I started Off as a model back in 2016 but never really hit the runway till 2017 I got Really popular in 2018 hen I started To engage more with my social media (Instagram) through out those years I was Always a photographer and started to grow even more because of my personality and pretty much just being relatable. I started with about 1,500 and grew to 10,000 all by my self I learned How to be marketable and how to grow you social audiences. Continue Reading Meet Joel Rios of GLAMAZON BY KING JCRAZY
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Flex Eatss started backed in 2019 originally I was just doing food reviews for restaurants which was cool but after awhile I realized I needed something of my own so sauce came to mind. I chose to do sauce because it’s literally the soul of the meal plus who doesn’t love an amazing sauce with their food? I put the sauce idea together in 1 week honestly, I hit the kitchen & started to get creative mixing spices and different flavors to see how I can shock people’s palate & I came up with my vegan Sweet & Savory sauce. I’m not vegan but I wanted to be inclusive to everyone so I made sure it was versatile so everyone could try it. I got where I am today by HUSTLE honestly. I had a BBQ for Memorial Day and got some amazing feedback so I already knew I had a golden egg. After the BBQ I needed to find a way to market my sauce so I studied & watched other food brands, listen to podcasts, read marketing books and also networked with other sauceprenuers like @jupiterringsky he has his own vegan buffalo sauce. With all this new Information I knew I couldn’t fail so I started selling wing plates at events in order to build a demand for my sauce & things started picking up for me! People loved the wings & sauce so much I got a buzz around my name, fast forward a year and now I’m trying to have my own events & get my sauce in multiple grocery stores in around the US. Continue Reading Meet Flex of Flex Eatss
Ever since I was a child, I have always had a sweet tooth and a passion for baking. It wasn’t until I started taking pastry classes for fun in Paris did I then decide to take my passion for baking to the next level. I was so inspired by all that I had learned in Paris, I started taking a variety of different pastry courses from learning how to make bonbon chocolates to designing sugar flowers. I started baking cakes and sweets for my friends for free until I started getting orders from people I had never heard of, but heard of me through word of mouth. I soon realized that my passion was turning into a business project and it was moving quickly. I am so grateful for this because it led me to where I am today. The ultimate birth of BakedByMontaha couldn’t have been possible without the love and support of my friends and family. Continue Reading Meet Montaha Ghannoum of Baked By Montaha
n 2016, after 15 years as a Spanish and sign language teacher, I decided to join the Orlando arts scene by opening an art space called Mills Gallery.
At that point in my life, I knew very little about art. I decided to remain honest about that and surround myself with a team of experts who would guide and advise me at every turn. Gallerist Lael Dewahl showed me the ropes about how to run a gallery, and designer and artist Victor Bokas designed the logo as well as the official look for the gallery. I worked with local filmmaker Marvin Welch to create a series of films that introduced my gallery to Orlando and showed them what my overall goal was.
My wish was to create a gallery that was attractive to young people, as well as a place that was available to and representative of all artists, regardless of their sex or gender. Mills Gallery became a pioneer project for gender equality in the Orlando arts, and we strive to exhibit an equal amount of female and male artists annually.
In 2019, I decided to bring curator Kyle Eagle on board on a permanent basis. Eagle is one of the important movers and shakers in the Orlando area, and already within a short year Mills Gallery has soared to new heights. As of 2020, we have turned Mills Gallery into two galleries, with the second one, LUMP Gallery, named after the fat little dachshund that was the gallery’s mascot until his passing in August of 2019.
Starting in 2017 I also branched out in other areas of the entertainment world. I, along with my co-host, the artist Marla E, host a web series called KISS MY ART. Marla and I had a podcast called LIVE ARTS that ran for two years as well as a radio segment on the Connections show on IHeart radio. Starting in 2019, Marla and I started doing a live version of our web series at the renowned MAXINE’s ON SHINE restaurant in Orlando.
In late 2019 Kyle Eagle and I began production of a podcast called THE EXPERIENCE WITH CHRIS FIO starring break-out local talent Chris Fioravantti. The podcast premiered in February 2020 with some of the highest ratings ever experienced by its distributing company PFT Media.
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I moved to Miami in 2017 after receiving my Master’s in Adjustment Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While I was interviewing for positions as a School Counselor in Miami Dade County Public Schools, I was also working privately for families in the greater Miami area as a homework helper, in-home mentor, and guidance figure, especially for young boys [of color] without a “big brother” figure. Simultaneously, I was always aware of the unfavorable average ratio of students to school counselors in most Florida public schools. I think the most recent number I can recall is 462 to 1.
One day while I was working privately for a family in December of 2018, I actually suffered two seizures in less than five minutes for no apparent reason. This was my first-occurring seizure, and the cause of the incident is still unknown to this day (the doctors told me I was severely dehydrated). I have recovered well, and I have been seizure-free since. At the beginning of 2019, I had a lot of time to envision the future I wanted for myself and the legacy I would ultimately leave behind, especially for the children of the next generation.
I began to think about ways to apply my skills and my passion for educating youth in our community. I was frustrated with the lack of extended support for students, not only in schools but also beyond the educational institutions themselves. I also wanted to support other educators who might be in a similar position—it’s not easy for everyone to live comfortably in Miami. I sought to provide a platform for fellow educators and students or alumni in the fields of psychology, human development, and related fields to be supported through this structured after-school program. Now through our nonprofit, Ivy Island Communities, we are providing additional sources of part-time financial support for diverse people looking to teach and mentor youth in our community.
In January 2020, we officially launched our beta test program of the parallel yet totally separate for-profit organization Ivy Island Educators, LLC, with one educator currently serving the community—me (Harlen Shangold). We plan to additionally onboard educators to accommodate the increasingly apparent needs in the greater Miami community. Upon gaining approval of 501c3 status, we will launch a pilot program for Ivy Island Communities, Inc. Our nonprofit will enable us to help as many families as possible. Continue Reading Meet Harlen Shangold of Ivy Island Educators & Ivy Island Communities
Since I was in high school, I wanted to own a gym. I loved to exercise and learn as much as possible about human physiology. I ran a gym after college which led me to business school. Through business school, I came to realize there are limitless opportunities in the world so I took on a few new career and personal challenges. I started a new career path at Carnival Cruise Line and met my wife-to-be within a week of each other. I also tried out for American Ninja Warrior a few weeks later. I failed HORRIBLY on the first obstacle (bounding steps). I swore it wouldn’t happen again so I went searching for a gym that could help and found Adrian Gonzalez and the Miami Freerunning & Parkour Academy (MFR). I fell in love with Parkour and Freerunning. Adrian and I become good friends, and when he decided to move to Colorado my wife and I decided to buy the gym. It has been a life changer to say the least. Continue Reading Meet Christopher Torres of Miami Freerunning & Parkour Academy
Officially, Midnight Kahuna began as an idea in 2007, to bring exotic lounge music to Miami which would incorporate world rhythms and play small clubs. It was the brainchild of Rick Canut, main songwriter, keyboardist, and rhythm guitarist and Chris Castellanos, bass player. Rick and Chris had been playing live music in and around Miami since the early 1990’s in a variety of different cover and original bands. They got together in 1999, and played all over South Florida as the Canute band releasing one album, “Canute, Alive From East Drive”. This album included the small Tropical Rock internet radio gem, “Bearded Wonder From Down Under”. The band would become a staple at the world famous bar and club, Tobacco Road. There they developed a loyal following which would keep turning up time and time again, show after show. Now circa 2002, as the “Canute” band, the boys garnered up the attention of a small label closely associated with Sony Records after an A&R rep heard a couple of new Rock based songs the band was working on but, after some band personnel changes and a gap in live performances, the record label lost interest. The boys lost morale and the Canute band, dissolved. Chris continued to play music in a variety of different bands and Rick walked away from the music scene to start a family.
