Man Crush of the Month: DJ Hammer

Summer, Summer, Summertime! **sings** Welcome to another exciting issue of Man Crush of the Month! This month’s crush is Chris Ham, also known as DJ Hammer. He’s a 24-year-old, single man from Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Ferrum College with a Computer Information Systems Degree (Tech Support Emphasis) and a Business Minor. While attending Ferrum, Chris played football for four years. He currently works in Richmond, VA as a full time, Data Analyst. Outside of that, He has been a DJ for 7 years, Co-CEO of an independent record label (MADHouse Muzik) based in the Hampton Roads Area, as well as working on a handful of business projects that are currently expanding along the east coast. He has also dedicated his life towards striving for greatness, not only within himself but as well as within the hearts and minds of others.

“Everyone is capable of achieving whatever it is that you could ever want it just takes the right mindset and environment to do so”

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Now on the rest of the interview!

How would you describe your personality in three words?

Knowledgeable, Driven, SuperHero

What’s the longest relationship you’ve been in? What did you learn?

2 years. I won’t say that it made me give up on Love, but I will say it taught me to take a much more focused approach on loving myself first…the rest will happen eventually.

What motivational words would you tell someone on the come-up?

“You can’t lose if you never quit” – Hammer

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Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Approaching retirement from Corporate America

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

God

What’s your personal theme song?

Redbone x Childish Gambino (Actually anything from the “Awaken, My Love!” album)

What are your lifetime ambitions?

Impact local, national and global change
What are your career goals?

My career goal is to achieve an amount of wealth that will allow myself to become financially free, which by default will put me in the position to effect real change in the world.

Why do guys tend to hide your feelings and not fully express them?

I believe guys hide their feelings due to past hurt which then turns into the “Fool me once” mentality.

What are you most afraid of living in today’s society?

I don’t believe I have been given a spirit of fear…with that being said the only person I fear in today’s society is myself.

How do you seize and take advantage of every single day?

Looking at each new day as another chance to compete in the game of Life!

What do you feel men aren’t recognized enough for?

Men will always feel like they aren’t recognized enough for the work that they do. Simply due to the fact that as a man you always want to compare yourself to someone else.

How are you changing the world?

I am changing the world by genuinely caring. By empowering, motivating and increasing people in societies mental, spiritual and financial well-being.

Do you have a brand? Share what it’s purpose, mission and goals here –

Yes, the brand originally being Team Hammer has as of the year 2017 been molded into what is now named Hammer Global. The purpose of Hammer Global is to always strive for more and to never be complacent with anything in life. It is much more than a DJ business and it is way more than just achieving wealth. Hammer Global is a lifestyle in which all are welcome to become apart of. With the end goal being to enrich lives, empower our youth of tomorrow and truly LIVE.

What’s one thing you want the world to know about you and who you are?

If I could narrow it down to a single thing that I would want the world to know about me and who I am is that I will never give up in people. As long as we believe in one another we can accomplish anything.

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Want to connect with DJ Hammer – Here’s his social media:

To check out all of DJ Hammer’s Pictures follow his Instagram

DJ Hammer’s Adventures Via Twitter or Snapchat

On Facebook – DJ Hammer

And His Personal Website – www.TheDJHammer.com

MadHouse Muzik’s Instagram  And Facebook

Man Crush of the Month: Chris

Chris Nazien is a 22-year-old from Hampton, Virginia. He’s currently single and studying marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He will graduate this May! He wants to pursue a career in business. His passions are music, fashion, and sports! A fun fact about Chris is that he’s been to 25 of the 50. Chris was my very first friend at Church once I moved to Virginia and is so kind-hearted and sweet.

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How would you describe your personality in three words?

Cool, Calm and Collected.

Which do you prefer to listen to your heart or your brain? Why?

I prefer to listen to my brain because you shouldn’t make decisions based on emotions.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Chantel Jefferies

Who do you think should make the first move males or females? Why?

Males, no particular reason.

How do you get a girl to know that you’re interested in her?

It depends on her personality. Either being assertive or gradually showing interest.

What’s the longest relationship you’ve been in? What did you learn?

9 months; I learned that successful relationships require a lot of communication

What motivational words would you tell someone on the come-up?

Work while they sleep, Learn while they party, Save while they spend, Live like they dream.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Excelling in my career field and building an empire.

What do you usually do to let a girl know that you are interested in her?

I would just get her contact information and set up a date to get to know each other. 

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about yourself?

