Community News….Women of A New Tribe Exhibit

A Photographic Celebration of African American Women



August 3 – September 26, 2015

The Indianapolis Public Library will host the nationally touring exhibition, Women of a New Tribe, at Central Library, August 3 through September 26. This exhibit, created by noted North Carolina photographer, Jerry Taliaferro is a photographic study of the beauty, strength and impact of 60 representative African American women across the country. A popular feature of the exhibit is the inclusion of portraits of women from the hosting community. In order to select local women to be photographed for inclusion in the exhibit, IndyPL invites you to nominate candidates to represent Indianapolis.

Who is a “Woman of a New Tribe”?

In every community there are both “movers and shakers” and “unsung heroines” – caring individuals, volunteers and paid professionals who go beyond their expected responsibilities to make a difference. If you have a role model, friend, family member or coworker who is having an impact in the Indianapolis community, nominate her for this unique honor.

IndyPL Local programming for “Women of a New Tribe” is presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Recorder.


Community News…”Circle City Classic” Luncheon

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NBA Star George Hill to receive the 2015 Major Taylor Award at Circle City Classic Coaches Luncheon


INDIANAPOLIS ,In – Indiana Black Expo president Tanya Bell announced today, that  Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, has been selected to  receive the Major Marshall Taylor award at the Circle City Classic Coaches luncheon and serve as the Grand Marshall for the Circle City Classic® parade. The luncheon takes place Friday September 25th at the NCAA headquarters, in Indianapolis Indiana.


Hill was chosen due to his exemplary community service and commitment to excellence in the field of athletics.


“George Hill is a model choice for the Major Taylor award, and we are honored to host the Coaches Luncheon at our NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis for the first time”, stated Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Bell. 


The Major Taylor award has been presented annually, since 1987, to African American athletes, former athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators who make a significant local and national contribution to youth by exemplifying excellence in their field. Previous recipients of the major Taylor award include Florence Griffith Joyner, Muhammad Ali, Maurice Greene, Tony Dungy, Jerry Rice, Dominique Dawes and Tommie Smith.


About George Hill


George Hill is the Co-founder of George Hill Rising Stars’. The mission of the organization is to provide a loving, caring, stable, academic oriented andbasketball skills-building environment, fostered amongst a family atmosphere that will, in the end, produce strong, caring, educated and upstanding leaders in our communities.  George Hill Rising Stars has stepped up to take a lead in both our suburban and urban environments to prove we are serious about changing lives for the betterment of it.


Additionally, NBA stand-out Hill, has donated shoes to  community youth, provided food and athletic gear to youth teams, and  Volunteers his time year around to youth  


About Us


Indiana Black Expo, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with twelve chapter affiliates in the State of Indiana.  The 32nd annual  Circle City Classic® helps to support youth initiatives, awarding over$3.2 million in scholarships to deserving youth attending colleges and universities across the country.The Central State University Marauders and Kentucky State Thorobreds will play in this year’s Circle City Classic® Game on Saturday,September 26,2015.Tickets to the game are available now on, the IBE Box Office and the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Offi


“My Life; My Vibe” Sept 2015

Updates “My Life, My Vibe” Lately

 Monday Quotes

Very Inspirational Monday Quotes

The past month I have really been challanged with new business opportunities and my 9-5 job responsibilities…corporate took control. My weekends have been so consumed with relaxing, refocusing and taken it all in. Som days my blog will have to take a back seat.

However, it is always glad to know you are still using the site as a resource for your busy lifestyle ( I see you checkin in). We would love to hear what you all have coming up. I’m looking forward to sharing some more exciting news with you in the upcoming weeks.  I will continue to update when I can and share news on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram…Be sure to keep following and stay tuned…xoxo

Monthly Affirmation: “Zeal” –  Zeal is the mighty force that incites the winds, the tides, the storms, it urges the planet on its course, and spurs the ant to great exertion ~ Charles Fillmore

My Business Improves Lives:  Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS

Love Life…Do Good…Live Well!

“C” Inspirational Mugs



You guys know how important it is for me to be inspired daily and I try do the same for all of you. I post my Monday Motivation stories weekly and also post motivational quotes on social media. Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up every now and again? I fell in love with these products from I mentioned in this home decor post and thereafter I’ve been working with them on producing really awesome gifts based on my personal mottos.


This “Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up.” was a no-brainer. We all need a little push sometimes to “show up” even when we don’t feel like it. Getting dressed in something that makes you feel amazing always helps.

