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Basic Business:
Did Anyone Order a Side of Hustle?

The Art of Flirting:


Are You Doing it Right?

Hometown Glory:
DeAngelo Redmans Time Has Come

Need a Soundtrack?
The Top 20 Songs to Bang To!

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Entrepreneurs in the DMV: Jaicee Events, Red Hue Boutique, and more!
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Baic Business: Did Anyone Order a Side of Hustle?


-by Ashley Phillips

Designer Spotlight: Krista Flowers bedazzles DC with Rox Laroux


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A Hustlers Ambition: The Top 10 Entrepreneurs take the DMV by storm.


-by Ashley Phillips

Fashion
1970s Classic Glam: We Like Mary Tyler Moore-ish. Psychedelic Colors, a Tub, and an Afro: Spring into Action with these Fab Looks. Designer Spotlight: Fashion Forward with Viola Ricci.
-by Rachel Shelton

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Hometown Glory: Local R&B Singer, DeAngelo Redman, and his rising fame
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Roaming the City: The Search for Intimate Js


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Love, Lust & the In-Between


THE ART OF FLIRTING: Are you doing it right?
-by Amber Hurwitz

Turn My Headphones Up: Top 20 Songs to Bang To


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CEO/Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Leigh Johnson Design Director Frank Carter Creative Writer Intern Ashley Phillips Photo Shoot Assistant Intern Nia Whitlow Editorial Photographer Tori Martin Contributing Photographer Verna Severin Staff Writers Donisha Adams, Liz Miller, Ashley Phillips, and Rachel Shelton Designers and Stylists Red Hue Boutique, Marques Davis Productions Editorial Hair Stylist Brandi Campbell Editorial Make-Up Artist Laquisha Williams

Matia Johnson

Magazine & Ad Disclaimer: Dollhouse Magazine, LLC, 2010. The entire contents of Dollhouse Magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the Editor-in-Chief. Some of the advertisements obtained in this issue are strictly internet source and have been used for page layout purposes only. Dollhouse is registered with the District of Columbia DCRA, and is not responsible for errors or omissions and may feature the same material on its blog or website, as well as other mediums and purposes.

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ve never been a fan of 9 to 5s, or any other jobs that you have to walk into everyday and be miserable for that matter (Sidenote: I got my first job when I was 15, at Popeyes, and quit three days later). Retail was never my thing either. As a kid, I always had the passion to become a writer and get into business for myself, and be surrounded by other people doing the very same thing. Fast forward ten years later, and Im living in the city where young professionals are blossoming like flowers in the springtime. Not to knock the corporate suits and ties because to each their own of course, but what could be better than exercising your own natural born hustle? In this issue, we bring you the spirit of entrepreneurship in our city. What could be better than being in business for yourself? Take notice to the DMVs top ten movers and shakers, special interviews with local designers, and the people who are taking the DMV by storm (case in point, local jewelry designer Krista Flowers, who is launching her jewelry line in the summer of 2011). Exercise the perfect go-getter job skills, and learn tips on how to develop your own side hustle. The best thing about the publication industry is the people you meet, and the people you surround yourself with. Positivity breathes other positivity. Ive met so many wonderful, passionate driven folks within the past year; it just continues to amaze me. So take a tour of every page and see whats in store. Theres nowhere to go but UP! With Love and then some,

Matia C. Johnson Editor-in-Chief

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Merriam Webster dictionary defines an entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. In as simple a phrase as I can put it, an entrepreneur is an undertaker. An individual with an immense amount of tenacity, ambition, and motivation. They hold enough power to conceptualize a vision and then take it even further; an extreme feat that not all can achieve. The average person has over 500,000 ideas in their lifetime, and nine times out of ten that person only acts on a handful. Dont be discouraged. A true entrepreneur digs deep, stays focused, and prevails over obstacles with poise and grace. Now, let me introduce you to eight companies and businesses that started as a mustard seed of maybe and I hope and blossomed into endless possibilities. All ten are based in the DMV area so keep your eyes open for their news and happenings!

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2. Empyreal Multimedia Group


Founded in January 2011 by Joseph & Candice Hinton, this company is a media outlet promoting the latest news, business, music, and other creative expressions from a faith-centered lens. This company came about after Joseph spent years working in various music circles and interacting with leaders of many

3. Nanichi Jewelry
Nanichi means my heart/soul and explains what Art and Craft means to young Anguillian Ilka Harrigan. The name was recently changed from Empress Designz to Nanichi due to the significant expansion of the jewelry line. The style of each collection is inspired by nature and culture. Ilka is currently a student at the University of the District of Columbia, majoring in Dietary Nutrition. When shes not busy turning the pages of science books, you can find her digging in bags of beads, or constructing clay pots/vases by hand. Having grown up in the Caribbean island of Anguilla, Ilka has always had a passion for the arts and cultures. It is therefore no surprise that when wearing any of the many pieces of Nanichi, youll embark upon a journey of the island life and history. View more at Never regret anything youve done because nothing is lost but much is gained through an experience.

1. Red Boutique
Silvia Huezo is the owner of Red Hue Boutique, an independent and contemporary clothing store in the heart of Rockville, Maryland. The first Red Hue opened in College Park, MD in the spring of 2010 and moved to Rockville in February of 2011. Red Hue carries unique apparel from independent designers and brands, including

faith based programs. He began to realize that there was a major gap that needed to be filled. This gap is the need for a cutting edge & innovative outlet that provides accurate and informative news and information; one that connects to todays generation. Empyreal Multimedia Group was formed to meet the need. From news to the latest Christian contemporary music, to music videos and Christian radio pod casts, Empyreal provides it all. Our goal is to expand the mind and perspective.

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as well as handmade items. Red Hue also carries an assortment of vintage jewelry perfect for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a funky piece to spice up your wardrobe or a gift for that special someone, Red Hue Boutique is the perfect place to find it! For more information check out their website: www.redhueboutique.com.

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4. The Kourtney Jaeson Collection

The Kourtney Jaeson Collection by Octavia Wyche is a relatively new clothing line, however, it has already gained considerable success. This collection is immensely unique as it intertwines various patterns and fabrics to create refreshing new styles. The collection is inclusive of all women sized 0-18, a definite rarity in todays fashion. With the Kourtney Jaeson Collection, women of any shape can adorn their bodies with sophistication. Wyche lives by this quote: Aim for the Stars so that if you happen to fall, you still land on the moon. As the lead designer, Wyche began sewing when she was 11, making pillows and other household items. At the age of 16 she began making dresses and blouses. In the fall of 2010 she launched The Kourtney Jaeson Collection. Since the launch date, the business has been selling items to customers all over the country through the online shop. Wyche is self taught but was mentored by her aunt and grandmother who are both seamstresses. Visit her site at www.kourtneyjaeson.com. The Kourtney Jaeson Collection is striving for women to look beautiful and elegant. -Octavia Wyche

5. KO Classic Productions
Founded in 2006 by father and both sons Kevin and Kyle OConnor. KO Classic Productions is a one-stop-shop for all your graphic design needs and beyond, web design, and photography. Within 5 years KOCP has grown from a two man operation to a staff of 12; becoming a respected leader in the design industry. KOCPs work has been seen all across the United States; from billboards in Las Vegas, to magazines distributed in the US & Canada, to store fronts in Washington DC, New York, & Los Angeles. KO Classic Productions is one of the hottest design firms in the country! Check them out at www.KOCPonline.com.

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6. Kissmet Cosmetics

Jaicee Events was founded by a husband-wife team passionate about the world of event planning Pierre & Britney Canidate. Together the two combined their experiences embarking on a journey full of excitement, surprise and innovation! Jaicee is a a signature event planning firm specializing in the planning, management, and design of Special & Corporate Events. Committed to their clientele, Jaicee executes a signature approach by focusing on event trends and techniques that generate exceptional & unforgettable events that are specifically tailored to their clients budget, wants and needs. From receptions to awe-inspiring parties, Jaicee is in tune with their clients visions and goals to strategically map a plan guaranteed to create a successful & appealing occasion. The philosophy behind Jaicee Events is to simply embody what it truly means to experience superior service. Check them out at www. jaiceeevents.com!

Frankie Posgai, with fifteen years of experience in the makeup and cosmetics industry is the founder and creator of Kissmet Cosmetics. Kissmet Cosmetics is a natural mineral makeup line that uses the highest pharmaceutical grade minerals to help accentuate a womans natural beauty without any harmful ingredients. Posgai is an accomplished makeup artist and a certified airbrush technician. While being raised in London, England, she enrolled in cosmetology school where she learned the techniques to perfect her passion for makeup. She has been and continues to take part in the cutting edge of the emerging trends in the makeup and skincrare markets. She enjoys

sharing these trends with her many loyal clients. Her experience in these areas include trend forcasting and in-depth makeup research. She took part of these experiences while living and travelling major cities of beauty throughout Europe and Africa. She is a very busy and sought after makeup artist, both locally and internationlly to teach masters degrees courses, assist at fashion shows, high fashion photo shoots, and weddings in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia metro region. For more info, check out their website: www.kissmetcosmetics.com.

7. Jaicee Events

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Seattle, Washington native, Marques Davis, knows more than just a thing or two about fashion. He founded Marques Davis Productions, a Fashion Industry one-stop shop for all things swank. They provide wardrobe styling for editorial and commercial purposes, image consulting for event/ personal appearances, personal shopping/closet consultation, fashion show stage management/ production, as well as model grooming. When asked what a day in the life of MDP was like, the 29 year old responded, CRAZY BUSY! My schedule is full of all types of photo shoots and fashion events! Luckily Mr. Davis has his two assistants, Malalai Saifzada and Rashad Dinkins, to come to his rescue. His future goals? I see myself in more publications working with more designers and contributing to the growth of the fashion community in Washington DC. Get style at www. marquesdavisproductions.com! Ashleigh Holmes is the Executive Director of Designing for a Cure Inc., a non-profit corporation based out of Forestville, Maryland. She along with two of her colleagues founded Designing for a Cure Inc. in February 2010. Designing for a Cure Inc., was created to spread awareness and raise money for incurable diseases. In the last year that Designing for a Cure Inc. has been established, there has been many events they have hosted, including information sessions, fashion previews, fundraisers, and their own Annual Awareness Banquet. Ashleigh is a recent graduate of Marymount University, holding a Bachelors of Arts in Fashion Design. From Marymount she plans to attend University of Maryland University College to obtain a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Marketing with an emphasis in Nonprofit organization. Designing for a Cure Inc. is a corporation that uses fashion and other methods as a direct response to the lack of information being provided to the community. The goal of the corporation is to connect with the community and use their talents to help spread awareness. This goal will be met through events such as silent auctions where local artist, companies, and people donate artwork to be auctioned, a Bi-annual fashion show where local designers are able to enter their collections in the show, community performers who will be able to perform at a number of their events, and others who will be able to provide their expertise. I love what I do. Its something about helping others and seeing them living life to the fullest through the toughest of situations that inspires me to keep working and make a difference. I am striving to make Designing for a Cure Inc something special. Being the bridge from the community to the disease association is a beautiful thing and it is the smile that I believe that everyone should strive for!

