Monthly Archives: September 2015

Community Event….”Single Moms Event”



The Evolution! Society….”Behind The Scenes”

Behind The Scenes: “The Evolution! Society”

Work/ Life Balance:  A Mompreneurs Hustle

This 40+ single mom of 2 is a very busy lady, between my 9-5, Radio Personality, Entrepreneur and PR Girl about town…my life can be chaotic.

 My alarm usually goes off at 5:30 am (sometimes I hit it 3 times before I actually get up). I try to start my day with Yoga (at home) I normally go to youtube..I don’t have a favorite one just yet. As with any single parent, my days are never the same, some days are more complex than others, but sometimes you have to define your own balance because of  it.

Being a single mom is NOT a setback we just have to “hustle,” “crush it,” “grind” harder. Being a single mom comes with a wealth of skills that do well in entrepreneurship like tactics: multitasking, creativity, managing and/or operating on a budget, and problem-solving to say the least. 

You have to make family a part of your business… I’ve always considered my kids to be my board of directors, whether we’re moving or having them share a bedroom so we can open a store in our house. Make them a part of that journey. And that’s for any mom, not just single moms… Our kids are our reason to seek out a better life.”

Some days I stay up until 3 am working and then have to do a 7 a.m. child drop off at school. Be kind to yourself. Make time for you even if it’s just to breathe and smell the air. Kids are going to make messes, they are going to eat your reports and download viruses to your computer. Your best weapon is a sense of humor. Enjoy your single mom entrepreneur life (for the moment), wear the title proudly. We are basically super heroes.” I gave up on finding the perfect work-life balance, don’t get me wrong, I set short term goals, and long goals.  I make plans but they are tweeked so often they never stay the same…the only thing that’s definite is “CHANGE”.  So relax, have faith, and take it one day at a time.”

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my workflow….

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me time….

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my mini me(s)…

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When you go to church on the my home church New Beginnings Fellowship Church Indianapolis, IN…

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“Things I’m Lovin Lately” (September)

Hello Everyone,

I’m still currently in my zone from my 9-5, and as part of my position I am always out in the community doing what I do back. So even though summer isn’t technically over I thought I give some of my favorite in the sun products to keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy (even though there may be no shade to be found). I have sensitive, mature skin so it’s important to me to keep it clean and fresh looking with little to minimum makeup. So here are a few tips on shopping for products that fit your lifestyle needs like a pro.

3 Steps to Skincare Shopping Like a Pro

Virginia Lowman


Like most industries, beauty succumbs to the ebb and flow of what is trending. Makeup trends are determined by everything from Pantone’s color of the year to what is seen on the runways. As of late, skincare trends have been driven by popular Korean beauty methods like dry brushing and double cleansing, with a few choice ingredients taking center stage. With so many products to choose from and so many trends to keep up with, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. So, we’ve created a guide to shopping for skincare to help streamline your process and keep you in the know for your next beauty hunt.

Step 1: Ask The Necessary Questions

Skincare is not a one size fits all kind of deal. Before your hormones decided to wage war against you during those gruesome years called “adolescence,” your skin was more resilient and could withstand those basic all-purpose products. As you age, you inadvertenly develop a rapport with your skin, by testing products to determine which work best for you. Unknowingly, you base these products on a few factors: skin type, age, issues, lifestyle and geography. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before your next beauty haul: 

What is my skin type?

This age old skincare question will always be relevant in determining the kind of products that will best suit your needs. Identifying whether you have normal/sensitive skin, oily/combination (oily and dry), dry or acne-prone skin is an essential step in understanding your skin and its’ needs. Knowing your skin type is the first step towards customizing your skincare and having the skin you want.

Does my skincare regimen compliment my age?

If you read the Your Skin after 30 story, then you know that your skincare regimen should evolve as you age. Because collagen and elastin break down over time, anti-aging products with retinol and gentle exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids become a necessity to increase cell turnover (a fancy term for generating new skin) and boosting collagen (the stuff that makes your skin firm and plump). It’s also important to change the way you care for your skin as you age. In addition to loosing elasticity and firmness, skin also becomes thinner and drier over time; thus, the harsh cleaning and treatment methods that you may have used at 16 no longer suit your skin. 

What are the skin issues I need to address? 

Do you have dry, flaking skin? Hyperpigmentation? T-zone too oily? Naming your issues can help to determine which products in your regimen may be irritating your skin and what you may need to incorporate to alleviate the issues.

How does my lifestyle affect my skin?

Are you a smoker or a regular social drinker? Do you exercise regularly? Regardless of the activity, your lifestyle takes a toll on your skin in different ways causing various concerns.

