Location Raleigh, NC
How did you get into modeling and what was your first experience like?
I started off at John Casablanca when I was around 7 or 8 years old but wasn't really into it at that age. Once I got to college in 2010, I was approached by a photographer who said he really liked my look and that's when I really started to get into it.
My first experience as a model was fun but I also felt like I had no clue what I was doing, luckily the photographer already had poses he was looking to imitate so I didn't have to come up with stuff on my own.
What do you hope to accomplish in the modeling industry?
Well I've noticed that in this industry darker women are still not looked upon on average as being pretty, lighter skin tones seem to always be more favored so I just want to represent the darker women who aspire to be models.
What's your favorite part of your body?
I love my legs and I have a pretty cool birth mark on my inner thigh
What do you think men would say your best feature is and why?
I think most guys like my long legs because I can wrap them around them…at least that's what I'm guessing
What are some of your likes and dislikes?
Sometimes I like to just lay there and do nothing but listen to music or read, its my escape from reality. I dislike being around a lot of negativity and I am definitely not a morning person by any means I hate mornings.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Cadbury Chocolate, I could eat it all day!
Are you single or taken?
What are your turn ons and turn offs in a man ?
A guy that is overly cocky is a big turn off to me. A turn on is a man that's a gentlemen and respectful to ALL women are sexy to me, treat me like a Queen and you will feel like a King.
Favorite sex position and why?
From the back, its kinky and I'm the submissive type
What's the type of man you prefer and what’s your idea of a perfect guy ?
I prefer the intellectual/ Alpha male type, there is absolutely nothing more sexy then a man teaching me something I don't know! My idea of the perfect guy is someone that is supportive, thats the most important thing. My ideal guy would also be VERY tall.
What's the sexiest thing a man ever said to you?
Tell me that every day he prays for me…I thought it was extremely thoughtful!
Shot and Interviewed By Photographer Jack Oat
A musical painter with his words, Toy Brandon grew up in the city of Baton Rouge, LA. Influenced from an early age by his city, family, and various genres of music, Toy began experimenting with the art form known as “beat boxing” at the age of 11 with his older cousins. As he progressed in his musical creativity, Toy Brandon became engulfed in the local Louisiana southern-style Hip Hop scene. Heavily inspired by local Hip Hop celebrity Z-ro Mo City Don, Toy’s music reflects a harmonic relationship between him and life in Baton Rouge. At 13, Toy released his first single entitled “I Feel Played” off his debut mixtape The Switch Up- a song that narrates the heartbreak of teenage love. Since the release of his single and mixtape, Toy Brandon has received local stardom and a steadily building fanbase.
Currently, Toy is working on releasing his next mixtape called Most Hated later this year. You can find his latest news, music, and updates on Facebook: Toy Brandon.
B.Rich Brinson had the opportunity to interview author Tamika Newhouse who's talks about everything from where she grew up, her latest book, her relationship status, gives advice to aspiring writers, and more.
Hello, my name is Tamika Newhouse, author, publisher, producer of the AAMBC Literary Awards, and business owner.
Where you from and what was it like growing up there?
I am from Fort Worth Texas better known to the locals as funkytown. Growing up was pretty good. We didn’t have a lot but I didn’t know that because Mama did a good job of covering that up. I am the baby too.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t decide to become a writer that is just something I am. It’s like asking when did I decided to become black. I was born to be a writer. God gave me the talent to create stories in ways that others who take on the craft for monetary gain can not do. The difference between them and me is I have no ill intentions.
How did you choose the genre to write in?
I write what’s in my heart. I have no set genre.
Tell us about your latest book?
Plain Jane is my first erotica tale. It is of a woman who is newly single and begins to discover her sexuality in ways she would had never guessed.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about?
I wanted a couple to be engrossed in one another. I needed it to depict passion and desire without it being explicit.
Do you write every day or 5 days a week?
No I only write certain times within a month or so. I have to shut everything out and write. Other wise it won’t get done.
What’s something about you people misjudge?
That I am not approachable! I am often looked at as superior because of my position of leadership but I love talking to other artists. I embrace their desire to be successful as well.
When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do?
I just eat and watch TV lol
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Research this business. Learn to be creative with exposing your books
Do you have a degree, if so in what field?
No lol. I just obtain obsession and passion. I didn’t go to school for any of the things I do today.
Are you single?
No I am in a relationship and very happy right now.
Describe your ideal of a first date?
I am a easy girl to please. Some food, some good conversations, and jokes are the way to my heart. I just like to hang out like were best friends and call it a day. Simple right!
What do you look for in a guy?
He has to have ambition. He also has to be able to handle a strong minded woman such as myself.
What dish you would cook that will win over any guy’s heart?
My Mama’s beans and cornbread lol
Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by Zane and Terry McMillan. They have knocked down doors I haven’t even had the opportunity to even take a peek at. I want to reflect their careers.
What projects are you working on right now?
I am working on Plain Jane 2 and The Illest Na Na series.
Where can fans check out more of you at?
www.TamikaNewhouse.com but follow me on Instagram @bossladytamika