Class of 2016: Houston’s Who to Watch
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/29/2016, 6:50 a.m.
Houston is a breeding ground for great talent. People here don’t rest on their ideas; they run with them to make a name both for themselves and the city. Almost every day here someone is on the rise and Houston Style aims to keep you on red alert on who to look out for. Although this is just a sampling of the talent that is bursting out of our vast city, keep an eye out for these names and faces, as they soon will be household names. Houston, meet the Class of 2016 of Who to Watch.
DJ Supastar -@IamDJSupaStar
She started out as a girl with a dream and evolved into a woman on a mission. Zelma “DJ Supastar” Lee is showing the guys in the male dominated field of spin that sistahs got skills on the one’s and two’s. Spinning for the last 15 years, DJ Supastar has gone from being Houston’s most preferred female DJ to one that is sought after by the stars. With a client list including the likes of fellow Houstonians Beyonce Knowles Carter and Kelly Rowland added with heavy hitters like the NBA and BET, the Prairie View A&M grad runs with the big dogs of the industry. And she is so down to earth using her skill set and Southern charm to rock out the smallest of gatherings to the biggest experiences. It is a talent that she not only uses to propel herself but also the next generation. In 2014, she stepped out on faith and opened a full functioning DJ School becoming the first African American to do so, The Supastar Spin Academy. She has had great success but all that falls in the shadows when it comes to her baby girl Zoe Styles Spillman, which she had with her late husband George Spillman, Jr. Zoe is not only her biggest fan but her number one priority and protégé.
Where to Watch Her: If DJ Supastar is not at the hottest affair or teaching the art of spin to her students, catch her djing on 93.7 The Beat at noon with Devi Dev and on Houston’s Fox 26 News as the “Empire” recap DJ. In 2016, she is expanding her brand with a podcast called “SupaStar Status,” introducing summer programming for her spin academy and hosting a summer series “SupaSoltice” with Djs from all over for mini concerts.
Scott David – @scottieboymusic
Call him a musical puppeteer. Not always one to be in the limelight, Scott David excels at pushing talented to the center stage. At the age of 16, he became the youngest and first African American teacher in the 113-year history of the Springfield Conservatory of Music. The Springfield, MA native is now a Houston, TX transplant as he has founded the Key Innovations Music School in our city to develop aspiring artists in all area of music. Successful alum of his tutelage includes Josh Levi of NBC's Friday Night Lights, Miss Harris County/Miss Houston, and Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony. His love of music has allowed him to work at Universal Music Group/Island Def Jam in New York City and work with Bad Boy Records, Universal Records, Capitol Records, the Pussycat Dolls, and talent from Xfactor and American Idol.
Where to Watch Him: Keep up with David on the road with his traveling artist development workshop called The Fame Camp. This new venture will have David and other celebrity choreographers and creative directors act as coaches to help future stars in major cities. This is also a philanthropic act as the camp will donate partial proceeds back into the city's music and arts programs, which is greatly needed as many schools fine arts departments are suffering.
Judge Toni M. Wallace - @lawladybug
Her career path was set to be a successful journalist after she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Toni M. Rencher Wallace started working as a production assistance then advance to the role of news producer. But soon she realized the amount travel required for the job was not her cup of tea. So Wallace followed life on a different route into the legal arena at the suggestion of her father. Now the South Texas College of Law grad has gone from presenting cases to judges to the one issuing out the law to litigants and making history in the process. She was unanimous appointment by the Commissioners Court to be a county judge in Fort Bend County. Judge Wallace began occupying the bench after being sworn into to office on January 1, 2016. When not on the bench, Judge Wallace is serving her community and doting on her handsome husband, Rev. Quinton C. Wallace and their three children.
Where to Watch Her: See Judge Wallace in her action in her courtroom at County Court at Law Number Five in Ft. Bend County. Hopefully you will be a juror or in the audience and not on the stand or in the litigants seat.
Shekira Dennis – @_politicalmaven
This young lady has been on the political fast track since stepping on the campus of Texas Southern University. From serving as a White House intern to now serving as director for major political campaigns, Shekira Dennis is igniting her community to be civically engaged. Targeting African American youth and millennial, Dennis is ensuring that those in this demographic not only get out and vote but make a difference. As the 1st Vice Chair of the Houston Black American Democrats and Director of the organization's Get Out the Vote efforts in the African-American Community she has made great strides. Although her roots are in Houston, her reach expands beyond the city. For the past three years, she has hosted an annual reception at the Congressional Black Caucus in DC for the very young to the seasoned political shakers. Her voice is most requested around the state to grab the attention of youth to get them involved in the political process. It is her passion. It is her purpose. It is her path.
Where to Watch Her: Catch Dennis anywhere there is a political call to action. She has upcoming engagements in Odessa and San Antonio to speak to millennial on their social justice activism and civic participation.
Kaylah Sharve Baker – @IamSharve
One does not have to be an adult to get their dreams in motion. Kaylah Sharve Baker proves that everyday. At the age of 17, she already has a resume that some adults would envy. Honor roll student during the week turned seasoned performer on the weekends, Sharve is putting in the hard work now so her star will shine brightly in the future. Captivating audiences with her angelic looks and larger than life sound, Sharve is gaining fans and worldwide attention. Sharve is in the best of hands for her budding career that has had her on local and national stages as an accomplished singer, songwriter, model and actress. Just as big as her voice is her heart. She started the nonprofit organization KOOL (Kreating Our Own Legacy) with her younger sister Kierra with the hopes of encouraging teens to use their creative talents, like she has, to empower the community. Through that organization she has hosted events with community partners such as MD Anderson Kids Cancer Center, Star of Hope, and many others. The sky is the limit for the teen beauty that is also the reigning Miss Black American Teen.
