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Bel Saf W2afi – @itswilliamofficial feat. Bling / Special Appearance Maya Acra

Wael and I have been friends ever since I was literally 13! First Time I heard him singing,  I was in Gilgamish back in 2005; I just froze and watched him. Back then, I was probably still playing Barbie. He’s lucky he knew his passion ever since, has been doing this for so long, he definitely deserves a share and all the support from you!
I absolutely love his voice and I loved taking part of his first official music video Bel Saf W2afi!

This Music Video was recorded on a Green Screen at Arabia Book by Rock Production
You can also watch it on Arabica TV
Don’t forget to Follow William on instagram to stay tuned with his updates!

Whatsapp Stories? Wha…

So I guess everyone is doing it now?

Most of you know that I am a firm believer and a heavy user of Snapchat, however I do post stories on both instagram and Snapchat. 

I just got these leaked pictures of WHATSAPP STORIES, not sure they are official though, but they seem like a test dummy for a new update.

I personally do not have all my snapchat friends on Instagram – and definitely not on whatsapp, so I do not see this whatsapp update as threatening to my “stories activity”.

Many people I know though, shifted from Snapchat to Instagram stories since it made more sense – they have both their friends and the main pages they follow on Instagram; they wouldn’t be missing on anything (no major FOMOs).

Whatsapp stories would make more sense for those who use Snapchat to check their friends updates; those who are more private.

Probably Whatsapp Stories would target:

  • Private Instagram users who refrain from uploading insta stories  because of the two people they don’t know that they accepted last Monday
  • 30 and above who do not really care about celebrities or follow major news and celebrity/fashion/influencers pages
  • People who never used Snapchat or instagram stories and never really got it “because it’s too complicated”
  • Jealous boyfriends and girlfriends who already change their whatsapp pictures into black and their status into “pimping” and “single” when they’re on a fight

I think it will be less common among the youngsters since their parents and aunts have their whatsapp contacts – and no kid wants his grandma to know he is having fries for lunch at Burger King instead of her Kebbeh.

Thoughts?

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Thank you Ahmad Ki for the leak!

With Love!
M

Why Them, Not You (Part V) Zeina Makki

Many of us dream of being a lead role in a cinema movie or to direct a good movie.
Zeina is only 25 and she has already played the main character in Bingo, Nesswen, and Habbit Loulou! She has also directed two characters (Liliane Nemri and Takla Chamoun) in Waynon, written by George Khabbaz.

—— > Here’s the link to my latest interview on Lebanese Memes with Zeina Makki:                       https://www.facebook.com/mayaakra08/posts/927513744025537

How did she make it?

1. She majored in what she loved

They say it doesn’t matter what you study in college. However, if you know what you love, do not waste your time studying something else for any reason, do not listen to anyone and major in what you are passionate about.
Zeina studied Radio TV in Notre Dame University Louaizeh and got to know all the know-how of how to direct an actor/actress and how to perform on stage and in front of the camera.

2. She kept herself productive/busy

Possibly because she had already been a ballet dancer, Zeina knew that hard work pays off. Zeina acted in many student films and played a lot of characters before being on the big screen. It was clear she was thinking far ahead, she had a vision.

 3. She sets goals

It is proven that those who set their goals have a bigger percentage to achieve them than those who ‘go with the flow’ like dead fish. During my interview with Zeina, she told me that she set a goal to direct at least one film every year. She is a book worm as well, and book worms usually set goals to read a certain number of books every month. She wants to eventually partake in movies outside the Middle East, and because she knows what she wants, there is a high probability she will get what she wants! 

4. She enjoys her life

It is clear that Zeina does not drain herself with her work, she engages in hobbies that again, keep her busy. She dances, boxes, reads books, hikes, and goes out with her friends – thus keeping her life balanced.

So how did she make it? She knew what she loves, what she wants, and she knew how to get it!

Much Love!
M

 

Why Them, Not You [PART IV] Wissam Saliba

Stella-Adler graduate, Professional Actor and Singer
Celebrity Duets Star, Metl L Amar and Ahmad W Christina Lead Role Actor

– Starting with Metl L Amar Season 2, and starring in a cinema movie starting October

People often tend to attribute Wissam Saliba’s success to his father (Ghassan Saliba)’s success. We cannot deny that people have always admired Ghassan Saliba’s stage performances, strong presence, and massive charisma; being a legend’s son definitely adds a lot to one’s acceptance and love by the society. However, knowing Wissam for quite a bit now, I can certify that his success is not simply inherited.

Why is Wissam this loved and known by everyone?

1. Wissam is available

Even though Wissam is on the bulletin boards and on TV, he isn’t stuck up and living in a cocoon. Instead, he goes out with his friends all the time, he has a healthy social life, he supports the local music and talent scene (which he often takes part of), he often eats at Helado (what?), and he is super nice to the fans who spot him.


During my interview with Wissam on Lebanese Memes, he stated that celebrities should not destroy their fans’ image of them by being mean or rude in their encounter. He expressed that he appreciates fans that just love to have a chit-chat with him instead of taking a picture and leaving (since he tends to live the moment and is not a fan of taking photos himself).

2. Wissam is a sophist

What I mean is, Wissam strives for knowledge and admires history and philosophy. That is, what I think keeps him ahead of his game: his education and culture. He is passionate about certain civilizations that some of us has never heard of, which creates his mysterious (energy) un-accessible (aura) and vivid charm that shows on stage and on camera.

He, and his brother Ziad, are also geeks (being movies’ walking encyclopedias); thus respected by the 90s kids and the Lebanese Geek Circle (like Iron Heyoka)

3. Wissam is a dreamer

Probably because he lived in L.A. for around 7 years and witnessed great success, Wissam is always looking forward for more. What makes some celebrities lose their skills, fans’ love, and sometimes even their sanity is having Gods-like attributes: over glorifying themselves, believing they’ve done it all, and taking their fame for granted.
Wissam works on satisfying his diversified talents and isn’t restricting himself to acting. He will soon start forming his own band, he is looking forward to having his own movie productions, and eventually dreams of owning a vineyard.

4. Wissam developed his gifts

Wissam could have simply leveraged on being Ghassan Saliba’s son. Instead, he studied at one of the finest film academies in Los Angeles and constantly spends his spare time attending movie premieres, theatres, and watching DVDs. They say painting is learned at museums, so do the math (:

5. Wissam constantly takes part of different projects

Also, Wissam does not limit himself to his roles on the big screen. We saw him on Kazdoura with George Khalaf, on Chi N N with Fouad Yammine, and recently on Lebanese Memes with myself (“)(^_^)(“) – soon on some other digital platforms.

Link to interview here: https://www.facebook.com/mayaakra08/posts/917011291742449

Being this down to earth and adventurous will definitely take Wissam Saliba very far in his career.

6. Wissam is attached to his roots

I accompanied Wissam in his trip to the GSS Scouts (which he was a member of) Camp in Majdel Akoura, his homeland. I realized how much Wissam is proud of his roots, how much he loves nature, and how much he misses being in Scouts; probably the reason why he came back to Lebanon, with a good fluent Arabic accent; making us all proud!

7. Wissam loves and supports his family

Finally, one can’t deny his love and support to his brother, Ziad Saliba (the script writer, musician, and actor), to his cousins (that he always surrounds himself with), and definitely to his father.

How did Wissam Saliba make it? He developed his skills, pursued his dream by studying what he loves, took advantage of all the opportunities that came his way like Celerbity Duets, kept his feet on the ground, strived for knowledge, kept his love for his country, and didn’t decide to live in a deserted island.

