My awesome friend Pilar shared this video on social media today. It was a video from FOX News out of all people sharing truth about the history of Black people that is not taught in the school systems or talked about in general. It leaves us asking the question why isn’t it being talked about? Many people will give many different answers but it’s my opinion that it isn’t taught so that a false narrative can continue. If you give the same amount of attention to the Black people who were involved in building this country you have to stop just painting us as slaves. Take a look at the video and give us your opinion!
It’s rare that I finish a book the same day that I receive it but that was the case when I received my copy of “Throw Me to the Wolves” It was an easy read, not too long or too short but just right. I found it very refreshing to read a piece of work that seemed totally transparent especially given the subject matter. Often times men appear to hold back in order to protect their egos but this did not appear to be the case with D.M. Shields. I believe that his story has shed light on matters that are rarely discussed but definitely need to be. In addition, I believe that there is a healing in this project for anyone that has felt like they were in the midst of wolves. D. M. Shields can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deangelo.shields?fref=ts and Instagram at d-m-shields His book is available on Amazon.com for purchase! We look look forward to his next project!
So who do you take to a fight ? Would you take someone who has a reputation of running off when the battle got rough? Would you take someone who will switch sides? Mr. Openyonated discusses taking the wrong type of people into a battle.
When you have an opportunity to absorb culture you need to take advantage of it and that is exactly what Openyonated.Com did. Bless Jamel Robertson hosted this wonderful showcase located at the 59th Street Harbor. It was an evening filled with song, poetry, affirmations, tribal face and body painting, and great cuisine. It was a powerful family centered event that is definitely needed in times such as these. Kudos to Dr Robertson for having the foresight to put together such an event. Check out the video footage below to get a peek into the event!
Given the times that we are experiencing in America as Black and Brown people we need to have honest discussions with our children about racism, prejudice and the ugly history of America that is not being taught in their schools.
Gele Day 2016 came in like a lion and continues to roar! July 16th, 2016 marked the 5 year anniversary of Gele Day! The Queens once again took over the 63rd street beach and raised the level of consciousness. The annual event grows bigger every year and seems to get more action packed as well! From start to finish it was a top notch event. The area filled up very quickly with people who have been attending since day one and of course new comers. Gele Day did not only attract the ladies but the men who support them as well! It was filled with affirmation, poetry, dancing, and the imparting of knowledge. The Gele Day team did a superb job with this event! I’ve know Madam Pilar for many years and I am loving the way this event is growing. If you have never been make sure that you attend next year and stay in tune with what the Queens have under their towers of power! To stay in tune with the Wrap your Beauty Movement make sure you like Their Facebook page and subscribe to the notifications once you do! https://www.facebook.com/wrapmovement/?fref=ts
This evening I had the opportunity to celebrate the 6 year anniversary with Love Dia Couture. The company was founded and is spearheaded by Delcia Norwood a wonderful young business woman in Chicago. The event served as a showcase for entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland area which just so happened to be all female this year. The vendors at this event were: Okere with Younique, Kefira Fields for Contemporary Flavors, LoLita with Stained (Henna and Jagua Body Art), Val Densmore for Desserts by Densmore, Moné MonéCapri Johnson for MonéCapri, K’lynn AireAna Kennedy for Kathy Lynn Boutique, Sandra Soap Company, Brown Bunny Glam and Shontia Campbell-Olatunji with Total Life Changes. The event of course had fashions from Love Dia Couture herself. I loved the fact that Delcia’s company is taking an opportunity to highlight other Black business women like herself especially given the climate in our country. Black businesses face challenges that other businesses do not, obtaining capital and loans are some of them to name a few. Creating opportunities where entrepreneurs can showcase what they have to offer is crucial to businesses trying to build clientele and obtain exposure. Another great thing about the event is that the music playlist featured all local Chicago artists as do all of her events! Tonights event was an example of a business woman being selfless and taking an opportunity to share the spotlight with others. I hope that other companies follow her lead. I’m looking forward to more great things from this brand!! To learn more about Love Dia Couture and keep up with their offerings visit their website and follow them on social media!
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July 8th marked the Black Mall’s first Gala whose purpose was to honor the top Black Businesses in Chicago. The event was hosted at the Africa International House located at 6200 South Drexel. The Black Mall serves as a gateway to Black Businesses. When discussing supporting Black Businesses I always hear where do you go to find them, I don’t know where they are and things of that nature.Well look no further than the Black Mall for your needs! Many ask why is there the need for a Black Mall? There are a number of answers to that question but the simplest answer I can give you is that Black businesses face a number of challenges that other businesses do not so therein lies the need for organizations like the Black Mall. The Gala was a great opportunity to thank and showcase many of the hardworking Black Owned businesses in Chicago. Quite often business owners do not hear the words thank you so being honored by their peers can be music to their ears. Cassiopeia Uhuru is the fire behind the Black Mall along with her wonderful team. One of the great things about her team is that she employs a lot of younger people & interns which gives them an opportunity to gain valuable work experience. If you are not familiar with the Black Mall be sure to visit their site http://theblackmall.com/ as well as their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackMall/?fref=ts
At Openyonated.Com we’ve been talking about doing interviews for a while. We finally have completed our first one with none other than Javid Jenkins CEO of the Fit Factory located at 400 West 76th. Javid has a phenomenal story! I was introduced to Javid via social media Facebook to be exact. It was at the point where he was doing INSANITY work outs with his wife and was engaged in his own personal transformation. I literally watched him take the weight off the old fashioned way as he shared his journey on the world wide web. I later attended one of his bootcamps where I flopped LOL but later decided to join his movement and was able to go from 210 to 178. It’s been a challenge to maintain but I have not given up and I truly appreciate Javid’s dedication to his work and the family atmosphere that he has created at the Fit Factory. Check out our video interview, it’s our first one but there definitely will be more to come!