Raven Solomon: Walking In Her Purpose

There are those who happen upon their purpose and there are those who walk in it; Raven Solomon is the latter.   The Charlotte, NC native defied the odds,  overcoming poverty, bullying, battles with anxiety and devastating loss to become Valedictorian of NC State University and later a corporate executive at Frito Lay.  It’s in […]

ShArkLife Music Services: Creating a Frenzy in Indy Music

Despite being born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Sharnā “Shar” Drayton, owner of Mesh Management and ShArklife Music Services,  was a pop & alternative rock girl until age fifteen.  It was then that she discovered the lyrical mastermind himself, Sean “Jay-Z” Carter and realized that Hip Hop was much more than the rhythmic beats and […]

Bougie Pop: From Popcorn Lover to Overnight Success

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing like coming home, kicking your feet up and enjoying your favorite snack! For some, perhaps it’s a slice of cake, a piece of candy or maybe even a bowl of ice cream. For LaToya Warren-Heath, its a handful of delicious freshly popped popcorn. However, while most […]

Karlton T. Clay: Creating Content God And Augusta Can Be Proud Of

Karlton T. Clay, Award winning writer/director and CEO of Victory Productions, is on track to becoming the male equivalent to Shonda Rhimes as the writer, creator, director and producer of 8 web series. Although he may not be a household name just yet, Clay is charting a course much like the one Issa Rae blazed […]

The Gent’s Life: More Than Fashion

NC State alum and owner of The Gent’s Life, Rob McKiver, isn’t your typical fashion designer. Growing up in Long Island and Queens, he’s a shining example of the quintessential “New York State of Mind” we often hear about in songs. Hustle, innovation and an unrelenting desire to live life on his own terms have […]

Modish Vine Style Tips For Gents

We went back into our bag of gems from African American Entrepreneur Chiwionne Mason, owner/visionary behind Modish Vine, to pull out a few style tips. Gentlemen and the women who love them–take note! The Look: BE VERSATILE. No matching tie and hanky’s. According to Mason, “If you’re going to get the matching tie and hanky, […]

Wardrobe Essentials For The Aspiring Dapper Gent

Chiwionne Mason, the owner and visionary behind Modish Vine, provided a ton of gems throughout the course of our interview. Today we are sharing his take on wardrobe essentials for young professionals and seasoned gentlemen looking to upgrade their image. These basics can easily take you from the boardroom, to happy hour and church on […]

Modish Vine: The Style Blueprint

Frequently we hear about the absence of fathers and male figures in the lives of men which is often the catalyst for who they become. For Raleigh native, Chiwionne Mason, owner/visionary behind Modish Vine, it was the presence of strong male figures that set him on a road to becoming a man and ultimately an […]

gold élan llc: Home Decor with Panache

Born in Jacksonville but raised in Washington, NC; Meyetta ”Meme” Grimes, owner of gold élan llc, always had an admiration for home decor and design. “Washington is a very historic town and we always lived in these huge houses that were five or six bedrooms that had a lot of character to them. A lot […]

Splashed by DKG: Breathing New Life into Denim

Fashion like most things in life is in a constant state of metamorphoses. Textures, fabrics, colors and garment structures are ever-changing as designers attempt to stay relevant in a microwave society where rompers are the talk of the town today and lace shorts are all the rave tomorrow. Daniel K. Grier, founder and textile designer […]

Shenette Swann: Constantly Evolving

There are no boxes or labels vast enough to describe the constantly evolving talent that is Shenette Swann. A classically trained vocalist, percussionist, dancer, author and motivational speaker, Swanns’ gifts came naturally and were nurtured by parents who are both artists in their own right. Her mother a professional singer with a band as a […]

Malebo Oldjohn-Tsindi: Healing A Nation

At the young age of 28, Malebo Oldjohn-Tsindi has discovered what most are still in search of…Self-Awareness, Faith and Purpose. Born and raised in South Africa, Oldjohn-Tsindi grew up in a village called Lotlhakane, which is located in a town called Mahikeng, in the North West province however the message that she conveys as a […]

Moni B Cosmetics: A Kiss of Confidence

Born in Harlem but raised in the Bronx, NY native Moni “Moni B” Brodie has been enhancing the confidence of women with the stroke of her brush for over two decades. A makeup artist since the age of 19, Moni B has turned her passion into a lucrative business called Moni B. Cosmetics, LLC which […]

