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Makeup Geek's Marlena Stell Lands on Inc. 5000 List for the 4th Year in a Row

Makeup Geek's Marlena Stell Lands on Inc. 5000 List for the 4th Year in a Row


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Beauty guru turned Cosmetic Titan Marlena Stell has made the Inc.5000 list for the 4th year in a row! Coming in at #635, Stell's cosmetic line Makeup Geek, is only one in 10 companies to have made the list 4 times. This is excellent growth for a consumer facing business.  

Marlena Stell is the quintessential Makeup Geek.  While she made her name as an early You Tube Beauty Guru, her passion can be traced back to age 5, where she honed her blending skills on a Barbie head doll.  In addition to geeking out about cosmetics, Stell is also passionate about helping women to feel beautiful from the inside out and expressing their true selves through makeup.

After starting her career as a music instructor, Marlena decided to jump into the industry that fascinated her while staying true to her educational roots.  She created her YouTube channel and teamed up with her then business partner, Nick Reichert to bootstrap Makeup Geek in 2008.

After three years of building a strong YouTube following with educational content, Makeup Geek released their own line of highly-pigmented Eyeshadows in 2011. This resulted in a steady stream of positive word-of-mouth testimonials, and ultimately raised the stakes in the Beauty industry.

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Nigerian Pop Star Yemi Alade Drops New Video 'Knack Am'

Nigerian Pop Star Yemi Alade Drops New Video 'Knack Am'



Shot and directed by Clarence Peters, Nigerian pop queen Yemi Alade released a new visual for her latest single, 'Knack Am' (purchase the single -- here) this past week with a guest appearance from comedian Josh2Funny. 'Knack Am' is the lead single from the poptress forthcoming third studio album, "Black Magic."

"Black Magic" (expected to be released this October) follows the massive success of Alade's debut and sophomore albums, "King of Queens" and "Mama Africa."  Alade broke records when her hit single, 'Johnny,' (produced by Selebobo) became an international smash hit as it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. 'Johnny' has been listed as one of the best songs of 2013, despite the fact that it was released towards the end of the year and without a music video at the time.

With her massive appeal, Yemi Alade landed the coaching position on the hit series "The Voice Nigeria."

Follow Yemi Alade on her Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Watch the video for 'Knack Am' below.
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London-based Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique released New Video 'You'

London-based Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique released New Video 'You'



Sharlene-Monique, a London-based singer/songwriter, released a music video to her debut single, 'You.' Directed by Rebecca Coley, 'You' is a emotionally passionate cinematography that reflects elements of Sharlene-Monique's past.
"I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past." - Sharlene-Monique
A Media Performance graduate, Identity Drama School attendee and founder of award nominated blog and empowerment "Be Uniquely You," Sharlene-Monique is now successfully tackling a new kind of creative challenge; sharing her personal message of self-acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment to any and all who will lend their ear to her first release of her debut single, 'You.'

The multi-skilled musician hails from a past of singing dancing and teaching across the UK and Europe, and has successfully earned her stripes in the lead up to a timely decision to begin practicing what she had so confidently shared to others for a number of years.  Starting off her campaign with a very successful headline & support promo tour around the UK, Sharlene is left with just two shows remaining in Glasgow and is finishing off in the city of London.

Speaking of her music video for her debut single 'You,' Sharlene-Monique says, "I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past."

The song was written by Sharlene-Monique and produced by her husband Chris Morris (chrismorrismusic.com). Mixed by Grammy-Award winning mix engineer Alan Branch, 'You' tells a heartwarming tale of a young lady metamorphosing through a series of personal challenges, and her journey to discovering, accepting and enjoying her true self.

Emotive visuals, together with a cleverly constructed piano instrumental from international Jazz extraordinaire, Robert Mitchell makes for the perfect source of musical inspiration.

'You' is now available for download via iTunes. Follow Sharlene-Monique on her Official WebsiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Watch the music video below.
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Album Review: L.O.U. -  "The South Side of Things" (prod. Big "O")

Album Review: L.O.U. - "The South Side of Things" (prod. Big "O")



New York rapper L.O.U. began his musical journey in 2011 when he released his debut mixtape "Let's Obliterate the Universe." He went on to drop two EPs "Life Through a Broken Hourglass" and "Devil on the Clouds" in 2012 and 2013 respectively with producer Maze Rockwell.

This past May, L.O.U. released his latest album, "The South Side of Things," via Vintage Soundz Productions. With the project produced by Orlando Big "O" Turner, "South Side of Things" embodies 12 reflective tracks about L.O.U.'s upbringings in South side Jamaica Queens and the challenges of reaching the next level as he progresses into the music industry.

On the tracks 'Meet the Parent' and 'South Side of Things,' L.O.U. lays out how his parents questioned his "lifestyle" of being a rapper. Both tracks cover L.O.U.'s disconnection with his mother and the lack of support from his father. Due to this misunderstanding, this made L.O.U. fight harder for his musical career. The title track features songstress Raye Cole on the hook.

'Who've Would of Thought' (featuring rapper Skyzoo) we hear L.O.U. rap over an upbeat tempo celebrating how far he's come in hip-hop and there's nothing holding him back from moving forward. L.O.U. declares on 'No Hold Backs' that he will not be stop from rising to the top.

Overall, I really enjoyed this album... the rawness and open honesty of it all. "The South Side of Things" is a pure manifestation of triumphing through life obstacles without letting those situations slow down your morale.

Positivity runs rampantly through this album while L.O.U. shares his story hoping it'll reach the masses to keep pushing for your own greatness. This positivity is definitely reflected in the track 'No Way - No How.'  L.O.U. exclaims to his listeners to never hold your down. 

"The South Side of Things" is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Follow L.O.U. on Twitter and Facebook. For now, listen to "South Side of Things" along with watching visuals from this album all below.
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