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American Legacy Magazine Founder, Rodney Reynolds, with Reverend Jesse Jackson whose Rainbow PUSH Coalition hosted the magazine’s mobile truck exhibition today in Chicago. Next stop…Louisville!


Toyota Signs On As Exclusive Sponsor For American Legacy’s Mobile Truck’s 10th Anniversary Tour

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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – American Legacy founder, Rodney J. Reynolds announced today that Toyota has signed on as the exclusive sponsor for the 10th-anniversary tour of its mobile truck exhibit which kicks off its 11-city tour Powered by Toyota in Detroit (MI) beginning February 1st.

“We are certainly excited to reach this milestone with our mobile truck exhibit and extremely proud that Toyota committed to joining us as we bring our important history and culture to select neighborhoods across the country as we celebrate our rich and noble history,” said Reynolds.

Since February 2008, American Legacy’s mobile truck exhibit has visited various school districts, colleges & universities, churches and African-American festivals and events across the country providing audiences with a look at African-American history and achievement.

“Toyota is thrilled to partner with American Legacy and celebrates the great heritage of its mobile truck exhibit during a month when we salute and acknowledge the innovations, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans,” said Mia Phillips, national brand manager, Toyota Motor North America.

American Legacy’s month-long tour includes visits to:

·         Detroit, MI (February 1st)

·         Chicago, IL (February 3rd)

·         Louisville, KY (February 6th)

·         Memphis, TN (February 9th)

·         Dallas, TX (February  11th & 12th)

·         Houston, TX (February 14th)

·         New Orleans, LA (February 17th)

·         Atlanta, GA (February 19th)

·         Philadelphia, PA (February 23rd)

·         Newark, NJ (February 25th & 26th)

·         Cleveland, OH (February 28th)

The tour manager is MRA Experiential Tours and Equipment of Madison Heights, MI.

For information about the tour itself and stops, please visit


American Legacy Magazine was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Reynolds’ RJR Communications, Inc and Forbes Magazine.  Total readership of American Legacy was over 2 million when the print edition ceased publication in 2011. The mission of the American Legacy brand is to broaden and enhance the awareness of African-American history through the utilization of educational products,  the internet, and broadcast media with the launch of the American Legacy Network in 2019. ( or American Legacy Network’s On Demand platform American LegacyXL at Black History Made Every Day.


Toyota has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people to move more places.


MRA mobile experiential is an industry leader in mobile exhibit and event marketing. It specializes in custom design, vehicle sales and leasing, as well as tour equipment and logistics management services for the experiential marketing and exhibiting needs of museums and many Fortune 1000 firms, working either directly or in association with leading agencies and exhibit builders worldwide. Visit and

Designer Ana Segura returns to New York Fashion Week with “Rocker Chic” Collection 

NEW YORK CITY— Ana Segura, famed intimate apparel designer, announced today she will be debuting a new capsule collection featuring ready-to-wear pieces during next month’s New York Fashion Week. The presentation style showcase will take place on February 8th at The Armory, located at 529 W 42 nd Street in midtown Manhattan. 
Known for her sexy yet stylish lingerie assortments of the past, this new collection entitled “Rocker Chic,” represents a departure from Ana’s past as she shifts her attention to ready-to-wear with a focus on pieces that can easily transition from day to night and ultimately to the red carpet. This collection features a strong intimates aesthetic combined with a sleek black and gold palette. “After taking a break to

start a family, I decided it was time to return to my true love and passion,” says Segura. “This collection signifies my growth throughout my career—displaying my background in lingerie but showcasing styles made for a woman who loves to be in the spotlight. The collection is edgy and elegant. Rocker Chic reflects me as it features pieces that I would personally wear.” 
To complement this season’s collection, Ana has teamed with New Jersey-based Voa Salon for hair services for the featured models, milliner Gwen Green of the Hat Studio, Juwelen V by Vanessa for accessories and footwear from Signature by John Ashford. Interior design and visual art phenom, Laura Diaz will provide the set design for the presentation. This season’s presentation has been sponsored by Stadium Soundz. 
There will be two opportunities to view the collection. The first session takes place from 3p to 4:30p and the second from 5:30p to 7p. For press inquiries or to RSVP, contact . For sales inquiries, contact . 
Born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents, Ana Segura is a contemporary, luxury fashion designer whose talent was born of a rich family tradition in fashion. She honed her craft and matured as an artist at the famed High School of Fashion Industries in New York and later at Florida’s Lynn University where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Design. 

