Thursday, April 15, 2021

Checkout This Promising Black-Owned Vegan-Friendly Beauty Brand - Akoyn Beauty By Nynoka Grant

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MEET THE FOUNDER OF A THRIVING BLACK-OWNED, VEGAN-FRIENDLY BEAUTY BRAND

Nationwide -- Meet Nynoka Grant, founder and CEO of Akoyn Beauty, an Atlanta-based Black-owned company that manufactures vegan-friendly personal care specialty products that are especially for women. Their premium soaps, skin creams, and body butter are handmade from the finest all-natural ingredients. Now, more than ever, taking care of yourself and remaining stress-free is a priority.

Nynoka comments, "Women are indeed running the world, wielding political power but also facing unfair burdens during the global pandemic. Some women are working from home while homeschooling children. Others are essential workers. Women across the world are remaining indoors for safety reasons. Pandemic life is different, and everyone has adjusted. However, self-care is not optional."

She continues, "This is not the time to abandon everyday beauty routines. Caring for your skin must be part of a twice-daily ritual, and the right all-over-body products can keep every inch of your skin nourished."

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Black Broadway Singer Joins CAAPA

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AWARD-WINNING SINGER NORM LEWIS JOINS THE COALITION FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nationwide -- Celebrated singer and actor Norm Lewis has been named to the board of directors of the Coalition for African-Americans in the Performing Arts. Lewis’ extraordinary musical and gifts as an actor have been well-documented on concert hall stages and TV screens around the world.

The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts is a Washington, D.C. area-based arts organization whose mission is to bring a wide range of performing arts opportunities to diverse communities, particularly those of color. Commonly known as CAAPA, the arts advocacy group provides numerous cultural programs to the surrounding community, as well as regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Black Men Unite For Prostate Cancer Disparity Rally

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THOUSANDS OF BLACK DOCTORS, PASTORS AND MORE UNITE FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS RALLY

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is launching its "Prostate Cancer Disparity Rally" to address the growing prostate cancer crisis in Black America caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic increase in new prostate cancer cases.

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for Black men in the U.S. The disease also has the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer for men or women. The American Cancer Society recently released estimates that new cases of prostate cancer will increase by 30% in 2021.

Tuesday, April 13th - Sen. Sanders Neighborhood Small Business Grant Program Webinar

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Learn How to Apply for Neighborhood Business Grant Program Today


Greetings All:

You are cordially invited by Senator James Sanders Jr. to a Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Funding Meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr. with the Citizens Committee for New York City presenting.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Black Army Sergeant Designs Street Wear Fitness Brand

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ARMY SERGEANT DESIGNS STREET WEAR FITNESS BRAND THAT CATERS TO FITNESS HIP-HOP ENTHUSIASTS

Finding the right out of the box, urban streetwear with a fitness theme is something many of us never knew existed. Rack Runners, a fitness-driven, urban-style clothing line, by Kyle Harvey, 35, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was created in 2017.

Rack Runners sells a variety of merchandise including t-shirts, joggers, hoodies, eBooks, and fitness accessories. Since launching, Rack Runners has amassed 10k followers on Facebook and Instagram, also being hand-selected by Facebook to be one of 1,300 members of the Boost Facebook Leaders Network.

Harvey, an Ohio native & Washington, DC area resident, fully opened the Rack Runners online shop after 3 years of finding a niche and working diligently towards quality, research, and development. “Nobody, to my knowledge, has ever combined, streetwear, hip-hop culture, the love of food, and fitness together.

This is what I feel makes my brand unique. There are not just checks or stripes on a shirt. Plenty of time, thought, and creativity went into building this vision. I spent many hours drawing designs from my phone, so it motivates me when I see people wearing my clothes,” Harvey says.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Listen And Laugh Attending The Live Stream Of Comic Legend Michael Colyar's Exclusive Interview With Superstar Tiffany Haddish

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Funnyman Michael Colyar Scores One Hour Exclusive Interview With Comedian and Actress Tiffany Haddish April 14!

Catch "The Michael Colyar's Super Star Interviews on Instagram Live Every Wednesdays @ 6 PM PT!

Hollywood, CA. (April 9, 2021) - Funnyman Michael Colyar scores one hour exclusive interview with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish on "The Michael Colyar's Super Star Interviews Show!"

Michael Colyar welcomes Tiffany Haddish to his show Wednesday, April 14 at 6 pm (PST) on Instagram Live.

Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, producer and New York Times best-selling author who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing “Dina” alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. She made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live.

