Feature: Kasheem “The Dream” Peterson

Kasheem "the dream" Peterson featured at www.tonyward.ocm
Kasheem “The Dream” Peterson. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Text by Kasheem Peterson, Copyright 2024

Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Creative Director: KVaughn

Lighting Assistant: Tony Colagreco

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The Dream

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 I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My parents were both federal employees of the United States government. My father thought it was a great idea to train me in Shotokan Karate and military combative training such as blocks and strikes at the early age of three years old in our kitchen in Flatbush.  Dad is now a pastor of a Baptist Church in South Jersey. Him training me was intentional or purposeful due to the fact  that my name means warrior and protector in both Japanese and Hebrew.

We moved from Brooklyn to Sicklerville, New Jersey in Camden County when I was 9 years old. It was not too long after that I enrolled in pee wee football and Soo Bahk Do and Antero Karate where I received instruction from master trainer, Hector Rodriquez. He and my father thought it was best that I begin tournament style fighting at the age of twelve fighting adults. I did well and I followed the instructions of the instructor and my father.

I played football and wrestled in high school. Most importantly, I was a Battalion Executive Officer for the Junior Reserves Officer Training Program at Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill, NJ. I competed in junior special forces training and military drills and even went to a boot camp for minors headed into the military for the Delayed Entry Program. Through my training and accolades in martial arts and sports I attained a Congressional Nomination to the Citadel Military Institute of South Carolina.

I received an associates from Trident Technical Institute in Charleston and went on to get a Bachelors in Political Science from Widener University in Chester PA. During my years in college, I got signed by Cory Dueger Models and Talent and was sent to a casting call where I received a role in RADIO a movie with Cuba Gooding Junior and Ed Harris. I then signed with Hilory Beckford of Clones Model Management in New York. Under those two agents I walked in various run way shows across the east coast and was featured in several commercial, print publications and an industrial advertisement  for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. During my studies at Widener I also started training at Daddis Fight Camp in South Philadelphia and Philadelphia Fight Factory in the Northern Liberties/Kensigton Area. My instructors were Aaron Meisner, Brad Daddis, Rigel Balsamico, Steve Haigh, and Wilson Reis. I trained in Muay Thai, Jui Jitsu and boxing. I fought under the management of Ed Hsu who encouraged me to go professional.

I  won the Combat in The Cage Championship for NJ, DE, NY, And PA at 170lb which is classified as welterweight. It was then that I decided not to go to law school and decided to move to Las Vegas to train to become a Professional cage fighter. I was immediately picked up and signed by TAPOUT Research and Development Team coached by Shawn Tompkins, Keebo Robinson, and Robert McMullin. I traveled all around and trained in Japan, Australia, Abu Dhabi, and Canada. My coach Shawn Tompkins named me “THE DREAM” and I  have kept it to honor him in all my endeavors since then. After he passed away I began training with the number one Jui Jitsu practitioner in the world at the time Robert Drysdale and trained in Muay Thai with Mark Beecher under the HYENA MUAY THAI SYSTEM. I went through some hardships in life and stopped training and modeling for an extensive period of time due to personal circumstances.

I returned to training at Webb Fitness and MMA under Jonavin Webb and Phil Maldonato. I fought my last two fights and retired in 2022. I had a moment where I was lost and didn’t know what to do. I’m a Christian and a man of faith so I prayed and consulted my ex fiancé who is a corporate attorney and a law professor. She asked me what I wanted to do and she told me she would help by being a liaison and reference. I told her I wanted to get into the adult industry meaning porn. I actually started dancing under the management of Larry Evans under a company called Hunk-o-Mania. Shortly after that I  was soon picked up by the number one porn agency in the world, HUSSIE MODELS and represented by the owner himself Riley Reynolds. Since then I’ve worked for top companies such as BLACKED, BRAZZERS, SEEHIMFUCK, BANGBROS, TEAM SKEET and FILTHY KINGS. I worked with the greatest of producers such as Derek Dozier and Johnny Robins. I have over 74 Million Views on adult websites and my brand is growing by the day. I have goals. I want to be one of the best male entertainer/actors on the big screen in motion pictures.

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Kasheem "TheDream" Peterson portrait of a very strong man
Kasheem Peterson. Photo: tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Kitchie Ohh: A Muse in Grief

Portrait of Kitchie Ohh in front of an antique car
Kitchie Ohh. First Shoot.  Photo: Michael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss. Copyright 2024

Text by Kitchie Ohh, Copyright 2024

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In Memorium

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A Muse in Grief

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“Sometimes, you meet someone and, in an instant, you connect with them and know no matter what your relationship becomes, you will be forever comforted by their mere existence.”

It’s true. The man who said that would know, of course. I think for as much as he felt it about anyone, more people than he realized felt that way about him. Who is he, you wonder? Musician, writer, photographer extraordinaire, and my friend, Micael F. Bann. Quite a few of my previous posts here include photos taken by him under his alias of Victor Devilbliss.

My very first photoshoot occurred in 2013. I hadn’t planned on doing more, or doing anything with the resulting photos. But something just clicked and I wanted more. It took me a while to work up the nerve. The first first step came unexpectedly. Social media served me up an ad for a retro-themed magazine called Retro Lovely. I began following it, loving the posts and images. I wanted to be among them, but didn’t think I was good enough. Then, I saw a call for submissions for a spinoff of this main magazine called Kat Club. I decided I would go for it. With the permission of the photographer from that first shoot, I sent in a few images. On April 24, 2015 my picture was promoted as being included in the latest issue. Sadly, just before going to print, the entire Retro Lovely line folded. At the time, all issues were being traditionally printed and sold through mail order. The cost and effort just was not feasible, long-term,  for a one-man operation. I was bummed but so proud of myself for doing it! 

I went on to do three more shoots before stepping onto a set with the incredible Michael Bann, a.k.a. Victor Devilbliss, creator of the Retro Lovely Magazine line, in October 2017. Looking back, what’s incredibly funny is that I booked that photoshoot due to being a huge fan of the artist scheduled to provide hair and makeup, figuring it was probably the one chance I would ever have to work with her. The legendary photographer was secondary in my decision. Funny how that shook out. I never worked with that artist again but developed a close friendship with Michael and shot with him seven more times in his studio, his home, and other awesome locations requiring significant road tripping. I submitted our photos to various publications and was always excited to share when accepted.

Somewhere in the middle of that friendship and photography, Retro Lovely Magazine found new life. It was reborn in mid 2018, through a more cost-effective print-on-demand platform but with the same meticulously curated content for which the original publication was known. I was trusted with the news before the relaunch, assisting with proofreading the website copy and submission forms before they went live. I was excited for him. We had discussed at length how much he loved it and how devastated he was when he had to give it up. While it was a project he enjoyed and poured himself into, it came with pitfalls of course. He had developed quite the aversion to models and photographers who begged and bargained to appear on covers; who contacted him with horror stories about others to persuade him not to accept submissions or work with them; and so much more. He navigated it all without ever compromising who he was. I was extremely honored, and incredibly humbled when he messaged one day with a “so I was thinking…” and then a few minutes pause, which was a very Michael thing to do. I was expecting a novel-length message to follow about some crazy thing he experienced or an idea he had and wanted to bounce off me. Instead, it was a photo from that first time we worked together, mocked up for the cover of his magazine. I had barely grasped what it was he was showing me before several more messages came through pointing out how the set was perfect because he was able to shoot wide and the picture lined up for a wraparound cover. I finally understood and Retro Lovely Magazine No. 14 published in August 2018. He shocked me further by later telling me that he also sent a few photos from this set to a ‘hot rod’ magazine. They had chosen one to include in their upcoming issue. It was a publication that was a regularly mailed subscription and was also available in retail stores and newsstands. When it was released, he sent me a video of him entering the local Wal-Mart, finding the magazine on the shelf, flipping to our page, and purchasing it. He surprised me one more time after that, in April 2022. After our final spontaneous road-trip, destination photoshoot, I found myself once again, unexpectedly, on the cover of a Retro Lovely publication, this time it was Cassandra which had a very glamorous, opulent kind of feel to the images it contained. He made sure that I recognized that the title of the magazine was made to look like the glittery surface of the table in the photo. Of course it did. That was the kind of detail he just loved, the small things that made huge difference if you took the time to notice. 

