Chris Williams served 7 years in prison from 2007-2014 for a burglary crime. Chris was released without any funds or resources, but made a way to live the straight and narrow. He had to do a few odd jobs and then was given the opportunity to give away free government phones to low income families and that is when Chris formed his own company “CEO Executives”.
One day Chris impressed a Russian Man with his great work ethic and this man endorsed him $5,000 to start his own marketing company. Chris was so deserving of this break since he had just gotten out of prison and wanted to do things the right way this time around. Chris employed and hired people in the community to work for him that wouldn’t have normally received the opportunity that he gave them.
When I met Chris, I was in fact still homeless at the time couch surfing with a friend. I have only lived in Los Angeles for several of years and still had a lot of living and learning to do here. I did not know who I could trust or talk to when things were really bad for me. Chris was the one who gave me rides when I needed it, the contacts to help me form my own business and Chris was the first person to ever give me my own office in Downtown Los Angeles overlooking the L.A. sky rise. Chris Williams is such a kind and caring man that would give his last to save another person.
The Criminal that Chris is labeled was nothing like the Chris Williams friend I knew and to hear that he was sent back into the system has been devastating to his community. Chris has employees that depends on him for income and job opportunities to give to their families and friends. Chris is just not your ordinary man. He is a father, hardworking citizen and a caring person. Chris deserves another chance at life and another chance to make his community better. We hope that Chris’s voice is heard fairly and not looked at as just a criminal, because Chris is so much more than his past and still has greatness ahead of him. Chris William’s story is still left unwritten and he needs a chance to right all of his wrongs and create his legacy that he is so capable of doing. Let’s give Chris the chance he deserves.Read more
Mya Cullins is a Business Woman, A Mother, An Author, A Speaker, A Wife, A Woman of God and A Prominent Community Leader of Greensboro, North Carolina. As a woman of color in business, Mya represents what every strong ambitious woman deserves in life. Mya Cullins has written her first book “Behind The Veil” that will be on the big screen very soon and speaks to her community about Ambition, Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.
A Little about Changing Phases Inc:
Changing Phases Behavioral Support, Inc. (CPBS) is a professional organization that is known for providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since February 2006. Changing Phases has experience in providing everything from Residential Treatment , Substance Abuse Groups, Individual Counseling and Assessments in North Carolina. Changing Phases also currently provides Community Based services in the Greater Atlanta Area. Changing Phases recently decided to incorporate outpatient opioid treatment services as another measure to successfully address ongoing opiate dependence. Changing Phases takes great pride in maintaining the values, mission, and direction of the organization. Changing Phases always provides a comprehensive treatment experience resulting in a desire for the best outcome possible for all persons served.
There were only 5 clients before the true success and moving to North Carolina proved more success to Mya and Quinten Cullins where they could best serve their community as the services were desperately needed. Mya is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Services and is very strategic in balancing her personal life and career so that neither will spill into the other.
The Official AO recently Interviewed Mya Cullins, the Co-founder of Changing Phases Inc. As a family woman, Mya wants the best outcome for not only her family, but also her community.
The Official AO: What Inspired you to Write “Behind The Veil”?
MC: I was inspired by my family and marriage. The book is based only on real life experiences.
The Official AO: In your Opinion, What are the 3 keys to success?
MC: Have a vision, Fulfill vision, and Never give up.
The Official AO: What Can We Expect Next?
MC: My book, “Behind the Veil” to be on the big screen and Major Network offers for our own Reality Television show.
The Official AO: Why do you love serving your community so much?
MC: I enjoy giving back and making a difference in the lives of others that are in need. Giving back in something that was inspired by the acts of my great grandparents, grandmother..etc. This is what led me to start my own non-profit organization Sarah Jettie Community development Corp @ www.sjcommunitydevelopment.org
Mya Cullins is an inspiration to the ones who feels like there is no way out especially in mental health where leadership is greatly needed in all of our communities. We are deeply appreciative of such the leader you are to your community in North Carolina and communities world-wide. All of the compassion that you give to the youth and families, you are a perfect example of how we all should serve our people.
