Monthly Archives: September 2013

‘Back To School With The Historymakers’ Program Brings Black Leaders To NY-Area

e37bf67b4bd38e01e466c42d32aaf136Education in the United States, especially in large cities in New York and Chicago have been troublesome for years. Business leaders have been attempting to tackle this problem from many angles. There has been some success and various organizations continue provide programs to continue national awreness on this issue.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, students in the New York-area schools will get to hear the husband-and-wife team of Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, and other leaders, as they join hundreds of African American HistoryMakers across the nation for the 4th Annual Back to School With TheHistoryMakers program to COMMIT to excellence and finishing their education.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing the nationwide effort with the goal of having more than 500 black leaders go “back to school” in 68 cities and 30 states. The program putsHistoryMakers in direct contact with over 25,000 students across the nation, to inspire them with their life’s stories and to encourage youth to strive for excellence.

The theme of the day is “COMMIT.” The HistoryMakers will personally recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success and, most importantly, to encourage students to COMMIT to their education.

In a recent interview with The HistoryMakers Executive Director, she states, “We are trying to create a movement, but telling stories.” The HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson, goes on to say, “By bringing these living leaders into today’s educational system, we are raising awareness about the achievements of the accomplished African Americans in local communities and bringing these leaders into schools to see things firsthand, while providing important role models for today’s youth. ”

Richardson is encouraging educators everywhere to use The HistoryMakers’ digital archive to enrich their students’ exposure to the contributions of African Americans across the globe. This year, schools participating in the event will receive a free one-year membership for the digital archive, which includes extensive and easy-to-access interviews with 310 HistoryMakers.

Last year’s successful Back to School With The HistoryMakers program sent nearly 500 of our HistoryMakers into schools in 77 cities and 35 states, including 102 year old “Bloody Sunday” civil rights pioneer, Amelia Boynton Robinson, neo soul artists Kindred the Family Soul (Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon), singer and actress Freda Charcelia Payne, and actor Harry J. Lennix. Many of the HistoryMakers have now adopted a school, one of the goals of the initiative.

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. To date, the organization has interviewed over 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive.

For more information, visit The HistoryMakers website at, and The HistoryMakers Education page at

Urbanworld Film Festival 2013 Opening Night in NYC

973e2d77c0c834857bcaf3d77a93c88fFilm festivals being held in New York City, may not be anything new, but it is a great thing when afestival can remain successful for over 15 years. In fact, many film industry insiders and the movie going public begin to take notice which means each year the festival can bring even bigger things. This seems to be the case with Urbanworld Film Festival.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival which was presented by BET Networks celebrated its Opening Night with a screening of the romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.” The screening was held at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to a very excited crowd. The film is directed by David E. Talbert who has had much success with his films and stage plays over the years. Attending the opening night red carpet premiere and screening, were some of the cast which included:Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Jenifer Lewis, Rickey Smiley and director David E. Talbert.

The film was only the first to kick off the festival. Along with ‘Baggage Claim“, there were a vast array of films by independent filmmakers to be seen during the 4 day festival. Other notable celebs/VIPs participating in Urbanworld, included festival ambassador Larenz Tate, who attended the screening and panel discussion of his BET original film “Gun Hill.” Also, filmmaker Nelson George was available to introduce his VH1 rock doc entitled “Finding the Funk”. Also, in the category of documentaries, the film “Little Ballers” produced my NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire premiere followed by a Q & A panel.

c6a8293fa1e5fcb4e885e3c3f0d96d60Finally on Saturday evening for Closing Night, Director George Tillman and Tony award winning actor Jeffrey Wright were on hand for a presentation of the Alicia Keys produced film called “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” followed by a Q & A panel for the audience.

Each of the films screened during the festival were a powerful representation of where film is going and where is has been. For many years, The Urbanworld Film Festival has been a place for high profile talent as well as emerging talent to showcase their films and will continue to do so. For more information on the festival, visit, their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Carter Smith Designs Presents 2014 Spring line for NYFW at Le Midi in Manhattan

57545a84cdcffc9f55e279bb174bfe57On Thursday, September 12, 2013 renowned designer Carter Smith unveiled this 2014 Spring Collection. Carter has been creating museum quality shibori fabrics for over 47 ears and his shibori pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and many foreign countries, including Japan, Korea, and New Zealand.