Author's Spotlight: In Celebration of National Library Week Rap Artist Kaila Love Talks Books, Music and More

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 In Celebration Of National Library Week
Rap Artist Kaila Love
Talks Books, Music And More

Los Angeles, CA - April 6, 2021 - Libraries play an important role in our communities and this is a week to celebrate it! It's National Library Week!

Rap artist Kaila Love shares how reading books and music have been gamechangers, especially during the pandemic-era.

The talented singer and songwriter's single, "Half Time," was recently featured on ESPN and NBA2K21 (her first sync placement), the day the song was released into the virtual world.

Kaila says, "I've always been an avid reader and drawn to anything with a beat." "I think the two work beautifully together."

Article On Emerging Hip Hop Artist Kaila Love Celebrating National Library Week Continues After Sponsor's Messages Below...

Author's Spotlight: Lori Gentles Celebrates National Library Week And Salutes Libraries For Their Role In Communities!

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 Lori Gentles Celebrates
National Library Week And
Salutes Libraries And Their Role in Communities!

Los Angeles, CA - April 5, 2021 - Lori Gentles author of Oh SLAP! My Choices Determine My Destiny celebrates National Library Month and salutes libraries and their role in the community.

Oh SLAP! is the number one guide to making better choices and living a self-empowered live.

Gentles says, "Libraries play an important role in our communities and it's important to salute them, support library workers' and promote library use."

The theme for National Library Week 2021 is "Welcome to Your Library."

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Black Author, Book For Teens About Bullying

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NOTED BLACK AUTHOR RELEASES BOOK FOR TEENS ON HOW TO SURVIVE BEING BULLIED

Nationwide -- Chess Not Checkers by Tony Lindsay is a teen novel with adult adventures and situations. The novel’s thrills happen in both urban and rural environments.

A twenty-year-old, Thaddeus Adams, is looking back to when he was a self-described “nerd” who stood up to a brutal bully, Earl Jacobson. The bully is gang-affiliated and heartless, and he adds layers of difficulties to Thaddeus’ life that no teen should have to endure.

The challenges require strategic planning which shears off layers of Thaddeus’ nerd qualities. At times, we see Thaddeus knocked flat on his back, and at other times we see him standing strong with confidence; he learns to depend on family, community, and friends to survive. Chess Not Checkers is sure to become a teen classic.

Black Woman Opens Fitness Center in Dallas

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FORMER ARMY VET OPENS NEWEST BLACK WOMAN-OWNED GYM AND FITNESS CENTER IN DALLAS


Nationwide -- Meet 32-year old Destiny Nicole Monroe, the owner of Raw Fitness, a Black-owned gym and fitness center located in the Dallas, Texas area. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, this former Army Veteran and software engineer already has more than half a million followers on Instagram (@DNicoleMonroe) and now offers online tailored workout programs.

Destiny boasts a brand built on authenticity and the REAL fitness experience. Living a healthy lifestyle is second nature for her, and she wants to make sure her clients live by that notion. Her world-class fitness center has a significant focus on helping clients online, and prides itself in offering practical and efficient solutions. She was recently featured on NBC's Today Show.

The dream

Her dream and commitment go all the way back to high school when Destiny found her passion for track and field before joining the Army. Destiny grew up in a Black community, where health is a concern due to poor eating and dietary habits. Destiny herself agrees that her life was not any different, added to the violent life she underwent. All these issues have, over time, influenced her decision and zeal to develop fitness and good health programs to help the people around her.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The COVID-19 Blues - The Story of US

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The Covid-19 Blues ... The Story of US
Blues Legend BB King
By JV Howard

Although instrumental accompaniment is almost universal in the blues, the blues is essentially a  vocal form. Blues songs are lyrical rather than narrative; blues singers are expressing feelings rather than telling stories.

The emotion expressed is generally one of sadness or melancholy, often due to problems in love. The COVID-19 blues could be serenaded into problems feeling about life during a pandemic.
 
Yet nothing speaks to the story of us - in some ways - than the silence of clubs and musicians in the city of New Orleans. It’s said NO has never been so quiet especially with the passing of notable jazz pioneer Ellis Marsalis, to Covid. Taken Covid-19 fallout and NO silence with no carnival together one could sense with immense sentiments the reverberation of BB King’s “the thrill is gone.


  
It’ been a long year.

Talented Emerging Rap Artist Kaila Love Lands ESPN Sync Licensing With Her Hit Single “Half Time”!

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Rap Artist Kaila Love
Lands ESPN Sync Licensing
With Hit Single “Half Time”!

Hollywood, CA. - As listening habits have shifted away from radio, visual media have become more important for discovering new music.

There are record labels; music publishers; third party pitching companies; production music libraries, producers, songwriters, managers, and artists; all hoping for something called "sync placement," the industry term for matching a song to what's happening on screen.