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10. Sol Clothing


If asked to describe Mr. Tristan Lewis in one word, that wouldnt be difficult. The term Go-Getter pretty much sums it up. The idea for Sol Clothing came about from his desire to use fashion as a medium to inspire and uplift. As a creative individual, Im always thinking of new ideas, Lewis mentioned. Sol Clothing was established in Washington, DC in the fall of 2010. The premise behind Sol Clothing is to use fashion to spread positivity and to uplift; catering to all ethnicities. Partnering with his roommate and brother Karega Bailey, Sol Clothing is the official apparel for the Sol Spoken poetry movement. Get in touch with the movement at www. solclothing.bigcartel.com.

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o many times I hear my friends talk about ideas they have for business ventures. They immediately follow up with excuses and reasons why they cant start those while theyre in school. My freshman year in college, I began selling earrings I made out of buttons from my dorm room. Now, did this yield millions? Absolutely not, but it did increase my pocket change, plus it was something fun I could do in my spare time. While in school Ive also come across students who took those dreams and exercised his hustle. One person in particular is Gasper Kay. Gasper Kay is a fashion/music photographer based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Kay has been doing photography for over two years and was the first person in his family to show interest in the art of photography. I received my first camera as a gift from my sister. She got the camera as a gift from a friend but decided to hand it over to me because she thought the DSLR was too large to carry around for candid shots. It was a Canon Rebel XTi. I started cruising the internet for help on how to use it (the camera). I still have my first camera on my shelf to remind me that it is not the equipment that makes the photos. They are just the tools. What makes the photos are the thoughts and the vision that the artist makes; I think many photographers lose sight of that. Kay reminisced on his passion for the arts. Back in March 2010, there was a huge snow storm in the DMV area. I was locked in the house for a whole week. With not being able to go far from my home, I was on the computer most of that time doing research on how to use a DSLR manually. I came across a photographer named Zack Arias (www.zackarias.com)

and he had a lighting workshop on DVD; available online. The workshop was on how to light portraits using only one light. Long story short, he introduced me to a whole new field of photography on off camera lighting. He has also opened my eyes to many of my most inspiring photographers such as Chase Jarvis, Joey Lawrence, and Sean Armenta. I asked Kay what the catalyst was that really boosted his popularity in the area. He mentioned this:I slowly started posting my photos on social network sites such as Facebook and Flickr and pretty much grew from there. My work was passed around between my friends and then to their friends and so on (word of mouth). April 2010 was when I bought a domain name for my work and actually sat down and created an official website to showcase my work: http://www.designedbykay.com. That was like a turning point for me. Kay possessed what many of us do: tenacity, vision, motivation, and determination. While attending Marymount University, Kay has taken over 5,000 photographs ranging from model prints, to remaking themes such as The Fight Club, and album covers. His services are sought after and with good reason. Kay exemplifies the notion of a side hustle,a venture outside of what one is currently partaking in. It can be done by anyone, but you have to be ready and able to do it.

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Rox Laroux Interview:


Resident DC Designer Krista Flowers shop talks on her Spring 2011 Jewelry Line Launch, Rox Laroux.
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DHM: How did you come up with the name Rox Laroux? KF: Well, I asked myself, What is it that I do? and I put it all together. Basically, I take stones/rocks/ and mix them with precious metals, crystals and other findings. Rox is a representation of rocks, La is a representation of the, and Roux means the mixture of items. So, Rox Laroux was born. DHM: Tell me a little bit more about your line. When is the debut? KF: The first line is called, The Premier Collection. The line has some bold statement pieces. Some of the pieces are bold enough to rock the runways in that they are large in size and can easily be seen against clothing. I say that this Premier Collection is runway-ready. The collection will debut Summer 2011 on www.roxlaroux.com. A few sneak-peak photos are available on www.facebook.com/ roxlaroux. DHM: Have you ever submitted any of your pieces for a show?

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KF: Not yet, however, after my launch, I am definitely interested in Rox Laroux rocking the runways. I love fashion shows. DHM: Do you have any trunk shows lined up? KF: I will on an ongoing basis. Im planning on a trunk show later this year. DHM: Who is your competition, and how do you rise above them? KF: Well, Im aware that there is competition out there but Id prefer to consider myself as my own competition. I just want to be the best that I can be. DHM: Where do you see yourself in one year? Five years? KF: I see myself at a higher level with Rox Laroux, having submitted pieces for shows, placed designs in boutiques, Neiman Marcus, Macys, Nordstroms, etc. Five years? At this point, I would have further enhanced my skills in jewelry design. I plan on taking a short sabbatical at some point, to attend jewelry design school in Europe or maybe New York.
Stay tuned for the official debut of Rox Laroux this Summer 2011. Keep tabs on Kristas progress at www.roxlaroux.com or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RoxLaroux.

DHM: Where are you from originally? KF: Hopewell, Virginia, about twenty five minutes south of Richmond. Its a rural area. DHM: When did you start making jewelry? KF: As a young girl, I was fascinated with rocks, stones, and minerals that I would find throughout my neighborhood. I would collect them and attach them to household cord, braided yarn, and leather. I used to collect wolf teeth too. DHM: Wolf teeth? KF: Yes, wolf teeth. I said I lived in a rural area. DHM: Fair enough. Do you have a muse? KF: I love nature, especially when I see all of the colors, luster, and textures. I am inspired by nature and all of its glory; Caribbean water, pink sand, mountains, midnight skies, and more.

