Monday, October 3, 2016

Raw and Uncut: Keana Dollar-Dickerson's new urban magazine

Hey, Pearls!

It's been a long time; to quote Hip-Hop legend Rakim. We're so close to launching the new websites it's crazy! Yes, you heard it right... we're launching 2 websites. Special announcements coming soon.

Speaking of new products, we're over-the-moon excited for Keana Dollar-Dickerson's new magazine, Raw and Uncut. The magazine, also available for purchase, features raw underground artists in all genres . This month's cover features MUA Shayla Jamerson a.k.a. @ShaylaBang. Look for the lovely ladies of BPE inside. Thanks, Keana!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pericon16: More Than A Scope

Attendees of the 2016 PeriCon Conference held in Atlanta, GA this past weekend were presented with tips and tools about developing their businesses; more so than advice on being behind the lens of Periscope. PeriCon 16 founder, Jai Stone, brought together a diverse group of business coaches and professionals who presented topics such as technology trends, sales funnels, branding, copyrights & trademarks, and much more. Panelist provided concrete tips and their best trade secrets on how to succeed in business using the latest business strategies and techniques. Those expecting simple presentations, with general information were in for a surprise as attendees were asked thought provoking questions intended to help propel their businesses forward. Going a step above their daily scopes, the Periscopers who did present at the conference offered their best practices and services. Pericon16 was also about building relationships with those we watch on the screen. Attendees were able to link up with people they have only corresponded with in scopes and meet new Scopers. As attendees networked, business cards and several deals were made in the process. At the end of the day during the Impact Q & A session, testimonials abounded on how the conference helped to connect the dots or offered a new perspective on developing businesses.

Mario Armstrong with Dr. Thomas Mensah

My only gripe about the conference was that there were too many sessions and not enough time. Conference presenters were forced to speed through their content before being told they had 15 mins left for Q & A. And attendees, like myself, were forced to make hard choices on which panels to attend or divide our time between two panels to take in the content. This was made up though, as we had fun dancing to tunes provided by Never SettleClub founder, Mario Armstrong between panels and paid tribute to Prince, singing along to his most popular hits.

Mario Armstrong, Jai Stone, and Kim Coles

The one of the highlights of the conference were the keynote addresses by founder Jai Stone and by actress Kim Coles. Each expressed the difficulties and struggles they have encountered along the way and how they were able to overcome them. My favorite quote from Jai Stone’s address was, “When I won, I vowed to make it a habit.” Jai Stone also articulated her desire to help as many entrepreneurs as possible along the way. Kim Coles shared her GIFTS, providing inspiration, intention and her personal triumphs with the crowd, while providing funny antidotes to those who could relate to her struggle. Both provided major announcements as Jai Stone has been inducted into the Forbes Coaching Council and Kim Coles is starting a professional speaking academy, But the biggest announcement of the conference, is that PeriCon will be rebranded to Catapult Me. Jai Stone explained her decision to change the name of the conference due to the fact that it had little to do with Periscope and more to do with business solutions. In fact, there were probably only two-three panels that were centered around themes that could help attendees with their Periscopes. So if you are in Atlanta, GA February 24th and 25th, 2017 get ready to catapult your business to the next level. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lucius Got Me Feeling Like a Born-Again Teen

There was a time when I was heavily into Indie Pop; the more eclectic the music, the better. I guess that's why I'm so fond of Lucius. It brings me back to that time when life was simple and free. LaLaaaaaaa-lalalalala-Lalalalalalalala-Laaaaaaa...

Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who perform in twinergy and matching outfits, front the band with Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. The duo met in college, moved to Brooklyn, and formed the group, all who lived in the same Victorian house-apartment; putting out an EP and three albums. There's not much out about the group. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Lucius is "the best band you may not have heard yet".

Look for Lucius to tour the Bay Area in June. Dates can be found on LaLaaaaaaa-lalalalala-Lalalalalalalala-Laaaaaaa...                                   

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Monday, March 21, 2016

#JazzLives: Trumpeter Sean Jones “Live at the Blackhawk”

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Trumpeter Sean Jones invoked the spirit of Miles Davis on Wednesday night, March 16th recreating the infamous San Francisco Jazz club where Miles recorded the 1961 legendary Be-Bop albums ”In Person Friday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, volume 1” & “In Person Friday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, volume 2.” It was Miles Davis’ first live recording.