Sinful Delights: The Sin is in the Cake

I imagine you’d be hard pressed to find many adults who don’t enjoy something sweet and a little bit of alcohol from time to time. So when Bronx native, Makeda Gillard, put the two together by combining cupcakes and alcohol, her goodies became an immediate hit at local events throughout the Triangle and surrounding areas. […]

Squeaky Grease Productions, LLC: A Teenage Love

For most kids who grew up in the 90’s, playing video games was a way of life! You’d jump off the bus after school, complete homework and hop on the Nintendo 64 or the Sega Genesis and play for hours. Norman Wilson, owner of Squeaky Grease Productions, LLC, was no different! He recalls going into […]

Andrea Sheree Benjamin: Elegance & Design in Harmony

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 That’s the scripture that kept playing in my head during my interview with Andrea Sheree Benjamin, owner of Elegant Harmony. Not because she mentioned it but because that’s the confidence and conviction that she exudes when it comes to her faith and her […]

Dr. Talaya Waller: Crafting Brands & Building A Presence

It’s not hard to imagine the future possibilities for one who starts their first business venture when she was just a high school student. Dr. Talaya Waller, CEO/Founder of Waller & Company, first started her entrepreneurial journey as a violinist in a musical group she pioneered called Young Inspirations. She and a group of fellow […]

LeShonda Martin: Giving a Voice to a Community

Oftentimes, we find ourselves well into adulthood before we figure out what we want to do in life. Most of us change careers a dozen times from the day we’re first asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up” until it’s no longer a question but a choice that must be made. […]

K. Scott Weddings: Infusion of Love and Culture

Weddings are always such beautiful and momentous occasions. They can also be rather stressful. Often, brides who choose to tackle the task of planning on their own are close to pulling their hair out right up until the moment they walk down the aisle. I suppose that’s why God created wedding planners! One such godsend […]

Chakara Conyers: Epitome of a Hustler

Mom, community activist, author, social media/marketing specialist and business owner are just a few of the titles that Chakara Conyers holds. Methodically building her brand by finding voids and fulfilling needs; she is successfully running multiple businesses simultaneously. Growing up in the Southside of Raleigh, Conyers’ didn’t live a life of luxury but it was […]

Vegan Flava Cafe: Flava is Essential

When a business is born out of pure happenstance, you know the product is good! That was the case for Vegan Flava Cafe. Yah-I Tafari and his wife, Ma’at Maakhera Amen, who is also co-owner, spent time traveling from state to state attending natural haircare shows to promote and sell her book, Whatz In Your […]

Chronicles Photography: Everybody Needs Picture

When you first meet the naturally beautiful Dawn Michelle Downey you’d probably expect her to be in front of a camera, instead she’s behind it. Born and bred in Brooklyn, Downey was given her first camera by her grandmother around the age of 7 and ever since that day she was always, “the girl with […]

Jeanmarie Tea Co: Creating Experiences One Cup At A Time

Nicole Allen, graduate of NC A&T, is an engineer by trade. By all other accounts, she is a God fearing, champion for young girls, whose always been an entrepreneur at heart. Born in New York but raised in North Carolina, Allen is a quintessential southern belle with northern savvy. She was the student on campus […]

JQ Sports PR: Growing Brands One Client at a Time

Jaquese “JQ” Smith knows her way around 94 feet of hardwood. She’s played at the collegiate level, coached and is currently 1 of 3 hosts on DNA sports talk radio. All of that aside, JQ’s passion lies in her ability to “Groom athletes for success” which was the goal she had in mind when she […]

Fathers Forever: Bridging the Gap

A story I heard over the weekend, made me revisit a previous interview I’d conducted years ago. While it’s my belief that a single parent household does not always equate to a fatherless child as most of society would have us believe, I do know that a two parent household is certainly better than one. […]

The Bath Place: From Necessity to Passion

As a young child, Kimberly Clayton Thigpen, possessed the entrepreneurial spirit. She and a childhood friend spent afternoons in the yard crafting homemade earrings and necklaces out of tree bark. They would round off the edges and drill holes in the center, eventually selling them to neighbors. As a young mother, Thigpen spent her early […]