Cheryl Burton

Cheryl Burton

Artist in the Spotlight: Cheryl Burton

She’s the celebrated American television personality of African American ethnicity, who happens to be beautiful on the inside and out.

Cheryl Burton of Chicago ABC news anchor women is one of the most powerful players in the media, creating history time and time again (during the 1980’s, she worked as a television host for the nations’ first African American owned cable network, Black Entertainment Television, BET.)

Cheryl Burton

Artist in the Spotlight: Cheryl Burton

But it’s not just the talent that has helped propel her from a contestant on Star Search to being a top-rated journalist — her work with helping others has earned her several awards including the Sisters in the Spirit” Award Procter and Gamble Award,  NABJ  Salute to Excellence International, Thurgood Marshall Award, Russ Ewing Award and  Phenomenal woman Award.

And, phenomenal, she appears to be be: the Emmy-award winning journalist, is renowned for her sense of style and to die-for physique.  But it is her work with causes such as Boys and Girls Club of America (volunteer), Chicago Public School (speaker for the students) and Life With Lupus Guild (a board member), that truly makes her an inspiration making her 2017 Artist In the Spotlight.

Follow Cheryl Burton on Instagram: @cherylburtonabc7

Artist in the Spotlight: Cheryl Burton

UrbanTradeMark | Urban Fashion Brand

UrbanTradeMark | Urban Fashion Brand

UrbanTradeMark | Urban Fashion Brand

UrbanTrademark  is fast emerging as one of the most-sought after brands in the fashion industry with his Goe-Bands and one-of-a kind Customized Snap Back Hats, Custom Sneakers, Backbacks,

Gordy Booker, CEO of UrbanTrademark started from the humbled beginnings of selling his original designs at Venice Beach, at the age the age of 26. This young entrepreneur now boasts an A-list roster of names such as Mylie Cyrus, Ciara, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber. T.I. and basketball legend, Stephan Curry, Kevin Durant,  who have all donned his designs. There’s also been a slew of other bold-faced names, too.

“I started selling hats at Venice Beach,” Booker says of his creative journey. “From there, I tried to venture off and do other things because, the regular hats were okay, but buying and selling wholesale wasn’t really working. I just tried to be creative and God blessed me with a vision for this.

Follow Urban Trademark on Instagram @urban_trademark or visit the website:






“How we shape our environment determines how we feel; how we feel changes everything.

I believe that colours have the power to heal people. I want to touch people inside, and make them feel a spark in a world that is so overwhelming, and bombarded with chaos.  I want to enlighten everyone I meet, and help them understand the world a little bit better.”-Daliea
Born in December 6, 1990, Daliea, is now a Toronto based Canadian Artist who passionately expresses herself through painting in the fashion of contemporary surrealism. Her paintings demonstrate power of authority, freedom from the self, and Rebellion.  They frequently  contain strategic miscalculations that capture both the subtleness and boldness of the painted concept.  Her creativity  is “out of the box,”  yet still sophisticated. Her art is nothing less than  monstrous, hypnotizing,  and majestic. Surrealism and conceptuality merge together to present familiar iconic images through her unique perspectives.

At the age of 6, Daliea attended a private school that her mother managed where she studied Art, Piano, and English as a second language.  She was very art driven , and her journey exposed her to different cultures, ethnicities, tastes and musical inspirations which dramatically influenced her artistic pallet.

She was listening to influential musicians such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Vivaldi, and Yanni by the age of 8. As she grew up, she continued to practice sketching and drawing, then finally, picking up the paint brush at the age of 17, where she fell in love with oil painting on canvas, her preferred medium today. Her first painting was done at the age of 17. Today at 24 years old, she has created over 20 masterpieces.

“Surrealism chose me. It picked me as it’s messenger because it fits me perfectly. In a way , it is also a reflection of my personality. Surreal art can invite you to escape into another world, but also allow you to notice familiarities that comfort you. It will give you a twisted yet intriguing outlook on something you thought you would never see in a different way.

