Women of the Present: Chaka Pilgrim

Women of the Present: Chaka Pilgrim

Behind every great man is an AMAAAAZZZZIIIINNNNNG woman, and that continues to be proven true by Chaka Pilgrim.  Chaka Pilgrim, President of Roc Nation Records, is not just an industry executive. She's a successful music industry veteran executive with over 20 years of experience in music, touring, film, management and so much more. She's worked with a lot of your favorite artist like: Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, J. Cole and so many more. If you speak to anyone that has worked with Chaka, they will tell you just how amazing she is. In fact, my manager Lisa was good friends with Chaka, and she always spoke so highly of her... 

Even though I'm not in the music industry, I have a few friends that are, and they will tell you that it's no easy task to truly succeed in the industry, whether you're the talent or behind the scenes. It takes so much hard work and dedication. Many fold, but the few that stay in the trenches and work hard, succeed! Chaka is one of the few.

Multi-Media Personality and Hot 97 radio personality, TT Torrez, put on an amazing event last night of which Chaka Pilgrim was the special guest. TT Torrez's #GoGetHER event was in celebration of Women's History Month where she offered ladies an opportunity to join her for a Q&A with Chaka and the ultimate networking opportunity!  The result of the interview was an amazing interview with great gems dropped... Check out the video below where Chaka and TT Torrez offered so many gems to not just those seeking success in the music industry, but success overall as a woman... Below is the link to the video from the facebook live stream of the event (I couldn't attach it to the post... sorry guys but just click the link), I also listed 10 of my favorite gems from the interview...

https://www.facebook.com/HOT97OFFICIAL/videos/10155282209946151/

Top 10 Gems from Chaka Pilgrim's Interview

  • Help others, you never know the overall outcome.
  • Be a good person, you never know who is watching.
  • Everything you do well is for you. So don't always look for gratification or accolades, you're building your skill set.
  • The best way to figure it out (what it is you want to do) is to do it.
  • Live what you say.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Be known as reliable.
  • Educate yourself.
  • If you mess up, fix it, pick it up, comeback.
  • Don't take the easy way out, learn to do things yourself. 

Sending a SPECIAL salute and thanks to TT Torrez for encouraging women and providing opportunities for other women to expand and reach their dreams!! 

 

 

Women of the Future: BluHazl

Women of the Future: BluHazl

There's nothing I love more than a lifestyle blog focused on beauty, fitness, fashion and culture and I get all mentioned when I visit BluHazl.com. 

BluHazl.com is a lifestyle blog founded and maintained by sisters, Laticia and D'Ana. These ladies are committed to inspiring women to live their best lives with their best friends. These ladies also choose to not only inspire online but inspire by means of their fabulous and exclusive networking events. 

I had a chance to chat with the ladies of BluHazl.com, Laticia and D'Ana, and ask them a few questions in honor of Women's History Month. Check out the interview below:

What made you start a website dedicated to sisterhood?

We started a website dedicated to sisterhood because women often times approached us saying, "I wish I had a sister like yours", or, "I wish my sister and I were close like you two." We come from a close-knit family of seven, and we were raised to honor and cherish our siblings. We learn so much from each other, from nutrition, to relationship advice to style, we don't know what we would do without each other. So as soon as D'Ana graduated culinary school at Johnson and Wales we started BluHazl, with the mission of sharing our passions that we share amongst one another, so that other women could feel apart of our sisterhood. - Blu

What role do you believe health and clean eating plays in womanhood?

Health, wellness and clean eating are the building blocks to creating a solid foundation for us women to be able to wake up every morning and feel powerful enough to take on the world. Clean eating is solely based upon knowing exactly what you're putting in your body to be utilized as fuel to get us through each day. Health and wellness go hand in hand. - Hazl

Which women from the past and future inspire you?

There are several women that inspire us. Our mother first and foremost, Nancy, has taught us how to be relentless and to always know your worth as a woman. To name a couple more inspirational women, Oprah, who is just all around goals, from businesswoman to philanthropist. And Mary Wollstonecraft, an advocate for women's rights, who was a true revolutionist  are two women we admire. - Hazl

What do you think women need to do more of to spread sisterhood?

