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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


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If anyone could tell you one thing about “Ms. TK” is that I LOVE fashion & style. So I stopped in on not only a GREAT friend of mines but where I shop at as well “Princess Beauty Bar & Boutique”, with the one and only Ms. Crystal Flecther. While I was there I felt what better time for me to pick her brain and ask her a few questions about her business. As we always do when I make my visit we have to drink water & chat to see what’s been going on in each other’s lives since our last visit. Today I surprised her when I asked If I could interview her, man if y’all could see the look on her face, I had to laugh myself. She was willing after I finished laughing. I really wanted to know, what made her open a boutique in the first place. “It’s a passion TK, I always loved to shop so I decided to turn my shopping into a business that also helps the women of the community” is what she says to me, so I say “Oh” because she was telling me something that I didn’t know about her. She goes on to say that she love to help every customer look and feel fabulous as well as to help build up their self-esteem but on a low-cost budget. She opened the doors in 2013, with no overhead all by herself. “It makes me feel like a robot sometimes, but I thank GOD that I’m blessed to be able to do it!” she said. In the next 5 yrs, her vision is to be a fashion expert on a tv show, styling celebrities, having her own Brand & some employees so she’ll have time to do what she needs too. Every year for Mother’s Day she does makeovers for mothers which consists of styling them and getting their hair done, with her being a single mother herself is what inspired her to “GIVE BACK” to the community in that form. She also has brought celebrities such as Shekinah(from the T.I. & Tiny show) , and Perez(He’s a celebrity stylist from ATL) to the city and have what we call a “Sip & Shop” event, that’s where women can come mingle, sip & shop all in one place. It’s not easy having a business especially in a city like Columbus, Ga where there is so much of the same things going on all over the city. When your heart is in the right place it does not matter how many of the same things going on opens, as long as GOD is in it, you’ll always win it!!! That’s what she told me in closing, Now those are some GREAT words to live by. If you’re in the city, stop by and give her a visit at 2400 Hamilton Rd, Columbus Ga or you can check her out on her website She she “ALL” styles of fashion from business, church, allnight-fun, & causul attire, I promise you’ll be hooked because I’M GUILTY MYSELF!! My thoughts of the day!!

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Chili’s Restaurant Cook Fired For Taking Shirtless Kitchen Selfies And Posting Them On Facebook

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


A Chili’s line cook in Florida was fired this week after photos emerged of him taking shirtless photos in a restaurant, and no, we didn’t make this story up by pulling “Dumb American Stereotypes” out of a hat.

The photos went viral after Justin Speekz (actually his real name) decided to put them on Facebook, in which he poses next to a grill and lying down on a food prep surface, in an album called “Sexy Cooks of Chili’s”.

“Chili’s clearly does not encourage this type of behavior in our restaurants. We maintain very high standards of food quality, safety and cleanliness and took immediate steps to ensure the restaurant continues to follow these requirements,” Chili’s said in a statement to ABC Action News.

While Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation told ABC that his actions did not violate any laws, and that the Chili’s in question ended up passing a restaurant inspection, Speekz’s shirtlessness clearly unnerved Floridians, because THAT’S HOW YOU SPREAD EBOLA.

Meet Dedrick Sims, Founder Of Sims Fayola International Academy

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


Dedrick has been serving urban students since 1999 both as a teacher and a school leader. Dedrick’s career in urban education began in a high school classroom as a substitute and has since served in roles as a High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Secondary Curriculum Administrator, Master Lead Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Alternative School teacher, Dean of Students/Assistant Principal and Principal (Co-Ed and Single Gender). Dedrick has also served urban students in non-classroom/school based roles as an author of one book and several professional articles addressing urban education. Through completing several nationally respected school leadership programs like the KIPP Principal Leadership Program at New York University, New Leaders for New School, Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom, Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Program, SUPES Superintendent Academy, Get Smart Schools School Leadership Fellowship, and TeachNOLA’s Master Teacher Corps Selector Cohort, Mr. Sims is currently and has received extensive training in instructional leadership, operations, finance, and governance, along with significant exposure to the nation’s highest performing urban charter schools. Mr. Sims holds teaching licenses in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi as well as a K-12 Administrator license in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Getting to Know Mista Meana of Partners N Crime

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Life has a way of causing humans to perceive each other in ways that are sometimes a bit off centered.  In the entertainment field, it is quite a challenge to distinguish the true character of a star.  Due to the mysterious element that constantly grows as an artist reaches higher heights, some media companies and lay citizens often create their own definition of who an artist really is.  Detrimental or not, the buzz keeps spreading.  Generalizations and stereotypes continue and some questions remain unanswered.  The Heat Magazine places great enthusiasm on delivering in-depth interviews which accentuate the “realism” in the stars that share their business endeavors with us.  We had an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with Mr. Meana and get a closer look at his life, journey, and upcoming music.  With enormous success as one half of the acclaimed rap group, Partners -N- Crime, The Heat wanted to see what was on Meana’s mind and agenda.

The Heat Magazine: What’s your latest work that we can look forward to?

Mista Meana: Well my latest work is titled “WHO SAY I CANT RAP”.  It consists of 24 songs.   It is giving my audience a clear side of who I am as MISTA MEANA and no PNC haven’t broke up. (laughing out loud)

The Heat Magazine: What can we expect from, ‘Who Say I Cant Rap’?

Mista Meana: On this project you can expect my views on life as I see it from all levels: street, spiritual, clever, and witty side. I have a song with my 10 year old daughter AMARI on a song called “ROCK WIT US”. I also got my HITZ INTERNATIONAL fam on board. Outside of that I have JUVENILE on my single track with this up and coming star WHIT BANKS. It’s a well rounded mixtape but people that have heard it say that  it should be an album.

The Heat Magazine: As a member of Partners N Crime, how have you guys been able to remain successful and grow musically?

Mista Meana: Well me  and Kango are like brothers and we always put God first in all our endeavors. We respect each others boundaries and we allow each other their own space to create.

The Heat Magazine: Who inspires you as an artist?
Mista Meana: Any artist that’s CREATIVE and DIFFERENT. I love creativity straight up!!!!!!!

The Heat Magazine:
Since we’re on creativity, What’s your favorite dish?
Mista Meana: Red beans and rice with baked chicken (you know I gotta throw the chicken in it lol) and some fresh veggies.  BAM!
The Heat Magazine: How do you feel about education?
Mista Meana: Education is big because knowing is half the battle. The more you LEARN the more you GROW, education ain’t something just for our kids. It’s something we all should continue to seek. REMEMBER knowledge is power people.
The Heat Magazine: What’s your take on relationships and the music business?
Mista Meana: Well this MUSIC BUSINESS is built off RELATIONSHIPS. In this business today: who you know that they know so we can get this done. “BUSINESS” in a nutshell and RELATIONSHIPS make that happen.  BAM (laughing out loud)
The Heat Magazine: What advice would you give upcoming artists?
Mista Meana: Grind and stay FOCUSED on the prize and remember to put God first before moving. Try to continue to move forward even through all rejects, but remain POSITIVE throughout your STRUGGLES and you can make this a career.
The Heat Magazine: How do you feel about the current state of the music industry?
Mista Meana: I love where the music business is right now.  I didn’t a year ago, because I didn’t fully understand the change the business took when they left analog and went digital. But now that I overstand the nature of the business,  I can move much better now and so can any artist that is dedicated to making this out of a career.
The Heat Magazine: What makes Mista Meana so unique?

Mista Meana: I’mma  realist, I stand on what I believe to be real or what you would call reality.  I seek the truth and stand behind it and let that be my armor and God be my shield.

The Heat Magazine: Where are you from?

Mista Meana: I’m from my mothers womb (laughing out loud), but I claim HOLLYGROVE home of the best RAPPERS and you read it right RAPPERS with a “S”. (laughing out loud)
The Heat Magazine: What’s the biggest lesson you have learned in life or in music?

Mista Meana: That everything you see ain’t always what it is. Remember LIFE is the teacher we are just STUDENTS  in the class. And MUSIC is my LIFE.  It lets my voice LIVE FOREVER.

The Heat Magazine: I understand that you spend a lot of time in the studio and handling business affairs with HITZ International, what’s in the future for you as an executive?

