Hello my name is Bianca I am the CEO of the B Kueenz Exquisite LLC. I’ve always been into doing hair since I was in middle school . I’ve always had a passion for Doing hair There were many relatives in my family that were also hairstylist so I think that’s maybe where I probably got my talent from. My passion for doing hair became Who I was and what I wanted to represent because not only was I doing hair for my Family and Friends I was also giving Ladies confidence by making them feel Beautiful. As I continue to Get older while in high school I Begin to Lose my hair in Different spots of my head. When I notice it at first I ignored it and changed the way I was caring for my hair. I begin to change my styles and focus more on Healthy hair but it didn’t stop the bald spots from coming. When this started I took the courage to become a Cosmetologist . At this point I needed to be able to not only understand what hair is and what it’s able to do but Allow myself to get deep into why I am losing hair.
I began to do research trying to understand what is it that I’m doing wrong and why is the Main Thing that gives me Confidence all of a Sudden is no more .This Changed my Whole entire life because It’s a Very Hard thing to Accept when your Hair is Your Glory so how do I Embrace something that I’ve never had to Deal with. I then became aware that I Had been Diagnose with alopecia universalis Which is a Hair loss Disease that Causes the Hair Follicle to Stop Growing. It starts off as Quarter size bald spots that will eventually become bigger bald spots and over time it Will become worst. In My case that how I became to understand what I was facing. As a Cosmetologist you think that you have all under control but deep inside you are struggling with Accepting that you will forever be Bald. I wanted to give up many times because I was afraid of how would Ppl view me and will they Stare or even make fun of me so I hid behind Custom wigs that I would make for myself. And Then there it was God put me in a position that Instead of me feeling down and afraid he will use me to Help other Women that are suffering with the exact same thing. I started Joining different Alopecia groups so that I could be around ppl I could relate to and hear them share their stories. Those groups would help me understand How other people would cope with it. They were also Afraid,Ashamed, and Scared because they also didn’t know how people would accept them in a world filled with Judgmental people.
So I began to take that information so that it would help me to help someone else. Giving people the privacy and confidence that I once searched for has helped me in building my self Up. It has given me hope that not only do the world see things as a Flaw I’m able to See things as a Blessing. I’m Able to give women like me Hope to still be that Strong, Courageous,Powerful, and Confidant Woman. To not Allow your Circumstances to defeat you but to Rise about it All. B Kueenz Exquisite Hair is a Custom wig Line that Gives Women Their Crown (Hair) to Wear Boldly . When the World Sees you As a Different Person You can See the World As Who you Are Inside. “I Am Not My Hair”
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Jarah Murraine is the salon/boutique owner and an award-winning licensed cosmetologist at HBJ Glam Studio. She’s also a health and wellness coach at Eat Heal Live, which is Jarah’s plant based business which promotes consciousness and holistic Healing through spirituality, alkaline herbs, and foods.Both located in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been practicing her craft for over 10 years and is considered by her clients to be a perfectionist. They also consider her one who brings out their inner and outer beauty.
Two weeks after completing high school Jarah enrolled in Tallahassee Community College for retail merchandising. She later transferred to Florida state university to pursue her degree in Criminology and Sociology. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist, Jarah began to build her brand. She launched her Virgin hair extension line; HBJ Glam Extensions in 2013.
After two years of honing her skills, Jarah opened her first salon, HBJ Glam Studio salon suite. She eventually transitioned to a full service salon and virgin hair boutique, HBJ Glam Studio Salon & Boutique.
In 2016, Jarah continued to soar to new heights and launched HBJ GlamHair Care products-- a plant based hair product line created for all hair types.
Through her passion for giving back to her community, she does annual outreach events that include the HBJ Christmas Toy drive, "Pink Friday" is her annual breast cancer awareness event. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, she’s an advocate for early detection. She also does an annual back to school supply giveaway and a year-round food drive. Jarah has a passion for entrepreneurship and also mentors future entrepreneurs through her business coaching program.
Jarah, mother of two daughters, humbly relishes her success. She is currently pursuing her certification to become a Holistic Nutritionist Practitioner. Jarah believes that each day is another opportunity to discover more of her God-given talents as she continues to grow as an entrepreneur.
