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#AllGoldEverything: Why You Should Be Wearing Gold.

Anyone who knows Vashtie knows that she loves her Gold. Vashtie Kola is synonymous to gold. It is as if she has the mineral pumping in her veins. Well..maybe not that extreme, but you know what I mean. Back in

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Doin’ It Well: Finding And Building Your Inner Chi

I know what you are probably thinking. What is a Chi (Qi), and how do I find it? Well, according to the Merriam-Webster definition, your Chi is a; “vital energy that is held to animate the body internally.” In layman

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Doin’ It Well: What are GMO’s?

This may or may not be old news to you guys, but I had to share. Everyone’s favorite “Fozzie Bear” inspired Rapper, Wacka Flocka, made headlines a while back after posting to his Instagram a Before & After Photo of

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Internet Detoxing: Why It Is Important For Your Mental Health

After a 2.5 week long Digital Detox, Boss lady Vashtie came back to us and shared why she made the conscious decision to step away. “In 2014, I had a bit of a breakdown and took my first ever vacation. I

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Why You Should Add Breakfast Salads To Your Daily Meal Plan

They say a balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether it’s hot cereal, cold cereal or even a quick granola bar out the door, skipping out on breakfast can have us feeling sluggish, tired and even moody.

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FLASHBACK: Directing Jadakiss’ “Letter To Big” Video in 2009

It was all a dream. In 2009, I had the honor of directing a video for the Notorious soundtrack. Biggie has been a huge influence on my life and work and having the chance to direct a Jadakiss video for a song about him was monumental–and

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NEWS: Vashtie, Cara Delevigne, Binx Walton & More for DKNY JEANS

Um. Like. I can’t. DKNY has been so amazing to me. They made my entire last year super glamorous, having featured me in 3 campaigns and their NYFW runway show. In total, 4 campaigns including their 2013 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

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Life: Migos “Bad & Boujee” Women Only Dinner in NYC – Draya Michele, Saleh Marley & More!

Last night, I was delightfully invited to attend the 300 ENT and Migos (Women Only) Dinner and Party in NYC’ Meatpacking District to celebrate the highly anticipated release of their album “Culture”. I absolutely got dressed as bad and boujee

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Watch ‘This Machine Kills Racism’ Mixtape Visuals by Vashtie

Back in July 2016, I made a mixtape titled “This Machine Kills Racism”. At the time, I was overwhelmed with all that was happening and had been happening in the world, specifically in my beloved homeland of America. I think

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LIFE: L’Oreal Photoshoot in Paris & Hpnotiq Texas Tour (4.11 – 4.16)

Jeez! This past week was intense. 5 flights in  5 days! I’m not even a musician and I’m not on tour! Yikes. Paris Monday to Wednesday. New York Wednesday night. Dallas Thursday. Houston Friday and back to NYC on Saturday.

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That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

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Princess Nokia Give Us A Lesson In ‘How to Be a Bitch 101’

Oh. My. God. First of all, you may or may be aware of my love for miss Princess Nokia. Previously known as Wavy Spice, and often called her government Destiny (Destiny Nicole Frasqueri), this 24-year-old Afro-Nuyorican babe quite easily slays. She’s

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LIFE: Houston’s Greg Noire Shoots Vashtie in Unexpected NYC Rainstorm (PHOTOS)

I met Greg Noire during my Hpnotiq Tour while having a DJ Show in Houston. He hit me on Instagram and I loved his work, so he came through to the telly and took quick and AMAZING photos of me…SEE

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FEATURED: Happy Birthday Kanye! Directing “Us Placers” Music Video by CRS in 2007

OMG. I cannot believe how time is flying. It’s obscene, actually. 9 years!!! Anyways. Before I do a full introductory post for all the newbies to Vashtie.Com that explains the birth of my digital baby and who I am, I

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FASHION: Violette New York Launches New Capsule

My brand Violette New York has had some exciting collaborations in the past from Puma, Bowery Bob, & more. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of a mini-capsule which is the perfect way to bring in the Summer. Short and

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Try This Quick & Easy “Spring Glow Smoothie”

  It’s important to kick-start your week by eating healthy on Monday. Carla Oates of The Beauty Chef brings us a fabulous DIY recipe that’s speedy enough that you won’t be late to the gym or work. The “Spring Glow

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WATCH: theMIND – “Pale Rose”

A few months ago, theMIND asked me to play a DJ in his newest music video “Pale Rose”. Since I play one in real life from time to time, I was more than down since he’s also one of my

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LISTEN: Caveman – “80 West”

A few months ago Cinematic announced the signing of a rock band named Caveman and since then, the band has been making steady headway toward their new album Otero War. Today they released the third single from the album, this

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Doin’ It Well: Meatless Monday Made Simple. Try This Menu!

I lead a mainly raw and vegan diet/lifestyle and have so for more than half of my life. Many people tell me that they too would like to trying being vegan and or raw, but don’t know where to start or can’t find

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FEATURED: Get To Know theMIND & A Behind The Scenes Look At Mercury Rising

Last year I was asked to play the role of the DJ in a music video for an upcoming artist, theMIND. I didn’t really know much about him or his music, so I decided to familiarize myself with his work

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MUSIC: “When Thugs Cry” Vashtie’s 1st Mixtape!

