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Survival Secrets of Game Changers with Titi & Miko Branch and Tia Williams
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Calling all future beauty entrepreneurs, this one is for you! Join us on Tuesday, June 12th to learn from Titi & Miko Branch, the Co-Founders of Miss Jessie’s. These bold and beautiful business ladies have led the charge for African-American women to embrace the hair texture that they were born with, spurred by the desire to do their own hair. And in over ten years have turned a dream into a multi-million dollar business, creating a new language around hair (curly puddings and all) along the way. They’ve built a solid brand, sold now in Target, and continue to break down barriers in the industry. So just how did they do it? How did they have the courage to create a product, the savvy to market the product and change the hair game for ethnic products for the next century? They will share their secrets of success while being interviewed by Tia Williams, Founder of and Co-Founder of The Fly Cut. Tia is a renowned beauty editor (Glamour, Lucky, and best-selling author of It Chicks, The Accidental Diva and Sixteen Candles. She was one of the first African-American beauty bloggers to enter the game, carving out a niche with her insightful and hilarious take on all things beautiful and bold. These modern-day beauty industry game changers will share what it’s really like to step out on faith, act on filling a need that no one else was servicing, build a successful brand, and never take no for an answer when it comes to pursuing their dreams.

Wine, Hors d’oeuvres & Gift Bag
$20 Admission – Must Be Purchased In Advance

June 12, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
National Comedy Theatre, 347 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), NYC
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Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

Curly Girl Collective Curl Crush | Naural Hair Meetup

I went to the Curly Girl Collective (CGC) Curl Crush event on Tuesday which despite the rain had a very good turn out and was much fun. CGC is new on the natural hair scene but they are already generating great interest and really fostering a community for naturals. The event included vendors, happy hour, raffles, and CGC take on speed dating (which was the theme of the evening) where naturals need a speed meet and greet with each other.   That was a creative idea that I think helped loosen people up. There was also a hashtag for the evening #curlcrush which encouarged social media integration during the event.

I was pretty excited when I found a vendor that took debit. For some reason I forget to bring cash to these events. Maybe its my subconscious telling me something. But I think I did pretty good, I only bought a pair of earrings, a tote, and two hair bows. That’s a good night if I do say so myself. The items I bought were from QuellyRue Designs. All handmade.

The event also offered the chance to meet your natural hair “gurus” from YouTube to blogs to twitter there were plenty of local celebrities on hand.  I like that the sponsors for this event did offer full size or at least travel size of their products. This is a plus because if someone really likes a product they will more than likely to go out in purchase it, compared to if you give them a small .32 oz sample that wont allow you to get a full experience of the product.

All and all I had a good time, saw some of my favorite naturals, got some style inspiration and just really enjoyed myself in a room full of kinks, coils, and curlies.

Here are some pictures from the evening enjoy!

An event with signature cocktails is always a plus

Speed meeting fellow naturals

The curly girl collective team

Group shot of the speed "curl crush" round

this has to be my favorite tote design, its janelle monae inspired

QuellyRue Designs were onsite selling handmade totes, earrings, bracelets and hairbows

Her afro is in the shape of Africa, love it

loving the blue jacket and the tote (she got the one i wanted)

haus of swag

Loving these Haus of Swag shirts

More pictures you say

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. Tumblr:

Love Should Not Hurt | October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence is often an issue that people don’t like to talk about. Maybe if we ignore it will go away but that is not the case.  In the past  I’ve worked with a domestic violence organization who’s goal was to help victims of domestic violence.  I saw first hand how domestic violence affects the whole family. While in undergrad my sorority sisters and I would hold a program called Love Should Not Hurt, and you would be surprise how many college aged women are dealing with domestic violence be it physical or emotional. Candid conversation would happen on what is really going on in the lives of so many. The fear of victim blaming seemed to  be the reason many never talk about the abuse.

For me the main target of Domestic Violence Awareness Month should include the individual actually committing the abuse.   Yes, domestic violence is a crime. Unless you live in Topeka, Kansas where outrage occurred over the recent decriminalization of domestic violence I feel that if you don’t include the abuser you allow him (or her)  to go out and repeat this behavior.  But, to keep it simple here are my thought:

Victims: Leave. Make a plan, practice the plan, and leave.

Family/Friends: Support the victims. Be an ear. Keep details of what is going on.

Abusers: Stop. Get counseling. Stop. Leave. Get help.

