One on One with MD Callahan, Founder of Vodkila THE WORLD’S FIRST VODKA and TEQUILA BLEND

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Welcome to Ufront Media Insights;

Today I had the opportunity to interview with Mr. Md Callahan COO and founder of Vodkila spirits, as well as the founder of Vodkila spirits since 2004. His role as founder and COO is gaining daily accounts such as liquors stores, clubs, lounges restaurants.  He also handles visibility for Vodkila and he is  involved in all marketing for Vodkila and promotions.  He is in charge of course of putting the Vodkila girl team together for Vodkila and his role is pretty much what ever is needed lol and all off these duties are done on a daily basis. So enjoy my interview with Md Callahan founder of Vodkilla.

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Roger- How did you started the company?

Md- What I did first was form a solid team of people with the same goal as mine.   I did research for what exactly I wanted to  accomplish so I got a lawyer first and worked on name of company for the official launch ready for business in 2004.

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Roger: How did you come up with the  name Vodkila?

Md- I came up with the name Vodkila, by taking the 2 alcohol contents and putting it together such as vodka and then you have tequila by combining the two the brand tell you exactly what it is Vodkila vodka + tequila = Vodkila

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Roger: How do you promote the brand?

Md- I promote the brand  first by using all of the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and  we try to been seen everywhere and we do events all kinds of sponsorship parties, we have shot glasses, Vodkila chains shirts, videos commercials.  Vodkila does all of these things to promote the brand.  What makes Vodkila so different is, there is only one Vodkila vodka and tequila blend on the market, Vodkila is 8 times distilled there is no other product on the market with that process. Vodkila has the highest grain of 180, the tequila is blue agave top tequila in the tequila family. Vodkila is the smoothest brand cause of the formula that’s produced.

 

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Roger: Take me thru the process on how you created the Vodkila commercial?

Md- For the commercial we had to think about what we  want the public to think about Vodkila, paint a picture for the consumer.  When you drink Vodkila you will never forget that  it is a fun drink and by drinking Vodkila you will have fun period.  Second, every man dreams of having beautiful ladies around and for the guy’s Vodkila makes you feel like a king Third, for the ladies  there in there element of dancing and having fun with your girls while drinking  Vodkila.

Roger: Why did you create the Vodkila girls what was the inspiration behind that?

Md- Inspiration for the Vodkila girls is to always have an attraction. Seeing beautiful women together. You have Ciroc boys geared for men. The Vodkila girls are actually part of Vodkila.  Vodkila girls are a sorority and all women are Vodkila girls. Women rule the world so they say lol so we feature them as the engine that runs Vodkila.

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Roger: What advice do you have for anybody who wants to create a lifestyle liquor brand?

Md:  My advice for liquor creators, learn all aspects of the liquor business, do not cut corners. Its a hard and long road so be sure this is something you really want to do. Study society, try to create a lane for yourself to put u in the best position for your product. Keep an eye on what other liquor brands are doing so u will be kept in the loop and again this is a long procedure so the worst thing to do is waist your own time.

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Roger- Thank you and for more information about VODKILA go to http://www.vod-kila.com and on Facebook at facebook/Vodkila Spirits

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STARZ HAS THE POWER by Tomel “CLEVER GEMZ” WATERS

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Welcome to Front Row Reviews with Tomel “Clever Gemz” Waters

I’ll admit that I wasn’t impressed at first by STARZ new drama “Power”; executive produced by G-Units founder Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.  It just seemed like a story about a drug lord turned club owner caught in a love triangle with his brown-skinned wife and Puerto Rican girlfriend a bit stereotypical and frankly consistent with any $3.99 novel you can pick up from a vendor on Fulton street downtown Brooklyn.

With that being said, I am a big enough man to admit when I was wrong , and I was wrong to prejudge a great drama that though its not perfect still keeps you on the edge of your seat and drooling for more. The story takes on a life of its own as you begin to see the characters unraveling,  its well shot, well produced, and well directed. The scenery and backdrop of NYC is fantastic.  This show is the Sopranos for a new generation.

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The Gripes:     I do have a few bones to pick with the casting of the whole thing. Naturi and Omari make one hell of an odd couple, Not to mention they have 2 kids who look nothing like them, (Naturi herself still looks like a kid, throws me off every episode, I’m just not convinced she’s a mother of  two). Not to pick on Naturi because most of the cast went to the Tyler Perry school of acting, by that I mean they are more focused on line delivery than being natural. Its like watching a bad stage play sometimes.

