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I’ve Partnered With An International Magazine To Give You Even More Exposure

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So I’m working hard to  continue to  build this site. We just celebrated our one year anniversary and while it’s not quite where I want it to be it’s getting there. I’m happy to announce  that I’ve partnered with an international magazine, London LeBlanc Magazine to offer you even more exposure.

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kareem ali and ambush tear sheet

I am steadily looking for people to interview for this site  but now once a month I can also highlight 2 individuals or groups in an international print and digital magazine. The first issue with My writing and interviews in it came out yesterday.  Check it out https://www.joomag.com/magazine/london-leblanc-magazine-volume-12/0313334001450038793

London LeBlanc Magazine Volume 12

London LeBlanc Magazine Volume 12

I interviewed a plus sized model/designer from Ohio and a Emcee/Producer group from Baltimore. They came out  great. If you’re interested in being featured here on the site or possibly in the magazine feel free to email Me at sapphirespotlightontalent@gmail.com or sapphirethesexyone@gmail.com

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Spotlight On Talent: Sicxfive

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1.) Tell us Sicxfive, how did you start rapping and how long have you been perfecting your craft?

I started rapping from a base of poetry. I was always good with words and wordplay and loved the power of word usage.
In High School I was more the ghost writer and didn’t want the spot light. As I embraced my gifts I then started to enter open Mics and contest and freestyle on military bases. Once I got the good response that I received it just motivated me to go further.

2.) Who were/are your biggest musical influences?

My biggest influence musically were Biggie, Tupac, JayZ,  Wu Tang, Outkast,  NWA,  Michael Jackson,  Ray Charles,  Stevie Wonder.
Currently I check for some new acts like Kendrick Lamar,  J Cole,  Rick Ross,  Jeezy,  Weezy,  2Chainz,  A$ap, etc…

Rapper/Poet Sicxfive

Rapper/Poet Sicxfive

3.) You were what we call and “army brat” growing up. Did your fathers military career encourage you to enlist yourself?

Coming from where I came from, inner city Philadelphia, I didn’t see many options coming out of school. I didn’t understand how I could afford to go to college coming from a poverty stricken household. I knew my parents couldn’t afford it and they never took the time to explain how I could go to college. So I looked at the military as my escape and chance to not fit the statistics.

4.) What is it like as an artist to be stationed so far overseas where your passion of making music can not be easily fulfilled?

It’s painful….I really love the creative experience of writing and getting in the booth. I enjoy finding the right feel and voice to fit the track. I enjoy music..the good and the bad.

5.) What do you think of the state of mainstream hip hop and rap today?

I think the current state of hip hop is on a downturn. It’s not lyrically appealing to me on the whole. Yes there are some who are outstanding but the majority are not groundbreaking and won’t be around 2 years from now.  And for the record I like some non-lyrical rap also.

Sicxfive on The Mic

Sicxfive on The Mic

6.) You rap with a level of consciousness not displayed by many artist today. Do you think not rapping about the stereotypical street life will help boost or deter your mainstream appeal?

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I just try to rap about my reality. I am from the streets, the hood, the ghetto. I was raised around drug dealers, drug users,  robbers, gangs and gangsters, pimps. The whole gambit. But I don’t lie about my stats. I totally fine being who and what I am and letting the fans know that there is more to the hood and streets than pure ignorance.
It may hurt my sales and it may be a tougher road but it’s my truth.

7.) I see you write poetry as well. Do you ever plan to release a poetry project?

I actually had someone contact me about doing it and I was surprised by it. I mean I am open to sharing my personal thoughts and ideas and verses but it will have t be in the right way. But in the near future I may release a concept I have that I think would really move the needle.

Rapper Sicxfive

Rapper Sicxfive

8.) What advice would you give to someone trying to get started in the music industry?

Believe in you.
Be ready to work.
Trust in your mental ear.
Listen to ya engineers and producers.
Get rid of all yes men around you.

9.) Any upcoming projects or events we should look out for?

Currently looking to release 3-4 new singles in lead up to my project in 2016.

10.) Where can people find more of you?

http://www.sicxfive.com/

You can reach me on social media under

@sicxfive – Instagram, Tumblr, Vine
@sicx_five – Twitter
Sicxfive@gmail.com

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We’re Turning One!!! Happy Birthday To Us

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When I look at the site it’s hard for Me to believe I started this as a little side project a year ago. I just wanted some place to  share and promote things that mattered to Me that  didn’t correlate with the adult entertainment side of My business. I can’t say that the site  has matched My vision YET but  for  one year it sure has done better than I expected.

Having the responsibility of  finding talent led Me to pay attention to things I hadn’t before and that opened so many doors for Me. I  had been so focused on Myself for so long that  taking time to focus on others has given Me immeasurable pleasure.

