Benedict College President ensures over 120 students arrive home safely during COVID-19 pandemic

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One Historically Black-College President ensured over 120 student arrived home safely during the unexpected Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, the first-female President of Benedict College in Colombia, South Carolina made a public statement on Facebook about the financial support from alumnus, the Columbia Chapter of the Links, Inc. and the Benedict College Board of Trustees that made the traveling accommodations much more smoother for her students.

“We provided luggage, money for gas, paid for bags and provided cash for food while traveling to our neediest students. Benedict ran 24-hour shuttle service to Charleston, Charlotte, and Columbia airports as well as to the train station and the bus depot, regardless of whether we purchased the ticket or the students booked themselves. We have transported belongings to storage facilities for students and assisted with boxes etc. for students to pack and store their items. In short, we have done everything we could think of to make a terrible situation a little less terrible for our students,” Dr. Artis wrote on her Facebook page.

Nearly 90 airline tickets (domestic and international),  4 train tickets purchased and 5 bus tickets for students. In addition, One Trustee member personally booked over 45 plane tickets, according to Dr. Artis’s Facebook page. 

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis Facebook Statement: 
As everyone knows, Benedict College will follow the order issued by the SC Governor, closing all public colleges and Universities in SC. The public/private distinction is irrelevant with the safety of our students, staff and faculty at stake. Therefore, on Sunday I notified the campus community that we would be closing the campus today at 5pm.
Recognizing the extreme financial hardship this would be for many of our students and families, I reached out to the Benedict College Board of Trustees for help, and they delivered in a mighty way! Due to the personal and collective generosity of our Trustees, and a generous donation from the Columbia Chapter of the Links, Inc., Benedict was able to offer emergency travel assistance for students with no resources to get home. In total, Benedict College was able to provide travel assistance to more than 120 students. We booked nearly 90 airline tickets (domestic and international), purchased 4 train tickets and 5 bus tickets for students. One of my Trustees personally booked over 45 plane tickets!
We provided luggage, money for gas, paid for bags and provided cash for food while traveling to our neediest students. Benedict ran 24-hour shuttle service to Charleston, Charlotte, and Columbia airports as well as to the train station and the bus depot, regardless of whether we purchased the ticket or the students booked themselves. We have transported belongings to storage facilities for students and assisted with boxes etc. for students to pack and store their items. In short, we have done everything we could think of to make a terrible situation a little less terrible for our students.
The transportation, housing, facilities, athletics, campus safety, retention, IT, student health center, HR, finance, academic, student services and administrative teams have worked non-stop for the last 48-72 hours to assist and care for our students. We are far from perfect, we made mistakes, and in hindsight, could have done some things differently. After all, we are human beings who were faced with an unprecedented crisis. However, every decision made, every dollar donated, every message drafted, every call made and every meeting held, were done with our students, staff and faculty and their well-being in mind.
I pray for God’s grace, mercy and protection over the entirety of the BC Family and hope that we can re-open the Benedict Campus very soon. A College campus isn’t a campus without it’s students…I miss you already. I hope to see you again soon – especially my Seniors who are praying for an “on-time” commencement!
I am proud to lead an institution where a Board of Trustees demonstrates its commitment to students by contributing their personal financial resources to support our vulnerable students in a crisis. I am proud of our faculty for transitioning to online delivery practically overnight. I am proud of a staff that works non-stop to care for our students. I am proud of the calls and emails and texts I’ve received from Alumni and community members offering their support. That is what attending an HBCU is all about. We are #HBCUStrong! We are #TheBESTofBC!


VIDEO: New skincare line for acne sparks attention on social media | NaturalKaqs

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image14A young CEO is sparking attention on social media after her skincare line is helping people change their attitude about acne.

Quinnesha Nicholson, CEO and Creator of Naturalkaqs is a self-made mixologist in natural skincare products after learning she had a chronic illness that changed her life.

Nicholson, a patient safety analyzer based in Virginia started Naturalkaqs, in January of 2019, to bring more awareness to acne and skin conditions around the world. Now, three of LookWeAreIncluded.com’s contributors know first hand: Skin problems are something people try to hide.  But acne (and other skin conditions) can be severe if the proper medication and/or skincare product isn’t used.

That’s why we wanted to share Naturalkaqs, as a resource for people to share their story and try their products. 

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I have dealt with acne all my whole life, and I’ve always wanted clear skin, free of acne. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 14 and that is when I felt like acne in a sense took over my life. Medications caused rashes, extreme break outs, etc. & I just hated buying tons of skincare products, she told LookWeAreincluded.com 

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Nicholson attributes her success to humble beginnings by being raised by her aunt and grandmother with her older sibling also in the household. “My family history isn’t your most ideal family history, but I always made the best with what was given in life,” she told LookWeAreIncluded.com. 

