Dr. Kee’s “Sparkle Like 24k Gold” Seeks A Universal Language Of Love

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”Sparkle Like 24K Gold,” the latest release from Dr. Jefferey P. Kee, has hints of his Christian faith in it. He is, after all, a Baptist minister, and in a song about love it is natural for him to borrow some lines from St. Paul: “Love is patient, love is kind.”

“That says that love is not just on the good days, but it also encompasses the messed up Mondays and tore-up Tuesdays, the wayward Wednesdays, the tumultuous Thursdays, the frightening Fridays and the set-back Saturdays.”

Musically, he said, some people see it as spiritual, some say it has an R&B feel, and some call it inspirational, but it is a product of his gift and his experience of music.

It reflects, in his words, “a plethora of different genres of music.”

“Love is the universal language and emotion that every culture understands. And this particular song is a universal song.”

He grew up listening to funk, soul, gospel, and, through his father, country. He loves those kinds of music, he loves love songs, “and I tried to integrate that into a particular melodic tone so that others can relate to it.” Music, like love, is a language.

“It’s a story that speaks to people wherever they are in their particular situation. That, that’s what music is to me.”

This particular song came about because a cousin from Los Angeles who was planning a destination wedding in San Lucas, Mexico and wanted Dr. Kee to officiate.

“I called him and I said I have a song that has resonated inside of me that I want to have for your wedding,” and “Sparkle Like 24K Gold” was born.

His music, like his faith, is omni denominational, and he describes himself as The Pastor for the Master. He has been influenced by many interfaith churches, Catholic, Methodist and Baptist and other Protestant churches.

“I have the cross fertilization to be a person that loves God, but not to have boundaries to believe that my particular faith is predicated by a particular denomination or locality.” He has been pastoring in Columbus, Ohio, in the same church, for 30 years.

“Sparkle Like 24K Gold” is part of a larger project he is working on, an album on which people will hear some funk, soul, gospel, love. It will, he says, have “something that will make you feel like you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet,” and things that make you want to lament, “that will take you to a place where you can sort of reflect upon the losses you’ve had, the celebrations of life, your high moments and your low moments.”

He is aiming, in general and with “Sparkle” for an audience “that can understand the language of love,” a universal audience that is not solely anything — Christian, black, white or anything else. In the moment when one person feels love for another, “There’s something about that particular moment, for that individual, that sparkles like 24 karat gold to you.”

“It may not be that way to someone else, but to you, because the illuminating presence of what that person is to you, it sparkles like 24 karat gold, and that’s what I’m trying to get across.”

He graduated from the United Theological Seminary with a doctorate of ministry. He says he graduated “as a preacher for social change because I was more concerned about the mundane, about human existence and a greater level of humanity for all people.”

Faith informs his music but does not bind it. He believes that all people deserve to be loved and appreciated, not to be discriminated against. He seeks to present love musically in a way that transcends those human failings and gives people an appreciation of themselves and for the love of others.

“I am grateful because I don’t just hear the words. I love poetry and I like writing, but if I don’t have the music, it could be like a homily, or a sort of message or a poem, and I’m grateful that I can reach people through music in a message that people can relate to.”

Stay connected to Dr. Jefferey P. Kee on these platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Website: pastorforthemaster.com

Amazon Music: 

https://music.amazon.fr/albums/B01DQEAEDE

Apple Music: 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/now-is-the-time/1099246506

Spotify: 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0tb9nNZSLJzT8qYhpRqlXC

YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg8wPuXEehg

Saynave Seeks To Help Hip Hop Become More Mature, More Relatable To More People

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Relatability, to Bryant Gilliam – Saynave (rhymes with rave) – means music that is about things relating to the lives that most people live daily.

Hence his newest single, “The Cookout,” released from his upcoming EP Stay Connected, scheduled for release on August 4.

“We threw a cookout for ‘The Cookout’ video,” he said. “I mean, it’s like, I go to a strip club here and there, but I’m far less likely to make a song about going to the strip club and spending a bunch of money, right? What do I go to more? I go to a lot more cookouts and barbecues.” Emphasis on “a lot.”

The cookout in the video features a party thrown by Philadelphia-based event group One Jollof. Bryant’s rap scenes were shot in the first hour, before the party arrived, and the rest of the video is of the party.

“It makes a much more easygoing song,” he said.

And that gets to more than just relatability. It also goes to his style, what he wants his music to be and do and how he thinks about it.

Another example is another single that has been released ahead of the EP. Called “Speak the Language,” it’s about many of the languages of daily life – money, time, clothes, favors, cars and boats, life, lies and, of course, love.On one level, it was inspired by one of his hobbies, learning languages, and his wife, who is from Kenya, so he is learning Swahili, one of the languages of Kenya.

