Clarke Lau’ren

20181202_155735A Chicago Native, representing LA – Clarke Lau’ren is an Entertainer and Model! Clarke has been in the Entertainment industry for 5 years now, but says that she’s always been an entertainer in all ways – with taking photos and posing becoming a part of her expressing herself.”

“I had always heard that I should give modeling it a try and one of the first photographers that I worked with sold my pictures (I signed them away not knowing) to TMZ and Essence magazine. That woke me up! Lol”

Clarke tells us that she had so much fun being featured in the Migos “Bad & Bougie” & Jidenna “Classic Man” video, and can also be found in the following videos:

  • Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop “You & Your friends”
  • Haim ft ASAP Ferg “My song 5”
  • Sammie “I’m Him”

Clarke loves modeling and enjoys projects that truly allows her to show her personality and loves being able to try different looks and pull them off so gracefully.  Not only is Clarke a model, she is very excited to get into acting and is finally dropping and showing the world her first love of music. With so much competition, Clarke’s initial challenges of her career was knowing her place, who she was, where she thought she fit in with so much competition.

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“People think that it’s easy to look pretty and take pics.  I’ll have a day where I question everything, but so do we all.”

As a Singer, Clarke is creating her sound and vibing with different writers and producers, with music inspiration being fearless, sexy, and loving oneself.  When asked about collaborating with other artists, Clarke tells us that she has an interest in John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, 6lack, and Drake!20181202_155725

“I would like to work with John Mayer because I think our voices would sound amazing together. I would also like to work with Fleetwood Mac because that’s just on some whole other level.”

She says that she is really excited about where she is going, and that music is definitely a journey that she is glad she finally started.  Make sure you mark your calendars, as she will be dropping her EP early 2019.

Ultimately, Clarke wants to be able to help inspire others and share her own personal story to anyone who relates that may need to hear it.  She simply wants to leave a name behind for years to come for her future family.

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If you are an aspiring model or singer, Clarke has the following advice,

“The company you keep is the biggest part in your growth. Stay true to yourself. Every GIG isn’t for you. Keep God first.”

If you’re interested in booking Clarke for any projects or event, simply email her at clarkeelauren@gmail.com

 

Make sure you keep up with Clarke via:
Instagram: @clarkelauren_

Clarke has these final words for our readers:

Thank you so much for the feature!

I have so much cool stuff on the way for 2019 – I’m turning up!

 

DēP

Meet the super talented Singer, Actor, and Model – DēP (pronounced “Deep”). Though currently residing in Los Angeles, CA – DēP is a Houston, TX native who has made some MAJOR BOSS moves in the industry!

Although DēP came from a musical family, he pursued college for a degree in Education prior to music.  However, his degree in Education was his backup plan – in case music didn’t work out.

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“I have always wanted to sing. Yes, I grew up around music but ever since they put me on a table top at my Aunt Linda’s church and let me sing, I was hooked. Funny thing is my mom didn’t really want me to pursue a singing career. I’ve always had a fire for going after things I desire, especially when someone says I shouldn’t.”

So how did DēP make his grand entrance into the entertainment industry? DēP tells us that he got his first big break by winning a VIBE magazine talent competition for unsigned artists. While getting his first record contract with Versatile Records in Washington, DC – he realized that the industry was ready for him!

“Everyone thinks that there is this one magical moment that unlocks success in anything, and that’s just not the case.”
My life quote is “Nothing Is Happenstance!” – which means everything happens for a reason.”

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DēP tells us that there were many experiences that made him a true contender in the industry. For DēP, growing up under the Southeast Inspirational Choir, attending HSPVA in Houston TX, taking piano lessons at All About Music, national/regional competitions, and local performance all over the place played a key role in his success. If you didn’t know, DēP has made major boss moves with various television appearances such as:

 

2015 Grammy Awards
2015 Grammy Salutes: Stevie Wonder
2016 TV Land Awards
2016 Espys
2016 White House Christmas
Will & Grace 2018
The Rookie 2018
AND MORE!

 He has also made appearances in several music videos, commercials, and movies such as:

“Matrimony” (Wale ft. Usher)

“Bang Bang” (Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)

“So In Love” (Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton)

Dos Equis

Beats By Dre

The Preachers Son

AND MORE!

In the beginning stages of his career, various people had misconceptions about his image, but that did not stop him from pushing through!  DēP tells us that the biggest challenge for him was actually choosing the right team – as he knew he couldn’t be successful on his own.

“In the beginning, they didn’t know what to do with me. I looked young, sounded, wrote, and spoke like an adult, didn’t really wanna promote a sexual image but that’s what they wanted. I was smart enough to know that I couldn’t be successful on my own and there was always some manager, fake ass label, or whoever that was going to “take me to the top”. I guess I wasn’t church enough because my discernment was off. It took me years to build the right team but the journey was necessary.”

Overcoming his initial challenges wasn’t the only thing that aided in his success, as the following business advice also helped:

  1. Count my own money
  2. Be involved with every facet of my career
  3. Learn the business just as much as i was learning my craft
  4. Network
  5. Never follow a no with a period.

 

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“I wish I would have known that “I was enough,” in the beginning of my career. Growing up in the south, a Black man is flawed. We spend so much time trying to fit in a box or adapt to a definition that doesn’t work for a leader, entrepreneur, BOSS. When I accepted my power I was able to walk into any room and get just what I needed out of it be it a deal, a standing ovation or anything.”

DēP has shared the stage and opened up for some of the best of the best in music – from Beyonce to Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys Jussie Smollett, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Boys II Men, and more. Touring is something that DēP  enjoys, as it allows him to meet people and get paid to work in his passion.  He recently was able to tour as a solo artist, but stated that it was also cool being able to bring in artists that he has formerly worked a couple of shows with. Make sure you keep up with DēP, as he will be touring again in the Spring and Summer of 2019!

“It’s going to be epic because I will be collaborating with some talented Artist You SHOULD Know from across the country. I am amped because the raw talent with this group is dumb.”

DēP has had an opportunity to perform live with quite a few artists, but says that his favorites were Beyonce and Kanye West!

“They are crazy passionate and it challenged me to work harder. I remember thinking, “Damn DeP, yea you grind but they grind grind”. It was crazy because they had reached levels where they could let up and not work so hard, yet they were easily outworking everyone on the team. I learned the equation to success by working with them.”

When asked about his dream artist, he states that he would love to work with Missy Elliott, as she has the ability to bring out the best in people! He calls Missy Elliott a BEAST with true raw creativity!

Make sure you are keeping up with DēP’s music journey, as he has an upcoming LP called “Edible and Elevation.” – and describes it as his most authentic body of work ever.

“It’s gonna shock everybody, in a good way. I have some dope producers and a few guest artist on there. This is a true artistic joint. It’s a whole mood.”

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His talents also go beyond the stage, as you can catch him performing on the big screen in theaters in 2019! DēP  will be starring in the film “This Side Up” – a true story film, about a slave named Henry Box Brown – who mailed himself to freedom; the only one to do so successfully.

“Filming THIS SIDE UP was amazing because it was completely opposite of what DeP stands for, looks like, acts like and so I had to really flex my acting muscles that had been pushed to the background for years.”

