Lottabody: Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk
CurlsUnderstood.com – February 19, 2015
I have known about Lottabody for years. I grew up knowing that Lottabody’s setting lotion was the go to product to get the perfect roller set. I was amazed to see how much they have expanded and created versatile products that naturals can benefit from as well. My product review is on Lottabody’s Curl and Style Milk.
The Best Natural Hair Extension and Wig Brands. Period.
Huffington Post Beauty – February 2, 2015
People have been wearing hair extensions and wigs for centuries. Amazingly, 70 extensions were uncovered still intact on the skeleton of an ancient Egyptian womanin 2014. Her stylist deserves a posthumous award, in our opinion.
Traditionally, beauty supply stores have catered to women with straighter, finer and blonder hair, providing an endless array of synthetic and human hair pieces. Thankfully, women with thicker, curlier and coarser textures have gotten access to more alternatives as the natural hair extension market started to boom within the last five years, according to Heat Free Hair Movement founder and salon owner Ngozi Opara.
10 Natural Hair Extension Brands You Should Know
StyleBlazer.com – December 5, 2014
Where do girls go to find a weave that mimics their natural hair texture? Historically, women with naturally curly or kinky hair have struggled to find hair extensions that match their unique hair texture. The market has long been saturated with hair companies that cater to the lady who wants a full head of Malaysian curly or straighter-than-straight 24″ virgin Indian hair. However, not every lady wants to rock hair extensions that have no trace of kink or with curls that are too loose or shiny.
Harry Belafonte, Steve McQueen and More Attend Andrew Goodman Hidden Hero Awards
BlackEnterprise.com – November 25, 2014
On November 17, 2014, influencers in television, film and leaders from the civil rights era gathered for an evening of celebration at the Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Hero Awards Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.
2014 Hype Hair Reader’s Choice Award Winners and Why We Love Them
Hype Hair – November 25, 2014
The Lottabody Style Me Texturizing Setting Lotion won for “Best Setting Lotion.” “I’ve set my flexirods with Style Me once before and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It not only made my curls soft, which is always key, but also defined.” –NM
Steve McQueen Among Honorees at The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Hero Awards
GlobalGrind.com – November 24, 2014
When it comes to making an impact on the world, many leaders often go unnoticed, but their work helps shake communities and audiences alike. This was seen recently at The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Awards, held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, as influencers in the world of business, media, and education were honored for their inspirational projects that help the less fortunate and invigorate the discussion of race and culture in America.
How Ngozi Opara is Transforming Black Hair & Beauty Culture
BlackEnterprise.com – November 17, 2014
If you need more proof that once in a while it’s OK to break the rules to achieve success, meet 26-year-old Ngozi Opara, owner of NZO Hair Studio in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Heat Free Movement (@HeatFreeHair). From leaving her job as a financial analyst to taking the leap into entrepreneurship to living in a factory in China so she could learn how to manufacture hair extensions, Opara is one of the fearless new faces revolutionizing the beauty industry.
Beautiful Textures on Heat Free Hair
TalkingTexture.com – November 14, 2014
For those of you textured beauties who love extensions that match your kinks and coils, I’m sure you’ve heard of extensions line Heat Free Hair. They offer curls and kinks that can help enhance your own, give your more length or more volume without you having to worry about blending your natural hair. Just like your own hair, you can easily use the Beautiful Textures line of hair products on your natural extensions.
Lottabody Rolls Out New Collection of Haircare Products For Multiple Textures
Styleblazer.com – October 24, 2014
Change is good, especially when it comes hair care. Women will always want more, at an affordable price and with desirable results– especially if said products leave hair healthy. “Women today are smarter and savvier than ever and look for beauty products that solve their style challenges,” said Shawn Tollerson, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Revlon Pro. “Our new Lottabody Style Collection will not only help women get the look they want will also provide nourishment and protection to help them grow or maintain healthier hair.”
7 Foams and Setting Lotions for Roller, Rod and Curlformer Sets
BlackGirlLongHair.com – October 18, 2014
Lottabody has one of the most affordable, widely available range of setting and wrapping foams and lotions. From their original blue formula to the brand new Wrap Me Foaming Mousse, which Lottabody product to use on your curl set is all about preference. Their setting lotions tend to be concentrated, and you are able to dilute them according to your personal preferences. The foams are pre-mixed and ready to use. I’m personally a fan of the Carrot Seed & Keratin Setting Lotion for rod and straw sets.
The Protective Clip Ins
CurlsUnderstood.com – October 11, 2014
As the temperature drops and the cool air becomes a fixture, it’s time to start getting into protective hairstyle mode. One of the best ways to keep your hair, and especially those ends, protected from the harsh effects of cold weather is using extensions. Enter Heat Free Hair! These easy to use natural hair clip-ins (think curly weave attached to hair clips) come in three textures that blend with your natural hair texture. All you need to do is leave a small part of your real hair at the front to give the illusion that the curls are part of your hair.
Ngozi Opara Talks Business, China and Hair
CurlsUnderstood.com – October 6, 2014
We’re so excited to interview Ngozi Opara, Founder of Heat Free Hair – the number one provider of 100 percent virgin hair extensions designed to perfectly blend with a woman’s natural hair texture or curl pattern. The Heat Free Hair movement is an educational initiative for women with, or considering, natural hair. The movement highlights the benefits of hair health through the use of protective styling. We got the scoop on how this brand came to be and what the future holds for Heat Free Hair.
Heat Free Hair’s Ngozi Opara Offers Tips For Partnering with a Charitable Organization
MadameNoire.com – October 3, 2014
For the second year in a row, Heat Free Hair has partnered with the TigerLily Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of the proceeds from all Heat Free Hair sales during the month of October will benefit TigerLily and its good works. There will also be a custom wig giveaway for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. This sort of support and philanthropy is exactly what this month — and all of the other health awareness months — are about. And while we all want to participate in some way, we want to do it in a way that is generous without intruding upon the normal course of business.
Fashionable Finds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
BET.com – October 1, 2014
Switch up your ‘do for a good cause by purchasing a wig or clip-in extensions from Heat Free Hair (heatfreehair.com). During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Tigerlily Foundation, which helps women manage the costs of their breast cancer treatment.
Heat Free Hair Partners with Tigerlily Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
HypeHair.com – October 1, 2014
October is much more than pumpkin spice lattes and fall-ready boots – it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! And for the second year in a row, Heat Free Hair–the number one brand for hair extensions, clip-ins and wigs designed to perfectly blend with a woman’s naturally curly hair texture–is doing its part in spreading the word.
Heat Free Hair Partners with Tigerlily Foundation
VibeVixen.com – October 1, 2014
The extensions brand is partnering with TigerLily Foundation and will donate a portion of the proceeds from all purchases made on HeatFreeHair.com during the month of October. The brand will also announce a custom wig giveaway for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in the coming days.
6 Alternatives to Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel I Swear By
HypeHair.com – September 4, 2014
Even with my one-year hairversary coming up in October, I’m still fairly new to Team Natural. Despite the seemingly endless trial-and-error phase, there are a few things I learned very quickly. Among those lessons? Olive Oil EcoStyler Gel isn’t my go-to product for holding my styles.
Lottabody’s Line of Hair Care Products Provides A Lotta Shine, Volume and Long-Lasting Results
Global Grind – August 28, 2014
Lottabody has just revamped their brand with a new line of hair products for natural and relaxed styles, with a new look and feel. The new Style Collection is infused with coconut and shea oils that promote increased moisture and brilliant shine for relaxed and natural hair. I’m so new to using a whole line of hair products, so I was unaware of how quickly I’d actually start to see changes.
A Heat Free Hair Pop Up is Happening in Atlanta This Weekend!
Madame Noire – August 20, 2014
Last month I was gushing over the fact that I tried my very first weave and, thanks to the amazing quality of the product from Heat Free Hair, the experience — and the blend of the weave with my natural hair — was incredible. I haven’t updated you on maintenance life since that post, so let me tell you what life is like with this weave: easy!
How to Fingerstyle with Lottabody Foaming Mousse
curlBox Blog – August 18, 2014
Three tips to using your Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse. Get to Your Roots: Make sure to get your roots when finger styling with mousse. Due to its light consistency, you have to make sure to vigorously smooth your roots. Start by parting your hair into sections and applying the mousse directly to your roots. Unless you see definition, you curls won’t be defined.
Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Heat Free Hair Pop-Up
Fashion Bomb Daily – August 12, 2014
For those of you who are a part of, or interested in the heat free hair movement, Heat Free Hair is doing their first retail pop-up shop August 22nd and 23rd in Atlanta. With fans like Brandy, Kandi Burress, Amber Riley and Tamar Braxton, the team behind the brand will be on hand to answer beauty questions and will be selling wefted hair, clip-ins and closures in their three textures.
Meet Ngozi Opara, The Beauty and Brains Behind Heat Free Hair
Ebony Magazine – August 5, 2014
Ngozi Opara has definitely made a stamp on the natural hair community and taken control over the weave industry that was long out of the reach of Black women, even as predominant consumers. As owner and founder of HeatFreeHair, Opara was one of the first to offer natural hair texture extensions that allow women to wear weaves without having to heat or chemically process their hair to match the texture of straighter weaves.
Get Beach Waves in 5 Simple Steps with Lottabody
Vibe Vixen – July 26, 2014
Who doesn’t love having hair with a “Lotta Body”? While the summertime heat prevails, I decided to ditch my bone straight mane and opt for more festive, beach waves. You know, that effortlessly sexy and bed head chic look our favorite celebrity Vixens have been rocking recently.
Loosen Up: Making the Smooth Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair
Upscale Magazine – July 2014
Try these expert tips for a smooth transition from relaxed to natural hair. Feature that includes Heat Free Hair’s new Royalty Wig and Clip-In collection.
Products We Love: Workout Essentials
Essence.com – June 26, 2014
The new Lottabody Style Collection is the first new product launch for the brand in over a decade, and the edge control doesn’t disappoint. Use it to tame your edges without the extra buildup.
Lottabody’s New Hair Collection Promises Brilliant Shine
CocoaFab.com – June 13, 2014
Whether you tend to get your locks relaxed, rock it natural or even keep it covered with a protective style, the summer heat can be brutal your hair period. You need moisture without the greasiness and fabulous product that’ll give your hair what it needs without it feeling heavy. Cue Lottabody‘s new Coconut & Shea Oils Collection.
Exploring Hair Loss in Black Women
TotalBeauty.com – June 12, 2014
Dermatologists see all types of hair loss, but hair stylists tend to see one in particular: traction alopecia, hair loss caused by pulling and tugging. “Bad weave jobs, too-tight braids and twists, tugging extensions … long-term use of these styles can cause scarring of the scalp, damaged hair follicles and even mold, all of which can lead to permanent hair loss,” says Ngozi Opara, a natural hairstylist and the founder of Heat Free Hair.
Julian Gunder – A Fashionable Approach to Education
My Creative Connection – June 12, 2014
We believe in passion. We believe in commitment. We believe in highlighting those who are breaking down yesterday + today’s barriers in order to create a new future. We believe in innovation. We believe in creativity. We believe in you. This is your platform. Meet Creator Julian Gunder, the founder of I Love College Clothing, socially conscious apparel and accessory company designed to get students interested in and excited about higher education.
Beauty Review: New Lottabody Style Collection
Plan T Styling – June 11, 2014
I’ve had the pleasure of trying out products from Lottabody’s new style collection. I was given a few products and was able to try 2 out of 3. I typically wash my hair every 7-10 days just to avoid over washing so it’s taken me a little longer to get through the products. I will certainly use the third, Lottabody Setting Lotion, and review that in a later post. Overall the products have an incredible smell, Coconut & Shea Oils, the first thing that I noticed when opening up the bottles.
