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True Crime Obsessed Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle Are The Duo Every Podcasters Needs In Their Life

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Who would have thought Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle would  have meet through the world of theatre and become household names. Both having Broadway podcasts back in the day, the duo quickly came together to create a funny true crime podcast called True Crime Obsessed. Patrick Hinds and Gillian are the creators and co-hosts of True Crime Obsessed. True Crime Obsessed explores true crime films and the world perspective of series like “Fyre Fraud”, “The Ted Bundy Tapes”, and “The Case Against Adnan Syed”. Patrick is one of the few openly gay podcasters in the true crime space to voice his perspective of this genre. Patrick and Gillian recently did a live podcast show in Brooklyn. True Crime Obsessed has changed their lives completely becoming a true podcaster was their dream come true. True Crime Obsessed can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Clichè Magazine chats with the podcast hosts about their favorite episodes, what’s next for the show, and their recent live podcast show. 

Clichè: What inspired the two of you to start working on a podcast together?

GILLIAN: Like I always say, the genesis of True Crime Obsessed is what is at the base of everyone’s interest in true crime: Broadway. Patrick and I both had Broadway podcasts (Patrick had Theater People and Broadway Backstory and I have and still produce The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast on a weekly basis), so we met through the theatre world. We became friends and started meeting up for happy hour a few times a week and suddenly our Broadway conversations transformed into true crime conversations. One day I had this idea to start a true crime podcast solving the Zodiac case. I took it really seriously and called Patrick and pitched him the idea. We met up the next day, I ended up going to the library (a la Robert Graysmith), and even made a logo for it.

But then we – smartly – realized that we weren’t up to the task. There are much more qualified people to solve that case, so we scrapped that specific idea but still wanted to do a true crime podcast.

PATRICK: I had really wanted to make a super smarty-pants / NPR-ish podcast in three segments: an interview segment, a review segment, and a true crime news segment (whatever that means!). We actually recorded a pilot episode that had all three segments. When we sat down to record the ‘review’ segment, we were talking about the documentary The Imposter which tells the story of the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy named Nicholas Barclay and THE FULL GROWN 23-YEAR-OLD MAN who pretended to be Nicholas three years after Nicholas’s disappearance. As we were talking, Gillian was cracking me up with her commentary about the idiot private detective, the FRENCH, 23-YEAR-OLD imposter who the Barclay family fully believed was the missing 13-year-old American. When we were done, I realized that if we could find a way to provide truly hilarious commentary on true crime documentaries while at the same time being advocates for the victims and NEVER laughing at the actual crime, we could create something that had truly never been done before in the podcast space. And thus, True Crime Obsessed was born.

How has True Crime Obsessed changed the both of you?

GILLIAN: I mean this sincerely when I say that True Crime Obsessed has absolutely changed my life completely. I get to be a full-time podcaster and that is a dream come true. Seriously, I can’t believe I get to say that. We get to do what we love and travel the country (and world?!) and learn on a weekly basis. It’s such hard work but it’s also so much fun, and we really do learn something new every week. Whether it’s a case we didn’t know about, or something weird/horrible/fascinating about our justice system, or learning about a community that doesn’t get due attention or respect, every recording is an education.

PATRICK: My answer is largely the same. This podcast is the outlet I never knew I needed. I get to scream-laugh every week with a person I truly love working with, and we get to shine a light on—and keep the conversation going about—cases the world truly needs to know about. It’s crazy to me that this podcast started out as a hobby project that we recorded in my living room. We’ve now grown to be an industry leader with office space and a recording studio in midtown Manhattan—it’s CRAZY! The last thing I’ll say on this is that I love love love that we’re able to make people laugh during this difficult time in the world—that is something both Gillian and I take very seriously.

How do you choose what to cover for your podcast?

GILLIAN: There are a lot of factors. From a production standpoint, we look for documentaries that hover around the 90-minute mark. We learned the hard way that the longer a documentary is, the harder it is for us to cover in a concise and straightforward way. We also try to mix up the topic, so to speak. Not just for variety but for our own mental health. It’s hard to live in this super dark headspace, so if we’ve had a long few weeks of murder and assault and kidnapping, we’ll take a breather with something like an art heist or jewel thieves or a politician’s downfall. We also want to tell stories that aren’t as well known, as a way to bring awareness to people and community and cases. We’ve covered a lot of LGBTQ+ documentaries because that is one of the many communities that is often overlooked in the true crime genre.

PATRICK: Yeah, I’ll just add that we always hope for interesting characters. Whether it’s corrupt cops from Queens or Tammy Faye Bakker, we always like when we can feature strange, ridiculous, or just downright hilarious personalities. This is not a requirement, obviously, but it can make for a great vocal impression from Gillian which almost always results in me scream-laughing and falling on the floor.

Patrick, how does it feel to be one of the few LGBTQ voices discussing true crime?

