Filmed, interviewed, edited & shared by LaRon Batchelor.

Category: Circle of Influence


  • Omar Dubois: Writer, Thinker on GOD MC, NY Currency, Editorial, Brits & The Gift

    New Story: Omar Dubois: writer, music curator, brand guru and all-round creative talent. Via Ghana, Brazil, London and now living in NYC. Omar got his start as Music Editor at TRACE Magazine and went on to write for publications that include Interview, Dazed & Confused, The Fader and The Financial Times’ How To Spend It. He’s presently working on “GOD MC” – a monograph on musician/cultural icon Jay-Z.

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  • MAJORS: Entrepreneur, Detroit, NYC, Ugly Puppy & Taking Risk

    New DetroitNYC Story: An entrepreneur of many talents. Actor, Musician & Marketing/PR guy. Majors was born in Detroit and moved to NYC 10 years ago to make moves and take risk to get closer to his dream. While walking thru downtown NYC, i bumped into Majors. The conversation ranges from difference btwn Detroit and NYC, why people dont take risk and connecting in NYC. “Success Exist 4 Those That Take Risk’ Majors

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  • Creative from the Heart: Detroit Entrepreneur, GM, “Learn Floral Design”, Giving & $2.50

    New Detroit Story: In February, my family and I were looking for a florist for a special occasion. After we sorted our order of flowers, I was captured by Lily’s enthusiasm and passion. I took out my camera and asked if she mind if I filmed and shared her story about her company Creative From The Heart. She is running a floral shop from her home..a floral home. Her story is inspirational to say the least. Nursing, General Motors, being saved and a husband that made her live on $2.50 a week. Lily is strong optimistic woman to say the least.Honestly, she represents the spirit of survival and bringing dreams to life. It is no surprise the celebrities when they are in Detroit call on Lily.

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  • Knucklehead: Music Intern, Ukraine, Brooklyn & Parents Dont Understand

    NEW NYC Story: Meet 20 yr old Bobby. Born in Ukraine, Raised in Brooklyn and loves HipHop. I met him outside of the DD172 space in Tribeca where he is interning in the music studio. Damon Dash’s DD172 compound houses an art gallery, a music studio, a television network and a magazine.

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  • Stacey McKenzie: The Scout, Jean Paul Gaultier, Workshops & Passion

    New Story: Stacey McKenzie has worked for Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Oldham, Michiko Koshino and Jean Paul Gaultier. Her magazine covers include Essence, Le Monde and Panache, as well as editorials in Vogue (US, Japan, Korea, Britain, Spain), Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Flare, Fashion, and Vibe. I randomly met up with Stacey over the July 4th NYC weekend. Like many I know of Stacey but until I did not really know her story. Stacey shares her inspiring story of passion as her anchor to accomplish her goal of being a model although everyone told her she did not have the “look”.

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  • Jason Harper: Vanity Fair, New Mexico, Aston Martin & Travel Writing

    Let’s take a ride with fellow entrepreneur, Jason H. Harper – The Writer. Having worked in the magazine and publishing worlds for 15 years, Jason Harper writes about travel, cars and lifestyle. He pens a weekly column about exotic cars and luxury travel for Bloomberg News, and has written for Condé Nast Traveler, New York […]

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  • Dusty Wright: William Morris, Wild Pitch, Creem Magazine, Culture Catch & NYC

    A NEW STORY: I stop by NYC’s STILL LIFE hats to film the owner Frenel’s story and he is busy with customers as usual. But he says you 2 should meet “you’re both into the same thing”. Meet Dusty Wright. Dusty is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince’s New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He’s also a singer/songwriter who has released 3 solo CDs, and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was an agent at the William Morris Agency! And while I film conversations with small businesses, entrepreneurs & everyday people, Dusty has been doing similar interviews but with celebrities as the founder and host of The Culture Catch.

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  • Queens Library Rally(6.03.10): The Kids Have Something To Say

    A SPECIAL REPORT: Yesterday afternoon, I heard the sounds of kids chanting “Save our Library”. I live across the street. I grabbed my camera….. Faced with the prospect of closing 14 local branches, reducing hours at an additional 34 locations and laying off as many as 400 employees, Queens Library officials, Kids and parents gathered at the Woodhaven location and rallied Tuesday. This story is from the angle of the kids and their guitar teacher.

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  • Hakim Green: Young Genious, Hip-Hop Education, Newark Entrepreneurship & LIFE

    A NEW JERSEY STORY: Meet East-Orange,NJ born Hakim Green. A former School Teacher, Member of Channel Live. and now Executive Director of The FOR LIFE INITIATIVE . I spent the day with Hakim in Newark witnessing his passion to stem gang violence.

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  • Joan Morgan: Poetry, Salsa, Jamaica & 3 Interpretations

    A New Story: Meet Joan Morgan. Entrepreneur. Writer. Mother and loved and admired by many including yours truly. Joan was one the first people I met in NYC back in June 1992. This is a story about Joan filmed at her Spur Tree Birthday soire from the interpretation of 3 of her girlfriends. “Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist and author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist and entertainent writer, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice before having her work published by Vibe, Interview, MS, More, Spin, Giant and numerous other publications. Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence and one of the original staff writers at VIBE, Joan Morgan is the author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost — a fresh, witty, and irreverent book that marks the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive, and engaging young social commentators in America today.

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