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t is no secret that anniversaries are important milestones. They include moments in time that are both memorable as much as they are remarkable. It’s important that we here at T2T pause to celebrate those milestones as they highlight our achievements and help us to lay the groundwork for future years. Relationships built along the way, significant events and notable accomplishments have created a certain fondness for us. What has been realized over the past eleven years holds a certain level of significance. Hundreds of articles, spotlights, ads, covers and feature stories have successfully graced the pages of T2T magazine throughout those eleven years. We have experienced many changes over time, but the one thing that has remained the same is our commitment to our readers and our vision. We have evolved from a small newspaper publication to a high quality tabletop collectible magazine to a leadership position in digital print on the interconnected web super highway. Our eleventh year anniversary denotes the passage of time for my team and those who have been Trendsetters in their own right. Whether one appeared as an inspirational, beauty, or up and coming Trendsetter you have been an indispensable part of our success. Together we have built strong relationships. The lessons learned and experiences gained along the way coupled with our content remain priceless. As Founder, Publisher and CEO, I am honored at the opportunity to celebrate this anniversary with my readers, supporters and staff. I personally wish to thank each and every one of you. Today our publication spans across one end of the globe to the next to include international subscriptions and followers. It is our hope that those same partnerships will continue and new ones acquired that will catapult us towards another 11 years and more.▄

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FROM THE OFFICE OF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CrEATE AND EmpTy ouT your “BuCkET LIST”

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s we entered into the New Year countless folks went about the age old tradition of making resolutions. For the most part, they were comprised of things one either wanted to cut back on or desired to cut out all-together. In many cases the flames on those fiery resolutions went out before they ever actually got ignited. You know the ones – cut back on spending, stop smoking, cut out drinking and the, oh so popular one, cut back or abolish certain foods in an effort to lose weight. Here’s some food for thought not to cut out as you embark upon 2018, consider relinquishing those worn out resolutions. Replace them with the creation of a “bucket list’. One in which you’ll endeavor and commit to emptying out over the course of the year. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “bucket list” as a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The “list” often references goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you have not yet seen or had. Travel, career aspirations, family achievements, adventurous and explorative excursions, organizational memberships, acquiring a new skill, adopting a new hobby, attending a life-changing event, meeting someone legendary, or the ultimate entrepreneurial dream that will have you thirsting for a Shark Tank appearance are among some one might find on a list. If the thought of starting your own business or that aspirational career goal makes your list, make sure it aligns with your purpose and when achieved brings you joy. Don’t be afraid to dream big, keeping in mind that each person’s list is unique. What you identify will be your individualized vision and journey and how you get there should be left up to you. While it is far easier to create a bucket list than it is to empty one out, the goal should be to successfully empty it out in an identified timeframe. Emptying your list requires a few crucial steps; Action, Courage and Determination. Taking action is the first step. Don’t waste precious time talking about it or allowing what could have been to pass you by. Create the list with ambitions that will inspire and motivate you. Procrastination and delay have been known to prevail, causing one to surrender. You may have to withstand some storms along the way, which may challenge you, but don’t become discouraged. This is where courage comes in. One should envision the impact of how the goals will affect them and then muster up the courage to go for it. Items on your list should energize you. Achieving the goals on your bucket list should be realistic and obtainable to avoid setting yourself up for disappointment or becoming dismayed. Determination is key in forging ahead. Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine exist today because our Publisher, Willie took action, the first step in pursing his goal. He had the courage to use his marketing degree and networking abilities to guide him in developing his plan. Willie was determined to own his own publication and successfully emptied out his “bucket list” some eleven years ago. This has afforded us, here at Trendsetters to Trendsetters the good fortune of bringing our readers such a remarkable magazine. So whatever it is that makes its way on your bucket list, make this the year to ring it in and empty it out! Thank you to our readers for ringing in another year with us. As you set out to create your list we would love to hear from you and how you were able to realize your dream in successfully emptying out your bucket – lyoung@trendtotrendmag.com ▄

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A LETTER FROM SENIOR WRITER SHERNITA WIGGINS-WYNDER Set a goal and plan in place for YOUR life and HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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his phrase was a halo for those of us who witnessed time and time again, the negativity and hatred that blazed during the 2016 Presidential campaign. The eloquent former First Lady recited these words repeatedly, not to encourage us to keep our mouths shut on matters that affect our society. Neither to overlook those who present opposition, but on the contrary, to STAND UP for the side of right and seek to EMPOWER. She was the gentle, yet bold voice of reason and our beloved Michelle was the solid supporter of her husband, former President, Barack Obama who made history and established legacies, regardless of how the current administration tries to erase them. Although we are by no means, a political presence with our publication, we do however, believe that INSPIRING, EMPOWERING, and ENCOURAGING others comes when we share the countless stories of those who seek a voice within our pages. The Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine brands: Trendsetters to Trendsetters, Latino Trendsetters, or FanSetters Sports Magazines intend to steadily "...go HIGH, when others choose to go low." As we leave the confines of 2017 and step into the realm of 2018, T2T hopes that you will continue to subscribe, purchase, and support the mind-blowing and astonishing stories, brands, and events we will share in the year to come. We know everyone has a story to tell, someone they want to celebrate, or a new idea or purpose to share. Don't allow 2018 to pass you by for an opportunity to either read our Positive Publication or graze the layers within it. Contact one of our outstanding writers or administrative team members, so we can be of service to you. Each issue will always include highlights of updates on social and health issues, inspirational moments, arts and entertainment, and educational pursuits. This issue features the current National President and CEO Beverly E. Smith of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Fifty years and counting. Publisher, Willie Stewart, our administrative staff, and team of writers enjoy your reviews and comments, so, keep them coming!â–„

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President Beverly E. Smith Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

LEAVING A GOLDEN TRAIL 50 YEARS IS MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY: It's a Royal Legacy By Shernita Wiggins-Wynder

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he first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, "50th Celebration" we immediately think about something being old. However, there are a lot of positives wrapped around such a prestigious occasion. First of all, since I am only a year and eight months from gaining this experience, I am looking upon this moment as both a humbling and exciting moment, as most women...and men do when their lives are filled with a wealth of experience that supersedes many who did not make it to that point. When it comes to possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience, National President and CEO, Beverly E. Smith of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, knows this all too well. She understands about family, sacrifice, and commitment. In celebration of her 50th year in her beloved DST sorority, she has so much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to in the future. In an interview with her, she shared all of the pinnacle moments along her path that have led to where she stands today. Take a walk with me as I share a half a centu-

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ry of a legacy stemming from the humbled beginnings of a family who set the pace and modeled the behavior for a little girl who would become the leader integrated into a long list of trailblazers, with her father leading the way.

FAMILY VALLEY Growing up with Mr. Urban League formed by basic belief about social action ‌ the belief that social action is a lifestyle...not an initiative - Beverly Smith, National President, DST. Every great elevation of success began within the confines of a "valley experience." Beverly's father, Louie Evans moved from Tallapoosa, Georgia to Ohio in the 1910's during a time where racial tension, hatred, and lynching were a part of the norm for those living in that era. He only had a third-grade education, but he attended night school, after which, he went on to attend Akron University and an electronics school in Cleveland to become a TV repairman. Getting an education was an important part of his life, along with serving his country in the military where he

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earned two bronze stars. As if that wasn't enough, he was quite the accomplished jazz pianist who played in the USO band behind the likes of President Beverly Smith's Soror Nancy Wilson and Bob Hope, both legends in their own right. Louie Evans, was determined to not only make a life for his family and himself, he was also committed to standing up for those who suffered the injustices that he saw every day. He was the founder of the local Urban League, which he served for 54 years. He was known as "Mr. Urban League" in his hometown. President Beverly Smith shared this about her father, Mr. Louie Evans. His work was so impactful that his autobiography was made into a play by the National Urban League in 1987 and produced on stage in San Francisco at an Urban League National Convention. Over the years, he shut down the public swimming pool until black and white children could swim and play together. We integrated schools, churches and our neighborhood (even though we lived with threats). He fixed TVs and radios for the elderly and homebound, free of charge, and opened a school in the basement of our home to teach his electronics trade to young African-American men so they would have a career and a future. He had a vision for the advancement of black youth in the community. A very religious man, he became the first African-American fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in our part of Ohio. After years of raising a ruckus in the community he was recognized as one of the 10 greatest leaders of the Massillon area in 1980 and on May 16, 1990 the Mayor of Massillon proclaimed that day “Louie Evans Day” saying, in part: 'it is quite evident that his strength, courage and ability to fight for a fair and just cause

has had an impact in the community... no problem was too big for him to handle'. So, what has National President Beverly Smith learned from the legacy her father set before her? Two exceptional nuggets that will last her a lifetime: First of all, I have learned that you must have an understanding and acceptance of who you are, and whose you are which gives you the audacity to be your own person and instill within you the wisdom to understand the value of collaboration with others… no one can achieve great things in a vacuum. Secondly, one should be aware that "true social action is a lifestyle." It is in your (and our organization’s) DNA. It may begin with a single initiative or be sparked by an incredulous event… and for Deltas, it is ingrained in who we are and acted upon as a visceral reaction to injustice. Which leads us down the next turn of events…

SACRIFICE LANE We've all heard the saying, "Behind every good man lies a great woman." Well, I believe this rang true in reverse. National President Beverly Smith's schedule clearly is hectic and her life filled with obligations that many husbands will be ready to either walk away from or be envious. However, life has taken both she and her husband down lanes with multiple twists and turns, but the crooked lanes were made straight through the grace of God and the fascinating support from her soul mate. Stephen J. Smith is an incredibly supportive husband. He puts up with my very hectic schedule away from home, my late night

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calls, constant cell phone interruptions, late or infrequent homecooked meals and a tired wife. But he is very proud and supportive of what I do and why I do it! He is also dedicated to community service and Greek life, so he understands and shares my desire to serve. We have always taken time to celebrate each other’s successes. Throughout our 46 years of marriage we’ve tried to keep communications open, made sure we agreed on how to raise our two children, shared a common faith in God, and worked to live the oath of “for better or worse.” We prayed to be good role models for our children in their marriages and I have to admit that, every now and then, there’s a good lesson or two we’ve learned from them. It's no wonder that this delightful woman is positioned in the manner bestowed upon her in this season. She is free to operate in her gifts and National DST President, Beverly Smith clearly comprehends commitment and balancing them, as to not allow it to distract, nor impede purpose. If you were wondering how she does this and has she always been such a focused individual? Here's what she said. The first thought that comes into my head is that I’m the same person before and after my accomplishments! I have always been committed to Delta but that certainly isn’t the only commitment in my life. I’ve found that an individual’s level and type of commitment varies dependent on your stage in life. I don’t believe that you can have balance in life if your focus is singular…. My constant commitment has always been to ensure

that I used whatever gifts God has given me by making the best of the talents and skills I have. After my spiritual life, my personal life as a wife and mother has always been my priority; followed by my professional life and service to others in my circle of influence. I have always been an active community leader (even in college) and have served on multiple non-profit boards in leadership roles. What’s been tougher since my allencompassing commitment to Delta is how to balance it all and not let it take a personal toll. Now we come to the end of this part of her journey. Honing in on a trait that is imperative to bridging the gaps between our past, present, and future. Commitment is key. If you are not committed to achieving beyond what you can see, how will you ever hope to achieve the heart of the purpose set before you; in order to build legacies that will last a lifetime?

COMMITMENT When you have trail blazed from the valleys of obstacles that were rocky and sometimes scattered with stumbling blocks, and gleamed the lanes of highs and lows that taught you more than you expected, then it is evident, that you have become committed to staying the course, and in my words, you are willing to "walk in PURPOSE, ON purpose." The highlights of this esteemed leader extend a whopping 50 years. I reached my 50-Year Anniversary in Delta in Octo-

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geon generals and seven of the fifteen African-American women to receive the honor of having a United States Post Office stamp that bears their image. Our five areas of focus during this administration are: (1) Organizational Health (2) Social Action (3) Community Impact (4) Empowerment of Women and Girls and (5) Appreciation of our Culture through Arts & Letters. Details on our current initiatives can be found on our website at deltasigmatheta.org with more to come. Join me in congratulating National DST President Beverly E. Smith to the pinnacle of her legacy and we at T2T celebrate all of her accomplishments. Let's all take a page from her goals. I hope to leave a legacy of strong leaders and a strong Delta Sigma Theta. I think every leader has that responsibility to the organization they lead. If we don’t, who will continue the work that has been done to preserve what’s been gained and mend what is broken for the next generation. My vision and goals include: I want to be the spark that turns on the light bulb in others causing them to see their own personal potential and understand what is within their reach. I want to be open-minded and recognize the value of the opposing view. I desire to teach – not only in the traditional way, but life lessons. I am continually understanding the gift of my ability to influence, to find the vocation that allows me to use that skill and have a positive impact. And I plan to open doors for others who can achieve beyond my scope.▄

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ber of last year! If I had to pinpoint one specific highlight it would be the joy of sisterhood and friendship with other women who have the same core values and commitment to service. Wherever I go, I can find a Delta and find an instant connection. I think that’s a highlight for all of us in Greek life. While it’s rare as National President, I truly enjoy some simple “downtime” with my sorors for a good talk and laugh... that’s a highlight to me! My daughter Stacy is also a soror, as is my own sister, Joan. In my daughter's case, I had the privilege to “pin” her when she became a Delta, which happened on my birthday. My best friend’s daughter was on that same line and we had the honor of standing side-by-side to pin them... that was a very special moment. Needless to say, winning my elections to rise to this level were all milestone highlights; and chairing our 46th National Convention in Atlanta, one of our largest, most successful and most profitable, was incredibly satisfying. So, what is in store next for this Daughter of the Most High God in His Master Plan? Well, I'll let her tell you. My goal is to see the actualization of my vision statement for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. I am focused in doing all I can to enhance “joy in our sisterhood, power in our voice and service in our heart.” I truly believe that we are the greatest sorority in the world. (Yes… I’m biased.) We are an international service sorority that is over 900 chapters strong. We are grounded in camaraderie of sisterhood and born from a legacy of strong leaders in the areas of social, community, educational, and political activism. We claim five members of Congress, our previous United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, US Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, three … and the only…African American female sur-


