The Hill district has been a key place for the city of Pittsburgh. Once being known as little Haiti to then little New Yorker because of the melting pot it became, The Hill district has been known to produce greatness! From the Jazz music influencers like Art Blakey, Erroll Garner to hip hop; such as Mel Man and Jimmy wopo, sheesh we’ve even created sport leagues. The Hill was a center for the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement before the civil war. With all this greatness it was bound to be tampered with.
That’s where Donnie Kyte comes into play. The key is to do for self. Self sufficiency is freedom and this man has been free for 20years. A vet in the game and one of the many influencers from and on the Hill District. And mannnnnn, nephs he’s dope!!!
Growing up in the heart of the city he knew he wanted to live life and not behind the walls of the jails created for us. What started as a way out from an idea gradually yet quickly became a plan for Donnie Kyte, owner of IkeWear, to sustain himself, his family, and community. He makes history everyday because he is history!
IkeWear36 is more than just a brand it’s a movement based on unison and self sufficiency. IkeWear36 sells apparel clothing back to its community. Appealing to the men and women of the district and surrounding neighborhoods. It’s a family affair because he even caters to the children, next up shoes and accessories. You can purchase his brand along with other black branded business at his Centre Avenue location called Molly’s World Boutique.
Click the link below to hear his story of where he started, how he over came it, where he’s at now, and his plan to go further! Smooches!
After a most anticipated release three great men have achieved an improbable feat and have fused together a way to meet new people without doubt. After being catfished a few times you tend to see a trend. Shoot a whole television show, called Catfished…duh, lol, was created on the biases of people who were getting cat fished just to see the proof of being cat-fished. Well where there is necessity comes innovation and that’s when Keith had the idea to create a app that eliminates the games.
Meet the creators of new dating app, recently released Valentine’s Day, VideoMe. Creator Keith Sims, along with partners Darius Dennison and Kashiff Miles have created a new way to find love. And guess what?? No more cat-fishing! This new app cuts the middle man out and get straight to the point with only the use of uploading videos. Eliminating still pictures allows for only a real update and a that means a real interaction.
Make sure to download the app on iTunes..And I don’t wanna hear why you didn’t do it because guess what, it’s FREE!!
Click the link below to head all that cake about the idea and what’s next to come with all this black king magic!! Smooches!!
“It’s never the situation it’s the principle behind it” ~Self-Branded
Who woulda thought the years of sitting in Grandma Lucy attic would turn into a branded business of men in unison. Today I got to sit down with Lamar Wright for awhile, with part of GLA Productions in the background recording all the in between action that came along with it.
Self Brand is geared around the idea of uniting those of entrepreneurs just as myself in networking and building on the work of their portfolio for business. Self Brand has established apparel to help side in rooting the business financially while still pushing forward in collaboration with GLA Productions.
Click the link below to hear all that Mar does and will be doing soon to come!! Smooches!!
To check Lamar and the rest of his team he can be reached:
The royal carpets were rolled out with this interview. Having a chance to be invited into where all the magic happens was thee dopest chance to have a surge of energy of creativity. Asia Pratt-Tillman has taken what started off at therapy while going through the dealings and process of her illness to now a rooted business that has stood tall for what will be considered her first fiscal year.
Destination Royalty is a customer made fashion designer specializing in customs styles and orders. Giving so much thanks and praise to her mother for helping her with rooting her business…Dear momma, there’s no way I can pay you back but the plan is to show that I understand, you are appreciated!!
Looking to place an order for a special occasion or event with Asia she can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or just call/text at (412)812-3918!!
And it ain’t bad…i found a brand new kind of free…” ~ Alicia Keys
Starting off as a radio host of No Chill Radio gave the start in the right direction for Paige. She created her brand “Wrk.Play” and did a few concepts. Those concepts evolved to an even bigger presence for herself. After a much needed dose of growth she went from hosting to really wearing a fashion designers hat. Paige never stopped her goal she gave it a new twist. We were all caught up in Paige’s web for a few years with her intricate detailed webbed styled, but then she revamped her brand and gave it a fresh look thus, Fresh Produce Apparel was created.
Fresh Produce Apparel is just that, fresh Apparel for the everyday wearer, innovator, stylist, fashionista with the flare of urban wear giving a constant look that keeps you classic yet allows you to remain on trend. Her recent venture took off with some inspiration from the F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S family. Adding hand painted pop art to looks of different denim style sent the city in a whirlwind.
Paige is a woman with a heart of gold and she’s allowing her inner wealth shine brighter than the sun! That’s extreme black woman magic! You can check out her designs and styles on her newly revamped website www.freshproduceapparel.bigcartel.com!! Liking for updates sooner you can also follow her on Facebook @PaigeCorrin and Instagram @freshproduce_paige. Oh and for 24/hr fun hit her Snapchat too @Paigaaa!!!
Make sure to click the link below to see all that Paige has done, been doing, and what’s to come! Smooches!!
“No one man should have all that power…” ~Kanye West “Power”
Having a platform with so much power comes with great responsibility. It’s not just entertainment when it comes hosting on-air with WAMO 100, there’s a recent urge for more. Portia Foxx is pushing to give the city more…more ways to thinking, more ways to understanding, and more ways of being more than just a top hit playing radio station.
Born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh, the striving, thriving independence of her mother showed her just enough to want to push herself just as hard. With so much controversy in the world right now from America’s new presidency, shift in culture gain, H&M fiasco, even here in our home town at local pizzeria “Pizza Milano” we need some peace. At times it’s the media outlets that gives understanding to the confusion, open opinion to the chaos, and at times bridges the gap between local and mainstream artist. Portia Foxx has found a way to expand her platform and reach out to the city of Pittsburgh through the avenues of radio hosting, event hosting/planning, beauty stylist, and much more allowing for her hands on approach as a step in the right place. You never know what to expect next! Smooches!!
“If not now, when? If not me, then who?…” ~N.E.R.D”
Shouts: Let me hear that spartan spirit!! What’s that you say!?! Oshh ayyyeee Schenley high!!! Osshhh ayyyeee Schenley High!?!!!
Raven Miller has transition from WNBA Schenley all star to providing solutions for those without with the start of her non profit business called Raven’s Resolution.
It was all a dream…Raven Miller knew for a long time knew she wanted to help people and not in the everyday way of how some assume you should go about things. The lane that Raven has created for herself is the first in the city, her compassion and understanding that she has for herself and others were put to the test as she embarked on the venture of helping the homeless.
This interview hit home and I was excited to really reach out to her because I know all the while how it is to be in a situation where your stuck and don’t know what to do next but you know something needs to happen. People walk by so many people in need and won’t help because of the assumptions of that persons life decisions, not knowing nor understanding that we all are striving to survive as adults yet alone just being humans m. We weren’t given a manuscript on survival but we must all thrive and the help that Raven allows for that much more stability.
Click the link below and listen to the work she’s surviving, striving, and thriving to do! Smooches!!