Ana has become known for her distinctive style that evokes a uniquely creative vision to that pays homage to rebellious eras in fashion history. Her collections preserve the femininity and sophistication of the Baroque, Rococo and Victorian eras while rejecting the rigidity and conservatism of those times. The result is a sultry and a distinctively ladylike style aimed at sophisticated, uninhibited and provocative clients who “Dare to Imagine.” For more information about Ana Segura or to view the collections, visit 



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NEW YORK, NY– New York-based independent beauty expert and consultant, Rayyan Akhdar, announced today that she will be launching her own independent beauty brand, Nayyara Beauty in July. The highly sought after beauty creative will be hosting the brand’s debut event on July 19th in Brooklyn.

Rayyan Akhdar is quickly establishing herself as a “one to watch” for her talents with both hair and make-up within the fashion and beauty industries. ThePaul Mitchell trained beauty maven has had her work featured in publications including Cover Time and Who Wore That Magazines and has worked with established and emerging brands alike such as Ashley Stewart, Amber Poitier, Izavel Varela, the Underwraps Agency and Terilyn K Bridal.Rayyan’s work has also appeared on the runways of both New York and Full Figured Fashion Weeks.

“I actually started out in college as a pre-med major, but my true calling was cosmetology,” said Rayyan Akhdar. “I have always been a creative soul and was always experimenting with my sisters’ and friends’ hair and makeup. It just felt so natural to me and after touring Paul Mitchell, I realized that beauty was where my heart was and I had to follow it. That was the best decision I ever made. I fell in love!!! From there my passion for hair and makeup continued to blossom and that’s when Nayyara Beauty was born. I truly love what I do and I am extremely grateful to the talent God has gifted me with and want to continue to share my happiness with the world.

Nayyara Beauty, Akhdar’s start-up beauty brand, will debut later this month as a platform for her to showcase her work as well as a medium to share tips, recommendations, tutorials and more. Eventually Rayyan hopes to develop her own beauty line under the Nayyara Beauty name.

Rayyan will host a private, invitation only event in a picturesque loft in Brooklyn. The beautiful venue located at 161 Stockholm Street, will serve as a backdrop for the showcase of Ms. Akhdar’s work and the debut of the Nayyara brand.

For press inquiries or to RSVP, email



Rayyan Akhdar is one of the beauty industry’s rising stars. With dual talents in both hair and makeup, Ms. Akhdar has quickly established herself as “one to watch.” Formally trained at Paul Mitchell the School in North Haven, CT, Rayyan’s worked has appeared in fashion and beauty publications across the country as well as on the catwalks of major industry events including New York Fashion Week and Full Figured Fashion Week. In July 2016, she launched her own independent brand, Nayyara Beauty.



Nayyara Beauty, is an independent start-up style brand started by Rayyan Akhdar. Launched in July 2016, Nayyara Beauty serves not only as a platform for Rayyan to showcase her work but as an outlet to share her tips, recommendations, tutorials and more. Eventually the beauty maven hopes to develop her own beauty line under the Nayyara Beauty name. For more information, visit,



Fashion &  Marketing Duo Launch New Tastemaker Event Series; Kick Off Promotions With Radio Show Partnership on 880 The Biz



MIAMI, FL– June 6th, 2016– What do you get when you marry the cutting edge style and influence of New York with the sexiness and thriving nightlife of Miami? Enter South Florida’s newest event series, Style Chambers. Co-created by Florida-based marketing expert, Tresa Chambers and New York-based fashion stylist, Styles Lewis, Style Chambers produces events that bring together fashion, art and culture tastemakers and influencers from the region.

“It’s exciting to create opportunities to bring emerging entrepreneurs in the creative economy together with their markets in South Florida,” said Chambers. “From here, they have the chance to gain visibility nationally and internationally.”

“South Florida, particularly the Miami area, is full of talented creatives.” said Styles Lewis.”Teaming with Tresa to create Style Chambers allows me to help showcase these individuals in a way that is done in places like New York and gives these professionals a global platform to shine on.”

Launched earlier this spring, Style Chambers will host their Miami event in August. In advance of the  debut, Style Chambers has partnered with AM 880, The Biz (Bloomberg Radio) to launch a new radio program, Fashion Friday: The Business of Style. The show features creative professionals in fashion, the arts and culture who will discuss their experiences starting and growing their business, finding their markets and ways they contribute to the style and culture of Miami, the country and the world.   