On set for photoshoots and in between, we often talked about life in general; family, work, relationships, anything, everything, and absolutely nothing, because sometimes you just need to talk nonsense and laugh. He was really good at that; at listening, remembering details, and making people feel at ease. It didn’t matter if you knew him for decades or days, he left an impression. Michael accepted people for who they were, brought out the best in them and and captured that in his photography. There are countless people who would say the same and then some. In fact, many of them poured good thoughts, prayers and energy out to him when he announced in early June that needed to take a brief break from everything – photos, music, Retro Lovely – due to a medical issue. Shortly after that announcement, he shared the gravity of the situation with all of us. He was diagnosed with a large mass on the back of his brain. It would require near-immediate surgery to remove it. Despite the seriousness, Michael posted with all the irreverence and humor we loved about him right up until that surgery. And never posted again. 

Technically, he made it through the procedure. Complications afterward proved fatal.  

He entered the hospital on June 7, and left this world June 21. It won’t ever be the same. I don’t just mean that for me. I don’t think he would have ever, in life, acknowledged the impact he had. I hope he knew it was enormous and reached so far. I still have not wrapped my head around the fact that he is gone. 

How do you say goodbye to someone so much larger than life itself? You don’t, really. You remember, fondly. You cry, you laugh, you create, you keep them alive through you. I’ll close this the way I opened, with words from my friend, Michael Bann, who will be missed more than any words can ever express. 

“The days after my last, think of me with peace. Recall a smile I drew from you, though new ones will have ceased. The weeks after my last, remember love I gave you, forgive the times I let you down, it was not my wish to do so. The years after my last, let my memory hold you. Know you meant the world to me, though I’m unable to console you.” 

Photos shared here are from our first shoot and our last shoot. 

In loving memory of Michael F. Bann, March 25, 1965-June 21, 2024. 

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Portrait of glam model Kitchie Ohh
Kitchie Ohh. Last Shoot. Photo: Michael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss, Copyright 2024

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Kitchie Ohh is a full-time professional fundraiser who has worked with a number of health and human services nonprofits in the Philadelphia area over the last 20 years. She found her passion for modeling after a pinup-style photoshoot in 2013. Since then, she has worked with many talented photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists in a variety of styles. She has been featured in- and on the covers of – multiple print and digital publications. Over the years, she has branched out from pinup studio modeling to serve as a figure model for live sketching, walked a runway, and was part of two campaigns for Philadelphia designer K. Vaughn.

In addition to her philanthropy-focused career, she has volunteered with art, historical, and community organizations, and even the events team of a local brewery for a while, pre-pandemic.

You’re just as likely to find her whipping up something deliciously plant-based in her kitchen or knitting a sweater as you are to find her on a photography set. Her motto is “be both.” The model and the homemaker, sultry and sweet, serious and silly. All the things, all at once. To access additional articles by Kitchie Ohh, link here: https://tonyward.com/kitchie-ohh-theres-always-one/

Nefertari Williams: Take Care of Your Heart

Portrait of Nefertari Williams and her lovely daughter Shawna wearing a corset
Nefertari Williams and her daughter Shawna. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2024

Text by Nefertari Williams, Copyright 2024

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Take Care of Your Heart

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Surviving a heart attack while nine months pregnant is part of my story. I never thought that such a terrifying event would launch me into the public eye and open doors for me to speak in front of people that I may not have otherwise met. BUT that life changing event did that and so much more. It forced me to stop just surviving and start living. It wasn’t thought that I would survive but I did – One accomplishment out of the way – do I dare to add another goal to my list?! I did and I achieved it!! My list is now very long.

Archery was added later but jumped to the top of the list when I entered a pro shop and the man behind the counter placed a bow in my hand. He taught me the steps and told me to take a deep breath – then release – and I did. With that arrow I let go of so much fear, pain, guilt sadness and grief. It was a beautiful feeling. I’m hooked and I hope I never have to put down my bow.

Although I have a weakened heart due to CHF, SCAD uncontrolled tachycardia an aneurysm in my heart and much much more, I live proudly and fearlessly as a person battling heart disease. I tell my story/stories and I help others to understand that their trials and tribulations may be building blocks to a better tomorrow. Allow your story to be released into the world and help others to know that they too can make it to the other side of what may have seemed like something that could have broken them. From my quiver to my bow – I aim and release. Hopefully inspiring others along the way. 

