knew me as a rapper, so it amazed him to where he began calling me Man E. Faces, meaning a man of many talents. I just changed the spelling to Mannie Faces.

Mannie Faces on how he got his name

MANNIE ADAPTS TO THE NEW TERRAIN

Even though Mannie is fairly new to Fleet, it hasn’t hindered him in wanting to grow in his craft. I asked him who’s currently in his playlist. “Right now honestly the current songs in my playlist are all Fleet DJ exclusives and anything on the Fleet DJ radio network. I’m soaking up all this game because you can never stop learning when you’re spinning. There’s always something that you can add to your technique.” In balancing work and a personal life, Mannie is also the owner of Strong Side Radio as well as getting ready to drop a new project for 2021. “I have a project called Crowd Control that is scheduled to drop on September 24th that features various artists from the Midwest that are bringing that HEAT!”

DJ Mannie Faces-Crowd Control (Photo Cred: Dj Mannie Face IG)
(Photo Cred: DJ Mannie Face IG)

MANNIE DEALS WITH ADVERSITY

With anything in life, there will be some setbacks in the journey to your path. I asked Mannie about any experiences that stuck out to him. He recollected on a moment that gave him hindsight. “One of my worst experiences was when I was booked to do a show and when I arrived, there was already a DJ there! I was told that it was miscommunication on my end, which wasn’t the case at all. The biggest takeaway from that situation for me was to ALWAYS secure a deposit to avoid messes like that.”

On the flip side, Mannie said his greatest experience was being accepted by Fleet and gaining his peer’s respect. “Anyone can give themselves the title of DJ, but the honor is really bestowed upon you once you earn it from your peers. Putting in the work will always get the desired results and I am ready to show and prove for my team and my city!”

Having a team like Fleet has enabled me to build on my dreams, live a healthier life and strengthen my relationships with others.

DJ Mannie Faces on his position with Fleet DJ’s

IN CLOSING

DJ Mannie Faces is a great addition to a growing coalition. The love is in fact there as he expressed to me in closing. “Much love to my Fleet Nation! Strongside Radio, Dj Headrush, DJ Bigtymer, DJ Tone, DJ Chill, DJ P- Money, Dj WillyBangz, Klassik Ceo, DJ Baby G, DJ Hot1ne, DJ Mos Precious… I can keep going!! Love to the whole Fleet Nation and thanks to Jay Mill (TenthLetterMedia) for the interview. My Famous words…. Lets Get it!!!

You can follow DJ Mannie Faces on Facebook and be sure to follow Strong Side Radio on Facebook as well. Check him out on Instagram & Twitter at @djmanniefaces.

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Are Next Up For a Verzuz

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Verzuz Flyer (Photo Cred: Okayplayer.com)

THE NEXT VERZUZ IS OFFICIAL!!

Hip-Hop pioneers BIG DADDY KANE & KRS-ONE have been announced as the next two artists to face off in the next Verzuz! Pitchfork reports that the battle will go down Sunday, October 17th at 9pm EST from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

These unique battles have helped to engage fans of Hip-Hop and R&B alike. They’ve provided memorable entertainment amidst the ongoing pandemic. Spawned by legendary producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland, these impromptu battles of artist catalogs have reinvigorated our love for the culture and music as a whole.

Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One (Photo Cred: Getty Images)

LET’S PLAY A GAME

Revolt reports the two producers wanted the fans to guess on who the next two combatants would be. The prize for a correct guess would be a pair of tickets to the event! The initial post on Instagram received over 15,000 guesses! The fans would only have silhouettes to use as a hint, with most of us being able to guess right away!

(Photo Cred: Verzuz IG Page)

This battle is sure to be as legendary as the artists who are performing! You can purchase tickets NOW through triller.fightclub.com and you can watch exclusively through both Triller & FITE TV. Billed as “TrillerVerz III Weekend”, the festivities will kick off on October 16th. Fans will be treated with a performance from Jamaican DJ Super Cat at 8pm EST. The official battle between BDK and KRS will take place the next day.

Be sure to get your tickets NOW and tune in on Sunday, October 16th to catch all the festivities! Who do you think will win this Verzuz battle? Who would you like to see in the next Verzuz? Let us know down in the comments below! As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture!