London Le Blanc Magazine

London Le Blanc Magazine

Last week I teamed up  with  London Le Blanc Magazine  and now  will be a contributing writer monthly starting December 2015. I’ve been given 2 pages a  month for 2 separate interviews or articles. I’m so excited, that  gives Me the opportunity to offer not only  the opportunity to be featured here but to be published as well. I recently had the pleasure of  interviewing a Playboy Playmate as well for a different magazine. All I  do is to bring attention back to sites like this and My other personal projects. All I do is  to promote and offer the best resources to you. You can follow London Le Blanc on Facebook at

I’ve also decided to  add a new section to the site for 2016, Sapphire’s  Jewel and I will feature a model a month. Look out for new site design and updates. Happy Thanksgiving you guys and  don’t forget  SUBMIT TO BE FEATURED OR GET YOUR MUSIC PLAYED ON THE SITE  at sapphirespotlightontalent@gmail.com

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A Cute Ode To A Friend – Check Out this poem “My Condolences” By David Miles

David Miles

David Miles

 

I met David a few years ago and  his spirit is so  beautiful. He is a true testament to show that no matter what state the body is in the mind can be alive and active. In a nursing home  for many years , David  writes to pass the time. Check out his ode to a furry friend below.

MY CONDOLENCE

THE TIME HAS COME TO SAY GOOD BYE TO A FRIEND. I USE TO FILL MY BAG WITH SNACKS THAT HE WOULD EAT. MOUSES HAD NO MONEY TO SPEND.  GONE ARE THE DAYS OF PISTACHIO’S AND CHIPS, EVEN THE MIXED NUTS THAT WERE EATEN OFF AT THE TIP.  BUT THE STAFF GOT WISE AND SAID THERE IS AN ENEMY AMONG US.  SO THEY PUT TOGETHER A PLAN WITHOUT A FUSS/  WELL IN COMES A MAN WITH HIS BAG OF TOOLS SETTING HIS TRAPS TO MAKE THE MOUSE A FOOL.  THE DAYS WENT BY NEVER HEARD A SOUND MY AIDE CAME IN JUST THE OTHER DAY SHE SAID IT SMELLED REAL STRANGE.  SHE COULD NOT STAY WE LOOKED AROUND COULD NOT FIND A MOUSE. I HOPE HE IS RESTING IN HIS MOUSE HOUSE.  BYE BYE MR. MOUSE

THOUGHTS BY D.K. MILES LEVINDALE POET

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What A Deep Piece Of Poetry, Check Out “Tired” By Sicxfive

Sicxfive

Sicxfive

 

I’m tired

I’m tired of turning on the news and hearing political views that don’t coincide with a true picture of America,

I’m tired of hearing politicians spew and project an attitude that there is nothing wrong in America,

I’m tired of States banging Red and Blue and arguing about which side is true today …I said today… In America,

And I’m tired of racist views by police and people reporting the news who spin lies about America,

See I haven’t been around forever but I’m clever enough to see when you feed lies to me about the body that’s found deceased in the middle of neighborhood streets and yet you tell lies and have us think that innocent you will be until they blast the truth across the TV screens……
and we have the truth laid out for us….
Cops killing our children, our mothers our fathers, our brothers our sisters, our past and our futures,

And then I turn on the TV and I see more violence…..

But this time the hood is quiet, cause the science is that someone has shoot an Officer of the law and now he is in the ICU slowly dying…..
Do we not see that this human being killed is someone child, or mother or father, or brother or sister, ……this was someone’s past and future,

And I turn away….I can’t stomach it anymore, I need fresh air, I can’t breath, my feelings are raw and open to the core, I’m sore from the inside out because death has become so common that after I’m told someone died I turn around 5 mins later and ask what was the score to the game… And they told me,

But what they should have told me was that the score is a lot to a little,
A lot of death to too little life,
A lot of pain to few memories of joy,
A lot of sorrow for those who died today and will never see the beauty or horror of tomorrow,

I am scared to raise a child in a world where keeping it real is WSHH material,
I’m afraid to raise a child in a world where kids are snatched out of front yards,
killed inside the schools they learn in,
and preyed on by adults we are suppose to trust,
I fear raising a son who has to navigate adult choices at tender ages because our youth is looked at as a walking statistic…
Likely to be the next…athlete, drug dealer, gangbanger, deadbeat father, or felon,
I fear raising my daughter in a world where she must always be aware that someone is out to do her harm,
where her innocence is precious and a thief waits in the dark to steal it from her,
where a nice word must be looked at with skepticism and caution,

I want my children to grow up and be all the great things that they dream of when they sleep that drool soaked sleep wit a slight smile on their faces,
I want our children to know that we are doing things today so that they have a better tomorrow,
I want these children to know that we can get our act together so there is a safe world for them to raise children in in the future,

And all of this has me tired
This world this day and age when we are so advanced and yet still so behind,
I’m tired of the talk and rhetoric about what’s wrong while we never take the time to do what’s right,
I’m tired of the finger pointing and grandstanding and the me as the center of the world movement ,

I’m tired of it all…….
But I won’t stop because I have someone who expects more and deserves more from me,
I will continue to work to make my circle of influence better,
And if that keeps me tired then I know when I finally rest that I gave everything I could to make the future better for our future….

