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#GirlBoss Life: Karen Civil

“In a saturated market filled with insta-famous personalities, I find it refreshing when I come across genuine authenticity in a brand, person or project. No stranger to this brand, I fully committed to be inspired by a young media mogul. Just days away from her 31st birthday, Karen Civil was set to publish a four chapter handbook to help inspire fans to live their best life. Living by her own mantra, “Live Civil & Be You” is intended for readers to scribble along the inseam, jot notes and write personal aspirations. Karen’s gift to us on her birthday was to inspire, uplift and motivate…exactly what young entrepreneurs need. Along the two-day journey I witnessed a young woman determined, playful and despite what one would think, sophisticatedly unaffected by her fame. Karen Civil confirmed that honestly being true to yourself is the golden ticket to your ultimate success.”- Marjoriet Matute of The Real Urban Classy

I had the opportunity to follow Karen Civil on a two day press run of her new book along with my good friend Marjoriet. We were all over manhattan, making stops at Hot97, BET, Ink’d, Facebook, & many more. Karen is a machine. Read the full recap on our two days here!! 

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St John’s Haraya Fest featuring NAS

Every year, St. John’s has a dope line up for annual Haraya Festival towards the end of the school year. From Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Remy Ma, Neyo, Ryan Leslie, 2 Chainz, to SJU’s (or the newer kids, STJ) very own, J. Cole. This year’s headliner, Queens bred, Nas. Luckily I got all access to the show.

Though I didn’t shoot much, I got some photographs I really love. My goal was to take advantage of the amazing stage lighting and shoot with available light. I wanted to create some very moody photos. I try my best to shoot what i want straight in camera so I do not have to edit or tamper with photos. My mindset was to shoot as if I had a film camera to make every shot count. Besides adding text to one photo, everything is raw. Let me know what you think!

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The Draper Space: One Year Anniversary

My good friend Ronald Draper just had his One year anniversary of his Gallery/Art Space in the BX. It’s always great to see friends do amazing and impactful things in the community. Ron’s art and character can be seen all through New York, especially uptown in Harlem.

Of course I had to support his success, but I also wanted to help be apart of his event. Last minute (literally the night before), we decided to host a station somewhere in the room to showcase a recent documentary he was in. We got a few iPads and headphones provided by Sol Republic and set up in the middle of the room. His guest were able to sit down and relax with one of their drinks from the open bar, mini cheesecake cups and dig deeper into the artist.

Towards the end of the night, Ron had a raffle. I donated two pairs of headphones that Ron will customize for the winners in the near future. Cant wait to see what he does to them..

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Precious Dreams Foundation x Facebook #GlobalCausesDay 2016

One of my non-for profit organizations, Precious Dreams Foundation (PDF) teamed up with Facebook for their annual Global Causes Day. PDF hosted 4 simultaneous comfort drops throughout New York. Over 50 Facebook employees volunteered and help stuff bags, help homeless youth decorate and design their own pillowcases, and distributed comfort bags.

These comfort drops are always amazing. I had the opportunity to cover two events within the hour. Seeing the kids enjoyment was priceless. Being able to bring smiles and joy to these children brings and unexplainable joy and feelings.

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Paddle of the Sexes 2

Its that time of year again; celebrities, drinks, ping pong, & my ring light. Last year, I purchased a ring light and tested it out at the first annual Paddle of the Sexes produced by Hard2Guard. It was such a hit, they requested I bring it out again! Spin in Ny renovated their walls so the back drop was a lot nicer than last years. Like last year, much of the proceeds went to Precious Dreams Foundation.

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Remy Ma & Papoose Get Married

Around November, Remy Ma called me up asking to shoot her wedding. How could I say no? What a honor it was for her to choose me to photograph this amazing event.

My two days out in CT was full of wedding prep, filming scenes (trying to stay out the VH1 crews’ way), and the huge celebrations. Remy, Papoose, the family, and guest were all extremely joyous. This winter wonderland wedding was just perfect. My photos got the opportunity to be featured in Life&Style magazine along with a few others. What an honor. Check out the exclusive articles for all the photos!

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Rap Radar Podcast: G-Eazy

Although G-Eazy’s been in the game for years, the Bay Area MC is finally getting the respect he deserves. With the success of his sophomore release When It’s Dark Out, Eazy is set to embark on a world tour at the top of 2016. But for now, he’s here in New York and while kicking it with Elliott and B.Dot, Eazy speaks on his mixtape grind, dinner with Jay Z, Cortez Bryant, fame, success, and a whole lot more.

I love shooting for my guys Elliot Wilson & B.Dot. I know its always going to be an interesting personality and amazing stories. This time around, a favorite of mines came to the studio. Click here to listen to podcast and see more images. 

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Rap Radar Podcast: Logic

Logic‘s head is in the clouds, but for good reason. In a few hours, he’ll be making his debut on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon thanks to the success of his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story. Indeed, Logic‘s tale is more fact than fiction. So before his late night appearance, the Maryland MC talks to the Rap Radar Podcast about h is new album, rabid fanbase, estranged family, marriage, and everything in between.

The Incredible True Story, Logic’s second album is super dope but his interview on the Rap Radar podcast brought a lot of in site on the man. Elliot and B Dot asked me to come shoot their highly successful podcast. It was such an honor and I’m sure not the last time! Click here to listen to whole podcast!

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Alessia Cara Listening Lounge with Hot97

Hours before her debut album Know It All, Alessia Cara caught up with Ebro and Laura Stylez at their exclusive Listening Lounge. The Def Jam artist spoke and performed for HOT 97 winners and took meet and greet photos with everyone. Here is an exclusive excerpt of a few songs Alessia sang along with photos.

You can check out all photos from the evening on HOT97

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Yeezy Season 2

Wow oh Wow. I cant believe what I just shot. I some how found my way with all access of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 NYFW Show. This was so surreal. I had an amazing time hanging back stage and watching all the magic of a show of this caliber being put together. From the production team, models, make up/hair, stylist and many more. It was a dope experience. I want to share a few behind the scenes shots and some of the actual show. I even got Kanye to smile for a few back stage after the show. Ha.

Some behind the scenes of the models getting into formation and practicing their places. Kanye steps in every once and a while to get things perfect.

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