Drexina Nelson’s Society Industry Book

2017-11-15 21:05:23 nstyle

The Beauty Industry Applauds the Release of Drexina Nelson’s Society Industry Book

Renowned beauty editorial photographer Drexina Nelson unveiled her inaugural edition of the Society Industry Book to celebrate and memorialize the works of underrecognized, extraordinary beauty artists

November 14, 2017 (ATLANTA,GA)– Renowned fashion and beauty photographer Drexina Nelson unveiled her much anticipated Society Industry Book in the presence of featured honorees and beauty industry friends on November 11th at the Society Studios located in midtown Atlanta.  A packed out event, the launch of the Society Industry Book unveiled a beautiful coffee table book presenting a stunning model on the cover with body positive affirmations painted on her body. TV personality, beauty mogul, actress, and spokesperson Africa Miranda presents the Foreward followed by amazing back-to-back beauty editorials, positive affirmations, and inspirational quotes by the featured industry mavens.
The Society Industry Book is dedicated to my late cousin Marques Gaines. Marques never had the chance to show the world his amazing talent. He was blessed in so many areas of art that I felt he was the reincarnation of the master artist Leonardo Da Vinci,” says Drexina Nelson. “The Society Industry Book is an opportunity for me to ensure that the talent, creativity, and contributions of fellow beauty artists don’t go unnoticed nor are forgotten or underestimated.  Their talent and hard work need to be celebrated and recognized for pushing the beauty industry, as a whole, forward.”

The more than 20 beauty industry mavericks memorialized in the inaugural edition of The Society Industry Book includes: Richie Arpino, Jasmine “Razor Chic” Collins, Kelvin Myers, Dr. Anayo Umerah, Mimi J,  Kasaundra Anderson, Mushiya Tshikuka, Poochie Green, O’Brien Lynch,Beauty J, Tamar Telahun, Nataki Minix, Maja Sly, Tahira Joy, Gocha Hawkins, Sabrina Peterson, Erika Bogart, Pekela Riley, Samantha Gunn, and Alicia Igess.

 Africa Miranda as featured in The Society Industry Book’s Foreword.


Photo Credit: Beauty Maestros

Drexina posing with several of the Society Industry Book honorees whose editorial work and inspirational quotes are featured in the book. SIB Honorees shown from left-right, top-bottom: Kelvin Myers, Kasaundra Anderson, Mimi J, Alicia Igess, Drexina Nelson, Nataki Minix, Poochie Green, Mushiya Tshikuka, and Jasmine “Razor Chic” Collins.

Photo Credit: Beauty Maestros

Drexina Nelson posing with her latest brainchild, The Society Industry Book, at The Society Industry Book Reveal on Nov. 11.

Photo Credit: Beauty Maestros

To learn more about the Society Industry Book, visit www.thesocietybook.com and “Like” @TheSocietyStudios on Instagram.

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2017-02-18 19:26:45 nstyle


(ATLANTA, GA) – February 17, 2017 – TV and radio personality Willie Moore Jr. (“Willie Moore Jr. Show”/Reach Media) hosted the Atlanta stop of his book tour celebrating the release of his new critically acclaimed relationship book, “Happily After All.” The premiere party held at Atlanta’s, The Gathering Spot, was completely sold out and held in partnership with Atlanta’s Praise 102.5fm.

Sponsored by: Reaching America and Fueling Us Forward, the event featured comedic relief by Palmer Williams Jr. (“Love Thy Neighbor”), relationship advice from actress Kim Fields (“Living Single”) and her husband Chris Morgan, as well as Q. Parker (“112”) and his wife Sharlinda Parker.

For Valentines Day 2017, Moore spoke with the ChristianPost.com and said: “”People have so many different cracks in their foundation but yet they say they want to be in a relationship. Yet, they’re preparing to be single or divorced,” he asserted. “The Bible says you reap what you sow, not what you plan to sow.” Read the full article here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/willie-moore-jr-why-happily-ever-after-doesnt-exist-interview-175056/

“Happily After All.” is available for purchase now via Amazon.com and HappilyAfterAllBook.com. Fore more information on Willie Moore Jr. visit http://www.williemoorejr.org.

