Dazed & Amazed Creationz

Do you have a special occasion coming up, and are in need of the perfect gift? Do you have your Mother’s Day gift already? Well we have an amazing source for phenomenal and unique creations! Meet Dazed & Amazed Creationz, by Chatonyia Smith!

Originally from St. Louis, Mo, but currently live in Chicago, IL, Chatonyia is a Mental Health Social Worker and Owner of Dazed & Amazed Creationz.

Dazed & Amazed Creationz has been in business for 3 years and makes amazing wreaths!! So how did Chatonyia get into making wreaths? Chatonyia states,

“I wanted to make candles because I spent so much money on them. I stumbled upon Pinterest, tried my hand at candle making but I could never get it right. On there I discovered so much. I was obsessed. I made everything from poop spray to laundry detergent. I then discovered paper flowers and loved it. I make them every now and then still but after making my first wreath people were in love and I saw an opportunity.  I made them that Christmas but stopped shortly after because life became too busy. I lost the love of my life in June to cancer and made a wreath for his services. Everyone started asking for one and the funeral home asked why didn’t I make all the sprays. The two of us always talked about businesses. I truly believe that God place us in situations and his death gave me that push to finally do it for real.”

 20180506_164240Wreaths are the most requested items, though people will request other crafts from Dazed & Amazed Creationz. Though making wreaths was not her original passion, her family thought she was very crafty!

“My true passion has always been in mental health and helping others. Now to craft is therapy to me and the reactions I get when I make something for someone speaks to my soul.  I absolutely love to come up with new ideas. Crafting consumes my mind and I enjoy making something come to life that a customer requests.”

For Chatonyia, she makes wreaths mostly and has a goal of not having two of the same! In fact, Chatonyia says it can be extremely hard for her not to duplicate one, and it’s something inside of her that won’t let her! Not only does she makes wreaths, but she also makes creations out of diapers – known as “diaper cakes.”

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“I love to make wreaths -not only are they beautiful, but it’s a time for me to be in my space. Since being in black girls craft group on Facebook, looking at all the talented sister I have wanted to do everything. I’ve made floating centerpieces, glittered wine glasses and bottles, gift baskets and t-shirts. There are still somethings I want to try out. I realized everything is not for me. I enjoy doing the t-shirts but I think I’ll hand that over to my daughter.”

 

 

 

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“I like to work on serval things at one time. I could work on 5 wreaths at a time. I normally create the base first and then play with the color combinations for the ribbon. I might be in the middle of working on one and look at another and something hits me and I’ll jump to that one. I have to stare at them, walk pass a few times to make sure the coverage is right, it’s fluffiness is correct, the flower is positioned properly. I often take several pictures of it to see if it pops for me.  People say to me what else do you need it’s pretty, I always say, it’s not finished until I could say it’s gorgeous. And it could be something simple like moving the signage. I sorta do the same thing with other items I make. I guess realistically I can create a wreath I’m happy with in a day but I need a another day to look at my work. I can complete a diaper cake in an hour or so.”

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In the beginning stages of her business, there were a few challenges Chatonyia faced, but that did not stop her grind!

“The most challenging part of starting my business has been pricing and time.  Because I love what I do, I want items to be affordable for everyone.  When I do comparisons, I realize I often undercut myself not because I think theirs is better in fact I’m often stunned by some of the prices on Etsy.  Also because I have a full-time job and 2 children that have busy lives time has been a big hurdle. I’m trying to new marketing strategies that would potentially lead to steady income so I could pursue this full-time. Of course marketing can be tricky but I’ve been blessed that many of my sales come from word of mouth. During holidays it’s about as much as I could handle.”

Make sure you keep up with Dazed & Amazed Creationz, as they have been featured in a few craft shows and plans to do more this year! They have also expanded in to diaper cakes and is currently working on making handcrafted baby mobiles! (NNIIICCEEE!!)

If you’re interested in having your own crafting business, Chatonyia has the following advice,

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“There are so many crafts you are gonna be interested in.  I would suggest someone find that one or two things and specialize in it. Find all ways to perfect it. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, try different colors and materials. Also, get a deposit before you start a project. I haven’t had many people stiff me, but having the deposit will help with purchasing supplies needed at that time.”

 

You can follow Dazed & Amazed Creationz on social media via:

Instagram: AnDcreationz

Facebook & Etsy: 4dacreationz

 

Chatonyia has these last final words for our readers:

I have been an entrepreneur in my mind since I finished college. I have a bin full of business plans…

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The Little Baker

Do you love pastries? Prefer cheesecake over a baked cake? Well we have an amazing Baker who can satisfy your sweet tooth! Who said that there was an age limit on being an Entrepreneur?? Meet The Little Baker – Ja’Niyah Williams!! (BOSS STATUS!)

Representing Newark, DE Ja’Niyah is a Student at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, and a Baker in her spare time! She is motivated by money and people enjoying her treats!

How did Ja’Niyah get into baking? Well it started with her Great Grandmother when she was 3 years old, as she would help her in the kitchen! This then lead Ja’Niyah to begin baking on her own.

“I always enjoyed cooking, but baking is what I enjoy most. I would definitely say it’s my passion!”

Ja’Niyah bakes delicious cupcakes, cheesecakes, 7up cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies! You name it – She’ll attempt to bake it! (BOOM!) Though cheesecakes are her most requested pastry, cupcakes is her favorite pastry to bake because she likes to decorate them different ways. Strawberry cheesecakes are her specialty and people ask for them all the time! (YUMMY!)

“I enjoying experimenting with new desserts, but I hate the mess I have to clean up. LOL!”

In the beginning stages of Ja’Niyah’s business, there were a few challenges she faced, but she did not allow them to stop her grind.

My mom put out a lot of money to get me started, In return when I had my first big bake sale I had to pay her back some of the money because she is my investor. Now I have enough saved that she doesn’t have to put out any money.”

If you’re interested in purchasing Ja’Niyah delicious pastries, you can do so via:

Instagram: little_baker127

Email: littlebaker127@gmail.com

Make sure you keep up with Ja’Niyah as she is having an Easter Bake sale!

