Category Archive : Creatives

Musician, Professor , Entrepreneur and True Idol—Meet Alain Merville

Husband, father and true pioneer in the music and business worlds—Alain Merville is a generational pioneer. Founder and CEO of YousicPlay, music professor at Berklee College of Music and director of operations for Sugar Babies Inc., gives us an insight on how he has gone from the student to master. 

Starting Piano at the age of 14, Alain fell in love with the concepts of music. After a year of private lesson’s from his mentor, Alain was invited to mold his talents on the road. Being the only key player and fresh into the music world, he witnessed firsthand the challenges that awaited him. Feeling he was not the best but possessing a great work ethic toward the endeavors he felt passionate about. Practicing nearly 8 hours a day developing himself until gaining interest in Berkeley College his senior year.

Coming into music at a later age rather than the “typical” age, Alain attended Berkelee College of Music, the number one contemporary music school in the world and had a most humbling experience. Exposing him to things he would have never been exposed to had he not ventured onward. Challenges are more so opportunities to him, while learning the business and education aspects of music, he embarked on a journey of connecting with individuals doing the things he wanted in life or had interest with. Berklee was the one place in the world at the time where he could be connected with people who were great in the areas he learned in. This is what he had to say on the cultural standpoint at Berklee, “From a musical standpoint there’s a heavy black culture, outside of politics which I typically don’t get involved in. Whereas most schools focus on certain styles or genres, Berkeley is a pot of different styles, from Hip-Hop, Choir, Jazz, and many more styles containing different ethnicities and cultures.”

When asked in an interview with Historically Black Since, “What is YousicPlay”, this is what Alain had to say, “So YousicPlay is a music e-learning platform where music students, and music enthusiasts can learn music from any level, from celebrities, influencers to elite level college instructors along with an AI (Artificial Intelligence) that functions as your own virtual tutor. The vision was really providing musicians with a platform that gives you direct access to the best musical minds in the world. Also the benefit of an in-person experience, because in person, you get the benefit of immediate feedback from your instructor to let you know how well you’re doing. On the recorded courses, there’s no accountability to let you know how well you’re doing so we wanted to provide the best of both worlds. So that’s the vision behind the AI aspect of it, which communicates with you and lets you know how well you’re doing from from exercise to exercise.”

This is an amazing platform if you wish to level up your music skills!

To learn more about Alain and Yousic, visit him online at  and his social media pages – Instagram – @alainmerville and Instagram: – @yousicplay 

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Creative Spotlight: Music Artist Roosevelt on Why His Music is Raw, Vulnerable and Storytelling

Roosevelt has emerged from the streets of Kansas City with his own clothing brand Rich Apparels as well as his own sound musically that blends the urgency of modern day hip-hop with a smoother sound of alternative R&B.

With over 10,000 streams worldwide, sold out his first concert with over 250+ attendees, over 30 thousand supporters via twitter, Instagram, etc. Roosevelt has appeared in LA Fashion Week, KC Fashion Week, Omaha Fashion Week, appeared on VH1, BET, MTV and E! Network, Hot 103 Jamz, billboards, and countless magazines — Roosevelt is continuing to thrive in the R&B space as a young artist.

Q1: What inspired you to get started with music?

At such a young age, I would always hear my mom around the house singing, every morning. Music was a big part of my life growing up, and with my mom being raised and singing in the Church, my mom taught me at such an early age about music and the techniques of singing. From there, I began singing in front of family and friends, joining talent shows then began writing my music.

Q2: Most rewarding thing for you as an artist?

Great question! The most rewarding thing for me as an artist is supporters writing to me or coming up to me letting me know that my music has got them through a rough day or that my music has saved them. That brings me so much joy! At times, when writing this music, I sometimes feel I am alone in how I feel and my emotions when writing so when I write music and people tell me they relate, lets me know that I am not alone and through my art and vulnerability, it helps others.

