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SAMURAI SIT DOWN: ACTRESS, MODEL & SINGER – GENESIS VAL LEON

SAMURAI SIT DOWN: ACTRESS, MODEL & SINGER – GENESIS VAL LEON

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Multitasking is a term that people toss around a lot. It’s true that today we find ourselves doing various things at the same time. Well, today I want to present to you a woman that truly embodies the definition of multitasking. A triple threat in everyone sense of the term, meet Genesis Val Leon today’s Samurai Sit Down feature.

Please introduce yourself, where you’re from and what you do?

My name is Genesis Val Leon and I am a curly-haired actress, singer, and model from the Bronx, New York

What was your earliest Inspiration for acting and modeling

I’ve been performing as early as 8 years old. I was that kid that would dance to TV commercials and even the car alarms that would go off on my street. My first classical music/ voice classes started when I entered second grade. I vividly remember my dad playing music from an old record player. We literally would go around the world through music. I remember him playing Tommy Boy, Queen, Whitney, Michael, Prince, Ana Gabriel, Selena and so many other. He gave me one of my greatest traits which my broad music palette. It was something we shared and still till this day do. My dad is an engineer but has an immense love for music (singing)

As for acting, my mom. My mom has the most electric and contagious personality I have ever encountered. Think Rosie Perez meets Sofia Vergara with the most beautiful accent. I remember attempting to imitate her while she would try to reprimand me and getting in so much trouble. I also remember writing apology songs and performing them whenever I got in trouble. My mom is also a huge Novela ( Hispanic Soap Operas) fan. And boy, that’s where the fun really started. You have not really laughed until you’ve watched a novela episode.

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As for modeling, it just came with my personality. My first “pageant” was when I was 5 years old. I wish you all can see this video. I always had big hair and I guess my mom had put my hair in two ponytails. Well, I decided I wanted my hair out. Next thing you know, I walked out with my hair out in this gorgeous fro and strutted my way across the runway, made a detour and walked through the crowd- absolutely messed up the entire order and the organizer had to go and get me.

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The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

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This past weekend Manhattan’s Shop Studios was the place to be for another edition of the formerly named Ultimate Trunk Show. Now known as the Epic & Co. Trunk Show the evenings event is a collection of indie fashion brands, lifestyle accessories and services that allow you a fresh look at some quality clothing for the summer season and pamper yourself a little as the Epic & Co provided complimentary massages, nail treatment and shoe cleaning throughout the day.  The Trunk Show definitely succeeds in presently an showroom experience to remember.

The free-flowing Hennessy never fails in setting a calm laid back atmosphere. Whether you were on the main floor sampling the fashions or the rooftop awaiting a massage you could enjoy one of the V.S drinks being offered that evening.

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Now  what would such an event be like without music though? We wouldn’t have to wonder as DJ 9AM held down the tunes with right mixture of classics with a healthy dose of newer material.

Over the course of the evening I saw some familiar favorites like the always fly Heirport Apparel line.

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Dirty Razkal  returned with some new items including some back packs that I really was feeling.

Personally I really like the items that Kingdom Native had on display. Bringing a positive faith-based theme to fashion I appreciated what they were doing simply from the standpoint of counteracting the react wave of satanic themed items that have been made popular by many of today’s Hip Hop mega stars like Lil Wayne.

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Most notably is the popularized upside down cross images that have ended up on so many fashion pieces. For this reason alone Kingdom Naive gets my support.

Along with them, Imperfect Apparel had some items that I can picture a few of my friends rocking this summer from the US to Japan. I would also point people in the direction of Born Republic Co. for a solid selection of accessories from necklaces to bracelets and more.

Now I do want to give you guys my personal pick of the day. It’s great to look good but often times keeping things fresh and clean is a head ache. Sneaker loves will appreciate this because I brought my Nike Pythons to the event hoping to restore their shine.

Fresh feet work via @ecosolelution. @epicandco Trunk Show.

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EcoSOLElution used nothing more than a brush, water and their natural solution to deliver a major cleaning on my sneakers. This is a true must have for your favorite sneaker head. Get some asap. You’ll be glad you did.

Covering this event I was working with the good folks at Mr Refined  so make sure you swing by their side of the Internet to get more insights and a lot more images from the show!!

