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About the Magazine The Ultimate Black Man Magazine was created in 2009 by Author Renetta Cochran, to recognize , honor, and feature Black Men for their outstanding accomplishments. The Ultimate Black Man Magazine is different and unique to a market where the images of Black Men are generally negative and demeaning, so we have designed this Magazine to show the Greatness of the Black Man and to change the negative image to a positive image. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: To promote Integrity, Leadership, Economic and Educational Responsibility of the Community with positive images of the Black Men around the Globe.
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February’s 50 Fabulous Fe’Males Issue About the Magazine ~ . . . ~ 4 From the Editor – Renetta J. Cochran ~ . . . ~ 5 One the Cover – Stephan J. Randle ~ . . . ~ 36 - 37 April Cook- Hawkins ~ . . . ~ 6 Elayne Fluker ~ . . . ~ 7 Sangeya K. Wiggins ~ . . . ~ 8 Keosha Thomas ~ . . . ~ 9 Renata Brown ~ . . . ~ 10 Brigitte Hallum ~ . . . ~ 11 Eisha Branner ~ . . . ~ 14 Cameryn Hillman ~ . . . ~ 15 Melecia Scott ~ . . . ~ 16 Ebony K. Johnson ~ . . . ~ 17 Dr. Toyia Younger ~ . . . ~ 18 Tenika Dawson ~ . . . ~ 19 Tonja Harden ~ . . . ~ 22 Dr. Cecilia Miller-Sims ~ . . . ~ 23 Tarnesa D. Martin ~ . . . ~ 24 Chief Charlotte Brown ~ . . . ~ 25 Shelly Sparks ~ . . . ~ 26 J’Nai Porter ~ . . . ~ 27 Markia Brown ~ . . . ~ 30 Brittany Sanders ~ . . . ~ 32 Sharyn Steele ~ . . . ~ 33 Sheryl Mays ~ . . . ~ 34 Foresteen Hood ~ . . . ~ 35 Roneeka “R-Simone” Pleasant ~ . . . ~ 40 Dr. Kanisha Hall ~ . . . ~ 41 Gabrielle McGill-Carpenter ~ . . . ~ 42 Adrienne Goodson ~ . . . ~ 43 Channon “Chanenray” Stevenson ~ . . . ~ 44 Belinda Kendall~ . . . ~ 45 Dawniel Winningham ~ . . . ~ 50 Sylvia Hubbard ~ . . . ~ 51 Telishia Berry ~ . . . ~ 52 Tressie “Patrena” Hopkins ~ . . . ~ 53 Brigitte Brown-Jackson ~ . . . ~ 54 Artie Dixson-Tyler ~ . . . ~ 55 Dominique Escoe ~ . . . ~ 58 Janelle Moore ~ . . . ~ 59 Brandy Davison ~ . . . ~ 60 Shauna Lamore ~ . . . ~ 61 Shatoria “Shay” Oliver ~ . . . ~ 62 Maxann Reese ~ . . . ~ 63 Ka’Miko ~ . . . ~ 66 Nicole Beaumont ~ . . . ~ 67 Bridgette Daley ~ . . . ~ 68 Latonia M. Smith ~ . . . ~ 69 LaKita Gantz ~ . . . ~ 70 Lela McGee-Harvey ~ . . . ~ 71 Kamilya Green-Johnson ~ . . . ~ 72 Justina Knight ~ . . . ~ 73
April Cook-Hawkins is the founder and CEO of Alternative Solutions Development LLC., a total life transformation platform. She is a wife, mother, business owner, City Commissioner, and First Lady of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services. By profession, she is a Certified Professional Life and Transformation Coach. Over the past 12 years she has helped many transform and love the life they live. April’s organization provides counseling, mentorship, and life coaching to teenagers and young adults within the community, foster children, and children in the juvenile system. She has been featured on national platforms like CNN, Time Magazine and in the movie Fahrenheit 11/9. She is also the author of The Process: Count the small wins.
When the Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020, she launched Fabrics of Faith and made over 5,000 face masks to those in need throughout her community and nationwide. April describes herself as a discovery advocate, inspiring others to not only discover who they are, but to also walk in their purpose. She shares her journey of life transformation from a place of transparency and authenticity. Throughout this journey, God has placed her on many platforms to speak life to women, young girls, teens, and young adults. While doing so, April has developed a coaching program designed to challenge, develop, and transform lives from a holistic approach. She focuses on affirmations and the mirror and facing your truth even if it scares you. April is determined to make Alternative Solutions a conscious thought, practice, and discipline, while holistically transforming lives. “It’s in the forgiving of others and yourself where you can share your story with confidence and boldness; with no worries of what others think, in efforts to help someone else. She is well known for her community activism with the Flint Water Crisis, the fight to end gun violence, women’s rights, and neighborhood stabilization in Flint.
Don’t be a giraffe that wastes time trying to explain your perspective to a grasshopper
Elayne Fluker is host of the Support is Sexy podcast featuring interviews with more than 500 diverse women entrepreneurs around the world, and she is founder of SiS.Academy -- an online learning platform educating and empowering Black Women entrepreneurs. Most recently Elayne was named a "Founder of Change" for SiS.Academy as part of the American Express "100 for 100" program featuring 100 innovative Black women entrepreneurs. She is a writer, editor, producer, and media
entrepreneur who has worked as a journalist for more than twenty years at some of the industry’s most esteemed outlets. Elayne has served as an editorial executive at media powerhouses such as Condé Nast, Huffington Post, Essence, Martha Stewart Living, VIBE, and Latina. As an expert in media, pop culture, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment, Fluker has been a featured guest in front of millions on national shows and networks, such as TODAY, Nightline, Headline
News, Inside Edition, CNN, VH1, CBS, BET, FOX, and Sirius XM Radio. And she has spoken at events for the United Nations, LinkedIn, Columbia, NYU, Spelman College, Howard University, the Women's Presidents Organizat ion, the Essence Festival and more. In 2012, Elayne founded Chic Rebellion Media, a multimedia agency that creates digital, podcast, video, television, and social content to empower women to share their stories and build their brands. www.ElayneFluker.co m
I Can, I Will, End of Story - Anonymous
Flint Native, Sangeya K. Wiggins, daughter of the late Charles Wiggins, a retired GM employee and retired Flint Schools teacher, Mamie Wiggins, attended Flint Community Schools before heading off to Oakland University in 1992 where she obtained a BA in Communication and Sociology. She also holds a MSA in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at Walden University. Sangeya has been married to business owner, Raymond Wiggins, Jr., for 17 years and is the mother of J’Mari (15) and Ari’Yana (13). Sangeya is cur rently the Vice-President and
COO of Snagpod LLC, Alcohol Testing and Software Development and is also employed with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. As a proud product of Flint, MI, Sangeya credits her ambition and drive to the lessons learned growing up on the Northside of an outstanding city. As a young girl, she was involved in community projects with her mother through church and different organizations. She followed her mother’s path in college and joined a Public Service Organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 1996. Sangeya is currently an active member of the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter where she humbly serves as Chapter President. She is also a member of the
Midwest Region Leadership team and is the Primary Advisor for the chapter at Oakland University. In her free time, Sangeya can be found serving the community as the Board Chair for The Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation, Public Relations Chair for The Crosshairs Foundation, and Secretary for Kicks 4 Kids Foundation. She is the CoHost of a Facebook Live Podcast, The Bottom line with Regina The Queen of Car Loans and Sangeya Ms. 411 where they discuss credit and the community. While her life can be extremely busy, she treasurers the time she spends with her family and friends.
I am Keosha Thomas, a native of Nashville and mother of one 9 year old daughter Keeley. I am a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Tallgirlsmatter LLC. I serve as a resource guide, uplifting l, educating and supporting the needs for the TALL community globally for women 5 9” and up covering topics A-Z. I have a clothing collection called TGM collections where I sell: hoodies, TShirts, masks, kids collection, men’s collection, baby onesizes and personalized TGM beaded bracelets and more products to come. My journey with Tallgirlsmatter started in 2017 when I was working at the Dove Awards and found myself at a table of tall women discussing our challenges and up
bringing being tall. From that moment I came up with the name Tallgirlsmatter and started our social media ac counts on Instagram and Facebook. I also have a private group on FB which serves as a guide for Tall women to find clothing and where to find big shoe sizes, talk relationships and so much more. Additionally, I do serve as PR and marketing consultant. I currently have a client Shonnie Murrell and have worked in the past with the following: Grammy award winning producer Torrance Esmond, After 7, Too $hort, Letoya Luckett, Charlie Wilson, The NMAAM and many more. Equally, I enjoy writing and do freelance writing for Voice Nashville and many other publications.
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Failure is a Word I don’t Accept. - John H. Johnson
"Your Dreams must have wings to fly and feet to walk it out” Award winning Editor in Chief Renata Brown’s zeal for the arts and motivational speaking comes from being an artist. She is the publisher of two online magazines A-Spire.me an arts and entertainment magazine and EM-Spire.com which highlights entrepreneurs and motivators. She founded and executive produced the GANSPA Awards (Gifted Artists Neo Soul & Poetry Awards) 2013-2017. Renata is an accomplished songstress, poet and speaker who began writing poetry at eight years old. “At the heart of me” she states, “I am a creative”. Renata is featured in several anthologies and has appeared on numerous Radio and Television talk shows. She self -published ‘Simply Life is a Poem’ in 2010. Nearly a decade later her second release ‘Things I Learned While Packing’ is getting 5-star reviews. In her
own words “Artistry is not a hobby for me. The arts are my passion and ministry. Helping other release their creativity is my mission.” Renata's journey includes being a teen parent at the age of 14. Three years later finding out that her daughter had a genetic incurable disease Sickle Cell Anemia, that she would eventually succumb from complications. Much of her story is colored by these traumatic experiences. Renata holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. She also received a certification in graphic design from Kennesaw State University of Georgia and served as marketing and advertising director for the Hopewell Baptist Church Drama Guild. In 2013, she booked talent for the show Spoken Sound of Soul on independent artists, station Be100Radio.com.
