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Pole Fitness Company Aims to Change View of Industry

Head down P poppin’ on a handstand! That is what most people think when it comes to pole dancing. Pole Felony Fitness aims to change that stigma one dance at a time. “Some people do not look at it as fitness,” said studio owner, Fernande Henri. “Some people still see it as stripper practice or […]

Last week Jason Derulo and clothing designer Antonio Brown stopped by Aventura Mall’s Bloomingdales to debut their clothing line, LVL XIII.

“I think the greatest inventions come with just needing something,” said Derulo of one of the line’s signature pieces that converts from a hoodie style jacket in to a backpack. “Just the fact that we are consumers ourselves … things like that just come from us and what we need.”


The duo first met by a chance encounter when Derulo wore one of Brown’s pieces during a performance.

“So, me not knowing that this was one of his few pairs [of shoes] I kind of danced and I kind of did my thing in them and ruined the shoes,” Derulo said.  “So he got them back and it was a wrap for the shoes. It was not like somebody else was going to wear them.”

Pronounced, level thirteen, the line offers a futuristic style of clothing. Their brand includes everything from head to toe, including a line of shoes projected to be available in February 2018.

“I think that Jason and I are really big on the experiences and kind of what we experience in the apparel and going throughout our day,” Brown said. “I think what is so special about LVL XIII is that it is trans-formative. And we did that intentionally, not just to add value to the consumer, but also so a consumer can go throughout their day wearing LVL XIII.”



The Miramar Cultural Center is celebrating their Broadway Festival 2017. Their featured production during this time will be Dream Girls staring American Idol’s LaKisha Jones. “I am super excited and super honored,” said Jones about playing the part of Effie White in the musical. “I have sung ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ a […]

It’s rare for some people to beat the odds, follow their dreams and make a living at it. One South Florida photographer is traveling the world while capturing it through his eyes one snap at a time.

“My older cousin, he always had a camera around when I was growing up,” said Holiday Vargas of what jump-started his love for photography. “His mom and his brother painted, he was the only one with a camera. So I thought it was really cool. I just saw him with a camera and taking photos at my parties, my sisters’ parties … it was just a magnet. Like, ‘wow, what is this?!’ ”

Vargas has been shooting professionally since 2012 and is showing no signs of slowing down. He even recalls the first gig he landed that he shot for $100 an hour.

“My dad taught me to use the tools that I have to make things even better,” he said. “Someone reached out to me and said ‘hey, my friend has this night club business and he is looking for a photographer,’ I had no camera, no cash, no gear, nothing. And I was like, ‘Oh, I can do this, no problem’. So I did like anyone else, I went on YouTube. I went to Best Buy, I got a bundle kit, a Cannon T3i.”

The list of people and companies that Vargas has worked with seems almost endless. Some of his clients have included Hip Hop Magazine, The Source Magazine and Vice. While he has shot a lot of local venues and events in South Florida, traveling on the road almost seems like Vargas’ bread and butter. As for the future, he has his eyes set on helping others to reach their goals.
“I would say grinding with my craft, I’m not a greedy person,” he said. “Either I am part of a creative team helping brands and businesses to grow to what they could blossom into, or B, having my own agency where I am growing other brands and businesses.”

By PE$O! St.LaPhresh


Kyle Grooms Set to Host Monthly Comedy Show on South Beach

This past Wednesday, comedian Kyle Grooms hosted a comedy show on South Beach that will be a monthly attraction in the city.  The show takes place at Drinkhouse Fire and Ice Bar, 1672 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. The line-up consisted of, of course, Grooms, a few local features and headliner Vanessa Fraction. The next […]