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Beauty Within TV

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Anissa Rochester, CEO of Beauty Within TV. We decided to meet during fashion week so she could not only tell me about herself and BWTV, but to fill us in on Fashion Week. Our meeting place was at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

I started the interview with getting a better feel of who Anissa is. She has been in the entertainment industry for years. Since the age of 19, she’s been a fit model, actress and toured as a dancer. So she’s no stranger to the field of entertainment. Anissa graduated from LIU with a degree in media arts. When she decided to pursue her love for acting and dancing, she received a scholarship to NYU’s theatre program. When Anissa found out she was pregnant, she decided to go another route. Somewhere down the line, she mixed her knowledge of beauty and fashion with her media skills and created Beauty Within TV.

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Anissa Rochester

Here’s a deeper glimpse of the interview:

Miss Jones: How would you describe BWTV for readers that may not know?

Anissa Rochester: Beauty Within is an outlet to inspire women, ages 18-30, to believe and fulfill their dreams. I’m passionate about helping others to pursue their dreams and finding their inner beauty. BWTV started out as a television program on public access, where we interviewed many celebrities. Ranging from Kerri Washington, Kim Kardashian, Tina Fey, Miguel, R. Kelly, Sherri Shepherd, Iman, and several others. BWTV also had the opportunity to cover red carpet events, including the TLC Story and The Best Man Holiday. About two years ago we relaunched with an entertainment website.

MJ: What was one of your most memorable interviews?

AR: I would say that my interview with Iman was the most memorable and inspiring. She was so nice and classy. She treated us with respect being a small unrecognizable name. There are many celebrities who don’t take the time to support your passion. However, she was the complete opposite. Iman was very welcoming as well as professional.

MJ: How have you applied your passion for helping others rediscover their inner beauty as well as fulfill their dreams?

AR: In my experience of business and fashion, I’ve done a few workshops in schools for young girls. We split them up in different groups and gave them their own fashion houses and taught them about the business of fashion, rather than just the model aspect. There’s more behind a pretty face. All the groups were given the task of creating a name and an idea for a logo. After that was done, each of them were assigned a specific task. For example, one of the girls may have been a stylist, while another was on the financial end. They were given paper dolls and asked to design different things. Then they had to write a proposal showing how they planned to be successful based on their ideas.

MJ: What grade/age group did you work with?

AR: This particular session was with 4-6th graders. I also did another program with 12th graders on their way to college, it was the Beauty Within mentoring program. We came at the very end of the year, they’d all been gotten accepted into college. We partnered with another organization that prepared them for school. My segment was to do makeovers, and we posed the question “what makes you beauty within?” We also asked what motivates and inspires them. I was very surprised by the answers I received.

As we continued on with this topic of mentoring, I saw this as a great opportunity for these girls at such a young age. I’m sure it will most definitely lead them down the right path. Anissa plans to continue to do more hands on activities and projects with young people as soon as the next phase of BWTV has launched.

MJ: What’s next for BWTV?

AR: BWTV will be launching a magazine in October. It will be another outlet to deliver what we cover on the site. With something tangible, it’ll be a faster way to reach and build our audience.  We will have fashion content, as well as various celebrity interviews. On the cover of our first issue will be Fifth Harmony, an all girls group that started on XFactor.

MJ: What are some of the struggles you had to face in this industry?

AR: One of my biggest struggles were finances and funding. As entrepreneurs starting out, we just don’t have the money. Which can lead to frustration. I’m still an artist, so as artists, we get frustrated easily because we want to live our passion. I didn’t just want to work at any mediocre job. Even if it was a job on wall street, I didn’t necessarily want to do it because it wasn’t my passion. But I had to work jobs that I didn’t want to work in order to make money and still do this at the same time. Funding is very difficult. But you have to have perseverance and resilience. I could’ve quit a long time ago when we were just a program on public access. I had camera guys not show up for interviews and hosts that would argue with me and not show up. I didn’t have much money and most of them were working for free. Working on a zero budget, everything came out polished. Even my team now is comprised of interns who only receive a stipend or credit for school. It’s been a struggle, but when people see my work, they know it’s polished. My work speaks for itself, therefore people believe in it. This also shows my leadership skills, to have as many people as I’ve had work with me with no budget says a lot.

MJ: What are some of the results you began to see thus far?

AR: I would say completion and growth. To see how far I’ve come, close to completing and accomplishing my goal is the most fulfilling thing. The connections that I’ve made are also great results. It’s all about who you know. I’ve learned not to burn bridges. My network is my net-worth.

