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Black Shopping

10744104856?profile=originalI've got loads of links for all of your conscious Black shopping needs.  

Want to buy Black books, calendars, and music to feed your soul and bring joy to your heart? Here are some links for all of your conscious Black shopping needs.  

Click here for Black Shopping.  

And while you are buying presents for everybody else, make sure you do some shopping for yourself! 

Success Strategies for Black People 
What They Don't Want Us to Know 

Plus click here for my FREE Black Success audios.

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The argument about Christmas Spirit vs. Christmas Commercialism is not new.  Retailers have forever been seducing shoppers at Christmas time with all kinds of deals and specials.  Most often it was a sideshow that only temporarily distracted humans from the real Spirit of Christmas.  But today, it seems as though Christmas Commercialism, for many, is what Christmas is all about.

There is no doubt that the power of Christmas Spirit has long impacted the family of man.  Humans, generally, treat one another friendlier during this time of year.  Wars stop because of Christmas.  People give to the less fortunate in a spirit of kindness.  Christmas has an enduring universal power that makes most humans, regardless of religious beliefs or practices, understand that caring for one another is simply the right thing to do.

Christmas Commercialism attempts to create its own power.  For many retailers and their media cohorts, it’s all about getting the consumer to spend.  They promise deals on items that they know won’t be in the store.  They create “scheduled” specials designed to manipulate your time.  This is nothing new; it has gone on for years.

The problem, as I see it, is that the consumer is starting to drink the cool-aid more and more.  People leave their Thanksgiving dinner tables to go shop instead of sharing family history and stories.  People camp out overnight to be one of the first in line to get that big-screen TV that will only last until next Christmas.  People are mean and rude to one another fighting over shopping carts, parking spaces, and that last item on the shelf.  They cuss at one another, they become physical with one another, they disrespect one another, not because of the Christmas Spirit, but because of Christmas Commercialism.

The retailers are not going to change.  Their souls were lost a long time ago.  However, as humans, we have the power to determine how we respond.  We need to remember that Christmas is about peace on earth and goodwill to all, not charging credit cards to the max then taking the next year to pay them off.

Somehow I don’t think that when (or if) you get to the Pearlie Gates, St. Peter is going ask you about that deal you got on that TV.

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Charity, Shopping & You

Have you ever been at the grocery store and they have food item or product at the end of the counter, then after they ring up your groceries, they ask: "Would you like to donate $1 for (fill in the blank) charity?".  More often than not, most people say yes because, they have already purchased my groceries and hey, what is an extra dollar?   

How about when you get that call on the phone to ask if you would please buy a magazine subscription at a ridiculously low rate to help a particular charity to raise money?  Again, most people would sign up because well, they like to read and always wanted that particular magazine.  Normally you would not subscribe to it as it is an unnecessary expense.  But now it is for charity so, why not?  You get the enjoyment of your favorite magazine and the charity gets the funds it needs.  

These methods are just some of the ways that charities have instituted to help them to raise funds. Rather than ask outright, why not give people something that they may already want while asking for a donation.  Retailers have similar way of working.   Product Red aka  (PRODUCT)RED was formed to raise awareness to awareness and funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa.  

And as most people know, pink products are what Avon has to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.  They have also introduced purple products for the fight against domestic violence.  

Tastefully Simple has also joined the ranks of retail brands introducing products for charity.  Their cause is Share Our Strength via No Kid Hungry campaign to fight against child hunger in America.

These are just some of the ways that charities try to make it easier for people to give.  Whether it be beautiful clothes and jewelry or delicious gourmet food, charity can now be more than an annual event.  Giving to charity is no longer something that is considered obligatory.  You can give when you want, how ever you want and feel rewarded by not only in making the contribution, but getting something that you can enjoy as well.  Charity can truly begin at home.
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Greetings Divas!


We at Divas in the City ( are currently gearing up for our "Sweet & Sassy Shopping Soiree" a Pre-Valentines day shopping party and girls night out on February 11th from 6pm - 10pm in NYC.  Divas in the City is an all women lifestyle organization that focuses on planning & hosting entertaining, educational and empowering events for todays do it all woman...the Diva!