Keisha Lance Bottoms 60th Mayor Elect of Atlanta, GA Written by: Tina Williams

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n the eve of Tuesday, December 5th 2017 Keisha Lance Bottoms became the 60th Mayor Elect of Atlanta, Ga. Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms defeated Independent Mary Norwood in Atlanta's mayoral election, although Councilwoman Norwood refused to concede; Bottoms proceeded with her celebratory speech after her predecessor Mayor Kasim Reed and her husband Derek W. Bottoms formally introduced Bottoms to the crowd of supporters as the next Mayor of Atlanta GA. Furthermore, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting the results proclaimed in favor of Keisha Lance Bottoms with 46,464 votes and Mary Norwood who lost to current Mayor Kasim Reed 8 years ago came in second with 45,705 votes; a tight race to the finish line with only a 700 vote margin between candidates. Georgia law allows a second-place runoff candidate to request a recount if the difference between the two is under 1% of the vote total. Within two weeks of being defeated in the Atlanta mayoral runoff, Mary Norwood officially conceded the race. Councilwoman Norwood released a video saying “For the Future of this city, I believe it is the right thing to do to move on and hold a new administration accountable to serve this great city." “I wish my opponent a term of governance that embodies all that my campaign did embracing every Atlantan and working hard for all Atlantans with grace and dignity," Norwood said in closing. Mayor Elect Bottoms released a statement saying, “This was a long, hard fought campaign and I remain grateful for the support we received across this city. We truly are stronger together and we will move forward as one Atlanta. I appreciate the passion Ms. Norwood has shown towards our city and look forward to working with leaders across Atlanta to continue to improve our communities.” Mayor Elect Bottoms received endorsements from a plethora of supporter’s days before the actual election boosting her candidacy. Celebrities such as Usher, T.I., Rasheeda, Kirk Frost, Yung Joc, and Killer Mike just to name a few. In addition to the celebrities supporting bottoms, Politician’s backed her candidacy such as: Former Mayor and civil rights icon Andrew Young, her predecessor Kasim Reed Mayor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, CO, Reverend Joe Beasley with the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, civil rights attorney Mawuli Davis, and Anana Paris with the Sistercare Alliance, and Democratic US Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey appeared in Atlanta the weekend before the runoff election to promote Bottoms candidacy. Mayor Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms Inauguration was held on Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Bottoms received a standing ovation as she entered into the chapel, over 2,500 Atlantans and supporters watched Bottoms as she was sworn in as Mayor of Atlanta, GA. Bottoms thanked Atlantans for their

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speaking on a variety of topics, including, law, community engagement and public policy. Keisha’s commitment to community and public service has been recognized by the 2013 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She has also been awarded The Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Community Service Icon Award, and the Keeper of the Dream Award. Keisha is a member of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta and has also been honored as one of 10 Outstanding Young Atlantans based upon her professional achievements and dedicated community service. Keisha has volunteered with numerous community organizations and currently serves on the boards of The Children’s School, the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, Central Atlanta Progress, and is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights – Women’s Solidarity Society. She also serves on the Board of Families First, where she shares her personal story of adoption, and advocates on behalf of adoption and foster care. Keisha has previously served on the Boards of the YWCA of Atlanta, CURE for Childhood Cancer, the Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force, and as a trustee of Ben Hill United Methodist Church. She is also currently serving her second, consecutive term as gala chair for the National Black Arts Festival, which raises more than a half-million dollars annually in support of the country’s oldest multidisciplinary arts organization focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent. Keisha is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, Magna Cum Laude, and Georgia State University College of Law. Keisha is the daughter of the late American R&B singer and British “Northern soul” icon Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. She is wife to Derek W. Bottoms with whom she shares the privilege of being the parent of four wonderful children.” Biography http://keishalancebottoms.net/▄

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support, encouragement and faith in her. In addition, Bottoms also said she was compelled to take this path, proclaiming she was elated to become the second woman mayor of Atlanta. As the 60th mayor elect bottom said her administration will roll out a one billion dollar affordability plan that will create equity and provide opportunity for all Atlantans, it will be the largest investment in the city’s history. About Keisha Lance Bottoms, she’s a compassionate leader and committed public servant. “Since being sworn into office in January 2010, Keisha has represented a large portion of the historic Southwest Atlanta community as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Over the course of her service, Keisha has sponsored groundbreaking legislation that has addressed the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability and helped grow the city’s reserves from $7.4 million to nearly $150 million, in just over five years. She has also authored the toughest Panhandling legislation in the history of the city, which combines empathy with enforcement, and has resulted in offenders receiving often-needed social services to help break the cycle of recidivism. Keisha worked with colleagues to achieve the goal of 2,000 officers within the Atlanta Police force, and to successfully balance the City’s budget each year during her time on Council, without increasing taxes. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has served as Chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee. During her term as Vice-Chair of the city’s Transportation Committee, the Maynard H. Jackson International terminal at Hartsfield Jackson Airport opened, solidifying Hartsfield Jackson’s place as the busiest airport in the world. Most recently, Keisha launched Invest in Southwest, a 360-degree urban planning initiative with the goal of revitalizing and expanding economic development within the Southwest Atlanta community. In addition to her service on the Atlanta City Council, Keisha also serves as Executive Director of The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA). As Executive Director of AFCRA, Keisha is the chief executive officer of the organization that owns and oversees operations for iconic recreation and entertainment venues across Atlanta, including Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves), Philips Arena (home of the Atlanta Hawks), and the world renowned Zoo Atlanta. AFCRA also operates portions of John A. White Park, where the junior gold program the First Tee is hosted in Southwest Atlanta. As Executive Director, Keisha implements public policy, fosters community engagement, works alongside corporate partners, and negotiates and manages government relations and public finance. Notably, Keisha will work with public, private, and community partners over the next year to spearhead the high-stakes, high-profile transition of Turner Field from a Major League Baseball venue, plan the redevelopment of Philips Arena, and oversee the expansion of Zoo Atlanta, which combined represents millions of dollars in urban planning and redevelopment projects that will indelibly change the landscape of Atlanta. Alongside her public service career, Keisha has maintained a private law practice for more than 20 years, and has served as General Counsel for a multi-million dollar business, as well as a Judge (Pro Hoc) in Fulton County State Court. She has worked as a legal analyst and reporter for various media outlets and has served as a guest speaker and panelist during numerous events,


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CContinuously OREY MINOR SMITH motivated to succeed The First African American Canton City Council at Large

CANTON, OHIO very success story is normally preceded by a devastating tragedy or a horrific childhood that was narrowly escaped by an individual who refused to quit. Well, this is that success story; the story about the damsel in distress who was continuously motivated to succeed. As military families transition through tours of duty, the average military child will attend six to nine different schools in their career. This is three times more than the non-military student—except for Corey Lonjay Minor. Corey was never a military brat but she attended 14 different schools, lived in three different states, and resided in eight different households. The product of a young love gone wrong, Corey ended up at the worse end of the break up. Living with her mother was seemingly easy until it wasn’t. Diagnosed with manic depression/schizophrenia, Corey’s mother was delusional and getting progressively worse. One day she abruptly left Corey with friends in Texas and headed to Ohio. Devastated by this off the wall decision, Corey finished the semester of school and soon followed her mother to Ohio. The move required a transfer to her 14th school. Corey was shook but still motivated. As the story goes, this was the best place for Corey. She ended up with her God-fearing, paternal grandmother, Bluchelle. Though it was her eighth residence, she was finally in a stable environment. Canton, Ohio wasn’t Houston, TX or Vallejo, CA, but it was the Pro Football Hall of Fame city. Canton was the place where champions lived, after playing the best seasons of their lives. It was perfect and very suiting for a smart, beautiful, 15-year-old girl whose hopes and dreams were bigger than mental illness. The dysfunctional upbringing was traumatic for Corey, but it did not destroy her. It would have broken most; but it pushed Corey into purpose. With the love and support of her family and friends, Corey went on to graduate from high school, earned her Bachelor, Master, and Juris Doctorate degrees. During her matriculation, she had to care for her mother, became a mother, and then a wife. Challenging at times, rewarding at others, Attorney Corey Minor Smith was motivated to succeed.

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Strength, faith, persistence, and consistency are a few attributes that continue to keep Minor Smith motivated. Thirty years later, Corey continues to face the challenges of caring for her mentally ill mother. Quitting was always an option, but it was never the choice. There is too much work to be done. If you were a gambler, the odds would say to bet against her. However, the odds have never been right about Corey. Humbled by her past and driven by passion, Corey’s resume lists many rewarding experiences and accomplishments. A law practice, Assistant Prosecutor, General Counsel for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, School Board member, proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated—just to name a few. Among her recent accomplishments, Attorney Corey Minor Smith made history when elected as the first African American Canton City Council at Large member on November 7, 2017. A race that many said she wouldn’t win, Corey received the most votes out of six candidates. Corey Minor Smith is Continuously Motivated to Succeed! ▄

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MAYOR LONDON BREED:

“A new Mayoral Breed to Represent the City of San Francisco” By Lillian B. Young

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he torch for San Francisco, California Mayor was passed on to London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors following the untimely death of Mayor Ed Lee. Breed assumed the acting role of Mayor of San Francisco on December 12, 2017 according to the city charter. While Breed was identified early on as a viable candidate to replace Lee at the expiration of his second term, the transition unexpectantly occurred months before the regularly scheduled Mayoral election which was set to take place in 2019. Several others had expressed interest as future candidates but Breed’s recent appointment which places her in the City’s top position will remain in place unless the eleven member board chooses another candidate to serve until the upcoming June 2018 election. The elected candidate will serve out Lee’s term through January 2020. The deadline for candidates to submit their paperwork to the City’s election department for the June special election has expired, producing eight candidates in total, including Breed who registered her candidacy. The list includes both experienced candidates as well as some newcomers. Breed continues to evoke her personal history into her candidacy setting her apart from the others. So who is London Nicole Breed? Perhaps one of the most watched and talked about politician on the West Coast for what will be a highly televised and followed race. Breed is San Francisco’s first African American female to hold this position. She is a native of San Francisco having grown up in San Francisco’s Plaza East public housing in the Western Addition Community, where she was raised by her grandmother. Breed is a lifelong community

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leader with an impressive lists of accolades and legislative actions to include; passing drug takeback legislation to keep loads of medical waste out of landfills and waterways; passing legislation to increase housing along transit routes; passing an overhaul of the City’s graffiti policies which led to legislation allowing the San Francisco City Attorney to pursue civil damages against graffiti taggers, instead of solely relying on criminal prosecutions to punish taggers; passing legislation to increase housing production along transit corridors; passing the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country; rehabilitating unused public housing for homeless families; and spearheading a clean electrical energy program to cut CO2. She currently represents Alamo Square, Cole Valley, Haight Ashbury, Inner Sunset Neighborhoods, Hayes Valley, Japantown, Lower Haight and North of Panhandle in District 5. Breeds election as District 5 Supervisor marked the first time in San Francisco history that a challenger unseated a district supervisor. Breed catapulted to the role of President of the Board in 2015 and unanimously being re-elected to a second term in 2017 all following her initial election to the Board in November 2012 and her inauguration in January 2013. While City Supervisor Breed was instrumental in helping create more affordable housing throughout San Francisco by passing zoning regulations and increasing affordable housing requirements. She has been a strong advocate for formula retail controls, housing projects and public housing. As President Breed holds the city’s largest legislative job having oversight and responsibility for managing a $10-billion dollar budget. Breed’s top issues were development, public safety, environmental health, and public transportation. Breed was elected by a unanimous vote defeating Supervisor David Campos. Prior to her District 5 election Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex. As Executive Director, Breed secured in excess of $2.5 million dollars to renovate the 34,000 square foot space. Breed also worked for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission and was later appointed by Mayor Newsom to serve on the San Francisco Fire Commission. Breed is an honors graduate of Galileo High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Service with a minor in African American Studies from the University of California, Davis in 1997. Breed went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco in 2012. Breed’s collective accomplishments certainly establishes her as a real Trendsetter. We applaud Breed for her exemplary record, commitment to the City and citizens of San Francisco and wish her well in the upcoming election.▄

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Mayor Annette M. Blackwell: The The first first female female and and first first African-American African-American in in the the City’s City’s 100-year 100-year history. history.

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ayor Blackwell is a successful business professional who has worked at KeyBank in Installment Lending and University Hospitals of Cleveland as an Administrative Coordinator to the President & Chief Medical Officer of University Hospitals Physician Services. She ended her 16 years as a Senior Commercial Property Tax Analyst and Co-Leader of the Black Employee Network at Deloitte and Ryan Global Tax Services where she was also a US India Liaison, when she won the election. Mayor Blackwell and her husband are local business owners in the City of Maple Heights, owning an event and multipurpose center. Mayor Blackwell is a wife, mother and grandmother. She serves alongside her husband, Alonzo Blackwell, a Deacon, as a Deaconess at her church as well as on the Women of Royalty Outreach Ministries Board of Directors. She completed her business education at Indiana Wesleyan University and currently attends Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she is studying Public Relations. In November 2017, Mayor Blackwell satisfactorily completed training in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute. On January 6, 2016, Mayor Blackwell was sworn in as the City of Maple Heights’ 16th Mayor and the first female and first African-American in the City’s 100-year history. In her role as Mayor, Mayor Blackwell serves on the Executive Boards of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association and is a member of the Ohio Municipal League and National League of Cities. During her time in office, she has received numerous awards. Most notably 2016, the Maple Heights City Schools Pathfinder Award, and the National Action Network of Greater Cleveland Humanitarian, and Warrior of Justice and Leadership Award. Mayor Blackwell has undoubtedly embarked on the path of a true Trendsetter and is well positioned in staying on course.▄

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COLBY COLBY CHRISTINA: CHRISTINA: A TRUE UP & COMING TRENDSETTER! Written Phil Andrews When we first met COLBY CHRISTINA a few years ago she was already well on her way to stardom at the age of 13 and we featured COLBY in the November/December 2015 edition of “Trendsetters to Trendsetters” Magazine. We featured Colby as a " Rising Star"then, well Colby’s Star has risen and continues to rise and today Colby is a 16 year old High School Senior on her way to one of the Top Universities in the nation to Major in Theater and Minor in Dance or complete a Double Major BFA in both as a member of the Freshman Class of 2018 and COLBY continues to set records and is a role model for Tweens, Teens and Adults.

