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Ozie Nzeribe who portrayed Royale Hughes in seasons 1 and 2 of the Apple TV+ series ‘Swagger’ is set to star in the Tubi thriller mystery ‘Rock The Boat 2, a project by Footage Films with Chris Stokes as director and Marques Houston as producer.

Nzeribe will play Durell, a young and witty brainiac who’s a bit of a nerd who gets invited to a weekend get-away with his cousin’s friend. Once they are all at the lake house everyone’s motives change.

In addition, Loretta Devine, Cynthia Bailey, Parker McKenna Posey, Iyana Halley, Zonnique Pullins, Katlynn Simone, Justin Sweat, Judi Johnson, Jarell Houston, Carnetta Jones, Khylin Rhambo, Dwight Boyce, Janina Gordillo, Farrah Hines, Steven Littles, Alimi Ballard, Shah Granville and Candice Marie have joined the cast.

Beyond his acclaimed performance in Swagger, Ozie’s versatility shines in his diverse repertoire, including roles in Tubi’s ‘The Stepmother 3,’ Showtime’s ‘Shameless,’ ABC’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ and Jamie Foxx’s Netflix special ‘Dad Stop Embarrassing Me.’

‘Rock The Boat 2’ is set to premiere June 15.

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG!

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Vito Tisdale, also known as “Big V” or “Vito Banga,” is a former member and front man of the multiplatinum hip-hop group Nappy Roots. Big V has been credited as the architect of several of the group’s biggest hits including “Po Folks” and “AwNaw”. Hip Hop magazine XXL named Vito to their top ten rap voices list.


Vito left the group in 2012 to concentrate on being a father, but has recently decided that the time was right to return to music. With singles like “When We Were Young ”, a tribute to both his time in Nappy Roots and the trials of being a young parent, along with “Street Boy” which chronicles the problems in relationships marked by drug abuse and infidelity. 


The song “It’s Ok”, which the Grammy-nominated rapper chronicles his personal challenges and setbacks, comforts and encourages listeners along the way. Big V was re-introduced to the music world as a talented solo artist.


His current singles “All On Me” and “All Nite” features R&B artist Urban Mystic and provides a grown man’s view of how you should treat the woman in your life and is sure to be a favorite among his female fans. Big V also just released his 5 Mic mixtape on his website.


In addition to the music, Vito has also added “actor” to his lists of accomplishments landing roles in the movies “Don’t Shoot The Messenger”, “Business of Christmas 2”, “Blue and Black Tears” and a lead role in the film “45 Seconds.”

Going Solo:

GO BANG! Magazine: Nappy Roots has a strong legacy. What inspired you to embark on a solo career, and how do you differentiate your sound from the group’s music?

Big V: I decided to go solo after some things just didn’t equal up. I had passed up previous opportunities to do some solo music because of my
loyalty to the group. Also, during that time, my girl dumped our kids on my mama’s doorstep and never looked back.  So I took 12 years off to raise four kids as a single dad. As far as the sound is concerned, I took my part with me. I was a major architect of the Nappy Roots sound, so it was only right to take it with me.

Finding Your Voice:

GO BANG! Magazine: How has your creative expression evolved since going solo and are there themes or topics you’re now exploring that wouldn’t have fit with Roots?

Big V: I no longer have to accommodate five other ideas and voices, so I get to tell the story the way I hear it. I was a back-alley cat, so I get to bring those stories to life that probably would not have fit the Nappy image. Also, I get to talk to the women more as a solo artist.

Building a New Audience:

GO BANG! Magazine: Nappy Roots has a dedicated fan base. How are you approaching building your solo audience and what kind of connection are you hoping to create with new listeners?

Big V: I am just tapping into the audience that I helped create. We were illegally downloaded 11 million times during Napster heyday, so there are 11 million people that I am re-introducing myself to.

In addition, I am connecting to the audience that wants to hear reality rap and understand the plight of working-class people.

Production Powerhouse:

GO BANG! Magazine: You’ve always been a skilled producer. How is your production style unique as a solo artist compared to your work with Nappy Roots?

Big V: Again, I get to have all of the input instead of having other people saying let’s try this way or that. So, I use my whole arsenal of influences from Country, Blues, RnB, to jazz, rock and Hip Hop.

Unexpected Collaborations:

GO BANG! Magazine: Nappy Roots has collaborated with a diverse range of artists. Are there any dream collaborations you’d pursue as a solo artist?

Big V: Rapwise, it would be Scarface as well as Jadakiss. Face and I get compared a lot, so it would be the opportunity….a LeBron playing with
Jordan type thing. RnBwise would have to be Stevie (Wonder) or Mr. Bigg aka Ron Isley. On the country and rock sides, it would have to be a Darius Rucker and the Rolling Stones.


GO BANG! Magazine: : Performing solo presents a different experience from group shows. How do you approach crafting your live performances as a solo artist?

Big V: I try to make my live shows just that, “an Experience.” I am putting together a live band and I have my background singers with me onstage as well.

Lessons Learned:

GO BANG! Magazine: What are some of the biggest takeaways you’ve gained from your solo journey so far? Have there been any unexpected challenges or rewards?

Big V: You have to have identity and remain true to who you are. You learn that everyone that you look out for doesn’t necessarily do the same for you. All money ain’t good money and you can’t be afraid to walk away and restart.

Staying True:

GO BANG! Magazine: Nappy Roots is known for its authenticity. How do you maintain that same genuine voice in your solo work?

Big V: The authenticity that the group is known for stems from me, so I just keep doing for myself what I used to do for the group. I’m Mr. Awnaw and Po Folks. The same way Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson took their signature sounds with them when they left their groups, I’m doing the same thing.

The Future is Bright:

GO BANG! Magazine: What are you most excited about for the future of your solo career? Are there any specific musical goals you’re working towards?

Big V: I’m excited that I get to say what I want, when I want and how I want. I also get to bring up other young artist and producers in the industry and helped them avoid the situations I had to go through.

Balancing Acts:

GO BANG! Magazine: Juggling a solo career and acting can be challenging. How do you manage your time and dedication between the two projects?

Big V: Actually, acting was my first love before the music, but music is what took off for me first. It really isn’t a struggle to juggle them, they are both artistic outlets for me.

GO BANG! Magazine: As an actor, you’ve landed roles in several movies. Do you plan to continue acting and do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

Big V: Most definitely. I love the film and acting world. I am working on scripts now that I plan to direct and distribute the films. One is called “The Dispensary.” I own a dispensary, so I get to tell the stories that only occur in that world.

GO BANG! Magazine: Is there anything that you would like to do professionally, that you haven’t done thus far?

