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Meet Kam Patrice

Kam Patrice, a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, started gracing the runways as a model four years ago and has continuously made her mark in the industry. Something that initially started off as something for her to scratch off of her bucket list eventually became a fueled passion.  Eyes that talk and an aura that commands the room, Kam has not only separated herself from others in the industry but she has created her own pathway. Wanting to be the face of hair care, make-up, and clothing lines, she has laid a solid foundation for success. Recently she released her second calendar, a candid year calendar of exclusive shots, displaying her unique beauty and passion for the camera. A percentage of profits from the sales of her second calendar will go to Autism Speaks.  Visit KamPatrice.com to check out more. 

 

 

Photographers: Brandon Best, De Nada, Michael Lawson, Nate Anderson & Steve White

Makeup Artists: Keyona Bullock Jenna Hayes Keisha Roper

Designers: Deborah Render, Kelvin Haydon

Creative Director: Johnathon Thompson




Instagram | @ thereal_kam_patrice

The HBCU | A Continued Path For Excellence

By David Jordan Jr

The college experience is the training ground and life teacher for many people as it is then they began to formulate the ideas and plans for success and future goals in life. Each college provides a unique experience to its students, but none hail in comparison to the ones experienced by those that choose to attend an HBCU. Historically Black Colleges and Universities were born out of necessity, as blacks in the United States of America had no options for education other than the ones which they created for themselves. The necessity and commitment to excellence and achievement with its students, HBCUs have produced a wealth of graduates that have excelled in many different areas of education, business, athletics and medicine to name a few. ESHE Magazine wants to recognize four highly successful individuals that have graduated from  Historically Black Colleges across the country.

Travis King | Southern University
Hometown: Memphis, TN (currently reside in Dallas, TX)

Major: Business Management

Bio:  20+ years in the Amateur and Professional Basketball Industry, Travis King has negotiated over $500 million in contracts with the NBA, FIBA, and Shoe Companies. Formerly as AAU’s National Boys’ Basketball Manager, Travis garnered key relationships on the grassroots level with Division 1 Coaches, major brands and shoe companies, as well as with NBA personnel and scouts.
As a certified NBPA player agent, Mr. King is the Basketball Divisions lead recruiter and point person for the Rookie Pre-Draft program.
Travis was a 3-year letterman for the Southern University Men’s basketball team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Quote That Travis Lives By:
“The more you learn, the more you earn!” –  A.D. Middlebrook (my grandfather)

Website: www.iseworldwide.com

Social Media Information : Twitter: @loyaloneforlife
Instagram: @internationaltking

Thomas Williams Jr., PhD |  Jackson State University
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Major: Educational Administration with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

Bio:
Dr. Thomas Williams grew up in Memphis Tennessee. From an early age he knew that he wanted to be an educator. After graduating high school he moved to Jackson Mississippi to pursue a degree in early childhood education. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree he began teaching with an urban school district in Mississippi. After teaching several years Dr. Williams realized that he wanted to explore opportunities in early childhood leadership and policy. This passion led him to obtain his Educational Specialist in psychometrics as well as his Master’s degree and Ph.D in educational administration from Jackson State University. Thomas Williams, PhD was also selected to participate with Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management and Leadership certificate program. Dr. Williams currently works in Washington DC as an early childhood leader. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and listening to music.

Quote That Thomas Lives By:
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” —Mark Zuckerberg

Sherice Janaye Nelson, PhD | Stillman College, University of the District of Columbia, Howard University
Hometown: Oakland, California

Major: History & English, Public Management, Political Science

 Bio: Sherice Janaye Nelson is a graduate of the illustrious Howard University. Here she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science specializing in International Relations, Black Politics, and American Government. She is a Hillary Clinton scholar as her dissertation discussed the leadership styles of Clinton and Dr. Madeleine Albright respectively. Her work has been published in the Journal of International Relations and Affairs Group, and she is currently working on research that shows how to properly support Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Nelson currently operates her own consulting firm Dr. Janaye Executes, which specializes in idea development, strategic planning, and project execution. She is a professor and most recently taught at St. Mary’s College and Las Positas College. She earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in History and English from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Quote That Sherice Lives By: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV

Website: www.drjanayexecutes.com

Social Media Information: Twitter: @DrJanaye

 Jason Pruitt | Calhoun Community College/Clark Atlanta University/Nova Southeastern University
Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Major: Associates – Communications/ B.A. Mass Media Arts (TV Broadcasting)/Masters– Educational Technology

Bio: Currently the head women’s basketball coach at the University of La Verne, NCAA III.
Jason was most recently the coach at the University of Antelope Valley. While at UAV, Pruitt led the Pioneers to a 2016-2017 California Pacific Conference Championship, in the team’s inaugural season. Pruitt also led the Pioneers to a win over Pepperdine University at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Pioneers finished the 2016-2017 season with a 19-7 record (11-3 in the CalPac Conference) with one All-American, two First Team All-Conference players, one Second Team All-Conference player, one Honorable Mention player, and the Defensive Player of the Year.  Coach Pruitt was also fortunate to be honored as the CalPac Conference’s Coach of the Year.
Prior to Antelope Valley, Pruitt spent three seasons as head coach of the Bethesda University Flames – out of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) – where he guided them to a record-breaking run during his tenure and a No. 8 ranking in the final NCCAA standings for the 2015-16 season.
While at Bethesda, Pruitt guided the Flames to consecutive NCCAA National Tournament appearances and was twice named NCCAA Western Region Coach of the Year. Pruitt’s players also excelled in the classroom, with five members earning NCCAA Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Prior to joining Bethesda, the Leighton, Ala., native was an assistant men’s basketball coach at NCAA Division III California Institute of Technology, where he helped recruit and secure one of the best recruiting classes in Caltech’s history. Before moving to Southern California, Pruitt was a coach at the University School of Nova Southeastern University where he and his team finished the 2011-2012 season as Class 4A District Champions with the best record in school history (25-4) and ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida for eight-consecutive weeks.
Pruitt is a decorated athlete from Northwest Alabama where he was a standout basketball player and track star at Colbert County High School in Leighton. After high school, Pruitt played junior college basketball at nationally-ranked John C. Calhoun Community College. During his sophomore campaign, the Warhawks were the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Alabama State Champs and went on to play in the in the NJCAA National Championship game. He later signed with Division I Mississippi Valley State University where he played one season before ending his collegiate basketball career at Kentucky State University.
Coach Pruitt holds an Associate’s degree from John C. Calhoun, a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Nova Southeastern.
Before Pruitt professionally returned to the hardwood as a coach, he spent nearly a decade working in the media industry where he served as a manager, producer, editor and videographer at various CBS, NBC, and ABC television affiliates. Coach Pruitt has applied this experience in the classroom by teaching diverse courses on digital journalism, media technology, communication, and sports marketing at local high schools and colleges.

Quote That Jason Lives By:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen

Social Media Information
@coachjkpruitt
Instagram: @ jaykpru

Meet The Producer: Mary Moutry | Ca$h Out Production

By David Jordan Jr

Today’s society is full of imagery that reinforces negative stereotypes and perpetuates false realities. One avenue which has been consistently used is the realm of television and film. Film director/producer Mary Moutry of Ca$h Out Production has flipped the script with her new film “Cash Out: Cost Of Beauty.” The film shows how important it is to love one’s self while also showing the negative consequences which can come about when there is a lack of self-worth. Moutry recently spoke with ESHE about the film, it’s message and her objective as a film producer.

ESHE Magazine: What inspired you to create this film?

Mary Moutry: Since this was my first time ever screenwriting I needed to tell a story I knew without having to use my imagination. I wanted to tell a cautionary tale as well as inspire others to love their natural self as I too was embarking on a new journey of self-love and realizing self-hatred that I was totally unaware of. I guess you can say I was going through an awakening.

ESHE Magazine: As a producer, what do you feel is your most important obligation to people that view your films?

Mary Moutry: I think more importantly than a producer as a filmmaker it is most important to make your viewer feel, doesn’t matter the feeling but that they feel and they feel deeply. I make the type of films that leave with you and linger in your mind.

ESHE Magazine: Self-love. “CashOut” depicts and reinforces the importance of self-love and how a lack of self-love can destroy a person both literally and figuratively. Today’s society creates so much imagery for people to hopelessly and pointlessly aim for; in what ways does your film reinforce the importance of self-love?

Mary Moutry: CashOut reinforces self-love with beautiful imagery and poetry to simultaneously stimulate you mentally.

