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he word “fear” should be removed from our vocabulary, and from the dictionary. That one word can stop an entire world from accomplishing a multitude of dreams and goals. In the absence of fear, you can establish your own identity, and no longer worry about what others think of you. The power and strength to have “no fear,” begins with you! Take some time to think about your life, and what you want to accomplish. Begin to recognize your inner strength and your purpose. Clear your mind of all the clutter that you’ve obtained throughout the years, to allow space to receive your spiritual being. Push yourself to gain the courage to overcome your fears, because courage is the secret to getting everything you want out of life. If your fear is public speaking, you must practice acts of bravery by repeatedly speaking in public so that fear can be defeated. Don’t let negative thoughts consume you, because negative thinking brings on irrational behaviors, and actions. Instead, nurture your mind with great thoughts. Meditate and let your spiritual senses come to life. Follow your own instincts, rather than the opinions of others. Trust yourself, believe in yourself, and carry yourself with confidence. And remember, you can never gain success if you’ve never experienced failure. The only person standing in the way of your success is you. So conquer your fears! For fear is the root of failure, and failure is not an option!!! ■

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ebster defines integrity as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness; the state of being whole and undivided. As a business owner, I believe in the concept of honesty and I strive to be honest with every client. My business motto reflects on first impressions so in my initial introduction, honesty is definitely a trait that I hope my clients hones in on. As a parent, I try in to instill good morals and the results of hard work. I am grateful to my parents for stressing both honesty and strong morals during my upbringing. I recently read and enjoyed an article by author Daniel Dela Dunoo that focused on integrity. I enjoyed it so much that I decided too share some excerpts from it. Daniel asked several questions. Do you want to excel in your chosen career? Do you desire to make phenomenal progress in life? Do you want to retain your customers/clients? Do you want to have a huge customer base? Do you want your business to do well? Well, if your answer is in the affirmative with respect to any of the above posed questions, then you have no option but to go the extra mile. Make it a rule to continually reflect and brainstorm on ways by which going the extra mile may be exemplified in your line of business. Dare to go the extra mile. If done right over time, the results will be there to show. As trendsetters in our community, we all must go the extra mile to ensure we are a positive influence to those we encounter and socialize with. By exemplifying integrity through honesty and morals, we are all destined for continued success! Thanks for reading and enjoy our publication. â–

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he 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has heightened a plethora of emotions in the hearts and minds of those who were affected directly and indirectly by the deadliest catastrophic natural disaster in the history of the United States. As I proceed to write this article, I’m extremely overwhelmed with mixed emotions from what I endured personally as a native of New Orleans, and by the lives that were lost as a result of this horrific storm. Hurricane Katrina slammed the Louisiana and Gulf Coast Regions the morning of August 29, 2005. Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a category five, but weakened upon landfall to a category three. The storm surge caused significant flooding, but it wasn’t until the aftermath of the storm when the levees breached that caused the most inconceivable damage. Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833 people, and its effect caused more than 100 billion in damages. This hurricane displaced over one million people from the central Gulf coast and elsewhere across the country, becoming the largest devastation in the history of the United States. As I begin this journey down memory lane, the first episode that replays within my mind, was seeing women and children on the rooftops of their homes screaming for emergency responders to rescue them as the water begin to submerge, waving white flags and banners with “SOS” written on the canvas. Can you imagine what those individuals felt at that very moment? To look death in the eyes, not knowing if you are going to live or die. There were so many mind boggling stories of tragedy such as decomposed bodies floating in the water. Many families could not evacuate due to lack of transportation. Those individuals actually died in their homes. Furthermore,

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the individuals that actually evacuated to the Superdome were in desperate need of basic essentials such as food and water. There were also many acts of violence and looting throughout the city. The citizens of New Orleans were outraged due to the federal government’s slow response time. Once the government finally responded to the outpour of the citizens, and the political officials began advocating on behalf of New Orleans, things started to move at a rapid speed. People were dispersed via bus, airplane, and other modes of transportation, to other cities throughout the United States. Unfortunately, there was a downside. The evacuation process became very chaotic and as a result, families were torn apart. Some were shipped to other cities, and in some cases, no one knew the whereabouts of their loved ones. Moreover, cell phone communication was at a minimum. If you tried calling a 504 area code, your call most likely did not go through. Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Barack Obama and other political officials gathered Thursday, Aug. 27th at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the lower ninth ward. President Obama (POTUS) acknowledges the citizens of New Orleans for their resilience and commitment to the rebuilding process for a greater New Orleans. President Obama says "Our work here won't be done when almost 40% of children still live in poverty in this city. That's not a finished job. That's not a full recovery." In addition, the president proceeded to cite statistics showing African-American households in the city earn more than fifty percent less than their Caucasian counterparts -a figure well above the national average. "There's still too many people who haven't been able to come back home," PO-

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“Hurricane Katrina was a traumatic experience that we will never forget; couldn’t find a hotel, stressed out of the unknown, crying not sure if your family is alive or dead, almost out of gas on our commute to another city, in traffic for 18 hours but God…” – Ms. Laverne Williams & Mrs. Sheila White “Do you know what it’s like to lose absolutely everything,?” My family endured, but God…”- Mrs. Matilda McKnight Williams & Mrs. Betty McKnight Board “God said he will never leave me nor forsake me; only God brought us through this horrific experience; we are grateful” – Mrs. Carolyn Woullard “I have served over 28 years in the United States Army- including war, but nothing prepared me for the known and unknown devastation of Hurricane Katrina.” - Mark D. Bell, Sergeant Major U.S. Army New Orleans still lives on in the hearts and souls of the people who currently reside there, and for those who no longer live in the city. The city that some call “Nawlins,” still holds its traditions and culture. It is still alive and will be embedded in the hearts of the natives forever. “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” – Louis Armstrong (Jazz Trumpeter) ■

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TOMMY FORD: Conflict Of Interest ot only does Tommy Ford have a job, but he has one he’s passionate about –and has fun doing! The proof, so indubitably displayed as a packed house, left the screening of his project CONFLICT OF INTEREST, with their mouths “wide-open.” This movie played to an extremely successful opening night at the 10th Annual Peach Tree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF) at Atlanta’s Landmark Theater. Attendees left satisfied, which was a win for Ford’s film and Len Gibson, the festival’s director. Len Gibson, founder and executive director of PVIFF, was ecstatic to witness the fruits of his arduous labor ripen at Monday night’s red carpet festival kick-off – the first of many week -long events. Gibson personally welcomed each attendee to this year’s festival, encouraging them to continue to support independent films/actors as he introduced the feature film of the night. The house was filled with industry execs, business leaders, independent film enthusiasts and members of the star-studded CONFLICT OF INTEREST cast, which included Carl Anthony Payne, Dorien Wilson, Rodney Perry and Tommy Ford. The films’ leading ladies, Jasmine Lewis (also in attendance) and Bria Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s daughter), effortlessly displayed a mother –daughter duo while bringing both depth and beauty to the project. CONFLICT OF INTEREST engrossed the audience with performances that elicited laughter, smiles and tears. The night, however, did not end at the closing credits because Gibson graciously arranged for a post-screening Q& A session with the writer, producers and cast. This amazing opportunity gave attendees an opportunity to provide immediate feedback and to hear Mr. Ford personally explain his vision & motivation in creating a film rooted in the Black experience. CONFLICT OF INTEREST displays positive AfricanAmerican family dynamics; addresses mental health issues; and provides commentary to black-on-black stereotypes. This film had it all! Hopefully, Tommy Ford and his crew will continue setting trends through film as we continue to support their work. So–although “Tommy” truly may not have a traditional job working a 9-to-5, punching a clock—he definitely knocked the ball out of the park by bringing CONFLICT OF INTEREST to the big screen. We salute you Mr. Ford for raising the bar in independent films by creating timeless, culturally relevant and fresh cinema, for audiences to enjoy!

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Please join me in congratulating Tommy Ford, his cast and crew, and Len Gibson as they are true “trendsetters” in the film and entertainment arena. Congratulations to an amazing week of film during this year’s Peach Tree Village International Film Festival. For more information regarding the Peach Tree Village International Film Festivals please visit https://filmfreeway.com/ festival/PeachtreeVillageInternationalFilmFestival. ■

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The Stewart Foundation Welcomes their newest youth leaders www.BrandiLDawson.com

Reginald McBride

Brooke Jackson

Shaunya Evans

Equisiana Smith

Jada Sardin

Shauna Stewart

Cassidy Johnson

Nigel Henry

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The Hank Stewart Foundation is a youth leadership organization geared towards empowering the whole child. The organization works to encourage a generation of children to become influential leaders of society through a program that fosters independence, self pride and respect for others, while educating and motivating each child to reach their ultimate potential. This year’s officers were inaugurated in a beautiful ceremony containing live acoustic performances, inspiring words from community dignitaries and installation from Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Willie Lovett, Jr.

Congratulations to this year’s officers: Secretary – Reginald McBride Event Coordinator Chair – Brooke Jackson President-elect – Shaunya Evans Treasurer – Equisiana Smith Parliamentarian – Jada Sardin Membership Chair – Shauna Stewart Community Chair – Cassidy Johnson Vice President-elect – Nigel Henry

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y name is Cedric Tuggle, Jr. I am a junior at Cedar Grove High School in Dekalb County. I have been an honor student since my early grade school years. I had the top GPA in my 9th grade class and received many awards for my outstanding achievements. I currently have a 4.0 GPA.

I am the vice president of "The Men of Cedar Grove High School." I'm also an ambassador for my School. I’ve been able to create commercials for group projects, and was accepted in the Dual Enrollment Acceptance program that will allow me to take college courses while still in high school. I am also honored to be a part of the Anti-Defamation League National Youth Leadership Program. As a result, I was invited to participate in the "No Place for Hate Summit." Because of my participation, I was selected to go to the White House in November for a four day, all-expense paid trip to participate in the Anti-Defamation League National Youth Leadership Conference. I am the only young man selected to attend this event from my high school. There were only two Dekalb County Schools chosen to participate, and my high school, Cedar Grove High was one of them. I’ve also committed to participating in the "Hosea Feed the Hungry" program. This program is important to me because it reminds me of how blessed I am. I may not have everything I want, but I am fortunate to have what I need. There are less fortunate people that need to be reminded that there are people left in the world who really care. It fills my heart with joy each and every time I participate in this program. Another program that I’m excited to be a part of is “McDonald’s Wheels of Dreams” This program gives me the opportunity to meet black entrepreneurs and successful business owners. I landed my first job and I’ve been given an opportunity to receive scholarships for college. I decided early in my elementary school years to separate myself from negative influences. I strive toward being a leader amongst my peers inside and outside the classroom. I realize that I determine my own success. Nothing or no one has the power to break me. I am excited about my future because I know there are no limits to what I can accomplish. I am interested in attending the University Of Georgia or Georgia State to become a sports analyst/ journalist and a marine biologist. It’s my goal to be the best at what I do in life. Without faith in God and believing in myself, I could never expect anyone else to believe in me. I have been blessed to stay focused no matter the odds that are stacked against me. In spite of the negative portrayal of our young youth, I strive to stay focused so that I can make a difference in my community. I thank God for my mother, Tonja Williams, and my uncles Christopher and Anthony Tuggle. They have been my support system and my greatest fans.

