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Kevin Sylvester and Wil Baptist have been hidden gems for a while and that will definitely change overnight. From playing on tracks by super star artist Jay Z to performing at the White House for President Barak Obama’s Inauguration, it goes without saying that the Violin and Viola will quickly become the most sought after instrument of choice to learn among children, youth and young adults. Why? Because these gentlemen have mastered the art of blending their trained classical music skills with their love of hip hop music to break society’s stereotype, and it’s only the beginning.

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(December 26, 2016) On Saturday, January 14, 2017, The Style Room Workshop (SRW) makes its first national tour stop at the epic center of tourism and style – San Francisco. The workshop takes place at The Archery, 470 Alabama Street, San Francisco and it will be, by far, a stylists and burgeoning stylists’ playground of education of next-level fashion curation. The Style Room Workshop (SRW) is a comprehensive learning curriculum geared toward budding stylists looking to further hone their craft.

The ladies leading this ‘style room education movement’ are two of the industry’s most dynamic and sought after celebrity stylists among athletes and entertainers. They know the importance of what it means to pay-it-forward when it comes to sharing the knowledge and expertise of their craft, which will ultimately continue to lend creed and high level credit to the industry overall.

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From an NFL star athlete to now fashion designer, Marshawn Lynch showcased his Beast Mode collection for the first time on the runway at Fashion On The Square on November 13, 2016 in San Francisco. Marshawn Lynch, who recently retired from the NFL, is a leading example of how to take a decorated athletic career to the next level and invest in an industry, fashion, that speaks to every ethnicity, age, culture, ethnicity both nationally and internationally.

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(October 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA) On Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street in San Francisco, Fashion On The Square (FOTS) will celebrate its 11th Anniversary in style and as always showing the best in fashion. This year FOTS features couture designerMICHAEL COSTELLO and opera singer/couture fashion designer RADMILA LOLLY.

Michael Costello is nationally recognized and known for his impeccable design of dresses and gowns. His signature look has been worn by many celebrities including Beyonce, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Tracee Ellis Ross, Christina Aguilera and many others. Mr. Costello’s recognition grew by leaps and bounds after he appeared on Project Runway several years ago and has since been a designer favorite by the stars and those who set fashion trends. Mr. Costello will be showing his most recent New York Fashion Week collection …MORE >>

Now, how many people do you know own more than 3,000 comic books? I was beyond thrilled to hear this when I interviewed Samara Lynn, Tech Editor for Black Enterprise Magazine. Samara’s adventure into collecting comic books started at the age of 13, while living in the suburbs of Long Island, New York. The neighborhood kids, at that time, were into comic books and Samara took a liking right along with them growing up. While she stopped collecting comic books around the age of 30, she is very clear that her favs were, at that time, The (Avengers), X-Men and Spider-Man.

This year BE’s Tech ConneXt Summit takes place October 10 – 11, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Burlingame, CA (SF airport location). Samara has had ample time to prepare for this year’s summit, which is very different from last year when it was her third …MORE >>

Fashion On The Square (FOTS), the largest and longest running charity fashion show on the West Coast, hits the runway on November 13, 2016. Designer line-up to be announced very soon and tickets go on sale September 1, 2016. Visit www.fashiononthesquare.com for details. And go …MORE >>

On February 25, 2016, Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. awarded Certificates of Achievement to 11 participants in the 2016 Candidate School. President/CEO, Rose Jacobs Gibson, stated: “The 2016 Candidate School provided a remarkable opportunity to individuals who are giving serious thought about seeking elected office now or in the future.”

Participants represented the communities of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Belle Haven, Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks areas. Attendees learned about the characteristics of strong leadership, decision making skills, questions to ask yourself before seeking elected office, meeting facilitation, ethics required of public officials, the Brown Act, and much more. “The Candidate School gave me an excellent overview of the process of becoming a candidate for elected office. The speakers were world class,” stated one graduate.

One East Palo Alto, The City of East Palo Alto, Nuestra Casa, the Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the …MORE >>

On April 8, 2016 the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Oakland/Bay Area Chapter hosted their 18th Annual Madam CJ Walker Scholarship Luncheon at the SF Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Their keynote speaker and special guest was Debra Martin Chase, an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning television and motion picture producer whose has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company since 2001. Ms. Imani Brown, 17 year old high school student and recipient of the Essay Contest Award, gave an outstanding speech that celebrated her father for raising her to be a phenomenal young woman who aspires to study biochemical medicine in college. She chose this major because of her interest in how DNA works and her interest in finding a cure for cancer. See photos of this event HERE – Glass House Communications Facebook page and for …MORE >>

about OCCUR here.

On September 29th at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, USA Today hosted a panel discussion on the topic “How Much Disruption Do You Need to Succeed” with Change Agents in the tech field. The event was moderated by USA Today Change Agents columnist Marco della Cava and San Francisco Bureau Chief Jon Swartz. Panelists included leading tech entrepreneurs Ron Johnson (Enjoy, formerly Apple, Target), Tristan Walker (Walker & Co. Brands, foursquare) and Meredith Perry (founder of uBeam wireless charging) and venture capitalist Shruti Gandhi (Array Ventures, formerly True Ventures, Samsung). as they reveal the challenges and rewards facing entrepreneurs who are looking to invent new business paradigms. Is investor Peter Thiel’s “Zero to One” maxim the only way to roll, or are there ways to find success by tweaking the status quo? Whether you’re …MORE >>

On Tuesday, September 22nd more than 40 women of color in communications gathered at the Press Club in San Francisco, thrilled about ColorComm’s interest in starting a San Francisco/Bay Area chapter. After the excitement of attending the 2nd Annual ColorComm Conference in Miami, FL in August, many of us could not wait to share our enthusiasm about having a local chapter in the Bay Area. Well, ColorComm’s Founder, Lauren Wesley Wilson, did not waste time traveling our way to see just how committed we are to making this chapter a reality. Things are looking up and we hope to soon announce the start of a much needed organization in the Bay Area that is committed to solely elevating and celebrating the many women of color in the communications industry as well as promoting for more to join the party.

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The 2nd Annual Black Eyed-Pea Festival is one of most celebrated African-American heritage festivals in Oakland and very much anticipated by the entire community. On Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street, Oakland, CA, from 11 am – 6 pm, hundreds will gather to enjoy food, music, arts, spoken word and more, all by some of the most talented in the Bay Area. If eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring good luck, then Oakland will be having a tremendous lucky day on September 12, 2015.

Festival attendees will get a taste of tradition, and not just with black-eyed peas in various forms, from Hoppin’ John to salsa, but also in the form of traditional music and art.

Why a Black-Eyed Pea Festival? “The black-eyed pea is a metaphor for what is resilient, creative, and collaborative about African-American culture,” …MORE >>

about Pinterest’s diversity project.

about Angel Davis, Lauren Washington and 43North.

about Tech808 and get tickets…..

about Intel’s new initiative here…

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Y’Anad Burrell


’Anad is a native San Franciscan who is excited about a life of ‘paying it forward’.  Diversity & Inclusion has been a part of her DNA since her teenage years, whether it was art, technology or fashion, as celebrating the myriad of cultures, differences and similarities in her surroundings is natural.  Y’Anad is the Founder of both Glass House Communications, a public relations firm, and Fashion On The Square, the largest and longest running charity runway show on the West Coast.  As a Commissioner with the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Y’Anad leads the Diversity… Read more>>