ESHE Magazine: In your eyes, what is the deepest scene in the film?

Mary Moutry: The tap dance scene, in my opinion, is the deepest scene this scene was inspired by two things. One how I feel as a black woman in a metamorphic form. I feel like this is what black men want from us the fair skin, light eyes, European hair with the black woman’s physic.I feel like we are tap dancing to be noticed. I was also inspired by a famous grace jones photo shoot where her face was made up to look white but yet the rest of her was black.

ESHE Magazine: One adjective to describe this film.

Mary Moutry: Powerful.

Click Here To Watch The Film Ca$h Out

 

I Am The Blues | A Discussion With Director Daniel Cross

By David Jordan Jr

The power of music is evident in its innate ability to capture life in all of its simplicities and complexities. Different genres of music echo different walks of life. The foundation which allows music to be born is what distinguishes the sound in a world full of unique noise. Blues music, a staple of not only the south but a world staple has forever had the ability to not only tell a story but to make you feel like you are a part of the story. The humble beginnings of blues music have enabled the genre to become a favorite form of music to listeners worldwide. Simple instruments played with such precision and uniqueness create a melody which is visually painted by heartfelt words from the artist(s) which is singing them. Whether it’s on your radio, record player (yes people still listen to records) or at The International Blues Competition “The Blues” always has and always will be the blues. Filmmaker Daniel Cross used his personal love of blues music to create a compelling narrative that focused not only on the music but also on some of the creators of thousands of blues songs which have not gotten the notoriety which they all deserve. ” I Am The Blues” is an EyeSteelFilm Production which takes the viewer to the purity of “Down Home Blues.” The footage for the documentary film was shot in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and the Louisiana Bayou, giving the film an immediate hooking authenticity. Watching the film you hear not only the music but the stories of the struggle to make the music happen from the artists that were a part of its inception. Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Bud Spries and Lil’ Buck Sinegal all share their lives and music in its most intimate states. The artists in the film take you to a place where racism and segregation only allowed their music to be heard while their faces were not shown and the film brings you to the current state where the music is appreciated by people all over the world. ESHE Magazine recently spoke with Daniel Cross about “I Am The Blues” and discussed how he became interested in blues, how the film immortalized blues legends and the filming process.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR DANIEL CROSS HERE:

I Am The Blues Official Website

HE’S GOT NOW: Meet Jaystar

ESHE Spotlight |

Jonathan Page

California, USA

Instagram: @JayStar4Lyfe

Jonathan is an actor, model, rapper, writer, film producer and music producer. Since beginning his career as an actor, Jonathan has made a significant mark with his talents as both a writer and an actor.  He has produced two short films, “The Walk Home” and its sequel “The Walk Home 2” and just recently filmed the pilot “Almost Nowhere.” This year Jonathan has also appeared in national television, print and internet commercials for Toyota.

