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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

XXXTentacion Dead At 20

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Florida rap star XXXTentacion is dead. Earlier today, an unidentified assailant shot him while he was shopping for motorcycles in Deerfield Beach, FL. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the Broward Co. Sheriff’s Department, according to TMZ. XXXTentacion was 20.

2:40 PM PT — Broward Co. Sheriff’s Dept. says XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead.

2:14 PM PT — Witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX’s vehicle.

XXXTentacion Shot in Miami and Witnesses Say No Pulse

Monday, June 18th, 2018

TMZ is reporting XXXTentacion was shot Monday and an eyewitness tells us he appeared lifeless with no pulse.

The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in Miami and, as he was leaving the motorcycle dealer, a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him.

XXX was in his share of feuds … but as far as we know there were no ominous fights between him and anyone else.

We’ve reached out to representatives for XXXTentacion and will update this post if and when we hear back.

Kim Kardashian arrives in Memphis to meet with Alice Johnson, greets her with hug

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Kim Kardashian-West has arrived in Memphis.

Minutes later, our crews saw her enter a house in Southaven. Kim and Alice embraced in a hug as she walked into the residence.

Source Fox13

Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Earlier this week, Uber launched its electric bike-sharing program in Berlin, Germany, in a move that shows the ride-sharing company isn’t just about cars. It’s also interested in other types of sh…

Earlier this week, Uber launched its electric bike-sharing program in Berlin, Germany, in a move that shows the ride-sharing company isn’t just about cars. It’s also interested in other types of shareable transportation. Uber confirmed that the company’s next move is scooters, and San Francisco will be Uber’s next market. Of course where Uber goes, Lyft follows.

Source: Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Actor Alan O’Neill Dead at 47

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Alan O’Neill dies.

Alan O’Neill — one of the actors on “Sons of Anarchy” has died … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us O’Neill’s body was discovered by his girlfriend in the hallway of her apartment Wednesday night. We’re told the actor has a history of heart problems and was a heavy smoker. He’s also got a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

We’re told no foul play is suspected … and an autopsy will be completed soon to determine the cause of death.

Source: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Actor Alan O’Neill Dead at 47

Heat Exclusive: An In-Depth Interview with B Assasson

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Raw talent, determination, positive energy, and resilience are key attributes needed in order to achieve any goal. When it comes to the ebb and flow of being in the music industry, the average artist can either be cliche or extraordinary. The Heat Magazine had a chance to chop it up with an artist who manifests necessary qualities of creatives who evolve into impactful icons. His moniker is B Assasson but there’s more to him than emceeing at a high level.

The Heat Magazine: How long have you been a professional artist?

B Assasson: 14 years minus the earlier preparation.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about your new release.

B Assasson: My latest release is titled 2 Much Sauce and it features Shorty. Produced by Metro Boomin and DJ Swift. It’s an absolute hit, and will be huge for New Orleans and my city (Westwego). Having Metro boomin’ as the producer speaks for itself. Good look for Nola.  My other single is You Might Be and it features J Lyric and singer Chris Kemson.

The Heat Magazine: What do you think makes your style unique?

B Assasson: I don’t believe I actually have a style. I can do it all and be great at it. I’ve had quite a few hit singles and they all had their own presence of sound. I’m unique in that way.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to an upcoming artist?

B Assasson: Believe in your craft, find your target audience, and stay consistent. There’s no wrong way on your personal path.

The Heat Magazine: What artists inspire you?

B Assasson: 2Pac and Jay-Z.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your favorite New Orleans dish?

B Assasson: Haha…Gumbo, and boiled shrimp.

The Heat Magazine: How do you maintain a family life with such a tedious schedule as an artist?

B Assasson: It’s tough. The main thing is support from your family. It’s a team thing. Understanding our positions is everything. It won’t work if you don’t have that as a unit. They understand that I have a legit shot at being an all time great. So they let me be, and I understand that there’s times in which I must also give them my all.