You can keep up with Ja’Niyah via:

Instagram: little_baker127

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If you’re interested in having your own baking business, Ja’Niyah has the following advice,

“Save money to get started. Don’t think everything you make will come out perfect the first time, just because that’s how it looks on YouTube…lol”

 

 

 

 

Janiyah has these last final words for our readers:

“Being a young baker can be hard sometimes, but when I’m older I know it will pay off when I have my own bakery!

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Next Level Writing Services

Tired of applying for jobs and not getting a call back? Know you’re more than qualified for the job, but aren’t getting selected? Well we have just the right source to assist you.

Representing Chicago, IL, DeAnnah Stinson Reese is a Career Readiness Instructor and CEO/Founder of Next Level Writing Services! (BOSS STATUS). With her motivation being her children and her desire to never be ordinary, DeAnnah is a true BOSS!

Next Level Writing Services offers a variety of writing/editing services, has been in business for 4 months, has had 25 clients, and has worked with 70 different individuals and business combined over the years! So what got DeAnnah into being a professional writer? DeAnnah tells us,

“I actually fell into writing. I always excelled as a writer throughout my years in academia, publishing poems and other writing projects. After over a decade of helping individuals acquire jobs through writing resumes I began to expand out and write grants as well as help business acquire contracts. I finally decided to formally monetize my skill and that’s how Next Level Writing was created.”

For DeAnnah, professional writing was not always her passion, but it was something that she was extremely good at. As she began to see how many people she was helping to acquire jobs, professional writing soon became her passion.

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“It always feels amazing when people call and text me, to tell me they got the job I was helping them either apply for or interview prep for. I’ve been really blessed because my company is very new and I have received tremendous amounts of support. The hardest part is maintaining consistency with providing social media content. Although this is a side business, it’s still my baby so I give it 100%. I come down hard on myself when I’ve missed a day of posting. I also found it difficult to navigate conversations with clients that I knew personally, that wanted to cut corners. I learned early on, I have to stick to my guns and be consistent.”

Next Level Writing Services also provides assistance with grant writing, RFP responses (request for proposal), and editing of almost any document you can think of. Though the most requested service is the $35 Consultation, which consists of DeAnnah consulting clients on recommended edits to their writing project.

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“Most clients actually need their documents written and just don’t realize it, but I’m usually able to accommodate. I try to accommodate budgets by providing as much as possible through a revision.”

Though Next Level Writing Services gets various clients, DeAnnah tells us that she most commonly works on resume documents,

“The biggest mistake I see, on resumes specifically, is individuals underselling themselves and using too many cliché phrases and words. Applicant tracking systems are quite flawed in my opinion, and often times qualified candidates get over looked because of the automated algorithms used. Because of this, it is extremely important that you represent yourself accurately on paper and know how to integrate the appropriate keywords to highlight your accomplishments and capabilities.

Make sure you keep up with DeAnnah, as she currently writes monthly blog posts that are being shared on an amazing platform with Women Exceeding!! What is Women Exceeding? Women Exceeding is non-profit organization that acknowledges the accomplishments of women and assists women who are seeking professional and personal development, in order to strengthen the female presence in innovative and entrepreneurial roles. You can check them out at www.womenexceeding.com. Through the monthly blogs, DeAnnah is able to share useful information related to the job search process. Be sure to check out DeAnnah’s most recent blog “5 Ways to Maximize Your Next Job Search” on the Women Exceeding website! (SUPER BOSS STATUS!)

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If you’re interested in having your own professional writing company, DeAnnah has the following advice:

1. Stick to your guidelines and requirements for how you want to deliver/provide your service. People will want to take short cuts and that can hinder results or make the process cumbersome.

2. Avoid back to back appointments! Lol. People are very dynamic so there can be times when things run over the allotted time scheduled.

3. Stay abreast on trends and current research. I spend time everyday looking at the most recent HR articles I can find or technical writing pieces I may come across.

Make sure you keep up with DeAnnah and Next Level Writing Services via social media:

Instagram: @dsreese26.

DeAnnah has these last final words for our readers:

“When I decided to start this business, the objective was to provide a much-needed service, especially to minorities at an affordable price. There is a reason why companies charge so much to revise resumes—-it’s extremely time consuming and quite frankly they simply can. I make sure that my compensation is something that is affordable and still fair for the time I put in. My goal is to see “us” excel.

Check out these amazing customer testimonials of Next Level Writing Services:

Testimonials from the Website!

GNC Enterprises
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Our company was in need of assistance in submitting a government contract. And because of Next Level Writing Services, we were able to submit a proposal with confidence and on time. Thank you NLWS for your professionalism and knowledge we will definitely use your service again.

Ms. Banks
10 Points
Can I start off saying how excellent this service is! Next level writing has helped me transform my resume and interviewing skills. My resume always gains the attention of the company I am seeking. I recommend there services for the person like me, who does not always know how to pitch there qualities and skill sets on paper! This company has help me learn how to expand on my experience and talents!!

Daniel Booth
10 Points
My resume needed an entire make over and with her exceptional writing skills, Mrs. Reese was able to revise my Resume very much more suitable for employers. Thanks to her I have been contacted numerously about various job openings.

Mico’s Ice Cream

“You scream, I scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!” Remember that song?! Ice cream is a very tasty treat that is good for all seasons and reasons! If you like ice cream, we have just the right kind for you! Whenever you’re in the Houston area, make sure you check out Mico’s Ice Cream!

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Representing Houston, Texas, Kimico Frydenlund is a Registered Nurse and Owner of Mico’s Ice Cream! With her family and desire to build a legacy being her motivation, it’s no wonder why this BOSS is making serious moves!

Mico’s Ice Cream offers homemade ice cream using an original recipe and has been in business for a year! Mico’s Ice Cream offers many flavors such as: Taste the Rainbow, Chocolate Fix, Strawnana, Gimme S’more, and Cookies ‘N Cream!

 

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Though Cookies ‘N Cream is the most requested flavor, all flavors have the availability to be served in their homemade waffle cone tacos. (YUMMY!)

 

 

 

“My husband and I saw a viral video of rolled ice cream and thought it was really cool. Everyone loves ice cream, so we were like “Why not?”

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Kimico tells us that their cold tops freezes at -18 degrees, which allows them to make the ice cream right in front of the customer!! With only a two minute processing time, it’s no wonder why Mico’s Ice Cream is a HIT!! (BOOM!) Ice Cream isn’t the only thing that customers can purchase, as they also sell freshly squeezed lemonade!

“We enjoy it all! Especially our customers’ excited reactions to our ice cream.”

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Mico’s Ice Cream is available for purchase at their mobile ice cream shop, located at Levy Park on the weekends. Mico’s Ice Cream is currently offering catering, with delivery coming soon! (Stay Tuned!)

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If you’re interested in having your own ice cream company, Kimico has the following advice:

“Put in the extra work of making a quality and unique ice cream . Your followers will appreciate it and come back for more.”

Make sure you keep up with Mico’s Ice Cream by following them on social media at:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter: @micosicecream

 

Mico’s Ice Cream has the following last words for our readers:

“With each cup of ice cream, our customers provide support, mentorship, and more to children in need through our non-profit organization “Mico’s Kids.”

Urban Style Glam

Urban Style Glam

Located at: www.urbanstyleglam.com

 

Meet Keisha! – The owner of Urban Style Glam! Urban Style Glam is an online boutique that sells jewelry and accessories for men and women. Their mission is to change the mindset by paying-it-forward with a compliment. A portion of Urban Style Glam sales goes towards their non-profit “Accessorize Your Beauty” movement, which was created in June of 2017.  Through donations, they are able to keep this movement going and donate to other non-profit organizations as a token of love, motivation, and to support their mission.

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“We gift our customers that make a purchase from Urban Style Glam (and sometimes random people) a motivational card and necklace. We encourage the recipient to pay-it-forward by gifting the free motivational card and necklace to a random person with a compliment. We believe positive vibes are contagious and you never know how giving a person a compliment can change their day.”

You can find Urban Style Glam via social media using the following hashtags:

#AccessorizeYourBeauty with #UrbanStyleGlam

#Jewelry #Accessories

#DetroitVendorBoutique

Have you “Accessorized Your Beauty” today?

 

Learn more about Urban Style Glam on their website, via the “About Us” tab >>> www.urbanstyleglam.com

You can also follow Urban Style Glam on all social media using the handles: Urban Style Glam

Urban Style Glam is currently giving customers who make purchases over $30, a free motivational card and necklace from their non-profit organization “Accessorize Your Beauty”. (BOOM!!)

This business is #BossApproved, so “Accessorize Your Beauty” with Urban Style Glam TODAY!!!

Jill Burrus

TELL ME WHAT I WANT TO HEAR (INTERVIEW ISSUES)
By: Jill Burrus

The interviewer sits back and takes a long, thoughtful breath, strokes her chin with her thumb and forefinger, and says, “Tell me…about a time, when you faced adversity… and how or IF you were able to overcome it.”  The candidate immediately mentally rolls their eyes.  Because, who, in an interview where nerves are prominent, the stage fright can be real, can remember a time when… and even if they did, are we certain we are about to hear the facts?

SO, the candidate takes a thoughtful moment, tips his head to the side and glances upward, and literally launches into a made-up story on the spot. One in which naturally, he faced a serious problem, and ultimately was the hero of the day.  Because THAT is what the interviewer wants to hear after-all, no?

If I am to hire a solid, worthy employee, do I want a smoke blower?  Do I want them to tell me basic truths or to inflate their persona in a made up story so much that I fall for it hook, line and sinker, only to find out when employed that they are nothing like the hero they painted themselves to be.  What then, do I do?

Well, it is my opinion that asking questions like these and the “what are your weaknesses” are absolutely set ups for failure on all parties’ accounts.  You are not getting a true representation of what this individual is about any more than they truly experienced their off the cuff scenario to make you like them and think they are the missing piece to your puzzle.

Now, I do understand that there are some situations where questions of this caliber may arise, and they may even have their place somewhere…but I can’t think of many.  Would anyone ever admit, “Oh, I’m actually pretty lazy!” And then ask, “Did I get the job?”  We all have weaknesses that we are not proud of.  And we can clue people in to them IF we creatively put a spin on it such as, “I can lose track of time if I’m not careful, but I’ve taken xyz strides to work on my time management.”  That’s a noble thing to admit, and perhaps the interviewer will admire this and keep this individual in high favor… but there is a huge risk here where being honest too, can swipe one’s chance at gainful employment.  In an effort to err on the safe side, we will typically hear, “I’m a perfectionist”, or some other generic garbage.  So what is one to do – we cannot lie…but we run a great risk of being penalized by speaking the truth too.

Let’s get real.  The typical interview questions that we run into are NOT helping employers find their star employees.  This is a waste of everyone’s time.  We need better material. We need more creative ways to honestly get to know our candidates.  Conversely, interviewers cannot forget to SELL the job! Potential’s need to sell themselves, of course, but employers have a job to do too.  Sell the job, describe in detail what the job is and the expectations that go along with it. They need to talk about THEIR management style. Describe what the ideal candidate would be like, and the situations that may occur.  This is fine to say to the individual, “How do you think you would handle a situation if XYZ occurred?” But remember…that it’s much easier to answer when not IN the situation…and beware the caped crusader swooping in to save the day.

I believe that rather than grilling a candidate, there needs to be more dialogue, and questions designed to have a conversation simultaneously be a learning strategy.  Clearly, if this is a sales position, and the candidate barely utters a word, they may not be the person you are looking for.  Taking nerves into consideration, we can usually tell if someone has the basic personality required for a job. Interviewers need to ask candidates what their work style is (without judging them – remember, honesty is key, and perhaps you can work with a style that is alien to yours), ask candidates HOW they like to be managed – and if they learn by watching or by doing.  We need to watch our employees and see where their strengths are and WORK those strengths, and develop, encourage, and work with them to find areas that fit!