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is a unique individual just like his brand Viola Ricci. When you first see him, he does not look like your typical clothing designer. SAMM has a casual personal style which includes a black t-shirt, jeans and boots. When I go to fashion shows, people are always surprised when I tell them I am the designer, he says. However, the high fashion womens apparel that he creates is far from being ordinary. SAMM started 2011 with a bang by accomplishing a creative collaboration as a dressmaker for celebrity sunshades designer, Stevie Bois 2011 collection. His next venture is to prepare a new collection to premiere at the 2011 Baltimore Fashion Week. It is obvious to see that this Baltimorean and his brand Viola Ricci are making an international mark in the fashion industry.

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RS: What was your childhood like? Samm. As a child I was very inquisitive. My curiosity got the best of me when I was 8 years old and I started to learn more about the world around me. At one point, I wanted to study science and then I thought about being an astronaut. I also wanted to explore dinosaurs and history. I was also scared as a child. I had a fear of things I really didnt understand and wanted to learn more about those things so I could defeat my fears. Eventually I did! RS: When did you become interested in designing? Samm. I remember my earliest days taking my grandmothers bible and drawing war planes and army tanks. I used this slick, multi-colored pen to draw pictures of exploding bombs and bullets. There was a TV series that came on called World at War and it showed footage of all of the countries that fought during World War II. The music sounded so dreary and I could imagine the soldiers and civilians dying. When I saw the war weary soldiers, it just took me to the place where I was afraid, but amazed all at once! Even though the music frightened me, I was so amazed by the machines! That show really influenced my earliest creations. Sometimes I would even draw in my grandmothers encyclopedias. I thought it was ironic that she would not allow me to create drawings in encyclopedias, but gave me creative freedom on the unprinted pages of the Bible. That made me more curious to read and discover more about the world through history books! RS: What other arts influence your designs? Samm: My relatives have artistic talents, but I am the first person from my family to fully pursue and explore my creative abilities. I have always been a creative spirit. I began to write my own poetry and short stories in grades fourth and fifth. I was also interested in photography, painting, and sculpting. After I create things, it was only a matter of time before I grew to hate it. I would want to create something else! I wanted the following works to be better and more profound than the last! RS: How did you come up with the name Viola Ricci? Samm: Viola is my late grandmothers first name. I wanted to name my clothing company in honor of her. She was very stylish as far back as I can remember. And I thought it would be a tribute to pair her Italian first name with an Italian surname.
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RS: What inspires you to create your pieces? Samm: At a young age, I loved looking at beautiful women. And this made me curious to learn all that I could about them. I always appreciated the beautiful features of all women. Their shapes and sizes were never an issue. I loved them all. RS: What type of women do you make your clothing for? Samm. My clothing is created for all types of women. I love the way a dress can fall on a womans hips or the way it emphasizes her legs and curves. When women feel great about themselves in my clothing, then I feel great! RS: How would you describe your style? Samm: Future chic. RS: What other designers inspire you? Samm: Mark Fast for his knit wear and use of plus models, YSL, for his Haute Couture creations, Valentino for his approach to creating ultra feminine dresses, Galliano for his over the top visions and ANYONE who comes from The Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts! The avant garde designers push the bounderies of garment design! RS: How do you want to be remembered in the fashion industry? Samm: Surprisingly, I dont. It was never about me; only the creations. The energies that go into the creations shall hopefully long outlast me. Yet I know I have to return the energies, blessing, and support to all of the models, photographers, show organizers, make up/hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, writers, editors and partners who have helped propel Viola Ricci. PEACE.

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DHM: You sang in your high school choir? What was that like for you? DA: I sang in the choir and it was fun. Being around other singers is always a great experience. I am still friends with a lot of the folks that sang in the choir with me in high school. DHM: What was life like at Morgan University? DA: It was an experience that Im glad I was able to experience. I enjoyed the life of being away from my parents house. I enjoyed the college girls and the whole college life experience, but I wasnt sure if I wanted to be there, but I definitely wanted to experience it. I had decided way before college that I was going to somehow make singing my career. After my manager at the time convinced my mom to agree to let me move to California to pursue music, I left. DHM: Im sure you get this a lot, but what was it like for you on MTB4 (MTVs Making the Band Season 4)? DA: The MTB4 experience was a good moment for me. I had so much fun. I met some great people. It was definitely a learning experience. I feel like I went to the army and had to do intensive training to get ready for battle. Being apart of that show gave me knowledge on things that Ill carry with me forever. DHM: So, what are your current thoughts on the music industry? DA: Im still learning the industry. I have a lot of personal thoughts from different experiences. Overall its a business so Im getting on top of the business aspect of my situation. Far as the music and artIst. I appreciate whats going on. DHM: How do you separate yourself

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DHM: When did you first realize your talent for singing? DA: It was in elementary school when I received a solo from my music teacher. Thats when I understood my talent. I used to sing around the crib when I was younger and in church. DHM: What was your familys first reaction when they realized you had true talent? DA: My family had always known me to be able to dance. I always used to dance, marking dudes like MC Hammer and MJ. I could look at a video and as soon as it went off, I would get up and do the chorography. They werent aware that I could sing though. They knew but they didnt know how serious it was. After that solo in elementary school, my family was like WOW and started to help me nurture talent.

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from other R&B artists in the DMV area? DA: I am me and theyre them, so we are already separated. Certain qualities people share and then on the other hand its special qualities thats one of a kind. I think we all may have some similarities being from the same place, but ultimately I stand-alone. DHM: First starting out, what was the grind like for you? What lengths did you take to promote yourself? The difference from now and when I was first started out was that nobody knew me. I had to go extra hard. I would do open mics, I was singing at weddings, funerals etc. Any place that someone would hear me and would leave knowing who I was. The grind never stops. Its just a different situation, so I have a different approach. I am still grinding.

open to fashion period. Im not one of those guys who follow the trend. My confidence allows me to be able to pull off almost anything. My style is whatever mood Im in at the moment. My music style is RnB with the emotions that gospel music pulls out. I consider my music style a reflection of me. Its creative, its timeless, and its like a vintage piece that holds value no matter how old it gets. I love all types of music from Rock to Classical. My music comes across as RnB but people dont understand that its my knowledge and love for all other genres that go into my music that makes it special. DHM: Whats your favorite song of all time? DA: My favorite song of all time is a gospel song name I Wont Complain. DH: Who would you want to work with in the future?