To stay updated with everything Mya Cullins is doing for her community and a chance to purchase her book “Behind The Veil” please check out her website below.Read more
Who is Brittany Dixon and how do you inspire women in the fitness industry?
That’s a really good question…”Who is Brittany Dixon” the funny thing is, I’ve been on a self discovery journey to find out exactly who I am, what I stand for and what truly makes me happy. I had to step out of my comfort zone to find out. I discover the good, the bad and the ugly. Most of all, I finally found the beauty within me. I was able to tap into a piece of my brain that I was afraid to unleash out of fear. Once I let those fears go I was able to live and have piece of mind. I free’d my mind, and it’s a feeling like no other. I feel heroic as if I can concur anything. So to answer your question, I am a woman of happiness, positivity, a go-getter and a woman of “yes” who isn’t afraid to say no. I am a brave woman, but most of all I am a woman. A woman that can relate to other women. At first, I believed posting my fitness videos inspired women to workout, (which it did), but since I’ve stepped out of my comfort to pursue my passion of becoming a fitness model, I’ve gained a new following of women (and men) wanting to purse their passion but afraid to take that first step. I think the fitness videos is that extra value to your lively-hood of feeling good and looking good…it totally builds confidence and gave me the energy I needed to not give up. Working out gave my day structure and taught me discipline. I learned results don’t happened over night and to stay consistent. I applied every mental challenge from fitness into making my dream come true. I am living proof of what it means to be fearless, take that first step to reach your goals, believe in yourself, put in the work, there will be blood, sweat and tears but the reward is so worth it if its what you really want.
What are your goals when it comes to teaching in health and fitness?
My goal is to push the importance of happiness and piece of mind. Use fitness as a way to release stress, tension and toxins from the body and use healthy eating habits to nourish, repair, and fuel your body. These are what kept me going and keep a positive mindset.
What drives you to continue to inspire young women?
Sometimes I feel I’ve been brainwashed as to how a female is suppose to think, look, and act. I’ve lowered myself, my value, and thoughts just to fit in the box of what a woman have been painted to be. I’ve been told “girls can’t play sports”(Although I received a track scholarship), treated like an object, and deemed “psycho” because I’m single. Ummm, that doesn’t even make sense! This nonsense and unfair treatment is what drives me to inspire young girls…because it drives me crazy!
What are some of your biggest achievements in your career thus far?
My Biggest achievement would actually be doing my very first fitness modeling job for Silk Almond Milk. I call it my biggest achievement because, I quit my job to chase my dream of becoming a fitness model. I put in the hard work, gave it my best and it worked! Even though I was only shown for seconds at a time…I can truly say I am a working fitness model and ready to continue building my portfolio.
How did fitness help you keep a balance on your mental health and what did the beginning struggles look and feel like to you before transitioning over to becoming a professional fitness model?
Fitness was and has always been my escape zone…It was my mental and physical therapy and it helped with getting in rhythm with my body and making sure I kept breathing. Yes, breathing! Breathing is super important in fitness, when you properly breath in rhythm with your body, your able to execute the exercise much easier. If I feel stressed, I stop to take three deep breaths to get back in tune and think clearly. The biggest struggle when I first started modeling was not knowing when or if I would get an audition and/or booked. Going on auditions are nerve wrecking, because you don’t know what the casting director wants…especially when image is everything. Before ever audition I do my breathing exercises “Three big inhales and exhales”. Transitioning into a fitness model was exciting and I was eager to go on any audition I got. My first audition was for “REAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS” and I never played 1 day in my life…so I had to fake the audition to the best of my ability. The casting director saw right through it and gave me a look of “please leave” lol. I learned after that not to lie about your talents, practice the requested skills (if you can), never look unsure, always look confident and just be yourself. The best part of being a fitness model: it is my job to stay in shape, so I’m able to distress on a daily basis.