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Dead Silence Releases “Need To Go” Single | @deadsilence9

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Dead Silence (Photo Cred: Dead Silence IG page)

DEAD SILENCE released his new single “Need To Go” last week to rave reviews and replays. The Indianapolis artist and songwriter has been on his grind and the payoff has been spectacular to say the least! With his music being heard on popular TV shows such as Growing Up Hip-Hop on We TV as well as on ABC News and HBO, he is showing and proving that being an independent artist does have its rewards.

Dead Silence- Need To Go Artwork

An entire vibe in itself, “Need To Go” is a track that reflects his thoughts on the fake love and attention that runs rampant nowadays. Along with releasing a clean and explicit version of the single, he released the official music video on Friday and from the looks of the visual, you can tell this was a fun shoot! But don’t take my word for it, you can see the excitement on the faces of everyone in attendance!

Dead Silence on the set of the “Need To Go” music video shoot (Photo Cred: Dead Silence IG page)

You can check out the official music video for “Need To Go” down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture! If you’re an artist that would like to be featured in SOMag, then check out the flyer below for more information.

Stay tuned in for more dope content and remember, it’s the #DueSeason so #GetSOM!!!

Dead Silence (Photo Cred: Dead Silence IG page)

“Need To Go” is available to stream and download NOW and you can get your issue by clicking here. You can follow Dead Silence on Instagram at @deadsilence9 and on YouTube at Dead Silence.

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YouTube Removes Misinforming Vaccine Videos

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WHAT IS YOUTUBE DOING?

YouTube has announced that they will begin to remove any misinforming content surrounding any approved medical vaccinations from their platform. Bloomberg reports that the site is forgoing their usual hands-off approach to this topic. The video platform will extend their policies against any form of misinformation conveyed on their site.

A division of Google announced that the ban will include any media claiming that vaccines are dangerous or will lead to chronic health outcomes. Over 130,000 videos that broke the new rule have been removed from the site. These numbers will rise as the pandemic goes on.

One year ago, YouTube began banning videos that were critical of Covid-19 vaccines. Seeing early on the policy had limitations, YouTube enforced this policy after creators found ways around it. Making claims about the vaccines without mentioning Covid-19 directly was one way creators went about it.

Matt Halprin, VP of YouTube of Trust and Safety (Photo Cred: Wikipedia Commons)

We can imagine viewers then potentially extrapolating to Covid-19. We wanted to make sure that we’re covering the whole gamut.

Mark Halprin on YouTube’s New Policy

YOUTUBE DEALS WITH BACKLASH

YouTube faces some of the same political pressures as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, YouTube is also being accused of censoring speech by political pundits. The platform faces scrutiny for what some believe is labeling and inadequately policing vaccine skepticism and falsehoods.

Halprin said, “The company will allow ‘scientific discussion’-videos about vaccine trials, results and failures.” YouTube will continue to permit personal testimonies. Parents will be able to talk about their child’s experiences getting vaccinated. “If videos aggregate these testimonials into one clip or make broader claims questioning vaccine efficacy, then they will be removed” Halprin said.

(Photo Cred: The Guardian Nigeria)

IS YOUTUBE RESTRICTING SEARCHES?

Within the caveats of YouTube’s new policy, the platform categorized certain health videos and in some cases, reduced their ability to show up in specific searches. Bloomberg reports that the company will treat certain health videos as “borderline”, which decreases the appearance in search results.

“It’s only when somebody then generalizes, ‘It’s not just about my child’. Obviously there’s a line there”, Halprin said. What do you think about YouTube’s new course of action? Let us know in the comments down below!

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[BREAKING NEWS] R. Kelly Found Guilty!!

R. Kelly (Photo Cred: ABC News)

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Confirming multiple news sources, R&B singer R.KELLY was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday afternoon on racketeering charges stemming from his publicized sex trafficking trial. Prosecutors had accused Kelly of using his celebrity to bait women and underaged girls for sex throughout the course of the R&B singers’ thirty-year career.

Straight Official reported on Kelly just last month as the singer’s trial had appeared to had hit a brick wall. The prosecution rested their case against the crooner after hearing weeks of testimonies from accusers and survivors of Kelly. It’s funny what a few weeks can change.

Reuters reports that Kelly pled not guilty to a racketeering charge as well as eight counts of violating federal law making it illegal to transport people across state lines for prostitution. While the prosecution is painting the picture of Kelly as a predator who used his fame and charisma to lure victims into his sphere, the defense team for Kelly portrays him as a generous person and that his accusers are looking for a payday through failed book deals and hoped-for music careers that never took flight.