She’s Gotta Have It | 30th Anniversary

By David Jordan Jr

” $50.00 Sneakers And I GOT.NO.JOB” – Mars Blackmon, 1986.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Spike Lee’s first feature length film “She’s Gotta Have It.” This movie was Lee’s introduction to the cinematic world on the world stage. The significance and importance of this film is not measured by sheer results in the box office; this film, released on August 8th 1986, spearheaded a new direction for black cinema and it also planted roots for growth within the black community and black culture in regard to discussions about love, sex and relationships.spike-lee-gotta-1986 “She’s Gotta Have It” is a story based around the lead character Nola Darling (played by Tracy Camilla Johns) and her journey of self through her relationships with three different men. Jamie Overstreet ( played by Redmond Hicks), Greer Childs ( played by John Canada Terrell) and Mars Blackmon (played by writer and producer Spike Lee) are the three men that all make up the complex love life of Nola Darling. In the eyes of each of these men, Nola Darling is the ultimate catch. Eloquent, beautiful, sexy, independent and bold, Nola’s aura is a magnet for all men; her magnetic pull allowed her to have the options that in a sense completed her yet kept her wanting more. One of the most intriguing aspects of this film is how essentially the tables are turned in relationship roles; in most cases it is the man, not the woman that uses a plethora of women as his objects of love, support and sexual fulfillment. Lee showed the other side of the coin in “She’s Gotta Have It” as Nola Darling maximized her options to determine what she wanted and did not want in a man. In 1986, this was a big thing to be portrayed on the screen, especially in black cinema. 5b44e865b13cfa8f47f045dd7ddc3617Considered taboo at the time of the release, Lee also delves in to lesbianism with the interactions between Nola and her lesbian friend Opal (played by Raye Dowell) which also offered another potential option for Nola to introduce to her complex love triangle. Sexual freedom creates situations that eventually allow the opportunity for emotional attachment as well as emotional confusion. The film allows us all to see each character experience the aforementioned attachment and confusion at different times.
Fast forward thirty years later and if you look around, society will still tell you that SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. Both men and women interact with each in the same manner as Nola, Greer, Jamie, Mars and Opal; remnants of seeking love, affection, acceptance and emotional stability outline many relationships today.IMG_20160807_024455 The beauty of Nola Darling was that in her spirit of being a free woman, she was honest and open with each man that she was involved with, essentially allowing them to proceed at their own risk. Can women and men both learn from “She’s Gotta Have It” in 2016? Absolutely. A true understanding of self in all areas will provide you a foundation for anything that you want when it comes to relationships. Denying yourself in any area of your life could ultimately lead to self destruction in the same way that over indulgence destroys oneself.
“She’s Gotta Have It” forever changed pop culture with the introduction of one person; Mars Blackmon. Michael Jordan’s “Air Jordan” sneaker created in 1984, was available to the public in 1985. The buzz surrounding the shoe was magnified by the NBA’s essential ban of the sneaker due to it’s color scheme not adhering to the leagues team uniform standards. Enter Mars Blackmon.
JORDANSTRIP The love Mars Blackmon had for his Air Jordans may actually have been stronger than his love for Nola Darling, considering his refusal to take off his Js when he had sex with her. “$50.00 sneakers and I got no job” sums up Mars and not only his affections for his shoes, but his priorities as well. Today millions of people across the world (both men and women) feel the same way about their Air Jordans, centering their life around everything Jordan shoe related. The fictitious character of the Brooklyn B-Boy Mars Blackmon was loved by Nike and created the avenue for the “Mars & Money (Michael Jordan)” Nike commercials that became instant classics in not only the world of shoe culture, but pop culture as well. Spike Lee was asked by Nike to direct a series of commercials for Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan shoe collection and the rest is history.
The everlasting beauty of “She’s Gotta Have It” is the fact that each of us can identify with any of the characters in the film in some capacity.SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Redmond Hicks, 1986 Whether you are the hunter, the option or the prey, you have been Nola, Greer, Mars or Jamie at some point in your life. The lesson we can all learn from the film is that how we allow relationships to build can define what they essentially become. Spike Lee’s masterful debut project not only opened up dialogue about love and sex in the black community, but the film also paved the way for more black producers and directors to enter the world of cinema with their own thoughts, creativity and story lines. An investment of $175,000 (the cost to make “She’s Gotta Have It”) on the part of Spike Lee and 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks created a new platform for black directors, producers, actors and actresses, that until 1986 was relatively obscure. For this contribution we are forever appreciative of Spike Lee and “She’s Gotta Have It.”

“Our Time” | A Conversation with Hip Hop Artist & Activist Ahmen

By David Jordan Jr

Change comes about from those that seek it. As people in this world, we all have the opportunity to shake a tree, knock on a door and kick a rock. Metaphors in a literal form, these actions are what causes something to happen. You shake a tree, an apple will fall; if you shake the tree hard enough continuously, the entire tree will fall. This mentality is what causes change to come about in this world. Hip Hop Artist and Activist Ahmen has used the world as his platform to evoke change and bring awareness to all of the ills present in today’s society. Ahmen’s new single “Our Time” talks to the listener about not only what’s going on, but the song also serves as an inspiration to the listener. “Our Time” means it our time to make a difference, make a change and do it with expectancy. The video makes the old cliche “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” visible to the viewer. The depictions of all types of people from all types of background joining together for one main purpose encompasses the totality of “Our Time.” Ahmen recently spoke with ESHE Magazine about his new single “Our Time” and his forthcoming album (Due Out This Summer) , the present state of events taking place in America and about the power of change as an individual.