If we just get a bit more personal during the hiring phase, take our time and formulate questions that are designed for getting to know a person, use the right methods and strategies to distinguish the right people for a job, have the right people conducting the interview in the first place… maybe the workforce would become a solid force!

What are some of the worst questions you have encountered during interviews?

 

Originally Published For:

S.H.E. Professional Development – a Management and Employee Development Consulting Co.  >>> http://blog.sheprofessionaldevelopment.com

Also published on: Thriveglobal.com for Community

 

Conscious Clothing Company

Conscious Clothing Company

Located at: http://consciousclothingcompany.bigcartel.com/ & Baltimore, MD.

Meet the Peaceful Warrior – Owner of Conscious Clothing Company!!! Conscious Clothing Company is a clothing line that has featured colors, design, and artwork that mirrors the art and heart of the Ancient Egyptians. Guess what? You can now get 15% off your first purchase! (BOOM!)

Be sure to follow the Conscious Clothing Company on Instagram at >> @conscious_clothing_.

“All is mental. If you can think it, you can do it.”

Already have some pieces from the Conscious Clothing Company? Let them know and be sure to find them under the hashtags:

#ConsciousClothing #WorldUnity

#WorldLove #WorldPeace

#BlackCulture #BlackLove

#BlackHistory #BlackBusinesses

#BlackEntrepreneur #BlackEntrepreneurs

#BlackWallStreet #BlackDollar

#BlackDollarsMatter #SupportBlackBusiness

#Africa #AncientEgypt #KingsAndQueens

This business is #BossApproved, so GET YOUR CONSCIOUS CLOTHING TODAY!!

Power Beauty

Representing West Philadelphia, PA, Catherine Ashly Davis is a Master Educator of Cosmetology, Motivational Speaker, Plus Model, and Advocate for Autism and Lupus awareness! Catherine is motivated by her family, as they support and encourage her to be her best at all times.

Catherine is a Cosmetologist that works from a studio in her home and travels often for photography work, where she does hair and make-up! (SUPER BOSS STATUS!) Catherine specializes in hair care and natural extensions, and provides services for special occasions such as weddings and one-on-one education. Being a Cosmetologist was not always Catherine’s passion, as being an advocate was her first priority passion.

“Before I became a cosmetologist, I was an assistant Special Education Teacher. I worked with Autistic children until my son was diagnosed with Autism. I always viewed being a cosmetologist as being a hobby, not an actual career option. I attended college and became ill soon after. I learned later that stress was the cause, but it made me transition my career options and focus more on doing what I loved.”

Catherine states that becoming a Cosmetologist was a great life choice when she began her journey, however she now suffers from Lupus Sle, which limits how many clients she can do within one day. Catherine says that she is now focusing on inspirational speaking and women empowerment.

“I enjoy showing women how to beautify themselves, as it builds confidence and encourages women to appreciate their self-worth. PlusSizeMePlz is my new baby – this brand is inclusive and allows me to empower individuals, to be their best selves through learning how to accept and practice self-love.

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“If I could pick to work with any idol one day, it would be Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has a host of jewels from her life experiences, that I would love to connect with. Being an entrepreneur is difficult and can be overwhelming, but she has always persevered and I always admired her positive energy. Working with her would be a dream come true on so many levels!”

Make sure you check out Catherine’s upcoming events, as she will be speaking about empowerment and positivity:
1.) The sisters cruise
2.) Philadelphia Curve Weekend

If you’re interested in booking Catherine for her services, you can do so at: www.catherineashlybeauty.com

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If you’re interested in becoming a Cosmetologist, Catherine has the following advice,

“I would encourage people to do their research. Becoming a cosmetologist isn’t for the faint at heart, building a beauty empire requires years of investing without beneficial income sometimes. Many hair and makeup artist will admit that it took at least 5years to brand themselves so they could reap the benefits of their hard work and investment. The beauty industry is constantly changing so keeping up with techniques and educational classes is the only way a stylist can survive. Make a choice to do what you “love” or continue finding a path that will lead you there.”

Be sure to keep up and follow Catherine via Instagram:

1.) @Catherine_Ashly: Personal Page. Providing empowerment through adversities connected to chronic illness, autism, and entrepreneurship

2.) @Catherineashly_beauty: Catherine’s hair and makeup brand.

3.) @Plussize_meplz: An extension of Catherine Ashly. Plussizemeplz is a platform that empowers individuals to love themselves as they are, regardless of size.

Catherine has the following final words for our readers:

“Life is about making the best choices within YOUR journey. Everyone’s journey is different so don’t compare your life to others, yet make observations and decisions that are best suited for you and your divine purpose. My life changes often and I’ve learned to adjust and be open to self-love and change. Loving myself and putting my health first is very important, my life and career can’t continue if I don’t acknowledge that first. Lastly make every moment count while you can. Things don’t always work out the way we want them to, but knowing that all things work out in the end, can be motivation to keep going with a positive perspective.”

Peoria Pride

Do you live in Peoria, IL and are looking to get your child involved in a positive program? Want your child to be around strong and positive role models? Well check out the organization Peoria Pride Basketball!

Representing Peoria, IL, Orlando Edwards Sr. is a Direct Support Personal and Youth Development Specialist. Orlando is motivated by giving back to the community via the youth; which is why there’s no wonder to why he created the organization Peoria Pride Basketball!

“I wanted to give back to the community and use basketball as my tool to be a positive influence on the youth, the city of Peoria as a whole, and the great satisfaction of one’s achievement!”

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Peoria Pride Basketball strives to reach youth, set them on the path at an early age, and create a program that focuses not only creating a better basketball player – more importantly, a productive member of society who has learned life and leadership skills. Peoria Pride Basketball provides a program that teaches basketball skills and life skills, to develop children mentally and physically, and caters to both children and adults! In the beginning stages of his organization, Orlando biggest challenge was getting support from local businesses and sponsors, but that did not stop his grind!

