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OWN’s “Checked Inn” tells a story of black excellence that is long overdue!

Checked Inn

Black excellence is a phrase that needs to be shouted from the rooftops.  It is the summation of a centuries-old thesis on survival.  Simply put, regardless of the obstacles of injustice and stacked odds, we always find a way to come through the fire unscathed and stronger than before.  I Hear That Girl! is a huge proponent of positive and empowering content for black women and the community as a whole.  That is why I was so eager and excited to hear about Mrs. Monique Greenwood and her new reality show on OWN, "Checked Inn". Monique Greenwood is the owner of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns.  I say inns with an "s" because sister-girl has four of them!  I'm a southern girl, Carolina Girl in fact... born and bred.  From the country fields of Edgefield County.  So, I know the prestige of a bed and breakfast establishment that some others may not understand.  A bed and breakfast deliver an intimate and thoughtful experience that you cannot receive from a hotel.  It's like being welcomed into someone's home. I watched the premiere episode and I fell in love with Mrs. Monique (that's what I call her).  This lady is an accomplished entrepreneur, but not only in the hospitality industry.  She was the editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine following Susan Taylor.  She speaks her mind and knows the importance of representation, which she attempts to share with her daughter.  Monique's daughter has her own pursuits in life outside of the Akwaaba and Monique will find it difficult to help her understand the responsibility of their legacy and generational wealth in the black community. You have to check out this show which gives us a perspective on black life that until now, has never been shown on a major network!  Thanks to Mother O, we have this type of programming in which our young people can see that there are sooooo many opportunities for them to excel in outside of the typical (athletics/entertainment).  Here's a first look at the premiere: You can tune in to view Checked Inn Tuesday, November 21 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.

Celebrating “Beautifully Driven” Women & Experiences in ATL

Beautifully Driven

This week, I was invited to celebrate the launch of the Beautifully Driven web series starring social influencers, Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle.  Presented by KIA and Harmon Kardon, and held at the Bravo Ocean Studio, it was a jazzy evening on a rainy night. I was happy I decided to drag myself out of the house, despite the rain showers beckoning me back to bed.  I don't know about you guys, but lately, I've become a serious homebody.  I jazzed myself up a bit, played in my makeup, and by the time I headed out the door I was pleasantly pleased with my "look". We previewed the premiere episode of the series and enjoyed a live performance from Chantae Cann and India Shawn.  I had no idea they would be there AND these women are two artists that I truly enjoy.  So, you can imagine my delight. I absolutely love it, when OUR stories are being told.  For that reason alone, I urge you guys to support the series as it serves as a new perspective on life as a black woman.  So yes!  Let me give a loud, "I Hear That Girl!" to Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle! Powered by Kia Motors, "Beautifully Driven" is co-created by Africa Miranda and Kimberly Lachelle and produced by Tomorrow Pictures. The series can be found on beautifullydriven.com.            

An Evening With Ledisi: Let Love Rule

I had the opportunity to attend the private listening event for Ledisi's newest album "Let Love Rule" and I was completely in awe of her artistry and spirit. During the Q&A portion of the evening Ledisi was completely transparent with the audience, answering questions about her upbringing, loving the skin that she is in, of course the album, and her growth as an artist. She let us know that she took a different approach with this album and is really tapping into her songwriter talents-singing songs and telling storie,s that may have not actually happened to her, but she definitely connects with. She also stated that this album has lots of reggae influences, as she recorded the majority of project in Jamaica. Ledisi graced us with 3 songs off of the new album "Add To Me", "High", and "Let Love Rule". If you ever have the chance to see her perform, I strongly suggest you do so(thank me later)! The room was filled with the who's who of the industry and I even had the opportunity to meet THE TY HUNTER-you can't think of Beyonce's style and not think Ty Hunter! "Let Love Rule" is the ninth solo effort from the Grammy-Award winning singer and is slated to touch down on September 22nd. Check out her new single- High

Empowerment & Black Excellence at the 2017 Essence Festival

Kenya Essence

2017 marked the 23rd year of the Essence Music Festival that celebrates the best and brightest in entertainment and it did not disappoint. For those who have yet to experience the festival, it is a combination of free, themed seminars during the day and concerts in the evening held this year in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Performances are a broken up between the main stage where opening acts and headliners perform and in super lounges around the main stage where mini-concerts are performed. Seminars topics centered on social activism “Staying Woke”, entrepreneurship, and the black community and an all-star gospel salute honoring GRAMMY Award-winning artist Dr. Cissy Houston—featuring a variety of soul-stirring musical guests, including: GRAMMY Award-winning artist CeCe Winans, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, and many more. The immense air of empowered sisterhood was healing and, at times, overwhelming throughout the empowerment expo sessions.  Sybrina Fulton (Trevon Martin’s mother) explained what it means to be “woke’ and how that manifests into action on a grassroots level.  Then a panel of heavy hitters shared insight into their own versions of staying woke, maintaining a level of “wokeness” while fighting oppression as a woman of color and influence in patriarchal society, and self-care through the trauma of oppression.  Panel members Angel Rye, April Ryan, Luvvie Ajayi, and April Reign set up aflame, and validated the issues of our hearts concerning our community and our power to make positive change in our community. The strength of a woman panel with Mary J. Blige and cast of “Girls Trip” touched on sisterhood and living outside of the bondage of insecurity and societal rules for womanhood. And for the music lovers, paradise awaited ticket holders nightly with performances by Mary J. Blige, Monica, John Legend, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, India Arie, Diana Ross, Master P, Xscape, and Chance the Rapper on the main stage and Lalah Hathaway, Remy Ma, Yuna, PJ Morton, Jhene Aiko, Ro James, Doug E. Fresh and more in the super lounges. Friday night concerts opened with India.Arie warming us with her rich contralto vocals.  John Legend performed leading with “Used to Love U” transitioning into “Tonight.”   The crowd sang along to every word and screamed as he ended with “Love Me.  The night was closed out by the legendary original diva Diana Ross. This is Ross’s first performance at the Essence Fest and I’m sure it won’t be her last.  Her show included various costume changes ranging from green sequin and fabulous to red sequin and fabulous. It’s Diana Ross, what did you expect? She sashayed across the stage killing us softly with It’s my house, Touch me in the Morning, Upside down and many more of her plethora of hits. Saturday’s “Strength of A Woman” themed concerts, inspired by of Mary J. Blige’s upcoming album, was the basis for an all-female show with artists such as Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, and Monica. Master show woman Mary J. Blige had everyone on their feet. Thigh high boots, leather hot pants, signature sunglasses, and abs blazing, the Mary J swagger was in effect as she sang Real Love, I Love You, Love No Limit, All Night Long, No More Drama and I'm Going Down and Good Love. In recent events of her estranged husband’s infidelities, she truly took us through her emotional journey and rounded the night out with I’m Fine which had even security dancing in the halls. We were all very happy to see their queen of