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olby Christina (born May 29, 2001) is a American Actor, TV Show Host, Singer, Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Mentor, Instructor and Advocate born in Manhasset, New York. Colby has trained professionally since the age of two at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center for Arts and Culture and at other locations. Colby has been labeled a formidable "Triple Threat" Nationally and Internationally. She credits Peggy Alston, the Emeritus Director of the Restoration Center for Arts & Culture with being the very first Triple Threat she ever met in a formal setting who ignited a spark in her. Her accomplishments to date have catapulted her to the National Stage at the National Black Theatre Festival as the Celebrity Teen Co-Chair and Parade Grand Marshall in 2015 and 2017, as well as to the Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival as a Guest at the Oprah Winfrey Premiere of Greenleaf on the Own TV Network. Colby Christina has performed Center Stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as a Feature Performer in Dance Africa with Emeritus Artistic Director and Founder, Dr. Baba Charles "Chuck" Davis and Artistic Director, Abdel Salaam, the Billie Holiday Theatre, the Museum of Natural History, the Waldorf Astoria New York and Black Spectrum Theatre to name a few. Prior to the "Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills" written by Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor, where Colby played "Emma Wills" & received a standing ovation for a performance where she spoke no words. Colby also appeared in the Lead Role of "Alice" at the age of 12 to sold out audiences in the Stage to TV Production, “The Liberation of Mother Goose”, in the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York with Emeritus Theatre Director, Marjorie Moon, written by Aduke Aremu, Executive Producer/Director, Peggy Alston, Musical Director, Mario Sprouse and Director & Choreographer Abdel Salaam. Colby Christina captured the attention of many in the Theater World and beyond with this Triple Threat Performance and went on to win her first AUDELCO Award. Her recent appearance in “Leaves” written in part by Victor Junior, in the role of “Rhonda”, is featured in Broadway World News as a “added treat”, with Colby being “the youngest cast member". Colby can still always be found giving back to her Community, Corporations and Individuals with her time & passion & willingness to always help others. She also still loves teaching & mentoring "her babies" (the 3 & 4 year & the 8 to 11 year old students) at the Restoration Center for Arts and Culture where she continues to serve as the Student Ambassador at the Youth Arts Academy. Colby has also served as an Intern at Black Spectrum Theater, a Dance Intern at Evidence Dance Company and as a Impact Repertory Theater Adjunct Member.

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Early Life & Education Colby has attended Private School all of her life and has been skipped one Academic Grade. She is a 16 year old High School Senior at a Private Independent Pre-Collegiate High School & is fast tracked to complete High School at age 16. Colby is a High School student that has already been extended invitations by some great academic institutions to come on board as a student for the College Freshman Class of Fall 2018. Her Letters of Recommendation for College include statements like: "Through conversation, handshakes, outreach and the visibility that is par for the course at events and performances, Colby’s range and talent began to garner recognition quite early in life at the age of 2. She has now became sought after by Schools of the Performing Arts divisions at Universities and Colleges in a way not dissimilar to that of a coveted athlete being scrutinized by a 'Scout' at the age of only 13." by Eric Lustgarten.

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dale, New York and with other Fashion Designer Icons. Colby served as a Feature Model (fashion show and print) and Marketing Liaison directly responsible for the Estelle's inclusion in major media platforms inclusive of TV Show Features, Magazine Cover Features & has increased the Estelle's search engine optimization. Estelle's "Colby's Picks" can be seen on Social Media Platforms around the world. Colby has been styled for her appearances for her various VIP Red Carpet Events, her TV Show and other places as well by Byron Lars Beauty Mark, MOSHOOD Fashions and ESOSA Fashions to name a few. Colby’s primary Fashion Designer extraordinaire is HOPE WADE of HOPE WADE DESIGNS. Colby Featured her spectacular designs at New York Style Fashion Week 2017 and at New York Teen Fashion Week 2017 while she served as VIP Guest and Celebrity Teen HOST. (All of the photos featured in the Feature are from Hope Wade Designs) Colby has also been featured in dozens of publications and was featured in the Huffington Post when they highlighted her recent campaign, “THINK BIG, DREAM BIG AND SOAR!”, which she developed since there is a clear need to encourage, market and promote excellence for Teens and Tweens in the Arts. Colby's Entertainment and Arts goal and dream is quoted as follows: “to be a household name and appear on Television, in Movies, and to perform on Broadway again and to participate in everything God has in store for me while simultaneously continuing to achieve academic success and help others."▄ STAY TUNED FOR MORE EXCITING COLBY CHRISTINA ANNOUNCEMENTS in 2018 and you can contact COLBY CHRISTINA and follow her journey here at:

Instagram: @ms_colbychristina (Business Page) @only1colbychristina (Personal Page) Twitter: ColbyChristinaO & 1ColbyChristina Email: ColbyChristina529@gmail.com Phone: 641-715-3900 ext. 25715

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Upon receiving the AUDELCO at the age of 13, for excellence in Black Theater, Colby Christina joined the ranks of Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington and Sanaa Latham who also received the “Rising Star” AUDELCO Award. To her credit Colby Christina has accomplished many “first” in the Arts and in Academia and is the recipient of more than 150 Awards, Citations, Proclamations and Honors, a considerable amount of them before the age of 13. Colby has also been honored twice by the NAACP, with the NAACP "Legacy Award" & prior to that received the NAACP "Youth Award", was honored by the King of Kings Foundation with the "A Star Has Risen Award" (This Award Is Given Annually & has Been Officially Named the "Colby Christina a Star Has Risen Award”) honored by the Trey Whitfield School Foundation as a "Academic Honoree" & Colby was Honored by the Young, Gifted and Black Corporation with the "Nina Simone Entrepreneurship & Creativity Award". There is also a New York State Senate Resolution (J893) issued on the New York State Senate floor in her honor on March 3, 2017. Colby's TV Show “Colby’s Corner - REAL Teen Talk TV” is “Your premiere destination for Teens who want a safe place to learn and talk about what’s really happening in their lives Socially, Academically and Culturally.” “Colby’s Corner - REAL Teen Talk TV” debuted and aired live on MadHouseTV.com on September 27, 2016 to rave reviews. “Colby’s Corner - Real Teen Talk TV” has laid a solid foundation via its Multi-Media Enterprise for Teens and Tweens that will soon consist of other media platforms like Radio, Magazine and of course more exemplary TV Programming that will be a beacon of light for our young adults. "Colby's Corner" will serve to further enhance the Mentoring Platforms that Colby launched years ago and is a beacon of light in the TV World for many. The Guest list is awesome and includes Teenagers, Community Leaders, Experts, CEO's, Clergy and Celebrities who are making a difference in the lives of Teenagers. "Colby's Corner" can be seen in approximately 160 Countries when it airs live and will soon be available in 20 to 30 million households via major Cable Networks everywhere. Colby partnered with Estelle's Dressy Dresses in Farming-


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Morehouse College names Harvard’s David A. Thomas as its 12th president

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is the nation’s top producer of black males who continue their education and receive doctorates. The National Science Foundation also ranked Morehouse as the No. 1 producer of black men who receive doctorates in education, life and physical sciences, math and computer sciences, psychology and social sciences, as well as humanities and the arts. Morehouse currently has more than 17,000 alumni representing more than 40 states and 14 countries. U.S. News & World Report also consistently ranks Morehouse as one of the nation’s top five HBCUs. History-Making President: First Non-Alumnus To Be President In 50 Years Thomas will be the first Morehouse President in 50 years who did not graduate from the College. The last President who was not an alumnus was Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Morehouse’s revered sixth President who mentored Martin Luther King Jr. “I think the entire Morehouse family will be very excited about the appointment of President-Elect Thomas,” said Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President-Emeritus. “David is deeply committed to educating African American men and to innovative approaches to higher education. He has spent his entire career from Yale to Harvard Business School to Georgetown University preparing for this opportunity. He appreciates the signal honor of being selected as the first non-alumnus Morehouse president since Dr. Benjamin Mays, and we stand ready to support and serve with him.” Presidential Search Committee Chair Dale Jones noted that Thomas has the endorsement of scores of alumni, faculty, staff, and student representatives who met with him during the interview process. “We were searching for the right leader to set the stage for another 150 years of success at Morehouse,” said Jones ’82. “We vetted many candidates, including outstanding women. What we found in Dr. Thomas was a commitment to excellence and invaluable experience. He’s an exceptional leader and the right individual to lead Morehouse into the future.” Thomas said he is looking forward to working with the Morehouse community and its many supporters, and is appreciative of the positive feedback he has received about his presidency. “Morehouse was actually where I wanted to go to college from the time I was 10. I got into Morehouse, but I didn’t receive any financial aid. My second-choice school did offer a scholarship, so I enrolled there, but always with a yearning to be at Morehouse,” he said. “As the son of working-class parents who did not attend college, I understand the transformative power of higher education for people of color. I also understand what it means to be a black male in America, and the determination and strength of character that it takes to be successful. I will work tirelessly to help raise the scholarship funds necessary so that no deserving student who wants a Morehouse education is left behind.”▄

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he Morehouse College Board of Trustees voted Sunday, October 15, 2017 to name Dr. David A. Thomas as the 12th President of Morehouse College, ushering in a new era of leadership for the 150year-old historically black institution. Dr. Thomas is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Thomas’ appointment ends a six-month period of leadership transition at the College that began in April when the Board announced its national search for a new Morehouse President. The Presidential Search Committee, assisted by Issacson Miller recruiters, reviewed the profiles of more than 100 executives for the role, including several sitting college presidents. Thomas was chosen as the top candidate because of his visionary leadership as a business school administrator and his proven track record in fundraising, which includes a capital campaign that raised more than $130 million in five years for Georgetown McDonough. “Dr. Thomas is a nationally respected business educator and visionary leader with a support network that will bring transformative change to Morehouse College,” said Willie Woods ’85, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Having David at Morehouse will raise the profile of our world-class institution and lead to partnerships that will allow Morehouse to be more competitive for top students, expand our academic programs, improve our facilities, and provide more signature opportunities for leadership that make Morehouse Men among the most sought-after graduates in the country.” Thomas has 30 years of higher education experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior degree, both from Yale University. He also has a Master of Organizational Psychology degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences degree from Yale College. Thomas assumes office on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, leaving Morehouse under the experienced guidance of Interim President Harold Martin Jr. ’02 until the end of the calendar year. “I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the next President of Morehouse College,” said Thomas. “What draws me to Morehouse is that I see a connection between what I value and what this college has always represented —the mission to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service, and to be stewards of black culture and community. There is no place like Morehouse on the planet.” Morehouse is the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men. It has produced four Rhodes Scholars, several college presidents, and leaders in many other fields. According to the National Science Foundation, Morehouse


Will You Be YOUR Valentine? SELF LOVE By: Beverly Hill (Shelley) Commentary Vol. 4

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t’s that time of year again when we honor LOVE by giving niceties to a LOVE interest or a mate. When I was a little girl, I remember mom buying me a little package that held about 25 Valentine cards. I would go to school with my cards in hand. I had already written my classmate’s names on them making sure that the right individuals got the ones with the words “Be My Valentine” and “I Love You.” We’re taught to give and to show LOVE at an early age, but rarely were we taught that we must receive LOVE too. Most importantly, we were not taught how to LOVE ourselves. This is a HEART message of SELF LOVE. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to see the destruction we are causing ourselves. We spend so much time looking for LOVE or waiting for someone to come and LOVE us. There may even be a point where we settle for someone just because we simply don’t want to be alone. For years I did not LOVE myself…but I wasn’t aware of it. I didn't realize that most of the men I was allowing into my life were causing me selfsabotage! We tend to draw to ourselves everything that we are; I had no idea that I was a broken wounded person. By nature I’m extremely loving and nurturing, but because of codependency and being LOVE starved myself, I was opening myself up to needy men. Most of those men had no clue how to LOVE me, because as I look back, they didn't know how to LOVE themselves. If you think about it, we are mirrors of one another. I was attracting a reflection of myself, the weaker and less favorable parts of me. In my journey of healing, I did experience progress. But I noticed the greatest and fastest change when I visited a hypnotherapist about three years ago. In my two visits, I got to the core of those issues that had been limiting me from loving myself. The issues dealt with were rejection and abandonment!! Both are now ghosts of my past. I'm a natural giver, but I needed validation. I needed to know that I was doing well, because I didn’t grow up knowing I was good, or good enough. Very few people know this, but I felt rejected many times growing up

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much into pampering and loving on him. I wasn't receiving what I was giving. There was no reciprocity. My incomplete self was accepting incomplete men that had no clue how to give me what I was giving them. I remember about six years ago I shouted out to God in a loud voice exclaiming, “I see myself the way you see me.” This was the beginning of the major transformations that facilitated in my quest to LOVE myself and put myself FIRST. This was a pivotal point in my life. We must decide to make changes in our lives for life’s sake. First of all, I learned who I was and how to love myself unconditionally. I also learned to forgive myself and to forgive others. I even called ex-husbands and offered them my forgiveness. Inner work was going on which made me cognizant of things that warranted change for my movement forward. So many lessons I was learning. As I got stronger by releasing all those limiting thoughts, people, ideas, and ideals, my life began to shift. I saw myself as God saw me! I saw myself worthy of far more than I had allowed. Today my value of myself is high! LOVING, Nurturing and pampering ME has become MY priority. I LOVE ALL OF ME!! At 67 years young, I have learned and am still learning balance. Yes, I am very loving and nurturing…all that I thought a man should ever want. But I have a NEW realization!! I know all of this goodness is to be reserved for the RIGHT man…the one that deserves me and has come to know and LOVE himself so much that he will know how to LOVE me. Before now, I did not understand that I was born with a special gift of loving. It often seemed like a curse. But it wasn’t a curse. I was just giving my special gifts of LOVE to the wrong men. In my heart I’ve always believed that I was created purposely as a GIFT to the right man. God has groomed, watched over and prepared me all these years for my true mate. This man will be one that has also done tremendous work on self and has been searching for a woman just like me!! He will be the one getting all the LOVE, nurturing and pampering that I have longed to share all of my life. Now that I LOVE MYSELF, I’m ready for a deep Divine LOVE, a Divine Partner. I’m ready and healed now to give and receive LOVE and to be about my purpose and mission on earth. Make the decision and decide to take charge of your life. You can’t truly LOVE someone else until you can truly LOVE yourself. The light of day comes when you see the light in you. You owe it to yourself to LOVE yourself. Come on say it with me, “I am My VALENTINE. I LOVE ME.”▄

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which caused me to constantly receive what I thought was LOVE from the wrong men. I learned that looking for external validation was of no avail. Everything I needed was already inside ME!! A doctor once said that givers have to learn to be selfish and learn to take care of self. And that is exactly what I started doing. For years and years, I found myself in abusive relationships and abusive marriage after marriage. Some of the marriages consisted of verbal abuse, some mental and some physical. I must say that my last husband of 20 years was an exception. He was very loving and kind, but our time as a couple expired because we had learned the valuable lessons that we needed to further us along our individual journeys leading us to new lives. We are still good friends!! Other than him, I was typically latching onto what I called ‘the poor underdog man.’ My thought was never to change the man. I was under the assumption that if this beaten-down man had a loving, nurturing woman like me, he would be totally inspired to make changes in himself. HIS DESIRE WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE…TO BE A BETTER MAN! Nope, that never happened! Subsequently, I usually ended up being abused in some form. There was a time when I had resolved to the fact that being in abusive, dysfunctional relationships was just my lot in life so I must play the hand that I was dealt. One day a bright thought and realization came to me, I could no longer continue to lay my beautiful pearls before those nasty swine that meant me no good. My mantra became, “I will not potty train another man.” I had a friend to ask, “Who commissioned you to pull men out of the gutter and try to clean them up!!” And another one said I was like Florence Nightingale with my nurse bag in hand. But the difference was that I was bandaging up all the poor, sick, wounded men…until I had no bandages left!! With this, I learned to stop being an enabler of the male species. My primary interest since I was a child has always been a boy. (Chuckling) At three years old my first little boyfriend was Peetie. I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up…my answer, “a wife and mommy.” When asked what my hobby was, my answer has always been, “my man!” For me, everything centered around a man because I love ‘LOVE’ and wanted so desperately to share it. It is sad to say, but I never thought too much about receiving it for myself because I was so


The The Ten Ten “H’s” “H’s” of of Hair Hair Loss Loss By Dr. Linda Amerson

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here is Help for Hair loss! In the USA, the population is 300 million, and the fact that 90 million are affected with some form of alopecia is alarming! Do you need help with your unexplained hair loss issues? There are over 100 categories of alopecia, aka hair loss in laymen terms. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss from any cause. This term is used often by consumers who do not know this ‘broad umbrella’ is very scientific and the range of the degree of severity. Seeking expert assistance with a person whom has ‘credentials’ is always a good first option. We are referencing 10 alopecia categories, all beginning with the letter ‘H’ for Hair loss. Men, women and children may become victims from various factors. Some of these influencers on the hair growth cycle, may cause temporary, partial or permanent hair loss.