Big V: Man, I’ve had a blessed career, so I really can’t complain. I met Prince, Michael Jackson, Lil Richard and Rick James. I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Kanye West, as well as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The only thing else I want is the money that I should have got for all of the work I’ve put in.

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, what would you like your legacy to be?

Big V: My Aunt Dot used to say “let that king have the Castle and the Gold, for the one you serve was born in a manger.” So, I want my legacy to reflect that saying. To stand for the people, and not step on the people. As a people, we shouldn’t have to put each other down to feel like we are standing tall.

GO BANG! Magazine: Well Vito, you have officially been banged!! GO BANG!!!

Big V: Vibe Vito

You can follow Big V:

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IG – @bigvofnappyroots
TikTok – @therealbigvofnappyroots
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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG!

All photo credits:  John Coleman III


John Coleman III aka DJ LIL’ JOHN, is without question one of Chicago’s most well-respected DJs. From school gymnasiums to roller rinks, from nightclub residencies to nationally syndicated mix shows, millions of people have heard his “hands do the talking.”

John’s passion has always been in radio. He played on various college radio shows right after graduating high school, without ever enrolling in any classes! Soon after, he created his own national mix-show syndication, mailing his pre-recorded cassette mixes to radio stations across the Midwest. By the mid 90’s, he used the same tactics in Chicago, getting his mixes played on WHPK, WCRX, WJPC, WLUW, B-96, and WGCI. By 2001, the latter station became his radio “home” for eight years!!

In 2012, DJ Lil’ John found a new radio home, as an On-Air Personality for Crawford Broadcasting’s WSRB. You can hear him weekdays from 3-7pm (central standard time) on his highly-rated afternoon show “PrimeTime Radio.” You can also hear his mini-mixes Monday-Saturday in the 12pm & 5pm hours, and on “Club 1063”, Friday nights 9-11pm.

Outside of radio, DJ Lil’ John specializes in playing at corporate events, nightclubs, weddings, and concert hosting. Recent clients include BET®, Scion®, Apple®, Nike®, and numerous Chicagoland municipalities. Nationally, he is a member of The Core DJs (@coredjsworldwide), the world’s largest and most influential DJ union. He is available for travel both nationally and internationally.

GO BANG! Magazine: Chicago’s music scene has a rich history. How did your upbringing and the city’s soundscape influence your unique DJ style?

DJ Lil John: My upbringing was in the family home, and my dad, my mom, and her sister (my aunt) were all avid music lovers. My mom and aunt each had their own collection of 45 rpm records, writing their initials on the labels to identify ownership, and to identify their favorite side and the favorite song.

I think I was about 9 or 10 years old when they let me play their records for a family function, that’s when I first learned to play for a variety of ages, and how to read a crowd! Fast forward to my adult DJ years, and I’ve learned to “read” dance floors on the northside, southside, and westside of Chicagoland, the suburbs, and the world…

GO BANG! Magazine: You’ve spun for some of the biggest names in music. What’s the most unexpected or surprising guest request you’ve ever gotten?

DJ Lil John: Oh wow! I have PLENTY of those stories, LMAO!! But one that comes to mind was when “Chili” of the girl group TLC asked me to play some Chicago “footwork” music. I was a DJ at WGCI-FM at the time, and she was there doing an on-air interview with one of the hosts. She turned to me and made that request, and I straight up asked her, “you’re from Atlanta, what could YOU know about Chicago footwork music?” To my surprise, I played a couple of snippets, and she got up and started FOOTWORKING!!! We were ALL floored!! She eventually relinquished her secret: “Missy (Elliott)’s dancers are from Chicago, they showed us how to do it!”

GO BANG! Magazine: Beyond dropping beats, you’re a champion for Chicago’s youth. Tell us about an initiative you’re particularly passionate about and why it matters.

DJ Lil John: I am all about the youth of Chicago in so many ways. Musically, I like to learn from them what role music plays in their lives, how it influences them daily, and the “why-behind-the-what” on their choice of artists.

But, when it comes to our beloved House music, it is unfamiliar territory to them. This is why several of my peers, including myself, have taken the initiative to introduce this genre of music to our youth, just as we were influenced by the music that our parents played in our homes growing up. The hope is that they like the music that they hear, embrace the genre, influence their peers, and carry the torch of the House music sound and culture for generations to come.

A couple of my peers have taken this initiative even further, with DJ classes for youth and adults alike. Many of my fellow DJs who are fortunate enough to play at school dances, take a chance on introducing House music (especially “footwork” music) to the kids! Being a radio announcer and DJ mixer, I am in a unique and influential position when it comes to the younger listening audience. As my peers tune in to my show, those that have children are tuned in as well. All it takes is the parental confession that “I know the guy on the radio”, and that becomes the first line of connection with the young listener. When the kids hear the music in my mixes, which are usually familiar songs that their parents played in their homes, that gets their attention. If the parent manages to communicate with me, while I’m on the radio that they are tuned in, and I “shout out” the family members by name, I’ve now instantly gained new young listeners ☺️

GO BANG! Magazine: The dance floor is a melting pot of energy. How do you read the crowd and curate a set that keeps them moving all night long?

DJ Lil John: I like to arrive an hour early to a venue I’ve never played at before, to observe what the DJ before me is playing, and how it resonates with the audience. I am looking for the patrons that AREN’T dancing or engaging with what’s being played, yet they may be bobbing their heads in their seats – we call that “chair dancing” LOL! So, when I begin to play, I am in search of what might get those “chair dancers” to the dance floor, usually by reaching for something popular. This tactic almost always does the trick, and once I’ve got ’em out of their seats, I curate a musical mix that makes it hard for them to sit back down! And because my musical library is so vast, I have selections that appease the variety of ethnicities that patronize the venues I play in, Chicagoland and worldwide.

GO BANG! Magazine: “Vinyl vs. Digital”: Is there a place for both in today’s DJ world? What are the pros and cons of each for you?

DJ Lil John: Well, it appears vinyl records are making a comeback in a big way, at least here in the USA. Honestly, it never REALLY went away in Chicagoland. There are still vinyl record shops (Gramaphone Records, K-Starke, etc.) that never closed their doors, and there are countless diehard DJs here in the city that never stopped patronizing these businesses. I still own every record I’ve ever purchased (I haven’t sold anything), and I still have my pair of Technics SL-1200 turntables. However, I am using my Pioneer XDJ-XZ to play my digital music files, and the turntables are connected to it, to play my vinyl records. There are various clubs in Chicago and overseas that have a similar setup… But I have NO intentions of carrying actual record crates on a plane and/or through foreign Customs, those days are OVER!! Flash drives fly with ME!!

GO BANG! Magazine: Chicago House music has a global influence. Have you experienced any interesting cultural exchanges through your music, perhaps with international audiences?

