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Interview with TikTok’s TX2 on Pop-Punk’s Resurgence

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Emo music’s poignant lyrics and supercharged guitar strumming of pop-punk undoubtedly elicit 2000s nostalgia of listening to the Used on an iPod and changing your Myspace backgrounds. But the jaundiced lyrics and distorted guitar progression attracted confused and often mentally isolated listeners toward a community that embraced togetherness (and moshing).

As with any style of music that brings a wince of nostalgia, there is a younger generation wanting to revive the sound — often with a few contemporary twists. Twenty-two-year-old Miami-based musician TX2 (AKA Evan Thomas) hopes to lead that front.

“I’m a huge emo-rock person,” Thomas declares.

When he was 8 years old, Thomas purchased his first album, Green Day’s American Idiot, followed by My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade. In the music, Thomas found an escape from childhood torment at the hands of school bullies.

“All of that led me into darker music where I just appreciated darker things,” he tells New Times. “I struggled with my mental health along the way — I still am. But I have a grip on myself because of this music.”

Thomas grew up in Colorado, where, like every middle schooler, he played in a garage band. He described the band as developing a small name in a small town — coffee shops, house parties, and managing to play a set during a Colorado Eagles hockey game. After graduating high school, he moved to Miami in 2018 to study music business at the University of Miami.

An avid fan of hip-hop, Thomas auditioned as a rapper for UM’s Frost School of Music. The audition went so well, the school awarded him a full scholarship.

“I realized rapping is just drumming with words,” he says. “So once I figured the percussive and rhythmic elements, I got super into it. In high school, I was strictly making rap music with a tad of punk rock. When the time for college came, and I was finding myself, I was like, You know what, I grew up in the emo scene, and I need to bring that back to become an authentic artist.”

Thomas’ music blends genres that are challenging to emulsify into the perfect pop-punk song: The hardboiled progressions of punk, hip-hop’s poetic prose, and the emotional vulnerability of emo lyrics. 

“I think pop-punk as a whole has a huge revival, and emo is a part of that subculture,” he says.

Thomas is definitely not wrong. Machine Gun Kelly‘s fifth studio album, Tickets to My Downfall, saw the musician move away from hip-hop to a decisively pop-punk sound, while Olivia Rodrigo’s breakthrough album, Sour, owes a lot to the genre.

In Thomas’ case, his poignant lyrics and full-throttle punk overtures bring recollections of circa 2004 — even if his Gen Z status raises skepticism. But like any crafty Zoomer, Thomas uses his social-media prowess to his benefit. His single “Pull the Plug” — which has been streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify — went viral on TikTok.

“I posted ‘Pull The Plug’ on TikTok and the teaser got like 500,000 views, and people started using the song in their videos,” he says. “The song is actually about my struggles with mental health. I think many people related. There’s not only power in music, but there’s power when you start getting a platform.”

Thomas has over 200,000 followers on TikTok with nine million views. While he uses the platform for typical TikTok shenanigans, his channel is dedicated to promoting mental health. He also runs a community on Discord called “The X Movement,” where people can openly chat about their mental health in a virtual safe space.

“There was a point in my life where I didn’t feel like I had anyone,” Thomas explains. “I didn’t want anyone to go into that place. There’s a venting section on Discord, and basically, everyone starts talking about how they’re struggling and realizes they’re not alone. The most dangerous thing is when they feel alone and think they have no one. I feel like that’s my impact and how I can give back to the world for giving me a platform.”

Thomas is just one friendly voice in an industry more cognitively aware of mental health. According to a study, Logic’s song, “1-800-273-8255,” named for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, may have prevented suicides.

Looking ahead, TX2 is looking forward to a productive year. He released a music video for his latest song, “No Place Like Home,” which was shot in Miami.

“It’s ironically about my hometown in Colorado, but I wanted to shoot it in Miami,” he says. “It’s about how I felt trapped in my hometown.”

Listeners can expect his next single, “Nail in the Coffin,” to be out in early February. “I experienced a relationship that ended, and I thought, Dude, this is like a nail in the coffin — the phrase rang with me.”

