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Dario Lee: His Words

By David Jordan Jr.

There are many routes to success in life. For every successful person, no two streets are alike; one can attribute many factors to forward, progressive movement. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, actor and music producer Dario Lee has achieved tremendous success in his careers in both film/television and music. Driven with a passion for success that stems from GOD given talent, humility and hard work, Lee’s continued path of excellence is an inspiration for everybody to see that how genuinely investing in yourself yields unlimited returns and endless opportunities. Lee recently spoke with ESHE about his career and upcoming projects.

ESHE Magazine: What inspires you daily in your life as an actor?

Dario Lee: Well, when I first moved to Los Angeles my very first role on camera was a principal role for Buick and The NCAA which was a National SAG commercial shown during the College Basketball National championship on all major sports channels (ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports,etc.). I really didn’t have any aspirations or inspiration for acting kinda fell into acting due to being behind the camera, taking direction and seeing the results of the work done which inspired me to begin the journey as an actor.

ESHE Magazine: One of the greatest things about being an actor is the process in which you become a character or characters. From your first time reading a script to you playing the character in front of a camera, describe your process in becoming the person created in writing.

Dario Lee: That’s wild cause I literally finished shooting “The Education of a Negro” where I played cpl. Roman Duckworth jr. ; an army cpl that was murdered by the police for not moving to the back of the bus in Taylorsville Mississippi. Duckworth was mistaken as a freedom rider yet he was on military leave in route to visit his wife who was expecting to give birth to their sixth child. Gathering all that information put me in the same state of mind of where he was at the time and how to play that character out. Imagining being excited, nervous, confused, offended and militant all at one time before eventually being murdered by police is how I understood how to play Cpl. Roman Duckworth jr. or any character I take up, by interpretation.

ESHE Magazine: You have appeared in many different films, videos, commercials, and television shows. Do you prepare for different genres differently or do you have the same approach?

Dario Lee: I prepare the exact same way to every role with prayer and approach the situation differently because you really don’t know what the director could come up with on the spot; he or she may have a creative epiphany on set that may change the whole scene, script or even character so my approach is treaded upon softly to the directors discretion.

ESHE Magazine: What is the best advice you have received in life, which has helped you in your career?

Dario Lee: The best advice I have received in life is that Time Is God. While visiting my grandfather in Akron Ohio, on his deathbed, he had a cross and pocket watch necklace around his neck and I remember him looking at me while rubbing the cross and pocket watch together telling me these two go together. My grandfather was an ex-gang leader in his younger years and preacher towards the end of his life and he was full of wisdom. In my interpretation of him rubbing the watch and cross together, I gather that everything happens in Gods time. When you think about it, it is. The only thing in life that we do not control is time, yet time controls us. I believe God gives me all my abilities and controls all my limbs to act, make music, play basketball or etc… That’s who I count as my agent and source cause in a blink of an eye all of it can end. Time is in control of me, not me in control of it. Do we control a car accident or national disasters? Unexpected things happen that we have no control over that trumps what we may deem as our time yet when I give into time I learn I don’t control it; it controls me. That’s why Time is God has been the best life advice I have ever received.

ESHE Magazine: You have currently begun work on a major new project, “The Education of A Negro.” Talk about this project and what inspired the writers of this film and how important it will be to the world from a historical perspective.

Dario Lee: Wow, this film is something else. The historical figures shown through Americanized television, schools and books have forever been condensed to a few when their so many important stories we have never heard. The fact that this film story focuses on major stories that were swept under rugs is so pivotal. The first day on set I arrived a little early to step in on the filming of the Emmit Till scene and it was so powerful that I had to leave the room. To think of all the stories that are being shown and depicted in this film gives me so much joy and gratefulness to be working with so many genius minded writers, producers, actors, and directors. There will be the story and depictions of silent stories of Emmit Till, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carol Denise McNair, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and Cpl. Roman Duckworth Jr. These stories are so important for the community and youth; like I said that are not being taught this. I’m glad that these stories are finally being brought to the big screen February 2019, well overdue.

ESHE Magazine: Describe your outlook on life in three words

Dario Lee: Time is God!

 

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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




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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.