With all of your accomplishments in TV Production and Entertainment do you ever aspire to keep with it and combine both fitness and production together?
YES, ABSOLUTELY!! It is my dream to merge wellness and entertainment together. I have written so many ideas and shows that I could have my own channel worth of content. I have a few videos on my youtube channel all professionally shot by an Atlanta based production company and produced/created by me. However I would like to have my own production company where my work is being cranked out 24/7 and produce content for others.
How has following your passion in fitness lead you into a happier and more fulfilling life?
I can truly say nothing is impossible and words are powerful.
What advice would you give to young women today if they came to you and said, “My mother wants me to do this, but my real passion is…” What would you tell them?
I would say never disregard advice, but make sure you’re happy. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive Mom who at first feared my career jump from the office to model, then later embraced it, then got inspired to do her own thing once she saw my success. Now she is making extra money from a company she built in less than a year just by taking a leap of faith and believing in herself. My mother warned me of the things that could go wrong, but never of the things that could go right. We were taught to fear. So, I would tell that girl to listen to your mother and be prepared for the challenges ahead, but know yourself worth and make sure you’re happy, you never know who you may inspire.
Do you have any events or classes coming up for young girls to join and support?
Yes, I am currently putting together a fitness and women empowerment event later this year. I will give you all the details soon.
How can people watch you online and follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @Brittanynicole.fit
Twitter & SnapChat @BrittNicole_Fit
you can follow my career switch journey on my blog at www.brittanynicole.fit
Thank you so much for this interview, I am truly horned!Read more
Viola Davis won The Best Supporting Actress Role in “Fences” at the Sunday’s 89th Annual Oscars in Los Angeles, CA. Viola Davis is such an inspiration to us all and she shows us what it takes to be an African American woman in Hollywood who doesn’t take NO as an end all.. What a wonder woman! Viola was nominated amongst the elite in Hollywood and did not let that stop her.
The greatest quotes of Viola for the night was, “People ask me all the time, What Stories do you want to tell, Viola? and I Say, “Exhume those bodies, Exhume those stories of the people who never saw those dreams to fruition”.
That’s just it, what about the ones who didn’t get to make it and be heard? As an artist, how will your music or craft speak for those unspoken for? Viola Davis does an AMAZING job at getting those voices heard loud and clear. Viola, our hats goes off to you and congratulations once again! Keep making dreams come true as you are a true inspiration to all of the creative world and beyond!
“I became an artist — and thank God I did — because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Davis said during her acceptance speech. “Here’s to August Wilson, who exalted the ordinary people.” – Viola DavisRead more
Filmmakers of the future from across the country, ages 14-23, participated at this year’s 2nd Annual Real To Reel Global Youth Film Festival. The festival producers were excited at the results and are working to gear up for next year. The film festival was spearheaded by Better Youth executive director Syd Stewart and 23-year-old program director Johna Rivers, an emancipated foster youth from the community of Watts, California. Better Youth is an urban technical and media arts development agency for youth ages 12-24 to develop technical skills through mentoring and media arts training. The youth who participate in the program are at risk or victims of incarceration, gang violence, and abuse. Better Youth is committed to helping urban youth by cultivating multicultural experiences through digital media arts; in addition to fostering life skills, character development, creativity, leadership skills, advocacy and civic engagement.
Real To Reel Global Youth Film Festival is created for youth by youth providing an amazing platform for youth filmmakers to tell their own stories and highlight issues of importance from a youth perspective. The festival was free and open to the general public thanks to its sponsors The National Endowment for the Arts, The Los Angeles Film School, City National Bank, United Nations Foundation, Final Draft, NAMAC, Girl Up, Trader Joe’s and Film Freeway.
