Cody Ferguson

2018-02-13 06:16:18 nstyle

Baltimore rapper, Cody Ferguson discuses  life and all things music with N’Style Atlanta. Growing up in the inner cities of Baltimore wasn’t easy, but his love for his craft kept him motivated. At a very young age, Cody hit the stage at age 12. He studied fine arts and music production at AIU,  but shortly after had to returned home to Baltimore to focus on his family. Cody or “Fergustein”, as he’s often refereed to as, continues to shine, because of his charisma and amazing talents; and has no plans on slowing down. Check out his interview and be sure to follow his upcoming projects! 

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Ayanna Gregory, Daughter Of The Struggle

2018-01-23 00:59:01 nstyle

Singer, Activist, and educator Ayanna Gregory is no stranger to the industry. Her vivacious personality and passion for her craft was evident during a media teleconference held in preparation for her upcoming stage play, “Daughter of The Struggle.”  Ayanna spoke freely about her spirituality, inspiration, and her love for her father with Latoya Heyward and other media outlets, and gave a vivid look inside of what life was like growing up as the daughter of a legend.

Lisa Gee (Publicist): Ayanna has joined the called everyone.

Ayanna:  Hello guys. Thanks for having me!

Media:  I’ve been following your journey for some time and notice that you do a lot of meditation. Tell me, what made you get into meditation?

Ayanna: That’s a great question. We didn’t go to church much, but we had church at home.  Mediation was all I had and was something I owned.  I became possess and ancestors seem to come through me when I meditate and it was a way for me to connect with my deeper self.

Media:  What inspires you?

Ayanna:  I always asked myself what I wanted to be remembered for.  I always wanted to be remembered for a healing voice.  I love to travel and had an opportunity to travel all over the world, and I remembered it all beginning to feel the same. No matter where I traveled and performed, it all felt the same.  It wasn’t always like that; but when I started focusing on touching people, I no longer worried so much about remembering the lyrics of the song. I just focused on performing and giving off a higher vibration.

Latoya: Being the daughter of the late Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory, I know you had an opportunity to meet so many amazing people.  Aside from your father, who gave the soundest advice that always stuck with you?

Ayanna:  You know, I remember meeting Bob Marley at the age of six.  At that time I didn’t know who Bob Marley really was; I just knew he was a good friend of dads. I remember him always being so pleasant. I learned so much from Stevie Wonder. He’s such a humble and authentic human.  He always shows what it look like to be kind.  In this industry, people come with a sense of entitlement.  But Stevie was never like that.

I remember sitting on Mohammad Ali lap at four or five years old. I remember walking behind my dad with Marvin Gaye.  I was blessed to feel the presence of a higher vibration, because my dad was friends with all of these amazing people.

But I would always remember the advice that Ben Vereen gave me.  We were at an event that Oprah was hosting and dad was being honored.  I had on a dress that was so tight that I couldn’t even breathe (chuckled).  I would never forget Ben Vereen walking up to me at the event and whispering in my ear, “JUST BREATHE.”  He placed his hands over my heart, and I remember becoming so calm.  We then walked outside in the lobby and he told me I would never feel comfortable in this environment.  He said, “I know who you are. Your gift is not for their world.”  I remember he had on a hat that said, “Spiritual Enforcer.”  He was definitely that.  I felt like he understood me and we had never talked before.  We had conversations a few times after that.  He would always seem to call at the right times; times when I forgot to “JUST BREATHE.”

Latoya: That’s amazing. I really love your vibe and spirit.  Tell me, what do you miss most about your father?

Ayanna:  My father was thoroughly unique.  He was loved, because he didn’t fear talking about certain issues.  It would be times as a child that I knew so much proprietary information to the point my head wanted to explode.  People would call my father and tell him things; and he would hold on to it.  What I love most about my father was that everyone was the same to him.  I remember Bill Cosby calling the house on a weekly basis or one week he may be with Mohammad Ali, and the next week we were in Mississippi talking to sharecroppers. That’s just who my fathers was.  My dad didn’t care!  He dealt with spirituality and high vibration and people respected him for that. Dad had three assassination attempts on his life, but that never stopped him from fighting and standing up for what he believed in.  So, my sense of responsibility has heightened to keep his legacy alive.


Final Remarks

Ayanna:  My play, “Daughter of Struggle” will be at Morehouse College on February 12th, 2018.  This is a free event and is open to the public.  I encourage everyone to come out and see it.  I don’t just want the audience to be filled with college students, but high school students as well.  I will be out doing motivational speaking in the schools and I really look forward to connecting to the community on a deeper level.

