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The safest space to train and learn boxing! Daniel Martinez operates a boxing gym within the premises of his law firm

The story of the lawyer-turned-crime fighter has been adapted countless times for the box office, where the criminal defense attorney harbors justice and banishes evil. However, the careers of attorneys and fighters don’t exactly see eye-to-eye as they boast parallel lifestyles. As fictitious as it may sound, one attorney decided to break this stereotype.

Criminal defense lawyer Daniel Martinez decided he wanted to pursue a boxing career without abandoning his legal practices. An attorney by heart and a fighter by nature, Daniel always had a soft spot for boxers and finally decided to pursue his long-time dream of not only becoming one, but also launching his own boxing club that has become home to many aspiring boxers who share Daniel’s vision.

We sat down with Martinez and quizzed him about his journey from an everyday lawyer to a boxing gym owner in order to find out what motivated him to take a step of this magnitude. Here are some excerpts from his interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself; who is Daniel Martinez?

Daniel Martinez: I’m from Florida, and I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in business, after which I attended the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. I’ve come quite far from where I started, but if I were to be honest, I think 2015 kickstarted my journey when I became a licensed attorney. Back in the day, I worked for a private criminal practice, and it was in 2016 that I founded my own firm.

What made you choose law? An idol you look up to.

Daniel Martinez: I’ve always thought about giving back to the community – to help people in any way I can. I feel like ever since I was a kid, this ‘giving back’ thing has been programmed into my DNA. First, it was my grandfather, then my father, and now I feel like it’s my turn. I think that was the inspiration behind choosing law as my career.

What made you switch to boxing, and why the sudden shift?

Daniel Martinez: I didn’t switch to boxing; I just adopted it with my existing profession. As for why I did that, it’s mostly because it’s been a childhood dream of mine. As a child, I used to watch boxing all the time, and I was really motivated by Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and when no one was watching, I used to practice Ali’s shuffle too. It has also helped me do more in terms of giving back to my community, mainly because I like the fact that people come to my gym to learn more about the sport, plus I don’t charge them. Seeing all this inspires me to do even more.

Why did you choose to connect your law firm with your boxing gym? Wouldn’t these two ventures perform better individually?

Daniel Martinez: I suppose one could say that, but as I said, I’m not in it for the money. To be frank, a lot of people ask me this, and I can’t exactly explain it in words. If I were to be completely honest – and I know this might sound a bit cheesy, but I feel like boxing has been a part of me ever since I was a kid. While on the other hand, law is something that I’ve grown to love over the years, mainly because I’m good at it. Perhaps I wanted the two most important things in my life to be together. Maybe that’s why I connected them both.

How do you juggle between your different careers?

Daniel Martinez: I won’t lie; sometimes, things get a bit hairy when I get called for jury trials, and I have to be there no matter what. But I always knew it would be this way when I opened my gym. I’ve been doing this for so long that juggling between my responsibilities as a criminal defense lawyer and managing and training the boxers at the gym just doesn’t feel like work; it is more like a hobby at this point.

Cool Runnings Foods is Reviving the Caribbean Culture with Authentic Spice Blends

When most people think of the Caribbean, they might imagine pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. But there’s so much more to the region than that! Caribbean culture is a mix of African, European, and indigenous influences. It’s often referred to as a ‘melting pot’ because of the diversity of its people and traditions. When it comes to Caribbean cuisine, it is no different as it’s a fusion of West African, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese flavors. Although there are many different cultural influences at play in Caribbean cuisine, the food focuses on fresh, local ingredients and a wide variety of spices. It is often considered spicy and mostly features seafood. 

Many restaurants try to recreate that authentic Caribbean flavors, but it is quite tricky to achieve the same taste. That’s where Cool Runnings Foods comes in; they provide authentic spice blends to help you prepare your favorite dishes from scratch. The best part is that their spice blends are made with all-natural ingredients and genuine Caribbean spices so that you can bring the flavors of the islands into your kitchen without any hassle. Whether you’re looking for the right ingredients to add to your chicken curry or oxtail stew, the spices by the brand are sure to add a delicious kick of flavor to any dish. So, put on some music, roll up your sleeves, and get cooking!

It is no secret that Caribbean cuisine is unique and the most flavourful in the world – from the zesty spices of Jerk chicken to the sweet heat of curries, there’s no shortage of tasty recipes in this region. Hence, Cool Runnings Foods is on a mission to bring those original flavors to the masses. The brand aims to spice up the way the world eats; they are all about sharing the authentic taste of the Caribbean with the world through their unique spice blends and seasonings. 

