The Largest Fashion Event in Hampton Roads Showcases Local Designers & Brands

 

Vano Clothing Evoque Photography

Photo by: Quisha McElroy Evoque PhotographyModel: Jermaine (Red Star Model Management)Designer: Vano Couture 

 

 

 

 


 

Da Future In Fashion PartyIn one of the largest fashion events to descend upon Hampton Roads, ‘Da Future in Fashion Party’ held May 25th at The Complex in the historical Old Towne Portsmouth brought together the area’s leading fashion designers, boutiques, and local personalities for an evening of red carpet glitz, emerging seasonal trends, and networking with industry tastemakers. Behind the studded occasion was sought after designer and owner of Woman Beautiful Boutique Patricia Rountree. The event, which launched with a 2-hour meet and greet with cocktails was hosted by Hampton Road’s own Satoria Nicole. Featured designers on the runway were Lipgloss-N-Stilettos, Reckless Clothing, CLU Apparel by Kustom Made Designs & Accessories, LLP Supply Company, Boutique Crush, FlyGirl Boutique, Vano Couture, Endowed Expression Boutique, and Woman Beautiful Boutique.

Boutique Crush-Evoque Photography

Photography By: Quisha McElroy Evoque Photography
Model: Ellie (Red Star Model Management
Style: Boutique Crush

Runway fashions ranged from trendy to futuristic and encompassed a myriad of color and texture in a multifaceted display of artistic expression and Avant Garde style. From eclectic concept designs to ready-to-wear street clothing, an array of styles were revealed for both men and women indicating the quality and distinction that each designer brings to the local scene and beyond. Models illuminated the runway with lightweight summer styles which included maxi-dresses, cropped tops, and flowing skirts adorning floral prints, tribal patterns, camouflage, metallic prints, and solid pastels. Garments with a slighter edge featured spandex and liquid fabrics with a tight fit and short cut.

In addition to an entire vendor area available for patrons, attendees were entertained with a live performance by recording artist G. Profit and event soundtrack provided by VA’s DJ Hipp. The event was a remarkable look into the unique style and flavor that has brought Hampton Roads designers to the forefront as trendsetters not only in the local region but in other areas across the country where their influence is represented.

Sponsored by K. Stinson Production a Sexy in The City Event, ‘Da Future in Fashion Party’

Reckless Clothing Evoque Photography

Photography by: Quisha McElroy, Evoque Photography
Model: Christian (Red Star Model Management)
Designer: Reckless Clothing

featured  King Blue Entertainment, Host Satoria Nicole, DJ Hipp, and was filmed by ‘The Boyfriend Show’. Red Carpet events were managed by Parker Media Group with interviews done by Steven Sykes. Event photographers on hand to capture the show were Shah Moten Productions, Kevin Higgins, Quisha McElroy of Evoque Photography, Capture The Moment Photography, Rashanta & Glenn Jennings of Me Images, and Theodore Pitt Photography.

Patricia Rountree, Owner of Woman Beautiful Boutique founded the business in 2007. Known by the tagline “Woman Beautiful is Alwayz A Lady”, the brand was featured in numerous fashion shows and showcases including the ERAS of Fashion Show in 2013, and the Lawrence Brothers Prime Time Fashion Show. The brand features custom clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. In coordinating one of the largest events that Hampton Roads has seen this year…in addition to the many designers, photographers, models, and make up artists, hair stylists, and participants, Patricia also credits The Complex Restaurant and Night Club, along with Ebony Smith,  Jasmine Littlejohn, and Yaahmonny Harper her personal assistants.

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Photo Credit: Evoque Photography

Models Pictured: Ellie, Christian & Jermaine of Red Star Model Management

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Marcus “M-Positive” Parker releases new chart-topping motivational smash hit “Long Time Coming”

Marcus M-Positive Parker Hip-hop, much like other styles of music functions to serve numerous purposes through its intent, lyrical content, and overall delivery. While for some it is merely a form of entertainment, for others it is an outlet to express their aversion to social constructs. Rap music, often correlated with the glorification of materialism drugs, sex, money, misogynistic views, and metaphors of violence and loathing has been unfortunately credited for many social ills and toxic messages that are sprinkled throughout the fabric of youths.  From those already impoverished to those who are highly privileged, and everyone in between, the impact of rap music is indelible. The truth is, there is another side of the art-form that considers a more positive stance when distributing lyrically relevant content to the most impressionable members of our communities.

