“Where Did You Get That?” Interview with Andre Greaves of Seeled Clothing {Diamond In The Rough}

  I love many things.  One of my favorite things is when you have on a great article of clothing and someone says to you, “Where did you get that?”  I usually just smile and say “It was a gift” or “I don’t remember.”  The cause for these “white lies” is evident.  I don’t want anybody to look like me.  It’s slightly egocentric but a necessary evil when you are attempting to have your own unique style signature.

Seeled Clothing is a t-shirt line for men.  The bold lines and artistic designs make for a great conversation piece.  The t-shirt and jeans is the epitome of the easy-going effortless “I just threw this on” look.  It is the nucleus of several layering options.  The colors are vibrant and eye-catching.

I had the privilege of interviewing Andre Greaves, one of the creators of Seeled.  He explained his passion, his product and what we can look forward to in the future!

SYMACMU:  “Seeled” is an acronym for : See Everything Everywhere Lose Emotions Gain Dedication. Who came up with the name for the clothing line?  Why is it important to lose emotions?

AG: I did. Emotions are sometimes the downfall of success and me and my partner both being two strong-minded individuals/family we have to take the good with the bad and not worry about emotions slowing down the mark we want to make on the fashion world.

SYMACMU: What is the best part of working with your business partner, Myron “King Kage”? Who else contributes heavily to the Seeled creative process?

AG:The best part of working with Kage is he is a Go Getter! His experience and knowledge he gained being in the Music Industry has been vital to our success and a big part of the relationships we have built along the way. Anasa Greaves is our Creative Designer she brings our motto “Wearable Art” and the uniqueness to life in all our pieces.

SYMACMU: At Shutyamouthandcallmeugly.com we believe passion is the space between wanting something and needing something.  What are you passionate about? Do you think your passion is conveyed in the designs of Seeled Clothing?

AG: Positive change, one of our pieces called “Goes Around” is inspired by the prevention of gun violence it shows the effect guns have on the families of the victims and the families of the shooters. Definitely, all of our pieces show individuality, which stems from our passion to blur the lines between Vintage, Streetwear, and S.L.A.T.E.

SYMACMU: Do you consider yourself to be successful? Why or why not?

AG: I am blessed to see my dreams evolve from an idea to now coming to life. I have so much support from family, friends, and fans who believe in the Seeled movement, so yes I feel successful.

SYMACMU: Who is the target demographic for Seeled Clothing?  Is it the business man? The college student? The “thug”? The single father?

AG:All of the above, anyone who begs to be different and wants to express themselves through style and fashion is Seeled Clothing’s target.

SYMACMU: Where can one purchase your clothes?  Will the prices rise as the brand gains notoriety?

 AG :    www.seeledclothing.com, I would like to say, “no.”Honestly, I can’t answer that because of how quickly the fashion world changes and more importantly what it takes to stay competitive and unique.

SYMACMU: What about the women?  Are you thinking of starting a line for women?

AG: (He smiles) We talk a lot about a woman’s line because of all the support our males line has received from both men and woman so don’t be surprised! The most important thing at this point is mastering one project at a time.

By: Shaun M Nickens       

——->>>>>>>>You can see more designs and SHOP at : www.seeledclothing.com you can also follow Seeled on Twitter @SeeledClothing

Feel free to leave comments for Andre and you can email any questions you may have for him to: shutyamouthandcallmeugly@gmail.com!!!!


Filling the Void-Interview With Figgy of “The Wealth Club” {Diamond In The Rough}



Music has a way of dragging you out of the monotony of a dreary day.  Music creates paradise in the midst of poverty.  Music set scenes.  You ever hear a song and it remind you of an ex? Or hear a song that causes you to drive your car faster, lift more weight at the gym, or maybe even run further?  I’ve always loved all music but hip hop touches me in a special place.  I used to listen to my older cousins Big Daddy Kane album on my tape deck.  I would blast Queen Latifah “Black Reign” through the house until my father said I had to turn it down because it had too much profanity.  That being said, I am so pleased to feature an up and coming artist on the blog!  The following is an interview with Figgy of The Wealth Club. 

1) What inspired you to form the group?

When I was in high school, I wanted to “Restore Hip-Hop to its natural state” and all that other hipster, hype beast bull. But as we started to vibe with each other and make music together we realized that we were filling a void. We were making the music that we wanted to hear, not the music being forced on us thru radio, TV, and other mainstream media outlets. So I guess our inspiration came from being sick and tired of doing the Soulja Boy

2) Name the members of the group and one unique talent they contribute to the eclecticism you offer to the music industry as a whole.

