• Cover Story

    Johana Hernandez: Faith, Fashion & Oh So Fabulous!

    Celebrating our anniversary we wondered what woman embodied our motto to inspire our readers to be BOLD believers, BOLD dreamers and BOLD achievers. Johana Hernandez has taken on the fashion industry with grace, style and a dash of sass. She has done so without being ashamed of her faith and relationship with God. Needless to say, Johana was our choice and allow us to share why.  Johana is a California native, raised by both her father and mother. During her childhood she noticed that her mother was very involved in ministry at their local church while her father, at the time, was more supportive of activities outside of church. Johana…

  • Feature

    Javicia Leslie: The Sister to God’s Friend

    Imagine how easy it would be if we could communicate with God the way we communicate with our family, friends, and entertainers via social media. Well it looks like someone thought of that with this new series God Friended Me and Javicia Leslie was blessed to land a role on this promising series. Javicia plays the role of Ali Finer in the upcoming CBS series, God Friended Me, premiering Sunday, September 30th at 8pm et/pt . On the show she has her brother, Miles Finer, played by Brandon Michael Hall. Both Javicia and Brandon’s characters are children of Pastor Arthur Finer (Joe Morton) and Brandon’s character is an atheist sharing…

  • Editorial

    We Brag Different

    Do you journal? If not, you should definitely start. You can use a variety of formats in case you’re not a fan of the traditional pen and paper. Creating a new file on your desktop can help if your hand cramps easily and you’d rather type or there are also journal apps galore to help you find a format that you like best. Now that we’ve eradicated all of the excuses, let’s talk. Lately, I have been amazed by the number of prayers that God has answered on my behalf and the ministries that I lead. What makes the new opportunities even sweeter is the time I get to read…

  • Finance

    Fine with Fintech: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Virtuality

    Technology has been changing our daily processes since the rise of the internet in the late 90s. Society craves new and innovative ways to get things done in a timely and efficient manner. Are you and your business able to sustain relevancy in this era? Have you noticed a shift in the way your customers purchase your items? Are you asked about applications and resources that you aren’t familiar with? All of these questions are common and if you’re able to answer them with confidence, then you are more than likely in line with recent changes. If you are unsure of your business’s technological health, that is nothing to be…

  • Editorial

    HELP! My Pastor is in Trouble!!!

    According to pastoralcareinc.com: 72% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week, 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.  23% of pastors report being distant from their family, and 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.  Often times, we hear the phrases “the church is a hospital,” “the church is for sick people” or “the church is for the broken.” But what happens when the Pastor is the one that is in need of help?  The role of the pastor has evolved from being someone who preaches, visits ill members and helps to bury…

  • Feature

    Barnes Books Breaking Barriers

    Brad Barnes became interested with art at a very young age. He and his brother would draw. As he grew up he began to develop his skills. He thought at one time he would go into animation and work for Disney, but he learned more about himself and what he wanted to do to make an impact in the world and desired to take another avenue. Growing up he didn’t see many books in stores for children that represented African American children other than books that shared oppressive moments for those characters, whether historical or fictional. He doesn’t credit blame to the authors and illustrators during that time, he has…

  • Feature

    Tamisa’s Like Us

    Tamisa Hunter is the definition of what we pray our readers are encouraged to become from reading about those we feature through Nouveau Exposure. She is a bold believer, a bold dreamer and a bold achiever. Tamisa has overcome so much and lives everyday with purpose to encourage others to do the same. Tamisa was rejected by her father and told by her mother that she should not have been here. She turned to her grandfather at an early age and he became her father figure. When he passed she felt a void in her life. By the age of 19 she was in an abusive relationship, with a drug dealer…

  • Feature

    Elishama Tekoa: Ministering through Music

    Elishama Tekoa comes from a musical household. Her parents have been singing for decades, so it seems only natural that Elishama began singing by the age of three. She had a desire to be apart of the music industry during her early teen years. At the age of fourteen she, her brother and other friends began a rap group. That was short lived, and with time things changed. She took a break from singing and music by 2003. For Elishama music was attached to church and when she fell away from church and her relationship with God began to dwindle she was no longer passionate about music. As life happens,…

  • Beauty

    Glow On Baby!!!

    Ladies! Ladies! Ladies! Let’s talk! Can we say il-lu-mi-nate!  Yes, we can! (in my best Sherman Klump voice). It’s that icy, blue, rose gold, golden, bronze, copper hue just to name a few that we adorn out cheek bones, foreheads, chins, noses, inner tear duct and upper lips with. Some of us have also began to mix our loose powder illuminators in body lotions and in setting sprays to bronze our bodies (if you haven’t done that yet, you can and you should). It’s a money saving tip to avoid purchasing expensive illuminating body products unless you choose to. Illuminating products can also be purchased in liquid oil and stick…

  • Finance

    Searching for Funding

    This time of year marks the end of most academic years across the nation. Graduations are among us and thoughts of higher learning are at an all time high. What’s the first thing that comes to mind after knowing that college is next on the horizon?  How can I pay for it? How can I get a degree for free? How many grants and scholarships are out there? These are all common questions but it’s rare that people really know the answer to them. This article will discuss the misconception of Financial Aid applications, scholarships and give tips on how to make your individual search and process easier. FAFSA is…

  • Editorial

    Say No to Insecurity

    There’s been a lot of talk lately concerning self-love and freedom in connection to our hair, or the lack thereof.  There’s been even more action attached to our words– we’re going back to the natural state of our hair and cutting it all off or doing big chops–from celebrities to everyday women such as myself.  Of course, we know women have been “going natural” and rocking short cuts for a long time now. However, the intentional reason behind it, I believe, has peeked to a new level lately with rhyme and reason. I question if this refreshing breath of freedom is the recent birth of the understanding that we are…

  • Health

    Summer Fitness for a Summer Body

    What time is it?  It’s spring/summer time.  This is the time where we want to wear shorts, sundresses, sleeveless shirts and swimming suits.  Are you ready? If you aren’t, that is perfectly okay. You can start this journey any day of the week.  Now, let’s discuss how you can reach your goals as the weather warms up. Previously I gave tips on how we can workout at home or on the go.  What are some of the things we can do outside now that the weather is warming up?  There are sooo many options of things we can do for the first time or just very simple things that will…