Black Health Lifestyle

Want a fresh start for a healthier lifestyle, but unsure of where to start? Looking to get your body right for the new year or that special occasion, but need some motivation? Well we have just the right motivator for you!! Check it out… Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Port Charlotte, FL, Destiny Colson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Creator of the blog BlackHealthLifestyle! (Dope right?!) For Destiny, joy and feeling happiness is her motivation. Knowing that she can help educate and motivate positivity to others, through her wellness work, is what gives her a daily push! So how did the BlackHealthLifestyle blog come to life? Destiny tells us that while she was browsing through the top fitness and wellness social media pages, she realized that people of color were few and far in between. At that point, Destiny decided that she wanted to provide a place where people of color, can go and see reflections of themselves improving their health and wellness. (#BlackExcellence!!) The BlackHealthLifestyle blog was launched in April of 2017, and it provides a starting point for those that want to acquire and maintain a healthier life. Destiny believes her blog is vital to the world, as it showcases many ways and places that a person can work on their wellness. Though her target audience is herself, friends, and family, Destiny states that any and everyone can benefit from the BlackHealthLifestyle blog! […]

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The BLK BOX

Have you been searching for, wanting to purchase, and use Black owned and created products? Are you a Black Entrepreneur or Business Owner, that is looking to gain more exposure? Want your business to be listed amongst other amazing Black Businesses? Well we have just the right resource for you! Representing Berkeley, CA (Bay Area stand up!!) Monique Dee is an Entrepreneur, Creator of her very own Black Business Directory, and the Creator of The BLK BOX! (BOSS Status!) With her family and community being the source of her motivation, Monique strives to provide the ultimate resource! How did the BLK BOX come to creation? Monique tells us that she got tired of hearing people saying that they don’t where to locate Black owned and created products! (We heard that!) So what exactly is The BLK BOX ? The BLK BOX is a box of 4-5 black owned products, provided by different Black owned businesses, from her Black Business Directory!! (BOOM!)   “I wanted all black businesses to be able to be involved, but I realized that not all businesses have physical products, so we created a business directory to be able to service all black business owner.”     Monique tells us that funding was a challenge she faced, with jumpstarting her company. She has investors wo were ready to invest, but they fell through a month before her first product release date. Although it was extremely hard and […]

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The Fitness Guru

Do you tell yourself you’re going to the gym, but some how end up not going? Looking for someone to help you through your journey to better health? Well we have just the right person to help you with your needs!! Meet Myles Mayfield, the phenomenal Fitness Trainer! All the way from Chicago, IL, Myles Mayfield is an Independent Certified Fitness Trainer and is motivated by waking up each day! Myles stated that he has the utmost appreciation for life, especially because no day is guaranteed. (Amen!) “I view every day as an opportunity to reach my goals.” So how did Myles get into Fitness? It was during his second year of college, that he discovered his passion for Fitness! He soon began to take his health very seriously and his body began to change. However, little did Myles know, the change in his body caught the eye of some of his classmates, who too wanted their bodies to change. At no charge to those interested, he shared his passion by unofficially training a few people who were interested. He turned out to be fairly good at it, and it gave him a feeling of pure satisfaction. (Definitely a BOSS move!) “I was studying to become a teacher which I enjoyed. After graduating college, I decided to try teaching what I love and teach it on my own time. Shortly after, I began working on my certification.” Myles earned his […]

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The SLAY Queen!

Taking photos soon, but aren’t quite photoshoot ready? Do you have an upcoming event, that you know requires a FIERCE look? Want your make-up done, but unsure of who to go to? Well we have just the right person for you, who can give you an unbelievable SLAY! Meet Philisha Asia! All the way from Los Angeles, CA, Philisha Asia is the Make-Up Artist that can slay your look like no other! (Chile…!) With Jesus being her prime motivation, as well as becoming her own BOSS being her motivation, Philisha’s passion of make-up is nothing but FIERCE! Her eye for makeup started young and it continued to grow with Philisha throughout her life. Though makeup was not her original passion, that did not stop Philisha. Initially, Philisha went to school for medicine. So what sparked the passion of make-up for Philisha? One day, after watching a video of someone else applying make-up, she casually stated to herself, “I can do that”, and picked up a brush to try it out for herself. After trying out it, Philisha realized what her true passion was! (BOOM!) After that first transformation I literally felt a passion rise up inside of me and realized “This is what I’m SUPPOSED to be doing” and I haven’t stopped yet!   While jumpstarting her business, Philisha dealt with a fear of small clientele, which she felt would hinder the growth of her business. However, Philisha quickly learned […]

