Purchase Now: Meet Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones author of “Unravel & Break Free From Trauma”

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Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones, author of “Unravel & Break Free From Trauma” is a full-time youth professional, educator and community leader in Michigan.

As a married woman with a blended family of nine children DeLaCruz-Jones told us she is always on the quest for knowledge while currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis of Social Work and a Masters of Arts Counseling degree at Spring Arbor University.

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 “Unravel & Break Free From Trauma”  was released on April 29, 2020

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“I had feelings of anger, bitterness and un-forgiveness that I realized was affecting me today. I decided to BREAK-FREE from it all and share my story to help others realize they too can overcome by sharing their story,” she said.  

Her book “Unravel & Break Free From Trauma” is a guide for people to heal, find an avenue for freedom and understand they can overcome anything with faith, in addition to hard work.

relates to men and women of faith, teens-young adults and mothers. 

IMG-7505 (1)DeLaCruz-Jones told us she dropped out of school in the 8th grade and ran away from home at the age of 13.

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“This caused a series of traumatic events including being homeless, in a domestic violent relationship, and almost losing my life when I was shot in my stomach in 2009. I counsel individuals and soon I will be able to work with families.

Book Speaking Engagements: authorddjones@gmail.com 


Questions and Answer Segment with Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s a quote you live by?

Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones: “With tears in your eyes,  fear in your heart, disappointment in your soul- DO IT ANYWAY!”

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What are your next plans with your business?

Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones: My voice! I want to show others what it looks like to be counted out and never see anyone in your family do anything and yet you do it!

LookWeAreIncluded.com:  What legacy do you want to leave on this earth?

Dezarae DeLaCruz-Jones: My voice! I want to show others what it looks like to be counted out and never see anyone in your family do anything and yet you do it!






Book Now: Beth Ruffin, corporate diversity speaker, life coach, consultant

Schedule Today: Beth Ruffin for Coaching | Consulting | Speaking (Virtual)

One dynamic diversity coach is changing lives for minorities in corporate America by using her personal experiences to teach companies how to navigate the new social normal.

Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 5.14.27 PMBeth Ruffin is a diversity coach, public speaker, author and consultant. Ruffin, a graduate of the University of Pittsburg, majored in Writing with a Fiction concentration and minored in Africana Studies. 

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For 20-plus years, she supported companies in the spaces of inclusion and technology. “My last day in corporate America was June 7, 2019.  I left because I wanted to be in control of my career and have a larger impact on the world.  I knew the only way to do that was by having the ability to do things my way,” Ruffin said.

“I want every executive to remember to be inclusive in everything they do.”

Ruffin spent many years overlooked (working over and beyond without recognition) and overwhelmed (trying to fit the mold of who others wanted her to be instead of living authentically). She ultimately grew tired of being passed over for opportunities by those with less education and experience, which was the impetus to creating a podcast, “At the Table.” Ruffin’s goal is to support women and give them a safe space to converse openly about acceptance in corporate America.

‘At the TABLE’  But- what exactly is the table?

Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 5.14.34 PMThe table is where decisions are made. It’s the CEO boardroom, your local statehouse, the White House, country club, golf course, back office – it can even be your family’s kitchen table.  And unfortunately, the table is not always representative of the people that it affects.” 

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Ruffin describes “At the Table” as a medium in which the voices of women are elevated. Specifically, the podcast focuses on voices like hers of those who are underrepresented — Black women who want to feel safe, those with chronic illnesses, her queer siblings, women who want to enter politics, small business owners, and so many more.

“I want ‘At the Table’ to be a place without judgment where people can speak their truths and listeners can learn how to be allies to those who are different from them, and to hear their stories.”

“…The CEO boardroom may not have any people of color.  Legislators make decisions about women’s bodies without any women at the table.  Principals make decisions about children who are in low socioeconomic brackets without ever having experienced poverty.  And when this happens, people lose.  People are forced to deal with the consequences.  People aren’t given a chance to be part of the solution.  So, I teach women how to get seats at the table, how to use their voices at the table, and how to build their own tables if necessary.”

Schedule Today: Beth Ruffin for Coaching | Consulting | Speaking (Virtual)

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Question and Answer Segment with Beth Ruffin

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LookWeAreIncluded.com: What type of consulting do you facilitate?

Beth Ruffin: I consult around the matters of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  I work with leaders and organizations that want to build inclusive work environments.  I help leaders develop inclusive mindsets and remove barriers that lead to culture shifts. I do offer support in various ways:

  • Assist organizations in avoiding making excuses for not focusing on inclusion (Inclusion Assessment)
  • Assist leaders in developing an inclusive mindset (Executive Coaching)
  • Assist organizations in level-setting their current efforts (Goals & Outcomes)
  • Assist leaders in developing strategic plans (Inclusion Strategy & Strategy Impact Assessment)
  • Assist leaders in broadening their mindset across organizations (Keynote speeches, Training & Programming, Tools)

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Beth, what’s your overall vision and goal for your company? 

Beth Ruffin: My overall goal is to make our world more inclusive, so I’d like to have an international presence in which I’d work with leaders and organizations on their DEI strategies.  I’d also like to be recognized as an international speaker, inspiring millions with my words.  Finally, I’d like to license my teachings and classes so that other coaches can teach the material, further increasing my impact.

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Atlanta Jewish organization protests in support of Black Lives Matter movement

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NeverAgain4BLM, a Jewish organization based in Atlanta, held a peaceful protest Sunday in Downtown Atlanta in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

NeverAgain4BLM convened at the corner of Centennial and Marietta, and led people in a march to Liberty Plaza. Masked protesters chanted the names of #BreonnaTaylor, #GeorgeFloyd, #ElijahMcClain and other victims whose lives have prompted nationwide #BLM action.

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NeverAgain4BLM is comprised of a group of vocal leaders in several cities who encourage the Jewish community to take a greater role in supporting their oppressed neighbors. Sunday’s event was the organization’s first official march. It also encouraged its Los Angeles members to convene at the same time.


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“We’re growing fast! We plan to hold unity marches in San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, NYC, and hopefully more coming soon!” said Beilinson. “It is our duty and responsibility as Jews and humans to be on the front lines with Black Lives Matter.”

