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June 9, 2014 / Tamara


SK WiLBURNaturally MeSTAY by Stacey Angela and the team at Siena Media Group would like to congratulate America’s Next Top Model alum, Camille McDonald on the upcoming birth of her bundle of joy. Check out the pics from this weekend’s shower!


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June 5, 2014 / Tamara

Join Hearts of Gold at “Walk For Kids” Supporting NYC’s Homeless Families

HoG Kids Walk 2014 logo hi res

Click the logo to find out how you can participate.


NEW YORK CITY– Hearts of Gold (, a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children, invites the community to participate in the organization’s fourth annual “Walk for Kids” Fundraiser.
“This year, Hearts of Gold celebrates 20 years of bringing joy and confidence to homeless families. Register to walk with us, or donate to help improve the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and children, by visiting,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder & Executive Director of Hearts of Gold.
The one mile Walk will be held in New York’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Enter the Walk by visiting and clicking on the 2014 Walk logo, or enter on the morning of the Walk between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. ($10 youth; $25 adult). Check-in for pre-registered participants begins at 8:00 a.m. Entrance to the Park is at 83rd Street and Riverside Drive. Fundraisers along with moms and kids from the shelters the organization supports will walk along a one-mile path through the park. At the finish line, participants will celebrate with games, prizes and refreshments. Proceeds fund Hearts of Gold’s children’s programs at the organization’s adopted shelters, which include providing school supplies and clothing, after-school activities, tutoring, meals, summer camp scholarships and day trips to cultural attractions.
Celebrity participants in the Walk include Rhonda Ross, an Emmy Award nominated actress and singer/entertainer, who will be performing the National Anthem; and Amy Carlson, star of the CBS hit show Blue Bloods, who will assist in starting the race.
Founded in 1994, Hearts of Gold has raised more than $7 million to help homeless New York City families exit the city’s shelters and thrive on their own. The organization supports more than 1,000 mothers and children in residence annually in shelters operated by Nazareth Housing, Semiperm and Freedom House. To donate, or to learn more about Hearts of Gold, visit or call (212) 206-1461.
Since 1994 through partnerships with Family Respite Center, Alexander Abraham Residence, Icahn House, Semiperm, Nazareth Housing and Barrier Free Living shelters coupled with unique Hearts of Gold programs, Hearts of Gold has impacted the lives of approximately 30,000 families in the greater New York City area. In 2001, Hearts of Gold was recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization. The Hearts of Gold Fresh Start University, the organization’s most recent initiative seeks to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency.
While many organizations that support homeless women focus solely on one element of support, such as housing or job search services, Hearts of Gold provides a holistic approach with an aim to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency. Through a unique Three-Pronged Approach, HoG has been able to create positive sustainable change in thousands of lives.
For more information, please visit
June 4, 2014 / Tamara

EVENT ALERT: Noir et Blanc to Host 108stitches by Harriette Cole Spring Trunk Show


Join Noir et Blanc NYC and 108stitches by Harriette Cole for a Spring trunk show on June 18th!

April 20, 2014 / Tamara

Happy Easter from Siena Media Group!

Happy Easter from Siena Media Group!

April 9, 2014 / Tamara

NEW WORK: Renessta Olds Styles Priyanka Chopra for April issue of Raine Magazine

NEW WORK: Renessta Olds Styles Priyanka Chopra for April issue of Raine Magazine

Celebrity stylist, Renessta Olds, does it again with this amazing cover and spread for the April issue of Raine Magazine featuring famed model and actress, Priyanka Chopra

April 5, 2014 / Tamara

EVENT RECAP: NYJTL’s Future Leaders of Tomorrow Panel

This past Thursday, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) played host to the Future Leaders of Tomorrow event at Bronxwood Prep Academy (Bronx, NY) featuring some of the city’s top influencers hailing from fashion, publishing, education, activism and entertainment. Hosted by veteran gospel singer and producer Sheila Carpenter, the speakers included:

  • Author and life coach, Fila Antwine
  • Fashion designer, Alicia Appleton
  • Producer, Alonzo Brown
  • Sports analyst, Stephen A. Smith
  • Educator and activist, Aiesha Turman
  • Actor and former athlete, Otis Winston

Students gleaned tips on how to break into their favorite industries as well as what it takes to be successful.

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman. 

March 31, 2014 / Tamara


Wise words courtesy of Chaundra Smith, founder of Naturally Me.


Here are some wise words from Naturally Me founder Chaundra Smith who is currently being featured in an online exhibit with the National Women’s History Museum. Congratulations!

March 27, 2014 / Tamara

PRESS: SK WILBUR featured on the


Recently, the “handbag architect,” Wilbur Pack, Jr. of SK WILBUR sat down with Staci at the to talk about the new collection and his crowd-funding campaign with Before the Label.  

Check out the interview here.


The Happy Collection from SK WILBUR

March 26, 2014 / Tamara



Brooklyn’s Aiesha Turman and the Black Girl Project are celebrating today with news that they have been nominated for a Ujima Award

The Ujima Awards are given to an individual, group, or organization who has made significant contributions above and beyond to the empowering and advancement of the community.

Congratulations to the Black Girl Project!

March 26, 2014 / Tamara

EVENT: NYJTL 21st Century Program To Host “Leaders of Tomorrow” Panel featuring Stephen A. Smith, Aiesha Turman & Alicia Appleton

(Courtesy of NYJTL)

New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) will host the inaugural “Leaders of Tomorrow” panel featuring sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith, who will address the students in the NYJTL 21st Century learning after-school program at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy on April 3, 3:00-6:00 pm.

In addition to Smith, the panel will include author Fila Antwine, educator and artist Aiesha Turman, actors Orlando Brown and Otis Winston, and fashion designer Alicia Appleton. The panelists will speak about their professional experiences and will answer questions from the students.

“This panel is a new special event for the students to have exposure to various professions,” said Tawana Butler, NYJTL Site Director at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy. We are looking forward to organizing additional panels to engage the students.

The NYJTL 21st Century Learning program operates weekdays during the school year at Bronxwood Preparatory Academy serving 185 youth, ages 13-18.

The 21st Century Learning program provides free year-round tennis instructions and after-school activities to underserved New York City school children offering academic enrichment, including daily homework help, and teaching valuable life skills integrating healthy living and wellness education to promote the benefits of physical fitness.

For more than 40 years, NYJTL has offered comprehensive school and community-based programs throughout New York City serving more than 45,000 youth from ages 6-18. NYJTL is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the United States. NYJTL also hosts the Mayors Cup All-Scholastic Championships, which is the largest interscholastic tennis tournament in the United States.

If you are interested in attending the “Leaders of Tomorrow” panel, please contact Scott Luftig at 347-417-8157 or




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