While symphonies from the streets have earned their place among the most popular rap tracks in history, often enticing pliable minds with lucid imagery and salacious lyrics, there are a few artists who have enlisted the viral power of rap to wield the influence of positive energy and empowering messages. Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and lyricist Marcus “M-Positive” Parker is an artist that is using his music to preserve the community-oriented roots of rap where lyrics inspired and empowered. His latest release “Long Time Coming” from his album ‘Motivational Rap-Ten Years Underground’  is a pertinent observation on the direct impact that negative influences have had upon individuals struggling to find success in a world saturated with counterproductive experiences.

“Long Time Coming”,  a laid back track is delivered with unwavering truth and remarkable lyrical content. M-Positive sends a message of individuality, independent thinking, and resilience in the wake of tribulation. He clearly illustrates a well-defined purpose through each and every verse along with the resonating hook “…and all of my problems and hard times almost drove me insane but, still I had to try and maintain”. Without conforming to the commercial toxicity that has polluted airwaves over the last decades, Marcus conjures up a rare and refreshing perspective on life through the vessel of rap. With a distinct southern style beat and mellow cadence, the track will strike a chord with fans who are looking for a rousing piece of work that will uplift and motivate.

As a Texas native and certified underground artist, Marcus “M-Positive” Parker is an best-selling author, lyricist, motivational rap performer and speaker. His critically acclaimed music has been a positive force in the lives of the youth that he influences for over 10 years. Encouraging youth and teens to remain positive in the face of adversity, he has spoken and performed at numerous schools in Texas. Marcus has been featured in a multitude of publications, magazines, and on countless radio shows. His music has reached over 500,00 YouTube subscribers and the number continues to grow. Learn more about Marcus on his website www.marcusparker.com.

 

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Pianist Jeffrey Hampton Captivates Fans with Samuel Barber’s Ballade, Op. 46

Jeffrey HamptonOne of the most captivating and impressive instruments on earth is the piano. The piano has the distinct ability to drive a composition through multiple sound layers. Through the expression of a meticulous pianist, the piano keys articulate almost any emotion that one can imagine. It can can make us feel agile and energetic, or dark and sorrowful, it can bring life and animation to objects that are otherwise dead.  A well-composed piano score can engulf listeners into a fanciful world of imagination and wonder. Contemporary pianists,sharing their prowess with the world, reach to pieces by Bach, Chopin, and others to illustrate the intricacies of musical expression. A pianist who has decided to share his personal journey with one of the world’s most famed instruments is Jeffrey Dean Hampton.

Jeffrey Hampton recently covered the works of Samuel Barber and released a video on YouTube for Ballade, Op. 46, the last of the composers works written before his death. Through his masterful rendition, Hampton effectively delivers the looming, dark emotion of the piece. As the piece progresses, Jeffrey flawlessly executes the agitato with relentless vigor and conviction. The overall effect is a dynamic interpretation of the score that fuses sharp phrases with melodious, lingering chords. Check out the video of Jeffrey Dean Hampton playing Samuel Barber’s Ballade Op. 46 below.

Through his expression of Ballade Op. 46, Jeffrey has illustrated not only the longstanding legacy of Samuel Barber’s work but, his own dedication in rendering such a monumental piece. Fans will take pleasure in the skillful translation of the composition while feeling the effects of the energy and emotion that go into composing and mastering a work. Jeffrey breathes a fresh breath of contemporary energy onto a classical jewel.

Having embarked upon his musical journey with the piano at 8 years old, Jeffrey Hampton currently studies at Indiana State. Known for his youthful energy and enthusiasm, his style has garnered him accolades from fans and peers all over. Inspired by the works of Brahams, Schumann, Chopin, and many others, Hampton’s work can currently be heard on his official website www.jdhpiano.com. He possesses a wide musical scope which includes not only classical, but contemporary pop sounds as well. While we await Jeffrey’s next musical sound-byte, eager fans will be excited to know that Jeffrey’s full album release is on the horizon.