DēP ‘s talents doesn’t stop at music and acting, as he is also an Author! DēP’s first book “Fallback to Step up: Things to fallback from in order to step up your life” will be available mid-2019 and will be holding a book signing soon. He also has a single called “Fallback” to accompany his book!

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“I realized that many times we aren’t able to fly because we have too many bags. too many things holding us back from ascension be it people, outlooks, finances, mindsets, or more. As an entrepreneur, I read a lot of self-help and success books like many of my peers. They simply tell us to believe in self yada yada yada and not any real answers. Sorta like a high priced counselor that gets paid to help us arrive at a revelation without persuasion. Forget that. Give me some answers and some things I can apply. That doesn’t typically happen. All of these books and No answers. I fixed that!”

DeP has also started his full-scale artist branding and development company called “Think Dep Entertainment (TDE).” The company has currently released music with clients Latin pop artist – Bianca Acosta and Hip Hop artist – Jai G. He is also vocal coaching the newest client currently making waves TeaMarr.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, DēP has the following advice,

“Know what you want out of the entertainment industry, before going in and don’t lose focus or stop until you get it. Treat it as a business but protect your heart – aka the passion.”

You can listen and purchase DēP ‘s  music by going to www.ThinkDeP.com OR by searching him on your streaming service under “Think DeP” or “DeP.”

Make sure you keep you follow DēP on social media, to keep up with his career and music:

Instagram: @thinkdep
Website: www.ThinkDeP.com

Tomekia Y. Luckett

 

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Meet Tomekia Y. Luckett, PhD, RN! The Certified Life Coach, Assistant Professor of Nursing, & Owner – CEO of Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC, representing Summit, MS! With serving God while living a purpose filled life as her motivation, Tomekia is making some major boss moves!

Though being an Author was not her passion, she says that there was a need to share her story.

“For years, I had people tell me that I should share my story of how I overcame poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. God really prompted me this year to go ahead and share my stories.”

To date, Tomekia has written the following three books, which were written in 30 days and were written to help anyone looking for inspiration and motivation:

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  1. Finding purpose in the pain: A journey of pain, healing and purpose

“Finding purpose in the pain, is a triumphant journey of how I overcame challenges to include: poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. I was able to pursue education, and eventually earned a PhD in nursing leadership. I looked for love in all the wrong places and finally found the love I was looking for in God.”

 

 

  1. Welcome to Nursing: A prayer and devotional for new nurses
  2. A nurse’s touch : A prayer and devotional for nurses

“The two nursing devotionals are designed for nurses, to assist in managing the challenges of a nursing career while receiving positive affirmations and prayers.”

For Tomekia, her greatest challenge for publishing her books were overcoming herself! She knew it was something God wanted her to do, but she was scared and embarrassed by parts of her story.

“When I first saw my own work in print, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time. I believe my books will inspire others to go for their goals, and believe that with God all things are possible”

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Being an Author isn’t Tomekia’s only talent, as she is also a Public Speaker. Her public speaking career begin in her church and then turned into a career. Tomekia has spoken at over 100+ events, with topics being on Godly principles, women’s and men’s health, cardiovascular disease, love and relationships, and domestic violence.

So how did Tomekia get her first big break at Public Speaking? Tomekia tells us that she was invited to speak at a church and share her journey of becoming a nurse, when her triplets were small.

“Though I am quite shy, I knew God  wanted me to speak and share my story including the pain I have endured.”

Tomekia also has an organization called “Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC,” which is a coaching and empowerment brand designed for persons needing direction with goals in life, love and career.  Its purpose is to inspire and empower others to discover their God-given purpose and achieve their dreams! Dr. Tomekia’s personal mission is to help others awaken their inner dreamer, and maximize their God-given potential.  She believes each of us has a unique purpose with greatness inside of us.

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“My ultimate goal is to continue building her brand while inspiring and empowering others to go for their goals. She believes she am getting there, but there is always room for improvement.”

 

 

 

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“Don’t let fear stop you from going for your goals. You can do whatever you believe you can do! I wish I would have known to make each moment count. Savor each moment, and take time to relish in success.”

Make sure you follow Tomekia via social media:

Facebook: Dr. Tomekia the purpose doctor, inspiration empowerment and wisdom

Instagram: drtomekia_mysnurse

Leslie Crawford

Meet Leslie Crawford – An amazing full-time Entrepreneur from Baltimore, MD! Leslie is not only a super dope Entrepreneur, but she wears many hats of entrepreneurship such as an Author, Speaker, and the Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.”

Leslie is an Urban Fiction Author, whose books are geared towards women. Although she never had the desire to write a book, Leslie considers herself a big reader that loves reading Urban Fiction books. One day she asked herself if she could write a book, and while on vacation she began writing. Though it took about two years to finish her book, Leslie says that’s how she came about writing her very first book – which made her fall in love with writing.

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“I wanted to be a different Urban Fiction Author. I didn’t want to talk about the killing, drugs dealing etc. I wanted to talk about the issues we as women go through in life. I wanted to entertain but teach a lesson. At the end the reader can say – I know that woman or that woman is me. Not to be ashamed about it but to get help. My goal is to open their eyes to what they’re suffering from. When a woman reads my book, my goal is for her to take a look in the mirror and ask herself if she is that woman in the book. From my readers – I have been told even if the woman in the book was not her, she can still relate because they know someone like her. I had a reader email me and say my book “But He Loves Me” helped her walk away from a verbal and mental abusive marriage. That meant everything to me.”

To date, Leslie has written the following books:

1. Forbidden Fruit

2. Forbidden Fruit 2: The Aftertaste.

A book series about a teenager that grew up in a wealthy household but always had the desire to live the life of what she saw on reality TV. Her parents only desire was to shower their daughter with gifts, vacations, etc. they soon learned money can’t raise your kids.

3. Coach Mom (co-authored with her son)

A children’s book about a kid that was angry because his mom coached his soccer team one year. He attempted to sabotage the team because he wanted his mom to quit, he didn’t believe women should coach a sport like soccer. He soon learned about team work, friendship, and respect.

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4. But He Loves Me.

A story about a successful woman that had everything, money, good career, good friends and family but she was lacking one thing; self-esteem. Not knowing or believing she would ever lack self-esteem because she covered it up with materialistic things, she meets a man that changes her life. From physical, mental, emotional, financial, verbal, and sexual abuse; he revealed to her that even women with it all lack something they tend to hide because they’re ashamed.

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“When my book was first printed, I received the copy in the mail and I cried. I was excited because writing was not my career choice. I went to school for Business and didn’t start writing until I turned 27.”

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For her first book, Leslie encountered the problem of getting published, as she was turned down from various publishing companies. Although she didn’t know too much about self-publishing. Leslie says that she decided to turn to self-publishing, due to someone mentioning it to her. Outside of her publishing challenges, she also encountered writers block – which is why she states she needs to be in the right mental space to write books. Leslie tells us that each book took its own time for completion and publishing. Publishing for “But He Loves Me” took six months, while the others took over a year. For Leslie, it really depends on what she else she has going on. Currently, Leslie is working on a book that she has been working on for nine months – which she has hasn’t been able to finish due to the state of mental space needed to do so.

“I have to be in a certain mood in order to finish it. I never rush the process because I want it to be great when it’s done.”

