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A ‘Model Citizen’ – The Greenlight Projects shares inspiration today with Philanthropist, Author & Chef, Jayda “Divva” Cabbell

Helping someone with problems bigger than mine”, is the motto that drives

Jayda 'Divva' Cabbell

philanthropist, entrepreneur and chef, Jayda Cabbell to devote herself to helping others in need.  “If I can bring an ounce of sunlight to someone whose having a dark moment by just being me, then I’ve done my job!” It is this amazingly inspiring perspective that influences this humble ‘butterfly’ to remain happy & humble through all circumstances! And trust, she’s had her share of situations and circumstances.

Jayda “Divva” Cabbell, (wife, mother, community servant, personal chef, entrepreneur, author, speaker and humble butterfly), migrated to Atlanta by way of New Orleans via Hurricane Katrina. Upon arrival she knew immediately that it would be a struggle continuing her company Divva Dishes in a city as large as Atlanta, instead of feeling sorry for herself and her four children she decided to help others facing greater problems than her own. She began feeding the homeless right outside of the hotel she was living in and gained a clientele with the homeless and hungry before she could even begin branding Divva Dishes.

Once Jayda got on her feet, she took her mission further by going inside the homes of less fortunate families.  Jayda, full of sunshine and love, went into these homes supplying them with a new dinner table, and preparing a meal for the family while teaching the children etiquette and basic kitchen skills.
“I created this experience to bring families to the table and to show others, you can still be fly and fabulous while utilizing your gifts to help others,” she explains. Jayda understands her gift is in the art of inspiration. Everything she does is about inspiring others.

Jayda has written a cook book memoir titled “What Storm Are You Talking About? Life After Hurricane Katrina”, which features Cajun and Creole recipes that she has created or critiqued, along with inspirational tales of trials and triumph. The book will be available early 2011.

In addition to the various programs under her non-profit foundation (BITS), Jayda also gives hours of service to other non-profits, churches and community programs.  She loves traveling to prepare her signature dishes for those in need. Her ultimate goal is to inspire others to Give, Live & Love.  While living up to being a “Divva” with two V’s!!

You can catch Jayda and her inspiring story today at 11am ET on The Greenlight Project with media entrepreneurs Tamika & Rochelle on Blogtalk Radio.  You can also visit Jayda’s website for more information at http://www.jaydacabbell.com/.

Is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on Deaf Ears?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

If you’re a subscriber to the email campaign Paid for by Organizing for America, then you’ve seen email’s titled “Chip in what you can” to “President Obama on the line” and they are coming in from everyone including the President and First Lady themselves.  Not only that, but for me, I’m getting at least two or three of the same email within ten minutes of each other at least three times each – which is a little annoying, but I get it.  It all feels a little desperate and one has to wonder if the “Yes We Can” phenomenon has run its course and is falling on deaf ears?

I’ll admit, I’m on the fence and not sure if I’m encouraged to go out to the polls – a disgrace some are thinking and I’ll admit, I also feel like it’s a slap in the face of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and all the other great leaders of the Civil Rights era.  With my bank account on a slow and fast drain and the economy not producing job interest or putting income in the market, I can’t help but consume myself with odd and end jobs to supplement my ‘in the meantime’.  Quite honestly, it’s not fitting in my time management zone.  Besides, I don’t even know what the heck the Democrats are promising or committing to doing outside of being lazy and resting on their laurels with a bunch of loud talk.  I don’t know…is it me or is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on death ears…

Last week on TWS Media’s The Greenlight Project, we got into a timely discussion about the upcoming political campaigns and the importance to get out and vote as we talked with special guest, Carmen Dixon Rosenzweig, the creator of the influential blog AllAboutRace.com, one of the first blogs to facilitate cross-cultural and intra-cultural communication and social justice activism using digital technology. During the conversation, we talked about the lack of participation in the mid-term elections and why it’s imperative Democrats commit to voting to make an impact.  Let’s not forget, we did an amazing thing in 2008 by electing President Obama in the first place.  I believe he needs us more now with the emergence of racial hatred, racial hate groups such as The Tea Party and the Republicans unyielding criticism down to how he yawn’s when it’s captured in picture.  Are you kidding me?  Unfortunately not…

Here’s what we need to consider: While the President’s name is not on the ballot, his long-term vision and policies are.  According to AOL’s Black Voices column “White House: Every Vote Counts” dated October 26th writer Allison Monyei reminds us, “Voting in the midterm elections is just as important as voting in presidential elections. Midterm elections decide whether a president’s agenda will be enforced. Unfortunately, midterm elections typically have less voter turnout due to ignorance about how our political system works. In order for the agenda of President Obama to advance, he needs like-minded individuals in Congress to effectively translate his policies into legislation.”

It’s been proven, knowledge is power.  There’s strength in numbers – let’s not let Barack’s pleas and those of the White House fall on deaf ears – who knows if we’ll ever experience another time of political diversity in America.  Even though I’ll have to put a halt on my side hustle job search, I must commit to “Barack-ing the Vote” because at the rate of things, I can’t afford another Republican rule in my lifetime.

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!!!

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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What are YOU Choosing?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

Have you ever felt like you were stuck between a rock and a hard place?  I mean, like a serious crossroad?  That place where you are where you are but it’s not where you want to be and where you want to be, you can see it, but something is keeping you from getting there?  Well, that’s what life has felt like for me majority of this year.  I had this inkling when 2010 arrived that THIS would be the year of CHANGE for me.  Not like in a bad way, but in a way that would put a few crowns on my head.  I was nervous ringing this New Year in fo’sho!

About a month ago I received quite an interruption in my life – in my spirit – I’m very intuitive and “in tune” with myself and when sudden wave of anger, frustration and irritation seemed to overcome me – I got on the phone and dialed up my therapist ASAP.  Two weeks later I was laid out on the couch, and then I knew, THIS wasn’t it either.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think we all should have a ‘shrink’ on speed dial and she’s a damn good one (we have history!), but  I knew that whatever  was ‘changing’ , this method of managing it wasn’t gonna work.  I sensed that if I didn’t get these issues resolved quickly, then the progress I was making professionally, personally and spiritually would soon unravel – by my own hands.  Not good!  Then, like clockwork, depression descended upon my world like the return of Katrina and there was nothing to do but deal with it.

Thanks to one of my best friends who’s connected to the right people at the right time, I got an invitation to “attend a life changing event” last weekend – her exact words. And because she’s one of my Besties, I trusted her and arranged my calendar to attend the 4-day adventure.  It was during that time in this ‘incubator” that I fully awakened again never to sleep on the POWER I have to CHOOSE the kind of life I desire to live.  Master Teacher, Sylvia High, this secret weapon of Humanity, whose anointed teaching and purity of love will

Master Teacher, Sylvia High

shock and shake the skeletons loose in anybody’s closet, is the angel I truly prayed for.  With four days of INTENSE therapeutic discovery, I arose with such power, clarity, awareness and confidence that I’m ALREADY exactly what I need to be to go where I know I should be!  For some reason, this was quite profound to me – that I ALREADY possess everything I need to succeed!  *Record Scratching* Hole up??!  I AM these things already?!?! *Wiping Brow* Damn, that’s good news!

Fifteen of u s- mostly strangers emerged from our fragile shell of ‘selves’ at the beginning to Empowered, Capable and Powerful individuals. Surrounded by love and encouragement, I immediately became ‘unstuck” from limiting beliefs that had me stuck in that hard place and I was instantly RELEASED, armed with new insights and awareness that authorized me with new choices.

Sylvia’s course aptly known as ‘The Basic’ is a two evening, two-day journey designed to have each participant uncover the maximum number of underlying assumptions and hidden beliefs that keeps one stuck. Once these beliefs are uncovered, participants are empowered with new choices and possibilities. Literally.  By the very next day, I had already faced some hard stuff: I reached out to a ‘friend’ who hurt me, to face the issue of what caused the hurt, but got their voicemail (I tried though!), I started responding differently to people around me – in a more welcoming and loving spirit than one of suspicion and distrust and it was complimented and noticed. Business ‘opportunities’ became solid agreements, it’s been…like….a miracle! There’s so much more to this story, but in the spirit of “time”, I’ll keep it short. 🙂

Now, fully operating in my FULL CAPABILITIES, I challenge you to awaken and CHOOSE your thoughts carefully because they determine the temperature of the quality of life as you experience it.  And beware, those thoughts will become actions in which you’ll have to deal with the consequences.  If you CHOOSE negative thinking, you best believe that’s what you’ll get and if you nurture the positives – the ones that are TRUE about who you REALLY are, well you know that’s what you’ll get too!

I’m so excited to have met Sylvia and happy to tell you, you can get some too as she and her team will be back in Atlanta on August 5th at Ramada Airport from 7pm to 9pm and she’ll be a guest on The Greenlight Project on August 6th. There’s so much more to come from this awesome woman, but see for yourself and visit her website.  In the meantime, sign up for the intro class if you’re in Atlanta August 5th and set your reminder for us on August 6th!

And send me a note, tell me what you think about the choices we make in our lives.  We may even have some time for me to share the whole truth and nothing but the truth about some of the reasons why I was holed up on my therapist’s couch *wink*!

Until next time, “…choose life, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

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!!!