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The YouTube Boss

Ever sat and watched videos online of make-up tutorials? Ever wanted to learn how to do a certain task? Wanted feedback about a product, before you purchased it? Do you utilize YouTube? Well we interviewed a true BOSS of YouTube, who has a channel that you need to subscribe to ASAP! Check it out… All the way from Chicago, IL, Shannon Renee is a true BOSS!! Not only is she an HR Manager at a Manufacturing company, but she is also a freelance Make-Up Artist who creates YouTube content. (Dope right?) For Shannon Renee, make-up is a fierce passion turned hustle! (Boom!) With her 3-year-old Daughter Autumn being her daily motivator, Shannon Renee strives to show Autumn that she can be a BOSS as a woman, and that possibilities in life are truly endless. Shannon Renee aspires to be a great example to Autumn, while proving to her that she can do anything that she sets her mind to; as long as she wants it bad enough. (YESSSS Wonder Woman!) Though make-up is LIFE for Shannon Renee, video blogging is currently a hobby. Shannon Renee tells us that she enjoys her career as a Human Resources Manager and is extremely proud of all of her experience and growth within the company she works for. Shannon Renee tells us that she has 6+ years of Human Resources experience, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a MBA, and has worked her […]

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Passionate Rebel

Looking for stylish clothing and accessories that make statements? Want to support a clothing line that provides fashion, but also gives back to the community? Well we have just the brand for you! Say hello to “Passionate Rebel LLC.” Repping Newark, NJ, Warith EL-Amin Jumu’ah is the Founder/ Sole Proprietor of the Lifestyle Movement ‘Passionate Rebel LLC.’ Passionate Rebel is a clothing line and lifestyle movement that promotes following one’s passion through creating fashionable apparel, being community active, and coordinating networking opportunities to redefine what it means to be an individual. Passionate Rebel offers a prethala of clothing and accessories, such as Passionate Rebel sweatshirts, hoodies, varsity and bomber jackets, hats, buttons, and book bags. The company also coordinates community events and networking engagements, as well as does motivational speaking at various educational institutions and speaking engagements. (BOSS Status!) So how did Warith get into designing products? Warith tells us that he’s always wanted to be an Entrepreneur, but just didn’t know how I would become one. In June 2014, Passionate Rebel came alive a month before he was laid off from his primary means of income. (Boss Moves!) “I always had an eye for fashion. I knew fashion would allow us to create more awareness of the brand. With that being known, I started producing fashionable items that would allow me to promote becoming a better individual.” I’m very attentive to what occurs around me. I become inspired by […]

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Suga Lips

Are you a fan of lipstick? Ever went to the store to find a shade of lipstick, that you were unsuccessful at finding? Want to seal your flawless look with some bomb lipstick, that is edible and non-toxic? Well we have just the right product for you! Ladies, we introduce you to Sugalips!   Currently residing in Honolulu, HI, but originally from Oakland, CA, Dwyonna Bordley is a Waitress at a nightclub in Hawaii, event creator, and the owner and maker of her very own lipstick lined Sugalips! She is motivated daily by school and her family, and she currently attends the University of Hawaii for Biology. (BOSS Lady!)   Sugalips is an edible non-toxic lipstick line, with shades of pink, red, brown, and nudes. Dwyonna also creates limited edition custom colors of royal blue, green, and orange! To date, Sugalips has sold 130+ shades, with lipsticks being available for purchase online. Her most popular colors are shades of brown, with “Chocolate Melt” being ordered the most!       “My favorite color is chocolate melt and nude purple because those compliment my skin tone the best.”         So what got Dwyonna into making he own lipstick? During the Winter of 2015, she was looking for a certain shade of brown and was not able to find it. She then decided to do her own research online on how to make her own lipstick, and then became […]

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The Diamondz In The Ruff Hair Show

Early December Of 2017, Boss Up Magazine went to Los Angeles, CA to cover the wonderful event, “Diamondz In The Ruff” Hair Show! The show was amazing and we’ve got the official footage! Check it out below:     This event was sponsored by: Myx Moscato http://instagram.com/myxfusions The Girl Cave LA http://instagram.com/girlcavela Hair Maiden India www.HairMaidenIndia.com http://instagram.com/hairmaidenindia Memory Lane Photo Booth http://instagram.com/memorylane.fotobooths The Sweet Life http://instagram.com/thesweet_life