“We are helping children grow a passion for something at an early age and giving the parents something to look forward to. I see our organization saving a lot of kids from the street life, and putting Peoria back on the map as a power house for basketball as it once was.”

Make sure you check out Peoria Pride Basketball upcoming events:

1. Basketball tournament on April 7th and 8th, in Peoria, IL.

2. Multiple tournaments throughout Illinois – Stay Tuned!

Make sure you keep up and follow the Peoria Pride Basketball at:
www.peoriapridebasketball.com

If you’re looking to start your own organization, Orlando has the following advice,
“Do your research, trust the process, and have ambition.”

Dr. Nip & Tuck

Are you interested in a body transformation, outside of your daily/weekly workout at the gym? Looking to enhance your look? Well, we have just the right person for you!

Representing New Orleans, LA, Nicholas Jones, MD, FACS, is a Plastic Surgeon by day and Community Advocate forever! Nicholas has a daily motivation of the continual search for that “sweet spot,” by being himself and doing the things he love.

So what made Nicholas interested in being as a Plastic Surgeon? Nicholas tells us that his mother and pediatrician always told him that he would be a doctor, and he started to believe it!! Nicholas entered medical school with plans on being a plastic surgeon. His understanding of the field was very superficial, but once he was exposed to it, he knew it was for me.

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“I always knew I wanted to be a plastic surgeon, but it did not become my passion until I realized how impactful plastic surgery was as a specialty. Plastic surgery is much more than “boob jobs” and “facelifts.” It’s the only specialty that I know of in which you can operate on any part of the body, take a deformity and restore function and form. I became passionate about plastic surgery through my care for breast cancer patients.”

Nicholas completed his plastic surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia, and tells us that there are two tracks to becoming a Plastic Surgeon: traditional track and an integrated program. The traditional track requires training in a surgical specialty (general surgery, otolaryngology, urology) and is followed by 3 years of training in plastic surgery. The integrated program matches you directly into plastic surgery from medical school, and complete two years of surgery training and three years of plastic surgery.

Nicholas has been a Plastic Surgeon for 4 years and specializes in Cosmetic Surgery. He has worked with over 1,000 clients and does breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, tummy tucks, Botox, fillers, Brazilian butt lifts, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and treatment of keloids.

In the beginning of his career, Nicholas faced a few difficulties that were short lived. Nicholas tells us that as a surgery resident, he applied for plastic surgery fellowship and on the first go round, he did not match into a program. Nicholas says that it was a humbling experience.

“I had cruised through college, finished medical school, and I thought I had done enough to successfully match. So, I regrouped, beefed up my application and more importantly, I gained a couple of mentors; One, was the chief of plastic surgery at a prestigious institution and the other was practicing plastic surgeon. Along with my mother’s prayers of course, everything fell into place. Amen!”

Although Brazilian butt lifts are the most requested procedure, Nicholas states that he really enjoys doing tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, facial fillers!

“With fillers, you can see the finishing results almost immediately and so can the patients. As far as surgeries go, I would say abdominoplasties (tummy tucks) because the changes are so drastic!”

Though Nicholas has worked with many clients, there are clients that he has been unable to work with. This may be due to uncontrolled medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, recent stroke, etc.

“Patient is a poor surgical candidate. Some patients have unrealistic expectations and if I do not feel I can get them the results they desire, I will turn them down. I try to find a happy medium; first and foremost, I have to make sure it is a safe to perform a surgery on a prospective patient.”

His greatness has also been seen outside of his practice, as he has made a guest appearance on Rickey Smiley Morning Show! He is also a Freshman Coach at Decatur High School, lead a song at First Baptist Church as a member of the gospel choir, and is a Board member of Susan G Komen! (AMAZING!) Not only does Nicholas love his profession, he enjoys weight training, sporting events, basketball coaching, travel, mentoring, writing, fine dining, and playing golf! (NICE!!)

If you’re interested in booking Dr. Nicholas Jones for his amazing services, he can be contacted at:

Office: 404-400-1230

Address: 550 Peachtree Street, NW | Suite 1575 | Atlanta, GA 30308

Email: drnipandtuck@gmail.com

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If you’re interested in becoming a Plastic Surgeon, Nicholas has the following advice,

“I would start by learning more about the field. One great resource is the INTERNET! Figure out what is required to become a plastic surgeon and work your way backwards, to where you are on the timeline and get started! Like anything else, it requires some hard work, discipline, and commitment. Lastly, ask questions, there are so many people out there that can help you along your journey, you just have to seek them out.”

Make sure you follow and keep up with Nicholas on social media:

Snapchat & Instagram: @drnipandtuck

Websites: www.drnipandtuck.com & www.lexingtonplasticsurgeons.com

SuccessHer

Are you a female entrepreneur that’s ready to take over the world?! Well they say that the future is female, and we have just the right organization to support this!!

Representing Philadelphia, PA, Latasha Bailey is a the Founder of Successher Womens Business Directory, Founder of Luvely Wives Club, and a Recruiter that helps individuals transient back to the workforce! (BOSS STATUS!) For Latasha, seeing women leading in every industry is her daily motivation!

“Being my best self, helping women be their best selves and to look around and see Women leading in every Industry.”

Successher is located in Philadelphia, PA and has been in business since the beginning of 2018! Successher is a large network of professional women and women based businesses, which assists in helping women grow their business, grow their network, and help customers find products and services that they need! Successher offers a directory placement for Business Owners and Professionals, to list in the directory with advertisement for their business. Successher also offers Business Consulting Services, Events and Trainings.

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“My main goal is to showcase women based businesses, and give them a personalized platform to promote their products and services, to potential customers. I wanted to build an online directory of Women Based Businesses in the Philadelphia Area! Now, Successher has Business Owners listed in all areas of the United States!”

In the beginning Latasha faced a few challenges while starting her business, but they did not stop her! For Latasha, her main challenge was getting women to see the value that her network could add to them, as professionals and small business owners.

“I didn’t realize the value I had in myself. I knew I was good and I wanted to showcase other women, but I didn’t do well with showing other business owners that in the beginning.”

