Making Statements Without Words

Rashad Mackall is an up and coming photographer from Southern Maryland. Every project that he works on is passionate, creative, and innovative. Since the first time he has picked up his first camera in middle school , he knew it was for him! Rashad has big plans for himself in the future to make his small city proud. His name will be known and when you see his work it will do numbers. I had the opportunity to view his vision.

We discussed the following:

ZI:What do you enjoy most about taking photos?

R:I enjoy capturing the beauty in a image. Whether it’s beauty in my muse or beauty God has blessed us with, Mother Nature.  I love creating ‘Looks’, wether it’s creating with a clothing designer or a talented MUA.

ZI:Using 3 words how would you describe your style?

R:Evolving,  creative,  beauty

ZI:What message do you want people to get from your work?

R:I don’t really have a message I tell with my work.. My work varies,  I shoot my ideas based on what good look comes to mind. 80% of my shoots are not planned shoots.  It’s literally me finding a model,  and we both pitch ideas to shoot either that day or the next.  But I do want people to understand the greatness of my work.

ZI:What type of photos/pieces do you enjoy taking most?

R:I’m torn between saying portraits and editorial. I feel my strong suit is portrait photography but I also have that creative side that enjoy taking editorial photos. If I have to choose one style, I will have to say Portrait.

IMG_1488759683254.jpgZI:How would you say you differentiate yourself from any other photographer, what makes you special?

R:I’m not going to say I’m going to go out of my way to make my style of work different just because someone else work may have some similarity to my style..if anything I would make it my goal to create a better image.


ZI:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work, what makes you tick?

R:When that IT photo isn’t coming sooner then I would like it to.  I’m learning on to just be patient and concentrate more.  But another pet peeve I have is thinking of more ideas to shoot when the shoot is already over.

ZI:If you could do a shoot with anyone who would it be, why?

R:Sheesh, this is a hard one. I would have to say Teyana Taylor.  Not just because that’s bae lol but she has an extravagant face and body.  She can deliver any look in my opinion. Editorial,  beauty,  urban,  etc. She got it.  We would make magic together. It’ll happen soon.

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If you would like to check out more of Rashad`s work feel free to add him on Instagram.



Creations That`ll Survive a Lifetime: EternalDC

Owners of the brand Jamaal & Julian

Creative is an understatement when it comes to these two designers Jamaal and Julian. Building their brand has become a lifestyle… A lifestyle that is defined by internal creativity and their freedom of expression. Through their work they have caught the eyes of local DMV rappers Bali Baby and Rico Nasty. This is only the beginning they will continue in stretching their brand eternally.

We discussed the following:

Q: What made you begin designing/Styling clothes?

A: At the age of fifteen, I discovered a young designer by the name of Glyn Brown. Seeing his clothing line L3nf along with my own passion for clothing and art inspired me to start my own brand.- Jamaal

 Q:  What are some things that you hope to accomplish through your designing/styling?

A: To live the rapper lifestyle with the money,clothes, and fans through other outlets than rapping. And also shed some light on the creative side of the DMV. – Julian

Q:  How do you plan on building your brand, how will you be different from anyone else?

A: The name Eternal DC is a very versatile name and our group has many talents. So we can have our feet in several different ventures at 1 time. – Julian

img_8161Q: How would describe your style?

A: The beauty of Eternal DC is that we have three key members each with their own individual sense of style. We pride ourselves on not having one set ‘style’ and instead being amalgamation of the best qualities of the 3 owners

Q:  What advice would you give someone else who is aspiring to pursue a career in styling/fashion designing.

A: I would say to keep in mind that it’s not all one thing. The clothes can’t be 100% dictated by business in the same way that the business aspect can’t always yield to the art. Running a business like ours takes balance. – Jamaal

Q: If you could style/design clothing for any celebrity who would it be, who would you say is closely related to your style?

A: If I could style or design for any celebrity it would have to be Young Thug. Dude’s individuality is a real inspiration to me. You can tell he really doesn’t care what people think. As for who i view as closely related to my style, I’d have to say Travis Scott. I been watching his style since he first showed himself to the public & the way he wears plaid speaks to me.- Jamaal

Q:What do you enjoy most about designing/styling clothing?

