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3 Tips for Networking!

Have the right mindset when meeting new people.

Truly care about where they are and how you can help them grow. Of course we all have our needs, but when we build relationships, we need to first care about others.

Take the initiative to "put yourself out there."

It's so important to embark on new ventures with a fearless attitude. If you don't take action you won't be able to achieve your goals. So many people don't understand that being proactive about networking is at the core of being a good networker. You really need to "make it happen". In order for you to take action you'll need to overcome fear and insecurity.

Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations.

This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.

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You still have time to get those last minute gifts shipped and delivered to you if you'r shopping local. Spend some money with your local artists and Black owned small business.


I don't know why we have a disconnect when it comes to buying from local Black businesses. These are the same people you go to when its time to sell ticket s; ask for donations, money or goodsand services; or advertising for your church/scholarship/whatever.


.If you don't patronize us we can't patronize you.  


Michelle stepping down from soapbox.


Happy Holidays to All.!/pages/WireQueen/160319737328749

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Upcoming Seminar: Monday, January 17, 2011

You might be saying... I am ready for my CD to blow up or I am ready for my book to be featured on Oprah (yes, even the new network)! My question to you: are you "media" ready?


So many people want to be on various radio shows and others want to have maximum media exposure for their business, products or services B U T are they "media" ready? Can the media find them online? When they do find them, what impression will they have? This Teleseminar is great for anyone seeking media exposure ( radio, TV, print media etc). This foundational seminar will give the beginner the tips that enable "media" readiness!


Special Admission: FREE  ---> Click here to Register!

Time: Monday, January 17th at 7:30pm Eastern - 30 minute seminar

Listening method: Phone OR Web Simulcast

Facilitator: Sharvette Mitchell


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Water Woman Works Music AnnouncesEast Bay Community Foundation Awards AkosuaOakland, CA October 6th, 2008 (WomenPR.Com) Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Akosua, brings the fresh new sound of jazz inspired folk to sweeten the jaded ear. Her songs, punctuated with West African and Latin rhythms and tonalities, are a vibrant blend of heartfelt folk storytelling and lyrical jazz vocals. "Akosua pushes the boundaries of conventional songwriting," (Contra Costa Times)We are pleased to announce that Akosua was recently awarded a matching grant from the East Bay Community Foundation in support of her fund raising efforts for her independent debut album project.Akosua has raised $1,500 thus far and will need to raise an additional $2,000 by January 1st, 2009, in order to make her match.Fans and supporters can also make their tax deductible contributions at!Born and raised in New York and New Jersey, Akosua slowly journeyed out to the west coast, first stopping at the University of Michigan where she obtained her undergraduate degree and explored her musical talent. Since settling in California, Akosua has performed at several venues, including Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), Maxwell's (Oakland), La Peña Cultural Center and the Elbo Room (San Francisco) where she opened for Sila and the Afro-Funk Experience. Akosua has also played live on KPFA's Transitions on Traditions and KALW's Africa Mix."There's only one way to describe Oakland singer- songwriter Akosua's voice, it's silky smooth." Christina Troup - Oakland TribunePlease visit Akosua on My Space at akosuamusic.Please visit Akosua's website at, for audio clips.Please visit Akosua on YouTube for video clips.For an interview with Akosua please email:
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Spring Charity Fashion Show