For more information about the play, go to

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Meet Jarvis Mays

2018-01-15 16:40:44 nstyle

Father, Songwriter, and Singer, Jarvis J Mays hit the music scene at a very young age with his ability to hold a note and his charming personality. Jarvis prides himself on not only being a singer, but holding many titles in this competitive industry. With a new reality show on the horizon, “TheAmaySing Twins,” starring him and his twin brother, Jarvis  sat down with N’Style Atlanta to discuss all things music, some of his musical influences, and what we can expect from him this year.

Check out the interview HERE!

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Meet Mr. Hanky

2017-09-25 02:57:47 nstyle

N’Style Atlanta Host Jett Blakk interviews Super Producer Mr. Hanky. Click here to WATCH NOW!

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WHEN LOVE KILLS Atlanta Red Carpet Screening

2017-08-28 19:34:10 nstyle

TV One hosted the Atlanta premiere for the upcoming original film, “WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story” on Wednesday, August 9th at Regal Atlantic Station to a packed theater of over 400 attendees. “WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story,” marks the feature-length directorial debut for Tasha Smith and stars Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and also guest stars Floyd Mayweather, Big Freedia and Lil Zane.

Special guests in attendance of last night’s screening included: Ferrari, Trina Braxton, Terri J. Vaughn, Syleena Johnson, Quad, Pastor Troy, Irv Gotti, Blu Kimble, Cocoa Brown, Dawn Halfkenny, Demetria McKinney, Willie Moore Jr., LeLee Lyons, Nicci Gilbert, Gary Hayes, Roger Bobb and more.

Check out Latoya Heyward’s Red Carpet Interviews HERE!

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WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story tells the tragic true story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom from Atlanta who grows up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, Dino. His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games, and she’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives. When Love Kills stars Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and also guest stars Floyd Mayweather, Big Freedia and Lil Zane.

“WHEN LOVE KILLS: The Falicia Blakely Story” premieres on TV One, Monday, August 28th at 9/8c.


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Tori Williams

2017-08-18 20:45:18 nstyle

Love is in the air and who know more about that than celebrity wedding and event planner Tori Williams. Tori Williams Events has become the most talked about event planning company in Atlanta. Featured on the hit show Little Women Atlanta, Williams has taken sophistication to another level with her exquisite taste and elegant details. Latoya Heyward recently toured and interviewed Williams at her fabulous studio in Snellville, GA. Learn more about her amazing journey here.

Part One: Tori Williams Interview

Part Two: Inside Tori Wiliams TW Events Studio

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Alex B.

2017-08-12 21:35:47 nstyle

N’Style Atlanta sat down with music sensation, Alex B to discuss his love for music and upcoming projects. He is the newest artist under Love and Hip Hop star Yandy Smith management. With songs like, “Will You Be My Girl,” and “Come To My Hood,” Alex B has been making music for over a decade. His diverse music style make it hard to categorize him; although he is often compared to Justin Bieber. The 17 year star is currently in Atlanta, going through Yandy Smith artist boot camp and working with the hottest producers. His love for music is evident, and his passion to win is infinite.

Check out this exclusive interview!!

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Sound Selecta: DJ RootsQueen

2017-08-09 02:52:57 nstyle

Resident DJ at Onyx nightclub and the official DJ for celebrity beat maker Zaytoven, DJ RootsQueen has blossomed into one for the most influential female DJs in Atlanta. She made a name for herself by spinning the hottest night clubs, exclusive events, and DJ to the stars for over a decade. With no plans on slowing down, she sat down with N’Style Atlanta to discuss some of her upcoming projects, industry misconceptions, and why she’s not afraid to “mix” it up in this male dominating industry.


Check out part 1 of DJ RootsQueen’s interview with Latoya Heyward HERE!

Check out part 2 of DJ RootsQueen’s interview with Latoya Heyward HERE!

Photo Credit: Michael D Images

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Jermel Howard

2017-08-01 01:32:17 nstyle

Skye Smith sit’s down with major network Actor, Author and writer Jermel Howard. Jermel’s body of work includes recurring roles on Marvel Luke Cage, Starz Power Season 4 and the role of Tyrone in Tales: Trap Queen, a scripted anthology series of “song stories created by Irv Gotti.

Check out Part 1 of Jermel’s interview HERE!

Check out Part 2 of Jermel’s interview HERE!

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N'Style Atlanta Presents... July

2017-07-20 04:02:03 nstyle

N’Style Atlanta presented the first edition of “N’Style Atlanta Presents” at the sultry City Winery Atlanta featuring emerging artist Karis Love, Marenikae, Rick Star, and headliner Dondria Nicole, whom debuted her new EP “The Day Of The Don”.