DJ Lil John: More often than not, when I travel to DJ internationally, just the mention of being a Chicago DJ is one hell of a conversation piece, LOL!! These conversations can often go on for hours, as people attempt to imagine life in the home of Michael Jordan or the home of House music.

The most intriguing part of these interactions is that there are NO color barriers, NO signs of racism, NO discernment about gender preference or ethnic culture. The only “disconnect” if any, is their interpretation of House music versus what I came to play. But fortunately, with my diverse collection of House music, I am usually able to move their dance floors effectively and unite the House music culture accordingly!

GO BANG! Magazine: What’s your take on the evolution of DJ technology? How have these advancements impacted the way you perform?

DJ Lil John: Funny you should ask! I was such a diehard vinyl record fan that I never fully transitioned to CDs, I stayed with my turntables. It got so bad to the point that I would be playing at a local club on an R&B/Hip-Hop night, and a patron would ask me to play “track 12” from a certain artist’s album – they didn’t even know the name of the song! If I had said album, I would start counting from one on the A-side, until I got to the twelfth track on the B-side!!

Fortunately, before long, some guys invented the Serato Studio DJ software, allowing me to keep my turntables, while controlling those music tracks, I imported from the CDs or digital files I received from the record labels. As far as I am concerned, Serato DJ had successfully reinvented the wheel, LOL!

Today there are other brands that do the same thing, but then Serato reinvented the wheel AGAIN! They added a feature called “Stems” which lets you audibly break down virtually ANY song into acapella, instrumental, or drums only, all on the fly!! But, I believe that the Pioneer DJ company has created the global game-changer, when they produced DJ equipment that will let you play your digital music files straight from a flash drive or portable hard drive! As long as the venue has this type of DJ equipment, there’s no need to carry your laptop with the music on it or any other equipment, except your headphones and flash drives/hard drives! Talk about breezing through Customs, LOL!

VIDEO COURTESY OF: Youtube “Everything House Music & More” podcast

GO BANG! Magazine: Collaboration is key in music. Who are some Chicago artists (past or present) you’d love to work with on a project?

DJ Lil John: Currently, I’d love to collaborate with my DJ brother Mike Dunn. We started the House music mix-show “Club 1063” back in April 2012, and it’s still going stronger than ever every Friday night! We’ve talked about collaborating in the studio in the near future, and it will happen once we synchronize our watches/schedules! Others include vocalists Sheree Hicks, Joyce Hurley, Carla Prather, and a couple others that are relatively unknown at this point…

GO BANG! Magazine: Looking ahead, what are your hopes for the future of Chicago’s vibrant music scene?

DJ Lil John: My BIGGEST hope is that my peers can refrain from the vast negativity in their social media posts – the WORLD is watching as our DJs, producers, and passionate patrons debate negatively amongst themselves about various topics within the Chicago House music community. If we/they can resolve this issue, then just maybe we can find solutions and resolutions on the very subjects that are debated about. Also, I am truly hoping that the younger DJs and patrons that are slowly but surely carrying the culture forward, I hope that they are not affected by the same plight of social media bickering that my generation is currently portraying.

GO BANG! Magazine: Any “up-and-coming” Chicago DJs you think deserve a shout-out and why?

DJ Lil John: ABSOLUTELY! Our rising star youth DJs: Babydoll & Syd, Nikki, Akila, Double-8, Marcellus, M-Dok and my main man J-Star! They’re each under 25 years of age (I think), and actively keeping House music alive amongst their peers and ours!!

GO BANG! Magazine: Well, THANK YOU John! You have officially been BANGED! GO BANG BRO!!!


Contact him directly at 312.451.4804, email,, and on social media platforms @djliljohnusa.

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◦ Social : @djliljohnusa

Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG!

On November 24, 2019, I accepted an offer for my dream job with a radio station, as a freelance writer and social media manager. This was my first time fully pursuing my dream of being self-employed, so I took a leap of faith and accepted the position, as a side hustle to my main job. I could work from home as well. Everything was going well on the dream job. I felt that the job was secure and it was paying twice the pay as my main job. I continued doing both jobs and on December 20, 2019 I went on vacation from my main job.

On January 6, 2020, when I returned from vacation to my main job, I submitted my letter of resignation, effective immediately. I was fully self-employed. Unfortunately, the next day, my dream job let me go, due to a massive and nationwide iHeart Media lay-off. Last hired, first fired. I didn’t know what I was going to do. Yesterday, I had two jobs and today I have NO job! Fortunately, I was eligible for Unemployment Compensation.

Since I’m home and got free time, I decided that now that I am unemployed and have plenty of free time, this would be the best time to go on a vacation. What better place to go, to lift my spirits, than New Orleans, Mardi Gras, on Fat Tuesday! So that’s what I did…me and my homie. From February 23, 2020 thru Wednesday February 26, 2020 I had a ball. This time included Fat Tuesday, February 25th. I had a great time.

When I returned home, I learned of the Coronavirus and that it was spreading very fast in New Orleans. Luckily, I’d left just in time and didn’t really interact with many people, because I wasn’t feeling the city, as I stated already. All of my loved ones and friends reached out to me to make sure that I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t. Thank God!

On March 11, 2020 the Novel Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. On March 13, 2020 a national emergency was declared in the United States concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak. The world has been shut down and everyone is locked down in their homes. WTF!!!

Now back at home during this time off, and with me already being a published writer, I wanted to kick it up a notch and start my own online magazine. I have always wanted to do that, but never had the time to invest in starting it. NOW I HAD THE TIME! The world is on lockdown! I pivoted from being an author to being a publisher.

The purpose of my magazine would be to enlighten my readers with stories, people and events that are making POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD, highlighting known and unknown individuals and events.

So, on April 1, 2020 I launched the first issue of my magazine, GO BANG! Magazine, ( with NO START UP MONEY and NO publishing EXPERIENCE. Having worked with historic and iconic media outlets such as The Chicago Defender Newspaper, N’Digo Magapaper and the Soul Train brand, I was fully groomed to start my own. All I had was a vision, passion and a dream! I would now be the CEO, Publisher, Senior Editor and Journalist, as well as the Promoter and Publicist.

April was just one month after COVID-19 was categorized as a pandemic. As I said, the world shut down, so the timing of my magazine couldn’t have been better. Everybody was at home and had nothing to do. Why not read GO BANG! Magazine?

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since GO BANG! Magazine first burst onto the scene. Back in 2020, we set out with a mission: to create a platform that was bold, unapologetic, and truly captured the essence of the House community, the arts, entertainment and media movers and shakers.

Looking back, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. From our hard-hitting features to our spotlight on rising stars, GO BANG! has consistently strived to challenge the status quo and celebrate the voices that deserve to be heard.

