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Vixen Initiation: Phlo Finister Pays Homage To Edie Sedgwick Through 'Silver Hill', Mentions Experimenting With Drugs

It's as if this 19-year-old singer, model and lover of all things Edie Sedgwick simply stepped out from the pages of a 1960's history book. Exceptionally knowledgeable about Andy Warhol, Studio 54, Silver Hill (after which her EP is named) and The Factory, you'd think this L.A.-bred miss was born at the height of that era. Clearly, her music emits the same tune. The pop and rock mesh explodes for listeners sending them into a psychedelically-charged atmosphere that is quite reminiscent of any and all drug use. Speaking with Phlo Finister was an enjoyably wild ride into the realm of socialite living and London dreams. Without further ado, take a peek into this newly approved Vixen's world. -Niki McGloster


How’d you come up with the name?
My real name is Elijah. But around the age of 15, me and my best friend were taking photographs and stuff, and he just gave me the name “Phlo”. He just started calling me that and everyone just picked up on it, and Finister is my real last name.

Who is Phlo Finister?
I don’t know. I can’t really say that it’s one thing, you know? It’s more of a branding type think with me.

You’re pop, punk, rock, hip-hop and dubstep. How, specifically, would you categorize your music?
I just wanted to make music that was realistic to my lifestyle, and I wanted to speak out to the youth. When I was growing up, I would always listen to a certain type of music, which was, like, classic rock and 90’s grunge rock. I really felt the lyrics, and I just wanted to tell my story through music and to definitely inspire the youth. There’s a movement that’s going on with young people and, I feel, with a certain sense of realism, it can connect with people.

Hell yeah. Also, with young people, there’s a more outright and upfront use of drugs, mainly marijuana, so tell me your thoughts on this whole movement of rebellion.
Well, I didn’t drop the album on 4/20 because of it being the day of marijuana; it was a tribute to Edie Sedgwick because she was born on 4/20. It was just really cool because with the storyline and with what I was doing, it would be perfect to pay homage to her on her birthday. But as far as my thoughts on rebellion and stuff, I just feel that we’re the modernized 60’s. Back then, the movement was really based on free love and coming together and music. They had great stuff going on like Woodstock, and I feel like our generation is headed that way, you know? With all of this viral stuff that’s going on with breakout artists like Odd Future and Lil B, it’s cool that people aren’t afraid to be themselves. I don’t think it’s a sense of rebellion; I think it’s more so people just being who they are and not afraid to be that. I love Odd Future, man. [Laughs]

What is it about them that you love?
I love the fact that they’re just straight up twisted. The things that they say remind me of the thoughts that go on in my head and that I might tweet from time to time. And I just love that they’re really free-spirited and outgoing and they’ve captivated the hipster culture with what they’re doing. It’s really cool. Even though they’re rap [artists], they’re being considered as rock and roll [artists]. It’s like opening up a new genre of rap and hip-hop.

Do you feel the same way about Lil B and his movement?
No. I actually prefer Casey Veggie over Lil B. [Laughs]

[Laughs] Well to jump back to what you were saying about Edie, how did that love for her and her becoming your muse come into play?
The situation with Edie stems from a relationship I was in with a guy who makes music as well. He was really into Andy Warhol and a lot of classic rock, and his favorite artist was Bob Dylan. It’s a crazy story because Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick use to date in the 60’s. [Laughs] It was a relationship that was under wraps because he left her around the time Andy Warhol kicked her out of The Factory. He abandoned her and she was into drugs. I just felt there was a really big connection between my life and her life, in comparison to the drugs and the social scene where everything was based on pop culture. I feel like her story is one of the most tragic stories that took place in the 60’s during the pop [and] art movement.

You mentioned a comparison between Edie’s drug use and yours. Can you elaborate on that?
Well, I’ve done drugs since I was 16 years old. I was exposed to it when I was younger, and it was a getaway. It was like entering a new world, so with the drug influence I wanted to make music that was kind of psychedelic to elaborate on the drug use I had experienced in my earlier years. I don’t do it now, but when I was younger, I was getting trippy. [Laughs]

Wow. What specific drugs were you using?
I’ve experienced cocaine, heroine and ecstasy. I’m kind of open about it because I would really want people in the youth to know how real it is.

What drew you to that lifestyle at the time?

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"This is my class,” he said, “and I know my class will pay this forward.”

Dang! There are a lot of happy graduates at Morehouse College today.

Commencement Speaker Robert F. Smith is establishing a grant to pay off the Class of 2019's student loans. #SundayThoughts #sundaymorning pic.twitter.com/kupvjyhT9Y

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The 56-year-old philanthropist and technology investor made the surprise revelation Sunday morning (May 19) at the Historically all-male Black college ceremony.

The 400 student-graduating class could hardly contain their excitement. Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III, graduated today with an estimated $70,000 in student loan debt. The news of a financial clean slate was overwhelming.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The debt for all 400 students hovers around $40 million, which is a fraction of Smith's reported $5 billion.

When news broke of Smith's generous donation, many online expressing happiness, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Every Morehouse Class of 2019 student is getting their student debt load paid off by their commencement speaker.

This could be the start of what’s known in Econ as a ‘natural experiment.’ Follow these students & compare their life choices w their peers over the next 10-15 years. https://t.co/UM1qTJOxHf

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2019

This is real philanthropy.

Not giving money to a school to get your name on the wall while Administrators get raised.

Helping out real students in real need.https://t.co/HD7eF53qzu

— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 19, 2019

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“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton said to The Miami Herald. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”

"Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs,” she continued. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

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