Living in a city dominated by electronic music, reggaeton, and hip-hop leaves little room for bonafide punk venues. While Thomas has played venues like Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti and Naomi’s Garden in Liberty City, he’s still eager to explore the hidden world of the city’s punk scene, which is often overshadowed by the electronic and reggaeton offerings.

“There is a punk scene, and it’s my job to discover it on my own,” he says. “It’s a scene I love and want to be a part of it in every way possible”

In the meantime, Thomas is set to play during the Black Market Fashion Show at Revolution Live on February 5 before flying back to Colorado next month to open for emo rapper Call Me Karizma.

“The fact that I was graced with this luck and the power of TikTok is the sign I needed to show that this is what I want to do and need to do,” Thomas says. “Wherever it takes me, I’m going, and whatever it asks me, I’m doing it.”

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FIU, UM grad students receive scholarships from CREW Miami

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Jennifer Saul (center) receives the 2021 CREW Miami “Unsung Hero” award. Pictured (l-r) are Marilyn Perez-Martinez, CREW Miami president for 2022; Saul, and Ligia Labrada, 2021 CREW Miami president.

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CREW Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women Miami) announced the recipients of this year’s Roslyn K. Berrin Scholarship Awards during the group’s final public event of 2021 in December.

In 2019, Roslyn Berrin, founder of Berrin Realty Inc. and the first recipient of CREW Miami’s Lifetime Achievement Award, initiated the CREW Miami Scholarship Fund.

The Roslyn K. Berrin Real Estate Scholarship is available to females enrolled as a junior or senior-level undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a real estate-related discipline, at a university or college located in Miami-Dade County and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0. The awards also include complimentary CREW Miami student membership and mentor opportunities.

“I am honored to be selected as the recipient of the Roslyn K. Berrin Scholarship,” said Kaitlyn Vogel, one of the recipients. “This award means a lot to me. I am both grateful and excited to join and interact with an organization that truly understands the importance of being surrounded by powerful and successful women.”

Vogel will graduate in December 2022 with a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate from the University of Miami.

“I am deeply honored to be a recipient of the Roslyn K. Berrin Real Estate Scholarship and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a member of CREW Miami Chapter,” said Ximena Lamadrid Fischer, another recipient. “CREW Miami has been a pioneer in driving gender parity issues in commercial real estate by bringing together senior female leadership from all fields of commercial real estate. I believe the opportunity to access CREW Miami’s diverse network and the ability to give me access to mentorship opportunities will be invaluable to furthering my career in the commercial real estate industry.”

Lamadrid Fischer will graduate in May 2022 with a Master of Science in International Real Estate from Florida International University.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, entrepreneur, author and co-founder/managing partner of Clerisy, was the keynote speaker.

The 2021 CREW Miami awards also were announced:


CREW Miami Mover and Shaker of the Year, Heidi Roberts, Territory Manager A&D at Global Furniture Group;


CREW Miami Unsung Hero: Jennifer Saul, Business Development & Client Liaison at Leslie Saul & Associates Inc., and


CREW Miami Outstanding Leadership: Josie Correa, director of Business Development at JWR Construction Services.

For more information, visit www.crewmiami.org/events.


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Carmen Rodriguez honored as AKAM’s 2021 Florida Executive of the Year

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AKAM, a leading residential property management company serving New York, Connecticut and Florida for nearly four decades, recently announced that recruitment executive Carmen Rodriguez has been named vice president of Talent Acquisition.

At a company celebration in December 2021, Rodriguez also was honored as AKAM’s 2021 Florida Executive of the Year in recognition of her achievements during the past 12 months.

“Since Carmen Rodriguez joined the AKAM team three years ago, she has exceeded expectations and contributed to the advancement of all of our residential properties and to the company’s overall success in Florida,” said David Cohen, executive vice president of AKAM. “She has earned the respect of colleagues, has tremendous expertise in national and global recruitment staffing and is highly regarded in residential property management in South Florida.”

