Saturday, December 25, 2010

RIP CHIQ SIMMS (DIVAdend Entertainment)

Chic Sims (l.) and Attorneymom (r.)

It is being reported that my beloved New Orleans sister and PR Mogul, ChiQ Simms, passed away suddenly today from a brain aneurysm.

I started following ChiQ on twitter at @GoddessofPR and we finally met in person earlier this year as she kicked off her Navigation Foundation, which I served as a board member.

I also had the opportunity to interview her twice on Character Corner Radio on

Original Air Date: May 30, 2010

Original Air Date: November 03, 2010

I am distraught. I will truly miss ChiQ. I am totally shocked over her death. The world had lost a very talented you lady.

In the video, ChiQ Simms moderates the panel on Bloggers vs. Journalists during Chiq Diva's PPR201 (Professional Public Relations) seminar in Atlanta.

Thursday, December 23, 2010



Date: Thursday, December 23, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)/9:00 PM (CST)
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Mercedes Nelson is recently known for being a part of the original cast of Vh1's “Football Wives,” ,” but this Suriname, South America native has managed to make a lasting impression on various forums.

In 2004 and 2005, Mercedes first made her mark in the music industry as a member of Dame Four, a female group, signed with Universal Records. The group was portrayed in the November 7, 2005 issue of Vibe Magazine as a team of attractive, hard-working women with an eye for success. And that is exactly what Mercedes Nelson is all about.

In 2007, Mercedes hosted the BET awards red carpet for Black Tree TV. She also interviewed the cast of the movie The Mummy as part of the Black Tree TV team.

In 2009 & 2010, Mercedes played the lead in an independent movie "The Other Way" co-starring Scott Colomby & Jack Conley. The movie directed by Malcolm Abbey & produced by Calvin Van DerBeek will hit festivals in 2011.

In 2010, Mercedes graduated Summa Cum-Laude from Woodbury University receiving awards for the highest scholastic achievement, outstanding achievement in research, and the certificate for academic excellence. She is pursuing her Master’s and Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University.

Mercedes is currently part of Elise Neal & The Assorted Flavors, whose recent performance was at the All Star Weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

With her exotic looks, she is also pursuing a career in modeling and acting. She is also developing her own Fashion Clothing Line: Merci-Belle.

For more information about Mercedes Nelson, visit or follow her on Twitter at @Justmercedes.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM (EST)/1:00 PM (PST)
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Melani Ismail is one of the stars on the hit reality show Football Wives on Vh1.

Melani is married to retired National Football League (NFL) player, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail. They are the proud parents of four children ages ranging from 7 – 14.

On this season of Football Wives, Melani is looking to revitalize her once-promising music career which she had put on hold to raise a family. She is assisting her husband with adjusting to life after pro football and the effects of a long career in professional football on his body.

Melani Ismail’s talents have been reverberating through the music, fashion, sports, film, and entertainment industry for the past two decades. She has been the creative undercurrent for many famous actors, singers, musicians, and independent artists of today.

Melani’s current Creative activities include television: VH1′s ‘Football Wives’, music production, and songwriting for various upcoming projects, many of which are set to debut and be released in the fall of 2010. Melani is also currently working on a follow- up album to her Love and Worship CD, while simultaneously keeping her Business side stimulated by continuing to consult for Artists, Producers, and Start-up Labels through MAI Productions, Inc.

Melani’s versatility not only includes the ability to have a great ear and insight for the development of musical talent, but she is also a conceptual visionary. Melani is steadily expanding her territorial reach through her many business ventures in literature, film, and television operated under her Creative Services Management, Production, and Consulting Company: MAI Productions, Inc.

In 2007, Melani’s personal passion for singing began to tug at her heart, and she recorded her first single entitled “Why Must I”, which was nominated in The Independent Music Awards (2007) Best R&B Song Category. After much soul searching, Melani decided to release a full-length album, thus the “Love and Worship” project was born.

In 2008, Melani debuted her completed album and headlined her own show, which has led to numerous personal speaking engagements and performances including the 2009 NFL Wives Conference hosted in Washington D.C.

“Music has always been a source of comfort for me. Through life’s adversities, God has always spoken to me through music. If used correctly, music can be one of the purest expressions of communication . It should not be taken for granted, just as one’s artistry should never be taken for granted. I hid my gifts for a long time for various reasons, but now through life’s experiences, I have decided to present them one by one. Everyone may not appreciate them but at the very least, I should.”

“Make music in all that you do!”

For more information about Melani Ismail, visit her website at You can also follow Melani on Twitter @melaniismail.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Pink Cotton Entertainment, LLC presents: MOTHER TO SON WITH KIM CROUCH.

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
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A native of St. Louis, Kimberley Crouch graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. She is married and the mother of three boys.

Writing has always been her passion. As a child, Kim spent hours writing books and poetry as well as television and film scripts. As an intern reporter for The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Kim researched and wrote about many issues facing urban youth including an in depth look at life in the Blumeyer Housing Projects.

In April 2006, Kim created First Generation Publishing, a media company that publishes and markets books that address issues of concern to African-Americans. In June 2006, she published her first book: Mother To Son: Words of Wisdom, Inspiration and Hope for Today’s Young African-American Men.

She also writes a parenting blog: Her 8-year old son also recently published his first book: Why I Love Mommies.

In addition to publishing, Kim is very involved in education reform and initiatives. She is owner of Passion4Parenting and creator of two education initiatives: Parent Up and It’s Ok To Get Hot And Heavy With Your Child’s Teacher and frequently speaks about the role of parents in preventing and addressing bullying. She is a strong proponent of children and parental rights and empowers parents to advocate on behalf of their children both in schools and in life.

Kim recently received her certificate in feature film writing from UCLA and is working on various projects. She also serves as an advisory member to Empowered Young Men and as a board member of Urban Opportunities, a nonprofit focused on at-risk youth. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and co-hosts, The Millionaire Journey Show on blog talk radio, with Lisa Maria Carroll.

You can follow Attorney Kim Crouch on Twitter at @kimcrouch.