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  • PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo by Alice Chin

    I recently attended the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center. It's the largest photography and imaging show in North America with over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes.  The educational seminars were a great way to advance skills and knowledge on anything related to photography or improving your photography business.

      I attended a copyright seminar where I learned the step by step process on how to copyright photos online.  I also attended a Master Class on lighting where a fashion photographer showed us how to use just one softbox and light stand to create various types of lighting effects.  Another Master Class I attended was a street photography class with photographers Danny Weiss, Sally Davies, Ken Shles and Jeffrey Hensen Scales.  It was really fascinating to learn about the thought process behind their street shots.  I also attended an excellent Master Class by Eduardo Angel which was fundamental video for photographers.   I received a lot of essentials tips on making video and learned about the basic differences and similarities between shooting video and photography.  With over 225 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services, there was plenty to see on the expo floor. I got to check out some of the exhibitors including big name established brands like Canon and Nikon, but also discovered some new brands.  A lot of booths were doing demos on the latest products and also provided camera cleaning and repair services.  The PhotoPlus expo is a must-attend event for photography lovers.

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  • Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Fashion Group International  had a special evening for its members with Josie Maran at Space 530 in NYC on September 28th.  Josie Maran is a former supermodel and the founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics, a luxury beauty brand made with Argan Oil.  Their company motto is 'Luxury with a Conscience'. 

     After seeing a Maybelline commercial with Christy Turlington when she was a child, Josie Maran prayed daily to become a Maybelline model.  She started modeling at the young age of 12 and her prayer became reality when she got a 10 year contract to be a Maybelline model at age 21.  Josie started Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007, with 100% fair trade Argan oil as the signature ingredient.  Josie Maran products have gained a lot of fans and Josie was recently awarded the Eco-Award  from the United Nations and Fashion for Development Group.   Josie Maran Cosmetics is changing the world by making healthy beauty products that are eco-friendly.

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  • Jack N' For Beats Rap Competition at the Roc N Sole Store!

    The Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey sponsored rap competition Jack N' For Beats went down at the Roc N Sole store on Atlantic Avenue where competitors battled for a chance to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled and A&R Director AJ Ahmed. The store was packed full of aspiring MC's looking to take the #1 spot. The competition, separated into several rounds where rappers chose a beat and spit 16 bars of their best rhymes, drew talent from all over NYC, New Jersey, and upstate New York hoping to make it to the last round where they would then be put up against other winners from across the nation.

    Winner, Jadon Woodard, killed the competition hands down. With the audience in a roar after his final line; "stop acting dumb hard" it was very clear who the winner was. His ability to freestyle on command, tactfully approach his competitors weaknesses, yet overall laid back demeanor made him shine in the last round.

    After the competition, Style Music TV had the opportunity to sit down with the Director of A&R for Jack N' For Beats; AJ Ahmed:

    "I'm happy we had a decent turn out and the cool thing was everybody respected each other, everybody was chill even though [the winner] murdered the competition. It was a cool setting and a good look for everybody."

    "The cool thing is for Jack Honey to do this is a big look for the community."

    When asked how would AJ compare the NYC edition with the other tour stops:

    "I think the energy was cool.. I love that fact that heavyweights like Envy, Suss One, Ty Ty, and Emory were all in the house. Like you don't get that opportunity to be that close to them to be like 'yo you heard me?' That's the type of stuff that we offer that no body else does... New York had the heavy hitters for sure."

    When asked about what artists need in order to really blow up:

    "I think consistency. There's so many rappers, everybody is a rapper nowadays. So if you don't have the consistency or the drive to make it, you could see thousands of other people."

    When discussing what made the winner, Jadon Woodard, stand out:

    "He stood out cause he had better flow, better delivery; he was able to captivate the crowd. A lot of them that came up to the mic were nervous and also didn't really project their voice. When you don't project your voice you also show a sign that you're nervous to talk in front of a crowd. Some of them said the same bars four, five times and that's how they got disqualified."

    Overall, the NYC stop for the Jack N' For Beats competition was an exciting evening and a great opportunity for everyone involved.


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  • OCRF's 18th Annual Super Saturday

    On Saturday, July 25th the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund held their 18th annual Super Saturday event in Water Mill, NY. Hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa, the annual event is a daylong fundraiser complete with a designer garage sale, kids' carnival, and luxury raffle. Some of the designers with heavily discounted merchandise included: Donna Karan, DVF, Vince, Henri Bendel, Marc Jacobs, and Brooks Brothers (who were selling merchandise for $10 a piece in the event's last hour!) 

    In addition to shopping,  guests enjoyed a braid bar from PRIV, messages, and make up touch ups from Tre'StiQue. New York and Southampton hot spot Sant Ambroeus catered the event providing food and gourmet treats all day. 

    OCRF and QVC united once again for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a live, on-site broadcast which offered viewers nationwide the chance to purchase premier fashion, beauty, jewelry, accessories and home items for half the suggested.

    by Angeli Kakade

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  • 4Knots Music Festival 2015, July 11th


    The Village Voice Announces 
    Final 4Knots Lineup & Set Times
    Super Furry Animals - 8:30pm
    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - 6:45pm
    Twin Peaks - 5:45pm
    Mikal Cronin - 4:45pm
    Screaming Females - 3:45pm
    Happyness - 2:45pm
    Meatbodies - 2:05pm
    Heaters - 1:25pm
    Heaven - 12:40pm
    Surfbort - 12:00pm
    Buy 3 GA tickets get 1 free while supplies last!



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