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Titanium Sports & Entertainment— MANROCK

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A man, his business, and his MANROCK!— Titanium Sports & Entertainment

TITANIUM ENTERTAINMENT’S CEO, G. STALEY, GREW UP ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF WASHINGTON, DC IN A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN, SINGLE-PARENT HOME AFTER HIS FATHER’S DEATH.

AS THE YOUNGEST OF 5 BOYS AND 1 SISTER, AND AFTER BEING TEMPTED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD INFLUENCES ALONG WITH AN OLDER BROTHER, STALEY FOUND HIMSELF FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOSE AROUND HIM.

AFTER ENTERING AND SPENDING YEARS IN THE STREET GAME, AND GOING TO JAIL ON A CONVICTION, THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE.

THIS YOUNG MAN TURNED HIS ENTIRE LIFE AROUND AND IS BUILDING A BRAND OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ART UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE. EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED, HE ATTRIBUTES TO HIS FAITH IN GOD AND HIS CHRISTIAN WALK.

HE ALSO SAYS THAT HIS WIFE HAS BEEN EVERY BIT THE BACKBONE OF HIS SUCCESS AS SO MANY OTHER SUCCESSFUL MEN WITH COMMITTED SPOUSES.

HE’S BRINGING A STANDARD TO TitaniumSports & Entertainment THAT IS ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL, AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH ONE OF HIS NEWLY SIGNED ARTISTS, MANROCK.

HMM: As the CEO of Titanium Sports & Entertainment, When did you know this was what you wanted to do? What is so special about this music for you?

MR: When I heard KRS1 and the Love is Going to Get You song being performed on the Arsenio Hall. I got goose bumps. That is when I knew. Also, it was at my first talent show in Camden, NJ in front of a big crowd. Once I saw the crowd getting into my performance, that is when I knew this was what I wanted to do. Music is my way of communicating. If I’m able to paint a picture, use a metaphor and put it in a rhyme, that is what I do best and when I’m in my flow. I express myself better that way. A lot of things that I do give back to people through my music. It’s one thing when people think your song is hot and listen to it. It’s another when they feel the song to the point of compelling them to do something. I like seeing them take something from the music.

HMM: What are your thoughts about today’s rap?

MR: Today’s rap game is different. It’s more fun, a lot of colorful people, I don’t think it’s real. I believe people are pretending and lying to people. It’s not the same feeling in the music. Renting cars, clothes, jewelry… it’s not really who they are.

HMM: What makes you and/or your music different in Titanium Sports & Entertainment?

MR: Aside from my skill I have an authenticity that separates me from all the others. What I speak is going to move you and stick with you instead of something you just rock to.

HMM: What do you want others to know about you?

MR:I’m comfortable being me. I’ve overcome trying to be something everyone else wants me to be. For me to say no I don’t want to drink tonight… being comfortable with being real without caring what others thought about it. It was other people who pointed out the power behind my music to me. I’m the most successful person I know. I’m my own role model. If I spit it, I did it… I don’t need anyone to co-sign what I speak. You will never second guess it because the proof is there.

HMM: Tell me about you as a father?

MR: I am the father of 4 (3 girls, 1 boy 17 yrs. – 6 yrs.). I never disrespect women in my lyrics, and I never disrespect women in my life. I don’t talk about sex in my songs. I’m unapologetic for my story. I seek to deliver uplifting content. My children can listen to my music and sing it too. I don’t hide anything from my children. I feel confident and safe with my daughters.

HMM: What sentiments would you like to share with us?

MR: One bit of advice – Reach for the things that will make you feel comfortable in the presence of your family; things that will have you sleep well at night. Manage the industry temptations – it’s hard… putting off what you want now for what you want most. What I want most is the most supportive partner when I come home who will be there when the cameras are off. If you have someone by your side that’s tested and who’s proved themselves worthy, that’s who deserves your commitment. If a relationship doesn’t produce anything it’s not fruitful.

Herb Middleton

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Herb Middleton—You may not recognize this man at first glance; but you absolutely will recognize his music on first listen…

Dottie Jones, Lisa Scott, Bobby Brown, Big Bub, Usher, Subway, Christopher Williams, Mary J. Blige, Total feat. Biggie Smalls, Kenny Latimore,

Faith Evans, Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige, SWV, Kelly Price, Deanna Ransom, Susan Smith

4 Kast, Phyllis Hyman, Changing Faces, No Question, NAS, Melba Moore, Ann Nesby, Will Smith, Jeffrey Osborne

Jazzy Jeff feat. Raheim, Lisa McClendon, Tichina Arnold, Teddy Pendergrass, Crystal Johnson, Juliette, The U Turn Project

GRAMMY nominated producer Herb Middleton: A Music Man’s Moments of Fame & His Ministry

HERB MIDDLETON SHARES HIS MINISTRY & GIFTS

Herb Middleton may be the Producer behind the R&B hits you’ve come to love…

BUT THIS POWERHOUSE IS USING HIS MINISTRY TO GIFT MUSIC TO THE WORLD

HMM: What would you say and impart to the younger generation and of course to the young ladies from a male and father’s perspective given what you’ve come to know and learn about life as a result of being in this industry?

Herb Middleton: I would tell them number one, that they are not defined by the industry as a person. They are not defined by relationships that they could have or have had. I would let them know that when God created them He created them for perfection and He wasn’t thinking about anything they needed. Never feel incomplete by the ending of a relationship or the rejection from a man. Search deep within themselves. There are a lot of fatherless females out here in the world looking for that love, and they have to find that love within themselves. They have to love themselves first of all and don’t allow anyone to mistreat them. Don’t go by the music or the worldly deceptions that would have them in the pit.

HMM: What would you say to the men?

Herb Middleton: I would say that they are born to be leaders. To be a leader doesn’t mean you control or manipulate people, it means that you learn how to lead by example. Unfortunately, what is portrayed in the industry is far from leadership. There’s a lot of music portraying negativity as cool. There are so many without the role model of a big brother or father to show them the right way to live, to tell them to do well in school, don’t abuse women, etc. It is very important that men, especially those with their heads on straight, reach out to another brother and let him know that he was created to be a leader. And that without women we wouldn’t be there. They need to know how important women are.

I am harder on the brothers than I am on the women. It’s the hardest thing for a grown man in his 30’s, 40’s and 50’s to be something he was never taught to be; and then make it in a society where there is a whole lot of negativity being glorified through music.

The Hip Hop Era has become the new Rock, where it’s do whatever you want to do. There are so many children who are just one thought away from doing something crazy. It’s very important for those of us in leadership positions and who have seen and made money, and who have seen success in the music business to use our experience to give back to the community for change.

If people who are rich would just give back to the people, and I’m not talking just about money but even time and encouragement, there would be an impact on an entire global generation. HM: And just as an aside to the ladies no matter what their age…Before a woman gets involved with a young man, she needs to find out how he treats his mother and/or his sister. If he treats his mother like trash, they need to run. Some of the signs are right there. That’s one sign that tells you where a young man is going with his views towards the opposite sex. A man who doesn’t respect his mother, will never respect you.

HMM: In the progression of music, what would you say has changed most and how do you feel about that change? HM: I think the demand for quality and the level of creativity has changed considerably over the years. The demand for originality has brought about a major change in the music industry, which has also had its impact financially.

HMM: What do you love most about your work?
Herb Middleton: A Producer finds a gift and brings out the best in the individual. I love being able to use my gift to positively impact a generation through the ministry of music, melody, and song. I love that I get to share the love of GOD in my life with the world!

Welcome Four More Years

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ONE OF THE BEST BLACK HISTORY MOMENTS EVER— President Obama… if only those who paved the way and gave their lives could see what their blood, sweat, tears, and courage made possible.

As a post Civil Rights Era child (just barely because I was born in September of 1969), I can tell you that I still felt a sense of pride and honor for those seniors who had the opportunity to more than witness the election of President Barack Obama; they had the joy of being able to vote for him.

I cannot imagine what that must have felt like for them, especially those who were old enough to remember the Jim Crow South or better still, had childhood memories of the slave stories recollected by their relatives. When I think about how far we’ve come in so many areas such as fashion, music, and technology, it absolutely amazes me that the race card is still played as the trump more often than not. I, for one, am quite exhausted by the rhetoric of “he said, she said” when it comes to the democratic and republican parties’ need to be right, the one with the most marbles, and the declared winner who takes all. Maybe one day we will elect more representatives who will meet us where we need them to, instead of where they suppose.

I am absolutely overjoyed at our President’s accomplishments and I hate to say, “I told you so”, but I knew he would win.

I also know that these next 4 years are going to bring a savor and flavor that will surely balance the scales between the have’s and the have not’s once and for all… well at least I hope so. Either way, I am glad my President is Black, and more than that I am glad he is SMART. Congratulations President Obama, I’m so glad you get to stay awhile longer!

FUN FACTS ABOUT ANOTHER

PRESIDENT WITH A “DROP” of BLACK BLOOD Abraham Lincoln: “What other facts about his ancestry that he is not known for is there are written publications that described Lincoln as very dark skinned and that he had coarse hair. He was known to have had a mother of “Ethiopian” ancestry and a father that was also of African decent but was not there during his childhood to raise him. During the times that he was president, there are also many cartoons that depicted Lincoln as a stereotypical “black man” and gave him racial nick names.” – Source http://www.squidoo.com/

By: Stefany J.

Words From the CEO of Hussle Mama

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Everyone asked me why I didn’t contribute to the launch issue of the publication and write as most editors of magazines do.

The truth is I never thought about writing a piece because I believed the entire publication to be indicative and quite representing my ‘voice’ and heart’s sentiments. Now, however, I do see the value in being a bit more transparent and less assuming about what others see, read, and come to know about me, the Hustle Mama, my life, and this movement at large.

WHY HUSTLE MAMA?

Realizing that initially when hearing the name Hustle Mama, some may immediately think pessimistically and degradingly about its attributes and inferences.

I love the fact that I am able to have an opportunity to influence public perceptions and opinions about simple words and shift the paradigm from negative to positive when it’s heard and used.

I believe that it means even more to me because as a woman of African-American, Native American, and European descent, and my identification as a Black Woman and “Other” when I’m specifically asked – also comes with a TITLE that makes me subject to public opinions, thoughts, and societal judgments much like the name HUSTLE MAMA.

Personally, I feel that in some small way if my goal to have women of every race, income bracket, religion, creed, ethnicity, demographic and geographic residence adopt this term that embodies so much in power, character, mindset, and influence then there is actually hope for us as minorities, as mixed-races, and as individuals.

If an entire nation can end up adopting a loving and embracing emotional trigger when the name Hustle Mama is referenced instead of a skeptical one, then that means we have the ability to do the very same for any and every term that has bred negativity in their connotation simply because of the attributes we’ve subscribed to and ascribed to when using them.

Hustle Mama is not about being a mother or even having children of your own.

It’s not about being a boss or the boss in your workplace. It’s not about being controlling or in control of all things. Hustle Mama is not about what you have or what you’ll do. It’s more about what you ascribe to in principle and deed.

Being a Hustle Mama extends far beyond a mindset or frame of reference. It’s the art of being the best you possible for yourself and those who become a part of your world either temporarily or permanently.

A Hustle Mama is a woman about so many things, going through just about everything, and dreaming anything is possible while knowing deep down she’s capable of all things. In a Hustle Mama’s world, the opportunities are endless and her ability to flow with the move of the

The universe is a given!

THIS SEASON’S INTENTION: LIFE ON PURPOSE!

My life’s work is about showing the world the reflection of the best parts of itself by reminding them of the everyday people who are already WONDERFUL and in my eyes quite FAMOUS for just being who they are and who they were always meant to be.

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