The Heat Magazine: What can your fans and our readers expect from you in the near future?

B Assasson: “Hustle Westbrook” which is my 4th Mixtape is set to drop this year. That will be hosted by the Great DJ Ice Mike 1200. Basically Elevation as time continues in general. Singles and videos and singles and videos 10 times over. Also be on the look out for a song that me, Denisia, and Terrell Phillips from Blackstreet will release this year titled “Take it Slow.” It has a Grammy award winning sound. It’s a timeless record. I’ve also started my own label (Chuuch Muzic Inc.) and have a couple of secret weapons to help expand the brand name. Which is my artist Young Heff and Chris Kemson. Heff is a very unique artist, and Kemson is a singer.

The Heat Magazine: What do you dislike most about the music Industry?

B Assasson: The disrespect for the bricklayers, The disrespect for the history, and the lack of authenticity. Hip Hop has evolved into artist and the lack of content in their lyrics. I mean, it’s ok to have those records if they form into a hit, but records with impact are frowned upon or it tends to go past the listener if it’s not catchy or melodically enhanced enough. It’s at a low in my opinion.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about some of your achievements.

B Assasson: I won a National contest back in 2012 on MTV’s Ourstage.com sponsored by coors light for A song called “Tell The DJ…that’s my shi*.” I actually beat out former superstar Trinidad James as I logged in 2,228,061 total votes from the nation. The next most votes were 700K by Trinidad James. Others are my 2 nominations at the 2015 and 2016 Nola music award nominations for best mixtape which was titled “THE ALPHA,” (2015) and best video for my first single titled “BANGIN’ (Potz ‘N’ Panz) (2016). My first ever single was Produced by Mannie fresh titled “Sucka Free,” and working with Blackstreet’s Terrell Phillips. It’s so much more!

The Heat Magazine: Your mother is a truly supportive advocate in your career. Tell us about your unique relationship in music?

B Assasson: My mother is my biggest critic. Believe it or not, she isn’t a YES MOM. She wants what’s best for me and supports my dreams moreso than any other person could ever. If she feels I’m procrastinating, she gives me attitude. If she doesn’t like a song, she lets me know. She’s like my best friend. She’s always had my back, front, and sides in the music industry from the beginning. She is the GOAT man. She believes I will someday be the greatest and displays it regularly by making sure I never give up on my dreams and letting me know she’s my biggest fan by not treating and judging my music as a biased listener/Mom because of her position. Her love for me pertaining my music is as authentic as you will find.

Listen to the new singles here:

Follow B Assasson on Instagram @b_assassoncg

http://instagram.com/b_assassoncg

Heat Exclusive: International Jones Laces The World With “Player Chit” Mixtape

Monday, March 12th, 2018

It’s not too often aficionados of hip hop become consistently engaged with extremely versatile artists. To be an aesthetic and remain intriguing has become sort of a lost art but International Jones also known as Fiend has delivered an archetypical example for the masses to enjoy.

His latest installment “Player Chit” correlates with his alter ego “International Jones” while it provides fans smooth grooves, compelling lyrics, and an unmatched raspy voice.

The Heat Magazine wanted to share this soulful and succinct project with our readers. The talented rapper and dynamic songwriter transcends on this project.

Be sure to follow International Jones on Instagram @504Fiend.

Enjoy the full unique body of work here:

https://mobile.datpiff.com/mixtape/888346

The Heat Magazine will keep our readers informed on tour dates and International Jones’ latest developments

Kim Jong-un’s Key Aides Sits Inches From Ivanka Trump At Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Kim Jong-un is ready to hold talks with the United States as Ivanka Trump sat within inches of a North Korean spy chief during the spectacular Olympic closing ceremony.

