Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity & Tina Lifford aka Aunt Vi from OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ & ‘Queen Sugar’ Cover SHEEN Magazine!

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As of TODAY, the two-night season premiere of Season 3 of OWN’s “Greenleaf” is two weeks away!!! And we’re not the only ones who are excited about it!

SHEEN magazine is featuring Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity aka Lady Mae’s always crying baby girl (LOL) on its September cover. In addition, Tina Lifford who is Aunt Vi from another OWN show “Queen Sugar” is also a cover girl as well! They look beautiful, right?!!! See more information below:

Known for his elegant and illustrious looks, we pay homage to the guru of fashion, J. Bolin. 

September is the time of the year in which every page of SHEEN Magazine is inspired by fashion. Better put, September is when we remember that clothing is a part of life. Each and every outfit you choose—whether for work, play, or sleep—is ultimately a reflection of who you are. In our effortlessly chic issue, we pay homage to the fashion connoisseurs and their legacies that have paved the way.

Celebrated celebrity fashion J Bolin’s transformative styling has brought new light into the fashion world. His muses—Tina Lifford, of OWN’s Queen Sugar, and Deborah Joy Winans, of OWN’s Greenleafshare their testaments of his styling genius.

“Timelessness doesn’t go out of style. I love trends, I like being on trend, but I don’t follow trends.”

Our inside cover features none other than the fashion shapeshifter herself Misa Hylton, whose iconic styling has been shaping pop culture since the early 90’s, influencing the looks of Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, and Missy Elliot. 

“I create to create, not for it to be big, and maybe that’s why it ends up being big. I create from the heart, and it’s just about art for me—fashion is storytelling through wardrobe, and I love to tell stories.”

Actress Erinn Westbrook, of Netflix’sInsatiable, shares her glam secrets in our Beauty Spotlight. Tippi Shorter, of Her Imports, expresses the artistic side of styling hairTangle teezers, finger detangling, oh my! Hair extraordinaire Cynthia Meadows has the answers to all of your lingering hair questions. And beauty blogger Kennedy Cymone guides us into fall with some of her favorite autumn looks.

Meanwhile, celebrity stylist Scot Louie proves why he is the glaminator every girl needs in her life and closet!  A lover of all things fabulous, Dwight Eubanks reveals the next move and what’s behind the Purple Door. Emmy nominated host and producer, Kéla Walker shares with us her touching story, about her journey through fear and into success. And this issue just wouldn’t be complete without taking you on a whimsical journey to the fashion capitals of the world, kismet with exquisite cuisines you can’t resist!

R&B musician Keith Stewart works alongside of some of today’s most well known artists. He reveals how he uses his musical touch to inspire the masses. Our featured On the Rise star Kheris Rogers makes it her job to teach everyone a bit about self-love and tells us how this inspired her new clothing line flexin’ in her complexion. Breast cancer is a battle that many fight, and Not Just October founder Lavar Jacobs, along with Married to Medicine star Dr.Jackie Walters, have both joined the fight to defeat the disease. And don’t forget. SHEEN’s annual celebration of life event, Pinkalycious, begins October 6th in Fountain Inn, SC. We hope to see you there!

SHEEN MAGAZINE’s September/October exclusive 2018 Hello Style Guide Issue hits stands on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

If you would like to get a copy of the September issue, click on THIS LINK!

Also, I have interviewed Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity during the Season 1 of OWN’s “Greenleaf” and the dearly departed Uncle Mac aka GregAlan Williams during Season 2 of OWN’s “Greenleaf.” Prayerfully, I will be able to interview another cast member during Season 3! Who would you like for me to interview?!

If you missed those interviews, check out the links below:

‘Greenleaf’ Star Deborah Joy Winans Shares About New Greenleaf Gospel Album, Her TV Husband & Her Aunt CeCe: My Interview (With Audio)

‘Greenleaf’s’ GregAlan Williams Releases Audiobook of His Novel ‘Heart of a Woman,’ Shares How He Identifies with Mac McCready (Interview With AUDIO)

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Erica Campbell, Vickie Winans, GooGoo Atkins, Roland Martin & More Attend ‘We’re The Campbells’ NABJ Screening (PHOTOS)

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I wasn’t able to attend the 2018 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair held in the city just a few days ago, but I felt like I was there from all of the pics that people have posted. To that end, see some photos from TV One’s screening of We’re The Campbells during NABJ 2018 as well as images of Erica Campbell hosting the 2018 NABJ Gospel Brunch. As a reminder, TV One’s “We’re The Campbells” airs Tuesdays at 8/7C!

According to the NABJ recap I received, the #NABJ18 convention wound to a close Sunday morning with a rousing blend of gospel, a movie preview and recognition of individuals who have impacted others.

Sponsored by Motown Gospel and the movie “Beautifully Broken,” the recently regrouped NABJ Gospel Choir sang “You’re Amazing,” before stirring performances were delivered by Lexi, Vickie Winans and others.

The brunch also included the presentation of the Angelo Henderson Community Service Award to WDIV-TV Anchor Rhonda Walker and the award for Educator of the Year to Alicia Nails, the director of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.

