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Runway Red partners with supermodel Cynthia Bailey to find the next “Kid Star”

Jun 21 0 Comments

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678.499.0297/ christal@enchantedpr.net

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June 21, 2012

RUNWAY RED partners with supermodel Cynthia Bailey to find the next “Kid Star” to strut the catwalk for a cause

WHO: Supermodel Cynthia Bailey (RHOA) and the Bailey Modeling Agency will partner with Show Me the Way Foundation for an All-Star model/talent casting call for children ages 5-18. Children selected will join a host of celebrity kids and their parents for the 2012 Runway Red: Safari Wonderland sponsored by Dream Kids. There will also be a talent casting for the chance to win a performance spot during the fashion show.

WHAT: The Runway Red Model call is in preparation for the 2012 Runway Red celebrity kids fashion show benefitting Show Me the Way foundation’s efforts on HIV/AIDS research on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The fourth annual charity fashion extravaganza is sponsored by African Pride Dream Kids Hair and will be held at ZOO Atlanta.

WHEN:Sunday, July 1st

WHERE:Park Tavern
500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

WHY: Children ages 5-18 are needed to join an All-Star cast of celebrities, couture fashions and special surprises for an unforgettable night to benefit HIV/AIDS research. Supermodel Cynthia Bailey will host the model call along with instructors and staff from the Bailey Modeling Agency based in Atlanta, GA. Parents and children with inspirations in the modeling industry are encouraged to attend for an opportunity to walk in a high fashion show while gaining beneficial career experience and feedback.

For more information on the 2012 Runway Red Model Call please visit: 2012RunwayRedAtl.eventbrite.com

Contact:
Runway Red Fashion Show Producer | Angela Watts
runwayred@awmediagroup.com | 678-637-0982

Casting Call | Bailey Agency School of Fashion
404-622-1791

About Show Me the Way Foundation:¬†Show Me the Way Foundation (SMTWF) is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and positive group activities for youth infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other terminal health issues. Under the leadership of founder Tashawnya Menefee, the foundation’s goal is to instill confidence, perseverance, leadership, and practical knowledge by uplifting spirits and providing positive guidance and advice to the youth served by our foundation. www.ShowMeTheWayFoundation.org

About African Pride Dream Kids:¬†Relaxed or Natural, regular use of African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle products detangles, improves manageability and controls frizz while gently protecting her delicate hair and sensitive scalp to help silken, soften and moisturize all day long. Strength of Nature, proud makers of the ALL NEW & IMPROVED African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle re-launches the trusted brand that helps moms start right with products that offer manageability, and protects their little one’s delicate hair and scalp. Visit www.African-Pride.com and click on Dream Kids. For Dream Kids Hair Care media inquiries contact The Garner Circle at pr@thegarnercircle.com.

For Media Inquiries or media credentials to attend the Runway Red Model/Casting call please rsvp at press@enchantedpr.net or phone Shantez Evans, at 410-499-3773.

Interviews with Cynthia Bailey and Show Me the Way Foundation, Executive Director Tashawnya Menefee are available upon request.

SHOP THE AISLE, BLOGGER STYLE

Jun 06 0 Comments

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Enchanted PR/Christal Jordan

678.499.0297 or christal@enchantedpr.net

June 4, 2012

 

‚ÄúSHOP THE AISLE, BLOGGER STYLE‚ÄĚ debuts natural hair offerings at Walmart

Professional hair & beauty bloggers help consumers celebrate and care for their natural hair

ATLANTA‚ÄĒ On Sunday, June 9, 2012 First Choice Sales and Marketing Group partnered with GA Walmart Supercenters to present the first of three ‚ÄúShop the Aisle, Blogger Style‚ÄĚ (STABS).¬† The mini-tour is sponsored by an assortment of hair care companies geared towards embracing natural textured hairstyles. The collaborative effort was created to raise awareness and present affordable options to local, existing and new consumers on how to care for and maintain natural hair. Each in-store event consists of popular bloggers knowledgeable with the hair care and beauty industries discussing natural hair trends. The first event was held at Walmart Supercenter located at 1801 Howell Mill RD NW in Atlanta, GA. Marietta‚Äôs Walmart Supercenter, located at 6520 Earnest Barrett Pkwy will host the second leg of the tour on June 9th, with the final event on June 10th at Walmart Supercenter located on 6020 Harrison RD in Macon, GA.¬† First Choice Sales and Marketing Group targeted bloggers known for experimenting with tons of natural hair care products rendering them go- to experts on the best products to use for the transition to natural hair.