It is Art at its finest because it is limitless. My imagination allows me to delve into my subconscious and create something that has  never existed before. When I see a canvas , the possibilities are endless! I love to paint larger than life paintings because they create a breathtaking environment, and I want others to feel the emotion of the painting up close and personal.”- Daliea



Dr Gilda Carle

Dr. Gilda Carle

Dr. Gilda Carle is the media’s go-to Relationship and Life Style Expert who has penned 15 books and now, Dr. Gilda Carle is using her well-honed skills to bring to light the plight of homeless Female Veterans.

For far to long now, Female Veterans have largely been ignored, with the media focus generally shining a light on their male counterparts.

But the predicament of homeless Female Veterans is not something to be ignored — the National Alliance reports that as troops return from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan homeless veterans are increasingly younger, female, and heads of households

They now comprise of the fastest growing group among the homeless and no one seems to be paying attention to the quandary these women find themselves in.

This is where Dr Gilda comes in. Through her educational nonprofit charity, Country Cures®, she runs a unique female-centric training program called “Pre-Employment Skills for SHEroes©” that uses Country Music and Female Language, which is helping transform lives and getting women off the street.

“These women feel hopeless, yet no one has been training them in Female Empowerment Skills so they can get jobs and become independent,” she says. “Female Vets comprise almost 15% of the military, and they’re more likely to be unemployed than male vets.  To retain jobs, they first need to sharpen their self-esteem, conflict management, and interpersonal communications.”

So why the use of country music?

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Dr. Gilda explains that it works because it tells relationship stories with which Female Vets identify; Its string harmonics match the energy of the heart, small intestine, pericardium, thyroid, and adrenal glands; Its listeners are found to display “higher functioning behaviors” in truth, trust, and love (David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.); Its artists support the military, so it is familiar to Female Vets.

“The unique combination of FemaleTalk and Country Music is greatly successful with this invisible sector,” adds the renowned Empowerment Educator.  “The women respond as never before!”

You can help save homeless Female Veterans and their children by donating now to Country Cures and to learn more about Dr. Gilda, please visit her website:

Chris Rock

Chris Rock-2016 Oscar Hos

Chris Rock, is an American actor, comedian, voice artist, director, writer, and producer, Chris Rock will be hosting the 2016 Oscar Awards for the second time. This show could be one of the most watched Oscar Awards due to the diversity surrounding this years show.  Chris Rock began doing stand-up comedy in 1984 in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star. He slowly rose up the ranks of the comedy circuit in addition to earning bit roles in the film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV series Miami Vice. Upon seeing his act at a nightclub, Eddie Murphy befriended and mentored the aspiring comic. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher.

Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990.

Chris Rock

Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes. But it was his second stand-up special, 1996’s Bring the Pain, that reinvented Rock as one of the most acclaimed comedians in the industry.

Chris Rock-2016 Oscar Host

Cam Newton

Cam Newton
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton takes on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning today in the Super Bowl.  The young is coming in, and Manning Perhaps on his way out. The age difference in the match up between Cam Newton 26 and Peyton Manning 39 is the biggest ever in Super Bowl history.
There is a lot riding on Super Bowl 50 Carolina is favored by 6 points.
 Newton told reporters Tuesday “I don’t even want to touch on the subject of black quarterback because I believe this game is bigger than black white or even green,” he said in San Jose, California.
We limit ourselves when “We label ourselves.” If the Panthers win Newton will be the only the player in NFL  history to win both the Heisman Trophy and the Superbowl MVP.
Cam Newton

Cam Newton, Quaterback

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
Come Sunday, all eyes will be glued to the screen as Denver and Carolina battle it out in the Super Bowl.
And, in particular, many will be watching  Peyton Manning in what is very much believed to be his swan song — his final goodbye to the sport he has loved and cherished and excelled in.
The 39-year-old Peyton Manning is widely expected to retire after Sunday — win or lose.
But regardless of what occurs, the Denver quarterback is already regarded as one of the greats of the sport.
Peyton Manning has a few things left to accomplish” before he retires, his father, Archie, recently told “
And winning the Super Bowl this Sunday appears to be paramount.
Manning is on the fence whether retirement beckons.
“I haven’t made up my mind,” Manning said. “But I don’t see myself knowing that until after the season. … I kind of stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand and just deal with this week. That’s what I’ve done all season. … I think, had I been thinking about things past that, it would’ve affected me. And so it’s really served me well until this point and I’m going to stick with that for one more week.”
This will be his fourth career Super Bowl as he vies for his second victory and his legacy, regardless of the result, will be etched in history.
 Peyton Manning


Raffi Kirdi

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Raffi Kirdi, A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words, and acclaimed photographer, Raffi Kirdi, has been responsible for creating some of the ones that stay etched in your memory long after they have been published in worldwide publications.

