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Kontrol Girl Exclusive With Party Powerhouse Dj RootsQueen

Written by: Mark Pollard

Don’t let the pretty face fool you. DJ RootsQueen is a skilled turntablist, producer, strip club DJ and radio show host based out of Atlanta, Ga. Originally from Tampa, Fl., she began spinning Drum and Bass at 17 years old which catapulted her into mastering Hip Hop, Dancehall, Dub Reggae, House, and Classic sets.

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“Well I started DJing when I was a teenager in the 90’s, so it was when rave and techno were really popular, so that was where I started on vinyl back then.”

 As Drum and Bass started to fade, she became obsessed with Dub Music and subsequently toured the East Coast with Reggae bands such as One Drop, Rocksteady @8, and Third World. A band member dubbed her “RootsQueen” at a show, and the name stuck ever since.

“I’m a professionally trained turntablist. My style of DJing is very multi-formatted so I can pick up and play any type of music, it really just depends on where I’m at. I can play whatever the crowd wants to hear, that’s what it’s really about, I’m not here to shove music down there ears, I’m here to make the party rock and make things fun.”

Her evolution in the art of being a DJ has, thus far, been a world wind of adventure in just the last year alone. Working alongside some of hip-hops most notable musicians from Future to Gucci Mane to Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan to name a few. DJ RootsQueen goes on to explain those experiences and also the difference in her career now than it was a year ago.

“I used to get star stuck, I remember when I first met Future I was trying so hard not to act star struck, so I pretended like I didn’t know who he was; I was like, “Hi what’s your name?”  But I’m not that way anymore because now I realize that they get star struck over me. As far as the difference in my career now, I would say is definitely branding and online presence, I feel like I do a lot more work that a mass amount of people can actually see now versus my usual small circle via social media.”

As one of the hottest female DJ’s in the game today, with awards honoring female DJ’s in the music industry to best female DJ, DJ RootsQueen is definitely a force to be reckoned with. However with such popularity in a male dominated career you have to ask the question is it harder being a female DJ in the music industry?

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“Its harder being a female in the game because I’ll notice that there’s a lot of attitude and shade that being a male in the industry you can show, but if you’re a girl and you were to have the same type of attitude or lets just say if you were to post something online, you’ll get a phone call to fix your attitude. Whereas a guy would pretty much get away with saying whatever he want or do whatever he want and it’ll be ok.” She continues to say, “As for me I do understand that this is a male dominated industry and I don’t fight back with them. What I do is just shine even harder, make sure my promos are better, make sure my videos are better, and make sure my contacts and contracts are better. That’s really the only way you can fight back is to not worry about that and to just shine on them.”

Executively produced by DJ RootsQueen, “Rude Girl Radio” caught the eye of celebrity super producer, Drumma Boy, who put her on the roster for “Drum Squad DJs” and made her his personal DJ for his fashion line, Fresh Phamily.

“I’m still sponsored by Fresh Phamily, but just recently by Diamond Supply and Zaytoven’s fashion brand, Wil Ginger.”

In 2015, DJ RootsQueen was signed to celebrity producer Zaytoven Beatz (Future, Young Jeezy, Juicy J) management and subsequently moved her radio show, “Rude Girl Radio”, to his radio station, Digital Dope Radio. Where she is now a resident DJ at the world famous Onyx, in Atlanta, Ga. DJ RootsQueen goes on to explain her first meeting with the hot Atlanta producer.

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 “I linked up with Zaytoven about two years ago through his manager Roland Williams, who’s my manager now. He’s like the best manager in the world, by the way. They needed a DJ here in Atlanta that could do the same thing that his other tour DJ that doesn’t live here does, so he could have that same push in the city and they chose me. They like to have females in the organization because he has a lot of female artists that he works with, so he’s always surrounding himself with pretty girls. It’s just a better look you know when we travel.”

Speaking of Zaytoven and Drumma Boy, she also just did a Red Bull event with the two producers in New York; she goes on to explain that experience.

“The Red Bull event in New York was amazing! We stayed at the Dream Hotel and Red Bull was super accommodating. Some people who were in attendance were Sunny Digital and Metro Boomin. Zay and myself went on after Metro and the crowd was hype and ready, so we just put on a really great show and showed New York what we do in Atlanta.”

