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03Feb/17
Bella's Adventures in Africa

Young African Sisters write Pan-African Children’s Book, Bella’s Adventures in Africa

Bella’s adventures in Africa is a self-published Pan African children’s book by British Zimbabwean sisters Rutendo Muzambi and Rebecca Darko, which is beautifully illustrated by Guy Stratton. It follows a girl who leaves England to embark on journey across Africa with her parents. It is a collection of nine short stories based in eight different African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

Bella's Adventures in AfricaRutendo’s inspiration for writing the book was derived from a number of experiences. One of the key reasons, was her passion for African culture and the need to promote more positive views of Africa. She has always been passionate about celebrating and embracing her African heritage. During her years in secondary school, she was awarded the Jack Petchey Award for her 5 year contribution and commitment to the annual black history competitions. However, she encountered negative stereotypical views from friends and colleagues, who would innocently ask whether Africans lived amongst wild animals and in tiny huts. These views were a far cry from the fun and happy childhood she and her sister had experienced and the modern Africa that we know and love. It appeared to them that some people did not realize that Africa is a continent of many nations, languages, cultures and values. Thus they wanted to write a book that moved away from the stereotypes and showed African children having fun adventures.

Like many other African young people, Rutendo and Rebecca followed the traditional route of going to university and gaining their educational qualifications. Rutendo gained her Masters degree in pharmacy whilst Rebecca also completed her Masters. However, they both still had a passion for writing and wanted to share their love of the African continent with other people. Thus during Rebecca’s maternity leave they began to write short adventure stories set in Africa and completed the book in December 2016.

With over 100 illustrations and adventurous short stories, this book shows African children having adventures. It is important for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to also foster a positive attitude towards people who are of a different background to them. When children of African heritage see themselves reflected in books, it enhances their self-esteem and builds their confidence. It also enables children of African heritage to see their continent in a more positive light, learn more about different African countries and to be proud of their African heritage.

Bella’s Adventures in Africa published on the 17th of January 2017. It is available on Amazon and on their website www.riverfrog.co.uk

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03Feb/17
Kenneth McDuffie

Chef Kenneth McDuffie is Young & Hungry

Kenneth McDuffieKenneth McDuffie makes his brand known in the city where it all began… His Philadelphia. McDuffie, Philadelphia native, is an independent, motivated, and strong believer in God. With a big personality and an even larger heart, he has given his time, energy, love, and his passion for food to becoming an educator of the art of cooking. Being raised by his Great Grandmother, the late Esther A. Smith, who taught him everything that he needed to know about food, McDuffie began catering baby showers, church banquets, weddings, and later landed himself a job with a popular cruise line. He moved to Hawaii where Kenneth could share his passion for food on a greater bicoastal scale.

Kenneth McDuffiePrior to moving to Hawaii, Kenneth had already started his own catering business in 2009. He recently revamped his brand and changed the name to “Young and Hungry.” Young and Hungry has already cooked for celebrity clients such as hip hop artist Juelz Santana and Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. McDuffie is a weekly guest with his own segment WCW (WE’RE COOKING WEDNESDAY) on the Big Nate & Da Big Bang Morning Show on URU Radio, he’s a guest on Moment with Purple Queen on PQ1Radio, and has also became a sponsor for the Philadelphia Democratic

National Convention BLK out Social Mixer. He cooked his well known Fish Tacos for Philly’s legendary radio DJ and philanthropist Ms. Patty Jackson. This past summer, McDuffie also became the 2016 Bell Award recipient at The Philadelphia Black Expo.

‘Don’t take criticism too personal. You are a wonderful person!’ – Kenneth McDuffie

Currently working towards opening his own restaurant, McDuffie is ready to make his big dream into a larger reality. His goals are to give back to his community, educate up and coming chefs, and advise the young chefs on thriving in their positions whether it is cooking or not. With a mission to encourage the

youth to stay humble and faithful, He also embeds in their minds to grab a bite of great opportunities offered in this world until they’re full and make sure to pay their blessings forward onto others. Check his hashtags #WIKJM #YoungandHungry #ChefKenny

Kenneth McDuffie

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27Sep/16
life insurance

Taji Mag Interview with Life Insurance Agent Auria Moore

Taji Mag was fortunate enough to catch up with Auria Moore, licensed Life Insurance! See her advice on a necessary, but seldom spoke of topic in our community.

