Aliesh Pierce, Makeup Artist: BWIE 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Aliesh Pierce to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes every women she touches feel and look beautiful. Whether that person is Queen Latifah or The Obamas, she has used her skills across Europe and the US.  I first blogged about Aliesh in 2009, and again in 2011 about her work with Italian Vogue. She is the founder of Ask Aliesh, a resource for answers to your make up questions where she and two other professionals can help you. She’s also a Shero because she is offering the first 100 Black Women in Europe readers an exclusive 79% discount on her brand, spanking new Udemy course, Everyday Makeup for Black Women.  Use code BWE-20.

Thank you for the gift of making us feel good in our own skin, Aliesh.

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Aliesh Pierce

Aliesh Pierce is the author of Treating Diverse Pigmentation, A book for beauty industry professionals. She has over twenty seven years experience in the beauty industry. Aliesh began her noteworthy beauty career working as a makeup artist in Europe’s fashion industry traveling between Milan, Paris, London, and Zurich.

Upon moving to New York, Aliesh became the personal makeup artist to some of Hip-Hop and R & B’s most recognized musicians. After relocating to Los Angeles, Aliesh worked withan impressive list of clients which includes Queen Latifah, Ryan Gossling, IndiaArie, Eva Mendez and the Obamas. Aliesh’s favorite medium is print. Having started in fashion, her makeup artistry has appeared on the pages of Elle, Essence, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.

Aliesh added esthetics to her list of credentials to better address the root cause of the skin challenges her clients face. As a beauty expert, she writes for trade magazines and regularly speaks at spa industry conferences, sharing her makeup and skincare techniques. Aliesh is also a contributing author to the textbooks Milady’s Standard Makeup, Milady’s Standard Cosmetology and was the subject matter expert for Milady’s Standard Makeup DVD. Aliesh has become a sought after educator for both recognized and emerging cosmetic brands seeking to build a multi-cultural consumer base. Her personal mission is to help all women create their own unique definition of beauty.

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Don’t forget the first 100 Black Women in Europe readers an exclusive 79% discount on her brand, spanking new Udemy course, Everyday Makeup for Black Women.  Use code BWE-20.

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams

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Event planner Laura Bazile

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Doll maker Ellen Brudet


Ellen Brudet, Gift Maker: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Ellen Brudet, Gift Maker: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Ellen Brudet to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she creates strong and playful images that reflect what I see in the mirror. She is an entrepreneur graphic designer who was creating cards and logos when I met her what must have been 8 or 9 years ago. She’s even hosted me in Amsterdam and anyone who lovingly gives me a place to rest my head and feed me is very special.  I first blogged about Ellen in 2007. She’s also a Shero because she now has an exclusive line of dolls that again, reflect what I see in the mirror.  Ellen is also a mother and friend and makes everyone in the black community she inhabits feel a little bit happier when they see her Coloured Goodies creations

Thank you for making lovely coloured goodies Ellen.

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Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams

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Event planner Laura Bazile


Ronke Lawal

Ronke Lawal: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Ronke Lawal, PR Guru: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Ronke Lawal to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she is a dynamo. She’s had her own business for 12 years and that is a huge accomplishment in the crowded and competitive PR industry in London. I first blogged about Ronke in October 2011 when she led the Islington Chamber of Commerce. In additional to running her firm she serves on several boards making it a priority to help others. When she learned of our 10th Anniversary she wanted to join the celebration by giving us 5 PR Tips for Small Business Owners. These nuggets are worth their weight in gold.

Thank you Ronke.

Ariatu PR founder Ronke Lawal was born in Hackney, East London of Nigerian parentage. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own business in 2004. In 2011 Ronke Lawal was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership.

In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012 and became a non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice in 2011. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 where she is also a Director of The Voluntary Action Academy and is currently on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust. She is a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation and for The Elevation Networks Start Ups Initiative.

Apart from her active and involved business interests, her varied passions outside the business world include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a life she loves.

Ariatu PR represents a variety of clients in various industries including the entertainment, fashion, lifestyle & beauty, food and luxury goods sectors.


