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Young, Fabulous and Female Flowing in Houston

20151015_185854The Root took landed in Houston’s House of Deréon Media Center for a sister to sister night of women’s empowerment, insight and positive energy. Sponsored by Toyota, the event, called Young, Fabulous and Female, saw a crowd of about 250 inspired and motivated by a high-powered panel. The nuggets of wisdom and inspiration unearthed during the event were golden. 20151015_204802

The dynamic panel members lean in with Toyota and The Root: Donna Hodge from Burrell Communications, plastic surgeon Dr. Camille Cash, entrepreneur Denise Hamilton, KPRC’s Tera Roberson, Houston radio personality Devon Anjelica Brown, Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle, Pastor Suzette Caldwell and The Root’s Donna Byrd.

Follow the conversation online: @corporate_divas @theroot @therootyff

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Voice your Invisible Wounds Conference 2015

Survivors Around The Country Came Together To Kick Off The
2nd Annual Voice Your Invisible Wounds Conference At
The Norris Conference Center In Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – September 29, 2015 – Physical, Mental and Sexual Abuse Survivors around country came together to kick off The 2nd Annual Voice Your Invisible Wounds Conference on September 25-26, 2015.

Voice Your Invisible Wounds Conference was hosted by its founder Alissa R. Jones. The two-day event took place at the Norris Conference Center in Houston. Patrons and participants were filled with inspiration and empowerment to help boost confidence of those who are survivors. “Removing The Mask” was the theme for the conference, which embodied the dedication to celebrating and honoring survivors who have lived courageously despite life’s travesties and obstacles of abuse.

The event opened on Friday night with an introduction of conference speakers and a meet-and-greet hosted by Women Empowering Change Founder, Shunte Davis. Attendees from Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and California among other places had the opportunity network, enjoy musical entertainment and delicious food.

On Saturday morning, participants gathered together during the daytime to hear and engage with survivor empowerment and testimonial speakers Sarah Anderson, Kandice Ewing, Aleesha Barlow, Lou Gary Hughes, Cherise Riley, and David Massey hosted by Radio Personality Dawn Paul of Dr. Dawn Radio. In the midst of tragedy each presenter demonstrated how to experience inspiration to move forward despite their unfortunate situations.

The day ended with a fundraising dinner gala and award ceremony where attendees and VIP guests arrived for a 3-course meal dinner prepared by Kouture Kuisine. The room was filled with entertainment and recognition for the hard work of individuals that keep the Survivors With Foundation going and most importantly, the former victims who now see themselves as victors. Professor Carlos Wallace an Author, Philanthropist, President/CEO of Sol-Caritas was a special guest speaker who spoke about his life story and shared excerpts from his book “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are.” Following the dinner, featured keynote speaker, Cancer survivor and WE tv actress Phoenix White shared her story and life journey. Phoenix walked through the room greeting guests and as beautiful as she is, you would never imagine what she had been through. She talked about being a victim of rape, being homeless, and having brain surgery and nearly dying in the process. Her story was remarkable!

Alissa took the stage to give special awards to the following individuals: Majic 102.1FM Radio Personality Kandi Eastman (Survivor Honoree Award), Nichole Villafane (The Odessa Award an Award of Forgiveness), Haynes Of Healing Hearts founder Andrea Haynes (Making A Difference Foundation Award), Women Empowerment Foundation founder Jazmine Jones (Making A Difference Foundation Award), Lt. James Stewart (Survivor Of The Year Award Winner), and RST Lupus Foundation Founder Rebekah Threlkeld (Survivor Of The Year Award Winner). A representative from Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee’s office was there to present Alissa with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for the work of her foundation Survivors With Voices and a representative from Mayor Annise Parker’s office presented Alissa with a Proclamation naming Survivors With Voices the official “Unlock Your Voice Month” for the entire month of September.

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Several VIP guests who attended the Gala included: Miss Mykie (BET Correspondent), Ramona Franklin (Notable Attorney/Public Figure), Roneisha Ray (Miss Black America), Joe Grisaffi (Award Winning Director) and Sara Gaston (Actress).

This year’s sponsors and supporters included: Intravec Designs, Sol-Caritas, Why Leadership, DJ TNT, Kouture Kuisine, LG Entertainment LLC, Glam The Salon, Homes By Jones, Loans By Jones, Lemon Lime Light Media, Strictly Industry a Boutique PR Firm, Survivors With Voices Foundation, Something To Talk About Weddings & Event Management, Total Life Changes, It Works, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Essence Of Faith Hair Studio, A God Inspired Boutique, SCT’s Kreations, Jubilee Jewelry, The Glamour Projects, A Rich Girl Handbags & Accessories. Hair provided by Shuron White of Glam The Salon and makeup provided by Steven Cole of Colors Coleman.

The 3rd Annual Voice Your Invisible Wounds Conference is scheduled to take place on September 23-24, 2016 with keynote speaker Sarah Jakes-Roberts daughter of Bishop TD Jakes.

