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MASTHEAD CEO| FOUNDER | EDITOR & CHIEF EVRON "MELLO" ANDREWS MANAGING EDITOR SHAMIKA BOOKER CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER BIANCA M. WILLIAMS HEAD COPY EDITOR MICHELLE N. BARNES ART DIRECTOR NICOLE K. NOLAN CONTRIBUTING EDITOR MALINDA "YUM-YUM" SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR CIUELLA SUELLA MARKETING AGENT ERNEST JACKSON COVER MODEL AFRO B COVER PHOTOGRAPHER MOMENTS BY MELLO WWW.FULLBLOSSOMMAGAZINE.COM | ISSUE 42


Issue 42 is dedicated to Full Blossom Team Member Techla Nesbitt and family. Condolences on the loss of your Mom and Dad.

MELLO YOU DO TOO MUCH! EDITOR’S NOTE: AS WE MOVE INTO THE NEW YEAR OF 2021, I FIND MYSELF REFLECTING ON ALL THAT 2020 HAS TAUGHT AND BROUGHT ME. I ALSO FIND MYSELF

CREATING AND PLANNING GOALS FOR 2021. AS A CREATIVE, I AM ALWAYS IN SEARCH OF NEW WAYS, NEW IDEAS, AND REGENERATING OF MYSELF AND MY WORK. AT

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THE FACT THAT I AM HERE IS NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS. THANK YOU GOD! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PRAYED FOR ME AND OVER ME AT THAT TIME. COVID-19

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OUT OF CONTROL. IT’S A MEDICAL FACT THAT YOU’RE AT GREATER RISK OF DYING FROM COMPLICATIONS IF YOU’RE: ✅ OVERWEIGHT

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I AM BOTH BUT MY LIFE WAS SPARED. I BATTLED ALONE IN QUARANTINE. I PRAYED, LOVED

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RE-LAUNCH AND RE-BRANDING OF FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE AND WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT. ONWARD AND UPWARD.... #MELLOMOTIVATION STYLE! GOD BLESS.

- EVRON "MELLO" ANDREWS -

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CONTENTS 14 INDIE INSIDER: Chef Culture Freedom

15 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Misty Blanco

16 COVER: AFRO B.

FEATURE 5   STORY Editor's . Story Note on p.

10 Beauty Corner 16-18 Interview w/ Afro B

37   EPITOME OF SEXY: DYAMOND FITNESS 39 Fashion Corner 41 ME VS ME

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SHAMIKA BOOKER

Managing Editor, Full Blossom Magazine IG:@Sheis_thetruth73

"This year taught me to remain fluid. I had to ride the highs and lows like waves. I also learned that each individual has a ripple effect, whether it's good or bad is up to you."

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BEAUTY CORNER

Give Your Skin A Fresh Start BY

SHAMIKA

BOOKER

At the start of the year millions of people make resolutions. The majority of the resolutions pertain to weight loss or fitness goals. People join gyms and start diets. Some even decide to purge or fast as a way to jump start the process. The largest organ of the body is often overlooked: the skin. There are dead skin cells, oil, sweat, and toxins from the environment trapped in our skin. There are lots of suggestions on how to rid your face of problem areas and blackheads. It can be overwhelming when you are looking for skincare products that will work specifically for you. I have found the best product for me is a mask of both bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. That’s it, just two ingredients. They are both easy to find and you will get a lot of use out of both ingredients separately. Grab a wooden spoon, plastic or glass bowl, and mix equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Create a thick paste and spread evenly over your face. Let it harden and sit for 20-25 minutes. You will feel it drawing the impurities out of your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and then use a natural moisturizer of your choosing to coat your face. Your skin will thank you. Please send us your before and after pics to post your results. Happy New Year!

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LINDA SCOTT-TAYLOR CEO & FOUNDER, 1426 FASHION WEEK

2020 has been a year of disappointment, excitement, AND many other things. For me, It has been a year where my creativity has been able to grow wild. But, what I received the most from this 2020 year, is the opportunity to sit and look back at my past. I now realize who I am and understand my worth. I've had the opportunity to rebrand myself and redirect myself in a whole new area. I'm taking time to love me, to look at myself in the mirror, and thank God that I am here. I appreciate being able to care for myself and others. 2020 taught me how to survive against all odds and to be appreciative of the ones that are around me. It's important for me to let them know that I love them TODAY, in THIS moment, because we don't know what TOMORROW holds.

WWW.1426-FASHIONWEEK.COM

Although, a sad year, it was still a blessed year...and for that I am grateful!