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Your health plays a vital role with your hair growing healthy. Many systemic illnesses can cause hair loss. One example is a high fever, or a surgical procedure that has needed general anesthesia. In addition, over 15 autoimmune diseases can affect the hair growth cycle and/or hair follicle. A few examples include discoid lupus erythmatosus, systemic lupus, scleroderma and alopecia areata.

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are increased that their children will also suffer the same condition. In some cases, even the grand-children are affected.

HAIRSTYLING.

Many consumers and professionals use mechanical styling tools to enhance a hair style. Do not use vigorous brushing, highest heat blow drying, highest heat flat iron, curling iron, crimping iron, etc on your hair. Furthermore, daily usage of grooming tools should be avoided…only use 2-3 times maximum weekly. Hair breakage and hair shaft damage is commonly seen under a polarized microscope.

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Prescription medications or treatments for a particular illness, may have a side effect of hair loss. There are over 300! Some examples include: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, anticoagulants, lithium based medications, large doses of vitamin A, certain blood pressure medications and agents which block cholesterol synthesis, can all inhibit hair growth. Consumers should take their prescription medications to put health first, or you may talk to your doctor about changing the medication.

HORMONES. Androgenetic Alopecia aka AGA is a genetic hair loss in both men and women. The androgens act upon the hair follicle producing a reduction in the size of the afffected follicles, which results in a reduction in the diameter and length of the hairs they produce. In addition, an endocrine gland malfunction may cause hair loss and hair thinning in men and women, while an irregular menstruation, and other hormonal changes

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Commonly known as stress. There are various levels of stress: mild, manageable and excessive. Severe stress can influence diffuse hair shedding, alopecia areata, trichotillomania and sudden handfuls of hair loss. Many researchers believe that androgen hormones are aggravated during stressful episodes. Try to balance or minimize your lifes stressors.

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Poor diet, starvation and the numerous weight loss options both over the counter and surgical impact your body, hair and scalp health. Please note that undernourishment slows the growth rate of hair. Why you may ask? This is because amino acids, fats and vitamins are all NECESSARY to grow healthy hair and maintain a healthy scalp. Eat healthy foods, little to no fried foods, and lots of vegetables and fruit. According to nutritionists, a daily consumption of 65-75 grams of daily protein for adults and less for children is recommended.

HATS. Some consumers develop a 'Hattitude' for their wardrobe. Use caution to make sure the hat fits properly and is not too small. When a cap, derby, kango or other hats are worn daily by men, friction and hair thinning may develop. When women wear hats, make sure you also have a properly fitted hat, to avoid friction and hair thinning. One last notation is to cleanse the inside of your hats as needed to remove dirt, sweat and makeup.

HYPER & HYPOTHYROIDISM. With hyperthyroid, the thyroid is enlarged, and produces too much hormone, and increases the bodies metabolism. There are more than 200,000

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US cases per year. On the other hand with hypothyroid, the hormone is very slow revealing an underactive thyroid. There are over 3 million US cases per year. Severe and prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause loss of hair. The loss is diffuse and involves the entire scalp rather than discrete areas. The hair appears uniformly sparse. Regrowth is usual with successful treatment of the thyroid disorder, though it will take several months and may be incomplete.

HEAVY EXTENSIONS. Consumers need to use caution when applying braids or hair weave extensions. When crotched braids are attached to children's hair, parents please make sure that the person braiding does not put too much hair on your baby girls head. Hair thinning and folliculitis may happen. This caution also applies to teenagers and adults. This extra weight on your neck is not good either. In closing, it is normal to be concerned about your hair loss, however, do not over stress yourself. Do what you can internally with a healthy diet, getting adequate rest, water consumption and staying away from negative toxic people. For help, seek the expertise of a Board Certified Trichologist. Avoid taking advice from anyone who does not have qualified credentials. Many consumers use every product on the market, before getting to the ROOT of the problem. Many factors are considered by a Board Certified Trichologist during a microscopic analysis. â–„ For additional information contact world renown Dr. Linda Amerson. LA's Hair & Scalp Clinic, Arlington, TX 817 265 8854 www.hairandscalpessentials.com. We also invite you to listen to our weekly radio show Ask the Hair & Scalp Doctor on www.DfwiRadio.com.

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Leveling Up: How Bad Do You Want It? Camela Douglass, M.S. ED.

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ants and needs control our lives. Every day, we internally battle with what we want versus what we need. If you had to make a list of what you needed versus what you wanted, how would your list look? Would it be even, lopsided, or just short of neglect? Most often, we become a prisoner to our wants while our needs are being investigated by social services. It is easy to come up with a list of what you want. Nevertheless, ask yourself, “Do I need it because I want it, or do I want it because I need it?” The complexity of this question has been influenced by billboards and advertisements strongly suggesting what we need. Marketing campaigns are so compelling; we become convinced that our wants are now needs. Fine wine, jewelry, a new wardrobe, a newer car, a trip to Paris—override the sleep we lost while hustling to obtain more. In spite of this, wants appear to be winning as the dictator of decision-making. Yet, on any given day, a need will rise up and trump any plan you negotiated to get what you wanted. Though, not always a priority, primary needs are necessary to survive. Ask the entertainer who wanted to do a non-stop, 40-city tour but collapsed on the 10th date because of dehydration. Or, ask the widow of the man who jumped to his death from his plush, top corner Wall Street office. Both arrived at a place of needing more than they wanted. The idea of wanting more has become a deadly addiction that is quietly sabotaging a person’s ability to achieve optimal health. While wants are accumulated, primal needs are mysteriously moved to a mere “I want some water.” The basic, human survival needs consist of oxygen, water, food, sleep, clothing, and shelter. This list seems simple enough, however life can expeditiously turn upside down if these needs are not satisfied. No matter how you try to negotiate the deal, primary needs are non-negotiable. American human theorist and psychologist, Abraham Maslow proposed a theory that humans have a certain amount of needs that must be met in order to be healthy. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a five-level pyramid of needs consisting of the following levels: Level 1: Survival Needs- food, water, sleep, exercise, sexual expression Level 2: Security Needs- shelter, safety, protection Level 3: Social Needs- belonging, affection, acceptance Level 4: Esteem Needs- selfrespect, respect for others, accomplishment Level 5: Self-Actualization Needs- creativity, spirituality, fulfillment of potential

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According to Maslow, individual needs must be met at each of these levels in order to be healthy. In 1943, Maslow was speaking about what we call today— leveling up! Everybody must crawl before they run. Despite popular belief, leveling up is not a trend; it is an explicit requirement for achieving optimal health. Each level is a pre-requisite for the next. For example, have you ever been so hungry that you became hangry (an amalgam of hungry and angry)? Your instinctive hunger signals a sound off, making you irritable, weak, and queasy. Your blood-glucose levels are telling the brain that you are in a life-threatening situation. This physiological phenomenon is very real. Your thoughts and behaviors are focused on surviving. During this period, it is hard to concentrate, you are weak, and simple tasks become difficult. Then, after you eat, you return to normal and you are ready to level up. For this very reason, many school districts offer free breakfast and lunch to their entire student body. There is a direct connection between learning and nutrition. Research shows that consuming a healthy breakfast improves academic success. If a student is not well nourished, concentration becomes difficult and production is reduced. Wouldn’t it be awesome if adults followed the lead of children? Instead, adults are crashing and burning like a bad race at the Indy 500. They are continuously seduced into neglecting their basic needs. After all, who has time to eat when you have a new Mercedes-Benz 2018 S-Class parked on the other side of deadlines and pending contracts? Obtaining a promotion and being socially accepted has become the new-needs, leaving basic survival needs such as sleep, in the bed with a balanced diet. Hustle is the new flow, even if it means not sleeping for days. The results are inevitable; you become a victim to the Hustle and Flow Syndrome. You hustle and you flow until you can’t go no more. I am not telling you something I heard; I’m speaking from experience. There have been plenty of times when I personally experienced a setback due to the lack of sleep, insufficient intake of water, or improper diet. I was hustling hard to disappear until pneumonia put a spell on me that had me bedridden for 6 days. The doctor admitted that it would’ve been worse if I wasn’t already in good health. Yet, even good health has to be maintained. Leveling up is a process—you can’t skip levels.

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Five Important Lessons to Remember While Leveling Up: Nothing—no-thing is more important than satisfying your basic needs. Rest is crucial to sustaining cell reproduction and rejuvenation. Your family, friends, clients, etc will wait while you take care of yourself. If you don’t handle the business of your personal health— there is no business. You can’t skip levels.▄


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ness in obtaining that degree/certification you have put off for years, continuance of dating a married person or stealing from the job. Whatever your issue may be, know that it is not too late to change; however, the change must start Now! Time waits on no one, it keeps going whether you want it to or not. Finding bravery, discovering strength in the midst of an internal battle requires due diligence, focus and a sincere love for self. Judging yourself is loving yourself! Yes, you have been wonderfully and masterfully created so anything that leads you from operating as such must be removed. You deserve to live your most remarkable you and sometimes in order to do that you must shave the excess weight of sin. Search your heart and ask yourself some basic questions: What’s my vice? What transgression of law has seeped into my being? What offenses are operating within me? Are there actions or habits bothering my moral compass? What scandals have engulfed me? What thoughts or actions are endangering the ideal relationship between my sisters and brothers? Step outside of yourself and conduct your selfassessment! Take a good strong look, not a physical look but a look at your soul. That soul being your feeler, your thinker…that which drives you to action. Be true, be real, be honest and sincerely judge yourself. If you do so, then no one else can judge you. Once that’s done jump back in and TRANSFORM. Turn away, make a 180-degree switch from that issue. Leave it behind. Yes, this does take COURAGE but you can do it. By doing so, you will realize that remarkable you! ▄

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CANTON, OHIO’S PASTOR ROB: Leaving Nothing on the Table Written By Irma J. Jackson

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Bowling Green State University and he ultimately earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Malone University. Pastor Rob considers himself to be an ambitious, funny, outgoing family man who never takes no for an answer. He is a songwriter/ musician and he plans to launch his own apparel line in the future. Pastor Rob’s journey to the ministry began at an early age. He grew up singing in a small church on the north side of Canton and was instilled with good, wholesome family values. It was during those early days that Pastor Rob imagined that he might one day be a preacher and discovered he had a passion for music. His music dreams were placed on the backburner as he went to college to pursue a degree. He continued to sing and write music but focused on a career in basketball. After playing professional basketball overseas for three years, he realized his aspirations to be a professional baller were not in alignment with God’s plan for his life. He reached back to his Christian upbringing which challenged him far beyond expectation. It was then, in 1998, he accepted God’s call and mission for his life and began preaching the gospel. He has been the Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Massillon, Ohio for 13 years. Pastor Rob believes he is the man he is today because he gained knowledge and wisdom from his parents, the church, teachers and community leaders. In submitting to God’s will, Pastor Rob learned how to grow from negative experiences and show humility. His role as a pastor is the driving force behind his music. He says, “When I’m singing, it’s like I’m preaching as well”. When writing gospel songs, Pastor Rob’s goal is to create music that has a trendy vibe, yet is relevant to what people are going through in their daily lives. This allows his listeners to always refer to one of his songs and relate it to a message he preaches. Pastor Rob has set high standards when it comes to preaching and singing the gospel. His ultimate mission is to reach people of all backgrounds, genders, and all walks of life through his lyrics and his preaching. Each day he sets out to motivate people and help them realize and exercise their gift. His motto in life is for people to “Leave nothing on the table and never quit”. In other words, wake up with a plan, work your plan, so when you lie down at night you can feel a sense of accomplishment for the day. Pastor Rob encourages everyone to “never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something; let that negative energy be the driving force to push you into your destiny, and always finish what you set out to do and live life with no regrets!” While Pastor Rob has had a passion for singing all of his life, he didn’t realize the depth of his musical gift until he crossed paths with one of Canton’s dynamic music producers, Thr3efourteen of Mega Beats International. It was only a matter of time that his smooth, soulful voice would be heard not only preaching

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the gospel but singing songs that would inspire and uplift listening audiences all around the world. Pastor Rob’s debut CD Love and Life was released in 2012. The R&B CD featured 6 tracks and was meant to inspire people in their love relationships. His second CD, Time, was a mix of Neo Soul, R&B and contemporary gospel flavor. Released in 2014, the suspense of this project gave Pastor Rob confirmation that his ministry would be boundless. Imagine his surprise when he heard his music had been purchased in The Netherlands! At the time, he did not have a marketing strategy or a distribution label. He was “self-promoted”. That same year, his third CD, Face 2 Face was also released. “Power”, his most recent single, was released in August of 2017. The song was inspired by his producer, Thr3efourteen. “He gave me a track to listen to and a couple weeks later, I woke up with lyrics”. According to Pastor Rob, Thr3efourteen wanted a song with a trendy beat and a message that encouraged people to realize they have the power to not only make a change, but be the change they want to see in the world. As the lyrics say, “you need power every day… power to make you live right…power to make you thankful”. Pastor Rob has three videos to his credit: “Such a Beautiful Thing” from his Time CD, “I Can’t Help Myself” from his Face 2 Face CD and “Power”, his most recent single. All mu-

sic videos were produced by Lex Dawson Productions and 8183 Productions. Pastor Rob has performed in various cities in Ohio and is looking forward to collaborating with AWY Entertainment, owned by James Blakeny, in securing concert deals on a larger scale outside of Ohio. Pastor Rob has a message for anyone seeking to fulfil their music dreams: First, he says to “live outside the box” - keep a fresh outlook, be creative, think differently and never quit! Second, he says you must find someone who is going to be progressive with you. If you are around someone with a negative mentality, you will have to let them go in order to move forward. YOU have to be mentally tough. Third, you must have the fortitude, the work ethic and the drive. For Pastor Rob, it has taken his time, his money, marketing himself and a steady grind. “People have a false sense of reality if they think this is easy”. Pastor Rob has become a household name when it comes to ministry and music in Northeast Ohio. He is a TRENDSETTER who has mastered his gift. His music can be heard in the United States, Bermuda, St. Kitts, Jamaica, England, and as far as The Netherlands. In 2018, expect to see more videos off his tracks, a concert with a well-known national gospel artist, and a new single in July. He says he wants his music to go as far as God will take it. Perhaps the four corners of the Earth. Pastor Rob is married to the lovely Juanita Robinson, who does background vocals for most of his tracks. They have four sons and two grandchildren.▄

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Fans of Pastor Rob can find him on Social Media. Pastor Anthony Robinson’s Nation Facebook Chatroom, Pastor Anthony Robinson@3334 on Twitter and his website - www.pastorarob.com You can listen to his music on Pandora and/or purchase his music via ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play or Amazon.com


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ASK ATTORNEY MO! “Not Looking Like What You’ve Been Through” Written By Monica A. Teasley, ESQ.