About Alissa R. Jones and Survivors With Voices Foundation
Survivors With Voices Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) organization benefiting men and women who have suffered mental and physical abuse. The premise of the Foundation is to cultivate (within those who benefit from the Foundation) the true mark of a survivor. The Foundation defines the true mark as the ability to inspire hope through the telling of a survivor story. Through support groups lead by chapter member-presidents across the country, the Foundation provides an open forum for women to be supported by their peers who have experienced similar circumstances. Women can come to find mentorship, counseling, and development for social skills and self-esteem. The Foundation teaches group member / participants how to become empowered by telling their story. In 2014, Jones held her very first Voice Your Invisible Wounds Conference where she and her team helped many men and women who needed help in letting go of all the hurt and pain of life travesties. She believes that no one’s story is the same, but we all have a story. This conference is aimed to help men and women find healing and balance in their personal and professional lives. For more information visit http://www.survivorswithvoices.com

Photo credit: Rodney G. Oakley

Stay connected on social media at:
Facebook: @SurvivorsWithVoices
Twitter: @SWVFoundation
Instagram: @SWVFoundation
Web: http://www.SurvivorsWithVoices.com
Hashtag: #SWVfoundation

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Marilyn Mosby Baltimore’s Supergirl

Meet 35 year old Marilyn Mosby who only 4 months ago stepped into office as the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America. Marilyn lives in West Baltimore and is the proud mother of two daughters. She is half of a power couple married to Nick J. Mosby, 7th District Baltimore City Councilman. Growing up her home was called the “police house.” Her mother , father, uncles  and grandfather were all police officers. she in fact comes from 5 generations of officers.  She decided to dedicate her life to public service at 14  years old after seeing her 17 year old college bound cousin murdered. She  witnessed the trial as well as the servants professionalism in the public defenders office. This made a critical impact on her career decision. MMOSBYFAMILY

A first generation college graduate she went on to Boston College Law School, and then  joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. After five months of service as an Assistant State’s Attorney, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Early Resolution Court where she managed and trained newly sworn prosecutors and support staff on courtroom decorum and docket management. By 2011, Mosby had advanced from District Court to the General Trial Division, where she prosecuted some of the most heinous felonies in the state. In just three months’ time, Mosby was promoted to the Special Investigation Unit of the company, where she investigated and defended against fraudulent insurance claims throughout the state of Maryland.

marilyn-mosby53Mosby, an inner-city Boston native, graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University. That same year, she was awarded the Council On Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.  She clerked at several highly-esteemed governmental agencies, including the United States Attorneys Office in both Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. She also clerked in the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston. She was named twice, in 2013 and 2014, as one of the Baltimore Sun’s 50 Women to Watch; Baltimore Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014; and the Daily Record’s 2013, Leading Women.

Page Croyder of the Balitmore Sun wrote:  “Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s “quick” and “decisive” action in charging six Baltimore police officers a mere two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray  is being called by some either incompetence or an unethical recklessness. Alan Dershowitz, the noted defense attorney, sharply criticized her for using her charging power as “crowd control.” The breadth of the charges, Ms. Mosby’s overreaching, is all-too-obvious.  And she failed to make use of the grand jury to gather, probe and test the evidence before a group of average citizens.

It smacks more of a calculated push to the spotlight, filing charges after a mere two weeks. She conducted her own “parallel” investigation using her police integrity unit (the only unit listed on her published staffing tree missing the name of a supervisor.) She calculated her actions for surprise and maximum effect, and she got it.In the long run, Ms. Mosby may be undermining the cause of justice rather than promoting it. She has created an expectation of guilt and conviction. If that does not happen, many will blame the system as unfair or unjust, when it may have been Ms. Mosby’s own lack of competence and/or arrogance in bringing charges so quickly.”  Page Croyder spent 21 years in the Baltimore state’s attorneys office,  re-blogged from the Baltimore Sun May 2015.

As with any hero there will be detractors that are quick to point out there weaknesses, like krypton. They have already begun talking about who donated to her campaign for District Attorney’s office, the fact that her husband Nick is in fact a seated councilmen and that she has never tried a murder case.  Police organizations are even requesting she recuse herself from the case due to donations. Even with all that being said, we applaud the courage it will take for her to walk out the path that has been laid before her.  But walk she must because she was created for a time such as this. You are a #corporatediva !

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Tanqueray Trunk Show

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Jason Geter guru behind Strivers

The Tanqueray trunk show landed in Houston, the finale of six dates spread across the country. If your anything like the rest of us, your first question is what’s a trunk show? Simply put, the trunk show was a opportunity to be exposed to several up and coming brands along with the gurus behind them. During the event there was a panel that featured DJ Mos, Ronnie Fieg creator of KiTH NYC, Maxwell Osborne founder of Public School and Black Apple, and Jason Geter owner of Striver’s and T.I.’s business partner and manager with Curtis Coltrane as the moderator. The trunk show idea was crafted by two interns from Coltrane’s effervescent marketing agency Team Epiphany, which he heads.  This event came to life when challenged to come up with a new way to connect with Tanqueray’s target audience. The spark they lit was to cross the line between lifestyle and the means by which you obtain that lifestyle. In effect feeding your spirit with inspiration a midst the flowing spirits.

