Monthly Archives: December 2014

Day 15 – Wilfred Morillo

Day 15 of Werdmas and I found this gentleman on IG. I liked his words even more so I liked his outlook on life. Positivity and good vibes came in every thing he said. Those are the people I want in my circle so I reached out to him to find out a little more. i think you’ll like what he had to say and I strongly encourage you to follow him on IG, buy his book and talk to him! He’s very nice. 🙂 Read my interview with Wilfred Morillo below!

Who are you? Tell me about yourself?
Why is it that motivational quotes, seminars or books fail to self-empower the majority? Repetitive motivation teamed with authenticity and consistency. This is my theory, this is who I am.

What’s your book about?
It’s a book series aimed at three things: 1. to inspire the uninspired, 2. to make believers out of non-believers and 3. to accelerate a paradigm shift in pop culture. 

What do you want readers to get out of your book?
I want them to open their minds. 

How long have you been writing?
March 27, 2012 is the exact date I considered myself a writer. 

What’s your life goal? 
To inspire as many souls as possible to their max potential in life. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Doing the same thing with a wider audience, more books and the controlling interest of start-up company. 

To date, what’s your biggest accomplishment in life?
Coming out of the depths of hell a better person with awareness and clarity.

He and his dog are cuteness overload @wildredmorillo or wilfredmorillo.com. His book is coming out on the 19th of December I believe and I wish him nothing but success. It’s hard out here self-publishing your work but when you do you become some kind of legend. it is one thing to do something most cannot, it is another to do it greatly. And I know Wilfred rocks when it comes to writing. As always dear readers please follow, support, and subscribe, THE WERDMAS IS ONLY GETTING BETTER!

Day 14 – Courtney Irby

Day 14 of #25daysofwerdmas folks and I am happy to announce our feature is Courtney Irby AKA therealqu3pid. He is absolutely hilarious. By far, one of the most enjoyable to read.  I can’t wait for ya’ll to read it, so let’s get into it!
Who are you? Tell me about yourself. 
My name is Courtney Irby and tell you about me? Something so simple is always so difficult. Like do people answer this with ease? Because it’s always so difficult for me to answer this question. Lol, but I’m just a regular guy I guess lol.

Could you have imagined your life as a child like it is right now? What did you want to be as a child?
No, I did not . Acting and hosting had never been in my plans. Don’t laugh at me, but when I was real young, I wanted to be a fireman and a pimp. Weird combination, I know, but that’s what I wanted to be. When I hit around age 14, I wanted to be a professional track athlete. 

What exactly do you do? Is acting your only career?
I do a bit of everything lol. It started off as just being a social media figure back when Twitter was popping  lol. Then from there, I started hosting and got involved into acting. I also started my own hip hop show called “Who’s Driving Hip Hop.” It’s basically a show, where I do interviews in the back seat of luxury cars and we drive around the city. I interview everyone in the hip hop community, not just artists. Rappers are just pillars of the hip hop community, you also have DJ’s, Producers, radio/TV personalities, make-up artist, etc.

How did you get into acting?
I met this guy who did head shots. He told me how I could be an extra on Vampire Diaries and it went from there. I was on BET The Game, Let’s Stay Together, and Good Deeds just to name a few. I spent the last year and a half doing theatre. Theatre was a great experience for me and gave me a chance to really perfect my craft. 

What has been the hardest obstacle in acting?
I believe the hardest obstacle is just getting seen. You have so many people out here that want to become working actors and there’s not enough room. But I always remember what Terrence J told me,  ”practice, practice, practice, your craft because one day you will get your shot and you just have to make sure you’re prepared.” 

Do you think of yourself as a comedian? What did you think of the response you got to your greek reality show on YouTube?
No, I don’t look at myself as a comedian. In that aspect, I think of myself as a Will Smith character, he wasn’t a comedian but he sure could make you laugh. I know it’s a lot of work that goes into being a comedian so I would never disrespect the art. I consider myself an entertainer. I love the responses I get from my Greek reality show. Just knowing it was a thought in my head at first, then presented the idea to Dukk, and 6 episodes later, a few 100,000 views later, people love NAPS. So as long as the people love them, that’s all that matters.
 
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I’m really boring. If I’m not mentoring kids or coaching track, I love to just sit at the house and relax. Maybe write a short film, or play some video games on my PS4. 

What is a misconception people have of you?
I really try not to listen to rumors or what people think of me. Earlier in my career, I cared about stuff like that, but now I have tunnel vision and am trying to improve my career. So much so that I really don’t pay attention to outside distractions. 

To date, what’s been your greatest life achievement?
Woo it’s a few, but I’ll keep it simple and say graduating from college. I’m the first male in my family to graduate from college so allowing my mother, grandmother, and little sister see me accomplish that goal meant everything to me. Momma I LOVE YOOOOU… POP HOLD IT DOWN!! 

Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Where do I see myself in 5 years? Wherever my consistency takes me. I just pray to God He keeps me focused, and gives me the opportunity to do what I want to do. There’s no such thing as small opportunities. You never know where those small opportunities can take you so I stay humble, stay hungry and stay prayed up. I appreciate you for having a young thug on here. Ok, I’m not a thug, but it sounded good, for a split second I really thought I was one. Only through email though not in real life lol

So you see why I was rolling? Wasn’t that hilarious? I feel like Courtney and I could be friends true life! I see big things for this man and I hope ya’ll support him! Check out his pages @whosdrivinghiphop @therealqu3pid and when he has a show YALL SHOW UP! Thanks again for the interview! Comment and let me know if you enjoyed this as much as I did! Subscribe too. I don’t want you to miss who’s up next! 

Day 13 – Jon Moody

Day 13 of #25daysofwerdmas thee turn up is real today. My heart is bursting with love for this artist I found on Instagram. (IG the real MVP for creating this social media.) He is studying in my hometown, GA (woot woot!) and his art makes my soul cry. I know you will love him. Go read about Jon Moody!
Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
My name is Jonathan Moody. I am currently a student pursuing my Masters at Savannah College of Art and Design.  I am 22 and have geared my life around art because I love it and have a clear vision in it. 

When did you first fall in love with art? 
I think I first fell in love with art around the age of 4, when I first started drawing Mickey Mouse on printer paper. At that point, it became something I had a clear passion for.

When did you first pick up a paintbrush?Have you always known you could paint?
I probably first picked up a paintbrush around the age of 4 or 5 and I could not paint at all. I started with watercolor paints and was terrible at them!

Do you do any other art outside of painting?
Yes, outside of painting I actually do a lot.  I received my bachelors degree in Visual effects which is the art of creating computer generated artwork and elements for movies like transformers and more.  Character design, explosions, all of these things fall under visual effects.  Aside from that though I also do photography, Illustration, graphic design, and sculpture design.

What is your favorite painting (one that you’ve done)?
My favorite painting/ paintings would be the diptych series based off relationships I created called “the Motion”.  This was probably my favorite painting because it was my first serious purposeful work. 

Who are your art idols? People you’ve learned from in the industry?
In the industry, I look up to a few people daily for inspiration.  One of my biggest mentors was my high school professor Keith Perelli, but I also admire the work of Jeremy Geddes and Ryan Hewett.

Did you always want to be a painter or did you see something different for yourself when you were a child?
As a child, I saw myself being an artist in all aspects of the word, someone you could call at any point whenever you needed any type of artwork.

To what do you accredit your success? 
I wouldn’t consider myself successful because I haven’t achieved the goals I have set for myself nor have I affected society the way I want to yet, but I will accredit my well being to the support and love from my parents Mark and Lynette Moody.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Where is your favorite place to create?
I usually get my inspiration from within, I create work that addresses issues I see fit, whether they be political, economical, social or personal.  If i am not finding inspiration from myself though I will always get it from music.  Music I listen to drives a lot of the work I do. 

What advice would you give anyone who wants to be like you and have your level of success?
The type of advice I would give to young artist like myself is to stay aggressive, energetic and purposeful! Don’t limit your ideas and don’t be scared to do something crazy within your artwork.  The art world is always looking for something new and purposeful, be creative, be crazy but remain purposeful!

So far, what has been your greatest life achievement?
My greatest life achievement, so far, has been finishing college and getting my bachelors degree and to be currently working toward my masters!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself creating performance type art works on stages across the world.

Are you for hire? Where can people purchase your work?
As an artist I am always for hire and commissions, people can email me at jmoody22@student.scad.edu or jamoody14@cox.net to receive work!

What is your preferred type of painting? Abstract? Portraits? 
I would say my preferred type of painting would have to be a combination of portraits and abstracts.  I love working with the human figure but taking that figure to places and styles that are untraditional and more surreal.

What has been your greatest failure in art? What did you learn from it?
I wouldn’t say I have a biggest failure, but I make consistent failures from day to day in my work.  Art is a process, and through that process one has to fail in order to learn and create better work.

Tell me you didn’t get goosebumps looking at his work and I will tell you to LOOK AGAIN! BOY I can’t wait until I get some monay! I am buying some of his work. This I know for sure for sure. I hope you all enjoyed his transparency. I did. I hope to meet this young man soon. I HIGHLY suggest you follow him on @thejonmoody and contact him for your artistry needs. Clearly, he is more than talented; he is keenly aware of his surroundings. Honestly, what’s better than an aware artist? I want to see the world through his eyes, Ferguson through his eyes was beautiful. I am looking forward to more, let me know if you are in the comments below dear readers. LOVE YA! As always, subscribe and share!