QUINN BARTLET

CEO/ QUEENS MAD PRODUCTION LLC IG:@iamthemightyqueen, IG:@thecornerofficeatl I am a person who practices gratitude daily and is thankful for everything I am, everything I've had, and everything that I manifest to come. This year has been a challenge for many of us and while we envisioned 2020 as a year of clear visions, we didn't expect this bigger picture of a pandemic. Although, I've experienced loss in every way imaginable, I am still thankful that I have life. I am eager to continue in my purpose of writing stories about everyday people like you and I and reminding us all about the possibilities of hope and the opportunities to overcome. I look forward to viewing 2021 as the rainbow year that precedes the storm that 2020 rained upon us. My future resolution is to be a better me and fulfill my duty to self, and God, through acts of kindness, generosity, and motivation.

" I came in 2018, I saw in 2019, I experienced 2020, and I will continue to conquer in 2021 and beyond."

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Bianca M. Williams Web Editor & Contributing Writer Full Blossom Magazine IG: @thevendingqueen

"2020 taught me to stand still, listen, and pursue my greatest passion/gift which is GIVING and pouring my knowledge into others. " Photo: Moments By Mello

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"Wow! 2020 opened my eyes. The Pandemic has been a harsh reality for all of us as many love ones were lost. This has given me a deeper sense of gratitude for life. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO BE HERE! Life is truly a blessing. In addition, 2020 has brought about many great opportunities. I've been honored to have rubbed elbows with some great minds. I mean some really wonderful people. As a #SpeakLyfe Advocate, I’ve learned that my voice is powerful. I've come to realize that even more than ever "we’re in this together." This is what makes my #SpeakLyfe Movement more meaningful. I focus on encouraging everyone including myself to take a chance and believe in ourselves. My only expectations for 2021, honestly, is to win and see others win. God chooses these wins to come about, and I am up for the challenge, because I know with HIM ALL things are possible... and I’m ok with that." - Jackie B.

Jackie B. Singer/ Songwriter/ Speak Lyfe Advocate IG:@only1JackieB

Michael Troutman M.B.A IG:@qmoshyn_rhymebook

"While, I understand how we can harbor on the challenges we faced, the goals that eluded us, and the plans that were stripped from us in 2020, I want to express my gratitude. I've had a chance to grow by building my communication skills, my patience, my work ethic, my budgeting, my cooking, etc. As a teacher and parent, I had to allow my children the opportunity to see me mourn the loss of loved ones and heroes. Nonetheless, I remained hopeful despite not getting reprieve from my normal places of refuge like diners, parks, church, the gym, my job, or a lounge. While, I felt vulnerable and nervous about the socio-political unrest, my attitude switched from anxiety about the unpredictable, to excitement about an impending adventure. My grandmother reminded me on her 94th birthday, “As long as I have my health and my family, I'm grateful.” If she could have a sense of accomplishment and contentment when she had way more to complain about and fight against than I did, then, who was I to sulk? My mother, who is a minister, preached that “the joy of the Lord is our strength." She reminded me that it is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. I am thankful to be able to contextualize a very uncomfortable but long-overdue conversation sparked by our social justice challenges. I want to be mindful to tell my friends and family that I genuinely love them, appreciate them, and have learned to give people their roses while they can smell them...Make sure to count and recount your blessings." FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE |

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EXCLUSIVE

CHEF CULTURE FREEDOM IG:@culturefreedomprt

IG:@hiphopstopchef www.cult-freecollection.com

Celebrity Chef Culture Freedom is the Creator of the show, “Hip Hop’s Top Chef" and is one-third of the Legendary Hip-Hop Group; Poor Righteous Teachers. He is also the Head Catering Chef at Belmont University, where the 2020 Presidential Debate was hosted, and where he led a culinary team of chefs from all around the country.

" I am grateful that in 2020 despite all the bad things that occurred, the LORD is faithful and HIS WORD is true. My family is still together and he continues to keep us. In 2021, I am looking to expand my culinary career, as Hip Hop’s Top Chef on Foody TV, while watching GOD turn the world’s current situation around for the better. ~Blessings!"

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MISTY BLANCO

Misty Blanco, previously known as Mysterious, is determined to make it. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Doesn't her name sound familiar?! Well, remember that MTV hit reality show "Making The Band"? Yep. You guessed it. She was on the show!

