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Hidden Star: Designer Perre Hayes of “Prosperous Features” brand Q&A

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Hidden Star: Designer Perre Hayes of “Prosperous Features” brand Q&A

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

 

 

Introduce yourself by telling our readers your name, where you from, and what you do.
I’m Perre Hayes (Perry), Born and raised in Alexandria Virginia and I’ve been designing clothing for awhile now.

What made you become a fashion designer?
Growing up, I felt like we had it all. Anything that asked for, it was granted. At the age of 12 we moved and that’s when I realized that we didn’t have it all but mom and dad were just doing their best. Playing basketball and my sister cheerleading. Funds were short. Beginning my 7th grade year. I only had two pairs of pants. Cargoes and a black pair of jeans. So, I began to use old denim. I bleached, used spray paint, fabric glue and whatever I thought looked good. It was one of the best weeks of school. An outfit for the first 5 days and the students help my school year a lot. They bought my art and that was the beginning.

 

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Who inspired you to be a designer?
Author Ashe was a big inspiration to me at first. I was an athlete first. Jan Matzeliger became second major influence. Had to find someone that did what I do, looked like me and faced issues on the to his own success.

Tell us about your brand and what your brand stands for.
The brand is Prosperous Features. Everyone has an interesting feature (talent) that can help us move forward in life and that feature can be very prosperous. We’re focused on a classic and prep-urban wear.

 

 

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When you look at the fashion market and the competitors that your brand will have to face. What are you expectations for your brand and what separates your brand from the competition?
I haven’t really been looking at the market lately. I’m not looking at it all right now. Don’t want to see anyone’s ideas that may weigh in on my designs. I get ideas from everywhere and I get lost in my own imagination. When it comes to competitors. I’m not worried about them. I have to make us a competitive threat to them. What separates us from them would be our prep-urban wear. Suits and ties are also going to be way different. Bring some old styles back and mix it with today’s style.

 

 

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You mention old style. You mean look like the 80’s or 70’s?
Maybe the 70’s but not the 80’s. I’m talking the Flippers from the 20’s and 30’s sir.

Okay. It’s funny I was going to post a black history article on the fashion.
Actually, this summer. I have a segment call Black History Summer. Targeting the everyday things that we use every day.

 

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Explain that segment. What things are we using everyday as far as art and fashion?
Jan Matzeliger worked for many years to build a machine that can produce 100 to 700 pairs of shoes in a day.

 

 

Have you launch any product so far?
We do have product out Ha! and 1804 shirts and hats are being sold word of mouth until the launch.

When can customers expect your brand to launch?
March 16th is our launch date. June 19th is the launch for black history summer.

On March 16th, consumer can expect to buy your items on the website?
Yes! prosfeat.com

Alright. Well I don’t want to hold you up. Where can people find you to be updated on your work?
Facebook Instagram and Snapchat. We’ll be updating once a month and leading up to BHS. There will be a cookout/community outreach event the weekend be for June 19th. Prosperous Features on FB, @prosperousfeatures on IG and prosfeat1804 on Snapchat.

 

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Q & A with “Toxin” authors Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

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Q & A with Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofDiaz

What city and state do you guys hail from?

Raynesha: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and Quincey in Memphis, Tennessee but we live in Nashville now.

How has your environment influenced you both as writers?

Quincey: The lack of information on finance that’s available in Memphis has always left a bad taste in mouth. Meeting someone willing to help me put it in a book in hopes to change that was a blessing.

Raynesha: I was actually shielded from my environment by those around but was still a product of it in a strange way. Writing has always been my therapy and get-a-way from it all.

Who are your literary influences?

Raynesha: John Grisham, Terry McMillian, and K’wan

Quincey: Robert T. Kiyosaki and Napolean Hill

What inspired you guys to write Toxin as a team?

Quincey: We would talk for hours about everything and we still do. From finance, spirituality, to relationships and politics. Putting it in a book just felt right, so we did.

As a Christian, I enjoyed how the characters would often quote Scripture from the Bible. How did this help in the creation of the character of Dwayne Hollingswell?

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Raynesha: It made and kept him grounded. Having a relationship with the Lord forced him to remain humble. It’s easy to lose yourself when your banking account has endless numbers in it. We had to find a way to keep him from being the typical rich guy everyone wishes they were and a true man of God would be able to do that because flossing his money wouldn’t be looked upon as righteous so to speak. That doesn’t mean we let God keep the problems away as you’ve read in the book.

Was Toxin more a fable of the duality between following the word of God and the worldly pursuit of material wealth?

Quincey: You hit it on the nose! You can only serve one master, and although there is a devil who is God’s nemesis, money also has its share of servants.

The story of Toxin revolves heavily around the Stock Market and its inner workings. Did you guys have to research the Market deeply before writing this novel?

Raynesha: I did a lot of research only because it was second nature to Quincey and I felt so out of the loop. Quincey has study finance since an early age and has been published in the City’s paper for trades he made as a finance major in college. His knowledge of the markets floored me and it still does.

One of the most frightening characters in the novel is one named Cynthia. Can you guys please give us a brief description of her?

Quincey: Honestly, we aimed to leave Cynthia’s description to the eyes of the reader, hence the reason the follow up to Toxin is titled Perception. Cynthia is a very unstable character and we believe everyone has run across a “Cynthia” in their lives whether it was a male or female. The title Toxin was created mainly from this character and when we do give a description of her in perception we hope her physical appearance sends our readers in shock.

 If Toxin was ever adapted as a film, which actors would play the main characters?

Raynesha: Idris Elba, hands down would be a great Dwayne Hollingswell

Quincey: I’d go with Gabrielle Union as Nivea Bowen. She has her spunk.

 Are there any future projects in the works?

Raynesha: Yes, Perception is the follow up to Toxin that we are currently working on and we also have created a Children’s book series that touches on a lot discussed in Toxin. The main characters are Dwayne, from Toxin as a child and Uncle QB as the mentor of the group of kids. The first book is out and is titled, “The Traffic Light of Finance” and book two, “Building Blocks of Business” is up next.

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Karlton Clay is the Victor.

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Why Karlton Clay is the Victor?

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

Let’s get started. Introduce yourself to the readers, your name, where you’re born, and your profession.

My name is Karlton T. Clay. I am 32 years old. Born and raised in Augusta, GA. Graduated from the illustrious John S. Davidson Fine Arts School in 2004 and from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 2008. I am the founder and CEO of Victory Productions Network.

There are a lot of people who are interested in filmmaking. Take us through the process of how you became a filmmaker and how long did it take for you to start your own production.

Well, I actually started out in theatre. They say that the stage is a good training ground and it truly is because you learn the real technical aspects of acting and writing for an audience. I learned editing and filming while I was at Davidson and I began utilizing it while I was at Georgia State. I started out doing short films/videos but of course, i was coming from theatre so i’m treating the actors like we’re on the stage. Even going into the first two seasons of my first web series College Daze, I had that mindset. But over the years, I learned the importance of camera shots and different angles and lighting and all that stuff. Even today, I’m on my 9th web series and I’m still learning and growing as a writer and content creator.

Basically, for our readers who want to be a filmmaker, they have to go through those procedures or is it like learning on the spot when it comes to the details of filming?

For me, it’s about learning on the spot. Would I suggest film school? Yes of course. I believe education is important. But you won’t develop and grow unless you go through the process of producing your own work. Experience IS the best teacher.

Victory Production Network is the name of your business. You run and operate the production as you should be being the CEO. Tell me about your experience running a production company. What’s life like being the CEO of an upcoming and rising production company?

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It is a LOT of hard work. It is fulfilling and it can be fun at times but it’s definitely a lot of work. I’ve put 15 years into building company and the grind is real. it definitely isn’t overnight success over here. Not only am I running the business end but I’m behind all the creative business as well. I write, produce, direct, and edit all the shows. So it’s a lot of hard work but i love it. And I know it’s all going to pay off. I’m grateful for the group of people that God has blessed me to work with here at VPN.

What is the goal for you and your brand? Do you set goals for yourself or do you just go with the flow and continue to push content with no goal in mind?

My ultimate goal is to operate a national television and online network. As far as content, I am just being the creative being that I am. When I have an idea, I put it out there. I have a voice and stories to tell. And even if I’m not at the main stage YET, I won’t let that stop me from telling the stories and developing these characters. I believe it’s important to continue to push the content.

Right. I notice you have launch VPN Magazine which I will be buying this Friday to show my support. Looks like a great magazine that you publish. What’s the next step for your brand?

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Order this magazine at thevpntv.com

Thank you. Yes, I’ve been wanting to do a magazine for a long time but never knew how. Nelson J. Davis and Shamar Allen gave me the push I needed to move forward with that. I always used to complain how those who are making strides aren’t getting the platform or recognition that they deserve. So I decided that I would be the change I want to see and develop VPN Mag. Not only will you meet innovative entertainers and entrepreneurs. You’ll also get to meet people you’ve grown to know and love (or hate depending on the character) within VPN. Next step is to continue to make VPN a household name with different merchandising. I want to get into the wine game next. Been looking at different ways on how to get started with that.d as of incorporating ideas such as a publication?

 

Wine game is looking fierce out there. Any possibility of a VPN talk show or podcast?  I notice you have used social media live stream to your advantage for brand marketing.

 

That’s definitely a possibility. I think we have to get more people on the team so i’m not doing everything but that’s definitely not out of the question.

This is the last question. This is something you probably talk about many times. When you look at the dynamic of entertainment as a whole and also the issues that are happening from the Harvey Weinstein as well as MeToo movement to the lack of diversity in Hollywood. You being the CEO and also an independent filmmaker. What goes through your mind about those events and what do you think about the direction of black films moving forward. Should there be more black films like Girls Night, Moonlight, and etc. happening every year?

 

I think that The lack of diversity is always going to be an issue but I feel it is up to us as content creators of color to continue to create our own paths and our own lanes. The NAACP Image Awards are a perfect example of Black Excellence. Those are the type of moves and strides we should be making. It goes the same with us as independent artists. We have to continue to create our own lanes and dictate our futures. Nothing is given.

For merchandise and content, go to VPN website.

https://www.thevpntv.com/

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YouTube Creator.

 

 

Beginning next month, I will be highlighting YouTube creators, and their channel. YouTube has grown as its own entity where billions tune in to watch creators showcase their talent and filmmaking skills. I will be evaluating channels as well as interview creators about their channel. It is another way for us to get to know the people behind their work and bring awareness to their work.

 

If you happen to have a YouTube channel with videos, please email me at pathillneonrenaissance@gmail.com. In the subject line, put YouTube channel with your YouTube channel name. In the message box, tell me about your channel in 200 words with the link. Please include your social media names for each platform. Thanks.

Interview with Anthony Turner CEO of Alpha Wolfman Sneaker Brand

I told myself when I was 20 years old that I’m going to dedicate myself fully to music for 10 years before I reevaluate. And if I’m not to a position that is conducive to continuing I will move on to something more lucrative

Interview with Alpha Wolfman Sneaker Brand CEO Anthony Turner

Written by Patrick B. Hill

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    When it comes to sneaker brands like Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Reebok, etc. Each brand started with a vision and started from the ground up. Each brand in the sneaker industry grew overtime with efficient and persistent operation. Nike for example didn’t became a shoe empire overtime. Founders of the shoe sold the shoes from back of their car. Talk about humble beginning. It later grew into a major brand.  African American Anthony Turner 31, Tennessee native and CEO of Alpha Wolfman Sneakers is another humble beginning story. I recently sat down with the CEO of Alpha Wolfman Sneakers to talk about his brand, story, vision, plan and sneaker.

 

Anthony “Wolfman” Turner had envisioned himself designing clothes and footwear as a child. It was a dream of his and in fact; he talks about his time of designing.  “When I was in high school I redesigned my high school letter men jackets. During the same time, I found a seamstress who could help me make my own clothing. So, I made a few pieces while in high school. But I was just exploring then. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I decided to design and make apparel to sell as a business.”  Anthony at one time talk about being a music producer before taking on the fashion and sneaker industry. However, he had a deep passion for the fashion industry. When I ask him if he currently still doing music on the side, “No. And the reason why is; I told myself when I was 20 years old that I’m going to dedicate myself fully to music for 10 years before I reevaluate. And if I’m not to a position that is conducive to continuing I will move on to something more lucrative. And needless to say, I decided that it was best to pursue my true passion full time which is fashion. Because at that point it become what i really wanted to do.”

 

Moving ahead, I talk to him about his sneakers. In the discussion, he took me through the process of his sneaker brand. He explains, “the process for me was a difficult one because my first goal was to find a reliable supplier that could manufacturer my sneakers with my full vision and make them affordable for people to buy. The first manufacturer I was with was in Italy. I do admit they were good at what they did but the prices weren’t set up for businesses to make money off them unless they were a high fashion brand. Especially selling sneakers for $300 plus.” He also talks about his strategy for his brand as well. “For me I wanted to reach a more of an urban
demographic. And I noticed that the option for branding was extremely limited. So, I researched and found new suppliers. And I took the same mentality as far as design goes. But urban with an upscale taste.”