And on yet another level, the cover for the EP Stay Connected will be a wedding photo of Bryant and his wife.

His style is laid back, and his subject matter of daily life and issues in the wider world are all tied in with the intent of his music.

Most of popular music, he says, at least in hip hop, is, “in the commercial space, not interesting. It’s very derivative. It’s easily replicable.”

“When I think of Radiohead, or The Kid Laroi, it’s very interesting. It’s all over the place. It’s weird, but very interesting. Tyler the Creator or Kendrick Lamar is very interesting music, you know? It makes you have an opinion.”

That view of music comes from a widely varied experience. His first real exposure to music was saxophone in middle school-high school band and orchestra. Then came video game music, and he can remember the name, if not, he says, the name’s pronunciation, of the video game composer Nobuo Uematsu.

Top 40 tunes also came before hip hop, introduced to him by a cousin.

“I started listening to a lot of like old Kanye, Jay Z, like a lot of that stuff which got me into the art of it. Nowadays, I’m listening to everything. I’m big into bands, big into just whatever is musically interesting.”

He mostly writes his own music and all his lyrics. In his songs he talks about things in his life and things he thinks about. One of his songs from earlier this year is “Pray for Ye,” about Kanye West and his troubles.

“It’s a quick single I put out because I was praying that Kanye wasn’t going crazy. And I had this beat, and I was like, ‘Oh I have an idea for a song.’”

And thus did a prayer became a song, and the feelings behind it led into another aspect of Saynave’s musical art.

Kanye’s early music, he said, was “thoughtful and relatable.”

“He was very unique in capturing emotions and topics that were really relatable in the hip hop space,” he said. “But now he has become a caricature.”

Expanding on that idea of caricature and pretense, he borrows a wrestling term, “kayfabe,” which is the name for the way the made-up storylines and rivalries of professional wrestling are portrayed as real. A lot of that same kind of pretense has worked its way into hip hop, he says.

Because hip hop is culturally based, he says, an archetype of what rap is and isn’t comes into being, almost like a law.

“Country music is probably the closest analogue,” he said. “It’s a very culture driven genre, and if you don’t pass the smell test, you’re almost not even let in.” He identifies a similar dynamic at work in rap and hip hop and results in a lot of nonsense “that’s just put out there and called art.”

“And I’m like, yes, it passes the smell test, but it’s not good. Or productive.”

As for him, where does he want to go musically? “Personally, I mean, obviously, take me to the Grammys, right?”

“But,” he said, “without sounding preachy, most people are out here working regular jobs, trying not to get in trouble, and could probably use music that more relates to what they have going on. My main goal would be to help evolve or mature hip pop in a way that makes rap more acceptable in a traditional sense. My goal is to help evolve the art form in a way that I think benefits everyone.”

Stay connected to Saynave to follow his evolution and look for his music, including the upcoming Stay Connected, on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Website: www.saynave.com

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/saynave/1489656783

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1XOE30vdteGiHtuu3tk1QD?si=QBGN2kDkSVSy9acpjq4t2Q

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saynave

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/saynavemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saynave

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saynave/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saynave

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@saynave

Royce Dezorzi Meditates On Life, Love And Music In New Album “Denver”

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DENVER, CO – A man who has found peace in the acoustic sounds of a guitar and the meditative creation of his music, Royce DeZorzi is truly an interesting musician. Self-taught and connected to the nature around him, DeZorzi’s music has found a home between introspective and expressive.

DeZorzi’s music career began with a guitar left to him by his late brother. “I’ve always loved music,” he explained. “But I didn’t pick up the guitar until after my brother died.” He learned the basics from a bandmate of his brother, who refused to buy the guitar when DeZorzi attempted to sell it.

From that point, in the isolation of rural Colorado, DeZorzi fell in love with old records and the orchestral possibilities of the acoustic guitar. Despite turning to a more synth-based sound while living in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeZorzi returned to Colorado, the comfortable isolation of nature, and the acoustic guitar. It was at that point that he went on to create his latest album, Denver.

“The album is made up of meditations of the time and experiences that have shaped me in the last few years,” DeZorzi explained. Denver is a collection of tracks created as he meditated on his life, while returning to the comfortable home that is his acoustic guitar. “I would just sit down and play,” he said. “It would all just gradually come together.”

One of the songs on Denver that DeZorzi found to be the most personally impactful was the track “Reseda”. This song looks back onto the stressful and emotionally exhausting time in which DeZorzi had just relocated to Los Angeles. The point where he was still adjusting to it all. “It took a lot of time to get this to where it is,” he explained. “When listening to this song, I can picture exactly what it feels like to be there again.”