“I grew up in Atlanta, I’ve been part of the Jewish community, and I was always thought ‘never again’ meant the prevention of systematic oppression,” said Eisenberg. “[Especially] of a people in a situation that led to lives being in danger, either because of one superficial or religious reason.”

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Eisenberg said she was concerned about the lack of voice in the community in which she grew up and loved.

“I wanted to inspire a community, which I think likes to keep its head down, by coming out and by providing a safe space in a group… we obviously just don’t want to inspire the Jewish community, but these are our Black neighbors and we want to love everyone. We want to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

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Q&A with NeverAgain4BLM via Instagram

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What would you tell people who are on the fence about speaking up for racial justice?

NeverAgain4BLM: Welcome uncomfortable conversations. The more we educate ourselves on this matter, the more we can start to understand this is not a moment- It is a movement! We must love our neighbors as ourselves.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel

LookWeAreIncluded.com:  How can people support the organization if they can’t protest (due to health concerns)? 

NeverAgain4BLM: We realize the current health crisis prevents some from participating on the ground. We appreciate the support of the particularly vulnerable community, but prefer they stay safe. In that vein, we encourage everyone that can’t come out to follow us and share with their community as much as possible.  The most important thing we can do is to bring the conversation of racial equality home and continue to educate what our place is in this movement.  Our organization will provide educational pamphlets and resources to aid in these conversations.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: How can people get involved and contribute to your organization?

NeverAgain4BLM: Please find us on Facebook ,Instagram, and Twitter @NeverAgain4BLM. We plan to continue supporting the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. We are not accepting funds, but encouraging our followers to donate to blackvotesmatterfund.orgnationalfairhousing.orgnationalbailout.org and LGBTQfund.org.


Meet Gabriel Kerr, Rock’n Robin Productions producer in New York City | LookWeAreIncluded.com

When an opportunity arises, don’t wait for them to come to you, go get it. – Gabriel Kerr


Gabriel Kerr, a producer for Rock’n Robin Productions, is an Emma Bowen Foundation alumnus and millennial creative who understands the power behind the lens.

Kerr, who’s based in New York City, travels around the world to film special projects and works with a unique team highlighting untold stories.

The Columbia University graduate received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies and interned for a television series for four years under the EBF program. His early success prepared him for late nights and early mornings – the typical, nontraditional schedule of professionals in the media industry.

As a producer for Rock’n Robin Productions, a company founded by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, Kerr carries an idea from development to ideation.  After obtaining a ‘green-light’ from his superiors, he proceeds through the production phase to bring the project to life.

IMG_2490 During a Skype interview, Kerr explains everyday is different. The skills from his undergraduate program and internship developed the confidence and techniques he needed to succeed in his producer role.

A typical day in the field includes shooting video, editing, conducting interviews and reviewing media assets with his team.

“It’s a mix of documentary and news [and] it’s about hearing everyone’s story. ‘I’m very visual,” said Kerr.  “I [also] want more Black and brown projects, I want to see all of that out here.

Kerr recalls landing his first job in television. He created social media pages for the brand, positioned himself as a ‘solution’ for media organizations and marketed his work accordingly.  In journalism, the role of a producer can vary whether it’s supporting digital or broadcast projects, or working in the field coordinating talent. The opportunities are endless; it’s up to us to find them.

Remember, at the end of the day, we are all human and we are all here for a purpose. We should be able to work together and find commonality.” -Kerr


Q&A with Gabriel Kerr 

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Gabriel, as a producer for Rock’n Robin Productions Company how are you able to use your creative license? How are you able to take these ideas with your team and turn them into stories people can [truly] see?

Gabriel Kerr: Here’s a perfect example I can share. There’s a digital series now in its third season. It’s called ‘Thriver Thursday.’ You’re learning people’s stories at their lowest point. I’m a supervising producer in that series.. [and] what we’ve seen in that series [the team] has built this to spotlight each individual.

Watch Kerr featured behind the scenes of ‘Thriver Thursday’

‘Thriver Thursday’ is described as an initiative that spotlights “thrivers” – people who persevere, achieve their goals and even surpass them despite life-altering circumstances. This includes people who have experienced a catastrophic diagnosis, unexpected loss, divorce, and personal betrayal. These are the people who were dealt a choice and they chose to thrive, according to Thriver Thursday.com 

LookWeAreIncluded.com:  What skills do younger journalists need to be good storytellers?

Gabriel Kerr: Curiosity first. As a journalist, never be afraid to ask a question or shy away from something you need to know. If you feel like it’s something pertinent to your story, find the artful of way of getting the information so it’s hit’s your point[s]. You should almost know without specific details how you want your piece to formulate in your head. You never want to not be prepared.

IMG_0753LookWeAreIncluded.com: How were you able to build relationships and a community of strong mentors?

Gabriel Kerr:  Work ethic.  I like to consider myself personable – someone who will talk to you, and actually listen about what you are saying. We are humans first and we’re all working together on a common goal.

LookWeAreIncluded.com:  If you could say one thing to your younger self, let’s say age 22, what would it be?

Gabriel Kerr: You’ll be okay. Believe in yourself. I would tell myself to continue to learn being a life long learner. It’s how we all can grow and expand.

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A message from Alabama dads to their sons: ‘Black fathers are present’ | LookWeAreIncluded.com

Dear Alvin, “Do justly, to love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” -Dad

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By: Allison Sanders, Educator and Digital Contributor

A message from Alabama fathers to their black son(s).

“Most black kids are not fatherless,” said Josh Levs in a 2016 HuffPost article.

Dear Black Son,

Dear Shaun, “Believe God’s process.” -Dad

Fatherhood exists in Black communities. Black father figures are not extinct, and they love and value their children. Employment obligations nor life’s challenges derail Black fathers from their paternal relationships or responsibilities. These men embrace their role with pride.

Many African-American fathers have high expectations and help cultivate the character, intellect, spirit, and physical abilities of their sons. These fathers know and understand what it is to be a man, and more importantly, what it means to be a Black man.

An even more frightening concept is the idea of being a Black man in America. Men have concerns of inferiority, being viewed as a threat and, what we’ve seen over the past month, experiences of police brutality.

