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Mom Creates Event to Positively Impact Parents of Children and Adults with Disabilities for Mother’s Day

VIRTUAL EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS CELEBRATION SET FOR MAY 1ST
Annual Event Created to Uplift, Encourage Moms and Dads of Children and Adults with Disabilities Who Don’t Know It’s Mother’s or Father’s Day

Atlanta, GA…Tuesday, March 23, 2021…Mother’s Day is generally a time when children go all out to show their mother’s how much they love them with messy attempts at making special meals, heart-felt original poems or self-made gifts most mothers treasure forever. However, when a child has intellectual developmental disabilities, they may not understand the significance of that day, which can be a sensitive and even depressing time for mothers of such children.

It was for this reason that Norma Stanley, the mother of a daughter born with intellectual and physical developmental disabilities, decided to create an event that celebrated and encouraged mothers during this challenging time. For more than seven years, Stanley held the Exceptional Moms Celebration, featuring inspirational speakers, entertainment, gifts and even a small reception she catered herself, for up to 100 mothers of children with disabilities. However, this year, the celebration is designed to include dads as well, because she says committed fathers of these children don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and the same thing applies for dads of these children when Father’s Day rolls around.

“The Exceptional Parents Celebration is about sharing the love, as well as supporting and encouraging both parents of children with all kinds of disabilities, but particularly those with intellectual disabilities, because those children don’t understand what Mother’s Day and Father’s Day means,” shared Stanley, owner of E.E.E. Marketing Group, an Atlanta-based multicultural marketing communications and diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm, whose daughter was born with cerebral palsy due to some type of trauma to the brain during delivery. “I didn’t expect to get so sad every year around Mother’s Day when my daughter was little, but I did and no one knew it and I remember looking forward to writing poems, making gifts and making breakfast for my own mom when I was little, memories we both treasured well into my adulthood,” she continued. “I realized that if it was bothering me that my child through no fault of her own couldn’t show the love I knew felt, then other moms and dads were probably feeling the same way, so I created an event designed to support and encourage them,” she said.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration, which didn’t happen in 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held virtually this year and Stanley hopes that allows for more families to be able to participate. The event, themed “Live, Laugh and Love,” will feature expert speakers, as well as a variety of entertainment.

In addition to Stanley who will serve as host of the event, speakers will include Nadine Vogel, the mother of two adult daughters with disabilities and founder of Springboard Global Enterprises and Disability Mama, a non-profit that empowers, celebrates and educates moms and dads around the world who are parents of children with special needs; Dr. Caroline Von Fluegge-Chen, owner of Balance Atlanta Family Chiropractic, who will speak on health and wellness and helping people of all abilities and ages become the best version of themselves. Also sharing special insights will be Dr. Fiyah Oates and Dr. Jerome Maultsby, transformational speakers and counselors, who are also counselors with Susan Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement/University for Parents program in Atlanta and bringing an inspirational message to parents in attendance, will be Bishop Dedric Avery, pastor of Salt and Light Truth Center of Decatur, GA.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration will also include entertainment and performances by the SHOWAbility INCLUSIVE CHORUS, a newly formed inclusive chorus which includes singers with and without disabilities, produced by International Jazz Singer and U.S. Cultural Ambassador, Myrna Clayton; a fashion show featuring parents and their children with disabilities wearing looks by Fashion by D’Shacourt Studio; some comedy by Actor and Comedian Victor Terrell, known as St. Vick, who has been featured on BET and was part of the Spirit of Laughter Comedy Tour with Palmer Williams and David Mann of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown’s and Love Thy Neighbor, and more.

“It’s been a very trying year for everyone, that’s why this year’s event theme is ‘Live, Laugh and Love,’ shared Stanley, who also produces/hosts the Disability World TV Show on the streaming PG Network on Xperienc on Demand (XOD) TV. “We are confident this year’s Celebration will continue its mission of being uplifting, enlightening, empowering and entertaining for all those in attendance, and we hope anyone who could use support and encouragement around that time, whether they have children with disabilities or not, will join us,” she said.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 1st beginning at 2:00p.m. EST. The event is free and participants can register via Zoom by going to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-CqqzIpH9JCZlfvhFE6lBfH3lB5dx-D

For more information about Norma Stanley and E.E.E. Marketing Group, go to www.normastanley.com

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TWO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS BRING SYNERGY TO BRIDGING SUCCESS GAPS FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Charlotte, NC…Monday, March 15, 2021…According to a recent report by the Small Business Trends Alliance (SBTA) and the Senate’s Small Business Trends (SSBT), the top three reasons that derail the success of small business owners are the lack of role models, access to funding and marketing. This is particularly true for minority and women-owned businesses.

However, Synergy for Women Business Owners (Synergy4WBO), co-founded by two women of color, is banking on its approach to dramatically alter the narrative for minority and women business owners. Shirley Vincent and Dr. Kim R. Grimes combined vision and strengths as successful business owners and formed Synergy4WBO as a 501c3 organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Its purpose is to change the future for minority and women-owned businesses, especially businesses owned by people of color.