DeZorzi’s hope with Denver is that his audience is able to listen to the album and get the same experience as he gets with “Reseda”. The project is filled with emotion, honesty and sensitivity and by putting that into the world, he shares a soundtrack to our collective moments of vulnerability.

Following the release of Denver, DeZorzi is set on continuing to share his music through upcoming live performances, experimentation into new styles and outlets, and future releases of his music. This artist has an incredible future ahead of him and it would truly be a mistake to miss out on the gorgeous work he has coming up.

Make sure to stay tuned in to Royce DeZorzi on various platforms for new music,

Bandcamp: https://roycedezorzi.bandcamp.com/album/denver

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6zGeZZ5BMF3xOUnOYAPmQW?si=xgjVernQTfa2RbB6bSRsMA

YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtPaHSuuunO44WchQ6j9mcy1V3f5Ir2H2

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/denver/1638093467?uo=4

Social media links: https://linktr.ee/roycedezorzi

“Iron Shackle” video link
https://youtu.be/6OebPZNvIl4

Douglas Parson Jr! It’s more than selling homes it’s cultural empowerment through real estate assets producer ATL Jacob agrees

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Douglas Parson Jr! It’s more than selling homes it’s cultural empowerment through real estate assets 

The value of the property you possess will never decrease. A new car’s depreciating value is one example of an investment that could leave you with little to nothing of value. Other examples include investments in the stock market, which can go down to zero in value. You may expect your money to go up in value in the real estate market regardless of whether you invested it in a residential or commercial property. For me it’s about helping build a community of generational wealth, and sustainability. Celebrities and musicians have the ears of the culture, so I became a celebrity realtor. I didn’t do it for fame, I did it to inspire, and motivate as many people as I could through selling homes to famous people. Famous people have large followers who look up to them. Maybe one of my celebrity clients could motivate someone to take a different route with their resources or motivate them to get into the world of investment through real estate. I was able to close a real estate deal for multi-platinum music producer ATL Jacob recently. These deals give the youth hope that anything is possible when you believe in something, and you do the work to make it happen.

ATL Jacob
https://empire.lnk.to/TYMC
https://twitter.com/atljacobbeatz
https://www.instagram.com/atljacob

Drake Realty, Inc.
(404) 822-4869 Office
3535 Roswell Rd, Marietta,GA, 30062

Douglas Parson Jr.
The Art of Flipping Bricks
https://twitter.com/Iamrealestate11
https://www.walmart.com/ip/seort/516467747
https://www.instagram.com/iamrealestate1/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaL1hr7Bal-msrxzJyrL_iQ
https://www.realtor.com/realestateagents/douglas-parson_roswell__3067832

Subculture of giving: it’s a lifestyle | Iris Ivana Grant | TEDx

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Iris Ivana Grant 2018 Subculture of giving: TEDx resurface at a time when some are turning from their own problems to help others

 

https://youtu.be/QCmqAgGvY6k

Subculture of giving: it’s a lifestyle Traditionally, philanthropy has been thought of as something that the rich fund, the middle class volunteers for, and the poor and needy receive. But philanthropic giving is more than just money. It is a process of creatively giving to others, and in so doing, fulfilling our basic human need to connect with our own humanity. Regardless of socioeconomic status or age, every person can cultivate a philanthropic lifestyle, one that teaches them to live, reach, and stretch themselves in a way that fills them with purpose, love, empathy, and compassion.

Iris Ivana Grant
https://thegenesi.com
https://twitter.com/ivblossom
https://www.irisivana.com/about/
https://www.instagram.com/irisivana

GA rising stars Clay James and Pimp Sweet Tooth have signed a deal with 300 Entertainment’s Sparta Distribution.

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Pimp Sweet Tooth

Clay James and Pimp Sweet Tooth aka ‘Southern Playas’ have been making noise on the Atlanta indie scene for quite some time.