My favorite thing would be my sense of humor and my least favorite thing would be my tendency to over think.

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My mother (she’s pretty amazing).

What’s your personal theme song?

Dom Kennedy – When I Come Around

What are your lifetime ambitions? 

Start a family, travel the world, become financially independent

What are your career goals?

Work for a company that allows me to travel, grow and perfect myself as a person.

How are you changing the world?

By mentoring the youth, telling them the mistakes I’ve made and showing them that they can succeed in life.

What’s one thing you want the world to know about you and who you are?

My name is Chris Nazien and I love food! (All kinds)

Do you have a brand?

I would consider myself a brand. My purpose is to make my community better. Also, to excel in and outside of my career and become a successful man. 

Why do guys tend to hide your feelings and not fully express them?

I would say that most men hide their feelings because it is a so-called sign of weakness.  

what do guys do to make them feel better after a long day? What are your forms of self-care?

Personally, I listen to music or go out this a group of friends.

What are you most afraid of living in today’s society?

I’m not afraid of much mainly because I know that God is on my side. 

How do you seize and take advantage of every single day?

I seize every day by at least taking one step forward. It depends on what I have listed on my “to-do-list”. 

What do you feel men aren’t recognized enough for?

I feel that the “right” black men specifically aren’t recognized enough. There are black men that are in the spotlight but they do not offer much or just living recklessly. 

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Want to connect with Chris – Here’s his social media:

To check out all of Chris’ Pictures follow him on Instagram

Or Find Him on Facebook – Chris Nazien

 

 

Perfect Post-Break Up Playlist

Are you going through a tough break up and need a mini pick me up? I know for me, listening to certain “empowering” songs helps get me through the tough time of a break-up. Honestly, any kind of good music helps – AS LONG AS IT’S NOT SAD because we don’t have time for any more tears! Here are some of my favorite Post-Break Up Songs with their music videos AND my favorite lyric! (Please note: These are not in any particular order!)

  1. Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix 
    My Favorite Lyric: “Even though you broke my heart in two, baby/ But I snapped right back, I’m so brand new, baby/ Boy, read my lips, I’m over you,”
  2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele 
    My Favorite Lyric: “I’m giving you up/  I’ve forgiven it all/ You set me free, oh/ Send my love to your new lover/ Treat her better/ We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts/ We both know we ain’t kids no more,”
  3. Needed Me by Rihanna 
    Favorite Lyric: “Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad b*tch/ Didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?/ F*ck your white horse and a carriage,”
  4. Sorry by Beyoncé 
    Favorite Lyric: “I had enough/ I ain’t thinking ’bout you/ I ain’t thinking ’bout/ Middle fingers up/ Put them hands high/ Wave it in his face/ Tell ’em boy bye”
  5. Up Out My Face by Mariah Carey featuring Nicki Minaj
    Favorite Lyric: “If you see me walking by you/ Boy don’t you even speak/ Pretend you on the sofa/ And I’m on the TV”
  6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift 
    Favorite Lyric: “Uggg… so he calls me up and he’s like, “I still love you,”/ And I’m like… “I just… I mean this is exhausting, you know, like/ We are never getting back together. Like, ever””
  7. So What by P!NK 
    Favorite Lyric: “I guess I just lost my husband/ I don’t know where he went/ So I’m gonna drink my money/ I’m not gonna pay his rent (nope)/ I got a brand new attitude/ And I’m gonna wear it tonight”
  8. Stitches by Shawn Mendes 
    Favorite Lyric: “Got a feeling that I’m going under/ But I know that I’ll make it out alive/ If I quit calling you my lover/ (and) Move on/”
  9. Forever Don’t Last by Jazmine Sullivan
    Favorite Lyric: “Still think about the good times we had/ And how you used to make me laugh/ But, baby, I know most times we were miserable/ So every time I wanna call, baby, what always helps/ Is when I think of the pain, and I realize/ I’m better off by myself”
  10. Gives You Hell by The All-American Rejects
    Favorite Lyric: “When you see my face, hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell”

What are some of your favorite “Break Up” Songs? Share Below in the comments and we can have a huge playlist going!

XOXO,

– Tanesha

Travel Tips!!

So since May 2014, I’ve been on 24 flights, (and will probably be taking four flights more before the summer ends) and about two or three. Traveling sometimes is such a hassle, so here are some tips to make your time traveling much easier!