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100 Black Men

Do you have male adolescent children or siblings who you feel are in need of strong mentorship? Want them apart of an amazing organization, that would expose them to wonderful and positive role models? Well we have a point of contact for you, from the amazing organization 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC!   All the way from Cheraw, SC, Anthony Pegues is an Arlington County Employment Services Supervisor, of the Department of Human Services, and is apart of an amazing organization, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC! With his daily motivation being creating a legacy, striving to break stereotypes, and putting on the Black race, it’s no wonder why he is a part of such a phenomenal organization.   With the number 100 standing for a solid, holistic approach and foundation, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., has made an impact by guiding young men that were slated to be a statistic, into colleges and professions that they thought were out of their reach. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. was founded in New York City in 1963, by a group of like-minded business, political and community leaders who advocated for improvement in conditions adversely effecting African-American youth. With their headquarters being in Atlanta, GA, Anthony’s Chapter office is located in Washington, DC!   100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC is devoted to improving the quality of life for African-Americans–particularly young males–in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan […]

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True Bliss

Need a candle to help set the tone in your home? Are you tired of using products that just aren’t doing the trick? Do you have itchy skin or dry skin? Looking for a great product worth including in your daily skin regimen? Well we have just the right product for you, and we are sure you will get phenomenal results! Meet The Natural Bliss Collection! All the way from Washington, DC, Rhonda J. has a true passion for healthy skin and loves what she does! Not only is Rhonda a Customer Service Manager with American Airlines, she is also the CEO and Owner of The Natural Bliss Collection! (True BOSS!) So what’s her motivation? For Rhonda, her daughter Savannah is her motivation, with failure not being an option! (Yessss!!) Rhonda says that everything she does is with Savannah in mind first, as she is her biggest fan! (AWWW!) “I wanted to ensure that The Natural Bliss Collection was providing the best products. When so many people expect you to fail, I work harder. I’m also set out to beat the odds.” If you’re interested in creating your own skin care company or products, Rhonda gives the following advice, “Stay consistent! Do your research and put God FIRST! “ So how did The Natural Bliss Collection begin? Rhonda became tired of purchasing candles, butters, and lotions out of the store that simply wasn’t giving her the results she was looking […]

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Black Royal Tee

In today’s world, fashion is not just about looking good, but it is also about feeling good too!! Ever went shopping and found items that looked good on the rack, but looked different after trying them on? Ever went shopping and felt that the quality of the clothes wasn’t worth the money? Well Boss Up Magazine got the full scoop from a person with this same experience, who decided to find a solution! Creating fashion that not only makes you look good, but makes you feel good too, meet Melanie Sowell! Right outside of Chicago, IL, Owner and Operator of BlackRoyalTee, Melanie Sowell, provides more than just creativity with her products; she delivers a message! Melanie has always been a creative soul, but decided to design jewelry to serve as the starting point of her creativity. Melanie says that she loves t-shirts, but had a difficult time finding really soft and comfortable shirts. Not only that, but shirts that were well made and held up after several washings, became difficult as well, which made Melanie take her creativity to the next level to create a solution. This solution soon became known as BlackRoyalTee. (You Go Girl!) For Melanie, jumpstarting her business came with a few challenges, but none that would stop her grind!!! Melanie tells us that figuring out prices for merchandise, which type of tax status would be beneficial for her business, and the necessary product quantity were her […]

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Tasty Treats

Thinking about hosting a special event with divine treats, that will leave your guest wanting more? If so, then “Treats by Thenga” is the girl for your event. Thenga’s creations accommodates Baby Showers, Birthday’s, Christening, Holiday’s, Weddings, and any other gathering that calls for a reason to indulge. She has yet to find a sweet tooth she couldn’t soothe. Hails from St. Kitts, raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in N.J, Thenga is an up in coming Entrepreneur who’s ready for the hustle, it comes naturally. ( Such a Boss). When not working as a full-time Community Relations Rep, mother of three, and wife she’s baking up a beautiful spread of goodies for her evolving clientele. So how did Thenga get into making cupcakes? Thenga stumbled upon her talent and love for baking while planning her babies 1st Birthday. While on a tight budget, with the guidance of her Aunt, she decided to make the treats herself (super mom!). She set up a beautiful spread of cupcakes, cake, and chocolate covered pretzels, oreos, and strawberries. The treats were a hit and the rest is history. (Weeerrkkk!) Thenga offers a variety of cake flavors from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and lemon, to the special caramel, banana, carrot and any other special request that suits your needs. Thenga can also infuse cakes/cupcake with your favorite fillings including liquor if requested. Thenga’s spread of treat goes beyond cakes, as she also offers […]

