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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Art of Dance

The Art of Dance: Justice Domingo Interview

Justice Domingo is a dancing phenom and an accomplished choreographer. She’s experienced in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern.  Growing up in the Los Angeles area, she has trained under her mentor the legend Debbie Allen.  Justice has toured with artists as a professional dancer, taught master classes across the country, and has done choreography for music videos.  She expresses her personality and passion through the personal art form of dance.   
Age: 16

Hometown: San Jose, CA

How did your love for dancing come about?
I began dancing at a young age in all styles. My brother was a dancer before I was born, so I somewhat followed in his footsteps. I realized I had a passion for it around 12 years old & it then became a part of me rather than just a hobby. 

How was it like to be picked as a protégé of the legendary Debbie Allen at such a young age?
Debbie Allen has been a huge part of my growth as a dancer. Her studio was the first studio I attended when I moved to LA. It's an amazing feeling knowing that such an incredible icon took me under her wing. I am incredibly honored to be mentored by her.

When did you begin your career as a choreographer?
I began choreographing professionally at the age of 14. Choreography is great because it's my work…MY art and something that I create from what I feel internally. There are no limits to what I do when I create my work, which is my favorite part. 

How would you describe your choreography style?
My choreography varies from time to time-- It can be very sexy or very hood.

What has been your biggest accomplishment to date as a choreographer?
I take pride in all of my projects so it's very hard to choose just one of my favorite accomplishments as a choreographer. I enjoyed choreographing a piece in my mentors' Dave Scott & Debbie Allen's show, which I did the past two years. Also, I choreographed a music video that aired on 106&Park which was pretty awesome.

You can see the passion you have for dancing; when you get in to the flow of the music you crack a smile. As if you’ve gotten the routine down and at that point it’s just fun for you. What is it like in that moment?
In that moment… it's as if all problems and negative feelings fade. It's just about dance and expression at that point & doing what I love to do.

What are you dancing to now and which songs are your absolute favorites to dance to?
I'm the choreographer for my college's hip hop dance company here on campus, so I’m currently in the process of creating their piece. I've been working on a dance to Mila J's "Smoke, Drink, Break Up". I also love old school vibes like Missy Elliott.

How did you get the opportunity teach master classes across the country. What is at least one memorable moment?
Once I created a following on social media and it grew, my followers expressed their interests in me teaching in their cities. I gave it a shot & I was completely blown away by the turn out of people who showed up. I flew across the country to places like New York & DC and hundreds of people showed up just to learn from me. The feeling is truly indescribable. If I could relive it, I would!

How do you come up with a new routine for clients?
My process is very simple. I play the songs over and over again and I basically dance what I feel the song would "look like". I usually choreograph to different parts in the song, and then piece them together to create a full routine.

What is the most difficult part of being in the choreography/dance industry?
The most difficult part is trying to stay positive & not get discouraged. There are many times in this industry where dancers don't work at all & you constantly hear "No". Fortunately I've learned to push forward and keep in mind that I love what I do.

How will you balance your college life and your career as a choreographer?
Hard work & dedication will allow me to balance college and dance. Both school and work are equally important and I feel that neither should be compromised for the other. I guess I won't be getting any sleep… haha.

Do you consider dancing whether it be Hip Hop, contemporary, or modern an art form?
I most definitely, 100%, consider dance to be an art form. Dancers are artists who create from different places. Whether it's internal or external, our work always comes from a place that people around us can relate to. It's a language. We are communicating our thoughts, feelings, and emotions through movement. 

Going forward, what are you future aspirations as far as doing choreography for music videos, TV, and movies?
I would love to choreograph for commercials, videos… everything. I also would like to go into production.

What are your plans beyond your choreography career?
I would love to stay in the entertainment industry in some way, whether it’s dance, production, casting directing.

Where can people reach you?
You can reach me at my email and on twitter: @justicedomingo

Friday, August 8, 2014

For The Love of Music

For The Love Of Music: Lucy Sarabia Interview 

Music journalist Lucy Sarabia is a contributing writer, producer, and host. As a native of Long Beach, California she has gravitated towards anything related to music. Her work can be seen on Power 106 Big Boy’s and her own blog For The Love of Music where she gives the latest news in music and entertainment.

Home Town: Long Beach,CA

When did you take an interest in music?
 In my house on Saturday morning my mom would always play her Spanish music while she was cleaning so I’ve always grown up listening to Spanish music from her. My brother was a DJ and he would spin hip hop records on his turntables in his room so I not only got my English music from him but mostly my hip-hop which I fell in love with instantly. I remember listening to Tha Dogg Pound, 213, Puff Daddy, Mase, Naughty By Nature, and Outkast. I could go on and on but I got it all from him.  As I got older I just wanted to be involved in anything related to music. I started to apply for internships at several music and radio outlets. Power 106 was the only place that contacted me back and that’s the one I wanted the most so that was pretty cool. I am currently still a contributing writer for Big Boy’s website Some of my inspirations are Oprah, Cristina and I really enjoy watching interviews from the breakfast club, Big Boy & Rikki Martinez from Power 106. Big Boy has a way with people and makes them feel comfortable with his personality and Rikki Martinez is great with in depth questions.

