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AUG19

Premier Digital Black Lifestyle Magazine

the bar bank

meet the woman behind this local black owned bartending service

jesus famous

making

Belmont Rediscovering

Park


contributors

EDITOR & CHIEF Chida Rebecca PUBLISHER Rebecca & Co.

LEAD MAKE-UP ARTIST & STYLIST Ashli Taylor www.downtomakeup.com

COVER HAIR STYLIST Twyla Green Twynot “Hot Spot” Beauty Lounge

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Derrick Chambers www.derrickshytel.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Nikki Legros www.nikkilegros.com


publisher’s letter I’ve missed you all dearly! Producing this magazine has truly been a labor of love. As some of you know, I took some time away from everything to complete my Bachelor’s degree. After years of being out of college, God opened a door for me to return. It was bitter sweet but I made it through. I learned some new skills and ways I could further develop my brand and this magazine.

thing within these digital pages is of interest to you.

I must say, things haven’t always quite turned out the way I had envisioned, nonetheless, I am determined to see this publication through, telling the untold stories, and encouraging you along the way.

Many of us have been reminded that there are but a few short months left in this year. It has gone by so fast, but there is still time to finish strong. What goals are still on your to-do list? What does it take to get them accomplished? I challenge you to put a demand on yourself to finish strong - go all the way and see your dreams through. 2020 has its own challenges in store for us. Give 2019 everything you have, so that when you leave this year, you are completely emptied of everything that needed to be done in this year.

I am grateful for your support thus far. It has been both a blessing and an honor to know that some-

Always rooting for you, Chida Rebecca


BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL SOCIAL


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A completely luxurious dining experience in a highly unexpected setting. The adventure begins as guests are ushered into a unique outdoor space - a wondrous environment perfect for sharing via social. Our domes get their inspiration from different regions of the earth and are transformed into terrariums with distinct terrains. A terrarium is an elegant encapsulation of an ecosystem; a living environment captured in time. Here, we bring that notion to life inside our domes, each corresponding to a different region of the earth’s terroir: tundra, tropical, grasslands, arid and boreal forest. These extraordinary spaces are designed using sumptuous

materials such as luxurious textiles and elegant lights. The dining experience is anchored by our celebrity Chef ’s savoir-faire, and the landscape from which our food is grown. The ingredients have been locally sourced our Chef, who designed and prepares a delicious 3-course blind menu, including meat, fish and vegan options. Artistic spectaculars will frame the stage which will offer opportunities to capture that perfect photograph against an iconic urban background.

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Since 2016, Theatre Corner has dedicated itself to promoting diversity and inclusion in the national theatre scene. Beginning as a print series in San Diego’s Voice & Viewpoint newspaper, Theatre Corner quickly evolved into an online video series, publishing episodes across multiple platforms. Learn more at www.theatre-corner.com

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JAZZ: ULTIMATE MILES DAVIS THU AUG 22

Following the sold-out success of Kind of Blue In Concert last Spring at Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, they’ll showcase Miles Ahead +19, Miles Davis' first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans released in 1957 by Columbia Records. Miles Ahead is one of the most famous recordings of Third Stream, a fusion of jazz, European classical, and world musics. Take pleasure in a track by track performance of this masterpiece with the nineteen-piece KSDS Jazz Orchestra.

CHAKA KHAN SAT AUG 24

“Chaka Chaka Chaka Chaka Khan.” The Queen of Funk first came to prominence in the 1970s as the lead singer of Rufus before launching a massive solo career in the ‘80s. The soulful power of her voice on massive hits like I Feel for You and I’m Every Woman has won her 10 Grammys, sold 70 million records, and influenced generations of musicians.

THE O’JAYS PLUS THE COMMODORES SUN AUG 25

Spend an evening Bayside enjoying classic R&B and soul hits of the 70’s and early ‘80s with The O’Jays plus the Commodores. Hear top 10 singles from The O’Jay’s including “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money” and sing along to “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Brick House” from the Commodores.

1812 TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR FRI AUG 30 | SAT AUG 31 | SUN SEP 1

The summer season comes to a dazzling end with our crowd-pleasing annual Tchaikovsky concert led by conductor Christopher Dragon. Delight in the grand finale: the 1812 Overture complete with booming cannons and a sparkling fireworks display over San Diego Bay.


editor’s coffee spot fav for

AUGUST &

COFFEE WORK

Better Buzz Coffee has proven by far to be a local favorite. With several locations to choose from, this coffee shop offers a personable and memorable experience at each location visited.. Themed after the exquisite bee, “Better Buzz Coffee Company® is com-

mitted to providing consistent quality coffee beverages in a FUN atmosphere, with efficient & friendly customer service,” according to their site. They are “dedicated to


Photos courtesy of Better Buzz Coffee

the freshest possible coffee by roasting and delivering coffee weekly to our stores and customers.” They are certified by CCOF as an ORGANIC Coffee Roaster and strive to source Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance coffees. With honey filled drinks varying from iced to hot, and tasty snacks to please the palate, you definitely can’t go wrong when frequenting a Better Buzz location. Some locations are designed for you to sit in maximum comfort alone or with friends, while others offer a more quick drive through or counter only approach. Either way, there are tons of choices throughout the city to suit your mood. So have at it and remember that LIFE’S BETTER BUZZED®!