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“My organization is vital because of my passion for helping women and wanting to see their business grow. I get excited by seeing business owners make the changes that they want to me. I also understand that small businesses don’t always have the resources to build on their business starting out, so I get to help them with Successher’s resources. Successher is bringing everything that we as women need to start and run our businesses successfully. Love and Support ONLY.”

Latasha tells us that she foresees her organization providing a sisterhood impact of women based businesses teaming together and utilizing each other for support. Successher has partnered with various companies such as Chanel Henry Owner of Chanel’s Creations, Ava Adames Owner of Philadelphia Drinkable Arts, and Tiffany Brown Owner of “Everything done write.” These businesses were selected due to their business personalization, creativity, and networking. (BOOM!)

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Be sure to join Successher at their upcoming event, as they will be teaming up with Ava Adames of Drinkable Arts Philadelphia :
Sip and Paint
April 24, 2018
7pm – 9pm
Dave and Busters || 325 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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If you’re looking to start your own organization, Latasha has the following advice,

“Go for it. Jump out and get started, do not look back and do not look for validation from anyone. You know what your heart is telling you SO!!! Stay passionate, Be persistent, don’t be afraid to make mistakes or to fall, Get up and Keep Moving. Reach out to Successher for Help and Assistance, There is no charge for Support!!! And Most Important!!! LOVE LIFE!!! SMILE.. BE HAPPY!!! “

Make sure you follow and keep up with Successher via social media:

Facebook: Successher

Twitter: Successher2

Instagram: successher

https://www.linkedin.com/company/successher/

Next Level Art

Looking for some amazing artwork that is creative and bomb.com ?! Well check out the very talented Justin Richburg!! Representing Philadelphia, PA (Philly), Justin Richburg is an Artist, who has a daily motivation of living through his work. Justin specializes in Mechanical point and paper, and originally got into art with the help of his manager!

“Art was something I always did. I didn’t really have a real passion. Art was just always there.”

So how long does it take for Justin to create this amazingly detailed pieces of art work? The time frame of his artwork creation varies, as it could take up to a day or a year. Justin tells us that he faced the challenge of making people believe being an artist is a career, but that did not stop him!

When asked about his most influential piece of artwork, Justin tells us that his piece “Dice Game” is the most influential, as it has sparked interviews from various people! Justin’s work has been featured in The Source, Complex, and many others! Not only is Justin talented at art, he also enjoys writing poems and telling jokes!

Be sure to keep up with Justin and his work, as he will be doing his 1st art show in May of 2018!

You can purchase Justin’s amazing art at:
www.justinrichburg.com

If you’re interested in booking Justin for projects or events, you can at:
Email: cantpassup@gmail.com

You can follow Justin on social media at:

Instagram: justin_richburg

Twitter: _justinrichburg

Facebook: justin richburg

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Snapchat: justinyabish215

 

If you’re looking to become an artist, Justin has the following advice,

“Just draw.”

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Justin has the following final words for the readers:

“Big girls love the kid.”

SuccessHer

SuccessHer

Located at: www.successher.com

Meet Latasha Bailey – Creator of Successher! Successher  is a Womens Business Directory and Network, that specializes in helping women based businesses and professional women grow. The network consists of all types of women, who are determined to be successful in all areas of business. (BOOM!)

You can follow Successher  via social media:

Instagram: @successher

Twitter: @successher2

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/successher/

Already apart of Successher? Let them know using the hashtags:

#Womensbusinessnetwork

#Womensbusinessdirectory

#successherwomen

#Businesswomen

#SH #Successher

This business is #BossApproved, so JOIN SUCCESSHER TODAY!!

Pretty Honest Candles

Pretty Honest Candles

Located at: www.prettyhonest.etsy.com

 

Are you a candle fanatic? Looking to keep your home smelling amazing? Check out Pretty Honest Candles! Pretty Honest Candles are all natural soy candles in over 20 scents. They are hand poured in Charlotte to ensure each one is unique for you! All candles are non-toxic, vegan, with 100% cotton wicks. (BOOM!)

Keep it pretty. Keep it honest.

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You can follow Pretty Honest Candles via social media:

Instagram: @prettyhonestshop

Twitter: @prettyhonestshp

Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettyhonestshop

You can also contact Pretty Honest Candles via email:

prettyhonestcandles@gmail.com

Already have Pretty Honest Candles? Be sure to tag them:

#candles #soycandles

#vegancandles #handpoured

#handmade #homedecor

#interiordecorating #prettyhonestcandles

#scentedcandles #containercandles

#shopsmall #shopblack

This business is #BossApproved, so GET YOUR CANDLES TODAY!!

Sensationally Nappy

Sensationally Nappy

Located at: www.sensationallynappy.com

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Meet Lori Scott – The Owner of Sensationally Nappy! Sensationally Nappy celebrates the natural hair movement with creative, unique, and custom made tees! Lori’s “The Natural Queen” tee is a popular tee that is loved by many! Make sure you check out Lori’s store at www.Sensationallynappy.com, and purchase your tee today! Use the code #Queen to get 30% of your total purchase! (BOOM!)

You can follow Lori and Sensationally Nappy via social media at:

Twitter: Sensationally Nappy || Black Hair Rocks! || Supa Soul Sista

Instagram: Sensationally_Nappy

Google+: Sensationally Nappy

Already own a Sensationally Nappy tee? Let Lori know by using the hashtags:

#TEAMNATURAL
#NAPS
#NATURALAMAZINGPOWERFULSISTA
#NATURALQUEEN
#WERULETHEWORLD
#NAPSKINKSKOILSKURLS
#ISSAHAIRTHANG
#MONA
#EBONEE

This business is #BossApproved, so GET YOUR SENSATIONALLY NAPPY  TEES TODAY!