Q3: If you could describe your style of music in three words, what would they be and why?

My music style in three words? This is tough! I would say Raw. Vulnerable. Storytelling. When I approach my music and writing a song, I like to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end. I want to walk my listeners through a journey and story. Through my storytelling, I always want to approach it with vulnerability, rawness, and honesty. Every song I write is true stories.

I am a very private person so listening to my music, the listener will learn a lot about me and my past and/or current relationships.

Q4: Who are some of your musical influences?

So many! A few of my musical influences/inspirations would be Given, Ariana Grande, Bryson Tiller, Summer Walker, and Sam Smith. They’re all so different however, I respect their sound individually.

However, I find inspiration from old school music as well such as Usher, Brandy, Donell Jones, etc. When it comes to music, I have so many musical influences and inspirations that it is so difficult to choose just one!

Q5: Where do you see yourself musically in the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months musically, I see myself performing for a large venue and signed to a record label. I believe in prayer, manifestation, and staying consistent and persistent so that my short and long-term goals will happen.

Q6:  What are some of the obstacles you’ve had to endure and overcome as an independent artist?

This is a really good question. There are pros and cons to being an independent artist. A big pro is you have creative control over your sound, your direction, 100% ownership of your profits and music. Some cons are as an independent artist you have a limited number of networks, limited resources, and budgeting, etc.

Music videos and studio time is 100% funded by me however when you’re signed to a record label, you have that backing for music videos and studio time. I hope to sign to a record label that allows me to be creative and remain true to who I am but also provide me with knowledge on the music industry.

Q7:  What is your take on the current state of hip-hop music?

Everyone is doing their thing! I find myself still listening to the greats such as Drake, Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Nicki Minaj, 6lack, Kendrick Lamar and so many more because those were the ones I would listen to the most in my middle school and high school days and I still find inspiration from those artists. They create such timeless music so I have a high level of respect for them.

I am just happy that hip hop is still alive and continuing to be ground-breaking! Being an R&b/Hip-Hop artist, I want to ensure I am doing my part to keep the momentum with such amazing and talented artists.

Q8: What can your fans expect from you next?

Up next, my supporters can expect some visuals/music videos coming over the summer from my EP, concerts, appearances, and history being made! My EP “How Poetic” is on pre-order Friday, May 14th and available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other streaming services Friday, June 4th. I have some things in the works that I cannot wait to share. Stay tuned!

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How Augmented Reality Will Change The Tourism Industry Forever?

Augmented reality is no less than magic, and it is making us all surprised with its powers just alike. You may find many augmented reality-driven technology items that are enough to make your jaw dropped. The same is the effect of AR in the world of tourism.

It is also said that augmented reality will change the tourism industry forever. You may see many improvements and enhancements in the world of tourism only because of augmented reality.

AR is the digital technology that changes the persona perception of the physical surroundings they have around them viewed through any particular device. This technology has many similarities with virtual reality, but AR doesn’t replace the real-world surroundings, but it augments it by overlaying the digital parts.

Typically the augmented reality mostly experiences using a tablet smartphone or any such device.

How will augmented reality change the tourism industry forever?

1. Active Information Delivery

Through the past few years, Augmented Reality has become the talk of the town. It has gained a lot of popularity in the travel industry. This is mainly because it allows hotels and other businesses to enhance their environments around them to encourage the customers to visit.

Unlike the other purchases, travel tends to be highly researched, as the customers need a lot of information before they reach the destination. In addition, this requirement of information doesn’t stop when any customers arrive. AR may ensure that a lot of this information is available to the customers 24 by 7.

2. Interactive Hotel Elements:

To date, the most common utilization of AR in the tourism industry has done to introduce interactive elements in the environments of hotels. It is done to improve the overall experience. This allows hotels and resorts and all other businesses to let the customers have a lot of information.

