Meet Chicago’s Intrepid: Nate Gilz

Like a rechargeable battery, Nate Gilbert is a steadfast man who loves grinding and networking 24/7. His valiant ideas and vigorous actions consistently attract avid fans of fashion, music and entertainment. A former New Media Manager for Power 92.3 FM, he is now a Sales Director for Interactive One.

In addition, founder and creator of Surround Sound of Fashion (SSOF), intrepid Nate has been making sure that the 7th annual fashion and music show will be astounding. With a consistent sold out event, it is only right to aim for a bigger and better show.

“Surround Sound of Fashion is an interactive fashion show and concert, that was built to provide a platform for aspiring models, designers and dance groups to work alongside professionals in the fashion and entertainment field. To add excitement and a digital experience, the aspiring models that are featured in the show must be voted for. We receive over 2,000 model submissions every year. We narrow the selection down to the top 25 men and 25 women and post their pictures on for their family, friends, co-workers and media to cast their votes.
After the main event, only one male and one female model can be chosen to represent the SSOF brand the following year and win some great prizes such as an all-expenses-paid trip to Vegas for the MAGIC Trade Show convention, Jamaica, clothing, spa certificates and more,” explains Nate.

To top it all off, a celebrity and a national recording artist will be performing a mini-concert after the fashion show. R&B singer and actor, Tyrese Gibson and rapper, J.Cole were previously featured for the exhilarating event. There’s nothing better than having the crowd experience a mind-blowing show before the holiday season begins.

Being a visionary like Nate Gilz can be a pressure. He benevolently help people to be closer to their dreams as he creates a bridge to a great reality for the aspiring models. His perseverance and diligence reflects the arduous result of SSOF.
Now let’s find out more about the busy and dynamic man.

1.) Favorite Quote: “If you want your dream to come true… Don’t sleep.”

2.) What Do You Love Most About Your Job? Networking and being a part of the fashion and entertainment industry.

3.) Who’s Your Icon and why? Kanye West because he is innovative. He doesn’t take no for an answer. He keeps going.

4.) Favorite Rapper:Drake

5.) Favorite Musician: The Roots

6.) Who’s the fiction/non-fiction character or person that best describes you? Why? I would say Will Smith. He is ambitious and has a creative vision. He also has a charming personality like me. (laughs)

7.) Favorite Food: Steak

8.) Celebrity Crush: Jennifer Lopez all day

9.) Out of all the models you’ve worked with, who stood out the most as one of the best? No pressure : (Laughs) no pressure huh. Well I would say, Sesamir Yearby. He’s very humble, hungry, passionate and he knows how to represent the brand in a way that only he can do.

10.) Favorite Company you’ve worked for: Power 92.3 FM because they didn’t hold me back on my creative thoughts and process. I appreciate that. They’ve always got my back too.

This year, Surround Sound of Fashion will take place this December in Chicago. Check back at for details. In addition, my production team and I will be attending and helping out during rehearsals. So get ready for more exciting updates and exclusive behind the scenes coverage at


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Phenomenon Raised Over $100 Million

We’ve all seen celebrities accepting the ALS Ice Bucket challenge based on nomination. It flooded our newsfeed and timeline, making as curious as to what it is all about. Their purpose is to bring public awareness to the disease and it worked. If the nominees does not take the challenge within 24 hours, a minimum of $100 is encouraged for donation.

Incidentally, for every great results of public awareness someone will express their negativity and criticism. People will compare it to another problem, mainly stating that there are far more important or serious situation happening elsewhere that we need to focus on.That being the case, it is understandable that some might feel adversity.

So far, the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge raised over $100 million compared to the 2.8 million that they’ve received last year around the same time. Many thanks to the A-list celebrities who helped with creating the buzz. It gave their fans and the social media a better knowledge and awareness with the ALS.

According to ALS Association

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.



Remembering and Celebrating Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to the legendary “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. On August 29, 2014, he would have been 56 years old.

He was and will always be the greatest entertainer of all time. He continuously inspire others to be the best at what they do. The impact that he has on the music and entertainment industry can never be replaced by anyone else for he is the pioneer of it all.
He once shared,

“Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever.”

In addition, Michael Jackson was a very generous and kind-hearted humanitarian who often lend a helping hand to the poverty-stricken countries. His humility and gratitude towards his fans was always appreciated.

Michael Jackson acknowledged his fans and said,

“I just want to say to fans in every corner of the earth, every nationality, every race, every language: I love you from the bottom of my heart. I would love your prayers and your goodwill.”

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Here are some fun facts about Michael Jackson:

1.) In January 1993, Jackson performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII. It drew the largest viewing audience in the history of American television.