Miesha J. Williams, Ph.D., is Academic Program Director for the 17th ranked Economics program in the nation at Morehouse College ( https://study.com/resources/50-best-economics-schools ) She has been an assistant professor since August 2014 and is a budding young scholar at Morehouse College, where she earned teacher of the year award sponsored by Vulcan Materials company in 2018. Her research interests include institutions affecting black people in the United States, Africa and elsewhere. This is specifically true as it pertains to the macroeconomy and movements in economic aggregates. As academician, she has authored and coauthored various research efforts while professing at Morehouse College. She has also rendered expansive service to the economic profession.
To begin, she was awarded a research grant by the National Science Foundation through American Economic Association Mentoring Program to conduct research on South African investment patterns in subsistence farming and manufacturing sectors in the past. In spring of 2017, she served as co-researcher with Gregory Price at Morehouse College in a Koch Foundation sponsored grant, which aimed to engage students in research implicating incarcerates as potential entrepreneurs, hence, reducing recidivism with findings that were especially pervasive for black men and women in the United States.
Recently, Dr. Williams’ research efforts continue to be proactive and dynamic. One of her most recent publication examines a monetary policy approach to the differential impacts of monetary policy on blacks and whites since the Great Recession. This study is coauthored with Ejindu Ume at Miami of Ohio. The authors estimate and quantify the differences between races resulting from expansionary monetary policy. Over longer time horizons, they find that black employment is more sensitive to changes in monetary policy than that of whites. At the shorter time horizons, black employment falls; whereas, white employment immediately increases. Owing to such disparities, one should expect the central bank to be deeply engaged in understanding causal mechanisms because their findings raise concern that recent monetary policy tightening may adversely affect blacks disproportionately to whites. Other current projects of interest to Dr. Williams include (1) ineffective interest rate policy in Ghana and similar West African Countries, (2) the role of United States Foreign Direct Investment flows in the Economic Community of West African States (a.k.a.ECOWAS)(3) Microfinancing women entrepreneurs in African countries, (4) the impact of Procurement financing on West African countries and (5) the impacts of Pandemics on the U. S. macroeconomy.
Dr. Williams has presented at a number of conferences both across the United States and in West Africa and has been a servant in the Economic profession. She has traveled for research to places like The Gambia, Nigeria and Togo. She has also traveled as a international instructional mentor to Berlin, Hong Kong, Liberia, London and Thailand. She is a member of the American Economic Association, National Economic Association, Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics and the The Ph.D. Project’s Finance and Economics Doctoral Student Association. Within the National Economic Association (formerly the Caucus of Black Economist) she served as committee member where she helped to organize and commemorate the Association’s 50th year of existence and host a panel informing the profession on the status of Black Women with terminal degrees in Economics. She has also served as a reviewer for the Review of Black Political Economy journal, is secretary of the African Political Economy Association and is a Research Associate in the University of New Orleans Entrepreneurship and Policy Institute.
Finally, Dr. Miesha Williams earned a B.S. in economics from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2007 (Strike Rattlers Strike!) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Alabama in 2014 (Roll Tide!)
Having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA, I spent my high school years In Harrisburg, PA. After Three Years at Howard, I was able to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University and graduate with a degree in Special Education. In the early 1980s, I married Clarence Seay, A Jazz Musician whose career spanned some forty years. After some Nine years teaching, I completed enough credits to be certified in English and would go on to complete a Masters in English from Georgetown University. Following that degree, I was encouraged to seek a Ph.D. I was fortunate enough to be granted a McKnight Fellowship and attended the University of Florida, from which I would take a PH.D. in American Literature, 1880 -1930.
I finished a wonderful experience teaching at Virginia Union University in Richmond and accepted a position at the School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University. There, I was able to reinvent myself and my teaching through the unique curriculum at SBI. One important factor there was that faculty had to update skill sets through summer internships in corporate environments. Faculty was expected to keep up and to adjust their course work accordingly. An incredible experience.
I left SBI to direct the Upward Bound Project at FAMU, and in the eight years with the project, we saw some 600 high-school students move through the program. Most important to me was to make sure students understood how big the world really is. It’s important for students to see themselves as a part of a bigger world than the one they see every day. We traveled and we learned.
But during that time at SBI, I realized a life-long desire to own my own jazz club. In 2004, I was able to purchase a perfect venue, which was also on the Local Historic Registry and the Florida Master list of Historic sites. In 2008, the restoration was completed and in Applying for National Designation, I was able to find the house’s History. As a result of my research and the State Preservation Office’s research, The House was listed - in 2010 - on the National Register of Historic Houses. “The Womans [sic] Working Band House, 1921”, will be 100 years old next April.