Rodriguez was selected among dozens of AKAM company executives to receive the Florida Executive of the Year recognition. She was specifically credited with successfully overseeing a team of recruiters, even with the challenges brought on with the Covid-19 pandemic and the shortage of labor in the marketplace, developing innovative recruitment strategies and being a team player.

Rodriguez joined AKAM in January 2019 as director of recruitment. She calls South Florida home with her husband and three daughters.

Rodriguez has over 28 years of experience managing all phases of the recruitment process with specific expertise in residential property management. Her expertise includes devising effective recruiting strategies, hiring and supporting managers, managing and developing college recruitment programs and internships, preparing recruiting reports and other human resources record keeping.

She is a Florida Licensed Realtor and holds certifications in various subjects including Career Service Training and Leadership Training.

Established in 1983 on the premise of shifting the mindset within the industry, AKAM, a leading property management firms serving New York, Connecticut and Florida, is recognized for its highly personalized, attentive, hospitality-led service designed for an enriched residential experience. AKAM’s work is supported by deep knowledge and expertise in the field, and best-in-class talent in hospitality, management, finance and planning, architecture, and related disciplines.

For more information, visit www.akam.com/.


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Pinecrest resident Jennifer Warren Medwin has a new book

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Jennifer Warren Medwin, a Pinecrest resident and a Certified Divorce Coach, has a new book out and the timing seems perfect, since the highest rates of divorce take place during the months of January and April.

Titled Strategies and Tips from a Divorce Coach: A Roadmap to Move Forward, the book is described as a comprehensive resource for one of life’s most difficult periods. Whether you’re considering divorce, ready to start the process, or simply do not know where else to turn, Strategies and Tips from a Divorce Coach: A Roadmap to Move Forward is intended to help you take back your power and move forward confidently while saving time, money, and emotional fatigue.

With years of experience as a Certified Divorce Coach and her own firsthand experience going through a divorce, Medwin channels all her insight, empathy, and education into a comprehensive guide that is simultaneously comforting, illuminating and empowering. Her book puts the tools you need right into your hands: informative checklists, practical tips and strategies, clear and direct steps for moving forward, solution-based plans of action, and more. At the same time, the book provides chapters of self-help advice to support and acknowledge the mental and emotional difficulties people experience before, during or after the dissolution of marriage. Whatever your next step forward is in the divorce process, this book will help you make educated and practical choices.

“As a Certified Divorce Coach and someone who has personally gone through a divorce, I understand how challenging it can be to advocate for yourself while experiencing the mental and emotional toll of a separation,” Medwin said. “I wrote this book to take the guesswork out of this difficult time and to help individuals make clear, well-informed decisions while also saving time and money.”

Strategies and Tips from a Divorce Coach: A Roadmap to Move Forward comes highly lauded by divorce professionals and satisfied clients alike. Medwin’s book is exactly the type of resource that you need once you start thinking about ending your marriage.

Sonia Queralt, Esq., Co-Founder of Divorceify, praises the book.

“The advice and tips she offers her readers are practical and truly help them move through the process in a more constructive and healthy way,” says Queralt. “I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are starting the divorce process, this book will help you every step of the way.”

Strategies and Tips from a Divorce Coach: A Roadmap to Move Forward is available for purchase on amazon.com and soon to be available on barnesandnoble.com.

For information contact Jennifer Warren Medwin, MS, CDC at jen@seekingempowerment.com or contact the publisher at veritebooks@gmail.com or visit her website www.seekingempowerment.com. Follow on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn: @jenseekingempowerment.

About the Author:


Jennifer Warren Medwin, MS is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach, Supreme Court of Florida Family Mediator, and a Certified Marital Mediator. Her private practice in Pinecrest is called Seeking Empowerment: Clarity through Partnership. Jennifer specializes in working alongside individuals and couples who are contemplating divorce and are fearful of high conflict and with those who hope to save their marriages. She partners with clients to develop the clarity, confidence, courage, conflict management strategies, and communication skills they need to move through the process. Medwin is a member of the National Association of Divorce Professionals (NADP), a member of the SupportPay Advisory Council, and a contributing writer for Your Tango, Thrive Global, and OurFamilyWizard.


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