You may have first heard about the duo performing and making a name for themselves at Department Store on Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta. A lot of other people’s first encounter with the group was when they toured the country opening for hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg or their memorable performances at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. If you’re a new comer to the movement you should definitely catch up on their music and check out “Southern Playas Vol.1 and 2” which is available on all digital streaming platforms. Volume 3 of the Southern Playas series will be releasing this fall on 300 Entertainment’s independent distribution arm ‘Sparta’. This is a highly anticipated release amongst their fans in Atlanta. Clay who first caught a buzz from being discovered by fellow Savannah native and ‘Outkast’ legend ‘Big Boi’ has been having a heck of solo run with a number of appearances on MTV and BET for his music videos as well as cameos in other peoples videos like hip hop legend Missy Elliot. While Pimp Sweet Tooth on the other hand has become a Tik Tok phenomenon gaining over 5 million views on the app in the past year. His poems and freestyles have been gaining the attention of lots of other influencers and celebrities; ultimately catapulting the South Carolina native to instant stardom. Outside of music, Clay James is also making his acting debut in the film “Out On A Lim” starring Tray Chaney and Jamal Woolard which is set to release later this year. Both these young men are also entrepreneurs and thriving business owners; Clay has a studio in Decatur called Sound Lynk and Sweet Tooth owns Playas Only Clothing which is gaining a big buzz in Atlanta. The group also have a new single releasing soon with DJ Funky and The Coalition DJs entitled “She A Hustla” produced by Zaytoven. Stay in tune with their movement by following them on social media:

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@WhoIsClayJames
@PimpSweetTooth

Who Is Michael Harbut? The Man Who Wears Many Hats

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Who is Michael Harbut?

Michael Harbut

https://youtu.be/Ud0T847xdZY

Michael Harbut: Why should you work with this multi-talented artist? Michael Harbut is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and author, among other things. He has worked as an actor, movie producer, music video director and producer, celebrity booking agent, music industry adviser, public speaker, and entrepreneur. In the years between 2008 and 2022, he worked in shadows in the film, television, and music industries. He has collaborated with a wide array of people, including company owners, actors, actresses, musicians, entrepreneurs, brands, celebrities, investors, big record labels, independent record labels, production firms, producers, politicians, and directors. He also collaborated with NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA, ATP, NASCAR, Boxing, and other elite sportsmen. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, including startups, Fortune 500 firms, tech startups, and more. Although he was born in Ohio, he spent his formative years in both his hometown and various locations across the Golden State. While he was growing up, he shuttled me back and forth between Compton and Oakland, California, and Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton, Ohio, he attended Meadowdale High School for one year (the ninth grade). When he was cut from the freshman basketball team, he decided to drop out of school. For this reason, he skipped the first two and a half years of high school and then enrolled at Belmont High School, where he played varsity basketball for a single year. After that, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) informed him that he could no longer play high school basketball under the Clair Muscaro OHSAA’s jurisdiction. So he moved away from Ohio to go to Redemption Christian Academy, a prep school in Troy, New York. His teammate Lamar Odom went on to win an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and play for several more teams. He had to return to Ohio when his time at Redemption Christian Academy ended owing to commitments with his family there. Later, he completed his education at Belmont High School in Dayton, Ohio. He enrolled at Central State University and spent a year there after finishing high school. When he was done with his studies at Central State University, he transferred to Clark State Community College to play basketball and earn his Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education. He then attended Upper Iowa University, where he played college basketball and received a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. After finishing college, he stayed at Wells Fargo Financial through 2008. He left following the 2008 market and housing collapse. He then embarked on a journey of discovery, moving from place to place in search of work and a new identity. Later, he decided to start Bottom2thatop Entertainment which is a multi-entity company. He was the CEO and co-founder of Global Music Distribution, Music Royalty Financing, IAM Feeling Good CBD and Hemp Company, Hoops and Vacation, Authentic Digital Marketing, Jetsetters Booking Agency, Linked Management, Solar Energy ASAP, Bottom2thatop Records, Authentic Creative Marketing. Jetsetters Marketing & Management Group Worldwide TM, and a few more companies are all under his leadership and direction. Furthermore, he and his son Michael Anderson have published more than fifty children’s books and have plans to publish an autobiography in addition to a number of works of fiction, novels, and nonfiction. This man splits his time between the cities of Miami, California, and Las Vegas. Since he was 7 years old till he was 23 years old, he played basketball, and it is his favorite sport. He was a player at every level from the Amateur Athletic Union through High School to Prep School to College. It’s been a long time since he last picked up a basketball, and that was in college. His original goal in life was to become a professional basketball player for the NBA, but since that didn’t work out, he’s moved on to pursue other passions in the arts, including business, entertainment, and music. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with numerous companies, including Jordan Tower Films, Worldstarhiphop, Universal Music Group, Livenation, ICM, Willaim Morris, CAA, Def Jam Records, MMP, New Money Twinz, Artest Media Group, and more. He has faith in Allah, and he loves his mom, his kids, his family, his friends, his team, and his coworkers. His message is, “Never give up and always put Allah first.” What doesn’t destroy you makes you stronger, he adds. With Allah’s help and your own determination, you may accomplish anything. Keep your mind on the task at hand, and learn to appreciate yourself, your fellow man, and your existence. Stick to the established norms. Knowledge and love, in the name of Allah, are potent weapons.