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“Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Brigitte Hallum is a native of Flint, MI where she graduated from Flint Public schools. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s degree in Health Leadership. Brigitte was led by God to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002 where she has served in various healthcare leadership roles including her current role as a Director of Quality and Experience at a local healthcare company.
Women’s and Youth Conferences, and Retreats. She believes that her God-ordained mission is to touch the lives of others and effect change in their lives. Brigitte has a passion for life, health, family, and serving others. Her favorite colors are green and blue; and she loves writing, stage and voice acting, running, outdoor activities, music, and traveling.
In addition, Brigitte is a Bible College graduate, ordained Pastor, and sought-out speaker for Brigitte and her husband Gary have 5 children, Church Revivals, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
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Eisha Branner, a native of Pontiac, MI a dedicated mother of 4 wonderful daughters (Destinee, Micah, Jala, Jerma’nee) has been an amazing leader and example of tenacity, endurance and bravery amongst her peers and youth in the city of Pontiac. Eisha Branner is a proud graduate class of 2002 from Pontiac Central high school. She continued her educating following her graduation attending Oakland Community College. Eisha received her associated degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Corrections in 2009, graduated with her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration in 2012 from University of Phoenix. Shortly after she went and pursued her master’s in human services with a specialization in Multidisciplinary Human Services in 2018. As a “Career professional”, Eisha Branner created a nonprofit organization in 2015 that was a mentoring program for young boys. Eisha named it “Fitness &Mentoring”. This was a program for just boys ages 8-16 at the time. The kids in the program would meet once a week for 4 hours for 8-weeks. All kids that were registered in the mentor program parents also received one on one case management and resources. During their meet, they worked out, hear from positive male speakers, and was taught social skills. In 2016 Eisha joined forces with the PAL League to expand the Fitness & Mentoring Program and also complete a mentor grant that was awarded from National PAL. Since the partnership, Eisha has served over 500 youth in her community with mentoring, wraparound services for the families, and fitness. In 2019 The Sheriff PAL program ired Eisha Branner full time to be the Community Outreach Director for the Organization. The passion and purpose of such successes evolved from childhood therapeutic measures such as mentoring and sports programs. Growing up around drug infested crime stricken and low poverty neighborhoods such as Pontiac, Eisha Branner founded Fitness and Mentoring to assist with some of the community needs. As a young visionary, Eisha was inspired to become a mentor to the attention starved youth mostly single parent households. This enthusiasm couple with diligent efforts proved to be a springboard to success for many of the youth in the city of Pontiac and surrounded cities. Growing every day, Fitness & Mentoring now serves approximately over 300 girls and boys participating in the mentoring program. With an ever-evolving curriculum, Fitness & Mentoring also provides life skills, training mentorship and tutoring programs. Fitness & Mentoring works diligently to offer programs that ensure their youth obtain the general concept of sportsmanship, teamwork and love for their community. The program fosters a gateway to diversity, cultural awareness and positive
experiences. In December 2019, Eisha Branner decided to part ways with the Oakland County Sheriff PAL program and pursue her dreams. She is now the Founder/CEO of her own nonprofit called E-Community Outreach Services. ECommunity Outreach Services was created to help families in need achieve and maintain selfsufficiency through case management services, community resources, counseling, and other support services. “The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Cameryn Hillman, Child Educational Advocate Atlanta, Georgia Serving as an advocate for students with mental illness is my specialty. My ears perk up when a parent tells me how they have asked for support at their child's school, but their requests have fallen on deaf ears. That's when I start asking questions, and a lot of them. My father told me a time or two that I would make a good lawyer. While I do respect the field and believe in justice for all, I never had the desire to become a lawyer. Not even the potential income to be earned was enough to convince me otherwise. Similar to a lawyer, I like to consider myself a bulldog (former University of Georgia student and lifetime fan by the way) when it is time to come to the table with all the stakeholders who have a say in a child's mental health and educational success. My driving force is always, "What would I want for this child if they were my own?" And that is how I see all of my clients, like they are my own. I call them "Angels", especially the ones who have bounced around from foster home to foster home, because they have become too accustomed to dysfunction and self-sabotage. They do not believe they are love, and can be loved, especially by a stranger who says they want to help them. They trust no one. Those are the children I especially love going the extra mile for, because there are not many other people doing it for them. "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice." - Bob Marley
: “God has great plans for me, and He wants me to prosper in all things, therefore my steps have already been established and I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ!”
Melecia Scott Is a born-again Christian at Canaan Baptist Church, currently serving under the leadership of Rev. Charles E. Roots, Pastor. She loves the Lord and she loves her husband and her 3 children. Melecia along with her husband Rev. E. Blake Scott are currently serving the Lord as leaders in the Evangelism ministry, where the two of them has served in this capacity for more than 14 years. Melecia also holds the position as Deaf Ministry leader, interpreter, and Director of the Hands of Praise choir. Mrs. Scott loves to teach, and she is currently serving as a Bible study teacher,
Sunday school teacher, and a team member of the Deaf Women of Faith Ministry; under founder Megg Rose. Melecia is the author of six books; The Meeting, Ain’t Nobody Mad Except the Devil, A Solid Foundation-Marriage from Three Perspectives, G.E.T Writing, A Solid Foundation-This is My Story, Volume 2, and Amazon #1 bestselling book GIRL, GET UP and WIN! As a disciple of Jesus Christ, Melecia holds fast to the Word of God as found in the Epistle written to the Hebrews in chapter 13 verse 20 and 21.
Ebony K. Johnson is the CEO of Ambitionz R Us, LLC, Clinical Respiratory Manager, City Chapter Representative of the MDDC Society for Respiratory Care, Doctoral Student, Motivational Speaker, and Author of “The Art of Bouncing Back: How I survived it All”. “The Art of Bouncing Back: How I Survived it All”, is a bold declaration of how Ebony decided to turn her pain into purpose by being vulnerable, transparent, and determined by telling her story of the trials and tribulations she experiencedwhile highlighting the beginning stages of herjourney to wholeness and healing. Ebony hasalways been deeply passionate about helping and serving and for
this purpose she has pursued those fields of service that has allowed her to attain her goals and ambitions of helping and serving others. Ebony is a current Doctoral student holding a Master’s in Health Informatics Administration, a double Bachelor's degree from Towson University in the fields of Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts degree from the Community College of the Baltimore County in the Respiratory Therapy, and Certification in Polysomnography Sleep Therapy Program from the Community College of the Baltimore County.
Never Compromise Your Greatness!
the works I've done speak for me"
Dr. Toyia K. Younger serves as the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the division, which encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of departments, offices, and teams organized into three units that include the Dean of Students Office, Student Health and Wellness, and Campus Life, each led by an Associate Vice President. Dr. Younger formerly served as the Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) from 2016-2020 where she provided the strategic leadership for the creation and delivery of programs that advanced the mission and priorities of nearly 400 state colleges and universities across the United States. Dr. Younger also served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs with Minnesota State Colleges and
system and provided support and advocacy for all student affairs functions on 31 college and university campuses. In addition, she also served as the interim Chief Diversity Officer for the system. She has also held positions as Assistant Provost at Towson University and Director of Student Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. An expert on a wide range of higher education topics, Dr. Younger focused her research and expertise in areas related to higher education opportunity including: community colleges, transfer students, and underserved student populations. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.
A native of Flint, Michigan, she holds a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Development from Universities (Minnesota State). In this role, she Trinity University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Soserved as the chief student affairs officer for the cial Relations from Michigan State University.
When she was only 16 years old, Tenika Dawson read a book that would ultimately change her life. The author shared that most people who have accumulated great wealth did so through real estate. This immediately sparked an interest and curiosity in Tenika, who would live in 23 different houses by the time she was 17 years old. Never having a “family home” inspired her to work toward eradicating housing insecurity, not just for herself, but for those in her community. She was determined to break the transient generation curse. This fascination with home ownership would lead her to a passion she didn’t even know that she had. While laser focused on building a real estate empire, Tenika realized that to avoid being taken advantage of, she needed to understand what a good repair should look like. She deduced that by educating herself in construction, she would be better equipped for building her real estate business. In 2013, she became a member of the Carpenter’s Union and soon after, her alter ego, “Lady Carpenter,” was born. In 2017, she realized a long time dream, when she purchased her first investment property. She is now the owner of Lady Carpenter, LLC and Lady Carpenter Consulting, started in 2018, to help manage invitations to speak at events and to host workshops. She is an avid learner and Tenika enthusiastically shares all that she has learned about construction, real estate, and marketing. She also serves on the board of Ujamaa Collective, promoting fair trade and the works of African artisans. As a Certified MWBE, Lady Carpenter LLC is a registered General Contractor with the State of PA and City of Pittsburgh and specializes in Interior Construction. Tenika has been featured on her local station, KDKA and in WQED’s documentary, "Flipping Pittsburgh," as an affordable housing provider. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Soul Pitt Magazines have also featured Lady Carpenter in their publications. Her clients include the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority and Duquesne University, among others. With a
heart for helping others, Tenika is positioning Lady Carpenter as a valuable resource to make rehabbing and construction safer for women. She continues to grow by utilizing local small business incubators and resources like Biz Fit, Bridgeway Capital, Diversity Business Resource Center and Omicelo’s Real Estate CoPowerment Training. Her client list includes City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority, SHAPE Development Group, Energy Innovation Center, Hill District CDC, Duquesne University, LaVelle Real Estate and Riverside Center for Innovation. Tenika is the proud mother of three daughters and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University. As a teen, she remembers staying in a women’s shelter with her mother and four younger siblings. Now, she is helping other families by becoming an affordable housing provider. Her daughters help to run the businesses, making them family owned and operated. After taking advantage of an opportunity to travel to the West African country of Ghana, she became involved with other organizations, which inspire international travel, by organizing group travel events. She loves traveling with her children in tow. She believes that she is to be a gateway for them and others to live their best and most full lives. She also feels that the best way to do that is to test the limits of her own potential. In her spare time, you can find Tenika at Black Mountain Spirit in Homestead, training for her next Kung Fu tournament. Tenika’s ultimate goal is to grow her real estate empire and travel the world with her children. She also aspires to help other families grow their portfolios. She wants to assist others in building and passing on generational wealth. Her life’s mission and message is a powerful one: “I want to be an example of what is possible, regardless of what others say, regardless of where or how we start…it is the story that we create and the way we choose to finish this journey that matters. This is how I want to be remembered.”
Turned Obstacles Into Opportunities. Helping YOU reach your greater purpose Dr. Shanna Carter, The Purpose Resuscitator, looks at your present, past and potential future, resuscitating the best you that somehow got shadowed along the way. Life happens and we all can find ourselves needing a tap on the shoulder, a nudge, a push or even a great big shove! Diverse, dynamic and informative, Shanna Carter has trained hard to help deliver encouraging, educational messages in a way that you’ve never seen before. Shanna goes above and beyond to touch the hearts, souls, and minds of each and every person that sits in the audience. Shanna breaks through emotional barriers, connecting and communicating on a deeper, more meaningful level. She never tries to change anyone; only people can change themselves. She does act as the catalyst, sparking inspiration and making audiences want to think, act and do differently. Shanna messages are long lasting over weeks, months, and even years. Shanna never delivers anything less than her best and provides impactful message that audiences carry with them long after she has left the building. Each event is prepared specifically, and perfectly suited for delivering her message to your group. 2021 “Access Granted” Tour: Reaching 1 million youth to get their NEW KEY! Bring Dr. Carter to your city, in person or virtual. Topics Entrepreneurship Finding Purpose Domestic Violence Surviving Sexual Abuse Leadership Diversity Communication Team Building Audiences Entrepreneurs Executives Employees Youth/Schools Juvenile Facilities/Prisons Women email@example.com Facebook: Purpose Motivated Life with Shanna Instagram: The_Purpose_Resuscitator Tik Tok: DrMissMoJD "Yesterday may have been challenging but today is a new day. Give yourself the opportunity to make it great." -The Purpose Resuscitator
I AM A BLACK WOMAN hear me ROAR!! The black woman is on the rise, and I am blessed to be amongst them. My name is Tonja Harden, daughter of Henry & Minnie Harden, baby sister to Minetta, Sheena, & Sherri, and mother to Andre Rison Jr. I was born and raised in Flint, MI, in a loving close knit neighborhood, where I attended Jefferson Elementary, Flint Academy, and Flint Northwestern H.S. I have always been a cheerleader, motivator, and HUGE extrovert, but along my journey, I have often been challenged with the realities of life. After meeting and falling in love with my high school sweetheart, I followed him to Michigan State University, where I found myself pregnant after my sophomore year. That blow knocked me down, but not out. We later married and created a life that I thought would last forever. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. 4 years later, I was divorced, and starting over. Southfield, Michigan became my new permanent residence. In 1997 I began teaching and mentoring Special Needs students in the Southfield Public School System. I am also a direct care worker to a young lady who has Down Syndrome, and work
with Special Forces, a group of young adults living with mental and physical disabilities. I have a strong passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. During my career, I have been faced with many challenges. 3 years after my father’s sudden death in 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In December 2015, I was told I was stage 2 Triple Negative, which is an aggressive type of cancer. That blow was even more devastating, but God covered me and here I am, all praises due to the Almighty! Through all of that, my passion for media persevered. I’ve recently started a talk show, “What’s Buzzin Cuzzin??” with my cousin and cohost Ju Harden. We discuss problematic relationship topics which is a constant in households all across the world. My cousin and I are extremely passionate about perfecting our craft and becoming the next big phenomenon. We are praying to one day be on a larger platform, where we can receive national recognition. My faith in God is the reason I am alive to tell my story today. I am blessed and I encourage others to find the blessings in their lives. God freely gives them to you, just allow them to manifest.
“Treat others how you want to be treated”
Dr. Cecilia Miller-Sims, a native of Louisville, Mississippi, moved to Flint, Michigan with her parents at a young age. She attended and graduated from Flint Community Schools. After graduation Cecilia attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.She completed her college education in 1981 by receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan-Flint. She has obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. She also received a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Sims believes as Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Dr. Sims is a change agent.
Dr. Sims, a recent retiree from Hurley Medical Center and Flint Community Schools, continues to work in the Flint community as an independent contractor. Her passion is providing mental health services while coordinating care and support services. She is the Michigan Coordinator for New Life Ministries International Inc. and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren while still providing community service and care to those less fortunate. She also enjoys the unfailing support of her husband James T Sims Sr. as well as from her three adult sons.
Dr. Sims is a proud member of The Renewed Faith Church. She is an active member of the Flint Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. She is also a Board of Director trustee at Northridge Academy in Flint, Michigan. While Dr. Cecilia Miller-Sims has an unwavering faith in God’s magnificent work.
“You can't live a positive life with a negative mind”.
“QueenUp, Heal & Live Blessed”
Tarnesa D. Martin, a Daughter of the king that enjoys teaching and transforming lives with the word of God. She’s a writer, author, play write, life coach and motivational speaker. She’s the founder of Women of Radical Praise, Saved Sisters Stand Up & Queen Up Princess. She has hosted many empowerment sessions and inspired many women to bounce back from brokenness and seek a life that’s beneficial so that they can soar in their purpose. Tarnesa is no stranger to bouncing back and has had to bounce back from many challenges in her life such as teenage pregnancy, delayed dreams of pursuing her playwriting gift, experiencing discrimination and rejection while trying to pursue a nursing degree, leadership challenges as she transitioned from a staff nurse to nurse manager, healing from an unexpected surgery, emptiness syndrome and pains of divorce. However, despite the many challenges Tarnesa continues to stand and soar in her purpose as a mother of two and as a nurse manager leading her team through the Covid pandemic. She enjoys traveling, shopping and making memories with her family.
My Name is Charlotte Brown, age 56. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the 2nd oldest of four children. After moving to Michigan, I attended and graduated from Luke M. Powers High School, class of 1982. After high school, I attended Charles Stewart Mott Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Following this, I attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Psychology and Social Work. I am also a member of House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. My law enforcement career began in 1989 at the Genesee County Sheriffs Department in the Corrections Division before moving to General Road Patrol. I began my service with the Clayton Township Police Department in 2003 and was later promoted to Sergeant. I was appointed the Chief of Police in December of 2018. I have two wonderful daughters, three amazing grandchildren and the most beautiful parents in the world. “Always make wise choices”
Shelly Sparks was born in 1963 in Flint Beecher in a family of five boys and two girls. She graduated from Beecher High School in 1981 as an honor roll student and with several basketball accolades. As a blue chipper, Shelly had over 60 scholarship opportunities both in academics and sports. She chose Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA as her college for sports. She always befriended the kids that were different and had a soft spot for the underprivileged. Shelly obtained her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Phoenix in 2005, left Halliburton Engineering after 14 years and began to work for Exxon Mobil where she traveled extensively abroad. Living in Paris, France most of her service with Exxon Mobil. In 2008 Shelly returned to Flint to begin her new Mission as community advocate. Shelly started Dare 2 Dream, a small business startup and grant writing service, receiving
millions of dollars for her clients. In 2014, Shelly and Pastor Daniel Smith formed a non-profit, Evergreen Community Development Initiative and partnered with two other organizations to purchase the closed Bunche Elementary School to re-purpose as the Flint Development Center. In 2005 Shelly was inducted into the African American Hall for basketball and in 2017 her State Championship high school team was inducted into The Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame. Shelly was also inducted into the Genesee Regional Women’s Hall of Fame, Zonta Club, in 2019. Today, Shelly is the CEO of the Evergreen Community Development Initiative, the Executive Director of the Flint Development Center/ Community Water Lab, and a mentor/ big sister to many young adults. The center is a placebased operation that allows other organizations to live out their dreams. Shelly is proud of all the support she gives in helping others to achieve their dreams.
J’nai Porter is CEO of Loose Massage Therapy Plus and a native Detroiter. She has serviced MetroDetroit for over 18 years. A lot of people rely on massage therapy as a form of Alternative Medicine. Massage can be used to manage pain, emotions, improve body systems, recover from injuries, and for maintenance. J’nai is dedicated to offering affordable, effective services, and showing her customers that feeling better is within their reach. She uses her platform to highlight the importance of Personal Care, incorporating preventative measures, and maintaining a healthy life style. J'nai feels being a community-minded owner/ operator has given her an advantage. She has closely watched the top massage companies for 15 years, addressed the disparities, and built her business model with a focus on massage culture and professional development. She created a team environment where massage therapists and support staff are recognized as professionals. J’nai is a licensed Massage Therapist and Lead Therapist at
LMTP. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies. She also obtained a Plant Based Nutrition certification from ECornell University to act as the official educational component of the business. J’nai is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. The road to “Help Massage Revive Detroit”, successfully expand, and scale has taken time. LMTP was selected in round 6 - Motor City Match Grant award and four years later J’nai is ready to open her new store-front location in Detroit at 19323 Livernois on the Avenue of Fashion. People who live in Detroit and cities like Detroit need regular access to alternative medicine. J’nai’s new massage therapy store will offer a unique combination of services that are unmatched, employment opportunities, and community resources. J’nai is confident she will accomplish her ultimate goal, to successfully duplicate her model.
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Markia Brown is the 28 year old owner of Money Plug, LLC, the home of her Instagram and Tik Tok moniker, “The Money Plug.” Obsessed with giving lower income families access to information to break generational curses, she is using her platform to educate the masses, shorten the wealth gap, and inspire people to break the chains that have held brown and black people back for generations. This recently retired US Army veteran has taken social media by storm, by using popular dances and songs to connect with younger audiences, and educating them on tips for saving money and building credit responsibly. Her ultimate goal is to use her business to buy, rehab, and rent truly affordable housing to single parent families in Baltimore, MD, her hometown. She currently lives in Bavaria, Germany with her husband and 5 children
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of it’s own.” Michelle Obama
Brittany Sanders, aka Ms Life Insurance is a 2018 career success award winner, 2019 and 2020 Executive Council agent & December 2020 Centurion award recipient. She’s also a member of both the Latino & African-American Unit markets within her company, New York Life. Brittany specializes in Individual, Family & Business Life insurance, Business planning & Protection, Retirement planning, Tax diversification, Asset protection, Legacy planning Estate planning, and turns 401Ks into pensions. She’s also Licensed multiple states. Her WHY is to give back to the community by educating people just like you on how to protect themselves, their business, their assets and generate tax free income for life. She also has a soft spot in her head for our Youth and is
adamant about normalizing the conversation about setting a foundation for our black & brown children. Her goal is to bring hidden gems and resources to light, and to bridge the gap in our black & brown communities. She stated “most of my clients express being worried about either (1) what their family or children would do if they weren’t here (2) getting their children started on the right foot financially entering adulthood , (3) paying less taxes OR (4) out living their income throughout retirement. I’m here to provide solutions and guide you every step of the way.” Connect with her on Facebook, Clubhouse, & LinkedIn. Follow her on Instagram @MsLifeInsurance for valuable information and book a free consultation with her today.
“No matter how broken you are, remember broken crayons still color”
Struggling Single Mom Transforms From Convicted Felon to Successful Entrepreneur Sharon Steele was once a struggling single mom who suffered from abuse, depression, and she even went to prison. But now she is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, media personality, and the founder of Business Girlfriends – a popular Facebook group for women entrepreneurs She has used her personal experiences
to develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of both men and women, and altered the trajectory of businesses throughout the country and across social media. She has also been business partners with Gregg Leakes from Real Housewives of Atlanta, and on the tour team with Dr. Venus Opal for The First Black Woman Millionaire Tour. Currently residing in her hometown of Farmington Hills, Michigan, where all ‘hope for better things’ and ‘shall rise from the ashes,’ this tenacious mother of two is a breathing testimony to the fitting and powerful mottos that are treasured by the people of the Renaissance City. The travesties from her childhood later had her trapped working tirelessly to provide for herself and her baby girls – one of which had survived from gunfire not once, but five times! It’s no wonder that Sharon would struggle to surface from the deep pits of depression that nearly lead to her attempting to taking her own life. In the face of such difficulties though, she says that she came to learn to rely on God’s strength rather than her own. From a struggling single mom with a felony dealing with a diagnosis of severe depression developed from childhood abuse to a entrepreneur, Sharon’s courage and determination has inspired women and men worldwide and helped countless audiences break through, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. Sharon didn’t have options base on her choices which led her to become a business owner but not the typical business. The business wouldn’t be solely product base but actually hands on to help
individuals that society would normally reject. Via Business Girlfriends, she has formed the opportunity for entrepreneurs to be able to gain exposure and assist to help their business or brand by touring across the country hosting business showers. She realizes why many business aren’t able to get a connection as startups or without having a big social media presence. So, she has created these Business Showers that help individuals to engage and connect with other entrepreneurs in their community. In January 2020, she will kick off the year’s first Business Girlfriends shower in Atlanta. She has already gathered over 2,000 women in her tribe to empower with a teaching of Kingdom Mindset and a sisterhood with determination you can accomplish any obstacles. Sharon is also working on completing her first book entitled Distract, Denied, Delayed But I Have Destiny. She says this book will bring awareness to our community. She comments, “We are taught not to speak on sexual abuse and the laws in the United States aren’t protecting us from this. My journey and story to give account to how this led me into a dark world of depression and criminal activity. The ones that where supposed to protect me were just as damaged, but through my faith and great leadership and mentors, I was able to raise out of it all.” She says this book will help families to no longer allow their loved ones to look the other way in fear of rejection. Sharon also hopes to created a documentary series on the journey of felon to entrepreneurship. For more details about Sharon Steele or her business workshops, visit www.BusinessGirlFriend.com
Just Because I Don’t Speak On A Situation Doesn’t Mean I’m NOT AWARE
Sheryl Mays, President of Rise and Shine CF, Coaching and Consulting Firm. She is a Success Coach, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, On-Air Personality and contributing writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. Sheryl is a dynamic, results-driven sales, training and business strategist. She has a 20+ year record of achievement in senior leadership. Sheryl has helped companies save thousands of dollars by reviewing their processes, trained leaders to be effective, and high performing teams to reach peak performance. She offers a weekly micro course called, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. She is an expert in positive possibilities and a master of taking action. Her passion and dedication as a change agent is eminent as she inspires and motivates individuals to move beyond their limitations. She also serves as the VP of DreamSpire Books, which amplifies the voices of authors and has an online bookstore with more than 250 titles. She hosts The Authors Lounge, a show that shares the stories of authors while promoting their books. DreamSpire Books has been featured on CBS, NBC, FOX and more than 240 outlets. In addition, she co-hosts Power Up: Maximize Your Potential, the place where innovation meets transformation. This show allows thought leaders to share messages and business owners the opportunity to share their products or services. Both The Authors Lounge and Power Up: Maximize Your Potential is seen on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Chromecast through DreamSpire TV and Zondra TV Network. Ask how you can be a guest, advertise or sponsor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheryl is from Buffalo, New York, graduated cum laude from Everest University with a BS in Business Administration. She volunteers and/or serves as a board member of several civic and non-profit organizations. “My life purpose is to influence people in believing anything is possible.” Sheryl Mays
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson.
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oresteen’s Entertainment Production is the rising young company to watch. Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions is small but making a mark in the entertainment industry in the Detroit area. From getting actors casted and independent films noticed to creating models and helping to brand local designers and boutiques to hosting and planning Fashion events, Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions is getting its name attached. oresteen’s Entertainment Productions was created out of a need to give every person, regardless of size, shape and height, a chance to look and feel like models. Too many ladies were made to feel unpretty because they did not fit industry standards. (A reality Foresteen is all too familiar with.) These ladies and now, gentlemen wanted and still want a platform to be seen and sometimes heard. Small boutiques and designers were looking for that something different from the industry standard models as they wanted to reach real people that
looked like, well, their target audiences which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Due to her own dealings in the industry, it was service Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions was happy to provide, finding models and giving them that platform they wouldn’t normally have to fit companies branding images. Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions, then, opened its doors to actors and actresses that wanted a break into the acting world with roles in independent films. Independent productions were very receptive to eager new talents wanting the chance to showcase their skills. (Again, an experience Foresteen can relate to.) oresteen knows the struggles that her clients face as she has experienced every obstacle herself and still does face at times. From being told: ‘You’re too short’ ‘You’re too fat’ ‘You’re not fat enough’ ‘You’re too old’ ‘You don’t look old enough’ ‘Your voice isn’t strong enough’ ‘You talk to fast’ ‘You talk to
slow’ ‘You just don’t have the right look’, she has heard it all. Now she is giving back and helping others through Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions. She is always on to the “Next Level” productions that keeps her clients happy and excited to work with her. From Fantasy to Glamourous shoots or from Everyday to Horror shoots, from small roles to lead roles, Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions creates those bridges for clients to network and collaborate. Now her company has been asked to expand to another state, which has been her dream from the beginning: “To become a Conglomerate.” Looks like she is on her way one city at a time, one state at a time. oresteen’s Entertainment Productions looks forward to networking with your company soon. Contact Foresteen Hood and let’s talk. Let Foresteen’s Entertainment Production models be the FACE of your Brand. Who and what is next for Foresteen’s Entertainment Productions? Only time will tell.