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Transcending time: ‘For The Love of Music’ the new album from recording artist LiJames The Chosen sets the bar

LiJames The ChosenThere are few emcees that are able to transcend time. Those who do prove to be the most influential forces in our culture. A force to be reckoned with today is hip hop artist  LiJames The Chosen who just released his latest project ‘For The Love of Music’. The album is a definitive street symphony that speaks volumes about the current climate of society. The Chosen, a name given by his mother has gifted music fans with a crystal clear visuals and lyrical mastery not seen since the era of artists such as Tupac. ‘For The Love of Music’ is a progressive spin on the underground sound that catapulted hip hop to the mainstream decades ago. Evidence of LiJames’ musical influences and avid study of legendary emcees and musicians permeates throughout each and every track. LiJames The Chosen is redirecting hip hop fans to the long-awaited socially conscious origins of hip hop music.

‘For the Love of Music’ explores a myriad of themes on each of the album tracks. LiJames’ perspective throughout the album is not only genuine but refreshing. Like spoken word, the lyrical content is powerful, poetic, and driven by bona fide experiences that are faced everyday. His delivery radiates a voice of maturity and experience that is not often heard within the sounds of independent recording artists. Trudging through the lyrical battlefield, LiJames covers topics ranging from race relations and class to relationships, incarceration to world issues. In the album, he grapples with some of the toughest issues facing our nation, and does so from a highly relative perspective.

The critically acclaimed album which is already receiving rave reviews, has some really powerful tracks that will resonate with listeners. The track “Looking Out My Window” is gritty track that provides a view into a world that few who are on the outside can truly understand. The fact that an emcee can skillfully share the inner-workings of our culture is a symbol of the excellence that an artist like LiJames lends to the movement.

Another powerful track that will reverberate with fans is “Child Slavery” which exemplifies the depth of LiJames’ observations on world issues. Throughout his tracks, he shines light on the subject matter that is seemingly too politically incorrect to address in our current sphere. He switches up the tone of the album with the track “Life is Beautiful” which is a motivating anthem that inspires and influences a positive thought process. “Chocolate Girl” on the other hand, is a candid track that pays homage to natural sisters of the world, a nice diversion from the heavier content included on the album. The lyrical content on the album is balanced well in combination with the delivery and production.

Production on ‘For The Love of Music’ is among the strongest unleashed this year. There are some tracks that have a nostalgic feel such as “What A Shame” and “Knowledge is Power” while tracks such as “Remember Me” have a more progressive mainstream sound. The album incorporates skits, audio clips, and news footage to emphasize the overall story, working effectively to connect the content with current events and subsequently with the listeners. LiJames delivers phenomenal vocal quality in conjunction with a flawless flow. The album is a diverse collaboration that encompasses the authentic voice of underground hip hop but, conveys with the precision of a mainstream production.

Often compared to artists such as Nas, LiJames The Chosen has already been buzzing in the minds of loyal fans in the Big Apple and across the world, as his latest album has coveted thousands of digital downloads. Having jumpstarted his music life as a young kid listening to ciphers on the block, LiJames The Chosen, influenced by other neighborhood emcees later forged his own path to lyrical greatness. Given the middle name of “The Chosen” by his mother, it became early on that LiJames would find amazing experiences on the horizon. With an inclination for performance, his journey has led him to be one of the most sought after artists of our time.

Check out more music from LiJames The Chosen on Datpiff.com where you can download “For The Love of Music” in its entirety.

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Powerful release “Changes” from John Blake Inspires

John BlakeEveryone has experienced those times when it seems as if the world is upon their shoulders and everything is going wrong. The desire to give up can be overwhelming but, there are times when we are at our lowest points and the only thing that can lift us up out of our darkest hour is a song. One artist has heard the voices of those who face struggle and has decided to share his response of encouragement and enlightenment.