Mae, one of Atlanta‚Äôs favorite bloggers, and founder and creator of ‚ÄúNatural Chica‚ÄĚ hosted the first STABS discussion on June 3rd. ‚ÄúIt was a great success, especially being the first event,‚ÄĚ she says.¬† ‚ÄúI personally had a lot of fun sharing my natural hair process and I am looking forward to the next one this weekend.‚ÄĚ Mae founded her site in July 2009 as an online diary documenting her journey transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. ‚ÄúSince then, the site has blossomed into a place where you can find tips and video tutorials to help with your own natural hair journey.¬† The site is constantly evolving, but the main goal is to encourage, inspire, and motivate,‚ÄĚ Mae states.¬† She is also slated to help more women on their natural hair care journey on June 10th at the final STABS at Walmart Supercenter in Macon, GA.

As more and more multicultural women continue to experiment with taking the natural hair route, blogger CharyJay of chary-jay.com understands the frustration felt along the journey. She looks forward to hosting the second STABS on June 9th. CharyJay says, ‚ÄúI understand that having natural hair can sometimes seem intimidating and difficult, and that‚Äôs why I choose to share factual information about the care of natural hair to help ease people‚Äôs mind when embarking on this fabulous journey.‚ÄĚ

STABS will allow each blogger to provide general education on the assortment of products on display, restore the confidence in retail consumers that normally purchase natural hair care products elsewhere, and offer information on how to achieve at-home styles and maintain manageability.  Featured product brands scheduled to be in attendance include Shea Moisture, 4 Naturals, Beautiful Textures, Taliah Waajid, EDEN BodyWorks, Curl MAX, Curl Care by Dr. Miracles, and URCurly. For media credentials for the upcoming STABS June 9th event at Walmart Supercenter, located at 6520 Earnest Barrett Pkwy or the June 10th STABS at Walmart Supercenter located on 6020 Harrison RD in Macon, GA, please email Christal Jordan, Enchanted PR at press@enchantedpr.net or phone 678-499-0297.  For more information and to attend STABS visit http://shoptheaislejune2012.eventbrite.com.

Follow Mae and CharyJay on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NaturalChica and www.twitter.com/charyjay

ABOUT FIRST CHOICE SALES AND MARKETING GROUP

First Choice Sales and Marketing Group is a global consumer products management firm. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, First Choice Sales and Marketing Group (FCSMG) has been serving the health and beauty products industry since 1987.

Total Fitness Revolution launches campaign supporting Ovarian Cancer Research

Jun 06 0 Comments

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Christal Jordan/Enchanted PR                                                                                                                                    enchantedpr@gmail.com / 678.499.0297

Angela Watts/AW Media Group                                                                                                                               angela@awmediagroup.com / 678.637.0982

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(Atlanta, GA) Total Fitness Revolution program director Lauren Whitmore was first introduced to ovarian cancer three years ago when her mother was diagnosed with the disease.¬† ‚ÄúThat was by far one of the worst days of my life. I immediately started googling to learn more about the disease, and when I saw how dismal the outcome I remember feeling like I was in extreme and irresolvable pain,‚ÄĚ Lauren recalls. After her mother passed Lauren embraced her own health and fitness goals and turned her dedication and commitment to health into a career. As program director for Atlanta‚Äôs newest fitness phenomenon Total Fitness Revolution, Lauren realized she has a captive audience of females. She seeks to honor her mother‚Äôs legacy by educating her Total Fitness Revolution community about ovarian cancer. As a result Total Fitness Revolution will launch a three month campaign starting June 1st, donating 20% of all new memberships to Ovarian Cycle Inc., an organization dedicated to finding an early detection test. The campaign will culminate with a donation to the Atlanta chapter of Ovarian Cycle Inc. in September 2012.

