• Special Report: A Collection of Brothers
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 19-22. - Article Short Link: Facebook │ Twitter  We here at The INDIEgator™ recently learned about a “Special” Collection of Brothers over in Arlington, TX.  They are a unique organization headquartered at The University of Texas at Arlington and founded in 2006 by five African-American male students on campus as a means of social networking and fellowship. The group is NOT limited to any one race and they focus on Unity, Fellowship and Serving others. The mission of A Collection of Brothers is to create better Leaders and Role Models while serving and giving back to their campus and surrounding community. While some people are more inclined to be suspicious of groups of young, predominately African American males, this is one clan you should embrace without fear. Below is our Exclusive Interview with the current President of the organization, Emanuel Williams. The INDIEgator: What made you get

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  • Meet Our Music Editor: Austyn “MrBugz” Jeter
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 15, 54-58. - Article Short Link: Official Website │ Facebook │ Twitter The INDIEgator would like to once again Welcome and Congratulate our New Music Editor Austyn “MrBugz” Jeter, CEO of MrBugz Entertainment, Inc. He certainly did NOT disappoint us in his reviews from artists all over the U.S. in our premiere issue. We are certainly excited about and proud to have him on board and look forward to featuring more of his reviews in our upcoming issues! You can read his reviews for our April/June issue now: Ande, Neo-Soul, Page 15 Aundria, Pop/Rock, Page 54 T-A-Z, Hip Hop/Jip-Jop, Page 55 Avid Fixation, Rock/Metal, Page 56 Tracy Cruz, Neo-Soul, Page 57 MrBugz Entertainment, Inc. prides itself in promoting and booking recording Musical Artists, Actors, Stand-Up Comedians and Writers nationally. They currently service any artists who are on major music labels as well as independents and work

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  • Music Review: Tracy Cruz
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 57-58. - Article Short Link:  Tracy's Official Website │ Facebook │ Twitter │ YouTube │ iTunes Neo-Soul by Austyn "MrBugz" Jeter Her music hinges on heartless dissonance and jolting hope. Tracy Cruz’s music represents a vast, magnificent blend of polarities. We never get just one side of her; we get the kaleidoscope. Her song lyrics and production will unfailingly take you on a musical excursion, intended to resonate with all who experience it. As surely as it will crush your soul, it will also elate you. A vocal powerhouse, one that can speak a universal language, can only back up this aural diversity. Tracy’s alluring voice is comprised of sounds old and new, resembling Jill Scott’s throaty moans and Sarah Vaughan’s lyrical accentuation, all while still managing to remain distinct. Born in Quezon City on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Tracy grew up in an encouraging household where she

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  • Music Review: Avid Fixation
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Page 56-57. - Article Short Link: Facebook │ Reverbnation │ Got Seen Rock/Metal by Austyn "MrBugz" Jeter Avid Fixation brings a unique form of Rock/Metal, a blend of hard rock and melodic Metalcore with a taste of blues. The emphasis is in the energy born into the guitar riffs and melodies of the songs. Daniel Goldman brings in the lead guitar side, throwing in swift precise leads and use of effects to keep the energy flowing. Jonathan Long on Bass uses effects to voice out the bass even more for distinct dynamics. Jay Gonzales throws in strong fills between upbeat rhythm sections on drums. Greg Afek on vocals brings off a clean and scream tradeoff, giving off strong energy and putting everything together. With all these elements you come up with Avid Fixation. An energetic, creative, committed branch of music. Vocalist/Guitarist Greg Afek: “I’ve started playing music at the age of 17, yet I feel like

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  • Music Review: T-A-Z
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Page 55. - Article Short Link: Official Website │ Facebook │ Twitter │ BlogTalkRadio │ Myspace Hip Hop/Jip-Jop by Austyn "Mr Bugz" Jeter T-A-Z has been producing and writing music for 16 years and writing novels for 30 years. He has produced music for many different artists including Jerry Hairston, Ronald “Smooth Sounds Smoot”, Regina Morris, Miss V, G. Wright and N.T. Poet. T-A-Z is also writing Shay Diamond which is a black female super hero comic book (due in stores this summer).  The music that is associated with him is called Jip-Jop. A term Smooth Sounds coined because of the Jazzy Plus Hip Hop Flavor entrenched in the music. The subject matter of the music from being the first black President of the USA (2 years before Obama) to reversed where the majority of the racks had a reversed element in them. Also T-A-Z is responsible for 100% of the lyrics and music for Miss V’s five albums, Jerry