MJ: What would you say your ultimate accomplishment would be?

AR: My ultimate accomplishment would be for BWTV to be known nationally/worldwide. I hope to gain more finances to expand my company, build my team and create jobs. I ultimately want to grow.

MJ: What advice would you give a young person that desires to go down the same path as you?

AR: I would tell them to make sure they have a great support system to surround and encourage them. If finances are an issue, don’t let that stop them. Continue to pursue your dream. Also sit back and reflect, make sure this is really what you want. And don’t be afraid to try different things until you find exactly what fits you.

MJ: So let’s talk Fashion Week

AR: I thoroughly enjoyed this week. I attended many shows, but the Michael Castillo show was my favorite. David Tlale’s show made me feel like I belonged with the African rituals. However, Castillo’s designs were amazing. My favorites were the long gowns.

Lovely Miss Jones is just as passionate about helping others, so I commend Anissa and BWTV for the work that she is putting forth and look forward to working with her soon. To stay up to date on the upcoming magazine as well as other exciting ventures coming from BWTV, visit the website, beautywithintv.com and follow on instagram @beautywithintv. You won’t be disappointed!

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Miss Jones & Anissa Rochester

“Dreams Won’t Work Unless You Do”

As I thought these past few days what my next post would be, I somewhat drew a blank. My last two posts were reviews, and I have interviews and features scheduled, but I wanted to share a post that was inspirational through a personal experience. Which is the central theme of my blog. I’ve written two potential blog posts, but I just didn’t feel as if it was the right time to post them. One on Friday and another last night. I have plenty of topics I could possibly write about, but I continued to contemplate if I should post them.

So today, I had a scheduled interview that we ended up rescheduling for tomorrow. It was better for the person I’m interviewing and myself travel wise; and I thought it would be a great chance for me to work on my next post that I definitely wanted to post today.

As I began to skim through Instagram, one of the first pictures that caught my attention said, “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do.” Immediately I said to myself, this might be good. I then took out the latest issue of Essence Magazine to see what I could find. Essence has always been one of the places I find the most inspiring and motivating pieces. So I wondered if I’d get inspired from one of the articles. The first article I read was an email written by a fifteen year old girl. She shared her story about how she was accepted into the yes we code hackathon at the essence festival this past July. Her mom was struggling to find a way for them to get down to New Orleans. They weren’t sure if they’d be able to afford a hotel room and plane tickets. After they were told they’d be able to have a dorm, they only had to worry about the tickets. However, they were too expensive. Her mother tried her best to get this done for her daughter by going to the bank and trying to get an increase on her credit card, but she couldn’t. At that moment she felt like a failure, she felt like she couldn’t deliver. Her mother then chose another option and they decided to drive. While they were down in New Orleans, the young girl worked the hardest she’d ever worked with her team to come up with an app that would help stop sex trafficking. On her way back she learned that her team had won for best social impact.

After reading this great article, the pieces began to come together. We can have all of these dreams, but it will never work for us if we don’t put in the work that’s required. And after we’ve encountered disappointments, it’s our job to find another option. Change the method, but not the goal. And the end result will be great.

These past two years have shown me this. I’ve discovered how passionate I really am about my writing. In that, I’ve created a few goals for myself. I would like to reach as many people as possible, create change, build my audience, as well as build my credibility as a writer. Now all of these things require work. If I sit back and expect things to fall into my lap, it’ll never happen. As I begun to really put in the work, things are beginning to happen. I made a decision to write more consistently, which has drawn more readers. Because of that, I’ve heard many people say how encouraged they’ve been because of it. In order to build my credibility as a writer, I made goals to share my writing as much as possible through other outlets aside of my own blog. This could only be possible if I continued to work on my writing and submit samples here and there. Things won’t always be peaches and cream. There will be disappointments when you don’t get results immediately. But when you keep working, success will come. As I continued writing, I began to get recognized for my work. My work was able to speak for me. And in that I am now doing a weekly blog in the wellness section of the online magazine, Everything Girls Love (everythinggirlslove.com). Which was one of the personal goals I set for myself. People have also begin to reach out to me for services regarding my blog. And this is just the beginning of my dreams being unfolded. Had I been asked two years ago if I’d be here or going down this path, I don’t believe I would’ve said yes. But because I realized that work is required in order to make things happen, I am.

So I encourage you today to put in the work. Whatever your dreams are, it’s possible for you to fulfill. But you have to do something in order to make it happen. When things come up against you that lead to disappointment, don’t stop. Keep going and see where it leads you!