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Cocktails & Conversation with Gocha & DJ Fadelf

2017-02-06 01:52:56 nstyle

The African Americans On The Move Bookclub (AAMBC) hosted it’s first installment of the Literary Talk Series at Open for Business with guests speaker Sheree Whitfield, Gocha & Dj Fadlef. Check out interviews with Gocha and DJ Fadel HERE!

About AAMBC Literary Awards

AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008 by Tamika Newhouse. What started as an online book club grew into a national phenomenon. The sole purpose was to expose the unknown writer and to give them the opportunity to win accolades. A tradition still highly expressed to this very date, AAMBC still caters to the unknown writer. They have single handedly worked with well over six hundred writers’ new, seasoned, and considered celebrity status. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.

To understand the importance of AAMBC’s presence in the book industry is to understand the value of supporting our black writers. The awards will serve as the premiere event the industry will talk about year after year. It will be blended with new writers to celebritwriters as well as musicians, celebrity actors, and more.

Gocha Hawkins (pronounced “go-shay”) is an award-winning hairstylist and owner of Gocha Salon, an Atlanta-based salon specializing in precision cuts, color, extensions and make up applications. A native of Detroit, MI, Gocha has over 20 years of experience in the beauty business with 19 of those years spent as a salon owner. She received her cosmetology training at John M. Patterson State Technical College (now Trenholm State) in Montgomery, AL. She’s worked with celebrities such as Serena Williams, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian, Kandi Burruss, Vivica Fox, Drake, Ja Rule, Pitbull, Mike Epps, Lil’ Jon, The Game, R. Kelly, T.I., Kelly Rowland and many more. Her work has been featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Style Q, Smooth Magazine and on the covers of Hot Atlanta, Salon Profiles, Salon Sense and Black Passions.

Additionally, Gocha has over 10 years of experience in image consulting for the NBA. She has worked for the Orlando Magic cheerleaders, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks dancers as a key hairstylist. She has also earned credits for work done on the sets of H&M and McDonalds commercials, a short film (Fit Arcade Gone Wild) and TV shows such as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “La La’s Full Court Life” (VH1) and “Kandi’s Wedding” (Bravo). In 2013, she launched Wrecklez (pronounced “reckless”), a line of styling products designed for at-home hair maintenance. Gocha can currently be seen on the hit WE tv series “L.A. Hair,” which premiered its fifth season on January 5, 2017.

Gocha’s Blueprint to Business 101 is a handy advice guide for aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals looking for straightforward tips on networking and relationships, leadership skills, teamwork, money management and more. The book features various personal anecdotes from Gocha to make for a relatable, real-world advice tool.

“I am approached by so many people on a daily basis who don’t have a clue about common business practices,” she says. “Things like how to start a business, how to dress for an interview and customer service skills are topics I find myself discussing often. The need for information was greater than I imagined. So, it only made sense to write a book with quick tips to enlighten people from all career paths.”

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Gocha's Blueprint to Business 101

2017-01-13 19:35:45 nstyle

(ATLANTA) – January 13, 2017 – Last night, celeb hairstylist and now author, Gocha Hawkins, celebrated the launch of her new book Gocha’s Blueprint to Business 101 at her midtown Gocha Salon in Atlanta. Various entrepreneurs, stylists and aspiring business owners came out to learn from Gocha’s 20 years of experience in the beauty business and to pick up a few tips from finance expert Jini Davis Thornton, CPA and certified business life coach Kenny Pugh. Guests sipped Redd’s Apple Ale and MosKato while listening to the distinguished panel discuss everything from why salons fail to finding seed money. Copies of Gocha’s Blueprint to Business 101 were on sale and sold out by the end of the night. The event concluded with a screening of the latest episode of “L.A. Hair,” which featured Gocha in an all-out hair battle with stylist Kim Kimble.

Purchase Gocha’s Blueprint to Business 101 on Amazon.com today!

#LAHair airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv.

Visit www.gochasalon.com to make your next hair appointment. Follow Gocha on Instagram and Twitter at @gochasalon.