Fast forward to 2007. It has always been my opinion that you can walk away from any passion for a while but sooner or later, the itch of that passion inside you comes back out and when it does, it is usually stronger than before. Such was the case with Rick. The passion of songwriting never let up and in that period of the five year hiatus, Rick had been writing songs that incorporated styles that borrowed from every music genre. In a chance encounter with Chris, both musicians talked about the urge of getting back together and playing some shows. They both wanted it to be different and not the loud Rock shows they had become accustomed playing prior to their split five years earlier. They wanted something more relaxed with exotic synth based rhythms and conga drums. They wanted a new name and identity, something exotic and mysterious that would go well with the new musical direction they were planning. Something Hawaiian. Midnight Kahuna was born. They would play shows at midnight and they would be like wizards with the music they would play. A kahuna is like a Hawaiian wizard or sorcerer. Instead of beckoning the sounds of Sting, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, or Bob Marley, they would beckon instead the sounds of Martin Denny and Les Baxter. It would be something the likes South florida had never seen before, or so they imagined.
This musical venture lasted for just one show for when they hit the stage at Tobacco Road for their triumphant return, they found their loyal base of fans had also returned, but, they wanted to hear the catchy original songs of the Canute band. They liked the new reggae and world rhythms but they also longed for the Rock that was energetic and fun. Rick and Chris found themselves playing those songs again to an overwhelming success. The idea of the lounge act was thrown out but the name, Midnight Kahuna, should stay. Everyone loved it and it could easily be branded.
Since 2007, Midnight Kahuna has played many venues and music festivals across South Florida as far south as Islamorada in the Florida Keys to as far north as Salt Springs in between Gainesville and Daytona Beach. They have graced beautiful stages the likes of the Hard Rock Cafes and not so beautiful stages the likes of those best not to be mentioned. They have had personnel changes over the years but the main players, Rick Canut (Songwriter, Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, and Keyboardist), Chris Castellanos (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals), Johnny Hutt (Sax, Flute, Hammond), and Carlos Fernandez (Lead Guitar), have remained constant over the last ten years.
The songs of Midnight Kahuna are about life. Sometimes funny. Sometimes serious. They are songs about love and loss. They are songs about politics. They are songs about having children. They are songs about being wild and free. They are songs about being young and they are songs about getting older. They incorporate the tropical sounds that permeate South Florida. The reggae, the calypso, the latin rhythms. The songs also incorporate the nitty gritty of the rock and the heat of the streets of Miami and Hialeah. Sometimes they beckon the sounds of old country Florida. Sometimes they beckon the sounds of jazz infused rock with a world beat. They are songs that have apparently hit a chord with a great following that the band enjoys seeing show after show. Midnight Kahuna doesn’t play covers anymore like they used to in the early days. They don’t have to. They’re songs get regular airplay on many internet radio stations all over the world. Their fans expect and want to hear their favorite Kahuna songs at the shows. The know them and they sing along.
In the ever changing world that is the music industry and in South Florida where DeeJays rule over real live musicians, Midnight Kahuna has been successful in establishing themselves as a band with a brand and a wonderful following of loyal fans which lovingly enough, call themselves Kahunuts. The fans are part of the Midnight Kahuna mystique. They go to all the shows. They act in the Midnight Kahuna music videos. They are living and loving, which is the Midnight Kahuna mantra.