3. Augmented Tourist Destinations

A few companies in the travel industry are now developing their augmented reality apps away from the hotel environments. These apps let tourists enhance their tourist attractions and locations. This may let users point over their smartphone on a building and landmark and learn a lot more about it in real-time.

4. Beacon Technology

Another one of the very interesting uses of AR links to beacon technology that works using Bluetooth. This particular technology is highly useful in the travel and tourism industry. It allows businesses and marketers to send push notifications or let certain functions enter any particular location.

These are the main ways AR will change the way people travel and are having their tourism trips. It will be of high benefit that one would have a lot of information on his hand and travel around places without any guide or tourist groups.

Former Corporate Publicist Ifueko Igbinovia, Speaks on Starting Over and Rebranding with New Youtube Channel

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ifueko Igbinovia was determined to compose a platform that assisted creatives in being organic and allows them to embrace their eccentricity. Commencing her YouTube channel in March 2018 as a innovatie content creator, Ifueko wanted her message of individuality to be apparent through her platform. Previously, Ifueko worked for Universal Motown Records where she ventured into the entertainment world studying public relations for a vast quantity of celebrities. While at Universal, Ifueko converted into a radio personality for Clubzone FM.

Ifueko has interviewed vast celebrities Yemi Alade, Jim Jones, celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, Safaree, Mack Wilds, Musiq SoulChild, NBA Player Eric Williams, Love & Hip hop Mariah Lynn, rapper Maino, actor River Mason Eromosele, Safaree of Love & Hip Hop, among others. As a seasoned celebrity publicist and journalist she began acquiring her own clients and thriving  in brand and media building. Ifueko builds solid influential relationships through the entertainment industry. Being completely transparent and relatable she built her viewership through her talent. Ifueko’s background sets the tone for who she is today and with her eccentric and witty personality.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Ifueko about her new journey as a Youtuber and talk show host. Listen to the full interview below<

Instagram: @Fueko_xoxo


Thinking About Writing A Book? Here’s Why You Should Publish It Yourself.

Are you thinking of writing a book? Book writing is a great hobby and also a great way to let your knowledge and learning reach the masses. Most entrepreneurs are using their time to let their knowledge be moved onto a book’s compiled form. Most are headed towards eBook writing. But what if you are doing book writing and have the option of self-publishing? Following are a few reasons why you should pick to publish the book yourself.


You Are Guaranteed To Have Your Book Published

With traditional publishing, you will mostly find a literary agent to show you and your work. But finding the agent representation may be a long and tiring journey. Some writers have spent a year or two sending out the query letters, and it still hasn’t become possible to have an agent.

Many traditional publishers will only have a look at the manuscript if it comes in through the agents, so literary agents are a valuable resource and also contact when going to the traditional publishing route. 

The main issue with this kind of approach is that nothing in the way is guaranteed. You may be one of those who spend years trying to find an agent, or you may land an agent that would later reject you. But when you are self-publishing, you are in control. Your consumers will be the end judges of your book.

You, Will, Have Control Over Your Book

Writers do not consider the topic of all the rights when comparing the self-publishing route and traditional publishing. With the traditional publisher, it is common for you to get your publishing rights to the company, meaning that you will lose control of your publishing rights and creative control.

If you reach the point where the agent pitches the book, you have to a publisher, and the said publisher accepts your manuscript for the process of publication, the publisher will have the rights to your book.

This will ultimately have the final say on your published book’s content, but self-publishing is a wholly opposite thing. Through self-publishing, the author has publishing rights and all of the creative controls. 

You, Will, Enjoy Higher Royalty Rates

When you are book writing and are thinking of publishing it yourself, you are the rightful owner of getting the royalty rates. You are in full control to own the earnings made through your book and won’t have to pay anything to publishers or the publishing agents. An author may self-publish online and reach a wider audience if online retailers use a distributor such as Ingram. 

These are why you should think of self-publishing when you are ebook writing in the current time. You can avail the increased benefits of book writing this way. 

