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International Women's Day

Jamelia Donaldson

 

Championing girls through hair care

“Every day, I think about how I can improve or contribute to the world and make life more exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling—not only for myself but for the women and girls around me.”
Since around the age of 4, Jamelia Donaldson has had a thing about hair. “I’d braid my own hair and my friends’ hair,” she explains. “In fact, you could say it was my first ‘business’; I’d get paid to do hair for my mum’s friends and their daughters after school.” It was an interest that never went away and over time Jamelia became particularly interested in finding the best natural techniques and products for styling curly hair like hers.

While studying for her Business and International Relations degree at Aston University, Jamelia spent time working in Beijing and New York before returning to London to take up a role in financial services. But on her travels, Jamelia had noticed something. There was a wealth of great curly and Afro hair products out there—they just weren’t easily available in the UK. “I was determined to tackle the issue,” say Jamelia. “I wanted to help girls discover and experiment with European and American curly hair care brands that they wouldn’t find in their local salon or high street beauty store.”

Hair care by post

The idea for a monthly hair care subscription box was born, with the intention of giving young curly-haired girls everything they needed to care for their hair and experiment with new products and styling techniques. But it wasn’t just about the hair, though. Jamelia wanted little girls to feel celebrated, represented and special. It worked and since the first boxes were shipped in November 2015, the Treasure Tress range has already expanded to include monthly subscription boxes for teens and women, too.

The early days brought some inevitable challenges—and opportunities to learn. “For example, I had a really clear idea of how I wanted the box to look and the size it would be,” says Jamelia. “But soon after launching we were approached by an amazing brand that wanted us to feature their products in our boxes. Obviously we jumped at the opportunity! But once the products arrived, we realised they were way too big for the boxes. With days to go before shipping we had to completely re-design the boxes to accommodate the products.”

Overnight growth

Another challenge was Treasure Tress’ unexpectedly quick growth in popularity overseas. Having anticipated selling only in the UK for the first few months, Jamelia woke up one day to orders from America and Europe. But there was a snag. “Because the website was set up to sell to the UK, they’d been charged UK postage—which doesn’t even come close to the price of international shipping.” Undeterred, Jamelia honoured the orders despite making a loss on them and made sure that the website and shipping processes were updated immediately to reflect her new, international audience.

Connecting to the world

So how did Jamelia achieve this sudden global reach, seemingly overnight? “I can only say I underestimated the power of connectivity, social media and hashtags!” she laughs. Instagram was Treasure Tress’ primary social media platform when it launched, and the brand has been right at home there ever since. Particularly popular are the unboxing videos that feature the Treasure Tress team revealing each new selection of subscription box goodies.

Jamelia calls Instagram “a fundamental part of our DNA” and says that she owes much of her business growth to the exposure and customer engagement that it has enabled. “I’m still astonished that I’ve been able to reach women in the Middle East, Europe and America so quickly,” she admits.

New energy

Reflecting on her first year of business, Jamelia has never felt more motivated. She was recently selected to take part in Future Girl Corp, a 12-hour business bootcamp organised by beauty industry pioneer Sharmadean Reid, where 100 up-and-coming female entrepreneurs came together to learn from, and inspire, each other. Still riding on the energy of the event experience, Jamelia is excited about what’s to come. “I’m a firm believer in finding your purpose, in adding something to the world. To me, that means creating and putting in place the products and services that women like me need—or will need in the future.”

Learn more about Jamelia Donaldson and Treasure Tress:

Website: http://www.treasuretress.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treasuretressbox/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treasuretress/


 

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.


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


 

Ingrid Pollard’s work on display at Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

Source: V&A Museum

Ingrid Pollard

Ingrid Pollard

Ingrid Pollard, from the series ‘Self Evident’. Museum no. E.327-2013. © Ingrid Pollard/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ingrid Pollard was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1953 and moved to England when she was four years old. Since then she has lived in London working as a photographer, printer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University. In the 1980s she was part of a group of black British women artists who exhibited their work together in exhibitions like The Thin Black Line at the ICA in 1985. Pollard was also part of significant collaborative ventures between black British photographers, including Polareyes, D-Max and the Association of Black Photographers (now Autograph ABP), of which she was a founding member.