In addition to her position with Total Fitness Revolution, Lauren is an executive board member for Ovarian Cycle Inc.¬† Last month Total Fitness Revolution hosted the annual Ovarian Cycle event and had a great turnout. ‚ÄúOvarian Cycle does a unique job of raising awareness on a disease that is not often discussed. The money goes to an early detection test and the research takes place right here in Georgia. If we had an early detection test then people like my mother and so many others would not have to find out in such a late stage,‚ÄĚ Lauren says. She hopes to help Ovarian Cycle Inc. and its research efforts by contributing with the new campaign.

‚ÄúOvarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women,‚ÄĚ Lauren explains. ‚ÄúI’ve learned that Ovarian Cancer does not have to be silent, we as women need to know and understand our bodies and the physiological changes that we go through. I hope that women are empowered to take charge of their physical health, stay active and have a solid partnership with their physician,‚ÄĚ Lauren says. Total Fitness Revolution will kick off a three-month campaign promoting Ovarian Cancer education and research. Monthly raffles will be held on all captured memberships, gifting winning new members with merchandise from their Reebok Classic line. Total Fitness Revolution is located at 1400 Veterans Memorial Hwy SE, Mableton, GA. Total Fitness Revolution will donate 20% of new memberships over the summer to ovarian cancer research.

For more information visit www.totalfitnessrevolution.com

2012 Runway Red Sparks Fashion Invasion on ZOO Atlanta

Jun 03 0 Comments

(Atlanta, GA) – Show Me The Way Foundation is excited to announce the 2012 Runway Red celebrity kids fashion show benefiting the foundation’s efforts on HIV/AIDS research on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The fourth annual charity fashion extravaganza sponsored by African Pride Dream Kids Hair Care returns with bigger celebrities, haute fashion, adorable tots and even more surprises. Zoo Atlanta will serve as the backdrop for the annual affair; this year appropriately entitled “Safari Wonderland.” Little stars with their celebrity parents will grace the runway with hopes of raising even more money than last year’s show of over 600 supportive attendees. The mini-celebs and children from the Atlanta community will rock high-end fashion designers from all around the world in an effort to raise money for HIV/AIDS research.

 
African Pride Dream Kids Hair Care is proud to return for the second year as title sponsor for the 2012 Runway Red celebrity kids Fashion Show. Show Me The Way Foundation aims to raise awareness and necessary funding for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The event is a family affair, which further instills a sense of community while educating young people and their parents on the comprehensive effect of HIV/AIDS. Exclusive fall and winter collections will be viewed while guests enjoy celebrity sightings and some very special Atlanta children are exposed to the glamorous world of runway modeling. Super model Cynthia Bailey (RHOA) will work with the diminutive models along with the help of instructors from her Atlanta-based modeling school, The Bailey Agency. “I am super excited about this year’s show! Last year we raised a lot of money and awareness for Show Me The Way and this year is going to be even bigger with bigger celebs and surprises,” says Tashawnya Menefee, President /Founder, Show Me The Way Foundation.

Past Runway Red Fashion Show celebrity attendees include:¬†Bow Wow,¬†Jermaine Dupri,¬†Chilli¬†(TLC),¬†Jadakiss,¬†Kandi Burruss¬†(RHOA), Zoe Hernandez, Zoe Soul & Nadji Jeter (BET’s Reed Between The Lines),¬†Big Boi¬†(Outkast),¬†Shawty Lo(Recording Artist),¬†Q¬†Parker (112), Deena Beasley (One Tree Hill), Jessica Black (Miss United States 2010),¬†Dondria(SoSoDef Recording Artist), Nivea (Recording Artist), Tameka “Tiny” Harris (Tiny & Toya), Deon Grant(NFL), The Sh’Boss Boys (America’s Got Talent), The OMG Girlz, Gabbie Rae (Purple Ribbon Kidz), and many more.

The 2012 Runway Red: Safari Wonderland celebrity kids fashion show will take place at Zoo Atlanta, located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7pm. For media inquiries please contact: Christal Jordan, Enchanted PR 678-499-0297 or press(at)enchantedpr(dot)net. For more information on Runway Red contact: Fashion Show Producer Angela Watts, AW Media Group requests(at)awmediagroup(dot)com or 678-637-0982.

For updates on the upcoming 2012 Runway Red: Safari Wonderland or for more information on Show Me the Way Foundation, visit: http://www.showmethewayfoundation.org.

About Show Me the Way Foundation:

Show Me the Way Foundation (SMTWF) is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and positive group activities for youth infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other terminal¬†health issues. Under the leadership of founder Tashawnya Menefee, the foundation’s goal is to instill confidence, perseverance, leadership, and practical knowledge by uplifting spirits and providing positive guidance and advice to the youth served by our foundation.¬†http://www.ShowMeTheWayFoundation.org

About Dream Kids:

Relaxed or Natural, regular use of African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle products detangles,¬†improves¬†manageability and controls frizz while gently protecting her delicate hair and sensitive scalp to help silken, soften and moisturize all day long. Strength of Nature, proud makers of the ALL NEW & IMPROVED African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle re-launches the trusted brand that helps moms start right with products that offer manageability, and protects their little one’s delicate hair and scalp. Visit¬†http://www.African-Pride.com¬†and click on Dream Kids. For Dream Kids Hair Care media inquiries contact The Garner Circle at pr(at)thegarnercircle(dot)com

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Boss

May 15 0 Comments

I am a 36-year-old African American female business owner in Atlanta. Some would say I fit a few stereotypes;: single, independent, mid-30s AA female, overachiever and from a single parent home. While factually I fit most of the above mentioned characteristics, as a “fempreneur,” it drives me crazy to hear the stereotypical “b-word” used to describe women in business. The term “women in business” describes the modern phenomenon of women participating in the traditionally male work roles of industrial manufacturing, finance and corporate ownership. Although it’s been proven time and time again, that women can run and manage businesses successfully, the very idea of a woman possessing feminine traits, being in a traditionally male workplace still raises eyebrows, yes even in 2012.

I have a social network of successful businesswomen around me on a regular basis. My PR agency partners with another strong, successful “fempreneur,” and together we represent many successful female business owners. Our combined rosters consist of an in-demand OB-GYN, an owner of an upscale fitness center, an elite hair salon owner, a multi-million dollar marketing maven, an executive director for a national non-profit, a female Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and an iconic female pop group. As PR representation, our job consists of pitching these women or “telling their stories” for media impressions. I hear every assumption imaginable from naysayers to their actual success, to those assuming our clients have “slept their way to the top”, to those claiming they must’ve had a man behind them to the most common assumption, she must be bitchy.

Sounds archaic right? Unfortunately it’s not, and arguably I believe there is some validity to the fact that many female business owners may appear overly aggressive and quick-tempered. I think it would be reasonable to state that on a whole, women are more emotional than our male counterparts. Jokes have been made for years on the reasons why a woman isn’t running the country. Punch lines include references to “that time of the month” to the assumption that a woman would be emotional when dealing with rational issues, therefore rendering her unprofessional. While I don’t ascribe to this belief, I cringed upon seeing Hilary Clinton dissolve into tears after a particularly trying debate. I cringed, but immediately I understood. Yes she is powerful. Yes she is intelligent. Yes, she is competent, qualified even, but she is undeniably a woman.

Perhaps I was sensitive to Hilary’s predicament, because a few weeks earlier after a heated debate with a client’s manager, I left the meeting and broke down in tears as soon as I reached my car. Why? He challenged my ability to handle a situation, insulting my pride which in turn simply hurt my feelings. I don’t believe my situation or Ms. Clinton’s were isolated. Many competent successful women entering the workplace have discovered their emotional nature put them at a disadvantage in the workplace. As a result many of us strive to overcompensate for our emotional vulnerability but putting up a wall of defense.

To put up a defense is defined as the action of defending from or resisting attack. Have you ever witnessed an animal when resisting attack? It could certainly be described as aggressive and short-tempered, perhaps even referred to as that dreaded “b-word” I mentioned earlier. Of course I am being a bit comical; however there is some truth to the analogy. Many women feel that in order to even the playing field, ward off un-wanted sexual advances, be taken seriously and most importantly in order to be considered competitive in a male-driven business culture, they have to go above and beyond; be on the defense.