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rica Lockett is a senior economics and finance major at Tennessee State University. This school year Erica will serve as Senior Class President, the treasurer of the Student Government Association, the Vice President of Finance of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and a member of the Honors College. This past summer she interned at the Boeing Company as a finance intern. While in these positions she was able to get a deeper understanding of accounting and finance. After graduation, she hopes to work in a finance rotational program with a Fortune 500 Company. While in the rotational program she would like

to earn her MBA in accounting and sit for the CPA exam. Upon completion of the rotational and MBA program, Erica would like to leave the workforce and enroll as a full time law student. After graduating law school she would like to run for a senate seat. While some of her goals seem unrelated, they do indeed correlate with her ultimate goal in life. Erica’s ultimate goal in life is to educate her community on financial literacy. These things are important to her because growing up she was a low income student who watched her parents strategically budget their money. There are numerous children in America who are low income and their parents struggle everyday and she would like to change that for every child growing up in America. â–

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senior associate dean. He has served as an administrative leader, teacher and physician-scientist, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active surgical practice. He has written scores of scholarly articles and chapters, and his fifth textbook was published in 2009. Dr. Drake is an alumnus of Stanford University (BA) and UC San Francisco (MD), and holds two honorary degrees. He is an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine (National Academies) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous honors and awards for teaching, public service and research, including the Burbridge Award for Public Service, the Asbury Award (clinical science) and the Michael J. Hogan Award (laboratory science). In 2014, he became the 27th person to be awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, in recognition of exemplary service to the university.

Dr. Drake has served as trustee and national president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and as chair of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He currently serves on the board and membership committees of the Association of American Universities and as secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). In 2015, he was appointed to the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. A New York City native, Dr. Drake has always maintained a fondness for Ohio, as his mother grew up and graduated from high school in Youngstown. Now, he and his wife, Brenda, live in Columbus. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. ■

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r. Michael V. Drake became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014, following three decades of service as a higher education leader with the University of California. From July 2005 – June 2014, Dr. Drake served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. He also served as a Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology (School of Medicine) and Education (School of Education). During his tenure, the Irvine campus rose significantly on many fronts. The number of applicants for undergraduate admission increased by more than 90 percent, including a more than five-fold increase in international applicants. The university’s four-year and six-year graduation rates increased by more than 15 percent, and ranked among the top 10 public research universities nationally. In his last five years at UC Irvine, the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities increased by nearly 60 percent. Additionally, in 2014, more than 60 percent of the entering freshmen were first-generation students, and more than 40 percent came from lower-income families; both percentages were among the highest in the nation, and evidence of Dr. Drake’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion. As chancellor, Dr. Drake played crucial roles in advancing the institution’s academic breadth and reach. In 2006, he oversaw the creation of the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. In 2012, the UC Irvine School of Education was established under his leadership. Dr. Drake also helped launch new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science. During his tenure, UC Irvine added more than 5 million square feet of new space, including the 500,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and the 275,000-square-foot Student Center. The institution also embraced a set of values – respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun – as set forth by Dr. Drake, and incorporated them as essential parts of the UC Irvine experience. Prior to Dr. Drake’s arrival at UC Irvine, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system, overseeing academic program policy at the system’s 15 health sciences schools, located on seven campuses. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (PRogram In Medical Education) initiative to train physicians to care for underserved populations statewide; and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program. Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and


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hat do you get when you combine purpose , passion and vision? A very successful event! In recognition of National Alopecia Awarness Month, I hosted my 2nd Cruise With A Purpose. It was a tremendous success and sailed Saturday, September 26, 2015! The Venue was the Silver Lake Marina ‘Tejas Yacht’ on the beautiful Lake Grapevine, Grapevine TX from 8pm-11pm CST. The sunset dinner cruise hosted by Dr. Linda Amerson began with the host giving a heartfelt welcome followed by the viewing of the official ‘Cruise With A Purpose’ music video. Supporters loved it! View and like it...https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Nu24fKh3ac4 “Music is a great way to connect with people and spread positive message while raising an awareness about the issues affecting humans throughout various walks of life. One Arlington doctor has boldly gone where no one has before, taking her message across the ocean and into the hearts of many. Dr. Linda Amerson has officially released the “Cruise With a Purpose” theme song, a sprightly and funky mix that highlights her annual awareness cruise that travels to exotic islands & breathtaking lakes while educating and enlightening attendees on the effects of alopecia, a condition in which those affected suffer hair loss from the scalp. The condition can present itself at any time and can affect people of all ages. Dr. Amerson has created a unique opportunity to reach out to those affected by providing a meaningful moment of relaxation and reflection. Dr. Amerson who has released the track under the moniker Dr. A has been declared the “Singing Hair Doctor” by industry tastemakers after her song was performed at her first annual Cruise With a Purpose, leading her to record it with the acclaimed producer Phazz Clark. The track delivers a lively hip-hop beat with a bouncy kick and catchy lyrics. Dr. A sings positive words of encouragement with soulful vocals and drops a several savvy hip-hop bars while connecting with young listeners that have experienced difficulty in dealing with their peers due to the condition. ”Cruise With a Purpose” is an amusing and ingenious way to rally awareness and support for a condition that touches many individuals from all backgrounds,” music

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Recognition of media partners included: Business Initiator, B.O.B.S.A., EncoreHD Hair Beauty & Lifestyle Magazine, Trendsetters To Trendsetters Magazine, Midwest Black Hair Magazine, Phazzanation Studios, DPI Graphics, Fuzionz Magazine and TV, IMessenger, Garland Journal, DFWiRadio.com, my Tumbler.com blog. This adult-only event also included a tasty, filling dinner prepared by Charissa Singleton of C & T Devine Specialties, while drink choices of water, tea, beer, and wine. Dessert was sponsored by Letecia Ross...homemade tea cake cookies. Professionals models did rip the runway on the upper deck for the fashion show segment. Eight models strutted the original, eye catching designs of Deidre Hardin of Copper Signatures, Marquett Smith of Jecour' Couture and Andre Terry of IMT Designs...all from the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Nothing but positive feedback has been given by attendees of the 2nd Cruise With A Purpose. Surprisingly, on Monday after the dinner cruise, one professional stylist asked how soon she can prepay for our 3 rd Cruise With A Purpose in 2016? We love this type of excitement! Six family members attended to participate in the purpose. Swag bag sponsors included: Dr. Sandra Gilman, Dr. Cheryl Morrow, Phazz Clark, Sandra Dubose, Crystal Garrett, Percy Bryant, Brittney Yates, The Mansion on Park Row, Banger Boys, The Cancer Society, Dock the Book Shop, The Grill House Café, EncoreHD Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle Magazine, Crystal Scott Makeup Artistry, and Dr. Amerson’s Therapeutic Essentials, LLC. Put simply, all feedback about the 2nd Cruise With A Purpose has been awesomeness...it was The Bomb.com! Make sure you register early for our 2016 Cruise With A Purpose before it sells out...817 265 8854 or www.hairandscalpessentials.com

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video review shared by seasoned Indie Recording Artist music critic Mika Lucio. The spotlighted purpose of the event was to present an educational scholarship to 1st year college student Sanah Jivani. We are 'Paying It Forward'! Sanah is our alopecia essay winner, and is attending the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sanah and her parents attended, and are from the Houston area. In addition, Sanah shared her alopecia story, and how through her journey with alopecia she learned to love herself! Sanah shared this post on social media after the dinner cruise, “Spent my Saturday night on the beautiful dinner cruise with a purpose and was honored with a $400 scholarship! September is Alopecia Awareness Month, and tonight was all about bringing light to this important cause. Alopecia comes in so many different forms – you could lose a few patches of hair to a whole head. And it's often completely random! Loved sharing my story tonight and meeting some of the amazing individuals who helped make this night possible – thanks So much, and a special thanks to Dr. Amerson for hosting this amazing event!” A brief power point presentation was shared of before and after alopecia success cases. Attendees were also informed about Dr. Amerson’s Therapeutic Essentials. An attention getting product table was set up for purchases. The wow factor of custom table centerpieces were a BIG hit! Resulting from the collaboration of Denise Howard and Dr. Amerson’s vision. The male and female heads, 13 total, were each uniquely designed to coincide with the alopecia awareness theme and color scheme of royal blue and silver. Attention getting bling accents, hats, fidora hats, masks, no hair dramatic looks, fishtail braid, and a wig all were incorporated. In addition, showing love of family, family members and close friends names (all deceased) were given to each centerpiece. Chosen names included: Sir John (after my father), Sir Vincent (after nephew) Sir Lawrence (after cousin), Queen Alaria (matriarch grandmother on mother’s side), Queen Athie (matriarch grandmother on father’s side), Queen Cecile (after mother), Queen Casey (after neice), Queen Catherine (after aunt), Queen Neomi (after aunt), Queen Ella (after aunt), Queen Ruth (after aunt), Queen Doris (close friend), and Queen Patricia (close friend).