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The current tragedies that Black parents of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others have faced have resurfaced concerns, even fears. The heart-wrenching cries of their parents compel us to embrace our sons and daughters tighter. These familiar and realistic horror tales demand us to refocus and relight the path of progress that has been long abandoned. We are now, more than ever, determined to enforce change.

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Black fathers understand that if their sons are to be resilient when the demands of life meet them, it is very important for them to build within them the foundation of security, self worth, and fortitude, especially in a nation that appears to exhibit resistance to the peace and success of Black men.

Dear Joshua, Don’t be afraid to lead.

African-American fathers bring knowledge and wisdom to the table, and feed their sons with strength (sustenance) necessary to push through racial profiling, character assassination, limited opportunities, disdain, unfair policies, inequality, false accusations, and other racist actions that can determine the life or death of a Black man. All of the aforementioned stem from misconceptions.
One familiar misconception is the ‘absent black father’. The torch of African- American fatherhood is too often dimmed because of this ongoing myth, which continues to persist even among those in the African-American community, despite the overlooked fathers in our churches, workplaces and schools.

“Fatherlessness is not defined by living arrangement,” said Saeed Richardson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waukegan.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report, ‘Fathers’ Involvement with Their Children’, shows the majority of Black fathers live with their children (2.5 million versus 1.7 million who do not).

The report further stated that whether living in the same home or not, Black fathers are the most involved of ALL primary recorded race and ethnic groups. African-American fathers who live with their children are actually the most involved fathers of ALL, on average, a CDC study found.

Why is it important for a father to be involved in his son’s life?

It is simple. Although the love of mothers is widely celebrated, there are numerous benefits of fatherhood that are overlooked and downplayed. According to various studies, a few benefits of fatherhood include:

(The Fatherhood Project, 2015; Department of Health & Human Services; Children’s Bureau, 2017)

  • Promotes social and language skills
  • Supports greater academic success
  • Encourages self-control and better conduct
  • Fosters emotional development
  • Leads to positive self esteem
  • Teaches how to deal with stress
  • Reduces depression
  • Promotes more exploratory, independent behavior

Though the presence of African-American fathers is undermined, it is evident that the ‘engaged Black father’ is not a myth, but a reality.  Black fathers who accept the commitment of parenting build community through their efforts, thereby developing a productive, stable, healthy, confident, and competent generation of men.

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How does tear gas affect your lungs? | Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos Johns Hopkins Medicine explains

Contributor: Brian H. Waters (@Brianhwaters)

As thousands of people participate in protests for social justice reform around the world, another critical conversation has surfaced surrounding tear gas and its affects on the respiratory system.

In reference to the unjust deaths of #GeorgeFloyd, #AhmaudArbery and #BreonnaTaylor, protestors are chanting for change in the midst of a pandemic, while also being sprayed by law enforcers with tear gas.

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Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos of Johns Hopkins Medicine explains the affects of the chemical weapon and methods of prevention to ensure safety.

“As a lung doctor.. it’s good to see a lot of the protestors wear masks..recognizing the pandemic is still present, but those masks are not going to prevent the particles of tear gas from getting in their respiratory system,” said Galiatsatos.

According to the CDC, riot control agents, often referred to as tear gas, are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.


No one is exempt from tear gas, whether you are a participant or a journalist reporting the news. One journalist who was reporting from a sidewalk while covering the protests shared his experience about the uncontrollable burning.

It’s a burning that you cannot control. It’s not only in your eyes. I inhaled the tear gas and could not breathe. You’re gasping for your breath, and no matter what you do, you’re still choking.

Galiatsatos notes the distance between a person and the tear gas can determine the short-long term effects. For example, some symptoms may include a cough, shortness of breath and watery eyes. Long-term effects of tear gas are determined by a person’s pre-existing health conditions.

These symptoms serve as the body’s defense mechanism to keep the chemical from entering your blood stream. 

The combination of COVID-19 and tear gas can affect the respiratory system, but recovery is still attainable.

“At this moment, we need to come together for a moral and ethical cause. I would recommend [to] keep in mind we are still in a pandemic.”

Galiatsatos recommends these safety precautions to protestors:

  • Always wear a face mask
  • Take hand sanitizer with you to keep your hands clean
  • Remain socially distant as much as possible
  • Use signs to keep voice tone at a moderate level

If you would like to connect with Dr. Galiatsatos, please reach out to him via twitter @panagis21.

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Alabama dad raises up to $1,000 in 24 hours for single moms during National Pandemic | LookWeAreIncluded.com

Please Donate HERE via Cash App: $inglemomcovid19

A Fairfield native is bringing hope to single mothers in his community after starting a fundraiser to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Omar Young, a Miles College graduate is the creator-founder of the COVID-19 Single Mom Stimulus’ Program and community changer. In addition to his new initiative, Young also started ‘My Sweetheart Bakery’ right in his hometown and coaches youth football to mentor young men in the Birmingham area.

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Omar Young, Ramsay High School rising Senior pictured with his dad (Omar Young Senior) after a football game.

“Covid-19 Single Mom Stimulus From the Fellas, was something started from a need. Dr. AG Gaston stated, “find a need and fill it.” So, we hope to fill that need. I’ve watched so many single moms struggle whole times were well, I knew these times would bring more strife. I wanted to figure out how we can minimize those burdens. I have friends that are single moms and I hear what they are facing. I have friends and their moms were single parents, I hear their stories,” Omar told LookWeAreIncluded.com.

On Tuesday April 7, around 11: 23 a.m. Young posted his idea on Facebook letting his followers know that some children in the area were going hungry, due to job cuts from the national crisis. “It’s some single moms out here struggling right now and don’t know which way to turn,” Omar wrote on Facebook so he asked how many people would be willing to help turn this situation around.

He proposed his Facebook friends to give a maximum of $5 a month to the $inglemomcovid19 (Cash App) account and single mothers would be chosen by a raffle  give-a-way on Facebook live.

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Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 2.56.47 PMOnce the post went public, over 100 people commented on his Facebook post and donations started rolling in.

This good deed spread like wildfire with more people in the community wanting to help and single- mother’s receiving random acts of kindness.

“I feel so blessed thank you,” Shun Blackgirl Davis wrote on Facebook.

Please Donate HERE via Cash App: $inglemomcovid19

“Ultimately, the kid is the one who really suffer. I saw the food banks and everything, but I wanted them to have money in hand to choose to their liking. And Covid 19 Single Mom Stimulus was birthed,” Omar Young told LookWeAreIncluded.com

If you would like to contribute via cash app here is the name: $inglemomcovid19 and for more ways you can help please reach out to Omar Young through Facebook Book: HERE

Do you have a story in your community that needs to heard? Is someone in your community making a difference? Please contact us and let us know.



BUY NOW: California woman creates natural hair growth product to combat hair loss |Underneath the Make Up

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A mother of five based in California has found a new way to out smart hair loss. 
Angie Hankerson, CEO-Founder of Underneath The Makeup has taken her personal journey and created a BOOMING business. Underneath The Makeup sells body butters, body scrubs, hair growth oil and natural edge control for all ages and genders to enjoy. 
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In October of 2019, this CEO started her business after suffering hair loss due to stress. “I’ve suffered personal hair loss, as well as skin problems. I’ve had some problems with hair growth acne and after many unsuccessful trips the dermatologist I decided [to try] something all natural. My hair loss was due to stress,” Hankerson said.
Hankerson LookWeAreIncluded.com that her daughter received an allergic reaction to synthetic hair and lost her edges. This incident propelled, Hankerson to create an oil that has restored her hair.
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Now- the subject of hair growth runs deep for CEO Angie. ‘Our hair is our crown,’ she told LookWeAreincluded.com. At three-year-old her granddaughter was diagnosed with capitis, a disease caused by superficial fungal infection of the skin of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, with a propensity for attacking hair shafts and follicles. “[My granddaughter] had big ball spots throughout her head and now [her] hair is growing where it was once bald.

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PhotoGrid_1583295985614Angie told us she had to do something about this; therefore she started doing her research and mixing different products until she found the right solution. As a 20 year veteran in the medical profession, she experimented for over a year and a half before she went public.

CEO Angie has attended some big events including, All Star weekend in Chicago and plans on attending many more. “I was also given the opportunity to be a part of the swag bags for the Tyler Perry oval office event in Los Angeles,” Hankerson told us.
My target audience is anyone who’s having problems with [hair growth]. Including anyone who would like healthy [and] stronger hair. I [make] all natural hair and skin products, I also [ provide] healthy hair tips on my blog.
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Q & A with CEO Angie Hankerson
LookWeAreIncluded.com: Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
CEO Angie: 
  • 3 years – A successful business
  • 5 years I would like to help children with Alopecia and help cancer patients who are in remission

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LookWeAreIncluded.com:How long does it take to make my product?
IMG_20191016_202555_154CEO Angie: It takes 4 to 6 weeks to make the actual head with oil
LookWeAreIncluded.com:Why does your hair product work ?
CEO Angie: I believe my products work because of the all natural herbs and oils that I use and these hands have been blessed by the best. Plus I’m living proff. I wouldn’t really say there was an error using or making the products they just took longer for the process to happen the way i wanted it until I added other ingredients I just learned how to speed up the process after the 3rd or 4th try.
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Baltimore: Coppin State University graduate hosts ‘The Product Swap’ in April to engage new influencers


IMG_5100One Coppin State University grad is creating change within the city of Baltimore by hosting ‘The Product Swap’ for new creatives to mix and mingle by exchanging products from around the world.

Jasmin Smith, CEO-Founder of TinyAllure LLC is hosting her 4th Annual Natural Hair Care Forum  “The Product Swap” on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the The StartUp Nest 1401 Severn Street in Baltimore, MD 21230.


The 4th Annual Natural Hair Care Forum  “The Product Swap” is an event for women and men to learn more about their hair, present new products (shea butters, lip gloss, oils, etc.)  and engage in a LIVE panel discussion with a professional barber.


Men: Do you have beards? Women: Are you looking for the next best product to maintain and/or grow your hair?


This family-friendly event also allows new vendors to join them each year. The deadline to become a vendor is March 20th, 2020 and the fee is $55.

SPACE IS LIMITED – To become a vendor or send your products to the 4th Annual Natural Hair Care Forum  “The Product Swap”  Email: theproductswap@gmail.com

IMG_2759Smith, a Coppin State University  graduate, majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. As an esteemed member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. she told LookWeAreincluded.com that community service is in her blood. “Back in college I was known as Jay the AKA because I traveled to every HBCU college campus. I am the first person to attend and graduate from college in my immediate family.”

She likes to call herself a ‘workprener’, which means Smith works a 9-5 and does her passion after business hours. With only 24 hours in a day this HBCU grad is making her mark and plans to host more events for creatives in the future.

“We have attended Curlfest in Brooklyn, New York, Curls Essential, and Baltimore Curlfriends Meetup Media. In the future, I would like to attend the Black Girls Rock and Essence Festival,” Smith told LookWeAreincluded.com

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Q&A Time: CEO Jasmin is also a member a group chat for Baltimore Young Professionals and prides herself on creating innovative events for people to enjoy. 

Now, there are levels a.k.a. requirements to be apart of  the 4th Annual Natural Hair Care Forum  “The Product Swap” so LookWeAreIncluded.com had a Q&A with CEO Jasmin Smith so you can be properly prepared before purchasing your TICKET.  And vendors, below you can learn how to send your products to the event and become apart of her event list.


LookWeAreIncluded.com: If I want to be a vendor or if I’m out of state how can I send you products? How can I have my items included in your ‘SWAG BAG’?

CEO Jasmin Smith: Email: theproductswap@gmail.com

LookWeAreIncluded.com: How does this event work? When someone walks in the door, what should they expect?

CEO Jasmin Smith: [Once attendees] walk in, [they] are prompted to put their products [they would like] to swap on the swapping table. [Attendees] are then asked to take seats, the live panel begins and [people] are able to ask questions. After the panel is done [people] are able to shop for products for free and shop with our LIVE vendors.

  • During this event people can expect to learn what hair and beard care products to purchase in the future. Attendees, can also expect live demos on product usage for hair and beard care.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What are some upcoming projects you are working on that your followers need to be aware of?

