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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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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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Meet The Root’s Media & Culture Critic, Natalie Hopkinson on The Greenlight Project!

The Greenlight Project is back from our little vacation!! On this show, Friday, July 23, 2010 we will be talking to The Root’s own, Natalie Hopkinson.  Natalie holds the title of the Media and Culture Critic there and is also a member of the adjunct journalism faculty at the Prestigious Georgetown University and co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press, 2006).

Graduating from one of the top HBCUs’, Howard University, as a Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science and also earning a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland-College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  Her late 1990s master’s thesis analyzed the first generation of Web-only general audience journalistic publications, including Salon and Slate.

With striving for greatness she later joined the Washington Post-owned Slate Group as a founding editor of the pioneering web journal of politics and culture, The Root. Her doctoral work showed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere at work in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music culture.  (Side bar) My friends from Maryland LOVE “go-go” music!!!!   The work of this young lady has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times.com, NPR, WJLA and the BBC.

Not only has Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson mastered her career, but she is also a loving mother of two, married and will be attempting her first triathlon in the upcoming year!  Good luck to you Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson.  I would love some tips on the triathlon because I am still trying to make it through a mile!!! J

Tune into The Greenlight Project, Friday, July 23, 2010 to hear from Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson at 11am EST!!!!  Join us online or dial (646) 727-3906.

We also discussed the following in Rochelle’s Diverse Moves in Media:

Desiree Rogers, former white house social secretary talks what was in the white house and what’s next for her

http://clutchmagonline.com/newsgossipinfo/desiree-rogers-talks-white-house-ebony-why-its-wasnt-about-her/

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers interviewed recently with Fox News Chicago.

On whether the American people will ever have a fair view on her accomplishments during her appointment after the White House crashers incident, Rogers set a record for producing 370 events in one year’s time.

Clutch Magazine Founder builds a team and Launches Coco and Creme

http://cocoandcreme.com/2010/07/welcome-to-coco-creme-thank-you/

A sister site to CLUTCH, Coco & Crème is a new and exciting online editorial experience focusing exclusively on urban fashion and beauty. Filling the void for up-to-the-minute style dishes from the street to the red carpet, Coco & Crème offers the fashion obsessed an user-friendly interface with visually stunning layouts, and some of the Web’s dopest styling, and photography!

Coco & Crème promises daily fashion and beauty news, product reviews, designer and model profiles, weekly plus-size features, video how-tos, and more!

The Coco & Crème Team:
Deanna “Dede” J. Sutton
Geneva S. Thomas
Audra E. Lord
Chelsea Smith
Teneille Craig
Nikki J. Duckworth

Living on the Grid: Your Digital Paper Trail

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/20/living-on-the-grid-your-digital-paper-trail/

While technology provides many conveniences, privacy advocates are concerned that individuals are leaving an unprecedented amount of personal information about themselves stored on public and private servers.

Let’s look at a typical day of a person who uses common technologies.  Under each time slot, I note the places her information is stored. 5:50a-8:00p

While most of this information is aggregated and made anonymous by online service providers, there is no guarantee that this information can not be subpoenaed by a court order or a divorce attorney.  While few of us can avoid using credit cards, much of the information we provide is done on a voluntary basis.  Furthermore, as smartphones become more powerful and consolidate our online lives, they become single points of failure for protecting our personal information.  The digital age’s freedom has to be weighed against the cost to our privacy.

Angela Benton to Receive MMTC Award, All Five FCC Commissioners to Attend Conference

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/19/angela-benton-to-receive-mmtc-award-all-five-fcc-commissioners-to-attend-conference/

Black Web Media Founder/CEO Angela Benton will be inducted into the Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame, in recognition to her contributions to diversity and inclusion in media.

Black Web Media is the parent company that publishes Black Web 2.0Politic365 and Young Black Professional Guide, among other properties. Benton has built the media brand from the ground up, with Black Web 2.0 as the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media. She is also one of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and was named as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150.

And in Tamika’s ‘Da Scoop’ we dished on:

USDA reconsiders firing of Ga. official over speech on race

You all know about the political fallout started by a republican blogger that caught wind of a taped NAACP rally that Department of Agriculture’s regional director Shirley Sherrod served as a keynote.  Simply sharing her story of how helping a white farmer transformed and ignited her hidden racism, Sherrod was hoping to shed light on race relations by admitting her erroneous thinking and how facing the pain of what put the racisim there in the first place (her father was killed by a white farmer I believe when she was a child), by helping this man save his farm (the white man), she began to see NOT color, but people and that all poor people suffer no matter what color they are.  Well Mr. Conservative took that sound bite and ran with it all the way to Washington and within a matter of minutes of arriving, The NAACP, Roland S. Martin and The White House was beating down Mrs. Sherrod’s door to charge her as guilty and when they couldn’t reach her, they called her and thanks to good ole technology she was asked to PULL OVER on the side of the road and TEXT her resignation!  How ‘bout that! Can you imagine what that was like?  I’m not sure she even understood what was happening fully at the time.  And now the USDA reconsiders her firing with all kinds of public and private apologies and wanna give her a new job, look at that!  Wow, right?

I’m proud of her for immediately accepting interviews from major outlets like Good Morning America, CNN, etc. to get her story out and good for her for taking her time to THINK about what she desires to create for herself next.  This is a story we will continue to watch for sure!

http://www.ajc.com/news/usda-reconsiders-firing-of-574027.html

Vogue Africa, We Hardly Knew Ye

http://www.afrobella.com/2010/07/21/vogue-africa-we-hardly-knew-ye/

This story is courtesy of our sister station Afrobella’s Patrice Yursik on her blog www.afrobella.com. Cameroonian Photographer Mario Epanya had a wonderful idea of bringing Vogue to Africa and he set about creating that reality for himself.  Living in Paris as a beauty photographer and art director, Epanya shot a number of beautiful covers. His goal was to prove that Vogue Africa could be viable, vibrant, and admired. On July 16, Epanya announced on the Vogue Africa Facebook page that Conde Nast turned down the idea. Check out the article and weigh in!

Serena Williams, Big Butts and the Painful Path to Self-Love

http://www.theroot.com/views/defense-big-butts-and-smiles

This just in from The Root and written by TWS Media’s Afrobella host, Patrice Yursik who’s an amazing blogger/writer.  Yursik has a beautiful way of celebrating the differences of what make us women, human.  In this beautifully written article, she dissects Serena’s interview in Haper’s Baazar magazine where Williams talks about having a hard time learning to accept her curves but how finally doing so has empowered her to all possibilities.  A very empowering viewpoint!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia

TWS Media and Afrobella Radio Gets Up Close with Sam Fine, Makeup Extraordinaire and Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter

”He paints the soul of make-up, ” says Mikki Taylor of Essence Magazine. His client list includes Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson, comedienne Mo’Nique, everyone who is ANYONE has been blessed to have their face beat by the Master. Sam Fine, one of the  first African-American spokespersons for Revlon and CoverGirl cosmetics, has been featured on the cover pages of Essence, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire Magazines.

Mr. Fine is a Chicago native who is truly representing for the Midwest.  His mission is to make each and every women dazzle, by showing them how to “accentuate their unique beauty by using colors and shades that would best complement their complexions.”

For individuals like me who have a hard time with make-up,  his movie , The Beauty of Basics, will definitely be on my “Things I Need List.”  From smokey eyes, to shading in my eyebrows, to finding that right foundation Sam Fine takes it step-by-step in helping with techniques on applying make-up the right way and will be LIVE this Thursday, July 15th on TWS Media with host Patrice Yursik, who’s also a resident of Chicago.

Also featured on Thursday’s show will be Lisa Price, founder of  natural beauty products we’ve come to know and love as Carol’s Daughter. Carol’s Daughter was created by experimenting in the home of this Brooklyn’s native.   Instead of going out to buy gifts for family and friends Lisa took it upon herself to personalize each thing by making it herself.  These homemade trinkets treats soon spread throughout the area and EVERYONE wanted one.  With demand skyrocketing, Lisa created her own mail-order and web-based business and Carol’s Daughter was born!  This amazing brand exhibiting Beauty by Nature as a signature has grown to house the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Brad Pitt and Chaka Khan.

Carol’s Daughter first boutique was opened in 1999, in her home in Brooklyn New York, specifically in the Fort Greene Neighborhood.  With the many achievements, Carol’s Daughter has been showcased on The Today Show, The View and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tune in to Afrobella Radio this  Thursday 11AM EST/ 10AM CST  to hear these two dish on EXCLUSIVE beauty with host, Patrice Yursik, so set your reminders.  It’s going to be so Fine & Beautiful! ;o).