No one is going to bother to put you down, if you are not a threat to them” Cicely Tyson
“First it hurts; then it changes you”
Stephani J. Randle, born and raised in Flint, MI, knew she had a special talent so at the early age of five she went to a basketball tryout with her cousin that was two years older and from that point she knew that’s what she wanted to do and did so through high school. Her plans were to attend college and play in the WNBA, but those plans changed when she found out she was pregnant with her first child in 10th grade. Determined not to give up she continue to play basketball during her entire pregnancy. After giving birth she continued to play until she was faced with not being able to fulfill her dreams, because she was dedicated to taking care of her daughter and her two children that came a few years later. In 2019 at the age of 34 Stephani suffered an Ischemic Stroke (Left side) (the worst kind anyone can have). It left her paralyzed on her right side but praised her family for getting her
to the hospital within minutes. After fours hours and stroke medication she was rushed to the University of Michigan to have a procedure. Upon arriving to the U of M and being prepped for surgery the doctors discovered the clot was gone. They were in disbelief, because that same day of not being unable to walk or talk, she began to speak (not normally) and was able to walk the entire hall of the hospital. After two days of getting her strength back on her right side she was discharged. It’s been almost two years and Stephani has returned back to work after 6 months and has recovered 98%, because she was determined to get better for herself and her children. She has joined her cousin as an Entrepreneur, she is starting her own Business as a Mobile Bartender and creating her clothing designs. She is in the process with the help of her mother of writing a book about being a Stroke Survivor.
Joshua is an American vocal artist who has performed a series of successful concerts since 1978 and to present. The artist has worked with several named artist such as the legendary Temptations, Jodeci, SWV, R Kelly, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Enchantment, Gerald Levert, Rude Boys, Men at Large, Shai, Lakeside, Shalamar the Fabulous Dramatics just to name a few. This Vocal artist is significant in the continuing the legacy of R&B and soul music. The artist is known for his choreographed moves, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having millions of dollars in revenue created through concerts and events, Joshua Parker III is among the most suc-
cessful artist in popular music. Featuring vocals and dance, the artist started his musical career in 1978 in Flint, Michigan, Joshua Parker III the artst continues to perform live concerts. Over the course of his career, Joshua has performed in hundreds of theatres & concert halls our music has earned him raved reviews. Joshua is committed to performing his originals songs and his tribute to legends show around the world in hopes of honoring the legends such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Manhattans and many more!
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Be the energy you want to receive and change the world
A novel and screenplay writer for over 10 years, R. Simone takes pride in using the super-powers of her pen to inspire. Born and raised in Flint, MI, even at a young age R. Simone was always inquisitive in nature and constantly seeking to understand the motivation behind the choices individuals made and how the mind works; hence, her decision to obtain a degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan-Flint. She continues to be committed to the
empowerment of others, especially those in her hometown. She is a consistent advocate and volunteer for several community and non-profit based programs, encouraging local youth to think outside the box and make pro-active decisions. R. Simone focuses her writing on taboo and uncomfortable topics that are often avoided in the AfricanAmerican community such as toxic relationships, the emotional and mental effects of abandonment,
mental illness, and high-risk lifestyle behaviors. R. Simone is heavily involved in other avenues of mass media including stage plays and featured films as a writer, actress, production manager and director. She is the proud parent of one daughter and two sons; Kayla, Nathaniel and Nehemiah. She currently resides in the Detroit Metro area.
Dr. KaNisha L. Hall (Dr. KaNisha) is a board certified anesthesiologist, sexuality counselor, published author and media personality. She boasts unique cultural roots being born and raised in Louisiana. She graduated with honors (magna cum laude) from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in Chemistry, second B.S. in BioScience Technology from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. KaNisha ventured to Sagamihara, Japan to complete her fellowship in Cytopathology at Kitasato University. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) from Howard University and later
completed her esidency in anesthesiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. KaNisha is currently practicing anesthesiology, perioperative, palliative and addiction medicine in across several states. Dr. KaNisha Hall established the Alfred Hall III Foundation with her brother, Andre Hall, in order to continue her father’s legacy of community service, entrepreneurship and pursuit of higher education. During her tenure, this organization has granted more than fifty thousand dollars in scholarships and community program grants. Also. Dr. Hall has a assion for
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and proudly sits on the board of Howard University Medical Alumni Association (HUMAA). Recently, Dr. Hall has established an impressive media presence. She was named the Chief Medical Contributor for Kluster Radio Medio Group. This conglomerate of streaming iHeart ™ Radio stations and digital media platforms has also designated Dr. KaNisha Hall as their first White House Correspondent for the incoming administration. Dr. Hall is a regular contributor for multiple news platforms and magazines.
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Life is a Promise, fulfill it! - Mother Teresa
Gabrielle McGill Carpenter is a proud 1979 graduate of Flint Northwestern High School. She is also an alumni of Michigan State and George Mason (Virginia) Universities where she earned a B.A. in Business Marketing and M.Ed. in Counseling & Development, respectively. She also attended Whittier Law School in California. Most recently, she completed a Post-Master’s Counseling Licensure Certification (PCLC). Ms. McGill Carpenter is a parent of two wonderful sons, former teacher, past Director of School Counseling, independent educational consultant, author and current school administrator in Loudoun County, Virginia. During her tenure she established the county’s first Minority College and Career Fair and the first HBCU Symposium. She is the founder and CEO of Excellent Options, a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating the academic achievement gap experienced by black students in the current educational system. The organization works to improve the parent, student, teacher and administrator collaboration and partnership. Ultimately, this partnership has positively impacted student academic success and the program has received national recognition. Her book, The Club 2012 Phenomenon, published in 2018, details the journey that she took with a group of parents and students (the village) to accomplish this goal. Ms. McGill Carpenter firmly believes that “it takes a Wakandan Village led by parents for our children to be successful.” She has also worked as a private college consultant and coach and has helped hundreds of students and families navigate the sometimescomplex world of college admissions. Her students and clients have gained admittance to over 100 different public and private colleges and universities. She was selected by Overgrad in 2016 as a premier counselor in Virginia. Gabrielle is currently a counselor intern as she pursues state licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). She plans to soon retire and continue her counseling career as a mental health service provider working with athletes, entertainers and other vulnerable populations to treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders.
Her philosophy is that people should thrive, and not just survive
WNBA Legend became interested in basketball at the young age of seven. She was a consensus high school All-America winning multiple awards. She attended Old Dominion University, where she won one NCAA Championship, and also captained the USA Women’s Basketball Team around that time. She was inducted into the Old Dominion University Hall of Fame in 1999.She had a professional career that lasted for over 10 years, starting in Brazil where she won 5 championships. She also appeared in the ABL which is a now defuct league that only lasted 2 seasons before the WNBA was created. She was an ABL All-Star both years, and is one of only five players twice named to the All-ABL Team (the others in that select group are Teresa Edwards, Carolyn Jones-Young, Dawn Staley, and Natalie Williams). Sevenyear WNBA career, Goodson played with the Utah Starzz (1999–2002), San Antonio Silver Stars (2002–04), and Houston Comets (2005), finishing her career with the Charlotte Sting. She is only the third Woman in the history of the WNBA to score over 4000 points with over 1500 rebounds. In retirement Adrienne has been very active in her community giving and helping with multiple charities in her hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. She also mentors’ athletes that are rising basketball stars in her area as well, and served in the NBA offices and WNBA offices as a player representative, and helps with the NBA’s top 100 camp as a scout and coach. She is a rising star in the coaching industry. She also has a book that is available via Kindle (Elevate Our Game) that is a top seller in the motivational category.
I have miles to go before I sleep and promises to keep - Robert Frost (The road less traveled)
Born in Flint Michigan, Channon “Chanenray” Stevenson has been singing, writing, dancing and acting since the tender age of 4. Influenced by such legends as Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, Chanenray is no amateur when it comes to the performing arts. After competing in several contests with various dance groups, Chanenray decided that it was time to embark on a solo career. She began taking massive action by writing songs for American Idol and recording music with prominent producers Timothy PeeWee Moore (DreamState Studios) and Bernard Terry (Area521 Studios).
The Bedrock Diva released her first album, “BIPOLAR EXPRESSIONS,” which includes colorful music that any and everyone can relate to. She focuses on real life situations and hardships, highlighting her definition of mental illness through the art of sound. Considering herself a multi-genre artist, she warns her supporters to expect the unexpected. No two songs sound the same. Each track is carefully crafted to intrigue your lustful ears. Chanenray is constantly working toward sharing
her talents with the world. Her main aspirations are to become globally recognized for her writing ability and to provide music for television and movie soundtracks. With her music already available on digital platforms such as iTunes and Spotify, The Bedrock Diva is on a mission! Traveling across the world performing her music and ghostwriting for other established artists, it's obvious that this registered BMI writer is always ready to dive into her passion to create and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon!
“Know Who You Are And What You Want”
"Fame is just as powerful as wealth. God will always give you fame before he gives you wealth. How you handle the fame will determine if you qualify for wealth."
Belinda Kendall, CEO and Founder of Promise Gospel Network, LLC based in Houston Tx, she has spent several years working in media. She had her own talk show on WGIV and Hot77 the Mix where she interviewed celebrities, internationally known pastors, community leaders, professional athletes, and ordinary people with extraordinary stories. She attended North Carolina Central University where she studied Ballet and Theater. She is currently the new Face and Spokesperson for Miracle Moor's New Skincare "A Dawn of a New Face." She is the first African American woman to be on “The Dawn of a New Face,” skincare line. She holds the position of Sr. Execu
tive Consultant for Miracle Moor Skincare. www.miraclemoor.com, which is based in Ireland. She passionately believes that the best stories remain undocumented and can only be heard from those that lived and witness it. Therefore, she is passionate about utilizing her platform to amplify the voices of ordinary people. Belinda’s community service work has landed her on the cover of “Women with Know How” magazine where she told her story “Never Let Your Past Become Bigger than Your Dreams.” https://issuu.com/ sparkpublications/docs/1209wwknfinal. She is also the first African American woman to serve on the Executive Board of Directors
“Fans of America” which is a nonprofit organization that supports veterans internationally. Belinda has spent over 15 years in sales, management, and marketing for Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she has an extensive resume of community service meeting the housing, employment, and financial needs of her community. She has accumulated an audience of over 450,000 friends on Facebook and over 72,000 connections on LinkedIn through her positive posts that include advice and general bits of Christian based wisdom. Some of her posts on LinkedIn have garnered over 8,000,000 views within a matter of days.