Mista Meana: To make every ARTIST I work with MILLIONAIRES and more. More meaning becoming the best people they can BE.
The Heat Magazine: How do you feel about the New Orleans Saints?
The Heat Magazine:
How important is having balance in life?
Mista Meana:
Balance is harmony when dealing with LIFE because everything in your life needs attention or it dies.  The more you put on your plate, the more you gotta digest.  Then you wonder why you have heartburn. (Laughing out loud)
The Heat Magazine:
With the latest surge of violence in New Orleans, tell us how you feel about it.
Mista Meana:
MURDER IS BAD FOR BUSINESS. It’s BAD for our NEIGHBORHOODS, It’s BAD for our FAMILIES, It’s BAD for our PEOPLE as a WHOLE. If we learn to HATE the right things like I HATE MURDER, then and only then will this MURDER SPIRIT STOP. We must COMMAND it to not ASK it to.
The Heat Magazine:
What’s your definition of a group and loyalty?
Mista Meana:
A group is FAMILY. It’s two or more people sharing the EXACT same vision. It’s like they see themselves as one. Loyalty is a given if you plan to be a GROUP.
The Heat Magazine:
As a family man, tell us about some of your proud moments.
Mista Meana:

Meeting my beautiful wife and the births of all my wonderful daughters.  GOD is GOOD ALL  OF THE TIME.
Mista Meana’s mixtape is scheduled to be released March 21st.  The Heat Magazine will provide more information in the near future.
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For more information on Mista Meana, contact him @MRMEANA on Twitter or MRMEANA504@GMAIL.COM.

Nikki B: Model, Entreprenuer & Much More

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Photo Credit: Tori Tredwell

If you’re familiar with the world of exotic, gorgeous and talented models, then you are more than likely familiar with Nikki B. But did you know that she is so much more than just a beautiful face?

African American/Puerto Rican and a Bronx native, Nikki B is currently most well known as an urban print model. She has graced covers of the top urban magazines, done centerfold spreads, become an internet sensation in the past several years, and she is consistently among the top 10 best in her line of business. Nikki B has even worked with top music artists, such as Ludacris, Drake and Kanye West.

What you may not know about Nikki B is that she is also an actress, entrepreneur and beautiful spirit who is an educated, family oriented person.

Nikki B is moving her career along at a rapid pace, branching far out into the entertainment world, including spokes modeling and becoming a brand ambassador for clothing and cosmetics companies. In fact, she has most recently been the face of Ashley Stewart’s Premier Denim Collection, as well as a spokesperson for the Thurgood Marshal College Fund.

In addition, Nikki B is just starting out with her own apparel line, which she plans to grow into a viable, highly recognized brand of clothing. We recently had an opportunity to catch up with Nikki B and here’s what she had to say:


THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What projects are you currently working on, besides the modeling?

NIKKI B: I’m starting my own t-shirt line. It just kicked off and we’re going to have about 6 different pieces to start with – it really goes with a lifestyle for anyone. There’s no trend to them – anyone can wear our shirts.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us more about these t-shirts.

NIKKI B: They’re very sexy. They have a very vintage-like feel to them as far as the images go. They’re modern t-shirts.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: We hear you have another very interesting project in the works as well. Tell us about that.

NIKKI B: I do – I have the “Dear Nikki” letters. On my website, I get a lot of fan mail. I don’t just get postings on how I look or comments on my images. I hear from women and men and they’re asking me questions and advice on relationships, on exercising, on eating well, and personal questions on issues that they’re going through. One lady wrote me that she is thinking of divorcing her husband. The reality is that divorce has become like a high school breakup. I tried to explain to her that I’ve never been married, so take my advice lightly, but I come from a family where everyone has been married for over 20 years, with the exception of my parents who never got married. I know that marriage is a foundation and you have to work on it. I’ve realized over the past couple of years through having the website, that my fans are not just asking about my personal life, but almost like if I were them, what would I do in their situation. I’m also sharing my beauty secrets and things like that.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Very interesting. Tell us where we will see Nikki B in the near future.

NIKKI B: I will be working on my t-shirt line, but will also become the face of beauty products.


The Heat Magazine salutes this stunning, positive and inspiring businesswoman and we send our best wishes in all of her endeavors. We know we will be seeing much more of her in the months and years to come!

Photo Credit: Tori Tredwell