To make sure that others aren’t struggling with issues of publishing, Leslie has her own company called “Exposed Books Publishing and “When Children Write,” which focuses on coaching children how to write and publish their own books! (NICCEE!)

“When Children Write” will also be creating a virtual book club and more in 2019 to encourage more children to read and write. To learn more please visit www.whenchildrenwrite.com.

Exposed Books Publishing is her coaching and consulting company where she help women go through the process of publishing their own book and create a lucrative income. Since she was looked down on for leaving her 9-5 as a single mom to be self-employed, Leslie started helping other moms live out their dream of building a career with writing.

Not only is Leslie a phenomenal Author – she is a Public Speaker and Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.” – which is about empowering and helping women realize their worth. Although it wasn’t her passion, public speaking for Leslie was natural for her, as she knew she had something to say and wanted to share it – with young women especially. Leslie received her first big break as a Public Speaker with the encouragement of her Business Coach. Her Business Coach encouraged her to start going live on social media and make declarations to God. Leslie says that she started her declarations and going live, and from one live posting on her Facebook – a student at John Hopkins University asked her to come and speak at their Feminist group.

“I knew at that engagement my target audience was women ranging from 18-25. From hearing those women talk about their struggles at that event, I knew more women needed to hear from me.”

From that experience, she launched her “I Choose Me” college tour. Leslie speaks about women having self-love before trying to love someone else, and speaks to women ages 18-25, as she feels she is able to gain their attention at an early age. Since February of 2018, Leslie has spoken at three events so far, and has launched her college tour. She has opened her calendar for the remaining of 2018 and 2019, and is currently seeking more events to speak at for women. All though she has started her college tour, Leslie is seeking speaking engagements from organizations that cater to women empowerment.

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“I Choose Me” is my motivational speaking topic, where I speak to young adult women about choosing themselves first before entering into a relationship. Knowing when to walk away from a toxic relationship and creating self-love before you seek love from others. I always felt like I wasn’t pretty as other women. I thought I always needed to be in a relationship to feel good about myself. For five years, I was with someone and during that time my insecurities came to life. My self-esteem was even lower, I dealt with depression, and stayed in a relationship just because I was afraid to be alone. After that relationship was over I continued to deal with the same issues. It wasn’t until 2017 that I begin to take a deeper look at my life. I stepped away from dating and started to see the root of my problem. It was me. I started seeking God more. It started with a selfie and when I posted it, I used the hashtag “I Choose Me.” From that point on I created this campaign to let women know, they don’t have to remain in a relationship just because. Choose yourself first and love you before you expect someone else to love you.”

So what is the inspiration behind her campaign? As a teenager, she dealt with self-esteem issues, and as an adult she continues to deal with those same issues. Leslie tells us that she has been very transparent on social media when speaking about issues she went through – as women relate more when you’re open and honest.

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“My campaign was made to support women, as most of the time people aren’t transparent about real issues. They talk about self-esteem but they either never experienced it or they don’t tell their story. I couldn’t be afraid to tell my audience what happened to me. I was verbally, mentally, emotionally, and financially abused. These are the types of abuse no one really talks about. – I am open and honest.”

Leslie tells women to trust their instincts when they see the warning signs of a toxic relationship, and to know who you are before getting into a relationship.

“Don’t expect a man to love you if you don’t love yourself. My overall topic surrounds self-love and self-care. These topics were selected because I’ve been there. I have dealt with all of these items. There are some days when I still want to be in a relationship but I know opening my life to just anyone will not be beneficial to me.”

Ultimately, Leslie wants at least one woman to tell her that she helped her love herself more or that she helped her get out of that toxic relationship.

Interested in supporting Leslie’s campaign? Share and visit her new blog www.imchoosingme.com. You can do so by sharing her campaign to bring more awareness to this issue.

“A few years ago I said I wanted to start speaking, but I never had anything to talk about. I waited on God. I wish I would have known that I needed to put God in every part of my business. Once I started involving God in every part, things became better. After going through my previous relationship and discovering myself, I believe that’s when God released me to speak. God knew before I didn’t have anything to say. Despite going through five years of hurt, I knew I had to share my experience to help the next woman. I should have surrendered my business over to him a long time ago.”

 

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If you’re interested in being an Author or Public Speaker, Leslie has the following advice,

“As an author, stick with what you know. Don’t try to write about something that you have no knowledge on. Be true to who you are. When it comes to public speaking you have to constantly practice. Don’t try to speak because you see everyone else doing it. You have to genuinely care about your topic. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re speaking just because or if you’re speaking because it’s your passion.”

 

If you’re interested in purchasing Leslie’s books, you can purchase them via Amazon, with autographed copies available via www.exposedbooks.com. Be sure to keep up with Leslie’s work, as she will be releasing her next book “What They Didn’t Know” in 2019!

Make sure you’re following Leslie via social media at:

Facebook: Leslie Crawford & Author Leslie Crawford.

Instagram: @Author_Leslie & @When_Children_Write.

Twitter: @Author_Leslie

Leslie has these final words for our readers:

“I believe everyone should live out their dream. Go after what you want, but make sure you’re passionate about it. Place God in every part of your life and/or business. As a woman – know who you are and your worth before expecting someone else to.”

CBD Beauty Hacks

CBD Beauty Hacks!

Written By: Sheena Roberson

The beauty world is lighting up! Cannabis is infusing the industry, and is taking self-care routines to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its apparent stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space. From anti-inflammatory to pain relief CBD has proven to be a clutch product in a multiple of beauty based dilemmas and routines. Here are a few well known and not so well known CBD beauty hacks and uses you may not be aware of!


1. Foot freedom

As a pain reliever CBD works by affecting receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond accordingly. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that can help with pain management. Applied topically or ingested CBD can relieve pain so the relief rubs or medicated lotions available are great to use when your night requires a dedication to heels that your feet may not have agree too. The natural pain relief coupled with the plants ability to reduce swelling definitely decreases the ouch factor. A little lotion over the foot before or during foot pain critics say are full proof against withstanding a night on the town. Fashion designers and stylist have been seen toting CBD infused creams in their ready bags for celebrity clients who walk runways and red carpets for hours with no relief to aid in comfort. So hey if it’s good enough for Olivia Wilde we think it’s works giving a world.


2. Dodge Dark circles

Those long nights and early mornings can leave more than just an achy back and foggy brain. Under eye circles and puffiness are the pain in the behinds of most women and men for that matter. It’s hard to find products to do the trick and harder to find all natural versions of it. Most eye serums contain chemicals like Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help reduce and eliminate puffiness. CBD however being a natural anti-inflammatory has skin soothing properties that rival some of the better eye creams on the market. A mix of essential oils natural herbs and CBD oil could be a true Hail Mary when it comes to managing your morning maintenance or makeup routine


3. Acne avoidance

Rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin CBD has incredible medicinal and corrective benefits when it comes to topical, skin-care uses. Including the the dreaded pimple predicaments, we all have those days when we wake up and realize that our skin has betrayed us. Acne can be a complete showstopper and real challenge if you have tricky skin combination that calm for multiple products. Recent studies found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands. This could be good news if you want to avoid harsher chemical based products like, Accutane or spironolactone. CBD infused acne creams washes and moisturizers are available to help regulate skin irritations. The ability to manage inflammation and oil production, allows CBD to treat two parts of acne lesion development which until now has been done mainly with chemical based solutions like retinoids. CBD in addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin has anti-aging properties. CBD oil can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while stopping signs of aging before they start.