Which type of music is your favorite?
 Hip Hop is one of my favorite genres, not because some artists talk about the girls and the money, but because I can relate to it on a different level. I find it exciting. I’m very interested in older generation artists also because I like how they stay relevant in a new era of music.  I’m drawn towards the artists who are lyricists and great storytellers. I love Spanish music because it’s so passionate. When you listen to it you feel every emotion and you can connect with the music on a whole different level than English. One of my favorite artists is definitely Shakira, I love to listen to her older Spanish albums.

What inspired you to begin your blog For The Love Of Music?
 I felt it was important to have my own website to brand myself. I would like for my blog to be a big music outlet that people visit every day to get their music/entertainment news.

What are your plans for expanding your brand?
 I want to conduct more interviews in Spanish and network more with Spanish music networks and artists. As a Spanish speaker I feel the need to have a bilingual music outlet because I believe it’s important for this time in music. I would also like for it to be an important outlet to where I can give other people the opportunity to write for For The Love of Music.  As for future plans beyond music journalism I want to be a news anchor and report on hard news.

What have been your favorite events that you’ve covered and which events are you looking forward to cover?
 Power House and Cali Christmas were my favorite events and the biggest events I worked while I was interning with Power 106. It’s just a different world backstage, it being so hectic, running around loading videos, it’s just a whole different world backstage. I look forward to covering most of the music award shows. So The Grammys, BET Awards, and the Billboard awards.

Who is the most memorable person you’ve interviewed and who would you want to interview?
 My favorite interview so far is Hip Hop artist Shade Sheist. I felt like I learned a lot about west coast hip hop and I loved listening to stories he told. I’m from Long Beach and like I said some of the first hip hop I was exposed to was 213 and Tha Dogg Pound so it was amazing to hear stories about Nate Dogg. I would like to interview Shakira, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and so much more.

What was the most rewarding part of being a producer and host of a show?
 It was a challenge, but also a very important and exciting time for me.  It’s exciting to have people listen to you and call in and mostly support you. Being able to do what you love and having support from everyone is the best.

Why do you think it’s important for woman to be represented well in the music journalism world?
 I think that it’s important because we need to be taken seriously in this business just like in any other. It can be tough as a woman being around a lot of men and not get hit on here and there so our actions and the way we carry ourselves is very important for our representation in the media.

How do you balance being a mom and your career?
It can be hard, but you have to find balance, time management and just give everything it’s time.

How has your Latino heritage influenced your career?
When I was growing up I felt that Latinos weren’t really accepted and we had to overcome that and we did. Now I think we’re in demand, being bilingual is an advantage in the media today. We’ve come a long way as Latinos and I’m very proud of that. I am proud of my culture and of where I come from. I think in our culture we sometimes have a lot of negativity and it’s important to teach the next generations that anything is possible no matter where you come from. You just have to work hard and be consistent. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. If you have a dream, believe in yourself and work hard no matter what anyone else has to say. I want to be someone who inspires the next generation of journalists and Latinos. I want to be the person that made them believe in themselves and inspired them to keep going.

Where can people reach you?
They can reach me on my website, and on Instagram: @Lucydarling27 & Twitter:@lucydarling27

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Krystle Rich

Krystle Rich Interview

Krystle Rich is the host and producer of Time Warner Cable Community’s original show "Get Fit" in Los Angeles, California. As a writer, producer, editor, and on air- talent Rich has built an impressive sports journalism career. She was the creator of the video production department for Philly Sports Pulse, worked at ESPN, and currently serves as a producer for the Around The League Podcast. Her athletic background and go getter mindset has earned her the nickname the “Hustler”.  Tune into Get Fit to see Krystle Rich interview athletes and report on the latest trends in health and fitness.  

Age: 24

Home Town: South New Jersey

How did your love for sports come about?                 

Growing up it was always church, home, & football. I grew up with brothers who played sports. My grandfather Ira Rich was the first inspirational black basketball player at Lower Merion High School. Family legend has it that Kobe Bryant found inspiration in my grandfather’s story. That combination of my family involved in sports and me being athletic set a good foundation.

What is your favorite sports memory growing up?

