Author Julie Mansfield speaks out against child sexual abuse

Julie Mansfield almost had a perfectly normal childhood. Days in St. Thomas, Jamaica, were spent running barefoot across the rich soil and clay caked terrain, climbing trees to pick the sweet fruit, and playing with handmade toys with the neighborhood kids. In retrospect, Mansfield had a childhood that was sweet and innocent, but at the […]

Sanya Richards-Ross talks partnership with AT&T for Black History Month

When Sanya Richards-Ross was approached by AT&T to be a part of their AT&T 28 Days campaign in honor of Black History Month, she was beyond thrilled. Despite her own notable accomplishments in track and field, the Olympic Gold Medalist was appreciative of the opportunity give back to the community, and to support the many individuals […]

Annual Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference returns to Atlanta

Almost 20 years ago Dr. Teresa Hairston started the Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference as a way to allow attendees to feel empowered through praise and to develop a deeper understanding of the true meaning of worship. Returning for its second consecutive year in Atlanta, this year’s conferences is moving to the next level, […]

Celebrity event planner Artie Thompson’s tips on planning a party on a budget

You may remember Artie Thompson as the creative connoisseur who served as the director of events on reality television show Chef Roblé and Co., but the celebrity event planner has talents that extend beyond what you see in the digital space. With over 20 years of experience working with high-end and celebrity clientele, Thompson has developed […]

Julian Lark turns passion for fashion into successful business ventures

Julian Lark marches to the beat of his own drum. The stylist and editor-in-chief of Kontrol Magazine successfully built a career off of instinct and possessing the confidence that knowing oneself can provide. Check his Instagram and you’ll find a portfolio of celebrity clients fearlessly wearing his bold selections. As a designer, Lark has made […]

Dennis Haysbert stars in comedy ‘Welcome to the Jungle’

There comes a point when an artist has to take their craft to the next level — for veteran actor Dennis Haysbert that opportunity came with his latest film, Welcome to the Jungle. Featuring a diverse cast, including Adam Brody, comedienne Kristen Schaal and legendary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, the movie tells the story […]

Shirley Langley talks the ‘Legends of Fashion: Saluting Our Icons’

When Shirley Langley first became involved with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. MECCA chapter, she didn’t realize that she would not only build a bond with like-minded African American businesswomen, but also have the opportunity to give back to young girls facing personal, economical, and social issues through the Little Ladies of […]

Rodney Perry returns for season 2 of Bounce TV’s ‘Off the Chain’

After a successful first season, Rodney Perry’s “Off the Chain” is back with more laughs, and a bigger and better stage of talented comedians that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. After months of scouring the country, the Bounce TV team is bringing in some of the hottest talent to […]

Heidi Burkhart leads the way in NYC’s affordable housing real estate

When Heidi Burkhart was offered a chance to work as an affordable housing real estate broker in New York City, she seized the opportunity. Her love of challenges and dedication to her work made her a trailblazer in an industry that is often met with criticism. But Burkhart doesn’t match the common perception of a […]

Dominique Siby brings his culture to fashion

In the fashion industry what differentiates one designer from another is how they interpret their surroundings and draw inspiration from their experiences. For clothing designer Dominique Siby that inspiration stems from his culture. Growing up in his home country of Gabon, Africa, and later moving to Paris allowed Siby to be exposed to a world […]

Cashmere Agency and Reed’s Inc. want you to ‘Get Cultured’

Jay Z’s announcement on Dec. 3 that he and Queen Bey were ditching processed foods for a plant-based diet for 22 days took the world by storm. To the world, it was a bold statement and a wake-up call to the urban community that two of their very own were embarking on a journey to […]

5 free apps to help organize your finances

In light of the recession, there have been an increasing number of students graduating college without employment, forcing many to have to work lower wage jobs or enter into the world of entrepreneurship. A recent retirement survey by Scot trade revealed that more than half of Gen Y admitted that they haven’t even started saving for retirement. […]

Eva Jane Bunkley shares tips for success in the makeup industry

Eva Jane Bunkley never imagined that her side gig as a makeup artist would turn into her primary career. Twenty years later the beauty connoisseur, whose style has been described as “clean and natural,” has built a resume of celebrity clientele including Cicely Tyson, Usher, Vin Diesel, and many more. It was while working with […]

Joah Spearman: The tech renaissance man

Name: Joah Spearman The Business: Localeur Industry: Technology Twitter: @joahspearman Joah Spearman is a man of many talents. Before creating Localeur, a travel app that is a curated community of local insiders, the entrepreneur co-founded experiential marketing firm AvecMode; created SXSW Festival’s first fashion program, Style X; and was even a political speech writer in […]

Whitney-Gayle Benta: The talent relations exec who’s changing music television

Name: Whitney-Gayle Benta The Business: Revolt TV Industry: Entertainment Twitter: @IamWhitneyGayle This music maven knows a thing or two about talent, so it’s no surprise that Revolt TV scooped her up from MTV News to serve as their senior vice president of music and talent. When it comes to entertainment television she is creating some […]

Kenji Summers: The social entrepreneur inspiring youth to travel

Name: Kenji Summers The Business: Entrepreneur (Passport Life) Industry: Travel Twitter: @KenjiSummers When Kenji Summers heard Lupe Fiasco’s “Paris Tokyo Remix” it became the anthem that drove him to take action. He got his passport, hopped on a flight to Barcelona for his birthday, and came back inspired to start a new movement to help underprivileged […]

Ursula Stephen: The trendsetting hairstylist to the stars

Name: Ursula Stephen The Business: Celebrity Hairstylist Industry: Beauty Twitter: @UrsulaStephen When celebrities want their hair to pop they turn to hair guru Ursula Stephen. Known for creating Rihanna’s trendsetting tresses, this transformation queen isn’t afraid of bold creations – she’s responsible for Rih Rih’s jewel-encrusted doobie wrap at the American Music Awards. The Motion’s […]

Spifster: Chi-Town’s nail design queen

Name: Tacarra “Spifster” Sutton The Business: Nail Artist Industry: Beauty Twitter: @Spifster She’s an artist and nails are her canvas. Tacarra “Spifster” Sutton is creating brilliant designs that have many feigning to rock her custom creations, including celebrities Jennifer Hudson and Chrisette Michele. The self-taught graphic designer draws inspiration from the world around her and has […]

Chef Aleem: The fine cuisine king to the celebs

Name: Chef Aleem The Business: Celebrity Chef Industry: Culinary Arts Twitter: @_KitchenKing When 2 Chainz decided to release a cookbook to showcase the delicious delicacies that graced his Instagram page, he turned to Chef Aleem to break down the process of creating some of his favorite dishes. A magnum cum laude graduate of Le Cordon […]