This month’s focus of The Black Westchester 914 Spotlight! is HotSkull Entertainment. With all the negative press young black males get in mainstream media these days nationwide, BW strives to shine a bright light on positive achievements of our community especially our youth to help change the narrative and show all our young black males or not drug dealing, gun tooting menaces of society as often portrayed.
Saturday, August 13th, HotSkull Entertainment & Friends threw their 3rd Annual HotSkull Entertainment Day, in Hartley Park. Previously their annual give back day to the community that takes place every summer was successfully held in Wilson Woods Park for the two years prior. Hosted by Comedian Marcus Banks and Comedian AD with a special appearance from Sacramento Kings 2016 draft pick Isaiah Cousins, and an AllStar Basketball Game between Epic Team 6 and Hotskull Entertainment. As always the annual event featured free food, live entertainment and tee-shirt giveaways with meat provided by one of their sponsors OK Freddy’s Meat Market, Bounce House provided by Bounce N Boogie and Shoutout App who provided t-shirts and paid for the face painting and Bounce House. Shoutout App also hired a lot of young community workers for promotions.
HotSkull Entertainment is more than a crew of DJ’s, it’s a movement started in Mount Vernon, New York by 4 young men DJ Myte, DJ Brimzy, DJ Cranberry, and DJ Nando. Since Hotskull Ent. was founded in 2012, the company has now expanded to a full entertainment company, supplying DJ’s, event host, photographers, videographers and sound technicians.
Their mission is to rock out any event they are booked for. Hotskull Entertainment is an advocate for chasing your dreams and working toward something greater. Hotskull Ent also teach DJ classes to children, and have even work hand in hand on community events with Black Westchester Magazine, Tha BUMP – Tha Brown Urban Mother Partnership and the Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas at the summer Pop-Up Block Parties. Their DJ’s have been booked to do parties across the country as well as local events in our great city of Mount Vernon.
“When we first started this event we were merely trying to find a way to provide an outlet for the young people in our town who were clearly frustrated from seeing so many family members and friends gunned down in our streets,” DJ Myte tells BW. “With all the intense emotions channeled in a negative direction we decided to provide some sort of relief by throwing a feel good celebration for young and old. The idea was to bridge the gap to create a sense of pride in our town again. However, after seeing its positive effects we’ve decided to put our energies into making this a long-lasting tradition that’s geared towards uplifting our residents. We offer DJ classes, radio exposure, and among many other things a network that will help arm our youth with entrepreneurial skills instead of guns.”
You seen them rock the party and can not travel through the City of Mount Vernon without seeing one of their banners or the many flyers and t-shirts with their name of it, but who exactly are these young individuals who identify themselves as Hotskull Entertainment…
Aundray “DJ Myte” Davis CEO of Hot Skull Entertainment
Growing up in the suburban community of Mount Vernon, NY, DJ Myte like many of today’s you, he was forced to grow up faster and harder than most. Yet strong role models and an even stronger personal drive pushed Myte to remain a role model in his community while pursuing his passion. He frequents the Westchester County and New York regions providing entertainment for weddings, sweet sixteens, talent shows, after parties, and many other events.
As a senior in high school, he taught a DJ class in the Strong After School Program to other High school students. A 2015 Mount Vernon High School graduate, he enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he is pursuing a bachelors’ degree in business management with a minor in Audio Production. With his first year of college under his belt he decided to transfer and is currently starting his second year of college at Buffalo State University. With well over 200 successful events under his belt, Myte is the prime example of a success story on the rise.
Myte has achieved a myriad of awards and accolades; all before the tender age of 19. CEO of Hot Skull Entertainment, Myte oversees the distribution of the companies events as well as their gear. By learning the importance of separating his personal desires from his business goals, Aundray has developed the skills necessary to maintain a clean and organized business servicing the fast paced disc jockey industry.
“We feel music is an intricate part of healing by making people feel good and that’s what we bring as a company,” Myte tells BW. “We hope to have the city’s cooperation, support, and involvement as we help usher in a new day in our city’s rebuilding process.”
Roneil “DJ Cranberry” Spence, Hotskull Entertainment Co-CEO
Born in Jamaica, bred in the Baychester area of the Bronx, DJ Cranberry moved to Mount Vernon, New York at the age of 16. As a teen, like many others, he experienced the dilemmas during the critical phase of life at the threshold of adulthood in the inner city, which led to DJ Cranberry a revolving door at school.
Determined not let his circumstances hold him back, he ventured on to become an entrepreneur, starting with his love for music, he began to DJ. Taking every opportunity to perfect his craft, he improved his talent and can be heard entertaining crowds at Sweet Sixteens, Weddings, Shows and making frequent club appearances at establishments like Sues Rendezvous and events like the Arts On Third Festival just to name a few. DJ Cranberry also can also be heard on several radio shows like Certified Epic Sundays, turning up NYC through the airwaves and internet.
Among his greatest strengths are his organizational skills and his determination. Currently he is working with Hotskull Entertainment, Inc. Working with the entertainment company and their clothing line, DJing events and always supporting his team. DJ Cranberry learned how to keep his crowd turnt up and under control at the same time, keeping them positive and always keeping it fun.
Fernando “DJ Nando” Hemmings, Co-Founder of HotSkull Entertainment
Due to the violence of the city Fernando was moved to find other ways to keep him self occupied. Once Fernando’s hobby turned to passion he began touring the county of Westchester, providing entertainment for all ages and ethnicities. From weddings, and sweet sixteens to showcases, and after parties; Fernando handles all events with the utmost professionalism.
A co-founder of HotSkull Entertainment Inc., Fernando assists in the distribution of his companies clothing line. As a student of the competitive Westchester Community College, Fernando has learned at an early age that nothing comes without hard work and perseverance.
Mark Atkins, professional known as DJ Brimzy, Co-Founder of HotSkull Entertainment
Born in Bronxville, bred in Mount Vernon, the name Brimzy came from him always wearing his hat. He grew up in a Caribbean household where reggae music was played daily. Both of his parents are of Jamaican heritage. In 2012 Brimzy became the co-founder of Hotskull Entertainment.
Since 2012, Brimzy has contributed a lot to the Hotskull Movement with tons of events under his belt along with the rest of his team. After graduating from Mount Saint Micheal Academy in 2015, He went on to study Computer Science at Buffalo State College where he also has a number of events under his belt. Currently, Brimzy is in his sophomore year at Buffalo State College and is still carrying on the Hotskull Entertainment Movement upstate New York.