We are still in need of additional vendors for the Feb 11th event.  If you or someone you know sells any of the items listed below, and are interested at vending at this upcoming event please email us ASAP as we are trying to finalize our vendors by February 3rd.  This is a great opportunity for those looking to expand their business and connect with fabulous women in NYC.

Vendors Needed



Clothing (Straight/Plus)


Gift baskets (valentines day theme)

Fashionable home decor


Please email for more info. 

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Are You Up for a Coupon Challenge?

The holidays are coming and making sure my family stays within our budget is key to me. But I do have to admit, although I have my family on a strict budget plan, and although we stay within our spending limits overall. The area we tend to overspend is with the grocery/food bill. So enough is enough, I’m taking on the coupon challenge. During the holidays overspending can occur and it’s very important to not neglect your budget during the holiday season. For some people looking to save and not overspend, holiday shopping begins in Fall, this practice allows you to stay on top of your budget allows you to eliminate wasteful spending. So back to my coupon challenge I’ve did my research, so that I can take some tips from other people who have been successful with coupons. In my Googles earch I came across the website of and I been using her website as a guide, so far I am impress with her coupon saving tactics. I just started this coupon exercise this weekand I am noticing the food savings. Right now I’m only buying what’s on sale and utilizing coupons with the sale items. What I also learned that many of the stores have website where you can sign up and get additional savings. Well as I mention earlier int his blog the holidays are coming and my goal is to plan my holiday food shopping list now. Until next time, I’ll let you know how it goes
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Product Showcase-- African American Luxury Totes

Product Showcase-- African American Luxury Totes

We are so excited to share our new arrivals with you! These beautiful African American Luxury Totes absolutely took my breath away when they arrived a couple of days ago. Not only are they beautiful, but they are quality made. The images shown on my website can't come close to describing how awesome these totes really look. I am so impressed that I made a video on our new luxury totes just for you. I want you to know that when I say they are beautiful, you know it. Now please understand making videos is new to me, so don't be too critical, just focus on the totes.

Interior is a brown nylon liner with a supported bottom. Includes a padded pocket large enough to accomodate a small notebook computer, ipad, your favorite book, or Bible. Also contains one zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, and key ring.

Tote Size: 15"W x 6.5"D x 13.5"H
Inside padded pocket measures 9.5" x 7.5" x 0.75"D
Straps Measure 15"

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Tote to church, tote to the gym, tote shopping, you can even use as a diaper bag. Tell me what you think about the totes. Can you see this as a Christmas gift this year?
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Amway Global Independent Business Owners (IBOs) have once againpropelled the company to the top spot in online Health & Beauty(H&B) sales. According to Internet Retailer’s annual Top 500 Guideto the web, Amway Global is ranked first in the Health & Beautycategory for the seventh consecutive year, and 27th in overall websales. According to Internet Retailer estimates, Amway Global’s onlinesales were more than $885 million in 2009.

“We are extremely proud to be number one in online health and beautysales for seven straight years,” says Steve Lieberman, Amway Global’sManaging Director. “Our leadership in this category is largely due tothe high quality and appeal of our major health and beauty brands,Nutrilite supplements and Artistry skin care and cosmetics. The realcredit, however, belongs to the dedicated Independent Business Ownerswho drive our sales.”

Internet Retailer's definitive ranking and analysis of America's 500largest e-retailers is based on annual 2009 Internet sales, researchedby Internet Retailer and confirmed by retailers. This report includescompany financial, operational and performance data, as well as vendorsin key categories.

This is the link to the full article:

I posted this article to show the legitimacy of my business and to crush all doubt that I could be a "fly by night" online website. I am part of a franchise and I am included in the successful results of the past 4 out of 7 consecutive years at being #1 in Health and Beauty.

I love what I do and I am proud of my business, my products, my customer service and most of all my customers because I would not be in business if it weren't for their business and referrals.

I hope in reading this article that I will be taken seriously by those who are understandably caustious because they do not know me and that my website will be a one stop shop for you and your families.

