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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Tamika D. Mallory

May 14th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Tamika D. Mallory

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Lucinda Cross

May 13th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Lucinda Cross

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Kim Osorio

May 12th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Kim Osorio

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Agatha Achindu

May 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

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Current City: Marietta, Georgia

Number of Kids: 3

Mommynoire: How did you get to where you are now in your life and career?

Agatha Achindu: As a child I grew up on fresh organic foods taken from our own gardens or purchased raw and fresh from the local markets. When I got married and gave birth to my son, I knew he would only eat fresh and nutritious food just like us when we were kids. However after months of searching and evaluating current baby food choices, I found only baby foods loaded with: fillers, additives, hormones, sugar and salt. These are all the things that babies should not have. I decided there was no other alternative than to make my son’s baby food daily in our own kitchen using fresh, organic and trusted ingredients.

Mommynoire: What were some of the challenges and triumphs that you encountered?

Agatha Achindu: I think my biggest challenge is the many roles I have to juggle. For there are days that I don’t have time to separate the role of Chief Yummy Officer (CYO), wife, mother, friend and sister, especially when I get pulled in all directions at the same time – talk about constantly being and feeling guilty. I have since learnt to be the best I can be by scheduling everything including date nights on my calendar. I know that I can’t be everything to everybody, so prioritization is a key factor. I make time for work and time for family. We have won all types of awards, but my biggest accomplishment is simply changing the myth about baby food.

Mommynoire: What’s the best advice you’ve been given through the years?

Agatha Achindu: The best advice came from my mother – be authentic in all you do – trust in God and treat others like you want to be treated.

Mommynoire: What advice do you like to give to women that are looking to craft a career they love?

Agatha Achindu: If you think of starting your own business, do the one thing that you are really passionate about. You should also be willing to do it for free since the first couple of years usually are a lot of work with very little pay. Start small, but think big, because your business will eventually get bigger and you need to be prepared for that growth. Define roles from the very onset, from simple things like dates with hubby, time with kids, work time, time with friends etc – this is imperative as it will help to alleviate any sense of guilt you might have trying to balance work with your own life. Your success depends on your ability to be able to balance your work with your personal/family life. Assess your company’s core activity, and then look at whatever is taking time away from that core. These might simply be drains on your limited resources and not bringing in revenue. Proceed to then eliminate such pain points.

 

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Neffi Walker

May 8th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Neffi Walker

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Pamela J. Booker

May 8th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals in their craft. Cruise through our 10 Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Moms Who Rock: Pamela J. Booker

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Weyni Elder

May 7th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent, but they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Weyni Elder

Keep The Drama On The Stage Brunch: Put These Kids To Work!

April 28th, 2015 - By Rich
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Recently, I had the pleasure of taking my daughter to a brunch with a group of young, Black female actors in Harlem. What an experience it was. The interesting fact most all of these young ladies were “working actors.” Some, like Eden Duncan-Smith, had been in movies like “Annie” and others had been in Broadway plays. My friend deduced that all were divas. My daughter has enjoyed many things, but I’ve found that her desire to act is her only true passion to date. So, I told her…”lets go to work!”

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When I came up, I always “worked” even as as kid. My dad offered me my first job and subsequently was the first person to fire me too. He was an industrial arts teacher that was a builder on the side. He would build onto existing houses and my brother and I were his helpers. Even though that was not my passion, it taught my a lesson that would thread through my life: you gotta hustle. It also thought me the importance of setting work ethic early on. Last, but definitely not least, it taught me that business-for-self was the way to go.

At the “Keep The Drama On The Stage” brunch, young ladies 18 and under celebrate their ability to work together in the business and not fight each other as they rise to the top. It seemed to be working. The girls were taking selfies, eating, and being openly mentored by other women. Olamide Faison, an extremely talented musician, even serenaded the girls. It was all great fun.

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I had another agenda that lurked underneath the obvious.

