Celebrating Women Who Lead: Learn “How to Brand Yourself in Media”

Celebrating Women Who Lead: Learn “How to Brand Yourself in Media”


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Lauren Poteat




Miss Black America Delegate 2018, Lauren Poteat and former Miss Black USA/Founder of  womens empowerment network “Good Girls Getting Better,” Dawn Moss, host exclusive panel discussion: “How to Brand Yourself in Media.”


Integrated Marketing Specialist for TV One, Latifah Majied; News Anchor for FOX 45 Baltimore, Chardelle Moore; Founder and CEO of Dynamic Public Relations, Alee Opuiyo; Director of Public Relations for Howard University, Alonda Thomas; News Producer for WHUR, Candice Adkins and more expected to attend.


MC-Onyachi Chuku-Media Specialist, Prince George’s Cable Television Station

MODERATOR-Alee Opuiyo-Founder, Dynamic Public Relations


Chardelle Moore-News Reporter, FOX45 Baltimore; Lifestyle Anchor MYTV

Latifah Majied-Integrated Marketing Specialist, TV One

Candice Adkins-News Producer, WHUR

Alonda Thomas-Public Relations Director, Howard University

Natalie Nicole-Founder of Women Who Boss Network, CEO Plush Enterprises

Jenee James-Senior Production & Asset Manager, TV ONE

Monica McNutt-Freelance Journalist, Former News Channel 8 Reporter

WHAT: Celebrating women who lead, join top news and entertainment professionals as they discuss, “How to Brand Yourself in Media.” Learn how to stand out in some of media’s biggest markets and receive exclusive tips, with a follow up Q&A session.

WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018

                7:00-9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Carolina Kitchen, 6501 America Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

  *This will be a ticketed catered event. Proceeds will go toward the 50th Miss Black America Pageant.  

To Purchase Tickets Visit: Celebrating Women Who Lead: Learn “How to Brand Yourself in Media”

Media Contact:

All Media Must RSVP to Attend: laurenmeredithp@gmail.com

Lauren Poteat

Miss Black America 2018 Delegate



Ruth E.Carter Styles the Kings and Queens of Black Panther

Ruth E.Carter Styles the Kings and Queens of Black Panther

I was so excited to attend the Smithsonian Museum of African Art’s recent one on one discussion with Ruth E. Carter, the famed costume designer for the new Marvel film The Black Panther.

Featuring an all Black cast, the movie takes place in the fictional land of Wakanda, said to be located around eastern Africa.

Carter, who shared her journey developing the costumes, emphasized that although the place (Wakanda) is literally nonexistent, its African essences pulled from countries all across the continent, proving that “Wakanda” truly lives in all of us.

Ruth E. Carter: 

“The idea was to present a new model for a vision of Afrofuturism,” Carter said during the Saturday, Feb. 10 event. “I had to make this Black Panther costume come to life. From designing the texture of the fabric all the way to lacing the entire suit with vibranium — this sacred metal only found in Wakanda. … There’s this sacred geometry when you look at the continent of Africa. There’s a triangle that’s used throughout the continent and all other types of forms. So we took a tiny triangle and we printed on the fabric. So when you get up close, and you will, you’ll see that little triangle throughout.

“That overall patterning throughout the suit —with or without the Black Panther’s helmet on — became the king’s clothes in a way, so not only is he a superhero, but he is also this African king,” she said. “And that was one of my major contributions to the film.

“That’s what’s so great about this project,” she said. “You should be able to say you’re from Wakanda, you’re part of … the Turkana tribe,” Carter said. “That’s the beauty of what this film can do for you. You should be able to pick it apart and say, ‘I’m gonna find out more about myself.”’

West African Health Beverage Makes Big Impact



Comprised of fresh ginger, cold-pressed pineapples, fresh squeezed lemons, vanilla, anise, and cane sugar; Ginjan is a wildly popular West African beverage making its way all around the United States.

Crafted out of a West African tradition, the new beverage is headquartered in Harlem, New York, and is purposed as an organic non-gmo, full of health benefits.

Its founders, Mohammed and Ibrahima Diallo, are establishing Ginjan as the premier drink of their company Ginjan Bros, LLC, and are also offering fun “spirited” drink recipes derived from the tasty ginger beverage from “Summer’s Blush” to “Ginjan Mules,” for a fun treat.




Female To Climb Mt. Everest for Women Empowerment

Female To Climb Mt. Everest for Women Empowerment

So I thought this story was pretty compelling. In light of a lot of what’s happening in the world from political protests, all the way to the #MeToo movement, one female Nepal native, Diki Sherpa has decided to climb Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain above sea level, as a symbol of women empowerment.

Wow!… Not only will she climb the enormous mountain, but she has already also coined the motto: ‘Positive thinking for gender equality, inclusive society championed from the highest peak,’ as a way to champion womanhood, while partaking in a male dominated physical activity.

And for all those extraordinarily worried, Sherpa does have advanced training in mountaineering and is set to go up Mt. Everest this spring. Let’s support Sherpa!

Diki Sherpa
Diki Sherpa, who has actively been involved in tourism and mountaineering, plans to scale Mt Everest to coming spring to promote women empowerment. Photo: Babu Sherpa


Egyptian Fashion Designer Hits the Runway

Egyptian Fashion Designer Hits the Runway

Unfortunately, in most parts of Egypt, the brilliant shine of dark skin is not appreciated, and the lighter, more Anglo-Saxon complexions are instead preferred, despite the origin of the country’s Nubian people, who once proudly boasted goldeny chocolate hues, on the upper east side of Africa.

Amna Elshandaweely, who grew up in Egypt, spent a large portion of her life being scrutinized over her skin’s darker tint. But in a fiery revolution, Elshandaweely is bringing Black Love Back, celebrating what it means to be an African and what it symbolizes to proudly be a person of color.

Taking the fashion industry by storm, Elshandaweely uses inspirations and patterns from places like Kenya, Fayoum-Egypt and the history prints of the Nubian people (who til this day, have the facial features of the pharaohs) to create her beautiful high-fashion garments.

With her eponymous tribal wear brand and her exploration of African identity, Elshandaweely challenges the norm of  lighter skin and shades of lighter fabric as being “the most beautiful.”

Using dark-skinned models in her catalogues and giving cocoa-skinned Egyptians a chance to see themselves widely represented in a positive light, Elshandaweely is a modern day Wonder Woman.


2nd Annual Women’s March

2nd Annual Women’s March

The Culmination of so many cultures and skin tones under the brim of one single theme was absolutely  impressive. Can’t say I was excited to attend the 2nd National Women’s March here in D.C. In fact, when my editor asked me to go out I thought “It’s Saturday, I finished a bottle of wine last night, I’m tired and I ain’t tryna go.” Coincidentally enough, it was actually a nice day, perfect for a march and as I squeezed myself into a favorite pair of jeans (bloated from the night before…or at least that’s what I tell myself), I considered dropping the whole idea, telling the editor I was sick and making a complete run for it.

However, now that I am safely back home, (and a few pounds a lighter I might add, due to all the walking–I can imagine if I want to) I can honestly say I’m glad I went. What a privilege to be in the midst of positive and courageous women, blending together by their need for justice. The theme for this year’s march, was Power to the Polls, and rightly so. Empowering women to vote and to run for office might just might spark a huge change in history come this next presidential election. I guess some people might not be OK with that idea, but the old adage holds true…if you can’t beat em, join em.

Womens March , Washington, USA - 20 Jan 2018
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Cliff Owen/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9327505a) Participants in the Women’s March gather near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, . On the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, people participating in rallies and marches in the U.S. and around the world Saturday denounced his views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights, women’s rights and more Womens March , Washington, USA – 20 Jan 2018




ESSENC   When I first heard that ESSENCE Magazine was back to be being Black owned, I was thrilled! As a little girl I could remember tearing open monthly subscriptions of a product for Black people, by Black people, while reading and re-reading old copies I would randomly find lying around the bedroom I shared with my older sister, who would purchase them. I dreamt of one day writing for ESSENCE..working as a time big editor who helped write stories for her colleagues and would often times find myself sneaking new editions behind the counter of the Rite Aid registers I use to work at while attending college. Needless to say, when ESSENCE, the very vain of my Black female existence was purchased by Time Warner, I was crushed. In some weird way, I kind of saw them as my Black Wonder Woman. But no worries, now we’re back, thanks to  Richelieu Dennis, founder of Sundial Brands (which owns the beauty company Shea Moisture!) And better than ever I might add. Oh, and how fitting is it that Oprah is on one of the very first new editions? #MeToo #GoldenGlobes2018 and now this?…It must be a sign from the heavens, because as soon as I submit this story, I’m going right down the street to the nearest Rite Aid and purchase myself a copy of ESSENCE…right before scowling the internet for any open positions. Life is good, but when other people notice, that makes it even better. Congrats ESSENCE!