Ryan Henry is the owner and creator of 9Mag, a prominent tattoo shop. He brought together his team, who are the most talented artists in the city, to help build his tattoo empire in Chicago. Ryan grew up on the streets of the south side of Chicago. Once he got into tattooing, his sister Nova helped fund his blossoming career. Not long afterwards, she and Ryan’s niece Ava were murdered by an ex-boyfriend. At that point, Ryan’s life was forever changed. Ryan put the money towards 9Mag, which stands today as a tribute to his sister.
Though a bit moody and unpredictable, underneath Ryan’s tough exterior, is a loving and extremely caring guy. Ryan’s family is everything to him and his world rotates around his son, Mason. Ryan turns to tattooing to clear his mind and to cleanse his soul. Unbeknownst to most people, Ryan is part Japanese and he searches for a deeper connection to his heritage through traditional Japanese tattooing. Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Henry of Black Ink Chicago.
Bianca Bonnie (formerly known as Young B) is a singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress from Harlem USA. Writer and performer of the worldwide hit “Chicken Noodle Soup” when she was just fifteen, Bianca was able to hone her talents ahead of her time. The smash hit earned the young songstress the highly acclaimed “Best Hip Hop Dance” Soul Train Award along with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis and Kelly, Ellen De Generes, 106 & Park and even Sesame Street. Bianca Bonnie has a unique brand appeal that provides a young and refreshing feel. Combining her classically trained dance skills with her uptown New York lyricism Bianca brings a new flavor to hip hop. Her highly anticipated album “The 9th Year” is set to be released Summer 2016.
Recently cast on the upcoming Season 6 of “Love & Hip-Hop: New York” Bianca Bonnie is now positioned to make her comeback debut to the industry. At a fresh 23 years, she is older, sexier, and her talents have grown innumerably. With remixes including Lil Wayne, Trina, and Fabolous and shows at the famed Madison Square Garden and The Apollo under her belt, the industry is anxious to see what this seasoned starlet is going to bring to the game her second time around. Checkout our latest interview with Bianca Bonnie NOW !
Long Beach, California’s Jonathan McDaniel formerly “J”, and “Lil J” started his career at the very young age of five. He showed signs of natural talent from the very beginning; always exhibiting true charisma and a strong desire to entertain. J’s mother recalls him missing on one Saturday morning, only to find him performing in front of the local K-Mart with a bucket to encourage tips, for his rapping and dancing. He used his earnings to help finance his demo; and thrived on his captive audience, and the reaction that followed. Jonathan’s currently starring in a hit T.V. Show “HIT THE FLOOR” on VH1, Created by James Larosa he acts alongside Actors; Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Taylour Paige and others, he has completed season 1, season 2, and season 3 which begin airing January 2016. Checkout our exclusive interview with Jonathan McDaniel now !
Smooth-talking heartthrob of VH1’s hit scripted series “Hit the Floor,” MCKINLEY FREEMAN hypnotized viewers as star basketball player ‘Derek Roman’ of the L.A. Devils and love interest of female lead Ahsha, portrayed by actress Taylour Paige.
Born and raised outside of Chicago in the college town of Champaign, Illinois, McKinley started as a basketball player for the University of Illinois. From an all-star basketball player, he then found himself working for IBM doing worldwide marketing and business development. With these two completely different paths in hand, he then reached a crossroad in his life where he had to decide whether to stay where he was, or take the plunge to follow his heart, thus leading to his first audition where he landed a role on ABC’s “All My Children.” Despite his late entry into the acting world, Freeman has already established himself through his ever-growing resume. With appearances on award-winning shows such as ABC’s “General Hospital’ and NBC’s” Days of our Lives,” McKinley has begun an era for himself. He continues to shine with a role on FOX’s “Bones” as well as the feature film END OF WATCH alongside stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. From the average everyday lifestyle to becoming a hit celebrity, McKinley’s turn of events definitely took a turn for the better.
When he’s not filming, McKinley enjoys playing basketball, cooking and working out doing various forms of boxing, kickboxing and martial arts, which include Bojuka, Jeet Kundo, Muay Tai and much more. Also being an active poet, he often finds himself writing whenever he feels inspired, which led to his first self-published e-book. Additionally, he is involved with Covenant House and the Boys & Girls Club of America, seeking to use his basketball skills to help children. It’s to no surprise that his never-ending talent has led McKinley to where he is today. Checkout our latest interview with McKinley now !
Angela Raiola aka “Big Ang” was the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob”. She is what many consider a “mob moll”. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” – even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by the lifestyle code. Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical woman who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well known mob wise guys.
Unfortunately on Thursday, February 18th at 3:01am EST, Angela passed away from lung & brain cancer. We were grateful to have interviewed Angela back in February 2013, She was such a individual who filled with so much life. We send our prayers to her loved ones, We love you Angela and Thank you for your amazing spirit !
Robert Christopher Riley knows as “Terrence Wall” in VH1’s hit television “Hit The Floor” has been keeping it consistent in the world theatre/film & television for 10 years now. First landing a role in August Wilson’s “Fences,” which was a 6-month, 3-city tour (Hartford/Dallas/Portland). After appearing in this production, in 2007, he was later cast as ‘Jeremy’ in a second August Wilson production, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Baltimore Center Stage. As luck would have it, Riley was returning from a modeling job on an off day from “Joe Turner,” and received a call to audition for the 2008 Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. He was cast to play the role of “Brick” as an understudy for Terrance Howard, which he performed for three weeks in addition to his nightly role as “Brightie”. He starred opposite, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito and Anika Noni Rose. Although Riley seemed to be enjoying life to the fullest, it was his role as Hall of Fame linebacker ‘Dave Robinson’ in the 2011 Broadway production of “Lombardi” that he is most proud of. “Lombardi was an experience of a lifetime,” explains Riley. After Lombardi, Riley relocated to Los Angeles, where he made an easy transition from stage to television and film. He landed roles on VH1’s, “Single Ladies” and Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”. Other shows he has appeared on include, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Royal Pains”, “Damages” and “White Collar”. His film credits include, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Sinister”, “Franny”, and “Getting Even”.
Amber Laura aka “Fabb Abb” is a singer, rapper and songwriter. She is a former member of the two-girl group, LisaRio. After departing from her group, Amber went on to pursue a career in modeling. However, Amber couldn’t deny her passion for music. This Los Angeles native dove head first into the rap game as a solo artist. Amber is currently in the studio working on her first EP since going solo. Be on the lookout for the EP dropping in Fall 2015. Checkout our latest interview with Amber now !!!!!
New to the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast, Margeaux (Margo) Simms has been a secret from both fans and from her estranged huband’s ex, Mimi Faust, for two seasons! This multi-talented stylist/recording/visual artist of Canadian-Jamaican heritage grew up surrounded by farmland, but by the time she was 14 was pursuing music. She sang on hip-hop tracks while attending Ryerson Polytechnic University to study fashion design, adopting the brand moniker “HOFM” (Houseofmargeaux). Even though she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career as a fashion designer, she soon realized she wanted to be a professional musician. In our brand new interview, Margeaux talks about reality television life, Relationship with Nikko, and more.
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 !!!!