Under the the guidance of well known producer, Wanda Myles (NPR/WLRN), Style Chambers has already put together a great line of guests for the show. The premier episode aired Friday, May 27 at 7:00 pm. Rebroadcasts will be available on the station’s website at www.880thebiz, via iHeart Radio or the Style Chambers’ Facebook page.

Creative  entrepreneurs interested in being featured on Fashion Friday should contact Style Chambers at

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Style Chambers produces live events, broadcast and digital content that reaches affluent taste makers passionate about fashion, art and culture. For more information about Style Chambers, visit







Full Figured Fashion Week to Pay Tribute to Plus Runway Icons With Legends Showcase

NEW YORK, NY–Gwen DeVoe, Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced today that the annual week-long curve centric fashion and lifestyle event will be hosting a special showcase that pays homage to the plus icons that blazed trails on the catwalk.  The runway show, entitled the Legends Showcase, will take place on June 16th at 404 NYC in Manhattan.

“It’s important that we honor and showcase the women who were the trailblazers for the  curvy faces that have become household names today,” says DeVoe, who herself was a former plus model. “It is important to the history of the industry to know the names and faces of the icons who took the first steps down the catwalk and broadened the definition of beauty in fashion all those years ago.”

The “Legends” runway show will feature some of the women who paved the way for the equal modeling opportunity for the plus models of today including:

    • Emme, the first plus size supermodel
    • Sharon Quinn, former Wilhelmina model, contestant on Mo’nique’s FAT Chance
    • Lisa Scott,  former IPM model
    • Alexandra Boos, former plus model turned writer and actress
    • Chyna McGarity, former MSA model
    • Kim Baker, former Wilhelmina model now celebrity makeup artist
    • Terri Murray, plus size intimates fit model signed with Ford
    • Wyinnetka Aaron, Dorothy Coombs model

The Legends Showcase also marks the return of Lane Bryant to Full Figured Fashion Week as a sponsor after a brief hiatus.

For more information about the Legends Showcase or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite here.

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The Legends


EMPOWERING WOMEN: Broadening the Definition of Beauty in Fashion and the Media

On the heels of adding author to her list of titles with the release of her debut book, The Art of Dressing Curves, celebrity stylist Susan Moses is now adding the distinguished position of advocate to her resume with the launch of Empowering Women NYC, a platform to advocate for the equal representation of ALL women in fashion, beauty and the media. The groundbreaking organization officially launched on Monday, May 9th with the “Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit,” held in the most fitting of locations, the United Nations.

Susan gathered over 300 of fashion, beauty and the media’s top thought leaders and influencers to openly discuss how to be “agents of change,” and how to continue to democratize the industry that has slowly began changing its antiquated standards of what is deemed beautiful at the UN’s Prestigious Delegates Dining Room.

Guests of the inaugural Empowering Women NYC luncheon were first treated to the showing of the spring capsule collection of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection which was held out on the terrace. The models for the show included the who’s who of the Curvy Girl lexicon including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, bloggers GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, who served as the designer’s muse and closed the show.

Following the show, the afternoon’s epic agenda continued with the attendees listening to an eclectic mix of stellar speakers and panelists hailing from the fashion, beauty, creative and media worlds. Some of the diverse class of speakers included:

  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Jill Scott, three-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actress
  • Sherri Shepherd, Comedian, Actress and Host of The View
  • Emme, the first plus supermodel, Body Positive Activist
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer, Body Activist
  • Mikki Taylor, Author &  Editor at Large, Essence Magazine
  • Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Christian Siriano, CFDA Designer
  • Danielle Brooks, Actress and Star of Orange is the New Black and Broadway’s Color Purple

Lane Bryant served as the afternoon’s title sponsor with other notable brands including Bond NO 9, MSA Models, True Model Management, Beauty Blender, Mattel, Decade Citizen, (whose Chief Marketing Officer Charley Clemens was on hand to fete the launch of Empowering Women NYC), EMME, Glamour Magazine, Ashay Media and Kusmi Tea.

When asked about her vision for Empowering Women NYC, Founder Susan Moses responded, “It’s imperative that we continue to nurture the value of all women equally regardless of size, age and ethnicity in fashion, beauty and the media at large.”

For more about Empowering Women NYC, visit

For more about the Art of Dressing Curves, visit:


Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has styled for numerous magazines, television shows, films, and red carpet events. Her clients include Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Wynonna Judd, Jill Scott, and many others. She is a former stylist for Mode magazine, was named one of the “Six Plus Fashion Power Players on the Rise” in Ebony, and has appeared on HSN to help the network’s plus-size audience dress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about Susan Moses, visit her website,

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