Much Love!
M

 

Why Them, Not You [Part III] Roula Kehdy

Fashionistas in Lebanon pop up every day like chicken, why is Roula Kehdy the fashionista on MTV Alive? And why is she the fashion icon on Pierre Rabbat’s programs?
Before we get to that, allow me to answer your definite questions;

One: Roula did not know Pierre before she joined Men El Ekhir
Two: Roula majored in Business (not in fashion) and worked in the media for more than 10 years – *Yes, she was already successful and she is not all about that ring*
Three: Roula is completely straight
Four: I ended up not asking her about her exact height (oh well, keep guessing *_*)

Click here to watch my interview with Roula Kehdy on Lebanese memes.

1- A fashion icon before becoming a fashion icon

They say Fake it till you make it. Guess what? It works! I am not saying Roula had the intention of being a fashion public figure, but Roula was approached by the media simply because she stood out in public. She told me during our interview that she was approached by Men El Ekhir’s producer because she seemed like someone who belongs to TV.

Lebanese people often tend to say “mfakkar 7alo…” or “msadda2 7alo…” about someone who is in the debut of his career. The secret is yes, you should pretend to be that person you want to be till you become that. You simply MAKE YOURSELF. If you love fashion and want to pursue a career in that, be fashionable every day, be known for your style, stand out, and make a long lasting fashion statement every time you step outside your house. This does not only apply to fashion, it applies to everything else.

Even socially, if you want respect, demand respect and start out with respecting yourself.

2- People love her

When Roula joined Men El Ekhir, people loved her – and her style. When the season was done, they wanted to see her more. Thus, she got her own segment, Fashionista, on MTV Alive. Roula was smart enough to take good advantage of her appearance on TV to make people love her, want to be her, and want to see her more often. Again, she stood out and didn’t take what she got for granted. She won.

3- Attitude “Wake Up with A Smile”

A beautiful fashionable lady is often thought to be arrogant. I remember the first time I met Roula at Director’s Kcut, I thought she is just another fashionista that I shouldn’t give any importance to – due to reasons that I keep to myself. I was surprised by her attitude. She made sure to stop the Style Make-Over workshop and say a little hello to a face she didn’t know #Me. I later observed how amazing her character is!
When asked how she can keep the smile on her face, Roula answered that it was simply the way she was raised, “My mother made me wake up every day and say Bonjour with a smile”. How beautiful is that? Welcoming every day with a wide smile!

4- Fame is an illusion

Every body wants to be famous, however not everybody knows how to react to fame. When asked if she lost friends in the course of her success, Roula Kehdy told me that fame is simply an illusion. A person shouldn’t think of himself as too important, “el khasseh ma lezim tekbar bi raso”.
At the end of the day, we are all the same. No one is more important than anyone else, fame comes and goes. Your relationships and friendships, your values, and your self-worth stay forever.

5- Set Goals, Believe, and Dream Big

When asked where she eventually sees herself, Roula answered without hesitation “be known globally”. I believe that a dreamer is never intimidated or threatened, a dreamer is never selfish, a dreamer is ambitious and constantly aims higher. Roula told me that 5 years ago she set goals and she got her goals accomplished, she was definite that she WILL accomplish her next 5 years set-goals.

6- Passion for Fashion

Roula worked for ten years in media, with her degree in business. Her passion however is fashion. Possibly without her even realizing, Roula’s strong energy got her to be able to luckily make her passion her profession. With a few workshops and a lot of innate tendency, Roula Kehdy started her own shoe accessories line & is a fashion public figure.

How did Roula make it?
She was what she wanted to be before becoming it, she made people love her, maintained a positive attitude, kept her feet on the ground, dreamed big, and made her passion her profession.

They say don’t do anything you don’t really love; Roula loves fashion. The way she happily gave the fashion tips during my interview with her is what I call generous. Some people are selfish and keep the information they know to themselves, other people are loving and share their experience and knowledge with others; those, I describe as passionate givers -and givers always get something in return!