CEO Jasmin Smith: We currently formulate and sell whipped body butter. We are adding soap to our list soon.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What are your goals Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? 

CEO Jasmin Smith: The overall vision and goal for my company is to have The Product Swap hosted in all major cities annually. I would like to grow a team to host these events with.  In 3-5 years I do see The Product Swap at least happening again in DC and hosting one event in New York. For my personal brand I would like to formulate more and continue to gain clients who are interested in having their own product line.



David Pierce, aspiring journalist creates ‘The Intellekt’ YouTube series while searching for a job in television

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One young man from Chicago is being a true ‘community journalist’ while continuing his hunt for a job in television.

David Pierce, (‘Dave Fly P‘) a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the creator, Executive Producer and host of ‘The Intellekt’, a new social media show sparking millennial minds all over the world. With so many young adults gathering their news from social media, Pierce decided this was an opportunity for him to educate his peers.

Fun Fact about ‘Dave Fly P’ was initiated in the “Greater” Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi while in college. 

“I know people my age don’t really watch the news, so I wanted to bridge that gap by providing something insightful, but entertaining at the same time,” Pierce told us. “I make ‘The Intellekt’ available to everyone [and] each episode has its own lesson, so people [can] think to themselves “WOW, I never thought about it like that…” Hence, the name The Intellekt. 

If you would like to connect with David Pierce please email TheIntellekt@gmail.com or follow his show on Instagram: @theintellektshow

IMG_4233When it comes to finding stories to cover, Pierce searches everywhere. In Chicago, he goes through social media flyers, community events and even talks to the people in surrounding neighborhoods. He told LookWeAreIncluded.com,  he found out the largest Starbucks was going to be created right in his area just by walking to work. “There was a building being renovated for months on the next block from my job, it was big and white. It looked like some luxurious hotel. Turns out it was the World’s largest Starbucks being built. Without hesitation, I decided to cover the grand opening, because I knew it was going to be major!” Pierce told LookWeAreIncluded.com.

If you would like to connect with David Pierce please email TheIntellekt@gmail.com or follow his show on Instagram: @theintellektshow

IMG_4453‘The Intellekt” showcases a great number of interviews, whether it’s reactions from the public or a statement from an official. David told us he’s had his fair share of MOS (man on the street) interviews: “I have a small chat with people before asking to speak with me on camera. Just to break the ice… Then, I tell them who I am and what my platform is [about]. Some people are with it. Others refuse. But I don’t get upset. I keep the ball rolling and remember that there is always somebody else fit for my story. It’s always more wisdom to be captured.


So, where can you find ‘The Intellekt’ next?

  • NBA ALL-Access, which is a part of All-Star Weekend, ‘The All-Star Game’ is here in Chicago this year for the first time in 30 years.

What event would Pierce like to attend in the future?

“I would like to attend The National Association of Black Journalists. I love being around like-minded people like myself, so I can learn and grow as a storyteller. To be embraced and inspired by people just like me warms my heart. There’s a certain Charisma that we bring to TV that can’t be imitated,” Pierce told LookWeAreIncluded.com.”

Pierce, grew up with his mother and father always in support of his media dreams. He told us, his immediate family is pretty large. “My 5 siblings molded me into who I am today. I have 4 big brothers, the two oldest are twins, and 1 Sister, my twin,” Pierce said.

LookWeAreIncluded.com is getting known for their Q&A segment. Diving into the thoughts of our future leaders is critical. So, let’s take a look at what David told us offline. 

IMG_7858LookWeAreIncldued.com: What’s your ultimate dream?

David Pierce:  My dream is to be a Late Night TV Host. I love comedy and showing people a good time.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s your 3,5,10 year plan? LookWeAreIncluded.com loves to know the goals of each upcoming star they feature.

David Pierce:

  • 3 years from Now I see myself being a well-respected journalist. A lot of people will have caught on to the new lane in journalism that I am creating. Making valid points through facts, and satire.
  • In 5 years, I plan to have created some documentaries that are timeless. I really want to cover the Flint water Crisis. It’s something that seriously needs to be resolved. It would be timeless piece used to not repeat history and create a breakthrough that inspires change in other situations.
  • 10 years from now, I see myself leading a team of journalists and graphic designers to be creative with their storytelling and personality.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s your overall plan and vision for your show?

David Pierce: The plan for my show is to inspire the people age to be who they are and do what you love as a career. Don’t wait for the right time. Find a way to make your dreams work. I know my show isn’t your typical style of news, but it’s still educating and cool! My show is the start of being myself with my craft. Others should do the same. Free yourself, People!

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Who do you admire the most?

David Pierce: The woman I admire the most is my Mom! She so sweet and resilient, and hardworking most of all. She raised 5 of us who are only a few years apart. She made lunches, bathed us, dropped us off at school. All while still having to go to work. She made no excuses.



OfficialcallmeNEVI: Louisiana woman turns pain into motivating podcast, AND it’s HOT | LookWeAreIncluded.com


OfficialCallMeNevi is an upcoming social media influencer who has turned her life lessons into a profitable passion.

Nevi, based in Louisiana received her bachelors in Psychology and masters in Social Work. Now, Motivation + Real Talk = OfficialCallMeNevi’s podcast. Whether you watch her on Facebook or listen to her audio messages: You’re in for a vibrant and powerful message.

Want to Promote Your Brand on OfficialCallMeNevi’s platforms or book her for your next event? Email: officialcallmenevi@gmail.com

As the oldest of four sisters, Nevi took on a huge responsibility to ensure her sisters were taken care of after her parents got divorced when she was ten years old.  “When I became an adult I wanted to run far away from responsibility and that lead to my poor decision making and lack of accountability,” Nevi told LookWeAreIncluded.com.

Nevi told us how her old decision patterns landed her in this hospital in 2015 after she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart failure and Pulmonary Hypertension ..IMG_9384

“I got sick in 2015 from neglecting myself and not loving myself. I had to really get over myself and come to terms that I had been lying to myself about how I felt and how I let others treat me. I was in total denial and didn’t want to face my diagnosis.” 