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Nefertari Williams shooting with a archery bow and arrow
Nefertari Williams

About The Author:  Nefertari Williams is a jewelry maker, activist for women with heart disease and the mother of five beautiful children.  She lives in Willingboro, New Jersey.  To access additional articles by Nefertari Williams link here: https://tonyward.com/nefertari-williams-trolls-have-tells/

Supreme Court: Alito Under Serious Scrutiny

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Portrait of Samuel Alito Generated by AI.

Supreme Court: Alito Under Serious Scrutiny

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Samuel Alito, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President George W. Bush in 2006, has been a prominent figure in American jurisprudence, until it was revealed to the American people that he flew a upside down American flag at his house after the January 6th insurrection. Known for his conservative stance, Alito has played a pivotal role in shaping the Court’s decisions on key issues such as religious freedom, gun rights, and campaign finance. However, his record and recent actions have brought him under increasing public scrutiny, particularly concerning ethical standards.

Justice Alito has been a steadfast conservative voice on the Supreme Court. His judicial philosophy emphasizes a strict interpretation of the Constitution, often aligning with originalist perspectives. Alito has consistently supported religious liberties, as seen in his opinions in cases like Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., where he wrote the majority opinion allowing closely held corporations to refuse contraceptive coverage on religious grounds. He has also been a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights, exemplified by his concurring opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago, which reinforced the application of gun rights to the states.

Throughout his tenure, Alito’s decisions have significantly influenced American law and society. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Alito joined the majority in a landmark ruling that expanded the role of money in politics, allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns. His dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, underscored his conservative leanings and opposition to judicial activism.

In recent years, Alito has faced growing scrutiny regarding potential ethical lapses. Reports have emerged raising questions about his financial disclosures and interactions with political figures. Critics argue that these issues undermine public trust in the impartiality and integrity of the Supreme Court.

One significant controversy involves Alito’s relationship with wealthy donors and attendance at events hosted by conservative organizations. These interactions have led to calls for a more stringent code of ethics for Supreme Court justices, akin to those governing lower federal courts. Additionally, questions about his financial disclosures, particularly regarding real estate transactions, have fueled concerns about transparency and accountability.

Amid these controversies, an ethics probe has been initiated to examine Alito’s conduct. The probe aims to determine whether his actions violated ethical standards or compromised the integrity of the judiciary. Advocates for judicial reform argue that this investigation is crucial to maintaining the public’s trust in the Supreme Court. They emphasize the need for clear and enforceable ethical guidelines to ensure that justices remain above reproach.

Samuel Alito’s tenure on the Supreme Court has been marked by influential conservative decisions that have shaped American law. However, his record is now under the microscope as public scrutiny intensifies over potential ethical violations. The outcome of the ethics probe could have far-reaching implications for the credibility and future conduct of Supreme Court justices, underscoring the ongoing debate about the need for judicial accountability and transparency.

Bob Shell: Fighting Fire With Fire

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Lani. Photo: Bob Shell, Copyright 2024.

Text by Bob Shell, Copyright 2024

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Fighting Fire With Fire

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I have just received correspondence from an attorney named Adam Steinbaugh with FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression in Philadelphia (adam@thefire.org).
He’s offering his possible help with the problems I’m having with the Virginia Department of Corrections interfering with my right to write and publish my books.

I hope you’re aware of FIRE, as I was not. It sounds like he and his organization are things you should know about, particularly because they’re right there in Philadelphia.

I wrote letters about my problems to a variety of organizations. This wasn’t one of them, but Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts from for warded my letter to him.
I’ve also heard from PEN America in NYC offering their help, even though I didn’t write to them.

His address is:

FIRE
510 Walnut Street, Suite 1250
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Telephone:
(215) 717-3473, ext. 213

I thought I should keep our readers in the loop on this. You or others you know might need their help at some point since the book burners are active again.

The VDOC’s Publication Review Committee banned my book Heaven and Hell on the Road to Reno based on an unpublished proof they seized. The idiots don’t understand that it’s not a publication until it’s published! Their authority extends only to publications. They had no authority to confiscate, review, or disapprove it. They’ve blocked publication, because without the proof I can’t make necessary corrections or editorial changes, so it remains an unpublished proof on my Amazon account.

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About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author, former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine and veteran contributor to this blog. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models.  He is serving the 17th year of his sentence at Pocahontas State Correctional Facility, Virginia. To read additional articles by Bob Shell link here: https://tonyward.com/bob-shell-trump-and-me/