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Nonprofit organization gives hope a second chance

Who doesn't love a great story of selfless giving? This article, published on the American Express Open Forum, is an amazing story that reminds us that sometimes its important to dig deeper to discover our inner passion. Catherine Hoke, founder of Defy Ventures talks with Open Forum about her New York based nonprofit that helps formally incarcerated individuals transform negative into positive by participating in a 9 month long training process that helps them become entrepreneurs. Read about her story here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/building-empire-catherine-hoke-defy-ventures/

TNT: Ming Lee of Snob Life Studios

image This week's TNT spotlight is on Ming Lee of Snob Mobb in Atlanta Georgia. This woman is a true inspiration to women in business regardless of your industry. She has created a brand that has taken the country by storm. Starting out as a hair stylist, she has now transformed into a business and branding guru, offering seminars all across the country. Her company Snob Life is now expanding and offering franchise opportunities for Snobs everywhere.

Known to many as "King Ming", her transparency in her life and work has inspired many, and allowed her to achieve great success all before the age of 30. Billingslea Media salutes King Ming for her hard work and inspiration. We look forward to more new and exciting things from this amazing woman.

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TNT: Queen Latifah
Entertainment icon Queen Latifah
Some people are just born with an abundance of talent. While perfecting your craft sometimes takes years to accomplish,  there are some people who constantly add more skills to their portfolio. Queen Latifah is one of those who has constantly amazed us with her arsenal of many talents.  Emerging on the scene in 1989 as a rapper, the Queen quickly showed her many layers. Over the years she has showed her talents as a singer, songwriter, actress,  model, and designer. She was even nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the broadway classic 'Chicago'. She is now spreading her wings even farther as she debuts her new talk show.  With a short stint on the talk show arena in the past, Latifah promises that this time around her show will be more of an expression of what SHE wants to do. With the backing of celebrity producers Will and Jada Smith, and a set designed by music icon Lenny Kravitz, the show provides a variety of topics including music, skits, sketches, and much more. Latifah insists that this time around her show has more staying power because of her personal touch on topics and the format of the program. At 43 years old, Latifah has shown us that she has many more years of surprises in store for us.
Queen Latifah covers USA Today Weekend Edition
Top Notch Tuesday: Style Maven June Ambrose

There are certain people who were simply born to do what they do for a living. People who live and breathe their careers, and set the standard for the next up and coming power players. June Ambrose is one of those people with style and grace pumping through her veins, and she is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.

Nicknamed "The Architect of Style", Ambrose has transformed how we approach owning our style. She insists that "Fashion is about self expression and a statement about our times...". Emerging on the scene almost "by accident" Ambrose insisted on creating her own unique styles for her clients. She transformed the way people grouped certain celebrities by allowing them to step outside the box and indulge in fashion fantasies that made them feel comfortable. Her client list includes a wide variety of celebs from rockers to politicians to television personalities. Having worked in the music industry, finance, and finance, she is well versed in all of the gritty details that make a business successful. Her latest endeavors include partnerships with HSN and guest appearances on shows such as Project Runway.

Her website "The Juniverse" allows her fans and followers to take a peek into her daily life. She shows her domestic side with recipes and blog posts about her family life, and shows people how to pull together a lifestyle that is suitable for the busy lives most of us now lead. Never afraid to think outside the box, you never EVER know what will emerge next from the brain of June Ambrose.