 

15391089_10212382455063267_8198601338375736420_nWithin the discussion about his manufacturing and strategy, I got a chance to see his sneaker designs. Each sneaker had an imprint of a wolf paw tag on the side of the shoe. The wolf paw is the brand official logo. “So, I redesigned everything and added my logos and company name to come up with something new. Clear transparent soles, all gold soles, adding accessories etc. The series of sneakers are all named Lobo which stands for Wolf in Spanish. I have released all the way up to Lobo 5 currently.”

 

I ask him about what will it take for his brand to be in the same position with the other brands. “For me, I would say time. Because if you look at Nike in instance. They started out with the founding members being a track star and his coach. The first Nike sneaker was sold out the trunks of they’re cars. And over time with smart business moves, amazing designs, and determination now they are the #1 shoe company in the history of the world. So, for me I look at that as inspiration. They started out the same way I started out. I feel like within the next 5 years I could be a major competitor in the marketplace. I just would need to concrete my brand more.”

Time is always the essence of building a brand from ground up. The question is what will it take for such business to be in the same competition among other businesses who share the same idea and vision. Anthony knew what he needs to do for which he talks about his marketing strategy in the conversation. “My strategy for the next year is to advertise in more mediums and more marketplaces, such as TV ads, Billboard Ads, Internet ads such as social networks like Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest. Paid targeted ads. Reach out to as many people as possible. And also I’m working on getting placed in major outlets across the United States.” 

Alpha Wolfman Sneakers are doing quite well. Lobo sneakers are still selling and consumers are really liking his sneakers. When I ask him about the feedback from consumers who brought a pair of Lobo sneakers, they were positive feedbacks. He explains, so far everyone who has purchased the Lobo series sneakers has been happy with the purchase. I get good feedback on them as well. Everything has been positive so far. Because I wanted to make sure that the sneakers release is as good or better than the quality that they would get at any major outlet. I even buy the shoes myself ahead of release dates and test them out for full quality control. The embrace has been great.” He also talks about his plans to get the sneakers out to the public.“Currently I’m in talks with a few retail chains and even small shoe stores to have them available for the upcoming year. I will have announcements coming soon on where they will become available. And we are signed up for a few expos the second quarter of 2017. But for right now the only way to get them are from my website.”

As we come to the end of the interview, I ask him about any future projects as well as updates on his sneaker production. “I have taken the Lobo 1 and Lobo 3 off the market because I wanted to redesign them. The next shoe that will be released will be the redesigned Lobo 3. This will be sometime in February of 2017. With the redesigned Lobo 1 following. There needed to be changes made because of a change in manufacturing. Because of that change now i have more options as far as design goes. New clothing is still being worked on as we speak release date is TBA.”

 Anthony Turner is still working hard to get his brand in the right position. What I took from this interview is a man who is determine and passionate about his business. Even though the market hasn’t been more openly invested to indie sneaker designers due to consumer loyalty. However, that hasn’t stop Anthony drive to bring awareness to his brand. Consumers have brought a pair of his sneakers and had great experience with the quality of the sneakers. Anthony not only does sneakers. He has a clothing apparel as well as accessories. We need to continue to support small businesses like Anthony. By supporting small businesses, we can create an open market for those to explore.

 

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Facebook.com/AlphaWolfmanCo

Twitter.com/AlphaWolfmanCo

Instagram.com/AlphaWolfmanCo

Pinterest.com/AlphaWolfmanCo

 

 

 

 

You want a pair of Lobo sneakers and apparel, go to this site below.

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www.AlphaWolfman.com

What to expect?

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Neon Renaissance Magazine is a place where art lives. What does that mean in general, it means we focus on art from all aspects. Neon Renaissance is the future movement for art. We build this platform to showcase today’s artwork as well as publication. This outlet encourages artists to continue to doing what they love and spotlighting their work. We also shine light on start-ups, small businesses, and medium businesses. People who are making impact in their community. Those whom are every day inspiration. People who are influential to others by their work and contribution to help others.

What you will expect from us is interviews, articles, short stories, fashion, paintings, advices, music, events, etc. All these and more will be available for your reading pleasure. If you have a business and you wish to advertise or sponsor us; please send me an email regarding business matters at the email address below.

