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!
“Comparison is an act of violence against the self” ~Iyanla Vanzant
Lashawn Reed Day was everything!! This is the 2nd annual event held in celebration of the Queen Lashawn. This all family event was filled with a live deejay, live performances, live entertainment, and words of encouragement from Lashawn herself along with guest speaker, executive director Kevin McNair of 1Nation Mentoring.
Lashawn, owner of Strong Ambitious Women; S.A.W LLC, is more than just a mentor she is a author of self help book “You Are Your Thoughts”, she is a conscious artist that goes by the name SBoo, and her commitment to the young women in the City of Pittsburgh is reason for being awarded this day.
Throughout the event while Deejay Deez played great music on the 1s and 2a all you could see when you looked across the gymnasium of Pittsburgh Langley K-8 were the youth running around in the designs of Lashawn Reed’s clothing line that recently just dropped called “Eye Am Somebody”, 8th grader Aaliyah Knight gave words of wisdom stating,” Belief is what you are, belief is what you do”. Kevin McNair gave his back story giving the hope that, ” If you get a thought and have a plan you will be successful,” his words hold proof because of the miles he’s already walked in of his own shoes. Locally signed artist Latia E.F.B performed her hit “Live It Up” after being hyped up prior by the Dream Dancers DDFD. Everything came together very well.
Face painting for the children was provided by Lachelle Allen owner of LA Creative Eye. There was free food, free haircuts, and gift card giveaways. Btw, my daughter Destinee won a raffle giveaway…whoot whoot!! Great local support was in the building with Lashawn Reeds’ sister Shawneca; The Shade Queen #ShadedByTheQueen, music producer Dj Stevie B, Bree x Chon #PirateGang412, Virgil of Virgboogi Designs, as well as Original Telegenic Productions. If you wasn’t there you missed out on a great event, but don’t worry you always have next year so go ahead and save the date because February 16th is LASHAWN REED DAY!! She is making history, BLACK HISTORY! Smooches!!
“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!!!
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!!
“So thick that everyone else in the room is so uncomfortable, Ass on Houston Texas, but the face look just like Claire Huxtable…”
First off let me just say I was supppperrrrrr relaxed this day from running around with all this school work and assignments and getting ready for the holiday because I work retail *ughhhhhh* I was looking a mess! But Jaèlaun Moses showed up to the Starbucks down Market Square looking effortlessly beautiful.
The energy that Jaè came with gave me that much more energy while being there with her. She has so much to offer while helping with the self esteem of women and men. Becoming a Duquesne graduated didn’t come easy but it was as a journey completed. While in school she started with her apparel called “Beaulity” and then her business evolved into women’s empowerment luncheons, modeling became a hobby, along with adding the title of author under her belt, publishing her first book at the start of summer titled ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered‘. This book is of letters written to specific people that had some kind of impact in her life both negatively and positively, written almost as if to be having a conversation . She’s in the works of a second book that will have the same concept but with a more open forum allowing for others to do the same thing she was able to do with herself in book one.
“I like my girlsssss BBW…”
Jaèlaun is rewriting the standard and raising the bar. She’s not the standard, she is above average and it’s the strength and love that she gives herself that has helped her flourish into the women she is now and still striving and thriving to become. Let’s make sure we keep supporting this magic so that this queen can keep producing black girl magic!! Smooches!!