Keyshia Cole & Shirley Murdock Set The Hearts Of Mother’s Ablaze At The First Mother’s Day Extravaganza – South Florida

 

 

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Keyshia Cole Photo Creds: I AM QUEEN Magazine

 

For the love of RNB – I would run home after school just to watch 106 & Park on BET to see who would make the countdown and time and time again I would see Keyshia Cole either performing or dropping a new video. On Mother’s Day 2019 I got a front row seat to see her do it LIVE!

Mother’s from everywhere lined The Fillmore Miami Beach, FL excited to be apart of the very first Mother’s Day Extravaganza. The show began with the anointed voices of The Florida Fellowship Super Choir who reminded us all that God is to be praised and honored first. When we give God the first he will bless the rest and that’s indeed what he did.

Shirley Murdock took the stage and sang our all-time favorite ‘As We Lay’ and many others. Now I have seen many performances and I must say that she still gat it! Keyshia Cole blessed us with her voice and with her newly found love. The beautiful expectant mother graced the stage in a graphic tulle dress, hair laid and makeup beat to the gods. She delivered! Keyshia Cole sang all of our favorite songs, she danced, she shared her heart (how much she loves her man) and the crowd chanted for more.

 

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Shirley Murdock Photo Creds: I AM QUEEN Magazine

 

 

 

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Keyshia Cole Photo Creds: I AM QUEEN Magazine

 

South Florida was busy this Mother’s Day Weekend with Rolling Loud, a three-day hip-hop festival, The Millennium Tour among other events but the Mothers Day Extravaganza held its own and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.

The show was hosted by Duchess 305 and Big Lips (HOT 105). Go to @iamqueenmagazine IGTV for highlights.

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One Artist Dreams Came True When His Paintings​ Got Into The Hands of Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King

 

 

 

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Artist: Pain Killer Cam Art

 

Pain Killer Cam Art, as the artist is known as, dreams come true when media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King got their hands on his creations. We spoke with the artist briefly and here’s his response:

 

 

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There is no doubt that he is talented but what’s more remarkable is his humility and recognition of God our father. It is God who gives us the strength and abilities, that produces joy and wealth. A true leader understands that he is great only because of who is carrying him. We salute Pain Killer Cam Art!

 

Dreams do come true…

I AM QUEEN Magazine celebrates Cover Queen DaVonna May

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BellaDonna PrimaDonna is an International, 2x Award-Winning Accessories Company known for its timeless pieces. Each jewel demands the Queen within to rise! When wearing BDPD, you cannot help but shine! An experience that can only be described as Extraordinary!

Meet DaVonna May – Visionary, Designer & Stylist for BellaDonna PrimaDonna Accessory House. The Hawaiian born, New Jersey raised lawyer turned entrepreneur created BDPD in 2010 because she believes every woman deserves to be celebrated.

 

BDPD is more than luxury jewelry, it’s a ministry. When we style a client, we sow into their dreams – by the end of a session – a new woman is born – a reawakening has occurred and a movement is birthed! Our clients represent all walks of life. One thing they have in common is that they’ve turned their pain into power.  Instead of becoming victims to circumstances, they determined to operate in their God-given fullness. Our jewelry is a stepping stone to self-love and discovery – a symbol of your own greatness – a reminder that the life you desire is attainable. We love taking part in that journey! BellaDonna PrimaDonna seeks to leave a legacy of faith, hope, empowerment and excellence! We are advocates of dream chasing, and our mission is to empower every woman to birth that vision within  – one accessory at a time!

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JAZZ IN THE GARDENS BRINGS MORE THAN JUST MUSIC TO SOUTH FLORIDA!

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Beyond the music, Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” ushers in the 14th Annual festival along with its ancillary official JITG events. On March 7, the City of Miami Gardens will present the
3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC), 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens national poetry contest both events on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and the 8th Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon, in honor of women’s history month, on Friday, March 8, 2019.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, 11AM – 4:30PM the 3 rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) will open the JITG festival weekend by hosting an exciting one-day multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase diverse art forms. The panel of experts includes filmmaker Peter Bailey, Legendary R&B diva Betty Wright, muralist Addonis Parker, and Kim Tignor’s Creative Control, who will be discussing the “business of entertainment.” The FMAC will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

On the evening of March 7, 8PM, 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens will present the national poetry contest featuring the best in spoken word across the nation. Artists are competing for the grand prize of $10,000 for 1st place, $5000 for 2nd place, and $1500 for 3rd place. Poetry finals are held at Lorna’s 19752 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

On Friday, March 8, 2019, 11AM – 2PM, for the 8th year in a row, the annual favorite Women’s Impact Luncheon will honor Women’s History Month by curating an inspiring and exciting experience that will activate every woman in attendance. Special guests include Jazz in the Gardens performer, the illustrious Stephanie Mills, author and entrepreneur Arian Simone, Rashan Ali, co-host of Sister Circle on TV One, and Kristen Campbell, attorney, and NFL Agent. The Women’s Impact Luncheon will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL, 33181.

For additional information, please visit http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.
Media Contact: Suzan McDowell, 305-490-9145 suzan@circleofonemarketing.com

14TH ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE GARDENS MUSIC FEST GETS READY FOR THE BIGGEST BREAKOUT YEAR YET WITH SENSATIONAL 2019 LINE-UP!

