Monday, July 31, 2006

DEEP IN THOUGHT, by Sunnie I. Morrison

Question: Have you ever thought about going to work one day and just kick everybody’s ass? It would be a great way to release stress that is being tossed at you from your boss and those trifling women in the workplace.

Thought: Well, for those of you who thought about it, but have not acted on it because you’re afraid of losing your job, I did it for us all.

Scenario: I had been catching beef with my stupidvisor for the pass week and since this is a new week I’m not taking anymore of her sh**. The first person that says something slick to me, I’m slapping the hell out of them.

I walked into the office and went directly to the lounge to put my food in the fridge. One of the secretaries says to me with this nasty tone; “make sure you don’t leave your belongings in the fridge, because at the end of the day everything will be thrown out” I closed the fridge looked at her and WAP! I slapped the hell out of her. She’s standing there holding her face as I grabbed my lunch out of the fridge to take with me to my office.

Ten minutes in my office the secretary’s supervisor comes to me and asked me what was going on. I had no conversation for her either so, WAP! I slapped her ass too. She’s standing in my office holding her face with her mouth wide open as I walked out my office to go to the restroom. I’m in the restroom getting my thoughts together, because I know it’s about to jump off. As I was coming out of the bathroom my stupidvisor stops me and tells me that I needed to go home. I just looked at her while she stands there with this big fake smile showing her big ass teeth and out of nowhere WAP! I slapped the hell out of her too. I stood there for a moment and looked at her to make sure she knew that was not a mistake.

Feeling slap happy, I went back to my office to gather my things, so I can leave. While getting my things the cleaning lady comes into my office speaking Spanish and without a doubt WAP! I slapped her ass and told her “Learn how to speak English” and threw her garbage bags at her. Well, she did speak English when I slapped her, because she yelled out Sh**! She ran out of my office and ran into the Head of Department, who was coming into my office. He closed the door and asked me what was wrong with me. Mind you I’m 4’11 and he’s 6’3 so my slapping reach was a distance. So, slap happy as I am I stood on the stoop step in my office and WAP! I slapped the hell out of him TWICE! But the second slap he grabbed my hand and started slapping me with my own hand. He slapped me for each person I slapped until he slapped me back into reality. Dam! I was deep in thought again and didn’t slap a dam soul. But it sure as hell felt good thinking about it.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Sunday, May 28, 2006


FCPI's "It Girls" Brionna & Renee attended the Duane Starks "Make It Hot" celebrity weekend Charity Foundation Yacht Party. Brionna & Renee does what they do best and that's SMILE for the Camera. Making their way through the crowd networking and mingling, they were able to get some snap shots from this Fabulous event.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Solana Raye is a Toronto Based model who believes that in order for any woman to make it in this business unblemished, she MUST view it as a business and not a lifestyle.
"As long as you distinguish the two you will be on top of your own game instead of someone constantly being on top of your preaching game".

TAS: How long have you had an interest in modeling?

Solana: I have been modeling off and on for years, but only started taking it seriously about two years ago. I had worked on several projects in my teens doing fashion shows, movies, and music video extras. However, once I started the University and had a child, I strayed away from it completely. About two years ago I made an appointment with an agent to sign up my daughter for modeling, and the agent liked my look and after much contemplation I signed up with her. The experience has been interesting. I am still waiting for my 'BIG BREAK', which may never come, but I am definitely going to enjoy the process of trying to get there.

TAS: Have you actually started pursuing a career? If so, how? or is it still an aspiration?

Solana: I don't consider modeling a career it is more like a hobby. However, I do have several agents, but I have not yet found myself in a position to classify modeling as anything more than something to do for the moment.

TAS: What type of modeling do you want to do?

Solana: Due to the fact that I am only 5ft. 5in. and far from being skinny, my focus is commercial print and music videos as they are more suited to a woman of my stature.

TAS: I think you have a future in music videos.

Solana: You and everyone else. A lot of people that I have met say the same thing. I have also been told that if I resided in the bigger cities in the US my career would have taken off sooner. They may be right, but I will never know because I enjoy living where I am.

TAS: Exactly why do you aspire to be a model?

Solana: Modeling for me is primarily for the contacts that I can make on the way to pursuing other ventures. My goal is to open my own business before I turn 30 and the individuals I meet on the way to realizing that goal could be an asset to my business aspiration.

TAS: Where are you from originally?

Solana: I was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada in 1989 as a young girl and I have resided here ever since.

TAS: You're in Canada? What is the modeling industry like there? Where have you lived?

