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Viber of the Month : Krissy B.

Viber of the Month :  Krissy B.

Krissy B., was born and raised in Hempstead , Long Island. She attended St. John's University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies & Sports Management in 2009. While attending St. John's Kristen was active in such things as; Men's Basketball Manager, Fashion Club Coordinator, and Concert Committee. This gave Krissy the opportunity to…

Side Hustler Corner with Amber

Very excited to sit down with you! I know you have a busy schedule juggling many hats so we always like to start off with the basics three W’s for those that may not know you. 
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Who are you? Where are you from (born)? And what do you do?  

My name is Amber Mayfield and I am an Event Planner. My events company is called One Nineteen Events and I am the Founder of a pop-up dinner series called TO BE HOSTED. I am originally from Rockland County, New York and currently based in Brooklyn.

What does your business represent? 

When I started TO BE HOSTED in 2017, I wanted to create an experience for young professionals and creatives to connect and fellowship in a comfortable space. I make these spaces comfortable by bringing in delicious food, wines, live music, and art. Then, I seat everyone based on their shared interests or life goals (to help break the ice of dining with strangers). In bringing these like-minded people together so intentionally, TO BE HOSTED also became a platform for multicultural chefs, artists and musicians. So for me, TO BE HOSTED represents how magical it is when you get the right people in the right places. I use this same highly personal, diligently curated approach to events in planning for One Nineteen Events clients, as well.

How do you determine or find specific information about your TO BE HOSTED Dinner Series attendees before each event?

We have a TO BE HOSTED diner profile on our website. We use that information to learn about our guests and figure out who they might enjoy sitting next to at dinner.

Although these experiences are magical, we know not everything is magical when it comes to building a business. What are the struggles that come with building One Nineteen Events and the TO BE HOSTED Dinner Series? 

For me the biggest struggle is scale and marketing. My dinner experiences are very intimate, I only host about 20-30 people at a time a few times a year. So I am constantly torn between wanting to do the mass market flashy Instagram stuff and wanting to focus on just producing really great events. Like they say "if there is no photo it didn't happen," but if my guests want to be on their phone all night that is also not a win for me because I want them to be engaged with the people and the experience that's IRL.

Besides marketing, scaling the business in general is a struggle. Right now I am the CEO, the event producer, the new business account specialist, the entire finance department and administrative assistant (lol). So having everything organized and streamlined enough to keep up with myself and all my events is a challenge I am continuing to chip away at!

What are the joys that come with building your business? 

So many joys! Of course there is the joy of happy customers and clients after my events that make everything worth it. Then, on the day to day you have those small victories: learning a new software, pitching an idea your client loves or just organizing your desktop. Because it's for your business, every little thing becomes this joyous reminder like "hey, you can do this!"

Yes you can and you are! What do you do to celebrate those wins, big or small? 

Oh no over the top celebrating for me. I just do a little happy dance in my apartment (or wherever my makeshift office is that day), give the glory to God and keep it pushing. And then sometimes I have chocolate cake because why not?

That is so precious! Now let’s switch gears a bit. What does being Black mean to you? 

Everything. We are a people so rich in history and culture, it is sometimes hard to fathom all the complexities. And to be so uniquely positioned for triumph and resilience, it makes me sad, mad, happy and motivated all in the same breath.

Dope! Now, what does being a Woman mean to you? 

Well there's a loaded question. It depends on the day, but on most days, and especially as a black woman, it means I can do anything.

Interesting that you stated it depends on the day; Can we dive deeper into that statement and  discuss what that could mean on other days? And to take it one step further, what does being a black woman mean to you?

Well on "other" days I think being a woman is a little annoying to be honest. I wouldn't trade teams or anything, but sometimes I think our society is so unforgiving of women. We just deal with a lot of unnecessary pressures to be the ideal woman and subscribe to different gender expectations. Those expectations seem to double when it comes to black women. For me, there is immense responsibility in being a black woman because all eyes are really on us, and those eyes are very critical. They want to know how do we speak, what do we wear, how do we do our hair, what are we up to, so I try to just give them something to marvel about.

We had an overwhelming amount of love, it feels like, this past International Women's Day  especially from Black Men. Would you agree that you noticed a shift this year? If so, what do you think attributed to the shift? If not, why?  

I think there is a rumbling, not yet a roar, but at least a rumbling of more men being conscious of the black woman's narrative. I'm particularly fortunate in that the men who surround me seem to get it when it comes to different women's rights and social issues. I think we are moving toward a place where we will have more of our black males in a position to listen, and that's when things will really get interesting.