A Wave Supreme

By David Jordan Jr

Chris Douglas Roberts .CDR. Wave GOD Supreme. The evolution of a person is life. For Chris Douglas Roberts, his humanly evolution is one that has allowed him to become totally in tune with the nuances of life, things that have enabled him to not only grow as a person, but as a basketball player, a business man and humanitarian of self inspiration.sdsd Life’s experiences and circumstances, both good and bad present the opportunity for a person to grow. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, CDR is no stranger to witnessing the things life will present to you on a platter in day to day life. The “D” is stamped on the soul of the Wave God and it’s ever present in not only his basketball game but in his aura. The University of Memphis and former head coach, basketball Hall of Famer John Calipari presented the belief and platform for CDR’s basketball career to fully develop and enable him to reach the highest levels of professional basketball in the NBA and internationally playing FIBA ball in Italy. The journey, not the destination is what makes a man, what develops a man. The success which CDR has enjoyed collegiately (Consensus 1st Team All American) and in the NBA has been equally mirrored by the unexpected roads of inexplicable difficulties the same game has brought his way; nonetheless his passion and love for hoopin’ is what has inspired him to go even harder.ijlhnjhnj Many times our setback are reaffirmations of what we are doing and reaffirmations of what we must keep doing. In addition to his basketball career, CDR has been equally as relevant in the forever evolving world of fashion. Seeded in his genes from his mother, the love of fashion and everything that fashion entails is the roots for his DCTG™ Sportswear collection. Hands on with his collection, we get the true feel for the Wave God Supreme through the pieces created and the forthcoming pieces coming out in the fall. Totality is a word that can accurately describe the Wave. Going forward forever without the inclination for stopping. Recently CDR spoke with ESHE Magazine about DCTG, his basketball career and his life experiences:

ESHE Magazine: First of all I want to say congratulations on the DCTG (Don’t Cheat The Grind) Collection. The concept and foundation is something that you’ve taught us about not only through your words but through your actions; in your workouts, in your career and in your life. When did you actually decide that you wanted create this clothing line? Was it something that developed over time with your life/career experiences or was it something that’s been inside of you and came full circle with opportunity and timing? 

CDR: Thank you. DCTG™ Sportswear. It’s a separate entity from “Don’t Cheat The Grind™.” I really want to clarify that to everyone. Don’t Cheat The Grind™ is the movement. A lifestyle. DCTG™ Sportswear is a lifestyle too, but DCTG™ Sportswear is its own presence. Not just a logo on some clothes. My upcoming fall collection will really cement that. I’m really super focused on it. I feel this will officially make me a designer. I’m releasing five hot pieces for this collection. Shit hard too. As far as how it all happened…style has always been a part of me. My Mom is very stylish. She always had things. Rings, coats, boots, necklaces etc. My Mom raised me so her sense of style is in my code. I’ve always been into looks more-so than clothes. I’ve always been ahead of the trend. Fashion is basically having an eye for the next thing. The next trend that people will follow. I have an eye for that and I know what looks good.  I see beauty in detail that I feel people can’t see. For my photo shoots I focus on the beauty more-so than my clothes. Finding the beauty is key. The look is what’s most important to me. My third eye has been open for years now. When you think of Preme you think of trendsetter and sauce. Look around, there will be no more big shorts in five years. It’s above the knee or you’re looking outdated. Go play Live 95 my guy. We can act like someone else brought it back but the Moon and the Stars know who really brought it back. wdfkjwdkljfk

But timing is everything. I’ve always been interested in clothing but I wasn’t ready. I’ve spent time studying the fashion game just like I study hoops. I don’t just do things to be active. I like to be prepared before I go through any door. I really put passion into whatever I’m doing. DCTG™ Sportswear is going to be a street wear brand heavy in the culture. Simply because I’m going to put my life into it. I’m going to outwork and out study everyone until my shit is the hardest on the streets. DCTG™ Sportswear Fall Collection ’16. Inspired by 70’s Rick James. I was listening to “Party All The Time” when I designed the jean jacket. Had the video running and everything. 

ESHE Magazine: During the time that you played in Italy, I know you were able to experience a totally different viewpoint of fashion since Italy is one of the fashion meccas of the world. Was there anything from the culture of Italy that planted some type of seed in you for creating your pieces?