We’re made up of a myriad of talents. From producers, to promoters, all the way down to haters. But Hook, GP! & I (Figgy F) are the faces of the Wealth Club. Hook brings the raw, unadulterated lyricism (That Brooklyn Sh*t), plus he’s the hook master (Hence the name, hook lol). GP! Is our wildcard, he’s a singer turned rapper, turned singer, turned potent artist. It’s almost indescribable. He’s bringing something absolutely fresh to the industry. I always find it very difficult to talk about what I bring to the table. Along with Hook & GP! I feel like I have the ability to give the listener direct insight into my life. You don’t see that anymore in hip-hop. People are often living vicariously through their predecessors while we’re just trying to let you know what we’re doing right now.

3) At Shutyamouthandcallmeugly.com we believe that passion is the space between wanting something and needing something.   What are you passionate about and do you think it comes forth in your music?

Enlightenment, I’d like to think that we live in an age where you’re judged by your intellect and the content of your character rather than your class or skin color. Here at the Wealth Club we strive to be the voice of the thinkers, the voice of the intellectuals, the voice of the people who want to see this world become not only a better place, but a place that embraces individuality.

4) Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

We don’t have one. We can’t have one. We draw influence from everywhere. Shout out to Kanye West though lol.


5) Which one of your songs is your personal favorite?

“Snapshot Music” It’s about 10 mins long but it seems like 3 and it features almost everyone who was involved with our movement at the time. It was like the summary of our first summer together.

6) Wealth Club will be featured in the “Diamond In The Rough” section of the blog. That section is being developed as stomping grounds for entrepreneurs, aspiring artists, and community fixtures that I believe shouldn’t be overlooked and need exposure.   What is your plan B if you don’t reach your desired level of success as a musician? What “rough” circumstances have you had to overcome to get noticed?

You don’t need a Plan B when Plan A is paying off lol. We never imagined ourselves as top-notch main stream major label artists. When it’s all said and done, I still want to be able to go to Mc Donald’s. We still want to be regular people; we want to influence the people with our music rather than our celebrity. As far as overcoming rough circumstances, I mean that’s what we do every day. We’re on the grind until we change the world.


If you have any questions for The Wealth Club please comment and/or inbox me at ShutYaMouthAndCallMeUgly@gmail.com!!!

My Interview With Cinderella of When We Were Queens Skin Care and Cosmetics-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

When you come into When We Were Queens you will most likely be greeted with a huge smile and a warm embrace and a kiss on both cheeks!  Most people don’t even get that kind of treatment from their own family members!  In the store is drapery and colorful displays for the customers.  There will more than likely be a video playing from The Honorable Minister  Louis Farrakhan in the background.  There are books available for purchase, both urban fiction and self-help/instructional.  There are display cases with foundations, bronzers, eyeshadows, lipcolors, cleansers (for men and women), toners, moisturizers, and a whole heap of other products to enhance the aesthetic beauty you have.  The friendships, love, and community atmosphere in When We Were Queens will nourish the innate inner beauty you have!  Listen to this short interview with skin care specialist and award-winning makeup artist, Cinderella    

Listen to the story about how tragedy can sometimes motivate one for change…

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You want flawless and radiant skin? Its easier than you think!

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“Without God and you, we truly cannot survive”

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Dressed in my classic “get up and go” outfit, I interviewed Cinderella in black spandex tights, a t-shirt, my hair in a big poof and I was adorned in my favorite silver earrings that are almost the size of my head!  Boyyyyyyyyyy did Cindy have words for me :-o!  Stressing inner beauty as well as outer, Cinderella has challenged us as young women to “cover up that beautiful body”  and leave some things to the imagination!

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She has advice for running a successful business, finding a decent man, self-respect, and of course skin care!

Cinderella is available for Weddings, Makeovers, and Classes.  She is located at : 186-15 Merrick Blvd Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

Some services include:

Designer Eyebrows 15

Bridal Consultation 45

Prom 40

Facial 45+

Makeovers 50+

Stop in for any product and/or service and mention : ShutYaMouthAndCallMeUgly.com or Diamond in the Rough and get a % off of your purchase!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Shaun Melissa Nickens