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However as the episodes progress some of the acting (to my surprise) has grown exponentially. Especially the acting of the Supporting Cast!  Kudos to Joseph  Sikora for his role as Tommy. Granted it is reverse racism at its best cause he’s the token “majority” but he’s one of the few actors on the show that is evolving with their character and by the season finale you want to see more of him.

Overall good writing, good production and a strong supporting cast is this show’s saving grace; but it’s enough to keep you hooked and looking forward to next season.

Thank you

Tomel Clever Gemz Waters

One on One with Bert Bocachica creator of RAP FEST.

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Roger-How and why did you start Rap Fest?

Bert-  This is always a great and interesting question. Many people look at me like I had this genius idea and long term visionary goal of creating one of the largest Christian hip hop events in the US. I am flattered by that but can’t take that kind of credit for this.

My brother, Mike Bocachica, was the new director of the Salem Coffee House back in 1994. That year, Salem Temple was having a tent revival, week-long evangelistic campaign in their parking lot. When we got close to the Month of August we realized that this big tent was still going to be in the church parking lot on the date of the next Coffee House event, the second Saturday of August. In fact, that’s why we always do Rap Fest now on the second Saturday of August.

So, after some brainstorming, I was able to convince my brother Mike that I knew enough Christian rap ministries at the time and we could have them all come out and bless the neighborhood with their ministries at no cost. The thought of a free all day event in the parking lot was all we had at the time. We called it the Salem Coffee House Rap Fest.

The turn out to the event was about fifty people at most. However, the response to the event was life-changing. Throughout the course of the day we were able to minister to a lot of kids from the community and even adults from the community. We found ourselves with their undivided attention in a way we had never seen before.

Shortly after the first event was over, everyone was asking if we would do it again. Here we are twenty one years later still at it. The blessed part of it all is that we are learning more and more every year. GOD IS AWESOME.

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Roger-Name some of the artists that has performed during the festival that were your favorites?

BERT– I love every ministry that has participated in Rap Fest. Their dedication to the craft and their availability to street evangelism ties us together in spirit and we will always support their every move in ministry as it lines up with God’s perfect will.

Have there been a few stand out ministries that I can call favorites? Yes. For starters, The Cross Movement. Having them participate when nobody really knew who they were was a blessing. Their energy, knowledge of the Word, excellence in music and lyrics really made them stand out. There was a time when they would participate in Rap Fest every other year. Some of the humblest dudes I have ever met.

Manafest, who is now a pretty big deal, was also one of my favorites. Kid came with his skateboard in tow and chilled with the neighborhood youth up and down the block riding around. It was awesome to witness that but to see him rock on stage with such passion sealed it for me. I think it sealed it for all of those kids as well. Very real dude there. Bless his ministry.

TRUCE under the direction of David Ham and the Nicky Cruz Outreach was also a chart topper for me. These guys knew how to do ministry. That’s why we are so excited about The Storytellas coming out this year for Rap Fest. It’s the same feel from what many would say “The Veterans” in this type of Live Band testimony and song ministry.

There are more but we have a twenty year database.. it would take forever to mention them all.

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Roger- What social media platforms do you use to promote Rap Fest and why?

Bert- Brother E and I used to always joke around saying that we were the first Christians on the Internet. There is a lot of value in the reach one has via the web. It’s the Internet that gives us global exposure. That’s why I always consider Rap Fest to be a local outreach ministry with global exposure. Using the entire popular social media network; Facebook, twitter, Instagram, google+, Pinterest, and YouTube, we are able to reach a mass audience that perhaps will never attend a Rap Fest event physically. Let’s face it, most people spend most of their day on some type of social media site on line. If we can tap in to these resources and then deliver a “GOD” message to the followers on these social media sites, amen. I have almost 10k twitter followers @rapfestradio and the Facebook pages /rapfest and /rapfestradio have a bunch of followers as well. I am not even sure how many Instagram/rapfestinc follower we have. My life in the eyes of social media is the same off of social media. If I can use 140 characters to get you closer to God, I will.

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Roger- How has the response been over the years from teens and the churches that have attended Rap Fest?