I want my daughter to get to working now. It took me a long time to get myself going in life, but when I did, I went to work. I openly admit, I was not the best student. In college though, you couldn’t find a person “worked” harder than I did in college. I did the the Black student paper, the regular paper, was a DJ at the school’s radio station, helped book artists on campus, programmed events through several organizations, and even had a few hobbies. And then I had a jobs that paid me like stacking books at the library or being a camp counselor for kids. One thing is for certain, I went to work. In this day and age, we have to instill these values in our kids – that they must learn the value of hard work.

For me, I also want to teach my daughter the value of entrepreneurship and doing for self.

Over the past few years, I have taken my daughter with me to “work.” This means she attends some of my speaking engagements or is present when I have having meetings. She seems me working all the time. An odd thing happened when it came to the actual “Take Your Child To Work Day” last week. We really didn’t have anything to “do.” I could have taken her to my office, but I typically don’t go to the office my parenting days. Thanks to the internet, AllHipHop.com allows me to come and go as I please for the most part. I totally flipped the script on her. I put her to work.

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She started to write her first script and I helped her lay down the foundation. I drew a clear line between this effort and the other mini-movies she’s done with her cousin and friends. After the script is done, we’re going to shoot this summer. I also let her sit in on my meetings and we talked extensively about business. This is important stuff. All the actresses at the KTDOTS brunch are little businesses within themselves. They may have parents that guide that business, but ultimately the guardians are only a part of the echo system around the business. We have to teach them business and their value in it.

Most of our kids are smarter than we were, but the world they are growing up in will be harder if we parent don’t do our job well. They need to start working now so they can get a head start on good habits, work ethic and maybe…just maybe…they will strike gold on the way to adulthood. I know the young ladies at brunch are betting on it.

Special shout out to clothing store RUUM clothing store in Tribeca and TweenGirlStyle.com

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Jennifer Lopez New Fragrance: Introducing JLuxe by JLo!

April 23rd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Jennifer Lopez is a mommy who doesn’t stop. Between filming American Idol and promoting her new movies, the producer, dancer, singer, entertainer, and businesswoman, took the time to develop a new fragrance called JLuxe.

This fragrance is pure luxury. We were lucky enough to test it out for the past few days, and the compliments on  the scent did not stop. And if you know what it’s like to be a haggard mom for most of the week, taking some time out for yourself to dress up and do you hair and nails and spray on some perfume doesn’t come often. So when you get a chance, go all out! (I tried it out on a jam-packed night at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City, score!)

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JLuxe by JLo is inspired by her fiercely fashionable presence. A floriental fruity fragrance that leaves a lasting impression, JLuxe by JLo opens with a luscious medley of juicy pineapple and sweet raspberry. Then, the luxurious heart of the fragrance blooms with a floral bouquet of soft violet and Damascenian rose, as sensual layers of warm amber, cedarwood and musk compose the sensorial dry down on the skin.

It’ll definitely make passersby do a double take.

JLuxe by JLo is in Kohl’s stores now! Buy it here.

 

Enter to win a bottle of JLuxe!

The rules are simple:

Enter by commenting below with your favorite Jennifer Lopez previous fragrance.

Go to Twitter and share a link back to this giveaway by using the hashtag #JLuxebyJLo…be sure to include your @Twitterhandle

Open to U.S. entrants only.

One winner will receive one bottle of JLuxe by JLo perfume ($49 value)

 

Go Girl: 15 Things That Women With Their Stuff Together Do Differently

April 10th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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We all have that one friend who’s a godd*mn mess. She’s a sloppy (and frequent) drunk, she can’t hold a job, her dating life is a disaster and dealing with her is generally exhausting. We all also have that one friend whose life is just so good: She’s secure, confident and has a glow that would otherwise make you jealous, but she’s just so nice that you can’t even be mad at her for being perfect. We all want to be that girl. Here’s how they (and, let’s be real, Beyonce) do it.

Go Girl: 15 Things That Women With Their Stuff Together Do Differently