Shaun Paul McGrath, London Daily Post The Business Of Beats-A Common Sense Guide For Selling Beats, DJ Iceman, DBY BOSS, EP DB,
Profle Story Spotlight Health: INNER PEACE & HEALING IS MORE THAN A FEELING
ACCORDING TO NEW BLACK OWNED BATH & CANDLE STORE...
Da Hair Plug AKA Brandi Biviens silently builds her empire by launching a new brand Boujie Bee Home Collection. Da Hair Plug LLC is a female black owned company. Which is made up of 90% women.
With the two successful ventures Honey Beez Natural Hair Care and her Da Hair Plug luxury hair extension collection under her belt she is now branching out to the Self Care industry with the mission of normalizing luxury for everyone.
Bee Boujie Home Collection is a luxurious lifestyle brand. This collection offers a wide variety of carefully crafted products from highly fragrant hand poured locally sourced candles to foamy bubble bath that will elevate your everyday SELF-CARE experience. Products can be purchase on WWW.BEEBOUJIE.COM.
Brandi Biviens, THE founder and CEO of Bee Boujie SAYS, “We have created the most exclusive products. Our products CONTAIN NO sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. We have a high commitment to quality and are eco-friendly to the environment.
How can women in need of a boost of confidence go about adopting a self-care routine?
MS. Biviens ASSERTS “In life, we put on so many hats, but do you ever feel lost under all of your titles AND expectations WHICH others have for you? Multiple women play a variety of roles every day from Mom, sibling, friend, TO coach AS WELL AS teacher, and it can all become overwhelming.
The key to establishing a self care routine is within the name itself. Ideally, starting out, you must find what makes self (you) feel centered/peaceful. A routine, like most other things, has to be done daily and can become a mundane task that you eventually might abandon. Therefore self care cannot be just a routine it is a journey.
Our bodies/thoughts/feelings change daily and keeping track can seem overwhelming. Your journey may begin with simply lighting a candle letting the aromatherapy take hold. Soon may follow a form of meditation. Eventually you’ll find yourself uncovering truths, happiness, or healing within yourself that allows for you to want to be your best self. Only after this will you begin to find what works for you.
What products do you advise for building a woman up to strengthen her belief in her full potential?
I made this candle in mind to remind us of who we are and what we are capable of. All the personality traits I chose at one time or another, I have recited to myself. At an early age my mother taught me that sometimes there will be no one around to cheer you on and you have to speak life into yourself.” With that manifestation MANTRA the “I AM…”Collection was born.
A notebook, journal diary and A boujie bee home collection candle. Set the mood by lighting the candle dim the lights and if you drink wine pour a glass.
Wind down if you prefer to play music or if you prefer a quiet room or even while soaking in our our Velvet Rose petals bubble bath begin to write down your thoughts and areas were you think you could improve.
Keep track of them as you begin to go grow in those areas, and check them off your list. You will feel so accomplished when you can open the page and see your growth.
What are your own self-care/self-love habits?
Each candle is 10 OUNCES, CONTAINING a pure white soy blend wax with two wicks for a fast melt, nice wax pool and great throw OF LIGHT that is perfect for mid to large size rooms. Every candle has a PERSONALLY CUSTOMIZED message OF empowerment for customers, from me the CEO/Founder, WITH LOVE.
Self care habits are different for each person. For example I use our candles while I’m taking a bubble bath to center myself. These are two things I use daily. Allowing myself to soak and take in the scented affirmations melts and wash away the weights of my day to day stressors.
With a clear mind, relaxed body and clean hydrated skin, I am able to continue wearing all the hats most women wear. (Mom, daughter, wife, boss, etc).
Continuing its charitable and philanthropic efforts, the company will contribute a percentage of proceeds from every sale to After The Storm Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists woman WHO ARE STARTING OVER, TO rebuild their lives.
This new venture will eventually expand to ENCOMPASS a whole luxury self-care brand that will provide products such as bath bombs, bath salts, body lotions, robes, and a host of other self-care feel good products.
