Boss Made

Pictured: Dee Kimbrel, She Say So Boutique; Shantel Brown, Queens Royal Pastries; Amanda Williams, Unveiling Heart; Jessica Lewis, LaLew Public Relations; Rayna Brooks, The Mobile Spa; Ruth Elisa, Financially Fit

Pictured: Dee Kimbrel, She Say So Boutique; Shantel Brown, Queens Royal Pastries; Amanda Williams, Unveiling Heart; Jessica Lewis, LaLew Public Relations; Rayna Brooks, The Mobile Spa; Ruth Elisa, Financially Fit

Jessica Lewis, Principal Publicist and Owner of LáLew Public Relations hosted the inaugural “Boss Made” event on Saturday, July 15 to highlight the stories of local women who have successfully turned their part time passions into full-time, flourishing businesses. The event was held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ox and Stone restaurant, 282 Alexander St.

Five women shared their entrepreneurial journeys through personal testimony and discussed the social and economic impact of women in business in Rochester. Attendees had the opportunity to network and engage with panelists in a question and answer session.

“Women in Rochester are on the rise,” said Lewis. “And as our city continues to thrive and transform, it is important that we are supporting one another and making sure that each woman has a seat at the table when it comes to shaping our community. Boss Made creates a platform for connections to be made and I am looking forward to the dynamic synergy that will be generated through this event.”

Panelists included: Rayna Brooks of The Mobile Spa; Ruth Simmons of Financially Fit: Amanda Williams of Unveiling Heart; Dee Kimbrel of She Say So Boutique; and Shantel Brown of Queens Royal Pastries.

Princess for a Day

7-year-old Jordan West plans to take 15 girls and their foster moms to Orlando, Florida to visit the Disney Castle and become a Princess for a Day!  

While many elementary school girls spend their summers swimming & playing with dolls, Jordan keeps herself busy by doing something that would greatly benefit others. With the help of her mother, Jordan organized a "Party with a Purpose” last year where she invited over two dozen foster girls a.k.a. "princesses" to spend the day at a kiddie spa. The girls received manicures, pedicures, makeovers, lunch, gifts, and princess dresses to walk the red carpet. Each princess also received one of Jordan's handmade Princess bags.  Jordan started making bags for foster girls so that they could get rid of the garbage bags that had previously been using to transport their clothes & belongings in. "These princesses" even arrived in style in a limo.

Since Jordan's first Princess Party was such a HUGE success, she was invited by the White House to come and host a Princess Party in Washington, DC for 115 girls living in foster care in October 2016. Now Jordan is hoping to create that same type of "magical" experience for foster girls by taking them on the "Ultimate Princess Experience" at the Disney castle. The girls will get to spend the day at the park and go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to be pampered like a princess. They will receive a princess dress, wand, tiara and have their hair, nails and make-up done.  The girls will also partake in photo shoot with the Disney Princesses themselves.

To help make dreams come true for these girls you can make a donation of any amount by visiting

Rochester’s First-Ever Why Did I Get Married Conference

If you enjoyed the hit movie Why Did I Get Married by Tyler Perry, then you'll love the Why Did I Get Married conference, hosted by L.O.V.E. Marriage Ministries founder’s Cory and Tanishia Johnson. Much like the film, which chronicles the love life of 4 couples as they struggle with maintaining healthy relationships in modern times, the conference focuses on helping couples build and maintain strong marriages.

With 16 years of marriage under their belts Cory and Tanishia Johnson know the difficulties married couples face when it comes to finances, raising children and communication. That's why they created L.O.V.E Marriage Ministries. Cory and Tanishia have made it their mission to help couples build and maintain their marriages.

Next week, Cory and Tanishia will host the first-ever Why Did I Get Married Conference. The conference will address the realities that married couples face and offer workshops on topics such as: "How to Fight Fair", "Forgiveness", "Intimacy", and "Money Matters."

The Why Did I Get Married Conference will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 4:00PM at The Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality, 1101 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14610. For more information visit their website here.

Read their feature in Our Voice Magazine, Open Mic Magazine, and Challenger Newspaper.

Watch their Good Day Rochester interview here.


Five-Year-Old Launches Book

Five-year-old Taleah Elliott is a kindergarten student at Helendale Road Primary School in East Irondequoit. She loves to read, write, dance, sing, and act and has been dubbed the “edutainer” (educator + entertainer). Taleah recently authored a children’s book called “Puppy Love” which is a book about her favorite stuffed animal affectionately named “puppy.” The book teaches a valuable lesson about love, values and the importance of family.

On Sunday, April 2nd families were invited to Taleah’s book launch at the Holiday Inn Downtown. The launch doubled as a community-wide play date open to Rochester area families. The event featured musical performances by Tolpher Holt who is an interactive music sensation, plus prizes, food, and games.

For more about Taleah’s book launch, check out her website here.

You can also find her on social media at:

Twitter: @taleahmor


Instagram: @taleahmor

Watch Taleah's interviews on Good Day Rochester and
Channel 10.

Read her feature in the Democrat & Chronicle.

Jon B set to come to Rochester

Jon B is a singer, song writer and record producer with top hits such as “Someone to Love” featuring Babyface, “They Don’t Know”, and “Are U Still Down” featuring Tupac Shakur. Prior to his rise to fame Jon B used to be a songwriter and wrote songs for After 7, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, and Color Me Badd. He is slated to perform at the ROC Awards.

Jon B is a 5-time Billboard Music Award nominee, Grammy Award nominee for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Someone to Love” and Soul Train Music Award nominee for Best Male Single for “They Don’t Know.”

Voting is now open until February 11, 2017 for the 5th Annual ROC Awards.  Members of the Rochester community can go to to cast their vote for their favorite R&B artist, hip hop artist, photographer, fashion designer, Latin DJ, gospel artist, radio show, stage play, author and many more.

Ticket specials are running now until February 1, 2017.

$30 General Admission Ticket

$60 VIP Ticket  

$100 All Access

Ticket Locations: Belle Cheveux 442 Genesee Street, Xquisite Boutique 171 Monroe Avenue and online at