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Q&A Time: LookWeAreIncluded.com talked with CEO Quinnesha Nicholson offline to understand her brand and movement for healthy skin and here’s what she told us!

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s your most popular product?

Screen Shot 2020-03-16 at 7.38.17 PMCEO Nicholson: My most popular selling product is my washbar “K-Oats” 

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Why are natural products so important to your skin?  

CEO Nicholson: Natural ingredient products, are important to me, because I always want to give my skin the best cleanse I possibly can, Did you know 60% of what you put on your body, goes into your blood stream. In with having Crohn’s I don’t want put tons of toxic soaps or heavily fragranced lotion on my skin.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: How do you know the right products to mix/put together for a good combination? 

CEO Nicholson: A LOT! of trial and error, testing and patience’s. I knew with my body butter I didn’t want an oily, runny body butter so I watched many videos and ran multiple trials of melting my body butter and adding in my extra oils. An with my washbars I knew wanted to give a good lather & moisturizer when washing your face so I incorporated natural ingredients that are good for that such as (sweet almond oil). I knew what I liked in certain skincare items from buying so many different skincare products, I used that knowledge and applied it to my products.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What do you want people to know most about your business? 

CEO Nicholson: My business is more than just a skincare line, I want customers to know that acne is  normal everyone gets it but they don’t have to hide their reality, I want customer to work through their acne, while showing us and others reality, their reality.    Customers who want to support my business, can do the easiest thing outside of purchasing my products, which is spread the word and the experience they had with my brand as well as leave reviews on my website.


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One Georgia Peach is helping people travel the world while becoming a thriving entrepreneur with over $100,000 in sales for 2019.

ImageMarissa Daniels, Chief Executive Officer of Spread Your Wings Travel  has made it her mission to bring people out of their comfort zone.  Daniels, a native from Snellville, Georgia and graduate of Valdosta State University understands the importance of ‘traveling outside your norm.’ She started her company in 2019 and is known for giving her clients a REASONABLE vacation price while having a great time.

“I wanted an extra source of income just to have an extra cushion. I did mystery shopping, taking surveys online, driving for Postmates and DoorDash, worked at a grocery store, anything I could find for extra money. I also participate in Brand Ambassador events as well. But those things didn’t fulfill me. I was just doing them to get extra money, but it didn’t have a purpose and it wasn’t paying me as much as I wanted, so I stopped it all and just gave it to God. I let Him handle it. Plus, my routine at home had become mundane, and I needed some excitement.

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Image-3Hearing her story LookWeAreIncluded.com reached out to CEO Marissa Daniels to understand WHY this is so important to her and how she is getting so much recognition? “I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and one of our core values is community service. I consider this community service, granted I’m getting paid for it, but I’m still offering a service that is helping people find the best deal for their desired vacation,” Daniels told LookWeAreIncluded.com’s staff. 

Daniels really wants to target millennials who want to travel at REASONABLE price and she provides easy payment plans. “I have clients who are older, but 90% of my audience are between the ages of 20-35. I offer all-inclusive vacations (flight and all inclusive resort), domestic travel, international travel, cruises, luxury villas, cabins, hotels, and group travel. I also help people become travel agents! I have about 20 mentees who now have their own travel agency and it’s a blessing that I was able to introduce another stream of income for 13 families,” Daniels told LookWeAreIncluded.com

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This CEO plans on holding seminars and workshops to help other entrepreneurs and potential travel agents get started on their business. Daniels is sparking a lot of attention on social media; therefore if you would like to book your next vacation with Spread Your Wings Travel utilize the contact information above and send us a picture on your next flight!

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Question and Answer Segment with CEO Marissa Daniels

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83847LookWeAreIncluded.com: What business owner do you admire?

CEO Marissa: I can’t answer this question without first acknowledging my mother. She is a successful author of two books and runs an award-winning non-profit organization, Words of Comfort Ministries, Inc. Her organization’s promises focus is to offer hope to hurting women and those who search for help in their day-to-day challenges. You can read more about her organization here, wocministries.com.

  • I also admire Mia Ray. (@miaray). She is the creator of the “Glamaholic” brand where she sells totes, bags, hats, and other accessories. She started from the ground up, and now sells completely out every time she releases a new product! However, she always makes sure to emphasize that her success didn’t come overnight. It’s been a 10 year process, but she always remains humble and finds new ways to invest her money.

LokWeAreIncluded.com: What’s the message or legacy you want to leave behind?

CEO Marissa:  I want to be known as the girl who grew her business from the ground up, I recently reached $100k+ in sales for this year, and not only is it motivating to other people, it’s also motivating to me. It’s showing me that if I believe in myself, I can literally do anything I put my mind to. I’m proud of myself, and I hope my future kids can say they are proud of me as well.

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