Inside of the Mind of a Saved Warrior Who’s Soul Bouncing His Way to the Top.

Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC

Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr:  Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.

You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?

Walt-Leon:  I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.

VLBJ:  You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?

WL:  Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.

VLBJ:  You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?

WL:  S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.

VLBJ:  How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?

WL:  That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.

VLBJ:  Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?

WL:  Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.

I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.

VLBJ:  Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?

WL:  As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.

Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.

Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.

Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general.  Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.

My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.

VLBJ:  I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce.  I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.

WL:  What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.

The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.

VLBJ:  You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about? 

WL:  I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.

VLBJ:  Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?

WL:  4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.

VLBJ:  What are your other goals and aspirations?

WL:  My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.

VLBJ:  What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?

WL:  My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.

VLBJ:  Can you tell us about your creating process?

WL:  I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.

I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.

VLBJ:  Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?

WL:  Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!

VLBJ:  Where are people most likely to see your works? 

WL:  People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.

VLBJ:  Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?

WL:  I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.

I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.  

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

WL:  I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

WL:  Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.

VLBJ:  Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?

WL:  I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.

VLBJ:  Is there anything else you want people to know?

WL:  I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life.

 

Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.

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FB: http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic

IG & Twitter: @walt_leon

YouTube: WaltLeonMusicTV.

 

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com.

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True Kings Society – Empowering the Community Through Love and Hope

FullSizeRender (5)If you have been following Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. you may have noticed the eye catching shirts with powerful messages that he has been wearing.  These messages promote “More Love, Less Hate”, as well as looking past our ethnicity and focusing on being united as “Humans”. Recently,  Mr. Buggs and 4-U-Nique Publishing caught up with founders and owners of True Kings Society the brand Vid loves to endorse.  Like 4-U-Nique Publishing, True Kings Society prides itself as being unique and diverse, while providing a message of hope, love, and empowerment. 

 

4-U-Nique Publishing:  Tell us about yourselves and what True Kings Society is about.

True Kings Society:      We are lifelong friends. Both of us graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL. We both envisioned a way to be successful as well as help the community. These goals were the forces that created True Kings Society. True Kings Society is a brand who focuses on the Black Community Empowerment and influencing our Culture to live Royally!

4UNP:   What made you two get involved in fashion?

TKS:     Growing up we both had sense of style. We figured we could use the fashion industry to spread influential messages we look to bring through our Brand.

4UNP:   What sets you apart from others who are in the fashion industry?

TKS:     We feel that we are in a totally different lane than other brands because we don’t just sell fashion. We sell hope, love, and empowerment.

4UNP:   What advice would you have for anyone looking to get into fashion?

TKS:     Don’t compromise; don’t follow trends; and use fashion as a way to express yourself. Also, when things seem tough, keep God first and work harder.

4UNP:   If you could work with or hold a conversation with anyone past, present, or future who would they be?

Eric:     I would definitely go back and talk to the 12 year old version of myself. With all the knowledge life has given me, I could save my younger self from future pain and struggle.

Andre:  I would want to talk to the world’s first black billionaire to spend some time picking their brain, to find out how they mapped their way to such an amazing financial status, even with the struggles presented today for most people.

4UNP:   Who are you inspirations personally and in the fashion world?

Eric:     My personal inspirations would be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Tupac, and my dad. In the fashion world it would be Sean Combs and Daymond John.

Andre:  My personal inspirations would be my mom who is my hero and my late uncle Daron Avery. Daymond John would be my fashion industry inspiration because I see many similarities in how both of our dreams came about.

4UNP:   What is the most recent book you’ve read? Who are your favorite authors?

Eric:     The most recent book I read was Revolutionary Suicide by Henry P. Newton. My favorite author would be Michael E. Dickerson.

Andre:  I recently read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.  I am currently reading Daymond John’s Power of Broke. I don’t really have a favorite author because I’m a fan of everyone honestly.

4UNP:   Shameless plug. You both need to read You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving by Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and other books published by 4-U-Nique Publishing. You will really be doing yourself a favor.

4UNP:   What are your 2017 goals?

TKS:     2017 goals will be expanding our business as well as becoming more involved in our community.

4UNP:   Where can our audience find your apparel? DO you have a website? Any Social Media platforms?