‘ILoveCollege’ Clothing Line Makes Ambition Fashionable for Teens
BET News – June 5, 2014
There are plenty of things the average high school student would want to think about before college. And although being the smartest kid in class may not give kids much of a cool factor, it is required to pursue a higher education. Julian Gunder, 28, wanted to flip this mindset of high school students by making ambition fashionable. In 2011, he created the ILoveCollege clothing company for kids ages 13 to 19 to get them excited about their future educations.
Lottabody Selects House of Success for PR
House of Success – May 26, 2014
For more than 40 years, Lottabody has provided hair care and styling product solutions for both consumers and industry professionals. This year, the brand will usher in an exciting new era with the introduction of a new line of styling products (see above) created to meet the unique needs of women with relaxed, natural or multi-textured hair. The product launch will be the first for Lottabody in more than a decade.
4 Summer-Perfect Hairstyles
Vibe Vixen – May 26, 2014
Try a ‘Natural Weave.’ It sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? With the number of natural-haired women on the rise, it is no wonder that afro weaves are growing in popularity. Whether your hair is kinky, coily, curly or wavy, try a natural hair weave as a protective style this summer. Your scalp will be happy you did.
5 Natural Hair Extension Lines We Love
Clutch Magazine – May 22, 2014
Natural hair extensions are all the rage right now. The trend allows you to rock a natural texture while still protecting your own hair in a weave. Genius, really. Most notably, Solange, Brandy and Beyoncé have recently worn the look, but we also recall Kelly Rowland, Kandi Burruss and more sporting it too. While the most well-known natural hair-line is Heat Free Hair, there are more brands popping up all over the Internet. Whether you’d like it kinky (like Brandy), curly or coily, you can click-through our gallery for some inspiration and some additional natural hair extension brands to check out!
6 Damaging Habits That Inhibit Hair Growth
NaturallyCurly.com – May 21, 2014
Our hair grows. It grows at varying rates monthly and throughout the year and its growth is based on our genetics, our overall health, nutrition, hormones, etc. But it does grow. What we are most interested in is the retention of length. If your hair breaks just as much as it grows then you’re not going to see the lengths adding up.
6 ‘Real Looking’ Extension Brands for Natural Hair
Ebony.com – May 15, 2014
Protective style extensions in kinky textures are getting more and more popular. Now that they are in high demand, a variety of extensions brands are adding kinky curly textures that weren’t previously sold. Kinky curly extensions are proving it’s the new way to go!
5 Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist Before Getting a Weave
Essence.com – May 15, 2014
Ngozi Opara sat with Essence beauty editor Deena Campbell about what to ask your hairstylist before getting a protective style.
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Top 5 Natural Hair Extension and Wig Brands
CurlyNikki.com – May 15, 2014
The natural hair movement has been going strong, and with little to no lagging in 2014. With relaxer sales decreasing (as a direct result), it’s easy to see the major influence that natural hair is having on black women around the world. Despite this phenomenon, one area of hair care is not losing consumer interest; the hair extensions and wigs market.
Three Quick and Easy Natural Hair Spring Styles
TribeCalledCurl.com – May 15, 2014
Right now textured hair clip-ins are all the rage. With clip-ins you can add volume and length within minutes. Sew-ins are another option, however for some that may not be a DIY task, and will require professional help… (slowly raises hand.) Clip-ins are the stress free way to go, for yourself and your hair. It’s a protective style that is fun and easy to switch up, so yes please. Textures range between coily, curly, kinky and afro and are available at local beauty supply stores as well as online. The silicone clips secure safety into your hair without sliding out and prevent snags. Check out this instructional by Heat Free Hair Movement showing how to install clip-ins in less than 10 minutes.
Brandy Keeps It Chic at the Independent School Alliance Awards
CocoaFab.com – May 8, 2014
Not only have we’ve loving Brandy‘s hair as of late, but her style has certainly been making us turn our heads. ‘The Game’ actress took her style to the Independent School Alliance Awards looking quite chic. She kept things moderately casual yet fab wearing a red and black Alexander McQueen top and with killer sandals by the same designer. Her hair was in the same elegant ‘fro that she’s been rocking lately and we still love it. Well done, B!
Currently Trending: Wigs and Weaves That Look Natural
BET.com B*Real – April 29, 2014
Want the look and feel of your natural, chemical-free curls without the commitment? There’s a wig for that. In fact, a number of celebrities have experimented with textured wigs and extensions that mimic their own natural kinks and coils. Here’s a look at the stars who’ve tried the au natural look, if only temporarily.
11 Black Entrepreneurs Share Advice on How to Get Wealthy
TheRoot.com – April 25, 2014
We asked 11 entrepreneurs from a variety of industries — including technology, finance, advertising and human resources — to give us their best pro tips on how to build wealth.
Brandy Achieves Natural Look with Heat Free Hair
CocoaFab.com – April 17, 2014
Brandy has been hitting the scene quite often lately and we’ve been loving her new do. A couple weeks ago, Brandy said buh-bye to her sleek bob and welcomed a chic natural bob look to her style. The singer/actress achieved the look with Heat Free Hair – which if you ask us – is the best natural weave/extension line out there. Started in 2012, Heat Free Hair was created by hairstylist Ngozi Opara, for women who wanted a protective style that matched their natural hair texture. With the options, “for Kinks” and “For Kurls”, Heat Free Hair nails it every single time when it comes to styling versatility with their 100% virgin hair.
Hair Envy: 11 Celebrities with Natural Hairstyles We Love
Global Grind – April 4, 2014
Yesterday, Brandy posted the above pic on Instagram, letting everyone know that she’s down for the “big hair, don’t care” movement. Showing off a huge afro courtesy of Heat Free Hair’s “For Kinks” collection, the singer wanted it to be known that her “#fro looks better than yours.” While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen The Game actress rock a natural protective hairstyle, her new ‘fro is definitely making a big statement.
Brandy is Loving Her New ‘Fro and So Are We
Huffington Post – April 4, 2014
We love Afros around these parts — the voluminous halos of hair are just so darn lovely. So we were super excited to see that Brandy is rocking the retro look. The singer/actress debuted the ‘do on Thursday before appearing on “The Queen Latifah Show.” And she’s clearly loving her new look considering she posted several Instagram pics of the full ‘fro, which is actually from Heat Free Hair’s “For Kinks” collection.
Nicki Minaj and Brandy Prove Less is More on Instagram
NecoleBitchie.com – April 4, 2014
“Embrace Your Natural Beauty” is the theme of Essence Magazine’s new issue this month which celebrates natural-inspired hairstyles like afros, coils and locs, and right there embracing the movement is Brandy ! For the last few weeks, she’s been wearing her hair in Marley Twists while on a promo run for the game, and she has taken those out to reveal a cute new afro. We are told it’s ‘heat free hair.’
Brandy Joins the Heat Free Hair Movement
Hype Hair – April 4, 2014
Brandy is #TeamNatural and yesterday (Apr. 3) she showcased her new style. Promoting her sitdown on the Queen Latifah Show, the triple-threat entertainer posted her new hair weave on her Instagram. Blending right in, many fans believed The Game star was showcasing her own tresses but in reality she was rocking Heat Free Hair’s wefted hair from their ‘For Kinks’collection.
Brandy, Beyonce Sport Tight Curls for Spring
StyleBlazer.com – April 4, 2014
Looks the spring has sparked new hair for Brandy and Beyoncé, and they’ve decided to go the curly route. Both singers debut new hairstyles this week that have a similar natural hair texture. We spent a lot of time this week talking about black hair and how its depicted in pop culture, so it’s apropos that these two ladies are wearing natural hair weaves and look lovely. Brandy’s hair was styled by celebrity stylist, Tymothe Wallace who used Heat Free Hair’s “For Kinks” weft hair. Beyoncé’s hair has a looser curl and is a bit darker than the platinum blonde she had before.
Do We Love It? Brandy’s New Look – ‘Fro Action
The YBF – April 4, 2014
“The Game” star Brandy flossed her brand new afro on Instagram yesterday. And if anybody can pull it off, she surely can. The newly single singer/actress had some fun with her new look before she taped her appearance on “The Queen Latifah Show.”
We Adore Brandy’s ‘Fro
Clutch Magazine – April 4, 2014
It’s braids and bobs no more for Ms. Brandy Norwood! At least for now. The singer-actress is now rocking a full ‘fro, and she debuted her luscious kinks on Instagram earlier this week. “My #fro looks better than yours,” she captions, “I can teach you, but I’mma have to charge!!” I’ll buy! And I mean that literally. Apparently, Brandy is really wearing coils from Heat Free Hair’s wefted ‘For Kinks’ collection.
Brandy Joins Heat Free Hair Movement With New Natural Look
Rolling Out – April 4, 2014
Brandy has officially become the latest celeb to join the Heat Free Hair movement. The songstress recently used Instagram to show off a new natural hair look on the way to tape an episode of the “Queen Latifah Show.” While many believed that she was rocking her own natural tresses and complimented her for doing so, Brandy is actually wearing Heat Free Hair’s wefted hair from their For Kinks collection.
Brandy Instagrams ‘Fro Pics
BlackGirlLongHair.com – April 4, 2014
Brandy is rocking a fro wig from the Heat Free Hair Movement. We’ve written about the Heat Free Hair Movement before. They are a DC-based weave company specializing in natural textures. The star seemed very happy with her weave, uploading multiple pictures and posting [exciting] captions.
Singer Brandy Spotted Rocking a ‘Fro
Good Hair Magazine – April 4, 2014
Singer Brandy posted some lovely images on Instagram of her rocking the cutest coifed GOOD Hair approved fro. This fro was styled by Tymothe Wallace, whom Ms. Brandy calls her Hair Artist, using Heat Free Hair Movement For Kinks collection hair.
Brandy Channels ‘Little Orphan Annie’ With New Afro
LoveBScott.com – April 4, 2014
Brandy’s been rocking a new Afro lately and we think it’s super cute! The new ‘do was styled by her team Tym Wallace and Jasmine Ashley. For those wondering, it’s not actually a natural fro — but instead Heat Free Hair’s wefted ‘For Kinks’ bundle.
Ngozi Opara Dishes on Heat Free Hair
Rolling Out – April 1, 2014
Heat Free Hair extensions are a natural hair aficionado’s dream and offer a way to blend curls and kinks with lustrous locks that look like their own. Ngozi Opara, the beauty behind Heat Free Hair, dishes on her unique line that’s a growing favorite among celebs and naturals looking for protective styling.
Shakira Cover Story
Women’s Health – April 2014
Shakira, the singer and coach on the hit show The Voice wears the “Venus” ring from Wendy Brandes Jewelry in her April 2014 cover story for Women’s Health Magazine.
Bre Scullark Models Heat Free Hair Extensions
Rolling Out – March 22, 2014
Bre Scullark of “America’s Next Top Model” fame is showing a cutesy new look courtesy of a natural hair extensions brand. Heat Free Hair outfitted Scullark with their For Koils empress wig that matches perfectly with her own tresses. “Looks just like my natural hair! My fav!”the model captioned the above photo. Heat Free, which was previously worn by Kandi Burruss, boasts that their hair is bouncy, lightweight and manageable. Their hair, which is only available in curly textures, is ideal for natural hair aficionados looking for protective styling.
Heat Free Hair Debuts Royalty Wig Line and Clip-In Extensions
ESSENCE Magazine – March 21, 2014
In 2012, Ngozi Opara created Heat Free Hair to give natural haired women protective styling options that blended in with their natural curl pattern. Ranging from 3B to 4C hair types, Heat Free Hair provides versatility through wefted hair, closures, and now its newest addition—royalty wigs and clip-in extensions. “This is the first time kinky curly wigs are readily available for the everyday woman,” says Opara. “These high density wigs offer the fullness and texture that’s similar to our natural hair.”
The (Style) Streets Are Talking: Heat Free Hair Unveils New Website, Extension Options
StyleBlazer.com – March 20, 2014
It didn’t take long for the Heat Free Hair movement to catch on, and now that founder Ngozi Opara has created a solid presence in the hair world, she’s revamped the site and introducing two new products. “For the past year our signature collections (FOR KINKS, FOR KURLS, & FOR KOILS) have solely been available as a wefted hair option but we wanted to take protection and versatility to the next level to give natural women more options.”
