The Future of Success: Willow Smith

By: Bekkie Owens

We have Miley, Brittney and Taylor, all of whom have made an impact in their own way.  Known for their trendy fashion and talent in music, we have watched them grow up in front of our eyes.  Now pre-teens, teens and even some young adult fans follow their every move.  Now we welcome to the stage the youngest of them all, Willow Smith.

From music to movies, her parents have allowed her the opportunity to make a name for herself and what a name it is!  Willow Smith whips her hair along with fashion and music in the release of her latest video, “Whip My Hair”.  I must reveal to you, it caught me by surprise when the young Smith, just nine years old, debuted her video on BET.  After such a breathtaking and buzz worthy performance, I am now and truly a fan and look forward to watching her grow up. Watching Willow put me in the mind of a little Lady Gaga with her edgy fashion-sense with a touch of Rihanna with her hair. If you missed the announcement, Marcia Hamilton, stylist extraordinaire to stars such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kimora Lee Simmons, Zoe Kravitz and now Willow herself was on TWS Media produced Afrobella Radio with host and ‘Twit-Celeb’ blogger, Patrice Yursik this month talking about stars setting trends and being part of the development of this young star’s making. The sweetness of her face still shows the innocence of youth but her style and dress shows a little Diva on the rise.

Young ladies all around the globe will be copying and coveting the bejeweled’s look from finger nails, lips, eyes and hair. Willow made a statement and it wasn’t too over the top or ‘too grown’. The dancing was not adult in any form and the lyrics very clean.  Good to see a young lady behaving as she should.  Her fashion, for a nine-year old, is daring and completely covered as she walks down red carpets, however, it does lean towards a grown up trend.

It was just announced Willow has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, so we can expect more music to come from the little Diva and I’m certain fashion is not far off the list.  Hands down the ‘Whip My Hair’ single will even have this mother of three shaking her head back and forth.

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Fashion Forward – Forbes Honors Fashion Trendsetters on Forbes Worlds 100 Most Powerful Women

By: Tamika L. Morrison

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

 

Woman power at its best Forbes Magazine honors the power of woman in its latest ‘lists’ just released with Michelle Obama coming in at number one, beating out Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. And while we’re definitely celebrating our First Lady getting her proper due, if you’re a lover of fashion like I am, then you can’t ignore the homage paid to these trendsetting icons, Tory Burch (#88), Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine (#56), and Vera Wang (#92), just to name a few. 

Not only are these women gloried in all of their power, but they definitely know a thing or two about putting their best stiletto forward.  For instance, First Lady Obama is a woman after my own heart as she branded White House Black Market so eloquently last year with her appearance on The View.  With a budget conscious purse these days, even this modestly priced retailer can keep a lady out in waiting for that sale price to come through…but I digress. 

Live this Friday at 11am ET, The Greenlight Project welcomes USA Today’s fashion/style writer Arienne Thompson to the show and she will be talking all things fashion forward and I’m excited about what her thoughts will be about this list and what these women are caught wearing on the red carpet. Set your reminders for this one. Arienne is known to give the juicy scoop and the latest fashion news on our favorite celebs, so we’re in for a USA Today treat!

I’d also like to note some other fashion forward power women I watch that showed up on this list are:  Beyonce’ Knowles, model Heidi Klum, Sarah Jessica Parker, Venus and Serena Williams and so many others. I’m very proud of the diversity this list shows.  You can see the entire list by clicking on this link: http://www.forbes.com/wealth/power-women/list.

From Dating to Mating: Relationship Expert Blane Bachelor Tells it Like it T-I-S!

By: Intern Tia Tia

I often ask myself, ‘how many people in Atlanta are actually in healthy and happy relationships?’  Being an African-American woman where there are news reports reminding me or suggesting to me that I’ll never find a suitable mate of the same race, I find myself feeling bummed about it at times. So, I’m really looking forward to hearing how Blane Bachelor was able to ditch the meaning of her last name – ‘Bachelor’, going from ‘singledom’ to ‘wedded bliss’.  I’m currently not in a relationship; however I would love to be in one, so I look forward to her tips.

Blane is an internationally published writer and author of On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating.  Her book was inspired by her popular and long-running column in The Sunday Paper, an alternative weekly newspaper in Atlanta. Blane has written hundreds of articles and columns about dating, relationships, travel and pop culture for outlets including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, People.com, Modern Bride, Zink!, the Christian Science Monitor and USA Today.

Her website is filled with ‘Questions of the Week’ check out this except below:

Suspect your boyfriend is cheating on you — with your brother-in-law? Sick of being burned by bad boys, but no idea how to relate to a guy who says he’ll call and — OMG! — actually does? Caught the old ball and chain balling someone else?

Let syndicated advice columnist Blane Bachelor come to your rescue with free dating advicee that’s as real as her name. Ask a Bachelor appears weekly in Atlanta’s The Sunday Paper and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s online magazine, http://www.dfw.com, and their Ink Edition.

