Southern Laced attends Scottie Willis & R.E.A.P.’s Album Release Party

Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Scottie Willis & R.E.A.P. “The Live Experience” album release party. It was an amazing experience. The beautiful music and live performance by this group of talented singers was music to my ears. From beginning to the end, their angelic voices captivated my soul. Not only did R.E.A.P. sing…

Southern Laced Takes Five With Creative Visual Artist Daphne Curry

Working IT support might be her day job, but being a Creative Director is her dream. Daphne Curry started dancing around the age of three in a variety of genres. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, she fell in love with the art, which has taken her places like Scotland and London. During an exclusive…

INTERVIEW: Kendra Bell talks to Author Felica Kelly-Brookins about her first Christian fiction novel, Sister Nadeen’s Ways, the Write the Vision-Writers Conference, and the Inspired Resources Writers’ Club

Who does God say you are? How do you know when He has called you to something? The guiding or edging of the Lord may come as a still small voice, then gradually escalate above the decibels of the human voice, and finally, combust into a loud thunderous sound of “I have called you to…

​INTERVIEW: Southern Laced talks to Joey Robinson from Gospel recording group Joe Robinson and Faithful about their new single “Nobody’s Fault​ But Mine” and more!

I had the privilege of speaking with Mississippi’s own Gospel recording group Joe Robinson & Faithful. Joey Robinson shares insight into how the group came about, what their most memorable performances were, their new single “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, and what we can expect from the group in the near future. Here is what he…

SOUTHERN LACED TAKES FIVE WITH TONY T. YARBER

Tony T. Yarber was born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in the west Jackson neighborhood known as Subdivision #2. Yarber, who is the Pastor and founder of Relevant Empowerment Church and former Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, is a renowned motivational speaker and a pioneer in leadership development. He is also the author of Man Tips:…

SOUTHERN LACED TAKES FIVE WITH HOT COP BYLYNN HATCHER

In the midst of chaos during Hurricane Irma, Bylynn Hatcher emerged as one of the #HotCops from the Gainesville Police Department. Although social media was taken back by his dashing good looks, those who know him best can attest that he’s just as beautiful on the inside. As a cop for four years, not only…

PinkFest!: Stylist L. Roy Talks to Assistant Producer and Casting Director Angel Lee about Friends of Survivors’ Annual Pink the Runway Show on Oct. 8th

Confidence is not segregated by race, gender, height, social enigmas, social statues, etc… Instead, confidence is excluded by the individual. It is an acquired trait; one that you learn through repeated sessions in front of your mirror expressing, “You can do this.” – Angel(a) Lee’s motto Friends of Survivors will be hosting its annual breast…

Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan!

Chaka Khan is a Legend of the Decade! Even after all these years, she still looks just as beautiful as ever. Honestly, I need to see what kind of water she’s drinking so I can look as young as she does when I get her age. I didn’t hear about Chaka Khan until I was…

G-Boogie Talks to Former Marine and Hip-Hop artist Big K 

I was inspired to do an interview with Big K (aka Killah Kizzle) when I witnessed his dedication and consistency when it comes to his music and constantly improving his craft. Check out what he had to say about his music and his time in the military below. Q: Tell our readers a little bit…

Person of the Week: Actor, Writer and Producer Jesselynn Stegall

I was able to interview actor, writer and producer Jesselynn Stegall about her new film “PK” last Sunday, which was the night of the Oscars. With Viola Davis giving an emotional and exciting acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress win, and Moonlight winning the biggest award of the night for Best Picture, it’s amazing…

Osez Le Foulard’s African Head Wraps

Tell us about yourself. What is Osez Le Foulard? My name is Dk Ange.  Ange means ‘angel‘ in English. I like to define myself as an African queen as a promoter of the beauty of African ladies. This is why I started everything around the head wrap. This is why I started the movement. And this…

SPOTLIGHT: D’Onna Manning Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Dance Award

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: In thy presence is fulness of joy; In thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” -Psalms 16:11- The 2016 Southern Laced Dance Award was created to honor a dancer or choreographer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy…

SPOTLIGHT: Ally Durr Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Design Award

The 2016 Southern Laced Design Award was created to honor a Fashion, Graphic, Stage or Web Designer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy to introduce you to our first recipient, Ally Durr. Ally J. Durr is a senior graphic designer based in Jackson, Mississippi. She attends the…

Spotlight: Just Allen Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Music Award 

The 2016 Southern Laced Music Award was created to honor a Contemporary, Blues, Jazz or Rhythm & Blues musician or singer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy to introduce you to our first recipient, Just Allen. Singer, songwriter, pop/hip-hop dancer, and musician are just a few…

AE: talented and humble by David Linson II

The first time I heard that voice in person, it was a cool Thursday evening on the outdoor patio of Solé: an eclectic bar filled with modern ideas and hip people. Wood tones and deep reds adorn the décor, businessmen and women, students, artists, musicians, writers, and nomads fill the list of patrons which makes…

Person of the Week: Introducing the 2016-2017 Brandon High School Homecoming Queen… Summer Ruckner

Name: Summer Ruckner School: Brandon High School Location: Brandon, Mississippi African-American girls continue to break barriers in Brandon, Mississippi. In recent years, the selection of the Brandon High School’s Homecoming Queen has become more diverse. Today, Southern Laced had a chance to talk with Summer Ruckner about being crowned the 2016-2017 BHS Homecoming Queen. Q:  What…