We’ve operated a jazz club since 2008 and have had some magnificent performances. Most importantly, many students have passed through B Sharps on their way to making a name for themselves. Its’ been an incredible experience.
Once, during a talk with some high school students, one student asked me if I had “any regrets.” The question stopped me in my tracks. I had to think about it, and the answer was “no regrets.” I’ve been fortunate enough to do mostly all of the things I’ve wanted to tackle. What adventures I’ve had. And, now, I am entering the next one: running for The Tallahassee City Commission, Seat #2.
Sheneisha White is a pharmaceutical sales/account manager, entrepreneur and podcaster. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. During her matriculation Sheneisha held numerous leadership roles that transcends to her role at Pfizer Inc.
Throughout her career and during her MBA at Florida State University she developed a strong understanding of sales and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry. Her background working in the pharmacy setting has also allowed her to cultivate and utilize her subject matter expertise as a conversational lead during national sales meetings to advise leadership and sales teams on growing their regions.
When she is not in the office or out in the field, Sheneisha is a host on the Living Corporate podcast, where she connects with various industry leaders and expands thought leadership. She also recently launched Dosed, a beauty brand dedicated to empowering women by providing them with premium lashes. In her downtime, Sheneisha loves to travel, try new restaurants, and play with her French Bulldog (Sir Sebastian).
Jocelyn Hayden is delighted to be married to her amazing husband Aaron Hayden and is the
proud mother of her beautiful daughter Aria Hayden.
She is a proud alumnus of the James S. Rickard’s High School, where she realized her love for
people and the social life. In turn, that love for people developed into a passion for servant hood
and helping others, which led her to receive her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work
from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Mrs. Hayden is currently the
Advisor for the FAMU Department of Social Work where she also has been granted the
opportunity to teach. She also serves as the advisor for several FAMU campus student
organizations. She is a Lay Pastoral Care Facilitator with the African American Caregiving
Training and Support (ACTS2) Project where she also serves as a Board member.
Due to her heart for servant hood and love for people, she became heavily involved in the
community. So much so that Wakulla County awarded her the Unity Award and the Exceptional
Leadership Award for her community roles. She is also a member of Love In Motion, a
community service group that volunteers in the community through outreach and evangelism.
She is the founder of Generation NOW Ministries, a group of young adults who encouraged
spiritual growth, a healthy social life and community involvement.
Jocelyn loves; to dance, the diversity of food, hosting events, spending time with family and
friends, date nights and good clean fun! She equally loves teaching! God has slid life coaching
and speaking under her teaching umbrella. Teaching has provided her the opportunity to create
and teach workshops, to speak to college classes, to speak at retreats and conferences, to speak
at churches, and to share Gods message of truth and love through it all. Her life's mission is to "Love God, Love People, Love Life". Which she thrives to do every single day!
All things are possible! I am Kimberley Homer: a Healer, a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM), a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), a Childbirth Educator, a Yoni Steam Facilitator, a Fitness Instructor, and so much more. Some of my certifications include Lactation Counselor, CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, Blood Borne Pathogen, training in Placenta Encapsulation, Birth Emergency Skills Training (B.E.S.T.), HIPPA Compliance, Zumba, MiXXed Fit and ongoing others. I’ve had the opportunity to work in birth center settings, such as The Miami Maternity Center, Hollywood Birth Center, and Magnolia Birth House! (You will still find me down at the Magnolia Birth House from time to time!) I’ve even had the opportunity to work with private practices such as Natural Birth Choices, Spirit of Life Midwifery, Global Birthing Care, Amma Midwifery, Bellymama Midwifery, and more! Learning from some of the most talented midwives in South Florida has truly made an imprint on the type of midwife I am today!
Choosing to uproot my life from Miami to Tallahassee was not solely a choice, but a duty to serve communities that did not/do not have access to a Black Home Birth Midwife. It's especially important to many black and brown families, because a Black Midwife can tilt the balance between life and death for African American infants and their mothers. Why? The CDC reports that African American mothers die at 3-4 times the rate of white women, and the mortality rate of Black infants remains higher than any other ethnic group in the U.S..