Event Recap: Queens With a Purpose Southern Belle Tea | Augusta, GA

Queens With a Purpose

The month of June has been great so far, filled with empowering events and amazing black women.  Saturday, I was invited to speak at the Queens With A Purpose event sponsored by Real Talk Girl Talk blogger, Mone Wallace. Held in my hometown of the CSRA, I felt at home.  The women in attendance came ready to find direction in regards to their purpose.  I spoke among a group of powerful speakers, La'Preia Williams, Victoria Wilson, and Stephanie Barnes.  Mone was a gracious host that encouraged the women to tap into their inner Queen. Mone was such a gracious host that encouraged the women to tap into their inner Queen.  We indulged in delicious tea sandwiches and a variety of teas, and fun ice breaker games (in which I won) that allowed us to learn so much about the other women in attendance.  Some women came alone and still felt like they were in the presence of friends. Each speaker shared their stories of finding and/or searching for purpose in this journey called life, as well as teaching the attendees how to walk as the Queens they are.  I met lots of  intelligent young women searching for a mentor.  I am excited to lend a helping hand to them in search of true purpose. Check out a snippet of my talk as I discuss the power of CHOICES: This was definitely a "must attend" event.  So if you missed it, be sure to follow @realtalk_girltalk for any upcoming events she may be hosting in the Augusta area.

The Black & Beautiful Women Brunch is Giving Me Life!

Black Women

I am coming down from a "Brown Sugar" high this past weekend.  I had the opportunity to speak to a group of beautiful black women at the Black & Beautiful Women Brunch in Atlanta, GA. Just imagine if you can, a room filled with beautiful black women enjoying a delicious brunch on the east side of Atlanta.  Can you envision it?  And add to that, the women are chatting, laughing, and embracing one another just like sisters.  Is that any better?  I tell you this, whatever you are imagining, if you were there, your heart would have not believed it. Saturday, June 10th, I had the opportunity to be a guest facilitator at this awesome event.  I found out about this brunch via Facebook, and I'm so happy I was able to meet Tiffany Wright, the founder of this prestigious event.  Her motivation and purpose behind this event is for black women to have a safe space to just be and celebrate their beauty and all the exhausting hurdles we have to endure in wearing this skin.  It was such an enlightening brunch that focused on self care, self love, and mental wellness. I delivered a session on Embodying Self Love in which we discussed the three facets of existence and how to become a fully empowered woman that embodies self love in those areas:  Mind, Body, & Soul.  The attendees shared affirmations with one another, encouraged and pinpointed powerful traits for their sisters, and embraced our quirks. It was truly gratifying to share stories and dialogue with the women in attendance.  I met so many amazing black women that I plan to continue to converse with.  The Black & Beautiful Women's Brunch kicked off their tour in Atlanta, GA.  The next tour dates are:  July 8th in Washington, DC and August 5th in Chicago, IL!  For more information on the Black & Beautiful Women's Brunch Tour, visit www.livetheBELife.com/bbwb  

Recap: Helping women to Envision Their Vision in Augusta, GA

envision your vision

This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet a new set of women.  I visited Augusta, Georgia as we partnered with my mentee, Mone Wallace of Real Talk Girl Talk, for her Envision Your Vision Party!  These women were eager to ignite their visions and set a plan of action.  I am so happy that I had the chance to empower them. Facilitating vision board events is as much a blessing to me as it is to the attendees.  I enjoy talking to women from all walks of life, hearing their stories, their dreams, and their desires.  Everyone wants more.  Everyone wants to be their best.  I get hands on and literally pull their greatness out! The women in Augusta had a great time and felt like they left with a real plan of action, not just a pretty board.  That's what we want...women empowered to take action in their lives!  Email me to book your own vision board event, isis@ihearthatgirl.com.  Check out pics below from the event:  

HERstory Brunch Inspires Women to Share Their Stories

Herstory Brunch

Sunday, I Hear That Girl! and We Got Soul Restaurant, brought together women from all walks of life to the first HERstory Brunch.  The event was hosted by I Hear That Girl! founder, Kimberly "Isis" Thomas and owner of We Got Soul, Cola Pettiford.  The upscale brunch was held at the posh event location, The Pink Hotel, in Stone Mountain, GA.  Attendees were treated to a private tour of the facility and led into the room to enjoy delicious eats by Celebrity Chef Maurice and share their stories. "...Regardless of how much money you make, your education, or anything else; your story is still important..."- Kimberly "Isis" Thomas   The event was created to show every woman that their stories were important.  Host Isis had this to say, "I believe that every woman has something to share that can help encourage, empower, and inspire someone else.  Regardless of how much money you make, your education, or anything else; your story is still important.  That's what we want these women to know today."   There was lots of socializing, networking and smiles throughout the 2 hour event.  Check out more of the pictures below:  