With a sound so dynamic and eclectic as her personality, DJ RootsQueen is a party powerhouse, with an energy guaranteed to give life to any event. Also a female with a long resume and powerhouse behind her brand, she has just a couple of words for all the young female DJ’s out there that want to be the next top female DJ in the game.

“Practice practice practice, make sure that you master your craft because if not and your sloppy on the turntables people aren’t going to take you seriously on an executive level when you try to work and do other things. Also if this is really a career path you want to go into longevity wise, make sure you push forward to an executive level because at some point when you start to get older they’re not going to want to book you at these parties where there are twenty year olds, so your going to have to learn how to position yourself in this game.”

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DJ RootsQueen’s next big vent will be at the v103 Car and Bike show Saturday July 16, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. Be on the lookout for that and also for more info, music, and events from this hot DJ you can check her out on social media @DJRootsQueen and her official website DJRootsQueen.Com.

Zachary S. Williams Lands Role On Greenleaf

Written by. Chalise Macklin

Long gone are the days of OWN struggling to find its footing as a network. Things started off slow five years ago, but now the network is thriving with several hit shows and rising stars thanks to an overhaul of content and its partnership with Tyler Perry to create scripted programming. The Have and Have Nots is one the most successful shows on the network. Its new season premiered last night, but its new show, Greenleaf, is gaining a lot of buzz. The two-night premiere continues tonight, but is already receiving rave reviews and described as “fresh.”

greenleaf 3Oprah Winfrey (Mavis McCready) and Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae Greenleaf) star in the series. The drama is based on the Greenleaf family life and the secrets their Memphis megachurch is built on.

greenleaf2Several other veteran actors such as Keith David (Bishop James Greenleaf) and Gregory Alan Williams (Robert Mac McCready) help comprise the cast as well as some newcomers.

davidwilliamsZachary S. Williams is one of the newbie actors who has snagged the opportunity most actors dream of.

“I’m really excited it was a memorable experience. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results, said Williams.

zswWilliams is a talented musician, singer and actor. He landed the sought after role after playing the piano during his audition.

“I got an email from my agent about the audition. I read the script at first I was not sure, but the fact that the character played the piano sold me,” Zachary said.

His character is a troubled teen from a dysfunctional family who gains support from Mavis, Winfrey’s character as he plays piano in her bar.

oprah“Mavis does something really special for him. Their relationship has a lot of unspoken dialogue. They understand each other, Williams said.

He started playing the piano at age four and was classically trained for many years. Zachary got his start acting by booking various print jobs and commercials such as Disney, Busch Gardens and Universal’s World of Harry Potter. He also co-hosts a TV mini-series “Ray Rookies;” a show designed to engage youth fans of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. But none of his previous work compares to his new role.

“It feels really great. I’m still shocked. It is mind blowing. How many 16 year olds get to say they worked with Oprah Winfrey,” said Zachary.

The special relationship between Williams and Winfrey was not introduced last night, but it is not all the audience should tune in for. There is a lot more drama and must see moments as the complexity of the characters are revealed.

“There are definitely layers and the story of Greenleaf is told very authentic. People will definitely be able to relate. The writing is directed so the audience can connect with characters,” Williams said.

castHe also stated the diversity of the cast will garner an audience of varying ages.

“People will find someone on the show to relate to. The cast ranges from people in their teens to people in their sixties.” Zachary said.

His character will likely resonate young people; not because of his age but the complexity of his role.

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“My character comes from a trouble home and so does a lot of young people. By watching my character I want them to see there is hope and inspiration. They need to know they have options.” said Zachary.

Williams says he has learned a lot from his time on the set of Greenleaf.

“I was able to learn and grow in an environment that was comfortable,” said Zachary.

As he pursues his acting career, he still plans to attend college later. And he plans to use the advice given to him by Oprah to double major in musical theater and TV production.

“She told me to never give up and always go for what you want.” Williams said.

One of Zacahry’s future goals is to work with community organizations that provide children with opportunities to showcase their talents and interest them in the arts.

 

The Perfect Gentleman, Marion Mouton

Written By, TheFreckledMuse

Men behaving badly, rude or even disrespectful has slowly become the norm in today’s society.

So much so, that it seemed that the days of men holding doors for women were long over.

And then we discovered Marion Mouton. Upon first glance, one wouldn’t assume that with his tall physique and perfectly chiseled good looks, that Marion just might be the epitome of perfect gentlemen. When the model of African American and Creole descent, isn’t captivating photographers or walking runways he is working hard to change the world.