We think women need to simply connect more and lead with an open mind in order to spread sisterhood. Networking and connecting is key when creating relationships. One must lead with an open mind. We as women need to be more open-minded in accepting other women, rather than being judgmental. Phenomenal things happen when incredible women unite. - BluHazl

You both recently put together a brunch in Atlanta dedicated to redefining sisterhood by connecting and empowering women, what was your motivation behind the event?

Our goal for BluHazl has always been to Redefine Sisterhood by connecting and empowering incredible women. March 12th, 2017 in Atlanta at the AC hotel Buckhead we did just that! #BrunchwithBluHazl is an experience curated by my sister and I to connect, empower and create an enjoyable experience for women to bond and create a sisterhood. Watching women connect, empower one another and having a good time while doing so was a dream come true. We are looking forward to our next #BrunchwithBluHazl in July. - Blu

If you could invite any woman from the past or present to brunch, who would it be?

Hands down, from the past we would invite Jackie Kennedy and Oprah to our brunch. We would love to sit and listen to Jackie Kennedy's truth as a woman during such a traumatic and monumental time as a first lady. And Oprah, if you're reading this, we would be honored to host a Super Soul Sunday Brunch, sisterhood inspired. - BluHazl

I would like to send a special thanks to the ladies of BluHazl, Laticia and D'Ana for taking the time out of their schedules to chat it up with me! Be sure to check out their blog www.bluhazl.com! You're going to love it!

Also be sure to check out the ladies for their Summer #BrunchwithBluHazl which will be the first weekend in July. This Atlanta event will be focused on and surrounding health and Wellness at the AC Hotel Buckhead!

Follow Blu Hazl

Instagram.com/BluHazl

Facebook.com/bluhazl

www.bluhazl.com

 

Women of the Present: Shayla Cowan

Women of the Present: Shayla Cowan

There is nothing more inspiring than a woman that is not only making it happen for herself, but for others. Even though I am an actress and it's something that I love to do, I think a lot of times people in general think that the only jobs in Hollywood are the ones in the front... The 'talent' sort of speak... The Actors, Actresses then there's the Producers, Stylist and more, but take a minute and think... There has to be someone behind the big business, pushing and propelling it forward... My goal is to expose my followers and those supporting this blog, especially the young ladies, to more... Women's History Month is all about finding inspiration from those that have paved the way in the past, but there is definitely something to be learned from the women that are building their legacy's RIGHT NOW. That is why I'm so happy that I got a few minutes of Shayla's time. Shayla Cowan is the right hand to world famous Hollywood movie producer Will Packer. You may know their work and love their movies just as much as I do (think This Christmas, Takers, Ride Along, Think Like a Man and so many more of our favorite films). Will Packer was named in Black Enterprises, 'Most Powerful Players Under 40' list, and I'm sure what aids him in his success is his team, including Shayla.

It's rare that you get advice from successful ones like Shayla Cowan in the entertainment industry, as she has experience in both music and film, because they're SO busy. But I'm happy to say Shayla was willing to share some quick words of advice to those seeking to follow their dreams not only in one of the toughest businesses (the entertainment business) but in general... Check out our quick chat with Shayla below:

Which women in history have inspired you?

Aside from my mom, I would have to say Michelle Obama and Donna Langley.

What are your secrets to success?

Listen, think quick on your feet and always make sure you give 100%

What does girl power mean to you?

When you are able to support other women doing amazing things.

If you could use one word to describe your career journey, which word would you use?

Blessed

What words of advice would you give about accomplishing dreams to younger generations coming up?

Find your passion. 

 

Once again, I would like to send a special thank you to Shayla for taking out time out of her busy schedule to chat with us! Hope you find inspiration from this and remember to always follow your dreams. From speaking with Shayla personally, I know for a fact that passion, hard work and being the best you can be can go a long way, she's proof! Now go out there and get it!

Keep up with Shayla on Instagram

Instagram.com/shayla_pc

Happy Women's History Month! 

Midnight Mint Martini

Midnight Mint Martini

If you guys remember, when you were probably first introduced to me I was a bartender, probably your fav's favorite. So my friends always want me to make their drinks. Sometimes I like to switch it up for my guests and make them something that they probably haven't had before but I know that they would like. A friend of mine is a big fan of the candy, peppermint patties. So when we all got together the other night, I wanted to make my friend something I thought everyone would like but hadn't tried... It was a hit, so I wanted to share it with you all. 

I would describe this drink as smooth. Not too heavy, not too light. 

