M Y  L I F E .  M Y  H E A R T .  

M Y  M I N D .  M Y  W O R K .

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Explore the complicatedly woven textiles of my multi-faceted heart and mind. In this space I will bear my soul through memoirs, and poesy interludes of life, substance, and love. I am a creative, and my imagination exhibits its various dimensions in diverse mediums. My personality is big, and bursting with energy. I use my charisma as a beakon of light and spread it through and through. I am a host, mistress of ceremony and so much more. Welcome to my world!

 

HOSTING THE 4TH ANNUAL MAGIC CITY SIP & SHOP 

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Interviewing Jasmine if the DL Hugley Midday Radio Show

Interviewing Jasmine if the DL Hugley Midday Radio Show

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Jasime Sanders | Francesca Green (magic city sip & shop founder) | Yours Truly 

Jasime Sanders | Francesca Green (magic city sip & shop founder) | Yours Truly 

MY PUBLISHED WORK 

Burn Victim Forgives Mother for feeding him Hydrochloric Acid; says forgiveness is the Apex of life

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Birmingam Times: 12/22/16

A mother’s natural instincts usually lead her to protect, nourish, nurture, and provide; but not Demetrius P Guyton’s.  On July 16, 1984, Barbara LaShelle Guyton [then 21] bottle-fed her 2 month old son hydrochloric acid, at the Walker Regional Medical Center, in Jasper, AL. This heinous assault was an attempt to claim a $25,000 life insurance policy, leaving baby Demetruius permanently disfigured and emotionally wounded. In 1985, B. S. Guyton was convicted of first degree assault against a minor, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

“People often ask me ‘if she tried to poison you in the hospital, what got you there in the first place?’ I always tell them that that bit of information remains a mystery until this day. That night, my parents were out partying, and my [paternal] grandmother was keeping me when I began “violently vomiting” (as she, the late Ruthie Mae Dunlap put it), when she called my parents to pick me up and take me to the hospital. My father dropped us off at Walker hospital, and came back with the acid bottle that my mother ended up feeding me. As I began regurgitating the acid, it severely burned my face, throat, my stomach lining, and it collapsed my nasal passage. 54 surgeries later, I’m still alive and with a story to tell. But what landed me there in the first place…I guess it was the result of their first failed attempt”. D.P. Guyton says that the toxicology reports were never able to detect what his body was initially rejecting. 

Millennials are driven by Passion not Profit- Christina Renteria of 'PinkLux' leaves law degree and corporate America behind to fulfill True Passion

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Birmingham Times: 11/29/16

Christina Renteria is not your average millennial. She obtained her law degree by age 24 and entered into corporate America with big goals. However, Renteria was not as fulfilled by her corporate career as once imagined, and left her lifelong dream of corporate litigation to pursue her true passion of female confidence boosting through beauty and style coaching.

Renteria is the style coach and founder of ‘PinkLux- beauty & personal style coaching’, and specializes in creating wardrobes for the CEO woman; as she too, struggled with creating personal style within the dress code parameters of the corporate environment. “I recall struggling in my early years, to find personal style in my office attire. I love fashion, so it was always important for me to display my personal style, but also look great and professional while doing so. I fine-tuned the art of wardrobe building and saw a business opportunity in my natural expertise.”

 Renteria helps executives create an authentic image suitable for the business world, while simultaneously boosting their confidence for that power meeting or the next big pitch. 

 

 

B-Metro | The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living 

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THE VILLAGE EFFECT

By Je’Don Holloway-Talley

Here I stand again, before a congregation of loved ones reading aloud the life story of one of my mothers. I composed her obituary as though I were creating a memoir bathed in honey. I give my grandmother’s virtue the honor and respect she, my Gama, deserves: a proper farewell, an ode to her legacy, a lyrical mirage of love, the same as I did for our second mother, Nana. As I stand before my family, I see the immeasurable sense of loss in their eyes. A mirrored reflection of numbness is shared by each of us like a heavy cloak of grief. What do we do now that both our matriarch and cornerstone are gone?

 

B-Metro: THE MUSIC MAKER 

B-METRO MAGAZINE: APRIL, 2016 ISSUE

B-METRO MAGAZINE: APRIL, 2016 ISSUE

Birmingham native Sebastian Kole is the mind behind “Here,” the Billboard Hot 100 chart topper by Alessia Cara.

