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jumpstarter is a video series platform to showcase entrepreneurs who have jumpstarted their business, vision & destiny by jumping off the cliff and beginning their journey on what they believed they were born to do with RESULTS. We know that it isn’t easy jumping, so we thought it was paramount that these stories be told.
Founder/ CEO Brandice Daniel - Harlem’s Fashion Row is a social company that provides a voice for multicultural designers; through a creative platform that enables these designers to sell and present their collections to key leaders within the fashion industry. HFR is committed to creating high-quality experiences, through unique, innovative and inspiring displays of fashion. It is a celebration of the fashion community that reflects the culture and personal experience of multicultural designers. It takes a village to raise an artist and HFR is that Village. "Sometimes you find your purpose and other times your purpose finds you. " In 2005, I moved to Harlem from Memphis with 2 suitcases, a doufle bag, and a place to stay for 2 weeks in search of my purpose in fashion. I had made my way to New York City! Now, all I had to do was figure out what was calling me here. My job was good. I enjoyed working in production with intimate apparel, but it wasn't my passion. I knew there was more, but where the heck was it! Little did I know that a fashion show in a small restaurant in Brooklyn, would put me dead smack in the face of my purpose. A fashion show in Harlem. That's it. That thought took me from my good spot watching models strut down the runway to a chair in the corner transported to the fashion show I would produce in Harlem. Now, who in the world would be in this fashion show! Yes, B. Oyama! I had been working at his boutique for free to get experience on the weekend. I quickly figured out I didn't want to own a boutique, but I had built a great relationship and he knew me. He was the one person that could vouch for me. I had one designer down. Only 4 more to go. Well, that was the tough part. They didn't know me and in New York City people needed to know you or have someone vouch for you before they trusted you with their brand. The brands they spent years building. After being relentless and going back to the boutique owners over and over, 3 out of the remaining 4 said yes. The first show took place on August 17, 2007 at the River Room in Riverbank Park. It was perfect! Well, it was except for the wet runway, the electricity that went out, and the epic meltdown I had right before the show. Yes, it was perfect because I had taken the cliff jump and started something from an idea. The next year I started planning and specifically looked for African American designers and I had a huge problem! I could only find 5 or 6. This had to be a mistake. Where were the designers? Read More
Affectionately known as the Granddaughter of hip-hop, LeAnetta Robinson (a.k.a. LeA) is the granddaughter of musical legend Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugarhill Records. With years of influence by her family's music, it was only a matter of time before she decided to enter into the music scene herself. LeA is an outgoing, ambitious, and eccentric singer, songwriter and dancer whom has performed at events such as NBA basketball games to The Waldorf Astoria to the United Nations International Year of Youth Conference. LeA is also passionate about giving back and at the age of 16, she partnered with the charity organization Comedy Cures and also became an Ambassador for the United Nations. Constantly inspired by her mother and grandmother to not only be a better artist, but to also be a better woman, LeA finds it fulfilling to share her stories with the world in a three-minute song. Planning to make her mark by staying true to God and her purpose, LeA is currently working on her new album, Broken Girl, and the launch of her new eyewear brand, People Blockers.
Gilosan went to Manhattan's prestigious SVA for Illustration with a minor in computer graphic design after a two year stint at Bergen Community college in Paramus,NJ. There he began basic studies with the adamant desire to become a microbiologist. It was during the first semester at BCC when the desire to pursue a purely scientific career had been replaced with the notion of becoming an artist. He pinpoints the exact moment this realization occurred in his forthcoming autobiography. (Read more on Gilosan.com). Robots are the main subject for my work. Why robots? I like robots…it’s somewhere in here: "Larping Robots Project"-Kickstarter. Anyway, I’d suppose you would rather a more complete answer. Some people paint birds, flowers, landscapes…what have you. There you go. Explained.
While still at William Paterson, Eric caught the attention of Mary J. Blige’s Musical Director Loren Dawson. Building a friendship with Loren also gained his trust and respect to invite Eric, his brother Danny, and long time friend Adam Burton to tour with Mary. Hence, they formed a Horn Section called DEA Horns, an acronym for their names (Danny, Eric, Adam). From there they toured and have played with Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Madonna, Kid Capri, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Jaheim, Ray Chew, Juelz Santana, Method Man, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Jeremih, Chrisette Michelle, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, Slim from 112, Chico De Barge, Estelle, Melissa Ford, Fantasia, Regina Belle, Terrnece J, Ben E. King, Camron, Jim Jones, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Fred Hammond, Ledisi, Richard Smallwood, Cheryl Crow, James Taylor, Sheila E, Shirley Ceasar, Trey Songz, Marsha Ambrosious, Bob Mintzer, Joan Jett, Kid Kudi, Lionel Richie, Valerie Simpson, Mary Mary, Blitz The Ambassador, Sting, Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, Fabolous, Ron Isley, Chris Brown, and many more.
Sybil Clark Amuti is an executive brand strategist, podcast producer and co-host, philanthropist, coach, wife, and mother. She holds a B.S. in urban studies from Dillard University and an M.S.in urban planning from Columbia University. Born and raised in Memphis Tennessee, Sybil has built a life and career in NYC over the past 15 years as and continues to build her impact here on the east coast. Visit www.sybilamuti.com for more information
A talent ahead of her time growing up in Paterson, NJ where music made a huge Impact from Hip Hop to R & B every Saturday at the well know CCP Recreation Center (Christopher Columbus Project), Shanell "RED" Irving at the age of 14 would sneak in to watch rap groups like Force MD's, LL Cool J, Whodini, Cold Crush Brothers and Run DMC because rapping was her passion. She was inspired the day she heard "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and "Do You Wanna Rock" by Sequence, which back then had member Angie B, better known as (Angie Stone). It was at that moment Shanell made the conscious decision to become a singer and songwriter. Visit phatthouseent.com for more inforation
Kwaku Amuti is a Life Coach, a husband, and father. I created PRVRB with one goal in mind: to grow an authentic community for men of color focused on one thing: becoming the men that we were all meant to be. Visit www.Prvrb.com for more inforation
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