Source: Ivanka Trump shares a box with North Korea at the Olympics

Heat Exclusive:Paco Troxclair-Why He Has New Orleans Goin’ Duffy

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Keeping an ear to the street is paramount in the music industry. Paying homage to those who paved the way as well as exhibiting humility are a part of any great artist’s apprenticeship or “paying dues” process. While New Orleans Uptown neighborhoods may have established a reputation for being crime-ridden, there lives an immeasurable gift that manifests itself daily. This gift is known as music and in New Orleans, music continues to be a focal point in the Calliope Projects aka CP3. The Heat Magazine brings you an interesting interview on a young man by the name of Paco Troxclair. Paco is a rap artist and currently he has the city of New Orleans going “Duffy.”

The Heat Magazine: How did you come up with the moniker “Paco Troxclair”?

Paco: Paco was the name given to me in the Calliope (projects). It’s a mystery to me how it exactly became my name but many people attempt to solve the mystery. Troxclair is the last name of my family in the Calliope which is my momma’s side that I’m closest with.

The Heat Magazine: Fullpack has been a mainstay in urban music. How did you connect with such an established company?

Paco: Fess of Full Pack is an extended member of my family. I would always hear about the great things he did and he invited me over after hearing a project of mine. I immediately began working with Don and Fess and we shared a love for music.

The Heat Magazine: Your new single ‘Duffy’ is garnering great feedback. How did you come up with this hit?

Paco: I literally went to the studio excited and Fess was there first and I told Fess I wanted something that drop in hard as fuck. He begin building the beat and I was in love with it. It was something that I did without thinking. It came very natural to me. Fess didn’t like it at first; he thought the beat was too easy and he wanted to add things. I think when something happens that easy you just think this can’t be.

The Heat Magazine: What artists influence you?

Paco: I’m a product of my hometown. Therefore, all of the hometown heroes but If you know me you know I love B.G.

The Heat Magazine: Who do you plan on working with in the near future?

Paco: I have some things in the works with Currensy. I believe we can do something dope because the energy he brings, works well with what I’m about.

The Heat Magazine: What can your supporters and our readers expect from Paco Troxclair in 2018?

Paco: Expect me to go Duffy. Me and KL have made a gang of records. Also me and Flight School have connected and they are leading the New Orleans new school. Expect the “new New Orleans” sound.

The Heat Magazine: You were able to blend a nostalgic vibe from New Orleans classic days with the wave that exists currently in the 21st century. How important was this concept to you?

Paco: This happened organically so I can’t say for sure it was consciously important. I never thought about it but working with Full Pack made me want to create the new wave of New Orleans. I don’t think people have any idea what New Orleans music sounds like in the new times.

The Heat Magazine: When you’re not doing music or performing, what do you like to do in your leisure time?

Paco: I’m always finding new ways to maximize my potential. One thing I do a lot of is work out. I saw Mystikal one day on ‘Second and D’ and he was in such great shape he inspired me.

The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give to the youth concerning the music industry?

Paco: What I’ve learned is individual people are powerful. You can do more than you believe. You don’t need a label or manager. Focus on your following and those who appreciate what you do.

The Heat Magazine: Interesting! What do you love most about New Orleans?

Paco: The second lines, seafood, I really miss the block parties. I love the drinking in the streets and the girls at super Sunday. I love the culture.

The Heat Magazine: What area in New Orleans do you represent?

Paco: I represent the Calliope project. I actually lived in Gentilly as well but my roots are in the Calliope, my family, my influences, and the place I was raised.

The Heat Magazine: Your stage performance is outgoing and your video is fun. How important is it for you to have fun doing music?

Paco: I enjoy having a good time in life so my art reflects that. Ultimately, music is to lift the vibe so it’s a must I keep the frequencies high.

The Heat Magazine: Tell the world your favorite New Orleans dish and where they should visit if they come down for Mardi Gras?

Paco: Crawfish and shrimp; I love it. I probably eat it too much but I’m not sure if I’ll give that up. I could do it everyday. The place they should visit is Cajuns Seafood. You have to go there. I’m an addict.

Follow Paco Troxclair @pacotroxclair on Instagram.

Stream Paco Troxclair’s single here:

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