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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Making the Cover Misty Copeland, Black Woman Principal Ballerina and Fashion Model Dominating The Top Covers

 Making the Cover Misty Copeland, Black Woman Principal Ballerina and Fashion Model Dominating The Top Covers




With her delicate features and the look of love haired beauty, Misty Copeland has captivated some of the industry’s biggest fashion and beauty power houses.

From the USA and choosing her own way as the only pretty face in the year 2016 that has broken the racial stereotype against Black Women Swans Misty has proven why Black generation never can say goodby to the true and original Blackness. 

Misty Copeland is about break more racial stereotypes against Black Women leading the way with a designed ballerina wear for sexy and curvy women.

Misty's curvy poses and fashion will snag her an exclusive, to her continuing dominance in all the top covers and campaigns of Black Women fashion and beauty.

Misty Copeland is definitely one the year's biggest breakout fashion and beauty stars.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Van Stone: My Prince Tribute-Recognition of The Late Great Prince and Misty Copeland Performance Making the Cover... Misty Copeland Says How Working With Prince Feels

Van Stone: My Prince Tribute-Recognition of The Late Great Prince and Misty Copeland Performance Making the Cover... Misty Copeland Says How It Was Working With Prince 




 Misty Copeland and Prince


Tell me what it’s been like working with Prince.
Getting to know him personally has been such an eye-opener for me as an artist. Being around another artist who is so passionate about what he does, I feel like I’ve grown so much in the past two years. Just to see firsthand a musical genius, and to see that it’s okay to be completely immersed in what you do. Those are the best artists. He’s just been a great mentor and friend. It’s been fun.

What specifically do you feel you’ve learned as a dancer from Prince as a musician?

Something happened, something clicked when I really got to know him that gave me this confidence on stage. He’s just helped me to see the bigger picture — to not be so focused on the political things that happen in my company and with dancers around me, and to really focus on me and what I’m doing. Not to feel judged by other people. When you’re in a field like I am, you get more negative feedback than you do positive. I mean, we stand in front of a mirror all day because we’re supposed to look at our flaws and fix them. So it’s been nice having someone say positive things like, “You can do this” and “The sky’s the limit.”

Algiers on Bernie Sanders, Appropriation in Music & Playing Coachella While Critiquing Capitalism

Algiers on Bernie Sanders, Appropriation in Music & Playing Coachella While Critiquing Capitalism

  

Since 2016 is a presidential election year, artists (as with most people) are naturally talking politics a lot more than normal.

But one minute of conversation with Algiers makes it clear that the experimental rock band isn't concerned with politics simply because we're choosing a president this year. The Atlanta outfit speaks quickly, eloquently, passionately and directly about the politics of everything -- whether that be Hillary vs. Bernie or the cultural appropriation build into the music industry -- with a level of incisiveness that illustrates they're thinking about politics more than just once every four years.
Of course, if Algiers was all academic discourse and no groove, no one would care about them as a band.

But with their innovative mélange of post-punk, gospel and soul, the Georgia group offers one of the most exciting new takes on rock in recent years (their self-titled debut came out last year on Matador).
 
Speaking with Billboard at Coachella (the irony of such anti-capitalist group of people performing at the scenester playground isn't lost on them, though refreshingly, they're not defensive about it), Algiers touched on everything from the election to Nina Simone to their next album.

So your band's politics skew toward the anti-capitalist. Does that make it weird playing festivals like Coachella?
Ryan Mahan (bassist): If it's a question of how do we reconcile ourselves with being a band and putting out a record and playing at a festival like this, that's something we haven’t been fully able to grapple with. It's not something we really expected to happen. Fundamentally, we try to express ourselves in those terms, but we also understand music as an expression of capital and oppression and exploitation. So when we talk about race politics it's not strictly about American structural violence -- it could also be about colonial violence or the violence of the music industry itself, which, we know, is based on appropriation. To a degree -- I don't want to make blanket statements, but to a degree that's true, with certain artists being able to capitalize on the work of other people who suffered and whose work came from that life experience. There's a sense of music as a social experience, but the more capital gets involved in music, the more detached it is from that experience.

