Nubian Founder Ade Hassan Redefines The Word “Nude” With New Lingerie Line

DSC_1416writingRarely does one size ever fit all, right? The same can be said for the color nude. For many women, having nude undergarments is an essential part of their wardrobe, but if you’re a woman of color, finding lingerie and hosiery that matches your skin tone can be somewhat of a daunting task.

Thankfully for us, Ade Hassan decided it was time to redefine what nude means and launched Nubian Skin last October. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin is a collection of hosiery and lingerie specifically tailored for women of color. Their motto: “Empowering Women. Embracing Our Colour.”

There are four shades for women to choose from: “Café au Lait” – the lightest shade, “Caramel” – for medium-light complexions, “Cinnamon – for medium to dark complexions, and “Berry,” which is the darkest shade. What’s even better is that consumers can find their perfect match by aligning each shade with foundation colors from popular makeup brands, including MAC and Bobbi Brown. Pretty amazing, right? Furthermore, the bras, panties and hosiery are available in several styles and sizes range from 30B-36DD and S-XL, but due to popular demand, Ade is working on bringing larger sizes (more on that later!) in the near future. recently had the opportunity to speak with Ade Hassan about empowering women, how she was able to fill a major hole in the market, as well as her plans to bring Nubian Skin to a department store near you:

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CEO Tamira Dunn Of DREAM Girls Mentoring Program, Inc. Helps ‘Uplift, Empower And Educate’ Teen Moms

tamira-dunn-e1426703174819As a society, we’re incredibly quick to judge teen mothers, especially African-American teen mothers, but the folks at the DREAM Girls Mentoring Program, Inc. are doing the exact opposite.

Founded back in 2008, Dedicated, Responsible, Educated, Aspiring and Motivated (DREAM) Girls is dedicated to “uplifting, empowering, educating” teen mothers between the ages of 12-20 through one-on-one mentoring along with workshops and special events.

It’s important to point out that although the Baltimore-based nonprofit provides assistance to teen mothers, it does not promote teen pregnancy in any way and actually works to prevent future pregnancies.

“Teen pregnancy is preventable, but I want people to know it’s not the end of the world,” says CEO and Founder Tamira Dunn. “Just because you are pregnant at a young age does not mean you can’t graduate from high school. It does not mean you cannot go to college and get a good job. It’s all about how you apply yourself so if you’re ambitious enough to keep going and not let your circumstances stop you, then you’ll be OK. Teen pregnancy will not be the death of you.”

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Thank God It’s Natural Founder Chris-Tia Donaldson Talks Empowering Black Women, Brand Building & New Target Partnership

christia-bioimage22Harvard graduate Chris-Tia Donaldson is in love with her hair – her God-given natural hair, but that wasn’t always the case. When the Detroit native landed her first job at a law firm, she began wearing wigs to disguise her real hair, in order to make her white colleagues feel more comfortable around her. If you can think back all the way to 2003, you’ll recall there were very few products that were being designed for Black women who had the desire to wear their hair in its natural state. What did Chris-Tia decide to do? She started doing research and 10 years later, she launched her own line of products called, Thank God It’s Natural, which was inspired by her 2009 self-published, best-selling book, “Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair.” And as of March 1, TGIN’s Moist Collection for Natural Hair is available is more than 250 Target stores nationwide – nearly a year in the making!

So, what makes TGIN stand out from all the other brands on the market today? Well, every product is created using natural and organic ingredients, contains zero parabens and phthalates and has never been tested on animals. But, TGIN is more than just shampoo, conditioner and styling aids. TGIN also sells handcrafted body soaps, body creams, lip balms, and t-shirts. But wait, there’s more! In the upcoming years, Chris-Tia plans on expanding her company to include healthy snacks, cookbooks, supplements and fitness apparel. Simply put, TGIN is not just a line of products. It’s a lifestyle. recently spoke with Chris-Tia Donaldson about her natural hair journey, her partnership with Target, as well as her plans to take TGIN to the next level:

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Furniture Designer Brian K. Ellison Hits Big with ‘Framework’


When Chicago-native Brian K. Ellison made the decision to leave a 15-year career in real estate development to pursue his passion for architecture, woodworking and furniture building nine years ago, he never imagined it would end up landing him a spot on Spike TV’s hit show, Framework, but that’s exactly what happened.