CDR: I was wearing Lanvin & Margiela in like 08-09. Acne sweatsuits and Raf Simons. Jimmy Choo loafers. I had the Balmain high tops all white with the zippers so long ago. At that time people were still wearing Ecko Sports and jeans with colorful designs on the back pocket. I just wore a pair of Margiela’s for the first time in like 4 years. I went in the garage for em. Supreme never wore Louboutin’s ever. Basically I was always ahead like I previously said. Being in Italy just confirmed it for me. Being in Italy did show me the importance of a watch though. Timeless watches. I was introduced to Hublot while over there. I got one a couple years after leaving. You don’t have to have an expensive watch but it has to be official. 

I envision DCTG™ Sportswear being in stores like Mr. Porter. I want it to be high end street wear. The beauty of the era we’re in is you can read on a brand that’s already successful and see what steps they took to get there. I have no shame in that. I like brands like Acne, Boss, Alexander Wang but I also admire brands like Supreme, Stussy. I think those are God street brands. Lazy Oaf is wavy to me too. I’m still early in the game. I gain inspiration every step of the way. Like I said, I’m going to master this craft with the same intense focus I’m trying to master my craft on the court. DCTG™ Sportswear Fall Collection ’16. Rick James. “Give It To me Baby” vibes. I want you to take my stuff to the cleaners. Don’t just hand wash the Sportswear.
ESHE Magazine: One of the things that I’ve noticed is your total involvement with the creation and development of DCTG Sportswear. So many people have a line or call themselves a clothing collection designer yet they are not completely hands on with the entire process. I think your approach validates the authenticity of the DCTG movement. How important is it to you to be a part of the entire process? Describe the reception you’ve received from your supporters.

CDR: Oh no doubt. This is serious to me. I don’t have any sponsors. Don’t want em. No partners. This is me. I’ve build a team and we’re off and running. Every dollar spent is coming from my pockets. Every loss I take, I take it 100% and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you don’t have ownership then you’re just a worker. I sponsored myself. I’m trying to have the DCTG™ Sportswear building in NYC. Emmanuel Mudiay is face of the DCTG™ Sportswear Sports. Hopefully by the time this is published they’ve announced that he’s First Team All Rookie.

webIMG_0196_original That’s major. I’m gifted with ideas. Those are my riches. Ideas. I then have Raven draw my idea. That’s how the process starts. Everything is built like that. I couldn’t let someone just run my line. To me that’s cheating the grind. I’m involved every step of the way. From production to photoshoots. I’m on these phone calls and in these meetings. Young black boss in and out of LA sitting there with his ripped jeans and Cartiers on talking fashion. I’m spending money and taking risk. It’s not easy and there’s no real security but this is the life I love. 
 
I’m very happy with the reception. The wave is definitely spreading. I’m so grateful for it all. We have steady activity. They really want the shorts.  I’m very grateful for that because I know people don’t have to care. To actually have an audience is something to be proud of. I’m a Detroit kid who doesn’t have any commercials, but I’m creating and selling clothing. No hype machine. All organic non GMO wave. 

 

ESHE Magazine: You were a Consensus All American your Junior year at the University Of Memphis. Talk about your last year at Memphis, the city and the impact Coach Cal had on your development from the time you arrived on campus up until you declared for the 2008 NBA Draft. 

CDR: I fell in love with Memphis immediately. I’ll always call Memphis my second home. The people took me in like their own. It made the transition much easier.  Also I’m from Detroit. Memphis is very similar. It’s like down south Detroit. So I could be in the south Memphis projects one day with my homie Andre Allen and it felt like home to me. Same kind of love and environment. I got a Memphis Tiger ring made last summer. It’s my favorite ring period. Tiger for life. Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts (14) throws down a dunk over UCLA's Kevin Love during second half action in an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Final Four semi-final game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, April 5, 2008. Memphis defeated UCLA 78-63. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

Coach Cal is the Don. If Cal tells me you aren’t right then you aren’t right. No questions asked. Anytime Cal is around I’m in underboss mode. That’s our relationship. I hold him in that high of a place. If it weren’t for him I probably wouldn’t be doing this interview. He believed in me. That’s all you can ask for in this world. It’s only a couple people I won’t feel disrespected by if they cut me off while I’m talking, Cal is one of them. All hail Coach Cal The Don.