Business/Marketing/Advertising/Sponsor inquires:

pathillneonrenaissance@gmail.com

If you wish to showcase your work and would like to be interview; please send an email to the addresses below with the subject in the email.

Showcase/Review/Interview inquires email Juan Diaz:

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or

Patrick Hill

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Q&A with local Artist/Writer/CEO of Pure Religion Candles Yvette Renee.

Q&A with local Artist/Writer/CEO of Pure Religion Candles Yvette Renee.

By Patrick B. Hill

 

Today, I spoke with Yvette Renee for those who don’t know, she is a local artist, writer, and business woman who runs her own brand. I sat down with her to discuss about her passion for art and work life. Her story is very touching and encouraging. You will learn about a bit her life and how art has given her a voice to express herself.

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I notice you are an artist, writer, painter, and the CEO of Pure Religion Candles. What was the process like transitioning from each position?

Each venture has been a natural outpouring of expression based on life experiences at those times. I’ve been a writer for almost as long as I can remember. In second grade I wrote my first story that had an “audience” (my class) and I was hooked. I started painting after I broke up with my first love. He was also a painter and it was a way I could express how I felt about all of the changes and feel close to him. I didn’t start taking it “seriously” until a few years ago, when I felt like I had lost my voice and painting became the means of expression. The candle business came about as I grew stronger in my Christian faith. I wanted a way to serve Jesus and make meaningful, personal gifts for others. None of what i do is work for me. It’s just living.

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Wow, reading what you said; it seems like art pretty much allow you express yourself like you want to. I hope I am not reading this wrong.

You have it right. I’m your typical “misunderstood” introvert so art is my vehicle of communication with the world.

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Right. Would you say if it wasn’t for art, you wouldn’t have the ability to express yourself?

Hmmmm……I’ve never thought about it yes, I would say that. When i think of some of the darker periods of my life it was usually a time I wasn’t doing anything at all.

 

Have you written a book?

No. Still on my goal list. Its why I consider myself a writer. Not an author. I do personal creative writing but professionally I’ve written columns, some articles, and various writing services for businesses and other clients.

Interesting. Would you consider it giving the time you may have down the road?

I have a few ideas in mind so it’s a distinct possibility. I consider myself a brand so means of expression is always evolving as I do.

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Okay. I was on your art site looking at your paintings. I am impressed. When I move out, I will buy one of them. One painting that stood out to me was “Burn before 11:30.” Explain to me what was the concept of this painting?

Thanks! Cool just let me know. That one was kind of a practice piece. An old friend had contacted me out of the blue and wanted me to live paint at one of his events. I hadn’t painted anything in almost 6 years. So, to get myself back in that creative place I did a few practice pieces.

Oh okay. So, can people order your painting, how does that work?

Its real casual since I don’t have prints yet so I sell to mostly local people that buying either at a show or contacting me by email or phone for in person delivery. I accept cash, money order, PayPal, and credit cards and i also offer installment plans for the pricier pieces.

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Tell me little bit more about Pure Religion Candles?

Pure Religion candles is a ministry and a business. I hand make all natural soy candles and all natural body butter. I print a scripture verse on each product, usually a verse about faith, hope, love, etc. 10% of all sales are donated to Samaritans purse (a one-time payment during tax time).

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What candle would you recommend new buyers to try first?

Each scent is so unique so it’s up to the preference of the buyer. Scents come in vanilla, lavender, frankincense & myrrh, mango, oak moss & amber, and lavender chamomile.

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One more before we go. Will there be another art show happening in 2017 for you?

Uhhhh….depends on how the Lord leads me lol. Art shows are a lot of work preparation wise and day of. I will probably be focusing more on my candle business and doing art on commission.

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Okay so no art show?

Lol, depends. Nothing planned but if the Lord leads me to an opportunity then sure.

Okay. So, there’s hope.

Yes. I think i did like 3 or 4 this year which is why I’m chilling right now. But I advertise all my work on social media (Instagram and twitter) and my website so people can view and purchase just by giving me a call.

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You can follow her on Instagram @YvetteReneeJohnson and Twitter @according2Yve. You can also check out her art work at http://www.yvettereneejohnson.com/art which you can order some of her artwork. Her Pure Religion Candles at https://purereligioncandles.patternbyetsy.com/ where you can order her candles.