Dutchess is the only female tattoo artist at Black Ink, but that doesn’t keep her from being a force to reckon with. Dutchess is a Southern Belle from Lincolnton, North Carolina. She graduated at the top of her class and went on to receive a degree in Business Management. Whether it was her business skills or her eye for art, this sexy and powerful woman has had a hold on Ceaser’s heart from the beginning. Dutchess, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, has had her up and downs with not only Ceaser, but with the other crew as well. However one thing’s for sure …whether it comes to modeling gigs or to tattooing celebrity clientele, Dutchess makes sure that all eyes are certainly on her.
Ceaser is the owner of Black Ink. Since he first acquired Black Ink in 2011, Ceaser has continued to expand his business and has worked on turning Black Ink into a brand. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ceaser struggled between the pull of the streets, and his passion for artwork. When his daughter, Cheyenne, was born, Ceaser decided that he wanted a better life for his daughter. Opening Black Ink changed Ceaser’s life forever. Now, Ceaser struggles to find the balance between running Harlem’s only black-owned tattoo shop, his on-again/off-again relationship with Dutchess, and the drama that lives between the walls of his shop. Though his friends call Ceaser an “asshole” (he even has it tattooed on him), underneath the tough exterior is a guy with a big heart who knows how to keep it real. Check out our latest interview as we discussed it all with Ceaser !!!!
Valentines Day in New York City always is the best – especially if it’s a night of LIVE R&B music. Our friends, Elle Varner & Bridget Kelly performed two intimate shows their fans on the day of love. In case you’re not familiar with Bridget Kelly. She best known for her singles “Special Delivery” and “Street Dreamin” featuring Kendrick Lamar has recently embarked on her independent artist journey. Now back better than ever, Bridget is almost ready to release her debut album “All Or Nothing” later this Spring 2015. She previewed tracks such as “You” with Jordan Bratton and “Run After You”. Elle Varner – known for singles like “I Only Wanna Give It To U (Featuring J. Cole)” & “Refill” has been recording her highly anticipated album “4 Letter Word”. Continuing to get the ball rolling on promoting the album, Elle has been running new single and even performed them for the audience in New York City. One record that always stands out to us is “Nothing”, a record about feeling like you don’t have a place in one’s heart. MBK/RCA Recording Artist, Gabi Wilson opened up both of the shows as Julissa B hosted it along with Mack Wilds. Such an incredible concert from Elle & Bridget ! Checkout our videos from the incredible performance below !
Sky is Black Ink’s fast-talking and quick-witted receptionist. The former “Queen Of The MIxxxys” Sky sure knows how to bring the fun to any situation. Sky is a true Harlem girl. Born and raised in the projects of Harlem, Sky brings the “real” to the shop. Sky tells you like it is, whether you want to hear it or not. This free spirit got herself into plenty of criminal trouble when she was a teenager, but Sky is on the road to change. She wants to put her rough upbringing behind her and to concentrate on making a change within the community, but most of all, within herself.
Quani might be known as Puma’s wife but she’s more than that. She’s one the newest cast members to VH1’s “Black Ink Crew”. Before becoming pregnant with her and Puma’s daughter – Quani, she was highly into the world of fashion and photography. After she received news from the doctors that she had a high risk pregnant, Quani decided to take a hiatus from her passions. We recently spoke with Quani about it all and how her reason for joining Puma on reality show. Check out our exclusive interview and be sure to share it !!!!
Founder of Sprinkle Of Jesus, an organization inspiring today’s generation to want to create a relationship with God & Jesus Christ. Dana blogs about her experience in finding and living through christ, sharing inspiration and showing how awesome it is to give God our youth to recieve our blessing in abundance. Through social networks she shares motivational videos and posts to over 25,000 people in counting, praying and getting through every day struggles, that we face in the world. Determined to create her heaven on earth she encourages people of all ages to want to establish that life changing relationship.
She is also founder of Christian Base, an organization dedicated to helping Christians jump start their businesses on the foundation of Christ, to successfully become a Christian Based Business. Dana is a 20 year old child of God, determined to break bondage’s around the world through prayer and making new followers of Christ. She prays to continue on the path of being a successful woman business owner with the guidance of her father Uncle Majic The Hip Hop Magician, a Christian Base Success Story. Check out our exclusive interview with Dana and also follow her on social media !!!!
Motown Recording Artist, BJ The Chicago Kid is best known for his work and collaborations with Top Dawg Entertainment but his making a huge name for himself. Recently, BJ released his latest project “The M.A.F.E. Project” this fall (October 2014) and been touring to spread the word about his brand. Check out latest exclusive with BJ as he discusses the new project and touring with Luke James.
R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Luke James has been on non-stop promotions and touring the world with his debut-self titled album. Now returning from an European leg of his girlfriend – Pop Recording Artist, Jessie J’s “My Sweet Talk” Tour, Luke is back touring in the United States America. We caught up with Luke to talk exclusively about the feedback from his album, touring with Jessie J (and their relationship). Gotta say that we’re very happy for our friend Luke and that his able to be with a woman whose in the music industry. Their relationship is ideal in our eyes !!!! Did we mention that Luke told us his favorite time of the day ? Check out our exclusive interview below and share it.
Puma is known as Black Ink’s ex-PR guy and Ceaser’s forever “Frenemy”. After leaving Black Ink, Puma opened Ink 124, the rival tattoo shop on the other side of Harlem. This “betrayal” caused him to be at odds with Ceaser, who has never quite moved past it.
Unlike the other guys he left behind at Black Ink, Puma married the love of his life, Quani, and they are the proud parents of two-year-old Tamia. Tamia is the apple of Puma’s eye. Even though Puma is now a family guy, he hasn’t completely abandoned his old ways and finds that his quick mouth still gets him in trouble. We recently caught up with our boy Puma to discuss marriage, being a business man, and his thoughts on this season. Check It Out Now !!!!!!
At an early age, Brave embraced her musical talents, having already started her musical career when casted as a lead singer for the MTV Reality show, Diddy’s “Making The Band”. Although she was subdued from the reality show by the struggle of her father’s diagnosis of prostate cancer and early signs of dementia, her talent was still destined for success, which she earnestly grappled for. The Grammy award-winning producer, Rich Harrison, found Brave’s vocal innocence and talent captivating and signed her under Columbia Records. Having later been dropped from the record label, she was devastated by the sound of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In love,” a track that was originally created for her while recording with Harrison. Determined to follow her soul and pursue her musical dreams, Brave moved to Los Angeles. After three years of development and hard work, Brave found herself in front of Rich Harrison once again; however, this time with the idea of an all-girl group which she named “Richgirl.” Brave, the soul creator of the group, took the lead in landing “Richgirl” a major deal with Jive Records. The group instantly created billboard hits including their first singles “24’s” and “He Ain’t Wit Me Now.”
Now Brave is ready to take the world by storm with her upcoming EP, “Fearless” and as one of the newest cast member of “R&B Divas: Los Angeles”. In our exclusive interview, Brave shares her passionate music and how she was stayed in the industry throughout the hardships she faced after RichGirl disbanded.