As much as we are all on Zoom calls these days, I think it’s important to give special recognition to people who keep virtual conversations fun and lively. And today that shoutout goes to Chef Darrell of Nola Creations. Nola Creations is a catering and special events company offering food service programs, products, and more. It was created by the chef and his wife Auna Johnson.

Their company is most known for being a past winner of Food Network’s The Great Foodtruck Race. Together, the couple has five children and has built a thriving business centered around love, value, and…

David C. Williams is a prominent tech director responsible for AT&T’s SPI (Sensitive Personal Data) solution. His creation is the reason why 40,000 of AT&T’s employees have been able to securely and permanently work from home amid the pandemic. But, before he started shaking up the tech industry, he was simply a young man with an adamant desire to change his situation.

David C. Williams

How it Started

Born in the inner-city of Dallas, TX, David comes from humble beginnings. He was raised by his mother after his father tragically died from suicide, and he quickly learned to create his path. “I’m the youngest of six…

Christmas is my favorite Holiday. I like it all; from the over the top decorations to the never-ending Holiday movies. But my most treasured pastime is dinner with my family. Every year we all sit together to laugh and reflect on the year’s special memories. Then finally, we close the night with a slice of cake in celebration of our actual reason for celebration, Jesus Christ’s birthday. But, as you can imagine this year will be different. There will be no togetherness or Holiday cake. Everything will be virtual.

So, to at least try and recreate some of those feelings…

If you follow me on social media you’ve probably seen my “wash day” story posts. Wash day is when I take a mental break to devote a few hours to the self-care of washing, treating, and styling my natural hair. It’s also a time where I try products or attempt a new hairstyle or hair care method. Since my big chop in 2013, I’m constantly learning new things about hair health and hairstyling. And thanks to Lacy “Ms. Healthy Hair” Fields and Coretta Johnson, my latest lesson was in scalp care.

Lacy “Ms. Healthy Hair” Fields is the owner of…

Reparations, Meditation, and Purpose: A Talk with Filmmaker Chiest Love

Most people can recall pivotal moments in their life. For some, those moments define their view on the world while others paint a picture of their purpose in it. For Chiest Love it’s the former; he remembers being a young child overhearing his mother crying. Although he can’t recall the reasoning, he assumes it was over a guy she was dating. Then she turned on Dru Hill and began singing and dancing, and the sadness lifted. At that moment, he knew his purpose. “I remember thinking that’s it. …

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Earlier this week I spoke to adorable child star London Boyce. London plays the daughter of famed actress/entertainer Janelle Monae in the new film Antebellum. In our conversation she spoke about working with Janelle Monae, her new book, and latest projects. And it basically made me want to have a little creative child of my own and sign her up for a load of artsy extracurricular activities. (laughs)

But seriously, London’s parents are doing an amazing job. She’s only seven and already an entrepreneur. In addition to being an author she owns her own ice-cream…

Media Personality Ferrari Simmons Talks Career Journey, How to Stand Out In the Entertainment Industry, and New Single

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with industry connector and award-winning media personality Ferrari “Rari” Simmons. Ferrari can be heard on Atlanta hip hop station Streetz 94.5 and hosting events around the city and beyond. In this conversation, we discuss his career journey, personal goals, and latest single Happy Birthdayyy.

Like many, Ferrari’s love for music started early. However, he took a unique path to make his passion a career. Instead of setting his sights on the music industry, he…

My mother exposed me to many unique and exciting experiences as a child; one of my most treasured is camping. Through Girl Scouts of America, I’ve camped in traditional tents, beautiful cabins, and even built a “covering” with leaves and sticks. However, as a child, when I would go to school and share the stories, I realized many of my friends shunned the idea. Although I genuinely enjoy it, camping is not an activity many African-Americans partake in, which is why you can imagine my excitement when I heard about FGI.

Freedom Georgia Initiative (FGI) is a black-owned, women-owned, family-owned…

Funding and Financials with Folasade Ayegubsi

As a creative I’ve learned that the business behind a project is just as important as the artistry. No matter how amazing the idea, if the strategy isn’t right, the concept will struggle. Proper handling of funding, accounting, and budgeting are all essential to the final product.

Now I’ll be the first to admit, the former are not my favorite parts of the planning. But that is why I’ve worked hard to learn more through research, and meaningful conversations with industry professionals. One of those professionals is Folasade Ayegubsi, an Enrolled Agent, Accountant, Speaker…

Angela White has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and works full-time as a television and film producer. She’s worked with talent like Tiffany Hadish, Jay R. Ellis, Omari Hardwick and more. However, she’s not in it for the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Angela has a sincere passion for mentorship and helping others grow within the industry.

That driving force coupled with her knack for strategy, has allowed her career to blossom in many ways. She’s an author, motivational speaker, and creator of Backstage Pass to the Movie Industry, an educational online platform created to assist…

Kirby Carroll Wright

A Storyteller.

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