Monthly Archives: July 2016

My Sista’s Business…Monique Rodriguez

Mielle Organics is a hair and skin care company that uses all natural ingredients. Since inception, Mielle Organics’ products have taken the hair care market by storm. After mere months, Mielle Organics has been widely recognized for its results-driven products and excellent customer service.

Meet the Founder

Mielle Organics founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez has over nine years of experience as Registered Nurse. Her science background and focus on health from the inside out inspired Monique to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. She is passionate about inspiring women in business and entrepreneurship. Monique resides in Indiana with her husband Melvin, COO of Mielle Organics, and their two beautiful daughters, Mia and Mackenzie.

Politics & City Life

#BlackGirlMagic Results in Chicago’s Massive Sit-In Protest

By  | July 20, 2016

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(Left to right) Sophia Byrd, Eva Lewis, Natalie Braye and Maxine Wint

With everything happening in the world today, it’s easy to feel helpless and lose hope for the future. While I know it’s going to take some time for our society to heal, I’m finding comfort in the constant reminders of goodness in the world. Did you know that four Black teenage girls were behind last week’s massive sit-in protest in Chicago’s Millennium Park? The sit-in was followed by a peaceful march to protest gun violence and police brutality in the city.

The event to “break the divide between communities, and bring youth from all areas of Chicago in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” drew over 1,000 people and quickly captured attention from local and national media. And to think, it all started with a single tweet. When asked if her family supports her activism, Eva stated:

“Oh yeah. I learned everything I know from them. And my grandfather, too—he just passed away. He was the first person to teach me that my gender didn’t matter, that I shouldn’t be ashamed of my gender at all. He empowered me. He taught me about the system young, about racism. [My family] taught me that I should never think I am less than, I just have to work harder to be recognized for my work.”

Click here to read more about why Eva and her friends decided to take action on



Motivational Monday 7/25


Wellness Wednesday 7/20

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What’s On Your Plate…..

So we are half way through the year, and are you still thinking about that New Year’s Resolution. You know where you said  that you need to have a better healthy relationship  with your food.

Our eating habits need help. Fast food, high-calorie desserts, sweet drinks, and more have filled us up — and out. Most adults and 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Changing the way you eat can be easy. To start, learn about some of the worst food offenders and how to replace them with healthier choices. Then try some portion-control tricks.

Calorie-Bomb Food Favorites

Most of our calories come from foods high in fat and sugar. Sweets like cookies and cakes, along with yeast breads, top the list. We also load up on calories in chicken dishes (often breaded and fried), sodas, and energy and sports drinks. Pizza, alcohol, pasta, tortilla dishes, and beef dishes pile on more calories. Unless you count fries and chips, fruits and vegetables don’t even make a dent in our daily calorie count.

Eat Less

Just two problem foods — solid fats and added sugars — count for about 800 of our daily calories. That’s almost half the calories an average woman should have in a day. U.S. dietary guidelines say we should limit solid, trans, and saturated fats. Cut back on fast foods and refined grains, like white bread. While you’re at it, cut down on sodium (salt), too. Most of us get too much, raising our chances of high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease.

Eat More

Add more nutritious foods to your diet.

  • Instead of fatty meats, choose lean protein and seafood. Shoot for at least 8 ounces of fish a week.
  • Instead of solid fats like butter or margarine, use olive, canola, and other oils that are good for your waistline and heart.
  • Instead of baked goods and cereals with all white or refined grains, make at least half of your grains whole grains.
  • Other healthy choices: nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, eggs, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Serving the Right Size

Start downsizing to healthy portions and your body will, too. Check food labels and restaurant menus for hidden calories. Learn to “eyeball” your food to gauge what’s too much — and what’s just right.

Shrink Your Plate to Lose Weight

You may have grown up being told to “clean your plate.” The problem is that dinner plates in homes — and restaurants – have gotten bigger. And so has the amount of food we p

Set Out Salad Plates

To shrink your portions:

  • Eat from a smaller dish like a luncheon or salad plate.
  • Learn and serve the right-sized portion.
  • Don’t go back for seconds or keep extra food on the table to tempt you.
  • Store leftovers in single-serving containers for quick meals.

Put on them. If you clean your plate now, you’re probably overeating.

Control Size Guide:

Food & Fitness Journal




The PR Girl Tool Box

Tips For Creating Your Dream Job

Tips For Creating Your Dream Job

As the successful founder behind Packed Party, Jordan Jones has undoubtedly earned the right to say that she’s working at her dream job! In case you, too, are looking to turn your passion into profit, Jordan offers five thoughtful tips for making it happen below.

I created Packed Party in July of 2013 when I was just 23 years old. I had a dream about sending myself a themed Pity Party package after moving to San Francisco alone. When I woke up, I created an entire business plan for what is today Packed Party. I drew up the logo, the different kinds of ‘party for one’ packages we would sell and all details, down to the color of our packages. A bit weird, but it all came together quickly concept-wise. Putting it out there and getting ourselves up and running was a different story. It has taken a ton of hard work and sacrifice.