Through trial and error, I’ve learned that putting up a defense isn’t the most effective way to conduct myself in a male-dominated business world. I believe there are certain qualities I have as a woman that actually give me a competitive edge over a man. I have the ability to multi-task and am empathetic to other’s situations. I am a nurturer by nature and can often inspire others to reach a higher level of productivity. To be fair, I will admit there are also innate traits that put me at a disadvantage, however it’s my choice to find ways to balance out those weaknesses just as I would with any challenge that was not gender oriented. I have a tendency to take things personally and often find my emotions mixed up with my professional opinion on a task at hand. Instead of allowing that reality to make me bitter or defensive, I have learned to control my emotions and focus on ethics and professionalism without allowing those variables to take me out of my feminine character.

I don’t deny that this is often a challenging task; neither do I mean to suggest that all women in business find themselves dealing with this exact dynamic. What I am comfortable implying is that there is a distinct stereotype concerning women in business, and there are many hidden reasons for the misconception. I believe there are many, young women especially, struggling to a comfortable balance in a male-dominated industry. I don’t claim to have the answers, but from personal experience I can suggest taking a moment to re-evaluate every decision you make and putting effort into not making rash decisions. Rash decisions are notorious for being based in emotion rather than ration. I also think it’s important to let young women business owners know they don’t have to compromise themselves or deny their femininity in order to be successful. In this instance, the popular movie title “Act like a lady, think like a man” doesn’t apply, instead focus on “Acting like a lady and acting like a boss.”

 

Smooches,‚Ä®

C

 

The Importance of the “Perception” of Image

May 07 1 Comments

There are two staples I live by as a media trainer/coach. 1. Image is everything and 2. Attitude is key. I’ve had many argue my points, stating that attitude as opposed to one’s image is the driving force behind one’s reality, but in the world of entertainment there are no absolutes. If anything the perception of one’s attitude does more to determine their long term success in the entertainment business as opposed to their actual attitude. In my world seeing is believing. What the public see, they believe.

Everyone swallows the image pill down easily. We’ve known since the 1950’s that our culture tends to celebrate outer appearance before delving beneath the surface for true talent. However, new students are often speechless when I tell them that their talent is only fifty percent of the package they need to sell. Many artists believe that their golden vocal chords are all they need to make them a platinum selling artist. If I had a penny for every wannabe rapper I’ve spoken with who believed his lyrical prowess and ability to “keep it real” would separate him from the throngs of emcees that struggle to go gold, I’d be wealthy enough to shut down my PR company and relocate indefinitely to the Bahamas. But the truth of the matter is, talent, nor looks alone, is not enough to garner platinum sales, not today not ever. What the talent does outside of the studio, or off set is equally important to what they do inside the studio or on set in determining their long term success.

Quite frankly, entertainment is not the only industry that operates by these principles. Many service-related industries are driven by public perception. After I graduated from college, one of my first professional jobs was with a children’s hospital that was a part of one of the largest health care systems in the southeast. In this position I was responsible for media training physicians, especially specialty physicians. Why would doctors need media training? It’s very simple. When doing interviews with medical reporters, answering questions during press conferences geared toward health concerns or new medical technology and even answering questions wielded by a concerned mother, physicians need to be savvy communicators. Most of my clientele were pediatricians who were often tapped for commercials geared young parents. Many of them, especially the ones with a more specialized discipline, such as cardiovascular surgery or pediatric oncology spent many years immersed in medical vernacular. They became so engrossed in their “culture”, there was often a break down in communication when they were speaking with a patient’s family and friends.

I’m sure you can imagine the importance of clear effective communication when you are discussing options with the parents of a four-year-old leukemia patient. Another example was the data received from the short infomercials offering health advice to parents of young children. We were able to draw sound correlation between doctors who came across favorably on camera and the number of new patients that would specifically ask for that doctor and ultimately become their regular patients. Many of the more specialized doctors had a hard time retaining patients. There would often be complaints of a doctor not exhibiting concern, or not being able to relate or communicate in layman’s terms which resulted in lower retention rates. I realized that the proverbial “bedside manner” was a very real issue with physicians. This was probably my first proven case of one’s “perceived” attitude shaping their reality.

Back when I was teaching simple non-verbal communication techniques to middle-aged specialty physicians I had no idea it would prepare me to teach some of the same elementary techniques to up and coming rappers, unpolished boy bands and wannabe songbirds. Surprisingly enough there are numerous consistencies. Often my hip hop clients will come to my first class determined not to step out of their comfort zone. Much like the cardiovascular surgeon speaks in over-complicated medical jargon, the hip hop artist insists on answering questions in his native slang, which may appeal to a small group of his peers but does not translate to a general audience. Both are ineffective communicators, which will inevitably harbor their success rising to the level that could be achieved if they were able to speak to an unbiased diverse audience.