CEO & HIP-HOP ARTIST

Who would have thought that this runaway teen would have ever amounted to anything. How did it all start? "One day, I was chillin' at a meet & greet for R&B girl group Divine. I told them about my aspirations to become an artist. They gave me phone numbers to Music Producers Tony Perez and D Moet. They were like 'maybe they can help you.' That very same night, I fell asleep and had a dream that my Great Grandmother Turner told me specifically to call D Moet. To this day, I feel as if she opened this door and showed me everyone I would meet." In 2002, Misty auditioned for Diddy's MTV hit show, "Making The Band." "At that time, I was very insecure and I felt as though I was ugly. I went on the audition and I made it however, my attitude and outlook on life did not fit within entertainment." Though Misty did not make the band, she was offered a solo deal from Diddy, but, due to her inability to control her emotions, the deal was canceled. "Looking back, I now know that I am a work in progress. If provided the opportunity again, I would do it better. It just wasn't my time. My time is now."

Making her musical debut in 2003, Misty was featured on the Making The Band's album, TOO HOT FOR TV. "In 2005, actor Orlando Brown gave me money to invest in my music. DJ International Wigg and I clicked. I went to his studio in Texas, it was so hot, I decided to stay. I was locked in the studio. That's where I met Nelly and J. Prince. I did all of my recordings there. During that time, I released my debut mixtape THE POP OFF with International Wigg featuring J T Bigga Figga and Strike from the movie "Eight Mile." I sold 125k copies hand-to-hand. In July of 2016, Misty released her first album THE BLANCO THEORY. "We got charted through the DRT (Digital Radio Tracker) charts and on college radio. My album is still Top 10 in 30 countries and I am #9 in Europe. My single, "Who The F**k You Think You Are Talking To" is produced by Kenny Black. I credit my manager, Stephen Wrench (Manager to Lynard Skinard and Marilyn Manson) for the strides in my career." Misty Blanco is now CEO of the Misty TV Firm Corporation which is a publicity, radio campaign, and branding management company for entertainers. Misty Blanco is currently in production for the second season of her new hit reality show "Misty Blanco's Greatest Show on Earth".

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AFRO B. "There is no difference

between African Americans and Africans. We are ALL AFRICANS!!! We are all ONE!! Let’s keep pushing the culture! Pushing what we have and be proud of who we are. One Love, One Africa.!" Photos by Moments By Mello FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE |

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AFRO B.

Why you wanna do me like Joanna?

Full Blossom Magazine had the opportunity to interview Afro Beats well-known artist Afro B and this is what he had to say. FBB: For folks that may not know who you are, how would you describe yourself? Afro B: I started off as a DJ, my whole career has been spent promoting African music and African culture. I made the transition from a DJ to an artist 5 years ago. Now, I'm at a point where my record has gone global. It’s running with the wind now. Afro wave is my brand and that is what I will keep pushing. FBB: What made you go from DJing to being an artist? Afro B: I started playing keys (piano) in church. So there was always a passion for music. I am also a music head. I don’t just listen to African Music, I listen to everything. I probably listen to African music the least out of any other genre. From Amy Winehouse to Whitney Houston.

Makeup: @macmeova Mua asst: @bhfiercemua_ Publicist: @theprdiva Stylist: @pilarscratch Asst Stylist: @jasminehillcarter Accessories: @velzmonroe, @funkncrystals Designers: @afrooklyn, @Nichet, @MannaeStore Photos: Moments By Mello

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.... From DMX to 50 cent. From T Pain and ... you name it. Eventually, I was going to come down this lane but 5 years ago was when I decided to make that jump and I didn’t look back. FBB: What was your inspiration for Drogba (Joanna)? Afro B: With my genre of music, we focus more on the vibe and the melody rather than the lyrics. It was a normal day in the studio and I was putting down melodies and Joanna was a word that I picked up from what I was doing. I just ran with it. In addition, in my country there is a big icon Drogba, who used to be a top football player and alot of people from my country shout out people who are doing things for us. So big shout out to Drogba, Ivory Coast repping. FBB: What is the one thing that no one knows about Afro B? Afro B: I get a haircut every week. This week I was struggling to find one and big up to Casanova, he hooked me up. I had to go all the way to the Bronx, it was a 50-minute cab journey but we made it happen, man. FBB: It’s Black History Month, give us a shoutout in the states. Who is your favorite person in Black History? Afro B: Martin Luther King and Muhammed Ali. They both had positive messages. They stood for something and kept on going to leave a legacy. In everything you do, make sure that you are leaving a legacy. Make sure it makes sense, and, don’t do anything for no reason. FBB: Leave us with an inspirational thought for all of our women readers and fans all over the world.