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Are You Being True To Yourself? Follow Your Passions To Peace and Prosperity

follow your passion

Have you ever felt stuck in  the life you’ve created for yourself? Your life may be  going just fine on the surface, you’re employed, you’re managing to pay your bills, you have a wonderful spouse. But you live the same routine every day, day in and day out only daydreaming about the life you wished you lived. At some point in time we all find that we feel stuck. The question is how long will you allow yourself to  go on like that. Will you ever pursue your dreams and be real to your authentic self or will you just go on living a mediocre life?

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Follow-Your-Passion-and-Success-will-Follow-You

 

We all have bills to play , we all have responsibilities and many of us have excuses for why we are not living the life we dream of living. Some of the biggest excuses we  give ourselves for not chasing our dreams are

  • Not enough free time
  • Wont pay enough to survive
  • Not enough outside support
  • Fear
  • It’s never been done before so it’s impossible
follow your dream

follow your dream

The reality is that whether we pursue our passions or allow them to lie dormant they are always in the forefront of our minds. When something is is your  blood, in your heart, no matter how much you try to push the thought of it aside you will not be able to shake what’s inside of you.

There will be people who tell you you’re crazy. People will not always see your vision and that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is not meant to see, feel or understand what you do. For that very reason alone, because you may have something unique, maybe even innovative to add to the world you must be willing to follow the little voice inside guiding you towards your dream life.

Just do it

Just do it

 

It won’t be easy. Change never is, fear  can  ground even the  mos talented, passionate individual. Fear of change, fear of inadequacy and even fear of success is a huge deterrent for some. I guarantee it will take some 20 hour days, some sleepless nights, it may even take a year worth of ramen noodles and boiled eggs for dinner but the journey towards your authentic self is it’s own reward.  Some of the most important reasons for pursuing your passions and living to your own authentic self and include but aren’t limited to

  • One of the things people regret most at the end of their lives are the chances that they didn’t take in life.
  • You will never  feel complete by trying to live to someone else’s standards of success. Defining what success means for yourself allows you to not just pursue a goal but enjoy the journey towards it.
  • Pursuing what your or others see as an unrealistic  goal to so many others will teach you more about life than any training class for a dead end job. The person who has failed 100 times is 100 times more knowledgeable than the person who hasn’t even tried once.
  • Following  your dreams will inspire those around you to  reach for higher goals. If you have  children this is extra important  because it’s imperative that we teach our children to  dream and that all things are possible through hard work, dedication and flexibility.
  • Pursuing  your dream doesn’t mean you have to quit your job or let your family  starve. It does mean that you will have to be willing to  sacrifice a little and  add new habits to your routine. You have to be willing to keep pushing even if everyone around you thinks you’re stark raving mad. Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t expect your life to suddenly change because you picked up a paint brush, a hammer or instrument. Pursuing your passion is a journey towards finding yourself. The joy is not in the destination but the road you travel along the way.
teach your kids

teach your kids

Those with little money, little free time or maybe too many excuses can find ways to easily incorporate their passion int their daily lives.

  • Sports enthusiast? Injured  or a little old to play? If you can’t play, coach! Volunteer with a local school, church or community center. You never  know what opportunities it may lead to.
  • Get up a hour earlier each day and set that time aside to practice or focus on your passion.
  • Check local community colleges, community centers and churches for free or discounted workshops OR the opportunity to teach one yourself.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to show off your passions, whether it’s speaking to a group on a topic related to your passion, volunteering or preparing something to sell or perform at local farmers markets, festivals and amateur showcases.
do something

do something

 

There are many other ways to work your passion into your daily life. You may not be able to jump right into your dream job or position but the more you immerse yourself in your passion  the  closer you get each day. You open yourself to opportunities that you  never will get sitting on the couch wondering what if.