Franklin James Fisher (lead singer): Music is entertainment, isn’t it? Regardless of what you try to convey when you use it as a platform, it's still so people can have a good time. Hopefully if you're trying to say something constructive, it will register with people and you can have that dialogue. But my understanding of festivals has always been you're there providing a soundtrack for everyone's good times. Fortunately enough you're called there because whatever you're doing [musically] has enough gravity to garner attention.
If you've been to any festival as a concertgoer, you walk past a tent, you might not know the band, you hear it and go in. If you do have a message you're trying to convey, people are going to be more willing to engage with you if do it on familiar terms. As opposed to if you go up to someone and shout into their face and try to convert them, which isn't what we're about anyway.

Ryan: Discourse doesn't have to be hegemonic. At the end of the day, we play music. One of the reasons we like to talk to people after [our shows] is that we actually like to talk about music. Some artists don’t like to talk about it but it helps me to further understand what we're doing to talk about it afterward. So I think it's important for us to engage with people.

Your debut album is great. I was struck by the disparate influences on it. Do you each bring different musical tastes to Algiers or did you just find you guys all have the same eclectic tastes?
Franklin: It's a little of both in equal measure. Depending on whatever the song is, we try to let the song dictate what energies are brought to the forefront or left to the side. As Ryan likes to say it's a constant state of self-discovery. And that's fun.

How do you write your stuff?

Franklin: The process changes with every song.

Ryan: It starts with trust. Trust and understanding. Understanding that this may be outlandish to you, but how does this work within the context of what we want to achieve? Conceptually we laid a groundwork of certain things we want to pull from [with Algiers], but outside of that it emerges organically. And it's not limited to who plays which instrument.

For me, personally, it's based around life and social experience. If you can connect to social experience, that transcends genre. You think of Fela Kuti, Nina Simone, Public Enemy, Discharge, punk rock, hardcore -- there are threads that can be connected to think about it in those terms rather than genre terms. When we made the "Blood" video, that's what we were thinking.
 
I've seen positive things you've said about Bernie Sanders in the past. Is he "your guy" in the election?

Franklin: I'm into him as much as I can be behind any political figure. I'm never going to put my personal voice or stamp on any politician.

Do you not vote?

Franklin: I vote but I don’t endorse politicians.

Ryan: We are not party political. Well, we are party political in that if you're a Republican candidate we will not vote for you and we will attack you vehemently. But we're not party political in terms of standing up for an institutional politician.

We aspire to something more fundamental. That doesn’t mean it's going to actually happen. You can say we're idealists but I still think it's important to have ideals. It's important to hope as individuals. We live in a time of cynicism and ridiculous amounts irony and people who say, "I've learned everything there is to know and now I'm going to live a life that transcends it." I think it's important to think politically and think maybe,

"What is there outside of this system?" And at the same time be able to say, "this is what we have now."
I do think it's more hopeful than when George W. Bush and Al Gore were going against each other or Reagan and whoever. There are elements and little moments [in this election] that aren’t complete depressing.

What will you think if Sanders loses and it's Clinton vs. Trump or Clinton vs. Cruz?

Franklin: I kind of expect it personally. Sadly.

Ryan: When we think about music we think of different worlds. How to express something that's not of this place. You have to hope for something beyond what's being presented to you and forced to you with the natural mechanisms of politics. So yes, there will be a sense of loss and sense of depression having to choose between two candidates that represent a system that fundamentally does not look after working people or people of color and does not express freedom and liberation. But at the same time, we are where we are. We work within that system sometimes.

Do you have a timetable for a second album?

