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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ HIP HOP PUBLICIST SANDRINE AKA DRINEEE “THE HOPE DEALER”

SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ HIP HOP PUBLICIST SANDRINE AKA DRINEEE “THE HOPE DEALER”

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It’s been a while since I last interviewed someone so its with great pleasure that I share this latest edition of Samurai Sitdown. I’ve always been about shining light on good people doing work that you may not be ever of or just good people in general. We need a lot more positive energy in these crazy times and this woman’s constant flow of hope filled, encouraging words in the midst of her steady Hip Hop representation are one of the things I look forward to while navigating these Internets. A jewel that’s been tucked away in the Dirty South, let me introduce you to Texas’s own Ms Sandrine.

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Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do? 

My name is Sandrine, also known as Drine, or Drineee on all social media platforms for all intents and purposes lol.  I’d like to say I wear many hats, or at least I try to anyway. Since 2011 I’ve transitioned from hip-hop journalist, to record label marketing rep to publicist. Oh, I’m also in finance as well.

It’s a pleasure to finally chop it up with you. Thank you for you time and lets hop right into things. Proper representation of culture and self are a big issue in many spaces right now. What does culture mean to you? In terms of Hip Hop, Nationality and Region?

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Hip Hop culture is one the most powerful forces in our society, period.  It started as a creative outlet and has turned into something way bigger than I think anyone could imagine.  When we saw politicians worrying about what 2Pac had to say, I think that’s when it really resonated that this was way deeper than rap. It’s more than music, it’s a way of life.  There are so many layers to it and I think that’s why we love it so much. 

True. That’s why we love it and why so many before us hate and fear it.

There’s a song for hustling, for your mama, for the come up, for love, for death and for everything else and the best part – it’s all genuine.  It’s easy to make a pop hit but it lasts a year, if that, and if they’re lucky, maybe some years because really, they aren’t talking about shit. When you make music with meaning it’s always going to outlast music for the moment.  

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Branding Management During Times of Crisis via Evita Robinson

Branding Management During Times of Crisis via Evita Robinson

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There is turmoil in the streets of the United States. We are in the midst of a period of social unrest that the U.S hasn’t seen in years. Recent and continuous killings of Black men by the police have pushed the nation to a crisis point that is being noticed far beyond the continental U.S.  As an entrepreneur it is often a difficult balance to represent your growing brand while dealing with troubles that transcend business. The time, energy and commitment to your business could easily be undone if you act incorrectly during this time of high emotions and sensitivity.

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Nomadness Travel Tribe creator Evita Robinson is the embodiment of being the Face of your Brand so she understands the symmetry between business and personal quite well. She dove into this topic via Facebook Live and shares some great insight.

Check out for video below.

Sometimes it’s bigger then just the business. Make sure you are following Evita in all her many ventures so you got miss the big things she has upcoming.

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THE STORY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAMURAI: COMMUNICATION SHORTCOMINGS

THE STORY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAMURAI: COMMUNICATION SHORTCOMINGS

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It seems that every and all things comes down to communication. What you say, how you say it and in my case who you elect to say it too. I’ve always viewed information as selective. Everything isn’t for everyone to know and I would base this on my own personal check list of criteria. What is the overall value of this info, does it relate directly to the person I’d be telling it too, is the info complete in itself or part of something larger I may not want to share at this time, is this something that makes me happy? That’s just an example of what runs through my head both personally and professionally when I express myself. In a time when it seems that a majority of people express themselves first then think about it later I’m definitely part of the “Think twice, press send button once” crowd. For the most part it’s a communication method that has served me well.

Yet, there are still lessons to be learned. In personal matters I’m extremely tight-lipped with things until I’m ready to share. It’s a way that many don’t always get/like but it’s what works for me so I honestly don’t need it to make sense to others.  When I’m not happy I play things really close to the chest. When I am happy I don’t want to mess things up by talking about it too much. It’s an internal balance for me and I can admit that in trying to reach that balance I’m not usually worried about other people’s view on it. I’m a guy that overall doesn’t like to waste words so that has resulted in folks not hearing what they think they should.

I’m learning that’s not always the best way to approach things. As much as I speak to the power of family, friends and community, I am realizing that my cause is better served by having more faith in the people I trust to react well to whatever it is I have to share. Even if the initial reactions aren’t that positive, the result of having more open communication in the end will show who truly is down for supporting me.

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There is no blueprint to this thing called life. You’re going to get thrown an array of things you may have no idea how to handle and your best bet is that you make sure that with each passeing situation you handle it better than the one before it. I’m committing myself to that level of improvement. Wish me good luck.

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The Fresh Face Of Fatherhood

The Fresh Face Of Fatherhood

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At the time I’m writing this, I am 22 days into my role of dad. It’s a drop in the Fatherhood bucket as I think to the 35 years that my Father has put in thus far. You hear people talk about what makes a Father and how it feels to be a Father but I can honestly now say I had no clue until it happened. I don’t mean that in some magical incomprehensible way. It’s more like a new set of senses and feelings suddenly turn on that you never had to use before.