Talented rap artist known as Kaila Love tapped into the ‘Sync Licensing’ world with her single, “Half Time,” featured on ESPN and NBA2K21 (her first sync placement), the day the song was released into the virtual world, which had been a goal of Kaila's for 2 years.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mary J. Blige Teams Up with Gold Bond & Diamond in the RAW Foundation For The "Skin Champion Stunt Teen Workshop"

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Mary J. Blige & Gold Bond Teams Up
with Diamond in the RAW Foundation
"Skin Champion Stunt Teen Workshop"

10 Winners Will Be Announced on the
Official Mary J. Blige Instagram

(Los Angeles, CA) April 6, 2021 - The Diamond in the RAW Foundation recently announced, the "Skin Champion Stunt Workshop," for teen girls (ages 14-17).

With the support of Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and actress Mary J. Blige and Gold Bond, Diamond in the RAW will be hosting the "Skin Champion Stunt Workshop". Teen girls will experience the lifestyle of a Hollywood stuntwoman.

La Faye Baker, founder of Diamond in the RAW says, "I am grateful for this partnership with Gold Bond and their dedication, as we inspire Black girls to thrive."

Monday, April 5, 2021

Black-Owned Tech Co. Creates Police Brutality App

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BLACK-OWNED TECH COMPANY CREATES SAFETY APP TO HELP PREVENT POLICE BRUTALITY

Nationwide -- WestMason, a Black-owned design and development studio based in Orlando, has announced the launch of their first mobile app called MyOneOne, available on iOS and Android. The mobile experience offers a personal security network made up of your friends and family.

MyOneOne provides minorities and underserved the power to protect themselves as well as their loved ones. Nationwide, minorities are constantly overpoliced and persecuted in and out of their homes and neighborhoods, carrying the fear of not making it home from a traffic stop or gunned down while out for a jog.

Black Reality TV Star, How to Get on TV

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REALITY TV STAR LAUNCHES ONLINE COURSE ON HOW TO USE PERSUASIVE WRITING TO GET ON TV

Nationwide -- Reality television personality, Kimberly D. Worthy, is known as the woman who infamously freaked at dismembering a whole chicken and who forgot to put sugar in her sugar cookies on the Food Network's Worst Cooks and Worst Bakers in America. With that said, Kimberly knows a thing or two about the reality TV world. But before she made it onto the big screen, she first had to make it through the application process.

Bottling up her tried and true techniques, Kimberly has launched an online one-on-one coaching service to assist people with learning the skill set of persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is the first step of the application process to appearing on reality TV or on any other type of non-scripted television show.

Friday, April 2, 2021

5 Black Entrepreneurs Launch HBCU Scholarship

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5 BLACK ENTREPRENEURS LAUNCH NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR HBCU STUDENTS

Nationwide --Meet five Black entrepreneurs who are showing commitment to their community by joining together to offer a $2,000 scholarship for two HBCU undergraduate students. In the progression of their own success stories, four businesses have teamed together to pay it forward to the next generation of Black leaders. CEO Wesley Jacques of BlueDrem Media & Marketing Services, Lauren and Zevi Lacey, Founders of Urban Business Directory, Gia Mac, CEO of Infinite 7 and Ashley Johnson, Owner of the Vegan Chef Ash brand have partnered to present this incredible opportunity. These entrepreneurs have created a collective call to action to give back to the community that has continued to support their dreams.

“As Black business owners, we want to show our love and appreciation to the upcoming generation so the Step into Greatness Scholarship will be rewarded to passionate individuals who are making a positive impact in the community,” states Lauren Lacey, Co-founder of Urban Business Directory. With the goal of empowering young people to move forward in successful paths despite any roadblocks that may come their way, these Black business owners want to express their support and encouragement for students. “Food, expenses, and tuition are expensive, so I am truly honored to be in a position to pour into the lives of young people by any means necessary. Our college students need to be uplifted because they are the pillars of the future,” says Wesley Jacques of BlueDrem.

First Black Virtual Art Exhibit Debuts

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FIRST EVER BLACK VIRTUAL ART EXHIBIT SHOWCASES THE WORK OF 60 INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED BLACK ARTISTS AND GALLERIES

Nationwide -- The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), the largest, traveling Diasporic art show in the country, has opened its 2021 Virtual Art Show with over 60 artists and galleries from around the globe. The show, which is free to the public and accessible 24/7, will feature interactive displays showcasing some of the world’s preeminent Black artists with over 1,200 works available, valued at more than $100M. The fair will run continuously through Saturday, July 31, 2021.

