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4 Days of international music, food, sports, shopping & more Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC Official Festival Hotel

CHICAGO (June 12, 2014) -  Live international music on three stages, a 3v3 Soccer competition, a food court with an international flavor and a marketplace filled with cultural items are some of what you can expect at the 2014 International Festival of Life.  Returning to Union Park for the July 4th weekend, the 4-day festival will showcase the cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.  

You’ll need a passport for this musical journey.  Headlining opening day Thursday, July 3rd, is Latin Mambo king Tito Puente, Jr., the Brazilian carnival sounds of Chicago Samba and the Mexican band, Forever Musical.  R&B legends The Manhattans and Reggae Ambassadors Third World featuring A.J. Brown rock it out on the 4th of July.  Also on Independence Day, a procession of the independent nations of the Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America, and Mexico promenade in their colors in order of independence.  World music reigns on Saturday, July 5th with St. Vincent’s own Calypso star Kevin Lyttle, Haitian artist T-Mickey, Belize puntarama from Supa-G, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, Zvuloon Dub System, and the music of Ethiopia and Brazil.  Closing it out on Sunday, July 6 are Reggae superstars Luciano and Romain Virgo and R&B crooner Glenn Jones.  For a complete schedule of performers, go to

For the first time, sports will be a part of the family-focused event.  There will be a four day 3v3 Soccer tournament with teams competing for the Festival of Life Cup, and a cash prize.  Congo drumming, cultural dances, domino games, a hot El Salvadorian swimwear fashion show, talent contests for all ages and more will be featured.

The Festival of Life takes place from 4 to 10 pm Thursday, July 3 and from 12 pm – 10 pm Friday thru Sunday, July 4 -6 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.  in Chicago’s trendy West Loop. Get tickets now at
http://www., or go to  Advance tickets are $15/$20 at the gate.  $5 children 6-11; free to children under 6.  Weekend passes are $55.00.  For more information, call 312-427-0266.  

 Participating sponsors are NBC5 Chicago, The Chicago Park District, American Family Insurance, Bellaforma Wine, A.I.K. Solar, Rogers Park Fruit Market, LaFruteria, Inc, Rasta Love Punch, Republic of Haiti, and CCHHS County Care, African Spectrum, Urban Grind TV, WSRB FM/Soul 106.3 FM, WVON AM and Breezy Radio. The Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC is the official hotel of the Festival of Life.

 The International Festival of Life is committed to “Bringing Nations Together” and “Living Together as One.”  It is dedicated to Health Awareness.  

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Sheen Magazine Presents VH1′s Hit The Floor Meet & Greet with Actor Rob Riley



On Saturday May 24th , I had the chance to drop in on the Hit the Floor Meet and Greet with Actor Rob Riley presented by Sheen Magazine.  Ladies, not only is Mr. Riley nice on the eyes, he is genuinely a sweet and down to earth person.  The talented actor literarly just finished shooting the Season Finale, before he boarded a plane and joined us in Atlanta.  He is extremely grounded, humble, and all around a great guy.  Riley discussed with the small group of bloggers and media professionals his role on VH1′s Hit the Floor, his life and struggles on being an African-American actor, and shared with us his other vices such as playing the guitar, signing, and his new found love of photography.





Sammie and Sandie of Sheen Magazine did an excellent job hosting the event. The atmosphere was light and full of energy as the invited guest joked, danced, and took pictures with Robert Riley.  There was also a surprise performance from new female group on the rise Havok Jones singing “What’s It Gonna Be” by En Vogue, which turned out to be one of Riley’s favorite songs.




I would like to thank Sheen Magazine for an awesome event, The Cake Cafe for the great treats, Exclusiv Vodka for the wonderful beverages and last of all Robert Riley for being a great role model for our future.  Check out Hit the Floor on VH1 9 pm on Monday nights!






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Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old, “The Very Essence of Me by Tahnee Jones is Now Available Nationwide!



Not quite a memoir, but including personal internal issues, the author chooses to use several animated short stories to describe the different phases of the Black Woman’s life. Thoughts of a 20- Something Year Old “The Very Essence of Me” is the first book included in a series written from the perspective of well…a 20-something year old black woman. From toxic relationships with both insignificant others and parents, to identity crisis’ and motherhood, each fictional story is written to provoke thoughts of careful self evaluation within each reader. Like life in general, some of the stories and commentary are given remedies from both spiritual and practical aspects, and some are simply left opened ended thus creating a shock effect; but all are tied together with a single touch of advice in between each passage from an anonymous “Wise Woman” as titled who possesses a motherly (or grandmother to younger ladies) type of spirit. Enjoy the journey, take notes, and identify where change is needed the most.

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California Women’s Conference teams up with Los Angeles Register!


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With only a couple of days left before the big conference takes place, the California Women’s Conference Teams up with the  Los Angeles Register an an official sponsor. Take advantage  of the exclusive special Women’s Conference subscription offer for $19.99 that includes four free Angels tickets!

