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Godsecho makes its mark on the world

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

“It’s happening! It’s happening and it’s just the beginning! It’s time for all God’s children to know the value he placed on all of our lives when he spoke us into existence!”

One look at the mesmerizing Godsecho logo and you’re taken in by its color and design. In fact, you know immediately that it’s way more than “just” a logo. Enter the world of Godsecho and you’ll find dope apparel, but more importantly, messages of inspiration that transcend many of our thought patterns. Apparel companies are born everyday, but not many are heaven-sent.

Godsecho is so much more than just a lifestyle brand – it’s a way of life. From its founder’s encouraging and often energy investing words to the influence it has on Godsecho clientele, you just know it’s been heaven sent!

The alluring Ms. Kyley Ringo

Founder Kyley Ringo has a myriad of life experiences that she uses to bring people closer to their maker, if not to help change their mindsets for the better. To say she’s full of positive, contagious energy is an understatement. Let us tell you, this lady is a living testament to how beautiful someone can be inside and out – we all can learn a thing or two from her courage!

We had such an AMAZING time yesterday!! Words can not express how grateful I am to all of my friends and family who came out and supported the Godsecho movement! I couldn’t have asked for more! God is good!! #wearegodsecho #godsecho #realfriendship #family #friends #love

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We caught up with Ms. Ringo to learn a little more about her vision for Godsecho:

What inspired you to start your company?

KR: What inspired me to start my company was from a vision God gave to me one day after I repented for unknowingly dabbling in the satanic world. In 2015 I had gone through two or three years of trying to “live life without God so much”, per say. At the time, my life wasn’t going exactly the way I wanted it to go and I felt that God wasn’t moving fast enough in my life. So I started to dabble into the “New Age” world of crystals, sage, etc. in order to, in some way “help God out”. I was on YouTube one day and God dropped in my heart to do a search about crystals. I heard so many opinions about healing crystals, crystal energy and smudging, that I wanted to finally put my conscious at ease. So, I said a prayer and asked God to reveal everything that he wanted me to find during my search. I searched crystal healing as God instructed me to and I came upon a couple videos by Steven Bancarz named “Crystals: The Christian perspective” and “Proof the New Age is satanic.” That’s all it took for me! If anyone wants to know the history of New Age and the things that we are not knowledgeable about, please check these videos out! As I listened to these videos I immediately felt the love of God surrounding me and I fell on my face and repented for my lack of knowledge. I threw out maybe $2,000 or more worth of crystals, singing bowls, sage, etc. You name it – I threw it out! Maybe a few days later, God made me realize that something good came out of this entire process. I actually learned how to affirm myself. I had gotten into the routine of reciting affirmations out loud every morning and this actually helped me through my struggles with depression. I believe that it was the same day, I asked God how I can bring this to the world. I thought about it and thought about it and suddenly, God dropped in my heart to start a clothing apparel line and start with t-shirts. As I thought more and more about it, I realized that all t-shirts usually speak about the person who is wearing the shirt. So, God inspired me to create a shirt with affirmations on them to affirm the person who was reading the shirt.

How did you grow Godsecho?

KR: Almost 3 years later on July 2, 2018, I finally took the vision God gave to me seriously and officially became an LLC with a credit card I received the same week after “fixing my own credit” for two years.

Growing up, who influenced you the most?

KR: As a child, my daddy (on purpose) influenced me the most. My daddy owned his own business all of my life, before Hurricane Katrina took it in the flood of 2005. Before then, my daddy would work 12 to 16 hours a day, except for Sundays. My daddy, to this day, is the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He taught me about God, giving, love, hard work, honesty, and most of all, he taught me how to be dreamer or more like a visionary! He has always supported any dream I’ve ever had. He’s always taught me that with God, anything is possible.

How can Godsecho touch the masses?

KR: I believe that my brand will help everyday people because we never know what someone may be going through and God can/will use this as a tool to minister to someone who is suffering in silence. I know that I’ve suffered in silence for years and I can remember being in the lowest place of my life when I tried to kill myself by running my 2003 Ford mustang into a brick wall at full speed in the parking garage in the building I was living. The only thing that stopped me that day was seeing my daddy’s face and not wanting him to hurt because of what I was about to do. Also, hearing the voice of my therapist affirming me that I was smart, beautiful and not alone.

What role does spirituality play in your life and why is it so important?