Songwriter and recording artist John Blake joined forces with Elisa Polanco to deliver another earth moving track called “Changes”, a song that is emotionally stirring and inspiring by all accounts. The latest from a series of singles dropped this year, John selflessly opens his heart to the world once again evoking power through music.

Elisa sings on the hook “Everything changes, let go and give it a try, don’t let your life pass you by”, a memorable and relevant statement especially in the face of the most difficult struggles faced by many on a daily basis. John Blake who is recognized for reaching out to his fans through his music in a very direct and personal manner demonstrates his ability to address the issues that affect humanity at its core.

The daunting reality is that mainstream recording artists often avoid engaging with weighty issues that affect society in their music thus leading to a lack of connectivity with those most in need of strong, positive influences. Outside the world of materialistic glorification, glitz and glamour exist regular people who face everyday challenges looking for artists that they can relate to. John Blake, who is embarking on his own road to fame through raw authenticity is the artist of our generation that will motivate, inspire, and address the good, the bad, and the ugly much like Tupac and Biggie did in their time.

“Changes” is a powerful song that is capable touching of a multitude of individuals from various walks of life. The song is an easy listen with a flavor reminiscent of the late 90s and early 2000s before commercial hip-hop ventured slightly away from socially conscious productions. Blake delivers flawless bars and pertinent lyrical content while Elisa Polanco connects the verses with a contemporary R&B hook. From a motivating stance, the song is possibly one of the most inspirational collaborations of the year. Although the song is moving, the production yields a formidable secular presentation thus enabling it to reach a broad spectrum of listeners.

It is evident that John Blake is on a mission and is making moves with his music which never fails to deliver. “Changes” is a sleek production with exceptional vocal and sound quality. Blake’s songwriting is virtually unrivaled when considering the current plight of the independent artist and the lack of original content distributed to the masses. The intent and purpose behind Blake’s music is not only placing him among the most sought after artists of today but it is changing lives one by one.

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Music with a Message: Journey with L.A. based Singer- Songwriter Breanna Kennedy

Singer-Songwriter Breanna KennedyLeaving her heart on the soundstage

One of the most powerful ways to reach a captive audience is through music. Although it is a beloved pastime, music can also bring awareness to social issues that impact our lives with such enormity that they cannot simply be ignored. What is even more spectacular is when an artist, who as a vessel is able to share with fans an intended message while utilizing their inherently, artistic gifts.  An artist that has chosen to share her personal journey with fans is L.A. based singer-songwriter Breanna Kennedy.

Breanna recently released her single “She’s Falling”, an emotional song about her sister Destiny who took her life at the very, young age of 23. The song, now available on iTunes, is powerful and elicits a profound response towards a serious issue that touches many a person regardless of social, racial, religious, and economic boundaries. Kennedy not only demonstrates her tenacity and resilience  as a young musician, but she also courageously ventures where few artists dare. Musicians of this variety reach within their own inner-workings to share with fans their personal experiences. It is these experiences that enable such musical geniuses to influence, inspire, and bring awareness to the issues that affect humankind.

Although Breanna Kennedy is a youthful 21 years old, much like singer-songwriter Adele, her sound is well beyond her years . The remarkable fact is that both artists effectively deliver deeply rooted songwriting and soulful vocals in a contemporary framework while touching fans across multiple age groups. “She’s Falling” consists of highly advanced songwriting and storytelling that is not only intensely personal, but well crafted.

The song has an acoustic feel with an Americana ambiance intertwined with Breanna’s smooth vocals. Though the lyrical content of the song is emotionally heavy, the musical accompaniment is actually scored in an uptempo manner with some dynamic transitions which work effectively to convey the overall theme of “She’s Falling”.  Breanna approached the song in such a way that it inspires listeners to have a heightened awareness while also paying tribute to her own sister, making an extremely personal connection with fans.

“She’s Falling” is a song that really hits home as it is a breathtaking snapshot into the many experiences that often influence and inspire artists along their musical walks. What is even more incredible is the fact that a young artist is willing to open up her heart and share this experience with the world. It is an act that is to be commended, respected, and most definitely appreciated.