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Dr. Tonya Echols Cole Fighting the battle from both sides r. Tonya Echols Cole is no stranger to cancer. She has been treating cancer patients for over 15 years as a boardcertified radiation oncologist in Atlanta Georgia. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2014, she realized that she was in a unique situation. She now has insight on what being both a cancer patient and a cancer doctor is like. As a result of this experience, she can provide invaluable information to patients undergoing treatment, while sharing her personal journey at the same time. She started a blog called The Beauty of Cancer (www.thebeautyofcancer.com). Her mission is to show you the “Real” Beauty of Cancer. She wants to change the perception of what a cancer diagnosis really means. Just as hard sand creates a beautiful pearl, the journey through cancer treatment creates pearls of wisdom that she calls, “beauty secrets.” By reading her blog posts, you will uncover not only pearls of wisdom, but also beauty tips on dealing with side effects from treatment, as well as valuable tips that help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment. She also founded The Beauty of Cancer foundation, a certified 501(c)(3) charity. The foundation is dedicated to supporting cancer survivors through treatment and beyond. It also helps survivors deal with treatment related side effects, and helps them return to a sense of joy and well- being, by creating fun, unique events, and life experiences they won’t forget. If that wasn’t enough, this mother of 3-year old twin daughters, wanted to make sure her children understood her cancer and the treatments she received. So, she wrote a book for them. She is completing the first of a series of children’s books explaining cancer to toddlers. The book will be available in December of 2015. Her new motto has become, “cancer was just a job until it became my diagnosis.” This is also the title of her upcoming book about her personal cancer journey to be released in early 2016. Dr. Cole grew up in Cincinnati Ohio. She got her undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and completed a 5-year residency training program in Radiation Oncology at University of Cincinnati Col-

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lege of Medicine. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1999 and has been treating cancer patients for nearly two decades. In 2004, she started her own practice. Since then, she has been committed to providing compassionate, conscientious cancer care to men and women in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Dr. Cole is active in the community, and has served on numerous volunteer boards including, The American Red Cross minority recruitment board, and Youth Vibe, Incorporated. She has volunteered at numerous free cancer screening events, breast cancer support groups, and participated in career fairs. As you can see, breast cancer didn’t happen TO Dr. Cole, it happened FOR Dr. Cole. It helped her to realize a new sense of purpose. She used the time off from work to reach far beyond the four walls of her medical office to touch and educate a whole new group of people. Many are benefiting from the information shared in her blog, foundation and her upcoming books. None, of this would have happened if she had not gotten breast cancer. She’s a living testimony. ■ This is the Beauty of cancer!

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he picture is so fitting. It so artistically conveys the journey of Teresa Lipsey, as she sits on the beach after a morning jog, and thanks her Creator for allowing her to see another day, and for endless possibilities ahead! You see, Teresa, a now successful steel construction administrator, unapologetically tells her story of struggle, discouragement, and anger as she learned of her diagnosis of breast cancer. As with any cancer patient, there were days that she just wanted to give up. But she drew inspiration from her son; she was determined to attend his college graduation. Teresa, a native of Chicago’s south suburbs, is often reminded of those very short days…and extremely long nights where she had to live with the fact that she may not have what it takes for this battle. But her belief and determination to fight this “thing” that she felt was definitely “not of God,” was all she needed to win this race. Teresa, now in remission, has renewed hope and dedication to live everyday to the fullest! During her battle, there were times that she felt like she could never “catch a break.” She endured financial distress, a bad relationship, and job uncertainty. Now an advocate for early detection, Teresa lives knowing that she was afforded a new chapter to help improve someone else’s book of life. She is actively participating in programs that help fund research for a cure. Teresa knows that her journey is in no way over; but, also knows that she has what it takes to fight and give back. Through her journey, she is reminded of His favor upon her life. ■

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ello. My name is Sonya Jines. I’m 51 years old. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, andI relocated to Georgia in the fall of 2001. I am the mother of two children, and two beautiful grandchildren. I have five brothers, and one sister. My beautiful parents are deceased.

Here’s my story:

Things were really going well for me. I felt good about myself. My bills were current; there was no drama in my life. My children were adults, living on their own. I was enjoying my grandchildren! I was very socially active, attending functions, events, and fundraisers. I was enjoying my life! It was time for my annual examination, so I decided to go to the doctor. I had no worries because I felt great. I was certain that I was healthy and strong, because that’s how I felt. My doctor scheduled me for a routine mammogram. I got the mammogram done, and two days later the doctor called for me to come back for a second mammogram. They wanted to take a closer look because I had an “abnormal reading.” I was referred to a breast cancer surgeon for a biopsy. The surgeon said, “you have a form of cancer called “DCIS.” (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ). That’s all I remember! The rest is a blur. She kept talking to my daughter. It was suggested that I bring someone with me, and I’m really glad that I did because I couldn’t tell you everything that the doctor said. I was in complete SHOCK!

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I never felt a lump or anything remotely close to a lump, on my breast! There was NOTHING! I do remember the doctor saying that I had stage “0” cancer and that I didn’t need chemo!!! However, I would have to have surgery and radiation. (Stage “0” cancer is a non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct). After my diagnosis, I sat around in disbelief for a few days; I actually do not remember much about what was going on around me. But I do remember praying a lot. However, I never cried!! I was confused, scared, and my emotions were all over the place! I didn’t know what to think or how to feel. I tried to keep a

positive attitude, and to keep the positive energy flowing. I continued in prayer and hoped for the best! I kept thinking that I am a “breast cancer survivor,” not a victim! I had surgery on Friday, May 15, 2015. The surgery was a success. I was in a lot of pain. I was at home recovering for three weeks. During the first few weeks returning to work, I only worked half days.

Here’s the best part of my story: Now that my body is healed, I can focus on the healing of my mind. Depression can sneak up on you like a thief in the night. There were days that I didn’t want to get out of bed. My job was a saving grace. It may have saved me, because if I didn’t have to get up to go to work, I don’t think I would have gotten out of the bed at all. My mind is healing everyday! I’m learning to never compare my diagnosis and recovery to anyone else’s. We are all unique individuals, and no two people are alike! Remember, continue in prayer, and keep a positive attitude. Embrace your loved ones, and keep loving, and supportive people close by. ■ #FOUGHTLIKEAGURLANDWON!!! If you would like to reach out to me for any reason, you may contact me at: Cell - 770-880-7890 Email - Jiness03@gmail.com FB - sonyajines/facebook.com Twitter – Mz.Jines@steelstrugglyn Instagram - @Ilikesunniedaze

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thought I would never say this again….but, “I AM SEXY…..CANCER CAN’T STOP MY SEXY!” This is the personal mantra of Rasheda Muhammad, breast cancer entrepreneur. Yes, I said it right. Rasheda does not want to be known as a survivor, but as an entrepreneur who happened to have had stage 2 triple negative breast cancer and survived! This 46-year old woman undoubtedly found a way to take life’s trials and tribulations, only to turn them into triumph and testimony! After three years of deaths of close family members, losing her home as a result of being under-employed, learning she was going to be a grandmother (teenage daughter), and hearing the judge sentence her son to “hard time” in the federal penitentiary— this mother of three just knew that God would spare her sanity and soon there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

Unfortunately however, the only light that Rasheda remembers seeing were those bright lights she stared into as she laid on the operating table to undergo surgery removing her cancerous breast—after her first diagnosis in 2010. Usually, when you hear of stories like this, it’s hard not to feel sorry for someone and not to think, “how could God allow so many things to happen to one person?” But surprisingly after years of tears, suffering, pain, recovery, and learning that she also carried an ovarian cancer gene—Rasheda began to change her question from “why me?” to “why not me?” She has learned that her trials have only made her stronger and wiser. She decided to turn negatives into positives - lemons into lemonade, all the while thanking God for the chance to “live” through her story! Fast –forward 5 years and this entrepreneur and motivational speaker is sharing her story with other survivors and any one that will listen. Life as she saw it in 2010 has definitely taken a turn for the best! Rasheda has successfully launched a

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clothing/merchandise line “CANCER CAN’T STOP MY SEXY”— a way to confirm to survivors that although they may have lost some or all of their anatomy that makes them feel “feminine” –they have not lost the ability to be “sexy!” This line, currently comprised of tee -shirts, hats and handbags, is looking to do more. She has a vision to expand her concept by designing and launching “Cancer Can’t Stop My Sexy” prosthetic lingerie. Rasheda says, “…although there are companies that are doing great things in this area–they are just regular—but not sexy!” Rasheda says, “It is my goal to change that! I want my fellow survivors to be comfortable and cute!“ Imagine one day having this line displayed on popular runway shows—displaying not only the sexiness of survivors, but their courage! After hearing Ms. Muhammad’s story, one can only be inspired! This inspiration spreads close to home. Rasheda’s oldest daughter is now a successful business woman. Her son was recently and is actively working on a successful singing/modeling career. Her youngest daughter is away at Ole’ Miss – University of Mississippi, on a basketball scholarship. ■ For information about Rasheda’s line Cancer Cant Stop My Sexy, and to book her for speaking engagements, please feel to contact her at rasheda_muhammad@yahoo.com.

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iving life like its golden would describe my life before the detour. I noticed a lump under my arm that did not seem to go away. I felt fine, so I decided that I would continue to monitor it. I continued life as normal. I was working, golfing, and enjoying family time. Later, I began experiencing night sweats and fevers. I thought, “No big deal. Maybe my body is fighting a mild infection.” Once again, I decided to continue to monitor and see if it goes away. Then the drastic unexplained weight loss began with no change in activities or eating habits. I was sitting in my home office one night – working. I went to get up, and the lower abdominal pain hit me! I was unable to walk. Right away, my wife took me to the ER. This was in October 2014 and it’s where my journey of in and out hospital stays began. Long story short, after several tests and two surgeries, my doctor informed me that I had stage 4 - Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (T-Cell Rich Large B-Cell Lymphoma). My initial reaction was “not again!” You see, I was diagnosed with cancer over 20 years ago, and I surely thought after all of those years, that I was in the clear. But quite the contrary, it was back again! With my wife by my side, we were determined to fight this thing together, no matter what!!! After several delays due to infection from the surgeries, I entered an intensive chemotherapy treatment which also included a blood transfusion. I had to have this because my white blood count was low, and I would have been too weak to fight. The days and nights were rough. And even after continual treatments, there are no guarantees. But my faith in God was ever increasing. He saw me through this journey. Although I call it a detour, I know that it was God’s plan to reveal Himself to me. I am grateful, forever grateful to God. I know that He is real, and His love for us is incomprehensible. I am happy to report that as of August 2015, I am officially in remission. I continue to follow-up with my physicians for regular checkups and testing. Although I’m living with some side effects from the chemo treatments, “I am still living!” In conclusion, my advice to all is to schedule and go to yearly check-ups. Report anything that seems unusual to your doctor, especially if you are experiencing symptoms longer than three days. I’m Terrance Fisher, and I am 47 years old. I’m a two time cancer survivor. ■