Harlem Arts Festival’s 3rd Annual Gala Introduces Award to Honor Lynette Velasco
Morningsider.com – March 19, 2014
On Thursday, March 13th, the Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) hosted its third annual fundraising gala at MIST Harlem. The evening boasted a preview of some of the live talent to appear at this year’s festival, an inaugural award presentation, passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, silent auction and an all-night dance party. Almost 150 guests enjoyed the night, including HAF local artists and friends, along with community officials such as New York Councilwoman Inez Dickens, former Councilman Robert Jackson, Harlem CDC President, Curtis Archer, Community Board 11′s Diane Collier, Harlem Arts Alliance Chair Voza Rivers and art consultant Baraka Sele.
Recap: 2014 Harlem Arts Festival Gala
MeetMeUptown.com – March 19, 2014
In efforts to raise funds and generate buzz about their annual festival that will be taking place in June, the Harlem Arts Festival held their third annual gala at MIST Harlem on March 13th. Nearly 150 people gathered for an evening of live performances, a silent auction and the presentation of the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award.
Hype Chat: Ngozi Opara’s Heat Free Hair Movement and 5 Biggest No-No’s for Naturals
Hype Hair – March 17, 2014
Going natural is (at times) a daunting task but well worth the journey. With the rise in naturalist bloggers, YouTube vloggers, and Instagrammers; the former lonely experience has evolved into a community of women taking the pledge with you. However, with all good things comes bad. Because of a lack of hair education, many women are skipping steps of the transitioning process or expecting unrealistic results. Or worst, adding heat to portions of their hair in order to blend in with the protective weave—something we’re all guilty of doing. ”It’s not finding the right solution for them,” founder of the Heat-Free Movement Ngozi Opara says, “but trying things based on what other people have done.”
Annual HAF Gala Shines a Spotlight on Artists and the Community That Supports Them
Harlem One Stop – March 17, 2014
On Thursday, March 13th, the Harlem Arts Festival executive committee held its third annual gala at MIST Harlem to drum up support and preview some of the acts performing at this year’s festival in June. Neal Ludevig, the organization’s executive director said that the energy in the room reminded him more of “a family reunion” than a fundraising event.
Cosmopolitan – March 2014
Who runs the (music) world? Like you even have to ask. From the girl behind Katy Perry’s biggest hits to the ladies who have a Spice Girl on speed dial, meet the phenoms about to dominate your Most Played list.
Harlem Arts Fest to Hold Third Annual Gala
Amsterdam News – February 27, 2014
The Harlem Arts Festival will present the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award to two recipients at its upcoming third annual gala. The award is named after the late chief of staff of Harlem City Council Member Inez Dickens. Velasco was on the Harlem Arts Festival steering committee, and she played a vital role in fundraising for the organization’s 2013 festival.
14 Reasons Entrepreneurs Love Evernote
IdeaMensch – February 26, 2014
Here at IdeaMensch we love stuff that makes our lives easier. As hustling entrepreneurs anything we can leverage to save a few moments throughout the day becomes very valuable. That is why we love Evernote. Our days are often busy, and our nights often long. We don’t have time to search for that one article we read during breakfast, or the idea we came up with at midnight. Evernote has solved this problem for us. Evernote has allowed us to organize our ideas. It has provided us a platform to store and share any idea, picture, document, or moment anyplace at anytime. The days of writing notes in a notebook that we search endlessly to reference are over. Move over flash drives, Evernote is here to stay. The beauty of Evernote is its versatility. It is not only for business people, Evernote caters to anyone trying to capture an idea for future reference. We sure love Evernote. But more importantly, so do many of our interviewed entrepreneurs. Check out what they have to say.
Heat Free Hair’s Ngozi Opara is Making Hair History One Kinky Koil at a Time
Global Grind – February 25, 2014
If you’ve kept a close eye on the natural hair world, it may have proven difficult not to hear about the Heat Free Hair Movement. But contrary to how it sounds, there isn’t an army of women behind it, just the talents of 20-something-year-old hair stylist Ngozi Opara. As a hair stylist, Ngozi, who owns a natural hair studio in Washington, D.C. called NZO Hair Studios, didn’t start the movement for her own needs, but as a portal to provide natural hair alternatives to her clients. The result was a movement that encourages women to embrace protective styling in the form of weaves and extensions because of the benefits it provides.
Community Service Award Named for Late Harlem Council Aide Lynette Velasco
DNAInfo – February 25, 2014
When he was looking to launch the Harlem Arts Festival in the fall of 2011, Neal Ludevig tried to recruit City Councilwoman Inez Dickens, but was unable to get on her busy calendar. And then he just walked into Dickens’ office one day and ran into her chief of staff, Lynette Velasco. “She said: ‘Sit down. I’ll listen to what you have to say.’ She didn’t know who I was but gave me a shot which I thought was cool because who knows how many people walk into that office on a daily basis,” Ludevig said. Velasco liked the group’s mission of providing a venue for local Harlem artists and became a part of the group’s steering committee.
Small Business Video Series on Promotion and Marketing
Houston Chronicle – February 25, 2014
Promotion and marketing are sometimes all that stands between a successful product launch and a complete failure. Find out about promotion and marketing with help from Detavio Samuels, one of the youngest top executives in the world of advertising in this video series.
WKYS 30 Under 30 2014
93.9 WKYS February 24, 2014
Number 9: Ngozi Opara is the founder and CEO of D.C.-based beauty company Heat Free Hair. As a hairstylist and natural hair educator she has always believed in the transforming power of a personalized hairstyle, while also preserving the health of a client’s hair. In 2012, Opara noticed a void in the market for women with textured hair who wanted to wear protective styles. As a result, she launched Heat Free Hair to provide protective styling weaving options that closely match a variety of hair textures and do not require heat to straighten or blend the hair. Heat Free Hair quickly caught on the market and is now the number one company for 100 percent virgin human hair, designed exclusively for women with textured hair. Opara also strives to elevate the beauty conversation to be more inclusive and representative of women from all walks of life.
Jumpstarting PR for Your Small Business
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council – February 10, 2014
Effective public relations (PR) is important to the sustainability and growth of most small businesses. A smart and targeted PR strategy will help build your business brand; allow customers to know you exist; and drive traffic to your storefront, website or place of business. But for resource and time-constrained entrepreneurs, developing and implementing a PR/media strategy may get overlooked or sidelined once the day-to-day grind of running a business takes over. It shouldn’t, because PR is a cost-effective tool. And the Internet provides the entrepreneur with new and innovative approaches to creating a PR strategy, and engaging with the media and customers.
Let’s Be Real: The Top Three Misinformed Expectations For Natural Hair
Hair Gets Kinky – January 28, 2014
Whenever people ask me questions about their hair problems, I’ve noticed that half the battle is being real about what you are really hoping to get and knowing what to expect. Sometimes a little education is needed to realize that you are demanding the impossible and might need to find a different way to achieve your hair goals. I’m going to share the top three expectations that my fellow naturals need to make sure they are being reasonable about to keep their hair frustrations under control.
Heat Free Hair Selects House of Success for PR
House of Success – January 15, 2014
Heat Free Hair is the number one company for 100 percent virgin human hair designed exclusively for a wide variety of natural hair textures. In 2012, Ngozi Opara, a natural hairstylist and salon owner, noticed a void in the market for high quality weaving options for women who use sew-in weaves as their protective style of choice.
The Look: Icon Artist
JCK Magazine – January 2014
When you want to tell the world how you feel, a jewel can do the talking when you don’t feel like it. Just ask Albert Elbaz. In his fall 2013 Lanvin line, his dark schoolgirl looks said Goth scholar, but dangling bold nameplate necklaces made ironic statements like Happy and Cool. Help clients communicate with the well-placed word, emoticon, symbol, or name; from silly to solemn, a cool accessory can silently speak volumes.
Finding a Job is Still Tricky in 2014
CityTownInfo.com – January 8, 2014
All of this to say that finding a new job might be a tricky proposition in 2014. Thankfully, career experts have advice for candidates who want to set themselves apart from career competition — like opting out of the traditional job process altogether. Sakita Holley, CEO of House of Success PR, advises jobseekers to bypass a company’s human resources department entirely, tapping higher management instead. She compares the many routes to landing a position within an organization to choosing a line at the grocery store.
How to Buy an Engagement Ring
Men’s Health – December 10, 2013
Outside of buying your home or car, an engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases of your life. But for many guys, walking into a jewelry store feels like entering a maze. There are so many wrong turns to make and so many questions to ask. How big should it be? How much should I spend? What if I buy a fake? Don’t fret. This guide will help you get enough bling for your buck and a ring she (hopefully) can’t say no to.
Employers Fight Back Against Employee Burnout
PR Daily – December 10, 2013
Busy communicators can also schedule breaks when they turn off their email or devices—on weekdays and weekends, suggests Sakita Holley, CEO of the New York lifestyle PR firm House of Success. “The keyword here is schedule,” she says. “For type-A PR people, if it isn’t written down or planned out, then it doesn’t exist.”
Six Geese-A-Laying: The Perfect Golden Eggs for the Holidays
JustLuxe – December 9, 2013
Yes, we know the six geese are technically laying five golden rings, but traditionally geese are always laying those bright and shiny golden eggs, and we just had to get some of these gorgeous pieces on your list for this Christmas. From soft oval shapes to flat out conundrums (which came first, the chicken or the egg?) these pieces are perfect for all the ladies on your list.
UPTOWN Magazine – December 5, 2013
When Ngozi Opara took a job as a financial analyst to supplement the income she earned from her hair studio, she had no idea she’d end up using that money to launch a new beauty brand. And now with 8 months already under her belt, the Heat-Free Hair Movement Ngozi created is starting to pick up steam.
What We’re Into This Month
Cosmopolitan Magazine – December 2013
Emoji Mania. Smartphones were just the beginning–emoticons are now on everything from tee shirts to jewelry to clutches.
Detavio Samuels: “Hire and Grow Giants”
Idea Mensch – November 19, 2013
Detavio Samuels is the President of GlobalHue-Detroit. At just 32, Detavio is one of the advertising industry’s youngest executives and he is helping some of the world’s biggest companies build their brands and connect with consumers. Detavio frequently works with his team to develop crossover strategies and ideas that tap into the influence of the fast-growing multicultural market and drive total market business. When not helping brands develop innovative marketing programs, Detavio works with people (young and old) to help them unleash their personal magic and reach their full potential.
Fashion Trend Report 4 of 10: 5 Ways Adorn Geometric and Minimalist Attire
JCK Online – November 19, 2013
Minimalist clothing choices include boxy garments with angular cuts. Preen by Thornton Bregazzishowed sharp-cornered shirts with asymmetrical front closures, while Calvin Klein displayed boxy frocks with what designer Francisco Costa called elements of “elevated deconstruction” (just a sliver of color on an angular fabric fold). Looks like these require similarly geometric motifs like pyramids or bars (also called matchsticks) or other sleek forms. Look to the choker necklaces on models of the Saint Laurent collection for direction.
Your Best Friend Deserves the Best Present Ever – Here Are 21 of ‘Em
Teen Vogue – November 18, 2013
As you’re well aware, we’re all about besties here at Teen Vogue. Now that the holidays are approaching, it’s time to pick out a must-have present for your BFF! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered, from super cute carry-alls to pens (with a super special 1D touch, of course).
Chic Gold Style for the Holidays
National Jeweler – November 18, 2013
Layered necklaces, stacked rings, thin bangles and small stud earrings will be popular gold jewelry picks this holiday season, especially among self-purchasers and consumers who are spending their money cautiously. Megan Hayes, a freelance jewelry expert who has held jewelry and accessories positions with Harper’s Bazaar and LifestyleMirror.com, said there’s been a resurgence of people shopping for themselves, and they are picking pared-down pieces.
The Thirteen Best Skull Jewels
CherylKremkow – October 31, 2013
Long before bikers and rockers, skull jewelry was once a daily reminder of the fleeting nature of life. Skeletons in the catacombs of Rome were decorated with elaborate jewelry. Sixteenth century carved quartz skulls grin with jeweled skulls in necklaces and rings that are startlingly modern. Today skulls continue to inspire jewelry design. I could fill an entire post with fabulous jewelry by Victoire de Castallane for Dior, each one more elaborate than the last.
6 Striking Jewels in Orange and Black for All Hallows’ Eve 2013
Pricescope – October 30, 2013
While jewels abound in the colors orange and black, there are few that incorporate both colors in such stunning style as the following pieces. By using oxidation techniques to blacken metals, jewelry designers are creating gorgeous contrasts with warmer-hued gems like fire opals, orange sapphires, and citrines. And these color combinations aren’t necessarily for Halloween, but they do evoke fallen leaves, pumpkin spice, and the splendor of autumn.
Ghoulish Jewelry for Grand Halloween Parties
ABC News – October 30, 2013
Every day is like Halloween for jewelry designer Wendy Brandes. The macabre is her inspiration and her metier. From her vast selection of bats, skulls, dragons, wolves and bones, we’re highlighting the Memento Mori Skull Ring because of the way the ruby eyes glimmer in the light like they’ve come alive and are watching you.
Happy Halloween 2013: 5 Spooky Cool Jewels
JCK Online – October 30, 2013
Look out for cute kids in costumes tomorrow night (which is Halloween, of course) who panhandle for fun-size Snickers like politicians soliciting votes pre-election day. Adults who don’t want to compete with their kids costume-wise can take a decidedly more sophisticated approach in the form of holiday-inspired jewelry. Think ghosts, spiders, zombies, and otherwise terrifying creatures, or look to numerology—in particular, an eerie trio of supernatural-inspired numbers courtesy of Wendy Brandes—to send a subtly scary sign.
Dark and Sinister Jewelry For a Hauntingly Beautiful Addition to Your Wardrobe
JustLuxe.com – October 28, 2013
Modern Halloween seems to have lost a major component of what makes it such a fun holiday. As we grow up we lose the scary (albeit fun), Halloween of our childhood to chic soirées, drunken frivolity and the “sexy nurse” costume. And nothing can be done about that—most adults don’t want to dress up as Han Solo and Princess Leia and go to a haunted house—unless you have kids in which case that would be adorable. But the fear factor—that feeling of creepy unsettling, the moments when the image of something just gets under your skin seems to have vanished. And while some of us love a good horror flick, dressing for the part is so much more satisfying. To keep a good balance of fright and luxury (because hey, we’re not popping on a Freddy Kruger mask anytime soon), we’ve rounded up the creepiest, most hauntingly beautiful jewelry around.
20 Halloween-Inspired Pieces Worth Keeping Long After You’re Done Trick-or-Treating
Buzzfeed – October 26, 2013
Halloween is all about dressing up — but what if you want to get in the (ghostly!) spirit of the season without wearing a costume? Click through for a frighteningly chic selection that’s all wearable well beyond October 31st.
Miley Cyrus Covers Up – But Only for a Little Bit
NaughtyButNiceRob.com – October 24, 2013
Miley Cyrus was downright demure Tuesday Night. Proving that she knows how to dress appropriately for a special occasion, the usually butt-cheek, and belly-baring songstress slipped into glittery green floor-length gown for the 2013 Night of Stars gala Presented by The Fashion group, which honored Marc Jacobs last night here in NYC. Wendy Brandes, a jewelry designer who attended the festivities caught site of Miley on the carpet and said, “She looked gorgeous and sophisticated. There was definitely no drama coming from her.”
Haunting Halloween-Themed Jewelry You Can Wear All Year
ElizabethStreet.com – October 15, 2013
We could think of no better way to celebrate this children’s holiday than with jewelry that is equal parts chic and delightfully frightful. Like the Delettrez family, Amedeo Scognamiglio (noted as “the cameo king”) and Wendy Brandes also have a dark sensibility. The same can be said of the designs by Jack Vartanian and Tom Binns. Though these jewelers aren’t known for being as ghoulishly-minded, they also have great pieces that are haunting and (like our favorite Halloween costumes) last longer than one night. And with these prices, they better.
What’s Selling in Stores: Earrings
JCK Magazine – October 3, 2013
We asked retailers located across the country to share their best-selling earrings this week. Wendy Brandes’ sterling silver emoji stud earrings at selling at $35 per earring or $70 for a pair.
The Style Page
The Retail Jeweler – October 2013
Wendy Brandes’ black swan Cleves ring in gold and black diamonds is a tribute to the 2010 psychological thriller Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman as an unhinged ballerina.
Get Your Fix: 7 Breaking Bad Inspired Accessories
UPTOWN Magazine – September 30, 2013
Now that the Breaking Bad finale has come and gone, the clamoring begins for show-themed accessories. In between binge-watching early episodes on Netflix, reliving your favorite scenes from this season, check out a few items that every fan should have in their collection. Fine jewelry maker Wendy Brandes has created this Heisenberg-inspired singular earring in sterling silver, for fans with a knack for fancy studs.
Celebrate the End of Breaking Bad with Heisenberg Earrings
29 Secrets – September 28, 2013
If you’re like me, and you’ve been watching the marathon, and own a bobblehead, and have Breaking Bad art on your wall (that your best friend ordered from Etsy), then this next piece of news is particularly exciting: you can buy Breaking Bad earrings. HEISENBERG earrings — by the jewellery artist, Wendy Brandes.
Found: Your Heisenberg Hat Earrings
Refinery29 – September 27, 2013
Is it just us, or is Walter White’s Heisenberg hat kind of sexy? We may not rock a porkpie on a daily basis, but we love seeing Walt bust out this badass accessory when he means business. In a total salute to the Breaking Bad star, jewelry designer Wendy Brandes has created the Heisenberg Hat Single Stud Earring.
Can Jewellery Keep a Secret?
Jeweller Magazine – September 2013
The main attraction of jewellery is arguably based on aesthetics – the way an item shines, sparkles, shimmers … the list goes on. Sometimes, however, a unique design feature that creates intrigue and mystery can leave a lasting impression on a customer. Most readers will know not to “judge a book by its cover”, hence jewellery pieces with secret compartments are a testament to the rule.
Coincidence or Copy? When is a Design Too Close?
Cheryl Kremkow – August 29, 2013
If you pay much attention to jewelry trends, you’ll realize that there is a fine line between inspiration and knock off. There’s a whole lot of sincere flattery in this business. Circle Pendants, inside-outside hoops, Journey pendants, initials, hearts. Almost every line has standard styles that aren’t original. With classic designs like knots and snakes, designs go back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. And they were probably copying each other too.
2013 Teen Choice Awards Showcases Millennial Style, Fads, and Shopping Power
JCK Online – August 13, 2013
Millennial starlets stayed out past curfew and stepped out in fashion this weekend to celebrate the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 11. For the most part, jewelry choices were subtle, adding a touch of sparkle to colorful ensembles. “I thought nearly everyone was dressed very appropriately for this event. Fun, youthful, not too ‘done’,” says jewelry designer Wendy Brandes.
Jewelry Trend: Word Jewelry for Fall 2013
JCK Online - August 2, 2013
The dark, schoolgirl-esque look of the Fall 2013 collection of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz (at times, paired with masculine shoes) gave the line an air of scholarly chic, balanced by a touch of whimsy around the collar. Some clever runway stylist punched up some of those serious looks with ironic oversize slogan or word-motif necklaces (such as “Help” and “Cool”), adding just the right element of frivolity to otherwise sober statements. When clients come into your store in similarly serious attire, suggest they lighten up looks by wearing a jewel that does the talking for them. From silly to solemn, a well-placed accessory can communicate messages of all types for the wearer without them having to utter a syllable.
Wendy Brandes: Unique Jewelry Designed Just for You
Max and Chloe Jewelry Dose Blog – July 27, 2013
What inspires NYC jewelry designer Wendy Brandes? Conniving queens, merry murderesses and Mother Nature, according to her website. Brandes’ jewelry is unconventional, to say the least. She appreciates those unique, intricate details that differentiate her from the multitude of other fine jewelry designers out there and she’s a fan of designing customized jewelry.
Exquisite Jewelry Pieces by Wendy Brandes
Rare Delights – July 11, 2013
Wendy Brandes is a successful luxury jeweler who managed to make a name for herself over the last few years through hard work and dedication. The reason behind her success is that she also has vast experience in other domains such as marketing, media and journalism.
Wendy Brandes’ Maneater Collection Brings Historical Whimsy to Luxury Jewelry
JustLuxe – July 8, 2013
The allegedly insane 13th century Spanish queen, Joanna of Castilla, may not be a story that gets your creative juices flowing, but for jewelry designer Wendy Brandes, she’s the perfect muse. The media and marketing pro turned jewelry guru has shown that inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. Her collections, based largely off powerful historical women, have won her fashion awards (including the coveted FGI Rising Star award in 2012) and the recognition of celebrities and stylists alike.
Jewelry Box: Whimsical Colors and Summer Gardens Inspired These Gorgeous Pieces
Inside Weddings – Summer 2013
Inside Weddings included Wendy Brandes’ Citrine Sunflower Ring in its Summer issue.
Here and Now: The Second Annual Harlem Arts Festival
ABC News – June 30, 2013
The second annual Harlem Arts Festival is now running with artists and musicians performing in their own neighborhood.
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The Second Annual Harlem Arts Festival Kicks Off Two Day Event
Uptown Flavor – June 30, 2013
The Harlem Arts Festival, kicked off its second year anniversary with fresh energy and lots of community support. Having received grants and sponsorships from companies like JetBlue and Popular Community Bank, the festival organizers were able to take the festival to another level this year.
To Do Saturday: Uptown World
New York Observer – June 29, 2013
Recapture the Harlem Renaissance at the second annual Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park. Family-friendly, the two-day event includes a gallery walk (with artists like Jim Oher, Isaac Williams and Omi Gray), artist talks, live performances and an interactive kids’ corner.
The Hidden Details You Must See in Wendy Brandes’ Maneater Jewelry Series
JCK – June 28, 2013
Editors’ darling, wordsmith, and jewelry designer Wendy Brandes is as irreverent with her creations as she is with her blog posts. A case in point is the artist’s small but growing series of jewelry called “Maneater,” inspired by strong women, and with female characters literally assuming positions of power over male counterparts.
Harlem Arts Festival Returns to Marcus Garvey Park for Second Year
DNA Info – June 28, 2013
After living in Harlem for a couple of years, members of the dance collective MADArt Creative Dancers haven’t had a chance to perform in their own neighborhood. “I don’t think I’ve ever performed uptown. Most of my performances have been in Brooklyn,” said Kaylin Carlucci, 23, a member of the group. That’ll change this weekend when the group makes its uptown debut at the second annual Harlem Arts Festival at Marcus Garvey Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Harlem Arts Fest to Spotlight Harlem Entertainers
Amsterdam News – June 27, 2013
The second annual Harlem Arts Festival comes to Marcus Garvey Park this weekend to feature Harlem’s best artists, musicians, and dancers. This free, family-friendly event will celebrate and promote the importance of arts education, while presenting artists across different genres that will help marke the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater and the surrounding park as a venue for culture.
This Week in NY: Harlem Arts Festival
Time Out NY – June 26, 2013
The second annual Harlem Arts Festival features offerings in dance, theater and more, and includes performances by Gestures Dance Ensemble and Sidra Bell Dance New York, as well as dance workshops.
The Second Annual Harlem Arts Festival
Harlem Trends – June 26, 2013
The second annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place this Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th from 3pm-8pm each day, and the full schedule of events featuring music, dance, theater, and visual arts performances has been released. Presented on two stages in including Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, the 2013 Harlem Arts Festival is a FREE event with activities for the whole family. The festival will also include a Gallery Walk that will showcase participating visual artists’ work, and a variety of vendors will be on hand during the two day event. Come out and support arts and culture in Harlem this weekend!