Zuri and The Monster

Zuri and The Monster

Located at: http://amzn.to/2HXpVCQ

Check Out This Amazing Children’s Book:  “Zuri and The Monster”

Meet Tanisha Chambers – The Author of an amazing children’s book called Zuri and The Monster! Learn More About Tanisha And Her Book By Reading Her Official Feature! (Click Here)

This book is #BossApproved, so GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

Tiffany’s Pink Room of Scents

Tiffany’s Pink Room of Scents

Located at: www.tiffanyspinkroomofscents.com

 

Meet Tiffany Riley – the Owner of Tiffany’s Pink Room of Scents and an Independent Consultant for Pink Zebra Home Scents! Tiffany’s Pink Room of Scents has been in business since September of 2016 and has taken off since then. (BOSS STATUS) Tiffany offers a variety of products to scent your home and car with,  such as soy wax sprinkles, warmers, and much more.

Like & follow Tiffany on Facebook at: Tiffany’s Pink Room of Scents

Purchase your products today at: www.tiffanyspinkroomofscents.com

You can contact Tiffany via email: tiffanyspinkroomofscents@gmail.com

This business is #BossApproved, so GET YOUR SCENTED PRODUCTS TODAY!

The Woman’s Code

Being empowered and empowering others is an amazing thing, and is always needed! Boss Up Magazine interviewed a dynamic duo POWERHOUSE, who are all about empowerment! Meet Charda’ Tabb and Jesideh Clinton, the women of the amazing company, The Woman’s Code: All Shades, Shapes, and Sizes. Both ladies currently reside in New Jersey and are both passionate about the mission of their company. Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive details about these phenomenal women and their amazing company! Check out it…

 

PhotoGrid_1521424215294.jpgThe Woman’s Code: All Shades, Shapes and Sizes was created in November of 2017 and is geared towards inclusiveness. The company is located in New Jersey, but have programs that will be facilitated through the greater Tristate area. Their company caters to empowering all women regardless of their race, ethnicity, size, socio-economic status, or educational level. Jesideh and Charda determined that regardless of any of these factors, as women they all have a queen that resides within themselves, and they strive to awaken and empower that greatness in each woman encountered. Their mission is to establish a vibrant all-inclusive network of women, seeking success who honor the code of womanity, through unity, empowerment, and networking; within business, fashion, beauty, and overall women’s health & wellness. TWC’s goal is to present a forum where women can attain resources that will help strengthen their current passions or endeavors for their current or anticipated small businesses.

“The goal of the Woman’s Code is to create a network nationwide that will allow females to have a safe outlet during their journey of business building. We plan to be a bridge that connects new entrepreneurs with those experienced in all forms of industries without fear or concerns of being judged, ignored, or undermined during their journey.”

The Woman’s Code: All Shades, Shapes and Sizes founders are amazing and are definitely making BOSS MOVES!! Here’s more about Jesideh and Charda:

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Jesideh has a 9 to 5 hustle of being an Investigator for The Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Her position allows her to utilize her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice as a Civil Service woman, dedicated to the safety and well-being of children in the state of New Jersey. (BOSS STATUS!) Jesideh has proudly held her position for 5 years, and considers it an honor to be a part of the system dedicated to this philanthropy. (Amazing!)

Jesideh’s greatness doesn’t stop there!! She is also the founder and owner of Precious Bartending, LLC, an event-staffing agency servicing New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Connecticut. The services offered include a full staff of bartenders, wait staff servers, photographers, DJs, event security and event staffing. Jesideh currently runs a staff of 9 bartenders and wait staff, 2 photographers, 2 event security personnel, 1 DJ, and 1 event planner. Precious Bartending, LLC has provided services for companies and institutions including but not limited to Draft Kings, Complex magazine, Princeton University, New York School of Interior Design, The NYC product Montclair State University, Handy NYC, and the Manhattan Fencing Center.

Additionally, her company has worked events for prestigious clients including executive producers for The View, The Jimmy Fallon Show, and Owner of the Amazing Lash studio in Montclair, New Jersey. Precious Bartending was ranked in the top 3 staffing agencies in New Jersey for 2017. (Dope Right?!)

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“My daily motivation is that each day offers me the opportunity to learn something new. My day is not complete until I learn something new. Knowledge is something that my family held to a high regard when I was a child. My parents always taught me that there was no shame in asking about something you didn’t know and utilizing something you did know. From then until know, I knew that knowledge was the key to becoming a better person, woman, business owner, and wife.”

Charda’ is nothing short of a true BOSS as she holds multiple professions! Charda’ is a Regional Training Supervisor for a Human Services Agency, an Adjunct Professor at a local college, and a Residential Specialist with at risk behavioral youth, where she also does therapeutic foster care within that same company! Her greatness doesn’t stop there, as she is also the founder and Creative Director of Finer CreationZ, a company that offers a variety of services & products such as styling, photography; and options to purchase reasonably priced new or trendy clothing, jewelry, and other stylish accessories. (Phenomenal!)

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“I have three reasons behind my motivation. The first is because I truly feel God has covered me through several phases of my life, and I owe him one or basically everything lol. Second, is my daughter; my daughter, Desiree Izora and the duty to be a great role model for her influences almost 80% of my decisions on a day to day. It’s important that I show her that she can come from any circumstances and still accomplish anything her heart desires as long as she works for it! Lastly, I understand that life isn’t promised to anyone. After losing my brother at the age of 32 to a senseless murder, I decided that I would experience the world in a different way to make our family, my life, and my legacy count for something once I’m gone.”

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“Two sistah-friends got together and began talking about a system that would create a unity amongst women within business and various areas of life. While pondering, discussion about desires to be surrounded by women who would be open to teaching and sharing with one another, their obstacles, resources, and or tools that they’ve used to be successful came about. This ultimately encouraged further dialogue that led to the creation of a code of success that we felt could honor the queen within every woman through unity and empowerment verses competition with one another in all aspects of life.”

Be sure to keep up with The Woman’s Code: All Shades, Shapes, and Sizes, as they will launch their inaugural event on April 28th 2018. The event will be held at:

The Loft: 313 Union Ave
Elizabeth, NJ
1:00pm – 4:00pm.