Solana: Due to the fact, that Toronto is so very ethnically diverse and somewhat off the radar, it can be quite difficult to try and break into the industry. I have seen many girls try for years to make it in Toronto, but only realizing to pursue their dreams they would have to pack their bags and move to one of the big cities in the US. I think for the next generation of models it may be a lot easier to break into the scene, because the city has been getting a lot more attention over the years and this will aid in getting our talent recognized.

TAS: If you had a fashion opportunity in another country would you move?

Solana: It would depend on how long of an assignment it was. Being a single mother you cannot simply get up and move on a whim, so I would have to ensure that the situation was beneficial for myself and my princess.

TAS: What type of photographers would you like to work with?

Solana: I love photographers who have a keen eye for abstract photographs. I am a risk taker when it comes to my pictures. So, I enjoy working with photographers who see past the regular glamour and beauty shots.

TAS: What's your shooting style? How do you like to work in front of the camera?

Solana: I don't consider myself to have a particular style. I believe that every shoot has a mood and so I go with the mood of the shoot. Some shoots require you to be sensual and demure others may require you to give the impression that you're the "boss".

TAS: What are your top two physical assets?

Solana: I would have to say my eyes and my legs. I ran track and field for 12 years and have been told I have legs like a stallion. (LOL)

TAS: Where do you see yourself in the next 2-3 years?

Solana: In the next few years I hope to be pursuing my goal of opening my own business and starting an investment group for young black entrepreneurs.

TAS: What is your plan for getting there?

Solana: Hard work, determination, the will to achieve, support from my extensive network of friends and colleagues and most importantly my belief in the good Lord, because through him I can achieve anything.

TAS: Well, Solana it has been a pleasure and much success in your modeling and entrepreneurial journey.

Monday, May 22, 2006


Aspiring attended the Duane Starks Charity Foundation held on May 19 - 21, 2006, at the Doubletree Grand Hotel in Miami, Florida. The weekend started with a fabulous white party by the pool featuring four local designers.

Kimaje Kreations &
Caroline's Designs

Also, a few of the designers featured one or more of First Class Beautiful Models: An excellent job goes out to:

Sunnie - Director of FCPI who coordinated Caroline's Designs runway
Brionna - Featured Model for Caroline's Designs
Lisa - Caroline's Designs
Renee - Caroline's Designs
Melanie - Kimaje Kreations & Caroline's Designs
Aruna - Kimaje Kreations
Nina - Kimaje Kreations
Easter - Caroline's Designs
Khadene - Caroline's Designs
Stacey-Ann - Kimaje Kreations & Caroline's Designs

Sautrday night was the star studded Yacht Party featuring Morris Chestnut, Edgerrin James, and a host of other folk ready to have a fabulous time.

Sunday afternoon it ended with a beautiful brunch held at the Doubletree Grand in Downtown Miami, Florida. It was a wonderful weekend and Aspiring made some great contacts and we will be on the scene at next year's event.

We inspire the Aspiring!

Friday, May 19, 2006


Hey, Aspiring readers "TA Styles" here with yet another Talented Beauty. She is Ms. Tease who currently holds the title of Miss Black Maryland 2005-06. I was able to get penciled in her busy calendar to get an exclusive interview with the Petite Beauty.

TAS: Ms. Tease when did modeling first become attractive to you as a career pursuit?

Tease: Wow! I've been modeling on and off for about 8yrs but about three years ago I was diagnosed with a heart condition in which my time on earth could cut short. I figured that it was time for me to take my goals seriously. I didn't want to leave this earth with any regrets and one of my goals was to be a model.

TAS: When you’re in front of a camera what is it like for you? What does it do to you?

Tease: It gives me the feeling like holding a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer.... its a warm cuddly feeling. The camera brings out the best in me. From my photos, my true feelings are reflected, I feel as though this is where I belong.

TAS: What are your modeling aspirations and goals?

Tease: I want to be the first internationally recognized petite model. I want to break the tough standards that the modeling industry has banned us from. I look to the plus size women who are currently breaking ground as my inspiration.

TAS: What type of photographer do you prefer to work with?

Tease: All kinds I have no preferences.

TAS: What are your best physical attributes? What are your greatest assets?

Tease: I've been told my eyes because they pull you in, and then my heart because it keeps you there.

TAS: Do you ever watch "America’s Next Top Model? If so, what do you think about the show? If not why?

Tease: Oh yeah! I love that show. I study everything and put myself to the challenge, because I want to know if I'm good enough. I just wish they could give people under 5'7 a chance, because there are far better girls out there. They should do an "America's Next Print Model".

TAS: Have you ever considered auditioning for the show?

Tease: Yes, I have, even though I don't meet their height requirement. Too many people have been saying that I should give it a try. Its not like I've got something to loose.

TAS: Do you have an agent or manager?

