• Style

    Nifty Thrifty

    The popularity of thrift shops has been attracting shoppers from a diverse economic background. They are no longer being viewed as a shopping space intended for penny pinchers, single parents, or impoverished; but rather for those who treasure vintage, fashion trends, and economic steals. What’s the secret to the art of shopping at your local thrift store? Allow me to show you great buys and how I put them together to create a high fashion look without the high fashion price. Did you know there is a difference between a thrift store and a boutique? Thrift stores are feeder stores. Sometimes, larger and higher end department stores will donate their…

  • Editorial

    5 Steps to Burnout Freedom

    It’s Spring, and it just so happens to be that time of the year when we are beginning to feel the burnout of being so disciplined from January until now. Sound familiar? Unless you’ve got a goal that you are staring in the face that is giving you life every time you go to the gym, you probably need a little motivation. With the upcoming release of my newest book Two Dreams and a Goal: The Second Colorfully Candid Diary, I’ve been a little obsessed with the difference between the two. I think Napoleon Hill’s statement sums it up best, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” If you…

  • Advice Column

    Dear Joy… is it really sin???

    What makes something a sin, exactly? I mean…I see a lot of people in church who are able to hold positions in leadership and I know for sure that they are “shacking” as my pastor calls it. Is that a sin or not? I can’t actually find a scripture that talks about it. Plus, you don’t have to live with someone to have sex outside of marriage. The bible definitely talks about that and I can even name preachers who have sex outside of marriage. Is there even a point to following rules and commandments when I see soooooo many people who do whatever they want and God still seems…

  • Health

    Fitness Made Easy

    We are almost half-way through 2018. Are you still striving to reach your goals? If you have fallen down and you need help getting on track again, we are here to help you take baby steps to reaching your weight loss goals. At the beginning of the year we are excited to start our weight loss journey. We say things like, “This year I am not going to quit.” “I’m going to eat healthy.” “I’m going to go to the gym.” “I’m going to be consistent.” And more. We are off to a great start and somehow life happens to us. We wake up one day and we are back…

  • Editorial

    Your Time, Your Season

    Sis, it’s your year! Yes, YOU! And I’m not talking about the typical “girl it’s your year” simply because it’s a new year. This isn’t just a declaration but a promise to the women of God! I know we often hear women go by the dated, yet relevant theme song, “Run the World,” and there’s no doubt that girls do run the world, but I give credit to Proverbs 31 for setting the tone first. This woman is the epitome of strength, faithfulness, wisdom, passion, business savviness, ambition, worth, value and so much more. She’s bold, fearless, her hands are created as unto the Lord, and she’s here to take…

  • Finance

    Mad Money

    Is it okay to talk about finances while dating? Discussing finances early in relationships can diminish money problems in the future. This season highlights love and money from Valentine’s Day to Tax season; why not take the opportunity to open up dialogue about this tough subject? This article will discuss when the topic becomes vital, how to engage your love interest and how to align your financial goals and/or growth. The general consensus is the money talk should occur well before a couple gets married, and for good reason. “Money is the number-one source of conflict among couples, particularly early in marriage,” says Orbuch, who has studied the same 373…

  • Beauty

    Shape It Up

    Let’s talk about serving face! We can serve face in many different forms and fashions. We can serve face in a natural and simplistic way, we can serve face in a glamorous way and we can serve face in an over the top fabulous way. All forms are beautiful works of art and our face is the canvas. One aspect of serving face is how we conceal or highlight our face. Concealer is what we put on our faces after we have applied our foundation to draw attention to certain parts of our face. It helps create structure. Ideally, we conceal under our eyes, our foreheads, chins and under our…

  • Cover Story

    Jekayln Carr on the Winning Side

    Jekalyn Carr is the definition of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” She has come a long way from the preteen who released an EP in 2010 and her debut album in 2013 with the chart topping single “Greater Is Coming.”This dynamic young woman of God has just released her fourth album titled One Nation Under God. Not only has she released a new music project, but she also released a book, “You Will Win.” Her ministry has been able to reach those young and old, rich or poor and black or white.…

  • Feature

    Global Fusion

    Fuzia began in 2012 as a writing club in California. It’s founder, Riya Sinha, authored her first published book titled “Runaway Twins” at the age of 11 and made an appearance for a reading in her community. A younger child walked up to her and expressed the amount of inspiration they received to pursue their own dreams at an early age because of Riya. From that moment, Riya made the decision to found Fuzia. Fuzia’s goal is to empower creative women through fusion of culture and ideas. The writing club has grown into an internet based group with a total reach of 3 million plus women. It was originally restricted…

  • Health,  Uncategorized

    Road to Redemption

    Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to abuse and addiction or even be a gateway to drugs. Alcohol use leads to 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost. Each year between 2006 and 2010, it claimed the lives of 1 in 10 individuals between ages 20 and 64. The cost of excessive alcohol use in 2010 was $249 billion, which means people spent approximately $2.05 per drink. Opioid abuse is a growing problem in the United States and has now attracted national attention. In 2016, 116 people died daily from opioid overdoses – 11.5 million individuals misused prescription opioids (Percocet, Norco, Roxicodone, Lortab, MS Contin, etc.) and…

  • Feature

    Discovered Beauty

    Kayla Reed didn’t spend year after year during her childhood dreaming of winning a pageant. She was bullied for her appearance and was not strong in her self confidence as a child. She remembers being embarrassed for being bullied. She continued from grade school through high school and on to college. Just before the end of her last year as an undergraduate her mother passed three months before her graduation. Kayla graduated from college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications. She went on to pursue her professional career spending four years in South Korea and since…