Franklin: It's funny because we have a lot of people telling us we need to have X done by Y and we're
racing against the clock, but at the same time we all have jobs and live in different places and it's not luxurious. We can't just all decide we're going to go somewhere and write a record. But we do have stuff we've been working on for a while and hopefully we'll get it sorted out sooner than later. We'd like to get something out by early next year ideally, but it's never that simple. It's one day at a time.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

YG Says Secret Service Reached Out Following Release of Anti-Trump Song, May Try to Take His Album Off Shelves

YG Says Secret Service Reached Out Following Release of Anti-Trump Song, May Try to Take His Album Off Shelves 

  

Following the release of YG and Nipsey Hussle's politically charged protest track "FDT" -- an acronym for "F--k Donald Trump" that rallies against the Republican presidential candidate, the Secret Service has apparently reached out to YG's Def Jam label to peruse the content of his upcoming album. 

"Secret Service hollered at the label," the Compton rapper recently told TMZ while he was at Los Angeles International Airport. "They asked if they could see the lyrics on my album to see if I'm talking about it on my album. 'Cause I'm talking about it on my album, they gon' try to take it off the shelf." (This calls to mind another L.A. based talent, N.W.A who received a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1989 following the release of their controversial track "F--k Tha Police.)

Few details are known about YG's sophomore studio effort, the follow-up to 2014's Krazy Life, but the standalone release "FDT" (which was recorded in "less than an hour," per Nipsey ) has already ruffled some feathers among blue suits. Cops shut down the "FDT" video shoot on the corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and 71st Street in L.A. last month. An LAPD spokesperson said there was no violence among the "hundreds" of people that gathered for the shoot though citations were handed out likely because of infractions ranging from illegally modified exhaust systems to excessive speed and loitering for the general purpose of street racing. 

"We tryna touch the people, we tryna motivate all the young people to vote," continued YG, who likened Trump to "cancer" on the DJ Swish-produced track and urged the youth to exercise their vote. "Go really take your time out and vote on who should be in office 'cause it's important, you feel me. If not, it could be all bad for us."

Reps for YG and his label were not immediately available for comment.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Janet Powell, Top Black Woman, Radio Talk Show Host, Top Black Woman Model

Janet Powell, Top Black Woman, Radio Talk Show Host, Top Black Woman Model




Return of the Woman (The Real Black Woman) Fashion and Beauty Collection

Word is, she’s not afraid to speak her piece and reflect on where any community is and which direction that community needs to go.

I’m speaking about Janet Powell Dailey, radio personality, media professional, and advocate ending disenfranchisement and lack of tourism.

Janet’s House, on air live radio talk, is still a relavant show.

Janet’s House is a program that can help shed some light on coping with a specific problem that any neighbor might face.

Powell often times talks about Philadelphia’s youth and the city might soon lack young professionals. 

She often talks about how children must battle horrific conditions to go to school.  

She likes to help out where kids are afraid to walk the streets, and when they feel like they must join gangs to survive.

When life starts to become unbearable for teenagers living in Philly, or any major city, Janet has a lot of discussion tools to support needed guidance. 

Powell discussions are about street trouble to collaborate with others to do something about gangs, gun violence lack of interest in tourism, and disenfranchisement. 

Her actions have done so well that eventually it led to what’s called “The Wake-Up Campaign” for Philadelphia, PA.  Janet has worked with several radio stations, television groups, school districts, churches, and other youth organizations to discuss broadcasting and becoming a licensed broadcaster. She also has discussed health, and having a better life in general. 

Janet, at one point in time, traveled to Los Angeles to present the message to school age kids and adults.

She is involved in the full education of fashion service, beauty service, radio service, and community services 

These days she is talking about the health benefits of Hemp Oil.

She also is involved with recording and has established Warm Wind Publications and Records.  She has published the book named “Gone! A Children’s Book.”  She is also the author of “Evergreen Dust: A Book of Blackenized Poetry, “and “Black and Red.” For more information about Janet Powell and her radio show contact her at Janet Warm Wind Powell@facebook.

Anyone may contact POWER WVSR 1360 Internet Radio Station at www.powerwvsr1360.us to reach her as well.     

