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Alan PrepZilla talks about his award-winning podcast Lazy, Yet Successful, hosted with his husband Justin Riggs

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Lazy, yet successful is an award-winning podcast hosted by Alan PrepZilla Riggs and his husband Justin Riggs. The two millennials residing in the Midwest, Alan, and Justin host their super fun podcast where they talk about everything from dogs, politics to pop culture, garnering the attention of podcast lovers from around the world. Their episodes on Donald Trump, where they pull apart the comments made by the president as well as the most recent presidential debate that set the meme army into a frenzy, are particularly loved by their listeners.

We got in touch with Alan PrepZilla to talk more about their podcast in this exclusive interview.

Interviewer: Hi Alan! So first tell us what the core theme of your podcast is and what inspired its name?

Alan PrepZilla: Justin & I were just starting to quarantine and I realized we were going to need something more to do than just working at home. I enjoy podcasts and knew we could do one ourselves. We are two very successful individuals but we could also be lazy sometimes, so “Lazy, Yet Successful” was born. 

Interviewer: Tell us about some of the most popular episodes.

Alan PrepZilla: So far our most popular episode has been our Wedding Recap after Justin and I got married this past September. With over fifty-thousand listens on that episode alone. Our other popular episodes are anything political. They are very engaging and quick recaps of all things news. 

Interviewer: What goes behind the making of an episode?

Alan PrepZilla: We sit in our Podcast room, which is also my closet and office. We make a rough outline and then we just talk. Pretty simple and it is kind of turned into a slight therapy session for me as these months went on. 

Interviewer: How is it like working with your husband for this podcast?

Alan PrepZilla: Justin brings the entire podcast together. He has such a way with words that makes us a lot more engaging to the listener than if I were to be doing this alone. Justin is also the head of all of our Political episodes. 

Interviewer: Tell us about the popular segment of your podcast “Jethroe, The Littles & Mazz”?

Alan PrepZilla: We currently have four pets. Three dogs: Jethroe, our two-year-old yellow lab, Louis, Our one-year-old Dalmatian & Cinnamon, our ten-year-old Chihuahua. We also have one cat, Mazzikin, or Mazz for short who is just over one year old now. 

Interviewer: What other episodes are you currently working on?

Alan PrepZilla: A lot of upcoming political episodes thanks to the incredible 2020 United States Presidential Election. Along with new segments on the renovations we are about to start in our home. 

Lazy, Yet Successful podcast is streaming on all popular platforms.

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Interview with the talented artist, The Velvet Bug

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Just as free and powerful as flight, The Velvet Bug is a talented mature artist who believes in freedom of thought and freedom to live life as per one’s own will. His music is liberating and inspiring, the kind that makes you want to break all the barriers and regain control. With his hard work, dedication, and passion for creating music that is out of the box, The Velvet Bug is rapidly paving his way through the music industry. His latest album “Seven Suns” is an epitome of his innate music-making passion that is a surprising twist on modern life. A modern rock album with 11 euphonious songs, “Seven Suns” is receiving massive reception from fans across the globe. 

Interviewer: You have an intriguing stage name. What is the story behind it?

The Velvet Bug: I am The Velvet Bug… a being (much like a bee) with special powers and protections, who travels anywhere and everywhere in search of an escape. Now when I say escape, I mean the True Escape… one from our world of limitation and deception. An escape from the simulacrum we are living in. The bubble.This Dream.

Interviewer: What inspired you to pursue music?

The Velvet Bug: When I was a little boy, I would listen to music and feel I was in another world… that the world was a great big friendly place full of good intentions. Every song I heard, every time the radio was playing a hit, it opened up a part of me that I did not know I had before. Then, as I matured, music became a language I loved and just had to sing. Love was always the biggest theme in music and how relationships would work or fail was nearly always part of the story.

Interviewer: How would you describe your music style to our readers?

The Velvet Bug: My musical style is varied and hopeful. I always have an escape route built into every song. My base is Rock… the kind of rock that lets you float on a cloud or dematerialize into space. Then there’s the Blues… the kind that puts your feet right back on the ground and reminds you of whom and where you “really” are.

Interviewer: Tell our readers about your latest album “Seven Suns”

The Velvet Bug: With my first song in the album, Hologram from Mars, I set the tone on how I left earth (and my dear mother) and discovered our progenitors on Mars. With the song, Seven Suns (She’s a Hunter), I discover a legendary angelic being with godly powers from Seven Suns, a planet surrounded by seven glorious stars in the seventh dimension and whose sole purpose in life is the protection of the young and innocent. Funny thing is, the angelic beings love to dance to Rock.

