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Call her ‘President’ Star Jones

Call her ‘President’ Star Jones
NEW YORK – Star Jones – best known as an Emmy Award-nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author and former New York City homicide prosecutor – can now add the title president of the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country
 
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) announced Jones’ appointment earlier this week. She has served as chief development officer and national spokesperson for NAPW, representing the organizations over 600,000 memberships.
 
“NAPW defines success as ‘owning your own power,’” said Jones, declaring 2014 NAPW’s “Year of Action.”

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Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch

Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch
(BlackNews.com) – Nationally syndicated radio host and community activist Michael Baisden and professor Devin Robinson are linked to the “movement” that will be on display at the 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta.
 
Organized by Robinson (www.DevinRobinson.com), the conference is set for Aug. 16th-17th. Baisden will be the keynote speaker.
 
Baisden first met Robinson via telephone in 2006, when Robinson appeared on his show in connection with the documentary “The Korean Takeover,” which highlighted the challenges African Americans faced in the beauty supply business. At the time, Robinson owned three stores and had recently authored “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner.”

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The Business of fashion – Part II

The Business of fashion – Part II
A successful designer must be innovative and task risks. James Davis of L.R. CLOTHIER embodies those characteristics and more.  He is pushing the envelope by building a fashion business in Memphis, which is truly risky business. Here is the conclusion or our conversation with Davis, who has persevered and proven that fashion can thrive in Memphis.
 
Carlee McCullough: How would you describe your artistic and creative style?
James Davis: At L.R. CLOTHIER our house style is contemporary classics. Your wardrobe is an investment and that is how we approach our clients. Trends are great, but they come and go so quickly. For example, it’s much more fitting (no pun intended) to have a 3-button suit model, as compared to a 4-button front. That jacket model will be here forever, yet you can adjust the lapel opening or stance, giving it more of your own personality. There can be different options on the color pic stitching. This gives you that designer’s flare. Italian influences have always been the foundation. The best tailoring and fabrics are woven in Italy and that is reflected in many of our designs.

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Why Google should call some black friends

Why Google should call some black friends

Google just did something few tech companies have shown interest in doing: It seriously confronted the issue of diversity – or, rather, its lack thereof.
 
The company issued a report on its workforce diversity, and let’s just say, if it had wanted to, the report could have been summarized as follows: “When it comes to Latino and black employees, we have almost no diversity.” At the moment, 2 percent of Google’s workforce is black, despite black Americans making up 13 percent of the population. Hispanics are just 3 percent of its workforce, despite being nearly 17 percent of the population.
 
To its credit, Google not only commissioned the report – something it did not have to do – but also shared the results, something it also did not have to do.

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The Business of fashion – Part I

The Business of fashion – Part I

When many people think of Memphis they think of our soulful music, smoky barbecue or muddy Mississippi River. One of the last things that come to mind is Memphis as a fashion forward city.

There is, however, a growing class of creative individuals committed to bringing fashion into the forefront of a place that seems to reference the past more frequently than the future. In part one of a two-part series, we meet pioneer James Davis, who not only offers tailor-made clothing, but has his own fragrance as well.

Carlee McCullough: Thank you for taking the time to share with our readers your experience and knowledge. Tell us about James Davis?
James Davis: Let me first thank you for taking time to have me for the interview. I am the president and owner of L.R. CLOTHIER. I strive to be more successful every day and understand that success is not simply defined by how much money is made, but how many people you have a positive influence upon as well. I truly believe that if you think it – then you can achieve it. Everyday is something new, something different and life is what you make of it. I love what I do.

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Business plan winner values the process of learning

Business plan winner values the process of learning

Michael Partee recently had one of those experiences that lend credence to the thought that it is often the journey – rather than the destination – that yields the most reward.

Partee, the owner of M.B. Partee's Gourmet Pecans, recently emerged the winner of the best business plan grant competition sponsored by Deidre Malone and The Carter Malone Group LLC. After a thorough review by a panel of professionals, Partee came out on top of the grading process. He netted money to invest into his business and a new perspective on what it takes to run one.

"I'd like to think that I learned more about my business through the process of writing this business plan than I they learned from reviewing it," said Partee. "Through their symposium, I was able to truly look at my business and identify strengths and weaknesses that will affect its success long-term. ...This was a great learning experience."

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The fashion way

The fashion way

From designer fragrances, clothes, shoes and bags, men and women go in debt to stay current in fashion. While the trends may come and go, fashion as a whole is the staple of life for many. Even the knock offs have a place in society. Just as in any business, it takes determination, resources, creativity and talent to make it in fashion.

On a national level, entrepreneurs such as Russell Simmons of Phat Farm, P Diddy of Sean Jean, Damond John of FUBU, Rachel Roy of Rachel Roy Collection, and Tracy Reese of Tracy Reese have inspired an entire generation of designers and consumers alike.

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