Monday, April 25, 2016

From Van Stone: My Top Sexy Black Wife Model In Fashion and Beauty- Charito Marin, International Afro-Colombian Power Model



Charito Marin always gets it right as a Black Swan Bride.

And the beautiful Charito made a whole lot of noise with the men as the she stole the hearts as a star of the Van Stone brand’s Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine Engaged To Be Married Collection lead campaign.

Her versatile and Afro-Colombian look is quickly becoming a favorite of fashion’s and beauty's top independent magazines and men all wanting a piece of Ms Charito for a bride.

Who will she become engaged to?

If the Bachelor, Van Stone wants Charito by his side as bride, all of the other single men should forget about having her. They will not have a chance.

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From Van Stone: My Top Sexy Woman Model In Arts and Fashion- Misty Copeland, Black Woman, Principal Ballerina and Model

From Van Stone: My Top Sexy Woman Model In Arts and Fashion- Misty Copeland, Black Woman, Principal Ballerina and Model

 

Being beauty, dance, fashion and cool into a neat package, Misty Copeland is the model most fashion and dance women want to follow.

Misty Copeland has artfully managed to capture the best of both worlds. 

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is the Week's Top-Selling Song, as 6 of His Classics Re-Enter Hot 100

Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is the Week's Top-Selling Song, as 6 of His Classics Re-Enter Hot 100

  

Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985 in Inglewood, Calif.
 
With "Purple Rain" reigning as the week's top-selling song, six Prince hits return to the Hot 100, as well as Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Five of his tracks also appear on the Hot Rock Songs chart. 
 
Following Prince's death on April 21, fans have celebrated the pop and R&B star's catalog. As a result, several of his beloved hits re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts (dated May 7).

As previously reported, Prince claims the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard 200 albums chart with The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack, as both titles re-enter. Prince died on the final day of the latest tracking week for Billboard's sales and streaming charts, meaning that fans rushed to purchase his music (and, to a much lesser degree, stream it, as he was a staunch adversary of the platform) in the roughly half-day left in the tracking week, after the news of his death broke around 1 p.m. ET. We will surely see continued impact from the icon's passing on the following week's charts, dated May 14 (reflecting activity in the week ending April 28).

This week's charts will post tomorrow, April 26, on Billboard.com.
 
Along with buying his albums, fans praised Prince by purchasing many of his individual hit songs, as six re-enter both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. (Older songs are allowed to return to the charts if registering notable renewed activity and ranking in the upper half of each list.) The returning titles are led by "Purple Rain," the top-selling song of the week (again, driven by Thursday sales), as it re-enters the Digital Songs sales chart at No. 1 with 122,000 sold, up 7,576 week from 2,000 sold the week before, according to Nielsen Music. (Prince notches not only his first No. 1 on Digital Songs, but his first appearance in the top 50; Nielsen Music first began tracking download sales in 2003.)
Thanks largely to sales, here are Prince's returning titles on the Hot 100:
Position, Title (Original Hot 100 Peak, Year)
No. 17, "Purple Rain" (No. 2, 1984)
No. 20, "When Doves Cry" (No. 1, five weeks, 1984)
No. 28, "Kiss" (No. 1, two weeks, 1986)
No. 29, "Little Red Corvette" (No. 6, 1983)
No. 39, "Let's Go Crazy" (No. 1, two weeks, 1984)
No. 41, "1999" (No. 12, 1983)
And, here are Prince's re-entering Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tracks:
Position, Title (Original Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak, Year)
No. 5, "Purple Rain" (No. 4, 1984)
No. 8, "When Doves Cry" (No. 1, eight weeks, 1984)
No. 12, "Kiss" (No. 1, four weeks, 1986)
No. 13, "Little Red Corvette" (No. 15, 1983)
No. 15, "Let's Go Crazy" (No. 1, one week, 1984)
No. 17, "1999" (No. 4, 1982)
("Rain," "Kiss" and "Crazy" are billed as by Prince and the Revolution.)
Given his uncommon versatility, five Prince songs also grace the Hot Rock Songs chart (which launched in 2009): "Purple Rain," at No. 2; "When Doves Cry" (No. 3); "Little Red Corvette" (No. 4); "Darling Nikki" (another song credited to Prince and the Revolution) (No. 12); and "Let's Go Crazy" (No. 16). Upon their original runs, "Rain," "Doves," "Corvette" and "Crazy" were rock radio hits, reaching Nos. 18, 31, 17 and 19, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

Van Stone: Fashion and Beauty The Return of The Man Collection.