ESHE Magazine: As a professional you’ve experienced it seems every possible scenario a player could; playing your best at the highest level, being inexplicably benched or released, injury and just the every day up and downs of being a professional athlete. Describe your passion to keep pushing forward DESPITE and also how every experience from playing internationally and in the NBA has shaped your mindset as not only a player but as a person?

CDR: It’s simple. I love this shit. I love the grind. I love the pain. Man this has made me into one of the cold ones. Imagine the stuff y’all don’t know. I love being counted out. I love being told I’m not good enough by someone who never hooped. I love running on the treadmill. I love putting in work. I love it. I know people have quit when they reached certain obstacles that I’ve overcome. I feel bad for em, but I love knowing that I’m not them. I love every challenge. I will never fold. I’ve reached a point where I’m looking forward to a new struggle. I have to stop that because that’s what manifest in my life. I approach life like a video game. I want to conquer the hardest board. Where is the hardest board? I’m not scared of shit. I’ve felt the worst pain I thought I could last year with the Pelicans.ijlhnjhnj It took me 6 months but I overcame that. Now I’m look at me I’m unstoppable. I conquered my ego. I’m free. Nothing phases me. People say that but they don’t mean it. I really mean it. Nothing outside of me can influence how I feel. The jokes only on me if I want it to be. They’ll never see me in person anyway to have an opinion. I’m not sharing my energy with just anybody anymore. I’m The Supreme.

ESHE Magazine: Whenever somebody asks me where the best players I’ve ever played against come from, Detroit is one of the places I always say. For those that don’t understand, describe Detroit hoopers.

CDR: We have game and we know it. That’s our gift and our curse. Our confidence in ourselves. Weird right? The thing about confidence is how it’s received. Real ones view confidence as a positive and become inspired by it. Non real ones view it as arrogance. And those people are offended by it because that’s the energy they lack, in some cases. So it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Nothing changed. We’re still here. But we’re like the Rhino’s we damn near extinct. They trying to extinct us but we’re resilient. Major love to all my Detroit hoopers out there. We not going extinct. 

ESHE Magazine: What’s the best piece of on court advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from? 

CDR: Recently Wave God Sr. 6th man of the year told me make them conform. Never be someone else.sds You’re a scorer be a scorer. Period. At times I be on my point forward wave trying to fill up the stat sheet. He don’t like that. He wants me to be one way. Go get buckets. So if Wave God Sr. say get buckets that’s what I’m going to do. 

ESHE Magazine: What has been the biggest surprise to you during your basketball journey? In what way did it have an impact on you? 

CDR: Realizing that sometimes it may not be about basketball. Growing up in the business will show you. I’ve grown up in the business of basketball. I came out at 21. I had to learn the business on the go. Now I feel I’m knowledgeable of the business. Knowledge takes away stress because you aren’t wondering. You know. I’m more understanding now because I run a business myself. Sometimes it’s not personal it’s about the business or what one feels is best for the business. 

ESHE Magazine: Your personality, much like your game is a rare unique blend of individuality, humility and supreme belief in self. This is something that I feel has played a significant part in your success despite the many obstacles you faced, not only in basketball but in life. Choose 3 words to describe CDR and elaborate on how each word personifies you.

CDR: Wave God Supreme. 

Wave because water is life. Waves keep going no matter what. Waves because life is frequency. Wave because I know how important it is for the body to be electromagnetically charged. Wave because also I’m wavy. I’m cool and do cool stuff and say cool wavy things. Everybody loves when I’m talking my stuff. 
God because we are all Gods and Goddesses. Some of us know some of us don’t. Some of us look outside of ourselves for answers. Some look within. God because I know 98% of our body mass is made in stars. Besides helium and hydrogen every element in my body is basically stardust. I know everything within the entire universe is also within me. Literally. God because I care for all beings. I don’t feel my life is more important than a bee or fly.skdlfjksdjkfl I feel deep compassion for all living beings that are mistreated. I’m here to help others suffer less to protect Mother Nature the Most High. 
Supreme because I’ve reached a place where I’m able to say all of that. 

ESHE Magazine: Words To Live By:

CDR: Don’t Cheat The Grind™. Don’t listen to them because they are all scared. 76ebf805-a295-4816-a219-d844925f3d9a