Pack light and efficiently. Normally when I am traveling, I only travel with a “carry-on” suitcase and a rather large purse. When I bring my laptop, I put it as well as anything I will need immediately (such as the TSA liquids Baggie, Book, Snacks, Etc) in the large purse. Normally TSA makes you take your laptops and liquids out anyways, so it makes it so much easier to just whip it out your purse, instead of digging in the suitcase.

  
In my main suitcase, I have a system. Heaviest items such as shoes go at the very bottom. Normally I put shoes in a plastic Walmart bag because I don’t want the bottom of my dirty shoes touching my beautiful clothes! Speaking of clothes – it has to be strategic! I would suggest light clothes that can be worn in multiple ways depending on where you’re going. If it’s summer time, and you are just going to a weekend trip, dresses are the way to go! I also try to stick to the same color palette so that you don’t have to bring as many accessories because they could go from outfit to outfit every day.

After you have planned out every outfit you need to take then pack the clothes, I roll the outfits together in a way. So I fold the item like half way, then just roll it up and pack it as tightly as I can in the latter half of the suitcase. Then on top of that, I pack underwear, bras, socks, and hair products, anything else I think I’ll need.  I have recently started just having a prepackaged toiletries “grab bag,” equipped with bobby pins, face wash, toothbrush and deodorant, and all the other things I use daily – just in travel size, already ready to go. Zip up the suitcase, and be ready to go! Then if I am carrying my laptop, or need any cords, with my suitcase already zipped and standing upwards, I place the cords and stuff in that mini section after everything has settled in the suitcase.

  
 Dress smart and light on the day of travel! This is so important. It’s okay to be cute, but comfortable, and functional is the way to go! My go-to outfit is a pair of black leggings, cute shirt, and flats, usually with a sweater, or scarf (because planes are cold!). The way you dress will make your TSA security check go either really good or really bad. For easy TSA security check, I suggest the following. Good easy to remove and put back on shoes, such as flip-flops, or flats. I would leave your belts (if you need one) and jewelry in your carry-on “purse.” That way you don’t have to worry about taking them off while in the security check line and save yourself time. Then after you’ve gone through the checkpoint, put all those things back on and be fly!

Arrive early to the airport. You never know if it’ll take you a long time for security. Or how much time boarding will take. It is better to be early for your flight than running to catch it! Early arrival to the airport will give you the opportunity to get snacks if you need it, go to the bathroom prior to getting on the plane, or find your gate in a complicated airport. As the beloved Hampton University saying goes: “To be early is to be on time, to be one time is to be late, and to be late is unacceptable.” I would also try to be as kind as possible to all the staff, TSA agents, and ticket people because they can make or break your entire day!

Bring headphones! I cannot stress it enough. Something about being isolated in your own little musical world. I would also create the playlist. I have a specific playlist if I am sleepy, or trying to stay awake and do work. It may just be me, but I hate with great passion the sound of the plane’s engine. So to prevent me listening to that awful and horrific noise, I bought some BOMB Bose headphones to block out that noise!

Take a bomb travel selfie! My IG is full of bomb travel selfies, I try to make them look very artistic, and sometimes it doesn’t work. However. I suggest taking a selfie with your luggage, to signify that you are in transit, and then a very touristy picture with an amazing background behind you! I have taken to taking pictures of the scenery around me because sometimes there is no one around to take your picture. Also selfies with the scenery is beautiful as well!

    

  

HAVE FUN! Enjoy your time traveling, and make the best of every single moment, because it never lasts as long as it should.

Keep It Classy,

-T. Renae

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8 Things to make you feel better on a bad day.

Things to make you feel better on a bad day.

1. Do your hair and makeup, and just get super pretty for no reason other than you deserve it. Throw on some heels and walk around the mall.

2. Go get some comfort foods, like cupcakes, or French fries, or whatever comforts you. Or maybe get in a huge pile of blankets and relax and read.

3. Opposite of this would be to go and do an extremely hard core workout! What better what to feel better than to do something to make your body better.

4. Call an old friend, or a new friend and just catch up with them on their lives. Go hang out with someone you normally don’t. Do something!

5. Binge watch a new show on Netflix, or Hulu, or whatever you watch shows because why not. I personally recommend watch a bunch of weird movies on Netflix.

6. Look up pictures of cute puppies. Or funny videos of anything. Laugh and smile. Giggle.

7. Listen to some upbeat music! Turn off the sadness, and pump up the Dance Mix!

8. Explore some place in your town. Visit the library! Just go some where and spend some time just being in awe.

I hope this gets you out of your bad funk!

Keep It Classy,

T.Renae