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Whats the play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

HE'S BACK: Mr. Play

SO I'M back from L.A and already looking forward to my next few adventures. In July, I'll be at the Fresh Island Festival in Croatia from 11th - 13th, where Young Thug, French Montana, and Rae Sremmurd are just a few of the performers.


Fresh Island Festival

From 25th July - 1st August I'm at Experience Barcelona in Spain where some of the events planned include the Mr Play Mansion Party and a Yacht Party. Check out my Instagram for full info on both events.


Experience Barcelona

Right, now let me introduce you to an artist by the name of Felicia Temple that I met at the 2017 B.E.T Awards Party in L.A. I saw a lady come through the doors looking like Cinderella (it must have been the blue dress that caught my eye) and I wanted to know who she was. One of the downsides of being a Brit in the States is that they have soooooo many personalities and you don't know them all.

Anyway, I was a the bar, she walked past and smiled and I said 'Hi'. When she actually responded I jumped at the opportunity to ask her what she did, she told me she was a singer and gave me the info I needed to check out her music. On the 10+ hour flight home I had the opportunity to listen to her music and was pleasantly surprised, her therapeutic soul music was perfect for the long ass flight.


Felicia Temple

Felicia Temple's new EP The Balancing Act is only available for sale on digital retailers Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon etc... When you get a chance, check her out and let me know what you think.

I like to see people doing well, especially if it's people I know. Kemi Folarin is a friend of mine, she is also an Author, Charity Founder and Award-winning Youth and Community Worker, whose debut book launched this month titled, Young People Matter: The Best H.E.L.P. Book (Holistic Examples of Learned Practices). Let's see what she she had to say after a quick Q&A with Mr PLAY.

WHO IS KEMI FOLARIN?

Kemi folarin is a young women from south London who has a passion to see people grow and to make a difference within her community. She believes that, no matter where you come from, who you are or what you have, you can achieve anything. "The saying she loves is "I see the apple in the seed not the seed in the apple"

WHAT MADE YOU WRITE THE BOOK “The Best H.E.L.P?

I wrote the book because I wanted to put together in a book, principles for helping young people to achieve. Just like we have principles for success there must be principles for helping young people to achieve.

We have enough knowledge, money and skills to make a change in our current youth culture. But something is not happening. We have to save our youth, before things get way out of control. Young people are crying out for help. As human we all want to be loved, to feel like we belong and to feel competent.

When one of this needs are not met there is a void. We need to stop dealing with the fruit and start address and uprooting the roots. Not simple putting a plaster over a burnt hand. We need the right solutions and long term solutions to address current issues, not quick fixes.


Kemi Polarin

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

What I like most is supporting someone and being able to see the difference your support has made in their life. I love when young people know where to turn when there in needed. I love that the young people I work with see us as a family, I have fun with my young people, we laughs and joke, there like my little brothers and sisters. When you can put a smile on a child face just because you remembered there birthday or something they told you a while ago or just because you noticed something different. That's priceless.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

What I would tell my younger self is, love who you are, and always be true to who you are. You can fake it to the world but you always go to bed with your real self.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 3/5 YEARS?

In the next 3 to 5 year , I see myself, speaking international, expanding YPM across the U.K. and opening a chain of nurseries. Continuing in the field of childcare and supporting personal development. I believe that my purpose is to help others to reach their full potential. To let them know that we are all special gifts just waiting to be unwrapped.

This book needs to be supported and promoted by everyone. A lady once said to me “ To support others (trying to do something positive) is to support yourself.”Make sure you support her at: Www.kemifolarin.com

Oh, and one last thing – I've been lucky enough to witness Matt's BBQ from its early years, which after 11 years has transformed into a mini festival of pure undiluted fun - boasting of 3000+ attendees, two stages, over 20 acts playing the latest grime cuts to the old school and R&B faves! This year Drakes OVO endorsed Chromatic sounds provided the main stage with a headline act of sounds influenced from Jamaica!!

The grounds boasted adult size inflatables for revellers to let their inner child free and food stalls serving food from all around the world, not forgetting the ice cream van which was a personal favourite.

This fun loving team have over the years created a welcoming multi cultural environment for people from all walks of life to party with no limitations throughout the day!

See pics from the event below:



Images and words by 'Cyrille Sokpor' of Stormparties
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