Written by Je’Don Holloway-Talley

It’s not every day that you turn on the radio and hear the thoughts of a Birmingham native serenading you. It is also an anomaly for said tunes to cross industry genre lines. But with 28 weeks (at the time of writing) on The Billboard Hot 100 Chart, peaking at No. 5, Birmingham’s very own Sebastian Kole (Coleridge Tillman) has done just that. Kole wrote the lyrics for singer Alessia Cara’s mega hit “Here,” which reached double platinum status. That’s right—a Birminghamian composed a song that has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide!

 

MY FIRST COVER STORY FOR THE TIMES

HOW BEYONCÉ SET THE UNIVERSE ON FIRE AND BROKE THE INTERNET

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Special to The Times 

by Je'Don Hollloway-Talley 

Last week, Beyoncé set the universe on fire.

Queen Bey and HBO combined efforts to make the world “stop” and then “carry on,” breaking the Internet! Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” the superstar entertainer’s second surprise album debut, singlehandedly rewrote the rules of the marketing strategy of surprise and delight. A few artists have been brave enough to undergo this attempt, yet it has never been done with the caliber of Beyoncé’s artistic genius.

In December 2013, Beyoncé released her eponymous fifth studio album, comprised of 14 songs and 17 videos, exclusively on iTunes. And her latest release adheres to the same structure, allowing her audience to journey through her mind via a myriad of breathtaking cinematic pieces, soul-bearing poetry, and gut-wrenching spiritual anthems. What separates Beyoncé from other artists, however, are her dynamic presentation, showmanship, and exclusivity.

Beyonce’s sixth studio album—first released exclusively on Tidal, the subscription music app she and her husband, Jay-Z, own—features 12 songs and 12 intricate videos woven together with poesy interludes and an opulent Southern landscape. The natural grandeur of Spanish moss trees, the decadence of Old World New Orleans plantation-style mansions, and 19th century–inspired costuming blend perfectly to serve the world a tall glass of fresh “Lemonade.”

 

MY SECOND COVER STORY FOR THE TIMES!! TWICE IN 2 MONTHS!I THIS ARTICLE OPENDED BLACK MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

END OF THE ROAD: WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE GREAT MUSICAL GROUPS?

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Reminisce for a moment on the era of Black music group phenomenon’s. An age where collaborative musical genius dominated radio airwaves, and infused the art of song composition with the gift of originality and variety. Be it heartbreak or uncontainable love-joy, the crooning days of “Motown’s” humming bird quartettes like “The Emotions” and “The Marvelettes”, or male groups like “The Whispers” and “Boys II Men” will forever remain a staple in black music.

This is due in part to something uniquely magical taking place between artists when they fuse their talents together to curate a distinctive sound and matchless melody. Couple that with seductive choreography, a signature style, and the “It factor”, and you have the makings a group sensation.  

 
 

Hosting, Interviewing, just doin’ my thang

 
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HOSTING BEAUTY WEEK AT SAKS 5TH AVE BIRMINGHAM

HOSTING BEAUTY WEEK AT SAKS 5TH AVE BIRMINGHAM

 
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Laced Up Boutique

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#LifeMore

#Abundantly 

#LifeTheLCPWay

 

 

 

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ON THE WAY TO GO MEET SOULJAH, I WAS LITTY!!

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is not a religion, but is recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures. 

Young Millennials: Dominique Woods of Liv Fanci Nails

 
 

 

“I consider myself to be a dreamer, and I’ve always felt like working for other people puts a ceiling on you, that’s why it wasn’t intimidating for me to go after my passion. But working retail did help me understand different aspects of running a business”. 

With their personal shoe collections as their first inventory, and an Instagram page in lieu of a website, they created a specialty clientele.

 
 

ANTICIPATING THE QUEENS ARRIVAL 

 

MEETING NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR SISTER SOULJAH

 

Listen….Souljah’s energy is so powerful. Like….there’s a spiritual guard around her aura that blocks anybody’s negative or unwanted energy. Her calm in her energy was strong enough to calm the wild in mine lol. I have a very big, excited, confident, bubbly aura, and when I’m doing something I love, it overflows. So of course, I was on 10! 

 

INTERVIEWING SHERI BAGWELL- THE REIKI ENERGY SPECIALIST

I am all about clean energy, a healthy heart and solid peace of mind
- Je'Don 
Reiki energy healing is moving prana through the body
- Sheri Bagwell