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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.

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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).

Next Up on The Greenlight Project: It’s Hip Hop Candi Baby!

By: Tamika L. Morrison

Grammy-winning Singer Monica and sons with It's Hip-Hop Baby

Three years ago, Candi Carter struggled to communicate with her then, three year old son Emerson, who lives with a rare chromosome disorder that caused several medical issues and a severe speech delay.  In an attempt to reach her son and help him transition and learn, she decided to make up songs with instructions in them.  Carter Immediately saw an improvement in his behavior and social interaction.  After creating multiple songs and testing them out on young family members, she decided to create an educational DVD series using family-friendly hip hop music. The Award-winning “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” CDs and DVDs was launched in March of 2009 and is being distributed by Rhino Entertainment a Warner Music Group Company. It’s Hip Hop Baby has been seen in the news on media outlets such as CBS Atlanta, Oprah & Friends with Dr. Robin Smith and XM Radio with Gayle King and is a favorite among celebs and their children such as R&B songstress, Monica, Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Holly Robinson-Peete, Dr. Oz, Roland S. Martin, and more.

Candi Carter has a BA in Broadcast Communications from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. She started her television career at CNN in Atlanta, GA and later produced news specials and children’s programming at WISN-TV-ABC Affiliate in Milwaukee, WI. There she won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programming. Over the past fourteen years, Candi has produced award-winning television for an internationally syndicated talk show based in Chicago. (wink)

Candi lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband Joseph Carter, a Private Client Services Banker for JP Morgan with their six year old son and 7 month old daughter.

Tune in at 11am ET on BTR’s The Greenlight Project, a TWS Media Production and listen in as Candi Carter shares how ‘It’s Hip Hop Baby’ got its start and where you can cop your own!

Living my Best Life Even When Disappointment Knocks

By: Tamika L. Morrison

I’m coming off another week full of twists and turns, a calendar that seems to grow in size by the second and with a few surprises I’d rather not have. Still, I realize the importance of reflecting on the very fact that in all of this daily living, I must always remember, I only have one life to live and I must choose to live my best life, no matter what and even when it feels less than its best.

With that said, I must confess – I experienced my fair share of disappointment this past weekend, it was sprinkled in with some great accomplishments – a real oxymoron.

You know, disappointments can be hard to shake.  At times it seems with all my ‘success’ comes a little dose of disappointment every now and again that try to knock me off my focus.  The emotion, overwhelming, tempts me to wallow in my pain, my past and what has seemed to be a setback.  But I am reminded, those disappointments are purposeful, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

I can’t complain much, I have much to be grateful for!  I experience big and little miracles daily!  As I embarked on another milestone in training for the marathon I’m running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday – doing a record 12 miles!  I took that moment to feel that accomplishment through and through.  I didn’t want to forget that feeling, it was powerfulOftentimes we do something great, make ourselves proud and then quickly move on to the next. Not taking a pause to feel that moment of accomplishment or taking a moment to feel the miracles happening, making the memory an afterthought and a moment we cannot reclaim.

It was an amazing journey yesterday– just like all of my life – though my legs were aching and my mind wanted to give in during the last stretch, the reminders were: The humongous turtle I saw trekking across my path to get to the other side of the river.  The male Cardinals, bold in color and personality chasing their mates in the wind.  The geese boldly strutting, claiming their territory, even along the tree-lined streets as cars cruised by.  The black snake wiggling his way through the grass, but not without an audience of the “Oooooh’s” and “Ahhhhhh’s” we belted as he withered away and even the dead rattlesnake I passed as I rounded on the 9th mile. I’d never seen nature so bold without visiting a museum – it was beautifully amazing. And it inspired me to keep on keepin’ on.

When I got the calls that brought some disappointment to me over the weekend, for a moment, well, maybe like a few hours, I was saddened, resentful and in pain.  I replayed the events of my past like one of my favorite movies, as I recalled play-by-play every other time I’d felt this way and been let down.  But I was reminded by reflecting on words of encouragement and inspiration I experienced as well as by those who help me see a different of perspective when I so badly need one that “Disappointments are really blessings in disguise,” is what author and cousin of mine, Mary Anna Neal Bradley says in her book, “A Legacy of Inspiration and Oprah reminds me to choose to “Live my best life!” and finally, Ralph Marston couldn’t have said it better:

You are going to have a lot of disappointments along the way. The harder you try, the more disappointment you’ll have. But that’s no reason not to try. Because if you persevere, you will have success. You simply can’t let the disappointment get to you. You can’t allow yourself to become discouraged, to feel rejected, to quit. You must get your motivation from within yourself. You must have a vision and a dream that is big enough to stand up to the setbacks that come your way. You must find a reason for what you’re doing, and constantly remind yourself of that reason. If you can do that, you’ll make yourself bulletproof to all the setbacks and disappointments. – Ralph Marston

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So what if Oprah has Secrets?!?!

By: Tamika L. Morrison

I mean,  don’t we all have SOME skeletons in our proverbial closet?

Normally I would have some serious or social conscious idea to politick with you about, but I’ve been a busy little bee behind the scenes working distinguished events, meeting with new clients, and growing our agency, TWS Marketing Communications and TWS Media.  So in the spirit of sharing content with you that tugs at my heart and conscience, I will share with you this bit of news that caught my eye about a woman most of us truly adore – Oprah Winfrey.

So apparently biographer, Kitty Kelley writes her version of a tell-all about Oprah by interviewing over 850 personal sources ‘close’ to the mogul. *side eye* I’m still trying to figure out how official is an autobiography of someone still living and didn’t talk to you directly about it….hmmmm, interesting.

Anyhow, Kelley apparently uncovers a web of secrets and shed’s more light on Oprah’s complicated relationship with long-time beau, Stedman Graham and other supposed dalliances.

I have to admit, it has me curious – as much as I give Lady O credit for showing us the path to living ‘our truth‘, one has to wonder if the motivation behind it all is because she struggles to live and embrace her own?

I challenge you to share with me your thoughts after you read this.  Do you think this book has any credence?  What if Oprah is living  a double-life, what would that change about what she means to you? Would it take away her accomplishments? Better yet, is she entitled to those truths?  Aren’t we all?  Inquiring minds wanna know!

The most current copy of O Magazine is available on newsstands now.

Kelley: Winfrey’s unreleased autobiography detailed adolescent promiscuity

In her 23-year-career as America’s most influential national talk-show host, there’s seemingly little that Oprah Winfrey hasn’t shared with her loyal viewers. From weight battles and romantic ups and downs to dark childhood secrets, the 56-year-old Winfrey has earned a reputation for candor about her own life.

But Kitty Kelley, the celebrity biographer who developed a reputation as a lightning rod for controversy with her tell-alls on Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, says that Oprah’s life is nonetheless “choked with secrets,” and she digs them out in her new book, “Oprah: A Biography.”

Speaking with Matt Lauer on TODAY Monday, Kelley said that in researching her book, she was given the opportunity to read Winfrey’s own 1993 autobiography, a book Oprah ultimately decided not to release — and that in it, she referred to herself as a “prostitute” during her troubled, wild adolescence.

Read more:http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36415458/ns/today-today_entertainment/?gt1=43001#ixzz0kv3CO3VC

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C. Denise Hendricks: Shining Behind the Scenes

By: K. Denise Richardson

C. Denise Hendricks is an award- winning producer, writer and journalist. She is currently a Producer for BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.” She spent the previous five years as an associate producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in Chicago. She has also worked as a Producer and Executive Producer for CNN, and NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX TV News affiliates.

Over the years, Denise has interviewed, field produced and written segments for several celebrity and newsmaker guests. She co-coordinated dozens of live show performances and appearances for several music artists. Denise played an integral role with “The Oprah Show” in securing high end donations and sponsorships, all while bringing some of the most pressing issues of our time to television, including the Virginia Tech Shootings, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Denise is a recipient of the 2009 National Association of Television and Program Executives/Walter Kaitz Foundation Diversity Fellowship. She is a member of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and serves on the board of directors for Power Girls, Inc. and the Black Women Film Network. Denise is active in the community, mentoring youth and speaking frequently at schools about careers in media and entertainment. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Florida A & M University and a Master’s in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.

C. Denise Hendricks will air as the Special Guest on Friday’s (4/9) live airing of The Greenlight Project on BlogTalkRadio. This is a show you will not want to miss! www.blogtalkradio.com/greenlightproject

Loving Me. Establishing a truce as Ms. Good and Plenty

By: Rochelle Valsaint

Rochelle (third from left) and her sisters

There are five things that keep my attention  – my marriage, motherhood, my ambition (as it relates to financial security now and in leaving a legacy), my family and  my weight/my body image and how it makes me feel about my presentation to the world. Well, that last one, my weight, has been heavy on my mind over the last week. Starting with a mention I made of myself as Ms. Good and Plenty on our weekly  blog talk radio show, The Greenlight Project Vogue, I playfully referred to my plus-sized figure. Publicly I chuckled because I really liked the name and though myself clever just for coming up with it. Privately, I knew it was a small declaration of acceptance that while body image has been and is a life issue for me, it is ok to publicly acknowledge the beauty of all of me at whatever size.

You see, I had an aha! moment several years and Oprah sessions ago that my weight and body issues started at a young age. My body issues come from a combination of Momma issues, Daddy issues, generational issues, etc. And, although I have accepted that I will have to deal with these issues, whenever they arise throughout my life, I commit today to a few things that will help me keep a truce with myself regarding my body image. First, I am giving up on a few self-sabotaging things. Namely, (1) I will stop referring to myself as the ‘smart’ sibling in reference to my place amongst my Mama’s three girls. This is important to do because I know this a sly critique of myself – having always wanted to be ‘the fine one’ as I refer to my oldest sister, Staci; or referring to my youngest sister, Akia as ‘the pretty one.’ As of today, we are all each one of the descriptions and so much more if I’m the person telling the story. (2) I will stop avoiding full body mirrors and only seeing what I consider my flaws when I look at myself – my arms, my ample thighs and my stomach. And (3), I will stop encouraging people to take pictures of me from the face up!

The plan is to replace those bad habits with a few, self-affirming ones that will allow me to walk in the light to which I have been gifted. (1) I will continually invest in the wardrobe, shoes, accessories and beauty enhancing solutions that celebrate all of my beauty. For pointers, I will look to Afrobella, and Vogue Italia’s, Vogue Curvy to help me keep this commitment (See fellow Domer, Julie Henderson, a perfect role model). (2) I will work toward a photo shoot for me that captures the model I am when I am feelin’ my stylo. If any stylists and photographers or connections that want to help me achieve this goal, reach out to me. And (3), I will boldly put myself in the spotlight through the media channels we are creating with the TWS Media division. I will also celebrate those companies and media that get that it’s a thin line between working toward the healthy lifestyle while celebrating yourself and self-sabotaging with negative motivation, which never works as well.

Today I accept that I am ‘Perfect in My Imperfection!’

I am sure that I am not the only one who needs to make that truce with themselves today. If anyone else knows about this ; or wants to support my effort, let a sister know.