And this mug about taking chances was inspired by a quote I posted on Instagram a while back. I’m all about taking chances. No risk, no reward.

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CEO/Event Director
Evolution Events, LLC
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Community News…..The White Party On The Canal

White Nites #6  (2)

“Empire” Season 2 Promo

Fall TV Preview

Empire Season 2

Empire First Look: The Claws Are Out In Official Season 2 Poster

Either way, Cookie Lyon doesn’t look the least bit worried in Empire‘s gold, glamorous, Animal Kingdom-inspired Season 2 poster.

Indeed, Taraji P. Henson’s got her trademark glare turned up to 11, while Terrence Howard’s Lucious looks like he’s already at least seven or eight steps into his “Get Myself Outta the Clink, Then Crush All My Enemies” checklist.

It’s Ludacris vs. Lucious on Empire season 2 — sort of. The rapper and actor revealed he’ll be the latest famous face to appear on the drama, Instagramming a photo with series star Lucious Lyon Terrence Howard in costume, with the former dressed as a prison guard and the latter in his orange prison garb. 

“This could get interesting…” Ludacris captioned; of course it will, Luda. It’s Empire.

Empire season 2 premieres Sept. 23 on Fox.


Season 1 Season Finale Recap:

“Empire” Season Finale “Die But Once and “Who Am I”

Empire Finale
Photo Credit: Chuck Hodes/ Fox

Nothing to lose. That was the name of the song Jamal and Lucious collaborated on and that was also the overarching theme in Empire’s two-part season-one finale “Die But Once”/”Who I Am.”

On one hand, it seemed like Lucious had nothing to lose. He’d already lost Cookie to Malcolm, Anika to Baretti – and later Hakeem – and Andre, Jamal and Hakeem were all mad at him. But he did have something to lose. His dignity.

With the world against him, Lucious suffered one humiliation after another. First, Cookie and Malcolm ran away to a remote cabin in the woods for some steamy bump and grind. Then, Lucious found out when Porsha accidentally let it slip. Whoops! So he fired Cookie, Malcolm quit and the two broke up. But at least they ended their forbidden love affair on a high note. Hunty, that love scene was giving us life! There was even an oversized bearskin rug or two and a fire. A fire!

The other wonderful thing about Cookie’s firing was when she cursed out Lucious and called him a bitch. “Everybody’s just waiting for you to die,” she screamed. But Lucious was probably just taking out his anger on Cookie because Hakeem had embarrassed him in a freestyle rap with Snoop. And then Hakeem slept with Anika aka Boo Boo Kitty. Ugh! Gross! Who would’ve thought either of them would’ve stooped so low?

But Snoop’s song “Peaches and Cream” sounded great, huh?

Andre also wanted nothing to do with Lucious and instead chose Michelle (guest star Jennifer Hudson) and the church over his dad. He even told Lucious he would send him a message in hell in a fireproof container. Burn!

But Lucious later exacted his revenge on Andre by wooing Michelle with a record contract and breaking Andre’s heart. Dang. Back to Rhonda. That only left Jamal, who despite everything Lucious did to him, still helped his dad shake his writer’s block and pen the song “Nothing to Lose.” Lucious (or should we say Terrence Howard) even snuck in a “Hustle and Flow” reference with “Whoop that Trick.” Nice one.

But that scene was not flawless. For instance, why were those same garbage cans at the house all those years later and why did Lucious threaten to throw Jamal in the trash can again? Insane.

Despite all of this, Jamal went HAM and got his dad’s master recordings back by dangling Beretti over the side of a building Suge Knight style. Oh. Jamal is gangster, huh? And just like that, Jamal was Lucious’ favorite son. He not only rose to the occasion and fought for his dad but he is a musical genius who collaborated with Lucious. That’s why Lucious made Jamal his successor. It’s also why Lucious told Jamal something he hadn’t told anyone else: his real name. He was born Dwight Walker and became Lucious Lyon. Whoa. While it was vindicating and long overdue seeing Lucious and Jamal make peace and bond, it also seemed like an obvious choice because Jamal is the only one who genuinely loves Lucious.

For instance, when Lucious learned that he doesn’t have ALS but Myasthenia Gravis or MG and isn’t dying, he laughed like the devil. More to the point, when he told his sons he wasn’t dying, Jamal was the only one who actually smiled about the news. Cookie also wasn’t smiling. She had tried to kill Lucious the night before when he let it slip during a sedative-induced haze that he killed Bunkie. But Lucious stopped her from suffocating him with a pillow and then the next morning, he gave her a little pillow as a mean spirited gift and fired her again.

