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Articide - Arrested Development: Series #5 
Photographer: Robert Cooper
Artist: Tarishi Midnight-Shuler
Artist: Michaelchief Peterson
Fashion Stylist: Greg Drayton GeeGee Escada
Wardrobe Concept: Clarence Mike Lowman

Music Monday Rewind: Reggae-Soul Artist Kehv

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for over 20 years..and counting

Where did you get your start?
I discovered my passion for music when I was a child singing gospel in church then as I grew I branched out from there to other genres.

What are your plans musically for 2014?
Currently I’m in the writing phase of my coming album, recording and a whole lot of introspection. The music always demands honesty so I’ve been soul searching, reading, watching, and learning, all in preparation for this new project. Traveling is in my plans for the near future. Definitely hitting the road to meet my fans and give them a taste of my new material..LIVE!!!.. good times

What are some of the artists/producers you would like to work with?
I would Love to work with Stephen Marley on a whole Album, I’m talking packing our bags go to Jamaica for 2 months and just get it done! lol ,Quincey Jones to create something within the jazz classic feel.. The list is long so I just chose two extremes to share..
Who are some of your musical influences?
Lionel Richie, SADE, Boyz 2 Men, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Maxwell..

Do you think that person (or group) influenced you be the musician you are today?
Finding artistes that I could identify with on some level really guided me into the Entertainer I am today no doubt.

Lets talk about your locs
How long have you been locing your hair?
About 15 years…

What made you decide to loc your hair?
At first I started to grow my hair thinking to Loc it doing my research about the meaning and such. Then it became difficult because I wasn’t being supported by my family and my girl at the time was threatening to leave me because of me growing my hair let alone to loc it. So that’s when I realized that I had to Loc my hair. Society always view things that are African based to be negative, I believe a part of slavery was to teach people of african roots to hate ourselves and to distance ourselves from anything naturally us. So I’m honored to be able to grow my natural hair in locs with no fear in a society that at many times have frowned upon it.. Because it’s all lies, There is power in knowing ones self and to be proud of all you represent

What advice would you give to brothers wanting to locs their hair?
First thing I would say is to realize that it’s a commitment and a process,it really works your patience. Next thing is to understand your hair type, texture and moisture needs. Find a product that works with your hair not against. Not all Loc products work for everyone some can really damage your hair if not careful.. Your “Loctision” is an important step. The starting of your locs, you need to think about how thick you want them to be eventually before you start so u get the right size….Then just enjoy each stage as it comes.

Besides music, what are some of your other hobbies?
I like to cook, I have a sketch book I go to at times to draw and think. I do write poems and other things in my spare time. Playing basketball, chilling with family and friends over self-made cocktails and great conversation

For more info on Kehv and his music checkout his websites
www.kehvmusic.com

twitter@kehvmusic

facebook.com/kehvmusic

Hello Folks!

Ugh summer is fading away slowly. Tia and I live for summer because this is when we get the opportunity to get out and take major photos at different events or just randomly. Now that the winter months are quickly approaching, it puts a bit of a damper on our street photography and we have to totally rely on submissions we get from brothers. We are definitely grateful that the blog has grown that we get emails, but I love the adrenaline boost I get when I randomly go up to brothers, give them my spill, and they accept my offer to take their pic. I love that fact that we capture brothers in what I call “Their Natural Essence” this is what we built our blog on.

These brothers were captured in their “Natural Essence” at a Caribbean festival. This is one of my favorite pics from the summer because these brothers are truly beautiful. I love our black men and this pic reminds me why.

Later Peeps!
- Nina

Hello Folks!

Ugh summer is fading away slowly. Tia and I live for summer because this is when we get the opportunity to get out and take major photos at different events or just randomly. Now that the winter months are quickly approaching, it puts a bit of a damper on our street photography and we have to totally rely on submissions we get from brothers. We are definitely grateful that the blog has grown that we get emails, but I love the adrenaline boost I get when I randomly go up to brothers, give them my spill, and they accept my offer to take their pic. I love that fact that we capture brothers in what I call “Their Natural Essence” this is what we built our blog on.

These brothers were captured in their “Natural Essence” at a Caribbean festival. This is one of my favorite pics from the summer because these brothers are truly beautiful. I love our black men and this pic reminds me why.

Later Peeps!
- Nina

Part 4 pt2 Know the Ledge- On the Edge of Reality”

Tarishi Midnight-Shuler
http://www.13thmidnight.com

Photographed By Robert Cooper
https://www.facebook.com/robert.cooper.33821189?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Loc’d Talk w/ Davies

Name: Davies B.
Age: 35
Location:Johannesburg, South Africa

What made you decide to loc your hair?
I was on born with locs, but grew up under very different religious background that had a different beliefs abt kids born with locs, I was constantly shaved until I grew to become an adult and on a spiritual path to discovering me. I decided to return to my birth root and hence the strength and knowledge returned that light of truth, has guided my path now for 7 years.

How long have you been locd?
7 years

Where do you go for loc maintenance?
A fellow king-man comes to my home to treat and maintain the strength of these strands.

What’s your favorite product?
Jabu-stone…its a local product here in South Africa.

Any advice you would give to someone who wants to loc their hair?
If its an interest driven by purpose that isnt tied to vainness go on in, it is a process that will teach you patience, inner calmness and the strenght will be revealed in its due time, it comes with grace.

Random Question: Tell us about your production company?
Davarts digital media a strategic Digital Communication company that applies a results driven approach to everything we do from aesthetics to functionality. Our Services include, Film making, Graphic design, Photography, Multimedia etc.

Also while in Brooklyn, I had the opportunity to photograph up and coming music artist HYMM. I had a great time being dragged around Brooklyn photographing him in different locations. I also did a dope shoot in train station which I’ve been dying to do here in Philly as well. Since starting the blog, Brooklyn has became my second home. The loc culture is heavy up there and I’ve been able to connect with many brothers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Follow HYMM on Instagram @hymm_legendary.

Also while in Brooklyn, I had the opportunity to photograph up and coming music artist HYMM. I had a great time being dragged around Brooklyn photographing him in different locations. I also did a dope shoot in train station which I’ve been dying to do here in Philly as well. Since starting the blog, Brooklyn has became my second home. The loc culture is heavy up there and I’ve been able to connect with many brothers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Follow HYMM on Instagram @hymm_legendary.




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