So enough talking, check out my recipe for an AMAZING Midnight Mint...

Ingredients

25 ml of Baileys Original Irish Cream

25 ml of your favorite vodka (don't use a flavored one)

25 ml of Creme de menthe

Hershey's Chocolate Sauce

Ice

If you're feeling super fancy, a few mint leaves for garnish and extra flavor

Instructions

Throw a few ice cubes in your cocktail shaker 

Add in Baileys Original Irish Cream and creme de menthe into your shaker

Shake it until everything is mixed and it's a smooth looking liquid and your cocktail shaker feels cold.

Drizzle a light layer of Hershey's Chocolate Sauce in your martini glass 

Strain your mix into your glass

Drizzle literally 1 line or a little design on top of the mixture/drink

Add a mint leaf or 2 for garnish and a little flavor (optional)

Serve

It's the weekend, a perfect time for you to get with your friends, so try this drink out and let me know what you guys think.

Stay tuned for more drinks and everything else!!! Only on TahiryOnline.com

 

 

Women of the Future: Chani The Hippie

Women of the Future: Chani The Hippie

Team Tahiry you know I love a good book and some poetry! Just touches my soul! As you all know, I have a goal of covering over 31 women, past, present and future that are really making strides and moves in the world. I've talked about women of the past that paved the way for us like Madame C.J. Walker and women in the present like Sara Blakely, Kimora Lee Simmons and more. But now I want to shine a light on women of the future that are making strides and will be a huge impact on our future. 

I became introduced to this woman by means of her book 'Freedom Fighter'. It was a perfect read for around International Women's Day. Her body of work was so amazing that I decided to reach out to her and ask her a few questions. Chani The Hippie is an author, poet, activist and blogger. Her topic of interest is women and she's a writer and activist that is leading the fight for women's rights. Check out my interview with her below

Who: Chani the Hippie

What: Author, Poet, Blogger and Activist

How Important is self-expression to you?

Chani The Hippie: It's one of the most imprint things to life in me. Self expression keeps people from going insane. It helps you sort things out. It keeps a history of your emotions and life. That's imperative.

What made you become such a strong advocate for women's rights?

Chani The Hippie: I've gone through things and realized it was just because I was a woman. Being sexually assaulted, paid less, told I can't do certain things. That's not fair. That's not right. I saw crazy things like sexual harassment, domestic violence, and women struggling just to receive respect. Instead of  complaining and wondering why, I took charge and joined the fight for women's rights.

Out of all the women that inspire you, who inspires you the most and why?

Chani The Hippie: My mom. She's a survivor. She's had breast cancer, multiple strokes, a horrific car accident, and everyday she's standing tall and smiling. I've seen her come so far from the hell she's been through. She's a living example of strength, resilience, and love to me.

If you could offer all the women in the world one piece of advice what would it be?

Chani The Hippie: Don't let anyone shut you up. Your ideas, your dreams, your words, are the most powerful things you have.

What made you want to become a poet?

Chani The Hippie: I have a lot of emotions and honestly I talk too much. I started writing when I was in the first grade. I didn't even know what I was writing was poetry until my older cousin told me. Since then I've been one. It was natural for me.

If you could have tea with any women from the past, who would it be and why?

Chani The Hippie: Harriett Tubman. She saved thousands of people and never gave up. Can you imagine how strong and loving she had to be to constantly go back to different plantations all across the south and risk her life and freedom to help other slaves? To even be in her presence has to be life changing. Seldom do we hear about people who are not only that selfless, but that brave.

What words of encouragement would you give to women struggling to find their voice?

Chani The Hippie: Take your time. Everything  you have to say is important, but so is how you say it. Developing your message is crucial and once you're comfortable, yell it from the mountain tops.

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For more on Chani The Hippie, please visit her website ChaniTheHippie.com She currently has a book, "We: A Love Story" and it's available on her website.

Follow Chani The Hippie

Twitter: Twitter.com/ChaniThaHippie

Instagram: Instagram.com/TheHippie

Stay tuned on TahiryOnline.com as we continue to celebrate Women's History Month! 

Women of the Present: Ming Lee

Women of the Present: Ming Lee

When you think of Hair, Snobs, Atlanta, Girl Bosses, you GOTTA think of Ming Lee!

If you've been under a social media rock, and you don't have Instagram, Twitter or the internet let me let you know a little about Ming Lee.