There’s much more than being a really, really, ridiculously good looking man.

When men’s fashion happens, the real man dresses to impress and prepare the way for the real boys to be one day when boys grow to men.

Van Stone's Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine and Media Key 307 Magazine praises the Return of the Man, the Black Man, the Real Man we are talking about.

There seems to be something very exciting about the man. And you know him when you see him.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Van Stone's Women Models: Colorful and Creative Fashion and Beauty Women Models Collection

Van Stone's Women Models: Colorful and Creative Fashion and Beauty Women Models Collection





Van Stone Models are colorful and creative- here's another one.

And the Van Stone Models have looks like they wear clothes designed to be a showcase/destination fashion and beauty collection, but it falls a bit short.

First, Stone's models suffers from the common problem of not being able to help as many positive women even with having the top abilities of sexy women (and thus not able to stop many of the real challenges for kids).

Second, some combination of neglect and abuse by political machines has decreased models offerings of positive images.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Van Stone Black Women Models- Making the Cover: Lucy Hernandez, Black Women Model, Black Swan Collection

Van Stone Black Women Models- Making the Cover: Lucy Hernandez, Black Women Model, Black Swan Collection




Our Women, Black Women, Our People…Wherever They Are In The World Are Beautiful!

These Women Are Our Women. They Remind Us All That Van Stone Says, -Strength Within Is Before Beauty Within With Art, Music, Modeling, Among More Black Is Beautiful… As The Night Sky Black Swan Collection. 


Prince's First Photo Shoot: 'My Gut Said He Was Going to be Huge,' Photographer Robert Whitman Recalls

Prince's First Photo Shoot: 'My Gut Said He Was Going to be Huge,' Photographer Robert Whitman Recalls

  

n 1977, Prince Rogers Nelson was a 19-year-old musician in the midst of recording his first album while looking to sign with a major label. An equally fledgling creative, 26-year-old photographer Robert Whitman was approached by friend Owen Husney, Prince's first manager, to shoot the artist for a "brochure" to send to record companies.
 
Whitman recalled to Billboard the series of shoots that ended up becoming some of his most recognized work, despite admitting, "I didn't know what the hell I was doing."

How were you introduced to Prince?

Owen [Husney] came over and said, 'You've got to listen to this.' He had heard this tape, I think it was "Soft and Wet." So we went in the car and drove around, listening to it, and it was just amazing. Owen was managing him and he had a couple of partners, including Gary Levenson. They said, 'We want to make a little brochure on him, to get him a record deal. Would you be willing to shoot him?' I said, 'Sure. I don't know what I'm doing, but I would be happy to.'

How did you conceive the shoot?

It ended up being three different shoots. I had a very small studio in the Kemps Ice Cream building [in Minneapolis]. I had one piece of seamless and a portable flash. We did the first shoot there. And then we did another session in downtown Minneapolis, out of which came one of the most iconic images, of him against a white wall with music notes. The building belonged to the Schmitt Music Company. And then we did another shoot at Owen's home. We shot him with Owen's dog, sitting at a table, playing the piano.
 
What was he like on set?

He was very, very shy. But he opened up to me and he was willing to play around, willing to try different outfits. I didn't know what I was doing, so I experimented. I put light behind his hair so his Afro was like a halo. We put sequins on him and then I put a scarf on the lens, but it didn't work. We took his shirt off. We had him blowing bubbles. This is all old analogue stuff. But he really opened up and we had some silly moments. He was young and was just starting and so was I.