Music Artist Saneit Proves that Overcoming Obstacles and Adversity Can Make You Stronger

Name- Saneit

School Name- Howard University 

Class of- 2018 graduated 2019 BA Public Relations minor Graphic Design

Hometown- Chicago

What inspired you to get started with music

I’ve always had a passion for music. My family always blasted music around the house. My first step into music was joining the children’s gospel choir at the of five. My vocal coach found me at church during my first solo and I began taking vocal lessons at 10 years old. I continued to grow in my art by being involved in extra curricular activities. I started writing my own songs at 13 without beats. I would just hear it in my head. While attending a performing arts high school, Lincoln Park I later met one of my producers, Rico Rich. I began recording songs at 16 and released my first EP at 18. By then I was a freshman at Howard. Entering Howard I majored in Jazz voice and changed my major to Public Relations the following year. 

Most rewarding thing for you as an artist 

The most rewarding thing for me as an artist is the honest feedback. When people I don’t know tag me in videos and singing my songs that makes me feel really good. I know that I’m doing something right. I always wanted my music to connect people.

If you could describe your style of music in three words, what would they be and why?

Three words to describe my style of music is soul, passion, and energy. When I sing I sing from the soul. My dad would always say “That girl got soul.” Passion, because you can hear how passionate I am about what I’m singing in my songs. I’m not singing just because I can. Lastly, the energy is always there. I’m a vibrant person with a lot of personality. Without a visual you can feel it. If you only heard my music and never seen my face that is what you’ll get.

How did your HBCU experience impact you as an artist ?

My HBCU experience impacted me so much. I walked in one way and came out another. I was good, but it made me better. The lessons that I learned outside classes were the most impactful. I’m so glad I went to Howard University and people will always know that. So many of the greats came out of Howard, and as the saying goes ‘if you can make it out of Howard you can make it anywhere.’ I’ll never take no for an answer, and ’ll never make excuses for myself.

Who are some of your musical influences?

My musical influences are Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Monica, and Missy Elliot. Honestly, the list goes on. Those are definitely some of my favorites. If we’re talking about writers that’s another conversation.

Where do you see yourself musically in the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months I can hear my music in constant rotation on radio stations. I see myself performing for larger crowds. I can also, see myself having songs written for other artist. I have a great pen.

To learn more about Saneit and stay updated on her upcoming music releases, Follow her social media profile below

Creative Profile: Chicago Music Artist TMH High Chief

What inspired you to get started with music 

It all started off with the way beats an instruments sounded to meI started off as a heavy producer. Then I eventually found a talent in rapping. I love to use words to paint a picture over a nice beautiful beat

Most rewarding thing for you as an artist 

The most rewarding thing for me as an artist would be gaining trust from listeners so that I can help them feel better through my music, while at the same time helping them have a good time. Gain a substantial amount of income from it as well. I want to be better than great and be one of the best ever.

 If you could describe your style of music in three words, what would they be and why ?

Unpredictable-  because the way that I write my music, you’re never gonna know what I’m going to say or how I am going to say it. That also keeps the listeners from being  bored and intrigued throughout the entire song.

Fulfilling-  Because of the sound of my voice is soothing along with my nice beat selections. I believe that I have a natural talent in knowing just want to say for all listeners ears to provide them with satisfaction on any topic of my choice 

My music is powerfully,nonchalantly confident. 

Disruptive – Disruptive in regards to doing things that the norm is not doing. The combination of my lyrics in the way that I write in between stanzas without having to yell speaks volumes. 

Who are some of your musical influences 

Kanye West, MF Doom, House Music, Jay Electronica, Common, Chance The Rapper, Instrumentals & almost ALL of the music from 70s 80s and 80s

Where do you see yourself musically in the next 12 months ?

I see myself 10 times bigger than what I am right now. I see my name being known in different states across the country. I see myself being very successful and working with some of my favorite artists in the industry 

What are some of the obstacles you’ve had to endure and overcome we an independent artist ? 