This season many of his designs displayed his signature style that is simply Carter Smith. There were His one-of-a-kind hand dyed silks incorporated into his original bias designs create unique and timeless garments that truly support and enhance the beauty in every woman who wears them.
In Carter’s career, his designs have been worn by many well known individuals. His designs have been copied by the top designers around the world. In fact, after successfully helping launch the careers of several designers, Carter decided to start making his own clothing, and now sells his hand-dyed original fashions both nationally and internationally. Notables who own his creations include Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Aretha Franklin, Allie McGraw, Alice Walker, Dionne Warwick, Maya Angelou, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Jesse Norman, JadaPinkett-Smith, Anne Austin, Kim Novak, Cassandra Wilson, Mary Travers, Jan Robinson, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and others.

The designs are timeless, completely unique, and work well with any season. The fabric is organic and joyous in its beauty and sensuous comfort. The few pieces of fabric that are left are handcrafted back into yardage and sewn into special designs. Zero Waste.

According to a quote taken from Carter’s website, stated “I prepare and dye every piece of silk, enough for one outfit at a time…each garment is then hand crafted by a seamstress in my studio…my desire is to wrap you in color in luxury, the result is clothing as unique as the woman who wears it,”Carter Smith.

Nolcha Fashion Week Presents 2014 Spring Collection at Chelsea Piers in NYC

e54df504e7dd36daae9b209ddef49c76On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Nolcha Fashion Week showcased the Spring 2014 Collection at Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

These events were held in addition to the show at Lincoln Center. Nolcha Fashion Week is a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.

It has been quite successful and over the past six years Nolcha Fashion Week: New York has established itself as a platform of discovery promoting innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibition.

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York has built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of new fashion design talent and is officially listed by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their business.

This season’s designers for the runway shows were as follows:

  • Ainslee Bowers
  • Bela Criacao
  • Claire Farwell London
  • FlockFlockFlock
  • Intrepid by Ao’c
  • Karo Swimwear
  • Katty Xiomara
  • Leka
  • Lum
  • Magdalena Adriane
  • Maita Marimo
  • Mariana Valentina
  • Nina Athanasiou
  • Oiselle
  • Stacie may
  • Studio 6th Sense
  • Tess Johnson
  • Vanity Project

In addition, SUBWAY restaurants also hosted a version of Project SUBWAY, a fashion contest that challenged designers to create innovative and memorable pieces made entirely out of ANYthing found at SUBWAY, from sandwich wrappers and napkins, to salad bowl sand gift cards. To choose the winner a panel of celebrity judges along with host Jared Fogle.

The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features inGlamour, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and supported by brands including Coca-Cola, RUSK, SmartWater, America Airlines, Don Q Rums, MyFashionDatabse, Homanz, Monster Energy. GrandeLASH, Magnifico Giornata, Ono E-Cigs and Subway Restaurants.

For more information on Nolcha Fashion Week, visit their website. You can also follow them onFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr Presents Spring 2014 Collection for NYFW at Studio Arte

ed5e0957b2a55deb4a048aa963c9345bRocker chic fashion label Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr celebrates New York Fashion Week with a Manhattan-inspired Spring 2014 Collection. The show was held in the sleek and stylish loft, Studio Arte in Manhattan located at 265 West 37th, New York, NY.

The Kahri line has grown and evolved over the years. KahriAnne has branched out to include millinery and handbags to coordinate with the hip, funky, rocker chic women’s contemporary clothingline. The new diffusion clothing line KA byKahriAnne Kerr was launched for Fall 2010 for the rebellious fashionista on a budget. KahriAnne is proud to produce both collections in NYC.

For the 2014 Spring season collection, her designs showcased a bold, sexy and glam look and included hip and stylist dresses along with trendsetting skirts which were perfect for a fun night on the town. There were champagne colors, red along with classic black and white coupled with a new rebellious twist.

The Kahri brand has been sold at over 20 boutiques across the US, England, Scotland,Austria, Spain, and Israel, as well as 30 online boutiques. In addition, Kahri has also been featured in many fashion shows with celebrity hosts and performers, such as Kanye West, MTV’s Quddus, BET’s Melissa Ford, Keenyah Hill and Naima More from America’s Next Top Model.

Her designs have been seen on on TV programs, such as: MTV, Fuse TV, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jerseylicious, 24 Hour Catwalk, The League, as well as many magazines, websites and newspapers, such as Interview, NY Magazine, InStyle, Vibe, US Weekly, Zink, Highlights, Venuszine, WWD, The Today Show, DailyCandy, and AM New York.