TKS:     Currently we have Facebook and Instagram pages active @truekingssociety. We also have merchandise available for purchase on our website truekingssociety.bigcartel.com .

4UNP:   What message do you want to leave with anyone reading this interview?

TKS:     Never try to plan for God’s plan, go in the direction he leads you.

 

Go to http://www.truekingssocietybigcartel.com to get your shirts today. All supporters of 4-U-Nique Publishing and Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. are able to use code: Kings, for a special discount.

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Mixing it Up and Getting Dirty with the Hottest DJ in the Game.

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Diana Hawkes is a beautiful ambitious go getter who is turning heads all around the country. Captivating ears with her musical blends is just one reason all eyes and ears are staying tuned to her every move.  Dirty Di isn’t your average DJ; the Hampton, VA native has a drive that is unmatched and is dead serious about building her empire.  Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-on and gets dirty with this unique DJ to learn the keys to her success.

 

VLBJ:  What inspired you to become a DJ?

DJ Dirty Di: My dad and brother inspired me to be a DJ; they both used to DJ. I would attend the events with them and perform dance moves while they were on stage.

VLBJ:  You are in an industry that is male dominated. You being a lady DJ and a successful one at that is pretty unique; how did you overcome any obstacles you may have faced on your journey?

DJ Dirty Di: Well a lot of the males in the DJ industry have helped me become the DJ I am today.  The only obstacle I’ve faced so far is guys trying to mix business with pleasure, but that’s it.

VLBJ:  If someone wanted to become a DJ, what advice would you offer them?

DJ Dirty Di: I would say learn about the craft and all of the equipment you would need first.  Then watch DJ tutorials on YouTube, if you don’t know any DJ that can teach you some techniques.

VLBJ: I’m a huge Nas fan probably the biggest one you’ll ever meet. Who’s your favorite Hip Hop artist?

DJ Dirty Di: My favorite Hip Hop artist is Nas.  I’ve been a fan since 93′, so I don’t if you’re the biggest fan or not, lol.

VLBJ:  What other music genres are you interested in?

DJ Dirty DI: I love all music but my favs are R & B and Hip Hop. I also like Pop, Go-Go, Reggae and Country music.

VLBJ:  They call you DJ Dirty Di? How did you get the name Dirty?

DJ Dirty Di: I got the name Dirty from the Michael Jackson song “Dirty Diana“. My real name is Diana; I was named after Diana Ross, the same person MJ wrote the song about lol. Once that song came out it was a wrap because everyone called me Dirty after that. I’m nothing like the song though, lol.

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world what would you be?

DJ Dirty Di: I would be exactly what I am, A DJ!

VLBJ:  If you could work with or have a conversation with anybody past, present, or in the future, who would they be?

DJ Dirty Di: I would love to work with Nas, Angie Martinez, Taraji P. Henson, Big Tigger, Beyonce, Karen Civil, and Rihanna.

VLBJ:  What kind of books do you like to read?

DJ Dirty Di: I love to read anything about the Hip-Hop Culture, Urban Fiction, and Astrology.

VLBJ:  What’s the last book you read?

DJ Dirty Di: The last book I read was The 48 Laws of Power.

VLBJ:  I have a few of your mixtapes; have to tell you I love them. What is your method to putting together a successful mixtape?

DJ Dirty Di: Thank you so much for downloading my mixtape.  I really appreciate it.  My method to putting together a mixtape is coming up with a name for the mixtape and then finding songs that can relate to the title.

VLBJ:  Where can our followers find your mixtapes?

DJ Dirty Di: All of my mixtapes can be found on my website www.DJDIRTYDI.com.  They can also be found on Mixcloud, AudioMack, and a couple are on Datpiff; just search DJ DIRTY DI.

VLBJ:  Where can we hear you DJ?

DJ Dirty Di: You can hear me DJ on CheeseTownRadio.com every Sunday from 1pm-3pm by downloading the CheeseTown Radio app or listening on www.CheeseTownRadio.com.  I spin at various locations and they are all posted on my Instagram page @DJDIRTYDI

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

DJ Dirty Di: The next upcoming event I have will be the 4th Annual Heartbeat Gala at Half Moone in Norfolk,VA, on Friday, February 3, 2017.  I’m dropping my calendar and my Love Below vol. 2 mixtape in February.  My new TV show “Dirty’s Den” comes out in March on VAMTV.com.