Some of the obstacles I guess would be doing a lot on my own. But, that’s initially mentally expected for me anyway because I understand that nobody’s going to do anything for me. It all starts with me. I can’t do anything without myself. 

What is your take on the current state of hip hop music ?

Well hip-hop is about rap and soul to a nice beat. I consider today’s music to be filled with entertainers instead of hip-hop artists. There’s only a select few hip hoppers. There is an extreme lack of value in the content of today’s music

What can you your fans expect from you next ?

You can expect greatness. You can expect nonstop music. I won’t let up. More creative videos and music

To learn more about TMH High Chief visit his social media page below

This Entrepreneur Created a Clothing Line That Represents the Struggles of Society

Deeply Rooted is a lifestyle clothing brand created by Chicago, IL native Monique Atkins. Her unique character based clothing line has reached an audience worldwide and has been featured on a number of celebrities throughout the country. We had the opportunity to speak with Monique and learn more about the Deeply Rooted movement and the message behind the brand.

Tell us how Deeply Rooted came about 

Deeply Rooted came about in 2007 when I was starting my love for drawing and painting.  The inspiration came about after I realized what all races had in common which was BARING, STRUGGLE & PAIN. This slogan help me form my brand into what it is today. We all share the same similarities because we all go through pain and we all struggle and while we going through that we baring it we overcoming it.  

Talk to us about the initial startup stages with your business career
The initial startup stage of the my business was in 2007 at the kitchen table with my brother and sisters  as well as my illustrator  and one other person.  We came together with design concepts and how the brand was going to reach the people. We thought by using the slogan mentioned in the first question and using the characters to represent us as a people. Each character has a characteristic that reaches some individuals.

What is the most rewarding part for you about what you do? 
The most rewarding part about what I do is to see my customers wear the clothing and post pictures without me asking them to post and them just showing me love thats the most rewarding thing. 

What has been the biggest lesson about overcoming obstacles and failure that you have learned throughout your business journey? 
The biggest lesson about overcoming obstacles and failure that I learned throughout my business journey is to plan things out and I learned how to break things into collections it make things much easier and keep me organized with everything. I also learned how to stay focus on the mission and not try to follow the trends just stick to my brand and what it represents and I can win

Tell us about upcoming projects you are working on
Deeply Rooted upcoming projects is us working on our new collection called The Warfare Collection: Checkmate, attending the first annual soul music awards and keeping our store up and going. We just opened a clothing store Oct. 10th in Chicago area. 7000 southwest hwy Chicago Ridge, IL 60415   

Leave us with some words of advice you can offer to aspiring and current entrepreneurs 
Words of advice I can leave current entrepreneurs is one of our slogans “Don’t ask the struggle what it did to you ;ask what it has done for you”   Also to trust the process and to lead by example. 

What are 3 fun facts that most people don’t know about you 
Three fun facts that most people know about me is i have a sense of humor, I love making people laugh and smile and I am ambitious.       

To learn more about Monique and the Deeply Rooted brand, visit WWW.DR07CLOTHING.COM andIG: @Deeplyrooted07 

Entrepreneur and Creative Profile: Film Director Alan Brooks

Born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Alan M. Brooks is a 2011 graduate of Claflin University where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Communications degree. It was after the completion of his senior project entitled “Struggles”, that he knew that film was what he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. Before graduating, Alan entered his film into the Claflin University Great Work by Blacks student competition, where he was awarded for his work.

After graduation, Alan wanted to further his knowledge in film and television so he applied to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he would go on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television degree in the spring of 2015. During his matriculation at SCAD, Alan entered the 100 Words Film Festival where his film “Peer Pressure” won the award for Best Student Film. Additionally, in 2016 his film “Wounded” starring the late Tommy Ford from the hit show “Martin” won the Audience Choice Award at the South Carolina Underground Film Festival and received rave reviews. Alan has had the opportunity to hone essential skills while at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has also picked up on some acting skills. He said in an interview, “I feel that a director should know how it feels to be on the other side of the camera.” He went on to say, “I want to do it all, from the creative process to the business process of filmmaking.”