The event took place at the Los Angeles Film School on Saturday, October 8th where filmmakers, celebrities and VIP guests enjoyed an afternoon of panel discussions, screening films and celebrating the winners of this year’s film festival. Panel discussions about the importance of media arts and the power of youth voice in cinema were presented by executive director Syd Stewart, youth producer Johna Rivers, producer/writer Meg DeLoatch, TV writer Shawn Boxe and City National Bank’s Portfolio Analyst, Andrea Collins. Other scheduled events included an acting workshop with actor Melvin Jackson Jr. and a media literacy discussion with actress Monique Coleman.
Celebrities and VIP guests included Monique Coleman of Disney’s High School Musical, Melvin Jackson Jr. of BET’s The New Edition Story, Kacey Spivey of FOX’s Glee, Jax Malcolm of CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Chloe Noelle of HBO’s True Blood, Justin Tinucci of Cartoon Network’s Incredible Crew, Sara Barrett of CBS Criminal Minds, Meg Deloatch creator of UPN’s Eve, Shawn Boxe a TV writer, actress Trinity Marquez, and many others. A representative from Congresswoman Karen Bass office was there to present executive director Syd Stewart with a Congressional Certificate.
This year’s film festival winners included:
BEST FOREIGN FILM: Shivangi Mittal (“Tremors”)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Ghandi Bridgade Youth Media (“Juvenile Justice”)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: James Williams (“Victors Not Victims”)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Niajea Randolph (“Poems Protests & Power”)
BEST BIOGRAPHY: Rosalind Krabill (“Little Girl”)
BEST BIOGRAPHY: Maya Suchak and Darian Henry (“Finding Strength”)
BEST BIOGRAPHY: Lauren Rothman (“Embargo On Love”)
BEST BIOGRAPHY: Sergio Conriquez, Tommy Cabral and Jacob Lout (“Into Sergio”)
BEST ANIMATION: Gracie May (“Deadpan”)
BEST ANIMATION: Azure Allan (“One Day On Carver St.”)
BEST DRAMA: Spencer Muhlstock (“Wheels”)
BEST DRAMA: Jayden Gillsepie (“Slide”)
BEST DRAMA: William Leon (“Attached At The Soul”)
BEST DRAMA: Whitney Stephenson (“Dreamkeeper”)
BEST SOCIAL CAUSE: Maya Hinkin, Nicole Kim, Tarin North and William Park (“Daughters Of Cambodia”)
Concluding the event was a special awards presentation to individuals who support Better Youth and the Real To Reel Global Youth Film Festival. Award recipients included:
THE CRYSTAL AWARD FOR DEDICATED SERVICE: Actors Monique Coleman and Melvin Jackson Jr.
BEST PRODUCER AWARD: Johna Rivers, Ruben Garcia, Tynisha Lewis, Kaija Johnson, David Vera and Olympia Auset.
BEST MENTOR AWARD: Syd Stewart, Tess Canfield, Stephen Canfield, Shawn Jackson, Miguel Coleman, Deborah Griffin, Jarvis Robertson, Phil Chiu and Matthew Farrell.
For more information, visit www.betteryouth.org
Dasha, Singer-Songwriter and Actress has done an amazing work in Television and the Music industry. Dasha is best known for her role as Darlene on Tyler Perry’s Television Show “The Haves and Have Nots”. Her work in that show was impeccable and it doesn’t stop there. She is also a singer and media personality!
A woman as dedicated as her should not be overlooked, because her beauty and talent will always speak for itself. Dasha has been the type of brand that you can’t help, but love. When it comes to looking for an artist who takes their career seriously then you do not have to look any further than Dasha Chadwick.
Dasha has recently released her Album “The Howard Roark Project” October 4, 2016 and within 1 week of release her music video “Loving You” has reached over 20,000 Views! that’s very impressive and I can’t wait to see what else Dasha has in store for all of us.
Watch her Latest Music Video “Loving You” Below
You can buy “The Howard Roark Project” on Itunes HereRead more