An Art Festival Grows in Harlem
Harlem News Group – June 25, 2013
The Mount Morris Park district will come alive on June 29th and June 30th with the sights and sounds of the second annual Harlem Arts Festival. Taking place in the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, this multi-disciplinary festival will be a celebration of the neighborhood’s best arts and cultural offerings.
No Shake Shack, But Restaurants Looking to 135th Street, Experts Say
DNAInfo – June 19, 2013
When it comes to restaurants, West 135th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard is pretty much a desert. But word that Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer may have looked at a space in the area to open a new bistro could get the ball rolling.
The Warholian Questionaire: Wendy Brandes
Christie’s Inc – June 15, 2013
Andy Warhol had a thing for jewels. He famously said he thought ”it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a big ring on Pauline de Rothschild’s finger.” And as fashion designer Carolina Herrera recounted to Christie’s recently, she once scored a portrait from Andy in exchange for her gold-mesh-and-diamond-encrusted Van Cleef & Arpels clutch. Jewelry designer Wendy Brandes barely missed her one chance to meet Andy in person; but, like Andy, the designer has a knack for marrying the chic and ironic in profoundly beautiful ways (look no further than her silver and ruby “Mudflap Jill” necklace). Ahead of Christie’s gay pride-themed online sale of Andy’s drawings and photos, Brandes dishes here about queens, bling and Diet Coke. Because, really, what else is there?
What’s Eating Harlem? – Harlem Arts Festival
What’s Eating Harlem – June 12, 2013
What’s Eating Harlem, interviews Neal Ludevig, Executive Director of The 2013 Harlem Arts Festival. Neal explains how and why the festival came about and where and when the festival will take place.
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Real Gems: The People That Make the Jewelry Sparkle
JCK Online – June 6, 2013
We spend a lot of time lusting after sparkling jewelry and discussing the latest trends, but those things would be nothing without the hard-working people behind them; those who work tirelessly to create the jewelry, the passionate writers and promoters that share it with us, and the behind-the-scenes wonders that really make the magic happen.
Harlem Arts Festival Hosts Fundraising Gala
Amsterdam News – June 6, 2013
The Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) held its second annual fundraising gala last week at MIST, Harlem’s newest cultural entertainment space. “What the Harlem Arts Festival has done over the last year to showcase a variety of talented artists in Harlem is phenomenal,” said Keira Wesley-Busher, the coordinating director at MIST Harlem. “Both of our organizations are new and growing, and this alliance will benefit the artistic community in Harlem and provide a platform for artists to express themselves and be seen by the world.”
Harlem Arts Festival Gala
UPTOWN Magazine – June 3, 2013
The Harlem Arts Festival executive committee hosted its second annual fundraising gala on May 29 at My Image Studios (MIST) in Harlem.
5 Best Jewelry Blogs Online
Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers – May 30, 2013
Wendy Brandes is sharp, witty, irreverent, talented, funny and a non-conformist and I adore her site, jewelry and her style. She has one of the most prolific jewelry blogs that I have seen and she covers everything from business to the fabulous parties she attends and what she wears to them. She has quite a loyal fan base and if you read her, you will find out why. Also, I happen to love those emoji earrings she has and purchased some for my daughter, along with a ring.
A Star Stylist Shows Off Her Fearlessly Fab Wardrobe
Refinery29 – May 21, 2013
[I love the designers] that tread the line of balance seamlessly. I am drawn to the work of designers who have a constant juxtaposition of strength and fragility, the sensual but structural, the feminine but masculine, odd but fantastically just right. It is always about a dual story, one that is so fine-tuned that it becomes a mono voice. I love the strength but feminine beauty of Wendy Brandes, who does fine jewelry.
Harlem Arts Festival Annual Gala May 29, HAF Forms New Partnership with MIST Harlem
Harlemgal-Inc.com – May 15, 2013
Building on the momentum from their inaugural year, the Harlem Arts Festival will hold their second annual fundraising gala on Wednesday, May 29 at MIST Harlem, a local cultural entertainment center located near 116th Street and Lenox Avenue. The fundraising event is an opportunity for the organization to raise money and awareness about the talent that will hit the festival stage in June through preview performances. The Harlem Arts Festival has also formed a new partnership with MIST Harlem that will create opportunities and provide an ongoing platform for local artists.
EDO Guest Editor: Wendy Brandes
Shop eDrop-Off – May 10, 2013
Fine jewelry designer Wendy Brandes is our fabulous guest editor today! She is the 2012 winner of Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for fine jewelry. Her jewelry has been worn by Rihanna, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere and “Impossible” singer Shontelle; it’s also been featured in magazines including British Vogue and InStyle.
Express Yourself with Wendy Brandes Jewelry
The Kit – May 9, 2013
At the punk-themed MET Gala in New York City on Monday night, all eyes were on Anne Hathaway and her new blonde ‘do and spectacular Valentino gown, but what you may have missed was her choice of jewellery: a four-finger letter-ring spelling out “PTFO.” While we may not recommend showing up to the office with accessories echoing this particular sentiment, we are all for the idea of jewellery that doesn’t take itself too seriously–and so is designer Wendy Brandes.
Spikes Galore, Pops of Pink, and a Mohawk at the 2013 MET Gala
JCK Magazine – May 7, 2013
The punk rock theme of last night’s 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit offered television viewers a unique visual feast. An ode to this year’s grand costume exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which runs at the Met from May 9–Aug. 14, the prickly theme (think Elizabeth Hurley’s famous Versace safety-pin dress from 1994) was a sharp departure from past points of view (like last year’s tribute to Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, and the Alexander McQueen retrospective in 2011). Nevertheless, many guests rose to this fashion occasion, channeling their fave punk rock influences, from pops of pink (said to be the color of the anti-establishment punk movement) to spikes, tartan, blackened metals, and more.
Silver Interview: Wendy Brandes
National Jeweler – May 6, 2013
Taking inspiration from powerful women in history, social media and a fondness for evoking intrigue, Wendy Brandes likes to tell a story–an intricately designed, gem-laden story, that is–through her jewelry.Designing under her eponymous brand since 2008, Brandes has a fondness for movement, color and extreme originality in her work. Here, Brandes opens for National Jeweler the door to her design past, present and future.
101 for the Money: How Jeweler’s Capitalize on Kickstarter
JCK Magazine – May 2013 Issue
When designer Wendy Brandes began making texting-inspired pieces in 2010—things like LOLand OMG ring sets—she knew she was on to a good thing. But like many jewelers, she didn’t have enough cash to make the collection a reality. “I sampled the designs in New York City, but if I produced them here, they were going to be expensive,” says the New York City–based designer. “I wanted to produce them in Asia, but, of course, if you’re getting a lower manufacturing cost there’s going to be a minimum order.”
Wendy Brandes Cleopatra Earrings on the May Cover of JCK
JCK Magazine – May 2013 Issue
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Luxury Brands & Social Media: Who’s Getting it Right and Who’s Getting it Wrong?
PoqStudio – April 26, 2013
Wendy Brandes is a New York based designer selling beautiful high-end jewellery, and it’s fair to say, she has a marketing budget slightly smaller than Cartier’s. But with times tough for small designers and the price of gold rising all the time, she turned to social media to promote her products – more specifically, blogging.
Why Say It When You Can Wear It – Wendy Brandes Gives Us Emojis You Can Wear
The Curvy Fashionista – April 17, 2013
When you think of fine jewelry, or when I do, I think dainty, girly, and feminine overtones. However, since 2005, Wendy Brandes has been making fine jewelry quite cool for some time. Asides from the fan girl moments I have when she leaves a comment on my blog, Wendy is an all-around crazy cool jewelry designer who gives us inspiration, fashion, and the jewels that pulls life together.
Hearty Magazine – April 17, 2013
Who needs words when you have emojis? Succinct and expressive, there’s one for pretty much any occasion. Blogger turned jewelry designer Wendy Brandes has been turning your favorite emoticons into studs and rings since 2008, back when emo hearts <3 reigned supreme. With the birth of the iPhone, emojis are more detailed than ever. Keeping up with the times, Brandes releases a line of intricate hand-gesture emoji jewelry, including thumbs-up, a peace sign, and an OK symbol. A pair of these would make the perfect gift for any child of the internet.
OMG! Emoji Jewelry is Here
Style.com – April 10, 2013
Well, this is clever: In the wake of the obsession with emoji—which we’re pretty sure perplex and bemuse all who encounter them—designer-cum-blogger Wendy Brandes has come out with some virtually inspired baubles to match your favorite decals. Brandes first began her adventures in cyber-symbol wares in 2008, when she crafted a series of four Swear Rings that read, “F@#!.”
Editorial: Come as You Are
British Vogue – March 2013
Jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’ Memento Mori earrings featured in British Vogue’s grunge editorial.
10 Things Rocking the Industry
JCK – March 2013
Sure, ogling celebrity engagement rings is fun. But you know what’s even more fun? Ogling real people’s rings! That’s why we can’t stop clicking through the Twitter/Instagram photo feature “Show Off Your Engagement Bling!” at yourturn.people.com. We found solitaires upon solitaires; princess, Euro, and trillion cuts; black, cognac, and canary diamonds; vintage and heirloom settings; pink sapphire center stones; blue sapphire side stones; and enough halos to make Beyoncé’s head spin. (We even found a couple of Wendy Brandes originals, posted by the designer herself.) Next, may we suggest a “Show Off Your Statement Earrings!” gallery?
What’s in Your Bag: Wendy Brandes
Imperfect Concepts – March 29, 2013
Fine jewelry designer Wendy Brandes chats with Imperfect Concepts about her greatest accomplishment, how long it takes to be an overnight success, design inspiration and what’s in her bag in this fun interview.
Harlem Arts Festival Hosts Open Mic Session at MIST
Harlemgal-inc.com – March 26, 2013
According to Neal Ludevig, the executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival, organizing a festival is no small task. “The Harlem Arts Festival presented 33 artistic acts on two stages to more than 1,000 people over the course of two days last year and we’re excited to do this again in 2013,” said Ludevig. “The money we raise tomorrow night at the open mic jam goes directly toward providing our artists with the best equipment, promotion, and resources.”
Teenage Dream: How to Dress Like Your Favorite TV High Schoolers
Bullett Media – March 6, 2013
Jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’ Vampire Stake Necklace featured.
Q&A: Wayetu Moore, Social Entrepreneur on Increasing Literacy Through Multi-Cultural Content
amNY – February 11, 2013
Wayetu Moore, 27, is founder and publisher of One Moore Book, a publisher of culturally sensitive children’s books that snared the award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat to write a Haitian-themed children’s book. Moore lives and works in Prospect Heights.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Goodies
AOL Shopping – February 8, 2013
This Valentine’s day, don’t get sucked into a self pity party. Instead, celebrate you. You can go it alone with your favorite movie, head out for fizzy, fruity drinks with your girlfriends, call your BFF to vent or go on a platonic date with a friend. While you’re at it, splurge on a little something for yourself.
CLIQUE GALLERY: The Haiti Series Launch
UPTOWN Magazine – February 6, 2013
One Moore Book, a boutique publishing company hosts an art exhibit featuring the work of popular Haitian artists for the launch of their second collection of children’s books ‘The Haiti Series’ on January 26, at Space on White Gallery.
Blacks on the Brink of Greatness
BET News – February 6, 2013
Wayetu Moore is a writer and literary entrepreneur. She started her own publishing company, One Moore Book, to send books to underprivileged children around the world. Her first two series focused on children in Liberia, her native country, and Haiti, in commemoration of the third anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.
Jewelry Gift Ideas for the Love of Valentine’s Day
Pricescope – February 6, 2013
We know it’s trendy to hate on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll only find love here. Here’s why. Valentine’s Day breaks up the winter doldrums, and frankly any excuse for new jewelry is good enough for us! Who cares if it’s a day sanctioned for romantic-themed gifts? Some folks need that reminder! So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are a few jewels to incite some passion and offer a little gift inspiration.