Information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In 1995, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) convened several national domestic violence organizations – the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and later the National Network to End Domestic Violence – to launch a new effort to support domestic violence programs’ awareness and education efforts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), observed annually in October. The collaborative effort became the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP).

Some links for you

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

Verizon and National Domestic Violence Hotline Launch ‘Monsters,’ a Short Animated Video That Depicts Devastating View of Domestic Violence From a Child’s Perspective

Verizon and National Domestic Violence Hotline Launch ‘Monsters,’ a Short Animated Video That Depicts Devastating View of Domestic Violence From a Child’s Perspective

Video Aimed at Encouraging Public to Support Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts and to Call for Help

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – September 29, 2011 –

“Monsters,” a provocative new video, portrays the alarming impact of domestic violence on families and children, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.  Produced and funded by the Verizon Foundation and supported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the video encourages the public to get involved in domestic violence prevention and education efforts, and also emphasizes that help for victims and their families is just a phone call away: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).

Verizon Wireless customers can quickly reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline by dialing #HOPE.  The hotline offers confidential help 24/7.  To help support the hotline’s efforts, Verizon Wireless, through HopeLine, has donated $75,000. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and recycles or refurbishes them to support domestic violence victims and survivors.

The video, two minutes and 34 seconds long, graphically describes how domestic violence affects children.  The child’s voice states:

“A child who lives with domestic violence lives in darkness. … She struggles to separate her nightmares from reality because there’s very little difference.  The child who lives with domestic violence isn’t afraid of the dark.  She’s afraid of her dad because the monster doesn’t live in her closet – it’s just down the hall.”

Studies suggest that between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year.  And according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, witnessing violence between parents or caregivers is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.  The video notes that girls who witness abuse are more likely to be abused later in life, and boys are twice as likely to abuse their own partners – “because that’s the world they know.”

Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said: “To end this devastating cycle of violence, we must motivate silent bystanders to take action.   People need to understand that when they look the other way, they condone this deplorable behavior.  Verizon is committed to preventing domestic violence by educating our employees, customers and the public about the importance of stepping in to help someone in need.  We believe that this provocative video will help us accomplish this life-saving goal.”

According to some studies, less that 1 percent of domestic violence cases are reported to the police.

Dyanne Purcell, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, said: “It takes an incredible amount of courage to come forward and ask for help. The more established domestic violence is in our national dialogue, the more likely victims will be able to seek help and make a lasting change.”

The video concludes with the child narrator making a poignant plea for the public to help:

“Maybe you don’t wake up every day shaking, or jump every time the phone rings.  But maybe you should look a little harder.  Maybe it’s a friend, a co-worker, or your neighbor. …Your help could make all the difference.  We need everyone to bring domestic violence into the light.”

Kirk said, “Please share the link to the “Monsters” video with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.  It’s a simple action that may have a huge impact.”

The “Monsters” video can be viewed at

About the National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress and is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization providing crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates, government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

About Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. Verizon has invested more than $28 million in domestic violence prevention.  For more information on the foundation, visit

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit


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Happy September. This summer Curtsy & Bow launched with seven beautiful shades that will take you right into Fall. The debut “Yacht Club Collection” was inspired by the creative director’s travels through the Caribbean. I was able to try out three of the shades Shell We Dance which is a peach/coral pink solid lacquer, St. Thomas Blue me Away which is a powder blue solid lacquer, and Supernova Girl which is a silver glitter top coat. I really am a fan of Blue me Away. Good color pay off and long lasting. It should be noted that the chemicals that are usually found in lacquers (Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate) are toxic and can lead to health issues, are not present in Curtsy and Bow. Making Curtsy and Bow your organic choice for nail lacquer. Don’t you just love a “green” alternative. Send a tweet to @curtsyandbow and tell them I sent you.

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*Lacquer was provided for review

Ad Age & Advertising Women of New York| Women to Watch Luncheon 2011

Ad Age held its 2011 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon in partnership with Advertising Women of New York at the Waldorf Astor on the East Side. 23 innovative, empowered and accomplished women were honored. The room was filled with will men and women from various industries. I spotted tables for Google and Facebook. I was glad to have the chance to attend it offered a chance to network and learn what other women were doing in their respective industries. It was also served as great motivation.

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”- Madeleine Albright

During the award segment the honorees were asked questions related to their industry here is what they had to say.

Lauren Crampsie the Chief Marketing Officer
Ogilvy was asked “Why should agencies promote themselves?”- We are brands too. So as a brand you have to promote yourself. As  chief marketing officer I work to bridge the gab.

Cindy Davis EVP-Global Customer Insights Wal-Mart Stores was asked about Wal-Mart working with Nielsen – “Expanded relationship with Nielsen gives insight on unmet needs.  With two hundred million customers insight is needed and a lot of data is collected.”

Carolyn EversonVP-Global Ad Sales Facebook was asked what is Facebook true brand?- “Mission is to connect the world have opportunity to share the world places n things. All about human interaction.”

Lesya Lysyj CMO Heineken USA was asked  what is the brand strategy.- ” Agency client relationship. Knowing when to add the art and when to apply the science.”

Candace Matthews Global CMO of Amway spoke on – establishing a physical presence in China. Amway has 250 stores. Learned to put philanthropy with their work.

Nicola Mendelsohn President The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising  Chairman and Partner,
Karmarama was asked about networking “Networking is on only the beginning of the conversation. Never go through life thinking I should’ve done this.” She told story about meeting Phillip Green and how she could not let the opportunity to speak with him go by. She had to take that chance.  Think of long-term when it comes to networking.” Never miss an opportunity.”

Mary O’Connell Director-Global Digital Media and Public Relations
Clorox on Clorox getting involved in social media – Clorox was a bit slow in entering digital space but when they did they were able to tap into the consumers who really loved their products and wanted to tell them all about it.

Lisa Price Founder and President,Carol’s Daughter on how to keep entrepreneurial spirit alive – “you sometimes have to get out of  the process.” Stay as authentic, get out of your comfort zone but don’t lose yourself. No one can treat your baby the way you do but you can teach them n tell them your story so they understand where you come from. Remember the small victories they make the big ones even better.

Melissa Sexton Director-Integrated Marketing Planning, Adult and Feminine Care
Kimberly-Clark Corp.- Doesn’t want marketers to fall asleep. Give consumers something meaningful.

2011 Women to Watch

Women to Watch

Candace Matthews | Global CMO Amway

Women to Watch 2011

Women to Watch Lisa Price Founder Carol's Daughter

Full List of Honorees

Maryam Banikarim

 Priscilla Brown
SVP-Head of Marketing and Strategy
Sun Life Financial U.S.

Lauren Crampsie
Chief Marketing Officer

Cindy Davis
EVP-Global Customer Insights
Wal-Mart Stores

Carolyn Everson
VP-Global Ad Sales

Lauren Flaherty
Juniper Networks

Katie Ford
EVP-Managing Director,
Starcom Mediavest Group

Georgia Garinois-Melenikiotou
SVP-Corporate Marketing
Estée Lauder

Molly Garris
Director-Digital Strategy
Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Lesya Lysyj
Heineken USA

Candace Matthews
Global CMO

Nicola Mendelsohn
The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
Chairman and Partner,

Trish Mueller
Home Depot

Mary O’Connell
Director-Global Digital Media and Public Relations

Julia Oswald
VP-Strategy and Insights

Lisa Price
Founder and President,
Carol’s Daughter

Desiree Rogers
Johnson Publishing Co.

Janet Rolle
EVP-Chief Marketing Officer
CNN Worldwide

Melissa Sexton
Director-Integrated Marketing Planning, Adult and Feminine Care
Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Bonita Stewart
VP-U.S. Sales

Rebecca Van Dyck
Global Chief Marketing Officer

Annie Young-Scrivner
Global CMO

Congratulations to all the honorees, the awards are well deserved.

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.

{A Dove’s Flight} BelTiFi is looking for their July BelTiFi of the Month | Is it you?

I had the pleasure of being the January BelTiFi of the month. Now Beltifi is looking for their July pick. You can find the qualification information below. Just FYI BelTiFi means “pretty girl” in Haitian Creole.


You can read my January interview here:

Do you or someone you know exhibit academic or personal excellence? We are looking for the NEXT BelTiFi of the Month and we want her to be YOU!


• College student that exhibits academic excellence with a GPA of 2.8+


• A woman who exhibits personal excellence in all that she is involved in ie. community service, spear-heading a community project or youth oriented projects
• Started an entrepreneurial venture

Send us a private message with “JULY BTF of the Month” in the subject box with your name, age, email address, an appropriate photo and a paragraph answering the following question: What makes YOU a BelTiFi?

The winner will be interviewed and featured on all our Social Media sites including Facebook, Twitter, the BelTiFi July Bulletin, and

Selections are due June 27th, 2011 by 6pm and the July BelTiFi of the Month will be announced on July 4th, 2011!!!

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

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