 

At a young age, Mouton recalls noticing the how hard all the women in his family worked provided and kept the household intact. That built the foundation within him to have a deep love and respect for all woman. Modeling after his uncle’s mannerism, young Marion recalls the moment he noticed that being a gentleman had become the minority,

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“ I was about 22/23 ish and I just started noticing that things had changed- how the conversation about dates went from opening doors and buying flowers and depending how good the date went you might get a kiss on the cheek, to now it evolving into come on let’s hang out, “  he expressed.

“Being a gentleman started to become extinct because females started accepting that treatment. I don’t know when it became cool, but females just started accepting whatever If a dude was on a certain status they would let stuff pass. I think that women are a little bit to blame because of what they tolerate. And I’m just basing this from Atlanta because I live here I see a lot of women accepting poor treatment just because a dude live in a high rise or drive a BMW.”

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But His advice to single women everywhere, “Don’t  give up hope!”

According to Marion, men can become gentlemen at any age. That although it is best that young boys learn by example, recalling how his mother took him on dates as a little boy, a man can evolve at any stage in life. That sometimes, it can take a woman to teach a man the way to treat women. Also, in other cases maybe he observes the behavior from his peers, one never knows. His objective is to constantly teach and educate, getting the word out there to the public.

 

“Some females can’t handle it, or they’re not ready for gentlemen or just wasn’t brought up around that or maybe even past relationships have negatively impacted how they expect to be treated, “

He told KontrolGirl,

 

“ But once the information is out there it sticks. I am always a gentleman that who I am as a person there is nothing that can negatively affect how I interact with women, even if she dissed me I would say, “Okay love” and take her home I would never call a woman out her name or anything like that.”

 

While the extremely handsome Marion says he’s not at liberty to speak about anything he’s currently working on, he did just recently wrap a photoshoot with a very beautiful star from Love and Hip Hop, and that we should be on the lookout for that project very soon.

Photo credits @AABPhotography

Indea Nikole

Written By: TheFreckledMuse

 

Getting her start at the ripe age of 4, Indea Nikole is no stranger to music or the effect it can have on one’s life. Scouted as a little girl by a local music label she was given the opportunity to write an original piece of music to test her limits. And that’s exactly what she did. That song opened everyone’s eyes to her abilities including her mother. Seeing how truly talented her daughter was she began training and managing Indea and decided to move the family to Atlanta in 2011. .

 

Now a 20-year old mother of one, her love for music is the same it’s just her song that has changed.

Feeding off the inspiration from her daughter, Indea began working on her latest EP, Metamorphosis. The album a soulful reflection of her life and music she had this to say about the project:

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“ The overall tone in my music has changed- it shows the growth from me starting out as a little girl and evolving into a grown woman. Before I had no real control and I sang what I was told to,  bubblegum music I like to call it and I was very limited. Now I do what I want to do with my music and it’s so real because it includes the good but it also includes the bad. There’s way more pain this time around which is okay because I really get to tell my story. In my songs I sing  as if I’m literally talking to a close friend.”

 

Along with maturing musically she’s also grown with her production tastes. Having engineers like J Rich and J Gates work on the EP she was very specific in how she want her sound to come across. Not using the assistance of any other talent, Indea wrote the lyrics to each and every song. Very impressive for such a young artist Indea says she wouldn’t have it any other way because it’s her life, her experiences and it needed to come from her. With Alina Perez, Lana Del Rey and Post Malone on her playlist Indeya, very eclectic in her taste, is headstrong about individualism as an artist. So no surprise she’s a devout Kanye West fan admiring his creativity and uniqueness,

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“ Kanye has this creativity about his music ,his sound it’s just..magical. There’s something about a artist who will say anything in their music not caring what others think not trying to fit in anyone’s mold  or be boxed in just being unapologetically them through their craft is something I respect and admire.

 

As a long time and short term goal she just wants to be a paid independent artist. Learning how lucrative the business can be she’s realized early on that it’s best to have all her money coming directly to her. Also having creative control over what she puts out to the public is not something she’s willing to negotiate.

That individualism has attracted a global fan base that includes not only America, but London and Africa as well. And some of those fans will get to experience her first hand as she launches a inner city tour to promote Metamorphosis in July of 2016. But if you can’t make it to the tour, don’t worry because Indea says her video for mirror mirror will be released any day now.