The saddest part about Jamal and Lucious becoming close is that it ripped Jamal and Cookie apart. By the time the FBI came and took Lucious away in handcuffs – Cookie didn’t snitch. It was Vernon – Jamal gave up on Cookie completely. Speaking of Vernon, yeah, he’s dead. Rhonda accidentally killed him when he was fighting with Andre and Andre didn’t call the cops because Rhonda said she’s with child. That poor unborn baby. And poor Malik Yoba. Le sigh. It sure was good seeing you again, New York Undercover brother. We hope you get another gig really soon. So Vernon was the one who snitched to the FBI, not Cookie? Try telling Lucious and Jamal that. They think Cookie rolled over. But as we know, the only rolling over Cookie did was when she beat up Boo Boo Kitty like they were in a musty old motorcycle bar. Fans, meanwhile, couldn’t have been happier – bad stunt doubles and all.

Fans however were not happy with that dude Black Rambo. Sure, Jamal put him in his place during their battle but Black Rambo’s rap style was crunchy and weak.

“Things I’m Lovin Lately” (August)

On Our Radar For August

Written by

melissa mccarthy nicole richie birchbox

Our editors are more than thrilled to embrace this new summertime month. Why? Because August is packed with exciting new launches and collaborations that we can’t wait to get our hands on. From celebrity fashion lines and YouTube channels, to beauty goodies that will keep our closets stocked for the rest of the summer, these debut events and products are not to be missed.

Mother + Kind Campaign, ‘Play Nice’ T-shirt: We could all use a reminder to play nice every now and then, and these sweet tees—as part of the new Mother + Kind campaign—are the perfect inspiration. Keep the idea front and center by donning this simple and sweet shirt this summer and fall.

Melissa McCarthy releases new clothing line: Melissa McCarthy is one of those celebs who always looks chic and sophisticated while strutting her stuff on the red carpet, and now you can get the look at home by snagging a piece or two from her new clothing line. (image: D DIPASUPIL/FILMMAGIC)

Nicole Richie launches Birchbox collaboration: We are dying to break into the guest-curated Birchbox from House of Harlow 1960 creative director and reality show star Nicole Richie. It’s packed with beauty goodies like lip tint, in-shower lotion and a microdermabrasion skin exfoliant.

Treat Collection’s non-toxic nail polishes: This Berlin-based nail polish brand gives us access to non-toxic polishes that we don’t ever have to feel guilty about. The best part? There are 54 fabulous colors to choose from!

Boll & Branch launches line of fair-trade certified bath towels: We are really excited to try out the line of bath towels from luxury linens brand Boll & Branch because they’re the first in the world to earn full Fair Trade certification. Pre-order yours starting August 6th.

Karlie Kloss debuts new ‘Klossy’ YouTube channel: Model, entrepreneur and NYU-accepted student Karlie Kloss just announced her brand new YouTube channel “Klossy.” Subscribe to get a behind-the-scenes peek into Karlie’s high profile life, both on and off the runway.  (image: Taylor Hill/Getty)

The Lively Show with Jess Lively and After The Jump with Grace Bonney: If you’re looking for creative inspiration as we ease into the last part of summer and gear up for back-to-school season, check out these two podcasts. Both feature interviews with top bloggers, bakers, writers, designers (plus so many more!), and the archives for both shows are packed with valuable insight.

Krochet Kids intl. pioneers the #knowwhomadeit movement: This non-profit apparel brand—which carries a line of beautiful clothing, bags and accessories for men, women and kids—is spearheading a toast-worthy movement to help us celebrate the people who makes the products we enjoy every day.

Revlon unveils LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge: Revlon just announced an online fundraising challenge which invites charities that focus on heart disease, women’s cancers and diabetes—three health concerns that modern women face every day—to raise money within a six-week timeline. Revlon has promised an additional million-dollar donation to the winning charity. We’re proud to encourage this crusade!



When Nourish Snacks first asked about sending me their pre-packaged snacks to try, I was apprehensive. Typically, I’m not keen on packaged snack foods as they are notorious for being full of unhealthy ingredients. But it’s not always easy to make time to stock the fridge with super healthy snack options and it can be a challenge to find ones to grab when you’re a hectic mom on the go. Nourish Snacks have been awesome for those moments. Plus, they are healthy and so yummy.