Michael Harbut
http://myspace.com/littlegaryh
https://twitter.com/Bottom2thatop
http://www.iammichaelharbut.com/
http://itsmyurls.com/bottom2thatop
http://instagram.com/michael_harbut
https://instagram.com/iammichaelharbut
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelharbut/
https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Harbut-178306995542756
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tNCD4DJzxY2RFNVT4GNcg/videos

 

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Kid Codeine – RBG Mafia

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Chicago artist Kid Codeine just released his 5th album, and this is honestly one of the best bodies of work released this year thus far.

RBG Mafia brings 15 tracks, led by singles “Barbados” and “Terrorised”, and production from ItsYungOnTheTrack, TarxanFienx, ICE, and Navill. Features from Day1, NSG 100k, and E. Dogg round off this body of work.

RBG Mafia follows up his 2021 album “Soul Turn Cold”, and is his first album release under Campaign Music the Label.

Check it out below now!

Madison street designs founder Tiffany Veney always believed there was bigger

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Are You Living in Your Truth? – Success Talks #3 w/Tiffany Veney
https://youtu.be/G1sa3pJthh8

I’m Tiffany Veney born and raised in the inner city of East Baltimore. My background is typical of any inner-city child in the 80s. My mother was addicted to drugs, my father was in prison, and I was raised by my grandmother. Since I was the oldest of 7 kids, I was tasked with taking care of my siblings. I hated it lol. I grew up with the two oldest. Two of them were adopted, one was raised by an extended family member and the baby was raised primarily by his dad. Although my grandmother raised me, I was still in foster care. Despite the struggle, I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t be as resilient today without going through all the challenges I’ve endured. The only thing I feel sets me apart is that I always believed there was bigger out there for me. I’m blessed to still have been shown a different way out. Whether it was going to the house of the people I worked for (at 12 yes before a work permit), who lived in Essex off the water or being in the Living Classroom Program. I’ve always been determined to not let my situation define me. As a child, I was always intrigued by home renovations. In fact, I really wanted to be a construction worker. I quickly erased that from my mind because I told myself that it was a manly job. I later begged to go to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute because I felt like engineering was the next best thing. In college, I studied architecture then quickly switched my major to Finance. I convinced myself, mainly due to the lack of woman presence in the industry, that I needed to go with a safer field. At 25, I bought my first house. I felt so accomplished and ahead of the game. I made some bad financial decisions and lost it a few years later. I still think Wells Fargo owes me for that due to their unsavory loan modification processes back then, but I digress. I still learned a lot from that situation and one of the most important lessons was the importance of home ownership. Home ownership is a great accomplishment, it can create generational wealth, it becomes an asset you can later leverage and it also gives a great sense of pride in your neighborhood. I now look at Real Estate as a tool to financial freedom. Whether it’s the property you occupy or one you rent out, there’s several opportunities to make money from real estate. The caveat is also that there’s tons of ways to lose in real estate as well. Before making a purchase, you should look at the current value of homes, their current condition, the cost to bring the home up to date if needed, and if the asking price falls within or under the market price. I decided to get my real estate license when I was 25 but unfortunately that was right when the housing market crashed so I stayed in finance Years later. I tried property management and that was more hands on but not in the right direction. After working for someone else managing their rehab projects for a few years, I decided to start my own business and take on my own projects. I’m still amazed by the transformations that can take place. Whether it’s residential or commercial, I view it as a blank canvas with endless opportunities. I love to be innovative, creative, functional and modern.

Tiffany Veney
MADISON STREET DESIGN AND BUILD GROUP
info@madisonstreetdesigns.com
tiffany@madisonstreetdesigns.com
5616 Park Heights Ave, Ste 6
Baltimore, MD 21215
http://www.madisonstreetdesigns.com
https://www.instagram.com/madisonstreetllc/

Introducing 6xCertified Post Op Practitioner/Body Sculptor Monierica Thomas known as Prima Donna

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Monierica Thomas known as Prima Donna is the leading lady of the south with beauty enhancements. She specializes in Lash Extensions, Colombian Style Post Op and Body Sculpting, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and many more. She travels with individuals for cosmetic surgery and provide services in their private location or Recovery Home. Monierica is a medical assistant, phlebotomy, health and wellness coach along with many other credentials. Monierica have Doctoral in Entrepreneurship from National University. Monierica is highly recommended in the south and very knowledgeable and passionate of all services she provides

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