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Who is This Guy? Meet Exposure Magazine Senior Editor Cedric Nettles

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Senior Editor Cedric Nettles

We grow you where you are planted.

 

The biggest honor was given to me when I was offered the position of Senior Editor of Exposure Magazine alongside serving as Associate Producer of All Men Rock.  My mission is to create harmonious relationships with new and seasoned talent. We also want to bless the people we cover in Exposure Magazine.The publication started 4 years ago for me as Entertainment Editor where I did my first set of celebrity interviews. We are very blessed to have the contributing writers and editors  on our team who are great people as well as pros.

 

 

My platform Speak Live Nation (sponsored by Exposure Magazine) thrusted me in the world of celebrity interviews and entertainment professionals. I had a bi weekly radio show. I absolutely loved meeting my favorite acts like Hi-Five. Other notable interviews were Diamond Strawberry , King Of Paper Chasin’s Jason Lanzar Rivera, Syleena Johnson, Desi Sanchez and my big sis and mentor Maria Howell.

 

As in my previous articles I spoke of my start as a Communication Soldier/Paratrooper for a military intelligence unit.  My dream was to become a sportscaster  and someway,somehow transition to film making.  It is amazing how the present circumstances are allowing me to do print, television,film,radio and novels with the advancements of today’s technology. My mind is blown.

 

My early start in media came shortly after leaving Fort Drum NY. I did an internship at my home town television station in Florence SC. (WPDE TV 15) ABC and (WWMB TV21) UPN (United Paramount Network)I was later  hired in master control and helped with programming, newscasts and weather cut-ins. Yes I was running two television stations at the same time with my other teammates who were a blast to work with. I learn the pressure of live television, and how to function in it.

 

I went old school and I saw this opening hundreds of times. These were some amazing pros, and seeing the late great Dave Gilbert here brought back a lot of memories. Thanks to all of you that let me pick your brain…Especially Terry Gurn in sports. I learned so much from  all of you. Tiffany you were always so nice. Oh congrats to Allyson, she just retired. (:

 

 

I was pretty fortunate to work in television 4 years before going to school for broadcast journalism at the University of South Carolina. I was a sponge , I absorbed everything. I am thankful for those days to be able to pay some dues because no one is going to hand you anything. That time allowed me to get an advantage I did not expect to get.

I worked pretty much behind the scenes on independent film projects as I am developing my own even as we speak.  Youngsters, you just never know, don’t make the mistake as I did thinking you had to hit a grand slam with one big project…Just swing to get on base. Don’t worry about striking out, it is part of the process.

Here is my documentary on my high school  which was the first predominantly black school to be accredited by the South Carolina  Department of Education. I did this as a school project and this  helped get me in the doors with other film makers locally. Film is the next stop as things are coming together after a lot of grinding.

 

Oh by the way… I was signed by Charlotte based Talent-Link where I did commercial acting(Bojangles). I also did promotional modeling for John Robert Powers.  Very brief stint in modeling, but was fun. (:

 

 

“Err…We believe we should actually hand you the ladder.”

So where is the next road is leading?

 Chinese Theater-Hollywood CA

Your journey is yours remember that. Just find your place. Never compare.

 

“Err…We believe we should actually hand you the ladder.”Our team believes in being door openers, not just gate keepers.” As Senior Editor the goal is to ensure a cutting edge and amiable culture of professionals.

 

Mentorship, apprenticeship, service, should be part of your vocabulary if you are just starting out new folks. You see, the experience always leads to more chances to develop your skill set not to mention earn more money. Even at this stage of my life, the importance of taking your time to learn your craft, to learn proper protocol, and to learn how to monetize relationships is key to my next level. In film, there are millions of dollars at stake…Literally….It is a very unforgiving business and you need a base to function from. We have tons of professionals here at Exposure that can help. Trust me, I KNOW HOW IT IS TRYING TO GET EXPOSED.

 

We grow you where you are planted, because everyone’s journey is unique.

 

Exposure Magazine is here to help get you some insight. To get the knowledge from others who care about you and your success. As people have done for me like my wonderful publicist and CEO of Exposure Magazine.We open doors.We grow you where you are planted. We don’t play the ‘I want to help you , but you are a second class citizen that still don’t deserve it when you start winning.’ You grind, we grind together, we all eat, plain and simple.

 

So hopefully this gives you some insight on my experience and credentials as Writer/Producer/Editor.

The grind never stops, and we at Exposure Magazine hope you never will.

 

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‘Overcoming’ Torrential Waters by Cedric Nettles

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Torrential Raine is on the way!

Torrential Waters was my hard hitting, emotional journey of a ‘gifted’ young man coping with new found fame and a very low opinion of himself. I shared my childhood of having a poor self image and being bullied. I also shared the power of God’s hands on you, and His ability to show favor on your life, even when you don’t think you are ready. I laugh , because


at times I feel I am living Torrential Waters in some respects now. You will relate as well after you finish reading.

 

I don’t pull punches in Torrential  Waters, because life does not. This piece is by Chrystan Johnson and expresses  what she felt after reading Torrential Waters. We all have to know we have a purpose to our pain. We have an assignment, something we have to do before we take that last breath. That one thing you think that does not matter serves a higher purpose. I want to encourage everyone to go as hard as you can in this life, to grow, to serve, to be all you are called to be.