Cover Photo credits to Jad J. Awada 
Give, Believe, and Dream
Much Love!
M

 

 

 

 

 

Why Them Not You [Part II] Elie Sleiman

For those who don’t know, Elie Sleiman (and his brother Mario Sleiman, with the help of Wissam Kamal) is Radar on Menna W Jerr with Pierre Rabbat on MTV Lebanon.
Well, Elie Sleiman worked in PR earlier – He founded – at a very young age – his own U.S. Productions that hosts nightlife events and brings international Guest Speakers/ Stand Up Comedians. Basically most of those who work in PR or in Night Life or are at NDU Louaizeh know him. Moreover, Elie having to jump a couple of the finest schools in Lebanon (namely Champville and Jamhour), acquired La Crème De La Crème of the youth PR.

How did Elie at only 25 get to be on TV in possibly the smartest segment on all channels – making fun of all the other channels and getting no harm at all, no threats, and no hate?

1- Be Proactive.

Elie’s ambition, strong personality, and self-confidence formed his proactive character. In his interview, he told me that he first added Pierre Rabbat on Facebook and was constantly active (writing likes and comments) on Pierre’s updates.
Pierre Rabbat stated that he was recruiting and Elie jumped to the opportunity. Basically “7arkash fi”.

2- Grasp the Opportunity When It Comes

Elie told me that he did not know that he will be presenting Radar. He only thought he was creating the content with his team. He was even bringing cast for Pierre. One day before the show got on air, Pierre surprised Elie with the news that he is the face of Radar.
Did Elie grasp the opportunity, again? YES.

3- Prove Yourself

Knowing that more than 200 actors, comedians, and critics casted for his position, Elie Sleiman didn’t take what he got for granted. Instead he proved himself and got the respect and the appreciation of all the viewers and guests of the show.
He worked on improving himself show after show, surprising Pierre with the great content and an improved attitude episode after episode.

4- Give Credit To Your Team

I asked Elie for an interview; being the proud friend I am of his viral videos and overall life accomplishments. I was proud of him again when he got his brother to join usconstantly mentioning the content team. No one is successful by himself. Giving credit to your team gets you always ahead of the game. Those who are around you grow big with you!

How Did Elie Make It?
He took the intitiative, grasped the opportunity when it knocked, prove himself, and didn’t take all the credit for his work!

Cover Photo by Jad J. Awada
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nterview Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157109323495084&id=758480083

You can make it too!
With Love!
M

 

Dressed by Jean Fares at The Murex D’Or : M Fashion

I was honored to wear a design by @JeanFaresCouture at the Murex D’Or Ceremony this year; and I am glad to have met with a humble, down-to-earth, music-lover, artist, and father like this great man! Not to mention his 23 year old elegant, responsible, witty, and mature princess/daughter Yara Fares.

JF by Jean Fares Fashion was founded in 1992. The brand has its own trademark style, mixing and communicating with colors, asymmetrical cuts, curved lines, and embroidered precious stones on refined gowns. It is the reason for which the most famous Hollywood stars are constantly requested to wear his innovative creations.
Some of the celebrities wore by JF: Paris Hilton, Nicole Scherzinger, Maria Carey, Haifa Wehbe, Shatha Hassoun, and Paula Abdul

All Cosette El Kamar, Sheila, Boosy Shalaby, and Paula Yacoubian wore JF Dresses at the Murex D’Or this year;
Make sure you follow the JF instagram account: @jeanfarescouture and facebook page: www.facebook.com/jeanfarescouture to stay tuned with his latest updates!

My Over-All was all black with a black back-skirt.
To add a twist for the Murex, Mr Jean replaced the half-jupe with the red one!
What do you guys think?


Photo credits  @rodandroy – I will be updating this post as I get more pictures!

With Love!
M

#3aybeshoum : We Are All In This Together

There is only one way to explain the waste situation we are living in in Lebanon: the government wants us OUT of the country. There is only one way to solve this situation: get THEM out of the country – out of their positions, right back to the barns they belong to.

If they’re fine with the waste being all around, we are not. It saddens me to see the difference between the Lebanese activists and the people in the government. It saddens me even more to know that the educated people, the cultivated individuals, those who are worthy of being in power – those who are not hungry for power or for money, like the our “powerful goats” – are abroad helping other countries evolve instead of being in positions here to induce change in our country!

