By Popular Demand A 2nd Show Has Been Added
“The UNNAMED” Movie ENCORE VIEWING
Based on the book “THE UNNAMED” By Elva NelsonHayes, Author/Playwright
Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)
Elva Nelsonhayes is an author and a playwright. Her works include the books, The Unnamed and The Island Love Song. She is currently working on a full feature film based on The Unnamed. She is founder of The Oakland Pageturners Book Club, owner of Ms Lva’s Books & More, creator, producer and host of the TV talk show, Today’s Community Spotlight.
Article written by Karen Roberts, email@example.com
3 local women and how they are building their businesses in the Lower Hudson Valley
Who hasn’t said they’d like to quit working for the man?
As it turns out, lots of women have, and that number is growing, especially among women of color.
A recent Center for American Progress study shows African-American and Latina women are a driving force behind entrepreneurship in the United States. From 1997 to 2013, the number of female-owned businesses in the U.S. grew by 59 percent — 1 1/2 times the national average. The study says women of color are the catalyst behind this growth: African-American women-owned businesses grew by 258 percent in that time; Latina women-owned businesses grew by 180 percent. Today, women of color are the majority owners of nearly one-third of female-owned firms in the nation.
Women say that being their own boss and controlling their own destiny are natural draws of entrepreneurship but they also seek a work-life balance and personal satisfaction from their businesses. Here’s a look at three local women and how they are building business and community in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Dionne Bell, make-up artist
Dionne Bell always loved to do makeup but felt there wasn’t a way for people to learn how to put it on without feeling the sales pressure to buy. Bell saw the gap, and decided to build a business.
“I’ve always loved what I do. Empowering women to look better and be more confident is my motivation.” Bell, who is 26 and was born in the Bronx, has been in the makeup industry for almost seven years, working for outfits like Bobbi Brown and as a makeup artist for New York Fashion Week. She branched out on her own a year ago and opened a space in Mamaroneck.
Belle Make-up NYC in Mamaroneck is cozy, decorated with touches of light gray and purple with a chandelier at the entrance. Guests are offered wine, champagne and something tasty to eat. “The atmosphere is relaxing talking girl to girl, with no pressure,” she laughs.
Bell offers individualized and group makeup instruction, event makeup and her own invention: makeup wardrobing. As part of this service she goes through the client’s makeup and lets them know what works and what doesn’t. “In my group classes, some women would have makeup for 10 years, and you can’t (keep it that long) — its makeup.”
She says becoming an entrepreneur hasn’t been exactly as she expected. “There’s no time off, and working consistently to bring in money is a challenge.” Along with chasing the dollars she is traveling about 70 percent of the time for clients, she says. But even with all this, she understands the appeal of business ownership for women and being in control of your schedule. “The challenge for me is that people always underestimate my ability because I’m young.”
In her business, pushing a luxury service is a challenge. She’s had to convince potential customers this is more than just an occasional need, and she’s constantly networking. But she says she’s in it for the long haul, “it’s nice now having a home base in Westchester.”
Regine Coombs, hairstylist
Regine Coombs was born to be an entrepreneur. “I knew at a very young age I was going to be an entrepreneur because I saw my dad do it,” she said. Her father ran several retail businesses in Rockland and Orange counties, and Coombs knew this was what she wanted to do. “I remember the goal was getting my name on a building.”
And she has. Coombs, a Nyack native, has had three successful businesses since 1991: two beauty salons and a restaurant. Currently she owns Regine’s International Beauty Salon in Nanuet. “I had conventional jobs but it was never enough,” she says. They were neither lucrative enough nor gave her enough personal satisfaction.
After training with Vidal Sassoon in the 1980s and working in London, she developed a clientele who kept her first Nyack salon, Regine’s, in business for 14 years. In that time she opened a restaurant called Southern Comfort that she ran for eight years. “There were a lot of 18-hour days,” she remembers.
Now on her third business, she says she’s motivated more by her control over her schedule than the money. “When you get older, it’s quality of life.” It’s also giving back, as Coombs has mentored other hairstylists in her 30-year career and says the next chapter for her is opening another franchise.
Coombs says being good at your craft is just a part of the puzzle to running a successful business. “There’s no handbook to being an entrepreneur, it’s about drive and knowing business.”