My dad loves telling this story! In middle school, I was on a basketball team where I was not good on offense and mainly in there for defense. I had gotten fouled and had to step to the line to shoot free throws. The crowd knew that I wasn’t particularly good at shooting the basketball, but they still encouraged me. I missed the first one, which is what the crowd expected. Right before I shot for the second time, I closed my eyes and said, “I can do all things through Christ”. I made it!

What are your favorite sports teams?

Everything Philadelphia. Phillies when it comes to baseball, The Eagles, 76ers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia Union. My friends from New York always have a debate about who is going to win when our teams play each other. 

Why do they call you the “Hustler”?

It goes back to bible study when I was younger and I learned the concept of paying tithes. I wanted to raise money, but my dad didn’t want me to outside the house considering I was still very young, so he said pray about it. I was the kid in middle school selling candy and making $40/$50 a day. However, it all started in Dad’s take your daughter to work day. While my dad was in a big meeting, I asked a secretary to make a bunch of copies for the colored sign which said Combs (spelled with a “K” – Koms”) for $2. I put the flyer on all of my dad’s co-workers desk and by the end of the day everyone was buying my combs and giving me $2. I bought a big container of about $50 for only a few dollars. My dad must have thought it was “daughters work at dad’s job day.” All the money I made all year was ONLY to pay my tithes, buy birthday and Christmas gifts for my family and neighbors. Ever since I was little I always found a way to have a business. That working hard mentality has transferred over to my career.

How have your experiences at Ru-TV Network at Rutgers University aid you through your career and life in general?

It was phenomenal. Ru-TV set a foundation for my career. Before you appeared on air you would have to learn everything about studios, writing, producing, editing, pre-scripts, how to pitch different stories, and much more.  It was the best hands on experience to get your feet wet. We had to learn all aspects of production before we could produce or be on-air. I cannot tell you how valuable those skills were and still are to me. I started out in Master Control, where you control the schedules for all the programming on our channels. Master Control is the technical side of television.

Through your career what has been the most memorable piece you’ve edited, written or produced?

 My most memorable piece at Rutgers was on Eric LeGrand’s story.  I composed a package for RU-TV to help raise money for his medical bills after his injury.  

I helped create video content for a sports website. I created the video department and was the coordinating video-content produce for a Philadelphia sports website. There I was a one-woman-band. I was the producer, reporter, camera person and editor.

At I produced for NFL Around the League Podcast.  It was different and new to me, but it was rewarding because I put in a lot of hard work. Initially it was a small segment at the tail end of a different podcast now it has grown and branched off into its own full length podcast. The podcast went on to be named iTunes “Best of” 2013 & Stitcher’s Best Sports Commentary of 2013.

For Time Warner Cable I interviewed Richard Sherman and was a correspondent at this year’s ESPYs.

 As writer, producer, editor, and on- air host how do you delegate which responsibilities come first?

It's a lot of work. I consider everything important. It is time consuming yet rewarding. To manage it all you have to patient and diligent.

Why do think it’s important to have a good representation of women in sports journalism?

Sports journalism is a male dominated profession. And based on that fact, it doesn’t mean women don’t know the ins and outs. One person I’m inspired by is Jemele Hill, who doesn’t only host or report but also is an analyst and a columnist. It’s good to see women represented well.

As the host of Time Warner Cable Community’s “Get Fit"  you do a lot of activities that help get people in shape: Such as Salsa & belly dancing. What was the most fun activity you have done for the show thus far?

I went to Cirque School LA and it was quite the experience hanging upside down on a trapeze. I’m also looking forward to surfing in an upcoming episode of Get Fit as well.

What have been some of your favorite events that you have covered as a journalist & which events are you looking forward to cover?

At Rutgers I reported on the Women’s Basketball team when they went to Madison Square Garden in New York.  Another one of my favorite events I covered was when The Philly Union soccer team faced off against the soccer club team Real Madrid.  

Which activities did you do when you were younger that you still do to this day?

I still dance and play basketball occasionally. I’ve done seven styles of dance (ballet, lyrical, jazz, hoofing, tap, hip-hop, lyrical) and I started Salsa, Bachata, & Merengue later on in my high school years. And in college I loved running track especially hurdles.

How do you personally stay in shape?

Being the host of “Get Fit” helps me stay in shape. I also have a LA fitness membership.

I noticed your faith is an essential part of your life. How has it helped you in the decisions you’ve made along your journey? 

My faith is a huge part of my life! I never take credit for anything; I give all credit to God. I trust him with every decision.

What are your aspirations going forward?

I definitely want to do more sports reporting and continue producing sports show. I would like to write books with a message. I also want to do ministry.

Where can people reach you?

People can reach me at my website,
And also take a look at Get Fit on ch. 354 every day at 1pm and 11pm. We have new episodes every other Monday. Time Warner Cable Community ch. 354.
You can follow on twitter: @GetFitTWC, @krystlerich
Facebook: Get Fit TWC

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