“I received a call from a friend of mine out of the blue asking me if I’d be interested in speaking with a casting agency in California about a reality show for furniture makers and I [agreed to it],” Ellison says. “She sent in my information along with a video [and] two weeks after that, I was on a plane to L.A. It all happened really quickly.”

Framework premiered back in January and is the first-ever furniture design competition series. Hosted by Common, 13 of the nation’s best emerging furniture designers are forced to put their artistry and skills to the test for 10 weeks, competing for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have their work sold by a major manufacturer.

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SisterLove, Inc. Addresses Georgia’s HIV/AIDS Crisis

sisterloveIt’s hard to fathom that HIV is still the 5th leading cause of death for Black men and the 7th for Black women between the ages of 25 and 44. That’s higher than any other racial group! For the past 26 years though, SisterLove, Incorporated, an Atlanta-based non-profit, has been on a mission to eradicate the HIV/AIDS pandemic by educating Black women especially about AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques in a judgment-free zone.

“[Many] people think that getting tested for HIV is an once-in-a-lifetime thing and unfortunately, if you are sexually active, if you have more than one partner, or if you don’t know the status of your partner, then you need to be tested every three months,” says Director of Programs Lisa Diane White.

“It’s very overwhelming and daunting for people to think about all the questions they need to ask their sexual partner sometimes before you even know their momma’s name. Sometimes people begin to negotiate safer sex after they’ve already had sex because that’s probably the point where they feel comfortable enough to start asking questions, but by then, you’ve already been exposed and sometimes it only takes one time.”

To raise awareness, SisterLove holds various events throughout the year, including a signature fundraising event known as, “2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards and Leadership Institute” that will take place Friday, October 16. During the ceremony, 20 women who have been living with HIV for 20 years and serve as leaders and educators in their communities will be honored. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization.

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Dancing For A Cure: Veteran Choreographer Brandee Evans Teaches Women How To ‘Hip Hop In Heels’

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As a professional dancer and choreographer, Brandee Evans has worked with notables like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and Katy Perry to name a few. Brandee dances like nobody’s business and she does it all while rocking a fierce pair of six-inch pumps! What’s even more impressive is the former assistant director to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies dance team shows women around the world (from London to Japan) how to drop it like it’s hot in heels while finding their inner sex goddess with her series of dance classes, “Hip Hop in Heels.” And it’s all for an amazing cause.

A portion of the proceeds go toward Brandee’s mother, Diana Harrington, who’s currently staying in a rehabilitation center for multiple sclerosis because her recent injuries make it unsafe for her stay home alone. Diagnosed back in 2003, Harrington, who used to walk four miles a day, has become immobile from the waist down as a result of the disease.

To make matters worse, the “Hip Hop in Heels” classes are no longer enough to pay for Harrington’s medical expenses since the rehab center where she stays costs $6,000 a month. Despite these obstacles, Brandee and her mother refuse to back down in their fight against MS.

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Tackling Louisiana’s Black Infant Mortality Crisis

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAEvery year, Black infants are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday compared to White infants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For nearly 30 years now, the folks at the Birthing Project USA have been fighting to close that gap. Their mission is to provide pregnant women, particularly Black women with the medical care and support needed to deliver a healthy baby.

As the only national African-American maternal and child health program in the country, the Birthing Project not only assists women during their pregnancy, they also provide education and emotional support for up to one year following the birth of their children.

“We like to call ourselves the Underground Railroad for New Life,” says Birthing Project Executive Director Joia Perry. “We want to ensure that the birth of every baby of color is witnessed and valued. [Our goal is to] decrease infant mortality in Black and brown babies by 50 percent within the next decade.”

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