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ne day in the month of February of 2003, something just told me to go to the gynecologist for a physical, so I did. My gynecologist administered a routine physical including a pap smear. She did not call me with my results, so I assumed that everything was normal, and I was worried for nothing. In August of the same year, something in my spirit told me to go back to the doctor because something did not feel right. This time around, I decided to see another doctor. The doctor administered another pap smear. A couple of weeks later, he called me to schedule a conference. During that visit, my doctor told me that my results came back abnormal and there was a growth on my cervix. He began to ask me a series of questions. He also asked me if I was suffering from yeast candida, I responded “Yes.” Candidiasis (yeast infection), is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yeast called candida, usually Candida albicans. The doctor informed me that was one of the signs of cancer growing on my cervix. Being that I previously had C-section and a tubal ligation, the doctor scheduled and performed a colposcopy to see how far the cancer had spread. When I was undergoing the

colposcopy, I was so overwhelmed and scared. So many thoughts were going through my head; I was experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. I was wondering what was going to happen to me? What about my children? If something happened to me who was going to take care of them? I had a panic/ anxiety attack during testing. The panic/anxiety attack was so intense, I woke up in the emergency room. It took approximately two weeks for my results to come back. It was determined that I was in the first stage of cancer. My gynecologist told me since I was not going to have any more children, it would be best for me to have a hysterectomy. Without any hesitation, I agreed. After the surgery, I was told that it would be necessary for me to have regular check -ups. I have now been in remission for 12 years! I am a mother of two, a para professional by day and a mental health technician by night. I have been truly blessed and thankful that my cancer was caught in the first stage. With the help and support of family, friends, and loved ones, I was able to make it through one of the most difficult times in my life. I am grateful for my faith in God. I am blessed to be alive and doing well so that I can share my story with others. I am Andrea Christian, A SURVIVOR OF CERVICAL CANCER!!! ■

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ounce TV’s Family Time is becoming one of the most viewed new sitcoms of this fastest growing network’s lineup. The debut of the “Stallworth” family two years ago, has made its tenure on the broadcast television network because of rising viewership by over 50% in Primetime and Total Day based on the Nielsen Measurement data. Bentley Kyle Evans, who is the creator of such long-lasting comedic television shows as: The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, and Love that Girl, has once again graced the screen with a comedic sitcom that families can literally enjoy watching during their “family time.” Today’s mainstream television shows of family-oriented productions like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat have generated more new viewers in this generation than in the days of Good Times, Jeffersons, and the Cosby’s. Family Time is quickly joining the ranks of these shows because of the way most of their viewers can relate to the “Stallworth” characters. Anthony “Tony” Stallworth (Omar Gooding) and Lisa Stallworth (Angell Conwell) are two fun-loving young parents raising teenage children, Ebony (Jayla Calhoun) and Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr.). This family portrays the life of a

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family who come across “good-fortune” after winning the lottery. They move out of their old neighborhood and into one fit for the “Jones,” but instead of keeping up with them…there’s a new twist-when the Stallworths take the lead. Tony finds himself able to take his family’s previously struggling construction business to another level, while stay-athome mom, Lisa who is strong and yet vulnerable, finds herself tending to her kids and trying to keep busy with her new lifestyle. The show will enter into its third season on October 6, 2015 on Bounce TV with more fun and more scenes that will keep you tuning in to fill your “laughter tank” for the week. When T2T spoke with the patriarch and matriarch cast-mates, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell, they had a lot to say about this “third time’s the charm” season debut. I’m playing a dad in this television series for the first time in my career… that I can recall (it’s been a long career). And for me not being a ‘dad’ in real life, makes it a bit of a challenge. But thanks to the creative and innovative writings of Bentley, who is a dad in real life, I’m finding it easy to relate to my character. We have the same wit, so I feel as if this role was tailor-made to fit my personality. Besides, I am back where my career started, in the ‘sitcom’ world. But this time, I am a producer on the show, so I

get to input my brand of humor into every scene. In this season, we get to take a look at my character, Tony, in the work place of the family business that I inherited. I’m a contractor and ‘I’m the Boss like Rick Ross’…so-to-speak, (minus the jail time) however. (Omar jokes around) Anyway, you get to see Tony in a more professional setting. Peep this fellas, he even gets to hire a secretary who is quite easy on the eyes, I must say. Which will make things a bit

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“Family Time…is nothing short of special and everything special at the same time, because family is the foundation to everything!” ~Angell Conwell

uneasy at home (you know what that means). In one episode, Tony has a client who turns into a bit of a stalker; in another episode, Tony takes it way back to the 80’s—old school style with surprise guest, “SALT AND PEPA!” The most exciting thing about this season is the guest cast line-up. There are a couple of reunion episodes where I (Tony) reunite with the ghosts of ‘sitcoms past’… Mark Curry (Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper), Jason Weaver (Smart Guy). Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) will be in an episode, along with a host of very strong comedians like…Alex Thomas, Red Grant, and Rodney Perry! Plus the usual ‘crew of funny,’ Paula Jai Parker Clayton, Tanjareen Thomas, and Richard Gant, to name a

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cer. Avoid being taken by companies that not only profit from the epidemic but also contribute to its cause. It’s easy to see pink and become aware, however, what happens when the pink goes away? As an individual, you must be proactive during the other 11 months through education and prevention so that you won’t become a statistic. We are in a daily fight to stay healthy. The challenge is to prevent what’s within your control and prepare for what’s not. There is no food or diet that can prevent breast cancer, however, diet and food can build your immune system, prepare your body for a fight and can keep cancer cell growth to a minimum. Prevention foods include: Flaxseed, Brazil Nuts, Garlic, Pomegranate, Darkgreen leafy vegetables, Salmon, Broccoli, Green Tea, Peppers, Turmeric, Walnuts, Berries, Legumes, and Whole Grains. Stay away from: alcohol, refined carbohydrates, candies, cakes, chips, soda, red meats, and foods that contain saturated and trans-fats. Also, be sure to incorporate regular exercise as a form of prevention. Studies show that women who exercise have a 30% to 40% lower risk of breast cancer than their sedentary peers. Camela L. Douglass, M.S. ED. is a professional trainer and educator in Columbus, Ohio. She is the C.E.O. of Mo Better Me and travels internationally to promote healthy lifestyles. ■

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ink is for girls and blue is for boys.” This is one of the first of many color rules that a child adopts and follows their entire life. The color pink represents compassion, nurturing and unconditional love. Now, the color pink has taken on a whole new meaning across the globe, sparking elements of change and influencing individuals to “check themselves.” Pink is the new white—at least in October. Internationally, breast cancer survivors and supporters, non-profit organizations, and businesses have bought into the concept of PINKTOBER. When you see pink, you should think breast cancer awareness. Since 1985, October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Founded as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, the aim has been to promote mammograms and self-checks as weapons to fight breast cancer. In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation passed out pink ribbons to breast cancer survivors in its New York City race and in 1993, Evelyn Lauder, Vice President of the Estee Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as the symbol. Pinktober has literally been a game changer in the fight against breast cancer. The NFL launched “A Crucial Catch” campaign in which all 32 teams will feature players, coaches, and referees wearing pink game apparel as well as additional branding throughout their stadiums. However, don’t get caught up in the propaganda of the pink. Many campaigns bring more profit than awareness and cures. This is why it is imperative to educate yourself on the causes, symptoms, and treatments for breast can-


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n Atlanta native spoken word artist, writer, actress, hostess, producer, director and mentor, Journee has performed for civil rights icons, such as Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, as well as television commentator, Roland Martin, and countless others. Journee performed at the long running, White Linen Affair for Emmy award- winning poet Hank Stewart. She also produced a tribute for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, and contributed a short play that was debuted at the 2013 White Linen Affair with glowing reviews. A two time GANSPA award nominee for Best Female Spoken Word artist 2014 and 2015, Journee is a published writer with her work being included in an anthology: “Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens”. This is a book of poems, prayers and affirmations for people living with HIV and AIDS. Amongst her writing accomplishments, Journee is making a name for herself as a theatre actress. She appeared in three LJEG Productions, “It’s A Thin Line” (2012-2014), “Sunday” (2012), and “Fat Girl Diaries” (2013). Embarking into the television arena was a natural transition. In 2015, she was casted in two episodes of Comcast Cable’s show, “Between Poets.” Journee’s CD was released in August of 2012. It was entitled, “Life Is a Journee.” This was a spoken word production that explores the dynamics of relationships, divorce, wayward spirituality, and domestic abuse. She is currently working on a new project. Performing around the world is fueled by her passion to give back to her community. Whether through the arts or serving the homeless, Journee hopes to continue to use the power of words to inform, educate, inspire, and prayerfully heal. There is no accolade bigger than being a voice to the voiceless. ■ Life is a journey…….

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Investigation Division in Yongsan, Korea. Upon completion of his one year tour in Korea in August 2000, Major Washington was appointed to command the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks as the Commander and Operations Officer of the Military’s most dangerous inmates. After a three year assignment, in February 2003, he was appointed as the Operations Officer for Forces Command (FORSCOM) in Atlanta, Georgia where he deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia to oversee the Military Police mission distribution across Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. After a tour year assignment with FORSCOM, in May 2005, Major Washington attended the Acquisition Management Course in Huntsville, Alabama where he became a certified Acquisition Officer for the Army. He was then assigned to the Pentagon with duty in Falls Church, Virginia in August 2005, as an Assistant Product Manager. In September 2007, he once again deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to manage the combat equipment within theater. In August 2009, Major Washington was assigned to the Combat Readiness Center/Safety, Fort Rucker, Alabama as the Ground Investigator and Acquisition Specialist, where he held the position of Chief Ground Investigator at the Combat Readiness Center/Safety where he deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Major Washington has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. ■

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a j o r (Ret) Henry H. Washington, III is a native of Thomasville, Georgia. He is the son of Henry H. Washington, Jr. (deceased), and Rose Washington of Thomasville, Georgia. Major Washington graduated from Thomasville High School in 1987 and enlisted in the military in 1988 as a chemical specialist. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Savannah State University/Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia in June 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He also has a dual Masters in Business and Security Management from Webster University, and is currently in his third year of pursuing a PhD in Business Organizational Management from Trident University, Cypress, California. Major Washington attended the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) course in Fort McClellan, Alabama, and later was selected to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Georgia Southern University/Savannah State University. He attended the Military Police Officer Basic Course and later in 1993, Major Washington was assigned to the 284th Military Police Company in Frankfurt, Germany where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. His culminating assignment while in Germany would be as the Battalion Adjutant, deploying records and personnel forward to Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Upon completion of his tour in Germany in 1996, Major Washington attended the Military Police Officer Advance Course, Fort McClellan, Alabama and was appointed Commander of the Fort Gordon Military Police Company and Installation Force Protection Officer in Augusta, Georgia. During his command Major Washington attended the Combined Arms Senior Service School in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. On September 9, 1999, Major Washington was again appointed to command the 21st Military Police Criminal