The song, Entropy, is an escape out of the simulacrum completely. Escape from the chaos and disintegration we all will achieve. Escape from the dream that has been dreamt for us and our loved ones.

Interviewer: Where do you see yourself in your musical journey in the next few years?

The Velvet Bug: I want to fly. .. fly without any restrictions and burdens. The weight of the world is a heavy one and one that we construct for ourselves. If we are so burdened, we can’t lift off and see our world from a different perspective. Breaking free is the beginning of any journey and music is the soundtrack.

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Chicago Rapper G Herbo Bribes Mexican Police with $4000 for Flying High

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Chicago Rapper G Herbo Bribes Mexican Police with $4000 for Flying High

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Weed is a consciousness-altering medicinal plant famously associated with rap music, where some of the famous videos even showcase the ‘sticky icky.’ However, rappers express their love for weed in different ways. Some choose to invest in companies that produce weed legally, while others choose to transport it illegally. For example, there is no online smoke shop guide in Mexico yet, but it’s sure to come. But if you want to smoke weed in Mexico, make sure you don’t follow the example of Chicago-based rapper G Herbo. 

Flying High

Rapper G Herbo recently learned that Mexico doesn’t play games when it comes to weed. The rapper thought it was better if he took 2 ounces of his own weed for his trip. Unfortunately, he was met by police at the airport who found the marijuana in his luggage. 

In a video G Herbo uploaded to his Twitter, the rapper films himself walking outside of the airport. He looks straight into the camera and gives his audience an account of what just happened:

“Guess what just happened to me, y’all… 10 minutes into the trip, as soon as I landed, these b*tches just went in all over my sh*t… I was about to go to jail. They said ‘how much money you got on you?’, $2000, all-american, so that’s really $20,000 to them! And they just finessed the f*ck out of me. They said ‘Oh yeah, they told me they found a weed pen, they said they’re trying to send us home…”

Weed Business

Meanwhile, many rappers are entering the cannabis industry as investors and spokesmen. This includes Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter’s Caliva mary jane boutique or Berner’s cookie strain. In particular, Jay-Z went into the business in the hope of helping people affected by the War on Drugs.  Company officials commented on the famous rapper’s involvement:

“In this position, Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration — many of whom are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization — through advocacy, job training, and overall employee and workforce development.” 

Other rappers such as Wiz Khalifa, chose to dive into the weed business by designing their own strains. Leafly product description for Khalifa Kush describes the strain as a specially bred hybrid designed according to the Wiz himself. While the strain is currently not available to the public, there have been sources who describe the profile of the strain as similar to OG Kush. This includes hints of lemon and pine that leaves you with an active buzz to use during the daytime.

This could be a popular trend with musicians and celebrities who are definitely well-educated in weed. Since the drug has permeated so deeply into popular culture, governments worldwide are looking into its legalization. This is why many rappers are getting a head-start and investing in companies that may well explode as soon as weed is legal in the U.S. 

Expensive Mistakes

But that’s not all. Not only did G Herbo bribe the officers with two-thousand dollars out of his own pocket, it turns out his security did too:

“$4000! They just charged my damn security too. We just paid $4000 to get away, they’re just bribing, they’re talking about weed and smuggling, they said it’s a fine. They said ‘Oh no, you can’t pay the fine, you’re gonna go to jail now. It’s too much, it’s more than 5 grams.’ Give them the $2000 then, f*ck it. They took all of my weed, I’m mad as hell.”

There is one way the Chi-Town rapper can skip all of the drama. Simply do what most are doing in places where MJ’s not yet legal. Scoop Charlotte’s web coupon code and try CBD oils or products.  It’s just as natural and will calm the nerves of the Chiraq ghetto survivor.

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Interview with acclaimed singer/songwriter and author, Klaude Walters

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Klaude Walters

Klaude Walters is a multifaceted artist with an extraordinary career. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, Klaude is also an author who has recently started her writing journey with the book “Suicide Kills”. This book is very close to Klaude’s heart as it is based on her personal experience of losing her brother to suicide, along with many other tragic incidents that have left deep scars within. Despite all the tragedies and challenges that life threw at her, she stood strong and eventually overcame all of them. 

She is today in a position where she inspires thousands of lives with her stories and music. In her book “Suicide Kills”, Klaude opens up about many issues that she has faced including abuse and suicidal tendencies. But this book is not another-victim-story; rather, it is about dealing with all these problems and pulling yourself out of your misery. It is about hope; it is about positivity; and most of all, it is about survival. This book is a perfect source of inspiration for anyone who has been through a difficult situation in life or is currently in a challenging space. If you plan on reading just on book your entire life, make sure it is this one!