Any goal is achievable when the right amount of determination, dedication, time and effort are applied. If I could leave with with a few last words of advice I’d remind you that

  • A Plan of action is key. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals S (Specific) M (Measurable) A (Attainable) R (Realistic) T (Timely)
  • Don’t focus as much on the destination as you do on the journey
  • Ignore the naysayer. Everyone is not meant to see your vision.
  • Define success on your own terms. You hold the key to your happiness, not your friends, family or the strangers who make up our society.
follow your dreams

follow your dreams

 

Need more motivation to follow your passions? Check out the articles below. These people made the leap from living mediocre day to day lives and are now living their dreams.

http://www.cnbc.com/2012/01/23/People-Who-Quit-Their-Jobs-and-Made-Millions.html?slide=1

http://www.examiner.com/article/5-entrepreneurs-who-gave-up-high-paying-jobs-to-chase-a-dream

your life is in your hands

your life is in your hands

Sexy Sapphire 10/19/2015

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OrchKids – These Young Musicians Blew My Mind

Orchkids

Orchkids

Have you ever  just happened to wander in on  something  so beautiful you found yourself stuck in a trance as you tried to take it all in? That’s what happened to Me this summer at Artscape as I wandered around  tent to tent, building to building soaking in all the  creativity  that flowed. I somehow ended up in one of the Mica ( an arts colleges) buildings and  saw a lot of people milling about on a lower level.

OrchKids performance

OrchKids performance

My friend and  I followed the flow of people and  walked into a  concert that was already in progress. The sight shocked Me, the  music  coming from the  stage was so sharp, and  beautiful but  I was not ready for the musicians, they were all children. The oldest looked about 14 maybe. These children were  playing  music with the talent of well trained  adults who had studied the  craft for years.

OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. (From the website)

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OrchKids-Michelle-Obama

This group of talented youth have even been recognized by the First Lady, Michelle Obama who presented them with an award for excellence on Thanksgiving 2013. I  was  so lucky to happen upon them  performing and was quick to whip out My camera. I captured four  videos and uploaded them to youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_NSxP-NWTFCoSQDLyphvg

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For more info on the Orchkids  check out their website at http://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/orchkids.aspx

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Was Ecstatic To Meet Mr. Peekaso Himself, Demont Pinder, Such A Talented Artist

Sexy Sapphire & Demont Pinder

Sexy Sapphire & Demont Pinder

You know how you see someone on  the internet all the time, you admire their work, you love to see them shine but  never think you will meet them. I was  so excited to find out that Demont Pinder would be  painting live at Afram  this year.

 

Demont Pinder

Demont Pinder

You’ve seen his  work all over  but may not know who he is. He has a sweet job as the art director for  Raheem Devaughn but  he uses his talent in so many other ways. He does the historic Howard Theater and so much more.

Demont painting

Demont painting

Check out some of his work below

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At Afram  he  was offering  fans and new comers the opportunity to be a part of one of his paintings. You know I had to grab a  brush and join in. He  had outlined a very intricate piece and people had a chance to grab a paint brush and be a part of one of his masterpieces. I did this black part lol

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Don’t take My word for it. Check him out online

https://www.facebook.com/demont.pinder

https://instagram.com/demontpinder/

http://demontpinder.com/

http://www.demontpeekaso.net/

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The Youth Of Dew More Baltimore Showed Out at the Baltimore Book Festival

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I told ya’ll during the summer that I had fallen in love with the  youth poets of Dew More Baltimore when I  got the chance to witness them performing  an open mic and then  attended one of their scripted productions. I was ecstatic to find out they would be performing at the Baltimore Book Festival

I made sure to get there early and was  glad I  did, the youth  did a hour of  spoken word and poetry performances before sitting down to have a panel  discussion and answer questions from the  crowd. They were so articulate and knowledgeable. I’m in the process of loading the videos to My youtube page. Below you get a treat, the first one that  I  had a chance to upload is how they started out the show and this young man will leave you  with chills.

Please take the time to check out My youtube page at and  find more   videos like this and to support Dew More Baltimore check out the website at http://www.dewmorebmore.org

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Let Your Talent Shine

Show your talent

 

 Everyone has something that makes them  special.  I love seeing people shine  from the inside when doing what they do best. There are people who tell you your  dreams are impossible, that the SOUND ridiculous. There are some that will tell you that because something has never  been done before it  CAN’T be  done. BUT THAT ISN’T TRUE. Nothing is  impossible especially letting the light shine from within you.

29 ways to stay creative

29 ways to stay creative

Don’t let anyone steal your  shine or  keep you from  chasing your dreams.

stay creative

If you ever  feel stuck in a rut  above is a list of 29 ways to stay creative. If you need more motivation, check out the links below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacia-pierce/21-ways-to-be-and-stay-creative_b_3807472.html

http://behindthehustle.com/2014/10/10-ways-to-stay-creative/

http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=41460

http://matterunorganized.com/2013/10/29-ways-stay-creative/

Stay creative

 

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