A Look Back at Four Years of Bangin’ Content

Over the past four years, we’ve published countless articles, interviews, and features that have sparked conversation and ignited passion. We’ve covered some of the most impactful stories and topics, and in doing so, we’ve fostered a community of readers who are just as passionate as we are.

A Huge Thank You to Our Readers and Contributors

None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our readers and contributors. To our readers, thank you for visiting our site and for engaging with our content. Your feedback and enthusiasm fuel our fire.

To our talented contributors, thank you for sharing your voices, your insights, and your creativity with our platform. You are the heart and soul of GO BANG!

The Future is Bright for GO BANG!

As we celebrate our fourth anniversary, we’re also looking forward to an even brighter future. We’ve got some exciting things in store for the year ahead, so stay tuned!

Here’s to four years of making noise, and to many more to come!

How will you celebrate with us?


Share your favorite GO BANG! memory in the comments below, or tell us what kind of content you’d love to see in the future. Let’s keep the conversation going!


I had a DREAM…
COVID-19 Pandemic gave me TIME…
YOU gave me SUPPORT!
GOD gave me the GIFT to……



Thank you ALL for your past, present and future support!!!!

Pierre Andre’ Evans
Owner, Publisher, Sr. Editor, Journalist

Photo courtesy of  Seed Lynn


Established on the southside of Chicago in 2013, Tamarie T. & Thee Elektra Kumpany stand as torchbearers of a transformative musical odyssey, inviting audiences into the realm of Exotik Funk—an original, authentic sound curated by Tamarie T. himself.

Within this sonic universe, a rich tapestry unfolds, intricately weaving together the essence of musical icons such as James Brown, Prince, Rick James, Sly & The Family Stone Parliament Funkadelic, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Time, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, and numerous other luminaries. Yet, at the heart of this musical mosaic lies Tamarie T.’s image and boundless creativity, serving as the driving force behind innovation and the guiding light for the band’s unique sonic identity.

With Tamarie T.’s vision at the helm, Thee Elektra Kumpany curates a musical experience that transcends mere genres. Their compositions pulsate with the energy of Funk, the groove of Soul, and the avant-garde spirit of experimental music, resulting in an innovative sound that is distinctly their own.

In every note, rhythm, dance, and lyric, Tamarie T. & Thee Elektra Kumpany manifest a visionary fusion, drawing audiences into a world where tradition meets innovation, nostalgia intertwines with the contemporary, and music becomes a transformative force to uplift.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: When was the group formed and what brought you together, musically?

Tamarie T: Formed in 2013, The Elektra Kumpany consisted of a few of my well-respected, longtime mentors. As time went on, we began to grow into a musical production with a roster of rotating professional musicians young and old, from different backgrounds. Musically, we were all brought together by the high energy of the music I call Exotik Funk, as well as our mutual love for the performing arts.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Your sound blends multiple genres effortlessly. What are some of your biggest musical influences, both individually and as a band?

Tamarie T: Some of our biggest influences consist of James Brown, Little Richard, Johnny Guitar Watson, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family Stone, Sun -Ra, Parliament Funkadelic, Rick James, Prince, Michael Jackson, Slave, Zapp & Roger Troutman, Bob Marley, and Fela Kuti, just to name a few.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How does your Chicago upbringing influence your music and creative process?

Tamarie T: Growing up on the south side of Chicago gave me tough skin. This led me to putting myself out there, without the worry of being closed in or caring about what people had to say. I express myself freely through music and just overall being me. The most powerful way to get my creative process flowing is by releasing it through dance at various Chicago House music events. Being in that environment always gives me inspiration to come up with more exciting body bumpin, soul stirrin, shows and music.



Photo courtesy of Rick Majewski


Collaborating brings a lot of different minds to the table. Cultivating multiple ideas, different musical perspectives, and solutions. It’s a refreshing healing experience for me when collabing with others, creating many new outlooks on life in music.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Walk us through your typical songwriting process. Do lyrics or music come first, and how do you collaborate on that?

Tamarie T: I usually write and produce the music. My writing process varies, often tapping into my soul, letting the music convey its messages to and through me. The music writes itself.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Your live shows are known for their energy and audience interaction. How do you prepare for, and approach live performances?

Tamarie T: I approach each live show with the most honor and respect, knowing it’s a high-level energy harvesting session. Bringing the audience that power that they didn’t know they needed. I practice daily discipline, meditating, studying some of my musical influences, staying healthy, elevating my spirit, and staying tight with rehearsal. But, most importantly, tending to self-growth. They are all major components in keeping performances memorable.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of the most memorable or challenging experiences you’ve had while performing?

Tamarie T: There are so many memories that all I can say is any performance, smooth or challenging, has taught me to remain positive and stay grounded no matter what. Even when faced with hiccups during a performance, remaining calm and sorting out obstacles is something I’ve learned to roll with, without it interfering with my “innergy” or hindering a show.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are your musical goals for the future, both individually and as a band?

Tamarie T: My individual plan is to inspire others through innovation and embody what it means to be authentic. Also, to give people the freedom to be in their genuine inner G.

The goal of the band is to Empower, Heal, Elevate, bring togetherness, and Love to all through the powah of Music and our Live Experiences

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What message or feeling do you hope to leave with your listeners?

Tamarie T: Through authenticity and love, I want to leave people feeling healed, recharged, and activated.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: The Chicago music scene is diverse and vibrant. What are some other local artists you admire or have collaborated with?

Tamarie T: A few local artists I admire in the Chicago scene are Hip Hop artist Jovan Landry, Scoop and Cachè of The Lizm Muzik Group, Ohni and Rizing Deity, Gooze Wayne & The K.R.A, dancer Mocha Mocha 2.0 & Body Confidence for Queens, DJ Duane Powell, and DJ Khali Melon.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You’re both known for your powerful stage presence and fashion sense. How does your visual identity contribute to your music?

Tamarie T: I am a living embodiment of my music, which I call ExotiK Funk.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: As Black man in the music industry, have you faced any unique challenges or experiences? If so, how have you navigated them?

Tamarie T: As an indigenous, melanated brotha facing certain appropriations in the music scene, [one challenge is] having culture vultures attempt to recreate and rebrand originality. I stand firm on being a pioneer in honoring the “Greats” before us and carrying the torch to light the path for what’s to come. To remind my people, WE are the creators of more than just Rap music.

I am Tamarie T., and this is ExotiK Funk!

Photo courtesy of Katia Jackson

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Well, thank you for this interview Tamarie T. and you have now been officially BANGED! GO BANG!!!