According to the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-24; these startling statistics absolutely cannot be ignored. Help Breanna Kennedy share her message of inspiration and awareness with the world by supporting her album project on Indiegogo.

Check out the Official Video for “She’s Falling” on YouTube

 

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Breanna Kennedy is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Often described as an “old soul” her music is an eclectic mix of indie, soul, and pop. Having been exposed to music at an early age, Breanna, who is managed by mentor Johnny Vieira, is now embarking on her solo career in Los Angeles. She has worked with world-renowned industry songwriters and producers such as Rodney Jerkins, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Billy Steinberg, and many others.  Breanna Kennedy is the culmination of a contemporary indie artist on a mission and we are excited to see this young star shine even brighter. Looking for more information on this amazing artist?

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Enter the sounds of Jon Yoon: Ukulele Acoustic Artist and his new EP ‘Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’

Jon Yoon Acoustic Performer

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Unconventional Sound & Style

Sometimes the best music arrives into our world from the most unlikely of places. We are often driven to believe that defining music in terms of its authenticity requires that it conforms to certain standards set by different authors however, music in and of itself is the absolute expression of individuality and creativity. When exploring the earliest forms of music and instruments, we learned that while some instruments were developed with great intricacy, others were very simple in terms of design and function yet, produced an unforgettable sound. Independent artists, working within their distinct frameworks are often able to capture the beauty of unconventional instruments delivering an unmatched sound and style. Singer-Songwriter Jon Yoon is just one of the few artists who have dared to think outside of the box in order to deliver groundbreaking music for his fans.

Seattle musician Jon Yoon has released his latest EP ‘Purple, Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’, a unique acoustic, and uncut performance. Fans who truly enjoy a thoughtful listening experience will be pleased to know that Jon Yoon uses a ukulele to accompany his vocals throughout the entire album; a refreshing break from hardline rock and metal thrashing. Though seemingly an unlikely instrument of choice for contemporary music makers, the ukulele has a long history that dates back as far as the late 1800s but, it is still used to day in many parts of the world. With a distinct sound, and natural ambiance; the ukulele is the perfect complement to poetic lyrics and lighthearted songwriting. Yoon manages to deliver all of the above and so much more on this surprising and sprightly record.

‘Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things in Between’, written and composed by Jon Yoon is a heartfelt exploration of love, heartache, and resilience. Yoon performs each song on the album with exquisite finesse, articulating his emotion through not only the song lyrics but through each of the chords played on the ukulele. The album is a nice blend of slow, mid-tempo, and upbeat tracks creating a nice dynamic throughout the spin. Although the ukulele has a classic, earthy vibe, Jon’s manipulation of the chords convey a progressive sound that is both appealing and remarkable. The contemporary sound can be heard on the track “Lucky” which delivers more of a catchy pop sound that would easily fit into the mainstream music stage.

An intoxicating listening experience

The EP reveals great strength through the vocal and musical performance as well as the crisp production. Offering fans a broad spectrum of sounds, Jon Yoon’s track “Trouble” is another example of his ability to create an intoxicating listening experience. The performance and songwriting on this particular track possesses a Bruno Mars quality that is not only rare but remarkable by all accounts. “Hey Mariana” is another really powerful and uplifting track that Yoon includes on his EP. Switching gears slightly, this track presents a differing vibe that resembles an acoustic rock performances. The EP consists of 6 tracks in total, all of which are definitely worth a listen.

Having written and composed all of the songs on his EP, Jon Yoon has proven himself to be a stellar songwriter. The lyrics on the album are airy, energetic and delivered with a youthful vigor not seen since the early life of pop music. His unabashed wordplay and amusing themes make even the most heart-wrenching song a joy to listen to. Jon Yoon is defining what the new indie artists will be aspiring to; thinking outside of the box, and creating indelible art through music.

Calling Seattle, Washington home, Jon Yoon is one of the leading Ukulele Acoustic Pop artists of our time. A trained musician, Jon cites influences such as Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, and many others in crafting his distinguished style. In addition to writing original songs and performing some covers of popular music, Jon can often be found entertaining crowds at the Pike Place Market. Visit Jon’s Official Website at www.jonyoonmusic.com for the latest news about his album.

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