Sunday, September 16, 2018

Successful Black Woman Vs. City of San Francisco

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Successful Black Woman Real Estate Investor Fights Legal Harassment In Purportedly Liberal San Francisco


San Francisco, CA  -- Is cultural lynching still at work in utopic San Francisco? The City of San Francisco has waged a race war against Anna Kihagi, a successful African American real estate investor who has challenged the unjust practices in the properties under her management. So, what is her crime? Does she overcharge or discriminate?

The answer is quite simple: her crime is being a successful black woman. In 1892, Ida B. Wells exposed the mob violence and lynching in the South that targeted successful black business owners.

More than a century later, a successful black woman is still facing persecution in the predominantly white city of San Francisco.  Kihagi was born in Sub-Saharan Africa and raised by English nuns in a boarding school from the age of eight. She is a passionate believer in the American dream, working tirelessly and earning admission to the prestigious MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, later even working on Wall Street. She left Wall Street to pursue a career in real estate and has amassed considerable success acquiring and developing properties.


Tech Entrepreneur Starts New Social Health Empowerment App For Women

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New SHEapp® Looks To Prioritize Women's Health In Innovative Ways



Philadelphia, PA  -- West Chester, PA based Lifestyle Technology & Content Media Company, She's It, LLC is launching the first downloads of its Social Health Empowerment app, SHEapp®, the weekend of September 14th at the Rock N Roll Marathon Series during their Health Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The app, which has been in development for over a year, empowers women take ownership of their health by shaping the conversations on health, fitness and well-being.
The company's digital platform combines the power of conversations with the strength of mobile technology, enabling women to achieve positive behavioral changes, leading to 360° well-being.

She's It has been showcased around the country, providing full body composition analyses to attendees of health and fitness EXPO's since Fall 2017 at major conferences and expos including the Disney Wine & Dine Health Expo and Disney Princess Half Marathon Health Expo in Orlando, NBC4 Fitness Expos in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and NYC, the PA Conference for Women and several others. 

Black Entrepreneur, New Line of Toddler Walking Shoes With Better Foot Support and Comfort

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Healthy Feet For Toddlers Is the Mission Of This Award Winning Shoe Company

Nationwide  -- Most people refer to Yolandra Rodgers as the Baby Shoe Lady, consequently, she is the brains behind the successful baby shoe store at www.TippyTotShoes.com, You heard it right - A Black woman entrepreneur falling into the ranks of other successful women business owners!

Yolandra started her entrepreneurial journey in 2013 in pursuit to reach families with beginner walking toddlers. Her focus was to market a shoe solely for fashionable, healthy and happy feet. During a period of observation and research, she noticed so many toddlers in clunky shoes and sneakers, she decided to launch TippyTotShoes.com, a high-quality baby shoe with excellent foot support and comfort that helps to increase walking efficiency.

With her first social media post, she gained the likes and gratification of family and friends of a classic shoe that many thought was non-existence. Yolandra's concept changed the game and put a new spin on it with a variation of styles, colors and textures for any occasion. She instantly received rave reviews and positive feedback. Sales began to soar as she continued to market relentlessly across all social media platforms.



Michelle Obama To Tour 10 Cities To Promote Her New Book "BECOMING"

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Michelle Obama's New Book "BECOMING" Looks To Humanize An Extraordinary Story

Nationwide Former First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a new memoir entitled Becoming, and is already planning her 10-city book tour. The book will be released in the U.S. and Canada in print and digital formats, and an audio edition of the book, read by her, will also be issued in digital and physical formats.

The book will be published simultaneously in 24 languages around the world. Some of the languages include Spanish, German, Portuguese, Danish, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, and more.

The memoir is a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling. Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address.


NYC Forum to Address The Discriminating Impact Of The Black Wealth Gap

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New Book By Shawn D. Rochester The "Black Tax" Reveals The Devastating Consequences Of Financial Discrimination Against Black People

New York, NY  -- The financial cost of racial discrimination in America is real. Systemic and institutionalized racism has contributed to a disparaging wealth gap amongst the African-American community. On October 17, 2018, the Harlem Business Alliance will host the Black Economic Empowerment Breakfast at MIST Harlem.

The forum, which will be led by financial literacy expert and author of The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America Shawn D. Rochester will explore the obstacles that African-Americans have faced in accumulating wealth and the appropriate economic response from personal, policy and business standpoints.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

It Can Happen Here

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On Sunday September 30, playwright/actress/audio artist Judith Sloan will premiere “It Can Happen Here,” a new original dramatic comedy commissioned by the Queens Council on the Arts’ (QCA) inaugural Artist Commissioning Program (ACP).
 
 

First Presbyterian End of Summer BBQ

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All are invited to a farewell summer barbecue on Sat., Sept. 29th from 3-6pm as we kick-off the start of the school year! 
 
 

Aston Cooke’s “Single Entry”

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The comedy Single Entry by popular Jamaican writer Aston Cooke, though set in a Jamaican context is one that many an immigrant can readily identify with.

Single Entry examines the lives of two working class Jamaican women who are hell-bent on going to New York City to visit a relative; they hope to obtain even a single entry visa and once they enter the country, to never return.

Jamaicans’ obsession with U.S. residence can be traced to the 1940s, when many people, mostly from rural parishes, went to Florida for a farm work program. This production in particular, tells how in some not so pretty ways, how the struggle to attain the American dream can be a difficult one especially for illegal immigrants.


Checkout How Mental Stability Practices Can Help Offset Age Related Mental Decline

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Doctor Shares Great Insights On Aging Gracefully With Mental Stability Practices


Elizabeth City, NC  -- Fifty years ago, former Elizabeth City State College (ECSC) 1967-1968 student council president Charles Singleton was very active in the aftermath of King's assassination, presenting two speeches that were called "Stay the Course" and "The Cross of Freedom."

Now, Dr. Singleton is writing about one of the upcoming senior class table topics for discussion during the celebration of their 50th Golden Class Reunion: "Memory, Mobility and Aging". This important issue will be addressed during Elizabeth City State College's Annual Homecoming Weekend, October 26-28, 2018.


Dr. Singleton comments, "Perhaps, it's just me thinking! And, saying out loudly, aging or growing old is indeed an incredible daily life's challenge, with declining benefits, every twenty-four-seven. Especially, when the 'Good Book' reminds all of us at Psalms 90:10 (KJV) that living to an attainable age of 70 years of age, or three scores and ten, is quite a remarkable accomplishment, and that we could pass away."

Respectfully, following the untimely passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, age 61, June 8, 2018, and American fashion designer Kate Spade, age 55, June 5, 2018, consider publishing "Memory Stability Practices for an Aging Generation" to help and possibly prevent suicidal behaviors, related to one's depressive feelings and other at-risk mental conflicts. Recently, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, suicides among many ages, genders, ethnicities and races are increasing nationally; especially, in rural areas of the United states of America.


History of Scientific Racism Exposed in New Film

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New Documentary Human Zoos Sheds Light On The Ugly History Of Racism In Science

Seattle, WA  -- In the early 1900s, thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America. Often touted as "missing links" between man and apes, these native peoples were demeaned, harassed, and used as props to promote Social Darwinism and scientific racism. Now a new award-winning documentary tells their heartbreaking story. It is called Human Zoos.

"Too often people think that ideas don’t matter," says Dr. John West, the director and writer of the film. "Human Zoos shows otherwise, investigating how false ideas about science can lead to false ideas about our fellow human beings. The impact of these false ideas on human lives can be devastating."

The Oregon Documentary Film Festival calls Human Zoos "a racially charged story that will mesmerize you... You have to see it to believe it, and then wonder why they didn't teach you this chapter in history class."


Black Financial Expert to Present at Black Caucus

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National Financial Expert Harrine Freeman Provides Advice On How To Get Money At The 2018 Congressional Black Caucus

Washington, DC  -- Ms. Freeman will provide the financial playbook on how to get and keep money as a panelist at the 48th Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference which will be held on September 12-16, 2018. She will participate in the following events:

9/13/2018, CBC Author Pavilion 12:00-2:00pm, Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

9/14/2018, CBC Author Pavilion Panel, "Money, Power, Respect, How To Get It", 2:00-2:45 pm, Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E.

Register for this powerful event by clicking here


Hip Hop Artist Targeted by KKK Billionaire

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A Miscarriage Of Justice?

Nationwide -- Attempt by hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon of KKK heritage to end legal effort of an indigent disabled black woman on social security, reveals that unbeknownst to her, his Hollywood superstar lawyer, Marty Singer, was also secretly embedded in her legal camp.

Inquiring minds want to know how it is that Bianca McKinney ("McKinney"), an indigent disabled black woman on social security in the USA, could have survived the herculean attempt by hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon ("Bacon") to strike out her California, USA multimillion dollar lawsuit jointly against him and Michael Artan ("Artan"), a California-based Criminal Defence Attorney.

In civil case No. BC-624474 initiated by McKinney on the 21st of June 2016 in the Superior Court of California by her first attorney, Michael Saltz ("Saltz"), she jointly sued Bacon and Artan for (1) Fraudulent Concealment, (2) Invasion of Privacy, (3) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; and (4) Violations of the Bane Civil Rights Act.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Black Media Mogul Launches New Urban TV Channel

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Woman Of Faith Ushers In New Multidimensional Urban Television Channel


Hollywood, CA  -- In response to the high demand for premium content, CEO Belinda Baker has announced the launch of the nation's newest urban television Step1 TV on KTVA channel 35.10. Step1 TV reaches an audience of 14 million homes across Southern California, and is continually expanding its reach. Area residents are encouraged to scan their TV for the new channel.

Step1 TV, which boasts a broad spectrum of genres, was created with the intention of bringing new entertainment choices to its viewing audience. Viewers are enthralled with the channel's urban content, but are also captivated by a diverse library of TV shows that make binge-watching the channel's content a daily pleasure.

Exciting television shows include "Changing Steps" hosted by media mogul Belinda Baker which shows an in-depth look into the lives of survivors of addiction, teen pregnancy, homelessness and abuse told in their own words. This unbiased and uncensored program brings attention to the enormous social and economic cost of addiction and abuse to today's society.



Black Org Aims to Free Women in Prison For Non-Violent Crimes

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"I know the plight too well as a former convict, college graduate, disabled Veteran, and mom. I am advocating for the abolition of prison for women and girls. My organization knows first-hand that these women in prison are nurturing, loving and caring, despite what you see in the media.
 
 



How One Black-Owned Tech Start-Up Firm is Leading the Way in Global Education

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 Memphis, TN -- Stefen White, the Founder and CEO Allinwon (an educational technology startup firm) that’s located at the FedEx Institute of Technology and who is also working towards completing his Master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis.

Black-Owned Dating Site, RunOrStay.com, Offers Free 1-Year Memberships

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Is The Hilarious and Truth Seeking New Dating Site "Run OR Stay" Just Right For Your Love Life?

Nationwide  -- Run or Stay, is the hilariously relatable online dating site that is changing the perception of the online dating industry. RunOrStay.com was created for people who realize "perfect is exhausting". Members tell you upfront what's "not-so-perfect" about them & you decide to either "run" or "stay".

Users won't find the typical dating profile on Run or Stay. Instead you will burst out in laughter at member profiles that say:

* My idea of 'turning up' is a good meal and a nap.
* If I'm not out of the house by 8pm, I'm not going.
* Please don't take me over your cousin's house for a pyramid scheme presentation .

When users join RunOrStay.com, they will meet people who will tell you who they are, what they want & most importantly what they don’t want.

Follow Run or Stay on Instagram @runorstaydating and on Facebook @officialrunorstay. Join for free using promo code: AUTHENTIC1.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Black Attorney Named Top 10 Immigration and Criminal Lawyer

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Nationwide  -- Attorney Zulu Ali of the Law Offices of Zulu Ali in Riverside, California has been named Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Immigration Lawyer in the state of California by Attorney and Practice Magazine.
 
 
 

Black Author Says, "Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won"

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Cutler Bay, FL -- Speaker, preacher and published author of Pursuing Your Purpose, and other inspiring volumes, has announced the release of his new book, Think Like A Winner, Act Like You Won. Carl Mathis, provides practical advice and wisdom for those who desire to be inspired and motivated to achieve their goals and dreams.
 
 

Negro League Baseball Seeks Sponsors to Honor the History of Past African American Players

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Nationwide  -- The Urban Baseball Association Inc. launched a new professional baseball league on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Mississippi at Wooten Legion Field. The league in its initial conception consisted of four teams with plans for future expansion. 
 