THE BAR BANK

Owner - Kanita Glover

San Diego’s Premier Black Owned Full Service Bartending and Event Supply Company


K

anita Glover has always been fascinated with spirits. Not the ghostly kind, rather the ones you find in glasses at bars. Yes cocktails! As a college student going to happy hour and restaurants, she noticed a pull towards always being intrigued with the cocktail menu. When she noticed that she thoroughly enjoyed studying the menus and learning about the drinks, she found herself bar hopping with an eagerness to learn about drinks and the bartending trade. After completing her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Cal State Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, Glover worked at Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier clothing companies which consisted of a lot of travel. But when things slowed down after the economy crashed she had a moment to reflect on what her future would entail. This meant deciding on whether to stay in San Diego, or go elsewhere. “I moved back here and then I ended up moving to South Beach because one of my friends said there was an opportunity at a fine dining steakhouse that was celebrity driven, and they just needed people really bad. I just happened to have nothing but time,” she recalls. That call was on a Monday and by Thursday,

Glover had a one way ticket to Miami - and a mind to see what the future had to offer. “I wasn’t just there for tips. I was enjoying the business and the industry.” Because the desire to learn bartending was insatiable, Glover headed to bartending school. Shortly after she landed a job bartending there was no stopping her. She left Miami after just a year, and returned to San Diego to try her hand at life back home. “I initially thought I could do this for a summer, but it’s been 8 years now.” One opportunity turned into another and The Bar Bank was born. Glover is constantly booked and often gets rave reviews from the above and beyond service she and her team provide. From San Diego to Los Angeles, The Bar Bank has become a staple company for many of her clients parties. When asked what advice she’d give aspiring entrepreneurs, Glover says “I would definitely say brainstorm and write down your ideas. Put them in a book and step by step take off each task. Do one thing at a time until everything is accomplished until you reach your goal.” The Bar Bank is a highly sought after full service bartending, To have her at your next event, email barbankers@gmail.com

Staff Writer


Sun Kiss A special Bar Bank “do it at home� drink that Kanita whipped up for you to try is the Sun Kiss. Be sure to give it a sip and let her know what you think!

1oz Vodka 1oz Moscato .5 oz Peach Schnapps Fill with fresh lemonade Chopped Peach Garnish

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WELCOME TO

PARK

BELMONT


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By Chida Rebecca s a kid, Belmont Park was always one of my favorite places to frequent. I felt like it gave us San Diegans that semi Coney Island experience on the west coast, but with perfect year-round weather. Known for hosting great sunsets, ocean waves, ice cream, a roller coaster, food and games, Belmont Park was our go-to. But I didn’t realize the amount of history the park held. All I knew was that it had been there my whole life.    As one of San Diego’s most historic locations in town, Belmont was built in 1925 by Mr. John D. Spreckles in an effort to stimulate real estate sales. The then Mission Beach Amusement Center’s star attraction was the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, which spans 2,600 square feet and took less than two months to build. The original cost to construct the coaster was a whopping $150,000. By the mid-80s, the coaster had

become an eyesore and was near closure. But $2 million later, the coaster was restored and reintroduced more vibrant than before. Today the Giant Dipper is 93 years old.   Throughout the decades Belmont has had its ebbs and flows, going from bustling to rarely visited, but the park has survived and is thriving. When planning for our August issue, knew I wanted to profile Belmont because I had seen some changes take place there over the years, but never really took the time to investigate. Soon I was in touch with an old friend, Michelle McKee, who serves as the park’s Marketing Director. We met up and got my Belmont


tour underway.   As we ventured through the park, there were surprises at every turn. Like the food selections. I found the combination of boutique eateries and restaurants refreshing. You could go from grabbing a corn dog on the go, to a lively sports bar/restaurant setting within moments. Some new park additions include the zip line, in which kids and adults can be seen flying overhead throughout the park, and the newly remodeled and purely epic arcade gaming area - which also houses a phenomenally designed laser tag area. My favorite find was the escape room building called Escapology. This place is perfect for business or familial groups, to come, put their heads together; and look for ways to escape.   These days gadgets and cell phones are a favorite among youth, thankfully the park offers easy distractions in the form of activities. Rock climbing, bumper cars, and highly interactive gaming are

enough to make any elementary mind put his or her phone down. While the park is diverse in activity offerings, Michelle and I were able to talk about the ways in which Belmont is becoming a more inclusive and diverse place from its marketing to those that it employs. This was an important conversation because I believe diversity is key. “It’s so important to reflect the beautiful mix of diversity we have here at the park. When you look around you see every age, gender, and culture from around the world. Everyone is welcome at Belmont Park and that’s what makes this place so special,” Michelle shared. And she was right. The park was diverse from the top down. This made me happy and even more excited about returning.   Of course, there’s only so much we can show you through the pages of a magazine, but overall I really would encourage you to visit there. This isn’t all though... keep reading!


The Plunge at Fit marked the official return of the iconic beachfront pool in Belmont Park re-opening its doors to the public July 4. Built in 1925 alongside the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, the nearly 400,000 gallon swimming pool underwent a massive renovation, making it one of the most desirable locations at the park. At the grand re-opening event Mayor Kevin Faulconer shared “The Plunge at Fit in Belmont Park is a beloved landmark for Mission Beach residents and the entire city of San Diego.” He added “It has long been a place for children, families and neighbors to exercise and make memories together, and this restoration ensures that many more generations of San Diegans can enjoy that same experience.” At the time of its opening, the 60-by-175 foot pool was the largest salt water pool in the world. In 1940, the salt water of The Plunge began to damage its filtration system and fresh water was brought in to fill the pool. The Plunge then became “the largest indoor heated pool in Southern California,” at 12,000 square feet. A series of safety and maintenance issues in the decades that followed led to the pool’s closing in 2014. Shortly thereafter, Pacifica Enterprises embarked on a nearly three year project to restore this beloved attraction to its iconic status. Pacifica Enterprises refreshed the beachfront pool and building with a new contemporary design, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls that maximize ocean views and a retractable roof that allows for a climate-controlled environment. Working closely with City of San Diego’s Historical Resources Board and Save Our Heritage Organisation, Pacifica Enterprises included historical features from the original 1925 structure as well as replicas of original entrance archways. To enhance the total experience, the Plunge at Fit now includes a dining deck connecting to the newly renovated Beach House for guests to enjoy food, drinks and a fresh ocean breeze.


THE SWEET SHOPPE

the food Visit www.belmontpark.com for more info on the additional restaurant and eateries

DRAFT COFFEE “Draft Coffee is the perfect outdoor beach cafe located by the boardwalk at Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Not only do we take pride in the coffee we make, we also take pride in ensuring guests are completely satisfied with their order and overall experience. We believe in providing genuine service to each and every one of our guests. We proudly serve the highest quality coffee creations with authentic Italian Cafe Vergnano espresso beans, imported from Italy. Our menu offers a variety of options, from traditional coffee beverages to seasonal treats. On weekdays, we serve up hand-crafted breakfast for guests seeking a morning fill-up. Outdoor tables surround the cafe for guests to soak up the ocean breeze while enjoying coffee and other goods. From sun-up to sundown, Draft Coffee is dedicated to perk up every guest, every day.”

“In the heart of the midway, Sweet Shoppe is serving up everything from homemade fudge to candy apples, ice cream cones, cotton candy, frozen bananas and more. Indulge your taste buds with delicious treats that will make your day at the park even sweeter!Freshly-made waffle cones daily, MONSTER portions, variety of homemade fudge.”


DOLE WHIP “Dole Whip is unique in itself. A favorite frozen dessert made popular by Disney.”

EL JEFE

“El Jefe is the perfect venue for lunch. We have amazing pricing for the food that we offer. You won’t find a better deal anywhere else on the beach. The El Jefe staff is professional, family friendly and provides excellent service to each and every guest.”

BELMONTY’S BURGERS “Freshness factor, 100% USDA choice ground chuck for burger patties, hand-leafed lettuce, fresh cut fries daily, fresh grilled onions, hand-stretched pizza dough…etc. Also, our burgers exceed expectations with their time-tested, favorite combinations of flavors (thousand island, grilled onions, dill pickles, etc.).”

BEACH HOUSE

“Quality bar food served casually with a beachy vibe. Family-friendly bar on the beach. Toes in the sand, drink in your hand. Closest experience to ‘drinking on the beach’ in California. Live shows”

CANNONBALL “Cannonball is an upscale dining experience right on the beach. Pacific Rim inspired California cuisine and shareable plates. Signature cocktails with quality spirits. Anniversaries, birthday parties and group events are welcome. We have an outstanding events department that works wonders at catering guests needs. We can look to design a menu suited for the guest. Reservations are available through OpenTable. Suited best for parties of 5 and under. Parties larger than 5 will be approved by a manager depending on availability. The Sushi Cube is available to book for larger parties. Depending on the day and time, there may be a minimum spend to reserve.”


THE COST OF LIBERTY IS LESS THAN THE PRICE OF REPRESSION. W.E.B. DU BOIS

LIVING


ohh she did that Black Business News

Dorothy Jones, an extremely talented illustrator and art designer from Mobile, Alabama, creates beautiful custom crafts that pay homage to the

natural beauty of Black women. Her company is called Ohh She Did That, and her most popular products are her handmade, hand-crafted coffee mugs. With more than 12 different designs to choose from, Dorothy is overwhelmed every single week with

new orders to the point that she regularly sells out. Her mugs are steeply priced at $55 and up, but the quality and creativity of her work is well worth it. Each mug displays positive images of professional Black women with natural hair and Afro-centric attire. Each mug also has a different name with a unique design that features a colorful character that matches the description. For example, there is the Precious Curls Poppin mug, the Dope Chick mug, the Lawanda mug, the Bantu Pop mug, and even the Trina mug.

The mugs are absolutely beautiful, and growing more and more everyday in popularity, but that is not all that Dorothy does. She also designs t-shirt graphics, apparel, canvas art, and hand painted wine glasses.

She even designs customized mugs, allowing customers to choose the mug’s color, the character’s hairstyle, her skin tone, her hairstyle, her accessories, and her outfit.

For more details and/or to place an order, visit https://www.ohhshedidthat.com or follow her on Facebook at @dorothylanes Courtesy of blackbusiness.com


P

lanning a trip abroad? That's exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving? Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.

Passport If you have a current passport, check the expiration date. Many countries require that you have at least two to four blank visa pages, and that your passport be valid for 6 months past

the last day of your trip. If you don't have a passport or it needs renewal, get that done first. The U.S. State Department announced an increase in processing time for passports to 6-8 weeks. Even a higher-cost expedited passport can take three weeks. Fortunately, FedEx Office is teaming up with RushMyPassport to offer further expedited U.S. passport services. Stop by one of 2,000 FedEx Office locations or visit FedEx.com/passport to complete your application. You can even purchase government-compliant passport photos at their locations. There are six options:

What you need to do

before traveling

abroad


* Same-day service - 1 business day * Next-day service - 2 business days * Priority service - 3-5 business days * Rush service - 6-7 business days * Standard service - 8-10 business days * Smart service (adult renewals only) 11-14 business days

This doesn't include shipping, so add one day or more for shipping, or arrange pickup at their location in select cities.

Visas Some countries don't require visas for brief visits, but you should check well before leaving. Find the country at travel. state.gov/destination to determine necessary paperwork and allow several weeks for the process. You will typically need to visit the website of that country's embassy

for current visa requirements and instructions. FedEx Office does not currently offer visa services, but plans to in the future. If your destination country doesn't require a visa, they may require proof of sufficient funds for your trip, proof of onward or return flights and a passport with one blank visa page valid for 6 months beyond the date you arrive. Contact information Bring along information for the U.S. embassy and consulate, in case of emergency. You should also carry contact information for family members in case anything happens to you. Leave a copy of your travel documents (such as passport) and itinerary with someone back home and carry copies with you (separate from originals, in case of loss or theft).

Money Savvy travelers carry a combination of cash, traveler's checks and credit cards in separate locations. Learn overall currency exchange rates and make a cheat sheet with that country's equivalents of $5, $10 and $20. Remember, exchange rates change daily and vary depending on where you exchange money.


Exchange some at the airport when you arrive. Then exchange more in a touristy area posting competitive exchange rates to find better deals.

Health Consult your doctor to catch up on vaccinations. Find out if the country where you're traveling requires vaccinations for entry, or which are recommended, on the CDC website: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-vaccines. Vaccines should be administered a month ahead for maximum effectiveness. If you take prescription medications, bring them in their original containers, plus a copy of the prescription(s).

Insurance Some health insurance policies cover you overseas, but many don't. You can purchase travel insurance to ensure you're covered for both doctor or hospital visits and for transporting you to a hospital if necessary. Some renters or homeowners insurance policies cover loss or theft abroad, but you can purchase additional coverage if they don't.