A: What I enjoy the most about designing/styling is the creative freedom. It’s all about getting the vision out of my head without having to answer to anyone.- Jamaal

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Follow their twitter for upcoming projects @Eternal_DC


Keke Palmer Is Giving Off Serious RiRi Vibes at the American Music Awards

img_1416Keke Palmer is giving off serious Rihanna vibes showing up to the American Music Awards, wearing a metallic slinky two-piece outfit. Pairing this outfit with a plush light pink jacket and some pink sunglasses.  A few celebrities also arrived on the red carpet with a sheer outfit but, nothing is more talked about than Palmer. If it wasn’t her outfit it was her bubbly personality as you all may have seen videos posted around almost all social-media outlets of her dancing on the red carpet. This look gave the internet something to talk about. The response to her look were very controversial. Personally, I loved everything about it! She is an African-American woman who is comfortable in her body. She took a huge risk stepping out onto the red carpet in something so bold and risqué and she KILLED IT! Keep being who you are Keke and we here at ZealousInked Love and support you. What did you all think? Leave comments below or contact us on twitter @Thezealousinked

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UP NEXT: CYNMOB`s Kai Ca$h Hip hop`s Next Mogul


 Kai Ca$h is an upcoming artist/entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY going hard to get to it!  He is currently a student at Hampton University studying Business Management. Kai is an upcoming music mogul representing his own personal brand CYN to the fullest.Inspired by legends like Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Ma$e, and much more .He is someone who should be kept a close eye on. He is on big moves and definitely on a come up!

We discussed the following:

AC:  What do you enjoy most about making music?

KC: I would have to say being able to dominate creatively in the field that I love, creating with producers, writing music with versatility, relating to a broad audience, and just getting the work done with all my efforts, that gotta be the best feeling to be honest.

AC: How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

KC: With my music I rap about classy sh*t that I go through in my everyday life, one time you may get a song from me about my hardships dealing with school and my lifestyle, and then you’ll get a song about my feelings toward a female I’m falling for, but it’s always fun, witty, and positive. Although I haven’t made it YET, lol, I always feel the need to be an artist that provides my generation with a wavy message, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I like to get fly, I like to look good, I like to smell good, I like getting the ladies, lol as well as the whole CYN crew, we’re aiming to be that group of youngin’s paving a new wavy way for our generation.
AC: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?
KC: There are actually a few artists I would like to collaborate with but a main one I would have to say would probably be Jay-Z, coming from Brooklyn, with the love for music and the culture, I’ve always looked up to Jay further than just music from Reasonable Doubt till 2016, I’d gotta say Jay.

AC: What inspires your music?

KC:  My life to be honest is the biggest inspiration in my music. I live what I’d like to call the Best of Both Worlds, where one day I’ll be performing on BET and the next day, i’ll be in Brooklyn on the stoop just chilling. The blessings granted by God to me is all I really need, biggest inspiration of all time to me!
AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.
KC: Go hard at all times, no matter what man, be original, dominate your sound to your likening, you gotta LOVE what you make and if you don’t love it, do it again, until you love it. Never let nobody tell you can’t do something, you got it.
AC:   What would you say is different about your style?
KC: umm I would probably say my persona, I’ve been told I’m a real nonchalant guy, i’m laid back like my pops lol, with everything so I would definitely say that. My exquisite simplistic demeanor lol, with that I mean, my style is complex but at the same time, it’s so much simplicity to me.
AC: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?
KC:  Working with someone who isn’t working as hard with you to be great, don’t be half-a** man , especially when it comes to a real life situation that you go hard for, its one thing if someone doesn’t see your vision, but to have someone claim to see your vision and then give you 45%…. its like, get away with all that lol.
Go check him out on the following for updates on his next projects.
Instagram: KaiCash
Twitter: KaiCash_
Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/kai_217
Facebook: Kai Cash Music

Young, Fly, and Flossy: Who is Alex Vaughn


Born & raised in PG County MD, Soulful songstress Alex Vaughn is definitely someone to keep your eyes on! This 24 year old singer/songwriter/pianist producer has been involved in music of all forms her entire life, from R&B, to jazz… and all the way to classical music! Vaughn was granted a full scholarship to college for classical music, but then decided that school was not her passion she decided to pursue her dream to R&B stardom! Since then, she has performed at different events and occasions singing background with soul artist Goapele, while working on her own music… She dropped her debut EP ‘The 4pm Mix’ on Soundcloud, where it received really good reviews and numbers. Alex is currently performing at local events, while working on her second project, (title TBA) along with visuals, which is projected to drop Spring/Summer 2017, so stay tuned!!!

We discussed the following:

AC: What do I enjoy most about making music? 

AV:I enjoy EVERYTHING about making music, but what I enjoy MOST… being able to express myself without feeling embarrassed about the ways that I feel. For some reason it’s much more challenging for me to articulate what I’m feeling in just plain words, as to just turning it into a song… Music makes me more comfortable with who I really am.

AC:How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

AV: I only write about how I’m feeling, and reaI things. I know that I am farrrr from put-together, & I also know that I’m not the only one going through the struggle either… There’s comfort in knowing you’re not the only person going through something, or thinking a certain way…I want my music to ALWAYS have something you can take from it, while still grooving to it… There are so many songs that made me feel good while I was down, because of how the beat made me feel & what was being said. I  want to be that same type of artist for my listeners.

AC:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

AV: There are entirely too many people I could name to be honest lol… but off the top of my head, I’d have to say Kanye West & Alicia Keys… Those are definitely my top 2


AC: What inspires your music?

AV: Literally everything! Every single part of life inspires me, lol… Even the shittiest parts… Those good & bad moments make me want to write from the perspective of the person I plan on becoming… I always write from the perspective of “What would I want someone to tell me right now, while I feel like this?” My friends inspire my writing too… All my love/ heartbreak songs are solely from them telling me their crazy stories lol (which is why I don’t see myself ever getting into any relationship lmao)

AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

AV: Love yourself, know yourself, TRUST yourself, and pray.I’m still on my own come-up, & although I haven`t made it YET, I’ve had to overcome soooo many battles, (& still am) & I didn’t necessarily always have a plan either… but those 4 things I said earlier kept me from going completely underwater… & This entire process will not be easy, otherwise everyone would have it. Stay consistent, & remember who you’re doing it for… Of all people, don’t let yourself down. Always remember why you started going this path in the first place.and TRUST THE SIGNS!!! that’s a huge one

AC: What would you say is different about your style?

AV: Hmmm… I guess I’m not trying to be like anybody else… & I feel like people are trying to be the next Beyonce’/ Rihanna (which is impossible because they’re too great, lol) while I’m trying to be the first Alex Vaughn & that’s it lol… I want to create my own path, & create my own shoes that will some day want to be filled… I feel like lots of people are trying to be the same, because it’s trendy… But trends fade… especially in this generation… I guess what makes me different is that I am aiming for timelessness, & prayerfully with time, & hard work, people will feel the same way about me 🙂

AC: What would you say is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work?

AV:I think my biggest pet peeve is the fact that not everything comes to you when you want it to… I’m now finally learning that sometimes, things need to marinate, meaning you may have to sit on an idea or concept for a while for it to finally come together… I’m a very excited & anxious person when it comes to creating lol

Follow her and Stay tuned for her next project coming in December!

Instagram – @whoisalexvaughn

Twitter- whoisalexvaughn

Souncloud –soundcloud.com/alex-vaughn-music



BadBreed Artist ChaseUnruly


Chase is a talented young artist from Prince Georges County. While he does not have his head in the books and focusing on getting his degree in Business, he embodies a passion for music. I got the opportunity to interview him.

We discussed the following

What do you enjoy most about making music?

What I enjoy most about making music is the creative freedom that I have when it comes to anything I record. I enjoy the process of creating a song(s) no matter the feeling or the type of record. I also enjoy the feeling of having people actually want to listen to your music; would’ve never imagined myself going from 200 plays to over 2 million collective plays in one year.