Tease: No, but I'm looking for one.... call me.

TAS: Where do you see yourself in the next 2-3 years?

Tease: I hope to be engaged and entering my chosen profession. As for modeling, that will never stop.

TAS: How will you get there?

Tease: My determination will get me there. Someone once asked me, "Who is your hero?" I replied "I am my hero, because I've been through so much and I am still alive".

TAS: Well, Ms. Tease it's been great and we at Aspiring wish you much success in your modeling career.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

MIC Check 1, 2- by Brionna Hardemon

What's UP! Aspiring it's your girl Brionna coming again with an exclusive interview. I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet with new Hip-Hop group "Basic Vocab" who is here to keep me and you in the loop of their new career.

Brionna: Introduce yourself to the Aspiring readers

BV: Hey wuz up this is Tony the producer of Basic Vocab I've produced records for TI, Trick Daddy and many other artists. Hey I'm "JL" one of the lyricist for Basic Vocab and we're missing "Mental Growth" that couldn't be here, but I'll speak for him.

Brionna: What's the concept behind Basic Vocab?
JL: Good positive music, bringing back Hip Hop.
Tony: Good spirit music that you can listen to. No negative only if dealing with society issues.

Brionna: What makes your sound different from other hip-hop groups?
JL: Basic Vocab is not trying to sound like anybody else we're doing what we do.

Brionna: Who do you compare your music to?
JL: Artist that bring positive things into the hip hop game such as; A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Common.

Brionna: Do you think hip-hop is in danger with the type of music that's being pumped out?
BV: No not really, it's basically the same thing now, but it was in more danger with the East and West coast era. But hip-hop is always changing.

Brionna: Who are some of your influences in the industry? past or present
JL: A Tribe Called Quest, Grand Master Flash, Kool-Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane and Rahkeem.
Tony: Eric B, Eric Sermon, Def Squad, Dr. Dre, Teddy Riley, and JD.
Brionna: What about Cool and Dre?
Tony: (LOL) Yea, I know them they are cool.

Brionna:As far as the business of hip-hop, do you think it's easier to get a record deal today?
Tony: If you can survive the whole aspect of the business they're either going to like you or not

Brionna:Who have you worked with in terms of artists and/or producers?
Tony: Dead Prez, Dave Ghetto, and Green House

Brionna:Well, I checked out the CD and my favorite tracks are #3 & 4. What are your favorite tracks? and why?
JL: "Fall One" for me it means the difference between the war in Iraq and the war in the streets, and "Watching you" that is a political theme talking about the government.
Tony:"Lightness" and "Fall One" means everything in life has it consequence.

Brionna: Who would you like to work with in the industry ?
JL: Common, Mos Def anybody that brings positive music to hip-hop
Tony: Pete Rock, CL Smooth, Q Tip and TI

Brionna: Any tour dates, appearances, listening parties scheduled?
Tony: Well, you just missed the listening party it was in April, but everything is TBA. The album drops May 23, 2006. Go out and get it " The General Dynamic"
Brionna: I know, I missed the listening party, but Sunnie, Krystal and Renee of First Class Productions, Inc held it down by attending and brought me a CD

Brionna: What track will be the featured single?
BV: The single is in stores and is being played on the radio as we speak. The title is "Come get with it"and "Lightness" pick it up now it's hot guys.

Brionna: Any dates on a video shoot? If so, First Class Productions, Inc (FCPI) has all the models you need and might I add First Class Models.
Tony: I hear you (lol) TBA we just hooked up with the producer maybe two months down the line.
Brionna: Now, don't forget FCPI has the models you need
Tony: Oh, I won't

Brionna: If you could change one major thing in hip-hop what would it be? and why?
Tony: To make dudes not able to use pro tools so they won't be able to use your track before paying. Reason being is now-a-days you make a track and the artist listen, rap on it and go. They download it and sometimes it take six months before you get paid or even worse, people can download your tracks before you can sell it and who wants to buy a beat that everybody has already heard.
JL: Violence, because look what happened to Proof of D-12 and TI's personal assistant. People it's just music we need to act right.

Brionna: Your sound has that old school hip-hop sound more like Mos Def. Do you think there's a place for your sound in the industry?
BV:Most definitely!

Brionna: Well, I'm feeling it across the board and this is where you are allowed to have a moment of shout out meditation
JL: Shout out to everybody that worked on this project my man Mental Growth, and my family and friends
Tony: Traffic, AVX, Vinny, family and friends, Peace and Good music to everybody

Brionna: It has truly been a pleasure interviewing you and again much success in all that you do. I'm Brionna Hardemon, writer for Aspiring asking you to please keep us in the loop with your rise to success.
"Until next time, Brionna is out of the building"