PATRICK: You know, one of the reasons I wanted to get into podcasting in general (all the way back in 2009) was because I wasn’t hearing many podcasters that sounded like me—unabashedly gay—and I wanted to change that. I was making Broadway podcasts at the time, so being and sounding unabashedly gay was a great fit! When Gillian and I decided to make a true crime podcast, it really was a question for me—would people be turned off by my tone of voice and the fact that “girl” is every other word out of my mouth. Honestly, at the time, I didn’t know of a single true crime podcast with an LGBTQ host (I’m not saying there wasn’t one, I just didn’t know of any!), so I was very curious to see how it was going to go. From the very first episode, our audience embraced me and as we became better known, the true crime podcasting community has really embraced me / us as well, which has been truly thrilling. One of my greatest joys in making True Crime Obsessed with Gillian is the fact that we’re able to cover documentaries that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community. Whether It’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson about the beloved trans activist / icon who was murdered in NYC in 1992 or Matthew Shepard Is A Friend of Mine about the young man who was murdered in Wyoming in 1998 for being gay, it is a true honor to share these stories and to keep the conversations about them going.

Are there any podcasts you would like to collaborate with?

GILLIAN: I just discovered a podcast called That’s Spooky, and they are a couple from Canada who cover all things spooky from true crime to haunted dolls. I’m only a few episodes in but they can seamlessly reference Broadway and the Golden Girls so I feel like maybe there’s something there.

PATRICK: We’ve been doing live shows for a long time and we just did our very first live show with another podcast and it was THRILLING, so I’d like to do more of that. I’d love to do a live show with the Undisclosed team—they cover wrongful convictions. Their podcast is pretty serious, but we know them in real life and they’re all actually hilarious, so I think a crossover live show could be magical. I’m also obsessed with politics, so could we pretty please do a crossover live show with Rachel Maddow or the Pod Save America guys? PLEASE??!!

What is next for the future of the podcast?

PATRICK AND GILLIAN: We have a LOT of very exciting things in the hopper that we can’t talk about just yet. But here are a few things we can say: We are in the process of putting together our 2020 tour. We’re hoping to play one night on Broadway in 2020. Gillian is continuing to make her fabulous podcast The Hamilcast which is allllllll about the smash hit musical Hamilton, and Patrick has another exciting true crime-related podcast in the works that we can’t yet reveal details about – but more news about that coming soon!


Can you share some of your favorite episodes you have recorded for your show?

GILLIAN: I’m a born and raised New Yorker so I loved covering The Seven Five, about corrupt NYC cops back in the 70s. It was a lot of absurdity, a lot of over the top accents, and no one was raped or murdered. It was just a wild ride and one of the rare times true crime was actually fun.

PATRICK: I have a soft spot for all of our LGBTQ episodes like the ones I mentioned earlier and also How to Survive A Plague about the AIDS crisis and The Times of Harvey Milk. But I also love our episode on Grizzly Man about a man who spent fifteen years living with the bears in the Alaskan wilderness, and I LOVE our two episodes on Oxygen’s The Disappearance of Maura Murray.

Can you tell us about your recent live podcast show in Brooklyn? Will there be more live shows?

GILLIAN: We made our debut at the Bell House! It’s always fun doing shows on our home turf (well, home turf adjacent) and it was the first time we did a show with other people on stage with us! We teamed up with The Maura Murray Boys™ Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri, who made the Missing Maura Murray podcast, and Maggie Freleng, who hosted Oxygen’s The Disappearance of Maura Murray, which also featured Tim and Lance. We covered the Oxygen series on the podcast and it’s just over the top and very Oxygen-y so we had fun talking about the case and… kinda teasing them a little bit about it. But it was all in good fun!

PATRICK: Yeah, when we covered the Oxygen documentary series on the podcast, I became OBSESSED with Maggie and the boys. We got to meet and hang out with them at CrimeCon this past year and so when they agreed to do a live show with us, I was SUPER excited, but I made it clear that the show was going to mostly be Gillian and me making fun of them. Our live shows are CRAZY—super high energy, super fun and funny, AND our listeners are DRINKERS, so it’s also always a party. This show at the Bell House was exactly that. For Gillian and me, it was the last show on our 2019 tour and it was the freaking BELL HOUSE, which is where all my hero-podcasts have done their live shows, so it was a HUGE honor to be there and to be sold out there. It was just incredible.

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True Crime Obsessed Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle Are The Duo Every Podcasters Needs In Their Life. Photo Credits: Curtis and Cort Photography, Dianna Bush Photography

Romaine Waite Talks Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder” and “Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver” and His Favorite Moments As An Actor

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Romaine Waite is closing this year out strong with two back-to-back film series on the Hallmark Channel and season three of CBS “Frankie Drake Mysteries”. Waite plays “Wintson Sams”in the Hallmark Movie Mystery film series “Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder” and “Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver”.  When choosing roles, Romaine believes in leaving yourself open to appreciate different roles and stories. Did you know Romaine wanted to be an computer animator before jumping into the world of acting? Glad to know Romaine decided to stick with acting! Early part of next year, Waite can be seen in Lifetime biopic about the Clark Sisters. Romaine Waite chats with Cliché Magazine about his decision to choose acting, favorite moments on set, and the best moments about being an actor. 

Cliché: What drew you to the Hallmark Movies Mysteries film series “Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder” and “Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver?”

The universe seems to be sending me a lot of shows/roles that centre around crime and mystery. I don’t mind at all. I like what Hallmark Channel provides to its viewers. It is clean family entertainment and it’s a great feeling to be a part of that. Not to mention, the Hallmark Mysteries fanbase is very interactive. That’s a nice bonus, when the audience is already engaged. My only hope is that I can add something unique to an already amazing series.

 Can you tell us a little about your character “Winston Sams”?

I play a rookie detective (Winston Sams), who is eager to prove himself to his partner Logan O’Connor. In the script, my character is really sharp. He’s focused on finding inconsistent elements in each case and making them available to his partner for further investigation. I was given the freedom to bring Winston to life in my own way, which involved understanding all the unique tactics forensic investigators use to solve crimes. I’m excited to see where this character goes.

How will your character “Winston” handle becoming a rookie detective after four years of being a patrol officer?

I think it’s going to require developing trust between him and Logan. I know Winston is confident in his abilities, but there is a learning curve to being a detective. In order to be successful, I think he’ll have to trust Logan to lead him down the right path, which I’m sure he will.

How was it working with Brennan Elliot and the rest of the cast on set? Any favorite or funny moments?

Coming into a project that is already established can sometimes be difficult. However, in this case, I felt right at home. Most of my scenes are with Brennan, Lacey and John who made me feel very welcome. Having the opportunity to watch these individuals work has been very motivating. There have definitely been some funny moments but it’s one of those things where you have to be there to really appreciate the humor.

Growing up, did you always know you wanted to be in this industry?

When I was younger, acting never crossed my mind as a career option. I actually wanted to be a computer animator. In high school I took drama, which I really enjoyed; even then, I didn’t think of it as a possibility. It was my experience on a small indie film, that made me think about acting as a career. I only auditioned because it was something I hadn’t done before. Little did I know it would be the catalyst for my journey.

What has been your favorite moments as an actor so far?

Wow, this question takes me back to one of my first theater roles. Early in my career, I took on the role of Aaron Levinsky in the play NUTS, at Scarborough Village Theatre. I remember getting the role and feeling excited about the opportunity to prove to myself that I could manage a role this size. The play ran for about 2.5 hours with a 20-minute intermission, and I was on stage the whole time. In this production, I really gained confidence in my skills as an actor. I also developed a great understanding and appreciation for the craft. I’d say this is one of my favorite moments.

When searching for movie or television roles, what kind of stories speak to you?

Different stories resonate with me for various reasons. Sometimes you’re not really searching for it. However, when you come across something different it just hits you. For example, it was a random visit to the bookstore, where I came across the Raymond Arsenault written biography of Arthur Ashe. To be honest I didn’t know about him prior to this chance encounter. However, when I took the time to research and dive into this man’s life, I was a little embarrassed that I hadn’t known about him and his accomplishments sooner. Fast forward to June 2019, I put together a short trailer taking on the role of this tennis legend. Needless to say, his story has made an impression on me, in more ways than one. I think it’s really about leaving yourself open, to appreciate different stories and roles.

‘Frankie Drake Mysteries’ has returned to CBC for its third season. What can fans expect from this season?

More fun filled mysteries. The whole gang is back, bigger and better. The third season sees Frankie face a family secret while episodes bring her and the Drake Private Detectives team into the world of British aristocrats, illegal boxing, the supernatural, and political fundraisers. The first episode has Agatha Christie helping Frankie to solve a disappearance case. However, there is one small thing that I am strangely excited about. For season three, Frankie Drake has an awesome new intro. I guess I’m a sucker for good typography.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share?

Early next year, I will be in a LIFETIME channel biopic. It’s about the prominent American gospel group The Clark Sisters. I’ll be playing the husband of one of the sisters. In case people aren’t aware, I’ll give you a small idea of who they are. They have a catalogue of hits, they’ve won multiple Grammys, and worked with numerous artists across varied genres. Including artists like Missy Elliot and Snoop Dogg. Mostly recently, you can hear them sampled on the Jay-Z hit ‘Family Feud’. The film is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Mary J Blidge, and Missy Elliot. Directed by the lovely Cristine Swanson.

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Romaine Waite Talks Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder” and “Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver” and His Favorite Moments As An Actor

From MasterChef Top 3 Finalist To Graduate Harvard, Nick DiGiovanni Talks Life After

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Nick DiGiovanni was the youngest person to ever compete and make it to the finals of MasterChef. He was the third finalist of this season MasterChef’s competition and life as you has never been the same. Even though he was competing on the show, he was also attending Harvard university and now he is officially a college graduate. While studying in school, DiGiovanni helped his college professor with started up a vegetable-based pastas company called Voodles. Now after competing on MasterChef, starting this journey with Voodles, Nick DiGiovanni tell Cliché how he is pursuing his dreams and more. 

Cliche : How do you balance being an entrepreneur at such a young age?

This is the perfect time in life to chase down all the dreams you have, and I’ve always wanted to start a successful food product that ends up on shelves all across the country. At the same time, I’m fortunate to have lots of support from friends and family…need as much guidance as I can get here. I’m figuring things out as I go, and it’s a fun journey.

What was your favorite moment being on MasterChef?

Cooking in the finale. Indescribable, really. It was a level above any previous challenge in the MasterChef kitchen and it was just a lot to take in, but a really great feeling nonetheless. That was a very unforgettable moment.

What’s been the best advice you received while working on MasterChef?

Have fun. That’s all you can ever do. Nothing is going to work out if you aren’t having any fun with it, and I think I did well in the competition in part because I went in with such a carefree attitude and had such a good time doing it.  

 

How has the transition been graduating Harvard to being a cooking phenomenon?

Very surreal, to say the least. I’ve certainly taken one of the most unconventional routes possible in life, but I’m loving it, and so far, I feel that it’s working the way I want it to be—but I’ll also say that I’m constantly traveling down that next unknown path and never now what, exactly, will be on the other end. You can make calculated guesses for that sort of thing, but that’s about it. 

 

What can you tell us about your Voodles start-up company and the process behind it?

Voodles is revolutionizing the way kids eat veggies. Parents have constantly struggled to get their kids eating veggies, but the fact that we can get kids who have just started walking shoveling this pasta into their mouths tells me that we’re doing something right. We have created three flavors of a vegetable-based, dry pasta that’s organic, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, and free of the 8 major allergens. We plan on launching at the start of 2020. 

If you could go back and compete on MasterChef again, would you?

If I could do it over again, yes, I’d absolutely compete on MasterChef. But, would I do it again in the future if given the opportunity? No. I had my moments on there, and now, I want to figure out where I’ll fit into the cooking world…carve out my own niche. 

What advice would you give to aspiring chefs who want to master their culinary skills and attend college?

There’s always a way. Find a restaurant nearby and work one night a week. Utilize your dorm kitchen…have friends chip in for dinner and sharpen your skills while cooking for them. I’m a firm believer that there is always a way to do something. 

Are there any projects you are working on in addition to your start up company?

Right now, I’m taking things one day at a time. I’m committed to making Voodles a success but there are so many factors in my life right now that it’s hard to say what exactly will happen over the next couple of years!

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Soaky Siren EP LUCAYA Is Her Own Version of Paradise

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Soaky Siren has been co-writing hits songs with artists like Camilla Cabello, Pitbull, Chris Brown, and Rita Ora. Now, she is taking a step forward into the music scene by releasing her new EP LUCAYA. Soaky Siren EP LUCAYA is dedicated to her hometown and the experiences she endured.  Each song escapes into her bit of paradise that she want fans to resonate with her as well. Soaky Siren is taking over the music scene and she hopes her fans can connect with her when listening to her music. Cliché Magazine talks with Soaky Siren about starting in the songwriting business, her dreams, and how her EP came along. 
 
Cliche : What made you want to start in the songwriting business?

At first, it was a way for me to get my foot in the door. Over time, that foot in the door became an entire career. 

Can you talk about the moment you knew wanted to make music for yourself?

I can’t remember the exact moment because that revelation happened very early in my life. In primary school I had my mind made up about making my own music. After establishing my songwriting career the call for me to focus on my own music grew louder and louder. I do remember having a convo with my publisher after playing some of my records and she was like – ok, it’s time you put out your music. That reinforced what I had been feeling on the low for a while so I’d count that as a moment that made me press the gas and go. 

How was your life been from co-writing songs to making your own songs?

For now, it hasn’t been a huge difference. I’m still in the studio making records but now I have to split the time between writing for other projects and writing for mine. When I start doing more shows I’m sure it’ll be more of an adjustment. 

What has been the hardest part of transitioning from writing other artist’s songs to performing on the stage?

The preparation for sure. For one, writing for other artists isn’t cardio. When I’m on stage I have to bring big energy so I not only do I have to rehearse like crazy,  I also have to train consistently. When I started prepping for my first performance my body was on the struggle bus…I’d walk up a flight of stairs and be winded smh. Being on stage is a different bag altogether so yea…the preparation is a different beast.

What inspired your EP, LUCAYA and what was the process like in creating this EP?

LUCAYA is one of my favorite places on my island so that’s where the name comes from. The EP is loosely inspired by my hometown and largely by my own experiences. Life in Freeport gave me such a unique lens on life and it comes out in the storytelling for Dope Boys and Too Like Lie. Then there’s a record like Kombucha which is based on my personal experience with people who needed to be cleansed from my circle. So it’s a blend of experiences. The process wasn’t very different on the music side – a few of my favorite collaborators were down to work on my music so I got in with them and the songs pretty much wrote themselves. On the business and creative side I had to wear a lot of different hats so that was a huge learning process.  

What do you hope fans take away from listening to your music?

I want my fans to be transported to the places that inspired me every time they hear my music. Music has always done that for me so if my fans can experience this then that means I’m connecting with them. 

Other than music, is there anything you would like to pursue?

Definitely. Eventually, I want to get into fashion and film.

The Face Behind “GFaceMD”, Dr. Gretchen Frieling

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Dr. Gretchen Frieling is a dermatopathologist and the CEO behind “GFaceMD luxury medical skincare line. GFaceMD is a medical skincare line designed to help define and re-vitalize the face by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. 

Cliche : What inspired you to get into the skincare business?

As a dermatopathologist, I have always had an interest in skin health and skin diseases. We all have skin, and we all want it to look good! Effective skin care is essential and is also highly sought after. It is only fitting that in my medical aesthetic practice I would have a high-end, effective medical skincare line. 

How has the skincare industry changed since you first started?

The skincare industry is booming. People are caring more and more about the way they look. They are also more educated on different products and are taking care of their skin starting at an early age.

How do you overcome the challenges of getting your business off the ground?

Social media has been KEY to the success of GFaceMD in so little time. With all of the millennial on social media, it is imperative to target and engage them through Facebook and Instagram. You must brand yourself and make yourself different. GFaceMD has done just that.

What inspired you to name your medical skincare line “GFaceMD”? 

GFaceMD is the name of my company. The “GF” is my initials, “Face” is because I love to work on faces, and “MD” is for “medical doctor.” This is where the medical skincare line came from.

What are some of your favorite face products for the skin?

Hyaluronic Acid Serums are amazing for hydration, and even better when combined with a Vitamin C Serum. GFaceMD’s Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Serum and ProCollagen Vitamin C Serum are extremely effective, moisturizing, plumping, and correcting. Sunscreen is also imperative, and a good Tinted BB cream (30-50 SPF), like our GFaceMD Tinted BB, is one of the best anti-aging products around. It also feels like silky makeup and blends with every skin tone! Another proven anti-aging product is a retinol. GFaceMD Retinol is effective and contains soothing agents to prevent dryness.

Are there any locations that you want to open besides Boston?

We will definitely be expanding and are looking into a GFaceNYC. Follow us on Instagram @gfacemd to stay up to date!

If you were to give someone advice who is thinking about getting into the beauty industry and trying to start a business, what would it be? 

Stay true to yourself and go after what you want. It can be challenging, but finding a mentor or someone you trust to guide you along the way can be helpful. Keep your overhead low, get properly trained, and be honest with yourself and your patients.

How can people obtain your products if t How can people obtain your products if they are not located in Boston?

The GFaceMD Skincare shop is open 24/7 at www.GFaceMD.com and offers free shipping, nationwide.

Are there any upcoming products that you can share that you are excited about?

We hope to launch an acne line shortly, with products specifically designed to target and soothe acne-prone skin. Stay tuned!

NKD Mag May Be Coming To An End, But Catherine Powell Continues To Capture This Industry One Photo At A Time

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For the last eight years, Catherine Powell has been the Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of NKD Mag, an online music and pop culture magazine featuring some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Straight out of Nashville, Tennessee, Catherine has always had a eye for photography since she was a teenager. In addition to NKD Mag, she is touring with Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves plus four of her photos made it to the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. As NKD Mag reaches the end to it’s final issue, Cliché Magazine chatted with Catherine Powell about the end and what’s next for her future. 

Cliché :  When did you know that you wanted to be in the industry?

Very young. I started going to shows when I was 13, and about a year and a half later started shooting at a local all ages venue. I was beyond obsessed with music and just wanted to be a part of it.

Where did the inspiration behind NKD Mag come from?

Truthfully, it started because I was 17, had been shooting for over three years, and no one would hire me because I was so young. So, my friend Ariella Mastroianni (who was 19 at the time) and I started it so we could shoot and write about the artists we loved, and go a little more in depth than a lot of the publications we were reading at the time.

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

As an editor in chief, I think taking the magazine to 100 issues is something incredible. It’s such a massive body of work to be able to look back on.
As a photographer, I spent my entire college career being told that photographing music wouldn’t get me in galleries or museums. So, this summer when four of my photos went up in the Country Music Hall of Fame, it felt like an extra special win.

 Did you ever think that NKD Mag would become such a huge success?

Not in the slightest. I think Ariella and I both had high hopes for it, but nothing like what it’s become. It’s truly the greatest thing I’ll ever do and I’m so proud of it. We’ve been able to reach over 50 million eyes in over 190 countries and that was just (and still is) unimaginable to think about.

Once the final issue of NKD Mag comes out, what is next for you?

I’ve been touring in the country world for the past year and will continue to do that for the foreseeable future. I’ll be out with Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay and Miranda Lambert this fall, and there’s some fun stuff on the calendar for next year that I’m very excited about.

What advice can you give young adults about trying to start their business in photography?

The business of photography is much more than you see on Instagram. More than anything, you need to build a network of other photographers that you can go to for advice, referrals and inspiration. It doesn’t need to be the competitive industry so many people make it out to be.

Who has been your favorite artist to photograph?

I’ve been having a blast with Kacey Musgraves this year. She’s incredibly creative and a true visionary, so it’s fun to bounce ideas around and create moments both on and off stage.

If you could say one thing to your readers who have been with you for the last 8 years, what would it be?

Thank you for sticking with us for so long, and letting NKD be a part of your fandoms. This magazine has been my entire life, for a third of my life, and it’s really fulfilling to know it meant something to so many people.

 

 

 

 

Simone Miller Talks about her new series “Detention Adventure”, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, and her help with Jamaican Canadian Association

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Rising Star Simone Miller stars as Raign Westbrook on the all new original series “Detention Adventure”. Not only is starring in The Clark Sisters : The First Ladies of Gospel, she making a new name for herself in the music business. If she is not acting, she is spending quality time with her sisters or giving back to the community with the Jamician Candidian Association. Simone Miller talks to Cliche Magazine about her new show, movies and about her love for Jamician Canadian Association.  

Cliché : What can people expect from watching Detention Adventure?

Simone Miller : People can expect to see lots of crazy science experiments, expect to laugh a lot as the show is really funny and written really well.  There are also many riddles that Raign, Joy, Hulk and Brett, will hopefully be able to decode in order to find Alexander Graham Bell’s hidden Lab.

