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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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Album Review: Chris Brown releases “Breezy”

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Let me start out by saying, as a member of Team Breezy, Chris Brown simply missed his mark on revisiting his debut sound. This is something he said we could expect from this album. None the less, the album is still nothing short of fire.

23 tracks are included in the standard edition of the album, and it’s giving you nothing short of the Chris Brown experience. Some songs and subjects can come across as repetitive subject matter wise and lack depth, while others are sure fire hits.

Stand out tracks on first listen for me are, Possessive (feat. Lil Wayne & Bleu), Pitch Black, Sex Memories (feat. Ella Mai), Sleep At Night, and Til The Wheels Fall Off (feat. Lil Durk and Capella Grey).

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Monica & Brandy Take The Stage

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Monica stopped by Tiny Desk to give a vocal performance of some of her previous hits, as well as a new song titled, “Friends”. Monica has been working on her upcoming album, currently titled “Trenches”, for a few years now. Although the project doesn’t have a release date yet, from the singles we’ve heard in the past, this promises to be a solid body of work. Check out Monica’s performance below.

Brandy stopped by the Colors set to perform her single “Rather Be” from her latest effort B7. Check it out below.

It’s so nice to see that these two 90s divas are still giving impeccable performances

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Oktum Releases Debut EP ‘Tales Of Sunset’

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Oktum is a Hatian born & raised producer who is truly ready to take over House Music with the release of his long awaited debut EP ‘Tales Of Sunset’ which truly has been a labor of love. Now although this is his first music release, he’s definitely not new to music. The talented composer grew up engulfed in music as he listened to his fathers music in Haiti as a celebrated musician playing guitar for the band Les Shleu Shleu. As a kid he would listen to so many different genres of music with some of his inspirations ranging from Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Bob Marley to Dr.Dre and Thievery Corporation. As a teen he was introduced to the idea of production with FL Studios but navigating   a promising career in music seemed far fetched while living in Haiti at a time when crime and kidnappings were at an all time high. Oktum would go on to move to the U.S. living in Illinois and in NYC but unfortunately his passion for music didn’t follow him as the years went on. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles where he truly felt like he could finally get back into music. In 2019 something clicked and he slowly but surely began to tap back into his sound which has evolved tremendously. As he continued to work on his music the world was rocked by the Corona Virus outbreak but what most would consider a setback was truly the opportunity he needed to focus on his music. Now he is finally ready to embark on this new journey with the release of his debut EP ‘Tales Of Sunset’ which features 5 hard hitting tracks which is sure to get house music lovers on the dance floor. Get into the project below which is just a taste of so much more to come.

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