Created by NBC’s TODAY Show nutritionist Joy Bauer, Nourish Snacks can be found in select Starbucks locations or ordered online. They are made with wholesome ingredients and packed with protein, antioxidants and fiber. Plus, they are dairy-free and gluten-free—things that make moms happy for the times their little ones want to share their snacks (just make sure they are eating ones that aren’t potential choking hazards).


Community News….”Black History through Rhythms”

Anthony Radford / “Meet the Artists” &
D. DelReverda-Jennings / “Flava Fresh”

Present a day trip to “Black History through Rhythms” third national art exhibition and grand opening reception at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. This exhibit will feature a wide variety of artwork from up and coming artists to nationally known artists from across the country.

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2-4pm.
$45.00 Per Person

A $10.00 deposit will hold your seat. The balance must be paid in full by Saturday, October 23, 2015. There will be no refund on deposit or trip, unless the trip is canceled.

The trip offers: Roundtrip transportation on Miller Bus Lines, refreshments, complimentary gifts, door prizes, Tony’s famous auction (You Never, Ever Know), games, a world movie premiere and more. We will load the bus from the parking lot on 30th & Central, Saturday morning at 11:00am, departing promptly at 11:30 noon. There will be a rest and smoke stop at 12:45pm.

We will load the bus from the Museum at 4:00pm and head to downtown Dayton for a 5:00pm dinner stop at black owned restaurant Delis. We will load the bus from the restaurant at 7:30pm and should arrive back in Indy around 9:30pm.

For more information contact Tony 538-5709 or D. at 924-1582

Community News…Andre Green


Our prayers and condolences are with the family of 15-year old Andre Green and the entire Indianapolis community at this difficult time. We understand that IMPD is currently investigating the shooting.  As they continue to gather evidence and interview prospective witnesses, we urge anyone that has information or video that captured what occurred to come forward.  Andre Green, his family and the police officers involved deserve a thorough investigation, one leading to a just result, and we understand it will not be completed overnight.  We will refrain from drawing any conclusions until the investigation is completed. 
As our community heals and gains a better understanding of the timeline of events that led to this tragic incident, we must continue to have honest dialogue about holistic approaches aimed at preserving and maximizing human life – particularly the lives of our Black men.  We cannot lose another young man in this manner without it interrupting our conscious. We reinforce our commitment to work alongside the community to move forward strategies to improve the quality of life for all Indianapolis residents. Your Life Matters® aims to achieve better life outcomes for young African Americans males in our community by working in partnership with numerous organizations and individuals dedicated to providing love, hope and support. We must ALL work together to build and maintain a safe and healthy city that provides the best opportunities to lead a productive and quality life. 
Lastly, we must follow the lead of other police departments and require that all members of IMPD wear body cameras.  Having a video of all police officer shootings will provide more transparency for our community.  Body cams are also known to reduce officer shootings and deter officers from inappropriate conduct.  We ask that Mayor Greg Ballard and the Marion County City County Council strongly consider including a line item in the proposed 2015 budget to procure body cameras for our police officers.

Good Reads….

Our Must-Read List For August


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We’re sort of in shock that summer is already winding down. Is anyone else dreading the end of beach reading? As we enter into August, we’re sharing five books you’ll want to stuff in your suitcase for any end-of-the-season getaways.

1. “The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out,” by Mathilde Thomas: The co-founder of luxury skin-care line Caudalie, Mathilde shares several intriguing beauty regimens that French women follow.
2. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo: A wildly popular life-cleansing consultant outlines her radical approach to organization.
3. “I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time,” by Laura Vanderkam: Who says we can’t have it all?! This book shares strategies and stories of women who effectively and gracefully balance work, family and everything in between.
4. “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” by J. Ryan Stradal: If you have an appetite for unique cuisine and compelling storytelling, this novel is for you.
5. “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes: Getting lost in a love story is essentially a summer reading requirement. This novel about two unlikely people falling in love will likely bring you to tears!

Community News….Kiwanis & Koalas



Friday, August 14th Join Kiwanis at the

Indianapolis Zoo to meet the Koalas!

RSVP here  

Please register by Tuesday August 11, 2015.





Kiwanis is taking a field trip to the Zoo to meet the Koalas! We will be meeting in the Dolphin Gallery to eat lunch and listen to Rachael Ledbetter. Guests will have free parking, admission ticket, and access to unlimited rides and animal feeds for the day.

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Dolphin Gallery at the Indianapolis Zoo, 

1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Price : $15.00/ person (Pricing is the same for all ages)

Make sure to reserve your ticket ASAP!

You will need to pick up your tickets from Kiwanis Office prior to the event.

Make sure to bring the kids!



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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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