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During the event there were signature cocktails featuring Tanqueray 10, as well open bars were you built your own tonic that included upscale flavors like elder20150411_180633flower. The atmosphere was fashion forward and the open concept space at the beautiful Astorian fit the mod mood perfectly. But the key piece of the program was the time these ground breaking entrepreneurs spent sharing how they have accomplished their respective success. Each shared their own personal blue print on how they have arrived. Components included mentoring, skill building, and periods where they had to work to gain valuable experience. They also gave everyone in attendance a piece of apparel from one of the lines, in true trunk show fashion.

I enjoyed not only what Tanqueray was pouring but also what these entrepreneurs poured from themselves. To top it off recording artist Common performed and shared how some of his personal trials that have helped make him into the Grammy award winning artist that we celebrate. Listening to Lonnie reminds me how far removed we both have come from the south side of Chi. But that is all part of what we place in our trunks, for moments like this trunk show.

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Corporate Divas THESHOW at GRAMMYCONNECT 2015 with Margret Hart

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Panel of the new A&R’s for online music and vine music superstars Us the Duo

Hear about the inside world of music discovery at Youtube, powered by GRAMMYCONNECT. The Gramy’s provided a panel that explored what the landscape of discovery of new talent looks liike today Then I sit down in this episode with Margret Hart, A&R in charge of finding new talent for Youtube and learn about  what it’s like to be a Corporate Diva in the music world.

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Corporate Divas The Show Palo Interview

Corporate Divas had the opportunity to sit down with Grammy Nominee PALO! during Grammy week. Along with Jodi Jackson PR and Cheyenne Pierce as camerawoman extraordinaire, see how the 1st episode of Corporate Divas the Show was born!

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Lead Singer Leslie Cartaya. Listen to their Afro-Cuban Rhythms at gopalo.com or on youtube

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Cheyenne taking her camera job very seriously!

PALO! didn’t win the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album, but they sure had fun during their Grammy experience.


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Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2015

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Today was a day that filled the atmosphere with goodness, peace and kindness in Los Angeles. I decided to

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Bubbles float in the peaceful joyous atmosphere.

celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday within the community.  I started with the MLK community parade . It was full of energy with participants and spectators, passing “Happy MLK” back and forth.  The streets were filled with faces of all nations and creeds, peacefully paying homage to the legacy of Dr. King. The sidewalk vendors sold everything from MLK shirts to Bar-B-Que sandwiches. Which only added to the home town atmosphere.

2015-01-19 11.54.30DSCN3669        In addition to all the youth participation there were fraternities stomping, parade floats, local city council members, TV news personalities and law 2015-01-19 11.55.06enforcement along with the fire department all out representing for Dr. King. The marching bands played on high octane with the drummers all in synchronization. The over arching message of the day was that Black lives matter. Dr.King lived his life and ultimately died fighting for equality, fully committed to this self-evident truth. Today’s celebration in remembrance of him was inspiring, that so many would come together in solidarity for a person who gave his life in to secure the rights of others. There is still much that must be done, but today we pause in observance to say thank you.

Thank you for your vision, your perseverance and your courage.  He continued pressing enduring the death threats, not allowing them to change his message or his target. He continued forward demanding equality and fairness knowing full well it may cost him his life. This dear cost has been paid by him, his wife and his family. For those of us with the heart and the understanding to look the issues of today squarely in the face, let his legacy be the bar for our heart and courage to move forward. Let his words ignite the kindling for the fire to continue onward.

 

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Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King for your vision and sacrifice.

It was a great day! Happy MLK Day!

Happy MLK Day!


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The REAL Daytime Show

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The Real is a Warner Bros. darling, having been picked up after the test run this summer (2014). They have wooed their audience with antidotes, funniness, and viral catch phrases. Phrases like “get your life” and “lies you tell” from the larger than life persona of Tamar Braxton have helped make the real, real. The cast is a hodge podge of women who make up a delicious human pizza.  It consists of Loni Love with a dry full-bodied flavor, her humor connects with the driest of palates. Tamar Braxton with a divalicious vibe that is all things fabulous, and still comes off as “my best girlfriend ” because she just tells it like it is. Jeannie Mai brings a twang to the group that is locally global with her varied life experiences. Tamera Mowry Housley lends a flavored sophistication and mellow maturity that tends to be the voice of reason.  Then there is the spicy but polished Adrienne Bailon that thrives on the energy 2015-01-15 10.02.08of honing her craft all the while looking gorgeous.  Together they make up a 2015 version of the Spice girls. This is the 3rd time I have had the pleasure watching a taping of the show and I must say, they have gotten better each time.