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eptember is the month that we celebrate to “Never Forget” those who lost their lives in the tragic waking moments of the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Those police officers, firemen, emergency personnel and citizens we call HEROES, who became victims of a vicious terrorist attack. This is also the time to consider those survivors and “unsung military” teams who assisted in the after-math, protecting us before, during, and after this incident long after the debris was removed from “ground zero.” How are they coping today after experiencing so much turmoil? Well, one soldier who is now a retired Veteran, Sergeant First Class David K. Drew II, has since become a “Rising Star” in the entertainment industry utilizing the strengths and lessons gained from his military background. He defines himself in three words: a “visionary” because he is living a dream every day that he foresaw as a child, “humble” because he realizes that hard work and helping others to achieve their dreams are the reasoning behind where he is today, and “renaissance-man” because he has his hands into three different things (community leader, author, and film maker), and is “quasi-successful” in all three. So what prepared this “renaissance-man” for each career venture? Quite a few things, actually…beginning with his childhood. David grew up in the neighborhoods of Augusta, Georgia. His mother was a school teacher and embedded into him the significance and importance of getting a quality education, while aspiring for his dreams. His love for writing began when he was eight years old. David remembers that in the eighth grade, he wrote a poem which his teacher didn’t believe was his own creation. After telling his mom about the disappointment and hurt he felt, she handled the situation with her fellow peer, but David’s life was never the same. Through this, he realized that God had given him an uncanny ability to “…make words, make sense.” To solidify his destiny, David said that he took an old green rug that his mother was disposing of, cut out the shape of a star and his name into it, and hung it proudly on his bedroom door, modeling the ways of “old Hollywood.” As he retells this story, his friends laugh as they remember the pinnacle moment that led David to be labeled a “word-smith” long before he knew what it meant. I think all of that comes from growing up in my generation; we

didn’t have the technology of today. We couldn’t Google; but we had the World Book Encyclopedias instead. When everyone was reading comic books, I was reading those encyclopedias. I visited places within their pages decades before I actually had the chance to visit them. The military played a huge part in David Drew’s life when it came to discipline. The training taught him how to think outside the box, and his combat experience developed his faith during his survival mode moments. His Uncle “CP” (Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Peoples Sykes) and his wife, Fran, were also great influences upon this visionary’s life. They both opened him up to opportunities that would play a major part in his life in the years to come. He sums up one portion of his destiny like this: If I hadn’t gone into the military, I don’t know what my life would’ve been like had I not been a soldier. I draw a zero on that thought. The Army allowed me to be the “me” that I believe God wanted me to be. He wrote his first book of poetry and prose entitled, “Can You Hear the Drums,” and a copy made it into the hands of Producer Bob Gaye. After reading it and realizing the unique writing style of this “humble” man, Gaye challenged David to take home a group of characters for a weekend and create a storyline for them. The task slipped his mind and when approached on the following Monday morning for a report, he managed to write forty-five minutes of dialogue, in thirty minutes. Gaye was impressed and offered him the chance of a lifetime to gain professional experience both as a writer and eventually an actor on his Comcast television series, “Misty,” which turned into, “A-Town East,” and other productions during his 14-year tenure. BJG Productions allotted him the experience he would need in media to eventually start his own company, Drew2MediaDynamics. He collaborates with his production partner, Jon Javere with his Steel on Steel Productions/VerbStar companies. Since then, he’s responsible for over a dozen productions and counting. Drew’s latest work is Prentice Place, inspired by his novel, Augusta Nights published in 2011. This made-for-television series reflects upon the characters in his book on the life of Patriarch Armstrong Prentice and his family, based on true accounts of historic figures in Augusta, Georgia. The events that took place are real, but the family telling the story has been embellished with

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o you have trouble with your child wearing certain clothes? Due to clothing sensitivities, dressing a child in the latest fashion may not be feasible for those with sensory related issues. Selecting clothing to wear is quite simple for many parents; however, for children with sensory processing disorder, this can be challenging. Children may be hypersensitive or hyposensitive to some textures of clothing. The way the clothing feels on their skin can be quite bothersome. Clothing sensitivities are common even among those without sensory processing disorder. There are many resources and assistance available to help parents with choosing appropriate clothing related to their child’s sensory needs. Father of 8-year old Sam, has chosen a plaid cotton shirt, blue jeans, a wool sweater, sport socks and tennis shoes. The clothing items that were chosen varied in color, shape, fabric and texture. The first day of school has come and Sam is experiencing a little bit of anxiety, due to the anticipation of meeting new friends, new classroom environment, and a new teacher. Dad reassures him that today will be fine and this is just the beginning of a successful school year. Sam becomes agitated, as soon as his class begins. He is having a great deal of difficulty with listening, paying attention and being engaged during classroom activities. Sam is beginning to fidget and is now becoming disruptive to the class, due to his inability to sit still. Let’s take a look! Believe it or not, a child’s emotional state can be affected by the texture of his/her clothing being worn. This emotional state can produce a calming, or agitating effect that can trigger negative or positive behaviors. For a child with sensory challenges, clothing sensitivities are heightened to the point in which participating in simple daily tasks or activities can become difficult. Heavy clothing provides a sense of security/warmth; light loose clothing provides a sense of freedom and coolness. Some children may experience difficulty with rough textures, itchy shirt tags, tight fitting sleeves, squeaky shoes or uneven sock seams. The child’s skin may feel painful, bumpy, itchy or


scratchy when coming in contact with the various textures. Color selections may appear to be too bright or not bright enough. Clothing may be too warm or not warm enough. These are just a few of the many challenges that children with clothing sensitivity may experience. The key to overcoming the challenges associated with Sensory Processing Disorder is being educated about the disorder and knowing your options, tools and resources available within your community. It is extremely important to know your child’s clothing sensitivities. Buying clothes that are comfortable for your child is worth buying in bulk and even in larger sizes to accommodate growth. Temperature regulating clothing, compression garments, seamless and tag-less clothing are some of the many options available. Knowing your options promotes the steps needed in helping your child to dress for success! “It may SEAM weird, but clothing sensitivities are real! Seamless socks rock! ■

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Gary Anthony Sturgis ACTOR|DIRECTOR|PRODUCER|WRITER INEVITABLE EVOLUTION OF GARY: “Life Happens and then You Shift!” Written by Shernita Wiggins-Wynder

“The ride is not easy, but I promise you it’s fun!”—Gary A. Sturgis

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might see him in a new light…but don’t be fooled, in the words of Forrest Gump—“Gary is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” [wink] T2T: How do you feel about being labeled a “thespian” in a recent radio interview? Gary: When you say a person is a “thespian,” you say they are considered a real actor. That simply means that they come from a background of stage and are seasoned in the craft. So, I am truly honored to be called that. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that I started my career on stage. I guess you could say, I got my “teeth sharpened” on the stage, and then I evolved into film. There’s a difference in the two, however, so you are not often considered a thespian in film because of the things required in theater, which are not required in film. It’s a different process. Although I have mastered the art of both, I truly appreciate being given that title and it lets me know that people see that every day I am trying to perfect my craft. T2T: What is your reaction to the fans who find it hard to separate you from your “bad-boy” characters? Does that bother you? Gary: I think it’s like anything done professionally; it’s my job to convince people that I am indeed the person you are seeing and watching on screen. I find it to be a fun challenge and I love the idea of creating believable characters that people can either pattern, absorb, like or dislike, and leave feeling some-kindaway. If I’m controlling your emotions, your status for the moment, or your feelings towards me, then I have done my job. Especially when my character has caused the audience to walk away feeling like you really would feel in real life.

T2T: What are you up to now? Any new roles or projects? Gary: Yeah, as a matter of fact. I am trying to gravitate from those roles we discussed and recently I played a dying old man (John Hawkins) in “A Will To Love” which aired on TV ONE’s network in June of this year. I portrayed the grandfather of “Jamal” cast by singer/actor/dancer, Marques Houston. I give him the order that the only way he is to inherit my fortune, is that he must find a wife and settle down. So I try not to just commit to only negative roles and I am serious about every role I play. As far as new projects, in the past, I have directed several independent films, co-wrote for Tyler Perry Studios comedy shows, and as a WGA (Writers Guild of America) written more than ten screenplays. Recently, I just signed a deal in collaboration with a couple of good friends, Rick Jenkins and Miguel Nunez, Jr. with LIONSGATE on one of my films entitled, “2016”. This film is about the beginning of a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale, California on day one. Everyone is turning into zombies and no one knows why. It’s a very simple but enjoyable film that includes a group of Ravers who go out looking for a “rave” and land themselves in the wrong-place-at-the-wrongtime situation. What makes this film different from other zombie films, is that, in the other films…the goal is just to survive the night; in this film, you will actually get to see how they beat their dilemma and the results of the aftermath when it’s over. As the writer and director, all I will say is…”Be sure to come out and watch it when it hits the theaters!” And I won’t stop there, you will be hearing about more projects from me. T2T: It’s clear with all that you’ve done, there was some type of influence. Who do you attribute that to and why?

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Michelle Lewis FREELANCE ARTIST|PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER|SELF-PROCLAIMED ACTIVIST CAPTURING THE SOULS OF A PEOPLE: Fighting For Freedom In Ferguson Written by Shernita Wiggins-Wynder

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Wilson, will be added. St. Louis native, Michelle Lewis, a well-known freelance artist and photographer there, who shares her passion with her creative “avant-garde” art of photography and colorful paintings, was only 10 miles away from where it all took place. This was her home. She grew up in Velda Village, one of many municipalities in St. Louis. For her, childhood carried good and bad memories, but the “bad” stood out more prominently. While this self-proclaimed activist is bold and endearing, at the same time, she is using her power-of-the-lens to capture breathtaking and thought-provoking imagery where it matters the most. I don’t remember a time in my life when the lines of night court didn’t stretch an entire block full of African American citizens that were victims of “over-policing” fined with

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tickets and citations. Sad to say, it is still happening today. St. Louis is one of the most segregated cities I’ve ever been in and it happens to be my hometown. The Caucasians near us, we didn’t see as much because they lived in the gated communities of their own. It seemed the police were there to protect them— from us. We knew not to come near their homes and businesses if we weren’t spending money with them. She recalled that life seemed better because of the opportunities that were more plenteous due to the Civil Rights Movement for Black-owned businesses; however, they were still overpoliced. Now 30 years later, the tensions are still there, but the economic growth for the average African American has dwindled dramatically and shifted to Asian and Middle Eastern cultures that do not live in their neighborhood. Michelle strongly feels that this shift of getting money from underprivileged communities to line their pockets without putting it back into the community is unacceptable. This type of scenario along with the decades of young minority men who have fallen prey at the hands of those who are supposed to “Serve and Protect” have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many of its citizens. It seemed the system was basically set up for Blacks to fail because of the excessive injustices in the laws and skyrocketing arrests that took unemployed, uneducated fathers who tried to provide with the means that were available, out of the home. Leaving young African American girls and boys without a male figure to turn to, Michelle pointed out. If they were not dead by 21, they were caught up in the system being groomed for a life behind bars, or

abandonment of the male-protecting presence in the home, away from the families and communities that needed them. So when Mike Brown was murdered, it wasn’t a shock to us, only to those who didn’t live here, and the younger generations who had not been exposed to our form of justices that are present across the nation. Those of us who have seen this before understood what took place. The only thing that got to us was the boldness of it taking place in daylight, the smoky “backroom” trials and deals arrogantly and unapologetically carried out and done for all to see, was disheartening. I photographed thousands of dignified law abiding citizens and protestors demonstrating that while hurt and angered, we were also unified. The national attention mostly focused on the looting and riots which displaced the true underlined objective behind it…we want justice and we want it now! Stop senselessly murdering our African American men for crimes that other cultures are fined or set free on. Michelle’s passion about this matter is shared by other St. Louis and Ferguson residents. When the verdict came out, the community wasn’t shocked she said. Actually, they were already braced for it. However, it did not deter the floodgate of anger and disappointment that erupted from the very justice system that was set up to allegedly keep “equality” among its citizens. Although the country watched the events unfold in real-time…the media, she stated, distorted many of the things that happened after the verdict. Michelle made it clear that what the rest of the world didn’t see was…African


