The Black Man Can

Do you have a Son, Brother, or Nephew who you want to follow a path of greatness and positivity ? Well we have just the organization for you! Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive scoop on an amazing organization that EVERYONE should know! All the way from Windsor/Hartford, Connecticut, Brandon Maurice Fame is an Educator, Social Innovator, Public Speaker, and the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of the organization, TheBlackManCan, Inc!! So what is TheBlackManCan, Inc? We’re so glad you asked! TheBlackManCan, Inc. initially started as a blog and it has now grown into an award winning and internationally known non-profit organization. (Boom!) TheBlackManCan, Inc. was founded in April of 2010 and is located in Hartford, CT. The organization caters to both men and women of all ages and races, and strives to show everyone that black men are not monolithic. The organization celebrates, educates, and inspires Boys and Men of Color, as well as to provide the positive contradiction to the prevailing black male image of today! It also mentors, motivates, inspires, and provides empowerment through various programs and events, such as TheBlackManCan Institute, Power Couple Brunch, and TheBlackManCan Awards. (Dope right?!)   If you’re interested in creating your own organization, Brandon advises, “I would tell someone do not let social media rush them. Put your idea out there! Ideas are spiritual children seeded by God inside of us. He gives us the tools to nurture and grow those […]

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Beautiful Armor

Are you tired of purchasing over the counter products, that always seems to give you false hope OR temporarily relieve? Well Boss Up Magazine spoke with the great Angela Jackson, who can assist you with all of your skin care needs! Check it out… From Washington, DC, Angela Jackson is an Administrative Technician, Certified Aromatherapist, Teacher, Perfume maker, Certified Life Coach, and the CEO of wholearmorbeauty. (Such A Boss!) Having the ability to help others achieve his or her goals, for whatever positive change they desire to contribute to this world, is Angela’s motivation! She is also motivated by people being fearless and asking her for help when necessary, “I enjoy seeing people not perish for their lack of knowledge. The right information is powerful and can save someone’s life. It doesn’t matter the reason a person is experiencing skin disorders all that matter is the natural healing results. Therefore, I practiced using Aromatherapy as a lifestyle and encourage others as well.” As a little girl, Angela was always curious about perfume and skin care products. She always wondered what made perfume smell so sweet and how companies got their lip balm into its container. She even wondered about why there wasn’t any sweet scents added to her doll baby collection. (Interesting!) So what exactly made Angela get into the skincare business? Angela tells us that over the last 10 years, she tried so many over the counter products, that […]

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Captivating Creativity

For some people, paint and sips are done for fun, but for Katrice Buckley, painting is her life!! Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive scoop on what life is like for an artist of Katrice’s caliber. From South Holland, IL, Katrice Buckley is a Risk & Chargeback Specialist and Freelance Artist, who has a wonderful and loving Son that is her daily driving force! (Awwww!) Even though Katrice had always been a good artist, she didn’t start to really get into drawing until her high school years. So what pushed Katrice to pursue her true talent? An art teacher, named Mr. Evans! Mr. Evans really pushed Katrice’s creative thoughts and desires, which followed her through her career. For Katrice, art was not her first passion, but once she got into college, she wanted to try different majors and learn something different because she “knew” art. Eventually Katrice circled back to her love of Art, and then graduated with a degree in Studio Art of Drawing and Painting. (You Go Girl!) After college, she then went full force with getting her business up and running. Katrice participated in many gallery showings, live painting events, and worked on many commissioned pieces. (Such a Boss!)     “Never give up. Never compare yourself to other artists. Never let anyone use you; your work is unique, powerful and has a purpose. At the end of the day, nothing should stop you from your passion […]

