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My First Amazon Review for “A Thug’s Redemption”

September 25, 2012 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

A Thug's Redemption

Today is a super awesome day for me because I received my first review on Amazon.com!! I've made many sales on Kindle and sold out my first 50 copies of A Thug's Redemption within 48 hours of releasing it earlier this month. I honestly was not expecting such a turn around. I know I had supporters, but I had no idea they would have my back so heavily. I thank each and everyone of them for their support. What sucks is, those who purchased on Kindle, I cannot see who they are so that I can thank them individually. To some, it may not be a big deal, but with me, I would like to have contact with my supporters to let them know "I see you, and you are appreciated." I have had the fortune to have some of my readers send me photos of the book once they received it. And those photos I posted on my Fan Page on Facebook. Anyone who wishes to send me photos of themselves with my book, please feel free to either tag me on my Facebook page or you can email them to me at yani@anitbeetproductions.net and I will put them up promptly.When I first began selling my novel, I asked for people to leave feedback. But after talking with my dear friend "Kytten", she advised me not to do so; that it would be better if people did it on their own so that the feedback is genuine and seems real. What Candice wrote for my books' Review was genuine and overwhelmed me. I remember how the book Be More Careful snatched me from the very first page, and to be compared to that sort of attention grabbing experience is remarkable. So to Candice, I thank you!People have been asking me when will I be doing book signings. Soon very soon! Since I am self-published, I am pretty much a one woman army, sending out press releases, marketing my book to make sure it is available to as many outlets as possible; not to mention I am a full-time student and a full-time single mom. But I promise my readers and supporters that I will be having a book signing very soon. Once I have booked my first one, I will post about it on My Twitter as well as on Facebook. That's all for now folks! PEACE!!!

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Feature Friday- Boxing Sensation Bryant “By-By” Jennings

September 21, 2012 Feature FridayPhilly Support Philly  No comments


Feature Friday is among us again folks, and this week, I have the pleasure of featuring a former classmate and Heavy Weight boxing Sensation, Mr. Bryant "By-By" Jennings. As a child, if someone had told me that Bryant would be an undefeated heavy weight boxer (15-0 7KOs), I would have believed them. From what I can remember, Bryant had a tenacity as a child that was uncanny. I joked with him on how much of a bad ass he was, but his "take no sh!t" attitude coupled with his aggression, hard work and dedication, is why he has made it to the incredible position he is in at this time.
When I first heard (in 2010) that Bryant was boxing, I said to myself- "I'm not surprised". As I said previously, I could see him kicking ass on a daily basis. What's cool about it is, he's doing it on a professional basis. The moniker "By-By" is quite fitting. As shown in his last fight against Chris Koval, his opponent said "bye-bye" after only 35 seconds into the match. The 6'2 230lb boxer is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Heavy weight boxer Bryant "By-By" Jennings
The knock out champ not only is an on the rise boxing sensation, but is also a father and still holds down a 9-5, showing his ability to not only be a man of strength in the ring, but outside of the ring as well.
And no, the talent does not stop there; as Bryant also has a lyrical gift that he proudly showcased in his recent single "Picture That", which did numbers on Youtube in just a short time of being released, and is also apart of the popular entertainment venue, "EliteKlass". To view that video, you can check it out on the widget.
I had a chance to speak with Bryant earlier this week and was able to do a Q&A with him.
Yani: What made you want to get into boxing?
Bryant: Just being a competitive person. Once I started, it felt good and I couldn't turn back
Yani: Coming up, did you ever imagine or see yourself as being this growing sensation in boxing?
Bryant: Never before, but once I started boxing, I immediately accepted my dreams and set out to accomplish my goals.
Yani: How did you get the moniker "By By"?
Bryant: It came from my nickname "B-Y". After I got my first knock out, people wanted to call me "by by". "Once you get hit, you go "bye bye"
Yani: What was your first big fight like? How did you prepare for it
mentally and what was going through your mind when you first stepped into the ring?
Bryant: My first big fight was 1/21/12. I knew I was ready mentally. I was in shape, I don't drink or smoke. And it was also my break-through fight. But I felt very confident with my ability and I knew my opponent had no chance to beat me. He had nothing.
Yani: Who would you say is your biggest source of inspiration and motivation?
Bryant: Other boxers like Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward. Jay-Z also, because he is a person who dominates and has a lot of ambition. He is consistent, has a lot of determination and is proficient. He mastered his craft. He's a perfectionist.
Yani: Your last fight against Chris Koval resulted in a knock out in only 35 seconds. Were you disappointed that it didn't last longer or was that pretty much your prediction?
Bryant: I didn't predict that it would happen that fast. He was just caught with that first combo and then I caught him again. But I was confident that I would get the knock out.
Yani: I also got a chance to hear your track "Picture That" and saw the video on Youtube. Is it safe to say that we may get to see just as much of you on stage as we do in the ring?
Bryant: Yes it's coming. That was my solo release with EliteKlass and there's more coming
Yani: If there was anything that you could change about the Boxing industry, what would it be?
Bryant: The consistency of fighting. I would like to see (boxing) go back to 15 rounds. I would also like for the industry to be more wide spread in areas like Philly and B-More. I would also like to fight more often. But I also think fighters' names blow up prematurely before they are given a chance to show what they can really do.
Yani: Did you ever see yourself here, being one of the hottest entities in Boxing, being asked for your autograph? How does that weigh on you?
Bryant: I would never deny kids an autograph but, I'm aware of people who try to bootleg and come up from other names. It's very exciting when I'm asked for an autograph. Sometimes it does get crazy and the attention becomes unbearable. But I stay focused on my goals and mastering my craft more. I stay clear of people focused on trying to live off of me and the ones who forget about the hard work I've put in. I try to keep my mind off of everything and try to remain the same person that I am.
Yani: I'm sure in your old North Philly neighborhood, there are kids who see you as their hero or someone they truly admire. For those who hope to get into boxing when they are older, what advice would you give to them?
Bryant: Don't drink, stay away from drugs, stay disciplined and focused, and you can accomplish anything.