Since graduating from SCAD, Alan continues to create compelling content in hopes that his films would impact audiences worldwide. Alan has gone on to direct over 20 short films, 2 feature length films, over 10 music videos for artist such as (JD McCrary from Disney’s “The Lion King”, Silento’, Joshua Rogers from BET’s “Sunday’s Best”, and Tray Chaney from HBO’s “The Wire”/Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners”) to name a few. Alan has also directed 5 commercials; one in which is a Chick-fil-A commercial where he was awarded a Telly Award in Directing, and received an Honorable Mention in the Southeast EMMY’S “Excellence in My Market Awards.” In 2019 Alan’s short film “The Portrait” was selected to premiere on Magic Johnson’s National Television Network ASPIRE TV during their Urban Indie Block; and his short film “Wrong House” was selected to premiere on Sean “P. Diddy” Combs” National Television Network REVOLT TV during a special 2 hour Hip Hop Halloween episode of Short & Fresh. One of Alan’s goals is to become a member of the DGA while continuing to tell universal stories to the masses.

Tell us how you got started in your field? 

I got my start as a Film Director during my senior year of undergrad at the prestigious HBCU Claflin University. I was a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Television Production. My professor asked each student in the class, what do we want to do for our senior project, and I was the only student to say that I wanted to do a movie. I remember everyone in the class laughing at me because of my response, but I did it anyway. I shot my senior project on a mini dv tape, directed it, cast the film, and edited it all by myself. (Keep in mind that this Mass Communication program didn’t teach us how to make movies or write movie scripts, but focused more on news television production. That’s why everyone laughed at me.) That same film that everyone laughed at me got me into film school. Attending and graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), with an MFA in Film and Television was the best decision I could have ever made. I learned so much about the foundation of film, television, and directing as a whole; and I feel that SCAD really helped groom me for this industry. Graduating from film school really jumpstarted my career, after submitting many of my short films and entering them in the festival circuit. I even won Best Student film at the 100 Words Film Festival for my film, “Peer Pressure.” I continued to freelance as an independent director, and I constantly aim to become better every day.

Talk to us about the initial startup stages of your career? 

The initial startup of my career was very challenging because after graduating from film school, I had to move back home and landed a job working as a cashier at Chick-fil-A. I was so embarrassed because I had this fancy degree, but could not put it to use. I kept my spirits up and continued to research anything related to film every day. One day the franchise owner of Chick-fil-A found out I graduated from film school and asked, if I had a link to my work. Trust and believe I had a business card in my pocket. Fast forward, a few months later I was granted the opportunity to Direct a Chick-Fil-A commercial in which I won a Telly Award in Directing, and received an Honorable Mention in the Southeast Emmy Excellence in My Market Awards. After being hired to direct the commercial, I made my production company AMB Productions official and transitioned to Atlanta, GA. Since arriving in the Hollywood of the South, I have directed numerous films, commercial, and music videos. Some of the artist include, JD McCrary (“Lion King,” “Little”), Silento, Tray Chaney, Joshua Rogers (BET “Sunday’s Best”), and Jason Nelson to name a few. It wasn’t easy, but I was determined to NEVER GIVE UP!

What is the most rewarding part for you about what you do?
The most rewarding part about being a film director is the impact that my work has on audiences. Recently, I received a DM on Instagram from someone I didn’t know, and when I opened the message, it was a video attached of a woman full of tears. Her giving her testimonial after viewing my new film “Mr. & Mrs. Ellis” really touched my heart. This woman was so full and appreciative that I tackled a story that is centered around the dark issues of molestation and the effects of staying silent. Seeing and hearing how my film touched her in such an emotional way; really reminded me of how important it is to continue to use my voice and to stay true to the stories I want to tell. If my films impact at least one person, then I did my job and that is the greatest reward.