Photo Credit: Kayla MaDonna

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The 8th Annual Literary Awards

2016-06-14 00:44:16 nstyle
Tamika Newhouse (Creator of AAMBC Literary Awards)

Tamika Newhouse (Creator of AAMBC Literary Awards)

Celebrity authors, literary enthusiasts and book-lovers converged this weekend for the 8th Annual Literary Awards Show produced by Tamika Newhouse (AAMBC, Founder) and hosted by Cynthia Bailey. The star-studded awards show was held Saturday evening at the Ferst Center of Arts. The AAMBC Literary Awards serves as the only nationally recognized event that identifies and honors writers, artists, editors and publishers that define excellence in literature. VIP guests, nominees and honorees participated in an exclusive VIP reception and intimate meet and greet with celebrity authors prior to the awards show. Guests were treated to a live entertainment, spoken word and musical performances throughout the evening.



To continue the digital conversation follow @AAMBCAwards handle on Twitter and Instagram and hashtag #AAMBCAwards.

Special guest included:
Nicci Gilbert (TV One’s R&B Divas)
Egypt Sherrod (HGTV’s Property Virgins)

Special Honorees Included:
Mary Monroe
Mary B. Morrison
Carol Mackey
Omar Tyree

AAMBC Literary Award Winners:
Reader’s Choice Winner – Mz Lady P
Urban Book of The Year – Crush by Ivy Symone
Screenwriter of the Year –Ryan Coogler
Reviewer of the Year – Orsayor Simmons
Non Fiction Book of Year – Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
Editor of the Year- Charreah K. Jackson of Essence
Blogger of the Year – Marie Leggette, Curvy Fashionista
Romance Author of the Year – Cheris Hodges
Male Author of Year – Eric Jerome Dickey
Female Author of the Year – Joy Deja King
Street Lit Writer – K’wan
Literary Activist – Papaya Wagstaff-Speight
Publisher of the Year – Dafina
Indie Publisher of the Year – Brown Girls Publishing
Ebook of the Year – Crush by Ivy Symone
Book Club of the Year- (Don’t Read Me, Read A Book)
Independent Digital Publisher – Shan Presents
Breakout Author of the Year – Kellz Kimberly

Photo Credit: Joshua Craig

AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008 by Tamika Newhouse. What started as an online book club grew into a national phenomenon. The sole purpose was to expose the unknown writer and to give them the opportunity to win accolades. A tradition still highly expressed to this very date, AAMBC still caters to the unknown writer. They have single handedly worked with well over six hundred writers’ new, seasoned, and considered celebrity status. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.

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Sister Souljah Celebrates 5th Novel

2015-11-12 23:47:06 nstyle

IMG_0867November 12, 2015 – Last night, Newark, NJ Mayor Ras J. Baraka and NY Times best-selling author Sister Souljah celebrated the release of Souljah’s fifth novel A Moment of Silence MIDNIGHT III (Simon & Schuster) at a standing-room-only launch event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The evening began with a reception and press conference followed by a Q&A with Mayor Baraka and Sister Souljah moderated by tv and radio personality Angela Yee. Souljah shared insight into her creative process, her career and the motivation behind her novels’ character, “Midnight.”

A Moment of Silence MIDNIGHT III is available at retail stores and online. Visit www.sistersouljah.com for book-signing tour dates and information.

Follow Sister Souljah on Twitter (@souljahbooks) and at Facebook.com/SisterSouljah.

Photos: Daniel Paul

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The PR Code Book Launch

2015-07-02 13:56:10 nstyle

Atlanta-based Publicist Lillie Mae recently hosted a book launch soiree for her newest effort, “The PR Code: A Public Relations How-To Guide.” Created for both entrepreneurs and emerging PR professionals, the book shares creative tips & strategies for generating business exposure and attracting media attention to your efforts. Co-hosted by Daniel Dickey of The Resource Guild, elite Atlanta professionals of all facets were in attendance of the soiree. Guests enjoyed red carpet arrivals, The Big Bad Photo-Booth, a cocktails powered by Exclusiv Vodka, music by DJ Empress Rah, complimentary cuisine courtesy of Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe, dessert treats from FAB Mobile, and a panel of power publicists including Jonell Whitt, April Love, Christal Jordan and Aisha Albritton.