Regardless of the client and their career goals, my objective as a media coach/trainer is the same every time I enter a training session. I want to prepare that client to relate their story to what I like to call a “PG” audience. This means that my goal is for anyone who could attend a PG-rated movie to be able to relate to that client. Is this possible? Absolutely! There are certain undeniable communication “tools” that transcend age, race or cultural background. The first of these “tools” is simply confidence.

Yes, that’s correct, confidence. If you are listening to an actor detail his new role in an upcoming film and you detect that he is not confident about his role or even the film’s relevance, would that interview make you more or less likely to run out and see the movie? Less likely, of course. By the same token if you listened to your favorite musician speaking to an Entertainment network about his/her upcoming CD and they didn’t sound confident, would you hesitate before spending your hard-earned cash on their new CD? Of course you would, and rightfully so. It is of primary importance for talent to learn to speak about their background and their work in a clear, concise and CONFIDENT fashion. There are several factors that can hinder one from sounding confident. Poor grammar, hesitating to answer questions and even telling inappropriate facts about one’s life can make talent come across as lacking in confidence.

Another key communication tool is enthusiasm. Say you turn on your radio and hear a motivational speaker giving financial advice but the speaker didn’t sound enthusiastic or sold on his own idea. Would you be moved to take the person’s advice? Most likely not. If you heard an artist speaking about a piece of art that he created with little or no enthusiasm, would you be tempted to purchase the painting? My guess is no. I teach my clients that every interview opportunity is a chance for them to sell themselves to a buying public. People respond to others who exhibit an enthusiasm for what they do. Enthusiasm can be relayed through many different non-verbal cues such as posturing, eye contact and vocal inflection.

During the process of media training various clientele I stress to them the importance of being able to relay a confident and enthusiastic attitude that matches their genre of entertainment or service. My objective is always to create a perception of them with as diverse an audience as possible that will portray them in a positive light. When media training a fifteen year old rapper, my goal is to prep him so that he is able to speak to a fifty-year old corporate big wig or a thirty-five year old homemaker and make a positive impression. While neither of the two may like the rapper or have heard his music, it’s important that he is able to express himself in a way that a diverse crowd can understand and perhaps even relate to him on some level. If after training an artist they are only able to speak to their peers, then I haven’t done my job because at the end of the day true success is only achieved when you establish a broad customer base.

I will close by admitting that media training is not as simple as my before-mentioned equation of image plus perception equalling success. But it is my belief that talent plus image and of course a really savvy media coach/publicist will definitely give you greater odds when pursuing a career in entertainment…or elsewhere for that matter.

Smooches,‚Ä®

C

Dynamic Producer Offers Interactive Experience: “Inside the Session” with Platinum Producers

May 03 0 Comments

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May 3, 2012

(Atlanta, GA) For those with aspirations of winning Grammy awards or of seeing their name atop the Billboard charts, the music studio is reverenced as the birthplace of the dream. With historic names such as the¬†Dungeon Family, Darp and So So Def, Atlanta is known for having some of the most fertile studios in the world, producing some of the biggest hits in music history. For the first time Dynamic Producer, through a partnership with Producer’s Nation, provides music industry hopefuls with an interactive studio experience with two multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producers. On Saturday, May 19th anyone with dreams of being a producer, songwriter or singer will have the opportunity to join Dynamic Producer and Producer’s Nation “Inside the Session” with superproducers Bangladesh (Beyonce,¬†Lil Wayne,¬†Usher) and Bink! (Jay Z,¬†Kanye West,¬†Anthony Hamilton). The event will be held at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites located at 111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346.

