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Tasha Edwards Hip Healthy Chick


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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Tasha Edwards Do you want to get fit? If so, the Hip Healthy Chick can help. Tasha Edwards of Huntsville, AL is the brains of Hip Healthy Chick, a fitness and wellness program that encourages and educates individuals on how live a healthy and fit life. She describes herself as a movement fanatic, dancer, reader, dreamer, mom, wife, daughter, and friend. She also has nearly 20 years of coaching and counseling experience, and has been working in the fitness industry for close to 14 years. As a child she shares her desire to be a lawyer, an artist, and writer. She even thought about being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Soul Train dancer. A native of Chicago, she shares the reasons why she launched her fitness program. Though the end result may seem wonderful, she has endured a few challenges to get things in order. “I spent $60,000 on obtaining two degrees, only to find out that I didn’t really want a career in social service or be a counselor. I faced obstacle after obstacle and things were looking very dismal at times. In 2004, we lost our house, filed for bankruptcy, and later moved to Alabama. Soon, I took a job at a local gym selling memberships to motivate me to keep getting back in shape after having a baby, and also as a means to help pay for the cost of daycare. Everything else just bloomed from there,” she says. “Hip Healthy Chick was my way of creating a brand that felt personal and relatable to people. The word ‘Hip’ actually doesn’t mean cool, but in the case of my program, some looked at it that way and found my style to be fresh and accessible. Hip actually stands for (Holistic Intuitive and on Purpose),” she said. Some of the services offered by Hip Healthy Chick are Personal Training (individual and small group), Health Coaching (virtual as well), Corporate Wellness (speaking, coaching and classes), Onsite Fitness Services (classes tailored specifically for your special event/participants), and Hip Healthy Workshops (healthy eating, healthy bodies, healthy thoughts, healthy living on purpose). There is also Me Complete (Health and Wellness Workshops for Teen Girls), and CR-BOT (A six week camp for those who are ready to get back on it). Tasha has also incorporated other tools such as Yoga, Pilates, Boot Camp, and Zumba.

“I spent $60,000 on obtaining two degrees, only to find out that I didn’t really want a career in social service or be a counselor.”

Tasha says what she loves most about her business is the opportunity to connect with people on a personal level. “People trust me with their stories, their desires, and their frustrations. I get to ride in the passenger seat of their journey and help them navigate their specific path. I also get to watch people change every day, and seeing them move differently because of new confidence and feeling is beautiful,” she says. Tasha says she mostly inspired by her kids to do what she does. She also finds inspiration in the sense of sense of community after knowing what it was like to be excluded from so many things in life. “Most importantly, I would like for my dreams and work to outlive me,” she says. Her life has been greatly impacted by her families history and her determination to change that for her children. “We have lots of ailments and conditions. I wanted to avoid all of the medicines and the physical issues. I wanted to be able to run and be active with my children. I know people struggle with what they’ve always known and how they have been raised. That is why I focus not just on sweat, calorie burn, and reps but also digging deep to reveal the stories that impact the way we live, move, breathe, hoping to create a new narrative,” she says. Tasha hopes that her efforts to help other live better will have a lasting existence. Even more, she offers some advice to other prospective fitness experts. “Treat yourself as your first client and while learning other people, try to learn the technical stuff also. Become a part of the communities you want to assist and find what your spark is and go in that direction. The more authentic you are, the more authentic your work will be,” she says.

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Her future plans are to simply ‘keep at it’. “I would love to open a free holistic health center one day and offer services that others need but cannot afford. No one should have to be sick simply because they don’t have resources. I’d also like Oprah Winfrey to interview me and I would love to work out with Michelle Obama,” Tasha shared. h

“People trust me with their stories, their desires, and their frustrations. I get to ride in the passenger seat of their journey and help them navigate their specific path.�

La’Chasity Lyle Soul On Wheels Huntsville, AL 256-682-7616

By Terry L. Watson Photos by Soul on Wheels It all begins with faith, attitude, and determination. If you are looking for some good soul food, then look no further. La’Chasity Lyle has some things that will surely set your tastebuds into a flavorful frenzy. The Huntsville, AL native and resident is the owner and face of Soul on Wheels, a Southern Food and BBQ establishment. Their typical clients are anyone looking to indulge in great food, whether it be Vegan, Soul Food, BBQ or Seafood. Soul on Wheels offers a variety of food selections. First is their Soul Food lunch delivery service. This service allows their customers to order their meals in advance and enjoy the leisure of having them delivered to them, without the hassle of standing in lines at a restaurant. Another service they offer is a mobile food trailer, of which they are able to set up any where, and at anytime. This particular feature La’Chasity says is great for fundraising events. The next service that Soul on Wheels offers is their catering service, Southern Chic Custom Catering. “We offer catering on all levels, including individual meal planning, corporate events, private luncheons, weddings, church events, family reunions, school functions, birthday parties, and more,” she says. Besides being a successful business woman, La’Chasity Lyle is a mother, a wife, and innovator. She is also a lover of life, a faith walker, and someone with a free spirit. Along with her husband, Roger who is also a business owner and professional barber, they have successful built their businesses and families on a foundation of love, dedication, and with sound integrity. “I’ve always had a love for cooking. I have a rather large family, and cooking came natural to me. My grandmother inspired me to cook and to be a virtuous woman to my family. My mother and step father inspired me to never give up on the things that I believe in, or my dreams. And so, in 2010, I left Corporate America to pursue my dream of cooking full-time and that’s how Soul on Wheels began,” she shares. While cooking may have come natural to La’Chasity, there is a certain kind of love one must possess to run a business such as the one she does. “I love giving back to my community, and I am able to do this by feeding our homeless citizens. I also love the relationships that I’m able to create with my customers. Being my own boss provides me security and flexibility, and because I know this is mine and everything I work for will go to my family,” she shares. Though Soul on Wheels has enjoyed a bunch of success, it has also faced it share of problems. “I feel that God puts obstacles in front of us to help us prepare for where we’re going or who we’re destined to be. I feel everything that I’ve gone through in life has prepared me for this moment. I once had a restaurant right next to my husband’s Barber Shop. In 2016, I tore my Achilles tendon in half and the restaurant closed. I was forced to figure out how to keep my catering company afloat and my household without being mobile,” she shares. She did and Soul on Wheels continued on. Moving forward, La’Chasity plans are to expand and introduce her brand to a variety of markets. She also offers a bit of advice to those who may follow in her footsteps. “You must walk by faith and by not fear. You must also make a plan and stick to it. Finally, you must be faithful to your vision and pray,” she says. h


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Understanding a great need for technology in the homes, we provide computers to those homes where youth lack the technology to elevate their skills while providing a valuable learning tool. We also provide scholarships to those who are not ability to meet the financial obligation that is required for education. As we continue to excel in our businesses, we realize that it is our duty to give back to students who deserve to follow their dreams of getting a great education. We are asking you to join our efforts and select a booth at this year’s expo. The Black Business Expo is a 25-year organization dedicated to raising scholarship funds for underprivileged high school students planning to attend college and for students who plan to start their own business as entrepreneurs in the state of North Carolina. Our current mission is to donate ten laptop computers and ten scholarships up to $5,000.00 in the following areas: technology, hospitality, advertising, financial services, mass communications, journalism, health, marketing, art, science, business administration and entrepreneurship. With your participation, we will reach our goal of changing the lives of students during this financial aid and scholarship crisis.

By Black Business USA Photos by Pharenheit Photography Black Business Expo USA Inc. organization serves a statewide movement of people using business as a force for change. The Black Business Expo USA Inc. is celebrating its eleven-year anniversary, held November 30, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Marriott downtown Durham City Center, 201 Foster Street. The event is free to attend and features industry experts, business-critical workshops to drive immediate action & business growth. With speednetworking sessions that create new opportunities, the Black Business Expo USA Inc. is the place to get inspired, ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and continue your ongoing path to success. As our youth, today, still stand in need of our support, the 2019 Black Business Expo organization continues to provide scholarships and computers for our youth. After conducting extensive research and discovering that single parent homes and unemployment is on the rise, our participation has relieved much pressure because of our giving. The financial crisis is real, and our brilliant and dedicated students feel it the most. We are a team of individuals who are committed to helping our society and community as we make a difference in areas that has the greatest need. Our community is our focus and that is the reason that we feel that the Black Business Expo will be a force in healing and helping our community.

Another one of our goals is to highlight the economic growth of North Carolina businesses while generating exceptional value for our corporations, sponsors and partners. The Black Business Expo events selects corporations and speakers with strict principles of change and creates events far above the market and regularly visits North Carolina companies and corporations to build relationships. Black business Expo USA Inc. is one of the largest business showcases in the history of black America in North Carolina. More leads, more customers, more branding, more sales and more exposure! We believe that by recruiting 350 companies and corporations across North Carolina to the Black Business Expo USA Inc. event will fund 10 scholarships and 10 laptops for students. How we do it is simple; the Black Business Expo will host eight events designed to showcase businesses and corporations and to raise scholarships for students. Our objective is to utilize companies and corporations’ mission of community engagement, diversity and inclusion, economic development, and business to corporation partnerships. As we continue to thrust into a new season of North Carolina’s Black Business Expo, we would like you to become a valued partner with us. As you, know companies throughout North Carolina come together showcasing their models educating the community about our services and outreach. Event Schedule: November 4-8, 2019 Black Business Week. During this week, the Black Business Expo USA Inc. selects from a pool of 500 students who send in essays on the website. The Black Business Expo USA Inc. scholarship essay pitch event will be held at Merchants & Farmers Bank corporate center. Each day of Black Business Week, the scholarship team will judge 20 students daily and at the end of the week, 10 students will be chosen from the 100 who competed

to receive scholarships. During Black Business Week, area corporations will host five networking lunches at five different corporations. The corporations will present their objective of how to do business with their department, diversity and inclusion, marketing, employment, economic development, community engagement or their products and services. November 16 - The Black Wall Street Gala is where the expo will honor three corporations who exemplify the core standards; community engagement diversity and inclusion, economic development and business to corporation partnership in the black community in North Carolina. The Black Wall Street Gala will highlight 10 students who will receive their Black Business Expo trophy for winning the scholarship essay contest. November 29 - Black business expo will host and invitation only VIP masquerade networking ball for companies and corporations who are participating in the expo. This evening will be a networking opportunity for businesses to meet and greet to develop partnership before they attend the expo. There will be light jazz, and hors d’oeuvres. November 30 - One of the largest business showcases in the history of black America in North Carolina will be hosted in Durham, NC at the Marriot Hotel and City Center 201 Foster Street where over 300 businesses and major corporations will be exhibiting and over 2,000 attendees are expected. What is different about our Black Business Expo? The Black Business Expo Corporation realize that most businesses and owners don’t have large budgets for marketing, advertising, public relations, and merchandising. Many businesses do not have a way to showcase or sell products and services to a mass audience. What the Black Business Expo USA Inc. does for companies is collect data from registrants and attendees from each of the eight events and shares this information with the companies, corporations and business owners that exhibit at the expo, so they can do business all year long. Our Black Business Expo team registers attendees of each event using our app. About 200 people a day during the Black Business Week, about 600 people at the Black Wall Street Gala, more than 600 people at the VIP Masquerade Networking Ball and some 2000 people attending the black expo event. Equaling about more than 4,000 registrants. Our attendee profile includes business owners, CEOs, corporation, small businesses, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and individuals looking to start and buy new companies. Why do owners want to participate? With so many problems in our society, the Black Business Expo focuses on three problems that affect our community. Our objective is to Connect, Communicate and Build the Community of North Carolina Businesses. The three crisis are the financial aid and scholarship crisis, the business financial crisis and the corporate engagement crisis in underserved communities. The financial aid and scholarship crisis: More than 905,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college nearly a million students never get it. States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain. The crisis has been stoked by years of budget cuts combined with an increased number of applicants, due to a growing awareness that good jobs require more than a high school diploma. The business financial crisis: This occurs when a business loses value in its assets and the company can’t afford to pay for advertising, marketing, public relations and merchandising for

their company success. Typically, this is a significant drop in demand for knowledge about a product or service. In these cases, the company must move funds around to cover immediate short-term costs. More companies don’t have a competitive budget to get the brand out about their amazing companies. Then, they will need to reanalyze their revenue sources to look for new ways to generate long-term income as well as increase their margins. The corporate crisis: are situations where corporations have significantly ignored both the business and the underserved community. Rather than creating mutually beneficial relationships, these corporations used their brand advertising as a means of benefiting the company mission and engage in a social relationship with business and communities before they can invest in other communities. While the businesses and community support or buys their products or services there is no community embracement. Changing company social responsibility is one of the ways to address the corporate crises because these problems are typically caused by a lack of diversity and inclusion, community engagement, economic development and the neglect of customer needs. Embracing a social empowerment culture that is dedicated to both corporation and community success can reduce the chances of encountering a corporate crisis. THE EXPO SOLUTION: The first step to managing these crises is to work with corporations, business and core community agencies to resolve the issue immediately. The primary concern should be to prevent the crisis from affecting students and businesses of the underserved community. The next step is to work with our business and our corporate resources to determine how to change the system and set up safeguards to secure funding for scholarships. We intend to fund student scholarships through nine events in November focused on diversity and inclusion, community engagement and economic development. Responsive Crisis Management: When a crisis hits our community, it is important to have a plan of action ready that matches the

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situation at hand. The Black Business Expo events execute that plan and handle roadblocks that may serve as cultural and social barriers. This includes communicating with corporations, informing business and organizations, and creating adaptive solutions that empower our students to reach their goals. Responsive crisis management is used for scenarios like financial and business crisis where it is imperative that not only our business community, but corporations also provide a timely response through direct engagement and involvement. Proactive Crisis Management: Proactive crisis management anticipates a potential crisis and works to prevent it or prepare for it. For example, providing ten scholarships and up to five thousand dollars to students while showcasing business and corporations across North Carolina is our plan. The BBE utilizes business and corporate missions of diversity and inclusion, community engagement and economic development to solve parts of the problem. The BBE can’t end the crisis by itself but it is another method to end the student scholarship and business crises in our community. While not all crises can be prevented or planned for, actively monitoring known threats can help our students and businesses to reduce the impact of this crisis. Recovery Crisis Management: The Black Business model is simple, we believe by showcasing three hundred companies and major corporations at the Black Business Expo and utilizing nine events in November will help counteract the scholarship and business crisis causing long-term, negative effects across North Carolina. In these cases, your company may not be able to lessen the impact, but you can begin to save what’s left of the situation. Recovery crisis management participation by corporations, businesses and organizations may not stop the crises, but it will help our community to reverse the educational crisis of student not having tools to succeed. We ask business and corporation to connect with us to counteract what has caused these unexpected crises. Why should your company or corporation become a sponsor? Help us and become a community hero! As a sponsor you will be acknowledged as a leader that is involved in the development of the whole community by investing in African American businesses and

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education. The African American community makes up 22% of North Carolina’s population, which is approximately 2.35 million people. The Black Business Expo has partnered with locally and nationally media. The Expo has distribution networks of 100 counties, thus bringing our participation and audiences to over 3 million. Now, imagine how excited and cooperative other corporate sponsors, local community leaders, and minority brands will be to have your support. Through the Expo Event Sponsorship, you can leverage the power of collective credibility. Be a part of one the largest African American business showcases in North Carolina, here are 10 reasons to sponsor this incredible event. These are 10 solutions you can help with as company. 1. Help End the Scholarships Crisis for Students, 2. Closes the Racial Wealth Gap, 3. Strengthens Local Economies, 4. Fosters Job Creation, 5. Promotes Economic Development, 6. Holds Other Companies Accountable, 8. Encourages Diversity and Inclusion, 7. Create Visibility and Representation in the Economy, 9. Advances Community Engagement, 10. Be Recognized As a Community Hero. Join the Movement to end the scholarship crisis and connect black business to corporations across the state for economic success, social change and entrepreneurial growth and to inspire others to use business as a force for good. The Black Business Expo is all about marketing to outstanding businesses and corporations across the one hundred counties in North Carolina. By being an exhibitor, you will have your company showcased and more importantly, you will receive all attendees’ information. Because we want you to have access to all the attendees’ information, each exhibitor will receive information from all the events hosted by Black Business Expo so they can do business all year long. For more information on how you can help raise scholarship funds for students email us There are business booth and sponsorships still available! You may sign up today on our website www.blackbusinessexpousa. com or call the Expo Hotline at 919-308-9090 for more details. h

