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The lifestyle magazine for young, forward thinking adults! This issue's features include The Mad Violinist, DJ Traci Steele, Kellie Griffin Interiors, 3D Sculptor PATCH, Wine Tasting 101, Daycations For The Active, Young Professionals, Bermuda's Culture, Doo.Ri Chung Designs, The History of Wrist Watches, Love & Relationships, Investing In Yourself & more!

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  • iMPRiNTtheEnhancing Your Knowledge. Ref in ing Your L i festy le. Volume 2Issue 2

    ARTS

    FASHION

    CULTURE

    ISSUE! theimprintmag.com

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    Model: Mia DavisCreative Director: N. ReneePhotography Director: Jay YoungAssistant Photographers: Channessa Roundtree & Bobby QuinnHair/Makeup: Angelica Kyeremeh, Angel Faces Makeup ArtistryWardrobe/Jewelry: Diamonds & Pearls CoutureStylist: Lillie Elle YoungCreative Assistant: Shaundra T. SmithCreative Assistant: Karissa J. ParkerLocation: Spiveys Creations

    making the cover

  • EDITORIAL

    N. Renee Webb Executive Editor

    Avis FoleyAssociate Editor

    Jay YoungDirector, Photography & Video

    Britt Hutchinson PhotojournalistChannessa Roundtree Assistant Photographer

    Bobby Quinn Assistant PhotographerChelsea M. Brown Staff Writer

    Ashlyn B. Kirk Staff WriterCydney Nunn Staff Writer

    Vern F. Clarke Contributing WriterKarissa J. Parker Staff Writer/Creative Assistant

    LaTisha Hunley Creative AssistantGabrielle Thomas Administrative Assistant

    BRAND MARKETINGShaundra T. Smith Director

    Ashlyn B. Kirk Social Media Assistant

    OPERATIONS & DISTRIBUTIONEric Webb Manager

    CONTACTOffice 1.877.574.3844

    Career Opportunities info@aspireonlinemedia.comLetters To The Editor editorial@aspireonlinemedia.com

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    Copyright 2012 Aspire Online Media LLC. | All Rights Reserved.No part of this magazine may be reproduced in part or in whole

    without the express written consent of the Publisher.

    Enhancing Your Knowledge. Refining Your Lifestyle.

    Connect With Us!*Photo by Jay Young during Brandi D.s Single Release Party & Birthday Bash @ Vanquish Lounge.

    STYLE.

    The HIGH UP.comA blog by Aspire Online Media

    theiMPRiNT

    Ecouture Clothing Photographed by Britt Hutchinson at LA Fashion Week.

    CULTURE.ENTERTAINMENT.

  • C O N T E N T SFeatures

    art TONESEXCLUSIVE: 5 Time Grammy

    Nominated The Mad ViolinistCalifornia Based Sculptor Patch

    Artist Derrick Spivey

    fashion BRIEFDoo-Ri Chung Designs

    The Gentlemans Guide To Watches

    culture CONSCIOUSWine Tasting 101

    Bermuda: The Oceans JewelA Snapshot of India

    making RANKMeet The Infamous

    DJ Traci Steele

    young EXECExperience The Lifestyle

    With Kamar Zachery

    health WISERise To Your Fitness Regimen

    money MOVES5 Ways To Start Investing

    In Yourself

    start TRIPPINGDaycations For The Active,

    Young Professional

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    ADDING A BIT OF SPICE TO YOUR LIFE THE ARTS, FASHION & CULTURE ISSUE!

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  • EDITORS NOTEKnowing Appreciation

    IN THE MIXAOM Was In The Mix With Terminal Wests Pre-Grand Opening Party & Pretty Girls Rock 2

    ON THE BRINKKellie Griffin Interiors

    WHERES THE LOVELife, Love & Other Stuff

    I ASPIRELife Is...

    IMPRINT BULLETINNews, Events & Career Listings

    EDITORS PICKSBag & Swag ItBooks, Movies & MusicCuisine Quest

    CONTENTSSubscribetoTheIMPRINT$18ForOneYear!

    Log on to www.theimprintmag.com.

    VisitusonlineatAspireOnlineMedia.comforwhatshauteinfashion,businessandentertainment(andeverythinginbetween)!Oh,anddontforgettokeepitpluggedeach

    weektowincoolstuduringModishMondays!Refining Young Lifestyles

    In Every Issue

    TWEET TALKWe want to know your favorite article in the issue!

    Tweet us @AspireOnline and use hashtag #TheIMPRINTmag!

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    UP NEXT! July 2012 Business, Career &

    Technology Issue!

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  • Social Rave!Weve got people talking about

    The IMPRINT Magazine! See what theyre saying...

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    Love the newest issue! *C - Corey JacksonRead something smarter than the back of a cereal

    box! - Julissa Victorious WhiteI just received the current issue of The IMPRINT.

    LOVE IT! - Lahronda Welch Little

  • So,hereweareagain.AnotherissuecompletedandIfeellikeIhavejustwrappedup athesispaper.Thisissuechallengedmeinanumberofwaysbecauseitsonethingtoselectaparticulartheme-butthentocreatesomethingthatwill leaveanimpactonourreaders is another. I battled with myself many nights over the magazines taglineEnhancingYourknowledge.RefiningYourlifestyle.andthoughtaboutexactlywhatitis that I want our readers to gain after spending a lazy afternoon browsing themagazines features. After countless hours of discussion with my Director of BrandMarketingabout thepublicationsvision, wedecided that itwas timeto stepitupanotch. Thismeant thatwewouldhavetoputourselvestothetest to seeifwecouldproducewhatwepreachaboutallthetime.Atthe endofeachday,mysinceresthopeis for our younger generationtounderstand thevalueandpower ofwhat knowledgebrings.Thereisabsolutelynothingmoreliberatingthatbeingabletofreelywalk intoalibrary,selectabook,orbrowsetheinternetrealizingthattheonlythingthatseparatesyou from thenext person are the plentiful resources youve chosen to access. How canyou appreciatesomethingif youdont fullyknowwhatit is letalone itsvalue?Theonethingthatinspiredmetostartmycompanywas constantly hearingpeoplesay, IfI hadonlyknown. Ifyouhadonlyknownwhat?Thatyoucouldhavechangedtheoutcomeofasituationbymakinganeducateddecision?TheonethingthatIknowforsureistonevertakeanythingforfacevalue.Ifyouwanttoknowsomething,doyourresearch.Typically,whenIhearsomeonesayawordthatImnotfamiliarwith,Imakeamentalnoteofit,andatthe firstopportunity,Ilookitupin thedictionary-primarilytoseeifthepersonuseditinthe rightcontext.Anddoingsoalsoallowsmetoexpandmyvocabulary.

    Inthis editionofTheIMPRINTMagazine,wewishtoenhanceyour knowledgewhilerefiningyour lifestylethroughthearts,fashionandculture.IrememberfallinginlovewithfineartwhenIfirstsawthelateWilliam

    Tollivers paintings years ago. Since then, Iveset a goal tostartamini galleryofmyown.Ihaventpurchasedanythingjustyet, but Im getting close! I also remember becominginfactuated with music when I heard Whitney Houstons IWannaDanceWithSomebodyblastingfrommymomsstereowhen I was a little girl. I went on to sing (I thought I wasWhitneysbackup) for years andpickedup theclarinetalongtheway.Iloveclassicalinstruments.Theressomethingaboutclassicalmusicand jazz that tends tosoothe thesoul. IalsoenjoylearningaboutpeopleandbelievethatIpossessaknackfor getting them to open up about their interests, fears andaspirations. Being open to people fromall backgrounds andraces has helpedto further the visionformy company.Andfashion!OMG!Onceupona timeI usedtothink that puttingtogethera head-turningensemblewastoomuchwork.Imean

    why dowehavetospendsomuchtimetrying tobethenext showstopper?Well,I learneda little secret.People aredrawntoattractivepeople.Andapartofbeingattractiveisspendingalittle extratime(andmoney)onmywardrobeandhair.ImaprettycreativepersonsoIvelearnedtoincorporatesomeofthatcreativityintomystyleselectionsand...voila!Imnowaconvertedfashionista.

    Knowingtheoriginofpeople,placesandthingsaddsclarityto ourdailywalk.Wearenothereto merelyexist.Weareheretohelpourfellowmanandappreciate everythingaroundusbecauseitallhastremendousvalue.Thepeoplewhowevechosentofeature inthisissuehavehadamazingjourneysandstoriesthatwillinspireyouanytimeyoumightfeellikethrowingin thetowel.Hurdlesareovercomebybillions ofpeopleeveryday.Themoreyouface,themoreprofoundyourtestimony.Wehopetheplacesthatyou readaboutwill encourageyoutoexploreothertreasuresaroundtheworld.Makeitapointtoplanandbudgetfor atripoutsideof thecountry.There issomuchmoretoexperiencebeyondour backyards.Thefeatures thatyoullbeintroducedwithinthisissueshouldverywelligniteyourdesiretowanttoknoweverythingfromhowtodetermineaqualityfabrictothehistoryofcelebratedartists.Knowledgeisthepowertocreatechange.Enjoy!

    KNOWING APPRECIATION F R O

    M T H

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    EXECUTIVE EDITORN.Renee Webb

    NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR FACE VALUE

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    My sincerest hope is for our younger generation to

    understand the value and power of what knowledge brings.

  • TERMINAL WEST PRE- GRAND OPENING PARTY @ KING PLOW ARTS CENTER ON 3.28.12

    Photographed by D.J. Bing.

    IN THE MIX

  • 2ND ANNUAL PRETTY GIRLS ROCK @ JUSTINS RESTAURANT ON 4.26.12

    Photographed by Jay Young, Channessa Roundtree &Bobby Quinn

    IN THE MIX

  • The Mad Violinist

    TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC STYLE, HOW HIS MOM INFLUENCED HIS CAREER AND WHY HE WILL

    ALWAYS HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA

    Interview by N. Renee | Photos by Anderson Smitty Smith

  • hile other three year olds were busy putting objects down a toilet and creating towers out

    of colorful building blocks, Ashanti Floyd, aka The Mad Violinist, was sharpening his skills on the violin when he was barely potty trained. Yep, the 28 year old five time Grammy nominee has been a master musician for a long time. Trained on over 30 instruments, the self proclaimed jokester didnt always aspire to be a celebrated violinist. He initially wanted to be a rapper and d