Bert- We don’t necessarily survey youth groups that attend Rap Fest. How can I say this without sounding anti outreach? Rap Fest is really not for them. We encourage them to come so that they can be with us and help us maintain an atmosphere of worship as we bring the message to the UNCHURCHED at the locations we go to. Now, as far as churches and youth groups that have gone out of their way to invite their friends that don’t go to church, the response has been awesome.

We have heard many testimonies from people, not just teens but all ages, that have attended Rap Fest and have either made a decision to serve and follow Christ as a result of the Rap Fest ministry or we have put them on a path of curiosity which has lead them to explore Christ on their own. At the end of the day, that’s our purpose anyway.

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Roger- A lot of traditional pastors see Hip-hop as bad and not Christian. Can you explain to pastors that have a negative outlook on the genre of Christian hip-hop on why it is a good thing for the Christians to embrace it?

Bert– Let’s put it this way. I encourage pastors to embrace anything that their “flock” is doing that is reaching the lost and winning souls for Christ. Who cares if it’s hip hop, ice skating, paintball, flag dance, singing, painting. etc. Whatever it is, if the Word of God is being preached in an uncompromised way and people are redirecting their hearts towards Christ with the next steps leading them to a local Church body seeking discipleship where they can nurture a relationship with Christ…. uhh… why not?

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Roger- What advice do you have for new Christian hip hop artists?

Bert- Our local church Youth Group has a great name and motto. One Five Revolution. Don’t follow the Crowd. Stand out. Be different. Be unique. There are too many copycat hip hop artists out there.

If you are truly called to do this and have a passion for seeing souls get saved, read and study the Word of God, pray daily, be faithful to God, live a life that reflects that of a true follower of Jesus; showing love, mercy, compassion, good will, and peace.  Your music and message can only reflect who you truly are. Otherwise, you can live a watered down life and deliver a watered down Gospel over some watered down music and call it a day. Just don’t complain when people don’t and won’t support what you do.

Roger – Thank you Bert and for more information about RAP FEST. Please be sure to add our social media links as follows: 

twitter.com/rapfestradio,

facebook.com/rapfestradio, 

facebook.com/rapfest,

instagram.com/rapfestinc

YouTube.com/rapfestvideos

ONE on ONE with 2014 BET Sunday Best Contestant Kristen Joyann Jamison

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Roger- What inspired you to be a gospel singer?

Kristen- My inspiration to be a gospel artist comes from my family. I’m a 4th generation. My grand aunts and uncles sang in church, my grandmother has been singing and playing for a church since she was 12 years old, and my mother and my father are ministers and musicians. Trust me, I tried to run from that thing because that’s most of what I know. My mom played Sunday morning and I was born Monday. When she was able to return to church to play, there I sat right next to her on the organ or piano. I was exposed to all genres growing up. My dad toured with a funk band. My mom and I did stage productions together , as well as separately. I grew up in church on hymns, anthems, spirituals and traditional “church” music. At home, we listened to everything: jazz, funk, reggae, hip-hop, r&b, classical, show tunes, Arabic, everything!

Roger- Who are the artist you look up to and why?

Kristen- The artists that I look up to are the ones that have that “staying power”. The ones that know how to relate to anyone in the room. I look up to the ones with that “Holy Ghost Swag”, great examples in the earth for Christ. I look up to Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheards, Kim Burrell, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs and the Mary’s (Erica & Tina Campbell) to name a few.

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Roger: If you had to build a gospel singer like architect  designs a building  what characteristics would put  in your gospel singer?

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Kristen–  A mind to live right as unto the Lord,; a knowledge of the word and wisdom to know how to use it to draw souls to Christ. Eyes to see the hearts of the people and discern in the SPIRIT. Ears to hear from God. A Voice that is anointed by God, skilled and powerful. A wise and “slow speaking tongue” that speaks life to all they encounter. Hands to lift up praise unto the name of our God and to reach out to help others. A heart after God and the things that please Him; one with compassion for others. Legs to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to places that have never heard of Him. Feet to dance before the Lord and use nice shoes while you praise God in the Dance!

Roger- Why is a platform like Sunday Best a good thing for Christian music artist?

Kristen– Sunday Best is a great platform for Christian Music artists. It gives raw, developing, undiscovered talent a chance to showcase what God has given them. It gives them an opportunity too expand their respective ministries to reach millions of viewers. God has a group of people that He assigns us too and the Sunday Best platform helps reach those we are assigned too. I’ve received many messages from people I’ve never met before regarding how my ministry has blessed them and encouraged them to go on and “see what the end is going to be.