I’m 26 years old now and and after three years, Packed Party has grown tremendously. We’ve sold more than 20,000 gifts all over the world in such a short amount of time and are in more than 200 retailers worldwide. We are also completely self-funded and stay true to our mission of making every day a party with our unique gifts. Being a self-funded company, I have felt the strain of starting something truly from the ground up. In trying to fund Packed Party, I was fired from a job, turned away from dog walking in San Francisco (I have a dog, a large one at that!) and managed other business’s social media accounts. I truly did everything in my control to build and grow the brand.

Today, Packed Party has grown to offer more product offerings, I have an amazing team surrounding me and we’ve recently expanded our company to Austin, Texas. This is still just the beginning for Packed Party, and I can’t begin to express how excited I am to continue spreading the party (literally) that is our brand around the world. Here are a few of my tips for creating your own dream job:

1. Get a journal.

You know, the one you write inside. This journal may be the single most important thing you’ll ever buy. I’m not kidding. I tell every person I ever speak to about starting any sort of business to get a journal. This journal, if you don’t have one already, should be dedicated to your goals, hopes and dreams. No one can judge you here—it’s your journal, after all. This will serve as your accountability tool while setting out to create that dream job of yours. Shockingly, mine is a terrible brown leather one, so I guess when I bought it, I knew I meant business.
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2. Make a list.

Remember the journal you just bought? Make a list of the things that make you happiest in life. I’m talking everything from puppies to old people or tacos. I unknowingly did this before I started Packed Party. At the time, the list seemed so random—things like giving gifts and taking photos of houses. When you’re doing something you love, your happy things should be a part of what you’re doing.

There is such a thing as a job that involves tacos, taking pictures and old people, you just haven’t met it yet because you don’t fully understand where your happiness lies. When people do things that make them happy, they do them well. Like, really, really well. So, take a deep breath and make a random list of things that make you smile. Note, do not have a job in mind doing this, just things that genuinely make you smile.

3. Listen up.

The key to every successful person is a big pair of ears. If you think you know where your passions lie, that’s great, you have a tiny head start. Find people within your network who have taken some sort of entrepreneurial path and ask them about their journey. When did they make their dream a reality? What sacrifices did they make? What would they change knowing what they know now? At the core, people want to help other people. So, there’s a good chance that someone will be flattered you’re asking, and offer to extend the conversation into a coffee date.

If you don’t feel like you know a lot of entrepreneurs within your network, you can always reach out to people you don’t know via email or through LinkedIn to introduce yourself. It’s surprising how often this works. There is, of course, a chance you’ll never hear back, but hey, you gave it a shot. If you’re bold enough to create a dream job, you have to be confident enough to go shake some random hands. Oh, and listen to every bit of knowledge someone’s going to drop on you (yep, the good, the bad and the ugly).

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4. Go for it.

This seems fairly simple, but for most people, the hardest part of actually creating a dream job is starting the process. We’re all hard-wired to be totally afraid of failure. The difference between the girl that sits behind a desk from 9 to 5 and whines about her job, but doesn’t actually do anything about it, and you, the girl reading this article ready to kick some butt and take control of her own life, is you’re going to do something. It’s not easy, but if you want it, you have to go for it! Actually taking the leap or “doing” is the hardest part.

Now that you have the journal, have harnessed what it is that makes you tick, listened to a few professionals, you have to go for it. Please note, I do not recommend quitting your day job at this point in the game. That will come with time when your business has really developed some legs underneath it. When’s the right time to make your dream job your one-and-only job? This is a question I get often. You’ll know when it’s time to make that decision. You’re the captain of this ship, remember? No one can make decisions like that but you.

5. Plan, plan, plan.

When I first started, I had never made a formal business plan, but I was so passionate about what I was doing, that I spent every waking second coming up with how I was going to execute or make my vision come to life. As someone who’s very visual, this was a lot of drawing and making a massive list. I planned everything from my logo of the girl in a physically “packed” party or room to the navy color we used on the packaging. By the way, it’s no coincidence the packaging is navy. Navy is thought to be one of the most confident colors on the color wheel for women.

I had the dream about Packed Party in July of 2013, went to work on it in the middle of the night there on my bedroom floor and didn’t open my site up for business until November. As excited as I was about my idea and new company, I played my cards close to my vest until we were truly out there. Planning is everything, and you’ll know really quickly in the planning process just how much you love what you’re creating. Again, that’s why there’s such a small percentage of people who actually have or create their “dream job.” The choice is yours, girl. There’s nothing wrong with either, I’ve just always been someone who’s had a hard time accepting normal. I weirdly like chaos, and that comes with any dream job.

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Motivational Monday 7/18

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Indianapolis Urban League’s Back To School Block Party

Don’t Miss the Indianapolis Urban League’s Back to School Block Party featuring NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity!

The 50th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Urban League continues. Don’t miss the IUL’s Back to School Back to School Block Party and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity on Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 am – 1:30 pm at the Indianapolis Urban League (777 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202).