Just send in your drama or trauma from the form to the right, or via e-mail to askabachelor@sundaypaper.com. Whether you need help on getting over a breakupsex tips or just a slap of reality, Blane is ready to help.

You just gotta love that intro!  Weekly, Blane posts different questions on her page to stir up thinking around your own relationships or relationships that you want to have.

To read the advice this now hitched woman dishes, view her page, www.askabachelor.  You can catch Blane this Friday, September 17, 2010  at 11AM EST on The Greenlight Project with Tamika & Rochelle, so tune in as they dive into the intriguing topic of relationship and mating!!!

Listen Up PR Students: Cision’s New Program Offers Free Subscription to Students

The Daily Dog News Feed: 09/09/10

Cision Enhances College and University Program By Offering Free CisionPoint PR Software to U.S. and Canadian Public Relations Students

Cision (www.cision.com) announced a major enhancement to its College and University Program: “CisionPoint for Colleges and Universities,” a free and comprehensive training, education and certification curriculum, designed especially for public relations students. With the enhanced College and University Program, U.S. and Canadian PR students will be trained in CisionPoint, the public relations software used by 90 percent of top PR firms.

They’ll understand how to leverage the power of CisionPoint to plan PR campaigns based on in-depth research on over a million media contacts and hundreds of thousands of media outlets; how to connect effectively with key audiences; how to monitor and analyze media coverage; how to optimize social media communications; and other key skills.

“Learning CisionPoint gives our PR students a competitive advantage in obtaining internships and employment,” said Stephen Whyte, a member of the Communications Department faculty of Utah Valley University, which began using Cision’s software solution in its classrooms in 2009. “We plan to continue to use CisionPoint as a strategic tool in our courses to prepare our students for a future PR career.” Click here to continue reading

Former Big Agency Heads Move into Boutique Agency Arena

Hello Folks!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to write and update about the goings on in the life of a media entrepreneur.  Our agency continues to grow and Rochelle and I have been here and there managing new products in Fashion, Music & Entertainment, new media – the whole nine!  But as I take a moment to drink in my java and check in on you guys – I found this article very interesting.  What we already know to be true is starting to have an impact in other known places….

Enjoy.

Daily Dog News Feed: 09/02/10
mw communications Launches in Dallas
mw communications (www.mw-communications.com), a newly formed public relations agency, has announced its launch in Dallas. The agency, created by communications veteransHeidi McKinley and Gail Whitcomb, will offer clients a fresh perspective to their communications programs by leveraging their global agency backgrounds and expertise combined with a boutique agency approach.

mw communications’ services include comprehensive public relations, communications consulting, strategy development and crisis and issues management. Clients will have the benefit of working with two senior counselors who take a hands-on, customized approach to their business and public relations programs. By creating a unique perspective for clients, the agency will engage stakeholders and reach the target markets that are vital to each clients’ success.

“We identified a need among local, regional and national companies for a boutique public relations firm that understands the market and brings global agency experience to the table,” said McKinley, principal, mw communications llc. Click here to read the full story…

Shoes Are Two Sisters’ Fashionable Friend!

By: Intern Tia Tia

Family oriented, fashionable, and stylish are words that describe the owners of FaSHOEnista, Monica and Murielle, who are also sisters. The name FaSHOEnista, a savvy high-life shoe boutique in Atlanta came about during a brainstorming event with the two sisters sitting in front of the computer.

Born and raised in the “Peach State” of Georgia, the two owners also have another sister, who decided to watch on the sidelines and cheer them on as their biggest fan. Since Monica wears a 5 ½ sized shoe, she found it very difficult to find stylish shoes in her size, “So why not open up my own boutique?” is what came to this style-conscious entrepreneur-ess mind and that’s when the dream was fulfilled.

As for Murielle, she always wanted to work in the fashion industry, “But I couldn’t draw, so I felt like that would hold me back,” shares Murielle.  But  that didn’t stop these two determined women.  And now, FaSHOEnista has been opened since February of this year and is going strong!

Debuting at FashionGLAM , Atlanta’s second edition of boutique owners, retailers and lovers of fashion celebrating in style at this “Fashion Meets Philanthropy” trunk show, taking place on September 18th at the illustrious Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic Station, the ladies are extremely excited!“Events like FashionGlam are what we love because we don’t have a physical store, ” shares Monica. However, that doesn’t stop their business, because as they say, “We are a mobile shoe boutique!” From home events to online shopping and trunk shows such as FashionGlam, the dream for the ladies is now their reality..

With Murielle being a happily married woman with two children and Monica standing beside her, the FaSHOEnista brand continues and I especially look forward to seeing the ladies at FashionGlam on Saturday, September 18th, 2010.

Thanks for reading and “like” them on Facebook where exclusive deals and discounts are always given.  Better yet, get your tickets for FashionGLAM and shop with them personally!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

Greenlighting Beauty with Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency

By: Tamika L. Morrison

Nyssa Green/The Green Room Agency - Emmy award-winning celeb makeup artist

Fashion savvy tastemakers who want the best of both worlds – retail therapy that  adds to life and the chance to give back to community, can take pride in attending FashionGLAM Atlanta – a celebration of culture and beauty where fashion meets philanthropy . And they can also get up close and personal with Emmy Award winning celebrity makeup artist, Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency, who’s hosting the FAB event!

Nyssa Green is owner of The Green Room Agency for Image Development.  Informed, chic, and connected characterize the over 10-year veteran and her successful, full service firm.  The agency trains and represents top image makers for all forms of media.

Starting out as an award winning hairstylist, Nyssa eventually took an interest in makeup.  With a fierce mix of curiosity and tenacity she quickly became a top makeup artist, industry expert, and TV personality.

Nyssa is now a five-time Emmy winner and is one of the most sought- after artists on the makeup scene.  Clients like MTV, BET, and major record labels have trusted her to create looks for their various stars. As a makeup artist at CNN for over six years, Green helped develop the image of many anchors. Editorally, her work has been in numerous magazines:  Real Simple, Vibe, Women’s Wear Daily, Ebony, and more.  Her clients also include a hosts of celebrities including: Bono, Alicia Keys, Vickie Winans, Ne-Yo, Jane Fonda, and many more.  Nyssa has also been the key artist for shows on Turner South, The Gospel Music Channel, HGTV and TV One, where she also hosted “Makeover Manor”.   Nyssa writes the “Beauty and Balance” column for Gospel Today magazine, and is the featured fashion and beauty expert on Fox 5 in Atlanta.

As for FashionGLAM, Nyssa shares her excitement about being part of this fashionable must-attend event, “Atlanta is still not seen as a major player in the fashion game, and it’s events like FashionGlam that will get us there.”  She continues, “I’m also excited anytime I can part of something that not only celebrates the culture of fashion and beauty but adds an element of giving back while looking good!”

So join us on The Greenlight Project Friday, August 27th as we greenlight and celebrate all shades of beauty and if you’re reading us now, check out Afrobella Radio, our sister station as they talk about ‘Goddess Beauty’ with Maybelline model, Tomiko Fraser and natural beauty to the stars with celebrity hairstylist , Karin Tappin!

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Another Bad Spin for PR

By: Tamika L. Morrison

So, Ryan Seacrest and his partner in crime, Kim Kardashian are at it again and has brought back from the dead the embarrassing and wrong example of what PR is about through the foolery known as The Spin Crowd. My hope is that people make a well-informed decision about what PR truly is before pegging us PR folk all the same.

When I first came to Atlanta nearly four years ago, expanding my PR agency from Charlotte, the one thing that was quite evident for me, was everyone and anyone was calling themselves a PR professional. From event planners to party promoters, models, wanna be movie stars, groupies and even pimps. I was horrified!  Every meeting I went on, I felt it necessary to bring out Webster’s Dictionary and talk about what PR was really about.

It was embarrassing, confusing and downright absurd that many people who consulted with me was consulting, not to really bring PR into their business equation, but to get some clarity around what the heck PR was truly all about.  Talk about exhausting and mind-boggling.  And to think, that was nearly four years ago and the foolywang continues through the form of ‘someone’ with a ‘title’ and a little bit of leverage and in the name of ‘entertainment’ my profession is at stake once again. But…you gotta love this disclaimer as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “Jonathan and Simon are passionate and funny and they have an unorthodox approach to their business that our viewers really responded to when we aired the special earlier this year,” said Berger. “This unique duo (will) work with A-list celebrities, designers and formidable clients while managing to keep their young and sometimes inexperienced staff from spinning out of control.” In case you missed it, check out the word “will” in parenthesis.  Notice that equals, “staged”.

My advice to those of you with hopes of starting a career in public relations (PR), communications, broadcasting, marketing, media, etc. – don’t take the advice of TV because it’s just entertainment.  It really isn’t all about what YOU look like because in reality, your job is more behind the scenes.  It’s not all glamorous; it’s not all celebrities and red carpets.  There are writing skills, negotiating and strategic thinking skills that are needed.  Time management, the ability to research – thoroughly and clearly communicate with confidence and not just “Hey, dude, I think you’d be great for this product! Let’s have a drink!”  Keep in mind; what you’re seeing on TV has no real substance!  While who you know is important, your reputation for getting solid results is your staying power.  And while we’re on it, a good internship is priceless and we’re always looking for a few good men and women willing to roll their sleeves up and get some experience under their belts!

There’s nothing wrong with amusing yourself with foolery and foolywang, just understand the difference.

Until next time,

HOLLA!

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