Day 12 – Dukk

Day 12 and the halfway mark of #25daysofwerdmas It’s going so good, I don’t want it to stop! I can honestly say my next interview was genuine. Although, he is a complete jokester. He gave me a small fright when I asked to interview him but ultimately I loved his responses. I have been seeing him all over my timeline with jokes and shows but most importantly showing love and supporting other comedians! There is something to be said about a man who seeks to build others up. I sincerely believe in his career and will support him. Now ya’ll know that means a lot because I hold my dollars close to my heart! LET’S GET INTO IT!  Featuring Dukk Corder!!!
Tell me about yourself. Who are you?
Well , my name is Dukk, pronounced Duck , not Duke , lol. Everyone seems to get it confused like I spell it DOOK , or DUKE. They obviously have the ICDC degrees . I’m a comedian first.  I dabble in music too,  but my heart is comedy.

Have you always wanted to be a comedian? Do you think you’re funny?
I have always wanted to be a comedian. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a joke or making my cousin (Brandon Corder) laugh. I moved to Atlanta when I was 11 and I hated my first name. I was always the new kid so I had to be like, “Hey my name is Chablis.” Then people would say are you African? Is your name Chaplips? Kibbles? Chaaaaaablissssssssss?? So in 9th grade, I changed it and I found that jokes always broke the ice . I only think I’m funny when I’m random . When I laugh at myself, I be rollin. Its rare tho.

What has been the hardest part in this journey?
I’m very hard on myself, I’m a perfectionist . So the hardest part is out doing myself or any of my previous projects and still staying relevant over the years. I have a solid fan base though. I love them and they have stayed with me since 2009-2010.

Before you decided to pursue comedy what were you doing?
Before I took on comedy fully I worked at O’charleys as a waiter and at Coca Cola as a complaint phone operator. I loved being a waiter and hated  being a phone complaint operator. I wanted to punch all them callers in the faaaace. I would be eating hot fries (chips) and drinking juice, when I should have been on the phone being professional. I quit and I got fired from the waiter job. So I had to make comedy work.

What advice would you give anyone wanting to pursue a career like yours?
Stay persistent. Pray. Its so easy to become distracted in this game. Wanting to make it instantly. I tell myself I rather have longevity than the 15 sec of fame any day. Take pride in your work , yet be humble . And always be a student to the game .

What’s been your greatest accomplishment so far in your career?
Hmmmmmm, it would be convincing my mom that telling jokes brings $$$$$. She wanted me to get a “real job”. Until she deposited a few of my show checks and she was like OH well, hmmmm ok. So between my first million views on youtube, meeting Kendrick lamar and him knowing who I was, I’d say making my mama a believer fits in .

How long have you known “Branknu” and “therealqu3pid”?
I’ve known Branknu, for ever, that’s my brother.  We pledged the same fraternity and everything. I’ve known Quepid about 2-3 years. We have a brotherly like chemistry. We keep each other focused in this game.

Who’s idea was it to start the reality youtube show for greeks?
It started from Quepid. He had an idea to create one but wanted it to be funny. At the time, I was iffy about it. It was originally called Real Husbands of Sorority Girls, but Kevin Hart had just released RHOH. I didn’t wanna compete with it so I proposed, Neos And Prophytes.  Which turned into “NAPs” . We all agreed and I took the stereotypes and made them funny.

What were some of the surprising feedback you got from the show and some of your jokes?
It was very positive response. We only were going to make one episode. Then 2, then 3 came and then an episode 4 …. And now we’re at 6. I really don’t like releasing the videos  when people expect ’em. I make sure it’s worth the wait, with whatever I post or invest in. The response from greeks and non greeks was not what I expected, I was shocked myself . No one is safe with my jokes , including myself.  My fans appreciate my content.

Where do you see yourself in your career in 5 years?
I see myself sharing the stage with greats in movies, commercials and still adjusting to the times like I always have. As a comedian, you have to adapt and stay relevant . We are doctors; laughter heals the heart . Comedians find the pain in hardships and turn it into light. Its an art and I love my job. If comedy don’t work, I’ll turn to stripping .

See what I mean? HILARIOUS! Please tell me you found it just as funny. You can find him on Facebook, IG and I think twitter @dukk2. He even has a clothing line. I might have to invest in an “I love Dukk” shirt so he knows it’s real. I hope you do the same! Share and subscribe dear readers! See you tomorrow! #25daysofwerdmas is awesome and you can’t tell me otherwise. 

Day 11 – Vincent Anthony

Day 11 of #25daysofwerdmas and I am happy to introduce Vincent Anthony. I found him interesting and saw some similitude of myself. After our interview I realized I was right. He called himself a mosaic and as you can tell by my logo, I feel the exact same way about myself. 

Who are you? Tell me about yourself
Vincent Anthony is a mosaic. That’s the best way I can put it. When you look at me and think you noticed something about me, the second glance will have you seeing something completely different. A little bit about myself.. .I’m a traveler. I’ve been so many different places that I can’t relate with a “hometown”. I’m initially from Aberdeen, Maryland. But most will see me show a lot of love to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been out on my own since I was about 14. So I’m the definition of a loner. However, I’m very much a people person. I am an alum of the first HBCU (Historically Black College/University), The Lincoln University. I graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in English and a Pre Law Certification. I’m very much down to earth. I love to laugh and make others laugh. I’m just a big kid that understands the reality of adulthood. 

