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[OP-ED] State of the Hip-Hop Union: Indy 2019 via @TenthLetterMed

“Do I have everyone’s attention now?”-CM Punk

I had to quote the former WWE Superstar because of the relevancy of his inquiry. At the time he had dropped his legendary “pipe bomb” that shook up the wrestling world. Over the past year, TenthLetterMedia has worked with Straight Official Magazine to not only provide our readers with the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, but to spotlight the developing Hip-Hop landscape of the Circle City. As the lead editor of TLM, I vested personal stock in our efforts and in 2018 I presented the State of the Hip-Hop Union address.

In the piece I spoke on several topics, from the pros and cons of the landscape of Hip-Hop in Nap to the undeniable talent that runs rampant here. In the year that would follow, while there were numerous artists that broke ground here, there were two that broke the glass ceiling that has encompassed the Circle City for decades.

Playbwoi tha Great and Trajik are revered as native legends in music and entertainment here in Indy. In my journey as a journalist I’ve worked with them both on separate occasions. Playbwoi would go on to sign with Lil’ Boosie’s Bad Azz Music label while Trajik would make his acting debut on the widely popular Fox series Empire. I viewed their respective wins as accomplishments for the city, but I also saw it as confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years.

Naptown as a collective and cohesive unit will become the next mecca for Hip-Hop and entertainment. The talent has always been here and the variety is in spades. We’re the only Midwest entity that hasn’t been crowned and I feel that those days are numbered. The entertainment realm is beginning to wake up to us as a region of both promise and prosperity. Granted, there are several underlying issues that have kept us back but at this point, we’ve already talked about them to death. It’s time to focus on becoming a standard in both Hip-Hop and the entertainment industry.

From top left: Circle City Hustle, Roj Mahal, Bart Litty, Dottie Staxx

Which brings me back to the Punk quote. I believe that every artist, DJ and producer from the Circle City should adopt this question as their mantra. Several artists have made it out of NAP to reach mainstream success, so why stop now? In 2018, TLM and SO Mag launched the #LetsWork campaign in the attempt to break out independent artists. Coupled with TLM’s other features such as #SaturdaySpotlight I have seen the impact that we can and will have on the industry. Plus I enjoy being right about things like this.


In the first year that TenthLetterMedia linked with Straight Official, Naptown made up maybe 3% of the content that was published in the magazine. Three years later, that percentage is closer to 70%…

DO WE HAVE EVERYONE’S ATTENTION NOW?!?!

I’m willing to bet we do. Stay tuned with us as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #DueSeason #GetSOM

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[Fashion] “FALL” In Love With Color

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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