 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Inventor, Innovative Fire Extinguisher That Works Without Toxic Chemicals

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Beverly Hills, CA  -- Unlike traditional fire extinguishers, the new and improved Knockout 360 Fire Extinguisher can stop small fires without messy cleanups. It contains no toxic chemicals or odors, making it particularly helpful for those with sensitivities. It uses a special technology to remove heat, so the area is immediately cool to the touch.

Historical Novel Tells Story of a Black Woman Living in the South After the Civil

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 Nationwide -- Inspired by the life of the author's great-great grandfather, The Twisted Crown takes readers from the bustling streets of Boston at the height of the Abolitionist movement to the war-ravaged landscape of Reconstruction-era South Carolina.



Lisa Nichols to Speak at Black Business Symposium in Charlotte

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 Charlotte, NC  -- Triad-based international hair care and cosmetic company, Dudley Beauty Corp, LLC, announced today that Lisa Nichols, a featured teacher in the Secret will be the keynote speaker at its EMS, Educational & Motivational Symposium, on Saturday, September 22 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive.
 
 

Children's Book Finalist For Up For Global Award

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San Antonio, TX  -- My Father Said I Could, written by Anita McLaurin of San Antonio, Texas was nominated in April for a 2018 Author Academy Award, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry. McLaurin is now among the top 10 finalists.

See The Power Behind The Superb Vitamin Supplement Company Rising In Southeast Queens

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A Superb Vitamin Supplement Company
Emerges In Southeast Queens




Interview with Dolores Hewlett, Owner of Regale Health, and Kamau Austin. 


Dolores Hewlett, is one of the brilliant and determined residents of Southeast Queens making big moves in business.  The innovative entrepreneur with a background in chemical and environmental engineering is taking an ambitious foray into the vitamin supplement business.

I touched bases with the visionary health concerned business woman to ask her about her promising company Regale Health.  Checkout this very inspiring and insightful interview.

Kamau: Can you tell us about your early life growing up and also about your hometown?  Where did you go to school?  Also please share some important pivot-able points in your life?

Dolores:  I had a very physically active and care-free childhood growing up on the western side of the island of Jamaica where I attended school up to the high school level. I know what it is to eat what we grow, and my family grew a wide variety of staples such as yams, rice, vegetables, peas and beans, roots such as turmeric and ginger and tropical fruits that were easily and readily accessible.

I loved helping my grandmother on the farm and of course reaping was much easier and more enjoyable than planting. No doubt this is where my desire for a natural, healthy lifestyle was shaped and has stuck with me right into adulthood.

I loved taking every opportunity to participate in physical activities which included netball, long jump, high jump, running, skipping, softball, and bicycle riding among others. I just always loved being physically active and enjoying the rugged outdoors. This continued into my college years where I played netball and hockey.

I love traveling and exploring the culture of others. I believe this is a great way of learning how more alike we are as human beings, rather than focusing on the obvious differences.

So for me, heading to Trinidad, for undergraduate studies and later The People’s Republic of China, for graduate studies were pivotal moments in my life (I studied chemical engineering and environmental engineering). Learning the customs, eating the foods, visiting the homes of natives and celebrating the holidays were all instrumental in furthering and strengthening my appreciation for the diversities and similarities that exist in our world.

Kamau: What inspired you to create a health supplement company?  How did you not only become health conscious but go the next step and want to create health products?

Dolores:  One of the first supplements I remember being given very early as a child was cod liver oil tablets (very horrible taste at the time). I didn’t know why nor the benefits to be had from it, but took it religiously every morning as it was given to me after breakfast.

After learning the benefits of cod liver oil later in life, I have no doubt that together with the eating natural and healthy, being physically active, absorbing the Omega-3 fatty acids from the cod liver oil tablets, I had a great foundation for a healthy life. My supplementation continued through my college years with primarily multivitamin and iron. Being a busy college student and not getting as much vitamins and minerals as I ought to from my diet all the time, supplementation was necessary for me to function well and study effectively. 

Having these first hand experiences of the benefits and importance of effective supplementation were really the driving force behind me creating the Regale Health brand knowing that others can benefit in the same way I did and continue to do. 


Kamau: Since it is rare for Black entrepreneurs to start vitamin supplement companies I would imagine it isn't an easy task to accomplish.  What were some of your challenges along the way and how did you overcome them?

Dolores:  We’ve come a far way and thankfully now have many opportunities available to us.  Thanks to those who have made sacrifices and laid the foundation for these opportunities, so that more of us can become entrepreneurs in whatever area we desire.

