BEM_Mother's Day Gala

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11) CEO and Founder of Billionaire Entertainment Magazine and ItsBlondelicious Michelle Blake (aka Blondie)  held her second annual Mother’s Day Gala in Queens, New York. The event honored mothers from the community and featured a children’s fashion show. As a mother of two sons, Blondie made a point to share, inspire and uplift attendees by supporting not only her readers, but her community of Caribbean and Urban children interested in modelling. This event set the tone, enabling her to launch an agency for these rising stars, adding to the Billionaire Entertainment empire, with Billionaire Babies. She also announced that Billionaire Entertainment Magazine will be launching in print soon.

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Natural Hair: Big Chop

by Miss Mikelah on April 30, 2014

Big Chop

I cut my hair! I’ve been natural for close to 10 years, but I’ve never had my hair this short…ever! For most it came as a surprise, but amongst my close friends and my regular stylist, I’ve been obsessing over a short cut for about 2-3 years now. Turning 30, I wanted to do something different and thought this was a great time to cut it, especially with the summer season coming up, this was the perfect opportunity. To be honest, I’m still getting used to it. I love the low maintenance (I literally have wash & go hair, no diffuser needed), but I’m not quite sold on the shape of the cut. Since cutting, I’ve tried a few styles (finger coils and set on flex rods.)  I’m totally committed to rocking it and enjoying it, but there’s a tiny part of me that misses my mid-length curls. I definitely have no regrets (I’d continue to wonder “what if” if I never did it.) I’m curious to see what it will look like straight and how I’m going to maintain over the summer. Keep up with me on my personal Instagram to see my short hair journey!

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Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, getting mom something nice doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Here are 5 Mother’s Day gift ideas (all Caribbean brand owners) under $50!

1.) Lipstick – Sandra Downie ($16.00)

Moms love to look great no matter the occasion. With a great range of vibrant hues for mom to try this summer, you can’t go wrong with a lipstick (or a few) from Sandra Downie’s lipstick collection.

2.) Jewelry – The Pink Locket ($23.99)

Handmade personalized jewelry is a great way to show mom you love her!

3.) Books – The Roving Tree & Miss Ivy’s Tea Room ($12.58 – 17.99)

Avid readers will love either of these great books, both by Caribbean authors and perfect for a summer read.

4.) Body Butter - Su-Kari ($15.99)

Su-Kari has a great line of body butters, oils and scrubs with great scents (non-fragrance items available upon request) leaving skin smooth and moisturized. Prices for oils and scrubs range from $4.99 – $21.99.

5.) Coffee – Marley Coffee ($7.99 – 35.98)

Having a fresh cup of coffee (or tea) is a morning must for many moms. Marley coffee is a great gift especially if they have never tried. There are a wide variety of bold flavors available in the bean, ground, k-cup and even in a single pod.

 

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Triple the Focus Cover APRIL 2014

The April 2014 issue of Triple the Focus features reggae superstar Ziggy Marley! Check out the in depth interview as Ziggy Marley talks about his new album “Fly Rasta”, the reggae music industry, critics and his take on the work ethic of upcoming reggae artists. This issue also features a spring fashion and beauty trend report. Get to know new artists Naila and Jahmiel, discover the island of Mustique and more!

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On Sunday, May 11 2014 Billionaire Magazine and ItsBlondelicious Catering & Events will host an event dedicated to moms! The Mother’s Day Gala will not only feature a children’s fashion show, but will honor women from the community, recognizing everyday moms for with efforts in raising their children and uplifting the community. The event will take place  at 157-11 Rockaway Blvd Queens, NYC from 5pm -11pm. I’m so happy to be a sponsor for this fabulous event which will also have handpicked vendors and Get your tickets now!

As Mom’s special day draws near, why not delight mom with a gift that is unique and truly special. We have the perfect gift Billionaire Entertainment  and ItsBlondelicious invite you to join us for our annual Mothers Day Gala a indoor/outdoor event. Nothing says “Mom” like children, this year we have added a children’s fashion show to our festivities. We will always be honoring five local Urban & Caribbean Mother In Business. (Honorees To Be Announced).