life insuranceTaji: How did you dive into the life insurance business?
Auria: I was probably the least likely candidate for the Life Insurance industry. As a young teenager, I made a decision to be totally immersed in the fashion world. I wanted that “glamorous” life and pursued it through an education at Fashion Industries H.S. followed by a bachelors degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. As I matured and became more aware of the world around me (not the fancy world I strived to be apart of, but the real world in plain view from my Brooklyn window), I began to feel a disconnect… a conflict of interest. I worked 50-60 hours per week, stressed over the sales of clothing… CLOTHING. Why??? Why was I making myself sick from the stress over something so trivial. And not just any clothing, but lines/brands that sell for, on average, $100 a piece yet cost $3 to produce. I was helping keep the 1% rich off of the blood, sweat, and tears of my own people. I came to the sad realization that my people (and I) needed a major wake up call and priority reevaluation. I experienced the life of a mundane 9-5…6…7 just to pay bills and put a little something nice on my feet or on my back. I learned there was something much more important that was IS missing in our community. And that’s financial awareness, financial preparedness, financial accountability for ourselves and our generations to come. I asked myself one question “Bobby and Susie have trust funds, why don’t we?”… the rest is history.

Taji: Why is life insurance important?
Auria: Life Insurance is not only important, but imperative for a number of reasons. The most apparent reason is the future protection for one’s family, estate, business(es), and any goals that have been worked towards passionately. Too many of us sadly have to go door to door, or most recently with the reach of social media, set up a “Go Fund Me” just to put a loved one to rest. It’s not bad enough dealing with the loss of a soul that can never be replaced, now everyone who depended on this soul will most likely endure physical and financial upheaval. A provider is gone and there’s nothing to show for him/her other than memories formed over the years. It’s just not fair. The less apparent reason is much greater than the here and now. My targetlife-insurance client is my urban community for a very specific reason. I’m a huge proponent of building Black wealth because until we can build our own and learn to support each other’s entrepreneurial endeavors with our own dollars, our opposition will always be able to break us down. There’s a statistic on the length of time the Black dollar circulates around the black community vs. other communities. Jewish dollars stay within the Jewish community for months. Asian dollars stay within the Asian community for weeks. On average, the Black dollar stays within the Black community for FOUR HOURS. We must build wealth amongst our own and hold onto it. The easiest way to do that is to inherit it and continue to teach our children and grandchildren about true wealth so that they are able to maintain and further grow the legacies we leave behind… and the best part of it all is that it’s so much more affordable than people think.

Taji: How affordable can life insurance be for someone on a low budget?
Auria: If you can afford to spend $25 on coffee or takeout over a span of 30 days, then you can afford to make yourself worth $1 million and pass that along to your family at the time they need it most. What does $25 do for you in a month? What can $1 million do for your family in a lifetime? It’s all about priorities and there’s no reason why your family shouldn’t be at the top of that list.

Taji: What are you doing to spread the word to people in the Black community?
Auria: I’m fortunate enough to be in contact with awesome forward thinking business-minded people like the production team behind Taji Mag. Features and community seminars allow me a venue to spread the word and continue to educate. Often, I am at Nicholas Brooklyn (located at 560 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY) just having discussions with like-minded and curious members of the community.  I will talk to any and everyone who will listen. I also rely heavily on word-of-mouth referrals and personal testimonials as any business owner does. If you are interested in making a better life for yourself and your family, I can be reached at (646) 673-3281. Feel free to call or even shoot me a text. I’m here for you.

Thank you Auria for sharing your insight and being available to our community. The more we know, the better we do!
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13Aug/16

Two Black Men Open Mobile Shower for the Homeless

mobile showerLive Fresh aims to provide Palm Beach County’s homeless individuals and families with a fresh shower, personal hygiene essentials and, the opportunity to Live FRESH via their mobile shower.

“Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness”

“We will select service areas throughout Palm Beach based on critical need and community partnerships with local government, local faith based groups and non-profit organizations that assist the homeless. We will use our premiere mobile shower /personal hygiene facility, to make sure everyone in Palm Beach County has the ability to take a Fresh Shower. We will provide access to personal hygiene essentials including: Towel Soap · Shampoo · Conditioner · Toothbrush · Toothpaste · Dental Floss · Mouthwash · Lotion · Sunscreen · Sanitary Napkins (for women) · Condoms. We will provide support and assistance where possible. In doing this, we create a platform for refreshed communities, who generate fresh ideas, and begin embodying the notion that Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness. By means of Genesis Community Health’s “outreach/ visiting clinics”, we will provide healthcare that brings services to the homeless. These clinics offer various health screenings, HIV Counseling and Testing, and referral services, linking the individual to a primary care facility and overall care with other supporting and partner organizations.”

Interested in Helping?

Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation. The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7…

Help them make an IMPACT by contributing today! With your support, they can make sure our homeless brother sisters and children in Palm Beach County can live fresh.

Want to help out in a different way? Click here to check out the Live Fresh Wishlist!

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10Apr/16
Black Woman Business Grant

BFABW is Granting $250 via the Black Woman Business Grant

Buy from a Black WomanBuy from a Black Woman (BFABW) is currently accepting applications for their Black Woman Business Grant. The Black Woman Business Grant is a small $250 grant that will be awarded to a black woman who is in the beginning phase of starting her business. This grant is to help with start up costs, legal form fees, supplies, or any other minuscule items that appear when starting a business. BFABW is a supportive movement to help bring awareness to Black Women business owners. Black Women are the least socially supported yet, the highest-ranking group of entrepreneurs in this country. BFABW wants to change the narrative for those Black Women who own businesses.

BFABW’s Mission: To educate, empower and inspire Black Women by providing the tools and resources that will allow them to be successful and socially supported.

 BFABW Vision: To be a trusted resource that helps educate, empower and inspire Black Women in business.

The Black Woman Business Grant is awarded once a quarter. This round’s winner will be announced April 19. Applications close 15 April at 5 pm EST. More information and applications can be found at www.buyfromablackwoman.com/#!black-woman-business-grant/k90k2!

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11Mar/16
Facts Barbados

“Facts Barbados” are Dope Playing Cards with Bajan History

Facts Barbados
Facts Barbados Inc. recently launched a product which showcases Barbadian history, proverbs, and the meaning to the proverbs. The deck includes 52 playing cards with facts about Barbados and old time Barbadian proverbs. They can be used as a gift or memento for family and friends, an educational tool particularly for children who may not know old time Barbadian sayings, and fun family & friend interaction. The deck is cool, easy to travel with, and only costs $5 BDS.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more on Bajan culture.

 

 

 

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08Mar/16
5 Black Children Owned Businesses

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

Black Owned Businesses are so important to have in our community. However, it’s even cooler that young black entrepreneurs are starting businesses! Here’s a list of 5 Black Children Owned Businesses!

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Mo’s Bows

  • Moziah Bridges started this company in Memphis, Tennessee in 2011. He couldn’t find any stylish or cool bowties so he decided to create his own! His products have been featured all over!

Website: www.mosbowsmemphis.com

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. BeeSweet Lemonade

  • BeeSweet Lemonade came to life when Mikaila Ulmer, at age four, was encouraged to make a product for the Acton’s Children’s Business Fair. Two events occurred; she was stung by a bee and her Great Grandmother Helen sent her family a recipe book from the 1940s that had a recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade. After this, she became obsessed with bees and how they impact the environment. Her Lemonade is sold in natural food delivery companies and restaurants.

Website: http://beesweetlemonade.com/

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Church Boy Clothing

  • Brandon D. Hill opened this boutique in Detroit, Michigan at nine years old. He started this business so people could afford dress clothes and casual wear for less. He works in his store on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and his family operates the business on weekdays. He sells consignment and new dress clothes, shoes, socks, belts, shirts button ups, denim, cufflinks, mens bracelets, and rings for young boys. He is putting his profits towards his college fund for Howard University.

Address: 8900 E. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48214 (off of Marina drive)

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Cory’s Cookies

  • At nine years old, Mr. Cory decided to sell hot cocoa because he wanted to give his mother enough money to purchase a car. He spent all of his free time selling hot cocoa, lemonade, and cookies in front of his home and the Roman Inn in Englewood, New Jersey. Later, he expanded his business and started to sell sugar free oatmeal raisin cookies for his health conscious customers.