Relaxation & Self Care at Girls Wine Out 2016

Girls Wine Out

Women live hectic lives and we usually carry the burden of caring more for others than for ourselves.  Why?  It's just in our nature to give so much of ourselves for those we love most.  It's called nurturing.  With this responsibility also comes the need for self-care and thanks to Not Just a Getaway, some lucky women experienced that through the 3rd Annual Girls Wine Out. Hosted at the impeccable Chateau Elan, women from all walks of life gathered for a day of pampering, empowerment, fun and wine of course!  The day began with an empowering workshop with guest speakers, T.Renee Smith and Dr. Natasha Lamar.  The ladies enjoyed an energizing workout with Dr. Jerica Todd and a panel discussion that covered issues on topics such as self care and the importance of it.  Following the workshop, attendees were pampered in an exclusive and relaxing spa party and indulged in dinner following a hands on gourmet culinary experience. Going 4 years strong, Not Just A Getaway continues to bring a platform for women to get the balance needed away from the hustle and bustle of life not only for physical well-being but for mental health as well. Partnering with various charities and/or nonprofits, NJAG sponsors underprivileged, deserving women the opportunity to learn how to improve key categories required for life balance including financial, professional, spiritual, relationships, and self-care. NJAG initiates innovative events domestically and internationally empowering women influencers to have life experiences while taking care of self.   This event is an annual experience for any woman in need for a luxurious escape from the mundane.  For more information on Not Just A Getaway and the 4th Annual Girls Wine Out event, visit:  www.notjustagetaway.com.    

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 of empowerment. Building networks and connections with in the small business community through fellowship, face to face networking, renewing established relationships , gaining exposure to resources, and being in the presence of like minded professionals. The power of being in the room and doing business the old fashion way is the forefront of this movement. The black business owners in attendance had the opportunity to collaborate our resources.  We talked about the needs of each business owner, and we actively discussed and volunteered to assist them with those needs in a way that is unprecedented at many other networking events.  With all that is going on in America today, we recognize that Economic Power is a force to be reckoned with.  If we strengthen our economic power within our community, it gives us an opportunity to elicit change from the inside instead of relying on outside entities to make us better and stronger. I loved seeing these business owners come together to encourage one another, show camaraderie, and make themselves available to building something great within their community.  Comedian, Alton Walker, was the MC for the evening and he kept things lively and focused from 7p-10p.  The time felt as if it sped by, no one left prior to closing, and all believed they made great connections. A standout moment of the event was when Cola Pettiford discussed her need for delivery services.  When no one in attendance raised a hand to provide those services, many of us switched gears and thought..."This would be a great opportunity to start such a business!".  We immediately began thinking of how collectively we could get the ball rolling to bring it to fruition.  I couldn't help thinking, "Wow!  We collectively birthed a business in an instant."  That was the beauty of it.  No one was thinking about the obstacles or hurdles we'd have to face to make it happen.  There was only a sense of we CAN make it happen. The Cocktails & Conversations event was a breath of fresh air, especially when most of us felt like we were suffocating most of the day, by the looming smog of murders at the hands of police.  You could feel the weight falling from our shoulders as we embraced one another in love, knowing that we are all we got. This is a weekly event series.  Next week, we'll be following up with the businesses connected and reporting on the status of their collaborations.  We invite you to come out and be a part of the revitalization of the black community.  We do this through ECONOMICS!  Our money matters, our businesses matter, our communities matter...and our lives matter. For more information on Cocktails & Conversations, or to

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 awards, including Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton; football cornerback Charles Tillman; award-winning actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; educator and historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald's owner/operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, teen philanthropist Lauren Seroyer and teen social-entrepreneur Donovan Smith were recognized alongside this lineup with the third McDonald's 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund. McDonald's 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company's 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley. Singing siblings and reality television co-stars The Braxton Sisters performed a show-stopping tribute to their sister, Lifetime Achievement honoree, Toni Braxton. Vocal powerhouse Kelly Price, along with recording artists Kenny Lattimore, V. Bozeman and Eric Benet joined the sisters in the esteemed accolade to Toni. Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, Chrisette Michele, Ro James and Canton Jones led the other crowd-moving performances at the awards. Actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Erica Ash and Gabrielle Dennis, along with actors Cornelius Smith Jr., Ronreaco Lee and Jay Ellis, were among this year's presenters. Other celebrities in attendance included recording artists Jordin Sparks, Avery Wilson and Guordan Banks, as well as music producer Sean Garrett and comedian/philanthropist Ricky Smith. Actor, comedian and popular internet personality King Bach brought his large social media following along to the event, posting photos from the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. "We salute this year's honorees for all of their achievements and for positively contributing to their communities," said William Rhodes, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "It is important to acknowledge people who are making a real difference. We at McDonald's are proud to be able to honor this group with this form of recognition. We hope it inspires them and others to continue to make positive impact." Those who missed the live awards ceremony can share in the experience by watching the broadcast on BET® Networks and CENTRIC later this summer. Additionally, consumers can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.

“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 "Empowerment" mainstage, moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray -- featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by "Queen Sugar" executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series. "Queen Sugar" cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield ("Greenleaf"), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, "The Real" hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; "Love Thy Neighbor" cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; "Survivor's Remorse" cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; "POWER" cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O'Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"); "Married to Medicine" cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins ("LA Hair"), Tameka Foster, American Idol's La'Porsha Renae and so many more. "Queen Sugar" will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

WE tv Hosts Star-Studded “Growing Up Hip Hop” ATL Premiere

Last night,WEtv hosted a red carpet premiere for their upcoming show "Growing Up Hip Hop," an unscripted series that follows the lives of the children of music legends Rev. Run, Master P, Damon Dash, James DeBarge, Jam Master Jay, Sandy "Pepa" Denton and Treach. I love seeing this perspective of reality tv.  The cast really are the first generation that has grown up in the Hip-Hop era and reaped the benefits of it.  Their parents paved the way for Hip-Hop to become what it is and were able to make that a lucrative endeavor.  So it's interesting to see how those "cushy" benefits will affect them.  The premiere gives us a great look into the lives of these socialites. Cast members Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Boogie Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss were on hand to enjoy the festivities with over 500 local influencers at SCADShow, where the screening and Q&A moderated by multimedia personality Ebony Steele - took place. Afterward, guests joined the cast at Whiskey Park for a lively after-party featuring music by DJ Mars and Mizell. Additional attendees included Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, Kenya Moore, Mimi Faust, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Mama June (WE tv's "Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars), Alanna "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson (TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), Erica Dixon, Althea Hart, Demetria McKinney, Gocha Hawkins, Dice Dixon, Toya Wright, Monyetta Shaw, Drea Kelly, the casts of "Selling It: In the ATL" and "Cutting It: In the ATL," Shanti Das, Angela Watts and many, many more. "Growing Up Hip Hop" (#GUHH) premieres Thursday, January 7 at 10pm ET/PT on WE tv. Visit http://www.wetv.com/shows/growing-up-hip-hop/meet-the-cast for more information. Check out pics from last night's star studded red carpet:

I Hear That Girl Stage RECAP by Kyla Live!

courtesy of Pink Proverb I had an amazing time at this year's Nzuri Hair Festival. It was my first time speaking on a natural hair panel, and glad I got a chance to speak on the I Hear That Girl Stage! It was my first time in Houston, and of course I have so much to share with you about hair and must-do's.   Nzuri Hair Festival I had a great time sharing and learning about natural hair during the Nzuri Natural Hair Festival. It was two days full of great conversations, entertainment, product finds and stylish buys. Highlight: The Mazada CX- 5 "Car Confessions" where absolutely hilarious! You can catch on the replays here. Hair Andre Walker's interviews and products were a hit during the festival. Not only is he the creator of the hair typing system and Oprah's hair stylist, he is the inventor of a "complete" product line that works wonders on both natural and relaxed hair. Based on your hair type, he has broken down the specific products you need to use on your hair and is what order. I can't wait to post my product review! You guys are going to love it. Click here for more information about the Andre Walker product line. Highlight: He was surprised when I told him I was wearing a wig, which is definitely a compliment coming from a hair wiz. Food    Of course I had to find time to explore the food in Houston. I found myself doing both good and bad, but loving every bite!!   Burger Joint I find a cheeseburger salad that was filled with everything that comes on a burger including the side of fries. Fuel Kitchen and Health BarStarting my Saturday morning here was the best decision yet. I knew I probably wasn't going to get right throughout the weekend, so I definitely got a tasty green fix with the Mango smoothie with extra Kale. Chrsity's Donuts Kolaches This was probably one of the freshest and reasonably priced donut places I have been to. It was my first time having a Kolache, and it blew my mind! I had the jalepeno sasauge and cheese, and it was gone before I could take a picture.Highlight: On the way to the airport, I yelped Tacos nearby. I ended up on Washington Ave. where there was a taco place on each corner that I wanted to try. I ended up going to Pollo Campero, and those tacos gave me life! Next time I visit I have to try the other places near by. [READ MORE HERE]

SupaNapturalRee’s Review of the I Hear That Girl Stage at Nzuri Festival

courtesy of ServeReeServe The last post I made was about a week ago (week ago)...I had to lol. Since then the 2015 7th Annual Nzuri Hair, Health, and Makeup Festival has taken place. Let me tell y'all...this experience was MORE than anything I could ever imagine. From the planning down to the actual event...honneeeyyy it was on!! Let me just start with the IHearThatGirl crew...   The entire team was AMAZING!! Kimberly "Isis" Thomas set it off while bringing her websiteihearthatgirl.com, The Premiere Website for Positive Black Women, to life on her very own stage! DJ L-Boogie kept the weekend hype with her mixture of old school and new school flava, Alton Walker did the damn thing keeping us all entertained-he kept the laughs flowing for sure. Kyla Thompson (blogger & founder of www.pinkproverb.com) added some spice with the Car Confessionals from the Mazda CX-3. LaKeshia Collins, Ronald Cetoute, and Trumane Watkins were ON POINT with making sure the weekend ran as smooth as freshly laid tar!! All in all this crew is definitely one that I admire. Looking forward to next year! Make sure you check out the their sites!!!! Speaking of Mazda CX-3, this car is super cute!! It's a compact SUV so it's not too big, and not too small. Perfect for if you, like myself, love the feel of an SUV but don't necessarily want to feel like you're driving an 18 wheeler! Moving on... This year was jam packed with workshops galore, vendors on vendors-on some more vendors, runway shows, pageants, local talent, giveaways *gasps for air*... Andre Walker (7x Daytime Emmy Award Winner for his FABULOUS hair work on the Oprah Winfrey Show) and Reggie Wells (Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist for the Oprah Winfrey Show) were in attendance to be guest judges for the hair and makeup competitions that took place!! Andre Walker also did a LIVE hair demo on the I Hear That Girl stage. Need I say more? Luckily for you, I captured some of the highlights of the weekend...enjoy... [READ MORE HERE]

WETV’s “Selling It In The ATL” Premiere

Last night, WE tv hosted a festive premiere for their new docu-series “Selling It: In the ATL.” Over 400 guests arrived at the Woodruff Arts Center to preview the much talked about show based on the thriving Atlanta real estate market. Cast members Chrishena Stanley, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Okevia Wilson, Tahlia Brown, Gwen Moss and Jae Christian shined on the gold carpet along with WE tv president and general manager Marc Juris and “Selling It” executive producers for WE tv Lauren Gellert, Kate Farrell and David Stefanou, Kingdom Reign executive producer Carlos King and World of Wonder executive producer Sheree Whitfield. Attendees included Egypt Sherrod (radio/tv personality, author) Claudia Jordan (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Cynthia Bailey (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Kandi Burruss (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Mimi Faust (VH1/Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Dr. Heavenly (BRAVO/Married to the Medicine), Demetria McKinney (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Phaedra Parks (Bravo/Real Housewives of Atlanta), Gocha Hawkins (WE tv/L.A. Hair); “Cutting It: In the ATL cast members Maja Sly, Beautii J, Lakenya Morris, Dedra Allen and Mushiya Tshikuka; Momma Dee (VH1/Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta); Crystal Fox (OWN/The Haves and the Have Nots); Drea Kelly (VH1/Hollywood Exes), Tameka Raymond (VH1/Atlanta Exes), DJ Fadelf (author Single Man, Married Man), T.C. Carson (“Living Single”), rapper K Camp, actor/writer/producer Carl Payne; and Bravo’s “Mother Funders” Robin Dyke and Amber Bryant. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by the screening and a lively Q&A moderated by Egypt Sherrod. Selling: In the ATL premieres Thursday, November 5 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv. Check out pics below:

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 individual brands and bring great content to readers. Each brand present at the event, can be found at an extremely affordable price at your local Family Dollar.  I'm a true Family Dollar shopper and I've used each of the brands that were represented there.  It was great to sit down and talk with them about their products, how I use them, what my readers think of the product, and share suggestions to make the products better. We were truly treated like real VIP's.  From the moment we arrived to the evening we left, they ensured that both days were packed with fun-filled activities and much swag!  I mean...we were even given a suitcase to carry all of our swag!!  Speaking of swag...I am going to gift a lucky reader with a swag bag featuring LA Colors, ORS, and Body Fantasies products!  How do you win?  Easy, share this post via one of the links below and comment on how you use Family Dollar to stay FABULOUS! Hurry!  A winner will be announced Friday, October 23rd at 5pm EST via a special PERISCOPE broadcast!  Check out pics from the event below and good luck to you all!  Stay Fabulous!

