Singer/Songwriter: @Kristinia DeBarge

Written by Brittany Shawnté

Today, we have singer/songwriter, actress, AND model, Kristinia DeBarge! The star opened up to us about her start in music as a part of the famous DeBarge clan, her own aspirations for her career, and her new upcoming show on weTV, Growing Up Hip Hop!

Growing up as a part of the famous DeBarge family R&B lineage, Kristinia noted that there is “never a dull moment” with her family. “My family, they’re not only talented, but they’re very funny, awesome great human beings,” she said. Having that strong background in music, Kristinia knew that she wanted to sing at the young age of 3, and began taking her craft seriously at 12. “I kind of hid it from my dad [James DeBarge],” she laughed, not telling him that she had that talent and passion for singing until that time. “He was like, ‘Oh my gosh! All right, let’s get you in the studio!'” They stayed up until 4:30 in the morning writing and recording the song, and Kristinia was committed to the process even at that age. “He was kind of testing me to see how bad I really wanted to do it,” she stated. Clearly she proved herself!

Quick Smoothie Recipe

Written by @PresidentElla

I hate  mornings, but I love breakfast food. Unfortunately, I rarely have enough time to make breakfast. Sometimes, I don’t even have enough time to leave my desk to get lunch. As I’m rolling off the complaints, lunch in Rockerfeller Center in NYC is no less than $10 — for the cheap stuff. After getting my Ninja, I fell in love. My smoothie takes me 3 minutes to make, and helps me through the whole day. It’s a great in curving your appetite if you’re on a diet or a snacker like myself.  Here are my steps: