With the rise of social media, came the change of our status quo. Platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and others are essential in today’s world for practically any business to succeed, no matter how big or small. Additionally, as social media grew in popularity, so did the number of young, independent business people in a variety of industries, such as music, fashion, art, cosmetics, you name it.
Having said that, today we’re here to highlight Akilah Williams, a growing, young CEO in the field of nail technicians. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, with her own office for her brand, KilahNailedThat, that she launched in April 2021. Since then she has been flourishing tremendously.
Below is an exclusive 4shoMagazine interview with Akilah; she speaks on her beginnings, choosing the career path as a nail tech, working with Cardi B, and where she sees herself in ten years.
Check it out in full below! Then I suggest you ladies reading, to book your next appointment with Akilah — and as for you guys– you now know where to take wifey for her nails!
What made you pursue the nail technician industry, aside from say, hair, etc.?
Akilah: “It dates back all the way to my childhood. My fondest memories as a kid was the time I spent at the nail spa with my mother. I was instantly so fascinated with the nail art. So much so, my grandmother bought me a set of pedicure tools one Christmas and it was everything for me. I was painting everyone’s nails .. even my father’s [haha].
I also always gravitated towards art, so from high school on, my life was filled with a lot of drawing and painting. So looking back, I was always preparing myself for a career as a nail technician in some way.
When did you start to realize this was the right career path for you?
Akilah: “The pandemic for sure. Ironically enough, it really helped me launch my career. As all non-essential businesses, including nail salons, were shut down and with more time on my hands, I began watching Instagram reels and YouTube videos. My first thought was that I could do this. Then I made a list of all the supplies I’d need and ordered them from Amazon. I began practicing on myself and close family members. I came a long way from my first set [haha].
“Although I was really bad at first, I continued practicing and with time I improved greatly. My passion for nails brings me a sense of calm and peace, which is why I decided to launch my own brand instead of continuing to work at Wing Stop and Primark. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, even though I was a little apprehensive at first.”
You have definitely come a long way! You recently worked with Cardi B. How did it feel?
Akilah: “Working with Cardi B was such a blessing. It is an opportunity that I will forever be grateful [for]. I appreciate Cardi B for giving an upcoming Nail Tech like myself the chance to shine. This experience showed me that I should always be true to myself and never give up on myself, even when others doubted me and my talent. Cardi was so fun to be around, and being called back for a second time was the icing on the cake.”
Where do you see KilahNailedThat in 10 years?
Akilah: “I’m setting very high standards for myself. I expect to be a high-profile, celebrity nail tech.. and a [very] successful business owner. To the point where I expand to [at least] five full-service luxury nail salons. I also want to teach what I know so by then I will have obtained my state accreditation. Aside from training, I also want to provide employment [of course] as well as start-up capital for those who want to start their own business.”
Get To Know @Uknowflyboi Ahead Of The Release Of “Tokyo Drift”
Flyboi Rich is someone that we talk to frequently at 4ShoMag. He’s one of the best rising artists out of Detroit, and just a look at his consistency in releases over the last few years, plus his rising streams on platforms (he’s had millions of streams) shows that the world is realizing it too.
It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with what he’s doing, but, ahead of the release of his new single “Tokyo Drift,” we wanted to catch up with him quickly about where he’s been, what’s inspiring him, and what we can expect from “Tokyo Drift.”
Check out our brief conversation below.
Could you tell me a bit about where you’ve been since our last conversation?
I’ve been doing a lot of traveling studying planning buying real estate learning more about the business side of music and taking meetings with smaller labels. Ethika recently had me come in to talk.
How has your career elevated?
My streams have been going up and with that comes trouble. People have been hacking into my social media accounts so I’ve just been rebuilding them. I’m seeing streams go up over a million a month sometimes, so I appreciate whoever is listening to me and watching my videos.
What’s the inspiration for your new music?
