I quickly took the pregnancy test out of the bag and fumbled with the instructions: Pee on the stick, wait three minutes, discover if your whole world is about to change. I didn’t even have time to put the test down on the counter before “PREGNANT” appeared on the little digital screen. Oh, sh**.
That was five years ago. I had just turned 20, was smack in the middle of my junior year of college, and was looking forward to a summer internship in New York, the first step on my road to world domination. This was not the time for a baby.
Instead of feeling elated about the news, I was burdened by how I thought others would react and my own personal shortcomings. I wore extra large shirts on campus for the rest of the semester and didn’t speak a word of the pregnancy to anyone except those who absolutely needed to know. During that period of my life, I probably averaged at least three full-blown crying fits a week. On the bus. In my dorm room. In the car on the way to the doctor’s office. Read more…
Ronn Torossian, the Founder & CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest U.S. PR firms, is proud to announce the launch of his debut book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations.” The book is available at bookstores nationwide, including Barnes & Noble, starting October 15th or online at: http://www.amazon.com/Immediate-Release-Deliver-Game-Changing-Relations/dp/1936661160 or http://search.barnesandnoble.com/For-Immediate-Release/RonnTorossian/e/9781936661169?r=1&cm_mmc=Google%20Product%20Search-_-Q000000630-_-Its%20All%20Personal-_-9781936661169
In “For Immediate Release”, Torossian discusses the power of public relations in today’s 24/7 media driven society; while specifically highlighting the case that public relations is needed by any business – “or anyone with a pulse for that matter.” Torossian defines great public relations as “making the impersonal personal” and discusses the importance of helping companies define themselves and become game-changers and thought leaders through carefully constructed PR campaigns.
Who: Keetria Garner-Chambers
What: HyPursuit Inc
Why: We’re a creative web development, lifestyle marketing and consulting
agency committed to delivering high-performance solutions.
Our lifestyle blog is dedicated to featuring some of the most sought after
brands, individuals, companies and products to keep our audience up to speed
on who’s setting new trends & the next biggest thing.
Where: Based in Houston & LA
When: Established in 2002 Read more…
Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music Presents A TWIST OF JAZZ…featuring Chaka Khan, Anna Wilson, and Suzy Bogguss…Available on Online October 4
Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music Presents A Twist of Jazz, a collection of songs featuring Chaka Khan, Anna Wilson and Suzy Bogguss. The three featured artists bring R&B, Pop and Country influences to jazz songs and American standards to create a whole new genre-bending sound. The CD features both new songs and previously recorded classics. It will be released in digital form only and is available at iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music retailers everywhere.
“I’m excited about the release of this CD because it offers listeners the opportunity to both hear some of their favorite artists performing in ways they may not have heard them before, and it offers listeners an opportunity to experience music that may not be a part of their regular musical repertoire,” said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. “Jazz has infused so many different genres of music, and this CD reinforces those connections.” Read more…
In an effort to engage the business community in addressing the inequitable unemployment rates for African Americans and to increase vendor/supplier opportunities for minority-owned businesses, Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder, Robert L. Johnson and founder of The RLJ Companies, is urging Fortune 1000 companies to “voluntarily” adopt a version of the National Football League’s (NFL) Rooney Rule. According to the NFL, the Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to give fair interviews to minority candidates whenever a head-coaching or general manager position becomes open, prior to making a final hiring decision. Since the inception of the Rooney Rule in 2003, the League currently has eight minority head coaches and five minority general managers.
Johnson urges a similar practice for all U.S. companies and firms called the RLJ Rule.
In making this statement, Johnson said, “The RLJ Rule is principally designed to encourage companies to voluntarily establish a “best practices” policy to identify and interview the tremendous talent pool of African American managers and African American companies that are often overlooked because of traditional hiring or procurement practices.”
The two-pronged RLJ Rule:
By Curly Nikki
In the world of natural hair, there are tons of community and celebrity hair idols floating around. Folks whose hair we admire and appreciate even if ours is in no way similar. We want nothing more than to know their routine, their fave products, or ‘how they got THAT look, in THAT picture’.
Corinne Bailey Rae, and I think you’d agree, is the definition of a Natural Hair Idol. When she and her amazing ringlets hit the scene in 2006, I remember feeling awe struck… to this day, I Google her images for twist-out inspiration. Well, good news divas! The British singer and songwriter is *finally* ‘On the Couch’ and telling all… even how at one point, she wanted to start a natural hair site! It was a challenge tracking her down but it was so worth it… she has a beautiful soul and I’m honored to deliver her story to you! Enjoy!