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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams

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Event planner Laura Bazile


 

Laura Bazile

Laura Bazile: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Laura Bazile, Event Planner: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Laura Bazile to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she has parlayed something she loves into a career. She is an entrepreneur event planner who uses her knowledge of different languages and cultures to create memorable experiences for her clients. I first blogged about Laura in September 2010. She’s also a Shero because she manages the Black Women in Europe: For Sisters on Both Sides of the Atlantic private Facebook group. There she maintains the community ethos of “Sisterhood Makes Us Stronger”. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary she is sharing her event planning expertise and created a guide just for us. Download your copy to ensure your next event is a success.

Thank you for everything Laura.

How to plan a successful networking event for Black women in Europe by Laura Bazile

The good news nowadays is there is a wide array of networking events out there to attend. The range of places and types of events give us the opportunity to pick whatever we feel comfortable with. The idea remains to enjoy the whole experience.

The place, the language (to a certain level), and content available are no longer constraints. They actually represent what we, event planners, would build the event experience on.

As a Black women and an entrepreneur, I attend networking events regularly. Whether my purpose is professional (business connections) or private (looking for new hair routines or sourcing a new range of products), in both cases, I would choose the networking event that would offer the highest number of opportunities, especially if I feel I would come back with novelties or things I have been missing for too long.

When it comes to planning a networking event for Black Women in Europe, I would immediately jump to the marketing mix 5+P’s not because it is an lazy option, but rather because it would allow us to focus on quality, think big and be creative.

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Do you have any other P in mind? What would trigger your decision to attend a Black networking event?

Laura Bazile

Laura Bazile is an events professional, addicted to traveling, meetings and helping people. She is passionate about digital mix, live arts and design. Laura founded blufreelance, an event marketing boutique.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews 150x150 Ellen Kountz: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams


 

Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Andrea Adams, Traveller: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Andrea Adams to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes traveling look good. She exemplifies one of the best reasons there is to travel: to immerse ones self in the local culture and let the locals get to know you in the process.  I first blogged about Andrea in April 2011 and she made our Power List that same year.  With her Travelista TV Show she and her colleague are defacto African American Ambassadors with (figuratively) more passport stamps than many people will even dream about collecting. To help us celebrate Andrea shares her Top 5 European Destinations as a gift to those of us who live here as well as those planning to visit.

Thank you Andrea and Bon Voyage.

Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams is the Cultural Enthusiast and co-founder of Travelista TV, an online travel channel. With her travel partner, she executive produces travel segments in exotic locales and hosts entertainment/red carpet interviews for AOL, BET.com and TVOne online. She is the creator of The Velvet Circle, a lifestyle media and event company focused on art, style, and hotspots in Italy.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


 

Kendra in the kitchen

Kendra Valentine: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Kendra Valentine, Recipe whisperer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Kendra Valentine to be a Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary Shero because of her sheer and complete love of food. Beyond her love of food she’s obsessed with creating unique flavor combinations and inventive spice delivery techniques. All the while enhancing the experience of fellowship with friends and family and nourishing the body and mind. I first blogged about Kendra in July 2011. I’ve certainly enjoyed several meals with Kendra some that were homemade and others that we were served. Each were mindfully enjoyed and that’s what Kendra’s anniversary gift brings to us: her mindful creation of a recipe meant to be shared with those we love.

Bon appetite Kendra! Your recipe has me licking my lips in anticipation. Yum.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Cannelleni Beans & Kale on Spicy Polenta Cake

Serves 3-4
Meal type Main Dish
Region European
By author Kendra Valentine
Black Women in Europe 10th Anniversary Recipe Created y Kendra Valentine "I wanted to develop a dish that expressed the underlying culinary roots shared by black women throughout the African diaspora. While at the same time highlighting common cooking techniques shared with Europe, as well as by using ingredients more readily available in Europe. Thus, collards have become kale, red beans are traded for cannellini, and coarse cornmeal for refined polenta: to create a dish that is equal parts comfort and celebration to honor the 10th Anniversary of BWIE".

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 6 chicken thighs (bone-in and skin-on)
  • 1 can cannelleni beans
  • 2 cups chopped kale (packed)
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (diced)
  • 1 leaf bay
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 can cherry tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups red wine (or just chicken broth)
  • 1 splash red wine vinegar
  • 0.5 teaspoon thyme
  • 0.5 teaspoon oregano
  • sprinkle salt
  • sprinkle black pepper

Chicken (Optional)

  • parsley or fresh herbs for plating

Polenta Cakes

  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 Small red chili (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water (boiling)
  • oil (for frying)

Note

I wanted to develop a dish that expressed the underlying culinary roots shared by black women throughout the African diaspora. While at the same time highlighting common cooking techniques shared with Europe, as well as by using ingredients more readily available in Europe. Thus, collards have become kale, red beans are traded for cannellini, and coarse cornmeal for refined polenta: to create a dish that is equal parts comfort and celebration to honor the 10th Anniversary of BWIE.

--Kendra Valentine

Vegetarian substitute for chicken: eggplant & chickpeas.

Directions

Chicken
Step 1
First, go ahead and brown the chicken thighs in a little oil… you’re not cooking them through just browning the outside… then set aside. Turn on the oven to heat up (200 C or 350 F)
Step 2
Into the same roasting pot or Dutch oven (be sure you have oil left) we are going to start the braise with softening the onion and garlic. Also, add your bay leaves and go ahead and cook that down on medium heat until the onion is soft.
Step 3
Next, add in a splash of vinegar… it will sizzle and release all the nice brown bits stuck to the pan… that helps get more delicious into the chicken!
Step 4
Add in a nob of tomato paste and your herbs and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper (I like to salt in stages.)
Step 5
Next, add in the chicken broth and red wine… it helps to break down the meat and gives great flavor. You could just use water or chicken broth as well. Also add in the canned cherry tomatoes and another sprinkle of salt.
Step 6
Finally, add the chicken back to the pot, skin side up, and let that heat up to a nice simmer, then turn the heat down to medium low simmer and cover. All but the very tops of the chicken thighs should be covered in liquid.
Step 7
Transfer to the oven, and after 30 min or so it will soften up…
Step 8
Next, add in the chopped kale and beans. Try to get in beneath the chicken thighs, so it can cook in the liquid. Add a splash of water if needed. Salt to taste. Return to oven.
Step 9
After 15 min., to finish off the thighs, open the pot and let the dish broil under high top heat for a few minutes until golden.
Polenta Cake
Step 10
For the spicy polenta cakes:
(Tip: Get your mix done while the chicken is braising. When you are browning the thighs at the last step, start frying your cakes.)
Step 11
Heat enough oil in a skillet or heavy bottom skillet on high heat. Oil should come up 1/3 up the side of the pan.
Step 12
In a bowl, mix together polenta, salt, and diced chilies. Stir in enough boiling hot water so that the mixture comes together into a smooth batter. Creamy yet firm enough to form into a small patty.
Step 13
Once the oil in the skillet is hot, spoon mixture into hands to form patty then gently place in the hot oil. Fry on each side until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Step 14
To plate:
Place a polenta cake on the plate and then top with the braised kale & cannelleni and juices (that polenta cake will sop it up!). Place a chicken thigh directly on top, and finish with a sprinkle of olive oil and chopped parsley or other fresh herb you have on hand. Enjoy with a bold red wine!
Kendra in the kitchen

Kendra in the kitchen

Kendra Valentine is an American expat living in Berlin and Stockholm. A Boston College Alumni, she currently works freelance with business strategy for start-ups, content development and copywriting. Combining her love of food, and background in film she created the food blog/YouTube channel: Americulinariska.com, which was a finalist in the SAVEUR Blog Awards for “Best Use of Video” 2015. She has also kept busy with illustrating digital children’s books on important topics such as tacos. Her next steps are looking for even more food related assignments as a writer, producer or talent.

About the blog:

Americulinariska: Promoting cooking it for yourself and pushing big flavors is the back bone… fried chicken and tacos complicitly involved. The blog videos are fun, straightforward, and based on exploring the diversity of American food heritage within an international context. The food focuses on cooking good eats no matter where you call home: using creativity and whole food.


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