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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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