KR: Spirituality plays a huge role in my life and it always has played an important role. Let me be clear, I am not speaking about religion at all. I am not religious. Religion is when you have to pray a certain way all the time or dress a certain way or do things in a certain manner to please man and not God. God is tired of religion. It is time to get back to praising him and not the person he may or may not be using to deliver his message to his people.

How does Godsecho transcend society’s norms?

KR: Godsecho transcends religion, denominations or walks of life and that’s why God inspired me to create the brand. It’s not only clothing but it’s a movement.

Where do you see the Godsecho brand in 2, 5 and even 10 years?

KR: In two years, I see the brand as a household name in the US. I see people all over wearing my shirts to spread love and encouragement to their fellow brothers and sisters of the human race. In five years, I see the brand being a household name in the U.S. and overseas, and its message being spread as a movement all over the world. I see the world spreading love and kindness everywhere they go. I also see the world having a greater conscious and concern for human life. In 10 years, I see the world not only knowing of God but actually knowing him and feeling worthy of having a relationship with him. I see the brand helping the world to understand that they do not have to know the Bible backwards and forward or have to be perfect for God to hear them.

Where can you be found on social media?

KR: On IG at @wearegodsecho and wearegodsecho on Facebook.

NOTE FROM MIKODREAMZ: It isn’t very often we encounter someone so special with so much to say. Leave your encouraging comments for Ms. Ringo – she has so much positive and enchanting work to do! Can we clone her?!

Source: MIKODreamz

Nappyboy Entertainment artist Sixx Mann holds a kids Nike shoe giveaway

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
SIXX MANN PARTNERS WITH CREATIVE KIDZ MEDIA FOR A KIDS’ NIKE SHOE GIVEWAY

The New Orleans artist/entrepreneur/philanthropist and early childhood education center are collaborating on a shoe giveaway in support of Kids and Nike.

The partnership is in support of Nike and its Believe In Something campaign, along with former NFL superstar/activist/philanthropist Colin Kaepernick. Sixx Mann and Creative Kidz believe that together with courageous figures such as Colin Kaepernick, we can effect positive change across the globe, but especially in the United States of America. Sixx Mann says, “By standing up for what is right and for what is just, we can ensure that our kids have the best future possible. We stand with Colin Kaepernick, Nike and all other positive figures, in showing our support for change. There is no better time than now. We must provide the most level playing field possible so that our kids can excel, whether that is in education or just life itself. We must do something now.” Sixx Mann is very active in his community, often volunteering time and resources to assist children and the elderly, along with disenfranchised individuals seeking direction in improving their respective situations. In addition, Creative Kidz’s learning center is also heavily involved in the community, offering a program fostering joy and learning. They offer a tuition free Pre-K program that incorporated two top-tiered research based early childhood learning curriculums, including FrogStreet and Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum.

Both Sixx Mann and Creative Kidz are cognizant that change should include helping to eradicate police brutality, effecting change in the educational system in the United States to ensure that it is more inclusive (thereby creating learning environments where children from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can excel), creating sustainable jobs/careers, and helping our children to prosper, no matter the background from which they come. These ideals will help to foster an environment where at-risk youth and all others are able to work together to achieve their common goals, while being successful for generations to come. 

Sixx Mann and Creative Kidz are giving away fifty (50) pairs of Nike Athletic shoes (children’s sizes 0-1). Their respective Instagram pages (@sixxmann and @creativekidzmedia) contain instructions on the giveaway and how parents and others can take part.  Only fifty individuals will be selected for this giveaway, which is being held on a first come, first served basis. 

For  more information on the Nike Giveaway, please send a direct message on Instagram to Sixx Mann or Creative Kidz Media.  For details regarding the tuition free Pre-K program offered by Creative Kidz, please send a direct message to their Instagram account. For interviews or appearances in connection with the Nike Shoe Giveaway, please contact Publicist Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamzPR.  If you would like Sixx Mann to speak at your school or event in regards to this initiative, please send an email requesting his appearance.

Follow @sixxmann on Instagram and Twitter and download/stream all his music, available on all major digital platforms.

MHOL interviews young, successful entrepreneur Larry Morrow

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

My Hell of A Life’s dope purveyor Yoey Martin recently caught up with one of the busiest entrepreneurs in the game, the illustrous
Larry Morrow.