You can follow Tamarie T. on IG @elektra_kumpany



Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans

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For 30 years, Robbi’s been treating Promotion as an art form! He puts his heart and soul into every aspect. His innovative and evolving marketing strategies, captivating social media posts, and engaging content truly captures the essence of events, which generates significant buzz among a target audience.

Robbi The Promoter is based in New York City. He currently promotes dance parties (in and outside of New York), websites, clothing, dance music videos + releases, and is affectionately known as the “5 Time Award-Winning Best Promoter”, winning Undergroundarchives’ Best Promoter award five years in a row (2000-2005). His promotional reach extends from Chicago to Philly, Miami and beyond.

He also “shops” music to labels and has played a major part “raising” (promoting/managing) a few DJs, from the ground up, such as Ian Friday, Mr. V, Alix Alvarez, Adam Rios + Mark Francis, and Miguel Ortiz, just to name a few.

His managing and promoting has single-handedly made Chicago legends DJ Wayne Williams and DJ Alan King more popular in New York and cities outside of Chicago.

He’s also a “filter” for DJs, which simply means that promoters from all over contact him to book DJs which in turn he refers them to the actual DJ or their booking agents.

He has a blast doing all this, all day, which makes his “pro” life pretty much his personal life.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking back on your 30 years as a promoter, what has been the most significant change you’ve witnessed in the industry?

Robbi: The internet is the most significant change in the industry. In the past, I did everything manually. I’ve moved on from passing out flyers. I had created a system of starting off putting flyers in stores in Brooklyn, jumping on the train to Manhattan and hitting clothing and record stores from east to west side, and I had to visit press offices and radio shows to have events advertised. So, all this leg work was replaced by the internet…we have way more reach online.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What has been your proudest accomplishment as a promoter?

Robbi: I don’t think I have the proudest moment, but my on ongoing proud moments are seeing packed venues with DJs and folks having fun.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out as a Promoter?

Robbi: First live, love and learn as much history as possible when it comes to the product or music. Second, be very humble. Third, for the new folks, (not just promoters in House music), please avoid spending all day making posts, coming off like you’re God’s gift to House music and avoiding publicly validating talented people who’ve been here way longer than you have. You look stupid doing it.

As for actual promoting, you make the rules. Be very creative, do research and come up with formulas. It all starts with common sense.

Last, avoid coming off like you’re desperate to get ahead. You’re gonna wear yourself right out of business. Getting ahead takes time. Folks need to see more work, and less attitude.


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GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career?

Robbi: One big lesson I learned is to see how people are from the gate. Of course, it takes time to learn. Some people are just down right no good. So, I’m quick to avoid and quicker to cut individuals off.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of the most memorable events you’ve promoted over the years?

Robbi: Back in 2002, Timmy Regisford allowed me to throw a big birthday party at Shelter. I think we had around 1800 heads in attendance that night. Then, 16 years of marketing the Chosen Few Picnic. Same for Collective Minds in Baltimore. Also, helped with many WMC (Winter Music Conference) parties. The most memorable one was the Master’s At Work parties at Opium Garden in Miami.

GO BANG1 MAGAZINE: What do you see as the future of the promotion industry?

Robbi: It’s already evolving fast. Right now, popular DJs and venues have huge and still growing platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok. That eliminates the Marketing person. So, yea it’s going to be an interesting future.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are you most passionate about outside of your work as a promoter?

Robbi: Being with, and the well-being of my fiancé, watching movies, playing mixes from different DJs daily, (I try my best to avoid being a sheep), travelling and more travelling.


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GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What does celebrating 30 years in the industry mean to you?

Robbi: I have thick skin, so celebrating it feels like nothing. But, posting about it is a form of business, in terms of an effort to attract more marketing jobs.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are you looking forward to in the next 30 years?

Robbi: lol…Just promoting. I like working on my own time, with zero micromanagers or folks breathing down my neck.

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans

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In honor of Black History Month, let’s give props to the Black & Brown members of the gay community and one of their many contributions to the world… HOUSE!!!

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the African American and Latino LGBTQ+ communities of Chicago and New York City in the early 1980s. It is characterized by a four-on-the-floor beat, repetitive synthesizer bass lines, and vocals that often express themes of love, unity, and self-expression.

House Music: A Soundtrack of Liberation and the Power of the Gay Community

House music – its pulsating rhythms, synth-driven melodies, and themes of love and togetherness – has been a driving force in dance culture for decades. But the roots of this beloved genre run deeper than just its infectious beats. House music is fundamentally intertwined with the history and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly gay men of color. Its origins tell a story of resilience, creativity, and the undeniable power of marginalized voices shaping a sound that would reverberate across the globe.

In the Heart of the Disco Backlash

To understand the genesis of house music, we must revisit the turbulent era of the late 1970s. Disco, with its flamboyant celebration of sexuality and its embrace by the gay, black, and Latino communities, became a target of a cultural backlash. This culminated in the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” in Chicago, a spectacle of homophobia and racism that sought to destroy this empowering musical movement.

Sanctuary in the Clubs

Against this backdrop, underground clubs like The Warehouse in Chicago and the Paradise Garage in New York became vital sanctuaries for those marginalized by mainstream society. These spaces – primarily frequented by black and Latino gay men – fostered a sense of belonging and freedom of expression that was all too rare. DJs like Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House”, Ron Hardy, and Larry Levan began experimenting with stripped-down disco, incorporating electronic elements and drum machines to create a raw and fresh sound.

Innovation and Expression

House music was a form of liberation, a musical response to the oppression faced by the LGBTQ+ community. It embraced elements of gospel, soul, and funk, often incorporating uplifting vocals preaching messages of love, unity, and self-acceptance – themes sorely needed in the face of the AIDS crisis unfolding at the time.

House music also became intertwined with the rise of voguing and ballroom culture, providing a soundtrack to these vibrant expressions of queer identity and creativity. These scenes offered a safe space for individuals to explore gender, sexuality, and self-expression in a supportive environment.

From the Underground to Global Phenomenon

House music eventually crossed over from its underground origins to international acclaim. Its hypnotic rhythms and inclusive messaging attracted an ever-expanding audience, shaping global dance music culture for decades to come. The genre’s influence can be heard across popular music, from pop to hip-hop to electronic dance music subgenres.

Lessons of Resilience and Artistic Power

The story of house music is one of resilience. Born out of a desire for safe spaces, community, and self-expression, it became a powerful force for change and acceptance. It’s a reminder that marginalized voices, when given the room to create and express themselves, can shape culture in profound ways. The story of house music is, and always will be, the story of the LGBTQ+ community finding their voice and their place through music.

House music’s legacy continues to inspire and empower. Its spirit of inclusion and celebration welcomes everyone to the dance floor, regardless of background, identity, or orientation. That spirit is perhaps the most important lesson of all – the enduring power of music to bring people together and create moments of pure joy.


Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and In addition, he’s an Author, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Model, Poet, Dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

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Contrary to the stigma and misnomer surrounding Cabrini-Green, the area he grew up in what was simply known as Frances Cabrini, located on the near northside of Chicago and originally referred to as Little Italy. Before the red and white projects were built, the Row Houses as they were called, represented the total extent of Frances Cabrini housing development: Hudson, Cleveland, Mohawk, Cambridge, and Oak Street, cut off by an alley going west and Chicago Avenue going south.

In this close knitted area were Italians, Chinese and Puerto Ricans, some of every ethnic people except Arabic and African. Before we realized, that meant them too. This would quickly change by the early 60s, and soon it was just them. White flight was on the move.

At 11 years old, Vincent became a petty shoplifter and just before turning 12, he got arrested and released to his angry mother. Afterwards, he became a regular Audy Home juvenile delinquent. That same year Vincent and three others were sent to a place called St. Charles for Boys. They had cottages named after presidents and that was where they were assigned. None of them got to be in the same cottage. Of the four, Vincent would be last released after nine months. Vincent was seen as the leader.

Once in his 20s and 30s, he developed into an upscale burglar, thanks to an Italian friend of his. However, his heart was dedicated to the community. So he and a friend started a non-for-profit organization chartered in Springfield, Illinois that was designed to generate economic and social independence and unity. Long story short, they were betrayed and an attempt on his life was made.

Thanks to Vincent’s mother, many years ago, poetry became his main focus. May book one and two, speak for itself.

“Dive into the lyrical world of Chicago poet Vincent L. Johnson, where every word is a brushstroke on the canvas of your soul!” — Joaquin Mann, ARTiculation Radio.

Published with assistance from in October 2023, Chicago resident Vincent L. Johnson’s literary debut (W.H.A.T.: Wisdom Honors All Truth) is a handy book of quotations written over a period spanning nearly 50 years that gives readers nuggets of wisdom to help navigate various paths in life. An inspirational work that moves you to keep going and perform introspection, readers are motivated by sage advice and empowered by emanating love to push past all attempting to keep them stagnated and bound.

​Vincent goes on to say, “I cannot express the overwhelming sense of joy and awe I am feeling right now. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me over the years and have pushed me to release my poetry and quotations.”

He continues, “If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you need to get your copy of my debut book — W.H.A.T. (Wisdom Honors All Truth) by Vincent L. Johnson — as soon as you can. It’s a collection of quotations that are poetic masterpieces from my heart that I hope will awaken your senses, touch your heart, and stir your imagination. I invite you to join me on this enchanting literary journey.”

​So, what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in his world of timeless verses and embark on a poetic adventure like no other.

GO BANG Magazine: What was your experience growing up in Cabrini-Green? What were the biggest challenges and opportunities you faced?

Vincent Johnson: It was a time when we as a community had a lot of respect and we were very considerate of one another. We occasionally had good fun with drinks, laughter, dancing, and just good old positive vibes.

GO BANG Magazine: How did your childhood in Cabrini-Green shape your decision to become an author?

Vincent Johnson: There were no specific experiences.  Just life in general.

GO BANG Magazine: How do you think your upbringing has influenced your writing style and themes?

Vincent Johnson: It did not influence my style of writing. It was something I gained on my own.

GO BANG Magazine: What inspires you to write? Do you draw inspiration from your own experiences or other sources?

Vincent Johnson: It’s a combination of what I’ve experienced and the way I perceive myself and us as a people.

GO BANG Magazine: What are some of the recurring themes or messages you explore in your work?

Vincent Johnson: My heart is with us as a people, and that influences my writing.

GO BANG Magazine: How does your writing process work? Do you have any specific routines or rituals?

Vincent Johnson: During the morning is when I have my most inspired thoughts.

GO BANG Magazine: What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an author from Cabrini-Green?

Vincent Johnson: None that I can think of.  My background is not so much a factor as my present mindset of how I see things today.

GO BANG Magazine: How do you hope your writing can impact readers, both within and outside of your community?

Vincent Johnson:  I’m hoping that the young people who check out my work will find a greater sense of themselves, especially in terms of who we are.

GO BANG Magazine: Do you feel a responsibility to represent the experiences of your community accurately and authentically?

Vincent Johnson: Any reference to my former community will always be one of appreciation and love.  During the time I was coming up in the 50s and 60s, we had a natural concern for each other.

GO BANG Magazine: What are your hopes and dreams for your future as an author?

Vincent Johnson: That I will be recognized as someone who told it like it was, raw with no filters, based on my love for us as a people.

GO BANG Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring writers from marginalized communities?

Vincent Johnson: Just be your self whatever that is, in spite of nay-sayers and occasional setbacks.

GO BANG Magazine: How has the demolition and redevelopment of Cabrini-Green affected your perspective and writing?

Vincent Johnson: Actually, I’m glad they tore them down because compared to my time, we didn’t have all those shootings, killings, and rapes going on as it was. So again, I’m glad that they tore them down.

GO BANG Magazine: Are there any specific literary influences that have shaped your work?

Vincent Johnson: None at all. I’m coming straight from the heart, with my own experiences.

GO BANG Magazine: What would you like your legacy to be?

Vincent Johnson: A man who stayed true to our cause as a resurrected people from the slave effects of our past.

GO BANG Magazine: Well Vincent, I want to thank you for granting me this interview and you have now officially been BANGED! GO BANG!

Vincent Johnson: Thank you!


In the WHAT book, it’s about being you
and a closer look at who’s really who.
Plus, there is no “but” in the book of WHAT
because in it we find right from the start
it opens your mind and speaks to your heart.

WHAT is an acronym which means:
Wisdom honors all truth
It’s also a slogan that means:
Time answers hard work

The WHAT book is full of wit, humor and power,
And, bit by bit, the blue lotus flower!
The sayings that follow and the messages they hold,
may they make your tomorrow like silver and gold.

Believers beware these are changing times
and those who can bear the truth in these rhymes.
Life is a chance, challenge and sometimes a choice,
sometimes we mourn and sometimes rejoice.
But it’s never for sure when it comes to time
and nor are my thoughts when it comes to rhyme.

To order your autographed copy, simply contact Vincent to pay your $20 in person or to notify him you are sending your payment via Zelle to 312-772-7881 or email














AMAZON (WHAT book #2) 


AMAZON (WHAT book #1)


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DJ Slugo has been performing since the early 1990’s as a founding member of Chicago’s infamous Dance Mania label, along with co-conspirators Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon.