That is super important as well as making sure we are having the conversation with our allies to ensure they do understand the “black woman’s narrative” - I think it essentially helps in these liberal metro cities. Which brings me to my next question;  What does being in New York/Brooklyn mean to you?

I am from the suburbs so growing up, New York City had this glow. When I would think about my adult life and my career, I would always say, "I'm going to live in the city, be a powerful publicist and have a super cute, industrial-looking duplex loft in DUMBO." Now obviously this statement had to evolve a bit once I got older and learned about the rent here, but New York City was always the setting for me. I'm past the honeymoon phase with this city, especially in becoming a freelancer and a business owner here, so I know for certain I am in the right place.

Do you think you are going to stay in New York or are you looking for another challenge in another city? 

HA! I'm New York or Nowhere. I'm open to traveling for client events and pop-up dinners in other cities for sure, but I'll always have a home in New York.

As we are starting to close out, what are some tips or tricks you are starting to learn about organizing yourself that you could share with someone starting out, especially if they are still balancing a 9-5 job? 

Folders and Files and Guidelines. Even if you are a one person show right now, the goal is to not be that way forever. So everything you do should begin with a  process you have written down or a template of some sort that if you were to hire someone tomorrow, they could follow along and get the job done. If you treat yourself like a full business from the beginning, you won't feel like you are playing catch up once the customers and clients really start flowing in.

You are just dropping so many insightful gems - Thank You! Now, let’s have a little fun with word play. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear these words? 

Culture -- Is everything

Influencer -- Overused

Ambassador -- A glorified influencer

Michelle Obama -- QUEEN

New York -- Home

Entrepreneur -- Me

Side Hustler -- God bless 'em

Dinner -- My kind of self care

Self Made -- The goal

Creatives -- Pay them!

Events -- My love

Black -- My people

Minority -- The clique

unconventional -- Seek it

Underdog -- Me

Millennial -- We are what we are

Business -- Support your local businesses!


You can follow Amber @ambb_may on Instagram or visit www.tobehosted.com to learn more

Viber of the Month : Durval Morgan

Viber of the Month :  Durval Morgan

Brooklyn, NY born & raised sports medicine professional by trade. Have worked and assisted with the healthcare of high level collegiate athletes that went on to compete on their respective professional levels…

Viber of the Month : Brittany S.S Hardin

Viber of the Month :  Brittany S.S Hardin

Founder and creator of Currency$hift, Brittany S.S Hardin is a disrupter creating her own lane. She strives to find others like herself who use are or have been able to use their social currency to have an impact and become influential within their company or community….

Viber of the Month : Jason Francis

Viber of the Month : Jason Francis

Jason Francis is a writer, speaker and social media manager. He specializes in connecting the rapidly growing world of digital media and entrepreneurship via social media. He also operates within the travel industry as one of the minds behind the international community Nomadness, a collective with over 20,000 members worldwide.…

Viber of the Month (Team Edition): Established in 88

Viber of the Month (Team Edition): Established in 88

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

THIS MONTH WE’RE BRINGING TO YOU A SPECIAL HOLIDAY TREAT AS WE INTRODUCE: 
VIBER OF THE MONTH: TEAM EDITION. 

Established in 88 - consisting of fresh college graduates following their dreams, 88 was started by a dynamic group of broke college kids with a passion for production

Viber of the Month : Claude Moise

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My Real Name is:

Claude Moise
 

But The World Knows Me As:

Fab Law

 

What decade do you think your personality would thrive in?

Everyone looks at the 70’s and 80’s for the style and music. I’m like but what about crack, violence, and OD racism. My personality probably would have gotten me in trouble in those eras. I’ve gotten in trouble in this decade lol. I’m good with making it in the now. No time like the present.

Where was your favorite place you have traveled to?

Currently, New Orleans

Top travel destination on your list?

Maldives

What is one important thing an Ex taught you?

How to meditate which I’m still working on

What was your Childhood fear?

Vampires until I watched Buffy then I had a crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar and we’d hunt vampires in my dreams.

The first app I open every day is:

Text Messages

What is your favorite social media app and why?

Twitter because you can just talk if you want to. Tweet for yourself or others and sharing ideas and multitude of other things, pics, videos, links, events, etc.

What is something silly you got in trouble for as a child?