What does the future have in store for Midnight Kahuna? As Jim Morrison once stated, “The future is uncertain and the end is always near.” We don’t know what the future will bring but as of right now, the future seems very bright for Midnight Kahuna. They are more popular than ever with a huge presence on internet radio and music videos on youtube. Their brand is growing with more and more fans joining the ranks and more and more sales at live shows which means more and more orders for inventory. If you include the Canute album of “Alive From East Drive”, they have released five albums and one EP with the latest album released on Christmas Day in 2019, called “Rock-N-Rolla”. Music videos are planned to be released for every song that is released as singles to the radio stations and live shows are coming to support those releases. Life is good right now in the time of Corona for Midnight Kahun and there seems to be no reason why that should change anytime soon. They are riding a wave that started back around ten years ago and for the time being, the wave doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Midnight Kahuna album releases:
Canute, Alive From East Drive, 1999
Howl at the Moon, EP, 2010
Brave New World, 2015
My Tribe, 2017
Rock-N-Rolla, released in 2019
Midnight Kahuna awards and recognition of note:
Regional finalists in Hard Rock Rising 2012
Gold Record of Recognition presented to Midnight Kahuna in 2013 for their music and their role in
“Imagine there’s no hunger” campaign. 2013
The AG News Prize for “Americana Male Singer of XXI Century 2019” 2019
Midnight Kahuna top requested songs:
Howl at the Moon
Brave New World
Saving The World One Beer At A Time
Mr. Rock and Roll
Ride The Donkey
Bearded Wonder From Down Under
World Music with a Rock edge
Whiskey In The Jar (2020 Re-Boot)
Once The Beauty, Now The Beast
See You Again
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Never Been So In Love
Brave New World
Ride The Donkey
Easy and Cheap
Break It To Me Gently
Howl at the Moon
Saving the World One Beer at a Time
God Bless This Land
Mr. Rock and Roll
Bearded Wonder From Down Under
If Ever You Should Fall
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Growing up, I believed that the criminal justice system did not work for people who look like me. I experienced the System first hand— from the vantage point of family members being brutally murdered and watching the killers go free, and from the point of seeing family members with mental health and drug addiction issues being criminalized because of their sickness. I worked hard and went to the University of Florida and then off to law school at Nova Southern University Shepard Broad College of Law with the idea of becoming an active participant in Criminal Justice Reform before it was trendy. I decided that for me to change a system that has traditionally been stacked against people of color and the poor that I would have to change it from within.
I served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Office of the State Attorney in and for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, prosecuting serious criminal offenses in the Felony Trial Unit. I developed a reputation for being a tough, fair, and skilled trial lawyer. I was on a constant quest for truth and fairness through every stage of the prosecutorial process.
From an early age my parents instilled in me the importance of honesty and integrity. I am happily married to Real Estate Attorney, Nikeisha Williams Pryor and the father to an amazing son, Trey. I decided last year to run for Broward County State Attorney because I want to ensure that my son can grow and flourish in a truly safe community that is equitable and just for all people. Continue Reading Meet Harold Pryor of Harold Pryor for State Attorney
My origin story in the beauty industry begins at the Aveda Institute of South Florida. There my passion for beauty was awakened! I’d never considered Cosmetology as a respectable career path as I didn’t know many hair artists who lived the lifestyle I dreamt of living while doing what they love. Thankfully, the horizons were expanded through my Aveda experience. Not only did I learn how to weave and foil; I was exposed to the many opportunities beyond the chair that would prepare me for my career as a business owner.
Being on the Editorial Team opened the door to stylist for runway shows, calendar shoots with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, photoshoot collaborations with The Art Institute and many other editorial events. I also had the opportunity to assist Keema Chang on video shoots for some of the most recognized artists and models in the music industry. She taught me how to be fast yet efficient we working on set.
After relocating to Tampa, I began to put more focus on the business behind the beauty and Schatzi C Beauty was born. Since being in Tampa I’ve become a published hairstylist in magazines like Black Bride, The Perfect Palette and The Know Tampa Edition. It’s safe to say that I’m really just getting started! Continue Reading Meet Schatzi B of Schatzi C Beauty
I’m Freddy Espin Artis illustrator, I started to draw since child. For me draw it’s my life, now here in Miami I retook and more than my passion now is my business. Trying to move my art works to the next level. Continue Reading Meet Freddy Espin of Freddyespin ART