The hosts have a full crew of beauty and wardrobe consultants that converge on them between each take. This in addition to the many technicians and floor personnel constantly making sure that not one thing is out-of-place, or one piece of lent is on the floor. I personally watched the lady who cleans the desk the hosts sit at, wipe it down for 10 minutes constantly at least 5 times, until it gleamed. This level of detail and excellence is evident in the flawlessness of the production, and tells me these people love their jobs! That’s a set up for an awesome atmosphere, thus they produce and outstanding show.

2015-01-15 10.05.44From the time you step on the Warner Brothers lot the vibe and energy that the crew and cast give off, is fresh and exciting. I have had the opportunity to visit other shows, and the approach they take even when it comes to social media is totally different. Their strategy of encouraging posts, and pictures, in itself lends to the experience and to the audience energy.

The thing I admire about the unique group of people who make this show run as smooth as silk, is that they revel in their newness. They are the new kid on the block in the daytime show business, and because of that they are using it to their advantage. The Real is carving out a new model for T.V. that is funky fly, and the rating are airborne because of this. They continually come up with new and interesting games, ideas and topics (sometimes they are even little strange) but it works.

Kudos to everyone who works to make this a success. If you are in the L.A. area take the time to see this show, it’s REAL-ly something special. Everywhere else tune in on your local FOX affiliate. The show will air on 1/23/2015 see if you can catch me in the audience!

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Pianist Picasso: Alfredo Rodriguez

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I firmly hold the belief that there are no coincidences or random occurrences.  Tonight was a showing of the universe that my belief is indeed accurate. I came into contact with Alfredo Rodriguez at the artfully orchestrated event at Apolis. What this opportunity offered was a connection with was honest passion in Alfredo. His talent is unequivocal, but the genius lies within his Cuban heritage and his ability to paint such a musically vivid ode to it’s colors.  If you knew nothing about jazz, or Cuba his pure talent and skill as a musician is still more than enough to sway the starkest soul into being a fan. You clearly see the purity and skill Quincy Jones saw when discovered him. The connection that he has with the muse called music is vibrant and when he sits at the ivory it is revealed. While listening only feet away I was moved to tears by the passion he elicited while playing. The room was full of a silent energy from onlookers, as he waltzed you into the world that he has composed.

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Alfredo Rodriguez, with VP of Qunicy Jones Music Adam Fell, alongside Shea and Raan Parton owners of Apolis

This event was hosted at the globally conscience Apolis in the downtown arts district of LA.

Apolis (a-pöl-is) means “global citizen.” We are a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide.

On The Invasion Parade, the follow-up to his stunning debut on Mack Avenue, Sounds of Space,  Rodríguez  explores his memories of Cuba, the people and the culture he left behind-and finds his new place.

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Alfredo and Callie after the stunning performance

Co-produced by Quincy Jones, Rodríguez’ champion and mentor, and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martínez, and drummer/percussionist Henry ColeThe Invasion Parade comprises nine tracks including originals by Rodríguez as well as evergreens such as “Guantanamera,” Maria Teresa Vera’s “Veinte Años,” and “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.”

“I searched different styles, different rhythms of Cuban music,” explains Rodríguez. “I explored Conga Santiaguera [a rhythm from Santiago, in Eastern Cuba], Afro-Cuban music and also música guajira [country music]. I’m exploring the roots and searching for my own contribution to Cuban music.”

Born in Havana, Cuba as the son of a popular singer, television presenter and entertainer of the same name, Rodríguez began his formal music education at seven. Percussion, not piano, was his first choice. “But to choose what I wanted I had to wait until I was 10,” he explains. “So I picked piano. By the time I could actually switch to percussion, I knew the piano was my path.”

He graduated to the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán, and then to the Instituto Superior de Arte. He had a strictly formal classical musical education, and learned popular styles on stage playing in his father’s orchestra from the age of 14. “I had a chance to perform every day, and write arrangements for all kinds of music: boleros, rock ‘n’ roll, dance music, you name it. That is where I learned the discipline of being a professional musician.”

We look forward to seeing him accept his first Grammy in 2015 for best arrangement/instrumental for Guantanamera.

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Selma Movie Review 1.3.2015

I had the opportunity to see Selma the movie by female director Ava DuVernay  in L.A., one of the limited cities that it was released in prior to it’s full release everywhere Jan. 9.. The  feature film  which chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DuVernay is directing the film from her screenplay, with Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Academy Award winning company Plan B serving as producers.

This motion picture was an experience, it was visually crisp  at times even having a retro feeling to the set costumes.  It was set in 1965 and the team she assembled pulled it off, watching this you were transported back to that era. The acting was excellent, althougth at times David Oyelowo who played the lead role as King accent was difficult for me, even as a southerner to follow and a little overdone, I enjoyed his presence and his 2015-01-03 23.43.29embodiment of this icon. Oprah Winfrey’s role was small but very dramatic and powerful. Overall I give this movie 4 and a half stars. I did not give it a full five stars because at times the plot was a slow, as they developed the story line. But as a whole this rendition of the turning point in the civil rights movement was informative, provocative, and crafted with an artistry that I have not seen in Hollywood.  Selma effectively brought to light little known information concerning the unfolding of this critical juncture in American history.  It’s timing plays well against the ongoing marches and injustice we are currently rallying against.  There will be quite a few accolades for this production, but we should know that because Oprah signed onto the project. Selma has already been nominated for 4 Golden Globes including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for David Oyelowo and Best original screen play.  I look forward to working with Ava in the near future, and yes I am officially a fan.

