With a passion for journalism, an ear for music and a background in the publishing industry, Jacquari Harris, the founder of JMG (JBH Media Group, LLC), launched a full-scale print and digital entertainment magazine in 2009. As the planning began in the first half of 2009 for the development of the print magazine, Jacquari received an interview opportunity that came by the way of reality TV. Kim Kardashian’s publicist submitted a request in June 2009 to have Kim interviewed and featured in JMG. Kim was promoting her fitness DVD Fit In Your Jeans by Friday, and her multi-page interview was featured in the debut issue of JMG Magazine in September 2009. Kim’s interview set the tone for 82 issues of JMG that were yet to come.
From 2009 to 2017, JMG became one of the most dynamic entertainment magazines in Houston, as it highlighted a progressive culture for millennials with its edgy content, eye-catching graphic design and relevant content. The magazine showcased the best of Houston, from the city’s ever-evolving restaurant scene to the hottest nightclubs to power players and businesses on the move.
JMG became nationally recognized by publicists, record labels, movie studios and agencies who saw the publication as a must-have, regional magazine. This was mostly due to the savvy editorial content that was featured in JMG. Jacquari developed relationships with a variety of companies over the years including: Live Nation, NBC Universal, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records, PMK*BNC, Atlantic Records, MSO PR, EMC | Bowery and Epic Records, to name a few.
Over the course of eight years, hundreds of celebrity profiles, reviews and interviews were produced and featured in JMG, which included: Emmy and Grammy Award-winners, musicians, Top Chefs, Olympians, James Beard Foundation winners, actors, athletes and a legendary boxing champ. Part of this list includes: Floyd Mayweather, Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man Too), Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D, Lindsey Vonn, Adam Rodriguez (Magic Mike), Shaun T, RuPaul, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games), Stephanie Leigh Schlund (The Hunger Games), Ron Livingston (Sex and the City, The Conjuring), Luis Guzman (Puerto Ricans in Paris), Boy George, The Chainsmokers, Chef David Burke, Common, Omarion, Wade Smith, Macy Gray, Marlon Wayans (A Haunted House), Molly Qerim from ESPN, Crystle Stewart, Carmen Electra, Jim Jeffries, Nene Leakes and David Guetta, along with many others.
JMG also traveled the country producing special events and covering music events. In 2014, JMG hosted its inaugural press day at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event was attended by Warner Bros. Records, reality TV star Ariana Madix (Vanderpump Rules), as well as DJs and producers. JMG also traveled to Miami from 2013-2015, covering the annual Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival, while meeting and interviewing some of hip-hop and dance music’s top artists, including Flo Rida and Grammy Award-winner Cedric Gervais.
JMG has become a regional media outlet for dance music artists as interviews have poured in from all over the globe including calls from Germany with Paul Van Dyk (2012), Australia with Havana Brown (2012) and London with Nervo (2017).
JMG has been featured on Click2Houston, BravoTV.com (The Fashion Show) and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On Dec.15, 2015, the February 2012 cover featuring Erika Jayne was shown on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when Erika was introduced on the show as a new cast member. The show was seen by 1.5 million viewers.
Today, JMG continues as an online magazine with a digital platform for millennials. The online magazine reports on music, concerts and special events, fashion and style, pop culture, food, exclusive interviews, local businesses and entertainment news.
Also, the newly launched JMG Live! Music Lounge podcast is now available. It’s a music-based podcast with Jacquari as the host, interviewing music artists and high-profile figures from around the world. The JMG Live! Music Lounge is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, Stitcher and Libsyn. Since its 2017 debut, the podcast has reached listeners in over 30 countries. The podcast episodes feature artists from the genres of dance music, EDM, R&B, pop and hip-hop, including: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Austin Mahone, Jacquees, Shawn Wayans, Mary Lambert, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Dyro, Xenia Ghali, Joe Gauthreaux, Dada Life, Felix Da Housecat and the legendary CeCe Peniston.