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There’s Something About Don Bleek: My Insecurities & Overcoming My Fear

My life is somewhat like a puzzle and I know what the missing pieces are and it’s my fear and insecurities. More on that later! I started my blog on March 10, 2010. Two years later, it became one of the most prominent Hip-Hop and fashion blogs. I always knew that if I wanted someone to invest in me and my brand, I had to invest in myself first and I did. I paid for photo shoots, shirts, flyers, graphic designs, travel fees and car fare out of my own expense to market and promote my blog.

When I first started YDBR, I had no idea I would have to learn how to run a business. That I would have to one day hire an assistant, learn how to write proposals and fill out invoices for advertisers and write out checks. I had no idea; I would be contacted by different music artists, fashion companies and corporations for advertisement. I had no idea, that I would be getting book for speeches, interviews, concerts coverage/invites and interviews.

Speaking of interviews, I have gotten a lot of invites to do interviews and in the past. I turned them down because my fear was being on camera and my biggest insecurity is my voice/the way I speak. I am well-educated and spoken, but my accent is raspy and squeaky. My grandparents are from the deep South and I am from the projects in New Jersey. I have a BA in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Africana Studies from Rutgers University, but I still don’t know how to pronounce words right and I still have trouble with my grammar. I also have a speech impairment.  So in order for me to overcome my fear and insecurities, I am investing in a speech and dialect coach, on camera coaching and training. I already invested in media training. I am getting better at doing off-camera interviews. I know how to conduct myself and not be so nervous. Earlier in the week, I was at 50 Cent’s G-Unit office in Manhattan, New York to interview one of his artists. The interview went so well and will be posted on HipHopWeekly.com tomorrow Friday (March 16). I did a great job, according to the people who were there.

I turned down some opportunities in the past because I wasn’t ready to be on camera. For now on, I am not turning down any on camera opportunities or interviews. I am in the process of expanding my brand and growing as a blogger/journalist and music manager. In 2012, I promise you guys will see more of me on camera. Thanks for the love and support. Chat with you guys soon!

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It Takes A Lot To Make A Classic: Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz & Mike Posner Kick Off Reebok Classics Icons Campaign

Last night Wednesday (March 14), fashion brand Reebok launched their Classics Icons campaign with Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz and Mike Posner at the New York Knicks  game, which was held at Madison Square Garden. Singer Brandy stopped by to say hello in support of the “It Takes a Lot to Make a Classic” initiative. She is in town promoting her new single and album. Yesterday, it was also announced that Rick Ross signed an endorsement deal with Reebok. Due to scheduling conflicts, Tyga was unable to attend. He is part of the Classics Icons campaign. Peep the pictures below:

Ross, Beatz and Posner kicked it court side, rocking Reebok jackets and sneakers. This is a great opportunity for Ross. Swizzy has already designed several shoes and merchandise for the brand and Mike has already shot a few ads, in the campaign.

Thanks: Jessie C.

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Styling On Them Hoe: Ashanti In An A.L.C Mint Blazer & $ 1,075 Christian Louboutin Pumps

Earlier today Thursday (March 15), singer Ashanti was spotted in Philly, at Power 99 Fm radio station making her promo rounds, to promote her upcoming album Braveheart. The disc is scheduled for a spring 2012 released. Ashanti was styling on them hoes in a $698 mint-color ALC Blazer, which Kim Kardashian wore a few days ago. Ashanti paired her blazer with $255 Rag & Bone Midrise Glass Colorblock Skinnies, $1075 Christian Louboutin Highness Patent Leather Pumps and a peach collared v-neck shirt. I’m definitely feeling Ashanti’s outfit. She is rocking the right colors for the upcoming spring season. What do you think about her outfit? Peep the pictures below:

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REAL HIP-HOP IS BACK: Nas “The Don”

Reppin Queens, New York to the fullest, Nasty Nas just released his new single “The Don.” The Salaam Remi produced and co-produced by Heavy D track serves as the second single off Nas’ 11th solo LP, entitled Life Is Good. On the track, Nas raps about the lavish life and he even names upscale designer clothes and cars such as Roberto Cavalli, Benz and Bentley in the song.