Background on Ava DuVernay: She the is  winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute 2013 Affinity Award for her second feature film “Middle of Nowhere.”

DuVernay made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, “This is The Life.”  Winner of Audience Awards in Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle, the film debuted on Showtime in April 2009.  LA WEEKLY raved, “This is The Life vaults into the upper echelons of must-see hip-hop documentaries.”

In 2010, she wrote, produced and directed her first narrative feature, “I Will Follow”, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Released theatrically in 2011, the family drama was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as “… one of the best films I’ve seen about the loss of a loved one.”

DuVernay has directed the network documentaries “Venus Vs” for ESPN and “My Mic Sounds Nice” for BET, along with “John Legend Interludes Live,” Essence Music Festival” and “Faith Through The Storm” for TV One.

In 2013, she directed an episode of ABC top-rated drama series, SCANDAL, as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair with “The Door” and “Say Yes” respectively. Previously, she worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.

A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is also board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute. DuVernay is based in Los Angeles.


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Damen Dash on the entrepreneur mind set

Damon Dash (born May 3, 1971) also known by Dame Dash is an American entrepreneur. Dash was formerly Jay-Z’s manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, and in 1999, he organized a tour for Jay-Z which made $19 million.Damen Dash speaks in an interview with Funk Flex out about how hip hop  has been used to generate and potentate beefs, as well as where he sees it headed.

Dame Dash: Independence is KEY, Who needs a Record Label. The Internet allows you to do business Globally, without a middle man. Moreover Entrepreneurs, Independent Film Makers, Record Labels, Artists, Clothing Companies… Take Heed: http://poppingtongroup.myartistdna.com
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Hollywood March 12.6.2014 protesting Eric Garner Decision

The dressed in all black march in Hollywood took  place this past Saturday 12/06/2014. Where Tyrese Gibson singer, actor and model who has recently been nominated for Time’s Person of the Year award for 2014 spoke out about the injustice we have witnessed in recent weeks.  I have seen clips of Tyrese mourning the death of his friend, fathering his daughter and speaking from his heart about different relational topics in social media.

.DSCN3118 But Saturday with the weather perfect overhead I saw something more.  Time magazine has nominated him for the 2014 Person of the Year becuase they saw it also.  Many say the nomination is based on his influence and potential to use this influence in the world abroad. Saturday under that perfect sky I saw the beginning of a new level spread wide before him. The innate fierceness and resolve across his face and in the tone of is voice rippled well beyond earshot of the protesters. He spoke fervently and from the heart. In the months to come I expect the speeches he will deliver  upon taking many platforms to will be crafted and massaged for effect. But this day under the perfect sky I captured the fledgling sprout of a well germinated seed in his speech.

I have watched vigilantly across social media platforms for someone to stand a person that understands the importance of this moment in history and is willing to step into the pulpit (figuratively).  It weighed so heavy on my heart I posted a prayer asking for this person to be prompted to step forward, to not be fearful and to execute a plan that would be effective.  There are many different ingredients that go into making a leader, and timing is one of the most important. To Mr.Gibson I say seize the moment, stand up in the entirety of the gift, talents and anointing you have been given. This is a process and you have been prepared for the process. Go forward fearlessly, and realize we are at your back and sides!

All lives matter…  

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God has a funny way of putting us in the right place at the right time. First, as everyone well knows I am a newby in media, but I have been shown so much favor in every venue that I am always at the forefront. That is 99% God and 1% my hustle. Second, I took my 11 year old son along with me to march. So I not only had to be mamahawk I was shooting the entire thing.

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I feel like Cinderella!

 

  2014-11-17 11.59.10Nov. 17, 2014 Today was really fun! My bestie Val Hunt of @valhuntbeauty acted as my one woman glam squad and fixed me up. Val currently works on Access Hollywood as MUA to Shaun Robinson and before that worked for Oprah! So needless to say I was in great hands. She had to channel her inner hair diva to deal with my hair, but it worked.

It took about 2 hours for my hair, then we stopped and had lunch. Then started back with make-up. I was so excited I wasn’t going to eat, but Val warned me it would be a long night. So she made us a gourmet BBQ sausage and avacado sandwhich (samwhish if your from the south). This was a special evening because it was the first red carpet credential I received for Corporate Divas.   But second it was also the first time I had my makeup done by a professional, and to top that off it was my friend who did it.

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The tranformation was just like in the movie! (except it took longer)

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Val’s finally done 3 hours total!

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Before my extreme makeover!

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After Val did her magic for my big day!

Watch for Disney’s Cinderella coming to theaters in March of 2015!

