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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).

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Recap – The Essence Music Festival

By: Portia aka Intern Tia Tia

Beyonce' at Essence Festival

One word. Phenomenal!  That’s all I have to say about the production of this year’s Essence Music Festival, held in the musical and cultural city of New Orleans, as it’s held every year – did not disappoint.  TWS Media sleuths was on the pulse at the “One Night Only” event hosted by actress, Cynthia Garrett, ready to give a great recap of the happenings, partyin’, dancin’, jazzin’ and celebratin’ promised to take over the city.  Katrina’s imprint is still felt as evidenced by many of the physical areas around this city, but could not damage the spirits that sang and danced throughout it.

Beyonce’ Knowles, headlined the concert shouting, “Put your hands up!!”, and that was all she wrote!  Beyonce’ danced back and forth in her 4 inch heels, singing “Put a Ring on it.”  As the camera turned to the crowd you could see women putting their hands in guys face twisting it back and forth as Beyonce’ instructed them too. Too funny!  My only question is what kind of hair extensions does she have because it was just flowing and I didn’t see any braids for a sew in? Nice job Bey’s stylist!

It was so much talent and star power from old school to new school, a music lovers dream! EnVogue, Ne-Yo, Jazmine Sullivan, Salt-N-Pepa, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Al Green, Teena Marie and Robin Thicke all blessed the stage on this musical evening.  And speaking of EnVogue, the ladies came out in all black swaying back and forth while singing, one of their number one hits, “My Lovin” (You’re Never Gonna Get It).   Next they sang “Free your mind.”  This ensemble really took me back!

In other news, Alicia Keys was said to take a plunge…makes me recall that song she sings, “I Keep on Fallin’”….Okay, seriously, she took a fall, but apparently was so smooth with it that it looked as if it was all part of the performance.  And her reps say that her and baby are doing fine.

Trey Songz & T.I. shut down Carol’s Daughter’s “Toast to Women” event which brought out

Trey Songz & T.I. @ 2010 Essence Music Festival - Necole Bitchie

the likes of Tameka Raymond, Jada Pinkett-Smith and of course, the fabulous Mary J. Blige who debut her latest fragrance, “My Life”, which is a Carol’s Daughter collaboration. Go Mary!

Then came one of my favorites, John Legend, hello! “Let’s get lifted,” I wonder if he sang that for me? Now was he fly or what; we even share something in common, DIMPLES!!!!  When he sang, “Green Light,” a song that shares a special place in the heart of TWS Marketing Communications UnAgency!  Catch us live every Friday at 11 am EST to The Greenlight Project on Blog talk radio.

Overall this Annual, “One Night Only”, Essence Musical Festival was off the charts!  Hip Hop, R&B, Oldies, Old School and New School were in the building! Each and every artist truly did a great job!!! After watching a show like this it shows you that Hip Hop isn’t dead! All these genres of music are all similar in a certain extent so let’s keep jammin!  I cannot wait until the Annual Essence Musical Festival!  Great job Essence!!!

The Greenlight Project Discusses Literature from an Urban Perspective

Posted by: Portia Rice
“A life lived not in response to the doubts or fears or desires of others, but in pursuit of passions, hopes and dreams that are your very own.”

This quote hails from the mouth and hands of our next guest on The Greenlight Project, Whitney Teal.  You may have seen this name before in works such as: Essence magazine, Business Week, Heart & Soul and Sister 2 Sister.

In addition to these, she has been a featured writer for Clutch and Black Voices.  Ms. Whitney Teal founded her own book blog in 2008 for women titled, UptownLiterati.com, a site dedicated to sharing literature, culture, and creativity to all of her readers.

I can not wait to hear what she has to say on our show Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 am EST.  So make sure to tune in to The Greenlight Project to hear, editor/writer, Ms. Whitney Teal.

Leaving a Legacy Worth Passing On

By: Tamika L. Morrison

This has been a tough week for me – a mix of high’s and lows. My grandmother passed away a week ago and although it wasn’t shocking as she’d been sickly for a while.  It’s just never easy to receive the news that a loved one has passed on, especially a grandmother. It was jolting to realize at that very moment, the torch my grandmother courageously carried, had been officially passed on to the next generation.

I was leaving a prestigious birthday celebration when I got the news.  TWS was onboard to help a partner agency handle media check-ins for Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman emeritus of the board of 100 Black Men of America, a man who’d lived his life leading the way for others.  The event itself was inspiring and it made me quite proud to see Black people arrive in style with their heads held high, their accomplishments easy to see not only by name recognition, but also by the way they moved and mingled in the crowd with such poise and grace.  They were stepping high and proud but they also showed off humbleness through warm smiles and handshakes.  It was a complete honor to meet such dignitaries as Susan Taylor of National CARES Mentoring (Essence Magazine), Roland Martin, Emmanuel Lewis, Andrew Young and his wife, Frank Ski and his wife Tanya, April Woodard, Dawn Lewis and to work alongside those who ‘know’ folks like Jeff Johnson, Mike Phillips, Xernona Clayton and Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton.  As I observed and embraced this moment that was mine, I had to wonder what had I gotten ‘right’ that put me in this place at this time?  And then I began to contemplate the careful planning these great people must have done in order to do and be these things.  Then I began to ponder what could be the driving factor behind their ambition when this word ‘legacy’ seemed to permanently imprint itself in my mind.

To observe this ‘highfalutin’ crowd, it’s easy to see the legacy being built for all of these named folks as well as all the ‘unnamed’ folks.  You see, for me to be placed in the very center of ‘all that glory’ meant that my own glory was evident too and that I am doing something worth being repeated and recalled in my own family. Legacy is a word that has been in my family – on both sides – for several years now.  My great cousin, Mary Anna Neal Bradley, a wise counselor, retired teacher and now author, penned her first book, “A Legacy of Inspiration” nearly two years after her retirement from the school system in which she gave over 30 years of service to.  She chose me – all wet behind the ears and eager to put my latent talents to test, as her publicist to get her book published and marketed.  It was thrilling and scary at the same time, but from taking on that first challenge and absorbing every iota of her book project, not fully realizing the divine nature of it all, I launched my public relations firm shortly afterwards that has now morphed into a wonderful partnership in TWS.  Even if I couldn’t quite understand or articulate what that experience meant – the influence and the irony of that moment shaped my heart and mind for legacy building.

It’s important to note when a person moves forward with legacy in mind, miracles happen.  So as I gathered with my family this past weekend to say our final goodbyes to this strong and magnificent woman who influenced us in one way or the other and looked around in awe of the beauty, strength, boldness, flair, style, Grace (her name), proud-ness filled my heart, as I inhaled my grandparents and their legacy.  It was simply miraculous to me to realize that two people made a decision to partner in marriage and from their union 29 grand children and 25 great grand children were conceived – WOW! We all are these different expressions of my grandparents in all their glory.  We have a right and the responsibility to carry out, in grandeur style, the legacy that has already been laid forth.  The entrepreneurs, the artists, the chefs, the storytellers, the fashion icons, the business professionals – we all have such great talent and so much to give to our communities and the global world around us.  My hope is that we embrace the fullness of what this word legacy means – no matter what color we are – and continue building upon it and proudly pass on a worthy legacy to the next generations.

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