Prosecutors push a cart with documents related to R. Kelly’s trial as they arrive to Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

We will continue to follow this story as news develops. What are your thoughts on this case? Let us know down below!

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#SaturdaySpotlight featuring Tevin Studdard

Tevin Studdard with 24 of his favorite friends from Long’s Bakery (Photo Cred: Twitter.com)

CELEBRATING HIP-HOP, LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE, TENTHLETTERMEDIA & STRAIGHT OFFICIAL MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE #SATURDAYSPOTLIGHT

MEET TEVIN STUDDARD

TEVIN STUDDARD has been going HARD over the past few weeks for his community! Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Tevin has become both an overnight success and a narrative changer for his city. Ever since he went viral with a rap song about Long’s Donuts last year, the WISH TV 8 personality and entrepreneur has set the bar for putting all of his people on. Tevin is built for providing prosperity to his brothers and sisters by any means necessary!

Tevin Studdard-Longs Bakery Music Video
Tevin and Ruben Studdard (Photo Cred: Indianapolis Monthly)

TEVIN’S FAMILY TIES

Studdard became widely popular through the production of songs and music videos for collegiate and high school sports teams. Talent runs deep in the Studdard bloodline as Tevin is the cousin of Ruben Studdard, the first African-American male to win American Idol. Tevin used music as a escape from the real life tragedy that altered the course of his life.

“I had a cousin that was killed outside my grandma’s house when I was in school,” Studdard recants. “It was kinda just a defining moment for me. I was depressed and ended up at that time dropping out of school. Music was where I could find hope. It was an outlet of expression for me.”

TEVIN SEIZES AN OPPORTUNITY

Going after his dreams with veracity, Tevin would catch the attention of some of the city’s most influential people. He recalled the time that his music made it to WNBA legend Tamika Catchings. “My senior year of high school I sent some songs to Tamika and she really liked them,” he said. Seeing the opportunity to get one step closer to his goal, Tevin came to Tamika with an ultimatum.

“I told her if she liked my music then could I write a song for the Indiana Fever,” he said. “But, the catch was that if the song was good enough for the Fever, then she would have to let me perform it at Conseco (now Bankers Life) Fieldhouse. She gave me her word and I jumped in the studio like Superman!”

It’s like the worst that they could tell me was ‘no’. If you got the dream inside of you, work your behind off it.”

Tevin Studdard on his go-getter mentality
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TEVIN GOES BEYOND THE MUSIC

Flyer for Tevin Studdard’s grand opening of Tevin’s Vision (Photo Cred: KPRN.TV)

I caught up with Tevin a few weeks ago as he celebrated the grand opening of Tevin’s Vision. On a Wednesday afternoon, Tevin reached out to 100 small business owners and from his newly acquired building inside Washington Square Mall. Tevin would flood the dying establishment with 133 total business owners! Stores like Sears, Montgomery Ward and LS Ayres which occupied the building years ago could never warrant this much traffic! Tevin was filming a new online series called To-Go Plate. He invited chefs and restaurant owners to sample their dishes and highlight their respective businesses.

Tevin Studdard photoshoot for Tevin’s Vision (Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Twitter Page)
Tevin Studdard on the set of his new online series “To-Go Plate” which features Black chefs and business owners (Photo Cred: C3 Photography & Media)

From there Tevin would proceed to meet and greet with every single vendor that was in the building. I watched as Tevin took plate after plate from every chef! He proceeded to canvas the mall and shake hands and embrace all the vendors in attendance. It was a testament to how much Tevin wants his people to win. On October 2nd, Tevin will be doing it all over again with the second helping of Tevin’s Vision with the goal to have over 200 business owners and vendors on site!

(Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)
Tevin Studdard with the masses as he celebrated the grand opening of Tevin’s Vision in Washington Square Mall (Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)
(Photo Cred: Tevin Studdard Facebook Page)

One day you’re gonna wake up with your dreams staring you right in the face. You better be ready.

Tevin Studdard

It was a pleasure to meet with such a motivated and driven individual! Stay tuned in for our live interview with Tevin to be released at a later date. As always, we thank you for tuning in to the #SaturdaySpotlight and tune in weekly for more dope content!

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