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Chante’ Moore, Singer/songwriter/reality star, and the 1st celebrity on the red carpet for the big night!

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Facet Fashion Week 2014

Fashion Facet Week Fashion  the Fall Expo & runway show was held at The Reef at the Magic Fashion Mart in Downtown L.A. Fashion insiders, buyers and people in the know turned out. The show was kicked up a notch because they filmed an episode of Basketball Wives of Los Angeles the reality show during the extravaganza. The show was hosted by event diva Miss Dunnie O. They set up a fabulous lounge used to shoot part of the show in honor of the host, the flowers and chairs were magnificent.2014-11-19 22.05.34 2014-11-19 22.01.59

There were a bevy of sponsors including Chrisette Michele with her line Rich Hipster. By the way be looking out for her dropping her new tunes The Lyricists Opus this coming Monday Nov. 24, 2014. In addition Hubert’s lemonade which makes banging pink lemonade to quench our parched whistles. Other sponsors included Onyx #weareonyx monthly treat box’s, and Indique Hair. I had the good fortune to try some of the blue bonbon crafted by Celebrity Sweetly and they tasted as good as they looked. 2014-11-15 02.11.032014-11-19 00.22.19The most interesting product I saw was from EZ Out Weave, who makes a product that allows the removal of sew in weaves in minutes. The thread is infused with coconut, grapefruit and lemon oil so it’s good for your scalp. The thread dissolves with a solution and you simply gently pull the weave piece out. I have seen huge range of products going to events and honestly this was one of the most ingenious and usable. (www.ezoutweave.com)

There were a slew of designers show cased during the show, all of them with varying levels of craftsmanship and originality. Just to name a few @Breezymfjones  of F.E.T.I.S.H clothing , @VGCEO , @Roperrope , @bodysavy , D. Scott of @iiamsade , @kandiedollhousemag , @angelbrinks , #hansummag , Shatora Irby of @_adrell_ , just to name a few. Draya debuted her new collection in her first runway show for her line Mint. What she had to say of the experience: I’m so proud of everything I have accomplished up to this point!

Photo credit:  CorporateDivas, Angle & Attitude,

This event received 3 out of 5 stars

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Movie review of Book of life and Big Hero 6

Corporate Divas does not recommend children seeing Book of Life based on the demonic cartoon personification of la muerte the patron saint of death. But wholeheartedly gives Disneys  BigHero6 4 out of 5 stars! It was huggable and had a positive storyline about forgiving and healing. It lacked the Disney magic and so was not given 5 stars, but it was entertaining.

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Continue to watch with us! We spend MommySon days (usually Saturdays) checking out movies and fun things to do. So we will be posting reviews on our outings. Stay tuned!


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U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

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Maxine Waters and Corporate DivasNovember 4th get out and vote! Whatever color you are red, blue or in between get out and cast your vote in this election. Let your voice be heard.

November 4th get out and vote! Whatever color you are red, blue or in between get out and cast your vote.

Let your voice be heard!

U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, is woman I have long profound admiration for since working on one of her fir… » http://ow.ly/DxqYb


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The Annie Experience on the Queen Latifah Show

I had an amazing time covering what I will call “The Annie Experience” on the Queen Latifah show, Oct. 25, 2014. I was ushered into a private screening room on the Sony Motion Pictures lot where we had a special advanced viewing of the movie Annie due out in theaters Dec. 19, 2014 just in time for the holidays. This movie was truly a gift to watch. But be were sworn to secrecy and they confiscated our phones prior to the viewing so I can’t give you any details, except that this is a feel good movie and I plan to take my kids to see it!

Corporate Divas at the Queen Latifah show! (having a great time)

Corporate Divas at the
Queen Latifah show!
(having a great time)

Afterwards Jamie Fox and acting progeny Quvenzhane Wallis did a flawless interview for Queen Latifah’s show. All three of them are consummate professionals.  Although we expect such polish and poise from acting veteran Jamie and Latifah, I was pleasantly surprised to watch Quvenzhane. She is very mature and didn’t get flustered and was very natural,  all at age 11 years old! Wow, but what should we expect from a young lady who has already been in 5 motion pictures and is the youngest actress nominated for an Oscar! It’s a hard knock life ain’t it! Queen Latifah gave everyone in the audience a copy of the soundtrack to Annie, due in stores in November! I am looking forward to it arriving, because there were a few songs I want to work out to on it!   Can you find me in the audience?

Look for Annie in theaters Dec. 19 . The Queen Latifah show with Jamie Fox is scheduled to air November 17!


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Black Businesswomen Rock Event 2014

This was an event put on by Kawai Matthews of @airphilosophy  with founders  Natalyn Randle-Matthews owner of Ease on down the Road Home improvements and Katarina Caldwell. The venue was the posh 11th floor of the LA Fashion Mart downtown Los Angeles. It was and evening filled with networking, inspiration and education. There were outstanding vendors with everything from books, to clutches to candles that smelled divine.  This was the 3rd event of this kind for Natalyn and Katarina and it was done with excellence

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          Winding your way through the talented ladies in the outer courtyard of the event was inspirational! There were artists, authors and artisans!