How long have you been dancing? how long have you been modeling?
I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I’ve pursued it as a career for about 5 years on and off. Up until about a year and half years ago, when I decided it was time to chase the dream without reservations.  Modeling is something that I tried as a child. I was to insecure with myself back then and allowed how others seen me to stop my dream. However, in college I realized that all the insecurities, I had, weren’t as big as I thought they were. I wasn’t as ugly as I thought. My nose wasn’t the only thing people seen when they looked at me. My eyes out shined the imperfection on my face. I just gained a lot more confidence. 

What got you into those careers?
Honestly, both of these careers were outlets to get out of a bad situation. Coming up, I was the “statistic”. Projected not to graduate high school, let alone college, to have multiple children, not to make it past eighteen years old. Just the worst of things. But these hobbies, now careers, saved me. I’ll never forget the first person to see the best in me. A lady by the name of Amy Pentz. She was my High School Dance Team instructor and the first person to book me on a actual dance gig. I owe a lot to her for introducing me to the arts. 

Do you do anything else aside from dancing and acting? If so, what?
I can honestly say that I dabble in just about everything. Of course I model also. I ran track in high school, college and the profession circuit. In between my modeling and dancing hiatuses, track and field owned a large part of my life. I love music. I’m trying to learn as much as possible about the music industry. It’s always been a passion. I am always writing something; poetry, songs, stories etc. 

Why do you dance? what is your preferred genre?
I dance because it’s a way to express myself. It relays thousands of messages through movement. It also makes the mind think. Not only for the person performing it, but for the audience watching it. Currently, I train at Gotta Dance Atlanta and I am apart of the Atlanta Dance Connection. At heart, I’m this black “ballet boy”. I love ballet and contemporary movement, but I started dancing in hip hop. My current focuses are hip hop and ballet/contemporary. I have a lot of respect for all genres.

How do you feel when you’re performing?
It honestly varies from performance to performance. I like to create different personas for each piece of work. That way different emotions and points of view are expressed.Overall, it is a blessed feeling to even be able to do what I love In front of people that are willing to watch.

Do you feel the same way when you’re modeling?
When I model, it’s the same feeling. The only difference is that I allow the clothes or look define what character I am and then I try to give that to the camera or runway, instead of the movement and music with dance. 

What has been your favorite photoshoot thus far? 
I normally would opt out of this question, so I don’t offend anyone lol. But, my London Meets Miami “The Dapper Gentleman” shoot with Dwight Montgomery has been my favorite thus far. 

What advice would you give to anybody trying to get into the modeling and acting industry?
Stay hungry! Use tunnel vision to see what you want and how to get it. Distractions are inevitable, so you have to be strong minded. Know what you’re willing and not willing to do to make YOUR dreams come true.  At the end of the day, you just have to want it! No one can want it more for you, than you. Lastly, remember that your brand is most important! It’s 24/7, 365 days a year. Even when you think people are not watching they are. Protect your brand! 

What words of advice would you have to other men seeking to get into the industry?
Always be a man first! Once again know what you want and are willing to do to see your dreams happen. Make sure that your presentation (brand, body, look and attitude) match the avenue you’re pursuing. But most importantly, stay humble. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did. There is something to be said about a man who can dress and dance! Something to be said indeed! Follow him on IG @iamvincentanthony and keep up with his stuff. He’s not exactly hard to look at now is he? Share, comment and subscribe readers! See you tomorrow!

Day 10 – Super Human Yogi

I am not ashamed to admit I screamed when Marcus agreed to do this interview. I love his instagram page and fully support the movement of Yoga for Men. I hope you love him as much as I do when you finish reading this interview, get into SuperHumanYogi!

Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year of 1985.  When was 18 years old I moved to Nashville, TN to attend Tennessee State University.  I graduated from Tennessee State University in 2007 with a BBA.  I think coming to Nashville was the best decision I made it my life for many reasons; many of these reasons I would not see or understand until after college.  4 years after graduating college I married the love of my life.  After getting married my yoga journey began.

What got you started in yoga?
In April 2011, 2 days before my 26th birthday.  I ruptured my Achilles tendon.  During my recovering time, I had plenty of time to reflect on the way I worked out.  I concluded that I was overworking myself and the workouts I was doing way too hard on the body.  It wasn’t even a few weeks into my recovery that I started researching, “How to recover from an Achilles Rupture?” Unfortunately, everything I typed into the search engine was not returning what I wanted to see.  So one day I stumbled upon a YouTube video of a guy that was doing yoga.  He presented yoga in a way that appealed masculine and caught my attention.  I began to research yoga and read a lot of good things about it.  Reading how great it was for recovering athletes with any injury really had me interested.  Several months after being cleared from the Orthopedic Surgeon I tried yoga for the first time, in January 2012.  My first time trying yoga was not by watching any videos, but strictly following the documents on flowing through the basic asanas.  My very first asana I tried was Sun Salutations A and I did not last flowing through this sequence 3 times.  One of the reads stated that I needed to get through the sequence 5 times with no break, which I could not do at the time.  I quickly discovered that I was having trouble breathing and started reading more about yoga.  The breathing really intrigued me because I knew I needed it in order to get up to speed with Sun Salutations A.  This is how it all began, even though it was a year and a half into practicing before my daily yoga would start.

