African Fashion Week accomplished another successful run for 2018. The 4 Seasons Fashion Show was one of many exciting events during this fashion filled week. The rooftop of the Aloft Hotel Downtown was the runway and the Houston skyline served as a gorgeous backdrop. With a focus on Ankara prints, the 4 Season Fashion Show displayed styles from talented local designers.
Enjoy our top picks from the show!
You can never stop a man who is determined to rise. DoeRayMe is that man. He has experienced much success in his career due to his will power and growth mindset. And guess what, he does not plan to stop anytime soon. DoeRayMe took his career into his own hands. With his intellect and ingenuity, he has manifested amazing opportunities. He took the time to speak with us at Rocky Mae Style to tell what keeps him motivated and share what’s next for him on the horizon.
RMS: How did you get your start as a model/actor?
DRM: I got my start as a model/actor by working in the music industry as an intern and the company I was interning for just start having me work in front of the camera on projects instead of being behind the scenes. So, that’s where I got a lot of my experience and start.
RMS: What do you enjoy most about your work?
DRM: What I enjoy most about my work is being creative. I love to create and come up with ideas! I also enjoy seeing the outcome and results of what I composed and brought to life.
RMS: How would you describe your personal style?
DRM: My personal style shall be described as GQ. I like to go with the Miami Vice look at times, depending on my mood. I just like to look sharp in my own way and try not to follow trends. “You don’t have to be a part of a wave, when you provide the water.” -N.O.R.E
RMS: What do you like to do on your free time? Any other hobbies or hidden talents?
DRM: I’m a big podcast guy! I enjoy listening to different podcasts. I think I listen to podcasts more than I watch television or listen to music. I enjoy listening to podcasts such as Brilliant Idiots, Dave Ramsey, Drink Champs, just to name a few. Hidden talents? I guess it’s not hidden anymore, but I actually enjoy listening to podcasts so much I joined one myself. I am a co-host on “Juicy Talk Radio” where I cover music, entertainment, and conduct interviews with special guest.
RMS: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
– One of one.
RMS: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the entertainment industry?
DRM: The most important thing I learned about being in the entertainment industry is that you have to be consistent. You can’t put out work or a project and decide to put something out six months to a year later. You have to consistently put out material. You also have to network. The same effort you put sliding into a female DMs trying to holla, try sliding into someone DMs to collaborate with on a project.
RMS: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
DRM: I’m big on meditation. Lately, I have been meditating as part of my daily schedule. I have been experiencing tremendous benefits from it.
RMS: What keeps you motivated to reach your professional goals?
DRM: The thing that keeps me motivated to reach my professional goals is RESULTS. When I set a goal and then actually manifest it, that make me want to strive for MORE!
RMS: What is the best advice you ever received?
DRM: “Time, it waits for no one.” So, when I think of that advice It makes me want to put in the work and strive to accomplish all my goals. I’m competing with no one but time.
RMS: Do you have any upcoming projects?
DRM: Yes, I working on another network television show. Similar to the show I was a part of on LifeTime: Married at First Sight Second Chance. I’m definitely shooting for more photo shoots, commercial bookings and creating more content as I go. Everything will be on my website coming soon.
RMS: Is there anything else you would like to share?
DRM: Make sure you all tune into @JuicyTalkRadio live every Sunday 4pm to 5pm EST, to hear my amazing team (Shanny D, Steph and Que) and I give our point of views on current events, topics, and interviews. Also, follow me on Instagram & Twitter as well @DoeRayMe_ATL for all my endeavors.
The number one thing you should know about Michael Terance is that he is not going to do a half-ass job. He is a competitor. And as an emerging rapper and recording artist, Michael is using his strength and determination to make it to the top. “I like to work hard and work better than the next man. Nothing was ever handed to me. I’ll work to get to where I definitely need to be and if I don’t, then I’ll die trying,” Michael declared. With that type of grit and determination, Michael Terance may very well be on the road to stardom.
Michael got his start as a rapper at the age of 17. He started taking his art seriously right after high school. Heavily influenced by hip hop, rap, R&B, and soul music, Michael was inspired to develop a style of his own.
“After I graduated, another rapping friend of mine, Sam Wise, built a home studio from scratch. He went above and beyond for the both of us and we would just sit there and have writing sessions. Every week we’d make a new song and when the time felt like both of us were ready, we started dropping mix-tapes and dope songs,” Michael said.
One of the fastest ways to get results is to enjoy the process. For Michael, the process of creating a song is what he enjoys most about his work. “For me, I take my time writing. I never rush. I’d take as long as 1 day to 3 or 4 months.
I’m really focused and in the zone on how I like the songs to come out,” Michael explains. “I remember when I made the song A1, that process was about a month. 3 days of writing it at my house but a whole lot of days recording it,” says Michael. During the process, Michael takes in a huge amount of feedback and that is what pushes him to grind even harder.