Rocking Roberto Cavalli no shirt on convertible Mazy
My Columbiana mommy ridin beside me
Every tat mean something, that’s my word on my body
I’ll have to lean something wit that Mossberg shotty
My niggas is ignorant put lead in yo pigment
Just for all the days y’all was mad I was getting it
In 97 the six
98 the Bentley
Now it’s the Ghost Phantom
And ya’ll can’t stand em but……

Nasty Nas also took it back to the 90’s fashion, by rapping about army jackets, “Army Jacket swag Army jacket green and black Wit the square top pocket that snaps.” This track is super dope! Listen to the audio below:

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Styled By June: Jay-Z Attends His Longtime Stylist June Ambrose VH1 Premiere Series

Last night, Wednesday (March 14), music mogul Jay-Z attended his longtime stylist June Ambrose premiere party at Crosby Hotel in New York City. He was there to support and show love to his good friend and celebrity stylist. Styled By June is scheduled to premiere on VH1 next Monday (March 19). Celebrities such as Trina, Da Brat, Jaleel White, Mitchelle Williams, Aubrey O’Day and more are all featured on the show. Jay-Z was looking all dapper in a tailored black suit and open-collared shirt’ Ambrose was all glammed-up in a spring cut dress. Peep the pictures below:

“The first suit I bought Jay-Z was an Armani suit because theshoulders were soft. It was a European cut, it was very relaxed,” Ambrose told Media Bistro. “We slowly graduated him into that executive seat that he was eventually going to sit in. He was an executive on the streets. I was just bringing him into the boardroom.”

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Mommy & Son Having Dessert In NYC: La La Take Kiyan To Get Some Ice Cream

While back home in NYC, media personality and business mogul Lala Vazquez-Anthony decided to take her son Kiyan out for dessert. She treated him to ice cream at Serendipity in Manhattan, before heading to Madison Square Garden to watch her husband Carmelo Anthony and the NY Knicks defend the Portland Trailblazers. Kiyan turned 5-year-old last week.  The Anthony family is preparing the premiere of season 2 of La La’s Full Court Life airing March 19th. Peep the pictures below:

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Pictures via INF/SPLASH

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Her Stuff Is Fat & Wet: Nicki Minaj Busting It Wide Open In A Bikini

Today is going to be a good day! I’m sure a lot of men will be drooling over these pictures. Nicki Minaj is turning heads and heating up the beach in Hawaii while shooting the official visual for her new single “Starships. ” The RedOne-produced single is featured on her upcoming disc, entitled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song has already reached the no.6 spot on Billboard Hot 100. Minaj was wearing a bright green wig and pink bikini on the beaches of Oahu. Minaj rolled in the sand and splashed in the waves as she strike some sexy poses, showing  her wet body. The visual is being directed by Anthony Mandler. Drool over the pictures below:

Pictures via Rap-Up

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Dope Or Nope? $650 Giuseppe Zanotti Mirror Metallic Silver Zip Sneakers

Even though Balenciaga are my favorite upscale brand of sneakers, I must admit that Giuseppe Zanotti is putting out some good kicks. Their designs are always creative and mind-blowing. These Giuseppe Zanotti foil looking sneakers are mirror platinum silver and feature a metallic silver lace-up front along with silver zipper closures at the sides as well as the back, and lastly a white rubber sole. One word to describe these sneakers, dope. Are you feeling these kicks and would you buy them?

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Sneaker Me Dope: T.I. Rocking Nike LeBron 9 ‘Swingman’

Rappers T.I. and Nelly were spotted in Atlanta filming the visual for “This Time Of Night”. The track is featured on T.I.’s lastest mixtape, entitled F**k Da City Up. The visual was directed by Phil the god. T.I. was wearing a pair of Nike LeBron 9 ‘Swingman’ sneakers. These kicks are a reference to Ken Griffey Jr., who was one of LeBron James’ childhood heroes. They are highlighted by a Swingman-inspired Dunkman logo on the heel. The upper comes draped in a very Seattle-like shade of abyss green mixed with teal, white and traces of red, most notably seen on the sole’s shank plate. Nelly was wearing the new Air Jordan XIV. Peep the pictures below:

T.I. pictures via ExclusiveAccess.Net

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