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.
Kid Ape is a true Artist
Jamil Charles more known as Kid Ape is a highly in demand artist who paints some of the finest portraits and murals. The Miami native has truly made his mark on the art world and is clearly enjoying the ride as he continues to develop his craft as an artist and cultural creator. As a kid he loved to draw and sketch but he never knew how far his love for art will take him all over. Though for a while he gave up his passion for art while in college and his career in the corporate world, but after years of testing his creativity he decided to unlock a different side of his artistry as a writer. He slowly but surely put together multiple short stories which he then turned into a fiction novel titled ‘Red Art City‘. With the success of his novel he knew it was time to tap back into his gift of drawing and within in time he was back to making portraits and painting murals which caught the attention of many after he gifted Chris Cunningham his own special portrait. He then met his business partner Eli Massillon who helped to keep him booked as an artist with commissioned portraits for Snoop Dogg, Grandmaster Flash, Steve Lobel and Don Benjamin. If that wasn’t enough , many clients requested for him to do murals in their spaces which continued to further his brand with his one of a kind pieces that surely keep him in demand.
Follow Kid Ape on social media at @RealKidApe and make sure to check out his work via his website www.RedArtCity.com
LosLauren 718 Premieres ‘ Hold On (Grip) ‘
Rapper LosLauren 718 has had one of hell of a year so it only makes sense that he continues to bring his A Game with the release of his new single ‘Hold On (Grip)‘. The Bronx,NY native has mad major waves over the last decade with critically acclaimed projects which were featured on notable platforms such as ThisIs50 , The Source , VIBE , All Hip Hop , Vlad TV , Hip Hop DX , WorldStar , MusicXclusives , Trueexclusives and more. Now of course it makes sense why he would be featured being that he worked with the likes of some music finest producers including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League , Just Blaze , Ty Fyffe , QB DaProblem and Mystro & Pizzi. Over the last year he dropped not one but two buzzed about projects ‘Allergic to Failure’ & ‘Blue Roses’ which are still in heavy rotation at this very moment. Now some would think that’s normal but he released both projects within a years time as an indie artist during the Covid-19 pandemic which stopped so many things from happening in support of his project. Now most would of delayed their projects but Los chose to release his music regardless and delivered two solid projects while facing something even more personal. The rising rap star was diagnosed with Cancer in 2020 and when most people would fold he chose to fight it and beat the odd and came out swinging and returned right back to his music as if nothing even happened. That’s in itself is just proof that real artist can never be stopped no matter what their circumstances may be. Now as he continues to work on his next project entitled ‘Addicted To Success’ , he teamed up with producer Skev Beats to drop his latest single just to heat things up real quick. Watch the premiere of his self directed video for ‘ Hold On (Grip)’ which is sure to be in heavy rotation.
Keep up to date with LosLauren 718 on all social media platforms at @LosLauren718 and cop all his past projects out now on all music streaming platforms.
Anisa Fowler ‘ You Reign ‘
Rising star Anisa Fowler is creating a buzz for herself with the release of her current single ‘You Reign’. In less than a year this gospel powerhouse has truly made a name for herself with a growing fanbase who is ready for her long awaited debut EP. The Queens,NY native who earliest memory of singing was in church truly put in work to get to this moment and this is still just the beginning of her journey. She teamed up with songwriter/producer Josh Arnoux on her latest record which is also on his indie label RNU Records. As his premiere artist he’s truly putting his all into his fellow LaGuardia HS classmate. The two who have been friends for over 20 years and even performed in the group ‘Gods Plan‘ for a period of time knew that they were onto something after the release of ‘You Reign’ and it very clear that they had something special on their hands. Releasing material during a pandemic and trying to promote it , isn’t an easy feat for anyone but Anisa has truly found a way to spread her gift of ministry in song as she traveled to perform at different showcases and conferences where she made a huge impact on the different crowds. Anisa is full proof that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a step out on faith where God will continuously guide you to share you gift with the masses. Check out her soul stirring performance clip which is sure to be in heavy rotation.
Follow Anisa Fowler on social media at @AnisaWorships
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