What has been one of the biggest lessons about overcoming obstacles and failure that you have learned throughout your business journey? 

The biggest lessons that I’ve learned is that failure makes you better. I know it’s easier said than done, but failure is a part of the process and it pushes out GREAT things in each of us. I remember I submitted one of my films to over 20 film festivals, and I only got into 1 festival. I was so hurt because I thought I wasn’t a good enough director; but I later learned that rejections open doors in us that push out greatness, character, fortitude, and creativity. I may have been selected in one festival, but the response of audience members from that one festival was validating enough; reminding that I’m on the right track and making an impact. That experience has helped me overall in my business journey.

Tell us about upcoming projects you are working on?
We just finished post-production for a Calvin Klein commercial I directed, developing scripts for an upcoming feature film, booked to direct a few music videos for national chart-topping artist, and gearing up for Season 2 of my show, “Director’s Corner: with Alan M. Brooks.”

Leave us with some words of advice you can offer to aspiring and current entrepreneurs? 

I would tell aspiring and current entrepreneurs to make sure that you have a team around you that not only respects you, but understands your vision, doesn’t mind serving, who doesn’t want to secretly take your spot, and who displays the qualities of a true ride- or-die.

William “King” Hollis Releases Life Changing Book On Overcoming Suicide and Depression To Becoming One of the Top Motivational Speakers

William King Hollis is an international motivational speaker, author & coach. From being homeless to quickly becoming one of the top motivational speakers in the world, he has truly spoken his way to success. That same passion, authenticity and his unique gift of connecting to the hearts of people everywhere led him to accomplish something no speaker has ever done. In 2019 he made history by becoming the first and only paid motivational speaker featured at the highly prestigious “fashion week” held in milan italy. This proved to be a turning point and solidified him as being one of the greatest young speakers of our time. From every day listeners to celebrities, actors , professional athletes and leading corporations, his speeches continue to make him a household name in personal development.

Five hundred million views on youtube, the number one high school football speech,  and tens of thousands of subscribers later, he still continues to pursue his mission with a hunger for inspiring tomorrow’s leaders  within every community. Additionally, he has currently released his new book “The Best Gift Comes From The Bottom” which is quickly becoming a best seller and is now available in multiple languages through his website

VEU Magazine had the opportunity to speak with William about his new book and his upcoming business ventures

What are some of keys to success that you used to come from the bottom to where you are now?

I had total  belief in myself and I knew that I was meant for something greater than my circumstances. It’s a feeling so deep within you and it drives you never to give up. I held on to that feeling no matter how hard things were at the time. I knew I had a message that could inspire people, transform my life and transform the lives of others.. I never lost sight of that. This is why I can honestly say I spoke my way to success.

Words of advice for anyone struggling right now, especially during these times now

No matter how hard things may seem, you must never give up. You have a gift within you that the world needs and it’s up to you to tap into that gift.. If you don’t know what that gift is use this time to focus on finding it. We all have something we do that is easy to us and extraordinary to everyone else. So, take this time to really look at yourself and your life. Determine what you want to accomplish and go after it. Never stop thinking or dreaming big.

You’re always working on a new project. What can we expect next from you ?

I’m working on several new major projects, but I am incredibly proud of my first book being released October 4th called “The Best Gifts Come From The Bottom” . It’s really special to me because I know it’s going to help educate, inspire, and empower people to transform their lives. It’s not just a story about how I spoke my way from homelessness to being the top motivational speaker in the world. They will learn the what and the why too. Also this book is not just for aspiring speakers or people looking for motivation. This book really has something for anybody that wants to tap into their full potential. This is why everyone needs to get a copy because i’ll be sharing some things in there that will help you take your life to the next level. Aside from that I have a clothing line, several motivational speaking albums in the works and I’m in talks for movie deals as well. There’s a lot going on over at Will Smiles LLC.