Planning ahead will not only ensure a hassle-free trip, but will give you peace of mind in case the unexpected happens. Knowing what you need before you go will make your trip memorable - for all the right reasons. These general guidelines are not exhaustive. Be aware that laws change and vary from country to country. Check relevant resources including travel.state.gov/destination for information about your destination. Read the entry under "Entry/Exit Requirements." This will give you information on what is required for a U.S. citizen to visit the country under basic circumstances, such as for tourism. For Costa Rica, for example, the State Department says: "For entry into Costa Rica, you must present both a valid passport and a roundtrip/outbound ticket. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your arrival." You are also instructed to visit the official website for the Embassy of Costa Rica, costarica-embassy.org, to view the most current visa information. If the country listing includes this recommendation, follow the link to obtain more specific information.


Adult Recess RUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

If you lived in San Diego as a child, chances are you’ve taken a trip or two to the historic Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. Children with hearts and minds for the sciences are are drawn to the Center daily to explore and enjoy the latest developments in the sciences and the lively exhibits. But who knew the Fleet would turn into a place where grownups were commanded to do absolutley NO ADULTING AT ALL.

You get the science center all to yourself (no kids allowed!) to explore exhibits at a savings, enjoy an adult beverage and rock out to music on Saturday nights this summer. Adult Recess provides your chance to take over the Fleet's newest exhibition, Pause|Play. This world-premiere exhibition features adult-sized recess activities where you can zip down a 31-foot-long slide that clocks your speed, dig into augmented-reality sandboxes and shoot hoops while hampered by distortion lenses. There's just one rule:

No Adulting Allowed! So, leave the kids at home and let your curiosity run wild exploring the Fleet! Do it at a discount—special admission pricing applies starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights (see below). You must be 21+ because, yes, the no-host bar will be open in Pause|Play on Saturday nights. Food is also available for purchase. Experience Adult Recess on Saturday nights at the Fleet this summer, June 1 though August 31. www.rhfleet.org


SUCCESS STORY

Resiliency through a

TRANSFORMATIVE

DISRUPTION

I


I

Staff Writer

magine being in the best physical, mental, financial and emotional shape of your life, only to have it all tested so severely, that it’s almost gone. In an instant. This is the story of Terrance Minnoy, a successful pharmaceutical professional, motivational speaker and author. With a gentleman’s charm and a politician’s savvy, Minnoy has lived an accomplished life. Successfully forging paths for himself, he was on a fast track to establishing a modest empire that would make anyone proud. His bills were paid, money was in the bank, and for the most part, life was copasetic. But suddenly, unbeknownst to him, “Miracle” Minnoy (as he’s often called) would encounter the most difficult setback he had ever faced. Three strokes within 24 hours. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and every four minutes someone dies

from one. “Wealth doesn’t matter if you don’t have good health,” he shares. An athlete throughout his high school and collegiate days, Minnoy understands the importance of being in shape physically, and preventative fitness, but the journey during his recovery brought about some harsh realizations where he was lacking awareness in other facets. “Remember, stroke is defined as a brain attack. I’ve also had attacks in other areas of my life as well. I’ve had mental attacks. I’ve had spiritual attacks. I’ve had emotional attacks. Career attacks. Business attacks. Financial attacks as well. Every area of our life is susceptible to having a stroke. In my case, unfortunately, some of these attacks were self-inflicted. I was actually the cause of the attack. If I didn’t cause it, I surely played a role. I was basically attacking myself.” This realization spun some deeper healing for him.


As a result of pulling through such a significant time, Minnoy opted to pen his victorious recovery to paper, spreading a message of hope through his latest book, Indifferent Strokes: Embracing Life’s Adversities. Some may call him “The Come Back Kid”, but for Minnoy, his impending challenges were all simply apart of God’s plan. “See, God will allow you to go through some rough patches in your life. He will also give you opportunities to grow as you journey into places you don’t feel comfortable…” This is exactly what the strokes represented to him. A rough patch, and an opportunity to grow into a place he didn’t feel comfortable; causing his sur-

vival to put him in a position to motivate others as an author and a speaker. As the healing ensued, Minnoy’s understanding of his calling in life grew in addition to his appreciation for it. Through his book he shares strategies that individuals can use to recover from setbacks, steps to reinvention, and ways to illuminate one’s true passion and purpose. He will encourage and inspire you to face challenges with optimism, high expectancy and tenacity. “When I leave this world, I want people to know that I left. I want to make such an impact with my family, friends and others around me that my energy and presence are noticeably missing.” Not only does Minnoy want this for himself, but all those he comes in contact with.

Follow and Contact Terrance at:

https://www.facebook.com/terrance.minnoy

https://www.facebook.com/MiracleMinnoyMotivation


THERE IS NO

NO SHAME

IN BLACK BEAUTY LUPITA NYONG’O

HAUTE


Meet T-Shirt Line Creator

Ricardo Mompremier

www.frshfaith.com

Frsh+Faith means to Make Jesus Famous:

By Ricardo Mompremier

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. This brand was made to help and encourage my faith in Christ because I had that dog barking behind the fence kind of faith. Thinking that I knew enough to navigate the world, and still feel righteous. “I couldn’t”! I couldn’t just do Christ only on Sundays and feel ready to do His work every day. And eventually I was challenged, I got checked, I got questioned about Christ and I left my faith hanging……I Left… Christ…Hanging. I’ve dealt with lust, I’ve dealt with