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Getting Summer Time Smooth With The #Mach3Signature – New Daddy Edition

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Getting Summer Time Smooth With The #Mach3Signature – New Daddy Edition

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With all the running around I do, it would be very easy to overlook certain elements of personal care. I see it all the time. From nails to skin to hair, there has always been this mentality that part of manhood meant being extra rough around the edges. There is definitely a time and place for that, but for me I have to keep in mind the benefits of keeping things smooth as well. Enter the new Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition. Your face is reserved for the most important people in your life. That may be a mother’s touch, a partner’s kiss, or in my case, the curious hands of a newborn baby. I can’t have that precious skin touching rough skin, so let’s make sure that isn’t an issue.

I’m no stranger to Gillette® and their high quality shaving products. As I made my way to Costco to pick up the new Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition and Fusion ProGlide 2-in-1 Shave Gel, I already felt confident at the shave I’d get from it. This pick-up essentially will take you through the summer, as the pack comes with 14 replaceable blade cartridges along with a razor itself. At an amazing price of $36.99, there will be no running back to the store for refills anytime soon.


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SAMURAI SIT DOWN: TUMBLR SENSATION CHOKESNGAGS [NSFW]

SAMURAI SIT DOWN: TUMBLR SENSATION CHOKESNGAGS [NSFW]

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Samurai Sit Down was created as my way to introduce various people who caught my eye and are making names for themselves in today’s new digital world. I’ve chatted with artists, media personalities, and more, but this time, I decided to dive a lil deeper into the gritty social media underbelly. What I’m talking about is Tumblr. If any space online exists as a free for all its Tumblr. You can go from cute kitty videos to the most explicit of amateur or professional sexual material. I’m no angel and I’m not  a stranger to Tumblr, which is where I encountered ChokesNGags, also known as “Aunty Chokes” by her devoted fans and followers. Sex is everywhere online but every so often you come across someone who isn’t just flashing the masses for attention. CNG has lived a life that is made for the big screen. Her candor and transparency has attracted many to seek her advice for issues too uncomfortable for others to hear.

So today things get a little NSFW as I sit down with the infamous ChokesNGags.     

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First off, thanks for taking the time out to have this conversation. Let’s dive right into things. How/Why/When did you start the ChokesNGags online persona?

Back around 2011 when I was living in south Philly bored out of my skull. One of my friends was always on Tumblr; there’s some pretty entertaining shit on there, so he helped me set up my own account. He gave me a few follow recommendations and I kinda took it from there. The lack of censorship and filter on sexual content was really intriguing. Like, you mean I can talk about getting cum in my nose AND see around the way girls busting it wide open without risk of being deactivated or anything? NOICE. I discovered a judgement free platform so I took advantage of it. It really just started as a bunch of endless posts about needing dick and going on about the dick I just got. People seemed pretty interested so I talked about my ‘adventures’ more and more. I think the readers assumed I could help because I spoke of similar situations. Like, what else does she know?? The questions just started coming in like crazy. I never said “hey I think I’ll start a sex & relationship advice blog”…..It honestly just….happened. I’ve always wanted to help people, particularly young, black women and girls; so I just happened to stumble upon exactly what I wanted to do.

Philly so you’re originally an East Coast girl but you’re in Cali now. What caused the relocation out west and how do you like it?

Yup, Jersey girl here. I was between jobs in Philly and the guy I was dating at the time offered to help me out. He had the pull to get me a job in any major city and assist with the move. I considered NYC but it was too safe and close to home. Most of my family is in NY. This was a kick ass opportunity so I wanted to take full advantage of it. After a lot of thinking I said fuck it, I’ll move to LA. Less than 2 weeks later I landed in LA and hit the ground running. I love it here. It’s a tough city to survive in, that’s for sure, but I don’t plan to leave anytime soon. I’m far away from things that I once knew and I like that.

 

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Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

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As the people prepare for the pleasant days and cool nights of the Spring season, the wheels are turning at Under Armour to produce those Fall and Winter pieces that we’ll all be looking for once the warmer weather fades.  I was invited to view some items that will be released later this year by UA as well as the new UA HealthBox. Take a look at what is on deck for the 2nd half of 2016.

The ladies line is delivering new colors and supportive designs for the better fitting tops and new sweat absorbent bottoms for those early morning jobs and work out classes.

