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LUE Productions Presents First Annual Full Figured Model Competition

The ladies of the 2016 LUE Productions Model Competition. Photo by Freddie Washington

The ladies of the 2016 LUE Productions Model Competition. Photo by Freddie Washington

By Naomi K. Bonman

With shows such as America’s Next Top Model, many watch them and will wonder, “how come there isn’t a show that’s dedicated to the big and beautiful women?” Now there are more outlets that are starting to cater to full-figured women that showcases their beauty in a positive light. LUE Productions is gearing up to bring the First Inland Empire Full Figured Model Competition and Fashion Show to San Bernardino on Saturday, June 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Club located at 503 W 31st Street.

The afternoon will be filled with plenty of treats and the venue is accepted to sell out! The Voice of the I.E., Big Dee will be the host alongside Tammy Martin Martin-Ryles of the Black Chamber of Commerce Inland Empire. There will also be special performances by some Inland Empire’s finest artists, as well as a keynote speech by Gwen-Rodgers, founder of Women’s Empowerment Foundation (YWE).

Tickets are now on sale for $15 and will be $20 at the door, so get your tickets early! If you are interested in being a vendor for the event please text (909) 567-1000 or call Deeveatva Foy at (909) 556-7637 or Freddie Washington to (714) 833-3196.

Local Moreno Valley Young Entrepreneurs Open Up Hair Supply Store

Moreno Valley Entrepreneurs

By Naomi K. Bonman

For some time now, many African Americans have complained that there were no Black owned hair supply stories and that the Asians were dominating the hair industry. Through the midst of the complaints, no one was doing anything about it until now.  Two young entrepreneurs from Moreno Valley, California decided to quit talking and to be about it!

The Davis sisters, Kayla (19) and Keonna (21), have opened KD Haircare Supply located at 24453 Sunnymead Blvd. Although the city has a high population of Blacks, there is not a large mass of Black owned businesses, so KD Haircare Supply is definitely a major milestone for both the city and for other millennials who aspire to work for themselves and making a living while doing it.

We salute these two! If you’re in the area make sure you stop by and tell them that Westside Story Newspaper sent you. Also be sure to follow them on the social networks @kdhaircarellc or visit www.kdhaircaresupply.com.

 

San Bernardino Native, Women’s Empowerment Author Takes Over LA for Pigs & Pearls Book Signing

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T’ana Phelice (left) at her event Lunch With T’ana and her childhood friend NaKendra (right)

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA – Need a new book to read? Want to read a book that will not only hold your attention, but that is inspiring and powerful at the same time? Then come on down on Saturday, March 19 to Zahra’s Books & Things from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up T’ana Phelice’s books, get them signed, and engage in an insightful conversation with the author herself. Pigs & Pearls is $18, Bratty Tatty (for the kids) is $9, and JADED Diamonds is $16. So mark your calendars and let’s continue to support our Black entrepreneurs and keep Black literature alive! Zahra’s Books & Things is located a 900 N. La Brea Avenue in Inglewood