Nevi told LookWeAreIncluded.com, she got professional help and it changed her mindset about life, and how she viewed herself. ” I also started putting action behind the words I was saying. I started thinking and acting in positive [way] and my life turned around,” Nevi said.


In August of 2019, that’s when she started her podcast: OfficialCallMeNevi, which is available on Apple, Spotify and Anchor. She discusses how to get over life’s challenges, how to change your mindset and mainly how to expect more than average from ourselves. And don’t worry, she also discusses relationships: Friendships and romantic ones.

And there’s MORE! 

In July of 2020, OfficialCallMeNevi will have a book project coming out and will be hosting speaking engagements. ” [ I want to] show others how to take responsibility and take accountability for their lives. Also [I] want to teach life skills to high school and college-age[d] students to prepare them for the world.

LookWeAreIncluded.com asked her where does she see herself in a few years? We love asking that question because when our guests become famous: We want to make sure you saw them first RIGHT here.

00C6FBA0-B82B-4C1B-B84D-84C4124E2D58LookWeAreIncluded.com: Nevi, what’s the BIG goal? Where do so yourself in a few years?

OfficialCallMeNevi: I see myself being my own boss running my own consulting firm. Also being a community leader running  my non profit where I can share education and resources with my community.

Now, LookWeAreIncluded.com can’t wait for you to check out her podcast. Make sure you follow her on Facebook and Instagram: Officialcallmenevi

If you would like to be featured on ‘LookWeAreIncluded.com’ please connect with us via out ‘Contact Us‘ section.

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CEO Anna Nuby, Memphis-podcast host launching new show in February adding counseling and flavor to put young adults on the right path

If you would like to book CEO Anna or be a guest in one of her shows please email: blackboxblog5051@gmail.com

A new Memphis-based podcast host is set to change the airwaves in February by mixing education, counseling and flavor to put young adults on the right path of success. 


Anna Nuby, originally from Flint, Michigan is launching a new show called ‘5051 The Podcast’ on Thursday, February 20th targeting young adults, and people who want to redefine their career and purpose. Nuby told LookWeAreIncluded.com, ‘5051 The Podcast’  is an extension of her online social media show called ‘Black Box Blog,’ which premiers weekly on Facebook Live. 

‘5051 The Podcast’ will be available on Apple, Spotify, Anchor, Breaker, Radiopublic and Pocketcast. 

Space is Limited: Advertise on her new podcast ‘5051 The Podcast’ or book CEO Anna  by emailing bookceoanna@gmail.com

Earlier years of Anna Nuby

Before traveling for shows and getting booked for speaking engagements, Nuby told LookWeAreIncluded.com her life wasn’t always easy.  In 2014, while attending college she was homeless, having financial hardship and going through a rough transition phase. After moving back with her mother in 2016, she re-named her show ‘Black Box Blog,’ from the previous name ‘Let Me Speak First’ in need of a fresh start. 

‘5051 The Podcast,’ is geared to reshape how young adults make decisions, in regard to parenting, relationships and the process of life. “The podcast is dedicated to self healing love and growth. Where the web series is more focused on community based [needs],” Nuby told LookWeAreIncluded.com.  ‘5051 The Podcast,’ is set to air four times a week and get her feet wet in producing and content writing. 

Space is Limited: Advertise on her new podcast ‘5051 The Podcast’ or book CEO Anna  by emailing bookceoanna@gmail.com

Nuby is well-known for her counseling sessions and membership programs with parents. As a graduate of Udemy, an online learning program she is certified as relationship facilitator, in the science of leadership and in the neuroscience for parents on how to raise children.

 ‘I want my audience to realize the power they have to create, change or manifest whatever they want in life as well as who they want to be. If they have faith believe in themselves and put the work in. When they listen to me, I want my audience to know [I] was in their shoes once and I know the road was hard, long, draining and discouraging. The fight to overcome and become everything you deserve to be in [this] lifetime is worth the scar you might endure during the battle to win the war,’ Nuby said. 

Nuby will also be the Keynote Speaker for the following events:

  • ‘The Best of Me Brunch’ featuring violinist Rosalind Denise Rodgers out of STL.
  • The experience with 3x author Jasmine Merril out of Kansas City, Kansas. 
  • The everlasting vibe showcase hosted with R12 ENT out of Memphis TN.

Space is Limited: Advertise on her new podcast ‘5051 The Podcast’ or book CEO Anna  by emailing bookceoanna@gmail.com

LookWeAreIncluded.com asked Ann Nuby a.k.a. CEO Anna a few questions offline and here’s what she had to say: 

Q: What media events would you like to attend in the future?

A: I would love to be a host on the best red carpet experience as well as the conference. Every day [I] work, I’m hoping to get into domestic violence shelter addiction clinics, highschools, and speak about coming out of a dark place finding and loving yourself while creating the lifestyle you want to love.


Q: Who do you all want to work with? List them all. 

A: Sister Circle TV, Breakfast Club, Ellen, Steve Harvey, Nick Cannon,The View, Dr. Phil, Derrick Grace, 19 Keyss’s, Lyanla Vanzet, Brink TV Wardskillz, The Carters, David Banner, Alex Elle, 50 Cent, Ryan s Harvey, Chance the Rapper, Eric Thomas, Kimberly Bryant, Whoopi Goldberg, Ice Cube, Yada The Herbalist,Tracee Ellis Ross, Daymond John,Les Brown, Tyler Perry, Taraj P Henson, Denzel Washiongton, AngelaBassett, Regina Hall, T.I, Little Wayne and Meek Mills.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 3 , 5, 10 years?

A: In three years I plan to have my own show on Sirius and traveling to do orientation for new students entering highschool and college, five years from now my oldest will be graduating and I hope that I’ll be a 4x published author gracing the NAACP awards as a nominee for my humanitarian work to the community and youth. Ten years from nowI plan to be running my own station on Sirius XM and have a live audience television show and building my very own network that employs black (minorities) interested in media radio and movie directing.