Featured artists for the 2021 Harlem Fine Arts show include Ademola Olugebefola, Otto Neals, Roederick Vines, John Pinderhughes, Danny Simmons, Glenn Tunstull, and Frank Frazier. WaterKolours Gallery (Memphis), Soweto Fine Art Gallery (South Africa), and Spence Gallery (Canada) are among the galleries included in the virtual show.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Film Inspires Black Boys to Become Doctors

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DOCUMENTARY INSPIRES MORE BLACK BOYS TO BECOME DOCTORS


Nationwide -- The long-anticipated documentary Black Men In White Coats is taking the nation by storm in a grassroots fashion! The brainchild of Dr. Dale Okorodudu, a Dallas-based Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, the film tackles the issues pertaining to why Black men aren’t becoming medical doctors and what that means for society. It features leaders in the field while also bringing intellectual star power with individuals such as actor Hill Harper, former Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and NBA champion Shane Battier. In the first week since official release, this documentary has received over 200 five-star reviews; an amazing feat for an independent film!

New Children's Book About HBCUs

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NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK CELEBRATES HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Nationwide -- Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Toni Morrison, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.) Unfortunately, many children are unaware of these institutions. With HBCU Prep School’s help, author Claudia Walker has written and published The ABCs of HBCUs to raise awareness about Black Colleges.

From A to Z, The ABCs of HBCUs gives readers a front-row, all-inclusive tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is the first children’s book to introduce young readers to college campuses like Howard University, Spelman College, Lincoln University, and Meharry Medical College.

Readers will learn about time-honored traditions such as the Battle of the Bands, homecoming, and Black fraternities and sororities.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

ATL's Newest Black Woman-Owned Radio Station and TV Network

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WOMAN LAUNCHES NEWEST BLACK-OWNED RADIO STATION AND TV NETWORK IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA

Tina Redmond aka DJ Chic Chick, a California native from Inglewood known for having many talents and ambitions, is now the owner of Atlanta's newest Black-owned radio station and television network, TRACC Radio and TRACC TV. She says she created the two media platforms to offer independent artists, celebrities, as well business owners the opportunity to be promoted worldwide.

DJ Chic Chick is a DJ that started her career professionally a little over a year ago. She is always bringing cultural music to the black communities and connecting the communities worldwide. Before moving back to Georgia, previously residing in the peach state years prior, Tina Redmond was in Hollywood working as a SAG-AFTRA actress and performing production work behind the scenes. After years of learning the industry in front of the camera, as well as behind the camera, she decided to start the planning of her work, then working her plan on the road to producing music documentaries. Tina started to brainstorm on the stepping stones that she needed to create in order for her to get into the music industry to build her connections.

Black Mom, Line of Undies For Kids of Color

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BLACK MOM, FORMER INMATE WHO WON A GRANT FROM BEYONCE, EXPANDS CHILDREN'S UNDERWEAR LINE

Yolanda Perkins, founder and CEO of Undies by BlendiTone, a line of underwear for children of color, has overcome a lot of obstacles in her life. She has transformed herself from being incarcerated in prison to a successful entrepreneur who promotes representation for Black children. She also is an advocate for the restoration of former prison inmates.

Yolanda couldn’t have predicted what the Beyonce Effect would do to catapult her children’s underwear line into market exposure, but she is thankful and excited about her journey to making a dent in the industry.

“I see the reaction from my kids when they see faces that actually look like theirs on their underwear, not a Disney character that doesn’t look like them. It’s a sense of empowerment, and I want to give that to Black kids all over the world with this line,” she explained.

Monday, March 22, 2021

MS Gulf Coast Black Business Group Raising Funds For Co-Working Space

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MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BLACK BUSINESS GROUP RAISING FUNDS TO SECURE SUPPORT FOR NEW CO-WORKING SPACE

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Black-owned business group (MSGCBOB) is reaching out for help in completing the rehabilitation of an empty strip mall space into a co-working space for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Organizers of the GoFundMe page say that they were in the middle of moving forward with the initiative using their own resources as well as those donated by the building owner to rehab the 9,000-square-foot-space. However, a recent inspection revealed the unexpected and unbudgeted need to replace the entire sprinkler system at an estimated cost of $50,000. The building owner has agreed to supply additional financial resources, but MSGCBOB organizers must also identify additional funding to support the sprinkler replacement as well.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the building owner in supporting us in this effort,” said Alexis William, founder of the online community of Black business owners and supporters. “We went in knowing that it would need some rehabbing, but this was not a cost we had anticipated. As is often the case for us, we rarely get opportunities where everything is perfect. We always have to come from behind and work hard to make up for a lack of resources, especially financial ones. But BIG dreams always require heavy lifting and we believe that our dream of seeing this reach fruition is worth fighting for. So, we are asking for the public’s help because we know there are others out there who believe in efforts like this that can positively impact the entire community.”