Did you have a feeling at the time that he would become a star? And did you think he would become a style icon? 

I wasn't in the music business, but I thought he was amazing. My gut said that he was going to be huge. And my friends in the music business said 'This guy is going to be huge.' And they were totally right.

I don't know much about style, but the people he was around were such style icons in Minneapolis. He was quite an influence there, with his crowd. Everybody was very, very cool.

What do you think of the photos, looking back on them?

They're so bad they're good. There are really some bad shots in there. I have about 17 to 19 rolls of film from that week, but there are only 20 or 21 photos that I've been showing (at exhibitions). There was some really horrible cropping. But there are some great expressions. I think I have some of the only photos of him where he has a smile on his face.

Did you ever see Prince again?

I had one moment with him many years later, maybe in the early eighties. I was in LaGuardia Airport, on the phone, and all of a sudden Prince walked by and said, 'Whitman, how are you?' I said, 'Fine, great,' and he walked off. And within a second all these kids were asking me if I could get them his autograph. I never saw him again.

As a Minneapolis native, what legacy do you think Prince leaves for the city? 

I think he really put Minneapolis on the map not only for music but culture. The city is now known for being a cultural, artistic, hip town, and it all has to do with Prince's influence.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blake Shelton's Libel Claim Against In Touch Weekly Backed by Judge

Blake Shelton's Libel Claim Against In Touch Weekly Backed by Judge

  

Blake Shelton performs onstage during the 51st Academy of Country 
Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas.

The feature's headline "The Real Story: Rehab for Blake" in itself supports a libel claim, the judge says. 
 
In Touch Weekly's story claiming Blake Shelton has a drinking problem isn't protected speech, according to a federal judge's Monday ruling.

In September, Shelton's face was on the cover of In Touch with bold yellow letters reading "rehab for Blake," which prompted the country star to sue the publisher for defamation in October.
Judge Christina A. Snyder on Monday denied the magazine's motion to strike the singer's suit under California's anti-SLAPP statute and found the headline alone supports a libel claim.

In Touch argued that the claim Shelton was seeking rehab couldn't be libel because "it would be entirely commendable for Shelton to seek rehab considering his undisputed history of bragging about his own drunkenness and his well-publicized behavior while under the influence of alcohol.”
Snyder doesn't see it that way.

"No courts appear to have held that defamation claims premised upon false reports of treatment in rehabilitation must fail, as a matter of law," Snyder writes. "This Court accordingly declines to be the first."
Snyder also rejected In Touch's claim that Shelton is "libel proof" because he posts about drinking on social media.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Anthony “Kashim” Turpin Biography: Black Male Ballet Principal Dancer Breaking Philadelphia and New York Stage and Floor With Fashion and Beauty by Van Stone frontpagenews1@yaho.com (267) 293-9201

Anthony "Kashim" Turpin Biography: Black Male Ballet Principal Dancer Dancer Breaking Philadelphia and New York Stage and Floor With Fashion and Beauty by Van Stone frontpagenews1@yahoo.com (267) 293-9201





Anthony K. Turpin, aka Kashim Turpin, a native Philadelphian, born May 13, 1987, is one of few male dancers coping with the Black Ballet dilemmas which is basically far from having changed over the past 20 decades in North America and Europe.  

And Kishim does much ado about something Ballet Blackness!

AKAstudios, the youth dance program started by Kashim Turpin with a mission to provide dancers and students to use dance to further better their lives, education and  families, is his way of helping others to be taken seriously in performance fashion, movement and  music.

Turpin, a Black male, has been the principal dancer or star dancer in most professional dance companies.

Wearing the traditional ballet flat shoe –the traditional ballet pointe shoe is worn by women- the Black Man, Kashim, can awe the audience quickly when seen bending his legs while leaping or bending over without bending leg.

Anthony studied classical ballet at the University of The Arts Philadelphia and is a graduate of U of The Arts 2010. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Ballet Dance Performance and Concentration in Choreography.