Afro B: There is no difference between African Americans and Africans. We are ALL AFRICANS!!! We are all ONE!! Let’s keep pushing the culture! Pushing what we have and be proud of who we are. One Love, One Africa. FBB: So, what’s next for Afro B? Afro B: Consistency, I am going to keep pushing. I am sitting on so many tracks right now. I am going to keep pushing Joanna until it reaches its limits and beyond. I have a track with Vybz Kartel (Shape Nice) and other songs to check out are Melanin, Shaku Shaku, Vibrate, Condo, and more. I'm working on my global dreams to fulfill my global vision. That’s what I am on. I don’t want to stay in one territory in the UK. I want to keep expanding to spread the culture all over the world. Doors will open for sure. Stay tuned.

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FBB: What's the best way to follow you and your career? Afro B: IG: @Afro B _

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Michelle N. Barnes HEAD COPY EDITOR Full Blossom Magazine

WWW.MICHELLENBARNES.COM IG: @Michelle_N_Barnes "2020 was truly "The Year of Vision." After I surrendered my will to God, he aligned me with MY purpose. As a result, I was able to be intentional with my time, my focus, and my peace. This was a year of great manifestations rooted in faith and love (internally and externally). Moving forward in 2021, I will continue to be a light and a beam for others but ONLY after my cup flows OVER. I must RETAIN some for myself. One thing I'd love to share with everyone is to remember that as we all continue to climb to a higher ascension of ourselves in God, we must increase our vibrations so that we can flow in an airtight connection with him. "

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

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Latoya N. Harris IG: @Eyedbybeauty_MUA

"2020 has been a different kind of year. Through all the loses, hurt, pain, and suffering, I have learned so much. I started my own business as a certified MUA (Makeup Artist) while also working as a nail tech, host, and co-host on 2 different podcasts. I was blessed to lead Make up Artistry on 2 movie sets. Aside from hustling, 2020 has taught me to pray more, stay focused, and be present in the here and now. Through it all I smile and thank God for every moment."

Nataki Stinson IG: @Nataki's House

“2020 has taught me the importance of family, wealth, and health. I spent months at home enjoying family and seeing so much that I would have not have paid attention to at my normal pace. I learned that having a nest egg of savings of at least 6 months or more AS WELL AS multiple streams of income are so necessary. I am learning to take a holistic approach to my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Balance is my focus."

IG:@charbrowncosmetics

CHAR'lEE BROWN

CEO, CHAR BROWN COSMETICS I am truly grateful for my family and the encouragement they have given me to pursue my own cosmetic line. Being grateful is something that I cherish, I no longer want to be great, I AM GREAT! My cosmetic line (CHAR Brown) has allowed me to view people from a different perspective. When people feel good about themselves, they can take charge of their life. Confidence helps elevate people to become prosperous AND I LOVE IT!! My goal is to help them get there. CHAR Brown Cosmetics was inspired by who I am. C- Courageous enough to become an entrepreneur. H- Happy to be here! A- Ambitious because I will keep striving to achieve my dreams. R- Ready for the things that are coming my way, good or bad! And... Lastly, a BROWN skin girl in this crazy world! FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE | Â 20


Bianca Williams

CEO, Homeless Division IG: @whyloveyes IG: @homeless_division

"2020 has taught me patience, You simply cannot change EVERYTHING that is happening to you and around you. If you have dreams and goals, learn to strategize by creating small goals and get them done little by little. Take your time. Lastly, take care of your mental and spiritual health. This is the MOST important!!! Tune into what keeps you aligned and on your personalized path to success. Overall, 2020 was bittersweet NONETHELESS it pushed me to grow."

Danielle Santiago Despite my losses which were pretty painful in 2020. 2020 for me has been all about growth, transformation, and manifestations coming to fruition.

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"We find ourselves living in the most unique times. The world is facing a pandemic not seen in over 100 years. The inhabitants of the world seem to be awakening to mass protests as well as cultural and political differences from opposing viewpoints. Even the climate change issues are

moving to the forefront and need our attention. Through it all, this gives us the opportunity to reach inside ourselves and use our talents and superpowers to help each other through theses trying times. I am honestly blessed and thankful for the ability to use my gifts to help myself, my family, and my community work through the challenges we currently face. I am grateful that I have been able to lead my team through the pandemic as we work from home and do our very best to help small business owners stay afloat. I’m so grateful to keep my team of nine gainfully employed and able to support their families. Furthermore, I have been able to provide food and shelter for my family as my children continue their studies from home while experiencing the fury of the pandemic in a state with one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases. I am grateful for my family, friends, and community. But above all, I am grateful for my health, my life, and the ability to see another day. The human spirit is resilient, and I look forward to seeing how we persevere through these unprecedented circumstances." Sanford Livingston, Jr. Chief Executive Officer, Nor-Cal FDC www.nor-calfdc.org

Chudne Fowler IG:@chudnestylehair

The chaos of 2020 has been a reality check. As a hair stylist, my clients are my priority. This year has allowed me to slow down, prioritize my own selfcare, connect with family, and learn the importance of financial security. I’ve learned to FACE FEARS AND EXECUTE MY CREATIVE IDEAS because tomorrow is not guaranteed."