Recap: Blackberry Naturals Pink Leaf Retreat

Saturday was an eventful day and I was really amped for the Blackberry Naturals Pink Leaf Retreat held at the Stone Mountain Evergreen Marriott. The location was so relaxing and that is what the event was all about.  I was happy to have been asked to be a part of the luncheon and meet all of the amazing businesswomen present.  Anytime I'm given the opportunity to fellowship with a new group of sisters, it's always an honor. Lots of great information was shared on best practices to use Social Media in your business, a step by step guide for blogging, hair styling tutorials  and so much more!  We received full size hair product in our swag bags courtesy of Beautiful Textures and I won a delicious and relaxing Tea Box from Just Add Honey Tea Company!  Check out pics from the event below!

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 peek into the male mind. Author, R.L. Byrd gave the women a synopsis of the book, "Black Coffee", also detailing the various topics on love and relationships that is covered in the book.  The women and myself were extremely interested because this book covers the male POV in all of these situations.  Of course, my ladies had some strong questions and it made for a very lively conversation!  However, R.L. Byrd was able to hold his own.  We love seeing that, right?!  Check out video from our Periscope broadcast of the event below and be sure to purchase your copy of "Black Coffee" here.

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 and business growth. VH1's Monyetta Shaw, Sheree Buchanan and Tamika Raymond came out to congratulate their "Atlanta Exes" cast mate. Other special guests included actress Brely Evans, "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" star Shay Johnson, fitness guru Bo Talley and "Cutting It In The ATL" star Lakenya Morris. The night featured vendor shopping, beauty pampering, pillow talk with Christina and moving speakers, including Pastor Kim aka "Real Talk Kim," celebrity makeup artist Toni Acey, celebrity wardrobe stylist Taijuan Wilcox and and lifestyle expert Tierra Green.

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 University, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, how she overcame life hardships and how she is creating a lane for herself with her signature program "The Girl Power Sleepover" taking place in Atlanta on January 9, 2016. Guests had a chance to hear both their testaments of business perseverance along with wisdom and insight.

Labor Day Sizzle with Lyfe, Rudy Currence & Keyshia Cole

This Labor Day weekend I had the opportunity to spend it doing something I absolutely love to do. I got the chance to listen to true live  uncut raw music. This is truly a lost art form. You get the opportunity to witness the artist give their heart and soul through song. My musical excursion took place in Charlotte, NC. Where I had the opportunity to watch some really amazing Artist do what they so passionately love to partake in. First of all, the question that I have for I would like to ask you guys is how much would you pay to see your favorite artist? Now, I ask you guys this for the simple fact that I believe that if you're a huge fanatic about your favorite artist then any amount would do. Versus a person I call as a sometimes fan. Also, where the artist will be performing also makes a difference as well. So, I say that to say this, I believe that the concert I attended was fairly priced and I truly loved the venue. You got a chance to see three amazingly talented people all for roughly the price of one. On the bill, was Lyfe Jennings, Keisha Cole and Rudy Currence. Each artist gave an amazing performance. I was mostly impressed with Rudy Currence. Amazingly enough I happened to heard his song while traveling to the event. The track is entitled Bye Felicia. And you guys if you haven't heard this joint yet, I suggest you to get yourself a copy from iTunes or wherever records are sold. I love this track. The songs features a sample of Soul Sister by Bilal. A beat that was so amazing when he released it. Now, this guy has re-invented the track again. It's a banger and will not disappoint. After, listening to track I knew we were about to witness something truly epic tonight.Once Rudy hit the stage you could feel the energy in the building. This man really gave us an awesome show. The set consisted of live instrumentation. This young artist is truly on his way to stardom.     Lyfe Jennings gave the a great show as well. If you guys don't know the expansive works by this talent. I advise that you guys visit this artist catalog of music. Lyfe provides a deep look inside his life and experiences delivered in a very soulful way.           The night was then topped off by an appearance from Special Ed. This truly solidified the night for me. To have the chance to meet a true Hip Hop legend was the perfect ending to great nite.

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 pics below from the weekend's events:

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 business/organization to the 4 judge panel.  As each team made their way to the stage and began their pitches, we critiqued their pitches noting both their strengths and weaknesses.  Whenever you are promoting your business, it's important to know a few things.  And of course it's super scary standing in front of a room full of strangers trying to convince them of your dream, but you've got to be confident of what you're saying!  I speak to young people often on the importance of their pitch.  Your pitch is your way of selling that idea, concept, product or service that you believe is the next big thing.  And even more than that, you're pushing your passion.  You've got to leave the room feeling just as passionate about it as you. I recently watched the Steve Jobs movie, and the thing that stood out to me the most was the fact that he was the visionary.  He didn't create a product from scratch...ever.  Instead, he saw what could be in other people and pulled that thing out of them into a tangible product which we revere today as Apple.  Steve Jobs didn't have to work very hard on a pitch, because his belief in his own ability was what he exuded.  He sold you on the possibility.  With that being said, I'm going to give you guys my list of 5 tips to help you create a winning pitch.  These work for me and are foremost in my mind whenever I talk about my brand, build promotions for my brand, or brainstorm ideas for my brand.  Let me know if you have any to add, or what your top 5 tips have been. 5 tips for a WINNING pitch! 1) Don't confuse your audience, be sure YOU know exactly why your company works- It's important to know the workings of your business/service/product like the back of your hand.  You have to be the authority on what you're pitching! 2) Make sure your service/product solves an issue and be sure to point that out in your pitch- 'The consumer doesn't know what they need until you tell them.' This is a summarized quote from Steve Jobs, no one knew they needed an iPod or iPad until he introduced it.  Now, we can't live without it.  Why does the consumer need your service/product?  A question that NEEDS an answer. 3)  Make sure you and your partner are on the same page- There's nothing worse than talking to a business owner and their partner or team has different thoughts on how the business will run.  That's a huge red flag for an investor.  And please be on one accord during your pitch! 4) Know your