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with your appearance. Exercise. Keep to a routine. Put a smile on your face even when you hurt. Don’t look or act like what you have been through. Never ever let them see you sweat. That doesn’t mean that you can’t tell your story as you are going through it. Just make sure that you are not a victim in your story. When things go wrong, don’t look like what you’ve been through. And when things go well, your customers or clients should not see a difference in your appearance. Get prepared for this New Year. Set personal goals, set professional goals, set goals for your family, make self-care a priority throughout the year. And prepare for those big mishaps that can take you out of your comfortable space. Don’t let life put you in a place where you are swallowed up by it and look as though you have been trampled upon. Keep your head high. Each morning, look in the mirror and be grateful that you have another day to get things right. If you have family and friends, regardless of how those relationships manifest themselves in your life, be grateful. Step out each day with a smile, looking fresh and alive because you are lucky to be alive. Each day you allow Life to take you out or let it bring you down, and you reflect that in your face or your appearance, you are letting Life win – when each day you can win at Life if you adjust your attitude and your appearance. By the grace of God, and with the help of family and friends, you will NOT look or act like what you’ve been through.▄

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ne of my dear friends uses the phrase “Not looking like what they’ve been through” to describe people whom he has witnessed fight hard battles – battles with cancer or other life-threatening physical ailments, emotional breakups, extreme financial setbacks, or even terrible accidents. On December 23, 2017, I had a horrible car accident that totaled my car and left me laid up for a while. I am now trying “Not to look like what I’ve been through,” and by the grace of God, and with the help of family and friends, I will NOT look or act like what I’ve been through. Some of us pull through hard times so well that no one can tell that we have struggled. When they have come through it, they are the better for it and have been changed by it, but they don’t look harmed; in fact, some handle adversity so well that they look better than ever! Life hands each of us problems, large and small. As each year ends, we review the past and plan for the New Year. In part, we do so with the intention of avoiding mistakes we made and minimizing mishaps that we might be able to predict. But as we’ve entered a new yar, we should also take the time to congratulate ourselves on overcoming the problems Life handed us, and to be proud when we didn’t “… look (or act) like what we had been through.” For to inspire the confidence of others, we must look capable of handling our own lives. I can’t inspire confidence in others if I don’t exude confidence. A life coach can’t tell people they can overcome hardships or setbacks if he or she looks or acts defeated. A consultant can’t ask people to have confidence in recommendations if he or she looks lost. Appearances do matter. So regardless of what you are going through, take care of yourself. Take care


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LISABETH WILLIS: Lost and Found Written By Camela Douglass, M.S. ED.

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magine confidently starting on a new journey. The only major goal on this journey is to be. Although the path is unfamiliar, you trust that your gift will make room for you. There is no tangible Global Positioning System (GPS) guiding your every step but there is an internal one—your intuition. It faithfully leaves short, subtle hints about how to move, where to move, and who to move with. Very precise and always speaking, you learn to trust its timing and positioning—until one day you don’t. How could you ignore its faithful guided instruction? Then, you realize you’re lost. Not only are you lost, but you end up somewhere you don’t want to stay and end up paying more than you wanted to pay. LisaBeth Willis knows this route all too well. She was lost. Her face wasn’t on the back of a milk carton or posted on a corner pole but she went missing for 13 years. LisaBeth’s story is very similar to a lot of her peers. She jovially existed with the rest of the 90’s babies. Conquering campus life, she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree and acquired the corporate job. Then, she networked her way into the Chicago music and film business and lived the dream. She became an executive assistant for Unohoo Entertainment, the record label for Public Announcement post R Kelly. Eventually, the fast life moved slowly and Lisa went back to safety—corporate life and family. The plan was to spend a year in Ohio but pregnancy turned that into three years. Even after the birth of her son, Lisa’s GPS alerted her to stay on the journey and trust the process. With the support of her family, she moved to New York to pursue music and acting. She landed extra work with the Sopranos and auditioned for the Broadway musical Hair Spray, but motherhood called and wanted mommy back home. As Lisa made her way back to Ohio, she can remember the one prayer she prayed. “God, if I can’t have this (New York, music, acting), at least let me get married.” And not long after that, she was married. The GPS had been guiding her along; however, she realized she missed a couple of turns. How did she end up unhappily married, pregnant, on bed rest, depressed, detached from her purpose, and attached to her husband’s political dreams? Then, fate would lead her to several unplanned stops; a divorce, major surgery, job loss, and another failed relationship. Intuition had been speaking the whole time, but she wasn’t courageous enough to follow the directions. Her happiness had been locked into relationships with men and children—until she found herself. LisaBeth Willis finally listened to her internal GPS and was restored back to purpose. She began loving herself layer by layer, inch by inch. The healing process took time, but Lisa did not allow the journey to harden her. She documented this journey in her new book “The BounceBack: From Heartbreak to Wholeness.” In a transparent reveal, Lisa shares how she lost herself but bounced back to her true purpose and passion. Her work continues through speaking engagements, hosting workshops, and her writing as she inspires other women to walk in purpose.▄

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THE BOUNCEBACK:

FROM HEARTBREAK TO WHOLENESS© Author: LisaBeth Willis

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veryone is born with gifts and a level of passion for something that is greater than themselves. For LisaBeth Willis, her passion was always expressing herself creatively by singing and writing. As a child, she mimicked the vocal artistry of Natalie Cole and longed to forge a career in the music and entertainment industry. However, like many others, she was discouraged from pursuing her entertainment interests in favor of a career that granted her middle class standing, but ultimately failed to provide inward fulfillment. After college, she networked herself into the music industry; however, after making an emotional decision she stepped away from her heart’s desires, lost her sense of self and ultimately ended up heartbroken and in a state of depression. The BounceBack: From Heartbreak to Wholeness chronicles her journey of pain and devastation and lists the steps she took to be restored. The enclosed workbook also provides introspective questions and insights you can use to help you re-discover yourself, find your purpose, and jumpstart you on a journey to fulfillment.▄


Lit for Life: Glowing Up Millennial Camela Chavers Douglass, M.S. ED.

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ince conception, you’ve had everything you needed to survive and glow. The work in you is already finished so why do you keep shading your shine? Lit for Life will help you identify the issues that hinder your progress and activate the super power that lies dormant in you. This is not a book to stroke your ego, generate followers, or make you feel mushy inside. Camela Chavers Douglass exposes the psychological health issues that surround the unmotivated millennial and presents realistic techniques to live L.I.T.—Limitless, Intentional, and Thoughtful. Lit for Life is an intoxicating attitude that is reflected in your lifestyle. It is your destiny to live an amazing life L.I.T. with purpose. This book was not written for the average person—it was written specifically for you. You are a Millennial; and millennial is your superpower. You are extraordinarily awesome—so turn up and get lit for life. Camela Chavers Douglass M.S. ED., endeared by her students as Professor D, is a purpose-driven, vivacious professional whose primary goal is to profess truth and teach individuals how to stay L.I.T. Professor D is a witness to the many reasons not to conform to the constraints of average living that are void of true purpose. In her darkest hours she has mastered how to stay lit despite family dysfunction, personal struggles, and professional challenges. The mother of three and nurturer of many, Professor D has pushed thousands of men and women into purpose. Her work began in Dayton, Ohio over 20 years ago with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can Program and has extended beyond the Midwest, Bahamas, Canada and the UK. A trailblazer in the lifestyle change movement, her expertise illuminates the fields of education, purpose development and life coaching. ▄

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Akia Brown - Beyond Love Beyond Love book tour continues to make its way across the United States and abroad in 2018

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eyond Love introduces Akia Brown as a living, breathing example of unconditional love. The racy memoir by the outspoken entrepreneur, mother of 7, and wife offers eyebrow-raising insight on being happily married despite what she and her husband, Brian M. Brown, B.M.B. Records CEO, call "Wife-in-Laws". She stands firm on accepting that her husband engages in other loving relationships, and shows the world that open marriage works for them. Akia shares her journey and makes herself vulnerable to scrutiny, criticism, and speculation in this compelling masterpiece. Akia is a native of Detroit known for her ability to achieve success and persevere through any obstacle put in her path. She's a charismatic MBA graduate, accomplished entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. Her dedication to her husband, children, and personal development go deeper than normal comprehension; the best way to describe it is Beyond Love. The Beyond Love Tour has hosted signings, readings, pop-ups and 'Girl's Night Out' events in cities including; Los Angeles, Carson, Atlanta, Detroit, Redford, Birmingham, Chicago, Baltimore, Selma, Manhattan and Inglewood. In 2018 Akia will continue to make her way to major cities across the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. â–„

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HANk STEWArT’S STEWArT’S 9TH 9TH ANNuAL ANNuAL HoT HoT CHoCoLATE CHoCoLATE AFFAIR AFFAIR HANk Written By Lillian B. Young

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t is no secret that the abundance of sweet velvety chocolates played a momentous role in the swift RSVP replies to Hank Stewart’s 9th Annual Hot Chocolate Affair. However, the impressive live entertainment line-up and overall event was a game winning homerun. Folks poured into the beautiful Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center for what would truly be a night to remember. Guests were treated to extravagant chocolate delicacies by some known and some newly discovered caterers and chefs. It was an extraordinary array of unique and over-the-top creations. Gwen Mason, cofounder of the Stewart Foundation served as an eloquent and engaging host for the evening as she ushered in her alter ego with song. The event was sponsored by Shelbia Jackson, Film Commissioner Dekalb Entertainment Commission. Every detail was attended to by the planning committee and partnering vendors. The attendees were too, all the rave, as the women added to the ambiance with their stunning browns and bronze gowns and dresses, while the men joined Hank in delivering stylish and dapper swag from head to toe. Original artwork, professional services, and your very own personal chef were among the offerings auc-

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tioned off to guests who competitively raised the stakes to capture a win and all for a most worthy cause. The entertainment performance delivered by Quinn and the Juke Box captivated the crowd as he artistically hit every note accompanied by his mesmerizing band members. Headliner Meli’sa Morgan delighted all as she graced the stage in a spectacular shimmering gown that seized your attention before she belted out the first note. She delivered a performance with an unparalleled level of energy that had the crowd on their feet and singing right along-side her. It was evident that the guests left pleased enjoying every moment, as they assembled in the foyer to express their appreciation, socialize and just jubilantly mingle with one another. So if you missed out, don’t worry. The Hot Chocolate Affair is sure to return this year even bigger and better so get ready to save the date.▄


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sauce recipe was featured on the website for several months. Chanda became acquainted with the Hot Chocolate Affair through a mutual friend in 2012 while at the same time taking cooking classes. Chanda had no idea when she entered the competition that she would be battling against so many wellknown Chef’s and masters at their trade. So how did Chanda select what items she would enter? The choice was initially to be one both her customers and her family who are her biggest supporters would suggest….her scrumptious red velvet cake. Chanda made the cake along with other items and at the last minute swapped out her red velvet for her chocolate cake as the entry. During the event Chanda witnessed countless guests raving about her red velvet cake. It was at that moment she texted her daughter revealing she believed she made a mistake by not entering the red velvet. While she mentally prepared herself for handling the potentially disappointing news, she got the shock of her life when the judges proclaimed her as the “Culinary Artist of the Year”. Although her red velvet was devoured by guests, not a crumb remained from her winning Chocolate Cake made with her own Bailey’s caramel sauce recipe, whipped butter crème and topped with pretzel. Chanda was simply overjoyed at the honor. Chanda likes to patronize her local farmers and businesses for her products. Cooking and baking is like therapy for her and puts her in a different zone, one which produces superior results as evidenced by her victory. Chanda shares how it has become her purpose and passion. She disclosed how she’s been inspired by the women in her family as well as a dear friend who passed away, but not before pushing and supporting her in everything she did. Chanda has obligingly kept her memory alive by naming her business after her. ▄ To taste what hundreds were treated to that evening and so many more, please visit Chanda at Kice’s Cakes and Catering at 630 Amber Wood Drive, Villa Rica, GA 30180. kicescatering@gmail.com or call and place your mouth-watering orders at (770)906-2603.

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eet Mrs. Chanda Russell of Kice’s Cakes and Catering who was awarded the “2017 Hank Stewart’s Hot Chocolate Affair Culinary Artist of the Year”. If you missed the 2017 Hank Stewart’s Annual Hot Chocolate Affair held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center this past November, you missed a decadent treat. Guests were treated to some of the finest chocolate creations, where Chef’s competed for the chance to walk away as the “Culinary Artist of the Year”. The competition was fierce, the stakes high and the rich chocolate delicacies were undeniably over-the-top in taste, appearance, creativity and presentation. Chanda put her talents to work and seized the moment by capturing the award. Chandra wasn’t always a Caterer, as she got her start by accident. Chanda entered the field some twenty years ago when her now sister-in-law was to be married and two weeks before the wedding her caterer fell through. Chanda in Corporate America at the time as a Sales Director in Detroit’s automotive industry did more than step in and help out, she catered the entire event. That courageous and highly successful act resulted in Chanda receiving a few requests for her services. She continued to work full-time, raise a family and pick up a catering job here and there before relocating to the Atlanta area. Early on as with most new ventures, there were a number of hit and misses mixed in with a pinch of trial and a dash of error before the recipe for her newly established business began to mold together. Chanda recalls how she use to cook with her family where the women were always in the kitchen during holidays stirring up some of the best mouth-watering dishes. Since relocating to Georgia, Chanda has found her honey chipotle pecan sauce wings and the scrumptious red velvet cake to be amongst her most requested items. And not just any red velvet cake. Chanda explains how it literally took her two years to master the cake and garner Southern approval. While most of Chanda’s recipes are her very own, she does routinely turn to both the internet and other chef’s for ideas. A few years back Chanda entered Aetna’s Nationwide Food Contest. The challenge was to create a healthy dish which included a protein, vegetable and starch. Chanda placed in the competition in the Eastern Region securing her a spot to cook with the legendary Bobby Flay. Her salmon, sautéed spinach and wheat pasta with low calorie butter


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Athletes contribute to communities through the ACT of GIVING Written by Autumn Burton

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he hurricane season of 2017 found itself to be amongst the top 10 all-time most active seasons on record according to weather.com. We have seen back to back disasters from mid-August through October with Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, and Nate. The first reaction of many people around the country was “how can I help”? We saw more and more celebrities using their nationwide platform to help with the recovery and relief efforts. The humanism in people identifies with those that have been impacted by the disaster and they immediately want to help. There were many national campaigns formed to help raise funds for the impacted US territories. The 5 former living US President’s (Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter) formed OneAmericaAppeal.org to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Major networks aired a celebrity telethon featuring entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, Robert DeNiro, Jimmy Fallon and many more called Hand in Hand raising over $44M. Along with these nationally advertised campaign efforts there were other ways to provide items that may have been lost in the storm to impacted families. You even saw efforts like the one lead by Tina Knowles Lawson to collect cleaning supplies that were used to help with the clean-up efforts in Texas. Along with the funds needed to supply products we saw an increase in those who wanted to not only give financially but give their time.