“By providing business mentorship, coaching, marketing strategies, access to capital, and a powerful support network with corporate partnerships, we believe Synergy is uniquely positioned to fulfill its purpose,” says Vincent, Synergy’s CEO. “Our focus is to connect small business owners with the knowledge, expertise, mentors, community and resources that will inspire them to achieve their full potential.”

The duo met while working on a successful mentoring program for women business owners who provide products and services in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Vincent and Dr. Grimes partnered to continue the efforts in various arenas and to change the future for minority and women-owned businesses.

Vincent is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who founded several successful businesses building software and digital marketing products, web and mobile applications in the U.S. and in India. Dr. Grimes is also the owner of two businesses, an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, a bestselling author, and an ordained minister. Together both women are determined to empower and inspire small businesses to triumph, thus changing their future.

“Our goal is to open doors of opportunities for small minority and women-owned businesses, so they can have access to key components needed for their success,” said Synergy4WBO’s COO, Dr. Grimes. “Access to funding, mentorship, thought leaders, effective marketing strategies, industry best practices, combined with a supporting community of like-minded business owners, will change the future of any small business,” she said.

Having experienced the struggles that comes with growing and scaling their own businesses, Vincent and Dr. Grimes stress that matching small business owners with successful business role models who serve as mentors is important. However, they believe that adding the components of marketing and providing access to capital is key to breaking the glass ceiling.

With the experience under their belt from supporting over 50 successful small businesses for more than three years, Synergy4WBO launched its first cohort for 2021 with five women business owners from around the country. There is no charge to small businesses that participate in Synergy’s Mentor Program and applicants are nominated from within Synergy’s nationwide community of successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives. After a stringent screening process, once accepted, applicants have a voice in selecting the mentors they feel best match their business goals– an uniquely attractive component to the process. The program provides 12 months of one-on-one mentoring and coaching and keeps track of each participant for a total of 24 months.

While people of color start businesses at the same rate as their white counterparts, there is a vast disparity in the assistance, profitability, and early survival rates of businesses. Vincent and Dr. Grimes see this disparity as the perfect opportunity for corporations to step up and make a considerable impact. To that end, Synergy4WBO is looking for corporations who have a genuine focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion along with investing in small businesses, by serving as corporate financial partners.

“A recent study on minority business ownership, found that the racial gap in business ownership costs the country as much as $300 billion in lost income and as many as nine million jobs,” shared Vincent. “At Synergy4WBO, we have the capacity to change the future of small businesses, by partnering and aligning with corporations who are committed to the growth and sustainment of minority and women-owned businesses, especially small businesses of men and women of color. It’s a win-win!” she said.

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Entertainment

21 Savage Flashes New Teeth, Responds To Trolls Teasing Him About Veneers

Those signature gold grills are a thing of the past for 21 Savage. Recently, there has been a rise in the number of rappers who have opted to get a new set of pearly whites and they’ve taken to Instagram to show them off. Lil Yachty couldn’t stop staring at his veneers while on Instagram Live with fans and NBA YoungBoy was in the dentist’s office while giving a first look at his new smile. YFN Lucci also decided to switch things up and the internet couldn’t get enough of Plies grinning from ear to ear with his new teeth.

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Fans have been enjoying watching rappers sport their looks sans iced out grills, and recently, 21 Savage stole hearts after he posted a photo of himself with a new smile. In 24 hours, the photo has amassed 1.5 million likes and plenty of the rapper’s friends had something to say. “Very rare sell this as an NFT,” Metro Boomin teased.

Aside from the jokes, 21 was also the target of trolls who attempted to dismiss his new look because his teeth are fake. The rapper answered his critics over on Twitter when he wrote, “I paid 75k I’ll be dammed if I let y’all say these teeth ain’t mine [crying laughing emoji].” If true, that’s about $5K less than what Yachty said he spent on his. Check out the posts below.


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Lil Yachty Explains Spending $52K Per Month In Bills & Why He Doesn't Like Interviews

He recently bragged that he purchased the home next door to his own because he doesn’t like neighbors and he’s often seen flaunting his luxury vehicles, but it’s all worth it for Lil Yachty. The life of a rapper can be expensive if they’re enjoying the fruits of their labors to the maximum extent, and during his visit to the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, Yachty revealed just how much he’s dishing out monthly and broke down a few expenses.

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“Every month, I got $52,000 in bills,” the rapper told the podcast hosts. “And I have to work. Let’s say I got $13 million in the bank, right? If my overhead is $52,000 every month because of houses and my staff and cars and insurance and all these things I take care of, and all these people, that thirteen will run down because that’s just the bills. I still like to live. I’m still a rapper. I still want to go to nice dinners, fly my girl out, or go to see my girl. We still want to do all these things.”

He added that it’s important to have more than one source of income because “you have to be making money while you’re sleeping.” Elsewhere, Yachty took an opportunity to throw another verbal jab toward VladTV. “It’s been a minute since I did an interview,” said Yachty. “I hate a lot of interviews because they always twist like—Vlad for instance, he’s a b*tch—I hate n*ggas like him because they take your words and they twist it… Vlad’s a b*tch and he’s a federal agent.” Check out the interview in full below.

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