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 greeting so many beautiful sisters that came together to be empowered, inspired, and have a great time together!!  Check out my interviews below and if you are one of the many ladies I interviewed, be sure to comment below!! https://youtu.be/GrFt4CeeuQE

Walker’s Legacy Brunch with Mushiya Tshikuka, Melinda Emerson, and Janaye Ingram

The Walker's Legacy Organization hosted a women's empowerment brunch during Essence Fest weekend.  The event was sold out and I was super excited to attend, because I recently hosted a networking mixer on behalf of Walker's Legacy back in May with my good friend, Cherise, and it was so inspiring.  With nothing but great thoughts in mind, I prepared myself to be inspired by the organization's founder, Natalie Medeira Cofield.  The event was held at The Palace on Canal Street and we indulged in delicious eats.  I'm hungry now just thinking about it. The event began on time and we were introduced to our panelists for the day, Mushiya Tshikuka, owner of The Damn Salon and reality tv star of 'Cuttin' It in the ATL'.  Melinda Emerson, Forbes #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs, and Janaye Ingram, National Executive Director of the National Action Network.  Almost immediately, the panelists gave us hard hitting, realistic, sister girl advice on entrepreneurship.  They made it plain, that you can have what you want, if you get out of your own way.   After having a lil church from the preaching sisters, we moved on to an interactive activity that challenged us to use our talents and ideas collectively in order to solve a looming issue among African-American women.  It was a great time to hear the thoughts and ideas of the women and we walked away with a new respect of the resources and power that was present in the room.  I met some wonderful women that I plan on working closely with in the coming months.  Check out a few pics below of the day:

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 pics, and served as a great host.  Guests received Design Essentials product including their new Coconut & Monoi line, there were vendors on site to get manicures as well.  Mimi Johnson of The Glamatory (Atlanta), was onsite giving makeovers and gifting her lipgloss.  Joi Mebane, of The Look By Joi (Atlanta), was also onsite providing free brow sessions.  There was plenty of mingling and networking taking place.  I thoroughly enjoyed the suite and my blogger buds did as well.  Check out pictures from the event below:

“Sistahs Do Brunch” Event Pulls Positive Women Together to Inspire Moms & Girls

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the "Sistahs Do Brunch" event hosted by my blogger friend, Stacey Taylor of The Sistah Cafe.  It was to be a day of empowerment and networking, but we were blessed with so much more! Sistahs Do Brunch – Black Girl Power Edition was awesome!  This event brought out mothers & daughters of all ages for an afternoon of fellowship, connecting and sisterhood.  It was held at Wombtique, a holistic womb healing boutique in Roswell, Ga. owned and operated by Tanya Tibbs.  Our focus was on mothers and and their daughters.  As the venue filled up with women young and mature I just knew that it was gonna be a success. Before I RECAP it for you I simply must thank all involved.   Read the entire recap on The Sistah Cafe.

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHdysle4DPo Taraji made it on the acting scene in 1996, and despite all the nay-sayers, she was determined to fight against comments about her being too old and having a child to support. Her response: "...Watch me work." Although, she met plenty of obstacles along the way, Taraji was able to persevere and make a name for herself along the way. "I get off on people saying no to me..." ~ Taraji http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpg6y-Q4LRk The Push: Taraji took the leap of faith to push for her dreams in college. She started college majoring in electrical engineering and flunked out. Her push came from her father when her told that he was glad she failed. Taraji dad told her, "You needed to fall on your face because that not what you are supposed to be doing..." Shortly after, she took her father's advice and enrolled in the acting program at Howard University. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD0JbdB-l4E See more at Pink Proverb!

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 as to when an artist really practices and invest in  tuning their instrument.  Her vocal ability and charisma onstage wowed the guests as many of them had seen her for the very first time.  Her vibrant smile and entertaining gyrations keep the audience entranced and wanting more.  Kay Dene' delivered five original songs and a cover of Lauryn Hill's, "Everything is Everything".    If you missed the opportunity to see this rising star, you can check out more on her here, in the Women That Rock feature.  Check out pics from the event below: [fbalbum url=https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1009794039060687.1073741887.143542905685809&type=1]

Erykah Badu, R.Kelly, Floetry & More at the Pepsi Funkfest ATL!

The 2015 Funk Fest stopped in Atlanta, GA this past weekend.  It included two days of great music from artists such as:  R.Kelly, Erykah Badu, 2 Live Crrew, Total, 8 Ball & MJG, Floetry, Rakim, and Doug E.Fresh.  Held at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, the crowd danced the night away. Funk Fest community partner, Lifting As We Climb and Pepsi have pledged to award up to $50,000 in scholarships to students in tour markets and will also provide 40 students with career immersion experiences in Public Relations, Marketing, Operations and Production during the tour. Additional community investments will occur in Birmingham, Ala. through a partnership with the City of Birmingham’s Department of Recreation and in Columbia, S.C. in partnership with Benedict College. Artists will vary per city, please visit www.funkfestconcerts.com for lineup in each city. Check out the Atlanta Pepsi Funk Fest 2015 Recap:   Floetry gives advice to up-and-coming artists. Rakim talks to us about some of the traditions of Hip Hop.  