What do you admire most about your character, Raign Westbrook?

I admire Raign’s determination in achieving her goals even when her friends get discouraged, Raign is always there to remind them and encourage them to keep going.

What was it like to star in The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel? Are you a fan of their music?

It was an unreal experience to be a part of such an incredible film.  I am beyond excited to have been a part of this project. I play Young Dorinda in the film, and based on the amazing cast and crew I can’t wait to see it!  I became a fan of their music once I got the audition!

When you are not acting, what is one thing that you like to do?

When I am not acting, I am often found jumping on my trampoline playing with my two younger sisters.  I really love spending time with my sisters. They are truly my best friends.

Who do you admire the most in the industry?

Lin Manuel Miranda!   He is an amazing actor, singer, writer, composer etc.  He created the musical “Hamilton”! He is such an inspiration, as he not only created this musical, he also starred in it! Despite all odds he was able to create a highly entertaining educational musical that leaves me in awe!       

If you could give advice to younger girls/guys about getting into the acting world, what would it be?

My advice would be “Don’t be too hard on yourself”. Always try to stand out from the rest.  Do something different so that you will be remembered. Never give up as it is a competitive industry, but your time will come if you keep at it!

How did you join the Jamaican Canadian Association? What has been your favorite part about volunteering with them?

My father introduced me to this Association through his colleague at work. Whenever there are volunteering days I love to tag along and do what I can. Through the years I have come to love the joyful atmosphere and being able to help those in need, which is my favorite part of volunteering. We have painted Churches, given away school supplies and usually do this three times a year! It is truly heart-warming and humble experience.  

Can fans expect any music from you anytime soon?

I am currently working on some original music!  I guess you will just have to stay tuned!

 

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Simone Miller Talks about her new series “Detention Adventure”, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, and her help with Jamaican Canadian Association. Photo Credit: Mai Tilson. 

 

 

Jade Hassouné talks The End of “Shadowhunters” and his brand new EP, Love Letter to A Fandom

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Now that Shadowhunters has come to an end, Jade Hassouné is focusing on his next projects and his music. Season 3 of Shadowhunters may have been the last, but Jade will always be Merlion in our eyes. But when he is not being an epic knight and saving the world, Jade Hassouné enjoys his music and dedicating it to his fans. Jade talked to Cliche Magazine about the end of Shadowhunters, his EP, Love Letter to the Fandom, and the best advice he has received since beginning in the industry.

 

Cliché: When did you know you wanted to be in the entertainment industry?

Jade Hassouné: I knew when I was 10 years old. That’s the first time I realized that people had careers playing on TV and in films. That’s when I understood that the entertainment world was a path that I could choose. And even though I did love the visual arts and music, I felt like acting was the one I could accomplish first. I started community theatre classes and the first time I walked on stage, I had a moment of seeing my future life flash in front of my eyes. I had a sort of heart opening feeling and vision of the future, but really it was a feeling of being connected to my creative flow, feeling of joy of being connected and in the moment doing what I love. I then continued to chase that feeling of joy for the rest of my life which led to my dreams unfolding incrementally.

 

What has been the best advice you’ve gotten since entering this industry?

That if you keep up the work and stay in the direction of your vision, success is inevitable. And to not take things too seriously or too personally.

 

What has Shadowhunters meant to you over the years?

It has changed my life in many ways. It was a teenage dream come true. It has brought me great lifelong friendships and has brought to me a supportive audience who believe in me and keep me going. I want to tend to these relationships and continue the connection with the fandom. That’s why I’ve dedicated my first EP to them.

 

 

What has been your favorite moment about playing Merlion on Shadowhunters?

Oh man! SO many. I’ve always wanted to play an elf knight! And Meliorn is the closest thing to that, however in that world they are Faeries. It’s been so fun to play a 147 year old being who feels superior to humans, who sees the human drama as trivial. It’s been so cool to be a being who cannot lie but can bend the truth and speak in riddles. And it’s been so fun to be in an epic world and be an epic knight being fighting in wars to save the world.

 

What can fans expect from your upcoming EP, Love Letter to the Fandom? What was the inspiration behind the EP?

It’s my way to make our connection last forever. To take what we’ve all built with Shadowhunters and move forward together, while honouring the past, but looking eagerly into the future. My life has changed in many ways, and I’ve been traveling the world with my cast mates to meet this beautiful passionate fandom, we are about to go on a new summer tour again. On these journeys I meet so many cool people at the conventions but also on my personal time in different countries. I am away from my home, I fall in love, I feel excitement, I see beautiful parts of the world, and then I have to say goodbye. There are so many beautiful emotions. And so when I got back with a heart full of joy but also of heartbreak from last summer’s tour, I had a burst of inspiration and a few songs came out. Then I knew with every cell of my body that the time was now to start putting music out there and live life in that way and celebrate it with music and dancing and fun and expression.

 

Are there any future roles that you would like to play?

I’ve had specific roles that I really wanted that I’ve gotten, and others that I have not. So I’ve experienced many aspects of dreams coming true in ways I expected and others coming true in a way that I wasn’t expecting, that were better than I could have expected. So now, I feel like I want to be open to roles that sparks passion within me. If a role or project inspires some sort of creative spark, then I’ll be interested. I’m staying in this open place, I feel it will be easier to go through the constant unknowns.