Bling Beyonce Should Have Worn During the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show
JCK Magazine – February 5, 2013
“If you’re wearing black leather, it’s not the time to be shy, so I’d go for big, bold jewelry,” says jewelry designer Wendy Brandes. Leather has been a hot trend this year. But how can you accessorize the bold statement without looking like a 50 Shades of Grey fantasy? (Unless that’s the look you’re going for, of course.) “A blackened, satin finish would give either silver or gold a beat-up, edgy, biker look. I’d actually pile on a mix of necklaces in both metals with just one pendant with a large, rich-colored, gothic jewel like a garnet as a centerpiece,” Brandes says.
Watch: Wayetu Moore talks about ‘The Haiti Series’ on ABC’s Here and Now
ABC – January 27, 2013
Wayetu Moore, founder of One Moore Book talks about her publishing firm’s mission to combat low childhood literacy rates and their newest children’s book collection ‘The Haiti Series.’
Watch the Clip
Children’s Books, The Haiti Series, to Benefit Haitian Children and Teach Others Around the World
Madame Noire – January 14, 2013
Wayetu Moore, founder of One Moore Book, is doing her part. Starting January 26, her publishing house will sell The Haiti Series, a collection of six children’s stories that draw from the Haitian culture. Among the talent involved in the writing and illustration of these books are world-renowned author Edwidge Dandicat and artist Edouard Duval-Carrie.
Entrepreneur Gives Haitian Books to Haiti’s Children
BET News – January 11, 2013
When writer and literary entrepreneur Wayetu Moore got the notion to send books to underprivileged children around the world, she didn’t just dust off a few of her childhood favorites and ship off a box — she created books for children that speak to their unique cultural experiences.
Edwidge Danticat: Haitians are Helping Themselves
BET News – January 11, 2013
As Haiti and the rest of the world reflects on the progress the country has made in the three years since the devastating earthquake hit, there is bound to be more discourse and finger-wagging about things like foreign donors, foreign-based organizations and government accountability to the financial backers of Haiti’s recovery. But among the chatter, award-winning Haitian writer and activist Edwidge Danticat says it’s important to consider the important work that Haitians have done on their own behalf to stimulate recovery.
Tastemakers Talk: Best Gifts Given and Received
Rue La La – December 21, 2012
In honor of the holiday season, I asked a few of my favorite tastemakers to share their best holiday gifts (both given and received). Their answers may surprise you.
Holiday 2012 Gift Guide
Ocean Home Magazine – December/January 2013
It’s not easy coming up with new ideas for the man whose tastes and interests run the gamut, or the woman who deserves something uniquely memorable, or th friend whom no gift ever seems quite right. Here are a few thoughtful options for your holiday shopping list, be it for the fashion-forward toddler in your life or the music star at heart.
Preterm Birth: We’re All Vulnerable
Huffington Post – November 30, 2012
The preterm birth rate in the United States is high, and alarmingly so for African-American women in particular. Despite the upward mobility of women and specifically African-American women, the disproportionate increase in preterm birth has not dissipated. Preterm birth not only takes a physical toll on the infant but an emotional toll on the entire family, beyond the hospital stay.
Reducing Preterm Birth in the Black Community
BlackHealthMatters.com – November 14, 2012
Preterm births are the leading cause of newborn death in the United States, with nearly half a million babies (just less than 12 percent) born too soon each year. Even babies who survive an early birth often face lifetime health complications such as blindness, breathing difficulties, cerebral palsy and hearing problems. And though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes an overall decline in the number of preterm births nationwide, African Americans still have double the rates of prematurity. We spoke to Gerson Weiss, M.D., chair of the department of OB/GYN at UMDNJ, about what causes preterm birth and what’s being done to reduce risks.
JCK Asks…Wendy Brandes
JCK Magazine – November 2012
We’ve all felt the urge to tell someone to STFU. But Wendy Brandes put it on a chain. And that busty pinup girl you see hanging off the tire of your typical tractor-trailer? Presenting Brandes’ Mud Flap Jill Necklace with ruby nipples. Superstylish singer Rihanna was recently spotted wearing Jill.
Bold Jewelry Sparkles at the CMA Awards
JCK Magazine – November 2, 2012
“I feel like pop and country are converging. Look at Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. The look for the big crossover stars has more in common with mainstream Hollywood glamour than it might have been back in the day,” says jewelry designer Wendy Brandes. “But I think they still love putting on a show with voluminous hair, sequined dresses, dangling earrings, and clinking bangles.”
W Magazine – October 25, 2012
Halloween is probably one of my favorite days of the year—the one time when being deemed “over-the-top” is quite a compliment. I probably won’t be adorning my head with run-of-the-mill cat ears to celebrate the holiday…instead I would love to show some macabre enthusiasm with something like Elephant Heart’s wisdom teeth cufflinks or howling wolf earrings from Wendy Brandes. And holiday or not, you can never go wrong with diamonds.
Jennifer Aniston’s Engagement Ring: Gaudy or Gorgeous?
JCK Magazine – October 11, 2012
America’s favorite friend flashed her sparkler (or should I say firework?) while out with fiancé Justin Theroux last weekend. Although the designer of the gem hasn’t been revealed, the hefty 8-9 ct. emerald-cut ring is estimated to have cost $500,000 to $1 million and has fueled criticism in the blogosphere. According to a poll on People StyleWatch, more than 31 percent of readers aren’t thrilled with the style.
The Way to Sell Luxury Jewelry? Make It Special
JCK Magazine – October 2012
Chastened by the still-wobbly economy, luxury consumers are thinking twice before spending. Nevertheless, they’re willing to pay a premium for one quality above all others: uniqueness.
Wendy Brandes Heart Jewelry in Aventura Magazine
WBJ – September 20, 2012
South Florida’s Aventura Magazine included Wendy Brandes’ 18K-gold Diana heart necklace in the September/October issue. The necklace is on the upper right side of the “Jewelry Box” feature on page 52.
Jewelers Weigh in on Blake Lively’s Lorraine Schwartz
JCK Magazine – September 19, 2012
According to People magazine, celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz helped Reynolds design the rose gold sparkler and corresponding wedding band featuring a series of diamonds. Jewelry designers like Wendy Brandes weigh in and give their thoughts on the ring that has become the talk of the Web.
Shontelle Shows that Two Clemence Rings are Better Than One [Photos]
WBJ – September 16, 2012
Quite a few people have stacked two of my Clemence rings together, but I’ve never managed to get a picture. Gorgeous singer Shontelle (“Impossible“) ended my photo drought last Wednesday when she performed and modeled at the “Real Fashion, Real Women” show benefiting Bottomless Closet. She wore my 18K-gold Clemence ring in rock crystal and black spinel with my Clemence ring in amethyst and citrine on one finger.
Entrepreneurs Gather in DC for Mutual Inspiration
ABC DC – September 14, 2012
Panelist and Howard Alum Sakita Holley, who is the CEO of House of Success, a PR and Lifestyle Branding Company, advised entrepreneurs to “Guard your Energy.” Holley initially went to work for Prudential Financial but left to start her own business, which she said was ultimately a tough decision.
What Shontelle Wore to NYFW: Wendy Brandes Jewelry [Photos]
WBJ – September 12, 2012
Singer-songwriter Shontelle Layne wears the Wendy Brandes Onyx Skull Ring and Clemence Amethyst and Citrine.
Really Red: Wendy Brandes in M.A.C
Style It – September 9, 2012
Really Red is a photo project celebrating red lips and the women who love them. For this installment we interviewed fine jewelry designer Wendy Brandes.
83 Inspiring Street Style Snaps From the IFB Conference
Racked – September 6, 2012
Racked National’s editor stopped by the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference, aka IFB Con, to speak on a panel titled Journalism vs. Blogging. Beyond the thrill of chatting with some of our favorite content creators—Susan Cernak of Glamour, Eva Chen of Teen Vogue, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai, Lily Mandelbaum and Elisa Goodkind of Style Like U, Kim France of Girls of a Certain Age, Meaghan Mahoney Dusil of Purse Blog, and HuffPo writer and Jewelry designer Wendy Brandes—we loved seeing all the impressive personal style of the internet gathered into one conference room.
I’m Obsessed, Thank You Very Much – Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry
Lucky Magazine Blog – August 21, 2012
I’ve become obsessed with Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry. I first learned of Wendy through her writing. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post. She’s an award winning jewelry artist. I love the beauty and edginess of her designs. They’re fantastic! I’ll have to start saving or as Wendy says, “time to start playing the lottery.”
The Jewel of the Day – “Empress Wu Dragon” Ring
Vogue Paris – August 20, 2012
Inspired by Chinese astrology, fine jewelry designer Wendy Brandes created an 18k gold dragon ring with diamond eyes and a globe of lapis lazuli between his fangs.
Harlem Power Brokers Brainstorm Ways to Stem Small Business Closures
DNA Info – August 15, 2012
As Harlem grows in popularity and new restaurants and bars open on Lenox Avenue, several established black-owned businesses have begun to close. Among the businesses that have shuttered recently are Hue-Man Bookstore, the bowling alley Harlem Lanes and Mobay Uptown, a Caribbean soul food restaurant along 125th Street. House of Success CEO Sakita Holley is quoted.
Cool Online Find: Wendy Brandes’s WendyB Diffusion Line
Fashion Bomb Daily – July 31, 2012
Wendy Brandes has always been in tune with the ever-changing social climate and has perfectly captured it in her fun WendyB Diffusion Line full of rings and necklaces capturing all of our most-used symbols.
Unique Jewelry by Wendy Brandes Creates a Bold Statement
Just Luxe – July 18, 2012
Luxury jewelry designer Wendy Brandes first got her start in the industry when she designed her own engagement ring and wedding band in 2001. Just a few years later, she followed her calling and switched career paths after several years working in the media and marketing industries. Chasing her dream in the industry that she’s passionate for is paying off—just this year, she won Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award for fine jewelry.
5 Cool Jewelry Industry Blogs You Should be Following
JCK Magazine – July 14, 2012
Wendy Brandes is…a kick-ass jewelry blogger. Her blog is just so much fun. Her writing style is hip and clearly shows how much passion and dedication she has to the industry. If you’re a jewelry designer and you’re looking to start blogging to get people attracted to your brand, you’d be wise to follow Wendy’s example.
20 Power PR Women to Follow on Twitter
The Daily Muse – July 13, 2012
In the PR world, it’s all about connections. And what better place to make those connections than the Twitterverse? So, we’re bringing you the public relations gurus you should be hanging out with online. If you’re in PR (or you want to be), follow these women to learn, be inspired, and keep your ear to the ground of what’s happening in the PR world. House of Success CEO Sakita Holley made the list at #16.
A Journalist Turned Jewelry Designer on the Challenges of a Radical Career Change
The Grindstone – July 6, 2012
“All I wanted to do with my life was be a journalist,” Wendy Brandes said a few days ago. After graduating from college in New York, she went on do just that, becoming an editor at the Wall Street Journal, and moving on to other top journalism jobs. But this isn’t a straightforward story about a woman achieving her lifelong dream and then staying put. Somewhere along the way, Brandes decided to radically switch gears and become a jewelry designer.
Harlem Arts Festival Will be Start of Something Big, Organizers Say
DNA Info – June 29, 2012
The organizers of the festival, which kicks off at Marcus Garvey Park Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday, said they are excited about being able to provide a showcase for Harlem artists that they hope will endure through the years.
Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: “Jabari Presents” Season Two
Televisual – June 21, 2012
Fans of hip hop might be familiar with talk show host Jabari Johnson, whose show Jabari Presents documents the creative lives of rising and established artists in the genre. Johnson might be better known as the host of BET.com’s Face to Face, where he interviewed such celebrities as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. After pitching the season season of Jabari Presents to networks and not getting any bites, Johnson decided to go the route so many filmmakers are going these days: crowdfunding!
Ultimate Summer Guide 2012: Street Festivals
New York Daily News – June 17, 2012
Summer just wouldn’t be the same without the sounds and smells of the city’s lively fairs and festivals. With food, music and even fireworks, these seasonal favorites promise the ultimate outdoor experience.
‘Jabari Presents’ Kickstarter Campaign is Jabari Johnson’s Road to Capturing the Essence of Music
Global Grind – June 15, 2012
Since birth, Jabari Johnson has loved music more than anything in the world. Turning his dreams into reality, Jabari began his career in digital documentaries and filmmaking with an interview of hip-hop duo The Clipse – rappers Pusha T and No Malice (formerly Malice). Waiting countless hours outside of a DC nightclub, Jabari sprung into action and captured the hip-hop duo like never before.He’s interviewed every celebrity imaginable. From role-playing with Nicki Minaj to hanging with Justin Bieber, Jabari’s made it a point to keep all of his interviews unique yet relaxed.
Chasing the dream with ‘Jabari Presents’
The Smoking Section – June 5, 2012
Lost in the day-to-day shakings that is the growing age of digital media is the fact, at its very core, a lot of people do what they do out of love with the hopes of one day opening a door that could change their life. And just like any industry, there are those who are involved for all the wrong reasons and then there’s people like Jabari Johnson – a straight up, genuine and all around good dude.
Documentary Web Series ‘Jabari Presents’ Launches a Kickstarter Campaign for Season 2
Black Web 2.0 – June 4, 2012
Jabari Johnson continues to dominate the digital world . He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the second season of his documentary web series Jabari Presents. Jabari Presents is an online documentary series Jabari created in response to getting turned down by numerous television networks. Instead of giving up he decided to create his own show profiling some of the most influential entertainers today that has been watched by over 200,000 viewers around the world.
Fine Jewelry Designer Wendy Brandes Joins the House of Success Client Roster
Pitch Engine – June 1, 2012
House of Success, a lifestyle/brand relations firm, has added Wendy Brandes Jewelry to its client roster.
Since 2005, Wendy Brandes has been designing fine jewelry with couture craftsmanship and unexpected details that include pieces that open up, twist into new shapes and even whistle. In 2012, Wendy won Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award for her creations and received an honorable mention in the American Jewelry Design Council’s New Talent Contest.
Harlem Arts Festival Gala a Huge Success
Harlem Condo Life – May 27, 2012
The Harlem Arts Festival gala fundraising event on May 16 at the Alhambra Ballroom was a smashing success raising over $6,000 with all proceeds going directly to artists.
Harlem Arts Festival Gala Raises Over $18,000
Amsterdam News – May 25, 2012
Wine and laughter flowed easily at the Harlem Arts Festival gala fundraising event on May 16 at the legendary Alhambra Ballroom. Harlem Arts Festival Executive Director Neal Ludevig reminded attendees that all proceeds from the event would go directly to artists; the gala raked in $6,000, bringing the total amount of money raised for the fest to over $18,000.”
Clique Gallery – Harlem Arts Festival Gala
UPTOWN Magazine – May 25, 2012
Fundraising gala held on May 16 to raise money for the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival in summer 2012.
Premature birth: A preventable worldwide problem
Amsterdam News – May 11, 2012
Why so many preemies in the Black community? “The disparities in preterm births that African-American women experience is a very complex issue involving social, medical and behavioral factors, and we still have much to learn in order to understand the root causes of these disparities and develop effective interventions,” Dr. Diane Ashton, deputy medical director for the March of Dimes, told the AmNews.
Top 100 Branding Experts to Follow on Twitter
EvanCarmichael.com – May 10, 2012
House of Success Founder + CEO Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess) appears on the list at number 21.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait
Frugivore Magazine – May 3, 2012
A new program, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, launched in Newark by the March of Dimes, local health officials, and Johnson and Johnson to help give babies a healthier start in life. The program seeks to prevent premature births to provide a service to new mothers who may be seeking education about healthcare and the consequences of an early birth.
Too Many African American Babies Born too Soon
Huffington Post – May 2, 2012
Nearly one out of every six African-American babies in the United States is born premature. In Newark, New Jersey it’s one in five. I am a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and every day I see women who are at risk of delivering early.
What’d You Do This Weekend, James Shields?
Brooklyn Based – April 9, 2012
Interview series featuring Brooklyn residents. This week’s interview featured artist and Hip Hop Coloring Book author James Shields.
Premature Birth Rates for African American Women Remain High
MadameNoire.com – March 29, 2012
Preterm birth is the number one cause of infant mortality in the United States and African American women are twice as likely as women of other ethnicities to deliver their babies too soon.
UPTOWN Magazine Spotlight: LaVerne Council
UPTOWNSocial – March 27, 2012
LaVerne Council was only five years old when she began collecting dimes to help her mother support one of her favorite charitable causes. She didn’t know it then, but that early volunteer work for the March of Dimes would eventually lead Council from a career as a global information technology executive to chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees.
Arts Festival for Harlem on the Way, Organizers Say
New York Daily News – March 20, 2012
A trio of Harlem artists have taken a big step in making their dream for a summer arts festival showcasing local talent come true. And they’ve successfully reached their online Kickstarter fundraising goal of $12,000.
3 Things you need to know about the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival
Uptown Flavor – March 14, 2012
Harlem is going through another renaissance. Whether it’s prime real estate, good food or arts & culture that you’re looking for, you no longer have to leave the neighborhood to get it.
To celebrate this revitalization and to capture the energy and essence of what’s going on Uptown, a group of local residents have created the Harlem Arts Festival.
The Hip Hop Coloring Book
NBC NY Nightly News – February 20, 2012
James Shields, the Bed-Stuy based artist behind the Hip Hop Coloring Book Series, tells New York Nightly News viewers how he came up with this unique book that teaches kids to draw and about the history of hip hop.
Giving Ideas a Kick in the Wallet
New York Times – February 17, 2012
When Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, announced a partnership between the Council and the Manhattan Internet company Kickstarter during her State of the City address this month, there may have been some head-scratching in the room. We did a little browsing and present here some New York City Kickstarter dreams.
Organizations take action against high premature birthrate for black Newark babies
The Star-Ledger – February 16, 2012
More than 12 percent of children are born prematurely in the United States. That increases to about 17 percent for African-Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But among Newark’s African American population, that portion shoots up to about 20 percent. It’s alarmed officials for years, and now a public-private partnership is taking action.
Making sure baby arrives at the right time
Patch.com – February 16, 2012
Damali Campbell did everything an expectant mother is supposed to do: she exercised, improved her diet, and took an appropriate mix of nutrients, including folic acid, a vital supplement for gestating infants. But despite her efforts, Campbell — a physician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry — still found herself on the “roller coaster ride” that many parents of preterm babies take: surgeries, long vigils at hospitals with her husband, hopes raised and dashed again.
Focus on African-American babies born too soon
PRNewswire – February 16, 2012
Nearly one in five African-American babies in Newark is born too soon, and a new community-based program announced today aims to help more of these babies be born healthy and full-term. Today, the March of Dimes launched Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait®, a program to reduce preterm births in Newark.
Sweet Philanthropy! Harlem Arts Festival is a DailyCandy Favorite
DailyCandy – February 15, 2012
DailyCandy has chosen the Harlem Arts Festival Kickstarter project as one of their 12 favorite philanthropic causes this month.
Jabari Johnson: Eyes on the Prize
Jenesis Magazine – February 15, 2012
This year looks to be a benchmark year for Jabari Johnson. He is working as a host for BET’s “Face to Face,” a one-on-one talk show program on the network’s website and he is also working on a documentary profiling the celebrity stature of Tinie Tempah.
My Take on Tanning: James “Creative” Shields
Tanning of America – February 9, 2012
Artist James “Creative” Shields talks about his ‘tanning’ moment, and how hip hop culture inspired him to create his Hip Hop Coloring Book series on Steve Stoute’s blog.
Inaugural Harlem Arts Festival Organizers Want to Showcase Local Artists
DNAInfo – February 6, 2012
When Neal Ludevig promotes the Harlem Arts Festival he’s planning for the summer in Marcus Garvey Park, the first response is usually: “I missed last year’s.” It’ll be the inaugural event — there was no last year — but Ludevig still sees the positive in the innocuous mix-ups.
HBCU Buzz Artist Spotlight: James Shields of Howard University
HBCU Buzz – February 6, 2012
James ‘Creative’ Shields, a 2008 Howard University graduate has made headlines recently with his unique take on hip hop and artistry. He has a gift for drawing, and has combined that with his love for hip hop to give the children of today another way to express their creativity.
A career outside the lines
Stockton Record – February 5, 2012
Ordering culinary pans and “crunching numbers” for a major corporate retailer wasn’t quite getting it for James Shields. So, the graduate of Stockton’s Bear Creek High School fell back in love with his “dope art” and married that with a hip-hop vibe and his entrepreneurial talents.
UPTOWN Magazine Spotlight: Jabari Johnson
UPTOWNSocial – January 17, 2012
Growing up, Jabari Johnson could always be found near or in front of a computer screen. Now, he creates digital documentaries for them. Recently, UPTOWNSocial caught up with the up-and-coming filmmaker to discuss his humble beginnings.
House of Success adds the Harlem Arts Festival to its Culture & Entertainment Client Roster
Pitch Engine – January 17, 2012
House of Success will primarily focus on strategic media and influencer outreach in addition to alliance and partnership development with Harlem businesses and community organizations.
March of Dimes Hires House of Success for Preemie Campaign
PRWeek – January 16, 2012
The March of Dimes has hired House of Success, a lifestyle brand relations firm, to launch a strategic PR and brand campaign for the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” program and to educate African-American women about the risks of pre-term births.
House of Success adds the March of Dimes to its Client Roster
Pitch Engine – January 11, 2012
House of Success will spearhead a strategic public relations and brand campaign designed to increase awareness about the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait program and educate African American women about the risks associated with preterm births.
James Shields Helps School the Youth with a Hip Hop Coloring Book
Global Grind – January 3, 2012
With the way that hip-hop is evolving now, sometimes it’s easy to forget the music genre’s important roots. Not knowing where you come from is the easiest way to forget where you are going. So thankfully, Brooklyn artist James Shields has come up with a fun way for the kids to learn about their rich history in hip-hop.
Coloring in Hip Hop: An Education Story
LivingCivil.com – January 3, 2012
Great news for all of the hip-hop heads with kids. Instead of indoctrinating your child with censored music, child-sized DJ sets, or God forbid, Hip Hop Harry, we now have The Hip Hop Coloring Book.
Brooklyn artist James Shields combines his loves of music and art to create a ‘Hip Hop Coloring Book’
New York Daily News – January 2, 2012
By his own admission, James “Creative” Shields can’t dance, can’t rap and can’t deejay. But he sure can draw. And now he’d like to teach a younger generation to draw as well.
Learn the History of Rap with ‘The Hip Hop Coloring Book’
Complex Magazine – January 2, 2012
Looking to teach the youth about hip-hop but just don’t know how? Well, Brooklyn artist James Shields is here to help.
‘The Hip Hop Coloring Book’ Exists
Prefix Magazine – January 2, 2012
With plans of teaching children about being creative and hip-hop culture at large, artist James Shields has released the first of five volumes of his Hip Hop Coloring Book series.
Frustrated Painter Leaves Corporate America to Pursue Art Full-time
Black Enterprise Magazine – December 20, 2011
James Shields traded in his stuffy desk job for a more fulfilling career as an artist; has art gallery opening for new hip hop coloring book.
Jabari Johnson: Adding a Twist to Documentary Films
Limerance Magazine – December 20, 2011
Taking his passion for music, he interviews famous people in the industry and makes documentaries of them. This simple yet undeniably brilliant idea is one of the reasons behind Jabari Johnson’s rising popularity.