 4. Mood moderator

Being beautiful means not just looking good but feeling good too! No one thinks the evil step mother was as pretty as the happy go lucky princess right? So it’s important to highlight CBDs proven and most popular delivery method is the bath salts or bath bombs available. Cannabinoid oil infused bath products can induce antidepressant-like effects, CBD affect neuro receptors increasing serotonin levels thereby reducing anxiety. Much like a soothing Epsom salt bath but elevated, your muscles and body relax and become engulfed in the waves of serotonin.


5. Lashes

CBD can be an awesome addition to your actual makeup. Beauty brands are taking notice of the craze and have found inventive ways to capitalize on their multiple benefits and reinforce their brand image. For example a few vegan based lines have opted to develop CBD mascara. The oil-based CBD (as opposed to the industry standard, beeswax) to adhere the mascara’s fiber to lashes that goes on smoother and creamier than most formulas.



6. Hair hold

CBD Oil benefits hair, including hair loss, dry scalp, and the best CBD-infused hair products. So take a puff, puff, pass through the hair aisle to decide if your do needs a dab of CBD Oil. The science seems vague, but there’s some evidence that CBD stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp because of the omega fatty acids. High in vitamin E and fatty acids, CBD Oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thus boosting hair growth. Inside CBD Oil are omega-3, omega-6 and the omega-9 acids, which help improve the quality of the scalp tissue. Stronger scalp tissue means hair follicles expanding faster which in turn means longer hair!

 

Sheena Roberson

Cannabis NOIRE

www.cannabisnoire.com

267-584- 4809

 

 

So You Want to go Natural?

So You Want to go Natural?

Written By: Ayye Denay

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If you’re reading this, my hope is that you have given up the creamy crack or you are thinking about taking the plunge into the natural sisterhood. Congrats! It’s now time for a very real conversation. Contrary to popular belief, being natural is HARD. Your ease of styling depends solely on your hair and your ability to learn it. Going natural requires patience and dedication but if done right, it is extremely rewarding.


The Big Chop or Transition?

Now that you’ve made the decision to go natural there is another important choice you must make. This is deciding if you should big chop verses simply transitioning. When transitioning, you slowly chop the relaxed ends of your hair until they are gone. This can take a few months to a few years depending on how long it takes you to continuously cut your hair. Should you decide to big chop, you will be cutting out all your relaxed hair at once. There is no correct way to go natural. It all depends on your personal preference.


What Products Should I Use?

Regardless of what we may think, all hair is different. Although hair may be similar, various products effect it differently. It’s easy to get lost in the world of products however signing up for subscription boxes or even gathering product samples may aid in not breaking the bank on natural products. It can be easy to get discouraged when a product doesn’t work. However, that is no reason to end your natural journey. It takes much time and patience to find products which work with your hair.

Many brands like Mane Choice, Curls, As I Am and EDEN pride themselves on making products that aid in creating healthy hair, locking in moisture and retaining length.


Avoid Damage

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One major thing to avoid when going natural is excessive heat. Products like blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can cause immense damage to your hair and unneeded breakage. Other products which may cause damage include harsh chemicals, extremely tight styles and harsh treatment. Using items like heat protectants can aid in mitigating some of this damage. A healthy diet, proper water intake and vitamins will also aid you in avoiding breakage and retaining length.


Styling

Protective styling is the cornerstone of natural hair. Finding a few tried and true styles which work for you and are easy to complete is essential in your hair journey. They not only help your hair grow longer they also put minimal strain on your hair. As the name states, they allow you to protect your hair while keeping your hair moisturized.

Protective styles include the following:

  • Box Braids
  • Twists
  • Locs
  • Crotchets
  • Buns

It’s important to remember that while you are going natural you may need to alter your hair routine several times to find something that works. Remember to be gentle with your hair, be patient and read product labels to understand what you are putting on your hair.

Many people will have mixed emotions about your natural hair journey and you should never shame your hair based on the opinions of others. Being natural will require that you do some research to learn about techniques, products and more. Your natural journey may be tough at times but it will ultimately be rewarding.

The Boss Lady Collection

The Boss Lady Collection

Location: www.thebossladycollection.com

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If you’re looking for jewelry that is fashionable and will turns heads, look no further than The Boss Lady Collection. Owned by Valerie Brown, The Boss Lady Collection is full of affordable and statement fashionable jewelry – regardless of the occasion. Whether you need jewelry for business or pleasure, The Boss Lady Collection is the perfect go to for your needs!

 

Interested in The Boss Lady Collection? You can purchase your jewelry at www.thebossladycollection.com.

Already purchased from The Boss Lady Collection? Let Valerie know by tagging your photos using the hashtags:

#TheeBossLadyCollection
#StatementJewlery
#FashionJewlery
#TheBossLady
#BossStyle
#ChunkyJewlery
#FashionAccessories
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Make sure you keep up with Valerie and The Boss Lady Collection via:

Facebook: The Boss Lady Collection

Instagram: TheeBossLadyCollection

Have questions? Send an email to: info@thebossladycollection.com

This business is #BossApproved, so connect with The Boss Lady Collection TODAY!!

Beats By Deb

Do you love and wear make-up? Love those make-up tutorials on Instagram? Well if you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, we have a super dope MUA who is killing the game and is definitely worth an Instagram follow! Meet Deborah Bland – a phenomenal Cosmetologist specializing in Makeup Artistry!

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Representing Detroit, Michigan, Deborah is a MUA who is very creative and talented with make-up! Deborah received her Cosmetology license from Douglas J. Aveda Institute and specializes in colorful/glitter dramatic makeup looks. Though make-up has not always been her passion, she is now obsessed with it!

“Makeup has not always been my passion. I started doing nails at age 13 and got more into hair throughout high school, with makeup coming later during my senior year.  I have been obsessed with makeup for about a year and a half now, but just started on other people in the last 6 months.”

Deborah tells us that she wanted to get her Cosmetology license in case she ever wanted to pursue a career in a different field of beauty, but actually got into make-up to show people the purpose of make-up.

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“What made me most interested in being a makeup artist was showing people that makeup is not made for “covering imperfections” or “hiding your insecurities”.   Makeup can not only enhance features of your face, but it can help people build inner and outer confidence. It makes you feel beautiful, which drove my passion to learn more.”

 

In the beginning stages of her career, there were a few challenges and things she learned.  In fact, Deborah tells us that she has learned that you need to be consistent in the industry, to attract great opportunities. Ultimately, she didn’t let any of her challenges get in her way or stop her grind!

“Makeup is different from hair and nails. Clients don’t typically come every few weeks, as they usually need their makeup done for a specific occasion or event. This made it difficult to keep clients no matter how good your work is. As most Hair and Nail Techs know, people tend to cancel appointments at the last minute, which can be disappointing. But, if you stay diligent, positive, and patient – there will always be doors opening for opportunities.”