Thank you for reading.

Michelle Cole
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Summer Collection is here...

My Summer Collection is finally here. Here's a sneak peek. I'm adding new jewelry piece daily so keep checking my Etsy site.

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Pants Need Not Apply!!!

BE FASHION - A feminine-inspired online clothing boutique with one only rule- no pants allowed.

New York, NY - September, 3, 2009 – BE FASHION is a women's online clothing boutique that launched in the spring of 2009. After being directly affected by the turbulent economy and having to explore alternative methods to make a living, Barbara Codner, CEO/Founder of BE FASHION, combined her love of clothing and lady-like approach to create an online boutique that encourages women to dress impeccably, purposely choosing not to sell pants on her site. Ms. Codner explained, "I want to take fashion back to a time when women dressed like ladies."

BE FASHION was completely self-financed by Barbara; she did not seek help from lenders or investors. Despite having her MBA, Barbara was having a difficult time finding quality work in NYC. With no job, ends to meet and a closet full of clothes; she decided to put her clothes up for auction on EBay. Her clothing was an instant hit, and Barbara realized she had an eye for fashion and a penchant for what sells. She took her profits from the auctions and invested them into her online venture. When developing her boutique, Barbara had an important goal; she wanted BE FASHION to reflect her views about fashion while encouraging women to explore their own personal style.

BE FASHION offers ultra-feminine, moderately priced women’s clothing and handbags. Styles range from designer day and evening dresses such as Suzi Chin priced at $100 or less to designer evening dresses and gowns such as JS Boutique which are priced 20%-50% less than most department stores, with some other discounted items available. Special sections on the site include a line of vintage-inspired pieces as well as genuine leather handbags.

For more information about BE FASHION, please contact:

Barbara Codner


461 Central Park West

Suite 1E

New York, NY 10025

(347) 879-0822

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Holding a Kwanzaa Event?

If you are holding a Kwanzaa event, please send me the details privately and I will post them on my website.Click here to read the Kwanzaa listings I have compiled.For great books on Kwanzaa, Black history, Black achievers, plus children's books, music and more, go toAfrican American Holiday Shopping.check out my free African American Holiday Gifts Guide:Have a great day!
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Holiday Season Request from Darlene Robinson

This is Darlene Fobinson from the Black Business Network. I’m asking for your support to make at least one purchase from a black owned business at the Black Business Network this holiday season. By supporting one of these black owned businesses will make a huge financial impact for that biz. Do you think you can go to the website today and look at the products and pick out at least one product to add to your holiday shopping list this year? We would really appreciate your support in recycling your dollars with a black owned biz this holiday season. A small purchase as little as $5, $10 or $20 will make a huge difference in the bottom line for that business and their families.One of my favorite businesses at the black business network called Products of the Earth who are making their products by hand. These PRODUCTS ARE SUPERIOR THAN SO MANY OTHER products out there on the market today. They are all natural and some of the best products i have ever used. There is also a black computer company, plus health and nutritional products, cosmetics. inspirational, motivational and educational clothing, books, cds ,dvds. Then my two favorites the President Obama figurine and the African Genesis program that provides families with an educational course to learn about our African heritage to earn a free trip to Egypt just by successfully completing a 2 year course!When you buy from one of these businesses it not only helps out that biz, it also helps me out because the money i earn from these sales will help me to build my family’s funds to get back into a home. Many of you may not know that my family was evicted from our home on July 4, 2008. We were victims of identity theft when someone forged their name on the deed to our home in Sept 2006 and tried to sell our home right out from under us. God blessed us with the knowledge to start a business that helped other families who were victims of fraud or facing foreclosure due to predatory lending practices.Because we fought for over a year and used all of our savings, until we ran out of funds. Sold our daughter’s car, my husband’s 2 trucks and even our piano. If it hadn’t been for the help from family & friends and the Grace of God we would have been homeless. My family is trying to get back on our feet financially and the majority of our monies go towards keeping the business afloat. We have lived in a 400 sq ft guest house of a dear family member since July 2008. I want to be able to give my 2 children the ultimate present of moving back into a house even a rental before Christmas this year. We need to get the rest of the money for the deposits and getting the utilities turned on. So can I count on you to make a least one purchase at today to not only help me out, but also to help a black business prosper this holiday season?Don’t forget to visit the website today to place your order for timely delivery!Thank you for your continued support by reading my emails and listening to my voice mails. May god bless you and your family this upcoming holiday season and hope you have a prosperous new year!Darlene Robinson and familyOrlando, FL
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Move over EBAY! I'm getting my gifts here.....