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Author Jennifer D. Vassel with My Channeled Energy

The event was well organized and had a long list of business professionals. Some of the speakers included  Corelean Chavis who spoke on the importance of your credit and your business, Arlene Thompson @yourtravelbix, and Kenny Walker of @carringtonrealestate . Dr. Tashion Macon who stressed the importance of positioning yourself and understanding business trends. was timely.  Funny lady Courtney Black an comedienne with the ability connect with her audience .

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Fashion designer Sharufa of @officialjinaki

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Dr. Tashion Macon giving good advice!

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BBWR 2014 was a packed!

 

The key note speaker was Dr. Anita Turner administrator for a multi-million dollar grant for educating teachers. She gave 10 reason why businesswomen rock! Do you want to know why? Here they go:

  1. We realize the talents skills and abilities we have are a gift, and a blessing! Because of this we are grateful.
  2. We understand that we are blessed to be a blessing to others! That this is part of our path to success.
  3. We realize the importance of taking time for our man, or significant other. We realize the impact of relationships.
  4. We know how to prioritize. This applies to business, relationships and self-care.
  5. We get that ” you can catch more bees with honey”. When dealing with others we operate in love, with long-suffering, kindness and forgiveness.
  6. We know “pretty is as pretty does”. Our attitude, mannerisms and dress communicate the beauty shining on the inside of us.
  7. We understand the power of forgiveness. We dont hold ourselves hostage by holding grudges, or letting resentment fester.
  8. We know “that setbacks are a setup for a comeback” . Don’t wallow or throw pity parties, learn the lesson and move on.
  9. We are life long learners. We must remain humble and teachable with the attitude that we have never arrived in order to continue to move higher.
  10. We mentor somebody else. This leaves a legacy and provides opportunity for others.

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Lastly Dr. Turner admonished ” Remember to do the things you love!” great advice for us businesswomen.

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Keisha Thompson @lovekeshat official red carpet correspondent for the evening with Corporate Divas

BBWR2014 Co-Founders Natalyn Randle & Katrina Caldwell

BBWR2014 Co-Founders Natalyn Randle & Katrina Caldwell

Dont miss the next BBWR event!

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Faithful Central Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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In the choir stand being photobombed by Mother Gene!

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Sacred Praise Chorale and Praise Team October 26, 2014

In recognition of Breast Cancer awareness Month Faithful Central  as a church body wore pink.  Even our Bishop Kenneth Ulmer donned a tasteful pink pocket kerchief. This was a Sunday that ushered in a still Spirit that paves the way for healing. We celebrated the women who had survived a bought with cancer, and had one who is 12 years cancer free!

I truly  love serving in Sacred Praise Chorale. These people have become my church family. We work hard under Dr. Diane White Clayton, but the hard work polishes us as a diamond under the skillful eye of a gemologist.  This Sunday was especially special because we performed an original piece composed and arranged by Dr. Dee (what we call her). The piece is titled He is Here, and true to the words the Holy Spirit showed up and ministered through the song. The anointing of Dr. Dee’s gift is that she writes timeless, classic pieces of music. There are times when I’m sitting in practice, thinking.. wow that sounds like something straight out of a Disney production. It probably is because she works for Disney studios too! Dr.Dee who recently lost her mother and is in the process of healing, birthed the song out in her prayer closet.   It not only spoke of the true and living God working on your behalf , it also admonished us to “Be still”. This is a true test of your faith because our inclination is to be busy!  But is in in stillness we receive instruction. Look for Dr. Dee and part of the Sacred Praise Chorale on the upcoming promo for Fix my Choir!

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Kenya’s Oprah Connection

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Kenya is Oprah’s favorite superbusinesswomen!!

Learning and being inspired at the Oprah #lifeyouwanttour in Houston, TX. #otown entrance  It’s a bird no it’s a ✈ No it’s @kenyanicole_thebusiness_chick becoming a super business woman at day 2 of the #lifeyouwanthou . Meet Kenya Nicole founder of Masterminds a business development and personal coaching firm. She was blessed to have received one of the coveted tickets as a birthday gift to attend the Life You want tour in Houston, TX with Oprah. Kenya anticipated Oprah coming to her city for months after being surprised by by the gift from her mother. I truly feel there is something that I must go and learn at this conference, its almost like its tugging at my spirit to be there said Kenya.Leading up to the event things seemed to go haywire, business clients had emergencies, a huge project out of town called for her attention she even had to figure out alternate transportation. But despite all the challenges attempting to block her from her blessing she made it!

pinger_4151753573667656712She had no idea what she was in store for. She enjoyed the interactive exhibits and energy at Otown. Just being there shifted her mind set and energy. My feet hurt from walking all over Otown, but I’m excited! She was operating on pure adrenaline, not having gotten much sleep the night before from working.

Then Oprah took the stage in a incandescent daffodil yellow gown.

