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
Excerpt from cover story
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.
Julian King brings the heat with ‘Can We Go Back’
Triple Threat singer/songwriter/dancer Julian King has been known to wow audiences over the years as one hell of a performer , so it should come as no surprise why we’re featuring him today. The Philly native has had quite the few years in the spotlight after making noise on season 16 of the hit NBC series ‘The Voice’. His standout performances definitely made him a fan favorite and although he didn’t win the show, what he got out of the experience was just as rewarding. The show proved that Julian has nothing but star power and his gift will continue to make room for him whenever he shares it. In the past two years he dropped two critically acclaimed projects ‘Made In China’ in 2019 and ‘TakeOut’ in 2020 and this was just only the beginning of what he has in store for the world. This pandemic might have set things back for most of the world but it only has fueled him to get back in the studio and create some of his best work yet. During quarantine his experience with love and the loss of it became the subject of song which is what true artistry is all about. He teamed up with producers Dirty Harry & Robert ‘Biz’ Thomas for this emotional ballad which is sure to connect with anyone who has been in a relationship which suddenly goes wrong. The performance clip shows a different side of Julian as a performer as he gives his audience an intimate look at love between two men in the most vulnerable way as an artist as he shares just a piece of what he personally experienced during quarantine. Get into the must see video as he continues to take his artistry to the next level on his own terms.
Follow Julian King online at @itsJulianKing
Didi J is back with ‘ Cover Girl ‘ with help from Iggy Azalea & more
International pop singer/ designer Didi J is back and better than ever with the release of her long awaited debut EP ‘Cover Girl’. It’s been a few years since we last heard from the European star who made waves with her last two singles ‘ Say No More ‘ and ‘ I’m Sorry , but bows she’s ready to take over the world with her latest project. The now mother who took some time off to bring her precious baby girl into the world during the pandemic never stopped working as she quietly gave birth last year. She slowly but surely got back into the studio to cook some records up and now we have a full project which features her latest single ‘Flashing Lights’. The pop singer shot the Eif Rivera directed clip this summer in Miami with NBA star / rapper Drummxnd which has just arrived in time to heat things up this winter. Check out the video , then get into her EP which also features appearances from rap superstar Iggy Azalea on the track ‘Murcielago’ as well as Azia and She Real now available on all music streaming platforms.
Drake Withdraws From The Grammys
Well well, it looks like Drake has chosen to not have his music nominated for Grammys. According to PopCrave, there isn’t any word on why he has made this decision to have his 2 nominations removed.
From my perspective, being that the news broke today, the last day of voting, he may have got the feeling that he wasn’t going to win. Drake dragged this album out over the whole year, only for the album to produce mid level songs. Did it make Billboard history? Sure. But was the quality of music up to par with today’s hottest rap music? Not even close.
Nice beats, and catchy rhymes can only get you so far in the Rap industry. Even the GOATs had to change up their formula after a while, and I think it’s about time for Drake to do the same.
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