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Sister and Suitcases

Do you have a passport, but no stamps? Ever dreamed about seeing the world? Ever become inspired to travel, based on photos and videos seen on social media? Well Boss Up Magazine interviewed Tamaya Walker McClendon, Founder of Sisters and Suitcases, who is changing the game for Women of Color and Travel! (Get those passports ready NOW!) Originally from Little Rock, AR and now residing in Washington, DC, Tamaya Walker McClendon is a wanderlust, educator, entrepreneur, public speaker and travel influencer. (BOSS Status!) Tamaya is the Founder/CEO of Sisters and Suitcases, LLC, as well as the onsite host to all the company’s global experiences. (Dope Right?!) Did you know that due to socioeconomics, lack of general opportunities, resources, or fear of the unknown, when it comes to African American students studying abroad, it doesn’t happen at the rate of other groups of students? Did you know that African American Students make up less than six percent of studying abroad in the United States? Tamaya is currently working on an initiative that will play a role in increasing the number of students of color that study abroad! (You Go Girl!) Sisters and Suitcases was registered and founded in 2013, with operation beginning in 2016. Tamaya tells us that Sisters and Suitcases was founded from her own personal interest in traveling, as well as her desire to see more girls of color travel and be exposed to varies cultures and experiences at […]

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Grey Comics

Do you enjoy reading comic books? When was the last time you read a comic strip in the newspaper? Well we interviewed an amazing Artist who is very talented, and someone you should know! Meet Julius Grey, the man behind Grey World Comics. All the way from Plainfield, NJ, Julius Grey is an Artist, Illustrator, Caricature Drawer, and Developing Comic. Julius is a comic book nerd, with an undeniable passion for art! With his three children being his motivation, it’s no wonder why he is the bomb dot com at this thing called art! So how did Julius get into art? Julius tells us that he has always been passionate about art, but he really got into art when he entered an art contest in 3rd grade. Julius tells us that from that day forward, he never looked back! (NICE!!) Julius specializes in photo realism in pencil and says that it takes between 4-5 hours to complete a piece of art work. (WOW!) Once he has an idea of what he wants to draw, he does the outline of the drawing first. Julius tells us that detailing is the part that he loves most, even though it takes the longest to do. When asked about what challenges Julius has experienced, he talked about “artist block”. Julius tell us that artist block is frustrating and any Artist can relate. Julius tells us that Artists live in real world time, and artist […]

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BossBuds: A “Batter & Berries” Review

This weekend, we went to visit the lovely Windy City, known as Chicago, IL. There tends to be mixed reviews about Chicago, but we didn’t let that stop us from visiting.  Though Chicago catches slack for their unpredictable weather, we lucked out this time around!   The weather was 50° and sunny the entire weekend, and traffic wasn’t too bad either. (Small victories!) During our visit, we tried out this interesting restaurant called Batter & Berries, which was an amazing experience and awesome decision.  Here is our official “BossBuds” review: Though Batter & Berries serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch, we decided to try out their breakfast. We went on a Saturday around 9:00am, and one thing that stuck out to us was how parking was really good! We were able to park directly across the street from the restaurant, with parking costing us about $2.50 per hour. This was surprising, as we are actually Chicago natives and know how parking can be in Chicago! (Another small victory!) When we arrived inside of the restaurant, we were greeted right away! The Hostess took our name, our phone number, and offered us a seat in their waiting area; which was a wonderful feeling! We say this because sometimes when a restaurant is busy, you can sometimes get overlooked or you may wait a little longer than usual to be served and/or greeted.  However, we were very pleased with our treatment upon arrival! Though the restaurant […]

