Below is a list of the ColumbusBlack.com featured bloggers. We know you’ll enjoy reading what they have to say and following their posts. Click on each pic below to reveal their biography and find out what makes them tick.
Lloyd, a proud native of New York City (Harlem) and Alumni of Tuskegee University has a degree in accounting and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Known for his positive attitude and outgoing personality, Kevin’s faith based background has allowed him to excel as one of the most influential leaders in Retail as well as one of the most admired entrepreneurs in the Lifestyle Enhancement Marketing Space.
In addition to founding ColumbusBlack.com in 2005, Lloyd has played a major role in providing entertainment options for Columbus Ohio residents and has been an architect behind some of the most innovative and successful events in Columbus including ColumbusBlack.com Movie Night Out at the Arena Grand, Thursdays After 30, Ambiance and more…
His exposure to different markets throughout the U.S. fostered the creation of MYLE (Make Your Life Entertaining), LLC in 2014; a tech start-up providing users with personalized notifications of relevant entertainment activities. MYLE.com, a web-based social activity and entertainment lifestyle app eliminates the need to search for things to do and allows users to receive marketing content that is important to them.
With the relaunch of ColumbusBlack.com in 2016, Lloyd has introduced ColumbusBlack.com “The Blog Series” with the goal of Educating, Informing and Entertaining followers all over the world. Along with his talented line-up of Bloggers, he will personally leverage his 20+ years of Leadership and Business Experience to blog about Business and Leadership Issues that each of us face daily at work or within our organizations.
Like most business leaders, Lloyd has recently diversified his entrepreneurial endeavors and Co-Founded Smith&Lloyd Extraordinary Home Designs, specializing in Outdoor Living Spaces.
Kevin may be contacted for speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HalleBird designs and produces messaging for apparel that seeks to empower individuals and build a sense of community as well as speak to the social justice movement. A percentage of proceeds will go to varied grassroots social justice organizations and nonprofits.
In her life thus far, Halle has been a mentor for collegiate students studying graphic design as well as speaking at workshops with Middle and High School students on her career. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an alumni of Senator Ray Miller’s Institute for Change and Leadership, a CooperU alumni, and has been featured in past editions of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. Halle is also a founding member of the private Facebook group, Black Designers United (BDU). BDU is a grassroots movement to encourage Black and other people of color who practice professional graphic/web/interactive/UI/UX. design. Their purpose is to discuss important issues in the design community, critique work, network, and be a resource while also answering the too common question, “Where are all the Black designers?”.
Halle currently works at the Ohio State Bar Association as Manager of Committees and Sections. Her previous positions include The Ohio State University as a Marketing Specialist for Student Life for over three and a half years and the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland as Graphic Designer for six years.
Though Halle has resided in Columbus, Ohio for 15 years, her roots will always stem from Cleveland.
Halle is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design and a minor in African American and African Studies. She is mother of two pet’s, Sugar a Whippet/Boxer and Raphael an aquatic turtle.
Rosita’s writing was developed during her education at Eastmoor Academy and Wright State University. She initially joined ColumbusBlack.com as an intern as was more than thrilled to work with the ColumbusBlack team when the opportunity was presented. Here involvement afforded her the opportunity to gain experience and combine her skill in writing along with her interests in entertainment, fashion, food, traveling and more.
As Rosita continues to work with ColumbusBlack, she is also excited to highlight here self-created blog, www.CurlyNCurvy.com, which focuses on fashion and natural hair. She looks forward to the relaunch of ColumbusBlack.com and what the team will bring to the city as she continues to grow with them.
He graduated from OSU with a degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Sports Administration.
After finishing school, Maurice was picked up by the San Diego Chargers to play running back where he played alongside Drew Brees, Ladainian Tomlinson before he suffered a knee injury that ended his NFL career. After leaving football he decided to pursue a career in acting which is something that brings the same kind of excitement and passion to his life as football once did.
He hit the ground running when he moved to Los Angeles in 2009 getting his television debut on Fox’s The Mindy Project. He has continued to have success by working on CBS’s Criminal Minds, Rush Hour, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat and VH1’s Hit The Floor and the Lifetime movie A Date To Die For. He also wrote, directed and starred in his own romantic comedy feature film Baker’s Man.