VLBJ:  What are goals do you have for the New Year?

DJ Dirty Di: My goals for the New Year are to drop a mixtape every month, launch my new TV show, and work on my brand.

VLBJ:  Where can your fans follow you? Do you have a website and any social media profiles?

DJ Dirty Di: Yes, fans can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat by following DJ Dirty Di. My Facebook name is Diana “DJ Dirty Di’ Nicole and can like my DJ Dirty Di page.  My website is www.DJDIRTYDI.com

VLBJ:  What message do you want to leave anyone reading this interview with?

DJ Dirty Di: You can do anything you set your mind to.  Don’t let anyone discourage you from your plan and NEVER give up.

 

Don’t Forget to Download the DJ Dirty Di App Now from Google Play or the App Store!!

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

How the Underdog Became the Overachiever.

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Meticulous; Perfectionist; Multi-talented; Overachiever! There are the words many use to describe me. Many believe my work ethic and competitive nature come from being the middle child and the only male child in my family. People say being a middle child I had to fight for my parents’ attention which made me work harder and compete with my sisters. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Attention is something I never craved. This is over reason I’ve never been comfortable talking about my accomplishments, and why I shy away from the spotlight. Truth is I have always marched to my own beat. As a child and now, I enjoy spending most of my time alone.

My competitiveness is probably a balance of genetics and something I was taught. For many reasons I have always been counted out, doubted, or looked down upon. I was always the smallest kid when playing sports, so most of the time I was picked last and picked on.  Although, I was very smart in school and had a high IQ (gifted area), I struggled with reading and had speech issues.  I remember being pulled out of class to meet with my speech specialist. I dreaded reading out loud in class because I was sure to get laughed at.

Overcoming challenges is in my blood. I overcame my challenges by accepting that I was the underdog. When I was four or five years old, my dad told me I had to work 10 times as hard in order to be accepted in this world. I took what he told me and an attitude of being slighted with me in every situation I faced. Every slight, joke, or doubt anyone cast upon me fueled me. When people didn’t pick me for a sport, I worked hard for many hours; working on multiple skills in that sport. When I became one of the best, I worked even harder, telling myself that others still doubt me.  I read tirelessly and I practiced my speaking endlessly, in order to improve my reading and speech problems.

When I reached high school my guidance counselor told my mom that I wasn’t “smart enough” to participate in advanced academic classes (college prep and AP classes). My mom told me, “You have to prove her wrong”.  She didn’t have to tell me this; I was already dialed in from the moment I heard the phrase, “isn’t smart enough”.  Once again I was being slighted. What was my response? I took interest in any and everything, just to prove how smart I was.

I would finish my work so fast that I would get bored and disrupt the class by talking or walking the halls. I rarely took home homework. My parents, teachers, and friends wondered how I was able to get great grades, be involved in extracurricular activities, and still hang out with my friends; yet I hardly seemed to crack open a book.  I had a secret; my visualization and memorialization skills were above average. All I had to do was to look at something, focus on what I saw for a few moments, and I would remember the image. Due to this, I was able to solve problems and answer questions very quickly. Sometimes too quickly; which led me to miss a plus/minus sign in a math answer or a word when writing.

I applied this skill to everything I did. I basketball, all I had to do is see someone do a move once, visualized myself doing it in slow motion, and then I was able to do the same exact move. Sometimes even faster and better than the person who performed the move. While others slept or partied, I planned, researched, and visualized.  I outworked everyone. I am multi-talented and I accomplished all that I set out to do, because I am very meticulous in my learning process and practice. I am a perfectionist, so I stay up late thinking of ways to improve something or ways to accomplish something in the most efficient way possible. Often, simple blunders will cause me to stay up because I want to figure out why I messed up and how to fix it so it will not happen again.

I push myself to limits that few people dare to push themselves. I can do this because I am willing to work harder, smarter, and more efficient than most people. The words “you can’t” or “you will never”, sticks in my head. Those words ring in my head and because of this I push harder and harder. This is the reason I move in silence and hardly advertise my accomplishments.  Also, because of the doubt thrust upon me, I will never doubt or tell anyone what they can’t achieve.

I am a so called “mover and shaker” because I was blessed with so many God-given abilities; it is my due to use them to the best of my capability. I am an Overachiever because I am the underdog.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.