Am I the only one who woke up this morning with “This is why I ROCK!” on repeat in my head? Never before in the history of television have we seen Black women and girls CELEBRATED and uplifted this way. Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, in partnership with BET, has brought her love and respect for Black women – which by the way has been going strong for years, long before the cameras were rolling – to the masses. I laughed. I cried. I took mental notes. Each honoree’s acceptance speech was heartfelt, tear-filled and packed with quotable moments we’ll carry for years. Here are just a few of my favs
Sometimes with all of life’s responsibilities, we forget that we deserve “me time” and a lot of self-care. Taking just a few minutes a day to doodle or paint can give you clarity and the additional bonus of being left with something beautiful (or at least interesting) to show for it! Check out the work of one of the most creative women I know, the talented Erin Robinson. Throughout her epic career, she’s worked as a creative visionary for television and countless household brands including GAP, Sears, and Disney just to name a few. I stumbled upon these colorful beauties on her Facebook page and was inspired to share
Ever know someone or some thing for a short time but it seems like they’ve been around forever? That’s how I feel about curlBOX and its founder, Miss Myleik Teele. While curlBOX is currently a staple in the world of brown girl beauty, this innovative brand has only been in existence for 12 months! To mark the one year anniversary of her curlBOX baby, Myleik Teele produced a video documenting her journey that’s BEYOND inspiring. Take a peek when you have a few minutes to spare and trust me, you’ll be ready to conquer the world. CONGRATS on a successful first year in business, Myleik. Here’s to many, many more!
I’m elated to know that a week later, “The Beauties & Brains Brains Behind the Brands” event is still on the minds of our guests. Today, E. Isis Adewale, event producer and founding member of Petals-n-Belles, talks about what she knows for sure, in response to one of the questions I asked the panelists. Find out what this talented woman knows with confidence and be inspired!
Tanikia Thompson of Nikki and the City has identified ten songs that will encourage you on those days when it seems like all of your hard effort will never pay off, and tunes that will help you celebrate those rewarding moments that you thought would never come. These songs are guaranteed to put you in a good mood and remind you of what you’re striving for. Grab your iPods and get inspired!
With a resume that reads like the who’s who in publishing, Kierna Mayo is truly one of the most sought after names in the industry. This talented beauty has flexed her editorial muscles as the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Honey Magazine and throughout her career, has made significant contributions to many of hottest glossies on the newsstands including The Source, Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe and UPTOWN. Today the acclaimed writer shares her editorial journey with 24WiredTV.com’s “How I Made It” series. Grab a seat. Check it out. Be INSPIRED!
Anyone who follows me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram knows I’m all about that #DoWhatYouLove #LoveWhatYouDo life! These hash tags communicate the thinking behind each and every career-related decision I’ve ever made. Mane Moves TV just released a video recap of a recent EDEN BodyWorks’ event I produced in New York City that reminded me
Imagine being blissfully comfortable in your own skin, knowing with the utmost clarity exactly who you are and feeling eager to lovingly, proudly share that authentic you with everyone you meet. Enter Trizonna McClendon’s newest video, “This is My Range.” Shot guerilla style by Greg Lewis on the streets of L.A., “The is My Range,” is the Chi-City songbird’s lesson in self-love…created just for you. Enjoy!
Trying to break into the television industry? New York City woman about town and media maven Kela Walker is giving us the inside scoop on how to launch your career in the entertainment biz. As a TV host and producer for NYC TV, Kela also contributes to MadameNoire.com and YRB Magazine. Today she’s taking time out of her demanding schedule to give YOU a few tips on bringing your entertainment industry dreams to life!
Visual artist Tamika Blockett is on a mission to inspire, empower and elevate women of color through quirky, vibrant, and playful multi-cultural illustrations. Her latest project, “30 Days of June” pays homage to celebrity stylist June Ambrose during her birthday month via the increasingly popular smartphone application, Instagram. Talk about an inspirational daily challenge!
“Affordable, great quality make up for the everyday woman.” This was the premise behind the brand we all know today as Sonia Kashuk. Her cosmetic line has continued to dominate the Target beauty aisles for more than a decade, however many people don’t know the woman behind the brand. “Who is Sonia Kashuk and why do I want to buy all of her stuff from Target?” was the question that popped up very randomly on a recent bbm chat and sparked this post. I answered, “she’s an acclaimed makeup artist” but that’s just one title on this Fly Female Entrepreneur’s resume
With the increasing popularity of natural hair, how perfect is it that Brooklyn’s very own Michael July is preparing to release his new coffee table book titled “Afros – A Celebration of Natural Hair”? I’m extremely honored to be featured in Michael’s first release alongside hundreds of other natural ladies and gents and encourage you to support this amazing project!
My mornings aren’t complete if I don’t make those mandatory rounds to my favorite blogs and websites, including inc.com. Every visit to this site gives me something new to consider and this morning’s findings were no exception. KC Ifeanyl’s latest contribution to inc.com was just the jolt of “you can do this!” I needed to get the day started. Appropriately titled, “Why Black Women Make Great Leaders”, this timely post shares research findings that support what we already know – black girls rock!
Like most of the world, it took me a while to wrap my head around Whitney Houston’s death. I’m still in a bit of denial, but as thoughts of her premature passing flood my head, I force myself to stop and think about the highlights of her short time here with us. Say what you will about Whitney Elizabeth Houston, but this woman worked hard, loved hard, and lived hard! What’s not to admire about her fearlessness? There are so many lessons to be learned from Whitney including the importance of having a mentor (Clive Davis was truly her champion), the beauty of mother/daughter relationships, and the power in nurturing our gifts.
Speaking of which, Whitney’s gifts blessed her with countless accolades so instead of focusing on her untimely death, let’s shine light on her stellar accomplishments. As you can imagine, she had plenty to be proud of
If I asked you to try out a neon orange lipstick or lip gloss would you go for it or give me the side eye? I can see the side eyes and hear the she crazy grunts now. However, if makeup maven Bobbi Brown showed you how to infuse color into your everyday make up regimen I bet you would. This season Bobbi Brown Cosmetics introduces the Neons and Nudes Collection. The lip glosses and lipsticks are in dope bright hues of orange, pink and purple and will have tossing those light pinks and reds out the window