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Rashaud Jones, a.k.a. Hustle is Mandatory (H.I.M.) Provides a Voice of Change with Latest #NoMoreHashtgs Project

By Naomi K. Bonman

They say that if you want to see change that you must be the change. Meet Los Angeles, California native by the way of Midland, Texas, Rashaud Jones. Mr. Jones is being that change that he wants to see in his community. He is making a change through his music by being a voice for the voiceless. Under his stage name, HustleIsMandatory (H.I.M.), he broke into the music scene as an independent artist in October 2015 with the release of his first solo project entitled, “Dana Made H.I.M. Do It,” which was a concept piece based on conversations between H.I.M.’s late aunt Dana Augusta Wright and H.I.M over the last few years before her untimely death. He felt more than compelled to do it in honor of his aunt.

Now fast forward just one year later, and Mr. Jones is making an impact in his music once again with his current single #PROTECTUS which is off of his upcoming project #NOMOREHASHTAGS, which is inspired by the recent events that have occurred where innocent lives have been taken.

“In this moment we have to use our gifts and voices to stand up and say #PROTECTUS because if WE don’ history will continue to repeat itself. Therefore, we as people have to come together as one and showcase that not only “Black Lives Matters” but “All Lives Matter”.

Sophisticated Relations recently caught up with the prolific, uprising emcee where he chatted on his upcoming project, inspirations, and why we should all be using our platforms in order to create the change that we wish to see in the world.

To keep up with H.I.M. visit his website www.hustleismandatory.com or follow him on Instagram @hustleismandatory.


Changing Your Garden Can Change Your Water Footprint

Did you know that up to 70% of your annual water use occurs outdoors? Replacing your lawn with water-wise plants can save as much as 44 gallons per square foot each year. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a beautiful and less thirsty garden:

  • Use less thirsty plants: African daisies, California poppies, celosia, creeping zinnia, cosmos, dwarf morning glories, gaillardia, marigolds, nicotiana, portulaca, and many more beautiful plants require much less water than grass.
  • Cut back on fertilizer: It causes the plants to become more thirsty.
  • Know your sprinklers: Use water-efficient sprinklers that focus on precise coverage and eliminate run off.
  • Water for short intervals: Watering for short periods allows plants time to absorb water without causing run off.

Additional indoor and outdoor water-saving tips are available at Metropolitan’s conservation website bewaterwise.com®. The site also has information about education programs and rebates for water-saving devices.

What it do with LUE: Model Workshop

By Lue Dowdy

LUE Productions Model Workshop POOLSIDE is WHAT IT DO!!! We’re looking to put together a one day Model Workshop at the beginning of October. In order to pull it off we must have at least 10 or more ladies in the workshop. You will experience a day of sisterhood through modeling. Our staff will provide top notch experienced individuals as instructors. The fee to participate is $100. Please do not let the cost scare you. We will work with you. The monies will go towards the instructors and amenities listed below worth $250 or more.

Upon completion of the workshop each participant will receive a certificate of completion and headshots. The workshop will consist of “The fundamentals of being a model,” which include: 1. What to expect 2. Tips on Walking 3. Hair & Make Up Tips 4. Fashion Tips 5. Tips on Posing 6. Tips on promoting yourself as a model 7. Information on go sees and 8. How to start your portfolio. Other amenities included in the fee are FREE lunch, FREE champagne, and FREE head shots. Please contact us at (909) 567-1000 or email Lue.info@yahoo.com for more details.