DHM: Do songs just pop into your head randomly and then you bang them out? Or do you take the brainstorming approach? DA: Depends on the moment. I have some moments where I do think of a song and just go for it. Other times Ill let the beat lead me and give it a little thought. I often find myself creating songs in my head. Ive actually thought of more songs, than physically wrote them down. Just depends on how I feel and what the beat or idea of the song leads me to do. DHM: Other than singing, what are some of your favorite hobbies? DA: I dont really consider singing a hobby. Im a chill dude. Hanging with the fam, watching movies, and socializing is fun to me. I love to go out to eat. Traveling is also something I like doing for fun.

My fashion style was influenced by my mom. Shes a fashion forward woman. When I was growing up she kept me in some fly clothes. I have always been ahead of the game when it came to style. Shes the reason why I have such an inventive, creative personal style.DeAngelo Redman
DHM: Who influenced your style? DA: My fashion style was influenced by my mom. Shes a fashion forward woman. When I was growing up she kept me in some fly clothes. I have always been ahead of the game when it came to style. Shes the reason why I have such an inventive, creative personal style. DHM: How would you describe your personal and music style? DA; Im one of those dudes who switch it up all the time. Cant say I have one main style. Im open. When I say that I mean that Im DA: Its a lot of cool artist that Id love to work with; Kanye, Lady GaGa, The Roots, Prince and more. I havent worked with that many other artists, so I have a long list to choose from. DHM: When do you find you do your best work? That is, what time of the day? DA: Im a night person. I write better at night. I record better at night. If things and everyday life functioned only during the night it would be a perfect world in my eyes. For some reason I focus better at night. DHM: What are some of your pet peeves? DA: I have a few. One of the biggest ones are how I strongly dislike for peoples hands to touch my food. I have a problem with a lot of restaurants, because they prepare your food without gloves. DHM: Are you more of an introvert, or an extrovert? DA: Ill say I can be both, and it depends on what mood Im in. I dont just shut down to people. I have my outgoing moments and my moments where I want to be to

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be by myself. DHM: If you were interviewing you, what are some of the things you would ask yourself? DA: Ill ask myself all the questions you asked me. Theyve been good so far. DHM: Why, thank you, thank you. DA: Id probably add in some sex questions though. Just because thats a personal side of me that people dont get to hear or learn about all the time. DHM: Sounds juicy. How would you describe your passion for your craft? DA: My passion for my craft is similar to GODs passion for us. I love it unconditionally. I put my craft in front of myself at times. Im determined and through obstacles Im never defeated. This music thing is not something that I just enjoy doing. Its ME. Its what I look to when feeling down. Its one thing in life that I know could never be taken away. God was on his way to the cross, they tried to stop him and he made it though. He had a love for us that was so strong and he was determined to make it to the cross. Thats how I feel about my craft. Whatever it takes for me to do, Ill do it. DHM: Where do you see yourself in one year? Two years? Five years down the road? DA: In one year, I will be a household name. In two years Ill be respected for my gift. My gift will begin to make room for me to then explore my many other talents. In five years, I wouldve had went on tour, had many music videos, had a fashion line, had an organization for youth and HIV/AIDS. Ill be on top of the world by then. I feel it! On top of the world with no plans to fall off. DHM: If you werent singing, what would you be doing right now? DA: The funny thing is that I dont know. Im not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing. I get asked that question a lot and never have a answer for it. I wouldnt be me if I werent singing. Maybe Ill be a bird. Yes Ill be a bird in the sky. I finally know the answer after many days of trying to figure it out. ###

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all me old-fashioned, but I believe that one of the hallmarks of a great city is the opportunity to hear live music of exceptional quality in intimate bars. I am aware that the relatively cheap cost of DJs and second-rate musicians, coupled with the notion that drunk patrons will not notice the difference, makes finding classy entertainment a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, I decided to accept the mission. First stop? Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. My research revealed that it features some of my favorite things in life: Live music, books, coffee, and late hours, including all night Fridays and Saturdays. When I spoke to one of the employees on the phone she was careful to note that the music was not presented in concert format. Thats ok, I told her. Im looking for a place where I can relax with a drink and listen to some good live jazz. We have a duo that plays Django Rheinhardt coming up next Thursday, she said. A cheery yellow-lit window displaying floor-to-ceiling books greeted me as I crossed Connecticut Ave from the Dupont Circle metro. Inside, people browsed the narrow aisles and brandished toward each other the volumes they would take to the register. I found the bar at the back of the store, but, although attractive, it only had enough space for a few tables and piped-in ambient-chill music. Exiting that room and exploring further, I came upon a second bookstore section with acoustic guitar and violin music quiet enough to allow the customers to chatter comfortably. The Dollhouse /52 June-August 2011 Entrepreneur Issue

performers occupied a crows nest area above the store, near the entrance of a restaurant. When the host appeared I explained to him that I wanted to have a drink and listen to the music. The upstairs is closed, he informed me. I glanced past him. I would never have known that such a smallseeming bookstore could harbor a lovely-looking (black lacquer and low red lights), restaurant at the back. However, since it occupied the space underneath the mezzanine and had its own DJd music, I could not hear the Django Rheinhardt-style duo. Never mind, then, I smiled. Returning to the bookstore, I looked up at the musicians. The best word to describe them would be droopy. Both the female violinist and male guitarist looked bored and unhappy. They played what should be hot, snappy music at a snails pace, and off the beat from each other. I realized I was not missing much and left in search of a better venue. As it happened, I almost passed it. Located several steps down from street level, I didnt think it was the right place but my eye caught the entertainment schedule posted near the door. Good evening, said an attractively-dressed man standing at the steps to the club. We have some great music for you tonight. Really, I said, a bit uncomfortable, knowing he had taken advantage of my slight pause while walking down U Street. And theres no cover, he added. Well, maybe Ill go in and have a drink.

