Discover NOW: Brandie Freely

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Photo via Brandie Freely.

#DiscoverNOW is our curatorial series aimed at creating awareness for emerging culture, lifestyle, and talent. Today, we are excited to profile Brandie Freely. Brandie is a hope dealer, mother, writer, musician, lover, and free spirit to say the least! We came across the amazing work of Brandie when we saw the image posted above on Instagram. One of the first thoughts which came to mind were, “What does this image represent?” To us, this image represents beauty, courage, cultivation, love, motherhood, promise, trust, and unity. What does this image mean to you?

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Photo via Brandie Freely.

After checking out some of Brandie’s work on her website, brandiefreely.com, we came across one of her articles entitled, “On Mothering and Growing.” In this piece, Brandie shares her six year journey as the mother of her six year old daughter, Solona. Like many mothers, Brandie strives to be the absolute best mother she possibly can. In fact, she understands that she is a mother under construction. Here’s a question for our mothers, “What is it like to be a mother under construction?” “What does motherhood mean to you?”

We’re happy to have come across the great work of Brandie and we hope that you are too! We’re also looking forward to seeing how great of a mother-daughter combo both Brandie and Solona grow up to be. Be sure to sign-up for updates and follow Brandie’s journey by checking out her website, brandiefreely.com. Enjoy!

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

How Might We Start? (Curate Culture)

How might we start? Curate culture. Promote and support the work of others! Earlier this morning, I was listening to Gary Vaynerchuk’s audio experience podcast on SoundCloud when he mentioned the following, “There’s no excuse for not talking to the world, it just doesn’t have to be our thoughts and words every time.” When I heard this, I thought of one of the sayings I’ve been sharing with people from one of my videos on Instagram back in August 2016 which goes as follows, “When we share our message with the world, we begin to attract opportunities that align with that message.”

Let’s get out there and start doing something. It doesn’t have to be “perfect.” It’s impossible to improve, iterate, and pivot if we have yet to start anything. Curate culture. Curate lifestyle. We are all curators. Our life is a museum and we choose what we want to put on display. If we’re afraid to start a website, start something on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Let’s use the environment, tools, and resources we have around us. Why settle for excuses?

For example, because I live here in New Brunswick, New Jersey, I was inspired to create a community engagement platform entitled, “We Love Hub City” aimed at promoting positivity and inspiring the City of New Brunswick, NJ. We curate the culture, lifestyle, and pulse of the city in which we live. This has led to many great opportunities to build relationships with people who I don’t even have to travel to see! How about that for convenience?

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Screenshot of We LOVE Hub City.

In closing, I really want to see people win. I want to see US WIN! I’m here to build, connect, empower, and inspire others to take action towards fulfilling their dreams. In order for me to continue walking towards my purpose, I must also continue to take action. Let’s take action together!

S/O to Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerMedia, and Team GaryVee for continuing to put out amazing content and inspire the world to live legendary and leave a legacy. P.S…”Patience and progress is necessary yet speed and execution is everything.”

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Rainy Milo – You And I

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Photo via Alchetron.

It’s been over 3 years since we’ve heard from London’s own Rainy Milo. Thankfully, she’s back with her latest project, “I Knew I Had A Heart (Because I Felt It Breaking)” which was released on Friday, April 7, 2017.

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The first time we came across Rainy was in January of 2014. We were introduced to Rainy thanks to Ashley Outrageous after Rainy released the super soulful and jazz infused, “‘Bout You.” Since then, Rainy has remained on our radar.

We checked out “I Knew I Had A Heart” in it’s entirety on Soundcloud this past weekend. We were instantly intrigued by the last track entitled, “You And I.” “You And I” was written by Rainy Milo, Taurean Roye and Trackademicks. Trackademicks is also credited for production on the record. Vocal production, mixing, mastering and engineering are all thanks to Daje.

What catches our ear the most about “You And I” are the melodic chord changes and overall summer time vibe. We hope you enjoy the tune and please be sure to check out her entire project!

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

How Can Pepsi Set Precedent For Meaningful Social Dialogue?

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Photo via TV Line.

As we may know by now, Pepsi and Kendall Jenner are both on the receiving end of a very controversial advertising campaign which was originally posted on YouTube on Tuesday April 4, 2017.

I don’t traditionally address topics pertaining to trendy pop culture headlines. However, due to the massive reaction of this incident in particular, I feel more than compelled to address what can we learn from Pepsi’s mistake. In addition, I also hope that we can use this opportunity as a catalyst to create meaningful conversation, discussion, and dialogue in an effort to improve the condition of our planet and humanity across the globe.

Yesterday morning, Thursday April 6, 2017, I happened to come across Pepsi’s following press release via Twitter.