In addition, celebrities such as Keri Hilson, Fergie, Jayma Mays, Aubrey O’Day, Brandi Carlisle, Paris Hilton, Miss Universe 2010, Miss USA 2010 and more have rocked Kahri gear on and off of the red carpet.

For more information on Kahri, visit her website. Also, she can be found on various social media sites.

K. Nicole Debuting Fashion Line During NYFW

0396a35238d823e4ac542c1658a7b474New York Fashion Week began at Lincoln Center with the usual suspects, but there is always the new kid making their mark in such a competitive industry. On Monday, September 9, 2013 at a fabulous loft in Manhattan, Philadelphia’s own K. Nicole graced the New York runway this year. The event was produced by Curtis Davis from Adam Group Productions and Susan Liebesman of B2B Management, while back of the house productions was overseen by Tai Chunn of MVC Productions. Tai over the years has been responsible for bringing quite a bit of new talent to NYFWand continues to do so.

K Nicole brand is created by designers Kera Anderson and Nicole Styer who is also the owner of N.R.S.Boutique in South Philly. K.Nicole Couture consists of ready-to-wear and couture pieces, with tasteful selections of Italian prints and other luxury textiles with beautiful, rich velvet which is just perfect for fall.

In fact, the K. Nicole Couture line is said to represent ”the everyday working woman, the boss stepping out of the Town Car, or simply the woman who appreciates sophisticated style,” says Anderson and Styer. With obvious feminine inspirations from the 16th Century era, the latest Spring 2014 collection offers women jackets, pants, dresses, and jumpsuits.

For NY Fashion Week, K. Nicole Couture recently hosted their new line for Spring 2014. The event was held at the Designers Loft – Studio 450 on 450 W. 31st Street in Manhattan followed by a show cocktail party. New York’s fashion elite came out to celebrate the launch of the new women’s ready-to-wear line created by designers Nicole Styer and Kera Anderson.

For more information on the K. Nicole brand, visit their website. Also, stay up to date with the brand on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Marco Hall Presents 2014 Spring line for NYFW at Taj in Manhattan

6746e162cba36aa710b006e4c711adf8New York Designer, Marco Hall presented his Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Thursday, September 12, 2013 during New York Fashion Week. The event was held Taj Lounge which is located on 48 W 21st St New York, NY 10010. 

His collection was mixture of bright colors and sheer designs for women. Marco Hall is known for his exclusive and avant-garde designs as well as the elegant and more high-end pieces.

His work definitely speaks work speaks for itself and has been featured in several well known magazines such as: Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Vogue Paris and ZINK Magazine. In addition, his designs have been placed in various television show as well as film. He has been mentioned in webzines and a variety of fashion blogs.

Marco’s designs have been worn by some of industries greats like: LaLa Vazquez of “LaLa’s Full Court Life”, Rihanna, Dawn Richards of “Dirty Money”, Erykah Badu,Alicia Keys, Vivica Fox & Kim Cattrall. If happen to be Reality TV buff and an avid fan of “Basketball Wives” Marco’s designs were featured in the promotion of Season 3 and worn by Shaunie O’Neal and Jennifer Williams.

Marco Hall is known as the “go to” man in fashion. He is definitely someone who is very much in demand in the fashion, beauty and entertainment world. With an amazing work ethic and the talent for creativity, he has attracted the likes of one of many in the fashion industry. Patricia Fields has even carried his garments in her boutique.

At the rate he is going, Marco Hall will continue to showcase his devotion and love for this profession through his amazing designs and the fashion world is all the better for it. For more information designer, Marco Hall, you can find him on Facebook or Twitter.

Renowned Model Pat Cleveland Honored at Emerge! for NYFW

c5df8344283b65a5364297805e263966The world already knows September 11, 2013 as the anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 and World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, where we honored all of the individuals who lost their lives.

In an effort to honor the day, EMERGE! presented its sixth season of emerging designers during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). This season, EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, presented the ‘Fashion Innovator Award’ to living Fashion and Style Icon, Patricia “Pat” Cleveland. As a pioneer, Pat Cleveland has broken through fashion’s exclusionary policies, paving the way for today’s major league African-American supermodels. Her modeling career spans over four decades from Ebony magazine’s Fashion Fair national runway tour to modeling around the world for leading designers Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior just to name a few.

After a few successful seasons, EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show has been a catalyst of providing a platform and a strong backdrop for emerging designers. A powerful collective of top emerging fashion designers, ready to unveil their newest collections at Emerge! during New York Fashion Week.