Hosted by N’Style Atlanta Corespondents Skye Smith, Jett Blakk,  and Latoya Heyward, guest were presented with a full dinner menu, bourbon tastings provided by J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey and photo booth fun provided by Peek-A-Booth. The music for the evening was provided by DJ Roots Queen. Watch video recap here

Red carpet guest included So So Def founder and Super Producer Jermaine Dupri, who discovered Dondria Nicole aka Phatfffat on Myspace, veteran songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox,  DJ Blak (Streetz 94.5 Atl), LaKenya Morris (Bravo TV), Terrance Terry (Celebrity Nail Stylist), Felipe G (Celebrity Stylist), Monei Sutton (World Star Hit Radio) and Dr. Ron (The Doctors).

Photos provided by Michael D. Images

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Yandy Smith: My Blended Family

2017-06-23 19:36:33 nstyle

I recently caught up with VH-1 star Yandy Smith Harris to discuss her recent book and the drama that inspired her to write this colorful guide on raising children with outside siblings.  It’s no secret that reality stars Yandy and her husband Mendeecees Harris have had an interesting story line on the popular show Love and Hip Hop New York.

Samantha Wallace and Erika Deshazo has children with Mendeecees and the tension between the ladies is what led Yandy to write a book to help parents with similar situations and how to  have those difficult conversations with their children. “For me, that challenge came when it was time to sit down with my 2-year-old son and explain that his siblings may not be present at his birthday party,” Yandy wrote in the author’s note of her book. Yandy had a lot to say in the interview about the struggles of raising kids while her husband serve out his sentence, having a blended family, and new Love and Hip Hop drama.  Check out the interview as she share a glimpse of her life as a mother and business mogul.

Her new book “My Blended Families” can be found on

Check out Yandy’s interview HERE!

-Latoya Heyward


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Avnah Long

2017-05-14 23:26:44 nstyle

Jett Blakk interviews Fashion Designer AVNAH Long about the evolution of her collection beginning with crochet designs to her current high fashion looks. Check out Avnah’s interview HERE

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Forever Rae

2017-04-11 12:42:31 nstyle

Skye sits down with Songstress RAE about her career, touring with Janelle Monae, musical aspirations, and new EP, “Love Always”. Check out Rae’s interview HERE!




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Rae, Photo Credit: Michael D Images

About Rae

A fixture in Atlanta’s music community since the age of 15 , this gifted East Point singer / songwriter has shared the stage with some amazing musical legends such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and many more.

During her early career, legendary music mogul L.A. Reid, immediately saw something special when he signed her to Def Jam Records after she and girl group members sang for him in an Atlanta hotel parking lot. They would then be placed in the hands of one of the industries hottest rappers, Young Jeezy and his CTE label.

From ATL to DUBAI, The White House to Pepsi commercials, Good Morning America to Saturday Night Live  – RAE has gained priceless experience the last 5 years touring the world and appearing on TV as a background vocalist for Janelle Monae.

RAE has a ton of rare experience that she is so excited to share with the world through her solo journey.  “Love Always”, her 2017 debut E.P. is the first project she will release as solo artist.

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Mykko Montana, I'm BACK!

2017-04-10 23:59:59 nstyle

I had an opportunity to sit down with Mr. “Do It” himself, Mykko Montana to talk about his upcoming music, rebranding, and recovery from a fatal shooting that left him in a wheel chair for months. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this creative soul for quite some time now, so it was really refreshing to catch up with him and discuss some of his upcoming projects. Mykko Montana is not new to the industry, dropping his hit single “Do It” in 2012 featuring K Camp that received over 6.3 million views on Youtube.  He discussed overcoming some of his most difficult moments in the music industry and severing ties with his management company.  Through it all, Mykko has remained steadfast and his passion for music and faith in God has allowed him to make a major comeback. Check out the exclusive interview and watch him share his unprecedented story, HERE!

-Latoya Heyward


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Sierra Gates, Still Here

2017-04-09 23:32:46 nstyle

Latoya Heyward caught up with one of Love and Hip Hop‘s newest cast members Sierra Gates, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Entrepreneur. Sierra talked about becoming a young mother, homelessness, opening her downtown Atlanta salon, and The Glam Shop. Check out Sierra’s interview Part 1 HERE!


Sierra talks about joining the cast of Love and Hip Hop, her husband, and betrayal in Part 2 of her interview. Check it out HERE!

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