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Upon first sight, I was slightly unsettled when I read, “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue.” My first thought after reading this sentence were the three words, “any serious issue.” According to my observations and due to the overwhelming reaction to this campaign, it seems as though this advertisement turned out to be a lot more than just any serious issue. In the eyes of many, any political and social protest is a very serious issue.

Naturally, as a result of what I had observed, I felt a burning desire and responsibility to address the current issue at hand from a perspective and outlook which can inspire people to connect, engage, and transform the landscape of our current society.

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Later on in the day, after I returned from work, I felt as though is was only right for me to record a video in an effort to address and voice the following questions and concerns:

  • Can positive social action remedy negative social reaction? (6:25)
  • How can a huge mistake lead to a groundbreaking opportunity? (7:23)
  • Who needs to take action? (9:59)
  • How can we thrive if we divide? (15:13)
  • “This is an opportunity to bridge.” – Bernice A. King (16:13)
  • We all make mistakes! (18:02)
  • How can we correct our mistakes? (18:45)
  • How can we as people effectively articulate our concerns? (19:54)
  • Who’s going to lead the charge? (21:06)
  • What does leading the charge entail? (22:49)
  • The time is NOW! (23:38)

In closing, I believe that now is the perfect time to turn our intention into action. Now is the time to lead a charge where our mission is to correct the many negative deeds of humanity. The time is NOW. The moment is NOW. The second is NOW!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Zilo – Know That I Want You

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Photo via Soundcloud.

It’s been 5 months since we’ve last heard from Zilo and we’re happy to be blessed with her lovely sound once again. This time around she hits us with her latest tune entitled, “Know That I Want You.” Sit back and enjoy because please believe, you know we will!

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

Discover NOW: Alex Harris

#DiscoverNOW is our curatorial series aimed at creating awareness for emerging culture, lifestyle, and talent. Today, we are excited to profile Alex Harris. Alex is an emerging recording artist and MC who is currently based in Dallas, Texas. We came across Alex while watching Gary Vaynerchuk’s Daily Vee (EP. 180). After hearing his song “Sheets“, we were highly compelled to learn more about his brand, music, and movement. Needless to say, he didn’t let us down!

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With a vision bigger than music, Alex is part of a multi-faceted creative collective entitled, 3:AM Ugly. In an interview with Field Report Collective in June of 2016, Alex mentions that 3:AM Ugly consists of friends within his circle which he has known for over a decade. Some of his friends include, Nate Coop, De Marquis McDaniels, Eric Lawrence, Nick Gower, Barret Huie, and Amir Rofoogar. As a collective, their talents include production, fashion, film, media, photography and skateboarding.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alex, please check out his interview below with COSIGN magazine where he discusses his journey in music, finding his sound, and how traveling has influenced his creative process. We’re sure that there will be a lot more to come from Alex as he continues to build his brand and share his story with the world!

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

The Compassionate New Yorker: jeffstaple

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Photo via stoked.org.

On Saturday February 4, 2017, I happened to interrupt my morning routine in an effort to catch up on some Instagram stories. While perusing through my stories, I happened to come across the feed of jeffstaple. As I made time to scroll through Jeff’s stories, I witnessed something that not only caught my attention, but very quickly caught my heart.

At around 1 am that Saturday morning, Jeff happened to observe someone waiting in the frigid cold temperature at a bus stop in his neighborhood in New York City. Thanks to his compassion, empathy, and mindfulness, Jeff decided to help out his fellow companion by calling them a ride to take them wherever they may have needed to go.

Photo via jeffstaple.

Photo via jeffstaple.

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Photo via jeffstaple.

I find this story to be super inspiring as well as a great act of random kindness (please check out kindness.org). As a native New Yorker (I now reside in New Jersey), I often understand why we get bashed for our fast-paced, care-free lifestyle. We see so much happening in our day to day environment that it’s easy to feel as though in order to survive and not be taken advantage of, we must close our eyes and cover our ears to the realities and overstimulating demands of our environment. As a result, we often become numb to the need for compassion and taking care of others.

The reason why I decided to share this story is because I personally believe that we need to see more stories like this in our headlines. Amidst the over saturation of negativity which will often find a way to dominate our timelines and social media feeds, we need to expose ourselves to stories which help to promote positivity and inspire our communities. Regardless of whatever region of the world we may currently live in, we can all make a small choice and take a small action which can help to make a HUGE difference in the life of someone else. Let’s ask ourselves, what will our world look like when compassion becomes contagious? How can we spread a positive social contagion?

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Photo via Jordan Cuellar.

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Discover NOW: Jorge F. Muñiz

Photo via Jorge F. Muñiz.

#DiscoverNOW is our curatorial series aimed at creating awareness for emerging culture, lifestyle, and talent. Today, we are excited to profile Jorge F. Muñiz. Jorge is a talented photographer based in the Bay Area. With 1,394 Instagram followers to date, Jorge will only continue to grow his following as he steadily increases his vibrant volume of work.

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Screenshot via Instagram.

At the current age of 25, a majority of Jorge’s portraits portray a great sense of feminine focused energy and style. As we made time to peruse through all 682 of his posts, we were greeted with many photos that remind us of something we would find being featured in the looks of popular brands such as Forever 21, Madewell, Refinery 29, and PacSun. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come for Jorge in the future as he continues to expand his brand and master his craft as a photographer!

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Photos via Jorge F. Muñiz.

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

Loving It: The LIFT Project!

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Photo via The LIFT Project.

We came across The LIFT Project on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 after checking out the hashtag for one of our brands, #WeLOVEHubCity. After checking out a few posts within our community, we came across Michelle Perez (thanks for supporting the hashtag). Not only is Michelle one of the co-leaders of the The LIFT Project, she is also a wedding planner based right here in New Brunswick, New Jersey!

 

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Photo via The LIFT Project.

Upon looking further into The LIFT Project, we were really intrigued by both the aesthetic and style in which their message was presented. We initially came across their flyer for their 1 year anniversary conference entitled, “For The Culture” which will be taking place this Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm at 95 Cambridge Drive in Aberdeen, NJ 07747. It definitely looks exciting!

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Photo via Michelle Perez.

Why Do We Love The LIFT Project?

We absolutely admire and love how a group of young adults are giving themselves permission to create a community based on faith and good intentions. At The LIFT Project, they seek to inspire and provoke change. In addition, they also support the journey of one another through sharing both personal experiences and aspirations. This in itself is what we would identify as the true essence of building meaningful relationships.

We’re definitely looking forward to hearing and learning more about The LIFT Project as they continue to expand their brand in an effort to spread their message of strength, love, joy, and purpose. This is a message that we all certainly align with here at A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group. As a result, we know that with movements such as The LIFT Project, the world will continue to remain in great hands regardless of any turmoil we may have to endure. As long as we are in God’s hands, we are in great hands!

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A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is a brand development agency that specializes in creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. With an emphasis on culture and lifestyle, the primary focus of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group is to help companies adapt to culture and build value between brands and their consumers centered around love. Our social mission is to leverage the influence of popular culture to create social change and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership. We are driven by AMBITION, fueled by PASSION, inspired by INNOVATION, and suckers for STRATEGY!

What Is Our Definition of Work?

Earlier this evening, after checking my notifications on Twitter, I decided to check out the profile of someone I recently interacted with after she tweeted a quote by a women named Myleik Teele. The quote that she tweeted courtesy of Myleik stated the following, “You can’t be on year 2 expecting 10 year results.”

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Screenshot via Twitter.

Interestingly enough, I interviewed Myleik for behindthehustle.com back in 2015 for one of our “3 Lessons Learned” articles. In other words, I know her hustle! Speaking of hustle, I also know that when I share a common interest and philosophy with someone else, the least I can do is check out their profile to see what it is they do for work. In this case, I decided to check out the profile of @Reality_Check5. After checking out her profile and seeing that she is the DC Membership Manager for Women of Color in Communications, I decided to check out her company’s Twitter handle, @ColorCommntwk. It was here that I saw the following tweet to an article by Kayla Matthews via Inc. magazine about research saying that “40 hours Is Too Long Of A Work Week.” This really caught my attention and interest.

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Screenshot via Twitter.

As a result of this tweet, I was compelled to reply that our view and perspective of “work” will often determine whether or not we feel as though 40 hours is too long of a work week. I believe that when we do what we love, we’re more committed and devoted toward living and working with a greater sense of purpose. Thus, the energy that we are fueled with through passion and purpose will allow us to put in the adequate amount of hours required to achieve our goals. Most of the time, this will far exceed 40 hours!

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Screenshot via Twitter.

This thought is essentially what led me to the following question, “Are we really working too long…or maybe, are we really working too wrong?”

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Photo via Twitter.

What Is Our Definition of Work?

Are we allowing our “work” to occupy our time or optimize our time? Are we working towards meaning, significance, and purpose or towards making ends meet? Let’s take the money out of the equation and ask ourselves, “Why are we working?” More importantly, why are we working 40 hours? What are we working 40 hours on? Would we be doing what we are doing if we were not paid to do it?

After a while, I believe that there comes a point and time where we must truly assess what we are doing and why. As Michael Jr. Comedy once said, “When we know our why, our what has more impact because we are walking in or towards our purpose.” This is often what differentiates those of us who live life on purpose from those of us who unfortunately fall into the dangerous time warp of society. Let’s ask ourselves, “How might we discover our purpose?” As a result, I’m sure this will eventually help to alleviate the pain of both working extra long and extra wrong.

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.