In two sets, intertwining with two different bands, featuring Bassist Marcus Shelby, the San Francisco native who is artist in residence with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, a San Francisco Arts Commission member, and the Artistic Director of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra; and the budding Oakland Future Trio, a teen group making a name for themselves in Oakland and the surrounding Bay; Sean Jones lead band members on a historic journey back in time to where the corner of Turk and Hyde Street hosted Jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Shelly Manne, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis and more.

The theme “Jazz Lives” was prevalent not only in the music but also in the liveliness of Jones and the artists. Cited twice in his monologues, Jones explained that Jazz was both good and grimy, (our words; not his); a musical expression of the history and climate of the country. Like Miles, and sometimes music, the country is complex.

The complexities of the music did not deter Jones, however. The night was magical. The audience was fed a diet of Oleo, On Green Street, I thought About You, Neo, Someday My Prince Will Come, and other of Miles’ classics recorded on Blackhawk. Highlights included a soulful and tender Round Midnight and a jumpin’ rendition of Walkin. The audience was verbally appreciative of everything served by Jones where the artists, James Malone-Tenor Sax, Glen Pearson-Piano, and Tim Angulo-Drums, turned the newly renovated Strand Theater into an intimate Jazz club.
Jones is one of the premier artists featured in the newly created SF Performances series PIVOT. “PIVOT offers exciting performances and creative exchanges between artists and audiences in welcoming, informal and intimate settings.” Says Jones of Miles Davis, “Miles is probably the single most powerful influence on me as an artist.” Jones’ latest recording is never before seen. Find out more about Sean Jones via his website

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


One of my favorite pieces of advice to give artists is to be UNDENIABLE; to be so close to perfection that greatness is always attached to your name.  There are few artists talented enough to embody this concept, but when I saw this clip on June Ambrose's Instagram feed - (Hey, Auntie!), I KNEW these young ladies had it: song; look; choreography; vibe; everything was perfect.

They are 13 year-olds Taylor Hatala and  Kyndall Harris dancing to Desiigner's Panda, which lead me to the choreographer, Antoine Troupe's story detailed here. All three are incredible dancers with inspiring stories. Check out the video below and share in the comments what you're doing to become UNDENIABLE.  -c

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Oakland Future Trio photo cred: Black Pearl Entertainment 

Networking is one of the buzz words experts say can grow your business, as you build relationships with those who can be an asset to your brand. Here are some tips that can be used to make sure your networking efforts are successful.

Have an action plan: If you know beforehand the type of event you are attending, research to see who else might be attending such an event. If possible, read up on speakers and presenters so that you are familiar with them and tailor your pitch. If it is not possible to know who will be attending beforehand, devise a plan to meet a certain number of people or people from a specific market or field.

Marketing Collateral: Make sure your marketing collateral is on point. Make sure your materials contain your name, business name, a contact phone number and email address. Make sure the collateral is easy to carry, as the person will be juggling a lot of business cards and brochures. Find a way to make sure your collateral stands out. Use large print, bright colors and unique pictures to get your brand across.

Elevator Pitch: Make sure your introduction is clear and concise; be short and to the point. Be sure to have a business card or digital calling card handy so people know how to contact your later. Your elevator pitch should include your name, business name, and a brief statement on what your business is about and how you would like to work with the representative you are speaking with. If it is a sales lead, introduce your brand without being too pushy. Use this time to simply introduce your product and provide information on where they can purchase the product at a later time.

Follow up: Following up is an important aspect of networking. What is the use of attending an event, collecting information and not using it? Don’t be shy or scared to contact those who you have met. Make connections within one week, thanking them for their time and reiterating who you are and what your business is about. If it is a sales lead, remind them about the product you introduced to them and make them aware that other products are available. Don’t push too hard though, because it could be a turn off.

Overall, have fun with it. You will be introduced to like-minded individuals, who are in your field. This is a time to ask questions, learn new tips, to get referrals or to have a drink and just hang out.