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Antonique Smith covers ENSPIRE Magazine Fashion Issue

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ENSPIRE Magazine, the independent positive lifestyle publication dedicated to highlighting those who are making a difference in their communities, will release its first ever fashion issue in April 2021. The issue focuses on the fashion industry adapting to the current times and how they’ve overcome the drastic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed Broadway, film, and television star Antonique Smith is our cover girl for ENSPIRE Magazine’s first ever Fashion issue. With starring roles on Broadway (Rent) to breakout roles in major box office films (Notorious), and a critically acclaimed performance as Aretha Franklin’s mother in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha , It should be very clear why she’s our cover star
The New Jersey native exudes female empowerment in every way possible on and off screen, which she does easily does with poise and grace as you can see. Get into her cover story as she opens up about her journey to Hollywood as a women , her love of fashion , her starring role in Genius : Aretha, being an activist for climate change , Black Lives Matter and so much more in the new issue available for purchase now via Magcloud Here

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What do you feel is your power when it comes to being a woman? What is the best thing about being a woman?

One good thing about being a woman, the ability to feel and empathize, is on another level. Men are generally a bit more analytical which is cool, but feeling and being able to feel others are still important, even in making decisions and being able to understand people – to understand situations. You know, emotional intelligence, women have a great deal of that. And so I think that’s why we make great leaders. I think that’s why, you know, we make great mothers. And I think that’s one of our great assets, as a woman, is our ability to feel and empathize.

Now with that being said, women love fashion! And this is, you know, a fashion issue. You, Antonique, you’re very quick to wear something white, whether it’s a gown or outfit you know, you – you love your clothing. What do you love about fashion and what makes you want to get dressed up? What would you consider your style to be?

Well first of all getting dressed, makes you feel bright and shining. You know you glow, you spruce it up. And so, I like to wear white because I just feel more like I’m glowing even though it’s almost like my inner light is on the outside when we’re in white. And so that’s why I wear it so much although I’m aware of (other) colors here and there. I think I’m always gonna wear bright colors because I just want to shine. I want my inner light to shine out. And so the clothes are just really an outward representation of how I feel or how I want to or the feeling that I want to project. Now obviously you don’t always feel like a leg, but the clothes help that… I think that’s the beauty of fashion, it can signify how you want to feel, even if you don’t feel that way. It can either express how you do feel or help you, you know, help you express how you’d like to feel. And I think for me that’s one of the wonderful things about fashion.

This Fashion Issue will also feature men, women, and youth, (BIPOC & LGBTQ inclusive) who have built brands in their respective fields within the fashion industry. ENSPIRE looked for those whose passion came from something personal, an experience or a dream and they could build from it.

Among those who will be featured is designer Brandi Russell Wallace of Sacred Heart Collections, FUBU co-founder J. Alexander Martin, New York fashion designer Mugzy McFly of Signed by McFly, African fashion designer Fatim Sylla of Sirani’s Fashion and designer Paris Campbell for her new Cultural Pride Fabrics collaboration with JOANN.

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Aaron Fresh Premieres ‘ Tabanca ‘

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R&B showstopper Aaron Fresh has come a long way from when he was first introduced to the word back in 2010. The former Teen heartthrob made a huge splash with his Def Jam debut singles ‘Spending All My Time’ & ‘Dirty Girl’ which was in heavy rotation across BET, MTV, VH1 & Nickelodeon.  The Trini native was truly born to do this and as a kid watching some of his idols like Michael Jackson, Usher , Chris Brown & Machel Montano was all the inspiration he ever truly needed. When Aaron hit the stage his electrifying performances compared him to the greats the came before him which is exactly why Nick Cannon and so many others saw the star power in him. In no time he was co-hosting ‘The Night Life’ alongside Nick on Nickelodeon where the also gave him the opportunity to become a special celebrity correspondent on Teen Nick. It was clear that his star was steady on the rise, but as label politics changed his time at Def Jam was over, but that only fueled him to continue his success as an indie artist. Over the years he’s also found success as a songwriter working with K-Pop stars EXO and NU’EST which kept him fulfilled, but his fans were ready for him to return to music. Now he’s back and better than ever with the release of his latest single ‘Tabanca’ as he teamed up with Ronnie Young Jr and Micky Monday on the track. The buzz worthy single is just the re-introduction he needed to show the world his new and refreshing sound. Watch the accompanying video for the track which is only just a taste of so much more in store.

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Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg are now Emmy Award Winners!

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The Super Bowl half time show has a history of being Emmy nominated, and even winning a couple in the design and lighting category. However, after Roc Nation has taken control of the show, they have landed their very first win in the Outstanding Variety Special category.

This win has given the Hip Hop headliners Emmy Award Winners. Also included in this win are Desiree Perez, Dave Meyers, Dionne Harmon, Jesse Collins, and Aaron B. Cooke.

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CeCe Dai brings the heat with ‘Summer Love’

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Triple Threat CeCe Dai is back and better than ever with the release of her latest single ‘Summer Love’. The singer/songwriter who hails from Los Angeles,CA always dreamed of one day becoming an artist and now she is finally coming into her own as rising star. Growing up singing in church , it was clear that she had a passion for music, but little did she know how far it would take her. Now of course she studied the greats like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan , Anita Baker, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Kim Burrell, Beyoncé and Jazmine Sullivan so you should already know that she takes her craft very serious. Over the years after performing in different groups and singing back up for other artist, it was clear to her that being a solo act was truly what her heart desired. The journey wasn’t always easy and there were many road blocks , but when the Covid—19 pandemic shut the world down she knew that this was her time to truly focus on her music.  Within time she dropped not one by two buzz-worthy singles ‘Love Again’ and ‘ Cold World’ which definitely were in heavy rotation as her fanbase slowly but surely continued to grow. As listeners gravitated to her edgy mix of new and classic r&b , it was clear that she had to give them more of what they been waiting for. Now she’s back with her single ‘Summer Love’ produced by Johnny Lee George. The feel good record co written by Dale Garcia & Cindy Figueroa along with CeCe is sure to be in heavy rotation as she continues to bring a fresh new sound to r&b. Watch the premiere of her scorching hot new video directed Francisco Lopez & Augustine Zepeda as she gives fans just another taste of so much more to come.

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