RICARDO MOMPREMIER

thievery, I’ve dealt with lying, I’ve dealt with some things that I am so blessed Jesus doesn’t hold over me. And at the time, I was boasting, full of pride, full of myself. Shame to me is the worst feeling I would desire to experience because if I call myself a child of God, I would’ve done what the word says, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you” So why did I momentarily forsake the Lord? Fear? A lack of relationship with the Lord? A lack of knowledge of the Word? Pride? How about ALL THE ABOVE. But I am so blessed that we serve a God of the turnaround, I’m blessed that God honored the way I will end up rather than what I showed myself to be in my journey called life. I’m grateful. Not perfect by any measure, just grateful to serve, to love, to affirm, to encourage. And that’s what Frsh+Faith is, brand new faith, renewed, restored to boast in the name of the Lord. make JESUS famous. This brand drives to: Encourage the voiceless. Walk with the courage-less & Express the Love of God to everyone. Like anyone new to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News; the world can be intimidating in allowing the sharing of one's faith. But this brand is here to help you and me to voice and wear our faith. So browse are dope products of t-shirts, hats, fitness wear, footwear, encouraging messages. Or just shoot us a prayer request; we’re all a family of believers and family helps each other when in need. Naturally and spiritually. Like. Follow. Believe in Christ. @frshfaith or www.frshfaith.com. We do God's Business. This is Frsh+Faith® Clothing reminding the children of God to Make Jesus Famous! Thank you for helping us spread the Love of Jesus Christ. Be Bold. Express Your Faith. Make Jesus Famous. It's a movement. #Frshfaith X #MakeJesusFamous X #GoodNewsPusher


healing dry & cracked feet

at home Baking Soda Soak

Vinegar Soak

When using baking soda, you only need a small amount (2-3 tablespoons) in a full foot bath of warm water for 10-20 minutes.

Almost any type of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar are popular options.

After your soak, gently use a pumice stone or foot brush to remove dead skin and apply plenty of moisturizer after. If you experience any redness or irritation while soaking your feet, immediately remove them from the solution.

Use cool water to create the soak, as hot water may dry out the skin more. Use 1 parts vinegar to 2 parts water as a general guideline. Soak feet for 5 to 10 minutes to start. Apply a moisturizer, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil prior to putting on socks to seal in moisture after doing a vinegar soak is recommended. Doing this treatment a few times a week should suffice, as it can be further drying on the skin.


ODOdyssey YSSEY Hair Care

Founder of Black-Owned Hair Care Brand Creates Chemical-Free, Unique Formula for All Hair Types


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osie Castor, creator and founder of Odyssey Hair Care Products, has launched her new hair care line for all different hair types made with organic plant-derived ingredients. She comments, “My daughter suffered from Alopecia at a young age where it damaged her scalp leaving bald spots. I decided to use only home-made products for her hair with ingredients that I already had in my kitchen. We started getting great results and her hair was growing back. Friends and Family were noticing the difference in her hair and were asking me about what we were using. The more we share the more interests we found about our new home-made products. So, we decided to help others as well and Odyssey Hair Care was born!� Odyssey hair care offers a perfect balance of moisture and protein which results in hair growth and thickness which leads to long-lasting results. The products are safer, effective and free of harsh chemicals. It provides relief of dandruff, dry itchy scalp, weak and falling hair. Odyssey Hair care products are good for all hair types. Odyssey hair care products are chemical and vegan friendly and are safe for children to use. They are committed in protecting our environment. They are cruelty-free; not tested on animals. Their products are paraben and sulfate-free. Odyssey Products are infused with keratin and silk proteins, exotic essential oils, like castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, grape seed oil, and vitamins that work to restore luster, body, and manageability. They are committed and passionate about helping you achieve great results for your hair. For more details and/or to place an order online, visit www.odysseyhaircare.com for purchase. For questions about Odyssey Hair Care products and treatments, please contact Josie Castor at info@odysseyhaircare.com


THE WHOLE WORLD OPENED TO ME WHEN I LEARNED TO

READ

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE

INFORMED


Melanin in the

Media

profiling local Blacks in the media


Dr. John E. Warren

PUBLISHER

THE SAN DIEGO

VOICE & VIEWPOINT


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r. John E. Warren, President of Warren Communications, Inc., is the Publisher of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper. Raised in Washington, DC, Warren brings a rich background to journalism and the area of public policy. He spent over a decade on Capitol Hill working for three of our most famous African American members of Congress: The late Honorable Adam Clayton Powell of New York, the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York, and the late Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins of California. Dr. Warren also served as a Legislative Assistant to the House Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. Congress. He is a past Vice President of the National Institute of Public Management, a past Director of the National School Boards Association and a former elected member of the Washington, D. C. Board of Education where he served for nine years. He has served as Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, as a member of the National Bar Association, and is a former Law Clerk to both the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego. A graduate of Howard University School of Law, Dr. Warren also received an under-

graduate degree in Business and Government from Howard University as well. Warren conducted graduate-level studies in Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He graduated from the U.S. Army Officers Candidate School and holds a commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. For over a decade, Warren has been a PBS and local media news commentator and is founder and Pastor of the Eagle’s Nest Christian Center in San Diego, CA, where he and his wife Dolores Van Rensalier-Warren reside.


Brandee “Kurvy” J

Editor-in-Chief/CEO Luxe Kurves Magazine


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randee “Kurvy” J is a Self-Acceptance Advocate, Multi-Media Personality, Author, Fashion Editor, and highly sought after Speaker. She empowers women to embrace the best versions of themselves through all of her

brands! The Women behind the Movement! Growing up, Brandee is the youngest of 4 and was teased for being overweight by her peers and father. Her father nicknamed her Ms. Piggy due to her size. At the age of 10, her father decided that he wanted her to lose weight and put her on her first of many diets. From the age of 10-15, Brandee battled with eating disorders and attempted suicide twice. It wasn’t until she reached the age of 16 that she realized her body was beautiful and with the help of her grandmother she came to accept herself. With her self-esteem at an all-time high it was again tested after Brandee gave birth to her first child at the age of 21. Seeing her body changing it affected her in a number of ways. Dealing with her self- esteem it was a hard battle she was facing and also being in a physical/verbal abusive marriage. After two-years Brandee J got the courage to live her marriage and rebuild herself to the woman she is today. A Movement that Matters! Recognizing the need to kick-down barriers as a plus-size woman, Brandee “Kurvy” J is on a mission to make being a proud “Kurvy” woman mainstream! In 2012 she launched her Kurvy Life lifestyle brand designed to demonstrate to women that you can be classy, sexy, and elegant at any size.

