The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, was recently awarded a $300,000 grant over two years from the Ford Foundation, an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.
BLOOM JAMAICA and The BLOOM Party are outgrowths of BLOOM, a lifestyle brand that celebrates fun, inclusiveness, health, creativity, and spirituality.
BLOOM began in 2008 as a dream of its creator Olubode Shawn Brown. Today,The BLOOM Party is one of the most anticipated dance, art and performance party in New York City. Since 2008 BLOOM produced four seasonal parties each year in New York City with the largest party attracting over 600 attendees.
Yahzarah is well respected as one of the soulful artists on the R&B scene today. A graduate of the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, Yahzarah first caught the industry’s attention as the opening act for Erykah Badu’s “Mama’s Gun Tour.” The singer/songwriter is captivating audiences throughout the country. SWERV had a chance to chat with Yahzarah about her latest release –“The Ballad of Purple St. James.”
” Life is a runway and the world is your audience” – Clarence Black
The great-great grandson of a tailor, Clarence Black has design in his blood. The New Jersey based designer describes his customer as a strong, modern, sexy sophisticated woman with character. Trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology, with a specialty in couture evening wear, Black has designed full collections for numerous trade shows – receiving notable recognition and awards.
Nessa McClain internally strives for authenticity in everything she does, including her cooking. What she enjoys most about cooking are the social aspects and how food has entrenched itself into our lives.
With this in mind, Nessa has focused her natural desire to create on the exploration of the diversity of collard greens. She feels that there is nothing more entertaining than the almost ritualized preparation of collard greens during holidays and special events. She starts each dish with the idea that it is for sharing.
In 1829, Englishman George Stephenson brought to life the first steam-powered locomotive—named “Rocket”—and marked the birth of train travel. Fast-forward 183 years, and today’s jet-setting lives are lived at breakneck speed. One can climb aboard a Gulfstream G550 jet in Miami, Fla., and make it to Seoul, South Korea, in a bit less than 15 hours for an impromptu business meeting.
The Atlas Boot Camp exercise class varies in style, depending on the day of the week. Participants can expect to meet outside, rain or shine. Each session typically runs an hour, consisting of some form of cardiovascular exercise (running, hiking, interval training, or obstacle course challenges), along with strength elements (using dumbbells, exercise bands, or the resistance of body weight). Attendees also work on flexibility in a stretch portion of the class, which may incorporate elements of yoga or Pilates.