Were you physically fit before yoga?
Yes, I was physically fit before yoga. As little kid from 5 to 10 years old I was a street tumbler in the streets of Chicago.  As a pre-teen and teenager, I participated in different sports each year and this work ethic would carry over to my adult life.  The coaches I had for Basketball, Baseball, and Track motivated me for life to stay in shape.  My Step Father also was a big influence for me growing up.  I would watch him do all types of pushups that he would do during his military days.  The one push up that amused me as a kid that he would do is upside down pushups against the wall.   I would try doing these push-ups too, but my pushups never really made it close to perfection.  After high school and into my mid 20’s I was really into the running and weightlifting.  Running and weightlifting has served as my primary workout for several years.  Late 2009, I started my modern day calisthenics journey.  Around this time my workouts would consist of pull ups, dips, and pushups.  Throughout the next few years, I found a way to balance between weights, calisthenics and running.  It wasn’t until 2012 that I started training for the handstand.  This is when weights became pretty much nonexistent for me, with the acceptation of working my legs with weights only.  The upper body had no reason for me to lift anymore since I am became so accustomed to using my own bodyweight.  I used weight lifting for the legs to keep a balanced look.  Now at about 30 years old, I have become so obsessed with yoga that I rarely do any other form of keeping fit.

Where did the name SuperHumanYogi come from?
 I actually have had 3 Instagram profiles. The first Instagram was called fit like me for free, which was a program I started for my youtube channel back in 2009. My fit like me for free Instagram page had a lot of fitness, calisthenics, and other fitness type of content on this page. I was at a point to where my focus began to primarily be yoga and I had so much non yoga content I didn’t want to focus so much time on deleting those post one by one so I decided to delete it and start another Instagram page called YogainNashville. This page served its purpose by helping me reach out to Nashville residents that were into yoga as well as get me a few gigs around town after receiving my yoga certification. Once that goal was met, the page blew up more than I could ever imagined.  I figured I could change the name to something that fit the direction in which the page was going. I started getting requests from people that wanted me to try different and crazy things. Many of the movements that were requested by others was very challenging and took a while to accomplish the moves. After a while I started to get a little bit better and people started saying that the post that I would post was superhuman. I am a Yogi. So I put the two together which became superhuman yogi. Wikipedia defines SuperHuman as: a human with extraordinary and unusual capabilities enabling them to perform feats well beyond anything that an ordinary person could conceivably achieve, even through long-time training and development. I completely agree with this definition. Through hard work and dedication anyone has the capabilities to become SuperHuman.

What is your favorite type of yoga and yoga pose?
I would say my favorite types of yoga are Power Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga.  The reason they are my favorite types of yoga is because they give me everything I need in a practice.  What do I mean by this?

  1. The sessions are difficult and challenging
  2. I feel at peace when the sessions are over
  3. I really get to sweat all of the toxins my body does not need out
  4. I am able to stretch and strengthen all of my previous injury areas
  5. I am able to maintain the athletic physique I want
  6. And many more benefits

My favorite pose I would have to say is Warrior II.  I like this pose because it’s hard when you hold it for a long period of time, but at the same time it’s not difficult to get into the pose.  It may come as a surprise, but handstands are not my favorite yoga poses.  I think they are a favorite for others to see me do, but not a personal favorite.  My least favorite pose is the standing split, by far.  Holding this pose pass 5 seconds creates an uncomfortable space within me that I hope someday will become peace.

How has yoga changed you (physically, mentally and spiritually)?

  • Physically, Yoga has changed me by cleaning my immune system from daily practice.  I used to be one that got sick a lot with colds and flus.  When I started doing daily yoga about a year and a half ago my sickness has decreased tremendously.  It has been 2 years since I’ve had a cold or flu.  Of course the practice has helped increase my flexibility, balance and strength.  But, internally, I can feel the change.  My range of motion, mobility, and body awareness are things I am fully conscience of, that I wasn’t before.
  • Mentally, Yoga has changed me by helping me realize I can handle anything that comes my way and has helped me deal with life in general.  Before I had difficult times dealing with things in life, but with yoga I can see the change to where I now stand and face difficult times.  Actually, I look forward to dealing with difficult times because I know I can handle anything that comes my way…..and want to deal with them.  My attitude was not like this before.
  • Spiritually, Yoga has changed me to be in good spirits most of the time.  I now have the attitude to where no matter what happens in life, everything will be okay.  The good thing about yoga is you can go as hard or soft in your practice as you would like.  I find that for myself when I go hard on the mat, all the stress and worry are left behind.


Do you do anything else outside of yoga?