“It’s about walking with your head held high and looking glamorous doing it!” says Brandee J. Brandee “Kurvy” J is a business woman on the rise in the fashion and entertainment industry and her brand only continues to grow. In 2015 Brandee J did the unthinkable, not only did she start the first ever plus size fashion week during New York Fashion Week titled “NYFW Plus,” she also took the knowledge she gained from the plus size industry and launched the very first upscale luxury publication for plus size women “Luxe Kurves Magazine” (www.luxekurves.com). In 2016 Brandee J continued to make moves by putting on “Luxe Kurves Fashion Night Los Angeles” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jloAVERlzUw)! In 2017 she launched “Luves Kurves T.V. with Brandee J” which is her online channel where she interviews celebrities, fashion designers, models and cover’s the hottest events such as the Amber Rose Slut Walk, VH1 Black Ink New York Premier, BET Experience, Summer Soul Fest & more! Link -https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCZFWA3SrkBEhIRRbk-cKofA Brandee is a dynamic multi-media personality and the new voice of the plus size industry! Breaking down barriers for plus size women is Brandee “Kurvy” J’s mission in life! Joining the Movement! Brandee “Kurvy” J represents a brand you want to be associated with!! She is dedicated to changing the world through her workshops, multi-media hosting gigs, and speaking engagements. She is a highly sought after event host, media personality, positive body advocate, and more!


Pamela Wood-Garcia

Editor-in-Chief/CEO

EMPRESS MAGAZINE


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amela Wood is a Black journalist based out of San Diego, California. She is the Editor In Chief at Empress Magazine, a global social justice and human rights publication. She got her start as a writer freelancing for Sister to Sister Magazine in 1998. She later began freelancing at the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint in the early 2,000s. Pamela has a vast background in television and theater. She recently co-wrote the play, Tomorrow Never Comes with Dejahn Blevins and created, produced, and directed Social

Hour, a social justice talk show that aired on MyTV and at KBLK Radio from 2017 to 2018. Pamela recently moved to West Coast Radio and is slated to do several projects there. Pamela has graced the stages at the San Diego Repertory Theater, Community Actors Theater, and The Old Globe Theater. Her current project, Smoke Break is due to air in October, 2019. Look for more from this phenomenal woman. Her best is yet to come.


Tayari Howard

PRESIDENT/CEO

tayari media group


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his year marks William Tayari Howard’s forty-seventh year as a broadcast journalist. He is the second of three generations of his family spanning eighty-six years in the business. Tayari has worked in broadcast management, operations, promotions, production and sales. He has written, voiced, and produced more than eight thousand radio, television and public service announcements since 1972, and logged over 38,000 hours on San Diego radio and television. Tayari is responsible for officially introducing the “Quiet Storm” formats “Music for

Lovers” and “Nightmoods” to the west coast from 1974 through 1994. A graduate of Columbia School of Broadcasting and a radio, television and film major from San Diego City College, Tayari currently mentors 9th through 12th grade student’s in broadcast media arts and social media platforms while operating kblkradio. com and kksdjazzonline.com The recipient of numerous awards, the city of San Diego has twice proclaimed “William Tayari Howard Day” and he has been acknowledged by two United States Presidents, George Bush, Jr., and Barack Obama awarded him a “lifetime” achievement award in 2013, for philanthropy and volunteerism.


Gwen Pierce

Editor-in-Chief/CEO the chocolate voice


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wen Pierce is a passionate visionary and is the heartbeat of The Chocolate Voice. With a background in aerospace, non-profit and journalism, she created the publication originally as a newsletter in 2007. First launching in Tucson, The Chocolate Voice uniquely focused on the positive contributions of people in the community – something the city was lacking. Little did she know, her small newsletter would grow into an online publication that celebrates positivity in our global community, an aspect that continues to encourage and inspire those who come across it. A San Diego resident since the late seventies, she is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. She is a proud member of the San Diego Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, NAACP and has been featured in lifestyle publications like The Tucson Citizen, The San Diego Union Tribune, and Arizona Public Media. In 2015, Gwen was recognized by National

Council of Negro Women as a visionary for outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was recognized by the San Diego Association of Black Journalists as Member of the Year for outstanding achievement. In her spare time, Gwen enjoys, traveling, trying out new restaurants, theatre, concerts and spending time with her family, and husband of over thirty years.


April ‘Lady A’ Laster

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pril “LADY A” Laster is a vibrant energetic charming and humorous young woman with a passion for helping people realize and embrace their true self rather than hide from them. Her transparent approach to tough situations has garnered her much respect among her peers and various circles of friendships and relationships in the community. When meeting LADY A, one encounters a true moment of change. LADY A uses her poetic and comedic talent as an outlet to bring love joy and happiness into the hearts of others all over the world. Her gift for working with people and love for social settings like the stage, in front of the camera or on the mic allow her to impact people from

all walks of life. As a public figure in the entertainment industry LADY A has interviewed some of the most influential A list figures in politics, entertainment and sports, including prominent religious leaders. Her 15+ years of experience includes being the executive producer and host of her radio show Crown Conversations as well as the founder of her nonprofit Open Heart Leaders. With all that she has done an experienced in life LADY A’s overall sentiment is “I’ll always put the crown before the mic.”


Leonard Thompson

president/ceo m.a.n.d.a.t.e. records


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eonard J. Thompson III has been in the music industry for over 35 years, first as a musician and later as a record label executive, promoter and manager. Mr. Thompson’s love for music was birthed in the church and developed by multi-cultural experiences. His passion for music with positive lyrics and life-changing messages fuels his vision to think outside the box of the entertainment industry to help artists develop their own unique sound. In 1995 Mr. Thompson founded M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., a Christian-owned and operated record label. Since that time, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. has grown from a small home-based business to one of Southern California’s premiere labels. Although considered a grassroots company, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has made a tremendous impact on the Christian and Jazz music communities, representing that Southern California style with that Diego groove.

While under his direction, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records is recognized for successfully producing, The San Diego Praise Fest, San Diego County Fair Gospel Fest, Street Scene Gospel Slamm, The Fishhook, The G.R.I.D.I.R.O.N. Tour, The Genesis Tour, The Sisters For Souls Tour, Rock the Block Tour, Jazz At the Creek, Bayside Gospel Concert Aboard the USS Midway, and many other concert style events that were designed to mobilize neighboring communities, cities and states. The record label is also instrumental in bringing gospel radio programming to the city of San Diego. With over 40 recording projects to its credit, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has remained an artist friendly company not only to its own artists but also those seeking an independent career in music. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has restructured in order to better serve their artists in the area of artist development, preparing them for worldwide exposure. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Master’s Degree in Education and is Ordained as an Elder in the Church of God In Christ.