Urban Comedy Film Acquired by Black-Owned Media Co

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BLACK-OWNED MEDIA COMPANY ACQUIRES ALL-STAR PACKED COMEDY "DIRTY SOUTH HOUSE ARREST"

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American VOD rights to the urban comedy Dirty South House Arrest which is available to rent and own on North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms and DVD as of March 16, 2021 through Freestyle Digital Media.

Dirty South House Arrest tells the story of a college kid (‘Drake’) who is sentenced to house arrest after committing a crime to impress a girl. He then decides to throw a house party, while his mom is away. Drake is a young urban guy attending college who is smitten with Tamika, a popular young lady that dates jocks and refuses to entertain Drake’s advances, but Drake decides the best way to sway her is to pass illegal tender to drum up enough money to invite her out and impress her. Somehow his plan goes awry and his scholarship and freedom are in jeopardy.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Kids Platform Celebrates Black Beauty

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NEW PLATFORM FOR KIDS CELEBRATES BLACK BEAUTY THROUGH NATURAL HAIR CARE

Nationwide -- Silk Me Kids, the only kids’ salon in New Orleans, is ramping up brand awareness campaigns to spread their mission of becoming the educational leader and epicenter for kids to learn about and celebrate natural hair and black beauty.

The brand recently launched a slew of high-profile marketing efforts including a billboard campaign featuring their baby bratty ambassador Demi Skye, and in lieu of the cancelation of MARDI GRAS, the brand allows the spirit to live on with the “Krewe de Kuties” themed campaign and salon decor that creates the scenery and vibe of local New Orleans Carnival parade festivities.

Black Pre-Teen Author, New Sci-Fi Book

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BLACK PRE-TEEN AUTHOR, KANDE SUMMERS, RELEASES SCI-FI BOOK ABOUT INTERGALACTIC WAR

Nationwide -- Black British born, Jamaican author, Kande Summers, pens her first book entitled Going Home: Diary of a Teenage Alien. This book is written through the adolescent lens of the main character called Liz, who adopts a dystopian and explorative perspective of how an intergalactic war would impact life on earth.

Kande is the first, in a generation of her family to have written and published a book, which she has achieved at a very young age. As a reserved and curious child, she began reading at a very early age, while attending Oldfield Primary School in Maidenhead, England. At the age of 7, she immigrated with her parents to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she attended English-speaking schools in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, where she began to develop a love of English literature and the various writing styles, especially poetry.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

See The Iconic Music Pioneer Jody Watley's 1st Time Appearance On The Wendy Williams' Show

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SINGER JODY WATLEY APPEARS ON THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME!

During her recent appearance on America's favorite talk show, singer Jody Watley shined and brought back a lot of 80s nostalgia to celebrate the 34th anniversary of her first Grammy award-winning album. She also celebrated the recent launch of her signature candle line called 'Sanctuary.'

For the first time ever, music icon Jody Watley guest appears on The Wendy Williams Show. Watley recently joined Wendy Williams for a chat on the show and talked about the 34th anniversary of her first album, working on new music and her new signature candle line ‘Sanctuary.'

"Wendy was awesome and we had a fun conversation full of gems and facts on the show," says Watley.

The Grammy award-winning multi-platinum icon has paved the way as a trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion, and style.

Be Inspired By Celebrity Manager And Top Travel CEO Leggra Colon's Insights On Working Your Dream Job!

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Top Travel CEO and Celebrity Manager Leggra Colon Talks Working Your Dream Job And Going For It!

Hollywood, CA. (March 9, 2021) - Leggra Colon has always had a passion for travel and event planning.  When asked about her profession, she smiles and says, “I am a juggler of schedules at a whim.”

She adds, "I am working my dream job and I love it."  As the founder and CEO of Global Travelers, LLC, Leggra's agency manages over 40 travel agent specialists across the United States.

Serving clients worldwide, she focuses on making her clients' travel dreams come true through a collaborative planning process and her exceptional eye for detail.  The native Akon, Ohio manager and entrepreneur (now living in Atlanta, Georgia) credits her success to staying focused and being purposefully driven.

A graduate from the University of Toledo where she received a full basketball scholarship, Leggra always knew she was destined for great things. After receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science & International Relations she furthered her education at Kansas State University and received a Master’s degree in Secondary Education & Multi-Cultural Education.

“I believe each experience throughout your life molds you into becoming who you are,” says Leggra. “Embrace every opportunity and enjoy each moment along the way and just go for it," she says.