CEO, The Accion Group Enterprises By Cheryl Ragland

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t only takes one life to change the life of another person. One person can make a difference” is the mantra by which Tina J. Wheeler patterns her life; it is the foundation upon which she has built much of her personal life and professional career. With nearly two decades’ experience of impacting the future of foundations, nonprofits, individuals, businesses, celebrities, athletes, executives and corporations in a most exemplary way, Tina triumphantly yet humbly sits at the helm of The Accion Group Enterprises (TAG). As a highly acclaimed grants management, acquisition and consulting firm, the company has helped over 100,000 people as well as raised over $300 million in the last 15 years through grants and fundraising events under Tina’s prolific leadership. The incredible difference Tina has made (and continues to make) has rightfully earned TAG the distinct title of “America’s Nonprofit Industry Power Broker.” Tina’s reputation for excellence has given her the good fortune of having a 100% client nonprofit approval rate from the Internal Revenue Service. She and her team also have a 90% success rate in securing grant funding, sponsorships and endorsements. Her expansive clientele include celebrities Brian McKnight, Dwight Howard and Rashad Jennings; religious leaders Bishop Paul S. and Pastor Debra Morton (and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship) and Bishop Clarence McClendon; and sports organizations such as the NBA and NBA Cares, among many others. Further, she has secured partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands to include (but not be limited to) Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chick-filA, Coca-Cola, Ralph Lauren and PepsiCo. Among Tina’s numerous accolades are three Presidential awards, and she had the honor of ringing the NASDAQ closing bell on Wall Street in

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2014. Additionally, she has given of her time, talents and treasures to a number of organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Orange County and the Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Small Business Advisory Board. She has also served as Major Gifts Officer and Youth Advisory Board Chair for NBA player Dwight Howard’s D12 Foundation. With a heart for people, Tina makes a conscious effort to be a light in a world of darkness. She presented a welcome gift to the City of Charlotte by donating Ralph Lauren clothing items to 1,000 families when she relocated her business there from Florida. She has hosted rallies for three families in need; she has provided backpacks for 10,000 children in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic; and, she operates regularly as a ready and willing responder for those facing crisis wrought by disaster. Tina’s journey to success began years ago when she worked as a grant writer for her church, Christian Faith Center, in Creedmoor, North Carolina under the leadership of the late (Pastor Mack) and Brenda Timberlake. She recalls, “Little did I know that the seeds planted then would bear such fruit.” The grant she wrote for the church was so profound that not only is it still in effect to this day, but it was also selected as the model for the State of North Carolina for community development corporations. Faith is an integral part of Tina’s success. The prophet and ordained elder has had the privilege of teaching Bible Study to a distinguished group of professionals for more than three years online and through weekly calls. She also is widely known and respected as a mentor and community leader. Tina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Interpersonal Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also studied Nonprofit Management at Duke University and Rollins College for Nonprofit Leadership. Additionally, Tina is IRS Certified for nonprofits. A native of Mount Olive, North Carolina, Tina has overcome an incredible amount of adversity that many people could never face, let alone conquer. Although she has faced personal devastation in many ways, she has remained true to not allowing her detriment to disconnect her from destiny and from helping others realize and embrace their own destiny. “It’s not about profit for me. It’s about creating a life one can love and in the process doing the philanthropic work it takes to get there,” she states. In her spare time, the sports lover enjoys savoring the simple things in life like reading, fishing, working out, playing the piano, traveling and admiring the beauty of God’s creation while riding in a car on country roads. Of her many accomplishments, those of which she is most proud are her children as they endeavor to achieve their life’s goals: 18-year old David, civil engineering and 19-year old Victoria, photograph/graphic design. ■

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Damion & Maria Brumfield MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS, HEALTH ADVOCATES, AND CANCER SURVIVIORS

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ow would you react if you went to bed after sharing what you thought was a cute and fun anniversary video for your family and friends to enjoy, awoke to 1000 shares, and by the end of the week it turned into over a million… with thousands of new friends attached, ALL eagerly awaiting your next video because they loved the first one so much? Well, this is exactly what happened to this fun-loving couple whose story is more amazing than they are…IF that is at all possible. Damion and Maria Brumfield, or The Brumfields as they have tenderly become known as, are living this dream in real-time.

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How did they get here? So motivational and inspiring to thousands of people a day? Well, they had some practice and training beforehand with “working together.” They worked in Sam’s together in departments next to each other; they worked out and lost massive amounts of weight together in Maria’s days of “chocoholism” after being inspired by her husband during his weight-loss efforts. From this stemmed their TeamSlim business where they accrued a following with their brutally honest remarks on the struggles of weight loss and how to achieve it. People would read our posts where we were honest about what we wore, or shouldn’t wear, or others for that matter. We didn’t say the things people wanted to hear; we said the things hurting and people desperate for an answer NEEDED to hear. But that was not a long term goal because God didn’t allow that business to flourish. But now, we are doing what we love and it is being blessed with doors opening even in the midst of the storms. What storms do you think this tough and inspiring couple would have? Well, the most obvious would be to say the battle with cancer. But according to Maria, her greatest struggle was

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how so-called friends and family reacted to her during this battle, in showing their true colors of absenteeism. Maria: It wasn’t necessarily the breast cancer itself; it was having the opportunity to see who wasn’t for me after my illness was made public on November 12. 2013. However, even the date carried a divine intervention, as well as, the miraculous healing that took place afterwards with no blood on my bandages the day after surgery, which baffled my doctor. Damion: For me, although the cancer was hard to deal with, it was the day when we walked into our home and saw the ceiling on the floor and then had the realization where we had to become dependent upon someone else for lodging and assisting with my wife during our relocation. I mean, it was hard because I wanted to protect my wife and I felt helpless then. Then God blessed us to come back to a new home with new furniture that we didn’t have to pay for. Now, ain’t that just like Him! This couple is clearly an example of pure love, birthed from pure pain, and to think…all of it has only made them more in love. From their struggles, they are “spreading the love” nationally by speaking about Breast Cancer Awareness, performing, and even acting! Who knows what’s next? To find out, you can visit them on Facebook under Damion Brumfield and Maria Brumfield, Twitter @TheBrumfields and YouTube: TheBrumfields. ■

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they’ve birthed a ministry of “helps” from which the two of them eagerly share each day, regardless of how their day is going. Maria suffers still from joint pain, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and other side effects in her battle with cancer. But, according to her, when she is preparing for the video and getting dressed; her mind is not lingering on her pain…but the healing that many will get from listening to their motivational and inspirational premessages from watching the dynamic-duo lip-syncing to a favorite old school hit. You might be thinking, “Well if she is in so much pain, why is she doing music videos?” Well, her and Damion’s explanations would be this: Maria: When I can inspire a woman to get a mammogram after watching the video, and she thanks me for it, or encourages a couple to spend more time together and hear them excited about that because they were drawn to the message in the video, it inspires me and I can’t take credit for that, it’s ALL God, and in His Plan. Damion: I agree. I have helped a couple who both have cancer and encouraged them to fight together to bring them peace, and when I get inboxes from men who say that I have been an inspiration to them, it is an opportunity for me to give back, and what they don’t realize, is that they are giving back to us as well. Maria: It’s like filling the tank of a car when it gets empty. Our Universal Family “fills” us up again and we have to give God all the glory on that. Damion: Yes. It’s like when you start a business you put together a business plan; well this is God’s business plan for us.


Mayan Industry Awards AWARD –WINNING PLAYWRIGHT,SCREENWRITER, AUTHOR, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

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ust last year, T2T magazine featured this North Carolina native and Playwright with the announcement of her play, The List that was performing in Atlanta. Needless to say, it was a huge success. The audience loved it and more requests were petitioned for additional performances. To add to her storyline, this +summer, Peachanda Dubose hosted her Bi-Annual 2015 Mayan Industry Awards on July 12, 2015 at the Maggianos Little Italy Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia honoring those actors who have relentlessly heeded the call to the stage, and community leaders who are making a difference in society. This awards event was founded by Peachanda Dubose in 2014 for industry professionals in the Metro Atlanta area and around the world. The Honorees included: (Lifetime Achievement/ Performing Arts Award) Theresa Hightower, Actress/ Performer and Cedrice Harrison Brown, Actor/ Comedian; (Community Leader/Entertainment Law Award) Antavius Weems, Celebrity Entertainment Attor-

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ney and Mzz Angela Moore, Celebrity PR Agent; (Visionary Awards) Tina Bridges, Model//Talent Agent and Bobby & Renee Peoples, Indie Film/Label Distributors; and (Master of Arts/ Musician) Christopher Thomas, Veteran Musician. In addition to these recipients, Peachanda Dubose recognized actors from her past plays: Surrender, The List, Mr. Harold Behave, Even A Wretch Like Me, and The Devil Thought He Had Me. The categories were: Best Host, Best Background Vocalist, Best Stage Manager, Best Photographer, Best VoiceOver/ Marketing Media Production, Peach Theater Award, Best Make -Up, Best Female Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Comedic Performance, Best Dramatic Performance, Best New Actor/Actress, Actor of the Year, Best Lead, Best Original Piece Performance, Best Dance, and Best Assorted Character Portrayal. The nominees in these categories can be seen on Mayan Industry Awards: http://m.facebook.com/mayanindustryawards? ref=bookmarks. Host for this year was Actor Redemus Thompson who has graced both the stage and television appearing in Tyler Perry productions and other local playwright’s works. The Keynote Speaker was Rueben Wood, Music Artist who is making upcoming trending moves in entertainment and media as the founder of Spaced Out Magazine. This phenomenal woman of entertainment is swiftly making moves in her craft and rest assured that you will be hearing more about her and the Mayan Productions, LLC movement. She not only writes for stage, but television, musicals and books. Peachanda Dubose has tirelessly given of herself to the realization of her dreams, and during the course of her career she understood that none of her efforts would have been successful, had it not been for those who supported her vision, and assisted in them becoming a reality. Those countless actors and actresses, technical support, stage management and of course, the audience, can attest to how her productions have changed their lives...as they have equally changed hers in the realization of Peachanda’s dreams of sharing compelling stories in entertainment. ■ To keep up with her latest endeavors, visit: Peachanda Dubose:https://m.facebook.com/profile.php? id=216724375027269&ref=bookmarks