Although Deborah specializes in dramatic looks, she does provide services for special occasions like wedding parties, graduations, prom, and homecoming!

“Most of my clients come from Instagram and request dramatic looks.  I absolutely love doing dramatic looks the most, mainly because most people feel that they can’t pull certain colors and looks off. I like to prove to them that it isn’t a question of “Can I pull that off?”, but it is a skill of recognizing skintone, eyeshape, and face shape that can make a world of difference in a look.”

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“I feel that the most difficult thing about being a Makeup Artist is CONFIDENCE. You need your client to trust you enough that there is no need to worry about the outcome of the look. They need to know just how great you are at your work, which all correlates to the way you carry yourself as the artist. Makeup clients tend to be sketchy about the turn out of their face, if you are hesitant or insecure about your work. I like to show them who’s boss by my skills, techniques, and CONFIDENCE.”

Interested in learning how to do make-up? Well don’t fret because Deborah has multiple tutorials up on her Instagram page, for people aspiring to be a Makeup Artist! In fact, she gets a lot of good feedback on them and many requests for more. (NICE!!) If you’re an avid YouTube user, you will soon be able to find Deborah’s work there, as she plans to eventually have a YouTube channel, as well as have online classes available for people around the globe! (BOOM!)

“If I had the opportunity to style my celebrity idol, I would go for a dramatic colorful look! Something with color and glitter to catch some attention, but not crazy enough to scare anyone off! I would go for this look because it is not a common thing to see on celebrities, as they usually stick to “natural” “glowy” looks. I like to get people out of their comfort zone!”

Deborah states that her ultimate goal as a MUA is to have paid trips to do specific people’s makeup, as well as be well-known for her work; which she hopes will continue to inspire others to be a MUA as well. Deborah says that she is very proud of her success, her makeup videos going viral, brands asking her to promote their products, and of course gaining her Cosmetology license.

Interested in working with Deborah? You can contact her via direct message on Instagram using the handle @beatsbydeb to book her for her services, events, or projects!

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If you’re interested in being a MUA, Deborah has the following advice,

“A common misconception people have about being a Makeup Artist is how original everyone is. The beauty industry as a whole, are full of artist of generations before our time. Every artist has learned their skill, if not from school, then offline, or through books, or hands on. Not saying some people aren’t just naturally talented, but most of the time, Makeup is inspired by something or someone.  I suggest staying positive, confident, and consistent in your passion for makeup! Learn from others as much as you can, and give people the energy and experience you want them to give you for your services.”

 Make sure you keep up with Deborah as she has several photoshoots coming up; with her being the main makeup artist for interesting makeup looks! You can find and follow Deborah via social media using the handle @beatsbydeb.

 

 

Aurore TV

Did you know that BET isn’t the only network catering to Black entertainment?! Are you looking for entertainment that is relatable and enjoyable? Well, we’re here to give you the scoop on Aurore TV!

Meet Latasha! Representing Queens, NYC, Latasha is the Founder of Aurore TV, and the Writer/ Producer of the Amazon Prime comedy series “Sit Black & Relax.” Latasha tells us that working in the entertainment industry has always been her passion.  Latasha has created two seasons of the comedy web series Sit Black & Relax & the Aurore TV flagship show, #WeShallOverChug – a comedy talk show that focuses on Black Culture, balanced by cocktails and ratchet nonsense, hosted by Latasha and Jameer Pond. (BOOM!!)

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“I thought as a child I was going to be a singer (signed to Sisqo… don’t laugh too hard), as a college student dancer, and as a grad a model… and when I realized I wasn’t that great at any of that stuff I turned to my natural gift of humor and communication.”

Aurore TV launched in March 2018, and is actually Latasha’s latest venture after her take at YouTube vlogs and first season of her web series! She realized that she wanted to not only help herself as a creator, but other Black creators as well.  Latasha tells us that she thinks everyone can come up together!

“Aurore TV focuses on narratives with a lighthearted feel. I think media shows us enough Black trauma to last a lifetime. We want you to exhale when you watch our shows. Life is fun. We air things that have great quality, mostly completed seasons if it’s a series, and things that we actually enjoy. We’ve watched every single thing that we’ve aired on the platform. I enjoy looking at something tangible that came from my mind and spirit. Looking at the faces of my team members, and the content we’ve established, it all becomes surreal, and I feel like I’m working with purpose.”

So how did Latasha get her own TV network? Latasha tells us that she asked around to see who would be interested in being on her team, as she knew she couldn’t do it alone – it was the biggest venture she ever tackled! (BOSS STATUS!) She hit up people that she knew, to see if they’d allow her to display their series & films on her platform, and then she reached out to creators that she didn’t know. Latasha states that she designed the site herself and kept up with film groups, to expose the platform! (YASSS!)

 Aurore.TV2” The inspiration behind Aurore TV is the gap I noticed in between “coming up” and “making it”. What happens to all the dope creators in between? How can the Black audience find good series and films by their peers that can narrate their stories on their level? I wanted Aurore TV to be that support system and platform.  Our ultimate goal is to put financial power into the hands of Black creators. Not only should we own our stuff, but we should monetize it as well! We need to stop asking for permission.”

Though Latasha faced the challenge of keeping up with content in the beginning of her business, it did not stop her grind!

“Weeks go by fast, and the next thing I realize, it’s time to put up something new! I want to make sure we support each creator as much as possible so we’re worth them sharing their work with us.”

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 “I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve done.  I’ve been in the industry since 2010 and looking back, I’ve gotten myself to places people daydream about. Even when I’m not trying, I have really cool moments in my life that my creativity has allowed me to experience. It’s all good.”

Make sure you are keeping up with Aurore TV, as there are plans to do an end-of-the-year shindig, but details are pending. The network is simply looking to have a good time with the people who have supported them.

If you’re interested in working in the entertainment industry or having your own TV network, Latasha has the following advice:

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“Keep your intentions pure, and treat everyone like gold. Don’t use people, know people. Also, contracts are very important, and uncomfortable to bring up with personal friends – but it’s something that must be done. It protects all parties involved.”

 If you’re interested in submitting content for Aurore TV, you can submit it via the “Contact” page on AuroreTV.com or send an email to submissions.auroretv@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to follow Latasha and Aurore TV via social media:

Instagram & Twitter: @Aurore_TV

 Latasha has these finals words for our readers:

I’d like to thank my Associate Editor, Erica Mann for aiding me in this entire process from the beginning. She is my rock!

Jaimee Foxworth

If you were growing up in the 80s and enjoyed watching the various TV shows as a pastime, you probably were pretty familiar with most of the hit TV shows back then. There were many shows that focused on family dynamics, but there’s one show that we’re sure you will never forget – FAMILY MATTERS!

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Born in St. Louis, but raised in Los Angeles Jaimee Foxworth is an Actress, Singer, and Author known for her roles on “Amen” & “Family Matters.” Though she began her acting career at the age of 6, Jaimee initially got into acting by way of her older sister wanting to become an actress.  Jaimee tells us that initially, she went on auditions because it was something her mother took her and her 2 sisters out to. After she realized that turning into a character helped her break out of her shyness for a short time, Jaimee says that she grew to love it!