  • FREE back sacks and back to school supplies to 500 elementary, middle and high school students.
  • FREE health screenings provided by HealthNet and the Marion County Health Department.
  • FREE sneakers for up to 250 children grades 1-5, courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet.

Enjoy appearances and performances by the Pacers’ Boomer, the Geico Gekko, DJ Mamma Mia, FREE activities and giveaways provided by McDonalds, Geico, the Pacers, Radio One, United Water, IMPD, the Fire Department, the Cultural Trail and others.


Check out NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Community Expo, that includes a simulator and witness a live pit crew demonstration and appearances by Max Siegel, Rev Racing and NASCAR reps.


For more information, contact the Indianapolis Urban League at

(317) 693-7603 or visit






Indianapolis Urban League, 777 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202

“Things I’m Lovin Lately….”

Hello Friends,

It’s that’s time again! Time for another edition of “Things I’m Lovin Lately”. Like any girl, my favorite pastime is browsing the Internet for ANYTHING, really. While browsing yesterday, I came across a few items  I had picked up and I’m just ABSOLUTELY loving & I had to share.… Enjoy!!


Pure Garden Mosquito Repellent Bracelets, 10pk

By: Pure Garden  $9.95 (Walmart)

  • Each bracelet includes a resealable bag
  • Vibrant colors

Protect yourself from mosquito bites with the Pure Garden Mosquito Repellent Bracelets. Each bracelet provides five to seven days of protection, simply store in the included resealable bag when not in use. Made of only natural ingredients, these wristbands are safe for children and adults. A eucalyptus and citronella oil formula effectively repels mosquitos. Great for barbeques, picnics, camping, hiking, fishing or any outdoor activity. These bracelets are waterproof making them ideal to use while swimming or in the rain. This includes ten multi-colored bracelets for variety and protection for everyone in your family. Simply wear the bracelet on your wrist or ankle, or place it on a baby carriage or bicycle to protect yourself from mosquitos wherever you go!

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Mario Badesco Facial Spray w/ Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater

By Mario Badesco $7.00 (

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant. A pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating


Roho | Sermons For Me (Sermons App)  praying hands

A New York based media company that specializes in religious content is building an online sermon platform. Mobile video platform that indexes and curates sermons, allowing users on-demand access to inspirational content on the exact issue they want.


Motivational Monday 7/11

I cannot get enough of Beyonce’s video for “7/11″.  Love the song and especially love this collage of dancing selfies.  Maybe I love it so much because a part of me thinks this is what it’s like to hang out and have a ladies night with Beyonce.

Dressing up, acting a fool, prancing around in bare feet, wearing only t’s and undies… what a fun slumber party!

This video is fast, furious and fun to watch, but Beyonce didn’t come up with the concept alone, she was inspired by another YouTube star named Gabriel Valenciano who has been doing this style of video for quite some time and he calls it a “super selfie”. This is what living is about, on your own terms, going out having fun and making someone laugh today. Who knows your smile and positive energy may be just what somebody needs today.

I want you to get up,  get moving and enjoy life, dance like nobody’s watching…




IBE Press Release


For Immediate Release                                             .
For Immediate Release
Dian Foreman
(317) 413-2819 cell
Joint Statement by Black Organizations on Recent Shootings
Indianapolis, IN (July 8, 2016) We invite the city of Indianapolis to allow their hearts to break with ours over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas police officers murdered and injured in the line of duty at a rally. These incidents occurred as the nation reeled from the senseless murder of members of the LGBT community in Orlando. There have been over 100 police action shootings of Black men across the country this year alone prompting outrage but seemingly no justice. It is through tears and frustration, a reverence for the dead, and respect for the impact on the families of the victims and the officers involved that we seek to affirm our aspirations toward healthy and continuously improving police and community relations. We mourn for the loss of life of citizens who mattered to their communities, families and friends. Their lives mattered. Black lives matter. We recognize that the police have a difficult job to do and that the majority serve the community well. Police officers are our neighbors, customers, friends and family members. It is moments like these that it is most important to remember that the police are the community and that policing should affirm the values of the community-which must include a respect for the dignity of all citizens.  We remain mindful of the mistreatment of a youth in Indianapolis by a police officer. We also remain mindful of the need to break the code of silence when law enforcement seeks justice for victims of crime.  The work of building and maintaining healthy police and community relations continues. The dignity of all members of the community is sacred and when violated we should be able to count on a justice system that works for all. Too often, it seems that this has not been the case-which is why our struggle for justice and equity for all continues. We ask that our friends, neighbors and colleagues of all races mourn with us and engage in a dialog on the way forward. Indy is a world class city and must be proactive in ensuring that all of its citizens are not only safe but treated with the dignity they deserve.
100 Black Men of Indianapolis
Baptist Minister’s Alliance
Circle City (IN) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis
Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League
Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch
Indiana Black Expo
Indianapolis Urban League
Marion County Bar Association
Martin Luther King Community Center
National Coalition of 100 Black Women/Indianapolis Chapter