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Do it Anyway

People will take your past and create issues that never existed. Because you may have reacted a certain way in the past, doesn’t mean you continue to have that reaction. Some people fail to realize this.

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The other night this week, I experienced this full on. My attitude is something that I’ve constantly had to work on. To be quite honest, it’s not the best and I have to continuously reflect and check myself. I don’t always do the best job, but it’s something I can honestly say I’m working on. In any event, that particular night, I so happen to walk into a room and received a very negative comment for absolutely no reason. So I decided instead of allowing it to make me upset, I’d just joke around and let it slide. So I joked back knowing the person was serious. Then this situation became an issue because I responded to something that was said.

I almost took to social media to display my frustrations, instead I thought why not see the lesson in it and write about it.

Despite what people say or what they think they know about you, keep moving towards growth.
Some people will always have that negative view of you regardless of how much you’ve changed. Don’t allow it to frustrate you to the point that you end up reverting back to it.
Ignore it. Let it brush off your shoulders and keep it moving. As hard as it is, and trust I know, it’s something you have to do. Help the situation rather than hurt it.

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I could’ve allowed this situation to bring me completely out of character because I knew for sure I wasn’t in the wrong. But I know that I’m better than that. I’ve come to realize that no matter how much you’ve grown or worked on your issues; for some people, you’re still the person you used to be. I had to choose to look passed that knowing I’ve made progress.

So I encourage you today to keep moving forward regardless of how certain people see you. In spite of what others may say, continue down that path of progression. Don’t allow the negativity to deter you from growth.

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Purposeful Connections

As I sat and thought about what I was going to write about, the only thing that came to mind was connecting with people of purpose. I tried to think of another topic because I felt as though I touched on this in a previous post. However, this particular subject just wouldn’t leave me.

If you can’t help support one another and push each other towards growth and success, what purpose does the relationship hold? It is very important to be sure to have people around you that live on purpose with a purpose. When you have a desire to move towards greatness by any means necessary, the people you’re surrounded by can effect your moves. Either negatively or positively.

As you all know, I officially launched the blog by throwing a party this weekend. Although I was already blogging, I knew that this was something I had to do as a symbolism of growth and a gain to the site as well as my future business. Quick honest moment, I’ve struggled with asking people for help so I planned to do this entire party and planning alone. I don’t think I did half bad with the planning, but it’s good to have people around you that want to see you succeed so they’re willing to help you whether you’ve asked or not.

So as I talked about it with a few people during the planning process, immediately they asked what I needed and how they could help. One even asked was I trying to do it all by myself. When I said yeah, and explained my issue with asking people, they decided to help me with a behind the scene move. Something I didn’t know I needed. I figured I would learn my way through this whole process. Although I somewhat did, it’s always nice to have people around that’s been places and can share part of the experience.

These people who had their hands in this project or was just a listening ear or mouth of advice was necessary. Connected to people that are about success and want to see people they’re connected to grow and go places they’re meant to be in.

So I encourage you to evaluate the people you’re surrounded by. Are they willing to be there for you during times of big decisions? Are you willing to go the extra mile for them? Are your relationships based on success and the growth of one another? Answer these questions and make moves accordingly. Your future success depends on it!

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Note from Miss Jones

Hello loves!

First I’d like to thank you all for following my blog! It’s greatly appreciated.

Thought I’d stop in with a quick letter to update you all on what’s been going on. As you all know, I’ve recently purchased my domain name. Since then, I’ve made the decision to have an official launch party to celebrate all that is to come from this site.

The party is currently in the works and will be two weeks away! So if you’re in the New York area, I’d love to see you there! August 16th, we’re celebrating a journey of life, lessons, growth, encouragement, and motivation! The party will be held at La Maison d’Art, 259 W. 132nd St. New York, NY 10027. Starting at 7pm promptly. RSVP to Krystle.j@me.com.

The party will include, performances by The Kooz, an amazing writer and spoken word artist. As well as A.R.T Music, who is an incredible singer and song writer. There will be great raffle prizes, one will be a great basket sponsored by Binary Baskets. a free face by a fabulous makeup artist Sarah P, and an exclusive Lovely Miss Jones shirt. There will be great food provided by Andrea W. (A.W.E) and Chenea S. Drinks provided by Exclusiv Vodka, as well as delicious deserts sponsored by My Sweet Justice of Harlem. Special prizes will be given out. And we will have a photographer of the evening from MetalEye Photography! You don’t want to miss this great event!

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The Kooz

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A.R.T Music

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Binary Baskets

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Makeup Artist. Sarah P.

