Something special happens when creative women get together, and that is most definitely true about my #GirlBossCrew.
Excatly 7 days after my amazing Book Launch I received an email that no author wants to read. The Visual Arist I collabrated with to produce my book cover for 'The Black Card' used a coprighted image that wasn't cleared with the photographer. It freaked me right the hell out. Imagine, all my hard work could have been thown out the window, except the photographer reached out to myself personally and though she was pretty upset about her work being (lets just say stolen) misused she was quite polite a helpful. As for the Visual Artist, she is no longer on my list. I've had little contact with her (which almost drove me crazy) but now I would like to keep it that way. I won't be outting her on social media, or dragging her name through the mud because she made a mistake. At the time I was mortified. I have always prided myself on respecting peoples art and giving credit where its due. I was almost ready to throw in the towel when my #GirlBossCrew WhatsApp Group Ladies came to my rescue. They brought all their talents together to help me create a brand new cover for The Black Card. Special thanks to: Andrea Kennard @andrea.kennard_london - Photographer MK Studio London @studio78london - Photography Studio Official Bvrgundy @officalbvgundy - Model Maklyn Renee @londonxmua - Make-Up Artist JAFFA @JstJess - Musician
I’m still on a natural high. My Book Launch hosted by Lounge Akademic’s has to be one of the most accomplished moments in my writing career. I can’t thank everyone who came out to support me enough. None of this would have been possible without the planning, guidance, support and encouragement from @loungeakademics. My panelist’s @jade__ashleigh @turkishdelightsev_podcast and @jeansandheelsdiva were fantastic. I love you ladies. @_tazzzp lit the stage up, and of course @aceofjacks set the ambience with their music and witty personalities. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for us all.
On Saturday the 13th January 2018 I had the privilege of sitting down with the hosts of Beats Rhythms Life Podcast to talk about my debut novel ‘The Black Card,’ my journey as an independent author and the silencing of men. "Beats Rhymes & Life Podcast" is brought to you by four incredibly passionate music lovers. Every fortnight you'll be invited into their world to discuss predominately music based matters including; honouring musical genius’ both past and present and discussing the latest news in music. Join the conversation on twitter by using the hashtag #BeatsRhymesLifePod Follow them on Twitter/Instagram @BRL_Podcast Hosts; @NotGabriella @__Lunartic @beigeash @RzExplainsAll
Having spent well over a year writing a whole novel about black women and women’s empowerment, I thought it only right that I start practicing what I was preaching. It’s one thing to like a post, share a thread or follow a fanpage, but nothing says ‘support’ like actually being present at an event. That’s why for the last month or so I have been making it a point to clear my schedule to dedicate a day or two out of the month to supporting the business ventures of the women in and around my circle. This halloween weekend I was invited to a costume house party hosted by Make-Up Artist Maklyn Reneé, and I had a fantastic time. In September 2016 Maklyn introduced herself as a Make-Up Artist and launched her beauty studio (studio78london) where she spared no expense investing in her brand. In true holiday spirit Maklyn covered her venue in spiderwebs, faux bugs and spiders, and had tons of creepy ghosts and spooks hanging from the walls. The drinks didn’t stop flowing and the music was live but the highlight of the night was seeing all the guests come out of her studio with their faces beat to the gods. Maklyn did her thing matching everyone’s make-up to their costumes. I was especially excited to be transformed into a Kitty but my final look was so much more than I expected. I had so much fun partying and watching Maklyn work that I’m thinking of planning a glam party for my birthday. If you like creating memories with your girlfriends, getting dolled up, looking pretty and taking professional pictures I suggest you book Maklyn Reneé’s services or rent the studio for yourself.