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Upcoming Event: 2/20 – South Florida Bloggers Meetup in Books & Books Coral Gables, FL

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Yay! The South Florida Bloggers have the details of the February meetup and they’re so excited to hangout with you again! On Saturday, February 20, 2016 they will have guest speaker Annie Vazquez. Nikki Novo will be interviewing The Fashion Poet about her blogging story and she will be open for questions during a Q & A session. We will be meeting at the independent bookstore Books & Books located at 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables.

annie vasquezAnnie Vazquez is a fashion, travel and beauty expert and journalist who has been coined as one of the pioneers of Miami’s fashion blogging community. This young entrepreneur was voted Miami’s Top Fashion Blog by the New Times and has been featured in glossies such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, The New York Times, Life, Refinery 29 and more. She was the first blogger in Miami to score a major campaign with fashion brand Coach where she produced and starred in a 1 minute commercial for them. Savvy and creative, Vazquez has gone on to work for several other brands as a spokesperson, model and consultant. Some of these top tier brands include Mercedes Benz USA, Bailey’s, Peroni, Tresmme, Victoria Secret Pink, 7 for All ManKind, Forever 21, H&M, Express, Macy’s, Express, Bloomingdales, T-Mobile and Sprint.

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FASHION: @8and9 Presents The Intro – Convertible Burt

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logo 8and98and9 Presents us with another episode of The Intro, this time they ride around Liberty City with Convertible Burt. They takes us through his old stomping grounds in Miami from the Graveyard Projects to Liberty City, discussing how he got his name, his hustling days, the Pork n Bean projects, and much more. Shot By Darryl Omar.

[LINKS] 8AND9.COM || IG – @8and9 || @8and9

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FASHION: TEAM LOKO APPAREL

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[Gettysburg, PA] If the LOKO doesn’t ring a bell it should! Previously featured artist Dubby of Team Loko has branched out to creating his own lifestyle brand called Team Loko Apparel, as a result of the demand from his music followers and fans. The clothing line doesn’t give off as a merch item, there more style and thought towards each and every item. They range from items such as t-shirts, crewneck sweatshirt, tanks, crop tops for the ladies in pink and green, leggings, and snapbacks. Team Loko Apparel is where the culture of hip-hop intertwines with the simplicity of fine art. We provide not only a stylish product of instant attraction for both men and women, but a brand of apparel that supports the dreams of our nation’s talented youth.

The world is a crazy place. We encourage the crazy. Go loko or stay sane.
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ENTER PROMO CODE “SHIPPING” TO GET FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $65.00

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Upcoming Event: 8/1 – D.E.C.S & London Pop Up Store in LA

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D.E.C.S & London, one of the UK’s biggest lifestyle brands and they are coming to LA on August 1st to launch their first Pop-Up store. At The Collective Los Angeles, 3921 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Pop-Up store is sponsored by Belaire Rose and will be hosted by the Killa Bunniez and Budbabes. We will also be having signing with Pro Skater Carlos Vega and a meet and greet with Dylan Delago. [LINKS] WEBSITE || TWITTER || FACEBOOK ||

Nothing But The Truth: Meet The Press Edition by Fawn•Nicole

The worlds of blogging and talent discovery have certainly changed with the boom of social media, thus affecting the music industry as we know it. But, rather than complain about the current state of affairs, I’m here to offer some sound advice. It’s time to meet the press. I am Fawn•Nicole, I write for NikkiSiixx.com and I am an artist manager. Currently, I manage three artists, and everything I am about to write about are things that I have already done and they have worked.

Now, we’ve seen a few articles on how to “properly” reach out to online media for press coverage, and they’re jam packed with the political jargon to toot the horn of the blogger. I am writing this article for the artists, and this one is catered to hip-hop artists because helpful articles seldom cater to us. There are a few things that absolutely have to happen when you decide your music is ready to be shared with anyone that isn’t a friend or relative.

High Quality Mix/Mastering: This is simply non-negotiable. You are sending your music to people who listen to music all the time! These people have the potential to share your music with their readers, and your ultimate goal is to gain a fan from what they listen to. Regardless of whether or not the music is good, sound quality is important. The best way to look at it is this, the second you decide to share your music with the world, you’re an aspiring music professional. Your music needs to sound as such.

Be Brief: Trust me, when you’re reaching out for the first time you’ll want to include as much information as possible. It’s only natural. You’re trying to intrigue the blogger with interest so they’ll actually press play then decide to post YOUR music. I learned the hard way. While I learned to be creative within a few paragraphs, once I narrowed down the information to a few sentences, things started to look up. Simply put, you’re one out of a few hundred, if not thousands of aspiring artists bombarding these inboxes on a regular basis. They want to know who you are, where you’re from and what your music is all about. It really is that simple. If the music is dope, they will know when they hear it.

Keep In Mind, This Is A PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Yes, this is a business transaction. As much as folks wants to abandon this principle (one reason why the genre is a mess), this is a requirement!  Use proper grammar. Spellcheck, I mean seriously… most of our machines do this for us today, do it! While slang isn’t banned, do not be profane.

In an attempt to let this sink in, and to answer any questions up to this point, I’ll save the rest for a part two to be published soon.

Tweet me, @FawnNicole with your questions, and use the #NothingButTheTruth hashtag.