If you would like to book CEO Anna or be featured in one of her shows please email: blackboxblog5051@gmail.com

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Advertise on Christen Miller’s new podcast: 31 Blessons TODAY! Oh, and she’s a life coach

Become a Member of  31 Blessons Podcast: HERE 

Want to connect? Email: hopeandvisionoutreach@gmail.com

IMG_9117Christen Miller, CEO of Future Endeavors Life Program (FELP) and Hope and Vision Outreach is lead by two words: ministry and purpose. As the owner of two businesses and a community advocate she understands that hard work amounts to success, but how does she push through challenges when they arise?

Miller a life coach and an author wrote a book called ‘31 Blessons‘ (available now) taking readers on her journey from being a military brat, to 8.5 years of post secondary education, trials-tribulations, stepping out on faith from a 9-5 employee to now a successful entrepreneur of 5 years, according to her website HopeandVisionOutreach.com.

Miller’s weekly podcast, 31 Blessons has over 2,000 listeners from around the globe and her viewers love sending in questions. Whether it’s through Instagram, Facebook or emailing a topic, Miller is known for responding and helping others navigate through their journey.

As an educator, Miller understands that a positive influence can move people in the right direction. With her increasing brand, she wants to put the right people in front of her audience; therefore she is selecting a limited group of advertisers to partner with her during her podcast.

Would you like to advertise with 31 Blessons podcast? Email: hopeandvisionoutreach@gmail.com


As a community advocate, Miller’s organization, FELP, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization targets at risk and willing youth in the areas of education, basic life skills, entrepreneurship, community service, and mental health. This is another avenue, where Miller uses her gifts and talents to develop the next generation. 

In addition to her current roles, Miller partners with a local North Carolina School system and gets booked for speaking engagements.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak to youth in public school systems as well as my Alma Mater Fayetteville State University with their programs for youth during the summer. I also had the opportunity to speak and teach at the Black Communities Symposium. Speaking with the youth allowed me to continue being of service to my community as well as igniting a fire within youth that come from low poverty areas. At the Black Communities Symposium, I was able to hold a nonprofit consulting class to those that were interested in which allowed them to ask questions and also learn how to develop their own nonprofit hands on. In the near future, I will go on book tours and conduct hands on self-help workshops,” Miller told LookWeAreIncluded.com 

Miller and her company offers the following services: 

  • Offer Advertisements Spots on her 31 Blessons Podcast
  • Public Speaking Engagements 
  • Assist people starting LLC’s
  • Assist with people starting Non-profit organizations 
  • Want to publish a book? She offers an ‘Author Publishing Course’
  • Counsel-Career Coaching 

Want to connect? Email: hopeandvisionoutreach@gmail.com

LookWeAreIncluded.com knows our readers love the Q&A segment, so we chatted with Christen Miller about how prospective members can sign up for her counseling services and/or become an advertisers with her? 


LookWeAreIncluded.com: What does your membership include? 

Christen Miller: [Please] go to our website www.hopeandvisionoutreach.com and schedule a 30-minute consultation call for [only] $30.

  • Basic membership – 3 Months
  • Intermediate Membership– 6 months
  • All Inclusive Membership: 12 months

Online Course: We teach 8 session courses to individuals that desire to become a nonprofit consulting owner of their own company and make at least $500+ extra a month.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Who is your target audience? 

Christen Miller: My target audience [are people] that have a desire to improve and enhance the quality of life of those in their communities and around the world. [Hope and Vision Outreach] offer counseling, coaching, and consulting specializing in nonprofit startups. The counseling is used as a tool to help provide assistance with understanding who you are, what your interested in doing and how to proceed. Once we have painted that picture, we utilize the coaching to help develop clear concise methods to reach your goals. Lastly, the consulting is used as an activation method to help implement new innovations for your nonprofit organization.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What would you like prospective members to know about your companies? 

Christen Miller: We are not only a coaching, counseling, consulting company but we are also podcast show host that inspire many to be mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally whole. Our podcast can be found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcast, and Overcast 31 Blessons: Heyyy Sis every Monday. We also conduct speaking engagements as well as hands on workshops consisting of group/art therapy as well as prepare course curriculum utilizing our book 31 Blessons.

If you would like to reach out to Christen Miller, please email: hopeandvisionoutreach@gmail.com


‘Red Spade’, DMV music artist | The story behind the beats -LookWeAreIncluded.com

‘Red Spade’ –real name Vincent Wilson is sparking attention across social media.

Red Spade, originally from Wilmington, Delaware wants people to know that “The world won’t feel you if you don’t feel yourself first.”

After graduating high school from St.Georges, he enrolled at the University of Delaware, but later transferred to Del-Tech. Red Spade tells us his family supported him through college, in addition to working two full-time jobs while juggling his music career. He majored in Exercise Science, the study of the bodily movements that contribute to human fitness, holistic wellness and longevity, but that didn’t last long.

LookWeAreIncluded.com asked Red Spade: With everything you were working towards why did you stop attending college? 

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“I just lost interest…plain and simple. A close friend of mine, Tre passed away while I was early into college. This made me think deep on what I really wanted out of life and what I was doing for myself. I decided on music because it was something that was always a part of my life, but decided to build my brand because I didn’t want to be just another guy making music. I had a bigger picture in mind. As I went through college building things up as well as performing while still doing classes, I figured things out by the time I graduated. I wanted to drop out multiple times, but my Mom spoke to me and asked me “what is your plan” and that’s what kept me in college.” Spade told LookWeAreIncluded.com


Last year, he performed at the University of Delaware and had quite the crowd. “It was a great time and it actually was the first time I had a crowd know and sing the words to my song “Yeah Im Poppin”, which is on all streaming platforms and on YouTube as well. I didn’t even have to say some of the lyrics myself. I still get excited when I think about it,” Red Spade told us.

This cell phone video was provided by Red Spade | LookWeAreIncluded.com did not take this video 

“When people listen to my music I want them to feel that I stand out. I want them to realize that I feel completely comfortable having my own lane and creating my own wave while building my brand and legacy. My music is fun and I want others to have fun with majority of my music but I also want people to be able to stop and think on what I’m really saying,” Red Spade told LookWeAreIncluded.com”


Red Spade influences a great number of people and with so much responsibility LookWeAreIncluded.com wanted to know how does your music stand out from other artists? 