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Exclusiv Vodka

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My Sweet Justice of Harlem

Lovely Miss Jones is also planning to start a mentoring program in the future. I’ve begun to realize, I may not be able to do it all on my own. Therefore, I will be accepting donations to help others by any means necessary as they go through life. If you’d like to donate, please visit
http://www.gofundme.com/c3k3p8 to do so. It will all be greatly appreciated!

Please stay tuned for more! I truly believe this is only the beginning. Your support is necessary to push this towards greatness.

Thank you, my loves
-xo Miss Jones

Flyer designed by Daniel Taylor, Taylor’D. Image Creative.

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

One day this week I went to read my students a book during the read aloud. I hadn’t thought about what I was going to read them, so I pulled a book from the Dr. Seuss bin. The book I ended up pulling was ‘Oh the Places you’ll Go.” Of course I’ve read this book plenty of times as I’ve been working with children for years. However, that particular day this book hit me right where I was. I felt the words from the pages of this book in a new way. The book is pretty long, so of course some of my antsy first graders checked out, while others continued to give a thumbs up page after page. By the end of the book, I was excited.

Oh the Places You’ll Go may be a children’s book, but it’s powerful to say the least. It speaks about the journey of life and encourages readers to continue to move forward in order to reach a place of success. Regardless of what is going on around you, you have to keep walking. This book displays the possibilities in life when you make the decision to move despite the “hang ups and bang ups that will happen to you.”

It then goes on to say what happens when we sit around and wait for things to come our way. Nothing ever happens to those who sit and wait. We have to make up in our minds that in order to get to a place of success, we must to continue to walk. As I thought about this, the song Walking Shoes by Mali Music came to mind, this verse in particular, “Always waiting for something good to find you. But if it don’t come, what are you gonna do. And that’s why I’m waking.” Waiting for something that may never come doesn’t produce anything. We have to continue to move forward in order for something to happen. Sometimes we may not know all that’s ahead of us, but the path leads to something great. Things we can’t even imagine. When you step out on faith and make the effort, you’ll meet up with all of the greatness that’s in store for you.

One of my favorite portions of the book, that pretty much sums it up for me is:
“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”

Life will take us through different twists and different turns. We’ll sometimes get mixed up about the path we should take, and the people that are around us. However, we have to be careful where we step. Remembering that we must learn how to balance it all. And at the end, we’ll move mountains!

Because we dared to walk regardless of what was around us, we’ll have great success! Don’t stand and wait around for the things you want in life. Step out on faith, go out and make it happen!

Consistent Check In: It’s Necessary for your Growth

Often times we may feel that we have something under control, but that doesn’t mean it won’t rise up again. We have to be consistent in keeping certain things in check. And today I was reminded of this. Well not just today, but it just wasn’t my day. Hopefully you caught that.

In any event, I was a little overwhelmed today. After a few conversations that led to deep thought I began to wonder about certain situations. I’ve also been trying to work on my website and launch party that I plan to have this August. With everything going on, I began to think if it’s even possible. I began to doubt myself and my abilities to make things happen. Even questioned whether I fully knew my worth.

As you may gather from my previous posts, I’ve struggled with insecurities and the way that I feel about myself. I’ve struggled with whether I’m good enough as a person and whether I’m good enough as a writer. I have grown tremendously. I’ve come to the place where I realize I have something to offer. However, after you begin to realize who you are, that very thing you think you’ve overcome will most definitely creep back on you. As I went about my day this morning, taking care of business and running errands I started to feel down. I became frustrated with the thought of things not falling into place they way I wanted them to. A few unexpected surprises and I felt those insecurities rush right back. I had a moment. I was definitely in my feelings.

Then as I was on the bus, still stuck in my feelings about to tweet, something inside of me said, “this will help someone else. Snap out of it and write about it. You have something to share that will help someone. This is what you do.” Now at first, I wanted to ignore it and stay in my feelings just a little longer. But I can’t sit back on what I’ve been called to do. Those days are over.

So I began to think and some things began to come to me. Although we grow and overcome different stages in our lives, we have to constantly make sure we stay in a place of growth. We’ve all experienced different insecurities in our lives, but we have to remind ourselves of who we are not who our insecurities say that we are. There are ways to prevent these feelings from overtaking us. The thing I find helpful to do, is to repeatedly remind yourself of who you are and all that you have to offer, through positive affirmation. Write it down if you need to and keep referring to it. Daily. It’ll help build you up and keep you in a good place.