 

 

As Shadowhunters comes to an end, is there any special words you would like to say to the fans?

Stick with me and I’ll stay by you! I’m so excited to meet you and sing together and celebrate our connection. I’m going to start releasing songs starting with “Insta Story” on June 9th! I’m also creating a platform where we’ll be able to connect on a more personal level and get to collaborate on future projects!! I also have been creating a behind-the-scenes video episodic series of my process of transforming into the music artist J4DE, you’ll be able to see my life behind-the-scenes while I record my EP, change my whole look, open my fan mail, explore my city and collaborate with my friends and eventually, You! Stay tuned!

 

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Jade Hassouné Talks the end of “Shadowhunters” and his brand new EP, Love Letter to the Fandom. Photo Credit: Barrington Orr.

Why It’s Important For Black Actresses To Hire Men and Women of Color To Do Their Hair and Makeup

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This year, an important discussion has come up in Hollywood reflecting how black women in the industry need women and men of color to do their hair/makeup. Model Olivia Anakwe sparked this discussion on Instagram about on-set hair styling; venting that hair stylists at shoots, generally, are clueless when it comes to working with Black hair/natural hair. This is why it is important for black actresses to hire men and women of color to do their hair and makeup.

It is an important topic because many women and men of color in the entertainment business do not have the opportunity to have black stylists do their hair or makeup as some do. Black hair has different textures and thus has to be handled carefully or it can be damaged PLUS it is styled differently (in dozens of possible fun hairstyles) and non-people of color may not know how to style certain hair. There are many black actors like David Alan Grier that have brought their own barber to set rather than take a chance on another barber who may not know how to deal with his hair. For some diverse shows like The Flash, many of the hair stylists are not black and may not know how to do black women or men’s hair the way a black stylists does. Recently at the SXSW panel in Austin, Candice Patton, actress from The Flash, discussed feeling less beautiful because the stylist does not know how to style black hair. “I do not want to be labeled a diva for asking for a stylist who knows how to do Black hair, knows how to do Black makeup,” Patton said. “I want to be able to call up my producers and know that they’ll have my back.” An actress or actor should not have to feel less than anything because of how the person styles their hair or makeup. Whenever they come on any set, they should know someone is styling them greatly in order to shine on screen. There are many Black hairstylists and MUAs who are very good at doing their work and can be hired on sets.

Whenever I’m watching shows, I can tell the difference in a black women’s hair and makeup based on her edges or the lighter makeup they used to compel a person skin tone. Men and Women of Color’s skin comes in different hues, and those hues require different foundations and makeup styles that people not used to doing their make-up won’t know. As a Women of Color, I feel it’s truly important to have someone who looks like me have the opportunity to do ethnic hair on black actresses. For those who are not People of Color, it’s important to get the proper training instead of trying to figure out how to style someone hair or makeup when they first get in the chair. Black actors/actresses should not have to bring their own equipment or have their hair done when coming to set because they are not sure who will be styling their hair/makeup. More makeup artists and hairstylists with experience in black hair/skin tones need access to unions in order to open doors. But also, remember there are stylists who know how to style every race hair/makeup and can bring people who can assist with the process.

 

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Us Review

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Jordan Peele has done it again with Us! This is a horror film that leaves you wanting more from beginning to end. The music in it has a lot of throwbacks like NWA to even the Beach Boys.

 

When the movie first start out, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) is a little girl vacationing with her parents on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Wandering away from her parents, she decides to go into the hall of mirrors, where she comes face to face with something in the reflection that is not normal. Cutting to her adult life, Adelaide is married to Gabe (Winston Duke) and has two kids Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). The family decides to vacation at her parents old house and visit Santa Cruz Boardwalk. From the beginning of the vacation, Adelaide is skeptical about going back to the place she was terrified as a kid. Pause, let’s just talk about Winston Duke’s character, Gabe, who will make you laugh throughout the movie when serious moments approach. Back to the movie, as Adelaide, Gabe, and the kids try to enjoy their vacation, a family approach their house. The family who is in their driveway is a version of themselves who isn’t happy that they are living this picture perfect life and decide they want to take back everything that is theirs. Pay close attention to everything that Adelaide’s shadow tells the family because it makes sense later. The kids also play a big role in this movie when it comes to fighting back and knowing how to manipulate themselves.

 

There are a lot of twists and turns in the movie, especially when the audience thinks the family are just fighting themselves but there are also other people being killed. At the end, you begin to see the plan of this attack from the beginning to end as Adelaide’s evil self explains how she planned everything since the hall of mirrors. Also, wanted to highlight Lupita Nyong’o performance because it was phenomenal from the beginning to the end all while handcuffed. I would love to see Lupita in more horror movies in the future. And there is definitely a twist to her character at the end that makes you want to know more.

 

Us will have you holding your jacket over your face because of what happens next in every scene. You have to pay close attention to the movie because if you miss anything, you can get a little confused. Jordan Peele is definitely on to something big with the movies he has written, produced, and directed. I’m excited to see what movie he comes up with next. So, go watch Us, especially if you enjoy a good horror film.