Juneteenth Photo“I’m trying my best to bring back a feeling I used to get when I heard my favorite songs when I was younger. My music doesn’t glorify violence. but it does glorify being different and making yourself into your own boss. I understand that music is a reflection of some people’s environments and I don’t frown upon it at all. I reflect on a lot of the people I’m close to and their lives. The issue that I want to address is how a lot of music is viewed as similar. I want to raise the bar for music the best way I can and create and or recreate something that can be viewed as dope, different and prolific. When people hear my music or see me perform I want it remembered and not seen as another song that just played.”

Make sure you follow Red Spade on Social Media!

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Would you call yourself the creative producer behind your music videos or do you have a team for that?

Red Spade: When I do my music videos I have a concept and idea already in mind. I like 6B5348B0-36E5-45B5-9EFD-1CE9804C2B2Bto collaborate with the videographer and bounce ideas off one another to make a smoother process as well as potentially build off new ideas that are brought up. Initially I am the creative producer but by the end of the shoot it is teamwork between myself and the videographer for all my videos as co-directors.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: How do you plan to make a difference with your music?

Red Spade: I have a very positive outlook on life. A lot of people have and still do come to me for advice or tell me that they look up to me simply based off of the work I have put in and the quality that I put out. I want nothing but good energy when it comes to my brand. I want people to feel safe when they listen to me. I want people to feel motivated to go out and be the best them possible in the most positive way while still keeping their own integrity. As my brand grows I want to effect the youth as well as those who guide the youth with and without my music. Leading by example has always been a strong area of mine and I plan to use that in multiple ways as I grow.





5 Ways to Present Your Best (Virtual) Self: Tools and tips to perfect your home studio or office

(As written by Lyndsay Christian for Medium.com

We all are in the same boat — using virtual platforms to communicate with our colleagues, peers, friends and family. Whether you’re ‘Zoom-ing’ or ‘Microsoft Teams-ing,’ the experience has shifted for everyone to what is considered the new normal. In that regard, until we are back in-office, in-studio, in-classroom, etc, it’s important to present our best selves, virtually because you never know who’s on the other end watching.

As a media host, I have facilitated a 3-day conference, book launch, taught webinars and have spoken on panels — all from the comfort of home. But, I’m reminded not to get too comfortable and to strive for excellence and professionalism at all times.

There are (free!) resources and tools at our disposal. Here are some tips I’ve learned from trial and error. Remember, you are your brand, so your virtual presence should reflect and represent it.

Teaching Associated Press (AP) style writing webinar via Zoom for aspiring, new and veteran journalists as a guest instructor. In this case, I’m using two ring lights. (Photo: Pope Productions)

Visual appeal.

Make a strong first impression when you show-up, er, log-in to your team meeting or event. I’d recommend using a computer or laptop, a stable device that can be placed on a flat surface, for balance and steadiness. Also, keep in mind most platforms prefer you use a PC or laptop anyway, when possible, for an optimal, user-friendly experience.

Most devices have a built-in camera, but if you want to enhance the visual experience, invest in a webcam. It will offer a wider angle, crisper image in HD and brighter lighting.

Some platforms offer options to change your background. If appropriate, and depending on the occasion, select a fun virtual background to add flair to your video. You can also purchase a green screen or fabric to erect as a backdrop to add variety to your at-home studio look.

Do you see that red or green light flashing on your computer? Hel-lo! That’s your cue that the camera is on. Look directly into that light, not at the people on your screen! Also, position the camera so that it’s eye level, not below your chin. Your audience doesn’t want to see up your nose.

Cheat sheet.

Type your notes in advance. For large-scale events with a longer program, follow a script or run of show. You’ll appear prepared and professional. I also recommend scripting because it helps you stay on track in the event of a tech snaffu or disconnection; it’s easier to pick-up where you left off and you won’t get distracted. Use Power Point or Google slides if it helps to get your point across, visually.

If you want to take it to the next level, use a teleprompter app. It will be tremendously helpful especially if you have a lot of content to present. You can download it to a phone or tablet, and prop those devices behind the computer monitor screen. You’ll look like a pro.

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Facebook Live with LookWeAreIncluded.com Founder, Kamara Daughtry. 

The sun is our friend, so are ring lights.

Don’t sit with your back against the window. You’ll appear back-lit with a not-so-flattering shadow. Set-up your computer so that you’re facing the window. Natural light is your best friend, but add a ring light to the mix and your life will change forever! No matter the time of day, you’re always well-lit when you use a ring light. What I love about the one I purchased is that it has two stands — one for desktop use and one that extends up to 5.5 feet high for standing activities (i.e. stand-ups, special tapings, etc). The light has several settings that offer a variety of options and looks. It includes a cell phone holder, too, which is ideal for Facebook or Instagram Lives.

Practice makes perfect.

I do test Zoom calls with myself to check my camera angle, audio and appearance. (I log-in on my Mac and join the meeting from my iPhone — sounds weird, but it works!). This allows you to test all angles. You can also run a test call with a friend or colleague, too, before you go ‘live.’ In some cases, clients have requested tech rehearsals in advance of a major event to insure everything runs smoothly. This allows us to work out kinks and test out devices prior.

Top photo: Introducing Activist Tamika D. Mallory as a keynote speaker for the Essence of a Boss 3-Day Virtual Expo. (Photo: Essence of a Boss/Tene Nicole PR) Bottom photos: Behind the scenes home set-up: ring light, books to elevate laptop so that it’s eye level and a backdrop to add personality. This expo was hosted via Accelevents. (Photos: Moi)

 Mic check, 1, 2.

If you’re using the built-in microphone on your device, okay, that’s fine, but don’t sit a football field’s length away from it. Sit within a foot and a half’s distance so that it captures your voice. I’ve found that using a lapel microphone adds professionalism and crispness to the audio. You can also use AirPods or headphones (with a microphone) to capture your best audio.

When you speak, allow a few seconds for your words to register. There’s a slight delay and lapse when dealing with technology, so keep that in mind when presenting. And, wait a few seconds for your colleague to complete their thought before responding. It’s all in timing.

Now that you’re equipped with a few tips, you can elevate your virtual game and presence, and wow your team on the next Zoom call. Remember, virtual impressions and experiences are just as important, so let’s treat them that way.