There are things I do outside of yoga.  I work for a Software Company as an Integration Analyst.  What I do is build and manage Interfaces that enable data to go from one point to another.  This data is exchanged primarily between hospitals, labs, pharmacies, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Some of my hobbies are Wildlife Photography, Woodwork, and other geeky things.  I like all kinds of music, but my favorite music is RAP.  I like all of the newer music by Rich Gang, Young Money, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, A$AP Rocky and many more.

What advice would you give to anyone interested in starting their own yoga journey?
Advice I would give is:

  • You don’t have to go to a class and pay money to begin your journey.  Start by reading free articles, books and watching videos on YouTube.
  • Don’t rush to get to a particular point, enjoy your journey.
  • Join in on the Instagram Yoga Challenges, even if you don’t post.  This is a great way to test what your body is capable of and always accept where you are.
  • Always warm up before attempting bendy poses.
  • Be patient with yourself and your practice.  Nobody wakes up and changes overnight.
  • DO NOT try poses you do not feel comfortable with, without someone that can spot you properly.


How do men respond to your yoga journey?
I get a mixed responses from men, but most of the responses are positive.  I get a lot of hate from bigger guys, which is why I always upload big guys that do incredible things to keep them motivated.  Some think that where I’ve made it so far is inspirational for them, but people don’t realize how much they inspire me every day with even the simplest poses.  Some men respond they could never teach yoga because their minds would not be focused because of all the good looking women in classes.  The number one question guys ask me is about the women in class and how I stay focused.  What they don’t realize is I teach what I love to do and yoga is what I love to do.  I am passionate about what I do and don’t pay attention to anything, but what I am in class for.  I teach and go to classes because it is something I am serious about.  My practice is serious to me; that’s my focus.  Helping people excel in their practice is serious to me, that’s my focus.

For some men they still believe that yoga is only for women.  I think one of my roles is to help eliminate that thought.  I once was one of those men until I did my research on yoga.  Many women send me messages stating that I have helped them get their boyfriends/ husbands into yoga.  This is something that I am very proud of and I hope I can continue to change men’s view of yoga.

Do you teach yoga classes? If so, when and where?
At one point I was teaching nearly 10 classes per week, but I have a new job that does not allow me to keep an open schedule.  I teach 1 class per week.  The class is held every Sunday at 2pm.  5714 Edmonson Pike, Nashville TN.

What has yoga taught you?
Yoga has taught me to sit still and be patience with myself as well as others.  Taking slow classes that cause for me to sit still and be present are the classes I need the most to keep me the practice of stillness.  I don’t think it’s a secret that it’s hard for me to sit still. Ha ha ha

What is your greatest life achievement thus far?
I would say my greatest life time achievement is being able to help others and helping people feel good about themselves.  Helping others that really need the help is really what I get joy out of.  Giving to the homeless in the streets directly has made not only made an impact in my community, but makes we want to do more knowing I can help.  I would not say this is all of my working at all.  I feel like it is something GOD does through me.  I’ve seen a lot of people cry because they didn’t know when or where their next dollar would come, but it came.  I can tell multiple stories, but I remember there was a guy that had a sign saying he needed help and just had a baby.  A ton of cars passed him by not even looking his way.  It was about 20 degrees outside, he didn’t have a coat, and it was about to rain.  He was in pretty bad shape.  I gave him $60 and he started crying and said Thank You, GOD Bless you….over and over again.  It’s not my job to judge him or what he was really going to do with the money, but if he really needed it for his family they would be able to get by one more day.

I like to help people feel good about themselves and I’m not one that wants the spotlight on me.  This is why I always shout people out on Instagram because the page is more than about me.  There is more that goes on in the world then what I have going on in my life and there are people that can do some amazing things that people won’t see.  Other ways I’ve contributed to helping people feel good about themselves is by teaching them yoga poses they didn’t think they could do, losing weight, gaining muscle, giving free advice, giving free tutorials on building up to certain bodyweight moves and more.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In the next 5 years, I will be going on 35.  At this age I would like to have a job doing something that I enjoy, fulltime.  This would job would be starting my own Bodyweight Fitness Studio where people can take classes for Pilates, yoga, calisthenics and pole fitness. All I want is to be happy, that’s it.

Having this insight into one of my yoga mentors was a true blessing! I learned more and I highly recommend you follow him on Insta! @superhumanyogi  and if you’re in Nashville HIT HIM UP! I know where I will be going when I get some free time! *fingers crossed* 
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P.S. Today is my birthday! I thank God for another year on this earth. 

Day 9 – Aaron Marcus Payne

Today we continue #25daysofwerdmas with a musical artist! His name is Aaron Marcus Payne and I found him on IG. I can be the first to admit it seems like everyone AND THEIR MOMMA wants to be a musician, “recording in the studio” or handing out mixtapes. Not to knock those who fit the bill but it can get irritating and overwhelming when in pursuit of GOOD music. Thankfully, I found Aaron through a friend (bless her) and I was pleased. I do NOT endorse people I don’t believe in or genuinely like. I like his music and I hope you like his interview. Check him out!
Who are you? Tell me about yourself. 
I am Aaron Marcus Payne. Singer/ Songwriter, Musician. Just a regular guy with a talent and a dream. 