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 forward through their professional efforts.  With the Financial Snobb Inc campaign, she seeks to reach like-minded women who value the great principles of support, mentorship and community. Shannon most recently hosted an #iSupportGirlBosses power-shoot featuring some of Atlanta's esteemed female influencers including Lifestyle Publicist Lillie Mae, Powerhouse Sales Coach Erika Baez, Pro MUA/Beauty Blogger Bee Wade and Celebrity Hairstylist Danie Wilks. Part 2 of this exciting power-shoot series will soon be announced and include even more of Atlanta's business-owning beauties.  For details on participating in the Financial Snobb campaign email: PR@LillieMaePR.com and follow @FinancialSnobbInc on Instagram for exciting updates.  

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 of Mango, Coconut, Peach and originalMYX Fusions Moscato. DJ Adore kept spirits high. Shortly after the honorees’ arrival, singer-songwriter Rae Louise charmed the crowd with an acoustic performance of two original songs followed by a Q&A with the honorees hosted by ASCAP Rhythm & Soul/Urban Associate Director Jennifer Goicoechea. Additional attendees included R&B Diva Latavia Roberson, singer-songwriter Crystal Nicole, R&B group Havok Jones, and entertainment attorneysKendall Minter, Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Keisha Perry and Delia Hobbs.  

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 to various cities with the late summer/fall tour.  Here's more info on the book,  and pics from the Glambitious launch below: About GLAMBITIOUS: This guide was created for the female that desires to embrace and project her best self to the world; one who is GLAMBITIOUS.  For the woman that loves the beauty of glamour & the thrill of ambition, this book is for you.  Too often we settle for a humdrum, uninspiring existence --- when we are only a few decisions away from becoming the shining light that inspires others. Life is meant to be wonderful, engaging, stimulating and exciting --- so don’t accept anything less than that. Through introspective dialogue, inspirational quotes and suggested action items, this guide will empower you to become the epitome of GLAMBITIOUS.   Pics:   // Post by I Hear That Girl.  

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 Hair StylistDerek J, ​Xscape's Tamika Scott​, DJ Fadelf, ​LaLa Full Court Dice Dixon and gf Gocha ,​ Big Rich Atlanta Sabrina Rowe, Kontrol Magazine Editor Julian Lark, Greg Cole owner of Nancy Pizza in Buckhead , Atlanta Rapper Kore Stacks and many other Atlanta based celebs and socialites. Apparently, Demetria is the newest cast member of RHOA.  I'm hoping she brings her amazing personality and positive attitude to the show.  The event was brought to you by Publicist Jakeem Smith and S.T.E.P.S. Events. Specials thanks to Status Vodka for providing spirits to all the guests.   View pictures below:     // Post by I Hear That Girl.  

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!

Life Changing Act Like A Success Seminar with Steve Harvey, Lisa Nichols & Others

courtesy of Naturalbabydol.com: On yesterday I had the honor of being apart of the media team for the 2014 Neighborhood Awards formerly known as the Hoodie Awards. This was the first year that it has been hosted here in Atlanta. An event of this magnitude brings in a huge crowd from all over the world. The Act Like A Success Seminar was sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Ford. I watched in amazement as people began to fill the ballroom to attend this seminar. Since this was my first time I had no idea what to expect because I had never attended any session with Steve Harvey or Lisa Nichols let alone both of them but boy. oh boy was I in for a treat, in fact a life changing experience. Jeff Johnson graced the stage to drop some golden nuggets into the crowd that gathered in attendance of the Act Like A Success seminar. Jeff spoke about getting to the next level. He stated “Just as you do for others, you need to do the same for yourself in a way you’ve never done it before”. Here are his nuggets: Be Prepared to go to the Next Level Be Open to Receive Invest in Yourself More We also learned from the Morgan Stanley the following life rules for financial independence: You can not succeed if you do nothing. Save First, Spend Second Save 10% of your Income Is it a Want vs. Need Pay Yourself First, It adds up What are you willing to give up to achieve your financial goals? Patrice Washington, author of Real Money Answers was a breath of fresh air. I have had the honor of hearing her on air and it’s always a learning tree moment. She takes you from her earning seven figures to zero figures. Her real life experiences will amaze, shock and educate you! She is indeed the business! I admire her story and the fact that she has no problem with sharing it with the world so that you can prevent the things that happened to her from happening to you. If you don’t have her book then you better run out and get it! She taught us these key learning tree lessons: Abandon the Blame & Shame! Access the right Education Be Deliberate about Taking Actions Now! Wisdom starts Now! And if you don’t take anything else away from my post know this! Patrice says “A DUMB BOOK IS BETTER THAN A PERFECT BOOK”. Steve Harvey and Lisa Nichols did a tag team seminar. Trust me if you missed it than you really missed it. These two spoke about how they got started. See many people only want to hear the end success story not the struggle. Did you know that Steve didn’t get his break until after he was in his thirty’s? Did you know that Lisa didn’t have enough money to withdraw twenty dollars out of her account to purchase her son Pampers? See these two World-Renown people who you listen to daily and see all over the media both struggled. Steve shared his bathroom real life living with us and how when he was just about to call

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 in the Colour You Cosmetics with the other attendees.  The eats were delectable thanks to Chef Tregaye!  It was a chic party and many of my blogger buddies were in attendance as well!  Check out pics from the happenings of the evening!   // Post by I Hear That Girl.

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 she is already working on a level that I’m aspiring to get to?   That was just 3 years ago. This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to support someone I consider a mentor, by attending the Grand Opening of Cupcake Mafia’s flagship store in Atlanta. I’ve been following her on social media since I’ve met her. We’ve attended several of the same events, she has an awesome clothing line, and I recently began reading her book, “The Icing on Top Ain’t Always Sweet”. It’s a tale based on the life of Mz. Skittlez.   The boutique opening was a stellar event hosted by The B Firm Pr. Pink carpet, cupcakes, gun shaped lamps and coffee mugs, along with other gangsta type décor, and probably my favorite the huge pink hookah. The gift bags had a signature Cupcake Mafia t-shirt included.   This was my daughter’s first boutique opening and pink carpet event. She couldn’t stop talking about it and how humble Mz. Skittlez is and easy to talk to.   As always, it was a pleasure to be around like-minded women, and to attend yet another inspiring event in Atlanta.   If you are looking to add some flare to your wardrobe be sure to stop by the flagship store of Cupcake Mafia at 2115 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30324, Suite 1202.  

