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Spotlight On Talent: Sicxfive

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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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OrchKids – These Young Musicians Blew My Mind

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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)

OrchKids-Michelle-Obama

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

Orchkids


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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I Attended The Hottest Open Mic Last Week

Burnin Mic Open Mic

I’m the first to say you can find talent in all places but  I was  shocked to find it flowing  from My own  womb. I  entered My son into this  poetry writing/spoken word program for the  summer with the  Maya Baraka Institute directed and ran by various National poetry  slam winners and  contestants. The  program is  for youths age 13-20 and  focuses on spoken word and the creative arts with an afro-centric flair.

We were invited to their  first  performance last week which was in the  format of an open mic which was also open to the public sponsored by the Maya Baraka program along with Dew More Baltimore.  The open mic was hosted by the  youths of the program and  many of them blessed us with their talents from singing, to poetry and rapping. I  recorded  quite a few of the performances but no where near all of them nor did I capture what I think were some of the best performances.

Hopefully you will enjoy  a peek into  what you missed. These talented teens and young adults blew Me away.

I have  a few more  videos  from the event and will be continuing to  upload them to youtube at http://www.tinyurl.com/sapphiresyoutube.com

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Spotlight On Talent – Model T

Model T Unleashed

Model T Unleashed

There are a lot of BLAZIN models popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Model Mayhem,  facebook GGurls and other  model networking sites, we are being treated to the beautiful works of models we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming models that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of them now………..

Name: Tonie aka Model T
Age: 34
Height: 5’6
Weight: 115 lbs
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Model T Bubble Princess

Model T Bubble Princess

Tonie is a youthful looking beauty that reigns from Kentucky and she enjoys shopping, reading various novels, viewing artwork, watching reality shows with her mother, spending time with friends, and rollerskating with her 11 year old nephew. These are just a few things that goes on in her spare time but what she truly loves doing is posing in front of the camera! Once Tonie steps foot onto the set,she transforms into Model T!

1. How long have you been in the modeling game? What influenced your decision to start modeling?

With the help of one of my best friends, I did my first photo shoot in November 2005, so I am coming up on my 10 year anniversary! As a child, I always enjoyed browsing through fashion magazines with my mother. Of course, I would always picture myself modeling the clothes. One day, I came across a beautiful photo of Grace Jones and I asked my mother if Grace was male or female. My mother told me that Grace Jones is female and a model who is known for her wild sense of style. As a kid, Grace’s style was “scary” at times but I truly loved it because she made you not only notice her wild style but also her beauty. I told myself that I may not be Grace Jones when I grow up, but I darn sure can make a statement like she.

2. Were your family and friends supportive of your decision?
My friends and siblings are very supportive! My mother and father are not supportive, they are old school and could never “get with the times”. I remember when my mother helped me pick out the best images from my first photo shoot, which looked like senior pictures, and she was cool about it. A few months later in 2006, I showed her images that were more avant garde and she completely dissed them, which struck a nerve with me because those were the images that got people noticing me on ModelMayhem! To this day, I believe my mother is a bit jealous LOL! My parents have not seen any of my modeling images since 2006 lol! They are also not savvy about technology, so I am not worried about them finding images online. Casually, I will mention walking in a few fashion shows but they seem uninterested and never come to any events.
Model T: Puzzle Em

Model T: Puzzle Em

3. What influenced you to focus more towards fashion and glamour at a time where everyone wants to be eye candy?
After being told “No” several times in the first few months, I knew that being African American and slender would not be enough for me to stand out, so I had to channel my inner Grace Jones and become different. That’s when I began to network with photographers who also liked being different and we incorporated various wigs, props, and fun ideas in all my photo shoots. To me, photo shoots are all about personality and when you are having fun during your shoot, it definitely shows up in the photos! Once I gained attention of the photographers who only shot eye candy, I gave myself a pat on the back because they saw something that not every eye candy model has…..they saw diversity.
4. What is your ultimate goal with your modeling?
My ultimate goal in modeling is to go to Paris and participate in Fashion Week! I have no problem settling for my plan b, which is to open up a large studio space for photographers, models, hairstylists, make-up artists, and stylists to rent during the winter 🙂
Model T Wigged Out

Model T Wigged Out

5. I’ve noticed that you’re a chameleon easily switching it up with a variety of wigs. You even do wig reviews, tell me, what’s your wig fascination and how it got started?
HAHAHA my fascination with wigs came from my mother! I remember when I was a kid, my mother took my sisters and I to a hair store  to search for a wig that was similar to her hairstyle. I enjoyed all the different styles of wigs and couldn’t wait to buy one when I got older, which I did when I turned 22. I loved my Aaliyah mystery bang style wig, and of course, my mother didn’t like it lol! I wore out to the club and some people thought it was my hair and others knew it was a wig. Years later, I learned that I was wearing the wig crooked LOL! Once my interest in modeling grew, my fascination with wigs became an obsession! These middle and high school girls are lucky because weaves and wigs are no longer a secret LOL! If I wore a wig to school back in the 90s, folks would have been joking on me ALL DAY LONG LOL and that also included the curly ponytail, which I didn’t wear but not too often! Once I graduated high school, I proudly wore that fake long ponytail. My mother and sisters still rock the ponytail, it even transitioned to my aunts and female cousins who used to joke on us for always rocking the ponytail LOL!
6. Have you been featured in any print publications? Any Publication you’re specifically aiming for?
I have been featured in some print publications such as Ar Leith Magazine, Mogul Magazine, Burda Moden Magazine, Red Hot Kittens, NLM Magazine, KY Fused Magazine, Ooh-Wee Magazine, UGFM Magazine, Transpire Magazine, HNS Magazine, BX25 Vixens Magazine, The 411 Magazine, and my own magazine series on MagCloud: Modeltunleashed The Print Edition. My dream publication is always going to be Vogue magazine but I’m always excited for whoever accepts my photo submission! Its hard to get a photo submission these days…..you really got to have the right team to work with and research which publication you want to submit the images to. For some odd reason, I always miss the deadlines of certain themes.
Model T Rocking Out

