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Black Business Owners Focus Their Economic Power

Yesterday evening, a group of various black business owners gathered at We Got Soul Food Restaurant for its kick off summer series event, “Cocktails & Conversation”.  It’s a networking event from the collaborative minds of We Got Soul, Fringe Benefits, and Urban Spice Magazine. Cocktails & Conversations  is an event focused on creating a culture…

Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson Honored at 365Black Awards 2016

A number of notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished…

“QUEEN SUGAR” MAKES SPLASH AT 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Queen Sugar, the new original series from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey,  gave festival-goers a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated drama premiering September 6-7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. On Saturday night, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network completed day two of its “Queen Sugar” Essence Festival promo run with a Q&A on the…

The Family Dollar Fabulous Event {Giveaway}

Last week, I was honored to be amongst 40 of the best African-American style/beauty and lifestyle bloggers in the country!  Family Dollar invited us to be a part of the Family Dollar Fabulous event.  In its third year, this event brings bloggers and brands together to discuss how they can work together to promote their…

Real Women Read ATL Meet-Up with Author R.L. Byrd

Saturday, the Atlanta area members of my social media book club, #RealWomenRead, had an opportunity to meet one another AND get to meet the author of our October Book of the Month, Black Coffee.  The meet-up was held at Cafe Intermezzo in Dunwoody.  The weather was perfect and the ladies in attendance were ready to…

Christina Johnson Empowers with The Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat

The guests of Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat had only one word to describe their Saturday night: Amazing. On Oct. 3-4, dozens of women joined VH1’s Christina Johnson at Green Ranch for a secluded escape from the fast-paced city and the official launch of BFLY Coaching, Christina’s new life coaching program for women who struggle with spiritual…

NAPW Present Intimate Evening With Star Jones & Sabrina Peterson

On September 21st, The National Association of Professional Women presented a “Power of Networking Event” featuring a one-on-one intimate discussion with Star Jones and Sabrina Peterson at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia.    Star Jones, President of NAPW, sat down for an intimate discussion with Sabrina Peterson, Founder of Glam…

Bronner Bros. Mid-Summer Hair Show “Blows You Away”

The Bronner Bros. Mid-Summer Hair Show delivered as anticipated.  This show’s theme was, “Be Blown Away”, and spectators were.  The new location inside Georgia World Congress Center was perfect for the crowds of attendees during the weekend.  There were tons to catch the eye, from amazing hair styles, competitions, classes, and the celebrities!  Check out…

Tap the Future: 5 Tips for a Winning Pitch

Last night I attended the Miller Lite Tap the Future Pitch Contest with one of my blogger friends, Kyla.  The event featured Daymond John, entrepreneur and star of Shark Tank.  There were many different entrepreneurs in attendance to watch, participate, and cheer on the selected pitchers.  Each company was given 5 minutes to pitch their…

Essence Festival 2015 Fun on the Floor

With all the events and happenings during Essence Festival Weekend, I finally made my way to the Convention Center Floor to visit all the major sponsors and chat with festival attendees.  Essence truly did #BringTheLove and it was apparent in everyone I met!  It was really like a family reunion.  I truly enjoyed meeting and…

Design Essentials Gifting Suite w/Ledisi Wrap-Up

During Essence Festival 2015, hair care company, Design Essentials hosted a celebrity gifting suite featuring singer/songwriter, Ledisi.  I am so happy I received an invite to this posh event.  Coordinated by Steps Event Planning, guests were treated to delicious and flavorful eats, great music, pampering, massages, and more!  Ledesi greeted all the attendees, posed for…

Taraji P. Henson at ABFF

This year’s American Black Film Festival was full of treats, and having Taraji P Henson as the festival ambassador infected everyone with her fearless energy. During the “Conversation with Taraji P. Henson” lead by Gayle King, Taraji spoke on her journey, combating fear, being a mother, her future plans and playing Cookie on Empire. Taraji…

Kay Dene’ Wows at Performance

Last night at The Red Room Lounge, the second installment of the Women That Rock LIVE series featured vocal powerhouse, Kay Dene’.  You can tell almost immediately that she not only can sang, but that she is serious about her gift.  As a student of the arts and a vocal coach, I am well aware…

Financial Snobb Campaign kicks off in Atlanta!

As a Dallas-based Tax Consultant, Shannon Preston created the Financial Snobb Inc campaign to empower women around the world to be financially savvy and supportive of their fellow fempreneurs.  Shannon believes in solidarity through sisterhood and her efforts include a power-shoot tour, empowerment T-shirt line and quarterly scholarship fund for women that are paying it…

Honda Battle of the Bands Wows Again!

The 13th Annual Honda Battle of The Bands Invitational Showcase was a riveting and mind blowing experience. HBCU bands from all over the United States traveled to obtain bragging rights for the crown of “the best band in the land”.

Mayor Aja Brown on Women & Mentorship

Recently, I attended the Hope Global Forum here in Atlanta, GA and had the honor of meeting Mayor Aja Brown of Compton, CA. This young woman, who became Mayor at the age of 31, has done miraculous work revitalizing the city of Compton.

Heavenly Angels Seminar in Atlanta

Atlanta, author/dentist/tv personality Dr. Heavenly and the Dr. Heavenly Kimes Foundation hosted its quarterly “Heavenly’s Angels” seminar, a mentoring session that educates young women on health, relationships, finance and self-esteem.