How does the climate where I live affect my skin?

Of course environmental factors such as UV rays take a toll on the skin, but beyond the daily use of SPF, you should consider the general climate of the area that you live in. For example, those who live in colder climates often have skin that is more fragile than most. Cold weather can slow circulation causing less oxygen to reach the cells leading to dry, flaking skin and in extreme cases, rosacea. Those who live in warmer climates may be more prone to suffering from acne, as heat and humidity increase oil production. In addition to formula, considering texture is also helpful in determining whether a product is suited for your skin type and environmental influences.

Step 2: Find Out When It Was Made

You know that random date stamp that can be found on most packaging? Turns out you can benefit from paying a little attention to it! If you’re going to invest in a face cream, it’s best to buy the freshest one available to you. Check the date stamp, and buy the cream with the most recent date to ensure that the active ingredients in the product are still effective. After all, what good is the cream if its’ ingredients are past their shelf life? 

Step 3: Pick The Best Packaging

That bottle may be the perfect compliment to your gorgeous Fornasetti candle, but we aren’t talking about looks, here. Some of the best skincare products come in plain packaging. When selecting a product, specifically a cream, you want to focus on products housed in airless dispensers or laminated aluminum foil tubes (similar to your toothpaste). Your favorite cream may come in a tub, but from the moment you open the product and expose it to light and air, some of those active ingredients can become degraded and less effective. Additionally, using your fingers to apply the cream introduces germs to the product, turning your cream or balm into a petri dish.

How do you determine what products to buy when shopping for skincare? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



The African American History Committee

Fall Fest 2015


DEADLINE – Saturday, October 31, 2015

Note to Teachers – If you are submitting on behalf of your students, each work must be

accompanied by a completed official ENTRY FORM.

Please verify student contact information.


Eagle Branch

3325 Lowry Road

Indianapolis, IN 46222

or your local INDYPL Library


For more information contact:

Lauren Freeman 275-4064 or

LaShonda El 275-4346 or


The African American History Committee

Of the Indianapolis Public Library


Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge X

To recognize promising young poets, grades 9-12

Teen Poets show off your talents!

Do verses just run through your head? Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?

WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at:

FALL FEST 2 0 1 5

Saturday, November 21, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Central Library – Clowes Auditorium

40 East St. Clair Street


Write with the inspiring thoughts of:

Still I Rise!

How to Enter


Saturday, October 31, 2015

To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 9-12. All entries must be

the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!

Entries will be read and judged by the African American History Committee.

The judges will consider originality, quality of writing and theme development.

Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form (see back side).

Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette

or CD) of your reading to: LaShonda El, Eagle Library, 3325 Lowry Road,

Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222, deliver to your local INDYPL library.

You can also submit your poem online at

Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00pm on event day.



participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive

$25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2015 –

Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Central Library Clowes Auditorium.

Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.

The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.

All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.

A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm.

Award presentation will be given by

Nikki Giovanni, World-renowned poet, writer,

commentator, activist, and educator.

Made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund, the Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment

Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.



Community News….Legacy Cabaret IV “Mari Evans”

JitterBug Asante final version (2)Mari Evans Photo by Victoria Smith Photography (2)

Asante Children’s Theatre Fundraiser to Honor Mari Evans


Jitterbug Juba Revue Spotlights Harlem Music Legends

Contact FMI: Keesha Dixon, 317–‐652–‐3727

The Asante Children’s Theatre of Indianapolis will present the annual fundraising event Legacy Cabaret IV, honoring  poet/playwright, Mari Evans on Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:15 PM. The concept of the show is a classic Harlem nightclub presenting “The Jitterbug Juba Revue.”

The event showcases gifted local  artists paying tribute to classic music legends from Bessie Smith to Cab Calloway. The festivities begin at 6:00 PM with a VIP reception. Show time is set for 7:15 PM. The show will be presented at The Madame Walker Theatre Center Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, 617 Indiana  Avenue, 46202.


Community News…Free Hair Cut Day

Free Haircut Day

Community News….”Enough Is Enough” Street Campaign



Local Pastor Lives in Tent in High Crime Area to Raise Awareness of Senseless Violence and Support for “Unite For Change” (Indianapolis, Indiana, August 31, 2015) – This past weekend the pastor of the historic Christ Missionary Baptist Church concluded funeral services for slain sixteen-year-old Jaylen Johnson with the words “…earth to earth, ashes to ashes and dust to dust, ” as Jaylen’s grandmother, sister, other family members and friends said goodbye with tears that seemed to fill the chapel.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time in the past thirty days Pastor G has stood with this community to mourn a tragic loss; and even more unfortunately so, he doesn’t believe this will be the last. To that end, Pastor G proclaims: “enough is enough!”#EnoughIsEnough… “We in the church and the community see the aftermath of gun violence.