By Terry L. Watson Photos by Margaria Bullock For most who know her, she is often referred to as Margaria Bullock. For her more sound circle of friends and acquaintances, she is often called “Boobie”, a title she has answered to since a very young age. Margaria is a established business owner that operates within the city of Richmond, Va. She is also a mother and self-described go getter, who promises to finish anything that she starts. As the owner of Braids By Boobie Hair Studio, Margaria is afforded the opportunity to share her god given gift of hair styling with anyone who seeks her services. Her business also allows her to showcase her own brand of creativity with various styles of braiding and more. She began braiding hair at the age of 13. Now at the age of 34, she has worked in three hair salons during her career, all before eventually owning the first salon she ever worked at. “When I was 32, I finally decided to open my own business so that I could employ those work in this profession and have a desire to prosper. “At my salon, I offer creative braid art, in natural and weave styles for both men, women, kids, and babies. I promote hair care and growth and educate my clients on the importance of maintaining healthy hair,” she says. “I love making my clients feel great about their hair. I find it to be very gratifying when my clients share the compliments they receive while exhibiting my original styles and hair art. I also love it when the kids are able to admire their natural beauty with age appropriate hair styles. Each client and each experience is what makes it all worth it for me,” she says.

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As a business owner, Margaria has faced several challenges. With success, also comes many responsibilities. There are long hours that she is required to put in, all while being a mother. Fortunately, her daughter is able to offer some assistance as her shampoo girl, in addition to playing two sports and attending school. In the future, Margaria hopes to start traveling with her business. This includes the possibility of producing hair shows in Richmond. These she believes will bring people together from all walks of life. Contact Margaria at Braids By Boobie Hair Studio for more information. h


Dr. Charmin Y. Amderson This Is What Victory Looks Like

By Terry L. Watson Photos by Charmin Anderson Who is looking for someone to fight for them? For those who are, Dr. Charmin Y. Anderson is ready and waiting to answer the call. The Hampton, VA resident is the founder of Fighting 4 Me, a powerful affirmation and movement that was developed as a result of some personal battles she has faced in life. After a bout with cancer, suffering a stroke, experiencing domestic violence, and the loss of her twin girls she decided to create something would teach women how to turn their circumstances into a superpower. This is when she began to fight! Anderson is a domestic violence coach, nonprofit startup consultant, and sits on the board as VP of the 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Hope With A Vizion. She’s also a mother, friend, sister, and lover of life. She is also very fond of music, particularly African music, and has a heart for poetry and dancing. However, she is most passionate about helping people to help others. With all the things that Anderson is involved with, she is most comfortable when she can write. “I have always been a writer, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I use writing as a positive outlet to express my emotions,” she says. Anderson passion for writing has involved into some impressive productions. She has written several books, including one about her own life and personal struggles, and is currently working on a few others. “Writing my story allowed me to write my way to freedom. It was my way to finally take the necessary steps to heal,” she shares. “I wrote my first book, Behind My Smile; Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare, years ago. I pondered over the idea of releasing it mainly because I wrote it from a very angry and hateful place. I didn’t want it to be the kind of work I shared with my readers, so I trashed the initial draft and rewrote it,” she says. That was a good move for Anderson because the book made it on Amazon’s best seller’s list within 15 minutes of its release. Her first book tells the story of what happened to Anderson and gives readers the insight to how that relationship in reference developed. It also gives intimate details of her life and some of the traumatic experiences she experienced not only as a child, but also as an adult. Her newest production, When Dead Flowers Bloom (available October 2019) will be released, it will be the continuation of Behind My Smile, Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare. It starts off with a heavy hitter letter that Anderson says might upset a few. “These are real feelings that most people are afraid to admit they’ve had,” she says. The book will fill also fill in all the empty blanks that most people have from her first writing. “Neither of the books were easy to write but are essential parts of my healing process. I believe they will inspire other women to continue to fight for themselves.”

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Anderson says the most enjoyable part of life and career is the opportunities they provide her to help others. “I realize that trying to help others isn’t a one-man job. I want to create a domino effect in which everyone whose life I impact, will in return step up and help others,” she says. Though by only reading Anderson’s books, one might not be able to see the difficulties she faces while writing them. She shares the task can be quite difficult. “The hardest thing for me was allowing people into the vulnerable parts of my life. Writing my book was one thing, but talking to people face to face, was something completely different. It was kind of scary. I would see and feel their emotions and hear their comments as I talked. Once I published my book, that was it. There was no more hiding, and it was extremely hard to put myself on the front lines especially when the background was a safe space for me,” Anderson said. Anderson says that her two children are the driving force for all that she does. “Statistics say they should be on medication and drugs and be criminals. But they are not. Instead they are both successful and living their best lives and by doing so make me so proud to be their mommy,” she says. Anderson hopes that her efforts of trying to be a constant representation of winning, others may benefit as well. “It is easy to get lost in a world that is so full of pain and heartaches. However, in the process of helping others, we must ensure that we do our due diligence by taking great care of our greatest asset, ourselves,” she says. “Everything that I have endured in my life has made me into the woman that I am today. My goal is to assist others with obtaining their breakthrough.” Her plans on moving forward are to help as many women as possible. “I personally believe that there is nothing more powerful than a movement of women standing on the front lines in unison and fighting for themselves,” she says. She is also in the process of turning her book into a feature film. Her third book, Fighting 4 Me; I Won’t Stop, is set to be released in February 2020. h