 

 

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Us Review. Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures 

Why You Should Be Watching All American

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The newest show to hit the CW has been All American. All American tells the true story of Spencer James, a rising high school football player from Crenshaw recruited by former NFL player and coach of Beverly Hills High School, Billy Baker, to come play for him. Spencer James tries to adjust to his new life while still staying true to himself and his community. Here are the top five reasons you should be watching All American.

 

Family

Spencer James cares about his family. He does whatever he can to protect his family from anyone and that’s the heart of the show. Spencer comes home to Crenshaw every weekend just to spend time with his mother and brother. His mother always keep him in check when he is in over his head at times and his brother brings the comedic relief when needed. Spencer is even willing to settle his football dreams for the sake of his mother getting a college education. Spencer’s dad left when he was younger, and you see how Spencer carries that hurt around with him and does his best to be a better example of a man to his brother. He has a lot on his plate but everything he does is for his family and he tries his best to be the change for his community.

 

Friends

Coop is Spencer James’ best friend who runs into trouble when she starts to hang out with drug dealer and gang member Shawn. In the wake of Shawn’s death, Coop decides to get justice for him, so she joins a rival gang to the one that killed Shawn and take the life more seriously. Spencer does whatever it takes to make sure Coop has a better life than being on the streets of Crenshaw. He goes to bat for her and never wants anything bad to happen. So he starts to do things in his community to make sure the gangs get off the street and Coop can escape that life. He tries his best to balance everything on and off the field.

 

Romance

The romance on the show reminds me of One Tree Hill, with the love triangle of Brooke, Lucas, and Peyton in season 1, in the dynamic between Olivia, Spencer, and Leila. Olivia is Billy Baker’s daughter who is interested in Spencer from the beginning. Olivia recently returned to the Baker home after rehab for drugs, and she finds that Spencer is living with them. But even though Olivia likes him, Spencer eyes her best friend Leila. There are twists and turns to this love triangle especially with Olivia having a one-night stand with Asher, Leila’s boyfriend before she went to rehab. Once Leila finds out, she quickly turns to Spencer and they begin dating. Even Olivia starts dating Spencer’s old teammate. It will be interesting to see where all these relationships go before the season finale.

 

Brotherhood

When Spencer first joined the football team, his teammates were not so pleased with the new adjustment. Spencer became the new target of Jordan and Asher, who try to make him leave the team. Jordan is the son of Billy Baker and the quarterback of the team who was not so rigorous about him being in his house. Jordan and Spencer’s relationship starts off so rocky, that even once they start to become friends, there are always problems that show up. Jordan and Spencer decide to work as a team and have a great relationship throughout the episodes. Asher had a problem with Spencer the moment he showed up because he thought he was taking his spot and his girlfriend at the time. Asher runs into trouble when his family runs out of money and is forced to live in her car. Olivia, concerned that Asher will end up like her, suggest that he stays with Leila for awhile. You start to see Asher change for the better and even develop a cool relationship with Spencer.

 

Mystery

There is a little mystery to this show, especially when Coach Baker takes interest in Spencer James’ football career. With the background of Billy and Grace being in love in high school, it asks the question of whether Billy is Spencer’s real father. Each week, there is something that adds to the past of what really happened between Billy and Grace especially when Billy’s father starts talking. Even Jordan started looking for clues into why his dad is so invested in having Spencer play at Beverly Hills High. But Billy quickly denies any situation that Jordan thinks may or may not happen between Grace and his dad. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds before the season ends.

 

All American tackles social issues like police brutality, sexuality, and the pressure of being an All American. I think a lot of people can relate to this show because of the different characters that appear on it. Spencer’s sense of family and belonging is what makes this show stand out—not to mention football. Spencer wants to go to the NFL and proves every day why he’s an All American. All American continues on the CW on Wednesday following Riverdale.

 

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The Characters We Love: Iris West-Allen from ‘The Flash’

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Iris West-Allen is an investigative reporter, daughter, wife, and mother, but also a fearless women who is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect her family. She values the truth and makes straight-thinking decisions for Team Flash and her family. Not only is Mrs. West-Allen, an incredible team leader to Team Flash, she is the proud owner of her newspaper, The Central City Citizen. Her willingness to face things calmly without limitations and unbelievable trust in the people makes the reason why we love Iris West-Allen from The Flash.

 

There is no Flash without Iris, after all she is The Flash’s lighting rod. She literally risked her own life trying to save her husband, Barry Allen, by jumping off a building to save him from a villain. If that isn’t true love, then I don’t know what is. The love in which Iris has for her husband goes above and beyond all DCTV couples making them The Gold Standard. And did I mention, Iris does not have powers and still continues to put her life on the line to help others. She is a superhero without superpowers using her investigate skills and fast thinking as a reporter and team leader to help the people of Central City.

 

For the last five years, Iris West-Allen has proven that she is not afraid to get into danger and is not just a wife to The Flash, but the leader of the team. Candice Patton performance as Iris West-Allen has gone beyond measures over the last five seasons and she’s truly embraced her character to the fullest, making it her own. I’m glad that this younger generation has the opportunity see this live-action version of Iris West-Allen. It’s a joy to watch Iris West-Allen on my screen every Tuesday because she truly is the heart of The Flash.

 

The Flash is on Tuesdays at 7p.m. ET on The CW.

 

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The Characters We Love : Iris West-Allen from The Flash. Featured Image Credit: The CW