 

I was honored to read this review, this sums it up

Excellent read! Bought the book, but due to some medical/eye problems, could not read it for a few months. Finally got that fixed (!) and finished Nettles’ “Torrential Waters” within a day and a half! One of those books you just don’t want to end! Wonderful insight into faith, family, relationships, forgiveness of others as well as one’s self, hope for the future and the ever-enduring spirit of the human soul. I highly recommend for readers of any age. I hope Mr. Nettles has more (perhaps a series?!), but if not a series about this character, than at least more books planned for the future. The author’s own story itself is book-worthy; I personally would love to see him write an autobiography on how much he’s overcome in his own life. Meanwhile – buy the book! You won’t be disappointed.-Jan Harvin

 

Based on True events

Blessings

Author/Producer

Cedric Nettles

 

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How powerful is HOPE? You need to fight to maintain it at all costs

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By Cedric Nettles

Exposure Magazine Senior Editor

Monday Motivation-What does a rat have to do with anything? Hey I am a story teller by nature so I have a method to my madness. When doctors are dealing with a gravely ill patient , they are very careful of the words. They speak for the positive, for the healing process succeeding, for the reinforcement for the power they have. Keeping the things hoped for when you don’t see them yet is the best thing you can do in your struggle. Keep whatever that ‘why’ is in front of you at all times. Get away from toxic situations and people that undermine your hope. Unplug from social media to flush out all of that negativity you sucked in all week.  That is why those coal miners survived being stuck in the mine shafts, that is why people can drift for miles at sea against the odds, that is why people beat insidious diseases and financial struggle.

Aww here comes the lab rat scenario . (smile) I heard a while back of a lab experiment that involved two rats in two separate mazes . They both had the same maze layout. They both smelt the cheese and navigated to the end and they were trapped in the chamber at the end. One chamber kept the cheese behind a barrier that the rat could see but could not get to. The other had the scent of the cheese but nothing to look at. The scientist left the rats in that chamber  for a couple of days undisturbed. The rat that could not see any cheese died. In short, get around people who feed your dreams.  Peers that understand struggle, and will never undermine your dream , your peace, and harmony around you. Keeping your dream in front of you and working as hard as you can with what you have no matter what people think or say is what keeps your dream alive, and possibly you as well. You see if people can’t sow peace and harmony to your life and career they may not be able to ‘see the cheese’ but that does not mean you have put a blindfold on so you can’t see it either. Hope is everything.

Go in…

 

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “Writings on the Wall” Explores new Equality in America

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Having the rare distinction as a New York Times best-selling author while still reigning as the NBA’s all time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has proven his famously stoic expressions as he was hoisting championship trophies were a byproduct of thoughts to challenge conventional wisdom rather than out of boredom from just being too good at the sport. With his new book he touches on a variety of topics stemming from an underlying dogmatic belief that equality is more about an affirmative action laced payoff rather than a renewed mindset. Being on the side of the age line considered the future of America, my interest was piqued, which lead me to “Writings on the Wall”.

As a six-year-old kid, partially due to action movies and cartoons my career objective was to become a policeman, but due to heavy conditioning I received because of my height to divert that interest to professional athletics, that goal and many others quickly dissolved. It wasn’t until being cut from the basketball team my sophomore year of college that my mind felt liberated to give the rest of life another shot, which is when Abdul-Jabbar’s overlapping years as an activist, author, and ambassador among other things during the height of his playing years really began to hit home.

Foremost “Writings on the Wall” agrees with the notion that our problems simply won’t go away if we ignore them long enough. Abdul-Jabbar expresses his sentiments from the vantage points of a former athlete, African-American, Muslim, senior, cancer survivor and parent and lets the reader take it from there.

“The word ‘race’ is ghettoizing language that perpetuates seeing people of color as a different species. The word encourages fear and distrust. Language is the fuel that feeds the great racist generator.” Race eventually “should become the new n—– and people will refer to it in hushed tones as the R-word.” “Until then, for the sake of sharing a common though inaccurate language in order to foster a solution, most of us, myself included, will continue to talk about race as if it actually existed — and racism because it does actually exist.” words Abdul-Jabbar.

This book isn’t Abdul-Jabbar lecturing minority groups to stop using the race card and “get over it” as he makes an obligatory pitch for the Nation of Islam at the end, but rather giving several misguided or misrepresented groups in America an intimate living room feeling conversation on how we all should be pursuing equality on all fronts.

“The one part of the American dream that cannot be changed or compromised is our commitment to make the opportunity for a life that is ‘better and richer and fuller’ available to everyone” Abdul-Jabbar says.

With the mounting level of outrage of today’s societal, political and economic hardships, our country has been subject to countless blind protests conducted by citizens basically swinging in the dark, hoping to connect with the face of their oppressor, all the while making  sacrifices to their lives and way of living in the belief they furthered their cause. What works for “Writing on the Wall” is it gives a starting and end point, a problem and a direction towards a solution.

The nine chapters of this book touch on the issues of or pertaining to politics, race, religion, gender, class, sports, media, senior citizens and millennials, all of which contain multi-pronged issues and adjustments that should follow. Weaving in an out of these topics with statistical analysis and personal narrations, sprinkled with brief moments of light-hearted humor and pop culture references, “Writings on the Wall” doesn’t look to be that loud booming voice that scares you into changing your ways, but rather those assuring words showing you the benefit of the doubt.

In no way should this book be looked upon as the bible of social balance. However in this day and age with the so much placed behind the stance of individuals with a platform on the issues that plague our country, this was definitely a needed account.

“I’ve been asked many times over the years profession I would have chosen had I not become a basketball player. My answer surprises people:” he starts the book.

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