Interviewer: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

Klaude Walters: Well, I am, at the core, an eternal optimist. I am an artist who loves the process of creating something out of nothing but most of all, I am someone who deeply respects courage and bravery and thrives to empower all those who surround me by showing them their own beauty, strength and talents. I am a songwriter and storyteller and I tend to escape my own outer world by going within where I have free range to create my surroundings. I find tremendous peace and joy in this exercise of introspection and strive to share this with others so that they may, in turn, experience some of the same joy I do.

Interviewer: What/Who inspired you to write “Suicide Kills”?

Klaude Walters: I first started contemplating the idea of writing this book after losing my beloved brother to suicide. I had had my own experience with suicide and had been spared by God to tell its story but had not felt the need to share. After losing Walter though, the immensity of my loss was too much to bare and I felt the need to tell the world the story of who he was and what the world had truly lost with his passing. For the first 10 years of that loss though, anger was much too prevalent in my heart and I didn’t feel right about sharing all of that darkness with the world.

I needed my heart to start healing in order to come to a place of acceptance so that I could really tell the story and also share the lessons learned from that experience. I believed there was more value to that approach than another “Why Me” book. My need to share my brother’s beautiful Soul is at the heart of what inspired me to write this book and share it with others so that in turn I could provide others with inspiration and healing if they were in the midst of their own experience with suicide.  

Interviewer: Tell us the story behind the title of your book?

Klaude Walters: I chose this title because of its deeper meaning. Many people have sent me emails and messages stating “Of course Suicide Kills. Isn’t that the very point of it?” to which I answer that yes, suicide does kill the person committing the act but we often forget the ravage and collateral damage that is left behind with each suicide.

What I am trying to convey with my title is that suicide kills families, marriages, relationships, communities, etc…it’s ripple effect is far reaching and we often forget the war zone that is left after the fact. The title serves to initiate conversations that may be uncomfortable but truly are necessary if we are to understand, accept and grow from this incredibly painful experience and to, perhaps, be of assistance to someone in need when the time comes.

Interviewer: How do you manage to stay positive and upbeat amid all the challenges that life throws at you?

Klaude Walters: Resilience. My unwavering belief in God and his unconditional love for me. My faith is what drives my sails through any and all stormy waters. Without it, I would crumble under the immense pressure of life. Having God reside within me, take host in my heart, provides me with deep inner peace and strength.

I also practice meditation to ground and center myself, affirmations in order to condition my limitless mind and mantras and visualization to remain focused on my goals. These daily rituals help me remain positive in the face of any challenge and even push me to welcome the constant changes of life’s great journey.

It is the reason that I created the online course, “Powerless to Powerful”, that accompanies the book, “Suicide Kills”. I wanted to teach others my blue print to re-condition the mind to a more positive vibration and be able to bring more joy and peace into your inner sanctuary. I want others to achieve this level of success in their own lives and discover their most authentic selves.

Interviewer: What message would you like to give to our readers?

Klaude Walters: Life is a journey. It is meant to be “experienced” to the fullest, not survived. Know that what happens “to you” doesn’t define you. What does define you is your choices. Cultivating your inner world is a million times more important and more valuable to you than anything you do on the outside. Learn to center yourself through meditation so that you can have a clear mind when making decisions. Don’t deny your emotions but don’t give them free reign either.

Give them space to be expressed and absorbed and then step back and reflect on their reason for showing up. Learn from them but don’t let them control your being. Detach yourself from results, expectations, assumptions and ideals. They are nothing more than mirages. Instead, attach yourself to the development of your being and your character. Develop high standards of beliefs that you can commit to and live by for yourself and others.

Spend time in isolation in order to shed the layers of conditioning accumulated over time. It is only through spending time alone that you will discover what you truly love and what you’re passionate about without the influence of others. And once you find that passion, hold on tight to it and build a life, a career and a dream around it. Follow your bliss and joy will find you every time.

Most of all, I want my readers to deeply understand what a true miracle each one of us is. When you think of all the minuscule things that happen in synchronicity within us in order for us to be able to breathe in the morning air, listen to a child’s laughter, taste the sweetness of honey, or see the vibrant colours of a rose garden, you cannot deny that we are truly an unexplainable miracle.

If you start taking inventory of everything a human being can do, feel, see, hear, etc…you become overwhelmed with gratitude that you are one of these miracles. With all of life’s distractions, it is easy to forget who we truly are. My mission is to help others remember.

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