Spotlight Profile Story
Spotlight Music The Heart Of The Business Of Beats
Magazine Spotlight Canada caught up with Dj Iceman. This is a piece that touches the heart of The Business Of Beats.
Dj Iceman (Robert Anderson) has a storied history in the music business. Living his passion meant spinning records for the greater part of three decades, and winning multiple awards and accolades to show for his ever expanding skill set which encompassed donning various music industry hats from tour disc jockey to road manager.
Add to that list of titles, publicist, and label intern, and a picture starts to emerge of a master who has learned the ropes from the ground up, fulfilling a host of roles related to the music business. Of significant note, in recent years, Iceman has been both a producer and Instrumental artist—slapping beats as part of 6 Wu-Tang affiliate groups.
The industry is cold but Dj Iceman brings the heat. Transforming himself from a passionate DJ to a full-fledged music executive speaks of knowledge gained in the trenches tempered by lessons learned on the streets.
Navigating the fast-changing rules of engagement kept him nimble, staying on top of the promotion of his mixes, while riding the wave of the 24-hour breaking social media news cycle. Following an amazing run, 2017 marked Iceman’s official send off as a concert-headlining DJ. Retirement has brought a plethora of opportunities.
SPOTLIGHT: How has jumping into production/beat making landed you in a whole different ball game—altogether?
ICEMAN: I had to do everything times 10. Besides learning about trademarks, copyrights, licenses, split sheets, and owning the content I put out—that is my masters, I was catapulted into the ‘legalese’ side of the music industry that is at first blush neither sexy, nor glamorous but is absolutely necessary to keep on top of one’s royalties as a rights holder of my beats.
SPOTLIGHT: Can you give us a concrete example of what your new reality looks like?
ICEMAN: So it went from me doing simple promo to then running full campaigns, pitching to playlists and sound libraries and artists.
SPOTLIGHT: It is said that the best way to learn is to teach. On your journey you have been on a path of self-education whilst passing the knowledge you have attained to cohorts in need. Talk of these developments.
ICEMAN: I incorporated a promotional company Big Boss Ent, 7 years ago to promote my mixes. And now I’m promoting my beats as well as the beats of other artists. From there I took ownership of a production company, Big Boss Beatz, and launched an independent label, Big Boss Records. I made it my mission to become both qualified and certified. Today I hold over 30 certifications in everything from Youtube Music Rights management to Facebook and Instagram ads to Google analytics.
SPOTLIGHT: Tell us about you opening a social media management company (REA Social Media Management)
ICEMAN: Outsourcing social media is something that artists have been doing since day one, but people wont tell up-and-coming artists this. The industry would rather keep them in the dark so they can exploit them.
SPOTLIGHT: How does the route you propose switch up the dynamics of the game?
ICEMAN: When you own EVERYTHING, all people can do is come with partnerships. They can’t exploit or try to own your content. In this day and age it’s more important than ever for artists to own their creative content, everything from their names to their music videos, and logos. The more you own, the more leverage you have when the labels finally come knocking, and that way, you won't get trapped in a ‘bad deal.’
SPOTLIGHT: Through your masterclasses, as you coach artists, DJs and producers on the ins and outs of the music industry, what challenges are you facing getting through to artists?
ICEMAN: I try to instil WHY certain things are done and why they are important. You can tell an artist that they need to spend money on quality promotion till you're blue in the face, but until they see why it costs as much as it does and how it affects them, they won’t get it, they will think it’s a scam.
SPOTLIGHT: The truth is, what you don’t know can hurt. Bad contracts are a cliché in the music industry. Thankfully DJ Iceman has written a book to shed light on the business side of selling Beats. His latest book "The Business Of Beats- A Common Sense Guide For Selling Beats" is on Amazon.
ICEMAN: Anyone who desires to attend one of my seminars and/or speaking engagements can reach out for more information.
