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Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Fat Joe and Dior Ashley Freestyle on Instagram live.

As we are all dealing with the effects of COVID-19, we have been faced with new and innovative ways of occupying our time on a daily basis. Millions of people across the world have taken to various social media video chat apps to connect with friends and loved ones. Zoom, Facebook Live and IG TV are just a few of them. Artists like D-Nice, Biz Markie and Erykah Badu have captured classic moments that have provided us with a way to release the many emotions we are feeling, as well as, entertained us. Lil Jon, T-Pain, Rza and DJ Premier, also a host of RBE and URL battle rap videos have given us an outlet to balance the constant mainstream media mix of informative, dreary and often perplexing news stories. In the midst of it all, a very passionate, Washington DC artist named Dior Ashley Brown has taken this time to reach out to professionally-known celebrity artists to share in the vibe of uplifting people and to display her gifts and talents to the world.

One day, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I happened upon a video of Dior on a split screen with the legendary Bronx, New York MC, Terror Squad leader, DITC member, The Don Cartagena Fat Joe. In this day and time, Fat Joe aka Joey Crack is an advocate for Latino and Black youth. He comes from a very tough background in The Bronx but these days he is clearly a changed man on a mission to save the youth and better the community. Seeing Dior on the live feed with Fat Joe was an especially proud moment for me because Dior has previously been featured in Full Bloom Magazine and I have had the pleasure of seeing her perform live and also sharing the stage with her. It was like seeing one of my cousins on TV with a star. I immediately began brainstorming on this feature and as days went by Dior posted more videos where she was spittin rhymes for other Hip Hop legends and prominent entertainers. After a inboxes, emails and a phone call, here is what I came up with in the wee hours of the night. "Linking with iconic artists that I always looked up to was out of this world lol, shocking, timely, fun, inspiring. I feel like I’m building with everybody and they are just waiting on me to go hard. Fat Joe showed mad love, brought me on three times. Rocked with me each time.

LL Cool J was in the back drop of my growing up, so I didn’t know how to act for the first minute lol. But he let me spit and I got to tell him how he inspired me.

I got a chance to spit for Daz Dillinger (from Tha Dogg Pound) and Sway (from Sway In The Morning) and have some cool conversations with Banjiraya, Lakeith Stanfield and Kenny Burns.

You can see all this on my YouTube: MIZZDABisBAD"



1.) When did you first start rhyming/performing? I started writing really young, writing poetry. I was about 8/9 years old. Rhyming as it pertains to Hip Hop, I was experimenting with it when I was middle school. I was listening to Nas, Mobb Deep and Outkast heavy.  2.) Are you originally from DC? I'm originally from DC. My parents are retired military so I was able to see different parts of the U.S. and overseas growing up.  3.) Have you studied your craft? Or is it more naturally occurring? My talent/gift as an Emcee is God's Plan. Everything prepared me for it. Singing and writing poetry when I was young to studying theatre performance as a child.  4.) What are your motivations? God. The journey within myself. My ancestors. My ancestry. The state of People of Color. 5.) What challenges you have faced as an artist?


Politics. Discrimination. Gender Inequity. 6.) Other talents?

Acting. Singing. Playwriting. Event curating. Organizing.  7.) What direction are you taking your career? All the WAY UP. I plan to inspire and motivate.  8.)Awards? Accolades? God's Child! Hardest working artist in DC! 9.) Upcoming projects/events/shows? A private show for my patrons-only on April 24th. Become my patron, by visiting patreon.com/diorashleybrownmusic My album Uptown Ashley Brown is in progress!  DCMS 2021. Learn more at www.dcmusicsummit.org. 10.) Parting words of encouragement for aspiring artists?


Go first!



Dior Ashley Brown, Multifaceted Artist, Activist, and Founder of the DC Music Summit (DCMS)   www.diorashleybrown.com www.dcmusicsummit.org YouTube: MIZZDABisBAD IG: @diorashleybrown IG: @dabbingtonlove

"Livin' her life like she's/more than melanin/but then again/they can't see past the synonym." - Dior Ashley Brown ©



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Check out how this designer was inspired to join the fight against COVID-19. Still keeping her glam style esthetic, STYLE Mask are now a safety precaution and a fashion trend for many.

I initially created the style mask for me and my daughter to be cute and safe. She is 3 so she didn’t like the typical ones. I sewed together a couple of sequin masks and posted it just to get her to wear it.

Literally the next morning I had over 20 orders for masks not knowing there was a shortage across the U.S.


Once I realized the magnitude of the design, I began sourcing different fabric choices and started selling them strictly on social media. A week in a half later I’m now at over 60 orders and have started a new campaign to help others as well.

Buy 1, Give 1

Whenever a client orders a Style Mask I create the same amount of mask and donate them to different organizations, the homeless and even essential workers.

So far we have about 40 masks for the homeless that will be given out this week and we have donated  masks to Family Dollar workers in Arlington, TX.


"This entire thing has changed my life. I lost my job and Most of my prom clients have cancelled due to COVID 19. I’m just happy God bless me with skills to accidentally create something people love and I am also able to help others in the process".


Adult masks $15

Child masks $10

Shipping $5

To order, follow @fashionmeali and @jouraliofficial on Instagram. Clients can place an order by emailing jouralicustoms@gmail.com

To see fashion editorials by New York Fashion Week Designer, Jourali in Full Bloom Magazine visit our digital library.




Doctors are reporting they now understand the behavior of the COVID 19 virus due to autopsies that they have carried out. This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. So they have discovered that in order to apply a medicine you have to open and unblock these airways so that the treatment can be used to take effect however all of this takes a number of days. Their recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself are ...


1) Drink lots of hot liquids - coffees, soups, teas, warm water. In addition take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes bc this keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that’s entered your mouth into your stomach where your gastric juices will neutralize it before it can get to the lungs.


2) Gargle with an antiseptic and warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible


3) The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. And detergent or soap kills it but you must take bath or shower when you get in from the street. Avoid sitting down in your home and go straight to the shower. If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in sunlight which also helps to neutralize the virus



4) Wash & clean surfaces very carefully bc the virus can stay viable on these for up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about touching hand rails, door knobs, etc. and keep these clean at home


5) Don’t smoke


6) Wash your hands every 20 minutes with any soap that foams and do this for 20 seconds


7) Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levels


8)Animals do not spread the virus to people. Its a person to person transmission.


9)Try to avoid getting the common flu as this already weakens your system and try to avoid eating and drinking any cold things.


10) If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods. The virus enters the system through the throat but will sit in the throat for 3-4 days before it passes into your lungs.


In addition ...


Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help.

Direct link www.who.int.com

If you have information about COVID-19 that you would like to submit to Full Bloom Magazine, feel free to send us an email at fullbloommag@gmail.com


Model 

SPOTLIGHT

Modeling Services: Carlene Hightower @carlene_ht MUA Services: Denasia Renee @_denasiarenee Stylist Services: Rochelle Miller @LaChocolateBox Photography Services: Karl M. Lee @karl_fashion_photographer “Sachem” Editorial Written By: Rochelle Miller

“Sachem"

The Beauty

Photoshoot

Can we say sophisticated shine?! Welcome to “Sachem”; the conceptualized & ultra-unique beauty shoot, where controlled lighting, dangling restraints and a reflective backdrop all came together to craft an atmosphere of sheer viewer delight! As you will see with “Sachem”, noted fashion photographer Karl M. Lee’s constructive eye and vision for dramatic flair, sets the mood in this tasteful S&M, boss-lady photoshoot featuring Model and Philadelphia, PA native, Carlene Hightower.

See full editorial in our May Issue

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