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Doo-Wop Pop Pop To Show Stopping Tamar Braxton-Herbert
By Jay Russel &Torin Mitchell
Photography by Allen Cooley

“You know every Superhero has to have their own theme music “says Tamar, during the second season of her and her sisters‘wildly popular realty television show Braxton Family Values. How fitting a response as this larger than life personality is doing so many things at once that her ability to multi-task could have netted her, her very own big budget CGI heavy summer blockbuster. The youngest of the six sisters, Tamar set out at an early age to distinguish herself. This month Kontrol got the chance to talk to the beautiful songstress about reality shows, music, relationships, and even “popsicle babies.”

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Leila Lopes
Changing the Perception of Beauty

by Angela Mincey
Photography by Manny Roman

In September 2011 Leila Lopes accomplished one of the greatest titles the world; one that many pageant queens can only hope to one day obtain. Broadcast live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lopes traded in the title of Miss Angola for an even greater title as she was crowned Miss Universe in front of millions of viewers.

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Trevor Jackson Shines Bright
by Courtney Roberts

When a child grows up in front of the lens of a camera or on a national stage, it can be difficult to remain grounded. Often we see rebellious, latte clad child stars who have become jaded by fame and fortune, splashed across the pages of gossip magazines. For young actor Trevor Jackson humility is a key ingredient in his recipe for success.

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R&B Refill with Elle Varner
By Michael Fanning
Photography by Will Kennedy

Talent is definitely rare, especially nowadays. With so many manufactured performers posing as artists, it has become increasingly harder to tell which acts are the legendary “real deals” and which are the fads of the moment. Gabrielle (Elle) Shellise Varner is definitely an embodiment of that rare talent and the real deal. Born with music in her blood, this new girl on the industry block is making head turns, eyes pause, and sending ears on a heavenly high with her raw emotion and honest vocals.

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K.Michelle
by Nicole Coleman
Photography by Corey Resse

 

You know her from the hit VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, you know her story, and you know she’s from Memphis, but do you know her music? “I don’t have a lot of regrets,” says K. Michelle, “…especially when it comes to my music.”

With powerhouse vocals like hers, should she have any regrets? A laid-back and level-headed K. Michelle briefly chatted with us about who she is as an artist and why Love & Hip Hop Atlanta fans should listen to her music.

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DJ Babey Drew - Last of A Dying Breed
by Angela Mincey
Photography by Wil Law

 

There are countless Disc Jockies out there that consider themselves masters of the craft. Many equate being able to play the hottest songs out there and get the crowd hyped on and off throughout the night to be a mastery of such a delicate craft. Some think dropping the latest mixtape with unoriginal content puts them ahead of the rest. But only few know, appreciate and understand the true artistry of the DJ. Only a few can proficiently execute the true artistry of the turntablist. DJ Babey Drew is one of those few.

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