Getting To Know Tuesday Knight Interview

1. Where did the name Tuesday Knight come from?

So it's definitely not exciting as it sounds. I use to go by my government name Shane Jackson. I always thought it sounded plain and generic. I mean Jackson is the most common name ever. It doesn't sound too rapper-ish I guess. Before I put my first mixtape I needed a rap name that I was going to stick to. And I couldn't think of anything and it happened to be Tuesday night. I was in the studio with my manager and I was explaining what do you think about the name Tuesday Night? There's a bunch of metaphor ways I can play that name. He was like "yo that's kind of dope." So I just kept Tuesday Night. That's when I chose the right name.

2. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Creative, passionate, and humble.

3. What college did you attend and what was your major?

I graduated from Cornell University and I went The School of Hotel Administration. My degree is in Hotel Administration.

4. How long after working did you realize that you wanted to do music instead?

I was working him in Manhattan at Warner Brothers for 3 1/2 years straight out of college, after I graduated, December 31, 2016.

5. How long have you been writing and rapping?

For fun, I would say I started between 13 and 14 years old. But seriously tried to make it a career I would say, about two years ago.

6. Where did your inspiration for the album come from?

My recent album spoke about the transition from corporate to music. So definitely this album was straight pool of inspiration from my real life. I just want to share the thought process behind my decision. If anybody else is going through this and having to make a hard decision in life, just do what makes you happy and what inspires you. It's basically what the album is about.

7. Do you have a special place for your writing?

No, I never really write down my lyrics either. I just constantly think about my lyrics. Everything is in my head so I could be walking and I can see things. Like nature inspired me to [to write]. I can see something while driving my car and say I can make that a dope line. I'm just constantly fighting constantly thinking things that I can say at a later time throughout my career; where people would say that I'm smart because I went to school and be able to leave a memory. I used to remember everything that the teacher said. I never took notes or anything. I can come up with a rap in my head whenever. I don't know I just have a good memory.

8. Do you have an artist that inspires you? Who?

I always go back to Nas, just because that was my introduction to hip-hop. I was born in the early 90s and it was huge. I have two brothers and we was bumping his music. So I was really brought up on listening to Nas. I knew all of his tracks and I was like 5 or 6 years old. That's what inspired me to start especially my style is the way he told stories in his rhymes. Now is definitely the inspiration for me.

9. What's the difference between the corporate industry and the music industry?

The ability to be creative. Which was what was holding me back from falling in love with the corporate industry. You have a boss to tell you what to do and usually there's only one way to do it. I just tell you do it this way. With rap I can be creative, do things the way I want to do them and how I think they should be done.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?

Five years from now I just want to be making decent amount of money and music so I don't need another job. I'm real humble I don't care about being a millionaire and all that other stuff. If I could make $120 grand off of writing music even ghostwriting for other people. I would be completely content. Ten years from now I will be 36, I hope to take the rent money which is like entry level money and start investing in other things. Have my own businesses and have a family fortune, to include my family and friends and make sure all our bodies are good.

11. What do you want your legacy to be?

I want my legacy to be, that I was a relatable. I was able to make people feel what I was saying. I just want people to be able to relate to my music. And help them get through certain situations in life through my music. That's what I want my legacy to be.

12. Is there anything that your fans should look forward to seeing from you in the near future?

I'm currently working on two separate mixtapes. 2 to 5 track EP’s. There's a day vibe and a night vibe. I've already started working on my next album but who knows how long that's going to take.

Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches [Must Read]

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I Have A Dream Speech:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

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We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

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Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

 

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

 

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

 

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3

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Martin Luther King Jr. opening address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival: 

God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls.

Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.

And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.

In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.

 

Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon Talks New Children’s Book and New Adventure

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OnPointCelebz interviewed Erica Dixon and she talked to us about all of the wonderful projects that she is working on. On of which is called “Introducing Southern Bell”, the first in a 7 book series of children’s book available on southernbookseries.com and her website MsEricaDixon.com. In the book Erica displays the situations she dealt with as a child. With this book Erica hopes to touch the lives of other people that maybe going though the same situations. I read the book. I know this book could be a great tool for people, to begin to feel comfortable about bringing light to what they maybe going through.

Read on to get to know Erica Dixon more…

OPC: Can you describe Erica Dixon in three words?

