J Photos: DMV Track Stars Presented by Made in the DMV

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My curiosity got the best of me. I’m “not a rapper,” but I had to check out my first Made in the DMV event this past Monday, Aug. 15 at the Blind Whino. DMV Track Stars is an event for artists and producers to gain exposure and feedback in front of a panel of music industry professionals and their peers. As the night progressed, the space filled with music-lovers, friends, and family to support the up and coming artists showcasing their latest material. Definitely a dope event, keep an eye out for the next one!

J Video: HuffPost Live ‘The MF Life’

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On Wednesday, February 6 Melanie Fiona sat down with HuffPost Live correspondent Nancy Redd to discuss how she got her start in the industry, how she has sustained her career, and her 2013 Grammy Nomination for her single “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” She even answered some questions from fans around the world via Skype and Google+.

Melanie may not be on every tabloid or gossip blog, but she has something that most musicians do not — two Grammys, for her work on “Fool For You” with CeeLo Green.

I appreciated her honesty, particularly when asked about her lowest point (09:30 mark). She spoke poignantly about taking the necessary steps to ensure her mental health during a difficult period following her first tour with Alicia Keys.

This was my first time coming across a segment on HuffPost Live, but I will definitely check it out again —it is a really cool concept. For those who are late (like me) find more information about HuffPost Live here.

P.S. Her Gucci boots are fab!!