- Oct. 14, 2011 - BOSTON --
For folks of Boston the name of J. Lynda Blake is well known being a local businesswoman who heads a contracting firm called Narman Construction was not enough for her because a few years back her eldest daughter was at risk and she needed options in her life that the schools and neighborhoods of Boston were either unable or unwilling to offer at that time. So Lynda and her daughter started a small dance magazine called Hot Stepz that was accessible to people of all walks of life,lifestyle, and gender included. Hot Stepz became an underground hit and was instrumental in shining a light on the careers of some familiar and not so familiar names. Names like singer/covergirl Shea Rose, Actor/ Singers Breje, Brittany Batson, Eliz Camacho,MDOT, Foxx Jazell, Jeffree Starr, MGE, RyeRye and dancers like Brittany Delany,Francesca Harper,Status Quo,The Beat Freakz,Hok Konishi,Ana Rokafella Garcia,B Boy Smurf,B Girl Peppa not to mention new writers,Filmmakers and musicians all featured as well as any top magazine. Lynda isfond of saying how she likes to let her spirit guide her in terms of content but it is her no nonsense former accountant sensibilities that help keep the magazine afloat. "We started this magazine in a recession so revenue has never kept us up late we bully through and survive.We've seen magazines with budgets in the millions that started out at the same time we did fade away so we must be doing something right." stated Lynda in a recent staff meeting. But what is most amazing about Hot Stepz is that Lynda has promoted for free many charities across the country by utilizing the power of the press and helped her community as well. She has also been able to work with some big name celebrities and network not only in New York with Broadway firms but also in Hollywood and routinely presents interviews from top TV shows like Nikita and So You Think You Can Dance in Hot Stepz pages. Even Broadway and International Shows have been reviewed and interviewed in Hot Stepz Magazine! Now Hot Stepz has brought in some Marketing talent in the form of Clarence Johnson AKA Scandelle who is Head of Marketing for Hot Stepz Magazine. Adding New York based Clarence Johnson's talents to those of Los Angeles based Editor Brittany Delany and Atlanta based Editor Mic Theory only allows Hot Stepz to reach more people and speak to them in terms of content and message. Hot Stepz has also given thousands in ads and donations to the following organizations The New England Organ Donor Bank, Miss Black Massachusetts Scholarship Fund,Boston Dance Aliiance,Sickle Cell Anemia Org.(Boston)
,GLAAD,Hype Program,American Heart and Stroke Association,Haitian relief Org.,50 Mics,Reggae Music festival,AMBD Dance Festival,Fyah Radio,Touch 106.1 Radio,New England Urban Music Awards,Dance TNT, Michael Bivens Annual Talent Contest,DuffelBag Dolls,Tiffany Martinez Tru Kullaz Clothing Co.,Hollywood Goes to school Project,Allston Village Street fair, Boston Book Fair,East Coast EU Dance Competition,Joe Higgs Reggae Awards, Ballet Rox,Stajez Dance Academy,and numerous others. Currently Hot Stepz is offering $50,000 dollars worth of free ad space to green based non profits until the end of the fiscal year 2011. The following is an excerpt by J. Lynda Blake from the publisher's page of the Fall 2011 issue.
Growing up I always heard from the older folks in my family “You can become anything you choose if you are given the right opportunity, but just in case none is given, try to make your own. So that is what I have strived to do, and observed it is what many young people are fast becoming aware of. Success is not promised, neither are good jobs and a decent education. Sometimes you have to make your own opportunity. The people highlighted in this issue of Hot Stepz magazine have done just that. They have paved a way for themselves to succeed with talent determination and hard work, but most of all with a belief that they could realize their dreams. In Washington D.C. Martin Luther King finally has a monument to his achievements. The United States of America finally has a first lady as impactful as the President himself in terms of the ability to impress upon the young that they too can achieve the heights of their dreams.
This season we hope that our readers are preparing themselves for the changes the next few decades will bring to the world. The United Nations has announced that alternative energy will be the foundation of most societies in less than 40 years providing over 70 percent of the energy for the world. In recognition of that goal Hot Stepz has pledged to aid Green Based non-profit agencies. Countries once cowering from the fear of governmental oppression are now clamoring for democracy. We are living in historic times and most will only realize it in hindsight.
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“More than Dance!”
Hot Stepz Magazine is a unique publication geared toward positive lifestyle, and entertainment. By highlighting a multitude of Dance, Fashion and Music genres, Hot Stepz is more than a magazine Hot Stepz Magazine is a Movement!Photo: