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What better way to celebrate this issue than by showing the love of two people united in marriage, right?! We’re talking about the adorably “fun” duo Mimi G. and Norris Danta Ford. Both have amassed huge followings as sewing and DIY fashion influencers. They discuss their current show, “He Sewed She Sewed seen on Bluprint. It’s a competition of sorts where the newlyweds use the same fabric to come up with different designs. This brings us to the thought, how many times do we experience the same thing, but with a different outcome? Meaning, the fabric of our lives can take on various forms; some for the better, and other times to teach us a lesson to become better people. Marriage is a promise to love and honor until death do we part. This same principle can apply to ourselves even before taking vows with another… Shouldn’t we love who we are enough to honor how we were created? This

involves existing in everything that makes up our inner self, personality and spirit. Saying “I do” is expected with the exchange of wedding vows, but selfaffirmations are just as important. I do… gains strength in knowing your gift to the world. Mimi G. and Norris share their love of sewing with thousands, but it’s not only the clothing (sewn) that catches the energy of so many, but the passion that goes behind it. Let’s continue throughout the summer months by saying, “I do” to our talents so we can share them with the world. Unions are beautiful in matrimony as well as when we, as individuals, align our hearts with the gift in our hands. It’s your time! Enjoy our current issue.

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DISNEY’S FREEFORM WRITES OPEN LETTER IN RESPONSE TO HALLE BAILEY’S ‘LITTLE MERMAID’ CASTING BACKLASH

The discovery that Halle Bailey will be playing ‘Ariel’ in The Little Mermaids adaption has caused a lot of racial disputes, among critics. Freeform, a channel for teens and young adults and owned by Walt Disney Television, released a statement on Saturday (July 6) to put an end to the backlash. “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy),” the post states. “But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair. But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction,” the post adds. “So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you.” Despite the negativity given by some fans, Bailey, who is a 19-yearold actress and R&B singer, has received so much support on all social media platforms. Many celebrities posted amazing things including Halle Berry, who most people thought was the one who originally got the gig because of the similarity in names. “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!” wrote the Oscar-winning actress. Halle Berry @halleberry In case you needed a reminder... Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey Singing sensation, Mariah Carey shared, “Congratulations Halle!! My kids and I are so excited for the emancipation of Ariel.” Carey’s message reminds us of the singer’s own liberating time when her studio album, “The Emancipation of MiMi dropped in 2005. Mariah Carey @MariahCarey Congratulations Halle!! My kids and I are so excited for the emancipation of Ariel️ @chloexhalle

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Forbes has named Rihanna the world’s richest woman musician.   Born Robin Rihanna Fenty, the 31-year-old’s fortune has grown to a whopping $600 million. Thanks, in part, to her music and numerous business endeavors. The Barbados native, co-owns her Savage X Fenty lingerie line with Los Angeles online fashion firm TechStyle Fashion Group. She also co-owns her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, with French-owned luxury good business LVMH. The company made $100 million in sales in its first few weeks and has remained popular since, making $570 million in revenue last year, according to Forbes. It was also lauded for releasing 40 shades of foundation to be more available and representative for all skin tones and types. Rihanna’s new status tops singers, Celine Dion ($450 million), Madonna ($570 million) and Beyoncé ($400 million). Congratulations RiRi!

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and in fact she “IS” a  Woman of Excellence. What was even more powerful is that Mrs. Marjorie Harvey, upon  accepting her Woman of  Excellence Award, asked Aramoni to  come to the stage. She then went on to tell her that the  LadyLike Foundation will fund her  first year of college, then she and Steve Harvey will pay for the rest of her years of college. Not only that but continued her  speech by saying that  although  she rode the  bus to get to the luncheon, she wouldn’t have to ride the  bus home  because she will be riding  home with her!  There was  not a dry eye in the building! This moment encompasses what the LadyLike Foundation is all about, changing the lives of young  ladies  exponentially, one at a time.   The event also takes time to recognize its college scholarship recipients for the year. What feedback have you received from the 10 young ladies who received the scholarships?  

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eah founded the faith-based nonprofit organization in 2007 with a mission to educate, empower, and inspire young girls living in underprivileged communities around the greater Los Angeles area. The annual luncheon serves as a fundraiser and opportunity to honor women who have made an impact in their communities and utilized their platforms to encourage young women to fulfill their goals. Through Leah’s leadership, the Ladylike Foundation has created cutting edge resource programs, workshops that fine-tune hard skills, and mentorships that provide invaluable guidance and support. Read our exclusive interview with President and Founder- Leah Pump   The 11th Annual Ladylike Foundation Women of Excellence Luncheon took place on Saturday, May 11th in Los Angeles with host Vanessa Bell Calloway. Honorees included Storm Reid, Marjorie Harvey, Carrie O’dell, and Jordin Sparks. Describe this year’s event and share how you go about selecting the honorees?   This year’s event was amazing!!! We  couldn’t  have written a better script! We decided to showcase our girls playing a major role in  this year’s event. We  thought this was imperative  so that everyone  could  see what we do and how much we pour into our  girls. Our  girls  opened up the event with an explosive dance. They introduced all of the honorees, carried the video, and we gave 9  scholarships to  college bound  young  ladies with GPA’s ranging from 4.8 and no lower than 3.5. The most  memorable moment of the event was the touching thank you speech from one of our  scholarship  recipients, Aramoni Gumbs, who told the crowd that she took the bus to get to the luncheon that  day and that she was always  told  that she would never be anything, yet  because of the  LadyLike Foundation, she realized  that she can become a Woman of Excellence


Angeles implementing our programs within their schools. We also would like to begin recognizing men in our community  and in our world who  exhibit  excellence in their  various  fields of  occupation and philanthropy. In October I will be going to Ghana West Africa to  refurbish and  rebuild  orphanages and schools that are in need. I will also be checking on the girls we  sponsor at the Mountain High International Boarding School. Our organization has expanded internationally in  Ghana and we would love to expand to  other cities and states beyond Los Angeles. Wherever girls are in need the LadyLike Foundation wants to be there.   What’s next for Leah Pump?   The next step for me is to find a home for the LadyLike Foundation. My dream is to  have a  building  which houses all of our programs so that they can run  weekly. I am also writing a  book  that  talks  about  my life and why God inspired me to create the

“Whatever your passion is, whatever drives you crazy and whatever it is that keeps you up at night, that is what you have been placed on this planet to change.” All of the ladies who received scholarships from the LadyLike Foundation have all expressed their gratitude and will be volunteering with us during their time off from school. Each recipient was truly  impressive  and all had an  element  of need. With our  scholarship,  not  only  did we want to showcase  excellence  in  academics  but we also  wanted  to alleviate the  financial  strain that goes along with going to college. What do you hope to accomplish for the next Annual Ladylike Foundation Women Of Excellence Luncheon? Do you have plans to expand the organization beyond the Los Angeles area?   By the  next LadyLike Women of  Excellence Luncheon we would love to  accomplish more academic, visual/ performing arts, as well  and community service projects throughout the year and partner with Middle and High  Schools  throughout Los

LadyLike Foundation. In addition, I would like to continue my  partnership with schools teaching LadyLike Curriculum weekly so that we can reach and  impact more girls educating, empowering, and inspiring them to reach their highest potential and become everything they were created to be.  

If you could think of one thing to say to help people serve more in their community what would that be? Whatever your passion is, whatever drives you crazy and  whatever  it is  that  keeps you up at night, that is what you have been placed on this planet to  change. Start small; with a small group of people or on a small project. Pray about it and  ask God to help  you.   I  promise you will begin to  change the world one day at a time. By: BSM Team | Source | LadyLike Foundation | Follow @Leah_ladylike

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Creations by Connie I have always been into art, but my passion was in fashion designing. Although my art was doing well, I began playing around with simple beading. Not being satisfied with the costume jewelry I would see ,because it was all the same, I started making my own.What had started out as a hobby has turned into a unique jewelry business. Not just jewelry but wearable art. Every single design has been dedicated to the memory of my late grandmother Orentha Helaire. Creations by Connie stated in October of 2008 and has continued to grow. From this a spin off began in 2012 called Forever Orentha wearable art. This spin off showcases more ethnic styled jewelry. Every piece of jewelry is designed as a oneof-a-kind piece. Every woman wants to make a statement. Creations by Connie makes that happen. As a multi media visual artist,I design and make each statement piece. When I started 8 | BSM MAGAZINE

What had started out as a hobby has turned into a unique jewelry business. NOT JUST JEWELRY BUT WEARABLE ART. Every single design has been dedicated to the memory of my late grandmother Orentha Helaire.

wearing my designs, I would always get approached and questioned about my jewelry. From there I took my hobby to another level. Faith played a large role in my life. God has truly blessed me through this business. Doors have been opened to teach jewelry making. It had also become a type of ministry where I can Minister to young ladies. This summer FOREVER ORENTHA ‘S online boutique will be up and running. Offering one of a kind statement pieces such as necklaces, bangles, earrings and accessories. Opening in mid July. Forever Orentha wearable art designed for the woman whose bold enough to make a statement. We’ve been seen on Pinterest and Colored People.net. Also featured at Southern University at Shreveport.

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Justina Adorno Checks Into ABC’s New Series “Grand Hotel”

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J Justina Adorno’s star is on the rise. Though the actress claims not to have had any starstruck moments…just yet. One would find it hard to believe given she’s part of the cast of Eva Longoria’s new show “Grand Hotel”. Born in the Bronx and raised in South Carolina, Adorno portrays the character of Yoli in this bold, provocative drama series set in Miami. How did your career start? I studied acting in high school and college, but it wasn’t until my showcase in college. I had gotten signed directly after and moved immediately to New York. I did national commercials, NBC diversity showcase, and other projects like a Netflix series and television shows. It’s been a slow process, but the best process. I have been able to learn the industry from being in the background to commercials, and now being able to

have a role in Grand Hotel. It’s so exciting! Tell me your experience filming “Grand Hotel.” It’s been surreal! How natural everything has been…it’s like a dream come true. It’s been so easy and that has to do with our executives, writers, cast and crew. I am so grateful to be a part of the production because everyone is so genuine and talented. It’s like a big family which is exactly what I hoped for. I had so much fun; from casting to parties and interviews, everyone has been so supportive. I look back and see how much I’ve grown as a person and an artist. What is your most memorable part of the Grand Hotel experience? It’s a hard question! I’ve enjoyed everything from being on and off set, in between takes, and being in the hair and make-up trailer. We would have karaoke sessions at 7 in the morning, everyone was excited to be with each other and share each other’s life with one another. Especially with

Feliz, who plays my twin sister, she’s literally like my sister! We met the day we arrived to Miami and it felt like we knew each other forever. It felt like family since the very moment I talked to her on the phone. From walking down the boardwalk to get fresh coconut, jogging down the beach, it’s all been amazing, but I can’t keep talking about it or I’ll cry (Haha).

What is something you like to do for fun? I love eating for fun! I am vegan. I love exploring new vegan cuisines and seeing chefs master the art of plant-based foods. It’s important because that’s the foundation of where our nutrients come from. I love finding new restaurants and telling people about it.

How was your acting experience with the Netflix series “Seven Seconds?” It was life changing. I had gone in for my audition, bonded with the production crew, directors, writers, and show runner. I walked out the room thinking I wasn’t going to get it, but I assumed they liked me and I might be coming back. They called me back in for a few more episodes with no lines, and gave me the freedom to improv. It was an amazing and humbling experience. I got to learn more of the production side and it made me realize this is where I belonged, and where I felt most comfortable. It was such a fun set!

Favorite social media You can follow me on instagram @justina.justina which is my personal page or @justinaveganjourney which is where I post what I eat, cook, and any nutritional tips I find. Thank you for interviewing with BSM Media. Thank you, have a wonderful day and don’t forget to watch Grand Hotel!

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Tyler Perry was honored with the 2019 BET Icon award Sunday, June 23, 2019, but it was his moving speech that is to be remembered. The actor and filmmaker paid homage to his late mother, and the many women she knew who had an impact on his life. Explaining that much of what motivates him is “wanting black women to know they are worthy.” Perry also spoke of the old man he met as a schoolage kid— who when nobody wanted to help him cross the street, he did so himself. It was a friendship to last for years, and the metaphor for how Perry formed relationships with others.“Help somebody cross,” spoke the well-renowned producer. “Rather than being an icon, I want to be an inspiration,”he told those in the attendance as they gave him a standing ovation. “So, thank you BET, my new family, thank you everybody. I want you to hear this: every dreamer in this room, there’s people whose lives are tied into your dream, own your stuff, own your business, own your way.”

Vanessa Williams celebrates daughter, Jillian Hervey 30th birthday Vanessa Williams threw a 30th birthday party for her daughter Jillian Hervey, (who is also lead singer of the band Lion Babe) who was born on June 19, 1989. The animal print-themed celebration took place at the Los Angeles Zoo and included all party favorites from festive buffet and drinks to personalized 30th Birthday M&M’s with Lion Babe printed on them. Super model turned super mogul, Kathy Ireland who manages Williams, was in attendance. By: Guttman Associates PR & Marketing BSM MAGAZINE I 11


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BELLANAIJA WEDDINGS COMES TO USA

It was a long and fun weekend filled with style and culture. BellaNaija Weddings, one of the world’s biggest and popular wedding platforms, teamed up on June 21, with Dure Events and Virgin Atlantic as their official travel sponsor to host two exclusive events. The Masterpiece of a Classic Man, a private welcoming party hosted by Dure Events in partnership with Remy Martin XO at the luxurious Arabella Penthouse, featured a phenomenal 4 course meal by Chef Meka. Luxurious vendors included UKbased perfume house Clive Christian, Piaget, JPR Styling, and Well-Groomed Man, who provided an amazing bundle that included the essential things a man needs for his suit. The guests mingled with each other as they learned more about art, fashion, luxury, and the male experience of weddings. It was an astonishing evening seeing all the guests in their wonderful outfits, and me, spoiling my sweet tooth with amazing deserts. BellaNaija Weddings Bridal Brunch, the first ever luxury bridal brunch was hosted at Sugar Creek Country Club on Sunday, June 23. From fashion, dÊcor and art, it was the perfect event for brides, brides to be, and bridesmaids. It was a one of a kind event, and I had the pleasure to interview NY Times best-selling author and podcast host, Luvvie Ajayi. The guests also mingled with one another and enjoyed scrumptious deserts, cocktails and delicious Afro-fusion cuisine. The brunch featured Bridal Beauty Conversations with award-winning makeup artist Banke Meshida- Lawal and an amazing bridal showcase by Ese Azenabor. I walked into a venue filled with beautiful flowers, luxurious decorations and art, and I fell in love instantly. BellaNaija Weddings knows what a woman wants for her special day! BY: JASMIN URQUIZA MONTIEL

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“Chocolate Covered Gratitude teaches children how gratitude for life’s simplest offerings can be the beginning of creating a life of purpose, abundance, and love.”

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GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER ELLE VARNER RELEASES NEW PROJECT “ELLEVATION”! RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “KINDA LOVE” Grammy-Award winner Elle Varner is excited to release her highly anticipated new project ELLEVATION via Entertainment One (“eOne”). Previously, Elle released singles “Loving U Blind” and “Pour Me” featuring Wale as well as her new single “Kinda Love” and has released the video for the island vibe-feeling single today. Executive produced by Elle,  ELLEVATION  features  Rapsody, songwriting by  Stacy Barth  and production from Nascent, Jordan Ware, Jason Avalos, Los Hendrix with vocals produced by Jimmy Varner and mixed by Gordon Williams. ELLEVATION released July 12, 2019 is currently available on all streaming platforms as well as Amazon, Target and Walmart stores.

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The Chauncy G “3rd Annual Black Tie Gala” Red Carpet Three-time Emmy Award winning journalist, Chauncy Glover held his 3rd Annual Black Tie Gala Friday, June 21st. The red carpet ceremony took place inside the Wortham Theater Center in Houston. The ABC13 anchor/reporter is the founder of the Chauncy Glover Project (CGP) — an extensive hands-on mentoring program created to groom inner-city teenage boys into upstanding and accomplished gentlemen. This year, the organization awarded leaders in the community who continue to foster Chauncy’s vision. Sheldon TheraGood (“My Brother’s Keeper”); Earlene Buggs (“Woman on the Move”); Trae Tha Truth (“Heart of Houston”); Keith “Mr. D-MARS” Davis, Sr. (“Spirit of the Entrepreneur”) and Dr. Remus E. & Co-Pastor Mia K. Wright (“Forward in Faith”). Along with the honorees— were others in attendance like CGP Project Coordinator, Christina Porter and Influencer and author, Jolanda Jones. Porter, a native of Houston, Texas, by way of Louisiana called the gala a “beautiful experience,” and something everyone involved with— worked toward all year long. Jones, who was a presenter from last year’s gala, was there to support Glover and called the organization “wonderful!” But it was the man, himself, Chauncy Glover whose heart and soul poured into the ambiance of the evening. From making sure the red carpet was set up— to tending to his group of CGP Gents and Young Gents while hurrying off to get dressed, he was every bit hands on from start to finish. “CGP is my life! I am so proud of this organization. I’m just blessed that I am able to be a blessing. I know this is my purpose and I am walking in it.” With all the fanfare and red carpet activity, was an even more important message presented on the playbill. “For colored boys who have considered suicide: When love and mentoring is enough.” The

show was dedicated in loving memory of Kevin Reese, Jr. (July 24, 2008—January 21, 2019). The evening started with a video presentation from the Chauncy Glover Project Houston. Greetings were provided by Mayor Sylvester Turner (City of Houston), U.S. Representative Shelia Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District), and Wanda Adams and Jolanda Jones (Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees). The program included a silent auction which took place during a brief intermission. The honorees were presented their awards during the ceremony along with a ‘Special Presentation and Founder’s Address.’ CGP Gents & CGP Young Gents gave a special performance and were introduced to the attendees in an Afterglow Reception, in the lobby. Music and Afterglow entertainment was provided by Westbury High School Jazz Ensemble. The show was written and directed by Chauncy Glover and produced by Chance Nichols and Bria Landry with Anthony Nicholson as the musical director. With powerful affirmations such as… “I am Confident. I am Respectful. I am Faithful and Powerful. I AM A LEADER… CGP, is proof that positive exposure; enrichment activities, along with fun, tough-love and tutoring creates better opportunities.” Chauncy shared these thoughts to sum up his gratitude to his many supporters, ‘What I know for sure, “Preparation and Love” can change a young man’s life. Mentoring matters, because it works. Thanks for believing in me and my team’s vision. I’m thankful for your continued support to CGP.’

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Original Drama Features Roshon Fegan, Big Boi, Tyra Ferrell, Lloyd, Adrian Marcel and Blue Kimble, and Chronicles the Life of Musical Genius Bobby DeBarge “We laughed, gasped and talked to the screen. The Bobby DeBarge Story was definitely an eye opener of what the entire family dealt with on and off stage. Roshon Fagon, portrayed Bobby-one of the greatest singers of the 70’s and biggest influences to the Debarges’ legacy. You’ll discover how Bobby’s addiction, child abuse and fame ended his untimely death at the age of 39. Both vocalist, Lloyd Polite and Adrian Marcel did a fantastic job on their very first acting debut. We even captured a snippet of Adrians amazing vocal chops! We caught up with Leah Monet, who portrayed Latoya Jackson and discussed how she captured the true essence of her character. Be sure to tune in Saturday, June 29th at 8pm, on TV One. ” -Tedra Chriss and Tiffany Cormier TV One continues its tradition of highlighting inspirational music figures with the premiere of the original film, THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY, which aired on Saturday, June 29, followed by an encore presentation. Debuting during Black Music Month, the film’s stars include Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up, Greenleaf) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell (Boyz InThe Hood, White Men Can’t Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge, Blue Kimble (Media) as Tommy DeBarge and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge. Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams. In his first role as a leading man, Fegan brilliantly transforms into the falsetto master and takes audiences inside the tumultuous

life of the former lead singer of the late 70’s R&B/Funk Band Switch. “The most dynamic and powerful acting role I’ve ever portrayed,” shared Fegan. “It was an honor to tell this musical legend’s life story.” Despite his success in music, Bobby DeBarge, the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge struggled with fame and fortune and found his life in peril. The film explores the highs and lows of the singer’s life in the limelight, including his rise to stardom, coping with memories of his dysfunctional childhood, romantic relationships, struggles with substance abuse, incarceration and failing health. “It was truly amazing watching the characters unfold in front of my eyes and the incredible acting that was bestowed upon this project,” said the film’s director Russ Parr. “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the performances that they see. Although this is a tragic story, I believe it’s told with dignity and respect to the legacy of Bobby DeBarge.” Parr is also a writer and producer known for the award-winning “The Undershepherd,” “Hear No Evil” and “35 and Ticking.” THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is the latest addition to TV One’s successful slate of acclaimed original films that range from dramas and comedies to biopics and more. TV One’s highest-rated original film WHEN LOVE KILLS debuted #1 on cable among African-American households in its premiere time slot. Original feature films LOVE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT and BOBBI KRISTINA rank at #2 and #3, respectively, in the network’s history – both were also #1 on cable among African-American households in their premiere time slots.

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MOREHOUSE GRAD PLANS TO PAY IT FORWARD By: Twins of Media

Casey Roquemore is a recent graduate of Morehouse College. The California native is set to travel the world before he attends graduate school to earn his MBA. He knows his future plans are more reachable now that the burden of his student loan debt is lifted. In this interview, he shares how an act of service led by billionaire investor, Robert F. Smith has prompted him to give back in and outside the United States.

I was in disbelief when I heard Robert F. Smith’s announcement. I remember turning to my friend Ryan Robinson and asking him, “Did you just hear that?” It was a moment of disbelief due to the financial burden that was lifted off our shoulders. When his statement was renounced by our president that’s when goosebumps rose on my skin and I just had a burst of adrenaline.

You are a native of Vallejo, CA. Who or what inspired you to attend Morehouse College?

What are your plans after college considering you no longer have school debt?

My mother was my inspiration to attend Morehouse College. I can recall during my senior year of high school the college application process during the fall and I can vividly remember my mother, Freda Roquemore, telling me, “I don’t care what schools you apply to, but I want you to at least apply to Morehouse College.”

“ I plan to specifically give back to the programs and divisions at Morehouse College that made my collegiate experience amazing”

How do you plan to pay it forward and what is your message to incoming students at Morehouse? I plan to specifically give back to the programs and divisions at Morehouse College that made my collegiate experience amazing. The Business and Economics division takes students on a “spring tour” which is a yearly trip to foreign countries spreading awareness about Morehouse College to corporate and scholarly institutions. Like Dr. Rubina Malik’s, yearly Dubai trip, which focuses on cultural diversity and management and much more. I just understand the struggle obtaining these opportunities, but I also know the benefit and I will help students in need that deserves it. Casey’s cousin, Arica Roquemore-Blanson shared how proud she is of her family member.

What did you study while there? Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

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You and your fellow classmates made history when speaker and billionaire investor, Robert F. Smith made a promise to pay the entire student loan debt for the graduates of 2019. Describe how you felt in that moment.

I will be working at Quicken Loans as a mortgage banker in Phoenix, AZ in July. Now that this financial burden is lifted I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my MBA and also travel the world before doing so…

“It feels good knowing my cousin attended and stuck with college through the good and bad. My proud moment is watching Casey grow up from a kid into a grown man living out his goals and dreams.” Congratulations to the Morehouse class of 2019!!

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DESTINATION WEDDING Avery and Kisha Washington Recently renewed their wedding vows in the Bahamas. “We Decided on Forever” was the mood set forth by this beautiful couple, as they celebrated 20 years of love with family and friends.”

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Transformative actor Hemky Madera (“Weeds”) returned to television as ‘Pote Galvez,’ lieutenant of the Vargas Cartel, for the fourth season of USA Network’s award-winning crime drama “Queen of the South” (season four premiered on Thursday, June 6th on USA) opposite Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”) and Peter Gadiot (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”). Based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, “Queen of the South” tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America. Madera also reprised his role as Peter Parker’s favorite New Yorker ‘Mr. Delmar’ in Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated upcoming superhero film SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME(released in theaters nationwide on Tuesday, July 2nd) directed by Jon Watts and top-lined by Tom Holland and Zendaya. Check out our exclusive interview with the seasoned actor. How did you prepare for your role as Pote Galvez on the series, Queen of the South? I prepared by watching documentaries- the drug cartel, hitmen, trafficking and I read multiple books. The books were a guide to playing this role. Since the premier of Season 4 on June 6th, without giving away spoiler alerts, what can viewers expect to see on upcoming episodes? Viewers can expect to see a sexy show (not in a sexual way), adventure, action and a beautiful setting. The backdrop to the show is so amazing. What did you enjoy most about being a part of the film, Spiderman? It was a pleasure working with Tom Holland. He’s not only a great actor but a wonderful human being. This was such a fun super hero movie. It was just awesome working with him. You play a major role in supporting children with Down’s Syndrome. Why is this so important to you?

I’m from the Dominican Republic and there are so many children with it. They are beautiful children. You just have to spend time with them. They are just amazing. Hemky also took time to speak about the crisis a the boarder. It breaks my heart when I think about the situation occurring at the border. These kids aren’t criminals and shouldn’t be treated like prisoners. From infants to young adults, they will suffer from this traumatic experience for years to come. How do you think we-as a human race-can help with this situation? America is the most beautiful country. Know your rights. Speak up. Make calls to your Congressman. Show your concern for these babies and children. Put pressure on the responsible parties. Do the right thing! What’s next for you? I will be promoting my wife’s music. She has a new video for her song, Holy Water. I am so blessed to have a wonderful wife and family. Both my wife and kids are artists and I’m very proud of them. My wife is very talented. I plan to take the summer off to prepare for our move to Nashville. This is my wife’s time to shine. Shes so amazing. I also have a new movie coming out soon. I’ll share more information at a later date. How can fans reach you on social media? Instagram and Twitter- HEMKY Thank you for your time. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with you soon. Yes!

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Mimi G and husband Norris Dรกnta Ford are happy and in love as newlyweds. The duo, both individually and collectively are known for their impeccable sewing skills. Mimi G, is an award-winning influencer with 312K followers on Instagram and Norris has an impressive resume as a style expert turned teacher where he influences men to sew. Their new show; He Sewed She Sewed debuted last month on Bluprint. The concept: One bolt of fabric + two super creative people = one epic sewing adventure. But before they united in marriage and entrepreneurship, their journey to meeting one another came with separate life experiences.

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I ran away from home when I was fifteen. It’s a memory Mimi G shares about her tough childhood. The reason: She was sexually abused by a couple of family members. I ended up in L.A. with no money and having to sleep on people’s couches. Other times, she remembers being homeless in a big city. Once by herself and then as a mother, with her oldest daughter. My own mother tried to help as best she could, but I just went from one bad situation to the next. I panhandled and begged people for food. If I had to be nice to you to crash on your couch, it’s what I did. Mimi described her upbringing, in Chicago, as a traditional but dysfunctional Puerto Rican family. Admitting, healing didn’t take place until years later and under different circumstances.

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Norris Dánta Ford grew up in the South. He was born in Athen, Ga., but raised by his adoptive family in the city of Thomasville. Hints of his southern accent could be heard throughout our interview. A naturally funny guy, Norris’ evolving fashion style began as a small child. He would “show off different styles of clothing when visitors would stop by his foster home, where he and his younger sister, Bette Ford, were seeking a family.” Believing “pride and presentation were essential because those visitors could determine his future.” His thoughts would prove true, when him and his sister eventually found a home.

“How they came together as one” Mimi remembers the first time she met Norris. “He had on at least thirteen prints, I was like, what is this guy wearing?” (Laughs)

Norris remembers being drawn to Mimi’s energy. “She has amazing energy!” Desribing the feeling as... “nothing he’s experienced before.” Mimi adds, “I liked Norris’ energy as well and his swag. There was just something about his swag that caught my attention.” Both can agree they are competitive by nature, especially when it comes to being in front of the camera. He Sewed She Sewed is an extension of what we do everyday. When Bluprint came to us to do a show, we had already been thinking about the concept. We pitched it. They loved us and, so, we headed to Denver to create the show. It turned out to be better than we anticipated, says Mimi. “It’s competitive but fun...like who can do it better, sort of thing,” chimed in Norris.


By: Twins of Media Viewers who tune in to watch the series can see how well the two work together. Mimi jokes she’s tidier than Norris, “There’s fabric everywhere!” and he claims, “She tries to steal some of his style techniques.” Either way, it’s evident they’re crazy about each other. Something those who attended their recent nuptials got to witness. “Everything we had gone through as a couple, showed in our emotions the day of the wedding,” says Mimi. All of the challenges we faced and the navigation of a blended family... “I saw my soon-to-be husband standing there, barely keeping it together, and I got emotional too.” We asked them to recall a special moment from that day (knowing there were obviously many) and both agreed, it was when they exchanged wedding vows. “I wanted to recite my vows in Spanish,” says Norris. Something he didn’t share with anyone because he wanted to stay focused and get it right. In fact, Mimi tried teaching Norris the language at one time and, let’s just say, it didn’t go as both had planned. “I’m from the South,” says Norris. And the thought of him standing in front of her and all their guests, reciting his love in non-english, made her a bit nervous. What she and those same people didn’t expect was how beautifully Norris spoke his vows. Not a dry eye in the place. “I was blown away,” says Mimi. The private ceremony took place on June 1, in Santa Monica, CA., and included the couple’s closest family and friends. What’s next on the radar for the famed DIY fashion influencers? To continue to work together and challenge themselves for more.

NOTHING COULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THEY’RE BOTH PASSIONATE AND CREATIVE PEOPLE, WHO HAPPEN TO HAVE EXPERIENCED “LOVE AT FIRST STITCH” AND FELL HAPPILY EVER AFTER INTO WEDDED BLISS.

It’s how Norris moved away from being a fashion stylist to a teacher... by challenging his next big venture. “Styling came too easy for me that I believed at one point, everyone knew how to do it,” he shares. “The challenge was to find something else that would involve what I already loved doing, and I found teaching people to sew was it.” Norris believes more men are interested in sewing based on the question we asked, “Yes, I believe men learning to sew is becoming more popular than before.” And Mimi sees her lifestyle, as one where it has not only helped her but many of her followers as well. “I didn’t know what blogging was when I first started my business, years ago.” And it was in 2012, when Mimi G. Styles was created— that she began to see its true impact. By this time, she was in a previous marriage and a mom of three. A lot of how I felt in my youth, surfaced later in life when I became successful. I didn’t start going to therapy until a few years ago. People have said to me...you are successful, live in a nice home and have money but, actually, that was the time I had to come to terms with my past the most. “I learned to sew from my aunt”... “I remember watching her at the age of twelve. Little did I know, it would help me to help myself and so many others.” The couple that sews together stays together is what Mimi G and Norris believes. And as they moved about during our call (there were moments a signal was lost because they were near the mountains) nothing could take away from the fact that they’re both passionate and creative people, who happen to have experienced “love at first stitch” and fell happily ever after into wedded bliss.

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neys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne— has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Staying true to the classic story, Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. Disney’s “The Lion King” opens in U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

Disney Releases New Cast Photo for

The Lion King C heck out the voice talent from Disney’s “The Lion King” together for the first time in a new cast photo. Pictured are Billy Eichner (Timon), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala), JD McCrary (Young Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), Don-

ald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) and Eric André (Azizi).

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Mandell Frazier is a multi-talented SAG-AFTRA Actor, Producer, TV Talk Show Host and On-Air Radio Personality. He’s best known for his role as the wealthy homeowner on Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”, Crockett (Abby’s bodyguard) on “The Young and the Restless” and Kym Whitley’s personal trainer on “Raising Whitley.” The star talks openly and proudly about his Christian values and his relationship with God. He believes that success ties in with worshipping The Lord. “Those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” – he says. What does this mean? To worship God in spirit and in truth involves loving Him with heart, soul, mind and strength. That’s pretty powerful. A prayer life is vital to becoming and maintaining success, according to Frazier. His platform has always been centered around the following: Faith, Fitness and Focus. Lets see what his views are. Faith: Here he proclaims his love for God and how it has impacted his life: Marriage- He’s married to his best friend, Tonya. They have been married for almost three (3) years. Their wedding took place in Maui on the same day as his parent’s 59th wedding anniversary. Frazier says he prayed to God to send him the right mate and his prayers were answered. The key to their successful marriage, he proclaims, is keeping God in the center. Family- he’s very close to his family. His mom is 88 years old and his dad passed away in 2008. August 20th will mark his parents 62nd wedding anniversary and Frazier’s 3rd wedding anniversary. He is the youngest of seven children. Friendships-he says choosing our friends wisely is important. We must decide who is placed in our path for a season, a reason or a lifetime. We must also be willing to trust God when it comes to reducing our social circle. Brought up in a Christian home, he has always known the Lord but shares how he developed a closer relationship with God later in life. According to Frazier living by the bible is a must. “The bible provides scripture for everything.” His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33 which says:“ But seek ye

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first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He feels that when you seek God first, everything else falls into place. Fitness: Prior to all the other accomplishments, Frazier was the Fitness Director for LA Fitness in Atlanta, GA. To him being fit, eating right and taking care of one’s self is vitally important. 1Corinthians 6:19 talks about how our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. It’s fitting that he would live his life with this scripture in mind. It’s also important to him because of some of the many roles he has taken on in acting. Regular exercise and physical activity promotes strong muscles and bones. It’s obvious he practices what he preaches. He feels that when we stay active it aids in maintaining our weight, cutting down on health issues, and increases energy. Frazier says we should all find some time for regular, physical activity and avoid temptations. Focus: Frazier believes the center of one’s interests requires focus and concentration. Without such, one becomes distracted and loses sight of goals. Prayer is first and foremost in goalsetting. Focusing on God’s Word and His promises is key. Philippians 3:15 (MSG) says: “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than the total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision- you’ll see it yet!” That’s a very profound scripture. He feels we tend to become what we look at and focus on. Every person with whom we have contact and each event we experience in life has a positive or negative effect on us. We can focus on the positive or the negative- it’s our choice. If you don’t know Mandell Frazier, you should at least know by now that he is a true man of God. Throughout the interview process he stayed focused on the goodness of The Lord. Never once did he put the attention on himself or what he has achieved. He doesn’t proclaim to be “celebrity status” or a movie star. Check out his many accomplishments and take note of what he posts on social media. It’s wonderful to see someone survive Hollywood- In spirit and in truth- remaining focused on God’s Word. It’s rare yet refreshing.


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BSM Media #twinsofmedia covering the 3rd annual Chauncy Glover Project @thecgprojecthou, June 21, 2019, Wortham Theater Center. An awesome organization and a beautiful evening, full of people who care and support a man whose vision is to help young boys and men.

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BRANDY + DANIEL CAESAR

MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/ SONGWRITER BRANDY IS BACK! BRANDY AND DANIEL CAESAR’S “LOVE AGAIN,” OUT NOW      NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM SLATED FOR FALL 2019 Caesar’s  “Love Again,”  is available via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”) as a standalone single on all digital platforms. The track is also featured on Caesar’s new album CASE STUDY 01, released Friday, June 28th.  Since then, “Love Again” has already received +5.3 million streams.   “Love Again” has a smoky beat that’s enhanced by swells of guitar and keys and was produced by Jordan Evans & Matthew Burnett. Featuring Brandy’s undeniable airy vocals on cascading riffs and Daniel’s new age soul vocals, the two lock into a heavenly and hypnotic harmony. Brandy is also currently in the studio, completing her forthcoming album, to be released via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One and fans can expect new music this summer.   Brandy says, “I’m very excited to return with new music, and to release this single with Daniel. I’m working on my new album and can’t wait to release it later this year. I’m thankful for God’s blessings and for the support of my fans!”  

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BSM Media in Atlanta for the iELEVATE 2019 National Conference @iamtedra and @tifnc(media correspondents for BSM Media) with comedian, television host (The Real Daytime), actress and author Loni Love. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.

BSM Media Jasmin Urquiza Montiel attended the “Dream & Build Success” Conference , June 29, 2019, Hilton Houston Post Oak on behalf of BSM Media Group @bsm_mag and left empowered and motivated. “Met many wonderful people and got the chance to interview the woman behind the powerful vision @lashandagary.

“The Masterpiece Of A Classic Man” welcoming party, June 21, 2019, “Had such a blast at

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Jaden Smith

“I Love You Restaurant” By: Jasmin Urquiza Montiel

Talk about the greatest birthday gift someone could give themselves. Jaden Smith, turned 21, today (July 8) and as a gift to himself, launched his newest project “I Love You Restaurant.” The actor, rapper and entrepreneur stationed a food truck in Downtown Los Angeles to supply free “healthy, vegan food” to the homeless.

The @ILoveYouRestaurant Is A Movement That Is All About Giving People What They Deserve, Healthy, Vegan Food For Free. Today We Launched Our First One Day Food Truck Pop-Up in Downtown LA. Keep A Look Out Because This Is The First Of Many #JADENinc In addition, he uploaded a video of the volunteers giving out paper bags to the people living on Skid Row, which holds one of the largest populations of homeless people in America. The amount of love and support Smith has received in the comments, is astonishing! Kehlani, 46 | BSM MAGAZINE

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Smith, posted a picture on his Instagram page to describes its purpose.