Pollard became interested in photography when she took her father’s box camera on a camping trip. Some of her first photographs were of the sewage works and wood yards along the Lee Valley Canal, taken as part of an O-Level geography project. Pollard defines her work as ‘a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens based media.’ Her photographic series such as Pastoral Interlude (1988) and Self Evident (1995) depict black figures in rural landscape settings.

See Pollards work on display at the V&A Museum in London.

Display: 16 February 2015 – 24 May 2015. Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is a project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste is a British actress, singer-songwriter, composer and director, best known for her roles as Hortense Cumberbatch in Secrets & Lies (1996), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and as Vivian Johnson on the American television series Without a Trace.

Jean-Baptiste was born in London of Antiguan and St. Lucian ancestry. She was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed at the Royal National Theatre. She was nominated for a 1994 Ian Charleson Award for her performance in Measure For Measure with Cheek by Jowl.

She gained international success from the Mike Leigh-directed social drama Secrets & Lies (1996), receiving Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations for her performance, becoming the first black British actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.[citation needed] She collaborated with director Mike Leigh onstage in It’s a Great Big Shame (1993).

A writer and composer, Jean-Baptiste has recorded an album of blues songs and composed the musical score for Leigh’s 1997 film Career Girls. In 1999, she performed in Paris in a French language production by Peter Brook of The Suit (Le Costume), a one-act play by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse, based on the short story by Can Themba.

Jean-Baptiste honed her American accent and starred in the American television series Without a Trace as FBI agent Vivian Johnson. More recently the actress has appeared in such films as Takers (2010), Secrets in the Walls (2010) and Harry’s Law (2012). She played Detroit Chief of Police, Karen Dean, in RoboCop (2014).

Awards:

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
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Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female

Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)

Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2007, 2008)

Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)

Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble

She is married to British ballet dancer Evan Williams, with whom she has two daughters.

London event – 2inspire Network Ladies Day

The 2inspire Network Ladies Day is back!

“Brick To Brick We Stand Firm Together Building Walls To Inspire Others” – Zara-Shola Odeniyi @cocoacabin

This is a *free event where women run businesses, particularly creative businesses such as artists, fashion designers etc will exhibit their products and services.
It is the ultimate one-stop shop with a shopping arena,  a range of personal, business and lifestyle development workshops on offer , a business clinic, a pamper corner, Free NHS health checks, live entertainment and a Childrens fashion show hosted by Isossy Children

The event titled “Strength of a woman” aims to highlight the remarkable achievements of women with the aim to empower and inspire attendees to dig deeper and aim to live their best life.

*Free entry covers entry into the shopping arena and the entertainment segment, it also allows access to the *free NHS health Checks. For access to all Workshops and the Business Clinic a one off payment of £8 is essential, please make payment via Workshop Admission or Business Clinic link and then tick the sessions you would like to attend.

Business Clinic with Lorna Stewart:

2 inspire Network brings to you an exclusive opportunity to have a 20 minute business clinic session with multi-award winning entrepreneur Lorna Stewart. Lorna is a Business and Leadership Development Consultant/Mentor/Trainer/ motivational speaker and human potential coach. She is the creator of 6 award winning projects designed to support the development of Professionals, Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Her clients include Mayors, High Commissioners, Local Authorities and Corporate Companies. The clinic session will provide aspiring, new and established business people the perfect opportunity to discuss their business idea, get clarity, explore possibilities and solutions. The potential for a follow up session is available as well as information about future events, training, mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Full listing of workshops.

Personal Development Workshops:

11.30 am – 12.30pm Colour Life Beautiful: 
 
Facilitator:  Life & Executive Coach Noreen Makosewe
 
A Modern Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity, Unleashing Personal Power and Colouring Life Beautiful. Life and Executive Coach and Strategist Noreen Makosewe, will share with you ways to unleash your personal power, overcome adversity and colour life beautiful so you can live the life of your dreams boldly and powerfully.   
 

1.00pm – 2.00pm Stepping Into The Circle of One

Facilitator: Leadership Coach KuumbaNia

What if you could stop hiding and playing small and start living from a space of honesty and authenticity? What if you could stand fully and unapologetically in your own power, in the knowledge that you truly are enough? In this lively, interactive workshop, KuumbaNia will show you how The Circle of One can help you to see how you’re showing up in the world, so you can finally speak the truth of who you really are.