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Just need to see some I.D., he said reasonably. You are far too kind, I answered, my 21st birthday being by now a distant memory. I opened my wallet and gave him my drivers license. While I am looking at this, please, allow me... The man gallantly offered me his hand to help me down the cement steps. Handing me back my I.D., he said, Thank you, Miss Miller. I hope you enjoy your time with us. He opened the door for me and I passed through a curtain before entering the intimate, rectangularshaped club space. People leaned toward each other over small, votive-lit tables. Framed black-andwhite photos of jazz singers ranged above them on the exposed-brick wall. I found a seat at the bar, opposite the row of tables, and ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. he band, a bass-drums-keyboard outfit, launched their first set with Dont Get Around Much Anymore. Thrilled to hear the familiar melody, I tapped my fingers on the dark wood bar. The keyboardist sat with his back to me, just a few feet away. His whole body swayed and bounced as he interpreted the old Ellington standard with plenty of eloquence but no unnecessary flash. Some exceptional musicians give an unruffled appearance as they pull out unbelievable tricks of technique and expression, and others use a lot of physical movement. I find both styles equally impressive and engaging. Our keyboardist here, of course, belonged to the latter camp. I couldnt help shaking my own shoulders and emitting an unh as the he rocked the blues scale, embellishing it with just enough quietly syncopated notes. He followed those up with rich, satisfying chords. And I imagine he had the luxury to use his chops to their fullest extent, because the bass and drums were solid, alternately driving and laying back, filling and fluting the edges of that wonderful swervy gray space we call the beat, all the while holding it so tightly knit together that you could feel it, independent, in the air: a bird beating its wings in perfect time. I was not the only one in the bar enjoying the music. The bartender sashayed from one end of the bar to the other, smiling as she mixed cocktails and rang up tabs. At the end of each tune, and in some cases after instrumentalists solos, the patrons clapped energetically. They nodded their heads in time to the music but did not let this enjoyment keep them

from murmuring to their dates or laughing at their friends jokes. I wanted to check out one more place, so I finished my drink and left. The same man who had greeted me bid me a pleasant good night and handed me his card. I noticed he was none other than the owner of the venue, JoJo Restaurant and Bar. Down the block and right on 18th St. NW is a place by the name of Columbia Station. It too had a jazz trio, but a little more space than at JoJos. I went in and sat at the bar, where none of the staff seemed to notice me. Partygoers coming from the nearby clubs filled most of the tables, their loud voices echoing off the walls. I listened to the trio, whose bassist was performing an admirably technical solo. Deft accompaniment provided by pianist and drummer resulted in a pleasing and relaxing sound. However, all the musicians wore expressions somewhere between numbness and pain, and I could understand why. The acoustics in the place were terrible. Worse than anything else, the air had a rotten smell, the origin of which I neither knew nor cared to find out. It would be back to JoJos for me. Now that Ive experienced the inferior jazz clubs, you dont have to. Just make sure you stop by JoJos and tell Mr. Ben Kibour, the owner, Hi for me. Or maybe Ill see you there. JoJo Restaurant and Bar 1518 U St. NW Washington, D.C. 20009 Live Jazz Thursday nights, 8:30pm-12:30am Entertainment every night except Monday www.jojorestandbar.com Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20036 www.kramers.com Columbia Station 2325 18th St. NW Washington, DC 20009 www.columbiastationdc.com

Liz Miller is a writer, dancer, and jazz aficionado living in Alexandria, VA. For more of her views on the arts and relationships visit www.danceislove.com.

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The Art of Flirting


According to Websters Dictionary, to flirt is defined as to play at love. Flirting is a basic human instinct and according to Oxfords Social Issues Research Centre, anthropological studies show that some form of flirting can be found in all cultures and societies around the world. Flirting is all about having fun and feeling good, hence playing. Try the following tips to improve your confidence to flirt, whenever and with whomever you like. Studies of human attraction and courtship behavior reveal some interesting findings.
1. Look in the mirror and compliment yourself. It may feel uncomfortable, but acknowledging and praising what you find beautiful about yourself will make you feel vastly confident. Finding yourself to be adorable helps others to find it in you too!
2. Create a positive mantra to repeat to yourself throughout the day. For example, repeat something affirming: I am a woman-strong, smart and sexy. Actively work to shift your mentality towards becoming more positive and attractive. The more you do so, the more your glow will show! 3. Proclaim your hotness in the bathroom vanity in your best shade of lipstick. This script will handily remind you of your fantastic gorgeousness at least twice a day, if not more! Something along the lines of I have curves that could kill a man would do nicely. Get creative with it! Write something new every day! 4. Listen to your favorite jams. Music is powerful and can flip that switch instantaneously. Try sampling some Led Zeppelin, or perhaps, Why Dont We Do it in the Road? off the Beatles White Album. Maybe Queens of the Stone Ages Make It Wit Chu will do the trick. Or theres nothing like grooving to Beyonces Single Ladies! 5. Switch up you for a bit. Try something different with your hair, a new eye-shadow or pile on some eccentric jewelry. Whether its an evening gown or a t-shirt and jeans, wear what makes you feel best. With those five steps, keep this in mind. Flirting is simply the act of igniting that light of yours by interacting with others. The more bravery you impart, the more likely it is that youll actually connect with someone. Just be aware and careful of making someone feel