Lillie Mae also premiered her new “PR Girls T-shirt Line” in tandem with the book, both of which are now available at www.LillieMaePR.com. Additional event partners included Flo On Entertainment, Red Carpet Express, Liv With Bliss, Kontour Event Management, Jola’s Joyful Events, Desired Extensions, SC Visionary Services and inGENEus PR and Kuntry Klub Photography.

Photos courtesy of Chris Jones/Kuntry Klub Photography

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Whispers In The Dark Book Signing

2015-06-02 20:26:44 nstyle

N’Style Atlanta Cameraman/ Director Chase Jackson can now add Book Author to his resume releasing Whispers In The Dark. Jackson’s book signing will take place June 25, 2015 at Barnes & Noble, in Newnan, GA.

BUY Whispers In The Dark at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.


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Rosie Perez Hand Book Dinner

2014-09-12 22:17:57 nstyle


TreeSound Studios General Manager Malissa “Mali” Hunter hosted An Intimate Behind The Mic Dinner Conversation with Rosie Perez celebrating her new book “Handbook For An Unpredictable Life” sponsored by Corona Extra, Cholula Hotsauce, and Avion Tequila.

Among the attendees were Terri j. Vaughn, Towana Braxton, Trina Braxton, and Antonio Reid Jr.

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About The Book 

Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez’s never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.

Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County. Thus began her crazily discombobulated childhood of being shuttled between “the Home,” where she and other kids suffered all manners of cruelty from nuns, and various relatives’ apartments in Brooklyn.

Many in her circumstances would have been defined by these harrowing experiences, but with the intense determination that became her trademark, Rosie overcame the odds and made an incredible life for herself. She brings her journey vividly to life on each page of this memoir—from the vibrant streets of Brooklyn to her turbulent years in the Catholic home, and finally to film and TV sets and the LA and New York City hip-hop scenes of the 1980s and ‘90s.

More than a page-turning read, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life is a story of survival. By turns heartbreaking and funny, it is ultimately the inspirational story of a woman who has found a hard-won place of strength and peace.


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Glambitious Book Launch

2014-08-28 00:33:08 nstyle

Tuesday August 26th Publicist Lillie Mae hosted a launch party for the release of her book Glambitious along with guest speakers Chanita Foster (Director of Kandi Cares), Cici Kelley (Celebrity Choreographer), Kimberly Walker (Writer of UPtv’s Comeback Dad) and Wendy Nicole (Positive Influence Coaching). Check out the interview HERE!


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Nikki Can Cook

2014-05-29 22:08:40 nstyle

Nikki Can Cook Author Nikki Bell, star of the new culinary competition series “America’s Best Cook” on the Food Network, launches her book “A Bit of this, A Bit of That” and the reveals her all new spice collection titled “Soul for Real” featuring four her of her favorite spice blends. For more information visit www.nikkicancook.com and to join the conversation the Twitter/ Instagram Handle is @NikkiCanCook and Hashtag is #AbitOfThis



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Trenell Harris, The Silent Voice

2014-05-09 00:55:12 nstyle

Shayla Raye interviewed Author Trenell Harris whom recently released a book entitled “The Silent Voice: Life Lessons Through Poetry. In The Silent Voice: Life Lessons Through Poetry, author, Trenell Harris takes the reader on a poignant journey through life as experienced through relationships. Each poem chronicles a different stage of a relationship and weaves a tapestry of love from its flirtatious beginning through its destined evolution. Along the way, Harris shares his experience, insight, and wisdom in a warm, down-to-earth style that both comforts and challenges the reader to embrace the lessons that life offers as an unexpected gift. Each chapter offers a poem, followed by a life lesson that reads like a late night heart-to-heart conversation with an older brother or trusted friend. The Silent Voice is a unique collection that offers a male perspective on life and relationships that is empowering, practical, and inspiring. Check out his interview below.

The Silent Voice is now available on Amazon.com and The-Silent-Voice.com
Get Social on Instagram! @TrenellHarris

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Are You In - Nicole Garner

2013-11-03 03:29:16 Administrator

Shayla Raye talks with PR Powerhouse Nicole Garner about her book “Are You In: PR’s Alter Ego”, the ultimate guide to specializing in niche PR and publicity disciplines of fashion, music, entertainment and film.

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