EVENT ALERT: Hearts of Gold 18th Annual Gala

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Join hosts Soledad O’Brien, Rhonda Ross and Amy Carlson as they celebrate 20 years of fighting against homelessness at the 18th Annual Hearts of Gold Gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. Founded in 1994, the organization has helped more than 12,000 homeless mothers and children. Hearts of Gold helps families transition out of shelters and to thrive on their own.

Event highlights include:

• Cocktail reception and moveable feast

• Runway fashion show featuring designer’s Tracy Reese Fall Collection 2014

• Live and silent auctions, with special items including Business Class Tickets on Lufthansa, Fine Dining Packages,

Broadway package with backstage meet and greet

• Music by master DJ Johnny Dynell

For more information or for tickets visit: http://www.heartsofgold.org/20.html

Official Invite

TO BE OR NOT TO BE…

Independent Woman Owned Film Company Set to Screen First Documentary, DIE, CRAZY, FAT

NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 2, 2014— America is a country obsessed with trends and fads in everything from fashion to beauty to healthy…even religion. According to industry experts, the health and wellness industry is gearing to be a trillion dollar business by 2017 with most of those dollars as a result of female purchasing power. Buona Donna Productions, an independent film company, takes a look at the journey of eight women on their quest to “healthy,” in the riveting new documentary DIE, CRAZY, FAT. Buona Donna will host a private screening on Thursday, October 30th at MIST Harlem in New York City.

“With America’s obsession with diet, exercise and its ever-growing misconceptions, I felt it was vitally important– especially for women– to understand the basics of good health,” said Buona Donna co-Founder, Tonya Conrad. “Faced with my own personal struggles, I wanted to expose the conflicting opinions in the medical and health industries and share insightful anecdotes that would allow others to determine for themselves the true meaning of healthy living; ultimately feeling inspired to take control of their own health.”

Co-founded by Tonya Conrad and Nichole “Nikki” Nichols, Buona Donna Productions is focused on creating films,  programming and other media forums to enhance and enrich the lives of others through the exploration of complex issues that have an impact on their lives including race, class, gender, spirituality, sex and more. Through DIE, CRAZY, FAT, the duo takes a in depth look at physical and mental health, diet, body image and spirituality through the eyes of both themselves and six other women across a diverse spectrum of age, race, and marital status.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception to celebrate the completion of the documentary followed by the screening of the two hour long film.  The reception begins at 6pm followed by the screening at 8pm. For more information about the event or to request tickets email tamara@sienamediagrp.com or visit the film’s fan page on Facebook.

ABOUT DIE CRAZY FAT

DIE, CRAZY, FAT is a riveting documentary showcasing the raw human progressions and set backs of eight women on a quest to a healthier self through physical, mental, lifestyle and spiritual changes. During the transformation process, these women make on new choices, and testing different alternatives pertaining to health and diet. Along the way, some of the participants find themselves vacillating between what the experts define as healthy and what their own minds and bodies feel that healthy is resulting in conflicting beliefs on what has become accepted doctrine over the years and what they are now discovering for themselves. Documenting an emotional six week journey, DIE, CRAZY, FAT will undoubtedly make an indelible mark amongst women of all demographics and ethnicities. Follow the film and its stars on Facebook on the documentary’s fan page.

ABOUT BUONA DONNA PRODUCTIONS

Buona Donna Productions (BDP) is a comprehensive film, television and social media company with offices in New York and New Jersey. The company’s managing partners, Nichole “Nikki” Nichols and Tonya Conrad, founded BDP on the basic principal to deliver creative and thought-provoking pieces that enhance communities and enrich the lives of others. BDP collaborates with a diverse new and established artists to bring to life creative works with unique character and individualism to the world. The company’s mission is to develop and produce projects utilizing both the talents of the managing partners as well as women and men from diverse backgrounds and to explore distribution as well as collaborative opportunities with other brands and producers. Production services provided by Buona Donna Productions include Film (short, full-length, documentaries and educational), Television (series and advertising), Social Media, and Photography (stills, sessions and print ads).

CREDITS

Participants

·         Tonya Conrad (Director)

·         Nichole “Nikki” Nichols (Director)

·         Ebony Garris

·         Vanessa McDonald

·         Suzanne Milani

·         Ife Mtume-Rodriguez

·         Kim Racine

·         Sandra Rankin-Fernandez

Professionals

·         Dr. Cheryl Hardy (Psychologist)

·         Desiree Lee (Master Food Analyst)

·         Chaka Ra-Amon (Physical Trainer)

·         Carol Robinson (Certified Yoga & Pilates Instructor)

Official Invite

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NEW YORK CITY— Brooklyn-based fashion brand, Amirah Creations, announced recently that her Spring/Summer 2014 collection will debut during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York later this month. Featuring the modest yet edgily sophisticated designs of ingénue, Nailah Lymus, the highly anticipated presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Alchemical Theatre, located at 104 W 14th Street in the city’s trendy West Village.

Known for creating modest yet fashion forward apparel, Amirah Creations is an established brand who has successfully shown collections around the United States and most recently in Indonesia. The brand targets women who seek quality fabrications, great fit, en trend styling all the while conforming to a more modest style of dress. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled Equanimity, is inspired by a woman who leads a stress free, fashionable life. She cares about her presentation, making a statement with her style yet refused to make things complicated and uncomfortable. She will not be identified as a follower but rather defined by her individuality. The collection is for women in all stages of life…mother, wife, career woman, socialite and of course…fashionista.

This season, Nailah Lymus will be co-presenting her collection with Australian-based designer Amalina Aman. Showcasing her self-titled line, Amalina is well known throughout Asia and Australia for creating beautiful, feminine and modest yet chic clothing. Drawing inspiration from cultural (Malay/Cocos/Australian) and familial ties, Aman will debut her collection entitled Enchanting Romance. This particular collection was inspired by history, nature and art. Amalina find the motivation for her fashion from everything around—from works of art in a museum to the beaches of her native Keeling Island to her mother and grandmother who serve as her muses.  Amalina Aman is for today’s woman.

Nailah Lymus, who in addition to being a designer is the founder of modest modeling agency, Underwraps Agency (www.theunderwrapsagency.com) is casting and producing this season’s presentation. Both designers have teamed with the famed Japanese creative services agency, Augment (http://augment.cc), who will be creating hair and make-up magic for the showcase.

Amirah Creations and Amalina Aman will be available for view by invitation only at 12:30pm. The public is invited to view the collection and shop the Fall 2014 collections at 4pm.

For information about the designers, email tamara@sienamediagrp.com or to RSVP, please contact events@sienamediagrp.com.

 

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. 

MAKING HER MARK IN “HER”STORY

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!

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ARE IN!

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!

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 sluftig@nyjtl.org