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has used their position to develop or implement programs that have changed the face of our communities and helped people in innumerable ways. The evening was promoted as the ultimate networking mixer which allowed attendees to stand, mingle and network for additional business opportunities. This year, The Annual RICE Awards show has expanded to include some of the best offerings of local talent, increased corporate sponsorships, and more networking opportunities. The Carter Unlimited mission for The RICE Awards is simple. We honor the unsung heroes of our community. â– See who won! TheRiceAwards.com

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ulti-talented beauty and role model, "Rocky" Raspberry was born as Mahogany Raspberry in Mobile, Alabama. Mahogany Raspberry received the nickname "Rocky" from nurses that assisted during her birth. The nickname came about because Rocky was born around the same time the movie “Rocky” was released. Mahogany's singing and writing career started when she was around the age of 12 years old. As she bloomed into her singing knack, Mahogany toured in the blues market for two and a half years during the 90’s. She sang with artists such as David Brinston, Sir Charles, and Bill Soul Bonds, just to name a few. She was also featured with several pop and rap artists. In 2008, Mahogany moved to the state of Georgia in hopes of fulfilling her dreams in the entertainment world. Things really began to take off as she settled in as a Georgian. Mahogany has opened in plays, commercials, and serial web series. She has had leading roles, supporting roles, and helped direct on projects. Mahogany became a modeling coach in 2010. Since then she has helped numerous young aspiring models kick off their careers in ripping the runway. In October 2014, Mahogany was given the opportunity by Leylo Glenwood to start her own online radio talk show "Ms. Mo's Intimacy Box Talk Radio." Throughout all of her endeavors and challenges, Mahogany has remained a full time loving mother of two beautiful blessings. FAVORITE QUOTE BY SELF: Reach for the sky, aim for the stars, and own the universe.... ■


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alla Johnson is a licensed, master cosmetologist and natural hair care educator with 16 years combined experience in the hair care industry, and 13 years specializing in natural hair care. Johnson is CEO of Certified to Be Natural, LLC in College Park, Georgia. Her desire to focus on natural hair care was spurred by hearing the frustration of clients that had problems with chemically-treated hair. Her initial step was to learn the art of braiding and hair extensions, a popular solution for those looking for a natural hair alternative. As a testament to Johnson’s commitment to excellence, she began training with two of the natural hair care industry’s pioneers, Taliah Waajid, founder of the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty show, and Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, the founder of the Sisterlocks™ system. Under the tutelage of these two experts, Johnson mastered advanced braiding and locking, and is a Sisterlocks ™ certified consultant. Calla Johnson is the first Sisterlocks ™ Master Stylist in Atlanta. As a Sisterlocks ™ certified consultant,Johnson has been able to offer her clients the unique beauty and versatility of the Sisterlocks™ system. Her solid, professional training coupled with her “knack” for creating styles, has

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set her apart. Johnson understands the importance of what natural hair, skin, and nails need to stay healthy. Always an innovator, she has positioned herself to set a new path in the retail arena of natural care products, styling techniques, and training and services. Johnson received her cosmetology certification from Atlanta Technical College. She recently completed the Beauty Supply Institute’s beauty supply academy program and is a 2014 Capstone Elite member. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Argosy University. Johnson recently joined Rocklan One, a media and marketing company based in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Executive Vendor Coordinator. ■ For additional information about Calla Johnson and Certified to Be Natural, please visit www.certified2benatural.com or email callajohnson@yahoo.com. Follow Calla Johnson on Instagram at @johnsoncalla and callajohnson on Facebook.

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Gary Sturgis CONTINUED FROM PAGE 51 Gary: Growing up in New Orleans, I was a pretty good student. I played music (the flute) in the band and I was always involved in entertainment some kind of way because my mom wasn’t keen on me playing football. I came to realize, that when I got out of school, being in a marching band was not going to be productive unless I did it professionally. So as I watched shows like the Jeffersons and Good Times, and I saw Black people inside that box, I said, “That’s cool and I wanna do that.” At the time, I didn’t know they were getting paid to do that, so I started theater at the age of 17 and began what I saw was the step to get inside that box. As you can see, 20-30 years later, I am all up in THE BOX! By accomplishing that, I am living my dreams. There were many things I wanted to do as a young man, and by becoming an actor, I can be all of those things and be the best at it. The cool thing about it is this… when I play a football player, I will always make the touchdowns, as a boxer, I never get hurt, and I can be a doctor, lawyer, military, policeman, and even…a “good” bad-guy. In other words, I can literally be anybody I want to be and still never lose touch with who I really am. T2T: What advice would you give someone trying to get into this field based on your experience? Gary: What I want people to know is first, I like the idea of having a job where I spend a small part of time doing it, and still have the freedom to do other things. I was just never the type of person to sit in a cubicle (nothing against that) but for me, I don’t like the same routine. Acting and directing allows you to have a different experience each time, while doing the same things every time, if that makes sense. For someone trying to get into this career prepare for a bumpy road. There will always be people who will ridicule you and try to deter your goals by telling you to get a “real job,”, so surround yourself with family and friends who will support you. I didn’t experience that because my family always supported me, but it’s not going to be easy to get ahead. So unless you are really committed to pursuing your dreams, know this field is not for the faint of heart. You need “tough skin.” The road is not easy, but I promise you it’s fun! T2T: You said surround yourself with family and strong support. How has that helped you? Gary: As you know, I lost my mom, Sarah Sturgis to cancer the day after Mother’s Day, on my wife’s birthday this year. I always had a close relationship with my parents, Abraham and Sarah Sturgis and my mom and I were close. So although that was a painful time, many opportunities and doors have opened since then as if I have a Guardian Angel working next to God for me. I got cast for new roles, more projects, and now this film. It’s crazy that even with the loss of my best friend; I still feel her supporting me along with my father and family. That makes a big difference and it’s why I will tell anybody, to always surround yourself with those who have your back, even beyond this life.

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We ended the conversation on that note and if you want to see in detail all Gary Sturgis has and is doing, be sure to visit: http://1celebrity.wix.com/garysturgis#! It’s clear for Gary—that when “life happens”, he will certainly SHIFT! ■


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few. To sum this all up, my character Tony and I share qualities. We are both the ‘Alpha Male’ type with a strong sense of humor. We both like to have a good time…especially with our ‘MEtime’…’man-cave-havin,’ Laker-game lovin,’ poker-playin’ selves. Needless to say, working with Angell again makes my job that much easier. She’s very talented as both a comedian and a dramatic actress which makes my life on set fun and lightens my workload. I know that when w have scenes together, she will do her part…and then some, to make it work! Her timing is similar to mine and we have good chemistry. (He laughs) She has that ‘Claire Huxtable’ thang going on…in every way! Angell’s take on this upcoming season added a unified response that it’s clearly a season you don’t want to miss and you will find yourself…and your kids, relating to every episode. The show has evolved in so many ways because of the creative and spectacular writing team. Portraying my character, Lisa Stallworth, is amazing because I can relate to her. She is dynamic, strong and yet vulnerable. She is a mother and very responsible, especially when it comes to her children. Since we are a youthful couple, I think this kind of sets us aside from other family shows because we are able to be ‘hip’ and still in control of the kids. We have a bit of edginess, but the show will allow our viewers to relate to every character, in some way, because we deal with issues on the show that most families do. Our goal is to try to send positive messages to our television audience that they can relate to, in one way, or another. Family is the foundation to everything because they will always come to your rescue. What I hope to achieve with my character, Lisa, is to show that she is not perfect. She knows this and yet she is still growing and trying to find her way. She is serious about her children and her life with her husband, Tony. I worked with Omar in Baby Boy, so we already have such great chemistry and that makes it fun working with him on this show. Sometimes it seems Lisa doesn’t take things seriously (in a comical type of way), but she shows you don’t have to be perfect, to be a great woman. This is what I hope people, no matter who they are, can relate to because there is so much pressure out there to be ‘perfect,’ and not just ‘ourselves,’ and that is what I love about my character. You know how you can have a moment where you feel like you are in a place that was meant for ‘just you’? Well, I felt that way about the script when I first read it. I felt at home and that I was meant to be a part of this show and now that I am, I am having fun with it. It is great to be able to laugh at everybody…and yourself, in the process. I have gotten such great feedback from our viewers on the show, and what they might not realize, is that, their responses keep us going. You can keep up with what Angell is doing by visiting www.angellconwell.net and Omar on Twitter @theomargooding. Go to Bounce TV’s website for viewing times in your area and watch past episodes on www.bouncetv.com . ■

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American communities pulling together with other cultures to let the “injustice practicing” officials know—BLACK LIVES MATTER! The recognition of the problem we faced that took the life of Mike Brown spread all over the world in the form of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Police brutality is getting out of control and we know it is not every police officer. But since nothing is being done in a way that will deter some from continuing, it is affecting their relations to us, as well as, our views of them. What the news media reflected was how the economically weak and deprived citizens are becoming easier targets for this type of brutality. But now that we have knowledge of this never-ending problem, it holds power to progress. As a society of informed people due to the technology age, we have an opportunity to shape history, and not be lost in it. Strategies, laws, and unity need to rise up like hot springs all over the nation. When this takes place, we will see a change in our communities and country as a whole. On the day every citizen realizes and understands Black Lives Matter…it will be the day that ALL LIVES MATTER. Because up to this point, the harsh reality is this, it has been the lives of Blacks and African people that have been the most devalued. On this anniversary…a year later, there is still work to be done. Michelle Lewis is one of thousands in her community who are seeking the civil liberties and justice for all that our Constitution promises its constituents. It makes you wonder what happened to the “land of the free” and “home of the brave” phrases we so proudly recite in unity, but still have yet to experience across the board. Change is necessary and inevitable either in a positive or negative way. The roles we play in reaction to the countless “Mike Brown” stories will determine which path we invoke. Hopefully we will gravitate back to the words written on the Statue of Liberty: “…cries she with silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me…■

