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"

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

THE WORD IS... by Junko



In this modern day world of entertainment, it's hard to find anything that can stimulate your mind, or even less, give you one of those thought provoking moments of silence. You know what I’m talking about, a Hommy the Clown moments. A moment when you’re reflecting back on the words of the legendary poet Mya Angelou's "Still I Rise" or the lyrics of the late 2 Pac Shakur’s “White Mans World" and you can't say anything but, Whooom, that was deep. In this commercialized world of entertainment, it's hard to even find artist who display a genuine passion for what they do. If the artist that today's entertainment promote are fake, then the clubs and night spots we patronize are more than likely: FAKE. Unless your def, dumb and blind, this could be a problem, BUT, JUNKO have discovered a solution.


Not to make Spoken Word sound like it's new or anything because it's not, but due to a decline in different cultural experiences in the inner cities, few in the 'hood' would know about great poets like Def Jams Poetry's “Will the Real One” who is also part owner of the literary Cafe', and the beautiful Butterfly who’s CD and book release will be on Thursday, May 18, at Voicez &Vybez located at 2990 W. Sunrise Blvd. The only new thing about poetry is Voicez &Vybez every Thursday night at Troy's Lounge. With your funny and thick (yes fellas, thick) host Terri & her partner in crime DJ PAPO, Spoken Word isn't the only entertainment. Terri’s crazy ass will have you laughing so hard, you’ll be choking off the delicious food from the free buffet. I won't forget about DJ PAPO cuttin up behind the DJ booth and those drinks by Troy that keeps you loose not tipsy.

With Terri, Troy, DJ PAPO, and outstanding poets like Poetist, Poetic Vybe, and Shark Bait slam finalist Intrigue & Asia, Voicez &Vybez can only be described one way. A all around fun time for grown folks, and those young adults who have a passion for terrific thought provoking poetry and appreciate a laid back setting with plenty of drinks, good music, free food, and brothahs and sistahs you can be proud of.


Sunday, May 14, 2006


We were on the scene at First Class Productions, Inc (FCPI) annual Pre-Mother's Day Mini Spa Party. Since this is a private event, only the Elite were invited and yes, Aspiring was on the list. It was a beautiful atmosphere, very relaxing with massages, pampered hands, foot scrubs, facials, lots of wonderful food and drinks, and most importantly no KIDS!

There was dancing, stepping, a fashion show featuring Mendoza's Fashions, vendors with their merchandise to display and and a whole lot more.


Come party with Tampa's elite@ THE BAHASA LOUNGE MONDAY, MAY 15TH DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL!!! FORDJ HeadBussa's Krank Up Mix Vol.4 Mixtape Release Party
Admission is $7 for the fellas and $5 for the ladies ALL NIGHT!!!

Music by:

DJ King JBDJ HeadbussaMingle Mixx/T-QuestBaby Sam
KRANK UP MIX VOL.42 SIDES 2 A STORYCo Hosted By: L.B. ( and Hatian Fresh Street Side1. HeadBussa & J-Rod of M.O.B.-Intro2. LB Talks3. Dirty Game ft. Tom G-Get Paid4. Plies-Don't Work, Don't Eat5. Deca-In My Cupp6. Deca/LB/Freddy P Talks7. Freddy P-Its Whateva8. Push Up Boyz-Ride Slow9. Dre ft. Rick Ross-Chevy Ridin High10. Dre Talks11. 2 Pistols-Quit Cappin12. Smitty & The Mixtape Don Speaks13. LB Talks14. Tru City Boyz-We The Realest15. H Vidal Talks16. Roam Bad Daddy-Dance17.Flem Blak-Fuck Da Police18. S.E.GA Boyz-Dope Aint Mine19. BloodRaw-Indictment Papers20. LB/3rd Leg Greg/HB Talks Jook Side21. Haitian Fresh Talks22. Strizzo ft.Acafool-Jam Wit it23. Tom G-Lets Ride24. Huligees-U Don't Want It25. Acafool Speaks26. Strizzo ft. Deca-Sweat (Shizm Mix)27. Underdawgs-Run It Back28. Haitain Fresh-Talks29. Boyz Wit Bass-Bouncin Ass30. Dj Tran ft Young Rab-All Dat Rite Dare31. BlackJack Boyz-Smoke Dat32. Shotgunn ft. Strizzo-Jaws Go Drop33. Shotgunn Speaks34. Strizzo ft. Tampa Tony-Do Yo Dance35. Haitian Fresh Speaks36. Haitian Fresh-Put Yo Leg Up37. DirtyGame-Get Stupid38. Sojo-Thick Girl39. Cristol ft. Sojo-Whatcha Drankin On40. Strizzo/Haitian Fresh Talks41. Simp ft. Strizzo & J-Rod of M.O.B.42. Lord Drak-Wanna Sip (Jackson Heights)

Nominate DJ Headbussa for "Mixtape Rookie of the Year" @ directions to the event .
Interested in a blast like this? CONTACT