Taraji P. Henson, Yara Shahidi, and SZA are some of the few who have said wonderful things about his movement. Smith, is very big hearted and is always making an impact in the communities. He recently volunteered for Shia LaBeouf’s charity fundraiser for his new free of charge theatre school, and helped deploy a mobile water filtration system through the company JUST Water to help areas like Flint, Michigan.


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Mindy Kaling shared some fabulous photos of herself during the Fourth of July weekend. The “Late Night” actress debuted photos, wearing two high-waisted bathing suits with an inspirational body-positive message.

“My very best friend in the world, Jocelyn, is from Hawaii. And I would go and visit her when I was in college. And what I was struck about Hawaii is that everybody wears bikinis. It does not matter what your body type is,” she wrote. “You rock a bikini. Because you’re in Hawaii. And there’s so much body positivity there that I, who was always really shy about my body, would wear bikinis.”

“IDK who needs to hear this but… WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI. You don’t have to be a size 0. Swipe for my Storytime and have a great summer.”

Not to mention, Kaling’s Instagram was on fire with comments from celebs: Kim Kardashian commented, “Beautiful!” while fashion designer, Roxy Earle wrote “Here for this!!!”

Kaling, included a video in her post to talk about what influenced her to have a positive understanding of her body. She describes how her experiences, visiting her best-friend Jocelyn, in Hawaii, played a big role.

Kaling, definitely promotes positivity in all forms: motherhood, career, and self-care.

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Serena Williams, Naked Truth in Revealing Essay and Unretouched Photoshoot Serena Williams, 37, models a sparkly, flashy, gold dress by Stella McCartney that shows her muscular legs and back, in a Ralph Lauren gold cape dress with Christian Louboutin heels. Williams is featured on the August cover of Harper’s Bazaar in an unretouched photoshoot. She not only slays her natural look, but the tennis legend opens up about the truth in regards to her memorable loss at the U.S Open in 2018, where she talks about how she finally came to peace with herself. Furthermore, Williams discusses in the feature— her loss and the injustice of being a woman. She accuses referee, Carlos Ramos of sexism for alleging that she was cheating on the court. Believing, if she were a man, he wouldn’t have been so harsh. Every night after the incident, she had never ending questions trying to figure out why it happened. Again, asking, “Would it be different if she were a man?” Williams describes she was “hurt” and “cut-deeply,” comparing it to other setbacks she had but, somehow, this was not the same. She admits, she was tired of not being at peace with herself and decided to seek therapy. “Days passed, and I still couldn’t find peace. I started seeing a therapist,” Williams continued. “I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket.” Williams finally realized what would help her move on from the situation. Apologizing to Naomi Osaka. Admitting, how apologizing to Osaka is what gave her peace and set her free. Williams released the message she sent to Osaka. “Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right

thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.” Williams stated in her first- person essay that Osaka’s response made tears roll down her face. “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” she said graciously. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.” In spite of the controversy, Williams realized why she was stuck in the moment; coming to the conclusion that it wasn’t all the backlash she had received, but that Osaka deserved so much more on that special day. Williams shares that her daughter is the reason she uses her voice, and picked up her racket once again. And, ultimately, she is doing her thing and looking fabulous along the way.

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CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST TO BEYONCE HAIRCARE TIPS FOR SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME!!!!

Hot days and plenty of outdoor activities can send any hair type into a state of dryness. It’s why celebrity hairstylist Nakia Collins says hydration is key in this fun Q&A. Read more on what inspires her to create new looks for stars like Beyoncé.   How did you get your start as a celebrity hairstylist? I got my start by assisting other celebrity hairstylists and makeup artists. I did a lot of this and at times, I still assist if needed.   Best hair care tip for women of color in the summer months?  Hydration hydration hydration!!! Make sure you are getting enough water and keeping your scalp clean and free of too much tension! Especially in the summer heat.

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Photo by: Nave Elfano In what ways do you empower women to see both their outer and inner beauty? I try to make my clients feel good by not only giving them what they want, but helping them to understand the beauty in their natural hair and appreciating it. Also, teaching them how to keep their hair in a healthy state while giving them the hair of their dreams.   What inspires you when it comes to styling celebrities hair? When it comes to styling celebrities, I’m most inspired by their work ethic despite being in front of the whole world. I have some of the best clients in the industry simply because they are amazing human beings! Real hard working women and men who beat the odds, and make it their platform to help others believe in themselves as well. They inspire me to be my best and then elevate.   How do you approach creating a new look for Beyoncé? Well… first, she’s the daughter of an amazing hairstylist, Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson so she already knows so much about hair. She is superwoman! I love to approach new looks with photo references and then we go for whatever mood we are in— whether it’s fun and fashion or simply her waking up effortless. It’s always a joy creating with such an artistic genius. If you could go back in time which celebrity would you like to style and why? Honestly, I am grateful for every celebrity who’s trusted me to do what I love with them!!! Wait!!! MY FOREVER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA IS DEFINITELY on my list!! Best place traveled? Hmm.. I’m going to say London. It was amazing and truly a melting pot. I look forward to going to Africa though! It’s going to be life changing.   Last time you literally laughed out loud in real life? On the daily!! Being a wife and mom of two, I’m grateful for my life and family so I try to laugh a lot and really be in the moment. I’ve seen a lot and been through so much in these 30 years!! Laughing is healing.   Favorite social media account you like to follow? I love following empowering people and pages. What comes to mind as I’m typing is @sarahjakesroberts. She is my sister in spirit and mentor in life!   Follow @NakiaRochon

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