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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.

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Taraji P. Henson Announces New Memoir

Written By. Chalise Macklin

Taraji P. Henson is one of the most recognizable faces on the small screen, but it did not happen overnight. Her journey from Washington D.C. to becoming a star in Tinseltown was anything but easy. She shares a detailed account about her life when the cameras stop rolling and the red carpet moments are over in her new book, Around the Way Girl: A Memoir. The title is befitting for the straight forward, fun-loving actress that embodies the girl next door appeal.

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The Benefits of Water You Didn’t Know

Written by. Chalise Macklin
Toss that soda to the side and grab a bottle of water. There are endless benefits to making water your beverage of choice – like, did you know that water makes up approximately 70% of a human’s body weight. Water possesses tons of hidden gems, some of them may surprise you.
It is highly publicized that water helps the skin, slows the aging process, and corrects digestion issues. But water has so many more benefits such as: fluid balance, calorie and mood control, and eliminating bad breath. The latter may have shocked you. It is not enough to just brush your teeth, floss and use mouth wash. Medical experts say drinking plenty of water helps flush the mouth and clean off the tongue, which reduces the possibility of bad breath.

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Ciara & Russell Wilson Gifts 300 Children With Tablets

Your idea of Christmas may be spending quality time with your family and friends, drinking hot chocolate around the fireplace, opening gifts, and eating a nice warm dinner together. But not so many people are fortunate enough to even be with their family this holiday–let alone receive a present or a hot meal. So, to see someone doing something positive to give back is amazing.

Recently, Ciara and Russell Wilson did an outstanding deed by giving away 300 tablets–sponsored by Amazon, to each kid at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The couple teamed up with actor Chris Pratt to deliver the tablets around the hospital–putting smiles on all of the kids’ faces.

Afterwards, Russell took to Instagram to thank Amazon for helping the couple make the children’s Christmas even better.

“Thanks @Amazon for the @AmazonKindle for all 300 patients in @SeattleChildrens today for @Ciara & I!” he stated in the post.

Check out pics from their visit below


  
  

Written by: Ashley Blackwell (@ashleytearra)

Serena Williams Named Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson Of The Year

2015 has been a great year for this lady right here. Professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson Of The Year”. Let’s just say, it is definitely well deserved.

“This year was spectacular for me. For @SportsIllustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village, it’s not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored. I love you guys! 2016? #letsdoit” she stated through a recent Instagram post.

From holding 36 major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, to being acknowledged as one of the ‘greatest tennis players of all time’, Williams has proven to be a complete bad ass.

The 34-year old has been dominating the world of women’s tennis for more than 15 years now–and she never cease to amaze us. We’ve all seen Williams grow tremendously throughout her career, but although she has had many on-field accomplishments, she’s had a long list of off-field as well.

Just to name a few, Williams has endorsement deals with Gatorade, Beats by Dre, Pepsi, and more recently, Nike. Earlier this year, she also became the first black female athlete to have a picture by herself on the cover of Vogue, which she did for the April, 2015 issue. Way to go, Serena!

It always very empowering to see women who are making a difference in the world. Serena Williams is the epitome of hard work paying off. She has literally worked her way to the top. With that, she is letting us know that no matter what anyone says, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. That is all more of the reason why you just can’t help but love Serena Williams.

But besides her powerful attributes in the industry, her beauty is even more admirable. With her gorgeous figure and doll-like features, Williams makes it clear that chocolate girls are winning! We have to say, the cover is beautiful. Slay!

Congratulations, Serena!

Read more of the story here: http://www.si.com/sportsperson/2015/12/14/serena-williams-si-sportsperson-year

The article will be featured in Sports Illustrated December 21st issue.
Written by: Ashley Blackwell (@ashleytearra)

August Alsina Takes Us On An Unforgettable Journey With His New Album, “This Thing Called Life” 

From Adele’s “25”, to now August Alsina’s new album, the last part of 2015 is going out with a bang.  NOLA Singer, August Alsina just debuted his sophomore album titled, “This Thing Called Life”– and I’ll be first to say, the album is definitely worth buying.

Born in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the 23-year-old singer came from a little of nothing. At an early age, Alsina turned to the streets. It wasn’t until the lost of his older brother to gun violence that Alsina realized the streets of New Orleans was not for him anymore. Struggling to find a way out, he turned to his love for music, and uprooted to Atlanta for a better life.

From selling drugs, and being nearly homeless, to now winning awards, and having platinum records, Alsina is already leaving a mark in the industry early on. He says his main goal in his career is to be able to inspire people, and to continue to be a voice for the struggle.

With Alsina’s rich and raw sound, he offers a unique twist on R&B–telling real-life stories through his music. Although he has suffered many trials and tribulations, the singer keeps God first and his faith strong.

After over a year of working on his second album, “This Thing Called Life” hit stores yesterday, December 11th. Prior to the album release, Alsina dropped three singles titled, “Hip Hop”, “Why I Do It”,  and his latest, “Song Cry”– in which he opens up about family feud and his thoughts of suicide.

To see where he started from–and to also see his progress from the first album to this one, is beautiful. An artist that is never afraid to express himself–and never afraid to live in his truth, is well respected.

In Alsina’s new album, TTCL, he not only demonstrates vocally growth, but also spiritual and mental growth as well. He speaks on the ups and downs of life, and the good and bad that comes with fame and fortune. Throughout each song, Alsina delivers an in-depth story, as he lets the fans in on a more personal side of himself.

As he goes through the ropes of life–the tears, the heartache, the happiness, the smiles, he ends the album off with a celebratory record, “The Encore”.  With features from Anthony Hamilton, Jadakiss, and Chris Brown, the album is truly a body of work that needs to be heard. Simply a very heartfelt journey!

“American Dream” and “Hollywood” would be my top favorites. What are yours? Let us know in the comments.

August Alsina’s “This Thing Called Life” is available in stores and on iTunes.


  

If you haven’t already, check out his new video to “Song Cry” below.

 

Written by: Ashley Blackwell (@ashleytearra)