For more information, please contact Dr. Charmin Y. Anderson 1-888-571-1129




Information and Photos Provided by Lynn Whitney Williams Financially Crowned Queen, a new nonprofit organization that has launched a variety of free programs that cater to the youth and young adults of all backgrounds in low income neighborhoods to educate them through financial services such as credit and money management, banking, entrepreneurship, real estate investment, and home ownership. Through interactive activities and hands on classes, Financially Crowned Queen aims to provide financial, intellectual, and educational growth to each individual that is interested in bettering themselves.

Financially Crowned Queen programs include “Queening My Finances,” a free credit and money management webinar that is hosted every third Thursday of the month on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. This webinar teaches individuals how to understand credit, how to read their credit report, complete dispute letters, and more. The newest program, C.H.A.N.C.E, an acronym for credit, home ownership, accountability, neighborhoods, choice, and entrepreneurship, will launch in the spring of 2020 to educate and provide a co-working space for entrepreneurs. h

Founder and CEO, Lynn Whitney Williams, known well for her 10 years of experience in the banking industry in which she was able to manage accounts for prominent community figures such as Grammy Award winners, NBA players, community leaders, and many more founded this nonprofit organization in September of 2017 to ensure that our community had a free resource of financial education. Her journey has allowed her to speak with over 25,000 students and adults about financial literacy and assist over 300 individuals in starting their business or nonprofit organizations in the past two years. Lynn has had the opportunity to see hands on what the need of the individuals in our community is… and that is hope and money. Williams states “You aren’t living on purpose until God places you in uncomfortable situations to make you remember his purpose.” Her passion for self-development, education, and the power to change to create a better mindset financially for others, is what made her step out on faith and quit her job as a branch manager to become a full time entrepreneur in September of 2018. As a result, she was able to do more in the community and create her own financial literacy and entrepreneurship curriculum that is currently being taught in local middle and high schools in the Mid-South to also provide certifications to students who pass and complete the program.

For more information about Financially Crowned Queen or the programs that are offered, please visit: 901-303-8331 Memphis, TN

Same Hustle, Same Grind By Dawn Cauthen Thornton Photos by Todd Youngblood

Paranda Davis, dubbed The Credit Beast, is back to share her love of community and prosperity. Since she was introduced to the Huami Magazine community, she has made moves that benefits thousands of people, including other business owners. Initially Paranda set out to simply create and grow her business while helping her clients attain what seemed to be impossible. Low credit scores, insurmountable debt, and other factors plagued them. But Paranda put her knowledge and experience to good use and started changing one situation at a time. The entrepreneur continues to grow her business and perfect her craft, aiding others in the process. Since her initial debut, she has added 10 new members to her staff and increased her profits, attaining her goal of a seven-figure income, as the owner of Davis Future Planning, LLC. Her clientele has grown exponentially due to incorporating a new business system to better serve them. Continued on the next page


On August 9th, the woman from humble beginnings released a book entitled, “Cornbread – The Girl Who Asked A lot of Questions.” The book teaches financial literacy to children and stresses the importance of saving and spending money. She plans on expanding the idea into a book series and releasing a new one every year, ultimately helping the next generation establish healthy financial habits. But she hasn’t stopped there. This year, Paranda partnered with another business owner to bring this vision to life. They both thought it would be an amazing idea to invite like-minded entrepreneurs to a forum and support each person’s ventures and ideas. The ‘Live In Color Expo’ was that vision. “Our vision was to bring unity to the Queen City. Businesses coming together networking and empowering each other. Because we also need to be inspired. People don’t know what business owners go through. We have our ups and downs and get stressed out too,” she says. Paranda and her partner thought of the idea and were determined to see it come to life. With no PR team and no paid promoting, the two self-planned for four months. “We put it on social media and the people just started going crazy,” boasts Paranda. Business owners from all over the country descended upon Charlotte on August 10th, to attend the one-day sold out event held at Westin Hotel and Conference Center. From barbershops to clothing boutiques, a variety of businesses showcased their expertise. To the ladies’ surprise, the line wrapped around the building with over 1,000 attendees waiting to experience a day of uplifting. The space was so packed with patrons, the fire marshall was called to investigate and the event was allowed to continue after ensuring everyone was safe.

“Our vision was to bring unity to the Queen City. Businesses coming together networking and empowering each other. Because we also need to be inspired.”

Local personality Fly Ty served as host and the afternoon began with a powerful prayer and motivating word from celebrity hairstylist, Derickus Crawford. It continued with a panel discussion from makeup guru and founder of The Crayon Case, Raynell ‘Supa’ Steward, entrepreneur Jesseca DuPart, founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products (and other businesses), Steve Madden model Princess Bella, and Paranda herself. Love and Hip Hop star, Rasheeda served as closing speaker. The topic of discussion was ‘How to be Unique’. Branding yourself and setting yourself apart from everyone else is key to surviving in the business world. Finding a successful and supportive mentor can also be helpful.