Pearlie Blackmon-Cotton

founder/ceo

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s the owner and founder of NTHEKNOW Inc. Magazine, it is my pleasure and honor to share my dream with you. NTHEKNOW Community Magazine! is an exciting magazine company with a mission of catering to emerging, gifted and talented entrepreneurs in the San Diego area. Our company seeks to create a platform to recognize locals for their superior achievements, and contributions to the San Diego community. I am honored to share this platform with such great talented entrepreneurs, as well as

my outstanding team whose contributions contributed to the development and quality of my dream. These individuals are committed to bringing you the best, as they labor to deliver exciting, truthful and pertinent information regarding our community. I am thrilled to have you as a reader and most of all appreciate your support. I am confident as you read the biographies of the individuals featured in our quarterly publication you will be inspired, encouraged and hopeful by their personal stories that dreams do come true! I am certain that NTHEKNOW, Inc., has the wherewithal to provide the personalized service to not only the city of San Diego but in cities and towns throughout the nation and abroad.


CHERYL MORROW

Editor in chief

THE SAN DIEGO MONITOR


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heryl Morrow is the heir of the California Curl company; the daughter of world-famous Dr. Willie Morrow. The legacy brand is known for beauty tools like the blow dryer comb attachment The WLM Thermo nozzle. Still today, it leads in research in eco, bio, and safe beauty technology for the ethnic beauty industry and the new cannabis/hemp beauty genre. Locally Cheryl Morrow as a San Diegan she has endeavored to ignite the entrepreneurship in her community via mentorship and her own example of wealth building and wealth maintenance. “Connecting cultural affinity with your business venture, she says is the best insurance for success.” “It’s the year of Innovation but more importantly, it’s the year of Destiny designing, says Cheryl.” “Beauty Media is the focus and the disruption; for example, our new content piece

“From a Plant’s Perspective, where we’re supplying a sexier and sensual side of Cannabis/ Hemp features not just its benefits. This way, cannabis’s legitimacy is fueling people’s decisions to include them in their lifestyle and diets says, Cheryl.” We introduce VC’s, executives, consumers, barber/cosmetologist, clinicians, doctors, trichologists, and dermatologist to the green science technology of the beauty and cannabis/hemp industries. Specialties: Brand packaging consulting Hair science studies and market research The Healthy Hair Project Initiative; Safer Salon Environments The Curl Academy: courses, textbooks and digital magazines Organic Texture alternative to harsh straighteners Beauty Myth book series Canna-beauty Haircare Salon Hardware Salon Couture gear design Canna-beauty Brand Design


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By Nikki Legros Life & Business Strategist Best-Selling Author of Faith over Fear: It’s Time to Walk in Your Purpose and Enhance Your Worth Instagram: @NikkiLegros

reasons you need a business

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o, you’re thinking of leaving your 9-5 to start your business, or you want to start a business but have no idea where to start? Or maybe you have a business and you’ve already started but you don’t know how to market yourself to get more clients? Wherever you are in your level of entrepreneurship you definitely need a coach! I mean, you can try and figure it all out on your own, which is fine. However, if someone has already done the leg work and been successful, wouldn’t it be beneficial for you to learn from them and gain more insight quicker versus wasting unnecessary time trying to figure it out on your own? Let’s break this thing down and at the end you can make an informed decision on whether you need a business coach or not, deal? Ready, set, go!

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CLARITY

A business coach offers clarity in your business. So often, we have tons of ideas flowing, so much so that we want to do everything, all at once and all at the same time. A business coach will offer strategy and clarity on how to streamline your business. A business coach acts as a filter. Filtering the good ideas from the not so good ideas or the ideas that need to be sidelined for the moment. A business coach helps you set clear and concise goals so you can reach breakthrough in your business. Besides, they’ve already been through the challenges, the doubt, the fear and all the obstacles, right? (I know I surely have) Which means they are definitely qualified to help you get clear on your vision!

ACCOUNTABILITY

A business coach offers accountability. Your business coach should help you set goals and come up with a strategic plan for you. Their job is to also make sure you stay on top of those goals and that plan, in order to have a successful business. Trust me, you don’t want a coach that just gives you a task and leaves you hanging. You need a coach that will cheer you on but also corrects you if needed. A coach that is there for you, will challenge you and accessible to you. That’s a coach that cares about his/her clients. It’s so easy to say what we are going to do, but if no one is holding us accountable, it’s equally as easy to let those goals fall by the wayside.


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Your coach will not only help you set goals and come up with a strategic plan to succeed but they will also help align your efforts to achieve those goals when or if you get off track.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

You know the old saying “there’s more than one way to crack a nut”? Well same principle goes along with a business coach. Your coach is a sounding board. Someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to brainstorm with and offer a different perspective. A business coach will allow you to essentially brain dump your ideas but also, they will ask the hard, thought provoking questions to show you different perspectives to your ideas. It only takes one new perspective to see the whole picture come together.

OUT OF THE BOX

There comes a place in our lives where we become stagnant and complacent. I mean after all stagnation is what led you to here. Looking for something different, something fresh and new to level up your business. The job of your business coach is to help you think outside of the box. Think of new, innovative, fresh ideas, plans and goals to help move you from where you are to where you want to be. Your business coach should have access to resources to propel you further than you could go by yourself.