IG: @RaquelMcPherson

Raquel McPherson

"2020 has been a huge blessing in disguise for me. This year has taught me to be more intentional with everything that I do. To make my mental/physical health a priority because life spares no one. Also, to stay focused and on course with my goals and dreams NO MATTER THE ADVERSITY I may face." FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE | 22


ERROL T. CLAXTON FASHION DESIGNER

1. My Higher Power. 2. My ancestors that came before me. 3. My family. 4. My friends. 5. My deliverance from drug abuse. 6. The breath that I'm given. 7. To have uninhibited and unlimited creativity. 8. To be in love with being in love. 9. To be able to dance like no one is watching but God. 10. To be able to give back that which was freely given to me. 11. To be teachable/take criticism/ I'm a work in progress. 12. Learning to love myself (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly). 13. To be able to accept change no matter how or what comes with it and turn it into positive energy."

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." - Ephesians 1:16

"In the midst of a pandemic, I have been able to become more stable financially. I’m grateful that I have been able to identify with myself and my goals on another level. I’m grateful for the comradeship of my brothers and becoming more protective of each other. I’m grateful that more of my peers are seeking entrepreneurship whether it be in fashion, real estate, and/or wholesaling, just to name a few. I’m grateful to see more black owned businesses be supported on a grand scale and I hope we double and triple down on this endeavor. I love the fact that the black community is taking the time out to become more educated on firearm laws and agricultural developments. 2020 has made me grateful to be what America calls us to be (a community of black people taking responsibility for our own actions and issues). For all these things, I am great-full. Along with these things, I appreciate all the real human connections I have made during this social distance experience. "

S. DOE THE LYRICIST IG: @hyelyfllc

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Monique Denette IG: @Divamonique39

"2020 has taught me to value SIMPLICITY. One of the best things I learned in 2020 is that I'm perfectly happy without the things I thought I needed the most. I learned that I really don't need much materially to be happy."

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Philliappians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

"2020 was a test!!! It was a test of my faith, my patience, my courage, and my will as a believer. 2020 tested me as a mother, as a business, and as a friend. Having to move forward in hope, and in spite of anxiety, uncertainty, and the post-effects of double pneumonia, was a challenge for me.... but GOD! Oh, but GOD!!! I made it!!! I remain grateful NOT ONLY because I thrived, but, because I survived what DID NOT occur. So let this be known I AM.... Grateful! I AM so grateful for today and I AM so grateful for you! I send blessings to you. Here's to all the best that 2021 can give us! Happy New Year!!!" #GoGetYourBlessings

Nicole K. Nolan ART DIRECTOR FULL BLOSSOM MAGAZINE

WWW.NICOLKENOLAN.COM IG: @NICOLEKNOLAN

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LOVE TUCKER "I am grateful and humbled. In 2020 I was considered for a best book award for my debut novel 2024. In writing 2024, I wanted to highlight many things that were being taken for granted in our society. This came full circle during the year while being nestled in the sanctuary of my home, that everything I wrote about was scarily evident in our lives. It was a reminder of how powerful we are. I leave 2020 not helpless, but hopeful. That’s the best place to be."

TORI KALFOS     "This year in particular has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Through these unprecedented and difficult times, I've truly found out who is there for me when I've needed them the most. Amongst many things, 2020 has given me perspective and taught me the importance of preparedness for the unknowns. Despite the

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dramatic changes and curveballs life has thrown at us collectively as of late, I find myself truly grateful for what I've encountered. I am thankful and grateful for my family and for my truest friends. They have taught me how to stand tall against stormy weather and never to waver. They are my loving and supportive community."

MARQUITA TAYLOR CEO, THE BEAT LASH CO. IG: @thebeatlashco, IG: @blusagebe

Gratitude is the foundation of humbleness. The Beat Lash Co. has afforded me many opportunities this year that I am thankful for. Being able to thrive as a beauty brand during these times was a blessing and in return I was able to give back to my community. I look forward to expanding The Beat and growing my new brand collaboration with Blu Sage beard essentials in 2021."

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"I am not in the convincing people business. I am in the helping people business!"

PARKS PROJECTS NJ Specializing in Nonprofit & Small Business Bookkeeping and Project Management.

-Danielle Parks

Licensed New Jersey Real Estate Agent.