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uncomfortable. One of the most common mistakes you can make when flirting is to overdo eye contact prematurely. Be aware that it can be overwhelmingly to stare into someones eyes. Lets not overdo the intimacy. David Givens, anthropologist and author of Love Signals, points out that, A man rarely approaches a strange woman without receiving some indication beforehand-almost always a nonverbal cue. Tim Perper, author of Sex Signals: the Biology of Love also encourages women to conjure up their inner beast. Perper says, I think that fear blocks this basic pattern of going up and talking to another human being. Women will think, Im too fat, Im too old. But men are peculiar. They look at you and say, Oh! Somebody talked to me! Because theyre probably just as bored, lonely, or scared as you are. If youre still working up the courage to talk to a guy, non-verbal flirtation cues are very powerful. Dr. Monica Moore, a social scientist from Webster University, states that non-verbal signals have more effect on attracting men than a womans appearance. Moore spent over 2,000 hours in malls, bars, and parties researching exactly what it takes to motivate a man to move in a womans direction. Men are more receptive to highflirtation women who are average or even less than average-looking, than they are to women who are more attractive, but who emit fewer signals. The key to successful flirting, according to Moore, is variety and quantity of flirtation signals. Now take notes: Dr. Moore found that there are a total of fifty-two clear non-verbal welcoming signals which men recognize as flirtation when directed at them. The most effective way a woman can make her interest apparent is to utilize several of them, repeatedly. According to Moore, he must realize that hes the one catalyzing these fidgety moves. Some of the non-verbal gestures reported by Moore include: Short, darting glances, fix your eyes on him, look away and look back. Preening, (guys do this too) straightening your collar, adjusting your neckline, etc. Tilting your head to the side or sweeping your hair aside to expose your neck (a signal of vulnerability in women). Holding his glance for more than a few seconds. Running your index finger around the rim of a cup or glass. Playing with keys. Taking your rings on and off (if youre wearing any). Stroking a part of your body. Over-smiling. Aligning your body so it faces or mirrors his stance. Playing with a strand of your hair. Licking your lips. According to Moores research, the most effective use of nonverbal cues is to engage in the three or four signals which come most naturally to you and to repeat them until he gets it. In the meantime, if another male approaches you, do be friendly and polite to demonstrate that you are not a rejecter. Though many people worry about coming up with topics of conversation with a stranger, the non-verbal element, i.e. your body language and tone of voice, is of great importance in making a first impression. When you first meet new people, their initial impression of you will be based 55% on your appearance and bodylanguage, 38% on your style of speech and merely 7% on what you actually say. (Social Issues Resource Centre, 2009). So in closing, try it out! Flirt it up with every single man on the face of this planet! You may never know when you may find that true Urban Renaissance Guy!
Sources: SIRC Guide to Flirting: What Social Science Can Tell You about Flirting and How to Do It. Social Issues Research Centre: www.sirc.org/publik/flirt.html. March 7 2011.

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Best 20 Songs to Bang to!


It wouldnt be

sex if you didnt have your

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Moving to the beat of your own drum is getting old. Very old. 1996 old. Lately youve had enough of the constant thud of the headboard banging up against the wall and the occasional deep, belted grunt your man is trying to suppress, and even though the feeling is intense You need some new tunes for your session. A soundtrack, perhaps? Now youre thinking! Turn down your skin slapping long enough to crank these much-needed, bedroom jams:

your lover into synchronizing bliss.nice and sloooooow. 5. Freak N You by Jodeci From the Album: The Show, the After Party, the Hotel Album Release Date: July 18, 1995 Now we all know that pretty much anything that Jodeci puts down is guaranteed, hardcore, baby-making music, however, we had to pick something, and Freak N You seemed like the top, best fit. Not a taker? Then let your mind go back down memory lane with these hot, sultry, lyrics: Every time I close my eyes, I wake up feelin so horny. I cant get you outta my mind, sexin you is all I see... The effects of the words alone is enough to drive you wild. 6. Kiss from a Rose by Seal From the Album: Seal II Album Release Date: May 23, 1994 The iconic King of Rock and Roll lays down his love like no other in this 1990s classic. It shows Batman Forever no justice, but we still love it all the same. Hearing this song could make any woman drop her undies faster than a prostitute on Sunset Boulevard. We envy Heidi Klum. 7. How Does It Feel? by DAngelo From the Album: Voodoo Album. Release Date: January 11, 2000. Wouldnt you have guessed it?
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1. This Womans Work by Maxwell From the Album: Now: Album Release Date: August 14, 2001 Of course Maxwell had to be Mr. Number One on our list. That was a given, but who wouldnt put him at the top of the pile with that sweet and sultry high pitched voice of his? Besides, havent you seen Love and Basketball? 2. Freak Me by Silk From the Album: Lose Control: Album Release Date: November 17, 1992 When youre making love to the one you love, theres nothing better than soft body touches and playful foreplay. Silk does it best by stressing the fact that he wants to play with the body baby and let me lick you up and down. Any

man making those statements should have a Free-go card to without any sudden hesitation. We have a keeper. 3. Cant Let Go by Mariah Carey From the Album: Emotions Album Release Date: September 17, 1991 Now this song is for the lovers that parted ways but somehow made their way back together. Theres nothing like GREAT make-up sex, so why not make love to the lovely, musical stylings of Miss. MiMi (if youre nasty), singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress herself. Besides, those high octaves she hits makes good motivation for orgasms! 4. Nice and Slow by Usher From the Album: My Way Album Release Date: September 16, 1997 A perfect throwback for those tender moments, the King of R&B is sure to serenade you and

