All things entertainment require a certain amount of illusion. Cori Sims popping up everywhere, however, is no magic trick. Fresh off an appearance in the highly successful VH1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Storyand the buzz building success of his last single, “Startin Somethin”, Sims is in stealth mode preparing his new single “Hush” for its winter release. And the shadowy phenom is showing no signs of slowing down.
“I’ve learned that you’re not gonna make all of your money in music,” Cori explains knowingly. He has two big screen appearances slated for 2014 already in feature films Let’s Be Cops and Fast & Furious 7. This past week, he completed a dope shoot for the artwork for “Hush” with Seats Photography and stylist Zoe Dupree. “As you see my style is unique.” And his distinct imaging will assuredly be reflected in the soon to be shot video for the single. And with so much emphasis on the packaging, it’s great to know that there is great music at the core. The single is amazing. And Sims is adamant about his mission. “I’m bringing back real R&B.”
And his methodology on music is simple enough to work: “I try to make sure I put as much emotion into it as possible.” Though “Hush” was written by Dondiddy, Sims penned “Startin Somethin” himself. “I’ve been writing for three or four years.” The single is slated for release on January 1, 2014. And it is almost a given that the meantime will be spent productively with him popping up a slew of other places. As he even states of himself, “I’m somebody who always strives to give my best.” And hard work goes a long way in entertainment.
Listen to Cori Sims single “Startin Somethin” and hear a snippet for “Hush” Here
Follow Cori Sims on Twitter @IamCoriSims and Instagram @IamCoriSims
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Maxx Hassell (me lol; I lolol) gathered some friends at Footprints Cafe in Lawrenceville, Ga to celebrate the one year anniversary of TheMaxxOut’s soft launch (I know; we throw parties for EVERYTHING). Everyone donned their florals, animal prints, stripes, polka dots, etc. turned aaalll the way up. Special guest Farrah Franklin showed up with a few of her friends and we had an amazing time. DJ Rockafellar provided the evening’s soundtrack. Performers included Maxx Hassell & his girls, Lady Queen, K. Holloway & B Boy Fidget. Lady Queen and Fidget also sponsored giveaways, Queen dispersing her Queendom lipstick collection and Fidget his wildly popular F-Rock Clothing wares. Maxx also debuted his video to the public as he and the girls gear up to start making the rounds performing the single. *Sidenote* Farrah is by faaaaaaar, one of the most down to earth celebs on the planet…WE LOVE HER!!!! Hopefully we get a full interview on her crackin soon. Enjoy the pics HERE and the video of Maxx’s (my) performance HERE & #MaxxOut
Randoms from #themaxxoutprintsparty w/ Maxx Hassell & his girls, Farrah Franklin, Lady Queen, Mekell the Prince, B Boy Fidget & More!!!!
Maxx Hassell “Take A Lil Back” Live (by MaxxHassell) #TheMaxxOutPrintsParty #Atlanta #liveperformance #turnup #maxxhassell #r&b #hiphop #pop
A good stylist in the entertainment industry can sometimes be like Merlin to Arthur. Often times, a winning look can be the missing ingredient to mainstream notoriety. And stylist Zoe Dupree has catapulted to success working his magic on his fast growing list of clients that include Lil’ Mo, SWV, R&B Divas LA, Fantasia, Trina Braxton, Rolls Royce Rizzy, Mystikal, Tahiry, and a host of others. In fact, he styled the ladies of R&B Divas for their TVOne intros. And of course, we wanted to know more about this red carpet phenom. And you’ll learn as we did, that Zoe Dupree is a styling force to be reckoned with. #MaxxOut!!!
Tell us a little bit about your company…
Zoe Dupree started off as a t-shirt line, and later emerged into a wardrobe styling company that styles celebrity clients; we specialize in red carpet events, reality television, photo shoots, and everyday wardrobe needs.
My intentions were to never become a stylist. As a child, I always wanted to look my best and fashion was something that was everywhere around me. Styling kind of came out of no-where. I one day was helping style people for a fashion show and I received excellent recognition for my work, and it began from there.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with Lil’ Mo, R&B group SWV, the ladies of R&B Divas LA, Qwanell Mosely, Fantasia, French Montana, Trina Braxton, Mia Campbell, Tahiry from Love and Hip Hop New York, Flavor of Loves Deelishis, and many other names.
There was one time that a client was in desperate need of a red carper look and I only had two hours to put something together. In a matter of fifteen minutes I was able to pull the most elegant mint green dress, as well as jewelry and shoes; she ended up getting recognized for Best Red Carpet look.
Currently I’m working on a documentary titled Zoe’s Closet, which follows the day in the life of Zoe Dupree at work. You never know who is going to the next client in Zoe’s Closet.
I don’t really have any rules. Whatever is farfetched and different is always good to me. A real stylist can make ANYTHING work. You just have to be passionate about your craft.
I’m a sucker for jackets and accessories. Those are the perfect things to layer with.
Looks by stylist Zoe Dupree…
Youth empowerment is at the core of everything Maxx Hassell and TheMaxxOut stand for. So it was an absolute pleasure to attend the Final Draft Celebrity Basketball Game and School Readiness Event this past Saturday. New R&B super group Final Draft got together with the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA in Stone Mountain to help prepare students for the school year with fun, encouragement, and support. Group members Divine, Fashun, Lucky, Dnyce, and Voice, who are currently buzzing with their single “For Life”, continued their efforts in youth advocacy and they had the support of many of their industry friends.
As the day started Final Draft, along with Crown World Entertainment artist Alix Lapri, Atlanta Hawks’ organist Sir Foster, and Pastor Jermaine Lane engaged the younger readers in story reading. The kids also used this time to get their faces painted. The event progressed when the talented quintet, who recently snagged a Georgia Music Award for Best R&B Group, gathered the kids downstairs for the school supply giveaway. They were joined by their pastor, Pastor Robert Whitaker, Alix Lapri and recording artist and television personality (and friend to TheMaxxOut) Dre P. Youth in the vicinity also enjoyed use of the facility’s rock climbing wall. The afternoon culminated in the celebrity basketball game that pit The Movers vs The Shakers, all donning jerseys by LightWeight Fitness Gear. Introduced by Pastor Whitaker, Tony Terry gave a powerful rendition of the National Anthem and a very exciting game went forth. And who won? The youth of Atlanta. Stone Mountain Mayor Patricia Wheeler officially proclaimed the day Final Draft Day in recognition of their efforts.
All of the participants were on hand with a positive message for the youth. Sir Foster spoke of overcoming obstacles. “There’s always a way to get it done. They sky is not the limit. You can go as far as you want to.” Alix Lapri, who cites Aaliyah as a major influence, was excited to be a part of an event that gave her age group a spot to hang out for a while. “All there is is positivity,” she gushes. “It’s a lot of fun. A lot of music. A lot of food.” Dre P. talked a lot about originality. “Don’t be scared to be you. Set trends. Dare to be different.” And we all hope that youth in 2013 can glean from those young mentors. Other participants and attendees included actor/writer Jermel Howard, up and coming Bravo reality star Brooklyn Tankard, Stevie J. Jr, NBA player Joe Johnson, and oodles more.
It was such a great event that we hope it ends up being the “First Annual” and returns again next year. But either way, we extend our encouragement and support to these five young men who make up Final Draft and prove that men of color can have an impact at any age or level of their career. Check out some of the pics HERE!!! And #MaxxOut!!!!
Follow Sir Foster on Twitter@HawksOrganist
So, I say it all the time, but TheMaxxOut is about helping our readers incorporate the entertainment lifestyle into their everyday lives. And Cheryl “Coko” Clemons and her friend Tamiya Davis are two girls after our own hearts. The duo just opened the doors on their flagship shoe boutique C&T Shoe Bar. Any of Coko’s fans and followers on Instagram or Twitter know what an avid shoe lover she is. So, it wasn’t that shocking when her and Davis put their heads together to birth their store, which carries many brands, including London Trash, Privileges, and Red Kiss. What some would find shocking, though, is location.
While most would have taken the easy route and threw a store in a bustling Atlanta suburb amongst other similar businesses, the pair kept their store in Virginia Beach, choosing Lynnhaven Mall to house their creation. They understood the lack of supply for the growing demand for fabulous shoes and accessories at affordable prices in that untapped market. And with the Baker’s location within that particular mall closing, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Aside from bringing a little added style to the area, they are also creating jobs and economic opportunity. And for that, we take our hats off to these two fabulicious business women.
And you don’t have to live in Virginia Beach to enjoy C&T Shoe Bar…You can get plugged in at www.candtshoebar.com #MaxxOut
NightLife Hair Wrap is a new beauty product that has been growing a strong buzz as of late. The amazing head wear allows women to keep their hair healthy and their hairstyle safe during, sleep, work, downtime, etc. Ad founder has parlayed that buzz into a spot in the running for Wal Mart’s “Get On the Shelf” contest. I recently had a chance to catch up with her at a business mixer and she was able to fill me in on everything. Peep the interview below…
Tell us a bit about the “Get On the Shelf” contest…
This is a contest that will offer NightLife Hair Wrap the opportunity to be sold in Walmart stores! I NEED YOUR HELP TO PROVE THAT NIGHTLIFE HAIR WRAP IS A VIABLE COMMERCIAL PRODUCT!
What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to be a part of this contest?