They offer a variety of sauces and seasonings that are carefully crafted using all-natural and fresh ingredients. Their range of hot sauces is perfect for adding a bit of heat to any dish. Whether you’re looking for a subtle hint of heat or want to turn up the heat, the brand has just the right spice blend for you. 

If you’re cooking up a pot of rice and peas or grilling some chicken, their spices will give your meal a unique flavor that will leave your family and friends wanting more of that mouthwatering goodness. Cool Runnings Food’s focus is on authenticity, and you can bet their spice blends and sauces will taste fantastic. 

The brand promises to bring the vibrant culture of the Caribbean to your home. So, if you’re ever in the mood to create Caribbean dishes in the comfort of your kitchen, you can add some spice to your life with Cool Runnings Foods products. 

Are you looking to add some spice to your life? Then go ahead and check out the entire range of sauces and spices that Cool Runnings Foods has to offer. Their goal is to revive Caribbean culture with their authentic spice blends. The brand claims that you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation – without ever having to leave your kitchen. 

Salima Surani: Talks about the Entertainment and Fashion Industries

The entertainment and fashion industries are filled with numerous visionary figures. With smart and strategic teams, people in these industries have amazed the audience by always bringing something new to the table. And when it comes to inclusivity, women’s contributions and innovative ideas in such arenas cannot be overlooked.

In fact, for ages, both of these domains have been ruled by women. From ramp models to designers and from producers to business owners, they have been offering a lot. Among such ambitious women, Salima Surani is someone who is taking over the entertainment and fashion industries with her remarkable work and putting in efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity.

Completing her graduation in the field of communication arts and media, Salima Surani is an entrepreneur, independent producer, creative partner, and owner of two elite movie and television studios. Moreover, she is a renowned fashionista who is bridging the gap between the fashion and entertainment industries. With the right combination of skills, knowledge, and experience, Salima has managed to take over both industries while making a career out of it.

Socialista, Fashionista, Globalista – these three powerful words grab every person’s attention when they first land on her Instagram page. And rightfully so. These are not mere words. Instead, they describe Salima as a brave, beautiful, free soul who is creative and adventurous.

Other than that, Salima owns two studios – Popsicle and Tuxedo. Both her studios provide architectural warehouse space for photoshoots, film locations, and perfect venues for different events. Apart from that, one of the studios also has a sound stage facility. Her studios have been featured in many multiple commercials, music videos, and fashion shoots. This is not all! These meticulously designed studios provide a perfect platform for hosting private and corporate events as well as shooting television shows, movies, and documentaries. 

Salima Surani is also the founding Creative Director of ‘All Pictures Media’ – a global television, film, and photoshoot agency working across the globe, including Istanbul, LA, and Dubai. With her dynamic leadership, Salima has helped All Pictures Media to establish itself as one of the most sought-after agencies for premiere film, TV, and photoshoot locations. Its success is driven by a clear perspective and a proven track record – providing the entertainment Industry with optimum film locations with an unparalleled commitment to superior service, production requirements, professionalism and, most importantly, integrity.

It’s a common notion that with passion and a knack for excellence, success will follow you naturally. Salima has got that passion. She is a person who always strives for excellence. Believing in giving her best is what makes her stand out from her counterparts. Her commitment has allowed her to work with big names like Paramount Pictures, HBO, Warner Bros, Fox, Showtime, and NBC. Other than this, Salima also got to work with some of the world’s renowned editorial names, such as Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, John Varvatos, and various others.

If we say that Salima’s association with the fashion world has paved her way into the industry, it won’t be an understatement. She is usually spotted with stars and celebrities in various fashion shows and brand launches across the country. With her impeccable style and keen fashion sense, Salima Surani is considered not only an icon but also an expert helping various brands uplift their portfolios.

Running two studios, a global media company, and her work in fashion, Salima did not stop here. As the owner of two elite film studios and possessing a penchant for creativity, it was natural for Salima to dabble in film production. Despite being unfamiliar with this complicated field, Salima took on this challenge. Her first production was ‘Paranormal Evil,’ which was released in 2020. This horror/thriller movie was directed by Kuku Surendra.

Her other notable productions are ‘Blue Mauritius’ and ‘Darlings.’ Both films are currently under production and will get a release date soon. Considering Salima’s hard work and excellent track record, these movies will surely set the bar high for other producers in this industry.