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Spring is in the HAIR! | National Natural Hair Meetup Day May 19th


Once the weather gets warmer the natural hair events in the New York Metro area spring up. If you have never been to a natural hair event this would be the ideal time to make an appearance. Having a national meet up day is a fun way for naturals to get from behind those screens and swap tips. If you’re looking for closer events a quick search on Meetup.com or YouTube should help.

Spring Is In The Hair!

The Official Brooklyn Event for
National Natural Hair Meet-Up Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012
3pm-7pm

VIP/Press Reception at 3pm

The Rock Shop * 249 4th Avenue * Brooklyn, NY

Come celebrate the season of sensational curls, coils and
kinks in a savvy, supportive and stylish community of
Naturalistas, featuring a special Spring Hair presentation by
Celebrity Stylist and Natural Hair Pioneer Diane Bailey,
a panel discussion, games and TONS of giveaways.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | #millionhoodies March


“Racism continues to cause suffering for millions of people around the world…. I look to all people to join the United Nations in our drive to eliminate racism. We must, individually and collectively, stamp out racism, stigma and prejudice.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2012

I think it’s no coincidence that today was the day chosen for the Million Hoodies march. Which is a show of solidarity in the search for justice in the murder of Trayvon Martin which took place in Sandford, Florida.

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Racial Discrimination is alive and well not only in America but in various parts of the world. Use today to get over your own bias opinion.

If you want to get involved in some way with the Trayvon Martin case join the many that will gather today in NYC to show that just because you’re wearing a hoodie doesn’t make you suspicious.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

For the Foodies | 5th Annual Choice Eats


NYC food lovers descended on the 5th Annual Choice Eats at the 69th armory.
This wonderous foodie event featured hand-picked restaurants courtesy of the Village Voice. Not only was the food plentiful there were drinks to wash everything down with.  From many of the liquor brands represented including Stella and Barefoot. Choice Eats offered enough food diversity to satisfy any palette from Jollof rice, shrimp rolls, jerk chicken, barbecue bacon, and sandwiches.
When asked about taking part of Choice Eat the restaurants on hand all beamed at the chance to showcase their dishes. Some even debuting new dishes just for the event.
No food event is complete without dessert. My favorite had to be the bourbon chocolate cake from Blue Stove followed by the peanut butter and jelly ice cream.
Check out the pictures below of some of my other favorites of the night. If you’re sad you missed choice eats take a little comfort in knowing they return in April with a choice eats dedicated to food trucks.

These tacos made their debut at Choice Eats

XE MAY TACOS

lamb short rib

Shrimp rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound

Xe May sandwiches were so delicious

Who doesn't love mashed potatoes?

Roti courtesy of Singh's Roti Shop

BBQ Bacon

Chocolate Bourbon cake. One of my favorite items of the night.

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Brisket Toast with walnuts on top

 

 

 

 

 

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Left Coconut Donuts w/coconut cream filling Right Peanut Butter and Jelly donuts w/jelly filling

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. Twitter.com/solodovepr Tumblr: solodovepr.tumblr.com

Black History Month | Speaking at my Alma Mater Fairleigh Dickinson University


This week I sat on the panel for the second annual Black History Month event at my Alma Mater Fairleigh Dickinson University. This was my second time takin part in the event and I was happy to be back and offer some of the knowledge that I gained since graduating and becoming an entrepreneur. I has excited to learn that Elaine Meryl Brown would be on the panel as well. She is the co-author of the book The Little Black Book of Success Laws of Leadership for Black Women. As you remember I did a review of the book many months ago.

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The panelist

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The event was put together by the Student Programming Board, so kudos to them for thinking of a way to further inform and engage the student population at FDU.

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The students were able to ask us questions and learn the back story of how we got to where we are today. Though I will say and did say I am still a work in progress, there is still work to be done and much to accomplish.

One of the preselected questions that we were asked that stuck out to me was “what is the single thing that you have learned that’s helped you to this point?” No one on the panel including myself could pin point a single thing but a series of experiences that lead us to where we are. But one thing that is a recurring theme for me is patience. Patience is not a virtue of mine but it’s something that I am learning and will in turn help me in business and in life.

I hope someone took away some good insight from what I had to say. Even though I was there to speak I took away some good advice from the panelist and students. Learning never stops.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

2012 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program -Yes a paid summer internship


I got this email and I thought I would pass it along. A good internship is often hard to come by so if you can find a good one you are in luck. This internship is with Burson -Marsteller over the summer.  Just from reading over the details and looking at the tour this is a great opportunity to gain some hands on experience, be in one of the US offices, and be paid for your efforts. Plus the internship is open to graduate students and seniors.

