#1: Your passions are writing, speaking, and teaching. When did you decide in some way that was the path what you wanted to go into?
#2: What inspires you to allow yourself to put your thoughts and words on paper?
I’m the ultimate introvert. I kind of do my own thing. I don’t like small talk and I can definitely explain how I’m feeling when I write it down. I just love to write and read!
#3: Who are some of the most inspirational people in your life that you admire?
I would definitely say my Mom, my grandmother, and my first lady Erica Glenn.
#4: You have a YouTube Channel (KiaraJ007) that has over 1200 subscribers. Can you share what your channel is about? What makes it special than the many other channels that are out there?
You have a YouTube Channel (KiaraJ007) that has over 1200 subscribers. Can you share what your channel is about? Really? It has that many? LOL My channel is basically just about my natural hair journey, I decided to stop putting relaxers in my hair in 2010. I make videos showing how to do different styles, product reviews, and I even vlog about the struggles I’ve had with my hair!
#5: Share five facts about you that people may be surprised to know.
#6: Your writing was featured in your college yearly literary arts magazine called, “Fishladder: A Student Journal of Art and Writing.” The poem you wrote entitled, “Last Week (An Elegy for Shane)” was published in the magazine. Can you share what the poem was about and also how you became involved in being a part of that particular publication?
This was such an awesome accomplishment for me. A campus wide email was sent out about the upcoming publication and told students to submit work to be review. I decided to send in 5 poems and this one got chosen! This poem was about a friend of mine Shane Welch who passed away while playing basketball on campus he had a enlarged heart. It was crazy because he had just expressed that he’d had a romantic interest in me a few days earlier. Then he was gone that quickly. It was just really a lot for me to deal with so this poem was a way for me get those feelings out. I’m glad I was able to share it with others! He was such a awesome person I’m glad I was able to know him!
#7: What are some of your favorite books you have read that you would suggest readers of this to check out?
Wow! I could list tons but a few: The Good Life by Trip Lee, The Circle Maker, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and The Hunger Games series LOL.
#8: You were recently inducted into Delta Lambda Christian Sorority. Tell me a little bit about your sorority. How much it means being in an organization of a lifelong sisterhood?
Yes! DLG is a Christian organization of women our main focuses are Souls, Study, Service & Sisterhood. Our goal is empower women through God’s love so that they are able to go out into the world and empower other women. It means so much to be apart of DLG. I’ve literally gained sisters who I can talk with about anything, who continue to build me up in Christ, have hearts for impacting the world, and being about Kingdom Business!
#9: If you would pick ten songs to represent the “Soundtrack of your Life” what would they be and why?
#10: After you complete your Master’s degree program, what are your future career plans?
Well as I mentioned earlier, I may be putting my master’s degree on hold to go back an get my teaching certificate! But I know God has called me to the field of Education so I know that my career will have something to do with that! But stay tuned!
#1: Where did the nickname/stage name “Macho” came from?
My stage name is actually just MACHO. Facebook wouldn’t let me have just a first name so I rolled with it twice. The name derived from the wrestler Randy Savage. Friends from school called me Macho Man Randy Savage. The first part stuck.
#2: Who are you most influential comedians that fuel your passion of making people laugh?
I’m a fan of the art. So there’s a lot of comedians I look to. Rickey Smiley and Steve Harvey because they are both comedians that do radio as well. Just like me. I grew up in the Eddie Murphy era. I loved Redd Foxx and Robin Harris. Dave Chappelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen and Corey Holcomb. Even the comedians I know personally here in Vegas like Anton Knight, Booya, Bobby Stauts, J. Reid and Donnie Johnson all have helped fuel my desire to be a great comedian. But the passion comes from working. God gave me that.
#3: When did you decide that pursing comedy was what you ultimately wanted to do?
I was always a funny/silly person. People told me time after time I should do comedy. My response was “It takes more than being funny to be a comedian.” I still believe that to this day. But hosting live events like date auctions and step shows where I could interact with the crowd made me want to do comedy. May 6, 2011 was the beginning of my comedy career.
#4: Explain how the road to living your comedy dreams transitioned from Michigan (Your Home State) and to Las Vegas (Currently Reside).
If I never moved to Vegas, I don’t think I would have ever started. In Vegas there are so many venues and outlets for aspiring comics. If anyone has a comedic desire, this is a great place to start.
#5: What is your comedy based on?
My comedy is purely based on funny. I’m somewhat animated and silly. I draw on life experiences for material and also things I think about that just don’t make sense to me.
#6: Can you share what your every first comedy show was like?
My first show was horrible in my opinion. It was a benefit comedy show where the honoree didn’t even show up. There were 14 people there, all of which were my guests. I had no stage presence or energy. I was just standing there telling jokes. Looking back, I did almost everything wrong and was still marginally funny.
#7: Is there a certain kind of ritual or mode you get into before you hit the stage and perform your comedy?