SPOTLIGHT: Share the inspiration behind your book.
ICEMAN: I just want to get the information out there so Artists and Producers can win.
SPOTLIGHT: Thank you to DJ Iceman for sharing a slice of his life in music. Meanwhile, Iceman dispenses valuable industry advice daily on his Facebook page and he prolifically uploads content on YouTube and Instagram. His beats sell regularly and successful projects include over 3, 000, 000 million streams on Spotify.
Spotlight Profile Story
My Life Is A Sci-Fi Drama
Hadassah Monique wrote a letter to the guardian angels of her soulmate on September 21, 2004. “Please allow us to meet in whatever way possible,” she pleaded.
Many an author, a screenplay writer, and a filmmaker, tackle subject matters that are passion projects, simply consider cinematic artists from Spike Lee to Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels. Their body of work collectively speaks of tales that are central to who they are as twentieth century BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Colour] American voices.
Prospective new filmmakers are inherently torn about writing their life story as a work of art, and when they do the content may proves a healing journey of unpacking years of mental health struggles as is the case of Paris Hilton in the documentary, This is Paris.
An offer from a film production company could be in the works for Hadassah Monique. Imagine if you will your soulmate committing suicide before you have a chance to meet him/her. But unbelievably, they communicate with you—with dedication to be your lifelong companion, watching over you from the other side, like the plot line of Ghost (1990 Film) with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
A new Sci fi drama is now in the development stages at the hands of a yet undiscovered screenwriter named Hadassah Monique.
The multi-instrumentalist singer has a fantastic autobiographical work that may very well see the light of day…if she can trust the right person to help bring it to life: “I would love to work with someone to make it happen without being taken advantage of.”
"As a kid I started singing as a way to communicate. Being autistic, I didn't speak but used songs to communicate. I still do it today. So I started singing and got a native American wooden recorder. I learned violin, piano acoustic guitar and played clarinet for about 10 years via school. We did competitions. Music got me through all parts of life. There is a song for everything. I like breaking into a song that coincides with the events taking place at the time."
Magazine Spotlight Canada asked Monique to talk about the actual introduction that she had with her “soulmate,” how he makes her life better giving a full character synopsis of him, detailing his strengths and weaknesses, as well as what does he look like, and what actor would play her ”Twin Flame“ on screen?
"In 2007 I was beginning to get interested in law of attraction. I attracted a huge sum of money so someone told me to write a letter to "my soul mate’s guardian angels" and put your heart and soul into it, that they would find me. Well he did but it took him to die to do it. Sometimes I feel guilty about it.
That maybe he wouldn't have killed himself if I didn't write that letter! But I know in my heart it wasn't true.
He started appearing in my dreams in about 2011. Only I never saw his face. Just the back of my head and we often met near or in bodies of water. The first time I saw his face was in 2015.
I remember the first real run-in with Erik in my dream. I climbed a rainbow ladder, saw clouds and sitting on top was a big place. I was soon in a big complex. Different rooms, buildings and gardens but in the style of Greek/Roman architecture. Everyone in tunics, robes, sandals, carrying scrolls. It was like a university or busy office complex with everyone going about their business.
Erik ran up to me by talking so fast and about my spiritual path. I had chosen to abandon it again. I ran away, created a bathroom in my dream thinking he wouldn't march into a ladies room....I was wrong. Especially about someone like Erik who didn't care. He did whatever he could to get my attention. It kind of worked because I never forgot that dream.
If someone were to play him, I would say Jaime Dornan as Christian Grey. I have trouble seeing Erik or describing him sometimes because of the emotional things, ---being that he killed himself before I could find him, hurts so much. So when I see him I get upset with him and myself. It's a work in progress.
So when we started working together especially when I started hearing him, I had to set boundaries. Now, I'm so comfortable that we even have regular conversations while I shower."
A filmmaker may be wise to reach out to Hadassah Monique to develop this uniquely rich life script with the working title, My Life Is A Sci Fi Drama.