Like everything else that we strive for and go after in life, there will be challenges and we overcome them as best as we can knowing they are a part of the process -- and they are also helping to build character and will result in growth.  One of my very first challenges was finding a supplier that would provide what I wanted in terms of quality, transparency and cost, since we wanted our customers to have the best quality possible yet not overly expensive.

We conducted some in-depth research, had numerous correspondences, and after careful and detailed analysis decided on a manufacturer that we felt aligned with the mission and vision of our brand. We also had to do our own product research, and networking with others that had experience and knowledge helped a great deal. 


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Black Entrepreneur Launching New Streaming Platform

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 New York, NY  -- With the ease of access to film and television shows online and streaming services on the rise this year, there are few markets in the field that have yet to be covered - but outlets exclusively for Black creators to call home still fall low on the Google search list. X On Demand seeks to change that.
 
 

Author's NY Times Bestseller Now Available in Paperback

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Nationwide  -- Nic Stone's New York Times bestselling DEAR MARTIN, the unforgettable story of high school senior Justyce McAllister and the emotional journey that will leave him questioning everything he knows, is now available in paperback (Ember / on sale September 4, 2018). This raw, hard-hitting, and honest look at American race relations was widely embraced by readers of all ages, and continues to captivate new fans coming to the book for the first time.


See Why It's Claimed The Tax Man Will Give Aretha Franklin Just A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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With All Due R-E-S-P-E-C-T To
Aretha Franklin The Tax Man Cometh


Nationwide -- Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is a legend that will never be forgotten. But with all due R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the IRS is probably singing with joy because she reportedly left no will when she died. Apparently, it seems she did nothing to shelter her assets from the Taxman.

"The IRS will eat 40 percent of Aretha's estate with the death tax," says celebrity tax advisor Jayson Thornton of Thornton Tax Firm.

But the Estate taxes could have been limited. Thornton says Franklin could have set up an estate plan with trusts to benefit any relatives and charities she chose, while leaving very little if anything to be taxed. "When Black celebrities die, their money normally goes to 4 places; family, friends, charity, and the Taxman," said Thornton.

Not settling up a trust that would have given Franklin's beneficiaries set amounts; they now have to fight over the Taxman's leftovers.

For 2018, the estate tax exemption is $5.6 million per individual. That means an individual can leave $5.6 million to heirs and pay no federal estate taxes. A married couple will be able to shield $11.2 million from federal estate taxes. Aretha Franklin died with a reported estate net worth of $80 million, which could end up paying almost $27 million in Federal Estate Taxes.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Checkout Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central – “Peril and Promise”

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From PBS – Examine growing Latino influence on American culture and the debate over undocumented immigrants.


“In Colors”: Celebrating the Colors of Music and Autumn with Charles Duke

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Charles Duke Smooth Music Soothes Southeast Queens With Love


Charles Duke is an award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and classically trained pianist residing in Harlem, NY. His music fuses soul, jazz, R&B, and pop styles with vivid lyrical imagery.


Inspired by the quiet storm ambience of Sade and the neo-soul movement of recent years, Charles’ music is one of melody and message. He is also a veteran and favorite of Culture Connection/Queens Library having performed here over half-dozen times in the past several years.


Puppet Friends From Taiwan

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Get a taste of Taiwanese culture as you meet and make friendly puppets! Learn how to design, manipulate, and make your own puppet to bring home.

NYPD Queens Community 5K Run & Walk

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The NYPD Queens Community is pleased to present the third annual 5K Run & Walk for peace in the community. Free registration at 8:00 am. The race begins at 9:00 am. All ages are welcome. 
  

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Black Teen's Popular Book Series Being Read in Classrooms

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Alpharetta, GA  -- Middle School Chronicles book series author, 16-year old Essynce Moore, is the first teen to have her books in schools as a mandatory reading and a part of some schools' curricula all around the world.

Essynce's books are becoming more and more popular with even teachers and students reaching out to Essynce in hopes to get her books in their classrooms and to have her visit their school to speak in-person to the students.

Laura Thomson, an 8th grade reading teacher from South Allegheny Middle School in Pennsylvania, called the Essynce Couture telephone line with her class, hoping that they would have a chance to speak directly with Essynce. Her mom~ager answered and advised that unfortunately Essynce was in school. However, when Ms. Thomson explained that she did a GoFund me campaign to raise enough money to be able to purchase the books for her class, her mom~ager Starr Barrett wanted to do something nice for the class.