My cousin and I was pretending to shave with my dad’s razor. I didn’t cut my self but she did. I got out of dodge but yet we both got beat.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Rom-Coms. I will watch a good romantic comedy even if it’s cheesy and I know how it ends. I’m still a thug though.

What is your favorite current and past show?

Currently Manifest is my new favorite show for the season. Past (still love it though) - Blackish


Now lets get to know the Viber professionally!


Job Title and Company Name (or Brand):

Customs Broker to pay the bills cause I’m a starving artist
 
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I've been in this position for this many years:

Almost 2 years

I've been in this industry for this many years:

5 years

Do you consider yourself an influencer? If yes, why?

Maybe

The most surprising thing I've learned about being a professional in this field is:

How cheap everything is overseas and how much the US taxes EVERYTHING.

How did you even get started in this industry or line of work?

I needed money lol. I was laid off from my old job and sending my resume everywhere. I got an interview and actually had to take a test. I passed and the rest was history. I had an idea about Imports but never thought of the logistics and how it actually works so this job opened my eyes to a niche industry

My colleagues and counterparts would be surprised or perhaps flabbergasted if they knew that I

Probably get fired if they saw my twitter so let’s leave it at that.

10 Years ago I was

19 years old and a sophomore in college

 

I legit swore at the age of 10 that I was going to grow up to be

A Lawyer

What inspires you?

Dope genuine people. People doing what they love and thriving despite any barriers and challenges.

What inspires you?

Always being willing to help people out and give advice. I hope when it’s all said and done people hear my story and hear about all the ups and down and it gives them hope to continue on their path

To calm me down when I'm pissed off I listen to

R&B playlist or Smile by Lil Duval



Phone Call or Text?

Text

Android or iPhone?

iPhone
 

You can connect with me by following me on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Website:

@Fab_law on all my socials except FB (I’m anti-FB)


Viber of the Month : Shaina Chin

Viber of the Month : Shaina Chin

Ms Chin , the 28 year old, Brooklyn native artist. While originally from Flatbush (with all the other Jamaicans haha), I’ve been very comfy in Bedstuy for the past many years on my own! I quit my 9-5 to fulfill my passion for the arts & painting full time and I must say it’s the happiest I’ve ever been…

Viber of the Month : Eddin Martinez

Viber of the Month : Eddin Martinez

Jack of all Trades...literally. This guy right here has an answer for everything technology. Anytime we need a DJ, he's there. When we need a photographer, he's there. A Podcast sound engineer, a videographer, a graphic designer, and the list goes on…

Viber of the Month : Myrna

Viber of the Month : Myrna

Myrna L. Datilus is the Partnerships Director for Bold. Ms. Datilus has a Masters in Public Relations along with a diverse background of music, theatre, and sales. Her focus is to utilize her personal, academic and professional background in a broader scale. The primary goal is to work with Organizations and Brands that are relative to how the world is shifting technologically…

Viber of the Month : Andrew

Viber of the Month : Andrew

"Art was always my first love long before I ever wanted to “Be like Mike” or be stylish and wear my jacket inside out with my hat backward like my favorite actor. Unfortunately, this love slowly took a backseat over the years as things such as basketball, healthcare and tech slowly began consuming much of my life as I matriculated from Junior high school through the beginning of my professional career...."

Viber of the Month : Macy

Viber of the Month : Macy

A boss in her own right, Creative Communications Pro, Macy Harrell is not to be slept on. As one of the driving forces behind The Posh Connect, Macy has spearheaded successful marketing and PR campaigns for businesses in the beauty, lifestyle and consumer category. You can catch her this spring at the How to Date a Boss panel discussion presented by CVG at this year’s Daze Summit. 

BGL Power Day 18

BGL Power Day 18

Brown girls Love, Power Day 2018  was everything I wanted and more. As I prepared for the day,  I reflected on my previous experience during Power Day 2017. Attending made it clearer to me than ever, that representation DOES matter. I was sitting in a room full of ambitious women like myself, and women who run amazing businesses that look like ME! I left there literally feeling like...

Viber of the Month : Warren

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With over 6 years experience in fast paced roles at brands such as Paper Magazine, Gilt, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Warren is a rising star in the fashion industry. He will be bringing his expertise as the first contributor to our blog, so be sure to stay tuned!

Check him out! 

