American Legacy Looks to Raise $500K to Launch Network Dedicated to African American History, Culture and Education


MOUNT VERNON, NY—MARCH 19,2018American Legacy Founder, Rodney J. Reynolds, announced the kickoff of the crowdfunding campaign to launch American Legacy Network (ALN), a vehicle to produce and distribute African American- centric content focused on history, culture and education. The brand looks to utilize GoFundMe to raise $500,000 to launch the network in 2019.

“This past February we saw hundreds of thousands of people flock to the movie theatre to watch the film Black Panther,” Reynolds said. “The support of the film from the black community was not only eye opening, but showed what could happen when our community becomes galvanized behind an idea. Shortly after the film’s release my publicist called me and said ‘Rodney, imagine if everyone who went to see Black Panther would make a $10 donation to American Legacy Network, you’d have the capital needed to launch in 2019!’ I thought for a second and responded by saying ‘you know you’re absolutely right’, hence the reason for this fundraising initiative.”

The money raised will allow American Legacy to produce and acquire original content that will air on the network and on the network’s on-demand platform. In addition to the network, Reynolds’ and his team are developing a feature film based on the life of pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman—which already has a script developed and plan to begin shooting a trailer later this year.

ALN and its On Demand Platform will include the following content along with other programming focused on travel, food, livestreamed cultural events and more:


  •        Classic Black Films & Historical Documentaries
  •        Conversations With Greatness hosted by JP Reynolds
  •        Black Treasure with Robin Myers!
  •        American Legacy SPORTS presents
  •        Your Black History News Updates
  •        American Legacy LEGENDS
  •        Talking ‘Bout The Blues


To support the launch of American Legacy Network and to find out more about the Bessie Coleman biopic, visit their GoFundMe page at: Viewers can visit to watch ALN’s current content.


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.  To watch American Legacy Network content visit Black History Made Every Day.



Rodney and rev Jesse Jackson

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!

PRESS: African-American Mobile Truck Tour Celebrates 10th Anniversary



To read the article, click on the image above or click here.

Recently, American Legacy Magazine’s Founder, Rodney J. Reynolds, sat down with Penske to talk about the 10th anniversary of the mobile truck tour. The 11-city tour is exclusively sponsored by Toyota. To read the article, click the image above.

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 



South Florida Event Series Kicks Off with Fashion ‘Day Party’ in Miami


Miami, FL—STYLE CHAMBERS, South Florida’s newest event series geared towards the fashion, art and culture inclined, announced the date of their official kickoff event today. Hosted by Styles Lewis, a New York-based image consultant and co-Founder of Style Chambers, the intimate launch event will take place on August 13th in Miami’s Downtown Historic District.

The inaugural event, Style Chambers: Miami Edition, will be a fashion centric “day party” offering guests a chance to network with industry professionals, enthusiasts and influencers from the area and beyond. Attendees will also get an insider’s view into upcoming trends in the industry with a featured panel of experts moderated by event series Co-Founder, Tresa Chambers including:

  • Rory Lee, internationally recognized make-up artist and beauty business maven
  • Tamara Walker, New York-based Fashion & Beauty Publicist & Blogger
  • Styles Lewis, New York-based Image Consultant & Co-Founder of Style Chambers

Also as part of the event’s agenda, Microsoft will be hosting a workshop for entrepreneurs entitled, Build an App in an Hour beginning at 3p. Representatives from the Aventura location will conduct the tech focused mini-seminar. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register via the Style Chambers website.

Prior to the debut event, 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 has featured creative entrepreneurs, including Greg Shugar, founder of The Tie Bar and co-founder of The Thread Experiment; Mikhaile Solomon, Director of Miami’s Prizm Art Fair; Producer of the Miami 48 Hour Film Project, Cathleen Dean, up-and-coming fashion designer, Yasser Faraco, and other business owners, who share 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.

Style Chambers: Miami Edition is sponsored by Garrin Evan Studios, Seduce Ultra-Premium Vodka, Tenth Muse Enterprises, Orealjinal Events, The Network Music Conference, Quintessential Media, and the Curvy Socialite. On-site registration will be supported by Microsoft Aventura.

During this private, invitation-only event, taking place at 111 NE 1st Street in downtown Miami, Style Chambers will be embarking on a philanthropic endeavor by raising funds to support programs offered by the nonprofit, Our Girls Enrichment Program. The organization is designed to instill self confidence in girls through workshops & mentoring. OUR GIRLS volunteers are makeup artists and other professionals who use the love of beauty & fashion to make a difference.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email for additional information



Style Chambers Invitation Final


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


official nayyara beauty invite

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,