The celebrations were held at Atlanta's downtown http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/index.htmlAloft Hotel and popular night club Rosebar. Cast members Amber Grimes, Rian Parish, Drekia Glenn, Devin Simpson and reoccurring cast members Vaughn Alvarez and Sammye Scott were in attendance to host the celebrations.
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Shameka Wells is a woman on a mission. Wells is the proud owner of Millennium Home Healthcare, Nikki Nicole Virgin Hair, and S&D Tax Services. With over ten years of entrepreneurship under her belt, Wells is now pursuing her real estate license to venture off into that field.
Amazingly, her work has gone unnoticed due to most of it being self funded but that is the unique thing about Wells. As a single mother of two, she believes in being independent. The go-getter is passionate about helping other women acquire a wealth mindset, because she knows one is not truly free until they are self sufficient.
She believes this is often why many women stay in abusive relationships, and having been a victim of both verbal and physical abuse, Wells strives to assist and uplift other women in similar situations. Wells plans to be completing her hair care line, Silkk Expressions by the end of the year.
Tamiko Lowry-Pugh often referred to as "The Empowering Diva" is the voice for Women's Empowerment. As the CEO of Tamiko Lowry LLC, and The founder of The Still Standing Foundation, she has constructed a powerful movement dedicated to the empowerment and personal development of women across the world. Tamiko is the epitome of her aptly named non-profit, The Still Standing Foundation—an organization that provides a positive outlet for survivors of domestic violence to shed the shame and despair of their struggle while gaining strength and power. She is a compassionate mentor and friend, an enthusiastic leader, and visionary.
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My name is Jocelyn Saunders and I am a 22 year old Virginia native and just recently became a Georgia resident. I moved to California after graduating from high school to pursue my acting degree at New York Film Academy. After, graduating with a degree in Acting for Film I had the vision to create the inspirational magazine Let's Chic Chat.
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While attending school in California I began battling anxiety and depression. During this dark time I realized that my relationship with God wasn't as strong as it should have been. I began talking to one of my ministers at my church back in Virginia for guidance. Those talks with him changed my life! It was during that dark time that I felt so vulnerable and hungry to know God for myself. After, graduating from NYFA I became obsessed with magazines. I would literally buy one every day and read them while talking to my mom waiting for the bus. The idea came for me to create my own online magazine but instead make it more relatable to the everyday hardworking women. I feel as though society gives so much attention and focuses solely on those celebrities who have already gained a substantial amount of success and ignore those who have yet to reach that peak, but strive to daily.
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Theresa Kelley is the visionary and founder of the prestigious Luxury Beauty Bar nestled in the suburban community of Gahanna, Ohio. Expertly proficient in esthetics and cosmetology she trains all over the world enabling women to become better versions of themselves! She believes in having a tool belt of LIFE! Learn your passion, study your passion, then become ALL that your passion encompasses! Ms. Kelley's next venture is training a handful of students in Cleveland,Ohio on the sought after 3D Eyebrow Embroidery! April 24th come learn Microblading and how to turn your passion into profit!
Shante' Grant is the Owner of Guilty Pleasures Boutique, a women's fashion boutique based out of Augusta, Ga. Her inspiration for pursuing a business, was the lack of exclusivity in women's clothing that she's always looked for in mall boutiques and online boutiques, but could never find. Being an independent person by nature, she decided to find what she was looking for and make it accessible to other women as well! "For anyone that is looking to branch into the fashion business, my advice for you would be to thoroughly research the market, stay on top of the latest trends, and know your customer." says Shante'.
This year her business has gone through a rebranding phase, including new additions to the company that will allow Guilty Pleasures Boutique to give shoppers the experience they desire. Connect with them online by visiting www.ishopguiltypleasures.com, follow on Instagram @ishopguiltypleasures, or like their Facebook page at Guilty Pleasures Boutique to stay informed on their latest additions!
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Before Cruising with Autism, Inc., I thought everyone knew at least one person with autism. I really thought that everyone had at least one relative or someone close to them that’s living with autism. Why did I think that? Probably because when my son was diagnosed, the prevalence of autism was 1 out of every 125 for children born the year that he was born, which was almost 20 years ago (CDC). Today, 1 in 68 American children are diagnosed with autism (CDC). I thought, 1 in 68 children, that means everyone should know about autism or at least know one person with autism. I was so wrong!
I started Cruising with Autism, Inc. in 2014, as a result of my love for travel and after taking my son, TJ who is affected by autism on his first cruise. We went on a cruise in November 2013 in celebration of his 18th birthday. This was after years of avoiding a cruise vacation with him because I didn’t know how his behavior as a result of autism would affect him while we were on the ship. It’s not like I could have said, this is not working, turn the ship around and drop us off. No matter the outcome, we would have to stay on the ship until the end of the sailing. Most people with autism have sensory sensitivities and cruise ships are not always sensory-friendly. My son is sociable, but he can display some inappropriate social interactions, such as making loud noises and he can be impulsive, such as running when he is supposed to be walking. I had so many fears because I really didn’t know what to expect. Well, on the 3-night cruise to the Bahamas, he had an absolute blast. He enjoyed the Caribbean music, all of his favorite foods, a tour of the Atlantis, and just relaxing. He had so much freedom since we broke from our normal routine, most households with an autistic family member are constantly following a routine. The cruise was such a success that I decided to start a non-profit so that I can work to make this happen for children, teenagers and young adults with autism because most of our families are burdened emotionally and financially.
In April 2015, I participated as a creator in One Spark, the World’s Largest Crowd funding Festival which is held annually in Jacksonville, Florida. I pitched the social good platform with “A Cruise for 10 Teens Living with Autism.” I had people come up to my booth that wanted to know the definition of autism. I was so shocked that so many people that I met during the festival didn’t know about autism, some may have heard the word autism but did not know the meaning or the characteristics of a person with autism. I spent so much of my time defining autism, which was a pivotal for me because I realized that in order for the nonprofit to be successful, I would have to provide autism awareness.
Most families that have a family member living with autism are very strained in many different areas. Holly Robinson-Peete stated “Autism is Unaffordable,” not only did she state that it was unaffordable but “ridiculously unaffordable and can financially bring a family to its knees…even in good times.” Her son, RJ who is living with autism has two famous parents and they are considered a prominent family by most standards. Holly Robinson-Peete expressed how her family felt financial pressure by providing RJ with his necessary therapies, which insurance companies does not cover. Just imagine how a family of an “average” income is managing or how they are hardly managing. This is what autism is to most families.
We are looking forward to our first cruise which is scheduled to sail out of Jacksonville, Florida on the Carnival Elation on June 23, 2016. We plan to fund at least 10 children, teens, and young adults with autism to be taken with their family. We are seeking sponsors, vendors, and donations of any amount to fund the cruise vacations. Please feel free to visit our website www.cruisingwithautism.org, follow us on Twitter and Periscope: @autismcruises and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cruisingwithautism