Website: www.mrcoryscookies.com

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Maya’s Ideas

  • Maya started this company in 2008 when she was eight years old. She is an environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, and artist. She makes eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Maya even has international customers in Denmark and Australia. 10 to 20 percent of her profits go to environmental organizations.

Website: www.mayasideas.com

It’s so joyful to know that these children are helping out their communities while doing something that they love! List more in the comments and we’ll update this list!

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11Jun/15

Serengeti Teas and Spices: A Harlem Fav

Serengeti Teas and Spices: Rushing down the street battling the wind and zig-zag walkers, I sigh in relief seeing the unmistakable ‘S’ sign a few feet ahead. Stepping through the door, I get the same feeling as if I were stepping into a sanctuary. The street and the wind are way above the frequency of the hushed tones and background music inside. With the door closing behind me, I notice that I too am on a higher frequency and need to come down. There are chairs to my left, chairs and tables to my right, and low counter seating ahead, all of which are filled by people who seem to issue a silent welcome. The natural lighting, the dark brown of the wood and walls coupled with the Black and White tiles, gives this place a warm and old school charm like only Harlem can. Floating on in, there are wall to wall shelves filled with canisters of—you guessed it—Tea. I can’t help but take slow steps to read the names on each group of differently decorated and colored metal cylinders. “Tanzanian Usambara Breakfast Tea” “Nairobi Street Chai” “Masai Hibiscus Berry Fruit tea” “Tanzanian Dragon Claw Black Tea Rose Blend”. The two Men behind the counter—yes, Men—have a certain agility about their movements that you know they know exactly what they are doing. One even has on a shirt that says ‘I love my job’ and I can’t help but think ‘I love your job too’. Opening the menu handed to me I cannot believe how many teas are on each page and how many pages there actually are. As an avid, almost fanatic, tea drinker, I am beside myself with excitement; that is until I realize that I have to pick just ONE. Decisions decisions; fine, okay, I want Chai (My Defaultea—get it?). I love Chai tea; there is just something to the spice and full body of the flavor that encompasses my soul. Anyhow, even having narrowed it down to a category, I am left with multiple choices that I simply cannot handle; time to ask the experts. Waiting at the counter, I do not want to interrupt the craftsman (you have to see it for yourself), but before I can build up the nerve, he lifts his head and comes to my rescue. What can I get for you?” I wish I knew. I panic and ask him for the Spiciest Chai they have, and he asks me if I want milk. Of course! Would I like it sweet? Of Course! Is there any other way to drink Chai? With a chuckle and a retort, he is back to the far end of the counter to concoct my potion. It is now a few minutes after my arrival and having played hop-scotch with the women walking to the bathroom and Mr. “I Love My Job” carrying full pots of tea to tables across the room, I decide to take a seat. I am in the far left corner of the space, which seems to give the best view in totality. I almost feel tucked away, as if someone saved me this spot, next to the glass jars of curry powder and Cocoa for sale. The door opens a few more times, and with each entrant, their bustling is adjusted by the calm and ambiance of the Teas. The couple off to my left, seated at the ‘bar’ below the large clear vats filled with bright iced teas with lemons, is deep in conversation over their pot to share. Those sitting at the two-person tables across the room seem to have found space for privacy while still remaining a part of the over-all feel. Continuing my gaze back toward the counter in what seems to be perfect timing, my cup is ready. One of the best things about tea is often the smell, and with one full inhalation through my lid, I know I am in for a treat. First sip: Heaven. I asked for Spice and got more than I imagined. Second Sip: Heaven and a scolded tongue. I think I will wait; I did order a tea to go, right? Payment is made and Thank you’s are given, of course there is a ‘come again’. “I live in Brooklyn; you all are going to have me traveling to Harlem for tea!” And with a light laugh, I am back onto the street, in the wind and stream of people. I grasp my cup of tea holding on to my bit of peace (an unexpected gift from Serengeti) and stride toward the train station; I will definitely be back soon.

Written by Lauren “Lola Valentine” Jones about a windy day in late April of 2015 at www.serengetiteasandspices.com.

Serengeti Teas and Spices

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