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Later, Paranda graced the stage and shared her views on beauty, wealth, women’s empowerment, unity, and how to make seven figures. “I also spoke about the importance of supporting the next person, keeping money in your own community, and investing in one another. I was very shocked at our turn out because we typically don’t support each other. But it showed me that with hard work and dedication, it’s possible.” A turning point for Paranda , during the event, was the realization that her newly released book had sold out within hours. That is proof that there is an interest in financial freedom within our community, but there must be someone to lead the way. To show their appreciation to patrons, the hostesses presented popular giveaways, monetary gifts, and an attendee was gifted a onemonth car payment. The event was so well-received that visitors are still buzzing about it weeks later. The next event will be even bigger. “The most important thing to me was that people left inspired. That’s was the best part of it all,” says Paranda. While anything is possible to happen for Paranda in the future, being the sound businesswoman that she is, plans have already been made by her. Soon, she hopes to open a financial literacy university and offer online classes starting in 2020. She also plans to stay well connected to her immediate community and branch outside its walls. “It is my goal to share my brand and life experiences with everyone who seeks them,” she says. h

For more information, please contact Paranda Davis Davis Future Planning, LLC Personal & Business Credit Including Debt Management Services 1-800-239-1493

Facebook @ Author Paranda Davis

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By Terry L. Watson Ph by BK Credit Solutions Brian Blackmore of Dallas, TX is serial entrepreneur who is on a mission to bridge the financial gap in the today’s society. Furthermore, he is looking to educate others on the importance of having good credit and leveraging it to generate generational wealth. The tool that Brian uses to make this possible is BK Credit Consultants LLC, a national credit restoration company that works with clients and creditors to improve credit profiles by challenging questionable, inaccurate, outdated, misleading, or unverifiable data on consumer credit reports. Brian shares, “We understand the unforeseen can happen, and we also believe everyone deserves a second chance. We work with our clients, the credit bureaus and creditors to attain the highest best credit possible. We also ensure that our clients are equipped with the knowledge of how to keep it that way.” Brian has over 10 years of combined underwriting, forensic accounting, business analysis, acquisition, divesture-planning, and risk-management experience. He started BK Credit Consultants in May 2016. “It was actually started by accident. I posted my credit score on Facebook, which was 820 at the time, and asked “Who wants great credit like this? My post went viral and my inbox was blowing up. I was giving away free advice and soon realized that I could turn this into a business. The rest is now history because BK Credit Consultants have grown faster than I could have ever imagined,” he says. Over the years BK Credit Consultants has delivered unlimited disputes to the credit reporting agencies and creditors. They’ve helped many individuals correct their credit files and increasing their FICO scores as well. They utilize a state of the art program that is broken down into three phases to assist their clients in getting to the 700 Club. The first phase is disputing. The next one is rebuilding credit, and the final phase is sustaining credit.

“We understand the unforeseen can happen, and we also believe everyone deserves a second chance. We work with our clients, the credit bureaus and creditors to attain the highest best credit possible. We also ensure that our clients are equipped with the knowledge of how to keep it that way.”

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The first is phase is disputing. The next one is rebuilding credit, and the final phase is sustaining credit. BK Credit Consultants typical clients are people who are having credit issues and trouble getting the things they need to live their everyday life. “I enjoy assisting people with getting approved for homes, cars, credit cards, and lines of credit. By doing so I am able to restore their confidence and help them get their life back,” he says. “The average credit score for our clients who are starting the program is around 560.” Brian is motivated to providing personalized services to each and every client. He takes the time to become well acquainted with his clients and their particular financial challenges, and develop and execute an individual recovery strategy. “Helping clients to feel empowered and restore their financial confidence and autonomy has been another invaluable yield of my consulting services and exceptional customer service,” he says. Like most businesses, BK Credit Consultants has faced it share of challenges. The most common challenge for Brian he shares has been people being unrealistic. “Most people have spent 10 or more years destroying their credit and thinking I can rectify their situation in 30 days. Credit restoration is a process and takes time to get back on track. Social media has fooled people into thinking that it can be done overnight and legally, that is not possible,” he says. Brian has dedicated his life and career honor his late mother. “All of my companies are named after my mom, Brenda Kaye. Everything I do is for her and making her proud is my only goal,” he says. He also offers some advice to others who may follow in his footsteps. “Be diligent and patient and please don’t chase the money. Perfect your craft and the money will find you. Also, educate people leaving them more informed than they were before meeting you,” he says.

BK Credit Consultants, LLC 610 UPTOWN BLVD. STE. 2000, CEDAR HILL, TX 75104 (469) 865-4506 30

When asked if he could change anything about is journey, Brian says he would change the way the world looks at entrepreneurship. “We are taught to get good grades, graduate high school, go to college, and get a good job. Once we work for 40 years, we can retire and then start living our lives. I want to give kids more resources and let them know that you don’t have to be a college graduate to be successful. We must teach them that trade schools are just as valuable. You don’t have to work for someone else. You can be your own boss. Entrepreneurship should be presented to our kids as a viable option,” Brian says. Moving forward, Brian shares his plan is to keep expanding the BK Brand. “I want to travel and do credit seminars and share my information because it needs to be seen and heard by the masses. I want people to understand how much power a great credit score will give you and how many doors will open for you. I want to also present this information to high school students. I am a advocate for teaching financial literacy before we allow students to graduate high school and enter the real world and not possess the proper tools to succeed. It is very necessary and I have made this my mission to ensure that nobody is left behind,” he says. h

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Trish Bernard Farrell’s Daughter Business Consulting & Graphic Design


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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Ro Simmons Trish Bernard is the owner of Farrell’s Daughter Business Consulting & Graphic Design, in Dallas, TX. She describes herself as an innovative and energetic “girl boss” with a love for helping business owners and professionals streamline their processes. Her business was created to save busy professionals from work overload, by helping them to stay organized and provide them with cost-effective solutions. Originally from New Orleans, she currently resides in Dallas. Both of her parents were workaholics and it is understandable that she picked up their work ethics. As a sociology major and graduate from Texas Southern University, Trish truly loves people and she shares that she has a heart for servitude. “I have spent most of my life helping take the stress off of others and giving back to my community,” she says. Her business is rooted in the same qualities that make Trish who she is. Hard work. “After my dad passed in 2015, I decided to start my own business, which is also named after him. My father had a major impact on my life by teaching me the importance of servitude. Farrell’s Daughter offers virtual and local business services such as business consulting, project management, graphic design, and Wix and Squarespace web design for small business owners. “I believe no one can do it alone and I practice what I preach. I have an awesome virtual assistant who helps make sure I stay on track and my support team of sub-contractors and interns help to spare me the need of hiring a full staff,” she says. Farrell’s typical clients are female entrepreneurs. Trish says she finds this group often time takes on way too much. “I love solving problems and showing my clients that the impossible can be done with a bit of effort and trust. For the most part, I love under promising, and over delivering and give my clients more than they paid for. My specialty is reducing stress for my clients by taking tasks off of their plate. I consider myself a “Task Master.” One of the biggest hurdles for Trish in business is establishing trust with her clients. “They have a hard time letting go of control when it comes to their business, and I can relate to this because I also outsource when needed. However breaking down the trust barrier is tough for me but once it’s down, everything is smooth sailing from there,” she says. Continued on the next page

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Trish admits her journey to become an entrepreneur has been largely impacted by my father. “He was literally the nicest and hardest working person I’ve ever known, and I wanted to carry on that spirit after he passed. Equally important is the support of friends and family, including my sister Farrah whom is a secret investor in my business. Without her support I would have failed long ago,” says Trish. For others who are thinking about jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, Trish offers a bit of helpful advise. “First, please get some help and support, and don’t try to do it alone. If you can get a mentor or an accountability partner, do it as soon as possible. A remember that is value in your network. I have friends that have never bought a service, but constantly send me referrals,” she shares.

“I love solving problems and showing my clients that the impossible can be done with a bit of effort and trust.” Though her journey has been a little challenging at times, Trish says she has enjoyed the ride. “I have learned so much along the way and some of my negative experiences have actually made me money. For example, teaching entrepreneurs how to avoid my mistakes has been a key to my business and gives me more joy than the pain previously had caused,” she says. While the future seems to be very bright for Farrell’s Daughter Business Consulting & Graphic Design, Trish remains constant on her grind to make the business greater. “I plan to start a coaching service for entrepreneurs only. I want to teach them how to navigate their business, and the importance of taking time for their own sanity. I want to be an entrepreneurs personal cheerleader,” she says. Stay tuned! h

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Aleta Danielle Life, Business, and Faith

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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Aleta Danielle

Her brand is titled “Live your Dream.” In more context, the message that Aleta Danielle of Greenville, SC shares is quite clear. “It is common to live within comfortable means. At times, that practice is very necessary. However, there are other times in our lives when we should relinquish the safety nets and take a leap of faith,” she shares.

“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Zig Ziggler

Aleta is a wife, mother, sister, friend, and accomplished business woman. As a Realtor with Ponce Realty Group, she works diligently to provide professional, relevant, accurate, real estate services on a consistent basis. This is done while also addressing the needs of her clients, both known and unknown. She brandishes a Bachelors degree in Business Management and has over 15 years of experience working in a business capacity, coupling that with a creativeness that only God can give. “Sometimes the answer is not in a book or offered in a classroom setting. Being able to adapt, bend, or even dream bigger can make the difference between me succeeding or failing. I pride myself as being the eyes and ears of my clients,” she shares. “I became a Realtor because I had a passion to help people. Even more, I am privledged to be a part of the of home-ownership process — from start to finish — for individuals. Aleta was born and raised in Waukegan, IL. At the age of 19, she moved to South Carolina, due to her dad’s job relocating. Her foundation is rooted in her faith and being in God. “My faith and belief in Jesus has been my rock, my inspiration, and my constant everything. With Him, I have all I will ever need for every venture and circumstance, whether big or small,” she says. With the support of her family, Aleta’s circle is complete. Her son and daughter, whom she describes as her pulse and heartbeat, are the driving force for her both personally and professionally. “Family is important to me and inspire me to be my very best,” she says. As a Realtor, the opportunity comes with its own set of challenges. “For me the challenge is not being able to meet every need, every time. Sometimes, there are tough decisions that have to be made, which is never easy to deliver,” she says. Aleta offers some advice for others who may follow in her footsteps. “Be true to who you are, not who you wan to portray for the world, but WHO you really are...genuinely and unapologetically. Stay away from comparing yourself to others. There is only one you. No one has it all together, all of the time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Embrace and live life in your own lane, it takes the pressure off trying to keep up with others. Take the high road, the low one is crowded. The key to living a long prosperous life, you must laugh often (including at yourself). Enjoy the journey. Trust the process. Learn to dance in the rain and most importantly, believe in yourself. LIVE YOUR DREAM!