The deadline date for the 2012 U.S Harold Burson Summer Internship Program is next Friday, February 17th

Information on the Burson Internship

The HBSI Program is instrumental in identifying and acquiring the best and brightest young talent.   The Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program is a paid internship at one of the U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices. Each intern is assigned to a client team or practice group. During the internship, students work closely with experienced industry professionals. HBSI interns are given the opportunity to work as a team member, while gaining valuable work experience. Colleagues from different specialty areas of Burson-Marsteller conduct seminars for interns each week. Interns are also grouped into teams where they work on a special HBSI project, which they present to a senior management panel for review at the conclusion of the internship. The summer internship offers an invaluable career-development experience that can often lead to an employment opportunity with us after graduation. Information regarding detailed application requirements and FAQs can be found directly on the B-M Global Website,

http://www.burson-marsteller.com/Careers/Internships/Pages/The_Harold_Burson_Summer_Internship_Program(US).aspx
Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. Twitter.com/solodovepr Tumblr: solodovepr.tumblr.com

A Celebration of Life | Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012


As we celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. it’s always good to do a little refresher course on why this civilian man has a national holiday. Use this day to learn a something about this man, this Nobel Peace prize winner. Often times the history books don’t tell the full story. A quick Google search can provide you with a wealth of knowledge.

[WATCH]

This is just a snippet of the speech that was given before he was assassinated.

[READ]

You may also want to find a copy of  his book Stride toward Freedom


Or this one that I have

Take the time out to read

Whatever you do today just take the time learn a little more about Dr. King and his impact that is still felt today. I know that some use Martin Luther King Jr Day as a day of service, which I think is a good idea.  So you can go out and volunteer your time somewhere, find someway to give back.

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. Twitter.com/solodovepr Tumblr: solodovepr.tumblr.com

The Beat of My Heart is Crying Z Phi B | Why I wanted to be a Zeta


Today marks the 92nd Founder’s Days [in my biased opinion] of the greatest sorority ever created Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. which was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. on this day in 1920.

I salute our Five Pearls

Most Honorable Founding Soror Arizona Leedonia Cleaver Stemons

Most Honorable Founding Soror Pearl Anna Neal

Most Honorable Founding Soror Fannie Pettie Watts

Most Honorable Founding Soror Myrtle Tyler Faithful

Most Honorable Founding Soror Viola Tyler Goings

I became a Zeta because their ideals spoke to me. Spoke to what I wanted to be. The ideals of finer womanhood, scholarship, sisterly love, and service are what Zeta Phi Beta stands for and what I wanted to embody. I studied Zeta like it was final exam because this was something not to be taken lightly. I would be a Zeta forever. From my days as an auxiliary member of the Zeta Archonettes we were always reminded by our advisor that “We didn’t spend all this time learning about Blue and White to go off to Pink and Green or Red And White ” [i.e. other sororities] I could have gone to another sorority upon entering college but I knew they weren’t for me. The Zetas that I met really seems to like each other, they did programs, they knew how to have fun, and they were down to earth. I knew I was making the right choice.

On March 13,2005 [6:12:24] I became a member of the Blazing Blazing Blazing Beta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. From then on I continued the work of Zeta. From being chapter president for 2 years, I was a chapter of ONE. Learned a great deal during that time. Through this I still prevailed winning awards, putting on programs, the works. A year later I was award the undergraduate of the year award. This was another proud moment in Zeta for me, my work was being recognized. I became a Zeta to help further the cause. In 2007 one of my good friends became a member of my chapter, followed by intake in Spring 08, Fall 10, and Spring 11. Each intake has continued to uphold the ideals of the sorority while keeping up the boldness that is Beta Nu.

Its a hard road searching for Phi Beta its a hard road to ZetaLand

My ultimate goal is to be a famous Zeta. I know it may sound crazy but that is something that I want and work towards. Just like Sorors who have accomplished so much before me I want to do something that will show Zeta Women get things done.

I had this shirt made. It is my favorite Zeta quote!

To all of my Sorors I wish you all a Happy Founders Day. Let us continue the work our 5 Pearls started!

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

A trip down memory lane Zeta Style

Strangers we entered, Friends we became, Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta we remain

 

Me and my SPECial (great minds think alike)

Beta Nu chapter representing. Founders Day 2009

In front of the plot at Howard

With my line sisters (Spring 05 is the year we became Zetas!!)

Beta Nu chapter representing

The chapter during my last year as an undergrad,(sp 05,sp07,& sp08)

 

Beta Nu Christmas 2010

Newest additions to Beta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (Fall 10)

 

Beta Nu Christmas 2011

 

 

Spring 11

 

Zeta Lean

 

❤ My Chapter

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