Tired of the same old written reviews, I decided to make the review of the op-doc, Growing Up a Black Girl in America, one that would be inviting, fun and refreshing. In May, 2016, MMR! held it’s first event: Brunch & Banter: a discussion series. We watched and discussed the documentary (see the video above) and want you to join us in continuing the conversation!! Share the video on social networks, with friends and family and most importantly, never stop talking about issues close to home!!
Drop us a comment with your thoughts and responses!!
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Hello MMR! Readers!
I am so excited to spill the beans on our first event! I was a great success! We ate (you can catch the menu in the gallery. I made the sangria and breakfast punches, they were both bomb!), did a cool icebreaker where our guests got to open up and get to know each other, watched the Op-Doc, Growing Up A Black Girl in America, and had an intense discussion about our own thoughts and feelings about the documentary and personal experiences.
The documentary covered several topics in its 30 minutes; everything from hair to police brutality. Our discussion was no different! We chatted about beauty standards, figuring out how to be yourself in your skin and of course, the hot topic of relationships. As you may already know, the entire discussion was recorded and will be broadcast on our YouTube channel: My Melanin Rocks! TV as well as on Danielle Dominique’s (our beautiful videographer and creator of In Love There’s War) YouTube channel.
We would like to thank the folks that made our event amazing: Our caterers – Michele and Laurice; Our photographer – Marvin Williams; Videographer – Danielle Dominique; Our Host – O’Dasha Johnson; MMR! Staff – HerBrina, Mo, DeMario Rayvon, T. Simone, Jas, and Victoria – as well as our staff that were there in spirit – Brimo, Aieshia & Lina Min.
We would also like to thank each and every one of our guests that came to support! Your words, your stories, your transparency is sincerely appreciated.
To the two women that helped to spawn the B&B idea, creators of Growing Up A Black Girl…, Brea and Monique of ROS Productions: Thank you for telling our stories.
Peruse the gallery and check the Events page for our Brunch & Banter video!
In the meantime, check out Growing Up a Black Girl in America on YouTube.
When I started MMR!, I knew that I did not want the brand to live solely online. I am very pleased and blessed to announce My Melanin Rocks! first event of many:
Brunch & Banter … a Discussion Series.
Our first BB focuses on the documentary, Growing Up A Black Girl in America, an Op-Doc focused on “the early lives of black girls in America.” Guests will enjoy a full brunch, screen the documentary and participate in an in-depth discussion on the film which will be taped for our YouTube channel: My Melanin Rocks! TV
Our inaugural event is invitation only, so stay tuned for announcements and invites to our events!!
Thank you for the support!!
Anthony Body, a native of Cleveland Ohio, has made it his mission to help clean his community, bring awareness to his community, and be the voice and the influence his community needs for change. Anthony is a graduate of Glenville High School. He completed his undergraduate coursework at Malone University and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Administration at Cleveland State University’s Levin School of Urban Affairs. After college, Anthony returned to his neighborhood to work at Famicos Foundation as the Community Engagement Specialist and did lots of great community organizing work in the Glenville Community.
Currently, Anthony works for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as the Good Neighbor Ambassador Supervisor, a program that is designed to engage and inform residents in areas where NEORSD has construction projects and provide neighborhood support, beautification projects and job opportunities/training for residents in the areas affected by the construction projects. Anthony is passionate about the Glenville community and the city at large, he even sits on the Cleveland Community Police Commission; a commission formed as part of the city’s agreed-upon reforms with the Department of Justice.
That is why Anthony Body is our feature for #AppreciateaBlackManDay Man of the Month. It is important to show appreciation to the men who are working to make a difference. Appreciate a man who has a purpose to help others.
We salute you Anthony!
Learn to love all the parts of you that no one claps for!
#radicalselflove #loveALLofyou #flawsandall #WEW
A gem here in the Greater Cleveland Area is Myasha Lightning, the owner and creator of Obnoxious Style. This boutique offers amazing, fun pieces that are not the typical items you see on every website. She offers innovative and creative looks perfect for the modern woman at amazing prices. When browsing the site if you see an item that catches your eye but you are not quite sure how to wear it she also offers styling services. I sat down with Ms. Lightning to get her take on being a young female business owner and her future plans for her business:
What inspired you to start your own business?
What inspired me is my passion for fashion. I have always loved fashion, fashion magazines, runway shows, and people watching. Everyone has their own individual style and when you sit in a room you see how their personalities spore out in their clothing. I find that very interesting, and I love self-expression, it is a way to be free and showcase who you are without words.
What are some of the obstacles you have faced?
Starting my own business was challenging due to not knowing what to do, where to start, who to ask, or a budget. It is challenging to promote yourself. It is time consuming to locate all the right pieces that you feel your customers will like and make a profit, also to see if your choices were appealing to your clientele. What reactions will others have when they see your collection?
Is it challenging balancing work and family life?
I am currently struggling with balancing owning a business, working full-time, school full-time, being a soccer mom and daily obstacles. It is not easy but if you are up to the challenge and your passion is doing something that you love why not take a chance? If it does not turn out the way you want the best part about it is that you are your own boss and nobody knows you messed up but you. The key to life is failure, the only way to win is to lose. I say that because once you have lost you know how to win. You know what to do, what not to do, and how to fix it.
Where do you see your business in five years?
My business five years from now will be a fleet of box trucks that go from city to city with Obnoxious Style clothing. I also see a number of boutiques in different cities. That is my goal, which is why I am currently in school studying entrepreneurship so I can run my business effectively and the growth will be implemented properly because I have the knowledge behind my passion.
What advice do you have for other women of color starting a business?
My advice is to not give up, anything worth having is not going to come easy, it is always going to be a fight. Do everything with your full potential and work hard. Work in silence and let success make the noise for you.
What kinds of pieces can women find on your site?
Obnoxious Style currently has a few statement pieces that are for a sophisticated and sassy young woman. The boutique has blazers, dresses, pants, jackets, and unique blouses. We also carry a few accessories.
What other services do you offer if any?
I currently offer a boutique party experience, this is a gathering of young ladies who want to have fun and discuss fashion. I bring the clothing, sweet treats, and games. The clothing is available for purchase and to try on. It is an opportunity to feel more comfortable in their skin and understand whats for their body type. I also see it as a motivational experience for women to empower one another and lay their insecurities out and help one another through the struggle. We are here to uplift each other and if we realize we may all suffer with the same insecurities we may not be so hard on each other. Women love to shop and have good conversation, why not do it while trying on clothing and indulging in sweet treats and bubbly?
Contact Myasha and Obnoxious Style for services and awesome apparel: