Dannie B; A Man of Many Talents

Dannie B is artistically-inclined individual in every aspect, from songwriting, to playing instruments, and even his familiarity with videography. He considers himself a storyteller. I had the opportunity to sit down with him to learn more about his background.

 

Danii Gold: Being a man of many talents, how did you start off in all of your talents ?

Dannie B: It started in high school, I was a curious person. I just loved trying out different things. So during my senior year, Me and my friends would have rap battles every morning before school and one day I had this idea to record it. My mom had just got a digital camera and I decided to records the rap battles. Once I had the footage, I decided to edit it into a film. So that’s was the start of my video experience. And then I started getting into photography senior year as well when I wanted to take pictures for my senior memory book.

I actually began considering myself an artist in college when I started studying creative writing and so I had to transition to that from computer science. My counselor asked me why would I want to change my major and I’m thinking, “she’s supposed to be encouraging me to follow my dreams.” After I spoke with my parents, they said they trusted me to make my own decisions so that’s how I got into creative writing. Then my last semester at Flo Valley is when I got into the poetry club and started writing for the school newspaper and pretty much got into whatever writing that I could.

Photography came about when I interned at KDHX. I was a writing intern and pretty much a music journalist. My manager asked me for pictures one day instead of sending out separate photographers so I started taking a few pictures for articles. At the same time, I became further interested in photography by traveling and by meeting a group of black photographers at UMSL. Those experiences grew on me then I gradually transformed into a photographer.

My love for music comes from my childhood, I come from a family of musicians, my mother’s side was gospel singers. On my dad side, my grandfather was a gospel singer, then I had a uncle who was a touring musician and played with a bunch of major acts. Music was always there but it wasn’t until the middle of college when I had this spark to do it professionally! For a period of time, I did a mixture of poetry and guitar playing at open mics, then over the years I started playing for a couple of different bands and pretty much grew as a musician from there.  To sum it up, I had all these individual influences that sparked my curiosity to get me into doing all those different things. Originally, I wrote poetry to music and then I got the idea to become a songwriter. I wrote my first original song last fall.

Danii Gold: So do you play instruments as well?

Dannie B:Well, when I was in grade school I started off as a percussionist but when I actually got into music more seriously, I started playing the guitar, which is my main instrument. Then I went on to play bass and piano.

Danii Gold: Out of all of your talents, which one is your favorite one to do?

Dannie B: I kind of go through seasons. So for the past year I’ve been doing a lot of music and instrumentation with other people, and doing poetry. I’ve been kind of dormant with photography and haven’t done a lot of it in the past couple years but I am gradually getting back into it; every 3 to 6 months I go through a cycle with all my talents. But I spend the majority of my time on music so that’s my favorite right now.

Danii Gold: What do you like to write about when it comes to poetry and songwriting for instants love, feelings, etc?

Dannie BMy genre is love intimacy and romance so the vast majority of my work deals with that. Whether it’s the typical boy meets girl or being in a relationship and going through things or just teaching in general.

Danii Gold: While you were doing photography what kinds of images did you like to capture?

Dannie BWhen I first started off I did a lot of travel work. My big entry into photography started when I studied abroad in Amsterdam and that’s when I was fascinated by all the buildings and architecture and bicycles. So I got into travel photography, and when I went out of town somewhere, I would try to take pictures as much as possible. I did a lot of street photography, like walking downtown and seeing people as they are and things happening. Then I got into protest photography and was contracted with SEIU, Service Employee International Union in 2013, which was before Ferguson. So when Ferguson actually happened, I was doing a lot of protest photography and I knew a lot of people that were activists and organizers within it. What I learned with shooting protest, there is a flow to it.

Danii Gold: Do you have a favorite musician/someone who’s inspired you ?

Dannie B: Definitely there are all these different types of aspirations like as a guitar player, my favorite has been Chris Martin or Johnny Buckley from Coldplay. John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even 70s soul like Earth Wind and Fire, Ohio Players and Heat Wave.

Favorite Photographer; I like Ami Vitalie, she’s a shooter for National Geographic and she focuses on pandas. When it comes to film, I am a huge Ava Duvernay fan. She’s my favorite right now. In terms of individual films, I am obsessed with Intersellar, it’s directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway.