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Baring nothing but his Hershey chocolate, birthday suit in the music video, DAngelo lets it be known to all the ladies that he has what it takes to get the job done, and then some. 8. Speechless by Beyonce From the Album: Dangerously in Love Album Release Date: June 24, 2003 The Queen Bee of R&B brings something breathlessly sweet to the bedroom with this song, making all listeners get down with the throw down with this romance cranker. JayZ must be one lucky man. 9. Right Now by Danity Kane From the album: Danity Kane Album Release Date: August 22, 2006 Before Diddy publicly humiliated (and dismantled) his superstar, reality TV based, female group, Danity Kane, by kicking both wild child Aubrey Oday and D.Woods to the curb, the platinum recording artists belted out romantic tracks such as Ecstacy featuring rapper Rick Ross and Sucka for Love. Ladies, all you have to do is sing back the lyrics in your mans ear and hell be sure to melt right on the spot! 10. Co-Star by Day26 From the album: Day26 Album Release Date: March 25, 2008

Yet another victim of the Diddy Dismandling, all five gentlemen of Day26 have made their mark on the music industry, throwing out hit after hits. Forget the staged fights and fits of Ques bitch-assness (our opinion), these five men had what it took to make it to the top and stay there...(or at least for a little while).

From the album: Damita Jo Album Release Date: March 22, 2004 Since the beginning of her career, Janet (Ms. Jackson if youre nasty) has been blessing us with some of the sexiest lyrics and songs EVER. In a soft and sensual tone, Janet says Your sexuality breeds a storm inside me. In fact, its this type of sexual expression that invokes the listener to try new things and to release their inner freak. Dont say you werent warned. 2. Lick by Joi ft. Sleepy Brown From the album: Star Kittys Revenge Album Release Date: March 19, 2002 The title of this song is very straightforward and if its in your playlist then you know what you want and are not afraid to ask for it. Sit back, relax and let your significant other take you on a wild and crazy adventure. 3. Phone Sexx by Trina ft. Qwote From the album: Still the Baddest Album Release Date: April 1, 2008 Whether you are in a long distance relationship or just cant wait until the end of the day to see your beau, most likely, you have dabbled in the extreme sport of phone sex. In this song, Trina puts her telephone exploits on blast by spitting some of the nastiest and dirtiest lyrics

What woman wouldnt want a man to cater to her every need? A man who is willing to make himself the co-star in the All-About-Her Film? What else could you possibly want? The answer is: More room on your CD for Day26 tracks! And speaking of Lost MTV bands, when is Diddy going to Fix this, fix this, fix this?

For the Body-RockinKnockin-the-Boots Crowd:


1. Moist by Janet Jackson

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you could ever think of. So, if you are not good at phone sex or if you want to up your game, then turn on this song and take notes. 4. You by Plies ft. Tank From the album: The Real Testament Album Release Date: August 7, 2007 If you are a fan of Plies then you know that he is definitely not afraid to talk about giving and receivingumservices. His rough and dirty lyrics, combined with Tanks sexy voice, are a great mixture for people who like to change the tempo up during sex. 5. Late Night Special by Pretty Ricky From the album: Late Night Special Album Release Date: January 23, 2007 Ladies, what could be better than a group of men who will cater to your every sexual desire? When you find out, please let us know. In Late Night Special, Pretty Ricky explicitly vocalizes how they get the ladies hooked. Play this song if you are prepared for the ultimate pleasure. 6. Wetter (Calling You Daddy) by Twista From the album: Category F5 Album Release Date: July 14, 2009 Since this songs release, it has

been a major hit on the radio. Twistas lightning-fast lyrical skills and trademark, laid-back beats are sure to generate a little moisture. So, if you are smart, you will play this song in the bedroom and maybe your girl will call you daddyif you know what you are doing, of course. 7. Ooh Na Na Naa Naa by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Oobie and Devin the Dude From the album: Kings of Crunk Album Release Date: October 8, 2002 If you havent heard this song before then you really need to upgrade your Get It On playlist. With lyrics so dirty that they could make even the most experienced person blush, Ooh Na Na Naa Naa tells it like it is. Dont be fooled by the smooth chorus. Play this song if you are ready for some thug loving. 8. I Can Tell by 504 Boyz From the album: Goodfellas Album Release Date: May 2, 2000 I Can Tell is all about the nonverbal ways in which you can let someone know that you want them. The songs smooth beat and rough lyrics are sure to get the party started. Yes, its about that time to stop flirting and take it straight to the bedroomor the car, a public place, the kitchen counter, or the floor for that matter. Believe it: Any place you end up is fair game.

9. Give Me That by Webbie & Bun B (2005) Savage Life From the album: Savage Life Album Release Date: July 5, 2005 Lil Webbies Give Me That is the perfect song for people who want to cut out all of the foreplay and get straight down to the nitty-gritty of it all. No candles or rose peddles, just the sound of the bed springs being pushed to the limit. Note: A helmet may come in handy. 10. A Girl and Fly by David Banner From the album: The Greatest Story Ever Told Album Release Date: May 20, 2008 David Banner has never been one to bite his tongue, and if you remember his song Play you know that he is just as expressive in the bedroom. In A Girl and Fly Banner describes the kind of woman that he likes to put it on. If you play any of these songs, prepare for hair pulling, lip biting, and extreme sweating.

Got a sexy playlist of your own? Email us songs we missed at mail@dollhousemagazine.com and well feature them on our blog!

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