The Woman’s Code: All Shades Shapes and Sizes inaugural event will cater to networking for women who are small business owners, and or focused on entrepreneurial advancement!

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“We believe the presence of The Woman’s Code is vital to the world because women are truly the essence of mankind. When we act as a unit, sharing, informing, and empowering one another it allows for creation and transformations of all kinds to take place. In every walk of like we all can learn from one another, and we believe that we can all be successful if we honor one another under this code. There have not been many obstacles as of yet, which for us proves that this program will a success. In most instances people just need a forum or a space to practice positivity and empowerment; TWC hopes to do just that”

If you’re interested in starting your own company, Jesideh and Charda has the following advice,

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“As small business owners who are up and coming, the only advice we would dare extend to anyone would be to “always operate in excellence” regardless of how big or small your business is. What does that mean exactly? This means treat every customer and opportunity like your first and your last. With your first customer you are excited about the new venture, and respond with enthusiasm, respect, and the best customer service you know how because you’re not sure if they will return. We encourage you should keep that same mindset throughout your journey, it will help you to remain passionate not only about your business, but the legacy you’re building!”

You can keep up with Jesideh and Charda via:
Instagram: @the_womans_code
Splash page link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/9YIVK2585phuB/
Email address: thewomanscode@gmail.com

The Woman’s Code: All Shades, Shapes, and Sizes has these final words for our readers:
On behalf of The Woman’s Code:

All Shades, Shapes, and Sizes we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for every sponsor, business, woman, man, or friend who has supported our vision. TWC would truly be nothing without the support and love you have all shown us. We hope that we continue to make you proud as we embark on this journey! ~Charda’ Tabb & Jesideh Clinton

Black In The City

Two women representing the podcast scene is more than what we can ask for, especially for National Women’s Month!! Looking for an amazing podcast to get you through your day? Want to listen to people and content that you can relate to? Well we have just the right podcast for you! Meet Makeda Hope-Crichlow and Sierra Stewart, the BOSS LADIES of Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra!

Makeda is a first generation immigrant from Barbados, and moved from Denver, CO to her current residence in Seattle, WA. She works as a business consultant and supports Microsoft clients. Sierra was born in Oceanside, CA and raised in Tacoma, WA. She works in Higher Education for the College of the Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. With both ladies having their family as their daily motivation, it’s no wonder why these two ladies are making BOSS MOVES on the podcast scene!

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So, what prompted the podcast creation of Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra? Thanks to their producer Mia Francois, Makeda and Sierra were chosen to carry out an amazing vision. Black in the City had its initial launch on August 22, 2017, with its focus being current events in politics, social media, and all other areas that are relevant to their lives – as well as what they think will be relevant to the lives of their audience; all from the perspective of two young black women! (BOSS STATUS)

“We chose our content because we thought there was a lack of black women voices that speak to both current events and what’s ‘gossipy’ on the same platform. You typically see one or the other, but it’s just so much fun when you combine the two.”

Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra audience is 60% women and 40% men, and Makeda and Sierra do all that they can to make men feel included!

“We at first thought our audience would only be women, but that is not the case at all. We do what we can to make the men feel included by catering episodes directly to them, or we find other ways of making sure they feel connected to us and our content.”

In the beginning, Makeda and Sierra faced the challenge of learning how to do the podcast, but this challenge was short lived!

“We didn’t really practice before our first episode, so there was a lot of trial and error, as well as learning our audience and what they relate to the most – which then leads to increased listenership and other opportunities.”

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“We are our unique, whole selves, we don’t hold back, we say what we feel and mean what we say—and you can lose a lot of that when you are huge. We want to be able to continue to break down complex societal issues in a way that our listeners can understand, and still make it relatable, and funny—Sierra literally has all the jokes. Our podcast is vital to the world and our community ‘cause we are original!

Makeda and Sierra hope to empower others, and be a beacon of light for others who want to pursue their dreams without fear. Both ladies feel that there isn’t a reason why people shouldn’t be doing what they love, no matter what that is.

“We want to help people stay plugged in, get involved in their communities, and stay present, as it can feel much better to unplug when we’re continuously seeing such negative information in the media. We hope that we are able to get people to invest in themselves, and in the people around them.”

Makeda and Sierra’s ultimate goal for their podcast is to become a recognizable household name in their city, build relationships and collaborate with other local people to help create opportunities for others to reach their goals while they reach theirs! Both ladies plan to continue to grow their platform, and use it for the good. Though they have not reached their goals yet, these phenomenal ladies are committed and get closer to their goals each week, as their goal is continuous!

Not only do Makeda and Sierra host a podcast, they also host local events of their own, so they try to stay #bookedandbusy and are always looking to collaborate whenever they can. On every episode, they shout out local artists, businesses, upcoming events, and more, so that they can help everyone stay plugged in to what’s going on in their city. These ladies are consistent, and truly committed to their podcast! (BOOM!)

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If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, Makeda and Sierra has the following advice:

“Consistency is key. Even if you think no one is listening, KEEP PUTTING YOUR WORK OUT THERE. Someone is watching, listening, loving your art. Secondly, be okay with the fact that everyone will not like your podcast, and people may not agree with you—but that’s the fun. Don’t take it personally.”

“We spend so much of our personal and free time on this project, and the only thing that drives us is our love for this podcast. We’ve been so consistent that we are regularly recognized and regularly asked to do events, which is still so crazy to us! So just knowing that people are really listening means the world to us both.”

You can listen to Black in the City with Makeda & Sierra at:

Instagram & Twitter: @blackincitypod

Make sure you check out their sponsor Broken Kids Brand. They bring awareness to mental health in the urban community: https://brokenkidsbrand.com/products/black-in-the-city-hoodie

You can keep up with Makeda and Sierra on social media at:

Makeda Personal Twitter & Snapchat: @Makee_Duhhhh

Makeda Personal Instagram: @bajan_baddie

Sierra Personal Twitter: @Sierra_Leone2

Sierra Personal Instagram: @sierra2leone

 

Makeda and Sierra have these final words for our readers:

Stay Black. Stay Alive. Stay Moisturized.