There will be a live band on Deck, DJ, Red Carpet Interviews, V.I.P seating, Vendors, Food & Refreshment will be on sale. This is a great event to bring mom to! This years event will be hosted by the beautiful Madison Jaye.  Sponsors include 360styling, Toys R Us , Sajio Boutique, The Caribbean American Buzz , Styles & Vibes, Irie Jam Radio, Jetaime Shoes and Mixaholic Babes.

Billionaire Entertainment Magazine

Your Number One Urban & Caribbean Media Source Based In NYC. A Urban & Caribbean Website/Publication that features & Advertise Urban & Caribbean Lifestyle. Home of the BillionaireBoss, BillionaireBeauty, BillionaireBody. Also the home of the new cooking series (Itsblondelicious Cooking With The Stars) log to www.billionaireent.com to learn more.

About Itsblondelicious Xclusive Catering & Event Planning

Itsblondelicious Xclusive Catering & Event Planning LLC.company , has been in business for decades. We started of as Kings & Queens Restaurant in 1994 and has graduated to a full service catering company. We take great pride in working closely to understand your needs and wants as our customers.We make any and every event or celebrations our utmost priority and we never rest until you, the customers, are satisfied. Our Philosophy is every client is a celebrity and we treat you as such. No detail is too small and no problem is too big. We are backed by over 15 years of experience in the catering, party rental & event planning.

Tickets Are On Sale For $20. Early Bird Tickets Are Available for $15 now until April 5th 2014 on Eventbrite

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Rimmel London  Moisture Renew Lipstick 2

A bold lip is absolutely my favorite beauty look. A little eyeliner, mascara and a bold lip is my “go to” routine for looking vibrant. I’m most keen on red shades and will usually wear a bold pink on while on the social scene. I received Rimmel London’s new Moisture Renew  “As You Want Victoria” lipstick courtesy of Influenster last week and couldn’t wait to try! I wore it for a blogger meetup with my fellow NYC based BLM Girls and it lasted through a drink and appetizers without reapplying. What I liked about Rimmel London Moisture Renew, was that it lived up to it’s name. The magenta toned lipstick is extremely creamy and did not dry my lips. The bold color, which I used with no lip liner, was true to color once I applied on my lips and didn’t have an overbearing gloss factor. I’ve been looking for a great everyday nude/brown tone lipstick, so I’m definitely going to try one from the rest of the line. [click to continue…]

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Fit By July

by Miss Mikelah on March 31, 2014

Summer bodies are born in the winter! Since spring has officially arrived and summer will quickly follow, you may want not want to wait on achieving your fitness goals. I’ve always pondered the idea of getting a personal trainer, mainly to show me if I’m doing the right moves in the gym (those machines can be intimidating)  so when I had the opportunity to train with local trainer, Dwayne July, creator of Fit by July, I was pretty excited. Yes, his last name is really July.

A former athlete, July took a similar to training and keeping his clients motivated. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. as a pre-teen, had a love affair with twinkies and vowed to get in shape and never looked back, eventually opening Fit by July in 2013. The personal trainer opened up a location in Port Chester, NY after serving as a personal trainer for years at various chain gyms in Greenwhich, CT and New York City.

I took a personal training session as well as a small group class and both were intense, yet highly motivational. We discussed my physical abilities, and I specified that I wanted to work on abs (like most ladies), but got an extreme body workout of muscles I never knew existed until that day. I’ve never experienced any exercise where my abs were aching and I didn’t have to spend hours in the gym. July’s simple, yet effective approach goes far beyond working out; he emphasizes on a consistent positive energy and a balanced diet. He’ll push you to achieve results, but you have to be willing to REALLY do the work.  After working out, I got a chance to sit with the man behind Fit by July to hear his story.