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10 Tips to Start Blogging Your Next Book

1.     Virtual Tour

2.     Twitter Party

3.     Plan a Contest or Giveaway

4.     Write articles on your blog related to your topic

5.     Link related post on the subject matter of your book on your blog.

6.     Post teaser chapters and snippets on your blog with links on all your social networks.

7.     Ask Experts on the subject matter of your book to write a guest blog post.

8.     Interview experts on the subject matter of your book and post information on your blog.

9.     Request to be featured as a guest blogger writing articles about the subject matter of your book and linking your book at the end.

10.   Incorporate multi-media on your blog such as audio clips and video clips.

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On Saturday, May 3rd, The Bloggers Week Unconference Session that I will be conducting is on How To Start Blogging Your Next Book. Check for time and location. Hope to see you there:)

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Being a Strategic Partner, ladies I suggest that you register today for the California Women’s Conference. It will be May 19-20 in Long Beach California, at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more information check out

T.I. Joins Russell Simmons in Creative Partnership with greenROKS, a Multi-Faceted, Youth Oriented Entertainment Company (Media ReCap)



LOS ANGELES/ATLANTA-Monday, April 21, 2014-Mega film, television and music star, T.I. joins media, music, fashion & entertainment mogul and philanthropist, Russell Simmons in a creative partnership with greenROKS, a youth oriented entertainment company.  greenROKS is a multi-media platform fusing music, story-telling and technology while developing a brave new world of cool content that drives today’s youth to be more conscious of relevant topics in the world.  The partnership will launch this Spring, first, with a series including mobile gaming, music and other multimedia platforms.


This marks one of the most unique, innovative collaborations in pop and youth culture, boasting an all-star team of executives with unparalleled expertise in gaming, technology, fashion, music, television, multi-media and pop culture. The greenROKS purpose is to develop nuanced projects, including mobile, video and animation that will engage and entertain, while educating youth on relevant health, environmental, social matters and family-focused issues.


Simmons shares, “Entertainment is what resonates quickest with youth, which today means online and mobile activities (based on broad affirming data) and it will continue to be the driving force to reach youth worldwide in the future. Technology and digital media are the most important reference points for today’s youth culture. We are excited to add T.I. to this partnership and believe he will complement our executive team perfectly.”


T.I. also shares his excitement about the partnership, “To be able to team up with Russell, who has been a pioneer in youth culture for decades and greenROKS in creating groundbreaking, youth focused entertainment content was a no-brainer to me. This will allow young people to exercise their creative muscles by combining storytelling, music, math and science to enhance the user experience.”


Natalia Weissman, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of greenROKS, shares the overall vision of their creative group. “Our team is hard at work producing and preparing to launch an incredible series of educational and entertaining properties.” She adds, “We couldn’t ask for better partners in Russell and T.I. who are both respected influencers of pop culture. We are truly only limited by our imagination.”


The greenROKS collective has found a way to organically engage and entertain, while also challenging youth culture on larger global issues. With an impressive string of projects and digital platforms slated for rollout this year, the multimedia company is atop of a coveted list of tech companies to watch.


greenROKS is expected to announce several new technologies and entertainment projects for Spring 2014.


For more information, please visit



greenROKS is a multi-faceted entertainment company that fuses music, story-telling and technology to inspire youth culture. greenROKS is a leading developer of entertainment technologies that combines creativity with technology powered by gaming, animation, virtual worlds, music and education. greenROKS is developing a brave new world of content that resonates with today’s youth while inspiring and educating.



Forbes Magazine named Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities.” USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men’s lifestyle brand Argyleculture, to founding UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships, to the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, to founding, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, postracial America and his latest New York Times best-seller “SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All”, Russell is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy. Giving back is of primary importance to him in all aspects of life and as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he has consistently leveraged his influence in the recording industry, fashion, television, financial services, and jewelry sectors to give back. A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth through education, the arts, social engagement, and promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations. Russell is a native New Yorker who attended City College of New York. Russell just released his new book, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.



Dubbed King of the South in the rap world, T.I. quickly moved to the head of the pack in the world of Hip Hop, with countless top hits, back-to-back number one albums, numerous Grammy nominations, award-winning collaborations and a string of Billboard hit singles. Transitioning from the rap game into expanded executive roles, T.I. has added Executive producer, songwriter, actor and CEO, among other titles to his credit. He currently serves as co-producer of one of the top rated reality shows on VH-1, T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle, now in it’s fourth season. Additionally, he stars alongside Don Cheadle on Showtime’s hit series, House of Lies and landed a recurring role beside Kelsey Grammer on the highly acclaimed show, Boss (Starz).  T.I. has also starred in several blockbuster films including,American Gangster (Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe), ATL (Lauren London), Takers (Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba) and Identity Thief (Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy). He will soon hit the big screen again in highly anticipated comedy with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. T.I. has eight studio albums to date and most recently signed with Columbia Records, pegging super-producer, visionary Pharrell Williams to produce the project. Additionally he is the CEO of Grand Hustle Records, Co-Founder of Akoo and Hustle Gang apparel. T.I. recently launched his global humanitarian initiative and foundation, GIVE Like a King; aimed at influencing his fans to get engaged in giving and volunteerism. He is also expected to announce the launch of several new initiatives during the second quarter of 2014.

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