Set within a virtual studio environment, Inside the Session will take participants behind the scenes and into the exclusive creative processes of A-list music producers. Special guest producers will showcase their hit-making skills in an open forum from start to finish. With all access granted, this event is unique in that it provides students of music with an opportunity to visualize the creative process with producers who have delivered hits for some of the biggest names in music. Inside the Session is created by a longstanding musical resource “Dynamic Producer” in conjunction with Grammy award-winning hit maker¬†Focus…¬†

“The studio is one of the most mysterious places in the industry. I really wanted up and coming producers to have the experience of being in the studio creating that magic, “Focus… says. His partnership with Dynamic Producer and its founder Felisha Booker came from his admiration of how great a resource the organization has been over the years for music producers. Since 1999, Booker has been an advocate for producers hailing her company as a group of dynamic individuals who give of their time, effort and energy to help champion the plights of up & coming music producers around the world. Dynamic Producer has consistently delivered information and conferences to educate and form a networking system for producers of all genres and backgrounds. “This is exciting for us because it allows new producers not only to ask questions but to learn by watching. That’s powerful. We have always believed in supporting and working with individuals that believe in the adage; each one teach one. Up and coming producers will have the opportunity to meet some very powerful people in the business, most importantly these are people who want to teach, they want to help,” Booker explains.

Inside the Session will take participants on a journey from start to finish, opening with a 5 hour session with Bink! and Bangladesh as they work in front of a live audience to create a track. The conference will break for dinner and resume with surprise guest talent coming in the studio to write and record the song. After the vocal recording and mixing session there will be a brief Q&A and collaboration session. “This is an invaluable experience, one a true producer or songwriter will never forget,” Focus… promises.

Dynamic Producer and Producer’s Nation presents: Inside the Session will be held at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:30PM in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit¬†http://its.dynamicproducer.com.¬†For press inquiries please contact: Christal Jordan, Enchanted PR at christal@enchantedpr.net , phone: 678-499-0297 or Angela Watts, AW Media Group, angela@awmediagroup.com, 678-637-0982.

Note to Self: A letter to the 16 year old girl that eventually would become Enchanted

Apr 27 0 Comments

Looking at this picture, I am struck by the brightness of your smile. There were rare moments growing up that you allowed yourself the luxury of a smile that free. It’s beautiful. You should know that. I wish you could see how the freedom reflected in that smile is utterly beautiful, so much more so than the smile you practice to fit in with others and be accepted. Even back then at age 16 you were cautious always purposeful, trying to “enchant”. What began as a shyness and insecurity, years later you will embrace, and it will make you unique. So I am here to tell you, it’s ok to be Christal. ‚Ä®‚Ä®Words are so powerful. I am the embodiment of unsure words you uttered during high school and college. You wanted so badly to be a “PR” to be like the ad execs on Melrose Place, wearing short skirts with stilletos and handling fabulous accounts. Well little one, you did it. I don’t even think you realized how powerful your words were. You never acknowledged your actions, but they paid off as well. If there is one thing I would tell you, it would be to stop looking at the greatness in others and downplaying yourself. Its something you still struggle with today, but you’re getting better. Its ok to be Christal.

You owe a HUGE thank you to your mother. Making you write poems and short stories for family and friends paid off and you are a brilliant writer. Words empower you, and they will help you through one of the biggest tragedies of your life, losing your father. The goal of making your father proud isn’t realized, but you find yourself in the process. Writing your first novel, “Under the Cherry Moon” is one of the biggest accomplishments of your life and you owe it to your mother who kept pressing you to utilize the talent within. With tremendous pain often comes tremendous growth. I am proud that you continue to grow throughout every stumbling block. You don’t always acknowledge your progress, but you pick up and keep moving. There is value in that. Its ok to be Christal.

The lessons that you gave the little girls in your Women of Tomorrow class while teaching them charm & etiquette; they apply to you as well. You must realize that you to deserve everything you taught your students. Yes you planted good seeds for your beautiful daughter, but my darling she can’t harvest those lessons if she doesn’t see her mother apply them. Take time to love Christal just the way she is. Don’t wait for a higher paying job, more money or a bigger house, love her today. She is worthy. Its ok to be Christal.

The little brown-skinned boy you fell in love with at the first dance at the University of Oklahoma, turned out to be one of the biggest loves and losses of your life. He isn’t the love of your life but he is your first true love and will introduce you to the meaning of heartbreak. I will not lie to you, at times it will seem as if the enormity of the betrayal will overcome you, but in the end you will persevere. Pain is real and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. Sometimes avoiding it, makes the pain more poignant, so sometimes just take a moment and swallow your truth. You will be ok. That boy gave you the most beautiful gifts in the world and they offered you unconditional love something you’d been searching for all your life. They give it to you just because you’re Christal. Being Christal is enough.

