Category Archives: YBMer of the Week

YBMer of the Week: Rovalier Thompson

Rovalier D. Thompson is Founder, President, and Sr. Head Coach of Basic Basketball.  Coach Thompson, as he is called, is a former 4-year varsity basketball athlete at Artesia Sr. High and Compton Sr. High School,  and has over 10 years experience coaching youth basketball.  In 2010, Coach Thompson started Basic Basketball, a non-profit basketball program geared towards teaching the basics of basketball and showing youth how to build a solid foundation for life.  Coach Thompson stresses the importance of the “student-athlete” concept, and he encourages youth to stay focused in their efforts to succeed. Continue reading

YBMer of the Week: Leila Noelliste

This week all eyes are on webpreneur Leila Noelliste, creator of the website Black Girl with Long Hair.

The Birth of Black Girl with Long Hair:
If you are an African-American female YBMer, you know how it feels to be at a crossroad with your hair.  It’s too thick, thin, brittle, coarse, short, or long.  Perhaps you’ve contemplated the idea of cutting it off and going natural, but the thought of going natural brings up another stressful issue.  How do you maintain it? Continue reading

Lacrecia Eagle: Director of Resource Development for Boys and Girls Clubs of Lebanon, OR

The value of Blind Optimism

Lacrecia Eagle, better known to her colleagues as “LuLu,” has moved swiftly  up the ranks of the Boys and Girls Club of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds.  In just over 3 years, Lulu has gone from a Teen Director, to a Club House Director, to working in administration as the Director of Resource Development for her organization. Continue reading

The Art of Sampling Book Review

Book Review: The Art of Sampling

:::Ebony Rose Editorial:::

I recently picked up a relationship guide entitled, “The Black Book:  An Introduction to the Art of Sampling,” written by Romaine Masiah Williams.  The book promises to help cheaters, oops I mean “samplers,” navigate the monogamous world by providing tips on how to keep simultaneous relationships intact, but mum.  Williams starts off explaining that “sampling” is synonymous with cheating, but reasons that the word “sample” doesn’t have the same negative connotation as cheating.  Williams attempts to change the negative connotation of cheating by offering a different word in its place, i.e. sampling: Continue reading

5 Tips For Entrepreneurs From Jewelry Designer Janine Robinson

Janine Robinson has been designing exquisite custom jewelry for clients since 2005 when she opened up her jewelry business Kai Expressions.  What started as a side business of making earrings for family and friends, quickly blossomed into a full scale jewelry brand and business.  Kai Expressions excels in offering clients unique handcrafted jewelry made with semi precious stones and high quality metals.  As a key player in a highly competitive industry, Kai Expressions sets itself apart from other jewelry brands by focusing on the details.  Robinson understands that when it comes to fashion women want original pieces, and something that they won’t see other people wearing.  Robinson travels the globe to find unique stones to incorporate into her Kai Expressions jewelry line, in order to cater to the needs of her fashion forward clients.  Now based in Los Angeles, CA, after recently relocating from Boston, MA, Robinson is excited about the growth instore for her company.

Kai Expressions Ring

YBM had the opportunity to sit down with Robinson and get the scoop on how she got started and her advice for budding entrepreneurs.  5 Tips from Janine Robinson on Getting Started:

#1 Figure Out Your Product.
According to Robinson, many people have a lot of ideas, but the key is to focus in on one.  Before Kai Expressions started, Robinson made handcrafted event favors for family affairs and bachelorette parties under the business name Weenie Delights.  Though it was nice to be able to create a special gift for friends and family, she realized that her interest was really in jewelry.  Her passion and pride came from creating works of art with her own hands, no matter how big or small. Robinson made the decision to focus on creating these jewelry masterpieces. Continue reading