Kenyatta Jones-Arietta, real estate broker/owner
Kenyatta Jones-Arietta was an interior designer in Manhattan, but living in Tappan and commuting to the city was taking its toll. “I wasn’t happy with the quality of life with my children.”
So though she had two mortgages on her home, Jones-Arietta quit her job and became a real estate agent. “I sold 12 properties that first year and didn’t look back.”
That was in 2005; she was working for a franchise broker. Then in 2013 she went out on her own, launching R2M Realty. “It was amazing, as if I should be doing it all along,” Jones-Arietta says.
R2M Realty means “Ready 2 Move.” “When you are ready to move, we are ready to help,” she explains. Jones-Arietta says the Nyack boutique firm is hands-on with clients. “The sellers and buyers can tap into me anytime as if they are my own personal clients.”
She says she handpicks her agents, and they all have been closing deals within the first year of business. With about 12 agents and not the usual franchise fees as with bigger agencies, they’ve been able to give back to the community. “We give back 3 percent of our commission from home sales to our sellers’ or buyers’ local charities of choice,” Jones-Arietta says.
She credits her family with helping: her husband with emotional support and her mother for a financial boost (the mom loan). She also dipped into her 401(k) to start the business. “I didn’t think it was necessary at the time to get more financing.”
Jones-Arietta says she understands the appeal of entrepreneurship for women of color but says it’s really a life people should aspire to. “I’ve learned a lot. I am never bored at work. I get up excited about the day, and that’s the way life should be lived.”
The 42-year-old admits the balance between work and family is still a challenge, and she really only turns it off when she’s at the spa or on a family vacation. But she says she’s never going back. “I can see the big picture. This is what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life.”
I wanna take this time to personally thank Vanessa Green for her service to the African American Community and her tireless dedication to the fight against Police Brutality. She has taken a stand and given a voice to those who have been murdered in the Black Community. While some choose to “Remain Silent” and others choose to “Riot” she has chosen to lift her voice and confront the system and LawEnforcement to let them know we stand united in our struggle to hold them accountable for their actions.
We salute you my sister and support you and others like you. Congrats Vanessa Green on being Honored at The Nyack Center’s “Black History Month Celebration” last night in Nyack,NY *Photos courtesy of Jeff Gatsby Wilson & WB Media Group (WBMG)
It was a pleasure meeting Arleen Fabio & Jennifer Cephus *Chair of the Youth Council & Director of the play the kids performed. The play was the most significant performance of the evening and it was brought to us by the beautiful and talented children of “Naomi’s Program Of Excellence”. They performed a Play in which they reenacted a critically acclaimed TV Show “Like It Is” which was hosted by Mr Gil Noble a world famous ABC News Anchor & ABC News Program Moderator.
The cast of 4 boys and 2 girls discussed the cases of police brutality and the murder of unarmed black men that has rocked the nation and spawned protest across this nation. *Photos courtesy of Jeff Gatsby Wilson & WB Media Group. #TeamGatsby @WBMediaGroup
I recently met Bestselling Author Mike Sanders in Atlanta at the First Read Expo. While i was a huge fan of his publisher Wahida Clark & Wahida Clark Presents Publishing I had not read any of his books. I talked to him briefly about his writing career and wanted to know more him and how he got involved in writing books. This is pt 1 one of the exclusive 2 pt interview for DJ Gatsby Book Club.
Where are you from Mike?
I’m from Charlotte, N.C. Born and raised.
Tell us about your latest Project?
I re-released book one of my novel Hustlin’ Backwards on ebook last month and it hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller list. Book 2 was just released 1-30-15 and it debuted on the bestseller list as well. I’m trying to get it to #1 as well.
When did you start writing?
I began writing in 2001 while I was incarcerated in federal prison. i’ve always liked to write. Whether it was poetry, love letters or whatever.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a “writer” when people started reading my work and giving me positive feedback.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Back in 2001 urban novels were rare. We only had Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim, etc.. Then along came Terri Woods with True To The Game and Vicki Stringer with her book. Once I read those novels, I knew they were pretty much telling MY story. Meaning, they were writing about things that I were actually going through at that time. So I figured, who better to tell my story than ME. So i began to write and “Hustlin’ Backwards” was born!
Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style is simplistic. I write the way I’d like to read if I were purchasing the book. Short chapters and cliffhangers.
How did you come up with the title?