Larry Morrow is an accomplished author, businessman and now owner of one of the most popular restaurants in New Orleans, Morrow’s.

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Instagram @yoeymartin_myhellofalife @myhellofalife

Twitter @Mario_MHOL @myhellofalife

Devious teams up with Fiend on New Video “Coffee House”

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Devious and Fiend have both been busy releasing new music. The two Nola rap legends found time to create a smooth sultry “Coffee House” produced by BlaqNMild. The new video was released July 16th and the single is now available on all digital outlets.

View Coffee House here:

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Fiend Hosts “On My Job Rap Battle” in New Orleans July 18th

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Thd laid back but energetic platinum artist Fiend will be hosting “On My Job Rap Battle” at the HI HO Lounge in New Orleans. Artists from all over the US as well as Louisiana regularly come out and participate in intense battle performances. Studio time, features with Fiend, and free internet radio play are a few of the fringe benefits. The Heat Magazine wanted to share the latest and greatest with Fiend.  Follow Fiend @504fiend on Instagram. KLC The Drum Major and other special guests will be in the building.

For more information, email onmyjobrapbattle@gmail.com

 

 

Popular Memphis Strip Club VLive Raided, Shut Down, Declared Public Nuisance

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Law enforcement shut down Vlive Night Club as a public nuisance Thursday.
Shelby County sheriff’s deputies, Memphis police officers, and Tennessee State Alcoholic Beverage Commission raided the business Thursday morning.

Officers closed the club down with an order from Shelby County Court as a public nuisance.

The troubled club has made headlines for multiple shooting across the past year.

A Memphis rapper, RichLord, was shot outside the club on June 10. He died on June 25.

Last month on May 20, a woman was injured during a shooting at the strip club. Video from the shooting was posted onto social media.

She was taken to the hospital but was expected to be okay. Police said the shooting stemmed from a fight in the parking lot.

Police were called to V Live, which is where rap star Yo Gotti was having the after party from his annual Birthday Bash. When officers arrived at the club, they could not find the victim.

They spotted a car in the middle of Mendenhall. Inside that vehicle, a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said they did not know if the shooting was connected to the after party.

According to posts on social media, Yo Gotti is set to perform at the FedEx forum tonight, and this year’s after party was also set to be at V Live.

Instagram is Reportedly Worth Over $100 Billion

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

According to Bloomberg, Instagram is estimated to be worth over $100 billion. Facebook was purchased in 2012 and reached 1 billion active users per month.

Bloomberg noted that Instagram is gaining new users faster than the main Facebook site, and is expected to get over two billion users in the next five years. It was also noted that Instagram is still growing in the United States, while Facebook is not. Because of Instagram’s constant growth in the U.S., the social media platform is way more appealing to advertisers.

NEW HEAT: Fiend Releases “Word 2 Kevin” Video

Monday, June 25th, 2018

The raspy rhyme-powered emcee, Fiend, who is also known as International Jones, dropped off a hot new video to the Heat Magazine. “Word 2 Kevin” is an intriguing visual that alludes to Fiend’s late brother Kevin Bailey.

Fiend first shared personal but heartfelt lyrics about Kevin on “Take My Pain” during his decorated career at No Limit Records.

Mr. “Heart Of A Ghetto Boy” has done it again with “Word 2 Kevin”.  Directed by Yuset Puzo, the visual is now available on YouTube for our readers and fans of Fiend to enjoy.

Check out the world premiere of “Word 2 Kevin”

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Jim Jones Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges Following Police Chase

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Jim Jones is facing a handful of charges after he and friends led Georgia cops on a chase that ended with him getting busted for possession of drugs and a handgun … TMZ has learned.

The NYC rapper was a backseat passenger in a car cops pulled over Thursday night in Cowetta County. According to the Sheriff’s Dept., instead of stopping, the car accelerated and cops gave chase. During the chase, the car struck a deputy’s vehicle … and finally stopped.

We’re told Jones and three others were in the car. After a search, deputies found marijuana, oxycodone, Percocet, vape cartridges, THC oil, 2 loaded pistols and cash … which Jones called “just petty cash.”

One of the pistols was stolen, according to cops. Neither Jones nor his friends admitted possession of any of the items … but Jones said he had a prescription for the Oxy and Percocet pills. Jones also told cops he told the driver to pull over, but she was acting “incoherent.”