Spring Charity Fashion is scheduled for Spring 2009 in Memphis, TN. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. In kind donations of wigs, scarves, hats and gas cards will also be accepted.This is planned to be a big event with local and national designers involved. A Model Call will be scheduled for this event as soon as the date and location is secured. If you have already submitted your information, thank you, we may contact you individually before the model call to meet you if you indicate interest in the Fashion Show. In order to participate in the show, you must make yourself available for rehearsals, meetings and any fittings. We will try to accommodate your schedules and limit the number of meetings. Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, and Nail Technician will be provided for the show. Models participating in the show will receive their images and a complimentary profile in the showbook as compensation. You will have the option to include your personal and/or Agency info in this ad.For consideration, please email 3 photos- a headshot, full body shot (no nudes), & non-professional photo (no makeup/airbrushing)-, along with your name, statistics and contact information to If you have participated in Fashion Shows in the past, please let us know. Feel free to include a resume. Makeup Artist, Nail Technicians and Hair Stylist will be provided for the show.We are also on the lookout for Photographers, Designers, Wardrobe Specialist, Nail Technicians & Hair Stylist as well. Drop us a line if you are interested. If you need Head 2 Models to promote your product or be involved in a show you are doing, please don't hesitate to contact us.We are looking for sponsors. If you would like to sponsor the Charity Fashion Show, please email h2tmodels@gmail.comWe will partner with other Modeling/Talent Agencies to make this event a successful one for the charity involved. Contact us by email if interested.Serious Inquiries Only!! No Nudes-- Swimsuit submissions will be accepted! All submissions from all individuals are welcome!!RegardsTajHead 2 Toe Models & Talent Marketing(a division of Relaxing Minds)
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Dropping a note to let you know about some of the advertising and marketing opportunities on for our May relaunch including banner ads, detour ads (where your actual website opens in the background whenever a new visitor visits our site), 15-30 second audio ads on our online radio station and podcast (available on cellphones, Itunes and other top podcast sites), video ads on b-gyrl tv, our youtube and video podcast (also available on Itunes) AND getting your logo displayed on our upcoming promotional mixtape cover, mix sponsored by Boost Mobile.This are ongoing promotions, meaning your ad is never removed and never expires.Rates vary, however we are willing to work within any reasonable budget.Email
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April 13, 2008New York TimesBy JOSHUA KURLANTZICKBLESSED with a cooler climate than Bangkok and buffered by lush mountains, Chiang Mai has long served as a backpacker’s gateway to Thailand’s northern reaches. But an influx of Thai artists and Western expatriates has turned this quiet city into a vibrant destination in its own right. Design studios have sprung up in town, fusing traditional Thai with modern twists. Age-old curries are now paired with Australian red wines and croissants. The area around Nimanhaemin Road now looks like South Beach, packed with BMWs and Art Deco homes, alongside contemporary art galleries run by young Thais with purple hair and nose rings. But traditional Chiang Mai is still there. Walk away from Nimanhaemin into the old city and you’ll see shaved monks meditating and backpackers chowing down on banana pancakes.Friday3 p.m.1) OLD KINGDOMPacked with crumbling old stupas, jewel-encrusted temples and wooden houses, Chiang Mai’s central old city hasn’t lost its old charm. And since Chiang Mai was once the capital of the Lanna kingdom, its temples and other historic sites have a unique look, with starker lines and darker woods. Start a long walk at Wat Chiang Man, the city’s oldest temple, built in the late 13th century, and then wander southwest, to Wat Chedi Luang, which houses a giant, partly damaged traditional Lanna-style stupa. Get your exercise by continuing on for about a mile, southeast, just past the old city walls, where you can stop for a break at a branch of Wawee Coffee, a local chain serving northern Thai joe. (Inside the Suriwong Book Center; Sri Donchai Road, near the intersection with Thanon Chang Khlan.)6 p.m.2) BODY SHOPThe bumpy roads can take their toll on your legs. Rejuvenate them at the Ban Sabai Town (17/7 Charoenprathet Road; 66-53-285-204). The spa offers aromatherapy and other treatments, but the specialty is, of course, Thai massage — a method that emphasizes stretching. The masseuse pulls and prods your limbs in every direction, like a chiropractor. Your muscles might be tempted to scream, but they’ll end up feeling like soft butter. An hourlong Thai massage costs 1,900 baht (or around $60 at 32 baht to the dollar), far less than you would pay at most hotel spas.8 p.m.3) CRABS AND KARAOKEFor a taste of the city’s cosmopolitan edge, stroll along the Ping River, where university students and young professionals gather at a strip of rollicking restaurants that serve modern Thai, Japanese and Western food. Among the liveliest is the Good View (13 Charoen Raj Road; 66-53-302-764;, a sprawling pub and restaurant where the young patrons sing along to live Thai country and rock music, while downing pitchers