 

Fit by July

Tell me about your career path to personal training.
I came to America in 1994. I became a real chubby kid due to my  love affair with twinkles. In 1998 my parents bought a house and I was going to go to a new school and I didn’t want to be the new fat kid. My mom bought a bench press machine and me and my brother started working out. I started playing high school football and was able to get recruited to college. Then I got signed to the Philadelphia Souls developmental team. A year into it the league told us they were going to fold and I decided to focus on something else. I always loved working out so, fitness was it. [click to continue…]

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Caribbean Digital Diva_Syn Dawkins

Syntyche ‘Syn’ Dawkins can be described using only two words: passionate and proud. The American-born producer, program director, promoter and all-around Jane of all trades, was raised in a Jamaican and Bajan household. It was in the home where Syn developed a pride and passion for her culture, which would eventually order her career steps.

A self-proclaimed culture pusher, Syn enthusiastically shares Caribbean trends, music and art with anyone who is willing to learn more about it. Syn’s parents emigrated to America from the Caribbean to give her an opportunity to realize the American dream; however, they continued to teach her the importance of her culture and ensured that her roots were not lost. It was her West Indian upbringing and values that helped mold Syn into the businesswoman she is today. [click to continue…]

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AmyTheard_Caribbean Digital Diva Feature
Amy Théard is a haitian born artist, based in new york!  her deep rooted love for the arts came about at  an early age. During a year long stay in her native country of Haiti, tt was only in Jan 2012 that she discovered her true love for painting. Daughter of the late famous Haitian artist Carol Théard, and niece of artist Jean piérre Theard,  Amy is continuing in her families long legacy in the Haitian art world. Her style is bright and imaginative, with a contemporary flare not found in typical haitian art! Focusing mainly on color and movement! “I want to touch the world with what i create and bring a sense of awe and wonder    to each person who encounters my work! ” Amy Théard  has already been a featured artist in new york based gallery (ade olisa gallery), commissioned celebrity clientele and been recognized by Casa Frela art gallery as one of their featured artist in the upcoming Harlem art tour 2013,and as of recently a published artist in the book “Présence féminine dans l’art haïtien” a book of different works  from the top 88 female Haitian artist, also featured in other publications such as Uptown Magazine, New York Post page six, Lucky Magazine, and Zagat for her works in Brooklyn’s newest hotspot Milk River!
Coming from a family of artists, was it difficult to carve out your own artistic direction? 
Yes and No! Because I moved here to the state when I was a baby and my father stayed in Haiti I wasn’t really exposed to art that much. I always knew what he did but It wasn’t an interest of mine to paint. From a young age I always loved the process of creating, so I was always crafty. I always avoided painting because it was my fathers “thing” and after he died I didn’t want anyone to compare or relate anything that I did with him, but when I moved back to Haiti at the age of 25 I discovered my love for painting. It wasn’t hard figuring out my own style or direction, my style is so different from that of my fathers or my uncles on account of I grew up exposed to different things and in a different place, art is still so new to me.

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Caribbean Digital Diva_tabitha

Tabitha St. Bernard co-founded Tabii Just in 2012. A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Tabitha fine-tuned her design skills with internships at Vivienne Tam and Tahari ASL. She joined the dressline design team at Tahari ASL, where she discovered her passion for sustainable fashion. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, she now hails from Brooklyn, New York. She takes her rich Caribbean heritage with her to the design studio and traces of it are evident in every item of clothing. Tabitha maintains a double, not-so-secret life as a fashion & beauty blogger for a range of websites, while writing her personal blog, Tabs On Fashion. As a designer and blogger, Tabitha is privy to a unique, well-rounded perspective on fashion. She believes that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and chic, from within.

As a designer, what is the most challenging part of being in the fashion industry? That’s a tough question. Every part of it is a challenge. Lol. I would say the most challenging part for me is having to exist and think in different realms of the business. On an average day, I make decisions about design, production, budgeting, social media, etc. As an artist, I literally have to detach myself from my treasured designs in order to make business decisions. It’s challenging to just switch off different sides of myself for the good of the brand. [click to continue…]

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