I enjoy the fact that acting challenges me. The most difficult thing about acting to me is the anxiety that auditioning can cause. I’m pretty shy around strangers, so playing a character gives me a chance to be more outspoken than usual. I also work best on the spot & that’s what acting really is – on the spot. When the director says, “action!”, you have to bring it. If you don’t have tough skin, have a passion for it or can handle rejection, then it’s not the career for you.”

 Though she faced a few difficulties that were within herself, it did not stop her grind!

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“Wondering if I was doing a good job or if I was a good actress. As well as feeling that I had to always be “on” & impress the adults in front me (producers, writers). I don’t really face those same challenges because I don’t have those same insecurities anymore. I bring my best to the table so you can take it or leave it. No worries on my end.”

Her experience playing on Family Matters was described as a great one, as everyone was very supportive of her. Jaimee states that they tried their best to make it feel like a real family as much as they could.

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“I still have love for pretty much everyone from the cast. I keep in contact with about half of the cast. The ones I do have contact with, we check up on each other from time to time.”

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Not only is Jaimee an Actress, she is also a Singer with the sound of an alto!! Jaimee tells us that she and her sisters used to always sing together around the house, but at the age of 16 they officially became a group called S.H.E. The group was signed to Shaq’s label (T.W.Is.M/Interscope) & they recorded an album called “3’s A Charm”. (BOSS STATUS!)

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“I’m not as open with singing as much as my sisters are though. Besides my family & the album that we recorded, no one has ever heard me sing lol. If I do record any music in the future, it would definitely be if my sisters reunited or for a movie where I’m playing a singer or rapper.”

And if acting and singing isn’t enough, Jaimee is also an Author with a book in the works! Jaimee tells us that her book will be all about her ups and downs in the industry, how it affected her, made her look at the world, and how she bounced back after adversity & became a mom!! (YASSS!!)

“I think people have the misconception that all actors are rich & that most of us are stuck up. There are some really good, humble people in the industry.

 

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So what keeps Jaimee motivated and focused, in continuing her acting career?  Her son and unfinished business! Jaimee tells us she feels that she isn’t quite finished acting, and that her son really wants her to pursue acting again!! (AWW!)  We’re also told that she is interested in working with Whoopi Goldberg!

“I would love to work with Whoopi Goldberg. She’s always been so real & down to earth to me. Getting to work with her & possibly soak up some knowledge and tips would be a blessing.”

Jaimee’s talents doesn’t stop at all that’s mentioned, as she also enjoys exploring beauty and all things related to it. As a matter of fact, she plans to become a make-up artist!

I’m not licensed, but I’m planning on getting one. I’m also a bit of a nail tech as well lol. I love the beauty industry & exploring the aspects of it.”

Currently, Jaimee doesn’t have any ongoing projects – as she is easing herself back into the entertainment world,

“I’m excited & dipping my toe into everything! Really just relearning parts of the industry & seeing how things have changed. I’m having fun with it all so this time around, I can take in the blessings & opportunities without feeling overwhelmed.”

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If you’re interested in pursuing a career in acting, Jaimee has the following advice:

“This is a business, so don’t take things or friendships in the industry too personal. Rejection is real. If you’re not able to handle rejection then take a different path.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions & stay humble.”

 If you’re interested in booking Jaimee for any projects or events, you can do so by emailing her at: iamjaimeefoxworth@gmail.com 

Make sure you follow Jaimee via social media to keep up with all of her BOSS MOVES:

Instagram: JaimeeTheFoxx

Twitter: JaimeeTheFoxx

Snapchat: JaimeeTheFoxx

Facebook: JaimeeFoxworth

YouTube: IAMJAIMEE

 

 

Indigenouz Royalty

Indigenouz Royalty

Location: www.indigenouz-royalty.com

 

If you’re looking for some amazing tees and apparel that look good and make statements – look no further than Indigenouz Royalty! Founded by Danielle & Edward Humes III, Indigenouz Royalty is all about the cultural influence and history of African Americans!  Their tees and apparel are super dope and has been created to spark the subconscious mind!

Have you purchased your Indigenouz Royalty tee and apparel yet? If not, visit their website to shop TODAY!: www.indigenouz-royalty.com

Already have an Indigenouz Royalty tee and apparel? Make sure you let them know by tagging them to your photo, with following hashtags via social media:

#indigenouzroyalty

#ourhistoryisntdefinedbyslavery

#historybroughttolife

#mustyfactz

#ilovemyppl

#letzbuild

Get your apparel today and make sure you are following Indigenouz Royalty via:

Facebook: Indigenouz Royalty

Instagram: Indigenouz_royalty

This business is #BossApproved, so connect with Indigenouz Royalty TODAY!!

 

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Indigenouz Royalty

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with Danielle & Edward Humes III!

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: African American History/Culture-Inspired Tees and Apparel.



Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: My business teaches black people our history in a positive way by highlighting the untold truths of where we come from. We must not leave it up to society to tell our history, especially everything before the “slavery era”; we are so much more than that and there’s more to our story to be told and revealed.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: I would rather say I’m a LEADER because a boss tells people what to do in a controlling way, vs. a leader being someone who motivates and inspires others to follow their lead.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: Signing up for our first pop-up shop on October 27th at the Quarry Event Center, hosted by MimisTotCloset !


Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: Knowing that it inspires growth while respecting our ancestors and all they endured for me to be where I am today!


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: Follow your PASSION and the MONEY will come after that.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: You’re never too old to learn anything !


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: I would invest in an African American Studies program because I believe you’ll never know where you’re going, unless you truly know where you come from!


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: Spread the word about what Indigenouz Royalty is about, share posts, like and comment, buy merchandise. Also discuss and research ideas and information about our people and our history with your peers and loved ones- each one teach one!!


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

Make sure you keep up with Indigenouz Royalty and the success of their business via:
Website: www.indigenouz-royalty.com
Facebook: Indigenouz Royalty
Instagram: Indigenouz_royalty

The Chrysalis Program

The Chrysalis Program

There’s more to a business than just the products or services they offer! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with Asha Valda Ntim!

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Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: The Chrysalis Program is a nonprofit that teaches self-confidence, leadership and life skills to African American girls and their parents. Using interactive, character-building workshops, the Chrysalis Program social emotional aspects of students to foster healing and transformation.


Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: The Chrysalis Program is vital to the community as it assist training children when they are young to be leaders, to show empathy for others and have gratitude. These concepts build a stronger for efficient community and bring success to our students as they grow into adulthood.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: Starting as a stay at home, I changed my own fate to become a leader of my own business. As a boss, I create more leaders instead of followers or workers.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: The biggest boss move thus far is developing a plan to create the Power Her Conference. It took courage and resilience to contact celebrities, find sponsors, and sell tickets to women all over the country.


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Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: What has kept me grounded is the understanding that our girls not only need The Chrysalis Program, but they love the Chrysalis Program. Remembering that some of the girls do not receive the love, and nourishment they need outside the program keeps me focused and grounded. It reminds me that the work I do is God’s work and should be treated with reverence and respect.


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: I would tell an entrepreneur on the rise to never give up. Success is created one step in the right direction at a time.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: The best business advice I have receive is to prioritize. Decide which alligator is closest to the boat and address it. Finish one each task in its completion. Celebrate small victories. Stay encouraged.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If I had $1000 to give back to my community, I would provide a safe space for students to come and learn in a fun, empowering and healing environment. I would hire a counselor to help each student deal with their own trauma.