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A Rare Rose

Ever read a book and said to yourself, “Wow! This Author was great!” ? Ever wanted to write your own book, to share your life and experiences with the world? Well Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive details on what it’s like to write your own book, with the Amazing Nisha Lanae! Repping Los Angeles, CA, Tanisha aka Nisha Lanae, is an Author, Publisher, Radio Host, and Blogger. (Such a BOSS!) Growing up, Nisha Lanae had obstacles that others did not think she would overcome, but she proved them wrong!! (You go girl!!) So what made her decide to write her own book? Well for Nisha Lanae, writing started as a form of expression/ therapy. As her love for reading grew, so did her love for writing. Overall, she just wanted to tell the stuff that came through her head. “I overcame a lot of obstacles from my childhood, and many people didn’t think I would make anything out of my life. That thought alone makes me go harder to prove them all wrong. I wanted to show my younger siblings and their children, that you can be anything you put your mind to it as long as you stay dedicated.” “When I first saw my book on Amazon, I cried! It felt so surreal. I was 15 years old when I decided I wanted to be a writer and I published my first novel at age 23, after my […]

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Life of Laughter!

Have you ever acted out a skit in high school for class or a talent show? Ever seen a skit on someone’s Instagram account and just found yourself laughing for hours? Well we have spoken to a comical skit maker, who is just downright funny, and is totally trending on social media! Boss Up Magazine got the exclusive details on what life is like when you fill it with laughter. Check it out… Representing the Southside of Chicago, IL, Devaun Jay is an aspiring Paralegal and enjoys making comical skits for social media! With his family being his motivators, he strives to make every idea he has in his mind a reality, this includes everything from visual content to writing. Though being a comedian was never his true passion, he has always had a good sense of humor and enjoys making skits. For Devaun, once he begins having ideas for skits, he just goes and produces them. (Such Talent!) Devaun stated that has seen a lot people showcasing their talents on the web, from Vine to Instagram, which has made him begin testing out his own skills. Devaun stated that he uses social media to showcase his talent, as it seems to be the best way to market oneself. Devaun uses his firsthand experiences, random everyday moments in life, celebrity news, as inspiration behind his material. All of these things helps him create skits, jokes, skits, and videos, while being […]

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A Beautiful Boss

Do you enjoy wearing make-up? Are you an aspiring make-up artist? Well, we have a fierce beauty expert named Natalie Butler, who has an amazing story about her journey as well as tips on how to keep your skin beautiful! Let’s get to it… Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Natalie Butler is a jack of all trades! She is the owner of her own recruiting business and also an Independent Sales Representative and Mentor for Avon. She is passionate about her line of work and she strives to be a positive role model for not just her family, but young girls around the world. She has two nieces, who are 5 and 2 years old, and she is motivated by the desire to show them that they can make it in this world, and make it by not working for anyone else. For Natalie, the beauty industry was more of a thing where she knew that she wanted to help not just people, but women. She wanted to find a way to connect with women, to not only educate them but to empower them too. (Pink Power!) Natalie stated that in a world where everything is judged so harshly, she wanted women to be able to stand strong, hold their heads high, being proud of who they are and what they do. And for Natalie, slowly applying make-up gave her the strength to overcome all of her daily life […]

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Donta the Designer

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Fashionista? Or what it felt like to be a high demand MUA? Well Donta Henson-Garrett has given Boss Up Magazine those lovely details, and we are here to share them with you! Coming from Washington, DC, Donta Henson-Garrett is an Employment Service Specialist, Fashion Designer, Seamstress, Make-Up Artist. (A multi-talented BOSS!) Donta has a fiery passion for fashion and beauty, which has been built on his ability to make people smile, and to feel as though he is being a blessing into their lives! Though fashion and beauty were not his first passions, it soon took the number one spot after he saw how much joy and excitement it brings to his clients, when they are trying on clothes or when someone sees their transformation after getting their make-up done. So what really got Donta into pursuing fashion? Due to the experience of having someone make an outfit for him that he didn’t like (oops!), Donta took the steps to assure himself that he would never let that happen again. Donta soon began to sew for himself, which ultimately turned it into a business called, Labasia Designs. (Cashing Out!)     “Ultimately, I just would love to be a blessing to someone. If I can make my clients feel like they are a million bucks at the end of our fittings., then I have accomplished my goal! If you are […]