The book “How I Made It” tells of a young girl that faced many trials and tribulations. Although she was young, she was very wise. She made it through everything that was set out to destroy her. At the end of every trial, she always came out with the victory.
The Truth about Alternative Credit Data In the age of technology and smartphones, a new trend is becoming popular with credit bureaus. The term is called “Alternative Credit Data” used to determine creditworthiness. According to Rent Track, 60 million adults in the U.S. function on a daily basis with little to no credit. In these cases, the people may be unable to qualify for loans, open credit cards, or other accounts like mobile phones, or in some cases get a job or rent an apartment. The issue is disheartening for someone trying to succeed, so the government and credit bureaus have chosen to use alternate methods of verifying creditworthiness. Along with the ability to examine online Internet usage credit history, it can also be used to minimize fraud situations. By using Alternative Credit Data it allows for a more organic approach to determining credit lending. According to Catch-22- of Credit states, “you need credit to generate a credit score, but you can't get credit without a credit score, it’s an unfair cycle that must be broken.” Hence, the reason for alternative data. It is a common problem for people with lower incomes, certain ethnic groups, and some young individuals to gain credit. Typically, FICO has always used other information to determine your credit report, but it’s becoming a new trend to use online data as well. The plan is to depict your financial behavior through daily habits. Consumers online digital footprints can be a clear indicator of creditworthiness. The world of finance has progressed immensely; gone are the days of walking into a bank to get a loan. Since alternative options are becoming popular, consumers go online and research digital loans. They can find the best rates, fill out the application and get approved without ever leaving the home. Alternative Credit Data give you this outlet. However, it’s important to debunk the myths associated with this financial decision. Myth One: Alternative Credit Data is irrelevant. Myth Two: Borrows with little or no credit is high risk. Myth Three: Alternative Credit is not accurate or does not have merit. Myth Four: Alternative Credit is damaging to the consumer. Anytime a lender loans money there is always a risk of nonpayment. It’s an inevitable outcome that creditors accept. But to say that a low-income person, recent immigrant, or young consumer will be a credit risk it faulty thinking. Experian states, “One in five U.S. consumers has an alternative financial services data hit– some of these are even in the exceptional or very good credit segments.” In, fact the alternative finance data has proven to be 99.9% accurate.
Another exciting outlet for populations that have struggled with obtaining credit, Experian also created a credit profile for their demographics. Extended ViewSM Score - Assess the creditworthiness of underserved consumers
Other sources of concern implicate alternative credit data to be harmful to the borrower, but studies have shown when information is assessed correctly lenders believe the credit data will help consumers who are less likely to be approved under traditional lending application methods.
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Experian has joined the trend by adapting a new style of lending aspects called, “Credit 3D.” By using a credit profile combined with a trended credit data it displays a true customer lifecycle. It allows creditors to predict new markets and opportunities for assisting potential clients. In addition, Experian has developed credit profiles to manage policies that attract consumers and retain customers. The Trended Solutions include:Experian TAPSSM - Total annual credit card and charge card spend Trend ViewSM - Find customer credit trends Quest Line Management AttributesSM - Monitor customer credit line levels
Prequalification - Prequalify consumers for credit in real time at the point of contact Income InsightSM Models - Determine a customer’s ability to meet their financial obligations Premier AttributesSM - Make strategic decisions across the Customer Life Cycle Experian Credit EducatorSM - Provide your customers with personalized education sessions
In society, having just an average credit rating may not be enough. Think of your credit score as a resume, your life history. It paints a clear example of what type of person you are in real life, “I have over seventeen years’ experience in real estate entrepreneurism and life coaching. One of the first topics discussed is a client’s credit rating because it will determine the next course of action,” Chayo Briggs Something simple like getting a place to live requires a credit history report,“Therefore, I am committed to assisting people in understanding the importance of credit credibility,” In conclusion, while traditional credit lending methods are still the norm, alternative credit data is becoming a growing preference to enable credit-challenged individuals the ability to advance in life and fulfill their financial dreams. If you would like to discuss building your credit resume please contact me at any of the following: Contact Me Website chayobrigg.com Facebook Dr. Chayo Briggs Instagram Dr. Chayo Briggs
Introducing Ask Rebecca Holistic and Natural Healthcare and Lifestyle Education At The UBMM, we believe that one of the core pillars of true success is wellness. So it is my honor to be installed as the founding Wellness Columnist in partnership with an exceptional team of writers, experts, and editors providing a much-needed, positive message into the world. Each month it is my goal to provide you with practical and comprehensive answers to your questions, as you “Ask Rebecca” for a holistic take on matters of mind, heart, body and soul wellness. From practical daily living and nutrition to mindset and spiritual clarity, we will discuss what matters in moving your life forward to satisfaction and success. In holistic health, the whole you matters.
It is my aim to arm you with cutting edge information and resources, empowering you to make sound decisions for your health that will help you defy statistics. Which statistics? According to the Center for American Progress, this compelling data regarding chronic health conditions among the black community demands attention: 42
percent of African American adults over age 20 suffer from hypertension compared with 28.7 percent of nonHispanic white adults.
2017, 12.6 percent of Afriacan American children had asthma compared with 7.7
percent of non-Hispanic white children. The leading causes of death among African American adults are heart disease, cancer, and accidents. It is time to interrupt these numbers. Each month, Ask Rebecca will give you engaging interactions between author and readers, current health information, and tips for healthy daily living. These tools are meant for you to implement, but also share into your own families and communities. Together, we can make a difference. Together we rise. Read February’s message: Eat Like an Athlete!
Submit your questions each month by emailing Rebecca. Visit this link for her contact information and complete biography: RebeccaLJohns.TheBumpCard.me
Rebecca L. Johns is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Ordained Minister, and Purpose Coach who has worked for nearly 25 years helping people live their Great I Am lives. This prosperity-based approach to life and health allows Rebecca’s clients to achieve wellness with natural medicine, holistic therapies, and nutrition, as she reinforces the biblical promises for hope and prosperity. She is the Founder and Director of Heaven on Earth Ministries, and resides in Michigan with her sons. She serves clients nationally
Rev. Dr. Dawniel Patterson Winningham is a former JP Morgan Chase Vice President who left corporate America to pursue her dream of helping others build their dreams. Known as the Harriet Tubman of the Internet age having produced well over 5,000 Live Stream Videos, her digital marketing and live stream skills put her in a position to serve thousands of individuals yearly with her messages of financial empowerment through online marketing. She has authored 14 books, co-authored countless others and built a digital library of over 2,000 courses, classes, workshops, journals, and videos. Her social media following of over 150k that she has grown organically over the years makes her a social media force to be reckoned with. Her story of overcoming the struggles of being a single mother of 3 and moving on to build a 7-figure business has been printed in over 100 magazines internationally, including Ebony, Ladies Home Journal, and more. She is founder of multiple women’s initiatives such as the congressionally acclaimed International Day of Sisterhood, Wealthy Sisters Network International, (Build your ONLINE Business) and most recently The 7 Figure Scale an initiative to help people thrive in business while living Million Dollar Lifestyles. As a master life and business coach she has won countless awards for Life and Business Coach of the year on an international level. Her passion for community has garnered her three Presidential Awards for Community Service One from George HW Bush and 2 from Barack Obama. She is an ordained chaplain and recipient of a double doctorate in humanity and religious studies. She believes with conviction that anyone with the right opportunity, belief and support can achieve the American Dream and become 7 figure earners. She can be found online at www.dawnielwinningham.com
“Deuteronomy 8:18: "You Have the Power to Create Wealth"
Is a Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network. She has published over 50 books on suspense romance. As a happily divorced, but wonderfully remarried mother of three, Sylvia has received numerous awards and recognitions for her literary and community work such as the Spirit of Detroit from Detroit City Council and State of Michigan Governor’s Certificate of Tribute Emerging Minority Business Leader Award. She’s spoken all over the United States and Canada about independent publishing, social media, 21st Guide to Marketing for writers and authors, How Readers can make money promoting their favorite authors and even how to be a Mompreneur. Recognized as an avid blogger by HoneyTech Blogs, Ms. Hubbard runs over five blogs including How To Love A Black Woman, is CEO of HubBooks, Founder of Motown Writers & the Michigan Literary Network and has had seven #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. She is also a speaker, story podcaster, literary encouragement doula & busy mompreneur expert.