So I encourage you to constantly work on those things that held you back in the past. Don’t allow it to creep up and overpower you. You are strong and you have much to offer. Walk in your purpose, calling, and destiny!

~Lovely Miss Jones xo

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Pain into Passion: Dee’s Explosion

Denice Martin- Thompson, known as Deepassionate1, pours out her heart and soul in her latest book, Dee’s Explosion. You can feel every feeling and emotion in each of her poems displayed.

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Dee’s Explosion is comprised of various poems exemplifying a myriad of trials and peaks that Denice has encountered throughout her life. Through her writing, she turned her pain into passion.

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My readers know just how big I am on sharing ones story. And Denice does just that. She’s encouraging people through her experiences in life. And I’m sure it’s in hopes to encourage and inspire others who have gone through or are going through some of the things she’s included in this book.

This book is very powerful. Denice does a great job sharing her story without even writing an autobiography. These poems are captivating and anyone who reads this book will feel the same way.

Here’s a glimpse of what you will get when you read her latest project, also one of my favorite pieces:

“Watch me
As I turn my pain into passion
Inking up my pen and watching it flow
Creating a language I call my own
Watch me
As my poetry dominates me
Empowering me to speak
Unlocking the magic that hides within
Watch me
Transcend these prison walls of my mind
Stopping only to catch my breath
Watch me
Give birth to my future
Watch me
Turn my writing block into stepping stones
Watch me live
Watch me breathe
Watch me move into my destiny”

This piece shows one of the peaks in her life. A point that she realized she could take all that she’s gone through to speak out and unlock some of her gifts to help others.

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I strongly suggest that you check out this book. Visit deespassionateworld.com to purchase it. As well as her other books. Also find Denice on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter under the name Deepasionate1. You will not be disappointed!

Stay on Course

So as my mother and I waited at the bus stop this afternoon, we spotted a deer just a few feet away from us. We began to get nervous because it was huge and pretty much stood there. We weren’t sure which direction it was going to go in. It dodged the cars, stood in the middle of the street, then galloped into someone’s yard. As we stood there, my mother wanted so badly to leave the bus stop. She even left me standing there by myself, while I tried to sneak a picture. I convinced her to come back because I didn’t want to miss the bus and be late for work. A few minutes later, the bus arrived. While we were on the bus, we talked about my writing and how I needed to post a new blog this week. I thought about some ideas of what I would write about and she said “why don’t you write about the deer.” I sat and thought about it for a while after she got off the bus and I stayed on heading to work. It was the middle of the afternoon, we had things to do and places to go, yet the deer had no care in the world just galloping around as if it were normal.

Then it came to me, curveballs, issues, stumbling blocks, etc., just come. Regardless of what’s going on or how well your life and your journey might be going. They just show up, as if it were normal. However, that doesn’t mean we have to stop what we’re doing. We most certainly pay attention, and try our best to avoid the worst, but we can’t allow it to stop us. Say we left the bus stop and I ended up missing the bus. Although, I’m pretty sure I would’ve been ok at work, I would’ve had to alter some things. I could’ve missed something important because I allowed that deer that was down the block stop me.

I shared all of that to say, no matter what comes your way during your process, what ever you do don’t stop. Keep moving. Be vigilant and cautious, but continue down your path. Stay on course!

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You’re Right Where You’re Supposed To Be

Last night I was up extremely late and my mind began to race. I was in deep thought about my life and how things have gone. Some things/events I never thought would have taken place had you asked me a couple of years ago. I even started to wonder if I regretted anything. As I began to look at the lives of others, I started to think, “well, what if I would’ve done things that way” or “yeah, that’s the right way to do it.”

Then the very words I’d spoken earlier that evening in a conversation came to me. “Some things happen because it was meant to happen.”
I began to think on it. My life has not at all been perfect and sometimes I wonder why certain things happened or why I got myself into certain situations. It then dawned on me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Although I thought I’d take a different path and certain things I wouldn’t experience, it happened. And there’s still purpose behind it. It’s building up a testimony within me. Something I can share with others. Something that will help someone else who’s gone through the same thing and believe they’re stuck because of it.

Too often we try to compare our lives to the lives of others, thinking because we haven’t done things the way we thought we would, that we messed up completely. Then we beat ourselves up, and we become mentally entangled. But we have to accept that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we have to go through things we didn’t even anticipate to produce greatness. The process isn’t always going to be the way we’ve planned, but trust it’ll all be worth it when you see the purpose behind it. So I encourage you to stop comparing your life to another and beating yourself up for the things that you’ve gone through, it’s certainly for a greater purpose!

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