So how do you keep donors from burn out or fatigue to give during the season of giving? Charities must continue to push their mission and reach out to those who have an intrinsic need so they can still find that motivation to want to give back to their mission. Focusing on local charities, when you look at athletes, one of the most notable athletes to use his platform after Hurricane Harvey was JJ Watts who is a defensive end for the Houston Texans. According to his foundation website (jjwfoundation.org), the JJ Watt foundation raised more than $27 million for Hurricane Harvey Relief, with an initial goal of $200,000. JJ started with his social media account (4.21M followers) which then also turned into a huge media display from GMA (Good Morning America) and CNN that helped to boost his efforts. Joenethia White, Executive Director of the Roddy White Keep the Faith Foundation stated that most of their donors gave to the Hurricane Relief but will continue to give to RWKTF because of the gap they helped close in the local Charleston, SC area. The foundation sponsored a Turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving and a Christmas Toy Drive. Joenethia stated that “If I continue to do what I love then I tend to not be fatigued”. She went on to say “whether I give my talent, my time, or my money, I still gravitate towards causes that are close to me”. Joenethia is passionate about being a support system to so many underprivileged children in the James Island community. RWKTF has found that talking directly to their donors, asking them what they could do better and being visible in the community has helped them increase their volunteer

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caused heartache and despair amongst our community regardless of race, color, religion or creed. We as human beings have this innate ability to collectively come together and help those in need for our human spirit calls out to bring others out of difficult challenges and obstacles. Such a beautiful gift we have at our disposal to help and assist our communities through the act of giving. It is so easy to become fearful of not helping as much as we can due to the unknown of what may happen in our own individual lives. It is when we dig deeper, have faith in humanity and compassion for those in need that our greatest reflection of self is not what we do in times of comfort but what we do with ourselves in times of discomfort. Giving through our sweat equity and vigorous work is when we truly live and define a purposeful life filled with the joy of giving. To all of those who seek to give, know that the true pay back is helping others that may never know your name.â–„

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and donations year after year. Warrick Dunn Charities have their staple Home for the Holidays program each year. On their website they state that “Through the Homes for the Holidays program, the organization provides the down payment on a home selected by a single parent associated with an approved non-profit affordable home ownership program.� WDC partners with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to be a catalyst for families seeking homeownership education and accountability. WDC helps the families with down payment assistance and fills the home with everything from toothpaste in the bathroom, fresh baked goods in the kitchen, and furniture in all bedrooms. Volunteers come out to help decorate the homes and donors help provide for the items that will be purchased. Those donors looking to give their time can either partner with Habit for Humanity to help build the homes or to help decorate the home. The late great Muhammad Ali once stated" Service to others is the rent we pay to be here on this earth". We live in a time where most have witnessed or experienced the incredible challenges via natural disasters or human breakdowns that have


MEET MEET TREAVION TREAVION DAVENPORT-CHIN DAVENPORT-CHIN By Trea Davenport / Trea Day PR

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iving for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero’s Guide to Success is the first book and feature length documentary by filmmaker/PR guru and sought-after industry “fixer” Trea Davenport. Before ever even considering making movies and writing novels, the outspoken messenger launched and re-sparked the careers of talents, including Chrisette Michele; rapper Gucci Mane; Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Rasheeda, and Grammy nominated Charli Baltimore whom Davenport helped earn a 2014 BET Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year nomination. She introduced the world to Detroit rapper, Kash Doll. She’s worked with philanthropist and baller Michael Johnson, Defensive End of the Cincinnati Bengals; America’s Got Talent Finalist Larry Callahan’s Selected of God; authors Akia Brown and Robert Shumake; star of Fox TV’s Empire Bre Z, 2Pac’s Outlawz, BMB Records CEO Brian Maurice Brown, and more. The lion share of the Detroit native’s work encapsulates the entertainment sector, yet her diverse clientele boasts standouts in television, publishing, business, fashion and sports. In addition to strategic brand and reputation management,

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launching communication plans, publicity campaigns and special event red carpet coordination, the firm has produced and provided the public relations component for countless illustrious events, including National Record Store Day; the NBA All-Star Gifting Suite; the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball celebrating President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama; and Davenport’s own annual gifting soirée “Beauty and the Beast SWAG Lounge.” She is a founding member of the executive team of BMB Entertainment and BMB Records, and partner of BMB Productions, LLC. Her most recent accomplishments include producing and directing the documentary: Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero’s Guide to Success. The compelling film will take the 2018 film festival by storm on the quest for major distribution. Davenport was named “Publicist of the Year” in 2011 and is featured in business journals, blogs, and entertainment magazines. She has taught at Fort Valley State, Wayne State, and Cal State universities and facilitated at MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation “W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience”. Her PR University Krash Kourse master class, e-Book and PR webinar series at www.pruniversitylife.com, teach advanced PR tactics. She is a loving wife to Miguel N. Chin, mother to three amazing men (Jordan, Dresdan, and Donovan) and one adorable step son, MJ. She raised her talented nephews, Aaron and Andre Starkey, and in 2017 became a proud Glam-ma to her gorgeous grandson, Alaun. She resides bi-coastally in the United States and Jamaica

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where she lives her life full of love and laughter. Treavion has never marketed her business and believes that the right people and projects somehow find their way to her, and she has no plans of slowing down. She and her husband recently purchased a new home in the Atlanta, GA area where she will launch her very own film production company Trea’s Way to create film, TV, and web content that will inspire, enlighten and entertain.▄ For more information on Trea Day PR, Living for the Sacrifice book and film, PR University or Trea’s Way Productions, email treadaypr@gmail.com.

Trea Davenport makes her directorial debut with the film "Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero's Guide to Success"based on the book of the same name, the B.M.B. Productions film explores the life and purpose of former America's Most Wanted fugitive Brian M Brown, who masterminded a narcotics empire amassing $68 million in 6 months at one point, while gaining the reputation of a highly respected neighborhood hero. "The documentary is an expansion of the book that examines the transformative purpose of one the most intuitive, interesting men of our time; Brian Maurice Brown aka Peanut," explains Author/Producer Treavion Davenport. While setting out to produce a video trailer to promote the book, Detroit natives, Brown and Davenport; close friends for nearly 3 decades, connected with videographer Jonathan Olivo and formed B.M.B. Productions. Once the first interviews were conducted in June 2016, everyone quickly realized that Brown's message of "living outside yourself to serve any soul or situation put before you," was deserving of a deeper examination. Living for the Sacrifice [LFTS] delves into his psyche and combines scripted reenactments and interviews of over 50 people, including entertainment heavy hitters like Ray J and Fox Empire star Bre Z, top corporate performers, political masterminds, lawyers, recording artists, as well as close friends and family.The documentary's creators traveled coast to coast to explore Brown's principles of living for the sacrifice as a form of sustenance and survival.

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In 2018 Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero's Guide to Success will embark on a domestic and international film festival and book tour and secure distribution for both projects. Visit www.livingforthesacrifice.com to learn more.


Coached and Committed Written by Camela Douglass, M.S. ED.

rybody else; playing pick-up games with no real stand out season. Nevertheless, destiny saw past average. There were extraordinary people waiting to produce impossible results and Coach Kendall had the game plan to help them do it.

“Do something different than what you been doing.” Kendall Ficklin Financially challenged, but rich with vision, Kendall had to do something different. He was making money, but he was still broke. As the ultimate entrepreneur, he could always come up with a hustle. Unfortunately, you can’t will a hustle to your family. The Ficklin legacy was asking for forever. Kendall looked fear in the face and was finally ready to take one for the team.

“Most people want what it looks like, but they don’t want what it feels like.” Kendall Ficklin

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After conferring with his wife Karen, they agreed on a sacrificial investment—hire a life coach. CJ Quinney, coach and marketing machine behind motivational guru Eric Thomas, became the activator that Kendall needed. CJ unlocked the championship potential that had been lying dormant in Kendall. Together, CJ and Kendall became the Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan of the coaching game. The longer Kendall was coached, the better his game became. The rest is not just history; it’s legacy!

Some call him Coach—he can strategically pull off an unbelievable win. Others call him Unc—he speaks that barbershop truth you won’t hear from your daddy. He’s also affectionately called Pops—he openly shares his love for his family and makes you feel like you belong. He is Kendall Ficklin, and Kendall Ficklin prefers that you don’t label him at all. He does not want to be limited.

“I help extraordinary people achieve impossible results.” Kendall Ficklin

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Living limitless hasn’t always been his forte. On the outside, he looked like he had game like Kobe but he lacked the consistency of a game changer. The look of success was all over him; but the stats didn’t match the game. Kendall looked like he was winning, but he was losing slow. An undiagnosed alcoholic, he merely existed, uncommitted to real purpose, and imprisoned by limits he placed on himself. If you compared him to the masses, he looked average like eve-

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The coaching experience changed Kendall and became foundational in the game of life. Coaching kept him connected, committed, and consistent. For the past 20 years, he has been devoted to empowering individuals through coaching, corporate training, professional development, and student empowerment. Kendall has gone from intriguing barber shop audiences with his uplifting candor to inspiring corporate heads and motivating NFL players.

Kendall Ficklin believes there are four “C”crets to an individual’s success: Coached Connected Committed Consistent These four “C”crets inspired Coach K to start Grindation.

“It’s not a part time hustle; it’s my full time grind.” Kendall Ficklin Grindation is the foundation of the grind. The Grindation network is made up of individuals who are ready to take their business, career, and life to the next level. Originally created as a community to give his clients a “tweener” between personal coaching sessions, Grindation continues to level up. Programs are evolving, services are expanding, and people are growing. Just two years old, Grindation is changing the game of coaching and training. More specifically, Kendall explains, “we are just learning how to walk. This is not just a coaching

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company. I am building an empire, brick by brick. If you feel the ground shaking, it’s not an earthquake—it’s Grindation.” The grind is real and the movement is moving. On any given day, you can find Kendall quietly grinding in the airport terminal. This type of grind would normally keep a man away from his family. However, Grindation has brought balance to the Ficklin household. Kendall expresses the benefits of working with his wife. “My business is personal and my personal is business. It’s all one in the same. I don’t separate the two. I am my business and my business is me. I want everybody involved because it’s a part of my legacy.”

“You’ll never have all the answers. When you don’t know what to do, keep doing what you’re supposed to do.” Kendall Ficklin Kendall Ficklin insists on living by his “C”crets to success. He continues to be coached by CJ and mentored by Eric Thomas. He remains connected, committed, and consistent. His personal experiences have not only prepared but qualified him to develop and inspire others to do the same. Kendall is committed to empowering extraordinary people to achieve impossible results. His consistency is game changing and yields life changing results. Thus far, the Ficklin legacy leaves four published books: Rise & Grind: Good Isn’t Good Enough, Ladies Rise & Grind: Empowering and Inspiring You to Amazing, The Students Guide 2 Greatness, and Your Work Has to Match Your Want: Your Guide To Great. ▄

Visit www.grindation.com or www.kendallficklin.com for information on booking, programs, and services.

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“You can come as you are, but you won’t stay as you are.” Kendall Ficklin


I can start a food manufacturing company and launch my own National TV Network, you too can realize your vision; Just do it even while you’re afraid, just do it".

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Meet Deborah Clemons Unveiling the Craft of Infusion Blends hose words of wisdom are echoed from the heart of the dynamic trendsetter, Deborah Clemons, Founder/CEO of Infusion Blends Spice Infused Artisan Butters. Infusion Blends provides a delectable collection of spice and fruit infused artisan butters made with all natural and organic ingredients. Just the name of her products makes your mouth water: “Cajun Delight”, “Amazing Rosemary”, “Perfectly Peachy”, “Oh My Blueberry”; and, coming soon, “Apple Sin Oh Man” and “Beautiful Bourbon”. Infusion Blends has turned Deborah's hobby into a flourishing business. Her success has enabled her butters to be sold at various gourmet and farmers markets throughout Georgia, Florida and Tennessee and her online store, infusionblends.com. Infusion Blends may soon be found on the shelves at Kroger Supermarkets. Deborah is currently negotiating with Kroger to have the butters on the shelves of several National Super Market Chains. “I was once told to “Just Do It’; and, once I realized that others were also excited about my flavored butters, it didn’t take long before I decided to go ahead and market my products,” expressed Deborah. As a spin off to the Infusion Butter concept, Deborah has partnered with a new powerful media giant, Virtual Eminence to create an On Demand food television network called “Infusion Network”. Infusion Network will be a food lifestyle channel with entertaining shows focused on food. Deborah is taking food to another level. From cooking shows, health and fitness, entertainment and travel, food is infused in all of it. As a result, Infusion Network is being launched to give viewers world-wide an opportunity to experience a food lifestyle through television like never before. Slated to launch during the first quarter of 2018, Infusion Network will reach more than 200 million homes world-wide and offer unlimited access through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Smart TV, Sony Play Station, Direct-to-Netflix, The Orchard, and numerous other digital media applications and platforms. Because of Deborah’s electrifying personality and great vision, she has garnered the support from former NFL Player and CEO of Official Pro Players, Mr. Walt Harris. Mr. Harris will come aboard as a Partner with the Infusion Network. He will not only be an active Partner in the company but will also have his own show “The Real Walt Harris Tailgate Party”. Deborah has a wealthy background and an array of professional experience. Among many positions, she served as National Director of Retail Services, Tommy Hilfiger USA, New York, NY. Tommy Jeans” division. While working with Tommy Hilfiger, she executed high-level decision-making authority in administering a $5 million annual budget and enjoyed an increase in staffing

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from 100 members to nearly 2,000 selling specialist in major retail chains across the country. After listening to one of former President Barack Obama’s speeches on Solar Energy, Deborah said, “My family taught me that all things were possible and I could do anything that I wanted to do; consequently, when my interest was sparked by former President Obama to go into the field of sales and marketing of solar energy, I made sure I understood the business inside and out. I took a class to be certified in the installation of solar panels just to sharpen my skills as an Independent Sales and Marketing Representative of solar energy. It didn’t take long before I became certified and landed an exclusive marketing deal in Georgia on a major solar installation in the community of Serenbe.” Deborah is often asked how her business was funded, in response she states, “I was quite determined. Over a nine month period I would use a little bit from every pay check to invest in my vision and found a few friends to invest in me once I showed I was serious in my endeavors… And, indeed it has worked out well.” Deborah not only displays a flair for flavor, she believes strongly in helping others. She also volunteers at the Fulton Schools College and Career Academy teaching students how to become food manufactures. Deborah said, “For the most part we teach students skills in the service side of the Food Service Industry. I bring different options to students by teaching them to take paths to become food manufacturers.” Deborah continued, “The students learn how to take food products from concept to the consumer. At the end of the course, students are able to follow career paths to become independent entrepreneurs or manufactures for other companies,” concluded Deborah. Deborah stated that she learned at an early age that food was infused in every aspect of life. She said, “My childhood was extremely fun. I grew up with my mom, dad and my sister Donna and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends. It seemed as if food was always in the center. We constantly came together to enjoy one another while also enjoying big family meals. Food not only feeds our body it fuels our soul, sprit and mind to do what we were put on this earth to do. Fellowship through food creates an environment to bring people together and keep us together,” expounded Deborah. When Deborah was asked to offer words of wisdom to others who have dreams and visions yet to be realized, she said, “Keep the faith even when it doesn’t look like things are going to work out the way you planned”. If I can start a food manufacturing company, and launch a global television network, you too, can realize your vision; “Just do it” (thank you Nike!) even while you’re afraid just do it!”▄

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BRIAN MAURICE BROWN "A HOOD HERO" By Trea Davenport / Trea Day PR

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ffectionately known as Peanut, or Mr. BMB, Brian Maurice Brown was bred on the same vicious Detroit streets that took the lives of his parents within 28 days of the other. He faced insurmountable odds yet always managed to thrive. Life took a drastic turn when the leader of a $68 million dollar narcotics empire was wrongfully suspected of murder and forced him to go on the run. His survival skills kicked in and served him well during a 5-year stint as a fugitive profiled on America’s Most Wanted. After serving nearly 10 years in the Federal Correctional system, and discovering his life's purpose, he came out better than ever and has become a respected entertainment mogul on the rise. He is the CEO of BMB Entertainment and prominent Indie recording label BMB Records. Even with this success, Brown's proudest accomplishment is being a loving father to his children, loyal husband to multiple wives, and the protector, provider, and stabilizer of many. His mere existence despite the traumatic and astonishing life he’s lived is unfathomable. Brown’s philosophies on love, life, and self-assessment; lay the groundwork for a new approach to personal, spiritual and professional fulfillment. His principles of living outside of himself as a form of survival and sustenance are the subject of Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero’s Guide to Success. The page turning book, which inspired a 2018 film festival contending documentary of the same title, is available on Amazon.com. Without a doubt, Mr. BMB has become one of Detroit's most notorious figures. In 2017, he was honored in a tribute song “Peanut on the Way” by Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star Ray J featuring popular rapper Boosie Badazz. Produced by heat maker, BMB producer Dre Butterz, the upbeat track pays homage to the unlikely hero. Ray J’s catchy hook “I’m in trouble…I know Peanut’s on the way” is an ode to Brown’s mantra of living outside of himself for every soul or situation. Since its inception in 2013, Brown has driven the growth of BMB, which is an acronym for “Breaking Major Barriers”, exponentially. The entertainment brand specializes in urban music projects by established and emerging recording

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artists. BMB Records has released hip-hop legends such as Trick, Charli Baltimore and more contemporary talent including rap sensation Kash Doll, Fox TV Empire star Bre Z and teen stars Que 9 and Brooklyn Queen. With the charismatic leader at the helm, and in accordance with his outline; BMB Entertainment has made a notable impact on the local music scene and is poised to make its mark in the industry as a whole.

LIVING FOR THE SACRIFICE: A HOOD HERO'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero’s Guide to Success is the fascinating book that offers the ‘outline of engagement’ of one of the most intuitive and interesting men of our time, Brian Maurice Brown. A former drug kingpin turned Grammy-nominated music executive, Brown [and moreover his purpose]; is the complex subject of the American Gangster meets The Secret-style masterpiece. “Living for the Sacrifice is a riveting self-help book that reads like a gritty urban novel, but the main character is far from fiction. Brian Brown is real, raw and ready to share his secret to success and happiness with the world.” Explains Brown's Co-Author, Treavion Davenport.▄

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Cassandra M. Tucker aka Sandy B Written by Yvette Stanford

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rom the southern foot hills of Samson, Alabama to across the miles to Cincinnati, Ohio, Cassandra has become known to many as Sandy B, Sweet P, and Tuck. She is the humble music mastermind who founded Tuck Radio in 2016. Sandy, born one of 10 children, never imagined she would someday be operating her very own radio station. However, with such a rich heritage and roots in the grand old C. O. G. I. C. she was on the right path at an early age. Sandy recalls spending a lengthy amount of time in church. In fact, it was customary for all 10 of them to be there for hours on end. During that time she developed a love for music and a profound fondness for its richness. It was that wealth of experience and history, that gospel music became a lifelong passion for her. She was not only engaged in singing, but was given the assignment of serving as the church choir director. Once in college her love continued, such that she was discovered by her Coach as a great soloist. This discovery would place her at the helm in performing the National Anthem before each "home game". While in college, she had the opportunity to become a D.J. radio personality in the small town of Ozark, Alabama. Sandy did not have extensive training or much information about the future of radio at the time. However, she loved the experience, the knowledge of how lucrative and popular radio was and worked to refine her skills. The art of the business was unknown to her and as time moved on so did her career path. She gently moved away from something that was very dear and passionate to her, Music! Only to navigate back, as it became apparent how much she loved music when she found herself bobbing her head to anything that had a beat, no matter the genre. As she continued to follow her dreams in life, music remained a part of both her foundation and one of the things near and dear to her. Sandy continued to embrace her love affair with music. Later asking herself, “What else am I going to do with it and about it”? After revisiting her love, passion, and desire to rejuvenate her music life, it was then that the birthing of her own Radio Station emerged. That passion was also an extension of what her growing up years included and there was no way of getting around it. Sandy shares how she and her siblings would spend time together with their mother who instilled in them "to stand up and be accounted for". They would find themselves singing at every family function, birthdays, family reunions, or simply performing around the dinner table. What was once a dream for Sandy has grown into an astonishing realization. It’s said that people don’t often get the chance to realize their dream or do what makes them happy, but for Sandy B, Sweet P or Tuck if you will, there’s no turning back! ▄

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alanii Wilson-Jones, MBA is a successful Dallas-based CEO, whose vision and determination has founded a multitude of successful companies across a variety of industries including the healthcare, education, beauty, and wellness sectors. With offices from Dallas to Houston, Lalanii WilsonJones has excelled as a powerful Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of more than twelve dynamic companies with successes in every endeavor. Her degree from Southern Methodist University and Masters of Business Administration from Argosy University, as well as her 25+ years of experience, make her a formidable leader who is nationally recognized as a true entrepreneur. Her parent company, Mogul247 Enterprises leads her ambitious collection of companies where her mission is to lead and grow opportunities in the community, in order to increase economic prosperity, source social justice, bring enjoyment to the lives of others and to build self-esteem for those in need. Her organization provides the basis of her operations while also offering business development services, organizational resources and entrepreneurship mentoring to up-and-coming companies or turnaround candidates across the globe. From start-up to triumph, Lalanii has founded, developed and led each organization to profitability and brand equity positions by bringing the leadership and skill-sets needed to thrive in the competitive ecosystems of some of the world’s largest economies. She is also the founder and CEO of successful home health organizations; Altruist Home Health Care, Inc. and Tender Hands Home Health Care, Inc. which are dedicated to providing nursing and physician-based services to its patients with the highest quality healthcare possible. Lalanii Wilson-Jones, MBA is also the CEO & Executive Director of Dallas-based Stepping Stones Early Child Development Centers & Houston-Based Briar Patch Learning Center. Her chain of daycares is dedicated to providing comprehensive, family-centered, quality care in an environment that is conducive to each child’s cognitive and physiological success. Lalanii’s work doesn’t stop there. She serves the beauty sector as the Co-Owner and Business Administrator of Koffee Day Spa. Her downtown Dallas beauty and health-focused Spa provides a full range of massage services that treat Dallas’ chronic pain sufferers or relax and rejuvenate people from around the world offering facials for every skin type and beautification need. In addition to Koffee Day Spa, Lalanii is the Co-owner of Kanvas Skincare which formulates beauty and medicalgrade products for all skin types and treats all skin conditions. Kanvas is focused on providing products that treat the skin as a “blank canvas” where, if perfected, leads to ideal natural states of beauty or foundations for the best makeup possible. Amongst her other accomplishments, she is a known philanthropist whose charitable work includes a focus on children with needs, help for the elderly, the underprivileged and those ravished by diseases from Alzheimer’s to AIDS. She founded the charitable organization Love & Meals which works to provide meals and support for kids in underserved areas in her community. ▄

To learn more visit www.lalaniijones.com which features stories, resources and a foundation that anyone can follow to replicate the successes held by Ms. Wilson-Jones.

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KAREN FICKLIN Makeup Made Simple Written by Camela Douglass, M.S. ED.

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hey say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they obviously never met her sister- girlfriend—Makeup. While the demand for diamonds in the U.S. weakens, the demand for cosmetics skyrockets.

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

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Cosmetics are a multibillion dollar industry. For centuries, women have been consumed with beautifying themselves with makeup. Whether it was war paint, burnt matches for the smokey eye or berries to paint the lips, makeup has covered generations of faces. Despite dangers to health, some cultures used arsenic, lead, and even leeches to enhance beauty. No matter the concoction or application method, makeup continues to evolve as one of the most popular ways to enhance beauty. One of the biggest discussions about makeup has been, if women are wearing too much makeup. There are some women who don’t believe they wear enough. When in doubt, seek the advice of a professional. There is knowledge and power in the creative hands of a makeup artist. They can alter someone’s appearance or enhance the beauty that already exists. Makeup artist Karen Ficklin prefers the latter—passionately enhance natural beauty. Karen is driven by passion and artistically understands the power of makeup. Since her youth, she had a passion for art. Instinctively intrigued by art, she enrolled in canvas and painting classes to feed her appetite to create. She even worked as a nail artist, bringing beauty to the nails through airbrushing. But there was more. Her artistry desired to create more. As discovery would have it, Karen found her true artistry as a makeup artist. Self-taught, Karen realized there are just some

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things you can’t learn in school—and that’s knowing people. Karen recalls working with a client who routinely shaved her eyebrows because she didn’t like them. Yet after having a conversation with her, Karen naturally enhanced her brows and built self-confidence at the same time. This experience instantly brought her client to tears. Karen believes it is important to get to know a client before she begins the work of art. The process is bigger than eyeshadow and lipstick. Her ability to use the experience to build confidence and shape thought is highly admired. By tapping into the inner-woman, she’s not doing a “makeover” but accentuating what already exists. Her ultimate goal is to enhance the natural beauty while leaving her client feeling confidently polished. Karen’s Makeup Made Simple Suggestions: Moisturize your skin. Apply a hint of shimmer or bronzer. Keep eyebrows manicured. Mascara goes a long way. Don’t forget the lips. Use lip gloss or nude. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Karen travels near and far to offer her clients the highest quality of service. She is available for one-on-one makeup lessons, personal makeup shopping, special events, and bridal parties. ▄

For a free consultation, email Karen@karenficklin.com Follow her on Instagram @karenficklinbeauty

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OMAR KINNEBREW:

Luxury Clothier and Style consultant www.oskstyles.com

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mar Kinnebrew is a luxury clothier and style consultant in Atlanta, GA. His company provides high-end custom suits, shirts, coats, shoes, and casual wear for men and women across the globe. As a man of style and creativity, Omar began selling gentlemen accessories in 2014 but quickly turned his focus to creating custom-made pieces. Understanding the need for a well-priced, high -quality garment offering, he pulled together the best master tailors and cobblers and created his "Bespokuture" line in 2016. He now works passionately to deliver exquisite creations for those who seek a higher level of aesthetic prominence. Clothing, however, is not his only passion. Omar cherishes his time relaxing, traveling with his family and creating new memories with his phenomenal wife and one-year-old son. He also has a giving spirit and strong presence in the community. Whether it's time as a mentor with Big Brother, Big Sister, or serving on the board for the Auditory-Verbal Center. He also works closely with 40 Girls and Some Shoes to provide the homeless and working poor with gently used footwear; and builds houses as a Habitat for Humanity skilled supervisor. In addition, he blends his passion for refinement and helping kids by executing programs for middle and high schoolaged students that provide them with the foundation and mindset to mature into stylish, intelligent and exceptional members of the society. Omar graduated with a degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University where he was initiated into the Alpha Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated, played D1AA football, and joined Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. He went on to further his education by earning an M.B.A. in Marketing & Strategic Management from Mercer University in Atlanta. His ultimate goal is to provide beautifully made shoes and garments to clients of every avenue; but more importantly, he wishes to inspire young entrepreneurs and strengthen the community so that all of our children can live out their dreams.â–„

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MELI’SA MORGAN Don’t Count her out…She’s STILL Here!! By: Beverly Hill (Shelley)

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ost of us remember Meli’sa Morgan’s 1986 debut studio album, Do Me Baby! It reached number 41 on the US Billboard Pop Albums and number 4 on the US R&B Albums chart. It features the number one R&B hit “Do Me Baby”, a cover of the song originally by Prince!! Well, let me be the first to tell you that she is back and coming at you strong, so don’t count her out!! A native of Queens, New York, Meli’sa grew up in the neighborhood of Corona where her first experience with singing started in the church choir. Their family home was located across the street from the church. She lovingly recalls, “Mom would take us every Sunday. When we got older, she would make sure we walked across the street to attend. During my

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time there, I found out about a community choir called the Starlets of Corona. Mom took me to audition because rehearsals were on Saturday, and she wanted to get me out of her hair and out of the house (laughing).” In their house they listened to legendary musical sounds of Aretha Franklin, Temptations, and James Brown… all of the greats!! She continues, “My family was the type that went from house to house having parties every weekend. There was always good fun and good food in our home, and I was always singing. Mother would have people to come over to hear me sing Aretha Franklin songs. I sang so well that my sister and I would put on a little show singing to her record! That was the real beginning of me singing.” Later she joined another local choir. The choir director, Hornrette Washington, took Meli’sa under her wings. Upon realizing that she could sing, Washington gave her a record titled “I must tell Jesus”. She was told to go home and listen to it. She expresses, “I learned that song exactly the way the artist sang it! When I did that, it became apparent there was a talent underneath that Washington would pull out!” Many memories were made when Meli’sa began singing in various clubs in New York. She sang at a club called the Cellar in Manhattan where famous artists would frequent. And although she had many experiences, one moment stood out. She recalls, “A lady named Norma, who worked with Patti LaBelle, would come to hear me sing every weekend. A time I’ll never forget is when she brought Patti to one of my shows and surprisingly she came on the stage to sing with me! We sang her song, “If Only You Knew”. That was a very, very memorable occasion for me.” Meli’sa released a song titled, “Body to Body”. This was a dance song that garnered number one on the dance chart!! This is the song that gained her recognition by notable people in the music industry. Opportunities opened and she was asked to go on tour with the Kashif, Chaka Khan and other artists. She even sang background on Whitney Houston's first album! With much gratitude, she states, “What did all of that for me was “Body to Body”! Subsequently, after doing a show on Broadway, the management company Hush Productions, who was working with Kashif, asked if I was ready to be a solo artist. Of course my reply was a resounding YEAH!! They signed me right on the spot!” Meli’sa was put on the phone with David Grisman, the president of Capitol Records. Grisman had been holding “Do Me Baby” for two years. He said the next female R&B singer that he signed would sing that song...and fortunately for her, Meli’sa was that next one!! To my surprise Meli’sa Morgan has many hobbies, talents and interests. She enjoys crocheting, creating tablescapes (tablesettings with an artistic flare), decorating and renovating. For about five years, she has been working on her boutique to sell her very own line of crochet scarves and blankets. She enjoys creating

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that ‘turn you’ and help you be who you need to be to survive. I know who I need to be to survive!” When asked the question about if the music industry had hindered or helped her, Meli’sa had this response, “The music industry has helped me and also hindered me. It has helped me by making me a stronger, smarter, more intelligent, and wiser woman. On the same note, it has hindered me in the same way. Being a strong, wiser and intelligent woman doesn’t’ seem to be what the industry wants.” Meli’sa is now a softer person, more in touch with her surroundings, and more relaxed. She concludes, “I'm not trying to compete. I'm too old for that (laughing). I'm not trying to be Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé or anybody else. I like Meli’sa Morgan…I like who I am. I like the journey that I am taking…and the bumps in the road along the way. I like the ME that I have become. That’s who I'm embracing, and that's who I'm trying to get people to see and embrace as well. I want them to see me being Meli’sa Morgan and nobody else.”▄ Facebook@melisa.morgan2 Facebook@Melisamorganfanpage1 Twitter@melisamorgan22 Instagram@melisamorgan1

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and displaying her beautiful tablescapes for every holiday. She also continues her renovation project on her house in South Carolina. Besides her homes in South Carolina and New York, she also has a peaceful place in a resort community in Aruba! She has been going there for over 17 years!! Meli’sa has a deep spiritual side and states, “Aruba is where I become one again with the universe. I get rid of all the negativity and things that have happened during the year. If I had my way, I would live there six months out of the year.” For 2018, Meli’sa is excited about her new album coming out on the Cleopatra label. All of 2017 was dedicated to working on covers, and originals for this project. She says, “I'm very excited for fans to hear the NEW more modern sound of Meli’sa Morgan. You don't want to get stuck in what you did 20 years ago even though that was good.” Sharing her excitement she states, “I'm so excited for people to hear this NEW person!” Who is the NEW Meli’sa Morgan? She's more energetic. She has more understanding of who she is, what she is and what she needs to do. She adds, “You don't understand those things in your 20’s (chuckling). We think we know, but we're going through the motions following a journey which we really don’t know. I didn't find myself until I did things like going to Aruba, working with people like Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Kahn, experiencing things in the industry, having lots of experiences in this life, experiences in the journeys I’ve taken with my family and loved ones…and becoming one with the universe! Those are the things


rufuS WALLEr, Jr. “SCoLA DINEro” Former 5th member of the group “Dru Hill” “Not About the Fame, it’s About the Call and the Journey"

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Written by: Lady LaDonna, CEO BridgePointe Media & Ent.

ufus Waller, Jr. born in Baltimore, Maryland, known to millions of fans as “Scola Dinero” the incomparable, talented singer, songwriter, record producer, executive producer, and undeniably known as the former 5th member of the Multi-Platinum R&B Group…“Dru Hill”. In 1992, "Scola" was part of a group called "The Perfect Combination". The group consisted of Scola, Dae Dae & Jamieo. They received their first record deals with Elektra Records. Shortly after the group disbanded, "Scola" was one of the featured vocalists and producers on "Woody Rock's" album project titled "Soul Music", and featured on title track “How Can I Desert You” along with R&B Group "Ruff Endz". In addition to, "Scola" writing and producing the first two leading singles titled

"My Homey" featuring "Dru Hill" and "No Matter What You're Going Through" featuring "Case". In 1996, “Scola” released the debut of his Single track titled “Let’s Get Personal”. It was later followed by his 1st album titled “One Love, One Struggle”. The growth and popularity of “Let’s Get Personal” http://www.cdbaby.com resulted in a great deal of airplay in Baltimore and other major cities, and established "Scola" as a well-recognized vocalist and phenomenal recording artist! With Seven Top 40 Hits and three albums from “Dru Hill”, in 2001, after numerous musical conversations and invitations from "Sisqo" and "Woody Rock", "Scola" finally joined the dynamic R&B group "Dru Hill". "Scola" went on to co-write and record the Platinum Album "Dru World Or-

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der". In 2008, "Scola" parted from “Dru Hill” and since then he has continued to perform with mainstream artists worldwide!

Q: With all the continued success, all of your fans, listeners and colleagues want to know is…. Who is Rufus “Scola Dinero” Waller?

A: Simply answered, but purposely ordained to be...I am a beloved father, creative soul, writer, executive producer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, business consultant, fashion model, drummer, actor, last but not least.. I am a serious lover of basketball known to my family, hometown neighborhood, associates and business colleagues.

Q: What’s new for "Scola Dinero" is 2018? Q: When did you know that you were born to walk this jourA: Well, music is in my blood! My grandfather Prince Harold Waller was 1st cousins to the late great GRAMMY Hall of Famer "Fats Waller" who was a renowned Composer and American Jazz pianist “Ain't Misbehavin” who played for sultry vocalists such as Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Dorothy Dandridge, and many other Jazz greats of that era. Being the family drummer as a kid, my dad Rufus Waller, Sr. and my mom Dorothy Johnson always knew that I had the "gift of music", and they encouraged me to pursue the whole platform of entertainment. After taking in my parent’s advice...I knew for sure that I was destined!!

Q: Throughout your musical career, who are some of the people who have given you solid advice, and or perhaps mentored you?

A: Well, I've had some of the greatest influential people in music, television, and the film world like Wesley Snipes, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Antonio Herrera and many others that have given me some serious advice, I'm blessed! But, most profoundly... Prince once said to me "never let anyone water-down the ideas and visions that God has put upon you...!" Luther Vandross requested to meet with me after one of our recording sessions at the "Hit Factory" in New York, in conversation Luther said to me “don’t lose sight on what God has planned for you, stay focused...!” Gerald Levert said “you are born to be a solo artist and a phenomenal vocalist to the world...!"

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A: My team and I are currently in the studio creating an album called "Quiet Money". A Single off the album that will be available the first part of the year. There is also a Mini-Movie coming out from the album "Quiet Money" titled "Life & the Times of Rufus Waller Jr". In addition to, I've worked with, and continue to work with the incredible Play writer and Executive Producer Donald Gray. I am also a producer for the Emmy Nominated “Anglers & Appetites” Show which is currently showing on syndicated channels (Destination America" FOX Sports South...check your local listings for additional channels). I am also working with Film Director and Producer Chris Robinson who is known for his Blockbuster movies "The New Edition Story", "ATL", Hit TV Series "Real Husbands of Hollywood", Hit TV Drama "STAR", and now the current Director of the "Soul Train Awards".

Q: What do you want to say to the upcoming artists, and what words of advice would you leave your fans with?

A: Well, I would say to the upcoming artists, the fans and even my business colleagues...be realistic with your goals, find your passion, and prioritize your money and passion. “If you’re passionate about what you’re doing and what you’ve been created to do, the money will follow....the money will follow.” "Scola" explained. “Your passion will lead you to the money.” For sure...! Much Love and Blessings to you...Rufus "Scola Dinero" Waller, Jr. 1Love ▄ Please follow "Scola Dinero" on all social media outlets: IG: @scoladinero Facebook: Scola Dinero Twitter: @scoladinero Cd Baby: Scola's Lost Treasures

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A DIAMOND in the Rough: Meet Nephrateri Written by: Lady LaDonna, CEO BridgePointe Media & Ent.

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ince 2015, loyal fans of the Hit Series Empire have been vibing to the music that plays during each and every episode. Not only that, but fans go as far as downloading the music to their phones, going through the hassle to find it on YouTube and other music outlets, and they even go a little further by going out to local stores to buy the soundtracks. The music is phenomenal and quite catchy, but let’s meet the talented woman behind the music. First starting out in Detroit, Nephrateri (pronounced Nef-ra-tear-ee) began singing locally. It wasn't until a friend said to her, "you can sing but I think you should write" that’s when she became encouraged to write music. When she saw that she was highly skilled with it, she added it to the list of other wonderful skills to have, on top of being an artist. Outside of being a skilled artist, having a unique name in the industry is important. A catchy name is what describes you and makes you stand out from all the others. Lucky for her, Nephrateri just so happened to be her real name, given to her by her parents, and the Egyptian meaning behind it (Most beautiful or the beautiful companion has arrived) is something she tries to live up to daily. While working on the set of Empire, Nephrateri can create music for the characters and have her own vocals on the show as needle drops as scenes transition from one to another. Nephrateri’s first two placements were on the show displaying her vocals were on the first two episodes of Season 1. “It's different because in this type of environment when we're writing you don't necessarily have the creative ability that you'd have when writing for yourself because there are strict guidelines for the topics on how production goes; but it's a good learning experience and I feel more like a student.” Outside of Empire, Nephrateri also writes some music for the Hit Show Star, which also airs on Fox and written by Executive Producer Lee Daniels. “Empire gets more feedback than Star from my hometown because coming from such a small place and to see Empire blow up to be major on its first season has gotten the most success from people back at home” Millennials know Lee Daniels as being the executive producer and director of the television series Em-

pire and Star but he has quite a long resume in this game. Lee Daniels has been active since 1986 and in these 30 years, he has produced Monster’s Ball and directed The Woodsman, Precious, The Butler, The Paperboy and so much more. He even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Q: Tell me what it’s like working with Executive Producer Lee Daniels?

A: It's different because in this type of environment when we're writing, you don't necessary have the creative ability that you'd have when writing for yourself because there are strict guidelines for the topics on how production goes. But it’s a good learning experience and I feel more like a student.

Q: What is it like working on the set of Empire? A: Right from the start when you're working for someone, their focus isn't rushing but they know what they want when they hear it. That's a different ball game. Numerous times I have to do it over and over. There’s never a time to get it right on the spot or the first time around. Other than that, you're going back to the drawing board again and again.

Q: Any new music for this upcoming season? A: Not yet. I haven't worked on that yet. We will continue to write for sure but I might focus on this coming year on some new field projects and personal projects; I have to put more attention towards that. But I know as of spring, I will be writing for Empire, as well as Stars.

Q: Do you ever find yourself hearing music and wondering if you could’ve done better. It’s so easy to be your own worst self-critic.

A: Sometimes. I don't think I've gotten my big break yet. Everything I've done so far I count it all as counting goals. I think I haven't reached the peak yet. I've done a lot of great things, but I definitely don't discredit myself. I think I just add everything all up.

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Q: Any new projects for 2018? A: I'm looking forward to doing collaborations with new film producers. Working on perfecting my craft on solo and R&B artists. I feel like I'm always a student. I feel like I haven't had a big break because I like to learn with the people that I've built relationships with in the industry. I’m working on a project for myself and some collaborations with other artist like Sammie. He has been a great influence these past 2 years of my journey. I've been a student watching and learning from him and how he came up as a grown man now coming of age album and everything. Look out for collaborations from the both of us. I think people should look forward to that. He’s made a come up and I've been under his wing.

Q: What advice could you leave to fans?

A: First I would say keep

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going. If desire and hope ever leaves you keep going. Network up, across, and down any way you can. Build relationships. Be real be true to who you are. Be easy to work with. As far as constructive criticism, never take it personal. It's not about you, your skill or talent but about what's going to make this project work. Use it all as a learning curve. For me I took it as I'm just building my skill and rapport and become better at what I do. Be hurt for a minute, but get the job. ▄


Sam Hankins: Chicago Jazz Artist’s Wins Big at 2017 IMC Awards in Hollywood

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ome of the best independent singers and bands from around the world graced the red carpet at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, and among those recognized was Sam Hankins of Olympia Fields, who won numerous awards, including Best Male R&B Artist, Best Live Jazz Performance, Recording of the Year, Demo of the Year and more. “I’m very excited and honored to receive these awards. It is always great to be recognized for your music and I just feel very grateful to be acknowledged.” The Indie Music Channel Awards is a prestigious annual event where the best independent singers and bands from around the world of all genres of music, including Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Christian Contemporary and more, are recognized for their outstanding achievement. This year the popular awards show was held at the iconic Troubadour, where some of the biggest names in the history of music have performed. Hankins, who has performed with some of the greats, including Aretha Franklin, the late Al Jarreau and many others, is currently performing at various venues across the country. He is also hard at work in the studio recording tracks for his next CD. ▄

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ARNITA COLE-SIE

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rnita Cole-Sie has been in the real estate business for the past sixteen years. Whether you are buying or selling in today’s real estate market, you need a professional with experience that can keep you informed of the current market conditions. When you are an informed consumer, you’ll make the best decisions for the most important purchase or sale one can make. For Buyers: Take a step of faith, and move from apartment living to enjoying the freedom of home ownership. I will put you in touch with a mortgage lender that can get you ready to purchase. Atlanta has a smorgasbord of new home subdivisions for buyers to choose from, in any size and any price range. I always advise my buyers to do their homework about each builder and I ensure them I will shop numerous subdivisions for exactly what they want. Just think, for every builder that cannot meet your requests, there are ten more that usually will. There is also a great deal of resale homes on the market. Whatever your home preference, call me today, and let’s put a plan in action! For Sellers: Now is the time to put your home on the market. Home values have gone up tremendously in the past few years, so you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to gain more than what you paid for your home. Most homes receive multiple offers within the first few days on the market. Call me today; I will do a market analysis for you and get your home sold quickly! ▄

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