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ashion truly meant business at the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s Fashion House presentation during the chamber’s 2015 Annual Convention in Hollywood, FL. The exciting show brought together designers, business leaders and vendors and also served as a networking platform for all. During the event, emerging designers from South Florida presented their pieces to a packed audience, including retail buyers, manufacturers, distributers, fashion business consultants, admirers and celebrity guests. Presentations included showcases from Upscale General, Intyce Swimwear, Shannon Saint Clair, Africa Muso, Vanae Swimwear and Fly Supply. A percentage of the shows proceeds were also donated to a local charity. The National Black Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization which has dedicated itself to the economic empowerment of African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity since its incorporation in 1993. Focused on sustaining entrepreneurship and guiding future entrepreneurs, the NBCC advocates innovative approaches to development for businesses domestically and internationally. NBCC has grown to over 200 chapters located in 40 states and 50 nations, establishing itself as the largest black business association in the world. ■


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it is 35 years later, and this song is still getting played regularly on the radio stations!” He has a new album that is about 60% complete. It is a mix of instrumental and vocal. He continues, “The market has changed so much you don’t know what’s going to get airplay. It’s kinda difficult for this genre of music.” I just learned that Tom’s other career is an airline pilot!! He laughs and says, “Due to the market, sometimes I have to rotate between the two, music and aviation!” Tom performed on tour with Ronnie Laws for about 1-1/2 years. He has also performed with Najee, Gerald Albright, Norman Connors, and The Blackbyrds with a tribute to Donald Byrd. He concludes with these last words, “I’m still trying to keep the music alive. I have a new project coming out very soon. To all of my fans, I would like to give a heart felt thanks for your continued support through the years!” ■ As for me, I’m Funkin’ for Jamaica! Jamaica funk…that’s what it is!! http://www.tombrowne.org https://www.twitter.com/tombrowne_ https://www.facebook.com/TomBrowneJamaicaFunk?fref=ts

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he funk master himself, Tom Browne, was born Thomas Frederick Browne in Jamaica, New York in 1954. He is best known for his amazing trumpet intro on his famous 1980 hit, “Funkin’ for Jamaica”! Jamaica funk that’s what it is…let it get into you!! I sure let it get into me every time I hear it!! I wanted to know how that memorable song that everybody loves came about. “My second album for Arista GSP Records was 95% complete, but upon submitting it to the company, Arista said that it seemed to need one more song,” Tom explains. “I wrote a bass line and drum concept and taught bassist Bernard Wright the bass line. The song was nothing more than a musical rendition of what was happening in my hometown and what I perceived as the Jamaica, NY scene. I told vocalist Tonni Smith the concept; she ran with it, and came up with the lyrics! Now we have the inspiration and birth of “Funkin’ for Jamaica”!! When asked how that one of a kind trumpet intro came about, Tom states, “We were trying to figure out how to turn it into a trumpet song. It had horns, but…how do we turn it into a trumpet song?” The producer wanted to make it readily identifiable with Tom Browne as a trumpet player, so that’s how the trumpet was introduced! Of course, I also wanted to know what the response of the audience is when he comes out on stage and belts out that ridiculously awesome intro!! Tom laughs and says, “It has always been like a call to the dance floor. When you hear that sound it translates to, hey everybody it’s time to get up!” Tom Browne has other songs and albums, which were classified by the record industry as hits. They made the charts and received proper airplay, but “Funkin’ for Jamaica” overshadowed all of them! That song was on such a different level that people always assumed that was his only hit. In spite of all of his other albums, this was his chart topper!! Tom chuckles, “Here


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hese are the words so eloquently spoken by former President Jimmy Carter that graciously serve as the prelude to the song LOVE IS THE ANSWER, written by Breeze The Voice (Breeze). Not only Breeze’s management team, but the Carter Center themselves are expecting this song to make a huge impact as they adopt this song to be the mantra of their global peace and anti-violence initiative. Breeze (the Voice), born Fabrice Clerger, is no stranger to having his songs heard and connected to civic and social initiatives because his lyrics and passion for many causes are an effortless matrimony. Breeze also penned a song “THE DREAM REALIZED” that was released on his freshman album (2013) and has been added to the Martin Luther King Center’s archives. Born from loving parents of Haitian descent, Breeze grew up with a strong sense of morals, character and faith. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He grew up loving to play basketball, draw and spend time with his family. Speaking of family, Breeze remembers listening to some of his father’s favorite classics blasting throughout the house. Artists like Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass and New Edition were some of his favorites as a kid by default.

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Although Breeze’s love for music began at a young age, he wasn’t very confident in his singing abilities. It wasn’t until a few years ago he discovered his true gift for singing and songwriting. At age 17, Breeze accepted Jesus as Lord of his life, and that’s when he began to “realize” his true calling - MUSIC. God has now called a once shy and insecure boy to boldly inspire people with his voice. There is truly a plan for this passionate, soulful, laidback, inspirational R&B artist with aspirations of being a true “TRENDSETTER” in the resurgence of great music. The saying: “A silent river runs deep” describes Breeze. On the surface, he is a man of few words, yet his music reveals the deeper parts of his soul and his great love for God. Music is no longer a hobby for Breeze, but an instrument that he uses to connect with both God and people. Breeze is excited to be a part of Crash Zone Entertainment, a collective of artists and musically inspired industry executives that provide a haven for God-centered individuals like him to share music with the world. The Crash Zone Family calls it the “The Zone—a place where real music lives! Make sure to check out his latest album YOU, which Continued on page 72

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The Jazzhop Movement presents:

Roxie Soul Butterfly

oxie, the Soul Butterfly, is a talented songstress originally from Columbus, Ohio. Already well known for her incomparable vocal range, and powerfully angelic voice, Roxie is an established hometown favorite with a rapidly growing national fan base. Roxie first discovered her voice at the age of five, when she heard records by her mother, Chaka Khan. When the music played, Roxie would sing. And when family or friends visited, she would entertain them. Even at a young age, the natural strength of Roxie’s voice was obvious. It commanded attention, and the reaction of others was always the same - overwhelmingly positive. With time, practice, and the help of her parent’s diverse musical record collection, Roxie’s gift made room for her. Her musical influences include Bob Marley, Angela Bofill, and of course Chaka Khan. Those influences can be heard sprinkled throughout Roxie’s lyrics and musical style. Her breathtaking vocal range is in the same class as some of the greats; for example, Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams. The talented label mate, musician, composer and producer, BJazz has an affectionate and accurate way of describing Roxie’s vocal range: “She can go from monster to tweety bird in seconds!” And that, she does. As life would have it, Roxie’s voice was abruptly silenced when the love of her life was murdered. As a young woman, and

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now a single mother, Roxie did what the moment demanded of her, and dedicated herself to her family. I’ve heard it said that a butterfly never knows how beautiful it is, because it cannot see its wings. In Roxie’s case, her voice doubles as her wings. After a brief hiatus, the opportunity for Roxie to sing or fly again presented itself. It was then, she vowed not to let anything get in the way of her performing again. Her debut album, “Soul Butterfly,” is already creating a loud buzz. Armed with a combination of songwriting ability and vocal power, Roxie delivers on her promise, and you will be glad she did. Just making the end of year cut, Soul Butterfly was released to the public December 23, 2014. It’s currently available on Band Camp, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play. “Soul Butterfly” is a true R&B Album with melodic love songs and story-telling ballads. It is sexy and honest with a fantasy feel. Roxie confidently flies to the next level; and, with Soul Butterfly - takes us along for the flight. ■ “She is a powerhouse in the studio and on stage, she has no struggles.”– BJazz instagram:@singroxie http://soulbutterfly.bandcamp.com Facebook: Roxie www.thejazzhopmovement.com

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“I told my Creator, no matter what happens, I will complete my assignment, as promised.” – Roxie


David Drew CONTINUED FROM PAGE 46 modern day characters. Augusta Nights’ storyline captures the background of the Prentice’s family with flashbacks from the Civil War. It begins with the death of David Franklin, former husband of former Mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin and then culminates to President Barack Obama becoming the First African American President. No matter how this astonishing and focused director, writer, actor, and civil servant strives to reach his goals, his main drive lies within the confines of this one important factor…that he is the last surviving male to his branch of the Drew family, thus establishing his passion for developing a Drew Legacy. He has two beautiful daughters, Konica Avery and Tse’lani Drew—no sons; therefore, unless they have a son with his last name, the Drew family lineage ends with him. So he is determined to leave a body of works to imprint upon the pages of history in his place. I was once told a story about the background of the dash upon the tombstone. That it represents the life of that person. Well I want all that I accomplished documented with the peace-of-mind that I made a difference in the lives of those I touched. My obituary will be a book, so don’t expect to see the game on that day (he laughs); you will be there a minute. When I leave this realm of consciousness, I want to come back as ME. I am going to live life to the fullest with the creative gift of words, as I give back. ■

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Breeze CONTINUED FROM PAGE 71 features hit songs like Love is the Answer, OverFlow, Fire Love, Falling, and of course the title released single, You! Breeze really believes, and we agree, his music and passion for helping others can make a difference in changing some of the social ills of this world! He prolifically sings about one variable in the equation that can not be absent and that is LOVE....Love is the Answer! ■ MUSIC AVAILABLE ON: iTunes, Amazon and BandCamp BOOKING INFORMATION: Crash Zone Entertainment (773) 469-5908 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breezethevoice?fref=ts Twitter: @BreezetheVoice BandCamp: https://breezethevoice.bandcamp.com/

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he leaves have changed colors, fallen and in some areas snow is on the way. Despite the colder temperatures people still buy homes during the winter. Don’t lose hope; put your home on the market to sell in the winter. When you decide to sell, let’s not forget curb appeal. Below are 3 Simple Tips to enhance the exterior of your home and perk homebuyers’ interest in your home.

Set The Stage The outside of your home tells a story and creates interest for the potential buyer. Imagine the outside as your stage. The lawn should be well maintained, bushes trimmed, grass edged and leaves raked. In areas where snow is prevalent, snow should be shoveled, driveways and walkways clear. Bring All That Jazz or Pizazz Adding some color to the front entrance of the home draws attention to your stage. Fresh coats of paint on the front door add some extra sparkle, for example try a bold color like red. D decorate the entry with potted plants and flowers such as mums or pansies in fall colors like orange, golden yellow and deep russet will bring pizzazz. Light, Camera and Action A well-lit home appears to be inviting and welcoming. Make sure to replace nonworking light bulbs in light fixtures around the home. With porch lights, flood lights and accent lights all functioning, a potential buyer will get an enhanced view of the home. It’s Showtime!!! ■

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About the Author, Nita Gray is a Real Estate Professional with PalmerHouse Properties Realty in Atlanta, GA and can be contacted at nita.gray@palmerhouseproperties.com.


Trendsetters to trendsetters magazine sept oct 2015  

Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine Sept/Oct 2015