(609) 453-1369 LET'S WORK TOGETHER

WWW.PARKSPROJECTSNJ.COM "2020 has almost been like a dream to me. Really surreal! I can barely believe this was a reality. So many things have changed in my life. All these changes haven't all been positive. Yet and still, I remain hopeful and steadfast. I have high expectations of great things to come! I am currently battling COVID-19 and I am getting stronger by the day. I WILL continue to give GOD HIS respect and thank HIM for allowing me to see another year. If you can't see the blessings in the midst of all of this tragedy, I suggest you change your perception. I'm entering into 2021 with so much optimism and love with an open heart. I believe that this upcoming year is one of resilience , unification, and forged peace.

One Love!" VERSE Lyricist , Songwriter, & Musical Artist

IG:@versecharacter

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I am so very thankful and grateful for what 2020 has taught me. Although, it has been a rough and a very uncertain year for most, if not everyone, I was able to end my 2020 with a bang! 2020 taught me that we should appreciate our daily lives so much more than we do. During this year, my job went on furlough and while most people were scared and/or eager to get back to work, I sat in the comfort of my learned

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and

received my wholesaler's license. I moved to a new location, learned a new trade, and studied for my real estate

license.

I

was

able

to

set

myself

up

with

multiple streams of income because clearly tomorrow is not promised. I’m more grateful for what I have NOW because it was ALL almost taken away from me. What I love most is that I took the remainder of the year and turned it into a win for me. For that, I am forever thankful. Andrea Michelle is a plus, and all that I do is A+."

ANDREA MICHELLE

2020 hasn't been easy, but I'm proud of how I've kept my poise. I pride myself for having grace under pressure. God's grace and favor that is. I'm so thankful for how blessed I am. I'm blessed with my life, health, and strength. In spite of everything wrong going on around me, I remain optimistic. All the hardships that I've overcome have made me stronger. There's a quote by Willie Nelson that says, "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." There is always something to be thankful for. Just look up and look around. I know there are great things prepared for me in 2021."

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YUM YUM

MUYAVIDMUY@:GI MALINDA YUM YUM BELL

Contributing Editor, Full Blossom Magazine

"With Covid-19, people are imperatively forced to come together in the home because of the restrictions put in place. We all have the option of looking at things in a positive or negative light. I believe we should look at the situation, not in terms of restrictions, but in terms of restoration and re-birth. We should take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with our family because time is of the essence. Let's focus on how this time can bring a family together and make our loved ones concentrate on achieving their dreams and aligning their lives with what is truly important. The year 2020 taught me to think about the healing that food can bring. When suffocation and tension have become the cavity of decaying family relationships, food can be a conduit to fill crucial components of communication and nurturing. This is essential to all families' mental and spiritual health."

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"2020 was filled with many twists and turns. From COVID 19 to the fight against police brutality, Through it all, there are many stories about the resiliency of our communities pulling together to fight systematic racism and work together to meet the needs of those most affected by this global pandemic. This year, I am most grateful to those who showed up to put their hands to work to make today better and tomorrow great! To the essential workers and the workers that were forced to be essential, I am most grateful for you!"

Katherine Nunnally Executive Director/CEOSmith Family FoundationInfo@sffnj.org in@sffnj - IG, Twitter@smithfamilyfoundationnj -FB

"LET GRATITUDE BE THE PILLOW UPON WHICH YOU KNEEL TO SAY YOUR NIGHTLY PRAYER. AND LET FAITH BE THE BRIDGE YOU BUILD TO OVERCOME EVIL AND WELCOME GOOD." DR. MAYA ANGELOU

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MS. NICKEE MACK CEO DIVA DAY INTERNATIONAL IG: @DIVADAYINTERNATIONAL

"2020 has been a year of clarity for me. This year has shown me that I am stronger than I have ever imagined. It has taught me how to PIVOT PROPERLY and walk into my PURPOSE with clear vision and zero fear. I own the responsibility of being a vessel and a servant in all that I do. 2020 helped me fall back in love with me and my mission and vision for Diva Day International.

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CIUELLA SUELLA

Social Media Editor

IG: @CIUELLASUELLA

"2020 has taught me to slow down, be

open

to

appreciate My

life

advice

is

change, because to

enjoy

and it

the

is

to

short.

people

who matter to you most and let go of everything that brings you down. Be Blessed.