Hit the Jump so you can view some of the new men’s items and the new UA HealthBox!!!

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MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

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One of the most powerful forces in our society today is media. It is how people get most of their information and for better or worse it’s a huge factor in how people form their views and opinions. With this power comes a responsibility to be truly comprehensive, honest and engaging with the content you deliver. In addition to that, the people now hold more ability to control the stories and narratives that are presented. Enter Mr. Refined Magazine.

I take personal pride and consider it an honor to have my words among the premiere articles within the newly launched Mr. Refined magazine.

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The Mr. Refined brand has set itself as an expanding force in delivering mature lifestyle content for the new age young adult. From style to travel to business and more Mr. Refined magazine looks to deliver a quarterly dose of high-caliber reading material that you can truly relate and connect to.

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So, without further ado here is the info to get your own copy of Mr. Refined Magazine. You have your choice of digital or hard copies. You won’t be disappointed so order your copy and please share this among your peers.

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How Well Do You Manage Yourself?

How Well Do You Manage Yourself?

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The world continues to find ways to stimulate every single human impulse and desire. We can speak to the global masses without leaving our home. Entertainment, education and professional resources live in our pockets. It’s the wireless digital age but as Jadakiss said in his most recent album “Don’t confuse wireless for powerless….” We have power or, at least, the potential for power like we never have had before. Which is why how we manage ourselves has become more important than ever. Here are 2 reminders of self-maintenance actions we should commit daily.

Self Care

Statistically, we’re working more hours and sleeping less. Before we even notice it we’re wearing ourselves down physically and mentally at an ever-increasing rate. You often need to make the concerted effort to step outside of our routines for our own good. Schedule periods of rest and stillness. Allow time for limited, if not fully restricted digital access. We have always been creatures of habit but your body and mind will thank you for taking a few breaks. Find simple things that you enjoy and don’t allow life’s’ obligations to keep you from them. Spa treatments, fitness. meditation, yoga, afternoon walks, music, art. Whatever it is that energizes you, do it.

Self Check

This one is the often times the harder of the 2 self-management tasks. Many of us are still adapting to having the free range ability to express any and everything we feel with very few if any barriers. We often communicate to the world the way that we think things up in our minds. In our mind’s we are never wrong. We are masters of that domain and we transfer that to our external spaces. That may be physical or digital.  We are social beings so much of what you do will involve people.  We need to watch our communication and balance how much we speak about others or tell others what they should be doing in life vs examining ourselves and what we personally need to improve on. It’s easy to overlook as just observing the people around you but it can present itself as being judgmental and even self-righteous. Today’s memes and popular catch phrases all feed into the “I’m better than you”, compare to/put down others to feel good style of living. Just take that extra moment before you hit send or before you speak and just ask yourself “Who exactly am I sending this message to? Is it contributing anything positive?”

Nothing that is good for us just happens out the blue. We have to work on it and work for it. It’s easy to get into damaging cycles but with a little extra thought and attention paid to what we do positive habits can be put into effect. We’ll all thank ourselves in the long run.

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Whale Watching On The Sea Of Cortez Via Villa Del Palmar

Whale Watching On The Sea Of Cortez Via Villa Del Palmar

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Life in New York has a lot of things. On a regular basis I’m in and out of the epicenter of entertainment, culture and style. From Wall Street to Broadway, LES to Spanish Harlem is no shortage of experiences and sights when moving throughout the 5 boroughs. What you do lack is an exposure to nature in its undisturbed state. Fortunately my recent visit to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto allowed me witness a number of animals in their nature habitats that I’d never see in the Empire State.

A short plane ride from Los Angeles gets you to Loreto,, Mexico where the amazing Villa Del Palmar is located. I spent a relaxing weekend taking in the resorts many services including their island tour & whale watching expeditions.

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Loreto is located along the Gulf of California which is also known as the Sea of Cortez. It’s an area known for fishing and abundance of sea life. While at the Villa resort give yourself a day to fully enjoy the whale watching experience. This wont be some short loop around the beach. Once you are aboard your craft and safely secure you will be taken roughly 90 mins out into the Sea of Cortez. As you ride the beautifully clear sea waters you’ll likely come across  a gathering of Seas Lions. These massive creatures may be laying out on the rocks taking in some sun or howling for the attention of a near by female.