My practice, Crowning Midwifery, Birth Services, & Beyond isn't just about the Midwifery Model of Care, it's about incorporating traditional and culturally competent care. We have Doula Resources, Fatherhood Support/Prep classes, Prenatal Fitness classes, Childbirth classes, Herbal Alternatives, and Beyond. My Crowning Midwifery team are experts through training and experience when it comes to working with families during their childbearing cycle.I have also made it a point for my team to visually reflect the underserved. Although based out of Tallahassee, Florida, I serve from Pensacola to Jacksonville, and some southern parts of Georgia.
We provide care and support ALL families. We also do our Due diligence in making sure our community has access to us as well!
Why am I a midwife? My journey into midwifery hasn't been a traditional one. It has been a gifted dream I have had since I was around 6/7 years old. I said, at that age, to my friends "...when I have a baby, it's going to be in the forest, by a river, with all of you holding hands and singing..." followed by "...and i'm going to help deliver babies for the rest of my life..."
A dream, now reality. How does a mere child that has not been around pregnancy, let alone labor nor birth, come up with that concept is truly beyond my physical understand, but it was planted, harvested, and manifested deep within me. I am humbled by my midwifery journey…grateful to be in a field that I daydreamed about as a child…and thankful to those who helped me grow into the Midwife I am today!
I also have a Womb Wellness business called, Cultivate A Better U, (CABU) in which I operate fully as a Healer and guide of womb related matters. You can learn more at www.AlwaysCABU.com, because you should Always Cultivate A Better U!
I have had segments on news stations for both of my businesses, in addition to articles and/or blogs.
#CrowningMidwifery #MyDopeMidwifeKim #AlwaysCABU
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Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) grew up on the South Side of Chicago, IL. She is an award-winning Author, Blogger, and Poet. Yecheilyah studied Technical and Professional Writing at Chicago State University, and Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Studies at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), RWISA International Society of Authors, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She writes Black Historical Fiction, Poetry, and Inspirational Non-Fiction. Ysrayl is the founder of Yecheilyah Books LLC, Yecheilyah’s Annual Poetry Contests, Lit Mag Literary Magazine for Poets, and The PBS Blog, where she publishes the work of other writers, Book Reviews, and Writing Tips for Independent (Indie) Authors and Publishers. Yecheilyah lives in Dallas, Georgia with her husband and attends the University of West Alabama online while writing and publishing full-time. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
IG: @ yecheilyah
Twitter: @ yecheilyah
Born on March 17, 1982, Shelby Davis shares her life cooking, and has been cooking since a child at age 11 for her siblings, however she gained heavier involvement doing caretaker work for elders. From then, she began cooking for her friends’ events, parties and assisting friends with their catering services, such as weddings, bridal showers, family reunions, and many other special occasion events. This provoked her to start her catering service, ShelbysBistro in 2013. After slowly establishing her brand she began to acquire contracts to cater community events and forums geared to addressing sensitive issues, leading her to become more involved within her community and caused ShelbysBistro to become known for not only catering, but her advocacy and volunteer work. Shelby is a huge advocate for the senior and youth community, where her daughters, Jada and Erika assist. She continued that advocacy as a Chef for an assisted living facility where she not only prepares culinary skills, she provided social activity for their lives through the food, and Link Up, a community based program she started with her husband. She is now fixated on her podcast and constantly evolving as a woman. You can learn more about Shelby, the bistro, and the world through her eyes on ShelbysWorldPodcast.
Nzinga Mack is a teacher, scientist and nature lover who was born and raised in Harlem, NY and graduated from Howard University with her Bachelor of Science in Biology.
She is currently a PhD candidate at Florida A&M University where her research focuses on exciting novel metabolic pathways in triple negative breast cancer, a cancer that disproportionately affects African American women.
Additionally, Nzinga is a instructor for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, where she prepares students to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT). She currently has the honor of being featured on the front page of the www.kaptest.com website as a top national instructor. One of Nzinga's proudest moments has been helping to organize and teach MCAT classes that are free to premedical students at Florida A&M University, as she believes that economics should not be a barrier to entry into medical school.
Nzinga is honored to be a recipient of the highly competitive NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Postdoctoral Award at Johns Hopkins University. This teaching and research fellowship in collaboration with Morgan State University and Coppin State University is an absolutely amazing opportunity to combine her love of research and teaching.
Nzinga's mission is to attack health disparities in three major ways - by continuing to research health disparities, by training upcoming scientists in the field of health disparities, and by helping to increase the number of African Americans in the health care professions.
When Nzinga is not working, she can be found gardening, raising butterflies, and enjoying nature.
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