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A Top Chef

Ever struggled with dinner ideas for your family or yourself? Need some pointers on how to turn your dinner into a magnificent feast!? Well Catina Smith is just the right source, to assist you with your cooking needs!! Originally from Northeast Baltimore, Catina simply loves to cook and is making some serious waves as a Chef! Catina Smith, aka Chef Cat, aka The Culinary Socialite, is the one to call to help with keeping your kitchen sizzlin’ with delicious cuisine! (Fire it up!) Catina is currently a Chef at Magdalene, located in Baltimore, MD, but also does private cheffing. Catina states that she will cater small events, but wants you to know that she is NOT a Caterer! (Got it?! Good!) So what made Catina interested in being a Chef? Catina has always liked to cook! When she was a senior in high school, everyone knew what they were majoring in for College, but she had no idea. Still trying to figure out her passion, one day it hit her and she told herself, “hey I like to cook, that’s a thing.” Once she realized her passion, she pursued it with a fierce force! After high school, Catina began attending the Baltimore International College (BIC), which is now known as Stratford in Little Italy, of downtown Baltimore. While she was in Culinary school, she decided to join the Air Force Reserves, to follow the foot steps of her Father, who […]

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The Culinary Master!

Looking for a Chef to whip up an amazing meal at your next event? All the way from Monroe, GA, Chef Jacoby J. Ponder is a Personal Private Chef, who is a Food Network Competitor on Chopped, and Winner of Food Network Show Cutthroat Kitchen! (We’ve got a WINNER!) He is motivated by his daily grind of: Cook, Rest, Repeat, and has always had a passion for the Culinary and Hospitality fields. So how did Jacoby get into being Chef? During his 10 years in the U.S. Navy, he was a “PQMS”, known as a personal chef. However, Jacoby continue to follow his passion as well as taking it up a notch! Jacoby attended The Culinary Institute of VA. ECPI University, where he obtained an Associates in Culinary Science and a Bachelors in Food Service Management. In 2006, he got his first big break doing a catering job for $8k (Ching! Ching!) Jacoby was proud of his first big break, as that weeks’ worth of work was completed with only his hands! (NICE!)   The Chef I admire most is myself. My grind never stops and no other chef will out work me! If you’re interested in becoming a Chef, Jacoby advises: Be ready to work, none stop! stay focus on you! Starting out however, Jacoby experienced challenges with exposure to the right markets and having really big ideas, but no support. However, this did not stop him! With his […]

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Kosh Allure

Ever travel out of town and needed your hair done, but didn’t know where to go? Well if you’re ever in Chicago, be sure to get styled by KoKo! If you’re ever in KoKo Smith’s hometown Chicago, make sure you stop by her salon! KoKo is a licensed and professional hairstylist, working out of a salon in the Beverly area of Chicago! KoKo is driven by her passion of hair and desire to see the depth of her talents! She strives to continue to better her craft and learn as much as she can! (Such tenacity!) Becoming a hair stylist was not quite KoKo’s passion, but became her passion after entering cosmetology school. While in school KoKo, learned that she could be creative as well as open-minded, which made her anxious to learn and do more. For KoKo, the more she learned and did, the more she knew that being a hairstylist was what she wanted to do. KoKo told us that back in high school, she struggled with her own hair for quite some time. However, when she I finally “got It”, it was the best feeling! While in college, she managed to accomplish the new trend of “hair extensions”. With this new skill, she began providing extension services of sew-ins on other women. Seeing her clients happy with their results, made her interest become stronger than ever.   “My advice to anyone that want to become a hairstylist […]