LINKEDIN: @WarrenAdriana 

INSTAGRAM: @WarrenAdriana

TWITTER: @WarrenAdriana 


 

My Real Name is:

Warren Adriana

But The World Knows Me As:

Warren
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If I were a mutant my super power would be:

Shapeshifting
 

Because I am good at:

Adapting to any situation
 

When I am home waiting for my food to cook I like to do this while I wait:

I rarely cook, but I scan my twitter feed for the latest tea and news.

 

When I do not want to cook I like to Order this:

A sandwich from the bodega. Turkey, swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.
 

This is the App I use when I want to place an order:

I just call lol
 

The first thing I do when I wake up is:

Drink 16oz of water.
 

The first app I open every day is:

Instagram
 

My guilty food pleasure is:

Cupcakes...especially from Magnolia's Bakery
 

My favorite album of all time is:

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
 

My favorite artist of all time is:

Aaliyah

Now lets get to know the Viber professionally!


 

Job Title and Company Name (or Brand):

Item Setup Associate, Saks Fifth Avenue
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I've been in this position for this many years:

5 months
 

I've been in this industry for this many years:

6 years
 

Do you consider yourself an influencer? If yes, why?

Maybe
 

The most surprising thing I've learned about being a professional in this field is:

Urgent doesn't always really mean urgent.

How did you even get started in this industry or line of work?

I interned at Paper Magazine in 2012 and moved up to freelance on several amazing PR projects #BestExperienceOfMyLife. From that time I realized I wanted to stay in the fashion industry no matter what. I've since moved to the retail side of the industry, navigating the eComm landscape. I'm always looking forward to exploring new opportunities.
 

My colleagues and counterparts would be surprised or perhaps flabbergasted if they knew that I...

I can't give all my secrets away. But, people always get a kick out of learning I tried my hand at voguing in the ballroom scene (before it became a thing to do!). I even won a trophy once.

 

10 Years ago I was:

A 20yr old lost lamb in NY, figuring life out and too wrapped up in my social life.

 

I legit swore at the age of 10 that I was going to grow up to be:

An actor or a doctor.

 

To calm me down when I'm pissed off I listen to

Anything by Whitney Houston.
 

Phone Call or Text?

Android or iPhone?

Text
Android
 

You can connect with me by following me on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat,Website:

All social media: @WarrenAdriana

CVG Takes Art Basel

A few weeks back, the CVG team attended the ever growing Art Basel event in Miami, Florida. Each member gained perspective in their own ways but shared a similar sense of inspiration. Follow us as we revisit our liberation & libations.

Culture & Environment

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Felix Vargas_

Absolutely loved the vibe and feeling in Miami during Art Basel. Felt like a place where everyone was welcomed no matter what, it was very non-pretentious. The events were designed and curated very well and the amount of sponsorship was more than what I had expected. Though event ideas were somewhat dated, the overall look and feel of all events were ok and appeasing to the eye.

Britney Wallace_

Being only the second time visiting Miami and the first time venturing out of the bellows of south beach, I was extremely impressed by the artistry and pockets of creativity. Wynwood, the heart of Art Basel, was essentially shut down from most car traffic allowing people to move freely and immerse themselves in artwork, music, vendors, shops, swanky bars, food and so much more. You can tell this city takes pride in this weekend and it open to contributions, collaborations and partnerships to the point that I ended up networking with a handful of individuals from the NYC and greater Philadelphia area.

Overall, I would recommend that anyone who is interested in checking Art Basel out, to do so. Although it is noticeable that the native originality is somewhat muddled by the growing popularity, the experience will be unique and fulfilling nonetheless.

Aya Mohamed_

There’s a vibe in Miami like no other, especially when Art Basel is happening! 
A similar sense of Bourbon St in Louisiana, where the streets are filled with dancing, creative individuals, expressing themselves to tunes of music, and tones of color.

Art Basel, was a great trip for CVG, as we got to meet artists, mostly native to NYC and the TriState area, ironically. Many artists I admired were there showcasing for the first time, after years of frequenting Art Basel. The one thing I kept asking them was how does it feel to be showing your artwork versus looking at everyone else’s. And the responses were the same thrill and excitement one would hope to have showcasing their creativity. It was such a thrill to see so many female artists, artists of minority and first time artists , being the norm , as Swiss Beats would reference, in an art scene that isn’t always welcoming of our kind.

Catherine Buccello_

Culture: Laid Back Vibes, Miami has a very south beach flashy vibe Wynwood has a complete different vibe where it resembles the new millennial feel not putting on a show for anyone and being comfortable and creative. The culture feels like creative people walking around expressing themselves and enjoying art and life.