Having been educating the youth through dance for the past 7 years, in school settings, various organizations, and professional dance companies, Turpin is trained in many styles of dance, such as; (Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Lyrical, African, etc.) which was taught by his first professional company Messiah DanceWorks from 2006-2009.

Kashim, a professional dancer turned fashion model, has fused the two arts into one blend labeling his personal style of dance as Ballet Hip-Hop. 

Ballet Hip-Hop dance can be the inclusion of Contemporary, Hip-Hop, African Dance, Tap, and more.

The Ballet Hip-Hop can be done with or without the sound of music.

In 2010, as Creative Director and Dance Specialist of AKAstudios, Turpin has moved his youth program classes and rehearsals to middle and high schools in New York City.

Philadelphia dance classes and rehearsals will follow in the near future.

In April 2016, Turpin and his AKAstudios were recognized by the magazine Philadelphia Front Page News-Ballet Black for outstanding becoming a fashion icon on the dance stage and floor.

Over the last 6 years, Kashim’s dance youth program has grown from fifteen to twenty five dancers, a ballet after school program with 30 pupils, and competing dance programs in both New York and Philly interested in performance competition.

The youth program will soon have instruction for pupils as young as age four to twelve as well.

Anthony has been recognized in the city of Philadelphia for his senior thesis at U of Arts called Obtainable Freedom. Set to the framed of 1963 speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, which was performed for the 18th Equality Forum of Philadelphia, and posted in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010.

Here in NYC Turpin also worked with an agency called MSA, which opened doors for him to work with R&B music artist Ne-Yo and UK artist Lady Sovereign.

At 28-years-old, Anthony K. Turpin has come a long way from several of the sports he participated in at age 6 and 10. 

He played both football and basketball in organized youth sports programs, winning his first widely recognized basketball championship as a player on a now defunct Young West Park Basketball Players Team during the Mayor W. Wilson Good Youth Program in Philadelphia, PA.

That was a time when former Mayor Good held several positions in the United States Department of Education.   

Turpin, an athletic champion already at a very young age, before he realized it he enjoyed performing impressive jumps, toe curls, toe walking, splits, booty shaking, toe tapping, leg lifting, rhythm matching,  sequence stepping, walking and running made for ballet fitness and his Ballet Hip-Hop life.

Turpin embraces dance, teaches youth that dance should be fulfilling and an enriching experience.

He seeks to bring a high level of energy, passion, and education about dance to other organizations in the community.
As a community activist for better recreation and education, particularly within the urban and inner city communities, he has and will continually expand his knowledge to use all necessary tools to better youth organization and youth empowerment.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Anthony "Kashim" Turpin, Black Male Ballet Hip-Hop Dancer Inspires Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine Spring Season’s Fashion and Beauty Collection

Anthony "Kashim" Turpin, Black Male Ballet Hip=Hop Dancer Inspires Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine Spring Season's Fashion and Beauty Collection


Anthony Kashim Turpin, Black Male Ballet Dancer and Black Male Model 

With the new Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine Spring season’s fashion very much inspired by the intricate spirits of times past with Independent Professional Musician turned Black Male Model, Bob Conga and present Independent Professional Black Male Ballet Dancer turned Male Model Kashim Turpin the next issues of Van Stone's Black Male Models has truly taken us on a nostalgia journey.


The 2016 Blackness and Black Power era is in full swing with the story featuring our cover man Anthony “Kashim” Turpin, cover woman Misty Copeland, and yours truly Van Stone, publisher masterfully capturing that nostalgic moment in a shoot.


New York City/Jersey City, New Jersey itself became part of our next Van Stone USA expansion magazine cover edition in stories by Samuel Van Stone Downing, aka Van Stone Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine and Media Key 307 Magazine Van Stone’s Black Women Models and Van Stone’s Black Men Models.


 Look for more Black Pride and Black Leadership in the world independent arts (music, modeling, dance) South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, Canada, Cuba, and the USA Fashion and Beauty Collection from Van Stone.  Black is Beautiful!