The only repetitive ritual I go through before a show is prayer. That’s it. I try to mellow out because I’m always nervous.
#8: What has been the most important piece of advice you have gotten that helps you keep things in perspective as you continue to pursue your dreams?
Anton Knight and Joe Clair gave me the best advice on doing comedy. Anton spoke to me about my confidence after a show I did that didn’t go great. Joe told me to always have a beginning, middle and end. He said, Know what you want to say and be funny, funny, funny.”
#9: Where do you see yourself in 10 years career wise?
10 years from now I’ll definitely be a touring comedian. I may not be a household name, but I’ll have a solid career doing what I love.
#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?
I encourage everyone to keep up with me via Twitter, Instagram (@macho1macho), and check my YouTube Channel MachoMan808. Love y’all.
#1: When was the specific time in your life you fell in love with hip-hop and made a decision about pursuing a music career?
In 1996, I bought Twista’s “Adrenaline Rush”. This is what inspired me to start a musical career. It started out as poetry and morphed into hip-hop once I met my click (The Smokngunz) in the U.S. Army.
#2: You are the CEO and Co-Founder of Smokngunz Records. Can you give a little background history of how the record label was created? What do you think is the most prominent factor that has helped the record label last this long?
The Smokngunz was started in the barracks of 2-44 ADA in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Alexander Smith III (Smoke Digga), Haywood Clark (Wood District), and myself, Anthony Baker, Jr. (Bigbake) would have cyphers. Smoke Digga originally had the name for a group that he was rapping with earlier but they never used it. We like it so it stuck with us.
#3: Who were some of your most important musical influences growing up?
Music is my drug. I have kept it going on my own. Wood District is now a gospel singer and Smoke Digga is a family man. I just couldn’t give it up. I would do music for free if I would be able to live and prosper as well. I listened to music more than I watched television as a child. My mom used to blast Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, All of the Jacksons (together and apart LOL), Whitney Houston, and so many more. My father was more into bands. He played the guitar in a band when I was a child. Through him I listened to Prince, Maserati, The Gap Band etc. As I got older I listened to N.W.A., Rob Base, Salt-N-Pepa, Too $hort, Twista, Outkast, Tela, and waaayyy to many more artists to name. I have always been a music head.
#4: Do you remember the very first hip-hop song you ever wrote? If so can you share what it was about?
The first song I wrote when I figured out that music would be my journey was called “A Nigga Like Me.” It was pretty much about a paranoid soldier’s thoughts in the military. It was very angry.
#5: What many elements do you think that current hip-hop artists are missing from their music right now?
Before the era of Kendrick Lamar and cast ( J Cole, Wale, etc.) I felt that the game was in a state of no substance. Drake opened that door again with the more sensitive rap, which was an ingenious move, then Kendrick Lamar blew the doors down. Now me are (rap is) more conscious again.
#6: How would you describe your sound in four words? Explain the reason you picked each of those words.
My sound in four words: Real, Militant, Truth, and Raw.
Real because it isn’t loosely based on my life, its what was happening at that point in my life.
Militant because I like to preach a lot, give directives and examples.
Truth because it is true LOL.
Raw because before the Drakes, Kendrick Lamars, and a few others, people wouldn’t say the things I say.
#7: You have a blog on Tumblr (The Official Smokngunz Records Blog). Explain what information you have on the blog site.
http://bigbake01.tumblr.com/ is raw and random at the moment. It will be informative about the movements of my associates and I. LOL (don’t judge me)
#8: What gives you the most inspiration when you create lyrical content to your music?
Life gives me all of my inspiration. If I feel like being faithful or in love, that’s what I write about. If I feel like hopping in these streets and getting back to the grind, that’s what my music will focus on.
#9: What does the future hold for Smokngunz Records and Bigbake in the next 10 years?
I will be signing a few artists and releasing projects in the next 1 to 2 years. More signing at first. We will continue to be global. I will continue to push what we already have on the networks now, and simply grow and develop.
#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?
You can check out the two singles that we already released:
Bigbake feat. Truth B. Told – “Hustler’s Anthem” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hustlers-anthem-feat.-truth/id604365673)
Bigbake – “Next Level” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/next-level-single/id590788950)
You can hit me up on ALL of the social media sites @bigbake01 (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc.)
Before I start this blog post, I just want to define what a Man Crush is. It’s pretty much a musician, artist, or athlete who I am very fond of and respect mainly for their talents. Also if they possess an awesome personality they are considered a dope person in my book. For the record, I am in no way a crazy stalker groupie fan. I am one of those fans that would be totally calm and cool if I ever got the opportunity to meet a celebrity. So there ya go!
Those who know me know that one of my favorite TV Shows ever is The Walking Dead (TWD). I have been a fan of the show since last year. Yes I know I started really late on loving the show but through the help of Netflix and certain websites of the internet, I have caught up with all three seasons of the show. From watching the TWD, I have become a fan of a lot of characters on the show. But there is one character in particular who I am a huge fan of. His name is Steven Yuen. He plays Glenn Rhee on TWD.