E: Owww! Prosperous, Positive and Successful

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OPC: What made you want to display your experience in “Southern Bell” the children’s book?

E: I felt like, you were only able to see snippets that were edited, of my life and I wanted to begin to tell my story, the way I lived it. So what better way to tell it than through a book? [The best part is that] it’s coming from the source. 

OPC: Did you feel as though some people would being skeptical about that type of situation being displayed in a children’s book?

E: No, I just wanted to tell my story and I wanted to do the children’s book. And I felt like me telling my story of when I was a child, was relatable. [There’s] a lot of kids that can relate to that situation. I just said I’m going to be open about it.

OPC: Do you think “Southern Bell” can be your motivation to start your own Charity?

E: Oh Absolutely! I’m leaning toward doing my own non-profit organization with my mom, gearing kids growing without their parents [in the right direction]. Being a voice and mentoring them, because I feel as though everyone needs somebody. That somebody I had was my aunt.

OPC: How do you think you could tell a child that is currently going through what you went through that, they will being moving away from their parents?

E: I think honesty is key. Letting them know like they did with us. “Hey you’re going to live with your aunt in New York, things are going to be a little different but you will eventually see your mom again”. It hurts, and of course their going to be scared. They’re not going to want to leave, but once I got there it was a different situation. It was actually a better situation. Basically I was like, “okay I can live with this I can deal with this” and I feel like it would be the same thing for any child. I’m not necessarily saying what their situation maybe, but hopefully it would be better situation. Being honest with them is the best thing, so they know what’s going on.

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OPC: Has your daughter read “Southern Bell” and will she be a part of the project? Have you explained to your daughter the difference between having a privileged lifestyle and the life you once had?

E: Yes. I have exposed her to it. I did a [charity] with the radio station. We were out giving away boxes of food, it was a food drive and I took her with me. What shocked her was to see a few of her classmates come. They didn’t have food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. One girl was trying to hide because she didn’t want [my daughter] to see her. [My daughter] went up to her and said “I’m not going to tell anybody your business, I didn’t know, if you need something let me know”. This is coming from a ten year old. I do expose her to that so she does know that she is privileged and that everyone is not as blessed as she is. We are very very close, she ask me sometimes “I’m never going to be taken from you?” [I always reply] No, I’m fine I’m doing well but if anything were to happen to me, you will be with family that’s going to still take care of you the same way.

OPC: Is your fashion line something you always wanted? Or a project you picked up on your journey?

E: You just set goals and you accomplish them one at a time, [over time] you set them higher and higher. Definitely something I wanted to do and when the opportunity was presented, I took advantage of it and I’m still pushing that. That ties into me growing up and the things I went through. Dressing I always want to dress, and have all the hottest new stuff and the hottest new items. Just staying ahead of other folks not being a part of the trend.

OPC: Do you see yourself doing another reality show under your circumstances?

E: I would ask to take advantage of reality shows, more focused on me and what I have going on. I think it’s such an inspirational story for many.

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OPC: How did you come about Model?

E: It came with the platform and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I did a couple of auditions when I was eighteen/nineteen. When it came to fashion week I was like, “Wow! They want me to walk at fashion week. OMG”, it was just amazing just being able to. You think when you’re younger, “I want to do this and I want to do that”. Then you get to the point where you know the things you said you want to do, you have so many. Just set your mind to one thing at a time and do it. You may not be able to do everything. I have been able to and it seems as though I’m still adding onto my list, that I want to do. When the opportunity presented itself I took advantage of it. I was excited!

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OPC: Your hair is always laid? Was a hair line something you always wanted to do or was it a good idea when you found out fans ALWAYS love your hair?

E: You nailed it! The focus was always on my hair. What type of hair does she have? Look at her hair style! How are you able to do that? To the point where my stylist said, “I’m not taking any new clients”. At one point I got braids and they were like, “Can you do my hair Erica’s? I want to know how many braids she has” She was like ‘How many braids?” Who’s counting braids? It was crazy. I said you know what, I’m going to go ahead and push my hair. They’re always wondering what type of hair I have. How are you able to do this style and that style? I have a hair stylist that’s not afraid to make changes. I don’t have to sit in her chair and say hey I want this. She always wants to be creative, most people are always wearing the same hair styles. I took advantage of [the fact] that people wanted to know and I give it to them. I’m like yeah I’m rocking this hair and so forth.

