MEET THE FOUNDING EDITOR
About Me: https://about.me/ishagaines
YO! My name is I'sha Gaines and I'm from Dallas, Texas. I must begin by revealing a small snippet of information about myself. First and foremost, I am a writer by trade. I thoroughly enjoy the journey of compilation. Secondly, I am a hustler. I know the word hustler may have a bad connotation, but in this instance it is very far from that. By nature, I have a relentless drive to win that some may classify as a “super-power” and I strive to exhibit excellence in all that I do.
H U S T L E R
After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, I had a growing desire to write, to spew knowledge into others that they may find somehow beneficial to their own way of life. Plagued for two years by not being able to find a journalism job in the metroplex even after being a reporter and editor at my college newspaper,The Shorthorn, interning at The Arlington Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Weekly, I became an elementary school teacher. I thought my journalism career was over! But then I had the bright idea to create my own job!
During my first year of teaching, I was able to begin the first newspaper for A.W. Brown Fellowship Leadership Academy in 2010! The Golden Eagle Newspaper is collection of writings and artwork from the students at AWB-FLA. My newspaper is currently distributed to over 2,000 students and staff members.
Starting the newspaper, fueled my passion for writing and managing creative teams. Joining the yearbook design team and becoming a campus photographer set me up good! The passion was lit and now I had the software I needed to move forward.
G O I N G N A T U R A L
I dreamed about HoneyBeNatural in 2011. A year before inception, In a dream I saw myself walking around the metroplex and asking women for their contact information to put in my newsletter. I told a friend about it who was having a natural hair event and she invited me to share my dream with the women at her expo. The response was unbelievable! It was at the event the women decided that HoneyBeNatural should be more than a simple listing. These women felt like it should be published in a major way, so with a little hope and HoneyBeNatural blog and website I published that next week. HoneyBeNatural was launched!
Today HoneyBeNatural celebrates the natural hair, fashion and lifestyle of fabulous ladies, gents and kids. HoneyBe is managed by over 20 volunteers. HoneyBe has built a professional relationship with UT-Arlington through which internships and volunteer positions have been provided to several deserving young ladies. My mind is blown every time I think about it!
It has been a pleasure to servicing businesses, expos and brands and the school in which I am employed. Taking the road less traveled as led me to having A newspaper, 2 magazines, 4 gift guide digital editions, a graphic design and photography business! This year I will graduate with a New Media Journalism Master's Degree from Full Sail University! This degree has ignited another passion of having a kids magazine.The HoneyBeKids launches in 2015!
Listen, when God is in control, all you can really do is go with the flow. So cheers to the new and IMPROVED passionate you, like me, you deserve to follow your dreams!
Ciao for Now!.............. XOXO I'sha Gaines
Name: Marquisha Applewhite
Specialities/Talents: Writing Poetry, Assisting Baking/Decorating Cakes, Organizing,
About Me: I communicate through poetry and I just absolutely love writing about my thoughts, your thoughts, my feelings and your feelings. I love to dance with or without music! My family makes my heart smile! Everyday I'm working on me and I strive to be thankful for everything!
Business Website Link:
Facebook: Marquisha Applewhite
3 interesting things about me: I was featured in Sophisticate's Black Hair Magazine (Day of Beauty Reader Makeover) with celebrity hair stylist A.J. Johnson. . I love Zumba. I like playing basketball.
I forgot to mention that I was a COUNTRY GIRL!