New Artist Symon Gaining The Spotlight

Written by. Chalise Macklin

Establishing a name as a singer can be challenging, but up-and-coming artist Symon is making it look easy. She has been honing her craft since she was a teen. Once in a band and now a solo artist she is working hard to show you why she is the one to watch.

symon“I did plays and everything I could to break into the business. I have so much in my arsenal that people don’t know about, and I’m ready to bring it,” said Symon.

Her hustle mentality paid off. She and her former band, The New Officials, opened up for Demi Lovato on her Neon Lights tour.

“It was an incredible experience to see how she works,” said Symon.

tnoThe journey helped prepare her for the future. The band disbanded, but she landed a solo deal with Artbeatz Entertainment/Sony. Now, her first single, “Say”, is climbing the charts and is predicted to be a summer anthem.

“It is a great introduction song. A great pop, summer record,” Symon said.

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Her debut single was strategically titled to take advantage on the phrase Simon Says. It is a playful record that combines sass with elements of her personality.

“I wanted (people) to feel my vibe, plus it doesn’t hurt that my name is included in the record,” said Symon.

The record’s infectious lyrics and her relatability have led to some major opportunities for Symon, including participating in a radio tour. She is also working on an EP scheduled for release this fall.

“The EP will include more mid-tempo and upbeat songs.  A personal song called “Lonely Girl” will offer a more intimate side of me and it is a true connection to a more vulnerable me,” Symon said.

Symon is currently working with Barletta, who is responsible for Daya’s hit song “Hide Away”

“I’m working with some amazing producers. I’m creating my sound being me, being Symon. I’m true to myself other people will hopefully connect,” she said.”

The singer has shown much promise and describes her signature style as heavily urban and tropical influenced. Bob Marley Lisa, Left Eye Lopes (TLC), and Gwen Stefani are some of her biggest inspirations. She said her music should make you want to go to the beach, drive with the top down, sip tropical drinks, and have a good time. The Southern California native has vocal range, and is more than just a pop artist. Symon is a singer –songwriter who is a trained musician and vocalists.

“I was trained in opera. I had different teachings of music and voice. I co-write everything I do, because I want listeners to connect with me and feel the authenticity,” said Symon.

Those planning to get to know her sound better should expect a lot of fun and to enjoy themselves. Her stage show channels the same energy as her records.

“Prepare to enjoy themselves (concert goers) and to feel immersed in the sound. I put on a show,” Symon said.

symon1If the momentum she has gained continues, she is well on her way to a promising career and may cement her imprint into the music world.

Miss USA Pageant: More Than Just A Crown

Written by. Chalise Macklin

And the winner is….Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber. Barber was crowned the new Miss USA Sunday night in Las Vegas. 52 contestants battled it out for the coveted crown and title. But Barber slayed the competition with her stage presence and strong interview skills. She made history as the first military member to ever snag the crown.

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This year’s pageant seemed on the mend after the pageant endured a bit of controversy last year. Former pageant owner, Donald Trump, made some controversial comments about immigrants that lead to NBC and Univision cutting ties with the businessman and the organization. Following the Trump debacle, the organization experienced another hiccup during the Miss Universe Pageant when host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announced the wrong winner.

The show made some changes to add a fresh feel and connect with the viewers. It was aired on its new home Fox, the organization added a new contestant, Miss 52 USA, and the fans at home served as the sixth judge. The unofficial theme of the night was “Confidently Beautiful” which all the ladies embodied. And showed the world the pageant is more than a competition.

group pic            Perhaps the most recognizable change to the pageant was the background story of the contestants. It was not only a way for the viewers and judges to get to know the contestants better, it also allowed little girls, teens, and young ladies to see how relatable the women are. The contestants are more than just beautiful women with killer figures. The women are entrepreneurs, athletes, philanthropists, and highly successful and educated women. Some of the ladies’ personal stories really resonated with issues many young girls face today such as: body shaming, anorexia, depression, and defying the odds. Young girls sometimes experience low self-esteem and have a difficult time navigating through their teen years. Those women personal stories can provide inspiration and empower all while wearing high heels.

Barber will start her preparation for the Miss Universe pageant. She said she plans to use her time as the reigning Miss USA to support veteran’s causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.

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