Hustlin’ Backwards is loosely based on my life or events that have occurred around me. When I wrote it I was incarcerated and I realized that everything I did while I was on the streets defeated the purpose of my hustling because it landed my in prison. So instead of hustling for forward progress, I was indeed HUSTLIN’ BACKWARDS!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is definitely a message I want readers to grasp. I want them to see both sides of the game. I want them to see the glitz and glamor along with the deception, incarceration and death! The game is not worth it!
How much of the book is realistic?
100% of this novel is realistic! I think the reason so many people gravitated towards it is because of how close to reality it is. Every one who reads this novel can relate to at least one characters.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Truth be told. .. The Bible. Although I write street novels and urban fiction, believe it or not, I can’t read them.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Michael Baisden and Eric Jerome Dickey.
*Look for part 2 of our exclusive interview of Author Mike Sanders …
“The Unnamed” Movie Poster
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Congrats to my friend Elva NelsonHayes on turning her book “The Unnamed” into a movie. I’ve know Mz Elva for a few years and she is one of the most focused & driven people I have ever met . The sacrifices that she has had to make this movie may go unnoticed or unappreciated. But her love and passion for Books, Authors, Movies & Actors will live on forever in this film and her writings.
E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his…
Congrats to the Cast & Crew who were working on the Independent film “The Unnamed” (based on the book by the same name) Written & Produced By Author Elva NelsonHayes and Directed By Jessica Brown. They just wrapped up filming yesterday & everyone did a fantastic job on the film. The project was the dream and vision of Elva NelsonHayes, Jessica Brown brought it to life, the actors gave it wings and it is destined for greatness.
Format:Kindle Edition – Lounge Time Stories is a series of 3 unrelated short-stories.
Lounge Time Stories is a small collection of short stories written by the talented Andrea Yvette. Not only were the stories engaging, each was written in a different style, voice, and dialect, showcasing the wide range of Andrea’s talent. The stories were full of twists and turns and kept a reader wanting to know what would happen next. I look forward to reading more of her work.
The reviews by Tumika Price Cain are listed for each individual story
1. “It Wasn’t Me”
Sara and Angela are identical twins growing up living in the Mississippi Delta. Sara, the younger and more crafty of the two, is always drumming up trouble. Problem is, with her medical condition, only her twin gets in trouble and Angela spends a lifetime covering the tracks and taking the fall for her sister’s actions. When the unthinkable happens during their teenage years, Angela once again comes to the rescue and covers her sister’s tracks the best way she could. For a great many years, nothing became of their crime and on they went into their successful adult lives. A random trip back to the Delta brought it all home when they were confronted with the very issue they’d thought was long buried. This time when the lies were blurted out to save her own behind, Angela didn’t let her sister get away with pinning something of this magnitude on her…or did she?
2. “How A Man Loves His Woman”
Jeremiah is handsome, successful and totally devoted to his wife, Lena. Their nearly perfect life is missing just one thing – the child they’ve been trying to conceive for 3 years. Thinking something might be wrong with why they can’t seem to conceive lands each of them at the doctor. A nearly fatal illness reveals more about their marriage than could have been expected. As this loving couple works through the “in sickness and in health” part of their marital vows, a deeper level of love, faith and commitment emerge, showcasing in the end, the true meaning of unconditional love.
3. “They’re Not Your Friends”
Jamie is young, black, educated and successful…and she seems to hate black men. Full of stereotypes, anger, and a desire to be far away from anything urban, even though she’s from “the hood,” Jamie judges, ridicules and insults anything remotely associated with black men. That is until she meets Reggie, a handsome, successful, wealthy black man she met on a blind date. Convinced that he had to be a drug deal, her mouth flapped away, digging a ditch only he could help her out of. When things on her new job took a decidedly negative turn and the man she thought of as Prince Charming revealed who he really was, Jamie is left having to redefine her perception of life, love and success.
Have you read this “Page Turner” yet ?
Andrea Yvette delivers with her first book Lounge Time Stories.The 3 short stories she shares with us “It Wasn’t Me”, “How A Man Loves His Woman” & “They’re Not Your Friends” are some of the best i have ever read. Andrea Yvette proves that she has what it takes to be one of most talked about authors of the year. If you like reading about Romance, Drama & Love “Lounge Time Stories has it all.