Slugo is world-renowned for his hits including, “Wouldn’t You Like to be a Hoe Too?“, “A Blunt“, “Godzilla Track“, “Where the Rats?“, and many more. London’s Underbeat Magazine calls Slugo’s Cardboard Booty album, “The most influential Ghetto House CD ever made,” and went on to call him, “The Ghetto-father of the American Dance floor.” His “Chicago Juke” DVD’s have gained over 2-million views in 2017.

Daft Punk credits him by name, and references his track “DJ’s On the Low“, on their iconic song “Teachers.” He was featured by name recently on HBO’s hit TV show Ballers along with his track “I Ain’t Yo Baby Daddy.”  Slugo has done remixes for major artists such as Nina Kraviz”s “Ghetto Kraviz” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It”, and has collaborations on the horizon with artists and labels in France, Brooklyn and Japan.



Early Days and Influences:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What initially drew you to the Ghetto House scene in Chicago? Were there any specific DJs or producers who inspired you early on?

DJ Slugo: I wanted to change the old school House sound to more of what was going on in my environment. My cousin DJ Geno inspired me early on to start DJing.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How did you develop your signature sound and style? What elements make your music distinctly “DJ Slugo”?

DJ Slugo: I developed my sound from being raised in the Robert Taylor Holmes. My drums in my music is one of my distinctive traits that make it a DJ Slugo Record.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking back, what were some of the biggest challenges you faced in establishing yourself as a DJ and producer in the early days of Ghetto House?

DJ Slugo: One of my biggest challenges was getting people to know that I was a DJ and not just a Ghetto House/Juke DJ

Chicago Scene and Impact:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: In your opinion, how has the Chicago Ghetto House scene evolved over the years? What are some of the biggest changes you’ve witnessed?

DJ Slugo: Well I can only speak for Ghetto House. We have evolved for sure, but we are nowhere near where we should be. The biggest change I have witnessed is our sound being played and copied in other countries.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What impact do you think your own work has had on the scene and its legacy? Do you feel you’ve helped shape its future in any way

DJ Slugo: I can say for certain that I know have made a huge impact on the scene and its legacy with hard-working ethics. And yes, I know I have shaped its future by instilling my work ethic into the producers I have worked with.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You’ve collaborated with many iconic artists. Can you share a memorable experience or highlight a collaboration that stands out for you?

DJ Slugo: I wouldn’t point out just one specific collaboration because I loved and enjoyed the majority of the collaborations I have done with anyone. But, I will say working with the underground artists on collaborations is a lot more fun, because they a extremely creative when they are in that hungry stage of their career.

Production and Legacy:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Walk us through your creative process when producing a new track. Do you have any specific rituals or techniques you use

DJ Slugo: No rituals here. I Just sit at the drum machine and computer and let the ancestors lead me.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of your upcoming projects or goals? Are there any new ventures you’re excited about exploring?

DJ Slugo: I have a new Vinyl Only album, Ghetto House Music Vol.2 , dropping in May for my birthday. I’m exploring a lot of things outside of music that have me really excited, but I never speak on things until I’m actually almost done doing them.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking ahead, what advice would you give to aspiring DJs and producers who want to carve their own niche in the electronic music landscape?

DJ Slugo: Know your craft and always continue to perfect it. Also, understand that this is a business that you’re getting into. So learn the music business the same way you are learning music.

Bonus Question:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: If you could curate a dream Ghetto House party with any DJs or artists, past or present, who would you invite and why?

DJ Slugo: My Dream Party would be the ones we had in the 90’s, but with the knowledge we have now. I would invite anybody that’s coming to enjoy themselves and enjoy the music.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Well DJ Slugo, thank you for your time and this interview.  You have been officially BANGED! GO BANG!!!

DJ Slugo:  No problem.



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Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and In addition, he’s an Author, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Model, Poet, Dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

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When you mention the name ”HOLLY MAXWELL”, you have mentioned a name that is respected all over the world. She IS “THEE entertainer’s entertainer” and IS better than she has ever been before! Musically, this lady has done it all, traveled everywhere and knows everybody that is somebody and is equally well known by the same somebody’s.

HOLLY MAXWELL at birth was named HOLLE’THEE MAR CLA RO DE’ MAXWELL. She is now using the spelling of her real name HOLLE’THEE MAXWELL. A native of Chicago, Illinois, born October 17th, 1945, HOLLE THEE’ was destined to be one of the world’s greatest entertaining performers.

Holle’ Thee sang her first song at age of five years young professionally. Still, unlike most, she gives all due respect and credit to a higher spiritual power for creating her parents, Marcellus and Eula Thee Gladys, for being her sole inspiration to continue being musical, starting with classical piano and singing opera, in German, French and Italian.

Holle’ Thee to this date, is the only American from African descent to have been presented in concert at THEE age of 12 years young at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House, presented by noteworthy Rev. Dr. Lena McLin and her mother, Eula Thee.

Holle’ Thee has graduated with two master degrees in music, one from Roosevelt University, Chicago Musical College, Chicago, Illinois and the other from the world class Julliard School of Music, New York, New York.

Holle’ Thee was THEE first and only to perform a live show in flight aboard a 747 TWA Jet, going from Chicago to Costa Del Sol, Spain in 1972 to sing for President Franco.

Holle’ Thee replaced Tina Turner with the musical Legendary Ike Turner Review and was the only vocalist that toured with jazz great organist Mr. Jimmy Smith for three years. She has opened shows for The Mighty Dells, The Tempting Temptations, The Spectacular Spinners, Music Legend King Curtis, Legendary comedian/actors Slappy White and Redd Foxx, Pop Music Legends Captain and Tennille, Oscar Award-winning living legend actor Louis Gossett Jr., and too many more to mention.

Holle’ Thee is a favorite on THEE Chicago Blues Festivals, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013, 2015.

2014 & 2017 – Inductee into Thee Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

2015 – Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Music Awards.

2009, 2011, 2015 – Holle’ Thee represented the Chicago Blues Festivals on popular television station WCIU on “You and Me In The Morning” during the Aly Bockler segment.

2015- Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Women in The Blues.

June 2015 – Holle’ Thee was featured in a documentary about the “Grandfather of Rock and Roll”, legendary Ike Turner in a television show entitled, “UNSung.”

2016 – Holle’ Thee received a resolution from The City Council / City of Chicago, Mayor Emanuel and Alderwoman Pat Dowell for Holle’ Thee’s seven decades / 65 years devotion in music, also celebrating her 71st birthday.

2023 – Nominated for Literary Award for “Freebase Ain’t Free” by the Black Arts and Culture Alliance of Chicago.

Holle’ Thee represented on poster and all advertising, the first time ever “Women of The Blues”, Coast to Coast Collection of photographs from photographers from all over THEE world photographing women Blues singers from across the country at Firecat Gallery, Chicago, IL, the University of Chicago, to The Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri; all produced by Orman Music and Media.