Althou ,there are lots of websites that one can choose to shop from,I highly recommend one that has lots to offer. I seen name brand items dirt cheap! If your searching for bargains,watching for'll love what you see here. I definetly made this site one of my favorite's. This is because I often see really hot stuff!Go ahead and visit the site these are reasons enough to keep coming back;* Snatch bargains for pennies on the dollar* New items added hourly* Collectibles and hard-to-find items* Gadgets and gear available nowhere else* Crazy-priced closeouts* Sell your own unwanted stuff too for quick cash!banner397.gifYou can literally stretch a dollar here fill the empty spaces under the tree!Hope you'll love it! free online photo editor, fun photo effects free online photo editor
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May this be the best holiday season for you and your family. I hope I can count on you to shift at least $20 to a Black Owned Business this holiday season to share your blessings and show your love and support.Check out the Barack Obama figurine, African History/Kemet Timeline Poster, handmade soaps, all-natural bath/body, books, art, CDs/DVDs, Diverse Super Hero Collection, and so much more! Robinson
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Cut Your Grocery Bill

Stop Being Loyal to Name BrandsYou can save a fortune buying store brand foods, which are almost always just as good anyways. For instance, a month ago I bought a certainer of Great Value Cream Cheese (WalMart brand) and I compared the ingredients to Philadelphia Cream Cheese and it had the exact same ingredients, it was just listed in a different order. I saved $0.97 by buying the store brand! It may not seem like much, but if you do that with some of your items the savings will make a big difference over a month. You don't have to commit to buying them for the rest of your life, just try them!For more tips, discounts, and printable coupons visit: New items added daily. Current item: Free pair of panties at Victoria Secret! Visit blog for details!
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Got Your Thanksgiving Recipes?

Remember those mouth-watering recipes for turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and mince pie?Are you ready for the holidays? Click here to download my Black Holiday Gifts Guide now. We have all the traditional African American cookbooks you need to recreate those wonderful meals for your family and loved ones. Plus recipes for an African Christmas.The Guide also contains lots of activities for children, parents and families. I have free online games for children, crafts and more.Click here for more great recipes.Happy holidays!
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FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR A NEW $8000 TAX CREDIT. YES, THAT SOUND YOU HEAR IS OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING.As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® work closely with Congress for legislation that supports home buyers, likethe recent stimulus package that gives fi rst-time home buyers a tax credit of up to $8,000.* The credit, combined with today’s low interest rates and increased affordability, make buying conditions more favorable than they’ve been in years. Repayment is not required and it is available for homes purchased between January 1 and December 1, 2009.Homeownership is an investment in your future. Work with a REALTOR®, a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, who can explain the process and show you options that best fi t your situation. To learn more, visit MARKET’S DIFFERENT, CALL A REALTOR® TODAY...Denise R. McCoyRealtor/Employer Housing 534-5239Share with a friend:$FILE/Fence_Sitters_8000_PDF.pdf
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Flea Market!!

The BGC flea market is open today 10/25/2009 from 1-430 so stop on by for$1 jewelry$3 blouses 1x-3x, m, l$5 dresses 1x-3x, xl$3-$5 jeans sizes 7/8-24, denim skirts 18, 22$5 pencil skirts 3x-5x$3-$5 shoes sizes 8.5-9$3-$5 clutches and handbagsThis is all female items! The flea market will also be open Monday from 8a-11a, 2p-8p and Tuesday through Friday 10a-8p. Items are going fast! The flea market may end sooner than Friday! Pictures of the items are on this link: a fashion fabulous day,Syreeta
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