She is the epitome of MAKING a way and using what you have now to get where you WANT to go. She in fact can always be heard saying, 'Start where you are right now', to encourage others to get up and get out and get what you deserve. 

Who: Ming Lee

How: She started with $500 and a dream. After graduating from Aveda hair school and being rejected by 42 hair salons she finally received her long awaited opportunity and she ran with it. She went from using a side hustle to help her make ends meet to owning a millionaire dollar company that is still growing. If you want to learn more about her story, you should check out a YouTube video she made a while back...

 

I briefly had the chance to chat with Ming Lee and ask her a few questions that I thought would be helpful to you guys... Check out her answers below:

What woman, past or present, has inspired you the most?

Ming Lee: As far as a woman that everyone knows, I would say, Beyonce. Her work ethic inspires me. She is so creative and hard working. But most importantly, my Gigi [grandmother] has inspired me the most. She taught me lessons like remain humble. She also taught me and personally showed through her life that hard work pays off. 

What is one tip would you give young women entrepreneur?

Ming Lee: To become an entrepreneur, it takes more discipline than money.

You have a new site coming out that you've been teasing fans with. What can we expect from your new relaunch of your site?

Ming Lee: My site will be launching Friday, March 17th. I've been working so hard on it. It'll be an all new SnobLife.com. With a new logo, new products, all hair will be restocked, I'll have new books to help others reach the successes that they are looking for and more. 

If you had to give one line to describe your brand, Snob Life, what would it be?

Ming Lee: There are levels to hair, welcome to the top floor.

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Sending many thanks to Ming Lee for participating in our Women's History Month Campaign to shed light on all of the Girl Bosses out there making moves. For more on Ming Lee be sure to check out her website www.SnobLife.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/IAmMingLee

Twitter: twitter.com/IAmMingLee

 

 

Things to do This Weekend Guide

Things to do This Weekend Guide

Team Tahiry,

I wanted to drop in and say hello. I hope you all are enjoying my tribute to Women's History Month. I think it's so important for us to do whatever we can and use our influence to propel the RIGHT agendas. But it's finally the weekend!!! Which leaves some of us with the dilemma on what should we do with this extra time... So I wanted to share you all some of my fav things to do to fill up time (as if i don't have enough work but... gotta have some fun too). I also am gonna post up some great drinks I think you should try to make this weekend.

Enjoy the blog guys...

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1. Visit a Museum 

I live in the Tri-State area and there is so much to do! There's not a day that goes by that there isn't something going on. But why not expand your horizons and go and visit a museum. This could be a great first date idea as well. If you don't know of any off hand just google, 'Museums Near Me' and you'll get a list. 

 

2. YouTube Something

You'd be surprise on how much stuff is on YouTube. There are tutorials, there are MOVIES, there are series that people have made that are actually pretty good (Remember Awkard Black Girl by Issa Rae?) . Check it out.

 

3. Visit Your Family

Sometimes your family can give you the exact pickup that you need. Why not stop by your moms or your sisters and hang out a little bit. There's nobody like family!

 

4. Take a Walk

Yeah New Yorkers I know it's cold outside. But there is nothing like getting the blood flowing. Going for a walk can not only help you burn a few calories, and you know I'm alllllll about that, but it can help you reflect and think about the stuff that you need to. Sometimes you can find the loudest answers to the questions you've been thinking about the most just by having that quiet time. Try it out.

 

5. Research a New Topic

Have you been thinking about something? Research it! Since I'm all into this Women's History Month I've been doing a lot of research and I'm learning that sometimes you don't even have to reinvent the wheel, you just need to learn about others and you can pick up little gems that can help propel you to where you need to be. So do some research. Also, are you interested in moving into another industry, well do some research on the industry and the power players... Just might lead you to where you need to be.

Use your time wisely folks! And enjoy the weekend!!!

 

Women of the Present: Sara Blakely - Self-Made Billionaire

Women of the Present: Sara Blakely - Self-Made Billionaire

Okay Ladies, this next Women of the Present is going to make you want to get in formation, and really quickly!

Spanx, everyone wears them... You, your mom, Kim Kardashian and pretty much every female Hollywood A-Lister owns a pair. Sometimes they help you get into that dress that you barely can fit in, it smoothes out any lines and it builds confidence, and most importantly IT WORKS! But do you know whose bright idea created these lifesavers...

Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely is the founder of Spanx and in 2012 became the youngest self-made female billionaire at the age of 41. She got the bright idea to create her product after wanting her butt to look better in white pants. So what did she do? She took $5,000 she had in savings from her job of selling fax machines, she wrote her own patent and she says that she begged manufactures to make a prototype. She then had the chance to meet with Neiman Marcus, gave a life demonstration because she truly wanted to seal the deal and this is pretty much how the life changing clothing item was conceived. 

When Sara spoke at the National Association of Professional Women's 2nd annual networking conference some of the tips that she shared were:

  • Visualize your goals
  • Don't Take No For An Answer
  • Figure It Out
  • Believe In Your Idea
  • Don't Be Afraid to Fail

We're happy to name Sara our Women of the Present!

"When women are given the chance and the opportunity, we can achieve a lot. We deliver. We can make the world a better place, one butt at a time." - Sara Blakely

For more on Sara Blakely visit her website: 

http://sarasnotebook.com

http://www.sarablakelyfoundation.com

Project Mama Turns 5 This Spring

Project Mama Turns 5 This Spring

Team Tahiry,

You know I'm super big on giving back. In fact, you can ask anyone on my team, whenever people approach me about doing business, I always want to know how it can benefit others or my fans first. This is why I have been working with Divasleading Inc. One of their initiatives is, Project Mama. Project Mama is a charity initiative hat provides support to maternity wards in my homeland, Dominican Republic. We have deliver essential items to under privileged pregnant women and new mothers.

I'm making this blog post to ask of your support as we prepare to celebrate our 5th anniversary for our initiative. You can help and support us by taking a look at our amazon wish list. It's so easy for you to support this way. If you want to help and join me in creating even more smiles in the Dominican Republic, to women that need our help, just click this link.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A3N13AZ2QKH9MK

This year, we are planning to visit Barahona, Dominican Republic and other sectors near the Haitian border. Not to mention that there are still many displaced from the results of Hurricane Matthew that are in need of essential day-to-day items.

If you want to help, which I hope you do, you can reach out to us at info@divasleading.com or like I said before, donate via our Amazon wish list which can be found here https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A3N13AZ2QKH9MK or by searching using email address info@divasleading.com

I want to thank you all for hearing me out and for your support!

Let's help change some lives to those that really need our help. Pay it forward Team Tahiry. 

Women of the Present: Kimora Lee Simmons

Women of the Present: Kimora Lee Simmons

Baby Phat, KLS, Life In The Fab Lane you've heard one if not all of these before, but do you really know the lady behind them... Kimora Lee Simmons!

Kimora Lee Simmons was definitely an inspiration for so many growing up and continues to be a trailblazer and source of inspiration for young girls and women a like. So let's take a blast through history and see why she's a woman worth aspiring to be like and a woman of the present...

Kimora Lee Simmons is a model, actress, author and entrepreneur that paved the way for urban female fashion. 

After being bullied for her height, her mother decided to enroll Kimora into modeling school where she learned that what she had been teased for could become an asset! Kimora became a model at the young age of 14 after embracing her unique trait of her height. She received her start with an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel (yes the one and only Chanel!) and went to work under Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. If you've ever read her book, you'll quickly learn that she came one of Karl Lagerfeld's favorites and took the modeling world by storm with her unique look and talent. 

Kimora Lee is also known for her high profile relationship with Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. But Kimora was no trophy wife, instead, she and Russell Simmons became a power couple. Ruling the fashion world and filling a void in the fashion world for urban wear by means of Phat Farm and Baby Phat (every girl had and wanted something from Baby Phat during those times). Kimora is nothing short of a fabulous business woman, which was seen when she and Russell Simmons sold their brands that they built from the ground up for $140 million. 

Kimora went on to publish a great book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How To Get It and has appeared in some of our favorite films: Beauty Shop, Waist Deep and Brown Sugar. Kimora even had her own reality-based television show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, which had 4 successful seasons. 

But it isn't all just fun and money for this successful businesswoman, Kimora is also passionate about giving back and is committed to engaging in charitable work.

Kimora Lee Simmons isn't just a pretty face, or a model, she's a smart, business savvy woman. A woman that's worth aspiring to be! This is why I have chosen to add Kimora to our Women's History Month series and name her a Woman of the Present!