The perfect example of this is his heartbreaking photo of Celine Dion captured at the funeral of her beloved husband, René Angelil, at Notre-Dame Basilica, in Montreal, Canada, on January 22. This image was seen across the globe and sparked an outpouring of support for the superstar singer.

Celine Dion

Raffi Kirdi has enjoyed a prestigious and unstoppable career in photography since his decision to pick up a camera and forge a career behind the lens.

Fluent in 7 languages, his work has been featured in international magazines and newspapers, such as Time, Newsweek, Match, Figaro, Oggi, Geo, Stern, Vanity fair and Vogue. Also his photos have been used in international advertising campaigns for Alitalia and Brahma as well as the Italian photography annual.

Raffi is a highly acclaimed travel photographer focusing his work particularly on the people and landscape of Europe — and within the industry he is respected both for his evident talent, but his generosity of spirit and kindness.

He divides his time between Europe and North America, capturing the beauty of the world in which we live.

You can view Raffi’s photos on his website: www. and follow his work on Instagram: @rkpixs

Raffi Kirdi, Photographer




Tom Soluri

Tom Soluri

Tom Soluri is a fashion and celebrity expert extraordinaire and a talented creative director.

With over a decade of experience as a celebrity and fashion stylist, Tom Soluri has styled numerous Hollywood and entertainment figures, such as Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Beyonce, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lopez. Tom, who divides his time between New York and LA, has also worked as a wardrobe stylist on various film projects including: The Departed, Music and Lyrics, Vanilla Sky, Spiderman 2, Maid in Manhattan, The Pink Panther and Far From Heaven as well as the television series “Gossip Girl.”  When he’s not dressing his clientele for red carpet moments, and other major events and appearances, Tom also consults for leading NY and LA Fashion brands.

On the other side of the camera, Tom Soluri has also provided fashion and style commentary for programs such as How Do I Look?, Style Her Famous, Everyday Runway Makeover, VH1’s Tough Love, MTV’s Made and more, in addition to contributing to Us Weekly and Life & Style Weekly as a fashion pundit.

As a creative director, Tom has lent his vision to other design projects ranging from interior design—both residential and hospitality-focused—to commercial art direction and Lifestyle entertainment.

He is the go-to man when it comes to style –, great style, that is.

 tom soluri

You can view his slew of high profile work on his website and follow him on Instagram @tomsoluri_style

Jamie Haynes


Jamie Haynes has turned a small boutique agency into a heavyweight in the entertainment agency.  In 2002, Jamie Haynes launched the Rouge Artists agency in Los Angeles, which houses hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, production designers, prop stylists, photographers and digital influencers. Now, over a decade later, it has an enviable client list of the “who’ who” in various verticals in the entertainment world.

Rouge The Agency

The Agency

Want proof? Just head to the company’s Instagram page @rougeartists where posts of A-list beauties hitting the red carpet at the Golden Globes among other events, adorn its wall, as too, does the new Nike ad.

On its website page, magazine covers are featured as is individual shoots with Lady Gaga and Ben Stiller, among others. There’s nothing, it seems, this company can’t do.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Haynes cut her teeth working on Commercials & Print. Giving her an insight into production and what clients need in regards to hair, makeup and wardrobe stylists, she launched Rouge Artists with the vision of serving artists and clients in a boutique-style manner.

This is the philosophy that the company has always maintained throughout the years, and one that has led Jamie Haynes, and her team to tremendous success today, making them a powerhouse in the entertainment world.

Jamie Haynes, Founder Rouge Artists Agency

Jamie Haynes, Founder Rouge Agency

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