2.30pm-3.30pm The Ten Secret Codes To Be Instantly Magnetic &Irresistible

Facilitator: Sensuality Discovery Specialist Lillian Ogbogoh

This workshop teaches attendees how to feel more confident when interacting with men they desire. Lillian Ogbogoh will focus on achieving dating confidence and improved levels of self – esteem so that individuals can feel attractive and irresistible.

4.00pm-4.30pm Belly Dancing Taster Workshop

Facilitator: Carmen Rose

The workshop tailor made for 2inspire; is all about unleashing your inner confidence and bringing it to the foreground through flamboyant and cardio intense movement. Carmen Rose will teach each candidate basic belly dance moves, stage presence, confidence tips and how to get a great workout through having fun.

4.45-5.15 pm SmaiTauiAfrikan Yoga Taster Workshop

Facilitator: LeneaHerew

This feminine energy focused session will introduce Hudu: rhythmic and dynamic movements combined with deep breathing that rejuvenate the body, tone the organs, clear the emotional and mental bodies and support all round well-being. The session will be concluded with a short meditation.

 

Business workshops:

12.30pm-1.30pm Mind Your Own Business Advice

Facilitator: £6million pound mumpreneur Gail Reynolds

£6 Million pound mumpreneur, Gail Reynolds will be running a 1 hour workshop which will look at Identifying where you are in your business journey so far. Setting your sights high and reaching out for both small and BIG Goals. She will also teach the importance of Professionalism and 100% customer quality customer service at all times.

2.00pm – 3.00pm How To Build Your Business Brand Through Your Personal Profile in 7 Easy Steps.

Facilitator: Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

One of the most important tools for advancing your business is defining and using your personal profile to build your business brand. Dr Yvonne Thompson will teach attendees about building your business brand, how your brand is your vision of who you are and what you want your target market to know about you, and what you can do for your target market. She will teach how it is a message that distinguishes you from your competition. It is what makes you unique, memorable, trustworthy, and builds loyalty and connects your audience with you. Defining your personal profile and building your brand is simple using her 7 -step process.
3.30pm-4.30pm Getting to Make Business Contacts in The Media & Social Networks.

Facilitator: BBC Reporter Valley Fontaine

BBC reporter Valley Fontaine will give attendees tips on how to communicate and forge meaningful relationships with national media and social media, which in turn is likely to lead to more coverage for their business. This will be an educational communication which will look at effective communication and raise awareness thus building confidence and Improve ones chances of getting noticed and understanding of how the media operates.

 

Free NHS Health Checks 

 

(On a first come first basis for over 35s, no booking system)

 

The Health check takes about 25-30 mins per person and involves:

  •  Height, weight and blood pressure measurements
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar tests
  • A lung function test for smokers.
  • Personal and family medical history
  • A personal assessment, setting out the individual’s level of risk 
  •  Free advice and support on how to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve on personal health (weight management, smoking cessation and physical activity programs)
  • Referrals to GPs and lifestyle services (where required)  

Get your free ticket.

Media Partners

Reggae Film, Music & Fun – British Black Music/BMC in association with Flash Musicals

BBM/BMC

A family-friendly event consisting of the first screening of  ‘Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla documentary started by Kwaku in 2012 to mark JA@50 with contributions from numerous artists, producers, activists, fans, etc; and Gus Berger’s ‘Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska’, which aims to tell the story of what happened when Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in the UK in 1954 and Duke Vin soon setting up the first sound system in the UK. They brought with them a sound that was sweeping across Jamaica and would later change the face of music in the UK. This was the sound of Ska!

Followed by a Q&A, quiz and a selection of purely British reggae with Kwaku and Da Prezedent!

Bring the family, expect to learn and have fun!

Flash Musicals Youth Theatre
Methuen Road
Edgware
London
HA8 6EZ
United Kingdom

Saturday, 28 June 2014 from 15:00 to 19:00 (BST)

£5 adults, £2 under 16s. Profits go to the Flash Musicals charity.

A small selection of CDs and vinyl will be on sale.

 

Rochelle Humes’ pop star life

Photo from Reveal.co.uk

Rochelle Humes’ successful singing career, television career, marriage and motherhood sounds exhausting, but she makes it all look easy, and she looks good doing it. She and her former pop star turned DJ and radio host husband are a fantastic looking couple with a great TV presence. I caught them on “This Morning”, this morning and was pleasantly surprised.

And they are in demand for live appearances as they recently presented an award at the British Soap Awards and the BAFTAs. Catch Rochelle with The Saturdays.