The Hip-Hop Coloring Book
SoJones.com – December 15, 2011
There is a new hip-hop coloring book on the market that promises to bring old school classics to new audiences, a perfect gift idea for your hard-to-buy-for somebody or fun-lovin’ hip-hop head.
The Hip-Hop Coloring Book
The Audacity of Color – December 14, 2011
James Shields (a.k.a Creative Shields) has released an amazing coloring book just in time for the holidays.
Hip-Hop Coloring Book Brings Old School to New Generation
DNAInfo – December 12, 2011
Graphic designer and Brooklyn-based hip hop artist James “Creative” Shields is the mastermind behind “The Hip Hop Coloring Book,” recently released in paper form and in an interactive program designed for iPads, computers and smartphones.
Hip-Hop Coloring Book “Colored Only”
Hip Hop Connection – December 8, 2011
James “Creative” Shields is a contemporary artist with the intentions to promote creativity and give a quick Hip Hop history lesson through his new Hip Hop Coloring Book.
My Take on Tanning: Jabari Johnson
Tanning of America – December 7, 2011
Jabari Johnson talks about his ‘tanning’ moment, Jay-Z lyrics and the only time race matters on Steve Stoute’s blog.
How Brands Can Use Rihanna’s Career Strategy to Create Engaging Content
Madame Noire – December 6, 2011
Sakita Holley, a lifestyle brand strategist at House of Success, identifies audience, consistency, and relevance as the keys to creating engaging content. “People that aren’t fans of Rihanna’s may feel that she’s over-saturating the airwaves, but her fans are perfectly fine with her output. The key is for brands to really focus on their audience,” she said.
Maino Talks Overcoming Career Expectations
BET.com – December 5, 2011
In between expanding his growing brand and prepping his upcoming sophomore album, The Day After Tomorrow, Brooklyn rapper Maino found the time to chop it up with BET.com’s Jabari Johnson for another episode of Face to Face.
J. Cole Talks International Markets, Sophomore Album
HipHopDx.com – December 2, 2011
BET’s Jabari Johnson caught up with Roc Nation star J. Cole while on tour with Tinie Tempah in the United Kingdom.
5 Questions with PR Specialist Sakita Holley
iMeet – November 22, 2011
We’re continuing our ongoing series of posts called “5 Questions With…” where we talk with real folks about what they do and how iMeet is helping them do it.
Every Child Deserves a Family
NYU Tonight – November 14, 2011
Exploring New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposed legislation opening adoption up to LGBT couples nationwide.
Gillibrand to Introduce LGBT Adoption Bill
DNAInfo – October 28, 2011
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce legislation into the U.S. Senate that would help eliminate discrimination against LGBT families who want to adopt.
From Justin Beiber to Nicki Minaj: How Jabari Johnson Landed Interviews with Music’s A-Listers
Grind & Thrive – October 13, 2011
Most of us grew up big fans of music and dreamed of being a part of that life, whether it be an artist or producer. Today’s guest is no different and took his love for music and created a popular web series interviewing the biggest names in the game.
Pioneering Restaurant Society Coffee to Close
DNAInfo.com – October 7, 2011
Society Coffee, one of the pioneers of the restaurant boom on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is closing its doors after seven years on Monday.
Harlem Restaurants to Suit Any Mood
DNAInfo.com – October 6, 2011
Ever since the hotspot owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened late last year, more attention is being paid than ever to Harlem’s burgeoning restaurant landscape.
Life Coach Helps Gay Couples Answer Marriage Questions
DNAInfo.com – September 19, 2011
After Albany legalized gay marriage in New York, gay couples suddenly had a whole new question to grapple with — should they get married just because it’s legal?
Jabari Johnson Attends Steve Stoute’s Tanning of America Influencer Dinner
TanningofAmerica.com – September 15, 2011
Fresh off the star-studded The Tanning Of America book party at Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi in New York that Jay-Z and Graydon Carter hosted earlier this week, Steve hosted an intimate dinner for bloggers and influencers.
Crisis Preparedness Key as Hurricane Irene Approaches
Ragan.com – August 26, 2011
Businesses, officials and other communicators dust off plans for reaching employees and the public as Hurricane Irene descends.
Recap: Kevin Storey & Jabari Johnson Present: Surprise Part Part II
Jungle Gym Magazine – August 19, 2011
Kev Storey and Jabari recently threw their second surprise party in New York City. The parties are mainly focused on fun and bringing the city’s influencers together.
PRSA: Industry lists should ‘reflect the great diversity…of the profession’
PRDaily – July 19, 2011
The problem with most-powerful lists in business publications is the inevitable omission of someone
(or several someones) of note. But when the list leaves out an entire race, one can expect a certain degree of uproar.
‘PRWeek’ Catches Heat for Lack of Diversity on its Power List
PRNewser – July 14, 2011
PRWeek’s editor-in-chief Steve Barrett has published a column on the publication’s website in response to “a number of comments” they’ve gotten about the lack of diversity on this year’s Power List, specifically, the lack of African Americans.
Jabari Johnson Featured in Nicki Minaj’s E! TV Special
Rap Radar – July 14, 2011
Last night, E! aired their Behind The Music-esque special on Nicki Minaj’s rise to stardom with interviews from family, friends as well as Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz, and even her 5th grade teacher.
Hip-hop legend’s sons make debut with a new album
NY Daily News – June 24, 2011
Their dad is hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, but these two brothers insist nothing has come easy – and they’re ready to show the world what they’ve got.
Doug E. Fresh & Square Off NY Daily News Feature
Rap Radar – June 24, 2011
Doug E. Fresh and his sons Square Off are featured in the Harlem edition of the NY Daily News. The duo recently released their new album, Money, Moet & Memories with hopes of carving a new sound.
Square Off on who influences their music
ThisIs50 – June 15, 2011
Square Off sits down with ThisIs50 to talk about musical influence and their new EP, Money, Moet & Memories.
Skipping the Media
inVocus – June 8, 2011
inVocus asked some PR folk why they still needed traditional means to communicate, and found that when it comes to pitching news organizations, many PR pros are in agreement: you can’t beat the credibility that comes with placement in a traditional medium. Meanwhile, using the two means of transmission hand-in-hand seems to be the evolved way to pitch.
Jabari Johnson Dominating the Digital World
Black Web 2.0 – June 2, 2011
Jabari Johnson wears many hats but overall has made a living from creating online content in the form of digital video. He knew he wanted to be an on air personality, but after auditioning and being denied by numerous networks, he decided to create his own show, which would later be named Jabari Presents.
How She Made It: Co-Founder of Magazine Targeting Brides of Color
Atlanta Post – June 1, 2011
Jacqueline Nwobu, along with her husband Chike Nwobu, did not have experience with magazine publishing prior to launching their swiftly successful magazine, but they did have a sense that the market needed their vision. While planning their own nuptials, they noticed the lack of resources for African-American brides and other women of color. In came the idea for Munaluchi Bridal magazine.
‘Most Likely to Succeed’ Burden
Wall Street Journal – May 11, 2011
More high schools are eliminating senior-class polls, a long-standing tradition for graduating classes, in part out of concern for their effect on recipients. Research suggests most winners of the most-likely-to-succeed label will do well later in life, based on their academic ability, social skills and motivation.
Doug E. Fresh’s Sons Forge Own Path in Music World
DNA Info – May 4, 2011
Ask Harlem rap group Square Off who their influences are and the answer might surprise you. Brothers Solomon “Trips” Davis, and Dayquan “Slim” Davis, drop names like Grandmaster Caz, DJ Hollywood and Big Daddy Kane, hip-hop pioneers that their contemporaries may not have even heard of.
Stressful Superlative: Is there a ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ Curse?
TIME – May 2011
It’s the time of year when thousands of high school students around the U.S. will be voted “most likely to succeed.” But is such an accolade actually a curse?
Jabari Johnson Debuts New BET Web Series
Pitch Engine – April 28, 2011
Jabari Johnson kicked off season one of his new BET digital web series with three back to back episodes featuring a bold roster of who got next in the music industry.
Sakita Holley to Serve as Moderator at National Action Network 20th Anniversary Convention
Pitch Engine – April 6, 2011
The panel, “Social Engagement – Entrepreneurial Strategies that Lead to Success,” hosted by Donald Coleman, CEO of GlobalHue and Vice Chairman of the National Action Network, is a thought leadership discussion that will focus on how entrepreneurs, influencers and thought leaders can use new technologies to build their brands in today’s social media dominated business environment.
Interview with co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Munaluchi Bridal Magazine
Candy Chat Radio – March 31, 2011
Jacqueline Nwobu is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Munaluchi Bridal magazine, the leading authority of bridal inspiration for women of color. Multicultural women are major contributors to the $160-billion wedding industry however their presence is visibly absent in most bridal publications. Munaluchi Bridal fills this void and provides the truest example that love comes in more than one shade. Nwobu will share industry tips regarding amazing honeymoon destinations.
Diverse Start-ups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference
Black Enterprise – March 25, 2011
South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas’s annual music, film and technology conference which just wrapped this past Sunday, is known as the birthplace for some of the most innovative ideas in the world. The interactive portion of the conference is where Foursquare was founded and where Twitter took off.
Making Black Tech Entrepreneurs 100% Viable
Atlanta Post – March 18, 2011
In the past year, the lack of African-Americans in Silicon Valley has been well-documented. But no one needs a report or study to really understand how much Blacks are lacking in the behind-the-scenes action of the tech space. It’s a deficiency of sorts that doesn’t make sense considering our capacities to tap into the market.
Minority New Media Entrepreneurs
MBE Connect – March 18, 2011
SXSW is traditionally not known for its diversity, but organizers seem to be working to reverse that trend. One intriguing panel idea came from travel blogger Kiratiana Freelon and her panel entitled 100% Viable, 1% Visible – Minority New Media Entrepreneurs in which she asks why minority entreprenuers are not creating businesses in new media.
Munaluchi Bridal Magazine Brings Luxury to Life at Atlanta Launch Event
Pitch Engine – March 18, 2011
Atlanta’s wedding industry tastemakers and bridal brand influencers are invited to an intimate gathering to celebrate the latest issue of Munaluchi Bridal and to learn about exclusive partnership opportunities.
HBCUs Awarded Grant to Enhance Global Opportunities
Atlanta Post – March 4, 2011
In a world where our everyday lives are influenced in some way, shape or form by the governments, businesses and individuals that are beyond our borders, it’s essential that educational institutions establish the roles they are going to play in preparing students to be global citizens.
Diversity Related Panels at SXSW
Black Web 2.0 – March 1, 2011
Since the SXSW organizers have noted the importance of diversity, efforts have been made to select diverse panels and speakers. Here are seven interactive panels and one film panel that explore various types of diversity.
House of Success Signs Two New Clients
Pitch Engine – February 17, 2011
House of Success, a growing public relations and brand management firm today announced the addition of new media entrepreneurs Jabari Johnson and Kiratiana Freelon to its diverse client roster.
Celebrity Nail Stylist Tracylee Percival Gives Us Insider Winter Handcare Tips
Poshglam – February 15, 2011
Celebrity nail stylist TracyLee Percival has been in the beauty industry for over twenty years and has worked with celebrities including Natalie Portman, M.I.A, Nicki Minaj, Karolina Kurkova and Olivia Wilde. Here are some of her winter handcare tips for having fresh and smooth skin all season long.
Munaluchi Bridal’s Spring/Summer Issue is Available Online Now
Pitch Engine – January 26, 2011
Wedding planning is in full swing as brides across the country prepare for one of the most important days of their life. This third issue of Munaluchi Bridal provides tons of ideas for dresses, reception décor and food and an intimate peak into some real life weddings.
How Important is Purpose to a Start-up
EpicLaunch – November 17, 2010
When Steve Jobs came back to Apple he came back to a mess: little to no market share, declining revenue, and almost on the verge of bankruptcy. He turned the company around simply by focusing on what the company had long overlooked: their core purpose.