Beyond rapping, Michael enjoys making beats and sampling old school music. He is also an avid basketball player and enjoys video production and photography. He loves spending time with his family as they are usually the first audience to hear his new music. “I love the look on their faces when I show them one of my songs. When they get to bobbing their head, that means they approve. Seeing a smile on their face going to the groove makes me want to make more songs,” says Michael.
“The best advice I ever received from a good friend was to keep going with the music. Even when you have bad days, keep going,” Michael shared, “I was also told to be myself. Never let the industry change you.”
To learn more about of Michael’s growth as an artist, follow him on Instagram @Mikeyballout, Facebook @Michael Terance, and Snapchat @lilmikeyballout.
We are so excited to announce the premiere of our TV Show, Trendsetters HTX! Locally produced, our TV show highlights creative professionals in the Houston area. Additional air dates and a sneak peak are provided below. Be sure to tune in!
Sat, 6/9/18, 4 pm
Tues, 6/12/18, 8 pm
Wed, 6/13/18, 7:30 pm
Fri, 6/15/18, 7 pm
Sat, 6/16/18, 10 am
Mon, 6/18/18, 7 pm
“I just felt it was the path I needed to go down as it was my true passion.” For Jon Robert, fashion photography was that path. Jon knew that he wanted more, not just for himself, but also for his family. As a hardworking father of 2 kids, it was important for him to create the freedom to turn his true passion into a successful business.
Jon is fortunate to live in the beautiful coastal town of Ayr in the UK. Located just southwest of Scotland, Ayr is filled with beautiful scenery that would be a delight for any photographer. Jon is able to use his surroundings to create astounding images for his clients and fashion models.
“I like to think through my photography,” Jon shares, “I manage to bring out the true emotion of the person I am working with.” Jon is able to capture this emotion because he genuinely takes the time to learn about who he is photographing. “I get to know things about them and try and create the type of image that if someone asked them to describe themselves in one way, they could go to one of my images and show them and words wouldn’t have to be used,” Jon explained.
Bringing out the confidence in others is what Jon does best. He does this by creating a fun and comfortable environment. When you are on set with Jon, you can expect lots of music and lots of laughter. Jon admits that he sometimes forgets that he is doing a job. That seems to be what happens when you are doing what you truly love. His models and clients respond positively to his energy and they are always happy with the results.
“I have always gone into things with a positive attitude,” Jon says, “There are a lot of people in this world who will try knock you down when you are doing something you love or are being successful with. Just surround yourself with people who have the same passion and fire as you and never restrict yourself with anything.”
Be sure to follow Jon on IG and FB @jonrobertphotography. His website is coming soon at www.jonrobert.co.uk.
Release your inner artist and learn how to make beautiful collage art! No matter your artistic abilities, you will walk away with a creation you are proud to call your own. Meet new people, laugh and create art in this entertaining class. The class is taught by Robyn Alright, a collage artist and content manager for RockyMae.com. Robyn has created collage art since 2007 and is eager to share her love for the art form.
All supplies and light refreshments will provided. Register today and bring a friend!
Got questions, email email@example.com.
In its 5th year of existence, the Big Girls Rock 2 fashion show keeps getting bigger and better. This dynamic group recently rocked the runway for a worthy cause.
Big Girls Rock 2 was founded by Donna Rogers after a close family member was killed as a result of domestic violence. Her organization’s mission is to spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence while promoting the confidence and beauty of curvy women.
To learn more about this exciting group, follow them of FB or IG @BigGirlsRock2
Did you know that the textile industry is one largest pollutants in the world? Our “Fast Fashion” society is doing major harm to our environment. In an effort to stay on trend, the fashion industry is causing damage and creating waste. Environmental organizations report that approximately 15% of fabric intended for clothing ends up in landfills. This only scratches the surface. Consider the amount of water waste and the amount of clothes consumers purchase and throw out every year.
These statistics should cause us all to stop and think. Fortunately, there are fashion designers all over the world who are participation in the sustainable fashion movement. These artist are making a conscious decision to create using recycled materials or materials that are eco-friendly. Read more here from British Vogue.
Creativity can be healing. This is something that collage artist, Kelly Hooper, knows very well. After a suicide attempt, Kelly discovered that creating collage art aided in her recovery. She found a way to redirect her energy in a productive way. Her productivity has manufactured beautiful artwork that carries meaningful messages.
“A lot of my collages almost seem to fall together,” she shares, “The messages just seem to find me and ‘ask’ to be put together.” Kelly hopes that those who view her work can relate to her message. She understands that everyone may not connect to her creations, but her mission is to reach the ones that can.
Kelly encourages everyone to give collage art a try. It is a forgiving medium and inexpensive to get started. Anything, including old magazines and old books, makes for great material. Beautiful art can be created when one is bold enough to use their imagination.
Kelly is also a talented photographer and a writer of poetry. It is not uncommon for her poetry to show up in her collage art. To see more of her amazing work, follow her on IG @WarriorKellyGreen.