Women Behind The Music Atlanta

Last night, ASCAP’s “Women Behind the Music” series hit Atlanta to honor three local VIPs for their outstanding achievements in music:Deb Antney (CEO, Mizay Music Group), singer-songwriter Keke Wyatt, and attorney Omara Harris. The event took place at Negril Village Atlanta and began with a MYX & Mingle hour, where guests enjoyed the natural flavors…

Glambitious Tour Launch

I recently had the opportunity to support a new associate in the media world, Lillie Mae, Atlanta based PR manager.  Her latest book, “Glambitious”, is now available for purchase and she is taking it on tour!  So excited to see where this book will go as well as the women’s empowerment she plans to bring…

Demetria McKinney’s Star Studded ‘100’ Video Release Party

Last night Demetria McKinney celebrated the release of her video “100” featuring Da Brat at Atlanta’s Harlem Night Club. Several celebrities were in attendance including: RHOA Porsha Stewart, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Peter Thomas, Apollo Nida, ​LHHATL MiMi Faust, ​ Atlanta Radio Personality Eboni Steele​ and Claudia Jordan ​, Atlanta Celebrity…

Neighborhood Awards 2014- Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith was on hand during the Neighborhood Awards weekend and he was a great addition to the festivities lending his articulate commentary to the panel discussions. I chatted with him about it on the Ford blue Carpet. Check it out!

Sheen Magazine Beauty Suite at CoCo Studios

Sheen Magazine hosted a Celebrity Beauty Suite for guests during Bronner Bros. weekend.  The event was held at female owned, Coco Studios.  I had the opportunity to meet the owner,  CoCo Stringer, as she welcomed media and bloggers to her amazing facility.  ‘LA Hair’ reality show’s Kim Kimble, hosted the event and was on hand indulging…

Cupcake Mafia Grand Opening

by Daphne Ali @daphnesali I remember the first time I met Mz. Skittlez. We attended the fashion stylist workshop taught by celebrity fashion stylist Olori Swank in Atlanta. I can also remember listening to her (Mz. Skittlez) talk about some of the celebrities she worked with and thinking, why is she in this workshop and…

Bronner Bros. Mid-Summer Hair Show

The Bronner Bros. International Hair Show is always an EXPERIENCE!  This summer, they brought us whimsical hair fancy, theatrical make-up artists, and so much more!  It was even said that ‘…The Bronner Bros. are to hair what the Civil Rights Movement was to blacks.’  I’d say that was a stretch, but it was fun nonetheless….

Fashion On The Hudson Recap

By Shay Francis @shayfrancis This weekend I attended fashion on the Hudson. A little amateur in design style and production. I was extremely impressed by the turnout and effort put into this event….There were 44 designers who showed to a packed house(talk about a long show)….The designers came from all over (literally) just to show…

Real Men Cook Atlanta

Real Men Charities, Inc. presents Real Men Cook events as a national crusade to positively change the way the world views men in relationship to their families and the community. The crusade includes events, which take place all on the same day, Father’s Day; in Atlanta, Chicago, Benton Harbor (MI), Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Los…

Aleigha Butler “On Fire To Inspire” Atlanta

I was invited by my good friend, Aleigha Butler, to come out to her official book release for “On Fire To Inspire”.  She held the shindig at Endulge Cupcake Boutique on Moreland Avenue in Atlanta.  First off, let me say, Aleigha is such an amazing woman of faith and purpose.  She is always inspiring others…

Fashion 500 Black Fashion Month New York

By Shay Francis I attended the 5th annual Block Association’s Fashion500 brunch/soirée celebrating the end of black fashion month, this past Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. Upon walking into 121 Fulton Street, I was truly expecting a quaint little Sunday brunch event, with some well-dressed people in middle of the financial district, but…

Nikki Can Cook Premiere In Atlanta

I Hear That Girl was invited to a book signing and premiere showing for Mrs. Nikki Bell of NikkiCanCook.Com.  This lady is cooking things up in the kitchen, in business, and now on television!  That’s right, she is a contestant on Food Network’s “America’s Best Cook”, which premiered Sunday at 9pm EST.  I was so…

YWCA Brooklyn Gala

By ShayFrancis @shaydarling   It was more than a pleasure to attend the YWCA Brooklyn’s Annual Gala and Silent Auction. The night was filled with great music, awesome auction items, and even better vibes. When I walked into the Roulette Theater the room was electric; people were buzzing and music playing which set the tone for…

KilldIt Launch Party

By Shay Francis @shaydarling     Going to the Killdit kickstarter event I learned that KilldIt is way more than the average street wear brand, it’s truly a lifestyle. Cousins Chris and Jon Panlilio wanted to spread the message of seizing all opportunities, owning every situation, and what ever you do make sure you “Killdit”….

PowerPlug PR Conference

The PowerPlug PR Conference kicked off with a mixer at the Red Bull Atlanta Southeast Headquarters.  As soon as we stepped in, they made us feel at home.  I tried out their “Total Zero” energy drink and LOVED it!  It definitely doesn’t taste like anything was taken out of it!  I plan on stocking the…

Journey 2 Dreams Women’s Conference

Arriving a little after the program started, I was still able to absorb the aura of the room. The atmosphere was filled with eagerness, anticipation, and hunger. Women from all walks of life were ready. They were ready to go beyond the norm, but most importantly they were ready to take the journey to their dreams.

Music Meets Fashion

I had the opportunity to attend Tha L Spot ENT & PR’s 2nd year anniversary concert/fashion show at the Roulette theater in heart of Downtown Brooklyn and I am so glad that I did. Spotlighting various independent artist, last night was definitely filled with the best that Brooklyn has to offer in music and fashion.

Brooklyn Fashion Week

Amazing fashions were on display during Brooklyn Fashion Week! With urban creative designs from Marcella Co., Pinky Sez, Dick Fitz, Akou, and more, our NY correspondent, Shaina Francis was in fashion heaven! Check out all the sizzling fashions from the runway!!

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