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Author Archive for Ann Brown

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

A Business Grows in Harlem: A Chat With Harlem Haberdashery's Sharene Wood
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A Business Grows in Harlem: A Chat With Harlem Haberdashery’s Sharene Wood

Harlem Haberdashery is the retail expression of 5001 Flavors, a custom-made apparel company, which has been creating looks for celebrities, music artists, and sports stars for more than 20 years. Located in uptown in a new boutique, Harlem Haberdashery draws inspiration from the rich cultural history and distinctive style of the Harlem Renaissance with a […]

Travel Far Away To A Different Time: "Fables & Fairy Tales of Cape Verde" Book Review
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Travel Far Away To A Different Time: “Fables & Fairy Tales of Cape Verde” Book Review

Looking for a good read while you are in self-quarantine? Try traveling into a magical past, to a magical place.  “Fables & Fairy Tales of Cape Verde” by R.I.J. Roulhac will let you do just that. Using actual historical archives and cultural Cape Verdean folklore, Roulhac weaves mesmerizing stories filled with prates, lost treasures, and […]

Introducing Kesi Gibson
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Introducing Kesi Gibson

Jamaican-born designer Kesi Gibson grew up in the world of fashion. She has been an understudy in her mother’s fashion business since the age of nine. Her path to declaring fashion a career choice (versus a part time hobby) has been a meandering one, informed by the typical artist dilemma. She has always been observant […]

How A Young British-Nigerian Entrepreneur Is Changing Robotics
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How A Young British-Nigerian Entrepreneur Is Changing Robotics

Silas Adekunle has loved robots since he was a kid. And his childhood dreams have led him into a major deal with Apple and it has to do with crafting robotics.   The 26-year-old British-Nigerian entrepreneur is co-founder of Reach Robotics and creator of MekaMon, which has been called the world’s first gaming robot and […]

Spring Readers: Books For The Season
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Spring Readers: Books For The Season

Reading is a great pastime as the weather heats up. Grab a book, head to the park, and have a good read.     Remember The Time: Memoirs A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory by Jamal Mahjoub. In his memoir, Mahjoub paints a poignant portrayal of Sudan, which went from a thriving […]

Lights, Camera, Action! The New York African Film Festival Is Underway
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Lights, Camera, Action! The New York African Film Festival Is Underway

For 28 years, Mahen Bonetti, the founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), has been celebrating African cinema in New York City. The non-profit arts organization was founded in 1990 and showcases works of African filmmakers and develops ways to share the vision and culture of African film with American and international […]

These are the Best Companies for Women of Color, New Report
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These are the Best Companies for Women of Color, New Report

  Wondering what the best companies are to work for as a woman of color Well, Working Mother has just named the best companies for multicultural women. And the Top 10 are: Accenture, IBM, KPMG, Procter & Gamble Verizon, General Motors, JP Morgan Chase, ADP, State Farm Insurance and Walmart.   Although there still needs […]

Makeup For You: Mented
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Makeup For You: Mented

Just got my Everyday Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00) product from Mented Cosmetics and it’s s must-have. It has every tone you need for your everyday use–and some can be used at night as well.   Mented Cosmetics is a unique company. The co-founders, Kristen “KJ” Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, developed a makeup line for women […]

Winter Reading: Books To Curl Up With
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Winter Reading: Books To Curl Up With

Wintertime is the perfect reason to curl up with a good book. Here are some you might want to consider. What’s Cooking? When two renowned chefs get together magic happens. That is what iconic chef and former opera singer Alexander Smalls and James Beard-nominated chef JJ Johnson have done with their new cookbook, Between Harlem […]

International Sorority Honors USA Swimming For Partnership To Promote Swimming Among African Americans
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International Sorority Honors USA Swimming For Partnership To Promote Swimming Among African Americans

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, ten people drown on average each day, in swimming pools and African-American youths, ages 15 to 19, make up a disproportionate share of those deaths.  It is for this reason Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. partnered with USA Swimming to promote swimming lessons and safety […]

Things Every New Yorker Should Do: High Tea At The Russian Tea Room
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Things Every New Yorker Should Do: High Tea At The Russian Tea Room

Tea time. It sounds so refined. And high tea at the Russian Tea Room sounds classic. So I thought why not celebrate my niece’s Sweet Sixteen by taking Afternoon Tea at the Russian Tea Room. Walking in you will notice the grandiose decor–reds and golds fill the dining room. For more than eight decades, New […]

Fall Reads: New Books To Check Out
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Fall Reads: New Books To Check Out

As we head back indoors, what better way to pass a chilly night than to curl up with a good book. Here’s a selection for your fall reading list. The Blues The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age by Bill Dahl is a comprehensive look at the history of […]

Sistas on Fire!: A Look At The Newsical
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Sistas on Fire!: A Look At The Newsical

Hurricane Katrina, Black Lives Matter, missing women and girls, racial stratification on Long Island, sexual exploitation, black-on-black crime, and male/female relationships. Imagine a play that addresses all of this in a mix of song, dance, spoken word poetry, and prose. That’s what “Sistas on Fire!” does from a female perspective. “Sistas on Fire!” was written […]

How To Keep Your Business Up And Running In The Midst Of A Personal Crisis
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How To Keep Your Business Up And Running In The Midst Of A Personal Crisis

Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams’ life was turned upside down in 2009. She discovered she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. During that same period, her husband of 30 years died at age 55 and, upon his death, she found out he was living a double life in Atlanta with another woman with whom […]

Things Every New Yorker Should Do: One World Observatory
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Things Every New Yorker Should Do: One World Observatory

Head to One World Observatory and you will find troves of tourists. In fact, it is one of NYC’s most popular sites. But New Yorkers don’t need to miss out on this dynamic destination. One World Observatory is 1,200 feet from the Manhattan streets below, and it offers an incredible vista of New York City.  […]