2.) Thriller is the Best-Selling Album of all time.

3.) Billie Jean was the first video by a black artist to air on MTV.

4.) Billie Jean is based on a true story. Michael claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.

5.) He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (with Jackson 5 and for himself).


6.) The Guinness Book Of World Records named him the “Highest-Earning Deceased Artist” in a new category.

7.) His favorite number is seven.

8.) He has a rare skin disease called Vitiligo.

9.) Diagnosed with lupus in 1984.

10.) His hit song “Bad” from 1987 was initially supposed to be a duet with fellow 80’s superstar Prince.

Source: IMDB, Telegraph


Jay-Z to Beyoncé Knowles: the Greatest Living Entertainer

Save The Best for Last! For the 2014 VMA, MTV knew that holding off Beyoncé for the finale was the best move. Beyoncé said, “Welcome to my world!” and then gave a breathtaking mini-concert performance. Fashion wise, she flaunted her body wearing a beautiful Mosaic-inspired leotard by the amazing fashion designer, Tom Ford.

However, the real awe moment did not happen until Beyoncé accepted her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Her proud husband, Jay-Z, named her “the greatest living entertainer” while their charming daughter agreed by clapping her hands and said, “Go, Mommy!” Mrs. Carter couldn’t help but smile with tears of joy. Blue Ivy definitely captured everyone’s heart.


It is predicted that her die-hard fans shed a tear or two as the family expressed their love and support for one another. Beyoncé kissing her family then saying, “Blue, I love you. My beloved (Jay-Z) I Love you,” surely stopped the divorce rumors. In addition, their moment became the highlight of the VMA Awards.


The crowd chanting “Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé” was another epic moment. Consistently giving the same impact that the legendary icon, King of Pop: Michael Jackson gave us, it is only right for the Queen of Pop to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been such an inspiration to many singers, dancers, entertainers , and loved by her devoted fans. All Hail to Queen Bey.


Watch the living legends, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as they premiere the On The Run tour ( OTR ) on HBO, September 20, 2014. Time to program and hit record button on your DVR.

Photo Credits: MTV, VMA


W Magazine features Balmain Beauties: Iman, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna

Now that Summer is coming to an end, fashion magazines worldwide are putting together their Fall Fashion issues showcasing the upcoming fashion trends. While most launched theirs already, some are still perfecting their Fall Fashion publication.

W Magazine launched their Fall Fashion issue already featuring Fashion Icon: Iman, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. Their fierce looks, exotic beauty, luscious hair, flawless make-up and embellished style are just jaw-dropping.

The new head designer and creative director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, showcases some of the best from the collection. The intricate details of the shoes, jewelry and of course, clothing were just impressive. Balmain’s abundant appliqué will be a must-have this Fall.

Adding to that, ageless high fashion model Iman and supermodel Naomi Campbell proves once again why they are and will forever be a Fashion legend. Rihanna shows that receiving the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) is just the beginning.

Looking and reviewing September’s Fall Fashion issues is by far one of my favorite things to do especially because Fashion Week starts soon. I can’t wait to see the rest of the fashion magazines all-inclusive trends, fierce models and fashion angle.


Photography: Emma Summerton
Styled by: Edward Enninful


Walt Disney’s Tribute to Robin Williams

The genius actor, Robin Williams is truly loved by everyone. His role as the amazing and fun-loving genie in Disney’s Aladdin will be remembered by every kid in our hearts. Like Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Robin Williams is now free.

Walt Disney’s chairman and CEO released a statement for Robin Williams:


Here’s the full statement:

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world’s favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC’s Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin’s friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”


Credits: Walt Disney


Sudden Death of Oscar-winner, Robin Williams at 63

Shocked and unexpected, the amazing Robin Williams died Monday morning in his home in Tiburon, California. The Oscar-winning actor who has been battling severe depression was pronounced dead August 11, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

Marin county sheriff received a report that Williams “was unconscious and not breathing.” He added that it “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

Asphyxia is when you are deprived of oxygen which can lead to coma or death. Besides suffocation, some causes of asphyxia are sleep apnea, seizure, asthma, hanging or drug overdose. A detailed investigation and a forensic examination will be done Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Robin Williams’ publicist, Mara Buxbaum said,

“This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

For now, let’s remember some of his movies like Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Jack, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Popeye, The Butler and so much more. In addition, Mr. Williams will be recurring his role as Teddy Roosevelt at the Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb which is expected to play in cinemas on December 19, 2014.


In response to the talented actor’s death, President Barrack Obama shares:

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”

May you Rest In Peace Mr. Robin Williams.