He is the President/CEO of Mo-tivation Unlimited, LLC which produces content via film, television and web to emphasize the five principles: Faith in God, Education, Healthy Living, Persistence and Work Ethic. Maurice believes if a person has all of the above qualities, success is inevitable.
Official Website: http://www.mauricehallact.com
Karen Coleman is the owner of Synergi Salon, Columbus’ premiere hair salon specializing in natural hair (worn curly or straight) services being completed within 60 minutes. Synergi retails its’ own patented hair care line comprised of 17 products and proudly offers no chemical services other than color!
Recently franchised, Synergi now has 2 locations which employs a staff of 30 and services over 1300 clients monthly.
Established in 2006, Synergi’s mission is to empower women to embrace the natural hair they were born with as well as teach them how to manage their hair at home and/or between appointments.
Karen hosts free, monthly workshops to demonstrate styling tips for managing hair while working out, transitioning from relaxers, for little girls or between hair appointments. For more information on Karen & Synergi Salon, visit SynergiSalon.com, on Facebook – Synergi Salon or on Instagram – Synergi Salon.
Perry’s unique blend of being a subject matter specialist in fitness and finance allows him to impact two areas that are so important to people’s lives.
In addition to the success he has experienced in the area of helping hundreds of people improve their quality of life through fitness, Perry has also advised hundreds of people and families and managed over $70 million of client assets.
At one point, Perry also managed a personal real-estate portfolio of over $4 million. His real-life experiences of losing everything in the great recession of 2007-2009; from his good credit, to cash and the majority of his net-worth; having his collegiate basketball career come to an abrupt end because of injuries and also being a single parent gives him a perspective that is unique to the market place.
Not only can Perry give tangible direction and guidance in both the areas of fitness and finances, but he also covers in is speeches the topics of perseverance, accountability, and having a champion mindset. His speeches resonates with his audience because he speaks from personal experience, has weathered the storm and has come out stronger. He caters his presentations to the unique needs of his audience, ranging from elementary school children, college students, to well established business professionals, professional athletes, corporate employees and retirees. In short, He DELIVERS. He is the real deal!
Dr. Brown is a native of North Carolina who graduated from North Carolina A&T State University. He entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill school of medicine and graduated with dual degrees, a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Care and Prevention and a Doctor of Medicine degree. He trained at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Internal Medicine and then completed sub-specialty training in Nephrology. He has served as an Assistant Professor of medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was also an Assistant Medical Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Since that time he has worked in a variety of settings from large hospitals in Columbus to small critical access hospitals in rural areas in the Central Ohio region as a hospitalist and as a nephrologist.
Dr. Brown is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He has been active in the community participating in health talks and health fairs.
Danielle has an understanding of today’s New Home buyers as well as important elements of new home contracts, new home construction financing options and considerations, materials, methods and terminology of residential construction, blueprint reading, residential building, site design and topography.
Danielle has an in-depth knowledge of the area and communities along with a proven track record of results. Her commitment is to guide you through the buying or selling process finding the exact home you’re looking for, or selling your home promptly for the best price, making sure you understand every step of the transaction.
Awards And Designations
Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society
Coldwell Banker Rising Star
Coldwell Banker Leaders Award
Coldwell Banker Truly Remarkable Service Agent
Five Star Real Estate Agent
NAREB Million Dollar Producer
Columbus Realtors Million Dollar Club Member
Certified New Home Specialist
Cartus Network Affinity Specialist
Certified Relocation Specialist SIRVA
Preferred Agent for USAA Movers Advantage
Preferred Agent for Discover Home Loans
Priority Partner with Chase Home Loans
2014 Director of the Ohio Association of REALTORS, representing the Columbus REALTORS
Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) Columbus Class
To buy, to sell, call Danielle!
Blair is also creator of “Single of the Week,” a highly popular series where both bachelors and bachelorettes have profiles that are posted via Social Media.
In addition, Blair has logged over 2,000 hours conducting one-on-one and group counseling sessions for men and women suffering from co-dependency, sex, and love addiction.