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A Night To Remember

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but LA’s hottest Celebrity Stylist, Shavon Wright, has something even better! Not only does she *S L A Y* looks of fierce beauty, she is now slaying wigs to add that fire to your beauty too! All the way for Los Angeles, CA, Shavon is a Celebrity Hairstylist who provides nothing but the trendiest, and up-to- date hairstyles and braided styles. (Boom!) With her new wig line “Diamondz in the Ruff 5-Star Wig Experience,” she is providing you with many options for ANY look you desire! Shavon started creating wigs to provide her clients versatility in their selection of various hairstyles. Not only is it convenient, it is quick, versatile, and more accessible. Furthermore, it gives her clients the option to properly treat their natural hair, if any damage was caused in the past. (Such a Boss!)   “The inspiration behind my wig line and hair show is to be a leader for my two daughters, and to be a positive role model for the youth growing up in the world. I believe it’s inspired entrepreneurs like myself and others, who pave the way for new business ventures. This results in more jobs within that community, as well as creative and new ideas that gives an individual the opportunity to lead other, and have more control over your success story and future.”     So you’re probably thinking that wigs are only […]

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Sophisticated vs. Ignorance

Everyone wants to look good and in the fashion industry, everyone is all about being “fashion forward.” Well Boss Up Magazine spoke with Emmanuel “Mann” Turner, who has a clothing line that YOU should be looking forward to. All the way from the lovely Windy City, known as Chicago, Mann is an Actor, Rapper, Partner of NueworldIVMStudios, a Video Jockey for Sophisticated Ignorance TV, and the Owner and Operator of Sophisticated Ignorance clothing line. (Talk about Hustling!!) So how does one get into all of those hustles? Mann told us that he felt that he’s wasted a lot of his life, doing things that had no future in it, by being wrapped up in the “street” life. However, he has always been considered a smart intelligent person, but just needed to learn how to re-channel his energy to a business corporate state of mind. As Mann self-reflected, he decided that he wanted to be a better provider for his children and better man for himself.   If I had the chance to work with a celebrity, I’d have to say Jay-Z, T.I, or Young Jeezy. I feel like they’d understand my vision. “I say when starting any business or doing anything, believe in yourself, stay humble, and keep your eyes on the prize. Set small goals on the way to the big goal. Understand it’s a marathon not a race, don’t be easily discouraged, know there will be short days […]

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The Hair-prenuer

All the way from South bend, IN, Shimika Jones is an Elementary School Teacher and licensed Beautician. Since 2012 Shimika has been a Beautician and is currently working at Unique Hair salon. With her motivation being her 7-year-old daughter, Shimika wanted more out of life and wanted to be able give her daughter a better life. Shimika states that her goal is to leave something behind that would take care of her daughter financially strong, but also be handed down for generations to come. This goal always reminds Shimika of her favorite Jay-Z quote in the song “I Got The Keys,” where Jay-Z says, “Until you own your own, you can’t be free” Shimika strongly believes that Black people should start teaching their children how to own their own businesses and create their own avenues in life, versus only teaching them how to work for someone else. “My advice to anyone thinking about starting your own business is to just go for it! Don’t think about it because your only going to think yourself out of it and I believe people get the biggest rewards out of life by taking risk. Every day is a struggle but the bigger picture is what keeps me going. I will never give up on my dreams and I wouldn’t advice anyone else too. It’s simply mind over matter. We create our own future and choose our own destinies. I have learned you have […]

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A Full Soul

People do what they can and know, to live out their dreams. In fact, there’s nothing like living out your dreams. Some are successful, while other are not. Well, thanks to Soulaire, Boss Up Magazine was able to get the details on what it’s like to live out your dreams. Born in St. Louis, MO, but raised in Peora, IL, Soulaire is a true Master of the Arts!! Soulaire is a recording artist who also works as a fashion stylist and designer. (Such Versatility!) With his nephews and living a purpose driven life being his motivation, Soulaire has made his mark in the industry! Soulaire’s talent has followed him throughout his life, as he has been singing since he was a young child. With singing being his first love, Soulaire knew it was something that he’d always do. Once Soulaire moved to Hollywood, Soulaire then mde his mark with fashion styling. A passion for fashion has always been Soulaire, while his passion for styling came later. Being from the Midwest, Soulaire stated that he didn’t know that his joy for dressing nice could be turned into an occupation! (Ching! Ching!) So you’re probably wondering about the meaning of Soulaire? Well here is Soulaire’s explanation:   “Soulaire was a name I believe God gave me. It’s my own genre. But Soul represents where I sing from and Aire represents me being Heir to the throne.” Soulaire’s music is created to be […]