Your career will have ups and downs but I can assure you giving up your plush PR job at the hospital is not the end of your story. Eventually you end up in Atlanta, GA running your own PR firm and accomplishing things you never dreamed of doing, working for and meeting people you looked up to as a child. Many times along this journey I have wished I could’ve sent you a snapshot of some of the things you will accomplish in hopes that it would make you appreciate and celebrate Christal. MTV, E!, Entertainment Tonight, the Grammy’s you’ve done it all little one and yes on your own. Its ok to be Christal.

You are constantly told that you are strong. Instead of lowering your eyes and refuting the claim, put your shoulders back, chin forward and embrace their words. You are strong. There is no shame in being strong. A few months ago I looked in the mirror and I realized that you indeed do become the woman you always dreamed of being.. So much was in you, if only you’d looked in the mirror and appreciated yourself instead of pointing out all the things that could have been better or should’ve been fixed. Know that you are enough. Know that you are brilliant, caring, loving and an asset to those that have you in their life. Most importantly, fall in love with Christal. She is enough, just the way she is.

Smooches,‚Ä®

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TLC remembers Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on the 10th anniversary of her passing

Apr 23 0 Comments

April 25, 2012 marks the ten year anniversary for the passing of Grammy award-winning¬†TLC¬†group member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. “The word anniversary means a celebration. For us her death will never be a celebration, it’s still something that hurts,” says¬†T-Boz. Group member Chilli agrees, “Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn’t ever going to change.”

2012 is also the 20th anniversary for the group and is filled with many surprises for TLC fans worldwide. Chilli and T-Boz are very excited to be executive-producing a biopic on the group’s story in conjunction with VH1. “This project is truly a dream come true for us,” says Chilli. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ scribe Kate Lanier will pen the project, which documents TLC’s rise to fame with 1991’s “Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip” and their follow-up success with 1994’s “CrazySexyCool,” and eventually selling more than 65 million albums worldwide making them the biggest-selling girl group in history.

In addition to the movie, TLC is working on a 20th anniversary package which will include tour dates, an album project with new music and several remixes on some of their favorite hits. Chilli and T-Boz say they are looking forward to giving new music to their eagerly awaiting fans and returning to the stage.

ASCAP awards Crystal Nicole with 2012 Pop Award for penning Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl’

Apr 19 0 Comments

Atlanta, GA РApril 14, 2012 РOn Wednesday, April 18th, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) presented Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Crystal Nicole with a Pop Award during the 29th Annual Pop Music Awards gala at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angles, CA. The invitation-only event recognized outstanding ASCAP songwriters and publishers of 2011.

Crystal Nicole is known for her chart-topping singles, which include number one singles with¬†Rhianna,¬†Mariah Carey,Natasha Bedingfield¬†and¬†Monica. After the success of Mariah Carrey’s album E=MC2 (Crystal Nicole wrote six singles on the album), she began to be in high demand for other artist such as¬†Beyonce,¬†Jennifer Lopez¬†and many more.

Crystal Nicole is known for her chart-topping singles, which include number one singles with Rhianna, Mariah Carey, Natasha Bedingfield and Monica. After the success of Mariah Carrey’s album E=MC2, namely the debut single “Touch My Body” her stock as a songwriter took off and soon she was requested to work with music royalty such as Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez and many more.

In the midst of tremendous success as a songwriter, Blackground/Interscope offered Crystal Nicole a recording deal of her own. Currently she splits her time working on several diverse A-list projects while finishing up her album in LA. The first single off her new project is set to be released in the summer of 2012. In addition to music, Crystal Nicole has acted as a spokesperson for the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence since 2010.

The pop award for Rihanna’s “Only Girl” marked Crystal Nicole’s fifth award from the performing rights organization. “The night was amazing, God is so good,” Crystal Nicole said after receiving the award. “From the moment I heard the track, I knew “Only Girl” was a big song. Having Rihanna record it of course made it even bigger. The song marked a turning point in my career as a songwriter. ”

The 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards gala was a part of the Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo. The weeklong conference presents an opportunity for songwriters, producers and composers to share their knowledge and experience. The ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo dates are April 19-21 2012. For more information, please visit:

http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/.


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