Moving forward Aleta hopes to assist countless families buy and sell home, after home. This includes from starter homes to vacation homes, to rental properties and dream houses. “The sky is the limit and I plan to continue building my brand and share the gifts of which God has blessed me with,” she shares. “Stay tuned!” h

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Aleta Danielle Ponce Realty Group 864-546-1143


April Alford The driving force behind April is her love for empowering families with the ability to build generational wealth through home ownership. She says, “It excites me to help someone achieve the dream of purchasing a home. It also brings me great joy to show someone, who thought they couldn’t purchase a home, how it can in fact be done. Seeing the smile on a client’s face when they receive the keys to their new home is a gratifying feeling that never gets old. It’s during these moments that reminds me of how I am walking in my purpose,” she says. April effortlessly credits the one person whom has had the greatest impact on her life. “For years, my mother worked for a large retail bank. When I was a child, I practically grew up in a bank, spending several days there after school. I watched my mom meet with her clients, while providing superior customer service. At the time, I never truly understood what her job was, but I knew I wanted to do something similar,” she said. In addition to her mom, April acknowledges several others who have influenced her life life over the years. “My former manager, Sekhar Pinapaka noticed my potential and allowed me to shadow him. He saw that I wanted more out of my career and encouraged me to go into mortgage lending. I wouldn’t be where I am today in the mortgage industry without his influence. My three children, Kristina, Jerron Jr., and Jaedo are truly the motivation for everything I do. I want to leave a legacy for them and I hope they will in some fashion, empower their own generation with the knowledge I provide them with,” she says. By Shannon Morrison Photos by Michael Yarborough April Alford is a passionate and driven leader who teaches, informs and empowers others to build generational wealth through home ownership. Every day, her goal is to help people take control of their destiny by setting them on a path towards financial security. April serves her community as a Mortgage Loan Officer with Movement Mortgage in Raleigh, NC. There her focus is to assist consumers with obtaining a mortgage loan to purchase a home. She also educates consumers about the importance of budgeting and establishing credit worthiness. “My services offer programs with 100% financing, and down payment assistance or low down payment programs. I also regularly host Home Buyer seminars to help people prepare to purchase a home. Additionally, I use the power of social media to give advice and weekly tips,” she shares. April started her finance career in 2000 as a teller for a large retail bank. In 2004, she moved to the United Kingdom and worked for a Consumer Finance company that provided personal loans to consumers. Upon her return to the United States in 2008, she resumed her career at the same retail bank, working her way up through the ranks in various positions until becoming a Mortgage Loan Officer in 2012. She hasn’t looked back since.

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The future looks bright for April. There she plans to continue to share her knowledge with others and educate as many consumers as possible about the home buying process. In 2020, she plans to launch a Wealth Building Series that will not only focus on home ownership, but also other areas such as the importance of life insurance, wills, budgeting, credit, and real estate investments. “This information is beneficial to everyone, but I definitely plan to target our minority communities. I want to be a vessel that helps bridge the gap in minority home ownership,” she shares. h

April Alford NMLS 886941 Sr. Loan Officer Movement Mortgage 4700 Falls of Neuse Rd - Ste 225 South Tower Raleigh, NC 27609 - 919-268-1878 NMLS# 886941. NC-I-170727 | Movement Mortgage, LLC supports Equal Housing Opportunity. NMLS ID# 39179 ( | 877-314-1499. Movement Mortgage, LLC is licensed by NC # L-142670. Interest rates and products are subject to change without notice and may or may not be available at the time of loan commitment or lock-in. Borrowers must qualify at closing for all benefits. “Movement Mortgage” is a registered trademark of the Movement Mortgage, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. 8024 Calvin Hall Rd, Indian Land, SC 29707

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Nova Victoria Edwards-Bezuglov MAGAZINE

Cutest Baby

The daughter of Destynee’ Edwards and Evgeniy Bezuglov Photo by Katrina Wize Photography

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Greensboro native, Chandler Davidson is a sophomore dance major at Weaver Academy. He has been dancing for six years. While taking dance classes in school, Chandler is also a company member of The Pointe Studio Of Dance. There, he trains in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, African, Hip Hop, Gymnastics, Vocals and Acting. Chandler has been involved with (2) five week summer intensives, UNCSA and Charlotte Ballet. He has also participaged with a four week intensive at Debbie Allen in Los Angeles Clalifornia. Chandler has performed lead roles with his studio such as, Toto and The Wiz in “The Dance Adaption Of the Fantasy And Adventure Of Oz” and Little Simba in “Pride Land “.

He has been the The National Black Theater Festival three times with the shows “The Dance Adaption Of Annie“ and “The Dance Adaption Of The Fantasy And Adventure Of Oz“ and “Pride Land”. After high school, Chandler plans to join a professional contemporary company then go to collage and major in dance after he retires from the company and make his own studio and share his gifts with students of all ages. h

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