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  • Music Review: Ande
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Page 15. - Article Short Link: Facebook │ Twitter │ Management Neo Soul by Austyn "Mr Bugz" Jeter Andrea Lawrence, or ANDE’ to all who warmly know her, has made it her personal goal to revive the Neo-Soul music world with her sultry-rich vocals and piercing lyrics. With no “formal” voice training behind her, this Dallas, Texas native’s raw talent displays vocal control and range uncommon for most vocalists to date. Her distinct and unique style derives from many musical influences and genres from her roots in Gospel, to Jazz, to R&B to her now current Neo-Soul platform. Her soul stirring music speaks across generations with smooth, sultry sounds reminiscent of Nancy Wilson synthesized with the poetic styling of Jill Scott. ANDE' explains, I believe true music pierces the heart and as I sing, I want to make sure that I'm able to speak to someone's soul. She scored her first major singing

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  • Music Review: Aundria
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 54-55. - Article Short Link: Pop/Rock Official Website │ Facebook │ YouTube by Austyn "Mr Bugz" Jeter Aundria’s music career started when she was 18. There was a guitar in the house and she thought,” I wonder if I could play that”. She started by learning a few songs she liked. Before she knew it, she was writing her own songs. Aundria’s songs come from experiences in her life. “With the right group, I would love some of my songs to rock really hard, or have a country feel. I’m so used to performing without a band, that I feel more like a light acoustic performer. When my album came out I had to pick a genre and I put myself in 3 groups, Acoustic, Pop, and Rock.” “I spend more time learning other artists’ songs than I do writing my own. I don’t have favorite groups or artists, but rather individual songs. Liking a variety of music makes my book of covers diverse and interesting. Some

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  • What’s GNU With AtLas’
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 69-72. - Article Short Link: Official GNU Website │ Official HHS Website │ Facebook │ Myspace  │ GNU Videos AtLas' Videos │ @polaryss │ @WhatsGNUmusic │ @hiphopsisters │ @kweendom │@likwuid @rhymelikeagirl                                         by Kitty Y. Williams AtLas’ is one Hip Hop Sister who has been on my radar for a number of years now. I first heard her music on some tracks Kenny Dubb had produced and she had featured with him on them. In a time where people are always saying real Hip Hop is dead, it’s very reassuring to know that there are still real musicians out there keeping the art alive. In the case of AtLas’, she really has no choice due to some major Hip Hop ties plus being from the region where it all got started. About AtLas' “AtLas', as the name implies, has accepted the responsibility of shouldering the weight of

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  • Finding The Perfect Mate: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pagse 42-44. - Article Short Link: Official Website │ Facebook │ Twitter  │ Linked In from Break Up, Don’t Break Down by D. Ivan Young Ready for the love of your life? Here’s what you need to know. Finding someone to occupy your time is easy, but pinpointing that special someone who meets your requirements, that’s another story. Seemingly a daunting task, here are some things that will give you a decided advantage. By following this list, you will lessen your chance of getting Mr. or Ms. Wrong, while greatly improving the odds of finding Mr. or Ms. Right. Taken from Break Up, Don’t Break Down by D. Ivan Young adopted exclusively for The INDIEgator Magazine™. What people say is one thing, what they do is another. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak. Where a person’s heart is, is where they put their treasure. Pay attention to the little things that people do; it speaks volumes!

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  • The Ex Factor: How to Survive the Drama
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    - As seen in the April/June 2012 issue of The INDIEgator, Pages 39-41 - Article Short Link: - As originally posted on Kayo Branded's Official Website. Twitter │ Email THE EX FACTOR: HOW TO SURVIVE THE DRAMA by Kayo Branded They lied, cheated, the two of you broke up and got back together. They lied, they cheated, the two of you broke up and got back together. They lied, cheated, you bought you some sense, packed up your clothes and kids, moved, and then the drama began. It is amazing how as long as you are fighting to save a wrong relationship, the party who is causing the issues has no issue until you decide you want better for yourself. From harassing phone calls, showing up at your job, threatening emails, and multiple calls to your mama, I think we all can benefit from a crash course in Dealing with Exes 101. Now if both of you have come to a mature agreement about chucking the deuces and have decided to remain friends, consider yourself blessed with no stress, but

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