She is a featured part of THEE Chicago Women in THEE Blues 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and with many radio interviews and television appearances under her belt.

Holle’ Thee was the entertainment producer and host of “STRAIGHT TALK PRESENTS MUSIC” on Mondays at

Holle’ Thee is a graduate model and accomplished songwriter; having written many originals on her CD’s and “Ain’t God Something” for THEE internationally known Blues artist great, legendary Bobby Blue Bland.

THEE Icon, THEE musical living legend, THEE exceptional talents given by God to THEE one and only, Ms. Holle’ Thee Maxwell

Legendary Holle Thee Maxwell…..


GO BANG Magazine: Where were you born and raised and how would you describe your childhood?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I was born in Chicago at Providence Hospital…..My childhood was filled with music, for my mother was an opera singer.  So, I learned to sing opera (classical music) at a very young age..

GO BANG Magazine: Looking back on your incredible seven-decade career, what milestones stand out as most meaningful to you?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  There are so many.  Did you read my bio’s,  short and Wikipedia?   My life with Ike Turner, who they destroyed with Annie Mae’s help, and my singing with jazz organ great Jimmy Smith. Also, being THEE first and last to ever entertain on a TWA flight in THEE air from Chicago to perform for President ..Franco….Also I was THEE first Afro American 12 year young child to ever be presented at Civic (Lyric) Opera House singing French, German and Italian. There have been so many wonderful actions of God in my life, I can’t remember and them all!…Just read my stories as they come this year!

GO BANG Magazine: You’ve seamlessly navigated diverse genres throughout your career, from opera to blues. What drives your artistic curiosity and versatility.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  Thee simplest way to answer that is….I’ve been blessed with an enormous amount of talent and I just was never and will never settle for being less than God intended me to be..I am setting my sites now on being THEE first black senior woman in Country music.

GO BANG Magazine: As the only American of African descent to perform at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House at such a young age, how did that experience shape your perspective on the music industry?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  That experience of being able to sing opera in different languages fluently, enabled me to switch my music into jazz singing very easily, (especially) after being raped by my stepfather and my mother shooting him dead. While singing, she was hand cuffed behind THEE curtains!  That had THEE effect on me to change my music from opera to jazz!

GO BANG Magazine: Collaborating with legends like Ike Turner and Jimmy Smith must have been unforgettable. What did you learn from these collaborations that continue to influence your work?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE main thing I learned from them both was to know you’re THEE best and let THEE world know it….while at THEE same time help those that probably won’t appreciate your help…but it makes me feel good to be in a position to help!  I just watch now who to help!

GO BANG Magazine: It is your mission to clear Ike Turner’s name. You recount a different man than who is commonly reported in the press. Please describe your friendship with Ike Turner and why it is so important to you to clear his name.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell: Entertainers always, always get a bad rep and especially from those that I ask, “What closet were you hiding in to know all you babble about?”  and most too often, they shut up!  I know how it feels to be accused falsely. Even now, I go through that with THEE last of so called friends, whom I am slowly eliminating even now…Ike was a musical genius that a self-abusive Annie Mae, along with “white man America” destroyed…. He was given an unjustified bad rep and I will, as long as I live and after my death, keep telling the truth that lies about him, I will not allow to stand!!!  Read my book, THEE untold story about Ike, entitled, “Freebase Ain’t Free!”  He died and I’ll keep riding with him and his spirit in me  We loved each other, spiritually!!!  Ike was my Ride or Die!!!!

GO BANG Magazine: What rituals or routines do you use to prepare yourself for a powerful performance?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  There are no rituals that I go through.  I am just a natural… No effort!  I love what I can do…so i just go and do it!  I keep thanking God!

GO BANG Magazine: You’ve captivated audiences worldwide, earning the title of “Queen of Entertaining Entertainers.” What do you consider the essence of true entertainment?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE essence of true entertainment is having THEE natural ability to relate and talk to your audience like they’re family.  You must be able to act what you’re singing about and take your audience where you need them to be with you and where you want them to go with you….Just don’t stand there and sing!  Anybody can do that!  You must be an “Entertaining Entertainer!”

GO BANG Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who dream of achieving similar success and longevity in their careers?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell: First, you must believe in yourself wholeheartedly!  Do not allow yourself to be with those unlike yourself!  Never allow others’ thoughts about you, if negative, to get in your way!  You have to get and stay out of your own way first!  Do not allow yourself be be fearful…Be fearless!  Tackle challenges!  ALLWAYS ALWAYS, CHALLENGE YOURSELF!  Reach higher and higher!  Success is not what others think of you or defining who you are….as long as you remain what God designed you to be within his creation…you are already successful!!!

My longevity comes from me telling THEE truth and laughing a lot  and when obe doesn’t like it I laugh more!


GO BANG Magazine: Throughout your journey, what challenges have you faced, and how have you overcome them?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I have had so many challenges in my life, too many to tell about now…but I overcame them all believing God didn’t create me to be “nothing” with all THEE talent I had and I still have…Read my new book and see my life story documentary entitled, “All Kinds A Rape From Opera to THEE Blues!”  when they come out!!! That will tell it all!

GO BANG Magazine: With such a rich experience, you decided to self-publish a book entitled “Freebase Ain’t Free.” Please describe what inspired you to write the book and what it is about.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  What was done to Ike and what was done to me inspired me to write “Freebase Ain’t Free!”  Just how dirty entertainment can be destroying Ike and how others outside of entertainment attempted to destroy me!  Thee book is about my life and love for Ike and myself  He had my back! I had his!!!  Read it when you need THEE truth about us both!

GO BANG Magazine: Looking ahead, what legacy do you hope to leave behind with your music and influence?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I would love to leave behind a “Black Musicians Matters”  Museum behind, telling just our stories with nothing else mixed in, just our musical histories, along with mine .

(Photos below courtesy of Hyde Park Records/Facebook)








GO BANG Magazine: Lastly, on Saturday, February 17, 2024 @ 2pm, you have an event in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. Please invite our readers to your event as and tell us all about it?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE event is a book, CD, signing along with THEE sale of BLACK MUSICIAN MATTERS tee shirts.  It will be held at Hyde park Records  1377 East 53rd Street Saturday Feb. 17th from 2pm until 5pm//  I’ll be signing my book and all my CD’s  and THEE tee shirts are from my organization call Come and see some folks you aint’ seen in along time, if they ain’t dead!  Love IS!!!  BMM  See you soon!




GO BANG Magazine: Well, Holle’ Thee Maxwell, you have now been officially BANGED!!!!  GO BANG!!!

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