Never give anyone the keys to drive you crazy My Mother - Mary Kellem
Telishia Berry is an author, international speaker, and the Publisher of Courageous Woman Magazine and its spinoff, Courageous Men Magazine. The year 2021 marks ten years of publishing, over 1,000 stories and articles, and 100 cover stories, including A-list actors Vanessa Bell Calloway, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Vivica Fox, Michael Jai White, R & B, and Gospel singers Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, and Vikki Winans, 2x Olympic Gold medalist, Claressa Shields and more. Telishia is the author of The Baptist Junkie. She has published several authors, including the recently completed book about Spencer Taylor Jr, The God Father of Quartet Music, and over 130 women in anthologies, including What is a Courageous Woman, Girl, Get Up and Win, The Making of a Successful Business Woman, I am My Sister's Keeper. She is the recipient of
numerous awards, including the WIP Award (Women in Power), Phenomenal Woman Award, Resolution Award, Publishing Excellence Award, and Best Media Platform Award. Telishia has also written and produced several national stage plays that traveled and played 3,000+ seat auditoriums around the country. She has also coached, managed, and booked several actors for TV, stage, and film. She is happily divorced and the mother of 4 adults, Kendre' Berry, a film and TV actor, most known for his role as Jabari on the TV sitcom Girlfriends, Tisha, photographer and film director, Toi, fashion model and entrepreneur, Kennedy, stylist, and student and one grandson, Ezra. You can find her on IG @courageouswomanmag, FB @TelishiaBerry, or @CourageousWomanMagazine or visit her website at Courageouswomanmag.com
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. ~Maya Angelou
My Name is Trina Hopkins I am part owner of Hair@Body Studio in Flint, MI with Frank Wills. I am a Barberstylist and fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer. My passion is working with others to reach their goals with hair and body. This journey started for me about 8 years ago and I have enjoyed the outcome. Being healthy is everything and I love to sharing it with the world by helping others to choose to live a better and healthier life style.
Brigitte Brown Jackson is a certified DISC consultant and Extreme Execution Coach who focuses on teaching the value of understanding behavior trends to empower women across the country. She helps women maximize their giftedness and reach their full potential. Her humble beginnings began as an urban elementary school teacher. She later became a school principal and influenced lives at several schools across Michigan. However, prior to starting her career she was a college drop-out and welfare mom of two that pulled herself up out of desperation and despair to thriving and striving and pouring into others. Additionally, she is the founder and executive director of Ubuntu Press; The publishing company passionately disseminates knowledge to parents and educators regarding Afrocentric literacy and education. She has authored several children’s books and is working with youth to inspire them to become published authors. She believes young people should begin walking in their calling and purpose while they are young.
Speaking is a natural for Brigitte. She does not have a shy bone in her body; she has been in front of audiences since she was a teenager. As a licensed minister of the gospel, for the past 27 years, Brigitte has ministered around the country. She is a natural-born speaker that loves to transform lives. Brigitte is a proud Flintstone and resides in Flint, Michigan with her husband Willie. The two of them co-founded Kingdom Influence, a non-profit focused on family empowerment in Flint. Her life’s mission has been to help cultivate and develop skill sets and transferable skills of the marginalized populations.
Either run the day or the day runs you. - Jim Rohn
"Ain't NOBODY Grand But GOD."
Artie Dixson-Tyler a native of Flint, MI, the proud mother of daughter Tova Jade Jones and the eldest daughter of the late Pastor Emeritus and Sis. H.B. and Artie Dixson. She is a 30 year retiree educator with the Flint Board of Education, where she has influenced positiveness to hundreds of young minds. Artie began singing at the age of eight, and began directing choirs at the age of 11 at Mt. Zion MB Church where she has faithfully attended for 50 years. She serves at Mt. Zion as Choir Directress, Psalmist, and Church Administrative Assistant. She was selected and appeared as a soloist on BET’s “Bobby Jones” Gospel Explosion IV, in Nashville, TN. She has recorded her own solo project entitled “Let it be Real”. Artie has appeared on venues with the late “Milton Bronson, the Thompson Community Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir, Dr. Bobby Jones and The New Life Singer, Jessica Reedy, LeAndria Johnson, Dedric Haddon, and many others. Artie is the past recipient of the Artist and Choir Directress of the year awarded by the Flint Area Gospel Music Awards, sponsored by Just for her Magazine. She is the lead psalmist of the Dove nomi-
nated awards, Grammy nominated and Stella award winning Ricky Dillard and New Generation (New G) where she’s had numerous opportunities to minister and grace the stage with the gospel greats. She was deemed Flint, MI’s “Queen of Gospel” on 10/20/10 and was presented “Keys to the City” by former Mayor Dane Walling, Prosecuting Attorney Michael Leyton, and former City Councilman Delrico Loyd and was honored with 10/20/10 being “Artie DixonTyler Day”. Artie was also honored, May 2013, by the AKA Sigma Beta Incorporated with the Flint “Women of Gospel Award”. She has performed and toured as singer/actress with several Gospel Musical Plays, such as “Home Girls”, “Oh My Goodness”, “Lead Poisoning”, “Wake UP 2”, “It’s Praying Time” and “In the Midst of a Storm” and has hosted the Gospel Talk Show “Heart 2 Heart” interviewing Gospel favorites, Her belief is “Ain’t NOBODY grand but GOD” and she loves to encourage others in the Lord, and to insure them that they “CAN DO ALL things through JESUS CHRIST”.
Dominique Escoe developed her sense of hustle from her humble upbringing on the Eastside of Detroit. She graduated from Crockett high school indecisive about her career goals she enrolled into Wayne County community college and graduated with an associates in Science. Still indecisive she continued her pursuit of higher learning at Oakland university obtaining her bachelors in communication. Not satisfied with the opportunities for communication Dominique enrolled at Walsh College and graduated with a Masters in Information technology with a focus in cyber security. Dominique quickly grew a love for all tech and helping others which led to her developing her social ecommerce web platform Mlk-blvd which is a multivendor e-commerce for African business owners to network, sell,shop and share their creations. Dominique hopes to launch her many businesses under the mlk platform and also assist others by investing and mentoring other business owners within the community
“Move toward your wildest dreams, take the labels off your mind and step boldly into your greatness”
When it comes to sports, Jannelle Moore has her pulse and imprint everywhere. As an independent sportswriter and reporter, the Old Fort, North Carolina native covers the NBA and NFL for multiple outlets. For three seasons, she wrote about the Golden State Warriors for SB Nation. There, her work won best of SB Nation-NBA 10 times. Now her work can be found at Complex Sports, Carolina Blitz, The Red Bulletin, The Shadow League, and various places. She’s also the host and creator of The Stepback Sisterhood podcast on the BlueWire network.
Brandy Davidson is a native
“ A Smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
of Carthage, Texas and has two beautiful children. She happily served 15 years in the United States Army as a 63B, Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, but was also able to gain experience in Human Resource/administration. During her military career she served in one combat tour OIF(Operation Iraqi Freedom). She was stationed overseas in Korea and Germany. Ft. Hood, Texas was one of the last of many stateside assignments throughout her military career. Even though her passion is networking, planning, and organizing; she has worked within the Killeen Independent School District as a volunteer and substitute teacher. She is a part of the M.A.D (Mindset, Accomplishment, Destiny) about your Business Crew, Camouflaged Sisters. Brandy is the Co-Author of From Grief To Grind, “Where Did I Go?” and a BEST selling author for Behind the Ranks, Vol 3. After joining forces with different organizations within the community she realized that small owned business owners needed assistance with organization in administrative work as well as planning their events. Hence the reason for Purposed Project Management Services.
"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us" - Angela Bassett
Born and raised in the Severn, MD area; Shauna Lamore is living proof that your past circumstances don’t dictate your future. Shauna was raised in a family oriented community that included most of her relatives. In her senior year of high school, Lamore, gave birth to twin daughters. Lamore experienced heart failure after giving birth. Her heart failure and birth complications caused her return to the hospital just 10 days after giving birth and her being on life support. Following those challenges, she still graduated from high school that year with a 4.0 GPA. Shauna persevered and became a healthcare professional while her daughters were young. Her drive didn’t end there. Lamore later decided to focus on her media relations talent. She birthed her public relations vision into her own firm known as Lamore Lifestyle Public Relations. She has successfully placed her notable clients among several media platforms, ranging from local to international, to expand their visibility. Some of these platforms include Essence, HelloBeautiful, Sheen Magazine, Netflix, Yahoo News, Fox, ABC and hundreds of others.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Shatarian (Shay) Oliver is an up and coming designer from Flint, MI. Born into a family of seamstresses, she found love for fashion design at an early age. In November of 2017, she decided to finally take her moms’ advice and tap into the technical side of the industry for herself. After watching countless YouTube videos, she became self taught and has been rocking and rolling since. In May 2019, she was highlighted in a local MLive news article for completing 17 prom dresses while 8 months pregnant. In October of that same year, she went to showcase her Spring and Summer 2020 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week in Vancouver, Canada. Shay Oliver graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Advertising. She and her husband Isaiah Oliver reside in Genesee County with their four children Zaiah Oliver (10), Carrington Oliver (7), Chelyn Oliver (3), and Isaiah Oliver II (1).
We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God”. Marianne Williamson
WNBA Legend Maxann Reese was a Miss Basketball award winner coming out of Redford Bishop Borgress Catholic High School she also led them to 2 State Championships while in High School and was named to the USA Today AllAmerican Team. Following a great college career staring at Michigan State University. Max was drafted into the WNBA to the Portland Fire and continued a professional career that lasted 10 plus years in professional basketball. Max continues to give back to the game of basketball with her training company P.U.S.H Athletics Academy which has trained some of the top talent in the Dallas area and people from across the country also come to train with Max and her world renowned staff. Max also gives back to the youth and was recognized by WNBA’s Dallas Wings for her work in the Dallas community with the youth and the NBA’s Junior Youth program. Max also owned a professional basketball team in the Women’s Minor League Basketball Association and won 3 titles back to back to back in the league. As a former professional basketball player and a business woman Max embodies what true success looks like when you have a passion for your craft and work hard.
Stay true to who you are from the core. The only thing consistent in life is change.
REACH HIGHER IN LIFE AND LOVE
Join Kesha as she shares her very transparent journey; from feeling depressed after an extremely difficult divorce, dealing with suicidal thoughts during her darkest times, feeling alone, defeated and like the ultimate failure to becoming a confident woman of faith. Her desire is to share her process by incorporating 7 tips to help you identify who you are, determine what it is you desire and deserve, with hopes that you begin to journey to achieve the very best life has to offer. Join Kesha as you pursue your journey to reach higher in life and love! “Available on Amazon Feb 18, 2021”
Ka’Miko aka official first lady of the Olympicks is a talented artist with a unique music style. As a kid, Ka’Miko has always been surrounded by music, her father a musician played all over the world with such as (insert bands here)while she was growing up. She incorporates different rhythms and harmony’s to her sound which is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Ka’Miko has come up with a sound of her own, that is different from what you would hear most artists performing these days. With her confidence and strong musical prowess, Ka’Miko is rapidly paving her way through the music industry.
appeals not only to women’s point of view but men as well. I’ve always gravitated to compositions that had movement (mostly with some sort of jazz feel). With not only the mixture of an organic subject context, in combination with the harmonic melodies I’m able to capture, I know this song is special. I feel the audience will feel how vulnerable I am, maybe even reminisce on times when they felt the exact same way. I, for instance, am a very “All or nothing” type of person. So in reference to this subject matter, sometimes I get caught up and overthink what the person I love really means when we have discussions. Knowing this is one of my traits, I always explain to (whoever She believes the song that sets her apart would I’m with) how deep my mind can wonder. Love be “Told You So” When I write my songs, I does that to me, and I’m sure it does the same to have found that the overall feel of my music others.
"Do or do not. There is no try"
“Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich as in this society we have to make bold moves to be seen”
Nicole Beaumont LMT is the President and owner of Beautiful Mountain Massage Therapy P.C a Mobile massage company. She graduated from one of the top massage schools in the U.S the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences located in New York, NY in April 2011. She is Licensed in the state of New York, Texas, Connecticut and Atlanta. She holds a National Certification and is a member of the American Medical Massage Association. The name of her company comes from her last name Beaumont which means Beautiful Mountain. Beautiful Mountain Massage specializes in Group Spa Parties, In-Home Spa Services, Corporate Events, Private Events & Wellness Retreats. While attending College full time she maintained a full time corporate job in real estate management while being a single mother raising her son. Nicole or as her family and friends know her as Nikki B., was very determined to finish school and maintained an above average GPA. Nicole is also a generational healer, Reiki Practitioner, physical empath and intuitive which she incorporates into her
massage sessions. Her favorite color is Red signifying the passion she carries. Her motto for her business with providing care for her clients is “Healing the Body, Soul & Mind” as one cannot operate fully without the other. She went on to Incorporate her company in 2013 and have worked at big events, tours & artist such as the Circle of Sisters/Jacob Javits Expo, WWE, Miguel Wild Heart Tour, VP Records, WholeFoods, Genius Media Group, Robert Glasper Blue Note Residency, The Real Housewives of NYC, OAR Paradise Tour and Oprah 2020 Vision Tour just to name a few. Nicole is very compassionate when dealing with her clients and strives to bring them the best outcome during and after their massage session. She wants other Massage Therapists to know that entrepreneurship in this field is rewarding but not easy. It was no easy feat and still isn’t. Her determination, passion, drive, confidence and mostly grit brought her to where she is today.
After 20 plus years in the banking industry, I decided to drastically change directions. I've spent years learning how the 'big guys' do digital marketing, and now I choose to share my talents with small to mid sized business owners and non profit entities. I choose to live on purpose. I fuel my servant leader's passion by helping others. As a small business owner, I can re-
late to the struggles of doing it all...the trials, the errors and the frustration of feeling lost in this social media marketing driven world. This is exactly why I believe in focusing on learning and sharing all things automations. The pandemic has changed business AND consumer behavior. If we don’t accept, innovate and lead in this space…our businesses will die.
“Closed mouths don’t get fed”
I am grateful for my journey in life and all the lessons life has taught me!
I am Latonia M. Smith, wife, mother, lover of God, sister, aunt, and special friend to many. Married to Shun J. Smith and for almost 28th years. I have two beautiful children My'a and son-n-love Martez Warren Jr. and son, Shun J. Smith II. I grew up in the city of Flint and Graduated from Flint Southwestern Academy. I attended Mott Community College, University of Michigan Flint and obtained my degree from Baker College of Flint. By day, I dabble in 401(k) and Retirement plans for a company I have worked at for 14 years. By night, I am an amazing Luxury Wedding an Event Planner and the owner of Always Elegant Events. I love all things that sparkle and shine! I am so proud to have worked with so many beautiful clients for over 23 years. Funny thing is, my business started from me planning my own wedding 28 years ago. I did my own wedding and my husband and grandmother helped me create a magical day! From there, I started doing weddings for members of my church and then the clientele begin to grow and grow and 28 years later....God has still been blessing my business. To this date I have done over 500 weddings and events. God has truly been good to me.
LaKita Gantz is the owner of Phenomenal Ink; Co-owner of Speak Volumez clothing line with her son, 16 year old Robert Davis Jr.; Parent and Student Athlete Consultant and Podcast Host of Through The Nets Podcast. LaKita is the former Director of Operations for Men's Basketball at Eastern Michigan University making her only 1 of 5 women who held a full time position on a Division I men's basketball staff during her tenure. Her mission is to educate, advocate and support parents and student athletes in reaching their athletic, educational and professional goals.
is "A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment." John Wooden
Lela McGee-Harvey is a native of Flint Michigan. She is a tenured entrepreneur and is also the Co-founder of Operation Unification Inc. - Non-Profit 501(C) 3 and LMHprofessions LLC. Her profession bridges into Writing, Lectures, Radio/ WFLT 1420 AM, Workshops, and Advocacy. Serving as Director of Operation Unification Inc, Mrs. McGee-Harvey along with her partner, became the first African American Certified Housing authority in Flint and Genesee County. Under both their leadership they created over 164 safe and affordable homes for families in Flint and other Counties in Michigan. In addition, she has spent the last seven years anchored and combating Structural Racism in Flint and the Flint Water Crisis. Unwavering, she used her voice as defense for the ailing residents in her hometown. After seven years of personally being denied a Right to Trial in Genesee County, her pain staking fight against Judicial injustices in her hometown, led to the resignation of the Chief Judge and the discovering of 230 County jail inmates. Inmates who had been lodged in the most inhumane conditions for periods of up to five years, without a trial date. Because of her willingness to lift her voice, against Judicial Injustices, the Michigan State Supreme Court, demanded that the County Jail system be totally revamped. To date, her book publications are "Wakening" and her latest work "A Journey Through, Flint and its Crisis/Our Untold Stories” became an AwardWinning Finalist in the 2020 International Book Contest. She is also a guest commentary-contributor for various magazines.
Our greatest purpose is to serve others and if we do not; the very least we can do is not hurt them” - Daila Lama
Kamilya Green-Johnson, better known as “Muva” is the CEO and Founder of De’Anna’s Mystics LLC, which is dedicated to helping her community heal whether it be mentally, spiritually, or physically. Muva is big on self love and connecting to ancestral practices. Which steams from her healing her own family’s lineage. She haves a wide range of services, from 100% organic skin care products for helping heal problems (psoriasis, eczema, HS), yoni steams, organic sugar scrubs, to intentions based waist beads and accessories infused with healing crystals for help with self love, anxiety, depression, etc. Muva, was a Forensic Chemistry Major and Psychology minor at one of the 101 HBCUs, Alabama State University. She’s also a military spouse to an active duty soldier in the US ARMY and mother of two beautiful children. She’s from Tuskegee, Alabama and currently residing in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In her down time she loves cooking, creating, singing, and reading.
“Self love is not selfish, you can’t truly love one another until you know how to love yourself.” - Unknown
I am Justina! I am a lover of sports, scholar of basketball, and an evaluator for talent. I’m from a place called the “Five Mile Bend” also known as Savannah, GA. Pick-up basketball was me as a student and organized basketball became my teacher. I was a 3sport athlete in basketball, softball, and track. Those long days helped me earn a scholarship at Morris College in South Carolina. I played 1 year of basketball for the program and was faced with a life altering decision to hang up my shoes. It was either I chose basketball or my education. I made the decision to choose my education, but I could not fathom the idea of not having basketball. Life after college, I decided to pick up where I left off. I coached and mentored at Frank Callen Boys and Girls club. Moreover, participating in youth basketball camps, basketball circuits, meet and greets, and pro games. My love for the game expanded and my knowledge made me capable to further my skill into the buildup of players. I became the head evaluator for Rashad’s Phillips Inner Circle (Sportstalk2319.com). The only woman in the industry with that title. I've also appeared on various podcasts such as “Off the Glass Podcast with Zach Ramey” and Max Van Auken podcast.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly -Langston Hughes
The Ultimate Black Man Magazine present our First Annual February's 50 Fabulous Fe'Males. We are featuring some awesome women from around th...
Published on Feb 2, 2021
The Ultimate Black Man Magazine present our First Annual February's 50 Fabulous Fe'Males. We are featuring some awesome women from around th...