12 Minority Experts Selected For Branding Accelerator Program

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Detroit, MI  -- Speakers Magazine Publisher and Public Relations Master Coach, Pam Perry, announced today the 12 emerging media celebrities who will work with her to transform the landscape of their communities as part of the first cohort of The Branding Accelerator Program.
 
 

Black Entrepreneur Selling 100% Human Hair Online

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Washington, DC  -- Jada Cummings, founder and CEO of Self-Glamour, is excited to announce her company's new website at SelfGlamourLLC.com - offering 100% double-stitched human hair, mink lashes, and edge control. The web site will soon also sell apparel.
 
 
 

Enjoy Life's Sweet Desserts with Marie's Heavenly Cakes

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Marie Bryant's "Gateau du Ciel" Makes Heavenly Cakes


Kamau Austin interviews Marie Bryant, owner of Gateau du Ciel.

I've been mesmerized at the amazing artful dessert creations of Marie Bryant, and her company Gateau du Ciel for a while nowMs. Bryant has a heavenly touch for making creative desserts and cakes especially for special occasions.  I recently interviewed the artisan cake designer about her sweet success.


Kamau: Marie can you tell us a little about your background and life growing up in Southeast Queens or your home town?  Can you also tell us about your early life?

Marie: I am originally from a village in Rockland County, called Spring Valley.  My family is of Haitian decent.  I have been living in the Southeast Queens for the past 8 years after getting married.

I grew up with my parents and my brother and sisters and have always loved the kitchen.  I enjoyed everything about food, cooking, watching and learning it from others.  I was fascinated by baking because I had a sweet tooth and I loved the science of recipes and what can be made with putting the right ingredients together.

I always wanted an Easy-bake oven but my parents couldn’t afford that for me. So every chance I could bake “for real”, I did.  Throughout my school years, I took every cooking class my school offered and I still have many of those recipes.

Kamau: What is the name of your company and services you offer in your business?

Marie: The name of my business is Gateau du Ciel (French for heavenly cakes).  Pronounced “Ga-toe-du-Si-yell”.  My business offers custom cakes, which means uniquely designed for your event.

Even if inspired by an already existing cake look, the tasting will be a satisfying experience.  My goal is to “elevate your sweet desire”.  And what that means is to open my clients mind to go past the usual and be creative in style and in flavor.  I not only create these cakes but I also make chocolate candy, desserts and treats to complete sweets tables.

Kamau: What inspired you to go into your present creative and special occasion cake  business?

Marie: There was also an artistic side of me that I could not ignore and I would nurture growing up.  When my siblings were watching cartoons, I was watching Julia Child and being mesmerized by Bob Ross on channel 13, Saturday mornings.

I mocked him in drawing beautiful pieces of art.  These habits developed a very creative mind and trained my taste buds, only to many years later marry and birth my now cake business.

My Pastor used by God and led by the Holy Spirit inspired me to go into my present creative and special occasion cake business.  He preached a message “Creation Waits for You” where he inspired me to the “business” aspect of caking.

He talked about what God gave us in our hands and how that was given to us as a gift to bless others...and bless us!  The first year of my church having a picnic and featuring a baking contest, I won.

I not only won the first year, I won the second year too, and that opened up more opportunities for me.  In all that baking, this creative edible habit was becoming very costly.  So in order to continue mastering my craft, I barely charged for an order and when I did it was to almost cover ingredients and supplies.

I then began to research the cake industry to learn of it even further and was introduced to Great Cake Artist from all over the world.  Social media became my schooling along with classes taken here and there.

I was fascinated by what the “ordinary cake” could be transferred to look like or become.   It allowed me to divorce the “basic” look for cakes and re-routed me to taking this delightful dessert and transforming it.

Kamau: What is the uniqueness in your business in contrast to similar cake and desert businesses in the area?

Marie: The uniqueness to what I offer is the pride I take to deliver my products.  I like for my creations to speak for themselves.  I believe in “we eat with our eyes first” and so it is important to me to create something catching and deceiving to the eye, leading to a curious drive of the taste buds only to be led into a satisfying quandary.

I applaud all other baking businesses.  I believe we are not competing but rather enhancing our community.