Blair’s specialty is dating advice. With a focus mostly on wisdom from his own dating and relationship experiences, Blair’s expertise has provided him the opportunity to tour the country and speak with thousands of single and married individuals. His audience varies tremendously, and his speaking engagements have included stops abroad, such as the Bahamas, as well as locations including Atlanta, Canada, Chicago, The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and many other cities and sites throughout the United States.
Blair’s candor and life experience set him apart from other relationship and dating advice experts. Dubbed by many as “the next Hitch,” he can explain why that guy or girl didn’t call you, what NEVER to say on a date, and even what to do if you think your mate is stepping out on you.
When asked to describe his maxim, Blair simply states “being in a good relationship is a constant thrill, and it should be. But make sure you spend time with and spoil the one person who is always there when you need them … YOU.”
In less than three years, Blair has self-published his debut book, which has sold almost 10,000 copies worldwide. Today he uses his common sense approach to teach individuals how to leave toxic relationships, as well as how to stop attracting disrespectful suitors in their dating lives.
Blair Nash always maintains a glass half-full approach with regard to relationships. He realizes each one of his supporters and fans are an important reference to his biography, and that he will change many lives for the better.
Be on the lookout for his e-book (with a surprise title) slated to drop Valentine’s Day weekend.
In 2012, Dr. Montgomery took on the additional responsibility of becoming the Campus Pastor of Vineyard Columbus East Campus [VCEC], which he founded in Berwick Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio. Recently, Dr. Montgomery has led in the securing of a permanent building for VCEC in Pickerington, Ohio. The new location houses a multiethnic, multi-cultural and multi-generation congregation of hundreds of parishioners who strive to reflect what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr referred to as Beloved Community. He also is an Affiliated Professor of Leadership Studies at Ohio Christian University.
Dr. Montgomery was invited by the Cousins Foundation to participate in a special commission of Ministers studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem and the West Bank. He also has preached and lectured on Critical Race Theory, Transformational Leadership, and African/African-American Spirituality at several universities and both in Zimbabwe and South Africa in 2015.
Dr. Montgomery earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Morehouse College; a Master of Divinity from Emory University with certificates in Black Church studies and Christian Education; and a PhD in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He has also written several articles on Leadership and Spirituality, and is the author of the forthcoming book, In Search of Race Transcending Prophets: A Post-modern Model of Ministry for Black Men.
Throughout his career Dr. Montgomery has received numerous academic, civic, literary, and ecclesiastical awards. Concerning these and other accomplishments, Dr. Montgomery believes his greatest accomplishment is being married to the love of his life, the former Kimberly Pryor. He considers her the consummate “help-meet” who helps him to model servant-leadership, which focuses on not acclaiming or amassing honors, but doing justice, loving mercy, and to walking humbly with God. (Micah 4:6)
I love it so much that for 3 years I co-hosted a live web radio show, In the Technow, which I had the pleasure of broadcasting live from CES in Las Vegas several years in a row.
Today, I support my habit by serving as the Director of Technology for a school district in SouthWest Ohio, where I do my best to spread my obsession to young eager minds.
Prior to joining Skinner & Associates Marcus served as General Counsel for Innovative Architectural Planners, Inc., a full service construction management firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Marcus’ areas of practice include, but are not limited to: traffic, criminal and DUI defense, personal injury, labor & employment, and general business and civil litigation. Marcus previously served as a Assistant prosecutor with the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s Office and has handled numerous bench trials, jury trials, and suppression hearings in Franklin County, Ohio Municipal Court and in the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas based on the nature of the offense, criminal history and facts and circumstances surrounding each incident.
Marcus is admitted to the Ohio Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Southern and Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
A native of Columbus, Marcus graduated from Hampton University with a B.S. in Finance and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.
For more information or to contact Marcus please visit the website at: www.skinnerattorneys.com or contact the office at (614)664-0200.
Shanikka previously served as Manager, Communications Business Partner at Cardinal Health in 2015. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Shanikka was Director, Media and Communications for Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide non-profit organization covering five (5) regions comprised of all 88 counties in Ohio. Serving in the position since 2011, she provided for the strategic planning, operations and outcomes of the marketing department, including media and communications.
Shanikka has a well-rounded background possessing 20 years of public relations and marketing experience. Prior to 2002, she worked in corporate, nonprofit and advertising arenas, such as L Brands, The Columbus Foundation, and RadiOhio, Inc. (WBNS Radio).
Shanikka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She is a graduate of the African American Leadership Academy, Cycle Eight, and United Way of Central Ohio’s Project Diversity Program, Cycle Eight. Shanikka was also a member and past secretary of the Board of Trustees for Huckleberry House, Inc., and Africentric Personal Development Shop, Inc. (APDS). She is a member and past president of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), PHA, Chapter No. 3, and has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations, such as The King Arts Complex and United Way of Central Ohio. She enjoys the performing arts, theatrical arts and reading. Shanikka is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and resides in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
With an extensive background in performing arts, Lawrence has been afforded a number of awards and life commemorative achievements, including special recognition given by the Governor of Ohio for outstanding accomplishments in the area of Fine Arts.
Lawrence is a graduate of Kentucky State University; has studied at the Ailey School in New York City, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is a graduate of Senator Ray Miller’s Institute for Change and Leadership, a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a Lifetime member of the NAACP, and is active in several other community organizations.
Mr. Lemon’s most prestigious accomplishments are the establishment of Nomel Inspirational Dance Theater and the Ohio Black Dance Organization, Ohio’s premier dance education and arts advocacy organization of which he is both Founder and Artistic Director.
Lawrence presents workshops and trainings throughout the country, serves as a mentor for new and experienced artist, and is a highly sought after choreographer, guest artist, and speaker. Mr. Lemon’s personal motto is LIVE+LOVE+DANCE! #LV2DANCE
Ms. Jefferson is a single parent of four children ages 21 years to 11 months. She is a seventeen year associate of The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, currently working as an Investment Accountant helping to account for the $76.2 billion fund (as of June 30, 2015). Tasha was the Vice President of Administration for the Columbus Chapter of the National Black MBA Association where she also served as Editor for The Columbus Tri-Annual online magazine and penned the blog A Conversation with TJ. She is the Co-Chair of E:Columbus and a founding principle in Kuumba Creative Group, LLC and Kyros Intelligent Systems.
Tasha is adept at formulating pragmatic methodologies to perplexing life challenges and presenting those solutions in simplistic ways. She has a zest for helping people reach their personal development aspirations and that is what keeps her striving to unearth new strategies to share. Tasha Jefferson makes sure to help people and communities whenever she can, offering her time, skills, contributions, and ideas.
Lori is a Wellness Registered Nurse, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Dancer, and TEDxColumbusWomen Presenter with over 19 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. She has assumed many roles to promote the importance of health and wellness in the community. Lori has served as a Wellness Campaign Program Manager for the American Stroke Association, a Wellness Consultant and Speaker for the ELITE Empowerment Party women’s event, a Wellness Workshop Presenter for Your Private MD, LLC, and the lead coach for training numerous women through a walking and running training program as a Co-Ambassador for Black Girls RUN! in Columbus, Ohio.
After talking with a number of women who struggle with weight management, diet and the need to increase their level of physical activity, Lori discovered there is often an underlying resistance of fear, past experiences, or relationships that keeps women from moving towards their health and wellness goals. Coined as the ‘Weight-Lifter’, she is dedicated to helping women identify and overcome this resistance and educating them on the importance of wellness; the balance of physical, mental and social well-being.
Lori loves sharing her knowledge and experience. In October 2016, Lori was nominated to be a presenter for TEDxColumbusWomen 2016. With the overall theme ‘PIVOT’, she was invited to share a turning point in her life that changed her life forever. This was an amazing opportunity to tell the story of her personal health and wellness journey, which was the catalyst for starting Your Wellness Navigator.
Through her work and highly effective presentations, workshops, group fitness classes, and other custom services, she hopes to empower others to make healthy lifestyle choices. She believes that everyone should live life according to their definition of happiness. When she is not speaking and mentoring, Lori enjoys running and traveling. She is actively pursuing her goal to run a half marathon in each of the 50 United States.