My new releases are inspired by the drama that I’ve been going through, just life situations that I’ve been putting into the music. When you hear me, I’m putting my all so people who understand my struggles can identify with what I’m saying. I always make sure the punchlines and metaphors hit too, because that’s something I always focus on.
What’s the message behind it?
The message behind it is to really talk crazy and speak your mind. Don’t let your voice get shut out. Open up and do whatever you want to do and take chances for what you want to become Don’t take shit from nobody. And to be honest, it’s also my story of coming from the trenches as an underdog.
What are you working on beyond this that your fans can wait on?
The next thing that I’m working on is definitely more music — starting with the release of “Tokyo Drift.” I’m also working on new ways to present my brand to people — whether it’s more clothes and fashion lines on the way, or being featured on bigger blogs and radios. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of me in the near future.
Keep up with Flyboi Rich on Twitter and Instagram at @uknowflyboi.
Yurissa’s “Spooky Szn” Is a Dark Jersey Club Anthem That Will Haunt You
Yurissa’s latest release, “Spooky Szn,” is a dark and atmospheric Jersey Club anthem that will haunt you long after you hit that last click of the play button. With its eerie beats, haunting melodies, and Yurissa’s fierce vocals, “Spooky Szn” is the perfect soundtrack for your next Halloween night or dark and stormy night.
From the moment the song begins, you’re transported to a world of darkness and mystery. The beats are hypnotic and the melodies are haunting, creating a sense of suspense and anticipation. And then there’s Yurissa’s vocals. She delivers her bars with a ferocity that’s both captivating and intimidating.
“Spooky Szn” is more than just a song; it’s a statement. It’s a declaration that Yurissa is a force to be reckoned with in the Jersey Club scene. She’s not afraid to take risks and experiment with new sounds, and “Spooky Szn” is the perfect example of that.
If you’re a fan of dark and atmospheric music, then Yurissa’s “Spooky Szn” is a must-listen. It’s a song that will stay with you long after you’ve finished listening to it.
Lonny The Street Lawyer Is One Of A Kind
Smooth and a man of character, Lonny The Street Lawyer has took years of experiences helping people battle unfair charges head on with much vigor. It’s that same passion that inspired him to open well respected DMV based Cannabis dispensaries. Below is a few things to know about the star entrepreneur.
The Street Lawyer is still one of the most exciting personalities in the national Cannabis landscape. After enjoying a career as a criminal trial attorney in the DMV and fighting over 100 cannabis cases (including close to 20 jury trials defending alleged cannabis distributors, he witnessed the destruction caused by America’s war on drugs, and cannabis enforcement of cannabis prohibitions has been a massive part of that. So, when DC went legal, the street lawyer started a cannabis company- and changed the game’s landscape and city.
Lonny was known in the Courts as a flamboyant trial attorney, almost a throwback to the old-school mafia attorneys in NYC and Philadelphia. But, throughout his career, he never once had an ethical issue. He is known to aggressively and flamboyantly defend his clients without ever stepping over the ethics line. He became a prolific radio personality on DC101 for five years, educating, guiding, and entertaining the DMV on street crimes, police issues, and society. He gained international notoriety on Social media for various content, from legal and educational videos to dance videos to comedic content and now to motivational content. He is a character in every city he lands. He is all about positivity and self-growth.
Street Lawyer Services became the premier cannabis brand and gifting shop in the town. He decided he could make it a vibe. The city converged around SLS as it was the hub for the hottest budtenders and highest-quality cannabis and even turned into the underground Celebrity pit stop in DC. Street Lawyer services became about Unity, community, art, fashion, dance, performance, tolerance, acceptance, and fun in the DMV. You never know what you’ll get when you walk into Street Lawyer Services on H St. NE.
You may have a well-known DJ spinning. You could see a few DC K st lobbyists talking shop, you may see a few young men from the block kicking it, and you are sure to run into local DC artists just getting right. On top of all that vibe, SLS has been known to have the best flower selection in the region for the past five years.