WE TV Reality Show to Expose Challenges of “Growing Up Hip Hop”

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he cast of “Growing Up Hip Hop” with panel discussion moderator Ebony Steele, center. (Photos by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media).
The cast of “Growing Up Hip Hop” with Ebony Steele (center). Photo by Terry Shropshire)

Following your dreams and finding your way in the world is not an easy feat to begin with, but imagine trying to do that in the shadow of a famously successful parent. WE TV’s new reality show “Growing Up Hip Hop” will show just how difficult that can be. The show follows the offspring of several hip hop pioneers as they try to make their own mark in the industry while stepping out of the family shadow and finding success on their own.

Celebs Get Selfie Happy with “Ty-Lite” iPhone Case by Beyonce’s Stylist Ty Hunter

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Have you noticed your favorite celebs stepping their selfie games up? You have Ty Hunter to thank. Beyonce’s stylist turned entrepreneur has invented a phone case with built-in LED lights to help with those all important selfies. The case has three lighting settings, “warm” for a glossy effect, “cool” for outdoor lighting, and “brilliant” for that extra glam. Ty dished on the new case to Glamour Magazine.

No’Kyem Naturals Founder, Earashea Knight-Stephenson, Debuts Skin Care Line “Ah’Sarae”

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It’s been said that having and maintaining healthy hair is directly connected to other aspects of health, like healthy diet and healthy skin. The founder of No’Kyem Naturals, Earashea Knight-Stephenson, has made the same connection and is adding skin care products to the already successful line of hair care products created by No’Kyem. The new line, Ah’Sarae, released TODAY at NoKyem.com. I spoke with Earashae about the new line, texture shaming and what set No’Kyem apart from the rest. Check out our chat below.

[UP NEXT] Get Into Singer/Songwriter Maya Milan

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At 21 a lot of young ladies are having college fun and chasing guys…not Maya Milan. The young starlet has bigger fish to fry, like selling out arenas and setting an example for young girls everywhere. Marriage, kids and a white picket fence are definitely in the plans, but not yet. Maya’s dream is to perform in front of thousands of fans as they sing every word of her songs. I chatted with the young songtress with big plans and she shared all about her musical journey, her surprise performance wit K.Michelle and more. Check out our chat below.

Mielle Organics Founder, Monique Rodriguez, Dishes on the “The Mielle Life” and Everything Natural Hair

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It seems as if Mielle Organics emerged out of the darkness overnight. The natural hair care product line has resonated with naturalistas all over the world since it’s creation in 2014. However, it’s founder, Monique Rodriguez says that although it’s been a whirlwind, her journey to creating Mielle Organics was far from a overnight success. I spoke to the hair care guru and she dished on how the idea to create Mielle Organics came to be, the amazing reception from the natural hair community, hair texture shaming and more. Check out our chat below.

Andrea Lewis’ Web Series “The Black Actress” A Finalist at the American Black Film Festival 2015

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Earlier this year we gave you the scoop on the web series, The Black Actress, created by and starring seasoned actress Andrea Lewis. The mockumentary style series follows the life of a black actress while she pursues her next big acting role. After two successful seasons, it’s no surprise that the series has been selected as a finalist in the American Black Film Festival 2015 “Web Original” category. 

[CHATWORTHY EVENT] Miko Branch Shares the Story Behind Miss Jessie’s with New Book and Intimate Book Tour

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Last month we gave you the inside scoop on new the book, “MISS JESSIE’S: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch — Naturally“,  detailing the journey of sisters Titi and Miko Branch from Brooklyn, New York to founding a salon and the infamous Miss Jessie’s hair care line that catapulted the natural hair movement. We were able to attend the DC stop of the Miss Jessie’s book tour earlier this week and hear first hand from Miko Branch how Miss Jessie’s became one of the first and most iconic natural hair line of the millennium. But if you thought the book would be solely about natural hair and products, you are mistaken. The novel shares the story of the sisters growing up in a strict home raised by a strict African American father, Japanese American mother and wise grandmother, realizing their gifts while enduring growing pains and mistakes TOGETHER.

Kanye West & Misty Copeland Are Apart of Time Magazine’s Top 100

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It’s that time again! (pun intended lol) TIME Magazine has released it’s annual list of the 100 most influential people. The twelfth installment of the list is included in 5 different versions of the magazine with 5 of the 100 influencers gracing the covers;  one of which is Kanye West. As if Kanye needs anyone to tell him how influential he is lol, but engineer, entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors does exactly that in his piece about the musician in the Time 100 issue.

Miko Branch Celebrates The Memory of Sister Titi Branch with Book, “MISS JESSIE’S: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch — Naturally”

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When the news broke back in December 2014 that co-founder of Miss Jessie’s hair-care company, Titi Branch, passed away of an apparent suicide, members of the natural hair community were left in

[CHATWORTHY SPOTLIGHT] Meet the DMV’s Top 30 Under 30

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Last month the DMV Network announced its top 30 Under 30 of the DMV’s best and brightest professionals. If you’re a mover and shaker in the Washington DC metro area,  you’ve probably worked with, encountered or at least heard of a few of these phenomenal millennials. The list includes artists, musicians, media personalities, entrepreneurs and more. If you’re out of the loop, here’s your chance to get in the know. Check out the list of the top 30 under 30 below along with a few tidbits from them about being voted onto the list.

[CHATWORTHY EVENT] High Heels High Goals™ Scores 1st Successful Event of 2015 with “High Heels High Goals™ Takes Nordstrom”

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Who says women can’t get along and actually uplift each other? Definitely not the founder and ambassadors of High Heel High Goals™. High Heel High Goals™ was founded by Ronnessa Brown, a Washington, DC entrepreneur and businesswomen who took a dollar and a dream and turned it into a mini enterprise. The mission of High Heel High Goals™ is to empower women just like her to reach their goals and to educate them on various entrepreneurial practices. One of the key elements of the exclusive women’s group is entrepreneurial based events where women can learn important tools and gain knowledge on how to establish and maintain successful businesses. Their first event of the new year, “Success in the City with Nordstrom”, took place last weekend. The ladies of High Heel High Goals™ were gracious enough to let me come through and see what they were all about.

[CHATWORTHY EVENT] 6th Annual Treats and Tea: The Beauty Experience

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To have garnered enough clientele to have a successful business is a major accomplishment, but to be able to give back to the very clients responsible for your success is a blessing. That’s exactly what Kachina Fleet, the owner of C’est Chic Concepts, did at the 6th Annual Treats and Tea: The Beauty Experience. C’est Chic Concepts, a group of hair stylists, make-up artists, event planners and wardrobe consultants, hosted the annual event last weekend at the intimate Indulj Lounge in the U Street corridor of Washington, DC.