How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

I plan on using my music to prove to those who feel obligated to enclose their true self that being comfortable with who you truly are is the proper way to live life. In my music I am always myself, some people will accept and respect it while others may not. What’s important is that I remain true to who I am; which is what I want instill in others.

If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

If I had the opportunity to collaborate with any musician it would be between Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller, or PARTYNEXTDOOR, to name a few.

What inspires your music?

The inspiration behind my music stems from life experiences, how I feel about a particular situation, or my overall mood. Essentially, my music comes from my heart. Regardless of what any song is about, it is always something that is extremely genuine.

What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

For anyone seeking to make a career out of music I would stress to him or her that the focus should always be the bigger picture, focus on longevity & not momentary success. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with your music, there’s no telling what works until an attempt has been made. Make yourself marketable to multiple demographics, otherwise, being one dimensional can really limit your career.

What would you say is different about your style?

What’s different about my style is that pride myself on being able to control anything from a song, a stage, a room, picture/video, etc, in a manner which is unparalleled. My goal is to make myself known without forcibly imposing my presence. I pride myself on deviating from what’s normal.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

My biggest pet peeve is that I’m my biggest critic and I’m such a perfectionist that sometimes I can over-think about certain things which leads to minor frustration. Other than that, there aren’t any pet peeves.



To Check out more of Chase`s work Follow him on all media outlets.

Twitter & Instagram – ChaseUnruly

Snapchat – Chasethe3

Soundcloud – ChaseUnruly

DMV to New York R&B Star $RainaRich$

rainarichinterview         Originally from the DMV (Washington D.C. Metropolitan area), RainaRich recently relocated to New York City to pursue her career in music. She got her start in singing as a kid by touring the world with her mother – soul singing diva and go-go legend, Maiesha Rashad (Maiesha and the Hip Huggers). In 2015, she released her debut project, The Box to a positive reception, landing features on The BoomboxYou Know I Got Soul, and Soul You Know amongst others. Mixed by Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Buck 3000 (Murder Inc.), the experimental five video series pays homage to 90’s R&B hits, and the legendary The Box Music Video Network. RainaRich is currently gearing up for the release of her forthcoming EP, Cinderella 99 (Fall 16) with Grammy Award-winning producers Sid “Omen” Brown (Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne) and Chink Santana (Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, Toni Braxton). Her debut video from the EP, “Stars in Space” ft. Tray Pizzy recently premiered on HipHopDX in July. RainaRich can also be seen as the face of jewelry brand Aether79. I had the opportunity to interview her.

P.S.  Stay tuned for RainaRich’s second single and music video from Cinderella 99 premiering at the end of October.

We discussed the following:
Q:What do you enjoy most about making music?

That moment when all the pieces of the puzzle come together perfectly. The creative phase is definitely dope, trying different ideas on a track and stuff, but when it all comes together into a finished song, it legit feels like magic.

Q:How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

The best I can do is tell my story, sing from the heart, and hope people can relate to where I’m at. The topic might not always be “positive”, but if my story strikes emotion within a person who is going through something similar, then I’ve done my part. That’s the beauty of music to me, it’s the soundtrack to our lives…The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Q:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

That is a tough one. I’m a music lover! I would at least have to separate new school and old school though.

New school: Right now I would love to collaborate with Future. The way he puts it down out on these songs is so right.

Old school: Even though I’m not a reggae artist, I have to say Bob Marley. Hands down. His music is timeless, and every song he did had a certain feeling to it.

Q:What inspires your music?

I’m inspired by life experiences. It could be a sad thing like a breakup, or a fun thing like getting drunk in the club, it’s all about the feeling that I get in that moment.

Q:What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

Stay prepared. When opportunity presents itself, you need be ready bruhh!

Q:What would you say is different about your style?

My style is different because there is only one me. We are all different. The way we present our creativity starts with what is inside of our minds as individuals.

Q:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

Trying to force creativity. It’s never the wave. So if you are trying hard to create a sound, you might end up frustrated. I’ve definitely been there. I’m sure that’s why some of the best artists take years to finish albums

For updates on her music check out her on all social media outlets

Twitter- @prxncessloudpac

IG- @prxncessloudpac

Snapchat- rainarichxoxo


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