When did you first start making music?
I started recording in 2006.  

How did it start? Could you only write lyrics? Did you always hear music in your head?
I have always heard music in my head. I grew up around musicians. Music is in my family, it’s in my blood and my DNA. 

Who helped you along your musical journey? Who encouraged you to do it?
My brother Matthew has been a big help to me. He’s produced every song I’ve ever recorded.  

When did you make your first song (like a physical representation, a CD or online track)? Who was the first person to hear it? 
I recorded my first song in 2006. I was a song called “Vice Versa.” My family was the first to hear it. It was when they realize that I really had something.

So far, what is your favorite song (made by you)? 
I don’t really have a favorite one. I love different parts of all of them for different reasons. I can’t just choose one . 

Who are your top five fav music artists?  
Top five? Well…  MJ, D’Angelo, Lyfe Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Clark Jr.

Where do you get your musical inspiration from?
I’m inspired by many different things, but mainly, my music comes from life experiences; my struggles, my stories.  It’s my life.  
 
When and where do you create the best kind of music? 
I’m constantly hearing music in my head. So whenever I sit still long enough to listen to it, it just comes out naturally. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
I see myself doing what I love: making music, traveling the world and sharing my music with others. 

Is music everything you ever dreamed of? when you were a child did you believe you’d be a musician?  
When I was a child, I didn’t dream of being a musician. I was a musician. Music was always there for me. I tried other things but I always came back to it.

Can you play instruments? How many? which ones? since what age?
Yes, I play the guitar and drums.  I started playing the guitar 5 years ago. I’ve been playing the drums since I was 8 years old. 

What track do you have for my readers to listen to today? tell me what was the inspiration behind the lyrics? 
The track is called “Youzah Winnah”  I was tired of hearing songs degrading women. Only talking about sex. So I decided to make a song that tells women you are beautiful, special, a queen. A Winnah!

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Walk me through your musical process, do you hear the music first and then write the lyrics? or do you have the words and then hear what will go best with them? 
There’s no one way to make it happen for me. A different day could mean a different process. 

What advice would you give to anyone getting into this industry?
Work hard. If you’re not working hard , start working hard. Always keep your hustle and believe in yourself. Even when family and friends try to talk you out of it keep pushing. They don’t see your vision. 

What has been the hardest obstacle you’ve faced in your musical journey? 
The hardest thing I’ve ever faced in this musical journey is believing. It gets hard out here, even when you’re giving it your all. Believing in yourself is key; because no one else will, until they see you doing something major.

Where can we find your music? what are your follow handles?
 You can find my music at all digital music stores. Just search Aaron Marcus Payne. Twitter and Instagram @AaronMPayne 

I sincerely enjoyed this interview. I felt like Aaron was the musical representative of myself. Writing gives me the same feelings music gives Aaron. This was a transparents and honest interview. I really hope you felt good reading it. I did. Listen to his song man. It’s good. Follow him and support to. He is a good artist and I don’t say that lightly at all. See you tomorrow for the next feature! #comment #share #subscribe #25daysofwerdmas is totally wicked! 

Day 8 – Bridgette Renee

Day 8 of #25daysofwerdmas and it has already been filled with good people, vibes and connections. Stay on the ride with this little lady, Bridgette aka Bridgey She has been a good friend of mine for some time and I can personally attest to her beautiful spirit. She saved me when I was going through a very tough situation. I never knew the depths of sisterhood until I met her, my girl Bridgette Renee aka Bridgey! Check her out below!
Who are you?
I am Bridgette Renee’ Blair, a small, curvy, ball of fire, writer from St. Louis, MO. I am currently a Utilization Review Coordinator for a mental health hospital in TX and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

How long have you been writing?
In High school, I used to write every chance I got. Poems mostly. Then life took over and I stopped. I picked up a pen and paper for the first time in a long time in June of 2014 and shortly after came my blog. :) 

What’s your blog about? 
I like to tell people that my blog is mini chapters of my life that can be easily transferred to the life of any young adult dealing with issues like grief, depression, relationships, and self love. It’s about learning how to live in this crazy thing called life. 

What do you want readers to gain from reading your blog? 
I want readers to walk away from my blog knowing that whatever challenge they may face, they are not alone. I want them to be able to sit back, relax, and get lost into my words and sometimes see the reflection of themselves shining back on them. I want to touch into their transparency. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m always leary of writing my 5 year plan because 5 years ago my plan is totally different from the place I’m at now in my life. However, if I had it my way I would have released my second book, I would be working as an adolescent mental health therapist, and I would have a husband with the positivity of a child on the way. That would be the perfect dream right? Right.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment is my blog. I am still pretty new to this but the amount of support and followers I have, has already exceeded my expectations by so much. The amount of people I have touched and helped through my blog has be heartwarming and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

I liked her interview and I enjoy her blog even more. I see myself in several of her posts, and thankfully, that’s exactly what she wants. I hope you enjoy readers. Check her blog out here and follow her on insta @callmebridge. Come back tomorrow for some major greatness! Can’t wait to show. #25daysofwerdmas! Don’t forget to subscribe! 