The event took place at the Broad Street Ballroom located at 41 Broad Street in Manhattan. During the event the crowd was astonished as six unique designers from various countries around the world will unveiled their Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

e4ef6c83f3d75232508ca1fd91ec200cIn addition to the runway show, the evening included special guest DJ: DJ Dion Mavath (Dubai’s top DJ), Hair Designs provided by Bennett Career Institute, Makeup by Lamik Cosmetics and backstage production provided by Aaron Handy and Iran ‘Bang’ Paylor of Models, Inc. EMERGE! is powered by the following sponsors: St.Claire Green Tea Flavored Vodka, BPM Hotel and Time Frozen Photography.

The Featured EMERGE! Designers included designs by the following:

Mark Roscoe has been actively involved in the fashion industry for the past 30 years. Recognizing a market for distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces that evoke a feeling of timeless elegance, grace, and style, Mark Roscoe has made a name for himself in the fashion world. Impeccably designed and tailored to reflect the true personality of the most discriminating clients, Mark Roscoe’s talent and vision are dedicated to those who wish to “make a statement without uttering a word.” Check out the site:

Persévérer (pur suh vuh day) the French translation for persevere or PRSVR (Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, Respect) is largely based upon the premise of striving to better ones self, while aspiring to inspire others. In launching PRSVR, the initial collection of leather based luggage and outerwear combines themes of style, versatility, and functionality within each piece. Check out the site:

Danny Nguyen’s foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility. He began as a child, under the wing of his mother. Predating his arrival to the United States, Danny would be seen at a very early age cutting fabrics, collecting designs and assisting with custodial chores around his mother’s alteration. During this period, he developed and refined many of the essential skills of a fine fashion designer. Check out the site:

J.Toor designers create custom clothing that provides customers with a unique convergence of bespoke fit, designer styling, and “off-the-rack” value. J. Toor believes that having clothing of unique quality and fit and style should be attainable by all Gentlemen. Check out the site:

Dhakmani was founded in July 2006 by Faith & Anthony Rudder. Dhakmani is currently being tested marketed through internet. Dhakmani Clothing was created for women to express “The Every Woman Within.” Dhakmani encourages women to love who they are and what God has created in them. Check out the Facebook page:

Eightwentyeight creates designs to make everyone feel more confident and beautiful! Designer Suzette Opara provides fashion show coordination, models, personal image consulting services for professional models and entertainers looking to stand out from the crowd. Check out the

EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show which was created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group and has become one of the top emerging designer platforms during New York Fashion week.

For more information on EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show, visit their website at: Emerge! or contact Nikkia McClain, Tene Nicole Marketing and Public Relations.

The Emerge Spring/Summer 2014 collections were such a hit, the audience was excited and seem to anticipate the next installment of fashions.

The Haneefah M. Show at New York Fashion Week September 2013

6a4e411947158d1bb0e2211829081d3eNew York Fashion Week continued with brand new designs by newcomers into the fashion world. On Saturday,September 7, 2013 designer Haneefah M. debuted her Spring/Summer 2014 Women’s Wear Collection at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan.

Her feminine, fun and flirty women’s brand brought clean lines of flowing texturesto the stage. Perfect for the spring and summer. Quite reflective of the poised yet playful for any women who might be out on the town.

 For those who don’t yet know her, designer, Haneefah M. line of clothing can be found hanging in boutiques in the Beverly Hills or being worn by summer residentsof the hip resorts at Martha’s Vineyard.

In a recent interview Haneefah M. mentions her goals in life for fashion.”NYFW has been a childhood dream that has now become a reality. From reading fashion magazines in grade school to sketching dresses in high school, dressing models in college then designing full time. Everything has come full circle and I’m enjoying the ride,” says Haneefah M.

With decades of designing experience, in 2011 Haneefah M. began focusing on production. For seasons, Haneefah M.has worked many positions in production including with the Emerge! RunwayShowcase, B. Michael, Nicole Miller, DKNY, and the Isabel Toledo Retrospective Collection. Learning key aspects to runway show production coupled with attending some of the best runway shows New York Fashion Week has to offer, Haneefah M. has been able to develop her line and present a runway show to the standard and expectations of New York Fashion Week.

4376ec254952c8843df7e77a8a405bcaFor more information on Haneefah M’s collection, visit her website. She has also, created a video promo of her line. She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. Fashion connoisseur will definitely want to keep an eye on for Haneefah M. With such a successful start, there is sure to be more to come in the fashion industry.