As a community, it is beyond time to come together and respond with action against what fuels his type of brutal, domestic terrorism that has paralyzed our communities”, says Senior Pastor Reverend John Girton, a 2nd generation and life-long Indianapolis resident. “I read in a recent Indy Star article that a surge in violence over the past few weeks has our city, ‘on pace with the homicide count of 2014, which was the city’s deadliest in eight years.’ Apparently, last year our city had ‘135 criminal homicides, exceeding the previous year’s count by 10 deaths’. This is simply too much.”

#EnoughIsEnough…. Pastor G is prepared to shine a light on the increased violence in an effort to ignite conversation, understanding and most importantly unity to face the violence and its root causes head on. And there’s never been a better time to face these challenges.

#EnoughIsEnough….On Friday, September 4th, Pastor G will pitch a tent in the heart of one of Indianapolis’ most violent communities in our city. His street campaign will reside at the corner of 30th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street for thirty days. The goal is three-fold:

1. To raise awareness of the senseless violence that is impacting families (generations) throughout the city of Indianapolis;

  1. To encourage unity. Pastor G invites city, faith and business leaders, along with survivors and victims of violent crimes to meet in the tent and bring ideas to unite to face the root causes of violence and to show a force of unity by saying #EnoughIsEnough and that it’s time to Unite For Change;
  2. To initiate a proposal to construct an epicenter of empowerment and education in the northwest community intended to coordinate programming throughout challenged Indianapolis communities where violence and hopelessness is common. (Goal: $500,000)

Pastor Girton is asking anyone who agrees that EnoughIsEnough will at least stop by the tent and sign banner, share your ideas and make a contribution to the  future of our city.

Along with other community leaders, Pastor G will be using social media to capture and share creative ideas, strategies, and testimonies which will become the foundation of the plan of action to reach the core of the community’s challenges.

Live interviews from the tent will be broadcast at You can follow updates from the tent at the church’s Facebook page at and follow Pastor G on Twitter at All donations are being accepted at any Indianapolis Regions Bank location starting September 4, 2015. #UniteForChange and help give #EnoughIsEnough as much visibility as possible. Pastor G is asking that you do at least one of the following:

  • Post messages, testimonies and ideas to end the violence in our community to our Facebook page:
  • Tweet about the unity campaign using #EnoughIsEnough
  • #UniteForChange
  • Advocate for media coverage and send to any bloggers in your network
  • Use your social media accounts and off-line contacts and partner coalitions to organize unifying actions/messages, etc.
  • Call/fax/send letters to: UniteForChange, 1001 Eugene St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, 866-792-8187 fax.
  • To schedule a meeting in the tent with Pastor G, you can call Ms. Tonya Wright at 317-985-2816.


Christ Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis

1001 Eugene Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

317.925.4132 phone • 866.792.8187 fax

Contact: Tonya Wright, 317.985.2816 or 317.735.1127



Community News…..Gallery 924 September Invite

Gallery 924 September Invite
William Denton Ray: Shapeshifting


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Image: Glasseen, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″

You are invited to the opening reception of 
William Denton Ray: Shapeshifting
 at Gallery 924


Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 9 pm
(during IDADA First Friday Art Tour)

Ray is well-known for his whimsical characters painted in bold, sometimes, garish colors on everything from beer bottles, cardboard boxes, and wood panels. In his new work, Ray has taken his recognizable characters and elevated them to another level through abstraction and a more subdued and neutral color palette. He has deconstructed the faces and reconstructed them into forms and shapes that have a decidedly more refined feel. He describes Shapeshifting as his new process of simplifying and abstracting his quintessential characters to the point of Pareidolia–a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. Through this new work he hopes to explore this transformation by which his familiar characters take on new life.


 For more information on William: 
  Like him on Facebook /Whimsical Funk Artwork by William Denton Ray
  Follow him on Twitter @WhimsicalFunk

  Follow him on Instagram @WhimsicalFunk

Learn more about William Denton Ray in this month’s
Indy Arts Studio Series.


Gallery 924 uses the free app Piggyback to provide multimedia content to our gallery visitors. Download the app on your phone or tablet in order to access bonus features and footage for all of our monthly shows.

Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis provides a mixture of programming that highlights central Indiana contemporary artists in curated solo and group shows. Gallery 924 is a member of IDADA and holds opening receptions on IDADA First Fridays from 6 – 9 pm. Exhibitions consist of 10 shows per year with eight solo and two group shows.


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