Environment : Open and free, pretentious feeling is non existent feels like art for us, modern, vibrant expressive and able to speak to and interact with the art and the artist without feeling out of place and fine art for the rich. Brands have a way to directly connect with consumers and activate themselves in a way that feels like appreciation and possibilities.


Favorite Artist or Artwork

 

Catherine_

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Ashley Kay - Her art was simple but the colors she used, with the blend the texture and the visual for some reason spoke to me. it was very different from the majority which seemed to be a theme of owning blackness which i loved but i could tell she was from mixed decent and she only knew how to really express and find herself in her art. in speaking to her she mentioned how long it took her the courage to put herself out there and this is the first showing she was doing and to do it in Miami during Art Basel now thats huge leap! When we asked her what her muse was her response stood out to me although it felt more targeted towards a friend. Mushrooms. They can grow anywhere, including dead environments. It hit home because it basically entailed that no matter what situation you end up in started in or find yourself in you have full capabilities to grow

Britney_

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One of my favorite artists that I experienced was a NYC native, Tatiana Camice. Reasons being is that the extent of her creative ability was so diverse, I was impressed by the mixed mediums (whether stone coasters, pins, mugs, canvas) to the soft brush strokes and strong sense of detail in her work. I purchased a couple of things from her which included a pin of a African American woman, natural hair flowing with the words “Black & Unbothered” on a yellow fan. I’ve always been a fan of simplicity yet intricate design and I was very impressed by her catalog.

Aya_

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My favorite artist had to be a street artist we bumped into named Logic, with his collection “Are you Dying?”.
Not only was his artistic hustle admired, but his fluidity in explaining his work was truly appreciated.

Felix_

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I loved the Helicopter at the Walls. It showcases the oxymoron of life - we are always in the fast lane trying to be on the go at all times meanwhile everyone else is just chillin' and in your way. The cat represents how nonchalant other people are.


Favorite Event

It was unanimous...

Catherine - Unanimous No Commission, granted i have been to the one in the BX which i enjoyed more because it had an outdoor feel with the art strictly inside (and the AC lol) and it had a ride element and food trucks which this one did not have. it was still an amazing experience in a different way. There was other elements to experience like an airbrush fake tattoo station, VR, art was as soon as you walked in, you had some outdoor space, amazing surprise performances, Swizz walking in the crowd, and open Bacardi bar. the vibe felt more curated this time around giving extreme Miami old cuban vibes

Britney - Swiss Beats "No Commission” event definitely provided the best trifecta of music, art and environment amongst all the events we attended. Aside from it being a free admission and an open Barcardi sponsored bar, there was a great variety of artwork on display, temporary tattoo and VR vendors to experience as well as a dance floor/stage area where acts such as Busta Rhymes & 2 Chains and Swizz Beats himself performed. Most of the people who attended until the very end, same as us.

Aya  - The No Commission event by far was one to be remembered. It was thoroughly executed from the entrance, artists, music, and most importantly the message. That art should always be accessible from everyone for everyone. There was a sense of unity from all the guests that I haven’t felt from an event . We were all free to be as we please , and yet all equally unified for a greater cause.

Felix  - No Commission. Great energy, great layout and flow.


Inspiration & Main Takeaways

Felix_

The level of collaboration was very inspirational. There was a sense of community which we sometimes do not see in NYC.

 

 

Aya_

Roaming freely exploring Wynwood, dancing to music, watching artists create right in front of you, and enjoying the plethora of events accessible to everyone is really a trip to remember.

Can’t wait to be back next year!

Catherine_ 

"For the Artist By the Artist With the People" was a saying that Swiss used and it really stuck in my craw felt like FUBU and solange and the way minorities as a unit really came together in this tragic year. It felt like such a terrible year around us but our community within started to become united almost as if it was a necessary evil to bring people together. since CVG mission is to develop a sense of community amongst the side hustle gen and the misfits it gave me more of a push to encourage and even create and fix my own personal and professional relationships

Britney_

Simply put, my main takeaway is to become more intone with who I am and what I do. Being a black woman in tech and design, I was inspired to look more into the NYC and experience more of what it has to offer. This includes things like taking advantage of the winter season by attending more museums or local galleries or getting more involved in tech groups and create meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals. 

 

Check out the gallery below for additional select artwork: