Let's Drink + Be Merry at Sip & Share Winery!

Jesus drank wine, but was it blood orange with a hint of apple? …..and if Nicole Kearney has any say in it, there’s some for everyone! Let’s raise a toast to Sip & Share Winery, a brilliant VEGAN winery that is dedicated to keeping our glasses (and hearts!) full. Nicole has hosted plenty of wine tastings in her town of Indianapolis, IN, but she grew tired of seeing the lack of representation in the wine community. Well, viola: this wine enthusiast founded Sip & Share Winery, which works to expose wine culture to the black community by highlight black winemakers, hosting wine tastings, and producing excellent wine with rich, blended, cultured backgrounds. We’ll have another round of black inclusion, thank you very much. Cheers to Nicole because, hello...we love wine too! Pour us up sis. We invite you to meet Nicole Kearney, Queen of Wine!

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Vegan Cookies, Anyone?

Few things are more powerful than a black woman who has said, “Move, I’ll do it.” Entrepreneur Denise Woodard deserves all the cookies in the world for starting Partake Foods, the delicious, vegan cookies that are providing dietary solutions and an excellent taste. This New Jersey mom was looking to take on the food allergies her young daughter faces. Denise grew tired of looking for safe alternatives; nothing was making the cut. In true boss-like form, she stepped up to the plate and crafted up her own healthy snack. Can’t take the heat? Move over and let this cookie queen get to bakin’ up some solutions! We invite you to meet Denise Woodard, Queen of Healthy Snacking!

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Why Beauty Matters from the Inside Out

The life of a woman can get pretty busy. Whether it’s juggling work-life demands, taking care of kids or balancing social life, you deserve to still look great doing it. Now, with on the go lifestyles, beauty product awareness is sometimes overlooked. Luckily, LaKeisha Entsuah owner of Elements of Aliel in Lansdale, PA has done the hard part and created a line of healthy beauty products through her business Elements of Aliel. After giving birth and struggle with fertility, LaKeisha used her pharmaceutical manufacturing experience to create products that were free of toxins and harmful chemicals. She attributes motherhood to helping her understand the care of oneself as well as care of the baby. She’s a believer that a better self-care routine can enhance your life. In the spirit of healing from the inside out meet LaKeisha, the Queen of Aliel!

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Struggle No More, With the Advice from this Queen

Celebrate every moment with a cupcake AND add some sprinkles, AND bling AND a smile as big as the one Mignon Francois has on the front page of her colorful and mouth-watering website. She basically makes you want a full order of red velvets with a side of icing please. On a whim to help her family during the recession, Mignon decided to have a bake sale to help her family. Without any experience, she invested what to had and turned it into a 10 Million Dollar Cupcake company in Nashville, TN and New Orleans, LA. Can we say GOALS?! This woman did not let up and we love the “never satisfied” mentality! We celebrate her for making struggle boating seem endurable with a little tenacity and will power! And you know what they say…… you give a black woman a little something and she’ll turn it into everything! We don’t want to spill all of Migon’s tea in her interview so we take 10 steps back and invite you to meet the Queen of the Cupcake Legacy!

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Yoga AND Therapy, sis?! What Else Do You Need…..

With the perfect combination of therapy and yoga, Devyn Walkers fuses her brutal honesty and her real world experience to bring you a host of self-love advice and actionable items. Witnessing the aftermath of her own father's suicide, Devyn became home to negative thoughts and devastating behavior.  Through yoga and counseling, Devyn was able to receive the gift of healing and is now able to give to others. With adding her own millennial twist, Devyn is able to advocate for suicide/mental health awareness in a way that’s authentic and relatable. Her blog is here to encourage you and let you know that it’s okay to be HUMAN, even if that means bumping Cardi B on the way to meditation class. We invite you to meet Devyn Walker from Dallas, TX, the queen of heaven sent!

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Your Favorite Introvert Speaks!

Are you introverted and cool? Are you someone who shys away from people, but can work a room at the same time? Do you think you’re misunderstood and lovable all in one? Well, honey...Marsha Badger may be your new best friend! She’s a creatively charged introvert that’s navigating the city of New York as a freelance journalist and naturalista. She wholeheartedly believes that we have the power to write our stories. She believes we can all win. Her blog, Introvert N the City has advice for dating, love, networking and business. Infused with her original style, her blog breaks down all of the introverted myths and offers strategies about staying in the game! We personally loved the, Textrovert article,…. which basically confirms that our communication skills may need a little a tweaking, LOL. We invite you to meet the Queen of Introvert!

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Vanilla Coconut, Orange Kisses and Stress Relief, the body butters you need!

When you have an idea, it’s better to just go for it. That’s what Shae Harris in #DallasTexas owner of @SNHSkincare did. She decided NO MORE to products not good for her skin and created her own! She pulls inspiration from the people around her and as one of the sponsors for our The Affirmation Summit we can’t be more proud! Shae Harris partnered with our DIY Facial Spray class to teach women how to look in the mirror and affirm themselves when getting ready. Women created their own facial sprays and used SNH Skincare to nourish their skin! With scents like Vanilla Coconut, Orange Kiss and Stress Relief, you’re sure to find your “flava” and if you have commitment issues, the sample pack will be perfect for you. So yes this is a plug! ...but we wouldn’t steer you wrong. Meet the Queen of Skin!

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Honey Drippin' with Honey Baby Naturals

We all can fall in love with a multi-use product. Granted, the owner of said products has the product education to match, then it’s heaven on earth. As the Ultimate Sponsor of our first annual Affirmation Summit, Aisha Crump, has been in the industry for over 12 years working behind the scenes. She’s done it all, from manufacturing to product development and after journeying from engineering and landing in the beauty industry, Aisha took a leap and started the Honey Baby natural hair and skin care brand. Aisha said launching a family brand was a unique concept, because there’s a little something for everyone. Now, her brand Honey Baby has made its way to the shelves of national retailers!

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Ratchet + Worthy: Special Interview with Bre Scullark

The essence of becoming is one that takes strength, courage and wisdom. Strength to do the work, courage to accept the journey and wisdom to make the best decision for yourself and those attached to you. Becoming is one of those unexplained things and many times you realize how far you come after you’ve reached your destination. It’s you being a partner to your own destiny and helping to manifest the YOU you see.

For Bre Scullark, it’s the ratchet and worthy parts that have blossomed her into a fierce advocate for peace and self-love. She is one to remember. She is a daughter, sister, partner and friend. Not to mention, a certified YOGA instructor for @liberationprisonyoga, trauma specialist and survivor, founder of Urban Peace Squad and Ambassador for Honey Baby Naturals. You can also find Bre, modeling, expressing and just being. She fuses urban, dreamy and art in way that's captivating and self-reflecting. Her spirituality gives her the courage to constantly work at uncovering and discovering parts of herself and she encourages you to do the same! She’s the kind of compilation dreams are made of. And she’s taken ownership of her power by helping to heal others - no matter how painful and personal it may be.

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Eat Clean. Train Dirty. Move Mountains and Crush your fitness goals!

Sis, let’s face it, we all like to eat! Sometimes our food choices and fitness practices aren't the best. It can boil down to how you were raised. Whether you grew up on fried chicken and cornbread or steamed veggies, it is always important to take charge of your eating habits and know where your food comes from. It’s equally important to have a fitness regimen. Through her business Eunoiafit LLC in Dallas, Texas, Alyssa Nichols shows you how to manage healthy eating habits while staying fit. Through her online fitness and nutrition programs, Alyssa’s goal is to help you get out of your comfort zone!

Alyssa has dedicated the last years to helping people reach their fitness goals as a NASM certified personal trainer and Baylor Track & Field Alum, Alyssa’s primary goal is to provide her clients and community with the necessary resources to reach their max potential. Eat Clean. Train Dirty. Move Mountains and Crush out your goals with Alyssa’s Full Body Programs. Meet Queen of Fit! 

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Get velvety soft and refreshed skin!

Most women have mornings and nights consisting of vigorous skin care routines to try and get that glow. For some, flawless skin comes naturally and for others it can be a challenge. If you're dealing with acne, you could find countless products, but what about other skin conditions like eczema. Tanisha Rankin decided to take  control of her own skin journey and turned it into her business Mahogany Essentials. Made of all natural products, Mahogany Essentials in Upper Darby, PA gives women a natural way to care for their skin. Knowing what's in the product is key and these products look good enough to eat! We love that these hand-crafted products contain a little more glycerin than usual. A little moisture never hurt anybody! Let’s give it up for this skin care artisan and celebrate Tanisha as the Queen of velvety soft refreshed skin!

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Hosiery and lingerie for women of color

As a woman of color, the most frustrating thing is finding products in nude that fit our skin tone. The struggle ranges from finding the right foundation to tring to find the closest match in anything nude. Nadine Peisker said no more! Through her business Ownbrown UK Ltd in LONDON, Nadine transformed her personal solution into every woman of color solution. She is giving women of color an actual selection of nude in hosiery and lingerie. She’s has the Boss Babes who need nude for the workplace and she also has the Fierce Fashionistas who need to perfect their fit. That’s why we deemed Nadine to be Queen of the Nude.


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Why We Love Counseling (And You Should, Too!!)

Love and relationships should be simple, but WE ALL could conjure a story on how complicated they can get. We probably even share similar stories on situations, but how we handled it probably differs. Sometimes a cry session with a tub of ice cream doesn’t help. So what do you do? Talk about it. Better yet talk to Paula Lenard. Through her business Paula Lenard Counseling, Paula takes being a Psychotherapist to another level. She has a true passion for helping people, especially ones that struggle with relationships, and it shows. It takes a special person to make it their mission to connect with others on a positive level. That is why we have deemed Paula Lenard the Queen of Relationships.

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Get Boosted with this Mobile Salon!

When we feel good, we want to show if off! For some, this could mean increased instagram posts, increased selfie collection in your phone and/or increased time staring at yourself in the mirror. We all do it -- best outfit on and hair slayed to perfection. We dub this phenomenon THE BOOST!

In the case of Ashley Crews, we are here for it. Through her business HairVention, based in New Jersey, Ashley took advice from an old colleague and transformed her advice into an empowering, self-love based business, HairVentionZ.  HairVentionZ is an on demand healthy haircare and wellness business, based in NJ traveling to NYC, and MD.

In Ashley’s mobile salon, her mission is to improve the natural hair movement by giving women a natural boost. Whether it's in the shop or the comforts of your home, Ashley aims to slay your hair while educating. She prides herself on growing with her clients and just simply doing the best damn job possible!

We think Ashley Crews is the epitome of taking a concept and making it your own.  We can get used to a stylist coming by to empower and transform our look. We see you GIRL and dub you the Queen of the natural boost!


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Self Explore, Self Restore. Bettering Your Relationship With Yourself!

Relationships are an important aspect of our social realm. It's a way to stay connected outside of ourselves. The saddest part is not knowing when and how to walk away from unhealthy ones. Through her business gmichelle, Michelle White from Atlanta, GA, ends her time as a bystander and becomes the ultimate advocate in relationship education. With extensive experience as a licensed social worker, clinical therapist and statewide trainer working with people who have survived interpersonal trauma, domestic violence and child abuse, Michelle understands how difficult it is to overcome the pain felt from unsafe relationships. We’re aware that we have sisters in domestic violence relationships, mentally abusive relationships and in emotionally abusive relationships. So that means we need to do more to show them they aren't alone and someone is there is help. Michelle’s web platform has resources, podcasts, downloads and an array of tools for guided meditation and ways to help you find a therapist. Her latest edition, “Self Explore, Self Restore: A Guided Self-Care Journal Created to Support Your Relationship with Yourself” By helping to create an environment for people to feel safe, we have deemed Michelle White as Queen of the Safe Space.

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Beauty. Happiness. Healing

Sometimes when life happens, it really happens! As a human, we can only adjust along the way because quite frankly we can't prepare for everything. Courtney Pack decided to turn the tragic experience of her mother's passing into the beautiful creation of her business Beauty.Happiness.Healing LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Realizing the lack of self care within herself, Pack created therapeutic products to encourage more self care and self love. Can we also mention that her products have the cutest names! In this crazy world we live in, you have to understand you're not alone sis. Mental stability, self care and self love are all necessary for strength and peace of mind. That's why we are deeming Courtney Pack as the Queen of Beauty.Happiness.Healing

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Work With What We Already Have!

Angel Bradshaw has it figured it out and it wasn’t easy. She’s turned her hardships into motivation. She’s taken life’s turns and choose the road of positivity. Now the mother of three, Angel’s company Covered By Angel in Sumter, SC, has multiple meanings. It’s a reminder of God’s love for us, that we are not forgotten and that to everything there’s a distinct purpose. With her business selling headwraps, Angels encourages us to take life how it comes and work with what we already have. Be you, Be Different and meet the queen, Angel.


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Reshaping the Minds of Black Youth!

We all see the news feeds through our socials or we hear about the tragedies happening amongst our people….BUT how many of us are doing something about it? Tajh Sutton in Brooklyn, New York  decided to step up and took action. Inspired by the execution of Troy Davis and the murder of Trayvon Martin,  through her businesses Young People of Color Incorp. & Loc Love Lives Here, Tajh is reshaping minds to create a more positive environmental outlook. Teaching young people about life and the things that come with being OF COLOR is both difficult and at times heartbreaking to do, but she’s taking on the job with pride by offering practical solutions! That's why we have deemed Tajh Sutton “Queen of the Young People of Color”.

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It's Time To Turn-Up for Plant-Based Living!

Back in the day being vegan was a taboo. It was one of those things that seemed way too hard and way too expensive. Many of us made the mistake of ignoring the impact of eating less animal products thinking that it would be way too hard. But like many, Kyna Willis in Atlanta, GA, found herself suffering from fibroids. Inspired to make the transition to a plant-based diet, Kyna later started a web-series to share her journey. With her web-series, The Turnip, Kyna is introducing well respected African American restaurant owners who are adding a little flava to the vegan and plant-based lifestyle. As a publicist, Kyna saw that she could not only give exposure to these owners, but also educate Black & Caribbean women on how a plant-based diet eliminated most of her fibroids. Kyna said NO to suffering in silence and said yes to the green life. We dub Kyna the queen of plant-based, TURN-UP!

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The Elephant in The Room: Alopecia.

Time to talk about the elephant in the room when it comes to hair: Alopecia. None of my sisters should feel ashamed about it and there are solutions to help. Kamika King decided to take back her hair and went a step further by sharing it with the world. Through her business Makeba Co & The I Am Grooming Co, Kamika is giving people organic products that provide results. Reviving hair and healing hearts, we have deemed Kamika Queen of Alopecia Care.

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