of beer and shots of Johnnie Walker. Try the geng som, a soup flavored with a sour Thai orange, and the poo phat pong kari, crab stir-fried with yellow curry. Dinner for two people costs about 1,000 baht.Saturday7 a.m.4) HOLY MOUNTAINGet up early — it’s worth it — for the classic Chiang Mai experience: a morning hike on Doi Suthep, the 5,498-foot peak that overlooks the city. Many residents consider Doi Suthep a holy mountain, and hike it as often as they can. Head to the base of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a Buddhist temple that, according to legend, dates from the 14th century, and is topped by a glittering gold chedi. On a clear day, the temple’s terraces afford views across northern Thailand. You’ll see Thailand old and new: monks in sandals begging for rice and young couples smooching in the corner (a taboo among older, more conservative Thais).Noon5) RENEWABLE DESIGNSChiang Mai has become a design laboratory, with foreign and Thai designers blending traditional styles with minimalist lines. Head to Nimanhaemin Road, a major design drag, for boutiques that sell textiles, pottery and other crafts. Thai art students wander the street in packs, occasionally whipping out sketchpads. Stores like Studio Kachama (10-12 Nimanhaemin Soi 1; 66-53-219-499) and Gerard Collection (6/23-24 Nimanhaemin Road 66-53-220-604; sell funky lamps with shades made from local mulberry paper, furniture constructed from bamboo and women’s suits made from a traditional, thick-spun cotton.2 p.m.6) CLASSIC CURRIESNew, stylish bistros have colonized the city, but true fans of northern Thai cuisine — which incorporates Burmese and Chinese spices, and is lighter than southern Thai cooking — congregate at the classic Huen Phen (112 Rachamankha Road; 66-53-814-548). The restaurant’s cramped tables are packed with taxi drivers who dig into heaps of steaming curries and fiery salads. Have the khao soi, a delicious mix of creamy curry, crispy egg noodles, slices of pickled cabbage and bits of shallot and lime. Lunch for two is about 300 baht.4 p.m.7) ARTIST CROPIn recent years, many of Thailand’s best-known artists have moved to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. Several have won global recognition: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, a performance artist who reads poetry to corpses, was featured at the 2006 Venice Biennale. And Navin Rawanchaikul, who paints cartoonlike murals inside taxis and tuk-tuks, has exhibited his work at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. For emerging talents, visit La Luna Gallery (190 Charoen Raj Road; 66-53-306-678; p.m.8) SPICE MARKETFor a late dinner, the fashionable crowd migrates to Dalaabaa (113 Bumrungraj Road; 66-53-242-491; for cocktails and small Thai plates like spicy squid salad. The midcentury modern bungalow is furnished with eclectic furniture, polished wood and tons of glass, as if Frank Lloyd Wright had gone East. The young crowd includes rail-thin women in slinky black dresses smoking from long cigarette holders, Frenchmen tossing back martinis, and students with ponytails and wispy mustaches engrossed in conversations about Buddhism and art. Dinner with drinks for two is about 1,200 baht.Sunday7 a.m.9) TUSK TIMEEvery travel guide recommends an elephant ride, but the typical trip involves a short, bumpy elephant walk led by a bored trainer. Skip that and take a taxi instead to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center ( between Chiang Mai and the town of Lampang. The center will not only teach you how to command and handle a tusker, but also how to honor the pachyderm, a revered animal in Thailand. Classes, which last most of the day, start at 3,500 baht.4 p.m.10) ROCK OUTWith its cooler climate and rugged terrain, Chiang Mai has become the hub for adventure sports, including rafting, trekking and mountain biking. An American expat, Josh Morris, pioneered the rock climbing scene, especially at Crazy Horse Buttress, a rock face that overlooks lime green, terraced rice fields. Mr. Morris’s outfitter, Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (55/3 Ratchapkhinai Road; 66-53-207-102; offers introductory courses starting at 1,800 baht per person. After sweating to the top, head back to the bars along the Ping River to cool off with a Singha beer and cap off your adventure in style.THE BASICSFlights from the United States to Chiang Mai usually require a connection in Bangkok. Thai Airways International ( flies to Bangkok from Kennedy Airport in New York, with fares for travel in May starting at around $1,100, according to a recent Web search. Carriers flying to Chiang Mai from Bangkok include Thai Airways and Nok Air ( One-way fares on Nok Air start at around 1,300 baht, or about $40 at 32 baht to the dollar.WHERE TO STAYThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi (51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road; 66-53-888-888, is a striking resort on 60 acres with villas that resemble ancient Thai villages. Rooms start at 10,899 baht and go up to 280,000 baht for the Royal Residence, which has three private pools and six bedrooms.Chiang Mai boasts a new crop of boutique hotels. The elegant Rachamankha (6 Rachamankha 9; 66-53-904-111; looks like a chapel and unfolds into one peaceful courtyard after the next. Rooms start at 6,825 baht.The dusitD2 (100 Chang Klan Road; 66-53-999-999;, set in the heart of the old city, offers a minimalist design and rooms starting at 4,100 baht.For event listings, check the English-language Bangkok Post ( or the magazine Citylife Chiang Mai (
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