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. Of course all the glamour of the weekend events had ya girl straight tired but I enjoyed every moment.  The Bronner Family is a family that I truly admire.  They never stray from their faith, their devotion to family, unity, and promoting entrepreneurship!  Here are just a few pics from the first day's festivities!  Enjoy!       // Post by I Hear That Girl.  

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 their collections. I will be very honest I wasn't too impressed by the designs I saw. The pieces in my personal opinion we're not runway ready. The tailoring and execution of each garment I that saw was not 100%. Unfinished hems, uneven lines, and really uninspired designs is what I witnessed. I was excited to see there was a plus sized collection showing but then extremely disappointed by the pieces because I would never put anyone I actually know in those garments. No sparks flew when I watched a "couture" collection and the statement piece was simply a safety pin dress.....To me put a lot of these designers nowadays use the word couture wayyy to loosely. EVERYTHING is NOT COUTURE! Now it could be that my best friend is a designer(and a wonderful one at that) and I've watch way TOO Many seasons of project runway that I'm such a hard critic. I just wasn't impressed. There were a few good pieces but nothing spectacular. But I did however see a familiar line that I absolutely loved, a brand new collection from 12 year old designer Tyann and her line PinkySez which honestly was the highlight of my day. All in all it was decent event for what it was worth(did I mention it was free?), I was just was way too long and sort of amateur for my liking, but I loved seeing Harlem come together and support.

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 Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.  

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 to pursue their personal dreams and be as creative as God allows them to be.  After all, he put the creativity in us.  She is so unafraid to do whatever ignites her spirit.  And when I say do, she is a woman of ACTION.  Being around a woman like this, you have no other choice than to put your own dreams and aspirations into action! When I arrived, immediately, Aleigha began introducing and connecting all the women in attendance with one another.  I must say, it was really an a great atmosphere of positive women.  "On Fire to Inspire" is Aleigha's first book for adults as her previous releases have been children's books. The book is a collection of inspirational reminders, declarations, and revelations that Aleigha says God gave to her over a month long period.  She took time to read a few of excerpts to the crowd and they no doubt were inspired to go forward! For more information on Aleigha Butler and to pick up your copy visit her website:  www.onfiretoinspire.com.  Check out pics from the event below. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by I Hear That Girl.

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 boy was I wrong. As soon I as I walked in I was greeted with a full on pulsating party. Of course there was an abundance of super stylish and well-dressed people and I'm always happy to be in a room full of gorgeous black people. Amazing music by some pretty dope female DJ's made the night complete. The love of black fashion was all in the air and we partied our hearts away. Two words to describe Sunday afternoon: Style and grace.....    

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 excited to meet this woman!  You guys know how I feel about ladies that are out here getting it and being positive role models for our little young ladies. I jumped at the opportunity to meet and spotlight another positive black woman!  The event was chic and demure as we celebrated with Nikki at SAS Atlanta Sky Lounge.  Upon meeting Nikki, she was as pleasant as I wished her to be and once she began preparing a Calypso Fried Rice that was delicious, I was hooked.  Did I forget to mention she is also a published author?  Yassss hunty... I Hear THAT Girl!!!  She was on hand to sign copies of her new cookbook, "A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That".  It was an amazing night and I wish Mrs. Nikki nothing but the best!!  Ladies, the next time you're shopping for seasonings for that special meal or even if you need ideas on what to prepare, purchase the cookbook or her seasonings!  Let's support this entrepreneur!  Let's give a big "I Hear That Girl!" for all of her endeavors!!     // Post by I Hear That Girl.

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 an awesome time. Honestly, as I walked around the venue it was kind of hard to choose which item to bid on because they were all such great wins.   I'm talking vacations, tickets to live tapings of GMA or Live! With Michael and Kelly, a Marc Jacobs bag, a Tory Burch bag with matching wallet, a guitar signed by the Goo-Goo Dolls, jewelry, food, and so much more!!!         There was an amazing West African drum performance by "Grace Drums" and an empowering speech by Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams. The YWCA Brooklyn does so much for women and the community by providing a safe haven for low income or homeless women, being the voice of social justice, and a huge advocate for the empowerment of women, it's no wonder why so many people came out to support.   YWCA Brooklyn Administrative & Communications Relations Manager- Rolanda Telesford, Brooklyn Borough President- Eric Adams, Chief Executive Officer & President- Martha Kamber

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".   Starting off with bracelets and now basic apparel, Killdit is looking to raise $5,000 in 30 days to get the production up and running. And I must say these guys know how to throw a party. They had a table full of giveaways, a raffle, and a cool DJ. And the venue being in the middle of the East Village definitely helped-because you always feel cool in the East Village. You can tell that the Killdit It crew has a lot of passion and they're all truly vested in the lifestyle and brand, which makes it so easy to want to support them (plus the shirts and hats are super cute-I love street wear). If you're a firm believer in giving it your all, then this is the brand for you....To learn more on how to donate or about the apparel please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/killdit/killdittm-lifestyle-brand killdit.com

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 fridge with them for those oh so often, super busy days. We mixed and mingled with other like-minded individuals.  People with a passion for Marketing, Media, and Public Relations.  I met some really cool people and made great connections.  Of course, I have to talk about the food!  My favorite eatery catered...ZAXBY's!!  I absolutely LOVE them!  The food was so good, so you know I had to talk about it! Following the presentations, they had party buses available to take us over to check out the "Illume" project.  Red Bull Illume is the world's premier action and adventure sports photography competition. The following day, the conference began!  Held at Georgia State, the esteemed panelists came one session after the other, providing little known tips and insider information on how to achieve in this career.  Just some of the panelists to speak throughout the day were:  Mo Ivory (Media Personality), Christal Jordan-Mims (Enchanted PR), and Keshia Walker (Insights Marketing), just to name a few.  They talked about the proper usage of Social Media to adequately promote your brand and/or your client.  I truly enjoyed the event and walked away with useful information for my own business.  I have to give a shout out to The Garner Circle PR Agency, for their hard work in making the conference a success!

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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