Kehli Berry – Founder of The Divas of Compton & 1 Shine Youth Services

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The Heat Magazine: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Kehli Berry: My name is Kehli Berry and I am a native of Compton, California. I grew up in Compton and was sheltered from the gang violence, crime, and drugs. My parents had careers and were both models and very involved in Sports & Dance. From a young age all I can remember was being in Fashion Shows with my sister ad brother and watching my father walk like King down the runways and watching my mother Slay the runway in some of the most adoring outfits and bathing suits.

I grew up dancing with Mid Cities Drill Team out of Lueders Park and playing Tee-Ball out of Victory Park in Compton, CA. My most fondest memories as a child is waking up on Saturday Mornings to Anita Baker or Sadeblasting throughout the house. Hearing Anita Baker and Sade gave me such a sense of peace andstability. TiIl this day it reminds me of the fresh smell of cut grass by my father and the smell of coffee lingering through the hallways of our home.

The Heat Magazine: Growing up, who were your artistic influences?

Kehli Berry: While growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I grew a love for Salt N’ Peppa and TLC. I walkways wanted to be a Fly Girl on “In Living Color” or be a background Dancer for MC Hammer. Seeing women in Hip Hop who were strong, yet Sexy and demanded Respect was who I chose to model myself after. Till This Day, I am such a product of the era of Female Rappers who Demanded Respect but was still Sexy and FLY…

The Heat Magazine: What is your most cherished accomplishment to date?

Kehli Berry: While an undergraduate in College in Atlanta, Georgia I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Ghana, West Africa to perform for Ghana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. It was there that I realized my calling and purpose.I then came back to Atlanta and founded the Youth Enrichment Program, an after school and summer program for at risk youth and teens. At the age of 21 years old I had written my first grant and was able to be a leader in the community and incorporate youth programming that focused equally on leadership, performing arts, and academics.

While an undergraduate student I also created the DIVAS Dance program for youth and teen girls. This program was modeled after my experiences staying in the dorms while I was a student at Clark Atlanta University. The name of my Dorm was Bumstead Hall and our Dorm Mascot was the DIVAS.

While a student at Clark Atlanta University I stepped on my dormitory’s step team and learned the true meaning of sisterhood.. This influenced my desire to bring the DIVAS to Compton and create a program for inner city youth and teen girls.

The Heat Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Kehli Berry: Currently, my husband and I have opened up a Youth Center in Compton, CA and we are looking to branch out and eventually return to Atlanta, GA to do the same.In the future we hope to develop schools abroad and partner with community organizations to increase more Youth programs that focus on performing arts and leadership.Our goal is to be a counterculture to all of the negative displays of females in Hip Hop and/or Dance and to be a representation of positivity for youth and communities to model themselves after.We are excited about positively impacting the lives of our communities, one child at a time.

The Heat Magazine: If you could work with any actor/actress, who would that be?

Kehli Berry: If I had one actress to work with, I would work with Angela Bassett or Jada Pinkett-Smith. These female Actresses embody strength, grace, poise, and strength.

The Heat Magazine: What other avenues of entertainment are you working within or hoping to branch off into?

Kehli Berry: I am an Actor, Dancer, Model, and an Educator, but my love for youth development has made me passionate about ensuring that the next generation of youth and teens are equipped with the essential tools needed to thrive and improve the quality of their life.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about The Rep Yo City Dance Competition that’s coming up?

Kehli Berry: Currently we are promoting our 4th annual “Rep Yo City Dance Competition.” This is a dance competition we host yearly in which teams from all over the USA come out to represent for their hometown. This event promotes unity in the dance community and gives dancers a chance to network and develop friendships with youth from all across the nation. Dance is a bridge that we use to connect and bring together individuals from all walks of life, and at the Rep Yo City Competition, each team brings with them their own creativity and uniqueness from their region and hometown. The presence of all of these teams creates a memorable and fun filled family experience for all. We are excited that the Rep Yo City Dance Competition is highly sought after event for the youth in Compton and serves as an event whee the youth and their creativity is celebrated.

The Heat Magazine: What is your social Media/contact/website info?

Kehli Berry:
Social Media:Facebook: Professor Kehlz Berry
Facebook: Divas of Compton
Facebook: 1 Shine Youth Services
Instagram: @divasofcompton
Instagram: @professorkehlz