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The Artistic One

Imagine your talent taking you further than you ever dreamed! Ever wanted to know what that felt like? Well for the phenomenal Artist Kevin Bradford, his passion and talent has taken him far and we’ve got the details! Repping Peoria, IL, Kevin Bradford is Artist with a passion for Art! Since the age of 19, he’s been creating and selling art in his free time. Kevin’s motivation comes from various avenues, and it is not surprise that he had decided to take his talents to the next level; especially since being artistic runs in his family! Though Kevin states he is not afraid to work your typical 9-5 job, his passion of Art keeps calling! Growing up, Kevin was a part of Peoria Highs first class, of Preparatory School of the Arts program, which he graduated from and was voted most artistic. (Dope right?!) For Kevin, it’s not too big of a deal, but says that he sees that his peers have always expected great things from him regarding art. In the pursuit of making more money, Kevin decided that he needed to get into the workforce, which he feels slightly stalled his dreams. However, Kevin did not let this get in the way of his passion! Kevin has the following advice for anyone pursuing a career as an Artist, “If you don’t make time for it now, you never will. I’m just in the aspiring artist working on becoming […]

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Marketing & Motivation

Do you have business and need help getting it out to the world? Ever wondered how some businesses gained their large following? Well get your pen and notepad out, because the Marketing Genius, Dasean Barnes has given us the details! All the way from Newark, NJ, Dasean E. Barnes is a Digital Marketing and Technology Strategist Consulting. He has worked with some of the top agencies and brands, from Walmart to Louis Vuitton. (Dope Right?!) Dasean has 13 years’ experience at this craft and it has allowed him to be his own boss, as well as travel and work where and how he wants. (BOSS Status!!) Dasean’s driving force is a motto used by his Pastor, “Bringing a little up there down here.” The goal of the motto was for everyone to bring a little heaven to earth for someone, even if it was a smile or just a kind act. Dasean says that he tries his best to make everyone around him feel comfortable and free, like they could talk to him about anything and that he has their back; even if he just met them. Dasean also has the focus in his entrepreneurship life of making sure that everything he learns, he teaches to his family so that they can use in their journey and hustle. (A True BOSS!) Dasean’s company, Osiris3, specializes in taking the noise of digital, social, and consumer media and making sense of it […]

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She’s Got The Moves!

For some people, dancing consists of a night out at their favorite lounge with their friends. However, for Shaylea Anderson, Dance is LIFE!! All the way from Tampa, Florida, Shaylea is a Dancer, full-time College Student, and an up and coming Designer! (Such A Boss!) Knowing that she is destined for greatness is her motivation, and she has a fierce passion dance. Watching dancing videos of her favorite dancers or dance companies, sparked Shaylea’s interest in Dance. For Shaylea, seeing the expressions on their faces and how they moved their bodies truly inspired her; it made her say, “That is what I want to do for the rest of my life”. Though watching dancers on TV sparked her interest, her passion for Dance has always been with her since she was three years old. Her parents enrolled her in Ballet classes and she simply fell in love. Shaylea states that she remembers telling anyone who would listen, “I’m going to be a ballerina when I grow up”. Even though she was not consistently training in Dance over the years, her passion kept her going!! Not only does dance speak to Shaylea, the style Modern Dance does the same! She remembers watching the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform one of their well-known pieces, called “Revelations,” which totally left her mesmerized. Shaylea was mesmerized by how they could create numerous shapes with their bodies, which made her want to learn and […]

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Beautiful Blogger

Getting married soon? If so, this Texas born Chicagoan is who you need to call, for all of your beautifying needs!! Jessica is a Makeup Artist, as well as a Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger. She has liked make-up for as long as she can remember, and is motivated by the ability to do what she wants to do with her time; no corporate control here! (#IssaBOSS) So how did Jessica get into make-up? Around the age of 4 or 5, Jessica’s Grandmother started buying her makeup kits for kids called, “Tinkerbell.” Not only were these gifts Jessica’s introduction into the makeup world, it paved the way for her passion. For Jessica, she had found something she liked, and her Grandmother did everything she knew to feed her passion and talent. (Now that’s love!) As she began wearing makeup as an adult, Jessica noticed that getting glammed up made her feel better, which then made her decide to assist in making people look and feel beautiful. Initially, Jessica faced the difficulty of support and believing in herself, but that did not last for long!! Once she realized that she could really turn her passion into a job, she stopped seeing limits. (Boom!) Though Jessica has an amazing support base, she is still her own biggest fan.       “If you’re interested in becoming a make-up artist, I would just say practice and perfect your craft. While learning the art, don’t […]

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