OPC: How often do you get your hair done?

E: I get my hair done every two weeks. Season one was like every three to four days. I kid you not. I kind of was like okay this is ridiculous. It was the first season so you want to be cute and ONPOINT!!!

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OPC: what do you want your legacy to be?

E: I don’t necessary have to have a legacy. I know my daughter is watching me, I just want to be proud of her mom. She is now, and says “Everyone loves my mom that’s my mom”. I just want her to continue to feel that way.

OPC: Do you think monogamy has become a thing of the past?

E: Yes, I do believe so. It’s the year for the side chicks for some reason, I don’t know where we went wrong but side chicks and side dudes too. It’s just accepted and it’s so wrong, but hey to each is own. It’s wrong in my eyes. I’m just not with it.

OPC: Can you be in love with more than one person?

E: Yeah if you put yourself in that situation. That refers to the last question. If you messing with someone then decide to mess with someone else you’re, juggling two people at the same time. They both may have different qualities that causes you to fall in love with both of them.

Check out Erica’s website MsEricaDixon.com

Instagram @MsEricaDixon

Twitter @MsEricaDixon

 

 

Idris Elba Talks Fatherhood & Challenges Of Playing A ‘Deranged Man’ In Rolling Out

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We will be seeing see the sexy Idris Elba in a whole new light as he plays a deranged maniac killer in No Good Deed which hits theaters today, but as the sexual chocolate cover man for Rolling Out, he’s just a regular guy balancing being a daddy, DJ, and director.

Recently, Elba sat down with the Atlanta-based publication to talk about his new movie role, as well as share his love for his children (he has an 11-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son).

Here are a few highlights below:

What he’s found most challenging playing this character
“I don’t like the violence, as much … it’s difficult beating a woman [and] being in a fight with a woman. But, Taraji got some punches in once or twice,” he says laughingly.

On researching the psychology of criminals to prepare for the role
I wanted to find out from people who create these situations, what’s missing in their lives. You and I may have a conscious stop button, and we know what we’re doing is wrong … but this guy doesn’t have that. I wanted to research that psychosis to understand the people who are in jail for similar scenarios. My research involved looking into the mentality of someone like Colin, a troubled and anxious man on a mission. There are so many common denominators like their upbringing, neglected at child birth, abused as a child by their mum, dad or siblings, bullying, and they ended up having these similar personalities and didn’t have a conscience.

On what fatherhood is like for Elba in real life
I love, love children. I love being a dad; it’s one of the joys of life. In fact, you can take it all away from me tomorrow, but don’t take away my children.

The perception he wants his kids to have of him …
I just hope my children grow up saying my dad was my good friend and supporter … I was fair and just, helped them whenever they needed me to. And, that there was love. One thing I am very aware is that I love them and I love to embrace my children. My children know what it is to have a hug and a kiss, be cuddled and feel comfortable. My parents were not cuddlers or kissers, but I am.

On how he stays balanced:
I don’t pray. I don’t meditate. I do a lot of deep breathing whenever I get five or 10 minutes. It’s something great about oxygenating your body. It is a real good thing to do in moments of stress, weakness, tiredness … if you give yourself a little oxygen, fill your lungs to capacity and do it eight times, three to four times a day, it really helps. I am a multitasker. In my 24-hour day I am working 19. I get three to four hours of sleep, wake up and then I go again. I rejuvenate by drinking lots of water and doing my breathing exercises,” reveals Elba.

Via Necole Bitchie

OPC Interviews the “Blinged Out Bombshell” Rashidah Ali

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OPC: What made you find interest in the entertainment business? And what has your journey been like?

R: I wouldn’t say I had any initial interest in working in the entertainment industry. I first started out working [at a company] with a friend of mine. Her father was the human resource director there. One of the women that worked there was going to be going on maternity leave, so I was initially supposed to just fill in for a few months. Then it turned into a full time position and then I got a promotion. It was a [wrap] from [that point on] but the fashion industry was something different. I think I decided I wanted to work in that industry when I first heard the quote “when you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life”. So I kind of thought about what would be the one thing that will never get old and I will never get bored with. [Of course the answer was] shoes.

OPC: How does it feel to say that you have been the owner of multiple businesses?

R: It feels overwhelming but it feels that there will be great rewards in the end and I learn a lot every day. I love it, I love being an entrepreneur. I love that I don’t necessarily have to be directed by anyone anymore. I can make my own visions come to light. It’s a lot of work but I still love it.

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OPC: When someone thinks of your new shoe line Encore; where did the idea come from? And what can they expect?

R: I would say my vision with it was the everyday working woman and to make sure that there were styles that were trendy and comfortable. As opposed to woman that are just like me, fashion savvy but also who may not be able to afford a thousand dollar pair of shoes or this three hundred dollar pair of shoes but still don’t want to compromise there look because their on a budget . Its cost conscious and budget friendly but it’s still fair.

OPC: So I heard you are now the CEO of 5 Approved, a Promotion and artist development Company. Is there anything we can look forward to?

R: Yes, we have an annual artist showcase that we do. So in the beginning of the spring we will have a big artist showcase that will have a celebrity host whether its [someone] like Miguel or Mario. We aren’t very sure who we’re going to go with this year buts always a big turnout so you can look forward to that. It’s for up and coming artist.

OPC: Which celebrities have used your promotion company’s services recently?

R: All that’s recent Cherry Martinez and Shaheed Moore he plays for the Broncos [as a safety].

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OPC: What do you have to say to all the people that feel that Love and Hip Hop is a negative show?

R: I don’t really concern myself so much with trying to revamp peoples thought process. I think for us it’s an opportunity and a platform to promote ourselves and our businesses. It’s like anything else, there’s good and bad with it. You could have a job, working a 9 to 5 you’re a corporate person, there’s good and bad that come with those positions. You have to make the best of it. Everyone just wants to be successful. That was my ultimate goal for the show. I don’t really care too much to read peoples thought process because there’s a lot of viewers so whether it’s negative or not people are definitely entertained and tuning in.

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OPC: So I heard you recently got married?

R: No, I am engaged. [Planning for wedding to be in the summer]

OPC: Are we ever going to see who this mystery guy is?

R: (Laughs) I don’t know, I don’t know. Possibly, I don’t know.

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OPC: Can you describe yourself in three words?

R: Independent, outspoken and caring

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OPC: What advice would you give to young adults trying to make it in the entertainment industry?

R: Definably educate themselves in whatever field they want to be in. Because you know what you’re doing and no one can really take that from you so research, research, research and go for it. I don’t think they should hold back, just do it.

OPC: Is there anything else your fans can look forward to in the near future?

R: Just more shoe business. I want to make a household name. I want Encore to be able to stand on its own.

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OPC: What do you want your legacy to be?

R: I would like it to be that I was highly ambitious. I went against the odds and I proved people wrong.

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Doing this interview with Rashidah was really fun. She was an absolute sweetheart. I look forward to speaking with her again in the near future. 🙂

Nerissa Irving Talks About Being A Sexy Rasta And Natural Magazine

       OPC: Where are you originally from? And when did you come to America?

 N: I [was] born in Jamaica and I moved to America…In 1989

 OPC: Where in Jamaica are you from?

 N: Kingston

 OPC: Is your whole family from Jamaica?

 N: Yeah my family is from Jamaica…well if you go back to my great grandmother and my great great grandmother no they are from other parts of the world.

         OPC: When did you decide that you wanted to become a model?

N: I went to a model search when I was really young and got [noticed]. [I was] eight at that time, but my mother and I decided to wait until I became older to look on my own.

      OPC: What companies have you modeled for?

       N: Well I do everything on my own. So [I’m not with a company] at all.

      OPC: Have you ever done anything in the industry besides modeling?

       N: I have a few things that are coming up. So I can’t really say those yet. I haven’t done that much acting, but I’ve done a lot of extra work in California for sitcoms and things like that, but major acting not yet but it’s coming. And then I do videos and things like that. I’m also the model for Jamaican Mango Hair Crème product.

      OPC: Is there a difference between saying locs and dreads? If so you do you prefer a specific name?

        N: Some people say they don’t like dreads or dreadlocks because it has a very social background. So when you say dreads the definition of dreads is like a negative word. So some people don’t like that. I know what it means and I know my hair isn’t negative. So just to please everybody I just say locs. You know we have some very sensitive people out here. People are so serious now days.

      OPC: How did it coming about for you to become the face of Jamaican Mango Lime hair care line?

 N: They found me online. Just like most of my jobs. I have my website up and most of my jobs I get though my site. So they saw me online and I went to their office, did the interview, and got the job.

 OPC: How long have you been working with them?

 N: It’s been almost 3 years.

     OPC: Do you feel that you locs have ever held you back in any way? Why or why not?

      N: No not really. I went to Wilhelmina a couple of years ago and the lady was telling me I should cut my hair off and get a Halle Berry haircut. This was a lady that pretty much had this long everlasting weave. She [said] I tattooed a beauty mark on my face so I can look Spanish and look like this.  And I’m like I’m not going to listen to a woman that is trying to look like other people to get jobs. So I just took her words and you know what, let me just do what I need to do and ever since I said that I’ve been booking my jobs for my look. I don’t have an issue with people being able to change up their look that’s great but at the same time what if they need a model that looks like me. I want a book a job I can do. I don’t want a job that everyone else can do.

         OPC: Did you initially want to be known for your locs? Or did it just happen that way?

       N: It just happened that way. I’ve always loved my hair but I actually loved my hair more when I started to model because I didn’t know, it was such a big deal.

        OPC: What advice do you give to anyone who is things about or in the process of getting dreads?

 N: First, why do you want locs? Locs is something you should have for a lifetime. If you want to start locs go to a loctician that knows what they’re doing. [Make sure they] use good products no heavy baked products because that’s what leaves your hair with gunk. Then your hair will start growing in a way you don’t like and you’re going to want to cut it off. Yeah so just do your research first. Try to be as natural as possible because that’s what locs is about. Don’t put chemicals in your hair, all natural.

OPC: On Instagram I notice your whole family has locs? Will you continue the tradition with you daughter?

       N: Yeah I’m definitely going to start my daughter with locs. My son I don’t know because boys are different, they don’t go through the same stuff women go through with hair. So I’ll pretty much let him be with an afro and if he wants locs he can have it but I’ll let his dad handle that hair part.

      OPC: When did you begin your Kamoy Magazine? Who is the target audience? And where can we find this magazine?

 N: I started the magazine at the end of 2010. I’m just trying to cater to people like us, meaning not just natural looking but a natural way of life eating healthy, food everything. Not just sticking to Kim Kardashian is wearing these type of shoes today, this baby was just born or this person is doing this. I’m so tired of that type of magazine. Every magazine has the same thing. I don’t see a magazine on the stands that just cater to natural hair, natural this, great articles and no gossip. Gossip is good but we don’t need it every day all the time. That’s what I’m trying to work on. It’s still a work in progress. I’m going to have a magazine that is not easy. The hardest part is finding people to be on your team. That’s the hardest part you have to have reliable people.


        OPC: A lot of people suspect that you are a Rasta women? Is this true?

       N: Yes I am. So people think because I take sexy photos I’m not and I’m like so when you do to the beach you go in full cloths? People take this natural thing too far they suspect that because your natural girl you can’t be hot and I’m like get out of here.

      OPC: Describe yourself in three words?

       N: Bold, Natural and Drama-Less

      OPC: What is your favorite quote you live by?

 N: “Don’t spend years waiting on grass to grow on concrete”

OPC: What do you want your legacy to be?

       N: I want to leave behind a path for young girls; natural girls. Let them know they can be in the industry and [don’t have to] conform. They don’t have to become anything. They can be themselves or they can create their own lane. They don’t have to go in somebody else lane because that’s what I said, I’m not going down that path. I want to go down my own path and make my own destiny. That’s the legacy I want to leave behind. I don’t necessarily want to be known as a millionaire. I just want to be known as someone who said their going to do something and made it happen and they can if they put their mind to it. That’s what I want to be known for.

       OPC: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

       N: The beauty line Nerissa Nefeteri Organics coming out soon, more calendars. I’m working on selling things now, different products. I’m doing a fitness video, and coming out with a baby book for my daughter.

       OPC: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

 N: I see more children in my life. I see my products kicking off. I see myself with an empire.

I really enjoyed doing this interview. Nerissa is an absolute sweetheart. We wish her all success in everything she is doing and can’t wait to see more from her.

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And now she is officially an OnPointCeleb! MuaH! 🙂

Thank you Nerissa we appreciate your support!!!