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Roger-How important is social media for you as a Christian artist and what platforms do you use?

Kristen- Social media is a great tool to reach many at once. Social media is very useful when it come to connecting with fans and perspective business partners. But there are two sides to that coins. It can also be very dangerous and distracting. But as the word says, “to the pure, all things are pure.” So , if your intentions are pure and not malicious, it will be useful and entertaining. I use Face Book, Instagram and I’m getting into Twitter. I don’t really understand it but it’s a tool to spread a lil sunshine. some people are in a very dark place in their lives and your lil light may give them some hope!

Roger- Besides singing what other types of ministry do you feel called to do?

Kristen- Besides singing, I feel I am called to the ministry of helps. I love to assist other in anyway that I can. I find myself giving people a ride and just blessing them because there is a need there. From time to time I feel a little “preach” down on the inside but I’m waiting on that one. I am also called to the ministry of intercessory prayer. The answer is “YES” until God says “NO”! If He says that you are free and delivered, you are! It scares me sometimes because God shows me things when I really lay before Him. I’m like, “Lord, please don’t show me anymore!” Lol. But I’m grateful that He trusts me to carry the anointing.

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Roger- What advice do you have for young artist today that want to follow in your footsteps?

Kristen– Make sure that you are clear on your assignment and have thick skin. Do your homework and put the work in. Yes, pure talent is great but there is nothing wrong with becoming skilled in your art. God is an EXCELLENT GOD and we must present ourselves and operate as such. Spend time with God and He will direct your path and show you who you need on your team and where you need to go and who you need to speak to when you get there!!! Learn fast that everyone is not going with you and some people in your life just along for the ride. Pray for STRONG DISCERNMENT that you might hear form GOD and see the enemy from a far off.

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Roger- How important is having a church home as a Christian artist in the 21 century?

Kristen-  It is so important to have a church home as an Christian otherwise you would be a spiritual mut. Everyone can’t speak into your life. There needs to be a watchman in your life that can see the enemy before you can and pray for you.  I thank God for my covering, Bishop Michael C. Butler, pastor and founder of the Victory Tabernacle, PAW, Inc. He is my “dad”! Oh what a leader! I have learned so much about working in the gifts, moving in the Holy Ghost, upholding the standard of HOLINESS and being servant of the house. He has taught me through he word of God what it takes to be a great ministry in the HOUSE and in my house. I’ve learned the importance and rewards of being a “daughter of the house”. I’m forever grateful! I thank God for the priest of my house, my husband, Min. Alex Jamison who serves in the house of God as well as our home. He is protector, provider, and priest of our home.

Roger- Thank you so much Kristen and for more information about Kristen JoyAnn Jamison you can reach out to her at the information below and stay tuned to more interviews on Ufront Media Insights.

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CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE KRISTEN JOYANN JAMISON ON BET SUNDAY BEST:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxFdMWBATQI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqzLFtWSz3Q

LIVE AT The 2014 MINI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL with Roger Maloney

Welcome to Ufront Media Insights;
  
 The Second Annual Crystal Ship Film Maker 2014 mini indie Fest was at MIST- MY IMAGE STUDIOS in Harlem New York and created by the Founders of Plaza 7 Talent agency Ms. Francesa Francois Grimaldi and Sharon Parker-Frazier.
The event was hosted by Roger Maloney of Ufront Media and event had a panel of media industry judges such as Debra Tate, Michael Pinckney – Writer/Director/Producer,Tracey Moore – Producer/Director- Founder – “The Spirited Actor”,Karen Torres  – Producer/Casting Director, Sharron Cannon – Producer, Ona Snipes – Co- Owner River Park Media, Sharon Ellman – Owner/ Publicist –  Monument Media and Derrick Anthony – Director/Producer.
Secondly, The Vanguard Consulting Group founders  Derrick and Khalilah Webster hosted a very insightful panel about how film makers can coming up with creative ways to fund and create buzz for their film projects. Very insightful panel that started a conversation about innovative ways to about marketing and promotions.
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Thirdly, after all the votes from the judges were counted the event concluded with an announcement that the husband and wife team Craig T and Roz Coleman Williams  Red Wall Productions are the winners of the “Trailblazer” award for their project “The Last Piece”
So hope to see you new filmmakers at the 3rd Annual CRYSTAL SHIP MINI INDI FILMFEST.