Day 7 – Divine Nine Christians

Day 7 of #25daysofWerdmas continue with an interview with the founders of D9C! I am excited to post this because I have actively participated in their groupme and follow them on Instagram. I without a doubt support what they stand for and hope you enjoy this interview:
Who are you?
We are Divine Nine Christians. D9C is more than a movement it’s a part of our Identity. It’s a way of life that we’re hoping continues to spread.

Why did you start this? 
The D9C Team realized there weren’t many active and progressive social networking avenues in existence where Christian Divine 9 Members could have Christ centered fellowship with other Greeks without compromising their faith walk.  We figured if we were personally in need of an environment where we could encourage one another to keep God first in our lives, while still honoring our personal commitments and founding principles of our respective organizations, there might be other Greeks in need of the same. D9C sought to be the physical representation of Unashamed Christians Divine 9 Greeks..

What do you want people to get from your page? 
We want people to gain an education about Jesus Christ (Son of the Living God) and his Sacrificial Gift of Grace and Love paid, with His life. We want people to be inspired and encouraged, through Christ and Greek like posts.

Can only Greeks follow you? 
No, we welcome non-Greeks to follow as well! We are aware of the rumors that “Divine 9 Greek members only worship the devil (and other satanic representations)” and we are knowledgeable of the fallacies that suggests Christians have turned their backs on God for Greek membership and their Greek letters. D9C hopes to disprove those false accusations, and show prospective members and even troubled Greek members that you can be both a member of one of the Divine Nine Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations and a follower of Jesus Christ.

Where do you see D9C going?
We see D9C expanding its platform across multiple cities, acquiring more unashamed Christian Greeks and supporters, and most importantly leading people to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.. We are striving to launch Divine 9 Christian conferences that sweep across the nation. 

What have you learned since starting D9C? 
We’ve learned that:

  • In order to carry out a vision you truly need a team of reliable people with a heart to walk in God’s purposeful will.
  • Despite the fact that Christianity has a wide array of denominations that affects ones beliefs and often lead to disagreements on moral based decisions, there is still an agreeable underlying basis that we all share – Which is to Follow Christ the best way believed possible.
  • God judges the heart of man, and He’s the only one that knows the entire truth and can pass judgement on what’s truly right or wrong.
  • Our only duty is to love God and one another as Christ loved us, once we master that,  we will find ourselves more like Him in every way. 
  • We learned in all things we must have PATIENCE, and allow things to happen in God’s timing

How has D9C changed you personally? 
D9C has personally changed us by giving us friends we can lean on in our time of struggle. We found friends who not only talk about their walk with Christ but are actually walking in God’s will for their life.

Has everyone been receptive of your page or has there been surprising negativity?
It wasn’t all receptive. Although majority of it was, we were called hypocrites and judged for our imperfect and less than holy behaviors. We were mocked and publicly ostracized too.

I highly suggest you follow on IG @d9christians and join in the kingdom conversation! You won’t regret it. 😊

Day 6 – We Are Music.TV

Day 6 of #25daysofwerdmas and I have to be honest I am not as into celebrity news as most people are because I don’t have the time but I try my best to support fellow entrepreneurs!  I had the pleasure of encountering this app and wanted to share it with you guys! Check out my interview with the creator, Arness “Escoe” Rogers!

Who are you? Tell me about yourself?
Arness Escoe. I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I received my BA from Central State University. 

What got you started on this business journey? What was the first thing you did?
Well I was previously running a similar site called escoesayz.com but after advice from my mentor Grouchy Greg founder of Allhiphop.com, I decided to go with a simpler name. One that people could easily remember. The first thing we did at WeAreMusic.TV was launch our mobile app for our followers. 

Tell me about your app?
The WeAreMusic.TV mobile app is a interactive hip hop news app. Users can check the latest in hip hop news, watch exclusive shows that we produce, listen to special Playlist, and most importantly of all submit their own stories.

Why did you create it?
I created the app because I saw how the tech industry was moving more into the mobile field. With me seeing that happen, I wanted to make it easier for people to access the news about their favorite hip hop artist. 

What do you want people to get from it?
I want people to feel like they are a part of WeAreMusic.TV. If any of the users have a story they want to summit, they can do it right in the app. Then they can see their work posted on the site.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I plan to have the #1 Hip hop news site in the world.  

Is it hard getting the celeb news before other people?
Yes, with celebrities having the ability to give news directly to their fans via Twitter and Instagram.

What would you say to other people getting into business?
Make sure you are doing what you love.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?
Having our app downloaded in over 20 different countries. 

What has been your greatest obstacle so far?
Getting app users to submit their own stories. Very few people send their own work to be posted. 

I recommend you download this app and give it honest reviews! Follow him on IG @wearemusic.tv, him and his team have awesome giveaways! Support is appreciated and as always comment below dear readers. Love ya!