It was 2:10 pm when I walked into Taco Mac and started checking out the scene. A cute hostess greeted me as I adjusted my eyes from her face, to the podium, to the bar. “I’ll just sit at bar” I say to sweetly with my best Hollywood smile.
A quick turn, a random bar guy, and few high top tables later and I’d found a good spot to post up. The place was empty but it didn’t matter. I was on a mission. A quick glance at my notes and I was ready for my interview with Omar Tyree.
The straight shooting Philadelphia native is a New York Times bestselling author used to life on of the book charts. Widely considered one of the top six writers of African American fiction, Tyree wrote his first book, “Flyy Girl”, in his early twenties. 30 books later and he continues to gift us with stories that describe the urban life experience and others that stretch well beyond the limitations of the hood.
Chosen as winner of this year’s Inspire Models and BMW- Ducati “Capture Through Commotion” contest, Youngblood describes the moment he took this ridiculously sexy shot of Charlotte model Sri’ V’lentino.
D Renee- This photo was taken in a matter of minutes during a live fashion event. How did you go from, “Hey my name is Todd” to this killer shot so quickly?
Kid Capri- I've been it for a lot of years before anyone knew my name,I started getting known I started training with a after hour club with a guy named Chief Roc da Star Child. We got ready popular from making mixtapes together,we did that for a year,after that I did my parties in the city and going to Virginia,North Carolina and then Red Alert got me a job at Studio 54.After that I was figuring out what went to a department store & bought 100 tapes.I copied all the tapes I made previously and I made one new one ,the next day i went out to Rucker Park in Harlem where they play basketball at sat there and sold my mixtape for $20 some people ain't know who I was a few people did,and they would ask me why would I give you $20 for a tape & I said put my tape in your car & listen to the beginning of it & I guarantee you will buy everything I got,and that's exactly how it went,at that time every car had a Kid Capri take even Mr. Softy ice cream truck it was crazy. After that I played at bigger clubs then tour,radio deal with
“D Renee In The City”
Column 1- Hello World
By- Debra Renee Seth
As I sit down for my very first entry for this column it’s only right that I’m in one of my absolute favorite places. Common Market on South Blvd. in Charlotte, NC.
It’s a raining again which seems to be the usual these days. But a girl like me won’t let a little rain stop her. So I hopped in my in my whip( in my favorite flannel shirt and dope hidden wedge sneakers) in search of a cool place to write.
Down the elevator, to the car, with my favorite local rapper in my speakers. Left on Graham and fly past Vanity, a few minutes later and I’m here --finally.
C.O.D. - Ruff!!! But I had some fun times & met some real good people. Poverty is plentiful there which makes violence seem inevitable. But there is also a lot of love too.
KM - Now we hear you were really in the streets so how do you feel about fake rappers who rap like they’re gangsters?
Talent - Well I’m born and raised in the small, four square miles town of money earnin’ Mt. Vernon, NY. I will say this: growing up there was the absolute best; I wouldn’t trade in my childhood for any other one. We had the great fusion luxury of being suburban and yet were so close to the City/Burroughs; something that later would come in super handy. But as youth, we always had folks before us to look up to and say wow they came from here???? So that little piece of inspiration really went a long way, especially if you had entertainment in your blood. Remember this: I got to come up with HEAVY D in my wood shop class, PETE ROCK, CL SMOOTH & AL B SURE. JUST CRAZY!!!!!