It was great speaking with Bryant. I have some advice for his future opponents. PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES! This man has an 84" reach and a nasty combo that is sure to make you go "By-By". LOL!
For those who haven't had a chance to see any of Bryant's fights, go to Youtube, put his name in and watch him work. For his music video "Picture That", you can also find it on Youtube, or view it in my widget over on the right side of this blog. It's definitely HOTNESS!!

Feature Friday is brought to you by Anitbeet Productions & Philly Support Philly. Let's continue to support each other, uplift one another and keep Philly in a positive light. Thanks for reading. Have a safe and productive weekend. PEACE!!

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Football Sunday in Philly- Ugly Game, Beautiful Victory

September 16, 2012 Football sundayPhilly Support Philly  No comments


Back to back Sunday Football games played by The Philadelphia Eagles were ugly. Butt Ugly! Turn-overs, fumbles, interceptions. But the end result was a beautiful victory and The Eagles now have a 2-0 record to start off the Football season. It was a grueling process in week 2 of the NFL season, but Andy Reid's team pulled it off. One of my personal favorite moments in this game against the Baltimore Ravens was seeing Brent Celek hurdle over Ed Reed! Whoever said "White Men Can't Jump" needs to check their facts because my boy has some serious hops!!
In the first half alone, the Eagles had 3 turnovers. The first, being an interception that Mike Vick threw which was completely avoidable. (Mistakes happen). But in the end, the Eagles showed they have the potential, poise, and determination to be a better team than what was expected of them last year. Though they flopped offensively, their defense is what won the game in the final minutes against the Baltimore Ravens. I'm positive if they pull together offensively, cease with the excessive turn-overs, fumbles and interceptions, The Philadelphia Eagles will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Opinions
Upon reading comments on the Philadelphia Eagles website, I noticed that a lot of Ravens fans were ranting about how they were going to stomp all over the Eagles and crush us. They referenced their first game in this season against the Cincinnati Bengals (Ravens- 44, Bengals-13). One fan went as far as to say that the Ravens were going to beat the Eagles 30-13, while another advised an Eagles fan to "wish upon a star" if they wanted The Eagles to win. Tsk Tsk Tsk!Facts
The Philadelphia Eagles had 3 turnovers in the first half however, the Ravens only converted 7 points from those turnovers. In passing, Mike Vick had 32 attempts with 22 completions while Flacco had 42 attempts and 22 completions. (smirking) In Rushing yards, Eagles McCoy's CAR was 16 for 81 yards while Ravens Rice's CAR was 16 and had 99 yards. But in receiving, The Ravens Pitta had 8 REC with 65 yards while my man Celec had 8 REC also, but he ran all over the Ravens with 157 yards.


At the end of the game, Eagles-24, Ravens-23. Need I say more? Yeah you can say we had fumbles, Vick threw interceptions, blah blah blah. But we closed out like we were supposed to and ultimately came out with the win
As I looked through some of those comments, I couldn't help but laugh my a$$ off. Sad predictions of the Ravens running all over the Eagles and what happened? The Eagles snuck up from behind and crushed the Ravens fans of all of their ideas of grandeur and glory. Who's wishing upon a star now? 30-13 Ravens? Nah more like 24-23 Eagles. Even after 9 turn-overs Vick showed doubters the smart thing to do against the Eagles is to BEWARE! HA! And on that note, I'm out PEACE!!!

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Featured Friday – Radio Syheem

September 14, 2012 Feature FridayPhilly Support Philly  No comments

215UFOs

Today is Feature Friday where Philly Supports Philly shows love to an up and coming artist. This Friday's feature is "Radio Syheem" repping 33rd street HEAVY! Radio Syheem is an up and coming lyricist from the North Philly area and I had the privilege of speaking with Syheem to learn more about him. At this time, he has a mixtape out entitled "Boom Box" which is available for download. On the side panel, you can check out Radio Syheem's video for one of his latest releases "Offensive Foul", which shows the street side to this "back packer" lyricist. Syheem shows his versatile side in this banger and let's his listeners know just because he doesn't rap about the streets doesn't mean he's not from the streets. The track is definitely hotness as well as the video so by all means CHECK IT OUT!When speaking with Syheem earlier, I was able to do a little Q & A with him to give readers and future fans some insight on this up and coming artist. Yani: What inspired you to become a rapper?Syheem: I don't think 1 specific person or event inspired me to become a rapper. I grew up on the legends, Pac & Biggie and was accustomed to great music. So that made me want to do it too as I got older Yani: How would you describe your rapping style? Syheem: My style is like back packer meets the streets. (Lupe is considered a backpack rapper) I consider myself lyrical with thought provoking lyrics. I don't want to over do it with (metophors) or confuse people. I don't want to feel like I need to dummy down my lyrics to appeal to a general audience but I do want to appeal to all listeners of hip-hop Yani: What do you hope to accomplish in the hip-hop industry? Syheem: I would like to be recognized by my peers as a unique and respected artist. I also want to be recognized as a film maker. I really want to be seen as multi-talented. Although hip-hop is where my heart is, I'm hoping to advance beyond hip-hop in film making and graphic design. I want to have my hands in as many parts of this industry as possible. I just feel as though if other people can do it, why can't I? I ran into trouble trying to be listed on other websites so I developed my own. I do hope to network with others. And I won't take no for an answer. If other people won't help, I'll just help myself.Yani: How do you feel that the hip hop industry has impacted your life? Syheem: It impacted my life in a lot of ways; the way I talk, how I dress and how I carry myself. I don't think hip-hop is just music, it's a way of life. Hip-hop is all I think about when I wake up; what's my next move, my next song? Hip-Hop influenced my life all around. Yani: Who was your favorite rapper growing up? Syheem: The first song I knew the words to was "Regulators" by Warren G and Nate Dogg. Warren G was the first one to make me want to get into hip-hop. He was one of my first influences. I also liked Wu-tang and Nas. I came back to Biggie and Pac when I got older so I could understand what they were rapping about. Right now, my favorite artist is Kid Cudi. Although he isnt lyrical, I can relate to him because he seems like he was the underdog which is how I was in school. He (Cudi) isnt afraid to expose himself to his listeners. I feel as though he says things that other rappers dont have the heart to say. I thinks Kid Cudi is more realistic. Yani: For years, there has been an ongoing dispute with who is the best between Tupac and Biggie. Who do you choose and why? Syheem: I think Biggie is the better between Tupac and Biggie. I think Biggie was more visual. I feel as though Pac was "too much" (hot headed and a rebel) I can't take anything away from Pac as a rapper because he was a great artist but, Biggie's lyrics stuck with me. I think Biggie was realer in regards to his looks (fat black ugly as ever but could still get any girl he wanted). He wasn't the pretty boy. He gave guys with less confidence about their looks, more confidence when approaching a female Yani: What do you think your best song is right now? Syheem: It depends on the listener. If it's a female listener, I feel as though the best song is "Thrill is gone". That's a more emotional song that deals with family issues and is more touching. For my male listeners, I would direct them to "Offensive Foul" - A Street song. I came out with "Offensive Foul" to show that I can be a street lyricist as well as a back pack lyricist. Yani: How would you say your lyrical skill has changed since you first began rapping? Syheem: I think my skill has progressed. My 1st mix tape was released 7/6/11 and had 10 downloads. My 2nd mix tape was released 7/6/12 and has 36 downloads. So I think my flow has matured and I feel as though my writing (skill) has elevated and my experience has made me better. I don't see myelf as being a 1 dimensional rapper. I'm more so a 3D rapper. I was stuck in the 90s flow of hip-hop in my 1st mixtape, trying to bring back the feel of hip-hop from that time. But my 2nd mixtape, I focused more on appealing to todays hip-hop audience. Yani: Do you feel as though Hip-Hop is part of the reason for the dysfunction in this upcoming generation or is a part of the ongoing violence and sexual promiscuity? Syheem: I don't want to say Hip-hop is the blame, but I can understand how a weak mind can be influenced by what is seen in the videos on TV and by the music that they hear. I do believe that music can have a hold on people and can influence them in a good way or a bad way. I feel as though a person needs to be able to separate music from real life and a person should not be afraid to be their own individual and not give in to what's popular. Yani: What advice would you give to a younger male hoping to get his foot in the door to hip-hop? Syheem: I would stress that they don't quit no matter how many times they are told no. Keep pushing and go for it. Follow your gut instinct, be yourself, don't let others influence you to be something other than yourself. And most importantly Be original!!!I had an awesome chat with Syheem. Though I must disagree with his choice of Biggie over Pac (LOL) I'll let him be great on that one. Check out his music video for "Offensive Foul" and to hear 2 of his awesome tracks, "Oceans 11" and "Thrill is Gone", you can check them out in the widget on the right side of this blog. For more information on Radio Syheem, you can visit his website at www.215UFOs.wix.com You can also download his mixtape from http://www.datpiff.com/Radio-Syheem-Boombox-mixtape.370151.html and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/RadioSyheem. Feature Friday is brought to you via Philly Support Philly. Let's continue to look out for one another, uplift each other and keep things positive. Have a great and safe weekend folks! PEACE!!

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Remembering Tupac (2Pac) Shakur June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996

September 13, 2012 Respect  No comments

I will never forget the day that Tupac was pronounced dead. It was a Friday, Friday the 13th to be exact. I was 12 years old and laying across my mother's bed with my oldest sister Sharmon, and my mother. We were playing "2500". I remember the 11 o clock news came on on Channel 6 and the "Big Story" was Tupac had passed away from gun shot wounds he suffered a week prior. I remember my heart sank into my stomach. The silence in my mother's bedroom after that announcement was deafening. Though I was not allowed to listen to a lot of his music because of the excessive use of profanity, his song "Dear Mama" & "Keep your head up" not only was one of my favorites, but my mother loved those songs, too. I remember she said, "Wow, that's the guy from the movie with Janet Jackson!" Yes, the critically acclaimed multi talented actor and rapper was gone. Who would have known the effects his death would have on hip-hop? I saw Juice when I was a really young kid but man, Tupac played the hell out of the role of "Bishop". And his role as "Lucky" in "Poetic Justice" was breath taking. You cannot deny the man had skills on the big screen when even Siskel & Ebert were giving him his props. In my honest opinion, his death along with the death of The Notorious B.I.G left a void in the hip-hop industry that has not quite been filled. Yes, Jay-Z is great. Sure, Eminem is awesome. But there was something charismatic about Tupac. He wasn't just a rapper. He had a commanding presence and had the heart to speak on some of the very problems we are still battling today.

First ship em dope let em deal to brothers
Give em guns step back watch em kill each others
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
Two shots in the dark now Huey's Dead


Some people will argue that Tupac was an uncouth thug who only spoke of violence and degraded women. Yet some of those same people ride through the neighborhoods blasting the lyrics of new rappers who are either sampling beats & choruses from artists who came before them or incorporating lyrics from Tupac and other rappers from the 90s in their songs today. These little young thundercats may think what they're hearing is new. But it really isn't. I remember his song "You wonder why they call you B----". Pay attention to the lyrics. He's not calling all women b----es. He's speaking on women who go through great lengths to trap a man in hopes to gaining a big pay day. Women who have no standards- if the money is there, they do not care. If a zebra has stripes don't call it a cheetah. LOL! But he didn't just shine the light on those kinds of women. He paid homage to the everyday BLACK WOMAN who is the back bone and ultimate mother of our communities in "Keep Your Head Up".

And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman,
I wonder why we take from our women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women
...And since a man can't make one (baby) He has no right to tell a woman
When and where to create one.
So will the real men get up?
I know you're fed up, ladies. But keep your head up...


You cannot deny that Hip-Hop would be a lot better if Tupac and Biggie had lived longer. Greatness was sure to come from both of them. So from myself as well as from every other fan who appreciates what Tupac brought to the industry poetically, through his music as well as on the big screen, Philly pays homage to one of the best to ever do it. RIP Tupac- my Gemini brother! And on that note, I'd like to leave my readers with his poem "Tomorrow"

Today is filled with anger
fueled with hidden hate
scared of being outcast
afraid of common fate
Today is built on tragedies
which no one wants 2 face
nightmares 2 humanities
and morally disgraced
Tonight is filled with rage
violence in the air
children bred with ruthlessness
because no one at home cares
Tonight I lay my head down
but the pressure never stops
gnawing at my sanity
content when I am dropped
But 2morrow I c change
a chance 2 build a new
Built on spirit intent of Heart
and ideals
based on truth
and tomorrow I wake with second wind
and strong because of pride
2 know I fought with all my heart 2 keep my
dream alive

Tupac

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Philly Support Philly! The Movement Begins

September 12, 2012 IntroductionPhilly Support Philly  No comments

Author of A Thug's Redemption

Oh My GOD!!! After 20 grueling hours, this blog is finallly finished! The madness that I went through with part of the design, the coding, re-coding, adjusting and readjusting, widget placements and widget cuts...MANNNNNNNN!!! When I tell y'all I need a drink, I'm not bull------- you LOL! Thankfully it is for the most part complete, with just a few more touch ups needed. I'm just happy to have finally been able to launch this blog. WELCOME READERS!!! PHILLY STAND UP!!! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Yani, and I will be the admin of this blog. In this media playground (as I like to call it), you will find all kinds of updates on what's happening in Philly, whether it's in regards to Hip-Hop and R&B, up and coming writers from Philly, fashion designers, models, actors, dancers, scholars athletes, etc! I want people to know about it. Everyday, there is something tragic on the news about Philly. I want people to understand that there are still good things happening in this city, and those Good Things should not be overshadowed by the ugly evils that occur.I told one of my Twitter followers that as I climb my way to the top, I am bringing anyone along who was willing to climb with me. That's what I intend to do through my blog. I know how strong my desire was to not only become a published writer, but to be able to SELF PUBLISH my work. To me, that is the greatest achievement I could have made outside of becoming a mother. It is something that I've wanted since I was 15 years old. At 15 years old, I aspired to be the next Nikki Giovanni. Unfortunately today, girls at that age are aspiring to be the next Nicki Minaj. (To each their own *Yani Shrug*) Anyone who told me I would not become published and I should look into doing something else got the same response from me then that my doubters get from me now: Before I let you make a lie out of me, I'll make a believer out of you. And here I am. Do you believe me now? (smiles) I know that there are others here in Philly just like me who can't think of anything else in this world except for how strongly they want to do something. How badly they want to get up on a stage and sing, how badly they want people to hear and relate to their lyrics and rhymes, or to be able to transform on a runway or movie set. I used to say to my mom and my friends when I was a teenager, "The moment that would make me feel on top of the world is to see someone at the bus stop or on a train reading my book." It may sound silly to some, but to me, that is a joyous moment that cannot be stolen by anyone.My fingers have developed a mind of their own, I'm so happy to have this blog up LOL! Let me close this entry out by saying, this blog is here for anyone from Philly who wants to showcase their work. If you are a rapper, singer, artist, athlete, graphic designer, fashion designer, model or a person in the community trying to make a difference by educating and uplifting our younger generation and want another platform to broadcast your talents, efforts, and hard work, send me an email to yani@anitbeetproductions.net. You must include: Your Name What Part of Philly you're fromEmail AddressA brief introductionIf you are sending music, just send your file(files) as an mp3 or WAV file. If you have a video, please make sure it is no more than 3 minutes and if you are sending photos, no more than 5 images please and thank you! All are welcome to particpate. And on that note, I'm out! PEACE!! :-)

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