No revolution has ever worked in history without a change in the hearts of the middlemen between the people and the government, and I am not talking about the parliament members, but I am addressing the police forces “the darak” who receive orders from our goats to eliminate the peaceful movements of our civilized citizens – who refuse to die out of malaria, cholera, and lung cancer. Should one of those darak’s families get intoxicated before they realize that they are one of us and not one of those goats?
I understand that it’s the darak’s job is do whatever they are ordered to do, but a revolution and action happens when ALL of us – I mean ALL the Lebanese people – the darak included, the ministers who want to prove to Lebanon that they deserve their positions, the MPs,  the ministers’ wives, the acitivists, the students, the mothers, the army, the bloggers, the media, the journalists, the immigrants, the CEOs, the kids (and possibly even our pets) do their own share in helping Lebanese people get their basic human rights.

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These pictures are not what we should get out of a peaceful movement, this is not how you treat civilized protesters:

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We are ALL in this together, Ahmad, George, Ali, Hussein, Maroun, Seyid  Maria, and Alia. Those of us who cannot join the actual physical movement, can do their own part with solving all this corruption. Whatever power you have as a journalist, as a school teacher, a police-man, a politician, do your own share with making a change. Even if it was resisting an order, writing an article, starting a campaign, recycling at home and at the office, opposing corruption; asking for action, pressuring, demanding, and forcing change!

They say Lebanon is a Dream, and the dream was taken away from us. It’s not a dream to have a normal country where other countries that were deserts are now being compared to New York City. It’s not a dream to have fresh air and a normal government, when other countries are creating green space and ice out of nothing. It’s not a dream for women to pass their nationalities to their kids and for the homosexuals to not be treated as country traitors, when other countries are legalizing gay marriages and women are getting to the highest positions. It’s not a dream to have our educated young individuals working and not getting high at some random friend of a friend’s house, regretting they were born in Lebanon, instead of offering jobs for the unworthy.

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What we do not get is that we are not only in THIS together, we are in everything together. Our unity will only change whatever ZBELEH we are living in.

Politics is mind games. Let’s just hope this is not a game to get even more ridiculous, greedy people to power.

It is a shame!   #3aybeshoum #طلعت_ريحتكم

MAWZ, MAWZAYN

So it was just revealed that the person behind the video we all watched is Clara Hawa, a psychology and theater student who risked her reputation for a week in order to convey a message most of us should support and execute.
When I first watched this video, I wasn’t sure if it’s a parody – you know Iike the ones all over youtube – or not, but everyone said it’s a real song. However, they all said something was fishy about her wig and sunglasses.

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I wanted to write something about this, but I felt it wasn’t worth discussing – just like Myriam Klink’s Antar. Now that I know it was IMPACT BBDO’s #balasakhafe3ishelsa2afe campaign, I’d definitely like to point out how silly our societies have become. I personally work in social media and I know how people react to silly stuff in oppose to good content that have a MEANING. I always try to spread awareness/ interesting content but such posts just don’t really go viral.

I guess people who made fun of Zeezee are now feeling awkward about themselves.

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Zeezee’s video isn’t that bizarre. It is an exaggerated version of the music videos in the Lebanese industry – and whatever they try to tell us.

Moreover, the funniest part of the video was the credits! I couldn’t believe people actually put their name there!

Now that it all makes sense I’d wish that our artists would start thinking twice before singing a ‘sexy’ song, directors and producers would have more dignity before putting their names on absurd videos (because the ones out there aren’t THAT BETTER), and better yet,  WE would STOP MAKING *Similar* PEOPLE FAMOUS.

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I love what Zeezee did though, every actress who takes acting seriously would definitely have done this. Now we all know what that girl is capable of right? Hats down!
Quoting her “Reading one book per month would do our societies good.”

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Being a previous intern at Impact BBDO, I’m really proud of this campaign as well. I think it’s all simply genius.

much love w bala tjeljou2!

M