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Samurai Rides: Celebrating New Life With The 2016 Kia Sedona

Samurai Rides: Celebrating New Life With The 2016 Kia Sedona

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#SamuraiRides has brought you some of the best sports cars, sedans, crossovers and compact vehicles available. Well, this time we really changed things up with the 2016 Kia Sedona, a luxurious minivan. I once again linked up with Kia, this time to help me celebrate a massive moment in my life, the shower for my soon to be born son Max. Let’s just say the cargo space of the Sedona definitely came in handy.

I had a couple days before the festivities to get myself comfortable with the handling of the Sedona. Fortunately, for me this ride handles a lot smoother than you would think for something this large.

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The interior screams road trip comfort. You get 3 separate zones of climate control for the driver, front passenger and rear passenger rows. The seats are laced with soft Nappa leather and the reclining seats, adjustable arm and foot rests take you out of a simple minivan ride and into the mindset of First Class Lounge seating.  Adding to that pleasure factor is the rear entertainment console that is set with DVD, CD and multimedia functionality. Included with that, the Sedona also comes equipped with 2 pairs of headsets so the rear noise doesn’t have to dominate the entire ride.

Now while the Sedona can easily handle up to 8 passengers it is very likely the 3rd row may not be needed and you will need carrying space for other things. Rest assured that space is one thing Kia is offering you a lot of.

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The 3rd row can fold down into the floor and the 2nd row folds up and pulls forward to give you all the cargo space you need.  I personally put that to the test as I headed down to Philadelphia for my son’s baby shower.

Similar to my past Kia experiences you’ll have the standard array of safety features on deck. Considering the size of the Sedona, you’ll greatly appreciate the protective coverage you get from the Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) and Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). Kia’s Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is invaluable when driving a vehicle that takes up this much space.

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In addition, you are surrounded by impact initiated airbags on all sides.

Let’s be honest, minivans have always come with jokes about how not cool they are. The soccer mom jabs are legendary but I’m here to tell you that everything about the 2016 Kia Sedona is cool. As the Sedona took me down to Philadelphia for the baby shower had a enjoyable private evening with family, friends and supporters celebrated the upcoming arrival with emotion and generosity.

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As the driver or a passenger you’ll enjoy this ride from a physical comfort and/or entertainment stand point.  If you are someone that rolls with a large group or maybe you are expecting an addition to your family, the Kia Sedona should be at the top of your list. View my video walk through for a more hands on take then hop over to Kia.com.

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CMX NYC Authenticity In Community Panel [Video]

CMX NYC Authenticity In Community Panel [Video]

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Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of a community panel discussion via CMX NYC. Joining Liz Hall of Trello and Ali Sofen of ETSY, I rounded out the trio speaking as Social Media Head of Nomadness. The attendees were super receptive and full of questions throughout the evening.

They spoke often of the connection between holding to true values while acknowledging the need for the communities to be heard, respected and properly made a part of the business.

Hit the jump for the full video of that panel event.

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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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Why Would My Husband Unfriend Me on Facebook?

Why Would My Husband Unfriend Me on Facebook?

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I was recently presented with an interesting question. A reader wanted to know why her husband would unfriend her on Facebook. I had to take a moment to process this. It’s actually much more complex than it initially sounds. This could range from being a simple non-issue to being a true problem. With the limited details I have let me give you the best possible explanation for this act from both the positive and negative view points.

Let’s look at the negative possibilities first because realistically that is most likely what is running through your head.

Why would a man unfriend his wife on Facebook?
That could be a means to filter you out of his communications and interactions with other people. Generally speaking the presence of a wife on your social network shuts down a lot of the outside chatter you’re going to have with those of the opposite sex. If this man’s motives are not in the right place then this is either a means to engage with new people going forward or to hide something that may have been already happening.

Then we have the positive side of the coin. Depending upon the type of online interactions you have this may be a means of keeping people out of your business. Also, I’m assuming you live with your husband. You wake up together, go about your business and end the day together. There’s nothing wrong with allowing a degree of space between you. Marriage doesn’t make you Siamese twins. I personally keep my love off the Internets so I get this type of view-point.

In the end, the unfriending clearly has a motive behind it. Discovering if it’s sinister or protective is on you to find out by discussing it with your partner. Clearly you were friends on FB prior so ask what your husband’s view of Facebook is now that you are married. Stop and think on his activity and behavior during the course of your relationship. Has he given you reason to be suspicious of him or has he always been a private person? There’s definitely reason to check the status of things. I want to believe that if you guys are married that your relationship is in a good place. Many of today’s top mainstream Hip Hop artists speak frequently of “side chicks” and this mentality worries many ladies, but please remember, social media doesn’t end relationships. Social media simply magnifies what is already there.

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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SXSW Welcomes President Obama For Keynote Speech

SXSW Welcomes President Obama For Keynote Speech

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: President Barack Obama speaks at the opening Keynote during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Long Center on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 11: President Barack Obama speaks at the opening Keynote during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Long Center on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW)

There was once a time when SXSW was viewed as an annual mecca of indie music and film. Recently as the Austin based conference has grown in mainstream notoriety the Tech space has emerged as a thriving element of the SXSW experience. Social media standards like Twitter and Foursquare both launched during previous SXSW.

This year the SXSW attendees received a massive treat as for the 1st time ever a current President of the United States, Barack Obama delivered an opening keynote address to Launch SXSW Interactive.

You can view the speech in its entirety below. Just hop to the 40 minute mark.

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