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The Runway Ripper

Fashion week is a true highlight of the fashion industry! Everyone loves seeing those amazing designs, and it is a true delight to see them for the first time. Well Boss Up Magazine spoke with Fashion Designer, Lenese Calleea Griffin, on how she rips the runway with her fashion designs! Residing in NYC, but from Chicago, IL, Lenese is an Apparel Production Manager Consultant and Fashion Designer, and she has a true passion for fashion! Lenese is motivated by educating and making dreams come true for other creatives, inspiring others, and creating new things. Fashion has always been her passion, and at the age of 10, Lenese’s Grandmother began teaching her how to sew, which stuck with her throughout her life. Lenese took her passion for fashion and got herself a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, as well as a Masters in Fashion Management and Merchandising. (FASHION FIERCE!) Lenese then took her talent and passion to the next level and created her own fashion line, called Calleea’Vatein. Even though capital and manufacturing were Lenese’s initial business challenges, that did not stop her! Lenese still pushed through and got her business up and running! So you may be asking, what is Calleea’Vatein and what does it mean? Lenese told us that it is actually a combination of her middle name and her my Grandmother’s name. She stated that her Grandmother helped her through school and helped her secure her […]

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The Queen of Marketing

Calling all Entrepreneurs!! Do you have a business, but need some guidance on how to get it out there? Need a pick me-up to jump start your day? Well Vannesia Darby and her company, MOXIE Nashville™, has all of that and more! Representing Nashville, TN, Vannesia is a Digital Marketing Consultant, Public Speaker, and Blogger! (Such a BOSS!). She enjoys the opportunity to inspire others to reach their full potential in life, and her company MOXIE Nashville™ allows her to do just that! So, what is MOXIE Nashville™? We’re glad you asked! MOXIE Nashville™ is a management, marketing, and motivation company, that also does content creation and executes digital marketing strategies around products and services. This can be anything from social media management, creating on line marketing campaigns, and/or training teams on how to effectively use their existing digital platforms. (Dope, right?)     “Ironically, marketing was never my passion. Even to this day I always say, “I don’t like marketing.” However, I love the platforms that marketing allows others to create and the stories we get to tell through content. That is the fun part for me.”       For Vannesia, marketing was never her passion. So how did it become her passion? Vannesia fell into marketing following her graduation from Bradley University. Her degree was in Business Management and Administration, but she wanted to work in the Gospel Music industry. Since the position of a Marketing Assistant […]

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Imagine That

Calling all meat lovers!!!! Can you imagine your life without that juicy burger for lunch? How about those beef tacos from Taco Tuesday? Or that chicken bowl from Chipotle? Well The Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Nicole Bourn, can tell you all about what a life is as a Vegan! Nicole Bourn is a full-time Vegan Lifestyle Coach from Washington DC, who has just recently retired at the age of 28! (Such a BOSS). ​She offers Vegan Meal Plans, Coaching, and eBooks to help aide in Vegan transitioning. Her newest project, which she is so very proud of, is her Vegan Starter Kit. The Vegan Starter Kit is a 145-page masterpiece that includes a step by step how to guide, ultimate grocery list, 30 recipes, worksheet on meal planning and meal prepping, plus FAQ section to answer all your questions. (What an amazing one stop shop!!) So you’re probably wondering what it means to be Vegan? Nicole says that being Vegan means that you do not eat or consume any animal products. It means that you not only respect your body, but the planet. You understand the amount of torture and suffering animals are enduring. You understand that it is literally destroying our planet and you understand that it is destroying your body. Becoming Vegan for Nicole, occurred after she realized that she was 100 pounds overweight. She was always tired, never had enough energy to enjoy her daughters, and had completely […]

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Hair Goals

Ladies, you ever struggled with a “bed head ?” Ever went to your local beauty supply store looking for a particular product, only to realize you have to substitute it with something else? Meet Duvann Hopkins who is all about helping women achieve their hair goals, with her business Hairstyles by Duvann!! Representing Chicago, IL (Some call it “Chi-Town”) Duvann Hopkins is a High School Teacher and Hair Stylist, who has a true passion for hair!!       “My suggestion for someone who is interested in starting a business is that you shouldn’t doubt yourself, go for it. Don’t allow fear and doubt to stop you from achieving your goals.”       With her strong support system of family and friends, Duvann’s motivators and passion led her to taking her interest to the next level, by running her own business! (Dope right?) Duvann’s passion started off young, with her styling her younger sister’s hair (Family Matters!!), but her passion continued to thrive within her. Duvann’s passion is truly styling hair, as it has become a stress reliever for her. (Talk about no drama in your life?! Yass!) So of course, with a passion so deep, we absolutely had to ask this Diva what her favorite hair style is. Well Duvann told us that she has many favorite hairstyles, but she truly adores the slick straight look and the curly natural look. We asked Duvann to give us (and […]

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A “Pop” of Taste

When was the last time you baked a dessert? Well meet Maleka Manuel who bakes for all occasions! Born in Washington, DC, raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and currently residing in Woodbridge, VA, Maleka Manuel has her own sweet shop. Maleka is currently a full-time Employment Specialist, with a hustle of making cakes and cake pops! Theses delicious treats helps her bring in extra income, to take care of her family. (Talk about a side hustle!) Maleka makes her delicious treats for special events such as birthdays, weddings, and etc. Along with her traditional cakes and cake pops, Maleka also makes vegan cake pops. (Jack of all trades!) So how does one get into making cake pops?? Well one day, back in 2011, Maleka was browsing around on the internet, and she came upon a blog by Bakerella. She instantly fell in love with the cute little cake pops and challenged herself to see if she could make them herself. She soon started her cake pop business and called it “Manuel Sweet Shop.” (Boss Status!) Currently, Maleka makes cake pops in traditional flavors of vanilla, chocolate, almond, lemon, and red velvet. (Yummy!) So we asked Maleka about the process of making cake pops and she told us that making cake pops is definitely a labor of love. It can take several hours to make and design ONE. (OMG!)   A cake pop starts with baking a cake and then […]

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And…..Action!

Everyone wants to be famous and on top, but many don’t know how to do just that. Well Boss Up Magazine spoke with Actor Kendall Watkins, to get the scoop!! Originally from Peoria, Illinois (Some call it P-Town!), but currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Kendall Watkins is a Construction Worker, Glass Setter, Actor, and Model! (Talk about a HUSTLER!) Since the age of 3, Kendall has always had a passion for acting. He is now living out his dreams, all with providing for his family and doing what he loves as his driving force!! Kendall is currently working on his own material and monologues, including some spoken word pieces.     Kendall has been in various films and TV shows, but says his best feature was on “The Originals” Season 3 Episode 15. Kendall says “I had a smooth 64 seconds of film/face time. LOL!” “Study your craft and Own it. Do a few Indy projects, be a joy to every set you get on and every camera you step in front of. The energy alone will get you farther. And don’t be patient. Be HUNGRY!!”     We asked Kendall about the challenges he faced in pursuit of his career, and he told us that growing up in Peoria was a bit challenging. Kendall explained to us that Peoria is a “Build your own fire” type of place; there just isn’t much just going on there. However, that did […]

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