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The Making of Opulence Houston

Opulence Houston returns for an even more lavish third year this December. In a city that boasts an event nearly every night of the week, the bar is high for those looking to create their own lane, yet that’s exactly what Brittney Mitchell did. Inspired by New Orleans’ long-running Zulu Ball, the Third Ward native has crafted a unique experience called “Opulence.” Set to return December 9 at Houston’s Ensemble Theater, Opulence has transformed from an intimate event to a highly anticipated black-tie affair, thanks in part to a vibe…

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Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Tour Giving African American Filmmakers The Platform They Deserve

While last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy helped launch a national discussion about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, others have taken the issue into their own hands, choosing to change the narrative by writing and telling their own stories. Now black filmmakers are taking the issues into their own hands, thanks in part to initiatives like Jack Daniel’s innovative “Real to Reel” series, a nationwide competition created to highlight rising African-American directors. Led by Power star Omari Hardwick, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman competition is quickly turning into a platform for emerging filmmakers. “I am…

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Angie Harmon @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress Angie Harmon, who received the Spirit of Compassion…

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Michael Bolton @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress…

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Mayor Sylvester Turner @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress…

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Nelson Bowman III @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress…

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Houston Spotlight: The Al Rucker Foundation

Sometimes when the cards are stacked against you, you have to reshuffle the deck. For entrepreneur Al Rucker, shifting his cards has meant constantly evolving; becoming one of Houston’s most prominent entrepreneurs his chief goal. The ride hasn’t always been smooth: a childhood that included time in foster care and fending for oneself when he chose a way out. It’s a journey that Rucker recounts as if it occurred yesterday. “Growing up in a single parent home, I watched my mother try to take care of six kids and I…

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Kiana Dancie Talks Comedy, Life And Her New Book

In a few hours Kiana Dancie will return to the stage, bringing the laughs to Houston’s popular Dolce Ultra Lounge. The comedian has been on a roll, fresh off a tour in Chicago with veteran Paul Mooney and enjoying a regular residence as the house emcee at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. The Ohio native has become a regular on the comedy circuit, building an impressive list of projects alongside Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, Rodney Perry, Katt Williams, Academy Award winner Monique and more. Now she’s poised to to enter the big…

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SuperBOLD Luncheon Celebrates & Embraces Women BOSSES

All it takes is an idea, and the tenacity to see it through. When I spoke with Nicole Coleman a few weeks ago she was busy preparing for SuperBOLD; an empowerment brunch that she hoped would bring like-minded women together. It was an idea that sprang from an unlikely source, coming to her as she lay recovering in a Houston hospital from an unexpected illness. Personable and energetic, during our first chat the mother and entrepreneur revealed she had come up with the idea while in the ER as she…

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Why Nicole A. Coleman Is Living SuperBOLD

Whether juggling the demands of a career, a growing family or even both, it’s nearly impossible to find a healthy balance between work and home but us women are resilient and we seem to be able to accomplish the task with stride. We take risks each and every day; risks to create and build the life we want to lead. Venturing out into entrepreneurship is a difficult decision, requiring tenacity as well as the ability to accept that failure is, at times, inevitable. However, when our dreams come to fruition…

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