Model T Rocking Out

7.  Did you enjoy working on the set of the short film “Open Up”? What can you tell us about the film?
I LOVED working on the set of “Open Up” and the crew was super nice, plus this was my first short film to be featured in! The film is written by Rodney Cox and is about veterans who are experience post traumatic stress disorder, which is pretty common in some veterans. My character is married to an ex-war veteran and she struggles on dealing with his stubbornness about seeking help for the disorder. The role was easy for me to play because I am stubborn at times and always seem to date stubborn men LOL! Working on the film has got me interested in doing more acting…..maybe even working behind the scenes.
8.  You might break some hearts here, are you single, dating or attached?
I’m sure I’ll fall in love again one day (keywords: one day) but in the meantime, all I want to do is wear my cute clothes, sexy hair, sexy heels, and continue to have fun! Sometimes I am just too hot too handle and too cold to hold…..the right man will catch me at the right moment and keep my attention at all times.
Model T All Dolled Up

Model T All Dolled Up

9.  Have you had your first experience with a pervy photographer yet? How did you handle the situation?
That is one experience that I have not come across yet (knocking on wood) and hope that I never do. Whenever I hear about models and their experiences with pervy photographers, I get a sick feeling in my stomach and then reality hits me about how sick this industry can be. You can’t trust everyone and you really have to be careful out there. I’m pretty sure that is one of the reasons why my parents dislike me modeling….I truly do not blame them, if that’s the case.

10. Where can people check you out at?

My portfolio can be found on the following sites:
New images plus a blog can be found here: http://whoistonie.weebly.com/
Check out my ol school images here: http://whoistonie.wix.com/tonie-2
Check out my sexier images here: http://whoistonie.wix.com/modeltunleashed
Check me out in the short film Open Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QYBMqvMrfs
Check out my wig channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/modeltunleashed
Model T Snake Charmer

Model T Snake Charmer

I want to say thank you to the lovely Sapphire Hill for being one of my online model inspirations AND taking the time to notice my talent  and granting me this interview! MUAH!!!!!
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Are You Following Us On Facebook? We Share Hot Talent Daily

Spotlight on talent logo

Spotlight on talent logo

While  I’m working hard  to boost the popularity of this site I’m also working hard to brand it on social networks.  Daily, on Facebook  through our fan page https://www.facebook.com/spotlightontalent I  post tips for writers, contests, artwork and videos of amazing talent.  To check us out on Facebook either click the link above or the facebook like box in the right hand side bar. This site and our social networking pages are designed SIMPLY to provide a  platform for aspiring and  established  talent to promote themselves and gain valuable information that  can be critical  to their careers.

resource guide

resource guide

This site isn’t JUST about interviewing and promoting hot talent but also to provide a place that  offers a range of resources that  can  assist talents of every type.  You will notice the resource  guide area at the top of the page and in the left hand side bar.  Just as I am constantly seeking talent I am also seeking businesses and  resources to add to the resource guide. So Email and tell me about your business and lets get you added.

Got Talent? Show It Off

Got Talent? Show It Off

Here’s just a  few examples of the type things shared through our facebook page. I would hate for you to miss out on great talent or an opportunity to get your own work out there.

Screencraft.org Short Screenplay Contest final deadline is one month away! Submit your script for evaluation by judges from Vimeo, Cannes Film Festival, Maker Studios and more:
www.screencraft.org/shorts

These young  girls had Me smiling, the shy one with the book bag is  going to have a hell of a voice once it’s properly trained.

Watch Video Here

By Artist Kelliebrew

By Artist Kelliebrew

I found an awesome artist on facebook  named KellieBrew check here out by clicking her name.

The following video really touched Me , I meant it hit home on so many levels. I hope you take a minute to check her out.

CLICK HERE

I’d love nothing more than to showcase your talent, here and on our facebook and twitter pages. SUBMIT SUBMIT SUBMIT and  show us your talent at sapphirespotlightontalent@gmail.com

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Have You Seen The Young Dance Phenom Heaven? She’s Heavenly

Heaven King & Mom 1

Heaven King & Mom 1

I will be the first to admit I’m not a  fan of watching  videos  online and I  don’t watch  talk shows. I miss out on a lot of what’s currently popular. That’s part of of why I started this site, I know so many like Me  who are just as clueless. Well until last week I’d never heard of 4 year old Heaven King but  since the first time I saw her she has been blowing up all over My social networking pages.

Heaven King & Mom 2

Heaven King & Mom 2

This darling little  girl has taken the internet by storm with her danced moves.

Her and her mom were recently featured on the Ellen Degeneres show.

Her mom  has  many more vids with her on her  youtube page HERE

Heaven King & Mom 3

Heaven King & Mom 3

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