Now there are many reasons why I love Glenn on TWD:
—- He is sweet.
——He is sensitive.
—— He has become a freakin’ badass.
—— He is smart.
—— He is pretty much a strategist in many ways.
—— He is adorable.
—— There are times when I see him on the show and he comes into the scene. I whisper: “I love you” as a formal greeting.
—— He is so badass. I know I have said this twice but it’s so damn true!
One day I decided to check out Steven Yeun’s bio just out of curiosity. I found out so many cool things about him.
—— He is a Michigan native! (Even though he was born in Seoul, South Korea) He is from Troy, Michigan which is about 30 minutes away from Detroit.
—— His parents own two Beauty Supply Stores in Detroit.
—— He is a very handsome young man.
—— He has a brother named Brian who has a gourmet food truck called “The Bun Truck” which he runs in Los Angeles.
—— His birthday is on December 21st. My birthday is on December 29th. Coincidence, I think not.
—— He graduated from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a BA in Psychology.
—— He can sing and play the guitar quite beautifully.
—— He is a huge Detroit Pistons fan.
—— He did improv comedy at Second City in Chicago before moving to LA.
—— After his parents gave him just two years to pursue his acting dream, in 2010 he landed one of the main character roles on TWD as Glenn Rhee.
—— He has an adorable a black goldendoodle (golden retriever-poodle mix) named Agnes. She is just too cute!
To add more about my fandom, I have made a photo album dedicated to Yuen. I made a vlog post on my YouTube Channel (The AshNerdStar Report) pretty much sharing why I am a big fan of him. I have watched maybe every interview he has done. He’s such an interesting person. It would be really awesome to meet and have a conversation with him.
I have been thinking about a way for Steven to either favorite, follow, or tweet me back on Twitter. The only thing I have tweeted him so far was: “Hey Steven ^_^. How are you?” No response whatsoever. I will not give up my quest. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could interview him for my blog?!?! That would be dooooope!!!!
Well that sums up the many reasons of why I have a man crush on Steven Yeun. I have no idea if he will ever read this. You know what? I am not even going to say that anymore. I feel like I am jinxing a future moment of awesomeness that may occur.
I shall leave with this quote Steven said about Detroit:
“People think that Detroit is this barren wasteland. While there are parts that are not as nice as others, the misconception is not true. It is definitely not a thriving community in Detroit, but it is getting there. There is a lot of heart and love in this city.”
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.
Source: On the Road with Steven Yuen. By Oliver Singer (Interview Magazine, 2012)
Why hello there? ^_^. Since I am making a fresh new start in maintaining this awesome blog of mine, I thought I would share some random facts about me. Just so you can get to I am bearing my soul to you people. So here we go:
#1: I am scared of thunder. Thunder Buddies unite!
#2: My two favorite foods in the whole wide world are: tacos and blueberry pancakes.
#3: One of my biggest fears is not being able to reach my dreams.
#4: One of my favorite comedy movies is Stepbrothers.
#5: If I ever get a puppy, which I will, I shall name it Marshmallow or maybe even Josie. I shall love it with every fiber of my being.
#6: I loved cereal so much that I came up with at least 8 cereal combinations. I will share that with you later.
#7: My favorite NBA team is the Boston Celtics.
#8: When I eat gum, I eat 2 or 3 pieces at a time.
#9: I used to read books all the time when I was little. Some of my favorite books that I read were Judy Blume books. Favorite Judy Blume Books: Freckle Juice and Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?
#10: I used to take tap and ballet dance classes when I was little.
#11: I used to play basketball. Now I am totally obsessed playing softball.
#12: I always had a dream of becoming a b-girl and dance in a crew.
#13: I wanted to be a doctor growing up as a kid. I thought of being to be a Neurosurgeon or go into Pediatrics.
#14: I go by many nicknames: Carter, AC, AshBandicoot, Ash Bash, Ash, and Ash Loney (Older cousins used to call me that as a kid) just to name a few.
#15: I can sing. I pick up lyrics and melodies really good by ear. I can sing soprano, alto, and tenor.
#16: I would like to take a huge road trip across the US and visit my family. I also would like to travel different places in the world like Korea, Japan, Africa, the UK, and more.
#17: I still watch cartoons. My favorite show that I love at the moment is Regular Show.
#18: In my lifetime I have only cried watching of three the following movies: The Lion King, Ghost, and The Color Purple. Don’t judge me.
#19: There are three inspiring people that I would love to meet to gain more knowledge and wisdom from: Steve Harvey, Kevin Powell, and Oprah.
#20: Dream job that I am working towards: Entertainment Magazine Writer.
Hopefully this allows you to get to know me a little bit better. If you would like to share some random facts about you, feel free to. Don’t be scared. I am always up for meeting new people are learning more about them.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.