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Author/Wealth-Building Proponent & Adoptee Dr. Robert J. Watkins Advocates Living in Purpose in New Book ‘CHOSEN’

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As an author, I love other authors and part of my mission with this blog is to introduce you, my readers, to authors who have chosen to share the wealth of their experiences in written form. Today, I present to you Dr. Robert Watkins, author of “CHOSEN: Become the Person You Were Meant to Be.” Below is a brief description of his book followed by my interview with him. Read and enjoy :)!

“CHOSEN” chronicles a  journey that includes personal stories of seeking professional speaking opportunities while wearing shoes with holes, turning to a toupee to hide both a fading hairline and insecurities, and searching for his voice while serving his nation in the U.S. Army. These stories count among the testaments of author/entrepreneur Dr. Robert J. Watkins in Watkins’ new book “CHOSEN: Become the Person You Were Meant to Be.”

1. What was the catalyst for writing your new book, “CHOSEN: Become the Person You Were Meant to Be?”

I wrote the book for people desiring to live life in fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness. This only happens when you have a clear path to understanding that at birth you were chosen by God to be uniquely great at something. With my book CHOSEN, I hope to help the reader gain such an understanding.

2. How did you come up with the title “CHOSEN?”

In John 15:16 in the Bible, Jesus says “You did not choose me, I chose you.” He also instructs that we would bear fruit, fruit that will last.

3. Your new book “CHOSEN” is a compilation of inspirational stories and anecdotes that you share to encourage others to find their purpose and fulfill their destiny. What is your favorite inspirational story and/or anecdote in the book and why?  

My favorite story is my story of adoption. A 29-year-old married but barren woman by the name of Mary convinced her husband Bob they should adopt a child. Being a married barren woman in the 1960s was considered shameful.

One day, Mary saw a TV commercial for a downtown Detroit orphanage. The commercial highlighted a picture of a black baby boy needing a home. During this era, it was rare for a black family to adopt children, especially outside of their family. Mary, a nurse, and Bob, who worked on the assembly line at the local plant, drove down to the orphanage to find that little black baby boy. After one month, they adopted that little boy, gave him a name and raised him in church.  That little boy was me.

Even though I was “given up” by my birth mother, I still have a purpose.

4. In CHOSEN, you point out that you were rescued and adopted as a newborn in the 1960s from a Detroit orphanage. How has your journey as an adopted child inspired your purpose and your book?

It started with changing my mindset from having an orphanage mindset to that of a man of purpose. An orphanage mindset carries feelings of hopelessness and of being trapped with no way out. It’s a “woe-is-me” mindset that can become very angry at a moment’s notice.  As opposed to thinking like a man of purpose, who always has a plan to improve his condition and the condition of those around him. His mindset is optimistic, positive and prayerful.  Eventually, his life will improve because of his having a plan, positive thoughts and a relationship with his God.

5. As a part of your company Conquer Worldwide, you host free monthly workshops for those seeking professional support or a bit of direction as it relates to entrepreneurship.What inspired you to host these workshops and what kind of feedback have you received from them?

After hosting hundreds of workshops for over 10,000 people over a nine-year period, the number-one question I would receive from adults is how to find support. Most people would describe their issues in financial terms, but there would also be something deeper. Perhaps their spouse didn’t support them or a parent didn’t believe in them or perhaps society misunderstood them; those things were holding them back. The lack of money was merely a symptom. That’s why in our monthly workshops we deal with how to find the emotional, financial and professional support they need.  They leave with a more rounded view of their lives and ultimately come to fruitful decisions.

6. You are also vocal about police brutality and profiling and the killing of unarmed black men.In fact, you are hosting an Atlanta event addressing these topics on August 7 with Former NFL player Terrell Fletcher, who will serve as one of the presenters. How do you plan to address these issues?

We are gathering hundreds of men of color to address this issue to train them to use their influence in their local communities. The training of men will come from holding honest question-and-answer panel discussions.  We’ll pose questions to our audience such as:

“How do you feel about our local police?”

“What can you do to create a better relationship with the police?”

“How can you protect your family from dishonest policemen or criminals?”

Our panelists are prepared to respond with real actionable items.

7. Through your first book “Never Chase a Paycheck Again,” you still present and speak around the country on issues to include multiple streams of income, becoming your own boss, finding your purpose, finding the money you need and more.What is your top secret for never chasing a paycheck again?

My secret sauce is called The Conquer System, which consists of teaching people how to generate seven income streams.

The Conquer System allows our experienced team of consultants to perform an assessment of the individual’s goals. Then we create a personal financial plan and a business plan, and create a team around that individual to hold them accountable.  From there, we seek to help to finance their goals in accordance with their new plan.  During this 90-day process, we educate them on how to self-fund their dream by understanding the seven-streams-of-income plan.  It can include their writing an e-book, starting a side business, understanding the foreign exchange market and other creative ideas that require no financial investment, only time and focus.

Dr. Robert J. Watkins is a well-rounded professional and retired veteran with more than 20 years of experience as a business and financial consultant, real estate investor, media commentator and notable speaker.

Watkins is the founder and CEO of Conquer Worldwide, a consulting agency focused on inspiring and empowering people to become successful entrepreneurs and, ultimately, propel their pursuit toward financial freedom.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of West Georgia. In 2005, he received an honorary doctoral degree in business and theology from the Ministry International Institute for his entrepreneurial teachings while at Emory University.

To buy a copy of “CHOSEN: Become the Person You Were Meant to Be,” go to conquerworldwide.com.

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