Which confirmed for  The Business Chick she was on the right wave length! That morning after having a last minute wardrobe snafu she decided to wear her favorite yellow jacket. pinger_6763410152918927789oprah yellowOprah came out and ministered to me, to exactly where I am right now she said. I cried during her entrance when the wristbands began to light up. It was absolutely amazing. She had such an exhilarating time that she overslept the next morning for day two! When asked what the 1st day impressed upon her spirit it was her response was: Oprah talked about always being aware of your intentions going into any given situation. She spoke about always moving out of a motivation to do good, positive things. It made huge impact on me because she stressed how that energy would come back and revisit you, and she gave examples as it pertained to her business. I needed to hear that, she opened the door to how to move my vision to the next level. She’s planning to play Oprah’s words of empowerment to herself at night to continue to meditate upon because she audio recorded the some of the event!

Stay tuned for day 2 of #thelifeyouwanttour!

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Welcome to Corporate Divas!

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Hello Corporate Divas. I want to thank you all for the global outpouring of love and support for this site. I created it because I was tired of seeing negative, degrading and overtly sexual images of women in social media. I am, and believe there are many professional, poised, polished female’s out here working, planning and growing dreams. We as women are equipped with the bronze, I know we also have brains to go along with it.

If there is anything praise worthy or anyone you know, that you would like to share don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired as well as educated by the collections we will place here in our space. Thank you for becoming part of our community!

“If the first women God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, then these women together ought to be able to turn it right again”- Sojourner Truth

Pleasure to meet you,

Callie

Chief Diva of Operations (CDO)

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#corporatedivas #businesswomen #women #entrepreneurs #empowerment #positive #calliehall

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Superbowl 51 Opening Night Ceremony

Houston kicked off its Superbowl festivtes January 30, 2017 at Minute Maid Park with a huge media event. Media outlets and the public from all over were invited to have upclose and personal time with the players. Each team was given an hour on the floor to be interviewed.

They asked all kinds of questions from offense defense situations to what types of food are they are eating in preparation for the big day. Everyone was given small ear radios to tune into each players interview. You simply dialed in by the station and watched in the jumbotron as they took place.

Houston executed this event flawlessly. #sb51 #houstonsuperbowl #superbowlopeningnight #Superbowljusttoucheddown

Can’t wait to see the rest of the festivities!

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Energy everywhere as players are interviewed by multiple media outlet.


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Houston Chronicle: Why are there only two Africa-American female reporters on staff?

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Dear Houston Chronicle,

I recently learned that there are only two African American female reporters employed at the Chronicle. This is an interesting fact in light of your 347,406 daily circulation base and over 1 million Sunday subscribers, not to mention the growing digital subscribers of 14,402.  In fact based on the latest data, the Chronicle is the 9th largest daily metropolitan paper in the country and the 7th largest on Sunday (2012). There are roughly 6.6 million people in the Houston Metro area and 1.09 million African Americans. Why are they not represented on your staff proportionately? Surely, there is more than just two positions available at such a booming operation.

As an outlet for “news” it seems contradictory that those reporting it do not reflect the population they are servicing. I know you understand the importance of cultural sensitivity because you produce the Spanish-language newspaper La Voz,  within the Ultimate community editions, and the weekend Good Life section targeting the Spanish community. What is the ethnic make up of journalists who produce these sections?

Joy Sewing HC Fashion Editor

Joy Sewing HC Fasion Editor Callie Hall Corporate Divas

Clearly, there are many college educated African American women whose voice needs to be heard. They sound be afforded an opportunity to sing resoundingly about the issues that affect our community, on a mainstream platform.  This fact was evidenced by the event sponsored by The Root (the #1 online news source for African Americans) and Toyota I attended just this week. I sat in a room full of educated, aspiring African American females who came together to learn about how to have an impact in our community. I had the pleasure of listening to Joy Sewing the articulate and talented Fashion and Beauty Editor for the Chronicle during the The Root Young Fabulous & female event October 15, 2015.  She shared her experience, her ambitions and the challenges she faces as a professional in an evolving fashion climate.  Her position at the Chronicle has been well earned, along with her lone colleague and sister (grand total 2 journalists). But surely they should not be the only ones. Not in an age of social and digital media, not in 2015? Not when we have an African American President of the United States. Wow, I just can’t believe it. But its true, and it’s past sad, it’s shameful. I am a part of the voice that needs representation as well as part of your circulation base.

Houston there’s a problem & you gotta do better.

Sincerely,

Callie Hall

Digital Media Correspondent

Corporate Divas

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The Root Young Fabulous & Female Panel (L to R): Suzette Caldwell, Tera Roberson, Dr. Camile Cash, Joy Sewing, Denise Hamilton, Devi Dev, Donna Byrd The Root Publisher

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http://www.chron.com/business/article/Chronicle-shows-strong-circulation-growth-3524598.php

                       Area Name Total   Anglo      Black Hispanic Other
Houston- Woodland/Sugar Land 6,622,047 2,387,237 1,095,818 2,525,868 613,124