Danii Gold: Do you consider yourself an artist or a creator?

Dannie BKind of a mixture of both but I do find myself more so an artist. I’ve come to that decision because I do work in marketing and PR and that’s a creative field and I’ve come to realize that a creative is someone who creates for the sole purpose of monetizing their work or their work being part of an advertisement. Whereas an artist there is something deeper and more meaningful and monetization isn’t the first thing that is on their mind. So I straddle the line, but I feel in spirit I’m definitely an artist.

Danii Gold: What are other talents that you still want to explore?

Dannie B: The next thing I would like to get into is acting. The idea of putting on a façade and playing a character is cool.

Danii Gold: What is end goal?

Dannie B: My end goal is to have a solid body of work or bodies of work long after I stop doing what I’m doing that can inspire and influence people. That is the main drive behind what I do is being an inspiration whether it be teaching something to people that didn’t know something or inspiring somebody to do something that I’ve done or that they want to do for themselves. So the end goal is creating something that I believe can be value to other people and give them hope and inspiration.

As far as projects go, Dannie B is working on a music project that he can place on a digital platform. He’s already done a written poetry project and a photography project so, he says this is one of the things he hasn’t done yet.

Make sure you follow him Instagram for music updates and when he’s performing at a local St. Louis spot. @DannieB224

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Women’s Month: Jada Pinkett Smith

Who doesn’t love Jada? We all know her for being a dope actress in movies such as Set It Off, Low Down Dirty Shame and plenty more. She’s married to one of the dopest, coolest actors Will Smith and more recently she’s served as a voice of reason and even a therapist to entertainers in the industry.

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Jada sat down with her husbands ex-wife and talked about the power of coparenting and blended families.

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She sat down with Gabrielle Union to talk about their unknown beef with each other.

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Shes discussed mental health with Kid Cudi

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Jada was a big help in August Alsina’s addiction recovery

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More recently, she had Jordyn Woods on her show to discuss the scandal she was involved in with Khloe Kardashian’s baby father. She let Jordyn speak her peace and whether it’s true or not, Jada gave Jordyn the platform to speak.

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Jada doesn’t steer away from any topics. She’s even opened up about her and Will’s relationship which has been in the headlines. All in all, Jada is dope and we should appreciate her more.

Comment your thoughts on Ms. Jada below.

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

 

[DELUX Mag] DJ sheBEATZ Talks Being a Woman in the DJ Industry

A few weeks ago, I was granted the opportunity to interview a talented Dj named sheBEATZ and she is a WOMAN, which is still kind of rare in the DJ industry.

Read below my interview I did on DELUX Mag with DJ sheBEATZ below:

The DJ industry is huge, but female DJs are rare to come by. St. Louis has just a few of them and each of them bring something different to their mix. DELUX got the opportunity to talk to one of the few female DJs, sheBEATZ, about her love for music, the male dominated industry, and the level of support there is in the DJ industry.

DELUX: How old were you when you first fell in love with music?

DJ sheBEATZ: I was probably like 5. My parents used to throw basement parties and my dad had a set up of two cassette players. So I could load like four songs and fade the volume–he showed me. I did that for years and I began making mix CDs, making sure the songs fit whatever theme I created. I’ve played instruments and I’ve danced all the way through high school. I stopped being so active in the arts in college but I would always jam out to my old CDs I made in high school.

DELUX: What inspired you to do music/become a DJ?

DJ sheBEATZ: Music is what inspired me to DJ. My love for it. Also, while I was in college I was trying to find a medium. I went into journalism because I thought I wanted to write about it, I got into radio because I thought I wanted to talk about it, and then finally after grad school and going out in STL, I realized I NEEDED to play it. STL was missing my vibe, so I decided to fix that.

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DELUX: What do you think sets you apart from other DJs?

Check out here response HERE

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Read the full interview at the above link and SHARE IT!

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It’s Women’s History Month!!

March is dedicated to Women, specifically the history they’ve made. Women have came a long way from not being able to work, to having low-class jobs to being CEOs of companies. For black women, the struggle has been even more real. History is STILL being made with black women being the “first” to be in a high position of power. BUT it’s been said that Black Women are the top entrepreneurs AS WE SPEAK, and are continuing to grow!!

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This month, I’ll be highlighting women who’ve made history or just women who simply need some shine.

Speaking of highlighting women, Paper Magazine released their cover for their March issue, which included Black Women in Hip Hop. It included interviews from artists such as Saweetie, Dreezy, Rico Nasty, City Girls, Yung Miami, Melii, Malibu Miitch, Bali Baby, Bri Steves, Kamaiyah, Cuban Doll and Asian Doll.

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Shout out to Paper Mag for doing it for the culture. They should have had Kash Doll on the cover too. How do y’all feel about the cover? Also, who are your favorite women who’ve been doing they thang? (Besides Michelle Obama)

Comment below and let me know!!

Danii Gold out ✌🏾 ✌🏾✌🏾

Let’s Talk Boomerang on BET

So, we’re five episodes in to BET’s show “Boomerang” and it’s addressed soooooo many millennial issues. If you haven’t seen the show or know what it’s about, it’s the spinoff show to the movie Boomerang, featuring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier and other famous faces.

The movie is about Marcus Graham, played be Eddie Murphy, who’s a lady man and he runs game on them in order to have sex with them. (Typically guy shit). He gets a taste of his own medicine when a woman by the name of Jacqueline Broyer, played by Robin Givens, does the same to him. Eventually he catches on to her game and becomes interested in another woman named Angela, played by Halle Berry, who is more his speed. Fast forward, they live happily ever after.

Fast forward again, on the show Boomerang Marcus and Angela have a daughter named Simone Graham, played by Tetona Jackson. She works for her dad’s marketing agency but she wants to make a way on her own. Her friends Bryson Broyer, played by Tequan Richmond (Jacquline’s son), and Crystal Garrett played by Brittany Inge, work at the firm as well but they’re happy there. Other character fall in line like David Wright played by RJ Walker, who is their pastor friend, and Ari, played by Leland Martin, who is their bisexual friend and he’s comfortable with that and so are his friends. Tia, played by Instastar LaLa Milan, is a stripper but she quit so Simone can help build her image and her brand through Instagram.

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The show is about typical millennials tryna make a way and live their life doing what they want. Simone wants a name for herself but without using her parents name. Bryson is tryna get his money but without getting distracted by Simone, since he’s crushing on her. Crystal is trying to get back in her groove since she and David divorced, they were married right after college. Then there’s Ari, living his best life. He hasn’t been on the last two episodes but he’ll be back the week of March 5. Tia is the realest and she’ll tell what it is and what she doesn’t like, especially Simone when it comes to her image.

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The show definitely has good music, from Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love,” to Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love”, to Travis Porter’s “Make it Rain,” to Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down,” to plenty more.

Other activities and normal things that millennials do that the show address is:

  • Playing spades: asking how each player plays. “Do y’all play Big Joker or Deuces?”
  • Going to the strip club: millennial woman actually go to the strip clubs and not because we are gay or bisexual. We just enjoy the entertainment and even the chicken wings they serve lol. (No lie).
  • Not knowing what to do after college. Crystal married David right after college and she said “I didn’t know what I wanted to be so I decided to be someone’s wife.” Yikes!! First of all, I can relate but at the same time, marrying a guy because you didn’t know what career you wanted to pursue is ridiculous. BUT, us millennials are all about taking a risk, doing what’s best for us at the moment and figuring out the rest later.
  • Prepping for FaceTime calls: nowadays when you’re feeling someone and they FaceTime you, you gotta make sure your hair right, skin right, flexin ya chest, etc.

Bryson said: “Black millennials want it all. We have to be present for everything, because being young, black and gifted is cool but it’s exhausting.” To me, that means millennials want to have everything but in order for them/us to do so we have to be everywhere meeting people, networking etc. which can be very exhausting but that’s what keeps us on our toes, knowledgeable and gifted.

if you haven’t seen the show, you’re missing out. It’s really present day life shit.nthe cast is great, including LaLa Milan from Instagram, she’s funny AF, if you’ve been watching the show, how do you feel about it? Comment below and let me know.

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Danii Gold out!! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

Kehlani While We Wait Review

Kehlani blessed us with some music over the weekend “while we wait” for her to give us a full album after she gives birth to her baby girl.

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To me, this “mixtape,” as she calls it, gave me more of a 90s R&B vibe, as clichè as it sounds. This project reminded me of her SweetSexySavage album, which was my first introduction to her. She talks about love, relationships (good and bad), and A LOT of relatable situations on this While We Wait project.

Kehlani started off the mixtape with a feature from Musiq Soulchild titled “Footsteps.” She explains that when she walks away from a relationship when she’s mad, she expects her significant other follow her, leaving footsteps for him to do so.

“Too Deep,” is a relating song to both men and women. It’s about having a side thang and things are getting too serious, “too deep” between the two of you. Y’all arguing when y’all shouldn’t be because it’s just a sex relationship. It’s becoming too much to keep the “relationship” going.

“Nunya” is exactly what it sounds like lol, none of your business. It’s about a guy who she used to be involved with and he wants to know what’s going with her because he lost her and he still cares. Welp, WE’VE ALL BEEN IN THAT SITUATION, men and women, on both ends. He/she lost you and they know it and they still tryna keep up with you to see who you’re involved with now.

Another relating track is “Morning Glory” which is; if a guy accepts you at your best when he goes home with you at night then he needs to accept how you look in the morning, at my morning glory. It’s like a one night stand song lol.

The fifth song “Feels” is about a person who you diggin and they got you feeling them, giving you feels and making you all sensitive inside.

“Nights Like This” is about thinking about your ex on random days, wanting to text them, etc. Then you think about all the good that can come from hitting them up. THEN you think of all the lies they told you and how they’ll get your hopes up again, like they always do. RE-LATE-ABLE. You already know the BS that this person is on but you miss the good moments, then you start getting involved with the person again and they let you down again. 🗣🗣 SPEAK THAT KEHLANI!!!

On the sixth track “RPG” featuring 6lack, which is really “Show Me Your Love” is about having your partner show you that they love you and care. You may complain about them not touching you enough but they correct it, you tell them that they don’t compliment you enough and they correct it, and etc. This song is about communication to me, about talking and listening to your partner and correcting your actions.

The next song “Butterfly,” I’m still unclear on. It’s a beautiful song but I can’t really decipher it, maybe YOU can and comment your thoughts below lol 😬.

The last track “Love Language,” is about knowing what your partner likes as far as how they like to be shown that they are loved. Kehlani says she “wants to be fluent in your love language.” That’s beautiful, it’s like she wants to know what you like and execute it! Some people like gifts to show that they are loved. Some like that their partner listens to them and surprises them with non-materialistic items. Some people don’t care what their partner likes but more so what they are good as when it comes showing their love for that person (selfish 🙄🙄).

Any who, I liked this “mixtape;” I like the different positions she spoke from, like being the cheater in a relationship but also being the one catching feelings, to even being the one who has moved on from a relationship.

What are your thought about her new music. Comment below and let me know!

Also, congratulations again to Kehlani on her pregnancy!!

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Danii Gold out !! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

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2019 Oscars: They Got It Right!

This was the year the Oscars actually got it right, as far as wins go. I guess the Academy can retire that “Oscars So White” title for now. Black films and people are STILL making history. Just in case you missed it:

Regina King won for Best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Ruth Carter won for Best Costume Design for “Black Panther”

Hannah Beachler won for Best Production Design for “Black Panther”

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Spike Lee Best won for Adapted Screen Play for “BlackKlansman”

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Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor in “Green Book”

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I feel that every movie that the above movies nominated, that won, were well-deserved. Spike Lee has been making movies for 30 years and he FINALLY got a Oscar. Regina King started off in movies like “Friday” and “Boyz N Tha Hood” and look where she is now. Mahershala Ali has been on FIRE 🔥 the past couple years from “Moonlight” to “Green Book.”

“Black Panther” alone has gotten Grammy nominations for its album to Golden Globe nominations to SAG award wins to now Oscar wins. Ryan Coogler, ALL the actors, everyone behind the scenes like Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler made that the film what it was and it shows!

I’m glad the Oscars got it right year, especially coming from having all their nominees being white (#OscarsSoWhite) to having black nominees in ALMOST every category. What are your thoughts on the award show?

Comment below!

Danii Gold out ✌🏾✌🏾

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