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Tanzania Shakur, MURP ACTIVATE YOUR BLESSING

Over the years, I have had to revamp my spirit and healing process. I realized that I wasn't focused on me enough and that caused me to block my blessings. In order to receive a blessing, you have to let go of what you think a blessing is, and what a blessing should look like. I realized that in order to change my mindset, I had to humble it first. I always understood what it meant to be thankful, but, I truly never focused on what it meant to have GRATITUDE. This year, I spoke to a very wise man who asked me a very peculiar question, "You say that you are thankful, but, are you grateful?" He then advised me to invest in myself with thanks and gratitude. It took the entire day for me to really understand what he was suggesting. I suffered from anxiety for years but, 2020 interrupted this cycle and replaced my ailment with gratitude! During this year I had no choice but to learn how to control my emotions. I had to be brave for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others. As I reflect on the many up and downs of 2020, I appreciate all the experiences I have attained whether I liked them or not. I had to find a positive balance and accept the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2020 from Covid to the War on Racism.

What I learned about gratefulness is that it creates joy in your heart. A Grateful heart is a magnet for miracles and blessings. When you're thankful and appreciative for life and for the things that you currently possess, you will always be rewarded with more. It might not seem like much right now, but, once you activate a spirit of gratitude, you will see and feel blessings and that more abundantly. When you are ready to heal and receive your blessings from the universe, your blessings will be bigger than your problems, ONLY, if you express Gratitude! In 2021, I’m applying gratitude to myself and to the entire black community. I am dedicating my life to my people, and my culture. My charge is to cultivate and nourish my people's mind, body, and soul. Life is all about creating genuine love and bonds. It’s up to us to build positive, caring, and loving relationships. In this new year, I‘m not making plans, I’m creating opportunities. “Plant seeds every single day that you know who you are, you know what you’re about, and you know what goals you’ve set for yourself.” —Steph Curry Activate your blessing To be Thankful is to be Grateful ❤

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Tiffon is known as "Pop" to all... Born in Queens, NY, he relocated to Brooklyn at the age of 16. He was raised in a single parent household with his mother and nine siblings. At the age of 13, Tiffon started selling drugs in order to make money to assist his mother with caring for himself and his siblings. His life of crime ended with him spending eight years in prison. While in prison, he wrote songs and developed ideas about being in the entertainment business. After his final release from prison, he changed his life around and now is the Founder of The Urban Web Series Awards, and is the Creator/Writer/Actor of the Project Heat Web series on YouTube. He is also the Co-Founder of CNO of Show Up Films, and TRCK Management. In the late 1990’s, he met with childhood friend recording artist “Cadillac Tah” signed to Murder Inc. While working and traveling with Cadillac Tah, he networked with numerous record label artists and label executives. Shortly thereafter, Tiffon started comanaging DMX's wife Tashera Simmons, and R&B female group Simplicity. He also brought Floyd Mayweather to 106 & Park in Nov 2011 and brought the idea to 106 & Park for SMACK to host the " UFF- Ultimate Freestyle Friday." He is well-connected within the music and film industries. He currently produces Talent Showcases, providing up and coming artists with the opportunity to perform live on-stage in front of A&R's from various major record labels and top producers. He co-wrote, produced, and directed 'Tykoon The Rise of The Distinguished.' Tiffon also wrote a love triangle movie named 'A Dangerous Love Affair' and a 2-part animation kids comedy movie which is a spin-off of a child’s toy he invented. Plus, he is working on an invention for electronic headphones and high-quality new advanced cell phones. The list goes on and on. Check out his website at www.showupfilms.com for more information about him and his upcoming projects.

www.showupfilms.com

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within current fashion trends. Fashion houses local and abroad are feeling the weight forced upon them to evolve as the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic ensues. This unimaginable happening has forced many to pack up and leave while others stay and fight to recreate their mood boards within days notice. Of these fashion trends, masks were undoubtedly 2020's most fashionable accessory. So much so, that some retailers and designers incorporated masks as a new product line for their business. Some designers

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"2020 has been the year of extreme highs and lows. While many were forced to work from home, others started a home-based business. While some were laid off, others suffered foreclosures. Some also had to quit college to support their families. So for those of us whose families were not affected by this pandemic, be grateful. For those of us who still have a job and can still pay our bills and/or mortgages, be grateful. One great thing that the pandemic did for us all was to bring about an urgent sense of community. I have seen people showing up for one another like never before. This is all due to being grateful for what we STILL have. Let's keep this momentum going!"

KADJA MANUEL www.kadjamanuel.org

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ME VS. ME

Stephani Register Recovery Is Essential, Founder City of Trenton-Principal Planner, Urban

Even though she has a past, she is currently celebrating 27 years clean and sober from drugs and alcohol. Stephani, Founder of Recovery is Essential (RIE) is creating safe spaces for those who are living

a

Clean

and

Sober

life.