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support the Chrysalis Program by becoming sponsors of the program or its fundraising events (such as The Black Hair and Culture Fair and Power Her Conference). Another way to support the Chrysalis Program is to buy tickets to our events or purchase our t-shirts.


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

If you would like work with Asha, you can contact her via email: thechrysalisprogram@gmail.com
Make sure you keep up with Asha and the success of her business via:

Website: www.thedarkbrowngirl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkBrownGirl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedarkbrowngirl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerherconference/

Ethnikids

Ethnikids

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with: Precious Mdlalose, Khumo Tapfumaneyi, Mpho Maje, Kgalalelo Nazo & Tina Akuoko!

 Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: Ethnikids is an online bookstore that specializes in Afrikiddies
literature. We sell books that feature protagonists of color in all 11
official South African languages – sourced locally, throughout the
continent as well as internationally. Our mission is to empower and
affirm children by providing them with books that they can identify
with, and relate to.

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Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: Our business is vital to our community because finding inclusive and
diverse children’s literature in South Africa is difficult. We believe
representation matters, and would like to instill a love of reading in
our children from a young age. We also serve as a platform for many
independent authors that don’t always have access to markets.


 Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: What makes us bosses is that we were able to identify a problem, and
instead of just complaining about it – we took it upon ourselves to be
part of the solution.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far? 

A: The biggest BOSS move we’ve made with our business thus far is being
selected to be the only book vendor in the ‘family zone’ at the South
African Book Fair. That type of recognition from the greater book
community after just one year in operation is an affirmation that we are
on the right track. We’ve also entered into retail agreements with
kiddies hair salons and in doing so – have partnered with other
fantastic mompreneurs.


Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: What has kept us grounded in the business is our passion for creating
a reading culture, and love for children. There is something very
special about seeing children’s faces light up with joy when they come
across storybooks that interest them.


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Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: We would tell other entrepreneurs on the rise to keep at it, and not
get discouraged. If you really believe in your idea, and value
proposition – work hard and stay the course! Don’t let the negative
opinions of others dissuade you.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: The best piece of business advice we’ve received was from phenomenal
businesswoman Swaady Martin (who also happens to be a children’s book
author). She advised us to ‘be patient, and be okay with not having
everything happen all at once! It’s okay to have a great idea, and wait
to have it come into fruition’.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If we had $1000 to give back to the community – we would buy books to
donate to children that are less fortunate. Literacy is the greatest
gift any child can receive.


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Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support our business and vision by buying books from us,
following us on social media, attending our book reading sessions, and
speaking to their local libraries and schools about including diverse
literature in their book selections.


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

 

If you would like work with Ethnikids, you can contact them via email: enquiries@ethnikids.co.za

Make sure you keep up with Ethnikids and the success of their business via:

Website: www.ethnikids.co.za.

Facebook: @ethnikidsco

Instagram &Twitter: @ethnikids_co.

The Goddess Healing™️

The Goddess Healing™️

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with The Goddess Healing™️ !

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: Founded by Pamela Vazquez, conscious esthetician & beauty artist, and Brown womanist Nicolia Kelly, The Goddess Healing™️ represents bridging and merging both outer & inner worlds that each woman (trans, femme, queer and gender non-conforming) embodies. In this collaborative offering, they enjoin Brown & deaf women to center themselves as Divine, while leveraging this awareness to explore any & all modalities that support alignment with this identity.


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Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: Our business is vital because we enjoin Brown to expand their identity and consciousness-from the inside out.

With the “Goddess Healing Party: Goddess Save Thyself” that was recently held on September 29th, there was such a beautiful energy as we watched women have “lightbulb” moments about how they first honored themselves and then explored beauty & spirituality in a way never before seen. We were honored & blessed to be a vessel to provide that for them.

The way that one sees themselves permeates EVERYTHING that you do, and the way that you move in the world. In encouraging Brown women to accept that BOTH their outer and inner worlds make them Divine, they are more empowered to live more flexible & fluid lives that are not compartmentalized and fragmented-truly making them WHOLE beings.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: We (Nicolia & Pam) are bosses because we believe in the power of connection and expansion. Our story in founding the Goddess Healing Party reflects this. As a beauty artist & esthetician I (Pam) was only one half-of the equation (the outer world of the Divine), and knew that creating the WHOLENESS of what the Goddess Healing would become required me to reach out to my “yang” (the inner world of the Divine) which Nicolia represents. Bosses understand the power of connecting and expanding (even if that IS outside of themselves.)


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far? 

A: Our biggest boss move has been creating the first “The Goddess Healing Party” EVER where we center Brown women (deaf & LGBTQIA aligned) AS divine. This event is designed to educate Brown women as to what tools are available that will help them remember, recover, and reconnect to their Divinity.

We are admittedly in a “Goddess” movement era with the term “Black Girl Magic” & #BlackGirlMagic hashtags being commonplace & sometimes overly-used without awareness. But what brand is committed to exploring and discovering HOW to navigate and actualize these phrases in your daily life (using tools that nurture both outer & inner worlds)–all WHILE centering Brown women as divine?! WE ARE!

And we’re excited about it.


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Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: We are both grounded by the fact that Pam & I do this work together. We are present with first ourselves and then each other through every phase of the process. We draw off of each other experiences and expertise in our respective fields. As individuals and as a collective (represented in our respective brands) we are Brown women who are doing the work as we unveil tools for other women to join us for the adventures of realizing their Divinity from the inside out.


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: ALWAYS listen to your intuition & trust that as a Divine “roadmap.” If you don’t understand something that your intuition is “telling” you–explore that. That’s where the answers are. In the process of exploration.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: Trust each other, and the connection that brought the business alliance together.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If we had $1000, We would go to Sam’s Club, buy as many cases of water as possible, load everything in a pick-up truck, and drive to Flint, Michigan to give them to those who STILL don’t have clean water.

Nicolia would probably pass out pocket sized crystals too. . .


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support our business and vision by following our movement via social media! We are looking to collaborate with those in the beauty and/or metaphysical worlds to feature for future pop-up events or our next Goddess Healing Party


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

Make sure you keep up with The Goddess Healing™️ and the success of their business via:

Twitter: @thegoddesshealN

 Facebook & Instagram: @thegoddesshealing

 

 

Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection

Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with April Lyons!

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Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: My company is Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection. I handcraft, custom design, & create fashion accessories, jewelry, & more, for women, men, and children.


 Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: I believe my business is vital to the community because there aren’t enough black owned business within the community, let alone businesses owned by black women, represented within our communities. I feel it is vital to let our little girls know that you can accomplish  whatever you put your mind to.  Let our black women know to not only follow your dreams, but chase them and make them your reality.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: What makes me a BOSS? I would say my drive and determination.  My willpower, my strength even in adversity. What also makes me a BOSS is helping our Queens as well as Kings in any capacity that I can. It’s not always about getting, t’s about giving back as well.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: The biggest BOSS move that I’ve made with my business this far would be transitioning from doing jewelry only, to stepping out on faith and adding fashion accessories to my collection. I want to be different, unique.