Where to Watch Her: Keep up with Kaylah and her upcoming shows by following her @IamSharve. Also listen to new music on YouTube.com/SharveVEVO and be watchful for her new EP and music video coming in 2016.
Bell aka “TotallyRandie” - @TotallyRandie
While it may take some a lifetime to figure out their life’s passion Bell aka “TotallyRandie” had her niche picked when she was just 15. After using her confidence and style of getting anything done, TotallyRandie landed a major interview with comedian Steve Harvey. It was from there on that she knew what she wanted to do. Slowly she began molding her brand with her popular blog www.totallyrandie.com where she dishes out what’s hot coupled with her original random content. This spawn new partnerships and projects. Joining Team Style Mag over two years ago, TotallyRandie is the outlet’s top correspondent speaking to everyday citizens to the biggest of stars. What she does best is curate content. Through her original YouTube show “It’s National Day!” that garnered 60K plus views, she gives major attention to our craziest and most interesting topics to celebrate. This has allowed her to work with such brands as TMZ, NRG (Reliant), Ashley Stewart, BET, CelebsGivesBack.org, Macy's, Sony Pictures, Kroger, Chick-Fil-A and many more.
Where to Watch Her: If Bell is not being the life of the party while hosting the hottest social events, she can be found in front of the camera as host of “It’s National Day” – www.YouTube.com/itsnationalday or on Houston Style TV at www.stylemagazine.com.
Demez White - @authordwhite
One can’t help to fall in love with this guy’s writing. No matter the subject matter Demez White can draw the reader into his works and grab hold of them so tight that they can’t let go. First releasing his affair with words on his blog www.demezw.com he started out chronicling the art of love – dating, relationship, sex, intimacy – all aspects. Both guys and girls learned how to be better givers of love and recipients of love. Not wanting to put himself in a box, White opened his writing to include more subjects when he joined the team of Houston Style Magazine to cover pressing issues of the day, sports, and rising authors. He does this while still staying true to his goal of becoming a best selling author. Even more captivating than his words is his love for family and his community. Seeing White buy a stranger in need a meal or slipping them a couple of dollars or performing any act of random kindness is not out of the ordinary for him. He plans to do more acts of goodwill during Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14-20, in which he will giveaway haircuts, lunches, team sponsorships and hold a scholarship essay drive.
Where to Watch Him: Look for Demez White’s name on the aisles of your bookstore. With two novels already in circulation, he is taking on the lofty task in 2016 of releasing three new novels. Redliners, which is a science fiction/ war/ romance/ suspense thriller based in a post WW3 America, will debut in late February, early March. A Sister’s Love, which will focus on the life journey of 4 sisters and how their love for each other pulls them apart at times but untimely brings them closer together, is set to debut in the middle of 2016. And finally Redliners: WW3, which will be a series of short stories that tell the story of how WW3 changed the world and left us in a place with no women, will be released at the end of 2016.
Raegan Allene Boutte - @rae_allene
Just call her a lover of all things good. Raegan Allene Boutte is one that likes to take the good things of life and share them with others. That good can come from her many loves of anything dealing with fashion, food, film, blogging, dancing, or culture. Her heart sings the loudest when dealing with the fine arts. As a graduate of the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Boutte has always had a soft spot for cultivating them in Houston. She was given that chance when she joined the Houston Style Magazine team. Utilizing her knowledge of the art form, inquisitive mind to know more, and desire to tell a great story, Boutte is Houston Style’s art critic covering play, film, and production openings in Houston’s downtown to across the coast in Los Angeles, California. Writing about the arts is only one of Boutte’s talents, she is also influencing others through art with her organization, Oriska Foundation. Working hand-in-hand with her brother Quinton Boutte, the pair are gelling art and ministry to give back to the Houston Christian community. Understanding that fine arts are usually reserved for children of privilege, Boutte is breaking down that barrier to give kids access and expose them to a new way of thinking.
Where to Watch Her: Look for Boutte as she launches new projects under the Oriska Foundation umbrella and community partnerships. She is also seeking funding for grants to help further students’ education that are involved with her organization. Lastly, catch her opening night at most productions with her keen eye and vivid commentary of today’s hottest productions.
Parish M. Blair – @Parishmblair
Bringing light and synergy to the mind, body and spirit is what keeps Parish M. Blair going daily. A near death experience caused this transforming shift in her life that allowed her to reevaluate and repurpose herself. It is her belief that God led her down this path to harmonize sensuality, sexuality and spirituality. Blair is a globetrotter going from one end to the next teaching students how to create anything they choose to do, be or have in their lives by creating synergy between body, mind and spirit. As a Vibrational Alignment Consultant, she has described her work as "the most amazing experience of living each day in purpose and full of passion while assisting others in doing the same." Her clients include NBC, CBS, CNN, personalities from TV and radio and more. Blair is also the executive producer and host of Mindful Living Media. See her on YouTube as the sun comes up for Good Mindful Morning where she gives positive insight to start your new day. Be on look out for Blair on www.stylemagazine.com as she is the newest member of the Houston Style fam.
Where to Watch Her: Blair has a myriad of events happening in 2016. In February, she kicks off the Parish Blair Love Affair Tour in Houston. She launches a second tour Sisters of Sexuality in Atlanta for March 2016 and June 2016. Later on in the year Parish goes international with speaking engagements in Jamaica, Ibiza and Barcelona, Spain.
Keep your eyes open Houston for this is the bunch to watch in 2016. As their star grows stick your chest out with pride as they are Houston’s own shining a light on what makes this the best city in the world.
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