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Before getting out to area where the whales reside you get a nice break to explore the Isle Del Carmen. This is one of the 5 main islands in the Loreto area. You’ll get the opportunity to lay out on the beach for lunch or snorkel for an up close look at the aquatic life. Carmen is also known for the Big Horn Ram hunting deeper on the island.

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Honestly my favorite moment of the day was when we came across a large group of dolphins. They wasted no time playing with us as they raced along side the boat and routinely jumping up at of the water. It was a quite a sight-seeing maybe a hundred dolphins swimming a mere few feet from you.

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Before heading to the marina to dock in Loreto we finally got a glimpse of our elusive targets. A Blue Whale and then a Hump Back surfaced not too long after we left the dolphins. They submerged before we could get a clear shot of them but it definitely rounded out the afternoon.

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From there, upon docking at the harbor you can take a nice walk through the town and stop for some authentic Mexican cuisine before returning to the resort.

I cant lie. It’ a little intimidating being out in the open sea literally catching after some of the largest creatures on earth. Cruising in a modest sized craft you’re kind of at the mercy of nature which really brings perspective to life.  It’s was a remarkable experience and I’m sure you’ll be glad to take time out for this.

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A Man Provides…..

A Man Provides…..

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What matters most in this world? Who matters most? We often find ourselves in situations where our personal priorities trump our general sensibilities. Just how far would you go for your loved ones?

Well said. Pulled from the modern classic “Breaking Bad’, we get a reminder, no a proclamation of what a man does. A man provides no how others may feel about him. That core responsibility to family is so set in stone that gives both of Gustavo and Walter the internal green light to do deplorable things in the pursuit of success.

Have you ever found yourself in such a place? Have you been forced to put your wants to the side for the greater good? Your perspective changes when others are depending on you. I’ve prided myself on being a guardian. Providing safety and reassurance to my people has long since been my lot in life but there is more. The next stage is approaching and I’m not sure what it will bring.

Yesterday in Loreto, Mexico I took part in a morning Sun salutation. This spiritual activity serves as a connection session for personal, spiritual and natural energies. Asking for strength and guidance in the trials ahead. I’ve always said that my only definition to success was to make my people, primarily my parents proud. Life doesn’t just roll out a simple path for you to follow to achieve success. More often than not you will be broken down on a few occasions before you reach your goal.

I believe this breakdown is required. This is the process by which you focus your vision and finally see what and who truly matters. You may very well end up turning off the same people whose opinions were once so important to you and the funniest part is that you will gladly accept that loss for you new-found clarity and purpose.

I’m searching for that with a relative idea of where it is but limited time to get things right. In the end you do what you most even if you go unappreciated for it. A man provides.

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Are Secret’s Allowable If They Only Happen Online?

Are Secret’s Allowable If They Only Happen Online?

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As social media extends its reach into more areas of our lives it would seem that the rules of engagement for many people change and mutate to fit their digital activity. I came across a curious conversation recently while on Facebook. As the Blizzard of 2016 had folks confined to their homes many banged the keys across the Internets to pass the time. Since there is a lack of physical interaction many think flirtations are harmless as long as they are made while online.

Essentially the statement that was made and supported by many is that “acting out online (in secret) is nothing serious. Let me provide more context. “Acting out” in this sense meant having online interactions of sexual nature with people outside of your personal relationship.  This could be discussion explicit fantasies, exchanging revealing imagery, etc,etc…. The only thing is that there is no physical interaction occurring. This brings me back to the main question. Is this type of behavior cool with you? Is it a general belief that secret online activity falls outside the realm of “cheating”?

For a long time I’ve held the belief that social media has created an odd mentality of absolute justification vs earnest acceptance of responsibility. Our technology plays a big role in fueling our “I can do whatever I want” mentality. As long as you can justify your actions to yourself, the ramifications to others are to be excused.

I hold no judgement. I’ve encountered a number of different lifestyles that differ from how I would conduct a relationship so I know it’s not a one size fits all matter. Yet, I cant help but feel that no one pursuing something of substance with a partner would take kindly to finding out that their significant other is having that level of connection with people outside of the their partnership.

Generally folk keep secrets because they know the other party involved wouldn’t approve of the actions. We just seem to think that connection via Wifi isn’t as “real” as the face to face real thing. Is it?

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