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Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: My knowing that this is a gift that God placed upon me, He trusted me enough to place this gift in my hands & I dare not take that for granted.  


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: Never give up! Place yourself around people who are rooting for you, who want you to succeed, believe in yourself. Do not let ANYONE deter you from going after what you want. The sky isn’t the limit, there’s an entire universe out there! TRUST YOUR DOPENESS!!


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: Network, promote my brand, and continue to add to & build my brand.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If I had $1,000 to give back to my community, I would give it to help women in transition (domestic violence, substance abuse, financially, back to work, caring for an ill loved one, etc).  I have lived through and survived some of the situations listed, that’s why & where I would give back to my community.


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support my business and vision by following my IG page, promoting my page by re-posting, word of mouth, shares, purchases, tags.  It isn’t always about the money, helping to promote my business is a great support to me!


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

 

If you would like work with April, you can contact her via email: MicheleMonet.Accessories@gmail.com

Make sure you keep up with April and the success of her business via:

Instagram: @Michele_Monet

Goals

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What are your goals? Where do you see yourself and/or your business in the next few year? If you’ve never asked yourself these questions, now’s the time. Write the question down & answer it. Notate in your calendar or set a reminder in your phone a year from today to see how much closer you’ve come to completing those goals. It’s never too late to start. Write the vision and put in the work to accomplish that what you’ve set out to do. Remember, the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.

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Elevation & Expansion 

 

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When I first started my business, I had one thing in mind… Goals in Different Area Codes! You’ve got to have the mindset of thinking beyond what is visible to the natural eye. Think bigger!! Speak into existence the outcome of your business. Life & death are in the power of the tongue. Speak life over everything you touch & in all that you do. Call the universe into alignment with your goals, visions, & your dreams. Once you speak it, claim it, & watch how everything manifests on your behalf. I stand in agreement with you all.

Elevation & Expansion in all that you do & touch!

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What CBD Can Do For You

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Written by Sheena Roberson

For over 3,000 years, Cannabis has been helping people with a variety of afflictions from pain aides to reductions in inflammation to anxiety and stress relief. CBD is a non-psychoactive (so you won’t get you high from using it) and is said to offer relief from anxiety & depression, stimulate appetite and offers anti-acne properties naturally that drug store creations mimic in design. It wasn’t until 1937, when it was unjustly prohibited, that cannabis elixirs were pulled from the shelves of pharmaceutical shops and doctors’ offices alike. Since then Cannabis and Cannabinoid oils have made a grand reemergence into our everyday routines. Once a household name, cannabis and its derivative CBD have always been an imperative part of our lives, day to day maintenance and health regiments. While CBD’s ability to reduce pain in inflammation is an opportunity for all, beauty brands and influencers have begun to leave flags in the sand denoting that a new era of self-care has commenced.

 
We already know that inflammation is the root cause of most if not all of one’s skin woes from acne, to eczema. Because of cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, using it (especially regularly) can reduce puffiness, swelling, and tenderness. This is perfect for the problem skin consumer whose typical regiment contains multiple products to attack these issues, CBD offer a simultaneous solution to them all in one an attractive sell to anybody.

 

Your body is an intricate machine with multiple interworking parts and processes. Similarly there are nearly 100 naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids, and CBD is the one that’s most well-known for its health and wellness benefits. Your body’s endocannabinoid system has receptors and a full spectrum of cannabinoids work in concert more effectively and productively than one on its own. Science explains how this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itchiness, and pain. This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just like other natural oils, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin, sun burn and conditions like eczema.

 

Speaking of hemp, there’s a debate there, too. Hemp is a type of cannabis that has had the THC largely bred out of it. It’s legal across state lines; however only CBD derived from hemp can be distributed nationally. There is a lot less CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp than in cannabis strains that contain THC. Some believe the effects of CBD are limited if not coupled with THC and don’t offer as much of an “impact” in relief or results, however most agree that the right sources and suitable dosage  provides more than enough benefit to continue using.

 

Products infused with both CBD and THC have been making steady appearances in bath bombs, essential oils, lotions, eye creams and skin serums everywhere. Mainstream markets and celebrities are endorsing them and are becoming a part of the CBD craze, so much so that this year’s most recent award show swag bags all contained some sort of CBD derivative product. So how much of CBD is a placebo effect where we expect and want for it to work so in turn we see or feel the results and how much of it is a legitimate improvement in condition. The verdict is still out but in the meantime there are plenty of affordable options for you to explore firsthand and learn just what CBD can do for U!

 

Sheena Roberson

www.cannabisnoire.com

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

Written By: Ayye Denay

People are always looking for ways to do things easier, quicker and more cost efficient.  These hacks will not only show you how to repurpose some of your household items, they will aid you in restoring some of your favorite products. Before you think about tossing any of your old makeup, try using one of the hacks listed below to bring it back to life.

Hack #1: How to Fix a Broken Compact

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If you’re anything like me, when your makeup breaks, your heart breaks a little as well.  Makeup although not a necessity can be considered an investment and at times a costly one.  Therefore, the last thing you want to do is trash a $40 compact after its been knocked on the floor or you dropped your purse just a little too hard. With this helpful beauty hack, you don’t have too.  With only a few household items you can make your compact as good as new in under ten minutes by simply following the instructions listed below.

Everything you need:

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Glad Saran Wrap
  3. A plastic spoon

Steps

  1. To make your makeup compact better, you must start by making it worse. If your full compact is not broken, start by crushing all the makeup parts and gathering them in the original makeup package.  ayye.denay.2
  2. Once everything has been crushed, add several drops of the rubbing alcohol to your compact. This will saturate the makeup and make it easy to manipulate and mold.
  3. Place the saran wrap over your mixture and smooth into the compact with a spoon. Your finger may also be used as a replacement.
  4. You will now need to let your compact sit overnight to dry. If there is too much fall out after 24hs has elapsed you may need to repeat steps 1-3 to get a perfectly molded structure and to ensure that it doesn’t break again upon use.

 

Hack #2: Restoring Old Mascara

If you find that your mascara has gotten dry, remove the wand, add a few drops of saline solution and shake briefly to bring it back to life.

 

Hack #3: Using Your Eyeshadow as Lip Gloss

Have you ever looked at your favorite eyeshadow and thought that it would be perfect on your lips?  With this hack, you can now make that happen.  Simply crush your favorite eye shadow into a powder and mix with petroleum jelly. Once the color has been evenly distributed you can now place it on your lips.

 

Hack #4: Storing False Lashes

Pill boxes and eyelashes are 2 things that you would never think could go together.  However, the round pill boxes are perfect for storing false lashes.  If you are tired of keeping cumbersome lash boxes for the sake of storage, this hack is perfect for you. These boxes can be found at your local Dollar Tree and $1 will get you 7 identical boxes.

 

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Hack #5: Repurposing Toilet Seat Covers

Have you ever been in a pinch at work and didn’t have any blotting paper or powder to rid yourself of the extra shine?  One alternative to blotting paper is a toilet seat cover.  Use this flushable friend to your yourself of any excess shine.

 

These are only a few of the endless hacks which can be used to make your life easier.  What are some of your favorite beauty hacks?  I challenge you to come up with a new way to cut corners and repurpose your everyday items.