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It’s “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.”, the 14th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) is ushering in the 2019 festival season with the announcement of yet another “top notch” lineup. On March 9-10, 2019 the highly anticipated festival event will immerse fans in the best of R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and funk genres. JITG will produce this celebrated event for an anticipated 70,000 attendees at the world-class Hard Rock Stadium located at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

Headlining the JITG festival stage will be the much-loved voice of R&B royalty Lionel Richie, sassy songstress Brandy, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, and Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, the legendary smooth trio The O’Jays, the soul-stirring Stephanie Mills, eclectic violinists Black Violin and gospel sensation Tye Tribbett. Back by popular demand, this year’s Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars will feature Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangell. More artists will be announced soon.

 

 

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert comments “it’s JITG 2019 and we are excited about the talented artists who will be gracing the stage. The diversity in the music and talent offers something for everyone, from the most requested artist for the JITG stage, Lionel Richie, to gospel and of course jazz. The City is extremely pleased with the growth of the festival and the opportunity to showcase our home, Miami Gardens, to the thousands of patrons it attracts.”

Other JITG related events include:

THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019
3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) is an exciting one-day multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase celebrated, diverse art forms and locally and nationally based artists. The FMAC will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens- The national poetry contest is an exciting addition to Jazz in the Gardens that explores the best in spoken word. Poets and spoken word artists age 18 and over are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to participate in the final rounds of competition during the FMAC. Prize money is $10,000 1st place, $5000 2nd place, $1500 3rd place.

FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2019
8 TH Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon is back by popular demand in honor of Women’s History Month. This exciting event is an action-packed experience curated to inspire women to live centered, active, fulfilled and balanced lives. The WIL will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

Official Opening Night Party – All roads lead to the Jazz in the Gardens opening night party with The Sugarhill Gang performing their wildly popular brand of old school hip hop. This party is an opportunity for Jazz in the Gardens attendees to kick off the “fun-filled” weekend of music, dancing, and great weather!

Valentine’s Day Survival Kit For Singles w/ Trish McDermott (Match.com)

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Valentine’s Day can be an uncomfortable reminder to many singles that they are missing out on an important part of life–romantic love. Online dating services often see the most traffic in the period just after January’s New Year’s Resolutions have kicked in and leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I got the chance to speak with Trish McDermott. Trish was apart of the team that launched Match.com back in 1995-basically she created online dating. Today she’s a dating coach at Meetopolis (www.meetopolis.net). Meetopolis is like the Kayak of online dating, allowing singles to see the dating profiles of potential matches from many different sites, all in one place.

Here Trish shares The Valentine’s Day Survival Kit For Singles…

For singles, staking your own claim to a piece of Valentine’s Day is a great way to move past any sadness or awkwardness you may feel. You do this by making February 14th about giving, rather than receiving, love, affection, and attention. Giving makes you feel good. It’s a reminder that with small, kind gestures you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Look around. It’s likely that there are many ways you can give a little love and attention to others on February 14th.

  • Send your mom flowers.
  • Bake cookies, or buy chocolates, and bring them to a local nursing home.
  • Volunteer to help out at your child’s school Valentine’s Day party.
  • Pass out chocolates at your office.
  • Put Valentine’s Day cards in your friends’ mailboxes.
  • Call your father, just to say hello.
  • Give your bank teller, or bus driver, or someone who provides a service to you a gift card from your local coffee shop.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen and help feed people hungry for so much more than romance this Valentine’s Day.
  • Post a fun, appreciative or inspirational message to your friends and family who follow you on Facebook.
  • Call someone you know is struggling and invite them over for a home-cooked meal.

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If you approach Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to give a little love to your community, friends, family, and even total strangers, you won’t need to focus on the fact that you are without a significant other over the holiday.

It’s also good to understand the numbers because when we struggle without dating lives, especially around Valentine’s Day, it sometimes feels like we’re the only person not getting dating and romance right.

It can be almost impossible to avoid the barrage of Valentine’s season media reminders that while you are dateless, so many others have deeply loving romantic relationships. There are 98 million single adults in the US. If you’re dateless on Valentine’s Day, you’re in some very good company. You are not a romantic anomaly.

Much of the coveted romantic moments we are bombarded with in February, like the look of adoration in her eyes as she opens the diamond necklace he so lovingly hands her, are really just media-manufactured images of romantic love.  These might seem unattainable for some, even for those who do have a romantic relationship but never get that adoring look. It’s important to remember that these images exist to sell products.

Real love happens in life’s trenches, the day-to-day moments in the lives of ordinary people, and single people experience it too.  Kids don’t see Valentine’s Day as a holiday that excludes them because they don’t have romantic love in their lives. For them Valentine’s Day is about acknowledging friendships by exchanging cards or candy. They’re thrilled and excited and don’t use the holiday to beat up on themselves for lack of true love.  We should follow their lead.

I’ve watched millions and millions of singles search for love. This search can often be a long, tough, discouraging experience. Finding romantic love is often a process of failing one’s way to success. The trick is to stay in the game, even after an awkward, discouraging or disappointing experience. When it comes to finding love, you have to be in it win it. A good way to be in it on February 14th is to stop looking for love and to start giving some love away.

Have fun on Valentine’s Day. Play. Laugh. Feel good. Spend the evening with dear friends, Play with babies. Help out some elderly people in your town. Have dinner with your family.  Then, on February 15, ask someone out, put your profile on a dating site, take a risk and swipe right on someone.

And buy your chocolates on the 15th too – they’re half price!