This mix is inspired by Romantic Ruffians and Sensitive Thugs worldwide. Not to be confused with the average Sad Boy who goes around boo hoo’ing over anything, but rather for the Tough Guy who doesn’t often open up – but

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TONIGHT: “PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF” RELEASE PARTY

Join Gogy for the NYC release of  PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF , published by Richardson Magazine. BOOK RELEASE, PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION + FILM SCREENING   WEDNESDAY MARCH 23RD, 2016   PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF, both a book + short film, is Gogy’s honest,

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WATCH: Mina Farthing-Kohl’s “Kings of Spank”

As a director, I’m always on the lookout for interesting or unique visuals and came across one recently by my friend Spaceman. Spaceman is one of the leaders of Kings of Spank, a New York City dance crew. Directed by

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WATCH: At Home with Vashtie – Makeup Essentials

Whether your usual makeup routine takes 5 minutes or 3 hours, I’ve personally always liked to keep mine nice and simple – and by simple, I don’t just mean fast and easy. When I decide to wear makeup, I love

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WATCH: Nyck Caution’s New “Basin” Video

Pro Era has been busy as of late and their hustle doesn’t stop! Nyck Caution just released his debut project “Disguise The Limit” which has been getting rave reviews. Fresh off of that release, Nyck delivers a visual for the

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RANDOM: Scored Some Louis Vuitton During My Paris Trip – Pochette Metis & More!

So, I’m from the hood and growing up – my family and I were too poor for name brand anything. I’m talking 8 year old hand-me-downs from my older brother and sister and lay-away at Kmart. I attribute growing up

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WATCH: Kirk Knight ft. Joey Bada$$ – “5 Minutes” Video

My friends over at Pro Era are continuing their intense wave of content. Kirk Knight and Joey Bada$$ release an awesome new visual for their collaborative track “5 Minutes” that can be found on Kirk’s debut project Light Knight Special. The video

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Throwback: Justin Bieber – “One Time”

In honor of Justin Bieber’s birthday today, I thought it’d be appropriate to throwback to when I directed his video for “One Time” and relive such an amazing experience. Read below for a walk down memory lane…Happy Birthday Justin! *JUSTIN

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WATCH: The Mind – “Mercury Rising”

A few weeks ago I came across an amazing song called “Mercury Rising” from an artist named theMIND. I fell in love with the smooth vocals and ambient vibe of the song and would later find out it was the

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LISTEN: Nyck Caution – “Disguise The Limit”

I’m extremely proud of my friends over at Pro Era and all that they have accomplished. Last October Kirk Knight released his debut project and today, it’s Nyck Caution’s turn with his new project “Disguise The Limit”. I know how

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LIFE: This Trini-American Attends Her Very First Trinidad Carnival

So, as many of you know – both of my parents are born and raised in Trinidad and as the youngest of 3, I am the first American born in my family. Growing up in my hometown of Albany New

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A Valentines Day Gift Guide For That Special Female

Written by contributing writer: Dina Cook Valentine’s Day is coming up faster than anyone can be prepared so I’m here to help you buy gifts that are spot-on and you won’t see on every website’s gift guide. Enjoy! RockHoundSoap This

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LIFE: NYFW Men’s – My 3 Favorite Shows – Public School, Billy Reid & Rochambeau

Phewww. The work week is over and so was my part-time job of attending not only Fashion Week Shows, but MENS Fashion Week Shows. Oy vey. Next Week is Women’s New York Fashion Week and I’m already exhausted. Don’t get

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LISTEN: MobSquad Nard Releases “Everything Clean But Da Ashtray”

After releasing a healthy amount of singles and visuals for “Right Ni”, “Jungle”, and “Did Dat”, Jacksonville, Florida based and fellow Cinematic artist, MobSquad Nard has delivered his first official project! ECBDA (Everything Clean But Da Ashtray) is here and is

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LISTEN: Nyck Caution – “Wordsmith”

In case you missed it, Nyck Caution is next up for my friends over at Pro Era. While we all patiently wait for more information about his new project, Nyck gave us a bit of an appetizer in the form

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LISTEN: Caveman – “Never Going Back”

I’m so excited to welcome the newest addition to the Cinematic family! It’s not just a new addition, but a rock band named Caveman! Today they released a new single entitled, “Never Going Back” off their forthcoming project, “Otero War” which

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MILK Makeup – An Indie Girl’s Must-Have Beauty Collection

Written by contributor: Dina Cook February 8, 2016 marks the launch date of MILK Makeup. Yes, that’s MILK as in the unstoppable and perpetually cool creative content and media company! Making their debut in the beauty world, the team of

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WATCH: At Home with Vashtie – Vitamin Essentials

One thing that’s super vital to my health and beauty regimen is my daily vitamin intake. Preserving my body is important to me; after all, we only have one. This weeks installment of “At Home with Vashtie” is all about

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LISTEN: The Mind – “Mercury Rising”

Last week I wrote about the excitement of discovering new music and coming across a song by Jahkoy, “Odd Future.” Over the weekend, another new artist I enjoy, The Mind, dropped his first single titled “Mercury Rising.” The Mind is

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NEWS: Barbie’s Got Back… and 3 New Body Types

Today Mattel unveiled the biggest change in 57 years to their notable Barbie doll. Although Barbie has become a household name across the world, very few know that the original doll’s body-type was first inspired by a German call-girl doll,

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