RIE

conducts two types of informational workshops:

One

being

“Let’s

Talk

Recovery” which takes place in the months of February and July. The other is a

bi-monthly

Facebook

Live

Show:

Kitchen Table Talks with CEO James Johnsen of Damien Houses. As an added bonus, Stephani hosts a Sober Soiree (Sober Ball) once a year on her sober birthday

which

occurs

on

the

1st

Saturday of November.

In this season of uncertainty, RIE is grateful to be a part of the health and wellness of our community. We are blessed to work with such great people and projects. We have learned that in these times, ONLY HOPE can sustain us. One of the upcoming fundamental projects of RIE is to raise funds for the RIE Sober Soiree which will send donations to local community groups and non-profits organizations that are conducting positive efforts, projects, and services to and for children and young adults. The goal is to promote sobriety through the act of giving back. With over 25 years of experience in varied social community activism and organizing efforts, Stephani Register, who also serves as the Principal Planner for the City of Trenton, is committed to the development and addressing of land issues with a focus on social equity development within the City of Trenton. Stephani is a native Trentonian and takes pleasure in her City, where she was born and raised. She is the proud mother of three beautiful adult women and she is the happy grandmother lovingly referred to as “Nani” by six beautiful grandchildren.

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Let's get to work! "In a year full of uncertainty and strife, I am continuously in awe of and grateful for God's grace and mercy. He guided and provided for me as I stepped out on faith leaving a successful career in human resources to launch my own business. HRemedy Consulting is a boutique leadership development firm, specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In addition, to doing all of this, he has allowed me to fulfill my childhood dream of teaching business concepts to high school students. Although, this is not always easy, I am forever grateful for a career that allows me to inspire and impact others while showing up as authentically as I can. Most of all, I am grateful for the love, support, and patience of my family, friends, and students. From a gentle nudge, to words of encouragement, they have kept me humble, yet hungry. 2020 proved to be the year of faith, fear, and anticipation and I am claiming that 2021 will be the year of abundance, favor, and peace for us all."

Mrs. Domonique Revere, M.Ed., PHR, SHRM-CP, CPCC Principal Consultant, Teacher, Mentor & Friend Social Media Handles: IG: @Manikmom Website: HRemedyConsulting.com LinkedIn: HRemedy Consulting Twitter: HremedyC

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

IG: @O.F.A.MHEALING

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Virginia Cathey Collections

Virginia

Cathey

Designer.

She

is

isn’t

your

her

own

average

Entrepreneur/

Seamstress,

Tailor,

and

She

also

proms,

offers

special

weddings,

family

custom

made

picture

designs

days,

and

for

other

Promoter. She is infamous for her hooded bodysuits

occasions. In addition, she also offers accessories like

that can be reversed front to back or inside out.

cuffs, hand-made flowers, capes, bags, and hats.

In the fashion industry, she would be labeled as a

2020 has been a roller coaster of good and bad for

ready-to-wear designer, even though, she also caters

this

to

of

during this change in climate with the Coronavirus/

garment in the fashion industry; she caters to them

Covid-19 looming over us; she has found the gumption

couture.

She

doesn’t

cater

all. Her desired goal is to

to

just

one

line

ALWAYS BE LIMITLESS

when it comes to her creative inspirations.

to

self-made

start

loving

woman

herself

and

her

better.

company.

She

has

Somehow

changed

her

eating habits to include more raw and organic foods and has even started working out. All of which she is

Her ready-to-wear garments range from sizes 4 to

looking at as a new way of life, not a diet. Business has

24 (however, there is no minimum or maximum size

been slower for this woman and her company, but she

limits). She will tailor a garment for any client. She

has not allowed for that to stop her. Her positive way

has a way of representing everyone. Her designer

of

collections extend from conservative to formal, from

opportunities for herself and others. This has started a

loungewear

chain reaction which has inspired her multiple circles

to

vacation

wear,

from

outer

wear

to

daytime, and evening wear with a sprinkle of business

moving

is

contagious

and

she

has

created

new

of family, friends, and associates.

attire.

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TIMELESS WONDER: STEVLAND

HARDAWAY

MORRIS

BETTER

KNOWN

AS

STEVIE

WONDER

IS

A

MUSICAL GENIUS THAT HAS SOOTHED OUR SOUL AND CAPTIVATED AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE.

FOR

ALMOST

FOUR

DECADES,

STEVIE’S

GENIUS

HAS

BEEN

CREDITED AS A PIONEER AND INFLUENCE TO MUSICIANS OF VARIOUS GENRES INCLUDING RNB, POP, SOUL, JAZZ, FUNK, AND GOSPEL.

Model: Nalema Ross Photos: Moments By Mello

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What would music be without Stevie Wonder?

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ELTON ANDREWS Franchise Owner

PillarToPost.com/Elton.Andrews

The Artwork of

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