“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:
“My bitch too foreign, need a visa (ooh, ) I don’t need her (huh?)
Pull up drop top with a eater (skrrt, ) two seater (skrrt)
New bitch wanna fuck to my AP (AP, ice, ) new freezer (ice)
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands (bands)
Hop off a jet to a check when I land (yuh)” ~Rich The Kid
Ahemm * clears throat* that’s my best friend, that’s my best friend!!
Another success to a well planned event put together once again by the beautifully spirited Nabíla Yasamen El-Bey. The beautiful Modie.J was the host for the night and DJ Goodnight was live on the 1s and 2s.
This time around I got to take a chance and do photography with Madela , half of the Picture It Wright team with Johnthan, and @ArtHousePgh. Awesome awesome awesome vibes from them everyone all evening. Y’all see that flower center chest it was painted by the lovely Allison Melczak of Mad Culture and Other Creative Things. Keith Blockton of KB Innovative Promotions was in the building, Kastles lingerie was everything and then some, Boonie the Kid has his Blue Diamond Vodka was in effect. Everything was dope!! I’m excited to start receiving my photos back from the event; which, by the way, will be posted in the next blog to come showing the work of the photographers. Can’t wait to see what Nabíla has in stored next for us. Smooches!!!
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!!
“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!!
You can tell that from our pulse right now…” ~Goldlink
I had the pleasure of finally getting a chance to link with Capo himself. One of the originators of DSB, Dream Something Bigger, a business that started 10 years ago with a group of friends from the east side of Pittsburgh. It was the respect, love, and support of one another and from the community that has helped root the establishment into the business it has flourished to today.
I first met Capo originally earlier this month at #TheUltimatePowershoot mixer that was brought together by Nabíla Yasamen El-Bey. And just to show networking at its finest, flash forward me and Capo are sitting down inside of Panera Bread in Bakery Square conversing about black business and what we can do to collectively gain the right economics to keep business sustainable.
Not only is Capo an artist but DSB, Dream Something Bigger, has branded clothing; they’ve also provide the services of videography, photography, graphic designs, and promo services. Recently, they have started down the lanes of producing events in regards to parties; you never really know what to expect with the way business has evolved for DSB.
Click the link below to find out more about this business man and the services his brand can provide. Smooches!!
“I’ve been counted out so many times I couldn’t count it, Funny how now my accountant is havin’trouble tryna count it, To the people who think that I owe you shit, Paybacks a bitch and you know that shit…” ~Drake
To never be broke again it’s not just a lifestyle it’s a movement. NeverBrokeAgain (N.B.A) goal behind the business is to become self sufficient…real live self made boss!! Raukeem Hawkins serves the mission well and with great purpose.
Hold up hold up, peep my shirt though…gang gang!! This one here is a FarESH Brand throwback. Make sure you check out my previous post with the interview of the brand owner and creative director Ryan Brown.
I met Raukeem back almost two decades ago but back then he was just a man with a paper route and a potentially bright future ahead. Well he took that potential and made it a reality for himself. Reaching his lowest of lows gave him the bounce back to get up and stand up on all ten toes! We got to sit down at Hello Bistro over on East Carson Street of the Southside to talk about what’s next for business and how he plans to sustain the empire he has.
Click the link below to hear this black mans magic plan to action!! Oh and forgive the hiccup in the conversation had to adjust the sound for my listeners! Smooches!!