BUILD CONFIDENCE

We’ve gone through the top 4 reasons you need a business coach; the #1 reason is my favorite. You need a business coach that will build confidence in you. Someone to pull you off the sidelines to the frontlines. They already see your potential and your greatness, now it’s time for you to believe in YOU. A great coach will recognize when its fear speaking and not you, or when there is stagnation, or when there is doubt, and insecurity. You need a coach that will root for your success, a coach that will recognize the boldness and greatness on the inside of you. A coach that will pull out your greatness! If you look at a sports coach, he or she doesn’t just show their player how to play the game. They take time to build up their player, so that, that player can perform boldly and confidently. They affirm their player on a daily basis, they encourage, empower and educate their player. That’s what a great coach does! Of course, there are many more essential reasons why you need a business coach but these are just a few. A business coach brings breakthrough in your business. They break through the barriers that have been created by you or others. They see the things you cannot see in your business. You’ve wondered long enough if it was time to work with a coach. I’m here to tell you IT’S TIME! Get started by researching and matching yourself with the right coach and propel yourself into your breakthrough! I’ll be standing on the sidelines cheering you on.


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Passion for Cooking Leads to a New Future for Southeast San Diego Resident Black & Magazine Newswire SAN DIEGO, CA — Deon Winters wanted to cook his whole life and that decision is what saved him from the criminal justice system. He enrolled in the free Culinary Arts certificate program at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), located just a few miles away from his home in Lincoln Park. Before wearing a chef ’s uniform, Winters spent most of his twenties in between prison and probation, earning his GED at Ironwood State. “I am one of the stories you read about or see in the movies, from the streets to the classroom,” he said. “Growing up in Southeastern San Diego you’re already labeled by law enforcement.” “SDCE is a rich representation of San Diego’s most marginalized communities. Our students are among the most diverse in California culturally, ethnically and educationally.” said Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President of SDCE. “As adult learners returning to school, their courageous choice to enroll in SDCE after facing many hurdles in their lives will open doors to new opportunities for themselves and for generations to come.” SDCE’s 36-week Culinary Arts career training program emphasizes the basic principles of cooking, theory, food prep, safe food handling and pastry making. Students practice developing menus and managing food costs to gain a better understanding of the restaurant business. After certification completion, SDCE graduates are ready for entry-level employment or can transition to San Diego Mesa College with up to six (6) college credits earned toward an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management. “The beauty of SDCE’s Culinary and Bakeshop Academy is that there are many ways to be successful,” said Winters. “Even if you don’t have money, they can help you.” Winters was a part of

SDCE’s Rising to Success (R2S) PATHWAYS program and received vouchers for class materials. Winters credits Chef Liz Trevino at SDCE for helping him fight for his education. “I was ready to give up on this when I had to go through the courts again.” His probation officers attempted to pull him away from school. He attended class four days each week for eight hours each day. “Now I don’t have to deal with them at all anymore and it’s because of this school and Chef Liz. The judge saw my progression and commitment and she liked it.” This fall Winters will pursue an Associate of Science Degree in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management at San Diego Mesa College with a San Diego Promise scholarship, which provides two years of tuition. SDCE’s free Culinary and Bakeshop Academy is located in Mountain View at the Educational Cultural Complex and in Point Loma at West City Campus. Fall semester begins Tuesday, September 3, 2019. To learn more please visit, SDCE.EDU.


Five Friends Who Saved $50 a Week for Two Years Just Purchased Their First Investment Property nigan told Because of Them We Can. Together, the group saved enough money within two years and they have recently bought their first property which they plan to restore before renting it out. They have also established a property management company with hopes to acquire more properties in the future. Najee Hannigan, a 26-year old entrepreneur from Philadelphia, encouraged his friends and cousins to put aside $50 a week so that they could all collectively invest in something big. Two years later, they have successfully accumulated enough money to purchase their first own real estate property. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This is the African proverb that Hannigan thought of when he talked to his two younger cousins, Meqai Herder and Ahmid Hill, who are both 23-years old, and his two long-time friends, Tyree Harvey and Darius Jacobs, who are both 26-years old, about a business proposal in hopes to change their lives as well. In 2017, Hannigan thought that it was a great idea for each of them to save $50 a week or $200 a month and the money they put together could be used to purchase an investment property. “The most challenging part was getting them to understand that time is going to pass regardless, we can invest in [ourselves] or continue to let time pass us by,” Han-

Hannigan, who is also a founder and co-owner of the childcare center Extraordinary Scholars Academy, was thankful that his friends trusted him fully despite their doubt at first. He believes trust is the foundation that made their plan into fruition. “Find people you trust and never give up. Don’t argue about dumb stuff and always think of the bigger picture. Giving up something like cable or clothes for a year or two can put you in a position to have it [for] a lifetime.” As for the five friends, they always think of what could happen if they would stop with what they have already started and used it as motivation. “We knew that if we gave up at any point that we would end up like everyone else, stuck...” Follow Najee Hannigan on Instagram or on Facebook


Black Engineer Invents Gloves That

Turn Sign

Language into

Audible Speech

Allela was inspired to create the gloves because he and his family struggled to communicate with his 6-year-old niece who was born deaf. “My niece wears the gloves, pairs them to her phone or mine, then starts signing and I’m able to understand what she’s saying. Like all sign language users, she’s very good at lip reading, so she doesn’t need me to sign back,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. The young inventor, who also works for Intel and teaches data science at Oxford University, first launched the gloves at a special needs school in rural Migori county, south-west Kenya. He aims for it to be available in every school for special needs children to assist as many deaf or hearing-impaired children as possible.

Roy Allela, a 25-year old engineer and inventor from Kenya, has found the ultimate solution to bridging the communication barrier between deaf and hearing people. He has invented the Sign-IO gloves that can translate signed hand movements to audible speech so deaf people can "talk" even to those who don't understand sign language. The Sign-IO gloves feature sensors mounted on each of the five fingers to determine its movements, including how much a finger is bent. The gloves are connected via Bluetooth to an Android app that Allela also invented which uses a text-tospeech function to convert the gestures to vocal speech.

The Sign-IO gloves are currently still in the prototype phase of development but it has already received awards and prize money which helped him further improve the invention. It has been the 2018 grand winner of the “Hardware Trailblazer Award” from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) global finals in New York and a second runner-up at the Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders in Innovation Fellowship in London. Once it has been made available in the public market, Sign-IO gloves will be one of the many sensor-based devices that are “expected to generate revenue of around $30 billion by end of 2024,” according to Global NewsWire. To know more about Roy Allela, visit www.royallela.com


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