Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series. Check out some of College Park’s gems below.
I was introduced to Paparazzi Accessories via my upline, Mrs. LaShan and she is a friend of my family, as well as one of my church family members. She extended the business opportunity through a Facebook live she did one night and I spoke to her more about it. At the time, I was working two part-time jobs and I told Mrs. LaShan that I would say Yes to the business opportunity once I received my first check from my second part-time job. Read more>>
Music has always been a part of my life. I’ve been putting together songs since the 4th grade. Overtime I came to see music differently, I learned that emotions and experiences can go into it and come out of it. I’ve always been obsessed with how a professional song was made. About first years ago I decided to start writing songs and rapping. At first, I was just putting anything I thought sounded hard but as I kept going. Read more>>
I basically started daughter delivered after realizing I never fully healed from the murder of my 1st husband and father of my two oldest sons’ in 2011. You continue with life but it’s always a void in your heart I then remarried in 2016 which ended in separation with the divorce in the works and God was like look! Give yourself the love you keep trying to give others! Stop being so void by your past! You are not your mistakes you are not unworthy. Read more>>
I started doing makeup in late 2016. I was only 15 years old. What motivated me to actually start my business was the tragic death of my aunt. Before she passed, she was teaching me the business aspect of the makeup world as well as her different techniques. After she passed, it took me a while to get serious, but I knew I couldn’t let her down because of the passion and talent we shared. Read more>>
In 2010, I was diagnosed with colon cancer in March and in that same year (August) my husband was killed in what was called the city grill massacre in Buffalo, NY one our one year wedding anniversary. I always loved to write and my friend suggested I should write a book about my life. I wrote my first book and it was a hit, so I continued to write books. After I wrote about four or five books, people started asking me if i could assist them with writing their stories. Read more>>
As a child growing up in the downtown inner-city neighborhoods of Newport News VA, I had a curious mind and hoped to someday use my creative mind to escape the poverty that I was born into. I focused on academics and was eventually awarded a full academic scholarship in engineering that would pay for my college education until I obtained a doctorate degree in engineering. Read More>>